Nesta Carter cleared to run

first_imgJamaican Olympic and World Championship Gold medalist, Nesta Carter, has been cleared to run at this weekend’s Milo western Relays in Montego Bay, Jamaica.This will mark his first outing since being unceremoniously stripped of his Beijing Olympic 4X100 relay gold medal after a retroactive test found a banned substance in his sample.Carter’s re-tested sample from 2008 was found to have traces of the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced last month.As a result Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team which included the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt, former world record holder Asafa Powell and World Championship silver medalist, Michael Frater were ordered to return by the IOC their gold medals.Carter has announced his intention to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).The 31-year-old Carter has not raced competitively for 17 months due to injury and because he was notified of the positive test,He has not been banned by world governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and he is clear to run until his appeal has been heard.Carter, also part of Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team that won gold at the 2012 London Games, has until Feb 15 to file his appeal with CAS. Sprinter to compete at Western Relays in Jamaicalast_img read more

Jamaican government urges US to retain DACA

first_imgJamaican Embassy In US monitoring The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith advised that the Ministry, through its Jamaican Embassy in Washington D.C., has been actively monitoring the developments relating to DACA.She explained that “the Embassy has been using diplomatic channels to sensitize persons who are part of the decision-making process of the benefits of the program to the young people concerned on the one hand, and on the other hand, the potential adverse socio-economic implications of any decision taken to remove these young nationals.”In these engagements, emphasis is also placed on the impact that such an adverse decision would have on curtailing the desire and ability of these youngsters to become outstanding citizens of the United States.The Ministry affirmed that through the Embassy, it will continue its sensitization and advocacy on behalf of the young Dreamers of Jamaican descent, as it seeks a favorable outcome from the deliberations of the US Congress. 6000 Jamaicans impactedThe Ministry is mindful that approximately 6000 of Jamaican nationals are included among those who will be impacted by this decision. In a statement, the ministry indicated it is the government’s sincere hope that the U.S Congress will be able to reach a timely consensus on this matter. Such a positive outcome would afford these young Jamaicans involved the opportunity to remain legally in the United States, the country they have come to call home for many years, and in which they wish to apply their acquired skills. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Jamaica has taken note of the decision by the U.S Authorities relating to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program.last_img read more

UAE seals showdown with West Indies

first_imgUnited Arab Emirates has booked their spot alongside West Indies at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe starting next month, after beating Nepal by seven runs to win the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 title held in Namibia on Wednesday.With the triumph, UAE have been installed in Group A of the March 4-25 tournament, along with the likes of Ireland, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea.Nepal, meanwhile, will do battle in Group B alongside Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Scotland and hosts Zimbabwe.UAE skipper Rohan Mustafa warned that based on the tenacity displayed over the last week, his side would be a force to be reckoned with throughout the upcoming qualifiers.“This performance has been such a morale booster that I am sure we will do much better in the World Cup qualifiers,” he said.“The way we have fought back [from defeats during the tournament shows that we will be a hard team to beat in the World Cup qualifiers.”West Indies, the highest ranked side in the tournament, open their campaign on March 6 against UAE at the Old Hararians Sports Club in Harare.The Caribbean side will then take on PNG two days later, Ireland on March 10 before wrapping up their preliminary round with a clash against the Netherlands.Following the preliminaries, the top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup scheduled for England next year from May 30 to July 15.West Indies failed in their bid for an automatic qualification spot after falling outside the top eight in the one-day rankings at the September 30 cut-off date last year.Hosts England, along with the remaining top seven teams, all earned direct qualification.last_img read more

