Saturday, 3 February 2018

TALK OF THE TOWN: #TeamShaggy4Kids pumps $100M into Bustamante Hospital; plus the Sykes controversy and Branson on a roll

LIKE Shaggy, we should always aim to keep our promises. The Grammy winner, through his Shaggy Make A Difference Foundation, has donated a record $100 million to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, representing the proceeds from the star-studded fundraising concert, held on the grounds of Jamaica House on Saturday, January 6. With each staging (the event was last held in 2016), #TeamShaggy4Kids consistently raises the bar and increase the offerings, which go towards purchasing life-saving medical equipment for the cash-strapped facility. Now, having pumped a cool $100 mil into the hospital, the bets are on for $120 mil come 2020! 

Another appointment, another controversy. PM Andrew Holness’ recent “probationary appointment” of Brian Sykes to fill the role of Jamaica’s Chief Justice has raised more than a few eyebrows, with folks in some sectors (even the PNP camp) objecting on the grounds of interference with the usual runnings of the judiciary. Holness, ever the diplomat, was the first to admit that his move was “a break from the traditional way” in which such appointments are usually done, but still allowing for transparency and accountability. Sykes is replacing Zaila McCalla, who has retired. 

And speaking of movements, congrats are in order for Donovan White (formerly of C&W Business) on being appointed Jamaica’s new Director of Tourism. His boss, tourism minister Edmund Bartlett, says White brings “immense marketing and business development experience to the post.” Meanwhile, Dennis Chung is the new Chief Financial Officer at Supreme Ventures Ltd, having given up his CEO post at the PSOJ, where Jennifer McDonald is all set to join the family, working alongside president Howard Mitchell

By all accounts, Sir Richard Branson has global domination on the mind. Per reports, the business magnate will be opening a new Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2020 – the 10th hotel in the franchise and the first one in the UK. The luxurious getaway will boast 225 suites, multiple dining and drinking venues and well as meeting facilities. As the world knows, Branson owns a number of multinational businesses under the iconic Virgin brand, including airlines, records, wireless carrier and a commercial space venture. 

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