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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Francis Wade's 'Perfect Time-Based Productivity' now available

Francis Wade 
Got this message from time-management guru Francis Wade.. A must read for busy executives 
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From Francis:
Many of you have contacted me to let me know that you are waiting for the paperback version of my book - Perfect Time-Based Productivity.
Good news - just in time for Christmas, and as of yesterday, it became available!
The end product is a 415 page, step-by-step guide to keeping your peace of mind - even as your world becomes more hectic and the time demands in your life increase.
There are more than ten in-depth forms, comprising over 40 questions that only make sense after you have been how taught to diagnose your current skills. Teaching you how to do an informed diagnosis is the reason why the book relies on science, rather than anecdote, and why it pulls from so many fields of study.
Almost 15% of its pages are taken up by the References, Lab Notes and Index - something I have never seen in a time management or personal productivity book (and I have read the majority of them.)
At the end of your diagnosis, you'll have a simple, one-step-at-a-time, plan of improvement. It will fit your circumstances, profession, life, personality... because it was made by you. This will save you a LOT of time as you target your efforts in 2015 to making the handful of improvements that produce the biggest results. No more chasing after tips, tricks or idiosyncratic stuff that other people do that seems like a "good idea."
So, grab a copy at a price that's only being advertised for people like you who have been following my work at 2Time Labs. It lists at $22.49, but between now and Christmas Eve you can use a coupon that reduces the price by 29%, bringing it to about $15.97.
That means you can get a copy for yourself and anyone else in your life who would benefit, while enjoying this reduced price.
Here is the coupon for you to use at Amazon's Createspace estore, which is the only place they take coupons. Once you log in with your Amazon credentials, you can either search for the book by name, or use the link for Perfect Time-Based Productivity at https://www.createspace.com/5127413
Use this Insider discount if you'd like (29% off) - 4LCVQ2FL
Do have fun with it!
Francis
Framework Consulting Inc., 3389 Sheridan Street #434, Hollywood, FL 33021, USA

Monday, December 15, 2014

Heartrending Tivoli Enquiry



Paulette Wellington testifying during the Tivoli Enquiry about the death of her 29-yearold son who she said was shot by soldiers in May 2010. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)
by Jean Lowrie-Chin | Observer column for MON 8 December 2014

It was May 2010, when we heard reports that women marched in downtown Kingston, pledging to lay down their lives for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke who was the subject of an extradition order.   It is alleged that Coke’s supporters erected barricades with LPG cylinders around the community of Tivoli Gardens.  I was abroad when I saw on the internet that two police stations had been torched and policemen ambushed and killed, in what appeared to be an insurrection against the state.  Then we heard reports that Coke had escaped, leaving loyalists and other members of the community to face the security forces.
So sad this girl, who said she was offered only a Band-Aid for a gunshot wound to the leg, as she testified at the Tivoli Commission of Enquiry taking place now at the Jamaica Conference Centre. She said she returned to another section of the hospital to get treatment, having seen her stepfather die from bullets, coming from whose gun, she was not sure.  And then there was the man who lifted up his shirt to show the scar from a gunshot, and the woman who showed where she was shot under her arm. 
These are members of our Jamaican family, enslaved by life in a garrison.  Multiply them by the hundreds, as greedy politicians of both parties pack them tight in yards or newer buildings, ensuring that there is a favoured thug to keep them in line.  See them scattered from one end of the country to the other, and nervous young people unable to break out of the cycle unless they play a cynical game.
Let every politician take a close look at the faces of these anguished citizens, untrusting and unsure, as they answer questions of fellow Jamaicans who were raised in different circumstances. No sniggering then from us, please – we who came from homes not ‘guarded’ by dons, with parents who could send us to ‘good schools’.  Here we are, face to face with, but for the grace of God, what we could have become. 

