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Erdogan can save the Turkish lira

August 15, 2018

The Turkish lira floats, but not on a sea of tranquillity. Since Recep Tayyip Erdogan became president in August 2014, the lira has shed 66 per cent of its value against the US dollar. Since May 14, when Erdogan announced he was taking Turkey's mone more

Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns' – government

August 15, 2018

HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US “campaigns” to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday. Some three million tourists travelled to the Caribbean more

Black Panther delivers stock price surge for Palace Amusement

August 15, 2018

In the wake of “Wakanda Forever” fever and a swell of black pride driven by King T'Challa and the rest of Marvel Studio's Black Panther mega hit, Palace Amusement saw its stock price surge by 154 per cent. According to investment guru more

Sagicor Investments Unit Trust tops 12-month performance

August 15, 2018

Over the last 12 months for the period ending July 30, 2018, four of the seven unit trust companies have delivered double-digit returns to investors. The top performer was Sagicor Investments' Sigma Equity Fund which gave investors 25.34 per cent r more

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

August 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AP) — Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to. An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPh more

China's Huawei eyes smartphone summit after passing Apple

August 15, 2018

SHANGHAI, China (AFP) — China's Huawei on Friday said it could replace Samsung as the world's top smartphone maker by late next year, just days after data showed it surpassed Apple for the number-two spot despite being essentially barred from t more

Foreign tourists get surprise bonanza from Turkey woes

August 15, 2018

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — The collapse of the Turkish lira has caused trauma as Turks see their purchasing power slashed, but bargain-hunting foreign tourists visiting the country at the peak of the summer season are cashing in on a currency win more

Corruption scandal in Argentina

August 15, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) – Records kept in notebooks of the kind used by schoolchildren are bringing down titans of Argentina's industry in a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal. Dirty dealings are nothing new in Argentina. What sets more

Warren Buffett's investing continues to evolve even at 87

August 15, 2018

OMAHA, United States (AP) — Warren Buffett is still finding new places to invest decades after he started, even though his basic approach of finding businesses selling for less than they are worth hasn't changed much. Buffett resisted investin more

Five things to know about Bayer and Monsanto

August 15, 2018

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — A cancer victim's surprise court victory over US pesticide maker Monsanto could open the floodgates to a slew of similar lawsuits, potentially leaving the firm's new German owner with a major case of buyer's remorse. more

Burundi plans plastic bag ban

August 15, 2018

NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months. “The manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all pla more

France to set penalties on non-recycled plastic

August 15, 2018

PARIS, France (AFP) — France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic, part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environ more

World Bank to issue world's first blockchain bond

August 15, 2018

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The World Bank is taking a step into the brave new world of digital finance to sell the first-ever bond to be issued entirely using blockchain technology, the bank announced Friday. More than just funds, the W more

Pay up or else: Spain warns of online 'sextorsion'

August 15, 2018

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — Spanish police warned Saturday of a massive blackmail campaign to expose web users' supposed visits to porn sites unless they pay up — a technique police calls 'sextorsion'. “Criminals send an email in which t more

124 tertiary students receive education grants from MP Montague

August 15, 2018

St Mary Western Member of Parliament Robert Montague on Sunday presented education grants to 124 youngsters from his constituency for tertiary-level studies. Montague, who addressed the awards ceremony held at Gayle Seventh-day Adventist Church in more

Applicants should settle in province linked to nominee programme

August 15, 2018

Dear Mr Brown, If I were to receive a nomination from a province, do I have to live in that province? I do not really want to live in one of the country provinces, but I am willing to use the nomination to then move to Ontario. — NB   Dear more

Gov't to launch commission to find solutions to violence

August 15, 2018

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will be launching a commission shortly to examine and find solutions to violence in Jamaica. He said that the media will be a major stakeholder in the process. “It is not a discussion for poli more

Crawford says youths looking to him for political protection

August 15, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James — People's National Party (PNP) vice-presidential aspirant Damion Crawford says the overwhelming majority of Jamaican youths have pinned their hopes on him for political protection. “If you ask your cousin, your aun more

Mr Whittington Cole must not die in vain

August 15, 2018

The horrific story in yesterday's Jamaica Observer about the fatal attack by dogs on a 66-year-old man as he walked in his community of Hampton Green, St Catherine, late at night is an appalling commentary on the state of affairs in this country. T more

Gateway Co-operative Credit Union technology services build-out nears completion

August 15, 2018

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The thrust by Gateway Co-operative Credit Union — which boast assets in excess of $7.5 billion — to roll out cutting-edge technology for the delivery of products and services such as online banking and online more

Applying for a US visa after being denied

August 15, 2018

Q: I recently applied for my visiting visa and was not approved. How long must I wait before I reapply?   A: Thank you for your question. There is no required time for which you must wait after having your visa application denied. However, we stron more

Aspiring nurse smuggles cocaine in vagina

August 15, 2018

AN aspiring nurse, who was caught entering the island from Guyana with almost two pounds of cocaine in her stomach and vagina, yesterday claimed that she smuggled the drugs to pay for her nursing course. Lisa Reid, a 25-year-old bartender of Old Har more

Dividend season bringing returns for investors

August 15, 2018

With savings accounts paying less than 1.75 per cent and repurchase agreements at the top end of the market for accounts with $1 million or more, the stock market has attracted the interest of investors who want to enjoy a quarterly paycheque and g more

Do better, Sangster's and Kingston bookshops

August 15, 2018

Dear Editor, This is the usual time of year when back-to-school preparations kick into gear. I thought I might as well try to get in ahead of the crowds and pick up a few things. Why not, I thought, August is not so early. I ventured downtown to th more

Let not misinterpretation and extrapolation lead us astray on abortion

August 15, 2018

Mesdames Alyssa Nebel (Canada) and Linnette Vassell's (Jamaica) comments on July 10, 2018 have in fact affirmed the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society's (JCHS) position (July 2, 2018) that no international instrument mandates countries to legali more



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