Governor-General Receives 2021 Olympics Contingent

A contingent of managers and athletes of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) paid a Courtesy Call to Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House this morning.

The Governor-General warmly welcomed the group and described their visit as “special” and “meaningful.” He congratulated the athletes for qualifying for the Games and presented each team member with tokens from his I Believe Initiative social programme.

“I will give you some tokens with the I Believe logo. I want you to believe in yourself and believe in your potential. The I Believe Initiative is about Using what is right with Jamaica to fix what is wrong with Jamaica. And, you are what is right with Jamaica,” Sir Patrick stated.

The Governor-General observed that “Jamaican athletes command the respect of all who watch the sport around the world. We expect you to do well.”   He added, “You have the support of the entire nation. You have my support. Do well and keep the flag flying high as you are in Tokyo.”

While inspiring the athletes to continue unleashing their greatness and be ‘extraordinary’, The Governor-General reminded them to listen to their coaches, work hard, and be careful as the world is still in a pandemic.

Jamaican Olympic Team Manager, Ludlow Watts told The Governor-General that despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty regarding the Olympics, the team was able to complete preparation in time, and he is confident they will perform well.

“When it comes to the tracks we see ourselves as ‘war heroes.’ USA, Kenya, Jamaica is how it has been on the track and field arena of the Olympics. We are prepared,” Mr. Watts said.

Other Olympic Team Officials at the Courtesy Call were Coach Maurice Wilson, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) 1st Vice President, Ian Forbes, and JAAA Management Team Member, Heleen Francis.  The Jamaican athletic team members were Ramona Burchell, Tovea Jenkins, Rhonda White, Yanique Thompson, Tyquendo Tracey and Demish Gaye.

Several other members of the qualifying Tokyo Olympics team are now in Europe while others are in training camps in various locations. The athletes currently in Jamaican will depart for Tokyo on July 16 and 21, respectively.

Queen Approves PM Holness for Privy Council

His Excellency The Governor-General today issued the following statement:

 

“Her Majesty The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve that the Most HonourableAndrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister of Jamaica, be appointed a member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.”

 

The accepted form of address of the Prime Minister as of today shall be as follows: “The MostHonourable Andrew Holness, ON, PC, MP, Prime Minister.”

Online Condolence Signing for The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip

King’s House, Jamaica:  Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has advised that no physical condolence books will be opened for members of the public or members of the Diplomatic Corps to sign subsequent to the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021.

This decision has been taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to protect public health at this time.

Persons who wish to convey Condolence Messages to Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family are invited to take advantage of the online condolence facilities on the Buckingham Palace website at: www.royal.uk.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm UK time (9 am local time) in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.

 

Governor-General Swears in Mr. Hugh Faulkner as The New Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years.

Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility.

Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and has served on several Boards and Tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

INDECOM is a civilian-staffed state agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other Agents of the State. The Office is a Commission of Parliament governed by the INDECOM Act which was passed in April 2010.

INDECOM is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.

 

 

GG Suspends Use of GCMG Insignia

Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image.  This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the  image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.

Additionally, The Governor-General  has asked his  Office to initiate an immediate review of  all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor-General that may be considered racialized or culturally inappropriate.

The Governor-General has sent a letter to the  Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples.”

Sir Patrick has encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.