Customs upgrades data collection platform
The information-processing platform of the Jamaica Customs Agency is to be upgraded to allow for more transactions to be done electronically, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has informed.
Phillips said the move, which is in keeping with the Government's economic-reform efforts, will also facilitate greater collection of data electronically.
Speaking at a handover ceremony for two buses at Jamaica Customs head office in Kingston on August 28, the minister informed that the customs agency has been undergoing many far-reaching changes, one of which was becoming a fully fledged executive agency in April last year.
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is making use of modern technology as it continues in its efforts to create a clean and safe city.
This is being done through the use of the LoveClean KSA mobile application (app), which was launched at a special function in Half-Way-Tree square on Tuesday.
The app will enable ordinary citizens to report and post real-time images of environmental issues such as illegal buildings, uncollected garbage, and streetlight malfunctions so that they can be addressed by the relevant authorities. They will also be able to report potholes, littering and broken water mains to the council for attention.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, said the initiative is geared at further improving and developing the city of Kingston and its environs.
Climate-change education a priority for Pickersgill
Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill has said public education on the effects of climate change remains a priority for his ministry.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for more than 60 young persons who participated in a Climate Change Action Training Programme in St Thomas, at Airy Castle Church of God - Ground of Truth, on Wednesday, Pickersgill stressed the importance of public education in enlightening persons on the dangers climate change poses for small-island developing states like Jamaica.
He cited projections for Caribbean countries to experience more frequent and intense hurricanes, extreme rainfall, and longer periods of drought, resulting from climatic variations.