#diGDiaspora: Photos from Soft Launch for Zierlich International Dialysis Centre, UK

The soft launch of the Zierlich International Dialysis Centre took place at the Jamaica High Commission, hosted by JAMPRO’s European Regional Manager, Laurence Jones. Andre Nelson, CEO of the Centre, and Dainty Cowell, Renal Specialist Nurse, explained that the Centre was also a holiday resort for people in need of dialysis treatment and care. Making his first official speech since taking his position as the High Commissioner of Jamaica to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan was in attendance at the event. Here are photo highlights.

Attendees at the soft launch for the Zierlich Dialysis Centre.

From left: Former Mayor of Lambert, Lloyd Leon, MBE; Paul Harrison, Pk Media; and Darren Ferguson, at the soft launch. Ferguson spoke about his five kidney transplants. He is the only person in the world who has had five and is still alive. He is also a second-generation Jamaican.

Former Arsenal and England professional football player, Sol Campbell (right), shows his support at the soft launch of the Zierlich International Dialysis Centre. He is seen here talking with the new High Commissioner of Jamaica to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan.

High Commissioner of Jamaica to the UK, His Excellency Seth George Ramocan

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Two childen among 3 shot dead, other injured
  2. Bye-Bye Obama
  3. Ja leaders salute Obama
  4. Constables shot as detainee tries to disarm one
  5. Ja records first Zika-related microcephaly
  6. Investigators probe cause of Peter Abrahams’ death

1. Two children among 3 shot dead, others injured

Two children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Bye-bye Obama

They’ve all completed the packing and the boxes have been moved out. The staff has handed in those items belonging to the State, even the BlackBerry phones that they were using for the past eight years. Teary-eyed goodbyes have been said in the final moments before America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, walks out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ja leaders salute Obama

Some of Jamaica’s most eminent leaders share their views on Obama’s exit from US presidency. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Constables shot as detainee tries to disarm one

Two police constables were last night rushed to hospital after they were shot while taking a detainee into custody at the Coral Gardens Police Station. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ja records first Zika-related microcephaly

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that Jamaica has recorded its first case of microcephaly, believed to have been caused by the Zika virus infection. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Investigators probe cause of Peter Abrahams’ death

Communications Officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says investigators are still uncertain about the cause of death of veteran journalist and political commentator, Peter Abrahams. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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#Infographic: By The Numbers: The JCF’s Crime-Fighting Statistics 2016

How did the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) shape up in the fight against crime in 2016? Here are some statistics, as presented by acting police commissioner Novelette Grant, in her press briefing on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Impact on Gangs

Operational Activities

Guns & Ammunition

Murder Clear-Up & Arrests

 Lottery Scamming

Praedial Larceny

Narcotics

Traffic

Trafficking In Person/Intellectual Property Crimes

Fraud Investigation

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Bushing saga deepens
  2. Gardner vows to clear his name
  3. Hampton board backs principal’s decision not to go on leave
  4. Police find three decomposing bodies in Negril
  5. Teacher at centre of Penwood-CXC debacle sacked
  6. Tufton concerned about drug drivers

1. Bushing saga deepens

The saga involving the controversial bush-clearing work has taken another turn because of statements contradicting E.G. Hunter, the chief executive officer of the National Works Agency (NWA). As a result, consideration is now being given to having the contractors appear before a parliamentary committee. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gardner vows to clear his name

The Rev Dr Paul Gardner, former president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, has issued a statement indicating that he will be working assiduously to clear his name. Gardner resigned last Thursday, two days after a woman wrote to the bishops of the Moravian church raising damning allegations against him. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Hampton board backs principal’s decision not to go on leave

The board of the St Elizabeth-based Hampton School is backing embattled principal Heather Murray who has decided not to go on two weeks’ leave in the wake of the controversy over her attendance at the bail hearing of an alleged sex offender. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police find three decomposing bodies in Negril

The police have found three partly decomposed bodies in Negril, Westmoreland, believed to be those of three men who went missing from Seaton Crescent in the parish on Saturday: Richard Davis, 25; Romaine Miller, 24; and David Bennett, 22; all of Seaton Crescent addresses. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Teacher at centre of Penwood-CXC debacle sacked

Christopher Stephenson, the examination coordinator at the centre of last year’s ungraded exams debacle at Penwood High in St Andrew, has been sacked by the school’s board. But he’s fighting it. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Tufton concerned about drug drivers

Admitting that there is a lingering issue surrounding drug abuse in Jamaica, Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, has called for a rigorous sensitisation among citizens about the Dangerous Drugs Act. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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#Infographic: By The Numbers: Jamaica’s 2016 Crime Statistics

At her first press conference on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 to announce her 90-day crime-fighting plan, acting commissioner of police, Novelette Grant, issued a press release detailing some of the accomplishments of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in 2016. The press release included statistics on the numbers of murders committed in the country in 2016. We have transformed this information into infographics.

