Dead end for cemeteries - Ja has quarter of burial space needed under NEPA standards

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Jamaica has only a quarter of the minimum designated land space it should have for burying the dead, sparking concern among environmental and planning officials that more families should cremate their relatives or find other alternatives to…

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Cancer shot misfires - Dengue, flu cripple HPV vaccination drive; thousands of girls fall through cracks

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The dengue fever and influenza outbreaks have delivered a blow to the Government’s programme administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to grade seven girls across Jamaica, resulting in only 400 students of the entire current national…

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No free-for-all for cemeteries – water expert

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One of Jamaica’s leading groundwater experts is seeking to assure residents terrified about the public-health dangers of proposed cemeteries that all sites undergo rigorous inspections and analyses before the green light is given. The country’s…

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Chesterfield waiting to exhale - Long-promised bridge to transform life for St Mary residents

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Wednesday night’s spontaneous celebration by residents of Chesterfield, St Mary, at the bridge that will provide vehicular access to the rural community was a measure of the heightened expectation, with the structure projected to be completed in…

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‘Time for a change’ - In cremation pitch, NEPA urges against burning money on fancy funerals

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Religious and cultural beliefs are cited as the main barriers to the majority of Jamaicans cremating their dead, even as cemeteries pile up with bodies and the burial inventory hurtles towards saturation point. Data from the National Environment…

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MoH admits that ‘barriers’ hijack HPV vaccine drive

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The Ministry of Health (MoH) has admitted that it has faced barriers to its efforts to vaccinate Jamaican girls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that aims to dramatically reduce vulnerability to cervical cancer in adulthood. A January…

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Contract killers - Short-term work upends stability, loan prospects for youths

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Jamaica’s youth unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 22 per cent last year July, but president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, is concerned that a large number of young employees are living on the edge because…

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Kids barred from Hope - Wards in state care forced to jostle in traffic to enter public park

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Wards of the Jamaica National Children’s Home yesterday received a donation of 10 bicycles, helmets and other safety equipment, but there are concerns that lack of access to the rear of Hope Botanic Gardens in St Andrew could put a spoke in the…

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Marriage gets cold shoulder

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Jamaicans are fast falling out of love with marriage, as weddings have plunged almost 23 per cent in the nine years up to 2018. That means that almost 10,000 fewer people are getting married here. The massive drop in unions has been attributed by…

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Jamaican world-beaters praised for TIME-less contribution

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Two senior literature critics have showered praise on author Marlon James who, along with cosmetics doyenne, Britain-born Pat McGrath, is one of two Jamaicans listed by TIME Magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. The last…

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