HEALTH CRISIS

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MINISTER with responsibility for the environment Daryl Vaz has described the dust nuisance facing residents of communities around the Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Co Ltd (JISCo)/Alpart plant in St Elisabeth, as a health crisis.“It is an absolute crisis [with] what is happening down there as a result of the temporary closure of JISCo,” Vaz told a media briefing yesterday, 24 hours after he toured communities near the plant.“I met…

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Chinese embassy still issuing visas

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THE Chinese embassy in Jamaica says it’s business as usual as far as the issuance of visas is concerned as consular activities remain normal, notwithstanding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China.The virus, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the “new COVID-19 virus”, has forced severe travel restrictions as Governments seek to stop the vicious spread of the virus globally.“China’s visa-issuing…

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Gov’t strengthening disaster risk management in Portmore

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THE Government has allocated $35.2 million towards strengthening the disaster risk management capacity of the Portmore Municipal Council.Details are outlined in the 2020/2021 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The objective is to build disaster resilience in Portmore, which, due to its location, geology and socio-economic factors, is considered to be one of the most vulnerable municipalities in Jamaica to natural…

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St Andrew building owned by health ministry being used as quarantine facility

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Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday confirmed that a building in Allerdyce, St Andrew, that is featured in a short video being circulated on social media is owned by the ministry and is being used as a quarantine facility for Jamaicans who recently returned from China where the coronavirus originated.“We’ve had nurses staying there, and we’ve had people staying there. It was the most appropriate at the time when we assessed it. It…

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Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

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NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the US, turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.The number of child deaths and the hospitalisation rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu outbreak of 2009-10, health officials said yesterday. And the wave is expected to keep going for weeks.Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given…

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Rastafarian held with 17 pounds of weed walks free

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A Rastafarian man, who claimed the 17 pounds of ganja he was caught with last year was for religious purposes, on Tuesday walked free from the St Elizabeth Parish Court.The man, Wilbert Brooks, was freed of possession of ganja and dealing in ganja charges when the Crown offered no further evidence against him.Prior to the charges being dropped, Brooks’ attorney Samoi Campbell presented a letter from the Ethiopia African Black International Congress…

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Love boat: Valentine’s Day on a quarantine cruise

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TOKYO, Japan (AFP) —– “Cupid’s avocado” for dinner, heart-shaped messages for the crew, but also painful separation for those trapped on-board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship. Yesterday was no ordinary Valentine’s Day.Wearing a red dress and a red hair tie, the ship’s entertainment manager Natalie posted a Valentine’s Day video on Twitter to try to keep spirits up.

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Positive for Portmore

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THE Government’s point man for the planned massive residential, agricultural, commercial and light industries development in the Bernard Lodge area of St Catherine, Daryl Vaz, is adamant that it will redound to the benefit of current residents of Portmore.

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PHOTO: Happy Valentine’s Day

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Marlon Newman, customer service representative at Guysie’s Texaco service station on Red Hills Road in Kingston, presents Sarah Chai, manager at Lee’s Food Fair, a rose, as the company wished its customers a happy Valentine’s Day, yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

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With virus, shops in China suffer a star-crossed Valentine’s Day

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BEIJING, China (AP) — In virus-stricken China, couples can celebrate Valentine’s Day with a roast beef salad, hot chocolate, a rose, and a note, all delivered to their door.The note, scrawled on the front of their sealed order, states the body temperature of the chef who made it.Moka Bros, a health food eatery in Beijing, offered this special yesterday, Valentine’s Day, after a new coronavirus struck central China in late December. Like many businesses, the restaurant…

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