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December 03, 2018
A pig made its way across the Three Miles Bypass in Kingston yesterday.

Juliet Holness lauds Jamaica 4-H Clubs

Member of Parliament Juliet Holness has lauded the work of the Jamaica 4-H Clubs in encouraging young people, to volunteer and contribute to nation building.

She was speaking at the National Leaders' Association (NALA) annual general meeting held on November 30 at the Denbigh 4-H Clubs Training and Production Centre in Clarendon.

Holness noted that other organisations in the country could benefit from the culture of the 4-H clubs.

Consumers urged to exercise due diligence

Citizens are being urged by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) to exercise due diligence in their shopping practices during the busy Christmas period.

Chief Executive Officer at the CAC, Dolsie Allen, is advising Jamaicans to conduct extensive research before purchasing items, such as electrical equipment and appliances.

"After doing your research... shop around because we have a lot of stores that sell the same items, so it is important to identify stores that are more accommodating towards the customer, such as allowing you to try and test your items before leaving the store," she explained.

She also advised persons to request a detailed receipt before completing their transactions.

Wigton Windfarm eyes Jamaica Stock Exchange

The Wigton Windfarm (WWF) initial public offering (IPO) on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) is expected to be listed in March 2019.

General Manager of Public-Private Partnerships and Privatisation Services at the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), Denise Arana, noted that the process is progressing smoothly and IPO activities will commence once the JN Fund Managers (JNFM) Limited debt refinancing process is completed.

"The refinancing is an important initial step that will restructure the balance sheet of the Wigton Windfarm to manage the foreign exchange risk it has now. I think this initial step will be very important in positioning Wigton as a very successful transaction," she said.

185 JCF members recognised for their service

A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service.

During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony, held on the grounds of the Police Officers' Club on November 29, medals were presented to recipients by Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson.

In his remarks, Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, thanked the recipients for their unwavering service and hard work, noting that they "have proven their merit and mettle and have risen to the fore among their peers and superiors".

J'cans to observe Disabilities Awareness Week

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) will join the rest of the world in observing Disabilities Awareness Week from December 2-7, under the theme: 'Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality'.

The week started yesterday with the National Church service that was held at the Sharon Baptist Church, Main Street, Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth. Today, the International Day for Persons with Disabilities will be observed, and the JCPD in partnership with United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Digicel Foundation will present the findings of the Situational Analysis of Children with Disabilities in Jamaica for 2017 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel at 9 a.m.

In addition, the 'I am Able' media campaign will also be launched.

69 wards commended for outstanding performance

Sixty-nine wards of the State have been recognised for outstanding performance in the 2018 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests.

At the Child Protection and Family Services Agency's (CPFSA) seventh annual Educational Achievement Awards last Thursday at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew, 52 youth were awarded for achievement in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and 17 for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, commended the award recipients and pledged that the Government will continue to pay for them to sit as many subjects as possible.

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