Daily Archives: 11/12/2017

Tourism has a central role in driving development – By David Jessop


Commentary: The View from Europe: Tourism has a central role in driving development

David Jessop

By David Jessop

In just over a week’s time, Jamaica will host a major international conference intended to reposition tourism as a global driver of sustainable development.

Unlike other industry related events, ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’ will explore how international financial institutions, governments, donors and leading industry players can create new tourism-related partnerships that foster social inclusiveness, employment and poverty-reduction.   Continue reading

WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins + music videos

Dave Martins

WE DID NOT WANT TO KNOW – by Dave Martins

October 29, 2017

In an earlier comment about song-writing I made the point that while talent has to be there, the more critical quality is observation because that is almost always the ingredient that sets a song apart; the writer has turned a light on something in the society, or in an individual, that would have otherwise escaped the rest of us in the populace.

In fact, to look at the popular columnists or commentators in our local press – Freddie Kissoon, Ralph Ramkarran, Henry Jeffrey, Adam Harris, Christopher Ram, Ian McDonald, etc. – is to see this taking place as each writer brings us to something, or an aspect of something, that is new or revealing or thought-provoking.      Continue reading

Over 70, 000 self-employed citizens escaped GRA’s tax net last year –AG

Over 70, 000 self-employed citizens escaped GRA’s tax net last year –AG

Auditor General, Deodat Sharma

 This was highlighted by Auditor General, Deodat Sharma in his latest report.

As at 31 December 2016, Sharma said that there were 131,893 registered self-employed persons in the GRA database of which 92,326 were identified as active.  However, only 18,337 persons or 20% of the active registrants filed returns. Continue reading

Trump: China not to blame for US trade deficit – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

US President Donald Trump with Chinese President Xi Jinping - Beijing - China - 9 November 2017

While watching BBC World News America on Thursday, November 9, 2017, I was surprised to hear our president say that he doesn’t blame China for America’s trade deficit with that country. This change of tone occurred during his recent state visit to China.

With President Xi Jinping by his side, President Trump told business leaders inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People: “I don’t blame China. After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country for the sake of its citizens?” [Read the complete news report at BBC Online News.]

While still describing the relationship as “very unfair” and “one-sided,” Trump blamed past US administrations for allowing our trade deficit with China to grow. As indicated in the chart below, showing US Trade in Goods with China 2004-2016, the trade deficit with China was US$266.3 billion (2008) at the end of the Bush…

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By Verian Mentis-Barker

After 30 months of anticipation, somebody has to tell the Guyana government that its shelf life is due to expire in 2020.

Critical political decisions often come down to which bridges to cross and which to burn.

The Coalition’s predicament is that it burns some bridges by the way it crosses others.

The APNU /AFC coexistence is young enough for most to recall why it became a Coalition. It had the greatest probability of sinking the behemoth that is the PPP to save a nation from the wanton disregard of an incumbent government that had ruled by selectivity with deliberacy.

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