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21 December 2023

From left: Janine Fletcher-Taylor, manager, marketing services unit at the JBDC; Valerie Veira, CEO of the JBDC; Roger Thompson, CEO and managing director of Jolly Trotters; and Harold Davis, deputy CEO of JBDC, photographed during the recent signing of a partnership for the new Trotters Tings by Things Jamaican store.

Jolly Trotters forges partnership with JBDC on new souvenir shop …yearns for greater partnership and support from players in the local tourist industry

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
Tour and hospitality company Jolly Trotters Limited following a recent partnership with the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) will expand its business with the opening of a new souvenir shop for tourists, to be traded under the name Trotters Tings by Things Jamaican. The store expected to come on stream in January 2024 aims to target tourists in the New Kingston hotel district. The store is to be stocked with authentic Jamaican keepsake pieces including gift tokens and souvenirs made by local artisans. The Jolly Trotters group, already comprising the Trotters Bar and Restaurant...

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Shawneil Bailey-Gordon, founder of Zarabelle and winner of the 2023 Best Pitch Forward (centre), with her symbolic cheques and award with (from left) Dominic McDowell, project manager, Kingston Creative, and Andrea Dempster-Chung, executive director of Kingston Creative.

Creative entrepreneurs win $550,000 in seed funding...4th edition of Pitch Competition infuses capital into Orange Economy

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
Kingston Creative hosted its fourth annual pitch competition on Friday, November 24 at the new Kingston Creative co-working space located at 107 Harbour Street, as part of its ongoing commitment to fostering innovation and supporting creative entrepreneurs. Developed in partnership with the IDB Lab, JAMPRO and the Development Bank of Jamaica, ‘Best Pitch Forward’ showcases the exceptional talent and innovative ideas from the Orange Economy and ensures that the best start-ups receive funding, a release outlined. Creatives were provided access to training sessions, coaching and a pitch...

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Director of Communications, Consumer Affairs Commission, Latoya Halstead, speaks at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on December 14.

CAC Encourages Consumers to Reduce Cash Use During Christmas Season

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
Consumers are being encouraged to strategise and reduce their use of cash during the holiday season and even beyond. The advice comes from the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), in light of an increase in complaints of challenges in accessing cash at automated banking machines (ABMs). Director of Communications, Latoya Halstead, told a JIS Think Tank on December 14 that those persons who can, should consider online transactions for bill payments and other expenses. “Many persons are going to be trying to access cash. It is going to be an issue. So, you need to prepare because, at the end of...

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Director of Communications, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Latoya Halstead, addresses a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on Thursday (December 14).

Online Holiday Shoppers Urged to Be Vigilant for Suspicious Activities

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
Consumers are being urged to be vigilant over the festive season for online fraud involving fictitious e-commerce stores, in light of reports surfacing of multiple incidents occurring. Director of Communications at the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Latoya Halstead, says consumers must ensure they undertake due diligence when shopping virtually. “You must look to see whether there is a physical address. In so doing, you know that if you have spoken with someone, you can go to a particular address if they are not answering the phones,” she said while speaking during a recent Jamaica...

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Director of Communications, Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), Latoya Halstead, provides an update on the total sum secured on behalf of aggrieved consumers from April to October 2023, during a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, today (December 14).    


CAC Secures $22 Million on Behalf of Aggrieved Consumers

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has secured $22 million in refund/compensation on behalf of aggrieved consumers for the period April to October 2023. This was revealed by Communications Director at the CAC, Latoya Halstead, during a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank, today (December 14), at the agency’s head office in Kingston. Ms. Halstead noted that during the period, 893 complaints were handled, of which 572 were resolved. “So, we are looking at a resolution rate of 64.05 per cent, which is basically on track for what we have projected,” she said. The Communications...

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Director of Standards, Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Julia Bonner Douett, speaking during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’. 


BSJ Facilitating Stakeholder Training to Ensure Building Code Compliance

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 21 Dec 2023    admin   
The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is working to strengthen the country’s disaster resilience by training more stakeholders to ensure compliance with updated building codes. Building codes are standards and regulations referenced in the Building Act, 2018 and implemented through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. Director of Standards at the BSJ, Julia Bonner Douett, informed during a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ that stakeholders are being trained through a partnership with the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica under the Disaster...

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