Rita Marley – Outstanding Reggae Artiste

Rita Marley, OD, is a Jamaican musician and philanthropist. She is the widow of famous reggae artist, the late Hon. Robert Nesta Marley, OM. Rita Marley’s singing career began when she and two women formed a group called “The Soulettes” … Continued

Free Access to GOJ Websites

The Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology has launched an initiative to enable persons to access over 200 Government of Jamaica (GOJ) websites free of cost.  This now means persons do not need to have data service on their mobile … Continued

Barcoded Life Certificate for GOJ Pensioners

As of April 1, 2017 the Accountant General Department (AGD) will be accepting Barcoded Life Certificates.  The traditional forms will not be valid after this date. A Life Certificate is a document used by the AGD to verify the identity … Continued

Edna Manley – Celebrated Jamaican Artist

The Hon. Edna Manley, OM was a prominent Jamaican sculptor and the wife of Jamaican National Hero, the Right Excellent Norman Manley. Her work contributed to the development of the visual arts and culture in Jamaica. Edna Manley was born … Continued

World Meteorological Day

The theme for World Meteorological Day 2017, to be commemorated on March 23, is Understanding Clouds. The observance this year, will mark the launch of a new edition of the International Cloud Atlas which will include newly classified cloud types … Continued

Fraser Pryce – Jamaica’s Golden Girl

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce is the first Jamaican woman to win the 100-meter Olympic gold medal.  She achieved this feat twice – first in 2008 and again in 2012.  Shelly-Ann Fraser was born in December 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Orane … Continued

Jean D’Costa

Jean D’Costa is a Jamaican writer, best known for her important and influential works of children’s literature. Jean D’Costa was born Jean Creary on January 13, 1937 in St. Andrew, Jamaica to parents who were elementary school teachers. The family … Continued

Olive Senior – An Outstanding Contributor to Caribbean Literature

Olive Senior is an internationally acclaimed Jamaican writer and poet. Her works have earned numerous prestigious awards. Born in December 1941, Olive Senior grew up in the parish of Trelawny, in rural Jamaica. She was educated in the neighbouring parish … Continued

Dr. the Hon. Cicely Williams, OM

Dr. the Hon. Cicely Williams, OM was a Jamaican physician and a pioneer in the areas of maternal and child health. Her work with children in Ghana, West Africa highlighted the effects of the common protein deficiency, kwashiorkor, and led … Continued

Parliamentary Proceedings & Making Laws

Parliamentary proceedings are usually conducted by Parliamentarians who are elected after each General Election. The main role of Parliamentarians is to review Bills, guiding them to law. Some Bills start by being read in the House of Representatives before they … Continued

The Ceremonial Mace

The Mace is an ornamented staff used in Jamaican Parliamentary ceremonies and sessions; it represents the monarch’s authority over such proceedings. It was once used as a weapon in medieval times by foot soldiers. It is present at every session … Continued

The Hon. Michael Lee Chin, OJ

Michael Lee-Chin is a Jamaican businessman who is considered a visionary in the world of business. His philosophy of “doing well and doing good” has contributed to great success in his entrepreneurial undertakings. He was one of the first black … Continued

The Most Hon. Edward Seaga: Four Decades of Distinguished Public Service

The Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga, ON is a former Jamaican politician and Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister. His tenure lasted from November 04, 1980 to February 13, 1989. Additionally, he served as the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party … Continued

The Jamaican Parliament – History

The Jamaican Parliament is responsible for making the laws of the land. The Jamaican Parliament has its history in the House of Assembly that first met on January 20, 1664 in Spanish Town, then called St. Jago de la Vega. … Continued

The Budget

The Budget is a document that proposes how much money the Government will allocate to the services it has to carry out and how it intends to collect the money to do so. The Budget comprises of the recurrent expenditure … Continued

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Goal #4

In a competitive global market, the natural environment plays an impactful role in the success of any country’s economy. Therefore, the fourth National Goal of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan has this focus – “Jamaica has a … Continued

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Goal #3

The third goal of Vision 2030 Jamaica is to ensure that “Jamaica’s economy is prosperous”.  There are six (6) National Outcomes for this National Goal. These are: A stable macro economy An enabling business environment Strong economic infrastructure Energy security … Continued

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Goal #2

Each year the Government has continued to implement strategies to move the country towards realising the National Goals outlined in the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan.  National Goal #2 The second National Goal of Vision 2030 Jamaica is … Continued

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Goal #1

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan has four (4) National Goals. These goals are to ensure that: Jamaicans are empowered to achieve their fullest potential. The Jamaican society is secure, cohesive and just. Jamaica’s economy is prosperous. Jamaica has … Continued

Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan

“Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.” Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan outlines steps that Jamaica must take to become a developed country by the year 2030. The plan is being implemented … Continued

Security Guards Health Insurance Scheme

The Government in collaboration with Guardian Life Limited has initiated a health scheme for all private security guards. Types of Plans The plan is divided into five options which can be accessed based on the preference of the individual. The … Continued

Mary Seacole: Caring for the Wounded

Mary Seacole, a Jamaican-born nurse, was known for her many acts of kindness towards those wounded in battle. Mary Seacole was born Mary Jane Grant in Kingston, Jamaica in 1805. Her father was a Scottish army officer, and her mother … Continued

The Ceremonial Opening of Parliament

To mark the start of the new fiscal/parliamentary year, the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament takes place at Gordon House. This tradition began in 1962, at the first opening of Parliament for newly independent Jamaica The ceremonial opening of Parliament entails … Continued

World Wetlands Day 2017

World Wetlands Day will be celebrated on February 2, 2017. The theme is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction.” According to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance, otherwise known as the  Ramsar Convention,  wetlands include: “all lakes and rivers, underground … Continued

Types of Wetlands

There are many different types of wetlands. These include marshes, swamps and bogs. There are several that are specific to the Caribbean such as mangroves, lagoons, swamp forests, and freshwater and brackish marshes. In Jamaica, the most common wetlands are … Continued

Earthquake Safety Precautions

An earthquake can strike at any time, so it is important prepare as best as possible.  Remove hazards Secure heavy furniture, such as bookcases and storage cabinets by bolting them to the floor and wall. Place larger and heavier items … Continued

After an Earthquake – Part 2

Minimise Further Problems  Stay off the streets. Keep them clear for the passage of emergency vehicles and equipment. Do not use the telephone unless there is an emergency. Do not flush toilets until water and sewage lines have been checked … Continued

After an Earthquake – Part 1

Check for Injuries After an earthquake, the most important thing to do is to check for injuries among family members and neighbours. Qualified persons should administer first aid, where necessary. Seriously injured persons should not be moved unless they are … Continued

During an Earthquake

The effects of an earthquake can be minimised if you take the right action. Here are some things to do during an earthquake. Firstly and most importantly, remain calm. If you panic, you are more likely to suffer injuries and … Continued

Major Earthquakes in Jamaica

Jamaica has been affected by two (2) major earthquakes in the past. The earthquake of June 07, 1692 was the most devastating earthquake in Jamaica’s history. The most extensive loss of life and damage of property occurred in Port Royal, … Continued

What is an Earthquake?

An earthquake is a rapid, sudden shaking of the earth’s crust due to movements of rocks within the earth. Earthquakes are unpredictable and strike without warning.  They range in intensity from slight tremors to great shocks, and may last from … Continued

19th Day Of Christmas – Christmas Fruit Cake

A “must have” for Christmas is fruit cake. Many persons start ‘soaking’ the fruits – prunes, cherries, raisins and currants – months in advance.   In most families, baking Christmas cakes or puddings is a whole-day family activity. Young children are … Continued

Famous Maroons

Of the many Maroons who have lived in Jamaica, a few have gained prominence due largely to their leadership abilities.  Nanny of the Maroons and her brothers are a few. Nanny of the Maroons Nanny of the Maroons came to … Continued

The Maroons and the Abeng

The original Maroons were the indigenous Tainos and enslaved Africans brought to the island by the Spanish, who were set free when the British captured Jamaica in 1655. During their settlement of the island (1655-1807), the British brought more Africans … Continued

The Maroon Lifestyle

The daily life of the Maroons focused on caring for their physical and spiritual needs. Farming Daily field work was required to sustain the large populations in Maroon villages. Men, women and older children worked in the fields – hoeing, … Continued

Free Villages in Jamaica

Free Villages were townships established in Jamaica in the wake of full freedom from slavery and apprenticeship in 1838.   Missionaries from the Baptist, Moravian, Presbyterian and Methodist denominations were highly instrumental in the formation of Jamaica’s Free Villages as … Continued

Jamaican Public Holidays for 2017

There are ten (10) public holidays scheduled for Jamaica in 2017. The Holidays (Public General) Act stipulates the days on which these public holidays occur. According to the Act, if New Year’s Day, Emancipation Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day … Continued

The Origin of Anancy/Nancy Stories

In Jamaican folk tradition, Anancy is a mischievous spider who is always tricking persons to get what he wants. Stories about this character have origins in the Akan culture in Africa.  These were transmitted to Jamaica from that continent with … Continued

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