JAMAICA NEWSWEEKLY For the week ending January 7th, 2011

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THIS WEEK”S SUMMARY
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DEAD BABY NOT A PATIENT SAYS KINGSTON HOSPITAL—01/01/11
Jamaican health officials have said that a dead baby found outside the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston was not a patient in that hospital. According to Lyttleton Shirley, chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority, no babies are missing from either the hospital’s maternity ward or its morgue. The Health Authority disputes reports from police that a woman tossed the newborn baby girl from a second-storey window. The hospital is conducting an audit of all new mothers discharged from the hospital in order to help police with their investigation of the case.

JAMAICAN POLICE CHALLENGED BY NEED TO MONITOR DEPORTEES—01/02/11
Over 1,500 Jamaicans were deported by United States authorities in 2010. Of these, 80 percent had been convicted of criminal offences. According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 1,225 of 1,548 Jamaicans were deported for criminal reasons. Glenmore Hinds, deputy commissioner of police in Jamaica, is in charge of monitoring these individuals to ensure that they will not commit crimes when on the island. Hinds says his job is a “challenge,” particularly the need to determine the true identities of the deportees.

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT WORKS TO REDUCE ROAD ACCIDENTS—01/03/11
The Road Safety Unit of Jamaica’s Ministry of Transport and Works has introduced changes to the Road Traffic Act designed to regulate the use of cell phones and similar devices in cars. These devices have been shown to contribute to the accident rate. The changes also propose the implementation of tire standards to reduce the number of road accidents.

DELAYS HAMPER DEVELOPMENT OF NEW PORT AT FALMOUTH—01/04/11
A new port terminal at Falmouth was scheduled for opening on January 7, 2011, with the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas slated to be the first arrival. However, even after months of development work, the port is not ready. Additionally, 450 construction workers at the port went on strike to protest the taxation of their year-end bonuses. Nine Royal Caribbean ship calls will zot be diverted to Ocho Rios. In the latest plan, Voyager of the Seas will dock at Falmouth on February 17, 2011.

CHARITIES AVAIL THEMSELVES OF AMNESTY BY COMPANIES OFFICE—01/05/11
Over 700 charities in Jamaica took advantage of a six-month amnesty period for filing outstanding documents offered by the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) in 2009/2010. The Cabinet approved the COJ plan to partially waive the fees charged for filing certain documents by nonprofits for six months. Churches, charities, service clubs, nonprofit organizations, nongovernment organizations, and professional associations were eligible for the amnesty.

HEAD OF PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY ASKS FOR CONSERVATION—01/06/11
Damian Obiglio, president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company, is asking consumers to practice energy conservation in the face of rising oil prices. Oil prices are significant in determining the costs of electricity and are expected to rise in 2011. According to Obiglio, oil prices in December 2010 rose to more than US$91 per barrel. For 2011, prices could reach US$100 per barrel.

POLICE SAY GUN FIRED IN JAMAICAN AIRPORT—01/06/11
Police in Jamaica report that an argument between two men inside the airport at Montego Bay erupted in gunfire. There were no reported injuries. According to Karl Angell, spokesperson for the police, the gun owner’s firearm was discharged accidentally during the dispute at Sangster International Airport on the north coast. Police took the gunman into custody, but the cause of the argument remains unclear.

JAMAICAN OFFICIALS RESPOND TO DELAYS AT FALMOUTH PORT—01/07/11
Jamaican officials say they are confident about the opening date for the new Falmouth cruise ship port. The date on which the port will be ready for cruise ships has been pushed back to February 17, 2011. According to Mike Henry, Minister of Transport and Works, issues that resulted in a work stoppage at the port have been resolved, and the port will be ready by its new opening date.

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JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
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JAMAICAN IS FIRST HOMICIDE VICTIM OF 2011 IN NEW YORK—01/03/11
Jamaican Dwayne Haughton, 29, was the first person murdered in New York for 2011. He was shot after he broke up a fight between two partygoers in South Richmond Hill in the early morning of January 2, 2011. He had just arrived at a party to pick up his girlfriend and her brother. He is survived by an 18-month-old son.

