Confessions of a Jamaican Shopaholic

By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2016, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe There are thousands of people walking around who have a shopping addiction, in Jamaica and the world at large. Their addiction is that of being a shopaholic. This is can be a very adverse condition that depending on the individual can affect their … Continue reading Confessions of a Jamaican Shopaholic

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Jamaican Wedding: Adventure, Romance and creating special memories

Weddings are one of the most romantic events; seeing two people saying their vows, dedicating their lives to each other and pledging their undying love. The ambiance, flowers, and colors all add to this atmosphere of romance. Another element that dominates in our minds when we think about romance is the location. The venue is … Continue reading Jamaican Wedding: Adventure, Romance and creating special memories

Jamaica May Revive Economy with Port Hub on Goat Islands

This hardscrabble harbor town on Jamaica’s southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that carry global trade. But as Jamaica joins a rush to lure the bigger, deeper-drafting ships expected to cross an expanded Panama Canal by mid-2015, political leaders and civic boosters envision the Old Harbor area as a cornerstone of what they envision as a transformative, dream development for the Caribbean island.

Jamaica aims to become a global logistical hub when mammoth ‘‘post-Panamax’’ ships start carrying a growing share of cargo, much of it from China. So far, construction hasn’t started, but blueprints call for an expansion of the island’s existing container terminal, airports and roads while a Chinese engineering company develops a $1.5 billion transshipment port on a couple of mangrove-fringed islands just off Old Harbor.

‘‘The proposed transformation of Jamaica into a world-class logistics center/port is unquestionably the most ambitious and far-reaching project on which this nation has been engaged since we became an independent state over 50 years ago,’’ said Francis Kennedy, president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.

All over the Caribbean, the Panama Canal expansion, despite its recent delays, has caused no shortage of countries to think big. With Brazilian financing, Cuba recently started developing a new port it hopes can play a major role in global logistic chains. Ports in places like the Bahamas, Colombia and Miami are also busily strengthening infrastructure.

In Jamaica, technical studies to evaluate the dredging of Kingston Harbor to 15.5 meters were recently completed and bidders have been pre-qualified. Kingston’s busy container terminal is expected to be privatized and turned over to an international operator soon. And the government has been busily meeting with investors from China, the U.S., Germany and other nations.

The plans have excited many in this country of 2.7 million people known mostly for its beaches, reggae music and dominant Olympic sprinters. Industry Minister Anthony Hylton said it’s such a high stakes competition that he is ‘‘up at nights, frequently in the wee hours of the morning, cognizant of the fact that the future of our economy depends on us getting this initiative right.’’

Yet it’s far from clear whether debt-shackled Jamaica can realize its ambitious goals, despite its strategic location by busy sea lanes between North, Central and South American markets. Jamaica has had one of the world’s slowest growing economies over the past four decades and a four-year loan package with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is propping up the island.

Those economic woes severely limit Jamaica’s ability to invest in the project, which is estimated to cost as much as $15 billion. That means the private sector would need to provide almost all of the financing.

Repeating Islands

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The photo above (January 21, 2014), shows the uninhabited, mangrove-fringed Goat Islands in southern Jamaica. A skirmish has been brewing between the Jamiacan government and the conservation lobby over a transshipment port to be developed by state-run China Harbor Engineering Co. that is planned for the uninhabited Goat Islands in a swath of the island’s biggest protected area.

This hardscrabble harbor town on Jamaica’s southern coast seems an unlikely contender in an emerging regional competition over the shipping routes that carry global trade. But as Jamaica joins a rush to lure the bigger, deeper-drafting ships expected to cross an expanded Panama Canal by mid-2015, political leaders and civic boosters envision the Old Harbor area as a cornerstone of what they envision as a transformative, dream development for the Caribbean island.

Jamaica aims to become a global logistical hub when mammoth ‘‘post-Panamax’’ ships start carrying a growing share of cargo, much…

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The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios

A little piece of paradise, The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios

Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. These stunning freshwater waterfalls and azure pools are a relatively hidden gem and certainly a far cry from the tourist trap of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls.

