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Mayor demands Integrity Commission withdraw 'flawed' Petrojam report

Port Maria Mayor Richard Creary is demanding that the Integrity Commission withdraw what he describes as its “deeply flawed” report on its investigation of alleged corruption at Petrojam that it tabled in Parliament last week. Read More

Attorney general loses round one in POCA challenge
The Appeal Court yesterday threw out the challenge brought by the State against the 2014 injunction granted by then Judge Justice Bryan Sykes which gave the Jamaican Bar Association a temporary reprieve from certain legislative requirements under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) with...... Read More

EU collaborates with UHWI to advance organ transplant programme in Ja
THE European Union (EU) is supporting University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness to develop a national deceased organ transplant programme to address the steadily increasing prevalence of renal failure and end-stage renal disease in the...... Read More

Henry calls for more women in farm work programme
LESTER Michael Henry, the newly appointed minister of labour and social security, is calling for more women to get involved in the Seasonal Agriculture Workers Programme (SAWP) between Jamaica and Canada.... Read More


BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, July, 11 2020    

THE attorney representing the family of Carsha Johnson Sinclair, the woman who died tragically at the National Chest Hospital on Wednesday, is bemoaning the state of the public health-care system, the cracks of which he said have become more apparent amidst the novel coronavirus... Read More

'Major win' for mentally ill prisoners

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, July, 11 2020    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — More than 20 years ago, Abraham Lawrence was imprisoned after throwing stones at a group of men. The stones had damaged a police service vehicle in the process. Read More

Caring cops

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

MEMBERS of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have contributed $2 million to the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund. Read More

Jamaica included in Antigua's 'travel bubble'

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda Government says it has established a “travel bubble” that will allow citizens from several states in the Caribbean Community (Caricom) to travel to the island without needing to present COVID-19 tests and certificates... Read More

Guyana's chief elections officer wants clarification ahead of submitting report

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana's Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield yesterday failed to submit a report to the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) that would have started the process of releasing the official results of the disputed March 2 regional and... Read More

Trump postpones New Hampshire rally over tropical storm

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

MI AMI (AP) — United States President Donald Trump is postponing a rally planned for today in New Hampshire, the White House said, citing a tropical storm threatening parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England. Read More

Dutch Government to take Russia to court over shooting down of MH17

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced yesterday. Read More

UN secretary general wants help for Caribbean in dealing with COVID-19

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has called on the global community to help address the “unprecedented” impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Latin America and the Caribbean, saying that the region has become a “hot... Read More

Oxygen runs low as COVID-19 surges in South Africa

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The coronavirus storm has arrived in South Africa, but in the overflowing COVID-19 wards the sound is less of a roar than a rasp. Read More

Michigan's governor toughens mask requirement

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

LANSING, Michigan — Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer has toughened a requirement to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, mandating that businesses open to the public deny service or entry to customers who refuse to wear one. Read More

US teacher accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to schoolgirls sentenced

Saturday, July, 11 2020    

SACRAMENTO, California (AP) — The founder of an international music programme who was accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to California elementary school students was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in state prison, the state attorney general's office said. Read More


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