JAMAICANS IN U.S. WANTMORE ECONOMIC GROWTH, LESS CRIME—01/04/11
Jamaican nationals in the United States say they would like to see a major decrease in the murder rate in Jamaica and more sustainable economic growth in the homeland during 2011. According to Marlon Hill, a Florida attorney, Jamaicans also hope that there will not be another incident like the Dudus/Manatt, Phelps & Phillips matter. Jamaicans in the U.S. are also hoping for a significant reduction in crime, organizational corruption, and the unemployment rate.

JAMAICANS IN NEW YORK DIG OUT FROM MASSIVE SNOW STORM—01/05/11
Many Jamaican nationals continue to experience problems resulting from the blizzard that dumped large amounts of snow in New York. Automobiles were stuck in the snow, and public transportation was halted. According to Dwight P. Bailey, a Jamaican who lives in Queens, there is considerable anger focused on the city’s officials who handled the situation poorly. Bailey said the city’s response to the storm was the worst he has seen in his more than 20 years of residency there.

JAMAICAN WORKERS LEAVE FOR CANADIAN FARMS—01/06/11
The first of a total 117 Jamaican farm workers has left to work on 23 farms in Toronto, Canada, according to Pearnel Charles, Minister of Labor. The workers will be employed for eight months in jobs in greenhouses, tree planting efforts, and fruit picking. The program is designed to reduce unemployment and hopelessness, says Charles. He urged the workers to be good ambassadors for Jamaica during their employment in Canada.

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CARIBBEAN NEWS SUMMARY provided by Caribbeantopnews.com
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SPENCER TALKS WITH VISITING CHINESE OFFICIAL—01/01/11

AIRCRAFT PURCHASE OK’D FOR CARIBBEAN AIRLINES—01/02/11

EXPANSION OF ABF REACHES DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—01/03/11

MEMBERS OF ALABAMA CHURCH GROUP SICKENED IN CARIBBEAN—01/04/11

CAYMANS TO SINK U.S. SHIP TO CREATE A REEF—01/05/11

IDB BANK FIGHTS POVERTY IN CARIBBEAN, LATIN AMERICA—01/06/11

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BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
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CARIBBEAN AIRLINES/JAMAICA MERGER EFFORTS CONTINUES—01/01/11
Jack Warner, Jamaican government minister, and George Nicholas, chairman of Caribbean Airlines (CAL), have moved past their disagreements and announced a plan to move forward with the CAL/Air Jamaica merger. For several weeks, the two men had a heated argument over a contract to buy nine turbo prop planes in a deal worth US$200 million.

CXN TO BEGIN IN JANUARY 2011—01/02/11
According to Marlene Street Forrest, general manager of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, everything is in place for the introduction of an electronic trading system that will permit real-time simultaneous tracking of stocks on the Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago stock exchanges. The system will allow investors in these regions to buy and sell equities directly, rather than having to go through a settlement bank.

LEWIS RESIGNS FROM NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK BOARD—01/03/11
National Commercial Bank board member Donovan Lewis has resigned, according to a release to the Jamaica Stock Exchange. Lewis resigned from his position as director of the company NCB (Cayman) Ltd., NCB Capital Markets (Cayman) Ltd., and NCB Remittance Services (Cayman) Ltd. The resignation was not the result of any disagreement or Lewis’ ability to carry out the functions of the job.

LOCAL COMPANY GETS CONTRACT TO IMPROVE NMIA SAFETY—01/05/11
Jamaica Marine World has won a contract worth more than US$500,000 to improve the safety at Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston. The project includes a rescue boat, rescue platforms, and a trailer for the airport. The company will supply the airport with other specialized Airport Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) equipment.

