Transformational leadership: Exceeding expectations

Observer on November 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Having expectations about your own performance and that of your organisation is crucial to transformational leadership. Meeting targets is commendable, but surpassing them is even more satisfying. In a sit-down interview for a doctor of transformational leadership, Therese Turner-Jones explains how she managed to do just that during her current tenure as general manager of the Country Department Caribbean Group (CCB) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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‘No basis in fact’

Observer on November 27th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The following is the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (ODPP) response to article titled ‘Vybz Kartel’s lawyers move to gain access to entertainer’s phone’ carried by Loop Jamaica:

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Those hypocrites of Hippocrates

Observer on November 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The Hippocratic Oath is one of the oldest binding documents in history. The oath, written by Hippocrates, also known as the Father of Medicine, and who was a Greek physician in the Age of Pericles, is still held sacred by physicians today. Under the oath, physicians are sworn to treat the ill to the best of their ability, to preserve patients’ privacy, and to teach the secrets of medicine to the next generation, among other things.

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Can’t bury our heads in the sand while children suffer

Observer on November 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Our children are at risk in Jamaica. If one speaks with the Child Protection and Family Services Agency it is obvious that they are concerned. In the last few weeks the country has seen two child suicides, a five-year-old boy being killed and found close to his home, two children cold-bloodedly murdered in Spanish Town, and a boy mauled by a dog.

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Citizens play an integral role in fighting crime

Observer on November 26th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

It is never easy to lose a loved one. And without wanting to downplay the emotional effects that we, humans, feel whenever we have to bid an eternal farewell to a family member or close friend, it is more understandable, to a certain degree, when someone dies of natural cause or due to a prolonged illness. However, the pain is more excruciating when an individual, not to mention a child, is gunned down by some “waste man” who believes it is his right to end someone’s…

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Who will bell the ‘banker’s’ cat? — Part 2

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act does not list banking services among the 11 essential services recognised under the law. Parliament created a schedule with the list of services that are essential to our daily lives, giving the relevant minister the latitude to increase that list from time to time. A sound case can be made, in my opinion, to add banking to that list.

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Dry Harbour Mountains mining not worth environmental risks

Observer on November 25th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

With the tremendous jolt that the Jamaican economy has received from the novel coronavirus pandemic, and with economic forecasts indicating a slow recovery of the economy, one can understand and even find sympathy with any Government’s anxiety to find ways to create jobs and jump-start the economy. There is a tremendous burden that rests on the shoulder of any prime minister to find jobs for a population that has seen unemployment returning to 2016 levels, and so many finding it…

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The right to relations

Observer on November 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

This is an open letter to Jamaica to let her know that had she not gained Independence in 1962, gay rights would have more than likely been legal today.Had the British liberated the buggery law before 1962, instead of later in 1967, we could have more than likely been living in a totally different social reality as a former colony of Great Britain.

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Partnerships a must to tackle lifestyle diseases

Observer on November 24th, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

The experience of the novel coronavirus pandemic has been replete with lessons learnt, not the least of these the sobering reminder of the need to prioritise the prevention and care management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes, hypertension, and mental health disorders.

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Making it a safe Christmas

Observer on November 23rd, 2020 | File Under Commentary -

Chief Medical Officer Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie has given a stern warning: With 70,000 expected arrivals of Jamaicans for the Christmas holidays, we may very well see a COVID-19 spike in January. Oh, no!We have been counting the days for 2020 to be over, please give us a break 2021!

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