Gov’t hunts new revenue streams

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WITH the country’s tourism sector taking a beating as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke says Government is looking to aggressively diversify the economy as the need for jobs and hard currency earnings grow. He made it clear, though, that the tourism sector, which accounts for 10 per cent of the economy, will remain an important source of earnings going forward.

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Gang war reignites

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A long-running feud involving thugs from ‘Ackee Walk’ and ‘Common’ is believed to be behind the shooting of four men, including political commentator and talk show host Mark Wignall, in two incidents in the St Andrew North Police Division yesterday morning.In the first incident, which occurred shortly after 7:00 am, men drove past the Molynes Road entrance to Ackee Walk and fired several shots at a group of people. One man was hit in the leg.

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Magisterial recounts start in Westmoreland Eastern on Friday

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THE first of three magisterial recounts requested by lawyers for Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidates with close losses in last Thursday’s general election will be held on Friday in Westmoreland Eastern.One of the lead attorneys for the candidates, Caroline Chuck, confirmed yesterday afternoon that the recount will be at the Westmoreland Parish Court in Savanna-la-Mar, starting at 10:00 am.

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Charles explains winning strategy, plans for St Thomas Eastern

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FIRST-TIME Member of Parliament-elect Dr Michelle Charles has big plans for St Thomas Eastern. Yesterday, as she looked back at the strategy that led her to victory over six-time MP Dr Fenton Ferguson, she also outlined a clear vision of what she intends to do for the people of her constituency.

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JHTA bats for COVID rapid testing but Tufton treads carefully

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THE Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is urging the Government to adopt a parallel testing strategy that incorporates both polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antigen testing for the novel coronavirus, as PCR testing alone has proven expensive and presents many challenges.

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Chang’s to-do list

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THE salary packages of officers assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) are on the list of matters to be given top priority by newly installed Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang.

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Two more COVID-19 deaths, 140 new cases

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The country’s tally of COVID-19 deaths increased by two last night, while another 140 new cases — all under investigation — were added over a 24-hour period. The two deaths, both elderly individuals with underlying conditions, were among cases previously under investigation, the Ministry of Health and Wellness said in a release.

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Physiotherapists play key role in COVID-19 patient recovery, says King

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THE Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) are hosting a series of virtual sessions from September 6 to 11, as part of activities to observe World Physiotherapy Week, which is from September 7 to 13.World Physiotherapy Day was observed yesterday.

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New traffic ticketing system going well, says Chang

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THE launch of the new handheld Traffic Ticketing Solution has got off the ground as planned, according to National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang.The Government last month announced that Corporate Area motorists would on September 1 be the first to experience the technology at work.Speaking with the Jamaica Observer on Monday, Dr Chang said the roll-out of the first 100 devices in the Corporate Area was well under way.

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This Day In History - September 9

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Today is the 253rd day of 2020. There are 113 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1991: Saudi Arabia releases 400 Iraqi citizens held in the kingdom in exchange for a Saudi prisoner of war and a Saudi woman held in Iraq. OTHER EVENTS1585: Pope Sixtus V excommunicates Henry of Navarre of France.

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