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Seaga remembered on his 90th birthday

THE leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) yesterday sang praises for former leader and prime minister of Jamaica Edward Seaga at a floral tribute at National Heroes' Park in Kingston. Read More

No coverage for businesses impacted by COVID-19, says IAJ
Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) President Vernon James says while industry players empathise with businesses that have been impacted by the current health crisis, business interruption insurance clauses do not cover losses due to viruses such as...... Read More

'Shocked and amazed'
ATTORNEY General Marlene Malahoo Forte says the review of the country's anti-gang law by a joint select committee (JSC) of Parliament over the past almost two years has revealed serious shortcomings in the enforcement mechanism, although, for the most part, the law is a good...... Read More

Teenager launches food delivery business
WHILE many lament the harsh economic effects of the dreaded COVID-19 virus, one innovative St Catherine teenager is smiling all the way to the bank. She is happy because her farm food delivery business Soul Food Jamaica is setting down roots and thriving in today's challenging economic...... Read More

Obey or risk death!

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 29 2020    

AS the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches, with predictions for three to six major hurricanes, at least one of the island's top first responders is indicating that the lives of personnel will not be risked to rescue individuals who refuse evacuation orders before... Read More

Holness upbeat after global leaders commit to united front against COVID-19

BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 29 2020    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has applauded global leaders and multilateral institutions for their declared commitment to presenting a united front against the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Jamaica’s Vision 2030 plan under review

Friday, May, 29 2020    

THE Government has commenced work to review and revise the requisite strategic actions for implementing the country's long-term National Development Plan – Vision 2030 Jamaica – in light of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Read More

Gov't committed to making Internet access a right, says minister

Friday, May, 29 2020    

MINISTER of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams says COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the need to make access to the Internet a right for every citizen, adding that “we are committed to making this a reality for all Jamaicans”. Read More

30 more deportees arrive from the US

Friday, May, 29 2020    

JUST under 30 deportees from the United States arrived in the island yesterday, as the Americans continue their policy of returning individuals to their homes despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

This Day in History — May 29

Friday, May, 29 2020    

Today is the 150th day of 2020. There are 216 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1999: Olusegun Obasanjo becomes Nigeria's first civilian president in 15 years, ending a string of disastrous military regimes.  Read More

NPSC says parents taking advantage of COVID-19 helplines

Friday, May, 29 2020    

CHIEF executive officer of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC), Kaysia Kerr, says several parents across the island have been taking advantage of the agency's helplines. Read More

Minister Shahine Robinson fighting cancer

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 29 2020    

MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson is seriously ill, a Jamaica Observer source confirmed yesterday. Read More

Rights group seeks clarity on use of geofencing

BY ALICIA DUNKLEY-WILLIS Senior staff reporter dunkleywillisa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 29 2020    

HUMAN rights watchdog group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is seeking further clarity on the Government's planned location-tracking strategy for returnees to the island amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read More

Calculated criminal conduct

Friday, May, 29 2020    

The $400-million Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud trial ended on Friday, May 15, 2020 with the conviction of main accused 35-year-old Sanja Elliott, the corporation's former deputy superintendent of road and works; his wife, Tasha-gaye Goulbourne-Elliott; two former employees of... Read More

US layoffs climb to 41 million despite businesses reopening

Friday, May, 29 2020    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AP) — An estimated 2.1 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses around the country, bringing the running total since the novel coronavirus shutdowns took hold in mid-March to about 41... Read More


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