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Published:Saturday | April 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM

KSAMC cracks down street food vendors

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has said it will be moving to address the widespread unregulated food vending across the city.

According to commercial services committee chairman, councillor Duane Smith, the problem is creating several public health and public order issues.

"Many of these persons do not have food handlers' permits; they do not follow best practices and the source of their food supplies and meats have raised concerns," he said.

Smith said that very shortly, a stakeholders' meeting will be convened.

He said several food vendors have expressed an interest in becoming regulated.

"We must protect our citizens, encourage businesses and maintain order simultaneously," Smith said.

He is concerned that with hundreds of food vendors across the city, there are no records or systems to monitor their operations.

"This has to end," Smith said, adding that the KSAMC will be working with the health ministry with support from corporate Jamaica and central government to train and assist food vendors.

Smith said particular attention will be placed on people selling hot dogs, jerked meats, fish and soups.



JDF to conduct training in Caymanas

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be conducting training exercises in and around the Caymanas area of St Catherine today and tomorrow.

The JDF is advising residents that there is no need to be alarmed by the presence of the soldiers as the training exercises in their community will not involve any live firing and therefore will pose no danger.

Residents are asked not to interfere with and/or move training aides. In the event that unexploded ordnances or paraphernalia are found, please report it to the JDF Headquarters at telephone number (876) 960-8776.

Members of the public who may have concerns about the presence of soldiers in their area may also call the JDF.



Union serves 72-hour strike notice on JPS

The Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) has served a 72-hour strike notice on the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) following a breakdown in wage and fringe benefits negotiations.

In a statement, UCASE said the notice took effect 4:30 pm yesterday and will expire on Monday.

The UCASE strike notice follows a statement by JPS yesterday refuting claims made by the union that there has been a breakdown in negotiations.

The JPS argued said it last met with the union on April 10 and put forward a number of proposals and the union later agreed to a May 2 meeting to discuss them.

“In the meantime, they had indicated that they would be discussing the proposals with the relevant staff. JPS is therefore surprised to hear that the company has not delivered expected counter proposals to the union,” JPS said.

The company said it is now awaiting feedback on the various elements of the proposal and looks forward to meeting with UCASE on May 2 and that it would be meeting with the union and Ministry of Labour officials on Monday to reach an amicable agreement.



National water policy to be tabled soon

The National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019 is to be tabled in Parliament soon.

Director, Water Monitoring, Water Policy and Monitoring Branch, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (Water Division), Talia Gibson, said the policy is an update of the 2014 water sector policy and embodies the Vision 2030 National Development Plan for Water.

Speaking at the recent Red Stripe Water Stewardship Knowledge Forum, held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, Gibson said the policy seeks to address challenges in the water sector.

Challenges in the sector include inadequate storage, inadequate infrastructure, and vulnerability to climate change, poor waste management practices, high energy consumption and high levels of non-revenue water.

The objectives of the policy are to effectively manage water supply in utility and non-utility service areas; to increase resilience to climatic shocks, such as drought; to ensure effective management of wastewater; and to encourage rainwater harvesting, both as a primary source of access and as a drought management mechanism.