SERVICE UPGRADE: On Wednesday, September 5, PM Portia Simpson-Miller was the guest of honour at the official opening ceremony of the renovated Spaldings Market in Clarendon. In her remarks, the PM (below, with local government's Noel Arscott) noted that her administration had a responsibility to improve the lives of all Jamaicans, with an emphasis on joined-up government to promote the sharing of responsibility. The market was renovated by the Urban Development Corporation, the Ministry of Local Government and the Clarendon Parish Council. The Jamaica Social Investment Fund will continue the renovation of the market at estimated $31 million.
BY THE NUMBERS: Meantime, the JEEP Secretariat is reporting that over 15,000 persons have been employed in Phase 1 of the programme, exceeding its initial projection by 5, 000 persons. Persons were employed within participating ministries and agencies, and work has been completed in the areas of infrastructure, agriculture, education and intensive labour. Approximately 2,700 persons were employed in agriculture; 12,230 in works; 260 in the labour and social security and 101 in the education sector. Phase 11 of JEEP is scheduled to begin later in September and is expected to employ some 35,000 Jamaicans.