Tuesday, 8 August 2017

CHAT ’BOUT: Less ‘talk’ for Cabinet ministers; Did we fight for Independence?; Bolt the all-time champion…

“Unlike so many nations, we never had to fight for our Independence. We qualified for that Independence on the basis of our own economic, cultural and political development, the stability of our democracy and the distinction of our natural resources. Remaining a colony at a time when most former British, French, Belgian and Portuguese colonies were gaining Independence around the globe would have been a backward step.” – Political historian Troy Caine reflecting on Jamaica’s 55-year journey as an Independent West Indian nation 
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“A board as critical as the FLA should not be subjected to political appointments as this places the country at risk of legally arming the wrong persons. We run the risk of turning a blind eye to the late 1970s when, as a nation we [were] plunged into a dungeon of political civil war led by the political powers of the time.” – Trelawney-based clergyman Devere Nugent weighing in on the recent controversy surrounding the Firearm Licensing Authority
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“If there are any breaches above that [amount] then arrangements will have to be made by respective ministers to pay from their salaries or other arrangements. Based on our survey of rates and usage, we expect you would have voice charges, data charges, opportunities [to use] Wi-Fi, roaming charges, etc. Certainly $40,000 is a reasonable amount. Cabinet reviewed the proposal and we agreed on that.” – Information minister Ruel Reid announcing (at a recent post-Cabinet press briefing) that Government had approved a cap of $40,000 on the monthly mobile and closed user group bills of Cabinet ministers 
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“There are so many things over the years that I have done, that I have made myself proud, and I am happy with my career. I think it went well. I wished I could have finished on a high, but it was one of those things… I think I put a little pressure on myself. I know if I didn’t get in the race early I would be in trouble, and I think I might have played that on my mind a little too much. I tried to get back in the race as quickly as possible, but it wasn’t enough.” – The World’s Fastest Man giving his post-race analysis of the Men’s 100M final at the London World Championships, where he took the bronze medal behind Americans Justin Gatlin (gold) and Christian Coleman (silver) 
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“Usain has caused, and will continue to cause us, to walk with our heads held high as Jamaicans. In terms of his performance on the track, he’s had no equal and I’m very proud and grateful for all that he’s done. He will forever be our champion.” – Sports minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange heaping praise on legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, who is retiring from athletics after this season’s IAAF World Championships






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