Monday, August 06, 2007

Happy Independence Day, Jamaica! + Barrington returns home

Today, Jamaica celebrates its 45th Anniversary of Independence, and I would like to extend best wishes to the citizens of that beautiful country. I have nothing but fond memories of my year there and I wish Jamaicans all the best as they move into Nomination Day tomorrow and elections later in the month.

Click here to see which eminent citizens were bestowed Jamaica's fourth highest National Honour - the Order of Jamaica.

On a related note, Jamaican-born aviator, Captain Barrington Irving Jr., who recently made history as the youngest and first black pilot to fly solo around the world, returned to Jamaica last Friday.

According to Caribbean Net News, Irving was invited to Jamaica by Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, after his successful historic aviation voyage, which took him across four continents over 97 days.

The 23-year old Irving, who will be in the island for a four-day official visit, arrived to a hero's welcome by a party of officials from the Government and the Opposition, local aviation interests, a wide representation of young Jamaicans, and hundreds of excited onlookers.

See the rest of the story here. Here at Cheese-on-bread we've been tracking his progress for a while, and if you want to see photos from his flight around the world, visit Good job, Barrington!

Photo of Jamaican flag:
Photo of Captaim Irving (right) receiving the key to the City of Montego Bay by Mayor of Montego Bay, Counsellor Noel Donaldson:

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