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JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS: November 1st – 7th, 2014

VIDEO SHOWS SHOOTING OF JAMAICAN RESTAURANT OWNER—11/01/14
An Orlando, Florida, surveillance video shows the shooting of the owner of Leroy’s Jamaican Cuisine restaurant at about 11 am. A regular customer apparently shot the owner through a takeout window after making an order. The owner was hit twice by the assailant’s bullets. None of the wounds were life-threatening.

JAMAICANS IN BRAZIL URGED TO PARTICIPATE IN DIASPORA MAPPING—11/02/14
Brazil’s Jamaican Embassy is encouraging Jamaicans who live in that country to register and participate in the continuing Diaspora Mapping project. The project involves an online survey designed to find the locations, skills, and interests of the global Jamaican Diaspora. The embassy in Brazil is making an effort to get Jamaicans to sign up on the new database, despite the relatively low numbers of Jamaicans living in the South American nation. According to Alison Stone Roofe, ambassador to Brazil, there are fewer than 200 Jamaicans there. Most are students on scholarships, married to Brazilian citizens, or working in the country.

JAMAICAN DIASPORA INVITED TO SHARE ISLAND’S IMPROVING ECONOMICS—11/03/14
Dr. Peter Phillips, Jamaicans Minister of Finance and Planning, wants Jamaicans in the North American Diaspora to avail themselves of the emerging economic improvements on the home island. According to Phillips, investors in the Diaspora around the world should take advantage of the new economic environment and the opportunities it presents.

NO TRIAL SUPPORT FOR JAMAICAN MAN KILLED IN TRINIDAD—11/04/14
According to Senator A. J. Nicholson, Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the island’s government will not participate in any court proceedings involving a Jamaican who was killed in Trinidad and Tobago in September 2014. The case is still under investigation, he said, but none of the circumstances that require the government’s participation seem to apply. Tremain Thomas was among five men allegedly shot and killed on September 25, 2014, in Laventille.

JAMAICAN DOCTOR HELPS EBOLA PATIENTS IN LIBERIA—11/05/14
Dr. Coril Curtis-Warmington, a Jamaican doctor, is calling for colleagues from Jamaica to join her efforts to assist with the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Liberia. She notes that medical professionals would receive hands-on experience with treating the virus. She made her plea via Skype from Liberia to the 10th annual symposium and meeting of the Caribbean Association of Clinical Microbiologists, which was held at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Curtis-Warmington urged doctors to come even for just two weeks because the need is so great.

JAMAICAN HELD BY U.S. IMMIGRATION MORE THAN THREE YEARS—11/06/14
Jamaican Davino Watson was held in an immigration detention center in Buffalo, New York, for more than three years. He was waiting to be deported on orders from United States immigration authorities, who ran into problems because Watson is an American citizen. Born in Jamaica, Watson was released in 2011 and is now suing the American government and several immigration officers in federal court on accusations of unlawful detainment. This case is the latest example of legal U.S. citizens and residents suing the government after being trapped in a system that was designed to improve the enforcement of immigration laws.

FERGUSON CREATES TEAM TO HELP WITH COORDINATING DIASPORA DONORS—11/07/14
Dr. Fenton Ferguson, Jamaica’s Minister of Health, is putting in place an advisory body to oversee Diaspora affairs and medical mission. The new entity is designed to enhance the responsiveness of the Health Ministry and its agencies in regard to health donors. The action represents part of an effort to facilitate overseas medical mission and the organizations that want to help Jamaica’s health care sector.

ROMANIA HAS FIRST JAMAICAN FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE—11/07/14
A Jamaican food delivery service has been launched in Romania. The service is called “Jamal Food,” and it is backed by the capital of Romania. This is the first Jamaican restaurant in Romani and one of the few in all of Eastern Europe. At launch, delivery is only available in the capital city of Bucharest. The service features dishes such as Jamaican patties, mango soup with shrimp, rum cake and sweet potato pudding.

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