Jamaica To Host 2019 Caribbean Travel Marketplace

The Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event will be held in Jamaica next year.

Delegates will meet at the Montego Bay Convention Centre next year in Jamaica

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) officially announced that the 37th edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31, 2019.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board.

Produced by CHTA, Caribbean Travel Marketplace brings together hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media for several days of business meetings, including a busy program of thousands of pre-scheduled appointments.

Chief Executive Officer and Director General of CHTA Frank Comito announced that after an incredibly successful 36th convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico last week, the trade association is delighted to return the event to Jamaica next winter. “Jamaica is synonymous with exceptional hospitality, world renowned culture and incredible beauty. We look forward to continuing to offer our participants a high quality program to engage with industry peers and promote travel to our region,” he said.

“I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will once again play host to an important tourism event,” said Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett. “It is an incredible achievement for our country and I am certain we will reap significant benefits.”

This year’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which was produced by CHTA in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association, exceeded organizers’ expectations.

The meeting received an exceptional billing and showcased the resilience of the people of Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean, in particular those destinations which are rebounding from the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

CHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy remarked at the opening of the convention: “It is indeed a very special Marketplace because it is a recognition of the courage and determination of the Puerto Rican people and our brothers and sisters from the other affected islands to overcome and rise above the many obstacles and challenges thrown at them.” She described local Puerto Rican tourism officials as “formidable partners” of whom CHTA could not have asked more.

About the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA)

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is the Caribbean’s leading association representing tourism interests for national hotel and tourism associations. For more than 50 years, CHTA has been the backbone of the Caribbean hospitality industry. Working together with 1,000 hotel and allied members and 32 National Hotel Associations, CHTA is shaping the Caribbean’s future and helping members to grow their businesses. Whether navigating new worlds like social media, sustainability, legislative issues, emerging technologies, data and intelligence or looking for avenues and ideas to better market and manage businesses, CHTA is helping members on matters that matter most.

For further information, visit www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.

 

Roots Of Creation Announces Winter Tour 2018 + New Album Grateful Dub: A Reggae-Inspired Tribute To The Grateful Dead

Roots of Creation (RoC) announce their highly anticipated coast-to-coast Grateful Dub 2018 tour dates! The band kicks off the tour appropriately at Garcia’s in Port Chester, NY for Deadcenter: a Bob Marley Birthday Celebration on February 7th.

Roots Of Creation Announces Winter Tour 2018 + New Album Grateful Dub A Reggae-Inspired Tribute To The Grateful Dead

Highlights on the 33+ date tour includes supporting Wyclef Jean (The Fugees) at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg. They are also set to return to Stratton, VT on March 24th for the band’s follow-up to supporting The Dirty Heads. Rounding out the tour, they head to the west coast, performing at the amazing Kaya Festival w/ The Marley Brothers (feat. Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Julian) on April 28 – 29th in San Bernadino, California.
Joining RoC on select dates of the Grateful Dub 2018 Tour are hot, up and coming Reggae/Rock acts – Kash’d Out (Orlando, FL), who just released a new single and video for “One + Off” (on Pepper’s LAW records), and The Elovaters (Boston, MA), who just got out of the studio recording their new album with producer, Danny Kalb(The MovementGiant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadBen Harper).

RoC will be on tour supporting their new album, Grateful Dubto be released worldwide March 9th, 2018 on the band’s label, Bombshelter Records, in collaboration with Controlled Substance Sound Labs (distribution: SRG-ILS via Caroline/Universal Music Group). The new record was record, mixed, and co-produced by Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Rebelution), and  features collaborations with Stephen Marley, G. Love, Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), and more!

Exciting options for fans at each show include a CD bundled with each advance ticket, special limited runs (100 each) of two exclusive signed posters on standard/foil paper by Nathaniel Dias (Bourbon Sunday) and Catt Gould, a new merch line designed by Catt Gould / Merchwide, VIP upgrades will be going on sale soon, and special bundles available at the merch run by Granite Lion Entertainment.

