Most J’cans decided how they would vote long before election

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

NINE out of every 10 voters who cast their ballots in the September 3, 2020 General Election decided how they were going to vote at least six months before the election, the latest poll conducted by Bill Johnson has shown.Additionally, twice as many People’s National Party (PNP) voters than Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters decided to exercise their franchise on election day itself.

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Sandals commends American Airlines on preflight testing

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Sandals Resorts yesterday described American Airlines’ move to introduce preflight testing for passengers travelling to Jamaica, The Bahamas and the rest of Caricom as a game-changer that can provide a major boost to help revive the region’s travel and tourism sector.

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Four years to freedom

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FOUR years on suspension without pay after being held in a 2016 sting operation almost brought Constable Valdano Smith to his “breaking point”, but his faith in the justice system and trust in his lawyer won him his freedom yesterday.

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Chuck banks on new guide for proper statements from cops

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck is pinning hopes on the newly launched Committal Proceedings Guide to assist police officers in the preparation of professional and proper statements, charging that shoddy groundwork on their part has led to “many” criminals getting off.

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Collapse on Junction road linked to ‘geotechnical faults’

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE collapse of an embankment on the Junction main road in St Mary yesterday has been linked to a pre-existent geological feature of the area, according to the National Works Agency (NWA).Images circulated on social media yesterday morning showed a large part of the newly paved road badly broken, with signs of land slippage into the nearby Wag Water River, interrupting vehicular traffic for most of the day.

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Three more MPs take seats in Parliament

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Three Members of Parliament who were unable to take their seats because of of judicial (magisterial) recounts in their constituencies following the September 3 General Election were sworn in at yesterday’s sitting of the House. There are the Jamaica Labour Party’s Phillip Henriques and Daniel Lawrence of the Clarendon North Western and Westmoreland Eastern, respectively; and the People’s National Party’s Lisa Hanna, of St Ann South Eastern.

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NIDS is back

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A new National Identification and Registration Bill has been completed and is being reviewed at the Cabinet level, Prime Minister Andrew Holness informed the House of Representatives yesterday.This follows the significant landmark reached in April when the Cabinet approved the draft for a new voluntary National Identification and Registration Policy, which includes the introduction of a national identification system (NIDS).

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UN boss joins call for countries to pull together in COVID fight

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WORLD leaders are concerned that almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is still a deficit in coordination and support among countries to help propel recovery, especially for countries which are less able to withstand the financial and socio-economic brunt of the crisis.

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Burnout prompts $74-m health workers welfare programme

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GOVERNMENT is to expend just under $75 million across two financial years on staff welfare, following an increase in the cases of front-line workers experiencing burnout as the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

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Scotia says all accounts affected by US$ glitch to be corrected

Observer on September 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

SCOTIABANK says it is working to complete reversals and reimbursements within 24 hours for customers who were both charged and credited using an incorrect exchange rate for some US-dollar transactions.

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