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  • Burundi plans plastic bag ban

    August 15, 2018 5:22 AM 3

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AFP) — Burundi's president, Pierre Nkurunziza, has issued a decree banning the use of plastic bags in the small central African country within the next 18 months. “The manufacture, import, storage, sale and use of all plastic bags and other plastic packaging is prohibited,” said the presidential order signed by Nkurunziza on Monday and seen by AFP yesterday

  • Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns' – government

    August 15, 2018 5:22 AM 3

    HAVANA, Cuba (AFP) – The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US “campaigns” to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday. Some three million tourists travelled to the Caribbean nation between January 1 and August 9, and authorities forecast that number could jump to five million by the end of the year, compared

  • Sagicor Investments Unit Trust tops 12-month performance

    August 15, 2018 5:22 AM 8

    Over the last 12 months for the period ending July 30, 2018, four of the seven unit trust companies have delivered double-digit returns to investors. The top performer was Sagicor Investments' Sigma Equity Fund which gave investors 25.34 per cent return. Next was Scotia Investments Premium Growth Fund, which turned out 20.11 per cent with its mix of equity

  • Derrimon to acquire pallet maker Woodcats International

    August 12, 2018 5:00 AM 7

    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 expected to close within a month. But the acquisition price was not disclosed. Derrimon chairman and CEO Derrick

  • Mexico's economy minister upbeat on NAFTA progress

    August 10, 2018 8:47 AM 6

    WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — US and Mexican negotiators have made progress in narrowing differences on the update of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Mexico's Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said yesterday. The steps to reach agreement could allow Canada to rejoin talks next week, he told reporters as he entered meetings

  • Risk-based approach critical in protecting country's borders, fostering compliance

    August 8, 2018 6:59 AM 5

    As the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) continues its thrust to improve efficiency and service delivery, the organisation has boosted its capacity to identify and combat risks that could serve to undermine its border protection capabilities and the country's security. In this regard, in addition to cargo imaging (non-intrusive, intrusive inspections), intelligence-gathering

  • Airbnb seeing growth in business travel

    August 8, 2018 5:46 AM 2

    Busines s travellers are increasingly booking stays through Airbnb and other home-sharing sites. Airbnb said Monday that nearly 700,000 companies have signed up and booked rooms through its business travel portal, almost triple the number since last year. Airbnb says 15 per cent of its travel nights booked are for business travellers. That compares with 20 per cent for Booking

  • Kroenke makes offer to take full ownership of Arsenal

    August 8, 2018 5:46 AM 4

    LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Arsenal majority shareholder Stan Kroenke yesterday announced an offer to take full ownership of the Premier League club in a deal worth £1.8 billion (US$2.3 billion). The American sports mogul, who already owns 67 per cent of the club through his company Kroenke Sports and Entertainment (KSE), has reached a deal with Russian

  • EU encourages more business with Iran

    August 8, 2018 4:26 AM 5

    The European Union's foreign policy chief encouraged companies to do more business with Iran despite new United States sanctions, saying Tehran had upheld its commitments under the deal to limit its nuclear programme. Federica Mogherini told reporters Tuesday during her trip to Wellington, New Zealand, that it's up to Europeans to decide whom they want to trade

  • A resume for each job

    August 5, 2018 4:49 AM 9

    QUESTION: I can't understand why I don't get any callbacks from my job applications. I send off copies of my rÈsumÈs to various places where I think they would need someone. Yet, I have not got a callback from even one. It's really frustrating. What am I doing wrong? CAREERS: Thank you for your email. I sympathise with you and want to commend your industry