Road repairs will cost at least $5.5 billion, says NWA

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The National Works Agency (NWA) says it’s not through tallying the damage to the island’s main road network, but its best assessment at this time is that repairs will cost the State at least $5.5 billion.Half of the sum will go towards removing blockages and initial activities to make corridors drivable, Chief Executive Officer EG Hunter told the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee yesterday.

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Speid slams principals who have returned to school

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Owen Speid has slammed some principals who he has accused of trying to look better than their peers by going out to school despite the novel coronavirus pandemic, thus putting the lives of others at risk.

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Another dog attack

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JUST over eight hours before legislators in the Lower House passed the Dogs (Liability for Attacks) Bill on November 17, a woman was attacked and bitten by a pack of the animals during her usual early morning run in Portmore, St Catherine.The woman, who opted not to be named, received bites on both legs resulting in her having to pay a doctor $34,500 for treatment and $8,000 to fill a prescription.

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West fingered as island sees ’slight’ increase in COVID-19 cases

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THE Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) is reporting a “slight” increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on the island, raising concerns that the virus could further pick up steam throughout the Christmas season.

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Anti-corruption boost

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Jamaica’s chief anti-corruption agency, the Integrity Commission, is to receive a massive cash injection from the United Kingdom as it moves to further strengthen its operations.The British Government is to provide the commission with approximately $108 million (£550,000) over the next two years to enable significant capacity-building at the anti-corruption agency.

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TERRIFYING

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Caribbean children yesterday gave the world a window into their experience with the novel coronavirus pandemic, branding it an “unwelcome stranger” which has severely curtailed their activities and rights, causing them to fear their deaths and that of loved ones as millions around the world succumb to the virus.

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Utility pole down

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The scene on East King’s House Road in St Andrew yesterday afternoon, after a downed utility pole blocked a section of the road.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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HIV-positive people still being denied basic human rights, study finds

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INDIVIDUALS from key populations affected by HIV and AIDS are still being denied basic human rights, despite efforts to combat HIV-related discrimination, according to a 2020 study.

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Legislation coming to deal with gun crimes, says Chang

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Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says crucial legislation will be enacted with urgency to tackle gun crimes and other criminal activities.He said among them is a review of the four-year-old anti-gang law and a modern legislation dealing with illegal firearms so that the police can be well equipped to stem organised criminal gangs and ensure safety for the citizens who are fearful of crime monsters.

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Sexual Harassment Bill could trespass on court’s jurisdiction, cautions IJCHR

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THE Independent Jamaica Council for Human Rights (IJCHR) has cautioned legislators to tread carefully in creating the offence of “sexual advances” under the Sexual Harassment Act, as this could constitute a trespass by the tribunal on the jurisdiction of the island’s courts.

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