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UWI Venture Competition seeks to boost entrepreneurship

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The 2014 Vincent Hosang UWI Venture Competition (UWIVC) was launched at Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) on Sunday, October 19. The competition was introduced in November 2002, with the objective of encouraging students of the university to use their talents a ... Read More

Man jailed in Suriname for having sex, children with his daughter
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) – A court has sentenced a man to eight years in jail after he admit ... Read More

Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness (Photo: JIS) National Heroes' Day message from the Leader of the Opposition
The following is the National Heroes' Day message from Opposition Leader Andrew Holness: My Fellow ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (Photo: JIS) National Heroes' Day message from the Prime Minister
The following is the National Heroes' Day message from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller: My Fel ... Read More

Serena beats Ivanovic in WTA Finals opener

Monday, October 20, 2014 11:45 AM    

Serena Williams of the US reacts to a point against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia during the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) championships in Singapore (Photo: AFP)

SINGAPORE (AP) — With no injuries to slow her down, Serena Williams extended her winning streak at the WTA Finals to 16 straight matches with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Ana Ivanovic on Monday. The top-ranked Williams came into the season-ending tournament after injuries forced her out of her previous two tournaments and with the off-court distraction of disparaging comments about her from Russian tennis official Shamil Tarpischev. Before the WTA Finals, Williams retired from the China Open ... Read More

US cautiously optimistic after no new Ebola in 5 days

Monday, October 20, 2014 11:37 AM    

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - With no new Ebola cases in five days, US authorities were cautious but hopeful Monday that the virus has been contained in the United States after a flawed response revealed shortcomings in the system. The fiancee of a Liberian man who died of Ebola earlier this month in Dallas, Texas, was among nearly 50 people who emerged from three weeks of quarantine without any signs of illness from exposure to the virus that has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the beginning ... Read More

Observer editors McDonald-Whyte, Allen receive OD at King’s House

Monday, October 20, 2014 11:28 AM    

Desmond Allen, executive editor — special assignment, Jamaica Observer, receives the Order of Distinction (OD — Officer Class) award from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at the National Awards underway at King's House, Kingston Monday morning. (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

KINGSTON, Jamaica—The Ceremony of Investiture and Presentation of National Awards 2014 got underway Monday morning on the grounds of King’s House, Kingston. Veteran newspaperman, founding editor of the Jamaica Observer and former president of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ), Desmond Allen, as well as Observer senior associate editor, Novia McDonald-Whyte are both recipients of the Order of Distinction (OD — Officer Class) in this year's National Honours and Awards. All ... Read More

Grenada PM willing to mediate in impasse involving Windies cricketers

Monday, October 20, 2014 10:11 AM    

Dr Keith Mitchell

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says he is prepared to act as a mediator in the ongoing pay dispute between West Indies players and their representative, the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) that led the one-day team to abandon their tour of India last week. His comments come as West Indies Cricket Board directors prepare to meet here Tuesday in an emergency meeting, to assess the fall-out from the players’ unprecedented move. &ld ... Read More

Trinidad 'won't borrow money' even if oil prices fall

Monday, October 20, 2014 9:41 AM    

Trinidad and Tobago Finance Minister Larry Howai (Trinidad Guardian)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) - The Government will not resort to borrowing money if the budgeted price of oil falls below US$80, Finance Minister Larry Howai has said. The minister was responding to e-mailed questions from the Express last week as crude oil prices continued a sudden plunge on global markets that has caused governments around the world to brace for potential budget shortfalls. For instance, Venezuela’s 2015 budget will be based on a target oil price of US$60 ... Read More

Trinidad bars Nigerian from entering country

Monday, October 20, 2014 9:26 AM    

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Trinidad Express) - In what can be described as the first person to be banned from Trinidad and Tobago following new rules implemented last week as the country responds to the current Ebola threat, a Nigerian woman was turned away when she landed at Piarco International Airport on Friday. According to a CNC3 report, the woman landed at Piarco that afternoon. She was interviewed by a health official at the airport after she disembarked from a Copa Airlines flight which h ... Read More

Nervous Cricket Australia closely eyeing Windies crisis

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:50 AM    


MELBOURNE, Australia (CMC) – Cricket Australia says it is “deeply concerned” over the West Indies players' decision to abandon the tour of India, especially with the Aussies scheduled to tour the Caribbean next year. Wally Edwards, Cricket Australia’s chairman, described the situation as “deeply concerning” and it was one that needed to be urgently addressed. West Indies one-day players quit the five-match tour of India following the fourth One-Day Internati ... Read More

WHO: Nigeria's Ebola outbreak is officially over

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:47 AM    

In this October 8 photo, a medical worker from the Infection Prevention and Control unit wearing full protective equipment prepares to enter an isolation tent housing a man being quarantined. (AP)

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The World Health Organisation declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria's containment of the lethal disease is a "spectacular success story," WHO Country Director Rui Gama Vaz told a news conference in Abuja, Nigeria's capital. Nigeria reported 20 cases of Ebola, including eight deaths. One of those who died was an airline passenger who brought Ebola to Nigeria and died soon after. T ... Read More

EU seeking to create US $1.27 billion Ebola fund

Monday, October 20, 2014 8:17 AM    

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond speaks with Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini during a round table meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — European Union nations are working to reach 1 billion Euros (US $1.27 billion) in aid by the end of the week to fight Ebola in West Africa and are seeking a common approach to the crisis. EU foreign ministers began a week of talks Monday so their 28 leaders can agree by Friday on better measures to fight Ebola, anything from financial aid to common repatriation procedures, more Ebola treatment facilities and better training for health workers. "We've got a very short wi ... Read More

British royal couple's second child due in April

Monday, October 20, 2014 7:46 AM    

In this Tuesday, July 23, 2013 file photo, Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hold their new born son George, as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital. (AP)

LONDON (AP) — The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April — the first time they've offered a month for the royal birth. Kensington Palace also said in a statement Monday that the duchess, who has been sidelined by a prolonged bout of severe morning sickness, continues to improve. The former Kate Middleton and Prince William are scheduled to welcome Singapore President Tony Tan when he arrives on a four-day state visit this week. She is al ... Read More



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