Rhetoric vs. Action

Jamaicans for Justice has incurred Government’s wrath for daring to expose the state’s violations of child rights to the world. The PR machinery has kicked into high gear and we are being inundated with platitudes, promises and action plans from various Government ministers. Rodje Malcolm calls it empty rhetoric that does little to advance the plight of our children. It reflects an obsession with image, not with reform. He separates the fluff from the facts. Read article

JLP’s about turn

The JLP has relented and is now willing to participate in the Government’s commission of enquiry into the Tivoli Gardens massacre. Opposition Leader Andrew Holness would have preferred a coroner's inquest that could result in criminal prosecution. Lloyd D'Aguilar believes Holness’ about turn is self-serving as all are aware that those responsible will not be brought to justice. He shares observations on the Opposition’s evolved position. Read article

Leadership challenge

Overcoming Jamaica’s seemingly insurmountable obstacles will not be easy but it is possible.  Others like China and Africa have done so before. Scotia Group Jamaica’s Bruce Bowen says it requires strong leadership and a coalition of persons who possess the key ingredients for success: Self-awareness, Vision, Perseverance and Integrity. He challenges University College of the Caribbean 2013 graduates to take up this mantle of leadership. Read article

How strong is Brand Jamaica?

Contrary to popular belief, Jamaica is not one of the world’s leading country brands. FutureBrands ranks us 62 out of 118 countries; we’re not even one of the top country brands in our region. Ranking is based on global perceptions of quality of life, economic vitality, public policy initiatives, etc. and not our athletic prowess and the international appeal of our music.  Diana McCauley says Jamaicans for Justice is not damaging “Brand Jamaica” by raising legitimate national issues in an international forum. We are doing that all by ourselves. Read article

Gi wi a liveable wage

Dr. Andrew Wheatley’s recent contribution to the Sectoral Debate stresses the plight of minimum wage earners and the jobless. Jamaica Employ has not eased unemployment. While companies may wish to demonstrate patriotism, they cannot pander to altruism at the expense of profits.  Difficult times require innovative solutions. Dr. Wheatley offers some game changing reforms. Read excerpts

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