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World AIDS Day: Removing the stigma in Jamaica through public awareness

Many communities in Jamaica are currently plagued by HIV/AIDS because there is still a huge stigma around the disease either because of misinformation or the lack there of. In a small community called Maidstone in Manchester and also surrounding communities, AIDS is “taking over”, victims are so afraid to go to the clinics to be tested and or treated. This leads to worsening of the condition or in most cases spreading and eventually death of the host. In clinics where there is an HIV tracking system, such as the Mandeville Hospital STD clinic, the disease can be traced from hosts to new victims, but not all the victims will come to get tested and will only know that the disease is present in their body when the symptoms start to show or when the host, if not treated succumb to the disease.

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Jamaica to host election amidst Corona virus outbreak

Jamaicans have cast a ballot multiple times in an overall political race since Universal Adult Suffrage in 1994. The eighteenth general political race will happen in just shy of three weeks on Thursday, September 3, 2020.

This denotes the second time Jamaicans would have decided to vote the same time in the equivalent month. The solitary September surveys – the customary ‘class kickoff’ month is generally maintained a strategic distance from as the country gets ready for the beginning of the new school year. The last September elections were held on Monday, September 3, 2007.

The 2007 date was affected by Hurricane Dean as Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller had to push back the August 27 date she had set before the storm affected the nation and eleven others. Simpson Miller and the People’s National Party (PNP) lost in a nearby political decision to the Bruce Golding-drove Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and political savants have to a great extent connected the misfortune to the difference in date.

For Jamaica’s eighteenth general decisions since the achievement of Universal Adult Suffrage on September 3, around 30 ladies are to be relied upon to be handled by the two significant ideological groups to enter the race to become parliamentarians.

This speaks to about four percent expansion in the number of female applicants when contrasted with the 2016 General Elections, which saw 24 ladies being assigned as the possibility to compete for a portion of the 63 seats that were available to all.

An aggregate of 96 men is scheduled to be handled as competitors competing for the race to go into Gordon House this year – 45 for the decision Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and 52 for the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP). The awkwardness in sexual orientation portrayal is nothing unexpected, as men have had a more extended history of being the favored sex to get the more prominent number of the nomination of both major political associations in Jamaica, and more likely than not, likewise all-inclusive..

Of the 63 applicants being introduced by the JLP who are so far affirmed to challenge the races, 19 or 30.2 percent of them are ladies.

Of note, this speaks to an expansion of eight in the number of ladies running on a JLP ticket, when contrasted with 11 in the 2016 General Elections.

For their Opposition partners, 17.5 percent of the 63 applicants are ladies. In the 2016 races, the PNP chose 13 ladies, however this time around, 11 ladies have so far highlighted on their record of 63 competitors.

Generally, that number recommends that there is an abatement of 3.13 percent female possibility for the Peter Phillips-driven PNP.

Both the People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are expected to field a full slate of 63 candidates while the newly formed Jamaica Progressive Party could have candidates in two-thirds of the seats.

The election is being held at a time when Jamaica is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, which could impact voter turnout.

Holness said this demands that there are balance and responsibility.

“It has to be about ensuring that we keep people safe and we balance the economy,” he said.

Causes and Treatment of Infertility among Black Men


Infertility is a growing problem. According to studies, every one out of six couples goes through such a condition. It is a common belief that women are the sole responsible for not conceiving or bearing a child. While that is not true, a man plays an equal part in the process and so can also be responsible for infertility. Black men have a very low infertility rate as compared to black women. It is believed that black men have a high fertility rate; however, some conditions could decrease it among black men.

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Causes and Treatment of Infertility in Black Women


The rate of infertility is getting higher with each passing day in women and black women are also no exception in the scenario. Many women suffer shame and silence due to their inability to conceive or give birth to a child. Infertility is becoming a poignant matter, especially among black women. The infertility rate among black women is higher as compared to the general population. With the advancement in science and technology, many new methods have emerged that can be helpful in this regard.

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Jamaica to reopen its borders

KINGSTON – Effective Monday, June 15th, 2020, The Jamaican Government  will be transitioning into the newest phase of re-opening their economy, especially their renowned tourism sector.  According to a release on the website of the U.S. State Department, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), “Jamaica is far advance in its planned opening of borders for the approximately 5000 to 6000 visitors/tourists expected to arrive within the first few weeks by air travel. However, the Jamaican Government has announced that all visitors/tourists will be mandated to undergo coronavirus testing upon entry to the country reverting on an earlier decision to allow this to be a voluntary procedure.

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Is Jamaica’s reopening premature

Jamaica recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 10, 2020. That case involved a female who traveled to the island from the United Kingdom, to attend a funeral.
Since then special orders were announced under the Disaster Risk Management Act, 2015 in addition to the closure of the island’s borders to incoming passenger traffic, in a bid to contain and prevent further spread of the virus. These containment and prevention measures were in line with established practices worldwide.


