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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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World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day is observed annually on November 14. It was started in 1991 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in response to concerns about the growing threat to health posed by diabetes. It is the primary global awareness campaign … Continued

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Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer is most commonly caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Any woman can develop cervical cancer, but certain risk factors can put one at greater risk for developing the disease. Some of these are … Continued

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October each year in countries across the world to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection and treatment of this disease. Each year, there are about 1.38 million new cases and … Continued

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International Coastal Clean-Up Day – September 16, 2017

Groups from various sectors in Jamaica will be participating in beach clean-up activities. Why not organise your own beach clean-up for September 16 or at any other time throughout the year? Here are some tips for planning a beach clean-up: … Continued

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Back to School – Child Nutrition

A 2014 study by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention shows that students who are undernourished may have lower math scores and poorer cognitive function than other children. On the other hand, students who consume a balanced diet tend … Continued

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The Bandana and Miss Lou

September 07 is the birthday of the late Louise Bennett-Coverley, known to Jamaicans as “Miss Lou”. The folklorist, poet, and actress was well-known for her poems in Jamaican patois and her choice of fabric for her costumes – the ‘bandana’. … Continued

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Back to School Preparations – Tips for Parents

Preparations for students to return to school are now underway. Transitioning from summer holidays to the new school year may not be easy for parents. Here are some tips that can help to ease the process: • Shop for school … Continued

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TAJ Saturday Opening Hours during Traffic Ticket Amnesty

During the Traffic Ticket Amnesty, August – October 2017, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) will open on Saturdays, eight offices islandwide from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This is in order to facilitate the expected increase in traffic ticket fine payments. The special … Continued

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Traffic Ticket Amnesty 2017

The Government has implemented a Traffic Ticket Amnesty to allow motorists with unpaid traffic ticket fines to make payments without incurring a penalty or interest.  The Amnesty will run from August 2 to October 31, 2017. The amnesty will affect … Continued

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