No dengue outbreak

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FORT CHARLOTTE, Hanover — Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has flatly rejected assertions that there is another dengue outbreak on the island. “As of now, we are happy to say that there is no dengue outbreak, and we continue to monitor the situation as we go forward,” assured Dr Tufton.

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UTech extends exhibition on the life and times of Edward Seaga

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THE University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has extended its exhibition on the life and times of the late Edward Seaga, former prime minister and chancellor of the university.The exhibition will now run until July 5 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. It is free and open to the public for viewing.

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JANAAC accredits first inspection body

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THE Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID) has become the first local food inspection body to be accredited by the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC). The FSPID, which is a division of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, was recently awarded its accreditation certificate for successfully complying with the standard of ISO/IEC 17020.

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Region likely to be affected by drought up to September

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) said yesterday that drought conditions in the Caribbean will continue in several countries from July to September this year.In its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks publication, the CIMH said that the situation is due in part to a weak El Niño.

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BOJ maintains policy rate on overnight balances at 0.75 per cent

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THE Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has announced that it is maintaining the policy rate offered on overnight balances from deposit-taking institutions at 0.75 per cent, effective yesterday.In a statement on Thursday, the central bank said this is based on its latest assessment that monetary conditions are appropriate to support the achievement of the inflation target of four to six per cent, over the medium-term.

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Vaccine no match against flu bug

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ATLANTA, USA (AP) — United States health officials say the flu vaccine this year has turned out to be a big disappointment.The vaccine didn’t work against a flu bug that popped up halfway through the flu season. Figures released Thursday showed the vaccine was only 29 per cent effective overall.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the vaccine turned out to be a mismatch against the later strain of the flu.

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Prison overflowing

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THE current population of Jamaica’s major prison, the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre (TSACC), is almost double the capacity of the close to 200- year-old institution located in Kingston.According to the latest figures released by the Government, at the end of 2018, the TSACC was accommodating 1,619 convicts, or 90.5 per cent above its maximum prisoner capacity of 850.

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Celebrating Russia

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Jamaica Public Service President Emanuel Darose (left) and wife poses for a photo op with Vladimir Vinokurov, Russia’s Ambassador to Jamaica. Occasion was the recently celebratioin for Russia’s National Day, held at the Terra Nova All-suite Hotel in Kingston.

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France fries: Record heat hits tourists, schools, hospitals in Europe

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PARIS, France (AP) — Schools are dousing kids with water and nursing homes are equipping the elderly with hydration sensors as France and other nations battle a record-setting heat-wave baking much of Europe.Several people have died around the continent in incidents that authorities are linking to the exceptional weather. A major wildfire raged yesterday in Spain, sparked when a pile of chicken dung spontaneously combusted in the heat.

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Peter Phillips says PNP targeting 10 additional seats

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PEOPLE’S National Party President Dr Peter Phillips said Thursday night that the party is focusing its energy on 10 additional seats in the next general election, constitutionally due by 2021.Phillips was speaking at the launch of his One PNP campaign at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, ahead of the September 7 leadership challenge.

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