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January 27, 2018
KenyonHemans/Photographer Bonnie Wilson chops a fresh jelly coconut for a customer in St Mary.

The Kingston western police have seized another illegal firearm in the division and arrested a juvenile in connection with the seizure on Thursday.

The firearm and six rounds of ammunition were seized during an operation on Rousseau Road in Kingston 5. One man has been taken into custody in connection with the seizure.

Reports from the Denham Town police are that at about 5:30 p.m., lawmen were conducting an operation aimed at curtailing street crimes such as extortion and robberies when the teenager was accosted and searched. A Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol loaded with six 9mm rounds of ammunition was taken from him.

A wanted man was among four men arrested on Thursday in an operation in Long Wall in Stony Hill, St Andrew. Three of the men are from west Kingston addresses, and the other is from a St Thomas address.

Reports are that at about 10:30 a.m., the men were taken into custody. A few hours later, an operation was carried out in Matthews Lane, Kingston, where a Smith and Wesson 9mm pistol with one 9mm cartridge was seized.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang says that the Government is committed to the continuous upgrading of the country's ports in order to attract larger cargo ships and cruise vessels.

He cited work to be undertaken this year to expand berths one and two at the Montego Bay Port, as well as the expansion and redevelopment of the Ocho Rios cruise pier.

This is in addition to the ongoing upgrading of the Port of Kingston and redevelopment of the historic Port of Falmouth and the town.

Chang said that the acquisition of the vessels by the Port Authority of Jamaica represents a commitment to ensure meaningful improvements to the maritime operations of the Kingston port.

State Minister in the Ministry of National Security Senator Pearnel Charles Jr says that the ministry is expanding its rehabilitation programme to further reduce recidivism.

Charles said that the partnership with advocacy group Stand Up for Jamaica through its Fresh Start programme has garnered $45 million to boost the CXC curriculum and training for inmates.

He added that this partnership and other projects such as the 'We Transform' programme, which targets juveniles 12 to 18 years old, would be used to expose inmates to life skills, vocational skills, and prepare them for other opportunities.

By the end of the 2017-2018 financial year, several farm roads in the parishes of Manchester and St Elizabeth, covering 19.7 kilometres and valued at $81 million, will be rehabilitated by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority.

Hutchinson said that the roads were being repaired in response to the urgent need of the farmers to move their produce from the field to the market.

The farm roads, he said, are in some of the most productive areas in these parishes, and rehabilitating the roads would allow farmers to increase their production and productivity.