• Photo of Jamaica reeling under Chikungunya virus

    Jamaica reeling under Chikungunya virus

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Sept 29, CMC – The Jamaica government has acknowledged that the outbreak of the mosquito-borne Chikungunya virus is taking a toll on the country's education system with reports of a significant increase in student and teacher absenteeism. While unable to give exact figures, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, said schools in the Corporate Area and eastern parishes were the…

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  • Health Minister notes impact of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity

    Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson says the national burden posed by non-communicable diseases (NCD) constitute a major public health challenge, which undermines the country's social and economic development. Dr. Ferguson said recent national surveys showed an increase in the major behavioural risk factors and NCDs, such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes, among adults. The Minister emphasised that it is in…

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  • Photo of Regional Procurement System To Be Established

    Regional Procurement System To Be Established

    Jamaica is to benefit from a regional project, aimed at creating a fully functional electronic public procurement system across the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Regional Integration Electronic Public Procurement System, which is to be implemented across CARICOM member states, is geared towards the liberalisation and integration of the regional market for trade in goods and services. This…

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  • Photo of Dry spell could stretch to next season, says Met Office

    Dry spell could stretch to next season, says Met Office

    THE Meteorological Service of Jamaica is forecasting that the drought that parts of the island have been experiencing could continue into the January to April dry season of 2015. Director of the Meteorological Service, Jeffrey Spooner says statistics for January to June 2014 this year show that the island received 33 per cent of its normal rainfall, and that if…

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  • Jamaica Set to Launch Internet Exchange Point in August

    KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Jamaica is expected to benefit significantly from an Internet exchange point facility, which the ministry of science, technology, energy and mining expects to have in place by August. The IXP enables Internet traffic-routing within the country where the provision exists, instead of through external providers, as currently is the case with Jamaica. State minister in the ministry,…

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  • Photo of Call for CARICOM to Implement Consumer Protection Model Law

    Call for CARICOM to Implement Consumer Protection Model Law

    State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, has called on CARICOM member states to implement the Consumer Protection Model Law. Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said the legislation has been in the draft stage for “far too long.” The Bill, which falls under Chapter eight of the Treaty of Chaguaramas, speaks to the need for the promotion…

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  • Remarks by Hon. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis –  PANCAP Justice For All Regional Consultation 9 April 2014, The Jamaica Pegasus

    It is my pleasure to address this gathering of stakeholders at this Justice For All consultation.  Senator Mark Golding, we are happy that you were able at short notice to take the place of Prime Minister, signifying the importance the Government of Jamaica places on the issues of human rights and the struggle to achieve an AIDS free generation. I…

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  • Energy information, management in focus in Jamaica

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Energy sector officials are meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, this week to chart the way forward in energy information gathering and dissemination, management and planning. The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE) are collaborating on the joint staging of the Regional Energy Information Forum held on Monday 9 December and…

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  • Photo of The Enhancement Of Caribbean Basin Intiative Into Services Sector Services Of The Caribbean (soca) Effort Launched In Washington, DC

    The Enhancement Of Caribbean Basin Intiative Into Services Sector Services Of The Caribbean (soca) Effort Launched In Washington, DC

    A coalition of Caribbean private sector organizations has launched today in Washington, DC a new multi-year program to develop, design, and implement a policy and business advocacy campaign to promote the enhancement of the United States Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI-CBERA, circa 1983) preference program, with an expansion into the services sector. Dozens of regional business leaders and policy makers gathered…

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  • CSME Project Launched In Jamaica

    KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Caricom project backed by Canada was launched in Kingston Tuesday to drive implementation of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The CSME aims to harmonise rules for the movement of capital, goods and services, as well as skills among the member countries of the regional trading bloc. Phase two of the CARICOM-Canadian International Development Agency…

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