Monday, 7 March 2016

CHAT ‘BOUT: Quotables from Ambassador Richard Bernal, Ian Boyne, Dr. Walton Small, and more

“The question that one has to ask oneself is, ‘Is it good enough to destroy or enjoy the legacy built by others, or are you going to do something to enhance the legacy?’ Many have come and paid lip service as to how the product can be improved but have not made an attempt to act on proposals. It is against this background that I want to say thanks to GraceKennedy for converting an idea into action.” – ISSA President Dr. Walton Small imploring corporate entities to partner with his organization to improve the ‘Boys & Girls Champs’ brand
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“I am pleased to be given the opportunity to serve the University of the West Indies. I have always had an abiding love for the institution, where I was a student and lecturer. Returning to UWI and the Caribbean is a homecoming. I am fully committed and looking forward to the challenge and to give back to the institution, which provided the foundation of my career….. The priority on which I am focused is to facilitate the students and staff to realize their full potential in a university which is a global brand of the highest standards.” – Renowned Jamaican diplomat Ambassador Richard Bernal on joining the University of the West Indies as Pro-Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
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“The staff is committed to delivering health care, which is in line with our quality definition statement. This states that at KPH, quality is the delivery of timely, efficient, courteous and effective service, which is accessible to all. Even with the constraints, even with the overcrowding, even with the infrastructural challenges, the staff is committed to delivering quality service.” – Acting Senior Medical Officer at the Kingston Public Hospital, Dr. Natalie Whylie, attributing the longevity of the hospital (celebrating 240 years this month!) to the dedication of the staff
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“They want to know their Member of Parliament; they want to talk to him; they want him or her to listen and to share their own views because a lot of the people who are in St. Elizabeth not only do they recognize the problems they are facing, they have suggestions for solutions. So I think all of those things: a well-run campaign, a well-structured campaign, a campaign that was message and issue-based, but not about personality, and a team that was dedicated, motivated and wanted to see change I think all of that led to the outcome.” – MP Floyd Green (South-West St. Elizabeth) on the factors that made him victorious in the Feb. 25 General Elections
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“Holness brought together a team of rivals in his party and pulled off a victory over a super-confident and stunned PNP. We must now hold his feet to the fire and force him to walk the talk. We must give him no honeymoon. And we in media and civil society must keep this speech and ensure that there is no gap between rhetoric and action. He must not allow the people’s dream to become a nightmare.” – Columnist and political commentator Ian Boyne reflecting on PM Andrew Holness’ speech at King’s House on Thursday






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