Teacher, student clash a reflection of society’s ills, says Thwaites

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ROSE HALL, St James — Opposition spokesman on education Ronald Thwaites says the much-publicised incident at Pembroke Hall High School, which escalated into a teacher threatening a student, is not only a reflection of the ailments of the education system but the society at large. There have been immense public reactions to the incident, after a video that showed the teacher threatening to harm a child went viral.

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Move to sell terminal raises questions in shipping circles

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News that French container shipping giant CMA CGM is planning to raise more than US$2 billion through vessel sale-and-lease-back deals and by selling port assets, including in Jamaica, has raised questions in shipping circles as to which company did the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) reach a concession agreement to develop and operate Kingston Container Terminal Ltd four years ago.

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Cops might be called on to protect vector workers

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HEALTH and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has indicated that, if necessary, the police could be engaged to support vector control workers in the fight to stem the spread of dengue, which has so far resulted in 63 deaths.Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Dr Tufton highlighted the latest incident in which vector workers deployed by his ministry were attacked in Trench Town, St Andrew. One worker was injured.

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Transgender group harnesses visibility, wants acceptance for all

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The final in a four-part feature written by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) Jamaica team ahead of World AIDS Day — December 1 — this is a precursor to the Jamaica Observer ’s special series exploring the virus, 36 years after it was discovered. Check out the extensive coverage in your Sunday Observer on World AIDS Day. 

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Ban on imported romaine lettuce still in place, says ministry

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THE Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspection Branch of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, and Fisheries is reminding consumers and traders that the ban on imported romaine lettuce, which was imposed in November 2018 is still in effect and has not been lifted.“No romaine lettuce is, therefore, currently being imported into the island. Other varieties and locally grown lettuce are safe to consume,” the ministry said.

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Additional factory space coming for small businesses

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says Government is in the process of creating additional factory space that will greatly benefit small businesses.“The space will be far more economical and far more modern than what they have now, and will fit into an economy that supports small businesses,” he said.

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Empathy for Pembroke Hall teacher

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Teachers working at high schools in the Corporate Area and St Catherine believe that their colleague at Pembroke Hall High School who was recorded on video issuing a violent threat to a male student in her class should not be fired.The teachers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that hopefully some good will come from the situation and the relevant authorities will examine the real cause that led the teacher to the unpleasant moment.

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‘Get me out of the classroom’

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With the controversy still raging about the apparent meltdown by a teacher at Pembroke Hall High School in St Andrew, a teacher at another high school in the Corporate Area has appealed to the Jamaica Observer to help her find a job, any job, to get her out of the classroom before she suffers a similar fate.

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Grocery-carrying robots are here

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BOSTON, USA (AP) — The first cargo-carrying robot marketed directly to consumers is on sale this holiday season. But how many people are ready to ditch their second car to buy a two-wheeled rover that can follow them around like a dog?

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Hopes fade for any more survivors in Albania quake; 42 dead

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DURRES, Albania (AP) — Hopes were fading yesterday of finding anyone else alive beneath the rubble of collapsed buildings in Albania, two days after a deadly quake struck the country’s Adriatic coast, killing at least 42 people and injuring more than 750.

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