Thursday, 23 January 2020

NEWS FEED: The death of Barry Moncrieffe CD / Sagicor/Sigma Run set for Feb. 16 / The latest on the Edna Manley College saga

TRUE ORIGINAL: Legendary dancer and former Artistic Director of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC) Barry Moncrieffe has died. Moncrieffe passed away last weekend after losing his battle with cancer. He was 78. His successor at the NDTC, Marlon Simms, hails him as an incomparable contributor to the world of Caribbean dance and creative expression. “As a mentor and quintessential teacher, his authority and scope of influence extended far beyond the NDTC,” Simms says. “He was a masterful gentle giant who created significant and lasting impact on the entire Jamaican dance community.” Moncrieffe, who also earned renown as a couture designer who has exhibited work at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) and other platforms, received the National Order of Distinction (in the rank of Commander) from the Jamaican government in 2012. 

CROWD SUPPORT: Come Sunday, February 16, the Sagicor Group hopes to announce that they have raised upwards of $55 million, proceeds from the 2020 Sagicor/Sigma 5K Run, to donate to charity. This year’s three main beneficiaries are the Clifton Boys Home (Manchester), the Special Care Nursery of the Bustamante Hospital for Children (Kingston) and the Savanna-La-Mar Hospital’s Maternity and Newborn Unit (Westmoreland). “Last year, we received $52 million, and so this year we are hoping for $55 million because we try to step it up a little every year,” says Sagicor Foundation Chairman, R. Danny Williams. “With these funds we hope to raise, we will procure much-needed medical equipment for [these facilities] and [for] rebuilding efforts at the Clifton Boys’ Home.” Registration for participation in the 2020 run closes on January 31. 

>> Quote Me! 
“It is likely that the principal will remain on leave, and the process is expected to be (completed). Within two months, we will have it completed.” – Minister Karl Samuda, giving an update on the probe into allegations of sexual harassment and cover-up at the Edna Manley College









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