Tourism pivot

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THE Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) yesterday agreed that the time may be right for the tourism sector to explore attracting visitors who will live and work in the country, a move necessitated by the global impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

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JTA miffed no education minister appointed Monday

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ARGUING that a policy driver for education should be on the list of issues first tackled by the new Administration, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) yesterday expressed disappointment that a minister of education was not among key government ministers installed on Monday.

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Shocking deaths

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BALACLAVA, St Elizabeth — Lightning and tragedy struck in the deep rural community of Keynsham, just outside Balaclava on Wednesday, leaving two families devastated and residents in shock following the deaths of 14-year-old Ricardo Fisher and 30-year-old Sheldon Caine.Residents say Ricardo and Caine were using bamboo sticks to pick avocados (pears) shortly before 2:00 pm when lightning struck, killing them both.

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Health ministry changes COVID ‘discharge’ protocol

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NATIONAL epidemiologist Dr Karen Webster Kerr says the country could see an increase in the number of COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital in the coming days.Speaking during the Ministry of Health’s weekly COVID Conversations yesterday, she said this is as a result of a change in the protocol for declaring individuals COVID-19-free and discharging them from isolation.

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House headache

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness’ anxiety to get his new parliamentary agenda rolling could be stalled by a long-standing parliamentary problem — the lack of seating for members.

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COVID switch

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THE Ministry of Health and Wellness is to start releasing the daily COVID-19 numbers via its website at 10:00 am each day, beginning this morning, as it moves into a new phase of its management of the pandemic.In fact, it also has plans to, within the next two weeks, establish a field hospital in the Corporate Area, and two other such facilities in central and western Jamaica shortly thereafter.

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Outgoing mayor says ‘bittersweet’ farewell to ‘poster’ corporation

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — It was with mixed emotions when St James Southern Member of Parliament-elect Homer Davis delivered his final speech as chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation and mayor of Montego Bay yesterday.

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Hanover mayor threatens lawsuit

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LUCEA, Hanover — Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation Sheridan Samuels is threatening legal action against the person responsible for a message being circulated, which alleges that funds were stolen from the corporation and used to sabotage the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for Hanover Western in last Thursday’s general election.

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This Day in History — September 11

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Today is the 255th day of 2020. There are 111 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT

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MP-elect in western Jamaica talks winning strategies

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Successful Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidates in the September 3 General Election have shared their winning strategies in western Jamaica, and acknowledged the benefit they derived from the popularity of party leader Andrew Holness.

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