Editors' Forum | Not enough done to encourage Jamaica's entrepreneurial spirit, says Joseph Matalon
Jamaica Gleaner

While Jamaica is awash entrepreneurs of various incarnations, mostly called 'hustlers' - from the peanut vendor to the trinket makers, facilitators of business development have not done enough to nurture the country's...

Cryptocurrency rivals snap at Bitcoin's heels
Jamaica Observer

PARIS, France (AFP) – Bitcoin may be th e most famous cryptocurrency but, despite a dizzying rise, it's not the most lucrative one, and far from alone in a universe that counts 1,400 rivals, and counting.

Greek gov't goes to pot Greece set to allow medical cannabis use
Jamaica Observer

ATHENS, Greece (AFP) – Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

Gibbs surges off
Jamaica Observer

JPS Region West Director T'Shura Gibbs has resigned from her post effective, February 9, 2018. The light and power company in a release on Friday said Gibbs will be leaving JPS to focus on personal business interests....

JCA celebrates Customs Week
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The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will kick-start its annual Customs Week celebrations from January 21-26, 2018, under the theme: 'A Secure Business Environment for National Development'. International Customs Day will be...

Business optmism soars, while consumers lose confidence
Jamaica Observer

Business and consumers shared opposing views about economic prospects of the country for the fourth quarter of 2017 as Jamaica continues to grapple with crime and the uncertainty of where the economy will be over the next...

Why we no longer speak of above and below-the-line advertising
Jamaica Observer

TWO TERMS IN COMMON USAGEJust about every marketing practitioner in Jamaica speaks of above-the-line (ATL) and below-the-line (BTL) advertising. But when asked to explain the meaning and origin of the terms, responders...

FosRich partners with Access Financial Services on green energy
Jamaica Observer

Listed company FosRich has partnered with Access Financial Services Ltd to finance the purchase of renewable energy products by commercial entities and individuals. The company, in a press release yesterday, said it is...

Somerset Falls back on stream
Jamaica Observer

A group of doctors operating under a lease-to-buy agreement with Somerset Falls owner, Andrew Azar, plans on transforming a section of the Portland-based tourist attraction into a wellness resort and spa.

CAC aids cooling of BPO sector
Jamaica Observer

Listed company, CAC 2000 Limited (CAC), has signed a deal with the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) to act as financier for air-conditioning installation and maintenance services to the local Business Process Outsourcing...

Shaw says 2018/19 Budget Debate to start in February
Jamaica Observer

Jamaicans can expect the 2018/19 revenue and expenditure budgets to be tabled in the House of Representatives within the next 24 days.Minister of Finance and the Public Sector Audley Shaw told the Jamaica Observer...

Explaining the gaps in your rÈsumÈ
Jamaica Gleaner

QUESTION: How do I explain the gaps in my rÈsumÈ? I have applied for several jobs between January 2017 and January 2018, and in a few interviews I've had to be explain these gaps. Bear in mind that the gaps are not...

Panama Hotel votes to drop Trump - but his company won't go
Jamaica Gleaner

An attempt to oust Donald Trump's hotel business from managing a luxury hotel in Panama has turned bitter, with accusations of financial misconduct.Trump Hotels is contesting its firing, and its staff ran off a team of...

Jamaican currency adds muscle, USD savings fall
Jamaica Gleaner

As the Jamaican dollar appreciates, the pressure on the Bank of Jamaica, BOJ, to defend the local currency by selling the greenback to the market has eased.The stock of US dollar savings has also been declining, according...

CWJ directors urge minority owners to sell to Liberty
Jamaica Gleaner

He directors of Cable & Wireless Jamaica, CWJ, are recommending that minority shareholders sell out to CWC Cala Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of Liberty Global...

NCB extends Guardian offer, locks in key shareholdings
Jamaica Gleaner

The takeover bid by Jamaica's banking conglomerate NCB Financial Group (NCBFG) for Guardian Holdings Limited will extend to February 2 amid signs that minority owners of the stock might be lukewarm to the offer.However,...

Elite seeks $141m from junior market
Jamaica Gleaner

Elite Diagnostics Limited is seeking $141 million of equity capital from an initial public offering that will open January 22.The medical diagnostics company intends to use the proceeds for working capital and to pay down...

Consumer confidence slides again
Jamaica Gleaner

Business confidence remains at its highest level in a year, but consumer confidence flattened amid worsening job prospects and fears of crime, according to the fourth-quarter 2017 survey, polled by Don Anderson.Business...

First Angels seeking special qualities
Jamaica Gleaner

First Angels Jamaica (First AngelsJa), the umbrella investor group dedicated to helping start up ventures, has underscored that it is not difficult for aspiring local entrepreneurs to get its attention.But the ventures...

Not enough done to encourage Jamaica's entrepreneurial spirit - Joseph Matalon - Interest rates way too high for SMEs
Jamaica Gleaner

While Jamaica is awash entrepreneurs of various incarnations, mostly called 'hustlers' - from the peanut vendor to the trinket makers, facilitators of business development have not done enough to nurture the country's...

Southfield greenhouse abandoned
Jamaica Star

The Southfield community in St Elizabeth is home to a greenhouse that was intended to help farmers in growing their crops, but which has fallen into disrepair.The greenhouse, which was originally erected by the Digicel...

Red Force slips to last in PCL
Trinidad Guardian

A string of three successive losses has dropped T&T Red Force to the bottom of the six-team standings in the CWI Digicel PCL cricket tournament. The team’s latest defeat has seen it change position with the...

Who do we hold accountable for ineffective crime-fighting?
Jamaica Gleaner

This is a statement from the Jamaica Manufacturers' Asso-ciation on the role of the Police Services Commission (PSC) in the fight against crime.In the last 30 days, a number of incidents have occurred which have brought...

Who do we hold accountable for ineffective crime-fighting?
Jamaica Gleaner

This is a statement from the Jamaica Manufacturers' Asso-ciation on the role of the Police Services Commission (PSC) in the fight against crime.In the last 30 days, a number of incidents have occurred which have brought...

Jacobs' career best dissipates Hurricanes
Jamaica Gleaner

West Indies 'A' leg-spinner Damion Jacobs completed his 13th first-class five-wicket haul and with it, helped Jamaica Scorpions defeat Leeward Hurricanes by 58 runs in their penultimate Digicel-Cricket West Indies...

World food prices up 8.2% in 2017 — UN
Jamaica Observer

PARIS, France (AFP) – Global food prices rose by 8.2 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016, the UN's food agency said on Friday. The Food and Agriculture Organization said that its FAO Food Price Index averaged 174.6...

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