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System of verifying vaccination status coming

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his Government is moving to make travel with Jamaica’s vaccination card seamless by establishing a system for verifying the validity of the vaccination status of Jamaicans.

The Prime Minister’s announcement comes following concerns raised after it was reported that the United Kingdom’s Government does not recognise the vaccination status of Jamaicans who travel to that country, based on new travel guidelines established.

“If you need to travel and you arrive in… the foreign country and you present your card, we will develop the appropriate system to ensure that there is the ability to validate that card so your destination of travel will be able to verify on the Jamaican database that your vaccination is accurate and appropriate and valid,” he said.

The Prime Minister added, “Whilst there are concerns, we wish to reassure the country that the way in which Jamaica has gone about its vaccination programme places us in good standing for this kind of validation to take place.”

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Staff at two hotels fully vaccinated; minister impressed

Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism, has lauded the South Coast’s renowned resort complex, Jakes Hotel and Jack Sprat Restaurant and Bar on achieving 100 per cent staff take up of both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

They are the first and only establishment in Jamaica so far to have accomplished this under the tourism vaccination initiative of the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association working in tandem with the Private Sector Vaccination Initiative.

 

In hailing Jakes and its staff, Minister Bartlett said, “I commend Jakes for setting the pace in the drive to get all tourism workers vaccinated. The tourism industry is on the rebound globally and travellers are looking for COVID-safe destinations for their travel experiences.”

In highlighting the “Jakes Family” accomplishment, Jason Henzell, Chairman of Jakes Hotel, Villas & Spa said, “We are proud of our staff of 125 persons achieving this milestone. Jakes strives to be a good steward of community tourism, knowing that the health and safety of our staff and guests, as well as the wider community of Treasure Beach, and in fact Jamaica and the world as a whole, are of great importance to us as a resort destination.” 

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Private security supports anti-crime fight

In the last three years, the private security industry contributed to a notable decrease in serious and violent crimes, robberies and break-ins, according to Senator Matthew Samuda, the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of National Security.

“This downward trend is partly a result of the significant expansion of private security industry, with an average annual growth of six per cent in the number of registered private security guards within the last ten years,” he said.
 

The Minister pointed out that last July, more than 200 private security companies with staff complements surpassing 21,000, were registered with the Private Security Regulation Authority.

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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
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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Real estate board moves to clean up sector

The Real Estate Board is clamping down on dealers who fail to complete the risk assessment survey, which is part of the entity’s anti-money laundering efforts.

Chief Executive Officer of the board Sandra Garrick said that 13 real estate dealers’ licences were suspended earlier this month for failure to complete and submit the board’s Anti-Money Laundering Risk Assessment Survey Questionnaire issued in 2020.

“The survey takes a risk-based approach by identifying factors in dealers’ operations or that of their clients which would put the dealer at a heightened risk for being used for money laundering or terrorism financing,” she noted.

 

These risks include, but are not limited to unnecessarily complex transactions or opaque beneficial ownership clients, transactions that are unusually large and complex and lack an obvious economic or lawful purpose, or transactions including politically exposed persons such as politicians or someone holding a prominent public position, she explained.

Farmers battered by storms getting government support

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is providing $250 million in relief support for farmers affected by the recent passage of Tropical Storms Grace and Ida.

The funds, which also aim to stimulate recovery in the agricultural sector, are being redirected from the Production Incentive Programme.

Portfolio Minister Audley Shaw noted that the tropical storms that impacted the island in August, caused significant loss of crops, livestock and farmlands, and extensive damage to road and infrastructure.

Just about $100 million will go towards support for crop and livestock farmers and of that sum $28 million will be made available for distribution through the Members of Parliament (MPs).

Twenty nine 29 constituencies have been identified with significant damage, and the MPs for these areas will be receiving $750,000 each; and MPs for 13 constituencies that have been identified with less substantial damage will receive $500,000 each. The remaining $71 million will be disbursed under the recovery programmes being executed by the Rural Agricultural Development Agency (RADA).

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