O-Wrap: UK to formalise Windrush migrants... Reid enters representational politics... US eases Rusal sanctions

Monday, April 23, 2018

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

1. UK promises to formalise status of Windrush migrants
The British government says Commonwealth nationals, including those from the Caribbean, who came to Britain between 1948 and 1973 would have their status formalised following the controversy that erupted over the so-called undocumented United Kingdom (UK) immigrants.

2. PNP says ZOSO, SOE not arresting crime wave
Fitz Jackson, the Opposition spokesman on national security, has criticised the effectiveness of the Government's latest crime initiatives and is urging the authorities to take serious and urgent action in light of increasing murder rates across the country.

3. Ruel Reid to represent JLP in NW St Ann
Minister of Education, Senator Ruel Reid has been endorsed as the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker in North West St Ann.

4. JCF urges citizens not to interfere in arrests
The High Command of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is raising concern about what it says is the frequency with which members of the public continue to interfere in police operations, especially when an arrest is being made in a public space.

5. Man killed, three injured in separate Westmoreland shootings
One man was killed and three others wounded in separate shooting incidents in Red Ground, Westmoreland on Sunday.

6. Road fatalities down but pedestrians continue to lead tally
Statistics from the Ministry of Transportation's Road Safety Unit have revealed that 96 persons have been killed in 85 fatal crashes since January, in comparison to 106 persons killed in a similar period last year.

7. US eases sanctions stance on Rusal
The US Treasury on Monday said that it could lift sanctions on Russian aluminum giant Rusal if tycoon Oleg Deripaska gives up control of the company.

8. UN voices concern after T&T deports Venezuelan asylum seekers
The United Nations has expressed concern that a number of Venezuelans who had sought asylum in Trinidad and Tobago had been deported to the South American country over the last weekend.

9. Gov't earmarks $9m to strengthen national air quality programme
The Government will be spending $9 million this year to strengthen the National Air Quality Management Programme.

10. Public, private pharmacy partnership an 'overwhelming success' — Tufton
Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the Public-Private Sector Pharmacy Programme has significantly improved the ease with which persons issued with prescriptions at Government health facilities are able to access medication.

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