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Shaw wants Jamaicans to use idle lands
New Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw has reiterated calls for Jamaicans to invest more in farming on idle lands across the island.
Speaking at the St Mary Agricultural Show at Gray's Inn Sports complex, Annotto Bay, St Mary, last Monday, Shaw said more investments from Jamaicans are needed in the agricultural sector, "so that we can ensure food security and decrease our importation to satisfy the demands of our local market".
"In Jamaica, we are too blessed with so many acres of idle lands. We have got to put them into production," he said.
Food For The Poor pays fines for inmates
The lives of non-violent prisoners are being transformed, thanks to the loving support of Food For The Poor donors who believe in second chances. Dozens of men and women jailed in Caribbean and Latin American prisons found freedom this Easter season.
Food For The Poor paid the fines of 113 inmates in four countries during Holy Week, including of two women at Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in Portmore, Jamaica.
When the two women were called into the prison warden's office, they thought they had done something wrong, but instead were told they were free to spend Easter with their families because Food For The Poor had paid their outstanding fines.
Walter Fletcher Beach reopens in MoBay
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has reopened Walter Fletcher Beach, located along Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, to the general public. The beach, which suspended operations in 2017 following the expiration of a lease agreement, reopened its doors just in time for the Easter holidays on Friday, March 30.
The reopening of Walter Fletcher Beach fits into the corporation's Montego Bay Waterfront Redevelopment Programme, which includes the Groyne Rehabilitation Project and the Closed Harbour Beach Park Development.
JUTC advises commuters to exercise caution on Mandela Highway
The state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is advising commuters to exercise extreme caution when using the Mandela Highway in St Catherine.
This, following another round of traffic changes implemented by the National Works Agency (NWA) on Sunday, April 1.
According to the NWA, vehicles heading from the direction of Spanish Town will be allowed on to the new section of road, between the Highway 2000 East/West Off Ramp and Tom Cringle Drive.
Traffic heading from Kingston will also use the new road but those persons wishing to access businesses in the Ferry community, must turn at Tom Cringle Drive.
Paul Abrahams, JUTC managing director, said while the improvement work is necessary, he is extremely concerned about the lack of consultation.
He states further that it appears no provision has been made for the pickup and set down of passengers, which is a significant risk to commuters in and around the Ferry community.
Gun found in stove
Police officers in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, removed another firearm from the hands of criminals on Sunday, March 25.
Reports are that about 4 p.m., a team conducted a snap raid at a premises on Ricketts Avenue. During the search, a Taurus Millennium pistol fitted with a magazine containing four .40 rounds of ammunition was found in a stove.
No one was arrested.