THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
ALL JAMAICANS CALLED UPON TO BATTLE VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE—06/30/12
Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse, Directors of Emergency, Disaster Management, and Special Services in the government’s Ministry of Health, would like all Jamaicans to know their role in ensuring the success of a program designed to fight dengue fever and the chikungunya virus. The doctor said that community involvement is critical to the five-year preparedness and response strategy in development. She also noted that while there has not been an outbreak of the chikungunya virus in Jamaica to date, it has been detected in Asia and in the French Caribbean islands, which puts Jamaica at risk and requires a planned response for handling the virus.
HEALTH TOURISM TO BENEFIT ALL JAMAICANS, SAYS HYLTON—07/01/12
Anthony Hylton, Jamaica’s Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, believes that all Jamaica citizens will reap the benefits of the government’s plan to expand the health tourism industry offerings. Health tourism will benefit the nation overall through the creation of jobs and improvements in the quality of health care provided to Jamaicans locally. According to Hylton, the government is working on several projects to benefit the unemployed and low-income senior citizens.
BUREACRACY SHOULD BE MINIMAL, SAYS FFOLKES-ABRAHAMS—07/02/12
Jamaica’s State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, says that minimizing bureaucracy and developing an environment that is favorable to investors and businesses is needed if the nation’s economy is to improve. The Minister noted that a good business environment, especially for small and midsized enterprises, represents the impetus required for national economic improvement.
JAMAICAN GOVERNMENT MOVES TOWARD RENEWABLE ENERGY MARKET—07/03/12
The government of Jamaica is moving toward the liberalization of the renewable energy market by making amendments to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Act. Parliament has been called upon to support a resolution brought by Phillip Paulwell, Energy Minister. The move is designed to break up the monopoly the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has over the market.
POLICE HOLD THREE SUSPECTS IN KILLINGS OF SECURITY GUARDS—07/04/12
Police in Jamaica are detaining three individuals, including a 16-year-old girl, for their involvement in the killings of three security guards. Police continue to interrogate the suspects, and no one has been charged as yet. The guards, two women and one man, were working a late-night shift at a security firm when they were fatally stabbed.
YOUTH MINISTER GETS FAILING GRADE FROM YOUTH GROUP LEADERS—07/04/12
Jamaica’s Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has received a failing grade from a number of youth group leaders. These officials say Hanna has not met their expectations and does not appear to have a clearly defined direction for policies that will encourage the growth and development of Jamaican young people. Youth leaders gave Hanna grades ranging from C to D, with several alleging that she may be too preoccupied with the Jamaica50 celebrations to perform her job duties.
COURIER CUSTOMERS COULD BE IMPACTED BY U.S. BANKING LAW—07/05/12
According to Allison Peart, managing partner for Ernst & Young Jamaica, banks and their customers should begin preparations of paperwork required under the new Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The law will become effective in January 2013. Even individuals who do not reside in the U.S. but transact business via courier companies will be required to disclose their activities.
THREE GROUPS WANT PARDON FOR MARCUS GARVEY—07/06/12
Three Caribbean groups in the United States have started a petition to be presented to President Barack Obama, calling on him to pardon Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a Jamaican political leader, speaker, and entrepreneur. Garvey organized the largest group of black people in history under the philosophy of Garveyism, which wanted global economic independence. The Marcus Garvey Celebrations Committee, the Institute of Caribbean Studies, and the Rootz Foundation are the latest groups to label the 1922 convictions of Garvey by the U.S. government as a miscarriage of justice.
JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
REFEREES FROM JAMAICAN COMPLETE FOUR-DAY COURSE—07/02/12
Three top football match officials from Jamaica ranked among the best participants at a four-day course that included elite referees from the CONCACAF region. Courtney Campbell, Kevin Morrison, Ricardo Morgan, and other referees from Central America, North America, and the Caribbean region in brushing up on the laws of the game and to test their physical fitness.
HANNA LOOKING FOR 50 YOUNG JAMAICAN LEADERS—07/04/12
Jamaica’s Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, wants to find 50 Jamaican youths, aged 14 to 28, to join her at a complimentary brunch in North Lauderdale, Florida. At the lunch, the Minister and the young people will discuss how youth in the Diaspora can leave a cultural legacy in the United States and how to begin and maintain initiatives that impact the lives of youth and create a cultural legacy at the same time. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with and speak to Minister Hanna at the event.
