Forestry Department to issue more seedlings
Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill said that 75,000 seedlings will be distributed by the Forestry Department this year for the replenishing of forests.
This represents a 120 per cent increase over the 31,000 seedlings issued last year, and is aimed at garnering national support towards the care and sustainability of the environment.
The minister made the announcement at the National Tree Planting Day exercise held last Friday at Spot Valley High School in St James.
"In fact, I cannot emphasise enough just how important our trees and forests are to life here on earth. Indeed, by planting trees, we plant the foundation for life for generations to come," Pickersgill said.
Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament under way
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen yesterday declared open the 50th staging of the Port Antonio Blue Marlin Tournament during a brief ceremony at the old marina.
Allen commended the organisers, headed by tournament director and acting chairman, Max Rochester, and encouraged them to keep up the friendly rivalry.
"It's your 50th year, which is a historical landmark," commented Allen.
He added, "This angling competition has grown internationally, and over the years it has not always been easy. Nevertheless, you have stuck to your plans of organising an event of international flair."
Thirty boats will compete over what is expected to be four gruelling days of competition for the prestigious Appleton VX trophy and other sectional prizes.
Last year's winner, Diana, topped the competition having tagged and released the most marlins, heads the list of competing boats.
Cops take on tinted buses
The police launched their latest islandwide operation yesterday to clamp down on heavy tints on public passenger vehicles.
By early afternoon, head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, was reporting that 23 offending buses had been seized in the Corporate Area alone.
However, a number of angry bus operators said the police should extend their operation to Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) buses with heavy tints.
But marketing and communications manager at the JUTC, Clinton Clarke, said he was not aware of any such reports of sexual activities taking place aboard the JUTC buses.
Ministry to focus on volunteer tourism
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill says the Government will be placing greater focus on the area of volunteer tourism as it seeks to expand and improve Jamaica's tourism product.
Addressing the launch of Oral Health Month last Friday at the main medical lecture theatre at the University Hospital of the West Indies, McNeill said this emerging form of travel offers new opportunities for Jamaica's tourism industry.
He said that the market is one that the ministry and the Jamaica Tourist Board were making every effort to develop, with particular emphasis on health tourism.