A Nobel Peace Prize for CARICOM?

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The 30th Inter-sessional CARICOM Heads of Government Conference ended in St Kitts on the February 27, 2019, with the staging of a press conference. And guess what was the very first question posed to the head table comprising Prime Minister…

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UTech, Ja research and subvention

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Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke should have been invited to the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica’s Research Technology and Innovation Day last Thursday. In both capacities: finance and the public service. But he…

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Sweet-mouth Damion vs Action Ann

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Not since the 2001 North East St Ann by-election has there been such national attention being paid to ‘country people’ in a race to send either the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standard-bearer, Ann-Marie Vaz, or the People’s National Party’s (PNP)…

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Densil A. Williams | Race, class & identity politics: Is Jamaica out of the woods?

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INTRODUCTION In 1961, in the Jamaican House of Assembly, a relatively young Edward Seaga, then opposition member, raised the uncomfortable issue of class division in the Jamaican society in his famous ‘Haves vs Have-Nots’ speech. Seaga was…

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Gordon Robinson | Inspirational public servants

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It’s always been generally accepted that “inspirational” and “Finance Minister” don’t belong in the same sentence. Surely, to use them consecutively would be to create such an oxymoron that the writer’s credibility would be shattered and his…

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Jamaica’s botanic garden beginnings

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While today, we consider Hope Gardens to be Jamaica’s best-known botanic garden, it probably owes its beginning to a remarkable past reaching back into the late 18th century when a former British naval officer lived at Cold Spring above New Castle…

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Petrojam: The yarn we spin!

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“Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them…” “What you see over there aren’t giants, but windmills …” – Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes In August 2006, the…

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Jamaican car wash needed

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On a visit to Jamaica, a Brazilian friend of mine inquired about a local news story. It was about another corruption scandal. Approximately US$2 million had been misappropriated. In answering, I droned endlessly about the high levels of corruption…

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Mark Wignal | Aren’t Total and RUBiS too close for comfort?

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In the big, great and increasingly confusing United States of America, a gas station operator would be overjoyed if he found himself clearing three per cent as the difference between what he paid for the gas and what it was being sold for at the…

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Martin Henry | To be Jamaican

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“Whaa gwan mi bredrin? Everyting criss? Oonu gud?” This is white former American Harry ‘Danny’ Myers putting on his best Jamiekan as he was sworn in as a naturalised Jamaican. “Mi waan bawl cause mi so excited,” he said. And he did. Myers was one…

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