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Jamaica General Elections To Be Held on February 25th

Prime Minister of Jamaica and People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller last night ended months of speculation and put the electorate in full election mode with her announcement in Half-Way-Tree square that the country’s 17th general election is to be held on Thursday, February 25. Parliament is to be dissolved on February 5, and nominations are to be held ...

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Jamaica Public Servants Get Pay Increase

After several months of negotiations and more than a dozen drafts of a new wage deal, the Jamaican government has finally reached an agreement with most of the island’s public sector trade unions that will see civil servants getting a 7% pay hike and increased benefits. The majority of unions and associations bargaining with the Portia Simpson-Miller administration under the ...

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Jamaica Receives Temperature Check Machines

The health ministry says it has now acquired machines to do temperature checks at the island’s ports and will today begin training staff to use them. Last week, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had announced that the country was seeking to acquire the machines in light of the threat posed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Speaking in an ...

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Chik-V Money To Be Dispensed in Jamaica

Members of Parliament are to receive j$2 million each for chikungunya clean-up in their constituencies.   At the same time, councillors are to receive $600,000 for clean-up in their divisions. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made the announcement during a meeting with MPs and councillors at Jamaica House this afternoon. The money is to be dispensed immediately, Simpson Miller said.

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Red Stripe To Invest us$10m in Cassava

Local Jamaican brewing company, Red Stripe, has said that it will invest us$10 million (J$1,124 Billion) over the next five years to set up a cassava supply chain, as it moves to use the tuber to offset barley imports utilized in beer production. “It is not just about growing cassava, it’s about setting up a cassava supply chain. We have ...

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j$500m More Added To Chik-V Response Fund

Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller has announced an additional j$500 million for the national health emergency response. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on a Chik-V clean up exercise. At a press conference at Jamaica House this morning, Simpson Miller said the money would help towards the Chickungunya response and for Ebola preparations. The Government had already announced a j$150 million ...

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Digicel Foundation Unveils ‘Evolution’ Monument

The Digicel Foundation showcased its continued commitment to the redevelopment of Downtown Kingston with the unveiling of a new monument at the Breezy Castle Roundabout on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Digicel Jamaica relocated its headquarters to the downtown area in 2012 and since then, has partnered with the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) ...

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Derrick Kellier is The New Minister of Agriculture

Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier has been given permanent responsibility for the Agriculture and Fisheries portfolio. The Office of the Prime Minister announced the appointment yesterday. Keller will be assisted by Luther Buchanan who has been assigned as Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour and Social Security. In his new assignment, Buchanan will retain responsibility for Rural Development. ...

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The Sunshine Girls Receive us$1000 Each

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller presented us$1000 (j$112,240.00) cheques to 11 of the 12 Sunshine Girls who copped bronze at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in August. The funds were promised after the team returned from the games in August at the opening of the re-furbished Leila Robinson Courts in Kingston. The netballers are currently in training for Fast5 which ...

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Gov’t Adds J$150m To Chik-V Response Fund

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is reporting that the government has allocated an additional J$150 million to fund Jamaica’s response to the Chikungunya virus. The response includes a “massive” clean-up campaign aimed at destroying and removing mosquito breeding sites. Following a ministerial meeting on Wednesday, the Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott, said J$140 million had been set aside ...

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