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Miami Gardens Observer
Wishes
Jamaica A Happy 50th
Independence
August 6, 1962 - 2012

Weekly Updates
CARIBBEAN NEWS
 OCTOBER 2012

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO’S TOURISM BOARD SPONSORS WORLD-CLASS CRICKET IN SOUTH FLORIDA
Dual-island nation’s tourism board proud partner of Digicel Twenty/20 Series
with West Indies and New Zealand
 

Miami, FL – June 27, 2012 – With a diverse list of events dedicated to commemorating Trinidad & Tobago’s 50 years of independence, the celebrations take to the pitch with a world class cricket tournament featuring New Zealand and the West Indies on June 30 at 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m., in South Florida. Co-sponsored by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism & Development Company (TDC), the two, one-day Internationals will be held at the Central Broward Regional Park and will feature live entertainment from calypso icon, The Mighty Sparrow and soca star, Benjai. 

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 Call for Young Jamaican Leaders
hosted by the Honorable Lisa Hanna
Jamaica's Minister of Youth & Culture


 

Minister Lisa Hanna Looking for
50 Young Jamaican Leaders

for 'Leaving A Cultural Legacy' Brucheon

Friday, July 6 at 10:30am

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50 Scholarships to be awarded for 'Jamaica 50'

Thursday, 07 June 2012 09:45
Written by JIS

The Government will award 50 scholarships to students at various levels of the education system this year to celebrate Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence.

The Jamaica 50 Scholarship Programme, which was announced by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller in her contribution to the 2012/13 budget debate in Gordon House on Tuesday (June 5), is estimated to cost $205 million.

(Related Story: GSAT Results will be on Time)

Mrs. Simpson Miller said the awards will be based on academic merit and financial need.

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GRACE KENNEDY CEO DON WEBHY TO
ADDRESS COJO SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON
IN KINGSTON ON MAY 22
 

NEW YORK, NY MAY 15, 2012 – Group Chief Executive Officer of Grace Kennedy Limited Don Wehby will be guest speaker at COJO’s Scholarship Luncheon, to be held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, May 22 at 12:30 pm.  The luncheon is among the activities being organized as part of the group’s week-long visit to Jamaica in observance of Child’s Month.  Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New York, whose mission is to help improve the health, education and general well being of underprivileged children. 

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Fly JetBlue to Jamrock: Now Offering Twice Daily Service from Fort Lauderdale to Kingston, Jamaica
-- Book fares as low as $99 one way at www.jetblue.com/new today through May 5 for travel starting May 7 to June 14, 2012 -- 

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 30, 2012) – JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) today launched twice daily service from Florida’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) to Norman Manley International Airport (KIN) in Kingston, Jamaica.  To celebrate the launch of its new service, customers can book travel between Fort Lauderdale and Kingston today through Saturday, May 5, 2012 at www.jetblue.com/new for as low as $99 one way for travel May 7 to June 14, 2012 (a).  

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GRACE FOODS A BIG HIT AT PENN RELAYS IN PHILADELPHIA
Leading Caribbean Food Producer Launches Special Edition Drink
 

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Grace Foods, the Caribbean’s premier food producer and distributor created a huge buzz at the recently held staging of the Annual Penn Relays at Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania.  With a strong brand presence inside the stadium as well as throughout the Carnival Village, Grace Foods demonstrated its off-track leadership and dominance. A number of senior executives were on hand to witness the three-day event and participate in the festivities.

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Jamaica's Prime Minister Receives Warm Welcome From JTB Representative in New York


 Photo credit: Margot Jordan 

BROOKLYN, NY –  April 26, 2012 – JAMAICA’S PRIME MINISTER RECEIVES WARM WELCOME FROM JTB REPRESENTATIVE – Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is greeted by Jamaica Tourist Board’s Business Development Manager Christopher Dobson at a town hall meeting with the Jamaican Diaspora on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The Prime Minister, who was making her first official visit to New York since her re-election, addressed a capacity sized audience at the 136-year-old Lenox Road Baptist Church in the predominantly Caribbean borough of Brooklyn.

