Saturday, 12 December 2015

QUOTES OF THE WEEK: VCB eyes Olympic gold + Douglas Graham talks business moves + Imani Duncan-Pryce on the public spotlight, and more

“If I’m able to win gold in the 100M then that would be great. If I don’t then I don’t think it’ my destiny. So I just focus on training, on preparation, on execution and just see what happens. I think it would be the icing on the cake. I’m very satisfied with all that I have achieved, but that does not mean that I’m not willing to earn more. I still want to achieve everything that God has for me, but so far I think I’ve been blessed.” – Sprint icon and Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) honoree Veronica Campbell-Brown reflecting on her Olympics legacy and her future

“As a woman who has led her life pretty much on her own volition and because of my father, by virtue of his commitment to Jamaica, who was known as a revolutionary in the 1970s when I was born, I grew up in the spotlight. That’ nothing new to me. It’s just part of my life. And what I have learnt is that there is no private and public life for me. It’s just my life.” – MP hopeful Imani Duncan-Pryce of the PNP on the public scrutiny that’s come with vying for the St. Andrew East Rural seat

“The JLP and its leader, Andrew Holness, are up to something by focusing as incessantly as they have been on undecided and young first-time voters. Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 years continue to exist on the margin, socially and economically. To the extent that Andrew and the JLP can sell them a vision that could move them from poverty to prosperity, it is to the same extent that they could change the political reality and outcome of the next election.” – Newspaper columnist Christopher Burns weighing in on JLP strategies on the campaign trail

“We have no plans for another cinema in Mandeville. Mandeville never generated enough resources to keep a cinema viable, and we tried for many years. We lost between $8 and $10 million every year. We were long-suffering in that area and do not have plans to go back. We would like to expand in the Corporate Area, but we just haven’t found the right location.” – Chairman of Palace Amusement Limited, Douglas Graham, outlining his company’s mid-to-long term plans heading into the New Year

“I am really honoured to have been asked to serve in this role, which seeks to forge stronger ties between Jamaica and New Zealand. Many people are not aware that a number of Jamaican post graduate students are currently in New Zealand on full scholarship from the government. I am hoping that we can build on the commerce and trade relationship and increase business between both nations in a mutually beneficial way.” – GraceKennedy CEO, Don Wehby, in response to his recent appointment as New Zealand’s honorary consul in Jamaica

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