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Accountants and private equity consultants partner to capture capital markets

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 more

Jamaica Diaspora education summit set for March

February 14, 2018

THE Jamaica Diaspora Education Task Force's (JDETF) third Biennial Advancement in Education and Teacher Training Summit is set for March 21-25 in the City of Miramar, South Florida. It will mark the first time that the summit, which will be held und more

Know your rights as temporary workers in the US

February 14, 2018

Q: I am thinking about applying for a visa to go to the United States as a temporary worker. I am worried, though, about being so far from home and about how I will be treated. What should I expect?   A: Great question! The temporary worker progra more

25-y-o faces court next week for murder of elderly couple

February 14, 2018

FABIAN Skervin, 25, has been charged in relation to the double murder of an elderly couple in Retreat, St Thomas, last month. Skervin, a farmer of Tulip Road and Soho district, both in Seaforth, St Thomas, has been charged with two counts of murder more

Digicel Foundation donates $5m to beneficiaries

February 14, 2018

FIVE special-needs organisations will be able to better serve their communities, having benefited from $5 million worth of proceeds from the staging of the 2017 Digicel 5K Run/Walk for Special Needs. The five organisations: Jamaica Autism Support A more

Turner duo aiming for the stock market

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 follo more

The scales of justice require balance, Your Honours

February 14, 2018

Dear Editor, I have read the full-page 'Declaration on Separation of Powers, Judicial Independence and Judicial Accountability' prepared by 97 judges from the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and the Parish Courts of Jamaica, published in the newspape more

Jamaica must not sit Trump's loyalty tests

February 14, 2018

The brief visit of the American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Jamaica is hardly a platform by which to judge the strength of Jamaican-American relationships. But that Tillerson chose to come is an important statement of the continued strong rel more

Capacity building for smart cities

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 oppo more

Gates turns attention toward poverty, growing inequity in US

February 14, 2018

KIRKLAND, United States (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates, as the world's top philanthropists, are rethinking their work in America as they confront what they consider their unsatisfactory track record on schools, the country's growing inequity, an more

For global water crisis, climate may be the last straw

February 14, 2018

PARIS, France (AFP) — Before man-made climate change kicked in — and well before “Day Zero” in Cape Town, where taps may run dry in early May — the global water crisis was upon us. Freshwater resources around the world more

To answer or not to answer a 'fool'

February 14, 2018

Dear Editor, If I ever had any doubts about the continuing validity of the book of Proverbs and other biblical perspectives these would have been eliminated by the latest development in the ongoing acting chief justice appointment saga — the p more

Inner-city residents taught how to earn online

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 Investmen more

Don't mess with judges and their independence

February 14, 2018

  The fact that the operations of the courts came to a virtual standstill on Monday, February 12, 2018 cannot go without notice. And the fact that this standstill was brought on by the obstinate positioning of the prime minister on the matter of th more

Jamaican jailed on ganja-related charges in Barbados

February 14, 2018

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A 40-year-old Jamaican was jailed for 12 months after he failed to pay a fine of BDS$4,000 (One Barbados dollar=US$0.50 cents) forthwith on drug-related charges. Deorian Orlando Duhaney pleaded guilty when he appea more

Court management service should not have judicial privilege

February 14, 2018

Dear Editor, I write to express my extreme disappointment in the court management service. I read an article that was published in the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 titled 'Status quo must be challenged to fix management of judicia more

Well said, Fitzroy Simpson

February 14, 2018

Dear Editor, It is rather disgraceful and disturbing the manner in which we deal with and handle our iconic characters. Fitzroy Simpson is so right in coming out in defence of Coach Theodore Whitmore in the manner in which he is being handled by the more

Valentines get quickie marriage licences at Las Vegas airport

February 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS, United States (AFP) — The Las Vegas airport has given new meaning to rushing to make a connection, offering quickie wedding licences for lovebirds desperate to get hitched on Valentine's Day. Clark County, the authority that adminis more

Homes evacuated as mud volcano erupts in T&T

February 14, 2018

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — At least three homes were evacuated and several cracks have appeared on the road as the Devil's Wood Yard mud volcano in New Grant, south of here, erupted yesterday. Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Ser more

Is selling a worthwhile career?

February 14, 2018

The simplest way to think of the nature and role of selling is to make a sale. This seemingly obvious statement disguises what is often a very complex process. This involves the use of a set of principles and techniques as well as substantial perso more

The patent regime in Jamaica: Working with what we have… for now

February 14, 2018

Jamaica's 1857 Patent Act (the “Act”) is long overdue for an overhaul. In the meantime, however, while the gears are in motion to revamp the patent regime in Jamaica, local inventors seeking patent protection, and international inventors more

St Vincent woman pleads guilty to charges under Cybercrime Act

February 14, 2018

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) — A senior magistrate will decide on Friday what punishment a woman in her late 20's will receive after she created legal history here when she became the first person to be convicted of crimes committed under the co more

ANC turns against Zuma

February 14, 2018

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's ruling party on Tuesday disowned President Jacob Zuma after sticking with him through years of scandals, ordering him to resign in an attempt to resolve a leadership crisis that has disrupted gov more

Gov't ministries to have customer service improvement plan by April

February 14, 2018

All ministries must have customer service improvement plans in place by the end of April 2018 as mandated by the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme. The aim is to reduce waste, save money and make the public institutions more more

Man City squad most expensive in history —report

February 14, 2018

PARIS, France (AFP) — Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory. The research values Pep Guardiola's squad at 878 mil more



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