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KINGSTON, March 26 (JIS): A new book highlighting the power of prayer was recently launched at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore, St. Catherine.

Written by Minister of the Emanuel Apostolic Church, Ivy Marjorie Harvey, the book, titled, ‘My Catalogue of Answered Prayers’, was reviewed, designed and printed by the Research and Publications Department of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).

It has 22 testimonies outlining various situations which the author was able to overcome through prayer.
The eleventh of 12 children, Mrs. Harvey said she was inspired to write the book after many of her prayers were answered.

“I am a praying person and grew up in a home where my mother was a praying person and we were taught to trust God for everything. I began to see some of those prayers being answered and began jotting them down,” she told JIS News.

After much prompting from her family, she began compiling the testimonies for publication. Mrs. Harvey said that most of the stories written are about situations which occurred during the 1970s when she got married and started raising her family.

However, she noted that not all prayers are answered. “Sometimes it is not that the prayer is not answered, but the answer you are looking for might not be forthcoming. You learn that God answers prayers generally in three ways, He either says yes, He either says no, or He says wait,” she explained.
The trained teacher turned preacher further noted that most of her prayers were fulfilled because she took action based on what the Lord instructed her to do. “So, I would have to say that the Lord gave me the answers,” she added.

Mrs. Harvey, who serves as a Bible teacher, counsellor and preacher at the Emanuel Apostolic Church in Portmore, hopes that the book will inspire Jamaicans and help them to understand the power of effective prayers.
“I would like persons to be inspired by my stories and to understand that God is real; He answers prayers and is concerned with everything that concerns us,” she said.
Minister Harvey named her testimony, ‘Sleeping Snipers’, in the book as one of her most “profound” experiences. Other stories are: ‘Money From an Empty Bag’, ‘God’s Choice for Prime Minister’, ‘Business Class Travel’, ‘Gun in Hand’, ‘Meningitis Healed’, and ‘Angry and Dangerous’.

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Barbados bestows Humanitarian Award on PAHO director Dr. Carissa Etienne 

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By Shanieka Smith

Staff Writer

 

#Barbados, November 25, 2022 – The newest recipient of Barbados’ Humanitarian Award is outgoing Pan American Health Organization Director, Dr Carissa Etienne.  The government of Barbados grants this award to frontline workers who were instrumental during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon receiving the award, Dr. Etienne expressed her gratitude for the recognition, noting, however, that she was more grateful for the opportunity to have served on the island. She also praised Prime Minister, Mia Mottley for her diligence in leading the country and regional involvement during the pandemic.

Humanitarian medals were also given to Frontline workers who risked their own safety to ensure the needs of the public were met. Those who held supporting roles on the frontline received humanitarian lapel pins, and those who made generous donations were given humanitarian plaques.

Dr. Etienne highlighted one major lesson from the pandemic, “we are only safe when the weakest among us is also safe”.

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Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Immigration Ministers make appearance on TCI Radio Talk Show

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – “We have a humanitarian concern of course but we can only absorb so much” was how Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Public Service in The Bahamas addressed the issue of the UN constantly nudging Caribbean countries about the deportation of migrants and recommending that it not be done.

He was speaking Thursday November 24 with Cheryl and Zhavargo on First Edition which airs on RTC FM.

While acknowledging that the UN offices likely ‘have to do what they do’ Minister Mitchell  explained that the current irregular migrants trying to get into the Bahamas did not fit the bill of ‘refugees’ as defined by the UN.

“We have a treaty obligation that says that if people have a fear of persecution in their home country that we have an obligation to take them in as asylum seekers. The people who come through on these boats from the south of us are not asylum seekers. They are afraid of poverty and that’s a difficult issue but in a legal sense we’re not obligated to embrace people on that basis.”

He cited a study that had found, on any given day there were around 7,000 illegal migrants in The Bahamas trying to get to the US maintaining that his chain of islands had to take a stand on the issue.  The Foreign Affairs minister acknowledged that  TCI was in an identical situation, citing also the the cultural effects of irregular migration.

“There is a cleavage which has developed in our own society over this; people are very concerned that we could lose our identity if we do not get on top of it.”

Earlier this year Arlington “new sheriff in town” Musgrove, Minister of Immigration and Border Services in the Turks and Caicos had described statements calling on surrounding countries to do more to assist persons fleeing Haiti as “reckless and misguided.”

“Haiti has a population of 11.6 million people. How could any small developing state like the Turks and Caicos Islands assist that number of people or even the smallest fraction of them? We have a population of some 47,000 persons, and our health care, education and other social systems remain fragile and could never withstand an influx of refugees. This would be a risk to our very own livelihood,” he had said.

He was interviewed in the same show on Thursday prior to Mitchell and expressed a similar determination to crack down on illegal migration.

“I want to stress this. If we catch anyone harbouring illegals, it could be my mommy, she’s going up. We cannot tolerate this. We’re catching the sloops so my Haitian brothers and sisters should stress to them don’t waste your money we’re sending you back.”

Turks and Caicos, this year passed a law, doubling fines and prison times for individuals harbouring illegal migrants.

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Former Bahamian Cabinet minister defends record amid ongoing police investigation

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By Shanieka Smith

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#TheBahamas, November 25, 2022 – Former Youth, Sports and Culture Minister, Lanisha Rolle is reportedly currently under investigation due to several allegations that came up during her tenure; she however knows nothing of this alleged criminal investigation.

After the minister resigned – unceremoniously –  in February 2021 with little explanation, the ministry was locked down by the Prime Minister for an audit of the National Sports Authority, which fell under her ministry.

Auditor General Terrance Bastin revealed that unauthorised contracts had been issued, some of which were later forwarded to the NSA for payment. Three cheques to contractors were also found, which were paid to individuals and then collected by a senior ministry official.

Despite the allegations, Rolle said she upheld cabinet standards and good governance during her tenure. She added that a minister is not always aware of “everything in a ministry at any given time.”

Rolle said she has not yet been approached by the RBPF regarding the audit findings.  Having served as a member of the Police Force for 11 years herself, Rolle told a crush of media on Wednesday (November 23) that she continues to trust that they will follow the legal process and in due time, the truth of her innocence will be revealed.

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