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Axe and Adze road in Hanover getting attention
The National Works Agency (NWA) has commenced the rehabilitation of the Axe and Adze roadway in Hanover, at a cost of $15 million. Janel Ricketts, community relations Officer for the NWA's Western Region, said that the project entails reshaping and asphalting of approximately two kilometres of roadway and improvement of drainage systems
The works, which commenced in mid-August, is expected to be completed before year end.
Meanwhile, work on the Hampden to Adelphi roadway, which commenced in June, is far advanced. The project, which is being done at a cost of $22.7 million, includes resurfacing of the roadway, significant drainage improvement, construction of a kerb culvert and repair of a U-drain.
Bartlett outlines rescue plan for small tourism players
Tourism Minister Edmond Bartlett says the Government is rolling out a $100-million grant programme, among other initiatives, to reposition small operators in the industry. He said that small investors in tourism can access loans, ranging from $5 million to $25 million at four per cent interest and payable over seven years, among other provisions, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).
He indicated that the TEF is collaborating with other industry stakeholders to create programmes and resilience initiatives, geared towards "helping our small and medium enterprises to retool and rebound from COVID-19".
Bartlett said the agency will be providing 500 tourism protective kits, at a cost over $15 million, to small businesses in the industry to safeguard front-line workers and visitors, while meeting the health safety guidelines of his ministry, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
"We are committed to all players within the industry, and we are going to be developing an aggressive programme with our minister of finance and the rest of the team, to safeguard the well-being of the industry, as we recover," Bartlett said.
Portland man dies in fire
Fire of unknown origin claimed the life of an elderly man and destroyed a dwelling house in Mount Pleasant district, Hope Bay in Portland, on Friday.
The deceased man has been identified as 70-year-old Clarence Garwood, of Mount Pleasant district in the parish.
Reports from the Hope Bay police are that about 6:23 a.m., residents were awoken by smoke and raised an alarm. On the arrival of the police and the Fire Brigade, the fire had destroyed a board and concrete apartment building. The charred remains of Garwood were found inside the house during cooling-down operations.
Crash claims life of Port Antonio cabbie
Howard Lawrence, a 41year-old taxi operator of Boundbrook Road, Port Antonio, Portland, died of injuries he received in a motor vehicle collision on the Golden Grove main road in St Mary on Saturday.
Reports from the Annotto Bay police are that about 12:30 p.m., Lawrence was travelling from Portland towards Annotto Bay.
He was allegedly trying to negotiate a corner when he lost control of the vehicle, which ran into a ditch and crashed into a utility pole. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Stealing-gun cop sent to prison
A policeman who stole a gun from Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) facility in St Catherine has been imprisoned for six years. He is Constable Ajani McBean who was attached to the Operations Branch.
The police reported that an investigation was launched after a firearm and a magazine containing 14 9mm rounds of ammunition were discovered missing from the facility. Following an operation, the weapon, along with the magazine and rounds, was recovered at the home of Constable McBean. He was charged with breaches of the Firearms and Larceny Act.
Constable McBean pleaded guilty to the charges and was later sentenced to six years imprisonment with hard labour on the illegal possession of firearm and two years imprisonment on the simple larceny of the firearm.
The sentences are to run concurrently.