COVID CRIME RIOTS - PM warns of conspiracy of chaos in pressing for SOE extensions

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

In making his case for an extension of sweeping security powers, Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed to Parliament yesterday that intelligence revealed that criminals had hatched a calculated plan to incite instability to profit from the COVID-…

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CMU still hunting proof of Pinnock spending spree

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

More than three months after the publication of a special audit report on alleged malpractices at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the beleaguered institution is scrambling to find proof to substantiate reimbursements of nearly US$120,000…

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Quarantined deportees to face COVID-19 tests

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

The 46 Jamaicans who were deported from the United States (US) yesterday are to be tested for the new coronavirus that has killed almost 180,000 people globally and six here, the Ministry of Health…

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Gov’t eyes 1,000 tests a day

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

Yesterday’s commissioning of a high-tech machine at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston is expected to expand Jamaica’s capacity for testing for the new coronavirus amid criticism that low assessments were giving a false picture of…

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UWI engineering team breathing life into broken ventilators

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

A team at Mona-Tech Engineering Services has embarked on a mission to repair ventilators and biomedical equipment in the island’s public health sector free of charge as the island tackles the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus, which…

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Jamaicans rally around blind elderly couple living in stark poverty

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

It’s often said that the truest test of love is during times of crises, and with seniors at high risk for adverse COVID-19 health outcomes, a number of Jamaicans have been stepping up to assist elderly persons during the pandemic. Last Saturday,…

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Charles Gordon Market ‘an Alorica waiting to happen’

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

WESTERN BUREAU: The Charles Gordon Market could become the epicentre for the spread of COVID-19 in western Jamaica because of vendors’ and shoppers’ resistance to social-distancing guidelines, says Janet Silvera, president of the Montego Bay…

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News Briefs

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

Phillips reissues call for islandwide SOE Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips said that there is need for an islandwide state of emergency (SOE) to effectively manage crime and COVID-19. “The fact that crime is generally trending down globally is…

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19 new coronavirus cases in Jamaica, tally now 252

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under More News -

There are 19 new coronavirus cases in Jamaica, push the tally to 252. Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton indicated that the Ministry is awaiting details of nine cases, but that of the remaining 10, two are males and eight are…

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Gas prices down $3.06, diesel down $3.06

Gleaner on April 22nd, 2020 | File Under More News -

Gas prices are to go down by $3.06 Thursday. The state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, says E-10 87 will sell for $116.67 per litre and a litre of E-10 90 for $119.50. Meanwhile, automotive diesel oil will go down by $3.06 to sell for $113.90…

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