PNP Deputy Gen Sec Neita takes leave, backs Hanna

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FACTIONS within the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) have taken issue with Deputy General Secretary Natalie Neita’s decision to take leave from the secretariat to assist presidential aspirant Lisa Hanna ahead of the November 7 internal poll.

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Gov’t contemplating early release of some prisoners

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THE Government is crafting a plan to have certain vulnerable inmates, particularly those near the end of their sentences, released in an effort to protect them, and the prison population as a whole, from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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ODPP rules against criminal charges in death of Jodian Fearon

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THE Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has ruled that no criminal charges are to be laid against Jodian Fearon’s obstetrician or any of the medical personnel named in the statements at Andrews Memorial Hospital (AMH), Victoria Jubilee Hospital, Spanish Town Hospital or the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

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Ganja farmers hijack water

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SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Her agitation was obvious as Melva Clarke spoke by telephone to the Jamaica Observer about water problems at the Southfield Housing Scheme last Monday.“Right now mi wet up, because I have to be catching water in the rain,” Clarke said.

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Non-compliance!

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COMMUNITY health aid workers conducting COVID-19 surveillance in Waterford, St Catherine and Whitfield Town in Kingston are concerned that most residents are still not wearing face masks.

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This Day in History — October 8

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Today is the 282nd day of 2020. There are 84 days left in the yearTODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1871: The Great Chicago Fire starts, supposedly when a cow kicks over a lantern in a barn. Most of the city is razed. OTHER EVENTS1858: The “Arrow Incident”, in which a ship flying the British flag is boarded by Chinese, provokes the second Anglo-Chinese War.

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Children get mental health support

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AMID growing concern about the impact of the novel coronavirus on the mental health of Jamaicans, child guidance clinics across the island have introduced telephone counselling or tele-therapy to help children cope.“A lot of the children are fearful. They are really fearful,” said Theresa Wallace, coordinator of counselling services for child guidance clinics in Kingston and St Andrew.

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ECJ reviews sexual harassment policy

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THE Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is now reviewing its sexual harassment policy which an independent panel referenced in February in recommending two weeks suspension for a senior staff member at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) found guilty of sexual harassment.

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Health ministry working to ensure integrity of COVID testing

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DR Christopher Tufton says the Ministry of Health and Wellness is working with private laboratories to ensure that the method of testing for COVID-19 and quality of results are uniform across public and private facilities.He said some private laboratories have been engaged in the training for antigen testing, which got under way this week.

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British MP with J’can roots named region’s new UK trade envoy

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United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed a Member of Parliament with Jamaican roots as the new trade envoy to Jamaica and the rest of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

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