Unemployment down in 2018 — PIOJ Economic and Social Survey

By |2019-06-30T21:16:10+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

The labour force contracted by 1.6 per cent to 1, 337 575 workers, with males (53.9 per cent) still outnumbering females. Average annual employment improved by 1.3 per cent to a record 1, 215, 975 workers. Unemployment rates in 2018 continued to trend down to 9.1 per cent from 11.7 per cent. In July of [...]

Major health fear – NCDs cause spike in sales of critical-illness insurance

By |2019-06-30T21:13:23+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

The fear of being diagnosed with cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has triggered a shift in life insurance buying habits among Jamaicans, resulting in 25 per cent of new policies bought over the last three years falling in the critical illness category. Executive director of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) Orville Johnson says [...]

Slight uptick in number of HIV/AIDS cases in Jamaica in 2018

By |2019-06-30T21:08:30+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

ALMOST 1,200 new cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed in Jamaica last year as the number of persons across the island living with the disease climbed to 26,426. This moved the country's HIV/AIDS prevalence to 1.8 per cent in the general population, up from 1.7 in 2017. The figures are contained in the 2018 Economic & [...]

Partnerships with the diaspora are critical for growth — PIOJ director general

By |2019-06-30T21:01:18+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr Wayne Henry, is offering the view that strengthening of existing partnerships and forging new ties between Jamaica and its diaspora are vital inputs needed to achieve sustainable growth and development. Dr Henry made the comment while addressing a recent session of the eighth Biennial Jamaica [...]

JSE embarks on campaign to promote Jamaica Social Stock Exchange

By |2019-06-30T20:58:10+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

An intensive marketing and promotions campaign to heighten public awareness about the Jamaica Social Stock Exchange (JSSE) is currently underway. The JSSE, which was launched in January by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is an initiative of the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). It is intended to facilitate funding support, through public donations, for organisations involved in [...]

Infrastructure fund, solution for projected excess liquidity

By |2019-06-30T20:55:04+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

Chief executive officer of NCB Capital Markets (NCBCM), Steven Gooden, is advising that the increasing liquidity in the economy might result in heightened risk to the financial market, if left unchecked. This, he says, is against the background of the local administration seeking to reduce the debt to GDP to 60 per cent by the [...]

Big gain for NCBCap from Advantage General deal

By |2019-06-30T20:51:50+00:00June 30th, 2019|news|

NCB Capital Markets is selling its stake in Advantage General Insurance Company for nearly 50 per cent more than it shelled out for the acquisition seven years earlier, at least in US-dollar terms. The investment house struck a US$50.5-million deal to sell Advantage General to Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited and two other parties. The transaction is [...]

Breast cancer patients must be aware of increased risk for cardiovascular disease

By |2019-06-26T02:06:35+00:00June 26th, 2019|news|

Winner of the Best Student Presentation Award at the National Health Research Conference (NHRC) 2018 and Resident Physician at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Charisse Best, addresses recent JIS 'Think Tank', on a study undertaken in partial fulfilment of her Doctor of Medicine (DM) programme. (Photo: JIS) KINGSTON, Jamaica — Student Researcher, [...]

Growth & Jobs | NCDs could impact productivity – Tufton

By |2019-06-25T12:55:30+00:00June 25th, 2019|news|

Jamaica could lose an estimated $47 billion in workforce productivity over the next 15 years, if more is not done to reduce the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the population. Dr Christopher Tufton, who was speaking during the plenary session of the biennnial Jamaican Diaspora Conference about health and wellness, highlighted that NCDs were [...]

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