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Jamaicans Urged to Change Perception of Adolescent Mothers

Executive Director of the Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF), Dr. Zoe Simpson, is calling for a change in how Jamaicans perceive adolescent mothers served by the entity. Noting that some of the girls are verbally abused on the streets, she said that “they are not worthless as some people think”. “They are not lacking […]

Dental Hygienists Association Launched

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says dental hygienists can be justly proud of their contribution to Jamaica, as they continually use their passion for service delivery to advance oral health literacy among the population. He also congratulated them on the launch of the Dental Hygienists Association of Jamaica (DHAJ). “As a […]

Health Minister Endorses CARICOM Wellness Initiative

Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has endorsed a CARICOM-led initiative aimed at reducing lifestyle diseases across the Caribbean through improved diets. The four-year project, dubbed ‘Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in CARICOM’, will feature coordinated interventions within national food systems that promote sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable groups, in order to combat […]

PIOJ Launches National Poverty Reduction Programme

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, has launched the National Poverty Reduction Programme (NPRP). The programme, which was launched at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Wednesday (March 21), aims to significantly reduce and eradicate poverty by 2030 through a framework facilitating efforts […]

Gov’t Remains Committed to Indirect Taxation Policy

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says the Government remains committed to the policy of indirect taxation intended to bring more Jamaicans into the tax net. “I have stated before that it is the policy of this Government to fundamentally restructure and overhaul our tax regime to make it more fair and […]

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Begins on March 23

The Tourism Linkages Network will be hosting the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival from March 23 to 25 at Newcastle in St. Andrew. The festival is part of the initiatives to foster the strategic growth of culinary tourism in Jamaica. The three-day event will showcase the rich tradition of coffee production […]

Churches’ Role in Uniting the Nation Underscored

Pastor of the Emmanuel Chapel in Mount Salem, St. James, Reverend Marc Mullings, says churches islandwide must partner to fulfil their role in realising sustainable development under the country’s National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ at the Agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on Tuesday (March 20), Reverend Mullings called […]

Jamaica to Host International Religious Crusade

Jamaica’s thrust to become a preferred faith-based tourism destination is expected to be boosted with the staging of the Supernatural Encounter Jamaica crusade in Montego Bay from April 19 to 21. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank at the Agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on Tuesday (March 20), event coordinator and founder of Trumpet Call […]

Minister Vaz Says Braced Project Should Be Replicated in Other Vulnerable Communities

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, is suggesting that the Habitat for Humanity International’s Building Resilience and Capacities for Emerging Disasters (BRACED) project, being undertaken in Portmore, St. Catherine, be replicated in other vulnerable communities. “It is my hope that as all (relevant) agencies… along with […]

Alleged shotta dies in custody

An inmate who was scheduled to return to court today, died shortly after he was rushed to the Spanish Town Hospital after complaining that he was feeling ill early yesterday morning. Dead is Kevin Sawyers, a 42-year-old labourer of Portsmouth, Portmore, St Catherine, who was remanded in custody when he appeared in the St Catherine […]