Jamaica takes part in Pretoria’s GRULAC

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Children participate in the Film Festival.

The Jamaican High Commission in Pretoria participated in the 2016 Film Festival hosted by the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries with Diplomatic Representation in South Africa (GRULAC).  The Festival was held from Thursday,October  6 to Sunday, October 9 at the Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences in Centurion, South Africa.

Jamaica, the only English-speaking country of the 10 participants this year, screened 3 short films from the JAMPRO/JAFTAPropella Initiative.These films, “Origins”, written and directed by Kurt Wright, “Shoot the Girl”, written by Anthony Hendriks and directed by Natalie Thompson, and “Shock Value”, written and directed by Adrian Lopez, were shot on location in Jamaica with a 100 percent Jamaican crew, 100 percent Jamaican talent, and 100 percent Jamaican production service companies.

Children perform at the festival.

Children perform at the Film Festival.

High Commissioner, H.E. Cheryl Spencer, used the opportunity provided by the Festival to promote the work of the Jamaican Film Commission and highlight Jamaica’s award winning participation in International film festivals to date. She indicated that the High Commission would be working to facilitate the participation of the South African film industry in the 2017 Jamaica Film Festival.

Throughout the festival, and prior to the screening of the Jamaican films, patrons were able to view a short promotional video highlighting the country as a venue for film production and showcasing the many popular films which have been shot on location in Jamaica over the years. The Jamaican contribution to the Film Festival was very warmly received as evidenced by the enthusiastic response at the end of the film presentation and the many questions which High Commission staff received  from patrons before and after the screening.--OnPointPress.net

Brooklyn BP donates $500,000 to Southside United H.D.F.C for senior housing

 

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $5000,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office's One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. "Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim," the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures isa 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.

(L-R): Southside United HDFC-Los Sures Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepts a donation of $500,000 on behalf of the organization from Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, on Thursday, October 13. The presentation was made at a press conference convened by the Borough President as part of his office’s One Brooklyn initiative. the donation will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY. “Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will not, be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said in making the donation. Southside United HDFC-Los Sures is a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to residents of north Brooklyn.-Photo by Montserrat Diaz.

Brooklyn, NY:  On Thursday, October 13, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams convened a press conference at a neighborhood church in Crown Heights, where he donated $500,000 to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures, a 44-year-old nonprofit with a long history of providing affordable housing to the residents of north Brooklyn.

Southside United HDFC Executive Director Mr. Ramon Peguero accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. The donation was made as part of the Borough President’s One Brooklyn Initiative and the funds will be used to develop Rheingold Senior Housing units in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

“I am humbled and grateful for this donation to Southside United HDFC-Los Sures. We take great pride in creating affordable housing for the residents of North Brooklyn and it is encouraging to have the work of the organization recognized and supported by the Borough President,” said Mr. Peguero. “I look forward to continuing the work to ensure that more housing units are available to residents who need them.”

“Every New Yorker deserves a safe place to raise healthy children and families, and the unlawful over-charging of rent cannot, and will, not be permitted to be an obstacle to that aim,” the Borough President said. “I will continue to pursue all avenues to advance the welfare of tenants in our borough, particularly those being abused or harassed by unscrupulous landlords.”

During the press conference, donations were made to other faith-based organizations with a goal of building a total of 154 housing units throughout Crown Heights in 2017, thereby creating the largest energy-efficient housing development in Brooklyn while ensuring enhanced affordability.

“As this community changes and Brooklyn becomes popular, the popularity must turn into prosperity for every Brooklynite who was here during the difficult years. I’d like to say we were here before Starbucks. We should stay and buy Starbucks,” Borough President Adams said.–OnPointPress.net—

 

Jamaica’s AG, outstanding Manning’s alum, honored

Jamaica's AG Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte.

Jamaica’s Attorney General Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, Q.C., M.P. J.P., will be honored by the New York Chapter of her alma mater’s alumni association, the MPSA-NY, on October 12, 2016 at Eastwood Manor in the Bronx.

9/26/2016, NY: Jamaica’s Attorney General, Hon. Marlene Malahoo Forte, will be the guest of honor at the Manning’s Past Students’ Association New York Chapter’s (MPSA NY) 28th Anniversary Reunion Ball.

Manning's students will benefit from the proceeds of the fundraiser.

Manning’s students will benefit from the proceeds of the fundraiser.

“We are very thrilled that Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, a proud former head girl of Manning’s School, will be serving as our guest of honor,” said Kevin K.O. Sangster, Outgoing MPSA NY President.  “Having had a distinguished legal career at both the Bar and Bench and having contributed meaningfully to the governance process in Jamaica, the AG has a wealth of knowledge and insights that our attendees will find highly valuable.”

Outgoing MPSA-NY President Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. and the executive team, have worked tirelessly to organize the event.

Outgoing MPSA-NY President Kevin K.O. Sangster, Esq. and the executive team, have worked tirelessly to organize the event.

In what is expected to be a night of fun and revelry for a good cause, the ball will feature a Caribbean buffet with a little international flair, an open bar and music provided by DJ Andrew with Jugglaz International. The event will take place at 8:00 p.m., on Saturday, October 15 at Eastwood Manor, located at 3371 Eastchester Road in the Bronx, NY.

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An early bird rate of $85 per person is available until September 30, 2016 and $90 per person after that date.  Proceeds will benefit Manning’s School in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

The MPSA NY, over its 28-year history, has been an active source of support for the school, organizing numerous fundraisers and making significant donations to ensure that the school’s rich legacy of academic excellence will endure.

