PM Portia messes with the heads of the pundits and party faithful once more…..she plans to parachute former Miss World and talk show host Lisa Hanna in as the PNP candidate for the controversial South East St. Ann seat. This constituency is held by Tourism Minister, Aloun Assamba, but her decision not to run again after a run-in with the don, precipitated a months long struggle for the seat……..
Obvious to everyone (except to the pundits ) is how a celebrity of Lisa’s star quality is the only type of candidate that can:-
(1) shut up the local PNP activists who want Sheree Brown-McDonald, the wife of their local don, to run but who will likely get overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of “the people” for the “pretty lady” – call this the “Joan Gordon-Webley effect”
(2) get the votes of the average St. Ann voter who would rather go and meet Lisa Hanna than some experienced politician any day of the week
(3) completely mess with the JLP plans to bring back Lisa’s ex-husband, David Panton, now a resident of Atlanta, Georgia…..
Air Jamaica’s management makes first smart move in ……a very long time………
Air Jamaica’s management finally takes some positive action by selling its loss making London route to Virgin Atlantic but fails in its public relations effort. Richard Branson gives Jamaicans a lesson in how it’s done (public relations, that is). He announces the deal, tells Jamaicans how happy we are to get rid of this burden on the taxpayers, and starts selling tickets to Jamaica a few days later……
Mr. Woolmer, R.I.P.
Seems Bob Woolmer wasn’t murdered…..but as far as bad/dire/totally awful publicity for Jamaica goes, he might as well have been……please note that the two gentlemen already selected as fall guys (the pathologist Dr. Seshaiah and DCP Mark Shields) are “from foreign”…. God forbid that any native-born Jamaican policeman or pathologist should be embarrassed…..Rely on the rumour mills to come up with a whole new set of conspiracy theories based on the Indian-born pathologist, Dr. Seshaiah, being so instrumental in the shaming and blaming of the Pakistani team……
Inzamam al-Haq and Bob Woolmer
Our very own convicted Muslim preacher of hate, Abdullah al-Faisal comes home……local Muslims decide NOT to pre-judge him based on his past behaviour….. Given how adept we Jamaicans already are at killing our fellow Christians, it seems that we just can’t work up much anxiety about the rhetoric of this famous deportee……
New Spanish hotel department – the Riu Montego Bay
The local regulators keep trying to regulate…..and the contractors keep trying to construct the new Riu hotel in defiance of local environmental regulations…
Now, what do we call this :-
(1) Language barrier ?
(2) Not-enuff-money-paid-in-right-quarters-barrier ?
(3) Parish council just trying to do the right thing and protect constituents barrier ?
Costa del Sol, Spain
“The Green Holiday Guide Spain and Portugal 2002/3: Cottages and Campsites on Organic Farms Environment-Friendly Guesthouses and B&Bs (Green Holiday Guides)” (European Center for Ecological and Agricultural Tourism)
Cheaper energy ?
The Government is selling 49% of the local oil refinery to Venezuela’s state oil company So what happens if the JLP (not fond of President Chavez) comes to power in the next few months ? Probably not much. Just as Chavez mouths off at Bush while exporting the majority of his oil to the United States and Bush disses Chavez while buying most of his oil, we can expect Prime Minister Golding to sound off while eating up any cheaper energy coming Jamaica’s way whether it’s from Chavez, the Trinis or anyone else………
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