Mothering a child orphaned by violence — A teacher’s tale

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It happened two decades ago, but the Saturday Aunt Viv became mother to a total stranger orphaned by gun violence and ousted by her biological family, is enduringly fresh.

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Education ministry spurns JTA’s call for caning

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THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has shot down the proposal by Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid that caning be reintroduced in schools.

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World leaders brave new coronavirus for peace talks in Asia

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SEOUL, South Korea, — Despite the global panic around the novel coronavirus outbreak, some 7,000 former and current heads of state and government, legislators, entrepreneurs, academics, journalists, and religious leaders journeyed to the KINTEX Exhibition Center in South Korea from February 3-5 to contribute their expertise to bringing solutions to the conflict at every level of society.

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Community welfare needs sidelining MPs’ job

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Member of Parliament for St James West Central Marlene Malahoo Forte is arguing that elected representatives have not been able to focus on lawmaking, their primary responsibility, because they are busy filling social breaches arising from what she described as failing welfare agencies.

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‘Di man shot mi!’

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A toddler is clinging to life in the intensive care unit after gunmen yesterday acted on threats issued three weeks ago to “kill anything in sight” in her West Street community of downtown Kingston. One-year-old Mia Dailey was left with bullet wounds to her abdomen and spine, while 43-year-old Andon Robinson was shot dead.

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Samuda not stepping down

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Veteran Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament Karl Samuda has declared that he will be contesting the next general election, arguing that he is in good physical shape and has unfinished business in the St Andrew North Central constituency he has been representing for four decades.“I will be contesting the next [general] election, absolutely,” Samuda told the Jamaica Observer at the official opening of the constituency…

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Hope and gifts

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When the Logos Hope docks at Caribbean Cement Company in Kingston this Thursday it will be stocked with 5,000 book titles for sale at discounted prices.But more than that, the ship, described as the world’s largest floating book fair, will bring 400 international volunteers from 65 countries who have plans to engage in several social outreach programmes in various communities.

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Title of doctor hasn’t changed Romario Simpson one bit

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Dr Romario Simpson has proven wrong the cynics who thought that once the young man had achieved his goal of becoming a medical doctor, he would dispense with volunteerism, which he had to do for school projects and as a youth parliamentarian.

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Holness threatens law to nab parents of misbehaving kids

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LUCEA, Hanover — Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday warned parents of wayward children that, if necessary, the Government will introduce legislation to have them pay for their children’s bad behaviour.

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A jolt of laughter

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General Manager of Jewels Dunn’s River, Ann-Marie Goffe-Pryce is in stitches during a conversation with JPS President & CEO Emanuel DaRosa (right) and immediate past president of St Ann Chamber of Commerce Pixley Irons.

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