The parish of St. Mary has a new Custos Rotulorum. He is hotelier Jeffrey McKitty, who was sworn in on Monday (January 14), during a ceremony at King’s House.Mr. McKitty replaces Hon. Alrick Pottinger, whose retirement became effective on December 31, last year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, expressed confidence that the new Custos would carry out his duties and responsibilities effectively.He said that Mr. McKitty has been a very active Justice of the Peace (JP) in St. Mary and had worked closely with Mr. Pottinger, acting many times in the former Custos’ absence.The Governor-General also noted Mr. McKitty’s involvement in a number of organisations and projects geared towards the development of the parish, pointing out that he continues to have the respect and support of the citizens of St. Mary and the country in general.The Governor-General also extended thanks to Mr. Pottinger for his dedicated service to the parish of St. Mary and Jamaica.“I also want to thank you for the time in which you deputised for me as Governor-General, during my absence, and to commend the grace and dignity with which you performed your role,” he stated.“It was a pleasure working with you and Mrs. Pottinger and I’m sure our collegiality and friendship and work will not come to an end at any time soon,” the Governor-General said.In his response, Mr. McKitty assured that he would continue to do his best to contribute to the development and growth of St. Mary.“I promise that I will do all within my power to continue the good name of St. Mary and the legacy that the Hon. (Alrick) Pottinger has left and to ensure that St. Mary will not fade but will get stronger as the years go by,” he pledged.He said he was grateful to the Governor-General and Mr. Pottinger, as well as the people of St. Mary for the confidence they have shown in him.Mr. McKitty, who was born on November 11, 1943 in Westmoreland, began his working career as a teacher, then moved into the hotel industry where he has worked unstintingly for 35 years, with 25 years at the level of a general manager.While living in St. Mary, he has been actively involved in every aspect of community service, serving as chair of the St. Mary Heritage Company Limited, the St. Mary Attractions and Tours Company, the Parish Library and the Oracabessa High School, where he helped to establish links to develop a new library and a fully furnished and equipped computer lab.An active member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), he was instrumental in soliciting sponsorship from the Sandals group to host the St. Mary Agri-Expo, which promotes links between agriculture and tourism. In addition, he is also the founder of a fathering programme, which assists boys from single-parent homes.Mr. McKitty also established a youth programme at Jack’s River, where he supplied books and paid the tuition of several students. In addition, he adopted the Mason Hall Primary School where he built sanitary facilities for the students, and the Boscobel Basic and Primary Schools, where he established a school feeding programme. He was also instrumental in building a computer lab at Boscobel Primary School.A dedicated family man, who is married with two daughters, Mr. McKitty is the 2006 St. Mary recipient of the Governor-General’s Achievement Award. RelatedArchives Critical to Jamaica’s History Hotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary InformationJanuary 15, 2013 RelatedHotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary Story HighlightsThe parish of St. Mary has a new Custos Rotulorum. He is hotelier Jeffrey McKitty, who was sworn in on Monday (January 14), during a ceremony at King’s House.Mr. McKitty replaces Hon. Alrick Pottinger, whose retirement became effective on December 31, last year.Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, who presided over the brief ceremony, expressed confidence that the new Custos would carry out his duties and responsibilities effectively. RelatedHotelier is the New Custos of St. Mary FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – For the second time in as many years, the Lamar men’s basketball team makes an appearance in the postseason as one of 20 teams selected to play in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). Also, for the second consecutive season, the Cardinals will face a former Southland Conference opponent in the opening round when they step on the court Wednesday to take on UTSA.The Cardinals (19-13) make their way into the postseason after finishing the 2017-18 campaign tied for fifth in the Southland Conference standings. After winning four straight and six of their last seven games, the Cards now enter the CIT looking to right the ship after dropping their past two contests.The Roadrunners (19-14) make their way into the CIT after having won 19 games during the 2017-18 campaign. UTSA finished