High absenteeism worry CXC… Hairdresser held with cocaine… NWC earmarks $5b for major projects

O-Wrap: High absenteeism worry CXC… Hairdresser held with cocaine… NWC earmarks $5b for major projects

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE’s top 10 stories for today:

1. High rate of absenteeism worry CXC

The Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Tuesday said poor preparation during the January sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) is due to the continued high levels of absenteeism.

2. Three men murdered, two women injured in Westmoreland gun attack

The police have identified the victims of last night’s deadly gun attack in Williamsfield, Westmoreland.

3. Hairdresser held with cocaine at NMIA — police

A hairdresser has been arrested and charged in connection with a cocaine seizure at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

4. NWC to spend over $5 billion on major projects

President of the National Water Commission (NWC), Mark Barnett, says the agency will be spending more than $5 billion on major infrastructure development projects this year.

5. Cubans back new constitution affirming role of socialism

Cubans voted overwhelmingly in favour of constitutional reforms that cement the role of socialism in the island nation, the electoral commission said Monday.

6. Holness calls for closer regional unity in a changing global environment

Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andre Holness today underscored the need for closer unity among the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping particularly in an environment of instability and uncertainty.

7. US woman, daughter accused of murdering five relatives

A woman and her daughter have been charged in Pennsylvavia with murdering five members of their family, including three children, in what they claimed was a collective suicide pact.

8. Draft of ICT Authority Bill now complete, technology ministry

The Ministry of Science Energy and Technology today announced that the draft of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Authority Bill is now complete and headed to the Legislation Committee of Cabinet for approval.

9. Gayle has made ‘resounding case’ for World Cup pick — Pybus

Interim West Indies coach, Richard Pybus, believes veteran opener Chris Gayle has made a “resounding case” for his inclusion in the World Cup squad later this year.

10. LOVE-TV broadcasting WI vs England ODIs

Jamaicans at home can now watch the final games of the ODI series between the West Indies and England, as well as the T20 series, as special arrangements have been made with the terrestrial rights holders, Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), to have the games aired on LOVE-TV.

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