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30 St. James Residents Trained as Fire Warden

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Thirty residents of Cambridge and surrounding areas in Southern St. James have been trained and certified as fire wardens. The community volunteers successfully completed a course in the proper management of fires, conducted by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), through funding from the Spanish Jamaica Foundation (SJF). In addition to…

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House Begins Debate on Local Governance Act

Debate on the Local Governance Act 2015 commenced during Tuesday’s (October 27) sitting of the House of Representatives. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, who is piloting the Bill, said it is intended to create the framework within which local authorities will operate with greater scope and autonomy.…

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JFB Wants Heavier Fines for Illegal Fires

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is pushing for amendments to the Country Fires Act (CFA), to among other things, increase the penalties for the illegal lighting of fires. Assistant Commissioner of the JFB, Sean Martin, said that talks are being held with the Chief Legal Officer in the Ministry of…

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Gov’t Will Ensure Full Implementation of Disabilities Act

The Government will ensure that the provisions contained in the Disabilities Act are fully implemented in order to provide greater protection for members of the disabled community against all forms of discrimination. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, gave the assurance as he addressed the Jamaica Inclusive…

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NSWMA To Get 17 More Trucks

Cabinet has approved a contract valued at €1,977,500 for the purchase of 17 Renault Garbage Compactor Trucks for the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, made the announcement at a Jamaica House media briefing, held at the Office of the Prime Minister, on…

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Fire Safety Awareness Week – October 25 To 30

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is observing Fire Safety Awareness Week from October 25 to 30, under the theme: ‘Learn not to Burn, Fire has Environmental Concerns’. The activities will commence with a national church service at the Mandeville Church of God of Prophecy, Manchester, on Sunday, October 25, at…

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Outstanding Citizens of St. James Receive Sam Sharpe Awards

Seven outstanding citizens of St. James were presented with Sam Sharpe Awards at a civic ceremony, held on National Heroes Day (October 19), at Sam Sharpe Square, in Montego Bay. The recipients are: Tamsyn Browne, for outstanding service in the area of Community Service; Errol Clarke, for outstanding service in…

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KSAC Wins Best Parish Council Award

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) won the Best Parish Council award, at the recent Public Sector Customer Service Competition (PSCSC), held at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in Kingston. For this award, the entity received $40,000 in cash and a plaque. In an interview with JIS News,…

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KSAC to Tackle Low Vendor Registration

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to step up enforcement activities at several popular vending locations in downtown Kingston, to tackle low vendor registration in these areas. Speaking at the council meeting in downtown Kingston on October 13, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor, Dr. Angella Brown Burke, informed…

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St. Elizabeth Poor Relief Committee Member Receives National Award

Serving the St. Elizabeth Poor Relief Committee for more than 35 years, Loxley Aloysius Whyte is humbled by his selection for a national award by the Government on National Heroes Day, October 19, at King’s House. Mr. Whyte will receive the Badge of Honour for long and faithful service to…

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St. James Parish Council Honours Blues Busters

As part of the celebration to mark the 35th anniversary of city status for Montego Bay, Keys to the City have been presented posthumously to two of its musical legends, Lloyd Campbell and Phillip James, better known as the Blues Busters, for their outstanding contribution to the development of Jamaican…

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Montego Bay’s Role in Country’s Development Lauded

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott, has lauded the role played by the city of Montego Bay in the economic and cultural history of Jamaica, pointing to its pioneering achievements in tourism, industry and commerce. The Minister was speaking at a civic ceremony commemorating the 35th…

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KSAC to Tackle Low Vendor Registration

The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is to step up enforcement activities at several popular vending locations in downtown Kingston, to tackle low vendor registration in these areas. Speaking at today’s council meeting in downtown Kingston, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, informed that areas being…

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Message to Mark International Day for Disaster Reduction 2015

Message to mark International Day for Disaster reduction 2015 from Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott M.P.   In these times of increasing challenge to the economies and societies of the world from intense weather systems and patterns, the observance of International Day for Disaster Reduction …

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Westmoreland Signs Twinning Agreement With Tottori Prefecture In Japan

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Thursday (October 8), for the twining of the Japanese city of Tottori Prefecture with the parish of Westmoreland. Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar and Chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Councillor Bertel Moore, and Vice Governor of Tottori Prefecture, Akio Hayashi, were the signatories.…

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164 Persons Trained As Environmental Wardens

One hundred and sixty four persons have completed training as Environmental Wardens, through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP). The wardens were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony, held on September 30, at the Trench Town Multi-Purpose Centre, in Kingston. Minister of Local…

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Municipal Building in Black River 60 % Complete

Upgrading work on the municipal building of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, in Black River, is  60 per cent complete. Mayor of Black River,  and Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council, Everton Fisher, told JIS News that work on the first phase of the project is proceeding apace and…

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NSWMA to Extend E-Waste Pilot Collection Project

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) will be extending its e-waste pilot collection project to October 25. The agency commenced the pilot in March 2015 to help Jamaicans dispose of their electronic waste, such as old computers, Central Processing Units (CPUs), mobile phones, printers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, mouse, chargers,…

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Technical Officers Involved in Building Approval to be Trained

More than 120 technical officers of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and its agencies, who are involved in the building approval process, will benefit from training to be provided by the University of Technology (UTech). The programme, being facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a…

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Mayor Urges Public Not To Pay Additional Fees to KSAC Employees

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Dr. Angela Brown Burke, is urging members of the public not to pay additional fees to employees of the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to expedite businesses being undertaken with the entity. “The KSAC does not support any member who attempts or succeed from eliciting…

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