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Coast Guard terrorize Jamaican fishermen
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced that it will be
suing the United States Coast Guard on behalf of four Jamaican fishermen
who were held for five weeks in 2017 on suspicion of smuggling
Jamaican fishermen went missing after setting out for sea from the
village of half Moon Bay. However, their quest for tuna and snapper was
supposed to last about two days. But, it was not’til five weeks later
the men re-emerged in Miami, covered in burns and blisters, according to
ACLU alleges that the US Coast Guard officers had snatched them off
their boat on suspicion of marijuana smuggling, then held them at sea
for more than a month, shuffling them among various vessels en route to
the US to face trial.
board the Coast Guard subjected the men to the most brutal treatment.
The Coast Guard
was operating under some flagrantly
arbitrary policy in which they stop boats in international
waters, search them and their crew for drugs, destroy boats, and detain
crew members for prolonged periods of time in inhumane conditions,
regardless of whether any drugs are found aboard.
in this instance, the Jamaicans were forced off their boat at gunpoint
and brought aboard the Coast Guard vessel, the Confidence. Then they
were stripped naked and forced to wear a thin white overall. Then the
ship’s officers chained each of them by one of their ankles to metal
cables that ran the breadth and length of the ship’s deck. Thirty men
were already detained at the bow. All were dressed in the same white
coveralls, and chained by one of their ankles to the metal cables
affixed to the deck.
night fell, the Jamaicans, still chained to the deck, watched in
disbelief as a Coast Guard officer fired a flare at their boat. The boat
burst into flames and then sank after Coast Guard officers riddled its
hull with bullets.
remain ankle-chained to Confidence’s bow for four days, and were freed
from the cable only to relieve themselves in buckets or over the side of
the ship. Their only protection from the elements was a plastic
tarpaulin hung over them.
officers chained the fishermen up on decks exposed to the
elements—even while sailing straight through Hurricane Maria—fed
them little, and denied them contact with their loved ones.
they finally reached a US courtroom, they were never convicted of a drug
crime, since the ACLU says no drugs were ever found on the boat. They
pleaded guilty to lying to investigators because, according to the suit,
their attorney told them it was the fastest way to get home. They were
sentenced to ten months in prison and deported.
ACLU argues that indefinite detentions of the kind it says its clients
suffered are inhumane and illegal.
What an outrage! Jamaican fishermen or any other non-American
fishermen, must live in fear that any time they venture out into
international waters to put food on their table, the US Coast Guard may
pounce on them and subject them to weeks of horrible abuse because of
their suspicions. I hope
these fishermen receive a multi-million dollar settlement, but even that
is not enough. The Jamaica government should raise this issue in the UN
or the International Court of Justice. How will Jamaican fishermen live
under such a dire threat of US Coast Guard piracy?
Jamaicans get justice in an American court against the mighty US Coast
Guard? Often innocent black American citizens shot by police do not get
justice here. I am not
optimistic and especially with the environment created by the racist
continue calls for end to US embargo against Cuba
Secretary Gneral of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque, has called on the United States to lift the “unwarranted economic embargo and sanctions” against Cuba. He was dddressing the 22nd meeting of the Council for Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR),
Jamaica PM Edward Seaga dies
Philip George Seaga, Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and
longest-serving Member of Parliament, has died. He
died on his 89th birthday in a Miami hospital where he had
been receiving treatment for cancer and related complications.
was the last surviving framer of the Jamaican constitution.At the age of
29, the former prime minister became the youngest person to be nominated
to the Legislative Council (later the Senate) where he served for two
years before he became a Member of Parliament until his retirement in
even after his retirement, he remained active in the public arena, and,
later that year, was appointed as a Distinguished Fellow of the
University of the West Indies (Mona), whose Research Institute had
earlier been named in his honour.
2008, he was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the University of Technology,
Jamaica and two years later he became the institution’s second
chancellor after his predecessor, Lord Morris Handsworth, retired.
lifelong sports enthusiast, the former prime minster was chairman of the
Premier League Clubs Association, one of Jamaica’s governing football
bodies, from its inception until 2010.
also served as president of the football club of his former West
Kingston enclave, Tivoli Gardens.