The journey from Kingston was spectacular in itself, traversing up the gorge of the Rio Cobre (and stopping to look at a local highlight – a rock formation resembling female genitalia known affectionately as Pum Pum Rock) and across Mount Diablo. Then, whizzing round blind corners, we drove through Fern Gully which is a marvel of unspoilt tropical vegetation.

Spent a good few hours at the waterfalls themselves.

ImageThere are various jumping points into the deep blue pools, some more adrenaline pumping than others, or you can just chill in the cool water with the sunlight dappling through the trees. Most of us also climbed clambered and waded our way up the waterfalls to reach the topmost pools, partly for the view up there and partly for the hell of it.

There’s really nothing better than chilling in a little piece of paradise with good company and a rum and soda in hand. Understandably the bus journey back was a little more spirited than on the way out… Thoroughly enjoyed the party bus!

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Yesterday I went on a road trip with a load of the 4th year medics I’d met on A&E at UWI. An amazing day out, we hired a minibus and went to The Blue Hole near Ocho Rios. These stunning freshwater waterfalls and azure pools are a relatively hidden gem and certainly a far cry from the tourist trap of the nearby Dunn’s River Falls. 

The journey from Kingston was spectacular in itself, traversing up the gorge of the Rio Cobre (and stopping to look at a local highlight – a rock formation resembling female genitalia known affectionately as Pum Pum Rock) and across Mount Diablo. Then, whizzing round blind corners, we drove through Fern Gully which is a marvel of unspoilt tropical vegetation.

Spent a good few hours at the waterfalls themselves.

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There are various jumping points into the deep blue pools, some more adrenaline pumping than others, or you…

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The official movie poster for Club Paradise which was shot in Portland, Jamaica and starred Robin Williams.

Jamaican Lifestyle : Robin Williams and Jamaica

Reblogged   The official movie poster for Club Paradise which was shot in Portland, Jamaica and starred Robin Williams. FOR four months in 1985, scenic Portland was the backdrop for Club Paradise, a movie starring Robin Williams and reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff. Released the following year, the comedy was a launching pad for Williams' remarkable … Continue reading Jamaican Lifestyle : Robin Williams and Jamaica

Highway 2000 - Linstead to Moneague

Jamaican Lifestyle : Final touches being put on Mount Rosser bypass of Highway 2000 for August 5 opening

Reblogged Its good news for Jamaica's development. Contractors are putting the finishing touches on the Mount Rosser bypass to facilitate its official opening on August 5. “The contractors are…doing clean-up work, installing signs, and doing the final road markings,” Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Construction Company (NROCC), Ivan Anderson, said. Motorists will travel … Continue reading Jamaican Lifestyle : Final touches being put on Mount Rosser bypass of Highway 2000 for August 5 opening

Turks & Caicos Islands: Life on Grand Turk

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John Glenn’s Friendship 7

Grand Turk, of the Turks & Caicos Islands is a unique island, tiny but varied, from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to cowboys riding horses down main street of the capitol city, Cockburntown, there is a lot of variety packed into this island paradise.

Near the site of the splash down of John Glenn , America’s first astronaut in space, the island has remained quiet and reserved until now. That is about to change, many new resort paradises are on the horizon and the island is destined to become a destination resort.

Margaritaville, the first of the new restaurants, is located near the cruise dock, is sure to be the first of many to grace this island. Let’s hope it doesn’t change the character and uniqueness of the island.

With all this tiny island has to offer , it will become one of the favorite islands in the Caribbean.

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Grand Turk is a unique island, tiny but varied, from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world to cowboys riding horses down main street of the capitol city, Cockburntown, there is a lot of variety packed into this island paradise.
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Cowboy on Main Street

Near the site of the splash down of John Glenn , America’s first astronaut in space, the island has remained quiet and reserved until now. That is about to change, many new resort paradises are on the horizon and the island is destined to become a destination resort.

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John Glenn’s Friendship 7

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                                     Grand Turk tracking station

Margaritaville, the first of the new restaurants, is located near the cruise dock, is sure to be the first of many to grace this island. Let’s hope…

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Jamaica -Top Tourist Destination

Jamaica has consistently been accepted destination for romantic people including honeymooners and getaways for couples of all ages searching for an abode to sight seen and relaxes. In past few years, the acceptance of Jamaica has been growing in families and individuals searching for a vacation place that offers almost everything for all to enjoy.