JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending May 9th, 2014

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THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
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GROUPS CALL FOR GOVERNMENT TO END POWER PLANT PROJECT—05/03/14
The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce have called on the government to end the process involving the building of a 381-megawatt power plant by Energy World International. They also want the government to rescind Energy World’s license to provide the 381 megawatts of power to the country’s national grid.

UNICEF: JAMAICAN BOYS SUFFER PHYSICAL AND VERBAL ABUSE—05/04/14
According to a study by UNICEF, Jamaican boys from disadvantaged rural and inner-city areas are victims of physical and verbal abuse. The study found that at least 85 percent of all children in rural and inner-city neighborhoods in Jamaica were frequently beaten by parents and other adults. Most of the victims are boys, and even those aged two to four years receive the abuse.

ALLEN SAYS GOVERNMENT IS “PITIFUL” AT MANAGING SOLID WASTE—05/05/14
Rachel Allen, an expert on solid waste management in Jamaica, has criticized the way several government administrations have handled the collection and disposal of solid waste on the island. She dismisses the claim that lack of funding is the cause. Her remarks come after two serious fires occurred at the Riverton City dump in St. Andrew. These fires prompted an enforcement notice and notice of attention to suspend the permit for handling solid waste from the National Environment and Planning Agency.

WORLD BANK PROVIDES JAMAICA WITH NEW LENDING PROGRAM—05/06/14
A new four-year lending program from the World Bank will mean $510 million for Jamaica, announced Sophie Sirtaine, Caribbean director for the bank. She said Jamaica is moving in the right direction and noted the positive economic signals appearing, such as a return to growth and achievement of fiscal targets.

CAMPBELL WANTS TO REVIVE ABORTION DEBATE—05/07/14
Dr. Dayton Campbell, Jamaican Member of Parliament from North West St. Ann, wants continued debate on the topic of abortion. It is time that the issue is addressed once and for all, Dr. Campbell said during the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. He said that the issue should be debated without facts shrouded in prejudice and misconceptions because Jamaica’s women deserve “no less.” Dr. Campbell noted that he was not suggesting that abortion be used as a form of contraception or that poverty represented a reason for it. He also said that adoption laws should be reviewed as part of the initiative.

ENVIRONMENT TRUST WANTS CLEAR BOUNDARIES FOR COCKPIT COUNTRY—05/08/14
Because there is no established boundary for the Cockpit Country in Jamaica, the government’s assertion that no mining will be done there is weakened, according to the Jamaican Environment Trust (JET). Phillip Paulwell, Mining Minister, announced that no mining will occur in the diverse and environmentally sensitive region, but Diana McCaulay, the CEO of JET, noted that Paulwell did not mention the boundary issue. Debate over the boundaries of the area date from 2005 and efforts by the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group began a campaign to prevent mining in the ecologically sensitive area.

REPORT ON TEACHERS ALARMS PARENTS—05/09/14
Diahann Gordon-Harrison, children’s advocate, has provided information that shows an increase in the number of reports involving sexual improprieties by teachers. The report indicates that teachers are sending suggestive text messages to students and even engaging in physical sexual contact. The National Parent-Teachers’ Association of Jamaica is calling for the creation of a database of teachers who are sexual predators to better address this growing problem.

CLEAN-UP OF MIDDLE CAY UNDERTAKEN BY CONCH FISHERS—05/09/14
A large number of conch fishers took it upon themselves to clean up Middle Cay, which is one of two inhabited cays off Jamaica’s coast. It is an important location for fishermen on the Pedro Banks. The fishers, together with B&D Trawling, a local fishing firm, conducted a beach clean-up that removed debris from old and abandoned buildings at the cay. Over 100 bags of garbage were removed during the clean-up. The clean-up effort also included the planting of coconut trees on the spot.

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JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
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JAMAICAN HONORED AT CONCERT IN NEW YORK—05/03/14
Janet Logan, a Jamaican, will be one of five Caribbean-American mothers to be honored at the “Mother We Love You Concert” at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on May 10, 2014. The concert is sponsored by Everybody’s Magazine, which will honor Logan, who was born in Bean Pen, St. Mary, for her llifetime achievements. She worked as a nurse in the United Kingdom and Canada before settling in New York where she worked at Down State Medical Hospital until she retired.

FLORIDA TO ALLOW IN-STATE TUITION FOR UNDOCUMENTED CARIBBEAN STUDENTS—05/04/14
Florida has decided to allow undocumented students, including those from the Caribbean, to pay in-state tuition at all public colleges and universities in the state. The decision ends a battle that has lasted over ten years. Florida will become the 21st state to offer in-state rates to undocumented students at the college and university level. However, only those who attended high school in Florida for at least three years will qualify for the in-state tuition.

