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

Legal Aid Council to Launch Website

The Legal Aid Council (LAC) will be launching its first official website on September 4, to increase citizens’ access to information and services provided by the Council. “We sought to institute the website without an expansive outlay of capital, so we used the services and resources within the Ministry of Justice,” Mr. Faulkner pointed out. Story Highlights “Justice should be accessible for all citizens and the Legal Aid Council seeks to provide excellent service, as our clients’ satisfaction is paramount to us,” he emphasised. The Legal Aid Council (LAC) will be launching its first official website on September 4, to increase citizens’ access to information and services provided by the Council.“The LAC is seeking to expand its reach across the length and breadth of Jamaica, so with our Justice Mobile Unit and our new website the public will have access to updated information on how to make use of our services,” Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, Hugh Faulkner, told JIS News.Mr. Faulkner highlighted that the website will be interactive and persons can expect an expedited response to their concerns, queries and requests.“The website will provide information on key constitutional rights that each citizen has, including a summary of children’s rights,” he informed.The LAC’s website will be launched at the Ministry of Justice, Kingston headquarters at 10:00 a.m. Special guests will include the Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck; and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Sancia Bennett-Templer.“We sought to institute the website without an expansive outlay of capital, so we used the services and resources within the Ministry of Justice,” Mr. Faulkner pointed out.Currently, the Legal Aid Council has more than 200 Senior Counsels who can be assigned to cases involving murders, and 11 Queen’s Counsels who are available.“For the past year, we had 2,931 matters resolved before the Parish Court and 510 matters were completed in the Gun Court. Some 836 matters were completed before the circuit court, and we assisted 36 Jamaicans to make their appeal in the Appellate Court,” Mr. Faulkner said.He said that with the Council’s new interactive website being launched, the numbers are expected to increase, as more persons will have access to affordable legal representation and advice.“Justice should be accessible for all citizens and the Legal Aid Council seeks to provide excellent service, as our clients’ satisfaction is paramount to us,” he emphasised. read more

Grange Sad at Passing of Queen Mother

Story Highlights Sister Samad was born in New York, USA to staunch Garveyites who raised her in keeping with Garvey’s philosophy of Black self-pride, African nationalism and economic self-reliance. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has given the following statement on the passing of Queen Mother Marianne Samad.Minister’s Statement:“It with sadness that I learned of the passing of Queen Mother Marianne Samad, Jamaica’s best-known link to National Hero Marcus Garvey, on Thursday, September 5 — only three days after celebrating her 99th birthday.She was well respected and admired by Garveyites, Pan-Africanists and Rastafari in Jamaica and around the African Diaspora; and will be missed by all who saw her as a shining example of and link to one of Jamaica’s most beloved sons.Sister Samad was born in New York, USA to staunch Garveyites who raised her in keeping with Garvey’s philosophy of Black self-pride, African nationalism and economic self-reliance.When she married Clarence Thomas, a Jamaican who had moved to the United States, she was already a member of the Garvey Legion. In 1965, she came to visit her husband’s country and was dismayed to discover that blackness had no value in the land of Garvey’s birth. She determined to change that.For three decades Sister Samad made Jamaica her home and became a noted raconteur of stories of Marcus Garvey’s life and his work. She taught and lived Garveyism all her life.Her passing leaves a void and I offer condolences to her family and friends across the world.” She was well respected and admired by Garveyites, Pan-Africanists and Rastafari in Jamaica and around the African Diaspora; and will be missed by all who saw her as a shining example of and link to one of Jamaica’s most beloved sons. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, with Queen Mother Marianne Samad (seated) at the signing of a Book of Condolence for South African Activist, Winnie Mandela. read more