COVID-19 black market - Gov’t inadequacy blamed for surge in underground virus testing sites

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Hundreds of Jamaicans are reportedly turning to unauthorised COVID-19 laboratories and makeshift facilities for antigen (rapid) tests, as Government’s insufficiency is being blamed for a rising underground market with questionable ethical practices…

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Flooding in St James causes massive damage

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The Government is now facing another massive bill following heavy rainfall that resulted in severe flooding in sections of St James on Friday and yesterday, which left many businesses and motorists with extensive damage. The showers, which started…

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Tufton: Canada’s sudden test requirements a travel restriction tactic

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Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is labelling new COVID-19 measures imposed on Canadian visitors trying to return home as a travel restriction tactic, noting that Jamaica joins a host of countries that will not be able to meet such…

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New COVID test requirements bad for Caribbean tourism – Bartlett

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WESTERN BUREAU: A new mandatory COVID-19 test requirement introduced by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) is about to further sink the Caribbean’s dismal arrival numbers. The new protocol, effective January 7, requires that all…

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No playbook for COVID-19, says IMF facilities manager

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Jamaican Jennifer Lester, who wields management power at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said the pandemic sweeping the world is unprecedented and there is no playbook to predict or determine the devastating tentacles of the disease, which…

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I am J’can to the core – Lester

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The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed her regular visits to the land of her birth, but Jennifer Lester remains rooted in her Jamaican heritage which she believes has not only tested but solidified her resilience for hard work. “I am Jamaican to the…

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Turks and Caicos to go to the polls on February 19

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Turks and Caicos Islands Premier Sharlene Cartwright Robinson has announced general elections for February 19. She made the announcement was made late yesterday evening during a rally. Nomination Day will be January 29. “Our best…

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Africa surpasses 3 million COVID cases; more than 72,000 dead

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Africa surpassed the milestone of 3 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 today, including more than 72,000 deaths, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  South Africa accounts for more than 30 per cent of…

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Bar Association ‘cautiously optimistic’ about resumption of jury trials

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The Jamaican Bar Association says it’s “cautiously optimistic” about the phased resumption of jury trials.  The judiciary announced last week that matters will be heard in the Home Circuit Court and some rural…

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Five arrested in connection with illegal guns; one charged

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Five men are now in custody in connection with two illegal guns recovered on Friday by police in St Andrew and St Catherine in separate operations.  One of the men has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm….

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