Monday, 14 September 2015

ON THE RADAR: Simpson-Miller’s tribute to Elizabeth II + Nominations open for Courtney Walsh Awards + New Ambassador to US appointed

WATCH THE THRONE: Three years after the observance of her Golden Jubilee on the throne, the Commonwealth of Nations recently paused to pay tribute to longest-serving British monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of her reign. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller was among the heads of state issuing statements in salute to Her Royal Highness. “I extend best wishes on behalf of a Government and people who have never wavered in our love and respect for [the Queen’s] graciousness, sophistication, humility, charm and the dutiful manner in which she has carried out her royal responsibilities over these 63 years as sovereign,” Simpson-Miller noted during a September 9 event at King’s House, also attended by the likes of Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen and his predecessor, Sir Kenneth Hall. “Her Majesty the Queen has presided with dignity and an abundance of knowledge, wisdom, and great diplomacy.” 

PROUD TO SERVE: Jamaica’s got a new man in Washington. Ralph Thomas, the country’s recently appointed ambassador to the United States, will formally present his credentials to Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama on September 17 before officially commencing his duties. Thomas succeeds Dr. Stephen Vasciannie, whose tour of duty ended in July. 

PLAYING THE FIELD: Who will walk away $500,000 richer when the 2015 Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence in Sports take place on October 15 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston? Nominations opened last week and will close September 18. Once again, Supreme Ventures head honcho, Brian George, is chairing the selection committee. "Sports is not just about winning and achieving great results on the field,” George says, “but should represent fair play, respect for others, respect for the rules, harmonious development and contribution to country."




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