Saturday, 22 October 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Women at the crease, free health care, and future US-Jamaica relations

“For Jamaica and for the world, it’s a matter of having somebody in charge of the US you can reason with and who will see different points of view and will even understand that the US has some obligation to Jamaica as a big neighbour to a small neighbor.” – Political commentator Kevin O’Brien Chang sizing up the Trump/Clinton US Presidential race and the possible long-term implications for Jamaica 
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“Our current, poorly organized health care system will never be able to deliver quality health care. The continued misdiagnosis of “freeness” for “fairness” has caused both political parties to stay committed to free health care at the expense of reasonable, quality health care. As I noted before, some individuals will need free access, but nothing suggests that all individuals, including those who can afford health care, should equally receive free access.” – Former state minister Damion Crawford in a recent open letter to health minister Dr. Chris Tufton 
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“The customer is faced with the constant change in the utility landscape and, in some ways, that is good. But there is so much more that the customer can get at their end of the spectrum, and it is our job to help facilitate that reality. Jamaica is hosting this conference at an important time for us. As utilities regulators, we have our hands full in dealing with a number of issues pertaining to industry players and their role in nation-building.” – OUR Director-General Albert Gordon on their upcoming annual conference, set for Oct. 26-28, at Secrets Resort & Spa in St. James, under the theme “Regulations – Creating a Spectrum of Opportunities in the Caribbean” 
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“I definitely think our batting is one of the weakest points. If you look back at Trelawny, we fell down a few times down there, and even coming here [to Sabina Park], we batted first and just one time we got over 200 runs. So when you look at it, I think it’s kind of poor, seeing that you are playing at home. You actually want to dominate when you’re at home, and I don’t think we did that.” – West Indies women’s cricket captain Stafanie Taylor lamenting the uninspired performance that led to their loss to England earlier this week 
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“I think Clinton will follow similar policies like Obama. From the point of view of reaching out, particularly to small island states like Jamaica, we stand a good chance of getting better trade relationships with Hilary Clinton. She’s a lot more diplomatic than her opponent. She knows how to handle foreign policy, and the way she deals with Europe is going to be very important for us, especially in terms of oil prices.” – PSOJ Chief Executive Officer Dennis Chung waxing optimistic that Clinton’s ascension to the White House will be better for Jamaica






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