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Jamaica closes all public schools, beginning tomorrow for 14 days

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#KINGSTON, March 12 (JIS):

           All public schools will be closed for 14 days, beginning Friday, March 13. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement at a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday (March 12),

From Bahamas Ministry of Health

           He said that the decision was made after consultation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and will be reviewed after 10 days. Mr. Holness advised parents to use the next three days to make preparations for their children to continue their studies at home.

            “That would give us time, as well, to complete our preparations to ensure that those schools that would not have Internet connectivity that they could receive materials to distribute to students, so that they can continue their education at home,”  he noted.

            He informed that the HEART Trust/National Service and Training Agency (NSTA) will close its community-based training programmes with immediate effect.

            “All their… HOPE (Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment) training programmes, those will remain closed for the same 14 days, to be reviewed after 10 days,” he said.

            He noted that the school closure does not include universities, which have a different scheme of management.

            State Minister for Education, Hon. Alando Terrelonge, who also addressed the press conference, said that the closure notice will incorporate early-childhood institutions, teachers’ colleges and community colleges.

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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