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Hilary Beckles calls reparations for slave decendants

Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has renewed the call for reparations valuing £76 billion be paid to the descendants of enslaved people of the Caribbean by former European slave-trading nation, Britain.
“The £20 million that they paid to the slave owners should have been paid to the enslaved. We have to make a claim to that money. We have an entitlement to that £20 million that was paid in 1834 (which) today values £76 billion,” he said.
Professor Beckles made the call while speaking on the topic ‘Faked Emancipation, Insincere Independence, Reparatory Justice: A 21st Century Paradigm for Economic Growth’ at a symposium held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge, University of the West Indies, on October 11.
The Professor, who is also Chair of the CARICOM Reparation Commission, further suggested that the Caribbean’s bilateral debt should be offset against the £76 billion.
He argued that the entire Caribbean domestic debt should be capitalised and turned into a grant for social investment in democracy development.
“In other words, the British left us to clean up the mess. When Jamaica became independent, 70 per cent of the Jamaican people could not read or write. They became independent and yet three quarters of them could not read or write and the British said go and develop,” he said.
Professor Beckles informed that this resulted in massive illiteracy, little or no infrastructure, among other things.


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“The result is that the Government of Jamaica, like other governments, had to spend millions and billions of dollars to build schools and health systems and that is one of the social democracies that have to be repaid,” he said.
Furthermore, Professor Beckles is calling for the creation of a Caribbean Sustainability Fund. “We need a fund, a Marshall Plan to help to clean up this mess that we inherited, that we have been trying to clean up; but we cannot do it by ourselves, because we did not create it, and despite our best efforts, it is overwhelming us,” he said.
“Britain needs to be brought to the table to discuss the process of reparation, and if we can take this conversation to the higher level and make these demands… then these should become the basis of a summit,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director, Centre for Reparation Research, Professor Verene Shepherd, in a message said the discussions are anchored within the context of history, human rights, the right to development, ethical and moral obligation, legal justification and political responsibility in the postcolonial age, looking at government responses to reparation and comparing different national/transnational political contexts.

Anthony B – Limited Appearances in the Pacific Northwest

Veteran reggae artiste Anthony B is set for six appearances on the west coast USA starting October 27 to November 6, 2016.

Anthony B tour dates are as follows;

Thursday, October 27, 2016rfg
Moe’s Alley
1535 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Phone: (831) 479-1854

Friday, October 28, 2016
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel
777 Casino Way, Blue Lake, CA 95525
Phone: (877) 252-2946

Thursday, November 3, 2016
The Capitol
190 NW Oregon Ave, Bend, OR 97701
Phone(541) 678-5740
Tickets: 1 & 2

Friday, November 4, 2016
Hawthorne Theatre
1507 SE 39th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Phone: (503) 233-7100

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Columbia City Theater
4916 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
Phone(206) 722-3009

Sunday, November 6, 2016
HiFi Music Hall
44 E 7th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
Phone(541) 636-3292

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Ready for Rio says Grange


Jamaica is ready for the Olympics, says Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange.

She was speaking with JIS News at the inaugural staging of the Racers Grand Prix held on Saturday (June 11) at the National Stadium in Kingston.

The international track and field event, organised by the Racers Track Club, attracted some of the world’s leading athletes.

“I think tonight is just awesome. We have the best athletes in the world tonight and the best athletes in Jamaica and we have had an excellent turnout. What this means is that we are ready for Rio,” she said. Continue reading Ready for Rio says Grange

Karisma Hotels and Resorts’ Mega Hotel Project Now Ready to Proceed

KINGSTON, Jamaica; June 16, 2016:

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has announced that the largest single development of hotels in Jamaican history, being undertaken by Karisma Hotels and Resorts, is now ready to proceed as the hotel chain has signed the relevant documents to move forward with the development.

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Jamaican dancehall, hip hop and reggae artiste, Sean Paul, will conduct his first tour for 2016 between March 11 and 30 in Canada.sean paul rocking

The tour dates and places where Sean Paul will perform include: Videotron Centre on March 11; Rousseau Arena, Boisbriand on March 12; Olympia Theatre, Montreal in Quebec City on March 13; Orchid Nightclub, Toronto on March 15; Club 77, Hamilton on March 16; Guelph on March 17, London Music Hall, London on March 18; Roxy’s & Tonic Nightclub, Thunder Bay on March 20 in Ontario; Reign Nightclub, Winnipeg on March 22; Houston’s Nightclub, Brandon in Monitoba on March 23; O’Brian’s Event Centre on March 25; Conexus Arts Centre, Regina in Saskatchewan on March 26; Cowboy’s Nightclub, Calgary on March 27; Ranch Roadhouse in Edmonton on March 28 and Club NV in Fort McMurray in, Alberta on March 30.
“We’ve enjoyed working with Sean Paul for years and are thrilled to bring him back to Canada,” explained PDP Entertainment Group Representative, Pratik Ruparell.
According to the globetrotting star, he is excited about this upcoming tour. He said he always looks forward to performing for Canadians, because they understand the positive messages he tries to communicate through his music, and the settings at the upcoming locations will allow him to literally touch his fans.
“I have always had a great time in Canada. I have family there. In addition to that, they were the first international territory to big
up my career before I broke internationally with songs such as Gimme The Light in 2002,” Sean Paul said in a recent interview.
He further stated that Canada was like a second home to him. In 2002, it was the country where he began working extensively

 with a team of producers and choreographers from Toronto, namely Jae Blaze and Blaze Entertainment. They assisted him greatly in getting his singles globally recognized.
Sean Paul performed at the Montreal International Reggae Festival and Toronto Reggae Festival in August 2014. He recently participated in the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) in Paris
 which featured world leaders and environmental activists from around the world.
Before touring Canada, Sean Paul will perform in Tel Aviv, Israel on January 23, 2016.