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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

Dying for religion

Our women are being held hostage by an antiquated abortion law that criminalizes their right to make decisions about their own bodies.  Recent political pronouncements have once again fired up the abortion debate, pitting the unwavering conservative religious right against the more liberal minded.  For Alando Terrelonge, 38 years is too long to be debating old laws that force women to unsafe and at times deadly practices to terminate unwanted pregnancies. Read article

Represent!

It was Jamaica to the world at BET Awards 2013 as Dawn Penn, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Beenie Man and Elephant Man rocked the stage with an electrifying Reggae and Dancehall performance; the first ever at the awards show.   The crowd was out of their seats from start to end (even Nicki Minaj attempted some 'Pon Di Riva' dance moves).  It shows why Jamaican music is so big on the world stage. Watch video

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