Gov’t could end SOEs this week as general election nears

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has fuelled speculation that the reconvening of Parliament this Tuesday could be used to end the current states of public emergency (SOE) across the island, so as to give Prime Minister Andrew Holness the freedom to call general election.Parliament is currently on break for the month of August.

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Gov’t could end SOEs this week as general election near

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has fuelled speculation that the reconvening of Parliament this Tuesday could be used to end the current states of public emergency (SOE) across the island, so as to give Prime Minister Andrew Holness the freedom to call general election.Parliament is currently on break for the month of August.

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Lecturer found dead; NCU president calls for urgent solution to crime

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — President of the Mandeville-based Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Dr Lincoln Edwards has called for an urgent solution to Jamaica’s crime problem.The university president expressed his concern about the nation’s high crime rate following last week’s murder of 62-year-old NCU science lecturer Dr Gordon Lightbourn.

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Clarendon North Central residents want ‘just a little help’ from their next MP

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THE familiar cries from residents of several rural communities across the island are being echoed by those in Clarendon North Central as they prepare to elect a new Member of Parliament to replace Pearnel Charles Sr, who has indicated that he is done with representational politics, having held the seat since 2002.

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JLP deputy leader predicts clean sweep of four parishes in west

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Deputy leader in charge of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Four, J C Hutchinson, says the party expects to make a clean sweep of four of the five parishes across the western region in the upcoming general election.The party’s Area Council Four comprises the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth, where there are 16 parliamentary seats.

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55% of respondents say The Queen must go

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More than half of respondents in the latest Bill Johnson poll say Jamaica should not continue to have The Queen as head of State.The poll commissioned by the Jamaica Observer was conducted just about a month before the island marked its 58th anniversary of Independence and the results reiterate a widely popular view often echoed by politicians but which has so far plodded through the legislature.

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Soon, soon!

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — General secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang says a COVID-19 protocol is being developed for the campaign leading up to the general election, the date of which, he said, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has promised to announce “soon, soon”.

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Trinidadians vote for a new Government today

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Voters in Trinidad and Tobago go to the polls today to elect a new Government following allegations of corruption, racism and promises in a campaign severely hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.The election here is not the only one in the Caribbean in which the pandemic has played a major role in terms of limiting the campaigns, following on similar polls in Anguilla, Suriname, Guyana, and St Kitts-Nevis.

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CC the only sure winner in Clarendon North Central

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They are two sons of the Clarendon soil. Robert Nesta Morgan and Dr Desmond Oliver Brennan were both born in the parish, both went to Clarendon College for sixth form, and both are vying for the right to represent the people of Clarendon North Central in Parliament.

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Office of the DPP explains what led to release of murder accused

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THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) on the weekend sought to set the record straight in relation to recent media reports surrounding the release of Lynford Allen, a former accused in the murder of financial analyst Jamie Lue in December 2005.Allen earlier this month made headlines when he was freed of the murder charge on the basis of “lack of evidence”, after “one hundred court appearances” .

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