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JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS: November 15th – 21st, 2014

SCHOLARSHIP FOR JAMAICANS LAUNCHED AT UK UNIVERSITY—11/15/14
Michael Holding, West Indies cricket star, has partnered with the University of East London to start a scholarship for Jamaican students who want to study at the university for postgraduate work. The scholarship is designed to Jamaicans who participate in all sports, not only cricket, or who want to study sports-related topics. The scholarship will go into effect in 2015.

MOVE OF JUSTICE MANGATAL TO CAYMANS DISAPPOINTS PANTON—11/16/14
Justice Seymour Panton of the Jamaica Court of Appeal said he is disappointed in the decision by Justice Ingrid Mangatal to leave the island to take a position as Grand Court Justice in the Cayman Islands. Mangatal says the move represents a major opportunity for her, but Panton noted that it was “unfortunate” that such a talented judge is leaving Jamaica.

ROBINSON ELECTED TO ICJ—11/17/14
Jamaica’s Judge Patrick Robinson has been elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands. The post will begin in February 2015 and last for a term of nine years. Robinson had consistently received over two-thirds majority of voters in the General Assembly during the United Nations elections process.

AUTHOR IN NEW YORK PUBLISHES BOOK ABOUT JAMAICAN WOMEN—11/18/14
Sophia Lorraine Greene, a New York author, has provided a novel investigating the struggles of a Jamaican woman. The book “Ladies by the Well” provides an insight into the life of a Jamaican girl struggling with the legacy of her parents and her experiences as an immigrant to the United States. It focuses on the author’s struggles in adjusting to a new culture and her attempt to achieve the American Dream.

JAMAICAN NURSES SOUGHT FOR NEW LONG-TERM CARE CENTER IN CANADA—11/19/14
A new long-term care facility in Canada must delay opening its final 30 beds due to immigration issues. The facility hired several LPNs from Jamaica because local nurses were not interested in applying for available positions. The facility, which serves Newfoundland and Labrador, said it has been open for two month but could not fill the open job positions until it looked internationally, chiefly to Jamaica, for additional nurses.

JAMAICAN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN U.S. TO BE DEPORTED—11/20/14
Rayon Bartley, a Jamaican man charged with the murder of his former boss at an Alabama resort, will be deported by federal authorities, according to an order from District Court Judge Eric Fancher. Bartley, 23, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals in Palm Beach, Florida. He was working in the U.S. on a temporary work visa, but was fired by the murder victim the day before the killing.

UNITED KINGDOM DIASPORA DONATES THERMOMETERS TO EBOLA EFFORTS—11/21/14
Jamaicans living in the United Kingdom have made donations of ten forehead thermometers to help with the nation’s Ebola preparedness efforts. Each of the thermometers cost almost $125,000. The cost was funded by the Association of Jamaicans UK Trust, which is made up of organizations and individuals supporting health care in Jamaica. Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, was presented with the equipment at a ceremony at London’s Jamaican High Commission.

BOB MARLEY’S SON TO APPEAR AT THE APOLLO IN NEW YORK—11/21/14
Ky-Mani Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, will join other performers at a tribute event at New York’s famed Apollo Theater on November 29, 2014. Descendants of Bob Marley are scheduled to perform in a commemoration of a set of shows given by the reggae icon in 1979. The Wailers, a band that carries the heritage of musicians who originally played with Bob Marley, will perform with Ky-Mani Marley during a two-set night at the Apollo.

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