fifth in the Conference USA standings with an 11-7 (.611) record. The Roadrunners won nine of their last 12 before getting eliminated from the Conference USA tournament in the second round by Marshall. The Cardinals are making their 12th appearance in the postseason, and their second in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT). It marks the second consecutive season LU has qualified for the CIT.LU has a rich history of advancing to the postseason. The Cardinals have made six appearances in the NCAA Championships, with the last appearance coming in 2012. The Cardinals have also made four trips to the NIT, with the last appearance coming in 1986. Big Red is 5-6 (.455) all-time in the NCAA Championships, 2-4 (.333) in the NIT and 0-1 in the CIT.The Cardinals traveled to San Marcos to face Texas State in the opening round of the CIT last season. Big Red struggled offensively in that game dropping a 70-60 decision in Strahan Coliseum.A former Southland Conference member, the Cardinals have a long history against UTSA. The Cardinals lead the all-time series, 19-14 (.576), over UTSA and have won two straight and three of the past five meetings. The Cardinals are a game over .500 all-time against UTSA in San Antonio (9-8, .529). Wednesday’s meeting will be the first between the two schools since the 2016-17 season when the Red and White recorded a 20-point victory, 78-58, in Beaumont. Wednesday’s game will be the first between the two schools in San Antonio since the 2010-11 season. The Cardinals are two games over .500 on the road this season, 8-6 (.517), while UTSA is 11-3 (.786) in the Convocation Center. For the Red and White, Wednesday’s game marks the fifth straight away from Beaumont for the Cardinals.The Cardinals enter the contest with another shot and locking up a 20-win season. LU has equaled its win total from last year, but heads to San Antonio looking for its first 20-win campaign since the 2011-12 season.Wednesday’s game is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. from the Convocation Center in San Antonio. The game can also be heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.
The hit 1979 film Norma Rae could be headed to the stage. A musical adaptation is in the works featuring a score composed by Grammy winner Rosanne Cash, according to a story in The New York Daily News.Norma Rae follows a factory worker in North Carolina who begins involvement in labor union activities after her health and that of her colleagues at a textile factory is compromised. The film features an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. and an Oscar-winning performance from Sally Field in the title role.Rosanne Cash is a four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. The potential Norma Rae musical would be her first foray into musical theater. Cash is the oldest daughter of country music star Johnny Cash, whose music was adapted into the 2006 Broadway musical Ring of Fire.Additional creative team members for the Norma Rae musical is currently unknown, nor is a development timeline yet in place. View Comments Sally Field in the film “Norma Rae”(Photo: Twentieth Century Fox)
FRENCH National Railways announced on April 28 that the plan to rescue its rail freight business is showing early results.Deputy Managing Director, Freight, Marc Véron said the objective was to achieve 3% annual growth from 2007 onwards. Since the start of implementation at the end of last year, the main elements of the plan had been put in place. These included the establishment of five main corridors where traffic can be concentrated, the launch of 12 out of 24 ’conveyor belts’ for specific flows, and the setting up of 11 out of 12 zones at the operational level to allow a closer relationship with customers. Furthermore, 400 diesel locos had been ordered at a cost of €850m, 160 freight depots were covered by a new information system, and the test phase for a customer service centre had been completed.Revenue and tonne-km to the end of March were holding at similar levels to last year, and the number of trains departing late had been halved. Wagon turnrounds for scrap metal traffic have been reduced by 48% to 15·9 days, and one category of steel wagon was achieving a similar reduction to 12·3 days. Train load factors had increased by 4·8%, and rolling stock productivity was up by 10% for the same level of traffic.SNCF President Louis Gallois felt these results were ’encouraging’, a view endorsed on May 14 by Transport Secretary François Goulard who said that the plan is ’in line with forecasts’. To criticisms about price rises, Goulard responded that ’true pricing needed to be imposed’, suggesting that many prices had been too low in the past. Following a protest strike on May 13, seven unions wrote to Gallois demanding the start of ’real negotiations’ on restructuring the freight business. Truly, this will be a long haul.