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Half-million in bonds for King Kirani as he returns home to Grenada

Trinidad's youngest gold medal Olympian Keshorn Walcott will be receiving another gold medal today.

Olympic champion Kirani James is feted during a massive motorcade here Saturday.
Olympic champion Kirani James is feted during a massive motorcade here Saturday.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas Saturday night announced that half a million EC dollars in Government bonds will be given to Kirani James for winning Grenada’s first Olympic gold medal.

 

Prime Minister Thomas also revealed that James will be appointed a tourism Ambassador, an athletic stadium to be built by China will be named after him, and commemorative stamps will be published in his honour.

The Grenadian leader told thousands who attended a rally at the national stadium that a museum, and a resource and fitness centre will be built in Gouyave, Kirani’s hometown.

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Olympic champion Kirani James returns home to Grenada

Kirani James / Image via

World and Olympic 400 m champion Kirani James finally returns home to his native Grenada this week following his record-breaking performance at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Professional commitments and his studies delayed his return to Grenada.

James will arrive at the Maurice Bishop International Airport at approximately 8:00 pm ET on Thursday, August 30. Thousands are expected to welcome the Grenadian gold medal champion upon his arrival.

Grenada officials note that the celebration will continue on Saturday, September 1 (his 20th birthday) with a national motorcade parade that will conclude with a rally at the National Stadium in St. Georges. Officials note that as part of this rally, a number of surprises are in store for the newly-crowned Olympic champion.

Continuing with the festivities, on Sunday, September 2, a Youth Motivational Program will be launched in James’ village in the western fishing town of Gouyave.

After winning the gold, Prime Minister Tillman Thomas gave Grenada the afternoon off declaring it a “national holiday.”

James is an undergraduate at the University of Alabama studying business.
Known as the “Spice of the Caribbean,” Grenada boasts some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches, delectable cuisine and spices, a tropical rainforest, and a wide range of fun-filled activities such as diving, snorkeling, hiking, fishing, and sailing. Grenada can be reached from the US by Delta Airlines’ and Caribbean Air’s nonstop service from New York. Grenada can also be reached daily by American Eagle, via San Juan, and by American Airlines via its non-stop Miami service. Grenada is a proud member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP).

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Keshorn Walcott

THIS country's youngest gold medal Olympian Keshorn Walcott will be receiving another gold medal today.

This time, it's the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago for his service in sport.

Walcott, 19, became the second Olympic gold medallist from Trinidad and Tobago at the recently concluded 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. And today joins 75 other people in receiving this country's highest accolades on the occasion of the 50th Independence anniversary.

Other recipients of national awards include Dr Hamid Ghany for his service in education, Dr George Laquis for his service in medicine, Peter Elias for his contribution to fashion and Lalman Nanan for his contribution to community service.

Seven journalists will also be receiving awards for their contributions to the field; among them are Express columnist Lennox Grant and former reporter Phoolo Danny-Maharaj.

Recipient of the Humming Bird medal gold, veteran journalist Grant said last night he was pleased to be among the awardees.

"The National Award system, in this 50th Independence anniversary year, notably recognises journalism by honouring more practitioners than usual in any single year.

I am gratified to be among the Humming Bird Gold recipients and to share in the implied salute to a profession that I have followed for 44 years," he said.

Chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society Dr George Laquis, who will be presented with a Chaconia medal gold, said the award might be in his name, but it was a victory for the Cancer Society.

"You know, it's an honour whenever I get an award, but it's always an honour for the Cancer Society because this is really who deserves it," he said.

Laquis added that the award will help raise the recognition of the Society and essentially raise money for those affected by cancer.

"It will help us raise funds, get more volunteers because that's what recognition does and I am happy for it," he said.

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Comment by malik on September 3, 2012 at 7:57pm

YESSS!!!

Comment by Incognito on September 3, 2012 at 11:17am

Fantastic, but please please please make sure that stadium or arena a beautifully constructed, and blends into the topography and aesthetics of the surrounding area.  The last monstrosity the Chinese built is a freaking eye-sore - what a disastrous abomination!

Comment by NATTYDRAED on September 2, 2012 at 9:08pm
You go boy
Comment by TRINI on September 1, 2012 at 7:31pm
CONGRATS TO ATHLETES AND GOD BLESS
Comment by dao on September 1, 2012 at 12:10am
Bravo
Comment by angie on August 31, 2012 at 11:56pm
Congrats to all my west Indian athletes. You made us proud, my only regret is our trini commentator did not give u athletes more recognition.
Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on August 31, 2012 at 7:37pm

CONGRATS TO THESE  FINE ATHLETES

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