Peru climate talks

Indi Mclymont Lafayette (right), regional coordinator for Panos Caribbean, in discussion with Clifford Mahlung, coordinator for capacity building with the Alliance of Small Island States, at the Peru climate talks on Wednesday. (Photo: Petre Williams-Raynor)

Panos Caribbean\'s Regional Director shares lens time with Amerindians from Lima,Peru

Panos Caribbean\'s Regional Director shares lens time with Amerindians from Lima,Peru. Panos is one of the civil society organisations attending the United Nations Climate talks in Peru. The talks end on December 12.

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Energy among discussion points at meeting between Jamaican minister and Diaspora

Arnaldo Brown, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, with Jamaican students after the Diaspora engagement session at the Jamaican High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Arnaldo Brown, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, with Jamaican students after the Diaspora engagement session at the Jamaican High Commission in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

ENERGY was among the issues addressed by Jamaica’s Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown, when he met earlier this month with the Jamaican Diaspora in Trinidad and Tobago.

The occasion was an event hosted by His Excellency David Prendergast, the Jamaican High Commissioner in Port of Spain, at Jamaica Place.

The gathering, which included Jamaicans studying at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine or residing in Trinidad and Tobago, followed the recently concluded 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, held from June 13-18 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The State Minister engaged nationals in a lively Q&A segment on not only energy but also topics such as the economy, foreign direct investment and Jamaica’s improved ranking on the ease of doing business index, fielding questions on agriculture, manufacturing, security, education, information and communication technology and the logistics hub.

“Jamaica’s foreign policy and the realisation of Vision 2030 necessitate the building of a sustainable and meaningful partnership with its Diaspora,” Brown noted.

He further recognised the significant contributions made by Jamaican nationals overseas over the years, through their support in the areas of health, education, social intervention programmes and remittances, among others.

Delita McCallum, Counsellor at the High Commission, delighted the audience with an entertaining skit. Attendees were also treated to Jamaican fare prepared by a Jamaican national operating a restaurant in Port of Spain. A registration desk was set up to facilitate registration with the High Commission.

The State Minister was on an official visit to chair a two-day United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals for the Caribbean Within the Post-2015 development agenda, followed by the 17th Meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC).

For more information, contact:
High Commission for Jamaica
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: 1868-622-2232
Fax: 1868-622-9043

Panos, FES make history: NGOs publish climate change book that caters to the blind

A pleased Valerie Francis (centre), acquisitions librarian at the national library, joins authors Judith Wedderburn (left), of FES and Petre Williams-Raynor, of Panos, in showing off their new book “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States” — a legal deposit of which was made to the library earlier this year. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

A pleased Valerie Francis (centre), acquisitions librarian at the national library, joins authors Judith Wedderburn (left), of FES and Petre Williams-Raynor, of Panos, in showing off their new book “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States” — a legal deposit of which was made to the library earlier this year. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

PANOS Caribbean and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) have made history, collaborating to produce a braille publication on climate change that is the first legal deposit of its kind to be made with the National Library of Jamaica.

The publication — titled “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States” — documents the vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities to natural disasters, while exploring how men and women are differentially affected.

Authored by multi-award winning journalists and communication professionals Indi Mclymont Lafayette and Petre Williams-Raynor, both of Panos, together with development professional Judith Wedderburn of the FES, it also provides insight into existing legislative and policy frameworks that address issues of climate change, gender and persons with disabilities.

The 44-page book shares, too, lessons learnt from the Panos project titled “Increasing the disaster response mechanism for persons with disabilities in Portmore, St. Catherine, Jamaica via a pilot early warning system”, which was completed this year.

Staff members at the National Library of Jamaica get firsthand knowledge of the braille copy of the new book titled “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States”. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

Staff members at the National Library of Jamaica get firsthand knowledge of the braille copy of the new book titled “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States”. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

“We are particularly pleased and excited about this legal deposit of a publication; it is not just a publication to put in the library but is contributing to another set of persons we can serve — persons with disabilities,” said a beaming Valerie Francis, acquisitions librarian at the national library.

Importantly, she noted, it is also a historic move and one that other creators should mimic.

“As far as I know, it is the first braille publication that I have got at the national library. But I know there is no fear of contradiction that since the Legal Deposit Act came into being in 2004, this is the first publication in braille,” Francis said.

Authors of the new book “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States” Judith Wedderburn (left), of FES, and Petre Williams-Raynor (right), of Panos Caribbean, along with Kevin Bushay, systems administrator and coordinator of services to the blind at the National Library of Jamaica, are all smiles as they show off the print and braille copies of the new book. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

Authors of the new book “Climate Change, Gender and Persons with Disabilities in Small Island Developing States” Judith Wedderburn (left), of FES, and Petre Williams-Raynor (right), of Panos Caribbean, along with Kevin Bushay, systems administrator and coordinator of services to the blind at the National Library of Jamaica, are all smiles as they show off the print and braille copies of the new book. (Photo: Radcliffe Morgan)

Members of the blind community have given their stamp of approval to the new publication.
“The fact that the library is excited about having it there means that it is not just tokenism… It means that people are buying into the fact that persons with disabilities have rights, including the right to information,” noted Executive Director of the Combined Disabilities Association Gloria Goffe.

Rae Town fishers bear the burden of pollution

BY LOVELETTE BROOKS

Freelance Journalist

 

 

KINGSTON, Jamaica. 16 September 2014 — It is early Saturday morning and Rae Town Fishing Village is teeming with fishermen, their weather-beaten features evidence of long, rough, hours at sea, pull in their haul for the day. 

 

Roland, aged 65 and a fisherman for most of his life, is among the lot. However, he is not pleased with his intake. Over the years, his catch has steadily grown smaller and he fears his livelihood is at stake.

Caribbean agricultural entities looking to strengthen disease surveillance systems

The article below is a production distributed through Panoscope, a series of Panos Caribbean. It is made freely available to your media and we encourage publishing and redistribution, giving credit to Panos Caribbean. We
appreciate feedback.
For further information contact: Indi Mclymont/Petre Williams Raynor, Panos Caribbean. Tel: 920-0070-1, E-mail: jamaica@panoscaribbean.org

 

Caribbean agricultural entities looking to strengthen disease surveillance systems

-learning lessons from Chikungunya and Ebola

By Indi Mclymont – Lafayette, Journalist

 

Paramaribo, Suriname. October 10, 2014 – Paramaribo, Suriname. Several regional entities at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture are discussing ways to work together to strengthen the Caribbean’s disease surveillance systems especially those related to animal and human contact at a time when the region battles Chikungunya and the threat of Ebola.

Young Jamaican team wins AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest at 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture

And the winner is… Node420, from Jamaica. The team’s ICT application, also called Node420, offers real-time weather analysis and automatic yield forecasts for farmers. The AgriHack Talent Caribbean contest, organised by CTA and partners, came to a close during the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture, held this week in Paramaribo, Suriname. The winning teams designed agricultural apps that can forecast crop yields, improve pest management and put farmers in touch with market outlets.

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