Sunday, 24 February 2013

OVERHEARD: What everyone is talking about right now

“The fact that our flag was burnt and trampled on cannot be tolerated,” asserts Opposition spokesperson on culture, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, following the release of a new German TV commercial that features a Jamaican flag set ablaze. Offensive and upsetting to many, the ad, Grange says, is cause for concern. “We have to ensure that we enact legislation to safeguard our national emblems and symbols,” she says. “We have to ensure that they are protected.” 

The UWI Mona-based Racers Lions ran to a world-leading 38.50 seconds in the Men’s 4X100m at the 37th Gibson Relays at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday. The team comprised Yohan Blake, Jazeel Murphy, Mario Forsythe, and Kemar Bailey-Cole

Erik Nicolaisen, charming star of the still-being-buzzed-about VW Super Bowl commercial, paid a visit to the island last week as a guest of the Jamaica Tourist Board. “It’s quite surreal,” he says of his first trip to our shores. “It's been a busy three weeks. I’m very grateful for the opportunity. The fact that I’m here is testimony to the power of reggae. 

Did Jimmy Cliff snub the Grammys? Apparently so. In an interview with the Entertainment Report on the weekend, the two-time winner (who picked up his second trophy earlier this month) hinted that he didn’t attend the ceremony in Los Angeles because his award was not among those scheduled to be handed out during the live telecast.

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