34 contacts of new Portmore BPO COVID patient test negative

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The Health Ministry says 34 contacts of the infected Conduent call centre employee in Naggo Head, St Catherine, have tested negative for the coronavirus. However, according to the chief medical officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, further…

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Online classes to continue until July 3, PEP placements June 26

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The Education Ministry has announced that online classes/distance learning will be continuing until July 3. In the meantime, Karl Samuda, the minister with responsibility for education says high school placements under the Primary Exit Profile (PEP…

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Privy Council rules that INDECOM cannot initiate criminal prosecutions

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The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has lost its appeal to the Privy Council in its bid to initiate criminal prosecutions. However, the London-based court has ruled that INDECOM has the power to bring action where its…

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‘Laws with bite’ - Tufton launches inspections of uncertified private hospitals

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An order for the immediate inspection of all uncertified private hospitals and for the full force of the law to be brought against them are among the early responses of the Holness administration now in mop-up mode following a Sunday Gleaner…

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BOJ to pay millions for unjust redundancy

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), for the second time in nearly three months, has been ordered to pay out millions of dollars to a worker whose employment was unjustifiably terminated. The Industrial Dispute Tribunal (IDT), in a ruling handed down last…

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Economic headache as recovery task force teams meet

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Several committees of the Government’s Economic Recovery Task Force will this week meet for the first time as pressure grows on the Holness administration to reboot an economy stalled by a meltdown in commerce linked to COVID-19 restrictions. The…

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Honks replace hallelujahs at drive-thru church service

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Moviegoers went to the now-defunct Harbour View Drive-in Cinema for film, frolic, and, ahem, more. Now, churchgoers are turning off their engines and cosying up with their Maker at the Portmore Holiness Christian Church drive-in…

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3-y-o’s drowning sparks call for Rio Cobre fencing

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The drowning of a three-year-old boy has reignited calls in Kent Village, Bog Walk, for the erection of perimeter fencing to prevent a recurrence of the tragedy. Residents said that the Rio Cobre – that yawning graveyard of memories – presented…

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Beware of child predators! - Retired cop warns parents to guard kids’ safety

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Jamaican parents and community groups have been urged to adopt a more activist role in protecting children from sexual predators who are increasingly lurking on the Internet. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant, who is still…

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Clean sweep for cabbies

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When his main areas of business were hit by the fallout from government-imposed coronavirus containment measures, an innovative P.J. Wright decided to start a new company, Mint Cleaners, and take with him employees from his flagging ventures. Mint…

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