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News for Week of January 30, 2022
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Jamaica will defeat crime, vows security minister

Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang said the Government is determined to defeat crime and disrupt the activities of well-resourced persons who are bent on causing mayhem in communities.

He noted that the society is being challenged by persons, who abide by no rules and will do anything for their own success; but stressed that the State will win the battle against crime and encouraged citizens to stand united against the scourge.

“We are going to win because we are committed to our principles, we trust in God, and we have faith in the Jamaican people. We have the men and women out there, and we will overcome those challenges,” he added.

Dr. Chang urged the security forces to build trust with citizens, “so that we can achieve unity under Christ, and achieve the success that we all [strive] for, to ensure that there is public safety and good order for all of Jamaica”.

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COVID-19 measures to go shortly, says PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said over the coming months the Government will be looking to remove more of the measures that have been instituted to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission.

“Barring any extreme change in circumstances, our approach will be to gradually scale back restrictive measures once we get out of the fourth wave that we are now experiencing. We will not keep the measures longer than is necessary,” promised the prime minister.

Mr. Holness said the national approach adopted to counter the COVID-19 pandemic of saving lives and livelihoods “has served us well”. He noted that almost two years into the pandemic, “we have both the knowledge and means to protect ourselves”.

The Prime Minister maintained that citizens have access to adequate reliable information and resources “to assess [their] own health and risks as well as their handwashing and sanitizing, and physical distancing.

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Agri training continues for youth farmer

More young Jamaicans are being trained and certified as youth famers through the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, in partnership with HEART/NSTA Trust.

Executive Director of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Dr. Ronald Blake, said the programme was developed to meet the growing demand for certification by youth farmers.

“The Jamaica 4-H Clubs has always been certifying our youth farmers,” he emphasized. “A lot of them have been certified under our mastery level programme.”

The certification is based on the knowledge that youth farmers have already acquired from working in the field. Dr. Blake said that 323 youth farmers are currently being assessed to receive certification under the programme.

Dr. Blake added, “The Youth Farmer Certification Programme is based on training on a whole and prior learning assessment, and it takes into consideration that these youngsters have been practically doing a particular activity over time and they have participated in various training by the 4-H Clubs and other agencies.”

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Scotiabank continues to support the local recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic with a donation of J$1.5 million to the ongoing Private Sector Vaccine Initiative (PSVI). Amashika Lorne (left), public affairs manager at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, accepts the donation from Morris Nelson (right), senior vice-president, corporate and commercial banking – Scotiabank Jamaica.

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Director General of the Jamaica Library Service, Maureen Thompson with Joseph Matalon after receiving a donation of 240 copies of the book, ‘Mayer Matalon: Business, Politics and the Jewish-Jamaican Elite’.

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A representative from the Annotto Bay Fire Station shows off her freshly picked JP St Mary’s pineapple alongside JP St Mary’s Assistant Depot Manager Simone Saunderson during a handover of care packages with the vitamin C-rich fruit to the Fire Brigade. The donation by JP St Mary’s is part of an overall initiative to encourage essential workers to eat healthy foods to boost their immune systems.

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Scotia Support
Scotia Support

Scotiabank continues to support the local recovery efforts from the COVID-19 pandemic with a donation of J$1.5 million to the ongoing Private Sector Vaccine Initiative (PSVI). Amashika Lorne (left), public affairs manager at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, accepts the donation from Morris Nelson (right), senior vice-president, corporate and commercial banking – Scotiabank Jamaica.

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Foreign ministry has big plans for Jamaica’s 60th year

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is celebrating Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of Independence with a slew of activities throughout this year.

Dubbed ‘Reigniting a Nation: Global Excellence, Our Mission’, the celebration will also recognize the establishment of the Foreign Ministry in 1962.

“Our intention is to use existing and new opportunities throughout the year to showcase the work undertaken by the Ministry… and the impact it has had on national development,” said Portfolio Minister, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.

Activities to be included in the anniversary celebrations are the annual Diplomatic Week and the Jamaica 60 biennial diaspora conference.

Senator Johnson Smith said that the Ministry will support national events, which may include State and official visits to Jamaica and from Jamaica to other countries.

The Ministry will also join the national Independence activities in August as well as mark Jamaica’s 60th anniversary of membership to the United Nations.

“We will work directly with the diaspora in its plans to celebrate within the respective jurisdictions as well as the national activities, which will unfold in Jamaica,” Senator Johnson Smith added.

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Pearnel Charles Jr. focuses on food security

Jamaica’s food security is a top priority for the Government, according to Pearnel Charles Jr., the Minister of Agriculture.

He noted that there is global demand for Jamaican produce, adding that the Government is seeking to increase local production of several crops, particularly onion. He informed that the Ministry has set a target of increasing onion production from 20 per cent to 70 per cent to meet local demand.

He noted that onion production is just one of several crops targeted for increased production, to satisfy local and global demand. He said, “There are several – ginger, potato and others that we will be focusing on because right now, our import bill is too high. We want to make sure that through our parish managers and our extinction services, that we at least bring it up so that we can feed our country. First order is that Jamaica be able to feed itself, feed its tourists, and then go out and stretch across the world.”

Noting that agriculture is a critical component of the country’s economic recovery, Mr. Charles Jr. urged all Jamaicans to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the sector.

“Get involved. As we reset our economy, and we move to get economic recovery booming, farming and fisheries are presenting opportunities to you,” said the minister.

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