A 2016 update on the state of Caribbean Telecoms Industry
An update of fixed-line, mobile/cellular and fixed-broadband Internet take up, plus a new entry, mobile/cellular broadband Internet take-up, across select Caribbean countries, as at the end of 2015. We have been anxiously awaiting the release of the latest telecoms statistics from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), which we use every year to examine the state...
Is technology is changing the way we think and how we interact with the world around us?
In today’s world, most of us are tethered in some way to a computing device, be it our smartphone, tablet computer, laptop, or a combination of the three. Further, and perhaps more importantly, we tend to rarely disconnect from our personal devices for any extended period of time. As a result, we are continuously inundated...
LACNIC Calls for Greater Participation of Latin American and Caribbean Women in ICT
“Inspiring Women to Participate in ICTs” is the title under which three prominent women of the Latin American and Caribbean digital community shared their experiences with a broad audience during LACNIC 25, the event recently held in Havana, Cuba. Panelists included Ayanna Samuels of Jamaica, Anna Torres of Wikimedia and Inés Robles of the IETF,...
Caribbean Tales to incubate 10 Caribbean Digital Content Projects this year!
Caribbean Tales Incubator, a development and production hub for Caribbean and Diaspora Content producers, have announced their 7th cohort of Caribbean Digital Projects that will enter their programme this year. After receiving a record breaking number of applications, projects were assessed by a team of industry professionals. The 2016 selected projects are as follows: From...
FundRiseHER™ Commonwealth Crowdfunding Targets Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs
Led by two Jamaican Entrepreneurs, Valrie Grant, Founder of GeoTechVision and A. Cecile Watson, Founder of PitchandChoose.com, FundRiseHER™, is First Commonwealth Crowdfunding Initiative, to Target Caribbean Women Entrepreneurs. FundRiseHER™ was announced at the recent CARICOM Heads of Government Meeting, by Valrie Grant, the Commonwealth Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, A. Cecile Watson, CEO of pitchandchoose.com, a crowdfunding...
How was Kingston BETA March Edition ? | Here’s the Full Report
Kingston BETA Tech Community Meetup + Pitch event, kicked off the first in its 2016 series on Thursday March 24th 2016. It was flush with announcements and 11 tech-driven pitches both from aspiring and current Jamaican Tech Entrepreneurs, plus a new Youth Innovation Pitch segment for high school students. The Announcements Slashroots is once again […]
We’re Excited about our new YOUTH INNOVATION PITCH! segment
We’re Excited about our YOUTH INNOVATION PITCH! It’s a new segment of the BETA PITCH at KINGSTON BETA . For 2016, we reserve 2 spots for our 15-18 year old young people who are inside and outside of high school. This segment is sponsored by Seprod Group of Companies This happens plus a current + […]
SAVE THE DATE: The Next Kingston BETA is on Thursday March 24th, 2016
It’s our 9th year and our first event for 2016. We had to reschedule as Jamaica’s National Elections fell on the very day we had originally planned. With that behind us, we’re kicking off our event series on Thursday March 24th, 2016 at JAMPRO Head Quarters, 18 Trafalgar Road in New Kingston Business District. It […]
Happy New Year Everyone! May 2016 be filled with amazing tech entrepreneurial success! As you see we’re back with a fresh look for the new year both here on our site as well on our Facebook and Twitter Channels. How do you like us now? We kick off our event series on Thursday February 25th, […]
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Is There a Right and a Wrong Way to Celebrate National Holidays
The Independence and Emancipation Day holidays are nearly upon us I refuse to use the word Emancipendence Whoever thought that one up How quickly the year has passed Its as if the holiday is a kind of marker from here on the year just slips away until Christmas arrives Another year done Tempus fugitRecently the words of a Cultural Ambassador I was not aware of this position and assume it is an official government post Amina Blackwood-Meeks got me thinking
The Supligen Drag Racing Challenge series needs no introduction Two scrumptious Rounds have sped by and like sharks after sniffing blood fans are jostling in impatient anticipation to be the first to take a bite of what is on offer on Sunday at Vernamfield in solar-powered ClarendonOn Sunday July 24th speed will take center stage and drag racing maestros will direct their finely tuned machines grabbing gears in the process while seeking to confirm the victory that destiny earmarkedTest and
Brief Reflections on Kingston as a Visual and Cultural Space – Charles V. Carnegie
