Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Business unusual for BPOs in the COVID-19 aftermath

While the world collectively prepares to reopen its doors and ports, business unusual is the new normal.The outsourcing industry would, on the surface, seem to be a sector that by definition is designed to withstand the vagaries of our new COVID-19 reality better than most, and to some extent it has.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 12:40:01 GMT Cool breeze for Allman Town

Residents of the central Kingston community of Allman Town should be much cooler these days following the donation of more than 1,000 fans worth millions of dollars by Reggae Breeze in conjunction with SmartEco.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Many US states scrambling as hurricane season begins amidst COVID-19

Officials across southern United States are still scrambling to adjust their hurricane plans to the novel coronavirus. The big unknown: Where will people fleeing storms go?The Associated Press surveyed more than 70 counties and states from Texas to Virginia, with more than 60 per cent of coastal counties saying as of late May that they were still solidifying plans for public hurricane shelters.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT ECLAC warns that COVID-19 will lead to the biggest recession ever experienced by the region

SANTIAGO, Chile (CMC) — The executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has submitted to the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) the actions, proposals, and policy recommendations that the commission has developed for providing follow-up and confronting the novel coronavirus crisis outbreak.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT US cities assess protest damage, await another day of unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — America's cities boarded up windows, swept up glass, and covered graffiti yesterday as the country's most significant night of protests in a half-century promised to spill into another day of unrest fuelled by the killing of black people at the hands of police.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Privacy concerns collide with public health needs in South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a cramped office in eastern Seoul, Hwang Seungwon points a remote control toward a huge NASA-like overhead screen stretching across one of the walls.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT IS claims Afghan bus attack; civilians killed in new clashes

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Islamic State (IS) group yesterday took responsibility for a deadly roadside bombing against a bus belonging to a local TV station in the Afghan capital, while renewed fighting in nearby provinces killed at least seven civilians, including a woman and several children.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Huawei boss predicts enhanced globalisation after COVID-19

Ken Hu, chairman of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has rejected speculation that the novel coronavirus pandemic will lead to the end of globalisation as the world now knows it.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 12:40:01 GMT Cool breeze for Allman Town

Residents of the central Kingston community of Allman Town should be much cooler these days following the donation of more than 1,000 fans worth millions of dollars by Reggae Breeze in conjunction with SmartEco.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT COVID-19 screening online platform to be launched soon

MDLink, which offers online medical services via video, voice, or text messages, will be rolling out an artificial intelligence novel coronavirus screening online platform in collaboration with the IDB Lab, for members of the public.Dr Che' Bowen, chief executive officer of MD Link, made the disclosure about the new platform as he addressed a JN Circle Catch-Up session.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT PwC donates laptops to UWI

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Jamaica has donated 20 laptops to The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. The donation will support the university and its students who do not have devices which are now necessary for remote learning, due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT COVID-19 screening online platform to be launched soon

MDLink, which offers online medical services via video, voice, or text messages, will be rolling out an artificial intelligence novel coronavirus screening online platform in collaboration with the IDB Lab, for members of the public.Dr Che' Bowen, chief executive officer of MD Link, made the disclosure about the new platform as he addressed a JN Circle Catch-Up session.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 11:50:02 GMT 'MASK-ING' THE PAIN

For more than 40 years EG Clothing has survived by manufacturing and selling a wide range of school and industrial uniforms from its base at 194 Orange Street in Kingston.But in recent days the sewing machines, which once hummed almost non-stop daily, have remained eerily quiet, only powering up to manufacture protective face masks made of cloth, which are now in demand as Jamaicans try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Jamaica, no problem

As tourism interests gear up to take advantage of the scheduled full reopening of the country's borders come June 15, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson is urging hoteliers to seek certification from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) to ensure that they are compliant with the COVID-19 protocols.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Canji lends a helping hand

The Jamaica Chapter of the Canji International Foundation, which has a long-term strategic goal of breaking barriers and increasing access and achievement in marginalised communities, has reached out to people in need during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Wehby calls for speedy establishment of independent Fiscal Council

Government Senator Donald Wehby wants the proposed independent Fiscal Council to be established “as quickly as possible”.Senator Wehby made the call during the debate on the amendments to the Financial Administration and Audit Act (FAAA) in the Senate last Friday.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Mitchell Town Primary gets multimillion-dollar upgrade from New Fortress Energy

While Jamaica continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in all schools being closed, New Fortress Energy (NFE), founded by American businessman and philanthropist Wes Edens, funded a robust school refurbishment project in Clarendon that will touch the hearts and well-being of Jamaica's youth in the deep rural community of Mitchell Town for years to come.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Friendships abused in criminal scheme

THE $400-million Manchester Municipal Corporation fraud trial ended on Friday, May 15, 2020 with the conviction of main accused 35-year-old Sanja Elliott, the corporation's former deputy superintendent of road and works; his wife, Tasha-gaye Goulbourne-Elliott; two former employees of the corporation, David Harris, secretary/manager and acting chief executive officer, and Kendale Roberts, temporary works overseer; as well as Dwayne Sibblies, a former employee of Sanja...

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Judges but no jurors as courts reopen today

Court operations will resume on a phased basis across the island today with strict guidelines and health protocols.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT A true servant of the people

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has described late Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson as one of Jamaica's most dedicated political representatives ever and a person who demonstrated an “uncompromising commitment to the rights of workers and genuine compassion for the pensioners and the elderly”.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT This Day in History - June 1

Today is the 153rd day of 2020. There are 213 days left in the year.TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT2002: Queen Elizabeth II opens Buckingham Palace to 12,000 guests for a four-day national party in celebration of her 50 years on the throne. OTHER EVENTS1479: The University of Copenhagen, Denmark, is founded.1524: The yearlong anti-aristocratic Peasants' War breaks out in southern Germany.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT NO COVER UP

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that there will be no effort to cover up the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 year-old Susan Bogle, who was allegedly hit by a soldier's bullet in August Town last week.Addressing a virtual media briefing yesterday to provide the latest update on the novel coronavirus pandemic, Holness opened with a brief statement of the incident which has been trending online #JusticeForSusanBogle.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Fashion can't spoil

After stitching his way to top of the second season of television reality show Mission Catwalk in 2012, Gregory “HOD” Williams became one of Jamaica's hottest fashion designers, with dancehall stars and other fashionistas beating a path to his door for the suits to rock any stage show and dance.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 12:04:43 GMT Help coming for Old Harbour businesses

In times of adversity, there are some who rise to the challenge to help others in need. The following is the latest in the Jamaica Observer series, COVID-19 Kindness.

Read More
Mon, 1, Jun, 2020 07:01:00 GMT Sagicor eyes the Americas as it targets growth

FINANCIAL services conglomerate Sagicor Group Jamaica is looking to spread its tentacles further into the Americas as it eyes “continued” growth 50 years after breaking ground in the health and insurance industry.

Read More