David Jessop | Jamaica-DR accord should give pause for thought in CARICOM
Jamaica Gleaner

A few days ago, the prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, agreed to work towards a closer relationship.Beyond the widely reported desire of both nations to...

Bribery scandal met with near-silence in Dominican Republic
Jamaica Observer

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — One of the most sprawling corruption scandals in modern history has deep roots in the Dominican Republic: The Brazilian company behind the operation placed its international...

Study: Bahamas the most ‘extreme’ case of low-lying coastal countries in Caribbean
Nassau Guardian

A study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) revealed yesterday that more than 80 percent of the population in The Bahamas live in low-elevation coastal zones (LECZs), marking one of the “most extreme”...

PM in Dom Rep on official visit
Jamaica Observer

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness left the island last evening for an official visit to the Dominican Republic.Holness, according to a Jamaica House release, will hold a series of meetings with President Danilo Medina and...

Study: Cuba could become preferred tourist destination
Nassau Guardian

Cuba may be a preferable tourist destination over The Bahamas for U.S. travelers, according to a recent study by management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The report states that Cuba might draw U.S....

Study: Bahamas tourism growth negligible in the last 20 years
Nassau Guardian

Tourism arrivals to The Bahamas have remained “mostly flat” since the mid-1990s and the country has not achieved significant growth in its tourism sector over the last two decades when compared to other major...

National Youth Choir director Cleophas Adderley is first recipient of Icon’s Lifetime Achievement award
Nassau Guardian

Cleophas Adderley, founder and director of The Bahamas National Youth Choir (BNYC), will be the recipient of the ALIV Bahamian Icon Awards’ first Lifetime Achievement Award, for his trans-generational contributions...

Work to begin this year on expansion of Ian Fleming airport
Jamaica Observer

Work is slated to begin this year on the expansion of the runway at the Ian Fleming International Airport in Boscobel, St Mary. Local News Sat, 15 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT United in Social Media ...

United in Social Media 
Jamaica Observer

On Monday, a video made rounds on the internet of a man who was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight on Sunday night. Uproar ensued online. Then an official statement from the CEO followed, which only fuelled...

Venezuela president heckled as protests spread to slums
Jamaica Observer

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Scattered protests flared Wednesday in slums that have long been a bulwark of support for Venezuela’s socialist leaders only hours after a pro-government rally degenerated into heckling...

Trash collection reduced in Puerto Rico city amid crisis
Jamaica Observer

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Garbage could soon pile up in one of Puerto Rico’s largest cities because it has not paid a trash-collecting bill amid a deep economic crisis. Local Business Thu, 13 Apr 2017...

Guyana reviewing bauxite industry
Jamaica Observer

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The Guyana government says it expects to receive a report soon on the review of the bauxite industry that was commissioned last year marking the centennial of the sector here. Local...

Little relief for hotels, other properties with value of over $20 million
Jamaica Observer

Minister of Finance and Planning Audley Shaw yesterday announced adjustments to the property tax regime that will see a four per cent reduction in the rate applied to the higher valuation bands. Local Business Thu, 13 Apr...

Bank of Jamaica preparing for new FX auction system
Jamaica Observer

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) announced on Tuesday April 11 that it is developing plans to buy and sell its foreign exchange from and to authorised dealers (ADs) and cambios by competitive auction. Local Business Thu, 13 Apr...

interCaribbean Airways beefs up flights with increased air link to BVI
Jamaica Observer

InterCaribbean Airways has added another flight to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, making travel easier for Caribbean nationals without a US Visa. Local Business Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Bank of Jamaica...

Dom Rep signs trade agreement with Cuba
Jamaica Observer

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — The Dominican Republic has signed a Partial Scope agreement with Cuba in an effort to boost economic and trade ties and cooperation between both countries. Local Business...

Sales of Ivanka Trump products soar in 2016
Jamaica Observer

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Sales of Ivanka Trump's clothing collection soared by nearly 61 per cent in 2016, the company that manufactures products for the president's daughter's line and other brands said on...

UK inflation stuck at 3.5-year high — data
Jamaica Observer

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Rising clothing and food prices kept British annual inflation at its highest level in three and a half years in March, official data showed yesterday. Local Business Wed, 12 Apr 2017...

Let us welcome our new CEO/Commissioner of Customs
Jamaica Observer

Velma Ricketts Walker is certainly not new to Jamaica Customs, having first entered the doors of the agency as a trainee in 1999. She rose through the ranks, and in 2011 she served as assistant commissioner, compliance...

Roll up your sleeves, marketing planners!
Jamaica Observer

One of my favourite people is the operations manager (let’s call her MFM, short for My Favourite Manager) for a small distribution company in Kingston, Jamaica. Like so many others, she cusses her manager frequently...

Want limited liability? Try a partnership
Jamaica Observer

When starting a business, people have the option of either doing so through a sole proprietorship (one person owns the business), a partnership (two or more people own the business), or through a limited liability company...

Union wants reform of insurance for public sector workers
Jamaica Observer

GENERAL Secretary of the Union of Schools Agricultural and Allied Workers (USAAW), Keith Comrie is lobbying the Government to increase its coverage on group health insurance to 90 per cent, as the imposed GCT takes...

Hook, Line Sinker!
Jamaica Observer

With a yen for under-the-sea bites and the requisite trimmings and accompaniments (on the menu: pickled-onion topped snapper, succulent shrimp, piping-hot fish soup, and fried bammies and festivals), the Friday evening...

NHT responds to Jamaica Observer article
Jamaica Observer

The Editor, Sir: Local Business Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Hook, Line Sinker! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/Hook--Line-Sinker-_95231 With a yen for under-the-sea bites and the requisite trimmings and...

Billy Craig Insurance to lauch new ‘Benefit Blue Card’ this month
Jamaica Observer

The new Billy Craig Benefit Blue Card is to be launched during the company’s Wellness Fair, which takes place in Montego Bay on April 28. Local Business Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT NHT responds to Jamaica Observer...

Winter bonanza: Resort rooms to jump 30 per cent by December
Jamaica Observer

The Ministry of Tourism has indicated that 1,000 new and upgraded rooms are likely to come on stream by year end, adding to 2,000 already completed. Local Business Wed, 12 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT Billy Craig Insurance to...

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