Number and categories of murders committed

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. #MoravianSexScandal: Committee identified to probe allegations against Moravian ministers
  2. #Hampton principal challenges Ministry-ordered leave
  3. #Fire at Carib Cement
  4. #More ganja smoking among motorists
  5. #New Road Traffic Act draws closer
  6. #Debushing programme costs escalate

1. #MoravianSexScandal: Committee identified to probe allegations against Moravian ministers

The acting president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Reverend Phyllis Smith says the members of an independent committee have now been identified to probe complaints against two senior ministers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Hampton principal challenges Ministry-ordered leave

Heather Murray, principal of the St Elizabeth-based Hampton School, is challenging the education ministry’s decision to send her on two weeks’ leave. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Fire at Carib Cement

There was a small fire inside an administrative building at the Caribbean Cement Company Limited in Rockfort, St Andrew yesterday. Several administrative offices were destroyed when the fire reportedly reignited later in the night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website, as well as the update on the reignition.

4. More ganja smoking among motorists

One in six males admitted to driving under the influence of some sort of dangerous substance, while one in 17 females did the same, according to a new survey, which stakeholders believe is putting people’s lives in extreme danger. Many admitted to using ganja, in light of the recent decriminalisation of two ounces. Pointing to data in the recently released 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey, Michael Tucker, executive director at the National Council on Drug Abuse, is expressing serious concerns with the findings. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. New Road Traffic Act draws closer

Debate on the new Road Traffic Act is expected to continue in Parliament today, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness scheduled to make his contribution. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said the bill will shortly be passed by the House of Representatives. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Debushing programme costs escalate

A parliamentary committee is to turn up the heat today on the National Works Agency (NWA), the government body that is spearheading the controversial debushing programme. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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A Timeline of the Jamaica Moravian Church Sex Scandal 2016-2017

From the end of December 2016 to January 2017, the Jamaican church community was rocked by what has come to be termed the #MoravianSexScandal. Here’s a timeline of how the events unfolded, as reported by Jamaican newspapers The Gleaner and THE STAR.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

64-year-old Rupert Clarke, pastor at the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, is arrested after he was allegedly caught having sex with a minor in a motor vehicle in St Elizabeth.


Friday, December 30, 2017

Clarke is suspended from the church with immediate effect pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The St Elizabeth police charge Clarke with having sex with a minor.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Speaking at a post-Cabinet press briefing, Minister of Education and Information Ruel Reid, says the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) intends to charge Clarke with carnal abuse resulting from an alleged sexual relationship with one of the minor’s sisters.

The bail hearing for Rupert Clarke takes place at the St Elizabeth Parish Court. He is granted bail in the sum of $800,000. The hearing is attended by Hampton School principal, Heather Murray, who faces backlash on social media for trying, at one stage, to block The Gleaner‘s photographer from taking a photograph of the Moravian minister.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Gleaner publishes the first of a two-part article by Dr Canute Thompson, a former Moravian minister, on the church and moral leadership.

Hampton School principal Heather Murray issues a statement seeking to explain why she decided to attend the bail hearing of Rupert Clarke.


Friday, January 6, 2017

President of the Moravian Church Rev Dr Paul Gardner responds to former Moravian Minister Dr Canute Thompson, who raised concerns about the church and moral leadership.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

A group of 14 women stage a peaceful protest at the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, rallying support for the 15-year-old St Elizabeth girl allegedly abused by Rupert Clarke, the pastor of the congregation.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dr Canute Thompson produces emails dating back to 2014 which prove that leadership of the Moravian Church, including Dr Paul Gardner, were aware of the allegations against Clarke. Thompson said he was “constrained to release the private email with the church president because he was left uncomfortable following Gardner’s denial on Friday that there were previous adverse reports against Clarke”.

Women who were allegedly abused by Moravian ministers while in their teens begin to speak out. Social commentator and gender specialist Nadeen Spence, who grew up in the Moravian Church, is among the people seeking to help the victims.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hampton Principal Heather Murray is sent on two weeks’ leave.The Education Ministry says Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress. She issues an apology for her behaviour at Clarke’s bail hearing.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dr Paul Gardner, the president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, and Jermaine Gibson, vice-president of the church, both resign from their respective posts.

The bishops of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and The Grand Cayman indicate that an independent committee will be set up to investigate allegations brought against president Dr Paul Gardner and vice-president Jermaine Gibson.

Moravian Bishop Stanley Clarke, who was scheduled to give the keynote address at the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast, withdraws.


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Reverend Phyllis Smith-Seymour, who has assumed the role of acting president of the Moravian Church of Jamaica, issues a statement saying that the Moravian Church has been left “battered” and “wounded”.


Sunday, January 15, 2017: Sections of a letter detailing one woman’s ordeal after getting sexually involved with a Moravian minister is reported in The Sunday Gleaner stating, among other things, that the minister’s wife was aware of the illicit affair.

Former President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, Dr Paul Gardner, resigns as chairman of the Teacher Services Commission (TSC).


