PM Says Jamaicans Have Sent a Clear Message

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Jamaicans have sent a clear message that they want a more accountable and transparent government, which consults with them.   “We will present the facts to the Jamaican people, based on rigorous analysis. Our approach must be to right the wrongs and insist on accountability. Let us learn from our past, absorb the lessons and go forward. We only need to look back to confirm where we are coming from, and to correct our errors and weaknesses as we look to the future. That is the way of progress. My administration will not engage in a blame-game,”  the Prime Minister said. Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking yesterday at her swearing-in ceremony at King’s House. The new Prime Minister  also vowed to reject governmental extravagance and be vigilant in eliminating corruption. “On my watch, I pledge that the rule of law will be paramount; and we will serve with humility. On my watch, I pledge that we will honour the faith and trust of the Jamaican people,” she added. Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the mandate which Jamaicans gave the People’s National Party (in the general election) on December 29 is a call to action. “It is a signal from our people that we, the government, must earn their trust. It also gives us the opportunity to ease the burdens and the pressures of increasing poverty, joblessness and a deteriorating standard of living. The mandate is a cry for us to restore hope,” the Prime Minister said. She also noted that the mandate calls for the protection of the “good name” of Jamaica at home and in the eyes of the international community, and that Jamaica must remain for all, a “quality brand,” which gives citizens, from all walks of life, the opportunity to achieve their goals. Mrs. Simpson Miller  said her  team is conscious of the awesome task which they will have to face, as there is greater debt, increased poverty levels, and tighter fiscal space. She expressed humility in being given the opportunity to lead the nation as it stands at a crossroads. “In our political history, it is a rare opportunity to be given a second chance to lead. It is also a sobering experience.  But, I have been strengthened by the experience of going through the first phase of the journey. And, after being tested and tempered, I stand before you, today, a stronger and better person, who is prepared to be of service to my country and people,” she said. Mrs. Simpson Miller, the nation’s 7th Prime Minister, is being installed for the second time. RelatedPrime Minister Golding Announces Cabinet Changes RelatedPM Says Jamaicans Have Sent a Clear Message RelatedPM Says Jamaicans Have Sent a Clear Message PM Says Jamaicans Have Sent a Clear Message Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 6, 2012 By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter Advertisementslast_img read more

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Chronicling the Cleveland Five

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Since he was 15 years old growing up on the doorstep of Glacier National Park, Terry Kennedy has been compelled to enshrine the heroes who defined his mountaineering career, both for the sake of climbing lore and posterity, as well as to fulfill a personal quest and honor his fallen friends.In Kennedy’s new book, “In Search of the Mount Cleveland Five,” the author succeeds on all fronts, documenting one of the most enigmatic mountaineering accidents in the nation’s history while articulating the grief and ambition that drove a clutch of local climbers to push the sport into a brave new era.“I’ve been wanting to write this book since I was a kid dreaming of climbing mountains,” he said. “I realized early on that something special was happening, and the Mount Cleveland tragedy sort of ushered in a new era of climbing in Montana.”In December 1969, two days after Christmas, the climbing community around Glacier Park was stripped raw when Jerry Kanzler, already a prolific mountaineer at the age of 18, and four other ambitious young climbers were swept to their deaths in an avalanche while attempting to scale Mount Cleveland’s unclimbed sheer north face.The tragedy would leave an indelible mark on Hal and Jim Kanzler, Jerry’s father and older brother, respectively, who both committed suicide years later, as well as on Kennedy, super-charging the climbers’ ambitions while saddling them with grief.“After the tragedy, I thought, ‘I could do that. I should do that,’” Kennedy said. “And so I did it, in part to continue the legacy that the Mount Cleveland Five began.”“I became part of it sort of by happenstance. The Kanzlers were like heroes to us. Back then, your heroes weren’t NFL stars; they were players on the local basketball team. And then we heard about these explorers climbing these mountains. We regarded them as astronauts walking on the moon.”Kennedy forged a deep and abiding bond and climbing partnership with Jim Kanzler, an inspired and talented climber in his own right, and together they set their sights on a series of steep, unclimbed faces in Glacier National Park.They focused their energy first on Mount Cleveland.After Jerry’s death, achieving Cleveland’s north face became critically important to Kanzler and Kennedy, and the pair launched an all-out assault on the park’s tallest mountain.Achieving a first ascent of Mount Cleveland’s north face was widely regarded as the most difficult technical mountaineering project in Glacier, and it was crucial to both Kanzler and Kennedy that it was set by locals. Indeed, it was J. Gordon Edwards’ ominous description of both the north faces of Cleveland and Siyeh as “unclimbed” and perhaps “unclimbable” that so entranced the Kanzlers and Kennedy. Both peaks loomed at the forefront of their imaginations.In 1976, after the friends finally succeeded in summiting the north face of Cleveland, they decided to commit all their energy to climbing the park’s other big unclimbed face, the north face of Siyeh — a Blackfeet word meaning “Mad Wolf.” The ascent required 3,500 vertical feet of technical climbing (the Nose of El Capitan, by comparison, is about 2,900 feet high), 22 pitches and two cold nights on the rock face.Over the course of three days in September 1979, the 25-year-old Kennedy and 31-year-old Kanzler inched their way up the sheer north face of Mount Siyeh, a menacing, monolithic tower of limestone that is widely considered the most difficult climb in the park. The duo had attempted the route three times prior; they succeeded on their fourth attempt after spending two cold nights suspended from the massive wall.In the introduction to his new book, Kennedy recounts a phone call from Kanzler just months before his suicide. Kanzler asked if his friend had finished his book yet, and Kennedy told him no.“You’ve been writing it for about ten years now,” Kanzler told him.“Actually, more like 40,” Kennedy responded.“Well, don’t wait too long,” Kanzler said, causing Kennedy to wonder, “Was Jim foreshadowing?”“I kind of feared he was going to leave this world,” Kennedy said in a recent interview. “We all did. After his brother’s death and his dad’s suicide, his life kind of became this cascade of events that he had no control over. Climbing was an outlet for that.”Signed copies of “In Search of the Cleveland 5” are available at Rocky Mountain Outfitters in downtown Kalispell, and the book is also available on Amazon.last_img read more

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