Jamaican High Commissioner Opens Emancipation Exhibition in London

first_img Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Her Excellency, Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, opened an exhibition in London on Tuesday, November 5, marking the 175th anniversary of the 1838 Emancipation of African slaves in the British West Indies.The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society before touring the UK.It is the initiative of the Windrush Foundation and presents the stories of the men and women, including Jamaica’s National Hero, Samuel Sharpe, whose struggles for freedom across the British colonies helped to bring about the emancipation of millions of slaves.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult.“During this, the 175th anniversary of Emancipation in the Caribbean,  it (exhibition)  also reminds us that …emancipation was not the end as there were many more struggles to overcome such as discrimination, prejudice, and to gain basic human rights,” she said.High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba commended the Windrush Foundation for not confining the display to Black History Month in October, and also for taking it across the UK.“I am also very pleased that this exhibition … will run throughout the year and will tour the United Kingdom with a special focus on educating teachers about this important aspect of not just Caribbean but also British history. As a Jamaican, all of this is very familiar to me and so I am happy to see that this history is being brought to the wider British public in a very meaningful way,” she added.The Making Freedom exhibition celebrates those who resisted enslavement, those who fought to end it, as well as those in Britain, who worked to improve social, economic and cultural conditions in the Caribbean.It features more than 80 images from the Royal Geographical Society’s collections and includes a number of audio-visual experiences for visitors to delve deeper into individual stories.Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation, as well as the struggles for independence that ensued.The High Commissioner said the exhibition showed that the foundation was continuing its core ethos of promoting good community relations, while endeavouring to eliminate discrimination and making the general public aware of the contribution of African and Caribbean settlers and their descendants to Britain’s prosperity and heritage.Windrush Project Director, Arthur Torrington, said that the exhibition is breaking new ground in the way that the story of Emancipation is told. “It shows how the Africans were the agents of their own liberation,” he stated. High Commissioner Ndombet-Assamba said the exhibition reminds us that the journey to emancipation was long and difficult. Story Highlights The exhibition titled: ‘Making Freedom: Riots, Rebellions and Revolutions’, will run at the Royal Geographical Society. Visitors will learn about the unrests – such as Jamaica’s 1931 Christmas Rebellion – that ultimately led to emancipation.last_img read more

Jamaica Achieves all Targets in IMF Review

first_img The Mission Chief further said that non-borrowed reserves have been overperforming, adding that inflation is anchored in the Bank of Jamaica’s inflation target range of four to six per cent. Story Highlights Jamaica is virtually assured of an additional US$180 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), if needed, by meeting all quantitative targets and structural benchmarks in the second review.The review was conducted under its Precautionary Stand-by Arrangement (PSBA) with the multilateral institution for the period up to June 30, 2017.Head of the IMF’s Mission to Jamaica, which conducted the review over the past two weeks, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, says the provision, subject to the IMF Executive Board’s approval at its meeting scheduled for October, will bring the total amount of funds that Jamaica can access to approximately US$790 million.She was speaking at a joint Government of Jamaica (GOJ)/IMF press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister on September 14, where details of the review were outlined.Dr. Ramakrishnan noted that Jamaica’s economic programme continues to deliver strong results, which have been fuelling significant business and consumer confidence and increased job creation.Additionally, she said the central Government’s primary balance surplus has exceeded the programmed target by a “healthy margin”, due mainly to buoyant corporate income tax.The Mission Chief further said that non-borrowed reserves have been overperforming, adding that inflation is anchored in the Bank of Jamaica’s inflation target range of four to six per cent.Dr. Ramakrishnan said despite the impact of adverse weather conditions experienced earlier this year, the economy continues to rebound.She highlighted strong performances recorded in tourism, construction and manufacturing, as also further reduction in the unemployment rate to a seven-year low 12.2 per cent, coupled with a sustained expansion in the labour force, as positive out-turns in this regard.Dr. Ramakrishnan reiterated that growth for the 2017/18 fiscal year is projected to be approximately 1.6 per cent. This, she noted, is slightly lower than the forecast that was given when the initial review was conducted earlier this year, and was due primarily to the impact of the adverse weather conditions.“But in the medium term, we do expect growth to be about 2.5 to three per cent as Jamaica reaps the dividends from higher investment and higher productivity from all of the reforms that are currently ongoing,” she added.In his remarks, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, said Jamaica, with support from the IMF and other multilateral partners, has demonstrated “incredible and unbroken resolve” in its economic reform agenda.“We have many successes of which we can be proud; however, much remains to be done. Now is the time to recommit ourselves to the task at hand… of ensuring that we secure for future generations a Jamaica that is economically independent and can, one day, be a net contributor to the international community,” he said.For his part, Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the Government remained “firmly committed” to meeting and surpassing all targets under the PSBA, including debt reduction “and the ambitious reform agenda we have laid out”.The just-concluded review comes one month shy of a year since the three-year PSBA came into effect, replacing the Extended Fund Facility, which spanned four years. Jamaica is virtually assured of an additional US$180 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), if needed, by meeting all quantitative targets and structural benchmarks in the second review. Head of the IMF’s Mission to Jamaica, which conducted the review over the past two weeks, Dr. Uma Ramakrishnan, says the provision, subject to the IMF Executive Board’s approval at its meeting scheduled for October, will bring the total amount of funds that Jamaica can access to approximately US$790 million.last_img read more