That was approximately 11 weeks ago and since then the economic impact of these measures has been significant. With a fragile economy just recovering from years of chronic underperformance, the downturn in commercial activity could not have been more inopportune.
Faced with a rising clamor from micro-enterprises in concert with corporate businesses, urging the government to relax the special orders made under the Emergency Risk Management Act, the government of Jamaica has relented. The need to stimulate the economy has been weighed against the need to contain and prevent the spread of the virus, and a balance seemingly struck. To his credit, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, has consistently maintained, since the advent of the pandemic in Jamaica, that this is a balance that must be found.
The first indication of relaxation of these orders was that places of worship would be allowed more than the stipulated limit of10 persons for social gatherings, with strict adherence to physical distancing, temperature checks, face masks, and sanitization measures required.
Next came the reopening of community bars and taverns, for an initial two week trial period, with similarly strict measures inclusive of face masks. This made for widespread satire as the issue of facemasks whilst drinking became a hot topic. Thus far, in true Jamaican fashion, a workaround to the situation was found and the bars have been allowed to stay open beyond the initial trial period. Sports bars, nightclubs, and other places of amusement that serve alcoholic beverages are still closed. The Prime Minister has announced that he is reviewing the orders in place for these establishments and an announcement is expected soon.
The stay at home orders previously announced by the Prime Minister has expired and employees tentatively made their way back to their various places of employment as of June 1, 2020. The work from home measures that were adopted during the period of ‘lockdown’ seems to be continuing in many establishments as a “new normal” emerges.

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Jamaica To Open Borders-Work from home order expired

After the most difficult time, the Prime Minister of Jamaica has decided to open its borders. The borders were closed on March 21 following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. The first case of coronavirus in Jamaica made people overwhelmed with different kinds of fears. It was the fear of financial problems, psychic issues, and the greatest fear of death.

We are still human beings and we cannot survive in the isolation. “Jamaica does not have the luxury of other economies that have large savings. So more than other countries, Jamaicans have to learn to live with the COVID pandemic,” said Jamaican Prime Minister, Andre Holness.

The coronavirus has declined over the last few days. Moreover, the government has allowed the return of its citizens under the controlled reentry program. According to the sources, more than 2,300 persons have entered into Jamaica.

All incoming tourists are subjected to screening before entering the country. Similarly, the Jamaicans are coming back from other countries to their homes. They are not considered in the “travel bubble”. After a thorough screening, they are subjected to stay at their homes for 14 days quarantine.

The prime minister cautioned that the opening up of the border is likely to increase the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases which up to Sunday, May 31, stood at 586.

“We must use our available resources in a targeted way to manage and mitigate the risk,” the prime minister said, adding that “We do not have the resources to eliminate the risk”

The island of Jamaica is reopening its borders for travelers beginning June 15.

Sea Moss (Bladderwrack and Irish Moss)

Sea Moss (100 Capsules)

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Sea Moss is one of the most nutritious substances you can consume and in capsule form. Sea Moss is a combination of two seaweeds: Bladderwrack (also known as Sea Wrack) and Irish Moss. Both of these seaweeds are loaded in nutrition, bio-available nutrition: iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, etc. Plus protein (amino acids), vitamins, B-vitamins, beta-carotene, etc. Over ninety minerals in total.

Sea Moss is great for electrifying the body, toning the nerves, promoting healthy bowel movements (and aids in the formation of stools), counters indigestion, regulates the appetite and thus helpful for weight release and maintenance, addresses adverse thyroid conditions (as thyroid is chiefly comprised of iodine), nourishes the bones and skeletal structure, etc. A great beverage to give to children and starting at a very young age.

Quantity: 100 capsules.

Pregnancy: Safe to consume.

Breastfeeding:Safe to consume.

Children: Safe to consume (ages 12 and above)

Contraindication: Do not take with prescription medication.

Ingredients: Irish moss and Bladderwrack (also known as Sea Wrack)

Additional Ingredients: none

Capsules: Hard HPMC, Clear EMBO Capsules. Size # “o”. Vegetable (Vegan). Digestibility: 100%.

Vegan Product. Contains no preservatives, fillers, binders, food coloring, additives, or other excipients. Free of GMO ingredients, gluten, soy, corn, and nuts.

Instructions (for use): Take three (3) capsules with water. Use daily or as needed. Best if taken forty-five (45) minutes before or after a meal.

Best Time to Take: Morning, afternoon.

Container Information (Specs): 150 CC RP HDPE White 38/400 Bottle with White Rib top (with inner protective seal).

Weight: 3.2 ounces.

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Benefits of Fennel Seeds

Benefits of Fennel Seeds
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a plant in the carrot, celery, and parsley family. It is a sweet-smelling herb that has been broadly utilized as a zest and customary medication.

It began in the Mediterranean, yet today it is developed everywhere throughout the world.

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Benefits of the Goldenseal Herb

Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is one of the most well known herbs available today. It was generally utilized by Native Americans to treat skin issue, stomach related issues, liver conditions, looseness of the bowels, and eye aggravations. Goldenseal turned out to be a piece of early provincial clinical consideration as the European pilgrims took in of it from the Iroquois and different clans.

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BREAKING NEWS: Coronavirus is in Jamaica

Despite the attempts by the government to calm the public in reference to the outbreak of the coronavirus, it has been confirmed that it is indeed here. The Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton, held a press conference today at

Ministry’s New Kingston Head Office disclosing that, the patient in question, arrived in the island, on March 4, 2020. It is speculated that the woman contracted the virus while visiting the UK. Since the individual returned, she has exhibited signs of the illness and was taken to the University Hospital of The West Indies, UHWI, where she was tested and the test confirmed traces of COVID-19. The patient is in isolation.


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