Sidney McLaren – King and Barry Street (1971), Collection: NGJ The Jamaican anthropologist Charles V. Carnegie, former head of the African-Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Memory Bank, has contributed to the following essay to the catalogue of Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art exhibition, which opens on July 31:
For its first two-hundred-plus years as the island’s principal city—up until around the 1920s—much of Kingston’s population lived in close proximity to each other within or on the fringes of the city centre: an area just 1,080 acres in extent in 1890. Rich and poor rode together on horse-drawn and, later, electric tramcars beginning in the 1870s. Despite sharp legal distinctions between slave and free and marked divisions of class, color, and religion, people of different rank routinely crossed paths for work, worship, commerce, recreation, healthcare, and to bury their dead. Beginning around the 1930s and gaining momentum in the following decades, the city’s elites dispersed themselves to increasingly distant suburbs. A pattern of urban sprawl, similar to that in North America, took hold. What does it mean and why does it matter that for the most recent period of its history Kingston’s poor and the more well off come into direct contact so much more infrequently than they once did? What’s been the impact, and can we now begin to assess the consequences, of residents of the city no longer trodding the same piece of ground day by day: not routinely encountering each other in the same space?
King Street, near Parade, Downtown Kingston, on a Sunday
In making my way about Kingston these days on foot and by bus, I am struck both by the cultural expressiveness, energy and imagination so evident in the streets, and the realization of how much of this is new and news to friends Uptown. My accounts of the commonplace wonders of street life—those elegantly outfitted mannequins posed dramatically atop booming, four-foot high speaker boxes along the sidewalks on Orange Street, the cleverly improvised performances of male vendors of women’s lingerie, the welcome arrival of this or that fruit in season at Coronation Market—are received Uptown as reports from distant foreign shores. Many Uptowners, I’ve discovered, have rarely if ever taken a bus in Kingston, almost never go downtown; don’t know the number or routes of buses that serve their own neighbourhoods; and see nothing amiss with their ignorance. Sadly, automotivity and the physical retreat to the suburbs have reinforced a certain social disengagement: places close at hand have become as places far away, former neighbors now seen as people who scarcely matter. David Pottinger – Snapper Time (1970), Collection: NGJ
Not that residential proximity in earlier times necessarily led to broad acknowledgement of the voice and imagination of the poor, or to greater mutual understanding across the social divide. Even otherwise sympathetic accounts, such as the series of newspaper articles published over a thirty year period around the turn of the twentieth century urging state action and social reform on behalf of the poor, treated them primarily as objects of inquiry and concern whose poverty and deprivation needed redress: people largely to be spoken for rather than being allowed to speak for themselves.
The distantiated stance on the part of Kingston’s elites towards the culturally vibrant working class majority population of the city has only become more marked over the past 70 years. One effect of this disengagement (supported by misconceived programs of urban renewal undertaken elsewhere in the world) has been to create a mindset bent on effecting purely physical transformations and a remaking of the built environment. Numerous, elaborate plans for the physical renovation of the city have been devised since the late 1950s by private and state interests, but without serious attempt to engage with or accommodate input from Downtown residents. Creation of the revealingly named “New Kingston” beginning in the late 1950s, redevelopment of the waterfront in the 1960s and 70s, and the revitalization drive of the Kingston Restoration Company (KRC) starting in the 1980s, are just some of the incomplete results these efforts have yielded. Surely, the paradoxical contrast between these stalled, atrophied grand schemes of redevelopment, on one hand, and the ceaseless, irrepressible vitality of Kingston’s dispossessed, on the other, is worth contemplating. Parade, Downtown Kingston, on a Sunday
In varied ways, many of the artists represented in this show point us to an alternative starting point for thinking about the city, its past, and possible futures. They offer perspectives grounded in a loving appreciation of Kingston’s cultural ethos, the aesthetics and tempo of its streets, the resourcefulness, worth, and sensibilities of its people. This vantage point on the city, this perspectival shift, need not be the exclusive preserve of artists. It remains very much accessible to all of us if we but seek to avail ourselves of it.
