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News | Jamaica, Grand Homecoming 2012
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto
Picture courtesy of Fahad Martin Pinto


It’s Here: Grand Jamaica Homecoming Passport Guide

The Passport Guide is a journey through Jamaica featuring insightful articles, stories, and opinions from well known writers, business executives and professionals and cultural authorities and even Jamaica’s best known cartoonist.

Thanks to the generosity and support of National Commercial Bank and the Jamaica Observer, you can now enjoy this outstanding publication.





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Jamaica and the United Nations

On September 18, 1962, Sir Alexander Bustamante, then Prime Minister of the newly independent Jamaica, applauded as the island’s black, green and gold flag was unfurled at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking Jamaica’s admission into the organization as a member.

Since then, despite limitations of size and resources, Jamaica has played an outstanding role in the United Nations’ system helping to focus international attention on such significant matters as human rights, decolonization, economic cooperation and indebtedness, and women’s issues.

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Statement from Prime Minister Simpson Miller

Prime Minister Congratulates Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake  Well tried Asafa

Earlier today (August 6, 2012), the nation stood with pride at the playing of our National Anthem, and the hoisting of the National Flag of Jamaica for our female athletes, Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Veronica Campbell Brown, as they collected their gold and bronze medals respectively for their performances in the 100 metre women’s finals at the London Olympics.

Then, a few minutes ago, the world stood still as three Jamaican male athletes, Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Yohan Blake went into the blocks for the men’s 100 metre finals.

The performance of Bolt and Blake, in capturing the Gold and the Silver, was sheer brilliance.

I congratulate Usain Bolt on setting a new Olympic record, a truly magnificent performance.

I also congratulate Asafa for making the 100 metre finals at the Olympics for the third time, and regret his injury which prevented him from performing at the level for which he has prepared so hard.

Of the six medals available in the 100 metre men’s and 100 metre women’s finals, Jamaica has captured four. This performance of our men and women demonstrates, once again, that Jamaica is more than a name, more than a brand: it is the pride of a people.

My heartiest congratulations go out to our team – the athletes, sports administrators, coaches, managers, doctors, and physiotherapists – everyone who has contributed to this success.