Ralph Lauren fashions boon for Jamaica

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Friday, February, 16 2018    

The recent launch in New York of fashion icon Ralph Lauren's Jamaica-inspired 2018 Spring Collection is the latest boon for Brand Jamaica as the island continues to benefit from a windfall of celebrities vacationing on the island in recent times. Read More

Former PM urges a move to IMF to reverse Barbados' economic fortunes

Friday, February, 16 2018    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur says Barbados should look towards the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to help turn around the ailing economy, saying the Washington-based financial institution “has changed its ways and now enables countries to... Read More

Help for Puerto Rican college students has islanders worried

Friday, February, 16 2018    

PROVIDENCE, United States (AP) — It sounded like a scam. Three weeks after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, Brown University was offering to pick up 40 of the island's top students in a private jet and shuttle them to the Ivy League school to study for a year. And it would all... Read More

Grange: Country to see new businesses through UK-Jamaica Trade Fair

Thursday, February, 15 2018    

OLIVIA Grange has said that Jamaica will be provided with an avenue to pursue new business ventures through a United Kingdom-Jamaica Trade Fair to be held by the British High Commission in Kingston next month. Read More

Cyprus economy records highest growth in 10 years

Thursday, February, 15 2018    

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus recorded its best growth in a decade last year, official data showed yesterday, on the back of record tourist arrivals and a resurgence in construction. Read More

Haitian president denounces Oxfam handling of sex scandal

Thursday, February, 15 2018    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) —Haiti's President Jovenel Moise has decried Oxfam's handling of a prostitution scandal in the Caribbean nation, calling the situation a “serious violation of human dignity”. Read More

Inner-city residents taught how to earn online

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Contributor | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

Over a dozen inner-city residents in various volatile communities are now earning online through training provided by Internet Income Jamaica (IIJ) in the Alternative Livelihood Skills Development (ALSD) Programme run by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Read More

Accountants and private equity consultants partner to capture capital markets

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Contributor | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

When two former Digicel CEOs and a former CEO of the Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union's mobile banking platform partner with an international accounting franchise and a Caribbean-based private equity firm, the market takes notice. And so 400 guests at the soft launch... Read More

Turner duo aiming for the stock market

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Contributor | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

The average person who has tried and failed at a number of business ventures would probably give up after a while. However, 'average' is not how you would describe the husband-and-wife team of Oral and Allison Turner. Instead you would use the following adjectives:... Read More

Capacity building for smart cities

by ALEXANDRA STENNETT | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

Throughout most of history, the majority of the world's population lived in rural areas and only a small proportion lived in urban areas. This trend has changed significantly in recent years as urban areas become the epicentres of resources and opportunities, and... Read More

Record 2017 sales set up Puma to score at World Cup

Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — German sportswear firm Puma on Monday reported record revenues in 2017, with celebrity sparkle from Rihanna and the football World Cup set to maintain the leaping-cat brand's appeal into 2018. Read More

Heineken cheers 2017 profits, but margin growth to lose fizz

Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

LA HAYE, Netherlands (AFP) — Dutch brewing giant Heineken said Monday that profits jumped by a quarter in 2017, thanks to higher sales of its premium-brand beer across nearly all regions. Read More

Growth picks up to 1.1% for December quarter

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has projected growth in the Jamaican economy for financial year 2017/18 in the range of 0.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent. Read More

$6 billion disbursed to MSMEs

BY JOSIMAR SCOTT Observer writer | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) disbursed more than $6 billion to the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector in loans between April 2017 and January 2018, according to DBJ Managing Director Milverton Reynolds. Read More

Ways to cash out of your business

BY DENNISE WILLIAMS Contributor | Wednesday, February, 14 2018    

MANY business owners have significant capital tied up in their business. And if you are ready to take the leap to sell your business or even a part of your business to unlock the money you have put into it, our income ideas panel discusses how to cash out... Read More


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