The 1st annual Haitian Heritage and Cultural Arts Celebration, a huge…

first_imgWith every beat of the drum accompanied by the voice of Inez Barlatier the audience remained captivated. They clapped and sang loudly being suddenly taken back to a time where many were just young children. A time when they were listening to their grandparents sing to awaken the forces of their ancestors to protect many desperate Haitians who made the life-threatening choice to take to the sea in search of a better life. Over 30 years have passed and on September 15, Save Our Boys, Inc., highlighted the successes, gifts and commitments of the leaders that birthed from that era. Highlight the work of Haitians Andy Cherefant Founder/CEO of Save Our Boys, Inc., identified the need to share and highlight the great work of both Haitians and Haitian-Americans in South Florida. According to recent Census, Broward County is home to over 116,000 people of Haitian ancestry, who are a viable force increasingly gaining political presence while contributing to the community as nurses, teachers, physicians, engineers, artist, lawyers and more. A nation known for its resilience and strength against adversity; Haitians are consistently labeled as “Hard Workers”; that hard work was celebrated by Andy Cherefant, and his team of sponsors, dignitaries, volunteers and guests. HonoreesCongratulations to the Honorees. These were: Zeek Mathais, an award winning Haitian Artist whose breath taking piece “Neg Mawon” (Brown Man), reminds the world what very little armor and God given internal strength and determination led to the independence of Haiti; Representative Al Jacquet, Florida House of Representative, District 88, who captivated the audience by  thanking his parents for the discipline, focus on education and deep work ethic that was instilled in him and paved the way to his success, ensuring that our concerns and needs are heard on a larger political stage; Newton B. Sanon, Lesly Jacques, Rev. Dr. Jacques Durmonay, Dr. Patrick Jabouin, Rev. Hector Clerveau and Educator Karlie Richardson. These honorees detailed their outstanding contributions to the community through media, church, politics, education and philanthropy. The atmosphere remained colorful, festive and exciting with song, visual entertainment and the taste of Haitian cuisine. I would like to personally thank Inez Barlatier, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharl, Dadly Filius, Cindy Foley, Gina Demergeau-Lasseur, Pierre LeBlanc, Anthony Louis, Mdorest Production Chef Tony’s Restaurant, Radio TV Florida, Strings and Steel Music Duo, City of Pompano Beach, Broward County Florida Cultural Division, Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Old Dillard Foundation, Baccus Global, Gaicon LLC, Bogle Vineyards, Commissioner Rex Hardin and The Cherenfant Group for their contributions to this events success. Last but certainly not least, thanks to the beautiful and engaging Mistress of Ceremony, Regina Bell, for her strong voice, humor and professionalism, which show cased the gifts that Haitians and Haitian-Americans share in our community.last_img read more

National Heroes Day: Grace Jones receives award, Harry Belafonte ill

first_imgNational Heroes Day award recipients (from l. to r.): Giuseppe Francesco Maffessanti, Grace Jones, Earl Wesley Jarrett, and Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Godfrey Dyer.Credit: JIS Jamaican fans of veteran Jamaican American entertainer Harry Belafonte, 91, who were looking forward to see him receive the Jamaican honor of the Order of Merit (OM), were disappointed by his absence at the award ceremony at Kings House, the Governor General’s residence, on Monday, National Heroes Day in Jamaica.Recovering from recent illness The famous actor and singer, was being honored in recognition for his outstanding contribution to the field of music. However, according to reports the man popular for hits such as ‘The Banana Boat Song, “Jamaica Farewell” and “Island in the Sun” was reportedly unable to travel to Jamaica for the ceremony as he is recovering from a recent illness and wasn’t cleared to travel. According to the reports,  Belafonte has given assurance that he will be traveling to Jamaica at a later date to accept the award. a.Belafonti was actually born in Harlem, New York, to a Jamaican mother, and a father from Martinique, but spent eight years of his early life in Jamaica where he attended school.His 1956 album, ‘Calypso’ was the first album to sell over a million copies within a year. As a movie actor Belafonte started in popular films like Carmen Jones, opposite Dorothy Dandridge in 1964, Island in The Sun, Buck and the Preacher, Odds Against Tomorrow, and Uptown Saturday Night.Grace Jones excited to be honored Meanwhile, another Jamaica international entertainer, Grace Jones, model, singer, actress, author and film producer Grace Jones was at Kings House to receive the Order of Jamaica (OJ) awarded to her in recognition for her contribution to the field of international entertainment.During a recent interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Jones in referring to being honored by the Jamaican government said, “I am excited. It is a great honor. I love Jamaica so much, which makes it even better… This award is very special,” she said.Jones formerly for famous fashion houses like Yves St Laurent and Kenzo. She appeared on the covers of Elle and Vogue. As a sultry singer her albums included Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing and Slave to the Rhythm. As an actress she appeared in the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, and Boomerang with Eddie Murphy, Halle Barry and Robin Givens.Jones was born and raised in Spanish Town, Jamaica in a strict religious environment. She migrated to the US at age-12 to join her parents in New York.last_img read more

