McKenzie apologises after street people arrested during curfew

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THE Ministry of Local Government was yesterday scrambling to provide shelter for the homeless after a few were reportedly arrested on the first night of a seven-day, night-time curfew imposed by the Government to help slow the spread of COVID-19.The curfew was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday, but it appears as if no measures had been put in place in time to ensure that street people did not find themselves in breach of the law.

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Pepsi donates goods worth $15 million for COVID-19 fight

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PEPSI-Cola Jamaica, which says its success has been built on the unwavering support of the Jamaican people, is assisting in the local COVID-19 fight through a donation of goods valued at more than $15 million.

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Realtors concerned about housing market

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THE Realtors Association of Jamaica (RAJ) has, for the time being, been holding up to the COVID-19 invasion, but there are fears among the leadership that things could get really bad soon.“We are sending off a letter to the Government with some points that we would like to have dealt with for our members,” the president, Andrew James, told the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday.

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Police take home BPO workers stranded during curfew hours

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Several workers employed to a call centre in Montego Bay were left stranded in the resort city Wednesday night after they ended their shift during the curfew hours. According to the narrator of a video being circulated on social media, about 9:00 pm after some workers finished their shift, they proceeded to downtown Montego Bay to secure transportation to go home; however, no transportation was available.

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COVID-19 hits family

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AT least three of the six people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Cornpiece Settlement, Clarendon, are relatives of the 79-year-old man who was the first patient to succumb to the disease in the country.This was confirmed by the man’s 53-year-old stepson, who also tested positive for the virus and remains at home in isolation with his spouse and niece. They, too, have tested positive for COVID-19.

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INDECOM wants exemption from curfew order

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THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) says it is concerned with its exclusion from the list of exempted organisations under the new curfew order.The commission, headed by Terrence Williams, is empowered under the INDECOM Act to provide independent oversight to the activities of the security forces, and has a 24-hour scene response function to attend fatal and non-fatal shooting incidents.

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This Day in History — April 3

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Today is the 94th day of 2020. There are 272 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 2003: The World Health Organization reports 2,270 illnesses, including 79 deaths, from a spreading epidemic of a new respiratory ailment known as SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome. OTHER EVENTS1512: Beyazid II, Sultan of Turkey, abdicates in favour of son, Selim I.

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Curfew compliance

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Empty streets characterised communities in Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland — the four parishes that make up the Area One Police Division — on Wednesday night, the first of the seven-night islandwide curfews imposed by the Government to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

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Math teacher gets ‘energy’ to continue online classes amid COVID-19

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MATHEMATICS teacher Richard James is today very thankful that he can resume his live online math practice classes with students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examanination (CAPE), thanks to support from liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider New Fortress Energy, through its foundation.

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Cuba’s ‘white coats’ army called to COVID-19 service

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AS Cuba’s “army of white coats” makes headlines around the world with countries reeling from the onslaught of COVID-19 calling in reinforcements, Jamaica readies to allow 140 of the Spanish-speaking island’s health care professionals to engage with the public health system this weekend.

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