 

Black Tie Gala Fundraiser

The Grand Palladium, Negril, Jamaica

Saturday April 21, 2012

6:00 - 7:00 pm Cocktails

7:00 pm Dinner

Key Note Speaker: Hon. Ian Hayle, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller

Master of Ceremonies:  Elaine Wint, Broadcaster and Mass Communications Specialist

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Diaspora Summit
March 24th 2012

 

Jamaican High School Excels at International Robotics Competition

NEW YORK, NY – March 23, 2012 – JAMAICAN HIGH SCHOOL AMONG TOP PERFORMERS AT INTERNATIONAL ROBOTICS COMPETITION – Jamaica College took third place at the recently held US FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge at The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

A large and enthusiastic crowd including the alumni community was on hand to cheer on the Jamaica College Robotics team, The Gold Griffins, the only Caribbean high school team participating in the NY/NJ tournament.  In only their third year of competition, the Gold Griffins battled 71 US high schools to emerge bronze medalists. With a team of 13 students ranging from first through sixth form and three faculty advisors, the JC Robotics Club labored for months in designing, constructing and testing their robot to meet the demanding standards of the game developed by US FIRST.

Team members had to become proficient in software programming, electrical, electronic & mechanical design and construction. The team received technical assistance from students at the University of Technology - Faculty of Engineering & Computing under an agreement arranged by the Digital Yard Innovation Project. The robotics initiative was conceived in 2009 by the JC Old Boys Association of New York Inc. with the objective of exciting students at JC and in Jamaica, about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Team sponsors included Dennis Shipping, Mother’s, and Wisynco Group through its WATA brand.

 

JIS NEWS UPDATE

Improved Judicial System Needed - Bunting

Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:59
Written by JIS

National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says an improved judicial system is needed in the country, in order to augment the crime fighting efforts of the nation’s police force.

Speaking at the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Chairman’s Club Forum Breakfast, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on March 20,  

Mr. Bunting lamented what he described as the “culture of adjournment” currently existing in the country’s judicial system, which sees cases being postponed for varying reasons when listed for court sittings.

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Bunting Targets May Start-up of
Anti-Corruption Taskforce

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:58

National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, is eyeing a May timeline for the commencement of operations by the proposed multi-agency national anti-corruption taskforce.

The taskforce will, among other things, target for seizure, the proceeds generated from crime, as well as focus on apprehending drug kingpins and other facilitators of illicit activities.

Speaking at the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Chairman’s Club Forum breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 20), Mr. Bunting said there are a few details, relating to the body, which remained to be finalised, adding that these are expected to be completed in time for the May start.

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Government to Speed up Culture Change
in Police Force

Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:02
Written by JIS

National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the Ministry is moving to accelerate the culture change currently taking place within the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), to transform the organisation’s image into one providing public service.

Noting that “this is something that has been happening” over time, Mr. Bunting said the Ministry wants to shift the emphasis from state security to citizen security, “so that we start thinking about the security of the citizens in the community (and) get that mindset going in the JCF".

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Government not afraid of Public Scrutiny
 - Falconer

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:21
Written by JIS

Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, addresses the Access to Information Essay Competition Awards Ceremony at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the government is unafraid of public scrutiny and is committed to the promotion and facilitation of increased access to state information.

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Cocoa Industry must focus on Value-Added

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:16
Written by JIS

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, said that focus must be placed on value-added activities in the cocoa industry in order to move the sector forward.

He was speaking at the launch of the Re-engineering the Cocoa Rural Economy through Agro-processing Eco-Tourism and Entrepreneurship Project (RECREATE) on March 20 at the Ministry’s Hope Gardens headquarters in Kingston.

While expressing appreciation to the European Union (EU) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for helping to boost cocoa production over the past two years, Mr. Clarke stated that, “though we are excited about the increase in production…we ought not to be exporting cocoa beans and then importing expensive chocolate bars”.

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Gov't. Looking to Create Single Anti-Corruption Body

Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:45
Written by JIS

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, makes a point as he addresses an anti-corruption forum held on Monday (March 19) at the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston.

Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, said that the Government is considering the creation of a single anti-corruption agency as part of measures to combat the scourge of corruption within the country.

Speaking at an anti-corruption forum held on Monday March 19 at the Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way-Tree Road, Senator Golding explained that the agency will provide “a concentrated focus on the problem” and more optimal and synergistic use of the available anti-corruption resources.

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NEW YEARS MESSAGE – 2012

TO THE JAMAICAN DIASPORA – SOUTHERN USA
DR. SUSAN LYCETT DAVIS
ADVISORY BOARD REPRESENTATIVE
 

Fellow Jamaicans 

My team and I – Pamela M. Gordon, Esq. and George S. Pedlar, P.A. – would like to wish you a blessed and prosperous new year. 

