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good afternoon I am Andrea Chism with the midday news a special welcome if

you're watching on one spot mediacom we begin with news that medical officials

at the University Hospital of the West Indies are treating a suspected case of

the corona virus the hospital's accident and emergency department has been

treating the suspected case all morning now we have also learned that the A&E

department is on partial shutdown the patient is female and is in quarantine

and the microbiology unit at the University Hospital is also locked up

now regarding the patient TVJ News understands that the patient went to

China to visit our relative and recently returned to Jamaica the patient flew in

to Jamaica via the Norman man the International Airport we do not know

when the patient arrived and the Health Minister dr. Christopher Tufton will be

having an emergency press conference at 12:30 so once again just letting you

know that medical officials at the University Hospital of the West Indies

are treating a suspected case of the corona virus and we expect much more

from the minister when he holds his press conference in a few minutes

meanwhile dr. Christopher Tufton in an interview on primetime news last night

said the ministry had all in place to treat with cases of the corona virus he

was speaking with TV jays Danella press use the truth is that I have full

confidence in our health staff nurses included who are there we have

sufficient infrastructure and that is why we have been able to prevent viruses

or new diseases like the the this particular one from entering our shores

now there's always a margin of error and one could always argue for more

facilities but let's take the issue of an isolation area the truth is that our

health officials are the port's if the need arises have access to areas that

can isolate an individual is suspected of having a particular

ailment or a particular represents a particular risk beyond that there is

logistic support to move persons from the port to a medical facility where we

have those in place but again I say in situations like this we have to be

careful that we do not create an impression that we are led where

unexposed because we would be doing ourselves a disservice or nurses have

worked very hard and yes they do come under stress and as a government we want

to work with them which is why we have done a number of things to support I

think it's important for the Jamaican people to understand that we all have a

role to play which is why public education is key but the government is

taking this issue very seriously that was Health Minister dr. Christopher

Tufton speaking last night on primetime news talking about Jamaica's readiness

for the corona virus now for those of you just joining us we told you a few

minutes ago that the University Hospital of the West Indies are treating as is

treating a suspected case of the corona virus and we told you that the patient

is female more details are coming in as we speak

we have subsequently learned that the female patient is a business woman who

returned to the island on January 12 and she just started showing symptoms of the

virus and of course we'll keep you updated during the day and we'll have

much more details in prime time news at 7

in other news farmers in Central Village Saint Catherine are calling for the

National Water Commission to provide compensation after their farm was

covered by water from a broken end of the sea main they told TV je news that

the water has been flowing through their farm for over three weeks now despite

several reports of the commissioner TV jays kaliesha Williams has that story

it has not rained in Central Village st. Catherine for days yet this vegetable

farm is covered by floodwaters the sorcerer looks like an underground

spring but it's actually a broken end of Lissie pipeline nearby these rotten

vegetables told the tale and the farmer are I read well am i earning gand on the

gin much time on top honking almost to me at or pop Joe pepper everything's all

right I know something are we gonna go up on that side that side that did the

cancer the camera take it water boots come in handy as a farmer

servers through the murky water and instead of celebrating their first

harvest for the new year the farmers have to be counting their losses to make

matters worse they will not be able to replant anytime soon even if the water

dries up and as you can see the wallet my lord I would Nora source disappears

are comin away see I will basically plant pop Joe catch crop and to the

water our here no not me accuracy yourself we were told the water has been

flowing through the farm for three weeks no despite reports the National Water

Commission welcomed a conflicted what I'm Mickey coma for the farm like we

can't do a thing me now I get no answer from no one on this morning we decide we

take it open and I go to TVJ no mega water commissioner they say miss lemon

integrity VJ for this need we open it where ask for some help from you about

power food when I have not let you know when we contacted the Commission's

public relations department we're told they have nor ports of the

incident however a representative told us a team will be deployed to the area

to carry out further investigations kaliesha Williams TV news the police say

they will not relent in the fight against crime police commissioner Major

General Anthony Anderson was addressing Lane magistrate's in Montego Bay

recently as you're probably aware we have whole or parts large parts of gangs

in custody awaiting trial at the moment the largest being 50 members of one gang

and gang leaders are in custody awaiting

trial we're waiting under the the verdict from the first gun case 1919

members are there still awaiting the verdict we should get that next in March

and that gang is the yuchun's wilson gang

chief justice Brian Sykes is expected to rule on the case in March

prosecutors say members of the yuchun's Wilson gang were involved in murders

rapes and armed robberies between 2015 and 2017 the gang allegedly stole

license Firearms cars and other items valued at more than four hundred million

dollars in the meantime Major General Anderson says there are a number of

other gangs that will be brought before the courts we have another one another

gang case that just started last week for another collective and I have 12

lined up to come when you start to do that that's what's gonna give you the

long term change that's what's gonna make the difference with that organized

crime highly violent gang culture that exists meanwhile the police commissioner

is insisting that states of emergency are not the only response to crime with

the addition of the Eastern Kingston Police Division on Sunday it SOE zernow

in operation across the country but for the police commissioner SOS help to hold

shootings and murders Major General Anthony Anderson pointed

to major technological advancements in the police force this he says will help

with how cases are tracked by the police in addition more technology will be used

