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Gov’t Intensifies Measures to Combat Illicit Guns and Ammunition

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will intensify strategies geared towards combatting the illegal trafficking of weapons and ammunition into the country and to protect the lives of Jamaicans. “We are moving with concerted effort to enhance legislative provisions to reduce arms trafficking, disarm criminal…

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FLA to Introduce Online Tracking for Firearm Applications

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) will introduce online tracking for firearm applications during this financial year. Dr. Chang made the announcement during his presentation in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (June 12). “Additionally, the agency…

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Gov’t Committed to Making Jamaica Disaster Resilient – Minister Mckenzie

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that the Government of Jamaica is committed to creating the infrastructure for a disaster-resilient country. The Minister, who was speaking at the recent launch of the 2018 National Hurricane Preparedness Campaign at the Office of the Prime Minister, said that…

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2018\19 Sectoral Presentation by the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang

Mr. Speaker, I would first like to thank the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness for the confidence he has placed in me, by entrusting me with portfolio responsibility for the National Security of ourScountry. I acknowledge my colleagues in Cabinet with whom I have had the pleasure of…

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Health Ministry Reports Increase in MMR 2 Coverage

Coverage of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) 2 vaccination has increased, reaching the 95 per cent target in 2017. The information is contained in the Ministry of Health’s quarterly report ‘Vitals’, which was tabled by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton in Parliament recently. The report said it…

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Campion-Bound John-Mark Tops GSAT at St. Jude’s Primary School

Copping the highest average in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) from St. Jude’s Primary School, was an objective that Head Boy, John-Mark Tapper, knew was possible, as long as he studied hard and remained focused. The twelve-year-old scored 96 per cent in Mathematics, 98 per cent in Science, 100…

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$1 Million Saved Under Prison Farm Programme from December to March

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, says projects being implemented by the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) have proven to be sustainable and have contributed to savings. He cited the Agricultural Self-Sufficiency Programme, which has realised savings of approximately $1 million during the period…

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Employers Must Engage Workers – Industry Minister

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that for Jamaica to achieve and maximise its full economic potential, employers must involve workers in everything they do. The Minister, who was addressing the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) 36th Annual Business & Workplace Convention at the Moon Palace…

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PAJ Signs Agreement to Improve Towage Services in Port of Kingston

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Canada-based maritime company, Ocean, have signed a 10-year concession agreement, which will result in an improvement in towage services in the Port of Kingston. Towage is the pulling of ships and other vessels along the water, usually by means of a small steamer…

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Regional Heads of Correctional Services Encouraged to Work More Closely

Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has called on heads of correctional services in the Caribbean to work more closely to transform the delivery of service and the lives of inmates. Addressing the Association of Caribbean Heads of Corrections and Prison Services (ACHCPS) Conference…

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Security Minister Says Engaging Youth Critical to Crime Reduction

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says Jamaica’s best hope of significantly reducing crime hinges on a positively engaged youth population. Addressing recruits and senior officers at the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC) graduation ceremony in Moneague, St. Ann, on June 9, Dr. Chang said it is against…

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