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            [post_content] => The St.Vincent Housing and Land Development Corporation (HLDC) has apologized to the government's housing development in Clare Valley following the collapse of a home last month. “Let me first of all say to you that the HLDC deserves the licks that we are receiving. I listened to you attentively. I looked at the video slides and I think your concerns are genuine concerns,” Chair of the HLDC, Beresford Phillips, told a meeting of home owners and state officials. “I listened to the concern of poor customer service, and I myself, having come from a customer service-oriented business, I do not take that lightly,” Phillips, a businessman, said towards the end of the meeting, at which home owners listed a litany of complaints about the houses for which they have mortgages of at least EC$130,000

Home owners have had pressing concerns for quite sometime questioning the house's stability, the absence of a drainage and poor finishing. Matters were made worse with many stating that the customer service personnel located at the HLDC headquarters in Kingston were less than friendly.  “So again, let me on behalf of the HLDC apologise to you, home owners, for the way you have been treated in relation to your investment,” Phillips said, noting that a home is a lifetime investment and every effort must be taken to ensure that it is secure.

“And, as far as the HLDC is concerned, from here on, I believe to my heart that we are going to improve the supervision, because that’s one of the problems — poor supervision; because, if we had proper supervision, in a lot of cases, the contractors couldn’t do what they like. So, again, I apologise, and we will try from our end to improve the relationship between the HLDC and you home owners,” Phillips said.

Philips indicated that he was happy with home owners for raising the red flags they thought were necessary and that he has assembled a special team to address their issues.  General Manager of the HLDC, Elvis Charles also chimed in with an apology of his own and insisted that his team will do whatever it takes to ensure all home owners are satisfied.

The concrete houses were constructed under the government's housing initiative with a plethora of complaints flurrying in at the HLDC headquarters following their completion. A notice to the problems were finally taken when the three bedroom house of Medical Doctor Katisha Douglas collapsed in the area. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves revealed that poor engineering and drainage were responsible for the collapse of the house. The government said in a statement release that Douglas' home will be reconstructed and repairs made to homes within the area.

 

 

 

 

 
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St. Vincent Housing Agency Apologizes For Home Collapse And Poor Service

October 2, 2014
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The St.Vincent Housing and Land Development Corporation (HLDC) has apologized to the government's housing development in Clare Valley following the collapse of a home last month.Le...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Jamaica Pig Farmers Association (JPFA) is urging pig farmers on the island to not dismiss the possibility of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) infecting their livestock. The deadly virus was first reported in the United States last year and the JPFA indicated that it could cripple the the local pig industry.

JPFA president Delroy Manya said his organization has been holding several meetings with the Veterinary Services Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. Statistics revealed that the virus has claimed more than seven million pigs in the United States since it was detected in April 2013 leaving many farms with a massive loss across the North American nation.

Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica's Broilers Group, Chris Levy has put his two cents in on the matter stating that Jamaican farmers cannot take the matter lightly. Levy went on to cite that the virus had spread to Canada resulting in a shortage of pork. The JPFA is expected to hold several more meetings within the coming weeks discussing strategies that should help prevent the contamination of local livestock. The virus has already made it's way to Caribbean waters with several reports coming from the Dominican Republic. Central America has also taken a slight hit with Mexico also revealing that it has had several pigs which have been contaminated by the virus.

 

 
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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus Could Damage Jamaica's Pig Farming says JPFA

October 1, 2014
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The Jamaica Pig Farmers Association (JPFA) is urging pig farmers on the island to not dismiss the possibility of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDv) infecting their livesto...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Vatican has placed Jozef Wesolowski, its disgraced former  ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest. The  detainment comes as a result of several charges of child sex abuse against Wesolowski. The former archbishop only escaped a jail sentence due to his health. The Vatican recalled Wesolowski from the Dominican Republic a year ago after allegations emerged. The tribunal found the Polish-born priest guilty under the canon law of abusing boys and defrocked him.

He is now set to be tried in criminal court becoming the highest rank official ever to face abuse charges in the Vatican. If found guilty, Wesolowski is expected to face up to 15 years in jail. The case has attracted international attention, given that Wesolowski was a papal nuncio (an ambassador of the Holy See) and had been ordained both a priest and a bishop by St John Paul II.

The arrest reflected Pope Francis’s wish “that such a grave and delicate case be handled without delay, with the just and necessary vigour,” according to a Vatican spokesman. Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito who resides in the Dominican Republic ordered an investigation last August following local media reports that Wesolowski was suspected of child sex abuse. According to Dominican authorities, it was discovered that Wesolowski had paid several minors for videos of them masturbating. Prosecutors were not able to file charges at the time because of the then bishop's diplomatic immunity. It is expected that Wesolowski will go on trial before the year ends.

 
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September 27, 2014
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