Roots of Creation will be bundling pre-sale Grateful Dub CDs with every advance ticket purchase. Be sure to get tickets in as these shows will sell out. Advance tickets are available herehttps://rootsofcreation.com/shows). Current tour dates are listed below, and follow here for the up-to-date tour schedule:

::: GRATEFUL DUB 2018 TOUR DATES :::
w/ Kash’d Out + The Elovaters
supporting (on select dates)

• 2/7: Port Chester, NY | Garcia’s^
• 2/8: Virginia Beach, VA | Shakas Live
• 2/9: Wilmington, NC | The Whiskey
• 2/10: Charlotte, NC | Free Range Brewery
• 2/11: Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall
• 2/13: Atlanta, GA | Smith’s Olde Bar
• 2/14: Gainesville, FL | High Dive
• 2/15: Sanford, FL | West End Trading Co.>
• 2/16: Jupiter, FL | Guanabanas#
• 2/17: Melbourne, FL | Debauchery#
• 2/18: St Petersburg, FL | Jannus Live^
• 2/19: Jacksonville, FL | Jack Rabbits
• 2/20: Asheville, NC | Salvage Station
• 2/21: Vienna, VA | Jammin’ Java
• 2/22: Baltimore, MD | The 8X10 (with Kash’d Out)
• 2/24: Stratton, VT | Grizzly’s^
• 3/9: South Burlington, VT | Higher Ground^
• 3/10: Albany, NY | The Hollow^
• 3/11: New Bedford, MA | The Vault^
• 3/13: Teaneck, NJ | Debonair Music Hall#
• 3/14: Asbury Park, NJ | Wonder Bar#
• 3/15: Brooklyn, NY | CEG Presents @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn#
• 3/16: New Haven, CT | Pacific Standard Tavern#
• 3/17: Somerville [Boston], MA | Thunder Road#
• 3/18: Philadelphia, PA | The Foundry @ The Fillmore#
• 3/21: Greenfield, MA | Hawks & Reed#
• 3/22: Portland, ME | Portland House of Music#
• 3/23: Hampton Beach, NH | Granite Lion Presents @ Wally’s#
• 3/24: West Dover, VT | Reggae Fest @ Mount Snow^
w/ The Original Wailers, Passafire, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad & more!
• 4/12: Canton, NY | Java Barn @ St. Lawrence University^
• 4/28 – 4/29: San Bernadino, CA | Kaya Festival^
w/ The Marley Brothers: Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Kymani Marley + Toots and the Maytals, Inner Circle, Third World, Indubious & more! 
• 6/22 – 6/24: Starks, ME | Harry’s Hoedown^
• 8/3 – 8/5: Loveland, CO | ARISE Music Festival^
w/ Slightly Stoopid, Thievery Corporation, Trevor Hall, Pepper, Living Legends, Dumpstaphunk, Ethan Tucker & more! 
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^no Kash’d Out or The Elovaters | > Kash’d Out headlines
#The Elovaters supporting (no Kash’d Out)
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Tickets —> https://rootsofcreation.com/shows

 

Search Begins for JCDC 55 Children’s Gospel Stars

The Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition is on the hunt for the island’s most talented junior Gospel singers. Organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) an Agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition will begin its elimination this Friday, February 9, with the first of four regional eliminations slated to be held across the island.

The Western Region will see the first elimination being held at the St. John’s Methodist Church Hall, St. James on Friday, February 9 and will see participants from the parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover, St. James and Trelawny. Then on Friday, February 16, the Northern Region, which covers the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland will see its elimination at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church Hall in Port Maria, St. Mary.

The Central Region, which covers the parishes of St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Clarendon, will follow, hosting its elimination on Friday, March 2 at the St. Mark’s Anglican Church Hall in Mandeville, Manchester. The final elimination will be on Friday, March 16 for the Eastern Region, which covers the parishes of St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Thomas and will be held at the Eastwood Park New Testament Church in St. Andrew.  All eliminations begin at 9:30 am.

According to Stephen Davidson, Director Marketing & Public Relations, “These four regional eliminations will select the most talented performers from across the island to compete in the competition’s semi-final round. Each year this competition unearths remarkable talents and we expect this year’s cream of the crop to be just as impressive.”

Davidson noted that persons who had missed the initial deadline for entry should still come out to their nearest elimination as on spot entries will be accepted.

“Not only will we be accepting on spot entries, but we are also inviting entrants who were not selected at their initial elimination to make their way to one of the other regional eliminations and try again.” Davidson said, adding, “The judges give excellent feedback, which entrants can use to better their craft and try again at another elimination.”

