Thu, 29 Oct 2020 13:29:13 +0000 U.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics

The U.S. ambassador to Jamaica exchanged insults with people on Twitter who accused him of interfering in the country's internal affairs, telling one he used too much marijuana and another that "you drink that cheap stuff." The post U.S. envoy to Jamaica insults Twitter critics appeared first on Cayman Compass.

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:10:51 +0000 Increased trading for JSE USD market

The US dollar market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange closed trading on Wednesday, with the market declining after trading 20 times more shares than the extremely low volume on Tuesday.   At the close of the market, trading ended with five securities changing hands compared to six on Tuesday and closed with the price of two stocks rising, […]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:19:20 -0500 Back to school - 17 institutions to reopen in two-week pilot November

WESTERN BUREAU: Nearly 6,000 students from 17 schools in nine parishes are to return to face-to-face learning on a phased basis as more than 50 per cent of the country’s pupils have difficulty accessing online education amid the coronavirus...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:18:26 -0500 Slain retired cop was child predator, say daughters

The family of a retired district constable who was brutally murdered on Monday afternoon has painted him as a serial child predator who had absconded bail after being charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl. At about 2:30 p.m. on Monday,...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:18:59 -0500 Nursing homes shuttered; first COVID-19 death at Golden Age Home

Two private nursing homes in Manchester and Hanover have been ordered closed for COVID-19 health and safety breaches as Jamaica recorded its first coronavirus death at an elder-care facility. The developments are an important fault line as elder-...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:18:46 -0500 Crackdown on construction breaches - KSAMC installs review panel to tighten scrutiny on approvals

In a “bold” clampdown on rogue housing developers, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has announced a review panel and community surveys among major changes to the approval process for construction in the Corporate Area. The...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:19:47 -0500 Haunted by 1980 | ‘Demon’ Seaga, ‘dangerous’ Manley: tales of the 1980 election

The historic electoral whupping of the People’s National Party (PNP) of October 30, 1980, at the hands of the Edward Seaga-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) still evokes raw emotions today. Sixty seats were contested and the JLP won 51. That victory...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:12:50 -0500 Dog bite bill’s teeth too sharp – Dabdoub

While making it clear that dog owners must be held accountable if their animals injure people or cause damage to property, Jalil Dabdoub, president of the German Shepherd Club, is urging the Government to make adjustments to the Dogs (Liability for...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:12:24 -0500 Haunted by 1980 | Violence triggers mass exodus from Olympic Gardens

When political violence erupted in the Olympic Gardens area of St Andrew West Central in the 1980s, Bradley McCallum Jr, who was living in the United States, saw the greatest exodus his community would experience. As the nation was gripped by...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:19:14 -0500 RJRGLEANER shareholders approve company changes

Shareholders have given the nod to three special resolutions aimed at shoring up the RJRGLEANER Group’s future prospects, according to CEO Gary Allen. “We know that it may be a challenging environment, but we are digitally driven. We’re going to...

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 05:22:04 +0000 Steve McQueen to produce film of Jamaican novel

BRITISH filmmaker and video artist Steve McQueen will executive-produce a film adaptation of Augustown, the acclaimed 2016 novel by Jamaican writer Kei Miller. The film is being adapted by production companies Potboiler Productions and Rathaus Films. A Jamaican-born poet, novelist, essayist and blogger, Miller is a well-known figure in the Caribbean community and a familiar face at TT's NGC Bocas Lit Fest and Carnival celebrations. He won the 2014 OCM Bocas non-fiction Prize and the novel Augustown is the fiction winner of the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for fiction. The Cartographer Tries to Map A Way to Zion won him the 2014 Forward Prize for the best poetry collection and was shortlisted in a Costa Book Award. The Screendaily.com website reported exclusively that the film will be directed by Antiguan director Shabier Kirchner, who filmed McQueen’s Small Axe, a new anthology series of five films set in London’s West Indian community in the 1960s through the 1980s and starring John Boyega, Letitia Wright and Micheal Ward, among many others. [caption id="attachment_854647" align="alignnone" width="1024"]

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Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:06:59 -0500 Mexican president pledges to ban outsourcing of jobs

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador proposed Tuesday a blanket ban on subcontracting or outsourcing of jobs by private companies, saying the practice has been abused to avoid paying employees’ the benefits they are due by law. The...

