Thursday, 12 June 2014

CHAT 'BOUT: Colourful comments from Lisa Hanna, Cindy Breakspeare, Tessanne Chin, Althea McKenzie and Usain Bolt

"I hope to be back in competition soon, but how soon will depend on my training in the next few weeks. It is important for me to take my time as I have three tough years ahead, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 as I attempt to defend my World and Olympic titles. I definitely plan to compete this season and will continue to work hard with my coach, who I have the utmost confidence in to get me fit and ready to compete." Sprinter Usain Bolt explaining his withdrawal from a couple of upcoming meets, delaying the start of his competitive 2014 season 
"Thanks for the stellar work that you do and will continue to do as we embark on the next 10 and 25 years. Children need input; they need time, they need dedication. And at the end of the day it is not enough to just check the boxes; we have to do more. It is time that we take back our country from what we see happening to our nation's children." Youth and Culture minister Lisa Hanna giving an impactful message at a recent thanksgiving service to mark the 10th anniversary of the Child Development Agency (CDA) at the Church of the Open Bible, Washington Boulevard, Kingston. 
"Everybody can't like what you do. If they do then you're not doing anything. So you're gonna have that little edge, that little controversy. But it's my truth, and my story to tell as I choose. And other people don't get to edit it. I get to do that." Cindy Breakspeare responding to dissenting talk stemming from her presentation of the 17th Bob Marley Lecture at the UWI Mona Campus. Breakspeare is currently at work on her first book project. 
"I think it has changed tremendously over the years. Certainly it's a new brand of journalists. There is significantly more training taking place now at CARIMAC than you used to have in days gone by. And I think that is good for the profession. But specifically as it relates to broadcast journalism in Jamaica there is still a lot of work to be done." Independent Talk's Althea McKenzie on the state of the Jamaican media landscape du jour 
"I am looking forward to continuing to work with Digicel promoting Caribbean culture through my music, as well as continue supporting its many community-based initiatives across the region." Singer-songwriter Tessanne Chin on her appointment as the newest Digicel brand ambassador 

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