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Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College Wooing More Males to Teaching Profession

Officer for Placement and Promotions at Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College, in St. James, Tavia Barnes-Brown, said the college has embarked on strategies to attract more male students to the teaching profession, such as giving grants to boost male enrolment. “We also take our male students out there, so others can…

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Cancer Society Focuses on Adolescent Health in February

The Jamaica Cancer Society will be focusing on adolescent health in February, with specific attention on harmful habits such as alcohol use, substance abuse, unhealthy diets and smoking. February will be observed as Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Month by the Society, and its Executive Director, Yulit Gordon, says unhealthy habits put…

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NEPA to Partner With UDC for Coastal Clean-Up Day Sept. 16

The National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) will be partnering with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) in its beach clean-up exercises at select locations across the island, as part of activities for International Coastal Clean-Up Day on Saturday, September 16. The select areas are Half Moon Bay in Hellshire, St.…

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Real Estate Practitioners Urged to Keep Current with Training

Real Estate practitioners are being encouraged to keep current with their training, by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Real Estate Board/The Commission of Strata Corporations, Sandra Watson Garrick. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, recently, Mrs. Watson Garrick explained that in November 2013, it became mandatory for all real…

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MIND Urges Public Sector Entities to Take Advantage of Training Courses

The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) is inviting public-sector entities to take advantage of its suite of training programmes. MIND’S Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ruby Brown, said there is need for ongoing upgrading of skills in the workplace. “When we get into a particular role within the public service,…

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MSME the Focus at Inaugural Conference July 19-21

Heads of Government, industry ministers and small-business operators from across the region will gather at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay from July 19 to 21 to participate in the inaugural Caribbean MSME Conference. The Prime Ministers of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves;…

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Diaspora Marketplace to Showcase Local Products and Services

A Diaspora Marketplace will be part of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference scheduled to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston from July 23 to 27. Chairman of the Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2017, Earl Jarrett, said the marketplace, which will operate for the duration of the conference, will…

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Special G-G Awards for Jamaicans Overseas

Several Jamaicans overseas will be presented with special Governor-General’s Awards at the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference, slated for July 23 to 27 under the theme ‘Partnering for Growth’. The five-day conference, scheduled to take place at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, is being organised by the Ministry of…

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JANAAC Highlights Importance of Accreditation

The Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) will join the rest of the world in observing World Accreditation Day on Friday, June 9. The day will be celebrated under the theme ‘Accreditation – Delivering Confidence in Construction and the Built Environment’. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, today (June 2),…

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Farmers Urged to Practise Integrated Pest Management to Control BAW

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is encouraging farmers to practise integrated pest management (IPM) to control the outbreak of the Beet Army Worm (BAW). The IPM method takes into consideration environmental factors that affect the BAW and its ability to thrive, which means that the farmers can create conditions…

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Earth Day Expo at Castleton Gardens on May 5

The Public Gardens Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries will be hosting an Earth Day Expo on May 5 at the Castleton Botanical Gardens, in St. Mary. It will be staged under the World Earth Day theme ‘Environmental and Climate Change Literacy’. Speaking at a JIS…

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Jampro Facilitates Implementation of Reforms to Improve Business Climate

President of Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Diane Edwards, addresses JIS ‘Think Tank’.

The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), through the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), has been efficiently facilitating the implementation of various reforms to improve Jamaica’s business climate and performance on key global competitiveness indices. JAMPRO monitors several international indices, particularly the Doing Business Report of the World Bank, Logistics Performance Index and…

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Visitors Flock to Montego Bay Cultural Centre

Tourists and locals are flocking to the Montego Bay Cultural Centre to experience the wide array of cultural and artistic displays. Operations Manager at the facility, Hillary Clarke, said the number of visitors range from between 800 and 1,000 per month “which continues to grow based on the aggressive marketing…

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USF Provides Millions to Boost Internet Access

The Universal Service Fund (USF) has provided millions of dollars in support to libraries and educational institutions as the entity continues to carry out its mandate to provide 100 per cent Internet penetration across Jamaica. Speaking at a recent JIS Think Tank, Chief Executive Officer at the USF, Suzette Buchanan,…

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Parents Urged to Pay More Attention to their Children

Commissioner of Corrections, Ina Hunter, is urging parents to be more watchful of their children. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on February 21, Commissioner Hunter said poor parenting and neglect are two factors that contribute to children being detained at the South Camp Road facility of the Department of…

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Report Illegal Gambling to Crime Stop

Manager for Crime Stop Jamaica, Prudence Gentles (left) speaking at a JIS Think Tank held recently. At right is Director of Licensing and Registration and Acting Director of Enforcement, at the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Maurice Thompson.

Manager for Crime Stop Jamaica Prudence Gentles, is re-assuring persons that their calls to report illegal gambling among other crimes, are anonymous. “We do not know who they are. Crime Stop has never been compromised,” she says. The Manager was speaking at a recently held JIS Think Tank on the…

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JFB Proposes Legislation to Inspect Private Dwellings

The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is proposing legislation to give the agency authority to inspect and ensure that private dwellings are subjected to the same kind of scrutiny as public buildings. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ at the agency’s Regional Office in Montego Bay on December 6, the JFB’s…

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Police to Increase Stop-and-Search Operations

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be increasing stop-and-search operations during the festive season. Speaking at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, Head of the JCF Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, said there will be a surge in the number of police on the ground during the festive season…

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CAC Urges Consumers to be Vigilant During the Christmas Season

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging shoppers to be vigilant when buying during the yuletide season. Acting Director of Communications at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, said due to increased shopping activities at Christmas, many consumers are usually short changed during their purchases. “We are entering a busy season and…

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