May 15 when Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited Seaga in Miami, he
enquired about Jamaica’s football programme and was updated by the
Sports Minister Olivia Grange.
was born on May 28, 1930 in Boston, Massachusetts, while his Jamaican
parents were on a visit to America. When he was three months old, he was
brought to Jamaica by his parents.
obstacle -Social media posts required for US visa
new mandatory requirement set by the racist US President Donald Trump
for applicant for US visas has gone into effect as of May 31.All
applicants must disclose all the social-media platforms they have
visited in the last five years, along with their user names. Beware
because these social media include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Incredibly, this means that in order to just visit the US for a mere
week , will depend on not only what you may have written on social media
but also what you may have read!
US claims it is for the sake of national security, but already
applicants for immigrant visas have to undergo a detailed background
check, Obviously it will have a “chilling effect” on free speech.
immigration attorney based in the United States (US) Walker Huntington
commented critically that::.
it’s for national security and you are asking for my screen name on
Twitter so you can go back and look at all my tweets that I have done
and whether or not I have been critical of the administration, the
question is how far is too far, and is what I’ve said going to make me
ineligible for a visa?”.
any applicant who has been critical of the present racist US President
Trump online in the last five years, forget it. On the other hand if you
want to enhance your chances, say how wonderful Trump is. Is there no
limit to this egomaniac?
listed as world's fastest growing economy
The world's second largest stock market NASDAQ, has named Guyana as
the fastest growing economy in the world.
In a report, NASDAQ said that with a projected growth rate of 16.3
per cent during the four-year period 2018-2021, Guyana is the fastest
growing economy in the world.
NASDAQ says that with a GDP size of US$3.63 billion (2018 Rank: 160),
a growth rate of 4.1 per cent in 2018 and 4.6 per cent in 2019, Guyana's
economy is expected to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9% in 2020 and 2021
The report added that Guyana is a middle-income country that has an
abundance of resources.
The report also pointed to the ExxonMobil discoveries in Guyana and
the income that will come to the country when oil production begins next
Exxon is expected to start producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per
day from the Liza Phase 1 development next year and the country is
projected to be among the world's largest per-capita oil producers by
banks lose J$4 million monthly to cyber theft
The 2018 Financial
Stability Report, published by the Bank
of Jamaica found that banks in Jamaica are the victims of an average
of about two cyber attacks every week, and in a single month,
cybercriminals stole J$10 million. Average losses total a little more
than $4 million per month. According to David Noel, the president of the
Jamaica Business Association and the president and CEO of Scotia Group
Jamaica, for the banks impacted, the situation represents significant
loss, and they are making efforts to work with law enforcement
authorities to protect their customers’ privacy, which is a critical
matter. The Bank of Jamaica views the issue as a growing problem and is
considering new rules to manage the risk. Between January and September
of 2018, 62 counts of internet banking fraud occurred in Jamaica,
with total losses reaching J$38.2 million. This amount represents J$4.2
million per month on average. The data came from the 2018 Financial
Stability Report, which is the most recent data available.
threatens Caribbean beaches
Fisheries Ministers is urging urgent action to address the ongoing
Sargassum scourge, as well as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU)
fishing—two of the most pressing challenges responsible for
multimillion-dollar losses to the regional economy.
Sargassum, a brown-colored seaweed that reeks when it decomposes, is
predicted to wash up en masse on Caribbean coasts beaches this year.
call came at the recent 13th Regular Meeting of the Ministerial Council
of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) in St Kitts and
Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and
Fisheries, Floyd Green, spoke of the problems that Jamaica has been
facing due to IUU fishing by vessels from countries such as Honduras,
Nicaragua and Venezuela. Jamaica has had to extend the close-season for
the Queen Conch fishery indefinitely, due to the adverse effects of IUU
fishing on stock abundance.