The Jamaica Children’s Gospel Competition has three categories: solo, ensemble and choir and two age classes: 6-10 years old and 11-15 years old. Entry forms, rules and other details are available online at www.jcdc.gov.jm , at the JCDC Head Office, 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10 and all JCDC parish offices island-wide.Taville Henry CHildrens Gospel 11 - 15 Winner 2017

Taville Henry, Winner of the 2017 Jamaica Children’s Gospel Song Competition 11 – 15 year-old Solo category.

For more information contact: 

Kristen Laing

Public Relations Officer

Tel: (876) 926-5726-9/ 897-5204, 436-7836

Email: [email protected]

 

Night of The Stars Benefit Concert Slated for February 24 in Jamaica

February is celebrated as the month of love, black history and it is also the birth month of Reggae’s greats Bob Marley and Dennis Brown. What better time is there to celebrate Jamaican culture while encouraging philanthropy?

Night of the Stars Benefit Concert is the brainchild of event planner Lamoy McLean, founder and CEO of IWE weddings and events. “Everyone who comes out to this event is a star in their own way,” McLean stated. The concert aims to increase awareness about some existing small businesses, community participation and expand on cultural perspectives while raising funds for the reconstruction of the Rock Hall Basic School.

IWEWeddings & Events CEO_ Lamoy McLean

This exciting benefit concert will be held on February 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 2: 00 am at the Kingston 10 Sports Bar and Grill. A variety of talented presenters, deejays and artistes such as Mighty Diamonds and Anthony Cruz as well as surprise performers will be in action on this night of fun and culture. “Patrons should come out to support a worthy cause, to be entertained and to enjoy a night of live music and Reggae month festivities,” McLean remarked. A photo booth will also be present at the venue where patrons can have their own mini photoshoots. Food and refreshments will also be on sale.

Anthony CruzThe Night of the Stars Benefit Concert is sponsored by Kingston 10 Sports Bar & Grill, JFK Music and Wow Moments. Tickets are $800 general admission, $1200 VIP and will be available pre sold at Kingston 10 Sports Bar & Grill, Music Mart and at the Rock Hall Basic School. Admission will be $1000 at the gate.

For more information and scheduling media interviews, contact:

Ashleigh-Ann Mowatt

Marketing and Communication Consultant

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 876-473-1738

 

Young Jamaican Canadian female Filmmaker Tackles Issue of Anti-Black Racism Stereotypes in Short Film

On February 17, 2018 the short film Tagged, written/directed/produced by upcoming  Jamaican Canadian filmmaker Jual Dacosta will have its world premiere at the 6th annual Toronto Black Film Festival.

Based on a true story, the film highlights the murder of a promising young black man and explores the grief of a family and community riddled with pain. As they deal with his loss, they are also battling to dispel stereotypes and tags suggesting their son died by the gun and so he must have also lived by the gun.oung Jamaican Canadian female Filmmaker Tackles Issue of Anti-Black Racism Stereotypes in Short Film“I was motivated to make the film after witnessing the hurt and pain the family endured after losing a young black male,” said Jual Dacosta.

“One of my goals with creating the film is to highlight common stereotypes attached to black men, and heighten awareness to the fact that not all black youth that is killed by the gun lived by the gun and the pain of mothers that don’t get to grieve,” said Jual. “The purpose is to educate the larger population of the strength and achievements of black youth when given the chance in a positive society.”

Jual is no stranger to entertainment, having appeared in music videos with Mya (Fallen), in the film The Freak and The Mighty acting alongside Sharon Stone, and interviewed Tim Burton at the Toronto International Film Festival as a member of their Next Wave committee.

Tagged will have its world premiere at the Toronto Black Film Festival on February 17 at 3:00 p.m. at Carlton Cinema, 20 Carlton Street, Toronto.

Jual Dacosta (Writer/Director/Producer), Cj Byrd-Vassell (Tyler Nailen), Teisha Lockhart (Trish Nailen/mother) are available for advance interviews. They will be available for a limited number of interviews on February 17 as well at the screening.

To view production stills, click here to view online Media Kit

 

Owning Your Home in Jamaica!

The Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) – Florida Representative Office, in partnership with renowned Jamaican Developer, Richmond St. Ann, invites the public to meet the Richmond Development Sales Team and VMBS Mortgage Specialists, who can assist and guide persons on their journey towards owning their dream home in Jamaica. The one-on-one meetings will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, and Friday, February 23, 2018, at the VMBS Florida Representative Office, located at: 2600 S University Drive, Miramar, FL 33025 between 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Richmond Development Sales Team will interact with the Jamaican and Friends of Jamaicans Community in an effort to provide well needed information on Richmond St. Ann’s luxury properties and gated communities, namely “The Crest”, and “Fern Court”. These properties include Townhomes, Grand Farm Houses on 5-acre lots, and Apartments, which are being developed in phases, all with amenities including; brick pavers driveway; quartz counter tops in kitchen and bathroom; and solar water heaters, just to name a few.

During the two (2) days, the VMBS Mortgage Specialists will meet and provide step-by-step guidance on the mortgage loan process, as well as provide pre-qualification opportunities in order to purchase any of the Units available in Jamaica. One other important feature of the VM Mortgage Loan process is the Society’s Mortgage Portal which will allow mortgagors the ability to track their mortgage loan approval process on-line, from commencement to the disbursement of the mortgage loan.

According to Suzette Rochester Lloyd, “the Victoria Mutual, through its Florida Representative Office provides our Members the opportunity to purchase their first or second homes in Jamaica, with a VM Mortgage loan which boasts an interest rate as low as 4.25% p.a. on United States (US) Dollar mortgage loans. Therefore, we do encourage persons who are thinking of acquiring their homes in Jamaica for either retirement; vacation; family home, or real estate investment to contact our Office at 305-770-2643 for further information and / or register on-line at www.caribtix.com/vmbs to reserve their space for a one-on-one meeting with the Richmond Development Sales Team and Victoria Mutual Representatives”.

Light refreshments will also be served on both days.

CONTACT

Suzette Rochester Lloyd, M.A.
Chief Representative Officer
Victoria Mutual – Florida Representative Office
305-770-2643

 

Food For The Poor, A Beacon Of Hope For 36 Years

Since 1982, Food For The Poor donors have provided life-transforming work throughout the Caribbean and Latin American. Hundreds of thousands of the forgotten, the hungry and the poor have been blessed with a new opportunity in life, renewing that spark of hope for them and future generations.

Since inception, Food For The Poor donors have built more than 124,800 housing units, installed a total of 2,064 water wells, and sent more than 82,450 containers of essential goods to help people in the 17 countries where the charity serves.

Food For The Poor has sent more than 82,450 containers of essential goods to help people in the 17 countries where the charity serves, including these 100-pound bags of rice in the Food For The Poor distribution center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done to feed the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America

Food For The Poor celebrates its 36th anniversary on Feb. 12, 2018. Since the organization’s inception, more than 124,800 housing units have been built throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor also supplies each new home with a solar-powered light kit, which includes three lamps and a solar-cell panel for recharging.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

One of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States, Food For The Poor always has been about empowering families to become self-sustaining. The charity believes an education is an important key to breaking the cycle of poverty and is committed to providing children with an education. Over last three decades, more than 450 schools have been built, repaired or expanded.

On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done for the destitute in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor has installed a total of 2,064 water wells. This little girl in Haiti is happy to have clean, fresh water from a Food For The Poor water well to drink. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done for the destitute in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Food For The Poor has installed a total of 2,064 water wells. This little girl in Haiti is happy to have clean, fresh water from a Food For The Poor water well to drink.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

“The mission of Food For The Poor is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit,” said President/CEO of Food For The Poor Robin Mahfood. “Everything that this organization has done in these 36 years has been to transform and equip people to help themselves and their families. All of this is made possible with God’s blessing. Our donors and our staff are an extension of our Lord’s mercy, and they are the ones who make helping the poor possible.”

Food For The Poor has sent more than 82,450 containers of essential goods to help people in the 17 countries where the charity serves, including these 100-pound bags of rice in the Food For The Poor distribution center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done to feed the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor has sent more than 82,450 containers of essential goods to help people in the 17 countries where the charity serves, including these 100-pound bags of rice in the Food For The Poor distribution center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done to feed the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

When it comes to natural disasters, Food For The Poor is eager to offer assistance. The charity has provided aid at the onset of the destruction caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, and remains involved in the ongoing recovery work. Thanks to its generous donors and partners, thousands of families in Puerto Rico are getting much needed aid, four months after Hurricane Maria destroyed much of the island. So far, Food For The Poor has shipped 69 tractor-trailer loads of aid to Puerto Rico.

