A new Canadian high commissioner

Published: Friday | July 17, 2009

Chester Francis-Jackson, Gleaner Writer

A seductress in the true meaning of the word, singer Ashley Martin knows how to make an entrance. - Photo by Janet Silvera

It's now official. The word out of Canada is that the high commissioner-designate to Jamaica is Stephen Hallihan, who will also be the non-resident High Commissioner to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

He takes to the appointment a wealth of experience gained in both the Canadian Forces, where he has held various appointments, including a tour as a peacekeeper in Cyprus, and extensive service on NATO assignments in Europe. He also served the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), where he served in Malawi and South Africa; as senior policy adviser in the Privy Council Office (in Canada), director general of strategic change at National Defence, and director general of the Afghanistan Task Force with CIDA.

Married, he is currently director general of the Afghanistan Task Force in the Privy Council Office, and he and his wife, Cathy, have two children.

He is expected to take up his appointment some time in August.

Nell and Cosmo

Then my daahlings, if y'all have not yet received a copy of August's issue of the fashion and beauty Bible, Cosmo, then my dears, rush out and grab your very own as the absolutely fab Nell Robinson, the totally hot Pulse Supermodel, is one of the featured models in this issue, and honeys, how!


Dears, spread over eight fabulous pages, the daughter of Gordon and Janet Robinson proves why she is the beloved of the fashion photogs, as she bewitches with her innocence, captivates with her island charm and allure, and then knock you off your feet with a maturity that belies her tender years.

My daahlings, we are talking one fabulous keepsake here and nothing but, as this issue is dubbed the Hot Issue, and pumpkins, as a model, they do not come any hotter than the gorgeous Nell!

And speaking of Jamaican international celebrities, next week Friday, July 24, it will be all about one of Reggae's hottest crossover acts, the mega-hot Sean Paul, as the 'uptown youth with ghetto credentials' will be performing live from New York City Central Park, on ABC's Early Show, and it's all the buzz in international musical circles, and then some!

Still in New York, on Monday, July 20, celebrated chef Howard Barton will be the guest chef at the tres chic and oh-so-trendy Spur Tree Lounge on Orchard Street!

Hot spot

Now, for those in the know, the Spur Tree Lounge is one very trendy hot spot that is owned and operated by Sean John, he being the son of footwear designer Bridgette of Bridgette Sandals. The Jamaican themed hot spot serves up traditional Jamaican fare and libations to the cosmopolitan crowd, who have been raving about the place since discovering it!

Normally closed on a Monday, next Monday will see the talented Howard Barton cooking up a Jamaican storm with a twist, and already it's the only buzz on Facebook and in fab circles, both in New York and here in Kingston, with a number of reservations pouring in from Jamaica.

Luvs, dinner gets under way at 7 p.m. New York time and it promises to be all that, and then some!

Meanwhile, back home on the fabulous rock, people are still raving about the absolutely smasheroni of a performance songstress Ashley Martin served up in Lucea last Saturday, at the first anniversary celebrations of the absolutely grand Grand Palladium Hotel and Spa.

My daahlings, the reviews are in, and it's all fab for the mucho caliente Ashley Martin and Dwight Richards, who were last weekend's featured cabaret stars, but more anon as the entire anniversary celebrations were a treat of the finest order.

And many congrats to Justice Marlene Malahoo Forte on her appointment to the Upper House!

Then belated birthday wishes to the charming Judge (retired) Ruby Walcott, who celebrated a very special milestone of a birthday on Sunday, as she marked her 80th birthday with a celebration befitting the occasion, as former colleagues, friends of long-standing and family members joined her at her upper St Andrew home to mark the occasion.

Luvs, the buzz is, it was a love fest, and then some!

Belated birthday wishes


And continuing with belated birthday wishes, the fabulous Rosemarie Johnson of the JTB; hotelier and bon vivant Peter Fraser; and the lovely Jennifer Lyn all celebrated their birthday on Tuesday.

The fabulous Lacy Campbell, formerly of Hedonism III, and now of Pembroke Pines, Florida, will celebrate her birthday on Sunday the 19th.

Montego Bay's leading social arbiter, scribe and high-fashion diva, Janet Silvera, will celebrate her birthday on Monday, July 20, and the buzz is the celebrations will be all that!

Former Kingston habitué-turned-impresario and one-time manager of O.J. Simpson, Delvon 'Bulby' Campbell, will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday the 22nd.

And the charming Debe-Ann Chen will celebrate her special day next Thursday, July 23.

Many happy returns to y'all with champagne toasts and beluga treats!