CONSULATE GENERAL TO HOST SERVICE IN HONOR OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY—07/05/12
The Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami, Florida, will offer a Service of Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. The sermon will be given by the Most Reverend Charles Dufour, Catholic Archbishop of Kingston. The service will include performances by the South Florida Caribbean Chorale, the Tallawah Mento Band, and the Jamaica Folk Revue.
CHEFS TO SHOWCASE JERK CUISINE IN NEW YORK—07/06/12
Chefs are getting ready to showcase their cuisine at the 2nd Annual Grace Jamaica Jerk Festival in Queens, New York. The event is scheduled for July 22, 2012 and will feature chefs Hugh Sinclair and Mazie Miller, Grace Food’s Top Chef. She will provide cooking demonstrations that include the firm’s newest products and offer ideas for food preparation. Miller is the host of “Cooking with Grace” and will give lessons in cooking jerk dishes.
CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
WEST INDIES FAVORED TO WIN T20 WORLD CUP—06/30/12
3,800 POUNDS OF COCAINE SEIZED IN CARIBBEAN—07/02/12
VENEZUELA TO BUY TANKS FROM CHINESE—07/03/12
WHALING IN CARIBBEAN APPROVED—07/04/12
ANGUILLA EXPERIENCES 5.1 EARTHQUAKE—07/05/12
JAMAICA NOT LEAVING CARICOM, SAYS SIMPSON MILLER—07/06/12
BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
FREELANCER.COM LAUNCHES LOCAL JAMAICAN SITE—07/02/12
The world’s biggest outsourcing and crowdsourcing marketplace entity has introduced a local site at Freelancer.com.jm. The new site has created optimism among entrepreneurs in Jamaica, a nation that sees an average of 6,344 new businesses registered every year. According to Matt Barrie, chief executive of Freelancer.com.jm, the new site will let freelancers and entrepreneurs in Jamaica have access to more than 3.7 million professionals worldwide.
ANTHONY SAYS TRADE ISSUES SHOULD BE HANDLED AT CCJ LEVEL—07/03/12
According to the Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Dr. Kenny Anthony, the issues associated with trade imbalances among CARICOM member nations would best be handled by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The court is based in Trinidad. Anthony is the incoming chairman of CARICOM. He says he has been encouraged by remarks from Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller confirming Jamaica’s commitment to CARICOM.
DEAL CREATES 1,000 MICRO-WORK JOBS FOR JAMAICANS—07/04/12
Jamaicans who want to perform work for several minutes or hours using their personal computers or mobile phones may participate in the work force created by MobileWorks, a California firm that has made a deal with the Jamaican Government. The company “matches work with people who can do it,” and it has introduced its crowdsourcing technology in Jamaica with help from the Ministry of Industry. The Ministry expects at least 1,000 jobs to be available for Jamaicans in “micro-work” projects.
LIBOR RATE-FIXING NOT A “BIG DEAL” FOR JAMAICA—07/05/12
Bruce Bowen, president of the Jamaica Bankers Association, believes that about 40 local loan transactions are exposed to the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) manipulation. LIBOR is a global indicator used by companies and people to borrow money. According to Bowen, the local impact of the issue is likely to be small, since few LIBOR loans exist locally, and because the manipulation would have arisen in the movement of interest rates between five to ten basis points.
CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
DIGITAL JAM 2.0 TO PROVIDE JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH—06/30/12
FLOW PARTNERS WITH DIGITAL JAM 2.0—07/01/12
DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT PLANS IN CARIBBEAN DISCUSSED—07/02/12
CUBA MISSES CHANCE TO INCREASE USE OF SOLAR, WIND ENERGY—07/05/12
BOLT SHOWS OFF OLYMPIC TEAM FASHION—07/02/12
Jamaica’s Olympic champion Usain Bolt participated in a fashion show highlighting the country’s Olympic team uniforms. These were designed by Cedella Marley, daughter of reggae legend Bob Marley. Bolt was a popular figure on the catwalk, recognized by the audience as the world record holder in the 100-meter and 200-meter races at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
VYBZ KARTEL LAUNCHES NEW BOOK—07/04/12
Although Vybz Kartel, dancehall star, is in prison while awaiting trial in two murder cases, he plans to release a new book on July 6, 2012. The book, “Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto,” is his first. The launch will occur across the street from the Horizon Remand Center in Spanish Town, where Kartel has spent the last months in the custody of the authorities. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, says the book is meant to speak for those living in the ghetto who have no voice in public affairs. It deals with classism and racism, among other issues.
