Friday, 19 January 2018

FLASHBACK 2017: Noted Jamaicans share their picks for 2017’s top newsmaker, food event, song, and more

> JAMAICAN OF THE YEAR: All of Jamaica 
Nominated by Dr. Wayne Henry, PIOJ Director General 
“I’d have to make a collective choice and say the people of Jamaica, for staying resilient and for continuing to believe. These are extremely difficult times, but the people of Jamaica continue to push on and press on.”

> NEWSMAKER OF THE YEAR: Commissioner of Police George Quallo 
Nominated by Prof. Stephen Vasciannie, UTech President 
“His year was positive with ups and downs. It is a difficult job. The crime problem has gotten out of hand. So I commend him for his stick-to-itiveness and his determination.” 

> The SPIRIT OF JAMAICA Award: The Press 
Nominated by Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment-Brown 
“In a way I think the media raised a number of important issues and sought to drive these issues further along in the national conversation in different formats. There were challenges, but they soldiered on and incorporated that in their way of communicating with the people of Jamaica.” 

> FOOD EVENT OF THE YEAR: Restaurant Week 
Nominated by Kandi King, Miss Jamaica World Pageant Director 
“I was one of their ambassadors, and I got some insight into how they developed the brand. And the food was absolutely amazing. You got to experience dining and enjoy meals at discounted prices that you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to.” 

> SONG OF THE YEAR: “Just the Way You Are” by Tarrus Riley 
Nominated by Kristen James, star of Queen Esther 
“I like the message that it sends to women. I like the realness of the lyrics. Tarrus has a voice that’s divine, and I really respect him as a songwriter. I got a chance to see him live recently, and he’s very creative, very vibrant. He’s one of the best.”

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