It is going to be an exciting year and we are prepared to meet and tackle the challenges that no doubt will be encountered.  As a team we pledge that:

“Before God and all mankind, we pledge the love and loyalty of our hearts, the wisdom and courage of our minds, the strength and vigour of our bodies in the service of our fellow citizens; We promise to stand up for Justice, Brotherhood and Peace, to work diligently and creatively, to think generously and honestly, so that Jamaica may, under God, increase in beauty, fellowship and prosperity, and play her part in advancing the welfare of the whole human race”.

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JET BLUE AIRLINES MODEL HEADS TO JAMAICA ON ELECTION DAY

NY: New York based Jamaican born model Raquel "Rocky" Heslop, who two years ago was the face of Jet Blue Airlines in a print ad campaign in the US told the INL that she plans to vacation in Ocho Rios from December 29 until January 5th 2012.  

"I decided to take a trip to Jamaica this year because it was long overdue. While in Jamaica, I am planning to do a photo shoot to get some hot pictures for my catalogue. I plan to visit my dad and cousin who are still living there. I will be spending some quality time with them for sure" she said.

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AIR JAMAICA, OFFERING MORE TRAVEL OPTIONS TO FLORIDA WITH THE RESUMPTION OF SERVICE TO MIAMI FROM 09 DECEMBER 2011 

19 December 2011, Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago, W.I – On Friday 09 December 2011, Air Jamaica, operated by Caribbean Airlines, made its return to Miami International. The four times weekly service, will operate on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The introduction of this new service, comes ideally for the Christmas peak season, offering customers more travel options into and out of North America.

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The Bahamas gets Jamaican Remittance link 

 
Leesa Kow, General Manager,
JN Money Services Limited


Money Services Limited
(JNMS), the remittance and bill payment services arm of the Jamaica National Building Society, has entered into an exclusive Agent relationship with the Bahamas-owned Bramer Money Transfers (BMT), which trades as Cash N’ Go. BMT is the remittance and bill payment service arm of the BAF Global Group Limited.   

The partnership will allow Cash N’ Go customers in the Bahamas, with business or family connections in Jamaica, to access JN Money Transfer services in Bahamas’ major commercial zones to send and receive money; make bill payments and transfer funds to accounts held in financial institutions in Jamaica; as well access mobile phone top-up services. The alliance came into effect on November 21.  

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LOCAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY EVENT

VMBS...Giving At-risk Students A Musical Chance

 

Suzette Rochester, Manager, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) - Florida Representative Office (2nd R; 2nd Row) encourages and educates 60 at-risk students at the Lauderdale Lakes Educational Complex's Smart School Charter Middle and Eagle Charter Academy during a motivational talk held recently at the Complex. Under the tutelage of re-knowned musical legend of third-world band, Willie Stewart, 60 at-risk students have begun learning the history and musical significance of percussion instruments from around the world and will participate in a world-class musical odyssey, themed: Rhythms of Africa on Saturday, October 15, 2011, at the Parker Play House in Ft. Lauderdale. The Rhythms of Africa Musical Odyssey featuring these at-risk students is one of the many ways in which Victoria Mutual continues to impact the youth and community development in South Florida.

BOTH EVENT SOLD OUT

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2011

JAMAICAN DIASPORA SOUTHERN UNITED STATES
HOSTS TOWN HALL MEETING
FOR NEXT STEPS IN ENGAGEMENT PROCESS
 

Miami Gardens --- October 11, 2011 ----   The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States will host a Town Hall Meeting, titled “Next Steps in Diaspora Engagement”, on Saturday, November 5, 2011, starting at 11am to 1pm, at the Holy Family Episcopal Church, located at 18501 NW 7th Avenue in Miami Gardens.   

The public is invited to attend and participate in discussions which will focus on next steps in Diaspora engagement; elect and affirm regional organizational leadership for the engagement process moving forward; update on plans for Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence; as well as share thoughts on Jamaica's governance transition in leadership. 

“For the last seven years, our community has been on a path of greater communication and collaboration among each other in Diaspora communities across the world.  The time has come to move further in formalizing our engagement and leadership,”  stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.  

