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November Is Science and Technology Month

November is being observed as Science and Technology Month, under the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation in Business: Facilitating Trade and Global Competitiveness’. The month-long activities were launched by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) during a press briefing at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday (October 31).…

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Jingle Competition for Cyber Awareness Month

The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology is inviting members of the public to participate in its ‘Be Cyber Safe’ 2018 jingle competition. The contest forms part of activities in observance of National Cyber Awareness Month in October, under the theme ‘Cybersecurity our…

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Alignment of Political Perspective Brings Projects to Fruition – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has highlighted that the alignment of political perspectives can bring about greater and faster success for the economy. The Prime Minister’s comments came today (Wednesday, September19) as he launched the FESTO FACT Training Centre at Caribbean Maritime University (CMU). Prime Minister Holness said the new facility…

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Seaview Gardens Primary Nurturing Young Scientists

Seaview Gardens Primary School in Kingston has rapidly gained the enviable reputation of being a cradle for budding young scientists and innovators. Since 2014/15, this beacon of knowledge and education, which sits majestically in the community for which it is named, has copped the primary school category of the Scientific…

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SRC Stages Entrepreneurial Town Hall Meeting in Portmore

The public is invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) ‘Be your own Boss’ entrepreneurial town hall meeting at the Portmore Christian Holiness Church, St. Catherine, on Wednesday (July 25) at 6:30 p.m. The event, which serves to inspire persons to start their own businesses, will allow participants to interact…

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Chinese Firm Recommended for Upgrade of VDU at Petrojam

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Chinese firm, Sinohydro, has been recommended as the contractor to undertake the first phase of the refinery upgrade project, which is the improvement of the Vacuum Distillation Unit (VDU) at Petrojam. Addressing the House of Representatives on July…

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Jamaica must stake claim on local marijuana strains

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the country must stake its claim on all local strains of marijuana for research and development. Jamaica, it is said, has some of the best or finest marijuana strains in the world, which include the Jamaican Lamb’s Breath (or…

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$230 Million Saved Under Energy Efficiency and Conservation Projects

The Government has saved $230 million, to date, and reduced environmental emissions from the implementation of major programmes in energy efficiency, conservation and management. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)-implemented initiatives are the Deployment of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector Project, launched in 2016, to provide…

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Dr. Wheatley Looking to Increase Engagement with Diaspora in STI

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Ministry is looking to increase engagement with the diaspora in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI). “I don’t think we have actively engaged this resource pool. I want to see this change, and I want…

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Technology Minister Lauds JC Old Boys’ Association in New York

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the Jamaica College Old Boys ‘Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) for its significant contribution to the advancement of science and technology in the diaspora and Jamaica. “I welcome the focus of your organisation on implementing a science,…

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Dr. Wheatley to Receive Award in New York

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, will be honoured with the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) inaugural Technology Leadership Award this month. The presentation will be made at the Association’s Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in Manhattan,…

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Local and Int’l Students to Take Part in EFYM Programme

Approximately 66 local and international students will be participating in the action component of the ‘Energy For Young Minds’ (EFYM) programme this year. The EFYM is an online resource tool for secondary students being spearheaded by the Caribbean Energy Information System (CEIS) Department of the Scientific Research Council (SRC). It…

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“We Believe in Data-Driven Decisions” – Dr. Wheatley

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Government data is being made available to citizens in order to enable them to have an input in decisions impacting the country. “We believe in data-driven decisions and as such, we want to ensure that we engage our citizens…

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Innovators Can Still Apply for 2018 National Awards

Jamaican innovators have one last chance to apply for the 2018 National Innovation Awards, as the extended deadline comes to an end on May 31. Categories for entrants include Agriculture; Food and Agro-processing; Education and Popularisation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); Energy; Cybersecurity; Entertainment Products; Environmental Sustainability; Health and…

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Open Data Offers Economic Benefits – Dr. Wheatley

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says embracing open data can bring significant economic benefits for Jamaica. He noted, for example, that open data is set to impact the gross domestic product (GDP) of countries within the European Union (EU), enabling their economies to see “positive…

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2018/19 Sectoral Presentation by Hon. Andrew Wheatley

Mr. Speaker, I rise and give thanks to God for sparing us as a nation, so that we can all gatheragain in this House to discuss the people’s business and recommit ourselves as instruments of his will. Mr. Speaker, I must take this opportunity to specially recognize: • My Family…

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Low-Income Off-Grid Communities to Get Solar Power

The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) is to undertake an initiative to provide low-income off-grid communities with Solar PV-Kits. This was stated by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.…

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Development of Energy Sector A Firm Commitment– Dr. Wheatley

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Government is firmly committed to the development of the country's energy sector. Addressing GB Energy-Texaco’s 2018 retailers’ conference at the Royalton Blue Waters Resort in Trelawny on Friday (May 11), he said continuous efforts will be made…

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More Regulations Coming for Petroleum Industry

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says more regulations are being crafted to direct the operations of the petroleum industry in order to ensure increased compliance. The new regulations form part of the recommendations made by the Petroleum Trade Reform Committee (PTRC) established to investigate reports…

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