Plastic Ban Should Minimise Flooding in Mobay

“Montego Bay is prone to flooding, primarily because of plastic waste in our drains. So, the elimination of plastic itself or reducing the quantities going in the drains will significantly transform the impact of these flood occurrences in the city,” Ms. Sinclair said. She added that of the sum allocated, divisions across the parish were allocated $700,000 each, to do advance cleaning of critical drains in those areas. Disaster Coordinator for St. James, Tamoy Sinclair, says the plastic ban should minimise the impact of flooding in Montego Bay.Ms. Sinclair was addressing a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, which was held at the St. James Municipal Corporation in Montego Bay on Thursday (July 25).“Montego Bay is prone to flooding, primarily because of plastic waste in our drains. So, the elimination of plastic itself or reducing the quantities going in the drains will significantly transform the impact of these flood occurrences in the city,” Ms. Sinclair said.The plastic ban, which was imposed by the Government on January 1, 2019, covers the importation, manufacture, distribution and use of the plastic materials.The bags banned are those commonly referred to as ‘scandal bags’ and others with dimensions of 24 inches by 24 inches or less.Meanwhile, Miss Sinclair highlighted that approximately $23 million has been allocated for disaster preparedness in the parish of St. James for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.“In addition to that, under the new Building Act, one per cent of building fees will now be directed to disaster management activities (in the parish),” she told JIS News.She added that of the sum allocated, divisions across the parish were allocated $700,000 each, to do advance cleaning of critical drains in those areas.Drain-cleaning exercises took place across the parish in May prior to the start of the hurricane season, and are also slated to be done in September, which is the peak of the season.Ms. Sinclair also noted that as part of the disaster preparations, 63 shelters across the parish where found to be in good condition after being inspected by the St. James Fire Department, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Roads and Works Department and Disaster Management Department of the Municipality.“The shelters are up to date; they are fine.  However, there were some shelters that were not deemed suitable and so alternatives were selected,” she said.Ms. Sinclair noted that the resources for the emergency shelters are provided by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the Jamaica Red Cross, Food For the Poor as well as the Salvation Army. Story Highlights “The shelters are up to date; they are fine.  However, there were some shelters that were not deemed suitable and so alternatives were selected,” she said. read more

October 4 Closing Date For Entries To Short Film Competition

The winner in the category of Best Overall film will receive a trip to Europe to participate in a reputable training workshop in the area of film making. The competition, which is being sponsored by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, was announced by Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, at the opening night of the 2019 EU Film Festival on June 3, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston. Young Jamaicans have until October 4 to submit entries to a short film competition, under the theme: ‘My Environment: a heritage to be protected’. Young Jamaicans have until October 4 to submit entries to a short film competition, under the theme: ‘My Environment: a heritage to be protected’.The competition, which is being sponsored by the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica, was announced by Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, at the opening night of the 2019 EU Film Festival on June 3, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.The winner in the category of Best Overall film will receive a trip to Europe to participate in a reputable training workshop in the area of film making.Sectional prizes will include an ipad, a MacBook computer and a digital camera for the following categories, Best Writing/Best Storytelling, Best Videography and Best Editing. All participants will receive a certificate of participation and the top four films will be posted on the Delegation’s website.Details of the competition, including how to submit applications, are available on the Delegation’s website: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/jamaica/65394/european-union-short-film-competition_en.Communication Specialist with the EU Delegation, Althea Buchanan, told JIS News that the main objective of the competition is to help young people, 18 to 25 years, utilise available technologies to create employment for themselves and to raise awareness about environment protection.She said that the application process will be structured in two parts. Applicants are required to submit a 30 to 45-second video of a response to the question, ‘Why is environmental protection important and how can communication technologies, like film and video, help in improving environmental awareness?’Part two involves shortlisting persons to participate in a capacity building workshop on October 19.Mrs. Buchanan said the purpose of the workshop “is to build the skills of the participants who will go on to produce a four to five-minute video on an environmental issue that is of concern to them.“At this workshop we will have experts from Jamaica and Europe who will deliver on several topics,” she said, adding that the workshop will include a presentation on cinematography by Director of the award-winning Jamaican short film, ‘Flight’, Gabrielle Blackwood, as well as presenters from Europe, who will speak on the topics: ‘Editing and Post-Production Techniques’ and ‘Storytelling/Scriptwriting’.“We are trying to develop the skills of young people who are not yet established in the business and to open an opportunity for them for job creation, so they can advocate on their own behalf on issues that are important to them and in this case, environmental issues,” Mrs. Buchanan explained.She said the EU Delegation is being supported by the Office of the Film Commissioner, JAMPRO; Jamaican film producer, Justine Henzel and other experts in the field of film making. Story Highlights read more