Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has called on Jamaicans to build a quality society characterized by excellence noting that “Jamaica cannot maximize its potential for greatness and achieve what we need in the next 50 years without sustained hard work.”Speaking to hundreds of persons gathered at Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Sunday (March 24) for the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence, the Prime Minister said the nation’s youth’s represent our future and “this is the beginning of the next leg of the journey in keeping with the theme, ‘Youth on a Mission…Project 2062.’” “As I look at the nominees and awardees, I feel a deep sense of pride. Through your actions, you our nominees and awardees have said loudly and distinctly that you have a lot to offer this country. You are among the significant Jamaicans who have been making a valuable contribution at home and abroad. You have imagined a life of achievement, a life of excellence and have refused to accept mediocrity. You have refused to believe that because circumstances were hard and obstacles were in the way that you could not fulfill your dreams to pursue them meaningfully. You have refused to place limits on yourselves” Mrs. Simpson Miller highlighted. Reflecting on the confidence of the nation’s forefathers which saw the overthrowing a system that mocked human decency, Mrs. Simpson Miller said this confidence has a long lineage. She implored the audience to carry it onto 2062 and beyond. The Prime Minister called on the nominees and awardees to let their accomplishments serve as an inspiration to other young persons and the nation emphasizing that “your excellence is not an act, it is a habit, it is a way of life.” The Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence was instituted in 1998 to recognize the accomplishments of the Jamaican young people and are presented annually to young persons who have distinguished themselves locally, regionally and internationally. At Sunday’s function, awards were presented in the areas of Sport; International Achievement; Academics; Leadership; Arts and Culture; Journalism; Youth in Service; Entrepreneurship and Agriculture. The 2011 nominees and awardees were also recognized at the function. Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244Fax: 920-4684Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.opm.gov.jm
Gurugram: A person with a known criminal record was beaten to death on Saturday afternoon near Shivaji Nagar, when he stepped out of his home to meet his acquaintances. The man, identified by police as Deepak, allegedly had 11 criminal cases against him for assault and under the Arms Act. The police here said that the deceased was declared as a “bad character” by the Shivaji Nagar police station.The deceased, a resident of Shakti Park, Sector 10 A, was allegedly beaten to death with sticks by at least four men and the police claim that all four suspects have been identified. According to them, Akash, Praveen, Dhilu and Bhupi were part of the group that killed the 24-year-old Deepak. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe police said that at least two more suspects are yet to be identified and that they were all acquaintances of Deepak. Assistant commissioner of police (ACP), crime, Shamsher Singh said, “Deepak had an altercation with the suspects. He was severely beaten and succumbed to his injuries later on Saturday. We have identified four of the suspects. At least two more are unidentified.” Police officials added that after the incident, Deepak’s friends rushed him to a hospital in the city where he died while undergoing treatment for the past two days. The victim’s cousin said that he had left home saying that he would be back in 10 minutes. “The incident took place near our house. His friends got involved in a fight. Deepak tried to sort out the argument but he was beaten with sticks and rods.” A case has been registered against the suspects under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 302 (murder), and 34 (common intention) of the IPC at the Shivaji Nagar police station.