Economy being strangled to death
1 You don't have to be an economist or financial analyst to understand that the economy of Jamaica is being strangled to death. It doesn't matter whether you prefer my figures or those of the Government, the conclusion is the same, and nobody in the Government is telling you the truth.
This turbulence is going to continue in your lives when you wake up every day because of the policies of this Government.
Where are the private-capital flows? Where are the foreign-direct investments that have been on hold?
You may remember as well that the NDX was trumpeted as having the ability to lower the annual cost of the country's debt by $17 billion by shaving an average of two percentage points off interest rates on $860 billion of Government's domestic debt.
Six months later, we find ourselves asking, why are interest rates not holding or being maintained?
Inflation is up and it is going to get worse. So more taxes, but no job creation to reduce unemployment. This is not a good situation.
- Presentation by Andrew Holness, leader of the opposition, to the JLP scholarship launch.
Recognition for excellence
2 Every year, we continue to grant these scholarships, and to date, there has been a total of 244 awards given. These scholarships are a direct reflection of dedication on the part of the teachers, parents, and the awardees who continue to excel and, thus, deserve the recognition of not only Sagicor, but of the nation itself.
Today, these industrious students have demonstrated how instrumental hard work is in achieving success. They know that this esteemed award did not come easily and was not achieved without putting in the necessary time, focus, and dedication.
It is with the utmost sincerity that I commend the students on accomplishing what I know was not an easy feat. This ceremony is to celebrate your achievements, but also the achievements of your parents, teachers, and guardians, who have successfully guided you to strive for excellence.
Sagicor Life Jamaica is committed to assisting the development of Jamaica's youngest and brightest minds so that they can go on to impact our society in positive and significant ways.
- R. Danny Williams, chairman, Sagicor, addressing students at the recent GSAT scholarship awards.
Make wise choices
3 Luck is the point at which preparation meets opportunity. Your education is the greatest preparation you will have to seize the opportunities when they arise. Opportunities are not lost, they are just passed on to other people who are more prepared and motivated.
Friends can either make you or break you. Choose your close friends wisely.
Poverty should never be used as an excuse, but rather, a reason to overcome.
How you manage your time, mind, and money will determine your success. How you use your time and mind will determine the the money you make and how wisely it's used.
Your life's experiences will be determined by your choices. At the heart of your personal growth, you will discover the power of choice, decision, and action. Choose wisely!
Exhibit positive attitudes and never allow someone else's perception of you to become your reality.
Pursue whatever you do with a passion.
Set your goals and go for it. You will experience temporary setbacks, failures, and be discouraged. Never give up!
If you get the opportunity to study, work, or migrate, make sure that you pack your goals and plans for success before you pack your suitcase.
You will meet three types of people: those who make things happen; those who watch things happen; and those who wake up one day and ask, 'What happened?' Choose who you will be.
Finally, delay parenting. Avoid having children until you are able to take care of yourself and them.
- Lennox Parkins, group controller, corrugated division, Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd, speaking at the recent graduation at Manchester High School.
A proud history
4 LIME shares a proud history of deep-rooted connections with the Jamaican people and has, for much of our 150-year history, supported the local credit union movement, which continues to operate as a vehicle to combat poverty while unleashing the entrepreneurial potential of many Jamaicans.
During that period, we have leveraged available technology, innovation, and expertise to foster the growth and development of the movement. LIME powers much of the ways in which credit unions do business electronically.
LIME congratulates the movement for continuing to play an integral role in the personal deve-lopment of the people we both serve, and we welcome this new collaboration as another way to serve them even better.
We are happy to be part of this innovative way of increasing the number of convenient access points for mobile users to top up their service at a time when our customer base continues to grow.
We will, along with our credit union partners, continue to explore other ways of serving the public while we work together to advance the Jamaican business traditions.
- Stephen Price, head of retail, LIME Jamaica, at the JCCUL launch event, Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St Andrew, recently.
LIME committed to sports
5 These activities represent part of our continued goal of bringing value to Jamaicans by delivering activities that they love while connecting our brand with football, the most popular sport, and schoolboy football, the most supported football competition.
LIME is proud to officially announce our sponsorship of schoolboy football for the next five years with a financial commitment of $150 million.
This amount will see us lining up as exclusive title sponsor and exclusive telecom sponsor of the Manning Cup, DaCosta Cup, Walker Cup, Ben Francis and Olivier Shield competitions.
Our goal is to bring back the 'glory days' of schoolboy football by creating engaging and exciting activities for spectators and facilitating fans to support their favourite schools.
We believe that football competitions like these, that have impacted the lives of many of Jamaican leaders in various industries, are no doubt currently shaping the leaders of tomorrow.
We also intend to work with Issa and the other stakeholders to activate initiatives over the next five years to reinvigorate the overall football product.
- Carol Redwood, vice-president for marketing at LIME, speaking at the recent launch of the schoolboy football season.
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