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Youths urged not to race into parenthood
Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Alando Terrelonge, said that too much pressure is being placed on young people to engage in sexual activities at an early age and to become parents.
"At some point, we have to realise that there is something wrong with that aspect of the culture that seeks to call our young women mules and our young men gelding .... that needs to change," Terrelonge said.
The minister has urged young people not to surrender to social pressure to become parents early, or to have children by a certain age, to fit in with society's expectations.
Instead, he is encouraging them to empower themselves and to ensure that they wait until they are mentally, financially and emotionally ready to become a parent.
"We need our young men to understand that having a child at 18, 19 or 21 does not make you a man, what makes you a man is focusing on your education and putting yourself in a position where you can take care of a family and that is what makes you a woman as well," Terrelonge said.
Mount Salem to get new police station
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday broke ground for the new Mount Salem Police Station in St James. The construction of the facility, which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and funded by the European Union (EU), is being done at cost of $45 million.
"When a police officer comes to work and the conditions are so poor, what do you expect of them when they go out to deal with the citizens? We are making an investment in improving the space in which the police and the citizens interface," the prime minister said.
Holness said that 86 of the 105 police stations slated for rehabilitation have been completed, as well as the construction of 20 new police stations across the island so far.
"There are some police stations in Jamaica which are in really bad condition and we [the Government] spoke about one police station in Westmoreland that we really need to pay attention to. It will take some time, but we are committed to transforming the work place of the police," Holness said.
Young people urge to solve problems of climate change
Pearnel Charles Jr, the minister of housing, urban renewal, environment and climate change, has charged the young people to find solution to the issues surrounding climate change.
"To every problem there is a solution. I challenge and encourage all to help to solve those problems," Charles said last week at a virtual Youth Environmental Advocacy Programme (YEAP), under the theme 'Build Back Better: Ecological Resilience for Disaster Risk Reduction.'
Addressing the forum, Jacqueline Spence-Hemmings, head of the Climate Branch, MET Office, said data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicate that Jamaica and other countries are experiencing the effects of climate change. She said that the data is projecting an increase in the number of hot days in most land regions, with the highest increase in the tropics.
"The IPCC and the state of Jamaica's climate are showing that we are already committed to a certain level of climate change. No matter what we do, we are going to (feel its effects). There is some level of climate change we will have to deal with going forward," she said.
PAHO urges Jamaicans to heed COVID warnings
Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) member countries are being encouraged to adhere to guidance from their national health authorities regarding Christmas celebrations, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PAHO's Assistant Director, Dr Jarbas Barbosa, says decisions relating to public and private engagements should be based on the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, particularly data indicating whether the virus is spreading and if countries' health systems have adequate capacity to deal with cases.
Barbosa said the PAHO and the World Health Organisation recommend that countries experiencing widespread transmission should give serious consideration to postponing or reducing engagements involving mass gatherings.
"Regardless of location, religious services should look different this year. They should be held outside, whenever possible, only meeting inside when it's not," said.