Charles V. Carnegie Department of Anthropology Bates College  Moore, Brian L. and Michele A. Johnson. “Squalid Kingston” 1890 – 1920: How the Poor Lived, Moved, and Had Their Being. Kingston: The Social History Project, Department of History, University of the West Indies, Mona, 2000.
Environment/Climate Change News, July 24, 2016: Grenada’s Blue Economy, Record Temperatures, Mangrove Restoration
Here’s my regular “Top Ten” of local and global news on the environment. Something for everyone! Please do share any of these stories you find of interest. I have embedded the links, so you can just click on the highlighted word or words. I am afraid the global news is not very cheerful! Jamaica/Caribbean Holland High School Biology students plant mangrove seedlings that they have been growing for the past 8 months in Falmouth, Trelawny, where a large area of mangrove forest was destroyed when the cruise ship terminal was built. (Photo: Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation) Students restore local mangrove forests: Here’s a really nice blog post by Amy Heemsoth, Director of Education at the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation, a non-profit ocean research foundation established in 2000 by Prince Khaled bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia. J.A.M.I.N. almost sounds like the Bob Marley song, but it’s the acronym for the Foundation’s Jamaican Awareness of Mangroves in Nature program, a year long environmental awareness education project for youth developed alongside the University of the West Indies (UWI) Discovery Bay Marine Lab. Now the Foundation has started B.A.M. (Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves) in Abaco. Students grow seedlings in their classroom and then plant them in areas where they have been destroyed. The program includes professional development for teachers (project-based learning, evaluation and development). “Government is not doing enough to protect the environment”: So says CEO and founder of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Diana McCaulay as she reflects on the 25 years of environmental activism. JET celebrates its 25th anniversary today. McCaulay commented in a Jamaica Star article: “I think we talk a good talk, but we often hear our politicians talk about making big changes, but it actually doesn’t play out to protect the environment. A lot more can be done, but we need the help of everyone to make a greater impact to improve the quality of our environment.” Rethinking waste management: The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) will present its report on the privatization of the National Solid Waste Management Agency (NSWMA) tomorrow evening (Monday, July 25) at 6:00 p.m. at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. Do go along and hear what their findings are. A trillion-dollar opportunity: The World Bank estimates that the market for low-carbon investments in Latin America and the Caribbean will be $1 trillion by 2040, with $600 billion materializing by 2030! What are we waiting for? Let’s move towards the green economy now! Grenada hosted a Blue Growth Conference in May this year, supported by the Global Blue Network which comprises a number of international agencies and governments. (Photo: nowgrenada.com) Grenada’s Blue Week: Grenada is committed to growing its Blue Economy. As we know, our oceans cover more than seventy per cent of the Earth’s surface, and what could be more important to us in the Caribbean than our marine environment? The island joined the Global Blue Network in 2014, following the Global Oceans Action Summit and is now looking at around US$30 million in “blue” growth and innovative practices. The Blue Innovation Institute in Grenada, a new global body focused on innovation in blue growth, is to be established. Well, there is a place called True Blue in Grenada! World Dr. Kriss Kevorkian began to develop her theory of environmental grief after being affected by the decline of the orca population in Puget Sound in Washington State. What is “environmental grief”? This is a term coined by Dr. Kriss Kevorkian, based in Washington State. She actually specializes in death and grieving. It sounds rather depressing – but she has a theory that many of us humans are experiencing “the grief reaction stemming from the environmental loss of ecosystems by natural and man-made events.” It is an unacknowledged, “disenfranchised” grief that we feel but do not openly express. There is a theory that this is preventing us from taking the necessary action on climate change and the care of our environment. We are frozen and helpless. Wow. Here’s how Scientific American describes Dr. Kevorkian’s theory. The UK’s new Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom wants to repeal the ban on fox hunting. (Photo: Getty) Politicians and the environment: I read several worrying articles about the current crop of politicians’ attitude to our environment. The new President of the Philippines Rodrigo Dutertehas said he will not honor the Paris Agreement on Climate Change signed last December. He says limits on carbon emissions