TOP EIGHT RANKING In 2015, the teenager was ranked by the International Tennis Federation as one of the top eight girls in the Under-13 division for Central America and the Caribbean. She was invited to El Salvador in October to a specialised ITF training camp for one week. The course catered to the top eight boys and girls for Central America and the Caribbean. In January 2016, Harrison represented Jamaica in the Dominican Republic at the Junior Federation Cup, which is an International Under-16 girls’ event. She and her Jamaica teammates placed fifth of the 15 countries, including Guatemala, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Bahamas, Barbados, Curacao, amongst others. In the five singles and three doubles matches that she played, Harrison dropped only one singles match. Later, in March, she again qualified to represent Jamaica in the Under 14 World Junior Tennis Cup, held in El Salvador. Jamaica again placed fifth out of 14 countries, losing 2-1 in the quarter-finals to El Salvador in a very close tie. In singles, Harrison placed fourth overall among 42 girls competing from 14 nations. At the end of March, two days after leaving El Salvador, she went on to play at the United States Tennis Association Super Series in Boca Raton and in the final, she defeated the second seeded American player in straight sets to win the Girls’ Under-14 event. “I enjoy the sport because I get to travel and meet other people. It’s about getting exposure to other culture,” she said. Top-ranked Under-16 national tennis player Jenna Harrison is working hard to be the best female in the game in Jamaica. The 13-year-old Campion College second-form student has class and ability and is fully aware that it requires hard work and commitment to make it in the sport. She trains five days per week on average – two mornings at 5:30 a.m. and three afternoons. “I want to be the best,” Harrison told The Gleaner after winning the Girls’ Under-16 title at the Gas Pro Junior Tennis Championship recently at the Liguanea club in New Kingston. Reflecting on the Gas Pro tournament, Jenna said it was good. “The Gas Pro competition was good. I didn’t play in a tournament for awhile. I played Selena Blythe in final and won. Selena is a strong player,” she said. She has been representing Jamaica from age 11 and is currently ranked at No. 2 in the Under 14 and No. 1 in Under 16 category. Last August in Guatemala, the former Hillel Prep student created history by winning a gold medal at the Junior International Tennis Championship in the Caribbean and Central America. The only Jamaican representative, she advanced to the quarter-finals of the singles event. However, Harrison teamed up with Romari Cardenas to win the girls’ doubles – in a closely contested three-set match – marking the first time a local player was notching the achievement. “My ambition is to become number one in Jamaica, earn a tennis scholarship to an excellent univer-sity, and to be able to become good enough to have an option to pursue a career in tennis or just play college tennis,” she said. “I am going to continue training very hard to have a choice in the future. I am improving with the help of coach Llockett McGregor of the Liguanea Club,” Harrison pointed out. McGregor, a former Jamaica representative and veteran tennis coach, says that the player has the ability to make it to the top. “She is coming along nicely. We are on a programme and she is doing well. Jenna is pushed by short-term goals and works hard when those goals are set.” His prodigy is able to balance tennis and academics due to strong support from parents, Judy and Richard Harrison, as well as coach McGregor and teachers at Campion College. Besides tennis, she enjoys the beach, music and hanging with family and friends. Her favourite tennis player is Novak Djokovic and her favourite food is calamari.
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – Advertisement – As part of Liberia’s 170th Independence Celebrations, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf announced that Liberia is partnering with an infrastructure company, CSquared, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring best-in-class, reliable, affordable broadband infrastructure to Monrovia. A press release yesterday said Liberia is one of the least connected countries in the world, with only 5% of citizens able to access the Internet.“This partnership is a $12M investment that will serve to strengthen essential health, education and government systems, as well as help unlock the potential of the digital economy for Liberian citizens and private enterprise,” the release said.The release quoted President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as saying: “ICT is an integral part of economic development that is often overlooked and undervalued. By expanding our connectivity through this initiative, we will strengthen the support for more ICT based projects and programs in Education, Health, and Infrastructure.”The Government of Liberia has identified increasing fiber infrastructure as a vital part of its economic stabilization and recovery plan. The release said USAID is proud to support Liberia in advancing access to digital infrastructure and has committed an additional $10M to support connected programs in the areas of eGovernment, health information systems, and digital financial inclusion. USAID is also supporting the expansion of Liberia’s digital economy by providing access to a loan guarantee program for qualified, local, digital businesses and entrepreneurs.The Government of Liberia has identified increasing fiber infrastructure as a vital part of its economic stabilization and recovery plan.The United States Ambassador to Liberia, Christine Elder, is also quoted as saying “the United States is committed to helping Liberia provide its people increased access to the Internet.” Ambassador Elder added that “expanding connectivity in Liberia is crucial to helping USAID fulfill its mission to help Liberia end extreme poverty and build resilient democratic institutions.”This partnership builds on CSquared’s proven experience in designing and building shared metropolitan fiber infrastructure in the African cities of Kampala and Entebbe in Uganda, and the cities of Accra, Tema, and Kumasi in Ghana. To date, CSquared has built more than 800 km of fiber in Uganda and more than 840 km in Ghana. Collectively over 25 ISPs and MNOs now use these metro fiber networks to offer broadband services and 4G data to end users, with over 1,200 tower and commercial building sites connected directly to CSquared’s fiber infrastructure.Said Estelle Akofio-Sowah, CSquared West Africa regional manager: “We are excited to be expanding into Monrovia, our third country after Uganda and Ghana. CSquared is committed to working with partners like the Government of Liberia and USAID to expand the ways people around Africa can reliably and affordably connect to the Internet. With 60% of the population of Liberia under the age of 24, we anticipate unprecedented growth in data consumption.”It may be recalled that CSquared on May 16, 2017, along with Google, Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., signed an agreement to invest in CSquared, a technology company making commercially-driven investments into broadband-enabling infrastructure throughout Africa. CSquared will operate as an independent company based in Nairobi. By investing in a shared Internet infrastructure and making it available to local ISPs and mobile operators, CSquared helps bring high-quality broadband access to Africa’s major cities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)