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‘Jamaica Way’ Named in Paterson, New Jersey

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#UnitedStatesofAmerica, September 9, 2021 – Hundreds of Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica gathered on Saturday, September 4 in Paterson, New Jersey, to witness the renaming of one of the major streets in that city, to recognise the outstanding contribution that Jamaicans have made to the city.

Vreeland Avenue, between 17th and 19th Avenues, was renamed ‘Jamaica Way’, and was unveiled by the City’s Mayor, André Sayegh.

“The naming of a portion of Vreeland Avenue, Jamaica Way, is a proud moment for our multicultural municipality,” the Mayor said.  He pointed out that the area has a significant population of Jamaicans and is home to numerous Jamaican businesses.

“I am honoured to support the street naming and would like the world to know that ‘one love’ is what we strive for in ‘one Paterson’, which is a better place because of Jamaicans who call our city home,” Mayor Sayegh said.

“Today we are finally going to pay tribute to a country that has contributed so much to the city of Paterson. There is no better way than Jamaica Way,” the Mayor added.

In her message to mark the occasion, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport,  Hon. Olivia Grange, said the Government had taken “note of all that you continue to do to ensure that Jamaica stands at the centre of commerce, culture and social engagement in the city of Paterson, New Jersey”.

“The renaming of this street is a testament to the span of influence spawned by members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States. We on the rock continue to be proud of Jamaicans all over the world who, through activism and civic and political engagement, have influenced and inspired development wherever they are to be found,” the Minister said.

“When we add to that the accomplishments of our people at home and abroad, we have every reason to celebrate our Jamaican-ness,” she noted.

The Minister said she is also “taking this opportunity to invite your embrace and active participation in our Diamond Jubilee, the Jamaica 60 celebrations, next year. We will announce the full programme very soon”.

For her part, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, congratulated the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey, Greater Passaic Chapter and the Paterson City Council for the timely honour.

“On behalf of the Government and the people of Jamaica I thank the Paterson City Council for this recognition and applaud the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey for lobbying the City Council in conferring this signal honour of renaming one of the city’s local streets, ‘Jamaica Way’,” she said.

“The achievement of such an important gesture by the people of the City of Paterson is a prime indicator of the high esteem in which Jamaicans are held in your community. There is no doubt that we are a people of strength, capability and influence.  This is a testament of your perseverance and good standing in the Paterson community. You should be justly proud,” Ambassador Marks added.

Meanwhile, Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Alsion Roach-Wilson, commended the Jamaica Association for lobbying the City Council, thus enabling the renaming of the street.

“This is a fitting tribute to all Jamaicans residing in this city and today is a proud moment,” she said.

In the meantime, President of the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaican Organization of New Jersey, Owen Eccles, commended the Jamaican residents and the Paterson City Council for this recognition, noting that the naming of the street in honour of Jamaica should be viewed with a sense of pride by Jamaicans in New Jersey and the world over.

By Derek Scott, JIS News

Release: JIS News      

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Header: Jamaica’s Consul General to New York, Alsion Roach-Wilson (second left) and  President of the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey, Owen Eccles (centre), celebrate the  renaming  of a portion of Vreeland Avenue, Paterson, New Jersey, as ‘Jamaica Way’, on Saturday, September 4. Sharing the occasion (from left) are President of Jamaica Organization of New Jersey State Board, Jazz Clayton-Hunt;  Jamaica Diaspora North East USA Representative, Dr. Karren Dunkley,  and Vice President of the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey, Errol Kerr.

1st insert: Mayor of Paterson, New Jersey,  Andre Sayegh, unveils the ‘Jamaica Way’ sign in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, on September 4.

2nd insert: President of the Paterson Chapter of the Jamaica Organization of New Jersey, Owen Eccles, holds aloft a copy of the Resolution declaring that a section of Vreeland Avenue, between 17th and 19th Avenues, in Paterson, New Jersey, is renamed ‘Jamaica Way’ on September 4.

 

 

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Cruising should slow down says PAHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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‘Slow down on Cruising’, that’s the word from the Pan American Health Organization, PAHO in their latest recent press conference.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte Director of Health Emergencies at the PAHO was referring to the Bahamas but made sure to note that the advice was highly relevant to many countries in the times of omicron.