Our media … ‘Oxygen of Democracy’
There is a fresh new wind blowing in Jamaica, where more contending voices are being heard, thanks to our hardworking media professionals, and the unified voice of the Press Association of Jamaica which has thrived under the leadership of immediate past president Jenni Campbell and current president Dionne Jackson-Miller.  Let us not take for granted our journalists’ long hours, risky assignments, and tight deadlines as new headlines emerge by the second.
I remember my editor at the Daily News telling me, ‘Stop rewriting – we have to go to press now. By tomorrow it will be wrapping fish.” No more: news items live forever on the internet and can build or ruin the reputation of the reporter or the subject of those reports. 
Congratulations to the recent winners of Journalism Awards and to the sponsors who have stepped up to give substantial rewards for excellence. This year’s new awards were sponsored by Digicel, the European Union, the National Housing Trust, Sagicor and UNICEF.
Each year, veteran journalists are honoured at a luncheon sponsored by Wray & Nephew Limited – we salute those recognized this year, stalwarts Keith Brown, Ben Brodie and Lindy Delapenha, who have served the profession with distinction.

Kudos, Venesha Phillips!
Thanks to the media, Jamaica and the world were introduced to PNP Councillor for the Papine Division Venesha Phillips over the past weeks.  We first heard her name when she voiced her displeasure at the NHT Outameni purchase.  Then, last week, she was shot at, as tribalists tried to force her hand in distributing work on a sidewalk project in Elletson Flats.
We are glad that the PNP and JLP are of one voice in condemning the incident which left her unharmed, mercifully, and we applaud her for saying she would not back down from her principled position. 
Politicians like Venesha Phillips will help set a new standard for an honest Jamaica. Such courageous individuals are activists for Vision 2030, and we want to see all the politicians who keep expressing this dream for Jamaica as “the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business”, to show her quality of leadership.

Citizens protest 
Over several days at Emancipation Park, ordinary citizens demonstrated against the Government’s decision to keep the current Board of the NHT.  At our office and those of many colleague business owners, where by law we must pay three percent of staff contributions while they pay two percent, team members are angry, as some of them still cannot qualify to buy a home. 
PSOJ President Chris Zacca, who had joined the demonstration, expressed his position in a letter published in the press which stated, in part: “On July 31st 2013, I was honoured to sign the Partnership For Jamaica (PFJ) agreement on behalf of the private sector. Other signatories to this historic agreement were the Most Hon Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on behalf of the Government, Mr Lloyd Goodleigh on behalf of the trade unions, and Miss Kemesha Kelly on behalf of civil society.”
He noted that in the PFJ, the GOJ reaffirmed “the key principles of transparency, accountability, integrity, genuine consultation, thoughtful people-centred action…”  He then observed: “The latest position of the NHT is that Outameni was purchased to become the "Emancipation Park of the West" and for the chairman to think that it is acceptable, or even the norm, that the NHT could establish such an important national symbol in western Jamaica without consulting with the prime minister and her Cabinet, and indeed the wider society, is totally at odds with modern concepts of good governance and not credible.”
He continued: “The fact that the website of the current Emancipation Park in New Kingston states that ‘the NHT board of directors together with the former Prime Minister the Right Honourable PJ Patterson visualised creating a park in the city where Jamaicans and visitors alike could relax and play’ underscores this point.”
At last Thursday’s PSOJ AGM, Chris Zacca announced that he would not be seeking re-election, and that the new Council on which he will continue to serve, will be choosing a new President at their first meeting on December 18.  Congratulations to Chris and the members of his Executive on their outstanding leadership.

“I can’t breathe”!!
The video of Eric Garner wrestled to the sidewalk and held in a chokehold by members of the New York Police as he called out in a strangled voice, “I can’t breathe”, has us wondering how a grand jury could have ruled that no one should be charged with the death of this unarmed family man.  The decision not to prosecute has resulted in a groundswell of multi-racial demonstrations throughout America as participants stage “Die-Ins” after chanting, “I can’t breathe”. 
Let us be inspired by the power of their numbers and strength of organization.  As we look to the celebration of International Human Rights Day this Wednesday, let us not be faint in speaking up for justice here in Jamaica, and wherever in the world the rights of our human family are threatened.
lowriechin@aim.com
www.lowrie-chin.blogspot.com

A Priest washes the feet of LBGT persons and provokes controversy: Jesus dies for everyone on the Cross and calls for Repentance

Message from Dr Lucien Jones (from his weekly Internet Ministry)

"I read my Bible to see what men ought to do; and read my newspapers to see what men are doing"

