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Water Treatment Facility to Be Constructed Near Dam Head

A 15-million gallon water treatment facility is to be constructed on the Rio Cobre at Content, near Dam Head, in St. Catherine, under a private/public partnership (PPP), involving the National Water Commission (NWC). This was announced by President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think…

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Obesity Can Erode Health and Economic Gains – Dr. Tufton

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says obesity among adults in Jamaica is increasing by one per cent every year, contributing to illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. He said if left unchecked, obesity and its consequences can retard and erode health and economic advances made over the…

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Chinese Coaches Arrive

A team of Chinese coaches arrived in Jamaica on January 11 for a 30-day training programme with coaches and athletes in seven sporting disciplines. The coaches will provide technical assistance in the areas of swimming, synchronised swimming, badminton, gymnastics, volleyball, football and basketball. They will commence their first session today…

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NWC Outlines Challenge of Serving Deep Rural Districts

The National Water Commission (NWC) is encouraging Jamaicans living in deep rural communities to explore using tanks and catchment facilities to store potable water for domestic use. “It is not economically viable for the NWC to provide an efficient service and to generate a surplus that could be adequately reinvested…

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Minister Shaw Urges Beverage Manufacturers to Cut Sugar Content

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, is appealing to beverage manufacturers to lower the sugar content in their products or force the Government to take action. He said they can either respond voluntarily “or we as a Government can respond to the needs of the country…

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Minister Henry Welcomes Loan Agreement for Upgrading of Sangster Airport

Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, has hailed the signing of a J$5 billion (US$40 million) loan agreement between MBJ Airports and Scotiabank Jamaica for the upgrading of the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. He said that in addition to providing world-class travel facilities, the improvements to…

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JCF to Use Technology in the Recovery of Cell Phones

National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says that technology valued at US$45,000 is being procured to aid in the recovery of stolen cellular phones. He said the equipment is expected to arrive in the island within six to eight weeks and will be deployed on a phased basis following a…

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Gov’t Committed to Growth of Petrojam

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government of Jamaica will ensure the continued growth of Petrojam as part of its commitment to the country’s energy security. “We are committed to the refinery upgrade, we will be embarking on a number of initiatives to…

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DPP Hails Boyne as Exemplary Public Servant

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, has hailed the late veteran journalist and Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Ian Boyne, as an exemplary public servant. In an interview with JIS News after signing the condolence book at the agency, today (January 11), Miss…

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Over 248,000 NHF Cardholders Accessed Benefits in 2017

More than 248,000 Jamaicans accessed benefits using their National Health Fund (NHF) cards at participating pharmacies across the island in 2017. Chief Executive Officer at the NHF, Everton Anderson, said that approximately 4.11 million claims were submitted in comparison to 4.10 million by over 239,000 individuals in 2016. “Arising from…

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Troy Primary School to Be Renamed the Veronica Campbell Brown Primary School

The Honourable Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport today announced that Troy Primary School in Trelawny which is the primary school attended by Veronica Campbell Brown will definitely be renamed for her as a tribute to one of Jamaica’s greatest athletes. Minister Grange made the announcement at…

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Gov’t of Japan to Provide New School Bus for Oracabessa Primary

Oracabessa Primary School in St. Mary will be getting a new bus, valued approximately $8.4 million, under the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project. An agreement for the provision was signed by Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, and Japan’s Ambassador to…

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HAJ Set to Make Big Profit This Fiscal Year

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is looking forward to a positive end to the 2017/2018 fiscal year, as it increases the effort to collect funds owed on existing housing developments. The agency has already seen a turnaround with profits of $183 million at the end of the 2016/17 financial…

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Health Ministry Moving Towards Electronic Storage of Patients’ Records

The Ministry of Health will be moving towards the electronic storage of patients’ health records this year. This was disclosed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Sancia Bennett Templer, at the recent launch of the trafficking in persons Standard Operating Procedures for health officials at the Ministry of Justice on…

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