Madam PM: goodwill ambassador
Chester Francis Jackson, Contributor
My daahlings, it's been an absolutely fabulous week for Jamaica internationally. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller hit the red carpet in New York City for the gala of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World!
And then there was the rapturous welcome she received from Jamaicans at her many stops across the United States, but especially at the Penn Relays. The recognition by Time Magazine did nothing if not to underscore the fact that she is the country's foremost international goodwill ambassador, representing a kinder, more caring face of Jamaica, as it seeks to navigate the current world economic turmoil and uncertainty.
My daahlings, despite its naysayers, the trip was an unqualified success. What we need now is a storming of the diplomatic front by the prime minister and the minister of foreign affairs and trade and investment, not only to buttress the ties with traditional allies and partners, but to see forays into the Middle and Far East as the country opens up a new diplomatic dialogue that will lead to forging new diplomatic ties. This will, no doubt, result in new opportunities and the opening up of more diplomatic missions and businesses here in Kingston.
Other fabulous business
And then my dears, speaking of diplomatic initiatives, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary, with responsibilities for trade and industry, Mervyn Assam of the Trinidadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Communications, jetted into Kingston last week. He attended a series of high-level meetings that took him into the weekend before jetting out on Sunday morning!
And my congrats to European Union official Alex Dropinski and his wife, the fabulous Dr Saphire Longmore Dropinski, on the birth of their firstborn, a bouncing baby boy, who was born yesterday at 8:30 a.m. at the Nuttall Memorial Hospital.
Mother and newborn are doing fine, and dad is passing out cigars as he is over the moon!
And speaking of newborns, birthday wishes are in order and extended to the fabulous Peju Oworu-Wilson; the gorgeous Susanne McKenzie Constantine; Dr Tammy Haynes Robinson; the lovely Jennifer Barrett; the fab Asheka Rodney in Portmore; Patrick Watt in Negril; and the very affable and creative Czar. Also to Nick Andrew, the entertainment manager of Hedonism II, in Negril; Clive Outar, formerly of Morant Bay, St Thomas, now residing in Bronx, New York; and north coast habituée,the fab Amanda Busser of East Atlanta, Georgia, who all celebrate their birthday today!
Tomorrow, May 5: It will be all about Cinco de Mayo for many. But for Courtney Kazembe, chef Colin 'Prince' Allen of DeGrill Caterers, and Kellisha Rennie, it will be all about celebrating their birthday!
On Sunday, May 6: The fab Melody Davidson will make it one fab day!
Come Monday, May 7: Carifta gold medal winner Annabella Lyn, daughter of Michael and Denise Lyn, now resident of Florida, will be celebrating her gold medal championship swim.
And on Tuesday, May 8, it will be a special day for Attorney Abe Dabdoub; real-estate developer Robert Cartade; the celebrated nutritionist Dr Heather Little-White; legal eaglet Elizabeth Salmon; the lovely Dacia Daley; model-turned-designer Glenroy March, now in New York; and the fabulous Donna Holloway, now in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
On Wednesday, May 9: The celebrated Maurice Foster; the revered Colin Leslie; the simply fab Tara Playfair-Scott; the lovely Sandy Thompson Bailey; the charmingly lovely Norma Grant; Cherika Chulan; Lindalee Knight; and the affable Laurence Sutherland, in Montego Bay will make it a very special day of birthday celebrations.
And come next Thursday, May 10: The lovely Megan Murray and the lovely Lisa Duggan in Toronto, Canada, will be among the party girls!
Many happy returns all around with champagne toasts and beluga treats!