Thursday, 7 December 2017

GOOD NEWS: Festival Song Competition gets $10M prize package + New cancer treatment centre opens at Cornwall Regional + Sagicor Bank taps Chorvelle Johnson for CEO post

MUSIC TO OUR EARS: Culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange says a serious review of the prize package for the Jamaica Festival Song Competition has resulted in an unprecedented $10 million being set aside for the 2018 staging of the competition, which got a rousing launch at corporate hotspot @Twentythree on Dominica Drive in New Kingston last Thursday evening. Grange noted that in addition to an attractive set of prizes for the winner, there will be significant benefits for songwriters and other creatives, while all ten finalists will be handsomely rewarded for participating in the competition. “We made the decision to begin the programme earlier to address several issues and to facilitate workshops and give people the opportunity to learn the songs and get to know the contestants.” Grange told the sizeable gathering. The winner, she said, will be announced at the grand finale scheduled for July. “So we want sponsors to partner with us and we look forward to the great music that we will produce,” Grange added. Started in 1966, the Jamaica Festival Song Competition is one of the longest-running music contests in the island unearthing and showcasing the talents of vocalists and songwriters. 

IN TREATMENT: Constructed and outfitted over a two-year period at a cost of US$15 million, a new cancer treatment facility to benefit patients in Western Jamaica has been opened at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, thanks to the collaborative efforts of the CHASE Fund, the Vincent HoSang Family Foundation, the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the National Health Fund. A Linear Accelerator machine and a brachytherapy machine are among the facility’s new state-of-the-art equipment to combat the deadly disease. The hospital’s Radiotherapy Department has also been expanded to include a reception area and a control room. A similar cancer treatment centre is to be opened at Kingston’s St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2018. 

THE WOMAN FOR THE JOB: As of January 29, 2018, Chorvelle Johnson will occupy the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sagicor Bank Jamaica Ltd, which made the announcement on Monday. With over two decades of service to the sector already under her belt, Johnson has held senior management positions at First Global, Proven Wealth and Proven Fund Managers. “I am very excited to have Chorvelle join our team,” says Sagicor Group President, Chris Zacca. “She is a dynamic, results-oriented leader and is a trailblazer in the financial services industry with an impressive track record of success at the leadership level.”







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