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News for Week of July 18, 2021
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St James gets another police station

Mount Salem in St James now has a new police station completed with funding from the European Union (EU).

The project cost $47.6 million and was undertaken by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), under its Poverty Reduction Programme, part of the build phase of the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO), now in place in the community.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the project being completed in such a short space of time is something to celebrate, as the prompt completion of government projects is uncommon.

Carib Cement committed to corporate social responsibility.

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Three projects to benefit St Elizabeth communities

Community projects valued at $1.2 million under the Community Research and Development Programme for St. Elizabeth are to get going soon, according to Parish Manager for the Social Development Commission (SDC), Alric Miller.

He said that three projects will each get $400,000 and are to benefit up to seven communities across the parish. The communities of Thornton, Aberdeen, Santa Cruz and Goshen will gain from the literacy interventions, while Braes River, Leeds, Goshen, Balaclava and Aberdeen will benefit from the parenting workshop intervention.

Thornton, Braes River, Santa Cruz and Balaclava will benefit from the domestic violence intervention.

“We want to really see an improvement in literacy amongst these parents, which will ultimately lead to an improvement in education outcomes for students. They (parents) will now have the necessary skills, providing support to their children via supervision or homework,” Mr. Miller said.

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More water for St Catherine; Clarendon next in line

State Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Homer Davis said a plan is on the table to establish an underground water recharge system in Clarendon.

The State Minister, who toured the Rural Water Supply Limited Artificial Underground Recharge System in Innswood, St. Catherine, said the system will boost supply of the commodity in Clarendon.

“This is a very successful project, and we are looking at Clarendon to see if such a system can be replicated there,” said the former Mayor of Montego Bay, St James.

“It is a very potent project, serving a wide area, and it is part of a national policy to enhance the quality of life for people,” he added.

The St. Catherine facility is situated on 68 acres of land, and its main function is to divert approximately five million gallons of water per day from the Rio Cobre River through the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) canal during the wet season.

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Jamalco Scholarships
Jamalco Scholarships

Cherrise Martin, student at the University of Technology, accepts her scholarship confirmation letter from Managing Director of Jamalco Austin Mooney. Jamalco has awarded some J$13 million in scholarships, bursaries and assistance with back-to-school items to early childhood, primary, high school and tertiary level students in Clarendon and Manchester.

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From left: Danielle Coward, tTech Limited human resource coordinator; Samantha Jones, sales and marketing associate; and Gillian Murray, marketing manager at a back-to-school donation drive at the Yallahs High School in St Thomas.

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Pineapples

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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Jamalco Scholarships
Jamalco Scholarships

Cherrise Martin, student at the University of Technology, accepts her scholarship confirmation letter from Managing Director of Jamalco Austin Mooney. Jamalco has awarded some J$13 million in scholarships, bursaries and assistance with back-to-school items to early childhood, primary, high school and tertiary level students in Clarendon and Manchester.

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Upgrade coming for Savanna-la-Mar school

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has signed the second part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Rockhouse Foundation to expand the Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy in Westmoreland to a full inclusive secondary school.

Architectural planning for the expansion is now under way. It is anticipated that the Ministry and the Rockhouse Foundation will jointly fund the expansion costs.

The project is being facilitated under the first MOU signed between the Ministry and Rockhouse Foundation in 2016.

Education Minister Fayval Williams said that the establishment of the Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy as a Government educational institution is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Foundation and the Ministry over several years.

Cash-starved UWI explores revenue options

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is to implement a new operational plan to deal with the financial challenges facing the institution due to shortfalls in expected revenues.

Many students and governments are experiencing difficulties in meeting financial obligations to the University in respect of tuition fees and related economic costs for teaching and learning.

 

The University said it is committed to cutting expenditure and increasing revenues by 10 per cent per year in each of the coming three years, thereby significantly eliminating cash shortfalls. Each of the three UWI campuses is to implement bankable commercial projects in an effort to strengthen its entrepreneurial functions and rewards.

 

Regional governments currently fund about 50 per cent of the UWI’s total operational cost, down from near 80 per cent twenty-five years ago.

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New, improved measures to tackle sexual harassment in Jamaica

Jamaica’s Parliament has passed new legislation to tackle sexual harassment.


The Sexual Harassment (Protection and Prevention) Bill addresses concerns about sexual harassment that is employment-related, occurring in institutions, or arising in the landlord and tenant relationship.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the legislation is not partial to any gender. “Men and women have, too often, unhappily recounted experiences of sexual harassment against them. It is against this background that the Bill is gender neutral and seeks to protect and prevent sexual harassment against both men and women,” she said.

The Minister informed that the legislation incorporates all the recommendations emanating from the Joint Select Committee, appointed to consider the Bill. “This Bill is, therefore, new and improved. These improvements have birthed a more robust legislation,” she declared.

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