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Monopoly situations are often undesirable because the monopolist has very little incentive to lower cost (and hence price) or improve quality. Competition, on the other hand, puts pressure on a firm to lower prices (or at least restrict increases)...

Jamaica’s biggest cancer is the nexus between unemployment and underemployment, which is the root cause of the escalating crime rate. If we are to break this unholy umbilical linkage, we must be bold and think outside the box to create new...

It's not a surprise that our country is still infested with many young and not-so-young men who are prepared now and will be so prepared tomorrow to use their firepower on sections of the society.The gunfire between members of the security forces...

In the interest of bipartisan support for new policing measures, a little concession could be made to Fitz Jackson and the Opposition PNP for which he is spokesman on national (in)security.The members of the latest new branch of the Jamaica...

In 2016, the Jamaican dollar (JMD) fell more days than it appreciated in value, depreciating 182 days as against increasing 66 days. For the full year, it declined 6.2%.Last year, 2017, things got better as the dollar went up 146 days and faltered...

The thought of my child being wilfully killed by another human being raises all the hairs on my neck and head - and you know just how difficult that must be.My colleagues in media often use the unnecessary adjective or adverb, brutal or brutally....

The recent pronouncement by Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw that he is prepared to ban the importation of certain dog breeds based on their potential threat to human life and limb would be commendable, if it had...

I've tried to leave crime alone.Really. Tried. Hard. But political reactions to the brutal murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis were infuriating. Brainless, convenient, populist drivel abounded. For example, the PM seemed to forget, perhaps...

The gruesome murder of 14-year-old Yetanya Francis has once again shocked the country, causing widespread outrage and condemnation, as it should. Regrettably, however, neither the circumstance nor the public reaction is new.The children's monument...

Two Saturdays ago at about 3:30 p.m., I stopped by a bar at Park Lane and spent about half an hour having a chat with an acquaintance I had not seen in one year. We spoke about politics, youth unemployment, criminality, the police, and some of the...
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