NEW JAMAICAN ENVOYS TO SOUTH AFRICA, CANADA, T&T NAMED—09/20/14
New high commissioners have been appointed to represent Jamaica in Canada, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago. The new envoys were announced by A.J. Nicholson, Jamaica’s Foreign Minister. Janice Miller will receive the appointment of high commissioner to Canada, while Cheryl Spencer will be the high commissioner to South Africa. The new high commissioner to T&T will be David Prendergast.
COLLEGE LOSES LICENSE, STUDENT’S FUTURE UNCERTAIN—09/21/14
Natalee Campbell, an international student at Williams College UK, is in limbo now that the license of her college was revoked. Campbell moved to the United Kingdom for a one-year course in health and social care management. She expected to receive a top-level qualification at the end of the course and paid the full fee of over £6,000 up front. Now the college’s license has been suspended by the border agency in the UK and is no longer approved to sponsor foreign students. She said arrangements have been made to transfer her to the English Language Adventure School, however.
JAMAICAN RAMSAY-HALE NAMED CHIEF JUSTICE OF TURKS AND CAICOS—09/22/14
Turks and Caicos has its first female chief justice: Jamaican-born Justice Margaret Ramsay-Hale has been sworn. She is the daughter of Jamaican attorney Ian Ramsay, QC, widely considered one of the best attorneys in the Caribbean’s history. He was the first Jamaican lawyer to receive the distinction of Queen’s Counsel. He died in 2002.
JAMAICAN FOUNDER OF UK-BASED CHARITY TO RECEIVE AWARD—09/23/14
Angelia Christian, a Jamaican charity worker and the found of the Angel Foundation, will be recognized in the United Kingdom for her work. Word4Weapons will honor Christian with its Community Award in the category of Charity Champions. Angel Foundation is a UK-based charity that has donated medical supplies to Jamaica. She will also receive a Special gold Key/Community Award for being “an ideal role model” to her community.
JAMAICAN BIRTHRIGHT PROGRAMS REVIVED BY GRACE KENNEDY—09/24/14
After six years, the Jamaican Birthright Program sponsored by GraceKennedy is being revived. The program started in 2004 with the goal of providing second and third generation college students access to internships at GraceKennedy in Jamaica. Applications are available between September 1, 2014, and November 30, 2014, to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, who are second or third generation Jamaicans and who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate college degree. Four people – two from the U.S., one from the UK and one from Canada – will be selected to receive a free four-week trip to Jamaica to participate in the program.
JAMAICAN PHYSICIAN NAMED AS ETHICIST AT CARPHA—09/25/14
Jamaican doctor Dr. Derrick Aarons has been named Ethicist at the Caribbean public Health Agency (CARPHA). The agency is based in Trinidad and Tobago. He is a family and palliative care physician who specializes in caring for individuals with advanced terminal diseases. He was the only trained bioethicist in the Caribbean in 2005, receiving a doctorate in the field from McGill University in Canada.
LOCAL FAMILIES, DIASPORA TO JOIN IN SUNDAY DINNER PROJECT—09/26/14
Both local families in the Caribbean and those in the Diaspora will participate in the Sunday Dinner Project, an initiative seeking to strengthen families via the sharing of food, conversation, and community. The first annual event will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. It will feature a live media broadcast from the Source Farm Foundation in St. Thomas. Jamaica, and will be joined by families throughout the world in the Diaspora.
DIASPORA-SPONSORED PROJECT HELPS 225 CATARACT PATIENTS IN MANCHESTER—09/26/14
Mandeville Regional Hospital in Manchester was the site of cataract surgeries for 225 patients performed by surgeons from the United States and India. The U.S. -based Diaspora charity, known as “Mind, Body, and Soul Health Ministries,” has been at work in Jamaica for a number of years. It was organized by Dr. Kiran Patel, a world renowned cardiologist and philanthropist, as a medical mission. The operations performed between September 15 and 19, 2014, allowed the Diaspora-sponsored program to reduce the number of patients waiting for cataract surgery in Jamaica by 50 percent