Thursday, 16 August 2012

TALK OF THE TOWN: Bolt turning 26; Tourism/Olympics report; CXC’s bright sparks

Still fresh from that phenomenal outing at the Olympics, the World’s Fastest Man will mark his 26th birthday next Tuesday, August 21, all the way over there in Europe. But with only a handful of his closest friends in tow, how will he celebrate? Low-key affair or big-baller bash? One thing is certain: we will hear all about it. Stay tuned…
Question of the week, courtesy of tourism shadow minister, Ed Bartlett: Not including the 12 medals, what benefits did Jamaica derive from the recent London Olympics, attended by a flurry of government officials, led by tourism minister Wykeham McNeill and his junior minister Damion Crawford? McNeill has been quick to respond, making it clear that a report is being prepared and a press briefing, scheduled for next Monday, will shed light on all the “investments” made and how we’ll capitalize.
After recently suffering a respiratory scare that landed him in a hospital bed, reggae star I-Octane is making a spirited recovery. “Blessed love mi family. I am now out of the hospital and hope to be fully recovered soon,” reads an August 3 message on his Facebook fan page. “Thanks for all the prayers, love and support. Give thanks to the Almighty for sparing mi life. Jah Jah, mi a walk wid yuh straight.”
What’s hot right now: The positive side of the CXC hullabaloo – illuminated by Immaculate Conception’s brilliant 16-year-old Tchakamau Ra, who scored 15 distinctions and a Grade 2. I must also make special mention of Glenmuir’s Odane Dixon, who bagged all of his 11 subjects with distinctions.

What’s not: The Scrap Metal Drama 2.0

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1 comment:

  1. The word "capitalize" suggests money. There is no money to capitalize on the Olympics success. Anyway, it should have been done already. As Ms. Gloudon has said, the Tourism Minister should hopefully have been promoting Jamaica in London... This should have started from the Beijing Olympics. These things take money though, and Jamaica is broke (even if enormously popular and cool at the moment)...