Leadership debate had little influence on how Jamaicans voted

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Fewer than half of respondents in the latest Jamaica Observer/Bill Johnson Poll said they watched or listened to the national debate between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips before the September 3 General Election. And of that number, most said the debate did not have much influence on their vote.

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Glee, as Alpha school fire victim cops CAPE subjects

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MAY 27, 2020 was a day when 18-year-old Ashieka Townsend lost all hope.It was the day she watched her Rum Lane, central Kingston house being destroyed by fire, taking with it the materials she needed to help her prepare for her Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) which were pending, having been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Death to those who kill police, soldiers chants Rowe

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Jamaica Police Federation is calling for the death penalty to be imposed on criminals who attack police personnel and other members of the security forces.

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Tufton: Focus on mental health critical to pandemic response

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has said that a focus on mental health will form a critical part of the anti-COVID-19 response, as apart from the physical health implications of the virus, the mental trauma is alarming.

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ANOTHER BOOST FOR LISA

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

LISA Hanna has moved closer to delivering the knock-out punch to her opponents’ cheeks, as the boxing match to decide the new leader of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) intensifies.

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Sunday Brew - September 27

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Toots, 5446 and the St Mary linkMany stories have been told about the 77 years that Toots, properly named Frederick Hibbert, spent on Earth.His songs in the early years were like expensive meals in my St Mary household, with 5446 That’s My Number being the standout, but Sweet and Dandy, the Festival Song of 1968, was my mother’s all-time favourite.

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General election lessons are many — moving forward for the real work to begin

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Now that the long-anticipated general election is over, there’s much to learn from the wins, gains and losses. Like a mirror, the reflection is now cast on the many new and returning faces to Gordon House where high expectations from the electorate form the next cycle of who become winners and losers of the political machinery. Jamaica presently co-exists with the COVID-19 global pandemic and many of us are clinging to hope that our jobs would be secure and our…

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The urgency of transforming Caribbean tourism

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

World Tourism Day being observed today under the theme “Tourism and Rural Development” comes at a sobering time for the Caribbean. Travel is unlikely to return to normality for another year, or even well into 2022. We need to make this a transformational moment to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic stronger. We must move away from being merely tourist-dependent. We need to harness the industry to make our islands safer, greener and more…

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Haste does make waste, but no excuse for inaction

Observer on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Haste and hurry can only bear children with many regrets along the way. — Wolof proverb, SenegalMany of us who grew up especially in rural Jamaica frequently had our parents or other relatives caution us with this axiom: “Haste makes waste.” In the midst of what many virologists and other experts say is the worst pandemic in the last 100 years we would do well to remember the meaning of this adage.

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Humanities is the future

Gleaner on September 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

“Employers prefer humanities graduates,” said Nicole Plummer, associate dean for marketing and outreach in the Faculty of Humanities and Education at The University of the West Indies, Mona. She added with strong conviction that the faculty was…

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