According to Mr. Hill, "we are expecting a significant turnout from Jamaican based community organizations, nationals and the local media at this forum". 

For more information on this event, please call 786-349-2584 or email info@jamaicadiaspora.org

 

 MAJOR CARIBBEAN FILMS TO

PREMIERE IN TORONTO  

Calypso Rose

TORONTO - The international curtain goes up in Toronto for the premiere of three significant Caribbean films at the 2011 CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase.

The trio of major Caribbean cinematic offerings will be screened during the sixth annual action-packed Showcase set for "Hollywood North" at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto from September 7 to 17, 2011. 

"Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle", a documentary about the impact of the Trinidadian queen of soca music; "Ghett'a Life", a new Jamaican film with positive messages of overcoming adversity and ignorance; and Antigua's "The Skin", a film on Caribbean mythology, will play in Toronto.

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Sir Willard White Comes Home

 
Earl Jarrett (left), General Manager of Jamaica National Building Society, in conversation with Sir Willard White, Jamaican-born British bass-baritone.

Jamaican-born British bass-baritone, Sir Willard White, OM, CBE, has returned to Jamaica to perform at a classical concert in Kingston, to raise funds for the Arts Foundation of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMC).    

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Diaspora Contributing to Development

 Neville Ying

Professor Neville Ying, Executive Director of the Jamaica Diaspora Institute will outline initiatives being pursued to develop the relationship between Jamaica and its Diaspora when he addresses the biennial Jamaican Diaspora Convention on June 15 to 17. 

The presentation will highlight some of the contributions members of the Diaspora have been making to Jamaica, he said in an interview. These contributions have been in the areas of remittances; education, especially the support of alumni groups to education institutions; support for healthcare, particularly free healthcare services for rural communities; and financial investments and tourism.  

Meanwhile, Professor Ying said he will also outline achievements made since the last meeting in 2008, such as the development of the Diaspora web portal, http://jamaicadiasporaconnect.com.

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AMERICAN MEDIA GROUP TO FORGE PARTNERSHIPS WITH CARIBBEAN JOURNALISTS

Partnership may boost African American travel to the Caribbean

KINGSTON, Jamaica (November 15, 2010) - Closer ties between a major American journalists' organization and the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) could increase the flow of people and information between the United States and the Caribbean.

Speaking at last month's Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism in Jamaica, Deirdre M. Childress, Vice President-Print for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), said a partnership between NABJ and CMEx "perfectly aligned" with the association's strategic plan to connect journalists across the globe.

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NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE 

THE CONSUL GENERAL OF JAMAICA - MIAMI  

Fellow Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica, as the year 2010 comes to a close we look forward in the expectation of opportunities for renewal and progress.  We must take cognizance of our blessings as a people and country who continue with fortitude to build a great nation comprised of Jamaicans at home and abroad. We remain all mindful of our respective roles and responsibilities while we reflect on the past and place our hope in the future.   

Throughout the past year, your Consulate General has made every effort in its essential task of  protecting in the jurisdiction of Florida, the Southern USA, the Cayman Islands and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the interests of our nationals, both individuals and bodies corporate, within the limits permitted by international law.  Equally we have been engaged in furthering the development of commercial, economic, cultural and scientific relations in the interest of Jamaica.  We have not done this alone.  We have called upon and received much assistance from the coalition of Jamaican   Alumni and individual groups, the Diaspora Community leadership and organizations, the officials of city, county and State with whom we have interacted.  Indeed, we have called upon, and have been the recipient of a continuous flow of goodwill.  We remain grateful for your support. 

We know that this goodwill is based upon one common factor - great love for Jamaica. Additionally, due regard has been paid to the efforts being made by the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaican people and friends of Jamaica united to ensure that we recover from every adversity strengthened to continue the forward momentum.  That is not to say that the challenges have not been stringent, that we have not stumbled or made false steps.  But, we have also demonstrated the will to use our challenges as opportunities for learning and have forged new partnerships in bilateral, multilateral and local areas that will enable us to pay much needed attention to social, economic and political reforms - indicators that will measure progress towards the achievement of “Vision 2030” and Jamaica as an advanced State and the mecca of choice for her people. 

There is considerable work to be done but we are not short of talent, creativity and the zeal required build a progressive society.  Our mantra therefore for 2011 and beyond is onwards to make our goals a reality for personal development, community development and national development to the benefit of “Jamaica, Land we love”.

