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STATIN to Host Statistics Stakeholder Workshop

Ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government involved in the production and dissemination of statistics will participate in a workshop from October 30 to November 1 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Spearheaded by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), the three-day event will also include persons from…

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Reggae Girlz Friendly in UK A Tribute to Windrush Generation

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has hailed Sunday’s (October 28) friendly football match between the Reggae Girlz and England’s Nottingham Forest Ladies, as a fitting tribute to the Windrush Generation. The football match, which was held at the City Ground, Nottingham, was…

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Senator Calls for Safe-Sex Campaign to Educate Youth

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison says there is need for an aggressive campaign to educate the nation’s youth about unsafe sex and the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). “With a young generation, many of whose behaviour is of grave concern. we need to address this issue, so that we do…

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Canada Pleased with CISS System

The Canadian High Commission is expressing pleasure with the operation of the Case Information Statistical System (CISS) in the nation’s courts. CISS, a component of the Canadian Government-funded Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme, captures data on court-related activities. It was implemented in the parish courts in October 2016.…

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Contract Signed for Public Wi-Fi in Courts

The Ministry of Justice has signed a contract with technology firm Growth-Tech Limited for the supply of wi-fi modems in all courthouses across Jamaica and the provision of wireless internet. The service, scheduled for implementation in the first quarter of 2019, will enable free wi-fi access for persons, who use…

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Government has Cleared Streetlight Debt

Government has cleared its debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for streetlights. In making the disclosure at a disaster preparedness and mitigation town hall in Douglas Castle near the St. Ann/Clarendon border Thursday (October 25), Minister of Local Government and Community Development, the Hon Desmond Mckenzie, says…

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Government Taking Steps to Build Disaster Resilience

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, the Hon Desmond McKenzie says Government continues to take the necessary steps to strengthen the country’s disaster resilience. Speaking at a town hall in Douglas Castle near the St. Ann/Clarendon border on Thursday (October 25), Minister McKenzie said that the Government has been…

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Police Warns Perpetrators of Cybercrimes

The police is warning perpetrators of cybercrimes that they will be apprehended and dealt with decisively. Head of the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Fitz Bailey, who gave the warning, said that the JCF is committed to protecting…

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Local and Overseas Investors to Develop Bamboo Factory

Local and international investors are collaborating in the development of a factory that will produce paper and other value-added items from the bamboo plant. Chairman of the Bamboo Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Robert Rainford, said that the overseas investors are from Guatemala, Canada and China. “We are expecting that…

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Jamaica Waives Visas for Russian Tourists

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Russian tourists, entering Jamaica, will no longer be required to use visas. Mr. Bartlett, who was at the Sangster International Airport on Friday (Oct. 26) to greet 300 Russian passengers, who came in on Nordwind Airlines inaugural flight from Moscow, said the decision…

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Jamaicans Urged to take Charge of their Health

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is calling on Jamaicans to take responsibility for their health by making the necessary lifestyle changes in order to avoid non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases. “There is no prevention without taking responsibility; I have seen pain,…

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Public Will Have Access to New Parliament Building

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the public will have access to the new Houses of Parliament building being proposed for development in a section of the 52-acre National Heroes Park in Kingston. “It is the public’s building, because it will be within a park, and there is…

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Deadline Extended for JIS Heritage Competition

The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for the submission of entries for its 2018 Heritage Competition from October 31 to November 4 at midnight. The annual competition is divided into three components – essay, poster and photography – targeting primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, respectively. The essay…

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Interests of All Will Be Safeguarded

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says steps will be taken to safeguard the interests of all stakeholders, particularly residents, under the Government Circle development project being proposed for National Heroes Park in Kingston, and surrounding communities. The project, being spearheaded by the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will entail…

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I Believe Initiative to Provide Mental Health Support for Young People

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says the ‘I Believe Initiative’ will be working collaboratively to address mental health issues affecting youth. Such support, he said, will better enable individuals to realise their full potential, cope with stress, work productively and make a meaningful contribution to communities.…

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Education Ministry to Receive 10,000 ICT Devices

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says a Jamaican diaspora organisation in the United States is to donate more than 10,000 information and communications and technology (ICT) devices to the education sector. The items will include computer servers, laptops and desktop computers, the Minister noted.…

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NEPA Preparing State of the Environment Report

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is in the process of preparing the 2017 State of the Environment (SOE) Report, which will outline the entity’s environmental stewardship over the last four years. This was disclosed by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Government Town Planner, NEPA, Peter Knight, who said…

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State Minister Says Government Will Continue to Advocate for Windrush Generation

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., says the Government will continue to actively advocate on behalf of the Windrush Generation. “The Government will continue to actively advocate for resolution to this Windrush immigration crisis, including the matter of just…

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Education Ministry Providing 300 Tablet Computers for Primary School Teachers

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be providing approximately 300 tablet computers to teachers in primary schools as part of efforts to assist them with lesson plan preparations. This was disclosed by Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, who indicated that the teachers will soon be able to…

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Increased Productivity Helps Keep Inflation Low – Minister Williams

Minister without Portfolio in the Finance and the Public Service Ministry, Hon. Fayval Williams, is emphasising the importance of increased productivity in staving off potential inflationary pressures. She said that low productivity results in “cost increases that flow through to product prices and thereby raised inflation”. “For a country, productivity…

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