Residents of Norwood Section H Get Piped Water

The system was commissioned into service recently by National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, where Norwood is located, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang. Story Highlights Residents of Norwood Section H now have water flowing from taps in their homes, following completion of a water supply improvement project to serve that section of the community in St. James. The work was undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) and involved extensive pipe-laying and leak repairs. More than 46 households are being served by the system. Residents of Norwood Section H now have water flowing from taps in their homes, following completion of a water supply improvement project to serve that section of the community in St. James.The system was commissioned into service recently by National Security Minister and Member of Parliament for North Western St. James, where Norwood is located, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.The work was undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC) and involved extensive pipe-laying and leak repairs. More than 46 households are being served by the system.Roger Esson, who has lived in the area for several years, said he is “very happy for the delivery of the water by the NWC. We on this side (Norwood Section H) really needed the water… and we have to give thanks”.Dalton McKay noted that he is “very grateful for the work that was done here for us to get water, while Dorothy Malcolm said she is happy to finally have water in her home and is looking forward to utilising it.The Norwood Section H water project forms part of the NWC’s strategic imperative to extend access by residents to the commodity.Development of the system falls under phase one of the Commission’s multimillion- dollar Norwood Water Supply Improvement Project, which is being done through contractors Frederick Rodrigues and Associates Limited.It is also intended to lay the groundwork for regularising the community’s informal network.Pipe replacements and leak repairs are to be completed under the project’s first phase, which will extend coverage to residents in Norwood Gardens.A 50,000-gallon tank, which has already been constructed in the area, will aid in supplying water to the community after the project’s completion. read more

NCRA To Play Key Role In Boosting Manufacturing

The regulatory division of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) was separated from the agency and transformed into the NCRA, which officially began operations in 2016. Story Highlights This was the word from the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lorice Edwards Brown, who spoke about the mandate of the NCRA in a recent interview with JIS News. The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has a key role to play in enhancing growth in manufacturing by speeding up the process of inspection and monitoring of entities.This was the word from the Authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lorice Edwards Brown, who spoke about the mandate of the NCRA in a recent interview with JIS News.The regulatory division of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) was separated from the agency and transformed into the NCRA, which officially began operations in 2016.It is responsible for registering processed food establishments, inspecting goods at ports of entry, and monitoring compliance in the local market.The BSJ will remain focussed on developing standards with the NRCA serving as regulator.Mrs. Edwards Brown told JIS News that the separation was in keeping with Jamaica’s international obligations and was also based on feedback from local manufacturers.She noted that “previously, the BSJ would go and carry out inspections and then carry out the enforcement action and this slowed the pace at which the BSJ could help businesses maximise their potential.”“The call was for us to facilitate our entities better and it would not have served them the best way possible if we are judge and jury in one entity,” she said.Mrs. Edwards Brown told JIS News that the stakeholders are responding positively to the Authority.“They told us that we are actually fulfilling their requests so they are happy to see this materialising,” she said.As a result of the separation, the BSJ will also now be able to offer technical assistance to companies seeking to comply with standards. The National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) has a key role to play in enhancing growth in manufacturing by speeding up the process of inspection and monitoring of entities. read more

Talks continue between Brock CUPE 4207

Officials from Brock University are continuing mediated contract negotiations with CUPE 4207 (Unit 1) in an attempt to reach a collective agreement before the union’s strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 14.The union represents teaching assistants, part-time instructors, course co-ordinators, lab demonstrators, marker-graders at Brock.On the opening day of weekend talks, which are being assisted by a provincially-appointed mediator, negotiators worked from Friday morning to 4 a.m. Saturday.Talks are to resume on Sunday, when Brock’s negotiating team will respond to a proposal from the union.Monitor this website throughout the weekend for updates on the negotiations.– Collective Bargaining site