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Dorian strengthens to Category 3 hurricane

By |2019-08-31T10:00:44+00:00August 31st, 2019|news|

MIAMI, Florida (AP) — Hurricane Dorian has strengthened to a major Category 3 storm. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the hurricane is "extremely dangerous" and poses a significant threat to Florida and the northwestern Bahamas. Dorian was located 445 miles (715 kilometers) east of the northwest Bahamas at 2:00 pm EDT on Friday. [...]

Contract signed for phase 1 of South Coast Highway Improvement Project

By |2019-08-27T17:13:22+00:00August 27th, 2019|news|

Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Audrey Sewell providing the project outline at Monday's contract signing ceremony Work is scheduled to begin by the end of next month on the South Coast Highway Improvement Project, starting with the section from Harbour View in St. Andrew to Cedar Valley in St. Thomas. A [...]

G7 pledges millions to help fight Amazon fires

By |2019-08-27T17:09:07+00:00August 27th, 2019|news|

France's President Emmanuel Macron gives a joint-press conference with the US president in Biarritz, south-west France on August 26, 2019, on the third day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. (Photo: AFP) BIARRITZ, France (AFP) — [...]

Tropical Storm Dorian gains steam, heads for Caribbean

By |2019-08-27T16:56:22+00:00August 27th, 2019|news|

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Tropical Storm Dorian intensified yesterday as it approached the Caribbean on a track that will take it near Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic by midweek, possibly at hurricane strength, US forecasters said. Although the storm was moving toward Cuba and Florida, forecasters said it could lose strength as it [...]

Jamaica cautiously optimistic, but monitoring recession prediction

By |2019-08-27T16:52:23+00:00August 27th, 2019|news|

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says that in the event that there is a significant downturn in the global economy that has a large enough effect on Jamaica, the fiscal responsibility laws will provide room for a policy response. “But in the meantime, we are monitoring the situation very closely [...]

Tourism pension scheme will allow for flexible contributions

By |2019-08-27T16:47:48+00:00August 27th, 2019|news|

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (centre), addresses a JIS ‘Think Tank’ recently. With Bartlett (from left) are Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Jennifer Griffith, and Chair of the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme Oversight Committee, Daisy Coke - Contributed photo. Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme will allow for flexible contributions through [...]

Kids abused in special ed – CISOCA data show disabled children face sexual, physical assault in school

By |2019-08-26T15:14:42+00:00August 26th, 2019|news|

Many children with disabilities (CWDs) are being sexually and physically abused by persons inside the special education facilities that they attend, according to the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA). The Gleaner has learnt, through CISOCA, that young girls under the age of 16 appear to be particularly vulnerable to sexual [...]

Jamaica Cancer Society receives mammography unit from Sagicor Foundation

By |2019-08-25T23:02:10+00:00August 25th, 2019|news|

Radiographer Sharisse Francis (seated) shows off the features of the new Picture Archiving and Communication System mammography work-station unit to (from left) Yulit Gordon, Executive Director, Jamaica Cancer Society, Christopher Zacca, President and CEO, Sagicor Group Jamaica and Simone Walker, Executive Director, Sagicor Foundation and Vice President, Group Markting, Sagicor Group Jamaica. In a bid [...]

Jamaicans Encouraged to Make Insurance a part of their Financial Plan

By |2019-08-25T22:55:40+00:00August 25th, 2019|news|

As Jamaica joins the rest of the world in observing National Insurance Awareness Day on June 28, one financial planning expert, is using the opportunity to remind Jamaicans about the importance of insurance to their overall financial success. Rose Miller, grants manager at the JN Foundation and Head of the JN BeWi$e financial empowerment programme, [...]

Gov’t extends life of EPOC Committee to EPOC

By |2019-08-23T20:35:22+00:00August 23rd, 2019|news|

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke (centre) signs the memorandum of understanding to extend the life of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) with EPOC's Chairman Keith Duncan (right) and governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Richard Byles. The memorandum was signed yesterday at the ministry. (Photos: Michael Gordon)   The [...]

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