Wednesday, 18 May 2011

WORLD 'LEADERS': PM Bruce Golding confirms his J'can citizenship + Bolt encounters one of his biggest fans

CITIZEN GOLDING: What a relief. We finally have proof that PM Bruce Golding is not a dual citizen. (I was worried.) The PM welcomed national population and housing census-taker, Winsome Young, to his office on Wednesday (May 18), where she conducted his interview. Ms Young is the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) area coordinator for the Corporate Area. She assured Mr. Golding that the census which started in April is going smoothly, and that all persons living in Jamaica will be counted whether they are living in a home, an institution or homeless. The information gathered will inform policy decisions that impact national development.

RELIGIOUS HARDTALK: On Monday, May 16, PM Golding (left) received a courtesy call from the World Council of Churches (WCC) leadership ahead of the body's International Ecumenical Peace Convention, which will be held at the UWI Mona from May 18-24. General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit (right), told Prime Minister Bruce Golding that the World Council of Churches sought to collaborate with governments on many issues, and to bring support and critique. The WCC is a worldwide conference of more than 300 churches.

MEET AND GREET: Admittedly a track-and-field superfan, US Ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater Awkard, pays a courtesy call on sprint champion Usain Bolt at his training facility at the UWI Mona campus on Tuesday. The ambassador rapped with Bolt about his life as an athletics superstar, among other things. You know you're a big deal when a camera crew is on hand to film an exchange as simple as a courtesy call. I'm in the wrong profession.

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