$2-million hike in CDF for COVID-19 fight

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The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocation for Members of Parliament (MP) is to be bumped up from $20 million to $22 million per parliamentarian in the new fiscal year, to allow them to make interventions related to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in their constituencies.Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement in his budget presentation in the House of Representatives yesterday.

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Ja grateful for outside help, but…

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Despite an outpouring of support and offers from international partners as Jamaica fights its own battle with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the Government, while “grateful”, will not be depending on the goodwill of other countries as a first response.

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BITU proposes ‘distress grant’ for unionised workers

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THE Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) has proposed that employers offer a “distress grant” to unionised workers who are laid off during the current novel coronavirus pandemic.The union said it is asking employers to facilitate, as best as possible, a distress grant — at an amount to be agreed between both parties — for unionised workers idled by the lay-off period.

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More pressure on Caricel bosses

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The tug-of-war involving local law enforcement agencies — Symbiote Investments Limited, which trades as Caricel, and Xtrinet Limited, which reportedly purchased the spectrum licence issued to Symbiote — is heating up.

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Cuba here to help, says ambassador

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Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Ines Fors Fernández says in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, both the Cuban and Jamaican governments must maintain a strong relationship.The ambassador’s comment follows news that Kingston has asked Havana to provide 100 nurses to help man local intensive care units (ICUs) which are critical in treating Jamaica’s most severe cases of COVID-19.

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Protect health of 12,000 overseas J’can workers, urges trade unionist

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SENIOR trade unionist Vincent Morrison is calling on local authorities to safeguard the health of roughly 12,000 workers participating in overseas employment programmes accessed through the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.The call comes as the world continues to reel from the spread of the flu-like pandemic, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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BPO sector welcomes policy to work remotely

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) Gloria Henry is happy with Government’s decision to allow players in the sector to work from home due to the novel coronavirus threat.

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PM announces NHT relief for mortgagors

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has announced several measures to be undertaken by the National Housing Trust (NHT) to bring relief to mortgagors caught in the financial backlash from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.These measures, he said, will “ensure the social protection of its mortgagors and contributors, and safeguard persons from losing their homes while improving their disposable income”.

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Cornpiece under quarantine

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Approximately 250 residents of Cornpiece settlement in Hayes, Clarendon, were yesterday placed under quarantine following the death of a 79-year-old man from the community who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Tips on how to study at home

Observer on March 20th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Now that school is on break because of the coronavirus disease (COVID19), here are some tips that can help with homeschooling: • Create a schedule for the child and stick to it.• Household chores can clash with academics, so set aside time for chores.• Ensure the schedule includes time for play; play is an important part of learning.

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