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Round Up of Insightful Social Media Posts- May 17,2019

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Social media has a bad reputation when it comes to providing value to an individual’s life. As a result, it tends to be seen as something that will only waste your time as you mindlessly scroll. Boredom is one of the main reasons most persons even use social media. However, social media possesses the ability to be of significance. There are many insightful posts and words of wisdom by various users. At times, it can be the perfect set of words to help with any difficult situation that we had been experiencing. It is simply up to you to be very rigid with your use of social media, and what you allow on your home page. Choose that which leads to your growth and enlightenment.

Here are 10 insightful posts for the week:

 

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Shan Cousins is an avid volunteer, who finds pleasure in sharing and discovering new knowledge and experiences. Shan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean. shan@zlotonews.com

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Kingston’s Tourism to be Improved by AC Marriott; says Bartlett

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Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister, stated recently that the new 220-room AC Marriott Kingston Hotel which is expected to commence accommodating guests on June 17, depicts a fantastic extension to Kingston’s tourism market. During a demonstration presented by Sandals/ATL Group’s Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, and joined by the hotel’s General Manager, Koen Hietbrink and Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor/Strategist, Minister Bartlett stated that AC Marriott Kingston Hotel will dramatically improve the marketing and development of Kingston as a viable City Tourism destination.

The walk-through on Friday, came a day after Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Bartlett and a slew of Government, diplomatic and private sector leaders joined the formal inauguration of the Evan Williams and Joe Bogdanovich-led boutique, a multi-storey R Hotel on Renfrew Road in New Kingston. There was also a 2020 inauguration revelation of the new Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel on property possessed by PanJam Investment Limited on the urban Kingston waterfront. That multi-function complex will involve retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.

Bartlett further stated that the presence of products like these will add to the statement that Kingston wants to make, that it has arrived, and that it is ready for the status of a big city tourism destination. Everyone is excited about building out these very important elements of what true City Tourism is about. The AC Marriott, fashioned by Synergy Design Studios, is a Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart-led Sandals Resorts International development situated on Lady Musgrave Road in the New Kingston/Golden Triangle area of Kingston and annexes the family-owned ATL Automotive Group’s BMW and MINI showrooms. The hotel depicts the family’s first major tourism enterprise exterior of its Sandals/Beaches resorts trademark.

Special Features of the Hotel

The hotel has 10 rooms that are fashioned to board wheelchair-bound guests and 17 rooms for guests who are hearing-impaired. It also contains 200 solar panels, energy-efficient glass, electric car-charging stations, plenty of Jamaican art pieces, as well as a check-in desk that helps the guests with special needs.

The AC Marriott in Kingston is very unique. It is not just a facility that enables people to walk in, sleep at night or have a drink. It is a place for recreation, rest and conversation. But more importantly, it is also a creative centre where people will get a chance to enjoy the culture while making a contribution to local development, stated Bartlett. Other exclusive features of the hotel include 18,600 square feet of meeting space in three separate rooms, the largest being the prime ballroom with the space to hold 600 people. It also houses a Starbucks, Laundromat, a fully-equipped gym, restaurant, bar and AC store.

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Caribbean Tourism Sector Requires Backing

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The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery got off to a start in the US Virgin Islands and had the former President of the US, Bill Clinton, and his wife, Hillary Clinton, in attendance. One of the highlights of the event was a speech by the Jamaican Minister for Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. The Minister made an appeal to all stakeholders present to commit themselves to protecting and supporting those homegrown companies in the Caribbean which have made a significant contribution to the development of tourism in the region.

Sandals Resorts Singled Out for Praise

The Jamaican Tourism Minister went on to make mention of one particular company, Sandals Resorts International and praised it for being responsible for promoting tourism in a big way in the entire Caribbean. His point was that the company had native roots in the region and the onus is on the governments here to extend their support in whichever way possible to such companies. Tourism is a major source of revenue for most economies in the region and millions of tourists visit the islands each year. It attracts a lot of foreign investments too, but how much value such investments add to the local economies is not known. Local companies, like Sandals Resorts International, however, sow back their earnings into expanding their activities in the region and that needs to be encouraged, he said.

CGI has Other Wider Objectives Too

The long-term objective of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery is to

‘…develop new, specific, and measurable plans that advance recovery and promote long-term resiliency across the region’

Of course, tourism is also one of the sectors the CGI has shown a keen interest in. Some parts of these objectives with relevance to the development of tourism in the Caribbean region were also addressed at the meeting by various speakers. Ways to help the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) in the tourism sector were brought up. In due course, the respective governments of the different islands may take these steps with the relevant ministries that handle tourism in an effort to promote economic growth.

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Jamaican Darian Douglas Advances to Final of Scripps National Spelling Bee

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In what is definitely a proud moment for all Jamaicans, a Glenmuir High School student, Darian Douglas, has successfully moved to the final of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C., United States. Darian was the champion in the Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee contest held earlier this year.

Only Jamaican to Go Through

Darian is one among only 50 out of the 565 children who competed, to have been sent through to the next level, which is the final round. It is also to be noted that there were three other participants from the island but, they were unable to qualify for the final round. The three who could not make it are Titchfield High’s Rhonoya Anderson, Honey Advani of Heinz Simonitsch School and Ashleigh Jarrett of Immaculate Conception High.

More Details on the Spelling Bee Championship

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual fixture and the final is always held in Washington D.C. Though on paper, this is a national level competition in the US, it does attract students from other countries too, including Jamaica. There is an age restriction and a few other conditions that the participants have to follow. The age restriction is that the participants cannot be over the age of 14 years as on August 31, the previous year. This means for a participant to be eligible to take part in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2019, the boy or girl should not have crossed the age of 14 years as on August 31, 2018. In addition, they should not have passed the 8th grade of school as of the month of February of the year the competition is held.

The competition has been televised live on ESPN over the past several years.

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