Tuesday, 29 August 2017

NEWS FEED: 21-year-old beauty crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2017

ISN’T SHE LOVELY? On Saturday night, at exactly 11:18 pm, the name Davina Bennett echoed throughout the Grand Ballroom of the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel as this year’s winner of the Miss Universe Jamaica title. Wearing the sash Miss D’Marie Institute, Bennett is a 21-year-old chocolate beauty, who stands at 5-feet-nine-inches and sports a neo-soul afro. In addition to a wardrobe valued at $1 million, a cash prize of $300,000 and free year-long membership at the Spartan Health Club, Bennett’s prizes included a travel insurance package courtesy of Axia Insurance, a weekend for two at a north coast-based all-inclusive resort, jewelry from Diamonds International and several gift packages. As for her runners-up, second place went to 27-year-old Jennae Jackson (Miss Lawe Insurance Brokers); Sara-Jade Kow, 23 (Miss Afrostar Traders Ltd) took third; Jodiann Harper, 27 (Miss Matt Corp & Eco Power) came in fourth, while Miss Curves’ Adrianna Byran, 28, rounded out the top five. 

TALK THAT TALK: Jamaica’s got options! Before long, the area code 658 will be available to local phone users, in addition to the original 876 code. According to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR), the decision to introduce a second area code was arrived at in anticipation of the growing demand for numbers over the next 25 years. At the same time, as of May 31, 2018, Jamaicans will have to dial 10 numbers (3-digit area code + 7-digit number) when making calls. “We want persons to get in the habit of dialing 10 numbers,” explains Elizabeth Bennett-Marsh, Public Education specialist at the OUR. “It’s a behaviour change we want people to get used to.” In spite of these impending changes, the OUR has moved to assure the public that there will be no increase in telephone charges.

LESSONS LEARNED: Unsurprisingly, concerned stakeholders in the local sporting fraternity are still trying to make sense of Team Jamaica’s low-wattage performance at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships, held from August 4-13, in London, England. Technical leader Donald Quarrie has already said his piece about the way forward. Now others are speaking out, weighing in on the make-up of the athletes cohort as well as the coaching staff when the country is being represented on the international stage. “We can’t go on the world stage again and let people hear of cass-cass,” former sprinting powerhouse-turned-Member of Parliament Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn recently told an interviewer. “We have a small pool of good coaches who have a reputation, so it’s going to be a little difficult to say the top coaches in Jamaica cannot be a part of the coaching teams going away. It’s best if we have a small pool of coaches. We have to iron this out for the good of Jamaica.”

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