More respondents opposed to changing abortion law

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More Jamaicans believe that the country’s abortion law should not be changed than those who say legislators need to make amendments, two recent surveys conducted by pollster Bill Johnson have found.

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Trade unionist against election during pandemic

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PRESIDENT of the Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) Vincent Morrison says he is opposed to a general election in the midst of the country’s struggle with the COVID-19 crisis, but that the organisation would support any party which prioritises the rights of the Jamaican worker.

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Senate approves revocation of SOEs

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THE Senate yesterday approved the revocation of the states of public emergency following similar action by the Lower House on Tuesday.However, Government Senator Kamina Johnson Smith said she was disappointed with the position taken by Opposition senators in the debate on the revocation of the states of emergency.

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Freedom coming for some detained under SOEs

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says in the absence of any incriminating evidence against individuals who are detained under the current states of emergency (SOEs), they will be released when the security measure ends on Monday, August 17.He, however, noted that the police will charge those who they have evidence against.

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Dalley undaunted in Clarendon Northern

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HORACE Dalley, the self-styled “Gangster For Life”, has scoffed at claims that his Clarendon Northern seat is one of those the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will take from the People’s National Party (PNP) when the votes are counted on September 3.

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Petrojam subsidiary facing closure

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THE union representing workers at Petrojam subsidiary, Petrojam Ethanol Limited (PEL), says it will be calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to intervene in the proposed closure of the entity, which could see workers being sent home by the end of this month.It is understood that the energy ministry called an urgent meeting yesterday with the union to discuss the closure of the entity, which is set for August 31.

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Parties agree on code of conduct for Sept 3 election

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THE country’s political parties yesterday agreed on a code of conduct for campaigning leading up to the September 3 General Election in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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War of words

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CO-CAMPAIGN director of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Peter Bunting has reduced the stewardship of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to one rife with public relations (PR) and looting, but chairman of the JLP’s PR committee Matthew Samuda has shot back, insisting that his Government has done “more in four” than any other Administration.

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Jamaicans in US embrace Kamala Harris as Biden’s VP pick

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NEW YORK, USA — Jamaicans across the United States have enthusiastically embraced California Senator Kamala Harris, who was announced Tuesday as the running mate for Joe Biden — the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.Harris, 55, the daughter of a Jamaican father and an Indian mother, becomes the first black woman and the first South Asian to be chosen for the position.

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This Day in History — August 13

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Today is the 226th day of 2020. There are 140 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2006: On his 80th birthday, Fidel Castro cautions Cubans that he faces a long recovery from surgery. His younger brother, Raul, makes a first public appearance as Cuba’s interim president. OTHER EVENTS1521: Spaniard Hernando Cortes captures Tenochtitlan, completing the defeat of the Aztec Empire.

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