Food For The Poor is celebrating 36 years of dedicated service in the Caribbean and Latin America. These little girls in Honduras are using computers donated by Food For The Poor in one of the schools built by Food For The Poor donors. Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded more than 450 schools. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor is celebrating 36 years of dedicated service in the Caribbean and Latin America. These little girls in Honduras are using computers donated by Food For The Poor in one of the schools built by Food For The Poor donors. Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded more than 450 schools.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor is working with the Catholic charity Caritas to distribute relief. Caritas Puerto Rico started in 1969 and has 200 parishes in 60 municipalities on the island. Food For The Poor also is working with the Episcopal Church to assure the distribution of the relief items. The church has 52 parishes throughout the island, warehouses and transportation, which are vital for reaching the rural communities.

Previously, Food For The Poor provided aid following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

Food For The Poor celebrates its 36th anniversary on Feb. 12, 2018. Since the organization's inception, more than 124,800 housing units have been built throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor celebrates its 36th anniversary on Feb. 12, 2018. Since the organization’s inception, more than 124,800 housing units have been built throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

The charity also is keeping its promise to the people of Haiti to be there for the long haul following the 2010 earthquake. Since the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster, Food For The Poor has built 8,717 permanent two-room concrete block homes with water and sanitation, built or restored 44 schools in the Port-au-Prince area, and has installed 151 water filtration units. Each water filtration unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day for a total of 1,510,000 gallons of clean water daily.

Food For The Poor is celebrating 36 years of dedicated service in the Caribbean and Latin America. These little girls in Honduras are using computers donated by Food For The Poor in one of the schools built by Food For The Poor donors. Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded more than 450 schools. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor is celebrating 36 years of dedicated service in the Caribbean and Latin America. These little girls in Honduras are using computers donated by Food For The Poor in one of the schools built by Food For The Poor donors. Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded more than 450 schools.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

“Food For The Poor is honored to be able to help as many people as possible to rebuild their lives following tragedies caused by natural disasters, we understand that a natural disaster can take aim at any of us at any given time, but the road to recovery is nearly impossible for poor families in rural communities,” said Mahfood. “This is why we always will do what we can for as long as we can to provide assistance for families recovering from the catastrophic disasters in the Caribbean, the United States and in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. We will continue to do this as we celebrate 36 years of service.”

A little girl in Jamaica receives a medical examination at a Food For The Poor-supported clinic. On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done to help children to get medical care through out the Caribbean and Latin America. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

A little girl in Jamaica receives a medical examination at a Food For The Poor-supported clinic. On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done to help children to get medical care through out the Caribbean and Latin America.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor donors also build hospitals and community centers that provide technical training. The charity has implemented animal husbandry, agricultural and aquaculture projects. These projects, such as beekeeping and fishing villages, are not only a food source but they are helping the poor to generate income.

On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done for the most destitute in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. This woman is harvesting honey from a bee colony on a farm in Nicaragua. Since honey never spoils, this product is a blessing for poor farmers without access to refrigeration. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

On its 36th anniversary of serving the poor, Food For The Poor thanks its donors for what they have done for the most destitute in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. This woman is harvesting honey from a bee colony on a farm in Nicaragua. Since honey never spoils, this product is a blessing for poor farmers without access to refrigeration.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

A fisherman in Honduras proudly holds up one of many fish he caught in the Caribbean Sea. Food For The Poor's Fishing Village program supplies destitute coastal villages with fiberglass boats with outboard engines, global positioning systems, fishing tackle, 100-quart coolers, safety equipment, a gear shed with a freezer, a generator and a powerful solar-powered street light for the village common area, as well as training in deep-sea fishing. There are 15 fishing villages in Jamaica, 39 in Haiti, 15 in Honduras and one in Dominica. (Photo by Food For The Poor)

A fisherman in Honduras proudly holds up one of many fish he caught in the Caribbean Sea. Food For The Poor’s Fishing Village program supplies destitute coastal villages with fiberglass boats with outboard engines, global positioning systems, fishing tackle, 100-quart coolers, safety equipment, a gear shed with a freezer, a generator and a powerful solar-powered street light for the village common area, as well as training in deep-sea fishing. There are 15 fishing villages in Jamaica, 39 in Haiti, 15 in Honduras and one in Dominica.
(Photo by Food For The Poor)

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations, including donated goods, went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

 

Romain Virgo’s “Lovesick” Out March 30 Embarks On The Lovesick European Tour

VP Records is proud to announce “LoveSick,” the upcoming album from rising reggae star Romain Virgo will be out on March 30th. The 17-track album takes listeners on a journey that explores every emotion felt when finding love, losing love and finding love again. In the many twists and turns of romance and relationships, Romain represents a young man who has experienced it all and now has a dynamic story to tell.

