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Financing tertiary education!

You have collected your high school certificate as you wore your cap and gown. You were so proud that you had passed all your subjects. So what's next on the plan for your life? For a number of young ambitious Jamaicans, the next step is to matriculate to a tertiary level facility that will enable them to be fully qualified in their profession. Cost of tertiary education In my previous post, I had focused on the rising cost of secondary education but the heftiest [...]

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Cable TV – A Clash of Titans?

Written by Marcia Forbes Cable TV on Fast-track to Where? Sometimes things move at amazing speed in Jamaica. At other times the snail-like pace is excruciating. Take the matter of cable TV and signal piracy. After about 30 years since the emergence of this phenomenon, it has finally been elevated to public discourse, with cable TV subscribers, cable operators, the regulatory body (Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica – BCJ) and the Government publicly arguing their respective positions. Suddenly Cable TV-related matters seem to [...]

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MotoGP: Lorenzo brutal, but Marquez...

France is revered by motorsports fans worldwide simply because it retains the home address, for arguably the greatest spectacle on planet Earth - the 24 hours of Le Mans! Legends are born at that famous race, careers are launched, reputations built and hopeful seeds of an enduring legacy, are sown, each time a manufacturer ascends to the top step of the majestic podium. Ask Porsche, Ferrari, Ford and in recent times, Audi, to explain the significance of victory at Le [...]

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Passport Pressure!

Do you remember the days of the blue passport? That was the passport with which most Jamaicans would use to travel overseas in the early eighties. It had a distinctive light blue colour and had several features including a comments section at the back of the book where you could also add your address and telephone number. Getting a passport back then was often a tedious and time consuming affair with long lines and interminable waiting periods. Old System The previous passport system involved [...]

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It Has Been a Long Journey: CCRP Jamaica's Living Legacy Awards 2015

“It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding; and to the open-handed the search for one who shall receive is joy greater than giving.” Dr. Badih Shoucair, O.D., the recipient of a CCRP Jamaica Living Legacy Award, used these words from "The Prophet," by Kahlil Gibran (which happens to be on my Goodreads all-time favorites list, with five stars) to describe his philosophy of life. Like Dr. Shoucair, Gibran was born in Lebanon, but [...]

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GATLIN'S FAST TIMES EXCITES AND TERRIFIES FANS

There has been a buzz in the track and field community since last Friday, May 15, when American Justin Gatlin blazed to a 9.74-second season opener  at the Diamond League meeting in Doha. The time is a personal best for Gatlin, faster than the 9.77s he ran back on May 12, 2006, the year he was banned for eight years, effectively for life, after he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. It was the second time he had failed [...]

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What Next for Caribbean Cable Operators?

What Next for Caribbean Cable Operators?

by Marcia Forbes Shocked by Sinclair I was shocked at Gary Sinclair’s seeming honesty and openness as he responded to Journalist Dionne Jackson Miller’s probing questions about cable TV and cop...

GATLIN'S FAST TIMES EXCITES AND TERRIFIES FANS

GATLIN'S FAST TIMES EXCITES AND TERRIFIES FANS

There has been a buzz in the track and field community since last Friday, May 15, when American Justin Gatlin blazed to a 9.74-second season opener  at the Diamond League meeting in Doha. The time is...

Caribbean Economic Outlook 2015: Seeing Stars

Caribbean Economic Outlook 2015: Seeing Stars

By Juan Pedro Schmid Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Egres73 What will 2015 bring to the Caribbean? A famous economist once said that ‘the only function of economic forecasting is to ma...

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE JAMAICA INVITATIONAL

FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED FROM THE JAMAICA INVITATIONAL

At least six world leading times were set at the 2015 edition of the Jamaica International Invitational at the National Stadium in Kingston. By any standard the meet was a success and the estimated 25...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Cable TV Operators & Copyright Infringement

Pirates of the Caribbean: Cable TV Operators & Copyright Infringement

Written by Marcia Forbes BCJ's Partial Lock-Down Directive About ninety-eight (98) channels are being pirated by Jamaican cable TV operators. Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica...

Watergate, CARIMAC and the Pursuit of Truth

Watergate, CARIMAC and the Pursuit of Truth

I arrived early and made my way around rows of still empty seats. As I sat down, I noticed the evening sun was still shining on the tops of the hills surrounding the Mona Campus, which was already in...

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