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Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Roderick 'Ricky' Francis, son of the late Roderick 'Bunny' Francis, says he intends to execute the dream project conceived by his father, a multibillion-dollar complex called The Spires to be developed on the Kingston waterfront.Bunny Francis was...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

For five years, the Jamaica Coffee Growers Association (JCGA) has held a coffee export licence that its president says has never been used.But as tensions grow between farmers and coffee traders over the rates on offer for green beans at the farm...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Conch sales were disappointing for B&D Trawling in the past season, but CEO Roderick Francis expects to make up some of the lost ground from sea cucumbers and live lobsters as alternative sources of revenue...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Coconut Industry Board consultants are expected to produce a revised draft of a $3-billion commercial plan for the agency, but the go-ahead appears to be contingent on the potential costs involved in delivering it. Those discussions are expected by...

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2018 | 7:35 AMAvia Collinder

Investors Haresh Shivnani and Haresh Daswani of H & H Ventures Limited are putting US$5.7 million ($775 million) into the development of a two-acre property at Reading, on the outskirts of Montego Bay....

Published:Wednesday | August 22, 2018 | 7:35 AMAvia Collinder

Proposals from the board of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority, JACRA, regarding the path forward for the agency are yet to be submitted to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, MICAF.The proposals...

Published:Sunday | August 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Arising from the increase in user fees in public-health facilities on August 1 for individuals who have health insurance, local insurance providers say that they expect the annual payout to local hospitals to increase.Already, these charges have...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Worker representatives are not convinced that Jamaica's labour code needs revamping, notwithstanding the battle plan that companies have devised and are executing in a pitch for changes to...

Published:Friday | August 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Telecommunications company Digicel Group and partners are expected to announce the launch of a mobile money app this month that is usable internationally, more than a year after the product...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Derrimon Trading Company Limited on Friday announced a definitive agreement to purchase the entire shareholding of pallets manufacturer Woodcats International Limited.Financing has been arranged by Mayberry Investments Limited and the transaction is...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

National Commercial Bank Jamaica, NCB, has rolled out a second loan product on its digital platform, this time a pay advance loan that has no interest charge attached but comes with a monthly flat fee and is repayable in a month.The bank said on...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Goddard Catering Group, now rebranded GCG Group, sees opportunity in the events market in Jamaica in which it aims to claim the "premier" spot as caterer of choice and is positioning for growth next year.The company, whose Jamaican subsidiary...

Published:Friday | August 3, 2018 | 12:15 AMAvia Collinder

The filing of returns for NIS contributions has been a chronic problem over the years among some employers, and even government bodies, but now the state pension agency is trying another tactic to drive compliance. The parent ministry of the...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) will be spending $15 billion this year on capital improvement projects, investments that are meant to reduce downtime and system losses, says President...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

National Housing Trust, NHT, has released new information on the gender, income and age of buyers which shows that more Jamaicans aged 30 years and below are securing mortgages and that women are buying more homes than men, in general.The data...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Printing company Maxi Press Limited, based in Negril, has found a niche for its services in the tourism sector, specialising in entertainment signage, clothing and decoration.Owners of the six-year-old company, Mark Mieke and Kayona Stewart-Mieke,...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Sagicor Bank Jamaica Limited has fielded a mobile point-of-sale device which can be used by merchants and small business persons on the go, potentially widening the market for cashless transactions.SWYPE, the new mobile device, is cheaper and likely...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Use of automated banking services by rural customers continue to lag urban areas, but Brian Boothe, the head of retail banking at National Commercial Bank (NCB), expects they will eventually follow the trend, and is investing in making it happen.It'...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The Vice Chancellery of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported on Friday that governments of the region are making arrangements to settle debt owing to the institution, estimated at around US$200 million, in cash and kind.The update...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Mortgage provider National Housing Trust (NHT) has added a mobile component to its outreach, which sees the state agency travelling to communities to assist residents with loan applications for the housing and benefits it provides.The 'mobile unit'...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The first annual general meeting of newly formed Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) featured elections, which saw manufacturing leaders Metry Seaga and Richard Pandohie slide into the positions of president and deputy president,...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The Commission of Strata Corporations, CSC, quoted a new rate for registration fees in April, which, for some strata corporations, resulted in more than a 200 per cent increase.The cost to the stratas increased, even though the CSC had cut the rate...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

An orchestrated but, in the end, under-supported bid by some shareholders to remove long serving board members of the Jamaica Stock Exchange Limited, the JSE Group, failed last Thursday, with all directors who were eligible for re-election returned....

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Jeffrey Hall, managing director of food and logistics conglomerate Jamaica Producers Group Limited, says for this year and beyond the company would place itself at the centre of major trends that fuel demand within the region and internationally....

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

National Commercial Bank Jamaica is following other mortgage providers with an incentive programme for local realtors to go after a bigger slice of the mortgage loan market.Although NCB is the largest lender in Jamaica, it is outperformed in the...

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