Study: Latin America and Caribbean will need 23 million health, education…

first_imgWASHINGTON, CMC – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will need about 12 million teachers, 3 million doctors and 8 million nurses by the year 2040. This is what “Education and Health: The sectors of the future?”, the second issue of IDB’s “The future of work in Latin America and the Caribbean” series says in its projection of the demand for social sector professionals in 24 countries in the region. “Our study shows that, even in the framework of the fourth industrial revolution, we can expect the number of teachers, doctors and nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean to continue growing at great speed,” said Marcelo Cabrol, manager of the IDB Social Sector. “Our methodology allows us to know that, for example, a third of the teachers that will be needed in 15 years, and almost two thirds of the doctors and nurses, are people who have not yet begun their working life. “Faced with this reality, the key is to ensure that these new professionals have the skills and training they need to be the teachers, doctors and nurses of the future,” he added. The IDB said the study’s projections are based on a series of variables specific to these sectors. EDUCATIONIn the case of education, it said the school-age population, school enrollment rates and the number of children per teacher are considered. HEALTHFor the health sector, the number of doctors is estimated with respect to the aging population that will exist in the coming decades, as well as the proportion of nurses for each doctor, the IDB said.In addition to presenting projections for the future, the study analyzes the evolution of the employment of teachers, doctors and nurses in LAC over the last four decades, according to the IDB. Good quality jobs“These three occupations have been growing significantly in the region, but the most remarkable thing is that the jobs in education and health are, in comparison with other sectors, of good quality,” Cabrol said. “Thus, the publication not only shows evidence that the income of teachers, doctors and nurses in Latin America and the Caribbean has grown significantly in recent years but also that these professionals are more likely to receive a pension in old age than other professionals such as engineers, lawyers, journalists or accountants,” he added.In addition, Cabrol said, with women representing the majority of social sector workers, the gender wage gap is substantially lower in these occupations than in others. “While, in our region, women with post-secondary education still earn on average 28 percent less than men, in education and health, this difference is around 10 percent,” Cabrol said.With the study, the IDB said it seeks to “enrich the discussion on how the region can take advantage of opportunities and minimize risks that arise from this issue, using an interactive format that incorporates audio, video and other resources.”last_img read more

Jamaican American DJ, Walshy Fire performs at this week’s carnival festivities…

first_imgThis week, Miami-bred, Jamaican American DJ, record producer, Leighton Walsh, otherwise known as Walshy Fire, has graced stages during Trinidad Carnival festivities at events held on February 24, 25 and 26. Walsh will also be performing this weekend during Brazil’s Rio Carnival on March 2 and 4. His hectic performance schedule has become a regular lifestyle for the globe-trotting DJ/producer, who is a part of the award winning group, Major Lazer, and also boasts a successful solo career. Speaking to CNW about Trinidad Carnival, Walsh shared, “Trinidad stands out because it’s so inclusive. It’s the 3rd or 4th biggest carnival in the world, I believe, with only Brazil, Colombia and maybe Mardi Gras being bigger. But, Trinidad Carnival is one of the most inclusive. You can show up on the day of the event to participate, and they’ll welcome you. Some of the other carnivals where they’ve been practicing for three or six months, they’re really just focused on winning.”Considered a Caribbean Ambassador, Walsh has been a fixture during carnival season throughout the Caribbean region for many years. He is also a regular performer/DJ at carnivals in the diaspora, such as Miami and Toronto carnivals. Beyond just entertaining Caribbean folks, Walsh has been a headliner at the full spectrum of other major carnivals across the globe, such as Mardi Gras. Walsh credits growing up in Miami for his ability to connect with a wide audience through his music. “Miami’s diversity is linked to the region that I consider myself responsible for, which is the Caribbean, and also South America and Central America. Miami has helped me be able to speak to a diverse group of people, because I grew up in diverse culture,” he says.The 36-year-old, self-proclaimed Miami Prime Minister was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up in Miami’s Carol City. He attended North Miami Beach High School, and later went on to study for degrees at Clark Atlanta University and Florida A&M University. Most often referred to just as “Walshy”, Walsh is also the brother of famed West Indian cricketer, Courtney Walsh.  Walsh’s career began to rise in 2004 when he started working and touring with the lauded Jamaican American sound system, Black Chiney. However, it was in 2012 that Walsh stepped into the role of MC of internationally acclaimed electronic dance group, Major Lazer. The group tours extensively across the globe, and has worked with a plethora of the world’s biggest acts, such as Sean Paul, Pharrell Williams, and Snoop Dogg. Known for his prowess in mixing genres with reggae and dancehall rhythms, Walshy’s recent groundbreaking hit is the production of “Toast” by new Jamaican artist, Koffee, which has seen unprecedented success in Jamaica and around the world. The tune aptly represents the positive messages and rootsy melodies Walshy creates, against a new, globally enhanced, yet authentic, reggae sound.  In 2015, Walsh launched independent label Walshy Fire Presents, where he aims to expand Jamaica’s sound system culture through music production, live events and other projects. Walsh hosts weekly reggae and dancehall-heavy, carnival-style revel events called Rum & Bass, every Tuesday night at Coyo Taco in Miami. He also tours extensively as a solo DJ act, and has held residencies at some of Miami’s most popular nightclubs.last_img read more

