Friday, 28 August 2020

SOCIETY, SOCIETY: Barbara Blake-Hannah’s big UK honour … EU ambassador bids farewell …The Heinz Simonitsch factor …

>> Barbara Blake-Hannah is finally getting her due. Her distinction of becoming the first Black news reporter/journalist to grace British television back in the day is being recognized, decades later, with a journalism award being named in her honour. The Press Gazette, based in the UK, is sponsoring the award. “The UK journalism industry has a poor record of reflecting the diversity of the UK,” the media house said in a statement. “We thought this was a great way to start to address the problem.” We feel so too! 

>> And speaking of deserving people, some 14 young Jamaican bright sparks have been awarded the 2020 Chevening scholarship to pursue graduate studies overseas. The cohort includes TVJ news anchor Andrea Chisholm, a past winner of Journalist of the Year at the annual Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Awards. 

>> After a four-year tour of duty on our shores, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska is saying goodbye. “We have been extremely lucky to have fantastic cooperation. We have had hiccups along the way but it has been an extremely rewarding, fantastic posting, and I will be very sad to go,” the EU’s top diplomat to the region told the Gleaner at her Jack’s Hill residence. “I think we have made quite an impact over the four years.” 
>> R.I.P -- We join the tourism industry in expressing condolences to the family of Heinz Simonitsch, the venerable Austrian-born hotelier (MoBay’s Half Moon Resort) and founder of the SOS Children’s Villages, who passed away last month. Simonitsch was a man of notable accomplishments. A member of the Order of Distinction (Commander Class), he served as President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) for five terms and won Hotelier of the Year five times. Enjoy your rest, sir. 

>> Questions of the Week 

1. Why do folks have issue with Koffee’s “tomboy style” all of a sudden? Oh, of course. She’s a Grammy-winning artiste now. 

2. Are you putting your X beside the bell or the head?









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