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Jamaicans abroad adopt clinics, spend millions

The Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Adopt-a-Clinic programme is gaining traction, particularly among the diaspora in the United States, which has adopted several clinics across the island.

Data from the Ministry of Health and Wellness noted that there are 109 clinics up for adoption and of that total, 36 are adopted.

Members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States have adopted 15 of these clinics and have spent a total of $43 million upgrading and providing various equipment for these primary-care institutions.

Among the clinics adopted are Cascade in Hanover, Adelphi in St. James, Steer Town in St. Ann, Ulster Spring in Trelawny, Islington in St. Mary and Lambs River in Westmoreland.

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Government to uplift several rural communities

Homer Davis, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, is encouraging business operators in Montego Bay to work with the Government to improve the aesthetics of the business district.

“Downtown Montego Bay needs a makeover; the aesthetics of the town need to be revisited… to make it more appealing to customers and visitors alike,” he said.

He said that the Old Shoe Market should be transformed into a more modern facility. “This is where I think central government, local government, along with the private sector, should form an alliance to upgrade that area,” Mr. Davis said.

Mr Davis cited urban drift as one of the issues that have affected the area’s infrastructure and impacted the rural communities. “This has redirected the Government… to focus its energy and available resources on improving the infrastructure and welfare of these rural communities across the landscape of Jamaica,” he said.

Five pilot communities have been identified for improvement under the Rural Development Programme that is being undertaken by the Ministry. They are Chamber’s Pen in Hanover; Cheesefield in St. Catherine; Cheswick in St. Thomas; Banks in Clarendon; and Lawrence Tavern in St. Andrew.

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JAMPRO targets small businesses for support

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) continues to assist local small business owners to access export markets for their products.

JAMPRO President, Diane Edwards, noted that the agency has been successful in sourcing markets in the United States for cosmetics producers.

“We took a group of cosmetics manufacturers to Atlanta, found them distributors, and they are rolling out their business and doing well in Atlanta,” she said.

She noted that Jamaican entrepreneurs are also “doing well” in suppling regional and international markets with in-demand goods, such as sanitising products.

Ms. Edwards is urging small business operators to make use of the agency’s various support services. “We help businesses to focus. If you decide that your business needs to scale and you need an equity partner, we can go out and find an equity partner for you. JAMPRO is a free service, and there is no qualification required. You come with your plan and we will help because we are a free government service,” she noted.

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Tree Seedlings
Tree Seedlings

From left: Marketing officer Nakeisha Sewell and marketing supervisor Kadeon Crighton, both from the Forestry Department, along with Kareen Cox, public relations and promotions executive, and Kisha-Kay Walker, retail business consultant, both from Texaco Jamaica, displaying fruit seedlings. Both entities are collaborating to distribute free tree seedlings across the island as a part of the National Tree Planting Initiative.

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Plant Life
Plant Life

Ainsley Henry, chief executive officer, Forestry Department, guides builder Tonianne Smith, of the Clan Carthy Primary School, in planting a soursop tree on the school grounds at the Kiwanis Club of North St Andrew Tree Planting Project in observance of Kiwanis One Day.

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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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Tree Seedlings
Tree Seedlings

From left: Marketing officer Nakeisha Sewell and marketing supervisor Kadeon Crighton, both from the Forestry Department, along with Kareen Cox, public relations and promotions executive, and Kisha-Kay Walker, retail business consultant, both from Texaco Jamaica, displaying fruit seedlings. Both entities are collaborating to distribute free tree seedlings across the island as a part of the National Tree Planting Initiative.

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Jamaica, Nigeria cementing ties, says high commissioner

Nigeria is exploring opportunities for greater trade and business linkages with Jamaica, according to Nigerian High Commissioner Dr. Maureen Tamuno.

She said that since assuming duties in June, she has had several meetings with government ministers and businesspeople to explore opportunities for increased business between the two countries.

The High Commissioner noted that Jamaica and Nigeria have been working to strengthen relations in trade, air services and culture since establishing diplomatic ties on April 29, 1970. She said that the Fourth Session of the Nigeria-Jamaica Joint Commission should provide a “formidable platform for rejuvenating existing bilateral agreements and scaling up relations in critical areas of mutual interest”.

The event is scheduled to take place in Abuja, Nigeria, during the first quarter of 2022.

PM Holness targets 1m vaccine jabs by November

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has set a new target of administering one million doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines by November 30.

This new target comes as the Government ramps up efforts to increase vaccine take-up to return the country to normality as soon as possible.

“The connection is not made in our minds that if we don’t take the vaccines, we cannot return to normal. Those people who want to return to normal without taking the vaccine… nutt’n no go so.

“Your freedom of choice comes with the obligation and duty of consequence. The problem we are facing now in the society is that the people who have taken the vaccine have to bear the consequences for those who do not take it,” the Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Holness reminded the public that those who do not take the vaccines remain the host population for the reproduction and possible mutation of the virus. This, he said, could result in vaccinated persons being infected by a mutated version of the virus for which the vaccine they received may not be as effective.

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Diaspora group supports health, education institutions

Fifteen schools in St. James, Trelawny and Kingston, and three health institutions in Western Jamaica are the latest beneficiaries of gifts from the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee.

The gift comprised medical assistance scholarships, tablets and laptop computers, valued at US$120,000.

Cornwall Regional Hospital, Falmouth Hospital and the Noel Holmes Hospital received well-needed oxygen valued at US$70,000.00.

Chairman of the Atlanta Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee, Dr. Yvonne Smith, said the oxygen was donated to the hospitals in July to assist with the shortage that they were experiencing at that time.

She noted that her organisation had distributed 131 tablets and 26 laptop computers to 15 educational institutions, of which 13 are in St. James, one in Trelawny and one in Kingston.

Among those receiving tablets and laptops were Adelphi Primary School, Adelphi Gardens Basic School, Goodwill Primary School, Sudbury All-Age School, Barrett Town All-Age School, Dumfries All-Age School, Muschett High School, Cornwall College, and the University of the West Indies.

Dr. Smith said the package of tablets and laptop computers is a joint project undertaken by the Atlanta Sister Cities Committee, in association with the Victoria House Foundation, headquartered in Washington DC.

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