BTB meets with Airbnb to discuss impact to tourism sector

By |2019-09-18T08:56:27+00:00September 18th, 2019|news|

Online marketplace and hospitality service, Airbnb allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging, such as vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, hostel beds, and hotel rooms. After meeting several Caribbean government representatives in Barbados on Thursday, April 20th, Airbnb announced plans to expand tourism in the Caribbean, including Belize. On Tuesday, May 9th, the Belize [...]

Dorian’s lessons for us in the Caribbean

By |2019-09-13T13:21:24+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

The Caribbean Partners' Forum, convened jointly by the Government of Jamaica and the United Nations, and which was held here in Kingston on September 11, created a space for regional stakeholders to consider new solutions to the dreadful threat posed by climate change. It could not have come at a more poignant moment. Last week, [...]

Jamaica buys back its shorter term debt, issues more of its longest debt to finance it

By |2019-09-13T13:17:41+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

Last week Wednesday (September 4) the Government of Jamaica announced an invitation to its Eurobond debt holders to tender for cash Government of Jamaica 11.625% notes due 2022, 9.250% notes due 2025, 7.625% notes due 2025 and 6.750% notes due 2028 which expired as planned on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The invitation was conditioned on, [...]

New storm heads to The Bahamas

By |2019-09-13T13:13:44+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas (AP) — The government of The Bahamas has issued a tropical storm warning for several of its north-western islands, which are still reeling from Hurricane Dorian. The US National Hurricane Center says a tropical cyclone is expected to form in the coming hours near the northwestern Bahamas. The system is emerging about [...]

Security ministry clears 240,000 in traffic tickets backlog through new TTMS

By |2019-09-13T13:10:14+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of National Security says it has cleared a backlog of thousands of traffic tickets, following major software modifications to the island's Traffic Ticket Management System (TTMS). The TTMS is a centralised, web-based system that was introduced in September 2010 by eGov, to improve ticket management from the point where tickets [...]

Global risks affecting pension plans – Part 2

By |2019-09-13T13:04:08+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

Pension portability allows a member to preserve the actuarial value of accrued pension rights when moving from one job to the next. However, portability in our legislation only relates to movement between plans established in Jamaica. A key consideration which will be of increasing importance is the portability of private pension benefits across borders as [...]

A ‘Guardian’ gift for Lupus Foundation JA

By |2019-09-13T13:01:23+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:07 AM Constance Hoo (right), vice-president sales and health operations, Employee Benefits Division, Guardian Life Limited, hands over a cheque to Lupus Foundation of Jamaica President Dr Desiree Tulloch-Reid as part of the Guardian Group Foundation’s commitment to health and wellness. The Lupus Foundation is a voluntary patient organisation [...]

Regulations on using technology to prosecute traffic offences being pursued – Chuck

By |2019-09-13T12:58:33+00:00September 13th, 2019|news|

Jerome Reynolds, Assistant Editor-Online   Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has indicated that efforts are being made to iron out issues surrounding the promulgation of new regulations governing the use of technology in prosecuting road traffic offences. “To the best of my knowledge, provisions are being put together to allow vehicles [to be] ticketed based on video or photographic evidence,” Chuck tweeted this [...]

Tentative list of the missing in Bahamas has 2,500 names

By |2019-09-12T13:31:56+00:00September 12th, 2019|news|

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — The Bahamas government said Wednesday there are 2,500 people on its list of those missing after Hurricane Dorian. But the names have yet to be checked against the rosters of people evacuated from the devastated islands or staying in shelters. Carl Smith, a spokesman for the country's emergency management Agency, said [...]

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