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Jamaica’s Big Cable Clash

May 21, 2015 | 10:59 am | 0 Comment

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By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor Cable TV on Fast-track to Where? Sometimes things move at amazing speed in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. At other times the snail-like pace is excruciating. Take the matter of cable TV and signal piracy. After about 30 years since the emergence of this phenomenon across the region, it has finally been elevated to real public more...

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Nigel Spence: Jamaica’s New Croc Pot

May 21, 2015 | 10:50 am | 0 Comment

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By Nigel Spence CJ Contributor As a Professional Chef, usually when anyone mentions the word "crockpot" to me, I immediately envision a big saucepan with a timer and electrical cord -  a pot used to simmer sauces, soups and meat dishes over long periods of cooking time to enhance flavor and tenderness - often times referred to as a "slow cooker". Well, under more...

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Why Jamaica Needs a Long-Term View

May 15, 2015 | 5:03 pm | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor Recently, I said to someone that one of the challenges Jamaica has as a country is that we are too focused on immediate gratification, and not on the long-term effects of our actions. As a consequence, we react to what people, or the media say, and throw out our long-term, well-thought-out plan in order to conform with the popular more...

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What’s Next for Caribbean Cable?

May 7, 2015 | 10:43 am | 0 Comment

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By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor Shocked by Sinclair I was shocked at Gary Sinclair’s seeming honesty and openness as he responded to Journalist Dionne Jackson Miller’s probing questions about cable TV and copyright infringements. Sinclair is the head honcho of the newly merged CWC/Columbus Communication conglomerate that sees the coming together of the more...

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The Caribbean’s Big New Canal Project

May 1, 2015 | 11:04 am | 0 Comment

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Above: Lake NIcaragua By George Nicholson and Rachael Robinson Op-Ed Contributors On Dec. 22, 2014, the Government of Nicaragua and the international infrastructure development firm, Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd. (HKND), publicly announced the commencement of the construction of the Interoceanic Grand Canal of Nicaragua. Yet, this is more...

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What Do Economic and Social Change Look Like in Jamaica?

April 28, 2015 | 5:01 pm | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor PERHAPS the question I get asked most frequently is about the economy and the prospects for it. One of the things I hate the most is when people engage you on the economy and ask about the prospects, but then don't give you a chance to answer and then go on to curse everyone who is living and dead, about the difficulties in the more...

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The Caribbean’s New Piracy Problem

April 26, 2015 | 6:37 pm | 0 Comment

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By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor BCJ’s Partial Lock-Down Directive About 98 channels are currently being pirated by Jamaican cable TV operators. This is what Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica (BCJ) shared in the April 24th Press Conference called to talk about these matters and to announce actions against the almost 50 cable TV more...

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Op-Ed: Measuring Sustainability in the Caribbean Tourism Industry

April 24, 2015 | 1:15 pm | 0 Comment

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By Julio Orozco and Tevin Gall Op-Ed Contributors Recent research has proven that increasing numbers of today’s tourists are concerned with environmental and social responsibility in the management practices of their chosen destinations. According to data collected by the Centre on Ecotourism and Sustainable Development (CESD) and the International Ecotourism more...

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Rethinking Jamaican Development

April 21, 2015 | 6:15 pm | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor ONE of the things I encourage my staff to do is feel free to be critical of me as CEO of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), which leads to having an environment where we can all be critical of each other. We therefore have an open atmosphere where we can all speak to each other about; ideas for growth: what areas we more...

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Nigel Spence: A Recipe for Crab Cakes, Jamaican Style

April 19, 2015 | 10:04 pm | 0 Comment

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By Nigel Spence CJ Contributor There was great excitement in Jamaica last week as President Barack Obama paid a visit to our island paradise. He was the first sitting US President in over 30 years to have made an official visit to our Nation — the last one being President Ronald Reagan. Here in the US there is great speculation as to the reason for such a more...

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