National Security Minister Robert Montague says the government is spending some $11 billion to improve the country’s border security. In a release from the National Security Ministry this morning, Montague says the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to get six additional helicopters and four aircraft this year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
The urgent need for early warning systems is the most poignant lesson for Ronald Jackson, head of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Manage-ment Agency, following warnings of possible tsunami surges throughout the region. Jamaica had been monitoring the situation after a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and The Cayman Islands on Tuesday night, causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the threat of possible tsunami surges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
The Andrew Holness administration has offered to develop state lands for public-sector teachers and reduce by 10 years their wait time for a second benefit from the National Housing Trust (NHT). The offers, government sources revealed, are part of a proposed 13-point fringe benefits package offered to the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) in the last round of negotiations on a new wage agreement. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Education Minister Ruel Reid, who spoke to The Gleaner about some of the challenges in constructing the proposed grooming and nutrition policy that is expected to be implemented this term, admitted that arriving at a standardised policy comes with challenges, but indicated that the ministry would be engaging with citizens as it seeks to make the policy public by the end of March. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Health authorities in the Corporate Area are now probing the death of an eight-year-old boy who was diagnosed with dengue haemorrhagic fever. Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday confirmed the incident, which occurred at the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Tuesday, but the details were not available up to press time. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Head of the Mona GeoInformatics Institute Dr Parris Lyew Ayee says if Jamaica had experienced a tsunami following a major earthquake in the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday evening, the damage would have been minor. However, he said that marine life would have received significant damage. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. And the related stories here and here.