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Gov't gets funding for energy efficiency programme
The Government has received additional funding support for its Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through a EU9.17-million (US$10-million) grant from the European Union (EU).
This is being allocated through the European Union-Caribbean Investment Fund Facility (EU-CIF), and will serve to promote more efficient use of energy resources by the State that would free up public funds through the reduction of oil imports.
The EMEP will target a reduction in electricity consumption in public buildings and support capacity building for energy planning.
Students to showcase technical skills
More than 6,000 students will put their technical abilities on display at the 2018 National Careers Week (NCW) and Skills Competition to be held from February 17 to 23 at the National Arena in St Andrew.
Under the theme 'Building the Future by Guiding the Present', the initiative, organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in collaboration with public-and private-sector partners, aims to promote and introduce new skills and entrepreneurial opportunities to youth.
It will feature Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) students in the areas of construction and building technology; manufacturing and engineering technology; creative arts and fashion; and transportation and logistics.
Firearm and ammunition seized
Members of the Spanish Town Proactive Investigation Unit seized a firearm and three 9mm rounds of ammunition on Johns Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine last Friday.
Reports are that about 7:20 p.m., the team was in the area when they accosted a group of men who ran upon seeing them. The area was searched and one SCCY-CPX 9mm pistol and the rounds of ammunition were found. No one was taken into custody in relation to the seizure.
Ja's cruise shipping poised for growth - Bartlett
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica's cruise shipping is poised for even further growth, following commitments and "glowing reviews" from the major cruise lines.
Bartlett said a recent trip to Carnival Corporation's headquarters in Miami resulted in one of "the biggest cruise endorsements" Jamaica has received "in some time".
"The owner and chairman of Carnival Corporation, Micky Arison, referred to Jamaica as one of the best and most diversified destinations in the world," Bartlett said.
Schools to get environmental wardens
Fifty environmental wardens are to be placed in primary schools in Clarendon and Manchester under a pilot programme involving the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, and Recycling Partners of Jamaica Limited (RPJL).
The wardens, who have already been trained, will have responsibility for managing the collection of plastic bottles in the institution they have been assigned.
Education Minister Ruel Reid said the Environmental Wardens Programme is an important part of Jamaica's national development plan, Vision 2030, which speaks to cultivating a healthy environment.