THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES
FIRST DENTAL SURGEONS GRADUATE FROM UTECH—05/03/16
The founder of the Goodwill Oral Health Project, Gary Glassman, has announced the graduation o the first 22 oral surgeons from the College of Oral Health Sciences at the University of Technology (UTech) in Jamaica. The university benefitted from Glassman’s global initiative designed to promote oral health care in developing countries. The certified dental graduates from UTech completed five-year degrees and obtained the Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) designation. They are the first dental surgeons in history to be certified by UTech.
TRINIDAD SAYS IT WILL IMPROVE AIRPORT AREA FOR JAMAICANS DENIED ENTRY—05/04/16
The government of Trinidad is promising to create an appropriate area at the nation’s Piarco Airport to hold those Jamaicans and other nationalities denied entry. There has been tension between Trinidad and Jamaica due to complaints from Jamaicans who were treated badly at the airport by immigration officials after being denied entry. Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister, stated that the promise to improve airport facilities came following a meeting with David Moses, the Foreign Affairs Minister of Trinidad.
21 ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVE GRANTS FROM AMERICAN FRIENDS OF JAMAICA—05/05/16
The American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ) have presented a total of $30 million to 21 local organizations at the United States Embassy in Kingston. The AFJ, which has been in operation for 34 years, offers aid in the fields of education, health care, and economic development. According to AFJ president Wendy Hart, there were 53 applicants in 2016, all of which are working in areas that reflect the mission of the AFJ. While funding was tight for this round of grants, the AFJ selected grantees that had a track record of effectiveness and that will make a real impact on the real lives of Jamaicans. Among the grant recipients are the University of the West Indies, PALS (Peace and Love in Schools), SOS Children’s Village, Chichibud, Jamaica Epilepsy, Pocket Rocket Foundation, Rose Town Foundation and Cornwall Regional Hospital.
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THIS WEEK’S TOP JAMAICAN DIASPORA NEWS
JAMAICAN-BORN WOMAN GETS QUEEN’S AWARD FOR ENTERPRISE PROMOTION—05/05/16
Dorothy Francis, a Jamaican-born woman, has been honored with the Queen’s Award for enterprise promotion in the United Kingdom. Francis is the CEO of the Cooperative and Social Enterprise Agency (CASE), and was one of eight individuals in the UK to receive the award. She was the only one honored with a lifetime achievement award, however. The Queen’s Award is given to those who have had an outstanding role in the promotion of enterprise skills and attitudes through their contributions of time, effort, and advice. CASE delivers advice, training and business growth aid to cooperatives and social enterprises in the East Midlands and Leicestershire regions of the United Kingdom.
THIS WEEK’S TOP BUSINESS NEWS SUMMARY
JAMAICA TO GET THIRD CELLPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER—05/04/16
Jamaica’s government has given a license to offer cellphone service in the country to a third provider. According to Audley Shaw, Jamaica’s Finance Minister, the name of the third provide is yet to be revealed, but it has been stated that the company is locally based. Shaw said the firm has been given provisional approval and have started a new service for more than two years to date.
THIS WEEK’S TOP ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
JAMAICA’S OLIVE SENIOR WINS OCM BOCAS PRIZE—05/05/16
Olive Senior, Jamaican poet and author, has made history by being the first Jamaican and only the second woman to win the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She won for her book “The Pain Tree.: The announcement was made at the Bocas Literary Festival in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The prize brings US$10,000 from One Caribbean Media. The Institute of Jamaica (IOJ) congratulated Senior, its former managing director of publications and a winner of the Gold Musgrave Medal in 2004. The Institute also congratulated Jacquiline Bishop, Jamaican-born photographer, painter and writer, for her win in the non-fiction category at Bocas for “The Gymnast and Other Positions.”
THIS WEEK’S TOP SPORTS NEWS
FRASER-PRYCE COMPETES AT 122ND STAGING OF PENN RELAYS—04/27/16
FRASER-PRYCE, THOMPSON LEAD LOCAL TALENT AT JAMAICAN INTERNATIONAL—05/05/16
Jamaican Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson, the fifth fastest 200m sprinter of all-time, will lead local athletes at the Jamaican International Invitational in Kingston. This is the second of the 2016 IAAF World Challenge meets. Fraser-Pryce will participate in the 200-meters, while Thompson will run in the 100-meter sprint. She won this event in 2015 with a time of 10.97.