for his country are “nonsense,” since it accounts for less than 1 per cent of emissions. That’s understandable for a developing country; but then we have the new Environment Secretary for the UK Andrea Leadsom, who reportedly questioned (last year) whether climate change was real. She also supports fox hunting and the selling off of what’s left of Britain’s forests. And then, of course, there are the Republicans in the United States (not in power of course, and hopefully will not be), who want to repeal President Obama’s Clean Power Plan (and in fact all his climate change-related initiatives) and halt funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change. The black line at the top shows 2016 global temperatures in terms of the degrees Centigrade difference from the 20th century average. (Graph: NASA) Record temperatures – again: The global climate broke new records in the first half of this year, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reports. June 2016 marked the 14th consecutive month of record heat for land and oceans. It marked the 378th consecutive month with temperatures above the 20th century average. The last month with temperatures below the 20th century average was December 1984. “Another month, another record. And another. And another. Decades-long trends of climate change are reaching new climaxes, fuelled by the strong 2015/2016 El Niño,” said WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas. The Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota has a fantastic website called Food Matters, with articles on several topics related to agriculture and the environment: water, food waste, food security and climate change. Interesting reading. The beautiful Snow Leopard lives in the mountains of Central and South Asia. It is listed as endangered. (Photo:Photo: Tom Brakefield / Getty Images) The amazingly beautiful country of Bhutan is one of the few countries in the world with negative carbon emissions. Conservation of the natural environment is one of the four pillars of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness creed (I wish Jamaican had one!) But global warming is impacting key species such as the snow leopard and causing the melting of glaciers, which could affect neighboring India negatively.
Quitting on Integrity: A Blog Post from Kenya’s Patrick Gathara
I’m a big fan of Patrick Gathara’s political blog from Kenya. So well written and so thought-provoking! This article can be found at http://gathara.blogspot.com/2016/07/quitting-on-integrity.html Does this ring a bell, my dear fellow Jamaicans? As they say on social media, “I am leaving this right here.”
It came as no big surprise. “I will not resign,” declared the new chair of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, Philip Kinisu, regurgitating what has become a stock phrase in the vocabulary of all Kenyan public officials. Barely six months after he was appointed to head the country’s premier public ethics agency, Kinisu has been accused of ethical violations of his own, after his family-owned firm was found to be transacting business with entities he was meant to be investigating.
There is nothing new in his claim that “resigning would be setting a terrible precedent because any person can fabricate a claim against a public official.” It is the same excuse we have heard before most notably from the embattled commissioners of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. The defiant language is reminiscent of similar statements from cabinet ministers such as Anne Waiguru and Amos Kimunya, who memorably declared that he would rather die than resign. In fact, there is a long and unsavory history of refusal to resign, or to step aside, whenever the integrity of public officials is questioned.
Professor J. Patrick Dobel, of the University of Washington in his article entitled The Ethics of Resigning published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, states that “resigning from office is a critical ethical decision for individuals. Resignation also remains one of the basic moral resources for individuals of integrity. The option to resign reinforces integrity, buttresses responsibility and supports accountability.”
The impetus for resignation flows from the understanding that public office is held on trust, the belief that what matters more is safeguarding the faith that the public has in the mechanisms and systems of democratic governance rather than the individual culpability of office holders. In fact, a principled resignation is paradoxically a reflection of the abundance, not of the lack, of personal ethics among such officials.
Kenyans yearn for such displays of integrity from the folks they pay to manage their affairs. But sadly for a country where the abuse of public office for private gain has been elevated to an art form, personal interest has always seemed to trump public interest. Whether it is as a result of principled policy disagreement or because of allegations of wrongdoing, politicians and bureaucrats alike have been loath to let go of their jobs, many time preferring to be pushed rather than to jump.
