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No voting for electors in isolation for COVID-19?

THERE are indications that when Jamaicans go to the polls on September 3, electors among the just over 200 individuals now in isolation due to COVID-19 will not be among them because of the public health risk. Read More

3,700-strong sanitisation team for election day
JUST under 4,000 people have been recruited to carry out sanitisation activities across the 63 constituencies when Jamaicans go to the polls on September 3, as the Electoral Commission of Jamaica ramps up preparations amid the COVID-19 crisis.... Read More

Groups protest order for tourists to remain at hotels
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three powerful tourism-affiliated organisations are voicing alarm and strong disapproval at the Government's recent decision to reverse the disaster risk management order, now prohibiting tourists from leaving their hotels.... Read More

Homeless Trelawny man still unfit to plead
MORRIS “Rassimong” Small, the homeless mentally ill man who has been unable to find a space at the Trelawny Infirmary due to COVID-19 restrictions, was yesterday found unfit to plead when he appeared before the parish court.... Read More

'Backra attitude'

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Senior staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August, 15 2020    

CAMPAIGN spokesman for the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday shot down arguments that the Government is taking credit for work done by the previous People's National Party (PNP) Administration. Read More

COVID risk alarm

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August, 15 2020    

PRIVATE transport operators are calling on the authorities to impose strict monitoring of the sector as operators are facing resistance from unruly passengers who are neglecting COVID-19 safety protocols. Read More

Long wait for Jamaica/US port security agreement almost over

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-Large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August, 15 2020    

THE more-than-four-year wait for Jamaica and the United States to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) could end in a matter of weeks. Read More

Stop COVID-related learning gap from becoming generational crisis — UNESCO

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August, 15 2020    

A programme specialist for education in the Caribbean, Dr Faryal Khan, says one of the most significant lessons from the COVID-19 crisis is that the barriers to Internet connectivity must be removed in order to enable equal opportunity for students. Read More

Signed, sealed, delivered

Saturday, August, 15 2020    

Members of the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ) recently rallied to support their colleague custom broker Patrice Henry-Burford (second right) to access urgent medical care in the United States. Read More

Mixed reactions in western Jamaica to decision to end SOEs

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, August, 15 2020    

MONTEGO BAY, St James — At least two custodes in western Jamaica say they are not disappointed with Parliament voting to end the states of public emergency (SOEs) in order to facilitate the September 3 General Election. Read More

New party to field 58 candidates; releases ambitious manifesto

Saturday, August, 15 2020    

THE Jamaica Progressive Party (JPP) — the country's newest political entity — says it will be fielding 58 candidates in the September 3 General Election, General Secretary Robert Rainford confirmed to the Jamaica Observer on Thursday. Read More

By sea, rail or by air

Saturday, August, 15 2020    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France yesterday, before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks. Read More

'One cannot fight fire with fire'

Saturday, August, 15 2020    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The head of the Roman Catholic Church here has warned that “code words” used during the Rwanda genocide are being used in Trinidad and Tobago and urged the country to step back from this “very destructive”... Read More

Trump promotes false birther theory about Kamala Harris

Saturday, August, 15 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he had heard Democratic vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris was not eligible to serve, stoking a false claim echoing the baseless “birther” theory he promoted about Barack... Read More

El-Faisal facing life in US prison after extradition

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August, 14 2020    

PROSECUTORS in the United States are now preparing to start the trial of Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal who, if found guilty on terrorism-related charges, could face a sentence of between seven years and life in prison. Read More



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