SiliconCARIBE 1st INTERnATIONAL EVENT- WAS GREAT!! SiliconCaribe in partnership with Black Tech Week had our first international event yesterday in New York at ETSY. We curated and moderated a panel: Sun, Sea and Innovation- The Caribbean and Diaspora in Tech. PANELISTS were: ( Left to Right in Picture) John Pasmore – CEO of TraceTV Frank...
Stay ahead of the key digital trends and startups in the Caribbean and Diaspora. In this Week’s Report Sponsored by National Commercial Bank. [ Caribbean Startups To Watch ] ImLocalGrenada Mobile App Trip PLanner and Travel Experiences Marketplace This award-winning startup based in Grenada can be easily described like this- as if Uber and Airbnb had...
This Week In: The Caribbean, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain News
We have rounded up the latest news on the Caribbean Cryptocurrency and Blockchain News for you. CARIBBEAN NATIONS INTRODUCE CRYPTO PAYMENTS IN THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY The Caribbean Tourism Organization is going to introduce cryptocurrency payments for tourism services and products offered in the region. In partnership with a local company, CTO wants...
9 American and Caribbean Politicians Who Have Inadvertently Helped the Rise of Cryptocurrencies
[SPONSORED POST] Bitcoin and altcoins are becoming more popular in politics for various reasons. Apart from talks about the regulation of cryptocurrencies, some politicians have embraced digital funds as a way to fund their campaigns, support new sources of revenue, or improve the uses of blockchain. For these politicians, cryptocurrencies are new sources of support...
League of Extraordinary Jamaican Women in Tech and Culture
I’ve been on a mission to curate and moderate panels within selected events around theme such as Caribbean Women in Tech, Digital Caribbean, Caribbean Innovation, Tech Entrepreneurship, Digital Media and Digital Trends. This past weekend at the first staging of , an event that focused on where Tech Meets Jamaican Culture, I curated and moderated a panel called League of...
The Jamaican economy grew by an estimated 1.2 per cent for the January to March 2018 quarter compared to the corresponding quarter of 2017, according to latest data from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ).
Vaz hopeful of real economic growth by 2018/19 and less unemployment
Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz, says that despite setbacks in the economy last year, which could result in growth of less than one percent for 2017/18, he is optimistic about real growth beginning in 2018/19. Vaz, whose portfolio responsibilities include land, climate change and investment, was speaking in the sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.
Patricia Yap: From corner shop cashier to skincare giant
Speaking at the Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards Foodie Seminar, Dr Patricia Yap shared with the audience her approach to business that is a formula for anyone looking to scale up, no matter where you start. At the seminar Dr Yap shared the journey in creating the ariSulfur Facial and Body Treatment Bar with Felice Campbell in June 2012.
Jamaica's unemployment rate continued its downward trend to record 3.1 percentage points, lower than the rate recorded in January 2017.Data provided by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) for the month of January 2018 showed that Jamaica's unemployment rate was 9.6 per cent, the lowest unemployment rate recorded since October 2007.
Special Economic Zones: Who wants to taste a piece of the pie? Part I
Many discussions have been taking place in the business community, particularly among Jamaican manufacturers, regarding how they can get a piece of the special economic zone (SEZ) pie so that they may be able to taste the delicious fiscal incentives offered by the Special Economic Zones Act, 2016.
Usain Bolt Tracks & Records to open in UK this year
The f irst global Usain Bolt Tracks & Records (UBTR) restaurant is set to open in the UK later this year.The restaurant, Casual Dining Restaurant Group (CDRG), to be operated under the umbrella of the SME Group, will be the fourth UBTR location.The SME Group is a private holding company operating, under franchise licence, over 120 restaurants and hotels.
Lamar Harris — on the path of what's next for the financial services sector
You can count on one hand the number of women who head financial institutions in Jamaica. Lamar Harris, CEO of Stocks & Securities Limited (SSL) is in that group.With the entire financial services community in hyper-competitive mode now that the easy money from repurchase agreements is a thing of the past, about bringing in new customers, making deals and motivating the team to go the extra mile because customers simply have lots of choices.
Ok you got me, I was just trying to get your attention. It really isn't a question of who, but what took my money. We refer to counting our money, but the real measure of money is what it can buy, aka purchasing power. You may find that you have more money, but less of an ability to purchase goods. Therefore, in this article, I will examine the “thieves” that take away our money.The very first one is inflation.
Peso crisis highlights fragility of Argentina's economy
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) -- Argentina appears to have resolved, at least in the short term, the crisis over the peso and its depreciation by taking drastic action — but analysts warn the policy is untenable over time.To sustain the Argentinian peso, the central bank raised its benchmark interest rate up to 40 per cent and injected more than US$10 billion into the economy.
A few shareholders of PanJam Investments Ltd are now questioning management's decision to use for hotel accomodationa section of the Downtown Kingston-based Oceana building.The reservation, which was expressed during the company's annual general meeting last Thursday, was particularly based on Oceana's Downtown Kingston location, which some shareholders reckon is not fitting for the hotel sector business model.
