Jamaican Ministry: No imported honey, honeybee products allowed

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[…] It said that beekeeping in Jamaica is critical to the agricultural production systems as most of the crops that farmers and consumers depend on require insects as pollinators. Honeybees are the main insect pollinators and some of the crops that are pollinated by honeybees are pumpkin, melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, pear, ackee, and guinep.[…]

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honey-bees-326337_1280.jpgTHE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Apiculture Unit has warned against the illegal importation of honey and honeybee products into the country.

According to the ministry, the Apiculture Unit, with the assistance of beekeepers, has discovered and removed the eight brands of imported honey and one brand of bee pollen found on the shelves of some health food stores in Kingston and St Andrew.

“Records of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries indicate that no import permits for bee products (honey and pollen) have been granted by the chief plant protection officer [at the] Apiculture Unit for their entry, and as such these items are considered to be illegal,” a ministry statement said.

“Under the Bee Control Act of 1918 no bees, honey or beekeepers’ stock shall be brought within the limits of this Island, save with the permission in writing of the chief plant protection officer first had and…

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Reggae Girl Sherona Forrester is 2016 Rhodes Scholar

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[…] Sherona Forrester, a member of the Jamaica senior women’s football team, Reggae Girls, is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. […]

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Tanesha Mundle reports that Sherona Forrester, a member of the Jamaica senior women’s football team, Reggae Girls, is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar.

The Clarendon native was selected from an outstanding field of eight competitors. The announcement was made by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen at King’s House today.

“My mind went blank. The whole world stopped just for a second or so. Then I replayed it just to make sure that it was my name that was being called and then I just started smiling because I couldn’t believe it and I am still here in the surreal of it all,” said the University of the West Indies graduate.

Forrester will be pursuing an MPhil at Oxford University in England.

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Reggae Legends UB40 & Steel Pulse Special Live Shows

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[…] This is a legacy to be witnessed and documented and treasured for the rest of our lives. Forget about the million dollar question as to why it took so long. The hard core fact is that it is happening and we hope everyone will “show up” for this “show down” come December 2015. We, Steel Pulse, will be celebrating our 40th anniversary, too.”

UB40’s Robin Campbell said, “I’m looking forward to seeing Pulse again, they’re one of the best live reggae bands, a class act.” […]

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Birmingham’s reggae legends UB40 and Steel Pulse will perform in two special shows together for the first time on December 20, at London’s O2 Academy Brixton at 16 Rattray Road in London and on December 21, in a hometown show at the O2 Academy Birmingham.

Steel Pulse’s lead singer David Hinds said, “Yes, this is history in the makings when the two Birmingham giants have come together to make our city proud. This is a legacy to be witnessed and documented and treasured for the rest of our lives. Forget about the million dollar question as to why it took so long. The hard core fact is that it is happening and we hope everyone will “show up” for this “show down” come December 2015. We, Steel Pulse, will be celebrating our 40th anniversary, too.”

UB40’s Robin Campbell said, “I’m looking forward to seeing Pulse again, they’re one of the…

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Art Africa Miami Arts Fair in Overtown

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Celebrate & Support the Arts, the Artists…

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[…] The AAMAF is also part of the Soul Basel and Art of Black Miami marketing vehicle that brings awareness to Black art for all perspectives that include African-American, Latin, Afro Cuban, Caribbean and African artistic and cultural exhibition and programming. […]

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The emerging Arts District of historic Overtown continues to grow as the arts and culture mecca of South Florida.The Urban Collective leads the way for innovation and creativity with the fifth installment of their Art Africa Miami Arts Fair (AAMAF). This year, AAMAF will be hosted by The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theatre Cultural Arts Complex (819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida). The exhibition starts December 2, 2015, and will run through December 6 daily from 11:00am-6:00pm.

Description: Art is authentically a part of Historic Overtown’s soul that has a history of contributions from artists like Purvis Young, Gene Tinney, Adonis Parker and others who continue to create energy for the #HistoricOvertown community. Architect and thought leader behind the AAMAF, Mr. D. Neil Hall, AIA, continues to be at the forefront nurturing the narrative that art and culture is the vital resource to transform the Overtown community.

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Arts Program Connects Kids to Haitian Roots

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[…] Every Friday night at the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s studio space, César meets with a group of girls to demonstrate the beauty in Haitian folklore. […]

[…] “..we have to be the ones to keep the Haitian footprint alive,” Dorsainvil said. “Although Little Haiti is evolving, Tradisyon Lakou Lakay keeps us grounded in celebrating Haitian art.” […]

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Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 11.42.36 PM.pngThis article by Jeffrey Pierre appeared in The Miami Herald.

Moving to the sounds of Haitian drums, Weiselande César stretches her arms above her head, and then instructs her dance class to do the same. For most girls in the class, the choreography is difficult to learn and foreign.

César’s dance style borrows from the Caribbean, African and Spanish Folkloric dances that influence Haitian dance — like Rara, a dance performed during Easter Week for Haitian Carnival.

“You guys are starting to get it,” César says.

