GLOBAL BRANDING: By 2023, about 15 outlets of the Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records chain of restaurants should be in operation globally. That’s the promise from hotelier and noted businessman Chris Issa who, in partnership with the KLE Group, is opening a new UBTR in Montego Bay in July. Set to employ over 40 people, the restaurant will bring to three the number of UBTR eateries doing business locally. “We are looking forward to creating an amazing experience for all our hotel guests, tourists and locals alike,” Issa says. “For the visitors, we will employ strategies targeting the cruise ship passengers and hotel guests through a combination of direct channels, tour companies and transportation operators.” KLE operates the original UBTR restaurant, located at Marketplace (along Constant Spring Road in Kingston). The first franchise outlet, owned by Joshua Jhamnani, opened in the bustling tourist mecca of Ocho Rios last December.
YEARS WITHOUT FEAR: When it comes to selecting persons for positions of national leadership, how important is the matter of age? How young is too young? How old is too old? According to Dr. Peter Phillips who, at age 67, is weeks away from succeeding Portia Simpson-Miller, 71, as Opposition Leader and head of the People’s National Party, the age factor carries very little weight. “What is significant is not the question of age,” he tells the Observer’s HG Helps, “but what the person stands for – the policies, the programmes, the personal qualities of integrity and representativeness of the aspirations of the people. And that’s how I’m proceeding.”