Friday, 31 August 2018

NEWS FEED: Marva Bernard shares plans for AFNA presidency + Colleagues mourn Easton Douglas + JCDC recognizes top Creative Writing entrants

>> Over 90 local writers were recognized during the recent awards ceremony for the National Creative Writing competition, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. The cream-of-the-crop entrants picked up trophies, medals and other tokens for their outstanding submissions in the categories of essays, novels, plays, short stories and poetry. Collette D. Robinson was named Best Adult Poet and Best Overall Writer. Joseph Edwards, another top awardee, was named Outstanding Writer. Special Writer honours went to Nickashie Hardware, while Malachi D. Smith (Choice Writer) and Novelette Smith (Noteworthy Writer) rounded out the top-five finishers. Among the prize recipients: Dionne A. Brown (Best Junior Short Story Writer), Jeffrey Johnson (Best Intermediate Essayist) and Antoinette Henry (Best Adult Novelist). “These are outstanding amateur and professional writers who pour themselves into their creative works,” says the JCDC’s Andrew Clunis, “and [we] stand committed to honouring [their] effort by developing, showcasing and preserving their noteworthy works.” 

>> Marva Bernard has been elected President of the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA). “My objectives are to build on what I have inherited to make [the sport in] the region better than I found it,” says the former Netball Jamaica president. “Umpiring, coaching and administration are critical areas for further development. According to insiders, Bernard’s involvement was crucial to the success of the recent inaugural staging of the AFNA High School Championships, hosted in Kingston. 

>> Former parliamentary colleagues, friends and bereaved relatives are mourning the death of Easton Douglas. The former MP for South East St. Elizabeth, permanent secretary and Chairman of the National Housing Trust died on Sunday after a long battle with cancer. He was 81 years old. “Easton Douglas has etched his place in the history of Jamaica,” says PM Andrew Holness. “His legacy is one of sacrifice, dedication and service for the development of Jamaica and its people.”

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