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CONGRATULATIONS : Jamaica's Abrahim Simmonds named Queen’s Young Leader 2017....He will travel to London to receive the coveted award from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. This award was first presented in 2014 to PALAS's Dr. Nicole Nation of Jamaica.

Sunday, December 04, 2016     

Twenty-two-year-old Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of the Jamaican Youth Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism (JAYECAN), is among 60 young people from across the Commonwealth who have been selected to receive a prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
Abrahim Simmonds, co-founder of Jamaican Youth
 Empowerment through Culture, Arts and Nationalism, has
 been named among the 2017 cohort of Queen’s Young Leaders.
The awards recognise and celebrate exceptional young people aged 18 to 29 in the Commonwealth who are driving change within their communities and transforming people’s lives. Now in its third and penultimate year, the 60 young people announced on Wednesday become part of the growing network of influential young change-makers who are coming together and being supported to become an even greater force for good. They will receive their award from Her Majesty The Queen at a ceremony in London next year.
This year, award winners are leading projects tackling global issues, including education, climate change, gender equality, mental health, and disability equality. Simmonds has been chosen in recognition of his work using the arts to help develop the skills of young people. His group JAYECAN helps young people to identify a skill or talent that they can use to help the community and create programmes which use the arts to drive positive change. These include ArtReach, where volunteers visit children’s homes and rehabilitation centres to provide music, art and drama sessions; and Herstory, which encourages young women from disadvantaged communities to use the spoken word and writing to help them to explore their past.
“I am excited to receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and look forward to gaining new skills in areas of leadership, research and planning,” Simmonds said.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Awards programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief, The Royal Commonwealth Society, and the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education, in recognition of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. Each year for four years, 60 young leaders receive bespoke training, mentoring and networking opportunities, and take part in a week-long residential programme in London to empower them to build on the work they are leading in their communities which is changing the lives of others for the better. more

PORTIA SIMPSON-MILLER TO STEP DOWN AS PNP PRESIDENT : Tears for Portia Two replacement names confirmed so far as Simpson Miller announces plans to step down

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com  Monday, December 05, 2016     

Two names have already emerged as potential leaders of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) following yesterday’s emotional announcement by President Portia Simpson Miller of her intention to step down.
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Portia Simpson-Miller
Businessman Peter Bunting and political economist Dr Peter Phillips have confirmed that they will seek the top post in the 78-year-old institution, but the name of medical practitioner Dr K Wykeham McNeill is also expected to be thrown into the hat as well.
Opposition Leader Simpson Miller yesterday announced at the meeting of the party’s highest decision-making body that she will not be seeking re-election as leader of the PNP at the annual conference next September — adding fuel to the growing disunity within the party. There were clear signs of conflict within the party yesterday at the National Executive Council meeting, held at the Cedar Grove Academy in St Catherine, as Simpson Miller’s loyalists and disgruntled members from Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna’s St Ann South Eastern constituency hurled abuse at Hanna and Bunting in particular. Hanna, a former Cabinet minister, had been at odds with executives of the PNP, including Simpson Miller, something which intensified during the recent local government election.
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Crowd Chaos
The loyalists also lashed out at others who they felt did not support Simpson Miller.
The angry supporters chanted “No Lisa, no Bunting!” periodically during the meeting and refused to stop when asked by other members. They could also be heard chanting at the end of the meeting.
“We no waan nobody weh a fight against wi prime minister. She affi work fi dis like how Portia wuk. Weh she hear bout; she think dis a beauty contest?” one supporter told the Jamaica Observer.
Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna listen to the deliberations
 at yesterday’s NEC meeting in St Catherine. (Kenyon Hemans)
Another woman who identified herself as a delegate from Hanna’s constituency said: “The people of South East St Ann don’t want Lisa. She create history down there; she mek Labourite a rule Moneague and from I born till now Labourite never win down there yet,” she said in reference to the shock loss suffered by long-standing PNP Councillor Lloyd Garrick in the Moneague Division of the St Ann Parish Council.
While some people were clear that they would not be support Bunting and Hanna in any quest to lead the party, others could be overheard saying that the campaign is on for Peter Phillips. One woman even got into a public tracing match with prominent attorney-at-law K D Knight, who served as campaign director for Hanna in the vice- presidential contest that ended in defeat for her last September. more
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BIG TROUBLE WITH PRICKLED CHINA : Trump Camp Scrambles To Play Down Taiwan Call After Beijing Lodges Complaint... Pence: ‘Tempest In A Teapot’... ‘Media-Driven’... Conway: ‘Just A Phone Call’... Campaign Has Not Reached Out To China... Trump Organization Denies Reports Of Taiwan Hotel Development... ‘China Will Regard This As A Deeply Destabilizing Event’

President-elect Donald Trump’s team insists it’s not a big deal that he spoke directly with Taiwan’s president, breaking with years of delicate foreign policy precedent and leading to the Chinese government lodging a complaint over the matter with the U.S. 
Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the Trump campaign had “not to [his] knowledge” reached out to China following the outcry. He told host Chuck Todd that he “wouldn’t expect” a call this week, either.
“To be honest with you, the waters here seem like a little bit of a tempest in a teapot,” Pence said, arguing the media had stirred up any controversy.
“I think most Americans and frankly most leaders around the world know this for what it was,” he said. “And it’s all part and parcel. I think you’re going to see in a President Donald Trump a willingness to engage the world but engage the world on America’s terms.”
On Friday, Trump tweeted that he had spoken to the “president of Taiwan,” who had called “to wish me congratulations on winning the Presidency.” Pence and Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway both said Sunday that the call came from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen. 
But what may sound like just a phone call was a split with longstanding U.S. policymeant to protect relations with China, which considers Taiwan part of its country. The U.S. government recognized China’s claim in 1979, and does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan as part of a “one China policy.” For this reason, a U.S. president or president-elect has not, at least as known to the public, spoken with a leader of Taiwan in more than 35 years. more

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IN JAMAICA (CONGRATS) : Ten young people selected as Governor General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI) ambassadors for positive social change

Thursday, December 01, 2016     

TEN young people have been selected as ambassadors for positive social change under the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative (IBI).
The IBI is a service-oriented programme, which emphasises youth upliftment, positive family values and education.
The 2016 IBI ambassadors were installed at a luncheon held Tuesday at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (second left) interacts with
 I Believe Initiative ambassadors (from left) Daren Miller, Odayne
Haughton and Tishawna Mullings, at a luncheon held Tuesday
 at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston.
In his address, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen said the initiative, which has gained national recognition and increased popularity since its inception in 2013, is testament to the active participation of youth in nation-building through social change. “Since the launch of the I Believe Ambassadors programme three years ago, nearly 200 ambassadors from across Jamaica have been inducted on the basis of the various activities they conduct, and because of the inspiration and passion they have to serve their fellow men and participate in the development of this country,” he said.
The governor general pointed out that the young people are doing their part to inspire individuals and build stronger communities.
“Many of our I Believe ambassadors are involved in other social and service programmes and I want to encourage you to use those platforms to help increase the IBI’s visibility and national identity,” he said.
Sir Patrick commended the new ambassadors for their selfless service and encouraged them to continue to contribute to social reform through their projects. more