5 reasons why a Caribbean Digital Marketplace might be a good thing
Last week, at the fourth Latin American Telecommunications Congress in Mexico, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) called for the creation of a regional digital market. ECLAC was of the view that its creation would “enable increased connectivity for people and businesses, and facilitate the online exchange of goods...
Snapshot: state of Open Data in the Caribbean in 2015
The concept of “Open Data” is not new in the Caribbean. It began to gain prominence around five years ago, with the crystallised into the first Caribbean Open Data Conference, and the Caribbean Open Institute. With regard to understanding the term ‘Open Data”, the key focus should be on the word “open”, which speaks to...
Are country code top-level domains popular in the Caribbean or not?
In last week’s news, it was reported that the Dominican Republic intended to celebrate 25 years of having‘.do’ as its country code top-level domain.(ccTLD) Interestingly, virtually all Caribbean countries have ccLTDs, the majority of which were created in 1991 – 25 years ago – but there seems to be little or no intention to recognise...
Who are the winners of the latest Startup Weekend Trinidad and Tobago event ?
Launch Rockit Founder Gerard Thomas and his team, staged another Startup Weekend Trinidad and Tobago recently and 3 teams emerged winners from the 54hr intense event. They are: 1st – BidEvent – An App that connects Event Planners with Suppliers 2nd – InSeason Food Tours – Local Food Tour 3rd – EZ Parking – Parking...
Jamaican Woman Tech Entrepreneur beats field of 10,000 to win US pitch competition
Jamaican Tech Entrepreneur Kenia Mattis, Co-Founder of ListenMeLtd has been selected winner of Spark the Fire Pitch Startup Competition during the hosting of the US State Department’s, Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) this week. Following the win, the United States Embassy congratulated Mattis, noting, “Kenia’s pitch was so good that she was selected as one of...
By Cathrona Samuel On a global scale, consolidation in major industries has been rampant. Businesses have come together to leverage expertise in technology and larger economies of scale through merged market shares. The global trend towards consolidation has also been quite evident in the Caribbean. Over the past 14 months, much of the telecommunications infrastructure...
The Second Startup Weekend Havana Happening early August this year!
The second is planned for Startup Weekend Havana August 5-7 in Havana. Startup Weekend organizes high-impact, experiential events that foster entrepreneurship and community building in every corner of the world. As of last year, the organization hosted 200,00 budding entrepreneurs at 2,900 Startup Weekend events, in 501 cities, and in 150 countries. The organization’s 54-hour....
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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DRAG CHALLENGE 2 JAMAICA'S DRAG RACING HEART BEATS HERE PART 2
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Negril Chamber of Commerce Still Unhappy Over Unresolved Breakwater Issue
Much more clarity is needed on the issue of the proposed breakwater for the resort town of Negril – one of several environmental issues left hanging in mid-air by the previous administration. A very confusing media report has apparently not helped matters. Here is the Negril Chamber of Commerce’s press release dated 20th June. You can detect the frustration. I would like to see the new administration sit down with the stakeholders to discuss further. Please consult with the community before making a final decision! By the way, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett is holding a meeting in Negril to discuss the issue of crime and security – tomorrow (Friday June 24) at 1:30 p.m. at Swept Away Hotel. Negril residents and citizens are welcome to attend. Negril beach erosion. (Photo: Gleaner)
The Negril Chamber of Commerce are remaining resolute in their opposition to the proposed breakwater project for Negril. There have been statements made recently that we feel compelled to address.
First there is the new Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) Chairman stating “…the project should go ahead as it is detrimental to the sustainability of the seven-mile stretch of beach…”. Why would we want a detrimental project to be implemented? Perhaps this was an error of either the reporter or Mr. Walker but there has been no retraction or amendment of this statement.
We read that the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) have been asked to collaborate to address the erosion problem. The PIOJ is to prepare a note for the Cabinet. With all due respect, they both already collaborated without the input of a coastal engineer, made wrong decisions and did not consult with the community properly.
The Negril Chamber of Commerce has been in constant dialogue with the Dutch on this problem, and they are coming in July as requested by the Office of the Prime Minister to do another presentation of the alternative solutions to the erosion. Their solutions take in the entire stretch of 7 miles of beach and not just the up to 1.5 miles as the breakwater does. Local coastal engineers Smith Warner are also going to be working with Deltares from Holland on this holistic approach.
The bureaucrats in the Ministries are pushing for the breakwater as they don’t want to be embarrassed and claim Jamaica will lose the money. But they can always reapply to the Adaptation Fund for another project. It’s a pity that apparently they did not properly consult nor do due diligence before trying to foist this project on the community.
