Thursday, 9 June 2016

GOOD NEWS: Jamaica deepens partnerships at ACS Summit + PAJ salutes two departed colleagues

‘A SENSE OF LOSS’: The local media community lost two of its stalwart practitioners last week with the untimely deaths of Gary Spaulding (left) and Glenroy Sinclair. While both men distinguished themselves with years of service to The Gleaner Company, Spaulding (who copped the Morris Cargill Award for Opinion Journalism in 2012) amassed tonnes of experience working in newsrooms at the Jamaica Observer, the RJR Group and the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). An outpouring of condolences met the news of their deaths, including heartfelt reflections from the top brass of the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ). “The media community has been dealt a severe blow. Media circles in Jamaica go relatively small, so many of us worked closely with or were good friends with both Glenroy and Gary. Because of that, the sense of loss is really severe right now,” says PAJ President Dionne Jackson-Miller. “We are richer for having known and worked with them, and journalism will be the poorer for their absence. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families at this difficult time.”

REGIONAL UNITY: PM Andrew Holness led a Jamaican delegation to participate in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in Havana, Cuba, last weekend, and by all accounts, it was time well spent. “I was pleased to discuss with President Raul Castro a wide range of bilateral and regional issues. We reviewed our relations at the various levels and pledged to identify ways, in the short term, to deepen the prospects for greater collaboration and exchanges in the area of trade, tourism, climate change and disaster mitigation, as well as culture and education,” PM Holness reports. “Jamaica remains committed, as a founding member, to the ideals of the ACS, as it positions itself to achieve sustainable development and strengthen technical cooperation among member countries. There is an urgent need for enhanced regional and hemispheric partnership to counter threats to our security through increased innovation and more effective forms of cooperation.”

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