Tuesday, 1 November 2016

CHAT ’BOUT: Too much ‘Spice’, justice deferred, and the current state of the arts

“I think we have only begun to scratch the surface of what is possible in the energy sector. Any country that has the vision to commit resources to protecting the environment and having clean air for its citizens is a country that is on the road to success. We are definitely on the threshold of great things for Jamaica and the rest of the region.” – JPS CEO Kelly Tomblin on the power of LNG to transform the energy sector, while supporting industrial development and economic growth
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“As far as I’m concerned, she was just a small blip on an otherwise great programme. The loss of column inches and air time to this discussion of this blip concerned me more, as we have so many other important issues to discuss and resolve. My criticism was for the many empty seats at the event, when I can think of so many Jamaicans who would have been very happy to attend.” – Observer columnist Jean Lowrie-Chin weighing in on the controversy over Spice’s performance at the recent Salute to Rio-lympians ceremony at the National Indoor Sports Centre
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“You hear about having breast cancer and you hear about chemotherapy. Nobody told me what it was like to lose a breast. For the first few weeks after surgery I just couldn’t look down. You still feel it; you still feel all the veins. Your nipple still itches you and when it’s nipping/healing you feel the pain deep down. I just had to learn to deal with one breast. Once you’re diagnosed, take immediate and aggressive action, get all your diagnostics done. It is expensive. Thank God I had insurance.” – Renowned journalist Christene King sharing her survivor story on the occasion of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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“Art imitates life, so too can life imitate art. We can bring about positive changes in our country by using this powerful medium to inspire our countrymen and women and conquer injustices. My hope is that as fellow Jamaicans, we will support our artists and build our nation through the richness of our culture and tenacity of our people. I call on our citizens and our government to support the arts at the community level. Expose our children to the merits of using their creativity and encourage them to become more rounded and caring individuals.” – Edna Manley College board chair Melanie Subratie reflecting on the state of the arts in Jamaica, as the college marks its 40th anniversary
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“As Minister of Justice, I feel that I am in a race against time to transform a system that has largely been neglected for several decades. The urgent and unyielding cry for justice in this country demands a response that is immediate. I assure you that this government views justice as a priority. We are even more determined to fix the ailing system with a sense of urgency.” – Delroy Chuck responding to the public outcry over the not-guilty verdict in the X6 Murder Trial (in the Home Circuit Court), which stunned the nation






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