Justice system no worse off because of COVID-19, says Sykes

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Chief Justice Bryan Sykes is confident that the local justice system has made good from the bad of the COVID-19 pandemic that led to the closure of the doors of courts across the island on several occasions since March.

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Grateful mother praises UHWI doctor

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A Corporate Area schoolteacher is heaping praises on members of the local medical community today after a frightening brush with what she believed was the dangerous novel coronavirus.Ornelia Cameron is pushing for greater recognition for the health care workers who have been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, and has identified a doctor at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Reynard Hamilton, for special mention.

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‘Green shoots’ for agriculture

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New Minister of Agriculture Floyd Green says he will be driving policy to address some of the long-standing issues facing the sector while pushing to maximise other areas which have not had enough attention over the years.

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BE WARNED!

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In a short, piercing speech at King’s House yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his job will be even tougher now with such a large majority in Parliament, and admonished members of his new Cabinet to stay in line in their conduct of the nation’s business.

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Battle over rejected ballots

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Lawyers representing the Member of Parliament (MP)-elect for Westmoreland Eastern Luther Buchanan are expected to make a second attempt at getting the Westmoreland Parish Court to accept ballots previously ruled as rejected.

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Leeroy Williams takes the reins in SJMC

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Declaring that he has “no intention of reinventing the wheel”, new mayor of Montego Bay, and chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation (SJMC), Councillor Leeroy Williams has vowed to continue the outstanding work of his predecessor Homer Davis.

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‘Uncle Sam’ takes aim at social security

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Veteran Member of Parliament (MP) and new Minister of Labour and Social Security Karl Samuda has identified more support for the neediest Jamaicans as one of his focus areas as he moves into his new role.

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Frank discussion needed about work from home, says Roberts

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POINTING out that work-from-home arrangements will likely be a long-term feature across the labour landscape, head of the Hugh Shearer Labour Institute Danny Roberts is calling for frank discussions between employees and their bosses, as well as legislative changes to reflect the new reality.

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JLP’s Portland push

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After comprehensive victories in the September 3 General Election, the husband and wife team of Daryl and Ann-Marie Vaz have now set their sights on leading their councillors to a clean sweep of all nine divisions in the Portland Municipal Corporation.The two Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) representatives emerged with the most votes in all nine divisions in the general election, capturing two of the divisions now held by the People’s National Party (PNP).

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Rotaractors seek support for e-learning drive

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A group of young professionals has launched an e-learning drive, dubbed Project Technological Enhanced Learning (TEL), to equip needy schools with electronic devices for the new school year, scheduled to begin on October 5.The young professionals are also seeking contributions from the public for the project as the COVID-19 pandemic forces schools to rely more heavily on technology to support teaching and learning.

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