EVENT ALERT: Youth Innovation – Trends + Opportunities in 2018
The First Kingston BETA of 2018 is set for Thursday January 25th, 2018. Youth Innovation – Trends and Opportunities in 2018 Our Panelists are Kristofferson Nunes – Founder of UCA Youth Marketing Lianne McNaughton – Founder of Youth Can Do I.T Michael Dann – Technical Manage at Real Decoy Nicholas Kee- Co-founder of Next Gen […]
KINGSTON BETA + SEEDSTARS WORLD DOES JOINT OCTOBER 26th EVENT
KINGSTON BETA + SEEDSTARS WORLD DOES JOINT OCTOBER EVENT – Enter the Startup Pitch Competition. Come Listen to the Pitches. – Stay for the Panel Discussion and Networking over Drinks. ENTER THE COMPETITION NOW : CLICK HERE
SAVE THE DATE: NEXT KINGSTON BETA 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT IS OCTOBER 26, 2017
We’re refreshed from our usual summer break and ready for our next 10TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT which will be on Thursday October 26th, 2017 at JAMPRO HQ, 6:30pm. It’s the usual JMD$500 community contribution. Kingston BETA is a SiliconCaribe Media Event. Our Panel Theme is: The State of Jamaica’s Tech Startup Ecosystem. We will announce our […]
JAMAICA CAN BE VERY UNFORGIVING WHEN IT COMES TO FAILURE, BUT WE’RE TO HELPING CHANGE THAT.
Here’s why does Seth Godin, the godfather of modern marketing, believe that “the person who fails the most wins”? From Godin: “Because built into that notion is the idea that you get to keep failing (until you get it right). The people who truly fail are either those who never make the attempt or those […]
Save the Date: The Next Kingston BETA event is Thursday April 27th, 2017
Exactly 1 month from today is our next event. The Next Kingston BETA event for aspiring and current tech entrepreneurs and digital creatives is on Thursday April 27th, 2017. The usual time and yes we’re still at JAMPRO HQ. We’re talking about Failing Foward and why Failing Fast and Often is the Path to Winning […]
Please be advised that the unaudited financial statements of Cargo Handlers Limited for the six month period ending March 31, 2015 have been submitted as of May 14, 2015 to the Jamaica Stock Exchange for posting on their website.
Jamaica Stock Exchange is pleased to inform its shareholders and the market at large that its Unaudited Financial Statements for the Quarter Ended March 31, 2015 is now available on the Jamaica Stock Exchange's website:www.jamstockex.com
Perhaps the most startling claim in that video Janice provided a couple of blogs ago is the assertion that there’s no such thing as a Jamaican.
Really? I must be a figment of my own imagination then, because I am certainly a Jamaican.
I don’t have dreadlocks, can’t carry a tune and don’t smoke ganja. But I am Jamaican, born and bred.
Actually, a lot of Jamaicans don’t look like Bob Marley on those album covers, either.
We really are “out of many, one people.”
The original Jamaicans were thought to be Arawaks but more recent scholarship established that “Arawak” was their language, and their tribal name was Taino.
Ignite IGL Foundation Brings Cheer To Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre
Kingston, May 22, 2018 – It was a morning filled with endless laughter, chatter and excitement, as the three to six year old students of Riverton Meadows Early Childhood Centre welcomed a team from the Ignite IGL Foundation on Children’s Day May 18, 2018, for the annual cheque presentation to the institution’s breakfast feeding programme. Children are our legacy and...
Gasoline Retailers Express Concern As Fuel Prices Rise
Gasoline retailers have publicly expressed concern regarding rising oil prices and the potential negative impact a continued surge in the cost of fuel could have on the Jamaican economy. Oil prices are now above US$70 per barrel and analysts are predicting an increase to $US87+ per barrel by late June. President of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) – Philip Chong is...
A few weeks ago I attended a yard sale-style event put on by the boarders at the High School on my island. The aim was to sell-off stuff and raise funds. There were books, clothes, crafts and chocolate. One booth even had currency from counties all over the world. I took the opportunity to pick up a 50 Thai baht note and support my milk chocolate addiction. The real memorable encounter though was with an elderly Japanese man who I continuously noted was staring at me and my friend I came with. I’m used to the staring when I go to the mainland but being stared at on my tiny island was not normal as everyone should be aware of my presence by now. Maybe it was my super tall African-American pal? I soon found out why he was staring when he walked over to nervously say hi to us.
What if you realize that your funds are simply not enough to meet your current needs You might need to purchase a home a car pay off medical or school bills and you need the funds now not years later In that case is a loan right for youLoans - They are everywhereI never liked the idea of owing anyone whether it was the man on the corner or some bank However times are changing and having and using credit
I Could Have Been Among Prime Minister Theresa May’s Disinherited (Part 1): A Guest Post from Professor Bernard Headley
I am honored and pleased to share the first part in a two-part article, submitted by my friend Professor Bernard Headley, who has remained steadfastly focused on the plight of immigrants, including deportees, over the years. This is a personal story, as they all are: stories about people, families, fathers and sons and daughters. I wrote a piece about local reactions to the “Windrush Scandal” for Global Voices. Your thoughts and comments are welcome; please send feedback to Professor Headley at the email address below.
