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Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:31 AM

The textbook definition of ‘USP’ or ‘Unique Selling Proposition’ is a factor which differentiates a product from its competitors – such as the lowest cost or the highest quality or the first of its kind. In simple words, “What do you have to offer...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:23 AM

The governor was Alexander Lindsay, sixth earl of Balcarres and governor of Jamaica from 1794 until he resigned in 1801. The immediate cause of the dispute was the flogging by a slave at the Montego Bay workhouse of two Maroons accused by two white...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

American citizens and green card holders living outside of the United States (US) should pay US Social Security in order to secure a pension, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement insurance, and government annuity. Today, life expectancy...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

In my last column, I thought I had given an excellent explanation of the tough choices many individuals as consumers and parents must make to insulate themselves against devaluation and the initiatives public- and private-­sector leaders must...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:22 AM

My last three articles clinically ­examined the structure of Jamaica’s food-import bill with a view to understand its composition and to ascertaining what portion of it can be realistically and sustainably replaced. The analysis shows that at best...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:21 AM

It is my understanding that the People’s National Party (PNP) was badly blindsided by results of a privately commissioned, still unannounced poll in addition to the ‘unkind’ numbers published by NNN/BlueDot. That is quite understandable. Political...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Pain and suffering are an inescapable part of life. If you have ups and successes, you are bound to have downs and failures. We are trained to focus on the highs and live in fear and dread of the lows. When we do end up facing the inevitable hard...

Published:Sunday | January 26, 2020 | 12:21 AM

Jamaica’s current dengue outbreak is occurring on a scale unprecedented for the island, representing a crisis to which the Ministry of Health and Wellness has had to make rapid adjustments in its planning for and delivery of care to the public. We...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:33 AM

“I need equal rights and justice… Everyone is fighting For equal rights and justice … Everyone is talking about crime Tell me who are the criminals?” – Peter Tosh, ‘Equal Rights and Justice’ A pack of wolves bay at the moon to...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:32 AM

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), from reports received, is set to roll out a new system of identifying voters in polling stations in select constituencies in the upcoming general election. This, to my mind, although long overdue, is...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:32 AM

Somehow I have foolishly inserted myself into this whole Patois in schools debate. Of all the people I could have picked an argument with in life, I chose the ones who study the power of words for a living. I, therefore, have no choice but to tek...

Published:Sunday | January 19, 2020 | 12:31 AM

One has only to move among people at street level to know where they are politically. As long as one can ensure that the views of both political bubbles are taken into consideration, in Jamaica right now one can taste the bare singe of the burn on...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:44 AM

I am using as my point of departure two articles published recently in The Gleaner. One was an editorial titled ‘Resurgent Financial Conglomerates, But …’ and the other written by Ronald Thwaites, ‘Chang’s Dilemma’. I am making the assertion that...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:42 AM

An analysis of our Food Import Bill reveals that the major imports of plant based food include: n Cereal – wheat, rice, and corn, both as raw material for processing into consumer-ready products as well as finished products; n Food preparations,...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:42 AM

I am illiterate in Patois. There. I said it. I cannot read or write standard Patois. Don’t get me wrong, I can speak it fluently, but I struggle to read proper Patois spelling and wouldn’t even dare take on the challenge of writing it. But since...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:41 AM

Keith Duncan, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and chairman of JMMB, is a stout defender of the government’s achievements in the area of macroeconomic stability. Over the Christmas holiday, he decided to expand his...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:40 AM

For years, they have ruled the roost. Gunmen who have gained the support of their communities based on a number of factors and who have been labelled as dons. The first thing is, as much as they are reviled and made evil by police reports on...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:29 AMColin Gyles - Guest Columnist

Applying scientific principles can help in solving the crime problem. If we target murders as a critical action for reduction, the other crimes will follow and, likewise, will be reduced. The focus, therefore, should be targeted to stop murders....

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:28 AM

Beware of the half-truth! You may have got hold of the wrong half. Anyone listening to pronouncements made recently by the Ministry of Tourism would say that Jamaica is doing phenomenally well in cruise shipping. This is not so. The Government...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:27 AM

“It was the best of times, It was the worst of times!” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities ‘Dumpster diving’ is a sad reality for many Americans who are part of the 50 million people who are not able to find a daily meal, therefore,...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Interesting days are ahead in 2020, with Guyana scheduled to have general election on March 2. Now an oil-rich country, the stakes are high as to which party will lead the country into this new phase of its development. Most Jamaicans are also...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:26 AM

The lessening of tribal divisions that defined PNP and JLP politics of the 1970s has been one of the quiet success stories in Jamaica. If Pearnel Charles Sr, Speaker of the House, is to be believed, that is the only success story in our politics....

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:24 AM

It’s likely that politics in general and general elections in particular will dominate early 2020 public discussion. I hope discussions are more visionary than tribal; more constructive than destructive; and oriented more towards solutions than...

Published:Sunday | January 5, 2020 | 12:24 AM

With the murder rate having gone up last year, it is evident that the country’s desperate crime-fighting efforts have not borne much fruit. Over time, with the crime situation worsening, all and sundry have posited some idea or another as the...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:28 AM

“Religion is the greatest source of evil in the world. More wars have been fought and more blood has been shed in the name of God than for any other cause.” (Many sceptics, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, et al) If you are a Christian and...

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