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Mr. Speaker;
Until 1954, (only 8 years before Jamaica’s independence) most people believed that a human being was incapable of running a mile in less than 4 minutes. But that very year, English miler Roger Bannister proved them wrong.

After he dashed the record, Bannister is reported to have said that “Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus,” Bannister said, “when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.”

The moral of this story is, Mr. Speaker, that the main obstacle to achieving ‘the impossible’ may well be a self-limiting mind-set.

Source – On Mental Toughness, Harvard Business Review

Mr. Speaker:
When history is written, it will recount our resilience as Jamaicans in confronting this unprecedented challenge to human development across the globe. I am honored to be part of a winning team that will lead an unprecedented come back to surpass pre-COVID-19 levels of employment, debt reduction and economic growth. This Parliament has a collective responsibility to chart the direction for a
new Jamaica and to continue to inspire hope and optimism in our people from August Town to Zimbabwe and from Morant Point to Negril Point.

I am proud of our many front line workers who are standing at the fore front of the battle lines in the war against the novel coronavirus.

Mr. Speaker:
In this regard, we:
• Salute the astute leadership of Prime Minister the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness;
• Applaud the fierce determination of Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton and his team at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, and in particular the country’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-Mckenzie and Permanent Secretary Mr. Dunstan Bryan and our health practitioners across Jamaica who stand tall in the eyes of the world;
• Recognize the commitment and dedication of our security forces, workers in sanitation, transportation services, foreign affairs, social security, workers in public utilities, public services and the private sector; the entertainment industry, who together formed an unbeatable battle line against COVID-19;
• Acknowledge the approach of the country as a whole and every Jamaican who has been following the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Wellness to reduce transmission of the COVID-19.

Mr. Speaker, it is true, Jamaica has suffered a collective bruise, but we are not broken.

Mr. Speaker:
I thank the people of the Constituency of St. Andrew Eastern for the confidence that they have reposed in me to represent their interest in the Parliament and to work shoulder to shoulder with them to improve their quality of life, interrupt the history of generational poverty and to secure peace and prosperity. I thank the members of my executive team, which includes Cllr Bellamy and Caretaker Planto, delegates and all the supervisors and workers for their contribution to the development of the constituency.

I must also thank the members of the security forces, the NGO and faith based community who continue to work to save lives, and help grieving communities to heal and recover. We continue to restore roads in communities, replace zinc fence with modern block and steel, extend water mains and regularize electricity usage. We have taken on crime and violence with technology and extended internet connectivity for our children with disability and in additional schools in communities.

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