Jamaica recognises 98 with national honours
Former United States ambassador to Jamaica, Susan Cobb, advertising icon Arnold Foote, businessman and educator Dr Marshall Hall, Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon and Professor Emeritus Sylvia Wynter head the list of 98 people conferred with national honours and awards this year.
The five have been bestowed with the nation's fourth-highest honour, membership in the Order of Jamaica (OJ), for distinguished service in their fields.
Eighteen people were honoured with membership in the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Commander (CD).
That list includes Dr Marion Bullock-DuCasse for her outstanding service to the health sector, particularly in the field of emergency and disaster management, and president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Joseph M. Matalon, who is recognised for his role in the public and private sectors and community service.
Veteran reporter and press secretary to several prime ministers Ken Chaplin, the Reverend Dr Vivian Panton and former head of Irie FM, the late Karl Young, are also among those conferred with CDs.
Badge for jutc heroine
Veteran broadcaster Barrington 'Barry G' Gordon; Olympian Lorraine Fenton; trade unionist Kavan Gayle and Sister Susan Frazer, the voice of the St John Basco Boys Home, are among 29 people awarded membership in Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer.
Annette Howard - the Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus driver dubbed 'The Angel of Palisadoes' for her assistance to passengers who were injured when American Airlines Flight 331 overshot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport in December - is one of three persons awarded the Badge of Honour for Gallantry.
The other awards for gallantry were issued posthumously to the two policemen, Sergeant Wayne Henriques and Constable Jason Davis, who were fatally shot when they went to the assistance of their colleagues who were ambushed by gunmen on Mountain View Avenue on May 23.
Badges of honour for meritorious service have been awarded to 18 people, while 25 individuals have been awarded badges of honour for long and faithful service.
The awards will be handed out during a ceremony at King's House on National Heroes Day.