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January 16, 2020

Port Royal gets ready for cruise ship

Port Royal will on January 20 accommodate the first cruise ship at the new floating pier. The site, which is being developed for a cruise terminal, was once used by the British as a port for the repair of vessels.

Culture minister Olivia Grange said that people in the community will be empowered by the investment.

"This is now an opportunity for them to show their space to the world; and continue to protect it," she said, adding that her ministry has provided training in economic enabling programmes for the residents, and that they have attained their own brand for the tourism market.

Grange also lauded the residents of Port Royal in Kingston for "preserving" the image of the community and helping to make it a cruise destination.

"I am filled with pride that we are going to realise the opening up of Port Royal. It is a fantastic community, and I must commend them for preserving this rich heritage over the years, and for maintaining the character for which Port Royal is known," the minister said.

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St Thomas to get tourism push

Dubbed the forgotten parish, St Thomas is now poised to be brought into the development landscape. The Andrew Holness-led Cabinet has approved a tourism development and management plan for the parish.

A document laid in Parliament states that tourism has been selected as a key driver in the development of St Thomas.

The Government said there is "considerable potential for tourism development in the Parish", and this is due the increase in ecotourism sports, tourism and culture and heritage tourism".

Holness, last July, broke ground for a new urban centre for Morant Bay at the site of the old Goodyear factory in the parish. A modern highway has also been promised for the parish but is yet to materialise.

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New ward to be built at Bustamante Hospital

The construction of a 20 to 25-bed ward at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston is slated to begin this year.

The two-storey structure will house the hospital's paediatric cardiac centre patients, and an 18-bed overnight facility for parents of patients on the ward.

The infrastructure development project, valued at $100 million, is being jointly financed by the National Health Fund which has donated $40 million, and the National Housing Trust $60 million.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said construction of the ward is intended to increase accommodation for children seeking services at the specialist institution.

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Contract approved for Wakefield to Bunkershill pipe project

A $69-million contract has been approved for works to be done on the Wakefield to Bunkershill pipe replacement project in Trewany. The contract has been awarded to Construction Solutions Limited.

The current pipe network is said to be in a state of disrepair, which the National Water Commission says has adversely affected the service to customers, as well as damaged roads in the area.

The works will involve the construction of approximately 4.1 kilometres of transmission main, and 1.4 kilometres of distribution pipeline from Wakefield Square to Duhaney Crossing.

A date for the commencement of work has not yet been announced.

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Gov't to build new police headquarters for Spanish Town

The Government has signalled its intention to relocate the Spanish Town Police Station from its current location.

According to a document that has been laid in parliament, work is under way for the compulsory purchase of approximately 15 acres of lands at Darling's Pen in Spanish Town, for the construction of a new divisional headquarters for the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

The current location for the Spanish Town Police Station is said to be unable to house the full complement of assigned officers.

In the meantime, the Government is also using the compulsory acquisition law to buy property in St Mary for the police.

Lands at 25 Main Street, Port Maria, St Mary, will be purchased for the Establishment of parking facilities for the new Port Maria Police Station.

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