DPP hopes for another shot at gangs

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THE challenge of prosecuting a 50-accused gang case, a first in the Caribbean, is one of the major reasons Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn has decided to take up Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ offer to stay on the job for another three years.

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Observer readers helping man who needs emergency surgery

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RICHARDO Powell, the 39-year-old man who needs emergency surgery for a back injury, and his partner Marie Thomas are expressing thanks to Jamaica Observer readers who have so far responded to their appeal for financial assistance to purchase surgical hardware.

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‘Major margins of error’ with COVID-19 pretesting, says Tufton

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WITH visitors who have pretested for COVID-19 set to start arriving in the island today, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has advised against expectations that negative results mean all arrivals are in the clear.Speaking yesterday at a special select parliamentary committee on public health, Dr Tufton said there remains a wide margin of error, even with pretesting.

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NOT OVER!

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Deputy Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey says the not guilty verdict of the six men who had been accused of several crimes as alleged members of the Westmoreland-based King Valley Gang, though unexpected, has not taken the fight from the lawmen.

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Holness urges JLP supporters to listen to the public

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness is urging his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters to pay more attention to what the public is saying about current issues.

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Study: Pregnant women can pass on coronavirus to unborn children

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IT is possible for a pregnant woman to transmit the virus that causes COVID-19, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), to her unborn child, scientists from Italy reported yesterday.This was revealed in a study done among 31 pregnant women with the disease — which has resulted in the death of more than 550,000 people globally and the infection of more than 12 million — who delivered their babies between March and April.

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Returning residents flouting COVID-19 protocols in Trelawny

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Dr Diahann Dale, medical officer of health at the Trelawny Health Department, says since Jamaica reopened its border, the police and health officials have been kept busy foiling attempts by people determined to attend funerals shortly after arrival.

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Education ministry says all in place for CSEC, CAPE

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ACTING chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr Kasan Troupe says that all is in place for administering of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).Approximately 58,720 students have registered to sit CSEC subjects and 16,184 for CAPE, starting Monday, July 13. Oral exams for foreign languages have already commenced.

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A cross of ‘Faith’

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP’s) majority in the Manchester Municipal Corporation was reduced to just one yesterday after Faith Sampson, councillor for the John’s Hall Division in Manchester North Western, changed sides to join the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Sampson formally announced her decision at yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation.

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Parents rethink practices in education programme

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PROGRAMME manager for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) Orville Simmonds is hailing the parenting education component as one of the major achievements of the project, which ended recently.

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