Friday, 16 October 2015

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Damion Crawford + Phillip Paulwell + Usain Bolt + Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce + Adam Stewart

“Jamaica has one of the best workforces of any English-speaking country in the Caribbean. In my own company, I have my own challenges from time to time, but it you are having challenges in your organization, it is not the people who work for you who are the problem, it is you as the leaders.” – Sandals International CEO and Caribbean hotelier of the year, Adam Stewart, addressing last weekend’s Jamaica Manufacturers Association 47th awards ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston

“I live for competition. It’s one of the joys to go out there to compete against the best because when you beat the best it shows that you are the greatest. I look forward to my teammate Yohan Blake coming back. I’m looking forward to the competition. It should be fun, and it makes the sport much more exciting.” – The World’s Fastest Man, Usain Bolt, discussing his plans for the 2016 track-and-field season as he commenced training at the UWI Mona Campus earlier this week 

“My father used to tell me that he used to have to trim [his hair] in the ’70s, and when he died I did it in honour of him. I grow my hair because he had to trim.” – State minister for Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford, (in an interview with The Star) explaining why he doesn’t consider himself Rastafarian 

“By the middle of next year, Jamaica will be the leading Caribbean country in terms of the use of renewable energy in our midst. We have US$200 million of investments taking place right now – not statements, not MOUs, not a ministerial announcement. These are projects that are happening. We have been slaves to heavy oil and diesel, and the beginning of the end of that period is well and truly on the way.” – Jamaica’s energy minister, Phillip Paulwell, speaking at Tuesday’s launch of JPS’ gas-conversion project at the power company’s Bogue plant in Montego Bay 

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Being in this position and being honoured with awards like these keep me grounded, because I’m not supposed to be here, when you think about the statistics and what they say about young people who come from places like Waterhouse, where I’m from. But there’s a saying that the plan that man has is not always the plan that God has. So to stand here makes me really proud to be able to empower those who are climbing and trying to overcome the odds stacked against them. I am constantly reminded that this journey is not just about me but for those looking on and are being inspired.” – Reigning sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce accepting a special award for contribution to Brand Jamaica, at the 2015 AMCHAM Business & Civic Leadership Gala at the Jamaica Pegasus on Tuesday

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