to help with how resources are allocated

we're just doing the evaluation on station record management system which

is if in effect the e diary and that's in a view to at some point in

not distant future we will get rid of the paper records and go to an

electronic system that links us as soon as something's entered in st. James we

know in Portland we know in Kingston and we know in Port Marant

that something has happened this is going to significantly impact the

ability of people to avoid the law as of this month we've started to track our

vehicles within another month we'll have about a thousand two hundred of them

tracked so we'll know how fast they're going how they being driven where they

are where our people are what they're doing and when you have a traffic

accident it will generate a report in six seconds and it's time for a break

but stay with us we have more stories right after these messages

welcome back and we're continuing the news there are more reactions to news

that members of the Caribbean maritime university CMU council who recently

resigned had a signed non-disclosure agreements attorney-at-law Burt Samuels

has strongly criticized the concept of the agreement The Gleaner reported on

the weekend that the agreements Markham's members from speaking publicly

about information obtained during their tenure it's valid for five years from

the date it was signed the Prime Minister has promised to look into the

issue and raised it at cabinet according to mr. samaras several questions

immediately arise when these agreements come into play because it appears

there's something to hide it puts a lot of pressure on the individuals who are

signing these agreements because no doubt it was a condition of their

service and it is obvious that the whistleblower that is required to help

us at times would become you know trapped by this agreement mrs. Samuels

outlined and northern negative implication of non-disclosure agreements

do not meet with persons who really want to serve and who believe that they

should not be involved in secrecy it pushes away people who want to do

that and it sends a bad bad signal for those who are serving as though we could

point to them and say okay you're a part of the cover-up who wants to be part of

a cover-up especially at the CMU is now looking in you know in retrospect so bad

the government is being called on to put measures in place to deal with the poor

road conditions especially in northern Jelani t BJ's prints more reports

the call comes from MP for northern Chelonia victor right following the

withdrawal of touch the services yesterday by some operators who ply the

route from Falmouth to Hammersmith in Trelawney mr. Wright says he has made

attempts to get funding for the project I have on the table Parliament right now

questions to the Prime Minister asking him about to answer about this road I

need to know how much money has been spent in this constituency because when

you look what is happening around North relining you have roads fixing from

Jackson thrown up just to atone you have solar and that was the year before I

came but in all the other constituencies you have at least some semblance of Road

appears that is happening none is happening in north alone and as a member

Parliament get it in your head I have gotten not even one cent as a member of

parliament the taxi operators say for years they have been calling on the

government to address the road conditions as it's costing them

thousands of dollars to repair their vehicles which are damaged repeatedly by

the poor state of the roads we have many craters all along the road and we have

been having this situation for very long time now so we decide that we need some

very good attention from those who are in authority in the meantime counselor

for the Martha by division Philip service says for years there have been

efforts to fix some sections of the roads he says this is done through

patching but that's not enough at this time in spite of fact that there have

been funds allocated occasionally 40 for the occasional patch in the condition of

the road is so bad that the tax men here have been calling for one of the major I

think that I recall is right no more patching on the road as we speak some

porcinis even going on and that is what I think has escalated this thing

situation this morning know this appeal to the government last week or in

Parliament and there was a supplementary estimate here but for one point four

billion dollars and we heard that that money is to go towards Road appears I am

NOT one of the lucky mm MPs in Parliament to have been receiving any of

this allocation from my constituency I am

saying that allocates some money for the road especially this particular Road

another inch Ilana unless the contractors bid so we can have proper

piers being executed for the road it's a disgrace mr. Wright is also calling for

the government to dialogue with MPs when roads are to be fixed

in a constituency so what I agree that tourism is important and that Nero to

Google needs to be repaired if you are going to in one instance and this

argument is out here that the money comes from tourism phone all the money

belongs to the taxpayer every money in the country belongs to the taxpayer and

somebody is responsible for allocating that money if you can allocate money to

fix a tourism road that 2% of the constituency uses then you can allocate

money to fix a major road that the other 98% you Prince more TVJ news more

students at the University of the West Indies Mona are to benefit from

increased scholarships Scotiabank is the lead sponsor of the UWI Toronto benefit

gala scholarship program senior vice president with responsibility for

international banking Brendon King explained that a 10-year partnership

with the program has raised over 1.5 million Canadian dollars for over 500

beneficiaries at the recent awards ceremony mr. King revealed that Scotia

Bank has extended the partnership for an additional five years we'll be

increasing our total sponsorship investment to 75,000 Canadian dollars

per year

and most importantly our sponsorship our sponsorship will include 15 new scotia

bank scholarships per year designated to support worthy students in need among

the recipients this year are Jody more a final year actuarial science student and

TJ Henry with studying linguistics and language education we're willing to give

just breathtaking to me like they're willing to give without any other

expectation only that of your success now that just means so much to me I

experienced quite a few financial struggles in my first year of University

and this life-changing award has acted as a lifeline that has allowed me to

continue to pursue my studies here

alright and just to remind you that the medical official officials at the

University Hospital of the West Indies are treating a suspected case of the

corona virus the andi department of the hospital is on lockdown and they have

been treating the suspected case all morning it's on partial shutdown it's a

female patient and they are in quarantine the patient recently visited

a relative in china and we'll have much more we'll continue to track this story

and give you more details on as it unfolds the minister health minister dr.

christopher Tufton will be having a press conference scheduled for about

12:30 so we'll try to bring you all the details as far as possible

and that's the midday news I'm Andrea Chisholm join us at 7:00 for the prime

time news package on behalf of the news sports and production teams good

afternoon

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