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Super Shelly-Ann! J'can track icon 'elated' at being named on BBC Top Persons for 2019

2019 BY ARTHUR HALL Editor-at-large halla@jamaicaobserver.com  Thursday, October 17, 2019

Jamaican track and field sprint great Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce yesterday expressed pleasure at being named on the British Broadcasting Corporation 's ( BBC 's) 2019 list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world.
At the same time, local gender activists, commentators and sporting personalities showered praises on the athletic superstar, who last month demolished a world-class 100-metre field in 10.71 seconds to win her fourth world championship title and eighth world title overall.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
“It's great to be a part of the evolution of athletics where motherhood doesn't determine how far female athletes can go in the sport,” Fraser-Pryce, who took a break from the sport after giving birth to her son two years ago, responded to the Jamaica Observer via WhatsApp. “With that being said, I am elated at the recognition and hope that I can continue to inspire many.”
Earlier, writer, storyteller, actress, and teacher Joan Andrea Hutchinson said she was “totally blown away” by the BBC recognition. “This means so much, not just for Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for all the hard work she has put in, but this means so much for every woman of colour. Every little girl who dreams of being big can understand that through hard work and perseverance she can achieve her goal.
“So I am very proud of Shelly-Ann. Thank you, Shelly-Ann, on behalf of every little girl all over the world.”
For broadcaster and university lecturer Fae Ellington, this latest achievement by Fraser-Pryce is “absolutely brilliant”.
“What she has done is outstanding. Most persons, athletes in particular, 20, 30, 40 years ago, would have said 'I have had a baby, I'm done', but she said, 'I have had a baby, I'm not done, I want to reinvent and carry on with my career'.
“So she is an excellent example for women who want to have a family and carry on with their careers. I am just so honoured for this country and for Shelly-Ann that she could have been selected,” said Ellington.
Gender activist Carol Narcisse was equally impressed as she described Fraser-Pryce's making the list as fantastic.
“Shelly-Ann, at a number of levels, is outstanding. At the level of an athlete or sports person she is on top of her game. At the level of a woman who demonstrates how challenged but able women are to juggle their multiple roles in life, as mother, as professionals, and as a broader societal icon … she carries those obligations in an exemplary way,” said Narcisse.
Another gender activist, Judith Wedderburn, argued that Fraser-Pryce shows that Jamaicans, and in particular Jamaican women, underestimate their strength.
“Shelly-Ann must have decided that she would be a wife, a mother, and that it is also possible to continue her career at the top level. She must have decided that she would not choose between a profession and a family and she has demonstrated that it is possible to do both,” Wedderburn said.
“I would like to give her a big hug and say 'you are an example to all young women to say this is possible' but they have to do the work as she has done,” said Wedderburn.
Fraser-Pryce is the only woman from the Caribbean on the 2019 BBC list, which was published yesterday and includes 13 women from the world of sports.
The sporting stars include Britain's Dina Asher-Smith, who won the 200m at the just concluded IAAF World Championship in Doha; Nigerian-born Bahraini Salwa Eid Naser, who stunned the field in the 400m final, also in Doha; and American Megan Rapinoe, who led the US women's national team to victory in the 2019 Women's World Cup.
In introducing Fraser-Pryce the BBC noted that after storming to victory in 10.71 seconds in the women's 100m final in Doha she now boasts more 100m world championship titles than Usain Bolt.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
“It makes the Jamaican track and field sprinter the oldest woman to ever win an Olympic or world 100m title  and the first mum to do so since 1995,” said the BBC as it noted that she carried her two-year-old son Zyon on her lap of honour, saying she wanted to “inspire women thinking of starting a family”.
The media house quoted Fraser-Pryce as saying: “Finding balance is never easy, but we as women get to decide. I never limit myself as to what is possible as long as my body will cooperate. It's important for the future of athletics that women continue to challenge themselves. I am excited to see just how far I can go, even at this stage of my career.”
The BBC said its 2019 list of 100 inspiring and influential women in the world was selected by a team which drew up a short-list based on names gathered by them and suggested by its network of World Service languages teams.
“We were looking for candidates who had made the headlines, or influenced important stories over the past 12 months, as well as those who have inspiring stories to tell, achieved something significant or influenced their societies in ways that wouldn't necessarily make the news.
“The pool of names was then assessed against this year's theme  The Female Future  and measured for regional representation and due impartiality, before the final 100 were chosen,” said the BBC.

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IMF Downgrades Outlook For World Economy, Cites Trade Wars

WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is further downgrading its outlook for the world economy, predicting that growth this year will be the weakest since the 2008 financial crisis, primarily because of widening global conflicts.
The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook released Tuesday foresees a slight rebound in 2020 but warns of threats ranging from heightened political tensions in the Middle East to the threat that the United States and China will fail to prevent their trade war from escalating.
The updated forecast was prepared for the fall meetings this week of the 189-nation IMF and its sister lending organisation, the World Bank.
Those meetings and a gathering Friday of finance ministers and central bankers of the world’s 20 biggest economies are expected to be dominated by efforts to de-escalate trade wars.
The new forecast predicts global growth of 3% this year, down 0.2 percentage point from its previous forecast in July and sharply below the 3.6% growth of 2018.

Holness to address Parliament on climate change today


Prime Minister Andrew Holness (File photo)
Tuesday, October 15, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to make a statement in the House of Representatives today, providing an update on climate change issues and his visit to South Korea.
Last week, Jamaica was given the green light to list the first ever Caribbean Green Bond on the Republic of Korea's stock market.
According to Holness, the Green Climate Fund approved the listing which will place Jamaica as the Caribbean country of choice to conduct climate smart and sustainable business. He also announced that Jamaica has joined the Finance Ministers Coalition for Climate Action to ensure continued efforts to climate proof the economy.
He made the announcements last week Monday, while delivering the keynote address at the Green Climate Fund Private Investment for Climate Conference (GPIC) in Korea.

UPDATE: Former Jamaican Prime Minister, PJ Patterson sustains knee-injury in motor vehicle accident

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 Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The People's National Party (PNP) has informed that former Prime Minister PJ Patterson sustained a knee injury in the motor vehicle accident at his St Andrew home last night.
In a statement wishing Patterson a speedy and complete recovery, the PNP disclosed that the former party president is still undergoing medical examination at the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies.
The update came after he was visited this morning by current PNP President, Dr Peter Phillips.
“On behalf of the leadership, members and supporters, we are all saddened by the news, but heartened because it could have been worse, but for the grace of God,” Phillips said in the statement.
He further expressed that although he awaits a full medical report, he expected that all would be well and Patterson would be able to resume his normal activities in good time.
Phillips also thanked the medical staff that has been attending to Jamaica's longest-serving prime minister.