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UN, partners launch campaign to tackle new fungus strain threatening bananas 10:49 am

ROME, Italy (CMC) — The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says it is working with partners to help protect the world's banana crops from a new strain of fungus, known as Fusarium wilt TR4, which can last for years in the soil. Read More

Double murder in Olympic Gardens 10:10 am
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — Police are investigating the murder of two men at a bar on Tower Avenue in Olympic Way, St Andrew last night.Dead are 45-year-old Glenroy Rowe, otherwise called 'II', a higgler of Hibiscus Avenue in the parish and 37-year-old Richard Frazer.... Read More

US school to be named after Barack Obama 10:05 am
WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — A public school in Mississippi is to drop the name of the Civil War leader of the pro-slavery South and be named after the first black US president, Barack Obama, the local newspaper reported.The move in Jackson, Mississippi, comes amid a...... Read More

Windies can only gain one point from clean sweep 9:49 am
BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (CMC) — West Indies stand to gain precious little from their two-Test series tour of Zimbabwe starting Saturday, even if they make a clean sweep of the series.According to an International Cricket Council release on Thursday, the most the eighth-ranked...... Read More

Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane

Thursday, October, 19 2017 9:48 am    

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AFP) — It's been a month since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and Samuel de Jesus still can't drive out of his isolated, blacked-out town.In fact, much of the US territory in the Caribbean is still a crippled mess four weeks after that fierce... Read More

US approves second gene therapy against cancer

Thursday, October, 19 2017 9:26 am    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US regulators have approved a second form of gene therapy to fight cancer. The treatment, called Yescarta, is the first immunotherapy on the US market for certain kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes.Known... Read More

J’can sworn in as Belize judge despite mounted opposition

Thursday, October, 19 2017 8:56 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Jamaican attorney Franz Parke was on Tuesday sworn in as a Court of Appeal judge in Belize amid controversy over his appointment.According to Belizean reports, the appointment came despite a claim filed last week by the Leader of the Opposition... Read More

May seeks 'ambitious plans' for Brexit talks at EU summit

Thursday, October, 19 2017 8:26 am    

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AFP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday that she wanted European Union leaders meeting in Brussels to set out "ambitious plans" for Brexit negotiations in the coming weeks."We will be looking at the concrete progress that's been made in our... Read More

J'can leg of CARICOM reparations youth baton relays launched

Thursday, October, 19 2017 8:04 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Jamaican leg of the CARICOM Reparations Youth Baton Relays and Rallies was launched in St Thomas, yesterday, to encourage participation from young people and the general public for the success of the region-wide movement.Speaking at the ceremony... Read More

LIAT to suffer US$13m loss due to hurricanes

Thursday, October, 19 2017 7:52 am    

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — Regional airline LIAT is expected to end the year with a loss of US$13.25 million as a result of the impact of extreme weather during this hurricane season.As a result, the shareholder governments of the cash-strapped carrier have secured a US$7... Read More

MSBM to host Business and Management Conference

Thursday, October, 19 2017 7:37 am    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona will host its 3rd Annual Business and Management Conference under the theme 'Driving Transformation, Finance, Enterprise Development and Wealth Creation'.The event is... Read More

J'can facing ganja charges in NY arrested by ICE

Thursday, October, 19 2017 7:16 am    

NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says a Jamaican is among five immigrants arrested in the New York-metropolitan area after detainers it had filed were ignored.On Wednesday, ICE reported that Steven Anthony... Read More

O-Wrap: 19 illegal guns in US shipment…. Garvey bust defaced… Wanted J'can arrested in Antigua

Wednesday, October, 18 2017 7:00 pm    

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:1. Six high-powered rifles among 19 guns found at Newport West Read More

Finance minister optimistic of growth for fiscal year

Wednesday, October, 18 2017 9:40 pm    

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, is optimistic that the economy will record positive growth for 2017/18, despite a contraction in the first financial quarter. Read More

Trump accused of disrespecting family of slain US soldier

Wednesday, October, 18 2017 9:09 pm    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — US President Donald Trump was snarled in fresh controversy Wednesday after he was accused of being disrespectful to a US soldier slain in an ambush in Niger, as well as showing insensitivity to the grieving family. Read More


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