KSAMC Expands Activities Under the Youth Summer Employment Programme

Some 600 youth from across the Corporate Area who are participating in the six-week activity, now under way, will be collating data relating to garbage disposal and emergency assistance. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has expanded its activities under this year’s staging of the Youth Summer Employment Programme (YSEP) to include two new features. Story Highlights These will support the ban on single-use plastics and bolster safeguards for the society’s most vulnerable citizens. The Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has expanded its activities under this year’s staging of the Youth Summer Employment Programme (YSEP) to include two new features.These will support the ban on single-use plastics and bolster safeguards for the society’s most vulnerable citizens.Some 600 youth from across the Corporate Area who are participating in the six-week activity, now under way, will be collating data relating to garbage disposal and emergency assistance.These engagements are in addition to the auditing of billboards, barbers and hairdressers, trade licences, and advertising.The KSAMC’s Public Relations Officer, Jodiann James, told JIS News that the Corporation is keen on playing its part in support of the Government-imposed ban on plastics, which came into effect on January 1.“One of our strategic objectives is keeping our city clean, safe and thriving, and we have to enforce that in all that we do. In doing this, we want the youth to be ambassadors to spread this message of exercising responsible care for the environment,” she statedTo this end, Ms. James said the YSEP participants will gather data on when, how and whether garbage is collected in communities throughout the city, adding that this information will be used to assist the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s work across the municipality.Ms. James said the participants will also collate information that will serve to enhance the KSAMC’s care for the most vulnerable in society, particularly homeless persons living on the streets, through its emergency assistance programmes.These include poor relief benefits, pension, homeless and street-feeding programmes, and the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).“This will help us remove more people from the streets in an efficient, effective as well as strategic manner. There are relatives of street persons who can furnish us with information such as their illnesses and dietary needs, and the young persons will help us gather that,” Ms. James explained.The YSEP, which ends on August 30, is an initiative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.It is designed to train and empower participants, by widening the skill set and knowledge of more than 3,000 youth across the island, annually. read more

Jamaica Mortgage Bank Providing 15 Billion For Corporate Area Housing Projects

Story Highlights These developments are Kensington Gates ($642-million loan); Mayfair Manor ($401.48 million); Sherlock Manor ($132.6 million); Portview Manor ($89.53 million); Edinburgh Apartments ($66.45 million); Hughenden Apartments ($61.12 million); Harmony Court ($58.3 million); and Beconfield Apartments ($40.9 million). Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, says that eight housing developers are completing projects in the Corporate Area through loans totalling approximately $1.5 billion from the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB). Speaking to JIS News after a tour of the projects on Wednesday (September 11), Senator Charles Jr. hailed the private investors, some of whom are undertaking their first housing developments, for creating impactful projects that have helped to boost Jamaica’s construction sector. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr, says that eight housing developers are completing projects in the Corporate Area through loans totalling approximately $1.5 billion from the Jamaica Mortgage Bank (JMB).These developments are Kensington Gates ($642-million loan); Mayfair Manor ($401.48 million); Sherlock Manor ($132.6 million); Portview Manor ($89.53 million); Edinburgh Apartments ($66.45 million); Hughenden Apartments ($61.12 million); Harmony Court ($58.3 million); and Beconfield Apartments ($40.9 million).Speaking to JIS News after a tour of the projects on Wednesday (September 11), Senator Charles Jr. hailed the private investors, some of whom are undertaking their first housing developments, for creating impactful projects that have helped to boost Jamaica’s construction sector.He noted that they are providing “safe, affordable [and] legal housing solutions for our people, particularly our young professionals”.Senator Charles Jr. said that one aim of the tour was to reassure the developers of the Ministry and the JMB’s commitment to ensuring the success of their projects.“The important message… is that we are not just about financing. This is a partnership to ensure that our developers are successful,” he said.“We have monitoring systems and [measures] to provide guidance and the necessary support to ensure the success of these developments. The success of our developers is the success of JMB, is the success for Jamaica,” he stressed.Developer of the Hughenden Apartments, Denise Pitter, told JIS News that she is grateful that the JMB chose to invest in her project.“I really appreciate Jamaica Mortgage Bank considering us… and in all honesty, I would not go anywhere else.“I remember when I first started and I approached other loan institutions, I was told that we were young, they didn’t know us,” Ms. Pitter told JIS News.She said her father was involved in construction, and he inspired her to pursue a similar career path.General Manager, JMB, Courtney Wynter, commended Mrs. Pitter on her achievement in the male-dominated construction sector.“She completed these eight units in record time… and what makes her project unique is that she did it about nine months ahead of schedule and within budget,” he said.Since its establishment 48 years ago, the JMB has been responsible for the construction of 25 to 30 per cent of the Government-related houses in Jamaica at a cost of about $39 billion. read more