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Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Jamaica Diaspora US Conference to be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct 2 – 4, 2009.  Registration forms are due by Mon, Sep 7th, 2009. If you wish to register, please mail or fax your registration forms to the phone number and address on the registration form.  Registration forms may be downloaded here.

For more information please contact Nicola Barett at nicolabarrett@yahoo.com or Patrick Beckford at pbeckf01@yahoo.com

Friends of Trelawny to Stage 26th Annual Reunion Weekend in New York.
Derrick A Scott Washington DC

Plans are in high gear for the staging of the Friends of Trelawny Association Inc. (FOTA ) 26th Annual Weekend to be held May 23rd – 26th in New York .

The reunion which brings together members of the Trelawny community residing in the United States , Canada , United Kingdom and Australia this year will showcase the myriad of developments now occurring and those scheduled for later within the parish of Trelawny.

The weekend activities will commence with the annual Dinner/Dance on Friday, May 23rd at the Holiday Inn JFK in Jamaica , New York . U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Falmouth ’s mayor Junior Gager and Dr. Patrick Harris Member of Parliament for North Trelawny will be special guests.

On Saturday, May 24th Trelawny will be on display when FOTA will stage the Trelawny Expo & Symposium at the JFK Holiday Inn Grand Ballroom with its theme “Trelawny Sailing to Success” at 9:00 A.M.

Tourism Minister Ed Barlett will declare the Expo officially open. According to this year’s Expo director Paul Earle, the hotel ballroom will be converted into a Jamaica/Trelawny exhibition center. Mr. Earle outlined that the displays will include The Hampden Wharf Development, Harmony Cove, Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Trade & Invest (JTI), Elmira Duncan’s Bay Housing Development, Grace Kennedy, Western Union , and Jamaica National. Mr. Earle also emphasize that the committee is still accepting additional exhibitors, who he say will have an opportunity to showcase their products and business opportunities to the expected large turnout of not only Jamaicans, but other interested investors who are invited by the organization.

Later that afternoon, Jamaica Trade and Investment will hold a Trade and Investment seminar. Panelist will include Minister of Tourism Ed Bartlett, will highlight the government’s approach to the development and the role of the Jamaica Diaspora; Scotia Bank Group of Jamaica CEO Bill Clarke, will offer his assessment from the private sector and how his company will play a pivotal role in future developments; Famouth’s Mayor Junior Gager, Member of Parliament Dr. Patrick Harris, and representatives from the Port Authority.

The weekend will come to a close on Sunday, May 26th with the staging of the 26th Annual Trelawny Reunion Picnic at the Rockland County State Park in Nyack , New York . The picnic is said to be the largest gathering of any group of Jamaicans residing overseas. Last year the State Park police estimated over 6000 persons were in attendance. According to the chairman of FOTA Patrick Beckford the picnic is expected to attract just over 8000 former residents and friends of Trelawny.

For more information folks can email: pbeckford@fotaus.org, pearle@fotaus.org or via phone Derrick Scott (202) 316 -9262 and Tomlin Anderson (347) 581-2320.

The Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States proudly presents “Shaping Our Future: One Aim, One Destiny.”

This free, one day Jamaica Youth Forum, geared toward South Florida high school and college students, seeks to enlighten and engage our young leaders in discussion relevant to their success in the U.S. and abroad. Registration is free and is now available online at http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum.

The Forum will be held at the University of Miami on Saturday, April 12, from at 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s events will be streamed LIVE on the internet and will be broadcasted at http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum/live.

Engaging forum discussion topics include Making an Impact, Building Relationships, and Cultural Identity and a dynamic welcome address will be provided by Mr. Ricardo Allicock, Consul General of Jamaica, and Attorney Marlon Hill.

“As an immigrant community adjusting to life in the United States, we face unique challenges and issues. This Forum is intended to expose these issues not only for the young people, but also for the parents and caregivers. Technology will help to broaden the conversation to a wider audience in the Diaspora,” stated Marlon Hill, Jamaican Diaspora Advisory Board Member for the Southern United States.