Lord renew thy church beginning with me; Lord renew the church, that the church may renew the nation(s)
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> THE NEWS.
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> 1. The Anglican church in Jamaica was in the news this week. For the wrong reasons. At least from my perspective as a faithful member of that church for  over fifty years.
> First up was a very controversial action by a Priest which hit the headlines in Jamaica's oldest, biggest and most influential newspaper, The Daily Gleaner. Twice in one week.
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> http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141208/lead/lead1.html
> The essence of the story, which emerged from the Gleaner report, a probing, but very fair and balanced  interview on rjrfm94 by one of Jamaica's top journalist, who is a member of the church in questions, and remarks on social media are as follows.
> The Priest, Father Sean Major-Campbell, who is also a friend and brother in Christ, elected to welcome gays and transgender individuals into his church during a service to mark International Day of Human Rights. Further, he engaged in an ancient rite, washing their feet, normally reserved for the night before Good Friday, Maunday Thursday. All of this, he argued, was to initiate a conversation in his church, about LGBT persons and their rights as fellow human beings. And whose human rights have been and continue to be, trampled on in our society. Further, that the church ought to be much more involved in the promotion of their human rights, and more  accepting and welcoming in the church. 
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> 2. The second one was worse. Far worse! An accusation of fraudulent conduct by another Anglican Priest, involving millions of dollars, and one  who is also a friend. Consequently Father Everton Cunningham was arrested and given bail this week, and the story hit the media. He has since reportedly pleaded not guilty to, at least some, of the charges.
> http://rjrnewsonline.com/local/anglican-priest-charged-with-fraud
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> Yes, the West  Kingston Enquiry continued with some riveting testimonies this week. Yes gruesome acts of murder still continue to plague our native land. Yes, folks continue to march in New York and other cities across the USA insisting that #BlackLivesMatter.
> But for me personally, and as a member of the Anglican Church Community in Jamaica, these two news items showed how much, unless proven otherwise, we have, as Bible based Christians,  in these two instances, which may be symptoms of a deeper problem, gone off track.
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> THE WORD OF GOD
>  So what Word of inspired word did the Lord send in the midst of this personal and collective pain. In a word - Repentance. In both the messages sent out on WhatsApp and those sent to Father Major-Campbell and senior members of my church. For, as I listened to the Lord, and to what Father Major-Campbell said, and to the interviews he gave, I formed the opinion that he had erred badly in not consulting his church members in general, before taking such a controversial action. Also that in his desire to protect the human rights of LGBT persons, in this context, he might  well have given thee impression, that some sinners need only to have their 'feet washed', rather than to turn to God in repentance. But perhaps, the most serious issue is whether or not  he regards homosexual acts as a sin. Finally, as happens in many instances whenever this troublesome issue is discussed, many take a hard position;  that if one is not in agreement with the homosexual lifestyle, then it is not possible to have compassion on our fellow human beings, and seek also to protect their human rights, but not their right to engage in sin. And that is so far from the truth. So as the Lord spoke to me, I wrote to my friend.
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> First Letter

