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AGGRESSIVE REFORESTATION PROGRAMME TO BE UNDERTAKEN

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

The Government is working to ensure that the island’s forest reserves are increased and preserved through an “aggressive” reforestation programme.

Specific focus will be placed on closed broadleaf forests which have been diminishing over the years.

This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, during a stakeholder consultation on the draft National Forest Management and Conservation Plan (NFMCP), at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, today (March 21).

NATIONAL CULTURE POLICY TO BE UNVEILED IN APRIL

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):                        BY: ELAINE HARTMAN RECKORD

It is expected that the National Culture Policy will be unveiled next month, articulating clearly what is the Jamaican culture.

Since June 2016, staff of cultural agencies and community members have been participating in islandwide consultations aimed at revising the policy. The consultations are being spearheaded by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

JAMAICANS URGED TO APPRECIATE WORK OF JCF MEMBERS

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, has urged the nation to be more appreciative of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) role in safeguarding the country’s security.

He made the call while speaking at the presentation ceremony for a Mitsubishi bus, valued at approximately $7.6 million, which the Ministry donated to the Jamaica Police Federation, at the NCB North Tower car park in New Kingston, on March 20.

Mr. Montague noted that the JCF’s members often worked under severe conditions “that leave much to be desired”.

SECURITY MINISTRY AWAITS DESIGNS FOR NEW PICA OFFICE

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

The National Security Ministry is still awaiting the completion of architectural designs to commence construction of the new Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) head office in Kingston.

 Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has responsibility for PICA, says the initial designs are being modified by the architects.

NHT TO COMMENCE MICROFINANCE INITIATIVE APRIL 1

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

The National Housing Trust (NHT) will on April 1 commence its Housing Microfinance Initiative, which will allow low-income contributors to repair or improve existing homes or build their own homes, one step at a time.

The Initiative, announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, in his Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives today (March 21) provides unsecured credit to meet the demands of low-income households.

NHT TO PROVIDE 8,000 NEW LOANS VALUED AT $17.8 BILLION

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that the National Housing Trust (NHT) plans to write more than 8,000 new loans at a value of $17.8 billion for the 2017/18 financial year, as it unveils increased benefits for low-income earners.

He announced that effective July 1, the NHT will implement policies to ensure that individuals contributing for seven years, or more, and who meet the NHT eligibility requirements will be able to access funding to allow them to purchase, at minimum, a studio unit.

STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE DAY AT KNOX

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

            Students from 40 schools in Central Jamaica attended the annual ‘College Day’ staged by Knox Community College, Cobbla Campus, in Manchester, on March 15.

           Held under the theme ‘Forging Forward: A New Horizon Beckons’, the Day featured guest speaker, Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Allied Health and Wellness in the College of Health Sciences, University of Technology (UTech),  Greg-Louis Austin.

JCF TO GET 200 ADDITIONAL MOTOR VEHICLES

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

The Ministry of National Security will be acquiring 200 additional motor vehicles for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), at a cost of approximately $418 million.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, noted that these will include 120 pickups and 80 motor cars.

“We are hopeful that with this purchase to improve mobility, we will see much more from our officers,” he said.

 The Minister was speaking at the presentation of a Mitsubishi Rosa bus, valued at $7.6 million, to the Jamaica Police Federation on March 20.

FUTURIST URGES GOVERNMENT TO UNDERPIN GROWTH INITIATIVES WITH FOCUS ON EDUCATION

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 21 (JIS):

World-renowned Futurist, Edie Weiner, has urged the Government to underpin growth initiatives with a fundamental focus on education, as half of the country’s population is below the age of 25.

“You have to be thinking about putting almost all of your resources into the future of your economy,” she said.

Ms. Weiner was speaking at an International Women’s Forum (IWF) event, held on March 20 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, in New Kingston.

FATALITIES DOWN 33 PER CENT

Monday, 20 March 2017

KINGSTON, March 20 (JIS):

            The police are reporting a 33 per cent decrease in the number of road fatalities since the start of the year.                                                                                                                                

Statistics out of the Traffic and Highway Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicate that up to March 19, there have been 62 road fatalities compared with 92 for the corresponding period last year.