CRIPPLED - Several St Catherine businesses hobbling as lockdown jitters linger

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At least 10 stores inside the Portmore Mall have fallen casualty to the economic chokehold brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, with several others struggling to stay afloat as St Catherine businesses grapple with revenue losses. And with a 14-day…

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Five-year INDECOM Act inertia - Williams, Golding still want prosecutorial powers for commission; DPP, Chuck, cops not sold on idea

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Almost five years ago, lawmakers on a bipartisan committee of Parliament agreed unanimously to amend the law to give the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) the power to arrest and prosecute cops. That proposed amendment, which was…

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After travelling for funeral, elderly siblings stuck in US yearn for home

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When siblings Norma and Warren Williams left Jamaica to attend the funeral of a relative in Margate, South Florida, in February, they had no idea that a rapidly developing COVID-19 outbreak would have crippled global travel, leaving them stranded…

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Costly no-shows - Cancellation of major entertainment events could have $10b impact

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Losses within the entertainment industry are already estimated to be in the billions as the sector continues to reel from the impacts of COVID-19. Major events like Reggae Sumfest, which has already been cancelled this year, had an estimated…

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Andrews: We’ve never been approached for registration - Chairman says staff hurt by Fearon tragedy; ministry moving to certify 17 facilities

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Declaring it has been “pained” by the Jodian Fearon situation, the embattled Andrews Memorial Hospital (AMH) is speaking out, saying it has never been approached for or rejected efforts at registration or certification since it began operating 76…

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Daddy, when are you coming home? - Stranded Jamaican cruise ship worker dreads Mother’s Day away from family

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For drummer Conroy Gordon, the hardest part of being locked away day after day in the narrow confines of a stranded cruise ship is his inability to tell his two daughters when Daddy will be home. For the past month, he has been battling this…

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Queen of foster care - Supermom Mama Sweetie opens big heart to more than 40 children

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To say Judith-Miranda Townsend has a special love for children would not even begin to capture the essence of the Westmoreland supermom. Affectionately called ‘Mama Sweetie’ by foster children and members of the Holly Hill community in Darliston,…

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#JamaicaTogether | Portia Simpson Miller

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As daunting as this COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be, and as devastating as its impact is on people both here at home and around the world, we must stand together, united. We must all act with purpose, resolve, love and compassion because when we…

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Jamaica surpasses 500 COVID-19 cases; 90 recover

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Jamaica has now surpassed 500 COVID-19 infections.  The Ministry of Health and Wellness reports that the country has recorded four new cases since yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 502.  The four new cases are all…

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Johnson announces conditional plan to reopen Britain

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Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a “conditional plan” to reopen the United Kingdom, which remains under lock down over the spread of COVID-19, the BBC reports.  The UK has the second highest number of…

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