Thursday, 28 April 2016

CHAT ‘BOUT: Quotables from Pearnel Charles, Basil Waite, Michael Frater, and more

“The society should have a conversation about how we fund education under an austerity budget. Removal of auxiliary fees in a context where you do not have sufficient numbers of trained teachers at the pre-primary level is populist, not socialist and definitely not in the best interest of our development. To say you are removing auxiliary fees and not replacing the existing fees in each school is explicitly a policy of defunding schools, which must lead to poorer quality education.” – Former Government senator Basil Waite, commenting on the widely publicized auxiliary-fees debate, in a recent newspaper column
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“Bolt’s name is synonymous with Jamaica, and how we leverage that element of it, in determining the spin-off for the country, should have been explored more. Granted, there are issues because he himself is a brand, and therefore you will need that level of communication or dialogue with his team on the benefits for Jamaica.” – UTech lecturer Paulson Goldson urging local stakeholders to put more focus on capitalizing on Usain Bolt’s far-reaching legacy
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“I have not always got along with the MPs from either side of the house, and I propose to treat them fair but firm right across the Parliament. Over 90 percent of parliamentarians are not involved in ruckus in Parliament. A small number of us allow journalists to refer to us as the ‘Gangs of Gordon House.’ If it means that our behavior and decorum can lift that image, I am prepared to lead that. There is a perception that we have to change, that our parliamentarians are involved in riots in Parliament. We must lift the standard.” – Speaker of the House Pearnel Charles speaking out on the controversial behaviour of some colleagues in Gordon House
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“We’re been very dominant over the past 10 years, and I doubt we have lost a relay other than the World Relays last year. A lot of the guys are getting closer to the end of their careers, and Usain is saying he’s going to do this for about two more years. It’s the last go-round for most of us, and we are looking to continue our winning trend and end on a high.” – Michael Frater on the memorable farewell being planned for the Men’s 4X100M at the Rio Olympics this summer
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“I continue to maintain that there is a star in every ghetto youth. We understand your dreams, your ambitions, your aspirations, your energy, your enterprise and your industry, and the government has a duty to invest in that, to invest in you, and we are committed to doing that. We call upon the young men to exercise the right choice. Make a choice today. You are not going to be involved in the crime, the wrongdoing, the murder. And if every young men was to make that choice, the murder rate would go right down and the growth and employment would go right up.” – PM Andrew Holness delivering a strong message to Jamaican youth on Sunday at the New Testament Church of God in Montego Bay






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