Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
|PM Andrew Holness and his wife MP Juliet Holness arrive at Gordon House - Observer photo by Byan Cummings|
|Mrs Rose Leon - First Chairman of the JLP, served in Cabinets of both the JLP and PNP|
|Professor Verene Shepherd|
Friday, March 11, 2016
Caribbean Regional Network of Women and Women's Organizations
c/o Women's Resource and Outreach Centre
47 Beechwood Ave , Kingston 10.
MARCH 10, 2016
TO: Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes, Embajada de Honduras, 1014 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001;
Ambassador James D. Nealon, Embajada de USA, América Avenida La Paz, Tegucigalpa M.D.C., Honduras
Honduras Embassy in Mexico, Calle Alfonso Reyes #220, Cuauhtémoc, Condesa, 06170 Ciudad de México, D.F., México, T: 52 55 5211 52
Honduras Embassy in Canada,
151 Slater Street, Suite 805-A,
Ottawa ON KIP 5H3,
We, the undersigned women and representatives of Women's organizations and civil society organizations across the Caribbean and its diaspora condemn the assassination of Berta Caceres. Berta was a courageous woman whose actions were inspiring to all those committed to social justice worldwide.
We demand that Gustavo Castro, witness to the Caceres murder, be allowed to return home to Mexico in safety immediately. Any further legal procedures that are still needed from him should be carried out in the Mexican embassy in Honduras.
We, along with all justice seeking communities globally, are carefully watching the actions of the authorities in Honduras in regard to this horrific murder.
Monifa Adebola - Jamaica
Nikki Sewell - 51%Coalition, Jamaica
Linnette Vassell - Jamaica
Judith Wedderburn – Jamaica
Mariama Williams - Jamaica
Audrey Roberts - Bahamas
Jean Lowrie-Chin – Jamaica
Ayesha Constable - Jamaica
Carol Narcisse – Jamaica Civil Society Coalition
Horace Levy – Jamaica Civil Society Coalition
Jenny Jones – Jamaica Civil Society Coalition
Hilary Nicholson - Jamaica
Adwoa Onuora – Jamaica and Canada
Emma Lewis - Jamaica
Sandra Patterson- Barbados
Mildred Crawford - Jamaica
Joan Grant Cummings – Jamaica and Canada
Vanda Radzik –Guyana Women's Rights
Delores Robinson –Trinidad and Tobago
Vanya David - Dominica
Eunadie Johnson– Dominica
Nadeen Spence - Jamaica
Latoya West Blackwood - Jamaica
D. Alissa Trotz – Guyana and Canada
Nicole Brown - Jamaica
Rachele E Vernon – UK and Jamaica
Honor Ford-Smith - Jamaica and Canada
Marion Bethel - Bahamas
Danuta Radzik -Help & Shelter, Guyana
Noelle Nicholls –Bahamas
Alicia Wallace – Bahamas
Diana McCauley – Jamaica
Patricia Philips - Jamaica
sent from the email address of:
Honor Ford-Smith, PhD.
Community and Environmental Arts
Faculty of Environmental Studies
280, HNES Bldg
4700 Keele St,
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Thursday, March 10, 2016
|Jamaica's new Cabinet after the swearing-in at King's House on Monday 7 March 2016|
|Inductees in the St Catherine High School Hall of Fame in 2013, (from left) then Opposition Leader Andrew Holness; Deacon David Yee-Singh (representing Sister Mary Mercedes Doorly); Troy-Marie McDonald (who received on behalf of Bishop Kenneth Richards); Lascelles Williams; and Wilbert Davis (representing Kenneth Neale), pose with the citations presented at the function during the school’s 65th anniversary banquet.|
|The brilliant Sister Mary Paschal RSM|
Sunday, March 6, 2016
Passing on this message from a friend...
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Saifee Hospital, Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know:
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
3. * Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt)... * H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, * clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. * Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but * blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population. *
5. * Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). * If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. * Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. * Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
I suggest you pass this on to your entire e-list. You never know who might pay attention to it - and STAY ALIVE because of it...
Friday, March 4, 2016
St. Catherine, Jamaica – March 4, 2016: Eighteen families in Portland Cottage, Clarendon, are now proud homeowners, thanks to a donation of approximately J$11.52 million made by Chris Davitt and Craig Ruppert, along with their friends from the United States, and Food For The Poor (FFP).
Davitt and Ruppert, who have set one of their lives' goals as donating annually to Jamaica, travelled to the island on February 12 with a team of 36. The group, assisted by staff members of Food For The Poor Jamaica, built the houses on February 13 and 14.
David Mair, Executive Director of FFP Jamaica, said he was pleased that these two gentlemen, along with their family and friends - who form the mission group 'Davitt/Ruppert Family and Friends' - had created an annual calendar event to journey to Jamaica and construct houses for the homeless.
"It costs approximately J$640,000 to construct one house. With Mr. Davitt, Mr. Ruppert and their family and friends' initiative of constructing 18 houses, this sums up to approximately J$11.52 million. This is a grand donation!" Mair said in a recent interview.
Mair said the entire group epitomizes what it means to be your brother's keeper.
"These Americans are not only keepers for each other, but they are keepers for people living thousands of miles away from them in the island of Jamaica. Perhaps, if there were more individuals like them, more homeless individuals would be reached and our country would have a much better standard of living," Mair added.
Ruppert said he was always eager to come to Jamaica and build houses for families in need.
"We are always happy to come. I have been coming for about 17 years, and we bring our family and friends. They come. They work hard. They learn from the experience and we go back as better people with life in a better perspective," Ruppert said in an interview during the construction of the houses.
Davitt said that he has great compassion for the needy people living in Jamaica. It is for that reason and more, he keeps coming back to assist.
"We come and have a wonderful time with the people, especially the contractors from Food For The Poor. There are beautiful persons in the country and it makes us feel really great and appreciated each time we reached out to help them," Davitt said.
Davitt, Ruppert and their supporters have partnered with FFP Jamaica to construct five schools, more than 165 houses, a home for the elderly, as well as to equip a community with a sustainable fishing village project and to install two water projects since 2001.
Their efforts have improved the health and living conditions of many throughout Jamaica. In 2014, the group built a six-unit building for the students and teachers of Lewis Town Basic School in St. Elizabeth and constructed a house for a resident in the area.
The 18 families who received Portland Cottage houses were grateful.
Odette Sawyers, one of the recipients, said, "I am really thankful this evening. I am so happy, I am overwhelmed. I am so happy for that and so happy to receive this special gift. I am honoured and thankful."
Christine Dennis, 75, another housing recipient said, "I am so grateful that you could give me a house. I needed a new house so much. My house is so beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful gift you have given me."
BREAKING GROUND AT PORTLAND COTTAGE: Team leader, Chris Davitt (second right) along with other volunteers from the United States, preparing material to construct one of the foundations for 18 houses that were built in Portland Cottage, Clarendon during their mission trip on February 13.
18 HOUSES IN 2 DAYS: Volunteers from the United States and members of Food For The Poor Jamaica gather for a group photograph after completing the construction of 18 houses in two days in Portland Cottage, Clarendon.
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
KINGSTON, Jamaica: The Director of Elections on Tuesday, March 1, communicated with the Office of the Governor-General advising that the Jamaica Labour Party has won majority of the seats in the General Election held on Thursday 25 February, 2016.
In addition, documents from Returning Officers – the B21 form indicating which candidate has won and the Writ of Election for each constituency – have been sent to the Clerk of the Houses of Parliament.
Release from the Electoral Office of Jamaica