St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre to Place Products on Market

Twenty-five members of the correctional centre’s 4-H Club are involved in the manufacturing process under the supervision of correctional officers and members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs. These items, which have received the endorsement of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, include various sauces, wines, beers, syrups, pudding and porridge mixes, tea, and a lotion and hair conditioner. The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has created 30 products, which it is looking to place on the market shortly.These items, which have received the endorsement of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, include various sauces, wines, beers, syrups, pudding and porridge mixes, tea, and a lotion and hair conditioner.Twenty-five members of the correctional centre’s 4-H Club are involved in the manufacturing process under the supervision of correctional officers and members of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs.During a recent tour of the facility, Minister Shaw commended the various stakeholders involved in the initiative. He noted that the project will contribute to the growth of agro-processing in Jamaica.“We want to develop this as a new industry targeted at several major markets [including] hotels, our local supermarkets, the Caribbean, the diaspora [and] third country markets that are looking for exotic things such as the beers. All of these markets can be systematically targeted. This is an opportunity that we cannot afford to miss. I’m truly excited about it,” Mr. Shaw said.Executive Director, Jamaica 4H Clubs, Dr. Ronald Blake, said he is pleased to see the difference the project has made in the lives of inmates.He hailed the Government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the “significant contributions” in the development of the facility’s agro-processing and manufacturing unit, where the products are made.“What is particularly remarkable about this model is the fact that we have replicated it in all juvenile institutions, and they are also having some of the same opportunities that these inmates here are having,” he said.Dr. Blake noted that the project is helping to rehabilitate and equip the inmates with viable skills, which will ensure that they can be successfully reintegrated into society upon their release.Correctional Officer, Joel Lilly, told JIS News that in addition to generating income for the correctional facility, the project aims to change the lives of inmates by teaching them lifelong skills in manufacturing and agro-processing.“We want Jamaicans to support this initiative [by buying the products] because it helps to facilitate rehabilitation. This programme is where inmates learn to be better persons in society. The outward input [from members of the society] will help us to move further and to get more inmates involved in the process,” Mr. Lilly said.Mr. Lilly told JIS News that the raw materials are sourced locally, with some items grown on the grounds of the facility. All sauce preparation and fermentation are done at the agro-processing centre.The 30 items, which will be marketed under the ‘St. CACC 4-H Club Quality Products’ brand were showcased at an expo held at the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on June 17 and 18.They are Peanut Sauce, Apple Sauce, Pineapple Sauce, Vegetable Sauce, Pickled Pepper Sauce, Hot Pepper Sauce, Strawberry Hot Sauce, Peanut Hot Sauce, Chicken B-B-Q Sauce, Peanut and Banana Beer, Potato Beer, Sweet Pepper Beer, Sorrel Beer, Star Fruit Beer, Potato Ketchup, Ruff Back Tonic Wine, Cashew Wine, Fruit Wine, Callaloo Wine, Jackfruit Wine, Tamarind Syrup, Sorrel Syrup, Naseberry Syrup, Papaya Syrup, Breadfruit Pudding Mix, Plantain Porridge Mix, Peanut Porridge Mix, Peanut Leaf Tea, Sweet Potato Body Lotion and Breadfruit Hair Conditioner. Story Highlights The St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre has created 30 products, which it is looking to place on the market shortly. read more

