Jamaica highlighted for best practices in contact tracing

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THE island’s public health system has been highlighted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for best practices in COVID-19 contact tracing.Speaking at PAHO’s weekly press briefing yesterday, Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa named Jamaica, along with Costa Rica and Argentina, for doing “particularly well” with this aspect of the prevention and control machinery, against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Dry Harbour Mountain developer hits back

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DEVELOPERS of the controversial Dry Harbour Mountain project yesterday came out swinging at critics who have lambasted the Government for reversing its earlier decision to prevent the project from going ahead.

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PAHO seeking funds for COVID-19 vaccine storage

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THE Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it is now seeking to drum up funding to assist countries in the Americas with central warehouses and cold storage units for COVID-19 vaccines.PAHO Assistant Director Dr Jarbas Barbosa said yesterday that no country within or outside the region is ready to deal with the storage conditions for these vaccines, as there are no other vaccines with the same characteristics as those for COVID-19.

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Contractors reject blame for bad roads

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LOCAL contractors are increasingly being blamed for the breaking up of some major and parochial roads during recent heavy rains, and Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica (IMAJ) President Lenworth Kelly sees this as unfair.

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Weather-battered St Thomas communities left reeling

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FROM Ramble District through the hills of Cedar Valley on to Trinityville and Font Hill in St Thomas, weather-battered residents have been left to navigate impassable roads and scramble for potable water. They have cobbled together temporary solutions, but the challenges they face are hard to deny.

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Record wet October

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LAST month, Jamaica saw the third highest amount of rainfall in the country’s recorded history for October, with some locations registering rainfall every day.In fact, the 1,200 millimetres of rainfall recorded last month is only 200 millimetres shy of the highest amount of rainfall ever recorded in October, which was documented in 2005.October 2016 holds the second-place spot, meteorologist Romayne Robinson has confirmed.

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Mexican experience for Carib Cement standout

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Robert Brown was a 19-year-old introvert with a keen interest in engineering, science, and the Spanish language when he embarked on his first overseas adventure.In 2008, Brown applied for a scholarship which resulted in his studying for a first degree in chemical engineering at the Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas in Cuba.

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This Day in History — November 12

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Today is the 317th day of 2020. There are 49 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2011: A chorus of Handel’s Alleluia rings out as Silvio Berlusconi resigns as Italian premier, ending a tumultuous 17-year political era and setting in motion a transition aimed at bringing the country back from the brink of economic crisis. OTHER EVENTS

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Cries for help

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SCORES of Weise Road residents in Nine Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew, are appealing for help after their community was devastated by floodwaters when the Chalky River breached its bank over the weekend.Up to yesterday, the tales of devastation were still pouring in, as residents were left to pick up the pieces — literally — from their mud-filled houses.

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Flood nerves in New Market, New River

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Residents of flood-prone New Market and neighbouring upland communities in north-western St Elizabeth and eastern Westmoreland, as well as low-lying New River close to Santa Cruz, are fervently praying and hoping that weather forecasters are wrong. Jamaica’s Meteorological Office says there is a good chance of heavy, persistent rain associated with unstable weather in the northern Caribbean over the next few days.

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