Messy Brazil, foreign fortune-seekers’ haven
Jamaica Observer

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AFP) — Brazil is a mess, economists say, with the looming presidential impeachment vote fanning tensions in a country stricken by recession, corruption and inequality. So why are foreign...

Case for rate hike strengthening, Yellen says
Jamaica Observer

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Justifications for an interest rate increase in the United States have grown in recent months, US Fed chief Janet Yellen said Friday. Local Business Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT...

US government seeks ban on swimming with Hawaii dolphins
Jamaica Observer

LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — US federal officials are seeking a ban on swimming with Hawaii’s spinner dolphins, saying the encounters popular with tourists are harming the nocturnal creatures’...

Easy ways to grow your investments in stocks
Jamaica Observer

When I hear the word “easy” in an investment context, the first thing that comes to mind is automated. This is the idea behind paying yo Local Business Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT US government seeks ban on...

Eight finalists chosen for ‘Made of More’ Entrepreneurs Challenge
Jamaica Observer

Eight entrepreneurs are now one step closer to accessing a share of US$130,000 ($16.38 million) in financing to support their business through the ‘Made of More’ Entrepreneurs Challenge. Local Business Sun, 28...

Private sector needs to stand up and be counted — Scott
Jamaica Observer

Newly appointed president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), PB Scott, has given his commitment to be honest, disciplined and straightforward in discussing expectations with the Government as it aims to...

JNGI addresses customer complaint on JN Finance conflict of interest
Jamaica Observer

Dear Claudienne, Local Business Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Private sector needs to stand up and be counted — Scott...

Profits at Sterling Investments up 93%
Jamaica Observer

Sterling Investments Ltd (SIL) has launched two new programmes to augment its product offerings to clients – Dividend Reinvestment Programme (DRIP) and Complementary Share Purchase Programme (CSPP). Local Business...

Government turns to sport, entertainment, culture for economic growth
Jamaica Observer

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, says she is confident that, this time around, the benefits from the summer Olympics will significantly impact GDP growth. Local...

JPS working to restore electricity
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has confirmed that the entire island is now experiencing a power outage and that they are currently working to restore electricity. Local News Sat, 27 Aug 2016...

Bartlett heads delegation to Canada
Jamaica Observer

ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, heads a Jamaican delegation which departs for Canada on Monday, August 29, for industry stakeholder discussions on strategies to boost visitor arrivals from...

Haiti launches programme to deal with HIV/AIDS among young population
Jamaica Observer

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti has launched a programme aimed at sensitising young people about the HIV/AIDS virus. Local News Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:28:04 GMT Bartlett heads delegation to Canada...

Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers
Jamaica Observer

CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) – Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail Saturday and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to...

West Indies beat India by 1 run in first T20
Jamaica Observer

Set 246 to win, India needed two runs off the last ball for a famous victory in the Florida sunshine. Local News Sat, 27 Aug 2016 12:47:04 GMT Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers...

PM announces seven new BPO projects
Jamaica Observer

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there are at least seven new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) projects in the pipeline, which should significantly expand the sector and create many new...

Economy records growth
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is forecasting economic growth ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 per cent, for the July to September quarter. Local News Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:25:19 GMT UPDATE:...

Two American women held with cocaine at NMIA
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Two American women were today taken into police custody following the seizure of more than six pounds of cocaine at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Local News Wed, 24 Aug 2016...

Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year
Jamaica Observer

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Five beachgoers died as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year Wednesday, officials said, bringing to 12 the number of people to have perished in the past week. Local News...

Simmons wants support for new measures to improve Windies performance
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Frustrated West Indies head coach Phil Simmons says he has not been successful in getting a number of new measures implemented to help improve the performance of the regional squad....

Venezuela democracy 'in danger,' EU parliament chief says
Jamaica Observer

BOGOTA, Colombia (AFP) – European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned Tuesday that Venezuela's democracy is "in danger," as it grapples with a severe political and economic crisis. Local News Wed, 24 Aug 2016...

Public-sector nurse practitioners sign wage agreement
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Public-sector nurse practitioners are the latest group of healthcare professionals to sign the Heads of Agreement with the Government for the 2015/2017 contract period. Local News Wed, 24...

Justice Ministry gets commitment for more support from US Embassy
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The new deputy chief of mission at the United States Embassy, Eric Khant, has pledged his continued support to the Justice Ministry in its effort to transform the justice system. Local News Wed,...

More emphasis on the teaching of civics — Holness
Jamaica Observer

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the Government will ensure that more emphasis is placed on the teaching of Civics in school, to counteract the many values being presented to the society....

UPDATE: Italy quake kills 159 as rescuers race to find survivors
Jamaica Observer

ACCUMOLI, Italy (AFP) – A powerful earthquake shook central Italy on Wednesday, leaving at least 159 people dead and a trail of destruction across several mountain villages packed with holidaymakers. Local News Wed,...

J'can accused in Bermuda cocaine bust
Jamaica Observer

HAMILTON, Bermuda (CMC) – A Jamaican who allegedly tried to smuggle cocaine into Bermuda four months ago has gone on trial in the Supreme Court. Local News Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:25:05 GMT UPDATE: Bodies of St Thomas...

Brathwaite receives vote of confidence from Sammy
Jamaica Observer

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – New West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite says he has received a vote of confidence from former skipper Darren Sammy as the regional side prepares to play India in two T20...

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