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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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