Health minister dismisses industry claims legal tobacco trade under threat by black market

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Observer senior reporter | Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton says the tobacco industry should look into investing in healthy industries in the interest of public health, as he dismissed what he termed the running argument by key players in the tobacco industry that the legal trade is under threat from the black... Read More

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Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Jamaica's improved economic growth during the fiscal year 2018-19 was buoyed by construction and mining, and urged the authorities to put in place “strong institutions” to entrench the hard-earned gains from the economic... Read More

Kingston needs more than technology to become a smart city — C&W, ICT executive

Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

“Stakeholder engagement, public-private partnerships and the successful navigation of social issues are critical milestones to Kingston becoming a smart city — technology cannot be the primary focus,” were the thoughts of senior director of C&W Business Jamaica,... Read More

GK now offers cyber-attack insurance

Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

Local insurance provider GK Insurance (GKI) last week launched a new insurance product that aims to assist businesses and individuals with recovery after cyber-attacks.The new insurance package is due to start on July 1. Read More

Trump-Xi meeting at G20 raises hope for trade truce

Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

WASHINGTON, United State s (AFP) - US President Donald Trump and China's Xi Jinping said yesterday they plan to meet next week at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, raising hopes for a truce in an increasingly damaging trade war between the world's top two... Read More

Optimism over trade sends US stocks sharply higher

Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

Potentially encouraging news on trade and interest rates put Wall Street in a buying mood yesterday, driving the market to solid gains and sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average 350 points higher. Read More

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

Wednesday, June, 19 2019    

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency too. Read More


BY ALEXIS MONTEITH Observer writer | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

Imagine visiting a venue and being told that a party hosting hundreds of people was just held there. You look around and everything is in order and clean. There isn't a single piece of garbage or other evidence of an event to be seen. Read More

What they didn't tell you – the first job

Sunday, June, 16 2019    

IF you're lucky, you will get a job right out of school. And if you're like most people, you may have to wait a few months. And then some. What few people will tell you is that your first job will not likely come immediately or be 'the right one'. Chances are, it won't even be good... Read More

Mangoes off to the US

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

MONTEGO BAY, St James —Jamaican mangoes are set to hit the shelves in the United States of America soon, following the inaugural export of 12,000 pounds of the fruit from the Sangster International Airport in St James on Thursday last. Read More

Dividends: A simple explanation

BY RANDY T ROWE Contributor | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

 Writer's Note - Last week in my first of two articles, I explained what is a divided and how are dividends paid? This week in part two, I explore why are dividends paid and give further details.  Read More

School's out, now what?

BY PAUL ALLEN Observer writer | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

Summer is almost here and while this does not mean quite the same thing to adults who have to go to work regardless, school is out and that means one thing, bored children looking for parents to entertain them. Read More

Peta-Ann Townsend investing in herself, future

BY ABBION ROBINSON Contributor | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

A side hustle is something that many university students are familiar with. Between paying for tuition, boarding fees, textbooks and groceries while trying to balance the “You Only Live Once” mantra, resources are always stretched thin for students. Read More

COK responds to customer's query regarding loan payment

Claudienne Edwards | Sunday, June, 16 2019    

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Government of Barbados proposes cuts to bondholders

Sunday, June, 16 2019    

In its latest Creditor's Update, the Government of Barbados (GoB) indicated that is was going to propose a second round of haircut proposals to bondholders. Read More


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