Get the Facts – Frosty Pod Rot Cocoa Disease

The Frosty Pod Rot disease is a highly contagious disease that affects the fruit of the cocoa plant. The disease is caused by the Moniliophthora roreri fungus and can greatly reduce crop output once the disease is established. The most … Continued

Get the Facts – Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is encouraging healthy living among Jamaicans through its “Are you drinking yourself sick?” campaign. The campaign is supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and seeks to educate Jamaicans about the harmful effects of excessive … Continued

Get the Facts – The Benefits of Recycling

Recycling is the process by which used materials are converted into new, usable products. According to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Jamaica produces an average of 8,657 tonnes of solid waste per day. Improper waste disposal leads to … Continued

Demonetisation of Coins

As of February 15, 2018, the one, ten and twenty-five cent coins will be demonetised and no longer be legal tender. This action will be applicable to cash transactions only. Therefore, where the total amount of a transaction is not … Continued

The Half-Way-Tree Teen Hub

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation; the Ministry of Health; and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information have opened Teen Hub at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre. The centre offers homework help, research facilities, counselling and clinical services as well as mental … Continued

International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day. The aim of the observance is to raise awareness about corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The observance also presents an opportunity to … Continued

Stay Alert Application

The Ministry of National Security has launched a mobile application known as ‘Stay Alert’. The application allows citizens to contact the police for assistance. All information sent through the “Stay Alert” app is anonymous. The application has four main sections: … Continued

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed on 2nd December, is an opportunity to highlight the Government’s significant efforts to eradicate modern slavery. ‘Modern slavery’ is used to describe practices, such as forced labour, forced marriage, and trafficking … Continued

World AIDS Day

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed annually on December 1. The observance provides an opportunity for people to assist in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died … Continued

International Day for Persons with Disabilities

The International Day for Person with Disabilities, observed annually on December 03, aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of the challenges they face. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) … Continued

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) raises public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000. Annually, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport … Continued

World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is observed annually on November 14. It was started in 1991 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in response to concerns about the growing threat to health posed by diabetes. It is the primary global awareness campaign … Continued

The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Law

The Law Reform (Zones of Special Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Law is aimed at curbing the nation’s crime through security force occupation of vulnerable communities. It also aims to preserve human rights during the period of occupation. … Continued

Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Any woman can develop cervical cancer, but certain risk factors can put one at greater risk for developing the disease. Some of these are … Continued

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October each year in countries across the world to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of this disease. Each year, there are about 1.38 million new cases and … Continued

World Heart Day – Promoting Awareness to Decrease Heart Disease

World Heart Day is observed on September 29 annually. It was started in 2000 to raise awareness about heart disease and stroke, the world’s leading causes of death. It is estimated that combined they cause over 17 million deaths worldwide … Continued

International Coastal Clean-Up Day – September 16, 2017

Groups from various sectors in Jamaica will be participating in beach clean-up activities. Why not organise your own beach clean-up for September 16 or at any other time throughout the year? Here are some tips for planning a beach clean-up: … Continued

Back to School – Child Nutrition

A 2014 study by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows that students who are undernourished may have lower math scores and poorer cognitive function than other children. On the other hand, students who consume a balanced diet tend … Continued

The Bandana and Miss Lou

September 07 is the birthday of the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, known to Jamaicans as “Miss Lou”. The folklorist, poet, and actress was well-known for her poems in Jamaican patois and her choice of fabric for her costumes – the ‘bandana’. … Continued

Back to School Preparations – Tips for Parents

Preparations for students to return to school are now underway. Transitioning from summer holidays to the new school year may not be easy for parents. Here are some tips that can help to ease the process: • Shop for school … Continued

TAJ Saturday Opening Hours during Traffic Ticket Amnesty

During the Traffic Ticket Amnesty, August – October 2017, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will open on Saturdays, eight offices islandwide from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This is in order to facilitate the expected increase in traffic ticket fine payments. The special … Continued

Traffic Ticket Amnesty 2017

The Government has implemented a Traffic Ticket Amnesty to allow motorists with unpaid traffic ticket fines to make payments without incurring a penalty or interest.  The Amnesty will run from August 2 to October 31, 2017. The amnesty will affect … Continued

Codes for Use of the Jamaican Flag

The Flag of Jamaica is to be regarded as a sacred emblem of the nation and is to be given due reverence and devotion by all citizens of the country.  The Flag should never be allowed to touch the … Continued

The Jamaican Flag

The Jamaica National Flag was first hoisted on Independence Day, August 6, 1962. Design and Colours The flag has a diagonal cross or ‘saltire’ with four triangles in juxtaposition. The flag’s diagonal cross is gold; the top and bottom triangles … Continued

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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