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Discussions Begin with Manufacturers to Reduce Sugar in Drinks

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says discussions have started with manufacturers who distribute sugary drinks to schools about the steps they will be taking to reduce the sugar content, before the Government implements its new policy on these drinks in January 2019. Speaking at the release of…

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Professor Oswald Harding to Publish Autobiography in November

Former President of the Senate, Professor Oswald Harding, is to publish his autobiography in early November, which will provide an insight into his record as a legislator and lawyer. Mr. Harding, who served in the Senate for a combined 28 years, was also Attorney General during the administration of former…

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Finance Ministry Addressing Staff Retention at STATIN

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says steps are being taken to ensure that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is able to retain its highly qualified staff, so that the agency can continue to effectively carry out its mandate as the country’s principal statistics…

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One Hundred Fifty-Two Students Better Equipped to Manage Conflicts and Behaviour Issues

One hundred and fifty-two students from 10 high schools across three parishes have returned to the education system better equipped to manage conflicts and disciplinary issues. The youngsters, from the parishes of St. Catherine, Clarendon and Trelawny attended a behaviour-modification camp over the summer, where they benefited from intervention to…

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Customer Service Song Competition Finals on September 19

The finals of the first Jamaica Customer Service Song Competition will be held on Wednesday, September 19, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Ten schools have qualified to enter the competition, developed by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for the Jamaica Customer Service…

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Gov’t Constructing Three Marine Bases to Strengthen Border Security

Government is in the process of acquiring lands at key points across the island for the construction of three marine bases at a cost of $80 million. The project is part of efforts by the Administration to protect Jamaica’s borders by curtailing illicit activities. To be located at Rocky Point…

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Young Men Receive Certificates for Completing Drug Treatment Programme

It was a proud moment for John Smith* and Steve Roberts* as their sons were awarded certificates recently after successfully completing the Kingston and St. Andrew Family Court Children’s Drug Treatment Programme. The fathers, who took time off from work to support their children, were joined by other supportive family…

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Youth Encouraged to Pursue Farming as A Business

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that the Government is committed to providing opportunities for young people to pursue farming as a business. He said it is in support of this mission that the Ministry has completed a draft National Youth in Agriculture Policy and…

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Business Leaders React to CXC Suggestion

Several business leaders have reacted to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) suggestion that employers diversify employment requirements by also requesting qualifications outside of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). The CXC’s proposal comes against the background of what the regional examination body’s Registrar, Glenroy Cumberbatch, notes is the thousands of…

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Gov’t Taking Steps to Make Adoption Easier

The Government is taking steps to amend the Children (Adoption of) Act with a view to making the adoption process in Jamaica less tedious and conform to international standards. Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, tells JIS News that the legislation, which…

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Minister Shaw Looking to Link Small Ganja Farmers with Large Processors

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, says he is looking to link small ganja farmers with large processors who have the ability to convert ganja into a range of medicinal products. “What I'm working on is a programme where all serious ganja farmers who want to…

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Cheers and Applause Greet Unveiling of Miss Lou Statue

There were loud cheers and spirited applause from the massive crowd, which gathered in Gordon Town Square, St. Andrew on Friday (Sept. 7) to witness the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue in honour of Jamaica’s late cultural icon, Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley, affectionately called “Miss Lou.” Prime Minister, the Most…

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Cornwall Regional Expands Accident and Emergency Operations at Mount Salem

The Accident and Emergency (A&E) unit of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, which operates from the Mount Salem Clinic, has been expanded. “We would have almost, if not doubled the capacity at that facility,” Health Minister, Dr. the Hon Christopher Tufton told JIS NEWS. “So it will be a lot easier,…

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Literacy More than Reading and Writing – Senator Reid

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says literacy is more than reading and writing, noting that it is a tool for social and economic empowerment. "When citizens are literate, it places the country in a better position to address complex issues," Senator Reid said, adding…

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Craft Vendors Can Learn Spanish at Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre

Craft vendors and business operators in downtown, Kingston are being encouraged to take advantage of  Spanish language training being offered at the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, 10-12 North Parade. Centre Manager, Nadine Boothe-Gooden, said the lessons will better enable them to benefit from business opportunities provided by the port calls…

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Health Minister Leads Mosquito Control Exercise in Hague, Trelawny

Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, led Trelawny vector control workers on an operation in Hague on Friday (Sept. 7) to identify mosquito breeding sites and educate residents about the importance of proper vector control. The exercise was part of the Ministry’s island-wide campaign to eliminate breeding grounds…

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Minister Grange Reads to Students for Int’l Literacy Day

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, and Chairman of the Youth Advisory Committee of the Jamaica National Commission for UNESCO, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., reading to students during an International Literacy Day event at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), downtown Kingston on September 7. International Literacy Day will be observed globally on September 8.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, hosted a Read-In session with scores of students from Corporate Area schools at the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), downtown Kingston, on Friday (September 7). The event, which included storytelling and readings of poetry and short stories to the children by…

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Media Urged to Report Government Statistics Responsibly

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, emphasises a point while addressing the Statistical Institute of Jamaica’s (STATIN) recent media sensitisation seminar at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew. The seminar, which was held under the theme ‘Statistics and the Media – Why Understanding Official Data Matters’, was aimed at assisting media practitioners to understand, interpret and present official data accurately, and focused on the gross domestic product and consumer price index.

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says media practitioners, particularly those involved in delivering news and current affairs content, have a key role to play in how official government statistics are communicated to the public. Speaking at a recent Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) media…

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One Hundred Sixty-nine New Constables Added to JCF

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang (centre), inspects the new batch of Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) recruits, during a passing out parade and awards ceremony for 169 new constables on Friday (September 7), at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St. Catherine.

A total of 169 new constables will be deployed shortly to strengthen the work of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), following their graduation from the National Police College of Jamaica (NPCJ) on Friday (September 7). Of the total, 40 will be assigned to the St. Catherine South Division, 25 to…

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Jamaica Benefits from Petro-caribe Arrangement

Chief Executive Officer of the Petro-Caribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes.

The PetroCaribe arrangement has resulted in the financing of projects worth US$5 billion over the past 13 years. Chief Executive Officer of the Petro-Caribe Development Fund, Dr. Wesley Hughes, made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony held yesterday (September 6) at the Simón Bolívar Cultural Centre, 10-12 North Parade,…

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