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May 05, 2018
Workmen install new lights along the Elegant Corridor in St James.

Ananda Alert out for three teenagers

Ananda Alerts have been activated for three St Catherine teenagers.

They are Brandon Swaby, 16, otherwise called 'Javahnte', of Valdez Road, Homestead, Spanish Town; Gaylee Forbes, 15, otherwise called 'Latie', of Kitson Town; and Anthony Skervin, 16, otherwise called 'Johnny', of Church Pen housing scheme, Old Harbour.

Swaby and Forbes have been missing since May 2, while Skervin has been missing since April 25.

Skervin was last seen on Hanover Street, while Swaby and Forbes were last seen at their respective homes.

Anyone knowing their whereabouts is being asked to contact the Spanish Town police at 984-2305, the 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

Road closure in Constant Spring

A section of Olivier Road off Constant Spring Road in upper St Andrew will be closed from Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Monday, May 7.

The closure is to facilitate the excavation of the roadway to install two manholes and pipelines as part of the sewerage and pipeline project being undertaken as part of the Constant Spring Road Improvement project.

It will also allow for an investigation into the location of underground utilities to unearth prospective obstacles to the progress of the road rehabilitation project.

During the closure, motorists wishing to access Olivier Road from the direction of Long Lane will turn left at Manor Park on to Norbrook Drive, continuing on to Norbrook Road and exiting on to Olivier Road in the vicinity of the Norbrook bus terminus.

The opposite will obtain for persons travelling from Shortwood Road towards Constant Spring Road.

There will be no access from Constant Spring Road on to Olivier Drive, except for persons wishing to access East and West Strathmore and Discount Pharmacy.

NWA lights up Elegant Corridor in St James

The National Works Agency (NWA) and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) have completed a major effort to replace 40 light-emitting diode (LED) lights along the Elegant Corridor in St James.

Janel Ricketts, community relations officer for the NWA's Western Region, said numerous motor-vehicle accidents have damages several lights along the corridor.

A total of 62 lights have been replaced along the corridor since November 2017.

The project cost approximately $17 million through funding made available by the TEF.

Portland Municipal Corporation to get new building

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has announced that the Portland Municipal Corporation will be getting a new building soon.

Addressing a special meeting of the corporation in Port Antonio on Thursday, McKenzie said the time has come for the councillors to move out of the old building.

"The technical team at the ministry has been instructed to meet with the technical team here and to commence discussions in identifying [and] preparing the design for the construction of a new municipal building," he pointed out.

McKenzie told the councillors that the construction cost of the new building will have to be shared between the ministry and the municipality.

"I am hoping that by the end of this quarter of the [fiscal] year going down later in this year, we will be well advanced with the drawings and everything that is going to be required for us to commence this long-overdue construction of a new municipal building for Portland," he said.

Relay for Life set for June

The Jamaica Cancer Society's (JCS) 16th annual flagship fundraising event, Relay for Life, will take place next month on the campus of the University of Technology, Old Hope Road, St Andrew.

The overnight event will get underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 and conclude at 6 a.m. on Sunday, June 3.

Chairman of the JCS Earl Jarrett said that in addition to raising funds, Relay for Life serves as a medium to celebrate cancer survivors and remember those who have lost the battle with the disease.

JCS executive director Yulit Gordon said that Relay for Life reaches into the community to bring together neighbours, friends, work associates and families to support a very important cause.

"We are therefore calling on all Jamaicans to join hands and hearts with the Jamaica Cancer Society through sponsorship, donations and the forming of teams to make 2018 Relay for Life the most successful event," Gordon said.

Relay for Life is a 12-hour relay that involves teams of walkers and runners competing against each other to raise the highest amount of funds.

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