Projects stalled by COVID, but Mexican ambassador optimistic

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Mexican Ambassador to Jamaica Juan José González Mijares says that although a number of cooperation and investment programmes have been hamstrung by the novel coronavirus pandemic this year, the situation is gradually improving, giving hope for the execution of those initiatives.

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PNP cracks on show

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IT appears the unity being sought by the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), following its leadership contest earlier this month, continues to elude the 82-year-old organisation as Councillor Venesha Phillips (Papine Division) on Sunday unleashed a fresh salvo of accusations against the party’s new president, Mark Golding.

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Hotels seeing cancellations after CDC travel advice

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The local tourism sector says its expectations for an uptick in visitor arrivals this winter season have been tempered by the Level 4 classification imposed on Jamaica by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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WICKED!

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A day after one of the most heinous crimes committed in the country in a long while, a relative of 81-year-old Iciline McFarlane, and her granddaughters, 10- and six-year-old Christina and Mishane McFarlane, was yesterday still haunted by the pool of blood on the floor where gunmen executed them inside their Tryall Heights house in St Catherine.

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‘My bid is legitimate’

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DECLARING that her candidacy for general secretary of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is genuine, attorney-at-law Jennifer Housen yesterday rubbished claims of a tactic to split the votes in the contest expected to take place on Sunday during a meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC).

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Gov’t had no option in Dry Harbour Mountain issue, says Dabdoub

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Attorney-at-law Abe Dabdoub is adamant that the Government had no option but to allow the appeal by Bengal Development Limited to conduct mining and other developments in the Puerto Bueno Mountains, also called Dry Harbour Mountains in St Ann.

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Gov’t, Oppposition headed for new crime joust

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With 1,161 murders reported by the police in Jamaica up to last Saturday, and at least eight more on Sunday, the Government and the Opposition appear headed for another clash over measures to address the country’s crime rate.

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$800,000 bail for soldiers on ganja charges

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged last month with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, shooting with intent, possession of and dealing in ganja, and taking steps preparatory to export ganja, were offered bail in the sum of $800,000 each when they appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court yesterday.

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Climate change alarm

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WITH experts agreeing that the writing is on the wall for the Caribbean due to the rapid changes in climatic conditions, Professor Michael Taylor, director of the Climate Studies Group at The University of the West Indies (The UWI), says climate change should be tackled with the same aggression being applied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US agency ascertains Biden as winner, lets transition begin

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — The General Services Administration (GSA) ascertained yesterday that President-elect Joe Biden is the “apparent winner” of the November 3 election, clearing the way for the start of the transition from President Donald Trump’s Administration and allowing Biden to coordinate with federal agencies on plans for taking over on January 20.

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