> Dear Sean:
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> A 4:am early morning revelation - with a heavy hand
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> From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. When they arrived, he said to them: "You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears and in the midst of severe testing by the plots of my Jewish opponents. You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. "And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. "Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again. Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of any of you. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears. (‭Acts‬ ‭20‬:‭17-31‬ NIV)
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> When I had finished reading,  the following  points, in particular,  reverberated in my head.
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> 1. The foundation Christian message of the call to repentance - 'to turn to God and have faith in Christ'
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> 2. The central aim of the life of the Apostle - to testify about the good news of the grace of God
> 3. The warning - with tears - to keep watch over yourself and all the flock; against the prophesied marauding wolves that would come and distort the truth and lead people astray - even from within.
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> 4. That Paul declared that he was innocent of the blood of everyone whom he met, as he had never failed to preach the whole will of God.
> As I read the last point, my mind went to John's revelation that , the work of God is to believe in the one who He sent - The Bread of Life. And having read that famous passage, which concludes in an exposition on Holy Communion, I  went to my bed. But not before, as I walked along the passage way, hearing very clearly, : He must increase and I must decrease.
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> Then this morning, as I prepared for my early morning devotions came this ...praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the earth hear... And try and as might I could  not recall the name of the hymn. So I went to Google and found a familiar hymn: To God be the glory.
> Then I wondered what was the message The Lord had for me in this hymn. And as I read, these 'revelations' struck me.
> ...who yielded his life an atonement for sin,
> and opened the life gate that all may go in
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> ..the vilest offender who truly believes
> that moment from Jesus a pardon receives
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> This is the message to me about this controversial issue in which you have played the central role. But no doubt the Lord has spoken to your heart on this difficult matter also. I will write about it on Sunday, will expand further on what I understand from this Word, will include other messages, that I received and shared  during this week, and pray God, more to come, if it is His will. I pray God that you will listen to all who share with you, and to the God who you serve, on this very difficult issue. For although a call to repentance, and to turn to a loving Creator and Redeemer God, is the foundation of the Christian message, so too is the call to minister to the 'least of these' in every society, and to seek after the lost, the stray, the wounded, and those who persecute us, as 'God is merciful to the wicked and the ungrateful'.
> I pray God that He whose Word declares that " I wisdom dwells with prudence", may grant you, and the wider church, His wisdom and to guide us in times like these.
> My love to Janet.
>  In obedience
> LWJ
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> The Second Letter
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> Although I have a board meeting this morning, I did not plan to be up so early. When I looked at the time. it was 5:30am. And just before I awoke this came into my mind:
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> "He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ' Lord, are you going to wash my feet?'
> Jesus replied, ' You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.
> ' No,' said Peter, ' you will never wash my feet'.
> Jesus answered, ' Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.'
> 'Then, Lord, said Simon Peter replied, 'not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!'
> Jesus answered, ' A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet, his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you....."
> John13:6-10
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> I suppose there are other messages for us in this age, and at this time,  in words which appear both before and after this passage. But this is what came into my head - this section. Also that, Jesus washed His disciples' feet, after three years of teaching, and journeying with him. At the end! Not at the beginning. And so he was able to respond to Peter's desire for a "  body wash", with an assurance that he Peter, was already clean. What does that mean in the context of the looming Cross is something on which to ponder deeply. Perhaps John 6:61, to which I was led, offers an insight: " The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit, and they are life".  Whatever the answer, the reality is that these were disciples, who had journeyed with Him for a long time. And not the uninitiated!
> The problem we face Sean, as a Christian community, is that, without context, without preparation, regardless of your motives, people who learn about this action from the press, may receive a wrong impression of the Christian faith. That those who sin, all they need, is to have their feet washed;  by a compassionate and caring priest, who is concerned about their  humanity. When what is required is repentance, and the washing away of their sins by The Blood of The Lamb.
> I am not sure who coined the phrase,  and I speak about it with great humility, or where I came upon it - A traitor to the Cross - whether it was Oswald Chambers, John Stott, or Paul himself in the Bible. I am not sure. But this warning, I think, is the essence of this early morning message. And one, who has been saved by grace,  clearly cannot guard him or herself too carefully aginst being thus accused. In this age, or in the age to come! As, ultimately, this constant thought,  of knowing only Christ and Him crucified, and by extension being faithful to promote, and to lift up His Name, the Crucified One, was the goal of the Apostle who, by the power of the Holy Spirit,  taught us about Christ. Such a desire should occupy pride of place in our hearts.  Thus we ought to guard it carefully, less other worthy, but nontheless, secondary matters,  such as the pursuit of human rights, replace 'our first love'. And as church, we do not want to be accused of 'forsaking your first love'. Whether in Ephesus or in Kingston.
> Peace
> LWJ
> N. B. As I went to write...At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, and the burden of my sins fell away......came into my mind.
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> My friend acknowledged my letters and thanked me for them.
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> THE SECOND SET OF MESSAGES sent out on WhatsApp.
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> The first one addresses the Tivoli excursion, a matter which is placed, I believe in its correct perspective by Ian Boyne writing in todays Daily Gleaner.
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> http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20141214/focus/focus4.html
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> The First Message
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> As we agonize over the pain of the people of Tivoli Gardens, and the pain which people like Dudus and Jim Brown and others have caused across our land, and so much more pain and agony in our personal lives, and wonder about our country and our God:
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> WORDS FROM A HYMN
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> LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING
> 3RD VERSE
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> God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
> thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
> keep us forever in the path, we pray.
> Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we first met thee;
> lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee;
> shadowed beneath thy hand, may we ever stand,
> true to our God, true to our native land.
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> The Second Message - really speaks to the need for us to 'dwell in the house of the Lord', at all times lest we falter under the inevitable attacks of the evil one who is intent on destroying the church and all those who do God's work. Whether it be willful sins or to be guilty of 'taking our eyes off the Cross of Christ".
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> A WORD FOR THOSE WHO PUT THEIR TRUST IN GOD IN TIMES LIKE THESE IN OUR NATION AND IN OUR PERSONAL LIVES
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> The second one came as I knelt to pray before going to bed last night. Then the accompanying Psalm came this morning as I prepared to start writing.
> The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
> The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
> When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh ( remember that in the New Testament the church is the body of Christ),
> when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
> Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear,
> though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.
> One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek:
> that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
> to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek him in his dwelling.
> For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling......
> Psalm 27
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> The  Final Message -  contains as assurance that sustained and believing prayer will, not just can, destroy every stronghold that sets itself up against the knowledge of God.
> Thus fully armed let us go forward in faith and pray that the 'divine power ' will protect our brothers and sisters from error and temptations, and rescue us,  our church and nation from the evil one. But with the full knowledge that everything begins with repentance and a turning away from Sin, and to God in and through faith in the Atonement wrought by Jesus on Cross of Calvary. A gift from God to the entire human race. Whether we be gay or straight, Ordained or Lay, High Official or ordinary citizen!  
> Peace
> LWJ