One can take lessons from the resignation of the immediate former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, over the loss of the Brexit referendum. It did not require the hullaballoo of street protests or parliamentary committee decisions to force him out. The decision was personal, the stinging rebuke delivered by the electorate sufficient. Contrast this with the actions of then President Mwai Kibaki, who after losing a referendum on a new constitution in 2005, chose to fire those whom the public had sided with. It is clear that he did not think his mandate to govern was in any way affected by the fact that the people in whose name he claimed to do so, had disagreed with him on such a fundamental issue.
On the other hand, one could also question the actions of the “rebels” in Kibaki’s cabinet, led by Raila Odinga, who, despite their disagreement with the official government position on this most basic of all issues, would themselves not contemplate principled resignation, but rather, opted to hang on till they were fired.
The fact that resignations from office are so rare in Kenyan history is thus a telling indictment of the logic that permeates our pretend democracy where government is divorced from the consent and will of the governed. As Kinisu’s explanation demonstrates, it is a system that privileges the position of officials above the credibility of the institutions they lead; one that is less concerned with what the public thinks than with the private tribulations of the elite that lords it over them. This is the real and far more terrible precedent that Kinisu seeks to preserve by his refusal to jump.
Last Sundays of July 31 to feature “Kingston” exhibition and music by Jason Worton
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for July 31, 2016, will feature the soft launch of the Kingston – Part 1: The City and Artexhibition and a musical performance by Jason Worton. Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art is the first instalment of a two-part exhibition series that explores the role of Kingston in the development of Jamaican art and, conversely, the actual and potential role of art in the development of the city of Kingston. Inspired by Kingston’s recent UNESCO designation as a Creative City of Music, the exhibition makes the case that Kingston has been the crucible for many other aspects of Jamaican culture, such as the visual arts. Featuring works of art from the late 17th century to the present as well as documentary photographs, the exhibition looks at how Jamaica’s turbulent but culturally fertile capital city has generated circumstances and opportunities that have propelled the development of Jamaican art, from the natural resources to the economic activities and institutions. The exhibition also explores how artists have been inspired in their work by the events, personalities and tales that have defined life in the city, starting with the 1692 Port Royal earthquake. Kingston – Part 1: The City and Art is curated by National Gallery Assistant Curator Monique Barnett-Davidson and continues until October 30, 2016. Sidney McLaren – Scene on Harbour Street (1972), Collection: NGJ
Jason Lee Worton, Jamaican songwriter and musician, spent the last few years touring with Reggae Revival Act Protoje and the Indiggnation, while making a name for himself as an eclectic member of the Reggae scene. Working as a journeyman multi-instrumentalist, he has backed many current and past reggae stars, earning the nickname the “Jamaican Jimi Hendrix.” As the leader of his own band, Worton has appeared at prestigious events such as the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, and been a mainstay at small local venues such as Jamnesia and the Red Bones Blues Cafe. He also plays frequently for yoga studios and events in the growing Jamaican yoga community. He has now returned to focusing on his solo project, many of his songs centring around his “DubRock Reggae” sound. He also delves into acoustic material and eastern inspired meditational music. Worton continues to explore musical styles and instruments, and is an avid surfer, yogi, and farmer/apiarist. Jason Lee Worton
The National Gallery of Jamaica’s doors will be open from 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday, July 31, 2016 and the programme will start at 1:30 pm, with a curatorial introduction to the exhibition and the musical performance of Jason Worton. As is customary, admission will be free and there will also be free tours of the Kingston exhibition, but contributions to the National Gallery’s donations box are always appreciated. The National Gallery gift and coffee shops will be open for business and proceeds from these ventures help to fund programmes such as Last Sundays and exhibitions such as Kingston.
It’s very American to believe in miracles. But is it equally American to believe that Donald Trump is some kind of deity who is capable of performing miracles?
Apparently, millions of Americans are prepared to believe it.
And his convention speech last night did nothing to disillusion them.
It was an absurd speech, but I am not laughing, for it was also a chilling speech. Chilling because he seemed to believe what he was saying, and so many others seem to believe it, too.
Trump claimed extraordinary powers, and his credulous audience accepted those claims with delirious joy.