PM Announces SOE In Clarendon and St Catherine

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced a State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine.Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday (September 5), the Prime Minister said the SOE will remain in force, unless revoked, for a period of 14 days or for longer periods not exceeding three months.He explained that the SOE has been declared as one of the security forces’ strategies to curtail criminal activities in these areas, particularly murders, which he said are mainly gang-related.“The Government is not using the SOE as a substitute for regular policing. What the SOE does is to provide a respite in the number of crimes, particularly murders. It helps to expand the number of law-enforcement personnel that we have on the ground, it helps to restrict the free movement of the criminal enterprise and then that gives [the security forces] an increased ability to do their work,” he said.Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, said the high level of violent crime being experienced in the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine since the start of the year, “is at a scale and nature such that it greatly endangers public safety”, hence the need for the SOE.“The Clarendon Division has historically been one of the most violent regions in the country, with a number of gangs engaged in inter- and intra-gang conflicts or other criminal enterprise. Already, since the start of 2019, the Clarendon Division has recorded the second highest number of murders at 100. The St. Catherine South Police Division has seen an increase in murders of 50 per cent over last year’s number to currently sit at 91 murders since the beginning of the year,” he pointed out.In terms of the St. Catherine North Division, Major General Anderson noted that while the area is experiencing a reduction of 14 per cent over last year, the division still has 66 murders so far this year.The Commissioner said that the objectives of the SOE are to establish and maintain a period of low violent crime in the volatile communities within these parishes; to curtail the free movement of criminal gangs and weapons and deny them the opportunity to commit violent crimes; to disrupt criminal enterprise; and to provide the opportunity for greater investigative focus on perpetrators of violent crimes and their facilitators.“As we continue to advance strategies to reduce violent crime across all divisions, utilising the range of policing tools, especially a heavy emphasis on investigations and the use of technology, building better relationships with communities, as well as institutional capacity building activities, we must save the lives of our citizens and reduce the fear that families and communities feel when violence goes unchecked,” he emphasised.For his part, Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, informed that security personnel from the JDF and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) were deployed to effect the SOE at 6:00 this morning.He said the SOE will cover the entire area comprising the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine within the established parish borders, which are the eastern boundary, which starts at the eastern most point of St. Catherine at the coastal intersection of the parish border of St. Catherine and St. Andrew.“The eastern boundary then extends in a north-northwesterly direction along the shared parish border of St. Catherine and St. Andrew, then along the shared border of St. Catherine and St. Mary.The northern boundary extends in a westerly direction along the border shared between St. Catherine, St. Mary and St. Ann and by Clarendon with St. Ann, extending to the point of the intersection of the borders of Clarendon, St. Ann, Manchester and Trelawny,” Lt. General Meade said.Continuing, he said the western boundary will extend in a southeasterly direction along the shared parish border of Clarendon and Manchester all the way to the coastline. Further, the southern boundary will extend along the entire coastal areas of Clarendon and St. Catherine back to the southernmost point of the shared border of St. Catherine and St. Andrew.Lt. General Meade said that while persons might be concerned about the implications of the security operation on their everyday lives, he assured citizens that both the JDF and the JCF have been properly trained and oriented to give the utmost respect to basic human and citizen rights of all persons within the communities.In the meantime, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the Government continues to regard the lives of Jamaican citizens as the primary right, “and we take every measure to protect the lives of Jamaicans and save Jamaican lives”.“The enhanced security measures in the area declared are part of that strategy and we proceed to ensure the security forces will have the required infrastructure and equipment to deal effectively in the long term,” he said.The SOE will give the security forces temporary additional powers of search, arrest and detention. He explained that the SOE has been declared as one of the security forces’ strategies to curtail criminal activities in these areas, particularly murders, which he said are mainly gang-related. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced a State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine. Speaking at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday (September 5), the Prime Minister said the SOE will remain in force, unless revoked, for a period of 14 days or for longer periods not exceeding three months. read more

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway ending longrunning dispute

Vancouver buys CP Rail land for urban greenway, ending long-running dispute VANCOUVER – A long-running dispute between Vancouver and Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) over an old rail corridor through the centre of the city has been settled.The city has agreed to pay $55 million for the railway route, which stretches nine kilometres and consists of almost 17 hectares of open space.Mayor Gregor Robertson said Monday the agreement means the city will be able to transform the area into a greenway that connects neighbourhoods from False Creek near downtown to Marpole on the Fraser River on the south side.Part of the corridor is also slated for use as a light-rail, rapid transit system, which Robertson said would operate alongside the public greenway that will be available for walking and cycling.Residents have been growing gardens and planting trees on the land for over a decade.Talks on the sale had broken off. Then in 2014, the city said CP planned to start clearing the Arbutus corridor for railway use again.Robertson said there was a change in heart by both parties late last fall that led to the deal.Keith Creel, CP’s president and chief operating officer, said the agreement is positive for the city and the railway.“This has been a very contentious issue for Canadian Pacific and the City of Vancouver, probably for the last decade,” Creel said. “With that said, the history of CP in Vancouver dates back to its origins, over 130 years. It’s a been a positive relationship. It’s one that we valued.”CP stopped running trains on the line about 14 years ago.Robertson compared the development to a revitalized part of New York City that has seen an old rail line turned into a park.“This is a historic agreement and a one-in-a-generation opportunity for our city,” he said. “This is really Vancouver’s chance to have a New York-style High Line, repurposing of what was freight railroad.”He said the city will establish an office to oversee the design of the greenway and it will make improvements to the railway corridor before the long-term plan is finalized.Under the agreement, CP will remove existing rails and ties within two years. by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 7, 2016 11:41 am MDT Last Updated Mar 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more