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.


Read more at: CNN

Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda Sunday, Monday

Six earthquakes affected Antigua and Barbuda between Sunday night and Monday morning, according to information received from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad.

The quakes, which struck between 11:12 Sunday night and 4:31 Monday morning, were reportedly felt throughout the island, in Barbuda and other neighbouring territories such as Montserrat and St Kitts and Nevis.

The biggest quake, which measured a magnitude of 5.8 occurred Monday morning at 1:23. (more…)

Small Plant, Big Impact: Powering Anguilla with the sun

Each day as the sun bathes the 35.14 square miles of Anguilla, there is one spot where perhaps its rays are appreciated as more than just the signal of another beautiful day in paradise. The four-acre spot stands out from the surrounding topography. The green scrub has been removed and replaced with blue and silver solar panels. This is the location where the Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd (ANGLEC) took its first step into the arena of renewable energy by constructing a one megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

There is strong renewable energy potential on the island, mainly from resources like solar and wind. ANGLEC CEO, David Gumbs, says the path towards incorporating renewable energy into the electricity generation process, and identifying the right energy source, was a long one.

“It is something that took a lot of learning and researching of the various technologies, particularly here at ANGLEC,” he said.

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Overcoming stigma of depression: let’s talk

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 7 April, 2017: Depression, one of the leading causes of disability, affects nearly 50 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean.  This disease is treatable, yet six out of every ten people who have depression do not seek or do not receive the treatment they need.

“This disease is a major public health problem that affects us all.  It does not discriminate.  It impacts people of all ages, from all walks of life,” stated Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales in observance of World Health Day.   The CARPHA Director went on to say “despite being so common and because of the stigma attached, people affected may hide it, not seek treatment or not talk about it.”

“Depression: let’s talk.” is the theme chosen for this year for World Health Day.  It calls attention to this serious public health concern and advocates for recognising and addressing the disease.  The goal is for more people with depression, everywhere in the world, to both seek and get help.  (more…)

A life well lived – CARICOM remembers Sir Cuthbert Sebastian

Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (Photo vis SKNIS)
Sir Cuthbert Sebastian (Photo vis SKNIS)

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has extended sympathy to the family of former Governor-General of St. Kitts and Nevis Sir Cuthbert Sebastian, and to its Government and People on his recent passing.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, in a message of condolence to St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. Timothy Harris, said Sir Cuthbert would be remembered not only for his extraordinary dedication to whatever tasks he undertook but for his mentorship of the youth, particularly to those in the medical profession.

“Sir Cuthbert’s full and fulfilling life was devoted to the people of the Federation, whether as teacher, pharmacist, medical practitioner, author or Head of State, in which latter capacity he served for 17 distinguished years,” the Secretary-General said. (more…)