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published: Saturday | September 29, 2007

Minister of Agriculture Dr. Christopher Tufton.

Flow brings cable to the classroom


New telecommunications network, Flow, has announced that it will be providing basic, primary and secondary public schools and libraries with one cable television connection, free of cost, as they roll out services across the island.

The initiative, announced by Flow's chief executive officer, Richard Pardy, at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, last Wednesday, is the second major educational support being provided by the company. The first being free internet service in every public high school wherever its service is available.

Additionally, Flow has partnered with Cable In the Classroom group, a U.S.-based organisation, to ensure that use of cable to enhance learning is maximised.

The CEO further stated that through Flow's all digital cable television service, students will also have access to a much wider range of learning material which would no longer just be limited to local content.

Additionally, teachers and students will have the option (where approved) to record material for viewing repeatedly to reinforce the concepts presented. Flow will be dedicating full-time staff to bringing the programme to the schools.

- Contributed

Boost for Highway 2000 patrol


The dramatic six-victim tragedy last Monday has spurred the Government of Jamaica into revisiting the level of police patrolling on Highway 2000.

Transport and Works Minister, Hon. Mike Henry, summoned the head of the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC), Ivan Anderson, to a meeting last Tuesday to see how NROCC could assist in ensuring that routine patrolling of the highway was taking place.

NROCC acts on behalf of the Government in the operation of the Highway 2000 road network.

Following an outline from Anderson of the circumstances behind the inadequate patrolling of the toll roads for some time now, the minister gave directives for NROCC to take additional steps to support the police in containing the excessive speeding there.

- Contributed

Tufton to back banana industry


Minister of Agriculture Christopher Tufton has assured that the new Government is fully committed to providing the banana industry with the assistance it needs to remain viable, and continue as a major contributor to the national economy.

Addressing a meeting of St. Mary banana farmers at the Trinity boxing plant in Port Maria, during a tour of that parish last Wednesday, Dr. Tufton said the Government would be negotiating a $28 million assistance programme with the European Union for the further development of the banana industry; implementing strategies to secure Fair Trade concession to guarantee Jamaican banana increased price on the European market; and the distribution of $5 million worth of fertiliser to assist with the resuscitation of banana farms, following the August 19 passage of Hurricane Dean.

The tour, which was hosted by the All Island Banana Growers Association, enabled the Minister to see first-hand the status of the banana industry in St. Mary and the difficulties being faced by banana farmers as a result of the impact of Hurricane Dean.


Applications for new water supply opened


The Whitehorses/Botany Bay/Pamphret Development Benevolent Society (WBP/DBS) in St. Thomas is accepting applications for residents to be connected to the new water supply system which will serve the three communities.

The construction phase of the project, which will serve some 5,000 residents, was recently completed.

Several residents recently turned out at the Botany Bay Community Centre to fill out the application forms, which will enable them to obtain potable water in their homes. Forms are also being processed at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Whitehorses and at the Pamphret Community Centre.

The WBP/DBS will operate and manage the project which was funded under the Government of Jamaica/Inter-American Development Bank (GoJ/IDB) Rural Water Programme.

Office Manager for the WBP/DBS, Janet Stewart, said the Society is aiming to complete the application process within the next two weeks.

She informed that persons are required to submit two forms - a National Water Commission discontinuance of water supply form and a WBP/DBS application form, along with their identification and proof of ownership of the premises.


JPS gives to primary school


The Old Harbour Bay Primary school in South Western St. Catherine recently received a gift of twenty computers from the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS).

Principal of the school, Milton Wade, told The Gleaner that the school and community were very grateful to JPS for their generosity, and added that it would go a far way towards the educational development of the area.

He had high praises for Jasmine Wright, the company's public relations manager, who he pointed out as instrumental in seeing to the realisation of the venture. The project is said to have cost over $2 million.

Wade noted that in addition to the over 800 students, the facility is also available for use by persons from the community. They are accommodated on weekdays, except Wednesdays, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The Old Harbour Bay community is regarded as the largest fishing village in Jamaica with some 900 fishermen and a population in excess of 7000.

The largest JPS generating power plant in the island is also to be found in Old Harbour Bay.

- Elgin Taylor

$Billion bridge rehabilitation under way


The National Works Agency has commenced work under its $1.2 billion R.A. Murray Bridge Programme.

Under this programme, 19 new bridges are to be constructed in 12 parishes across the island.

Manager of communication and customer services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw says work on the first bridge, under the programme, is now under way at Milk River, in Clarendon.

He said the new structure, which is being constructed on the roadway from Race Course to Rest, will be a two-lane steel-girder bridge, which will replace the current single lane Truss Bridge. The new bridge is expected to be completed in eight months.

Shaw said other bridges to be replaced under the billion-dollar programme are that at Black River in Portland; Queens River, Hanover; Martha Brae and Troy in Trelawny; and Seven Rivers in St James.

New structures are also expected to be built at Johnson River in St. Thomas, Waterloo Road in St. Andrew, Bog Walk in St. Catherine and Angels River in Clarendon.


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