90-90-90 target still elusive

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

WHILE stakeholders at the national level are struggling to get 90 per cent of HIV-infected diagnosed Jamaicans on sustained anti-retroviral therapy, local NGO Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL) has already achieved the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) target.

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Jamaicans split on condom use despite HIV threat

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

The majority of Jamaicans polled by the Jamaica Observer ahead of World AIDS Day yesterday believe not enough is being done to curtail the spread of HIV, nationally or individually.Most respondents agreed that there was much more urgency surrounding condom use and the promotion of regular HIV testing in years gone by, as they argued that the push seems to have faded.

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BUYERS BEWARE

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Bottled water has gone from a convenience to a well-demanded alternative in Jamaica, with thousands of people choosing it over tap water.This has led to an explosion in the brands of bottled water on sale across the island, with a new brand seeming to hit the market almost every other week.

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Science serving justice

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Dr Judith Mowatt, head of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine, popularly called the Forensic Lab, has expressed confidence that it is ready for the increased demands for its services now that the police are relying more on technology to fight crime.

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$1 billion up in smoke

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

A preliminary estimate of the early morning blaze, which razed Atlantic Hardware on Ashenheim Road in Kingston on Saturday, leaving some 50 people out of work, has been put at $1 billion.Fire service investigators are to this morning begin sifting through the rubble to ascertain the cause of the fire which began sometime after 6 am on Saturday and raged for well over 16 hours.

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Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

St Catherine High alumnus, Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) consoles an overwhelmed goalkeeper Raheem Henry, following his team’s 3-2 win over Excelsior High in an entertaining ISSA/ Digicel Walker Cup final at the National Stadium on Friday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

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PM tours ‘Rasta City’ in West Kingston

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Saturday toured sections of Tivoli Gardens in West Kingston to assess the needs of residents, particularly those of the elderly and shut-ins.The tour also included site visits for possible housing solutions to be constructed in Rasta City, an area in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town.

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48 receive PM Youth Awards for Excellence

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

Almost 50 of the nation’s youth, who have made outstanding contributions in various areas of national life, were presented with the Prime Minister’s Youth Awards for Excellence during a ceremony held on the lawns of Jamaica House on Saturday.

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Integrity Commission to probe divestment of White Marl complex

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

The Integrity Commission has initiated an investigation into the process being used to divest the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ) White Marl Small Business Complex in St Catherine.This follows complaints about the process being used to offload the property to the Lasco Group.

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Hunt on for killers of popular Manchester businessman

Observer on December 2nd, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

MANDEVILLE , Manchester — The police in Manchester are on the search for the killers of a popular business man who was fatally shot in the parish Saturday morning.The businessman, 39-year-old Wayne Nash, a funeral home director, was fatally shot and his licensed firearm stolen by gunmen in the usually quiet community of Mile Gully in the parish’s north-east end.

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