THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
FIRE DESTROYS POLICE BARRACKS—04/03/10
The police barracks in Montego Bay was consumed by fire, leaving 30 police officers without a place to live. According to Sgt. Camille Tracy, no one was injured in the fire that took over an hour to extinguish. The affected officers will find temporary housing at the Freeport Police Station where they lived before moving to the building that burned in the fire. The cause of the blaze is still being investigated.
JAMAICAN WANTED IN FLORIDA WAITS FOR EXTRADITION—04/04/10
Claude Sayers, music promoter and part of the promotion team for the Fifth Element, is awaiting extradition to Florida where prosecutors claim he and another Jamaican are members of a drug export network involved with sending marijuana and cocaine to the U.S. Sayers, along with Eaton Evans, who was released from custody by mistake three weeks ago and has not yet been found, were captured in 2007 after eluding law enforcement for a decade.
JAMAICAN ENTERTAINERS TO FEEL IMPACT OF U.S. VISA REVOCATIONS—04/05/10
Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Mavado, and Aidonia, all dancehall musicians from Jamaica, are likely to lose millions of dollars due to a decision by the United States to revoke their visas. The U.S. did not provide a reason for the revocations. The musicians were scheduled to perform in Orlando, Los Angeles, Hartford, and the Bronx in April and May of 2010.
RAPPER BOUNTY KILLER ARRESTED AGAIN—04/06/10
Bounty Killer was arrested at his home in Jamaica for the alleged assault on a girlfriend. The dancehall star has been in trouble with law enforcement before. Police did not release details of the most recent charges. Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Price, is facing previous prosecution for the illegal possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana, and unlawful wounding and assault.
GOVERNMENT ELIMINATES FEES FOR COMMERCIAL AIR OPERATORS—04/07/10
The government of Jamaica will no longer require commercial air operators to pay fees for the services provided by Jamaica’s Civil Aviation Authority. The fees are associated with navigation, communications, certificates, and other charges listed in the Civil Aviation Regulations. The government’s action is part of its effort to enhance the viability and profits of Jamaica’s aviation sector.
MARCH FOR GAY AND HIV-POSITIVE TOLERANCE—04/08/10
While Jamaica has the reputation for being one of the most homophobic countries in the world, leaders from the religious and the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community held a first-ever march for tolerance in Montego Bay. The march was led by Bishop Nancy L. Wilson, openly gay head of the international Movement of Metropolitan Community Churches. The march was intended to promote tolerance for gay people and for those living with HIV, AIDS, and others.
MUSICIANS RAISE MONEY FOR STREET PEOPLE—04/08/10
Musicians from Japan and Jamaica held a jazz concert to raise money for the homeless in Port Antonio. The concert was held in Neville Antonio Park and featured the Japanese band Ensemble Oladama and Jamaicans Earl “Chinna” Smith and Frank “Kiddus” Dowding. The event was sponsored by the Japanese embassy and the Jamaica Arts Endowment Fund, as well as the Portland Rehabilitation Center.
DELAY IN DEAL BETWEEN AIR JAMAICA AND CARIBBEAN AIRLINES—04/09/10
There will be an 18-day delay in the transition of Air Jamaica to Caribbean Airlines. The delay will create additional problems for Air Jamaica as it will face cash-flow difficulties linked to the failure to meet the planned April 12, 2010 deadline. Employees who expected payments will have to wait for their money because of the delay as well. According to news reports, the delay results from the failure of the Jamaican government to obtain an official agreement with the United States Department of Transportation for Air Jamaica to continue flights to the U.S. during the transition period.
JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
THREE JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT MINISTERS PROBED BY U.S.—04/05/10
Three unnamed senior ministers in the Jamaican government are being investigated by the Grand Jury of the Southern District of New York. The investigation contends that these officials conspired to prevent information relating to the case of alleged gun and drug trafficker Christopher “Dudus” Coke from reaching the Grand Jury. Investigators are looking into a conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act as well.
ARTIST MARLENE LEWIS WEINBERGER DIES—04/07/10
Artist and graphic designer Marlene Lewis Weinberger died March 6, 2010. She was born in Kingston and lived in Jamaica and Newark, New Jersey. She attended the Wolmer’s School for Girls in Kingston, Jersey City University, Montclair State University in New Jersey, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She was instrumental in creating the look of Air Jamaica’s in-flight magazine, SkyWritings. She participated in the Xayamaca workshop, which brought together Jamaican and international artists, and was a lifetime member of the Art Students League in New York. She taught at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston and at Essex County College in Newark.