It appears there is confusion and a lack of communication in the new government but we trust that in July 2016, they will all come, listen and learn from experts before making unenlightened decisions for our community – decisions that have the potential to impact negatively on all of Jamaica. For more information contact: Mary Veira firstname.lastname@example.org (875) 881-8698 Sophie Grizzle Roumel email@example.com cel (876) 421-9899 Christine Cohen firstname.lastname@example.org cel (876) 887-2891
In another time, Americans might be marching on Washington today, massing in front of Congress to support the Democratic sit-in against gun violence. But I know of no plan to march. Instead I got an invitation – by email of course – to join a “digital protest.”
So I won’t have to leave the comfort of my computer chair to show my support for the Democratic protesters. If I had a laptop, I wouldn’t have to get out of bed.
The digital protest is taking place on Facebook tonight. The email explained:
We will do this by utilizing a Facebook feature, specifically encouraging people to create and share a “Life Event” update. However, unlike a typical Life Event update (announcing a marriage or a new baby, for example), this will be an update allowing people to declare their desire to reduce gun violence by stating that “enough is enough.”
All I have to do is create a custom Life Event on my Facebook page that reads: “Decided that enough is enough.” Then, I can add a story or photo explaining why this is such an important issue.
Sad to say, I would find it easier to march on Washington than to do any of that stuff. Facebook is a puzzle that I have yet to solve (even though I operate a Facebook page of sorts).
I haven’t caught up with the digital age.
I have never figured out how to get on Twitter. As for Instagram and Periscope and all of the other portals to the “social network,” I manage to live from day to day without even knowing what they look like.
The invitation to join the digital protest is supposedly from the White House. But I wonder if it’s a hoax.
I know today’s politicians communicate via Twitter, and I keep up with friends and relatives by email and by checking Facebook once in a while. But the thought of the White House actually staging a protest on the Internet seems weird somehow.
Is this what we’ve come to? War by drones, politics on Twitter and protest by social media? More on the sit-in and social media
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I have only seen a sea turtle once – a Green Turtle, from a glass-bottomed boat in Negril. It was a fleeting glimpse of a fascinating creature, which looked like a painted mechanical toy. Hawksbill Sea Turtle nesting beach at Manatee Bay in the Portland Bight Protected Area – now threatened by a port development. (Photo: Mike Fouraker)
A female sea turtle returns to the sea after laying her eggs. (Photo: TripAdvisor/Oracabessa Foundation)
Sea turtles were once abundant in Jamaica. In the 17th century, and especially in the Port Royal area, there was a “turtle industry.” When caught, they were kept alive in a “turtle crawle” – a hollowed-out enclosure near the sea, where the turtles could swim freely but could not escape; rather like the Dolphin Cove tourist attractions today, except the wild dolphins are required to perform tricks, not be eaten. Turtles were also shipped to England, and eaten by sailors. For the past two or three centuries, they have been hunted in the Caribbean almost to the point of extinction. Thankfully now conservation measures are in place, and nesting turtles have even become a tourist attraction. Sea turtles suffer terribly from pollution and marine trash. This poor turtle is having a plastic straw removed from his nostril. (Photo: surferslodgepeniche.com)
Here are some quick facts about these wondrous creatures:
All sea turtles are endangered or critically endangered – populations have declined drastically due to killing of females, removal of eggs and disturbance of nesting beaches (e.g. bright lights, noise)
Turtles also suffer from eating marine trash and entrapment in fish/shrimp nests
Turtles are cold-blooded and among the largest reptiles in the world
Some species can live for fifty years or more
Some species travel hundreds, even thousands of miles; they can also dive deep for prolonged periods
The female turtle comes ashore to lay her eggs (500 – 1,000 per season, several nests); adults return to the SAME beach where they were born
All four species of turtle in Jamaican waters (Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill and Leatherback, plus the Atlantic Kemps Ridley) and their eggs are protected under the Wildlife Protection Act
Scientists conducting a survey of coral reefs in the Portland Bight Protected Area (including Goat Islands) last year met up with this endangered Green Sea Turtle near Big Pelican Cay. The survey was sponsored by the Waitt Foundation. A Hawksbill Turtle busy with her nest. (Photo: Jamaica Environment Trust/Facebook. JET has worked with communities in Portland, St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland to monitor sea turtle nesting. Community members and NGOs have been trained in sea turtle biology and monitoring, and received equipment. Data collected is submitted to the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA).
Jamaica winning the fight against human trafficking
Jamaica has been commended and upgraded to a Tier 2 ranking in its fight against Trafficking in Persons (TIP) by the US Department of State in its 2016 TIP Report. The country’s compliance with Human Trafficking laws and its comprehensive and multi ...
Bolt through easily to Jamaica's 100-meter semifinals
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Usain Bolt spent a few minutes on the grassy infield of National Stadium after his race Thursday night, putting himself through some very slow cool-down jogs. It was an easy end to an easy night. Officially beginning his quest for ...
