Monday, 24 December 2018

CHAT ’BOUT: Orville Taylor on Buju’s return; Damion Crawford on poverty vs. crime; CAC’s Dolsie Allen on the impending plastic ban, and more

“We know the dangers. We see them when we have clean-ups, so we are asking persons to, as best as possible, avoid using these single-use plastic items. We are encouraging persons to adhere to the stipulation of the ban. We are for a safe environment, and we will support any move by the Government that will ensure that our children and grandchildren live in a safe environment.” – CEO of the Consumer Affairs Commission, Dolsie Allen, on the planned January 1 implementation of national ban on some single-use plastic items
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“Of course, I am happy to have the Gargamel back and even more gratified that he completed a Master’s degree while incarcerated. However, unless we believe that he honestly did not do the crime and was framed, he deserves no hero’s welcome, because we must have zero tolerance for lawlessness, as we must to corruption and nepotism, all of which fuel crime.” – Columnist Dr. Orville Taylor on the jubilant reaction to Buju Banton’s long-awaited return to Jamaica
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“We have seen in Jamaica where poverty goes down and crime goes up. Therefore, there is no shared direction. We also know that 500,000 people live below the poverty line. We have bought into a lie created by the wealthy that poverty caused crime. If poverty caused crime, that is a great alibi for the rich.” – PNP Vice-President Damion Crawford speaking at a recent PNPYO fundraiser in Montego Bay
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“It is time to convict the big-money handlers with equal zeal as one would the ackee thief.” – Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), Prof. Trevor Munroe
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“The truth is there is no need for Government to own an oil refinery; there is no rationale to it. An oil refinery is a commercial activity that has to be owned by business people, run by businessmen whose interest is to have the most efficient plant operation and get the best deal for the plant. That is just plain common sense.” – Security minister Dr. Horace Chang addressing the MoBay Chamber of Commerce 2018 awards banquet in St. James







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