Amid COVID-19 threat, attorney offers contract advice to employers

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Attorney-at-law and secretary general of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre Christopher Malcolm says that with the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), employers should start reviewing contract terms.

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Cuba asked for nurses to help fight COVID-19

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The health and wellness ministry has asked Cuba to provide 100 nurses to help man local intensive care units (ICUs) which will be critical in treating Jamaica’s most severe cases of COVID-19.

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Sales of pharmaceutical items up in western Jamaica

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Several businesses across western Jamaica, particularly pharmacies, are reporting an uptick in sales of several pharmaceutical items since yesterday’s announcement that there is a confirmed imported case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the island.

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Man who fled quarantine could face charges

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THE 27-year-old man who fled a quarantine facility in St Andrew Monday night, causing alarm, could be slapped with charges, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said yesterday, as he announced that the country’s first imported case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) — a woman  — had been confirmed.

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IMF to hold conference call with regional countries on COVID-19

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CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — St Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet yesterday announced that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will hold a conference call with regional countries tomorrow to discuss the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has killed more than 4,000 people globally and poses enomic problems for small island developing states.

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New Kgn restaurant burnt after explosion

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Several businesses were shut down and scores of employees evacuated when the Tao restaurant on Knutsford Boulevard in New Kingston went up in flames following an explosion yesterday morning.When the Jamaica Observer visited the scene, debris was scattered across the street and the police had cordoned off Trinidad Terrace and sections of Knutsford Boulevard.Three fire units were also on the scene as firefighters worked to contain the blaze.

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$18b tax cut

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The Government yesterday announced new tax-reduction measures in the House of Representatives expected to cost the Administration $18 billion in 2020/21.Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke, who made the announcement as he opened the 2020/21 Budget Debate, said the budget is strategically focused on moving forward, in the right direction, consistently, and where the fruits of collective effort are shared.

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‘It’s like a storm around here’

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THE flood of Jamaicans flocking retail outlets yesterday following news that the country had its first recorded case of the coronavirus had one store manager describing the rush as similar to when a hurricane warning is issued.The manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Jamaica Observer that the panic buying started shortly after Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed the island’s first imported case of the coronavirus…

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Guilty — but it wasn’t murder

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A seven-member jury yesterday unanimously declared 31-year-old Latoya Wilks, the former line cook charged with the 2012 murder of 40-year-old Italian chef Paolo Avigliano at a St Andrew restaurant, guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter.

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House speaker commends CPA for promoting equality

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SPEAKER of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles Sr has hailed the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) for providing an avenue for all member countries and parliamentarians to have an equal voice, regardless of country size, income, race, religion or gender.“In fact, an arm of the CPA is the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), which seeks to promote greater participation by women in all our parliaments,” he noted.

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