‘30 years later, I still love what I do’

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FOR the better part of 30 years, housekeeping coordinator at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort, Jennifer Robinson has been doing what she loves.Having started her journey with the resort in 1989 as a room attendant at the then Sandals Dunn’s River, Robinson now assists in providing on-resort day-to-day training to new housekeeping team members from across the group.

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Dr Donovan Stanberry new UWI Mona registrar

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The University of the West Indies (the UWI) recently announced new senior appointments across the university, including that of new campus registrar for the Mona campus, Dr Donovan Stanberry.

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Dengue in Caribbean a ‘complex situation’ — PAHO

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WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning of what it describes as “the complex situation” of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean.It says the region is currently experiencing “a new epidemic cycle of the disease” after two years of low incidence.

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162,000 PATH-registered children get grants

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A total of 162,654 children who are registered with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will benefit from the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s back-to-school grant programme.The ministry will be disbursing $569.289 million to several PATH families, with each student set to receive $3,500 during the month of August.

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OUR tells JPS no

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The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) said it has rejected a tariff review application from the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), citing material deficiencies including the absence of critical information and supporting documentation.A news release from the regulator said it had informed JPS of the decision in a letter yesterday.

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All set for smooth start to school year, says McLean

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Acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dr Grace McLean says that all is in place to ensure a seamless start to the 2019/2020 academic year.She noted that funds have been disbursed for the renovation of several institutions and the acquisition of furniture and other equipment in advance of the opening of schools on September 2.

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PHOTO: Late-night crash

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The driver of this motor car, which is a public passenger-licenced vehicle, slammed into a utility pole on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew late Thursday night. The Jamaica Observer was unable to ascertain whether anyone was injured in the crash. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

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Children can be formally employed at age 15

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THE minimum age at which a child can be admitted into formal employment is 15 years if he or she has completed secondary education, says Sasha Deer-Gordon, director, child labour, Ministry of Labour and Social Security.In an interview with JIS News, she explains that the line of work must not be hazardous and it must also allow time for leisure, which is very important for children’s development.

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Amnesty International pleased cops charged after six-year probe

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THE London-based human rights group, Amnesty International yesterday welcomed the announcement that charges have been laid against six members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) following a six-and-a-half-year probe into the shooting death of Matthew Lee.

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Help from Seprod Foundation

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THE Seprod Foundation has come to the aid of children dislocated by last week Friday’s fire at the Jamaica National Children’s Home in Papine, St Andrew.The fire affected approximately 50 youngsters, and left behind damage estimated at $300 million, according to the Jamaica Fire Brigade.

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