Ex-woman soldier cites foul treatment by JDF

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A former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) woman soldier who was medically discharged from service in September is seeking answers from the JDF as to its alleged refusal to pay her for the remainder of her contract period.But while she seeks answer and, by extention, compensation, the former soldier, 26-year-old Chaneque Gardener is crying foul regarding the way she said she was treated when she started developing medical issues.

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Patriots will decide who to back in PNP race

Observer on October 5th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FRONT-RUNNERS in the People’s National Party’s (PNP) leadership race, Lisa Hanna and Mark Golding, will know by next week which of the two has the backing of the PNP Patriots and its 26 delegates ahead of the November 7 internal poll.

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Book industry group repeats need for copyright control

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AS a majority of schools adopt online teaching modalities, the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) and the Jamaica Copyright Licensing Agency (JAMCOPY) are renewing a decade-old call for the education ministry to acquire the adequate licence to cover the copyright of materials being used in schools.

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Jamaica AIDS Support rolls out anti-HIV pill

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Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) will now be offering pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an additional preventative option for people at substantial risk of contracting the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The organisation has officially launched its PrEP programme by way of a pilot study with 50 participants.

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Hustling, corruption rampant outside Cross Roads tax office

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“Hustler” and “corruption” were the bywords among disgruntled customers to the Cross Roads Collectorate in St Andrew, last Wednesday, after spending hours in line whipped by intermittent rain, watching as other individuals entered and exited without having to wait.

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LEARNING PAIN!

Observer on October 5th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THOUSANDS of students will head back to school virtually today but for some groups there is still much uncertainty regarding their access to online classes, which will be the new norm until stakeholders can guarantee the reduced risk of exposure in schools.

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Pay attention to home-porting, cruise industry officials urged

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With no clear timeline for cruise operations to start again, key industry players say Jamaica should, among other things, pay more attention to home-porting arrangements given its distinct advantage of having the most cruise ports in the English-speaking Caribbean.

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Doctors: Trump’s blood oxygen level dropped twice recently

Observer on October 5th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

BETHESDA, USA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s blood oxygen level dropped suddenly twice in recent days but he “has continued to improve” since then, the White House physician said Sunday, adding a new layer of confusion to the president’s fight with COVID-19 even while suggesting he could be discharged from the hospital as early as Monday.

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COVID-19 is no respecter of persons

Observer on October 5th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Once more COVID-19 has reminded us that it is no respecter of persons. The most powerful man in the world, US President Donald Trump, has been hospitalised with the disease and there are conflicting stories about his condition and the date on which he was tested. Let us keep President Trump, his wife Melania, and indeed everyone who has been battling this terrible virus in our prayers.

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Gandhi and inter-religious harmony

Observer on October 5th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The novum of our times seems to be the increasing meeting of world religious traditions. A fresh conviction is emerging that, in our contemporary cross-cultural human situation, no religion is sufficient even to face, let alone solve, any of our human predicaments single-handedly.

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