Saturday, 25 February 2017

CHAT ’BOUT: Dr. Peter Phillips on civic duty + Hardley Lewin on curbing criminality + PM Andrew Holness’ positive outlook

“There has been a general sense of hopefulness in the society, certainly as reflected in both the consumer index and the business confidence index. People are now saying we are going to invest again and we are seeing a kind of energy for future investments that we have not seen in a long time. There is actually hope that the country will grow and employment will increase.” – PM Andrew Holness reflecting on his JLP administration’s performance after one year in office and his optimism for future national growth and development
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“When the time comes and one contests national elections, and the issue of prime ministership comes up, it is all about service, not reward, to the candidate leading the party. Indeed it is a notion of vision that needs to be revived in the country because democracy at its highest level is really about a population mobilized to exercise our civic responsibilities to govern ourselves.” – Waiting-in-the-wings PNP leader Dr. Peter Phillips emphasizing the importance of service over self in moving Jamaica into a successful new chapter 
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“We’ve had difficulty getting students to the level that we want with Maths and Science over the years, and these subjects are critical components to the now economy and technology. So we have to find new ways. We’re happy that JN, as a private partner, has decided to try this new delivery, and the ministry endorses it.” – State minister for Education, Floyd Green, welcoming the launch of the Jamaica National-sponsored “Science Genius” project, aimed at improving student performance in Maths and Science by incorporating aspects of dancehall popular culture 
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“We have not made maximum use of all the tools that we have to deal with this matter, such as proceeds of crime, in a targeted and sustained manner. The tools are there, and if we start to target the thing seriously, then we will see where we have some gaps and plug the gaps as they occur. Criminality thrives in a state of disorder. We see it everyday and we live in it, and we have to start tackling that. And it can’t be a flash in the pan and then abandoned. It has to be sustained.” – Former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin adding his voice to the public outcry for more to be done to boost the fight against criminal elements across the island 
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“I wish to thank the Laureus World Sports Academy for this award, and I want to thank the fans for continuing to believe in me and for their support. Believe in your dreams and do not think limits. Remember anything is possible. I was just a youth from Jamaica, and now I’m recognized as one of the greatest athletes in the world. It’s all about believing in your dreams and working hard.” – Usain Bolt accepting the Laureus World Male Athlete of the Year award in Europe recently, in recognition of his outstanding achievements on the track in 2016






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