PNP chairman dismisses claims he is backing Hanna

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CHAIRMAN of the People’s National Party (PNP) Fitz Jackson has rubbished allegations that he has endorsed Lisa Hanna in her bid to be elected to the party’s top job.Since Thursday, supporters of the other candidate for the post — Mark Golding — have been questioning the neutrality of Jackson, after news emerged that he attended a meeting which Hanna hosted with delegates in his St Catherine Southern constituency.

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EOJ starts paying election day workers

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THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has commenced payments to election day workers for the September 3 General Election.According to the EOJ, text messages have been sent to the workers, as well as reference numbers, to enable them to collect their payments through Western Union (indoor agents), JN Bank (presiding officers), and Victoria Mutual Building Society (poll clerks and sanitation clerks).

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J’cans on board with cancellation of mass gatherings — survey

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MOST Jamaicans agree with the postponement or cancellation of mass gatherings and events as a means of limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus, a survey by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has found.

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Tragic!

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EFFORTS to find 15-year-old Sanique Leachman, who is suspected to have died after a major landslide in Shooter’s Hill, Bull Bay, St Andrew, flattened the home she shared with her father, Romeo Leachman, continued up to press time last night.

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Win or lose, PNP fund for workers is a go, says Golding

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THE endowment fund being promised to People’s National Party (PNP) workers who fall on hard times will be established even if presidential aspirant Mark Golding loses the internal election on November 7.Golding made the commitment during this week’s virtual Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange during which he was speaking to journalists.

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Mark on a mission

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THE contest to elect the sixth president of the People’s National Party (PNP) is now officially under way following the closure of the nomination period yesterday.As was anticipated, it will be a straight sprint between 45-year-old Lisa Rene Hanna and 55-year-old Mark Jefferson Golding.Hanna was nominated on Wednesday, and then yesterday, in persistent rain, Golding, an attorney-at-law and investment banker, completed his nomination.

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Increased COVID-19 cases prompts ’special’ curfew in Rae Town

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AN increase in the number of novel coronavirus cases has prompted the Government to place the areas of Rae Town in Kingston and Cornwall Courts in St James under “special area curfew”, the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) announced yesterday.The curfew, which took effect at 6:00 pm yesterday, will remain in effect until 5:00 am on November 6, 2020, the OPM said in a release.

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Health dept targets taxi operators in COVID-19 fight

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THE Westmoreland Health Department is embarking on targeted interventions aimed at influencing behaviour change as part of the fight against the novel coronavirus. Health Promotion and Education Officer Gerald Miller told JIS News that the move comes out of the recent findings of a Knowledge and Attitude Survey conducted among operators of public passenger vehicles (PPV).

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PAHO warns it will only support safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) – Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa F Etienne, on Wednesday warned that while the Americas, including the Caribbean, urgently awaits a breakthrough, the regional health organisation will only support the distribution of a novel coronavirus vaccine that has proven to be “safe and effective” in clinical trials.

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Caricom divided on Venezuela in OAS vote

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries were divided on the issue of “free and fair” elections in Venezuela, with The Bahamas, Haiti, Jamaica, and St Lucia all voting in favour of the resolution tabled at the 50th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) that ended here on Wednesday.

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