Embassy of Jamaica to host ‘Diaspora Connection’

first_imgFormer Prime Minister, PJ Paterson sign a copy of his book “My Political Journey”, for Jamaica’s Deputy Consul General to New York Mrs. Lisa Bryan Smart at his New York book launch at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan March 1. 2019(Photo by Derrick Scott) The Embassy of Jamaica will host a Jamaica Diaspora Connection event on March 13 that will feature the Washington, DC, launching of former Prime Minister PJ Paterson’s book and the staging of a forum on homeownership and investment in Jamaica.The event will be held from 5:30 to 9 PM in the Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States (OAS).The evening kicks off at 5:30 PM with the Washington, DC launching of “My Political Journey,” the first book to be published by Paterson, who served as Jamaica’s sixth Prime Minister for 14 years (1992-2006).This will be Mr. Paterson’s second book launch in North America. The first was held last week in New York City.The 416- page book, which chronicles Patterson’ s life from humble beginning in rural Jamaica to highly respected statesman, regionally and internationally, was published by the University of the West Indies Press.Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Excellency Audrey Marks,  Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies,   and Antigua & Barbuda Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders, will speak at the book launch.Jamaica’s renowned singer, Karen Smith, will entertain.The funds from Mr. Paterson book   will assist with tuition and hall fees for needy students and the interchange of students to and from the Mona campus.Following that book launch, from 7-9 PM, Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), in collaboration with KICVentures, will lead a forum special forum on homeownership.Participants will hear presentations from VMBS Chief Representative Officer, Florida-based Suzette Rochester Lloyd, National Land Authority (NLA) representative Elizabeth Scair, and KICVentures CEO, Dr. Kinsley Chan.“The embassy is please to partner with VMBS and KICVentures for the convening of the inaugural Jamaican Diaspora event,” said Ambassador Marks. “The event presents a useful opportunity for investors to engage with the diaspora in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas on investment opportunities in Jamaica — place of choice to live, work, do business and raise family.”“The event promises to be an engaging and entertaining one,” the Ambassador noted.last_img read more

Recognizing Marcus Garvey for Caribbean-American Heritage Month

first_imgAlthough Jamaican Marcus Mosiah Garvey has not made recent news, for many Caribbean nationals his relevance as a newsmaker is perennial for his role in Caribbean-American Heritage.Migrating to and residing in Harlem, New York in the 1920s, he stoked the embers of Black Power and fueled the ambitions of Caribbean and other black immigrants in the U.S. with his bold philosophy expressed in the words “Up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will.”This Jamaican stalwart achieved great things in the United States, and elsewhere. Even though he was officially titled a Jamaican hero, his outstanding achievements makes him worthy of being a Caribbean American hero as well.Garvey was born in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica in 1887 and was one of 11 children of a stones-man and a household servant. By age 14, Garvey went off to Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, where he worked in a print shop. It was there that he would get his first taste of activism, as he joined the labor union for print tradesmen.By 1912, Garvey settled in London, England after spending a short stint in Central America. There he was able to attend the University of London’s Birkbeck College—a right that was not given to blacks in the U.S. at the time. At university, he studied law and philosophy, worked for a Pan-Africanism newspaper, and began leading public discourse at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.In 1914, Garvey ventured back home to Jamaica and started the Universal Negro Improvement Association. He also began corresponding with African-American leader, author, activist and former slave, Booker T. Washington. Surely inspired by Washington’s work, two years later, Garvey travelled to the U.S. to begin lecturing to the black community to share his “separate but equal” message, questioning U.S. democracy and oppression of people of color. Garvey ended up speaking in 38 cities throughout the U.S.Notably, in 1917, in Harlem, he formed the first chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), and launched the Negro World newspaper. By 1919, the UNIA’s membership grew to over four million members. That year, under the auspices of the UNIA, Garvey would lead the establishment of the Black Star Line shipping company. Soon the company would purchase its first ship, which would be known as the S.S. Frederick Douglass.The Black Star Line then went on to form the African Redemption Liberia program, which sought to create a nation in Africa, for slaves, their descendants and African Americans as a whole. Due to this and his other dealings, Garvey became a target of the U.S. government, who began investigating him for mail fraud in connection with the Black Star Line. In 1923, Garvey lost a trial on the matter, and was sentenced to five years in prison. While serving his sentence, he wrote “First Message to the Negroes of the World from Atlanta Prison,” which became a famous paper.“After my enemies are satisfied, in life or death I shall come back to you to serve even as I have served before. In life I shall be the same; in death I shall be a terror to the foes of Negro liberty. If death has power, then count on me in death to be the real Marcus Garvey I would like to be. If I may come in an earthquake, or a cyclone, or plague, or pestilence, or as God would have me, then be assured that I shall never desert you and make your enemies triumph over you,” Garvey wrote in that paper.It is said that Garvey thought that the investigation and his consequential imprisonment was a backlash from the Jewish community, after he agreed to meet with the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan—an organization that he believed shared his views on segregation.A 1921 quote from a speech given to UNIA members sums up Garvey’s views on the rights of African Americans and the African diaspora. In it he says, “If you want liberty you yourselves must strike the blow. If you must be free, you must become so through your own effort … Until you produce what the white man has produced you will not be his equal.”“We shall march out, yes, as black American citizens, as black British subjects, as black French citizens, as black Italians or as black Spaniards, but we shall march out with a greater loyalty, the loyalty of race. We shall march out in answer to the cry of our fathers, who cry out to us for the redemption of our own country, our motherland, Africa,” Garvey said, summing up his singular cause of the redemption of Africans at home and abroad. For him, self-reliance, redemption and a strong sense of purpose were cornerstones of black emancipation. He was also a staunch advocate for black entrepreneurship, and lived as an example for aspirational black business owners through his many projects.As the leader of the Pan-Africanism movement and civil rights activist, Garvey sought to unify and connect people of African descent in the U.S. and worldwide. For this, the U.S. was his base, where he founded several wildly successful mega-organizations. As an advocate for people of African descent living and operating separately, but with equal rights, Garvey was a leader in the U.S. who stretched his influence across the seas and throughout the world.Garvey died in London England in 1940. In 1964 his body was brought back to Jamaica. The government designated him as the Jamaica’s first National Hero and reinterred his body at a shrine in the National Heroes Park, Kingston.His work is still relevant, widely studied, and the basis of much black nationalist work globally. For this, he is not only a Jamaican hero but indeed a Caribbean-American hero, and a fixture in Caribbean-American heritage.last_img read more

