Groups urge extension of NIDS Bill deadline

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With fresh legislation to establish the National Identification System (NIDS) expected to be tabled in Parliament, debated, and passed by the end of this year, five advocacy groups have made a concerted call for that deadline to be extended.

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COVID caution

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Jamaicans are being cautioned against bypassing medical assessment and going directly to private laboratories for COVID-19 tests.Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie made the call yesterday for the public to adhere to the protocols for testing, as it is part of the management of cases, and allows the Government to get a clear picture of the country’s COVID-19 status.

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Vote for Lisa, KD urges PNP delegates

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Former senator and Cabinet minister KD Knight has made a direct appeal to all People’s National Party (PNP) delegates to support Lisa Hanna’s bid for president of the Opposition party.

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Trump hits election integrity with unsupported complaints

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — With votes still being counted across the nation, President Donald Trump yesterday sought to undermine confidence in America’s election, making unsupported accusations from the White House about the integrity of the results in his race against Democrat Joe Biden.

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Portmore needs hospital before parish status, say residents

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Residents of Portmore are welcoming the prospect of their hometown becoming a parish but argue that the nearly 4,000 hectare municipality is in dire need of a hospital first.In addition to a hospital, several residents interviewed by the Jamaica Observer yesterday also argued that a market and bus park were other amenities needed before the nicknamed Sunshine City could be made into a parish.

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COVID cruelty

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Rights group Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) says it is now preparing to take to court more than 20 cases of gender-based violence, some of which involve women being kicked out of their homes by their male partners.

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British diplomat blames the rich for squatter settlements

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ROSE HALL, St James — British High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad has argued that, contrary to popular, opinion society’s affluent individuals are the ones responsible for the mushrooming of squatter settlements in urban areas — not poor informal settlers.

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Rains lead to increase in crocodile rescues

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A crocodile stands peacefully on a log atop the State Helmet on the State Arms of Jamaica, but most Jamaicans today are not as calm in the presence of these large reptiles as the two Tainos beneath it.The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has reported a record number of crocodile rescues for the month of October, as more videos of the creatures appearing in residential areas continue to surface on social media.

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Cattle owners warned to register by next January

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CATTLE owners who are not registered with the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) before the end of January 2021 will face restrictions in terms of the movement of their animals.Chief veterinary officer in the Veterinary Services Division (VSD), Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr Osbil Watson, gave the warning during a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday.

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This Day in History — November 6

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Today is the 311th day of 2020. There are 55 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2013: US student Amanda Knox’s defence gets a boost when a new DNA test on a kitchen knife fails to conclusively prove it was the murder weapon used to kill her British roommate. OTHER EVENTS1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected president of the United States.

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