Northern Caribbean University
Gets $1.5 Million Gift
ichael Lee-Chin, ranked in Forbes
as one of the world's 500 wealthiest persons, recently donated nearly US$1.5 million to Northern Caribbean University (NCU), an Adventist institution in Mandeville, Jamaica. Lee-Chin met with university president Herbert Thompson and made the donation on January 23.
Lee-Chin, chair of AIC Limited and the National Commercial Bank Jamaica Ltd., (NCB) made his first donation of about US$2 million in September 2006. Both donations go toward the construction of NCU's Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing, a state-of-the-art nursing facility named in honor of Lee-Chin's mother.
"We are very grateful for this latest contribution toward the completion of the nursing school," said Herbert Thompson, president of NCU. "It is my sincere hope that this contribution will encourage more persons outside of the church, and to a greater extent, those within, to assist the University with its church building and other projects slated to come on stream shortly," he added.
Construction on the nursing school began in May 2007, and is scheduled to open August 10. It will accommodate approximately 800 nursing students. With 400 nursing students now enrolled in the program, NCU has one of the largest nursing programs in the region.
Lee-Chin and NCB have also joined NCU in the financing of scholarships for 25 to 30 freshmen who will enter the Nursing school in August. The tuition scholarships are each valued at US$3,500 for students in their first year of study.
Jamaica: Two Members Shot While Leaving Church
Two members of the Bethel Town Adventist Church in Westmoreland, Jamaica, were shot on February 7 while leaving a meeting at the church.
"Junior McKenzie was helping to direct Corporal Peter Salkey as he backed out on to the road when a man came up to the window and shot Salkey," Glen O. Samuels, president of the Western Jamaica Conference, told Adventist News Network.
"While Mckenzie was approaching the first gunman, another came up and shot him in the back," Samuels continued.
Salkey was shot twice, once in the chest and a second bullet entered his side and exited . "He wasn't in any police uniform, so we are assuming it might have been the car that they wanted to steal," Samuels said. Samuels visited both men in the hospital. He said McKenzie came through surgery well. However, Salkey, while alert, remains in the intensive care unit.
The men had just finished a planning meeting on how to reach out to men in the community. Just three weeks ago Salkey was ordained an elder of the church. Samuels said the police are holding two persons in custody but wouldn't release any names.