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New Parliament building to reflect ‘Out of Many, One People’

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DESCRIBED as the most significant structure to be built in the history of Jamaica, the new Houses of Parliament building will occupy a place of prominence at National Heroes Park in Kingston.

The facility, on which construction will commence in 2021, will provide a fitting edifice for the legislature to work together to benefit the entire country, in keeping with the national motto, ‘Out of Many, One People’, which is the title of the winning design for the structure.

The Design Collective Team concept features an interconnected building with space to accommodate a football field and an area for outdoor movie viewing.

It was chosen after a competitive process, undertaken over 10 months, to identify the most fitting design representing the significance of the structure.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness launched the Houses of Parliament Design Competition in May 2018, which was open to all registered Jamaican architects or teams based locally or abroad.

Holness had noted that the Government is intent on constructing a Parliament building that all Jamaicans can be proud of, and that putting forward a design competition brought democracy to the process.

“The design competition was a creative design methodology to help to determine how the Houses of Parliament building will represent Jamaica’s rich heritage while considering the future needs of our society. The look, role and function of the Parliament building will provide a beacon of leadership that we think is prudent to encourage nationalism and signal the sovereignty of our people and the empowering of our State to exercise the will of the people of Jamaica,” he said.

The ‘Out of Many, One People’ design was also the favourite of the general public, copping the People’s Choice award.

Holness, who announced the winner during a ceremony at National Heroes Park in March, praised the participants for embarking on a “long but rewarding” journey of designing a Parliamentary building that will not just be an edifice but a “working building” of iconic value that will become a tourist attraction.

Noted architect Evan Williams, who led the winning Design Collective Team, said the victory is “quite an honour”, and comes after 50 years in the profession.

He said the title of the design, ‘Out of Many, One People’, is very fitting, noting that it represents in form and in structure, all Jamaicans.

Team member, Daimian Hines told JIS News that he is happy particularly for Williams, who, for the past five decades, has been creating employment through his local and international architecture operations.

A distinguished architect with his own business, Hines, who grew up in Jamaica but now resides in the United States of America, said he is grateful for this “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design the centre of government for my home country; I’m extremely happy”.

“This design can compete with any architecture across the globe, and it’s here in Jamaica. I am excited about that because we are known for our music, we are known for our food, we are known for our culture, but we are talented in architecture too. We just need opportunities to show our talent – this (competition) was the perfect thing,” he said.

In the meantime, Patron of the competition, Gordon Gill, thanked the prime minister for his vision and commitment in embarking on this historical feat.

“I feel that I am somehow witness to the dawn of a new era… . I believe this project is a catalyst for much more than just a building,” he said, noting that it could not have been easy to make one selection from the thoughtful design concepts.

Jury chair for the competition, Mark Raymond, said the group enjoyed judging the entries, noting that it was “a really wonderful experience to see the sheer creative imagination that went into these designs”.

“The competitors had a difficult job – the design of a Parliament building is a complex challenge… a lot of conflicting demands to contend with… and they also had to address what a building like this means, the importance and significance of a Parliament building,” he said.

Raymond said all the entrants rose to this “monumental challenge” admirably, with great creative passion.

He praised the Government for embarking on the competition and inviting pools of talented architects to come together, noting that he would like to see processes like this continue in the future.

“We have the resources. There are Jamaican/Caribbean architects who are all enormously talented, as this competition has demonstrated,” he said.

The winner was chosen from an initial 24 submissions. The entrants were narrowed down to the top five, who were each awarded $2 million for advancing to the second stage of the competition. They then submitted more detailed design plans and models in December.

The winner will now finalise the design, which Holness said is expected to be completed by April 2020.

With an additional cash prize of $5 million, the top team has won a total of $7 million.

The Ravi Sittol-led team placed second for its ‘The Grand Verandah’ concept earning an additional $4 million, while the third-place team led by Damion Edmond received an additional $2 million for its ‘Ubuntu’ design.

With the competition out of the way, work to establish the new Parliament building will now begin in earnest.

The Houses of Parliament Design Competition was implemented by the Urban Development Corporation. The new structure forms part of the National Heroes Park Redevelopment and Government Campus Project, which is a component of a master plan to redevelop downtown Kingston.

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I don’t want to sit and beg

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Thirty-six-year-old amputee, David Daley, is determined to support his family and himself despite having to live with one leg.

“Cause, I tell myself, I don’t want to sit and beg,” he told The Jamaica Observer Central.

Daley who was born in Newell, St Elizabeth, came under scrutiny when family members saw from early that one foot was longer than the other. Another abnormality was that his right foot had four toes.

Alarm further set in, when doctors informed Daley’s family that if he continued to walk using both feet, he would eventually suffer adverse effects on his spine.

He spent time receiving treatment at the Mona Rehabilitation Centre in Kingston from he was nine years old and then the heart-breaking decision was taken to remove his right foot.

