Wrenched emotions as Jamaican ship workers dock in England

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The group of 43 heartbroken Jamaican ship workers aboard the Marella Discovery 2 have now docked in Southampton in the United Kingdom, but with sunken spirits. “We are all mentally drained and frustrated,” one of them told The Gleaner late Saturday evening.

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Hospital exposure - Unanswered questions surround virus-positive TCI patient that sent UWI hospital staffers into quarantine

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The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is being overly cautious about the circumstances that sent a senior doctor, and likely other healthcare workers on the front line of the COVID-19 fight, into quarantine, after a critically ill…

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Were COVID-19 protocols breached? - Health ministry, call centre under scrutiny for procedures followed during virus outbreak

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Angela Whitcomb* was sent home on Thursday, April 9 from her job at the Portmore, St Catherine, branch of Alorica, the business process outsourcing (BPO) firm at the centre of the sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Jamaica. The…

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What about us? - Stranded ship workers demand answers after learning of TCI patient being flown into the island

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The Jamaican workers stranded overseas on-board the Marella Discovery 2 cruise ship have demanded answers from the Government after learning that the ban on incoming passengers was relaxed for a gravely ill patient from the Turks and Caicos Islands…

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‘Jamaicans are a resilient people,’ says DPP

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Paula Llewellyn is acutely aware of how reluctant Jamaicans are when it comes to sharing information with the authorities. As the country’s chief prosecutor for the past decade, Llewellyn has had to navigate the ‘informa fi dead’ culture, which…

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Too big to fail - Is the high-employment BPO sector in jeopardy because of the COVID-19 outbreak?

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The sometimes-vilified business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is a privileged sector in Jamaica because, for successive administrations over the past decade, it’s been pursued as a key economic solution to the political and social problem of…

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General COVID-19 lockdown will impede economic recovery

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Jamaica, like most countries in the world, faces a time of deep uncertainty. Questions abound such as: how long will the spread of COVID-19 persist? How soon can normal business activity resume? Will there be a second wave of infection? As a small-…

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Neita calls for full mobilisation of Disaster Committees and Social Agencies

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Opposition spokesperson on Local Government, Natalie Neita, is calling on the Minister of Local Government to  coordinate and mobilize a COVID-19 sensitisation plan to include the Parish Disaster Management Committees, the Social…

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Westmoreland man, two teenagers charged with larceny

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Three persons, including two teenagers have been arrested and charged with shop breaking and larceny in Westmoreland. Charged with the teenagers is 20-year-old Jahnoi Achuckwu of Bethel Town, Westmoreland. Reports from the…

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St Catherine shopping hours to be reviewed - Tufton

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Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says there will be reviews of the current shopping hours in St Catherine, now under a seven-day lockdown. There was utter chaos at supermarkets and traffic jams in the main towns on Wednesday and yesterday as…

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