APPOINTMENT: There’s a new Chairman at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA). Michael Stern, former MP for North-West Clarendon, has been given the nod, following approval from Karl Samuda (Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries). Stern, who replaces Genille Attalla (who resigned in June) was a state minister in the Bruce Golding administration and was among the parliamentarians embroiled in the 2009 dual citizenship issue that dominated media headlines.
COMING TO TOWN: Ladies and gentlemen, step right this way! The Suaraz Brothers Circus, Mexico’s biggest spectacular attraction (founded in 1872!), is bringing its big top and a host of exciting features and creatures to Kingston (following a stopover in Ocho Rios), pitching tent at the National Stadium Complex from Friday, August 25. With flyers going up all over town and gradually generating a buzz, the SBC (www.circohermanossuarez.com) promises the experience of a lifetime for the entire family. The box office opens at 10am daily. Info hotline: 347-9769.
SCREEN GEM: Bob Marley’s relentlessly achieving grand-daughter Donisha Prendergast brings her charms and star power to the travel documentary Rasta: A Soul’s Journey, directed by Stuart Samuels and executive-produced by Patricia Scarlett and Marilyn Gray. Rasta is the opening number for the 2017 Cinema Paradiso Portie Film Festival (now in its 7th year), on this month at Great Huts in Portland. A national tour is also being planned. For more information call 857-7828.
WORTHY CAUSE: Recording artistes Jeffrey ‘Assassin’ Campbell and Jermaine Edwards have agreed to serve as ambassadors for the new ‘Save a Child, Save a Nation’ initiative (under the auspices of the Ministry of National Security and the Department of Correctional Services ‘We Transform’ programme). “I am humbled and honoured to have been considered for such an initiative. I think it’s critical that we all play whatever role we can in the development of our young people, our future,” Campbell offers. “Being a father, I understand that it takes real effort and commitment.”