Monday, August 6, 2012

Jamaica basks in glory on its Independence Day


Today, 6th Aug is the day of their Independence and they have reasons to celebrate – they can say with pride that the fastest Man and woman on earth hail from their country.  It is a place which has produced Steve Bucknor, the Umpire, Cricketers -  Chris Gayle, Courtney Walsh, George Headley, Michael Holding amongst other famous people from the island.  

Elsewhere at Brixton, a district in south London, England, there were celebrations too.  Brixton has a muti-ethnic community with a higher % of population of Caribbean descent.  At nightclub closer to the venue in this area, people were celebrating the victories of Jamaicans. Brixton is reported to be a little Jamaica.

The island Nation Jamaica slowly gained increasing independence from the United Kingdom and in 1958, it became a province in the Federation of the West Indies, a federation among the British West Indies. Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the federation in 1962 – that was on 6th August 1962.  

Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller, is the 7th and current Prime Minister of Jamaica, representing the People's National Party. Simpson-Miller also previously served as Prime Minister from 2006-2007. She defeated former Prime Minister Andrew Holness of the Jamaica Labour Party in the December 2011 general election.

Jamaica, officially the Commonwealth of Jamaica,  is situated in the Caribbean Sea, south of Cuba, and is the  5th largest island country in the Caribbean. Once a Spanish possession known as Santiago, it became an English colony in 1655 under the name Jamaica.  With 2.8 million people, it  remains a Commonwealth realm.  Kingston is the country's largest city, with a population of 937,700, and its capital.

Usain Bolt who created another Olympic Record winning 100m Spring in 9.63 seconds [already has the World record in 100m] hails from Jamaica and his fellow Blake won Silver yesterday [actually today morning IST]

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce,  born in 1986 in Kingston, Jamaica, Fraser-Pryce ascended to prominence in the 2008 Olympic Games when at 21 years-old, the relatively unknown athlete became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics.  At London,  Fraser-Pryce successfully defended her 100m title.

Jamaica is basking in glory as more medals lay in wait for them in Athletics

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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