If You Want to Dig Up Apple’s Secrets, Go to Jamaica ? Is Jamaica proud of this?
When it comes to Apple, Jamaica knows all. Quartz has an interesting report out today about Apple’s habit of filing trademark applications for new products, including macOS and the Apple Watch, in the Caribbean country. The reason? Secrecy, of course. Jamaica is one of several countries where trademark databases aren’t easily accessible online. That means...
Stop right now and name off the top of your head, 5 Caribbean Food Bloggers, how about Caribbean Sports Bloggers, Caribbean Business Bloggers, ok maybe you better in naming some Caribbean Fashion + Style Bloggers or Caribbean Music Bloggers? Then when you’re done with that for the Caribbean, drill down and and ask those same...
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A brief discussion of why home automation and the smart home might be realised in the Caribbean much sooner than we expect. Over the past few months, policymakers across the Caribbean have been clamouring for their countries to become smart cities and smart nations. To realise this, considerable investment in digital infrastructure, along with the...
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The Next Kingston BETA event is Wednesday Oct 26th! It’s gonna be action packed!
We’ll just let the flier do the talking. Have a look and then be generous, share with some friends. #KgnBeta Ready to pitch!? Email ingrid at connectimass dot com your one paragraph description. Read the rules here. Then come early with your laptop and your presentation or send it 48hrs before event to that email […]
How was Kingston BETA March Edition ? | Here’s the Full Report
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We’re Excited about our new YOUTH INNOVATION PITCH! segment
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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 […]
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Going above and beyond to provide exceptional experiences is something that Scenic strives to do all the time. With Scenic, your river cruise provides the best highlights and most unforgettable opportunities to see Europe in a way that no other river cruise line can. Aptly named Scenic Enrich, these specially crafted and tailored experiences are included in the cost of your cruise, giving you special access to a range of fantastic locations. The Scenic Enrich programme ensures that any Scenic cruise you embark on includes an Enrich experience ranging from a private tour in a castle to dinner with a local family or wine tasting in a picturesque chateau. There’s something for everyone with Scenic Enrich, and here’s just a few examples. Avignon Be treated to a gala dinner and performance in the Pope’s Palace. Vienna A private concert in the grand Palais Liechtenstein. Portugal Visit the Burmester Cellars for dinner and traditional Fado music. What makes these experiences special is the sense of true exclusivity and luxury that Scenic crafts into them, from the stunning locations and venues (many of which are often UNESCO or World Heritage-listed), the sumptuous food or wine to the immersive performances and entertainment and the genuine passion and companionship of all involved.
A Medieval Evening at Marksburg Castle
One of Scenic’s most incredible experiences is the evening at Marksburg Castle, where guests enjoy a traditional medieval banquet in its grand hall. Overlooking the Rhine River on a hill near Braubach, Marksburg Castle is one of the region’s most famous and recognisable landmarks. Built in the 12th century, the castle served as a fortress protecting Braubach and the local area and was truly formidable in its many battles, never once falling to invading armies. Formerly of the Holy Roman Empire and now acting as head office of the German Castle Association, the castle is open for public touring and sightseeing but available exclusively to Scenic guests is the opportunity to enter further into the great hall for a grand medieval feast. Enjoy sumptuous local specialties and flowing red wine while performers entertain you with traditional acts including minstrels, court jesters, players and bards.
Scenic Rouge in Lyon
Scenic Rouge is one of the newest Scenic Rich encounters and invites Scenic guests to a spectacular French extravaganza. Guests who choose this enriching experience can enjoy an exclusive gala packed full of dazzling performances including the acclaimed French Can Can. The special event takes place underneath a decked out big-top onshore in Lyon. A must for anyone sailing the south of Frane on a river cruise with Scenic.
Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular 2016 - Track Two - You've Got To Beware
We have featured quite a few Derrick Morgan tracks in quite a few Spooktaculars over the last eleven years and this year is not gonna be any different. This one is called "You've Got To Beware," backed by the Aggrovators, produced by Joe Richards and released on the Canadian G-Clef label some time around 1975. Odd thing is, that with the pleasing influx of "flying cymbals" on this track it would be easy to think this baby was done for Bunny Lee. Though not directly speaking about the spooky, Morgan's warning to beware can be applied to almost every aspect of life from avoiding evil men, staying away from backstabbers, looking both ways before crossing the street, chewing your food properly and watching your footing so you don't slip and break a hip in the shower... it also serves as a reminder to protect yourself from that errant vampire that will inevitably come swooping out of your bedroom closet at 2AM on a dark and stormy night. And while Mr. Morgan doesn't say it, he's strongly advising you to have a crucifix, a wooden stake and a jug of holy water within arms reach on your nightstand, just in case. But hey, I have the tendency to read more into things than most people.
