VIDEO: Academy of Bartending, Spirits & Wines’ First Cohort

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Lifestyle -

In August of last year, Debbian Spence-Minott launched the Academy of Bartending, Spirits & Wines at the Trade Centre on Red Hills Road. In November, the first cohort of students was enrolled and on Thursday, January 10, they graduated from the programme. The ceremony, attended by the students’ families and friends, supporters of Spence-Minott, members of the local wines and spirits industry and tourism officials, was the fruit of Spence-Minott’s passion, hard work and…

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Missing babies and Brexit pains

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

The last few weeks in Jamaica the reports of babies being taken have been among the talking points on the road. Questions are being asked as to why someone would steal a baby, and whether there are other motives behind these incidents. Opinions range from whether there is a child-trafficking racket going on and babies are being stolen and sold to the highest bidder, and others think these happenings are just the misguided actions of women who are emotionally unstable. Whatever the…

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Hear a cry of desperation from our schools

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Commentary -

We are all rushing, so pause, take a deep breath and ponder some realities which should claim our compassion and action at the highest level. Here is one letter from a teacher who is laying foundations — socialising our kids in our supposedly well-funded schools:

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JUTC says former employee drives off in bus, causes accident

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) says it has launched an extensive investigation into an incident involving a former member of staff who drove a bus from one of its depots on Sunday, December 23, 2018. In a release yesterday, the JUTC said it has engaged retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Granville Gause to investigate the incident.

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Caribbean warned to brace for dengue outbreak

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is warning countries in the region to brace for a severe outbreak of the dengue virus.According to the agency, the current outbreak of dengue in Jamaica has raised the level of concern in other Caribbean islands. Local health authorities say up to January 3 there were 830 cases classified as suspected, presumed, or confirmed.

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OUR blasts utilities

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) said yesterday that the country’s major water and energy service providers are not meeting standards for notifying their customers of planned service disruptions, and has given them until January 25 to provide reasons for the failure.

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OAS commits US$500,000 for resilience of Caribbean SMTEs

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Organisation of American States (OAS) has committed a total of US$500,000 to build the resilience of Caribbean small and medium tourism enterprises (SMTEs) to disasters.The project, which is being executed over two years, is funded by the United States Department of State and managed by the OAS Secretariat for Integral Development.

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Assault rifle, pistol seized in St James

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

AN assault rifle was one of two firearms seized by the St James police during an operation in Rose Mount, St James on Wednesday, the constabulary’s Corporate Communication Unit (CCU) reported yesterday.Several assorted rounds of ammunition were also seized, said a CCU release.

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Minor earthquake felt in sections of Jamaica

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, says a minor earthquake was felt in sections of the island early yesterday.The unit said the 3.2 quake occurred at 5:20 am and was located in the community of Rock Hall in the eastern parish of St Andrew and had a depth of 16 kilometres.The tremor was also felt in sections of the central parish of St Catherine.There were no reports of damage or injuries.

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This Day in History — January 18

Observer on January 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Today is the 18th day of 2019. There are 347 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2007: A woman who disappeared in the jungles of north-eastern Cambodia is found 19 years later. The woman — identified as Rochom P’ngieng, 27 — does not speak any intelligible language, but is recognised by a village policeman who claims to be her father. OTHER EVENTS

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