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Graham Power pulled no punches from his own self when he addressed a group of business leaders on Friday. The wealthy founder of the Power Group in South Africa told us that he had been involved in practices “which I was not proud of” in the earlier days of his business. He and other top construction company owners would share information on budgets for tenders, conspiring to inflate figures, pre-planning winners, and sharing the spoils.
Power’s business prospered and he enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle, but he said he experienced “a hunger for inner peace”. At 43 years old, he made a public commitment to Christ and decided that he would no longer participate in such practices. “My life was turned upside down,” he recalls, after he attended an event held by cricketer-turned-evangelist Peter Pollock in 1999.
Sunday February 8, 2015
MEDICINENET.COM defines amnesia as "an impairment to or lack of memory. The type of amnesia that aptly personifies Jamaica's citizenry, with regards to our attitude when faced with betrayal of public trust by our officials is retrograde amnesia, colloquially called the nine-day wonder mentality. This, as national disgust is exhibited for a few days, then we forget that such a scandalous incident ever happened, and it is business as usual.
This condition has plagued our country for too long and has cost us dearly, because successive governments and political parties, having studied the people's psychology, realise that we lack the intestinal fortitude to pressure governments over the long run when there is evidence of mismanagement of the country's resources and, in some instances, blatant corruption.
EXECUTIVE Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, has cited a need for urgent action to address low human development and high income inequality, locally and internationally, resulting from what he described as the implementation of "bad policies".
Speaking at the recent W D Carter Lecture at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester, on the theme: 'Corruption and its Impact on Economic Development in the Caribbean', Professor Munroe noted that the World Economic Forum identified income inequality as the number one risk for people globally, including Jamaica and the Caribbean, in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, February 2, 2015 (AMG) — With her embattled Attorney-General and her Minister of National Security accused of witness tampering in the midst of a critical election year for her coalition government, the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, forced the resignations of two senior Cabinet ministers, while taking the opportunity to announce sweeping changes across other cabinet portfolios.
In an address to the nation held this evening, Persad-Bissessar named Garvin Nicholas – an attorney and former Trinidad & Tobago High Commissioner to the United Kingdom – as the new Attorney General, following the resignation of Anand Ramlogan, who held the position since Bissessar’s People’s Partnership Administration came into power four and half years ago.
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that! -- Lewis Carroll, (27 Jan 1832-1898) mathematician and writer
"SYRIZA has been successful because of the economic crisis; but also because it is the only party that has managed to connect with what is happening in society," said 32-year-old Manos Avgeridis.
He was among hundreds of supporters packed into a tent plastered with banners and flags; many carrying the party's motto, "Hope is on its way".
"It's nice there is a party that wants to change the situation, because there was no hope," Katia Zagoritou, 34, told me as the radical leftist party's victory unfolded." [BBC News, Athens]
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) - Africa loses at least $50 billion (44 billion euros) a year to illicit practices like tax fraud, corruption and organised crime, a worrying situation that is hurting the continent's economies, a UN-mandated study group warned Sunday.
Illicit financial flows -- which range from international corporations dodging taxes to the trafficking of weapons and minerals -- are a barrier to creating jobs on the world's poorest continent, according to the group headed by ex-South African president Thabo Mbeki.