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Get the Facts – Understanding Nutrition Labels

As part of its current push to help Jamaicans to make healthier food choices, the Ministry of Health (MOH) encourages reading and understanding food labels, particularly the nutrition facts. Doing so can help you follow a healthy diet and make … Continued

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Get the Facts- Guidelines for Tenants and Landlords

The Rent Assessment Board recommends the following guidelines towards maintaining a harmonious relationship between tenants and landlords. • The property should be kept in a habitable state • Deliberate destruction of the property, such as the cutting down of trees … Continued

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Get the Facts- The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) was established in 2005. It is located in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The CCJ is the final Court of Appeal on civil and criminal matters for four CARICOM Members States, namely Barbados, Belize, Dominica and Guyana. … Continued

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Get the Facts-CARICOM Institutions

Since the establishment of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), several institutions have been formed under its umbrella or with its collaboration. These are categorised into two sets, namely Community and Associate. Community Institutions are fully funded by CARICOM, whereas Associate Institutions … Continued

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Get the Facts- Conference of Heads of Government

The Conference of Heads of Government also known as the Conference is one of the most important arms of CARICOM. It was established in 1973 and is made up of the Heads of Government from the CARICOM’S 15 Member States. … Continued

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Get the Facts – Ten-Digit Dialling and New Area Code

Effective May 31, 2018, Jamaica will have a second area code and ten-digit dialling will become mandatory. The island will be the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean to utilise an additional area code. It is expected that the new … Continued

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Preparing for a Hurricane

A regular feature of life in the tropics – a hurricane is a powerful storm that can cause great damage to property and loss of life. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30 yearly. The 2018 … Continued

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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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