Saturday, 24 September 2016

ON THE SCENE: Highlights from Bolt’s NYC jaunt, Spirit of Independence Awards, PM Holness at the UN, and more

DELIGHTFUL DIPLOMACY: Sep. 23, United States. PM Andrew Holness (right) and Costa Rican President H.E. Luis Guillermo Solis find common ground and ample humour as they hold bilateral talks inside the UN headquarters in New York on Friday. Jamaica’s foreign affairs and foreign trade minister, Kamina Johnson-Smith, was also in attendance. (Photo: Jamaica House)

THE CHAMP IS HERE: Sep. 22, United States. Enthusiastic fans came out in their numbers on Thursday to have a one-on-one with Olympic sprinting legend Usain Bolt, who put in a surprise appearance at the PUMA Lab, powered by Foot Locker on 34th Street, in the Big Apple. Earlier in the week, the Jamaican speedster was a guest on NBC’s The Today Show, where he confirmed his participation at next summer’s IAAF World Championships in London and revealed such post-retirement plans as the establishment of a sports clinic in his native Jamaica. (Photo:

CIVIC PRIDE: Sep. 20, Kingston. For the second straight year, the JCDC hosted a national Spirit of Independence Awards ceremony, recognizing outstanding displays of pride and patriotism across the island. This year, the award for Best Parish Town Square went to the St. Catherine Parish Council, represented by secretary manager Michael Morris, who collected the award from Allison McLean (Permanent Secretary in the Culture ministry) and the JCDC’s Director of Community Cultural Development Services, Dr. Marjorie Leyden-Vernon. (Photo: JCDC)

DYNAMIC DUO: Sep. 17, Kingston. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett and radio disc jock ZJ Sparks laugh it up as they show support for the clean-up work along the Palisadoes Coastal Strip last Saturday, chiefly organized by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), to coincide with the globally-spanning International Coastal Clean-up. Dozens of volunteers, including reps from corporate Jamaica, grabbed their rakes, gloves and plastic bags to get in on the action. (Photo: Stush)

THE FIRST LADIES: Sep. 17, Kingston. Fly girls Terri-Karelle Reid, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Kamila McDonald lent some star power to last weekend’s Colour Me Happy grand after party at the Hope Gardens, where a massive crowd gathered for the merriment, music and non-stop partying in a sea of painted bodies and wild abandon.(Photo: Sleek)

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