News in ‘2’

We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.

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The children are fine

The nation is being assured that the children moved from the Jamaica National Children’s home that was affected by fire Friday is in good spirits and are together. The fire destroyed the dormitory section of the institution but no one was hurt. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) said a fire evacuation plan and recent drills helped in the safe removal of the children and staff. It said all the 41 children, between the ages of eight and 17 have been relocated together and are in good spirits. Meantime Government has committed to quickly rebuild the facility. Immediate needs are for clothing, shoes, personal care items, and toiletries. Donations can be made at 9 Christopher Road, Stony Hill, and St Andrew daily between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m.

 

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Golden Girls

Jamaica ended its participation in the 18th Pan American Games in Lima, Peru with a record haul of medals – nineteen — surpassing the previous best of 14. The Women’s 4×400 meters team came away with bronze in the final as the games wound down Saturday evening, August 10. It followed a great day for Jamaica on the track Friday when Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set a meet record to win the 200 meters at the Games in Lima, Peru.

On the same day, the fourth for athletics at the Championships, Jamaican Danniel Thomas Dodd also struck gold in the Shot Put. She threw 19.55 meters to win Jamaica’s first Gold in the event at the Pan Am Games.

A world away on Saturday, Alia Atkinson won her second Gold in the FINA meet in China touching the wall first in the 50M Breast Stroke in a time of 30.92 seconds. On Friday, Alia Atkinson clocked 1minute 7.6 secs in the 100 Meter Breast Stroke to win gold.

 

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Road fatalities crisis

People from various sectors interested in road use were told at a conference in Kingston that the number of road deaths is now approaching a crisis. Data revealed at the conference said 169 Jamaicans had been killed on the roads up to the end of July.

This was at the Caribbean Road Safety Workshop on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) offices located along Montrose Road in St. Andrew. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Country Representative for Jamaica, Therese Turner Jones said Jamaicans should take a stand against irresponsible road use. She said that reckless driving should not be the norm, and Jamaicans should “call it out when they see it and not turn a blind eye.”

 

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More Technology

The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) is looking to embark on the next phase of its program of technology-based value-added customer service delivery.

This follows Wednesday’s August 7 launch of the Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) by Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, in St Andrew. The eBRF will facilitate 24-hour online business registration from any location globally via the COJ’s website – www.orcjamaica.com. The initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Cabinet Office, under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernization Programme, with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funding support. 

 

Franklin McKnight

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