Story Highlights The South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre in St. Andrew will soon have a multipurpose facility to expand educational and training opportunities for wards of the State.Ground was broken today (September 5) for the complex by Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, and representatives from partner agencies involved in the project, which is set for completion by the end of December.Delivering the keynote address, the State Minister said the Department of Correctional Service (DCS), is helping to turn ex-offenders away from crime, by creating avenues for them to engage in productive ventures.“I am pleased that the DCS is breaking the cycle of crime and violence by creating productive men and women for our society, through transformational, educational and vocational programmes,” Mr. Spencer told the gathering.The State Minister encouraged the wards and inmates not to “limit their potential”, and that they should focus on their dreams and utilise all the resources and support in the penal system and “create a new path” for themselves.He also called on corporate Jamaica, regional and international partners to assist with the “reintegration” of ex-offenders by giving them a chance, as it is hard for incarcerated persons to acquire basic privileges, such as jobs, grants and scholarships.Construction of the multipurpose building is an activity of the project ‘A New Path: Promoting a Healthy Environment and Productive Alternatives for Juvenile Remandees and Offenders in Jamaica’, implemented by the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS), through its Department of Public Security, working with its affiliate, The Trust for the Americas.Financial support is provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Mr. Spencer expressed “immense gratitude to the unrelenting partners, who continue to be vital to the rehabilitation and redemption strategy that has been implemented at the Ministry of National Security”.Other speakers at the function included Superintendent at the Centre, Maulette White; Commissioner of Corrections, Lieutenant Colonel (R’td) Gary Rowe; OAS Representative in Jamaica, Jeanelle Van Glaanenweygel; and Deputy Chief of Mission for USAID in Jamaica, John McIntyre. Delivering the keynote address, the State Minister said the Department of Correctional Service (DCS), is helping to turn ex-offenders away from crime, by creating avenues for them to engage in productive ventures. The South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre in St. Andrew will soon have a multipurpose facility to expand educational and training opportunities for wards of the State. Ground was broken today (September 5) for the complex by Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, and representatives from partner agencies involved in the project, which is set for completion by the end of December.
State-owned mining company Terrafame is a step closer to building a $200 million battery chemicals plant in Sotkamo, Finland, after the local government signed off on construction.The municipality’s building authorities have granted the permit for two buildings in accordance with the application submitted in May.The project involves a 7,750 m² building for the “crystallisation phase” of the production process and a 10,540 m² building for the extraction phase, according to Terrafame.Terrafame CEO Joni Lukkaroinen said: “Obtaining a building permit is one important milestone in this project. We are now proceeding to the earthwork construction and continuing with the detailed designing of the plant.”The buildings are intended to be located on the opposite side of the railway line to Terrafame’s current metals production plant in Sotkamo (pictured). Here, the company processes the nickel-, cobalt- and zinc-rich pregnant leach solution that comes from mining and bioleaching ore at the nearby mine.Terrafame has been investigating the production of battery chemicals since the beginning of 2017 and, over the past months, has progressed the project from feasibility to the detailed engineering.The company is also carrying out an environmental impact assessment, for which a report is currently being prepared.The new production plant under consideration would have a capacity of approximately 150,000 tonnes of nickel sulphate and 5,000 t of cobalt sulphate per year, making Terrafame one of the largest nickel sulphate producers globally. In addition to the sulphates used in electric vehicle batteries, the plant would produce ammonium sulphate.Last year, a cooperation network was set up specifically to obtain international investment in a “battery cluster” in Finland.