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Nigel Clarke said: “We don’t owe Noble one red cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:48:00 AM CET

Kevin O Brien said: “So a sharp and sudden decline in murders is possible and I am convinced that a full year of SOEs or two or three if needed will achieve that,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:48:00 PM CET

Mark Golding stated: “Prime Minister Mia Mottley, and her government have demonstrated what is possible when vision and plans become effective action. To the people of Barbados, I extend my heartiest congratulations for completing this outstanding element of your national independence. Special congratulations to Dame Sandra Mason who was sworn in as the country’s first President, thereby becoming the Head of State of Barbados,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:48:00 PM CET

Mark Golding said: “We are committed to Jamaica achieving this critical step. This opportunity for deeper national self-realization must be presented to the Jamaican people. We too can join Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica and now Barbados on shedding this residual aspect of the colonial past,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:48:00 PM CET

Veerasammy Permaul said: “I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity. I’m very overwhelmed by getting my first Test match five-wicket haul,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 10:44:00 PM CET

Don Wehby remarked: “Our tourism industry is doing very well. However, can you imagine if we can get the crime rate down, our tourism industry would do significantly better?” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:42:00 PM CET

Don Wehby said: “I can speak as the chairman of JAMPRO (Jamaica Promotions Corporation); crime has been a deterrent to foreign direct investments especially in tourism. If we can get the crime down, we could command a high premium for our tourism product. I make no apology when I say, Jamaica is the best country in the world despite our problems — our rich culture, beautiful island, and great hotels,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:42:00 PM CET

Christopher Tufton said: “It is a good thing, as community health is very important. This is a very important institution in northern Clarendon and we are focused on outreach and reaching the people at their level rather than them travelling long distances. A number of critical services, including dental services, will be improved, inpatient care, more beds, about 40 or so beds and of course more personnel. Very importantly, when it is completed, you will have a 24 hour a day, seven days a week hospital service here in northern Clarendon,” “This is very important because it means that Jamaicans, the residents in these parts can get hospital service on call. So we will not only do outreach in the community but people can go to the institution any time, day or night and get service” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 8:42:00 PM CET

Bert Samuels told: “I find it to be a breach of the principle of the separation of powers for the prime minister to be delving into the realm of sentencing in criminal matters, which is the purview of the judiciary, and to carry such a discussion outside of the Parliament on a platform,” External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5:52:00 PM CET

Bert Samuels outlined: "It is not for a firearm possession, which can [lead to] a conviction with several different circumstances, depending on what the facts are in each case. There are cases that could be described as innocent possession and other cases where there is criminal possession," External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5:52:00 PM CET

Norman Brown said: "The audit committee was dissatisfied as to the way cheques were disbursed, how the cheques were encashed, and those sort of things," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5:40:00 PM CET

Dennis Chung said: "We also have the auditor general in the agency and we look forward to that report also, because we know that it will help us to improve the operations," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 5:40:00 PM CET

Christopher Tufton said: “Advocacy is as important as the work, otherwise the work qualifies for the shelf and to those who would hope to benefit from the work, they don’t know that the work exists in the first instance or if they do, they know too little to understand exactly how, it can change their lives or impact their world,” External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:52:00 PM CET

Christopher Tufton said: “One of the reasons why advocacy is so important is because you cannot deemphasise advocacy when you have to confront others, who place a lot of resources and efforts in their own advocacy. Whether to advertise or the promotion of their own interest and their lifestyles,” External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:52:00 PM CET

Tedros Adhanom said: "I thank Botswana and South Africa for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant so rapidly," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:39:00 PM CET

Tedros Adhanom said: "The longer we allow the pandemic to drag on, by failing to address vaccine inequity, or to implement public health and social measures in a tailored and consistent way, the more opportunity we give this virus to mutate in ways we cannot predict or prevent," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 4:39:00 PM CET

