Tuesday, 8 August 2017

NEWS FEED: Former PM Edward Seaga specially honoured during #Jamaica55 Grand Gala

TRAIL BLAZER: For his pioneering efforts and contribution to national development, former Prime Minister Edward Seaga was specially honoured during Sunday’s Grand Gala on Independence Day, Sunday August 6, inside the National Stadium. According to a release from the culture ministry, Seaga, the country’s fifth prime minister, was recognized as the only living member of the committee that established the constitution of Independent Jamaica and the 1963 Jamaica Festival, when the Grand Gala was first held. Says culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, “As a nation, [we say] thank you to former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, the father of the Jamaica Festival, for this commemorative activity, which continues to assist the growth and development of our country.” 

BUILT FOR SPEED: When Usain Bolt graces the track inside the London Stadium this weekend to compete for his fourth 100M World Championship title, his feet will be clad in a pair of purple and gold running shoes dubbed the Bolt Legacy Spikes, designed by his longtime sponsors PUMA. They were unveiled during a press conference on Tuesday in London, where the sprint superstar’s parents, Wellesley and Jennifer, surprised him by appearing on stage to present him with the shoes. The colourful spikes were designed to show details from key moments of his journey. “The colour purple was my school colour, when I was in high school. That’s where it started,” Bolt reflected. “The gold is: I am the golden boy. Purple and gold – they are nice.” 

SHINING EXAMPLES: A fitting coda to Usain Bolt’s athletics career and sterling exploits for the country is the captaincy of Team Jamaica, which takes on global competitors in London, from August 4 to 13, at the 16th IAAF World Championships. The World’s Fastest Man and compatriot Novlene Williams-Mills have been appointed male and female captains respectively. Both Bolt, who has eight Olympic gold medals and 11 World Champs gold medals in his trophy case, and Williams-Mills, who led Jamaica to the 4X400M gold at the 2015 World Champs in Beijing, have announced that they will retire from the sport at the end of the London championships.

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