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What do you think about student athletes being recruited by 'brand-name' high schools?
Considering the record of most of the athletes who have made this move, there is nothing wrong with it. A majority of our Olympians have done this and it has made their careers better, so why not?
- Evrol Realjamrock Bell
I'm all for it. Just imagine the competition to get a top-class 'baller'; it would be like the BPL or the Spanish League, etc. Also, the brand-name high schools usually have a good track record of academic excellence, so this may also spill over to athletes who may not be so academically gifted.
- Roshaine Bailey
Great idea! This is healthy competition. I'm for it, as long as these schools put some effort in the athletes' well-being as much as they do in the talents they seek to harvest.
- Conroy Ritchie
No problem. If better comes without negative future ties, by all means, step up.
- Sharon Sam
It is a good thing; motivation for the other players. With this strategy, Jamaica may no longer require overseas players for our national team in the near future.
- Ruel Porter
Welcome to the world of competitiveness! If a school can offer more to an athlete to support growth and development, then as Jamaicans, we should be glad for that athlete. In the end, the country will be better off, as we can guarantee that for years to come we will be getting Olympic gold, silver and bronze in all the races that matter!
- T. Easy
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Online comments on Friday's A2 story, 'PNP gives thumbs up to first year in power.'
What do they say about self-praise? It is never a good idea to pat yourselves on the back. I am happy about the help they are giving with assistance from Food For the Poor and the private sector to the victims of Sandy. However, I live in London, and I am being told you can't walk on the streets for people begging in Jamaica these days. So what is there to celebrate about the PNP's first year in office?
The economy is down, and this time, remittances are also drying up, as people are losing their jobs abroad.
- Voice of Reason
Thumbs up? This is a joke! This is the most dismal performance I have ever seen of the PNP in all my years. Not even the 18 years plus of PNP wreckage can be compared to this first year of their current tenure. I have seen nothing but suffering, pain, hardship, despair, hunger and starvation on the faces of the masses since this party came in power!
I would agree that the country seems rudderless and leaderless. JEEP is just a gimmick that provides work for a week or two, then it's back to the street corners for these guys. This cannot be the path for sustainable development for this country, after 50 years of Independence.
One of the main issues is the lack of a big vision for the country and the lack of will by those in power to do the hard work necessary to take the country on the right path to greatness. Too many grey-haired politicians are still in Government, and truth be told, they lack any will or idea what to do.
- Phillip Cole
Thumbs up for what? This Gov't is corrupt and useless.
Surely, this headline is incorrect? There is a saying, possibly Jamaican in origin, 'self-praise is no recommendation'. The PNP has no concept of accomplishment vs the disaster that we are creeping towards.
This Government likes to talk about what it inherited. It is just residue resulting from their prior inept 18 years. The JLP only warmed the bench for four years because Jamaica is PNP country.
Thumbs up for the murder capital of the world. No sense of direction, Madam Prime Minister.
Naturally, Pickersgill would give his party a passing grade. But the reality is far different. This administration has failed in many areas of governance during its first year. As a citizen, my standard of living has fallen, and so has my confidence in this administration.