Tuesday, 15 August 2017

CHAT 'BOUT: Phillips on modernizing agriculture, Chisholm on freedom of speech, Matalon on Tracks & Records' global expansion...

"For Jamaica I believe this signifies the first time a local, home-grown concept has evolved into becoming an international franchise. This confirms Brand Jamaica's potential and gives us widespread hope that we can export many other Jamaican brands through this business model." — FranJam's Gary Matalon confirming news that they've inked a deal with Casual Dining Restaurants Group (CDRG) to open 15 Usain Bolt Tracks & Records branches in the UK over the course of the next 15 years
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"Over the last 30 years, we've had a tripling of the crime rate and the intake of cases into the system and the same number of courts. We are reaping the benefits of what we have sown because successive governments have treated the justice system like Cinderella without any hope of ever finding a prince." — DPP Paula Llewellyn speaking out on what she deems the decades of neglect of the judicial system by successive administrations resulting in an increased backlog of Home Circuit Court cases
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"Too many of our farmers still operate within the support of marketing, which is available to other farmers in other countries. I say this not to blame anyone, but just to make the point that as we go forward into the next phase of our Independence, we must determine not only to feed ourselves but to feed ourselves by supporting a modern farming community." — Dr. Peter Phillips addressing attendees at last week's 65th anniversary staging of the Denbigh Agricultural show in Clarendon
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"You definitely can't celebrate Prof. Brendan Bain's freedom of expression yet demonise others (like Bishop Howard Gregory and Garnett Roper) when they exercise their right to freedom of expression in a view with which you disagree." — Theologian Clinton Chisholm weighing in on responses to the Brendan Bain ruling and the renowned buggery-law debate
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"The output from schools creates society. Students have so many rights these days you wonder what is wrong. People in the 40, 50, 60 age groups came up in the old school system and have a better sense of what's right and wrong. Now that that is removed, everyone is doing their thing because they have rights. And then you have these demands being placed on youngsters and the outcomes are unfortunate, as in this case." — Meadowbrook High School principal, Michael Peart, responding to the shooting death of promising 17-year-old student and Arnett Gardens resident Mickolle Moulton






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