Caribbean leaders concerned about substance abuse among youth

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Increasing cases of substance abuse among young people is likely to be among matters discussed when Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders meet in Trinidad for their summit on crime.Caribbean Community (Caricom) chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley pointed to the use of the recreational drug lean, also known as purple drank, among young people in Barbados.

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$25-m motorcycle simulation centre for Westmoreland

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

GRANGE HILL, Westmoreland — Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the Government is constructing a motorcycle simulation centre in Westmoreland at a cost of $25 million.

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Fire destroys Mandeville gas station

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A massive fire engulfed Heaven’s Fesco gas station at the intersection of Manchester and Caledonia roads yesterday. The fire started shortly after 5:00 pm and more than 10 vehicles parked on the gas station’s premises were destroyed. Reports are that three people received injuries as a result of the incident, but the extent of their injuries was unclear.See full story online.

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272 cops promoted

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

TWO hundred and seventy-two police officers across the island were promoted yesterday.One hundred and forty-nine constables were promoted to corporal, while 123 corporals were promoted to sergeants.Jamaica Police Federation Chairman Patrae Rowe said he is pleased with the movements.

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Higher insurance premiums could send up mortgages

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE National Housing Trust (NHT) says it is unable to speculate at this time on the impact of an anticipated adjustment in property insurance premiums from reinsurers on rates to its mortgagors.

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‘Ripple effect’

Observer on February 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

HEAD of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Owen Speid is blaming the seeming increase in attacks on educators on the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), which, he says, is enabling wayward students.Speid made the comment yesterday while speaking with Top of the Morning host Richie B on The Edge 105 FM.

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Some parents don’t know their role, says senior advisor

Observer on February 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

CHILDREN live what they learn.The old adage has seemingly proven true as senior advisor in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Courtney Scott has asserted that a number of adults have expressed ignorance with regards to their role as parents, based on their own upbringing.Scott told the Jamaica Observer that the revelation was made during a function he attended recently.

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JCF numbers show senior officers take polygraph tests

Observer on February 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FIGURES from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have revealed that several members of its senior ranks have been subjected to polygraph testing in the past two years, with the vast majority passing comfortably.

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Sandals operates marine vessels on biodiesel from cooking oil

Observer on February 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FOLLOWING the success of its Biodiesel Conversion Centre in St Lucia, where Sandals Resorts International has, for the past five years, been converting used vegetable oil from the kitchens at its three resorts on the island into fuel for use in marine vessels, the company is exploring ways to expand the project throughout its resorts across the region.

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Bloody 24 hours

Observer on February 21st, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE island’s murder rate spiked on Wednesday into Thurdsay morning as nine people were fatally shot and four individuals, including a two-year-old boy, were left nursing gunshot wounds in a bloody 24 hours across the island.

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