No voting for electors in isolation for COVID-19?

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THERE are indications that when Jamaicans go to the polls on September 3, electors among the just over 200 individuals now in isolation due to COVID-19 will not be among them because of the public health risk.There are signs, however, that electors among the more than 26,000 people currently in quarantine will be able to exercise their constitutional right, but under strict guidelines.

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Groups protest order for tourists to remain at hotels

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three powerful tourism-affiliated organisations are voicing alarm and strong disapproval at the Government’s recent decision to reverse the disaster risk management order, now prohibiting tourists from leaving their hotels.

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3,700-strong sanitisation team for election day

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JUST under 4,000 people have been recruited to carry out sanitisation activities across the 63 constituencies when Jamaicans go to the polls on September 3, as the Electoral Commission of Jamaica ramps up preparations amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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‘Backra attitude’

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CAMPAIGN spokesman for the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday shot down arguments that the Government is taking credit for work done by the previous People’s National Party (PNP) Administration.“That is absurd,” Clarke said in response to a question posed by the Jamaica Observer moments after a virtual press conference held at the JLP’s Belmont Road headquarters in St Andrew.

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Homeless Trelawny man still unfit to plead

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MORRIS “Rassimong” Small, the homeless mentally ill man who has been unable to find a space at the Trelawny Infirmary due to COVID-19 restrictions, was yesterday found unfit to plead when he appeared before the parish court.Small’s case has been before the court since 2004.

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Long wait for Jamaica/US port security agreement almost over

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THE more-than-four-year wait for Jamaica and the United States to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA) could end in a matter of weeks.US Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia on Thursday told journalists that the MOU is now well advanced, and should be signed by the end of next month.

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COVID risk alarm

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PRIVATE transport operators are calling on the authorities to impose strict monitoring of the sector as operators are facing resistance from unruly passengers who are neglecting COVID-19 safety protocols.The call comes following revelations from the health and wellness ministry on Thursday that taxi operators and passengers are three times more at risk for contracting COVID-19.

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Mixed reactions in western Jamaica to decision to end SOEs

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — At least two custodes in western Jamaica say they are not disappointed with Parliament voting to end the states of public emergency (SOEs) in order to facilitate the September 3 General Election.

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Stop COVID-related learning gap from becoming generational crisis — UNESCO

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A programme specialist for education in the Caribbean, Dr Faryal Khan, says one of the most significant lessons from the COVID-19 crisis is that the barriers to Internet connectivity must be removed in order to enable equal opportunity for students.

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By sea, rail or by air

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) — Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France yesterday, before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks.

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