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‘Jamaican banks are asleep at the wheel’

‘Jamaican banks are asleep at the wheel’
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Housing developer calls for more support to increase homeownership

 

By- Cecelia Campbell-Livingston--Gleaner Writer

 May 31, 2021

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Artiste Mom Nubian Red Seeks Help to Save Rafael’s Leg

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Kingston, Jamaica (May 28, 2021). Nubian Red is an up-and-coming artist quietly building a name for herself internationally since 2016. Nubian Red has created a new sound called JamRock which is fusion music; a true original style and a music with depth and soul. To date, Nubian Red has released three singles; What You Say, Lost Thing and Freight Train which are available on all major streaming platforms.

As an independent artist, she is taking on the challenge of establishing her music in an unpredictable and high-risk industry.

Nubian Red is also mother to her only child, and most precious gift, Rafael. He was born in 2015 with a unique challenge; the one in a million orthopedic condition called Tibial Hemimelia, TH (of the right) which has rendered him disabled. Rafael is a child prodigy, reading at 18 months, he plays the piano, and has an incredible talent for numbers.

As a result of the rarity, historically the treatment of TH has been amputation and was the only option offered to Rafael by the medical team in Jamaica. However, modern medicine has advanced treatment that corrects the condition for full or close to full functionality of the affected limb. The challenge is availability and cost as presently there are very few medical facilities that offer the corrective treatment.

The Paley Institute in Palm Beach Florida is one such facility. The founder of the Paley Institute, Dr Dror Paley had examined Rafael in 2016 and gave a positive prognosis for treatment with three (3) major surgeries and physical therapy. The treatment is estimated at a total of US$250,000.

The surgeries would make Rafael the first Jamaican child born with the condition to receive the modern day treatment option instead of amputation. A GoFundMe Campaign has been set up that has raised US$19,000 which has been deposited at the Paley Institute. GoFundMe Account https://www.gofundme.com/f/savingrafaelslegcampaign

For May 2021, Child's Month the family has organized a fundraiser called Radiothon (a telethon on Radio) with various internet and free to air radio stations in Jamaica, the United States, the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Ghana.

For more information about Rafael and his condition and donate to the cause visit https://www.nubianred.com/rafawantstoplay To contribute or participate in Radiothon and future fundraising activities go to https://www.nubianred.com/radiothon Find out more about Nubian Red the artist at https://www.nubianred.com/ Or contact Nubian Red directly by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone at 1876-478-9569.

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Benin Bronzes: Germany to return looted artefacts to Nigeria

Benin-Bronzes_1-Getty-Images Thousands of sculptures and carvings were taken during the destruction of Benin City in present-day Nigeria

Germany has agreed to return to Nigeria priceless artefacts that were stolen during the colonisation of Africa.

British troops looted thousands of artworks known as the Benin Bronzes from the Kingdom of Benin, in present-day Nigeria, in 1897.

Following auctions, some of the bronzes ended up in museums and private collections across Europe.

They hold deep cultural significance, and there is growing international pressure to give them back.

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Why Cyber Security Should Be At The Top Of Your Web Presence!

Gas_Cyber_Security The fuel shortage we were afraid of has arrived well ahead of schedule and leaving parts of the East Coast running on empty. 

The fuel shortage we were afraid of has arrived well ahead of schedule and leaving parts of the East Coast running on empty. 

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Several gas stations along the East Coast ran out of fuel Tuesday as worried drivers aggressively filled their tanks. The run on fuel began after a ransomware attack Friday shut down the Colonial Pipeline, a massive 5,500-mile artery that supplies nearly half of all the gas and diesel used on the East Coast. As of Tuesday, most of the pipeline remained offline. Here’s the latest: 

  • Bone dry: On Tuesday, 8.5% of gas stations in North Carolina and nearly 8% in Virginia didn't have gasoline, according to GasBuddy, a site that tracks fuel prices and demand. Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina also reported outages. Even GasBuddy itself reported website outages as result of “extreme traffic.” 
  • Prices spike: As demand shot up, the national price at the pump hit $2.985 on Tuesday, the highest level in nearly six years, according to AAA.
  • Emergency measures: Virginia's governor declared a state of emergency. Georgia, North Carolina and other state governments also stepped in to ease supply concerns. The EPA issued an emergency fuel waiver. 

  • A plea: US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm urged Americans not to hoard gas. The company that operates the pipeline expected it to be substantially operational by the end of the week.

  • The dreaded I-word: Concerns about inflation and supply chain disruptions sparked a selloff on Wall Street (more on that later). 

