BAR BLUES

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Bar operators and their employees are now bracing for the worst following the Government’s decision to order them closed, effective today, in an effort to restrict transmission of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus tally moves to 13; nurses get 5 buses

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JAMAICA’S novel coronavirus (COVID-19) figure moved to 13 yesterday after five more test results, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton confirmed at a Jamaica House press conference last evening.Dr Tufton told reporters that results of the other four tests were negative, but noted that the one tested positive is linked to ‘patient one’… from the Bull Bay area.

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Opposition urges Gov’t to protect small businesses

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THE Opposition is urging the Government to take measures to protect small businesses, which will take a hard hit if they are not cushioned from the economic fallout which is certain to result from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

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UK, Canadian visitors who home-ported in Jamaica depart

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The over 1,600 cruise passengers who yesterday morning arrived in the island onboard the Marella Discovery 2 vessel were whisked out of the island on chartered flights from Sangster International Airport in the afternoon.The 1,662 passengers, who were mostly from Canada and the UK, were scheduled to home port in Jamaica.

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RIU closing three local hotels

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Spanish hotel chain RIU Resorts yesterday announced the closure of three of its Jamaican properties, effective tomorrow, blaming it on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). “The decision has been to close the RIU Negril, RIU Montego Bay and RIU Palace Jamaica hotels,” the company said a release last night.

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‘Cowardly’ Christians chastised over COVID-19 fears

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AS church members stay away from Saturday and Sunday services in droves to stave off the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), one bishop has chastised such Christians for being “cowardly, unbelieving”, warning they would end up in a lake of “fire and brimstone”.

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ATL Group offices remain open to serve customers

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Appliance Traders Ltd (ATL) yesterday assured its customers that its showrooms and warehouses will remain open from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for the period March 18-24.

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$25B FOR COVID-19 FIGHT

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A day after Prime Minister Andrew Holness promised an economic response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Government yesterday outlined a $25-billion fiscal stimulus package to cushion the impact of the virus on businesses and workers.

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Gas station fire caused $100m in damage, says Manchester fire chief

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) has estimated the damage resulting from last month’s massive fire at Heaven’s Fesco gas station here at $100 million.Head of the Manchester fire division Deputy Superintendent Joshua Davis made the disclosure at last Thursday’s meeting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation.

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Cop freed of 2010 murder of higgler

Observer on March 18th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

AN anguished “oh my God” was the utterance from the lips of a passionate Rosemarie Trout yesterday at the news that police constable Mark Grant was freed of the 2010 murder of her common law spouse, Devon Delisser, by a seven-member jury who returned a unanimous verdict of ‘not guilty’.

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