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Biden arrives for inauguration with big plans, big problems

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden made a sober entrance to the nation's capital yesterday, ready to assume power as America reels from the coronavirus pandemic, soaring unemployment and grave concerns about more violence as he prepares... Read More

Transportation of students a concern for Manchester, St Elizabeth schools
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The lack of reliable and safe transportation has caused more concerns for some school leaders in Manchester and St Elizabeth with schools resuming face-to-face classes.... Read More

Ja makes progress in anti-money laundering efforts
FINANCE Minister Dr Nigel Clarke is optimistic that in another two years Jamaica's anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism framework should be at the level where it can get the full stamp of approval from the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force...... Read More

Tufton: Access to COVID-19 vaccines could get worse
MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton says the emerging inequities in access to COVID-19 vaccines could potentially get worse, propelled by fears of the virus, coupled with the approval and manufacturing process not keeping pace.... Read More

Gov't cuts spending

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday tabled the Third Supplementary Estimates for 2020/21, showing a $3.5-billion reduction in spending for the fiscal year. Read More

Gov't sticks to 16 per cent vaccination plan

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

OPPOSITION Leader Mark Golding has labelled Government's plan to immunise 16 per cent of the population this year as “unsatisfactory”, arguing that the country's flagging economic fortunes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic should provide sufficient impetus for it to make... Read More

'Bunny' Francis's killers to be sentenced March 25

Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

Carlos Batista and George Gardner, the two men found guilty Monday by a judge for the 2011 murder of Roderick “Bunny” Francis, a high-profile player in the local fishing industry, will on March 25 know their fate. Read More

Sir John Golding Road closed temporarily

Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

SIR John Golding Road in St Andrew has been closed temporarily to facilitate the completion of works on safety features along a section of the roadway that was recently reinstated. Read More

'Sometimes we have to drop the sledgehammer on them'

BY ONOME SIDO Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

MONTEGO, BAY, St James — Councillor for Montego Bay North East in St James Senator Charles Sinclair has condemned corruption among the country's border control employees, whom he said allow illegal guns and ammunition to enter the country. Read More

$10 million up in smoke

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter kaseyw@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

MILE GULLY, Manchester — Two bar operators and a funeral home director in this Manchester north-western community have been dealt a major setback as they watched helplessly as their businesses went up in smoke yesterday morning. Read More

Fix coming for Brown's Town water woes?

BY DONICKA ROBINSON Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

BROWN'S Town, St Ann — Business operators here who have been without piped water since last Christmas Eve are hoping water will flow from their taps soon. Read More

Nominations open for young people to join Commonwealth Youth Council

Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

NOMINATIONS are open for young leaders to apply to stand for positions on the Commonwealth Youth Council, the body which represents the Commonwealth's 1.4 billion young people. Read More


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Systems error delays payment of teachers' salaries

Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says salaries for most teachers will not be paid today because of a server error. Read More

China defends its vaccine

Wednesday, January, 20 2021    

A Chinese embassy spokesman in Jamaica says COVID-19 vaccines made in China or the United States both have their advantages and that China is against any nationalism or egoism which jeopardises humanitarian needs. Read More


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