With 2011 drawing ever so close, The Gleaner yesterday asked local figures to reflect on the past year

Published: Friday | December 31, 2010 Comments 0
Reneto Adams
Nancy Anderson
Sonique Campbell
Dramaine Jones
Conroy Ward
Dr Beverly Scott

Reneto Adams, retired senior superintendent of police

Best

1. The incursion in Tivoli Gardens to flush out gunmen and the capture of Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

2. Extradition of Dudus to the United States to stand trial.

3. Paying of nurses and teachers their retroactive pay.

4. Reduction in murders and the lowering of crime nationally.

Worst

1. The Government's apparent bargaining with US law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

2. Continuing upward trend in corruption at all levels in the society.

3. Increase in prices of goods and services threatening the departure of indigenous companies.

4. Continuous killing of women, children and elderly persons.

Nancy Anderson, legal officer for the Independent Jamaican Council for Human Rights

Best

1. Surviving another hurricane season without a great calamity. There were some problems but nothing much.

2. The team from Norman Manley Law School that went to South Africa and beat the rest of the world in a human-rights competition. It was the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition and three students from Jamaica came out as the best in the world.

3. Jamaica continues to do well in sporting events. I really believe involvement in sports is a very positive thing for young people.

4. The fact that we are now considering seriously dealing with corruption in the political parties and campaign financing. It appears as though it is being seriously dealt with.

Worst

1. The worst thing was the killing in West Kingston of 70-odd citizens which we are yet to have any real explanation on how they died or even how many.

2. Generally, the circumstances surrounding the Coke extradition and the state of emergency.

3. The political nonsense with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. It just overshadowed much more important things that were happening.

4. The increase in extrajudicial killings by the police.

Conroy Ward, manager, National Commercial Bank, Black River

Best

1. Dr Henry Lowe's cancer breakthrough

2. Reduction in murder rate

3. The increase In local and international private investments in Jamaica

4. Jamaica's Haiti response efforts.

Worst

1. Tropical Storm Nicole

2. The state of emergency

3. Triple murder in August Town

4. Battering of Jamaica's international image.

Dramaine Jones, Social Development Commission

Best

1. The Reggae Boyz winning the Digicel Caribbean Cup.

2. The increase in police presence on the streets.

3. The Jamaica Development Infrastructure Project

4. Increase in private investments.

Worst

1. The Tivoli incursion

2. The divestment of Air Jamaica

3. Tropical Storm Nicole

4. High gas prices.

Dr Beverly Scott, executive director, Family and Parenting Centre in Montego Bay, St James

best

1. The state of emergency

2. Jamaica passing the IMF test twice

3. The appreciation of the Jamaican dollar against foreign currencies

4. Reduction in crime and violence.

Worst

1. The Tivoli incursion,

2. Destruction of property and loss of life from tropical storms

3. The murder of young children

4. Increased gas prices.

Sonique Campbell, University of the West Indies student

Best

1. Schoolboy football, which was very exciting

2. Crime and violence reduction - the rate of reduction from last year to this year

3. The Jamaica Constabulary Force stamping down on corrupt police

4) Chris Gayle scoring 300.

Worst

1. The Christopher 'Dudus' Coke case

2. Tropical Storm Nicole in September

3. The lotto scam

4. Multiple accidents all over Jamaica.






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