Executive produced by Niko Browne for Lifeline Music, with additional production by Sting International and Vikings Production, the album presents a new pop reggae sound traced with his signature lovers rock style woven throughout. The first single ‘Now’, released last Summer, was the introduction to an energetic dance groove on the Skank and Rave rhythm. Highly contagious, the song alludes to a transitional musical direction. On the other spectrum, “Trouble” is reminiscent of his popular songs “Soul Provider”, “Fade Away” and “Cry Tears For You”. The bluesy, smooth rhythm released in November, showcases the sick side of LoveSick, as he tells a tale of a woman who persists on breaking up his happy home after a one- night stand.Romain Virgo’s “Lovesick” Out March 30 Embarks On The Lovesick European Tour

The latest single “Still” is a passionate ballad over the upbeat Skyspraper Riddim by Richie Stephens, a forthcoming video is expected in March. The album also includes Romain’s stirring version of the Sam Smith smash “Stay With Me.” The song has become a fan favorite across the globe, rivaling popularity with the original version in Japan. The crooner will be embarking on a European tour at the end of March with special guest Sevana. The tour will include stops in Germany, The UK, Holland and Switzerland (all dates below). He will be setting up U.S. dates later this year.

Raised in a disciplined home in the rural town of Stepney in the parish of St. Annes, Romain first gained fame when he made history as the youngest winner of Television Jamaica’s (TVJ) popular “Rising Stars” talent competition at just 17-years-old and later by winning Artist of the Year by JaRIA (Jamaica Reggae Industry Association) in 2012. Growing up listening to the likes of Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown and Percy Sledge, he has modeled his musical style and career after these legends while still remaining true to who he is. Passion drips through every lyric and every note, as listeners can feel the love for his craft.

“I believe love is the one thing that’s going to save us, not just in terms of relationships, but in the broader human sense,” Romain says of the album’s title and content. “I personally believe that nothing forms a stronger bond than love. It cuts through race, religion, creed, everything. We need to put it at the center of our lives.”

LoveSick European Tour with Special Guest Sevana Tour Dates

03.28 – Berlin (Germany) @ ASTRA

03.29 – Munich (Germany) @ BACKSTAGE

03.30 – Hamburg (Germany) @ FABRIK

03.31 – Dortmund (Germany) @DKH

04.01 – Amsterdam (Holland) @ MELKWEG

04.04 – Birmingham (Uk) @ O2 INSTITUTE

04.05 – Manchester (Uk) @ BAND ON THE WALL

04.06 – Leeds (Uk) @ WARDROBE

04.07 – Cardiff (Uk) @ GLEE

04.08 – London (Uk) @ SCALA

04.10 – Den Haag (Holland) @ PAARD KZ

04.11 – Groningen (Holland) @ OOSTERPOORT Kz

04.13 – Basel (Switzerland) @ KASERNE BASEL

04.14 – Zurich (Switzerland) @ ROTE FABRIK

 

Largest Single Day Blood Donation Drive In Jamaica-Mandeville Hospital Collects 233 Units

Recently 233 units of blood were collected at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive, staged by the Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) in Manchester, the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica.

Following a successful blood drive in 2016 where the hospital collected 152 units; the hospital boosted its efforts with this year’s staging which attracted 335 donors; however, 233 persons were able to donate, exceeding the target of 200 units. The RideWise Safe Biking campaign for motor cyclists was also launched; it encourages safe use of the road and appropriate protective gear.

According to CEO of the MRH, Alwyn Miller, the donation drive was more than an effort to solicit blood and was “largely about behaviour change, encouraging consistent voluntary blood donation to improve supplies and reducing the demand for blood caused by preventable motor vehicle accidents and in particular motor cyclists. It was used as an opportunity to educate donors and the youth as the next generation to bring about a long term change in their perspective relating to these issues.”

