Saturday, 19 March 2016

OUT & ABOUT: Scenes from Champs 2016, Jamaica House, the Kingston Book Fair, and more

IN THE OPEN: March 12, St. Andrew. Literary mavens Olive Senior and Velma Pollard make fascinating subjects for photographer Troy Johnson of the African-American Literature book club at Saturday’s Devon House-hosted book fair, which brought the curtains down on the 2016 Kingston Book Festival. Senior, a longlisted nominee for the OCM Bocas Prize, recently launched her new short-story collection, The Pain Tree (her 17th book), at UWI Mona.

IN GOOD COMPANY: March 14, Kingston. Celebrating Professor Marvin Reid (second left), who delivered this year’s Grace Kennedy Public Lecture, Professor Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Senator Don Wehby and Professor Gordon Shirley share a moment with Prof. Reid, who addressed the topic “Overfed and Undernourished: Dietary Choices in Modern Jamaica. The lecture was hosted by the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

PRIDE OF PLACE: March 17, Kingston. Following a ribbon-cutting exercise, with sports minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, William ‘Billy’ Heaven, the health ministry’s Dr. Kevin Harvey and CEO of the National Health Fund, Everton Anderson, a new wellness centre was officially opened at Sabina Park, the result of a partnership between the NHF and the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA). 

FEELING GOLDEN: March 17, Kingston. Calabar’s Chris Taylor wasn’t the only one setting new records at the ISSA Boys & Girls Championships at the National Stadium earlier this week. Excelsior High’s Shanice Love, seen her bonding with ‘Champsy,’ threw 52.73 metres to claim the gold medal in the Girls Class One Discus. The championships, the 106th staging, will culminate with a full slate of finals on Saturday.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: March 17, St. Andrew. Looking to expand bilateral collaborations, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, David Fitton, had talks at Jamaica House this week, signaling an early move by Britain to get acquainted with the new JLP administration.

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