JAMAICA: Country Must Further Reduce Petroleum-Based Fuels" Energy Minister
Jamaica Information / Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (left), converses with World Bank Country Manager for Jamaica, Galina Sotirova, during the launch of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) GreenTech ...
Radio Jamaica Ltd says publishing of its financial records delayed
Radio Jamaica Ltd says the publication of its financial accounts will be delayed for a further 30 days. It says the delay was occasioned by the closeness of its recent acquisition of the Gleaner Company Media Ltd, to the end of the financial year.
Tyga has finally debut his highly anticipated video “1 of 1” that was shot in Jamaica earlier this month. The Compton rapper is of Vietnamese and Jamaican decent with his father being Jamaican. He traveled to Jamaica just for a get away following his ...
Jamaica proposes marijuana dispensers for tourists at airports following legalisation
Jamaica is planning to install marijuana-dispensing kiosks for tourists in order to regulate a growing drug market and to bring in more government revenue. The new Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is drawing up plans for the kiosks just two months after ...
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, says Jamaican companies need to put measures in place to identify and stop cases of child labour. “Companies that are at risk of being involved, knowingly or ...
JAMAICA: Consumers Urged to Read Labels on Laundry Detergents
Jamaica Information / Head of the Standards Compliance Inspectorate Regulatory Division at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Wendell Richards (centre), is in discussion with Manager of Marketing and Public Relations at the BSJ, Garfield Dixon (left ...
Jamaica Wants To Use Airport Kiosks To Make Your Weed Buying Easier
Plenty of people visit Jamaica every year and never leave the resort they’re staying in. Now, the new kiosks being considered by Jamaican officials might make it so visitors barely have to leave the airport. The Caribbean nation is considering installing ...
In his address, Prime Minister Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission will say, but it was never the intention to lay any groundwork or chart any path out of CARICOM. This is about strengthening Jamaica’s position within the regional ...
Government pushing for longer intervals for toll increases
The Government is pushing to have the developers of Highway 2000 increase toll rates every two years instead of annually. New toll rates are to take effect tomorrow and persons have been complaining about the hike. Transport and Works minister,...
Ocho Rios man held with cocaine valuing $7.5m, charged
A St Ann man has been charged by the police after allegedly being held with five pounds of cocaine which has an estimated street value of $7.5 million. The police say 30-year-old Dwayne Shirley of Great Pond, Ocho Rios in the parish was accosted as...
The body of an unidentified male was found floating in the sea in West End, Negril today. Police say the body believed to be in it's late 50s is of fair complexion, medium build is about 170 centimetres long 5'7" long. It was clad in a...
Police yet to confirm whether Alpha schoolgirl's shooters are cops
The police are yet to confirm whether the persons involved in the shooting and injuring of a schoolgirl from the Convent Of Mercy Academy (Alpha) yesterday are members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). The student was shot in the face in...
New measures announced by the Government in May to allow more Jamaicans to buy houses through the National Housing Trust (NHT) take effect today. As of today, new NHT loan applicants who earn up to $12,000 per week or less will be able to access...
'Driver, mi a guh dead?' asked Alpha teen shot in taxi
The driver of a taxi in which a student of the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) was shot this morning says the shocked teen asked him if she was going to die. The teen was shot when police allegedly opened fire on the vehicle at the intersection of...
Alleged fraud uncovered at Manchester Parish Council now at $9.2m
The value of the alleged fraud uncovered by a major probe of the Manchester Parish Council is now at $9.2 million "and counting". This was disclosed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning by attorneys for the Major Organised and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).
Police list dancehall artiste 'Tommy Lee' as Persons of Interest
Popular dancehall artiste Leroy Russell, otherwise called ‘Tommy Lee’ has been listed as a person of interest by detectives in the Kingston Eastern police Division. They have also listed a man known as Rohan Smith, otherwise called...
Police probing reports Alpha student injured as cops opened fire on illegal taxi
Senior police investigators are now probing reports that a student of the Corporate Area-based Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) is now in hospital after the robot taxi in which she was travelling was shot up by cops this morning.
Gov't still negotiating wage deal with some public sector groups
State Minister in the Ministry Finance and the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer, has indicated that the government is still negotiating with a small number of public sector groups that have not signed a wage deal for the 2015-2016 financial year....
Jamaica prime minister launches CARICOM review commission
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday afternoon launched the CARICOM Review Commission. The chairman of the commission is Bruce Golding, former prime minister. In his address, Holness said, “We cannot preempt what the commission...
Enjoy the sounds, tastes, sights and vibes of Jamaica across the US during Reggae Fest
ORLANDO, USA -- This summer, you don’t have to go all the way to the islands to celebrate International Reggae Day on July 1. Bahama Breeze’s Reggae Fest, kicking off on International Reggae Day, will bring the “don’t worry, be happy” attitude to life with the sounds, tastes, sights and...