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NCB seeks to explain why it is increasing banking fees

Under pressure, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) has sought to explain how it arrived at new and increased banking fees. Both NCB and Scotiabank have been facing intense public criticism over the new fees. READ: Gov't turns up pressure on...
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Two more firearms found at Stadium East 

The police have seized two more firearms at the Stadium East field in St Andrew. The police say an AK-47 rifle and a Remington shotgun were found Wednesday. These bring to 10 the number of firearms seized since a special operation began on Sunday...
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Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of finance and the public service, speaks at an NCB launch event at the AC Hotel in Kingston on November 7, 2019. Clarke has criticised banks for being tone-deaf in hiking user fees.

NCB firm amid bank backlash

The National Commercial Bank (NCB) has indicated that it will not reverse its decision to increase fees, which took effect earlier this month, despite protest from customers and a caution from the Government that the banking sector’s disregard for...
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Ruffled feathers

Opposition Senator Damion Crawford has lauded Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr for his courage in broaching the suspension of the Common External Tariff and other stamp duties on imported chicken leg quarters in a bid to...
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Earth Today | Early warning systems said key to avoiding climate disasters

GIVEN PROJECTED shifts in the frequency and scale of climate-related events, the call has come for a proper consideration of early warning systems as pivotal to adaptation for Jamaica and other small island developing states (SIDS). “Early warning...
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Earth Today | ‘Worth every penny’

INVESTMENT IN early warning systems and other aspects of climate change adaptation are fuel for potential growth and prosperity. This is according to the Global Commission on Adaptation in its 2019 report ‘Adapt Now: A Global Call for Leadership on...
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Interim senior national men’s head coach Paul Hall.

¡Día de Los Muertos!

STILL CLINGING on to their slim hopes of advancing to this year’s FIFA World Cup tournament, Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will enter today’s massive qualifier against Mexico inside the National Stadium determined to secure maximum three points. The match...
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Lyston vs the Clayton twins set to ignite junior sprinting this season

WHILE FANS eagerly await the clash of the two fastest women in the world over the 100 metres at the senior level in the Jamaican duo of Elaine Thompson Herah, the Olympic champion with a best of 10.54 seconds, and Shelly-ann Fraser Pryce, the World...
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Julian Mair, chairman of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

Jamaica needs a better return on education – JSE chairman

Julian Mair, chairman of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, JSE, warned that the country must improve its return on education amid the pandemic or face the prospect of an enlarged criminal pool. “The markets are not my greatest concern,” Mair said at the...
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Alliance loses second round of licence suspension court battle

Alliance Financial Services Limited, AFSL, has failed in its bid to have the suspension of its cambio and remittance licences lifted while it fights the action taken by the central bank in court. The Bank of Jamaica, BOJ, suspended the licences in...
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Crediting his own crime plan, Admiral Bailey is happy with a recent operation conducted by the security forces.

Admiral Bailey happy with police operation at Stadium East

One week after releasing a video in which he outlined his wide-ranging plan to fight crime in Jamaica, outspoken veteran deejay Admiral Bailey is claiming success, while giving props to the under-fire minister of national security, Dr Horace Chang...
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‘He was a huge supporter of the literary and visual arts’

Justine Henzell, co-founder and producer of the Calabash Literary Festival, said she is deeply saddened by the death of Ralph Thompson, whom she credits as one of the first to read at the inaugural staging of Calabash. The Jamaican poet,...
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Editorial | There goes Dayton Campbell … again

THERE IS a point at which the excuse of ‘youthful exuberance’ neither works nor makes sense. Dayton Campbell, the general secretary of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), is well past that point. Dr Campbell is obviously short on...
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Basil Jarrett | My ‘COVID’ experience

IT FINALLY got me. At least I think so. After nearly two years of dodging the COVID bullet, the pandemic gods finally backed me into a corner, fixed their sights on my position and unloaded a full barrage of the Omicron variant right on top of my...
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Letter of the Day | Don’t destroy our poultry industry

THE EDITOR, Madam: The recommendations by the newly minted Minister of Agriculture Pearnel Charles Jr, for the Government to temporarily suspend “the common external tariff and additional stamp duties on imported leg quarters” ( Jamaica Observer...
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When our leaders weep

THE EDITOR, Madam: President Barack Obama became very emotional and wiped tears from his eyes when he spoke after the shooting massacre of 20 children at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. He wasn’t accused of being soft, weak, or out of his...
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Anti-Boris Johnson and anti-Brexit protesters hold placards in Parliament Square, London, yesterday.

Gov’t holds breath as it awaits ‘partygate’ report

LONDON (AP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson braced on Wednesday for the conclusions of an investigation into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties, a document that could help him end weeks of scandal and discontent, or bring his time in office to...
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PM Browne: Holder served with distinction

ST JOHN’S (CMC): Prime Minister Gaston Browne has paid tribute to the former chairman of the Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, Dr Jean Holder, who died in his homeland, Barbados, on Tuesday at the age of 85. Holder served as chairman of the...
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Pulse Director and retired Justice Hilary Phillips (left) presents the citation to Lois Lake-Sherwood.

Something Extra | Thursday

Lois Cecelia Lake-Sherwood was recently honoured by Pulse Investments Limited and named Pulse’s first director emerita at a function held at Villa Ronai in Stony Hill, St Andrew, which was attended by family, close friends and fellow Pulse...

Diane Brown promotes wellness with Dobfitness

Active in her approach to life, Diane Brown took the fundamentals she learned in her modelling career and applied them to fitness. She currently works with women 200 pounds and over to actualise their wellness dreams. “Dobfitness (DOB) has a very...
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The Baileys cheesecake stands as the bestseller for Romeii’s Cakes and More.

Romeii’s Cakes and More caters to food enthusiasts

Before making a cake, Romaine Crooks has a one-on-one with his customers to understand their likes, dislikes, preferred colours, favourite drink, and then some. This process, married with his creative eye and training, makes for a tasty and unique...
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The Decadent Delights of Fenton’s Pastry

“You eat with your eyes, but it is the taste you will remember.” This line resonated with Kelsey Fenton so much that it became the slogan for her business. The baker always had a love affair with cheesecake. But it took feasting on the most...
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