ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – Cops assigned to the Linstead Police station in St Catherine say they seized a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in the town on Thursday.
Reports are that between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm police personnel conducted operations in the Clarkes area of the town, During the process an unfinishe ...more »
ANTHONY Hylton's plea to the public for patience in making judgement on the proposed development of Goat Islands as a trans-shipment and logistics hub, has been greeted with mixed reaction by Jamaica Observer online readers. In an article yesterday, Hylton — the minister of industry, investment and commerce — says the proposal would have to undergo all the processes for development, including an environmental impact assessment. His remark comes amidst growing concerns by environmentalists and other groups that such a development for the Goat Islands, which sit off the cost of Old Harbour Bay, would be detrimental to the environment. Here are some edited comments:
An independent analysis of the suitability of Goat Islands for the Chinese-built logistic hub must be done. Mr Pickersgill, who is supposed to be the environment and climate change minister, has not shown nor done much for the environment since being in office. Can he truly be trusted to safeguard the environment and our natural habitat?
From the pictures I have seen, Goat Islands seemed to have been occupied in the past. I have seen pretty significant concrete structures, which suggest that... some development had been undertaken on the island. In fact it appeared that Goat Islands even had a pier.
Could selling Goat Islands clear up a part of our massive debt?
This all sounds exciting. I suggest the public will get behind it once they see an artist's impression of just how the hub will look, even if it is just the first phase. Over to you, Minister Hylton.
Whatever happened to the Harmony Cove Project in Trelawny?
The Goat Islands project will be devastating for the coral reefs. The water around the islands is only 10 feet deep, and will require a massive amount of dredging, obliterating all marine life. Such a process cannot be undone, and will have detrimental effects on not just marine life, but also the effect of tides and storm surges on the Jamaican coastline.
Great Goat Island from afar. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)
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