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For hours after listening to Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness speak at a luncheon in midtown Manhattan last week, the Monty Python comedy troupe catchphrase â€śAnd now for something completely differentâ€ť resonated in my mind.
Holness is â€śsomething completely differentâ€ť â€• a positive and realistic business-minded people-person, and thatâ€™s quite unusual. He spoke last Thursday at the gathering, of business executives, diplomats and VIPs, presented by the Michael Kors Satchel Bags Positive Jamaica Foundation.
Reiterating some of the themes addressed in his inauguration speech last month, Holness called for Jamaica to â€śtake a more assertive approach to managingâ€ť its sizable international debt and urged an end to the nationâ€™s divisive â€śgarrison politicsâ€ť â€• which keep his Jamaica Labor Party and the opposition Peopleâ€™s National Party at odds and denies citizens access to facilities and institutions in rival areas.
Yes, thatâ€™s a lot to ask. But Holness is not operating from a position of naivetĂ© and inexperience, even though heâ€™s Jamaicaâ€™s youngest prime minster and the first born after the nationâ€™s independence in 1962.
â€śI take this job with my eyes wide open,â€ť said Holness, 39,Cheap Michael Kors Handbags Outlet Online (59), who became politically active as a teen and by 25 was in Parliament representing his home district of West Central St. Andrew.
Over the years, he worked arduously behind the scenes and in 1995 he became personal assistant to then opposition leader Edward Seaga. Most recently, he served as education minister under Prime Minister Bruce Michael Kors Shoulder Bags Golding. The JLP selected Holness to take over for Golding, who stepped down after four years as prime minister after negative feedback and sagging popularity surrounding his opposition to a U.S. extradition request for a an alleged international drug lord.
But back to the new PMâ€™s plate. Holness is also â€śrevampingâ€ť Jamaica’s educational system, setting a goal of universal literacy at the primary level, promoting the nationâ€™s consistently lower crime rate and encouraging diaspora residents to be politically and civically active where they live. â€śThat helps Jamaica,â€ť he said. So, Jamaicans in the Northeast Bronx, East Flatbush, Brooklyn and the entire tri-state area, this means you!
Are all these impossible goals or fantasies? Holness doesnâ€™t think so. After restating his call to greatly lessen restrictive government bureaucracy Michael Kors Crossbody and turn â€śred tape into red carpetâ€ť, Holness said, realistically and honestly, â€śBut Iâ€™m not going to tell you weâ€™re going to turn water into wine, but weâ€™re going to try.â€ť
For Montserratians and all Caribbean people, the Montserrat Progressive Society of New York’s birthday affair is monumental celebration â€• the organization is turning 97 years old!
The 97th annual anniversary dance will be held Saturday in Manhattan at the Bishop Perry/Moore Hall, at 57 W. 138th St. in Harlem at from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.
The event features the foods flavor and fervor of the Caribbean island of Montserrat, with music by Exclusive Vibes and â€śSounds of New Yorkâ€ť. And foods and beverages, such as salt fish cakes johnny bakes and goat water, will be available.
Lead by John Francis, the Harlen-based society was founded in 1914 by Montserratian immigrants.
For anniversary event tickets, call Malika Barber at (646) 245-0301, Vera Weekes at (917) 549-6635, Maudelyn Johnson at (347) 922-4187, Mary Kirnon at (917) 669 -3565 and Eileen Allen at (917) 969 -7447.
For information on the society, call president Llewellyn White at (914) 426-1690. Also visit the group’s website: http://www.mpsofny.org.
A home of their own
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Haiti film fest
Catch the last event-filled day of the nonprofit Haiti Cultural Exchangeâ€™s HCX|Haiti Film Fest that closes today in the Spike Lee Screening Room at Long Island Universityâ€™s Brooklyn campusâ€™, 1 University Plaza (entrance on Dekalb Ave. at Hudson St.).
There will be short films, commercials and music videos screening throughout the day provided by the CinĂ© Institute.
Among the films presented today will be Irene Lichtensteinâ€™s work â€śMario Benjamin,â€ť about the renowned Haitian contemporary artist; â€śGospel of the Creole Pig,â€ť Michael Kors Hamilton Michelange Quayâ€™s film examining the history and current status of the worldâ€™s first black nation and â€śChildren of Haiti,Michael Kors Outlet Bags Cheap Michael Kors Handba,â€ť a Alexandria Hammond and Regine Zamor film tracking the lives of three of Cap-Haitien teens and looking at the nationâ€™s orphan crisis.
For information and a complete list of films, visit haiticulturalx.org/program-02 or call (347) 565 4429.