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Jamaican High Commissioner Calls For Halt To Deportations From UK until the Home Office has published its investigation into the Windrush scandal.

The Jamaican High Commissioner to the United Kingdom has called for a suspension of deportations to Jamaica until the Home Office has published its investigation into the Windrush scandal.

Seth George Ramocan - File photo
At an emotional meeting of relatives of people who were deported to Jamaica earlier this month, held at the Jamaican High Commission in London, the high commissioner Seth George Ramocan said he was particularly concerned about the deportation of people who had lived in the UK since they were children and also the removal of parents who had young children living in Britain.
Listening to stories he described as “heart-rending” from families of those deported, the high commissioner said he was concerned about the “dignity and the human rights of the individuals earmarked for deportation”.
“If these are people who have lived here since they were children, they have no connection, no relatives, no one to take care of them in Jamaica, then this for me is a human rights matter,” Ramocan said.
“It is not just the people who are being deported, it is their children, it is their families. Are we acting intelligently, are we creating another set of problems when we do that?”
The high commission had called a meeting of about 45 relatives of those deported and also those who were still detained in immigration removal centres having escaped deportation, to hear their accounts of how people had been put on a charter flight earlier this month.
The high commissioner was hoping to understand the details of how the Jamaicans had been treated, as part of an investigation, to inform a discussion with the Jamaican government about how they cooperate with the Home Office on future deportations.
Initially, there was a list of 50 people scheduled to be on the February flight, which the home secretary said included murderers and rapists.
In the days and hours before the flight, about 20 people were given a last-minute reprieve and only 28 men and one woman were deported.
Half of those flown to Jamaica had drug convictions, while one had committed a dangerous driving offence.
Source: The Guardian 

IN JAMAICA: 14,400 more persons employed as at October 2018 — STATIN : This brings the total employed to 1,219,700 (~1.22 Million)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The total number of employed persons increased by 14,400 to 1,219,700 as at October 2018, relative to the corresponding period in 2017.
Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr
Wayne Henry (centre), addresses the PIOJ's quarterly media briefing
 on Wednesday (February 20) at the agency's head office
in New Kingston. Listening (from left) are Senior
 Director for the Institute's Economic Planning, Research
 and Policy Logistics Division, James Stewart; and
 Project Manager, Foundation for Competitiveness
and Growth, Melvin Smith. 
This is according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Labour Force Survey for the month, which shows the out-turn reducing the annual average unemployment rate to 9.1 per cent, the lowest recorded since 1968.
The findings were outlined by Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) Director General, Dr Wayne Henry, during the PIOJ's quarterly media briefing at the Agency's head office in New Kingston yesterday.
Dr Henry said the survey showed that eight of the 16 industry groups recorded higher employment levels.
These include real estate, renting and business activities, up 9,700 persons; hotels and restaurants, up 5,400 persons; other community, social and personal services activities, up 4.700 persons; and mining and quarrying, up 3,500 persons.
Meanwhile, Dr Henry said the monthly unemployment rate recorded for October 2018 stood at 8.7 per cent, 0.3 percentage points higher than the July out-turn.
The figure was, however, 2.8 percentage points lower than October 2017. Despite the slight increase, the director general said male, female and youth unemployment recorded declines for the period.
The female unemployment fell by the largest margin – 2.9 per cent – to 11.2 per cent; the rate for males declined by 0.9 per cent to 6.4 per cent; while youth (14 to 24 years) unemployment fell by 0.5 percentage points to 24.9 per cent, relative to October 2017.
Dr Henry indicated that Jamaica's labour force for October 2018 comprised 1,335,300 persons. This, he pointed out, was a decrease of 10,700 persons compared with October 2017.
The October 2018 out-turn reflected an increase of 10,600 in the number of persons outside the labour force, which outweighed the natural decrease in the working age population (14 years and older) by 100 persons.
Dr Henry said among the reasons cited for the increased number of persons outside the labour force were 6,900 more persons who indicated that they 'did not want to work', 3,700 more who said they were 'staying home with dependents', and another 1,400 who advised that they were 'at school full-time'.
“The unemployed labour force amounted to 115,600 persons, which was 25,000 fewer persons compared with October 2017,” he pointed out.
— JIS

Florida man charged with wife's murder in St Elizabeth, Jamaica...his wife 49-year-old Moy-Lyn Williams-Topping

Thursday, February 21, 2019
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Detectives in St Elizabeth have charged 53-year-old Henry Topping, an analyst of a Florida address, with the murder of his wife 49-year-old Moy-Lyn Williams-Topping at her home in Seaview district, St Elizabeth.
Reports are that about 6:45 am last Friday, Williams-Topping was leaving her home in her motor vehicle when she was shot by her husband.
She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. The husband was arrested and formally charged with murder yesterday.
He is to appear in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Monday.

