Government prioritising 20 per cent procurement spend for small businesses

By |2020-01-17T09:14:02+00:00January 17th, 2020|news|

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Government says it is placing priority on ensuring that Jamaica's small businesses will benefit from 20 per cent share of the Government's procurement spend this year. Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green, who made the disclosure, noted that the process started late last [...]

New process for ‘Learner’s’ licence

By |2020-01-14T21:07:06+00:00January 14th, 2020|news|

As of January 25, 2020, the process to obtain a Provisional (Learner) Driver's Licence will change. Persons wishing to obtain a “Learner's Licence” will now first have to visit any of the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) Examination Depots to do the multiple choice Road Code Test, as part of the application process.   The new [...]

Sigma goes virtual

By |2020-01-14T21:03:08+00:00January 14th, 2020|news|

Shani McGraham-Shirley, patron of Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run addresses Editors and Reporters at Jamaica Observer's Monday Exchange at the newspaper's Beechwood Avenue office yesterday. Numerous individuals at home and abroad now have the opportunity to participate in the Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Run with the introduction of the 'My Sigma Virtual Run' for this year's 22nd [...]

Strong Howling Winds to Continue to Impact the Caribbean

By |2020-01-13T12:53:28+00:00January 13th, 2020|news|

Strong Howling Winds to Continue to Impact the Caribbean January 11, 2020 Strong Howling Winds to Continue to Impact the CaribbeanDale C.S. Destin | Strong howling winds are expected to continue across much of the Caribbean Basin through Tuesday. These huffing and puffing, big bad wolf winds are causing notable socio-economic impacts to the islands. As [...]

Used car dealers report robust sales in 2019

By |2020-01-10T22:55:31+00:00January 10th, 2020|news|

Used car dealers are reporting that sales were robust in 2019. Lynvale Hamilton, President of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers Association, told the Financial Report that vehicle imports were also higher than in 2018. During that year just over 30,000 used vehicles entered the island. http://rjrnewsonline.com/business/used-car-dealers-report-robust-sales-in-2019

Sagicor’s SIGMA raises $400M over 21 years

By |2020-01-10T15:16:23+00:00January 10th, 2020|news|

The Sagicor Foundation through its SIGMA Corporate Run initiative has highlighted that within the last 21 years since inception, the company's signature charity event has managed to raise more than $400 million benefiting some 30-plus health and educational institutions islandwide. The run, which has significantly increased the amount raised over the years, with increments surpassing [...]

Strong earthquake jolts several Caribbean islands

By |2020-01-10T12:47:00+00:00January 10th, 2020|news|

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 rocked several Caribbean islands on Wednesday as regional countries were being urged to continue monitoring the situation in Puerto Rico where two strong earthquakes have been blamed for the death of one man and damage to several buildings in that country. The Trinidad-based Seismic [...]

Road code test for learner’s licence applicants come January 24

By |2020-01-10T12:42:30+00:00January 10th, 2020|news|

Minister of Transport and Mining, Robert Montague (2nd left)) signs a tripartite agreement for an online training programme for public passenger vehicle drivers and conductors at the ministry in Kingston on Thursday (November 21). The other signatories (from left) are: Chief Executive Officer of EduFocaL Business Limited, Gordon Swaby; Managing Director of the Transport Authority, [...]

Heightened risk of cyber-attacks – says JN Cybersecurity unit

By |2020-01-08T16:07:07+00:00January 8th, 2020|news|

Jamaica National Group Cybersecurity Unit is encouraging its customers to exercise increased vigilance when using email communications at this time. The bank says there is a heightened risk of  cyber-attacks from hackers affiliated with the Iranian government, which has vowed to retaliate against the United States for its recent attack. In a statement to customers, [...]

Economic performance is measured using year-over-year growth rate — STATIN

By |2020-01-09T14:51:14+00:00January 8th, 2020|news|

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) has emphasised that the headline indicator used to assess the performance of the Jamaican economy in its gross domestic product (GDP) report is the year-over-year growth rate — that is the reference quarter with the same quarter of the previous year. STATIN made the point in a letter [...]

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