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Trump to insist on border wall funds as budget deadline looms

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Donald Trump pressed for the funding of a Mexico border wall Sunday as a looming spending showdown in Congress threatens to shut down the US government on the president's 100th day in office. Building the wall was Trump's signature campaign promise, and the W ... Read More

(Observer file photo) Security Minister encourages members of the JCF to maintain their integrity
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of National Security,  Robert Montague has called on t ... Read More

Christopher Tufton (File photo) Health Minister outlines impact of NCDs on the country
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton says the prevalence of non ... Read More

The border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. (Photo: CMC) Security boosted along Dominican Republic/Haiti border
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) —Security along the border between the Dominican Repub ... Read More

Younis becomes first Pakistan player to reach 10,000 Test runs

Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:38 PM    

Pakistan's batsman Younis Khan celebrates after reaching his 10,000th run in Test matches, on day three of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 23, 2017.(Photo: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Younis Khan became the first Pakistan player to score 10,000 Test runs on Sunday, reaching the landmark shortly after tea on the third day of the first Test against West Indies. The 39-year-old is just the 13th batsman in the history of the sport to break the 10,000-run barrier. He took his place in the record books with a sweep shot off slow bowler Royston Chase just after the interval at Sabina Park. Read More

PM attributes improper drainage to latest instances of flooding

Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:16 PM    

A flooded St Thomas roadway (file photo)

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that the Government will take a closer look at the management and approval process for developments in the country. In a press release this afternoon, the prime minister said that the flooding as a result of heavy rainfall affecting the country for the past 48 hours can largely be attributed to the country’s lack of capacity to deal with these extraordinary weather events. Following a preliminary briefing this morning on the i ... Read More

CONCACAF U17 Championship: Jamaica's Young Boyz crash 0-5 to USA

Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:51 PM    

PANAMA CITY, Panama — In a second-half meltdown, Jamaica crashed to a 5-0 defeat to the USA in their CONCACAF Under-17 Group C encounter at the Estadio Maracana here on Sunday. After missing a 20th-minute penalty by Andrew Carleton for goal-less first half, the Americans returned in the second period to score five unanswered goals in a dominant final stanza display. The USA goal spree was led by Ayo Akinola with a brace (88th & 90th), followed by solo strikes from Chris Durkin (53rd) ... Read More

Gov't commended for modernisation of air navigation system

Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:38 PM    

The newly constructed Air Traffic Control Tower at the Sangster International Airport, which is expected to be commissioned into service before the end of the year. In the background is the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority’s Norwood Radar Station. (Photo: JIS)
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government of Jamaica has been commended by the regional office of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for supporting the modernisation and upgrade of Jamaica’s air navigation system.  Regional Director of ICAO’s North American, Central American and Caribbean Regional Office, Melvin Cintron stated that “Jamaica has proven that with political will and commitment …the transformation of an aviation system…is ... Read More

Macron tops French election, to fight Le Pen in second round

Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:23 PM    

A combination of pictures made on April 23, 2017 shows French presidential election candidate for the En Marche ! movement Emmanuel Macron (Left) and French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National (FN) party Marine Le Pen (Right) posing in Paris. (Photo: AFP)

PARIS, France (AFP) — Centrist Emmanuel Macron will face off against far-right Marine Le Pen in the second round of France's presidential election, projections showed Sunday, making him clear favourite to emerge as the country's youngest leader in modern history. Macron was projected to win between 23 and 24 percent in Sunday's first round, slightly ahead of National Front (FN) leader Le Pen with between 21.6 and 23 per cent, according to estimates on public television. "The French have ... Read More

CONCACAF U17 Championship: Jamaica, USA 0-0 at half-time

Sunday, April 23, 2017 2:00 PM    

PANAMA CITY, Panama — Jamaica’s Young Reggae Boyz survived a penalty scare in the 20th minute in their opening CONCACAF Under-17 Championship Group C game at the Estadia Maracana a short while ago to end the first half goal-less.   The USA’s Andrew Carleton watched in dismay as Jamaica goalkeeper Tajay Griffiths flung himself to his right to deny the American attacker who had earlier drawn the foul. Griffiths had to make at least three other crucial saves to ke ... Read More

Golden Grove main road in St Thomas flooded

Sunday, April 23, 2017 1:58 PM    

A flooded St Thomas roadway (file photo)

ST THOMAS, Jamaica — Motorists are being advised that the Golden Grove main road in St Thomas is impassable at this time due to flooding as a result of heavy rains. The police are also advising members of the public to avoid ALL fords at this time as heavy rains makes it dangerous to attempt crossing. Read More

Cheers, silence as French election results fall

Sunday, April 23, 2017 1:42 PM    

Supporters of French centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron react at his election day headquarters as the first partial official results and polling agencies projections are announced in Paris , Sunday April 23, 2017. (Photo: AP)

PARIS, France (AP) —  Supporters of French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron went wild with cheers as polling agency projections suggested they could advance to the presidential runoff. "We will win!" Le Pen supporters chanted in her election day headquarters in Henin-Beaumont. They burst into a rendition of the French national anthem, and waved French flags and blue flags with "Marine President" inscribed on them. Macron supporter Mathilde ... Read More

Caribbean cruise line ordered to pay millions for illegal dumping, falsifying records

Sunday, April 23, 2017 1:30 PM    

MIAMI, Florida (CMC) — The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Caribbean cruise line has been ordered to pay a US$40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges. The DOJ said the sentence was imposed here on Princess Cruise Lines Ltd (Princess) by US District Judge Patricia A Seitz. Judge Se ... Read More

Pakistan 59-2 at lunch v Windies

Sunday, April 23, 2017 12:39 PM    

Pakistan's Babar Azam plays a shot on day three of the first Test match between West Indies and Pakistan at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 23, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — Pakistan lost two early wickets to be 59 for two replying to the West Indies first innings total of 286 after Mohammad Amir had completed his best Test innings figures at lunch on the third day of the rain-affected first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Sunday. Amir wrapped up the home side’s innings after they resumed at the overnight position of 278 for nine, bowling last man Shannon Gabriel to finish with six for 44, an effort which improved on his ... Read More



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