Tuesday, 14 February 2017

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Beenie Man cops YVAs Icon Award + Steven Gooden steps up to JSDA presidency + Elaine Thompson is a certified ‘Flow’ girl

SIGN HER UP: It comes as no surprise, given her phenomenal exploits at the 2016 Rio Olympics, that the endorsement deals have started to roll in for Elaine Thompson. The reigning Olympic 100M and 200M female champion has inked a deal with Flow to serve as a brand ambassador for the mobile giants. Other Flow ambassadors with a need for speed include Asafa Powell and Jaheel Hyde. “With all my commitments, I need technology that can keep up with me,” says Thompson, who recently anchored her MVP track club to a sizzling sprint-relay win at the Milo Western Relays in St. James. “Whether it’s training time, race time or personal time, Flow keeps me right on track.” In January, Thompson secured her first hold on the Sportswoman of the Year trophy at the RJR Sports Foundation-hosted awards at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

THE ORIGINAL: Among Jamaican entertainers, Beenie Man is a man of many firsts. This weekend, he’ll add yet another accolade to the ever-growing list when he is presented with the inaugural YVAs Icon Award at the Youth View Awards, which is set to rock the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday night with a star-studded awards show and after-party. When the time came to choose the 2017 recipient of the Icon Award, the Grammy-winning hitmaker (né Moses Davis) was at the top of the selectors’ list. “The YVAs felt Beenie Man was more than worthy of the honour of being awarded the first-ever YVAs Icon Award,” the organizers said in a recent press statement. “Arts and culture being one of the many avenues the CHASE Fund supports, they are as equally excited as we are to announce this presentation to an artiste who has consistently carried his brand and Jamaica’s around the world.” With a career dating back to 1981 and a slew of albums (including last year’s Unstoppable) under his belt, Beenie Man is a past five-time winner at the YVAs, now in its 10th year.

MAN ON A MISSION: “Lobbying efforts will be continued on all matters relating to the securities industry to ensure an active role is played in the growth of the economy,” notes Steven Gooden, who now occupies the President’s chair at the Jamaica Securities Dealers Association (JSDA). “My focus will be on advocacy, the industry playing a role in advancing the nation’s economic agenda, market expansion and development.” Gooden, currently the CEO of NCB Capital Markets, comes to the presidency with seven years’ experience at the senior management level and a background steeped in unit trust management, private equity, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions. The JSDA represents 16 securities dealers with offices throughout Jamaica and the Caribbean.

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