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More Entities Utilising Geospatial Technologies

Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) logistics student, Nahjae Nunes, says more organisations are utilising geospatial technologies to enhance their operations and customer service delivery. Geospatial technologies are wide-ranging modern tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies. Remote sensing, the global positioning system (GPS) and…

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National Science and Technology Conference And Expo November 19 & 20, 2018

The public is being invited to the 5th Biennial National Science and Technology Conference and Exposition at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel from November 19 to 20. The two-day event, organised by the Scientific Research Council (SRC) under the theme ‘Science, Technology and Innovation in Business: Facilitating trade and global competitiveness,’…

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CCTV Cameras Installed at Hanover Infirmary

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the Hanover Infirmary as part of safety and security enhancement measures. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, said the facility is the first in the island to be equipped with this technology. He informed that this has been…

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LA County Develops New Digital Voting System

The Los Angeles (LA) County Registrar-Recorder’s Office in California has created a new voting system, to be implemented in 2020, which could influence a change in how persons vote across the United States of America. The new system, which will transform the way persons vote from a physical to a…

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Geospatial Technology Programme to Start in January 2019

The HEART Trust/NTA, has partnered with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, to develop a geospatial technology centred training programme, which will become available to the public in January 2019. This was disclosed by Director of the Learning Resources Development Department at the HEART Trust/NTA, Dr. Henry Gray,…

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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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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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Film Commission Promoting Local Industry

The Jamaica Film Commission is on a mission to promote the local film industry through facilitation of activities that increase investment, export and employment in the sector. Housed at Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), the Commission, over the years has partnered with key players locally and internationally to facilitate major film…

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Contracts Totalling US$30 Million Awarded Under Tablets in Schools Project

Two contracts totalling US$30 million have been approved by Cabinet to continue activities under the Tablets in Schools project. Of the sum, US$16 million was awarded to GeoTech Vision Limited while US$14 million was awarded to Innovative Corporate Solutions Limited for the supply and delivery of tablet carts and services.…

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Agriculture Minister Calls on Farmers to Utilise New Irrigation Technology

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Audley Shaw, has called on farmers to utilise new irrigation technology to improve crop quality and to increase production. Mr. Shaw said of the close to 200,000 acres of irrigable lands in Jamaica, about 12 to 13 per cent have been irrigated,…

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Minister says Tertiary Institutions Must Invest More in Robotics

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says tertiary institutions must contribute to nation-building by investing more research funds in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. The Minister, who was addressing a symposium on cybercrime at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Western Jamaica Campus in Montego…

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Parents Encouraged to be More Vigilant About Internet Use in the Home

Parents are being encouraged to be more vigilant about Internet use in the home as the country observes October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, under the overarching theme ‘Cybersecurity, our Shared Responsibility’. For week one, the theme ‘Ensuring Online Safety at Home’ has been chosen to focus on sharing basic cyber…

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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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PHOTOS: Opening Ceremony for Oracabessa Primary School Computer Lab

[caption id="attachment_190137" align="alignnone" width="630"] Minister of State for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (third left), looks on as Minister of Transport and Mining and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague (right), cuts the ribbon to open a computer laboratory at Oracabessa Primary School in…

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Jamaicans Urged to Protect Online Presence

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Wahkeen Murray (right), is in discussion with Head, Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Fitz Bailey (second left) during the launch of Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on September 27. Others (from left) are Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn; and Head, Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team, Dr. Moniphia Hewling.

Individuals and companies are being encouraged to exercise greater care in managing and protecting their online presence. The call was made by Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Wahkeen Murray, as she addressed the launch of Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Spanish Court Hotel in New…

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October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The Jamaica Cyber Incident Response Team (Ja-CIRT) in the Ministry of Science and Technology will observe its third national Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October. The month, which is observed internationally, will focus on the theme ‘Cybersecurity our Shared Responsibility’ with the sub-theme ‘Think Before You Click’. Speaking at a JIS…

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Cabinet Approves Joint Venture Agreement for Technology Park in Portmore

Cabinet has given approval for a joint venture agreement for the development of the Naggo Head Technology Park in Portmore, St. Catherine. The deal is between the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) for the development of 34 acres and 810 square feet over a…

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Senate Passes Bill to Indemnify Spectrum Management Authority

The Telecommunications (Spectrum Regulatory Fees) (Validation and Indemnity) Act, 2018 was passed during the sitting of the Senate on Friday (September 21). The Bill seeks to, among other things, validate and indemnify the actions of the Spectrum Management Authority in increasing regulatory fees without legislative authority for the period April…

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More CCTVs for Montego Bay Under JamaicaEye

An additional 300 closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) will be installed in public spaces in Montego Bay by year end under the National Security Ministry’s JamaicaEye Initiative. Project Coordinator, Emil Holgate, who made the disclosure at a meeting of the city’s chamber of commerce and industry at the group’s Union Street…

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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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