Violence Prevention Commission Begins Work

Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Violence Prevention Commission has been empanelled and has started working. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Violence Prevention Commission has been empanelled and has started working.Speaking in the House of Representatives on July 16, the Prime Minister said they are refining the terms of reference, and as soon as that is completed, he will officially launch the Commission.During the sitting, the House approved a 90-day extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the South St. Andrew division.The Violence Prevention Commission will be examining all aspects of violence and ways to address it to ensure lasting solutions in the country.Mr. Holness informed that the Commission will pull together all the research and studies already done on violence.“We will pull that together to make some recommendations – how do we treat with trauma, with corporal punishment, intimate partner violence and domestic violence. All those things have to be addressed,” he said. During the sitting, the House approved a 90-day extension of the State of Public Emergency (SOE) for the South St. Andrew division. Speaking in the House of Representatives on July 16, the Prime Minister said they are refining the terms of reference, and as soon as that is completed, he will officially launch the Commission. read more

Statue to be Unveiled in Honour of Veronica CampbellBrown

The Government is to salute outstanding Jamaican and world athlete, Veronica Campbell-Brown, during Heritage Week later this year, by unveiling a statue in her honour.This was disclosed by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, during her contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 23.Ms. Grange informed that last year during Heritage Week, the statue of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was installed at Independence Park.“She has been an amazing ambassador for our country. She is humble, confident and respectful at all times. We salute you Shelly-Ann,” she said.The Minister added that the Government is also finalising arrangements for the installation of the statue of noted sprinter, Asafa Powell, later this year.