The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, Kingston, and Mount Salem, St. James, will be extended by a further 60 days to October 19, 2019 and November 7, 2019, respectively. In his address, Dr. Chang noted that the declaration of the Mount Salem and the Denham Town ZOSOs was a breakthrough initiative in Jamaica’s history. The House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 23), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang. Story Highlights The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, Kingston, and Mount Salem, St. James, will be extended by a further 60 days to October 19, 2019 and November 7, 2019, respectively.The House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 23), approved two Resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by National Security Minister, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang.In his address, Dr. Chang noted that the declaration of the Mount Salem and the Denham Town ZOSOs was a breakthrough initiative in Jamaica’s history.He pointed out that the experience has, so far, produced some lessons and has proven its worth at various levels.“The partnership between the citizens and the Security Forces is also changing, with the presence of the Joint Force within the Zone, and is yielding positive results,” Dr. Chang said.A Zone of Special Operations was declared for the community of Denham Town from October 7, 2017 for a period of 60 days. The current period constitutes the 10th period of extension, which is slated to expire on August 19, 2019.“The community of Denham Town was plagued with increased gang-related violence. Since the declaration of the Zone of Special Operations, security forces have been allowed to conduct strategic operations designed to target the violence producers, thereby facilitating the conditions for social intervention and economic development,” Dr. Chang said.The Zone of Special Operations was declared for the community of Mount Salem with effect from September 1, 2017. The current period constitutes the 11th period of extension, which is slated to expire on September 7, 2019.“Prior to the implementation of the Zone of Special Operations, the Mount Salem community had been plagued with increased gang-related violence and criminal activities among several gangs operating from communities within the Division,” Dr. Chang said.He noted that conflict among gangs was attributed to the quest for turf, control and the disproportionate allocation of illegal proceeds from lottery scamming and other illicit activities.The Minister informed that over the period September 1, 2017 to July 17, 2019, the community experienced no murders or shootings.He noted that the following objectives will remain the focus of the operations: create an environment for continued social intervention; eradicate the threat to democratic governance posed by organised crime; methodically conduct searches for arms and ammunition; create the condition for building positive relations and trust between the citizen and the police; re-establish legitimate community structure; and restore the confidence of citizens, visitors, and investors, so that the country can experience economic growth and prosperity.The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act gives the Prime Minister power to declare an area a ZOSO in order to tackle increased crime and volatility. This is in consultation with the National Security Council.The Zone can only be established after the Police Commissioner and the Chief of Defence Staff make a request for such a declaration in writing to the Prime Minister.
Story Highlights “We have come up with some excellent ideas on how this can be done and we will be marketing this all around the world,” he said. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the political initiative being led by himself and President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to mobilise climate financing to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement has been going “very well”. “We have started and countries are making greater pledges about increasing their work,” he added. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the political initiative being led by himself and President of France, Emmanuel Macron, to mobilise climate financing to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement has been going “very well”.“We have come up with some excellent ideas on how this can be done and we will be marketing this all around the world,” he said.“We have started and countries are making greater pledges about increasing their work,” he added.Mr. Holness was speaking at the inauguration of Paradise Park Solar Farm in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, on Wednesday (October 2).Last year, at the 73rd Session of the United General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Mr. Holness and President Macron were asked by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to mobilise the Government and private-sector support in raising $100 billion per year in climate finance by 2020.The UN Secretary-General said that the funds were needed to address the mitigation and adaptation needs of developing countries.He noted that within the context of the Paris Agreement, developed countries have reaffirmed the pledge made at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in 2009, to mobilise $100 billion per year from a combination of public and private sources.Prime Minister Holness, in noting the importance of the initiative, said that “we know from where we are living that there are changes that are happening in our climate, which are leading to disasters”.“These disasters obviously have a human impact… a dislocating and devastating human impact. It is important to know, though, that there is also a fiscal impact… meaning the ability of the country to finance recovery. So, we have to do our part in figuring out ways to finance after a weather event that creates a disaster and how do we finance before a weather event that is likely to create a disaster,” he noted.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Holness said that Jamaica is looking to work with the United States to strengthen the island’s disaster resilience.He noted that he met with Vice President Mike Pence at the White House and “we had a very good conversation on how Jamaica and the United States can work closer in ensuring that there is a good plan in place for disaster recovery and resilience”.Paradise Park, a US$65-million investment, is the largest solar project in Jamaica. It is projected to significantly decrease the country’s dependence on fossil fuels, while helping the island to reach its sustainable development targets.The solar farm is designed to supply 37 megawatts of power.
