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Jamaica delegation heads to Panama for logistics summit

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) and JAMPRO are to engage key stakeholders in the global logistics industry at the LATAM Ports & Logistics Summit in Panama City from March 26 to 27.

JAMPRO on Thursday said that the Jamaica delegation, led by Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, was invited by the Panamanian embassy.

Hylton will be accompanied by JAMPRO’s Manager of Logistics and Emerging Markets Tastey Blackman; Dr Eric Deans, Chairman of the Logistics Task Force; Dr Fritz Pinnock, President, Caribbean Maritime Institute; Seymour Harley of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Francis Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC); and Marjorie Kennedy, President of the Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA).

The LATAM Ports & Logistics Summit, according to a JAMPRO release, provides a global stage to promote Jamaica as the logistics hub of the Caribbean and to learn about changes taking place in the port and logistics sector while networking with industry leaders. The mission will also involve scheduled meetings with potential investors and other government officials.

Newly appointed Manager of Logistics and Emerging Markets at JAMPRO, Blackman, sees this mission as an ideal opportunity to share with investors advantages offered by Jamaica’s strategic geographic location and infrastructure.

“I welcome this, my first mission on behalf of the agency and the opportunity it presents to interact with foreign investors who are looking to partner with Jamaica’s logistics hub initiative,” said Blackman.

According to Blackman, the trade and investment agency’s role in the development of the Jamaica logistics hub is not only to attract investment but also to promote and build awareness about the business opportunities presented by the initiative.

JAMPRO in its release said that the Jamaican delegation will get to see on the ground operations in the Panama Logistics Hub through site visits to the Manzanilla International Terminal, which is adjacent to the Colon Free Zone; Decal Panama SA an International company specialising in bunkering services and the City of Knowledge, a unique cluster of technological and academic institutions.

Steel Pulse: Reggae Legends Visit Colorado

Steel Pulse will be delighting the state of Colorado, with their upcoming tour encompassing Telluride, Aspen, Denver, Boulder and Vail. The Grammy winners have been a roots-reggae favorite since their start in the mid 70s, which makes this five day stop in Colorado that much more gratifying.

While the band members have transitioned over the years, David Hinds will always cherish the early musicians that started the group. “The originals are the ones that helped introduce our music to the world and will always be credited for that.“ And today’s band is a beautiful version of that prototype with maximum talent.

Touching on politics and controversial issues has brought about both constructive and unfavorable attention, emotions that are welcomed by the band. Their songs, Vote Barrack Barrack and Paint it Black were in the eye of the storm due to the promotion and support of America’s first black president. But if you think the bickering among their fans caused them to put a stop to their passionate political side, think again.

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Steel Pulse: Reggae Legends Visit Colorado
Jackie Boeheim
March 18, 2014
303 Magazine, Concerts, National Music, Nightlife

Steel Pulse will be delighting the state of Colorado, with their upcoming tour encompassing Telluride, Aspen, Denver, Boulder and Vail. The Grammy winners have been a roots-reggae favorite since their start in the mid 70s, which makes this five day stop in Colorado that much more gratifying.

While the band members have transitioned over the years, David Hinds will always cherish the early musicians that started the group. “The originals are the ones that helped introduce our music to the world and will always be credited for that.“ And today’s band is a beautiful version of that prototype with maximum talent.

Touching on politics and controversial issues has brought about both constructive and unfavorable attention, emotions that are welcomed by the band. Their songs, Vote Barrack Barrack and Paint it Black were in the eye of the storm due to the promotion and support of America’s first black president. But if you think the bickering among their fans caused them to put a stop to their passionate political side, think again.

The tragedy that struck Trayvon Martin and his family in 2012 hit Steel Pulse in an in-depth manner. The fatal shooting of the 17-year-old boy occurred because he ‘looked suspicious.’ The shooter, George Zimmerman, was protected by ‘Stand Your Ground’ law and was set free of any charges, making the futile death of Trayvon Martin a horrible misfortune. Hinds and his fellow band mates refuse to stand for such racism,

“The word I want to spread to our fans derives from a term we use in Jamaica and that is ‘drip drip full bucket.’ This means that every little thing counts. The fans need to realize that collectively they can all make a change and difference to the quagmire that the world has found itself in.”

The band is eager to share their views, music and reggae love with their followers in Colorado. Fans will hear an array of Steel Pulse oldies as well as some shiny new tunes. The band invites you to arrive with a supportive attitude and gracious spirit, “We want our fans to take away a sense of intimacy and knowledge of the world’s history and the feeling that THEY can be more active in healing the world.”

Colorado Shows:
March 20, Telluride Mountain Village Conference Center, Telluride CO
March 21, Belly Up, Aspen CO
March 23, Boulder Theatre, Boulder CO
March 24, Ogden Theatre, Denver CO
April 20, Spring Back to Vail, Vail CO

Rebelution, Iration and Pepper Show Off the Other Side of Reggae’s Grassroots

When it comes to reggae festivals, the common thread among the bands is usually made out of hemp. However, the acts you’ll see performing Saturday, March 15, at sunny Tempe Beach Park extend far beyond reggae and hip-hop grassroots genre’s status quo. In fact, the four headliners — Rebelution, Atmosphere, Pepper, and Iration — have grown to be influential in their own rights.

It’s not just about carrying a positive vibe and being musically talented. For a collective 50-plus years, these four bands have prevailed as independent, artistic vehicles that helped evolve the grassroots genre. And all of them are releasing new music in 2014. Read more