Scotiabank has been supporting the development of Jamaica’s netball programme since 2006. Michael Jones, senior vice-president of human resource, lauded the Sunshine Girls. “I wanna let the team know that no matter where you got to, we regard you as great winners, as part of an enduring legacy of great winners that Jamaica has produced and continue to produce,” he outlined. Other representatives who spoke were Yanique Forbes Patrick, vice-president of Caribbean Central and Shelly Sykes Coley, sponsorship manager. Team captain, Nicole Aiken-Pinnock said thanks on behalf of the team, while Netball Jamaica president, Marva Bernard, thanked sponsors. “I would really just like to say to my ladies, do not empower the naysayers, do not empower the critics, we have nothing to be ashamed of, we are proud Jamaicans, we are proud Sunshine Girls and we know it has been difficult for us coming home here. But guess what, we are resilient and thankful to Scotia Bank and all our sponsors,” stressed Bernard. International Netball Federation (INF) president, Molly Rhone, believes that despite Jamaica’s team returning home without medalling at the Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia, they should be credited for retaining their fourth-place world ranking. Australia won the championship ahead of archrivals New Zealand, while England placed third. The Sunshine Girls again failed to medal, just like at the 2011 World Cup. “I don’t think people understand what some of these ladies (Sunshine Girls) are up against when they go out there to play these giants,” Rhone said yesterday, while speaking at an official breakfast to welcome home the Sunshine Girls, inside Scotiabank’s marketing boardroom, at their office downtown Kingston. “They (Australia, New Zealand and England) are not only giants in terms of play, but their size and the whole operation that they lead,” continued Rhone. The INF president noted: “Australia has a company of 150 employees, England has more than that and New Zealand about 60,” while stressing that Australia’s talent pool numbers about one million. “We are still number four in the World and that’s some achievement for a team sport in Jamaica. So girls, well done, management, coach, Marva (Bernard) I know you have given it your all. Congrats, and I wanna thank Nova Scotia because you are one of the people who have stuck with them,” Rhone added. enduring legacy
Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced. Plans by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) to revive the railway passenger service are advanced.“We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation.Minister Montague was making his contribution in the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 4.He noted that the service is expected to commence on the Montpelier to Catadupa leg in St. James as a tourist attraction, and eventually extended to Appleton in St. Elizabeth.“In addition, the stops along the route will have Jamaican businesses, hairdressers, vendors and craft people, all from the immediate community… no big chain stores,” Mr. Montague said.He added that these stakeholders are being facilitated because “we want to put life back into these communities”, while advising that “we are in the process of also identifying and training these people”.The Minister said repairs on buildings along the targeted routes to be utilised for various engagements will commence shortly, with a maintenance facility slated to be established in Montpelier.“They are now looking at starting a railway museum, food court, Kiddies Park, and other attractions, so that while we wait on the final approval from the agency, the people can benefit,” Mr. Montague further informed the House.Meanwhile, the Minister advised of plans by the Government to introduce a school train service from Old Harbour to Spanish Town and Spanish Town to Linstead in St. Catherine.“The technical requirements are here and the expertise is in-house. What we need is some funds and I am confident that when our discussions with the Ministry of Finance are complete, we will know if we will start one leg, then the next, or both at once,” Mr. Montague said.He added that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will provide buses on a special route, to sync with the trains.“The service will get our children off the streets of Spanish Town early, and it is safe and reliable. As we improve the roadways, people will buy more cars and, eventually, the gridlock on our roads will continue. That is why we are encouraging a proposal to provide an elevated light rail service in Kingston and Portmore,” he stated. Additionally, he said the consortium will pay a royalty per passenger for the permit they will be provided by the JRC to undertake the operation. Story Highlights “We are in the last phase of completing an arrangement with a private consortium, which will take over 34 kilometres of our right of way and rails, improve and relay the tracks, buy their own engine and coaches, and maintain the equipment and tracks,” Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, announced.