Friday, 20 November 2015

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: Paula Daley-Morris steps up + Donna Parchment makes history + Kelly Tomblin speaks out + PM Simpson-Miller keep ‘em guessing

“We have been taking a very professional approach to transition. We have the services of a change management company, and we are looking into the organization to see how we have been doing things. We can’t make wholesale changes. There has to be a process, and we are trying to understand where we are today as a body. I want to leave the association in good standing. I want to leave a structure that is good, so the company can develop.” – Newly installed President of Netball Jamaica, Paula Daley-Morris, outlining the vision she has for leading the sporting body into a successful new era
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“We have nothing to be ashamed of, and I think we did exceptionally well. It is unfortunate what took place in respect of the deaths of the neonates. But it is something that takes place regularly in conditions such as those. The technical officers and medical persons tried their best to save those who could have been saved. It had nothing to do with the stewardship of the board.” – Outgoing chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority, Calvin G. Brown, defending his stewardship of the board and the efforts of staff at the Cornwall Regional Hospital
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“I intend to have my eyes wide open; this is not a time for naiveté, nor is it a time to be so puffed up that you are judgmental or lose sight of the genuine ebb and flow of the political process. I will try to ensure that where laws are at risk of being broken, where conventions and rules are at risk of being ignored, and where is likely to occur, that as a far as possible I play a preventive and corrective role.” – Donna Parchment Brown in response to creating history as Jamaica’s first appointed female political ombudsman and the fourth ombudsman to hold office since Independence
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“Crime cannot be tackled in Jamaica without a holistic, integrated approach – precisely the kind of approach being taken by [Peter] Bunting today. Crime fighting is more that policing, though hard policing is necessary and needed at this time. For us to successfully tame the crime monster we have to take the precise approach that Bunting is taking. Bunting is on the right track.” – Sunday Gleaner columnist Ian Boyne reflecting on the security minister’s “security surge” in response to Jamaica’s spiralling crime-and-violence rate
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“The departure of Dr. Fenton Ferguson from the Ministry of Health should not be the end of the dialogue on health care. This should be the beginning of a plan of action to fix the many deficits pointed out in the August audit. And when the emotions die down and the lynch mob dispersed, we need to look objectively at what the Ministry of Health accomplished of failed to accomplish from 2011 to 2015.’ – Prof. Basil Wilson assessing the state of the country’s health sector in the wake of Dr. Ferguson’s departure as Minister of Health
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“I think JPS is just getting started. We have 1700 of the most intelligent, creative people I have ever met. We are looking at storage and how we can combine that with solar. We are going out everywhere, making sure we are best in class. So JPS is, I wouldn’t want to say just getting started, but we really are at our foundation level. We [have] a vision that sees us doing a lot more and a lot more innovation, with a lot more different people.” – President & CEO of the Jamaica Public Service, Kelly Tomblin, responding to complaints that the light and power company has been dipping into the solar energy sector
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“It is always important for leaders to identify the right time to call an election, and that’s exactly what I am doing. My Almighty is my maker and my master, and anytime I get the urge I’ll know it is the right time to do so.” – Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller keeping Jamaicans in suspense as the countdown to the 2015 General Elections intensifies




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