In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

“We express our solemn contrition for our participation in slavery, and the benefit our institution received. We cannot hide from this truth, bury this truth, ignore this truth. Slavery remains the original evil in our republic, an evil that our university was complicit in.” – President, Georgetown University, John DeGioia
(CNN) There is wide gulf, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the “slaveholding religion of this land.” One is “good, pure and holy,” the other corrupt and wicked, the “climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds.”

“We have men-stealers for ministers, women-whippers for missionaries and cradle-plunderers for church members,” Douglass wrote in “Life of an American Slave.”

For Douglass, as for other African-Americans, the sin of slavery was intolerable; the complicity of Christians unforgivable.

On both counts, the Jesuit order, one of the Catholic Church’s most powerful group of priests, (Pope Francis is a member) was guilty. In the United States and elsewhere, the Society of Jesus owned and sold slaves.

 

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Well done Grenada – Jamaican Sports writer commends successful international track meet

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Grenadian track star Kirani James

“…the people of Grenada deserve a pat on the back for bringing the world home to their new 7,000-seat stadium. It’s a bold step forward. The athletic payback is the inspiration Kirani will be for young Grenadians who saw him run in person for the first time.

The bigger, more regional payback could come if a well planned and scheduled Caribbean track and field circuit could arise.

Hubert Lawrence, Jamaica Gleaner writer, has made notes from trackside since 1980.

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CARICOM heightens preparation for UN oceans Conference

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CARICOM Secretariat – Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are heightening their preparations ahead of the United Nations (UN) Conference on the sustainable use of the oceans (SDG14), scheduled for June 5-9 in New York.

CARICOM Member States and the CARICOM Secretariat participated in a forum from 29-31 March 2017, in Jeju, Republic of Korea, as the Community continued to enhance its capacity to adequately respond to the complexity of issues surrounding sustainable oceans governance.

The Meeting, hosted by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), was organized by UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). It drew extensive representation of SIDS throughout the hemisphere, experts from capitals, embassies and Permanent Missions to the UN in New York. (more…)

Importance of sport discussed as CARICOM SG, FIFA President meet in Georgetown

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Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA), Mr. Giovanni Infantino, agreed on the importance of sport to youth development and to society as a whole.

Mr. Infantino paid a courtesy call on the Secretary-General on Tuesday at the Georgetown, Guyana, Headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat.

Ambassador LaRocque informed the FIFA President that sports persons were among the original categories under the free movement of skills regime of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The Secretary-General said that sports was valuable as a social investment which could assist in channeling the youth towards positive endeavours and as a means of instilling discipline. It could also provide a career path, the Secretary-General added.

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UPDATED: PM Mitchell pushes collaborative approach to development of high quality statistics

 

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Prime Minister of Grenada, the Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell is on a mission to solicit increased support for the development of quality statistics.

His mission comes in the wake of the approval of the CARICOM Statistics Action Plan last year, and as part of efforts to advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Prime Minister, who is CARICOM’s Lead Head of Government with responsibility for Science and Technology, laid out his vision and plans Wednesday during an address to the PARIS21 Annual Board Meeting held in Paris, France.

Statistics, he said, had become an indispensable tool in the democratic process of countries, in all facets of society and in the development of sectors and industry. (more…)