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Jamaica Making Strides in Empowering Women

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says Jamaica has made significant progress towards the full empowerment of women since independence. “We have elected a female Prime Minister, which means that we have broken the glass ceiling … Continued


Universal Service Fund Reports $9.7bn in Revenue

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is reporting collections of more than $9.7 billion as at February 5, 2013. The funds, generated from incoming telephone calls, will be utilised to accelerate the deployment of broadband services islandwide, in keeping with Government’s … Continued


Gov’t Seeks Input of Church Leaders

Prime Minister, the Most. Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, on Tuesday, March 5, met with over 100 church leaders across varying denominations to discuss the country’s Economic Reform Programme and to seek their input. The Prime Minister told the leaders, at … Continued


Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez is dead

Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez has died. An emotional vice-president Nicolas Maduro made the announcement on Tuesday evening. Mr. Chavez had not appeared in public since he returned to Venezuela last month after cancer treatment in Cuba. Under the constitution, the … Continued


New OPM Website Launched

The media, students, researchers, the general public, and other stakeholders can now visit the Office of the Prime Minister’s new, interactive web portal, which was launched on Wednesday, February 27. The new-look website,, which was designed by the Jamaica … Continued


LAMP II Extended to Provide More Land Titles

More Jamaicans are expected to become title holders, following a 10 year-extension of the Land Administration and Management Programme II (LAMP II). As part of the expansion, Korea Cadastral Survey Corporation (KCSC), has injected an initial US$2 million in the … Continued


New Contractor General Sworn In

The country’s fifth Contractor General, Dirk Harrison, was on Monday, February 25, sworn into office by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most. Hon. Sir Patrick Allen. Addressing the swearing-in ceremony at King’s House, the Governor-General commended Mr. Harrison on accepting the … Continued


Brigade Seeking to Reduce Fire Incidents

Public Awareness Campaign Being Strengthened The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is among several agencies and departments, which are now intensifying the streamlining of their operations, to ensure greater levels of efficiency, as part of the Government’s overall thrust to increase … Continued


Minister Welcomes Sports Museum at GC Foster College

The G.C. Foster College Museum of Sports and Recreation is now officially open to the public. The museum, which celebrates the life and contribution of Jamaica’s athletes, was set up to preserve, research, promote and celebrate an awareness of Jamaica’s … Continued


Information Minister Commends Strong NDX Support

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, says that support for the National Debt Exchange (NDX) has been “extraordinary” and has expressed the Government’s appreciation. “We want to thank all the banks and private individuals, who have … Continued


No Plans to Increase Employee NHT Contributions

Chairman of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Easton Douglas, says there are no plans to increase contributions from Pay As You Earn (PAYE) workers in order to fund the $11 billion, which the Government will be seeking from the Trust … Continued


No Let Up in NHT Housing Provisions

Managing Director of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Cecile Watson, says that there will be no reduction in the number of schemes developed by the Trust, even while it contributes $11 billion per year to the national purse. She was … Continued


Persons Urged to Seek Approval for Signs

Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke, has again called on persons to seek approval from the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), before erecting signs in the Municipality. “We are appealing to all persons to just check (with us) … Continued


VRS Vital to Developing Policy for Urban Planning

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says the island’s first Virtual Reference Station network (VRS), being implemented by the National Land Agency (NLA), is vital to developing policy for population expansion and urban planning. He … Continued

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