Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High

first_imgRelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has lauded the Diaspora for keeping the good name, image and reputation of Jamaica at a high level. She was delivering the keynote address at the annual gala of the Merl Grove High School Past Students’ Association’s North-Eastern American Chapter, held on June 29 at the Hilton Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland. Noting the country’s accomplishments in various fields, Miss Falconer said: “we should never allow ourselves to be led into believing that the minority position is what defines a people and a nation, as is demonstrated time and time again, when Jamaicans step out, they take on and beat the world.”  The Minister told the audience that the Government is committed to openness, noting that “enlightened policies” in the information and telecommunications technology (ICT) sector, as well as passage of the Access to Information legislation, have made information readily available to nationals at home and abroad. She said that under her leadership more is being done to open up government to the people, and in a matter of weeks the new Jamaica House/Office of the Prime Minister website will be launched, “which will be on the cutting edge and interactive”.  “We have also brought together, all the communications arms of Government under one umbrella grouping, to share ideas and to ensure that we all agree on the importance of increasing the access to government information by the people,” she said. Turning to technology in education, Minister Falconer stated that despite fiscal constraints, the Government is seeking to increase the use of ICT to improve access to and the quality of education. “We are determined to move the education system to a point where it is more relevant and more geared towards providing us with an internationally competitive edge,” she said. “We have, at this time, an education system that produces a large number of brilliant graduates at every level.  We are aiming for a system where all have an equal opportunity to excel, where very few will fail, and where the broad majority emerge as more than just average, but having mastery of the basic skills and competencies on which to build a productive and fulfilling life,” she added. Minister Falconer encouraged the alumni groups to continue their outstanding efforts to help their school and by extension, education in Jamaica. By Derrick Scott (Washinton, D.C.) RelatedMinister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High Minister Falconer Lauds Diaspora for Keeping Jamaica’s Image High InformationJuly 3, 2012last_img read more

US Navy Announces Names of Two Destroyers

first_imgSecretary of the U.S. Navy Ray Mabus announced yesterday, May 23, that the next Arleigh Burke-class destroyers (DDG) will be named USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye.“As secretary of the Navy it is my privilege to name these ships to honor a respected naval leader and a true American hero,” Mabus said. “For decades to come, the future USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will represent the United States and enable the building of partnerships and projection of power around the world.”The future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) honors Paul Ignatius who served as secretary of the Navy 1967–1969 and as assistant secretary of defense under President Lyndon Johnson. The future USS Daniel Inouye (DDG 118) is named to honor former Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii. Inouye was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II and later became a U.S. senator. USS Paul Ignatius and USS Daniel Inouye will be the first naval ships to bear these names.Arleigh Burke-class destroyers conduct a variety of operations from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection. They are capable of fighting air, surface and subsurface battles simultaneously and contain a myriad of offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime warfare.DDG 117 and DDG 118 are part of the DDG 51 multiyear procurement with the contract award to the building yard pending. The ships will be 509 feet long, have a beam length of 59 feet and be capable of operating at speeds in excess of 30 knots.[mappress]Press release, May 24, 2013;last_img read more