Trudy Deans is Jamaica’s new Consul General to NY

 

Trudy Deans, newly appointed Consul General of Jamaica in New York.

Trudy Deans, newly appointed Consul General of Jamaica to New York.

Kingston, Sept. 25: Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, announced the appointment of Ms. Trudy Deans as consul general to New York on Friday, Sept. 23.

Ms. Deans, who holds a master of science degree in human resource management and training from the University of Leicester, England, and a bachelor of science degree in international relations and public administration from the University of the West Indies, was formerly the vice-consul and community relations officer at the Consulate General of Jamaica in New York from 2010 to 2012.

“Ms. Deans’ solid foundation in Diaspora engagement, together with her academic achievements and strong leadership and managerial skills augur well for this position, which comes with great responsibility. I congratulate her on this appointment, and have no doubt that she will effectively execute her mandate, contributing to the welfare of Jamaicans overseas and to the Government of Jamaica’s growth and development agenda,” said Minister Johnson Smith.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Deans was employed as an administrator at the International Telecommunications Union, a United Nations Agency, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. She was responsible for staff located in Geneva and field offices in Asia and the Pacific, Arab States, the Americas, African region and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She also contributed to Grace Kennedy’s legacy, as human resource and training manager at Allied Insurance Brokers Limited from 2002 to 2010.

A former member of the Geneva International Christian Choir and Orchestra and also an avid sports enthusiast, Ms. Deans will assume duties in New York, on October 1.–OnPointPress.net--.

 

March on 8/2 for ‘National Night Out Against Crime’

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By Carmen Glover

Throughout the nation, residents are concerned about the spate of crime that has its grip on different communities. Crime is a topic that is discussed during every news cycle, from varying perspectives. But now you can get involved if you would like to partner with law enforcement, churches and community organizations.

On Tuesday, August 2, “National Night Out Against Crime” events will take place across the country, offering everyday civilians the opportunity to make their views known. For residents in the northeast Bronx, churches, including Trinity Baptist, will partner with the 47th precinct and the 47th precinct community council to hold a peace prayer march.

The march will begin at 3:30 p.m. and continue until 8:00 p.m. at the 47th precinct, east 230th St. between Laconia Ave. and Grenada Place. Make your voice heard, join the effort.–OnPointPress.net–

3 Tips to assess and achieve goals

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By Carmen Glover

As we welcome the month of February we also have the opportunity to assess the level of progress that we have made with our resolutions and goals for 2016.

If you have started slowing down with your exercise regimen, reverted to poor eating habits, procrastinated with your job search, slacked off with writing your book or completing time sensitive projects now is the time to regain momentum. Yes, it’s easier to state what needs to be done than it is to follow through but you can get started by following these three quick steps:

Document Priority Goals:  Determine what your realistic goals are and write them down in order of importance. To avoid clutter and confusion do not include farfetched ideas that cannot be reasonably achieved within your timeline.

Develop A Plan And Timeline: Remember that any goal that lacks a meaningful timeline is a wish or a dream. In order for you to develop an effective plan of action you need to embrace the concept of including specific, do-able timelines.

Start Small: Although you might be running behind in terms of what you hoped to achieve by this point, don’t lose heart. Reboot your goals, tweak your timeline and breakdown the tasks into smaller items. As soon as you achieve one goal, reward yourself and move on to the next.

While it is discouraging to be somewhat behind in what you set out to achieve, don’t use that delay as an excuse to stop. Focus on what you want to achieve and then go for it–OnPointPress.net–

The value of mentoring is unrivaled

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child's future achievements.

Being a caring mentor to a child could be the difference to that child’s future achievements.

By Carmen Glover

For the entire month of January, the act of mentoring is celebrated under the umbrella of National Mentoring Month. Also, on January 21, mentees were encouraged to thank their mentors for Thank Your Mentor Day.

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One of the strongest indicators of career success for many professionals is the involvement of caring mentors. When a child shows interest in a particular career path pairing that child with a mentor often sets the stage for that child to explore, at an early age, whether or not that career path will be viable.

