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NWC Embarks on $3b Rehabilitation Programme

The National Water Commission (NWC) has embarked on a $3 billion rehabilitation programme targeting some 445 water tanks islandwide for repairs, among other activities. This undertaking forms part of overall drought mitigation efforts being pursued by the Ministry of Water, … Continued


Red Mud Project No Danger to Environment

The pilot plant being established to undertake the extraction of rare earth elements from the island’s bauxite waste (red mud), will have no negative impact on the environment, says Executive Director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI), Dr. Paris Lyew-Ayee. … Continued


New Tracking Network to Assist Police

Crime-fighting efforts have received another boost in the form of the island’s first Virtual Reference Station network (VRS), which features precise tracking capabilities that can assist in the policing of troubled areas. Speaking at the launch and commissioning of the … Continued


Mapping Natural Hazards Made Easy

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, has welcomed the island’s first Virtual Reference Station Network (VRS), gFIX.net, as a useful tool in mapping natural hazards. The Ministry’s Spatial Management Division handed over the system to … Continued


Land Ministry Launches System to Reduce Cost of Surveying

The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change has officially launched and commissioned its Virtual Reference Station (VRS) Network, gFIX.net, which is expected to revolutionise the surveying and construction sectors. This will effectively reduce production time, as well as … Continued


ODPEM Seeks Emergency Radio Operators

From major earthquakes to hurricanes, volcanic eruptions and widespread flooding, the Caribbean region has experienced it all, sometimes with horrific consequences. Oftentimes, vital communication systems, such as landline telephones and cellular phones fail, as they too become susceptible to the … Continued


Yallahs Pipeline Back in Operation

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that the Yallahs pipeline in St. Thomas is back in full operation. The pipeline, which takes water from the Yallahs and Negro Rivers to the Mona dam,suffered severe damage during the passage of … Continued


NWC K-Factor Programme to Create Over 5,000 Jobs

Thousands are slated to be directly employed under the National Water Commission’s (NWC) K-Factor Programme. Some 5,000 persons are expected to work on the programme which will see the implementation of potable and waste water projects across the island. Speaking … Continued


NSWMA Steps Up Activities to Keep Jamaica Clean

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be ramping up efforts this year to keep the country clean and safeguard public health. Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, says that focus will be placed on waste reduction, through … Continued


Senate Passes Bill to Protect Plant Genetic Resources

A Bill providing for the protection of Jamaica’s plant genetic resources was passed in the Senate on Friday (January 18). The Bill, the Protection of Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Act, facilitates Jamaica’s compliance with its obligations under … Continued

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