JAMAICAN STUDENT WINS POSTER COMPETITION—04/08/10
Lorenz Rowe of Calabar High School has won the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Environmental Poster Competition. The competition focuses on preserving the environment and is open to students throughout the Caribbean region. The 2010 competition attracted students from 15 countries.
AVOID JAMAICA, UK WEBSITE TELLS GAY PEOPLE—04/09/10
A travel website in the United Kingdom is advising gay people to avoid Jamaica as a vacation destination because it is not gay-friendly. The website, Cheapflights.co.uk. placed Jamaica at the top of a list of the five least desirable destinations for gays, which includes Fiji, Poland, Nicaragua, and Mauritius. Jamaica is on the blacklists of several gay-rights organizations, which claim the country has not shown tolerance on the subject of sexual orientation.
CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
ANTIGUA PRIME MINISTER SEES ELECTION RULING OVERTURNED—04/03/10
HAITIANS CHARGED WITH ILLEGAL ENTRY IN VERMONT—04/04/10
POLICE IN DOMINCAN REPUBLIC LOOKING FOR STABBING SUSPECTS—04/05/10
FLORIDA DOCTORS SEND PROSTHETIC LEGS TO HAITI—04/06/10
HAITI OFFICIALLY REOPENS SCHOOLS—04/07/10
U.S. AGENCY TO TAKE OVER FUEL DEPOT CLEANUP IN PUERTO RICO—04/08/10
JAMAICA SCORES 81 RUNS IN UNDER-15 CHAMPIONSHIP—04/04/10
Jamaica spoiled the chances of Trinidad and Tobago to win the 2010 West Indies Under-15 Championship by defeating them by 81 runs. In addition to these two teams, Guyana is also in the running for the title.
DEWAR PROVIDES ADVANTAGE FOR JAMAICA OVER IRELAND—04/05/10
Ireland struggled, 55 runs behind Jamaica’s first innings total of 330, as Akeem Dewar, West Indies youth player, achieved four for 81 in his first First Class match at the Jamaica Cricket Festival in Chedwin Park, St. Catherine. Dewar also showed control in his 23 overs to lead the Jamaican defense.
JAMAICA DOMINATES CARIFTA—04/07/10
Young Jamaican athletes returned from their matches in the Cayman Islands after helping their homeland win 72 medals at the 39th Carifta Games. This was the 26th consecutive year that the Jamaicans topped the medal count. In second place was Trinidad and Tobago with 40 medals.
BOLT TO RUN 4X100M IN USA VS. WORLD AT PENN RELAYS—04/08/10
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, will lead Jamaica’s 4 x 100-meter relay team at the Penn Relays on April 24, 2010. The USA vs. The World meet at the Penn Relays will be held at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The competition is one of the oldest track and field events in the world and is recognized for his long-running tradition.
According to Your Faith…
The two blind men must have heard a lot about Jesus; it was hard for them not to. The whole city was buzzing with news of the miracles He was doing and they knew that if they could get His attention, that day would be their day. The woman with the issue of blood, unclean for twelve long years, was now running around healed after touching the hem of His garment. The crowd was buzzing because right after that miracle, Jesus had gone into Jairus’ house and amidst the mourning for the daughter who had died earlier that day, He took her by the hand, her spirit returned to her body, and life was restored. There was pandemonium and bewilderment everywhere. This was no ordinary prophet.
It was amidst this backdrop that as Jesus went into the house, the two blind men followed him, “crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy upon us.” Matthew continues, “And when He was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched He their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened…” (Matthew 9:28-30a, KJV). It is interesting to note that even though Jesus touched their eyes, it was their faith that made their healing possible. Jesus. They had not only asked for a miracle, but they professed belief in Christ that He could do the thing they asked. Jesus honored that faith with the words, “According to your faith be it unto you,” after which their eyes were opened.
When you pray, do you really believe that God can act on your behalf? Do you believe, without reservations, that He is more than capable of doing the things He says He can do? The narrative teaches us that the degree to which God intervenes in our situations is totally dependent on the degree of our faith. In other words, it is all according my faith, your faith, our faith. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
I quite like the last clause; our Lord is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Simply put, no faith equals no reward. As He did with the blind men, He stands ready to demonstrate His awesomeness in every area of our lives. However, it is all according to our faith. The good news is that by giving each of us the measure of faith (Romans 12:3b), we have more than enough with which to trust God with everything that pertain to us. The challenge is to look seriously at how we are using what we have been given.
Remember, your capacity to receive is only limited by your ability to believe. God is unlimited in His resources; how are you with your faith?
The weekly news is compilation of new articles from top Caribbean and Jamaican news sources.