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Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:18 AM

RED STRIPE, part of the Heineken Company, earlier this week donated 1,500 cases of Malta to the Ministry of Local Government to support nutrition programmes in infirmaries across the island. The product, with an approximate retail value of $6...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:17 AM

GUARDIAN LIFE Limited and the Guardian Group Foundation have made a much-needed contribution to the Jamaican health sector with the donation of a ventilator valued at J$4.3 million to the Victoria Jubilee Neo-Natal Ward and, by extension, the...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer

MAY PEN businessman and owner of Shopping Mall and Trading Towers, Tony Smatt, has closed down the complex for two weeks, as he said he was putting the welfare of his staff as the top priority in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Money can’t buy...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AN UNEMPLOYED mother of six, who requested that her name be withheld, is the head of one of the more than 130,000 families who receive benefit through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). “I wasn’t working ‘cause I had...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:12 AM

IN SEVERAL news briefs, recently, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo appealed to Americans to isolate themselves during this period of the virulent COVID-19 outbreak. In Florida, when persons were ordered to stay home, they headed for the beaches in...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:11 AM

AS THE global economy teeters on the edge of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Jamaican farmers are ramping up production to maintain the local food supply chain. Prime Minister Andrew Holness on March 16 announced a ban on social gatherings in...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:07 AM

THE ECONOMIC impact of COVID-19 will be extensive. The UN predicts a US$2-trillion shortfall in global income, with a $220-billion hit to developing economies. Many countries will have deep recessions, and entire industries are being devastated,...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 8:04 PM

The Health Ministry has reported that Jamaica has recorded an additional four cases of the coronavirus pushing to 25 the total number of confirmed cases here. Of the total, 17 are imported, seven related to the imported cases and one remains under investigation. Six of the 25 confirmed cases have been reported in the past two days:

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 6:57 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced the details of the restrictions for barbershops and hairdressing salons. As of tomorrow, these establishments will not be permitted to have more than 10 people in their businessplaces. And according to...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 3:34 PM

Jamaica has experienced a decline in the cases of tuberculosis (TB) over the past five years. In an interview with JIS News, Senior Medical Officer at the National Chest Hospital, Dr Terry Baker, said Jamaica has seen a steady decline in persons...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 1:58 PM

President of the Court of Appeal, Dennis Morrison, has issued Emergency Practice Directions in light of COVID-19 suspending all in-person hearings in chambers and open court until Monday, May 11, 2020. The action has been taken to protect the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 1:46 PM

The Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew is to be temporarily closed from Thursday, March 26. The closure is to run until Thursday, April 30. The hotel’s management says it made the decision in consideration of the health and well-being of...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:29 PM

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says it is working to ensure that power reliability is maintained as the country battles the coronavirus (COVID-19) The company says it will be doing all that is necessary in order to support businesses and...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 11:05 AM

Jamaica recorded another eight murders yesterday, the same as it did on Sunday. READ: Bloody Sunday Seven of yesterday's murders were committed in parishes where there are states of emergency. The victims include 57-year-old Dalton Shippy, who...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:33 AM

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): The Trinidad and Tobago government on Monday announced a multibillion-dollar package, including a TT$1,500 monthly payment to unemployed persons for the next three months, as the twin-island republic deals with the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:32 AM

Jamaica’s banking lobby has issued a range of protocols that will guide all members as Jamaica moves to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Jamaica Bankers’ Association (JBA) said that its unified policy was in line with declarations by...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Thirty health professionals, including surgeons, medical officers and critical-care nurses, have been selected for fitting and testing of specialised masks for front-line personnel treating COVID-19-positive patients scheduled for surgery. It was...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:32 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Vendors and shoppers are now heaping praise on the management team at the Charles Gordon Market in Montego Bay, St James, for a clean-up exercise undertaken to curb the potential spread of the novel coronavirus. The market, which...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:31 AM

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM) will be charged with driving the recovery of tourism in Jamaica and elsewhere in the region post-COVID-19. Bartlett noted that, “while...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:30 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: It would appear that the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) is struggling to rigidly enforce strict compliance with the COVID-19 social-distancing protocols and mass-gathering ban. The MoBay hospital’s Accident and Emergency...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:29 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: THE HEAVEN’S FESCO service station in Mandeville, which reopened for business on Sunday, following a major explosion on February 21 that claimed one life, injured several others and caused damage estimated at $100 million to...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:26 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Doctors in St Ann are still committed to offering healthcare amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and other illnesses, despite the closure of several offices in the parish. Several doctor offices remain open, and those who have closed their facilities are...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:25 AM

CHIEF EXECUTIVE Officer of e-Learning Jamaica, Keith Smith, has said Cabinet has approved the procurement of 40,000 tablet computers for students and 25,000 devices for teachers under the Tablets in Schools Project. “We are now finalising contracts...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Residents will play a major role in Stamping Out Littering and Illegal Dumping (SOLID) in communities, says the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Executive Director, Audley Gordon. Gordon said the programme will address areas that...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:20 AM

Ministry of Health and Wellness officials last week Wednesday received training on how to use Go. Data, an outbreak investigation tool that collects field data during a public-health emergency. National epidemiologist in the ministry Dr Karen...

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