Friday, December 12, 2014

Rose Town goes forward with Woodwork and Blockmaking Facility

As chairman of the Digicel Jamaica Foundation, I get to meet some of the most inspiring folks.Yesterday I was at the opening of the Rose Town Woodwork and Blockmaking Facility, supported by the Foundation and coordinated by the Rose Town Foundation and their Citizens Cooperative. Below is my address.
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Student Kevin Nesbeth (centre) hands over a beautiful 'Thank You' creation from the Rose Town Foundation. At left is Patrice Smith-Sterling, Digicel Jamaica Foundation Grants & Finance Specialist, yours truly Jean Lowrie-Chin; Angela Stultz, Executive Director of the Rose Town Foundation and Councillor Neville Wright.


Master of Ceremonies Councillor Neville Wright
Program Manager, Ms Angela Stulz
Business Coordinator Mr Gresford Bennett
Trainees and Community leaders
 Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls
It is a pleasure to be here in the 10th anniversary year of the Digicel Jamaica Foundation and to have partnered with the Rose Town Foundation which has provided so many social and economic opportunities for residents of this area through your social entrepreneurship programme.
The Rose Town Foundation has been doing outstanding work over the past five years and so it was in acknowledgement of your efforts that Digicel Jamaica Foundation decided to partner with you in developing these two micro-enterprises.

The micro enterprises are:  block and wood manufacturing and additionally, we are working with the Rose Town Foundation to strengthen the capacity of residents already in established in micro and small enterprises otherwise called MSMEs.  This is no ordinary project because the 300 residents who will be involved in the manufacturing and various types of training, come from different areas of the surrounding community with quite likely, different political leanings.   

However, they are united in one goal and that is to become skilled workers so that they can be financially independent.  With the various opportunities available in the construction industry and the demand for block making and cabinetry will make this a sustainable effort.

The Digicel Jamaica Foundation has invested over J$4 million and we know that this investment will reap great benefits for the community for many years.

Digicel Jamaica Foundation and their patron, the Chairman of Digicel, Mr. Denis O’Brien, are keen on partnering with ambitious Jamaicans like yourselves because it is from your strong foundation that this community of Rose Town and other communities like you will be able to thrive and provide a safe and peaceful living environment for Jamaica’s worthy citizens.  

It was our National Hero, Marcus Garvey, who said “There is a world of opportunities awaiting us, and it is for us through unity of will and of purpose, to say we shall and we will play our part upon the great human stage of activity.”
 
