Soldiers’ story solid

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

CLAIMS by members of the security forces that they were engaged in a shoot-out with gunmen when a 44-year-old disabled woman was fatally shot in August Town, St Andrew, in May, have been given some credibility by the watchdog agency probing the incident — the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM).

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Tablet worries for 700 on PATH

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ALMOST half the student population at Enid Bennett High School in Bog Walk, St Catherine, are on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), raising major concerns that they could be further challenged due to mandatory homeschooling brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Plans in place to reopen hospital’s operating theatre closed for 30 years

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

LUCEA, Hanover — Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says plans are in place to undertake improvement work on the Noel Holmes Hospital in Hanover that will result in the reopening of the operating theatre, which has been closed for about 30 years.

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BPO reopens after COVID-19 scare

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — A day after public health officials ordered the closure of Teleperformance call centre it reopened its doors, a move lauded by Minister of Health Christopher Tufton during a tour of the facility where 18 workers have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Mercy, please!

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is urging members of the security forces to rethink their approach to dealing with individuals who are mentally ill.Head of INDECOM Hugh Faulkner yesterday noted that, for the first nine months of this year, 15 mentally ill people were shot by members of the security forces during reported confrontations.

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Uchence Wilson’s lucky streak ends

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE supposed leader of the St Catherine-based Uchence Wilson Gang, in an ironic twist, yesterday found himself hedged in by his own testimony and the evidence of a former crony and a senior police investigator leading to him being found guilty on several counts by Chief Justice Bryan Sykes.

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NSWMA head urges better garbage disposal

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

WITH the number of COVID-19 cases continuing to rise rapidly in Jamaica, executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Audley Gordon is urging Jamaicans to be more careful in how they dispose of their garbage.

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Videographer wins ‘COVID Ah Kip’ social media competition

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ASHAGAYE Mullings has taken the top spot in the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ ‘COVID Ah Kip’ social media competition.The competition, which was open to Jamaicans 18 to 35, was organised as part of a community engagement initiative aimed at reinforcing the infection prevention and control measures to stop the spread of the virus.

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This Day in History — October 9

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Today is the 283rd day of 2020. There are 83 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1991: The US Food and Drug Administration conditionally approves the sale of DDI, the second drug used for routine AIDS treatment. It was approved for use by patients who failed to respond to AZT, the only other drug currently approved. OTHER EVENTS

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Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?

Observer on October 9th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

YOU have some immunity, but how much and for how long are big unanswered questions.There’s evidence that reinfection is unlikely for at least three months, even for people who had a mild case of COVID-19. That’s how long New York City researchers found stable levels of protective antibodies in a study of nearly 20,000 patients of Mount Sinai Health System.

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