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SKILLS BANK TO BE ESTABLISHED FOR PENSIONERS

The Jamaica Government Pensioners Association (JGPA) will be establishing a skills bank, which will enable retirees to continue to utilise their talents to earn an income.

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MSMES URGED TO UTILISE DBJ VOUCHER PROGRAMME

Micro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) are being encouraged to utilise the variety of business support services offered under the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) programme.

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PROPERTY TAX COLLECTION STRONG FOR FIRST QUARTER

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, is reporting an increase in property tax collections for the first quarter of 2017/18, with $3.7 billion garnered for April to June.

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PM REITERATES URGENCY OF PENSION REFORM

Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness said that urgency must be placed on settling the issue of public- sector pension reform. 

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GOVERNMENT TO SPEND $23 MILLION TO ENSURE SMOOTH IMPLEMENTATION OF TRAFFIC TICKET AMNESTY

The Government will be spending $23 million to carry out various activities to ensure the smooth implementation of a three-month traffic ticket amnesty, scheduled to begin on August 2.

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CHAIRMAN PROPOSES REVIEW PERIOD FOR EMPLOYERS

It has been proposed that employers be given a two-month period to review their budgets before the agreed adjustment to the national minimum wage for this year takes effect.

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YOUTH WELCOME NATIONAL SERVICE CORPS

The brainchild of Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, the National Service Corps (NSC) programme aims to create an avenue for young people, ages 18 to 23, to be fully empowered through national service.

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ENTREPRENEUR PRAISES THE EXPERTISE OF THE SRC
Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC), Dr. Cliff Riley (right), smells a soap from Tayna’s Body Care, while Mr. Tanya Powell Edwards observes.

Chief Executive Officer at Tayna’s Body Care, Tanya Powell Edwards, is praising the Scientific Research Council (SRC) for the expertise provided in the development of her personal care products, adding that she has received training from the Agency in how to make natural bar soaps and body washes.

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TEF INVESTS $750M IN HEALTH SECTOR

Having already invested over $750 million in the health sector, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the Ministry of Tourism is again partnering with the Ministry of Health on a programme to safeguard the health of visitors and locals, while ensuring sustainability of the hospitality industry.

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SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE TO IGNITE JAMAICAN BUSINESSES

 As the nation gets into the full swing of the Jamaica 55 Independence Festival, Jamaicans at home and aboard are being invited to participate in this year’s “Spirit of Independence” promotion.   

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