Friday, 11 March 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Quotables from Ruel Reid, AJ Nicholson, Usain Bolt, and more

“This helps a lot of athletes; a lot of athletes really want to compete here. I think it’s a well-positioned meet because it’s just before the trials, so they can go out and compete and know where they are just before the trials. So it will be the right time for me. I don’t get to compete here that often, so the fact that I will be competing this year is motivation to work even harder to make sure that I will be in top form and run fast times to show the country that I am ready to go to Rio and do big things.” – Ace sprinter Usain Bolt welcoming the launch of the Racers Grand Prix, an IAAF-endorsed meet, set for June 11 at the National Stadium
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“The Prime Minister has taken a proactive role where the environmental management and climate change mitigation efforts are concerned, by situating this important portfolio in his office. With the environmental portfolio in the OPM, it will benefit from effective planning and coordination of government activities – and ensuring synergies in the land, water and housing portfolios, which are also situated in that office.” – The JLP’s Dr. Horace Change responding to concerns over the absence of a designated environment/climate change portfolio in the new 18-member cabinet
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“We have got to say to the nation, if we want greater output from the education system, we have to make sure we have our children much better prepared and brought up in their earlier stages. Whether it is Grade Six Achievement Test examination techniques [or] general parent awareness, we are going to use that media very aggressively to get the message across… We need to communicate effectively with the population, in terms of what the ministry is doing and what the rest of the Government is doing as a whole.” – Newly appointed Education minister Ruel Reid, outlining his approach to the responsibilities of his portfolio
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“Participation by women remains low at the highest levels of decision-making and there still appears to be a lack of political will to increase support for female politicians, especially in the area of campaign financing. But we’re hoping to step it up. [This] publication therefore recommends the adoption of affirmative action and intense advocacy to increase the number of directly elected women in the legislature.” – Culture/Gender Affairs/Entertainment/Sports minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange addressing Tuesday’s launch of the UNDP’s new release Where Are the Women?, at UWI’s Main Library, in observance of International Women’s Day
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“I am moving now into a new direction in my life and career, where I will have the opportunity to spend more time with my family, return to the international lecture circuit and to the Bar. Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to interact with some of Jamaica’s finest professionals within the civil service. I am grateful for all the help they have given me in delivering on my various portfolio responsibilities. I will always recall the kindness, proficiency and industry in their various areas of work.” – Former Foreign Affairs minister A.J. Nicholson on retiring from active politics after 44 years of service






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