COVID cases BP steps up Census appeal
to ascertain whether curfew rules were
broken by Bolt and the party organizers.
Minister of Health Chris Tufton
said Bolt and his crew will enjoy no special
treatment for allegedly breaching
safety and other rules.
Meanwhile, the spike in cases has
forced Prime Minister Andrew Holness
and other top officials to suspend
house to house and street corner campaign
meetings as the island’s political
ombudsman Sunday placed a clamp on
‘No person shall enter the dwelling
house of any citizen elector campaign.
This decision is because of the increase
in COVID-19 positive growth of persons
and areas under quarantine, breaches
of social-distancing laws, and rules
on the campaign trail,” Ombudsman
Parchment Brown said in an announcement.
On Sunday, health officials revealed
the island’s one-day record for positive
cases, announcing that 116 new infections
were recorded, taking the tally
The PM’s Jamaica Labor Party (JLP)
is facing up to the opposition People’s
Caribbean Life, A 12 ug. 28-Sept. 3, 2020
National Party (PNP), which has
been flagging in the polls by double
digit percentage points and is expected
to remain on opposition benches for
another five years.
PM Holness said he had called elections
six months before constitutionally
due because of fears that the pandemic
would lead to a low voter turnout that
could possibly favor the opposition.
But veteran PNP members including
Gerard Mitchell have told the Observer
Newspaper they fear that younger voters
are leaving the party in droves for
the JLP because of younger and more
PNP Leader Peter Phillips is 70 and a
cancer survivor while Holness is 49 and
seen as highly energetic.
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nationally — gets the representation
it deserves,” he said.
The borough president said that
more than 80 percent of Brooklynites
live in hard-to-count neighborhoods,
and that one third all Brooklyn households
did not mail back their 2010
“By filling out your 2020 Census
form, you are helping to ensure
increased representation, particularly
among traditionally undercounted
populations, such as the elderly, lowincome,
undocumented and young
people, as well as those for whom
English is not their first language,”
“Time is running out, and the sense
of urgency cannot be overstated,”
Adams warned. “I implore you to fill
out your 2020 Census form; and when
you fill out your form, get 10 people
you know to fill theirs out, too.
“We can do this, Brooklyn; let’s
stand up and #MakeBrooklynCount!”
Earlier this month, Public Advocate
Jumaane D. Williams strongly blasted
President Donald J. Trump after the
US Census Bureau announced it would
end all counting efforts for the 2020
Census on Sept. 30, a month earlier
than the previous deadline.
“The Trump administration has
been transparent, blatant and shameless
in its efforts to undermine the
2020 Census, particularly by discounting
metropolitan areas and disregarding
Black, brown and immigrant communities,”
said Williams, the son of
Grenadian immigrants, on Wednesday.
“It has been rebuffed and rejected in
every past attempt, and changing the
deadline is a last-ditch effort toward
these same ends,” he added. “Ending
the count early all but ensures an
undercount for New York City, and a
subsequent lack of resources and representation.
“In the midst of a global pandemic,
we need more time to ensure an
accurate count, not less,” Williams
continued. “But this is an administration
unconcerned by inaccuracy, indifferent
to the consequences – particularly
in communities of more color.”
In early August, a broad coalition
of elected officials, community groups
and Brooklyn residents marched
through South and Central Brooklyn
to raise awareness about the census
and racial justice.
The “Census March for Racial Justice,”
organized by Brooklyn Democratic
Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie and cosponsored
by numerous Brooklyn
elected officials, began concurrently
in Sunset Park and Brownsville, and
converged for a rally at Grand Army
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Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Andrew
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