Bernard Lodge discussion
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is assuring Jamaicans that a full report of the proposed Bernard Lodge housing development, St Catherine will be available soon for public discussion. Mr Holness was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Twickenham Glades Phase 4 development in St. Catherine, Friday, August 31.
Prime Minister Holness, said that he has directed the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz to provide the public with a full report on what is being discussed on the matter.
A release from the Office of the Prime Minister quotes Mr Holness as saying: “The reports that I’ve gotten so far have suggested that provisions have been made within the acreage that is available to accommodate the farmers that are there.”
In recent weeks after it was announced that a major township development would involve farm lands at Bernard Lodge there were calls for the development to be stopped and for proper arrangements made to keep farmers on the land.
Police are working
The police are continuing to provide reports to indicate their level of crime fighting work. In a statement Friday, the police identified several persons charged in four parishes for a range of criminal actions, from murder to larceny. The parishes listed where arrests and charges were made include Westmoreland, Manchester, Clarendon and Kingston. One murder case is involved. Detectives have charged 25 year-old Ralston Griffiths of Ricketts Street, Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland for the March 9, 2019 murder of Gladstone Clarke, 68 years old, a businessman of Deans Valley Housing Scheme, Petersfield in the parish and the wounding of a woman who worked for Clarke.
More water meetings
Discussions are to continue Monday, September 2, toward settling a dispute between the National Water Commission (NWC) and nearly 2,000 of its workers, represented by four unions. Following a meeting Thursday evening, the representatives of the workers and a Ministry of Finance team led by Dr Nigel Clarke met Friday to discuss a one off payment the workers say is due to them. The workers continued their industrial action Friday.
Parents are being encouraged to placer special emphasis on their children’s health as they continue to make back-to-school preparations. Medical Officer of Health for St. James, Dr. Marcia Johnson-Campbell, says the annual prescribed medical examination for students is crucial, as it will ensure children are on track for a healthy academic year. She told JIS News that this medical examination is an excellent tool for catching illnesses that are not routinely checked for, as well as provide an opportunity for doctors to address any emotional, developmental or social concerns that are not observed by parents. “During these school medical sessions, we do screening for vision, hearing and general examination and sometimes are able to identify persons who have problems with vision or with hearing, physical disability and deformity and we are able to correct and refer them to areas where they can be corrected,” Dr. Johnson-Campbell said.