Month: January 2013

7 Easy Water Conservation Tips






It’s Tip Thursday! In January, the Office of Disaster Preparedness (ODPEM) began urging Jamaicans to conserve water as we enter the typical drought season of the first three months of the year. In the image above, these two men make








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6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 31, 2013






Harrison ‘Humbled’ By Contractor General Appointment.  Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dirk Harrison’s appointment as contractor general has been welcomed by his predecessors in the post, as well as the head of the office he leaves behind…read more








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Fidel Castro Visits Jamaica






It’s Wordless Wednesday.  The year was 1977 when Fidel Castro, the then President of Cuba, paid a 6-day official visit to Jamaica.  To his immediate left is then Minister of Foreign Affairs, P.J. Patterson (who later served as Prime Minister








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6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 30, 2013






McNeill Endorses VW Super Bowl Commercial.  Like the thousands of Jamaicans worldwide, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr. Wykeham McNeill has thrown his support behind the iconic Volkswagen Super Bowl 2013 advert, which is to be aired during the








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10 Interesting Things About St. James






St. James is said to have been named by Sir Thomas Modyford in about 1655, for the Duke of York. Montego Bay, the capital of St. James, could have been named for Montego de Salmanca, an early colonizer, or from the Spanish word








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6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 29, 2013






Do Your Part To Stem Malaria.  The Ministry of Health is warning Jamaicans to take the necessary precautions when travelling to malaria-endemic countries or regions…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com ‘Arrest Errant Gays’ – Human-Rights Advocate Says Homosexuals Who Run Afoul Of








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How Competitive Is Jamaica?






See our Wordle image above? According to the Global Competitiveness Index, those are the ‘most problematic factors for doing business’ in Jamaica.  See this list in order of importance: Crime and theft Access to financing Corruption Tax rates Inefficient government








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6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 28, 2013






Scrap Metal Jitters – Exporters Struggle To Find $7-Million Bond Required By Authorities.  When the scrap metal trade resumes today, a number of dealers may be left out in the cold because of a prohibitive $7-million bond, which exporters are








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Chart Of The Week: Murders By Type






The chart above appeared in our blog post:  2012: A Graphical Look At The Year In Crime Fighting which has additional details like murder rate by parish, type of instrument used etc. According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force data, overall murders have








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Image Of The Week – Jamaica Jazz And Blues Festival 2013






Our image of the week is from today’s Sunday Gleaner: Stars Light Up Jazz & Blues. These patrons are clearly having a wonderful time at the 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival – one of the most anticipated musical events on








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