Face-to-face classes less risky for children under 12 — PAHO

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THERE is emerging evidence that face-to-face classes during the novel coronavirus pandemic may not be as risky as feared, at least not for children under 12.

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Auditor general raps 12 State bodies over CDF • No reports for $204m in projects • No specific case of fraud

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SEVEN municipal corporations and five government agencies tasked with implementing projects under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) have been called out in an auditor general’s compliance audit report on how the fund has been used over the past five years.

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Another PNP contest expected at month-end meeting of NEC

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STILL struggling to provide a united front to the Jamaican electorate, the People’s National Party, which just concluded a decisive leadership race, is set to face more internal elections as indications are that there will be contests for the posts of chairman and general secretary when the National Executive Council (NEC) meets at month-end.

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Retirement looms for ‘village ram’

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The celebrated “village ram” could soon be out of business if Jamaicans buy into a just introduced technology.The village ram has been long revered by farmers who pay for his services to impregnate their does, but Newport Mills Limited, manufacturers of Nutramix animal feeds, is trying to improve Jamaica’s small ruminant industry through the importation of new genetic bloodlines by means of goat semen and embryos.

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Williams welcomes start of ‘Own Your Own Device’ project

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Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams on Tuesday welcomed the start of the Own Your Own Device (OYOD) project, which is aimed at providing 36,000 needy students, outside of the Government’s welfare system, with access to the devices for classes.

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‘Disheartening’

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A number of interest groups have found it unsettling that an obviously battered woman was turned away from a police station that houses a Domestic Violence Mediation Unit, resulting in a call for these units to be unveiled and their locations widely publicised.Law enforcers are also being urged to focus on ensuring that abusers are booked for the crimes committed, instead of encouraging victims to return home and work things out with their partners.

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‘Good news!’

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ALTHOUGH the fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic is more austere than that fuelled by the 2008 global economic recession, head of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Dr Wayne Henry is projecting that Jamaica is, at this time, poised to bounce back faster than it did then.

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Free health clinic for Sandals team members

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Team members at Sandals Montego Bay received free medical services on Monday at a health clinic staged by the resort in association with Tourism Product Development Company Limited, Hospiten, Progressive Eye Care and Sagicor.Services offered included HIV, blood pressure, blood sugar and eye testing, along with information on life and health insurance.

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UK hosts inaugural Regional Defence Conference

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United Kingdom (UK) chief of defence staff, General Sir Nick Carter, on Tuesday hosted a successful inaugural defence conference with his fellow chiefs of defence from across the Caribbean.

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Five Jamaicans awarded US Fulbright scholarships for doctoral studies

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

TWO educators; an analytical chemist; a renewable energy consultant; and a clinical psychologist — these are the five Jamaicans who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for doctoral study in the US for the 2020 academic year.

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