Friday, 31 August 2018

CHAT ’BOUT: Quotables from Johnny Gourzong, Pamela Lawson, St. Jago High’s Damario Patterson, and more

“Principals are not extortionists. The dollar grind hits their funds, too. Their responsibility is to be accountable for all that the Government and parents contribute and to make sure, upon pain of losing their job, that no child is excluded from school because of poverty.” – Opposition spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites 
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“We want to make [schoolboy] football even bigger than Champs, so we are going to be investing a lot of our money – and even money from Champs, if necessary – into football in such a way to ensure that the product is good.” – ISSA President, Dr. Walton Small 
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“I am confident that we have the potential, but as people we need to regain our civility towards each other and to understand that you have to maintain law and order if you are going to move forward… I see a country that will be an outstanding nation in the world. We have the potential. We have shown it in so many different ways.” – Reggae Sumfest co-founder and new Order of Distinction honoree Johnny Gourzong 
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“I urge Jamaicans, the media and well-meaning individuals to temper the sensationalism. Let not the many injuries and lives that have been lost over the years by dog attacks be in vain. Let us come together and responsibly learn from mistakes of other nations, implement a national strategy and amend our legislation to address this scourge on our society.” – Pamela Lawson, Head of the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals 
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“I aimed to get a perfect score, even though I was severely handicapped by not having an electronic device such as a laptop to work with. It required me to stay back at school very late sometimes.” – Future lawyer Damario Patterson (St. Jago High, 11 distinctions, 2018 CSEC Exams)







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