Argentina celebrates its 201st anniversary of independence
Daviot Kelly, Staff Reporter
Next year Jamaicans will celebrate 50 years of independence, but if that sounds like a lot, try multiplying those years by four.
It's been 201 years of independence for Argentina, and Ambassador Mario Pino, the South American nation's representative to Jamaica, hosted a warm reception that was short on talk but full of camaraderie ... hallmarks of the local diplomatic corps. Jamaica and Argentina cooperate on many fronts including sports and diplomatic training. Plus, the people of both nations love their football!
Ambassador Pino expressed pride at his country's rebound from a difficult period in the '90s to considerable economic growth in recent years, and gushed at the friendly relationship between the countries. But during his speech, guests realised the reception was almost a send-off as well, for, having spent five years and a few months as head of mission, Ambassador Pino revealed that he and his family will be returning to Argentina soon.
He said he would always remember the music, sounds and culture of Jamaica. He gave a special thumbs up to the Jamaican authorities for their cooperation that made his job easier. Before toasting the anniversary with Dr Ken Baugh, he quoted the late Bob Marley, "One Love, one heart, let's get together and feel all right".
Guests out included: Chilean Ambassador Alfredo Garcia and wife Luz, Japanese Ambassador Hiroshi Yamaguchi and wife Yoko, Ambassador Paul Robotham, Ambassador Maxine Roberts and sister Valerie, Rear Admiral (ret) Peter Bradie, Thalia and husband Capt Michael Lyn, Capt David McRae, Glynne Manley, Robert MacMillan, Sylvia Collister and son Paul Collister.