News In ‘2’

 

We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.

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July Inflation At 1.1%

Inflation for July is 1.1 per cent, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has stated. In a release Thursday, August 15, STATIN said the All Jamaica Consumer Price Index recorded an inflation rate of 1.1 per cent in July, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Bulletin. For the period under review, the calendar year-to-date movement was 2.5 per cent, the point-to-point inflation 4.3 per cent. That is in the range set by the Bank of Jamaica. Inflation for the fiscal year-to-date is 1.8 per cent.

 

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Late Cheques

The Ministry of Labour & Social Security has advised PATH beneficiaries who collect their benefits through the Post Offices that there is a delay in payment. In a statement Thursday, August 15, it said PATH cheques will be available for collection in the Post Offices on Tuesday, August 20 instead of today, August 15.  However, beneficiaries who collect their benefits through Paymaster, Bill Express and the NCB Cash Cards will be able to collect their payments starting August 15.

 

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Be Careful

Canadian Citizens travelling in Jamaica are being advised to be cautious. Global Affairs Canada is telling Canadians that they should exercise a high degree of caution in travelling in Jamaica. The advisory says due to increasing violence states of emergency were introduced in Jamaica this year giving the security forces more powers of search. The advisory said Canadians should be wary of friendly strangers and should avoid excessive drinking.

 

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Health Insurance

A new health insurance has been made available to seniors by a long-established insurance company. The launch of the new health plan designed by CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited and underwritten by Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited took place Wednesday, August 14, in St Andrew. The plan is being offered to members of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP), a non-governmental seniors-advocacy organisation.

 

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Largest Cruise

It has been announced that Symphony of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship and a prime jewel in Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class vessels, is slated to make its inaugural call to Jamaica next year. With a carrying capacity of 6,680 passengers, the 228,081-ton ship is expected to dock in Falmouth, Trelawny, on May 19, 2020.

 

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says the arrival of the Symphony of the Seas is not only timely but should be viewed from the standpoint that Royal Caribbean continues to see Jamaica as a valuable cruise partner and a destination of choice.

 

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JUTA Driver Killed

A JUTA operator as killed in a traffic crash in Hanover, Wednesday, August 14.

Dead is twenty-eight-year-old Chelsie Malcolm, of Cousins Cove, in the parish.

Ms Malcolm died as a result of injuries she received in a motor vehicle accident on Lances Bay main road, near midnight.

 

Franklin McKnight

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