Thursday, 21 January 2021

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: NERHA’s Tyrone Robinson hailed as ‘visionary leader’ / Chris Williams on the ball for new-look Premiere League/ Adrian Allen prepping for Jazz & Blues reboot

MAN OF THE PEOPLE: Health and Wellness Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton has paid tribute to the late Chairman of the North-East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), Tyrone Robinson, who passed away recently in Florida at age 58. “[He] was a visionary leader who brought his expertise to public health, especially to the north-eastern side of the island,” Tufton said. “We have benefitted tremendously from his leadership and his passion for service.” Robinson, NERHA Chair since 2016, was in charge of the region encompassing St. Mary, Portland and St. Ann – a zone including four general hospitals and 70 health centres. Robinson also divided his time among pursuits in farming, business and aviation. 

GAME PLAN: As Chairman of the newly formed Professional Football Jamaica Limited, Chris Williams has hit the ground running, meeting with sponsors of the new-look league set to commence in the coming months. Among the sponsors on board so far: WATA/Wisynco, Yummy Bakery,Digicel, SportsMax, Mount Pleasant Football Academy and Jamaica Producers. Says Williams, “[These] companies recognize the value that a successful Jamaica Premiere League season will bring in securing income for a vulnerable grouping and much-needed entertainment for Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora.” 

BRING BACK THE MUSIC: Last staged in 2015, the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival looks set to make a memorable comeback, as long as all goes according to plan. That’s theword from Adrian Allen, the man behind Steady Image Media Group, having secured the license to reboot the festival with a virtual staging from January 28 to 30. “The festival has always been waiting on the right time to come back,” he said in a November interview. “We are getting quite a bit of support from brands who have bought into the value of the digital reach, which enables them to capture three times as much as actual events. And we are continuing to look for more support.”

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