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

Michael J Fox Martin Short to receive Governor Generals lifetime award

first_imgTwo Canadians who hit the big time in Hollywood will be honoured in Ottawa this year with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.Michael J. Fox – star of Family Ties, Spin City and the Back to the Future films – and Martin Short – formerly of SCTV and Saturday Night Live – are among the laureates announced Thursday by the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Foundation, which this year marks the 25th anniversary of the awards.Other laureates include Quebecois film and TV director Jean Beaudin, the National Arts Centre’s Brigitte Haentjens, and First Nations indigenous writer, director, filmmaker and actor Yves Sioui Durand. “The 2017 laureates are among the world’s finest and best-loved performing artists,” reads a statement by Simon Brault, director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. “As Canadians, we are extremely proud of them and share in their success as they reflect Canada’s boundless creative spirit and its enduring impact on audiences around the world.”Fox, 55, was born in Edmonton and raised in Burnaby, B.C. He moved to Los Angeles at 18, where he landed the role of Alex P. Keaton on the long-running sitcom Family Ties. The Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning actor was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991, which he made public in 1998. Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more