O. Dave Allen

IMF, Simpson-Miller – Fixing an Economy of Exclusion, and a Wasteland of Discarded Potential

The visit of Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund to Jamaica June 25 – 27, represents a game changer from the almost 40 years of bitter and acrimonious relationship between the government administrations of Jamaica and the FUND. This bitter and hostile relationship prompted former prime minister, Michael Manley, in 1978 to …

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Montego Bay Abused – Needs Local Government Reform

It is a truism that the struggle for existence is the struggle for food and space. Nowhere is that struggle more intense than here in Montego Bay. It is a struggle that leads to the untenable situation wherein one third of the population of Greater Montego Bay lives on captured land. It is a struggle …

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Towards A Granville Renaissance

Granville is a highly textured community, a matriarchal society with a vibrant and rich African cultural tradition nestled between two estates in the north coast parish of St James. Peopled by peasant farmers, small traders, artisan and skilled workmen who cohabited in later years with migrant sugarcane workers from the Barracks of Barnett Limited on …

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Jonkunnu Rekindles Hopes for Peace, Security and Prosperity

Masks are signature pieces designed by renowned artistes Errol Allen and masquerading is a big part of the Jamaican tradition of Johnkunnu. The first outing of  the revived  the Granville Jonkunnu  Band, sponsored by the Jamaica National Foundation  was  initiated by the Granville Peace, Justice and Resource Development Foundation, a community based non-governmental organization, was  …

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