“In the context of intense transmission, due to the Omicron variant as we have highlighted several times. It is just logical to suspend or at least limit the cruise ship traffic as an outbreak on board might end up exceedingly high and probably will go beyond the capacity of local health services”

Both the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos are experiencing a massive uptick in cases and several warnings regarding cruise travel have been issued by the US Centers for Disease Control.

Cruising just resumed for many regional countries this past Summer, Turks and Caicos was among the latest to restart on December 13.

A stop to sailing would be devastating to economies, however, ports of call like Grand Turk which are reeling with rocketing case numbers of COVID are urged to consider the suggestion of slowing down on ships by PAHO.

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Cayman gets its second ‘Sir’; former Premier Alden McLaughlin knighted on Jan 1

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By Dana Malcolm

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#Cayman, January 20, 2022 – Former Premier of Cayman Alden McLaughlin was knighted at the start of 2022; named in the Queen’s New Year Honors List. He is only the second Caymanian to have ever received a knighthood from her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir Vassel Johnson, received the honour in 1994; he was Cayman’s first Financial Secretary; he died in November 2008 at the age of 86.

Current Governor, Martyn Roper extended congratulations saying, “This is an outstanding personal achievement for former Premier McLaughlin, one of the most important and impactful political leaders in Cayman over the last 21 years. It is a significant moment for our islands. This historic award is only the second ever Knighthood to a Caymanian since the first in the 1990s. It is a strong signal of the respect in which Cayman is held and a visible demonstration of the progress Cayman has made as a vibrant democracy with strong good governance foundations.”

Sir McLaughlin, who is also now a QC attorney, served two terms as premier and had a career in politics that spanned 21 years. McLaughlin is known for his role in modernizing Cayman’s constitution.

Current premier G. Wayne Panton described the occasion as a unifying moment for the country saying, This is a day of celebration and great pride for all Caymanians as a son of our soil has been bestowed one of the highest honour.  Today marks a new and most unique storyline in the history of the Cayman Islands.  In considering the rarity and magnitude of this occasion, this is certainly a unifying moment for our community.”

Sir Alden McLaughlin, 60, was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George on January 1, 2022.

 

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Understanding Sargassum with help from the TCI’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources  

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#TurksandCaicos, January 20, 2022 – Sargassum, also known as seaweed, is a natural brown macroalga that lives in temperate and tropical oceans of the world. The floating micro eco-system is important to many species, including baby turtles, little crabs, and tiny fish. All these animals use the floating rafts of the sargassum for protection, shelter, and food.

Over the years, sargassum has been increasing its quantity in the Caribbean due to climate change. As water temperatures increase, sargassum blooms, and as this continues, it occurs in large amounts. This can be dangerous for some marine life because when seaweed washes up on the shore, some species become trapped in the sargassum mat.

Environmental Outreach Coordinator at the Department of Environmental and Coastal Resources for TCI, Amy Avenant, says the Turks and Caicos Islands has not seen the worst of the overgrowth.

“In the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have not seen the full severity of sargassum blooms. Our neighbours in Bonaire, for example, experience up to six feet of sargassum, and they have found stranded dolphins, sea turtles, and sometimes even birds,” said Amy Avenant.

“When the sargassum washes up on shore, it starts to decompose, and when it decomposes, it emits methane, and that is the stinky sulfuric eggy smell that you can smell when you walk past it on the beach. It is a bad thing for climate change because of the methane, but it is not harmful to your health.”

Turks and Caicos saw this in extreme amounts in October; so severe, resorts were forced to bag and bury the stinky seaweed which for over a week covered the usually sandy white stretch of Grace Bay beach.

Avenant noted that in the TCI, we have a balance between managing the influx of sargassum and impacting the areas where it lands because its influx is correlated to the cycles of the moon.

She also said sargassum can be used as a fertilizer in farming. If you collect it, the advice is to spread it out and ensure you wash the excess salt off before adding to your gardens or farms.

There are also hidden dangers and habitat threats to the piles of sargassum on shorelines.

Avenant informed, when you see sargassum on the beach, ensure you watch out for wildlife that might be stuck and species which might have made a home of the ocean’s deposit which has washed up, this is heightened on rocky shores.

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