Caribbean leaders concerned about substance abuse among youth

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Increasing cases of substance abuse among young people is likely to be among matters discussed when Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders meet in Trinidad for their summit on crime.Caribbean Community (Caricom) chairman and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley pointed to the use of the recreational drug lean, also known as purple drank, among young people in Barbados.

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$25-m motorcycle simulation centre for Westmoreland

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

GRANGE HILL, Westmoreland — Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the Government is constructing a motorcycle simulation centre in Westmoreland at a cost of $25 million.

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Fire destroys Mandeville gas station

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — A massive fire engulfed Heaven’s Fesco gas station at the intersection of Manchester and Caledonia roads yesterday. The fire started shortly after 5:00 pm and more than 10 vehicles parked on the gas station’s premises were destroyed. Reports are that three people received injuries as a result of the incident, but the extent of their injuries was unclear.See full story online.

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272 cops promoted

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

TWO hundred and seventy-two police officers across the island were promoted yesterday.One hundred and forty-nine constables were promoted to corporal, while 123 corporals were promoted to sergeants.Jamaica Police Federation Chairman Patrae Rowe said he is pleased with the movements.

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Higher insurance premiums could send up mortgages

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE National Housing Trust (NHT) says it is unable to speculate at this time on the impact of an anticipated adjustment in property insurance premiums from reinsurers on rates to its mortgagors.

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The many misunderstandings of law enforcement

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Law enforcement is one of the areas in day-to-day life that is misunderstood by almost everyone.This is largely because actual exposure is limited to the few who are involved in it. But everybody believes they know it, despite never having worked in a job of that nature.I am going to select just a few examples of popular misunderstandings of this discipline by many, including the Jamaican public. For this article I will be wearing my self-defence…

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CARING FOR Dendrobium Orchids

Observer on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Lifestyle -

These are warm-growing dendrobiums which should perform well in household temperatures. Blooming season is spring through fall.LightThe dendrobium phalaenopsis do well in an east window receiving direct sunlight until 11:00 or 11:30 am and shade for the rest of the day. A south window is also suitable, but remember that the sun’s intensity increases dramatically from March 1 to the beginning of October. A sheer curtain should be used then…

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Some ideas to transform downtown Kingston

Gleaner on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Voice of the people -

THE EDITOR, Madam: Downtown Kingston, especially King Street and Harbour Street, was in the past almost First World in shopping, restaurants and hotels, but, over the years, it has fallen into decay despite efforts and ideas of resuscitation. In…

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Appoint an education minister

Gleaner on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Voice of the people -

THE EDITOR, Madam: I recall the days when the Ministry of Education was a super ministry to which only a top brass member could be assigned. Today, this ministry has been relegated to taking a place among the less-significant ones. We have seen the…

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Letter of the Day | PNP had nothing to apologise about

Gleaner on February 22nd, 2020 | File Under Voice of the people -

THE EDITOR, Madam. I have listened to, and watched carefully, news reports relating to what senior People’s National Party (PNP) leaders, especially Mr. Mark Golding, are alleged to have said at the Cedar Grove Academy in…

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