Year: 2011

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Positive Development For The Future

There are plenty of positive developments taking place in Jamaica’s fledgling democracy and political culture. As citizens, we will miss these if we focus too much on the usual fluff of political campaigning characterized by rhetoric, attack ads, mass rallies and motorcades. For one, the manifestos of the two major political parties readying for the …

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Progress in St Kitts Talk with Creditors – IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has spoken positively about steps being taken by the St Kitts and Nevis government to address a debt problem that led to the country defaulting on a domestic bond that became due on November 25. An IMF mission to the twin island federation November 28 – December 12, to undertake the …

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Culture Clash Visible as Canada Bans Veils at Citizenship Swearing

The Canadian Government has decided that people taking the citizenship oath must not have their face covered. The decision is aimed at Muslim women who wear a niqab or a burqa to the ceremony. The announcement Monday by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, at a news conference in Montreal, comes at a time when the culture clash …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Parable of the Mangoes Tracks the Jamaican Journey

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s 2010 gold medalist for short story writing, Jean Goulbourne, has wasted no time in producing her newest collection of stories Parable of the Mangoes published by the Abeng Press. Born in Black River on Jamaica’s south coast, Jean developed a keen eye and ear for all that happened around her …

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Ding Dong, Ding Dong, Cuckoo Bells Are Ringing

I must be crazy. Like the gods drinking Coca Cola and dropping the bottle in the Kalahari Desert on Bushmen. Read this and tell me what you think (I’m going to tell you what I think, right after the commercial break): (Jamaica”s) Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett is expressing shock and disappointment at the …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Debt Before Dishonour – St Kitts Defaults as it Restructures

The credit rating of St Kitts and Nevis, the smallest independent state in the hemisphere, took a hit when it defaulted on a bond payment the end of November. The administration of Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, in the midst of developing a debt rescheduling package with the help of London-based consultants, White Oak Advisory, to …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Race-Based Violence Against Women Missing Agenda Item

When the Mirabal sisters – Minerva, Patricia and Maria Teresa- took up the cause of justice in the 1950s in their native Dominican Republic, they had no idea that they would be the catalyst for a wider international movement for social justice. Their activism against the corrupt and unjust regime of Dictator Rafael Trujillo (1930-1961) …

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About Judith Soares

Judith Soares, PhD, is the head of the University of the West Indies' Women and Development Unit.

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Siemens Makes US$38-million Software Grant to Jamaican University

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), has received a software grant with a commercial value of US$38.85M (JA$3.4B) from Siemens PLM software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services. The presentation by Leecorp Ltd, the local representative, …

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Fall again?

At first sight, despite the summer has come, it is only wording considering political nonsense… Unfortunately, it is only the primary impression, regardless of the modern Ukrainian-Russian relations status. It seems recently both parties have forgiven and forgotten mutual insults, suspicions in insincerity and former neglects. Immediately after it both political and economic renaissance have …

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