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Company on Drive to Educate About Fires

Managing Director of AcVark Fire and Security Equipment Company, Delroy Tharpe, says his company is on a drive to educate persons about the dangers of fires and how best to use preventive measures to combat them. Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’ at the Regional Office in Montego Bay, he…

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Homeowners Urged to Get Fire Detecting Devices

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is cautioning homeowners against taking fire prevention measures for granted, warning that the consequences could be dire. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office in St. James recently, Senior Deputy Superintendent of the JFB, Emilio Ebanks, pointed out that…

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JFB Proposes Legislation to Inspect Private Dwellings

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is proposing legislation to give the agency authority to inspect and ensure that private dwellings are subjected to the same kind of scrutiny as public buildings. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Regional Office in Montego Bay on December 6, the JFB’s…

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Young Persons Urged to Participate in Political Process

Young persons are being encouraged to participate in the country’s political process, starting at the local government level. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, made the call while voicing his disappointment that Jamaica’s youth continue to shy away from this important aspect of the nation’s development.…

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Fire Brigade Urges Householders to Check Wiring Before Putting up Lights

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is urging householders to have their wiring checked by a licensed electrician, before putting up decorative Christmas lights in order to prevent fires. Senior Deputy Superintendent and Public Relations Officer at the JFB, Emelio Ebanks said his organisation will be increasing its public education activities…

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Residents Welcome Construction of Water Shop

Residents in the community of Pennants, Clarendon, are welcoming the construction of a $10-million pilot ‘water shop’, which is expected to serve some 1,000 persons in the area. On completion of the project early next year, residents will benefit from three months free water. Thereafter, a cost will be applied.…

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Residents Urged to Properly Dispose of Garbage During Christmas Season

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is appealing to residents, particularly those in urban centres, to properly dispose of garbage generated during the Christmas season. Speaking in an interview with JIS News, Technical Director at the NSWMA, Audley Gordon, is urging persons to package their garbage properly so it…

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Jamaica Labour Party Wins Local Government Elections

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has won the Local Government Elections, which were held on Monday (November 28). Preliminary results indicate that the JLP won nine of the Municipal Corporations, while the People’s National Party (PNP) won three. There was a tie in St. Thomas, with both parties taking…

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Ground Broken for Water Shop in Pennants, Clarendon

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, broke ground on November 23 in Pennants, Clarendon, for the construction of a $10-million pilot ‘water shop’, which is expected to serve some 1,000 residents. On completion of the project early next year, residents will benefit from three months’ free…

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Falling Rocks in the Bog Walk Gorge

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising the motoring and general public to avoid using the Bog Walk Gorge as a number of incidences of rockfall have been reported as a result of the current heavy rains. Persons are urged to use the alternate routes via…

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Value of Local Representation

As Jamaicans prepare to go to the polls to cast their votes for divisional representatives at the local government level on November 28, it becomes increasingly pertinent for them to be aware of the roles and value of this type of representation and governance. Local government authorities are entities at…

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Hanover Entrepreneurs Benefit From SDC Exposition

More than 15 young entrepreneurs of Hopewell and its environs in Hanover are now better equipped to expand and manage their businesses consequent on their participation in the Social Development Commission’s (SDC) recent ‘Night Fair’ exposition. The participants benefited from significant exposure provided by the event, which was held at…

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Port Maria Market to be Rebuilt

The Port Maria Market in St. Mary is to be reconstructed at a cost of approximately $68 million. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who made the announcement, said the new facility will be a two-storey structure that will accommodate vendors on the ground floor and commercial…

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Minister McKenzie Looking at Possible Relocation of Broadgate Residents

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is exploring the possible relocation of residents from lands at Broadgate in St. Mary, where 12-year-old student Raheem Davey, was killed by a large boulder, which fell from the hillside above his home. He made the disclosure while speaking with journalists…

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Gov’t to Assist Family of Raheem Davey

The Government will be providing support to the family of 12-year-old Raheem Davey of Broadgate, St. Mary, who died when boulders crashed into his home on November 11. His eight-year-old twin sisters were injured in the incident. One of the girls has been admitted at the Bustamante Hospital for Children…

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Minister McKenzie Opens Riverton City Access Road

Access to the Riverton City disposal site in West St. Andrew has significantly improved with the completion of rehabilitation work on the 1.65 kilometres of roadway leading to the area. Undertaken through a US$1.8-million grant from the Mexican Government, the project included the concrete paving of the roadway and installation…

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Local Governance Bill to be Sent to Committee of Parliament

The Local Governance (Amendment) Act will be sent to a Committee of Parliament for its consideration and deliberation. This was noted by Leader of Government Business in the House of Representatives, Hon, Derrick Smith, today (November 9), after opposition was raised to the passage of the Bill. The Bill was…

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Local Government Elections to be Held on November 28

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has announced that local government elections are to be held on November 28 and that Nomination Day will be November 11. In an address at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown, Kingston, on November 3, the Minister said the time…

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Local Gov’t Elections Set for November 28

Local Government Elections have been set for November 28, 2016. The announcement was made by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie this afternoon at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. Meanwhile, candidates who will be contesting the polls are to be nominated on Friday, November 11.

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Fire Safety Awareness Week A Success – Ebanks

Fire Safety Awareness Week, which was observed from October 23 to 29, is being hailed as a success in educating Jamaicans about the need to prevent fires, particularly in bushes. Senior Deputy Superintendent at the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Emilio Ebanks, told JIS News that after analysing all the activities and…

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