He promised, for example, that on the very day he is sworn in as President, America will be “safe again.” Crime will magically disappear, those dangerous immigrants will be walled off, violence will vanish and those bad terrorists will just go poof.
During his magical presidency, jobs will sprout from the earth like daisies and racial animosity will give way to brotherly love across the land. The dark clouds that threaten our world will be dispersed and Americans will be happy, prosperous and well behaved.
All the world will be dazzled by America’s glory and might.
The assembled votaries accepted Trump’s deluded promises like manna from Heaven.
Yes, they must have thought, he can do it! Look at him. See how big he is? Twice the size of that puny Hillary for sure!
Trump presents himself as larger than life. And by some standards he is. The evidence looms across America’s skylines, manifested – as his daughter Ivanka reminded us – in achievements such as Trump Tower.
But his daughter’s vision is, as you might expect, magnified by her personal feelings. Your daughter probably feels the same about you. I would be shocked if my daughters didn’t feel the same about me.
The reality is far more mundane. Trump’s castles were not produced by waving a magic wand but by the sweat and skill of mere mortals, many of whom say he cheated them in the process.
But it’s so tempting to believe there’s a magical solution to all that ails America – and all that ails this world of ours.
Few people are prepared to take the trouble to analyze reality, to patiently examine the intricate issues that a complex nation and a complex world are facing.
Hillary Clinton does just that. She takes each knotty problem, breaks it down and proposes real-life solutions. It’s all there on her campaign website, carefully thought out, logically explained.
But I fear most American voters – who are more at home on Twitter and Facebook – don’t have the patience or the attention span to handle Hillary’s proposals. They are likely to take a chance on a self-proclaimed miracle worker with grandiose promises and simple solutions.
The trouble is that the problems our world faces today are anything but simple. Trump’s convention speech The contrast between Trump and Hillary
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La Havana Cathedral, Up the bell tower (The high life)
I only got to see 2 cathedrals while I was in Havana. The first time I went to this one it was closed to the public (mostly because it was Sunday). Knowing when exactly when and where things were happening was kind of a challenge for me but I just wondered around until I stumbled upon something.As luck would have it I was on a half day tour and La Havana Cathedral was open (more blurry pics of inside later) and I glimpsed a woman taking pictures inside the bell tower and I was like WTF - I had to get up there!I have never been in a bell tower before and since bell tours are usually off limits to regular folks and idiots who would be tempted to ring the gigantic bells I had to see about getting a closer look.So as any tourist in a foreign country would do I poked someone in the side, slipped away from my small tour group and found my way up the bell tower, balls in hand for a unguided tour up the 4 stories of coral blocks, wooden stair cases and 8 bells. It only cost 1 CUC. by owencomment
Day 263 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Tamlins - Baltimore
While we're on Sly & Robbie let's do a couple more! The 263rd track in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge is "Baltimore" by The Tamlins. The Tamlins, composed of Carlton Smith, Junior Moore and Derrick Lara, got together in the 1970s most noticeably serving as back-up singers for Peter Tosh, John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Pat Kelly and Delroy Wilson. At the same time they recorded their own material with minimal success until they released "Baltimore," a cover of a song originally written by Randy Newman, for Sly & Robbie in 1979. Now I don't know if it's because Baltimore is my "hometown" or because this song has such a melancholy and downbeat feel but it is absolutely timeless and powerfully and unfortunately still relevant today. Any time I've played "Baltimore" while spinning in Baltimore I always get huge props from someone in the audience who feels it like I do and who completely "gets it." Originally released as a 7" on the Taxi label, it has ended up on a heap of releases over the course of the last 30+ years.
Jamaica foresees forward strides in downtown development
Get our stories in your inbox, free. Like TimesLedger on Facebook. After years of protracted conversations about development in downtown Jamaica, many of the players who have been pushing for more robust investment in the neighborhood say change is in the air.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company to Perform at Inaugural Jamaica Dance Festival
The critically acclaimed Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company will perform in the inaugural The Jamaica Dance Festival on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 6:45pm at Rufus King Park, 150-29 Jamaica Ave, New York, 11435. The dances of Nai-Ni Chen fuse the dynamic freedom of ...
