MONTEGO BAY (JIS):Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Dr Horace Chang, has endorsed the third staging of the MoBay City Run, which is held annually to raise funds for needy tertiary students in western Jamaica.Speaking during the recent launch at the St James Parish Council’s chambers in Montego Bay, Chang said the event’s goal is consistent with the Government’s commitment to making tertiary education more accessible to students by providing them with financing options.In noting that the Government’s policy for training aims to ensure that young people are provided with a secondary education “without any significant cost”, Chang said efforts by many students to access tertiary education often incurred “a major expense”.Against this background, Chang, who is the Member of Parliament for North Western St James – where the event will be staged – lauded the MoBay City Run’s Organising Committee for its efforts over the past two years in assisting tertiary students experiencing financial challenges.He noted that Montego Bay has a significant number of talented and academically brilliant youngsters, many of whom struggle to maintain their enrolment in tertiary institutions in western Jamaica, and encouraged corporate entities and other stakeholders to support the fundraising event.ESSENTIAL INGREDIENT”Any effort to support the students is welcome and will be supported by me both at the local and national (level) as an educated population is the most essential ingredient to developing our society,” he stated.He also said the MoBay City Run has the potential to boost Jamaica’s foreign exchange earnings by broadening the range of tourism product offerings to international participants and fans of the event.”This kind of activity does engage a significant number of visitors, and these marathons and athletics events have become part of the travel industry just like entertainment and food,” the minister added.Organising committee chairperson Janet Silvera hopes to raise in excess of $6 million to fund bursaries and scholarships to assist students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech) western campuses; Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College; and Montego Bay Community College.She said since MoBay City Run’s first staging in 2014, approximately 100 students have benefited each year from the proceeds and added that the committee planned to double the number of beneficiaries this year.Some 3,000 racers are expected to participate in the 5K and 10K run and walk events, set for Sunday, May 1.
WHITTIER – Were you shaken up by the Whittier Narrows Earthquake 20 years ago? If so we want to hear from you. Tell us, in 200 words or less, your best memory from the Oct. 1, 1987, event that reshaped the community. Selected entries will be included in a special section this newspaper plans to publish on the 20th anniversary of the 5.9 temblor. Submit entries by e-mail to [email protected], Attn. QUAKE; fax to (562) 698-0450; or mail to 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. No phone calls please. Cost is $15 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers, and includes lunch. For information, call (562) 944-1616. Council to decide aquatic center fees LA MIRADA – The City Council at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will discuss the setting of fees for Splash!, the city’s aquatic center that is under construction. The proposed basic adult fee would be $14 for entrance, and $64 for a season pass, to Buccaneer Bay, the city’s water park. It would cost $3 for lap or recreational swimming or use of the spa. New Biola University President Barry H. Corey also is expected to be introduced and summer photo contest winners will be recognized at the meeting. The council meets at City Hall, 13700 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. For information, call (562) 943-0131. Elks Lodge hosting champagne brunch WHITTIER – The Whittier Elks Lodge No. 1258, 13620 Whittier Blvd., is hosting a champagne brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Proceeds from the brunch will go to local charities. The buffet meal will include baron of beef, potatoes, ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, omelettes and waffles made to order, plus fruit and pastries. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. For information call (562) 696-7117. Free tire disposal at Claremont event CLAREMONT – Los Angeles County residents seeking a way to legally dispose of old tires can get rid of them for free at the Waste Tire Recycling Event be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Claremont City Yard, 1616 Monte Vista Ave., Claremont. The event is organized by the county’s Department of Public Works, and co-sponsored by Firestone Complete Auto Care, which will provide those who drop off tires with coupons for 15 percent off the purchase of Firestone or Bridgestone tires. For information, call (888) 253-2652. Hypnotherapy expert in town Hypnotherapist and author Dr. Rick Collingwood is visiting Southern California as part of his tour of the United States. Collingwood, an Australian-born pioneer in the use of hypnosis therapy, is in the Los Angeles area through Monday to promote his hypnosis CDs and DVDs. Collingwood is the principal of the Australian Academy of Hypnosis. He has appeared on KTLA’s “Morning News Show,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and “A Current Affair.” For more information Collingwood’s visit, go to www.MindMotivations.com – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Deadline for submissions is Friday. Chamber to host business seminar SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce will host a workshop on “Access to Capital” for local businesses from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at City Hall, 11710 E. Telegraph Road. Jeff Ball, president and chief executive officer of Friendly Hills Bank, Emily Baldizon of Riviera Financing, Barry Menzel of Training Funding Source and Brent Costello of Sun West M&A Advisors will lead the lecture. The group will cover aspects of capital-raising for local businesses. A question-and-answer period will follow a panel discussion.