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Stony Hill Health Centre closed
The Stony Hill Health Centre in St Andrew has been temporarily closed to facilitate a major expansion and renovation project.
The South East Regional Health Authority said services have been relocated to the Golden Spring Health Centre in the parish. Measures have been put in place to address the possible increase in patient load, inclusive of the reassignment of the staff from the Stony Hill Health Centre to the Golden Spring Health Centre.
The opening hours at the Golden Spring Health Centre have also been extended to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
PNP stands with Venezuela
Lisa Hanna, the People's National Party (PNP) spokesperson on foreign affairs and foreign trade, said the party condemns the recent assassination attempt on the president of Venezuela, Nicol·s Maduro.
"This represents an attack against a sovereign state, its people and democracy. Those responsible are seeking to use unconstitutional means to deny the choice of the majority of Venezuelans their democratic rights," Hanna said.
Two drones armed with explosives detonated near Maduro as he spoke during a military celebration in Venezuela on Saturday evening.
Six suspects were later arrested and slapped with charges of treason, attempted murder and terrorism. Investigators have linked a total of 19 people to the attack.
Essex Valley project about to start
Agriculture minister Audley Shaw says the Essex Valley irrigation project in St Elizabeth is expected to start within the next three months.
"This project will positively impact the livelihoods of over 700 farmers on 1,700 acres of land through the provision of irrigation water and increased access of our agricultural produce to local and international markets," Shaw said.
Shaw was speaking during the 66th Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show at the Denbigh showground in May Pen, Clarendon, last weekend.
The Essex Valley development is being funded through a grant of £35.5 million from the United Kingdom Caribbean Infrastructure Partnership Fund, which is administered by the Caribbean Development Bank.
Petrojam producing asphalt again
General Manager at Petrojam Winston Watson says adequate supplies of asphalt and asphaltic products are now available in the market. This follows the resumption of refining operations at the facility.
The refinery was shut down for routine maintenance for approximately two and half months. However, during the period, additional maintenance work was required, which extended the downtime. This resulted in a supply challenge in the asphalt market.
"Annually, the refinery shuts down for routine and special maintenance activities. When the refinery was down, the company was largely supplying the market with asphalt through importation," Watson said.
"With the restart of the refinery, we are now more than able to fulfil all outstanding asphalt orders to the National Works Agency, the National Water Commission and other customers," he said.
Grace Jones to get honorary degree
Jamaican International music and fashion icon Grace Jones and former cricketers Shivnarine Chanderpaul from Guyana and Michael Anthony Holding from Jamaica are among 17 persons to be conferred with honorary degrees by The University of the West Indies (UWI) at its graduation ceremonies in October.
UWI says the honorary graduands represent a cross-section of eminent people in the arts, sciences and other fields.
The university says their degrees, which were approved by the University Council, will be presented by Chancellor Robert Bermudez.
The graduation ceremonies begin on October 13 at the Open Campus in St Lucia and continue on October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus, October 25-27 at the St Augustine campus, and November 2-3 at the Mona campus.