Soldier shot dead while on anti-drug mission

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THE Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is mourning the death of 21-year-old Private Reniel King, who died after sustaining injuries in a firefight with gunmen in Milk River, Clarendon, on Thursday. A release by the Civil/Military Co-operation and Media Affairs Office at the JDF confirmed media reports that King succumbed to his injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday morning.

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Provision of houses for the indigent remains a priority — McKenzie

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THE provision of houses for the indigent remains a priority for the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, says Minister Desmond McKenzie. Speaking at a ceremony to welcome the new minister of state Homer Davis at the ministry on Tuesday, McKenzie said that work is far advanced on a number of projects for the indigent.

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Commonwealth countries call on international community to reform financial system

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UNITED NATIONS (CMC) —Representatives of several Commonwealth countries have called on the international community to reform the financial system and the ways it offers support to small states in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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JSIF donates computers to RGD

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THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has handed over 35 desktop computers, four laptops and an all-in-one multimedia printer/copier/scanner to the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), for the efficient processing of birth certificates.Valued at $10 million, the donation forms part of JSIF’s Integrated Community Development Project (ICDP), which is funded through a loan from the World Bank.

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Tufton calls for end to COVID conspiracies

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed what he called the reckless circulation of COVID-19 conspiracies in the public domain which, he said, only serve to compromise Government’s response to the virus which is now in the community transmission phase.

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CXC under fire

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SEVERAL education ministries across the region have written to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) requesting an investigation into what has been described as “widescale anomalies” with the recently released Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, although Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Dr Wayne Wesley has disagreed with the assessment.

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World on the brink of recording one million deaths

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PARIS, France (AFP) — On January 11, the first coronavirus death was officially recorded in China. Eight months after the identification of the disease that appeared in Wuhan in December 2019, the world is on the brink of recording one million deaths.1,000 deaths in the first month

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Sudden death in prison

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Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of National Security Matthew Samuda has denied suggestions that yesterday’s death of an inmate at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre in Spanish Town, was caused by COVID-19.Early yesterday reports surfaced that an inmate at the St Catherine-based prison had died suddenly after allegedly exhibiting symptoms of COVID.

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Ministry disburses $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools

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THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has disbursed subventions totalling $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools. Making the disclosure during a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on Tuesday, Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams said this represents 100 per cent of the third tranche of regular grants to primary and secondary schools.

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Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?

Observer on September 26th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

IT appears the virus can spread among children and teens, but how easily may vary by age. Research is still underway, but children under age 10 seem to be less likely than older kids to transmit the virus to other children and adults.

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