Tuesday, 6 September 2016

NEWS FEED: Walsh heads to Bangladesh + Sean Paul likes the ‘Island’ vibe + 5 stalwarts for George’s Hall of Fame

> How Sean Paul Got His Groove Back
Atlantic Records was Sean Paul’s musical home for many years but now he’s made the leap to a new base – Island Records. The Grammy winner, whose body of work includes albums like Dutty Rock, The Trinity and Tomahawk Technique, recently inked a deal with the landmark label that falls under the Universal Music Group. “Island is an iconic label,” the pop-dancehall megastar says. “It makes me feel new all over again.” In recent times, the deejay has been having an impressive radio run with “Cheap Thrills,” his hypnotic collaboration with Sia, which has spent several weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. With a new album in the works for 2017, Sean Paul’s upcoming shows include performances at Bestival 2016 (September 11) and at the Electric Ballroom (September 13) in Camden, London.

> By Honour of St. George
Easily the most coveted honour one can receive from one’s alma mater is an induction into the Hall of Fame. Institutions like St. George’s College have been honouring their outstanding sons like this for years. Come this month-end, a fresh batch of five distinguished Georgians – old boys who’ve made their mark nationally – will be inducted when the 2016 ceremony takes place at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. The honorees are former Education minister Ronald Thwaites (Class of 1959), Paul Bitter (1961), author Fred Kennedy (1965), Professor Aggrey Irons (1967) and Grace Kennedy CEO Don Wehby, above, (1980). The Induction Banquet takes place Saturday, September 24 inside The M at the Spanish Court, 16 Worthington Avenue, New Kingston.

> An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse
“Obviously the West Indies is my home, but the chance to go in a new direction in coaching at the international level, with a talented group was one where I couldn’t let the opportunity pass,” says cricket legend Courtney Walsh, who has accepted an offer from the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to become their new bowling coach, starting this week. With his three-year contract, Walsh, 53, says he’s intent on playing his part to continue the positive progress of cricket in the Asian country. “I am thrilled to be joining the BCB as their specialist bowling coach,” he admits. “I am really looking forward to getting started with the group.” Walsh, after whom a major local sporting award for excellence is named, retired from the sport in 2001.

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