Approach to road maintenance wrong, says NWA boss

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National Works Agency (NWA) boss E G Hunter admits that there has been a reactive approach to maintenance of the island’s road network and other infrastructure over the years, rather than a pre-emptive strategy, but says a number of factors are to blame.

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Gov’t launches public-private health provider programme

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The Government yesterday entered into a multimillion-dollar pilot programme with four private health facilities that will provide primary care to non-COVID-19 clients with diabetes and hypertension.The move, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton explained, will free up the resources of public health centres to focus on critical cases and the pandemic response.

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‘We will stop at nothing’

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SPALDING, Clarendon — The police insist that they will be relentless in their pursuit of Constable Kirkland Plummer’s killers, even as they appeal for information regarding his murder at an illegal entertainment event in the community of Harwood, earlier this month.

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Gordon Town Road headache

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The collapsed section of Gordon Town Road in St Andrew is becoming a headache for residents who have pointed out that the alternative Irish Town to Newcastle thoroughfare is a three-hour drive through steep, rugged terrain.

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$1-b damage response

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says $1 billion has been allocated to commence emergency road repairs and clean-up activities across the island, following an extended period of heavy rainfall which caused extensive damage in several communities over the last three weeks.

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Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — President Donald Trump yesterday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election. Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was “highly inaccurate”.

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Dogs that mauled 5-y-o boy to be put down, says Chuck

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JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck last evening announced that the pack of dogs which on Sunday mauled a five-year-old St Ann boy, leaving him hospitalised in serious condition, is set to be euthanised.He was responding to a suggestion made on social media platform Twitter that the dogs that viciously attacked Mickele Allen are to be “rounded up and euthanised” as the young boy prepares for plastic surgery.

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Audit of minor water supplies under way

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THE Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development is conducting an audit of minor water supplies islandwide, in furtherance of improvement measures outlined in the National Water Sector Policy and Implementation Plan 2019.Two of the measures regard rehabilitation and maintenance of community catchment tanks, and strengthening the capacity of households and entities to utilise rainfall harvesting to augment water supply.

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No need to reopen schools in a rush, says JTA president

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LUCEA, Hanover — President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Jasford Gabriel has asserted that there is no need to rush to reopen schools for face-to-face learning.He said there is a possibility that apart from the 17 schools that were reopened as part of a two-week pilot last week, more schools could be reopened. However, the JTA is monitoring the situation, he said.

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A boost for students at Solas Early Childhood Institution

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SINCE his grandmother played a part in getting the land title for a church in Burnt Savannah, Westmoreland, that now houses Solas Early Childhood Institution, deciding on a school to support was easy for Aubyn Allen.The Jamaican, who now resides overseas, teamed up with child advocate and entrepreneur Amashika Lorne to donate resource materials to aid 52 students’ adjustment to blended learning, as the country attempts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

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