Reorienting agriculture for export and to serve manufacturing

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Jamaica needs a new USP

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The textbook definition of ‘USP’ or ‘Unique Selling Proposition’ is a factor which differentiates a product from its competitors – such as the lowest cost or the highest quality or the first of its kind. In simple words, “What do you have to offer…

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The governor who turned a dispute into a war

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The governor was Alexander Lindsay, sixth earl of Balcarres and governor of Jamaica from 1794 until he resigned in 1801. The immediate cause of the dispute was the flogging by a slave at the Montego Bay workhouse of two Maroons accused by two white…

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Dayle O. Blair | Qualifying for US social security when living abroad

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American citizens and green card holders living outside of the United States (US) should pay US Social Security in order to secure a pension, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement insurance, and government annuity. Today, life expectancy…

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Mark Ricketts | Devaluation is our reality

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In my last column, I thought I had given an excellent explanation of the tough choices many individuals as consumers and parents must make to insulate themselves against devaluation and the initiatives public- and private-­sector leaders must…

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Mark Wignall | There will be hell to pay

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It is my understanding that the People’s National Party (PNP) was badly blindsided by results of a privately commissioned, still unannounced poll in addition to the ‘unkind’ numbers published by NNN/BlueDot. That is quite understandable. Political…

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Alfred Dawes | Embracing suffering

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Pain and suffering are an inescapable part of life. If you have ups and successes, you are bound to have downs and failures. We are trained to focus on the highs and live in fear and dread of the lows. When we do end up facing the inevitable hard…

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Christopher Tufton | Making the climb to better healthcare management

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Jamaica’s current dengue outbreak is occurring on a scale unprecedented for the island, representing a crisis to which the Ministry of Health and Wellness has had to make rapid adjustments in its planning for and delivery of care to the public. We…

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Nixon, Trump, lies, wars and moral principles of justice

Gleaner on January 19th, 2020 | File Under In Focus -

“I need equal rights and justice… Everyone is fighting For equal rights and justice … Everyone is talking about crime Tell me who are the criminals?” – Peter Tosh, ‘Equal Rights and Justice’ A pack of wolves bay at the moon to…

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New voter identification system to be unveiled

Gleaner on January 19th, 2020 | File Under In Focus -

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), from reports received, is set to roll out a new system of identifying voters in polling stations in select constituencies in the upcoming general election. This, to my mind, although long overdue, is…

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