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Sex and the Players

A man does it and it doesn’t affect his game. A woman does it and it tarnishes her reputation. So the mantra goes. America’s international women’s tennis champion, Serena Williams, believes it sexist her punishment of fines and docking her points in her US Open finals match against Japanese Naomi Osaka on Saturday, Sept 8. …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

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

Pamela Coke-Hamilton, executive director, Caribbean Export

Caribbean Exports – Time to Stop Dreaming

Overshadowed by the landing of a European Space Agency probe on a 4km-wide comet, 67P, 6-billion kilometers from earth after a 10 year journey through space, the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), wrapped up a two-day meeting (colloquium) to address challenges to the export sector and propose solutions for a region struggling to find …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

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

IMF Approves US$130 Million in Assistance for Ebola to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone

As the world cringes at the prospect of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa spreading rapidly to affect millions of people, the IMF has announced $130 million in emergency assistance to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to help combat the deadly disease. In a release Friday, the fund said it’s Executive Board “in an expedited decision …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

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

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

About Mark Lee

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

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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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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

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

‘Jump up’ with Reflection: Jamaica on a Mission

In this the year of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, we note two publications which have relevance to the country’s celebrations and which are worthy of readership. They are Garnett Roper’s Jubilee Jubilee: This is the Year of Jubilee (2012) and Evelyn I. Smart’s Jamaican Women on the Road to Parliament from the 19th …

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About Judith Soares

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

Usain Bolt at Beijing Olympics

Jamaica, Cuba Likely Giant Slayers at the Olympics

When the medals are tallied, will Jamaican and Caribbean athletes be giant slayers at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, July 27 to August 12, where the tracks, pools and pits are ready for the runners, jumpers, divers, throwers and other performers? A PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) model is forecasting that among insular Caribbean countries Jamaica will retain its …

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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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Akwantu: Celebrating the Jamaica Maroon Freedom Fighters

Freedom fighters who escaped the Spanish, defeated the British and became the first liberated Africans in the Western Hemisphere. That’s the story in a nutshell of the Maroons of Jamaica who are being celebrated in the documentary, Akwantu: The Journey, by stuntman turned writer, producer and director Roy T. Anderson. It is appropriate that the …

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About Mello Ayo

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The New Slavery

Slavery is alive and well all over the globe, if we go by the 2012 Trafficking in Persons Report issued by the U.S. Department of State, June 19. And it is of particular concern to Caribbean countries where human trafficking is synonymous with cross border prostitution. The phenomenon labeled as trafficking is causing squabbles between …

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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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Drive on to Exonerate Marcus Garvey

A petition has been launched addressed to President Barack Obama for the exoneration of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, leader of the first and largest economic justice movement in the USA and the world, and a National Hero of Jamaica. The Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee, Institute of Caribbean Studies, and the Rootz Foundation Inc, which launched the …

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