Month: November 2015

Drug Awareness Month: Tobacco Abuse

Smoked, chewed or inhaled through second-hand smoke, tobacco constitutes a public health hazard. Tobacco contains 7,000 chemicals, 70 are known cancer-causing agents. The list of chemicals include methane, arsenic, carbon monoxide, lead, ammonia, copper, tar, acetone and nicotine. They trigger a

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6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 30, 2015

Halt To Baby Burials – Dalley Asks If Mothers Still Want State To Dispose Of Bodies. There was no State-sanctioned burial of any babies on the weekend, even though the necessary paperwork was in place to facilitate such an endeavour, Health

A Conversation With Ingrid Riley, Jamaican Tech Guru

Ingrid Riley is a Jill of many trades within the Jamaican and Caribbean digital space. She is a tech pioneer – entrepreneur, digital strategist, researcher, event planner, mentor and more, helping to guide others as they start or continue their journeys

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6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 27, 2015

‘Ridiculous’ $1,000 Fine – Business Leaders, Civil Society Slam Paltry Penalty For Gov’t Procurement Breaches. Ridiculous and absolutely insignificant. Those were just some of the words used by private-sector leaders and one government watchdog group to describe the maximum penalty of

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Murder By The Numbers – 1 Every 7 Hours

Up to Monday, November 23, the number of homicides committed in Jamaica since the start of 2015 stood at 1,116. Broken down, that means that one person is murdered every seven hours, according to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). This means

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6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 26, 2015

Come Sit With Me, Dr Dawes – Health Minister Invites Former JMDA Head To Discuss Concerns. Health Minister Horace Dalley has invited immediate past president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), Dr Alfred Dawes, to sit with him after the outspoken

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#IDEVAW – Violence Against Women: A Global Pandemic In Many Forms

Today is being observed as International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW). Women’s activists have marked November 25 as a day against violence since 1981, marking the date of the brutal assassination in 1960, of the three Mirabal

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6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 25, 2015

Politics Responsible For Jamaica’s Diseased Health Sector – Dawes. Blaming politics for the reason Jamaica’s health sector is in its diseased state, Dr Alfred Dawes, immediate past president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA), has sounded a defiant call to

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A Quick Look At Local Government Reform Efforts

November is observed annually as Local Government and Community Development Month. Earlier, we shared information on the various agencies of local government. Today, we take a look at the Local Governance Act, which was passed in July. The Constitution (Amendment) (Local Government) Act

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Economy Update: End of October 2015

    Above, is the October instalment of our monthly Economy Updates. Noteworthy stories include the Main Index of the JSE showing continued growth and reports that unemployment is at a three year low. For more information on Jamaica’s economic performance, check

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