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COVID forces halt in face-to-face classes at 8 schools

EIGHT of the 216 schools that resumed face-to-face classes this month have been forced to retreat following the discovery of several cases of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in their ranks. Read More

Cabinet puts resumption of sports, entertainment on agenda
THE sport and entertainment sectors, which have suffered severely because of the distancing requirements which form part of measures to contain spread of the novel coronavirus, will get some relief in the coming weeks.... Read More

CDF projects left in limbo could be defunded
Projects that do not get off the ground within six months of approval by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) unit face the possibility of being defunded, CDF director Kedesha Campbell has warned.... Read More

Ministry of Foreign Affairs to move into new building by March
THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is expected to move into its new headquarters on Port Royal Street in downtown Kingston by the end of the first quarter.... Read More

Gov't gives green light for funeral services; maximum 15 allowed

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywilisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said numerous appeals from grieving families were the reason for the Cabinet's decision to now allow churches to resume holding “small funerals” for persons who have died, for one month initially. Read More

'A new kind of savagery'

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness confirmed in Parliament last night that a deportee has been detained by the police in the search for the killer(s) of four street people on the streets of the Corporate Area Monday morning. Read More

Maintenance work to leave sections of St Mary without water today

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

THE National Water Commission (NWC) says operations at the Iterboreale water supply plant in St Mary will be shut down today to facilitate operational maintenance work at the pumps. Read More

ODPEM youth ambassador ready to engage her peers

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

KYLA Gaynor, The Queen's School fifth former who was recently selected as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management's (ODPEM) first youth ambassador, has already proposed several ideas to increase engagement at the agency. Read More

JPS, OUR spar over guaranteed standards, payments

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

THE Jamaica Public Service (JPS) said yesterday that it was shocked and disappointed about the Office of Utilities Regulation's (OUR) news release issued earlier in the day, indicating that the light and power company owes customers millions of dollars for guaranteed standard... Read More

Canada gives former international students priority for open work permits

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

 Dear Mr Brown:I heard that Canada is allowing people to apply for open work permits. Please tell me the requirements.– OMDear OM: Read More

A negative COVID test result is not required to receive a visa

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

 Question:Do I need a negative COVID-19 test result to enter the United States? Read More

This Day in History — January 27

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

Today is the 27th day of 2015. There are 338 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1944: The German and Finnish siege of Leningrad, now St Petersburg, is lifted. At least 650,000 people died during the 872-day siege.  Read More

Judge bars Biden from enforcing 100-day deportation ban

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

TEXAS, United States (AP) — A federal judge yesterday barred the US Government from enforcing a 100-day deportation moratorium that is a key immigration priority of President Joe Biden. Read More

Father of 13 shot dead in Hatfield, Manchester

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter kaseyw@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

HATFIELD, Manchester — A two-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl and their 11 siblings have been left without a father after gunmen shot dead 55-year-old shopkeeper Everton Ranglin, otherwise called Ginger, in this community yesterday morning. Read More

Bloody 24-hour period as criminals keep cops busy

Wednesday, January, 27 2021    

POLICE investigators were kept busy across the island as at least 10 people were killed and a number of others left nursing wounds in a gruesome 24-hour period which ended at 6:00 am yesterday. Read More



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