Prakash Ramadhar says the Prime Minister’s visit to Jamaica was on behalf of the country.
Member of Parliament for St. Augustine, Prakash Ramadhar on his recent visit to Jamaica with the Prime Minister said he went on behalf of country and not party. In a recent interview this morning, Ramadhar said his visit to Jamaica was in the best interest ...
Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin In War Of Words Over ‘Disrespect’ As Olympics Loom
A hamstring injury prevented Bolt from competing at Jamaica’s Olympic trials, but he received both a medical exemption and a place on the team plane to Brazil anyway. The decision prompted Gatlin and other USA sprinters to suggest Jamaica has shown ...
ONLINE READERS COMMENT: Get real, reparations will never happen
I saw a funny news item on local television recently. The new government of Jamaica has reconstituted the cause for reparations in a new reparations council. During her presentation in Parliament, the culture minister stated that this new council ...
Get an exquisite taste of culture at these five black-owned restaurants in Queens
The Door is always open to you, especially if you relish in authentic Jamaican food. This prominent restaurant in Jamaica will provide a traditional taste of curry goat, jerk and brown stew chicken, substantial seafood choices plus more. The place is ...
It said Cuba maintains formal agreements to fight narco-trafficking with at least 35 countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Venezuela, Tanzania, Laos and Jamaica. These accords allow Cuba to standardise counter ...
Kumar Sangakkara hopeful of CPL 2016 spreading cricket in USA
Sangakkara is currently playing for Jamaica Tallawahs in CPL 2016 and has played two match-winning knocks for the team. The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman scored two half-centuries in the last three matches he played and Jamaica Tallawahs won both of the ...
To get to Sherwood Content, hometown of Jamaican track star Usain Bolt, rent a Toyota Yaris at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. Drive 27 miles along narrow unmarked roads through sugar cane fields, swerving to avoid cavernous potholes, goats ...
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Jamaica and Barbados both posted their second wins on the trot, while Trinidad and Tobago rebounded from an opening round defeat to also find the winning touch in the second round of the Twenty20 phase of the Regional Women’s ...
The Government says it will be holding talks soon with China aimed at getting more Chinese tourists as cruise visitors to the region. Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says when he visits China in September, the issue will be among a range...
JPS responds to Maxfield Avenue protest, 30 households disconnected
The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is insisting that it will take all steps to remove illegal customers from its grid. The JPS was responding to a protest by people it says are illegal electricity users near Maxfield Avenue in Kingston. The...
The Taxpayer Registration Card Centre in downtown Kingston reopens today after a one-week closure. The card centre located at the Kingston Mall was closed on July 15 following a murder-suicide involving two security guards who were in a...
Amid mounting concern about Jamaica's crime rate, particularly murders, the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches is to hold a National Day of Prayer. The group will launch the event tomorrow under the theme ‘Jamaica Pray’....
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller is to release her financial records this week. Sandrea Falconer, an aide to the Opposition Leader, made the declaration last night but did not say exactly when the records will be released. ...
Scores of children in South East St Andrew spent the last two weeks learning, playing and being occupied in summer camps organised by the Member of Parliament for the constituency Julian Robinson."It started on Monday and will continue until next...
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In the nick of time! - Jamaican living in Canada finds AGD just before 'dead lef' passes to the State
A last-ditch attempt by the Administrator General's Department (AGD) to contact beneficiaries of some estates that would have to be handed over to the Government if they were not found within the next six to eight weeks has started to bear fruit....
Fixing farming - Farmers weigh in on measures to grow the sector
Last year, the real value added for the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector declined by 0.1 per cent and accounted for 6.6 per cent of the country's gross domestic product.The reduced output of the sector was largely attributed to drought...
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Minister of health, Dr Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the zika virus. Addressing a Ministry of Health/Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) parish town hall...
Jamaica and Trinidad PMs meet to discuss critical issues
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Jamaica company signs MOU in relation to medical marijuana business opportunities
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