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Tighter curfews for Christmas, New Year's holidays

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced tighter curfew hours for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. However, there will be a relaxation for the other days of December and January. At present, the curfew kicks in at 9 p.m and ends...
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Law amended to defer local gov’t election up to February 2022

The House of Representatives this afternoon approved amendments to the Representation of the People Act to allow the local government elections to be deferred up to February 27, 2022. The bill was piloted by Local Government Minister, Desmond...
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Party crasher - PM maintains COVID ban on Christmas, New Year bashes

Rising global coronavirus cases and fears of a New Year spike locally have driven the Holness administration to maintain a ban on parties and events throughout the Yuletide period, dooming hopes of entertainment promoters aiming to recoup yearlong...
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8 murders in 48 hours - Gunmen terrorise St Catherine North

A man in Thompson Pen, Spanish Town, was held at gunpoint on Monday night and ordered to summon his wife, Janice Ellison-Reid, who was then sprayed with bullets while their children barricaded themselves in a room. The decomposing body of 68-year-...
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Blowout of CARICOM COVID-19 travel bubble - Regional heads squabble over country classification

The contents of a recent letter from Gaston Browne, the Antigua and Barbuda prime minister, to his Barbados counterpart, Mia Mottley, appears to reflect both frustration in St John’s and long-running difficulty among Caribbean Community (CARICOM)...
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Tourism influencer for Jamaica passes on

Jamaica’s tourism industry lost a devoted industry friend this week when Arlene K. Hoffman, style diva, Fifth Avenue socialite, ad agency owner, and the creative powerhouse that butterflies loved to follow passed on. Hoffman, a native New Yorker...
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Thompson Herah’s time? - … Sprinter a finalist for Athlete of the Year award, but faces tough challenge from record breakers

As Olympic double sprint champion Elaine Thompson Herah celebrates her selection as a finalist for the World Athletics Female World Athlete of the Year award, two of Jamaica’s leading track and field coaches presented differing views on her chances...
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Batsmen need to deliver – Simmons

West Indies head coach Phil Simmons says only big performances from his batsmen will shore up a place in his team as the regional side gets ready to take on New Zealand ‘A’ in a four-day warm-up match starting today. Simmons made it clear that all...
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NMIA upgrade delay - US$100m fix on despite 70% traffic loss but new timeline sought

PAC Kingston Airport Limited, PACKAL, operator of the Norman Manley International Airport, NMIA, in Kingston is maintaining that its pre-COVID commitment to invest more than US$100 million to upgrade the airport will be honoured, even as its parent...
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Falling travel helps push remittances higher

Remittance flows to Jamaica have risen nearly 40 per cent in the September quarter, a spike that is being attributed in part to changing travel patterns, as well as crisis support since the pandemic, according to Bank of Jamaica Governor Richard...
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OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ has made remarkable inroads on Spotify, YouTube and Shazam.

OMI cheerful over billion-stream club entry - Song makes inroads on Spotify, YouTube, Shazam

In May of this year, OMI’s Cheerleader quietly clocked the one billion mark on YouTube, a great feat by any standard. Then in November, when song recognition app, Shazam, released its ‘Top 100 Most Shazamed Songs of All-time’ list, there was...
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Toots’ legacy can never die, daughter says of Grammy nomination

Clifton ‘Jackie’ Jackson, a long-standing member of iconic ska, rocksteady and reggae band, Toots and the Maytals, was quite modest when interviewed by The Gleaner shortly after the 2021 Grammy nominees in the Best Reggae Album category were...
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Editorial | Another CARE package?

When the Jamaican economy began to implode at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the initial expectation was that the contraction would be contained at under six per cent. Soon, government analysts were estimating that the decline would be...
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Abe Dabdoub | Dry Harbour mining deal is all legal

I usually refrain from publicly discussing the cases which I am involved in but must on this occasion. In light of the misinformation and erroneous assumptions of damage to the environment, I set out the facts leading to the filing and grant of the...
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Letter of the Day | Focus also on reform of tertiary education

THE EDITOR, Madam: There has been a flurry of articles, editorials, and public discussions on the issue of education reform. The Government recently chimed in and announced the establishment of a commission to oversee another reform initiative....
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Crime is driven by our belief system

THE EDITOR, Madam: Every well-thinking Jamaican is pained by the gruesome murders that continue unabated in our country. We need to come to terms with the fact that our belief system determines our actions. Our beliefs are expressed in our...
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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma pleads guilty in criminal case

Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty yesterday to three criminal charges, formally taking responsibility for its part in an opioid epidemic that has contributed to hundreds of thousands of deaths, but also angering critics who want to see individuals held...
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Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Waiters and bartenders are being thrown out of work – again – as governors and local officials shut down indoor dining and drinking establishments to combat the nationwide surge in coronavirus infections that is overwhelming hospitals and dashing...
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Antimicrobial resistance: One of the greatest health challenges of our time

The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial...
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JASL to host drive-thru HIV/AIDS testing

World Aids Day is observed on December 1 each year. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness....
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