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  • Richard Branson for Caribbean

    February 27, 2018 5:37 AM 15

    Richard Branson, global business leader and founder of the Virgin Group, is to participate in the 7th Annual Caribbean Governor's Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which opened yesterday and continues today at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Branson and former president of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves, are participating

  • Are you working hard while your money is on vacation?

    February 25, 2018 7:34 AM 16

    So while you are busy working each day, what is your money doing? Normally we ask in this column how your money is feeling. But now we also want you to consider what activities your money is taking while you are working so hard to acquire it. According to the study of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), what your money is doing and ultimately feeling

  • Mexican front-runner promotes 'well-being of the soul'

    February 23, 2018 4:35 AM 33

    Religion has been the electrified 'third rail' of Mexican politics since anticlerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died. But this week, front-running presidential candidate AndrÈs Manuel LÛpez Obrador not only brushed that third rail - as he and others have in the past - he grabbed it firmly with both hands

  • Abuse or unemployment: stark choice for many Filippina helpers

    February 21, 2018 6:38 AM 25

    MANILA, Philippines (AFP) – After the murder of a Philippine maid in Kuwait, domestic helpers are streaming back to Manila with tales of abusive employers – but many are still prepared to take their chances overseas again. For them, the sometimes brutal conditions and the hide-and-seek with Kuwaiti police are outweighed by the need to provide for their

  • UK church spires used to boost phone, WiFi signal

    February 21, 2018 6:38 AM 21

    LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Church spires across Britain will be used to boost broadband, mobile phone and WiFi connectivity in rural areas, under a deal struck between the government and the Church of England, it was announced Sunday. “This agreement with the Church of England will mean that even a 15th-century building can help make Britain fit for the future

  • Detained Latvian central bank chief suspected of bribe-taking

    February 20, 2018 5:49 AM 22

    RIGA, Latvia (AFP) — Latvian anti-corruption authorities yesterday said they suspected an unnamed senior official of accepting a 100,000-euro bribe, with local media naming the central bank governor arrested over the weekend. The Baltic eurozone member's government had said there was no sign of danger to the financial system on Sunday after the governor

  • More residential approvals for Kingston

    February 18, 2018 6:21 AM 22

    Nine developers seeking to construct apartments and townhouses in Kingston and St Andrew had their applications for building permission approved by the Building and Town Planning Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on Wednesday, February 7. But while the properties are being developed, building officers at the KSAMC

  • Cyprus economy records highest growth in 10 years

    February 15, 2018 5:22 AM 23

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AFP) — Bailed-out eurozone member Cyprus recorded its best growth in a decade last year, official data showed yesterday, on the back of record tourist arrivals and a resurgence in construction. The Mediterranean island's GDP expanded by four per cent in 2017, up from three per cent growth in 2016. In the last three months of 2017, Cyprus

  • Man City squad most expensive in history —report

    February 14, 2018 6:07 AM 24

    PARIS, France (AFP) — Premier League leaders Manchester City have the most expensive squad in history, according to a report published on Monday by the Swiss-based CIES Football Observatory. The research values Pep Guardiola's squad at 878 million euros (US$1.08 billion), with Paris Saint-Germain second on 805 million euros, after a January transfer

  • Record 2017 sales set up Puma to score at World Cup

    February 14, 2018 6:07 AM 23

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — German sportswear firm Puma on Monday reported record revenues in 2017, with celebrity sparkle from Rihanna and the football World Cup set to maintain the leaping-cat brand's appeal into 2018. Net profit at the Bavaria-based company more than doubled last year, reaching 135.8 million euros (US$166.7 million) compared with the 62.4 million