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You have a right, contact legal aid unit

Members of the public who have been charged with criminal offences and are unable to afford private legal representation are being encouraged to access the services of the Legal Aid Council (LAC).

Legal Officer Kerona Spence noted that every person who is charged with a crime or is detained has a right to legal representation.

“So, if you can’t afford an attorney, we implore you to contact the Legal Aid Council. That is what we are here for – to provide you with the assistance that you need, so that you can have a fair trial and you can have access to proper justice services,” she said.

Ms. Spence is also advising persons with family members who have been incarcerated and are mentally ill to contact the Council.

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‘We on the rock… proud of Jamaicans all over the world’

Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered on Saturday, September 4 in Paterson, New Jersey, to witness the renaming of one of the major streets in that city, to recognise the outstanding contribution that Jamaicans have made to the city.

Vreeland Avenue, between 17th and 19th Avenues, was renamed ‘Jamaica Way’, and was unveiled by the City’s Mayor, André Sayegh.

“The naming of a portion of Vreeland Avenue, Jamaica Way, is a proud moment for our multicultural municipality,” the Mayor said.

He pointed out that the area has a significant population of Jamaicans and is home to numerous Jamaican businesses.

“I am honoured to support the street naming and would like the world to know that ‘one love’ is what we strive for in ‘one Paterson’, which is a better place because of Jamaicans who call our city home,” Mayor Sayegh said.

In her message to mark the occasion, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said the Government had taken “note of all that you continue to do to ensure that Jamaica stands at the centre of commerce, culture and social engagement in the city of Paterson, New Jersey”.

“The renaming of this street is a testament to the span of influence spawned by members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States. We on the rock continue to be proud of Jamaicans all over the world who, through activism and civic and political engagement, have influenced and inspired development wherever they are to be found,” the Minister said.

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Jamaica wants to tighten border to stop flow of illegal guns

The Government is developing a border security policy and strategy that will secure the country against various threats, including the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, and contraband, while promoting lawful commence.

“This policy represents a key priority of the Government to disrupt the drugs-for-guns trade as well as the food-for-guns trade and to bolster our own capacity as a country to fight transnational organised crime and these criminal networks,” said Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Courtney Williams.

He noted that the policy also seeks to provide a more cohesive approach to responding to risks to trade and commerce, the blue economy and public health emergencies of international concern. It further serves to improve cross-sectoral cooperation among key regional and international stakeholders, the Permanent Secretary said.

“It will seek to enhance border intelligence-gathering capabilities, data sharing, risk assessment and the development of responsive security protocols. The policy will also seek to promote coherence and cohesiveness in border security and to modernise and streamline the legislative framework for the effective implementation of the policy and strategy,” he added.
 

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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

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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Wider groups lobbied for JamaicaEye to fight crime

The Ministry of National Security is targeting neighborhood watch groups, community associations and businesses across the island as it looks to beef up the number of surveillance cameras available under the JamaicaEye programme.

“In terms of the contribution by the public, we are putting a lot of effort into that at this time,” said Senior Director of Major Technology Transformation in the Ministry, Arvel Grant.

“We are meeting with the community groups, various neighborhood watches and business associations across the island. We go in, we meet with the groups who would have registered their interest by logging on to the JamaicaEye website, we share camera specifications, we sensitise them, we give them information about how the system works and address any concerns,” he noted.

He said that persons are educated about the cameras that best suit the system.

“We tell them about the cameras to buy and those that work best in certain areas. Once they have the cameras acquired and installed, then our technical team will meet with the community group. We establish that connection back to our system, so that the members of the police force inside the monitoring centre are able to access those camera feeds,” he pointed out.

Those wanting additional information may visit the JamaicaEye website at jamaicaeye.gov.jm or email queries to jamaicaeye@mns.gov.jm.

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