Jamaica's Tourism minister projects 41,000 new jobs by 2022 (JIS)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

ST JAMES, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, is projecting that the tourism sector will provide 41,000 new jobs by 2022.
Regional Manager of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB),
Odette Dyer, delivers the keynote address on behalf of
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, at the Hyatt Hotels'
 Eminence Staff Awards at Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Rose Hall Resorts,
St James, on February 19. 
“During the course of 2019, an additional 1,005 rooms are slated to come on stream. When you consider the ratio of 2.3 employees per room, that's an additional 2,300 workers, and this number does not include people like your bar staff, pool and beach attendants and several other categories of workers,” the minister added.
Bartlett said that come 2020 and beyond, Jamaica will witness the largest growth in hotel rooms ever with the construction boom, pointing out that the expansion of current hotels and the construction of new ones will add another 18,157 rooms.
“Using the average employee-to-room ratio, that's another 41,000 jobs,” the minister argued. In the meantime, Bartlett said the Government will continue its thrust to train Jamaicans to be able to capitalise on imminent employment opportunities.
“We have partnered with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to have hospitality training in tertiary and high schools, and that's why we have the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) to certify all categories of tourism workers. While we train for employment, I want to see Jamaicans benefiting more from tourism by taking control of the supply side of the industry. Jamaicans must invest in themselves by investing in the industry,” the minister emphasised.
The tourism industry directly employs over 117,000 Jamaicans, while generating indirect jobs for another 250,000 Jamaicans....

NEWS BREAK CNN (2/20/19): Trump in the hot seat. Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 08:  Robert S. Mueller III, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) on August 8, 2013 in New York City. The ICCS, which is co-hosted by Fordham University and the FBI, is held every 18 months; more than 25 countries are represented at this year's conference.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Washington (CNN)Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans.
The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation.
The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.
The scope and contours of what Barr will send to Congress remain unclear. Also unclear is how long it will take Justice officials to prepare what will be submitted to lawmakers.
    But with President Donald Trump soon to travel overseas for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Justice officials are mindful of not interfering with the White House's diplomatic efforts, which could impact the timing. more
     

    Bill Cosby, 81, moved to general unit at Pennsylvania prison

     Thursday, February 07, 2019

    COLLEGEVILLE, Pennsylvania (AP) — Bill Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault in Pennsylvania.
    This April 18, 2018 photo shows Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual
     assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown.
     Cosby has been moved to a general population unit as
    he serves three to 10 years in prison for sexual
     assault in Pennsylvania. 
    The move last week came after the 81-year-old actor spent about four months in special housing as he acclimated to SCI-Phoenix in suburban Philadelphia.
    Cosby, who is legally blind, now has a single cell in a two-story unit at the newly built prison in Montgomery County. Other inmates are assigned to help him throughout the day, given his age and disability, state prison spokeswoman Amy Worden said.
    Inmates there can spend several hours a day in the gym or exercise yard, and other time in the library, classroom, day room or visiting area. They have a sink and toilet in their cells, and are allowed to keep a TV or tablet there if they buy them.
    Inmates at Phoenix are awakened at 6:00 am and back in their cells by 8:45 pm. The prison conducts seven head counts each day, Worden said.
    A jury last year convicted Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home in 2004. He is appealing the conviction. His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday.
    High-profile inmates — including the rapper Meek Mill and ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky — are often placed in special housing initially for their own safety, Worden said. Cosby was in a single cell near the infirmary with a private day room. Cosby, a Philadelphia native, rose to fame in the 1960s as the first black actor to star in a primetime television drama with the hit show, "I Spy." He became known as "America's Dad" for his portrayal of family man Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked "Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992.
    Dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault or misconduct over a 50-year span, including five who testified at his retrial last year. Cosby and his lawyers and agents have repeatedly called the encounters consensual.

    Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson Dead At 83 Robinson is still the only player to win MVP in both leagues.

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    Frank Robinson
    Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson Dead At 83
    Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson died Thursday after battling a long illness, according to MASN in Baltimore. He was 83 years old.
    Known for his elite talent and intense demeanor, Robinson became a central figure in advancing Major League Baseball’s integration of black players after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947.
    Robinson exploded on the scene in 1956 and for the next six decades established a legacy that’s second to none. That includes becoming MLB’s first black manager in 1974.
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    Frank Robinson
    On the field, Robinson was a history maker as well. After signing with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953, he faced a tough road filled with racist taunts and death threats. It’s a road Robinson not only overcame, but conquered en route to producing one of the greatest careers in MLB history.
    Robinson is still the only player to win MVP in both leagues, earning National League honors with the Reds in 1961 and the American League award with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966. At age 20, he was voted NL Rookie of the Year after hitting a then rookie-record 38 home runs. He went on to make 14 All-Star game appearances, and currently ranks tenth on the all-time home run list with 586.