with a host of top-flight reggae stars confirmed to headline concerts from Bull Bay to Redbones. While the likes of Richie Spice will grace the stage at New Kingston’s Café Delite (Dec. 3), One Third will do their thing at Redbones on Dec. 4 and Raging Fyah and an army of conscious reggae hitmakers will draw large crowds to the Wickie Wackie Festival on Dec. 5 and 6….. A brilliant move that will see them serving a larger chunk of the tourist market, the owners of the Spanish Court Hotel are opening a brand-new branch in the Second City in December, just in time for the height of the winter tourist season, which could pull in record numbers, we hear….. And speaking of movements, after getting her feet wet in broadcasting at Love FM, the charming and talented Basillia Barnaby-Cuffe has brought a breath of fresh air to the NCU FM airwaves. This phase is just the beginning for Basillia, and we expect big things from her in the
years to come….. These days there is no shortage of inspiring young achievers who are making their presence felt in the public spotlight. Everybody is talking about Rhodes Scholar Sherona Forrester and Manning Cup star Alex Marshall (above right), the subject of a kind of adulation we haven’t witnessed since Michael O’Hara and Jaheel Hyde burst onto the scene a couple of years ago. But the future Reggae Boy is taking it all in stride. “I wouldn’t say I am above everybody else,” he recently told an interviewer, “but I just go out there and play with a lot of confidence and ask God for his guidance and protection, and smile and have fun.”….. One who is certainly having tonnes of fun as we speak is our girl in China, Sanneta Myrie, who has that whole Miss Congeniality thing going on. We absolutely love the photo-ops she’s been displaying via social media, allowing us all to share in her Miss World journey, as the countdown to Dec. 19 heats up. From bonding with her fellow queens to addressing the recent opening ceremony, the young ambassador is a star in Sanya….. Chinese and Jamaican relations are about to enter a promising new chapter, with the appointment of the estimable Fay Pickersgill as the new Jamaican Ambassador to China, replacing Ralph Thomas, who succeeded Stephen Vasciannie as our man in Washington….. And, finally, heartiest congrats to Miss Nickashie Hardware (York Castle High), the 2015/16 LASCO Teacher of the Year and Allman Town Primary’s Kandi-Lee Crooks, the Principal of the Year. For devoted teachers everywhere, the work continues. Stay tuned.