Source: anirishmanabroad1. An Irishman AbroadComedian Jarlath Regan chats with famous Irish ex-pats. The result? Interviews with a diverse offering of guests, all brimming with insight. Guests have included Chris O’Dowd, Jack Reynor, Sonia O’Sullivan and more, but with forty-five episodes and counting, there’s plenty to chew on.2. Second CaptainsEven if you’re not a giant sports fan, Second Captains is still required listening. In addition to the banter and sports news, the podcast consistently boasts high-calibre guests (see: this week’s interview with Michael Parkinson) and uncovers interesting stories that are of interest to sports fans and non-sports fans alike. (See: this episode featuring Irish racecar driver Rosemary Smith and sports journalist Melissa Ludtke.)3. Doc on OneRTÉ Radio 1′s Doc on One consistently produce quality radio documentaries that garner acclaim at home and abroad and with over 1,000 podcasts in the archive, there’s plenty of gems to trawl through and unearth. (Here’s a good place to begin.)4. Weekly General MeetingYears ago, Nial Conlon (Delorentos) and Shane Langan (Diet of Worms) developed Monthly General Meeting, a night of storytelling, discussion and music. Weekly General Meeting is the podcast equivalent and presents the best of Irish comedians, writers and musicians as recorded live in Dublin.Arts/Culture Source: Maximum Fun1. BullseyeJesse Thorn is a bit of an unsung hero when it comes to podcasting. Since 2006, he has built an audio empire in the form of podcast network, Maximum Fun. Bullseye is the network’s banner show, a smart, fun exploration of pop culture, touching on everything from rap to serious documentaries and featuring guests as diverse as Werner Herzog and RuPaul. Do it.2. Desert Island DiscsAlthough it’s an institution at this stage, the long-running BBC radio show shows no sign of slowing down. An achingly simple idea – a well-known figure selects what eight records they would take with them to a desert island – it’s consistently a joy. The online archive is filled with oldies but goodies, too.3. The New Yorker Fiction PodcastIf you’re a fan of short stories, this is where it’s at. The podcast features well-known authors such as David Sedaris, Jonathan Safran Foer and Colm Toibin, to name but a few, read the work of other authors and discuss them afterwards. It’s brilliant and a must for bookworms.Miscellaneous Source: KALW1. 99% InvisibleThis independent and impeccably produced podcast, hosted by the brilliantly named Roman Mars, is enormously popular and focuses on design and architecture. Episodes generally don’t exceed 20 minutes in length, meaning you can listen to several in one sitting. Ira Glass is a fan and you should be, too.2. Welcome to Night ValeWelcome to Night Vale has a slightly off-the-wall premise, as it’s presented as a radio show produced for the fictional town of Night Vale, reporting on the strange events occurring within. It might sound mad, but it’s a veritable phenomenon. The podcast travels to Dublin in October for two live shows and tickets for the first show sold out in thirty minutes. Jump in and see what the fuss is about.3. Planet MoneyGiven that we’ve all become fluent in economic jargon over the past few years without necessarily having a full grasp of the issues at play, Planet Money is necessary listening. Its approach to economics reporting is fun and palatable, explaining things in layman’s terms and making the subject accessible for the average citizen. A+. Source: podbean4. FreakonomicsInspired by the book of the same name, Freakonomics applies economic theory to all kinds of topics and real-life situations. Thought-provoking and enlightening, it’s sure to make you look at things in a slightly different way.5. No Such Thing As A FishThe writers of QI sit around microphones, discussing the best things they have found that week. Expect silly facts for you to rattle off in the pub and lots of laughs.Of course, this is just a small sampling of all the great podcasts out there. Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments.14 early Oscar contenders you should get excited about >Explainer: Why is ‘Confused Cats Against Feminism’ taking over the internet? FANCY MAKING YOUR morning journey to work go that much quicker? Give podcasts a chance. As the medium has exploded in recent years, there are literally hundreds of thousands of podcasts to choose from.So, where to start?Here are a selection of our favourites that will entertain, enlighten and, crucially, make your commute *that* bit easier.Comedy Source: iTunes1. WTF with Marc MaronEveryone from Josh Groban to Will Ferrell has appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, an interview series hosted by comedian/nicotine gum addict Marc Maron. A skilled interviewer who is always striving for authenticity, Maron’s chats typically touch on everything from neuroses and relationships to the mean world of showbiz.It also helps that Maron has beef with basically everybody, making for some awkward chats. (See: his interview with Louis CK.) Worth a dive into the archive.2. You Made It Weird with Pete HolmesTaking a leaf from Marc Maron’s book, albeit with a lighter approach, Holmes’ podcast is a treat. Each episode sees Holmes chat with fellow comedians about career struggles, sex and religion with each installment running for anything up to two-and-a-half hours.Guests have included David O’Doherty and Aziz Ansari, but really every episode is worth a listen.3. Comedy Bang BangA wonderfully silly and entertaining mix of interviews, improv and music, Comedy Bang Bang is consistently funny. Hosted by Scott Aukerman, it typically features the crème de la crème of alternative comedians and it has been so successful that it has been adapted for TV, with its third season currently airing in the US. Get acquainted with it. Source: iTunes4. How Was Your Week with Julie KlausnerIn the sort of male-dominated sphere of comedy podcasts, How Was Your Week is a refreshing departure from the norm. The show features host Julie Klausner riffing on pop culture events or her cat before interviewing one guest – usually a comedian, writer or actor – per episode.(Warning: only a small number of episodes are available to non-premium subscribers, but still worth your time.)5. How Did This Get Made?How Did This Get Made? is a weekly podcast that looks back on awful films and poses the question: how did this get made? Bad sequels, made-for-TV movies and action movies are all up for dissection here here. Always hilarious and required listening for anybody who has sat through a bad Arnold Schwarzenegger movie.Storytelling Source: KTEP1. This American LifeWe’d be remiss if we didn’t mention This American Life, the Big Daddy of Podcasts. You know the drill: each week features a different theme that invariably leads to some seriously compelling storytelling and some of the best reporting you’ll ever hear. Don’t know where to start? This selection of favourites serves as a good jump-off point.2. The MothSince launching its podcast, The Moth has grown into a phenomenon, which given the simple format – live storytelling – is impressive. Each episode features contributors ranging from ex-Milli Vanilli members to former Sex and the City writers telling true stories. Eclectic and a little bit addictive.3. Snap JudgementMore fast-paced compared to the likes of This American Life and The Moth thanks to its short length and musical accompaniment, Snap Judgement is a vibrant storytelling series that’s teeming with energy – host Glynn Washington makes Ira Glass seem positively lethargic by comparison. Excellent and even ideal for listening to while running, thanks to the great beat.Irish