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Drainage improvement project for St James
A $38 million drain cleaning programme is now under way in St James. The programme, which is being undertaken by the National Works Agency (NWA), targets several critical gullies and drains across the parish.
Community Relations Officer at the NWA’s Western Region, Janel Ricketts, says that the works target critical drains across the parish which are heavily silted or blocked by debris and overgrown vegetation.
Ricketts says that among the drains which are being targeted are the North and South Gully; the People’s Arcade drain; as well as drains along the Elegant corridor.
The programme, which commenced in early March, forms part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to mitigate flooding in flood prone areas.
UTech to host job fair
The University of Technology, Jamaica will host its annual Career and Job Placement Fair tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech, Jamaica Papine Campus under the theme, ‘Advancing into the World of Work’.
The annual fair aims to provide an opportunity for students in their final year of study at the University to network with a diversified group of prospective employers as well as to learn about job and internship opportunities in their fields of study. More than 280 students and 65 employers have registered to participate.
All set for Nomination Day in Portland Eastern
All systems are in place for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) to receive nominations of candidates for the by-election in the constituency of Portland Eastern.
Nomination will take place tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Port Antonio Court House.
On Nomination Day, any person wishing to register as a candidate is required to:
-fill out a nomination form which has been signed by any ten or more electors registered to vote in the constituency;
-return the form to the returning officer between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; and
-pay a nomination fee of J$15,000.
More training for tourist workers
The Government is in discussion with the University of the West Indies (UWI) regarding potential training options that can be explored and initiated to further boost the competence of tourism workers.
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, who is leading the discussions on behalf of the Government, said it is anticipated that the outcome of the talks “will take us into another tier of that whole process of building professionalism within the sector, through the university”.
Bartlett noted that the existing scenario “sometimes makes it difficult for us to classify the workers”, in order to create the attendant remuneration.
In this regard, he said it is anticipated that with the proposed collaboration being pursued, beneficiaries will be recognised for their contributions and rewarded “appropriately”.
Bartlett further indicated that for beneficiaries entering the world of work for the first time, “when you come in, you come in at a certain level with a salary arranged scale that is [recognised]… and then you are able to move up, based on qualification, competence and performance at every level”.
Health Ministry reviews registration process for pharmaceutical drugs
The Health Ministry is undertaking a review of the registration process for pharmaceutical drugs, in an effort to achieve a more modernised system.
Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, says the process of modernisation will include the digitisation of records to reduce the average timeline taken to register a drug.
Dr Tufton asserted that vigilance is required for drug companies desirous of having a foothold in Jamaica, and believes that there should be standardisation in the registration of drugs for those companies.
“They must be reputable, monitored and registered, so that they can appreciate the continuation of established standards,” he said.
Dr Tufton argued that post market surveillance of pharmaceuticals is critical in guarding against the possibilities of errors of abuse, in the interest of populations across the Caribbean.
“We have a duty to protect our population. The way the drug market is configured between the original (medication) and the generics, which follow over time... you really have to sieve through to determine what is what and is in the best interest of those we serve,” he said.
Dr Tufton said that according to data, over the last six months, on a monthly basis more than 200 adverse drug reaction reports were submitted locally to the Pharmacovigilance Unit of the Ministry.