Gov’t steps up anti-dengue campaign after December leap

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Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday said that figures provided by the Epidemiological Unit confirmed that the dengue virus epidemic threshold was breached in December.He said that the 123 dengue cases (suspected, presumed, and confirmed) reported in December, breached the threshold of 96 reported cases for the first time during 2018.

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Sandals to eliminate Styrofoam at all its resorts

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Sandals Resorts International (SRI) says that in a continued display of its commitment to protect the environment it will, as of February 1, 2019, eliminate all Styrofoam from its 19 Sandals and Beaches Resorts across the region.The company also recently eliminated single-use plastics from its operations.

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15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica

Observer on January 4th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE economic and trade relationship between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China is very active, with 15 Chinese companies operating in Jamaica with cumulative investments of US$2 billion.

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Police impose curfew as SOE ends in St Catherine North

Observer on January 4th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

A curfew imposed in sections of the St Catherine North Police Division at 6:00 pm on Wednesday will remain in effect until 6:00 pm today.The boundaries of the curfew are as follows:North: Along Greendale main road from the bridge at Dempshire Pen to the intersection with Michael Manley Boulevard.East: Along Michael Manley Boulevard from Greendale main road to the intersection with Spanish Town Bypass.

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UDC to act on recommendations from audit of St Ann attractions

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THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) says it will, within two weeks, act on recommendations coming out of an independent forensic audit into allegations of fraud and corruption at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and two other tourist attractions managed by the St Ann Development Company (SADCO).

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This Day in History — January 4

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Today is the 4th day of 2019. There are 361 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1974: US President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee. OTHER EVENTS1762: Britain declares war against Spain and Naples.1797: Napoleon Bonaparte defeats Austrians at Rivoli, Italy.

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‘Stop playing with people’s lives’

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As the Government and Opposition are preparing to discuss crime and national security issues on Monday, some Jamaicans are reiterating their appeal for a continuation of the state of public emergency (SOE) which will expire in the remaining two areas by the end of this month.

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‘Chucky’ Brown has another wait

Observer on January 4th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE sentencing of Constable Collis “Chucky” Brown failed to get under way yesterday in the the Home Circuit Court due to Wednesday’s closing of the Christmas term.Brown, who was convicted last November on three counts of murder, wounding with intent and conspiracy to murder, was further remanded for sentencing on January 25.

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Thousands placed in employment overseas in 2018

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A total of 16,681 Jamaicans were placed in employment opportunities in Canada and the United States under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s overseas employment programme during the 2018 season.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister Shahine Robinson during a send-off ceremony for 300 Jamaicans, who will take up employment opportunities in Canada for this year under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).

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Close to 300 J’cans depart for jobs in Canada

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CLOSE to 300 Jamaicans will be taking up employment opportunities in Canada under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP).The workers, 87 per cent of whom are returnees, will be deployed mainly to farms in Ontario. They began departing the island yesterday.

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