Wednesday, 23 October 2013

NEWS + NOTES: Four finalists shortlisted for 2013 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence

WINNER TAKES ALL: A terrific quartet of sporting stars comprise this year's batch of shortlisted finalists for the 2013 Courtney Walsh Award for Excellence. Olympian Michael Frater and former national senior cricket captain Wavell Hinds are nominated alongside Paralympic gold medallist Alpahanso Cunningham and senior Sunshine Girls skipper Nadine Bryan. The award is presented annually to an outstanding male or female Jamaican anthlete who has represented the country with distinction at the senior level. Past recipients of the prestigious honour include Jimmy Adams, Deon Hemmings-McCatty, Elaine Davis and Veronica Campbell-Brown

TAKING THE LEAD: Joining a select group of women so honoured for the work they have done in improving society and inspiring others along the way, PM Portia Simpson-Miller was inducted into the International Women's Forum (IWF) Hall of Fame and presented with her award by Jamaica's own Pat Ramsay, during a ceremony in Vancouver, Canada last week. The IWF Hall of Fame includes such global icons as Madeleine Albright and Maya Angelou

BORN TO WIN: On the weekend, dancehall-pop megastar Sean Paul got his third lien on a Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award, winning for Best Reggae Act at the 2013 event held in Glasgow, Scotland. The Grammy winner's next album, the guest-heavy Full Frequency, is due out in November. The CD promises appearances by Damian Marley, 2 Chainz, Konshens and others.

COLOUR THEORY: In anticipation of his long-awaited new album, Tru Colours, Wayne Marshall gives fans a primer of what to expect from the disc by putting out an EP (also titled Tru Colours) on Nov. 26. The official album, executive produced by the Marleys' Ghetto Youths International label is scheduled for a January 21 release, with distribution to be handled by Thirty Tigers/Sony Red.

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