Fal­mouth’s new J$200m mar­ket still in limbo

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA - Leon Jack­son Gleaner Writer

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

SHIRLEY

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.”

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