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July 12, 2018
Andrew Holness

New director of elections appointed 

Glasspole Brown has been appointed director of elections. He replaces Orrette Fisher, who resigned in March.

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) said Brown, who is currently acting as director of elections, served meritoriously for nine years as assistant director of elections.

"Mr Brown is a fine son of this Jamaican soil and each of the other commissioners and I wholeheartedly recommend his appointment as director. I am satisfied that the Electoral Office of Jamaica is in good hands," said Dorothy Pine-McLarty, chairman of the ECJ.

Youth get landscaping training

Some 62 young persons from communities in Kingston, St Andrew, and Clarendon have been trained in landscaping and facility maintenance under a programme led by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), in partnership with the Institute for Workforce Education and Development (IWED).

They were trained as part of the alternate Livelihood Skills Programme, which is a sub-project under JSIF's $69-million Integrated Community Development Project.

In addition to being trained, the participants received tool kits valued at approximately US$6,500 from Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited the parent company of IWED.

Water supply disruption for St Elizabeth

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising customers who are served by the Hounslow facility in St Elizabeth, that they will experience a disruption in their water supply on Saturday, July 14, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Sunday, July 15, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The NWC said the disruption is to facilitate pipeline interconnection work. Bigwoods, Bethany, Beacon, Short Hill, Hounslow, Newell, Claremont Park, Horeswood and Menzie Lane will be affected.

PM won't fire Wheatley

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he has seen no reason to fire Dr Andrew Wheatley for the mess at Petrojam.

I am not seeing a general policy or administrative failure in the energy division, but clearly there are specific issues at Petrojam. These point to failures in corporate governance and breakdown in accountability," Holness said.

Holness announced in Parliament on Tuesday that the general manager of Petrojam, Floyd Grindley, has been separated from the company. His departure brings to four, the number of casualties at Petrojam since reports surfaced about nepotism, cronyism and corruption.

Three local members of the board recently resigned at Petrojam.

Investment paying off for Jamaica

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says investment in Jamaica is headed in the right direction.

"According to data provided by the Bank of Jamaica, for fiscal years 2016-17 and 2017-18 the average foreign direct investment (FDI) was 20 per cent higher than average FDI over the fiscal years 2012-13 to 2015-16," said the minister, who is in Frankfurt, Germany, leading a delegation on the European leg of Jamaica's Investor roadshow.

"FDI fluctuates on a year-over-year basis and, by definition, FDI can be lumpy with one-off anomalies. To get a better picture of the trend or the direction of FDI, it is better to look at averages over periods of time. Averages smooth out one - off aberrations. The latest trend shows that FDI is moving in the right direction, this period being 20 per cent higher than the previous," Clarke emphasised.

Petrojam to host summer camp

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and its subsidiary Wigton Windfarm Limited have teamed up to host a youth summer camp series at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab in Manchester from July to August.

The camps kicked off on July 5 with students from Winston Jones and Manchester high schools who placed in the top three of the PCJ Schools Energy Programme Competitions that wrapped up on June 29. The second cohort will be made up of students from Westwood and Cedric Titus high schools. There will also be participants from the Mandeville Catholic College, Jamaica Environmental Trust, the Young Men's Christian Association and the Young Women's Christian Association.

The energy companies have structured the camp activities to allow participants to engage in discussions about energy generation and career goals. Each of the participating groups will spend a day at the wind farm over a five - week period. Campers will learn about the history of Wigton Windfarm and the genesis of the renewable energy training lab, its course offerings and the state-of-the-art equipment which is used in the delivery of courses in all areas of renewable energy.

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