Monday, January 16, 2017

A new speaker, Dr Burchell Taylor, Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew, is confirmed for the National Prayer Breakfast, following the withdrawal of Bishop Stanley Clarke of the Moravian Church, who was originally slated to be guest speaker.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Acting president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Reverend Phyllis Smith says the members of an independent committee have now been identified to probe complaints against Dr Paul Gardner and Jermaine Gibson.

Heather Murray challenges the education ministry’s decision to send her on two weeks’ leave.


Wednesday, Janaury 18, 2017

Dr Paul Gardner, former president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, has issued a statement indicating that he will be working assiduously to clear his name.

The Hampton School Board backs principal Heather Murray’s decision not to go on two weeks’ leave, in a direct challenge to the education ministry’s decision to send her on leave.


Please note that this post will be updated as the story continues to unfold.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Gangsters wiped out
  2. Five of six ski-mask gunmen identified
  3. Nurse shortage crippling Clarendon health sector
  4. Short-term housing for Clifton boys after fire destroys home
  5. SRHA meets with mother of 3-y-o who died while being treated at hospital
  6. Former Moravian Church president resigns from Teachers’ Services Commission

1. Gangsters wiped out

Six alleged gangsters, three of whom are St James’ most wanted men, were killed in a blazing gun battle with a police-military patrol in the quiet Goodwill community, which is located on the St James-Trelawny border, shortly after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Five of six ski-mask gunmen identified

The police have now released the identities of five of the six alleged gunmen killed in Goodwill, at the border of St James and Trelawny. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Nurse shortage crippling Clarendon health sector

Medical Officer of Health for Clarendon, Dr Kimberly Scarlett Campbell, says the Clarendon Health Department is severely impacted by a shortage of nurses affecting the health sector generally. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Short-term housing for Clifton boys after home destroyed by fire

Twenty-eight wards of the state at the Clifton Boys Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, are now in temporary housing following a fire at the facility yesterday afternoon. The Child Development Agency (CDA) says the fire started sometime after 4 o’clock and destroyed the main building. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. SRHA meet with mother of 3-y-o who died while being treated at hospital

Officials of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) are to meet tomorrow with the mother of a three-year-old child who died while undergoing treatment at the May Pen hospital on January 6. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Former Moravian Church president resigns from Teachers’ Services Commission

The Ministry of Education last night confirmed the resignation of Dr Paul Gardner as chairman of the Teacher Services Commission (TSC). Gardner, who has been embroiled in the sex scandal currently rocking the Moravian church in Jamaica, submitted his resignation yesterday with immediate effect by way of a letter to Education Minister Ruel Reid. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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#Infographic: How To Report Child Abuse In Jamaica

Child abuse is a serious issue about which every well-meaning adult should be concerned. Children are consistently among the most vulnerable in our population, and it is left to adults to ensure that they do everything necessary to protect them. The truth is that child abuse is also a very delicate issue, and many persons do not know how to properly deal with information on something sensitive. Here are some easily shareable infographics detailing guidelines for reporting child abuse in Jamaica.

What happens if you don’t report child abuse?

What To Report

How To Report

 


Information sourced from The Jamaica Gleaner’s website: OCR urges Jamaicans to Report Child Abuse

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Moravian mess
  2. Independent Commission to probe allegations against Moravian ministers
  3. Moravian ministers sex scandal saga continues
  4. Fire at Bustamante Children’s Hospital
  5. OCR urges Jamaicans to report child abuse
  6. Longer wait under new vehicle fitness certificate system

1. Moravian mess

The fallout from the sex scandal rocking the Moravian Church in Jamaica worsened yesterday when two of the most powerful members of the church administration stepped aside. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Independent committee to probe allegations against Moravian ministers

The bishops of the Moravian Church in Jamaica are to set up an independent committee to investigate allegations brought against president Dr Paul Gardner and vice-president Jermaine Gibson. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Moravian ministers sex scandal saga continues

Outgoing President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica Dr Paul Gardner could be stepping down as the Chairman of the Teachers’ Services Commission, and the National Leadership Prayer Breakfast Committee is now‎ making arrangements for a new guest speaker for the 37th National Leadership Prayer Breakfast after the withdrawal of the Moravian bishop who was scheduled to give the keynote address. See full story on The Gleaner’s website:

4. Fire at Bustamante Children’s Hospital

One health worker is now being treated for smoke inhalation following a fire at the Bustamante Children’s Hospital late yesterday evening. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. OCR urges Jamaicans to report child abuse

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is reminding Jamaicans of their duty to report incidents of child abuse. Given the recent spate of child abuse cases in the country, the ORC is warning that persons who know or suspect that a child is being abused and fail to make a report to Registry could find themselves in trouble with the law. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Longer waiting under new vehicle fitness certificate system

Complaints from persons renewing fitness certificates for their vehicles at the Swallowfield Examination Depot in St Andrew that they were being badly inconvenienced by the length of time it took for them to get through using the newly implemented motor vehicle management system have not fallen on deaf ears. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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