Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 11:10:56 GMT This Day In History - April-15

Today is the 106th day of 2020. There are 260 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1912: The passenger luxury liner SS Titanic sinks and more than 1,500 lives are lost.OTHER EVENTS1862: A Bill ending slavery in the US District of Columbia becomes law.1865: Andrew Johnson becomes the 17th US president after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:01:00 GMT PHEW!

A family from Eight Miles in Bull Bay, St Andrew is breathing a sigh of relief today after tests determined that one of its youngest members, a one-year-old, does not have the dreaded novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).The boy and his mother were placed in quarantine at St Joseph's Hospital in St Andrew last Thursday after doctors at Bustamante Hospital for Children expressed concern that he had contracted the virus.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:07:14 -0500 Internet woes, scamming risk hurdles of work-from-home for BPOs

WESTERN BUREAU: Inconsistencies in the local telephony infrastructure and recurrent disruptions in electricity are the main challenges being faced by business process outsourcing (BPO) employees who have been working from their homes over the past...

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 08:04:41 GMT Technological Solutions to host COVID-19 webinars

Technical services provider Technological Solutions Limited (TSL) is set to host a webinar tomorrow, at 11 am, on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how businesses can implement proactive measures to offset the impacts. Entitled 'Protecting your staff, your clients, your business and your brand from COVID-19', the webinar will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the various sectors and the world economy.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 08:29:50 GMT Coronavirus protection in the workplace

THOUGH the Government of Jamaica has issued an order requiring those who can work from home to do so, there are many Jamaicans who, due to the nature of their work, cannot comply.In fact, consistent with the terms of the order, such a worker is required to go to work unless that employee and his/her employer agree otherwise.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:31:15 -0500 Midwives cradle hope amid disasters

They have seen many first looks, heard many first cries, and have been integral to one of the most joyous occasions in the lives of many women – the birth of a child. Charmaine Reid, 66, and Iris Vassell-Murray, 64, are retired midwives who have...

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:27:50 -0500 VOX POP: Should the Government have allowed Jamaican cruise ship workers to land?

The Government’s refusal to allow 43 Jamaican ship workers aboard the Marella Discovery 2 to land amid restrictions on all incoming passengers has sparked a heated debate. The Gleaner asked some shoppers at Tropical Plaza in Kingston if they...

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:17:36 -0500 Deportation danger - Opposition tells US to back down as ­Guatemala fingers flights for COVID spike

The Holness administration has been urged to resist the planned re-entry of Jamaican deportees from the United States even as the government of Guatemala reports that 75 per cent of its returnees on a recent American flight tested positive for the...

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 08:30:04 GMT Agriculture needs an integrated plan, says Jeremy Palmer

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — A lifelong vegetable farmer, born, grown and still resident in south St Elizabeth, Jeremy Palmer knows more than a thing or two about farming and its challenges.And, as ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor for the farm-rich Pedro Plains Division, Palmer believes the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic should be a wake-up call for Jamaicans to act to protect their food security.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Possible economic impact of COVID-19 on Jamaica

Following on my last article I thought it would be good to look at the possible economic impact of COVID-19 on Jamaica, especially in light of the report from Fitch that they expect a four per cent economic decline for 2020.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:07:22 -0500 Jamaican economy to shrink by 5.6% – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) projects the Jamaican economy to contract by 5.6 per cent in 2020 from its previous growth forecast of 1.0 per cent, arising from what the lending agency described as the ‘Great Lockdown’. Already, the economy...

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:07:26 -0500 Maroon arrested for curfew breach, police assault

In the 14-second long video, the laughter in the background is rich. The woman laughing is having fun. She is witnessing a tall man in black silhouette, in the low light from a police vehicle, slapping the side of the service unit, and saying...

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:07:09 -0500 COVID-19 dead dispute - Funeral operators tussle over body storage guidelines

WESTERN BUREAU: Persons in western Jamaica who lose family members to COVID-19 could find themselves in a dilemma as stakeholders in the Funeral Directors Association of Jamaica (FDAJ) have expressed uncertainty about state guidance on handling and...

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Temperature checks, masks now mandatory for BPO workers

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) head Gloria Henry says further measures will, as of Friday, be implemented at business process outsourcing (BPO) offices as part of efforts to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus following positive tests of workers at the Portmore, St Catherine-based Alorica call centre.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 06:10:04 GMT Slain Excelsior vice-principal hailed as professional with a big heart

Excelsior High School Principal Deanroy Bromfield says the school community remains in mourning almost six days after the murder of Vice-Principal Colleen Walker.The 54-year-old veteran educator was fatally shot at her house in Queensbury, St Andrew, last Thursday, and yesterday Bromfield, his voice breaking, told the Jamaica Observer that he has lost a professional colleague and personal friend.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 06:20:04 GMT PM: We acted appropriately in cruise ship crew matter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night insisted that the Government acted appropriately in the case of 43 Jamaicans aboard Marella Discovery 2 who did not make it into the country, despite being in Jamaican waters just under two weeks ago.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 09:04:23 GMT Fear, death & trauma

AS COVID-19 continues its march across the globe, one Jamaican's experience with the Grim Reaper in the United States came just two and a half years into her nursing career, when she had to prepare two of her patients stricken with the infectious disease for the morgue.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:51:28 GMT Jamaica eyes key role in global travel revival post-COVID-19

Jamaica will play a key role in the restoration of global tourism when the coronavirus pandemic ends, is the promise of Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:32:55 -0500 ADVERTORIAL | Business continuity combatting COVID-19

The impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on the world economy, underscores the importance of the need for businesses to have a business continuity plan (BCP), says technology experts. “A business continuity plan is a process that...

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Private medical practitioners urged to partner with Gov't

MONTEGO BAY, St James — As the Government scales down activities at health centres to reduce overcrowding, portfolio minister Dr Christopher Tufton has made an appeal to private medical practitioners in western Jamaica to accommodate patients who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 through a partnership.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:27:44 -0500 Mandeville call centre worker gripped with fear

MANDEVILLE, Manchester The closure of two Alorica call centres in Portmore and Kingston after two workers tested positive for COVID-19 has caused skittish workers at BPO firms in Mandeville to fear a similar fate. BPOs, or business process...

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Chinese embassy says Africans being treated equally in homeland

THE Chinese embassy here has strongly denied news reports of widespread discrimination against Africans in China, calling it misinformation aimed at creating a wedge between the republic and African countries.Mainstream and social media reports have surfaced of forceful evictions, arbitrary quarantines, and mass coronavirus testing, as China, which has largely contained its outbreak of novel coronavirus infections, tries to keep out imported cases.

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Wed, 15, Apr, 2020 07:56:07 GMT JMMB Bank shares debt-management guidelines during COVID-19

Experts from JMMB Bank have encouraged Jamaicans to exercise good debt-management practices during the COVID-19 crisis.Speaking at last week's edition of JMMB Group's live webinar series, the experts which included Owen Ferguson, branch manager and Jerome Jarrett, manager of client partnership both of JMMB Bank advised citizens to avoid high interest debt, manage their expenses, and seize opportunities that may present themselves.

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Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:25:36 -0500 French court orders Amazon to suspend non-essential sales

A French court has ordered Amazon to stop selling, receiving or delivering non-essential goods for the next month to protect its employees from the virus. Amazon protested Tuesday’s emergency ruling, while unions hailed it as a victory for workers...

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