Gov’t does not make policies to favour tourists, says PM

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has fired back at critics who have accused the Government of risking the health of Jamaicans for the tourism dollar, in its decision to reopen the sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chief justice in final round of summation in ‘Uchence Wilson Gang’ case

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CHIEF Justice Bryan Sykes is today expected to cap his summation for the cases of the final four of the remaining 15 alleged members of the St Catherine-based “Uchence Wilson Gang” in what has been a lengthy and painstaking exercise.

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Opposition says Gov’t power-drunk

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THE Opposition yesterday repeated its call to be allowed to chair all sessional committees of the House of Representatives, arguing that the move to discontinue the tradition is evidence of a Government drunk from the power of its huge parliamentary majority. It also stands ready, it says, to engage in dialogue with the Government to find a way to “make the committees more useful”.

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$16-b budget hike

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DESPITE the misfortune of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government is scaling up its expenditure budget for 2020/21 by $15.7 billion.Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday made the announcement while opening debate on the second supplementary estimates in the House of Representatives, which is being held temporarily at the Jamaica Conference Centre.

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Colin Campbell comes to Hanna’s defence

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VETERAN People’s National Party (PNP) politician Colin Campbell is downplaying a report in the media which has left onlookers describing PNP presidential aspirant Lisa Hanna as “opportunistic”, and is insisting that quotes attributed to her were taken out of context.

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JN assures it will continue to serve members in the UK

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JAMAICA National (JN) yesterday reassured its members in the United Kingdom (UK) that the transfer of daily operations from its representative office to Jamaica will enhance and improve service. The company, which has been serving Jamaicans in the UK for more than 30 years, was responding to a claim made in London that the move was tantamount to a stepping away from its members there.

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Glitches dampen start of classes in Manchester, St Elizabeth

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — As expected, lack of reliable Internet access and limited access to devices hindered the start of classes virtually for some schools in two south-central parishes, as administrators struggled to reach students via online learning platforms.For George Lewis, principal of Roger Clarke High in Balaclava, St Elizabeth, the upside was that on the first day of school, studies went well for those who were able to go online.

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This Day in History — October 7

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Today is the 281st day of 2002. There are 85 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1993: African National Congress President Nelson Mandela and South African President F W de Klerk are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts in dismantling apartheid and negotiating South Africa’s transition to a non-racial democracy. OTHER EVENTS

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Lucea mayor on the defensive, threatens another lawsuit

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Hanover — Chairman of the Hanover Municipal Corporation, Sheridan Samuels is threatening legal action against the individuals responsible for a message being circulated which alleges that the corporation has, over the past four years, awarded contracts valued at roughly $7 million to a man said to be his stepson.

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‘We have learnt our lessons’

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ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — The Dominica Government says it has learnt its lesson from the decision of Ross University to relocate to Barbados after operating here for 40 years, and is now re-evaluating its relationship with the developers seeking to take over the operations at the facilities once used by the US-owned offshore medical school.

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