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News for Week of November 7, 2021
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No school fee for some secondary students

Students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) are exempted from fees of the Sixth-Form Pathways Programme.

“Of course, you as a parent can give what you have, but that student or the parent should not be expected to pay a fee or contribute if he or she cannot afford to do so,” said Acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Kasan Troupe.

She said too that students under the compulsory secondary education programme and who are not part of the PATH Programme will receive grants beginning in September 2022.

“Our Minister [of Education] approved a significant sum to treat with the preliminary costs, and when we look at what we’ll be providing to our schools, we’re looking at a $1.5-billion initial contribution, in respect to the grants,” said Dr. Troupe.

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Screws tightened on human traffickers

Jamaica’s House of Representatives has passed the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) (Amendment) Act 2021, creating tougher penalties for offenders.

The decision was made to amend the monetary penalties to remove the option of fines in lieu of custodial sentences as a penalty for some offences that are egregious in nature and increase the monetary penalties under Section 15 of the Act.

The amendment also makes a consequential amendment to Section 10 of the Child Care and Protection Act to remove the option of fine in lieu of custodial sentence.

Minister of National Security Dr. Horace Chang said that the Government is creating a legal framework that punishes human trafficking, while deterring persons from getting involved in the criminal activity.

He said that trafficking in persons is a heinous activity, which provides significant funding to the criminal underworld.

“While it is not yet a major activity in Jamaica, we are in a position where it could become another major risk to the State, in providing the kind of funding to the criminal underworld, which we don’t wish to have,” he told Parliament.

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Frontier adds more flights to Jamaica, others to come

Frontier Airlines is now flying into the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James, from Orlando, Florida.

Sixty-eight passengers arrived on the first trip to mark the start of three weekly non-stop flights from Florida to the island’s tourism capital by the low-fare carrier.

Manager of Airlines and Tour Operators for the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) United States (US) market, Francine Carter-Henry noted that the Orlando-Montego Bay flight is among several new routes into Jamaica by Frontier.

“We had their first scheduled flight coming out of Miami earlier this year, now we are happy to launch back-to-back [routes] – Atlanta, and now Orlando to Montego Bay, and they are now done. We have [flights from] Newark, New Jersey, starting December 17,” she said.

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Burger King Support
Burger King Support

Burger King is supporting artistes with a donation to the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artiste and Affiliates (JAVAA). Here, Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe (2nd right), head of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Communications, presents $250,000 to JAVAA representatives (from left): Donette Fielding, Frankie Campbell, and Orville ‘Biggs’ Case.

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Chain of Hope
Chain of Hope

Kimberly Tenant (centre) says ‘thank you’ to Consultant Cardiologist, South Hampton and Lead of the Chain of Hope and Gift for Life Medical Mission, Dr Alan MGee (right), at the Paediatric Cardiac Unit at the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Her grandmother, Judith Osbourne Malcolm, shares in the moment.

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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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Burger King Support
Burger King Support

Burger King is supporting artistes with a donation to the Jamaica Association of Vintage Artiste and Affiliates (JAVAA). Here, Sabrena McDonald Radcliffe (2nd right), head of Sales, Marketing & Corporate Communications, presents $250,000 to JAVAA representatives (from left): Donette Fielding, Frankie Campbell, and Orville ‘Biggs’ Case.

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Malvern library gets solar system from investor

A state-of-the-art solar system has been installed at the Malvern Branch Library in St. Elizabeth, which is expected to significantly reduce the library’s monthly electricity bill.

Renewable energy investor, BMR Energy, donated the system that comprises a four-kilowatt solar panel array and a compact five-kilowatt Lithium-ion battery storage facility.

The Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Daryl Vaz said that the donation is “timely, as online classes will cause libraries to consume more electricity”.

He noted that during the pandemic “when so many students are utilising online platforms for classes, libraries are facilitating the educational advancement of our students through the provision of much-needed Internet access and computer service”.

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e-tickets for traffic offences ready late November

The Ministry of National Security will be rolling out the pilot of its electronic traffic ticketing system later this month.

The e-ticketing application is replacing the existing manual traffic ticketing system used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Chief Technical Director with responsibility for Security Risk Reform and Transformation Policy Division in the Ministry, Delroy Simpson, said that the application will remove the element of human error that occurs with the manual system.

“Currently, when a police officer stops a motorist, he pulls out a ticket book and writes a ticket for the offence. The officer has to write the type of offence, the motor-vehicle particulars and the date of the offence,” he said. “After this process is completed then the data entry operators have to enter the ticket information into a database. In those two processes, you can have errors. For example, the officer can make an error with the name of the offender and so on.”

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GraceKennedy gives strong support to fight against COVID-19

During its second vaccination blitz, hosted by the GraceKennedy (GK) Group in collaboration with the Private Sector Vaccination Initiative, over 750 persons were vaccinated again the COVID-19 virus.


The event targeted GK team members and their guests, with many of the participants in the blitz being GK’s frontline team, including factory workers, merchandisers, sales personnel, and promoters. GK contractors, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, attached to the Kingston Central Division, and residents of the communities surrounding GraceKennedy’s offices at Harbour Street turned out for the jabs.


GK Group CEO Don Wehby was pleased that GraceKennedy could facilitate vaccination for so many members of the GK family, “I am really happy to see so many people here today. Some I haven’t seen in such a long time because of COVID-19,” he said. “We really must work together to help our country and the world get past this pandemic. I fully support taking the vaccine and urge all Jamaicans who can, to do so. It is so critical that we protect each other from COVID-19, and I have pledged to do all I can to help the GK team get vaccinated.”
 

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, GK has prioritized protecting its team against the virus and developing protocols to guide its response to the pandemic. In January 2020, the GK COVID-19 Steering Committee was established which has been spearheading many initiatives across the Group, including two recent vaccination blitzes.


GK has also made significant contributions towards Jamaica’s COVID-19 response, including multi-million-dollar donations towards the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the island’s healthcare workers and ventilators for the public health system.

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