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ALCOHOL REMAINS MOST USED DRUG IN JAMAICA

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 27 (JIS):                                                           BY: TOMEICA GUNN 

            Alcohol continues to be the most widely used drug in Jamaica, with 40 per cent of the population or four out of every 10 people reporting that they currently use the substance.

This is according to the most recent Household Drug Survey conducted by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA).

            Seventy-five per cent of the population said that they had used alcohol at some point in their lifetime.

GOV’T MOVES AHEAD WITH PLANS TO CREATE SINGLE ICT REGULATOR

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 25 (JIS):

The Government is moving ahead with plans to establish a single regulator for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, said the legislative and regulatory changes necessary to facilitate the move are expected to be brought to Parliament in 2017.

He noted that the objective is to ensure cohesion across the sector “thereby creating a more modern fit-for-purpose framework”.

GOV’T TO ESTABLISH NATIONAL SECURITY POLYTECHNIC

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 26 (JIS):

            The Government plans to establish a security polytechnic institution, which will enable security personnel to earn certification that will put them on a path for higher learning.

            National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, said beneficiaries will include members of the Jamaica Constabulary Fore (JCF), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), immigration and correctional officers, and security guards.

            He said the training and certification provided will empower them to invest in their own future.

FOOD-IMPORT BILL TRENDING DOWN

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 25 (JIS):

Jamaica’s food import bill continues its downward trend, with data indicating that there was a 0.7 per cent reduction or US$2.4 million for the period January to May 2016.

            This was noted by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, in a message read by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry, Stephen Wedderburn, at the 13th anniversary of the Eat Jamaican Day exposition, on the lawns of Devon House, in Kingston, today (November 25).

SMES TO BENEFIT FROM CARIBBEAN ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSET AND COMMERCIALISATION PROJECT

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 25 (JIS):

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean region are to benefit from a technical cooperation project that will enable them to generate wealth from their intellectual entrepreneurial assets (IEA).

Dubbed Regional Entrepreneurial Asset and Commercialization Hub (REACH), the project will provide capacity building, training and mentorship in technology commercialisation; creative industries intellectual asset management; and product branding value capturing.

TECHNOLOGY MINISTER HAILS SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY

Monday, 05 December 2016

 

KINGSTON, Nov. 25 (JIS):

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, has lauded the role of the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) in advancing Jamaica’s telecommunications and broadband landscape over the past 15 years.

He said the SMA, which is the national regulator for the radio frequency spectrum, has facilitated expansion in a number of entities.

These, the Minister outlined, includes more than 20 radio stations, three local

SMES TO BENEFIT FROM CARIBBEAN ENTREPRENEURIAL ASSET AND COMMERCIALISATION PROJECT

Monday, 05 December 2016

KINGSTON, Nov. 25 (JIS):

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean region are to benefit from a technical cooperation project that will enable them to generate wealth from their intellectual entrepreneurial assets (IEA).

Dubbed Regional Entrepreneurial Asset and Commercialization Hub (REACH), the project will provide capacity building, training and mentorship in technology commercialisation; creative industries intellectual asset management; and product branding value capturing.