Sunday, 30 June 2013

GLOBAL REACH: Usain Bolt, Etana and Jamaica Youth Theatre command international attention

The JYT is up to the challenge 
The Jamaica Youth Theatre keeps racking up the awards. Months after dominating the UWI-hosted Tallawah drama festival, the troupe has emerged winners of an international competition, proving their rank among the best youth groups in the world. The JYT took first place in the recent Global Dialogue Youth Video Challenge, which invited submissions (45-second video clips exploring the theme "Young and HIV+") from around the world. Directed by Ardenne High's Jomo Dixon, the JYT's winning entry, performed by Dorian Reid and Johnique Francis, looked at the complications of disclosure and the attendant stigma associated with HIV. A 2007 recipient of the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Excellence in Art & Culture, the JYT has also represented Jamaica at such events as 2010's Contacting the World Youth Theatre Festival in Manchester, England. 

Fan Favourite: Etana hits the road for US summer tour 
Accompanied by her four-member backing band and a pair of singers in tow, songbird Etana has embarked on a multi-city US tour in support of her latest album, Better Tomorrow, promising fans the ultimate listening experience. Kicking things off in Decatur, Georgia last Thursday night (June 27), the tour will make some 20 stops spanning the midwest, northeast and western United States -- including such major concerts as the Austin Reggae Festival in Texas (August 24) and Summer Jam 2013 in Florida's West Palm Beach, the final show scheduled for September 1. 

Vote for Bolt! 
As he prepares to dazzle the world anew at this summer's World Athletic Championships in Moscow, Jamaica's Usain Bolt has been nominated for yet another major award. The 2013 ESPY nominations were announced on Thursday, and the sprinter is among the nominees up for Best International Athlete, an award he's previously won. This time around, he's vying against the likes of boxing's Juan Manuel Marquez, soccer stars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and tennis ace Novak Djokovic. Voting is now open to the public, so have your say by casting your vote for the sprinter at the ESPN website. Winners will be announced July 17. 

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