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Tourism Poised For Record Growth – Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says reports of an upswing in all major markets and the repositioning of vessels into the island could make 2017 the best year for tourism in Jamaica. Speaking in an interview with JIS NEWS following his recent trip to Qatar,  Mr. Bartlett said that…

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Govt Moving Ahead With Gated Community Legislation

The Government is moving ahead with legislation to protect property values in gated communities. “We are now developing the gated community legislation,'' said Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, noting that it will be similar to the Act governing strata corporations. The law empowers the corporations to enforce the…

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Stopover Arrivals Up 7 Per Cent for September

Jamaica’s tourism numbers continue to rise with stopover arrivals up seven per cent for the period September 1 to 21. “That is 84,402 more visitors to our shores,” said Permanent Secretary in the Tourism Ministry, Jennifer Griffith. She was addressing tourism stakeholders at the official opening of the Breathless Montego…

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Parents Urged to Protect Girls through HPV Vaccine

The Health Ministry is imploring parents and guardians to protect their daughters against cervical cancer by allowing them to be inoculated with the Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. Come Monday (October 2), the Ministry will begin offering the vaccine to girls in grade seven, free of cost. The initiative falls under a…

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Region Can Cash In On Heritage Tourism Market

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the growth in heritage tourism offers tremendous opportunity for Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. In an interview with JIS NEWS, Mr. Bartlett noted that recent international tourism trends have pointed to a shift from the traditional 'sun, sea and sand' phenomenon towards a…

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CDA Improves Monitoring Of Children

The Child Case Management System (CCMS) is making a significant impact in improving the management of information pertaining to the care and protection of the nation’s children. The system, being implemented by the Child Development Agency (CDA), is part of efforts by the Government to strengthen the delivery of services…

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Clyde Mckenzie – Music Is In My Blood

Clyde McKenzie has always been passionate about music. In fact, he will tell you that “music is in my blood.” “Music was always something that was around me in a very serious way. It is a passion of mine, I love it, and get excited about it,” he tells JIS…

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Govt Committed To Protecting Consumers’ Rights

Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to creating the legislative framework to protect consumers’ rights, while increasing their confidence in the business environment. “This means regularly reviewing and modernising our consumer protection laws, ensuring that there is effective…

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Work Advanced In Making Jamaica Premier Logistics Hub

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says work is advanced in making Jamaica the premier logistics hub in the Caribbean. He noted that the Special Economic Zones Regulations are now in effect, which are intended to drive the SEZs that are expected to open up significant economic opportunities for…

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Senate Passes Pension Reform Bills

The Senate, on Friday (Sept. 29) passed two critical bills, paving the way for the reform of pension arrangements for employees in the public sector. They are the Pensions (Public Service) Act of 2017, which had 62 amendments and the Constitution (Amendment) (Establishment Fund) (Payment of Pensions) Act of 2017.…

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