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Youngsters urged to be careful online

Stephen Price, Flow Jamaica’s country manager, has advised students to keep their social media profiles private, and to be careful about sharing personal information when making new friends online.

At the same time, Price urged the young people not to do anything online that will make others feel intimidated, hurt or embarrassed.

“There are so many harmful things and harmful people lurking on the Internet. Each of us has a part to play in fixing it, including you,” he said.

Price was addressing a group of more than 600 students from high schools in the Corporate Area and St Catherine who turned out for the FLOW Safer Internet Day (SID) 2020 Teen Summit, at Merl Grove High School on Constant Spring Road in Kingston yesterday.

JUTC TO GET ELECTRIC BUSES

There are plans to introduce 45 electric buses to the fleet of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).

Governor General Patrick Allen said that the projected benefits of implementing this initiative are”quite significant, and include energy saving, environmental preservation and the reduction of the national fuel bill”.

A state-owned company, the JUTC is set to buy new buses next fiscal year to sustain daily bus deployment and to improve service delivery.

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Kari jumps ship

Kari Douglas, the two-term Trafalgar division councillor in the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation has released a statement detailing her reason for switching from the People’s National Party (PNP) to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

According to Douglas, for some time, the PNP has not been a space where creative ideas, especially the thoughts of young people, are encouraged and treated seriously.

“For sometime, I have been deeply concerned that my former party has become a political Organization which is primarily focused on winning elections at any cost, as opposed to pursuing an unswerving commitment to national development and in that process listening to the people and creating policies to meet their needs.

My former political party has also for some time not been a space where creative ideas, especially the thoughts of young people, are encouraged and treated seriously. I have decided that enough is enough,” Douglas said.

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Jamaica to test for coronavirus

A team from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is set to arrive in the islandtoday to train local staff on how to test for the coronavirus.

Dr Jacqueline A. Bisasor-McKenzie, chief medical officer, said it is expected that Jamaica will have the capacity to test for coronavirus within two weeks.

“This is very fortunate for us, because it’s not every country [that] is going to have that capacity, but because we have a National Influenza Centre that is located at the University of the West Indies, we are fortunate to be able to be given this opportunity to be able to do our own testing. In the interim, we have testing that is being done at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA),” she said

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