Despite wipeout fears, no desire from Phillips to lead PNP in next election

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AMID concerns that the People’s National Party (PNP) will be embroiled in a leadership battle when Prime Minister Andrew Holness announces the local government elections, outgoing general secretary of the Opposition party Julian Robinson says party President Dr Peter Phillips has no desire to face a next election at the helm.

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More PNP turmoil

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FIREBRAND People’s National Party (PNP) Councillor Venesha Phillips yesterday broke ranks with the Opposition party, rejecting its decision to hold separate elections for party president and vice-presidents, arguing that the move only serves to further rip the 82-year-old organisation apart.

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Offices of Child Diversion Programme now fully operational

Observer on September 29th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Child Diversion Programme offices and committees of the Ministry of Justice are now fully operational in all 14 parishes.The programme seeks to divert children who come in conflict with the law away from the formal criminal justice system.This is one of the main objectives and is in line with the programme’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to reduce the number of children institutionalised.

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Gordon House will be closed until November

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Newly appointed Leader of the House of Representatives Edmund Bartlett says that the renovation of Gordon House to accommodate members through the COVID-19 crisis will take at least another four to five weeks.This means that the new Parliament, which had its last meeting on September 15 at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston, is likely to continue with its makeshift accommodation until about mid-November.

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Bartlett to participate in international webinars during Tourism Awareness Week

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Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett will participate in international webinars as part of activities to observe Tourism Awareness Week, which kicked off Sunday and will culminate on October 3.The minister provided details at a Jamaica Information Service ( JIS) think tank, held at the agency’s head office in Kingston last week.

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Grief!

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A woman comforts a young man after his relative was shot dead by gunmen on Woodpecker Avenue in the Corporate Area yesterday morning.(Photo: Joseph Wellington)

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Ministry supports family of dead 9-y-o

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Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams (seated right) is joined by state minister Robert Morgan (standing left) to offer support to the family of nine-year-old Bianca Spence, who died on Saturday.

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Scary start

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WITH the virtual start of the new school year less than a week away, there are concerns that students with special learning needs will be among those left out in the cold.

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No Trini carnival next February

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday gave the clearest indication that his Administration is prepared to cancel carnival celebrations here next year as the two-island republic, like all other Caribbean countries, deals with impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that has so far killed 72 people here and infected 4,362 others.

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Holness drove JLP vote; loyalty to party accounted for majority of PNP ballots

Observer on September 29th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE findings of Bill Johnson’s August poll held true in the September 3 General Election as most Labourites voted for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) because they wanted Andrew Holness to continue as prime minister, while seeing the People’s National Party (PNP) return to power was the reason that the majority of Comrades gave for casting their ballots.

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