PM says peace, safety remain his priority in 2019

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness, in his New Year’s Message, says that “peace and public safety” will continue to be an area of priority and focus for his Government in 2019.He said that the Government will continue with the strategic implementation of Plan Secure Jamaica, using all resources, ways, and means, which are firmly within the boundaries of the law to continue reducing the crime rate.

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Phillips concerned about economic growth

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LEADER of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips says that while he is pleased that the economic reform programme continues to reduce the public debt, he is concerned about economic growth.“Economic growth continues to lag behind expectations; boasts of 5 in 4 having long been abandoned. Worse, is the fact that Jamaica slipped several places in the ease of doing business rankings,” Dr Phillips noted in his 2019 new year’s message.

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GG knocks indiscipline, especially on the roads

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GOVERNOR General Sir Patrick Allen’s concerns about the lack of discipline, especially on Jamaican roads, highlighted his New Year’s Day message for 2019.In a message titled “Rekindling Hope”, Sir Patrick noted the ancient Roman phrase, “Make Hast Slowly”, in urging Jamaicans to be patient with each other, as well as critically supportive and analytical, “rather than blindly divisive”.

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Honorary consul wants to strengthen ties between Jamaica, Atlanta

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JAMAICA’S newly appointed honorary consul in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Dr Elaine Grant-Bryan is seeking to strengthen ties between Jamaicans at home and those residing in the Georgia state capital, which she anticipates will redound to the island’s benefit.The former educator, whose appointment by the Government took effect on October 1, 2018, following the resignation of predecessor Jewel Scott, in December 2017, has hit the ground running.

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Gov’t, Opposition spar over way forward

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IN a war of words yesterday, the Government and Opposition sparred over the way forward as it relates to developing a successful crime plan.The Government, in a news release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said that Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has responded negatively to his invitation to a meeting to reconsider the extensions of the states of public emergency.

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‘First Alert’ — a potential lifesaver

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AN idea for the development of a solution to provide timely emergency services led to the creation of a mobile software app First Alert.The emergency response platform that persons can access through their phones, was developed by First Responders Technology Limited, a Kingston-based technology firm, headed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aldain Reid.

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NWC seeks US$100 million for projects to boost water supplies in KMR

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NATIONAL Water Commission (NWC) President Mark Barnett says the agency is looking to secure funding to execute several projects geared towards boosting water supplies in the Kingston Metropolitan Region (KMR), at an estimated cost of US$100 million.

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‘It is a culture change’

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THE Government will today begin implementation of the ban on specific categories of single-use plastic packaging material, despite some lingering concerns, particularly about plastic shopping bags, commonly called scandal bags, which have become a household item for many Jamaicans.

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Cuba around the world: 60 years of weapons and white coats

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — As its revolution turns 60, Cuba is still reaching out all over the world to spread the socialist ideology that carried Fidel Castro to power in 1959.Soldiers, doctors and teachers have all assumed the roles of ambassadors as weapons and humanitarian aid were exported to other parts of Latin America, Africa and Asia.

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Gifts galore for young patients

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HAVING a long-standing relationship with the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, entertainer Shaggy, whose real name is Orville Burrell, yesterday brought cheer to patients at the facility during his annual Christmas visit, when he handed over gifts to the children.

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