Jamaica to spend billions on border security

first_imgThe Andrew Holness-led administration in Jamaica is taking steps to improve the country’s border security.On Wednesday, National Security Minister Robert Montague announced that the government is spending US$11 billion to among other things obtain six additional helicopters and four aircraft for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).The helicopters, which come with five year’s supply of spare parts and maintenance service, are being acquired at a cost of US$47.4 million. Current fleet nearly 20-years oldIn a release on Wednesday, Montague said the current JDF helicopter fleet is nearly 20 years old noting that industry standards recommend replacement at between seven and 10 years.He says a surveillance plane has also been purchased at a cost of US$16.9 million and that is now being outfitted with a suite of equipment.The National Security Minister says the surveillance plane will be commissioned into service later this year.Last year, two ships were acquired at a cost of US$26.4 million for the JDF Coast Guard.Several guns and ammunition seizedHe notes that over 850 illegal guns and nearly 22,000 rounds of ammunition were seized by the security forces last year. He also said the country’s 145 illegal points of entry offer a gateway for guns, ammunition as well as un-customed goods to enter the island. Montague says the money being spent on border security is part of the government’s five-pillar crime reduction strategy.last_img read more

People asked to keep injured Kilmacrennan man in their prayers

first_imgPrayers are being said for a young Kilmacrennan man who is fighting for his life after a fall in Dublin. James Maguire suffered a serious head injury following the accident and is being cared for at Beaumont Hospital.James’s ­family were keeping a vigil by his bedside last night. His mum and dad, Kenny and Kate Maguire, are well-known in the area.Prayers were said in Kilmacrennan for James by Fr Paddy Dunne who is a relative of the family.People across Donegal are being asked to keep James in their prayers.People asked to keep injured Kilmacrennan man in their prayers was last modified: April 10th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfallJames Maguirekilmacrennanlast_img read more