Year: 2013

Van Damme Volvo split ad

Who’s the Winner? Volvo Trucks or Van Damme?

Volvo Trucks’ “The Epic Split” ad featuring Jean Claude Van Damme, must offer a lesson in the new social media marketing paradigm, garnering more than 7.5 million views on Youtube within 24 hours of its launch on Thursday. Seven million, five hundred and eighty thousand, five hundred and seventy-nine by 10 a.m Friday to be …

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UWI Open Campus ScholarShip Cruises the Caribbean

The Open Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is launching its second ‘ScholarShip’ Cruise and Learn Adventure series scheduled for April 6 to 17, 2014 aboard the Coral Princess from the elegant Princess Cruises Line. “We’re continuing our tradition of linking the Caribbean through innovative activities in higher education,” said  UWI Open …

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Haiti, Philippines and Pakistan Most Affected by Catastrophe

Warsaw, Nov 12, 2013 — In the shadow of human catastrophe wreaked by typhoon in the Philippines, Germanwatch presented its ninth annual Global Climate Risk Index highlighting Haiti, the Philipines and Pakistan as countries most affected by natural disasters.  “The index shows that the most severe weather related catastrophes in 2012 occurred in Haiti, Philippines and …

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Mapping China’s Rise: A Multipolar World in the Making

Credit Suisse, Nov 8 – The rise of the Chinese economy over the past 20 years has had a significant impact on the rest of the world. Dong Tao, Chief Regional Economist for non-Japan Asia at Credit Suisse, discusses the country’s growth and the impact on its citizens, as well as its role in the increasingly …

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Journalists Hail Abolition of Criminal Defamation

LONDON, Nov 6, 2013 — In a milestone achievement for press freedom in the Caribbean, the Jamaican Parliament has approved a bill fully abolishing the offence of criminal defamation. Following a unanimous Senate vote in July, Jamaica’s House of Representatives on Nov. 5 passed the Defamation Bill 2013, which revamps the country’s libel legislation to better …

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Caribbean Has Lowest savings rate in the World

Jamaica, and the wider Caribbean share some of the lowest savings rates worldwide, says Earl Jarrett, General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society. He adds that that this low rate is linked to the public’s generally limited access to financial services and the lack of a cultural emphasis on saving. “Jamaica needs to urgently address the …

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Trayvon Martin – The Loss of Liberty and Life

It seems the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is becoming a closed domain. The Statue of Liberty, gifted by the struggling French seeking what they thought was the ideal of the American founding fathers and Abraham Lincoln’s fight to free the enslaved, is now a dream in the very land …

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Mark Lee

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Fatwa on Bonn, fi Saturn and how dem dis Wi Island

“Fatwa mi say,” declared Richard Reid from his high security prison in the USA. Reid was responding to the setting on fire of the Jamaican flag in a TV ad by German electronics retailer Saturn. “The Jamaican government and the Jamaican people should not put up with this type of disrespect and if Germany does …

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IMF Welcomes New Jamaica Debt Swap Medicine

It seems a step has been made towards Jamaica reaching an agreement with the International Monetary Fund. The head of  an IMF mission wrapping up a trip to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, says it has made “significant progress” in reaching  understandings on strengthening Jamaica’s macroeconomic policies. These include achieving higher primary fiscal surpluses, and  “structural reforms …

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