Work underway to improve sections of West End Road in Negril

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The National Works Agency (NWA) and Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) have partnered to effect improvements along sections of West End Road in Negril, Westmoreland, at a cost of $23 million.Community relations officer for the NWA’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, says the project involves the construction of sidewalks along critical sections of the road.

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No reduction of grades during review, CXC assures

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THE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that it will suspend the practice of reducing grades upon review of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results and will be clearing the backlog of requests for review that is now before it by this weekend.

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Hard hit by virus, airlines push for tests over quarantine

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — What will it take to get people flying again? International air traffic is down 92 per cent this year as travellers worry about catching the novel coronavirus, and government travel bans and quarantine rules make planning difficult. One thing airlines believe could help is to have rapid virus tests of all passengers before departure.

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Big loss

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

VICTIMS of the Manchester-based debit and credit card scam ring — which police investigators say was one of the biggest in the island — are not likely to receive any restitution from the accused for the “hefty sums” of which they were swindled.

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Men urged to check for signs of breast cancer

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

GENERAL surgeon at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, Dr Lincoln Cox, is urging men to check for breast cancer symptoms.He said that while the disease is rare in males, representing about one per cent of all cancer cases, it is important for men to remain aware and to report to their general practitioner any lumps on the breast or chest.

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Grave concern

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Respected funeral home operator Calvin Lyn has given the assurance that unmarked graves, in a section of Melrose Cemetery, which had been badly damaged — with coffins exposed in some cases — are being repaired.

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CXC says there are deficiencies in overall system

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has again defended the integrity of this year’s modified approach to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and attributed the discrepancies and issues raised by some candidates this year to deficiencies in the overall system and not the competence of the regional examinations body itself.

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COVID-positive electors banned from voting in Belize’s Nov 11 election

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BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — Prime Minister Dean Barrow says voters who have been required to be in self-isolation or have tested positive for the novel coronavirus ahead of the November 11 General Election will not be allowed to vote.

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Watkis family barely holding on at 83rd Lane

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

SQUEEZED in a section of 83rd Lane on Waltham Park Road in Kingston is a family in dire need.“I’ve been living here since 1980,” 54-year-old Fitzroy Watkis, family patriarch, told the Jamaica Observer during an interview last Friday.

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USF soon to assist students with online classes

Observer on October 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

CHIEF executive officer (CEO) for the Universal Service Fund (USF) Daniel Dawes says the entity will shortly be embarking on a programme to assist students experiencing challenges accessing the Internet to participate in online classes.

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