Saturday, 19 March 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Quotables from Kamina Johnson-Smith, Burchell Whiteman, PM Andrew Holness, and more

“There are many investors who are interested in coming to Jamaica and putting their money down in recycling the plastics and paper, but we have to have the laws in place to make it easy for them to recycle, and easy for them to do business in Jamaica….. We want the Caribbean to know, we want the world to know, that Jamaicans take care of their environment and take care of the God-given assets that we have.” – Prime Minister Andrew Holness making it clear that, contrary to recent flak, environmental issues to matter to his administration
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“We are now almost 20 years on, coming to the view that the entire system is showing up deficits in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis and people being able to reason. So I am not about to bash the system before or since Common Entrance. But I believe that as a community, we have to look at how we can get the best out of what we have, so that students can begin to enjoy learning, which I think is fundamental.” – Former Education minister Burchell Whiteman reflecting on the GSAT exam and what it has achieved for the education system
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“It doesn’t just impact women as individuals. It impacts their family, the children who are likely to become perpetrators or victims of violence when they become adults. It affects their productivity. It affects their self-esteem and it has such a knock-on effect on lives that I feel very deeply. It is something that affects us more than we realize, as a people trying to get to the heart of how violent our society is. I feel it is one of our root causes that needs to be fixed.” – Newly appointed foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson-Smith adding her two cents to the raging debate on violence against women
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“No one person in the PNP is responsible for the Election defeat. We all are. We entered together, campaigned together and got defeated together. It is not an issue of us versus them, as some would want to make it out to be. We all share collective responsibility. Of course, there is individual accountability. This is where the party needs to be responsible, level-headed and show maturity in its assessment of how to treat those persons.” – PNP spokesman Delano Franklyn weighing in on his party’s defeat at the Feb. 25 polls in a recent newspaper column
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“I see a very powerful vision in Vision 2030 and building on that vision. What I try to do is to interpret that vision in the different sectors that we focus on, like for instance logistics, BPO and tourism, and to find new sectors where we feel Jamaica has a competitive advantage. We have some amazing logistics projects in the pipeline. What I’m looking forward to this year is improving the rate of implementation of projects and improvement in the business environment that we are working on.” – Jampro president Diane Edwards on efforts to advance the work to grow Jamaica’s creative industries






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