THE TAKEAWAY 

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 You Should Invest In .... Food Wholesale/Distributor Business

 You Should Invest In .... Food Wholesale/Distributor Business

 

 

 

 

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Sisterhood Circle Welcomes Winston Wellington Chairman of NEET to Child’s Month Program

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Sistas of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle welcome Winston Wellington, Chairman of Negril Education Environment Trust, ( NEET) and Jean Brown, Master Teacher, to Child’s Month Program. The event is staged around the achievements of NEET, its principles, discipline, vision and mission, will showcase its successful graduates and current students. To access the Virtual Programme, use the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3898417079 or log on to Zoom.com and type in the User ID: 389-841-7079

In tribute to Mothers on May 9th Mother's Day, Sistas of D Ankh and Ma'at Sisterhood Circle presents a Mother's Day Tribute by Charlie Bobus, Resident  & International Motivational Poet {Time: About 1:10 p.m.)

Joining Mr Winston Wellington will be Jean P. Brown, Master Teacher, formerly with Negril All Age School. Miss Brown is one of the Facilitators of NEET and has been responsible for the program’s success. A Tablet in every child’s hand and computer in every classroom is NEET’s Motto which has guided the program from obscurity to a household name in the parish of Westmoreland.

The tablet program is the foundation of NEET’s mission and goal. The organization aims to provide educational resources to underprivileged youth in Jamaica. We believe by doing this we can reduce crime in the country and ultimately provide opportunities for kids to achieve their dreams. There are many children who with a helping hand can go on to become the stars they were born to be. Join Sistas of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. to welcome Mr Winston Wellington and Jean P. Brown and hear about their Student Exchange Program to Japan and Epcot Center, Florida.

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How To… Start A Wholesale, Distribution Business And Be Successful

How To… Start A Wholesale, Distribution Business And Be Successful

 

 

 

 

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Building Passive Rental Income -- Multifamily Homes – Duplex, Triplex and Quads

Building Passive Rental Income -- Multifamily Homes – Duplex, Triplex and Quads

 

 

 

 

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Working From Home... Saves Google Over $1 Billion In 2020

Working From Home... Saves Google Over $1 Billion In 2020

Google is saving $1 billion per year as a result of employees

working from home...

 

MARK BERGEN - BLOOMBERG
APRIL 28, 2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, more people are booking trips and hotels online, which is very good for Google’s advertising business. Google’s employees, however, are working from home and not traveling as much on the company dime — and that’s also good for its business.

 

During the first quarter, Google parent Alphabet Inc. saved $268 million in expenses from company promotions, travel and entertainment, compared with the same period a year earlier, “primarily as a result of COVID-19,” according to a company filing.

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Bronze Bust of Marcus Garvey to be installed in Africa Union Headquarters

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Toronto, (March 20, 2021).

A bronze bust of Marcus Garvey will be installed at the African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by August 17 to mark the 134th birthday of Jamaica's first national hero.

This is the brainchild of Afroglobal Television, the 24-hour Canada-based network, the Marcus Garvey Institute under the leadership Dr Julius Garvey, its co-founder, chairman and son of the legendary Marcus Mosiah Garvey; also included are the Pan African Technical Association, Strictly Roots, National Association of Kawaida Organizations, The Whirlwind  Group, and renowned artist Nijel Binns of Los Angeles, USA.

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SOAD Pan-African Journalists' Caucus Announces Country Coordinators

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Paris, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

The Pan-African Journalists' Caucus was launched by the African Diaspora State on Tuesday 06 April 2021. At this inaugural meeting, the decision was taken to set up a series of structures, including "Country Coordinators", who are the operational arm of the Caucus in its campaigns around the world. This will strengthen Africa's pride and dignity as the "Cradle of Humanity".

On the proposal of H.E. Ambassador Élisée Héribert-Label ADJOVI, Chairperson of the Pan-African Journalists' Caucus, the following Country Coordinators have been appointed:

West Africa: Benin, Joël Samson BOSSOU;  Burkino Faso, Elie KABORE; Central African Republic, Jean Fernand KOENA;
Ivory Coast, Sylvain NAMOYA; Gambia, Sanna CAMARA;  Ghana, Philip Nii LARTEY; Guinea Conakry, Billy Nankouman CONDÉ; Liberia, Hannah N. GETERMINAH; Mali, Paul MBEN; Niger, Mahamadou ABOULAYE, Nigeria; Abdoulaye ISAH;  Senegal, Maymouna N'DIR; Sierra Leone; Theresa R. SESAY;  Togo, Ferdinand GADE.

