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Buy Jamaican - Emancipation/Independence dreams!

On August 1, 1834, the course of Jamaica's history changed forever. Previously under the dominion of white slave masters, the slaves were finally given their freedom. The dream of freedom was one in which had captured many hearts and led to much bloodshed. Slaves were now given the opportunity to earn a living for their families and move freely between plantations which would encourage trade and commerce. They wanted to build their island home into a strong independent nation with its resources made [...]

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Jamaica Issues US$2 billion in Global Bonds

by Juan Pedro Schmid Photo courtesy of the IDB It was a long time in the making (and keeping the rumor mills spinning) but today Jamaica finally issued the long awaited bond to finance a Petrocaribe buyback. They issued two bonds, US$1.35 with a rate of 6.75% maturing in 2028 and US$650 million at 7.875% maturing in 2045. As such, this issuance will provide funds to finance the Petrocaribe debt buyback as well as finance the budget. Besides the potential to dramatically (around 11% [...]

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Circuit Racing: Jamwest Speedway - uncensored ecstasy!

If your plans for Sunday, August 2nd did not include uncensored ecstasy - circuit racing - you must be a permanent member of the insane club! You beg to differ? If you insist that your faculties are intact and they are operating above and beyond that which being normal dictates, a trip to Jamwest Speedway, to experience the adrenaline boost that the Emancipation of Speed will supply is compulsory! I have stated previously on these pages that Jamwest Speedway is ridiculously [...]

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Circuit Racing: Dover's finest invade Jamwest!

Speed has been held captive for two months! But thankfully, as was the case for our African ancestors, freedom has arrived. On Sunday, August 2nd, the shackles will be dismantled, speed will be released and allowed to romp at will, at Jamwest Speedway in Little London, Westmoreland. Circuit racers visited Jamaica's fastest track in February for a round of the CMRC and if you were not present at that event, I will add jerk seasoning to the wound - you missed [...]

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Action, Not Words: Pericles Maillis Likes to Get Things Done

Pericles Maillis is an extraordinary man, and as his first name suggests, a great fighter and champion (the ancient Greek Pericles is normally portrayed with his helmet firmly on his head). I had the honor of meeting him, if only briefly, at the BirdsCaribbean 20th International Meeting in Kingston, which ended yesterday (July 29th). The five-day conference brought together 200 delegates from across the Caribbean, the United States, the UK and from as far as New Zealand to discuss birds [...]

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How Consumers are beating the Heat!

I believe that the sun is getting hotter each day. The temperatures have been steadily rising throughout the summer months and although we had some unexpected showers early in July, the heat has not abated. The intense heat has been taking its toll on everyone but especially those of us who live in Kingston and its environs. The heat seems to hover over us in the morning then settle there for the rest of the day. Relief In a bid to get relief [...]

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Consumers Prepare for Water Shortages!

Consumers Prepare for Water Shortages!

Summer is here at long last.  Children are home from school and the days are longer and hotter. The summer sky is usually clear  and everyone flocks to the beach to cool off from the intense heat....

We visited a citizen security program in Jamaica and this is what we learned

We visited a citizen security program in Jamaica and this is what we learned

by Pablo Bachelet Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Author,  D Ramey Logan   “The biggest headache is getting the men to walk away from certain things,” says Adenike Stephenson, when aske...

Formula 1: Will Lewis Hamilton recover in Canada?

Formula 1: Will Lewis Hamilton recover in Canada?

Formula 1 stops in North America this weekend. The circus will reveal its entertaining-self on Sunday and all things being equal, all the entertainers will leave no wheel motionless, as they chase P1....

IS BOLT IN TROUBLE?

IS BOLT IN TROUBLE?

The experts would have me believe that despite his struggles so far this season, all will be well with Usain Bolt by the time the IAAF World Athletics Championships roll around at the end of August....

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...

Highways and Byways and Bikes

Highways and Byways and Bikes

It was a regular, quiet Sunday morning in Half Way Tree, Kingston. Congregation members making their way to the 6:30 a.m. service at the St. Andrew Parish Church stopped short, in shock. Right in fron...

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