Jamaica’s Portia Simpson-Miller and Usain Bolt Nominated for Time Persons of the Year 2012

Jamaica’s first woman Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, have been nominated by Time magazine for Time Person of the Year 2012, and are part of the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012. Barbados’ Nation News reports:

Readers are encouraged to select the most influential people online. Jamaicans may vote for the Prime Minister and the Olympian, no later than this Friday, April 6, when voting officially ends. The complete list will be chosen by Time editors and revealed on TIME.com on Tuesday, April 17.

Simpson-Miller, who is in her second stint as Prime Minister, received her mandate from the people of the country, when she displaced the Jamaica Labour Party at the polls on December 29, last year. She repeated the feat at the Local Government Elections last Monday, March 26.


For the 25 year old Olympic champion, Bolt, this is the second time in three years that he has made the list. A year after his impressive triple win in Beijing in 2008, Bolt was named in the top 10. [. . .]

Some of the big names on this year’s list include, Grammy-Award winning singer Adele; actor Alec Baldwin; US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton; Libya’s Mustafa Abdel-Jahil; Chinese artist, activist and architect Ai WeiWei; singer/songwriter Beyonce and the world’s third richest man, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett.

For more information, see http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/portia-usain-race-for-time-person-of-the-year/

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