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Withdraw from PNP leadership contest and apologise, Roberts tells Hanna

Leading trade unionist Danny Roberts says that Lisa Hanna's handling of the inclusion of National Workers Union (NWU) delegates for the November 7 People's National Party (PNP) presidential poll shows that she is not yet ready for leadership of the Opposition... Read More

Sexual Harassment Bill inching along
MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange has informed the newly reassigned members of a joint select committee tasked with piloting the long-awaited Sexual Harassment Bill through the House of Representatives that she is looking forward to...... Read More

Prosecution to continue submissions in Reid, Pinnock case Dec 11
The prosecution team led by eminent jurist Hugh Small in the fraud case involving former Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, Caribbean Maritime University President Professor Fritz Pinnock, and several others is to continue their submissions before Chief Parish Court...... Read More

Get the flu vaccine, Tufton urges Jamaicans
Jamaicans are being urged to get vaccinated for the influenza virus as a combination of the flu, dengue, and COVID-19 could be dire for those who are most vulnerable and strain the public health system.... Read More

Soldiers remanded on ganja charges

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter kaseyw@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, October, 31 2020    

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged earlier this month with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, shooting with intent, possession of and dealing in ganja, and taking steps preparatory to export ganja were remanded when they made... Read More

PNPYO quarrel

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, October, 31 2020    

People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) executive members are at odds over the level of support both PNP presidential candidates, Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna, command inside the the YO ahead of the November 7 internal election, creating doubt about a claim... Read More

CHEC helping with clean-up efforts in Bull Bay

Saturday, October, 31 2020    

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Jamaica has mobilised teams and equipment in Nine Miles, Bull Bay, to assist with clean-up activities following the severe flooding caused by rains from the outer bands of Tropical Storm Zeta last weekend. Read More

Clifton boys are home at last

Saturday, October, 31 2020    

Almost four years after Clifton Boys' Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, was destroyed by fire in January 2017, the boys are back and settling into the newly completed structure on the site of the former home. Read More

US passes 9 million COVID-19 cases

Saturday, October, 31 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — The United States passed nine million reported coronavirus cases yesterday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University, as infections spike days before the nation chooses its next president. Read More

PAJ monitoring implementation of court's media protocol

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

PRESS Association of Jamaica (PAJ) President George Davis says close attention will be paid to the treatment of media workers by the court in light of its establishment of a protocol which, among other things, now permits the electronic recording of proceedings for greater... Read More

Sykes points to unfair speculation of bias

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes says the pushback in some quarters over his counsel that defence lawyers make more use of bench trials, as opposed to jury trials, has unfairly fed speculations of bias on the bench and are not grounded in facts. Read More


BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

PRESIDENT of the National Water Commission (NWC) Mark Barnett says the fallout at the State-run entity from the novel coronavirus pandemic has been “devastating”, with a plunge of up to 40 per cent in revenue at one point. Read More

Fix it!

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

The committee commissioned by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes to probe the reasons for the failures leading to hundreds of mentally ill people in conflict with the law being detained in correctional institutions for protracted periods, some as much as five decades with half listed as awaiting... Read More

Tourism $$ roll in

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

ROSEHALL, St James — Jamaica earned more than US$250 million between June and the end of September from tourism, despite the blow delivered to the industry by COVID-19, according to Ed Bartlett, the Government minister with responsibility for the... Read More

Fruit vendor rescues woman from burning house

BY SHARLENE HENDRICKS Staff reporter hendrickss@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, October, 30 2020    

A fruit vendor in Allman Town, Kingston, is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a woman who was asleep while fire engulfed her home in the Kingston Gardens community yesterday evening. Read More


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