$5-m drug bust in Portland after car crash

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Ganja with a street value of more than $5 million was seized by police in Buff Bay, Portland, yesterday morning from a motor car that was involved in a two-vehicle crash.The Jamaica Observer was told that police assigned to the Portland Division Operational Support Team were on patrol on St George Street in the town when, about 7:30 am, they were signalled by a cop to stop.

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Helping move mentally ill out of prison not an issue, says Tufton

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“Resources and funding” have been identified by Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton as the hurdles that his ministry would need to clear in order to find suitable spaces so that mentally ill prisoners can be removed from correctional facilities.

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New JGRA head raises issues about mobile gas retailers

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GASOLENE retailers say they are worried about the presence of mobile gas stations in some areas, the ease with which licences can be obtained to carry out these operations, and the safety risk they present.Newly installed president of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) Dianne Parram pointed to the requirements necessary for retailers to renew their licences, compared to those required of mobile gas station operators.

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This day In History- November 4

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Today is the 309th day of 2020. There are 57 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2008: Barack Obama is elected the first black president of the United States. OTHER EVENTS1530: England’s Cardinal Wolsey is arrested for being a traitor.1547: England’s Parliament repeals the Henrican Act as the first stage in Protestant Reformation.

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Negative COVID result no longer needed for recovery, says Tufton

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MINISTER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has confirmed that the ministry is no longer relying on a negative test result to declare a patient COVID-19-free.His statement followed a query raised in Parliament yesterday by Opposition spokesman on health Dr Morais Guy about the just over one-week recovery of 43 of the 87 people who reportedly tested positive at The Golden Age Home in Vineyard Town, St Andrew, on October 21.

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Lawmen hot on trail of Westmoreland shooter

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WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland — The police have expressed confidence in the early apprehension of the lone shooter who killed two people and injured 10 others at a sports bar in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, on Sunday evening.The police also disclosed yesterday that five of the 10 injured individuals have been released from hospital.

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Committee established to discuss Portmore city motion

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Discussions are to commence soon on a proposal for the municipality of Portmore to become the island’s 15th parish.Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie tabled a motion at yesterday’s meeting of the House of Representatives for the establishment of a special select committee of Parliament to deliberate on the proposal.

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Logwood, Swamp Road residents fearful Continuous rain triggers flooding, landslides

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Residents of Logwood and Swamp Road districts in St Thomas were on edge yesterday morning after floodwaters surged through their communities, downing trees and triggering landslides along roads.The Monitcot River in the parish, which residents say had been dry for almost three years, overflowed its banks and poured onto the Logwood main road, causing major erosion just metres away from residents’ front yards.

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Can a gay or bisexual man sponsor his girlfriend?

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Dear Mr Brown,I am a bisexual man who recently migrated to Canada. I was granted asylum based on my sexual orientation. I would now like to file for my girlfriend to join me in Canada, but I wonder if this can work since I stated I was gay on the protected person application. — KW Dear KW:

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Faster turnaround time for trade permits

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IMPORTERS and exporters are now seeing a faster turnaround time for the approval of certificates and permits through the Trade Board Limited’s online platform. Minister of state in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce Dr Norman Dunn said that the agency is moving from a two to three-day turnaround time for the processing of transactions to 24 hours.

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