May your Christmas & New Year be filled with love and joy.

 Sandra Grant Griffiths, JP

Consul General of Jamaica

24th December, 2010

 

Dear Family and friends of the Jamaican Diaspora:

We survived another year.  Thanks be to God. 

As we prepare our tables to fellowship with family and friends with our culinary traditional fare, we pray for extraordinary prosperity in the coming year.  We have endured a challenging period and can only expect a positive turn for our families, businesses, and organizations.  

The US Census will reveal shortly that our community continues to grow at steady rate across the United States of America.  We are finding our voice and discovering new ways to connect and collaborate with each other.  We are maturing.   In 2011, we urge you to continue the trend of collaborations and seeking new horizons for uplifting our community through your innovation, perseverance, and unbounded passion.   Likewise, in the spirit of Christmas, we encourage to always tithe greater time and resources for those less fortunate in your local communities and those dear to you in Jamaica throughout the entire year.

Jamaica and your local communities are indebted to you for your service and visibility in the community. The Jamaican Diaspora spirit is definitely alive and well. Notwithstanding, we have unfinished work in strengthening the foundation of our governance, fostering our sustainability, and communicating a consistent message for our dedicated purpose.  In 2011, we continue this journey. 

Please lift up your hands in prayer for all the blessings.  We live for another year to make our mark in the world.  May God be with you in your every step.

I AM JAMAICA.   WE ARE JAMAICA.

Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Southern United States

Diaspora Hotline:  786-349-2584 in the U.S. or 876-621-0102 in Jamaica

info@jamaicadiaspora.org

 

Joe Clark, former Canadian PM, to Chair Northern Caribbean Conference 

Former Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, is slated to chair the up-coming Northern Caribbean Conference on Economic Cooperation, to be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Grand Cayman, on Friday, December 17

The one-day deliberation, a first of its kind, seeks to bring together some seven Northern Caribbean countries and territories—the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. National leaders, including heads of states, ministers and members of the private sector will discuss matters of mutual interest, focusing on: trade, immigration, regional security, education and climate change.

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GRACE
JAMAICAN JERK FESTIVAL
 TO SPICE UP SOUTH FLORIDA
 THIS NOVEMBER

 South Florida will sizzle again this November as the 9th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, the largest Caribbean food festival in the United States, gets underway at the lush and spacious Markham Park in Sunrise on Sunday,
November 14, 10am to 10 pm.   

The event, which has grown in size and popularity, now boasts over 18,000 patrons from various cultures and age groups. Each year throngs of families and friends flock to the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival for the delectable jerk foods and the explosion of Caribbean culture, which have become the hallmark of this award-winning event.

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Grace Kennedy
Remittance Service/Western Union Celebrates 20th Anniversary
 

                Grace Kennedy Remittance Services (GKRS) through the brand Western Union is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary providing service Jamaica and its Diasporic communities.

                Jamaican nationals in South Florida will join the GKRS staff in celebration at a Service of Thanksgiving to take place on Sunday (Nov. 7) starting at 2:00 p.m. at the Living Word Open Bible Church in Cooper City.  Officiating Minister will be the Reverend Karl Francis.

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Hurricane Watch now in effect for Jamaica

Issued by: The Meteorological Service, Jamaica
Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Tomas moves on a track that is forecast to take it close to the east coast as a Category 2 hurricane. This means that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat within 48 hours.

A Hurricane Watch is now in effect for Jamaica as Tropical Storm Tomas moves on a track that is forecast to take it close to the east coast as a Category 2 hurricane. This means that hurricane conditions pose a possible threat within 48 hours. 

At 4:00 p.m. the centre of Tropical Storm Tomas was located near Latitude 13.5 degrees North, Longitude 74.6 degrees West; about 520 km (320 miles) south-southeast of Morant Point, Jamaica or 620 km (385 miles) south-southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Tomas continues to move towards the west near 22 km/h (14 mph) but a turn towards the west-northwest and northwest with a decrease in forward speed is expected during the next 48 hours.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h (40 mph), with higher gusts. Strengthening is forecast and Tomas could regain hurricane strength by Thursday. Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 165 km (105 miles) from the centre.