To you who will be entering the various training programmes, I will also share this from the great Marcus Garvey.  He said “Never stop learning.  The world’s greatest men and women educated themselves outside of the university….           you have the opportunity of doing the same thing…..be learned in all that is worthwhile knowing”.  

 And to quote the great musician, Duke Ellington as you go forward with your training, he says “There are two rules for life –
Rule #1 is never quit
Rule #2 is never forget rule #1

So I urge you to stay focused in order to become the responsible and dignified citizens of this country that you were meant to be. We at Digicel Jamaica Foundation are honoured to partner with the  Rose Town Foundation to help you achieve your vision of a bright and self-reliant future.  

Let Jamaica know that  Rose Town is determined to make itself a proud and respected community because you the residents have made the big step of taking charge of your future.

May enjoy great success in your future endeavours.
Thank you and may God bless you.






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WIKIMEDIA FOUNDATION AND DIGICEL PARTNER TO OFFER FREE WIKIPEDIA ACCESS

Wikipedia Zero to be available in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific

Tuesday, 9th December 2014 – Kingston, Jamaica: Today Digicel and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, announced a partnership to offer free access to Wikipedia to all Digicel customers, whether they are subscribed to a data plan or not. The collaboration is part of Wikipedia Zero, an initiative to give people unlimited access to Wikipedia free of data charges from their mobile devices, in alignment with Wikimedia's mission to provide access to knowledge and information.
Currently an estimated 400 million mobile subscribers have free access to Wikipedia, thanks to 41 operators in 34 countries who have already joined Wikipedia Zero. The Digicel agreement will extend free mobile access to Digicel's customers in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Asia Pacific.
Digicel Haiti customers will be the first to take advantage of the collaboration with the service launching there today.
Even prior to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 70% of all Haitians were living on less than $US2 a day and the country was the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. While recovery from the 2010 earthquake has been slow but steady, access to connectivity via mobile phones has shown tremendous improvement across the country. Today, Digicel Haiti has more than four million mobile subscribers.
"We know that our customers want to get the best value out of their handsets. With mobile penetration growing exponentially in the region and more and more people using their mobile phones as educational tools, we are delighted to be bringing the joys of Wikipedia to our customers at no charge," said Maarten Boute, Chairman of Digicel Haiti.
Wikipedia is the largest collection of free knowledge ever assembled. It is a collaborative creation by volunteer editors from all over the world. Across its more than 280 language versions Wikipedia contains more than 33.5 million articles, attracting nearly half a billion unique visitors every month and more than 20 billion monthly page views. Every month roughly 70,000 people actively edit Wikipedia.
"We are committed to ensuring that people not only have access to the knowledge on Wikipedia without barriers on mobile phones with no data charges, but that they can become knowledge creators themselves, and build strong communities of the future. We are therefore very excited about the collaboration with Digicel where the potential to open up the knowledge on Wikipedia to new audiences is immense, and the impact in communities such as Haiti could be transformative," said Carolynne Schloeder, Head of Global Partnerships with the Wikimedia Foundation.
Wikipedia Zero is available via a free app downloadable in the Google Play store, the iTunes store, or at www.wikipedia.org 
ABOUT DIGICEL
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 13 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
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> Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the presenting partner of the Caribbean Premier League. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.
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> Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.
About the Wikimedia Foundation
The Wikimedia Foundation is the non-profit organization that operates Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia. Wikipedia consists of more than 33.5 million articles in 288 languages. Every month, roughly 80,000 active volunteers contribute to Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia projects. According to comScore Media Metrix, the projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation receive 460 million unique visitors per month on desktop alone, making them one of the ten most popular web properties worldwide (October 2014). Based in San Francisco, California, the Wikimedia Foundation is an audited, 501(c)(3) charity that is funded primarily through donations and grants.
Antonia Graham
Digicel Group
+1876 564 1708 M
antonia.graham@digicelgroup.com
Wikimedia Foundation Contact:
Katherine Maher
Chief Communications Officer
katherine@wikimedia.org
415-712-4873