HENDRICKSON RECEIVES 2014 MARTIN LUTHER KING AWARD—05/05/14
Karl Hendrickson, a Jamaican philanthropist and business leader, will receive the 2014 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award in recognition of his contributions to human development in Jamaica. The Jamaica America Friendship Association will present the award, which is designed to honor those who serve their communities in the spirit of Dr. King. Henrickson will receive the award at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on May 24, 2014.

UK RADIO HOST SAYS “GAY IS NEW DEFENSE” AGAINST DEPORTATION—05/06/14
Dotun Adebayo, a BBC Radio 5 Live presenter, has suggested that Jamaicans who want to avoid deportation back to the home island should claim to be gay if they want to stay in the United Kingdom. He made his comments in a column for the largest black newspaper in Britain, “The Voice.” He was referring to a court ruling in April 2014 in which the Court of Appeals blocked the deportation of a Jamaican convicted of murder on the basis of his sexual orientation.

REGGAE AMBASSADOR AWARD GIVEN IN TORONTO—05/07/14
Alvin James Brown, also known as A.J. Brown, an internationally recognized reggae singer, will receive the Reggae Ambassador Award in Canada on May 11, 2014. The award is presented by the Ardenne Alumni Association’s Toronto Chapter. Brown has been a leader in Jamaican popular music for nearly 40 years. He recently joined Third World as lead vocalist, but began his career on Jamaica’s north coast in the 1970s.

DEMARCO ARRIVES IN UGANDA FOR SECOND PERFORMANCE—05/08/14
Denarco, Jamaican dancehall star, has arrived in Uganda for his second concerr performance at the Club Music Street Jam. The singer from Ghetto Youth said he felt “at home” in Uganda and that he was honored to be asked back after his 2012 concert. Speaking in Jamaican patois, he promised to give a “wonderful performance” at the concert.

PRIVATE CLUB IN GLASGOW TO BE SITE OF JAMAICA HOUSE—05/09/14
A private club in Royal Exchange Square in Glasgow, Scotland, will be the site of Jamaica House during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in July. This will be the hospitality and media center during the games and will host two events, one for media and one for travel-trade clients, according to the Jamaica Tourist Board. Special events will be organized around the 200-meter finals and the 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relays.

FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK TO CELEBRATE JAMAICAN, CARIBBEAN HERITAGE—05/09/14
The first-ever Oracabessa Festival will take place at Roy Wilkins Park in New York on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014. The festival celebrates Jamaican and Caribbean heritage and is organized by Irie Jam Media Radio and Bobby Clarke Entertainment. Performers at the festival include Beenie Man and Tessanne Chin. The event will also feature emerging stars from the Diaspora.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
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MUSICIANS IN CARIBBEAN MOURN DEATH OF CUBAN JUAN FORMELL—05/03/14
 
MAJOR CARIBBEAN TATTOO CONVENTION HOSTED BY PUERTO RICO—05/04/14
 
MAJOR PROJECTS IN CARIBBEAN PROMOTED BY MEXICO—05/05/14
 
HARDEST HIT NATIONS ASK FOR HELP FROM OAS—05/06/14
 
AGENCIES IN THE CARIBBEAN JOINING TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO BANANA SECTOR—05/07/14
 
FOUR CUBAN EXILES ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED TERROR PLOT—05/08/14

 

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BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
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HILL PROMOTES KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY—05/03/14
Aubyn Hill, the chief executive officer of Corporate Strategies, believes that community colleges should take the lead in developing Jamaica as part of the knowledge economy. According to Hill, the colleges have a major part in creating “radical economic change.” The colleges should review their educational goals to address the needs of knowledge workers, Hill stated.

FOUR MINING COMPANIES PROSPECTING FOR COPPER IN JAMAICA—05/04/14
OZ Minerals of Australia is the fourth mining firm to apply for a prospecting license to look for copper in Jamaica. The firm will explore a 61-square-kilometer area on the border of St. Mary and St. Catherine. It is expected to spend US$1.5 million to look for commercially viable deposits of copper.

MONTEGO BAY FREE ZONE ACHIEVES TOTAL CAPACITY—05/07/14
Jamaica’s government announced that the free economic zone in Montego Bay, home to several foreign outsourcing companies, created more than 7,000 jobs and US$121 million in foreign exchange revenues in fiscal 2013. The zone beat the expectations of experts and achieved total occupancy far ahead of schedule, which was the end of 2014.

NORTH COAST FERRY SERVICE ESTABLISHED—05/08/14
Over US$30 million is being invested by Paradise Express Ferry LLC to create a local marine transportation service on the north coast of Jamaica by 2015. The company, which is based in New York and is an expert in maritime infrastructure and real estate development, hopes to benefit from the three million cruise ship visitors and locals with the new service. The service will operate between Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Negril.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
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JAMAICAN-BORN ARTIST EXHIBITS IN KANSAS—05/03/14
Ebony Patterson, an artist who was born in Jamaica, uses her knowledge of dancehall culture to create art works that will be on display at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Patterson said that dancehall opens a “window” onto Jamaica’s working-class society and an area of volatile social issues. While dancehall involves gangsters, violence, homophobia, sexism and poverty, it also provides a source of empowerment and identity for Jamaicans, all of which is displayed in Patterson’s work, says Christopher Crozier in an article for the museum.

