*Fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington, and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream speech”.
*Discussions bubbled in public about development of logistics hub in Jamaica, possibly with Chinese investment, possibly based on Goat Islands, possibly bringing with it up to 15,000 jobs. Topic got much press coverage and air play, with politicians and environmental lobbyists leading the way, but plenty of public comments being heard and seen on local TV and in printed media. Still, hope lives to help preserve the Jamaican iguana.
*Victoria Duval, American-born tennis player of Haitian parents, won her 1st round match at US Open against former champion, Sam Stosur: great match poise by the 17 year-old, who dug from a 1 set, 2-4 deficit in 2nd set, to win the match. Last year, she played 1st round against Kim Clijsters, in her farewell tournament. Wonderful story, including that her father was dug out from Haiti’s recent earthquake. Wonderful post-match interview, where she reminded us to take nothing for granted. Still so young at heart. She lost in 2nd round.
*British policemen who were caught on video ‘doing their thing‘ at London’s Notting Hill Carnival.
*Minister of Industry, etc., Anthony Hylton, arrived late for a meeting with exporters and claimed indulgence because he’d wanted to watch Usain Bolt race live from Zurich. Hello! Industry? Time is money. Productivity? Politeness. Have someone show the minister how to record live events for later viewing. Do we have politicians who want to be taken seriously?
*The still scary number of road traffic deaths in Jamaica.
*Pride of place: Syria: alleged government chemical attacks on citizens, killing some 1430 people; prospects for possible international military intervention; UN diplomatic ‘playing in the sand pit’ by Russia. Assad situation, all round 😦