Saturday, 20 December 2014

SOUND BYTES OF THE WEEK: Ron Muschette goes 'Mello' + Ed Bartlett welcomes US-Cuba truce + Simpson-Miller delivers land titles, and more

"Parting doesn't mean we don't love each other any more, but you've got to go. It's time to grow and I have to move on. Let's look to the future with optimism... I asked my agent to check out the markets and we went searching and found what we think is the best deal... I've signed a new deal with Mello FM... I'm going back home to Montego Bay, where it all began. It's gonna be a lot of fun, a new beginning." — Ace radio host Deron 'Ron' Muschette on transitioning from IRIE FM to Mello FM, where he'll host The Perfect Mix with Ron, starting January 5. 

"There is still a lot more that needs to be done and it's not just regulations, it is not just tax policies; there is a lot of different things. So I think that is going to be the area of focus, at least in the short term, and to continue the advocacy work that has been developed under the previous administration." — Newly elected PSOJ boss, William Mahfood, outlining the priority items in his approach to the presidency 

"Land titles provide people with security of tenure. When you feel secure you can better plan your life. Your family situation is more stable. People who own the land on which they live have a greater stake in their communities. Ownership is vital for building wholesome communities and for giving Jamaicans a feeling of responsibility for their communities. Those of you who have not been paying your property taxes, please do so. You officially own a piece of The Rock and have to help to maintain it."  PM Portia Simpson-Miller addressing a ceremony at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen, where she handed over 40 land titles to residents from several Clarendon communities 

"We are aware that the Government, along with the NHT, has a lot of work to do in reigning in the confidence of the people because there was a need for better communication. Going forward, the people of Jamaica will be priority, and we will be working hard to engage the public more." Information Minister Sandrea Falconer announcing that a new board for the National Housing Trust will appointed come April 2015, in the wake of controversy surrounding the purchase of the Trelawny-based Outameni attraction 

"Given that the USA is our largest trade partner and Cuba is our closest neighbouring state, there will clearly be new opportunities for discussions on trade and also deeper economic collaboration between Jamaica, Cuba and the USA. We look forward to discussions on this cooperation, particularly in the areas of tourism and the development of our logistics hub capabilities, and we encourage continued steps towards the full removal of the trade embargo, which will certainly unlock the gates to free trade among the Americas." Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs and foreign trade, Ed Bartlet, responding to the resumption of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States

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