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CARIBBEAN TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY
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HOPE GARDENS HOSTS FIRST 3-D PARTY—01/01/11
Jamaicans were treated to a special New Year’s Eve party by the creators of the Destination Series, who hosted the first truly three-dimensional cinematic party in the world at Hope Gardens in St. Andrew. The event, called Digicel Destination: The Moon in 3D, was designed to encourage innovation in Jamaica’s entertainment venues. The promoters of the event provided a spectacular experience that outdid 2010’s Destination Dubai event. All patrons received a pair of 3-D glasses, which allowed them to experience the effects of specially designed content on huge projector screens.

SPOTIFY MUSIC SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE IN U.S.REGION—01/02/11
Spotify, which has been called the best music software around, is readily available in Europe and Scandinavia, but cannot be obtained in the United States. The music service can be used via Windows phones in Europe and is faster and more responsive than iTunes, say users. The company that created Spotify has over 10 million users in seven countries, and the service has changed the way people listen to music in Europe. Dated rights systems and resistant music labels have kept the software out of the U.S.

GRADUATE STUDENT WATCHES GROWTH OF GITMO ON GOOGLE EARTH—01/03/11
Adrian Myers, a 28-year-old graduate student at Stanford, accidentally pointed the Google Earth application at Guantanamo Bay, the United States prison in Cuba, and found that it was not blocked from view. Myers used Google Earth’s time slider, which allows users to view images from various dates, and found that the “footprint” of the prison increased significantly between April 2003 and November 2004. Myers says he was inspired in his efforts by his anger at the Bush administration and the existence of the prison at Guantanamo.

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES OFFER A WIRELESS OASIS—01/04/11
Royal Caribbean Cruises has embraced wireless services on two new cruise ships, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. Wireless is now available for passengers as well as for staff on these ships. The firms plans to expand the use of mobile computers throughout its fleet of ships throughout 2012. For example, families with children can obtain a WiFi tag and use an iPhone app to track their movements around the ship. Passengers with iPhones will be able to communicate with each other on board via a VoIP PBX. There is also an extensive WiFi network on the ship.

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TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY
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IPAD, ANDROID TABLETS TO RECEIVE LIVE TV FROM COMCAST—01/04/11
Comcast will permit in-home streaming of live and on-demand content to iPads and Android tablet computers by late 2011. Details on the new service have not been released, but users will be able to watch live television news, shows, and movies in their homes whenever they choose. How this will be accomplished and what fees, if any, will be charged were not provided by the company.

SWAT TEAM SENT TO SCHOOL AS RESULT OF ACCIDENTAL PHONE DIALING—01/05/11
A man in Illinois, who was accustomed to keep his cell phone in his back pocket, somehow managed to make an accidental call to his wife by “sitting” on the key for the last number dialed. Since the call was garbled at the wife’s end, she thought he was in trouble and called the police, who sent a SWAT team of 30 to the husband’s place of employment, a school.

FAULTY IPHONE ALARM MAY HAVE COST LAKERS A WIN—01/06/11
Three members of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team depended on the iPhone alarms to wake them at just the right moment before a game. However, a glitch with the alarm system, which affected many people, caused the players to wake up and turn up late to a morning practice. Luke Walton and Pau Gasol blamed their dysfunction in the game on the iPhone’s malfunction. The Lakers lost their game by 19 points, and while Coach Phil Jackson did not blame the iPhone, he did note that players can be affected by any change in routine before a big game.

IPHONE 3GS TO SELL FOR $49, SAYS AT&T—01/07/11
Consumers will be able to purchase the iPhone 3GS for $49 at AT&T stores or on the company’s website. The phone was first introduced in 2009, and saw its price reduced to $99 in 2010. The phone does not have all the refinements available in an iPhone 4, but it does run iOS4, and it comes with a black or white back plate. It is a good alternative to the newer phone for consumers who do not need features like FaceTime video chat or Retina Display. A two-year contract is required for the lower price.

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SPORTS
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GAYLE SPARKS BRIEFLY, BUT TEAM LOSES—01/01/11
Chris Gayle, opener for the West Indies, had a moment of outstanding performance before his team lost to Tasmania by 63 runs in the opening game of the Twenty20 Big Bash. Gayle hit 22 from 19 balls with three fours, but the team’s run chase collapsed. Tasmania achieved 189 for six from 20 overs. Gayle had one for 28.