I spent this morning on my favorite social media platform Twitter catching up on the feedback to the RoyalWedding alternative hashtag HarryandMeghan with a tiny icon of two intertwined wedding rings As expected some of it was purely gushing Others wished the newlyweds well - even if grudgingly so Some sourly declared their lack of interest in the proceedings and when is England going to pay reparations And some seemed to have surprised themselves into finding some meaning in the
Security Forces Seize Masks, Firearms In Westmoreland
On Sunday the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) announced the seizure of masks, weapons and army fatigue in the parish of Westmoreland. A statement by the JCF says: “As members of the security forces in Westmoreland continue their efforts to eliminate crime in the parish, three firearms (one not pictured) with magazines and approximately 37 rounds of ammunition were seized yesterday...
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'I'll never trust the English again': Jamaica's Windrush backlash
Seventy years ago on Thursday, the Empire Windrush sailed imperiously into Jamaica’s capital, greeted by throngs of spectators. Among them were musicians and boxers, craftsmen and clerks, all chasing dreams of a better life in the mother country.
Jamaica Government and Teachers Finally Reach Wage Agreement
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday May 22, 2018 – Following months of deliberations, public teachers in Jamaica have finally accepted the Government’s four-year wage offer. The teachers have agreed to wage increases over the agreed period of five per cent in ...
Businesses to explore investment prospects at Jamaica Investment Forum
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Business opportunities will be the main topic when more than 60 Jamaican and international speakers explore investment prospects at the country's premier business event, the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), on June 12-14 in Montego Bay.
No One Hustles Harder Than Jamaica’s Roadside Food Shack Owners
Faced with expensive building materials and prohibitive business loan costs, food entrepreneurs in Jamaica set up makeshift restaurants on the side of roads and home driveways. Tourist board depictions of Jamaica usually focus on impossibly white sands ...
Itron to Provide Nationwide Smart Grid Solution for Jamaica
Itron, Inc. (ITRI), a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, announced today that it signed a contract with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) for a nationwide smart grid deployment. JPS, which ...
Breaking Travel News investigates: A month in the life of Jamaica tourism minister Edmund Bartlett
We are all familiar with the images of tourism ministers as they stride on stage at global summits, shaking hands and kissing babies for the cameras. But, while this is important, it is the tireless work that they put in, day-in, day-out, that can have the ...
Jamaica man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges: DA
Reagan “Flex” Conception, a Jamaica resident, was sentenced to prison last week after pleading guilty to sex trafficking, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Conception, 29, had pimped out a 14-year-old runaway from September 2016 to ...
Jamaica’s William Wordsworth Elementary School set to graduate five pairs of twins
Principal Patricia Mitchell of William Wordsworth Elementary School in Jamaica will have a bittersweet moment this spring when five sets of twins she has watched over for the last four to six years — from pre-school to fifth-grade — will graduate from ...
The long-standing challenges that have plagued the nursing sector for years were again brought to the fore, as Dr Michael Abrahams made an urgent appeal for the welfare of nurses to be improved.The obstetrician and gynaecologist, who was guest...
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs.Education Minister Ruel Reid, who spoke at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus...
Centenarian shares secret of a long life and a healthy marriage
Looking at Julia Campbell, it would be hard to guess that she is 101 years old. Celebrating 56 years of marriage to the love of her life, Franklyn - a man nine years her junior - she didn't miss an opportunity to show him her affection."We go...
Know your self-worth, youth advocate urges peers - Conference aims to help young people understand importance of identity
A distorted view of identity among some young people in St James has propelled Nicholas Campbell and the team at the International Worship Center and Faith Ministries in the parish to host a youth conference, which will be held on Friday through to...
MSME operators encouraged to engage more in business continuity management
Principal Director in the Micro, Small and Medium-Size Enterprise (MSME) Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Oral Shaw, has called on operators in the sector to engage more in business continuity management and...
ACP Powell: ‘Tommy Lee Sparta’ is a serious gangster
Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell has labelled popular entertainer ‘Tommy Lee Sparta’ a "serious gangster." The assertion came as Powell confirmed that the dance hall star is being detained in Montego Bay,...
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson Smith has named Sharon Miller as Ambassador-designate to Brazil. Miller, who has 35 years of experience in the Jamaican Foreign Service, is currently the director of the Economic...
Senior detectives are now trying to identify the killers of a police constable on Waterloo Road, Kingston 10 this morning. Another man was also injured in the incident. According to the police, the constable, who was on...
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is urging farmers to embrace the use of technology to produce high-quality crops and to protect the environment.Speaking at a graduation ceremony, held recently at the University...
More than 100 graduate from iCreate's first cohort for the year
Last week, the iCreate Institute hosted the closing ceremony and graduation for their first cohort of 2018. More than 100 graduates were awarded creative certificates and diplomas issued by the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) through...