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CMU President Proposes SEZ for St. Thomas Campus

President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Professor Fritz Pinnock, says a special economic zone (SEZ) would be created at the proposed St. Thomas campus of the university. The President told JIS News that the institution has positioned itself to facilitate training where development is taking place, and that as…

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Ground Broken for Expansion of Ian Fleming Airport

New Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, on Thursday (March 29), broke ground for the expansion of the Ian Fleming International Airport (IFIA), in Boscobel, St. Mary. The Minister informed that the expansion will be done in phases and that the first is slated to cost $65 million. “Phase…

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TAJ Appeals to Motorists to Observe Safety Requirements on Toll Roads

The Toll Authority of Jamaica (TAJ) is appealing to motorists to observe the safety requirements and take all necessary precautions when using the country’s toll roads. In an interview with JIS News, Chief Executive Officer of the TAJ, Joan Fletcher, is imploring users of the high-speed roadways to ensure that…

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JCAA Modernisation Programme Nearing Completion

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is nearing the completion of its comprehensive modernisation programme to upgrade and replace major components of its Communications, Navigation and Surveillance systems. JCAA Director General, Nari Williams Singh, tells JIS News that the upgrades will allow the authority to satisfy international requirements and to…

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Civil Aviation Experts Exploring Ways to Manage Air Traffic Growth

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) projects that air traffic will double by 2030. Aviation authorities globally have been exploring ways to manage air traffic growth and additional passenger movement through airports and, to this end, have become more reliant on technology. Consequent on the constantly changing threats to aviation…

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Port Authority to Continue Expansion Works at Mobay Freeport

The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) will continue expansion works at the Montego Bay Freeport terminal during the 2018/19 fiscal year, in response to increased demand for cruise and cargo services at that location. This was disclosed by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, during his 2018/19 Budget Debate…

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Financial Institutions Commended For Reaching Out To Quarry Operators

Principal Director of Mining in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Oral Rainford, says it is pleasing to see financial institutions reaching out to quarry operators. “We are quite happy that NCB and DBJ have seen it fit to partner with the quarry operators and to look at the…

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Government Monitoring Tariff on Aluminium in Us

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Leader of Government Business in the Upper House, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, pilots the Trafficking in Persons (Prevention, Suppression and Punishment) (Amendment) Act, 2018; and companion Bill, the Child Care and Protection (Amendment) Act, 2018, in the Senate on Friday (February 23). Also pictured in the background, is Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Aubyn Hill.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, says the Government is currently monitoring the situation in the United States where tariffs have been imposed on aluminium and steel. Addressing the Senate on March 9, Mrs. Johnson Smith said the Ministry has been in discussion…

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Work to Expand Ian Fleming Airport Begins March 12

Work to expand the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary, to make it a regional hub, is expected to begin on March 12. This was noted by National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new police station by the National…

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JISCO Alpart Targeting Minimum One Shipment of Alumina Export Per Month

Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), which owns and operates the Alpart refinery in St. Elizabeth, is aiming to upgrade the plant and increase its capacity to facilitate at least one shipment of alumina per month. Assistant Managing Director of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, Sun Jing, disclosed that the…

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Major Benefits Anticipated from Proposed National Minerals Policy

Principal Director, Policy Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Transport and Mining, Dr. Oral Rainford, is optimistic about the benefits to be derived from the implementation of the proposed National Minerals Policy, which he says is expected to be tabled in Parliament as a White Paper soon. It addresses Jamaica’s…

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Diversification of Minerals Sector High on Agenda of Mining Ministry

The mining division of the Ministry of Transport and Mining is placing greater focus on the diversification of the minerals sector. In an interview with JIS News at the recent 24th Bauxite and Alumina Conference, Principal Director, Minerals Policy Planning and Development Division in the Ministry, Dr. Oral Rainford, said…

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15 Per Cent Growth in Mining Sector

Significant developments in the bauxite industry over the past year have resulted in 15 per cent growth in Jamaica’s mining sector for the October to December 2017 quarter. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, told delegates attending the 24th Bauxite and Mining Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel…

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JCAA Advises Drone Users to Apply for Permits

Film-makers, and commercial and recreational operators of drones are being advised to contact the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) to obtain permits and assistance to ensure they are not flying into restricted airspace, which could result in accidents and injuries. Aviation Safety Inspector of the JCAA, Jerome A. Davis, made…

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Police to Maintain Presence Along Major Thoroughfares

Commanding Officer of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Traffic and Highway Division, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen says that his team will be maintaining a presence along major thoroughfares in the corporate area, in order to ease the flow of traffic. SSP Allen told a recent meeting of…

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SSP Allen Warns Against Distracted Driving

Commanding Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Traffic and Highway Patrol Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen is warning against the deadly effects of distracted driving. Speaking at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew North, SSP Allen said that distracted driving has led to many collisions…

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Montego Bay Transport Centre to Be Renovated

Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Lester ‘Mike’ Henry interacts with operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) following the announcement that the Montego Bay Transport centre on Barnett Street in St. James will be renovated. The announcement was made at a media briefing held on Friday, February 23, at the Transport Centre.

Commuters, owners and operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV) in Montego Bay will begin to see improvements in the transportation centre, at the start of the new fiscal year. The complex is to be renovated as part of a joint stakeholder effort to bring the facility back to an acceptable…

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Local Companies to Showcase Products in Canada

A range of exotic food products and brands offered by local companies will be showcased and sampled at the Restaurants Canada Show (RC Show), slated for February 25 to 27 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Canada. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will lead a delegation, including six companies that are…

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