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AMD, Lenovo join PM Holness to provide laptops for 40 students
Forty students attending high schools and tertiary institutions are the beneficiaries of a donation of laptops from AMD in partnership with Lenovo. The computers were presented to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and some of the students during a courtesy call made by the company's executives to the prime minister at Vale Royal on Friday, September 9.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre, front row) is with a group of students who have received laptops donated by technology companies AMD and Lenovo. Also in the photo are AMD and Lenovo executives (back) Sophia Hong, AMD WW OEM marketing manager, Lenovo; Reece Kong, president, RMP & Associates; Mike Abplanalp, Lenovo channel sales director; and Domingo Alonso, Lenovo territory executive. David Bennett, AMD corporate VP, Lenovo global account, is in the second row, third from right.
The project was initiated by David Bennett, AMD corporate vice-president for the Lenovo global account, who was inspired by a Facebook post by Prime Minister Holness earlier this year. "I saw the prime minister's post about a donation of an AMD-powered Lenovo PC to a student and was inspired to do more," said Bennett. "We proposed the idea to our partners and they agreed to join us to donate these 40 Lenovo ThinkPad E-Series notebooks."
Prime Minister Holness expressed his gratitude for the donation, saying that there is a digital divide in Jamaica and he was grateful to AMD and Lenovo for providing the computers to enable to students to have access to the technology that is critical for them to be able to excel in their studies."This is extraordinary for me. It's a wonderful opportunity and I thank the persons who made this happen. It will save me a lot of time and money," said Lilieth Clarke of Penwood High School, who also happens to be one of the students who was affected by the recent issue with SBA's submitted late to CXC. "I no longer have to spend money going to Internet cafés in order to get my work done," she said."We are happy to have this opportunity to serve the Jamaican community and will work together with our partners to build on this project," said Bennett, who is of Jamaican heritage.
AMD, a global technology company, has driven innovation in high-performance computing, graphics and visualization technologies. David Bennett assured the prime minister that AMD is focused on transforming education with industry-leading technology. Hundreds of millions of consumers, leading Fortune 500 businesses, and cutting-edge scientific research facilities around the world rely on AMD technology daily to improve how the live, work and play. 

Prime Minister Andrew Holness presents a laptop to Monique Salmon of The Queen's School. Looking on are executives of AMD and Lenovo (from left): Mike Abplanalp, Lenovo channel sales director; David Bennett, AMD corporate VP, Lenovo global account; Reece Kong, president, RMP & Associates; and Domingo Alonso, Lenovo territory executive. 
Prime Minister Andrew Holness presents a laptop to Monique Salmon of The Queen's School. Looking on are executives of AMD and Lenovo (from left): Mike Abplanalp, Lenovo channel sales director; David Bennett, AMD corporate VP, Lenovo global account; Reece Kong, president, RMP & Associates; and Domingo Alonso, Lenovo territory executive.