Prime Minister Pays Tribute to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces and Emergency Services

first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces and emergency services who received Diamond Jubilee Medals for their distinguished service and contribution to Jamaica. “Your service and the quality of the contribution you have made to our country over the past 50 years is a fine example of patriotism that makes us proud,” said the Prime Minister. She was addressing the awardees at the presentation ceremony of the Medal in Recognition of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee held at King’s House on Friday, December 14. “With Her Majesty commemorating her 60 year reign and Jamaica our 50th anniversary of political independence, this special ceremony, is a fitting recognition of the strong historical connection between Jamaica and Britain,” said the Prime Minister. She congratulated the medal recipients and stated that as proud members of the armed forces and emergency services, they have demonstrated through discipline and application the importance and value of working together as a team. Sixty persons were awarded Diamond Jubilee Medals by His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General, for having rendered service of twenty five years or more. These included men and women from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF), Department of Correctional Service (DCS), Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) and the Ministry of Health.last_img read more

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Expo to Mark World Water and Meteorological Day

first_imgA two-day exposition will highlight activities marking World Water Day and World Meteorological Day in Jamaica, on March 22 and 23 respectively.Organised by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, the exposition will be staged on the south lawns of Devon House, St. Andrew, under the theme: “Partnering for Sustainable Development”.The work of the Ministry and its agencies, particularly in the area of water and meteorology, will be highlighted during the two-day event, which will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on both days.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, will officially open the exposition and deliver the keynote address, on March 22.Several agencies, including those under the Ministry’s portfolio, have confirmed their participation in the exposition. They include: the National Water Commission (NWC); Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL); Water Resources Authority (WRA); and National Meteorological Service.last_img read more

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RCMP believe two deaths in rural Saskatchewan may be drug overdoses

first_imgPolice say two sudden deaths in a rural Saskatchewan community may be the result of drug overdoses.RCMP say the men were found when officers responded to a call about a death at a home in Maidstone near the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary.One of the men was already dead and the other died while receiving medical care at the scene.RCMP say it will take time for the chief coroner to confirm whether the men died of overdoses and, if so, what they had consumed.Mounties also say substances believed to be cocaine and fentanyl were found in two people in the Kamsack area northeast of Regina on Wednesday.The individuals did not require emergency medical treatment.Police are warning the public that street drugs often represented as one thing can contain other substances such as fentanyl, which can be deadly even in small doses.The latest deaths come after eight overdoses in the city of Saskatoon since last weekend. Three people died and Saskatoon police fear cocaine laced with fentanyl is circulating.Three men were arrested after investigators took the unusual step of releasing the street name and phone number of an alleged drug dealer in the hope of preventing further deaths.Police are still urging anyone who may have purchased cocaine from a dealer named “Lil Joe” or “Joe Bro” to hand the drug over to authorities. They say no charges will be laid.RCMP, too, are urging people to avoid taking illegal substances.“This particular drug may still be circulating in Saskatchewan. Contact should be completely avoided and police should be notified,” the Mounties said in a release Friday.last_img read more

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