ISRAEL WELCOMES NEW JAMAICAN AMBASSADOR—12/13/14
Four new ambassadors were welcomed to Israel, including one from Jamaica. The new ambassador Margaret Ann Louise Jobson presented her credentials to the Israeli president Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem at an official ceremony. Jobson noted Jamaica’s special bonds with Israel, referring to the fact that some of Jamaica’s earliest settlers were Jews.
GUYANA EMBRACES JAMAICAN MUSIC—12/14/14
Jamaican music has been popular in Guyana for much of the past century, particularly dancehall music and its derivatives. This was the information shared in a lecture entitled “Jamaica Inna Guyana: The Jamaican Presence in Guyanese Musical Life during the 20th Century,” which was given by Professor Vibert Cambridge, a Guyanese lecturer, at the University of the West Indies.
CAYMAN ISLANDS DELAY CONTRACTS FOR JAMAICAN POLICE—12/15/14
A number of pending contracts prepared by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service to police officers who were transferring from Jamaica have been placed on hold. The hold was imposed after a conviction for the murder of Tyrone Findlay, who came to the Caymans in 2011 with excellent references from his superiors in Jamaica. He was charged with murder two months after his arrival. According to David Baines, Police Commissioner, the senior officials in Jamaica who provided the references seem to have been unaware of the investigation.
ARTIST KINGSLEY THOMAS OPENS IN SWITZERLAND TO RAVE REVIEWS—12/16/14
The Jamaican artist Kingsley Thomas saw his sculpture be the first artwork to sell from the exhibition “Through the Window.” which opened in Switzerland. Thomas, who is from Swift River, created the “Secrets” sculpture as an illustration of how “young people see and hear more than adults can know.” Daniel Kellenberger, the gallery owner, said he was not surprised that it was the first sale as it was a “very unusual” piece.
JAMAICAN DRUG GANG OPERATED IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO—12/17/14
A number of Jamaican immigrants created an international drug trafficking ring in Trinidad and Tobago. Those were the findings of a newly issued report published by the Trinidad Express newspaper. According to the newspaper, the operation uses Jamaicans to smuggle marijuana from the home island into Trinidad, where it is often traded for cocaine from South America and moved into Jamaica for repackaging for markets in Europe and North America.
DONATION TO CHILDREN OF JAMAICA OUTREACH HAS GLOBAL IMPACT—12/18/14
A donation of US$10,775 from an Australian donor shows the global scope of the New York-based Children of Jamaica Outreach (COJO) scholarship fund program. The organization has been helping Jamaican young people as well as those in the United States to benefit from a wide array of educational and social development programs. The anonymous donor had read about the work online and wanted to give back to the Jamaican and U.S. state homes he had lived in.
ETANA TO PERFORM AT NEW ZEALAND RAGGAMUFFIN—12/19/14
Etana, the popular Jamaican reggae artist, will perform at Raggamuffin in Auckland, New Zealand. This is the first time New Zealand will host the event. Etana stated that she hopes her set will be the highlight of her performances in the country, noting its great appreciation for reggae music. Her concert at Raggamuffin of 2014 is expected to be the biggest ever seen at the event.
JAPAN BENEFITS FROM JAMAICAN LEAVING HOMELAND—12/19/14
Dave Collymore, 34, has been living in Japan for seven years after being recruited as an assistant language teacher to teach English in elementary schools in that country. He was the only black person in the Okayama Prefecture where the school was, and he was afforded celebrity status while he was there. He is now an English-language teaching trainer in Yokohama. He is also a poet and author, performing “dub” poetry throughout Japan.