5-year-old boy dies in house fire

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FLANKER, St James — A five-year-old boy, who had been left in the care of his grandmother, perished in a blaze which razed a nine-bedroom board house at New Road in this inner city community yesterday afternoon.The dead child has been identified as Jadan Peterkin.According to Pauline Anderson, the boy’s grandmother, the tragedy occurred shortly after his mother left him in her care to run an errand.

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JET urges PM to reverse mining permit

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Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) yesterday said it was disturbed by a decision to overturn the denial of a mining permit in a vital natural resource on Jamaica’s north coast and urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to reverse what it described as “misuse of ministerial discretion”.

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No COVID-19 cases in prisons now, says DCS

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The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is reporting that there are no positive cases of COVID-19 in the island’s prisons at this time.

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Hoteliers optimistic for a good winter

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Some hotels in Jamaica are reporting between 60 and 90 per cent occupancy through a combination of local and international guests, fuelling optimism for a healthy 2020 winter tourism season, according to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.He was giving a Destination Jamaica update at the first day of the virtual Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) yesterday.

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Tackling education’s digital divide

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“I wanted to get my education,” says 11-year-old Joel Young as he scribbles in his notebook. At his parents’ wooden house in Little Bay, a small rural fishing community on the west coast of Jamaica, the boy and his six siblings try to keep up with classwork during the novel coronavirus pandemic. But it’s not easy.

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Gov’t renews thrust to retrieve Taino artefacts from UK

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Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange has renewed her thrust to retrieve post-colonial Taino wooden sculptures being housed at the British Museum in the United Kingdom.

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COVID vaccine caution

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Yesterday’s announcement by US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer that a coronavirus vaccine it had developed had shown 90 per cent effectiveness was greeted with cautious optimism by Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton.

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This Day in History — November 10

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Today is the 315th day of 2017. There are 51 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS2013: Typhoon Haiyan leaves thousands dead in the Philippines. OTHER EVENTS1871: American journalist Henry Stanley finds African explorer Dr David Livingstone in Ujiji, central Africa, on Lake Tanganyika; delivers his famous greeting “Dr Livingstone, I presume?”

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PNP trying to avoid contests for key posts

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Senior members of the People’s National Party (PNP) are now trying to negotiate agreements to avoid elections for the party’s new chairman and general secretary when its National Executive Council (NEC) next meets.

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Streets of shame

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Heavy and persistent rain over the past three weeks have inflicted significant damage to roads across the island, highlighting the poor workmanship that went into their construction as well as the lack of attention paid to maintenance.Yesterday, Jamaica Observer Photo Editor Joseph Wellington captured a few of the roads left in ruin in the capital city.

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