January 13, 2018
Ian Boyne
Photo via Facebook Minister of National Security Robert Montague (right) and Commissioner of Police, George Quallo (left) Boscobel St. Mary following protest by residents over the fatal shooting of a man by the police on Wednesday. We met with the family, and have arranged counselling for the family members. Montague, who is the Member of Parliament for West St Mary, where Boscobel falls, urged the people to remain peaceful as the matter is being investigated by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

Rural folk who do not have reliable water supplies are being told that the National Water Commission (NWC) may not be able to provide them with the commodity.

"It is not economically viable for the NWC to provide an efficient service and to generate a surplus that could be adequately reinvested if we take on some of these remote [and hard-to-reach] communities ... it's just not possible," president of the NWC, Mark Barnett, said.

The NWC is encouraging Jamaicans living in deep rural communities to explore using tanks and catchment facilities to store potable water for domestic use.

"In most of these communities, the population is not concentrated; they are sparsely dispersed across a large area, and when you put in that level of investment (in terms of infrastructure), it is going to cost a lot, which you are not likely to recoup. We are into centralised systems," Barnett said.

Some 70 raftsmen in Portland were given cheques valued at $10,000 each at Rio Grande Rafting yesterday.

The cheques were distributed by tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and West Portland Member Daryl Vaz.

The raftsmen suffered massive dislocation this week after rain washed away several of their rafts, which is the tool of their trade.

The Executive Committee of the Mico University College Alumni Association (MOSA) is set to relaunch its Kingston and St Andrew Chapter, including Portmore on Friday, January 19. The re-launch is scheduled to take place in Lecture Room 2, in the Continuing Education building at The Mico.

"The strength of the Mico lies in its alumni, hence our focus this year on strengthening and improving dynamic and lasting relationships among this institutions graduates," president of the MOSA, Hugh Morris, said.

"The MOSA is anxious to continue the noble traditions of the Mico: to organise itself into a dynamic force for education, and to continue improving the Mico's legacy of nation building," Morris added.

The funeral for well-known journalist Ian Boyne will be held tomorrow at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston, beginning at 10 a.m.

Members of the public are invited to join in the celebration of the life of the veteran journalist and may view the body before the start of the service from

8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Boyne's body will be interred at the Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine.

Boyne, who hosted Jamaica's longest-

running television interview programme, Profile, as well as Religious Hardtalk, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on December 18 after a brief illness.

The government plans to roll out a national closed circuit television (CCTV) system to assist with crime-fighting.

Dubbed JamaicaEye, the programme will allow citizens and business owners with cameras pointing in the public space to voluntarily provide their camera feed to a restricted team of vetted security professionals stationed at two monitoring centres.

National Security Minister Robert Montague said that nearly three billion Jamaican dollars is needed over the next two years for the full rollout of the system. He has appealed for more public-private partnership to assist with the building out of the CCTV network.

"The ministry is going on an aggressive campaign to get private camera feeds as this will be a major step forward for the country. Jamaica is one of the few countries that has brought the use of private cameras to function in this capacity. This is how each Jamaican with a CCTV system can help in the fight against crime. We have to take this approach because otherwise, the cost would be too expensive for the Government alone. To outfit Kingston alone would have cost the Government over $1 billion."

Dainalyn Swaby, Miss Jamaica Festival Queen 2017, is set to launch her national project, LEARN. EARN. RETURN, next Friday, January 19 at the St Elizabeth Parish Library, Black River. The event, organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission will begin at 10 a.m.

The project aims to improve the capacity of youth to identify sustainable opportunities and develop complementary skills to build economic resilience.

Swaby made history last August after becoming the first St Elizabeth winner of the national competition.

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has offered a call for building contractors as it seeks to construct a state-of- the-art beach park at Closed Harbour Beach, also known as Dump-up Beach, in Montego Bay, St James.

The Dump-up Beach works forms part of the UDC's Montego Bay Redevelopment Programme, in downtown Montego Bay, St James, and has been identified as one of the sites with high potential to spur further development of the city. The intention is to convert the 16-acre property into a world-class recreational space with amenities that will allow for it to operate as a free-access licenced public beach and multipurpose park.

When completed, the new-look park will feature a network of hardscape and landscape, public restrooms, changing rooms, beach showers, and jogging trail.