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Queen puts forward son as next head of Commonwealth

Thursday, April, 19 2018 10:25 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Queen Elizabeth II, the Head of the Commonwealth, opened the Commonwealth summit for what may be the last time on Thursday voicing hope that her son would be allowed to carry on her role.Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 on Saturday, welcomed leaders... Read More

Holness wants UK to compensate Windrush generation

Thursday, April, 19 2018 10:15 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has called on the United Kingdom to ensure “fair and just” compensation to people of the so-called Windrush generation and their children, who have been harassed over their legal status in that country.Holness, in an... Read More

Cuba's new president Diaz-Canel vows to 'continue' revolution

Thursday, April, 19 2018 9:43 am    

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) —  Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel, who formally replaced Raul Castro as president on Thursday, has the task of steering the communist island through a period of uncertainty as it turns the page on six decades of Castro rule. In his opening speech, the silver-haired... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Holness changed the political narrative on LGBT in one phrase

Thursday, April, 19 2018 9:26 am    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness may have upended the political narrative in one phrase — “not my business” — removing any illusion that there is a divide between the two major political parties on whether LGBT Jamaicans can serve in public office and whether their human... Read More

Weather Update: Expect more rain today

Thursday, April, 19 2018 9:13 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Today will be mainly sunny across central and western parishes, according to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica.Come this afternoon periods of isolated showers are expected across sections of particularly western parishes this afternoon.This... Read More

Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over to Diaz-Canel

Thursday, April, 19 2018 8:22 am    

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba marked the end of an era Thursday as Miguel Diaz-Canel was formally elected as the country's new president, succeeding Raul Castro and becoming the first non-Castro to lead the island in six decades.The silver-haired Diaz-Canel -- a top Communist Party... Read More

Half-brother accuses 'phoney' Meghan Markle of 'forgetting' family

Thursday, April, 19 2018 8:19 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Meghan Markle's half-brother has accused the royal bride-to-be of forgetting "her roots and her family" and "acting phoney" in a stinging interview with a British newspaper.Thomas Markle, who lives in the US state Oregon, hit out at Prince Harry's... Read More

IDB launches initiative to promote savings for retirement in the C'bean

Thursday, April, 19 2018 8:06 am    

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched the Retirement Savings Laboratory, a project that seeks to increase the number of people saving for retirement in Latin America and the Caribbean.The Washington-based financial institution... Read More

A month after journalist disappeared in Haiti, fear and no answers

Thursday, April, 19 2018 7:45 am    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — A month after photographer Vladjimir Legagneur disappeared in a violence-plagued area of Port-au-Prince, other journalists are fearful and Haitian authorities have provided little in the way of information.On March 14, the 30-year-old freelance... Read More

May's immigration policy was seen as Nazi-like — ex-official

Thursday, April, 19 2018 7:37 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A former top official has severely criticised British Prime Minister Theresa May's immigration policies when she was interior minister after the threatened deportations of Caribbean immigrants caused a political furore this week.Bob Kerslake, a... Read More

Education ministry, JCF to stage Anti-Gang Week

Thursday, April, 19 2018 7:21 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is collaborating with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) in the staging of an inaugural Anti-Gang Week, aimed at steering youth away from criminal activities.It is part of a special partnership... Read More

O-WRAP: Cuba names new president... UK deportation threat haunts J'can-born man... Woman, teen arrested over gun

Wednesday, April, 18 2018 7:00 pm    

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

Woman, son charged after cops find gun under kitchen counter

Wednesday, April, 18 2018 9:39 pm    

ST ANN, Jamaica — The police have charged a St Ann woman and her son in connection with this morning’s seizure of a firearm and several rounds of ammunition in Mansfield Heights, St Ann. Read More

'Artificial mole' could warn of cancer — study

Wednesday, April, 18 2018 9:25 pm    

TAMPA, United States (AFP) — Swiss scientists have developed an experimental skin implant that darkens like a mole when it detects subtle changes in the body that may be an early warning sign of cancer, a study said Wednesday. Read More

Safeguarding children in sport a priority — Grange

Wednesday, April, 18 2018 8:58 pm    

Kingston, Jamaica — Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, says the development of a policy and regulatory framework for safeguarding children in sport is a “priority” for her ministry. Read More


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