Food demand doubles

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THE number of Jamaicans requesting assistance with food from Food For the Poor Jamaica (FFP) since the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic has doubled.As at September, up to 65,000 care packages of food items and hygiene products have been distributed to the nation’s poor, with approximately 300,000 households receiving direct, pandemic-related support, according to FFP’s Finance Director Kivette Silvera.

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Stakeholders say COVID-19 hampering cancer fight

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“Like being in a sailboat in the middle of the ocean with no wind”, is how Carolind Graham describes the challenges facing many Jamaicans now fighting cancer in the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

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More people need houses due to COVID-19, says FFP

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MORE Jamaicans are seeking assistance with housing from Food For the Poor (FFP), Jamaica since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The entity, which currently builds approximately 30 houses per month for the nation’s poor, is reporting that more of their applicants are claiming evictions due to job losses as their reason for wanting housing assistance.

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PATH muddle

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ONE St Catherine family is puzzled by what they say is their 15-year-old’s removal from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), though the local office for the social protection programme is insisting that the teen has been receiving benefits.

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Tufton admits more collab needed between cops, health ministry

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MinistER of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton says the Mental Health Unit in his ministry is being urged to increase collaboration with the police on their interactions with mentally ill individuals who come in contact with the law.

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Elderly woman on edge

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MONICA Brown is on edge as heavy rains associated with the hurricane season threaten to erode the foundation of her house in Rose Town, St Andrew, where residents complain of frequent flooding from a nearby gully.

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‘Disturbing’

Observer on October 12th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A ruling by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) that no criminal charges be laid against Jodian Fearon’s obstetrician or any of the personnel at the major health facilities in the Corporate Area that reportedly denied her access to care has not gone down well with her mother Portia Haughton, who has labelled the ODPP’s decision as “questionable” and the investigation as a “cover-up”.

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High praises for poet laureate

Observer on October 12th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MINISTER of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange has lauded the exceptional work of Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 2017-2020, Lorna Goodison for her contribution to culture and education.

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Senator warns of mental health issues during pandemic

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GOVERNMENT Senator Dr Sapphire Longmore says she is concerned about the mental state of Jamaican teenagers and young adults amid the current COVID-19 pandemic.Senator Longmore, a psychiatrist and breast cancer survivor, took the opportunity during the motion for the adjournment last Friday to raise the issue, noting that the country was celebrating both Mental Health Week and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Sandals encourages travel advisors to ‘Learn, Book, Earn’

Observer on October 12th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A number of travel advisors are currently in the island at Sandals and Beaches resorts as part of the company’s new incentive programme dubbed “Learn, Book, Earn”.Since the start of October, travel advisors across the United States and Canada have been encouraged by the resort chain to visit its resorts to experience the product, and in particular, the Sandals Platinum Protocols of Cleanliness.

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