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Poverty Rate Fell By 40 Per Cent In 2018

Poverty Rate Fell By 40 Per Cent In 2018

Jamaica recorded a 40 per cent drop in the poverty rate in 2018, the lowest in 10 years. This was disclosed by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, in a statement to Parliament on Tuesday (June 23). “In 2018, the poverty rate was 12.6 per cent, a decline of...

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Parents Can Register Online To Access Pep Results

Parents Can Register Online To Access Pep Results

Parents and guardians are now able register on an online portal to access students’ Primary Exit Profile (PEP) results. The student placement and scores will be available on Friday (June 26) at 4:00 p.m.                     Acting Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr. Kasan Troupe, made the disclosure during an...

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New Shelter Managers For St. Elizabeth

New Shelter Managers For St. Elizabeth

More than 25 volunteers have been added to the roster of shelter managers in St. Elizabeth. With the new recruits, the parish now has 200 managers to serve over 94 official shelters. Parish Coordinator for Disaster Preparedness at the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, Ornella Lewis, shared that the increased numbers will allow for two shelter...

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Investment In Border Security Essential To Supporting Blue Economy

Investment In Border Security Essential To Supporting Blue Economy

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr Horace Chang, says the Government’s investment in strengthening the capacity of the security forces, particularly in the area of border security, positions the country to more aggressively pursue development of the Blue Economy. The Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and...

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Community Surveillance Begins In West Kingston

Community Surveillance Begins In West Kingston

The Southeast Regional Health Authority (SERHA) this morning began community surveillance activity in West Kingston, following the recent confirmation of five cases of COVID-19. The persons are contacts of a confirmed case that recently returned to the island from the United States. Some 100 health staff, including nurses, public health inspectors, public health nurses, and...

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Is ‘No Spitting” During A Game An Uphill Task?

Is ‘No Spitting” During A Game An Uphill Task?

Conversations with our guest during Talking Sports tonight: Billy Heaven, President of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) Clovis Clovis Metcalfe, Chairman, Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission ( BGLC) Jerry Benzwick, Chairman, Jamaica Rugby Football Union

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Agriculture Is Big Business In Jamaica

Agriculture Is Big Business In Jamaica

Those who want to make it in the sector in the new economy may soon come to realize that a fusion of technology in the process is the way to go. Modern farms and agricultural operations all over the world are now possible due to technological advancements including the use of information technology. These are...

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Women And Girls Are At A Higher Risk For Multiple Forms Of Violence

Women And Girls Are At A Higher Risk For Multiple Forms Of Violence

Victims of gender based violence are being offered a way out of their torment with the establishment of the Jamaicans for justice services for victims of gender based violence that will offer free legal advice, case support for victims, legal representation and linkages to other psychological support services. To discuss the pernicious nature of gender-based violence...

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Health Ministry Receives Donation Of Ventilators

Health Ministry Receives Donation Of Ventilators

Wife of the Prime Minister and patron of the Save Our Boys and Girls Foundation, the Most Hon. Juliet Holness, on Tuesday (June 23), handed over five ventilators to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to assist in the national coronavirus (COVOD-19) response. The items were donated by local businessman and developer, Leo Taddeo and his wife, Antoinette, through the Foundation....

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Vector-Control Activities Continue In Westmoreland

Vector-Control Activities Continue In Westmoreland

Chief Public Health Inspector for Westmoreland, Steve Morris, says vector-control measures continue in the parish in order to stem the spread of dengue fever. This is even while notifications of the disease, as well as the Aedes index in the parish, have decreased, with the index currently at 6.3 per cent. “We are still in...