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Get the Facts – Climate Change and its Effect on Jamaica

Climate change refers to the negative variation in the global atmospheric conditions caused primarily by the burning of oil, coal and gas to produce energy for homes, businesses and transportation. These activities produce greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, methane … Continued

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Road Safety Tips

According to the National Road Safety Unit in Jamaica, approximately 115 road accidents have occurred across the island since the start of 2018, with some being the result of unsafe practices on the roads. In an effort to reduce accidents … Continued

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Get the Facts – Applying for a CARICOM Skills Certificate

Under the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, skilled nationals of CARICOM member states are entitled to move and work freely within other member states. This is made possible through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Skills Certificate, a provision … Continued

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Get the Facts – Protection of Wildlife in Jamaica

The Jamaican Government is currently taking steps to protect and preserve the island’s wildlife and habitats. Wildlife in Jamaica incorporates: • Several species of birds over 20 of which are indigenous • Marine life including manatees and dolphins • Plants … Continued

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Get the Facts – The Legal Aid Council

The Government of Jamaica is committed to ensuring that all Jamaicans can access quality legal representation, irrespective of their financial resources. To this end, the Legal Aid Council was established to provide legal services to members of the public who … Continued

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Get the Facts – Malaria

Malaria is a potentially fatal disease caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. The disease produces chills, headache, a high fever and other flu-like symptoms. Official diagnosis is, however, necessary to confirm the presence of the virus. Locally, malaria has been … Continued

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Get the Facts – How to Foster a Child

Fostering is the legal process of temporarily placing a child, who would otherwise be a ward of the state, into an approved family environment under the guardianship relatives or other adults. In Jamaica, children placed in foster care are usually … Continued

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Get the Facts – Outstanding Jamaican Authors

Caribbean literature reflects the natural beauty of the region and highlights the struggles, dialects, and cultural practices of the people stemming from their shared past. The genre is universally recognisable. Jamaica has produced many important writers. Among these are four … Continued

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Get the Facts – Designating Heritage Sites

A heritage site is any building, area or any part of the natural landscape that has historical value to a country. The Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) is legally responsible for designating and administering heritage sites across the island. Members … Continued

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Get the Facts – Frosty Pod Rot Cocoa Disease

The Frosty Pod Rot disease is a highly contagious disease that affects the fruit of the cocoa plant. The disease is caused by the Moniliophthora roreri fungus and can greatly reduce crop output once the disease is established. The most … Continued

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Get the Facts – Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

The Heart Foundation of Jamaica is encouraging healthy living among Jamaicans through its “Are you drinking yourself sick?” campaign. The campaign is supported by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and seeks to educate Jamaicans about the harmful effects of excessive … Continued

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Get the Facts – The Benefits of Recycling

Recycling is the process by which used materials are converted into new, usable products. According to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Jamaica produces an average of 8,657 tonnes of solid waste per day. Improper waste disposal leads to … Continued

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Demonetisation of Coins

As of February 15, 2018, the one, ten and twenty-five cent coins will be demonetised and no longer be legal tender. This action will be applicable to cash transactions only. Therefore, where the total amount of a transaction is not … Continued

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The Half-Way-Tree Teen Hub

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation; the Ministry of Health; and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information have opened Teen Hub at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre. The centre offers homework help, research facilities, counselling and clinical services as well as mental … Continued

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International Anti-Corruption Day

December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day. The aim of the observance is to raise awareness about corruption and of the role of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in combating and preventing it. The observance also presents an opportunity to … Continued

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Stay Alert Application

The Ministry of National Security has launched a mobile application known as ‘Stay Alert’. The application allows citizens to contact the police for assistance. All information sent through the “Stay Alert” app is anonymous. The application has four main sections: … Continued

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International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, observed on 2nd December, is an opportunity to highlight the Government’s significant efforts to eradicate modern slavery. ‘Modern slavery’ is used to describe practices, such as forced labour, forced marriage, and trafficking … Continued

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World AIDS Day

Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed annually on December 1. The observance provides an opportunity for people to assist in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to remember those who have died … Continued

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International Day for Persons with Disabilities

The International Day for Person with Disabilities, observed annually on December 03, aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities and to increase awareness of the challenges they face. The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) … Continued

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

The observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (IDEVAW) raises public awareness of violence against women. It has been observed on November 25 each year since 2000. Annually, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport … Continued

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