The Daily Source Feed
This is very cool! Brushy One String shows Jamaican creativity with, you guessed it, a one-string guitar. His talent is clearly abundant because when he begins singing it is an American Country, Blues, Rap sounding song titled Chicken in the Corn. He has become a local personality since being discovered by director Luciano Blotta who featured Brushy in his film RiseUp. Watch video
Rightfully so, Gleaner columnist Garth Rattray is upset about what he calls the tobacco seduction of our children. He cites a 2010 study to show how easy it is for children to get access to cigarettes and the subtle and not so subtle ways the cigarette companies promote their products to this target market. Read article
Diana, being Diana (McCaulay), somehow managed to put together in her blog Tessanne Chin's success on The Voice with the Jamaican rock iquana. Her integrated thread is that both are vanishingly rare and their fate is in the hands of others. A rare read about one of our species that is not far away from extinction. Read Blog Post
Industrial hemp is a growth industry and it is time that Jamaica consider the revenue potential of marijuana's non-toxic cousin. Journalist Norris McDonald and chemist Roy Patrick argue strongly that government should provide support for and that ganja farmers could switch to this lucrative crop.
Ewart Walters has a long view of the way the Wall Street Journal covers Jamaica in its news and editorials. He sees the conservative paper pushing its nose into Jamaican business, from railing against Michael Manley in the 1970s to the drug testing issues today. Read article
The tourist board got it all right this time! The new video urging the world to visit Jamaica is a gorgeous visual experience of what the country has to offer visitors. This superbly edited commercial shows in popping colours exactly why others are fascinated by this island.
Attorney Bert Samuels isn't amused by Andrew Holness' prenuptial agreement with the JLP's senators. He sees the opposition leader's work around to the Constitution as undermining democracy itself. And he reminds Holness that his conduct now tells us what his conduct will be as prime minister.
There is some self interest involved, to be sure,but Digicel's Shelly-Ann Harris makes a decent argument for companies in Jamaica using social media to boost their public relations. She notes that heightened social media eventually makes its way back to mass media for a win-win situation.
The man who slayed the dragon and convinced two top British venture capitalist to back his Reggae Reggae Sauce has opened a pretty store in Devon House in Kingston. Entertainer and Entrepreneur Levi Roots, whose branded products are selling well in the UK and elsewhere recided it was time to have a presence at home.
Saying succinctly what we all know intuitively about gunmen, columnist Garth Rattray puts in clear perspective the nature of the “bad men” around us in Jamaica. He rightly sees how these cowards sow fear in their communities and hold everyone hostage with their dastardly deeds. Rattray calls them defective men.
Perhaps because of the economy's poor state, Jamaicans are using home equity loans increasingly, according to banks and building societies. Older homeowners are using built up equity to pay for tertiary education, invest elsewhere and even fund daily expenses. Read how the financial institutions are responding.
Gleaner columnist Jaevion Nelson doesn't mince words when he advises Jamaican males that they have no property rights to the vagina. He attacks what he calls sexualised masculinity and says it has a lot to do with the many distorted ways men perceive and treat women in this society.
Ken Jones isn't happy with Orville Taylor's loose facts about national hero Alexander Bustamante and accuses him of being obsessed with sullying Busta's name. In a fiery piece, Jones brings a few facts of his own to bear and says Taylor is not yet worthy to unloose the latchet of Busta's shoes.
The issues surrounding the 360 Megawatt Project are not going away. The PSOJ and other private sector and civil society groups feel strongly that the process should be aborted and re-tendered. In this press release the JCC, JCSC, JEA, JMA, CURE, JUSD, MSME Alliance and the PSOJ outline their reasons and recommend that the Prime Minister appoint a joint public-private committee to oversee the project.
People power was at its most obvious this week when the news broke that TVJ had acquired the rights to the NBC singing competition The Voice and it was blocked to local viewers. In the Gleaner Robert Lalah looks at the way social media mobilised Jamaicans and forced TVJ to find a work around. Read article
British historian Larry Kreitzer looks at Jamaican Hero Sam Sharpe’s interpretative biblical skills and how it helped in the struggle against slavery. But Rev. Devon Dick’s review of Kreitzer’s book Kissing the Book: The Story of Sam Sharpe – an exploration of Sharpe’s role as a leader in the 1831 Baptist War – is short on insight and thin on the kind of descriptive analysis a good review needs. Read more
Voxafrica features Professor Carolyn Cooper and makes a big deal about her stylish sense, which she acknowledges is her effort to represent the fashion brand Pulse developed by her brother Kingsley. But enough distractions. The show gives her a chance to explain both the Rastafarian discourse and the homosexual undertones behind her book Chant down Sodom and Gomorrah. Watch video
You will enjoy immensely and find keen insights in this stylized look at the Jamaican film industry from those who work in it at all levels. Beyond the Lens features the voice of more than 60 members of this vibrant community filmed over four days in Kingston although it paints a picture of the entire history of film in Jamaica. Watch video
On the heels of the release of the Office of the Contractor General’s (OCG) special report on the procurement process in the 360 Megawatt Project, where it stated that the bid process was handled inappropriately, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) and Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) are all calling for a detailed explanation from the Government. Read press release (PDF)Delayof360MWBid.pdf
Like universities everywhere, UWI, Mona is trying to increase its resources and decrease its dependencies. In the past few years the campus has been more welcoming to business and re-inventing itself as a revenue earning institution. In the most recent development, former
banker Minna Israel and Fellow of UWI's School of Business and Management has been anmed Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor on Resourece Development. Read release (PDF)