Sexual Harassment Bill inching along

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MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange has informed the newly reassigned members of a joint select committee tasked with piloting the long-awaited Sexual Harassment Bill through the House of Representatives that she is looking forward to robust discussions during meetings.

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Withdraw from PNP leadership contest and apologise, Roberts tells Hanna

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Leading trade unionist Danny Roberts says that Lisa Hanna’s handling of the inclusion of National Workers Union (NWU) delegates for the November 7 People’s National Party (PNP) presidential poll shows that she is not yet ready for leadership of the Opposition party.

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Get the flu vaccine, Tufton urges Jamaicans

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Jamaicans are being urged to get vaccinated for the influenza virus as a combination of the flu, dengue, and COVID-19 could be dire for those who are most vulnerable and strain the public health system.Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton made the call Thursday evening at the ministry’s weekly virtual ‘COVID Conversations’ forum. He said last year less than half of the 25,000 vaccines which were made available were taken up.

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Prosecution to continue submissions in Reid, Pinnock case Dec 11

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The prosecution team led by eminent jurist Hugh Small in the fraud case involving former Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, Caribbean Maritime University President Professor Fritz Pinnock, and several others is to continue their submissions before Chief Parish Court Judge Chester Crooks on December 11.

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PNPYO quarrel

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People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) executive members are at odds over the level of support both PNP presidential candidates, Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna, command inside the the YO ahead of the November 7 internal election, creating doubt about a claim that Golding has the backing of 14 of the organisation’s 21 delegates.

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Soldiers remanded on ganja charges

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged earlier this month with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, shooting with intent, possession of and dealing in ganja, and taking steps preparatory to export ganja were remanded when they made their first court appearance here yesterday.

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PAJ monitoring implementation of court’s media protocol

Observer on October 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

PRESS Association of Jamaica (PAJ) President George Davis says close attention will be paid to the treatment of media workers by the court in light of its establishment of a protocol which, among other things, now permits the electronic recording of proceedings for greater accuracy.The media protocol, outlined in a 20-page document, was launched at the Supreme Court in Kingston yesterday.

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‘Devastating’

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PRESIDENT of the National Water Commission (NWC) Mark Barnett says the fallout at the State-run entity from the novel coronavirus pandemic has been “devastating”, with a plunge of up to 40 per cent in revenue at one point.

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Sykes points to unfair speculation of bias

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CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes says the pushback in some quarters over his counsel that defence lawyers make more use of bench trials, as opposed to jury trials, has unfairly fed speculations of bias on the bench and are not grounded in facts.

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Tourism $$ roll in

Observer on October 30th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ROSEHALL, St James — Jamaica earned more than US$250 million between June and the end of September from tourism, despite the blow delivered to the industry by COVID-19, according to Ed Bartlett, the Government minister with responsibility for the sector.

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