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August 17, 2018
Kenyon Hemans / Photographer A Jamaica Tallawahs fan enjoys the cricket during their game with the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at Sabina Park on Wednesday night.

KSAMC to remove illegal signs

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) will be removing illegal signs and billboards erected across the city.

Mayor of Kingston, Delroy Williams said an audit is being undertaken to determine the compliance rate among advertisers.

"We have been comparing what we have in the field with what is here in terms of the signs and billboards that have gone through the proper approval process," he said.

Williams is calling on persons and business operators to adhere to the rules of the KSAMC, adding that letters encouraging compliance have been written to persons or companies that have erected signs and billboards without following the proper procedure.

"We have asked them to make the necessary applications for them to be reviewed by the appropriate committee. If that is not done within the prescribed time, the KSAMC has no option but to begin to take down those signs and billboards," he said.

Calmer hurricane season expected 

The Meteorological Service Division has endorsed the updated August forecast of the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season.

The updated forecast indicates a 90 per cent chance that the remainder of the 2018 hurricane season will be below or near normal.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. In May, the prediction was for a near or above-normal season, but a less active season is now expected.

Among the reasons for the change is that exceptionally cool sea surface temperature anomalies have persisted this summer.

These conditions are now much more likely to persist through the peak months of August to October.

Government continues to improve local beaches

The Government is continuing work to improve more of Jamaica's public beaches, in order to enable greater access to these facilities.

This assurance comes from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who said the Government is committed to doing everything possible to ensure "that the average Jamaican can have access to our beaches."

"I want the public to know that the Government is hearing the concerns ... I am certain next year we will have a significant number of our beaches improved, so that the public can have access to what was given to us by God and cannot be taken away by any man," he said.

The Urban Development Corporation manages a number of the island's public beaches, including the Dunn's River Beach and the Ocho Rios Bay Beach in St Ann; the Fort Clarence Beach Park in St Catherine, and the Bluefields Beach Park, and Long Bay Beach Park 1 in Westmoreland.

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