When a teenager begins to consider career paths and is exposed to individuals who are doing well in that desired career path, as well as being paired with a mentor, it cements confidence. As that teenager enters college, trade school or other forms of educational endeavors, the comfort that the adolescent will benefit from a professional who can provide honest feedback, guidance, resources and introductions to others who are excelling in the career field of choice, provides dividends that are priceless. When a worker is paired with a mentor regardless of that worker’s age or stage on the career continuum, that act paves the way for the worker to navigate steps and climb the career ladder with greater dexterity and speed than before.mentoring1

I have benefitted from mentors throughout my professional career and for that I am immensely grateful. Not only do I consider my most enduring mentor to be caring, effective and helpful, I consider him to be a lifelong friend. Similarly, I have been a mentor to several younger professionals both in the field of media and education. The experience has been rewarding, especially when I see the mentee excelling in a chosen career.

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If you have never mentored a younger professional, consider doing so this year. Conversely, if you have never had a mentor, I suggest you diligently seek one without delay. The relationship between mentor and mentee is usually fulfilling and satisfying both professionally. Try it for yourself and share your experiences with us.–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaican foundation gifted by D.C. group

Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, and His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) present a cheque for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Foundation was selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

L-R: His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaica’s ambassador tot he USA and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC,  minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, present a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks, founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21, at the Ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

January 23, 2016, Kingston, JA: Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade handed over a check for US$4000 to Christine Staple Ebanks for her Nathan Ebanks Foundation on Thursday, January 21 at the ministry’s headquarters in New Kingston.

On hand for the presentation were Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and His Excellency Ralph Thomas, Jamaican ambassador to the United States of America and permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS). The check represents part proceeds from the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, which was held in May 2015 at the OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks (right), Founder and President of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (centre), Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), Ambassador to the United States of America and Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the Organisation of American States (OAS) looks on, yesterday (Thursday, January 21) at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Kingston. The Nathan Ebanks Foundation received a cheque for US$4000 after being selected as a beneficiary of the OAS Organisation of Women of the Americas’ (OWA) Annual Food Festival of the Americas’ fundraising event, held in May 2015 in Washington D.C.

Christine Staple Ebanks , founder and president of the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, presents a copy of her book “Raising Nathan” to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson, QC (center), minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, while His Excellency Ralph Thomas (left), ambassador to the USA and permanent representative of Jamaica to the Organization of American States (OAS) looks on.

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation, which was recommended by the Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the OAS, was selected by OWA as one of 3 beneficiaries chosen in 2015 to receive a donation to assist in its mission of capacity building of parents, teachers and other caregivers of children with physical and mental disabilities

Minister Nicholson thanked the foundation for “playing its part in raising the public awareness level of children with disabilities.” At the same time, Ambassador Thomas in congratulating the Foundation for being selected noted that he looked “forward to the report of the positive impact that the project, funded by this donation, will bring to these special needs children.”

The Nathan Ebanks Foundation was co-founded in 2007 by Christine Staple Ebanks and her husband, Robert, whose son Nathan, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at nine-months old.  The foundation’s mandate is to ensure that all children, particularly children with disabilities and special needs, are included, empowered and supported in their efforts to access and participate in holistic development, on the journey to realizing their full potential.–OnPointPress-net—

Having health insurance before emergency strikes is crucial

People rarely plan for hospital stays. Unfortunate incidents and illnesses force hundreds into the hospital on a daily basis. Are you prepared?

People rarely plan for hospital stays. Unfortunate incidents and illnesses force hundreds into the hospital on a daily basis. Are you prepared?

By Charles Glover, Jr.

If there is one lesson to take away from the month of October, which emphasized  Breast Cancer, Domestic Violence and Mental Health Awareness, it is that being proactive and prepared can save your life. Yet, how do you prepare for an accident, illness, violence, or natural disasters? While we pray for those harshly affected by Hurricane Patricia, it serves as a reminder that there is only so much we can plan for.

 

The job of a qualified insurance agent is to educate families and individuals about the potential pitfalls that exist in most insurance plans and help fill those gaps. Hospital indemnity plans and accident plans are the most common forms of protection that provide benefits directly to the insured in case of accident or illness, in many cases.

When you meet with your insurance agent, make sure you read the fine print in your insurance plan and ask many questions.

When you meet with your insurance agent, make sure you read the fine print in your insurance plan and ask many questions.

