UK-US travel ban hangs in balance - Trade weighs heavy on PM’s mind

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Despite the growing concerns over the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus in the United States and the United Kingdom, the Holness administration has acknowledged that the potential fallout from Jamaica’s major trading partners has swayed the…

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Champs void a multimillion-dollar loss

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The cancellation of this year’s ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships is set to cause a huge economic fallout, with over $150 million in direct losses and hundreds of millions more in unfulfilled incidental earnings expected….

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Coronavirus party-crasher - No event permits for next two weeks

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Party promoters and event coordinators will have to wait two weeks before receiving permits to host large gatherings. All permits already issued will be revoked. This was the declaration of Prime Minister Andrew Holness at an emergency press…

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COVID-19 burns summer tourist bookings - Brace for a rough ride, says JHTA

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WESTERN BUREAU: COVID-19 has slowed the pace of the island’s tourist arrivals for the summer by 40 per cent, says Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association President Omar Robinson. “We are in a wait-and-see position at this time, but the estimate of…

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Prepare for school closures, parents warned

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Parents have been urged by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to prepare to keep their children at home should the outbreak of COVID-19 threaten mass closures. In a press briefing yesterday evening, Holness announced that amid fears of the spread of…

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Five more COVID-19 test results to be known today

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The test results for five of the seven individuals currently in public isolation facilities should be known today, according to Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie. The CMO made the revelation yesterday evening at an emergency…

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With elderly at risk, golden-age homes ramp up corona-protocols

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Golden-age homes and infirmaries in Jamaica have ramped up protocols as they exercise caution for the elderly, the cohort regarded as the most vulnerable to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, The Gleaner visited at least five public…

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‘I’m taking it easy’ - Man on coronavirus watch awaits clearance

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David Sheng* and his family have been on coronavirus watch following their exposure to Jamaica’s first confirmed victim on Tuesday, but yesterday, he was more concerned about the outcome of the Champions League football match than he was about the…

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Jackson, PS tussle over crime-fighting law

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Permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, was yesterday forced to defend her staff after an irate opposition member of parliament expressed strong dissatisfaction with the work of the ministry. The spat stemmed…

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Clarke: Tax break a moral imperative

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Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has defended the $18-billion tax break package that forms a major plank of the 2020-2021 Budget. He said that the decision to cut general consumption tax (GCT) by 1.5 percentage points and…

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