Noted panelists will include Dr. Lloyd Cohen, President of the Jamaican Association of Miami-Dade Educators, David Mullings, Co-Chair of Jamaica Youth Forum and CEO of Realvibez Media, Dr. Percy Ricketts, Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Scott Hamilton, FIU Student advisor and mentor, and Kelliann McDonald, founder of the Jamaican-American Student Association (JAMSA) at the University of Florida.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided courtesy of community partners such as Jamaica National, Dr. Jarrett’s Wellness Center, and Western Union/Grace Kennedy.

“We are now in full immersion of an internet generation. We have a great opportunity to share this conversation on important issues both here in the United States and abroad. We welcome all interested parties to register online and attend the Forum,” added Mr. Mullings.

All interested parties are invited to contact the host committee at jamaicayouthforum@gmail.com, or visit http://www.realvibez.com/jamaicayouthforum to register online.


ABOUT THE DIASPORA: The Jamaican Diaspora includes all Jamaican nationals and persons of Jamaican heritage, their family and friends, who reside overseas around the world, including the Southern United States. The Jamaican Diaspora Movement is a historic opportunity to unite and galvanize all Jamaicans, their talents, resources, and potential throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and around the world for the benefit of their local communities and the future development and support of Jamaica.

For more information on the Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States – Call: (786)349-2584 in the U.S. ● (876) 621-0102 in Jamaica ● Facsimile: (786) 551-0785 or Email: info@marlonhill.com.

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Former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to be honored at Caribbean American Heritage celebration in Northern California

Oakland, CA –The Northern California Caribbean American Heritage Month Committee and the Kerosene Lamp Foundation will host the second annual Caribbean American Heritage Month Celebration at the City Hall Rotunda on June 10th at 3 p.m. The Most Honorable P. J. Patterson, ON, PC, QC, recently retired Prime Minister of Jamaica will deliver the keynote address: “Caribbean American Global Leadership: Our Time, Our Vision, Our Role” and in tribute will be presented with the Caribbean American Legacy Award.

In 2006 the White House signed legislation championed by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) designating June as national Caribbean American Heritage month. Lee proclaimed “Their history is interwoven with ours and should be recognized and celebrated.”

Percival Noel James Patterson affectionately known as “PJ” is suitably qualified to be honored given his commitment, work and impact in the Caribbean region. He served as Head of Government of Jamaica for fourteen unbroken years or four consecutive terms, an unprecedented record in Jamaican electoral history, before retiring from active politics in March 2006. He remains the most enduring and successful democratically elected global leader who is of the African Diaspora and specifically emerges from the Caribbean.

He served as chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for four terms and lead the Regional Body toward the enrichment of the Caribbean jurisprudence through the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice.
He was instrumental in establishing the mechanisms that resulted in the evolution of the Caribbean Free Trade Area into CARICOM; And in the crafting of the Grande Anse Declaration which established the framework for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy.
He chaired the CARICOM Prime Ministerial Sub-Committee on External Negotiations since its inception and is credited for developing a unified negotiating position of CARICOM countries in the International arena.
He served as Chair of the Group of 15 developing nations (G-15), Group of 77 & China (G77)

Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations will be held all across the country. The Northern California Celebration will be held at the Rotunda Building at City Hall, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, California 94612 on Sunday, June 10, 2007, 3:00 – 6:00 pm. The reception promises to be an intimate evening celebrating local, national and international individuals with special Legacy Awards to Congresswoman Barbara Lee, The Most Honorable PJ Patterson and Dr. Claire Nelson. Local community awards will also be given to Val Serrant and Jackie Artman and tributes will be paid to Shirley Chisholm and other notable leaders. This event is sponsored by CBTV1, Jumbi Productions, Beaumont and Associates and the Jamaica Association of Northern Calfornia.

For more information contact: Shorron Levy @ (510) 382-1400, caribheritagemonth@gmail.com or Darrin Thurman @ (510) 910-4038, dloft45@hotmail.com.