Ital Cookbook by Bob Marley’s Chef Due in 2020

first_imgSister Minne (right) with Rita Marley KINGSTON, Jamaica – Growing up in the Rastafarian commune of August Town, Jamaica during the 1970s, Robert Chin savored the natural dishes his mother prepared for family and high-profile clients like Bob Marley, Dennis Brown and Judy Mowatt. One year after his mother’s death, he and his siblings are looking to release her first cookbook.Known as Stanpipe, Robert is the eldest child for Minion Phillips, popularly known as Sister Minnie. She was a pioneer of vegetarian food, what Rastafarians popularly call Ital, in Jamaica. For years, she ran successful restaurants in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, and Accra, Ghana where she lived for eight years.Stanpipe, a singjay, lives in Miramar. He communicates regularly with his brothers and sisters in Jamaica on a project that was dear to their mother. “Everything was done, she completed it an’ the Marley dem give her the rights before shi pass for the book to release,” he said.The Marley family gave the green light for the yet-titled book as some of its recipes, like One Drop and Stir it Up, are named for songs Bob Marley wrote. They include Ital and Red Peas stews which were among the dishes Sister Minnie prepared for the late reggae icon.According to Stanpipe, his brother Mikhail Phillips is currently shopping the manuscript to a publisher. Once a deal is sealed, they plan to release the book in September 2020 on the second anniversary of Sister Minnie’s death.The launch is scheduled for Hope Gardens, a botanical location in Kingston where she operated a popular restaurant for several years.From a middle-class family, Sister Minnie accepted the Rastafarian faith in the late 1960s while she was a student at the University of the West Indies in Kingston. There, she met and later married Peter Phillips, (currently leader of Jamaica’s opposition People’s National Party) who came from a similar background. They joined the Twelve Tribes of Israel and lived in August Town near to the UWI campus. Stanpipe was Sister Minnie’s child from a previous relationship, while she had four children for Peter Phillips.Sister Minnie was a confidant of Rita Marley, Bob Marley’s widow. They both lived in Accra for many years, with Minnie being appointed a Queen Mother in Asamankese, a city in south Ghana. Sister Minnie returned to Jamaica in 2014, and died last year from compilations of cardiac arrest.Stanpipe, whose EP Life Journey was released in September, hopes to visit Ghana soon to fulfill another of his mother’s goals.“We plan to appoint somebody to sit on her Stool ‘cause she’s a Queen Mother. We want to set up some farming so that the youths in the village can earn money to take care of themselves,” he said.last_img read more