PM expected to announce election date today

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness is expected to name the date of the next general election in the House of Representatives today.Holness is expected to bring an order to Gordon House to end the current states of emergency (SOEs), which have been imposed in the Hanover, St James, Westmoreland, Clarendon, St Catherine, Kingston East, Kingston Central, Kingston Western, and St Andrew South police divisions.

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‘Dem nah win’

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ANGRY People’s National Party (PNP) supporters in St Thomas Western are threatening to withdraw support for the party if its candidate, Marsha Francis, is not discarded, even as expectations are high for a general election announcement in the coming weeks.

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Massive agreement with buggery law

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The overwhelming majority of Jamaicans polled by Bill Johnson say that the law making sex between two men punishable should not be changed.

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Even if SOE ends today, attorney anxiously awaiting detention judgement

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — President of the Cornwall Bar Association Lambert Johnson has reacted with relief over the possible ending of the states of public emergency (SOE) across the island today.

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‘Thank you all so much’

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RICHARDO Powell is smiling again.Just over two weeks after the Jamaica Observer reported his need for financial assistance to purchase surgical hardware to correct a prolapsed disc, he received the emergency surgery on July 19 and is now walking again.

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COVID CAUTION Private sector groups urge Gov’t to get tough but avoid lockdown as cases rise

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AMID concern over an increase in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, private sector groups say a lockdown of the economy is unnecessary at this time, but urged the State to get tough with those who breach safety protocols.Additionally, Helene Davis Whyte, one of the country’s foremost trade unionists, is arguing that the Government does not need to delay calling the expected general election which Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to announce today.

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Owen Arthur condolence book open at UWI

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The Consulate of Barbados has advised that a book of condolence in memory of late Prime Minister Owen Arthur is now open for signing at the Regional Headquarters of The University of the West Indies, Mona, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.The book will be available until tomorrow.Arthur died on July 27 at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados. He was 70.

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Despite swipe at PNP, Holness plugs COVID-19 message on campaign trail

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FALMOUTH, Trelawny — As the campaign for the upcoming general election gathers steam Prime Minister Andrew Holness has described the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) in Trelawny Northern as weak for allowing its supporters to disturb a planned Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) stop in Water Square, Falmouth, during a tour of the constituency yesterday.

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This Day in History — August 11

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Today is the 224th day of 2020. There are 142 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2010: Reasearchers say two ancient animal bones from Ethiopia show signs of butchering by human ancestors, moving back the earliest evidence for the use of stone tools by about 800,000 years. OTHER EVENTS1712: Treaty of Araru ends Swiss War, guaranteeing domination of Protestants over five Catholic cantons.

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Morant Bay Tax Office closed for period of St Thomas quarantine

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THE Morant Bay Tax Office was closed yesterday and will remain closed during the period of the 14-day, novel coronavirus quarantine imposed by the Ministry of Health and Wellness in the Church Corner area of St Thomas. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), in a release yesterday, said the closure was done after it was advised that the boundaries of the quarantined areas include the location of the tax office.

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