Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Unite to protect women and children, PM’s wife urges
MEMBER of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural and wife of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Juliet Holness, is urging Jamaicans to unite to protect women and children.
In a release from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, Holness said she is shocked by the “brazen and gruesome nature” of the recent incidents of violence against women and children.
“As a wife and mother, I am shocked at what is happening in my country and I want it to stop. This fight will never be won on an individual basis, it calls for collective action. This calls for a commitment of all Jamaicans —teachers, pastors, members of the security forces, the business community, everybody — to report these instances of violence,” she stated.
Holness said she is happy that the Joint Select Committee of Parliament to review laws to protect women and children has recommenced. She also urged Jamaicans to speak out against violence against women and children…
Little Known Black History Fact: Captain Gail Harris
Captain Gail Harris fought through racism and sexism in becoming the navy’s first black and female intelligence officer. Not content with being a symbol, Harris took her job seriously, earning the respect of her peers while becoming the highest-ranking black woman in the navy at the point of her 2001 retirement.
Harris was born in East Orange, New Jersey on June 23, 1949. She was inspired to join the service after watching the war film, “wing and a prayer” with her army veteran dad. She graduated from Jersey’s Madison University in 1971 and joined the Navy.
While in officer school, Harris was made a test subject for an intelligence program. In 1976, this after enduring hardships, she made history when she was named an intelligence officer in japan. Three years later, she became the first female and black instructor of the armed forces intelligence training center in Colorado.
Harris’ 2009 book, “a woman’s war,” details her dynamic story.
Congresswoman warns Trump’s immigration ban may extend to the Caribbean
NEW YORK, United States (CMC) —Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has warned that US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring entry to the US for the predominantly Muslims nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen may extend to the Caribbean.
“I am concerned that he could expand that if we don’t organize and push back now,” Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, told an emergency meeting of the Muslim community in her Brooklyn district on Sunday night.
“We know that in the Caribbean region there is a very healthy Muslim population from Guyana, to Trinidad, to Jamaica across the board; and so, we have to make sure we come together,” added the representative for the predominantly Caribbean 9thCongressional District in Brooklyn.
On Saturday, Clarke denounced Trump’s executive order, signed the day before, which halts most refugee admissions to the US for at least four months, except for people who are religious minorities in their nation of origin, effectively preventing many refugees from the Syrian Civil War – the majority of whom are Muslim – from entering the US…