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FTC, CAC to merge

The Government is moving to ensure that consumers have increased protection, through the merger of the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) and the Fair Trading Commission (FTC). In making the disclosure, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry...
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Opposition demands protocol for reopening economy

The Opposition has blasted the government for what it calls the ongoing failure to establish and make public the protocol to guide the re-opening of the economy, warning that this could lead to a disaster.    
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Holness under tourism pressure

DAYS AFTER tourism advocates called for the Holness administration to declare a timeline for the resumption of incoming air and sea travel, Jamaica’s most powerful private-sctor lobby has added pressure for a clear road map towards a “date for a...
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Treasure Beach hotels to make push for J’can tourists

LONG REGARDED as the forgotten stepchild of Jamaica’s tourism industry, Treasure Beach was dealt a massive blow when the Government, on March 24, closed the country’s borders to inbound travellers amid the outbreak of COVID-19. With the vast...
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Growth & Jobs | Spend wisely! - Conserving fuel during an economic downturn

WITH A number of employees across Jamaica working from home since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, many motorists have been driving less and are likely conserving fuel and money. Jason McNeish, deputy general manager at the Jamaica...
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Growth & Jobs | COVID-19 pandemic: An opportunity to strengthen the micro sector landscape

Gillian Hyde, general manager, Jamaica National Small Business Loan (JNSBL), says the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity for Jamaicans to include, high on the ­national agenda, plans to make it ­easier and cheaper for micro entrepreneurs...
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Players need unions - Roberts encourages sportsmen/women to represent themselves

Head of the Hugh Shearer Labour Studies Institute at the University of the West Indies Open Campus Danny Roberts says that national football players should form a union to mediate and address their concerns in light of the present situation between...
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Defending Darren - JFF stands by embattled striker Mattocks

DALTON WINT, general secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), says embattled Reggae Boyz striker Darren Mattocks is still part of the association’s plans for the upcoming Concacaf World Cup qualifiers. Mattocks, who plies his trade with...
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Mixed bag for manufacturing - Some lose markets, others ramp up shifts and output as demand swells

A picture of mixed fortunes in manufacturing is emerging from the full onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Jamaica. Amid the layoffs, cost-cuttings and supply chain challenges, and issues with the availability of foreign exchange, President of the...
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As cannabis market softens, some investors pulling back

Aurora, a Canadian listed cannabis company, has sold its Jamaica asset for less than its CDN$4.5 million ­valuation in order to get cash. “The company also accepted an offer to sell its Jamaica property for gross proceeds of CDN$3.4 million,” said...
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Which Jamaicans for the next Verzuz clash?

A four-letter word best describes the display of musical mastery that unfolded on the Instagram Live battle, Verzuz, on Saturday night: EPIC. It will be days, perhaps weeks, or even months before everybody ceases talking about the showmanship of...
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Chozenn heralds Caribbean unity with new single

‘One Caribbean’ is the title of gospel singer Chozenn’s newest single, which, as the name implies, is an ode to regional unity. While it may not necessarily fit snugly in a praise-and-worship session, the song is inspiring, and Chozenn has since...
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Editorial | Why the EU should reconsider blacklisting Ja

THIS NEWSPAPER is unambiguous that Jamaica must have an effective regime to prevent its financial system being used for money laundering and for transferring funds to terrorists. For, weak anti-money-laundering arrangements are not merely somebody...
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Nicola Cousins | Domestic violence surges as countries battle COVID-19

NEWS REPORTS from across the world have indicated a significant increase in domestic violence cases since the onset of the novel coronavirus. This increase is directly related to the lockdowns that countries have imposed to limit the spread of the...
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Letter of the Day | Let cleanliness be a way of life

THE EDITOR, Madam: ONE GOOD thing that has emerged out of the COVID-19 pandemic is that cleanliness has become the order of the day throughout Jamaica. Never have Jamaica’s banks, restaurants, supermarkets, buses, pharmacies, and bars been so...
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What would we do without women?

THE EDITOR, Madam: WHAT WOULD the world do without women? We could write a whole book on this. It would certainly be a sad, dull, boring and unbalanced world. Thanks be to God for women, and for the major role they are playing in this world. For...
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People push a car that ran out of gas to a state-run oil company PDVSA filling station in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday. The first of five tankers loaded with gasolene sent from Iran this week is expected to temporarily ease Venezuela’s fuel crunch while defying Trump administration sanctions targeting the two US foes.

Authorities celebrate docking of tanker with Iran gasolene

CARACAS (AP): Venezuelan authorities celebrated Monday as the first of five Iranian tankers loaded with gasolene docked in the South American country, delivering badly needed fuel to the crisis-stricken nation that sits atop the world’s largest oil...
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Ex-strongman Bouterse seeks another term

PARAMARIBO (AP): Few leaders have the sort of shadows that hang over Suriname’s President Dési Bouterse: a former coup leader and strongman, convicted of murder and drug smuggling, overseeing a dire economy. Yet the charismatic 74-year-old...
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Jamaica welcomes Pier 17

Pier 17 Jamaica, a new member of the Shipping Association of Jamaica, started operations in May 2020, offering to freight forwarders exclusive ‘less than container load’ (LCL) services as a neutral consolidator, with regional inter-connections for...
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The new role of warehousing in port-centric logistics

As the world adapts to the ‘new normal’ ushered in by COVID-19, shipping and the entire supply chain have been exhibiting two of the characteristics that are vital to survival: innovation and flexibility. These new approaches to doing business...
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