JAMAICA POETRY FESTIVAL SLATED FOR AUGUST 10, 2014—05/07/14
The fourth annual Jamaica Poetry Festival will be held on August 10, 2014, at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre. The festival will feature the return of Jean “Binta” Breeze to Jamaica after her years of living in the United Kingdom. She has been honored by the British for her achievements in poetry, which have also allowed her to travel throughout the world.

FILM DIRECTOR ENCOURAGED BY SUCCESS—05/08/14
Adrian McDonald, an independent film director, won big at the 2014 Greater August Town Film Festival with his entry “Cozenage.” The firm won four awards at the festival, including Best Local Film and Most Original Screenplay. The film was shot in Standpipe in St. Andrew and is McDonald’s first film. His goal was to challenge stereotypes of youth in the community.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF JAMAICA CELEBRATES 40TH YEAR—05/09/14
The National Gallery of Jamaica has planned several events to mark its 40th anniversary in 2014. The anniversary gives the museum the chance to reflect on its history and consider future actions, according to its new chief curator, Charles Campbell. The gallery will mount an exhibit to showcase its history and its role in Jamaica’s art world.

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SPORTS  
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RICHARDS-ROSS, FRASER-PRYCE HEADLINE 11TH JII COMPETITION—05/03/14
Shelly-Ann Frasier-Pryce of Jamaica and the Jamaican-born athlete Sanya Richards-Ross will be the headliners at the 11th staging of the Jamaica international Invitational (JII), an IAAF World Challenge. A number of track and field stars had to pull out of the meet because of injuries, but these two world-class athletes are expected to delight the crowds attending the event.

BLAKE’S DOPING BAN REDUCED AFTER APPEAL TO CAS—05/04/14
Dominique Blake, Jamaican Olympic athlete, had faced a six-year ban from competition due to a second doping offense, but following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the ban was reduced by 18 months. Blake, 27, is now suspended for four-and-a-half years. This means she will be able to resume her career in January 2017.

BLACKWOOD ACHIEVES FIRST HUNDRED—05/05/14
Jermaine Blackwood, an up-and-coming Jamaican batsman, is proud of his “big achievement,” he says. Blackwood achieved his first class hundred and aided Jamaica in earning the Headley/Weeks Trophy. Blackwood, who is 22 years of age, scored 118 as Jamaica took first innings from the Windward Islands to win the trophy.

RICKMAN, RUSSELL WIN GOLD, SILVER—05/07/14
David Rickman and Claude Russell, Jamaican marksmen, won the gold and silver medals, respectively, at the 2014 West Indies Target Rifle Championships. Rickman made sure Jamaica was in a good position on the first day by winning gold over 900 yards. 

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DEVOTIONAL
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Experiencing Joy

Most of us have at least one person we enjoy being around. Whether we see them every day or occasionally, the times we anticipate seeing them in person can be absolutely delightful. Our desire for relatedness, stoked by our desire to know and be known, influences the connections we make with others and often times give birth to these meaningful relationships. Maybe even now you’re sitting across from or thinking about such a person and if you are, you are probably smiling as well. I know; I’ve been there.

I thought of this as I reflected on what David was likely feeling when he wrote of God, “In thy presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11, KJV). Though Peter used this Psalm in reference to Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection (see Acts 2:25-28, KJV), for those of us who know the feeling we can agree with the Psalmist that there is a “fullness of joy” that we experience whenever we are in the presence of the Lord. This is especially so during times of individual or corporate worship. The word ‘joy’ in the text could also have been translated ‘exceeding gladness’. Not just mere gladness, but exceeding gladness – a state of being characterized by emotions such as tears and/or laughter. Being in God’s presence is our ultimate place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of our day to day living. It is the place where we can take our doubts, our fears, our anxieties and our burdens, and leave with not only His peace, but also His joy.

Though all humanity is in His presence, God invites the believer into a more personal realm of intimacy and it is this realm that I believe David was talking about. The beauty in all this is that we can enter into it from anywhere. Being stuck in traffic, being in a lineup, sitting at our desks, it really doesn’t matter. There is no need for the child of God to walk around joyless! Just thinking about Him, who He is, what He had done for us, and the hope we have in Him through Christ Jesus, should provoke unspeakable joy (2 Peter 1:8, KJV). If we are able to get to that point in our thoughts, can you imagine what it would be like to enter more intimately into His presence?

Some might argue that things and circumstances kill our joy at times; however, as Oswald Chambers reminds us, “Happiness depends on what happens; joy does not.” In other words, no matter the circumstances, we can have joy (see James 1:2-4). I struggle with that at times until I remember being in His presence makes all the difference.

“In thy presence is fullness of joy.” Have you experienced that with Him lately?

 

CEW

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