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'No one above the law'

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has described yesterday's ruling by a panel of appeal court judges upholding the criminal convictions of entertainer Vybz Kartel and his three co-convicts as “critical and seminal”, given the nature of the legal issues... Read More

PNP wants special arrangements for most vulnerable
THE Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has called on the Government to make arrangements to protect vulnerable persons who live in cramped conditions in the inner city and some rural communities, making it almost impossible for them to practise social...... Read More

Jailhouse jitters
There are growing fears among members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) assigned to the lock-up at Half-Way- Tree Police Station following a spike in the number of inmates there who have tested positive for chickenpox.... Read More

'Help each other'
HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has chided individuals for sidelining and even abusing people suspected of having contracted COVID-19, while pointing out that individuals who have recovered should be allowed to seamlessly reintegrate into society.... Read More

Crash at Beechwood Avenue, Lyndhurst Road intersection

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

The driver of a taxi was yesterday arrested after his car collided with a Toyota Rav4 being driven by a woman at the intersection of Beechwood Avenue and Lyndhurst Road in St Andrew. Read More

Last COVID-19 warning!

BY CHARMAINE N CLARKE Managing editor clarkec@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April, 4 2020    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced that people who arrived in Jamaica after March 18 and have failed to register with the health ministry, despite repeated requests, are in breach of the law and will be charged when found as Government steps up measures to contain spread... Read More


Saturday, April, 4 2020    

Cayman Islands to extend curfew measures Read More

Patient 1 recovers, out of isolation

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, April, 4 2020    

THE first individual who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Jamaica is now free of the virus and has been released from isolation. Read More

PAHO appeals for millions of dollars to help Caribbean cope with COVID-19 pandemic

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is appealing for US$94.8 million from donors to fund priority public health measures to help Caribbean and Latin American countries face the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read More

COVID-19 Around the World...

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

All public and private events banned in LithuaniaNewly-weds Alla and Modzi kiss through protective face masks after the wedding ceremony with only witnesses, as public gatherings are banned as part of Lithuania's lockdown measures to prevent the spread of novel... Read More

Governor to take ventilators for NYC as hospitals buckle

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — With deaths from the novel coronavirus climbing rapidly in New York, the governor announced yesterday that he will use his authority to take ventilators and protective gear from private hospitals and companies that aren't using them, complaining that... Read More

Coronavirus: 'Worst yet to come' for countries in conflict, says UN chief

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres yesterday renewed his call for a global ceasefire, urging all parties in conflict to lay down arms and allow war-torn nations to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

British ship dispatched to support Caribbean territories

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The British casualty ship RFA Argus, has set sail for the Caribbean ahead of this year's hurricane season to assist with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic across the region. Read More

Russia detains activists trying to help hospital in need

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

MOSCOW, Russia (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticised Russia's response to the coronavirus disease outbreak was forcibly detained as she and some of her colleagues tried to deliver protective gear to a hospital in need. Read More

Today's Horoscope - April 4

Saturday, April, 4 2020    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, April 4, 2020: Courageous and energetic, you act with great confidence this year. You release your past, experiment with a new outlook and start over. You research new developments in your field, especially regarding science and technology. Financial matters... Read More


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