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JDF denies buying military vehicles
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) said that it is not involved in the purchase of the vehicles, which are now the subject of a video circulating via social media.
The video, which shows several military type vehicle assembled, has raised questions from social media users, many of whom have questioned the rational for the supposed purchase. However, the JDF, in a media release, said that it is not aware of the origin of the social media post, adding that it has not made a purchase of the vehicles shown in the circulating video.
Parliament this April approved a capital budget of $4.3 billion for the JDF to spend on the purchase of vehicles and equipment. Of that amount, $2.3 billion was approved for the acquisition of aircraft and $450 million set aside for acquisition of vehicles.
Samuda calls for volunteers for seniors
Labour and Social Security Minister Karl Samuda is calling for greater levels of volunteerism in the society to aid the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our seniors are among some of the most vulnerable in our society as some face serious socio-economic challenges on a daily basis. I am calling on the people of Jamaica for greater levels of volunteerism to provide much-needed support for our seniors during these trying times," Samuda said.
The minister, in a message read by Zavia Mayne, state Minister in the ministry, during a virtual church service yesterday, to commence commemorative activities for Senior Citizens Week 2021, highlighted the negative impact of the pandemic on the elderly population.
"The health, socio- economic, psychological impact of the global pandemic has been significant for the older adult population and it continues to affect their health and wellness, safety, income and food security, along with their social engagement and participation," he said.
"Volunteerism will be crucial for us as a nation going forward as it connects generations and allows us to learn from each other," he stressed.
KSAMC looks to tame Chalky River
Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Delroy Williams, said steps are being taken to address the problem of flooding in Bull Bay, St Andrew, due to overflowing of the Chalky River.
Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston recently, Williams said that the KSAMC is receiving technical support from the National Water Commission, while the National Works Agency (NWA), has also been engaged.
Residents of Weise Road in Bull Bay suffered damage to their properties last November after the river broke its banks and dumped water, silt and rocks into homes, while threatening lives.
Jamaicans urged to salute heroes on the frontline
Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, is urging the country to use Heritage Week to say thanks to all those on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19.
"We might not be able to stage big events, but we each can show respect and appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our National Heroes and the everyday heroes including our healthcare workers, members of the security forces, our teachers and others who continue to give of themselves in service to our country," the minister said.
Heritage Week is being observed from Sunday, October 10 to Monday, October 18 under the theme 'Saluting Our Heroes ... Safeguarding Our Legacy'.
Grange said that although activities have to be restricted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, "it is still important that we celebrate our National Heroes and the everyday heroes who make such a difference in our communities."