Monday, 22 May 2017

TALK OF THE TOWN: Bon voyage, Kelly! + KOTE’s 10th anniv. cancelled + Giving journalists more

Will JPS ever be the same without Kelly Tomblin? It’s been announced that after five years, the hardworking President and CEO is making way for a successor, as her contract expires this summer. According to our hardly-ever-wrong sources, Miss Tomblin will be taking up the post of Chief Executive Officer of the US-based power company INTREN, effective July 10. Tomblin, a workhorse and creative thinker, brought so much to our light-and-power company, helping to transform it into a people-friendly and super-modern entity with special emphasis on social responsibility and being a good corporate citizen that goes beyond the call of duty. Since joining JPS in April 2012, she has repeatedly opened the windows to let in some fresh air. The results speak for themselves. Not only did she spark the genesis of the Women in Energy conference, she helped to kick-start numerous initiatives to make life a bit easier for customers. No word yet on Kelly will officially depart our shores, but INTREN is beyond lucky to have her. And with Winsome, Sharee and the other ‘Women of JPS’ still on board, her legacy is in safe hands. 

If like us you were anticipating the series of artsy activities to mark the 10th anniversary of Kingston on the Edge (KOTE), you should know that the urban arts festival will not be staged this year. It’s incredibly sad news. The organizers have publicly stated that lack of adequate funding is the reason for the unfortunate cancellation, but they want the arts community to rest assured that every effort is being made to guarantee KOTE’s return in 2018. It just goes to show that it cannot be emphasized enough that initiatives designed to promote and preserve and showcase the work of Jamaican artists need to be taken more seriously. For the arts to thrive, consistent financial support is paramount. 

It’s heartening to see that the Press Association of Jamaica, led by the fearless Dionne Jackson-Miller (far right), is fighting for local journalists to get their due. As TALLAWAH readers have been informed, the cash prizes for the upcoming National Journalism Awards (taking place in November) have been generously upgraded. The Journalist of the Year, in particular, will take home a quarter of a million dollars. That sounds like progress.

TALLAWAH joins the entertainment fraternity in expressing condolences to the family of reggae veteran Frankie Paul, who died at the University Hospital last week after ailing for some time. R.I.P Frankie. #TrueOriginal

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