CITIES IN BRITAIN CELEBRATE ART IN DANCEHALL—07/05/12
Dancehall music began in the 1980s, and its events were characterized by the brightly designed posters used to publicize concerts. The tradition of such posters has faded in Jamaica, but in the city of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, an art exhibit will pay homage to the cover art in an exhibit entitled “Art in the Dancehall.” The show will be held from June 27 to July 13, 2012 and will feature the art of Wilfred Limonious, Jamaal Pete, and Tony McDermott.
SUMFEST GAINS SUPPORT OVER ITS 20-YEAR HISTORY—07/06/12
The motto of Reggae Sumfest in 2012 will be “looking back, looking forward,” in recognition of the event’s 20 years of contributions to the reggae industry in Jamaica. Organizers have developed a tribute for some legends of reggae during the event, which will also feature rising stars. R. Kelly will headline the opening of Sumfest in Kingston. The event will begin with a beach party at Aquasol Beach on July 15, 2012. There will also be Dancehall night on July 19, and international night on July 20.
BLAKE DEFEATS BOLT, BOTH ADVANCE IN 200 METERS IN TRIALS—06/30/12
A day after Yohan Blake outran current Olympic champion Usain Bolt in the 100 meters at the Jamaican trials in Kingston, both athletes advanced into the next round of the 200 meter competition. Blake surprised everyone by beating Bolt in the 100-meter final with a personal best time of 9.75 seconds, winning over Bolt by .11 seconds.
BOLT BLAMES BLOCKS FOR DEFEAT IN 100 METERS—07/01/12
Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt said that movements by the runners next to him in the 100-meter dash at the Jamaican Olympic trials made him start the race badly. Bolt said the racer next to him moved, and the movement “threw me off.” Officials did not call a false start at the time. Bolt was beaten in the race by Yohan Blake.
BLAKE OUTRUNS BOLT IN THE 200 METERS—07/02/12
Yohan Blake won the 200-meter race at the Jamaican Olympic trials in Kingston, outpacing 2008 Olympic medal winner Usain Bolt for the second time in two days at the competition. Blake previously beat Bolt in the 100 meters. Blake finished the 200 meters in 19.80 seconds, beating Bolt by 0.03 seconds.
BOLT WITHDRAWS FROM MONACO DIAMOND LEAGUE COMPETITION—07/05/12
Usain Bolt, Olympic sprint champion, is nursing an injury and is unlikely to run any races until the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Just one month before the 100-meter final in London, Bolt has withdrawn from the Monaco Diamond League races scheduled for July 20, 2012. Bolt is withdrawing to deal with a “slight problem” arising from his participation in the Jamaican Olympic trials, said his coach, Glen Mills.
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Knowing a True Friend
If we have not said it ourselves, we have heard it said by someone – true friends do not intentionally hurt one another. At face value it seems a solid statement but is it really true? Are there times when a true friend intentionally hurts another with good as the end goal? I pondered these questions as I reflected on the canonical proverb: “Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6).
Very few people would argue that genuine friends look out for the best interests of each other. A part of that is affirming, complementing, supporting, protecting, and so on. We expect them to be our biggest cheerleaders. Yet every now and again we need that one person to tell us not what we want to hear, but rather the hard truth(s) we would rather not hear. Fully realizing that they will be hurting our feelings when they speak up or warn us about our behaviour or attitude, these friends also know some will become angry and tell them to mind their own business. Nevertheless, they risk the backlash and speak up anyway, loving us every step of the way. Without fail, they are willing to “wound” our feelings in order to save us from ourselves.
Some friends are enablers. These persons, by their actions, make it easier for someone to continue their self-destructive behavior. In order to keep the friendship and the benefits they receive from it, they look out only for their interests even if it means standing by, watching and doing nothing while the other party rushes along destructive pathways. Enablers often tell us what we want to hear, stroke our egos, make excuses for us, and validate our insecurities. With friends like these, there is no need for enemies.
Enemies, on the other hand, really do not care about us. Some will even appear to be genuine friends, showering the unsuspecting with flattering words and interest while harboring ulterior motives. What they take from us pales in comparison to what they give, if anything. Because they come across as loving and caring, it is easy to become a victim of their deceitfulness.
Have you taken the time to evaluate your friendships? Just maybe the friend you have been avoiding because they are always in your face challenging your behaviours and attitudes is the true friend you have been looking for. The kisses of the flatterer that feed and satisfy your ego could be your undoing.
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Can you tell the difference?
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