Observer Photo Editor Bryan Cummings passes

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Jamaica Observer Photo Editor Bryan Cummings lost a long battle with cancer last night. He was 56.Cummings, who joined the Observer in December 1994, was known mostly for his coverage of sports, particularly track and field, and provided coverage of many Olympic Games and World Championships over many years for the newspaper.

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Catherine’s Peak/Melbourne Cricket Club 5K Run/Walk tomorrow

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The sixth staging of the Catherine’s Peak/Melbourne Cricket Club 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for tomorrow.

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UNAIDS says women, girls still vulnerable to HIV due to gender inequality

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UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — UNAIDS, the United Nations agency working to end the AIDS epidemic, says gender discrimination and violence, as well as “huge” gaps in education, are among the factors why women and girls remain vulnerable to HIV.

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International observers want resumption of tabulation of votes in Guyana

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Guyana (CMC) – International observer teams yesterday called for the resumption of the tabulations of results in Region Four as Guyana remains in limbo as to the official outcome of Monday’s regional and general elections.The international observer missions from the Commonwealth, the Organization of American States (OAS), the European Union, and The Carter Center, in a joint statement, said that “the tabulation of results for the election in Region 4…

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Use more mesh screens to reduce virus spread, health experts urge

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — As health officials intensify their vector control campaign across the island, chief health inspector at the Westmoreland Health Department Steve Morris is endorsing the use of insect screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and other buildings.“One of things that we have to realise is that although we have been using a lot of insecticides, nowadays people are more sensitive to things. And even chlorine in their…

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‘Corona-style’ greeting

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Taxi operator Paul Grey (left) greets Transport Minister Robert Montaque at the Transport Authority’s health fair at the Ocho Rios Transport Centre in St Ann, yesterday.While they may be greeting each other with elbows in jest, it may well be the way people have to start greeting others with the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus. No case has as yet been reported in Jamaica.(Photo: Garfield Robinson)

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Ricketts focused on the process, not a single game

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Samuel Ricketts emerged from the hardcourts of National Indoor Sports Centre minutes after 10:00 pm a victor over recent nemesis Kari Gunnarsson.With the victory came the chance to play in the quarter-final round of the men’s singles at the sixth Jamaica International Badminton Open Tournament, which began on Thursday and will run tomorrow.

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Prosecutor says woman accused in death of Italian ‘cool and deadly’

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PROSECUTOR Kathy-Ann Pyke in a hard-hitting, no holds barred address to a Supreme Court jury yesterday maintained that Latoya Wilks, the former line cook charged with the 2012 murder of forty-year-old Italian chef Paolo Avigliano in the kitchen of the Caffé Da Vinci at the Market Place in St Andrew, had not acted in self-defence but had been “cool and deadly” when she plunged a 10-inch blade into his neck that night.

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COVID-19 scare pushes increase in sale of disinfecting products

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THE distributor of Lysol has decided to increase supplies of the product to its customers, as Jamaicans prepare themselves in case the novel coronavirus reaches the island.Ann Sawyers, assistant manager at Shoppers Fair Supermarket in Eltham Park, St Catherine, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that the distributor reached out to inform the establishment that it would be getting additional Lysol disinfecting products.

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UWI looks to IPO

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BY midyear, The University of the West Indies (UWI) should have a plan mapped out for an independent financing model, as it struggles to make up the gap left by lagging revenues and Government’s policy shift on financing, which was implemented in 2008.It said that by next month a paper on the way forward will be ready for submission to the University Council. “So hopefully, by the middle of this year, we ought to be able to have a conversation with the…

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