Economic expansion continues despite shocks, says Clarke

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday said that the modest expansion of the Jamaican economy in the third quarter of 2019, despite external shocks, is a demonstration of the economy’s improving resilience.“STATIN (Statistical Institute of Jamaica) reported earlier this week that the Jamaican economy grew in the June– September quarter of 2019 by 0.6 per cent over the June– September quarter of 2018.

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Few weeks of leniency for styrofoam end users, says Gov’t source

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

GOVERNMENT sources have indicated that there will be some level of leniency for end users of styrofoam containers in the food and beverage industry, such as restaurants and other types of eateries.

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Several elderly, homeless St Ann residents receive meals and care packages

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

APPROXIMATELY 450 homeless and elderly people across St Ann were treated to meals and offered care packages on New Year’s Day by veteran correctional officer Donovan Small.Small and his team of volunteers journeyed to more than 10 communities, including St Ann’s Bay, Bamboo, Brown’s Town and Philadelphia, distributing food and offering words of encouragement to the less fortunate.

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Senator proposes impact assessment study on plastics ban

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GOVERNMENT Senator Matthew Samuda is proposing that an environmental impact assessment study be undertaken to ascertain the effectiveness of the ban on certain categories of single-use plastics.

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Speak up and seek help

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ONE of the country’s senior health officials is urging Jamaicans silently suffering from depression and mental health disorders to break that silence and seek help.

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JLP denies misconduct in St Andrew Western internal election

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THE Jamaica Labour party (JLP) has rejected reports that all was not well in its recent selection of a chairperson/caretaker for the St Andrew Western constituency.The JLP’s former chairman for the constituency Trevor Webb recently told the Jamaica Observer that there was disregard for due process in the selection of the standard-bearer for the party to contest the seat in the next general election.

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Escaped Nissan exec hiding in Lebanon

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BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol issued a wanted notice here yesterday for former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges, in an escape that has baffled and embarrassed authorities.

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STALLED!

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

With enforcement of the new Road Traffic Act being stalled because the regulations are not ready a year of the law was passed, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is now expressing concern that implementation of the rules rests on the passage of yet another piece of legislation — the amended Transport Authority Act. And, it appears that this Bill is some time away from making it through Parliament as well.

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Please, provide shelter for your loved ones

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NOTWITHSTANDING the challenges with which families are faced, Mayor of Kingston Senator Delroy Williams is appealing to Jamaicans to keep their relatives at home instead of ejecting them to live on the streets.

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India deploys dummy cops to deter traffic offenders

Observer on January 3rd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

BANGALORE, India (AFP) — Dummy police are the newest recruits to law enforcement in India’s southern city of Bangalore, where authorities have adopted an unusual tactic to fight traffic offenders.Mannequins dressed up as traffic officers, complete with hats, white shirts and fluorescent vests with police insignia, are being placed at major intersections in the hope they will prompt drivers to observe the rules.

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