HAJ Encourages Prospective Homebuyers to Plan Effectively

Story Highlights In light of the Government’s thrust to supply the demand for affordable housing, the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is encouraging persons to plan effectively to purchase a home.“We want to encourage persons in the interim to get their pre-qualification letters and secure their deposits,” Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, told JIS News in an interview.Mr. Jones said that planning is essential when purchasing a home and allows for all the necessary steps, such as securing a mortgage lender and house deposit to be covered by potential purchasers.“The HAJ doesn’t start accepting deposits until after construction begins and we publish on our website once we have started, so we normally ask interested persons to monitor our website https://hajl.gov.jm/,” he said.After ground is broken for a housing solution, it takes approximately 90 days until the construction of the development begins.Mr. Jones pointed out that the HAJ will start construction for over 600 one, two and three-bedroom housing solutions later this year in Shooters Hill, Portmore, so interested persons can start making the necessary preparation to make a purchase.The units will range in price from $7.6 million for the one-bedroom starter units to $17.5 million for the three-bedroom units. The development is to be phased over three years and will be gated, featuring community play areas and a police post. “We want to encourage persons in the interim to get their pre-qualification letters and secure their deposits,” Senior Public Relations and Marketing Manager at the HAJ, Richard Jones, told JIS News in an interview. Mr. Jones said that planning is essential when purchasing a home and allows for all the necessary steps, such as securing a mortgage lender and house deposit to be covered by potential purchasers. In light of the Government’s thrust to supply the demand for affordable housing, the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) is encouraging persons to plan effectively to purchase a home. read more

Health Minister Warns Against Using Bleaching Creams

The Minister was speaking at the launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 10). He also called on persons who are aging to focus on eating healthy and exercising, rather than using quick formulas to look younger, as the creams oftentimes have long- term side-effects that impact the health of the users. As the region prepares to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day on Saturday (September 14), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for persons to desist from using bleaching creams as anti-aging formulas. As the region prepares to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day on Saturday (September 14), Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, has reiterated calls for persons to desist from using bleaching creams as anti-aging formulas.The Minister was speaking at the launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on Tuesday (September 10).He also called on persons who are aging to focus on eating healthy and exercising, rather than using quick formulas to look younger, as the creams oftentimes have long- term side-effects that impact the health of the users.“I am saying to the population, bleaching cream is unhealthy. It’s not going to make you look better and enjoy longevity of life. It won’t solve the aging issue,” Dr. Tufton said.“Bleaching cream and plastic surgery cannot deal with aging… I think the world has become enticed, whether through marketing efforts, anecdotal evidence, our own personal hopes and aspirations, that there’s a quick fix to everything that we do, and can be enticed with measures for self-preservation that give a very short-term hope and ultimately leads to dismay and disaster,” he added.Dr. Tufton said there are some fundamental underpinning (set of ideas and motives) of healthy aging, driven by science and research, with best practices that include living a lifestyle that moderates consumption habits with activities each day, which he is encouraging Jamaicans to consider, instead of bleaching their skin.“The real solution lies in how we treat with ourselves and how we take responsibility for caring for ourselves and, indeed, beyond that, planning for the future… We need to see aging as an opportunity, not as a threat,” he said.On Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Wellness, along with its stakeholders, will be hosting numerous activities in recognition of Caribbean Wellness Day 2019.Some of these activities include health expos and health fairs. One major activity promoting healthy lifestyles, which will take place in Jamaica on Caribbean Wellness Day, is the Colour Me Happy Run at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew, which is endorsed by Jamaica Moves. Story Highlights read more