After taking a tumble during Question-&-Answer, St. Mary’s Ackera Gowie managed to pull off a come-from-behind win to claim the 2018 Miss Jamaica Festival Queen title before a capacity crowd inside the National Arena on Wednesday night. Her prize haul included the highly coveted JCDC trophy, several gift packages and a cash award of $455,000. Gowie was also adjudged the Most Poised and Most Culturally Aware contestant. St. James’ Chris-Ann Douglas took third place and the award for Most Congenial. Hanover’s Shantae Grant came in second. Clarendon’s Kimone Rose won Most Popular on Social Medial Portland’s Jessica Hartley gave the Best Performance and Kingston & St. Andrew’s Leneka Rhoden took the prize for Most Active in the Community.
Veronica Campbell-Brown is busy promoting her new book, Inside Out: Activate the Power Within You. It’s a motivational tome in which the sprint icon shares pearls of wisdom and tough truths about being your best. Says VCB, “When you have purpose, you can live a more fulfilling life.”
As the Dr. Andrew Wheatley/Petrojam saga takes on a new complexion, one can’t help but wonder: Is the Opposition People’s National Party bullying the Prime Minister? That’s the tone that’s been struck. There’s a difference between holding to account and aggressive bullying. We don’t like the tone.