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Tips for a 'debt free' new year!

In a few weeks it will be 2015. It seems that it was not so long ago we were on the verge of welcoming 2014. In fact, the time spent shopping goes really fast but when the bills arrive in the new year, the time slows to a crawl. The bills in January are doubly hard since there no bonuses to look forward to or any other relief from the incessant financial pressure. Some schools collect fees on a termly basis, so that [...]

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How Rich are the Caribbean Countries if Compared Globally?

by Valerie Anne Mercer-Blackman Graphic courtesy of World Bank, International Comparison Program, a visual tool The World Bank’s International Comparison Program (ICP) released its data recently, which uses the most thoroughly developed methodology yet to compare the income of 179 countries in 2011. This is the first time the Caribbean countries participate in the exercise. The program constructs GDP from detailed expenditure data for all countries using the so-called purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rate. This is different from the regular market exchange rate in [...]

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Four Climate-Smart Business Opportunities in Jamaica and the Caribbean

by Elizabeth Nicoletti Tourist resorts in Jamaica stand to benefit from more sustainable, climate-smart business models If we contemplate climate change long enough, it seems like we all lose. However, if you really want to talk about the equivalent of an unfair penalty or missed offside call, look around Jamaica. Ten hurricanes ravaged the country in the last five years, each causing damages of approximately US$100 million.  The rainy season is longer, droughts follow that exacerbate agricultural deficits, and the sea level is rising [...]

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When did a swim suit become major news?

Imagine how shocking it was for many persons to see our very own Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, in a picture wearing a bathing suit on the beach. Yes! Imagine being in a swim suit on the beach. How preposterous! It caused such a stir that it practically became “prime” news. Let’s just say that I could hardly believe the attention that this particular picture got. I mean did we think that she would be in a turtle neck, [...]

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Mobile Cashiers - the way forward!

How do you know that it is approaching the holidays? Well if you are in doubt the ever increasing traffic on the roads and the long lines at most stores should certainly give you a good idea of the season. The worst part about shopping in the holidays, is the congestion on the roads. To make matters worse, there is also a long line inside the stores. The lines are not the major problem, it is that persons get extremely irritated when the [...]

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IS COTTRELL ALREADY FACING THE PRESSURE OF EXPECTATION?

Soldiers are trained to be at their best under fire. It is under these difficult circumstances that a soldier gets to test his mettle, to find out what kind of man he is. West Indies left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, a member of the Jamaica Defence Force, will get his mettle tested on a different kind of battlefield - the Centurion - when the West Indies take on South Africa in the first of their three-Test series on Wednesday, December 17. Cottrell [...]

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Much More than a Mosquito Bite

Much More than a Mosquito Bite

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CHANDERPAUL IS A MODERN GREAT

CHANDERPAUL IS A MODERN GREAT

He is far from bring the most elegant batsman around. His technique has been described as crabby and unorthodox and he does not possess the fluid grace of a Lawrence Rowe or Brian Lara. He also lacks...

SHELLY ECLIPSES VCB IN BRAND RECOGNITION

SHELLY ECLIPSES VCB IN BRAND RECOGNITION

Last week it came to public attention that Shelly-Ann Frazer-Pryce was named Ambassador Special Envoy. The two-time Olympic and 2013 triple World Champion and her husband, Jason, were also issued dipl...

Are used cars a better investment?

Are used cars a better investment?

I need a new car. So I started thinking about my options. Should I buy a used car or a new car? Like many consumers, I like new cars. There is a smell that emanates from the interior of a new car t...

The Humanity of Music: It's a Global Thing

The Humanity of Music: It's a Global Thing

"Without music, life would be a mistake." So said the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. A little facetious perhaps, but how true! As we emerged from the Carib Cinema onto the bustling streets...

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