Tuesday, 8 March 2016

GOOD NEWS: Jeffrey Hall named new ScotiaBank Chairman + Cherine launches ‘Power Living’ series + Marlon James among judges for OCM Bocas Prize

LITERALLY SPEAKING: Jamaica’s Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James is one of the judges serving on the fiction panel for the 2016 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. Incidentally, James topped last year’s fiction category with A Brief History of Seven Killings, which went on to claim the Booker Prize in October. Joining him on the panel are Claire Armistead (Literary Editor at the UK’s Guardian newspaper) and Canada-based Trinidadian writer Ramabi Espinet. For the poetry category, the judges are UK-based editor Gemma Robinson, St. Lucian poet John Robert Lee and Indian poet Vivek Narayanan. Three Jamaicans have landed on this year’s longlist of nominees, which were announced Sunday morning: Olive Senior (The Pain Tree, fiction), Colin Channer (Providential, poetry) and Jacqueline Bishop (The Gymnast and Other Positions, non-fiction). 

‘POWER’ TO THE PEOPLE: Cherine keeps reminding us that there is no ceiling on what she intends to achieve as a recording artiste and businesswoman. Consider her latest creative endeavour: a new web series called Power Living (airing on Cherine TV and her YouTube Channel), which finds her, as hostess, answering questions from fans about investment, entrepreneurship and the process of buying and selling real estate. Access to the series is free of cost, and the series will feature appearances by experts, including financial advisors, successful entrepreneurs and attorneys-at-law. Now a licensed realtor and strategist herself, Cherine (whose many hits include “How We Living”) says her main goal is to share the knowledge. “Throughout my travels,” she says. “I’ve met a lot of brilliant people who want to invest, buy their own homes or feel empowered to start their own businesses. But most people don’t know where to start.” Consider Power Living a Godsend.

MONEY WISE: For the first time in the bank’s 127 years of operating locally, a Jamaican has been appointed Chairman of the ScotiaBank Group. Jeffrey Hall, a Harvard Law School and Washington University grad, succeeds Sylvia Chrominska, who held the post for the past two years. Hall, whose tenure took effect on March 4, says his top priority is the “creation of more value for the company’s investors and customers.” A married father of two, Hall also serves as Chairman of Kingston Wharves and CEO of Jamaica Producers Group. He has been a director on Scotia’s board since 2007 and also heads up the bank’s HR and Pensions Committee. Scotia Group is the second largest bank in Jamaica, with assets of close to $440 billion.

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