Tyres to be Removed from Riverton City

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16. Story Highlights  This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston. The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.“These entities are in advanced discussions with a private-sector company to implement a pilot project for the removal and transportation of tyres from the Riverton City Landfill, to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner,” Mr. Vaz said.He told the Lower House that approximately 1,000 tyres are deposited at the site each day and pose a potential fire hazard as well as provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests.“Successful implementation will allow for the expansion of this initiative to those tyres stockpiled at the other disposal sites across the island,” Mr. Vaz noted.He added that strict enforcement measures are being instituted by the relevant regulatory agencies, with the support of the security forces, to eliminate the illegal open burning of tyres by individuals within the environs of the Riverton City disposal site.“These illegal activities contribute significantly to the poor air quality along the Three Miles corridor,” Mr. Vaz said. read more

JCF Cops 2018 United Way Most Outstanding EmployeeGiving Organisation Award

Story Highlights The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018.The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and policewomen.The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation.Woman Inspector Barbara Robinson, who is attached to the NPJ, received a Gold medal for being the Most Outstanding Employee Giving Coordinator, while Constables Tariq McAllister and Omar Williams were also recognised for being exemplary donors.The awards and prizes were presented during UWJ’s 2019 Nation Builders and Employees Awards ceremony, held recently at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.Inspector Robinson told JIS News that the JCF’s members are seized of the need to give back, noting that “they have been responding to the call… and have contributed well”.“United Way of Jamaica does excellent work in the communities… [in particular] they have contributed significantly to early childhood education,” she said, while encouraging other groups and individuals to assist the organisation.Dr. Robert Chen, who, again, got the award for Highest Individual Donor, said his unwavering dedication to supporting the UWJ for over 10 years is in keeping with a family tradition to give, while emphasising the need for more people to do likewise.“We didn’t get here by ourselves… people helped us to get here. So you have to give back. If we give more, it will benefit Jamaica in every way,” he told JIS News.Carreras Limited received the award for the Highest Corporate Donor, and the company’s Finance Director, Janene Shaw, said she anticipates an ongoing and fruitful successful partnership, “as we continue to support the United Way in its operations, particularly in nation-building”.In lauding United Way, Director for Sector Support at the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), Nordia Seymour Hall, said, in recent years, the organisation has helped to train over 390 teachers across 80 early-childhood institutions (ECIs), improved safety at 56 schools in nine parishes, and provided grant funding for six of the most at-risk ECIs in five parishes.Meanwhile, guest speaker, and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad, said UWJ is making a “real difference” to people in need.He described the organisation as “good people doing good things’, adding that the contributions of civic-minded persons and organisations enable United Way “to do far more than what each of us as individuals could achieve”.Meanwhile, UWJ Chair, Dr. Marcia Forbes, said the organisation’s primary focus is providing funding support for projects that will “enhance the development of communities in Jamaica and better the lives of people who live or work in those communities”.She indicated that the UWJ, which supports at-risk youth in several communities, is looking to establish a homework centre at its offices in downtown Kingston as also stage fund-raising events to offset some of the operational costs.A donor management system is also being developed to improve coordination with contributors. The National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) was awarded a Gold medal for being adjudged the Most Outstanding Giving Organisation. The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has, for the 10th year, copped the United Way of Jamaica’s (UWJ) Most Outstanding Employee-Giving Organisation Award, which it landed for 2018. The JCF received the coveted award, among other prizes, for contributing to the UWJ’s work through salary deductions from over 7,000 policemen and women. read more

Legal action on owners if cattle not removed from streets

He said the move is part of efforts to keep the city of Colombo and the Western Province clean and beautiful. The Government today said that legal action will be taken against cattle owners in the Western Province if the cattle are not taken off the streets by December 15.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that cattle on the streets in the Western Province will be captured and transferred to a cattle orphanage in Embilipitiya.