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Country on Mission to Have 30% of Electricity Generated from Renewables

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Hillary Alexander, says the country is on a mission to have 30 per cent of its electricity generated from renewables by the year 2030. Mrs. Alexander was speaking at the start of the two-day Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE) Executive…

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Jamaicans Urged to Prepare for Fourth Industrial Revolution

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, is urging Jamaicans to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities to emerge from the fourth industrial revolution, which, he says, the entire world is already experiencing. This fourth wave of industrial development is characterised by a fusion of…

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CMU Opens Centre for Digital Innovation

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (second right), examines his new drone which was made in the Dr Andrew Wheatley Centre for Digital Innovation & Advanced Manufacturing and presented to him as a gift on Wednesday, November 15. Occasion was the official opening of the facility. At right is the Chancellor, Caribbean Maritime University, His Royal Majesty Drolor Bosso Adamtey I.

The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has officially opened a new Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing and named it in honour of Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley. As such, the unit, which is located at CMU’s Palisadoes Park in Kingston, is now called…

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Community Access Points Being Retrofitted With Solar Panels

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Community Access Points (CAP) across the island are being retrofitted with solar panels in order to make them more energy-efficient. He said the objective is to ensure that the overall operation of these sites “is as cost-effective as…

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Jamaican Scientists Excel

Within recent years, Jamaicans have been recording significant achievements in the field of science, locally, regionally and globally, through endeavours in research and development. Notable among them are Executive Chairman of the Eden Group of Companies, Dr. Henry Lowe; Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Technology and Director of the…

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Entries for SRC Performing Arts and Poster Competitions Close November 30

Entry for the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Science and Technology Month Performing Arts and Poster competitions is now open and will close on November 30. Coordinator for the Science and Technology Education Unit at the SRC, Amanda McKenzie, told JIS News that the competitions, which are part of the Science…

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Gov’t Continues to Urge Caution in ICT Use

The Government is emphasising the need for users of information and communications technology (ICT) tools to exercise caution in order to reduce cybersecurity risks. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the Administration recognises that for Jamaica to remain globally competitive, “we have to incorporate ICT.…

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Gov’t Leveraging Science and Technology to Build Climate-Smart Houses

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says the Government will be leveraging science and technology to build climate-smart houses. Dr. Chang, who was delivering closing remarks at the 2017 Regional Housing Conference in Montego Bay on Friday, October 20, noted…

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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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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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Persons with Disabilities Receive Laptops

Laptops with the requisite software and valued at $13.5 million were handed over to 40 members of the community of persons with disabilities today (October 12), to help them in their daily lives. The items were acquired through the Universal Service Fund (USF) and handed over to students at the…

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Everyone at Risk for Cybercrime

Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, is urging increased vigilance against cybercrime, as everyone is at risk. He noted that last year, the country lost US$100 million due to cyber criminal activity, and a report for this year has indicated that more than 230,000…

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Case Interim President Targets University Status in Five Years

Interim President of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr. Derrick Deslandes, plans to transform the multidisciplinary tertiary institution into a university within the next five years. He said that in order to achieve the objective, more research-based academic staff will be hired and new methods and technologies…

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Science & Technology Park Readiness Study Being Reviewed

Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, addresses St. Joseph’s Teachers’ College’s Research Day on the grounds of the institution in St. Andrew on Thursday (October 5).

Senior Advisor, Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, says a feasibility study to determine Jamaica’s readiness for the establishment of a Science and Technology (S&T) Park has been completed and is now being reviewed. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, made mention of the study in his…

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New STI Policy by Year End

The National Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy is expected to be promulgated before the end of the year. Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, said the policy aims to foster a dynamic culture of innovation and unleash more of the nation’s creative potential.…

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Jamaica will join the international community in observing Cyber Security Awareness Month in October. The Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT) in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be hosting and participating in several activities during the month, under the theme ‘Protecting the Internet is a shared responsibility’. Speaking…

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CMU Well-Positioned to Produce Graduates to Take Country Forward – Dr. Wheatley

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the newly established Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is well-positioned to produce graduates capable of playing key roles in furthering Jamaica’s development. Noting the Government’s cognisance of the need for a tertiary system that produces well-trained graduates to compete globally,…

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‘SRC in the Community’ Exhibit Goes to Mandeville and Falmouth

Members of the public are invited to the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) ‘SRC in the Community’ exhibition in Manchester and Trelawny on Tuesday (September 26) and Friday (September 29), respectively. The exhibits will be held at Caledonia Mall in Mandeville and the Falmouth town centre from 10:00 am to 4:00…

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Science Labs at St. Mary Technical High Renovated

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (left), converses with Port Maria Mayor, Councillor Richard Creary, during Wednesday’s (September 20) reopening of the chemistry laboratory at St. Mary Technical High School in St. Mary, which was renovated by State refinery, Petrojam, at a cost of just over $1.8 million.

Students and teachers of the St. Mary Technical High School now have the use of renovated laboratories for the teaching and learning of the sciences. State oil refinery, Petrojam, refurbished the school’s chemistry lab at a cost of just over $1.8 million. The project, which was initiated by Port Maria…

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Horace Clarke High and Bull Bay All-Age Win SRC Science Competition

Two rural schools took the top spots in the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) Science and Technology Innovation competition. Horace Clarke High in St. Mary won in the secondary category, while Bull Bay All-Age in St. Thomas was victorious in the primary-school segment of…

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