CALL IT, ANDREW - PM urged to hold polls in next 30 days as COVID could shift political tide soon

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Political watchers have theorised that if Prime Minister Andrew Holness fails to summon Jamaicans to the polls in the next 30 days, he could risk a wipeout of the political capital he has built up with recent polls showing his Jamaica Labour Party…

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Coronavirus could threaten voting rights

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Given the current upward movement in the number of cases of the coronavirus locally, there are concerns that some Jamaicans – possibly entire communities – could be under government health quarantine orders, restricting their movement and their…

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BLOODY HELL! - Victims, ex-cop reflect on 1980 election violence as they toast change in atmosphere

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Forty years on, Gregory Wilson* can vaguely recall the faces of two bus operators who kidnapped him after he naively boarded their vehicle decked out in a snazzy green shirt and green pants in the run-up to the 1980 general election. However,…

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Clunis hailed as a ‘true Jamaican hero’

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Superintendent Leon Ernest Clunis was “destined for greatness” was the constant refrain as relatives, friends and colleagues yesterday paid their final respects to the man who served for 29 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The…

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PNP takes aim at seven marginal seats

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The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has locked seven key seats now held by the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in its cross hairs as it gets ready to up the tempo as the campaign for the next general election begins to heat up….

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Hold off on the champagne - Crime consensus will have to check off big targets before celebrations, says professor

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Not everyone is ready to pop open the champagne over last week’s signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) by the island’s political leaders and representatives from other sectors of society aimed at achieving a sustainable reduction in crime…

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US upgrades Jamaica rating but fresh worry as virus spreads

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says the Level 3 United States travel advisory published on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was an upgrade from Level 4, which advises Americans ‘NOT TO…

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13th COVID death - 59 cases in 48 hours; stigma fears in St Thomas

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The death of a 13th Jamaican from COVID-19 and a surge of 59 new infections in the last 48 hours could push government authorities to crack down harder on movement and specific industries to curb the virus’ rapid spread after a lull in June. The…

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More cases, fewer masks?

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Business owners in the Corporate Area are struggling to enforce the wearing of masks by customers, a growing concern as coronavirus cases have again begun to soar in Jamaica. That spike hasn’t missed the attention of Michelle Bailey, a retail…

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Clarendon under COVID strain, 15 church attendees positive

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The upsurge of coronavirus cases in Clarendon has caused a significant strain on staff and resources, says Joseph Grant, parish manager for health services. Grant revealed that other hotspots for COVID-19 were emerging in the central Jamaica parish…

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