Satellite imagery indicates that the area of showers and thunderstorms associated with Tomas has expanded over the past 6-12 hours. As the system slows down and strengthens during the next 48 hours, expect outer bands to start affecting southern and northeastern parishes of Jamaica. Tomas is expected to be closest to the island on Friday morning and there is a chance that hurricane force winds will be experienced over eastern sections of the country at that time. Above-normal wave heights should be expected over coastal areas of northern and southeastern parishes.

Northeasterly winds are forecast to increase to gale force over southern waters by Thursday and could gradually become near-northerly at hurricane force. All small craft, including fishers from the cays and banks, should now be arriving in port to start preparations for safe harbour.

The Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of this system, and all interests should pay special attention to further Releases.

The next Bulletin on Tropical Storm Tomas will be issued at 8:00 p.m. today.

 

OCTOBER 2010

SPORT NEWS

The First U.S. Women’s
Cricket Open

 October 8 – 9, 2010  

Cricket Council USA is pleased to announce that it will host the inaugural U.S. Women’s Cricket Open to be played October 8 – 9, 2010 at Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida - home of the first Cricket Stadium in the North America.  

Teams representing the cricket regions of New York, North East, Atlantic and the West will compete for the history-making First U.S. Women’s Cricket Open Championship Crystal Trophy and a prize check of $3000.00!  

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"I AM JAMAICA"
 The Jamaican Diaspora Theme Song

 

 

“I AM JAMAICA” CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR  POSITIVE ACTION AND ACCOUNTABILITY

   Reggae Artists Band Together in Support of the Movement

July 2010, United States/Canada/United Kingdom 

The “I AM JAMAICA” Campaign will premiere simultaneously in Jamaica, USA, Canada, UK and other locations around the world with the international premier of the theme song, music video and Declaration signing on Saturday, July 17, 2010 through to Sunday, August 14, 2010.

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PRIME MINISTER OF TRINIDAD & TOBAGO KAMLA PERSAD BISSESSAR TO MEET WITH SUPPORTERS IN FLORIDA


UNC Florida is delighted to inform you of the new venue for "the Cultural Evening with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar", scheduled to take place on Friday July 9th 2010.  This exciting event is now taking place at the fabulous Signature Grand  @ 6900 W State Road 84, Davie, Florida 33317. 

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NEW GENERAL MANAGER ANNOUNCED AT AIR JAMAICA 

MIAMI, FL – July 6, 2010 Effective July 1, 2010, Mr. Howard Hall, Air Jamaica’s Vice President Finance and Information Technology (IT), assumed the new position of General Manager, as Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica continue the integration process. This as the contract for Air Jamaica’s President and CEO Mr. Bruce R. Nobles came to an end on June 30, 2010.  

 

 CARICOM HEADS PLACE TOURISM ON SUMMIT AGENDA
Leaders focus on Regional Efforts to Strengthen Sector
 


The first female PM of Trinidad and Tobago, the Hon Kamla Persad-Bissessar is being greeted by CARICOM Chairman, the Hon Orette Bruce Golding

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA July 6, 2010 – Regional leaders at the ongoing CARICOM summit in Montego Bay turned their attention to the tourism sector today, as travel and tourism are critical to regional economies, comprising 12.9 percent of GDP.   

The discussions have focused on regional approaches to recovery to the global recession which has hit Caribbean economies hard.   

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EEZEE KRICKET TO PUT BARBADOS ON
 THE WORLD STAGE

Bimventures company to present the Caribbean's culture and
lifestyle to the world

Barbadian entrepreneur James Corbin
of EeZee Kricket.


BARBADOS (June 11, 2010) - A new,
exciting and innovative cricket board game is promising to catapult Barbados onto the world
 stage with the help of today's digital technology.


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Montego Bay, Jamaica | Miss Global Jamaica *Grand Coronation* At The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa -
 Saturday, May 29, 2010

 

US STANDS IN SUPPORT OF JAMAICA

KINGSTON, May 27 (JIS):

The United States (US) Department of Justice has expressed its support for the Jamaican Government’s efforts to ensure public safety and combat drug trafficking against the background of the police/military operation in sections of West Kingston.

“As the Jamaican government seeks to uphold the rule of law, the United States stands in support of its efforts to ensure public safety and to combat drug trafficking and other criminal activity,” US Attorney General, Eric Holder told the inaugural Caribbean US Security Cooperation Dialogue in Washington, today (May 27).

