Sunday, 14 April 2013

NEWS & NOTES: Blake's injury scare not serious + Tony Laing hailed as musical stalwart + Prince Michael of Kent headed to Jamaica

ON THE MEND: "Am good my Twitter family, just a cramp," a recuperating Yohan 'The Beast' Blake tweeted to his thousands of followers, who were understandably worried about the sprinter's condition following an injury scare at Saturday's UTech Classic at the National Stadium. The meet's sizeable crowd and at-home viewers were anticipating a sizzling 100M run from the 23-year-old world champion but it wasn't meant to be as he was forced to quit the race mid-way due to what, Blake says, was a strange leg cramp. The Racers athlete is gearing up for this summer's World Championships, which take place in Moscow, Russia. 

LAING'S LEGACY: Renowned musicologist and entertainment consultant Anthony 'Tony' Laing is dead. Laing, 68, who kept alive the discourse on Jamaican popular music and used exhaustive efforts to promote Jamaican music and culture, died in Kingston on Saturday. In offering condolences on behalf of the Jamaican government, Information minister Sandrea Falconer noted that Laing was "never ashamed of sharing the struggles of his own journey, particularly with the young," and was a "firm believer in the abilities of the Jamaican people to rise above obstacles." Laing, who was also instrumental in the 1993 establishment of the Copyright Act to benefit musicians and artistes, is survived by two daughters, other relatives and friends. 

AWARD WORTHY: Jamaica’s national coordinating body for road safety promotion, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is to receive the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, a member of the British royal family and patron of the awards, will present the award to the NRSC during his five-day unofficial visit to Jamaica this week. “In Jamaica we have seen how effective leadership and a concentrated effort by a dedicated team can make a real difference and save lives," says Prince Michael in a statement. "What the NRSC has done over 20 years is impressive and serves as an example to other countries both small and large.” His Royal Highness, 70, will be the guest of honour and guest speaker at the 20th anniversary dinner of the National Road Safety Council on April 17.

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