Friday, 13 May 2016

CHAT ‘BOUT: Quotables from PM Andrew Holness, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Audley Shaw and more

“We promised a threshold benefit of up to $1.5 million, and we have delivered on that commitment. It is the cries of these Jamaicans that we heard that led us to consider providing the $1.5 million tax relief for some of the neediest workers in our society. Under this new, expanded and exciting tax relief from this new government, many more Jamaicans will be able to participate in supporting the economic growth agenda.” – Audley Shaw, Minister of Finance and Public Service, opening the 2016 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Thursday 
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“Jamaica currently has the sixth highest homicide rate in the world. Though [this] is, by definition, an exceptionally violent country, it is also true, however, that most of the homicides happen in a relatively small number of troubled communities. People living in other parts of Jamaica are much less likely to be directly affected by the violence.” – UWI Mona-based professor Anthony Clayton on Jamaica’s crime/violence profile, in the wake of a firestorm over a CNN anchor’s description of the country as “extraordinarily violent” 
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“It is not just the creative side of our participants that is being developed. We create a space where young people who may not want to go through the formal system can go through the world of film, put mathematics into operation. The participants also learn about structure and discipline. That’s why film is perfect. It’s not just the creative aspect but all the other aspects that can contribute to a well-rounded individual.” – GATTFest’s Prof. Ian Boxhill on the wide-ranging benefits for filmmakers and other creative artists who participate in the yearly festival 
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“The ministry is aware that there are new issues emerging, and we are going to have to address these [issues]. We are going to have to respond when there is a need to respond, and we are going to have to be that voice, or that base, that will provide an avenue to deal with these matters amicably. That is one reason we have actually changed the name of the Bureau of Women’s Affairs to the Bureau of Gender Affairs. We know that there are various discussions taking place, and we want to be there to address them for both females and males, particularly our boys. They have been marginalized, especially as it relates to issues regarding their masculinity.” – Culture and Gender Affairs minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange on her ministry’s intention to examine national concerns pertaining to gender and sexuality issues 
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“Jamaica has not made the environment an important priority, but this government intends to ensure that while we pursue job creation, economic growth and avenues to prosperity, we equally pursue the sustainable development of our people. We will have to make every effort to do our part to create a sustainable environment.” – PM Andrew Holness speaking at the recent launch of Labour Day and National Worker’s Week at Jamaica House






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