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March 07, 2018
This elderly rider was seen making his way through downtown Kingston on March 1. Exercise such as riding plays an important role in reducing lifestyle illness. A new public opinion survey conducted by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica and Vital Strategies found that Jamaicans are concerned about chronic diseases, particularly diabetes and childhood obesity.

Keith 'Trinity' Gardner welcomes new commish

Retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Keith 'Trinity' Gardner says the Police Service Commission made a good choice by selecting Antony Anderson as the next police commissioner.

"General Anderson brings to the force a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered from years of training and experience in security," he said.

Trinity said that Anderson will bring the desired changes in the culture of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

10 guns seized as a result of Crime Stop tips

Crime Stop Jamaica says 10 illegal firearms and 58 rounds of ammunition were taken off the streets as a result of tips received from Jamaicans during the first two months of the year.

According to Crime Stop, seven persons were arrested in connection with some of these illegal firearms.

The anti-crime movement said one of the greatest successes was information that led to the arrest and charge of Omar Collymore, who was wanted in connection with the murder of his wife and a taxi man which took place on January 2.

A total of 20 arrests have been made through tips received which were for a variety of crimes - shooting with intent, lotto scamming, housebreaking, murder, possession of illegal firearm to name a few.

Three Miles to get flyover

Stephen Shaw, manager, communications and customer service at the National Works Agency (NWA), says works to widen major roadways in the Corporate Area will lead to significant traffic management.

"There is going to be a major change and difference in the city, in respect of how we move in Three Miles. We are going to be having a flyover at Three Miles," he said.

Shaw said the flyover will be constructed as part of the works to widen Hagley Park Road. The project will cover Three Miles to Eastwood Park Road in Kingston.

Jamaica to get more from limestone

Dr Oral Rainford, principal director, minerals policy planning and development division in the mining ministry, said the country has not been realising the potential of its minerals.

"We have not yet started to fully utilise the limestone, and if we are able to integrate that industry into the economy, then we will begin to produce quite a number of products which will have significant value and will find wide use in many different areas," Rainford said.

He pointed out that there are other naturally occurring minerals such as sand and gravel, skid-resistant aggregates from hard volcanic rocks, gypsum, shale and pozzolan or aluminium silicate.

"This is a material that we have here in Jamaica, so having uncovered the pozzolan, we are manufacturing everything that we need, and now we're able to export cement and cement related materials," he said.

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