NSWMA Encourages Citizens to Invest in Reusables

Story Highlights Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is encouraging citizens to purchase reusable containers, including shopping bags, in order to cut down on waste that goes to the landfills. “The NSWMA is strongly advocating for persons to buy reusable stuff; that’s why we support the ban on single-use plastic bags. We want to encourage the reduction of waste we generate as a country,” Mr. Gordon told JIS News. He is also urging the entertainment industry to adopt the practice of using reusable utensils. Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is encouraging citizens to purchase reusable containers, including shopping bags, in order to cut down on waste that goes to the landfills.“The NSWMA is strongly advocating for persons to buy reusable stuff; that’s why we support the ban on single-use plastic bags. We want to encourage the reduction of waste we generate as a country,” Mr. Gordon told JIS News.He is also urging the entertainment industry to adopt the practice of using reusable utensils.He said that since the January 1, 2019 ban on single-use plastics, a number of event organisers have invested in reusable products. However, more players in the industry need to get on board.“When you have a party and all the cups and plates are thrown out, we have to find somewhere to put them and some of these plastic things take up to 500 years to break down,” Mr. Gordon pointed out.Meanwhile, Board Director at the NSWMA, Camille Facey, said that the agency is in the process of acquiring 100 new garbage trucks.“We intend to look at plastic separation, which will require a separate truck to collect plastic items. Getting these additional trucks is critical to doing some of the things we expect to do in the next two years,” she noted.As of February 2019, the NSWMA has received 42 of the 100 trucks as part of its efforts to increase service delivery. read more

Domestic Flights Resume on July 8

Story Highlights Flights will be scheduled out of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay where Jam Airlink is based; Negril; Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary; and the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, John Levy, made the announcement during the launch at the Ian Fleming Airport on Wednesday (July 3). Domestic flights are set to resume on Monday, July 8, with the introduction of daily service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express. Domestic flights are set to resume on Monday, July 8, with the introduction of daily service by local aviation company, Jam Airlink Express.Flights will be scheduled out of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay where Jam Airlink is based; Negril; Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St. Mary; and the Tinson Pen aerodrome in Kingston, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, John Levy, made the announcement during the launch at the Ian Fleming Airport on Wednesday (July 3).Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, who has portfolio responsibility for the aviation industry, headed the officials and other guests in attendance.Reintroduction of the service is the result of negotiations between the Ministry and Jam Airlink.Mr. Montague, in his remarks, said the undertaking will provide numerous stakeholder opportunities, including jobs, and the engagement of businesses to provide goods and services.Jam Airlink, he said, “has broken new ground, and I encourage everybody to give the service a try”.For his part, Mr. Levy said the service will significantly reduce travel time, particularly between Kingston and Montego Bay.“For Jamaica to develop into a First-World country… one of the things we need is transportation. When it takes six or seven hours for somebody to drive from Kingston to Montego Bay or vice versa… that’s [almost an entire] business day. We can do that in 25 to 30 minutes and you can do your business, wherever that is, come back and spend a day in the office doing some productive work… and feeling less tired,” he said. read more

Health Ministry Allocates 130 Million to Clear Mosquito Breeding Sites

He said for this initiative, the Ministry will be collaborating with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Parish Councils, through the Local Government Ministry. This announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at his Quarterly Press Briefing, on Tuesday (August 27), at the Ministry in New Kingston. In an effort to eliminate Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that cause the spread of dengue, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the National Health Fund (NHF), will be spending $130 million on activities geared towards clearing breeding sites.This announcement was made by the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, at his Quarterly Press Briefing, on Tuesday (August 27), at the Ministry in New Kingston.He said for this initiative, the Ministry will be collaborating with the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the Parish Councils, through the Local Government Ministry.“We have agreed and we’ll be mobilising $130 million to these agencies for critical support in the field,” Dr. Tufton said.“In the case of Parish Councils, they have Councillors, they have an organisational structure at the local level and, of course, the NSWMA is critical, because of the impact of solid waste as breeding sites for mosquitoes,” he added.Dr. Tufton reiterated the previous initiatives which the Ministry of Health and Wellness implemented in its fight against the spread of the dengue virus.“The Ministry has embarked on a number of initiatives to date. In fact, since the start of this year, when we declared an outbreak, we have had a sustained programme to create the awareness and to respond to the challenges that this health threat poses,” he said.He noted that 1,000 temporary vector aides have been deployed to visit homes, especially those in high-risk communities, where they have been distributing material, inspecting water storage facilities and treating them.Additionally, Minister Tufton said there are approximately 200 permanent staff members who provide appropriate supervision and support.“The country is in a high state of alertness around the potential health challenges [regarding] the dengue fever and the Aedes aegypti mosquito and its breeding in communities across the country,” Dr. Tufton said.“Jamaica is not alone in that regard. In fact, Latin America and the Caribbean region are experiencing a dengue outbreak. The Pan American Health Organization has reported that in the last seven months, some two million cases of dengue have been reported in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean,” he added.Dr. Tufton said the recent drought condition has contributed to the cases of dengue that have been presented.“The reality is in drought conditions where you have limited access to piped water, storage of water becomes a big issue, and if the water is not stored properly… then you create almost perfect conditions for the breeding of mosquitoes, and so, there is a relationship between the drought, call it climate change if you will, and the outbreak,” he said.He said approximately 5,200 cases classified as suspected, presumed or confirmed were made regarding dengue; 1,000 with dates of onset in 2018 and just over 4,000 with dates of onset in 2019, to date.Of the 38 suspected and confirmed dengue-related deaths, 17 persons died in 2018 and 21 died in 2019. Story Highlights In an effort to eliminate Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that cause the spread of dengue, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the National Health Fund (NHF), will be spending $130 million on activities geared towards clearing breeding sites. read more