June 10, 2015
10 Jun 2015

Western schools blossom in LASCO REAP

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015


Western schools blossom in LASCO REAP


KINGSTON, Jamaica; John Rollins Success Primary emerged winners of the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) 2014-15. The Montego Bay based school’s tremendous performance in the competition earned them the LASCO REAP trophy and ten desktop computers for their school. The winners were recognized at a ceremony on Wednesday, June 3 at The Gardens at the Jamaica Pegasus.

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Bath Primary and Junior High School in St. Thomas received the second place prize of a Projector and Laptop, while another Western School, Farm Primary and Junior High were rewarded with a flat screen television and DVD player for placing third. John Rollins Success Primary also received a $100,000 cash award for Most Trees Planted, while the award for Most Bottles was collected by Denham Town Primary. Tianna Huie of Albert Town Primary and Shaslee Campbell of Village Primary each received a tablet for Best Essay and Best Poem respectively. Other prizes were given for Best Garden in Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey, Best Visual Art, Best Song and Best Teacher.


This is the first time a school from the Western end of the island has taken the title. Moneague Primary School in St. Ann was the first winner, while St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory in St. Catherine received the honours last year.


Environmental sustainability is a priority of the LASCO Affiliated Companies’ Founder and Executive Chairman, Lascelles Chin, who congratulated the winners on a successful journey and gave high marks to the programme.


“The LASCO REAP programme represents step in the right direction toward protecting the environment. This commitment from not only LASCO but from Stephen Newland and his team, the teachers, students, parents and community members is encouraging and we are happy with the progress of the initiative over the three years. The students have done a tremendous job and I am very impressed with their performance,” he said.


LASCO Affiliated Companies have pledged their support for REAP and since inception committed over $20 million to carry out the initiative. The programme has grown tremendously from 50 schools in the first year to almost 250 schools, three years later, and engaged 250,000 students across the island. Through the project, 400,000 bottles have been cleaned up and collected, 12,000 trees planted 91 gardens started and improved.


This year’s objective was to tackle waste management under the theme ‘Where There Is A Will, There Is No Waste’. This focus arose out of the negative environmental impacts being experienced by the nation, such as drought, water and electricity shortage, high food costs and solid waste management challenges.



June 2, 2015
02 Jun 2015


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Friday, May 15, 2015


Nurses: making the difference between life and ‘debt’

Kingston, Jamaica; A sea of white flooded the Knutsford Court Hotel on Tuesday, May 12, as nurses gathered to celebrate International Nurses’ Day 2015 and the launch of National Nurses’ Week. As the single largest profession in the healthcare workforce, nurses play a vital role in balancing the quality and cost of patient care. This is the focus of the celebration, under the theme Nurses: A Force for Change: Cost Effective, Care Effective, which highlighted ways to achieve optimal patient care in a cost effective way.

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Lascelles Chin, Founder and Executive Chairman of LASCO Affiliated Companies stressed the importance of the nurses to nation building and urged them to embrace the International Nurses’ Day theme. “A healthy nation is a primary imperative for a productive society. I urge nurses to respond to the current situation in our health sector, to make this theme a reality. Change is constant in life, and it must be done effectively,” he said.

The Hon. Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health had words of advice for nurses, while emphasising the critical role they play in healthcare delivery. He encouraged them to strive for greater educational achievement and specialist training and to continue the hard work, even in the face of challenge. “The challenges are great. We are operating in an environment now with an international fund arrangement that has put some constraints but within that, our aim must be to do what must be done,” he said.

Nurses continue to drive efficiency by providing quality care to patients while effectively managing resources, despite the challenges being faced by the public health sector. International Nurses’ Day and National Nurses’ Week highlight this invaluable contribution and commitment of Jamaican nurses to the healthcare sector.

The theme reflects the nurses’ continued commitment to take steps to improve the quality of healthcare delivery in Jamaica and LASCO is committed to helping nurses achieve these objectives. LASCO’s support of the profession has led to the staging of the LASCO/NAJ Nurse of the Year Award which recognizes the hard work of nurses, putting the spotlight on a nurse who has given outstanding service to the field.

The nurses got off to a great start with the Make a Child Smile Easter Bunny Treat held in April. The National Nurses’ Week of activities begins with a church service on July 19 and continues with Summer School and Founder’s Day activities throughout the week and culminating with the Nurse of the Year Awards Ceremony on July 25.


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