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Crime spike!

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, January, 23 2021    

An orgy of violence in St James since the start of this year has left 18 people dead and eight others nursing gunshot wounds while pushing the country's murder total to 13 per cent above the same period last year. Read More

Concern about face-to-face classes in St Elizabeth schools

BY KASEY WILLIAMS Observer staff reporter kaseyw@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, January, 23 2021    

BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Principal of Munro College Mark Smith says his institution has resorted to online classes for day students for two weeks out of an abundance of caution following reports that two parents tested positive for the novel coronavirus... Read More

PHOTOS: Man shot dead outside Balmagie Avenue home

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

Undertakers remove the body of Richard Riley, 45, who was shot dead just a few metres from his home at 86 Balmagie Avenue in St Andrew, yesterday. According to the police, Riley, a farmer, was walking on Balmagie Avenue when a blue motor car drove up and fired shots, killing him on the... Read More

St Andrew roads to be closed or reduced to single lane this weekend

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

TRAFFIC flow could be affected this weekend because of work on Constant Spring Road, Woodglen Avenue and Omara Road in St Andrew. Read More

Westmoreland's risk for vector-borne diseases drops

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

MEDICAL officer of health for Westmoreland Dr Marcia Graham says the Aedes index in the parish has decreased, reducing the risk for an outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Read More

JSIF donates equipment to microenterprises in Anchovy

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

THE Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has donated equipment, valued at $2.3 million, to boost the production and sustainability of 11 microenterprises in the community of Anchovy, St James. Read More

Little Bay Primary and Infant students adjust to face-to-face classes

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Principal of Little Bay Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland, Keron King, says students are adapting well to the phased resumption of face-to-face classes. Read More

Cabinet contracts for sewerage, shoreline protection works

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

CABINET this week approved three contracts totalling $906.5 million for sewer construction and improvement works as well as a shoreline protection project. Read More

It's a secret

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

CALIFORNIA, United States (AP) — California Governor Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency. Read More

Bartlett: All visitors will be able to access approved COVID testing

Saturday, January, 23 2021    

TOURISM Minister Edmund Bartlett is expressing confidence that Jamaica has bolstered its COVID-19 testing infrastructure to meet the growing demand for such tests, driven by new travel requirements in major tourism source markets. Read More

Rhodes scholar tells youth to drop lottery scamming

Friday, January, 22 2021    

LOTTERY scammers who live high on the hog, some as young as 16 and 17 years of age, are being urged by Jamaica's 2021 Rhodes scholar Fitzroy Wickham to rethink their destiny before the inevitable violent end often suffered by those who persist in that life. Read More

Gov't pleads to unauthorised COVID testing labs to seek accreditation

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 22 2021    

THE island's accreditation agency has issued a plea to facilities involved in 'back-door' COVID-19 testing to come forward to seek authorisation to administer tests for the virus. Read More

No travel to US without negative COVID test result; quarantine now mandatory

Friday, January, 22 2021    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — President Joe Biden yesterday tightened mask-wearing rules and ordered quarantine for people flying into the United States, as he got to work on tackling the novel coronavirus pandemic on his first full day in power. Read More

Committee to re-examine $3-m fine, prison time for NIDS breaches

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 22 2021    

THE question of whether a prison term should also be an option in addition to the proposed fine of $3 million for individuals found guilty of leaking or misusing protected information under the National Identification System (NIDS) is to be re-examined by the joint select committee of... Read More

Prison service short of 283 warders

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January, 22 2021    

COMMISSIONER of Corrections Lieutenant Colonel Gary Rowe says the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is short of 283 warders to serve the island's prisons. Read More



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