JUTC LNG Terminal in Portmore to be Commissioned Soon

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Portmore, St. Catherine is to be commissioned into service shortly. Story Highlights This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, while addressing the Airports Authority of Jamaica’s (AAJ) 45th anniversary banquet and long service awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 5. “With the threat of climate change, the JUTC is looking at getting more LNG buses; as a matter of fact, we have acquired five already…The depot will run these buses as a pilot because we need longer buses and wider buses,” Mr. Montague said. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Portmore, St. Catherine is to be commissioned into service shortly.This was disclosed by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, while addressing the Airports Authority of Jamaica’s (AAJ) 45th anniversary banquet and long service awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on July 5.“With the threat of climate change, the JUTC is looking at getting more LNG buses; as a matter of fact, we have acquired five already…The depot will run these buses as a pilot because we need longer buses and wider buses,” Mr. Montague said.LNG is a much cleaner fuel than diesel oil, and offers economic and environmental benefits.In the meantime, Minister Montague challenged the AAJ “to rethink how transportation is done to the airports,” in light of the exponential growth in the number of visitors to the island over the years.“We should be looking at bigger helicopters to move people. We should be looking at elevated trains; we need to begin to open our minds and look to the future and if the mind can conceive it, we can achieve it,” he noted.During the ceremony, approximately 166 persons were recognised for yeoman service to the AAJ.The entity was established in 1974 under the Airports Authority Act as an independent statutory body, with initial responsibility (ownership and management) for the nation’s two international airports – Norman Manley and Sangster.In 1990, the AAJ took on the additional responsibility for the island’s four domestic aerodromes – Tinson Pen in Kingston, Ken Jones in Portland, Boscobel in St. Mary and Negril in Westmoreland.Since its inception, the AAJ has worked diligently to fulfil its principal mandate of developing and operating a safe and secure airport system for Jamaica. read more

Children From Salt Spring Benefit from Summer Camp

There are plans by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to replicate the camp in other volatile communities in the parish. The camp began on Monday, July 22 at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant school, in Montego Bay, and forms part of  social intervention efforts by the St. James Police Division. Story Highlights The curtains came down on the four-week children’s summer camp in Salt Spring, St. James, on August 16, with 120 children from the area benefiting from the initiative. The curtains came down on the four-week children’s summer camp in Salt Spring, St. James, on August 16, with 120 children from the area benefiting from the initiative.There are plans by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to replicate the camp in other volatile communities in the parish.The camp began on Monday, July 22 at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant school, in Montego Bay, and forms part of  social intervention efforts by the St. James Police Division.Children from 6 to 17 years of age were targeted , and they were engaged in educational and extra-curricular activities, as well as motivational talks, geared at promoting proper etiquette and positive values and attitudes.Speaking at the closing ceremony at the Salt Spring Primary and Infant School, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, said the summer camp represents the JCF’s commitment to establish a meaningful relationship between communities and the police.“This is really the JCF believing in you as the community of Salt Spring and you as the children of Salt Spring. This is how we see our role as police officers…so we can make people’s lives better,” the Commissioner added.He commended residents for their commitment to maintaining the sense of peace that now exists in the community.“We at the JCF appreciate the sort of commitment the community has made to peace, and building the relationship that we have over the past few months. The community has bought into this and we are doing great things together and this camp is one of those community activities,” the Commissioner said.“This is not a short term relationship that we are building here. This is not a sprint, this is a marathon and we are going to be here with you for the long haul and we will also be replicating this in other communities here in St. James and also in other parishes,” he noted.Meanwhile, Immediate Past President of the St. James Lay Magistrates’ Association, Claudette Bryan,  lauded the JCF for organising the camp.“Today (August 16) is an awesome day and I want to give my commendations and congratulations to the JCF for putting on such a fine programme for our children in this part of St. James. So, I say high praises to you for organising and executing this awesome summer camp,” she said.Mrs. Bryan argued  that the camp has brought a paradigm shift to the community of Salt Spring.The summer camp was held under the theme: ‘Peace, love, unity and trust’. It was supported by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), Social Development Commission (SDC), Peace Management Initiative (PMI), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and several private sector entities, including Chukka Foundation, Margaritaville, Rain Forrest Seafood and Barnett Estate Limited. read more

Senate Approves Extension of SOE in South St Andrew

“Since the implementation of the SOE over the comparative period of the July 7 to September 28 (a period of 84 days), when compared to the equivalent period of April 14 to July 6, murders in the St. Andrew South Police division have reduced by 58 per cent… from 53 to 22,” she stated.   In her address, Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith said while the SOE has had successes, the division is not yet where it needs to be. Story Highlights The Senate, on Friday (October 4), approved a 90 day extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the St. Andrew South Police Division. The Senate, on Friday (October 4), approved a 90 day extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the St. Andrew South Police Division.In her address, Leader of Government Business and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith said while the SOE has had successes, the division is not yet where it needs to be.“Since the implementation of the SOE over the comparative period of the July 7 to September 28 (a period of 84 days), when compared to the equivalent period of April 14 to July 6, murders in the St. Andrew South Police division have reduced by 58 per cent… from 53 to 22,” she stated.  She further noted that shootings have reduced by 47 per cent, from 51 to 27.“It is instructive to mention that there was an overall reduction in category one crimes – murders, shootings, rape aggravated assault, robbery, break- in and larceny- aggregated they have reduced by 40 per cent in that division,” Senator Johnson Smith added.Since the SOE was declared the following seizures have been recorded: 12 firearms, 120 ammunitions, eight magazines and 11 persons have been arrested and charged.However, Senator Johnson Smith pointed out that despite the reduction in murders and shooting achieved since the start of the SOE, the numbers remain high.“As at September 28, even from the start of the year, even including the reductions, these figured stood at 116 murders and 127 shootings. These are not normal numbers for such a small population,” she informed. “There are feuds involving 75 gangs in this area operating within the boundaries of this SOE. That is an emergency and it requires us to give the security forces the time to ensure that these gangs who are heavily armed, who perpetuate violence, criminal activity and cause a high level of fear and insecurity in the communities, that they are given the time to bring this under control,” Senator Johnson Smith added.The SOEs will give the security forces temporary additional powers, including powers of search, arrest and detention.During the SOEs, the security forces will have the power to search, curtail operating hours of business, restrict access to places and detain persons without a warrant. read more