Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 2 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 jamaica at MESSAGE AS JAMAICAcommemorates its Jubilee as an independent nation it is, as usual, a time of celebrationandhonouringof theheroes of our past; heroeswhohavemadeus leaders in regional and international arenas including politics, sports, and culture. As theCEOof theRJRGLEANER Communications Group, it has been my privilege to oversee the management of twomediaentities cemented in Jamaica’s history – Radio Jamaica Limited and The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, servingJamaica from as far back as 1834. Day-to-daywe are credible recorders of Jamaica’s history, adjusting to the changes in technology, culture, and other national/international influences to keep our content and delivery relevant and convenient for our audiences. Our primary objective every day is to continue to defend our people’s democratic rights and freedoms to access information relevant to themand to earn the public’s trust indelivering this information in convenient formats. It is as much a crucial time for reflection as it is for celebration. As responsible journalists, we remain on the front line of the pain, joys, achievements, and aspirations of Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora; and we share those experiences as Jamaicans ourselves. As we all question ourselves about how to fix the issues impacting crime, healthcare, education, business, and other aspects of our current circumstances as a nation, I suggest that we begin with ourselves; look at howwe, as individuals, in our small ways, are contributing to the negative experiences in our current circumstances. Then we must look at how we can contribute to the solutions. This is one decisive way that we can start on the journey to a brighter future. Earlier this year, as usual we honoured dozens of our outstanding Jamaicans in sports through the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards. More recently the group, through the RJRGLEANER Honour Awards, was also privileged to honour 13 recipients who were making a positive contribution to the Jamaican experience. While you enjoy the pleasant memories and reflections contained in this special Gleaner supplement, I implore you tomake your own positive contributions in your small space. The most significant changes begin with just oneperson, and together they addup tobeing significant collective change. We celebrate our heroes, we celebrate our culture, and we celebrate you and the positive impact that you willmakeonour Jamaicanexperience. GARY ALLEN, CD, JP Chief Executive Officer The RJRGLEANER Communications Group WE CELEBRATE YOU, JAMAICA Karlene Waddell, who was crowned Miss Jamaica 1968 at the National Arena before a big cheering enthusiastic crowd. She was Miss Clarendon and wore the sash of Miss JPS. She is 19, and her vital statistics are 35-24-35 weighs 112lb. THE GLEANER ARCHIVES Karlene Waddell is crowned the first black Miss Jamaica 1968 ‘SHE’S ROYAL’ Alligator lay egg, but him no fowl. TRANSLATION: The alligator lays eggs, but he is not a fowl. (Beckwith) EXPLANATION: Never view a subject from one point only. OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ...

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