Police ready for election in the west

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The police Area One Division — which spans the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland — is assuring that adequate security arrangements are in place for tomorrow’s election day activities.

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EOJ seeking to use more technology in elections

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says its electronic voter identification system will be used in six constituencies in tomorrow’s general election.According to the EOJ, the system will be used in St Andrew Western, St Andrew West Central, East Kingston and Port Royal, St Andrew East Rural, St Catherine Central, and St Catherine Eastern.

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Men released at end of SOEs fear rearrest

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE judgement in the debate on the legality of individuals being kept in custody under states of emergency (SOE) for long stretches, which should have been handed down by Supreme Court judge Justice Bertram Morrison on August 25, is now set for September 18.

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Corporate cash splash

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Corporate Jamaica has splashed out millions of dollars to support both major political parties in their campaign for tomorrow’s general election.

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PNP happy with coronavirus testing, reporting protocols

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

OPPOSITION Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy says he has complete confidence in the Ministry of Health’s testing system and results reporting protocols for the novel coronavirus.

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Who does what with immigrant visas?

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Q. I have a question about my immigrant visa petition, and the US Embassy directed me to contact the National Visa Center. Why can’t the embassy answer my question?A: The immigrant visa process is handled by three different organisations. The first is US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which oversees immigration to the United States and approves or denies immigrant petitions.

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Less than 25 per cent of soldiers voted

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ONLY 982 or 23 per cent of the 4,181 members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) on the voters’ list cast ballots on Monday ahead of tomorrow’s general election.There was, however, a better showing by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, as 42 per cent or 4,849 of the 11,512 on the voters’ list exercised their franchise when members of the security forces and election day workers voted.

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Gordon House reopens, but…

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Gordon House reopened its doors to the public yesterday after an extensive cleaning exercise which followed the disclosure of a positive novel coronavirus diagnosis of Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown on Monday.The parliament building houses the Office the Political Ombudsman and the administrative offices for its committee staff.

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Some int’l students not exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Dear Mr Brown,What would happen if online classes continue for a protracted period? I heard that online studies will make one ineligible for a postgraduate work permit. I wonder if I can still apply for permanent residence without it. I am worried about it because COVID-19 seems like it is not going away anytime soon.— SGDear SG:

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NAJ calls for focus on Cornwall Regional Hospital

Observer on September 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

HEAD of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) Carmen Johnson says the party that forms the Government after tomorrow’s general election will have to immediately turn its attention to Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in St James, arguing that persistent challenges at the facility have left the western end of the island vulnerable.

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