Thursday, 20 July 2017

TALK OF THE TOWN: Portia Simpson-Miller is UWI’s newest distinguished fellow

The Portia Simpson-Miller success story continues to take interesting twists and turns. Now comes news that the recently retired PNP stalwart is all set to take up an honorary post at the UWI Mona campus, following in the footsteps of her idol Edward Seaga. “Our honorable distinguished fellow will be coming home to the UWI, as it enters the 70th year of service and leadership to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean,” reports UWI Vice Chancellor, Sir Hilary Beckles. The significance of such a lofty appointment is not lost on Simpson-Miler, who was recently feted by the PNP Women’s Movement at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston. “I look forward to the next part of my journey. I look forward to going to UWI,” she has said in response. Now heading into her mid-70s, Simpson-Miller will take up the post “in a few weeks” to do some research and commence work on her memoirs. 
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And as Simpson-Miller packs her bags and heads to UWI, a successor is being sought within the PNP camp to fill her South-West St. Andrew seat in Gordon House. Current party leader Dr. Peter Phillips says an announcement will be made soon. So who will get the job? The much-touted former Kingston mayor Dr. Angela Brown-Burke or grassroots warrior Audrey Facey Smith, who currently represents the Payne Land division? May the better contender win. 
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Meanwhile, people are saying the local papers should publish portions of Audley Shaw’s $8-million cellphone bill so the public can see for themselves. It other words, let the records show… 
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We were hoping for a better result (a podium finish, that is), but were still proud of our U-21 Sunshine Girls, who took 5th place at the recently concluded World Netball Youth Cup in Botswana. New Zealand’s Kiwis are once again champions of the world, after defeating powerhouse rivals Australia in a nail-biting gold-medal showdown. 
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> QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK: 

1) When is Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce set to deliver her little bundle of joy? 

2) Has the latest strain of conjunctivitis (pink eye) reached your neck of the woods? Keep a sharp look out.







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