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Member of Parliament for Clarendon Central, Mike Henry, has proposed that the government consider the creation of a National Treasures award, which would honour persons, who have made significant contributions to national life.
Mr. Henry, who was speaking in the House of Representatives yesterday (Sept. 5), said that the award, while different in nature to that given to persons who are appointed as national heroes, would still celebrate sterling individual achievements.
Citing the creation of a similar award by the Japanese government that recognised Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley, he explained that the honour “would place the people, who have lived a life that may not be within the structured context of what we all believe [but] have broken new ground”.
“We can appropriately recognise them, and not be caught in the dilemma of whether they should be national heroes or not, so I propose the Order of the National Treasure, which speaks to all of that,” he noted.
Meanwhile, the Member of Parliament put forward a proposal for the development of Vernamfield in Clarendon, as an air transport site.
He rationalised that as the threat of terrorism continues to increase, the facility would serve as a safe transport hub. “If terrorism is not going to be countered and continued, then the world is going to need a distribution point outside of that thoroughfare of conflict and the Caribbean offers that opportunity to the world for movement,” he said.
Mr. Henry further proposed the establishment of a national registration where every member of the society would have their fingerprint recorded.

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