Day 339 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Upsetters - Creeping Version
Originally appearing in 2013's Spooktacular, today's track "Creeping Version" by the Upsetters is the b-side version of a tune by Charley Ace called "The Creeper," originally released as a single in 1971 on the Upsetter label. This tune is rife with some heavy organ provided by the great Glen Adams and really gives the listener the illusion of something creeping up behind you on a dark and deserted street sometime around midnight. As Adams successively raises the octave, the feeling that your pursuer is advancing closer and closer until "It" is just a mere step behind; close enough that you can feel their breath on your neck, he brings it back down giving the impression that they have slowed and backed away. A great moody track that definitely fits the spooky October vibe we got goin' on!
World Habitat Day 2016: A Blog Post by Wayne Campbell
Today, as we await the passing of Hurricane Matthew – now turning towards Haiti – it is perhaps appropriate that today is World Habitat Day. Last night on the television news, I saw some residents of Golden Grove, St. Thomas, overjoyed and jingling front door keys as they packed all their possessions into vans and pickups and headed for some new houses just down the road (solid concrete). Due to the approaching hurricane, the “powers that be” had allowed them to move into these shiny brand new houses – temporarily. Now, I fully understand why they were so happy. If you have ever driven through the sleepy rural district, you will see what look like “slave quarters” – about 50 ramshackle dwellings. These are four-room barracks, built for sugar workers about a century ago, each one built to house four workers. They are hugely overcrowded and built in a flood-prone area (thus, on stilts, many of which are unstable). They were damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. After many construction delays (and as a result some vandalizing and stealing of fixtures by local crooks), the new houses still do not have electricity, piped water or a sewage pit dug. But the residents are not concerned. They will, at last, have a proper roof over their heads. I cannot see them moving back into those hovels, once the storm has passed. I am glad my friend and fellow blogger Wayne Campbell wrote a piece about this day. Shelter is an absolutely critical issue in Jamaica (both urban and rural) and in many other developing countries. You can find this article on Wayne’s blog at http://wayaine.blogspot.com
The appalling “sugar barracks” in Golden Grove, St. Thomas. In 2013 ground was broken for new homes in Hampton Court, but the residents are now moving into them half-finished, three years later. (Photo: Gleaner)
World Habitat Day 2016
Everyone deserves a decent place to live. The United Nations World Habitat Day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of human settlements and people’s right to adequate shelter.
The day serves as a reminder to the world of its collective responsibility for the habitat of future generations. As the global population increases so too have the challenges. Regrettably, the number of people especially the poor and vulnerable groups, including women, migrants and persons with disabilities find themselves living in less than desirable conditions as they face discrimination based on their circumstances. It is estimated that a billion new houses will be needed by 2025 to accommodate 50 million new urban dwellers.
Access to affordable housing is not a new phenomenon. It is a global challenge which requires commitment, resources and creativity from governments in order to reverse the growing trends of informal settlements and slums which many urban dwellers now call home. Squatting on government and privately owned lands is now a common feature in many societies, including Jamaica. The eradication of poverty should be a priority for all governments as this is a barrier to quality and affordable housing.
The housing crisis in Jamaica is desperate. It is estimated that between 15 to 35 per cent of Jamaicans are living in abandoned buildings or in squatter settlements. This is most unacceptable and requires urgent attention by the government as it relates to land reform.
The theme of the 2016 World Habitat Day is Housing at the Centre. Interestingly, the first World Habitat Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1986 to raise awareness about the plight of the 1.6 billion people in need of adequate shelter. The United Nations has outlined seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) which are geared towards transforming the world in which we live.
Sustainable Cities and Communities – The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11.
Goal 11 addresses the issue of making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. However, there are multiple challenges, including a shortage of housing stock as more and more residential houses are being converted for commercial use and purpose. It is imperative that governments draft legislation or enforce existing laws in order to zone communities and protect the housing stock which are available for people. It cannot be that the rich and powerful are allowed to transform a community or neighborhood from residential to commercial without any sanction at the expense of the poor and vulnerable.
Every one of us regardless of skin colour, religion, sexual orientation, social class and or sex deserves the opportunity for a better future. There is a collective responsibility on all governments to lead the way in empowering and engendering their citizenry to achieve quality and adequate housing in order to achieve sustainable development. In the words of Ban Ki-moon: “Building sustainable cities and a sustainable future will need open dialogue among all branches of national, regional and local government. And it will need the engagement of all stakeholders including the private sector and civil society, and especially the poor and marginalized.”
#WorldHabitatDay #affordablehousing #Aleppo #sustainabledevelopment #Jamaica #poverty
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