Owner of ill-fated garbage truck reports to police

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DEPUTY Superintendent of Police Oniel Thompson, the officer in charge of operations for the Kingston East Police Division, says the owner of the garbage truck which killed seven-year-old Benjamin Bair has reported to the police.However, he was not the one operating the vehicle which crashed on the Clan Carthy Primary School compound Monday evening before overturning on Benjamin.The young boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

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JTA concerned about tragic death of teachers, students

Observer on October 31st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has expressed concern about the tragic death of five teachers and six students since the reopening of schools in September.The JTA’s concerns were experssed at a ‘vigil of reflection and remembrance’ at its head offices in downtown Kingston, yesterday.

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Students’ council recommends community service for late students

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THE National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) yesterday scolded the administrators of at least two of the country’s secondary institutions which have denied tardy students access to school compounds in a bid to curtail the issue.In at least two videos being circulated on social media, students are seen standing outside of the gates to Camperdown High School in Kingston and Spanish Town High School in St Catherine.

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No secret to what we are doing on-board USNS Comfort — US Embassy

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THE Jamaican Government and the United States of America Embassy in Kingston are refuting claims on social media that the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is in the island to cause harm to Jamaicans.

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PIOJ: Opportunities exist to capitalise on ageing population

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THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has underscored the need for continuous dialogue on the implications of the ageing population and how to capitalise on opportunities that this group offers to the economy and society.

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Jamaica Fire Brigade focuses on ‘fixing mindsets’

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Assistant commissioner of the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) Area 4, Floyd McLean, says the agency is focused on “fixing mindsets” in order to prevent fires.This is in keeping with the theme for Fire and Life Safety Awareness Week 2019, which is being observed from October 27 to November 2, under the theme ‘Mek Wi Fix it: Community First.’

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Dengue infections fuel demand for blood

Observer on October 31st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

AMID increased demand for blood products over recent months, driven, in part, by dengue infections, the Ministry of Health and Wellness is appealing to Jamaicans to donate blood.

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Study finds fast-food calorie info only cuts intake temporarily

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PARIS, France (AFP) — Labelling fast-food menu items with calorie counts only leads to a slight, short-term decrease in average calories purchased in the United States, a study published yesterday found.And after a year, that effect is mostly diminished.

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Richard Byles, Kevin Hendrickson to receive 2019 AMCHAM awards

Observer on October 31st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

BANK of Jamaica Governor Richard Byles and entrepreneur Kevin Hendrickson will be the two awardees at the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica (AMCHAM) Awards Business and Civic Leadership Gala on November 12.

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Enough is enough!

Observer on October 31st, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

ACADEMIC staff at the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica who have been on strike since last Friday, are refusing to be pacified, adamant they will not resume teaching until the Government makes good on its promise to pay retroactive sums due this month based on a 2015/17 heads of agreementAt the same time, they have rejected claims by the Administration that it does not have the funds to make the anticipated payout.

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