Monday, 11 September 2017

GOOD NEWS: Usain Bolt endorses 3rd Heroes in Action Run/Walk, attends Hublot Kyoto grand opening…

MAKING THE ROUNDS: The World’s Fastest Man is enjoying an active retirement so far. The 31-year-old Bolt was in Japan last week to add his star power to the launch and opening ceremony of Hublot’s Kyoto retail store and to take part in a charity event organized to promote and protect traditional culture in Kyoto, western Japan. The brand ambassador also fielded questions from reporters, including a request to share his thoughts on how much longer his 100M and 200M world records will stand. According to Bolt the 9.58 and 19.19 should remain on the books for another decade or two, at least. In other Bolt news, the sprint legend and philanthropist, through his UB Foundation, is partnering with the Jamaica National Foundation for the third consecutive year to put on the Heroes in Action Run/Walk. The event is slated for Sunday, October 15, commencing at 7am at the Falmouth Pier. “I’m happy to be partnering with the JN Foundation to stage this initiative, which will this year benefit the Trelawny Infirmary,” Bolt says. “Our elders and senior citizens are to be cherished. Without their endless sacrifice during our early years, we wouldn’t be capable of doing what we are doing today.” 

LEAD STORY: Nominations are now open for the 2017 National Journalism Awards. Nominees must be journalists working in Jamaica and producing work about Jamaica. The eligibility period for entries is September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2017. Among the coveted awards again up for grab, in both print and electronic categories: Journalist of the Year, the President’s Award for Investigative Journalism, Young Journalist of the Year, the Hugh Crosskill/Raymond Sharp Award for Sports, the Hector Bernard/Theodore Sealy Award for News, the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism, the Carlton Alexander Award for Business and Finance and the Carl Wint Award for Best Feature, to name a few. Awards will also be given out for news and sports photography, while the special awards include the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. 

LITERARY GOLD: Malcolm Foster was named Best Overall Writer in this year’s National Creative Writing Competition, organized by the JCDC. Second place went to Joan Francis, who was named Outstanding Writer. Third place (and the Special Writer award) went to Rohan Facey. Fourth place (and the title of Choice Writer) was presented to Malachi Dermot Smith. Danielle Willie was fifth, which made her this year’s Noteworthy Writer. Among the other awardees: Lesley-Ann Wanliss (Best Adult Short Story Writer), Michelle Ashwood (Best Adult Playwright) and Hugh Martin (Best Adult Novelist). Tee top entries in this year’s competition are currently on the national library tour, which ends in April 2018.

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