Orlando Patterson heads list of national honours awardees for 2020

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HARVARD University Professor Orlando H Patterson led a field of more than 120 Jamaicans who were announced yesterday as recipients of national honours awards for 2020.Patterson, who is now 80, was appointed a member of the Order of Merit (OM), Jamaica’s third-highest national honour.

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COVID-19 cases at Clarendon church spark community lockdown

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AS the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the island becomes increasingly worrisome, the health authorities yesterday placed a Clarendon community under 14-day lockdown after virus spread started among the congregation of a church.Sandy Bay is the second Clarendon community to be quarantined due to a concentrated spread of the virus, and the sixth community to be restricted since Jamaica confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in March.

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J’cans with possible cancer symptoms encouraged to seek medical attention

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GENERAL surgeon at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, Dr Lincoln Cox, is encouraging Jamaicans with possible cancer symptoms not to put off seeking medical attention. This, he said, will improve their chances of survival if they get a positive diagnosis.

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The positive effect of the JLP’s $1.5-m promise

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The promise by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to exempt Jamaicans earning below $1.5 million per year from income tax in the lead-up to the 2016 General Election had a positive effect on almost one-third of those who voted for the party, veteran pollster Bill Johnson has said.

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Correction

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Deputy clerk at the Houses of Parliament Valrie Annie Curtis earned her law degree from University of Wolverhampton, and not The University of the West Indies as we reported on Page 5 in yesterday’s Jamaica Observer. She entered Norman Manley Law School in 2010 and was called to the Bar in 2012. Curtis is being honoured this year with the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander (CD) for exceptional service to the Houses of Parliament.

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PM warns of tougher COVID-19 measures as cases rise

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government has used enough moral suasion to convince people to adhere to the safety protocols for COVID-19 and will now move on to tougher measures, including prosecution.

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PM promises major water project for northern Clarendon

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is looking at a major project to pipe water from the northern to the southern parishes of Jamaica.

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Painful award

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THE knowledge that he is the sole survivor of the four cops shot in a deadly assault in Horizon Park, St Catherine, in June who will collect a medal of honour for gallantry in person on Heroes’ Day shrouds any feeling of accomplishment for District Constable Lothan Richards.

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569 public schools to resume full operations September; 303 on rotation model

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ACTING chief education officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr Kasan Troupe says 569 schools will resume full operations when the 2020/21 academic year commences in September.All schools have been closed since March due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Photo: Jamaica 58

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) observes as members of the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (right, foreground) hoist the National Flag during yesterday’s flagraising ceremony at Statue Park, just outside the National Stadium in Kingston. The event was among the activities marking the country’s 58th Independence Day anniversary, under the theme: ‘Resilient and Strong. Let’s Celebrate Jamaica’. Among the other dignitaries observing the proceedings are: Chief Justice Bryan Sykes (second…

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