GANG TRIAL WORRY

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The Court Administration Division (CAD) has declared that it is pulling out all the stops to ensure that the pending trial of 50 suspected members of the feared St Catherine-based Klansman Gang will not be a logistical nightmare.At least two defence attorneys had expressed concern about the logistics for a trial with that many defendants at the end of the Uchence Wilson gang trial in October.

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Poll finds most J’cans want a Biden win

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Just under 60 per cent of Jamaicans polled want Democratic party candidate Joe Biden to win tomorrow’s presidential election in the United States.The finding is from a survey of Jamaicans’ attitudes toward a variety of issues conducted for the Jamaica National Group by Johnson Survey Research, the company founded by veteran pollster Bill Johnson.

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Right move but…

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Opposition spokesperson on education Angela Brown Burke says while she has no issue with the Government’s plan to physically reopen some schools, there is need for greater clarity and transparency ahead of the planned November 9 resumption of classes at 17 institutions.

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New ODPEM head takes office today

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Career civil servant Leslie Harrow is the new head of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM).Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie announced the appointment yesterday with Harrow to take up the role of director general of the ODPEM today.

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Hanna on top in bluedot poll

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More Jamaicans who responded in a bluedot poll say People’s National Party (PNP) presidential contender Lisa Hanna would be more likely to defeat Jamaica Labour Party leader, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is more likely to attract young people to the Opposition party, and would appeal more to Jamaican voters than Mark Golding, who is also contesting for the position.

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COVID STORM

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The Ministry of Health is facing a major crisis this morning following confirmation that 85 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at three of the nine residential facilities operated by the Father Richard Ho Lung-led Missionaries of the Poor in the Corporate Area.

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‘Freak storm’ hits St Margaret’s Bay, Portland

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St Margaret’s Bay in Portland, which was spared the damage associated with the outer bands of Tropical Storm Zeta recently, was battered on Saturday as a ‘freak storm’ downed trees, utility wires, and removed sheets of zinc from houses within a 300-metre span.One resident Nadine Haughton-Dunn shared her experience with the strong winds and rain which hit the community.

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Distinguished!

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Immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston Dr Adella Campbell receives the Distinguished Service Award from Kiwanis Division 23 East Immediate Past Lieutenant Governor Barrington Whyte recently. The achievement was attained through demonstrated special dedication to service, membership strength, and Kiwanis education in the projects and work of the club. 

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Wrong move

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WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Godfrey Drummond, senior teacher at the Petersfield Primary and Infant School and candidate for the post of president of the Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA), is calling on the Government to postpone its plan to implement face-to-face classes at some schools on a test basis, starting next Monday.

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Youths bat for Hanna

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With a clear split in the ranks of the People’s National Party (PNP) Youth Organisation in the lead-up to Saturday’s vote to elect the sixth president of the party, three young Comrades have decided to take their plea for support to the delegates themselves.The three are backing Lisa Hanna as she goes up against Mark Golding and they are urging the just over 3,300 delegates registered to vote to give the four-term Member of Parliament the nod.

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