10,000 tourism workers certified during pandemic — Bartlett

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is pleased that approximately 10,000 tourism workers are now certified through the free online programmes launched earlier in April. The online programmes which were spearheaded by the Jamaica Centre of Tourism offered several tourism-related courses, and were geared towards hospitality workers who were laid off or furloughed as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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St Ann ‘Pudding Man’ a true tourism ambassador

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

For many Jamaicans, the name Edgar Wallace hardly rings a bell. However, just say the name ‘Pudding Man’ from Jus Cool Restaurant, Priory, St Ann, and instantly there is a guaranteed buzz.Wallace, who was a special guest at last year’s prime minister’s media appreciation party at Jamaica House, is actually no stranger to fame.

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Former BGLC head says no deadline can be set for due diligence

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FORMER executive director of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) Andral “Jack” Shirley says that no one can accurately predict how soon a due diligence exercise being conducted by external agencies to determine the suitability of a service provider will be completed.

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Water continuing to rise around New Market

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

NEW MARKET, St Elizabeth — When the Jamaica Observer visited on November 10, popular local, Denvan Hanson, was largely dismissive of the threat to New Market by rising waters.There would have to be very intense rain in the hills for the small town, just inside St Elizabeth’s north-western border with Westmoreland, to be flooded, Hanson said back then, when asked about water rushing down from a usually dry water course called Hog Hole.

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Role for medical professionals in reducing scepticism about vaccines

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

A regional academic says it is up to health care professionals to reduce public scepticism surrounding the effectiveness of vaccines developed for COVID-19.Pro Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and chair of the COVID-19 Task Force Professor Clive Landis made the point as competition among pharmaceutical companies to develop a COVID-19 shot has increased.

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SO FAR, SO GOOD

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

It was a case of so far, so good yesterday, as Mickele Allen’s long journey back to normal life picked up pace following the start of a surgical procedure in New York, USA.

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GORDON TOWN ROAD DANGER

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Despite the closure of a section of the Papine to Gordon Town main road by the National Works Agency, (NWA) motorists continue to ignore the order. Here, a helmet-less biker makes his way towards Gordon Town on Friday, in abject defiance of the NWA’s stipulation.Heavy rains in recent weeks have caused major destruction across Jamaica, with this area of St Andrew East Rural, with its road breakaway, being among the worst affected.

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Sunday Brew - November 22

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Deciding key PNP postsIt should have surprised no one that People’s National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding has publicly endorsed Dr Dayton Campbell to become the organisation’s next general secretary, and Dr Angela Brown Burke for the post of chairman.

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More youth urged to become scouts

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Professor Elizabeth Ward, chair of the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), is suggesting that the Scouts movement which moulds the characters of boys and girls into responsible men and women should be utilised more.Professor Ward made the observation while addressing the National Leaders Conference of the Scout Association of Jamaica, recently.

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COVID-19 vaccine scepticism

Observer on November 22nd, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Lack of information, a general distrust of vaccines and wide use of traditional medicine emerged as the predominant sentiments among Jamaicans questioned by the Jamaica Observer in a random survey on the streets of the capital city last week after two pharmaceutical companies announced the development of vaccines that, they said, have demonstrated efficacy against COVID-19.

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