To purchase tickets for the events, please call Anton Tomlinson at 917-541-3348 or 718-287-9366.--OnPointPress.net–

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--.

 

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—

Caribbean films showcased in annual ADIFF festival

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The African Diaspora International Film Festival, ADIFF 2015 is being held from November 27 through December 13 in three venues in Manhattan: Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas, MIST Harlem and Teachers College, Columbia University. The selection of films include many featuring the Caribbean. The Caribbean is a reservoir of talent in many areas and, as time goes by, the Caribbean presence in films is more and more remarkable. The 23rd African Diaspora International Film Festival will showcase, as is its tradition, a selection of good films coming from the Caribbean and about its people.

The Black British Film Program has a selection of four films about the presence of Black people in the UK with a very strong Caribbean flavor in front and behind the camera.  Let The Music Talk by Yvonne Deutchmann is a 1981 musical documentary never screened in the USA before. It tells the story of black music in Britain, from the calypso of Lord Kitchener arriving on the SS Windrush in 1948, gospel choirs, griots from Grenada, steel pans in schools and at the Notting Hill Carnival, jazz, Afro-rock, soul-funk with the Real Thing, reggae with Misty in Roots and Eddy Grant.

The Story of Lovers Rock by Menelik Shabazz, a favorite of ADIFF, tells the story of Lovers Rock as a musical genre and gives a voice to the Caribbean descendant people who created that music and culture in the UK. Honeytrap by Rebecca Johnson plays out as a tragedy. It tells a story of fifteen-year-old Layla (Jessica Sula – Skins), a beautiful and naive Trinidadian girl who, freshly arrived from her native land, quickly embarks on a journey of love, sex, hip hop and violence.

Second Coming by Debbie Tucker Green is an emotional and intimate drama about a woman in a London family who faces a dilemma with her husband (Idris Elba) and the tensions and communication issues associated with her situation. Other films in the festival have a Caribbean flavor including NY premiere and festival centerpiece “Cu-Bop: Cuba – New York Music Documentary” by Japanese filmmaker Shinishi Takahashi. Separated by an ocean, two Cuban jazz musicians continue to perform in spite of the difficulties they face. César López is recognized as Cuba’s premier saxophonist, having founded his landmark jazz band, the Havana Ensemble, in his native country.

The gifted young pianist Axel Tosca lives in New York City, the leader of (U)NITY, a band which fuses Afro-Cuban culture with modern jazz and hip-hop. With this documentary for all music lovers, first-time filmmaker Shinichi Takahashi explores the African roots of Cuban jazz and documents what happens when expats return to the source of their inspiration. The screening will be followed by a concert with Axel Tosca and his band. Shot in Haiti and Bangladesh, A Journey of a Thousand Miles tells us a story of two countries that are embarked in a mutual discovery of sorts. A contingent of Muslim, Bangladeshi police women is deployed in Haiti to serve as UN Peacekeepers to maintain peace after the 2010 earthquake. We then learn, as the camera follows three of these Muslims women, about life in Haiti and Bangladesh and the challenges faced by the population in both countries.

Black / Nowa, a “Hood” film set in Montreal, Canada that chronicles the lives of four people – including several youths of Haitian descent – living in a neighborhood plagued by poverty and violence, aspiring to freedom and happiness. Sand Dollars by Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas is a film from the Dominican Republic submitted to the Oscar competition in the foreign film category. Sand Dollars is the story of Noeli (Yanet Mojica) whose love affair with Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) a woman double her age, is a rare subject in films.

For more information about the 23rd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival e-mail pr@nyadiff.org. Festival web site: www.nyadiff.org–OnPointPress.net–

 

 

Oakland nonprofit hosts inaugural event giving students laptops

 

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Students are able to complete projects on the go with laptops.

Oakland, CA, November 8, 2015 – Oakland-based nonprofit Andrew Fluegelman Foundation, which was established in 2011, purchased over 50 new MacPro laptop computers for deserving college-bound students from the Oakland area. To raise funds for more computers and computer skills training, the Foundation is hosting its first annual Oakland Holiday Reggae Party & Fundraiser on December 6, at Kingston 11 Cuisine, 2270 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA 94612. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

“We want to send more of these future community leaders off to college with new laptops,” said Fluegelman Founder David Bunnell, “because having a personal state-of-the-art laptop levels the playing field for students who otherwise have to share library computers.”

Student proudly hold her laptop.

Student proudly hold her laptop.

The foundation also offers students free computer skills training and visitations to leading technology companies including Google and Twitter. Tickets for the event cost $100, which can be purchased at reggaeparty.brownpapertickets.com. The event will feature live reggae entertainment from Ryan the Operator & Reggae All-Stars, dancing, sweet & savory Jamaican treats, complimentary champagne and valet parking.

The Andrew Fluegelman Foundation was established in the memory of our friend, Andrew Cardozo Fluegelman. The high tech genius was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney, best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the shareware business model for software marketing. He was also the founding editor of both PCWorld and MacWorld magazines, and leader of the 1970’s New Games movement, which advocated the development of noncompetitive games.

Fluegelman, who died in 1986, believed that owning a personal computer can permanently change a person’s life for the better. In keeping with his vision, we award new MacPro laptop computers to college-bound minority students based on need, achievement, and a commitment to a better tomorrow. A link to the application for the 2015-2016 school year will be available in January, 2016 on our Facebook page: facebook.com/AndrewFluegelman.–OnPointPress.net–