Thursday, 4 February 2021

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: Yohan Blake opens wellness centre in Kingston / Imega Breese McNab appointed PSOJ Executive Director / TV-J’s Kirk Wright cops Journalist of the Year

IN TREATMENT: Monday, January 25 saw the official opening of the Yohan Blake Rehab and Wellness Centre. Located at 47D Old Hope Road in St. Andrew, the state-of-the-art facility aims to provide world-class treatments (in electrotherapy, dry laser treatment and ultrasound) among other services to injured athletes (et al) who would normally have to travel overseas for such treatment. Above all, Blake says, it’s about “getting athletes to recover faster, so they can get back to competition… this is the start of what’s to come.”

POWER PLAYER: Imega Breese McNab, former Executive Director of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) has moved on to an exciting new gig. She now holds the post of Executive Director of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), her appointment taking effect on January 18. “[She] has just the right skills and experience,” says PSOJ President Keith Duncan. “I believe that she will engage stakeholders in a positive way, creating value and optimizing resources to achieve our organizational objectives.” For her part, Breese McNab says she welcomes the fresh challenge. “I look forward to this new journey,” she says, “and embrace the confidence placed in me to lead.” 

LEAD STORY: A dedicated workhorse for the Television Jamaica (TV-J) news team, Kirk Wright has won the 2020 Press Association of Jamaica Award for Journalist of the Year. The ceremony took place on the weekend at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, as the curtains came down on National Journalism Awards. In addition to the grand prix, Wright took home the trophy for Best Breaking News (for his excellent coverage of the Jodian Fearon saga) and for Health & Wellness Reporting (for a piece titled “Patients Plight”). Other big winners: Jamaica Observer’s Sharlene Hendricks (Young Journalist of the Year); RJR’s Dionne Jackson-Miller (Investigative Journalism); The Gleaner’s Jovan Johnson (News – Print); The Gleaner’s Gladstone Taylor (Sports Photography) and JIS’ Twila Wheelan (Best Radio Feature/Documentary).

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