Sound the alarm - Gov’t ministries flouting fire safety regulations

Gleaner on October 11th, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

Staff and members of the public could be putting themselves in danger when they enter the main buildings for two government ministries which have failed to meet minimum fire safety standards, The Sunday Gleaner has found. While the Ministry of…

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Night pests - Criminals defy COVID-19 curfew to unleash terror after dark

Gleaner on October 11th, 2020 | File Under Headline News -

The nightly curfew introduced as a COVID-19 containment measure has catalysed a lull in serious crimes, but there are still criminals lurking in the dark, testing law enforcement officers’ patience, and adding more chaos to the lives of Jamaicans…

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700 J’cans murdered since COVID outbreak - Distant finds figure disappointing in light of restrictions

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Amid the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 700 people have been murdered across Jamaica since the dreaded respiratory ailment reached local soil. The staggering death toll comes despite a range of stringent COVID-19 containment measures…

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‘We were not trained for this’ - Inequity bedevils online classes as teachers battle assessment and matriculation concerns as low turnout marks first week

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For Jamaica’s poorest children, schools are oases of solace from chaotic lives teeming with abuse, disenchantment and need. It’s much more than academics. “And when you can’t get to see them face to face and hold them and hear them … ,” paused…

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Troubling waters for Holy Trinity - Only quarter of first-formers log in for orientation, half of school missing in action

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Of the 225 students placed in first form at the Holy Trinity High School in Kingston this year, only 160 have so far registered for online classes. Even more startling is the fact that only a meagre 60 students turned out for online orientation…

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Invasion fears heighten in Venezuela - Ghost of Grenada revolution triggers jitters as US election nears

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The political ghost of the 1983 Grenada revolution is spooking the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, and concerns are growing in the troubled South American country that the United States will invade it ahead of its presidential elections in…

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St Catherine Software Developer missing

Gleaner on October 11th, 2020 | File Under The Star News -

A twenty-seven-year-old software developer of Syndham Villa, St. Catherine has been missing since Friday, October 9. According to police, Andrelle Thompson, was last seen at home about 6 p.m. on Friday. Police say all efforts to contact him have…

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159 new COVID cases, one death

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Jamaica on Saturday recorded one more COVID-19 death, pushing the death tally to 139. The deceased is a 66-year-old male from St. Elizabeth. Meanwhile, there were 159 new cases with ages ranging from three years to 86 years, pushing the total to 7,…

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UK at ‘tipping point:’ England braces for more restrictions

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LONDON (AP) — Millions of people in northern England are anxiously waiting to hear how much further virus restrictions will be tightened as one of the British government’s leading medical advisers warned Sunday that the country is at a…

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Jamaicans in Florida energised by Kamala Harris on 2020 election ticket

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and Joe Biden are entering the final stretch of the campaign in a fierce battle for Latino voters who could sway the results in Florida and determine who wins the White House. But in this…

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