Viral fear sparks global run on face masks

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Fear of the spreading coronavirus has led to a global run on sales of face masks despite evidence that most people who aren’t sick don’t need to wear them.Many businesses are sold out, while others are limiting how many a customer can buy. Amazon is policing its site, trying to make sure sellers don’t gouge panicked buyers.

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Transport group volunteers to help JGRA

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ONE of the island’s major public passenger transportation groups says it stands ready to work with the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) to put a stop to operators illegally using gas stations as taxi stands.Head of the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) Louis Barton said a campaign against the dangerous, widespread practice is necessary.

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TransJamaican Highway IPO closes Monday

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THE TransJamaican Highway (TJH) initial public offering (IPO) will close on Monday, March 2, one week ahead of the original March 9 closing date.The IPO, which is the largest in the country’s history, opened on February 17 with eight billion shares, and was upsized to 10 billion shares as a result of oversubscription.

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NEPA steps in

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The developer of a proposed gas station at the intersection of Villa and deCarteret roads here has been ordered to cease construction, pending the issuance of an environmental permit following Thursday’s Jamaica Observer front page article.The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) yesterday issued a cessation order to Miguel Smith of Malvern District in St Elizabeth, one day after the Jamaica Observer highlighted the…

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PAHO chief calls on Caribbean countries to intensify COVID-19 preparedness, response activities

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa F Etienne on Wednesday urged Caribbean and other countries in the Americas to intensify their plans to prepare and respond to COVID-19, given the appearance of cases of new coronavirus disease in the region of the Americas.According to PAHO, the Ministry of Health of Brazil confirmed the country’s first case of COVID-19 on February 26.

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Jamaican banker quits job to volunteer on Logos Hope

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WALKING away from her cushy job in 2018 to volunteer on the floating book ship Logos Hope was not a tough decision for Chantell Jolly.The 27-year-old, who had just gotten a promotion when she quit her corporate job, believes she’s living her purpose.

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Lock them up

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NATIONAL Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons Diahann Gordon Harrison has appealed to legislators to recognise “forced criminality” as a form of human trafficking, as the country builds its arsenal of tools to trap these perpetrators.

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Chicken pox row stalls King Valley gang trial

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SUPERINTENDENT in charge of the Horizon Adult Remand Centre Albert Brown is disputing a report made to Chief Justice Bryan Sykes Thursday that correctional officers at that facility held police officers at ransom on the Spanish Town Road property after they refused to transport three of its inmates because one was suspected of having chicken pox.

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Hagley Park/Maxfield Avenue intersection closes this weekend

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THE Hagley Park Road/Maxfield Avenue/Eastwood Park Road intersection, which converges at the St Andrew Parish Church in Half-Way-Tree, will be closed this weekend – Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1. According to the National Works Agency (NWA), the closure will be effected at 10:00 pm on Saturday.

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Boy warned by mom not to go to river drowns

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RESERVE, Trelawny — The body of 16-year-old William Knibb Memorial High School grade 11 student Jonathan Eccleston was yesterday removed from a river here, a day after he fell into the water while fishing with friends.

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