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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. Castro rule nears end in Cuba, Diaz-Canel poised to take over

The Castro brothers' six-decade grip on power in Cuba approached its end Wednesday as the country's National Assembly named number two Miguel Diaz-Canel as the sole candidate for the presidency.

2. 'I can't be illegal!': Windrush Briton haunted by deportation threat to Jamaica

Half a century after emigrating to Britain, Anthony Bryan decided it was time to go abroad. But the decision set off a bureaucratic nightmare that saw him lose his job, detained twice and almost deported to Jamaica.

3. Woman, teen arrested after cops find locally manufactured gun

A woman and a teenage boy have been arrested following the seizure of what police say is a locally manufactured firearm and two rounds of ammunition during an operation in Spring Gardens in Morant Bay, St Thomas on Tuesday.

4. Ganja valued nearly $1m seized at Kingston Freeport Terminal

Detectives from the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) of the Narcotics Division are reporting the seizure of approximately 248 pounds of ganja at the Kingston Freeport Terminal at New Port West in Kingston last Friday.

5. NSWMA outlines protocol for disposal of expired goods amid reports of unfit meat on sale

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has expressed concern about media reports regarding the sale of unfit meat/goods purported to be obtained from the Riverton Disposal Site and, as such, has outlined its protocol for handling certain items and contrabands for disposal at the island's dumps.

6. SVREL investigates death of contractor after Caymanas Park accident

The management of Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment (SVREL) says it has launched an investigation into an accident at Caymanas Park on Sunday, which resulted in the death of a man.

7. Public urged to cooperate at checkpoints in St Catherine SOE

The joint security team, which is operating in the state of emergency (SOE) in the St Catherine North Police Division, is imploring members of the public to cooperate with the soldiers and police personnel at the various checkpoints.

8. Boulders falling in Bog Walk Gorge, NWA urges caution

The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising the public to exercise extreme caution while traversing the Bog Walk Gorge as boulders are falling on to the roadway.

9. Security guard convicted for attempted murder of ex-girlfriend

A security guard, who attempted to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2011, was convicted in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.

10. St Thomas mason held with ganja at NMIA

A man, who the police say was held with 4.5 pounds of ganja in his suitcase at the Norman Manley International Airport on Sunday, has been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

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