Why Caribbean Sustainability is Smart

September 29, 2014 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment


By Ryan Peterson CJ Contributor When 80 percent of your Caribbean tourism product is nature-based, and 80 percent of your market increasingly demands eco-based services and experiences, it doesn’t take science to figure out that sustaining a high-quality ecology is simply smart business (read: EQ, not IQ). Add to that the fact that 80 percent of your community more...

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The Business of Caribbean Blogging

September 24, 2014 | 6:00 am | 0 Comment


By Marcia Forbes, PhD CJ Contributor Blog Promo by Journo FOR SEVERAL reasons the newspaper ad surprised me. Firstly, it was placed by a journalist, a journo as they are also called, advertising himself and his skills, in particular his blog. I’ve never seen that before. Secondly, this journalist wrote/writes weekly for the competing newspaper in which the more...

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The Battle for Haiti

September 22, 2014 | 3:27 pm | 0 Comment


By Ilio Durandis CJ Contributor Maybe it is true that no one will ever fully understand Haiti. From being the very first nation of the modern era to abolish slavery out of a bloody revolution to being the least prosperous and advanced country in the western hemisphere, Haiti continues to mesmerize its citizens and foreigners alike. Those who fought and won its more...

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How Much Can Jamaica Grow?

September 22, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor THE PLANNING Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is targeting real GDP growth of three percent in the fiscal year 2015/16. This is against the previously targeted 1.5 to two percent, under the current IMF agreement. I have long indicated that Jamaica has the capacity to grow at rates of between three to five percent, in the short to medium more...

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Op-Ed: Integrating the Caribbean and Central America

September 5, 2014 | 7:21 pm | 0 Comment


By Alberto Duran and Noemi Areli Sanchez Op-Ed Contributors The Central American Integration System (SICA) was formed in 1991 and is a regional organization which includes the States of Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This alliance was formed with the purpose of enhancing integration for the cohesion more...

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Can This Transform the Caribbean?

September 2, 2014 | 7:01 am | 0 Comment


By Ivan Browne Op-Ed Contributor In the immortal words of Montserratian singer/songwriter, Arrow, the Caribbean is “…feelin’ hot, hot, hot!” And, that’s a good thing. With a little help from Mother Nature, the islands of the Caribbean are learning to harness the power of high temperature geothermal energy beneath the earth’s surface. In an effort more...

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The Conservation Opportunity in Haiti

August 25, 2014 | 10:31 am | 0 Comment

"Projet Pilote de Conservation de la Biodiveriste et le Renforcement de l'Economie Locale A Ile A Vache, Haiti"  O.J.P.A.

Above: a biodiversity project in Ile a Vache, Haiti (Photo: Tim Calver for The Nature Conservancy) By Maxene Atis CJ Contributor HAITI is a crossroad where conservation, health, and livelihoods meet. There is no other place in the Caribbean where conservation and restoration offer so much hope for the revival of the economy. Conservation is key to restoring more...

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Jamaica’s Growing Crisis

August 25, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


By Dennis Chung CJ Contributor WHILE we debate the economic challenges facing Jamaica, there is an emerging crisis that many are not speaking of, but which we must address as a country. This is the health of our population, and as a result the cost it currently has and its continued impact as it worsens. If, of course, we do nothing about it. Anyone who knows me more...

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Op-Ed: Is the Caribbean Tourism Industry Looking Up?

August 23, 2014 | 6:01 am | 0 Comment


By S Brian Samuel Op-Ed Contributor By now, most (but not all) Caribbean countries have submitted their first half 2014 tourism statistics to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). It makes for some interesting reading. Overall, the Caribbean recorded a weighted average growth rate of 5.2 percent in visitor arrivals during the first half of 2014 (some countries more...

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Op-Ed: The Caribbean as a Healthcare Destination

August 19, 2014 | 6:08 am | 0 Comment


By Shomari Scott Op-Ed Contributor AS THE world’s population ages, non-communicable diseases continue to rise in frequency and healthcare costs inflate at an alarming rate, the issue of creating a healthcare destination that provides a high quality service for far less cost has never been more pressing. Countries such as India, Malaysia and Costa Rica have more...

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