Opposition wants BoJ to review decision to suspend dividend payments

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The Opposition wants the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) to reconsider its decision to suspend the payment of dividends. In announcing the suspension this week, the BoJ said the action was based on consultation. READ: Deposit-taking institutions…

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10 new COVID cases increase tally to 432, two more recoveries

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The Health Ministry is reporting 10 new cases of the coronavirus in Jamaica pushing the tally to 432. One of the new cases is an Alorica worker, seven are contacts of employees and two are under investigation. In the meantime, there have been…

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National laboratory now working 24 hours to clear COVID backlog

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The National Public Health Laboratory is now operating on a 24-hour schedule as it moves to clear a backlog of 400 samples for COVID testing. On Monday, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton reported that there was a backlog of around 600 samples…

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Eighth COVID-19 death tied to Alorica

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Jamaica’s eighth COVID-19 death has been linked to the Alorica call centre whose Portmore site was the epicentre of a surge in coronavirus cases that sparked a ramping up of testing protocols and shut down the parish of St Catherine. That lockdown…

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Mother’s lockdown - Closing for 30 days as COVID curfew tightens screws on fast-food chains

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WESTERN BUREAU: A reported 70 per cent reduction in business has forced fast-food chain Mother’s to close its 18 stores islandwide, relieving 900 staff and 200 vendors of their jobs for the next 30 days. It takes effect Saturday. Mother’s joined…

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Court battle over legal advertising looms

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Staring down a challenge that it has breached the constitutional rights of Vaughn Bignall of Bignall Law, the General Legal Council (GLC) has welcomed a lawsuit to determine whether attorneys can lawfully advertise their services. As the Supreme…

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Ship workers to return May 6

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There is new-found elation for the 43 Jamaican ship workers aboard the Marella Discovery 2. In a matter of days, they will be coming home. According to one of the workers, the group has been advised that they will be leaving London on May 6. It is…

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Cop charged for breaching curfew

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A justice of the peace (JP), who is also a cop, is to face the Parish Court and possible disciplinary actions within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) for alleged breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act recently. This reportedly follows a…

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Parents urged to protect children in cyberspace

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Kerrian Barrett beamed with pride as she watched her two-year-old daughter, Keijhaine Thompson, manoeuvre her way through the YouTube tabs on her tablet, easily selecting her favourite shows on her own. Barrett shared that as early as one month old…

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Farm workers exploited – experts

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Jamaican farmers who participate in Canada’s Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme (SAWP) are vulnerable to exploitation and inequities, with little protection from Kingston, a local social-work expert has charged. In the wake of 17 Jamaicans in…

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