Wednesday, 15 June 2011

JAMAICA HOUSE SPOTLIGHT: Highlights from PM Bruce Golding's week of activities

TABLE TALK: Golding is updated by Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma, on the role of the organisation and benefits to countries like Jamaica during a courtesy call last Monday at Jamaica House. Jamaica has been a member of the Commonwealth since 1962 and maintains active involvement. Participating in the meeting are Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Onika Miller (2nd left); Head of Office of the Secretary-General, Commonwealth Secretariat, Simon Gimson (centre); and Communications Officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Yvonne Chin.

JOIE DE VIVRE: PM Golding greets former ward of state Mark Braun on Tuesday at Jamaica House. Braun, now 17, was abandoned in Ocho Rios as a baby. He suffers from a disease called spina bifida, which has left him without the use of his lower limbs. Despite his condition, he is an honour student and participates in several sporting activities, such as shot put and basketball. Also participating in the meeting are Director of Programmes at the Child Development Agency (CDA) Winston Bowen (2nd right); Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute, Professor Neville Ying (3rd right); CEO of the CDA, Carla Edie, and partly hidden is Chairman of the West Haven Children’s Home Board, Robert Moo Young.

FROM ACROSS THE REGION: Golding laughs it up with Premier of the Cayman Islands, McKeeva Bush, who paid a courtesy call on Jamaica House last Monday. Bush, who is also Cayman's tourism minister, said that his country’s major income earner has been doing well and that there are development plans to expand the product offerings. He assured PM Golding that relations between Caymanians and Jamaicans are good at this time.

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