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Celebration Time at IDB Caribbean

Jamaicans know how to put on a great show - and how to do it right. When I arrived at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (actually in my neighbourhood), I imagined that the 50th anniversary of the bank's presence in Jamaica would be - well, a bit stiff. How wrong I was. Perhaps if I had taken note of the length of the program, I would have realized that this was not just a formal event. It turned [...]

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Black Friday Sales - gimmick or deal?

I love getting a deal! I am not alone as most consumers enjoy buying something at a reduced cost and will go to any lengths to ensure that they don't miss out on a great deal. The problem is of course that you might think that you are getting a deal but you aren't really getting the most out of your dollar. Merchants tread a delicate line between wanting to appease their customers with the desire to make a profit. They [...]

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DRAG RACING : THE 'WHALE' OR THE 'CROCODILE'?

Less is more, son. Less is more. Drag racing fans were feted, yet again, at the final chapter of the 2019 Drag Rivals campaign. Ken-T Racing, possibly employing knowledge gained from the team's overseas excursions, created a stick-to-me-like-glue racing surface and adopted a military approach during the races, which aided and abetted the spectacular performances which unfolded on Jamwest's 1320. There were stellar performances all around. It was an event at which track preparation and effective management, some racers stated, played [...]

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Cockpit Country: Is It Really All About the Boundaries?

Ceiling fans whirred and night sounds crept through the windows of the Webb Memorial Baptist Church in Stewart Town, Trelawny earlier this evening. A Town Hall Meeting was in progress, streamed live on Facebook on the websites of the sponsors, the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ), the Public Access Channel (PAC) and the Jamaica Gleaner. The discussion was ably moderated by journalist Archibald Gordon. Kudos to the EFJ for funding the meeting. If you would like to watch the two hour [...]

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Grow what we eat - Eat what we grow!

Have you ever looked at the place of origin of your favourite snacks? You may be surprised by the number of  products that are imported from other countries. I did a quick survey in my own cupboard and realized that out of ten items only two stated that they were made in Jamaica. Why are there so many imported items in my cupboard? I decided to consciously select only items made in Jamaica on my next shopping trip but it wasn't so [...]

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Fifteen Strong, and a Woman's Supportive Voice

I shared in a happy event last week, at the headquarters of Digicel, downtown. Their lobby unfortunately has a huge echo effect, so the voices of employees chatting as they waited for the elevator did a ricochet around my head. It is however a bright and lofty space. Regardless of the voices, we joined the Awards Ceremony for competitive grants to community-based organizations, in celebration of the Digicel Foundation's fifteenth anniversary. Hence the phrase "Fifteen Strong." The total amount awarded was [...]

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Jamaica and Elusive GDP growth

Jamaica and Elusive GDP growth

The Editorial on September 12, 2019 – ‘Economic Growth Council and GDP trends’ highlights a disturbing paradox in our economy. How can we be spending so much on infrastructure but seeing any improveme...

HEROES OF SPEED : KYLE 'SPEEDY' GREGG WILL NOT BE CROWNED KING? Part 4

HEROES OF SPEED : KYLE 'SPEEDY' GREGG WILL NOT BE CROWNED KING? Part 4

We would dare say that the most successful and dominant race-car drivers are neither typical nor average human beings. We are not in possession of the scientific evidence to support the claim but, if...

Civil Society Collaborates to Influence Health Policy for Mothers and Infants

Civil Society Collaborates to Influence Health Policy for Mothers and Infants

As I entered the quiet, cozy Alhambra Inn recently, I stopped to look at the beautiful koi carp swirling in the water near the entrance. I was prepared to be inspired, not only by these majestic fi...

HEROES OF SPEED : KYLE 'SPEEDY' GREGG WILL NOT BE CROWNED KING? Final

HEROES OF SPEED : KYLE 'SPEEDY' GREGG WILL NOT BE CROWNED KING? Final

More recently, Andre Anderson  endured more contact that he anticipated during a duel with Kyle. Reports surfaced which suggested that Andre's performance during the event was severely hampered as a r...

The cost of being sick in Jamaica!

The cost of being sick in Jamaica!

It's flu season and I have a sore throat and a cough so I am already preparing myself for the full onset of the virus which might mean a trip to the doctor. Of course, not everyone visits the doctor f...

Restaurant Week 2019 Begins!

Restaurant Week 2019 Begins!

Okay so everyone has different times of the year that they excitedly wait for and my favorite month is November. Why is November so special to me? Well it's the time of the year when restaurants have...

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