Mbappé praises both of his attacking teammates of PSG

first_imgFrench wonder kid Kylian Mbappé was gracious even in a day when PSG won the match mostly thanks to him, he praised his teammates.We already know that there might be no stopping Kylian Mbappé from world domination throughout his career, he still has a chance to pull it off this season for PSG as the French giants qualified to the Champions League’s round of 16 in first place of their group.The youngster scored only once against Red Star from Belgrade this Tuesday, he also provided the first two assists to Edinson Cavani and Neymar during the match and paved the way for a comfortable 4-1 victory that got them that sweet top position.But even in a day when all the praise was mostly directed at him even from his own manager, Mbappé doesn’t seem to receive the attention too well and he prefers to have other players get most protagonism despite his incredible displays.Playing at the same level of performance that they proved they can deliver against Liverpool, that rocky start of the season might prove only as a bad memory that will be remembered with laughter when the current tournament comes to an end.For now, Paris Saint-Germain can feel relaxed because they did live up to the expectations and there is still a chance for them to actually get a great result by the end.These two… 🤩🤩 #FKCZPSG❤💙 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/Dkt5AIXy8G— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 11, 2018When the press questioned Kylian Mbappé, the most surprising aspect of the exchange he had with RMC Sport via Four Four Two was the kid’s maturity as he responded to the questions.Despite having finished the match as the most valuable player, he still wanted to commend his teammates.“We’re happy. We came to qualify. We responded to that. We’ll focus on the league and the domestic cups and resume the Champions League in February,” said Kylian after the match.“I don’t think the team’s improved; it’s more that we had a realization. We started performing and did what was asked of us. We asked questions of ourselves as individuals and as a team.”“You have to be able to speak frankly to each other. We did that and got our reward.” “I have the chance to play with two great players. When we play like tonight, it’s good for everyone,” he added.“They are players who have nothing to prove to anyone. Cavani is the leading goalscorer in the club’s history; Neymar is one of the best in the world.”“We have to go forward and look at what is ahead. We’re looking at the last 16 and we’ll see what happens in the draw [next Monday],” he concluded.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…Qualification 🔴🔵 @ChampionsLeague pic.twitter.com/877DfQFKlj— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) December 11, 2018In Kylian’s words we can already get a peek at the new PSG, one that has finally managed to connect the dots that were blurry at the start of the season between the main players.The problems between Edinson Cavani and Neymar seem gone, Kylian Mbappé knows his place in the squad but he still knows how valuable he is.Even the Brazilian player is already past his injury problems, this squad does seem prepared to face a bigger challenge when the time comes.With a little bit of luck in the draw, Paris Saint-Germain might just get the path they need in order to finally get far in the Champions League and have a shot at lifting their very first trophy in history.Kylian Mbappé should be a very important part of this process, as should his other two teammates were.But let’s not fool ourselves, the French youngster is the one who has that golden touch that the other two lack when the moment demands it.We all thought that Neymar was going to be the one who could follow the legacy of Messi and Ronaldo, but things are clearer than ever now.Mbappé is the man, the chosen one.Mission accomplished in Belgrade 💪❤️💙 #AllezParis #FKCZPSG pic.twitter.com/fYVEvBR9bg— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 11, 2018How far do you think Kylian Mbappé can take PSG in the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Jaguar Land Rover wants to pay you cryptocurrency for reporting road problems

