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Local Government Turning to Green Energy

The Department of Local Government is turning to green technology in a major thrust to cut expenditure at the local government level. One of the areas being looked at is the use of solar-powered streetlights, and the Department is already testing one of these lights on Hagley Park Road in…

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Positive Developments for Downtown Kingston in 2010, Says Mayor

His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond McKenzie, says that downtown Kingston can look forward to a number of positive developments in 2010. The Mayor, who was speaking at a Church Service launching Kingston and St. Andrew's Local Government Month celebrations, also commended telecommunications company, Digicel, on its decision…

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St. Ann Parish Council Will Continue Street Feeding Programme

Despite financial constraints, the St. Ann Parish Council will continue to reach out to indigent persons in the parish through its street feeding programme. Administrator for the Parish Council, Ms. Claudiah Carter, told JIS News that the Council provides a hot meal for the poor and needy on a daily…

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Sav-La-Mar’s Mayor Laments Fallen Values and Attitudes

Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar and Chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Council, Councillor Bertel Moore, has bemoaned the deterioration of proper values and attitudes, especially among students. The Mayor urged parents and guardians to continue training the young people, in order for them to adapt the right principles and become heroes in…

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New Local Govt. Reform Deadline is June 2010

The long awaited reform of Jamaica's Local Government system, to empower the Councils to be more efficient and responsive, is expected to be completed in June, 2010. Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) with responsibility for Local Government Reform, Hon. Robert Montague, informs JIS News…

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MP Welcomes Sausage Factory in North West St. Elizabeth

Member of Parliament for North West St. Elizabeth and State Minister for Agriculture, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has projected that Maggotty's new sausage factory will be of tremendous benefit to agricultural producers in the area. "The factory will employ a number of persons in the area and, on top of that,…

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St. Mary Gets 22 New JPs

Twenty-two new Justices of the Peace (JPs) were sworn in on October 7, to serve St. Mary, adding to the 248 JPs already serving the parish. The swearing-in ceremony, which was presided over by Custos of St. Mary, Hon. A.A. 'Bobby' Pottinger, was held at the St. Mary Anglican Church…

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Permit Parking in Lucea Come Monday

Effective Monday, October 12, permit parking will be officially introduced in the town of Lucea, Hanover.The move is aimed at eliminating indiscriminate street parking, which causes traffic congestion and general disorder in the town, and also earn revenue for the Hanover Parish Council. Mayor of Lucea, Councillor Lloyd Hill, told…

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Parish Council Cleaning Drains in St. Ann

The St. Ann Parish Council is undertaking drain cleaning work across the parish, in preparation for expected increase in rainfall in the upcoming months. Secretary/Manager at the Council, Clinton Gordon, told JIS News that $3 million has been allocated for the work, while various Members of Parliament (MPs) for the…

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Manchester PC Honours Volunteer

Former Public Health Inspector for Manchester, Vesta White, has been honoured by the Parish Council for his years of voluntary service to the poor of the parish. Mr. White served the parish for 37 years, 25 as a member of the Poor Relief Committee. At a ceremony held on Thursday…

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Local Government Urged to Preserve and Use Culture

Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has called on local government authorities to make more use of culture in promoting economic activities. He was addressing the opening ceremony of the international local government conference of the Intercity Tangible Cultural Co-operation Network (IICCN), today (September 15), in downtown, Kingston. Noting that…

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Global Local Govt/Culture Workshop Starts Today in Kingston

The Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding and His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Desmond Mckenzie, are to attend the Inter-city Intangible Cultural Co-operation Network (ICCN) International Workshop's opening at the Jamaica Conference Centre Kingston at nine Tuesday morning (September…

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JPs Urged to Help Alleviate Crime and Violence

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has charged Justices of the Peace (JPs) and other community leaders to do their part in alleviating the scourge of crime and violence in Jamaica. "I am depending on those of you who serve as JPs and leaders in the community,…

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Peace and Justice Centre Opens in May Pen

A Peace and Justice Centre, under the direction of the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF), was opened in May Pen, Clarendon, yesterday (August 18). Founder of the centre, Social Activist, Dr. Walter Leavell, informed that apart from the mediation services, the centre would offer remedial skills training and support for students…

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Office Furniture Donated to Department of Local Government

Atlas International Freight Forwarding Inc., in Canada, has shipped a container of office furniture to the Department of Local Government, in collaboration with the Independent United Order of Solomon. This is part of the on-going assistance to charity organisations, by the Management of Atlas International Freight, and the United Order.…

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Mini-Stadium for St. Mary

St. Mary is to get a mini-stadium ready for use before Christmas. Located beside Jacks River, near James Bond beach, it will have an international size football field and an eight-lane athletic track, two hard courts for tennis and seating for the public. Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding was…

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Strive to Make Jamaica a Better Place – Mayor Moore

Mayor of Savanna-La-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, said called on Jamaicans to strive to make the country a better place. He stated that much has been achieved over 47 years of Independence, for which the nation should be proud. "Let us all.give God thanks for our achievements and let us resolve…

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Refurbished Ewarton Market is Back in Business

After being without their market for more than three years, residents of Ewarton and its environs, in St. Catherine, now have a renovated facility to conduct their business. The market, which had fallen into disrepair, was recently refurbished at a cost of $4.35 million from an allocation from the Constituency…

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