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Building Your Real Estate Empire

Building Your Real Estate Empire

 

  

 

 

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Women’s Fund for Development a Network of Entrepreneurs – Sponsored by SOAD

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In March, the month of women and feminism, the State of the African Diaspora ratified its commitment to African and Afro-descendant women by creating the Development Fund in support of these Women. As a result, on 21 March, the World Day of combating racial discrimination, the results of the ‘First Call’ were released, in which 16 women-led projects were selected, with an emphasis on topics ranging from food production, health, education to remembrance of our history. It highlights the international scope of the call and its results, which expresses a remarkable area of concentration in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the participation of young Afro-Feminist leaders.

Chaired by our Prime Minister, The Vice Prime Minister and the Minister of Gender Equality, the first workshop was held with women whose projects were selected, starting the process of implementation of these, under a rigorous schedule, letter of commitment and an accompanying plan with international experts. There, the Network of Entrepreneurs funded by the State of the African Diaspora was born.

The general objective of this Network is promoting the autonomy of Afro-descendant and African women, through charitable and successful entrepreneurship strategies. It includes Afro-descendant and African women from Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Dr. Louis-Georges Tin                                                Dr. Rosa Campoalegre Septien

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Cherry Natural To Drop New Single & NswNebKaRa To Speak On The Sacred Masculine at Sisterhood Circle

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Montego Bay, Jamaica. (April 23, 2021) Dub poet extraordinaire, Cherry Natural (AKA Marcia Wedderburn) to drop new single from her latest Album, entitled “Spiritual Mastery” and Elder NswNebKaRa to speak on the Sacred Masculine on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (EST /Jamaica time) via the virtual Zoom Platform of Sistas of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle. For access use Zoom User ID: 389 841 7079 or Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3898417079 .

 Known as the leading performance Dub Poet in Jamaica and the Caribbean, Cherry Natural has the gift of speaking words sounds into creation in a lyrically unique and empowering manner. She is also a Writer, Self Defense Instructor, Motivational Speaker for adults & children, as well as, a facilitator of workshops on poetry and self-defense locally and internationally. She has written three books entitled ‘Come mek we reason’, ‘Earth Woman’ and ‘The Lyrical Contortionist’. She has in addition, two CD’s ‘Earth Woman”, “Intellectual Bad Gal”, and has completed an EP recently. “Spiritual Mastery” her third album is available soon on all Digital Platforms.

The Sisterhood Circle invites Soul Mates, Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine, as well as, significant others in particular to come and receive a blessing on their relationships by Elder and Spiritual Healer NswNebKaRa. The entire family is invited to join Sisters of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle in welcoming Cherry Natural and NswNebKaRa Asar KasaamsuRa Heri-sheta-paheru to the Sacred Space where the community becomes one in the Ubuntu and Ma’at African tradition.

NswNebKaRa Asar KasaamsuRa Herishetapaheru is respectfully known as NswNebKaRa, he hails from Aye Aye in the Virgin Islands. He is a Co-founder and the Executive Director of Per Ankh (House of Life) a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization livicated to Culture, Healing, Arts, Technology and Spirituality for Life, Inspiration, Freedom, and Education = CHATS4LIFE©. Elder NswNebKaRa is skilled in the Martial Arts and is Author of four books: The Ra-clamation of the Sa-cred Sovereign Maat Nation of Smai Tawi Em Khamet Nwt; Uat Nefer Aha Aaui-Te Em Per Ankh Em Smai Tawi Em Khamet Nwt: 2) The Way of the Harmonious Warrior Arms and Hands Systems and Spiritual Warrior Teachings of Per Ankh of Smai Tawi Khamet Nwt; 3) Per Ankh: ANKHMES (Due out Autumn 2021); and other works are pending publication.

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Don't Sell Your Land - Joint Venture Best Return

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As properties get increasingly scarce in prime areas, they are increasingly in demand by developers. The most common transaction between the landowner and developer is for the developer to purchase the land from the landowner.

This is never the best financial return for the landowner. The best return for the landowner is to enter into a joint venture with the developer, by placing his land in the deal as debt/equity investment.

The developer enters into an agreement with the landowner where the landowner invests the value of the land as debt with 0% interest and 20% equity of the profit. (Note each deal will have its own uniqueness based on land value, cost to build, and retail value of the real estate once completed). 