first_img 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake: Capability and hustle combine Preview • 2020 Jaguar XE first drive: Even more reasons to consider the underdog Land Rover Jaguar Cryptocurrency Auto Tech Future Cars Tags Jaguar Land Rover Post a comment More From Roadshowcenter_img 2019 Jaguar XE SV Project 8 review: The lovable lunatic 0 Share your voice More about 2020 Jaguar XE S RWD Enlarge ImageIt might not be the most visually impressive tech, but who’s about to turn down free money? Jaguar Land Rover If you want somebody’s help, it doesn’t hurt to pay them. In an effort to create an ecosystem that can better prevent congestion and collisions, Jaguar Land Rover is willing to pay owners a little bit of cryptocurrency to grease the wheels.Jaguar Land Rover on Monday unveiled its Smart Wallet connected-car technology. While it’s still only in testing, the premise is pretty straightforward: Give JLR some important road information, and the automaker will repay you by depositing cryptocurrency into your car’s built-in “wallet,” which you can then use for a variety of purposes.Don’t worry — you’re not giving JLR access to your social security number. It’s not that kind of information the automaker is after. Rather, it wants you to report on road conditions, including traffic, potholes and bad weather. The idea is that, the more cars there are delivering this kind of information, the better JLR’s system can be at choosing routes that avoid all that nastiness. It’s part of the OEM’s desire to reach zero accidents and congestion — an admittedly high bar, but multiple manufacturers have expressed desire to see within our lifetimes.In exchange for that data, Jaguar Land Rover will give contributors a small chunk of crypto — Iota, specifically, which operates with a unique type of distributed ledger that’s different from the typical blockchain you might be familiar with. Those coins will live in the Smart Wallet until they’re used to pay tolls, juice up an EV or cover parking fees. The Smart Wallet can also be filled up using more conventional methods, too, although JLR didn’t dive too deep into the details.There’s plenty of time to hash out the specifics, because the system is just in the test phase for now. JLR is currently running cars with its Smart Wallet system at its software engineering center in Ireland. While it’s not a shoo-in for production, it’s a smart way to incentivize opting into vehicle-to-x communication, which does have the potential to save us all from daily commute frustrations.Originally published April 29, 7:37 a.m. PT.Update, 1:41 p.m.: Updated story to specify which cryptocurrency will be rewarded. 2019 Jaguar F-Pace SVR first drive: A magnificent beast, indeedlast_img read more

Goombay Spring Kickball Championship Sunday Is Soggy One

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comAs twilight gave way to nightfall at the end of the holiday weekend, Goombay’s coed spring kickball league drew to its conclusion July 7 at Tucker Road park.  The previous night’s torrential rains threatened to derail this version of championship Sunday for the rookie and intermediate leagues. However, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm of the teams and fans who were a part of the weekly gathering of sports and socializing with trophies, and another year of  bragging rights on the line.Twenty-four teams and more than 500 weekend warriors began the season in April and set up 20 games on the soggy football field, which had to be configured into two kickball areas so that both leagues could conclude their seasons.  Goombay faced two deadlines as they tried to finish the tournament before the park’s normal closing time, while the summer league is scheduled to begin in the District next weekend. An extension of the season could’ve wreaked havoc on the start, however, after discussing the situation with the captains of the teams and others, they decided to press on.Savage Shock won the 2019 Goombay Kickball Advanced League championship on July 7 at Tucker Road Park in Fort Washington, MD. (Courtesy Photo)“I walked through all the softball field and they were too wet to play on today,” said Goombay’s founder and league directory Butch Goodwin to the AFRO.  “I don’t believe in [postponing] games and rescheduling unless you absolutely have to. Once we considered all those factors we just decided let’s get it done today.”The configuration of the playing field saw outfielders looking into the infield with their counterparts positioned back to back as games were played simultaneously. A steady group of enthusiastic fans watched as 22 teams in two divisions battled in the single elimination format.  Approximately 350-500 fans lined the fences of the 100 yard amateur gridiron that was transformed into dual kickball diamonds.There was one difference between the  tournament and the intermediate playoffs.  Two “wildcard” entries qualified in a last ditch effort for a chance to compete for the title giving the 10 teams, who would have won as many as four games in one day, to win the championship.  Meanwhile, the top eight teams – based on regular season records – met for the right to compete for the big trophy. By nightfall, when the football lights took over, the intermediate tournament came to an end. Khaotic Money was looking for a sweep of both divisions but it wasn’t meant to be.In the finals Khaotic Money  was shocked in what was an entertaining and intense battle down to the wire.  Savage Shock got revenge for their 2018 loss in the intermediate championship game with a 5-3 victory to win this year’s title.  However, Game Changers ended the possibility for a championship for Khaotic Money by dominating them in the advanced division finals.  Game Changers scored early and seemingly at will. They cruised to a to an 11-3 win as Khaotic Money seemed to run out of energy in the finals.The Goombay kickball scene now shifts to the District for the summer leagues, which starts July 15.last_img read more