Saturday, 4 January 2020

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Barita’s Ian McNaughton resigns … Household Worker of the Year winners announced … Lorna Goodison to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth

LITERARY LIONESS: The honours and accolades keep pouring in for Lorna Goodison. Jamaica’s Poet Laureate is to be presented with the Queen’s Award for Poetry, according to a recent announcement by Buckingham Palace. Goodison, whose previous honours include the Gold Musgrave Medal from the Institute of Jamaica and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize, will receive her medal from Queen Elizabeth II during an audience with the monarch on an upcoming date to be announced. She is the first Jamaican to receive such an honour. “Lorna Goodison has come to be recognized as a hugely significant and influential contemporary author both at home and internationally,” says the Poetry Medal Committee, which selected the multi-award-winning author and educator on her repute and the strength of her body of work.

JOB WELL DONE: St. Ann native Ingrid Grant-Smith and Tremaine Cunningham, a HEART Trust/NTA graduate, have won the 2019 Grace Kennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Championships. The winners, both parents of very young children, took home trophies and $500,000 cash awards. Nominated by their employers, seven women and three men earned places on the list of ten finalists. At the ceremony, keynote speaker Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange reiterated the government’s commitment to enacting the Decent Work Act to bolster efforts to protect the rights of these and other hardworking Jamaicans. The Household Worker of the Year Awards is now heading into its sixth year.

ON THE MOVE: Ian McNaughton has resigned as General Manager of Barita Investments Limited. His successor is Paula Barclay, a former GM at First Global Bank. According to a release, McNaughton exited his Barita post on December 24 to pursue other interests, but “will remain accessible to the board for the remainder of the current financial year ending September 2020.” … And in other corporate news, Mark Williams will take over as CEO of Kingston Wharves Limited, effective January 6, succeeding Grantley Stephenson, who is retiring from the shipping industry after more than 40 years.

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