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Drainage System Blamed For Flooding In Portland

Drainage System Blamed For Flooding In Portland

A makeshift drainage system along Matthews Avenue, Portland is being blamed for flooding in the area. Residents say despite efforts to clean the drain, a heavy downpour often leads to widespread flooding of homes and properties. In May of this year, residents had called on the municipal corporation to step in and assist, with the...

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Parental Engagement Needed For Back to School Period

Parental Engagement Needed For Back to School Period

The President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary schools, Linvern Wright, says parental engagement is key in preparing for the back to school period. According to him, with COVID-19 resulting in major disruption across sectors, hearing the concerns of parents can help guide school administrators for the new academic year. It will be...

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Crime Plan Support Needed – PM Calls On the Public

Crime Plan Support Needed – PM Calls On the Public

With the National Consensus now signed, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called for the public to support the crime plan efforts. He says addressing crime and violence is a process that can only be achieved through the national consensus. The delivery of several key legislative reforms is expected to support the National Consensus in controlling...

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MOE and Opposition Concerned By UWI Tuition Increase

MOE and Opposition Concerned By UWI Tuition Increase

With the impact of COVID-19 resulting in job losses and suspended overseas summer work programmes, an increase in the University of the West Indies (UWI)tuition fees for courses quoted in U.S dollars was not expected by students. The situation has led to concerns that the university appears to be going back on its promise…and there...

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Agriculture Strategy To Boost Economic Growth And Sustainable Development

Agriculture Strategy To Boost Economic Growth And Sustainable Development

The local Agricultural Sector is still recovering from the early impact of Covid-19 with a significant number of farmers being affected when borders were closed and their supply chain disrupted. The Agriculture Ministry had sought to assist farmers and tabled its National Five Year manufacturing growth strategy geared towards reviving the sector. In addressing this, the...

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Education Ministry And Opposition On Tertiary Fees

Education Ministry And Opposition On Tertiary Fees

With the impact of Covid-19 resulting in job losses and suspended overseas summer work programs, an increase in tuition fees for courses quoted in U.S dollars was not expected by students at the University of the West Indies. The situation has led to concerns that the university appears to be going back on its promise…and there have...

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PAAC Debates “Jamaica Moves” Concept & Ownership From Market Me

PAAC Debates “Jamaica Moves” Concept & Ownership From Market Me

Questions in the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) swirled around Market Me’s unsolicited proposal and the concept it had presented to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Market Me made an unsolicited proposal in 2016 for a contract valued at $15.9 million. Under Volume 2, Section 1.1.4(e) of the Handbook of Public Sector procurement...

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Agriculture Ministry Predicts Further Growth Despite Covid-19

Agriculture Ministry Predicts Further Growth Despite Covid-19

Attempts by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries to get citizens to support the sector appear to be effective, with the ministry now expecting further growth despite the impact of COVID-19 on farmers. State Minister Floyd Green made spoke on the issue at a recent webinar. “The last quarter which is the quarter...

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Jamaica: Using Technology to Solve Crimes

Jamaica: Using Technology to Solve Crimes

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has used cyber forensics, ballistics, and DNA evidence to strengthen its investigative processes – including technology in its fight against crime. Security Minister, Dr. Horace Chang elaborates on how technology bolsters the force’s front-lines. “There is a significant increase in both the reaction time and the quality of the reaction...

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Phased Reopening Plan with the Ministry of Education

Phased Reopening Plan with the Ministry of Education

A phased reopening plan with the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information (MOEYI) is set. The general guidelines for the partial resumption and full reopening of schools is a 160-page document with information on sanitization and hygiene practices, social distancing measures, classroom arrangements, and a full implementation plan with specific timelines with responsible agencies. Based...