Restaurants, ODPEM, Gov’t join forces to feed PATH students

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THE Ministry of Education has teamed up with Restaurant Associates Limited — operators of the Burger King, Popeyes and Little Caesars franchises — and Restaurants of Jamaica Limited, operators of KFC, to provide meals to students on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).The WYSINCO Group will also be providing cases of Freshhh Lite orange juice for the students.

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NCB reduces operating hours to further stem COVID-19 transmission

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National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica Limited yesterday advised that it is changing its branch operating hours to 8:30 am to 1:30 pm daily, starting next Monday, to help minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).The measure, the bank said, will last until Friday, March 27. In addition, NCB’s Customer Care Centre will be available between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm during the same period.

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Hi-Lo offering discounts to health-care workers, senior citizens

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GraceKennedy on Thursday announced that its supermarket chain, Hi-Lo Food Stores, is implementing special measures for two groups particularly impacted by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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Coronation Market up and running again

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CORONATION Market in downtown Kingston is again up and running after four days of cleaning and sanitising.The Jamaica Observer visited the market yesterday and noticed that, while the huge crowds that usually fill the premises on weekends were not visible, the vendors had refilled all spaces with goods — ranging from food to soap powder — and were glad to be able to return to the downtown landmark.

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Jamaicans in limbo

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JAMAICAN hospitality workers in Florida, who had been planning to return to the island next week, were last night left wondering if they would be able to make it home before the air and sea ports close at 11:59 tonight.Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the closures to incoming passenger traffic yesterday, the latest salvo in the war against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that has so far claimed one life and infected 19 in Jamaica.

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Bull Bay bluff

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ONE of the lessons from Wuhan, China, the birthplace of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is that one infected person spreads it to an average to 2.6 persons, and the only way to stop the spread is to isolate and quarantine.

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PHOTO: OLYMPIC POTENTIAL?

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Not quite sure how calculated a risk it was, but these young men seem all too happy to take a leap of faith across a gully in Trench Town, Kingston.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Quarantine quagmire

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The eldest daughter of the 79-year-old Clarendon man who died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) says although she has not been instructed by health officials to self-quarantine, she has taken the decision to do so to protect other people.Her revelation has raised questions about the efficacy of the tracing method being used by the health authorities.

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Sagicor donates US$1m to fight coronavirus

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SAGICOR Financial Company Limited says it has committed US$1 million to aid in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Caribbean.The insurance provider said it will use the funds to support containment and response efforts, and that it has already started dialogue with governments and health ministries in Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, and the director general of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

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Jamaica observes two days of prayer and fasting

Observer on March 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Jamaicans are being called upon to observe two days of prayer and fasting as the country continues to fight the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).The call was made by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a proclamation read by custos of St James, Bishop Conrad Pitkin, at a press conference held at the Faith Temple Assembly church in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday.

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