Monday, 29 October 2018

NEWS & NOTES: Deepening JA-China relations + Why the Reggae Girlz prevailed + Portia’s story on-screen

>> Reggae Girlz deserve our full support, says Holness 
According to PM Andrew Holness, the history-making Reggae Girlz have earned a place among the greatest Jamaican sports teams of all time. As the world now knows, Jamaica has become the first Caribbean country to qualify to compete at the FIFA World Cup – Men and Women – thanks to the Girlz’ splendid accomplishment. “The historic victory and qualification places the girls in the pantheon of the greatest teams of all time in Jamaica,” PM Holness has said. “This win symbolizes the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the team and the management. I congratulate the team and the management on making Jamaica proud.” The prime minister also emphasized that corporate and public support for the girls on the journey to #France2019 is crucial. “I call on all Jamaicans to rally behind the Reggae Girlz,” he says, “and give them all the support they need.” 

>> New children’s hospital for MoBay 
Jamaica and China have inked a deal that will see the Chinese government providing approximately US$36.16 million in grant-support funding for the construction of the Western Children’s Hospital in in Montego Bay, St. James. The 220-bed facility will be situated on the compound of the Cornwall Regional Hospital. The vision is for the hospital to complement the work of the Kingston-based Bustamante Hospital for Children. Tian Qi, the Chinese Ambassador to Jamaica, says the collaboration marks another milestone in Jamaica-Chinese relations. “China and Jamaica continue to help and support each other under a framework of bilateral relations,” Qi says. “Our friendship and cooperation are [built on] equality, mutual respect and common development. Construction work on the facility is expected to commence in March 2019. 

>> Simpson-Miller docu-film now in pre-development 
A documentary on the life and legacy of Portia Simpson-Miller, Jamaica’s first female prime minister, is now in pre-development, according to filmmaker Lennie Little-White. “We hope to start the shooting in November, but for right now we’re doing a lot of the background work, the historical research,” he told TALLAWAH at the recent Peter Tosh Awards. “We’ll be interviewing several people because we want to include testimonials from people who know her. We’ll also be doing some acting to recreate her years as a child growing up in the country.” Simpson-Miller, a former TIME 100 honoree, retired from active politics in 2017. Little-White, renowned for his work with Mediamix and for such big-screen projects as Glory to Gloriana, has previously done documentaries on painter Barrington Watson and scholar Rex Nettleford. The completion of the Portia project is slated to coincide with next year’s observance of Black History Month.

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