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November 28, 2018
This elderly woman was seen begging for financial assistance near an abandoned building in Trench Town, Kingston, last Friday.

Clarendon communities facing water problems

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising some customers in Clarendon that their water supply is currently being impacted by irregular power supply challenges at its Goshen Well facility.

Areas affected are: Goshen, Brixton Hill, White Chapel, Mount Valley, Mocho Road, Eden, and Ashley.

The NWC said all technical teams have been alerted and are working to have restoration of service in the shortest possible time.

Also in Clarendon, operations at some NWC facilities are currently being severely impacted by high turbidity.

Areas affected include New Ground, Peterkin, Suttons, Summerfield, Rose Hill, Chapelton, Sangsters Heights Housing Scheme and Kellits.

The agency is indicating that normal operations will be restored as soon as conditions improve.

Improved water supply for South St James residents

More than 7,000 residents of several communities in South St James now have access to an improved water supply, following the Rural Water Supply Limited's (RWSL) completion of four major projects in that region at a cost of approximately $54 million.

The projects include rehabilitation of the Spring Gardens water supply system; upgrading of the Montpelier water supply system; and improvements to the rainwater-harvesting systems at Roehampton Primary and Basic School, and Anchovy Primary School.

Speaking at a ceremony for the official commissioning of the Montpelier system, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Karl Samuda said the projects completion is welcomed, in light of the protracted period over which some of the communities have been without potable water.

Jamaica AIDS Support for Life opens wellness centre 

The Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) on Monday, officially opened its renovated wellness centre in Kingston.

The facility will enable more Jamaicans to access HIV prevention, treatment, and support services in a modern and spacious environment.

Additionally, it will house JASL's head office operations, comprising the organisation's administrative, finance and programmes departments.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony, JASL's Executive Director, Kandasi Levermore, thanked the entity's stakeholder partners for their contributions over the years.

She assured current and prospective clients that "We are committed to making this space friendly; we are committed to a stigma-free space, and we are committing to help you to meet your needs, so that you can have the best life possible".

Chuck says Spanish Town could become tourism centre

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says Spanish Town could potentially evolve into a tourism centre for Jamaica.

He, however, cites the need for extensive redevelopment of the town to facilitate this transformation.

Chuck's statement came against the background of the Government's recent $40 million improvement of the St Catherine Parish Court in Spanish Town, and plans to renovate the Justice Centre in the area.

The minister noted that the rich history of Spanish Town, which served as Jamaica's capital for 338 years from 1534 to 1872, should be preserved.

Linear cancer treatment centre opens in Kingston

Cancer care delivery in the public health system has been further boosted with Monday's opening of Jamaica's second National Linear Cancer Treatment Centre.

The $860 million facility, constructed at St Joseph's Hospital in Kingston, was formally opened by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

Financing was provided by the National Health Fund (NHF); Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE); and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

The Kingston centre's opening comes just over a year after a similar facility, developed at a cost of $770.9 million, commenced operations at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

Ammuninition seized during police operation

A team of officers assigned to the Westmoreland Police Division seized 14 rounds of .40 rounds of ammunition during an operation in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland on Monday.

Reports from the Savanna-la-Mar police are that at about 10:30 a.m., lawmen were in the area when they signalled the driver of a Toyota Axio motor car with two males aboard to stop. The driver complied, but as the officers approached the vehicle, the men ran.

Closer examination of the vehicle revealed that fourteen .40 rounds of ammunition were found in a bag inside the door of the front passenger seat.

No one was arrested in connection to this seizure.

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