KINGSTON: A new award has been added to the 2018 edition of the prestigious RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation’s National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards. The award is named in honour of a pioneering Jamaican woman, legendary Master Blender Dr Joy Spence, and will be presented to the guest speaker at the annual gala at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel tonight. The award, a special blend, is fully customised by the master blender herself to be reflective of the recipient’s personality. The first recipient of the award, which is dubbed the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award, is the British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Asif Ahmad, who will address this year’s function. The high commissioner lauded Spence on her accomplishments while sharing that he was looking forward to receiving the award. “It is a unique experience to have a special blend of rum based on the personality of an individual. For me to be the first to receive in person, the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Pioneering Award, is beyond joy,” Ahmad said. The award is named in recognition of the achievements of the trailblazer that Spence is. A trained chemist, Spence has achieved a number of firsts in her long and illustrious career, which started in 1981 at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, where she joined as chief chemist. She was the first woman to be named master blender in the spirits industry in 1997. In announcing the new award in honour of Spence, chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Limited and J. Wray & Nephew Foundation Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence noted that this marks the 58th year of partnership between the RJRGLEANER Sports Foundation and J. Wray & Nephew. “We have sought to renew this long-standing partnership with the addition of a special award to the guest speaker at the annual gala,” Lawrence said. Lawrence described Spence as “a woman of excellence and a trailblazer,” characteristics that are embodied within the nation’s athletes. “Joy is our Usain Bolt of spirits, and the Appleton Estate variants are her Olympic medals,” Lawrence said. Partnership
EDMONTON – An Edmonton judge has denied former Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr’s request for relaxed bail conditions and a Canadian passport.Justice June Ross said there’s no evidence of hardship or that the conditions are needlessly onerous.She said nothing has really changed since the last time Khadr asked for changes to his bail conditions and the restrictions he faces are reasonable.Ross said her decision is not etched in stone and conditions could change in the future.Khadr’s lawyer had argued that it wasn’t fair that his client’s life remains restricted by a stalled U.S. court process with no end in sight.Khadr, 32, has been on bail since May 2015 pending appeal of his conviction by a U.S. military commission on alleged war crimes.The appeal in the U.S. has stalled and Khadr has no idea of how long his bail conditions will last.Khadr wanted to be able to travel to Toronto without the approval of his bail supervisor to visit his family more easily and to make court appearances related to a civil lawsuit he faces.He also wanted unsupervised conversations with his sister and a Canadian passport so that he could make a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.