Titchfield students grieve loss of schoolmate

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

PORT ANTONIO, Portland — Grief hung heavy in the air at Titchfield High School yesterday morning as students and teachers mourned the death of 13-year-old second form student Pranjal Jasti Kumar.The teen was the only fatality when a minibus, overcrowded with students from his school and Port Antonio High, plunged into a ravine after failing to negotiate a corner at Black Hill on the northern coastal highway Monday afternoon.

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Call made for more cops in Junction after $-m robbery

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

JUNCTION, St Elizabeth – Cetany Holness, councillor for the Junction Division (JLP) in St Elizabeth South Eastern, is calling on the authorities to immediately deploy additional police here, following a barefaced robbery at a leading supermarket by several armed men Sunday night.Millions of dollars were allegedly taken from the supermarket owner and cashiers, while shoppers were robbed of cash and valuables.

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Gang member accuses leader of trying to frame him

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

An alleged member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, who, the trial heard, had turned in a Beretta shotgun to the police, reportedly told the cops that the accused gang leader had tried to frame him for the said firearm.The trial previously heard that Wilson, who is said to be the leader of the gang, had taken police personnel to visit alleged gang member Odeen “Brinks” Smith in Clarendon in November 2017.

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Tears for Pranjal

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Sasha Daniels (left), form teacher of 13-year-old Grade 8 student Pranjal Jasti Kumar, is comforted by Patricia Salmon, senior guidance counsellor at the Ministry of Education’s Region Two yesterday morning at Titchfield High School in Port Antonio. The school’s guidance counsellor, Sharon Bennett, looks on. Pranjal was the only fatality when a minibus, overcrowded with students from his school and Port Antonio High, plunged into a ravine after failing to negotiate a corner at Black Hill on…

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Demand for chemo in poorer countries to spike by 75 per cent

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

WITH the number of people diagnosed with cancer expected to balloon in coming years, one of the nation’s leading surgeons and university professors is urging his colleagues and the Government to address current barriers to cancer care delivery.

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Four eye PNP leadership in Kingston Central

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

AT least four people have indicated an intention to enter the race to replace Ronald Thwaites as the People’s National Party (PNP) standard bearer in Kingston Central when delegates vote on Saturday, June 22.The PNP’s Executive Committee yesterday gave individuals interested in the seat until Friday to formally announce their interest to the party’s general secretary. A draft voters’ list is to be presented to the candidates next Monday.

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Fuel price drop causes $269.5-m loss at Petrojam

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE State-owned oil refinery Petrojam suffered estimated losses of $269.5 million as a result of the $2.00 per litre it gave up in fuel prices on the local market between November 2016 and January 2017, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told yesterday.According to a submission by the oil refinery, the net results of the reduction during the week of November 24 - 30 alone caused the company to give up an estimated $42.5 million in revenue.

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Graduation grief

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

A decision by Holy Childhood High School in St Andrew to bar students averaging below 60 from graduating has not gone well with at least one parent, whose daughter was reduced to tears after receiving the news.The school’s graduation is scheduled for June 30.An attempt to speak with the principal or senior staff at the school was not successful yesterday.

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UWI labour forum to discuss role of IDT today

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Industrial Relations Tribunal’s (IDT) role in the local industrial relations environment has been under scrutiny in recent months, and the Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute (HSLSI), UWI Open Campus at Mona wants it to be a part of this week’s Worker’s Week agenda.

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Expert says new laws stifling legal ganja industry

Observer on May 22nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

GANJA growers and producers say regulations to the updated Dangerous Drugs Act (2015) are too stringent and pose a major impediment to those who represent the backbone of the industry, and, by extension, its development.

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