When a person is hurt or critically ill, the only thing they should have to worry about is healing. Unfortunately, healthcare costs can become an albatross resulting in substantial financial loss and, in many cases, bankruptcy.

As open enrollment continues, be sure to read the fine print on your health insurance plans and ask your insurance advisor as many questions as possible. There are plans to help those who have to go the hospital for a wide range of reasons including cancer, domestic violence, heart attack, stroke, slip and fall and mental health issues. Make sure you plan ahead so that when disaster strikes, the only concern is healing as soon as possible.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr., your Insurance Advisor, is a senior writer at OnPointPress.net and a Licensed Insurance Professional working with HealthMarkets. 

Contact me directly at (470)755-9940 for your health insurance questions and concerns

 

Jamaica wins big at South Africa’s annual diplomatic fair

Left to right: Mr. John Clarke, Minister Counsellor in JHC Pretoria, High Commissioner Spencer, Mrs. Refilwe Nyathi, Specialist, International Relations Unit of the City of Tshwane

Left to right: Mr. John Clarke, Minister Counsellor in JHC Pretoria, High Commissioner Cheryl Spencer, Mrs. Refilwe Nyathi, Specialist, International Relations Unit of the City of Tshwane

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria walked away with the top prize for the Most Authentic Stall at the Annual Diplomatic Fair held at the grounds of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday 31 October 2015. This award is the second highest of those granted by the organisers – the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) and is the award sponsored by the Mayor of the City of Tshwane.

A patron expressing appreciation for Bob Marley

A patron expressing appreciation for Bob Marley

The Diplomatic Fair is one of the key events on South Africa’s calendar and is held every year to allow the 134 Embassies and High Commissions, as well as International Organizations, based in South Africa, to showcase their history, culture, food and provide information on trade, investment and other opportunities in their countries. As it is also intended to educate the ordinary South African citizen about the diversity of countries, it is a free event, open to the public. Along with the most Authentic, Stalls are judged on, inter alia, the most Informative, the most flavourful, the most interactive and the most entertaining.

H.E. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaican High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa receiving the award on behalf of the High Commission from Ms. Nomthandazo Maseko of the City of Tshwane. Looking on from left to right are the Acting Mayor of Tshwane, Ms. Nozipho Tyobeka-Makeke and the Acting Speaker of the City of Tshwane, Ms. Refilwe Kekana

H.E. Cheryl Spencer, Jamaican High Commissioner to the Republic of South Africa receiving the award on behalf of the High Commission from Ms. Nomthandazo Maseko of the City of Tshwane. Looking on from left to right are the Acting Mayor of Tshwane, Ms. Nozipho Tyobeka-Makeke and the Acting Speaker of the City of Tshwane, Ms. Refilwe Kekana

Jamaica’s Stall featured product samples, wide ranging information on Jamaican cuisine, complete with photographs of prepared Jamaican dishes as well as on Jamaica’s economy, with emphasis on agriculture production (including references to marijuana and the amendment to the Dangerous Drugs Act). The latter which was intended to debunk the myths in South Africa surrounding the role of marijuana in Jamaica, achieved the desired result and sparked much interest and debate among those who visited the Stall.

In addition, patrons who flocked to the stall were able to sample the “Jerk Chicken Special” – a meal of Jerk chicken, festival, a slice of rum cake and rum punch–OnPointPress.net–

Jamaica joins the global observation of United Nations Day 2015

October 24 is United Nations Day and the beautiful island of Jamaica joins the global observations of this important day on the calendar.

October 24 is United Nations Day and the beautiful island of Jamaica joins the global observations of this important day on the calendar.

October 24, Kingston, Jamaica: As the United Nations celebrates seventy years of existence, Jamaica is pleased to join the international community in observing United Nations Day 2015.

The UN is a unique multilateral organisation in which all countries, large and small, developed and developing, have a voice and can participate as equals to resolve the enormous challenges of our time. It is indisputable that over the last seven decades, the United Nations has remained an essential forum for the conduct of multilateral affairs. It is the only institution with unquestioned legitimacy to marshal the international community around the promotion of international peace and security, fundamental human rights and freedoms, economic and social development and prosperity.

