Transport Ministry reduces senior citizens’ JUTC fare to $40

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing a short while ago released amended fares for the Jamaica Urban Transit Company which it says will become effective on Sunday, August 24. According to the ministry’s release the amended fares are: adults$120; senior citizens a ... Read more

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Authorities find no reason for nearly 50% of suicides in 2013

By Balford Henry, Senior Staff Reporter

Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 12:35 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica --There were 52 cases of suicide reported in Jamaica in 2013, but the authorities say they are unable to state the reason for nearly 50 percent of these deaths.

According to the Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ), which was tabled in the House of Representatives during Thursday’s opening of the budget debate at Gordon House, the reported cases included 42 males.

The authorities said that the main contributing factors were depression and domestic problems, which accounted for 19.2 per cent, followed by mental disorder which accounted for 13.5 per cent. However, the National Security and Justice departments were unable to state the reasons for 46.2 per cent of the suicides.

Most of those who committed suicides were in the 31-35 age group (8 cases), followed by 16-20 and 21-25 age groups (7 cases each) and the 36-40 and 41-45 age groups (5 each).

The most common method was hanging, which accounted for 82.7 percent followed by the ingestion of poisonous substances at 7.7 percent. There was one case of murder/suicide.

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