Top Stories for 2013 – Jamaica

  • Audley Shaw’s attempt to lead the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had a campaign worthy of national leadership, well so we were made to believe. But then the leader Andrew Holness took the leadership post again in fine style. What this shows, it is not always about the people who make the most noise or the ones with the biggest crowds, win…
    • The undated letters used to remove senators, must be among the top ranked activities of the year. Poor Arthur Williams
  • The comeback ‘kid’ Member of Parliament, MP, Richard Azan returned to work in the midst of the Spalding market scandal. His re-appointment was classic
  • The smoking ban campaign led by Dr. Fenton Ferguson and his team from the Health Ministry had a few gaps, but it remains one of the most impacting for me as a resident, as it feels good to go into a public place without going back home smelling like a chimney
  • The Young Rhodes Scholar, Timar Jackson made me reconfirm that there is hope for us in Jamaica. His story is a refreshing break from the usual. Timar completed his degree in Actuarial Science last year. He is currently working for Sagicor Life Jamaica as an Actuarial Analyst and sitting Actuarial exams to become an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Timar received the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Academics in 2012
  • Radcliffe Lewis’ retirement from the Police Force has left a gap, but his work with the JUTC should be effective. His personality plus his effective communication skills will get him very far.
  • Jamaica’s track and field athletes were again amazing at the World Championships in Moscow. Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce dominated the track and field headlines. http://www.iaaf.org/news/news/usain-bolt-shelly-ann-fraser-pryce-2013
  • From the Blind Audition to The Voice – Tessanne Chin is a newsmaker – nothing more, nothing less. That campaign made Jamaicans inside and outside feel “good”. http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/
  • Julian Robinson, Damian Crawford and Dr. Dayton Campbell are going against the grain of the old politics and are empowering their respective communities with educational programmes – those will make the news for a very long time
  • Dionne Jackson Miller’s award for Journalist of the Year is deserving – she captures the essence of media platforms – traditional and non-traditional
  • The Limacol Caribbean Premier League Cricket T20 competition took the Caribbean by storm – come for the cricket, stay for the party – was a marketer’s dream. The Jamaica Tallawahs won when no one expected them to. See what 2014 will bring http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar-I3WUH5yg
  • Super Cat comes back to Jamaica to do Sting…listen to his On Stage interview, and you will understand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=421QS2GWvC4&feature=youtube_gdata_player 

 

Disclaimer: The year isn’t quite finished yet, so anything can happen 🙂 

Enjoy!!!

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