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Quick Chick restaurant satisfied with first year despite challenges

July 12, 2020

One year since its official opening, the operators of Quick Chick restaurant say they have managed to overcome numerous hurdles, including the COVID-19 pandemic and are now looking forward to a brighter future. Chairman and managing director, Conl more

Minority interest and you

July 12, 2020

DON'T feel bad if the first thing that came to mind was the Tom Cruise movie Minority Report when you saw the title of this article. Minority interest, commonly referred to as non-controlling interest, is not something that is usually tossed arou more

Oliver Coughlan to lead Digicel's Caribbean and Central America operations

July 12, 2020

Oliver Coughlan, the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Digicel Pacific Limited, has been appointed to the new role of chief executive of Digicel's operations in the Caribbean and Central America. He will report to Denis O'Brien, Digicel's chai more

Shockproof your investment portfolio, says Scotia Investments

July 12, 2020

WITH global markets expected to remain volatile throughout the near and foreseeable future, at least one local investment company is aiming to quell the anxieties being experienced by investors who may be tempted to exit the market during these uncer more

IMF warns cutting spending too soon could derail recovery

July 12, 2020

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — As governments rushed out funding to prevent an economic collapse amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, global public debt swelled to the highest in history, but the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned Frid more

Jamaica launches 'Safe Return to Set'

July 12, 2020

Jampro and the Jamaica Film and TV Association (JAFTA) have officially launched the 'Safe Return to Set' industry guidelines that will govern filming during and after the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica. Film Commissioner Renee Robinson said the majo more

Saving today on cheap imports has a devastating impact on the economy tomorrow — poultry farmer

July 12, 2020

With food imports totalling US$1,025,537 billion in 2019, it's time for a robust national discussion on the risks and emerging hazards to our ability to feed ourselves. This discussion is perhaps best anchored in establishing the intersection betw more

May inflation rate up by 0.1 % — STATIN

July 12, 2020

The Jamaica Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate for May was 0.1 per cent. This increase was largely as a result of the 1.1 per cent increase in the heavily weighted food and non-alcoholic beverages division, according to the Consumer Price Ind more

COVID-19 hits SVREL hard

July 12, 2020

The three-month closure of Caymanas Park due to COVID-19 has hit Supreme Ventures Racing & Entertainment Limited (SVREL) hard, with the company reporting year-to-date losses of $204.3 million. SVREL is the promoter of horse racing in Jamaica. more

Sagicor Financial Corporation and Scotia Life TT distribution deal discontinued

July 12, 2020

Sagicor Financial Corporation (SFC) and Scotia Life Trinidad and Tobago have mutually agreed to discontinue their 20-year distribution deal, which expired on June 30. The original deal brokered by SCF in November 2018 would have resulted in the fin more

Neil Lawrence appointed non-executive chairman of Growth-Tech

July 12, 2020

NEIL Lawrence has been appointed non-executive chairman of Growth-Tech Limited, one of Jamaica's leading technology companies. Lawrence brings into his new role 15 years in commercial business and process management with several leading companies, more

The Unlikely Gardener

July 12, 2020

“Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes, it is a triumph of hope over experience.” – Marina Schinz   For the Unlikely Gardener, hope triumphs over experience when experience fails to hope. My first memory of gardening is more

SO2 July 12

July 12, 2020

First... According to Vogue Senior Features Editor Liam Freeman, “There is a strong nexus between Jamaica and the international fashion industry, and it's largely thanks to one man: Deiwght Peters.” The declaration was made in Freeman's more

Design Details

July 12, 2020

“The details are not the details; they make the design.” — Charles Eames   In interior design, one has to approach the space, bearing in mind architectural features, preferences, styles, concepts, ideas, and tastes. All these elem more

'Wheel and Come Again': What Will Be Jamaica's Comeback Story?

July 12, 2020

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica's recent announcement that the local economy has declined by over 2 per cent in the first quarter of the year came as no real surprise to anyone. The economy naturally was affected by the spread of the novel coron more

Advancing the anti-corruption conversation

July 12, 2020

The discussion on corruption, in recent weeks, has devolved, perhaps by design, to being one in which the focus is on which political party is more corrupt rather than what steps are being taken to end corruption. For disclosure, let me state that i more

Rethinking the Caricom development model after COVID-19

July 12, 2020

Governments around the world, including countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), have emerged as the principal players in the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The private sector, for the most part, has taken a back s more

Canada unemployment drops in June; nearly one million jobs created

July 12, 2020

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Nearly one million jobs were created in Canada in June as coronavirus-linked restrictions were loosened, sending the unemployment rate down to 12.3 per cent, government data showed Friday. The economic reboot generated 9 more

COVID-19 and the workplace: Welcome to the new normal

July 12, 2020

AS the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread worldwide, the economic dislocation caused by the shutdown has become evident in all countries, particularly small, tourism-dependent island nations like Jamaica. The search continues for a vaccine or dru more

Bolt says he was counting on taking baby daughter Olympia to Tokyo

July 12, 2020

Former Olympic sprint mega star Usain Bolt says he was looking forward to taking his baby daughter to the Olympics this year, and even while he is hopeful that the global sporting extravaganza will go on next year, he was disappointed when the Games more

Coronavirus deaths take long-expected turn for the worse

July 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — A long-expected upturn in US coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the south and west, according to data on the pandemic. The number of deaths per day from the virus had been falling for months, and ev more

Virus cases up sharply in Africa, India as inequality stings

July 12, 2020

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's confirmed coronavirus cases have doubled in just two weeks to a quarter-million, and India on Saturday saw its biggest daily spike as its infections passed 800,000. The surging cases are raising sharp concerns more

Liverpool's record bid hit by Burnley draw, Norwich relegated

July 12, 2020

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Liverpool's bid to set a new Premier League points record was rocked by a 1-1 draw against Burnley, while Norwich were relegated as Michail Antonio's four-goal blitz fired West Ham to a thumping win yesterday. Ju more

Delays result in doctors out of work

July 12, 2020

THE Jamaica Medical Doctors Association (JMDA) is furious over delays in the employment of some of its members, which has left medical doctors sitting at home without work. The JMDA told the Jamaica Observer that on July 1 when the 2020 medical year more

Williams decides to delay professional debut due to COVID-19

July 12, 2020

Briana Williams' first season as a professional athlete will have to wait until 2021 as the World Athletics Junior sprint double champion took the decision to sit out this season due to concerns about the novel coronavirus pandemic and safeguarding more



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