Wednesday, 4 December 2019

MEN ON A MISSION: Usain Bolt launches ‘Mobility’ scooters in Japan / TechBeach’s Kirk-Anthony Hamilton hails new partners Google / PJ Paterson is UWI’s first Statesman-in-residence

MAN OF HONOUR: Jamaica’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Percival James Patterson, has been made the first ‘Statesman in Residence’ at the University of the West Indies (UWI). “This honorary title is reserved for very distinguished and prominent regional and international retired leaders who are willing to carry out a scope of work within the university’s strategic plan – and brings to the task the necessary budget and support system so as to be independent in their functions,” the university said in a release. In addition to this new office for Patterson, the UWI is also home to the newly christened PJ Patterson Centre for Africa-Caribbean Advocacy and the PJ Patterson Endowment Fund.

DEMAND & SUPPLY: “We’re still talking and trying to figure out how to push forward and do better things of the environment because that’s where it started. This is the future,” Usain Bolt recently told Reuters, referring to plans to boost the popularity of the environmentally-friendly Bolt Mobility scooters, which his team recently introduced to the Japan market. Offering safe, simple and sustainable transport solutions, Bolt Mobility has already been launched in England and France and hopes to “be operating on 40 university campuses in Japan by the end of 2020.”

POWERFUL PARTNERS: TechBeach Retreat co-founder Kirk-Anthony Hamilton feels their collaboration with Google to put on this year’s conference in Montego Bay from December 5-7 is a perfect match-up. “Google is without a doubt the world’s foremost technology company, impacting the lives of billions,” he says. “Given our overall ambition, we are incredibly excited about this opportunity to collaborate with the company and thankful to be delivering this significant milestone to the region.” Now in its fourth year, TechBeach Retreat brings together global leaders from the best tech companies in the world, while offering participants opportunities to connect with these leaders and influencers via a series of thoughtfully designed workshops.

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