G2K exec members attend China conference
Members of Generation 2000 (G2K), the young professional arm of the Jamaica Labour Party, left the Island last Wednesday to participate in two three-week seminars in China.
The seminars are focused on business and management for developing countries and climate change evaluation capacity and is being held in Changsha and Beijing, respectively. The trips are sponsored by the ministry of commerce of the People's Republic of China.
The G2K team consists of its president, attorney-at-law, Floyd Green; vice-president, business executive Matthew Samuda; and its foreign affairs chairperson, operations manager, Rayharna Wright.
Three arrested for ganja possession
Three men, including a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), were arrested by the Manchester police on the weekend after a quantity of ganja was found in the vehicle in which they were travelling.
Reports are that a team of officers were conducting an operation along the Spur Tree main road in the parish when they stopped a grey Toyota motor car. The vehicle was searched and the ganja, contained in nine packages wrapped in masking tape, were found inside the vehicle. Investigations into the matter continue.
Hanna calls on public to help with Ananda Alerts
Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, has called on public- and private-sector individuals, groups and organisations to get more involved in the Ananda Alert missing children recovery programme to ensure the further success of the system. Speaking at a Press Conference held by the Office of the Children's Registry, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, on Friday, Minister Hanna highlighted the need for a collaborative approach in dealing with reducing the number of children going missing and those being abused.
Bunting committed to securing ports
National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the Government remains committed to maintaining the island's ports of entry at globally competitive standards.
"We understand that for an airport to be globally competitive, it needs not just to be safe and secure and difficult to traffic contraband through, but it also has to be enjoyable for your clients, your customers, who are the passengers going through." The minister made the comment while speaking at Wednesday's handing-over ceremony for the newly refurbished Norman Manley Inter-national Airport police station in Kingston.
JAS wants wardens to fight agri theft
The Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) will be lobbying for agricultural wardens to be appointed to assist the police in fighting the scourge of praedial larceny. JAS president, Senator Norman Grant, informed that this was one of the recommendations of the entity's board of management to tackle this pervasive issue, which costs the agricultural sector $5 billion to $6 billion annually.
More credit for National Insurance Fund
The Government is increasing the National Insurance Fund (NIF) Small and Medium Enterprise credit facility from $1 billion to $1.5 billion. Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier made the announcement last week at a press conference held at Jamaica House.
Kellier said the increase is due to the positive performance of the facility, with entrepreneurs having generated significant employment, and made a valuable contribution to the country's overall economic development, since its inception in 2006.
He also announced that the expiration date for the facility is being moved from April 2015, to April 2018. The extension, he said, is "in the certain knowledge that this will increase job creation, grow businesses, stimulate entrepreneurial access to working capital, and embolden community development, and by extension, that of the nation".