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT 'Penny wise and pound foolish'

CHRISTIANA, Manchester — Mayor of Mandeville and chairman of the Manchester Municipal Corporation, Donovan Mitchell, says the developer of a three-storey building that collapsed during heavy rain in Christiana earlier this week has been given 14 days' notice to demolish the structure.Mitchell identified the developer as businessman Paul Patmore.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Huawei rejects claims that it poses a security threat to Jamaica

The Chinese firm Huawei Technologies has rejected claims that it could be a threat Jamaica's security if it is given the nod to roll out the country's 5G technology.In a release yesterday Huawei said the allegations that it would provide a security risk are unfounded without any factual ground to support them.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Passage of Dog Liabilities Bill delayed

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck on Tuesday agreed to delaying passage of the Dogs (Liability for Injuries) Bill after concerns were raised by some members of the House of Representatives about criminal liabilities issues.After listening to objections raised by Opposition Members of Parliament Mark Golding and Julian Robinson, Chuck agreed that the points raised by the members were sufficient to put off concluding the debate.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Digicel Business launches 'masterclass' business mentorship series

Digicel Business is collaborating with some of the best local minds in business and entrepreneurship to mentor aspiring innovators, start-up founders and professionals through a series of virtual, interactive masterclass sessions.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Growth Tech still bullish on free Wi-Fi

TECHNOLOGY company Growth Tech Ltd has been forced to rethink its strategy after COVID-19 slashed, by up to 40 per cent, the number of Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) riders that use its free Wi-Fi service.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Commonwealth countries to promote human rights through sport

Commonwealth member countries have unanimously adopted a statement to promote human rights and tackle discrimination at all levels of sport —from community games to elite sporting events.The consensus statement sets out 13 commitments and serves as a guide to protect and promote the human rights of every individual involved in the sport sector.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid COVID surge

Germany yesterday moved to shut down restaurants, bars and theatres all over again and France weighed demands for another nationwide lockdown as a new wave of coronavirus infections in Europe and the United States wipes out months of progress against the scourge on two continents.The resurgence and the growing clampdown sent a shudder through financial markets, and stocks slumped.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Black men being courted as Americans get ready to vote

NEW YORK (AP) — For Phillip Agnew, engaging black male voters ahead of the general election isn't just about persuading them to choose former Vice-President Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump.As an activist and organiser who gained acclaim after leading protests in Florida over the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, Agnew sees an opportunity to keep the 14.4 million black men of voting age politically engaged well beyond 2020.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Today's Horoscope — October 29, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, October 29, 2020: Persuasive, thorough and influential, you come to your work with fresh ideas. Many of you possess an exceptional ability and this year, by staying humble, you do extremely well. Beware of disloyalty from a professional foe-friend. If single, love comes to the rescue, and a healthy and loving relationship begins in the spring. If attached, stay so. An old flame can reignite, but a past pattern repeats. VIRGO grounds...

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Golden Age Home 'out of the woods', says Tufton

HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said The Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, St Andrew, where 87 individuals — including staff and residents — have tested positive for COVID-19, is “out of the woods” in terms of the virus' infection risk and threat.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Curfew extended to November 16

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the islandwide nightly curfew that the Government has implemented as one of the measures to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus will be extended until November 16.The curfew hours will remain at 9:00 pm to 5:00 am daily.Holness, who was addressing a virtual press conference yesterday, said that the continuation of the curfew is despite a slowing down in the growth of new COVID-19 infections.

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Thu, 29, Oct, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Finance minister tells design sector to go digital

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke has urged the local design industry to harness digital technology as part of a wider push to have the country rebound from the economic ravages of COVID-19.

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