Three Police Divisions to Benefit from Major Energy Efficiency Projects

A contract has been signed between the PCJ and Geddes Refrigeration Limited to install air conditioning (AC) solutions at the Mobile Reserve Headquarters in Kingston; the May Pen Division Headquarters in Clarendon; and the National Police College at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine. The signing took place during a ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston on Wednesday (June 26). Three divisions of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are to benefit from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) implementation of air conditioning retrofit projects at a cost of $126.5 million.A contract has been signed between the PCJ and Geddes Refrigeration Limited to install air conditioning (AC) solutions at the Mobile Reserve Headquarters in Kingston; the May Pen Division Headquarters in Clarendon; and the National Police College at Twickenham Park in St. Catherine.The signing took place during a ceremony at the PCJ Auditorium in Kingston on Wednesday (June 26).The initiative is being executed through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme.Under the contract, all locations will benefit from the installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems that utilise variable refrigerant flow which regulates airflow in response to building occupancy and conditions.Additionally, the building envelope at the May Pen Divisional Headquarters will be repaired, while inverter mini split AC units will be installed in isolated sections of the Mobile Reserve building.In her remarks, Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, noted steps being taken by the Administration to heighten public awareness of energy efficiency, as also upgrade inefficient systems across government.“By doing this, we get two benefits – we save, in terms of the cost that we pay for electricity, and it helps us on the path to meeting our agreement that we signed on to with several other countries called the Paris Agreement, where countries came together and decided that they are going to do something to reverse the negative impact we have been having with climate change,” she said.Mrs. Williams contended that “to the extent that our air conditioning units use less energy, it means that we are, even in a small way, contributing to meeting that agreement”.For his part, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Support Services in the JCF, Warren Clarke, said selection of the primary and secondary training facilities for the installation of energy efficient air conditioning systems “is by no means an accident”.“It is an expression of our commitment to the utilisation of an efficient and effective energy management programme, by creating a culture of efficiency, transparency and accountability in the force,” he stated.Upon completion of the installations, which are scheduled to take 12 months, it is anticipated that there will be an overall reduction in electricity consumption and operating costs at the selected locations.It is projected that electricity usage will be decreased by 63,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year at Mobile Reserve; 60,600 kWh per annum at May Pen Headquarters; and just under 100,800 kWh annually at the National Police College.Other benefits of the interventions include a reduction of greenhouse emissions, as well as improved environmental conditions for staff and other users of the facilities. Story Highlights Three divisions of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are to benefit from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) implementation of air conditioning retrofit projects at a cost of $126.5 million. read more

Autopsy Suite to be Constructed

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a state-of-the-art autopsy suite, to be constructed soon, will facilitate the efficient and effective operations of local forensic pathologists.Construction is slated to begin during this fiscal year and has been budgeted to cost $200 million.During a tour of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine (IFSLM), in Kingston on Wednesday, July 3, the Minister said the suite should impact the IFSLM’s international standing.“The vision of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine is to become the leading forensic laboratory in Latin America and the Caribbean Region,” he said.Dr. Chang added that the autopsy suite will meet the needs of the nation’s six pathologists.“This suite will result in an increase in the number of autopsies that can be performed and a reduction in the waiting time for autopsy reports. Currently, the forensic pathology service is conducted throughout the island, at private morgues and at hospitals, which are not designed to provide medico-legal autopsy service,” he said.Acquisition of a DNA database and construction of the autopsy suite were among crime-fighting strategies discussed by the Minister during his tour. read more

Minister Calls On Citizens To Ensure They Accept Water From Reputable Sources

Senator Charles Jr. was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s headquarters, Kingston. Minister with responsibility for Water, Housing and Infrastructure, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is encouraging citizens to ensure that they are accepting water from reputable sources for domestic use, particularly trucked water. “We are alerting our citizens to ensure that they use treated water which is safe for consumption, because there are reports of persons doing (water) trucking from non-viable water sources,” the Minister said. Minister with responsibility for Water, Housing and Infrastructure, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., is encouraging citizens to ensure that they are accepting water from reputable sources for domestic use, particularly trucked water.“We are alerting our citizens to ensure that they use treated water which is safe for consumption, because there are reports of persons doing (water) trucking from non-viable water sources,” the Minister said.Senator Charles Jr. was speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s headquarters, Kingston.“We want to ensure that citizens remain healthy. That is why we have regulatory practices and procedures that are put in place, particularly with trucking and sanitisation of the trucks. Citizens need to know who is trucking the water to them. This should be someone they can verify with the National Water Commission (NWC), so they are not taking contaminated water,” the Minister said.He pointed out that there are water sources which the NWC does not use because although the water may look clean, it has contaminants.Citizens are also encouraged to boil their water or add the appropriate amount of bleach.To ensure that water is safe for drinking, the NWC utilises an extensive treatment process, which begins with the collection of the untreated water from surface water sources (rivers or streams), or from underground sources (wells or springs).This water is then taken through pipes to a treatment plant, where the necessary equipment and chemicals are then utilised to treat the water that is later distributed to customers. Story Highlights read more