Quality of material triggers rejection of road rehab projects

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The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee yesterday turned back three multimillion-dollar road rehabilitation projects for St Elizabeth South Eastern after Chair Juliet Holness and others raised strong objection to the quality of the proposed material for the works.

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An abused wife’s horror story

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

For most of her adult years she harboured the thought that the worst thing a man could do to a woman was cheat on her. But that changed when she found herself trapped in an abusive marriage and was eventually forced out of her marital home by her “charming” husband during the height of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Microsoft providing 500,000 software licences to J’can students

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Education Minister Fayval Williams yesterday announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide 500,000 of the company’s 365 education software licences to local students.Williams said the approximate annual value, assuming all 500,000 licences are downloaded, is US$15 million, or J$2.1 billion.

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Delay to local gov’t elections

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

The Jamaican electorate may have to wait close to 15 months for another opportunity vote, as the period within which the next local government elections can be held has been extended to February 2022.

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MIT student who won 2021 Rhodes Scholarship has J’can heritage

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Danielle Grey-Stewart, one of two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students selected for the 2021 cohort of the Rhodes Scholarship programme, has Jamaican heritage.Grey-Stewart is the daughter of Jamaican Roy Grey-Stewart, who migrated to the United States in 1982, and his wife Denise, an American.

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‘Not normal times’

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MAINTAINING that “these are not normal times” Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday proposed a different Christmas and New Year under COVID-19 restrictions, tightening curfew hours for the holidays and limiting gatherings, a move designed to control the spread of the virus throughout the Yuletide season.

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England to cut quarantine for travellers from abroad

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LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Travellers to England from abroad could face a shorter spell in quarantine from mid-December, the UK Government announced yesterday in a move welcomed by the battered aviation sector.From December 15, travellers arriving by air, ferry or train can end their quarantine if testing negative for COVID-19 at least five days after their arrival.

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Fewer children reported missing, says Williams

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

THERE has been a 37 per cent reduction in the number of reports of missing children, Minister of Education and Youth Fayval Williams has said.Between January and June, 545 children were reported missing when compared to the 868 reported missing over a similar period last year.Girls account for approximately 80 per cent of the number of reported missing children.

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The Notorious FCW

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

This character reference is in support of the Rhodes Scholarship application by Fitzroy Christopher Wickham. I often think of Fitzroy as “The Notorious FCW” who has already bequeathed legacies to A-QuEST, to York Castle, to Brown’s Town, to Wesleyan University and, even after just a few days, to the Obama White House.

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Street scenes - November 25

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Seeming to enjoy the scenery, a small group of people was spotted by Cane River in St Andrew earlier this week. Residents are seen on a currently debris-free Weise Road in Bull Bay, St Andrew, earlier this week, following clean-up activities.(Photos: Karl Mclarty)Spotted in downtown Kingston yesterday, this man exercise a feat of balance as he makes his way along Darling Street.(Photo: Garfield Robinson) 

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