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Health Ministry to serve more notices in dengue fight
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has announced that the Ministry will be serving more notices to persons who fail to comply with instructions to reduce mosquito-breeding sites, which can lead to prosecution.
Tufton made the announcement at a town-hall meeting which focused on dengue, at the Zorn Moravian Church in Christiana, Manchester, on Monday.
Tufton explained that the delinquency of some residents has pushed the health team to use other strategies in the fight against dengue, caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
Chief Public Health Inspector for Manchester, Charmaine Palmer-Cross explained that under the Public Health (Nuisance) Regulation of 1995, persons who refuse the health team access to their premises to employ vector control activities can be charged a maximum fine of $1 million.
Persons who do not take steps to rid their premises of mosquito breeding sites can also be prosecuted and charged a maximum fine of $500,000.
Teen and infant missing
The police are seeking the public’s assistance to locate 16-year-old Tasheika Clarke, otherwise called ‘Tash’, and seven-week-old Kymani West, both of Golding Avenue, Kingston 7, who have been missing since Monday.
Tasheika is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 168 centimetres (five feet, six inches) tall.
Reports from the Papine police are that Clarke and Kymani were last seen about 3:15pm on Trafalgar Road in Kingston 10.
At the time, Tasheika was wearing a white blouse, blue skirt, a pair of black shoes. All efforts to locate them have proven futile.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tasheika or Kymani is being asked to contact the Papine Police at876-927-2047, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.
ZOSOs extended in Denham Town and Mount Salem
The Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) in Denham Town, Kingston, and Mount Salem, St James, will be extended by a further 60 days to February 18, 2020 and March 9, 2020, respectively.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved two resolutions for the extensions, which were moved by National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang.
Chang said the security forces continue to maintain a protracted presence in both zones, which are currently in the ‘build phase’ of the strategy.
He noted that the objectives of the security forces at this time will also continue to facilitate the conditions for social intervention, while concurrently achieving, recovery of weapons, ammunition and contraband, apprehension of wanted persons, reduction in lawlessness, and bolstering intelligence activities.
Chang informed that since the build phase was declared in March 2018 for Denham Town, more than 22 targeted interventions have been completed, benefiting more than 2,500 residents directly and indirectly more than 8,000 residents.
Regarding Mount Salem, Chang informed that the social interventions have been anchored in the build phase since February 2018.
Clarendon communities facing water issues
The National Water Commission is advising customers in some sections of Clarendon that the disruption they are currently experiencing in their water supply, is as a result of electro-mechanical problems affecting operations at the New Town Pumping Station.
It is estimated that this repair will be completed on or before Friday, December 13. Areas impacted are: New Town Housing Scheme, Phases 1 & 2, Monymusk Housing Scheme, Raymonds, Lionel Town, Portland Cottage and Mitchell Town.
Government trying to make exporting easier
Industry and Commerce State Minister Floyd Green, says the Government is working to make the export of local goods and services easier, by reducing the associated costs and processes.
“We are already in the process of removing licences and fees and steps where we see no value. Last week, we dealt with 26 of those [steps] that we are planning to get out of the system … and reduce the time it takes for us to get our products out of the country,” he said.
Green argued that “we have over-bureaucratised our processes around trade for far too long in our country”, which is why the Government is now intensifying efforts to rectify this hindrance to trade.
He noted, for example, that it now takes 58 border control hours and costs about US$876 to export goods from Jamaica, adding that this is a “big disparity” compared to the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America where the average border control hoursare about 61.9, and an average cost of US$529.
“As a Government, we are going to still work on the border control hours, and we believe that the proposed Jamaica Single Window For Trade (JSWIFT) will reduce those border control hours significantly,” he said.
JSWIFT, which is currently being piloted in some industry entities, is a one-stop shop electronic system that allows traders to submit information at a single point to fulfil all import and export regulatory requirements.