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Ilio Durandis: Haitian Politics and the Art of Denial

April 12, 2014 | 5:36 pm | 0 Comment

Ilio Durandis: Haitian Politics and the Art of Denial

By Ilio Durandis CJ ContributorFOR THE third time in less than two years, Prime Minister Lamothe has found it necessary to shake things up within his government.Unlike previous occasions, the decision to replace some ministers and nominate new ones came about through a “so-called” national dialogue, mediated by Haiti’s new Cardinal Chibly Langlois.The more...

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Op-Ed: Green Energy Solutions Could Save the Caribbean $200 Million

April 11, 2014 | 10:51 am | 0 Comment

Op-Ed: Green Energy Solutions Could Save the Caribbean $200 Million

By Jun Zhang Op-Ed ContributorHIGH ENERGY costs are the Achilles heel of the Caribbean.More than 97 percent of this region’s electricity is generated from fossil fuels and many islands devote a hefty portion of their GDP to fuel imports.On some Caribbean islands, electricity bills can soar up to six times higher than in the United States, which creates a more...

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Op-Ed: Why Do Legal Cases in Jamaica Take So Long?

April 9, 2014 | 5:04 pm | 0 Comment

Op-Ed: Why Do Legal Cases in Jamaica Take So Long?

By David Rowe Op-Ed ContributorTHERE ARE a number of big legal cases which have attracted the attention of Jamaicans both locally and overseas in recent months, most notably the recently-concluded Vybz Kartel case.What's noteworthy about almost all of them is just how long they seem to take.But why do criminal cases in Jamaica take so long? Some civil cases more...

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Jamaica’s Path to Prosperity

March 28, 2014 | 11:20 am | 0 Comment

Jamaica’s Path to Prosperity

By Dennis Chung CJ ContributorJamaica's January fiscal numbers reveal a concern that many of us expressed at the start of the International Monetary Fund agreement: that achieving the primary surplus target is going to be very challenging. The numbers show that up to January 2014, we were some $2 billion behind the primary surplus target of $69 billion, with the more more...

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Michael Edghill: Challenging the Caribbean Crime Narrative

March 28, 2014 | 6:00 am | 0 Comment

Michael Edghill: Challenging the Caribbean Crime Narrative

By Michael W Edghill CJ ContributorOFTEN, once the narrative has been established, people simply view all events through the lens of that narrative.Anything to the contrary is then viewed simply an aberration because actually contradicting the established narrative creates too much complexity.Such narratives are often created for different classes of people more...

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Transforming Jamaica’s Public Sector

March 21, 2014 | 3:53 pm | 0 Comment

Transforming Jamaica’s Public Sector

By Dennis Chung CJ ContributorANYONE WHO has been reading my articles will be aware that I have always been caught up with the need to transform the public sector into a more efficient and facilitative support for private sector development. When I talk about public sector, I don't just mean the persons employed in the sector, but very importantly the rules and more...

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Caribbean Design: Steve Fox on Outdoor Living in the Caribbean

March 17, 2014 | 12:33 pm | 0 Comment

Caribbean Design: Steve Fox on Outdoor Living in the Caribbean

By Steve Fox CJ ContributorONE OF the first questions we ask a new client when embarking on the design process is: do you want to use air conditioning in your new home? For some, there’s no debate; the house will be a sealed box, and the temperature must be controlled at all times. However, more typically, the answer is not so straightforward, and it’s necessary more...

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What’s Holding Back Jamaica’s Reforms

February 28, 2014 | 12:57 pm | 0 Comment

What’s Holding Back Jamaica’s Reforms

By Dennis Chung CJ ContributorANYONE who has been reading or listening to my recent commentaries would realize that I am fully in support of the reform agenda otherwise known as the IMF programme in Jamaica.Similarly, anyone who has been listening to my commentaries in the past will also realize that I was not in favour of the prior IMF programmes, because I more...

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Doing Business in the Caribbean: CARIFORUM Needs Reform

February 26, 2014 | 4:38 am | 0 Comment

Doing Business in the Caribbean: CARIFORUM Needs Reform

By Paul Hay CJ ContributorTHE RECENT report, Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, is one of a long-standing series of co-publications of the World Bank and International Financial Corporation, which records the global competitiveness of 189 nations from 2012 to 2013. Sixteen of these nations are Caribbean: Fifteen are more...

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Green Caribbean: It’s Not Sustainability — It’s Common Sense

February 21, 2014 | 1:14 pm | 0 Comment

Green Caribbean: It’s Not Sustainability — It’s Common Sense

By Denaye Hinds CJ ContributorOVER THE YEARS, we have heard words and phrases like eco-friendly, green, eco-conscious, eco-lodge, go-green, greening our bottom line, conserving, preserving, sustaining.All of these relate to the act of considering the environment, being more conscious and wanting to market or consider something, anything and everything to be more...

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