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Wood Hall St. Catherine to Get Box Culvert Bridge

The Government of Jamaica has awarded a $15.2 million contract to Alcar Construction and Haulage Company for the construction of a box culvert bridge in the West Central St. Catherine farming community of Wood Hall.

Roadway in Hamilton Mountain, St. Mary, to be Repaired Soon

The Government is assuring residents of Hamilton Mountain in St. Mary, that work will get underway within two weeks to repair a damaged roadway in the community. State Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said the technical assessment of the project has resulted in a delay of the project, but the contract has been awarded, and work will proceed shortly. “I am asking the residents of this community just to bear another week or two,” the Minister told JIS News in an interview. He is also encouraging persons to be cautious when using the narrow piece of the roadway that is left from the breakaway. The State Minister, who was on a tour of road rehabilitation projects in the parish on July 23, said that after the recent flood rains which caused many of the roads to be impassable for vehicular traffic, a decision was made to erect several retaining walls to protect the roadways. Mr. Azan informed that some of the roads have been completed, while most of the projects are nearing completion. He told Reporters that those that have been completed have been done within budget. He pointed out that a $19 million patching programme is currently in place for the parish. Recently, several retailing walls were built on the Junction main road, and according to the State Minister, Phase 2 of that project will commence soon. The Tryall pedestrian bridge, which was washed away some time ago, has also been reconstructed. The State Minister was accompanied on the tour by Members of Parliament in the parish, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, Dr. Winston Green, and Mr. Joyland Silvera, and officers from the National Works Agency (NWA).

RJR poll shows parties in statistical dead heat!

The governing People’s National Party (PNP) and the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are locked in a near dead heat, according to the latest Don Anderson poll, commissioned by the RJR Communications Group.

Warner says he will challenge extradition to the US

Corruption-accused Jack Warner said last night he heard on the news the United States government had sent his extradition papers. However, he said, “For the guys hoping for me to leave tomorrow, you have 15 years to wait.”
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CCJ-awarded damages to Surinamese beverage company increasing

Attorney General (AG) and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams, says the money owed by the Government of Guyana (GoG) to Surinamese beverage company, Rudisa Beverages and Juices, has increased to $1.6 billion due to government’s failure to pay the initial amount of $1.2 billion in a timely manner.
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18 Underpopulated Primary Schools to Be Closed

KINGSTON, July 22, 2015 - Minister of Education, Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has told the House of Representatives, that approximately 18 primary schools with small populations ranging from a low of 16 to a maximum of 68 students will be closed effective September 2015.

Elisabeth Harper could be appointed Ambassador

Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge was Monday tight-lipped about whether former Prime Ministerial candidate for the main opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC), Elisabeth Harper was being considered for an ambassadorial post.
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Guyana will "stoutly resist" Venezuela ID card distribution-Harmon

Guyana on Sunday warned it would “stoutly resist” plans by Venezuela to register residents in Essequibo and issue them identification cards for the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation, even as a United States-based Political Scientist has urged government to aggressively educate Guyanese about Venezuela’s territorial claim to the Essequibo Region.
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Work Progressing on Santa Cruz Water Supply

Improvement works on Phase 1B of the Santa Cruz Water Supply System, which will see some 4.4 kilometres of pipeline laid from the town of Santa Cruz to Lovely Point in the parish of St. Elizabeth, is moving apace and should be completed on scheduled in December.

Goldmine Water Supply System to be Upgraded

Having placed water at the top of her agenda, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller  has ensured that More than 5,000 residents of Bellas Gate, St. Catherine and surrounding communities will soon enjoy improved water supply to their homes, with the upgrade of the Goldmine Water Supply System, being undertaken at a cost of $75 million.

Dominican Republic Rejects Dialogue with Haiti

The government of the Dominican Republic has rejected a dialogue with Haiti requested by the head of the Organization of American States, saying Secretary General Luis Almagro is biased when it comes to the issue of the immigration situation on the Caribbean island.

