The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up its efforts to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively raise their children.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, in a statement in the Senate on Friday (Nov. 24), said the entity will roll out a campaign focused on the issue of abuse, beginning with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to be aired early next week.On December 1, the NPSC will launch its parenting education programme in Region 4, which comprises Westmoreland, Hanover, and St. James.The Education Minister informed that parenting education interventions are now being rolled out to other regions.The Minister’s statement to the Senate comes against the background of recent debate on corporal punishment coming out of videos posted on social media, which showed children being brutally beaten as a form of discipline.The Minister said he was “deeply moved” by the videos, which he said represented “the negative manifestation of the breakdown in the family.”He said that the society cannot condone acts of violence meted out against children in the name of discipline “not in the homes, not in schools and not in the wider society”.“We cannot continue to grow our children this way and expect them to be emotionally well adjusted teenagers growing into mature adults,” he argued.The Minister said the Government “takes these issues (of violence) seriously,” and has undertaken specific action in relation to the videos, offering support and guidance where necessary. Highlighting the gravity of the matter, Mr. Reid cited statistics from the Office of the Children’s Registry, which show increased reports of physical abuse linked to corporal punishments.A total of 3, 214 physical abuse reports were received in 2014 while 3,639 reports were received in 2015.In addition, the Investigation Unit of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) indicated that close to 2,000 of the matters investigated up to October 2017, were related to physical abuse.The Minister said the lesson that must not be missed coming out of these incidents of abuse is that “our men are largely absent and mothers are often frustrated and stressed.”“There is clear need for us to understand the factors that have driven and influenced parents to plan or not plan for their families’ lives. We cannot ignore the clear signs of danger. We must at this time effect critical interventions to change current and future parental practices for Jamaica,” he said.The Education Minister said the Government has been working to enhance the support it provides to families through various interventions, citing the merger of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the OCR to create the CPFSA as one such move.The CPFSA gives practical support by offering advice and counselling with a view to improving children’s emotional health and behaviour as well as maintaining stability within families. The agency has an active counselling response team which reaches out to children, families and communities which that experienced trauma from sexual or other forms of violence, disaster or displacement.The CPFSA also engages in community outreach and public education to raise awareness about child rights, child abuse and parenting. The CPFSA also engages in community outreach and public education to raise awareness about child rights, child abuse and parenting. Story Highlights The Education Minister informed that parenting education interventions are now being rolled out to other regions. The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is stepping up its efforts to empower parents with the knowledge and skills to effectively raise their children.
Speaking at the official listing ceremony at the JSE premises in downtown Kingston, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said the Government is being instrumental and proactive in promoting ownership while facilitating wealth creation for Jamaicans at all levels.He said the concept of ownership for many Jamaicans over the years includes owning a piece of land or a home.“Now we are expanding that concept of ownership to the average Jamaican to say that you can own a piece of a profitable company, and more than that, as a shareholder you have a powerful vote, not just the Directors. I believe the Government has fulfilled its policy objectives and, indeed, the higher objective of starting the ownership culture,” Mr. Holness said.He argued that there is significant gain in value in owning assets in companies. “The investment that you have made in Wigton is one that I am certain will yield great future gains,” he said.Meanwhile, Mr. Holness said the Government is looking at divesting its shares in other entities, such as the Central Waste Water Company, the Jamaica Public Service Company, and the Jamaica Mortgage Bank.Regarding the Jamaica Mortgage Bank, the Prime Minister said the Cabinet submission has been approved “for us to move forward with that divestment. The modality, whether it is an IPO or otherwise, will be declared shortly”.“The Government has a duty to make sure that there is a steady flow of investment-grade assets in the market to address the liquidity that is there and the need for investment as a good tool of monetary and fiscal management of the Government’s affairs,” he noted.In the meantime, Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, said the offering is significant as it is the first IPO of a government-owned company in almost 30 years.For her part, Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams, said the IPO has provided an opportunity for many ordinary Jamaicans, especially public-sector workers, “to kick-start their investment in stocks”.“As a Government, we are pleased to have been able to provide the opportunity for our people to own a national asset,” the Minister said.In her remarks, Managing Director of the JSE, Marlene Street-Forrest, said over 64 per cent of those who invested are under 50 years of age, with approximately 50 per cent under 40.“The gender mix was also quite interesting, as more females applied for shares within this IPO, that is 56 per cent to 44 per cent female-male ratio. The average spend for a new investor was approximately $124,000, which on the basis of all this, one can conclude that the public believes in this company and expects that it will continue to do well. This is confirmed by the oversubscription of the offer by over 158 per cent,” she said.The divestment and listing form part of the Government’s thrust to enable ordinary Jamaicans to own shares in State entities that are being privatised.A subsidiary of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Wigton Windfarm is the largest wind energy facility in the English-speaking Caribbean and was built by the Government to help diversify Jamaica’s energy mix.The company began operating in 2004 with the commissioning of a 20.7-megawatt generating plant, Wigton I.This was followed by the development of Wigton II in 2010, which generates 18 megawatts of energy. Wigton III, the 24-megawatt expansion of the facility, was officially commissioned into service in June 2016 by Prime Minister Holness. The offer was oversubscribed as the IPO generated some $14 billion. Each share was sold for 50 cents. Wigton Windfarm Limited in Manchester is now listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) – the world’s best-performing stock market.The listing, which took place today (May 22), followed the success of the company’s initial public offering (IPO), which saw some 31,200 Jamaicans taking up the opportunity to own 11 billion shares in the company.The offer was oversubscribed as the IPO generated some $14 billion. Each share was sold for 50 cents.A total of 11,772 Jamaicans or 38 per cent are new investors on the country’s stock market.Wigton Windfarm is the 82nd company to be listed on the JSE combined market and will trade under the symbol WIG.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), has the attention of Managing Director of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, Marlene Street-Forrest (second left), during the listing ceremony for Wigton Windfarm on May 22 at the Jamaica Stock Exchange premises in downtown Kingston. Others from left are Chief Executive Officer, Mayberry Investments Limited, Gary Peart; Managing Director, Development Bank of Jamaica, Milverton Reynolds; Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Fayval Williams; Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke; Audit Committee Chairman, Wigton Windfarm Limited, Gregory Shirley; and Chief Regulatory Officer, Jamaica Stock Exchange, Andrae Tulloch. Wigton Windfarm Limited in Manchester is now listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) – the world’s best-performing stock market. The listing, which took place today (May 22), followed the success of the company’s initial public offering (IPO), which saw some 31,200 Jamaicans taking up the opportunity to own 11 billion shares in the company. Story Highlights
Gurugram: With the arrival of monsoon, the number of patients suffering from gastrointestinal diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis has witnessed a sudden spurt. According to doctors, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number of patients in July. The doctors said such diseases increase during the monsoon because of warm and humid conditions in which harmful pathogen multiply fast in food. Avoiding eating food cooked in open and drinking only filtered water or boiled water can prevent catching infections. Experts also recommended having a healthy diet to boost immunity as frequent changes in temperature can make the body susceptible to infections. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe increase in the number of diarrhoea cases had prompted the district health department to again inform the citizens to refrain from consuming street food and unclean water. Taking into cognizance of the rise in a number of diarrhoea cases, a major programme on the preventive measures is slated to be launched from July onward when the monsoon starts. In order to cover a wider range of citizens, the public health officials also plan to rope in the services of Anganwadi workers. Medical experts highlight over 30 per cent of the diarrhoea cases in the city were due to the consumption of contaminated food and water. Judging by past trends, there were a large number of minors and infants who were affected by the disease.