Sunday, 1 April 2012

OUT & ABOUT: PM Portia Simpson-Miller + Yohan Blake + MJW 2012 + Kwame Dawes

MAN OF THE HOUR: March 29, New York. Calabash co-founder Kwame Dawes suited up to address the recent Poets and Writers gala, which honoured the winners of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, which is bestowed on writers who have donated time or money to advocacy and causes on behalf of other writers. Dawes, novelist David Balducci and poet Carol Muskes-Dukes were this year's honorees.

FLYING HIGH: March 30, St. Andrew. On the weekend, Canada's Allen Graham (left), President and CEO of Air Transat, flew in for a courtesy call on PM Portia Simpson-Miller at Jamaica House, where he gleefully presented the prime minister with a miniature replica airline. The CEO expressed keenness on the part of Air Transat to help grow Jamaica’s tourism through increased traffic of visitors into the island. PM Simpson-Miller was joined in the discussions by Tourism Minister Dr. Wykeham McNeil.

RACE MATTERS: March 30, St. Andrew. The road to this summer's Olympic Games will be fraught with media coverage. As such, these days our top athletes like reigning world champion Yohan Blake are prized commodities. Blake sat down last week with a film crew from Canada's CBC TV in Kingston to dish on his preparations and aspirations for the spectacular event.

ON THE RECORD: March 31, Kingston. Out repping sponsors LIME and taking in the blitzy track-and-field action, ace sprinter Yohan Blake was spotted inside the jam-packed National Stadium for the final day of ISSA Boys & Girls Champs 2012. Blake still holds the national junior record (10.11 sec) for the 100 M.

THAT'S THE SPIRIT: March 24, St. Andrew. The hardworking team behind this year's Miss Jamaica World beauty pageant goof around for the cameras at the Spartan Health Club during a recent session to pre-select this year's finalists. The final crop of girls will be chosen sometime in May.

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