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Jamaican Diaspora Crime Task Force bringing cyber security & youth programmes

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Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention & Prevention Task Force Head, Dr. Rupert Francis.

Kingston, Jamaica July 17, 2017 — Cybersecurity training, programmes for at-risk youth, the Intelligence Fusion Centre and a Safer Cities initiative are all plans of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention & Prevention Task Force for the coming year.

These plans were announced by Task Force Head Dr. Rupert Francis, a US-based professor who convened Jamaican professionals based in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom to form the Task Force last year.

Francis will be in Jamaica later this month to speak at the Jamaica Diaspora 55 Conference where the Task Force is scheduled to host a town hall meeting on crime prevention plans.  Other Task Force members include Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Homicide, Captain Peter Whittingham, Senior Intelligence Analyst, Herbert Nelson Jr, and former Winnipeg Chief of Police, Devon Clunis.

The planned crime-fighting strategies came out of an October, 2016 fact-finding mission where members met with officials from the Ministry of National Security and other state agencies. The Task Force also plans to work with church and community groups. Francis said Task Force members are committed to a better Jamaica despite living abroad. “We want to make sure that people understand that we will never forget where we are coming from and we do believe in it, and we want to make sure that it is a safe place to be. We are one Jamaica, and we must speak with one voice for one purpose, for the enhancement of Jamaica and ridding our country from all of this criminal activity.”

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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