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Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade Stirs National Pride

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#Kingston, Jamaica, August 2, 2022 – It was a resplendent display of national pride, jubilation and all things Jamaican, as the Independence Float and Street Parade made its historic return on Monday (August 1), in the streets of Kingston.

Last held in 2008, the parade included some 1,000 participants, eight themed floats, a convoy of classic cars transporting a bevy of beauty queens, a Jonkonou band, costumed dancers and music trucks, all signifying various aspects of Jamaican culture.

Onlookers, unfazed by the 92-degree temperature in the nation’s capital, lined the various streets along the route from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, through Hope Road and Half-Way Tree to the National Stadium Car Park.

From their workplaces, homes and all the areas they stood waiting, they waved flags, danced with participants, and used their cellphones to capture the moments as the spectacle passed by.

Leading the float parade was ‘Crime Stoppers’, by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), which represented the reassurance and confidence in the JCF and what it provides for the country. It was designed and built by Clinton Smith.

Float two, ‘God is Love’ by Patrick Brown, acknowledged the presence of God in all things, while float three, ‘Diamond Heroes’ by Scheed Cole, featured Jamaica’s seven national heroes.

‘Sounds of Jamaica’ by Larry Watson paid homage to Jamaican music from 1962 to present day, such as ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall. Behind it was ‘Reap What you Sow’, also by Larry Watson, representing the ingenuity, self-reliance and resilience of Jamaican culture using agriculture.

Also participating in the float parade were ‘Bridge to Progress’, ‘Sweet Jamaica’, and a ‘Balloons in Unity’ float which was designed by international balloon artiste, Guido Verhoef.

The Jamaica Defence Force and the Jamaica Fire Brigade also staged enlightening and intricate parades, showcasing different aspects of their operations.

A major highlight of the occasion was a stop in Half-Way Tree where hundreds gathered, and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, participated in a release of doves as a symbol of peace and unity.  He was joined by Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange; Opposition Leader, Mark Golding; Archbishop of Kingston, Kenneth Richards; Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams; Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson; Chief of Defence Staff, Jamaica Defence Force, Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss-Gorman; Miss World 2019 and Queen of the Parade, Toni-Ann Singh; representatives of the youth of Jamaica and others.

“Today we commemorate and celebrate our freedom [and] our march towards nationhood. We are a proud people, a strong people and today, the sun shineth,” the Prime Minister declared.

The theme for the Independence Float and Street Parade was ‘Reigniting a Nation for Peace, Love and Unity’. It was a precursor to the Grand Gala, which takes place on Independence Day, Saturday, August 6, at the National Stadium. Some 30,000 spectators are expected to be in attendance.

 

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Header: Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (right), Archbishop of Kingston, Kenneth Richards (centre) and Opposition Leader, Mark Golding (left), raise hands together showcasing unity during the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade in Kingston on Monday (August 1).  Photo: Donald De La Haye

1st insert: Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, greets onlookers from a classic car, as the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade made its way on Monday (August 1).  Photo: Donald De La Haye

2nd insert: The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s float, during the Jamaica 60 Float and Street Parade in Kingston on Monday (August 1), was intricately designed and called for peace, love and unity in Jamaica. Photo: Dave Reid

 

Contact: Mickella Anderson

Release: JIS

 

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.

 

Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package

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#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at www.dunnsriverfallsja.com, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.

 

Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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Carnival Cruise ordered to pay $10.2 million for passenger claiming rape by staff

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By Sherrica Thompson

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#USA, August 5, 2022 – A Miami-based Federal Court returned a more than $10.2 million verdict against Carnival Cruise Line in favour of a passenger who claims a former crew member raped her in a storage closet aboard the Carnival Miracle in 2018.

A jury issued the verdict recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Plaintiff.

According to a statement issued last week Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line said the incident between the plaintiff and the former crew member was consensual and plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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