DRF School Suspension Intervention Programme – June 23, 2021

Through the School Suspension Intervention Programme (SSIP), the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF) offers support services for students who have been or are at risk of suspension andexpulsion from school. We discuss the SSIP on today’s programme.

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Virtual Diaspora Sustainability Symposium Highlights

Jamaicans at home and abroad were plugged into the 2-day Jamaica Diaspora Sustainability Symposium, hosted recently by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. Despite the difference in time zones across the globe, many Jamaicans were online to voice concerns about COVID-19 Vaccines, Gender-Based Violence, Mental Health, Jamaica’s assistance for its nationals overseas as well as how the diaspora can be further engaged in the affairs of Jamaica.

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Uncovering Child Abuse Pt 1

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has noticed a steady decline in the number of reported cases of child abuse. The Agency does not however consider this reduction as reason to celebrate. Children are being encouraged to self-report.

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Emerging Cannabis Industries

In every crisis there’s an opportunity. That’s the word from Minister of Industry Investment and Commerce Audley Shaw.

You see Minister Shaw is optimistic about the future of Jamaica’s business sector, despite the fact that the country is still dealing with the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. He maintains that new economic opportunities have emerged, with one in particular being the continued expansion of the local medical cannabis industry.

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Going For Growth June 21, 2021

If you’re over 60 and fully vaccinated, $10,000 may be available to you. Find out how you or someone you know can apply on this week’s going for growth!

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Minister Desmond McKenzie’s Tour Of Parishes

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Desmond McKenzie, recently toured the parishes of Hanover and Portland. We bring you highlights of his visits to facilities in the parishes on today’s programme.

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The Edunovators – Kelvin Peart

The world is going through an unprecedented time in history, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The education sector has been disrupted, but there are educators and students who have embraced the path of innovation and creativity to engage students and keep learning going. This week we feature Kelvin Peart.

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Urban Renewal June 16, 2021

By 2030 its projected that 60% of Jamaicans will live in urban areas. What does that mean for us when urban populations are already outgrowing the infrastructure and public services like water supply and green spaces, originally designed to support them?

Well the government is not waiting to find out. Urban renewal is high on the development agenda, and Portfolio Minister Pearnel Charles Jr recently outlined some of the initiatives being pursued in this area.

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Safe Spot Helpline

Children and teenagers experiencing challenges or who may be feeling overwhelmed with adapting to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, are now able to express their concerns and share their feelings at any time of the day, via a helpline or on a dedicated social media platform.

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National Environmental Awareness Week Highlights

National Environmental Week 2021 was observed from June 1 – 8 under the theme ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ in keeping with the launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030).

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TV Get the Facts – BGLC Tertiary Education Grant June 14, 2021

Manager of Corporate Affairs and Communication at The Betting Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Jeanette Lewis,  sits with Vaughn Davis on the JIS TV programme Get The Facts, to discuss the details of their Tertiary Education Grant. We bring you an excerpt of their interview.

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USF-STEAMHouse Coding Workshop

On April 22, 2021, the Universal Service Fund (USF) and educational organization STEAMHouse Network, launched an introductory coding workshop for girls, geared at exposing them to the practical application of technology.

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Common Literacy Mistakes

There are some common mistakes that are made with reading and writing, as students seek to function effectively in the world around them. We explore three of those mistakes.

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NROCC Plants Trees Along New Highway 2000 Leg – June 9, 2021

Jamaica has a goal to plant three million trees in three years under the National Tree Planting Initiative. The National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) recently contributed to meeting that goal, with the planting of trees along its newest highway project.

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Road to Recovery – June 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many business operators to answer the question, “What do you do when an unexpected disaster completely disrupts your operations, or forces you to close your doors for an extended period.

Having tried to weather the storm for the last year, both large and small operators across various sectors are now looking to recover from the impact of COVID 19, and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce is working to provide strong support in this regard.

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