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Which pet is right for your budget?

We have all felt the same rush of panic  when our child looks at us and asks, "Mom can I get a pet?" That feeling of panic is usually linked to the realization that we don't have enough to pay for not only the initial cost but also the maintenance of a pet. However, not wanting to disappoint our children we often make vague promises of buying them a pet one day and hurriedly distract them by changing the subject. While this [...]

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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! It's as if the holiday is a kind of marker; from here on, the year just slips away until Christmas arrives. Another year done! Tempus fugit. Recently, 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. [...]

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DRAG RACING CHALLENGE#3 - BEWARE OF THE RED SUPRA!

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 Clarendon! On 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 earmarked! Test and [...]

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Can you be financially independent?

"It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile." Garry Marshall Many people have made a number of financial mistakes on their journey to success.  Often it is assumed that financial independence is too hard to achieve but it can be done with proper planning. Being financially independent means exactly what it says: You are not dependent on anyone or anything to pay your bills. Planning Ahead The next few months are the perfect time to reset your wallet [...]

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Strengthening Social Enterprise in Jamaica: A Tough But Worthwhile Task

Chairman of the JN Foundation Earl Jarrett wants to see Jamaica as "a country agile and ready for growth."  How is this to be achieved? Mr. Jarrett is looking at what they call a "two-pronged approach": putting the institutional framework in place to make doing business easier (yes, there is still more work to be done in this area); and smoothing the way for growth at the micro level (which is where social enterprise comes in). Who's Starting Social Enterprises? [...]

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Free Summer Activities for Children!

Do you have children? Then you know what a terrible time summer is for parents! The kids are home from school and it is often a hassle to find appropriate activities that will occupy their time in a positive way. A number of working parents simply have no choice but signing their children up for summer school. But how much is that going to cost? Well the cost of the programme depends on the age of the child and where you want to [...]

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