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February 19, 2018
Stagnant water infested with mosquitos, has been posing a health hazard for residents on Rae Street in Rae Town for some time now. They've called on the relevant authorities to fix the problem, but it seems their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

 

Clarendon woman missing

Pauline Carib-Duncan, 54, farmer of York Town in Clarendon, has been missing since Monday, February 5.

She is of fair complexion, medium build and is about 160 centimetres (five feet, three inches) tall and has a mole on the left side of her upper lip.

Reports from the May Pen police are that about 2 p.m., Carib-Duncan was last seen at home dressed in a blue jeans shorts and an orange T-shirt. All efforts to contact her have proven futile.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Carib-Duncan is being asked to contact the May Pen police at 986-2208 / 832-2077, police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

Postal service to be upgraded

The Government is to spend $47 million to upgrade the nation's postal service to an international postal system.

The money, which has been set aside in the 2018/2019 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives, will go towards strengthening the Jamaica Post's ability to control and improve mail processing and handling.

Jamaica Post manages the island's network of nearly 600 post offices and postal agencies.

Jamaica to step up fight against human trafficking 

Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony McLaughlin says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be relentless in the fight against human trafficking.

McLaughlin, who is acting commander of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch, said that there is now a global consensus by law enforcement officials that a well devised plan has to be formulated to effectively deal with human trafficking.

He noted that the JCF's Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit, set up in 2005, is making gains, with 76 victims rescued and 19 persons arrested and charged with violations. He added that millions of dollars in fines have been secured.

St Mary roadwork to continue

Work will continue on the rehabilitation of the Broadgate to Agualta Vale roadway in St Mary this year, through a $500 million allocation in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives.

This additional work should bring the project to 85 per cent completion.

The undertaking falls under the Rural Road Rehabilitation Project II, which is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.

Meanwhile, the Government will be spending $204.5 million this year to complete renovation of office space at Port Royal Street in Kingston in order to accommodate a United Nations office.

The money will also go towards the production of a report with recommendations for three possible sites for a third city.

Schools sewerage systems to be improved

Ninety-seven primary schools are to benefit from improved sewerage systems under a Sanitary Block Project, which will be funded by the Government in the 2018/2019 fiscal year, at a cost of $30 million.

The project will be implemented by the National Education Trust (NET) Limited.

Under the project, NET will be responsible for the installation of improved sewerage systems in the schools.

It will also commence and complete the installation of improved sewerage systems at an additional 11 schools across Jamaica.

HIV project receives millions in support

The Government will be spending $647 million to carry out interventions in the 2018/19 fiscal year under its 'HIV Prevalence in Most-at-Risk Population Reduced' project.

Anticipated targets for the fiscal year include: providing 1, 733 men who have sex with men (MSM) and 368 female sex workers (FSW) with HIV testing and counselling services; and reaching 1, 564 MSM and 2,125 FSW with individual and/ or small group level HIV preventive interventions.

In addition, some 2,500 additional adults and children will be enrolled to receive antiretroviral therapy, while continued care will be provided for 14, 650 adults and children currently on antiretroviral therapy.

Over 8,000 persons have received support under the programme to date.

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