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House Passes Bill to Clear Heroes of Criminal Charges

Jamaica is a step closer to absolving several of the country’s National Heroes of criminal liability for the role they played in various uprisings in the quest for freedom and justice. This follows passage of the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified…

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JCDC Launches Citizen’s Charter

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has launched its Citizen’s Charter, which outlines the strategies to improve customer service at the entity. This is in keeping with the requirements under the Public Sector Modernisation Programme, which is aimed at strengthening service delivery across Government. Ministries, agencies and departments are being…

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Young Detective Constable among Sam Sharpe Award Recipients

Twenty-seven-year-old Detective Constable Dwayne Gibbs is among seven citizens of St. James, who have been presented with the 2017 Sam Sharpe Award for their contribution to the development of their parish and country. The presentations were made at the St. James Municipal Corporation's National Heroes Day Civic Ceremony held on…

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Over 1,900 Children Diverted From State Care

The Child and Family Support Unit (CFSU) of the Child Development Agency (CDA) has implemented strategies to successfully divert 1,901 children from becoming wards of the State. Speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, Team Leader at the CDA and Overseer in the Child Support Unit, Jean Duhaney, indicated…

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Public Feedback Invited for Data Protection Bill

The public is being invited to provide feedback on the Data Protection Bill, which was tabled in the House of Representatives earlier this month by the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Senior Advisor in the Ministry, Trevor…

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Attorneys Urged to Utilise Sentence Reduction Day Initiative

Queen’s Counsel, Valerie Neita-Robertson, is encouraging fellow attorneys to utilise the Supreme Court’s Sentence Reduction Day initiative, noting that the reduction of case backlog is favourable to all stakeholders in the justice sector. “The backlog is not beneficial to any side; defence attorneys are suffering. When you have a case…

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PM Gives Mount Salem ZOSO ‘B Plus’ Grade

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, has given the Mount Salem Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) a ‘B Plus’ grade. He said that while there were initial challenges, most of these have been worked out and “would in no way undermine the validity of the selection of the zone”.…

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30 Vehicles Purchased for ZOSOs

The Ministry of National Security has acquired some 30 vehicles to be used in the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs). This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, during a press conference at Jamaica House on October 17, where Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, declared Denham Town…

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Regional Conference to Discuss Housing

Housing cost and financing are high on the agenda of the Regional Housing Conference slated for October 18 to 20 at the Iberostar Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay, St. James. Themed ‘Providing Safe, Legal and Affordable Housing for All: From Policy to Implementation’, the conference will identify practical solutions…

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More than US $20 Billion in New Investments – Minister Shaw

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica will see an injection of more than US$20 billion of new investments that will help to drive the economy and increase job creation. Addressing an International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Small States Forum at the headquarters of the…

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Rebuilding Youth Clubs to Promote Peace

The Government has initiated a youth-development programme to engage young people in the promotion of peace while building the capacity of youth clubs to steer community growth. According to State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, under the youth club rebuilding initiative, dubbed ‘Youth…

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Accused Persons Urged To Take Advantage of Sentence Reduction Day

Attorneys and accused persons are being strongly urged to take advantage of the Supreme Court’s second instalment of the Sentence Reduction Day initiative on Thursday and Friday this week. On October 19, the programme will be made available at the Home Circuit and Gun Court Division of Kingston and St.…

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Jamaica Receives US $300,000 Grant from UN Green Climate Fund

Jamaica has received a US$300,000 grant from the United Nations (UN) Green Climate Fund (GCF) to strengthen the island's capacity to develop and implement strategies to respond to climate change. The funds will allow for engagement of consultants in climate and development finance to provide technical support to the Ministry…

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SRC Staging Science Education Symposium

The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is staging a two-day symposium aimed at improving the delivery of science education at the primary and secondary levels. Approximately 200 mathematics and science teachers are expected to participate in the event, which opened on Tuesday (October 17) at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge of the…

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