Friday, 27 November 2015

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Mark Wignall’s JLP challenge + Marva Bernard looks back + Andrew Holness on visionary leadership, and more

“Government requires a vision, which the PNP does not have. Government requires decisiveness, structured and articulated in a way that everyone understands it and has to be sold. Under a JLP government you will see advocacy in leadership in the right direction. You will also have inclusion, which is very important for the Jamaican people.” – Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on why Jamaicans should vote for his JLP team to form the next government
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“With the JLP now jumping up and prancing again, that party has not presented the potential electors with any tangible and believable solutions to the upsurge in violent crime, the perennial breakdown in the public health system, funding education beyond political gimmickry and creating jobs for school-leavers.” – Sunday Gleaner columnist Mark Wignall challenging the Jamaica Labour Party to step up the work on the campaign trail
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“While we are disappointed to not be back for 2016, rest assured that we really tried to make 2016 a reality. However, things just did not work out. Therefore, instead of trying to push and stage a festival that would be of our usual standard, we decided to postpone it. In the lead-up to our 20th anniversary [in 2017], we are planning a number of teaser events and one-night-only concerts that you are going to love.” – Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival organizers issuing a statement announcing the cancellation of next year’s staging
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“It is not enough to say that there is no money or to engage in our favourite pastime of finding scapegoats for everything that goes wrong. You see, when we find a scapegoat it lets us off the hook. It is the same old story, and finding someone to blame, which is a lot easier than finding what is wrong with the system and taking the hard decisions that must be taken to gain the advantage of improvement.” – Noted educator and social entrepreneur Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson reflecting on the epic struggle to improve Jamaica’s health sector
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“There ought to be full consideration of the educational needs of likely population increase, and it is done systematically or it has not been done. I am insisting now that we should comply with that to make sure that we don’t have any more crisis situations.” – Education minister Rev. Ronald Thwaites discussing future infrastructural development locally and regionally to increase the capacity of schools
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“We have built on what others that have gone before us left behind, and we helped to make netball a household game. The biggest disappointment was not being able to win a medal at the World Cup, but that’s sports, that’s life. But if you go for something and you do not succeed, you try and try again. I leave the sport knowing that I gave everything and more. I leave the sport knowing that I helped move it from one stage to the next.” – Former president Marva Bernard reflecting on her leadership of Netball Jamaica after 10 years
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“Any country that’s going to advance and develop in a meaningful way must recognize and celebrate teachers. The Ministry of Education is certainly committed to removing the barriers, working with our colleagues across the sector and ensuring that we recognize and reward those who are excelling at the craft.” – Dr. Maurice Smith, newly appointed permanent secretary in the education ministry, championing the island’s hardworking educators





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