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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Logic of working together must continue – Ken Gordon

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Mr. Ken Gordon (Photo via St. Lucia News Online)

(Montego Bay, Jamaica April 15, 2017)- Kenneth Gordon, veteran media mogul from Trinidad and Tobago, delivered a riveting and insightful lecture at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the UWI Western Jamaica Campus’ annual public lecture on 11 April, 2017.

Under the theme ‘Get It Together: The Role of Media In Caribbean Integration’, Mr. Gordon said, “the logic of working together must continue, as unlike 1961 when the Federal experiment was politically driven now the links are being driven between Caribbean People and their organisations. People who today know more about each other than they did 56 years ago”, shared Gordon.

The event which was chaired by President of the Western Jamaica Media Association, Janet Silvera, was also the avenue through which the book, ‘A Guide to One Caribbean’ was launched. This book contains information on 16 English Speaking Caribbean countries. The content includes: national symbols, Language, Geographic Location and more. A download of the entire book compiled by the final year Communication Analysis and Planning (CAP) class is available on the schools online news page at wjc.insider.com. (more…)

More than 50% of electricity demand to be supplied by renewables – Jamaica

Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)
Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw (left), greets Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Ambassador Masanori Nakano, during Wednesday’s (April 12), signing ceremony for the implementation of a $348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’ at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston. (Photo via Jamaica Information Service)

The Government is projecting that within two years, more than half of Jamaica’s electricity demand, totalling nearly 700 megawatts will be generated from renewable  sources.

According to Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, this is based on the Government’s “aggressive” approach to fuel diversification resulting in over 200 megawatts  of renewable energy already being supplied to the national power grid.

He was speaking at a signing ceremony at the Ministry on April 12, for the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) implementation of a three-year J$348.9 million (¥300 million/US$2.7 million) grant-funded technical cooperation energy efficiency project that will benefit Jamaica and three other Caribbean countries.

Mr. Shaw said approximately 120 megawatts  of the 200 megawatts  are being generated by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant in Montego Bay utilizing Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), following its recent upgrade at a cost of over $2 billion.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service

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…)