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PHOTOS: We made it! 2:30 pm

KINGSTON, Jamaica — West Indies sneaked into next year's World Cup in England but just barely, as heavy rain coupled with a controversial umpiring decision, helped them beat Scotland by five runs under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern, and stage a great escape in their final Super Six match of the... Read More

Guyana calls for Americas to be declared zone of peace 2:07 pm
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The 24th Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on Tourism (CITUR) began here on Wednesday with President David Granger urging that the Americas be promoted as a zone of peace.... Read More

Compassionate care programme to be introduced 1:27 pm
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says a compassionate care programme designed to drive the customer care element in the public health system will be introduced. The programme, which involves healthcare providers being close to patients and...... Read More

Cuba opens first wholesale market, though access limited 1:09 pm
HAVANA, Cuba (AP) — Cuba has opened its first wholesale market, lending a hand to some non-state businesses in an economy dominated by government-run enterprises.State-run newspaper Granma said the market is part of an ongoing effort to "reorganise" commerce on the communist...... Read More

World sees rapid upsurge in extreme weather — report

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 12:38 pm    

PARIS, France (AFP) — A world addled by climate change has seen a four-fold increase in major flooding events since 1980, and a doubling of significant storms, droughts and heat waves, Europe's national science academies jointly reported Wednesday.In Europe, where precise data... Read More

A chocolate dream for the Stock Exchange

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 12:23 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Michelle Smith, owner of Chocolate Dreams, widely regarded as Jamaica's premier chocolatier, has decided to sweeten up the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). At the Jamaica Observer's Food Award's pre-event dinner at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston last... Read More

UK wants Russian guarantees over World Cup fan safety

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 11:34 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said Wednesday he wanted Russian guarantees over the safety of England fans at this year's football World Cup amid a diplomatic row over a spy attack.Relations between London and Moscow are in crisis over... Read More

Rain helps Windies edge out Scotland for World Cup place

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 9:55 am    

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AFP) — The West Indies snatched a spot at next year's World Cup by edging to a five-run victory over Scotland on DLS method in Harare on Wednesday.The two-time World Cup winners were bowled out for just 198 batting first, but rain forced an early finish with... Read More

#DeleteFacebook movement gains prominent backer

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 9:36 am    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As Facebook reels from the scandal over hijacked personal data, a movement to quit the social network has gathered momentum, getting a boost from a high-profile co-founder of the WhatsApp messaging service acquired by the huge social network in 2014. Read More

$6m donated towards rebuilding Walker's Place of Safety

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 9:15 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) has received approximately $6 million towards the rebuilding of the Walker's Place of Safety in Kingston, which was destroyed by fire earlier this year.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency,... Read More

App developer says he is scapegoat in Facebook data row

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 8:47 am    

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — The academic behind an app that harvested data from millions of Facebook users said Wednesday he was being scapegoated in an online privacy row that has rocked the social media giant.British data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) and Facebook are... Read More

Firearms Act to be amended to address illegal dealing, possession

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 8:20 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Government will be amending the Firearms Act to discourage the possession of and/or dealing in illegal firearms and ammunition.This was disclosed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, while making his contribution to the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the... Read More

Weather Update: Mainly sunny skies today

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 8:05 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that this morning should be mainly sunny except for western parishes which will experience partly cloudy conditions.Isolated showers should be expected across sections of western parishes this... Read More

Teachers relent!

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 7:49 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) in a surprising about turn has decided to accept the five per cent retroactive payment offered some weeks ago by the Finance Ministry.The proposal was initially rejected by the JTA with the union describing the move by... Read More

Antiguans and Barbudans voting for a new gov't

Wednesday, March, 21 2018 7:39 am    

ST JOHN'S, Antigua (CMC) — Voters in Antigua and Barbuda are casting ballots today for a new government in a general election that Prime Minister Gaston Browne called more than a year ahead of the constitutional deadline.While there are seven political parties and five... Read More


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