Observer column for MON 30 Dec 2013 | Jean Lowrie-Chin
|Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips (left) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Representative in Jamaica, Dr Bert Van Selm (right), listen keenly as IMF Staff Mission Team Head to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, addresses Nov 13 media briefing at the finance and planning ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston. (PHOTO: JIS)|
|Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce after being awarded IAAF Athletes of the Year|
We must never take for granted the continued dominance of our athletes. Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce again triumphed at the World Championships in Moscow. It is no easy task for these athletes to keep returning these results. They went on to cop the top Male and Female Athlete Awards from the IAAF, and only last week were named the top Caribbean sports personalities by AIPS America, the Continental arm of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS), via the votes of sport journalists.
|Our Sunshine Girls|
Gold Musgrave Medalists
Whenever our energy flags, let us remember those Jamaicans who have multiplied their God given talents through sacrifice, diligence and perseverance.
|Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer From left: Dr Trevor Yee), Bronze awardee; Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Silver; Governor General Sir Patrick Allen; Professor Franklin Knight, Gold; and Professor Michael Taylor, Silver, proudly show their citations during The Institute of Jamaica's Musgrave Medals Award Ceremony at the institute's complex on East Street yesterday. , Kingston on Wednesday October 16, 2013. Here are Dr. Trevor Yee (left), Bronze Awardee; Earl "Chinna" Smith (second left), Silver Awardee; Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (centre); Prof. Franklin Knight (second right), Gold Awardee; and Prof. Michael Taylor (right), Silver Awardee.|
The second Musgrave Gold winner was Lee “Scratch” Perry, the Kendal-born musical genius, owner of the Upsetters label and band, who was asked by Bob Marley to produce one of his records in the late sixties. The Institute of Jamaica Citation reads: “Perry then opened his own studio, the Black Ark, in 1973. Black Ark innovations attracted Chris Blackwell, and Perry began recording other Jamaican artists and his solo work with the Upsetters, including the popular Super Ape, for Island Records. The Island connection allowed Perry to inculcate his unique production technique onto foreign genres. Seeking to capture the Black Ark sound, Paul McCartney sent materials of his to be rearranged by Perry.” Yes, Paul McCartney himself wanted the ‘Scratch’ Perry touch!
|Winston Chung Fah receives the Order of Distinction, Commander Class from Governor General Most Hon Sir Patrick Allen|
Among those who received National Honours this year were my good friends Winston Chung Fah who received the Order of Distinction, Commander Class and Oliver Jones, inducted into the Order of Jamaica. CPTC did an excellent three-part series on Winston Chung-Fah for their ‘Hill ‘n’ Gully’ programme and I urge football coaches to share this with their young charges. The honour to Chung Fah, the man who ensured that our humblest ‘ballers’ got a chance to shine in the sport, was long overdue.
|Hon Oliver Jones - inducted into the Order of Jamaica|
Last week Oliver Jones called me to say how moved he was to have been appointed to the Order of Jamaica. Oliver was the founder of the Island Life Insurance Company, which disappeared in the financial meltdown of the nineties. While he was quite outspoken about the then PNP Government’s handling of the economy, he refused to become bitter. Instead, he decided to share his message of resilience with thousands in corporate Jamaica. Oliver’s story is told in the book ‘Oliver Jones: An Entrepreneurial Journey’ written by UTECH’s Professor Rosalea Hamilton and Dr. Angela Ramsay. Oliver believes that this recognition sends a positive signal that Jamaica may be rising above her politically-divided past.
I have selected these personalities for special mention and of course, I must again hail the extraordinary Tessanne Chin. On Thursday evening, CVM-TV showed excerpts from a Jimmy Cliff concert held some years ago, and there was a long-haired Tessanne with singer-trumpeter Dwight Richards doing back-up. We noticed that she was no mere prop on the stage, but an energetic, expressive singer, and we saw why the great Jimmy Cliff gave her the thumbs-up for her ‘Voice’ campaign. Those tours are not easy - she has certainly earned her stripes.More success stories to be written …
|Digicel Group CEO Colm Delves|
|Digicel Founder and Chairman Denis O'Brien supports a market vendor in Downtown Kingston where he built a multi-million energy-efficient Regional Headquarters|