Category: Observances

Five Facts About Dyslexia in Jamaica

October is observed as Dyslexia Awareness Month. It is a time to help people understand and appreciate the complexity of what has been described as the most prevalent learning disorder worldwide. Dyslexia affects a person’s ability to read, spell, write, and

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Five Facts About Osteoarthritis

What is arthritis? Arthritis is the degeneration and inflammation of the joints. There are 100 different types of arthritis. Five facts about 0steoarthritis Osteoarthritis is caused by the loss of the cartilage (gristle) which cushions contact between the bones in

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10 Roald Dahl Quotes That Spoke Universal Truths

Children’s author Roald Dahl has been an international favourite for decades. His birthday, September 13, is celebrated annually as Roald Dahl Day. His stories, such as Charlie Brown and the Chocolate Factory, Willy Wonka, Fantastic Mr Fox and Matilda, have

Infographics: Prostate Cancer in Jamaica – Stats & Facts

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What is International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances?

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is observed annually on August 30. According to the United Nations’ Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, an enforced disappearance occurs when: “persons are arrested, detained or abducted against their

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10 Facts About Jamaica’s Lizard Population

1. The species Anoles is the most studied species of lizards in Jamaica and the Caribbean. 2. The dewlap, the colourful part under the throat of the lizard that is pushed out,  is actually used for communication and competition! The males compete

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Out of Many, One People: Jamaica’s Rich Chinese Heritage

Once upon a time, Jamaica had an influx of Chinese that caused so much unrest among natives, that the Government implemented quota restrictions on Chinese immigrants. The Chinese who were already here – about 4,000 by the mid-1920s and 6,000

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Amandla! Nelson Mandela’s Epic Jamaica Visit

When Nelson Mandela stood to address Jamaicans on Jamaican soil at the National Stadium, his first words were, “This is the happiest day of my life!” The date was Wednesday, July 24, 1991, and perhaps only the excitement and euphoria

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July Is Bereaved Parents Month: Stats & Facts From Jamaica

Have you ever stopped to think of what life must be like for the mother or father who has lost a child? Can you imagine the emotional turmoil – the sadness, distress and anguish – they must be experiencing? Often, when

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Sickle Cell and Jamaica: Five Major Milestones

Sickle cell disease. Many people may not be aware of it’s prevalence, but it is estimated that 1.8 in every 1,000 persons in the Jamaican population has sickle cell disease, 300 Jamaican babies are born annually with the disease, and 10%

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