Friday, 6 May 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Quotables from Alia Atkinson, Glen Mills, Michael Lee Chin, and more

“The world record in 2014 is undoubtedly my biggest career achievement so far. I view it as a symbol of achievement not just for my country but for my race. It is not just my achievement. And I hope that my accomplishment will have a positive impact on the swimming scene in Jamaica, in that, athletes can envision longevity in the sport on the international stage. My focus for Rio 2016 is to swim a perfect race; there must be nothing more I could have done.” – Swimming sensation Alia Atkinson, the new Rainforest Seafoods ambassador, talking records and plans for the Rio Olympics 
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“Against all odds, as captain, Wes Morgan demonstrated solid determination and the will to win in leading his team to a modern-day fairytale ending. Leicester’s accomplishment will go down as one of the greatest achievements in sport, and we are so proud that it happened under the captaincy of a Jamaican.” – Digicel CEO David Butler, heaping praise on inspirational soccer star Wes Morgan, who recently led English club side Leicester City to a historic hold on the Barclay’s Premier League title
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“I have found myself in a unique position, where I am in a position of influence with my brand; where I can use that brand and enhance Jamaica and enhance a better way of living here. My children were born here; they go to school here. I live here. So why not use that to do that?” – Grammy winner Shaggy, co-director of the Chris Dehring-led Ready TV, on using his star power and creative influence to push Brand Jamaica forward
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“With prosperity, crime will go down because it’s like a baby. When the baby is born, he does not come with a gun in his hand. The baby was born innocent. But if you had to go through what some people have to go through, you would say, ‘Boy, my life is cheap!’ – Michael Lee Chin, Chairman of the newly formed Economic Growth Council, on strategies to tame the crime monster and spur economic growth
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“We are on the cutting edge of technology, and we are trying to acquire a lot of equipment that is now available in the scientific world, simple machines that can make [athletes] recover in an hour or less from an exhausting training session or competition. We would like to be part of using equipment that can put us on another level. We have done very well without them, but we need to ensure that we stay ahead of the competition.” – Racers Track Club president and head coach, Glen Mills, on benefits to be derived from the inaugural staging of the Racers Grand Prix next month






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