MPs not very visible, but…

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Slightly more than two in five voters say they have met their political representatives in the last month, data gathered in March and July this year by veteran pollster Bill Johnson have shown.

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Court outlines ruling in ‘dreadlocks’ student case

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The “no braids, no beads, no locks” policy of Kensington Primary School did not violate the constitutional right of the seven-year-old daughter of Sherine and Dale Virgo, a full court panel of Supreme Court judges stated in a written judgement released yesterday.At the same time, the judges said attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan, who represented the family, showed a clear misunderstanding of the law in his submissions on the issue of freedom of religion.

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Trouble pick

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UNITED States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia has cited national security concerns as the reason he has objected to the use of Chinese firm Genlot Game Technology as the back-end provider for new local lottery company Mahoe Gaming.

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NWC offers discounts to some customers

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THE National Water Commission’s (NWC) COVID Assistance Programme has been extended until August 31, 2020 for select categories of customers.Customers who have outstanding balances as at May 31, 2020 are now eligible to take advantage of the extension. These customers, said the NWC, will continue to benefit from the 30 per cent discount on their outstanding balances if they decide to settle their debt. This initiative is for residential customers.

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Gov’t moving ahead with plans to amend INDECOM Act; police not happy

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JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck, declaring that the country has long moved past the days of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) investigating their colleagues, has doubled down on his proposal to amend the INDECOM Act, a decision likely to sour relations between Government and the police.

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SHOVE IT!

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People’s National Party (PNP) General Secretary Julian Robinson has strongly rejected a demand for $25 million in damages from JC Hutchinson in relation to a press release issued by Robinson on behalf of the party on the Holland land divestment deal last month.

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Gov’t, Opposition to cooperate on National Security Act

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THE Government and the Opposition say they are close to consensus on legislation to incorporate all aspects of a National Security Act for Jamaica.Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed the need for that level of cooperation in developing the legislation, which will address possible abuse of authority and power, while providing the basis for the security of the country.

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This Day In History- August 4

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Today is the 217th day of 2020. There are 181 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1964: The bodies of missing US civil rights activists Michael H Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E Chaney are found buried in an earthen dam in Mississippi. OTHER EVENTS1539: Ghent rebels fight against Mary of Hungary, Regent of the Netherlands.

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Don’t implement Data Protection Act as is, says PAJ

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THE Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) is calling on the Government to pull back, even at this stage, and revise problematic provisions of the Data Protection Act.The association, in a statement last evening, said its assessment of potential dangers to journalism posed by the initial Bill led to its initial far-reaching submission for the practice of journalism to be exempted from the provisions of the Act.

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‘I prayed hard for this house and now victory is mine’

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TEARS filled the eyes of 46-year-old Michelle Cookhorn as she witnessed the recent breaking of ground for the construction of her first home.Cookhorn, who is a single mother of five children, all in their 20s, is a beneficiary under the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development’s Municipal Social Assistance Programme (MSAP).

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