‘We’re stabbing at the dark’

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MANAGING director of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) Pamela Lawson says the Dogs (Liability for Attacks) Bill currently before the Senate will need support from other laws if it is to be effective.Lawson was speaking to the Jamaica Observer following her presentation at a virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston on Thursday when she made the comment.

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COVID spike possible in January after holiday travel

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Health officials have warned that a potential increase in COVID-19 cases from the Thanksgiving and Christmas period could be multiple times more than the spike the country experienced in August if Jamaicans are not careful.

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Pryce makes it official

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It is now officially a two-man contest for the post of general secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) with the shadow of the 2019 race between then sitting President Dr Peter Phillips and his One PNP team, and Peter Bunting and his Rise United team, covering the latest internal election.

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Glorious achievement

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Freedom Evangelical Association School of Glory 2020 diploma students pose with their dean, Bishop Dr Romeon Facey (centre, front row); faculty members Rev Carolyn Facey (second right, front row), and Minister Chrystal Blackhall (second left, front row) following their recent graduation at Freedom Evangelical Association, 43 Portmore Town Centre in St Catherine.

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Push to make sexual harassment a criminal offence

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Legislators are being asked to consider making sexual harassment a criminal offence.Attorney-at-law and tutor at Norman Manley Law School (NMLS) Karen Seymour Johnson raised the point Thursday at a meeting of the joint select committee of Parliament which is now deliberating on changes to the Sexual Harassment Act of 2019.

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JTA unhappy with health measures for face-to-face learning

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel has advised teachers not to take on the role of medical professionals amid the current COVID-19 crisis.

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PRAYERS, PLEASE!

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Linette Brown asked for the nation’s prayers as her grandson, five-year-old Mickele Allen, jetted off to the United States yesterday for life-saving surgery.Mickele was accompanied by his mother Cherine Grindley, who the grandmother says has not been coping well with her son’s condition after he was mangled by dogs in his community of St D’Acres, St Ann, last Sunday.

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Grange wants more penalties for deadbeat dads

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Senior Government Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange has suggested more penalties for fathers who fail to support their children.

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Cuba reopens but faces challenge wooing back tourists

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HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba is reopening its doors to foreign tourists after an eight-month shutdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the cash-strapped country faces an uphill struggle to woo back wary travellers.Tourism chiefs are banking on the island’s track record of keeping the virus in check to win back holidaymakers.

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Thanks, nurses!

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Mark Chisholm, executive vice-president, Sagicor Life Jamaica – Individual Life Division, hands over gift baskets to Diane Buckley-Smith (centre), departmental nurse manager, and Debby-Ann McKenzie-Cooke, deputy director of nursing services, Kingston Public Hospital, in appreciation of their excellent work.

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