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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


Flankers and Norwood Residents Get Land Titles

Sixty residents of Flankers and Norwood in St. James are now proud recipients of land titles from the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ). The residents, some of whom have been waiting for their land titles for over 30 years, received … 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


Climate Change Meeting Ends On Positive Note

A four-day exploratory meeting aimed at examining idea concepts for Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) projects in Jamaica’s energy Sector that have a climate change mitigation potential, ended with stakeholders feeling empowered. This was disclosed by Dr. Oscar Coto, international … Continued


Earthquake Unit Gets US$30,000 from ODPEM

The work of the Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in monitoring the country’s seismic activities, has been enhanced with a donation of US$30,000 by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). The money, … Continued


Keep Water Safe During Dry Period

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging Jamaicans to take measures to ensure the safety of water for domestic use during the dry period. “We are aware that during the dry season, where there is shortage … Continued


ODPEM Hosts Seminar for Journalists January 25

A seminar on the promotion of disaster risk management for journalists, will highlight activities for this year’s observance of Earthquake Awareness Week, which will be held from January 20 to 26. In an interview with JIS News, Director General of … Continued


Prepare Now for Dry Period – ODPEM

Jamaicans are being urged to begin preparations for the dry period, by increasing water storage and conservation measures. The advice, from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), comes against the forecast for below normal rainfall for the … Continued

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