Saturday, 16 December 2017

GOOD NEWS: Edmund Bartlett named C’bean Tourism Minister of the Year + Floyd Green outlines role of National Youth Policy + Oliver Clarke appointed Chair of RJR/Gleaner Group

MAN OF ACTION: “Bartlett, who spearheaded Jamaica’s hosting of the UNWTO Conference in Montego Bay last month, has become an exceptionally effective ambassador for the Caribbean tourism brand and Jamaica’s national brand. And that work is joined by Jamaica’s significant recent successes in attracting new hotel investments, new airlift and, most importantly, new visitors.” So says Caribbean Journal, which has named Jamaica’s Edmund Bartlett the region’s Tourism Minister of the Year. “Being an effective tourism official in the Caribbean isn’t just about management and ideas,” says the widely respected online publication. “It’s about being an ambassador. And that’s exactly what Jamaica’s Edmund Bartlett has done so well in his most recent term as Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism.” 

THE YOUTH VOTE: According to State Minister for Youth, Floyd Green, a brand new National Youth Policy has been tabled in the House. “It’s basically a document that says what the government will do for young people to deal with unemployment, abuse, health and well-being and other issues,” Green has said. Some 16 young people, he revealed, have been selected to serve as advisors to the government on issues concerning the local youth population. “At the ministry, we fundamentally believe that young people have the solutions to almost all the problems, but they need to be given the opportunity and the platforms,” Green says. “If given the opportunity, young people will transform this country once and for all. And we are about to give them those platforms.” 

TEAM LEADER: Oliver Clarke is the new Chairman of Radio Jamaica Ltd, which trades as the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group, effective December 11. Clarke succeeds J. Lester Spaulding, who passed away recently – and remains Chairman of the Gleaner Company, a subsidiary of the group. Meanwhile, Dr. Lawrence Nicholson now fills the post of Deputy Chairman, which Clarke previously occupied. In addition to RJR and The Gleaner, the group’s ever-expanding batch of subsidiaries includes Television Jamaica, Jamaica News Network, RE-TV, Hitz 92FM, Fame 95FM, among others.

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