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Recipe for a Jamaican Snowstorm

December 16, 2014 | 10:41 pm | 0 Comment

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By Nigel Spence CJ Contributor Christmas time is here once again, folks, and, if asked, I would have to say, it is one of my absolute favorite times of the year. You know, I used to find it puzzling, (until now) why you just suddenly feel full of cheer and good will — why no problem seemed that big a deal anymore and everyone around was just so more...

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Haiti’s Current Crisis

December 15, 2014 | 6:55 pm | 0 Comment

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By Ilio Durandis CJ Contributor AFTER THE earthquake in Haiti in 2010, former US president Bill Clinton championed the term “build back better” to emphasize that the post-earthquake Haiti should be better than the one that Haitians experienced before. Haiti was probably the most unstable country in the region during the 20 years post-dictatorship more...

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Productivity in Jamaica

December 13, 2014 | 12:57 pm | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor JAMAICA SEEMS set to pass the sixth International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, underlining the fact that we have, no doubt, been making progress in establishing the framework on which development must take place. I say this against the background that the legislative and fiscal initiatives put in place have been successful in ensuring more...

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Overcoming Poverty in Jamaica

December 9, 2014 | 11:58 am | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor ACCORDING to the recently released 2012 Survey of Living Conditions (SLC), Jamaica has recorded an increase in poverty levels between 2009 and 2012. "The all-Jamaica individual poverty prevalence increased by 2.3 percentage points relative to 2010 to reach 19.9 per cent," the survey stated. This was not totally unexpected, as the more...

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Jamaica’s Fundamental Challenges

November 29, 2014 | 6:00 am | 0 Comment

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By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor ONE of the things I pointed out early in my second book is that before we can solve a problem we need to understand what the fundamental issues are. I say that because over the years I find that we tend to address the symptoms of our problems rather than the underlying issues. This is also true when we engage in debate about what more...

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Nigel Spence: A Culinary Lesson For Thanksgiving

November 24, 2014 | 11:32 pm | 0 Comment

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With the Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon, our thoughts turn to winter and the procurement of a bird worthy of gracing our holiday table for the big feast. We begin scouting cookbooks and food magazines for new twists on traditional recipes or for the promise of new modern techniques to cook the bird faster, tastier and juicier than ever before. We spend so much more...

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Guerda Nicolas: Building a Cohesive Caribbean Through Psychology

November 24, 2014 | 11:16 pm | 0 Comment

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By Guerda Nicolas CJ Contributor With its theme of “Caribbean Psychology: Unmasking the Past and Claiming Our Future”, the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Associations (CANPA) in partnership with Suriname Association of Psychologists and Special Educators (SVPO) hosted close to 300 individuals in Suriname for its inaugural conference, the Caribbean more...

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Medical Tourism in the Caribbean

November 23, 2014 | 11:02 pm | 0 Comment

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By Paul Hay CJ Contributor The fifth “Global Ministerial Summit” was held in Washington, DC on Sept. 21. Ministers of health, tourism and economic development, trade commissioners, and health attachés from 25 nations gathered to discuss medical tourism challenges and offer recommendations. The third “Caribbean Ministerial Summit” was one segment of this more...

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Supporting Caribbean Entrepreneurs, Sustaining the Regional Economy

November 14, 2014 | 2:26 pm | 0 Comment

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By Irene Arias Op-Ed Contributor Small and medium sized companies are the backbone of Latin America’s economy. They represent more than 90 percent of all enterprises in the region, generating over half of all jobs and a quarter of the region’s gross domestic product. They are essential to economic growth, yet their success is often blocked by one key obstacle: more...

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Seeking Caribbean Prosperity

November 14, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment

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By Ryan Peterson CJ Contributor WHILE IT is no secret that the Caribbean has struggled with sustainable socio-economic growth for well over half-century, what is less readily known and acknowledged is that more than 50 percent of growth in national productivity and prosperity is explained by internal — so-called endogenous — factors and conditions, in which more...

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