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Export Or Die?

“Jamaica is not going to get rich selling to three million people who are relatively poor,” says Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill. Sounds like gospel? Many of us have been fed this rubbish. What this statement reveals in no uncertain terms is the poverty that afflicts us. Specifically, the disregard and contempt with which we […]

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Rule And Misrule

Given the choice between the rule of a Colonizer or the misrule of your freshly minted independent peers, the opportunity for Sovereignty makes the choice a no-brainer. After all, we, too, are men in the same way the Colonizers are men. No? Nobody admits to misrule being a possibility or, worse, a feature of how we will govern prior to […]

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Bad Luck Worse Than Obeah

“Bad luck worse than obeah” was the crescendo to a litany of misfortune being recited. Ordinarily, I would’ve been sympathetic, even empathized, as I, too, had experienced dizzying reversals and incomprehensible setbacks as victory beckoned mockingly. It might have been the coffee. It was neither hot nor cold on the first sip or the second. It was insipid. The coffee […]

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Getting Rid Of Scammers

A rampaging batsman plundering the bowling is a joy to see unless the batsman is on the other team. At that point, arresting the flow of runs, not taking wickets, is the priority. As good as the batsman is, an opposing captain has to juxtapose the batsman’s performance against the quality of the bowling and fielding and make the changes […]

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Failure Is Conditioning

If failure keeps you in God’s will, how is that not a good thing? The question presumes success would have wrestled you out of God’s will. It’s an interesting way to flip the script and give failure a standing ovation instead of a kick, for, after all, it has saved you from a fate worse than death. Except, failure, not […]

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A Change In Mindset Can Lead To Success

If you go to buy something which costs a dollar, and without warning, it now costs two, express surprise if you have to, but don’t walk away from exploring how to afford it. It is not beyond you. If you treat people the way they treat you and it falls short, you can compare and contrast all day long. It […]

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Lion Bites Man – Jamaica’s Official Investigates

It just “burns me” — a Jamaican official has investigated the circumstances under which a lion in a zoo, for which she bears much responsibility for its deficiency, manhandled a man. Along with her belated and in hindsight recommendations to improve the lion’s woeful living quarters, the official has publicly admonished the man who mishandled the lion and is poorer […]

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Every Citizen At Present Owes ExxonMobil $9M – IEEFA Financial Analyst

Kaieteur News – For every US dollar that Guyana earns per barrel of oil produced in the Stabroek Block, the Oil companies walk away with six dollars. Compounding the situation is the fact that at present, given the developments already undertaken and underway, each citizen of this country owes the oil company some US$44,000. Additionally, at the rate Esso Exploration and […]

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Big Mac vs Jerk Pork

Take this introspective but exploratory question: “What makes jerk pork of Jamaica less of a world beater than Big Mac of McDonald’s or the Whopper of Burger King?” With less than one hour of work, in the home of the Big Mac or the Whopper, a minimum wage earner can buy either. With one hour of work, the minimum wage […]