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KingstOOn still focused on developing C'bean animation industry

BY JOSIMAR SCOTT Observer writer | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

After a three-year hiatus, international animation conference, expo and festival KingstOOn returns for a third staging set for April 5–7, 2019 at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Read More

The 61st most powerful passport in the world

BY ALEXIS MONTEITH Observer writer | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

The Jamaican passport is currently ranked 61st on the Henley & Partners Passport Index which measures the power of passports based on the amount of destinations passport holders can visit without a prior visa. Read More

Accountancy and trust – an oxymoron in terms?

BY MARIA SOOKDEO | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

Harry Mills, the expert on persuasion for the Harvard ManageMentor programme says, “If accountancy is to become a highly trusted profession, accountants need to become more skilled at generating and communicating warmth.” According to a survey from Australia... Read More

Blake heads Toucan

BY JOSIMAR SCOTT Observer writer | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

Toucan last week welcomed Racquel Blake as the new general manager of its Jamaica operation. She replaces Kelly Silvera who was named in the same position this time last year. Read More

Gov't fills CEO vacancies at e-Learning Jamaica and USF

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

As the Ministry of Science and Technology moves to reorganise its management structure following the Petrojam scandals, two senior executive positions have been filled since the start of the year. Read More

Jamaica Customs to host Customs Week 2019

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

In recognition of International Customs Day, celebrated yearly, on January 26, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) will once again host Customs Week from January 20- 26, 2019, under the theme: “Smart Borders for Seamless Trade, Travel and Transport”. Read More

Challenges in caring for the mentally ill under the Mental Health Act

With Yakum Fitz-Henley | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

WE do not generally expect our parents and elderly relatives to get sick. Certainly, the day when their minds are not what they used to be is not one which we ever want to face. Read More

Three Pemex execs to be tried for fuel theft in Mexico

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) — Mexico's attorney general said Monday that three top officials at s tate oil company Pemex will face trial for fuel theft, insisting a controversial government crackdown that has caused gasoline shortages is paying... Read More

Argentina ends 2018 with second highest inflation in Latin America

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentina ended 2018 with the second-highest inflation figure in Latin America, behind only crisis-wracked Venezuela, the national statistics institute said yesterday. Read More

British pound rallies on May's Brexit setback, stocks gain

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — The British pound rallied yesterday after the lower house of parliament overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan, while global stocks climbed. Read More

Haley, Ivanka Trump among possible World Bank nominees — report

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka are among possible US candidates to replace outgoing World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, The Financial Times reported... Read More

China's global trade surplus fell 16.2% in 2018 — Customs

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

BEIJING, China (AFP) — China's global trade volume rose last year but its surplus fell again, as its imports outpaced its exports, official data released Monday showed. Read More

Canada's legal cannabis drives prices up 17%

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — The average price of cannabis in Canada went up 17.4 percent after its legalisation, according to data released by the government statistical agency. Read More

Bolsonaro to headline Davos meet in Trump's absence

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Brazil's new far-right President Jair Bolsonaro is expected to be the star attraction at this year's Davos Forum, taking place next week at a time of “profound global instability”, according to organisers. Read More

Facebook follows Google with funds to support journalism

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Facebook announced yesterday that it will invest US$300 million over three years to support journalism, with an emphasis on promoting hard-hit local news organisations. Read More



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