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“Coach Albert Joseph, and Athletes Kirani James & Janelle Redhead from Gouyave”

On Thursday, 1st September, 2011, SpeedZone Track & Field Club recognized the athletics team who participated in the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and celebrated the 19th birthday of SpeedZone’s stalwart club member, Kirani James at Cuthbert Peters Park in front of hundreds of residents from St. John’s and the surrounding parishes.

The event, which was planned and put on by SpeedZone in less than 2 days, was patronized by the Minister of Youth Empowerment & Sports, Hon. Patrick Simmons; the Parliamentary Representative for St. John’s, Hon. Michael Church; the Vice-President of the Grenada Athletics Association, Mr. Aaron Moses; the Chairman of the St. John’s Sports Council, Mr. Garvin Taylor; and the family of Kirani James, Gold Medalist in the 400M of the 2011 IAAF World Championships.

Kirani James serenaded on birthday, speaks to family & friends

ImageSt. George’s, September 2, 2011 – Family members, friends and well-wishers of Grenadian track star, Kirani James, serenaded him Thursday night on his 19th birthday and spoke to him via video conferencing.

The event, held at Cuthbert Peters Park in James’ hometown of Gouyave, St. John, included television replays of his first placed gold medal run in last Tuesday’s 400 meters race at the World Championship in Daegu, South Korea. The race also featured Grenadian Rondell Bartholomew, who placed sixth.

With each replay, the crowd erupted in cheers and later sang happy birthday to James.

Kirani's gold medal victory is priceless, says Tourism Minister

ImageSt. George’s, September 1, 2011 – Grenada’s Tourism Minister has described the 400-meter World Championship victory of Kirani James as a personal and national triumph, as well as a “golden opportunity’’ to further propel Grenada’s burgeoning sports-tourism policy.

“There is no price that we can put on Kirani’s victory,’’ Hon. Peter David said.

“I want to offer my own congratulations to Kirani and to also commend Rondell Bartholomew on a gritty performance in which he placed sixth in the 400, despite a nagging injury,’’ the Minister added. “We must also give respect to Janelle Redhead who made it to the semifinal of the 200 meters.’’

Grenadian Leader Calls For Hemispheric Approach On Security.

ImageST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, 24th AUGUST, 2011_Grenada’s Prime Minister Tillman Thomas has called for greater emphasis on a hemispheric approach to confronting criminal activity and security.

Addressing the Third CARICOM-SICA Summit in El Salvador, the Prime Minister said small states are challenged by a “lack of resources” to effectively confront crime and insecurity.

“Our success in meeting and overcoming the challenges associated with fighting crime and improving the security of the region, is affected by limited resources. The geography of our island states, characterized by hundreds of inlets and bays, makes accomplishing this task even more problematic. Regional collaboration is therefore necessary,” the Prime Minister told the meeting.

P.M. Hon. Tillman Thomas Makes Significant Interventions At Caricom-Sica Summit III

ImageST. GEORGE’s, GRENADA; AUGUST 19, 2011 − At the Third CARICOM-SICA Summit concluded in El Salvador today, PM Tillman Thomas made significant interventions to promote awareness of, adequate responses and adaptation to climate change issues affecting the two sub-regions, as well as addressing regional security concerns.

Addressing the Summit, PM Thomas sought SICA support for CARICOM concerns as articulated in the initiatives being advanced by member countries in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) – the UN sub-grouping of similarly situated and challenged nations.

PM Thomas also noted that member states of CARICOM “are challenged by the lack of resources to effectively confront crime and insecurity.”

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