Civic leader and popular St. Ann businessman Joe Issa has congratulated Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Dr. Norman Dunn following his decisive victory over People’s National Party (PNP) candidate Dr. Shane Alexis in the just concluded by-election for the St Mary South Eastern seat, stating he has confidence in the ability and willingness of Dr. Dunn to become a fine member of parliament.
Dr. Dunn (left) and PM Holness Issa interacts with staff
Dr. Norman Dunn reportedly reversed his narrow five-vote loss in St. Mary South Eastern 20 months ago to now-deceased Dr. Winston Green, by soundly whipping political newcomer Dr. Shane Alexis by more than 900 votes. This is said to have happened on the exact date when the JLP registered a landslide victory over the PNP 37 years ago, the Jamaica Observer wrote.
“The work has just begun. We can celebrate tonight because we should, but tomorrow is a new day for South East St Mary,” Dr. Dunn was quoted saying to a jubilant crowed of supporters at a victory rally in the Annotto Bay square bus park following the election results, which showed he had polled 8,176 votes to Alexis’s 7,230.
A similar message is said to have been delivered by Prime Minister and JLP leader Andrew Holness.
“While we bask in the glory and victory of tonight, tomorrow we go back to our reality. And I want you to understand that I appreciate the reality that you have been living; that I come from that reality; and that I am committed with 100 per cent of everything I have, and I know the same for my team, to [change] the condition of the life of the people. After this election I cannot forget the people of South East St Mary,” the prime minister reportedly told the horn-blowing supporters.
He added: “As leader of the Jamaica Labour Party I have tasted the agony of defeat, and I have also tasted the thrill of victory. And Labourites, for a long time, yearned for the thrill of victory; and now we see our party emerging not only as victorious but a party that has substance behind it.”
The result increases the ruling JLP’s seats in the House of Representatives to 33, compared to the Opposition PNP’s 30.
2005 inductee into the prestigious Campion College Hall of Fame Joe Issa has congratulated fellow Campionites, well-known economist Dr. Damien King and businessman Joseph ‘Little Joe’ Matalon, who were both recently inducted.
Said to have produced many of the islands leaders in their field, Campion College, like the music and movie industries do for their very best, awards them the ultimate honour of a place in its Hall of Fame.
In an interview with Issa, who has also won the enviable Head Master’s Cup at Campion College and the national award, CD, for business and philanthropy, he congratulated the new inductees and said it is the dream of every Campionite to make it to the hall of fame.
“I’d like to congratulate Dr. King and Mr. Matalon; they’ve work hard in their respective field and therefore, deserve the recognition…it’s a great honour to be recognized that way… they must feel quite happy,” says Issa, who should know that feeling, having experienced it firsthand.
He adds: “It’s the dream of all Campionites to live to see their name in the hall of fame, even though we all know that only a very few will make it there, and I am happy and fortunate to be among that few, just as Dr. King and Mr. Matalon must be feeling now,” says Issa, the Cool Corp executive chairman who was more than a decade behind the class of the newest inductees.
Receiving the honour in 2005, along with Issa, was his cousin Chris Issa, also for Business; Kathryn Stewart, for Alumni Service; Peter Espeut, for Environment; Doctors Natalie Dickson and Howard Cooke for Science; and Wayne Burrowes for Sport.
Former DB&G business trio, Christopher Dehring, Peter Bunting and Mark Golding are still the only inductees under the Group Award – Business and Public Service – since 2009.
Since starting in 1998, when William Shagoury for Alumni Service and Cathi Levy for Arts were inducted, the Campion College Hall of Fame event has been held every other year, with some 31 former students honoured under eight categories, including seven for Business – the most in any category.
Any member of the alumni can be nominated by any past student of Campion College in any of the categories. The nominations are reviewed by a panel which includes members of the Association’s executive and senior representatives of the school, according to Campion’s website.
Photo Caption: A high five congratulation being offered Carlton by VP, Finance, Joey Issa as VP Operations Jag Mehta and VP HRD, Noel Brown wait their turn to offer congrats.
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