FIFA vice-president Warner loses $120 million lawsuit
United States District judge has found disgraced former FIFA
vice-president Trinidadian Austin “Jack” Warner in default, in a
US$20 million lawsuit brought against him by CONCACAF. Judge William F
Kuntz entered judgement against Warner, who is facing extradition to the
US in a separate criminal case.
who is also former president of the North American, Central American and
Caribbean football confederation, is accused of taking millions in
bribes and kickbacks. It is alleged that Warner and fellow former FIFA
official Chuck Blazer made a fortune through embezzlement.
never responded to the lawsuit by CONCACAF after he was served with it
in October 2017. Kuntz granted CONCACAF’s motion for default judgment
against Warner, with no opposition, as he was unrepresented in court.
The lawsuit, filed in April 2017, mirrored allegations in the US
indictment that resulted in charges against several top football
Jamaica NEPA urge students and teachers to protect birds
National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) engaged
primary-school students and teachers in the protection of shore and
water birds ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity (IDBD)
on May 22.
70 students from 12 primary schools in the Ministry of Education Youth
and Information's Region 6 participated at a sensitisation session at
the Mount Nebo Primary School and Baptist Church in St Catherine on May
Senior Public Education Officer, Ava Tomlinson, said that the
session included “a
presentation to the students to show them how their solid waste, in
particular plastics, impacts our marine environment”.
in attendance also received training and certification in the Cornell
University Ornithology Laboratory's Bird Sleuth Programme, administered
Bird Sleuth Programme engages children in scientific study and real data
collection. It is supported by a kit of resources and materials to
support scientific inquiry by the students, enabling them to increase
their knowledge and interest in nature and science.
ranked 8th on 2019 World Press Freedom Index
has been ranked Number 8 on the World Press Freedom Index for 2019
compiled by Reporters Without Borders. While it retains its status as
one of the countries that most respect freedom of information and the
press in the world, the ranking is two places lower than that attained
in 2018. In 2018, Jamaica was ranked sixth on the index. This was the
highest rating for a country in the Caribbean region since 2002 when the
index was first compiled.
index has been tabulated since 2002 and measures the level of media
freedom in 180 countries around the world. The measurements include
pluralism, media independence, environment and self-censorship, legal
structure, transparency, and quality of the infrastructure that supports
news and information production. The index does not assess government
policies. Results are determined on the basis of scores assigned to each
nation, which are calculated from answers given on a questionnaire
presented in 20 languages and completed by experts around the world.
Norway, Finland, Sweden, The
Netherlands, and Denmark, respectively, were ranked Numbers 1 through 5
for press freedom on the 2019 index. Replacing Jamaica at Number 6 in
2019 was Switzerland, followed by New Zealand at Number 7. US fell two
positions to 45.
Caribbean destinations achieve marine protection goals ahead of schedule
Caribbean countries and territories were recognized for their early
achievement of the ambitious marine protection target they committed to
when joining the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).
CCI 20-by-20 Conservation Goal challenges members to conserve and manage
at least 20 percent of their marine and coastal environment by 2020.
Dominican Republic led the list of early achievers with approximately 75
percent of its marine area under protection, followed by St Kitts and
Nevis (50 percent), the US Virgin Islands (44 percent), Puerto Rico (27
percent), and Haiti (23 percent).
CCI is an innovative platform uniting government, the private sector and
partners, such as funding agencies and NGOs in a collaborative movement
to conserve and sustainably manage the Caribbean’s marine and coastal
in 2008, the CCI aims to incentivize Caribbean governments to meet their
marine conservation objectives and to support them by catalyzing new
funding and accelerating meaningful action. It also works to create more
prosperous and stable economies, achieved through sustainable
development and growth, to help ensure a more secure future for the
challenges Phillips for PNP leadership in Jamamca
Central Manchester Member of Parliament, Peter Bunting, ended months
of speculation by confirming
that he will challenge Dr. Peter Phillips for the leadership of the
81-year-old Peoples National Party. Bunting, an investment banker and
former party general secretary, The next general election is due in
Perry still scratching out hits
83 years old, Lee “Scratch” Perry is the oldest person to make the
Billboard Reggae Albums chart since its inception in 1994. He earns a
career-best number two place with Rainford, a nine-song set.
legendary producer/artiste, known for his work with The Wailers, Junior
Byles and Junior Murvin, has made the chart 13 times. Rainford
was released by On-U Sound on May 10. Perry, a Grammy winner, has
developed a massive following in Europe and the United States with his
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