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HOPE Beneficiaries Gaining Valuable Work Experience at ODPEM

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) has partnered with Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) to facilitate a six-month apprenticeship programme aimed at providing training and work experience for young persons. In May, five young adults who have completed their secondary-level education began on-the-job training in the…

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Local Government to Employ More Young Persons for Summer

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has announced that there will be an increase in the number of participants employed in the agency’s Youth Summer Employment Programme. The programme, which is in its second year, will commence on August 9 and employ young persons over a…

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Inaugural Local Governance Conference July 17 to 19, 2018

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be hosting its inaugural Local Governance Conference from July 17 to 19 at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort in St. James. The three-day meeting is in keeping with the Ministry’s focus on improving the effectiveness of governance at the local…

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Minister Mckenzie Welcomes ‘Go For the Goals’ Roadshows

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has welcomed the staging of a series of public education roadshows aimed at promoting Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The initiative, branded ‘Go For the Goals – On the Road to the Jamaica we want by 2030’…

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Gov’t Allocates $30 Million to Alleviate Drought Conditions

The Government has allocated $30 million to truck water to several communities across the island that are experiencing shortages due to drought conditions. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the measure forms the first phase of the Government’s response to the current dry spell affecting…

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Major Drain Cleaning Begins This Week in Corporate Area

Beginning this week, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation will be carrying out major drain-cleaning activities in several communities across the Corporate Area. The exercise will be undertaken in two phases with communities in 21 divisions benefiting from the project in the first instance. The divisions are Rae Town,…

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JSIF Hands Over Equipment to Protect Teachers and Students from Fire

To protect and safeguard the lives of educators and students in schools from fire, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has purchased 80 first-aid kits, 120 fire extinguishers, 120 smoke detectors, 40 wash hand signs and 40 emergency assembly signs, which will be distributed among 40 schools across the island.…

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Enhanced Accommodation and Equipment for Attorney General’s Chambers

Additional spaces have been created inside the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Towers on Oxford Road to accommodate divisions of the Attorney General’s Chambers. Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, in her Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on July 3, said the office spaces were provided following the…

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KSAMC Assisting Constant Spring Market Vendors to Relocate

Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says every effort is being made to assist vendors at the Constant Spring Market to relocate. He said they have been encouraged to consider making arrangements to operate in other markets controlled by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation…

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Jamaica must stake claim on local marijuana strains

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the country must stake its claim on all local strains of marijuana for research and development. Jamaica, it is said, has some of the best or finest marijuana strains in the world, which include the Jamaican Lamb’s Breath (or…

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$1 Million to Assist Needy Persons in St. Catherine

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be providing $1 million to the Poor Relief Department of the St. Catherine Municipal Corporation, to assist needy individuals in the parish. This was announced by portfolio Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, who said the needy cases will be identified and addressed…

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Two Emergency Relief Storage Units to be Built in North Clarendon

Two emergency relief supplies storage facilities will be constructed at the Frankfield Police Station and Kellits Primary School to serve communities in north Clarendon. This was disclosed by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, during the launch of the national hurricane preparedness campaign at the Banquet…

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$15 Million Already Spent on Ward Theatre Renovation

Work continues on the renovation of the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston, where $15 million has been spent to date. Of the total, $3.7 million was provided by the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and $11 million by the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC). Works conducted…

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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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$10 Million to Improve Several Shelters

The Government will be spending $10 million to improve several shelters in communities across the island. Under the programme, shelters will be retrofitted to increase capacity and create greater comfort for residents who use the facilities during periods of disasters. The initiative will begin in the parish of Clarendon, specifically…

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Government Partners With UNDP to Implement Early Warning Systems

As part of the mitigation efforts to strengthen disaster resilience in vulnerable communities, the Government is partnering with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement early warning systems in four parishes. Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the initiative will be undertaken in St. Catherine,…

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Minister Mckenzie Urges Jamaicans to Take Responsibility for Their Own Safety

Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, is encouraging Jamaicans to take greater responsibility in preparing for and mitigating against the effects of natural disasters. “The emphasis cannot be (solely) on the Government... We can only do as much as we can….but we must, as we go into…

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ODPEM’s Strategies Underpinning Jamaica’s Readiness for 2018 Hurricane Season

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been implementing wide-ranging strategies aimed at ensuring Jamaica’s readiness for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Speaking at the Kingston Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, New Kingston, on June 7, ODPEM’s Director General, Major Clive Davis, said…

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Persons Living in Flood-Prone Areas Can Be Forcibly Removed – ODPEM

Persons living in low-lying areas prone to flooding can be forcibly removed under law, once this threat has been identified, says Director General, Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis. “The law permits me under certain conditions to move anybody or anything... once a threat is…

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