Tuesday, 29 November 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: A Rhodes Scholar’s dream + Making Kingston ‘smarter’ + The real Usain Bolt stands up

“Trump supporters (mostly less educated white men and women) voted for him not because he gave them T-shirts, caps, armbands, curry goat and money, but because they bought into his vision of a USA better for them. I want to know what Jamaican voters vote for when they go to the polls. A growing number stays away, largely because of the disaffection with both political tribes… As we go to the polls, neither of the major parties offers us a national vision. Neither has published a manifesto, so we have nothing by which to judge their success (or failure).” – Gleaner columnist Peter Espeut assessing Jamaica’s political landscape and voter behaviour on the occasion of the 2016 Local Government Elections
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“What it is all about is that it affords us greater security – greater efficiency. It will put us on par with the rest of the world. In fact, I am pretty sure that we will become the first smart city in the region. We will ensure that from a safety perspective, you will be covered. To park on the road, you can use your phone to pay for a ticket. Internet Wi-Fi connectivity will be available so that you are always connected, meaning you can do your business while at a lunch meeting. You can therefore manage your affairs in the office and at home just because of the level of connectivity.” – Science and Technology minister, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, waxing optimistic about Kingston becoming a ‘smart city’ by the year 2020
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“Given the wealth of history that comes with the Rhodes Scholarship and given the magnitude of positive impacts that Rhodes Scholars before have had, this means that there is a great responsibility on my shoulders to ensure that I live up to that tradition, to make sure that I make as much a mark as others have before me. It means I have to do something worthwhile; it means that for all the investments that have been made in me, the fruits have started to show, and I’m grateful.” – New Rhodes Scholar Shakeba Foster expressing determination to meet and surpass the expectations that come with the prestigious and highly coveted scholarship
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“Given the realities and impact of international financial regulations, Jamaica must undertake the huge task of bringing the informal economy to book. Failing to do so will significantly hamper planning and development activities and affect Jamaica’s standing with international financial institutions.” – Jamaica Association for Micro Financing Chairman, Dr. Blossom O’Meally-Nelson on the urgent need for Jamaica’s regulatory framework and financial practices to comply with international standards
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“I live a simple life, you know what I mean? One of the things that made me really want to do this was people always saying: ‘Aw, this is not who he really is. He’s not always laughing. It’s not always fun for him.’ This is who I am. I really wanted to show people this is who I am. I like to have fun. I like to chill. I like to go out. That’s just a part of me. The part that people don’t see; that’s the part I want to show people behind the scenes, the hard work.” – Track-and-screen star Usain Bolt explaining why he agreed to let the cameras follow him around for his new documentary I Am Bolt, in theatres now






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