Wednesday, 8 August 2018

TALLAWAH MONITOR: PM Holness talks freedom and respect; Team Ultimate wins World Reggae Dance Champs

>> In his Emancipendence message, PM Andrew Holness has called on Jamaicans to remember the freedom struggles of our forefathers and to show greater respect to ourselves and our fellow man. “The passage of time can erase the profundity of our historic experience, leading us to take for granted or even forget our connections to the past,” he said. “Isn’t it ironic that we as a people who suffered under systematic violence and brutality inflicted by enslavers are now inflicting violence on ourselves and depriving our own people of freedom? In as much as we celebrate the beginning of our freedom from enslavement, we are also celebrating the end of the violent system that oppressed our forefathers. We must never forget that – not as a motivation to hate but as a reminder to love and respect ourselves.” 

>> Team Ultimate are the 2018 winners of the World Reggae Dance Championships, which had its finale inside the National Arena on Friday night. The five-member dancing squad was awarded a $600,000 cash prize and the winner’s trophy. Second place ($300,000) went to the Schengen Squad out of Italy, which also copped sectional prizes for Best Costume and Best International Group. Fantastic Steppaz emerged third-place winners ($150,000). Two crews had to share the award for Most Disciplined Team: Kingston’s SB Team and Poland’s Full A Vibe, which also won Most Popular on Social Media. 

>> Thanks to Rev. Al Miller and other stalwarts of the Jamaican clergy, the MAN Ting initiative (Men Advancing the Nation) was recently launched in Kingston. Committed to the fight against crime and violence, it’s being promoted by the Independent Churches of Jamaica. “We want to emphatically declare that, as the church, we will make the matter of guns and ammunition recovery a prayer priority,” Miller says. A ‘rededicating the nation’ exercise is slated for Wednesday at the National Stadium car park. 

>> The Jamaica Tallawahs are now in camp for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) cricket championships, bowling off on August 8. “The expectations are always high,” says team manager Andrew Richardson. “We had our first day of camp (last Wednesday) and the guys are looking good, and they are in high spirits and everybody is ready to go.”

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