Friday, 30 October 2015

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Sir Patrick Allen + Orville Powell + R. Danny Williams + Patricia Sutherland + Donovan Howard + Keneea Linton-George + Prof. Stephen Vasciannie

“As a society, we sometimes seem to forget that prisoners are human beings. Our inclination may be to suggest that the criminals deserve harsh treatment for they have brought it upon themselves by their criminality. This perspective takes us below the civilized standards we must respect. Now, in Jamaica, we can deny these conditions or we can cast a blind eye at them. The better approach, though, is to consider what we may do to improve the situation. And, in this context, I believe there is a strong case for accepting the offer by the conservative British Prime Minister David Cameron to contribute to the construction of the new facility.” – University lecturer and former Jamaican Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, speaking at the recent launch of Dialogue Between Democracies, hosted by the Caribbean Research Unit and the US Embassy in Kingston
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“The framework of the conversational sessions that will take place during the project is built on the core principle of love and assisting to awaken the greatness in individuals, so that they can impact their communities. This will be done by providing the necessary skills and tools to ultimately lead to a powerful and positive transformation.” – Chairman of the JMMB’s Joan Duncan Foundation, Patricia Sutherland, describing the impetus driving the national initiative Conversations for Greatness, a two-year-long project to be implemented in 128 primary and secondary schools islandwide
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“The work, for me, begins now. The decision was a timely one. A couple months ago, I would have never thought I would be sitting here. I have always been urged to do so, but what impacted me was that game against Nicaragua at the National Stadium. I saw how far our football could have been impacted had we failed to move on. There needs to be a healing process. Jamaica has been on a steady decline in fortunes since 2009. Jamaica has gone from being a powerhouse to a lackey, in footballing terms.” – MoBay businessman and former St. James FA president Orville Powell, announcing plans to vie for the presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation later this year
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“If you are going to run a school there are a few things that must happen. First, board members have to be chosen very carefully for their competence; no friend business. You have to get persons with special skills. You need lawyers, persons with financial skills and people with good management experience. The same thing I need for the Sagicor board, or any other business, is the same thing needed to run a school efficiently.” – Sagicor Chairman R. Danny Williams addressing last week’s Camperdown Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel
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“It is unfortunate that we are still pointing fingers at who should be doing more foe the designers in the industry, instead of finding ways to positively impact the industry with resources we have and collaborate with others in the industry. I have heard enough about government not doing enough. We are a Third World country with economic challenges. The government would rather invest in agriculture than fashion.” – Fashion designer and Mission Catwalk producer Keneea Linton-George addressing a Style Observer round-table on the Business of Fashion in Kingston last week
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“What we plan to do to separate ourselves is to keep a certain standard and don’t go below it. We plan to create products that are cinematic. Because almost no one shoots with film anymore, techniques and production standards have fallen. We plan to keep the standards in order to produce cinematic and 35mm-looking movies and videos.” – Head of New York-based Massive Entertainment Group, Donovan Howard, on launching operations in Kingston next month
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“You have to adapt to the changing times. The best way to bring in the future is to invest in the future and within this room we have the young people with the potential to make that difference.” – Governor General Sir Patrick Allen motivating youngsters at an ‘I Believe’ youth consultative conference held at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville recently




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