BSJ and NCRA order recall of Fire-Hazard Fans

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) / National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) are issuing an immediate recall of all 18″ standing fans, with the brand name VideoCon bearing the model number: VC-1881PP, which were imported by VideoCon Trading Limited located at 65-67 Orange Street, Kingston. While undergoing abnormal operation and overload tests in the BSJ laboratory, the fan motors burnt in both situations. 

Persons who have purchased the VideoCon brand of fans are being advised to check for model number: VC-1881PP and any person in possession of any of these fans are advised to stop using them immediately and return same to the point of purchase, as these are a safety hazard.

Consumers with queries may contact the BSJ between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by calling 876-618-1534, 876-632-4275, or 876-926-3140, or by email at


Símon Bolívar Cultural Centre


Photo Credit: Jamaica Information Service JIS.

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has completed the construction of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre, which is located at the intersection of North Parade and Church Street, downtown Kingston. The construction of the centre has added to the cultural facilities already located in downtown Kingston.

11223981_10153653616581457_382494021103851931_oThe concept of a multi-purpose centre for the performing and visual arts that would provide for cultural education, performances, exhibits and a Simon Bolivar Hall where the Jamaica Letter would be displayed was developed through consultation with a team from Venezuela in November 2003. With the historic Ward Theatre, Liberty Hall and the St. William Grant Park in proximity, it was anticipated that the development of the Cultural Centre in this location would enable the transformation of North Parade into Kingston’s Cultural District. This was a long-held aim of development plans for the City.

10403302_1155480181148720_4231808855813913867_nThe centre features an exhibit space to commemorate Simon’s Bolivar’s stay in Jamaica and provides a link to the architectural period that existed at the time of Simon Bolivar’s stay in Kingston. The project began during July 2009 when lands where purchased on behalf of the Government of Jamaica based on the request from the Government of Venezuela.

Source (Urban Development Corporation)