Man shoots two fellow construction workers

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MONTEGO BAY, St James – The police are seeking a construction worker who yesterday shot and injured two of his colleagues at the work site of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) where rehabilitation is under way.The hospital is situated in Mount Salem, a zone of special operations (ZOSO) for the security forces since September 1, 2017.

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Gov’t to make NIDS Bill changes

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness last night assured the House of Representatives that his Government will move speedily to digitalise the society, despite the setback from the Constitutional Court’s rejection of the National Identification and Registration Act, which was to allow the introduction of a National Identification System (NIDS) in Jamaica.

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Wellness now a major focus of health ministry

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The Government is expanding its focus on the physical well-being of Jamaicans as a major plank of what Dr Christopher Tufton said is the Administration’s vision and strategic and operational direction for public health.As such, Tufton, the health minister, yesterday announced that his ministry has been renamed the Ministry of Health and Wellness as “there is the need to address the whole person, through a greater emphasis on wellness”.

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EU Delegation in Jamaica celebrates Europe Day

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THE European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica will observe Europe Day tomorrow to celebrate the achievements of the union.The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’ on May 9, 1950, when then French foreign minister, Robert Schuman, delivered a speech in Paris, where he set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe.

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Witness fails to ID accused robber in gang trial

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 A St Ann woman who testified yesterday in the Uchence Wilson gang trial that she had seen the face of one of three robbers, who in April 2017 kicked in her door and tied her up along with her husband and three sons, failed to identify the perpetrator in court.

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Four get Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Scholarship

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Jamaica Observer Managing Director Julian Rogers (left) and Table Talk Food Awards conceptualiser Novia McDondald-Whyte (right) celebrate yesterday with the 2019 Table Talk Food Awards scholarship awardees (from second left) Venice McFarquhar, Ilsaya Kerr, Kaleisha Thompson, and Johansen Gordon, who are all University of Technology, Jamaica students. A feature of the scholarship programme is automatic placement as part of the work team for the annual awards at Devon House, scheduled for May…

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JPS strike forces early closure for special needs school

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A school for special needs children in Kingston was among those forced to close early yesterday due a lack of electricity and a related lack of water arising from the labour strike by some Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) employees.The principal of the school, the name of which the Jamaica Observer is withholding to protect the identity of the children, said she did not see it fit to keep school open given the challenges.

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Honesty Pays

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Ackaisha Green, the 24-year-old mother who was ridiculed by her mother for turning over to the police a bag of cash she found in an ATM two weeks ago, is now the recipient of a flood of kindness from Jamaicans here and abroad.Yesterday, her hope of pursuing a housekeeping course at HEART Trust/NTA became a reality as the agency not only had her fill out an assessment paper but named her its first ambassador.

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Read Across Jamaica scenes

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Members of government, representatives from corporate Jamaica, parents and Jamaicans of all walks of life participated yesterday in Read Across Jamaica Day in early childhood and primary schools across the island. The annual observance, which began in 2005 as an initiative of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in partnership with the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), seeks to foster students’ interest in reading by encouraging members of the society to read to a…

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PM calls for decisive action against child abusers

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness, in launching Labour Day 2019 celebrations yesterday, called on Jamaicans to act decisively against all criminals, especially those who prey on children.

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