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Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Pearnel Charles Jr

Charles urges Jamaicans to download the Stay Alert app

State Minister of National Security Pearnel Charles Jr, has reiterated a call for persons to download and make use of the ministry's crime-fighting and safety software application 'Stay Alert'.

He made the call while addressing a school-opening ceremony at the Seaward Primary and Junior High in Olympic Gardens on Monday. The ceremony, organised by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Community Safety and Security branch, was geared at promoting safety in schools.

Charles said the app, which can be accessed at the Google Play Store by Smartphone, "can act as a personal bodyguard", as it has a panic mode which, when activated, sends an alert to the police that the user is in an emergency situation.

It also facilitates reporting of incidents.

"It will allow you to upload information, which can be sent to the police, whenever you have seen or are a victim of any criminal activity. We are intent on using technology in the best way possible to help to protect you," Charles said.


Youths get training in ornamental fish farming

Ten young people from the communities of Majesty Gardens, Greenwich Farm and Caribbean Palms Estate in St Andrew have benefited from training in ornamental fish farming.

The training was organised by Rakul Enterprises School of Education and Technology (RESET) in collaboration with the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Foundation.

The one-day session, held on September 2 at RESET offices in Kingston was the second of a series aimed at equipping young people from vulnerable communities with skills to pursue profitable ventures.

"Ornamental aquaculture is a viable business that requires minimal start-up cost and would provide good returns for the youngsters," said Programme Director and Owner of RESET, Dr Raghavan Ramamoorthy.