Trevor Bogle

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Tasteless Melon Mystery Solved?

Several months ago I visited relatives in the breadbasket region of Southern Manchester and St. Elizabeth , Jamaica . While admiring a seemingly endless field of watermelons with great relish and anticipation, I was jarred by the bizarre exclamation of a befuddled farmer, “dem no good sah, not even fi feed hog.” “Why?” I sheepishly …

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Paulwell’s Damascus Moment: “Re-nationalize Electric Company”

A most auspicious moment has arrived for Jamaica, and like the natural mystic spoken about by the Hon. Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, it is blowing in the air … and if you listen carefully you will hear. I hear it, do you? If not I will tell you! For many years I was like John …

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Prayer to the IMF: Set a ‘Fix Electricity’ Conditionality

Notwithstanding the trepidation haunting Jamaicans as we contemplate a return to a borrowing relation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), dreaded conditionalities and all, this energy researcher will be cheering them on, providing they levy one particular conditionality amongst their menu! If the IMF can do for Jamaicans what successive government have been unable, or …

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Jamaica Help Needed to Clear the Air

Dear Friends, Jamaicans at home and abroad:   Your homeland needs your voice to prevent the most callous and wanton destruction of our air basin imaginable. I have listened in anguish recently as various executives of the Energy Ministry have assailed the airwaves with misrepresentations to gain acceptance of their misguided introduction of E10 ethanol-blended gasoline. …

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Termite Power: Alternative Energy Source?

Some three years have elapsed since I first, rather by a fortuitous accident of circumstances, stumbled on the idea that termites hold the key to the next generation of alcohol production. I beg your indulgence as I here state the events as it may be of import for posterity to know the circumstances under which …

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The Decimation of the Working Class

There is, almost unrecognizable to all but the most discerning, an insidious assault on the working class of Jamaica, since the accession of the Jamaica Labour Party to government over a year ago. This assault operates under the guise of raising the efficiency of public sector entities. The efficiency mantra appears so intuitive and commonsensical …

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Ethanol – Sweet Deal for Brazil, Dark Corner for Jamaica

The recent so-called divestment of Jamaica’s sugar industry.should rather be termed “dash-wey”, for it is nothing short of a give-away. Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s administration, its wish to be perceived as “di bus driva” notwithstanding, has simply tossed over the keys of the bus of state to the Brazilians, and for a huge fare (75% …

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