KINGSTON, Jamaica – National Commercial Bank (NCB) maintained its grip on the most prestigious and coveted award for the maintenance of international best practices in local business for the fourth consecutive year.
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MUNICH, Germany (AFP) — Two days ahead of general elections scheduled for tomorrow, Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied supporters in Germany's conservative heartland Bavaria on the eve of its world-famous Oktoberfest beer festival.
On Odeonsplatz, an elegant central square in wealthy Munich's city centre, Merkel delivered her upbeat stump speech to a crowd of about 7,000.
"It is worth it to fight down to the wire," she told cheering voters under overcast skies, a day before revellers descend on the world's biggest beer party in the Bavarian capital, now in its 180th edition.
"I am here today because I would like to remain your chancellor for another four years," she added as polls indicated the race was narrowing.
Two new surveys Friday placed Merkel's coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) in a dead heat at 45 to 45 per cent with the combined leftist opposition of the Social Democrats (SPD), Greens and far-left Linke.
Because her chief opponent, Peer Steinbrueck of the SPD, has ruled out a coalition with the Linke, Merkel looks set to win a third term.
But it is shaping up as a photo finish, with either a reloaded centre-right government or a "grand coalition" with the SPD, which Merkel led during her first administration.
The German leader, often called the world's most powerful woman, told supporters that Europe's top economy had emerged stronger from the eurozone crisis than before under her leadership.
"When I became chancellor... there were more than five million unemployed and now there are fewer than three million," she said. "But we need to keep working."
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