Landowners have to explore ways to extract the highest value from their land and have a long-term vision for sustainable revenue. If you are looking to attain the highest value from your land then a joint venture with a developer could be an opportunity worth exploring. 

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How Sephora is tackling racial bias in retail

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By: Alyssa Newcomb

From engaging outside experts to interviewing shoppers, Sephora hopes its team effort to tackle racial bias will have an impact on the wider retail industry.

Months before the killing of George Floyd sparked racial justice demonstrations, and before the coronavirus pandemic changed the way people shop, Sephora decided to confront an ugly truth.

“Bias is wired into our brains and shows up in every institution, from policing to real estate to online media, and so we wanted to understand the implications for retail, guided by our commitment to creating a more inclusive retail experience,” Deborah Yeh, Sephora’s chief marketing officer, tells Fortune. 

The beauty retailer recruited a team of experts from both inside and outside the company who could report on racial bias in retail and come up with actionable steps that Sephora and ideally other retailers could take to make the shopping experience more inclusive. The task force worked for more than a year to study the issue and earlier this month released its findings in the company’s first-ever “Racial Bias in Retail” report.

“The study was really intended to better understand the issue, and understand how commonplace racial bias is in retail settings, as well as similarities and differences across different racial groups, and ultimately measure the problem,” Yeh says. “But we also wanted to identify tactics and actions that could help mitigate bias treatments from the shopper experience.”

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Is Jamaica and the Wider Caribbean Rejecting the Cuban Vaccine?

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Que Pasa con el Caribe y Africa? By Felipe Noguera, Deputy Coordinator of the Caribbean Regional Coordinating Committee of the Pan Africanist and Indigenous Movement.

"Love gives and forgives. Selfishness gets and forgets."

In which category do we, the people of Africa and the Caribbean fall? Can we express loving appreciation or do we consign ourselves to selfish ingratitude?

Has any country in modern history, outside of the continent of Africa, sacrificed more in life, time, blood, and resources for the liberation of Africa from the shackles of apartheid and domestic settler colonialism than Cuba?

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The Birth of The Lumi – an Introduction

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The beautiful island nation of Xaymaca - present day Jamaica - is famous for producing pioneering and notable world figures who have initiated and contributed immensely to many fields of human endeavor.

We can easily recall the iconic pan-Africanist leader, Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey; the legendary Queen Nanny of the Maroons; the celebrated reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, as well as the world champion athletes Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt, just to name a few.

It may not come as a surprise therefore that now a small village in western Jamaica is poised to introduce to the world its most daring initiative in the form of a digital currency called THE LUMI - issued by the Central Solar Reserve Bank of Accompong, located in the sovereign Maroon dominions in the island of Jamaica.

The forward thinking that went into the creation of The Lumi was prompted by the alarming threat of climate change, the rising and crippling foreign debts of African countries, and the humiliating poverty level on the African continent in the midst of abundant natural resources.

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REAL ESTATE – Important To Own In Your Investment Portfolio

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It is no secret that Real Estate has been the greatest wealth builder with the least fluctuations in history. Real Estate is not just a hedge investment during the fall of the stock market but a solid investment in all stock market cycles.

Carefully selected Real Estate properties with proper due diligence and sound financing structure will deliver real long-term value through income and capital appreciation. 

Unlike the paper investment of the bond and stock markets, the long-term value of Real Estate in your investment portfolio is backed by physical assets and is not subject to wide fluctuations that are part of investing in the stock markets.

A properly structured and managed real estate portfolio can provide a return on your Real Estate investment in excess of 10% per year even when markets are down or flat. 

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Real Estate – Improves Stability, Reduces the Risk of Loss and Increases Returns Potential

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Your investment portfolio will experience volatility over time and will have periods of loss, even the most well-allocated portfolio. 

  1. The key is to diversify your portfolio with low or non-correlated assets.
  2. Asset correlation is a measure of how investments move relative to one another.
  3. Assets that move in the same direction at the same time are positively correlated.
  4. Assets that move in the opposite direction of each other are negatively correlated.
  5. Assets that don’t respond to the movement of the other assets are non-correlated.
  6. Investors spend a lot of time searching for non-correlated assets. 

Real Estate is highly non-correlated to the stock markets either when held directly or via a REIT. By including Real Estate in your portfolio you lower the risk and increase the possibility of more stable returns. 

Other assets not correlated to the stock markets are gold, precious metals, collectibles, government bonds, art, and wine there are countless other options out there depending on your investment strategy. 

Investors understand not to put their eggs in one basket i.e. not investing in a single stock, industry, or asset type. 

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