FOOTBALL FEDERATION WANTS MONEY FOR BRAZIL TOUR—01/03/11
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is hoping that the financial support promised by the government and private sector will pay for the expenses of a six-week training camp for the Under-17s now in progress. Horace Reid, JFF head administrator, visited Brazil with an eye toward finalizing negotiations on the costs of the first camp. The cost of the initial three-week camp was estimated at J$9 million. An additional J$6.5 billion is required, bringing the costs to a total of J15.5 million. The expenses are for air travel, per diems for players and staff, accommodation, meals, local transportation, and tutors.

BOLT TO RETIRE IN 2016—01/04/11
Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprint champion, has plans to retire in 2016. Bolt, who holds the world record in the 100-meter and 200-meter distances, says he wants to use his time well and would like to end his career in 2016 before it becomes “tedious to do the same thing and win.” Bolt, 24, has been suffering from back problems, but will defend his titles at the World Championship in South Korea Daegu in 2011.

USA, JAMAICA TO COMPETE IN CHALLENGE—01/06/11
The USA vs. Jamaica Challenge will see the repeat of one of the great women’s sprint rivalries of the first decade of the 21st century. The meet will pit three Americans against three Jamaicans in both men’s and women’s 60-meter sprints. Lauryn Williams, the 2005 World 100-meter champion will return in 2011 to face her rival, Jamaican sprint champion Veronica Campbell-Brown. Brown beat Williams in 2007 in a photo finish for the 100-meter world title. The men in the USA vs. Jamaica Challenge will feature Mike Rodgers, 60-meter silver medalist, Trell Kimmons, and Ivory Williams Jamaican Nesta Carter will also compete in the Challenge.

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DEVOTIONAL
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The LORD, My Shepherd

In the first week of January as I continue to reflect upon the importance of engaging God in our lives and plans for this year and beyond, I find myself drawn to the opening verse of Psalm 23, “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want” (KJV). In these nine words the child of God, His sheep, can rest comfortably. The LORD is Jehovah, the self-existent or eternal God, and the language used is that of tender care and protection. The sheep cannot provide for itself neither can it take care of itself.  It is very vulnerable, has no form of self-defense, easily influenced, easily killed, has very little discernment in choosing food or water, among other things, and so is totally dependent on the shepherd for everything it needs.  No doubt this was the picture David had in mind when He penned the psalm. Being a shepherd in his youth, he would have been very well aware of the sheep’s dependence on its shepherd.

The picture of the sheep is the picture of the believer, and it is this imagery that the spirit of God seeks to convey.  Despite how grown and independent we think we are, the fact of the matter is that without the leading of the Shepherd we are a danger to ourselves and prime targets for the enemy. However, as long as we have the LORD as our shepherd we can rest assured that it is His responsibility to not only lead/guide us in the way we should go but also to provide the things we need for our daily survival.  Albert Barnes observes, “The words shall not want, as applied to the psalmist, would embrace everything that could be a proper object of desire, whether temporal or spiritual; whether pertaining to the body or the soul; whether having reference to time or to eternity. There is no reason for supposing that David limited this to his temporal necessities, or to the present life, but the idea manifestly is that God would provide all that was needful for him always.”

I believe that whatever David claimed, we have a right to claim also. If we can grasp the significance of Psalm 23:1, we would have grasped the awareness that we cannot do anything in our own strength. It is no wonder that in the parable of the lost sheep, the good shepherd left the ninety-nine others to go search for the one because he knew that left on its own it would die (Matthew 18:12-14). Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (John 10:11).  In other words, the good shepherd is committed to the care of his sheep to the point of laying down his life.  That is the kind of shepherd our God is and if we commit ourselves to being a part of His fold, He promises to take care of His own.  Everything that is vital to our well-being, He is committed to providing.
     
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.”  Who is leading you?  Who is taking care of you?

 

CEW

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CREDITS/SOURCES
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