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Its expansion from 50 members at inception to 193 in 2015 provides ample evidence of not only its relevance, but also the faith and confidence of the international community in its capacity to address the challenges that confront us. Born out of the noble ideal to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, the UN has done remarkably well in preventing a third world war. UN peacekeeping missions across the globe have contributed to making the world a safer and more secure place.

The UN has provided much-needed humanitarian assistance to countries in the aftermath of natural hazards and populations in conflict situations. The work of the UN in combating organized crime, addressing the world drug problem, curbing the illicit traffic in small arms and light weapons and stemming the proliferation of nuclear weapons is worthy of note.

Food from around the world will be a featured part of the UN Day festivities.

Food from around the world will be a featured part of the UN Day festivities.

The UN, through the Human Rights Council and the various treaty bodies, continues to play a pivotal role in ensuring that fundamental rights and freedoms are respected. It is noteworthy that all States have ratified at least one, and eighty percent of States have ratified four or more, of the core human rights treaties, a signal of the universality of respect for human rights. The erection earlier this year of a Permanent Memorial at UN Headquarters, New York, in honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, an initiative pioneered by Jamaica and other members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) as well as the African Group, serves as testimony to the work of the Organisation in championing human rights.

​​​​​​​​​As a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Jamaica has special reason to celebrate the United Nations and attaches particular importance to the work of the United Nations in social and economic development. The UN has sought to ensure that the needs of the poor and marginalised are addressed. Its effectiveness in spearheading the paradigm shift towards sustainable development over the last few decades, to ensure that the interests of future generations are safeguarded, is significant.

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From Agenda 21, to the Millennium Development Goals, and now the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN has demonstrated its commitment to securing “The Future we want”. By defining an agenda for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnerships, the international community has sought to ensure that people are placed at the center of the development process, no one is left behind and that our stewardship of the planet is characterized by respect for its resources. These are the ingredients that will make for a world free of extreme poverty, where prosperity can be achieved and sustained.

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In carrying out its mandate, the UN has counted on a cadre of international public servants, whose professionalism and dedication stand out for commendation. Among them are many Jamaican nationals, who have provided distinguished service locally, at the offices of the UN Headquarters and its agencies overseas and as diplomatic representatives of the Government of Jamaica. Under the theme “The UN we serve, serves us”, we use the occasion of this seventieth anniversary to pay special tribute to them and to express our pride in their accomplishments.

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We acknowledge that in some respects, the UN has not met its own lofty expectations. Nevertheless, the 70th anniversary affords us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the aims and objectives of the Organisation. The entire sustainable development framework, inclusive of the upcoming 21st Meeting of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), provides a test of our collective commitment to this end.

It is Jamaica’s hope and expectation that COP21 will agree on an ambitious, legally binding agreement which will ensure the sustainability of planet earth. At this defining moment, now more than ever, the United Nations must reform and re-position itself to respond more effectively to the multidimensional challenges of the 21st century. We must unite in the common purpose to forge global solutions to our common problems. We must commit to making the coming decades ones of extraordinary progress, and the UN an organization which is fit for purpose. Happy United Nations Day!–OnPointPress.net–

College students host branding panel, provide tips for aspiring entrepreneurs

(From Left to Right) Kim Brown – Entertainment Journalist Franklin Oates – Proven Prodigy Productions Omar Crenshaw – CPCC Student Life Coordinator DaVita Galloway – Co-Owner of Dupp&Swatt Devin Johnson – Film Producer (ShotByDJ) Calvin Cleveland – Co-Owner of F.O.S. Lifestyle What is your Brand Panelist

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Kim Brown – Entertainment Journalist
Franklin Oates – Proven Prodigy Productions
Omar Crenshaw – CPCC Student Life Coordinator
DaVita Galloway – Co-Owner of Dupp&Swatt
Devin Johnson – Film Producer (ShotByDJ)
Calvin Cleveland – Co-Owner of F.O.S. Lifestyle
What is your Brand Panelist

On September 30th 2015, some of Charlotte’s youngest, most creative minds came together for a branding panel at Central Piedmont Community College.

The event was called “What Is Your Brand.”The panel was created to give students insight into what it takes to be successful in the business world, specifically for those who are interested in owning their own businesses.