Daley was then given a prosthesis (artificial leg) but in time he found the artificial limb unbearably uncomfortable, so he stopped using it.

The way Daley tells it, one day he became inspired to ride a bicycle when he saw a one-legged man selling newspapers while riding.

For 22 years since then, Daley has been riding a bicycle, finding it useful in performing a variety of tasks.

Daley drew on his strength and that of family members and started to transport children to school on his bicycle. This began when his mother asked him to take his younger brother to school and neighbours who saw him assisting his brother asked if he could take their children to school as well, and Daley responded by becoming a well-needed mode of transport; a task he did for 14 years.

He then moved on to transporting cooking gas, eggs, and other items on his bicycle for community members.

That was not all for Daley as he has also tried his hand at car washing, electrical work, welding, raising goats and chickens, selling eggs, construction, making and selling items such as peanut drops and peanut cakes.

Some of these jobs, he is still doing to take care of his family, says Daley, who currently lives in Northampton, St Elizabeth, with his wife, Monique and two-year-old daughter Zonnique.

He freely admits that coping with just one leg isn’t easy.

“A lot of people see me riding on one foot and think it’s easy, but it wasn’t easy. Is not something like if yu foot cut off today, you can jump on a bicycle tomorrow. No, it takes a whole lot,” Daley shared with this publication.

He also recognises that his life can be an example for others who have to deal with severe adversity.

“Whatsoever you are doing you got to come from deep within,” he told Observer Central. “You got to make up your mind that I’m gonna do this… and don’t mek nobody stop you, don’t look at yourself like, ‘hey this happened to me, it’s the end of the world’. No, it’s not the end of the world. We can all rise up,” Daley said.

He is also challenging able-bodied persons to do better in life.

“You can get up and do something. There’s so much that you can do. I meet people who come to me even begging me money and saying ‘nothing nah gwaan’. Come on, nuttin nah gwaan if you sit down every day an’ say nuttin nah gwaan. Get up and do something, seek, go out and reach out and somebody will help you. You will get a work from somebody. You affi mek something gwaan because if I did tell myself that, where would I be?”

Nathalie Jordon, a business owner in Goshen, St Elizabeth supports Daley by being a regular customer, buying eggs from him.

“He’s a really hard-working person,” said Jordan. “He is dedicated to trying to make something for himself. He’s coming from a humble background and him just tell himself say him nah go out deh go do no wrong. Him ah go work hard and do something. So me kinda really proud of where he’s coming from and his achievements and he’s still trying to go,” she added.

Daley says an abiding wish is to be able to do things that will motivate people. He enjoys sitting with other people with disabilities and trying to help them lift their self-esteem.

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Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson (right) presents Dandre Simpson with a backpack and certificate at the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) transitional exercise, held at Apostolic Church of Jamaica Bethel Temple, Kingston Gardens, last week. The ESP is an early intervention programme for young children (0-6 years) with various types of developmental disabilities. A total of 60 students graduated from the ESP, 50 of whom will be matriculating to primary special education and 10 students to the regular school system. (Photos: JIS)

Photo 2 – Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson (right) interacts with students at the Early Stimulation Programme transitional exercise, last week.

Photo 3 – Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson (left) presents Talique Coulson with a backpack at the Early Stimulation Programme (ESP) transitional exercise last week.


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A boost for Mandeville Regional’s ENT department

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The recent donation of a surgical microscope to the Mandeville Regional Hospital has greatly enhanced the institution’s capacity to deal with ear, nose and throat (ENT) cases, medical experts say.

The surgical microscope, worth $3.1 million, was recently handed over to the hospital by the charity group, Manchester Wellness Foundation, according to a news release.

Acting CEO at Mandeville Regional, Marcia Francis, told those at the presentation ceremony that while the hospital’s ENT department performed 317 surgical procedures in 2018, it will now be able to do many more.

“The hospital could have facilitated more surgical procedures, however, the absence of the surgical microscope made it impossible. With this robust, compact and flexible microscope, the hospital’s ENT team will be able to perform additional procedures with compassion, in an accountable, respectful, and efficient manner,” Francis said.

Consultant at the hospital’s ENT department, Dr Andrew Manning, said the microscope will be particularly helpful in treating the condition serous otitis media with effusion, commonly known as “glue ears”, which affects learning.

“This condition is fluid behind the eardrum and if not addressed before age four, children would have missed out on most of what they would learn in life. Normally we would have to refer children to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, but now we are able to address these cases,” Manning said.

Chairman of the Manchester Wellness Foundation and acting regional director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Herschel Ismail, pointed out that the foundation adopted the ENT department three years ago and to date has donated equipment and instruments valued at more than $6 million.

Since the establishment of the Manchester Wellness Foundation in 2003, the foundation has raised and disbursed more than $17.6 million to health facilities in Manchester through two major fund-raising events — a run walk and a vintage party — the news release said.

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