Tuesday, 27 November 2012

NEWS & NOTES: Britain’s Jeremy Dear to address PAJ Awards + UWI Mona grad is new Rhodes Scholar

BRAIN POWER: “I am extremely elated and also humbled by the confidence that the committee has placed in me,” remarks 22-year-old Vincent Taylor of being selected as Jamaica’s 2013 Rhodes Scholar. “This is my second time around, and I hit the jackpot.” Taylor, a computer scientist graduate from UWI Mona, was chosen from a field of 11 finalists (five male, 6 six female), after two gruelling days of interviews. Possessed of a double-major degree in Computer Science and Electronics, the St. Elizabeth native is currently reading for a Masters in Philosophy (MPhil) and says he intends to continue in the field of network security while at Oxford University, where the scholarship is tenable. “Technology is becoming pervasive across the world,” notes Taylor, “and we need to have our networks secured so that our personal information and transactions will be safe.” 

GUEST OF HONOUR: Outstanding British journalist and union leader Jeremy Dear is set to give the keynote address at the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Annual Awards scheduled for next Friday, Dec. 7 at the Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Dear will also be the main speaker at the annual National Journalism Week Forum, being put on by the PAJ and the National Integrity Action, on Dec. 4 at the Knutsford Court Hotel. He will be speaking on the topic “Media for the times...The Next 50 Years,” which is theme of National Journalism Week. Between 2001 and 2011, Dear served as the elected General Secretary of the 36,000-strong National Union of Journalists (NUJ) of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Prior to taking up full time employment with the NUJ, Dear worked as a staff and freelance journalist in newspapers and magazines, latterly as editor of The Big Issue magazine. His work has also appeared in The Guardian, Daily Mirror, New Statesman and many other publications.

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