Monday, 16 September 2019

SOCIETY, SOCIETY: From Russia with Love; Of Becca, Dexter and Mr. Seaga’s grave…

>> These days, members of the jet set are on cloud nine, as it’s been announced that plans are being finalized for new flights out of Russia and South Africa to Jamaica. According to the tourism ministry, these latest developments could lead to as much as a 10.2% growth in the overall revenue generated for the sector in 2019. But that’s not all. As of December 2, LATAM Airlines will commence service between Lima, Peru and Montego Bay, with up to three flights per week. Meanwhile, Russian airline Pegas Fly is so excited they will be using bigger jets for their Jamaican trips, possibly increasing passenger load to Montego Bay to 500 persons per trip. We feel special! 

>> Whatever celestial province the late Noel Dexter has travelled to – what a music they are now enjoying! The celebrated musicologist, composer and University Singers artistic director, who crafted some of the most delightful and patriotic selections in the Jamaican Songbook, will be greatly missed. He was in a league all his own. 

>> On another note, surely Mr. Edward Seaga’s grave at National Heroes’ Park will be given a proper tombstone like the other burial spots. It cannot remain like that. It’s an eye-sore compared to the other icons’ graves on the property. 

>> And speaking of the departed, legendary journalist and commentator Tony Becca has been posthumously inducted into the Caribbean Media Association Hall of Fame. No one is more deserving of such an honour than Mr. Becca whose writings on everything from cricket to Caribbean identity truly took us beyond a boundary. 

>> The corporate scene has bid farewell to Ricardo Nuncio, who has left Red Stripe to return to Mexico to take up another assignment. His successor, Luis Prata, has very big shoes to fill.

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