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Portia fêtes the press

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2015 | 3:00 AM
Dr Neville Graham (centre) is a happy man flanked by Elizabeth Paucar (left) and Dr Anesa Ahamad of 21st Century Oncology in the United States.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller dances up a storm with communication specialist, Fae Ellington (left)
The life of the party, wine consultant, Marilyn Bennett and OPM's social secretary, Dollis Campbell, dancing up a storm.
Power 106FM's Lorna Lewis did not need a partner to dance the night away.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller works hard to better Minister of Technology, Phillip Paulwell at the press party she hosted for the media Vale Royal on Saturday February 21.
It's all smiles for from left: Jamaica Public Service Company's Garfield Angus, Jermaine Stewart and Sheldon Freeburn pose with Irie FM's Sasha Lobban.
Janet Silvera Photo Head of Southern Regional Health Authority, Dr Andrei Cooke is flanked by Digicel's Annalise Harewood (left) and OPM's Andrea Manning.
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller enters the party with Minister of Housing, Dr Morais Guy.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, looking as stunning as any woman half her age, hosted what must have been the biggest media party in years at her official residence - Vale Royal - last Saturday night.

Wearing a full black, knee-length dress, which is quite unusual for the woman who loves long dresses and tailored pants suit, Simpson Miller danced, chatted and gave her celebrity pose with those who couldn't get enough of her face in their pictures.

Obviously, after several decades in politics and almost five years as head of the Government, she is still very popular.

However, enough with her style and fashion. Simpson Miller gave an inspirational talk to the members of the Fourth Estate in attendance, reminding them of the importance of keeping politicians on their toes.

"Continue to do your jobs of informing and educating, and though you may step on some of our toes, don't allow anyone to make you lose sight of your role," she said.

With speeches out of the way, it was time to open the dance floor to the sounds of the incredible Glady of Glady and the Wild Bunch and Kool 97FM's Mikey T, while Lorraine Fung and Gloria's Seafood Restaurant had guests going for seconds.

The overly talented Maureen Capleton did the decor, introducing a royal lounge to the grounds of Vale Royal, complementing a number of huge tents with shades of orange, red and yellow. Capleton added comfort to the event with lots of lounge chairs, soft cushions and disco lights.

A number of government ministers came out to support their boss, namely Phillip Paulwell, Bobby Pickersgill, Dr Morais Guy, Noel Arscott, Arnaldo Brown, Natalie Neita-Headley, as well as Delano Franklyn, adviser, Dennis Morrison, chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, and head of Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Jennifer McDonald.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com