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Amber HEART Academy the First Step in Creating a Coding Industry – PM Holness


Amber HEART Academy the First  Step in Creating a Coding Industry – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness today (January 14) officially launched Jamaica’s first ever Coding Academy through a Amber HEART/NSTA  Trust partnership. The Coding Academy will significantly improve the employability of citizens, particularly the nation’s youth. Students will undergo an intensive year-long residency training at the Stony Hill HEART/NSTA campus with an internship component, where they will […]

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Government Examining Options to Address Loss of Teaching Time Due to Covid-19 – PM Holness


Government Examining Options to Address Loss of Teaching Time Due to Covid-19 – PM Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government of Jamaica is moving with alacrity to ensure Jamaican students can participate in the digital age with devices that will give them access to online classes. Through his Positive Jamaica Foundation, Prime Minister Holness last week (Wednesday, January 6, 2021), distributed 600 devices, including tablets and laptops, to […]

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Jamaica Has Lost A True Icon and Businessman of the Highest Order with the Passing of the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart


Jamaica Has Lost A True Icon and Businessman of the Highest Order with the Passing of the Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart

It is with deep sadness that I learnt of the passing of one of Jamaica’s most brilliant, innovative and transformative business minds, the Honourable Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart OJ, CD, Hon. LLD. Butch Stewart is a Jamaican icon and businessman of the highest order. He was a nationalist who truly and deeply loved his country. He […]

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Government Reiterates that Curfew Hours are to be Strictly Observed by All


Government Reiterates that Curfew Hours are to be Strictly Observed by All

The Government is reiterating that the Curfew Orders over the holiday season, in particular on December 31, 2020, and January 1, 2021, will be strictly enforced. On December 31, 2020, the curfew will begin at 10:00 PM and end at 5:00 AM on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2021). On New Year’s Day, the curfew will begin at 7:00 PM and […]

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UK Travel Ban Extended until January 31


UK Travel Ban Extended until January 31

KINGSTON, Jamaica. Thursday, December 31, 2020: The Government of Jamaica has extended the travel ban on flights coming in country from the UK until Sunday, January 31, 2021. Additionally, all non-Jamaicans who have been in the UK within the last 14 days prior to intended arrival date in Jamaica, who may seek to enter the island through […]

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COVID-19 Measures Tightened for Westmoreland


COVID-19 Measures Tightened for Westmoreland

The Government has implemented tighter COVID-19 measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act for the parish of Westmoreland amid increases in the number of active cases there. Speaking yesterday (December 15, 2020) in Parliament, Prime Minister Andrew Holness stated that recently, the parish has experienced increased cases coupled with increased hospitalizations and deaths. This, he […]

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Government Tables New NIDS and Registration Act


Government Tables New NIDS and Registration Act

The Government yesterday (Tuesday, December 15) tabled the new National Identification System and Registration Act 2020  in Parliament. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the new Bill will improve the government’s ability to serve citizens. Notwithstanding, a major feature of the Bill is that it will be voluntary. “This Bill seeks to improve the efficiency in […]

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PM Holness Calls on First World Countries Not to Turn Inwards During the Covid-19 Pandemic


PM Holness Calls on First World Countries Not to Turn Inwards During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling on countries which traditionally provide aid to other countries, especially Small Island Developing States,  not to cut back on their international aid budget. The Prime Minister’s comments come as reports out of the United Kingdom suggests that the European nation is set to cut its international aid budget by […]

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