Every Friday night at the Little Haiti Cultural Center’s studio space, César meets with a group of girls to demonstrate the beauty in Haitian folklore. When César, a dance instructor and public school teacher, asked a colleague, Myriame Pierre, at Toussaint L’Ouverture Elementary School about the perception of Haitian culture, she said the two shared the same sentiment: Too many people either…

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Jamaican Book Party for 2015 Miami Book Fair

SALUTE! All the emerging Writers/Authors within & across the Jamaican diaspora

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[…] According to the organizers, the book party will present a mixture of readings, discussion about the state of Jamaican literature as well as the opportunity to mix, mingle and be introduced to some great Jamaican books. […]

Our aim is to take Jamaican books, by authors at home and abroad to world. Through Read Jamaica we want to tell the world, not only about the writers they are already aware of, but authors they should be paying attention to.”[…]

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Miami-Book-Fair-with-Tanya-Batson-Savage.jpgRead Jamaica, a book promotions outfit based in Kingston, Jamaica will be bringing literary vibes from ‘yaad’ to the 2015 Miami Book Fair, South FLorida Caribbean News reports.

In addition to showcasing and promoting Jamaican books at the eagerly anticipated Miami Book Fair, Read Jamaica will also be collaborating with the Consulate General of Jamaica to Miami to present a Book Party on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 6:00pm.

The Book Party  line-up includes Florida-based Jamaican authors Geoffrey Philp, David Muir (Pieces of Jamaica) and Judith Falloon-Reid, who recently released her latest novel The Silent Stones. These three will be joined by the Jamiacan-based authors Tanya Batson-Savage (Pumpkin Belly and Other Stories) and Kellie Magnus (the Little Lion Series). The evening will also feature the US soft-launch of iPublishJa, a publishing consultancy specializing in digital books.

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U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Proclaims Dec. 1 World Aids Day in the Territory

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[…] Only 19 percent of the Virgin Islands HIV population achieved viral suppression.

While the statistics are alarming, new medications, scientific advancements, and treatment and prevention efforts give us reason for hope. “Poverty, instability, infidelity, intravenous drug use, co-infection with other STD’s, violence, lack of access to adequate health care and ignorance all contribute to the epidemic. Fear, shame, anger, ignorance and injustice worldwide are currently causing people living with HIV/AIDS unnecessary pain due to the stigma associated with the disease,” said Mapp in the proclamation.[…]

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world-aids-dayGovernor Kenneth E. Mapp has proclaimed Thursday, December 1, as World AIDS Day in the United States Virgin Islands and urged all citizens to take part in activities and observances designed to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS in the community and as a global challenge, to take part in HIV/AIDS prevention activities and programs throughout the territory, and to join the global effort to prevent the further spread of HIV/AIDS.

World AIDS Day is a day to remember those who have been lost to this deadly disease and give compassion and hope to those who live courageously with HIV/AIDS every day. It is important that we continue to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in order to help prevent further spread of this disease.

Part of an effective response is to help collaborative partners work together nationally and internationally to prevent the spread of HIV. The goal of the Virgin…

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Angola Honors Cuba for Key Support in Colonial Independence

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[…] Seeking to control the political situation in its favor, the U.S. had set up a covert CIA operation to support the FLNA and UNITA with US$30 million, arms and military advisers. Apartheid South Africa supported the CIA operation by carrying out invasions, incursions and sabotages against Marxist forces within Angola.

[…] Cuba has continued to assist Angola with teaching methods like “Yes, I can,” which has allowed more than a million Angolans to learn to read and write, as well as medical and exchange programs. […]

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Cuba’s Fidel Castro deployed 36,000 troops to defend Angola from U.S. and Apartheid South Africa invasions.
Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos recognized and thanked Cuba on Thursday for its important support in achieving national independence 40 years ago, TeleSur reports.

Commemorating four decades of independence from colonial powers, dos Santos invited a Cuban delegation to honor the historical events that led Fidel Castro to deploy 36,000 troops to defend Angola from U.S. and Apartheid South Africa military invasions.

While Angola won its independence from Portugal on January 15, 1975, inner political conflicts escalated between the leftist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).

Seeking to control the political situation in its favor, the U.S. had set up a covert CIA operation to support the FLNA and UNITA with US$30 million…

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NYC: African Diaspora Film Festival Opens with “The Man who Mends Women”

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[…] The 23rd African Diaspora Film Festival is to be held in Manhattan, New York City from November 27 to December 13 at MIST Harlem, Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas and Teachers College, Columbia University with the presentation of more than 50 films, including 26 US and NY Premieres.

For more information about the 23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive the complete line up, screeners and high resolution images please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760 or e-mail pr@nyadiff.org.

Festival web site: http://www.nyadiff.org

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Human Rights documentary The Man Who Mends Women – The Wrath of Hippocrates will have its U.S. Premiere on November 27 at 7pm at the Opening Night of the 23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival.

Presented by U.S. distributor ArtMattan Films, THE MAN WHO MENDS WOMEN is the portrait of the impressive life and work of internationally-renowned gynecologist Dr. Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

He received the 2014 prestigious Sacharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, for his struggle against sexual violence. Dr. Mukwege medically assisted over 40,000 sexually abused women in 16 years of professional practice.

Sexual violence against women has been used as a weapon of war for years in the violence-ridden and poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo. In order to provide medical, psychological and emotional aid to the victims, Dr. Mukwege founded the Panzi hospital in Bukavu in 1999.

Besides his work as a…

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