‘A waste of time’

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Attorney Tova Hamilton, who is representing Member of Parliament-elect for Manchester Central Rhoda Moy Crawford of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), has described the application for a magisterial recount by independent candidate Rohan Chung as a “waste of time”.

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Ballot for JLP found in PNP envelope in Westmoreland Eastern recount

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Lead attorney representing the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) Daniel Lawrence in the Westmoreland Eastern magisterial recount, O’Neil Brown has declined to comment on a development that a ballot intended for his client was found in an envelope belonging to the People’s National Party (PNP).

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Jamaica slips seven spots on social progress index

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JAMAICA has slipped seven spots on a social progress index, compiled by World Bank affiliate Social Progress Imperative, which ranks countries’ relative strengths and weaknesses compared to 15 of their peers with a similar gross domestic product (GDP) per capita.Jamaica is ranked 57 this year out of 163 countries, down from 50 last year.

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NEPA keeping an eye on changes to south coast Highway

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RESIDENTS of Harbour View have been assured of the National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) full participation in amending the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for the long-delayed Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP).

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Time for ‘radical shift’ in tourism sector, says Semaj

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MANAGEMENT consultant Dr Leachim Semaj, who has worked with the hospitality sector in the past, says there is hope for Jamaica’s tourism sector if it makes a “radical shift” and begins offering visas that will allow visitors to work from the country.

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Jamaica launches online resource library on human trafficking

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THE Jamaica Office of the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons (ONRTIP) launched its online resource library on Wednesday.The library seeks to provide anti-trafficking stakeholders with relevant and practical knowledge about human trafficking, as well as provide access to relevant research and data derived from local and international sources.

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Cabinet line-up

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AFTER a nearly six-hour huddle between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and key members of his Jamaica Labour Party team, Jamaica House last night announced a 19-member Cabinet of mostly familiar faces. There are only three newcomers in the group, which will be supported by nine state ministers and the attorney general.The newcomers to the Cabinet are Aubyn Hill, Floyd Green and Everald Warmington.

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Jamaican gets death penalty for raping, killing girl

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FLORIDA, United States (AP) — A Florida man, who was born in Jamaica, was sentenced to death yesterday for raping and killing a nine-year-old girl.Hillsborough County Circuit Court Judge Michelle Sisco affirmed a jury’s unanimous death penalty recommendation for Granville Ritchie, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was found guilty last year of first-degree murder, sexual battery and aggravated child abuse.

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Students can succeed at any school, says principal

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HAVING attended a non-traditional high school and being appointed a principal at the age of 32, Nahalia Lynch, who heads Morningside Primary and Infant School in St Elizabeth, believes strongly that students can succeed at any educational institution.

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Educating caregivers on COVID-19 coping strategies

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THE University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica College of Health Sciences, through its Caregivers’ Symposium, is providing vital mental health and wellness support to the island’s network of caregivers as they navigate the novel coronavirus environment.Now in its second year, the two-day virtual symposium is being held on September 10 and 17, under the theme ‘Supporting and Strengthening the Caregivers’ role in a COVID-19 pandemic’.

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