Falmouth’s new J$200m market still in limbo
WESTERN BUREAU: HE NEW J$200-million Falmouth Market, which was slated to open last month, is still not open as several defects have been found at the facility located to the south of the Trelawny parish capital.
Professor Gordon Shirley, the president of the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), said during a recent Falmouth Mayor’s Forum that another $40 million is needed to rectify the shortfalls and pave the way for occupancy.
“There are procurement issues, the ceiling is too high, the bathrooms needed to be worked on, the stalls are to be erected, the area to house the popular bend-down market is to go to tender, and additional work needs to be done on entrance roadways and the general open area on the grounds,” said Shirley.
TWHO WILL FOOT THE BILL?
When quizzed as to whether the extra $40 million to complete the work will come from the contractor’s cost or from the nation’s coffers, the PAJ boss did not provide
a specific answer, leaving the matter hanging.
When The Gleaner visited the location in the aftermath of the Mayor’s Forum, construction workers were carrying out work on the site.
However, very little work was being done to address the issues Shirley outlined.
Additionally, the water that had settled at the front of the facility following recent rains in Falmouth was still covering the entrance roadways leading to the facility, raising questions about the integrity of the engineering work.
Also, while the market was conceptualised as a replacement for the town’s old market, which was considered to be too small, the new facility appears somewhat smaller in size.
Meanwhile, the old market is still bursting at the seams, especially on Wednesdays when the bend-down market attracts sellers and buyers from as far away as Kingston.
Councillor Garth Wilkinson, the outgoing mayor of Falmouth, had promised that when the new market came on stream, the old market would be used as an artisan village for craft traders.
With Wilkinson’s People’s National Party no longer holding the majority in the Trelawny Municipal Corporation, it is to be seen whether the new administration will take the same approach. Scholarship recipients Roshane Rochester (centre) and Andrea Dennis (second right) are flanked by PwC partners (from left) Paul Williams, Gail Moore, and Leighton McKnight.
PAJ head says additional J$40m needed to address defects
ROSHANE ROCHESTER and Andrea Dennis are the 20162017 PwC Annual Scholarship winners.
The two outstanding academics, selected to receive funding for completing a bachelor’s in accounting, were awarded on Wednesday at the PwC Kingston office.
Every year, outstanding young academics from the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology benefit from scholarships funded by PwC, which, through its corporate social responsibility, is dedicated to promoting academic excellence in accounting.
“We believe that excellence should be awarded and celebrated. That is why every year, we donate scholarships to two students who display outstanding academic performance and embody the PwC values of hard work and commitment,” said Leighton McKnight, territory leader for Jamaica.
The first PwC scholarships were awarded in 2009, and, since then, more than 22 students have benefitted and more than $500,000 has been donated.
The students are also able to receive an internship based on their performance, which provides them with exposure to the field of accounting along with mentorship from the firm’s experienced accountants.
Many of the students go on to gain permanent employment with PwC and rise through the ranks to senior roles.
Both students were humbled to receive the scholarships, stating that it was “a dream come true”, which would take them one step closer to achieving their academic goals.
“I’m the first of my siblings to attend university and the first to get a scholarship, so it was quite humbling and has motivated me to continue to work hard,” said Rochester.
Dennis said: “There’s no better way to end the year than with being awarded with a scholarship that solidifies that your hard work has paid off. I’m beyond grateful and looking forward to the opportunities that will come.”