Lawyer bashes returning officer for high number of rejected ballots

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THE work of the returning officer for Clarendon North Western in the September 3 General Election came in for sharp criticism at the end of the counting yesterday in the ongoing judicial (magisterial) recount.

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PAHO gives another COVID warning as life returns to near normal

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DIRECTOR of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Carissa Etienne has noted that countries across the region have continued to resume near normal life even with the imminent risk to populations of the raging spread of COVID-19.

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Trade unionist calls for review of IDT

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TRADE unionist John Levy says a special committee of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) should be established to review its work and service delivery.“It was set up for a particular reason, with certain deliverables in mind in terms of time frame, and that has not been happening for varying reasons,” the general secretary for the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) told the Jamaica Observer.

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Lisa gives God thanks as she holds on to seat by 31 votes

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THE People’s National Party’s (PNP) Lisa Hanna was yesterday “thanking God and her constituents” as she held on to the St Ann South Eastern constituency after the judicial (magisterial) recount.

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Murders down four per cent so far this year

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A 50 per cent spike in murders in St Ann, and an almost similar increase in the Kingston Western Police Division, have pushed Jamaica’s murder total since the start of this year to 891. However, this number is still a shade below the 932 reported for the same period last year.

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‘Mark-ing’ time

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MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for St Andrew Southern Mark Golding is rejecting claims that he was opposed to outgoing president of the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips being named Opposition leader on Tuesday, following the party’s massive defeat in the September 3 General Election.

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Consensus on reopening of schools expected from task force

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NEWLY appointed Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams is the chair of an Education COVID-19 Management Task Force (E-COVID), which is expected to help to bring greater clarity to the roadmap for schools’ reopening.The E-COVID Task Force, the ministry announced in a release yesterday, will arrive at a consensus on the reopening and management of schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Permit required to import plants and plant products

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THE Plant Quarantine and Inspection Branch in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is reminding all travellers that a permit is required to import plants and plant products into Jamaica.Chief plant quarantine/produce inspector in the ministry, Sanniel Wilson-Graham, told JIS News that abiding by the permit system is necessary in order to ensure that Jamaica’s agricultural sector is protected from unwanted pests and diseases.

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Amnesty bins now at airports

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AMNESTY bins have been installed at both international airports as part of efforts to prevent plant and animal diseases from entering the island. Chief plant quarantine/produce inspector in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sanniel Wilson-Graham, said the amnesty bins allow travellers to voluntarily discard any plant, plant products or animal products that are not permitted to enter the island.

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NEPA urges proper disposal of single-use face masks

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THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is encouraging citizens to properly dispose of single-use masks in order to prevent them from becoming pollutants.

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