‘Box food’ prices to jump

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MANY small business owners in the food service industry are on tenterhooks as the new year dawns, wondering how they will be able to afford alternatives to expanded polystyrene food boxes and cups without hiking the price of their meals.

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‘Mi nuh inna fridge stretch out stiff’

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

WHILE scores of Jamaicans were partying their way into the new year on Tuesday night, hundreds flocked different churches across the Corporate Area for services flavoured with an unmistakable theme of thanksgiving.

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Home for a night

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

SEVENTY-EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Louise Green ushered in the new year at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). However, she was neither a patient nor a visitor.Instead, the 243-year-old hospital served as her home for the night, as she slept in the area where individuals needing medical attention wait to be seen by doctors.The St Elizabeth native, who said she has been living on the streets since October 2019, said two of the island’s major hospitals have become her…

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Education ministry says CMU graduates’ certificates ready

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on Monday advised that it will be making contact with graduates from Caribbean Maritime University, who last month raised concerns about not being awarded their associate degrees, “to ensure that they all have their associate degrees in hand”.Permanent secretary in the ministry, Dr Grace McLean informed the Jamaica Observer that the certificates are available for the first cohort of the two-year…

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Police pickle

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Police Officers Association (POA) has come out swinging after claims by Police Federation chairman, Detective Sergeant Patrae Rowe, that some of its members are not supporting the vision of the police commissioner and are negatively impacting the work of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).In a submission to a local media entity, Rowe, who heads the body which represents constables and sub-officers of the JCF, charged that a lot of senior managers have not…

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Slain Manchester woman a good daughter, sister, friend

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Alton Whyte, father of 24-year-old Shantel Whyte, who was murdered on New Year’s Eve, says he probably wouldn’t be in Jamaica “alive and walking around” had it not been for his daughter.

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PHOTO: New dawn

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The first sunrise for the year 2020 is captured yesterday from the Causeway Bridge in St Catherine. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Machete-carrying vendor hospitalised under police guard

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A man is now in hospital under police guard after being shot by a licensed firearm holder in downtown Kingston yesterday, shortly after New Year’s Eve celebrations in the area.The man, who the police say is a vendor, was seen with a machete and holding on to a little girl on Ocean Boulevard about 1:00 am.

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PHOTO: Hello, baby Alissa

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Alissa Thomas, who was born at Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine at 2:02 am yesterday, holds the adoring stares of her mother Tashoy Johnson (right) and Tashana Davis, a representative of Kirk-Fp Limited, after her mother was presented with a token for giving birth to the first baby at the institution for 2020.

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PNP wants 60 per cent hike in minimum wage

Observer on January 2nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

LEADER of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has given notice of his party’s intention to seek an almost 60 per cent increase in the national minimum wage, which is expected later this month.In his annual new year’s message, Dr Phillips said the present national minimum wage of $7,000 for a 40-hour week was inadequate, and a major contributor to a 30 per cent growth in urban poverty.

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