Wednesday, 18 December 2013

THE TALLAWAH LIST: Four cool things you should know about

CROWD PLEASER: Fresh from her showstopping triumph on The Voice, Tessanne Chin is heading back to The Rock to co-headline the big Shaggy & Friends extravaganza, which is returning to the lawns of Jamaica House (after a brief hiatus) on January 4. Ne-Yo and Mr. Bombastic himself are also billed to grace the mainstage at the concert whose proceeds benefit the Bustamante Hospital for Children. Stay tuned for upcoming details on the show.... 

DRINK TO THAT: PM Portia Simpson-Miller has lent her support to the National Think Right Campaign, a brand-new initiative by Red Stripe aimed at encouraging Jamaicans to exercise a bit more responsibility and control when it comes to alcohol consumption, especially around the holiday season. "I love Red Stripe beer, and I'm proud of this iconic Jamaican company for their leadership in responsible drinking," the PM says. "You are a model corporate citizen, and this new campaign is timely as we seem to address the issue of underage drinking." 

DOCTOR'S ORDERS: The heartiest of congratulations are in order for Nicholeen DeGrasse-Johnson, veteran dance choreographer and now Principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, who was recently awarded a PhD in Dance by the Temple University's Boyer College of Music and dance (based in Philadelphia). Dr. Degrasse-Johnson presented her dissertation on the topic of "Toward the Construction of a National Dance Education Policy in Jamaica: Public Education Curriculum and Ownership."

BRAIN POWER: Jamaica continues to dominate the rest of the region in everything from sports to the arts to academics. Just this past week, it was revealed that Ardenne High's Dea Thomas had the distinction of topping the rest of her peers as the most outstanding student who sat the 2013 CAPE exams. Hampton's Tassanique Henry was named Most Outstanding Candidate in the Humanities subjects, while Ravolyn Hunt of St. Mary's College gave the finest performance of the year in the Visual Arts exams.

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