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October 30, 2018
AP A new group of Central American migrants wade in mass across the Suchiate River, that connects Guatemala and Mexico, in Tecun Uman, Guatemala, yesterday. The first group was able to cross the river on rafts, an option now blocked by Mexican Navy river and shore patrols.

The National Housing Trust (NHT) is funding a $54-million bamboo research project, which will facilitate research on bamboo as a possible housing material.

The project, which is a collaborative endeavour with the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Bureau of Standards Jamaica, and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is scheduled to start mid-2019.

Senior General Manager of Construction and Development at NHT, Donald Moore, said that the first phase of research will look at testing local strains of bamboo and the second phase will concentrate on the construction of bamboo prototypes.

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison says there is need for an aggressive campaign to educate the nation's youth about unsafe sex and the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

"With a young generation, many of whose behaviour is of grave concern, we need to address this issue so that we do not have an epidemic on our hands," she said.

Morrison stressed that parents and caregivers need to talk to their children about sex, advising that if they are unable to do it themselves "then (they) should find a counsellor who can."

One Taurus 9mm pistol along with a magazine containing ten 9mm rounds of ammunition was seized during an operation at Glenholme Close in St Andrew, on Sunday.

Reports from the Half-Way Tree police are that between the hours of 11:40 a.m. and 12:05 p.m., lawmen conducted an operation in the area, where several premises were searched. The firearm was subsequently found among debris on one of the premises. No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

The police warning perpetrators of cybercrimes that they will be apprehended and dealt with decisively.

Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey, who gave the warning, said that the JCF is committed to protecting Jamaicans from such criminal activity.

He said that since 2012, Jamaica has seen its fair share of cybercrimes "from unauthorised access, bullying, revenge porn, and cyber espionage with the trend steady and consistent each year."

He noted also that too many individuals "are posting material that are degrading, defaming, lewd, and rude, (which) can cause people to feel embarrassed, threatened or placed in fear."

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, is again encouraging sport industry stakeholders to share information that the ministry can document, particularly in relation to the implementation of Jamaica's National Sports Policy.

This, she emphasised, is imperative, particularly from persons at the grass-roots level, in ensuring the progression of sports in Jamaica by sharing information on how sport and physical activities are and can be used "to create more impactful outputs and outcomes, including maximising economic gains".

Noting that sports have been pivotal in shaping and building Jamaica as a nation, Grange argued that without evidence-based information, Jamaica would be at a disadvantage in terms of being able to attract much-needed investments to further boost the sector.

Consultant in Paediatrics and Gynaecology, Dr Donna-Marie Gray-Henry, says breast milk is the ideal food for babies, and that breastfeeding is the best investment in the long-term health of an infant.

She pointed out that breastfeeding reduces the incidence of infant morbidity, illnesses, and the incidence of infant deaths.

"This will ensure more healthy babies and fewer coming to the emergency rooms," Gray-Henry said.

She argued that one of the "dragons" fighting against breastfeeding is the fast-growing multibillion-dollar baby formula industry, the fastest growing packaged food industry.

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