Private labs courted as COVID backlog deadline missed

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WESTERN BUREAU: Fighting to regain its footing from a backlog of thousands of COVID-19 test samples, the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) says it is courting five private laboratories to help slash delays in garnering coronavirus results. The…

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NO REVERSE - Auditor general stands by scathing bus company report as JUTC demands retraction

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Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis says her department has no intention of withdrawing a performance report on the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC). The JUTC yesterday rejected the Auditor General Department’s (AuGD) report, which…

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Holness defends low-cost housing

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Even as he defended the Government’s procurement policies that often drive up pricing, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has committed to launching a design competition for low-cost housing options. But Holness has insisted that his administration…

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Asafa’s ex seeks $40K in child maintenance

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Asafa Powell has been hauled to court by his daughter’s mother, who is pressing for the Jamaican sprint star to pay $40,000 in child maintenance monthly. The Kingston and St Andrew Family Court reserved judgment on Thursday pending the outcome of a…

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SIA hits back at Worthy Park in bitter sugar war

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The CEO of the Sugar Industry Association (SIA), George Callaghan, has fired back at the management of Worthy Park Estate in St Catherine over its claims that the growing cess paid to keep the SIA operational is a burden on stakeholders. Speaking…

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Don’t shut door on sugar, James tells Wray & Nephew

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WESTERN BUREAU: J. Wray…

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Don’t let stress drive you to abandon children, mom urges

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A traumatic pregnancy, isolation from her family, and mounting debt drove 31-year-old Alicia* to take her days-old baby to a Corporate Area children’s home last year in an attempt to break ties. “I just left the baby there and just walked away,”…

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Mario Deane trial verdict | Families celebrate defendants’ release

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WESTERN BUREAU: There was no restraining the joy of the relatives of Marvin Orr and Adrian Morgan, the men who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in relation to the 2014 death of 31-year-old Mario Deane, after a judge ordered that they be released from…

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Tufton dodges Market Me questions

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Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton on Thursday dodged questions on whether marketing firm Market Me Consulting had ever been engaged by him personally or as a member of parliament. Market Me has been the subject of increased…

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Coke convict gives youths new lease on life

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Being caught with 38 kilograms of cocaine in the United States in the 1990s landed Gary Simpson prison time and a one-way trip back home to Jamaica. But instead of harbouring regret and wallowing in self-pity, he has helped steer the children of…

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