NEWS IN ‘2’

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

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7 Top Cops Promoted

Seven gazetted Police Officers have been promoted. Those promoted from Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) are Andrew Lewis, who currently works at the JCF’s administration branch; Michael Smith, who works at the Area 2 Headquarters and Leonardo Brown, head of the Technology Branch.

Meanwhile, four officers have been promoted from the rank of Superintendent (SP) to SSP. They are Stephanie Lindsay, of the St. Andrew Central Division, Maxine Reaves from the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ), Gary McKenzie, head of the Westmoreland Division and Wayne Josephs of the Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) Headquarter.

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Government Spending

Government expenditure for the first four months of fiscal year 2019/20 (April-July) totalled $194.7 billion. Of this sum, recurrent expenditure amounted to just over $179 billion, with capital expenditure totalling $15.6 billion, according to the Government’s 2019/20 Fiscal Policy Paper Interim Report.

JIS News is doing a report on the document said it indicates that while the figure is lower than budgeted this year, it was approximately $6.2 billion or 3.3 per cent more than the spend for the corresponding period in 2018/19.

A major contributor to the underspending, the Policy Paper notes, was lower than estimated interest costs, both on the domestic and external debt portfolios.

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Internship In NWC

The National Water Commission (NWC), has reintroduced its’ Engineering Internship Programme with the engagement of ten (10) engineers from various disciplines to work in different areas of the enterprise.

According to the NWC, the Engineering Internship Programme is aimed at developing and maintaining the technical skillsets at the core of the organization’s function and providing an accessible talent pool of technical expertise for the Commission’s future endeavours. This week, President Mark Barnett welcomed and challenged the new employees to make a difference during their one-year internship stint.

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Remembering The Homeless

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) reached out on Friday to the homeless with a fair at the Poor Relief department’s office in downtown Kingston, Friday October 11. World Homeless Day was celebrated Thursday. The NCDA health fair saw walk-ins from all corners of the nation’s capital. The activities included blood testing for sexual transmitted infections (STIs) from the Ministry of Health, family planning methods from the Family Planning Board and educational talks from partners such as the National Council for Senior Citizens, Lions Club of Mona, KPH, KSAMC, University of Technology, Distinction College, Poor Relief Department, and PATH.

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Public Order

In what police call a public order and public safety operation was carried out, in association with soldiers, at Riverton City, adjacent to the capital city’s dump. Eight people were detained by police and nine rounds of ammunition seized. Several truckloads of garbage were removed from the community.

Franklin McKnight


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