GHOST PAYMENTS - Gov’t urged to take steps to recover millions paid to dead pensioners

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The Accountant General’s Department (AcGD) has come under the microscope of the country’s chief guardian of public expenditure for paying out millions to pensioners up to seven months after they have died. Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis stated…

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Tourism interests scramble to avoid fallout as US demands virus test

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WESTERN BUREAU: With the United States set to require proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country as of January 26, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is aiming to increase PCR testing to 25,000 weekly to accommodate…

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Hunt on for culprits behind 19-gun shipment

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The barrel intercepted at the port in St James on Monday with 19 guns, including six high-powered rifles and more than 400 rounds of ammunition was addressed to a female with a Falmouth address in Trelawny, law enforcement sources have revealed….

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Lower HEART rate triggers concern at PAC meeting

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With fewer than half of the HEART/National Service Training Agency (NSTA) Trust’s students being certified at the end of their programmes between 2014-15 and 2018-19, the institution is moving to adjust its target rate of 70 per cent certification…

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Jamaica looks to Cuba, India, China for more COVID vaccines

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton says more than 16 per cent of Jamaica’s population could be vaccinated against COVID-19 this year, if efforts to secure safe vaccines outside of the COVAX Facility materialise. The Government…

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Spreading love through craft and art - Trench Town man finds fulfilment reconnecting with roots

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A “mystical” return is how Garfield Williams has described his transition back to his birthplace, Trench Town, to set up the Trench Town Art and Ceramic Centre 12 years ago. Through the centre, he has taught and trained more than 500 youngsters to…

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Ardenne alumnus takes flight - 23-y-o realises childhood dreamas a pilot

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Daniel Buchanan was four years old when he developed a love for planes and almost two decades later, he is a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor. Born in the United States, his father would take him to…

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Puerto Bueno mining permit amended

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Bengal Development Limited’s permit to mine in the ecologically sensitive Puerto Bueno Mountains was quietly amended in December to include the requirement for a $40 million performance bond to be paid within 30 days of the company getting the new…

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News Briefs

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CMU under pressure to return payment for construction project The scandal-scarred Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is being pressed to pay back $19.8 million to the Ministry of Transport and Mining after it failed to construct containerised…

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Jamaica to ramp up COVID testing capacity amid increasing travel requests

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Jamaica is to ramp up its COVID-19 testing capacity amid expected changes in testing requirements by the United States. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the new requirement is understandable as the US seeks to reduce the spread…

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