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OVER $17 MILLION TO HELP FIGHT BEET ARMY WORM

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, said that $17.7 million has been allocated to assist farmers who were impacted by the beet army worm, especially in sections of Manchester and St. Elizabeth.
 

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Southern Regional Health Authority and Fontana Pharmacy Empower New Parents

The Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) in partnership with Fontana Pharmacy on Thursday, May 18, launched a “Best for Mommy and Baby” initiative at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, to empower new parents.

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CABINET DECISION PENDING ON REVISED WATER SECTOR POLICY

Cabinet is expected to review and approve a revised Water Sector Policy for Jamaica shortly, as disclosed by Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who said the Policy commits the Government to providing universal access to improved water services for all Jamaicans by 2030. Dr. Chang said that the Policy represents the Administration’s decisive approach to addressing the challenges that many Jamaicans experience with the lack of adequate and reliable potable water, particularly in rural communities.  

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OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE ESTABLISHED FOR EARLY-CHILDHOOD SECTOR

An Oversight Committee, headed by Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, has been established to oversee the development of a comprehensive strategy to revitalise the vision for Jamaican children eight years and younger as stated by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid on May 5.The Oversight Committee will have responsibility for reviewing progress made in the early-childhood-development (ECD) sector against established Government targets and against internationally accepted ECD targets.

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FUNDS IDENTIFIED FOR FEASIBILITY STUDY ON GLOBAL IMMIGRATION CARD
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PICA TO IMPLEMENT INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE SERVICE

The Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) will be implementing various initiatives over the next two years to significantly improve customer experience and reduce the waiting time to access and obtain services at the entity. Chief Executive Officer at PICA, Andrew Wynter, said that already, the agency has improved operations by extending its working hours at the Kingston office.  “About three weeks ago, we began offering full services from 6:30 a.m.  Normally, we would open at 6:30 then persons would come in and wait for two hours before we begin operation, but now we have an early shift so the public can be served and processed from that time,” he noted, adding that very soon, the entity will be implementing an online service that will allow persons to apply for their passport online.

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TEACHERS RECOGNISED IN SOUTH WEST ST. ELIZABETH
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GOVERNMENT TO TAKE OVER PRIVATE EARLY CHILDHOOD INSTITUTIONS
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COMMUNITIES ENCOURAGED TO BE PROACTIVE IN PROTECTING CHILDREN

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, is encouraging residents to be more proactive in safeguarding children in their neighbourhoods.  “Be vigilant in your communities, once you suspect something, make a report. The law says if you know something, you must say something,” he said.  Minister Green was speaking at a Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) Parenting Education Project graduation and recognition ceremony, organised by the Ministry, at St. Gabriel’s Anglican Church in May Pen, Clarendon, on May 4.  

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JAMAICA TO EARN FROM REDUCTION OF GHG EMISSIONS
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