YOHAN BLAKE PAYS $52 MILLION TO GOVERNMENT FOR PROPERTY IN ST. ANDREW—09/21/14
Jamaican athlete Yohan Blake paid $52 million to Jamaica’s government for a property located in St. Andrew. The property will require “major repairs,” according to officials knowledgeable about the transaction. The government acquired the property in 1964 from Ernest Wedgewood for 10,000 pounds. The National Land Agency received approval for the sale of the single-family home from the Cabinet in July 2014. It had previously been used for government offices, but had fallen into disrepair and needs major upgrades.
FRASER-PRYCE NAMED AMBASSADOR SPECIAL ENVOY—09/24/14
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaica’s two-time Olympic champion runner, has been named to the position of Ambassador Special Envoy at a ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica. The champion athlete has also won five World Championship gold medals. Natalie Neita-Headley, Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister with the responsibility for sports, said Fraser-Pryce is the perfect role model for young people in Jamaica.
BLAKE RECOVERING FROM SURGERY FOR INJURED HAMSTRING—09/25/14
Jamaica’s champion sprinter Yohan Blake is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair an injured hamstring, according to a representative of his management team. The representative also dismissed reports of Blake buying a house valued at $52 million. Local manager Timothy Spencer said that Blake, 24, is handling the recent setback well and is committed to his rehabilitation regimen.
DOCTORS IN JAMAICA MAY HAVE MORE INFLUENCE AFTER FIFA RULING—09/26/14
Physicians in Jamaica who treat football players could have more say over the outcome of matches, depending on a ruling from FIFA. The executive committee of the governing body will consider a proposal from its medical committee that would allow doctors to have the last word on whether a player who may have suffered a concussion from a head injury could continue playing in a game. Referees would only allow players to continue to play if the team physician gave approval.