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Heart Health: Understanding Your Risks

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The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (JFJ) is imploring Jamaicans to be vigilant about their heart health and aware of the indicators that may point to the development or existence of cardiac conditions. Speaking with JIS News, Cardiologist at the HFJ, Dr. Rohan Wilks, says it is important that persons know their blood pressure, blood sugar Read More

Low Inflation Projected For 12 Months

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Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor, Brian Wynter, says the rate of inflation is projected to remain within the range of four to six per cent over the next 12 months. This comes in the wake of data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), which show the out-turn falling from 5.2 per cent in December Read More

Fiscal Administration Modernisation Gets $1.32 Billion

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The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service will continue implementation of the Fiscal Administration Modernisation Programme this year with a $1.32-billion allocation in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The project, which initially ran from 2011 to 2016, is intended to support the Administration in attaining fiscal sustainability by Read More

Local Companies to Showcase Products in Canada

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A range of exotic food products and brands offered by local companies will be showcased and sampled at the Restaurants Canada Show (RC Show), slated for February 25 to 27 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, Canada. Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will lead a delegation, including six companies that are suppliers of authentic Jamaican products, Read More

Draft STI Policy to Be Placed Before Cabinet

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Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the draft of the Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) Policy will be brought to Cabinet in two weeks for its consideration. He said that following Cabinet’s review and approval, the policy will proceed to the Parliamentary process. He was speaking at the opening of Read More

Framework Being Created for Kingston to Operate as Musical Economic Zone

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The Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport is working on building a framework for Kingston to fully operate as a musical economic zone. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, during a reggae month reception on the lawns of Jamaica House on February 20. “Having received the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, Read More

Gov’t Working with FAO to Develop Insurance Scheme for Farmers

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The Government of Jamaica is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to develop an insurance scheme for crop and livestock farmers. Principal Director, Planning and Policy, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Shaun Baugh, said that there have been models in the past that have worked, but they Read More

Guide Launched to Reduce Public-Sector Energy Use

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The Government’s effort to reduce energy consumption across the public sector has been bolstered through the launch of an Energy Efficiency and Conservation (EEC) Standards Guide. Developed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), the Guide contains standards to which ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) will be Read More

Youth Urged to Lead Charge Against Climate Change

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The nation’s youth are being encouraged to initiate strategies that will assist in building the country’s resilience against climate change. This call comes from Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, who stressed that the youth have the capability to influence positive change on this very important Read More

RGD to Roll out Online Verification of Certificates

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The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) has completed the first phase of the Pilot of Online Verification of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates and is now preparing to carry out phase two of the exercise. This is another of the RGD’s initiatives to further enhance its suite of services to its customers and to improve overall Read More