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PHOTO CAPTION: AIR JAMAICA MANAGER HONORED BY THE JAMAICA EX-POLICE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA

 MIAMI, FL – April 27, 2010 – AIR JAMAICA MANAGER HONORED BY THE JAMAICA EX-POLICE ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH FLORIDA – Air Jamaica’s Manager of Community and Special Markets Kaye Chong (second from left) was recently presented with a Community Service Award by Jamaica’s newly appointed Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington at the Jamaica Ex-Police Association’s Annual Ball.  Chong was recognized for her outstanding work in the South Florida Diaspora community. The Community Service Award is given each year to individuals who have contributed greatly to the development of the South Florida community.
 

APRIL 2010

Jamaican People/Caribbean People -
We can choose to be invisible or
 we can fill out the 2010 Census Form Question 9. 

HOW TO ANSWER IF YOU ARE JAMAICAN/CARIBBEAN . . .
We strongly encourage Jamaican/Caribbean persons across the USA to complete the Census 2010 form in March this year and answer question 9 with their ancestry and/or country of origin. Spread the word by telling your Jamaican/Caribbean friends and/or family about completing the US census given it's importance. In addition it is only ten questions long.

For example:

It is about your future and the future of your children. So do not leave it blank. Together we can demand Respect! For more information you can visit  cariblifecentral.com

Please pass this on to your friends & family. Forward it via email, Facebook, Twitter or your favorite social network tool.

 

      Air Jamaica's Takeover Deadline Now April 30

KINGSTON, (JIS)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010


Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines have agreed on a new takeover deadline of April 30, pushed back from the previous target date of April 12.

In a release issued Wednesday (April 7), Chairman of Air Jamaica, Hon. Dennis Lalor, said the national carrier had agreed to the extension, to ensure that sufficient time is devoted to completing the negotiations, which will result in the Air Jamaica and Caribbean Airlines route networks being combined.

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Passing of Prof. the Hon. Rex Nettleford, OM: Messages of Condolence

Community Leaders, Members of the Cultural Arts Community, Friends of Jamaica

The Consulate General of Jamaica is saddened by the news of the passing of a brilliant Jamaican cultural lion and iconic Caribbean cultural resource the Most Honourable Prof. Rex Nettleford, OM, and wishes to provide the Community and friends through this means the messages of condolence from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition of Jamaica.

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JAMAICA JAZZ AND BLUES SUPPORTS
 HAITIAN EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

CaribPR Wire, Montego Bay, Jamaica, January, 13, 2010: Moved by the recent tragedy in neighbouring Haiti, TurnKey Productions, producers of the JAMAICA Jazz and Blues Festival, have introduced a food relief programme to assist the victims of the earthquake. 

"We are very emotionally close to the devastation in Haiti, our trusted Haitian born friend and colleague, Roxanne Hurley is currently on the island," explained TurnKey Executive Producer Walter Elmore.  Elmore went on to explain that his team has not been able to reach Hurley and is growing concerned.

Working with agencies in Jamaica, TurnKey will collect and package non-perishable food items from patrons attending the annual festival for delivery to the impoverished nation.  Patrons may also leave donations at select ticket outlets to be announced later today, Wednesday, January 13, 2010). 

"The precise details of our drive are still being developed," says Elmore.  "We have just initiated dialogue with local authorities, who, like the rest of the world are experiencing challenges in communicating with Haitian officials."  Elmore committed to providing more details on the relief efforts in the coming hours. 

Information will be made available at: www.jamaicajazzandblues.com.

The annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, the Caribbean's best musical event, will be held from January 24-30, 2010 in Jamaica.

The festival has become synonymous with the culture of Jamaica and will feature not just local performance but a slew of international acts including multiple award winners Gladys Knight, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Erykah Badu, Billy Ocean, Joe Roy Jackson, Kelly Price, Tamia, Deborah Cox, Hall and Oats, Jon Secada, Monty Alexander, Roy Ayers, Third World, Marion Hall, and the Max Klezmer Band.

Jamaica Jazz since its introduction in 1996 was known as the Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, has attracted thousands of patrons from the USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Jamaica.

This year the festival is again being presented by key title sponsor, the Jamaica Tourist Board. Other sponsors include Air Jamaica, Iberostar, Rose Hall Resort, CVM TV, Link Up Group, JAMROCK Magazine and The Gleaner Company among others.

Tickets and packages are available at www.jamaicajazzandblues.com. 

 

 


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