US Embassy says deportees with COVID symptoms will not be sent back to Jamaica

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The United States Embassy in Kingston says deportees with the symptoms of the new coronavirus will not be sent back to Jamaica next week.  In a statement this afternoon, the US Embassy said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency…

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PM says he learned about heartbroken ship workers after they left

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night reported that when he learned that a group of 43 heartbroken Jamaican ship workers had anchored near Port Royal seeking landing, they had already left. But according to Holness, the moment he became aware of the matter, he was clear that they would have had to be allowed in.

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Mandeville call centre worker gripped with fear

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester The closure of two Alorica call centres in Portmore and Kingston after two workers tested positive for COVID-19 has caused skittish workers at BPO firms in Mandeville to fear a similar fate. BPOs, or business process…

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LOCKDOWN - Restrictions hit St Catherine as 5th person dies, COVID-19 cases balloon to 105

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In the wake of a fifth COVID-19 death and a dramatic 44 per cent spike in cases in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ­announced a one-week lockdown for the parish of St Catherine beginning at 5 a.m. today until a similar time on April 22…

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COVID-19 dead dispute - Funeral operators tussle over body storage guidelines

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WESTERN BUREAU: Persons in western Jamaica who lose family members to COVID-19 could find themselves in a dilemma as stakeholders in the Funeral Directors Association of Jamaica (FDAJ) have expressed uncertainty about state guidance on handling and…

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Maroon arrested for curfew breach, police assault

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In the 14-second long video, the laughter in the background is rich. The woman laughing is having fun. She is witnessing a tall man in black silhouette, in the low light from a police vehicle, slapping the side of the service unit, and saying…

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Jamaican economy to shrink by 5.6% – IMF

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the Jamaican economy to contract by 5.6 per cent in 2020 from its previous growth forecast of 1.0 per cent, arising from what the lending agency described as the ‘Great Lockdown’. Already, the economy…

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Deportation danger - Opposition tells US to back down as ­Guatemala fingers flights for COVID spike

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The Holness administration has been urged to resist the planned re-entry of Jamaican deportees from the United States even as the government of Guatemala reports that 75 per cent of its returnees on a recent American flight tested positive for the…

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VOX POP: Should the Government have allowed Jamaican cruise ship workers to land?

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The Government’s refusal to allow 43 Jamaican ship workers aboard the Marella Discovery 2 to land amid restrictions on all incoming passengers has sparked a heated debate. The Gleaner asked some shoppers at Tropical Plaza in Kingston if they…

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Midwives cradle hope amid disasters

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They have seen many first looks, heard many first cries, and have been integral to one of the most joyous occasions in the lives of many women – the birth of a child. Charmaine Reid, 66, and Iris Vassell-Murray, 64, are retired midwives who have…

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