Relocation still on Ministry of Foreign Affairs' agenda
Plans to relocate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade are still in the early phases, according to State Minister Arnaldo Brown.
It was announced more than five years ago that the ministry was to be relocated to downtown Kingston, as they seek to provide customised office space to accommodate staff, meeting and conference facilities, and waiting areas for diplomats and other visitors.
"It's still in the planning phases. There are some things that we have to do on our side and the ministry is working … to ensure that those commitments are made," Brown told The Gleaner.
The project is scheduled to end in December 2016.
Women trained to improve their businesses
A total of 300 female entrepreneurs have been reintroduced into the Jamaican business world with their minds set on further strengthening the economy.
The group graduated on Thursday from the Women Business Owners (WBO) and Inter-American Development Bank's three-year project.
The aim of the project was to educate, train and mentor women who own small and medium businesses, to facilitate the growth of their businesses.
"We are showcasing our women who have been trained and also sharing business ideas. The highlight of the project is to show the training that they have received, the strengthening of their businesses and how they are now equipped to empower and grow their businesses," Andrea Cowan, president of WBO, told The Gleaner.
INTERPOL president underlines importance of police cooperation
Mireille Ballestrazzi, president of INTERPOL, has underlined the importance of close police participation in the fight against the trafficking of drugs and firearms in Central America and the Caribbean.
Ballestrazzi's comments came during her first official visit to Panama since her election in 2012. She met with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli Berrocal, as well as other senior government and police officials, to discuss international law-enforcement collaboration and issues on transnational crime.
High on the agenda during Ballestrazzi's meeting with Panama's president was the fight against transnational crime and Panama's active role against drug and weapons trafficking.
The INTERPOL-co-ordinated operation in May and June of this year resulted in the seizure of 15 vessels and nearly 30 tons of illicit drugs, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, and also led to 142 arrests.
TEF to boost crime fight
Tourism and Entertainment Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill yesterday presented $91 million to the National Security Minister Peter Bunting to bolster the fight against crime and violence on land and sea.
The money has been provided by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
The allocation comes days after McNeill's announcement in Parliament of new measures to bring greater control and enforcement to the operation of jet skis and personal watercraft.
On Tuesday, McNeill announced new short-term measures to regulate the operating of personal watercraft and jet skis in the wake of growing concerns about the number of accidents in Jamaica's marine recreational areas, some of which have resulted in fatalities and serious injury.
The presentation was made at the Montego Bay Yacht Club and witnessed by TEF Chairman Senator Noel Sloley and Members of Parliament Lloyd B. Smith and Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams.