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Stories by Avia Collinder

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has now moved to develop a new compensation structure in the public sector, having requested expressions of interest from firms for a consultant to review pay and allowances.It says that expertise is...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Gusland McCook, acting director general of the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), has confirmed that business consultant Dennis Boothe has been appointed chairman of the board of JACRA.JACRA's first chairman, Richard...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Realtors say they expect an increase in demand for first-time homebuyers in 2019 even as they indicate that those who rent homes are experiencing harder times as property owners list with Airbnb, the online community marketplace that connects people...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The central bank's authorised capital is to be increased to $28 billion based on the revision to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act. Of that amount, $22.6 billion is expected to be paid up based...

Published:Friday | January 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has revealed that missing documentation and poor controls have led to fraud at the development company's main revenue driver, Dunn's River Falls, Ocho...

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

David Noel, who heads Scotiabank's Jamaican operations and has oversight of the international bank's Caribbean North and Central region, says the current move to jettison nine regional markets is unlikely to be replicated elsewhere in the region....

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Sugar marketer Jamaica Cane Products Sales Limited (JCPS) is laying off its entire staff as it contemplates winding down the business, Chairman Karl James confirmed on Friday, even as it looks to the Government for help.James blames the agency's...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

The Airbnb community in Jamaica featured 3,700 active hosts on the company's platform, according to Leila Suwwan of the Airbnb Latin America unit.That's 600 more than the numbers in December when the platform registered 3,100 active hosts and 5,900...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMAvia Collinder

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has put a cork on new approvals of tour businesses, while his Tourism Working Group (TWG) examines the degree to which large hotel groups may be crowding out local destination management companies and tour...

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,...

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