Monday Morning Coffee Break
Elections, Emmys and Escapes
Nobody really hates Mondays. It's their lives and their jobs they really hate.
Good morning, it is the start of another week and a lot has happened over the weekend from elections and the current meltdown of the PNP to the Emmys and new iPhone shortages.. I give my take on important topics that have passed over the weekend
Portia Simpson Miller returns as PNP President, Lisa denied VP
Portia Simpson Miller has come back with the formula, having been reelected as the president as the People's National Party, staving off the challenge of Dr. Karl Blythe. The election held on Saturday saw Mrs. Simpson Miller receiving 2,471 votes to Dr. Blythe's 198. In other election news, Lisa Hannah was denied a seat at the Vice Presidents' table despite a strong campaign that highlighted the need for new ideas at the top. Hannah went all out with her campaign -that Prime time ad!- but was given the proverbial middle finger by many of the delegates who opted to return the present board of Dr Fenton Ferguson, Wykeham McNeill, Noel Arscott, and Angela Brown Burk with no change. Many have stated that the PNP delegates have gift wrapped themselves for receiving more criticism as the party needed renewal after losing the election and in wake of the campaign donation currently rocking the party.
The 68th staging of the Emmys took place last night in Los Angles and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, of course dominated social media with Twitter leading the charge. The award show which seeks to honour the best of U.S. prime time television from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016 saw shows like Game of Thrones being nominated in various categories to be awarded by the Television . Overall, it was pretty bland and has been that way for a couple years. Results are as follows:
- Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Louie Anderson, Baskets
- Writing for a Comedy Series: Master of None
- Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
- Directing for a Comedy Series: Transparent
- Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
- Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
- Reality-Competition Program: The Voice
- Writing for a Limited Series or Movie: The People v. O.J. Simpson: An American Crime Story
- Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Regina King, American Crime
- Directing in a Limited Series or Movie: The Night Manager
- Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie: Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Television Movie: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride
- Limited Series: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
- Writing for a Variety Special: Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
- Variety Talk Series: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
- Directing for a Variety Special: Grease: Live
- Variety Sketch Series: Key & Peele
- Writing for a drama: Game of Thrones
- Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
- Directing for a Drama Series: Game of Thrones
- Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
- Lead actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Lead actress in a Drama Series: Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
- Outstanding Comedy Series: Veep
- Outstanding Drama Series: Game of Thrones
A Barrage of Escapes
The Reverend Merrick "Al" Miller was on Thursday fined 1 million dollars for assisting convicted drug don Christopher "Dudus" Coke during the 2010 Tivoli Gardens incursion. The minister stated that he would happily take the criminal record if that was what the people of Jamaica wanted to give him. But the interesting argument arising from the trial is how the relationship between clergymen and the police will now be impacted as they are now walking a thin line between being criminals themselves and assisting those in trouble with the law in turning themselves in. Another popular minister, Bishop Herro Blair stated that Miller was in contact with then Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington who asked for his help in bringing Coke in; but whose reluctance to testify at trial seemed to leave the minister in a bad light. Current Police Commissioner Dr. Carl Williams stated that he is aware of the Bishop's concerns and has implemented policies to assist ministers along with inviting the Bishop to a meeting to have dialogue regarding the issue.
Battle of the 7's
The Samsung Note 7 has been released little over a month and results have been.... explosive, literally. The popular smartphone has been found to contain defective batteries in some models and customers are being asked to return their phones in order to receive a new one. There have been over 70+ cases of the smartphone exploding with varying degrees of injuries and destruction of property. A 6 year old boy was injured after his father's exploded while he was watching YouTube videos, there have been reports of the phone catching fire and igniting houses and vehicles. Samsung has issued an official recall of all the devices and new ones will be shipped out on September 21 for US customers. On the flip-side, the iPhone 7 has also released to rave reviews and pre-orders lines stretching all the way to November. There are reports from early owners that the smartphone hisses at them from time to to time, while being few and far between it has customers on edge especially in light of the exploding Note 7 issue. It's being said that the hiss comes from the phone's coils working as the processors are being pushed to their potential and is nothing to worry about. Apple has not commented on the issue publicly leaving many customers nervous and out in the dark.
Football Lovely Football
The Jamaica U-17 football team had to settle for a goalless draw against team Haiti in their match on Sunday at the Ato Boldon Stadium. They will however remain atop Group A by virtue of goal difference with four points as Haiti ties with four points also. Jamaica was reduced to playing a man short after Basquin was shown the yellow card for the second time (31 & 61 min) but managed to finished the game without conceeding any goals. The draw has once again brought rumblings that Captain Horace Burrell needs to step aside and stop trying to relieve the 1998 dream by doing the same thing over and over again. This is after Jamaica's September 6 loss to Haiti at the National Stadium.
In the Premier League, Maverley/Hughenden FC remains unbeaten after a goalless draw against UWI FC in a lacklustre match at the UWI Mona Bowl. Montego Bay dodged Boys Town to secure a 2-1 win.
Manning Cup matches