Thursday, 28 March 2019

CHAT ’BOUT: Mr. Crawford regrets … Mrs. Vaz claps back at detractors … Calabar board under fire

“It’s really sexist to believe that because I am a woman married to a powerful man that I would need him to run my constituency. The truth is, anybody who knows us will laugh at such a suggestion.” – East Portland MP hopeful Ann-Marie Vaz voicing objection to talk that she’s not a strong leader 
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“I regret it because it gave the enemies tools, weapons against me, and nobody wants to give an enemy a weapon against you. But I didn’t say that to suggest any ill intent. I was giving a speech and part of giving a speech – as they would not know because they don’t give any speeches – is that you entertain as well as educate and motivate.” – East Portland MP hopeful Damion Crawford eating humble pie over his “trick you” comment to East Rural St. Andrew residents 
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“If you see plastic bags being openly displayed by vendors it is a breach, and so they are liable for prosecution because we have come out of the stage of overlooking the breaches. We are now into enforcement.” – CEO of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), Peter Knight, revealing that fines for breaching the new no-plastic bags rule are $50,000 under the NRCA Act and $12 million under the Trade Act 
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“Even if the [Calabar board] directly had no hand in the teacher being offered a buyout to quash the case, their actions precipitated the corrupt individual(s) who made that offer. One of the main concerns of education is for the socialization of moral principles. The board of Calabar needs to self-examine.” – Colin McDonald (CEO of Our Story Tours) in a letter to The Gleaner’s editor 
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“There is a serious problem of discipline and respect for authority at the school, which I attribute to a breakdown in leadership. The issue for me is not what occurred or the parties involved but, rather, why did these boys feel they could do this? Who made it okay for these things to happen? What has changed? One word: leadership.” – Calabar High old boy and former PTA president Paul Taylor pointing the finger at the school’s leaders for the recent hoopla on campus involving a physics teachers and members of the track team







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