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Flooded area was once a river bed, says Bull Bay resident

SEVENTY-three-year-old Madge Harris is not surprised that the Chalk River burst its banks during heavy rain Sunday night sending angry floodwaters into the homes of her neighbours on Weise Road, Nine Miles, Bull Bay, while depositing sand, silt and stones onto the... Read More

Holness to reveal full extent of Zeta damage in House today
PRIME Minister Andrew Holness is expected to outline in the House of Representatives today the effect of Tropical Storm Zeta on the country and its economy.... Read More

Still no sign of businessman suspected to have drowned
THE St Elizabeth police say they are yet to recover the body of popular businessman Andre Burnett, who is suspected to have drowned at Frenchman Reef in Treasure Beach in the parish on Sunday.... Read More

Building collapses following heavy rains in Christiana
CHRISTIANA, Manchester — Scores on onlookers gathered yesterday as a three-storey commercial building collapsed in this north-eastern town following days of heavy rains that lashed the island.... Read More

Only a tropical storm, but...

BY CANDIECE KNIGHT Staff reporter knightc@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

LANDSLIDES, roadblocks, and damaged infrastructure across central Jamaica yesterday lay in the wake of Tropical Storm Zeta. Though it was only the system's outer bands that lashed the island over the weekend, the persistent heavy rainfall was more than enough to devastate much of the... Read More

Rescued by a tractor

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Senior staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

HEAVY weekend rain prevented Omar and Cheryl Baker from taking their baby, born October 22, to their home in Trinityville, St Thomas, after the mother was discharged from Princess Margaret Hospital last Friday. Read More

Jamaica moves 80,000 steps closer to rapid COVID-19 tests

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

THE Ministry of Health and Wellness's push to introduce antigen rapid diagnostic COVID-19 tests in Jamaica moved a step closer yesterday with a multi-partner donation of more than 80,000 kits. Read More

This Day in History — October 27

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

Today is the 301st day of 2020. There are 65 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT2006: Germany's military suspends two soldiers from duty in connection with photos of troops posing with a skull in Afghanistan.  Read More

Gov't to complete handover of 40,000 tablets next week

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

THE Government will complete the distribution of 40,000 devices under the Tablets in Schools Programme next week. Read More

MoBay deputy mayor calls for resumption of face-to-face classes

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Deputy mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Richard Vernon has made an impassioned plea for the Government to consider a phased resumption of face-to-face classes in schools across St James, arguing that the current virtual learning push is causing financial... Read More

By Dezign — Lessons from The Dezign Diva

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

Interior designer Karen Booker aka The Dezign Diva has spent decades honing her craft and being an evangelist of living in design. On day five of #designweekja2020, Booker took the Jamaica Observer's Instagram Live feed by storm with DIY demonstrations and an enthralling conversation... Read More

Trump charges into battleground states despite rising COVID-19

Tuesday, October, 27 2020    

PENNSYLVANIA, United States (AP) — President Donald Trump embarked yesterday on a final-week charge through nearly a dozen states ahead of the election, overlooking a surge of novel coronavirus cases in the US and a fresh outbreak in his own White House. His Democratic rival Joe... Read More

Heavy rain associated with Zeta pelts Jamaica

Monday, October, 26 2020    

Heavy rain triggered by a broad trough across the western Caribbean and the outer bands from Tropical Storm Zeta continued to pound Jamaica yesterday, flooding more roads and communities across the country. Read More

Dr Dawes gives nod to Government's Remdesivir plan

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Senior staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October, 26 2020    

Amid global controversy surrounding the use of Remdesivir to treat COVID-19 patients, local surgeon Dr Alfred Dawes is supporting the Government's decision to administer the drug under a special use provision. Read More

JTA advocates high school placement system revamp

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October, 26 2020    

Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel is pushing for a revamp of the placement system for students matriculating to the high school level, arguing that the inequity now manifested has handicapped Jamaica socially and... Read More


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