Sutherland Global named Business of the Year
Jamaica Observer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester - Still a relatively new business in the parish, business process outsourcing (BPO) company Sutherland Global Services took top spot at this month’s Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCC)...

How bad corporate debts are holding back India’s growth
Jamaica Observer

NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — The recent arrest of Vijay Mallya highlighted the problem of bad loans in India, but analysts say the tycoon’s unpaid debts are just the tip of an iceberg that is already holding back...

US businesses getting hammered by Venezuela crisis
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — The political and economic crisis in Venezuela is costing US companies dearly, as General Motors can attest following the unexpected nationalisation of its plant there. Local...

Coca-Cola in North Korea? It’s (usually not) the Real Thing
Jamaica Observer

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Coca-Cola is possibly the world’s most recognisable brand, an almost inescapable symbol of the global appeal of American-style consumer culture. There are only two countries in the...

Gambia’s race to save its ‘Roots’ on Kunta Kinteh island
Jamaica Observer

KUNTA KINTEH ISLAND, Gambia (AFP) — As the rebel slave who defied his captors, Kunta Kinte, immortalised in print and on screen in Roots, put The Gambia on the map for historical tourism. Local Business Sun, 23 Apr...

Judgement day finally arrives
Jamaica Observer

Dear Claudienne, Local Business Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Gambia’s race to save its ‘Roots’ on Kunta Kinteh island...

The red flags of investing
Jamaica Observer

There are so many red flags in our everyday lives that signal danger to us. The earliest citation for “red flags” in the Oxford English Dictionary is from 1602, and it shows that at that time the flag was used...

Quisk/AIS partnership focusing on privately owned pharmacies
Jamaica Observer

Jamaica’s medium, small and micro pharmacies are facing a serious threat to their survival as technology spreads across the sector. Local Business Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT The red flags of investing...

Pharmacy executive says MSMEs on the critical edge
Jamaica Observer

Co-owner of the Professional Pharmacy chain, David Pellow, thinks that small pharmacies and “Mom and Pop” stores in the Caribbean selling drugs are in danger of going under. Local Business Sun, 23 Apr 2017...

Deiwght Peters: ‘Changing lives and expanding horizons’
Jamaica Observer

This interview series profiles businesspople from all industries, provided they have some significant reach that affects the region in their industry. Yet when I let slip to a few confidants that I was going to sit with...

Gov’t to have faster access to dormant accounts
Jamaica Observer

Minister of Finance and the Public service Audley Shaw has announced plans to have funds from dormant accounts accessed earlier by the Government and channelled into a special programme to assist the MSME sector in its...

Ready for the Road
Jamaica Observer

Revellers are ‘ready for road’ as today marks the first time that four bands take to the streets of Kingston in celebration of carnival. Local Business Sun, 23 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT Gov’t to have faster...

CTO wants to position Caribbean as a sustainable tourism region
Jamaica Observer

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has declared its support for actions that make a difference as the world celebrates Earth Day, today. Local News Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT...

Bartlett extends condolences to victims in RIU explosion
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has expressed deep regret at the passing of Hotel RIU Reggae’s Maintenance Manager, Sederhori McIntosh, and the injury of four other members of staff as a...

Cases of hepatitis B and C hit 325 million — WHO
Jamaica Observer

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — An estimated 325 million people are living with hepatitis B or C and few are aware of their condition, with death tolls from the viruses rising, the UN said Friday. Local News Fri, 21 Apr...

Commissioner Quallo to be officially installed next Friday
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — George Quallo will be officially installed as the new Commissioner of Police next Friday at the Police Officer’ Club on Hope Road. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:54:33 GMT Cases of hepatitis...

Suspected suicide in Kingston
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A man is suspected to have committed suicide on Dewsbury Avenue, Kingston 6 yesterday morning. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:58 GMT Commissioner Quallo to be officially installed next Friday...

SDC seeking to expand economic development programme
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Social Development Commission (SDC) is seeking to expand its Local Economic Development Support Programme (LEDSP), says the agency’s Executive Director, Dr Dwayne Vernon. Local News...

South Africa bus crash kills 20 children
Jamaica Observer

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AFP) — At least 20 children were killed in a bus crash outside the South African capital Pretoria on Friday, emergency services said, as paramedics treated the injured at the scene. Local...

St Lucia lifts ban on corned beef from Brazil
Jamaica Observer

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The temporary ban placed on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted by the Government of St Lucia. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:25 GMT South Africa bus crash kills...

West Indies 71-4 at lunch in first Test
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AFP) — West Indies were 71 for four batting first against Pakistan at lunch on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Friday. Local News Fri, 21...

Programme launched to train people in 3D Animation
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — A project which seeks to train 150 young people annually for the global US$230-billion animation industry was launched on Wednesday. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:39:43 GMT West Indies 71-4...

J'cans urged to support work of child month committee
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Chair of the National Child Month Committee (NCMC), Dr Pauline Mullings, is appealing to Jamaicans to support the work of the committee. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:31:32 GMT Programme...

US Immigration Services wants end to temporary protection for Haitians
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) — The acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), James McCament, has issued a recommendation that the United States end temporary protections by next January...

Singer Cuba Gooding Sr found dead in car in Los Angeles
Jamaica Observer

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — Cuba Gooding Sr, who sang the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," has died. Local News Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:43:32 GMT Man murdered at St James cemetery...

Gov't reviewing role of municipal police
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Desmond McKenzie, says a review is currently being undertaken on the role and function of municipal police personnel. Local News Fri,...

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