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Jamaica reports a record 4.3 million tourist arrivals in 2017

Jamaica reports a record 4.3 million tourist arrivals in 2017

By Claudia Gardner

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Provisional data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) show that a record 4.3 million tourists visited Jamaica in 2017, which, according to tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, represents a 12.1 per cent increase over arrivals in 2016.     Continue reading

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories – New York Times Magazine

Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories – New York Times Feature

Pencil Production

pencil is a little wonder-wand: a stick of wood that traces the tiniest motions of your hand as it moves across a surface. I am using one now, making weird little loops and slashes to write these words. As a tool, it is admirably sensitive.

The lines it makes can be fat or thin, screams or whispers, blocks of concrete or blades of grass, all depending on changes of pressure so subtle that we would hardly notice them in any other context. (The difference in force between a bold line and nothing at all would hardly tip a domino.) And while a pencil is sophisticated enough to track every gradation of the human hand, it is also simple enough for a toddler to use.    Continue reading

The true cost of being too busy, are you prepared to pay it? | Debbie Hayes | TEDxNantwich – Video

The true cost of being too busy, are you prepared to pay it? | Debbie Hayes | TEDxNantwich – Video

TEDx Talks-  Published on Nov 22, 2016
Busy, busy, busy that was Debbie Hayes until a chance accident gave her the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect. In this talk Debbie explores our modern world where technological transactions and the need for instant gratification are replacing even our most fundamental values and connections. But is it possible to achieve a balance of success without sacrifice and what are the costs?         Continue reading

Guyana, the NEW Frontier – on the Barbados Underground Blog

Barbados Underground

Submitted by The Mahogany Coconut Group

A decade ago, many Guyanese living in the Diaspora, would have been negative about returning home. They feared mostly the racial and political tensions. Some sought to live in other Caribbean islands and were often accused of accepting lower wages than the workers in those countries. In many ways, Guyana had become the butt of many “island jokes” about its weak currency and shortage of consumer goods, taken for granted throughout the region.

Those travelling to Guyana on vacations and business often were amazed that Guyanese themselves, were so negative about such a bountiful land with natural resources not found in any other country in the region. They also marvelled at the gracious manner of the Guyanese people, even in the toughest of times. The Guyanese are known for their excellent cuisine and their incredible crafts people. They have long established themselves as intellectual…

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