1,800 Fish Introduced In Gullies To Fight Dengue

Private electricity generating company, Jamaica Energy Partners (JEP) today deposited 1,800 tilapia fish into several recently cleared gullies in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine in order to help combat the spread of dengue fever.


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The energy company in a release this afternoon said that due to the recent influx of dengue-related illnesses and deaths in Jamaica, it has taken on the initiative to play its part in a mosquito eradication programme for the community.

The company said it has engaged the Public Health Department and the Aquaculture Branch of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries to establish a partnership for this cause.

“This will significantly reduce the number of larvae that exist in these waters, the company said, adding that a larvae count will be conducted in the upcoming weeks to assess the effectiveness of this “environmentally friendly” approach of reducing the reproduction of these vectors,” aaid JEP.

It noted that last Friday some of its representatives hosted a sensitisation meeting at the Old Harbour Bay Community Centre to raise awareness on the disease as well as how to prevent and contain its spread.

The power company said it also engaged the AG-CHEM Company Ltd who donated 24 bottles of mosquito repellent, which were distributed at the meeting.

NSWMA Suggests Using Cardboard Boxes To Store Garbage Instead Of Scandal Bags

In light of the ban on single-use plastic bags, Community Relations Manager, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Rachel Reid, is encouraging Jamaicans to use more cardboard boxes to package their waste.


Speaking at a Policy Forum hosted by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), in Kingston, last week, Reid said cardboard boxes are made of biodegradable material, unlike the single-use plastic bags which are harmful to the environment.

She said that although there is a ban on single-use plastic bags, garbage collectors will continue to collect waste items which are packaged in these bags.

The forum was held under the theme: ‘Remove, Reduce, Recycle: An Imperative for Sustaining a Healthy Natural Environment’.


For persons who feel they should continue to use single-use plastic bags to dispose of their waste, Reid had some suggestions.


“We’re asking persons to use smaller bins on the indoor. Put one in the kitchen, one in the bathroom and you can empty these smaller bins into your bigger bin on the outside. We’re also asking persons, in terms of reducing the amount of waste that is disposed of, that they separate the waste before they put it out,” she said.

“Separate your plastic bottles, your kitchen waste and your garden cuttings. Use the kitchen waste and garden cuttings to make a compost heap,” Reid added.

MIND’s Policy Forum was held in support of National Goal 4, ‘Jamaica as a Healthy Natural Environment’ and in particular National Outcome 13, that focuses on Sustainable Management and Use of Environmental and Natural Resources.

The forum was also geared towards promoting the National Policy on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that was developed in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve environmental performance and the development of a green economy.

Source: Loop News

Jamaican-American Kamala Harris To Run For president In 2020

Senator Kamala Harris, the California Democrat and barrier-breaking prosecutor who became the second black woman to serve in the United States Senate, declared her candidacy for president on Monday, joining an increasingly crowded and diverse field in what promises to be a wide-open nomination process.



“Truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom, democracy—these aren’t just words,” she said in a video announcement. “They’re the values we as Americans cherish and they’re all on the line now. The future of our country depends on you and millions of others lifting our voices to fight for American values. That’s why I’m running for president of the United States. I’m running to lift those voices, to bring our voices together . . . Let’s do this together. Let’s claim our future. For ourselves, for our children, and for our country.”

The 54-year-old Harris has been seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party even before she won a Senate seat in 2016. She received national attention as San Francisco District Attorney before being elected California Attorney General in 2010.


Her campaign is highlighting that career, citing her experience on issues like sexual assault, housing and college affordability. Some of her proposals include middle class tax cuts, rent relief, immigration and criminal justice overhauls, and Medicare for all.

Harris’s background in law enforcement could be a challenge in a Democratic primary, and she was asked on ABC about comments criticizing opposition to law enforcement on the left. “I think it is a false choice to suggest that communities do not want law enforcement,” Harris said. “Most communities do. They don’t want excessive force. They don’t want racial profiling, but then nobody should.”

Harris is biracial — her parents were immigrants from Jamaica and India — making her only the second black woman and first South Asian-American senator ever to serve in the Senate. One of just three black lawmakers currently serving in the Senate, Harris plans on embracing that background in what will likely be a large and diverse Democratic primary field.



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