“The RideWise campaign was launched with the premier of a short film, the “Young and the Reckless” which tells the story of the implications of motor cycle accident victims from a physical, financial and social perspective and the impact and challenges with blood inadequacies, resource requirements and considerations that impact the length of stay and general welfare of  hospital in-patients. We hope that the film through its circulation will serve as a motivation for behaviour change” Mr. Miller explained.

Turning to the importance of blood and its impact on public health

facilities, Chairman of the Southern Regional Health Authority, Wayne Chen pointed out that “if we were able to cut accident victims by just 30 percent, we would save the public health system almost $500 million annually and if we were able to have 45 fewer accident victims at the MRH, we would save $5 million in this hospital alone per year.”

Mr. Chen appealed to persons to develop a culture of regular blood donation and a culture that reduces the need for blood in cases where it involves vehicular accidents and victims of violence.

Mr. Miller expressed gratitude to the Manchester community for making the event successful. He commended the Northern Caribbean University for being the largest donor group, with more than 100 persons supporting the blood drive.

Meanwhile, Mr. Miller is encouraging the public to continue its voluntary blood donation, which has been made easier through extended opening hours at the MRH Blood Bank, which opens from Mondays to Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Blood Bank is closed on weekends and on public holidays.

Several of the 233 donors who donated blood at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive. This represents the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica

Several of the 233 donors who donated blood at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive. This represents the largest single day blood donation drive in Jamaica

Technical Assistant and Phlebotomist at the National Blood Transfusion Service, Christopher Copeland (standing) assists Project Manager at the Power Services Company Ltd. Lisselle Bennett (left) and Medical Officer from the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Kharl Watkis in making their donation at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive

Technical Assistant and Phlebotomist at the National Blood Transfusion Service, Christopher Copeland (standing) assists Project Manager at the Power Services Company Ltd. Lisselle Bennett (left) and Medical Officer from the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Kharl Watkis in making their donation at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive

Bikers from the Jamaica Motor Cyclist Association demonstrating stunt riding. They encouraged motor cyclists to wear the required protective gear.

Bikers from the Jamaica Motor Cyclist Association demonstrating stunt riding. They encouraged motor cyclists to wear the required protective gear.

Sixth form students from the Belair High School in Manchester resting and getting refreshed after donating blood at the 'One Love, One Blood' donation drive.

Sixth form students from the Belair High School in Manchester resting and getting refreshed after donating blood at the ‘One Love, One Blood’ donation drive.

 

Consul General Franz Hall Bids Farewell to the Jamaican Dispora [Interview]

Franz Hall, the Consul General of Jamaica. completes his tour of duty on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. He penned an farewell open letter  to the Jamaican Diaspora in the Southeastern United States of America.

Dear Friends,

I am using this opportunity to advise that my appointment as Consul General of Jamaica will come to an end on 28th February 2018. It was an honour and a privilege to have served the Government of Jamaica in this capacity.

It is hard to believe that four years have gone by so quickly. However, during that time, I have come to appreciate the dynamism and the generosity of spirit that exists within the Jamaican community in the South East USA. As I transition to a new role in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in Kingston, I do so with the knowledge that the Jamaican community is not only alive and well, but flourishing, as it continues to make its undeniable mark on the communities in the United States of America.

Any positive impact that I may have had during my assignment is a reflection of the efforts of the team at the Consulate General, who continue to serve Jamaica and the Jamaican community, often under challenging circumstances. It is their commitment and dedication that sustain the work of the Consulate through changes at the diplomatic level.

Sincerest thanks for your engagement, friendship and partnership during my time at the Consulate General and I know that you will offer to my successor the same level of support that was so graciously extended to me during my tenure.

One love!

Yours sincerely,

Consul General Franz Hall


Conversation with Jamaica’s Consul General Franz Hall

Conversation with Jamaica’s Consul General for the S.E. USA, the Bahamas and Cayman Islands, Franz Hall as he demits office at the end of February 2018. Hall appeared on Caribbean Riddims, aired Saturdays on WZAB 880 AM in South Florida, hosted by Eddy Edwards, Cleve Osborne and Gillian Smart known as Three @ 3