Thursday, 1 October 2015

SEEN ON THE SCENE: Alia Atkinson golden in China + Japanese and British PMs out and about in Kingston

GIRLS ON TOP: Alia Atkinson continues to rule the pool. The Jamaican swimming phenom picked up two more gold medals to add to her collection at the 2015 FINA World Cup in Beijing, China, this week, fending off spirited challenges from her rivals. Here, the breaststroke sensation (centre) poses with Chinese belles Shang Jia Ying (silver medallist, left) and bronze medallist Shi Jinglin during the medal presentation ceremony at the National Aquatics Centre on Wednesday. (Photo:

BE OUR GUEST: Getting some cardio exercise, PM Portia Simpson-Miller and members of her team keep pace with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose brief stopover in Jamaica included trips up to the Bob Marley Museum (below) and National Heroes Park to make floral tributes to soldiers who lost their lives during World Wars I and II. (Photo: OPM)

‘ROYAL’ WELCOME: Ever the gracious hostess, PM Portia Simpson-Miller held a special dinner on Wednesday for her honoured guests from Japan, at Vale Royal, where outstanding Jamaicans like ace sprinter Asafa Powell were in the mix, welcoming Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the country. (Photo: OPM)

NEW DAY: Britain’s head of government David Cameron (left) was also in the island this week to talk business and diplomatic relations with PM Simpson-Miller and Finance & Planning Minister Dr. Peter Phillips. “There are strong ties between hundreds of thousands of people in the Caribbean and the UK, and we should invest more in our relationship for the benefit of all those people and more,” said the UK prime minister, who was also feted in grand style at Vale Royal. “Our relationship should be based on the countries we are today and the opportunities we can generate together, rather than over-relying on the historical ties of the past.” (Photo: OPM)

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