MANLEY DAUGHTER CRITICAL OF OUTAMENI PURCHASE—11/08/14
The daughter of former Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, Sarah Manley, has criticized Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller about the purchase of Outameni Experience, a theme attraction in Trelawney that was purchased by the National Housing Trust (NHT) in bankruptcy. Manley believes the purchase is “scandalous” and a “betrayal” of the mandate of the NHT. Michael Manley was the founder of the NHT.
ONLY FOUR POLICE DIVISIONS CHECKED SINCE BUNTING AUDIT—11/09/14
In the two years since Jamaica’s National Security Minister Peter Bunting reacted to concerns about guns seized by police used as plants at other crime scenes, few police divisions have been investigated. Bunting announced that an audit of the system would be performed following public concerns about the issue. The checked divisions are St. Andrew South, St. Catherine North, St. Catherine Sough, St. James and Kingston Western.
SOUTH AFRICA TO HELP HOPE ZOO—11/10/14
Kgosientso Ramokgopa, the executive mayor of Tshwane in South Africa, announced that his city and Kingston and St. Andrew would be paired with Pretoria in order for these locations to help in research and enhancements to Jamaica’s Hope Zoo. Hope Zoo houses some 900 animals of 60 species, including endangered and indigenous animals from Jamaica, Africa, and North and South America. During a tour of the zoo, Ramokgopa stated a goal of providing technical assistance from the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa.
HARRISON WANTS JAMAICANS TO INFORM ON KILLERS OF CHILDREN—11/11/14
Diahann Gordon Harrison, Jamaica’s Children’s Advocate, is calling for more vigilance from Jamaicans in regard to exposing child killers. Jamaica has experienced the murder of almost 40 children since the beginning of 2014. Harrison’s agency, has a mandate to investigate child abuse reports and has been urging more stringent penalties for those who abduct children and commit crimes against them.
NATIONAL HOUSING TRUST TO SPEND MORE TO ACQUIRE OUTAMENI—11/12/14
Jamaica’s National Housing Trust (NHT) must pay out another $20 million to acquire the entirety of the Outameni Experience if it wants to operate the attraction. Acting Managing Director Martine Miller has suggested that the purchase of the property alone is not within the overall plan of the NHT to reposition the attraction. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller told the House of Representatives that the NHT has only purchased the Orange Grove property, which is home to the facility.
BURIAL SPACE RUNNING SHORT IN JAMAICA—11/12/14
According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), there were 15,427 deaths on the island in 2013, with murders raising more concerns each year. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is now worried that Jamaica will run out of public burial spaces. According to the director of the Spatial and Planning Division, Leonard Francis, limited burial space on the island is approaching crisis proportions. He advised Jamaicans to being thinking about cremation as an alternative to burial.
GOVERNMENT SELLS LANDS TO FLORIDA-BASED FIRM—11/13/14
Dunbeholden lands will be purchased by a company based in Florida. The firm plans to use the lands for a housing development and commercial facilities. Jamaica’s Cabinet gave its approval to the sale of more than 142 hectares of land currently owned by SCJ Holdings Ltd. to Riverhead Homes LLC. The price of the sale totaled $446 million.
BETTER CARIBBEAN STRATEGY ON CLIMATE CHANGE URGED—11/14/14
Jamaica is calling for an improved strategy in the Caribbean in regard to climate change in view of the 20,000 small farmers on the island impacted by the serious drought conditions evident in 2014. According to Robert Pickersgill, Jamaican Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, leaders in the Caribbean should develop a joint strategy to address the region’s needs and protect its future.
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All Things in the Spirit
The importance of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer cannot be overemphasized. Among His many functions that Jesus promised was that He would guide us “into all truth: for He shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:13b-15, KJV).
Space limitation does not allow for an exegesis of the Holy Spirit’s work, but from the text above we get a glimpse of His capabilities in the lives of the disciples. Jesus also referred to Him as “the Comforter” (V.7), signifying a personal relationship as well. When Jesus returned to His father, the Holy Spirit became God’s representative on earth, continuing to be with His people and facilitating divine exchanges between us and God. It is no wonder that Paul reminded the Roman believers that upon conversion “ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). However, as long as the Spirit of God dwells in us, we are exhorted to do everything in, or as guided by, that Spirit – “Walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16); “Live in the Spirit” (5:25); “Praying always, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:18); and “Love in the Spirit” (Colossians 1:8).
I quite like Paul’s exhortation in his first letter to the Corinthians: “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (2:9-12). What better way to live our lives and carry out our spiritual duties than to do so as guided by Him who knowest all the things and ways of God? He knows exactly what needs to be done, how we should do them, and how to make known to us what is ours in God.
How are you doing in allowing Him to guide your every step?