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COMMONWEALTH’S FIRST FEMALE FOREST CONSERVATOR PROUD OF JOURNEY

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):                                                      BY: DENISE DENNIS

            In 1996, Marilyn Headley made history by becoming the first female Conservator of Forests in Jamaica and the Commonwealth.

            “They used to say, you don’t look like a forester; so I would always say, how is a forester supposed to look?” she relates to JIS News.

HOUSE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LADY COOKE

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):

The House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 13) paid tribute to Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Lady Ivy Cooke, who died on June 5.

Lady Cooke, who was the widow of former Governor-General, Sir Howard Cooke, passed away at the age of 100 years, leaving behind two sons, Howard Cooke Jr. and Richard Cooke, and one daughter, Audrey Cooke.

In his tribute, Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said Lady Cooke lived a long life, distinguished by service to the nation, the field of education and to her family.

EDUCATION MINISTRY TO ALLOCATE $1 BILLION TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):                                                                                                             The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to allocate $1 billion in budgetary support to primary, all-age and junior high schools for the 2017-2018 academic year.

            This is in line with the Ministry’s commitment to provide greater support to schools to improve the quality of education in Jamaica.                                                                           

TWO NEW TRUCKS FOR FIRE BRIGADE

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):                                                            

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to receive two new Rosenbauer fire trucks, valued at US$1.15 million.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, signed the contract for the purchase, at his Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston, on June 13.

Mr.  McKenzie said the Government is resolute in ensuring that the fleet of the JFB is improved as well as the physical condition under which the men and women of the service have to operate islandwide.

LEGISLATIVE PRODUCTION SYSTEM AND DRAFTING MANUAL LAUNCHED

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):

The process by which the country’s laws are drafted is to be significantly improved with the introduction of the Legislative Production Management System and Legislative Drafting Manual.

Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, launched the software system and manual at his Constant Spring Road offices in St. Andrew on June 8.

They were developed under the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) Programme, which is funded by the Canadian Government and implemented by the Justice Reform Implementation Unit (JRIU) in the Ministry.

JAMAICANS URGED TO LEARN CPR

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is stressing the need for Jamaicans to be trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as having such knowledge could result in them saving a life.

 Director of Emergency Cardiac Care at the HFJ, Dr. Hugh Wong, said that everyone should have CPR skills, which, he noted, are easily learnt.

“The person whose life you save is likely to be someone close, like a spouse, a neighbour or a colleague,” he pointed out while addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (June 13).

CaPRI LAUNCHES STUDY ON VALUE OF THE DIASPORA

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):                            BY: ELAINE HARTMAN RECKORD

A study to examine the value of the diaspora to Jamaica’s development will be launched on Jamaica Diaspora Day (June 16), which is celebrated annually in Jamaica and abroad.

Some of the results will be revealed at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference to be held in July.

ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM A PRIORITY – PM

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 14 (JIS):

            Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is making the establishment of the National Identification System (NIDS) a priority.

            He said the system will have a “positive transformational effect” on the country and serve to improve the lives of Jamaicans.

            “It will support the ease of doing business by impacting positively on security-related programmes, while promoting financial and social inclusion, as well as compliance with tax laws,” he noted.

NEW CURRICULUM TO IMPROVE METHODS OF TEACHING

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 13 (JIS):

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the new National Standards Curriculum (NSC) will improve methods of teaching, particularly for boys.

            Mr. Reid was responding to a question on ways to improve the performance of boys in schools, during the Rotary Club of St. Andrew luncheon meeting at the Hotel Four Season in St. Andrew, on June 13.

MINISTRY AND SECURITY FORCES DEVISING STRATEGIES TO REDUCE CRIME

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

KINGSTON, June 13 (JIS):

The Ministry of National Security and the security forces are actively devising strategies to address the increase in the levels of crime affecting the island over the last few weeks.

          This was stated by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 13).

          Mr. Montague said there has been an increase in police operations islandwide, but more so in the parishes of Hanover and Clarendon.