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Bracelet tracking coming

THE Amber Group, after dipping into its coffers for millions of dollars to establish the jamcovid19 website and mobile app, has turned its attention to developing technology to help with monitoring the increased number of people expected to be home quarantined with the recent opening of... Read More

World Travel and Tourism Council endorses Jamaica's COVID-19 protocols
THE COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols designed for Jamaica by the Ministry of Tourism have been endorsed by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).... Read More

Woman, 87, is country's 10th COVID-19 death
JAMAICA yesterday recorded its 10th COVID-19 death — an 87-year-old woman from St Andrew.... Read More

'I am still trying to tell myself it is not true'
A week after Omari Stephens rushed from one end of the Corporate Area to “rescue” his mother, Susan Bogle, in August Town, St Andrew, after he was told shots were being fired at her residence, he confesses he is now living in a zone between shock and...... Read More

Grenada finalising five-year project with Jamaican's help

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — The Grenada Government says it is moving towards finalising a National Diaspora Engagement Policy and a fiveyear action plan. Read More

Fourth political party applies for registration

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

A new political entity — Jamaica Progressive Party (JPP) — has applied to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to be registered as Jamaica's fourth political party. Read More

Auditor general validates rationale for suspension of fiscal rules

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

AUDITOR General Pamela Monroe Ellis has validated the Government's rationale for the suspension of the fiscal rules provided for in the Financial Audit and Assessment (FAA) Act, based on the estimated severe impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic which has forced a return to the... Read More

Relief and caution

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — There is strong support among tourism-dependent workers for the mid-June reopening of the industry, which has been on lockdown for more than two months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read More


By ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, June, 4 2020    

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is reporting that there are at least seven people who remain in the island's prisons having already spent 40 or more years each, despite not being convicted for any crime. Read More

HOPE moving to ramp up production of masks

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

In times of adversity, there are some who rise to the challenge to help others in need. The following is the latest in the Jamaica Observer series, COVID-19 Kindness.  Read More

Hydroxychloroquine: A drug dividing the world

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

PARIS, France (AFP) — Banned in some countries, promoted in others — the drug hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for the new coronavirus is dividing opinion worldwide. Read More

Barbados schools reopen on June 8

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbados said secondary schools will reopen from June 8 to allow students to complete their Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) School-Based Assessments and Internal Assessments for Caribbean Vocational Qualifications. Read More

Jamaicans urged to join campaign against illegal dumping

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is calling on all Jamaicans to join the campaign against illegal dumping, particularly on National Solid Waste Day, June 6. Read More

Bahamas to reopen its borders on July 1

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) — The Bahamas Government says many new policies, safety measures, and precautions will be introduced to ensure the continued health and well-being of citizens and visitors as it prepares to “reinstate tourism to the country and effectively reopen our... Read More

This Day in History — June 4

Thursday, June, 4 2020    

Today is the 156th day of 2020. There are 210 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT Read More


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