The JamaicaEye project is in keeping with the five pillar crime reduction strategy. It was further developed and refined after numerous stakeholder consultations with public and private stakeholder groups in November last year, including the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and several stakeholders in Kingston and St Andrew. Minister Montague in an appeal for more public-private partnership to assist with the building out of the CCTV network says "the ministry is going on an aggressive campaign to get private camera feeds as this will be a major step forward for the country”. Jamaica is one of the few countries that has brought the use of private cameras to function in this capacity. “This is how each Jamaican with a CCTV system can help in the fight against crime,” the ministry stated in a release to the press today. “We have to take this approach because otherwise the cost would be too expensive for the government alone. To outfit Kingston alone would have cost the government over one billion Jamaican dollars." The national CCTV system will monitor public spaces islandwide and assist the authorities in providing a suitable response in the event of an incident, disaster or act of criminality.
The permanent secretary lauded the team that had been working with the Ministry to ensure that this project of technical assistance in sport is indeed a reality. That team comprised persons from the Planning Institute of Jamaica, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Sport Development Foundation and the GC Foster College of Sport and Physical Education. The coaches will spend a month in Jamaica and the agreement also calls for 100 of the athletes in the programme and their local coaches to go to China mid-year.
Yet many residents took the personal decision to evacuate, leaving nothing to chance. A small crowd had already congregated at the entrance of the Old Harbour High School when Old Harbour News visited the area at about 4:00 am today. The Old Harbour town centre was buzzing with life, as many converge near the police station. Many with personal belongings in hand, sat along the main road leading into the community.
Jamaica is officially not under threat from a Tsunami. @odpem— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) January 10, 2018
“It betta wi lef now than it ketch wi down de,” one woman shouted. “A so when God a come nuff a dem naah go ready.” Many persons were on their phones talking to family members and friends, informing them of the news that had struck fear into their hearts. Mi nuh believe se anything ago happen,” another woman said. “But everybody a move, so mi move to.” Some residents also stayed put. “Mi a gwaan stay man,” said Garfield. “Mi a gwaan watch and si how tings a go first. Mi nuh hear di ting (siren) go off all now or si nobody come down yah and se wi fi move out. So mi a gwaan watch it still.” The community is amenable to potential disasters with authorities conducting many simulation drills in recent years gone by. And it could be argued that the decisive manner in which many evacuated is testament of their readiness. In a brief chat with Old Harbour News, Cllr. Lloyd Grant said it was difficult to convince the evacuees that the country was not under a Tsunami threat because their minds were already made up. An officer on duty at the Old Harbour Police Station said they were also aware of the situation but cannot force residents to return home.
Local resident Winston Mollison came seventh in the male 40-59 category and 21st overall in a time of 19:55.26. Veteran Andrew Gutzmore, who came eighth, won that category in 16:31.96. Former female champion Chris-Ann Lewis, who came second last year, regained the title she won in 2015, topping her field in 19:54.55. Another former champion Karlene Blagrove, who now competes among the 40-59 age group, was second to Lewis in 21:22.95, while Deandra Harris, a little girl under 13 years old, was the third best placed female finishing 31st overall in 26:37.43. Click link to view full results.
The incident brought traffic to a halt along the Old Harbour Road thoroughfare, as detectives search for possible clues that could help them make an arrest. Up to this morning the condition of the injured woman is unknown in an Old Harbour News follow-up.
The body was taken to the hospital where it was officially pronounced dead. Jones’ killing has sent shockwaves among neighbours, colleagues and friends, leaving all in disbelief. Investigators are yet to determine a motive behind the killing, but continue to search for any clue that may help them to crack this case. This is the 32nd homicide recorded in the division since this year, well clear of the 23 murders committed in 2016.
“Global G.A.P. certification is the stamp of approval of our produce, and the passport to international trade,” Minister Vaz said. Janet Conie, general manager of The Banana Board, reinforced the position of the minister. “Global G.A.P Certification, an internationally recognised set of farm standards dedicated to good agricultural practices has opened up the way for farmers to capitalise on new opportunities to enter global markets. The Banana Board is the only certified producer organisation in Jamaica along with 52 farmers. Presently, Jamaica exports to the United Kingdom, Canada and The Cayman Islands; with Trinidad and Tobago to come on board for the first time; quite soon,” said Conie. This was welcomed news for banana and plantain farmer, Byron Henry who now operates in the area designated to be the Agro Park. He sees the move as an opportunity to achieve optimum production levels and to enhance sustainability and meet expectations of the export market. “My understanding is that the funds identified are for infrastructural works such as road and irrigation. If the promise is fulfilled this will be a good move. Currently, we experience a deficiency in water supply especially during the summer months. A modern irrigation system will improve the viability of our business, boost production and productivity; allowing us to achieve the standard of ten tonnes per acre,” Henry said in reacting to the news, he deemed timely. The Spring Gardens Agro Park will be the first of its kind where the production of bananas and plantains are concerned and also the first for the eastern parts of the island. It is expected that farmers will be allocated between four and 20 acres, a move that is aligned with MICAF’s strategic priorities to improve competitiveness and create an enabling environment for growth.
“This shows that the agricultural sector cannot be taken for granted. Farmers are the backbone of this country as they provide more employment than any other sector. Therefore, our mission at Jamaica Broilers is to seek to facilitate the sustainability of the island’s small farmers, because when the farmers grow, we grow,” Levy said. Levy said that Jamaica Broilers Group was now a multi-billion dollar operation producing 10-thousand chickens a week, moving to 12,000 birds a day. But he pointed out that the company’s core business remains in Jamaica. Over the past five years, sales of Hi-Pro chicks and broiler feeds have increased by about 20 per cent, with layer feeds having grown by 10 per cent. Currently Hi-Pro has about 60 per cent market share of all feeds sold in Jamaica.
But the crowd this time around was arguably one of the smallest in recent memory. Many attributed this to the economy and high crime. It’s a reality check for the policymakers. However, those present came to savour another moment of the Jamaican tradition.