Union Leader urges Govt to ‘Stay the Course’

Prominent trade union leader Helene Davis-Whyte has urged the Government to “stay the course” of economic reform, saying that Jamaica attempted reforms in the past but abandoned the effort once the “going got tough.. We don’t have that luxury this time."

North South Highway is 70% Complete

The National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) is reporting that the North South Highway Project is over 70 per cent complete, heading into its 2016 first quarter opening.

Caribbean Cannot Waste Its Democracy—Owen Arthur

Former Barbadian Prime Minister, Owen Arthur, has strongly commended  Jamaica’s  social partnership thrust, saying the Caribbean cannot afford to “waste its democracy” like some other nations which can shut down their Government from time to time, or “by making opposition to everything proposed by their leader the main political strategy.” He was giving  the keynote  address on Thursday, July 16, at the Partnership for Jamaica retreat, chaired by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, at the Terra Nova Hotel. Mr. Arthur said for the Caribbean, “there can be no sensible option but to embed harmony and cooperation at the centre of our governance and to do everything necessary to ensure that partnership works.” Barbados has often been cited as a model of social partnership, and   the country has for years scored high marks on the Human Development Index of the United Nations annual Human Development Report. Mr. Arthur, Barbados longest-serving Prime Minister, said the social partnership “represents the most momentous and creative piece of public policy engineering in the history of Barbados, both symbolically and substantively.” He said it is “beyond dispute” that its social partnership had contributed “massively’ to Barbados’ progress over the past two decades. Barbados signed its first social partnership agreement in 1993, after the country experienced a severe economic crisis. Mr. Arthur commended Jamaica for giving primacy to fiscal consolidation, which he said was a precondition for creating an environment of sustained growth and development. He acknowledged that this programme of fiscal consolidation does not  allow much policy space for a stimulus programme.  “The country will, therefore, have to foster development by relying more on economic drivers and enablers, which can change the costs of doing business, improve the competitiveness of sectors and enterprises and reposition the Jamaican economy in the global arena,” Mr. Arthur added. He said the Caribbean was behind in a number competitive indices  and he urged that measures be taken to revere this. He made a strong call for regionalism, bemoaning the fact that the Caribbean has the fewest bilateral trade agreements of any region in the world, “and no sustained relationships with the evolving trade blocs.” The former Barbadian Prime Minister said the building of social capital, which is integral to a social partnership model, is crucial to increasing Jamaica’s competitiveness and readiness to take on the world. He said “the ultimate justification” for any social partnership is its ability to make “the decisive difference” to a country’s development. He cautioned that social partnership is a very highly sensitive instrument.  “It must be carefully nurtured, for at its core is the delicate, intangible asset of trust, which once lost cannot ever be easily regained,” he advised.

Dom Rep's Immigration Director threatens more deportation

News Americas, SANTO DOMINGO, DR, Tues. July 7, 2015: The director of the Dominican Republic Immigration Agency says undocumented foreigners who have not registered for the country’s legalization program could be deported as soon as today, Tuesday, July 7th.
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Prime Minister reiterates NWC drought mitigation measures

Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has reiterated the drought mitigation measurtes being pursued by the National Water Commission and the Ministry of water, and have called on the population to cooperate in an effort to reduce waste and maximize the available resources.

CARICOM supports Guyana, condemns Dom Rep's Barbarity

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 5, 2015 - The Fifteen member Caribbean Community trade Bloc, CARICOM, yesterday ended its three-day annual meeting in Barbados with statements regarding the Guyana/Venezuela border dispute and the Dominican Republic/Haiti citizenship row.
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Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders

WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

CARICOM heads mediate conflict between Venezuela and Guyana

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS, July, 4, 2015 - In an effort to resolve the dispute between Guyana and Venezuela over new territorial claims by Venezuela, that country's  Vice-president Jorge Arreaza and Foreign Affairs Minister Elias Jaua Milano, yesterday met with CARICOM leaders in the margins of the regional summit.
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