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Castro to remain head of Cuba's Communist Party until 2021

Thursday, April, 19 2018 11:56 am    

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) — Cuba's Raul Castro – who on Thursday stepped down, ceding the presidency to Miguel Diaz-Canel in a historic handover – said he would remain head of the island's all-powerful Communist Party until 2021."My second and final mandate (as party head)... Read More

New US aviation safety inspections after Southwest mishap

Thursday, April, 19 2018 11:31 am    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The US Federal Aviation Administration said it is set to issue new guidelines to inspect jet engines like the one that ruptured during a recent Southwest Airlines flight.Within the next two weeks rules requiring "an ultrasonic inspection of fan... Read More

Oil, gas exploration 3D seismic survey 45% complete

Thursday, April, 19 2018 11:15 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tullow Oil is reporting steady progress on its oil exploration 3D seismic survey with just over 45 per cent of the data capture already completed.The survey, which is the most advanced study ever carried out in Jamaica's off-shore, is being conducted under a... Read More

Russia launches WTO challenge against US steel, aluminium tariffs

Thursday, April, 19 2018 10:41 am    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Russia on Thursday became the third powerful member of the World Trade Organization to challenge US tariffs on steel and aluminium, following China and the European Union. Russia adhered to the same tactic used by the EU in challenging the tariffs... Read More

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


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