Friday, 12 August 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Stephen Francis on the Fraser-Pryce/Thompson ‘rivalry’, Ronald Jackson on disaster mitigation, and more

“[The rivalry] doesn’t affect me. Our camp is one where we train people to beat the ones that are already established because I believe that is one way to keep the ones that are already established on their toes. If they can’t manage that kind of pressure, they will drop by the wayside. But that is the way I believe things are to be done. We always have youngsters who come up to challenge those who are already established, and I hope that will always be the case. You try your best not to pick favourites and ensure that everyone understands it’s a performance thing.” – MVP head coach, Stephen Francis, assessing the rivalry between his firebird sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, who are both competing at the Rio Olympics this summer

“I do believe that a lot of work has gone into the operational apparatus in various countries. There are gaps in terms of the resources and the coordination of a joint government approach, which needs to be strengthened. The fact that we have a lot of coastal communities across the Caribbean is going to put a lot of pressure on the ability of the existing resources to be able to deal with the demands that can be generated beyond the scale and scope of a category one hurricane or tropical storm.” – Ronald Jackson, Executive Director of the Caribbean Development Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), on strengthening emergency services across the region through increased investments

“I am extremely pleased with and surprised by the amount of work that our Brazilian friends have put into the Games. They have now become the benchmark for what other developing countries can do. Expectations are always high when it comes to our athletes, but we should put all this in perspective and understand that once they perform to the best of their abilities that is victory in itself.” – Maurice Wilson, technical leader of Jamaica’s squad at the Rio Olympics, anticipating a strong medal haul

“Education has been, for me, a partnership exercise. No matter how much money we spend from the national budget, we will need to spend more. It is the most valuable and rewarding investment that any country or company can do. Our children deserve the best education possible and, as such, we must not compromise.” – PM Andrew Holness addressing Tuesday’s launch of the National Bakery Foundation’s Little Leaders Programme at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston

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