Monday, December 8, 2014

Towards an articulate and prosperous majority



by Jean Lowrie-Chin | Observer column for MON 1 Dec 2014


Malik Pusey (seated), a Kingston College student and Grace and Staff beneficiary, shows off the new equipment at the GraceKennedy Parade Gardens STEM Centre, while US Charge d'Affaires Director Elizabeth Lee Martinez (left) and Denise Herbol, USAID Mission Director look on. - Contributed Photo
We should convert our distress at Minister Bobby Pickersgill’s labelling us, users of social media, as “an articulate minority” into efforts to promote an articulate majority. We refuse to believe that the Minister could have meant that the intelligentsia of this country do not count, and that he is comfortable that our country has an “inarticulate majority”. 
This is why it was wonderful to hear GraceKennedy CEO Don Wehby (@dgwehby on Twitter) announce the opening of a well-equipped STEM Centre on Water Lane in downtown Kingston last Monday. STEM is the buzz-acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, which need urgent attention if Jamaica is to keep pace with our fast-changing world.  This is in addition to five well-equipped Homework Centres operated by the Company in five parishes. 
“The real game-changer in Jamaica will be investing in our youth,” Don noted.
The Centre was made possible through a partnership of the GraceKennedy and Grace & Staff Foundations (@GK_Foundation), USAID (@USAID) and WIHCON (@WIHCON). The Chairman of the Foundations James Moss-Solomon (not on Twitter but very articulate) spoke about his dream to build such a centre, a vision shared by The Grace & Staff Foundation Manager Frances Madden.
“After that initial commitment, I am sure that the People of the United States through the USAID can rest assured that the communities of Kingston have gone beyond the narrow scope of rivalry,” assured James, “towards being a part of a strong development of goodwill that is so necessary for empowering the communities, in particular, our children.”
And so, through projects like this, our students will be well-equipped to tell the free-curry-goat politician “no thank you”, because they are no longer depending on handouts, having been given a hand-up by responsible corporate citizens and generous international partners.
“The dream of Science, Technology, Robotics, 3-D printing, all in a modern environment on Water Lane is almost surreal,” commented James, “and I find it difficult to understand why we sometimes fail to make these dreams into reality for this beautiful Nation; Jamaica land we love.”

“Now is the time to shine”

On Wednesday, I met Lexley Johnson at the Abilities Foundation Open Day. Lexley, who has physical disabilities, but is obviously brilliant, recounted how he attended courses at the Foundation’s IT Department, graduating with high marks and joined the staff at Jamaica Teas Limited where he has moved up the rank to Assistant Manager. 
The articulate young man urged the students at the school to go forward with confidence and focus, not to postpone their chance for a better life. “Now is the time to shine!” he told them.
 The Abilities Foundation has a dedicated staff that ensures hands-on training for their students.  We were delighted that the Digicel Foundation could assist by equipping the Furniture Making Department with state-of-the-art machinery. The Abilities Foundation is already supplying stores with their fine products, including linens and terrariums (dish gardens); please do some of your Christmas shopping there at 191 Constant Spring Road (opposite the Police Station).
Congratulations to the Managing Director Susan Hamilton, and other staff members including Woodwork Instructor Solomon Scott, Sewing Instructor Pauline Williams, and Counselor Coral Mason. The orderly environment and professional conduct of all whom we met, speak well of their stewardship.

Hardworking leaders
The Government Ministers who spoke at the STEM and Abilities events – Ronnie Thwaites and Derrick Kellier are two obviously very hardworking leaders. They have stayed mum on the Easton Douglas-NHT issue. Being the eternal optimist, I hope they are working from within the system to clean it up, to promote good governance, transparency and accountability.  Please do not fail us.

Jamaica’s Poverty Level
The latest PIOJ findings on poverty are alarming: Jamaica is at its poorest since 2002. The number of poor have doubled in the Kingston Metropolitan area to 24 percent while the parish with the highest level of poverty is St. Thomas at over 32 percent. 
Let our leaders mark the words of National Hero Marcus Garvey: "Poverty is a hellish state to be in. It is no virtue. It is a crime. To be poor is to be hungry without possible hope of food; to be sick without hope of medicine; to be tired and sleepy without a place to lay one's head; to be naked without the hope of clothing; to be despised and comfortless. To be poor is to be a fit subject for crime and hell."
May we all work towards a more articulate and prosperous majority.

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