Several people not wearing masks arrested in Half-Way-Tree Lawyer questions legality of action taken by police

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SEVERAL people are facing charges for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA) after they were arrested by the police in the Corporate Area yesterday for not wearing masks, but it was not clear whether the charges are properly grounded in law.

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Holness, parties main reasons diehards vote

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Almost one-half of Jamaicans who would vote for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) say their main reason for doing so is that they want Andrew Holness to continue as prime minister, according to the latest public opinion survey conducted by pollster Bill Johnson.

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Spokesman says DK not part of Wavell Hinds’ campaign team

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HOPEWELL, Hanover — Thelma Johill, the campaign manager for People’s National Party (PNP) Hanover Eastern candidate Wavell Hinds says Dr DK Duncan was not a part of their campaign team and so his COVID-19 positive test result will not have a negative impact on its campaign for Thursday’s general election.Dr Duncan served two terms as Member of Parliament for Hanover Eastern from September 2007 to February 2016.

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Trainee cops unable to vote yesterday will do so Thursday, says ACP

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Under 50 trainee cops, deployed across the Area One Police Division, were unable to cast their ballots yesterday as their names did not appear on the voters’ list for members of the security forces.The Area One Police Division encompasses the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover, and Westmoreland.

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JLP lead shaved to 14 points

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The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) pulled five points from the 19-point lead held by the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in July as campaigning intensified for the September 3 General Election. But even with that advance the JLP emerged from the most recent poll conducted by Bill Johnson holding a 14-point advantage that, according to the veteran pollster, will carry the party to victory “unless something catastrophic…

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Security forces, election day workers follow COVID rules while voting

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — There was no visible breach of COVID-19 safety guidelines as members of the security forces and election day workers waited in lines yesterday to cast their ballots ahead of Thursday’s general election.Head of the Manchester police Superintendent Gary Francis told the Jamaica Observer that police officers had been deployed to 21 polling stations across the parish.

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Cop experiences voting glitch after 6 years behind bars

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AT least one police officer who showed up ready to exercise his franchise yesterday — the day reserved for members of the security forces and election day workers — was disappointed because his name was not on the voters’ list.

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T&T leaders address race issue

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) –Trinidad and Tobago political leaders yesterday reiterated the need to end racism as the country celebrates its 58th anniversary of political independence from Britain.President Paula Mae Weeks, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar all underscored the need for racial unity in their respective messages to mark the independence celebrations.

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Does a face mask protect me, or just the people around me?

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CALIFORNIA, United States — Does a face mask protect me, or just the people around me?It likely provides protection for both.Studies on the new coronavirus and other germs show wearing a mask helps stop infected people from spreading disease to others. Evidence also suggests that masks may offer some protection for the people wearing them.

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JTI working to restart court reporting programme

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THE Justice Training Institute (JTI) says it is working to restart its court reporting programme as part of efforts to fill the need for court reporters in the justice system.Director/principal of the JTI Karen Campbell Bascoe told JIS News that the area requires individuals to use their hands extensively, and as such, those who are naturally good with their hands would do well in the programme.

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