Remittance downturn - Financial houses register slump as virus crisis worsens

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Jamaica’s second-highest foreign-exchange earner, remittances, could suffer a massive blow this year owing to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on jurisdictions overseas with large diaspora communities. Signs of a downward trajectory have already…

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Diaspora hunt COVID gear as shortages rack US

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Pleas to expatriates for donations of medical equipment and gear as the Jamaican health sector braces for a surge in COVID-19 cases could founder because of shortages in the United States, where key diaspora centres are buckling under the weight of…

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COVID relief for informal sector - Cabbies, barbers, barmen in good standing to benefit

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Some groups left reeling from the economic fallout of COVID-19 and its attendant social restrictions are in line to receive financial assistance. A programme is being developed for taxi and bar operators, barbers, hairdressers, market vendors, and…

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CXC to test new formula

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Candidates registered to sit Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) May-June 2020 exams will be assessed using a modified process, the result of a policy decision taken by the council. More than 30,000 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (…

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Old Harbour vendors crucified as pre-Easter fish sales dry up

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Easter is mere weeks away, but the traditional fetish for fish is not taking the bait. Fisherfolk at the Old Harbour Bay fishing village in St Catherine have resorted to supplying fish on credit, banking on the trustworthiness of consumers as sales…

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Gov’t steps in to help J’cans stranded in US

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Stay where you are! That’s the message from Jamaica’s ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks, to seasonal hotel workers who have been turning up at American airports seeking to return to their homeland because their employment ended early…

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Private schools want COVID cushion

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WESTERN BUREAU: Private schools have urged the Government to outline whether they will receive a COVID-19 stimulus to stay afloat amid mass closures that will last for at least a month. Dr Faithlyn Wilson, president of the Jamaica Independent…

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Barbados to impose curfews as COVID cases rise

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Barbados will impose nightly curfews on the island as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise. In a national broadcast on Thursday evening, Prime Minister Mia Mottley said that her government intended to go to Parliament to amend the…

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Cut utility bills of teachers, students – JTA

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WESTERN BUREAU: Utility companies have been called on to fashion specially tailored monthly bills to facilitate teachers and students who currently have to pursue education online at home after schools were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic….

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Nuttall not accepting COVID-like cases

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Nuttall Memorial Hospital has announced that it would no longer be accepting patients who are displaying the symptoms of COVID-19. It took immediate effect yesterday. Chief Executive Officer Harvey Levers said that Nuttall was not adequately…

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