Panelists included influential community members such as Devin Johnson, known as ShotbyDJ, who is a film producer in the area. He has worked with many well-known rap artists in the music industry; entertainment Journalist Kim Brown, who has contributed to publications such as XXL, BET and the Charlotte Fashion Week; and the duo known as Dupp and Swatt, owners of a multipurpose creative space where people are encouraged to create in whatever way suits them.

The panel was exceptional and the students were eager with questions during the event. Students were given the realities of working in entertainment and the sacrifices that have to be made to be successful. Students were also given insight into professional etiquette, and what kinds of things employers seek in their employees. The event ended with students quickly approaching the stage to ask more questions.

There was a focus on mentoring during the event, and many of the students took down the information provided by panelists. Some of the panelists stated that they were more than happy to serve as mentors and it is expected that they are able to connect with the students. This was a successful event and many students are asking for another chance to pick the brains of some of the most influential people in the community–OnPointPress.net.

Jamaica’s Heroes’ Day celebrated with grand Berlin concert

Tenor Soloist, Steve Higgins, delighting the audience with his rendition of popular Jamaican songs. In the photograph are Honorary Consuls for Jamaica, Mr. Mirko Miljus, from Serbia (centre),  Mr. Joern Follmer, from Munich (second right) and Mr. Marian Valko (right) from the Slovak Republic.

Tenor Soloist, Steve Higgins, delighting the audience with his rendition of popular Jamaican songs. In the photograph are Honorary Consuls for Jamaica, Mr. Mirko Miljus, from Serbia (center), Mr. Joern Follmer, from Munich (second right) and Mr. Marian Valko (right) from the Slovak Republic.

The Jamaican Embassy in Berlin celebrated an early National Heroes’ Day on October 8, 2015, capitalizing on the presence in Germany of tenor soloist, Steve Higgins, the main performer at a reception/concert to commemorate the important historical day.

Her Excellency Mrs. Margaret Jobson gave brief remarks to an audience of approximately 150, comprising members of the Diplomatic Corps, Jamaica’s Honorary Consuls in Munich, Serbia and the Slovak Republic, the public and private sectors and the Jamaican community. In her address, she pointed to the significance of National Heroes Day and the contribution of the seven heroes in changing the course of Jamaica’s history.

Members of the Jamaican community in Berlin.

Members of the Jamaican community in Berlin.

On exhibition were mounted photographs of the heroes with brief biographical data on each. Two short videos, From Tainos to Morant and Discovery and National Heroes were shown during the cocktail hour before the concert. As the Jamaica Tourist Board co-sponsored the event, a short tourism promotional video showcasing the varied tourism product that Jamaica has to offer was also presented along with a display of collateral material.

Her Excellency Margaret Jobson (centre), Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany, is pictured here alongside Gregory Shervington (left), Jamaica Tourist Board Regional Director for Continental Europe based in Germany, and Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin staff members, Deniese Sealey, Counsellor and Troy Levy, Attaché, Accounts and Administration during the Heroes’ Day concert/reception held on Thursday, October 8, at the Jamaican Embassy in Berlin.

Her Excellency Margaret Jobson (center), Ambassador of Jamaica to Germany, is pictured here alongside Gregory Shervington (left), Jamaica Tourist Board Regional Director for Continental Europe based in Germany, and Embassy of Jamaica in Berlin staff members, Deniese Sealey, Counsellor and Troy Levy, Attaché, Accounts and Administration during the Heroes’ Day concert/reception held
on Thursday, October 8, at the Jamaican Embassy in Berlin.

The concert opened with drumming by Joseph ‘Blue’ Grant, a Jamaican singer, Songwriter and Producer who resides in Berlin. Mr. Steve Higgins gave a masterful performance, entertaining the gathering with songs of a wide variety of musical genres from traditional folk to classical. Also presenting some traditional dance moves were the Prime Time Dancers, a German dance group which specializes in Jamaican dance forms.

The Western Regional Foundation for Disabled Children/Westhaven Children’s Home was the beneficiary of donations from those attending the event. This charity will also receive the offering collected at the Embassy’s Independence Church service in August–OnPointPress.net–.