UK added to list of countries with travel restrictions

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THE Government of Jamaica has increased the number of countries on which there is restricted travel from eight to nine in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.Speaking at a press briefing at Jamaica House last evening, Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced that travel restrictions were placed on the United Kingdom.

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Coronation Market to be sanitised this evening

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THE Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) yesterday dismissed a message being circulated on social media that the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston is to be closed indefinitely as part of efforts to contain a possible spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Government limits access to infirmaries, golden age homes

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LOCAL Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie says access to the island’s 16 infirmaries and golden age homes is restricted, effective immediately, as part of containment activities related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).A 30-day restriction has also been put in place on receiving new clients into the facilities.The minister, who was speaking at a special meeting to discuss the response of the ministry, agencies and…

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Trump declares virus pandemic a national emergency

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he is declaring the new coronavirus pandemic a national emergency, as Washington struggles with providing Americans with relief and officials race to slow the spread of the outbreak.

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JPS pledges $1 million to fight coronavirus

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AS the nation braces for the possible impact of additional cases of the novel coronavirus, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has donated $1 million to the Ministry of Health & Wellness for the national COVID-19 response.The announcement was made Thursday night by JPS President & CEO Emanuel DaRosa, speaking at the company’s head offices in Kingston.

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Opposition outlines COVID-19 ‘rescue plan’

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A suspension of the General Consumption Tax (GCT) on some over-the-counter medication, and a one-month suspension on the repayment of National Housing Trust (NHT) loans are some of the recommendations from Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips to minimise the economic fallout from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Jamaica.

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#EachForEqual With Sagicor

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Over 200 female Sagicor Bank clients and their guests turned out in fine style on Sunday, March 8, for the financial institution’s International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration — Afternoon Tea and High Fashion at the Shell Band Stand, Hope Gardens.

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Record-Breaking Year for Guardian Life

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Guardian Life Limited (GLL) last Saturday revealed its highest profit yet at the company’s 2020 Annual Awards, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. The announcement, made by President Eric Hosin, set the tone for an evening of celebration with team members being honoured for their hard work and dedication. A stalwart of Guardian Life, and one of the company’s undisputed fashionistas, Audrey Basanta-Henry, was also recognised for her “18 years of remarkable and unwavering…

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Letter of the Day | Old-age land tax burden

Gleaner on March 14th, 2020 | File Under Voice of the people -

THE EDITOR, Madam: This is an open letter to Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke This is written in light of the Government’s recent general consumption tax (GCT) reduction, by a minister who comprehends the way taxes work for or against the…

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No election now, Prime Minister

Gleaner on March 14th, 2020 | File Under Voice of the people -

THE EDITOR, Madam: We are in a moment of national crisis. Not only is the crime crisis in our country getting worse and worse. But, now, we have a major national health crisis. The prime minister needs to make it clear to Jamaicans that, during…

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