Tuesday, 5 December 2017

NEWS & NOTES: Usain Bolt overwhelmed by statue honour + Gleaner dominates Journalism Awards + Twitter’s Jack Dorsey meets with Jampro’s Diane Edwards

LASTING LEGACY: On Sunday, Usain Bolt joined the pantheon of Jamaican sports icons (Merlene Ottey, Herb McKenley) to have life-size statues officially unveiled in their honour on local soil. In the presence of PM Andrew Holness, Dr. Peter Phillips, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, JAAA President Dr. Warren Blake and overseas guest like NACAC President Victor Lopez, the Basil Watson-designer sculpture (depicting the legendary sprinter striking his signature To Di Worl’ pose) was the main attraction at a ceremony at Independence Park, National Stadium Complex. Speaking with reporters afterwards, Bolt could hardly find the words to respond to the overwhelming moment. “I’ve never ever, at no point, felt that I would be in this moment, as big as it is now, among statues at the National Stadium, where it all began. This is why I always encourage everybody, and this is why my motto says anything is possible, no limits,” said the patriotic son, whose phenomenal and meteoric rise in athletics began at the 2002 World Juniors and culminated this past summer at the World Championships in London. “I’ve really put out my hardest to make this country proud, and even though I’m retired, I will always try my best to continue making my country proud.” 

THE FRONT PAGE: Andrea Chisholm (TV-J) is Jamaica’s reigning Journalist of the Year, while Syranno Baines is her junior counterpart. The announcements came Saturday night as the National Journalism Awards (put on by the Press Association of Jamaica) crescendoed inside the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston, bringing the curtains down on another successful Journalism Week. The Gleaner Company took home a hefty prize haul: the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism (won by columnist Gordon Robinson), the Junior Dowie Award for Sports Photography (Ricardo Makyn), the Hugh Crosskill/Raymond Sharpe Award for Investigative Journalism (Dania Bogle and TV-J’s Jordan Forte) and Best Human Interest Feature – Print (Corey Robinson), among others. Nationwide News Network copped the President’s Award for Investigative Journalism. 

TWEET ELITE: Jamaica’s west coast welcomed a host of international guests this past week, on the occasion of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference and the Tech Beach Retreat – both hosted in Montego Bay. Among the foreigners jetting in was Jack Dorsey, co-founder of social media trailblazers Twitter, who put in an appearance at the Tech Beach event, which attracted innovators and entrepreneurs galore to hear about the latest developments in their sector and what’s on the horizon. Making his first trip to the island, Dorsey reportedly had word with President of Jampro, Diane Edwards, and other Jamaican officials, discussing how Twitter and other well-respected platforms can help Jamaica improve its digital footprint.

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