NHT to Spend 40 Billion in 201920

Story Highlights Mr. Channer said consequent on the over 8,000 housing targeted starts, including the 110 at Twickenham Glades, the NHT is making steady progress in achieving its target of developing 23,000 housing solutions by 2021. National Housing Trust (NHT) Chairman, Lennox Channer, says the agency’s 2019/20 programmed expenditure of $40 billion, represents the largest ever in the entity’s 43-year history.He informed that the sum is earmarked to initiate over 8,000 housing starts islandwide, adding to the 6,000 from 2018/19.He was speaking at Friday’s (August 30) ground-breaking ceremony for the NHT’s $1.46 billion Twickenham Glades housing development in St. Catherine.Ground was broken by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who has Portfolio responsibility for the NHT.Mr. Channer said consequent on the over 8,000 housing targeted starts, including the 110 at Twickenham Glades, the NHT is making steady progress in achieving its target of developing 23,000 housing solutions by 2021.He indicated that over 4,700 of these will be developed in St. Catherine over the period.Mr. Channer said the NHT’s move to boost St. Catherine’s housing stock is in response to contributors’ demands coupled with the parish’s rapid development.“The parish is the second most populous and the most rapidly growing, with large manufacturing and agricultural industries. Infrastructure development is not to be outdone, with the improvements to the Mandela Highway and other corridors leading into the parish, now in their final phases,” the Chairman added.He contended that the parish’s economic and infrastructural development, “has made St. Catherine an ideal place to live”.“The NHT is well aware of this buzz taking place in St. Catherine, so we are responding to (the housing demands) of our contributors (in the parish, as also) across Jamaica,” the Chairman further said.Mr. Channer emphasized that the NHT is “working to make housing happen, as housing creates jobs and provides stable foundation for families”.These, he added, are “critical pillars for any country’s development”.Twickenham Glades, which will comprise 110 single storey two-bedroom duplex units, is the forth phase of the Twickenham Park Housing Development.The initial three comprise 767 units developed in the adjoining Union Estates.Twickenham Glades, which is being developed on land along the west-bound side of Mandela Highway, is slated for completion in December 2020. Twickenham Glades, which is being developed on land along the west-bound side of Mandela Highway, is slated for completion in December 2020. National Housing Trust (NHT) Chairman, Lennox Channer, says the agency’s 2019/20 programmed expenditure of $40 billion, represents the largest ever in the entity’s 43-year history. read more

14 Police Stations To Be Renovated

Story Highlights Speaking at the signing ceremony for eight contracts to renovate 14 police stations across the island on September 11, in Kingston, Dr. Chang said data shows a direct correlation between the performance of police stations and murder rates in their station areas. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says investment in security personnel and policing facilities should improve anti-crime outcomes.Speaking at the signing ceremony for eight contracts to renovate 14 police stations across the island on September 11, in Kingston, Dr. Chang said data shows a direct correlation between the performance of police stations and murder rates in their station areas.“In order to optimise station performance, it is imperative that, among other things, the facilities at the police station be appropriately designed to ensure efficient operational processes. Additionally, the layout, location and logistics of the station will necessarily impact its performance,” he added.The Minister said the sub-par conditions of the police stations show that the contracts being awarded are urgent.“It is difficult for us to expect citizens to visit police stations to file reports, receive information, and play a supportive role in policing if the facilities do not lend themselves to doing so in a comfortable and confidential environment,” he said.Dr. Chang added that adequately outfitted police stations are critical to effective community policing and is a part of the Government’s multifaceted and comprehensive approach to crime-fighting and violence prevention.“Part of this strategy involves the introduction of targeted behaviour change, social intervention programmes, complemented by the equipping of the men and women of our security force with the requisite infrastructural, technological, and scientific resources for sustained community engagement, and successful community policing initiatives,” he said.The contracts total approximately $195 million, and residents and communities served by the Annotto Bay, Mavis Bank, Irish Town, Gordon Town, August Town, Tivoli Garden, Allman Town, Maggotty, Pedro Plains, Kingston Central, Clarks Town, Admiral Town, Darling Street and Chapelton Police Stations should benefit. “In order to optimise station performance, it is imperative that, among other things, the facilities at the police station be appropriately designed to ensure efficient operational processes. Additionally, the layout, location and logistics of the station will necessarily impact its performance,” he added. Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says investment in security personnel and policing facilities should improve anti-crime outcomes. read more

Several Activities Planned For Tourism Awareness Week

The Week will also incorporate the observance of World Tourism Day on September 27. The theme will be: ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’. Several activities will be held to mark this year’s Tourism Awareness Week (TAW), from September 22 to 28. Several activities will be held to mark this year’s Tourism Awareness Week (TAW), from September 22 to 28.The Week will also incorporate the observance of World Tourism Day on September 27. The theme will be: ‘Tourism and Jobs: a better future for all’.The week will commence with a Thanksgiving Service at Church on the Rock in St. Andrew, on Sunday, September 22.Throughout the week, the Ministry will utilise the print, electronic and social media to highlight the career opportunities, traditional and non-traditional jobs available in the sector.Giving details about the slew of activities at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on September 13, Marketing Communications Manager at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Essie Gardner, said that advertorials will be published throughout the week in the two major local newspapers.“The advertorials will feature the Minister’s TAW message; the Ministry’s human capital development strategy; Team Jamaica and other training programmes by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo); and the work of the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation,” Ms. Gardner outlined.She added that other publications will highlight jobs in marketing the tourism industry by the JTB; the Tourism Linkages Network initiatives, and Jamaica Vacations Limited’s (JAMVAC) thrust in hiring persons to transform the cruise experience.Ms. Gardner noted that a career expo will be staged at the JTB’s library at its Kingston offices, while tourism sector players will engage students at select schools across the island in career talks.Major highlights for the week will be the Tourism Linkages Network’s ‘Pop up Kitchen’ and Fashion Show on September 25 at the PANJAM Breezeway in New Kingston and the Tourism Career Expo and Concert to be held in Kingston on World Tourism Day.Ms. Gardner said that this year’s observance of TAW will showcase tourism as an inclusive industry and a strong driver of economic growth and development, providing several earning opportunities.“Our focus is getting Jamaicans aware of the impact of tourism on national development and the role that Jamaica is playing on a global scale in terms of having policies which indicate that tourism really is a driver for our economy,” she added.World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27 each year to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.As the official day set aside in the United Nations calendar, the celebration seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing some of the most pressing challenges of today. The week will commence with a Thanksgiving Service at Church on the Rock in St. Andrew, on Sunday, September 22. Story Highlights read more