Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) Revisits Catherine Estates Housing Development

Nearly a decade ago, the Government, through the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) entered into a joint venture agreement for the construction of homes in Bernard Lodge St Catherine. Now in 2019 the HAJ is revisiting the project which will now become one of the largest housing development in St. Catherine since the construction of Greater Portmore in 1992. Listen to this programme to learn more.

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Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Now Under New Management

The strategy of Divestment has been an important part in the Government’s plan of boosting the efficiency of some state entities. One of the most recent examples was the move to divest the Norman Manley International Airport. Management of the facility was recently handed over to Mexican firm Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico GAP. Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague says through continued pubic private partnerships Jamaica is demonstrating its committment to ensuring a favourable climate for investment.

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Global Services Sector (GSS) Project Upskilling Persons to Expand the BPO Sector

Jamaica is positioning itself as the ideal outsourcing destination in the Caribbean. With more businesses outsourcing their operations abroad, more entrepreneurs are capitalizing on this lucrative opportunity. Over 36,000 Jamaicans are currently employed in the business process outsourcing sector, working in various capacities. Customer service, tech support, software engineering, accounting and many others. With that said, the country has embarked on a 5-year project dubbed the Global Services Sector (GSS) Project geared at upskilling the labour force in the BPO sector. It is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Professor Clinton Hutton

Decades ago in the hills of Jericho, Hanover, young Clinton was learning at the feet of his elders. It wasn’t your typical classroom setting; but Aristotle couldn’t have learned more sitting at the feet of Plato. These men were philosophers. Listen to find out why Professor Clinton Hutton has been conferred with membership in the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander for his contribution to academia and the arts.

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Major Desmon Brown

Former United States Army General Omar Bradley once said “The nation needs men who think in terms of service to their country and not in terms of their country’s debt to them.” This quote sums up the mindset of Major Desmon Brown who has spent several decades giving service to Jamaica in the fields of transportation and sports. Listen to this programme to learn why Major Desmon Brown has been conferred with membership in the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer.

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Barbara Allen

With over forty years of experience in the Education sector,NHA Recepient 2019 Barbara Allen is a stickler for details. Raised in the rural community of Camrose in, St. James, Ms. Allen loves reading, gardening and pursuing higher education. Listen to today as we learn from this seasoned educator and nation builder.

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Margaret Rose Barnes

Any word used to describe Margaret Rose Barnes is heavily dependent on the capacity in which you know her. To the country, Ms. Barnes who hails from Retreat St. Mary, is an award recipient waiting to receive her Badge of honour at this year’s National Honours and Awards Ceremony.

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Valrie Veira

Small business development and Valrie Veira go hand in hand. A significant chunk of her over 40 years of dedicated public service have been spent helping the small business sector grow and develop. Ms. Veira says she has always wanted to give service to the public sector, thanks to the strong influence of family members.

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Jamaica Made with Nathalia Johnson and her Company Essential Foods Jamaica

Jamaican food is known worldwide for its mouth-watering flavours and spices, setting us apart from others and leave visitors wanting more. One of the most commonly used spices in our cuisine comes from the pimento seed. On this episode of Jamaica Made we hear how one entrepreneur pimento and other flavours in cooking oil.

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The Ministry of National Security is building State-of-the Art Classrooms for Wards of the State

The girls at the South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre in St. Andrew, are set to benefit from expanded training opportunities, with plans underway for the construction of a multi-purpose facility at the centre by the end of December. Minister of State in the Ministry of National Security, Rudyard Spencer says the building will facilitate additional educational, vocational and recreational activities for the wards at the institution.

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Government Opening Water Shop Initiative in St Elizabeth

Residents of St. Elizabeth have joined others in neighbouring parishes Manchester and Clarendon in benefitting from the Government’s Water Shop Initiative. The project involves the installation of water tanks in communities with severe water challenges. The tanks are then regularly serviced by water trucks and maintained by the municipal corporations in partnership with residents. Two new facilities were commissioned in Top Hill and Retirement District in Malvern.

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Find out how the Norman Manley International Airport achieved the Aerodrome Operator Certification

In 2004, it became a requirement for all civil aviation airports to become certified. Also in 2004, the Norman Manley International Airport began its journey of achieving the Aerodrome Operator Certificate. Fifteen years later, the certification has been achieved. The certificate validates that the airport is operating at a standard recognized and held by the international Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO, the international body that governs the development of civil aviation worldwide. Achieving the certification is considered a big win for the country’s efforts aviation industry but how did we get here after 15 years? Listen to find out more

 

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Learn About one of our 2019 National Honours Awards Recipient: Opal Maureen Edwards

A Registered Nurse, Midwife, Dairy farmer, and Santa Claus are just a few of the titles Mrs. Opal Maureen Edwards has picked up over the years. Mrs Edwards has over 40 years experience working in Jamaica’s health and education sectors. Trained at the Victoria Hospital in the United Kingdom in 1970 and at the University College Hospital of the West Indies Mona in 1974, she would receive further training in 1978 as a Vocational Instructor at the Vocational Training Development Institute (VDTI).

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National Honours Award NHA Recipient 2019: Glen Titus Campbell

Since his official entry on to the theatre scene in 1994, Glenroy ‘Titus’ Campbell has been bringing a bellyful of laughs to performing arts patrons at home and abroad. After getting his start in high school, he started to appear in productions like the pantomime River Mumma and the Golden Table in the late 1980’s. Now after over 38 years of outstanding contribution to Jamaican theatre, television and film, Glenroy Campbell will be formally inducted into the Order of Distinction.

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Jamaica Business Corporation JBDC’s Small Biz Development Centres: Helping Entrepreneurs to Develop Their Businesses

Do you have an idea for a new product that you just can’t seem to shake? or do you see an opportunity in the market place for new product? Why not start a business? Starting a business is not easy, if you try to do everything on your own and that’s one of the reasons more persons ignore their entrepreneurial yearnings because of the work needed to get a new business off the ground. But help is now available through the Jamaica Business Corporation (JBDC’s) Small Business Development Centres (SBDCs) to help you develop you business. Join us on this program to learn more. 

 

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NMIA Gets Aerodrome Operator Certificate

The Norman Manley International Airport has officially received the Aerodrome Operator Certificate from the International Civil Aviation Organisation ICAO. With Aviation safety at the core of the ICAO’s fundamental Objectives, there are established standards that prioritise safety as a goal that the international air transport community should achieve.

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