Robbie Shakespeare and ‘Butch’ Stewart’s guitar

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The humblest of instruments, the ‘box guitar’, has helped launch careers of many artistes and musicians. Acclaimed bassist Robbie Shakespeare, of the famed Sly and Robbie production team, got his start plucking the strings of an acoustic once owned by a famous hotelier.

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COVID-19 protocol prolongs 16-year incarceration of man unfit to plead

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Dreams of not returning to a Department of Correctional Services (DCS) facility after attending the Trelawny Parish Court were yesterday shattered for homeless mental health patient Morris “Rassimong” Small, who has been languishing in penal institutions since 2004 because he was deemed unfit to plead.

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No local spread of COVID-19 since June 1, says CMO

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

JAMAICANS remain wary of the continued increase in COVID-19 cases, however Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie has pointed out that all the positive cases recorded since June 1 are not local spread but rather people coming into the country or their contacts.At a virtual Ministry of Health and Wellness press conference yesterday, the CMO noted that the number of people who are contacts of these imported cases remain low.

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Men convicted in Mario Deane’s death walk free

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The two mentally ill men who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the beating death of St James resident Mario Deane while in police custody in 2014 were set free in the St James Circuit Court yesterday.

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Slackness at JUTC

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A performance review of the State-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) by the Office of the Auditor General has uncovered a free-for-all costing Jamaican taxpayers billions of dollars with no oversight by its parent ministry.

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Holness keeps rising

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has seen an 11 percentage points increase in his favourability rating over the past four months, while that of Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has slipped by two percentage points.Those are the findings of veteran pollster Bill Johnson’s latest survey in which Holness outperforms Phillips in a number of attributes among voting age Jamaicans.

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This Day in History — July 31

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Today is the 213rd day of 2020. There are 153 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2011: Syrian security forces backed by tanks and snipers launch a ferocious assault on defiant cities and towns, killing at least 70 people and possibly many more as the regime raced to crush dissent ahead of Ramadan. OTHER EVENTS

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US-based J’can ICU nurse seeing COVID-19 devastation, deaths up front

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NEW YORK, United States — A California-based Jamaican intensive care unit (ICU) nurse is sounding the alarm that her countrymen, both in the United States and at home, are not taking the deadly novel coronavirus seriously enough.

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Audit: St Catherine Municipal Corporation using 1975 list for road repairs

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has expressed concern that the St Catherine Municipal Corporation (SCMC) is spending billions of dollars repairing parochial roads with no idea if it is getting value for money, or if it is targeting the roads most in need of repair.

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Holness hits the road, but…

Observer on July 31st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has again declared that he is in no rush to call the general election, but there was little doubt he was in campaign mode as he delivered the main address at the handover of a social housing project in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine, yesterday.

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