Thursday, 10 September 2015

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Miss Lou tribute, victorious Reggae Boyz, and PM Simpson-Miller on the job

THE BRIGHT SIDE: Aug. 26, Kingston. Recently in Jamaica to discuss possible ways that Jamaica and the United Kingdom can further deepen their relationship, British Minister for the Caribbean, Grant Shapps, called on PM Portia Simpson-Miller at Jamaica House, where the PM used the occasion to express gratitude to Britain for their continued support in the fight against crime and drugs. 

OPEN HOUSE: Sep. 6, Kingston. North Parade in Downtown Kingston was all abuzz on Sunday morning, as the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre was officially opened before a sizeable crowd of local and foreign dignitaries and Jamaicans from all walks. Here, as Executive Director of the Institute of Jamaica, Ann-Marie Bonner, looks on, PM Simpson-Miller and Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, participate in the ribbon-cutting exercise. 

MEMORY LANE: Sep. 7, Kingston. As Jamaicans, we constantly find new ways of paying tribute to the late cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou). In honour of her birthday, over 120 invited guests (including dozens of schoolchildren) took a tour of Miss Lou’s former place of residence up in Gordon Town to bask in the surroundings of the tropical haven that inspired one of the most accomplished folklorists the Caribbean has ever produced. 

DOWN TO EARTH: Sep. 7, Kingston. On Monday, Heroes’ Park also played host to quite a few Jamaicans paying homage to Miss Lou on the occasion of the anniversary of her birth. Here, a group (comprising theatre practitioners and noted cultural ambassadors) make a floral tribute by her graveside. 

COUNTRY STRONG: Sep. 8, Nicaragua. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz put on a courageous display in Managua Tuesday night to defeat the hosts 2-0 and book passage to the next stage of qualifications for the well-anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Pictured above in celebration mode, the senior footballers now join Haiti, El Salvador, Canada, Mexico, the United States and Costa Rica in the region’s first group stage.




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