Sandra Mason added: "In the republic of Barbados, we must see ourselves as thought leaders and change agents, actively engaged in the difficult business of nation building. A nation that is characterised by courtesy, harmony, unity, opportunity, equality, economic wellbeing, empowerment, and respect for each other's differences," External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:52:00 PM CET

Christopher Tufton said: “Incidentally, when I looked at the numbers, in 60 [or so] months of the project, there have been about 24 [or] 25 months of that spent in procurement, so almost half the time has been spent in procurement. So, that tells a tale that requires a different discussion,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:44:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes notes: “Financial inclusion is access by all to financial services and products [and] is a critical factor of Jamaica’s digital transformation. The Bank of Jamaica contributes to this by acting in its role as technical secretariat of the country’s national financial inclusion strategy,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes explains: “CBDC is simply a digital form of money issued by a central authority. The Bank of International Settlements defines CBDC as a digital payment instrument denominated in the national unit account that is a direct liability of the central bank. In other words, the Central Bank is responsible for the CBDC that is issued,” “With amendments to the Bank of Jamaica Act, CBDC will become legal tender. Legal tender means that all merchants, whether for goods or services, will confidently accept CBDC and know that they will get value for the good or the service that they provided,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes outlines: “BOJ will not be issuing CBDC directly to retail customers. We are going to be issuing directly to deposit-taking institutions (DTI) that are licensed under the Banking Services Act; these are commercial banks, building societies, and merchant banks,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes explains: “In this case, the BOJ issues to wallet providers (the collective name for DTIs and payment service providers) on a wholesale basis, just as we do with physical cash. When a bank wants physical cash, they place an order with BOJ and then they send their cash in transit courier to BOJ to collect the cash. In this case, they will still place their orders with BOJ, and we will issue them with the digital currency,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes adds: “It’s more efficient than cash. It is instantaneous, even for remote transaction, meaning you don’t have to be in front of the person. For cash, you have to be in front of the person to exchange cash. We can do person to person, person to business, and it goes both ways,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes tells: “For example, you have a CBDC wallet with bank ‘A’ and then after a couple months of operating, your bank knows you and you can say ‘hey, I need a loan for my medium to small or microbusiness’; it gets you into the formal system. If your bank doesn’t know you and doesn’t know you exist, then it’s going to be very difficult to obtain those facilities,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes states: “Of course, it’s going to be much easier and simpler to obtain with streamlined and simplified Know Your Customer (KYC) requirements,” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Natalie Haynes said: “To get CBDC wallet, simply contact your wallet provider of choice. If you do not have a bank account, all you need when setting up your CBDC account is your name, Tax Registration Number (TRN), and government-issued photo ID (driver’s licence, passport or voter ID card),” External link

jis Tuesday, November 30, 2021 2:43:00 PM CET

Christopher Tufton said: "To the extent that parents restrict their children [in relation to taking the vaccines] it is unfortunate from our perspective because I think it further denies the possibility of that face-to-face interaction [at school] without putting the child at risk," External link

loopjamaica Tuesday, November 30, 2021 1:51:00 PM CET

Owen Smith said: “A policeman parked his private car in a lay-by at North Parade downtown and the bus came into the lay by behind it. The policeman wanted to reverse and told the driver to reverse. However, the driver refused as we don't reverse buses in the lay-by because it is dangerous as commuters can get crushed. A marked police car came by and the information I have is that the policeman who wanted the driver to reverse told his colleagues to 'Deal wid him'. That resulted in the driver being arrested and slapped with three charges,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:38:00 PM CET

Mia Mottley said: “The symbolism of being able to aspire to become head of state is so powerful,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:38:00 PM CET

Bryan Sykes said: “How can there be a difficulty in you getting information from a service provider when the police are investigating serious crimes? How is that possible? So, none of the service providers provided the call data? I want to know if that is what is being said, because something is seriously wrong. Does the law permit them to withhold the information? Because if that is so, the law needs to be changed; something is seriously wrong here, no, man, that can't be,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:38:00 PM CET

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