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  • Photo of Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday April 4, 2016 – Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries, if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting Director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Professor Monica Smikle, has disclosed that the facility is a valid WHO testing agency.…

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  • Photo of Jamaica now second Caribbean country certified to test for all diseases

    Jamaica now second Caribbean country certified to test for all diseases

    Jamaica is now the second country in the English-speaking Caribbean to have an internationally accredited laboratory with the full capabilities to test for any type of disease that may pose a threat to public health. On Monday, the newly upgraded Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies (UWI) was unveiled. Located in the Department of Microbiology, headed by…

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  • Photo of Prime Minister Says He Intends To Lead A Government Of Partnership

    Prime Minister Says He Intends To Lead A Government Of Partnership

    Newly installed Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness,  says  he intends to lead a Government  of  partnership, as the “solutions to  our problems do not rest with the Government alone.” “To achieve the vision of shared prosperity through inclusive growth and meaningful job creation, now more than ever, Government must lead, activate, empower and build real partnerships,” the Prime…

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  • Photo of Elections results reflect will of the people: CARICOM Observation Mission Preliminary Statement

    Elections results reflect will of the people: CARICOM Observation Mission Preliminary Statement

    The CARICOM Election Observation Mission has praised the conduct of Jamaica’s just concluded general elections and said the results reflected the will of the people. The eleven-member Mission, led by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Belize, issued a Preliminary Statement Friday, following Thursday’s elections which saw the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by Mr. Andrew Holness emerge victorious over…

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  • Photo of CARICOM mounts Observer Mission for Jamaica’s elections

    CARICOM mounts Observer Mission for Jamaica’s elections

    The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is mounting a CARICOM Electoral Observer Mission to monitor the general elections to be held in Jamaica, Thursday 25 February 2016. The Mission is being headed by Ms. Josephine Tamai, Chief Elections Officer, Elections and Boundaries Department, Belize. The other members of the Mission comprise experts in electoral management and administration from Barbados, The Bahamas, Dominica,…

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  • Photo of Jamaica begins process to get reggae inscribed on UNESCO cultural heritage list

    Jamaica begins process to get reggae inscribed on UNESCO cultural heritage list

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday February 9, 2016 – Jamaica’s Ministry of Youth and Culture is moving to have reggae inscribed on the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Principal Director of the Culture and Creative Industries Policy Division in the Ministry of Youth and Culture, Dr. Janice Lindsay, says the ministry has…

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  • Photo of Jamaica spending millions to upgrade UWI lab to test for Zika virus

    Jamaica spending millions to upgrade UWI lab to test for Zika virus

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Thursday January 21, 2016 – The Jamaica Government is spending J$10 million (US$82,936) to upgrade and improve the Virology Laboratory at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to ensure that testing for the Zika Virus (ZikV) can be carried out locally. Minister of Health Horace Dalley made the announcement yesterday as ZikV, which is transmitted by the Aedes…

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  • Photo of Bahamas PM calls for greater collaboration for Regional economic growth

    Bahamas PM calls for greater collaboration for Regional economic growth

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Jan 20, CMC – Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie says the key to the Caribbean achieving economic growth and development will be its ability to “think strategically and collaborate”. Addressing the Regional Investments and Capital Markets Conference 2016 Trade Show organised by the Jamaica Stock Exchange on Tuesday, Christie said with a collaborative, strategic approach “we can position…

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  • Photo of Jamaica’s climate change fight fuels investments in renewables

    Jamaica’s climate change fight fuels investments in renewables

    By Zadie Neufville KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday January 19, 2106, IPS – By year’s end, Jamaica will add 115 mega watts (MW) of renewable capacity to the power grid, in its quest to reduce energy costs and diversify the energy mix in electricity generation to 30 per cent by 2030. With 90 per cent of its electricity coming from fossil fuels,…

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  • Photo of Jamaica to Host Historic Regional Security Conference

    Jamaica to Host Historic Regional Security Conference

    The Jamaica Defence Force will this year host the Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC) from the 26 to 29 January in Kingston, Jamaica.  The annual conference, which is in its 14th year, is a forum for defence and security chiefs from across the region to hold collective discussions on mutual and common security concerns while sharing experiences and ideas. The…

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