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Trump says US to 'put a hold' on money to WHO

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he will “put a hold” on US funding to the World Health Organization, saying “they missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump made the announcement at a White House...
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Parliament holds first virtual committee meeting

The Houses of Parliament made history on Tuesday when it held its first virtual Parliamentary meeting using the remote conferencing platform, Zoom.  The Special Select Committee reviewing developments relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)...
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Cancer test - Paulwell backs Phillips as leader set to undergo chemo

Vice-president of the People’s National Party (PNP), Phillip Paulwell, has sought to rally supporters worried about the health of Dr Peter Phillips that the party will not suffer as he takes a two-week break from active political duties. Following...
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Curfew extended as murders plunge

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ ­declaration yesterday that the Government will extend an islandwide nightly curfew is ­expected to further drive down murders in Jamaica, a consequential benefit to the ­administration’s attempt to tighten the screws...
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Stay home; don’t put Jamaicans at risk

Loretta Bryan (left) watches as her daughter Sherine Morgan cleans fish for sale in Rocky Point, Clarendon, on March 8, 2019. There has been a dramatic decline in business in the area due to the crippling blow of the new coronavirus.

Easter ‘postponed’ in Rocky Point - Fisherfolk reeling from COVID-19 woes

Fisherfolk in Rocky Point, Clarendon, are reeling from a dramatic decline in business in what is traditionally a high-sales period as many Jamaicans see fish as the protein of choice in the Lenten season. But with the deadly coronavirus which...
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What about us? - Discontent brews as some St Thomas cane interests excluded from compensation

At least two cane farmers in St Thomas have raised concerns about their exclusion from the list of beneficiaries of the $200 million allocated by the Government to assist those who have been negatively affected by the closure of the Golden Grove...
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Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson wins the women’s 200-metre final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, ahead of Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands. Thompson clocked 21.78 seconds, while Schippers was second in 21.88.

Blake backs World Athletics - Olympic qualification period suspended until December 1

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr Warren Blake says the move to revise the Olympic qualification period for athletics allows for a levelling of the playing field for athletes to continue their Olympic aspirations. World...
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JFF hails FIFA’s guidelines on transfers, players’ contracts

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) general secretary Dalton Wint believes that the new guidance from FIFA concerning issues such as the summer transfer window and player contracts will allow the federation to make informed decisions with regard to...
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Grocery market adjusts - Online sales, home deliveries rise with social distancing

Internet shopping and home deliveries are fast becoming the new ways to stock up on grocery items across Jamaica in the wake of stay-at-home directives to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). And for those shoppers who still want to make...
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BUSINESS BRIEFS | COVID DIARY

Medical Disposables and Supplies Limited, MDS, will no longer accept walk-in customers, but has carved out two exceptions: those making oncology and vaccine purchases. Otherwise the company said in a stock market filing it would continue its...
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3. D’Angel says scheduling is key, when it comes to her son, Marco Dean.

Pandemic parenting - Entertainers share their COVID-19 coping mechanisms

It has been more than three weeks since children have been home from school due to what was initially a forced 14-day shutdown of educational institutions as of Friday, March 13, ordered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness in an effort to tackle COVID...
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Musicians’ union appoints COVID-19 tsar - JFMAU set sights on stimulus package

As the name suggests, the post of coronavirus response chair is one which was recently conceptualised by the Jamaica Federation of Musicians and Affiliated Unions (JFMAU), in an effort to put in place a structured approach to handling the effects...
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Editorial | Weak guidance on face masks

If we didn’t know better, we might have assumed that the health ministry’s belated guidance, issued Monday, on the use of face masks against COVID-19 was a product of Donald Trump. Not only is the endorsement half-hearted, but it risks subjecting...
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Lincoln P. Edwards | Gov’t must assemble key research institutions

I am pleased that The Gleaner’s editorial of Monday, March 30, 2020, titled ‘Where’s the region’s COVID-19 research?’ has shed light once again on the importance of research to the development of any country. The editorial rightly pointed out that...
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Letter of the Day | The ‘missing’ 4,000+ passengers

THE EDITOR, Madam: I think that the Government and, in particular, the prime minister and health minister have been doing a very good job thus far in trying to contain the spread of the coronavirus and keeping our people safe during this difficult...
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Christians need to gather

THE EDITOR, Madam: The Bible states that as Christians, we should obey the laws of the land, but if these laws go against the teachings of the Bible, that is where the line is drawn. We as Christians need to gather, even if it is just for two hours...
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Gonsalves announces plans to bring home stranded Vincentian sailors

KINGSTOWN (CMC): Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says his administration plans to bring home Vincentian sailors who have been stranded on cruise and other ships due to the coronavirus pandemic. “There are Vincentians who are still out there who...
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Barbados records third COVID-19 death

BRIDGETOWN (CMC): Barbados yesterday recorded its third death from COVID-19, with the passing of a 95-year-old man. This was revealed by Dr Corey Forde, head of infectious diseases at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. This follows the passing of an 81-...
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Protect our children from COVID-19

Tracy Evans Gilbert Contributor Children are just as likely as adults to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. The difference is that the majority present with mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. Why is this? During the outbreak in...
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Nurses and midwives lauded on World Health Day

One has to have a special kind of love for people and the desire to see them healthy in order to work in the health sector. Yesterday was observed as World Health Day and the work of nurses and midwives was celebrated. These unsung heroes often go...
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Athletes Kemar Bailey-Cole and Ristananna Tracey tie the knot

Congratulations have been pouring in from track and field fans and colleagues for Olympians ​Kemar Bailey-Cole and Ristananna Tracey. The couple who have been in a relationship since 2009, tied the knot on Saturday. They have taken to social media...
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Westmoreland custos weds in Florida

Custos of Westmoreland Canon Hartley Perrin wed his fellow parishioner, the stunning Sophia Loraine, on Saturday in Clermont, Florida. In an intimate gathering that was officiated by Fr. Lenworth Haughton, family and friends braved Coronavirus...
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