Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Dominica PM says no to same-sex marriage

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit

The Dominica Government says it will not accept same-sex marriages, insisting the island will not follow other countries in doing so, Jamaica’s Observer reports.

“I will make it clear that there are some things that this Government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognise same-sex marriage in our country. If other countries want to do it, that’s a matter for them but there are certain guiding principles that we must follow,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.

The local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), has been calling on the Government to re-examine the Sexual Offence Act of Dominica as it relates to buggery, claiming that the legislation “discriminates against people because of their sexual preferences.

“We are just asking that everybody be treated equally,” the group said, adding that it was still awaiting correspondence from Prime Minister Skerrit on the issue.

But Prime Minister Skerrit said while he is willing to meet with MiriDom to discuss issues, concerns and recommendations. “I don’t think any one group should impose any views on any other group.

Repeating Islands

DSC_8413-crop-box.jpg.750x464_q85_crop-smart_upscale

The Dominica Government says it will not accept same-sex marriages, insisting the island will not follow other countries in doing so, Jamaica’s Observer reports.

“I will make it clear that there are some things that this Government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognise same-sex marriage in our country. If other countries want to do it, that’s a matter for them but there are certain guiding principles that we must follow,” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said.

The local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), has been calling on the Government to re-examine the Sexual Offence Act of Dominica as it relates to buggery, claiming that the legislation “discriminates against people because of their sexual preferences.

“We are just asking that everybody be treated equally,” the group said, adding that it was still awaiting correspondence from Prime Minister Skerrit on the issue.

But Prime Minister Skerrit…

View original post 109 more words

chikungunya virus spread by aedes mosquito

Caribbean chikungunya cases top 170,000, while USA sees its first cases

aedes_mosquito_closeupThis issue is causing great concern in the region and it is important that we all stay informed.

The number of chikungunya cases in parts of the Caribbean continued to surge last week, pushing past 170,000 cases, with the first cases confirmed in El Salvador, west of the main outbreak area, and more imported cases detected in the United States and other countries, Lisa Schnirring for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (see link below).

The outbreak has grown to 170,566 suspected or confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, which is 35,139 higher than the 135,427 cases reported the previous week, according to a Jun 13 report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The number of deaths remained the same, at 14.

Over the past few weeks, most new cases are suspected infections reported from the Latin Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic, where suspected cases rose from 52,976 to 77,320 last week. Guadaloupe and Martinique also reported thousands of new cases, but no new case totals were given for Haiti, another country that has recently been hard hit by the outbreak.

In the non-Latin areas that were mainly affected earlier in the outbreak, new cases were reported by Dominica, the Turks and Caicos Islands, and the US Virgin Islands.

Read more at http://repeatingislands.com/2014/06/16/caribbean-chikungunya-cases-top-170000/

Repeating Islands

aedes_mosquito_closeup

The number of chikungunya cases in parts of the Caribbean continued to surge last week, pushing past 170,000 cases, with the first cases confirmed in El Salvador, west of the main outbreak area, and more imported cases detected in the United States and other countries, Lisa Schnirring for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (see link below).

The outbreak has grown to 170,566 suspected or confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, which is 35,139 higher than the 135,427 cases reported the previous week, according to a Jun 13 report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The number of deaths remained the same, at 14.

Over the past few weeks, most new cases are suspected infections reported from the Latin Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic, where suspected cases rose from 52,976 to 77,320 last week. Guadaloupe and Martinique also reported thousands of new cases, but no…

View original post 543 more words

Caribbean chikungunya virus

Jamaican Health: Caribbean countries with confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus

According to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Chikungunya is a viral disease transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. It can cause high fever, join and muscle pain, and headache. Chikungunya does not often result in death, but the joint pain may last for months or years and may … Continue reading Jamaican Health: Caribbean countries with confirmed cases of Chikungunya virus

Caribbean chikungunya virus

Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean – Chikungunya mosquito virus

via Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean - Yahoo News. SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic (AP) — They suffer searing headaches, a burning fever and so much pain in their joints they can barely walk or use their hands. It's like having a terrible flu combined with an abrupt case of arthritis. Hospitals … Continue reading Painful and rapid spread of new virus in Caribbean – Chikungunya mosquito virus

The Problem with Goat Islands

Many Jamaicans are demonstrating their disappointment in the government’s recent choice to allow the Chinese to use the Goat Islands as a logistics hub. Allowing China to build this trans-shipment port is another example of the long-standing debate of Economics vs. Environment. Which is more important? Development or preservation? Is there a way to resolve the conflict so that both agendas are met?

Globally, we can see that the demands made on the environment by economics have caused, in some cases, irreparable damage to the environment. While I have no problem with economic development as an aspect of ‘progress’, I do take issue with the scale of production and methods encouraged by economic development that puts the environment under threat and dismisses the idea of sustainability in general. Attempts by local organizations to steer away from this destructive path of material gain have been largely ignored. However, if Jamaica continues this approach of selling our natural resources for short-term economic gain, several consequences to both present and future generations and non-human inhabitants will occur.

goat islandI think part of the problem has to do with how we view ‘development’. The more limited and traditional view of development fails consider the standard of living and other “quality-of-life” matters, thereby not providing an accurate picture of how humans are affected by its effects. Countries, such as India, China, and Sri Lanka, despite, having many citizens suffering from poor health and poverty, are seen to be improving because of their booming GNP.  Similarly, it may be that Jamaica’s focus on reducing debt and increasing key-statistical indicators such as GDP and GNP will also satisfy the needs of the environment. That we can just fix what was broken in during our endeavors of development. This does not fly for a number of reasons. First, from a practical perspective, you cannot fix what you no longer own. So the selling of our natural resources immediately takes power to restore it out of our hands. Other islands such as Cayman and Dominica may fall into this potential pitfall as well.

But still, it is argued that prioritizing the environment is unnecessary due to its expense and resulting economic loss. In defending this position, economists hypothesize that a relationship between the environment and economic growth will develop, where as incomes reach a certain level, the stipulation for improvements in environmental quality will become increasingly urgent. This might seem promising for economists who wish to continue mistreating nature. However, this relationship can only happen after a long period of environmental degradation, when irreparable consequences are likely to have already occurred. Admittedly, once income has reached the prescribed level, developed countries will implement environmental protection policies. However, this will result in the outsourcing of production to developing countries (i.e. us), where it is cheaper and restriction-free (haven-pollution hypothesis).  Obviously, developing countries do not have the same income level, thus necessitating their lenient regulations towards the environment to attract foreign investment, which makes it increasingly difficult to attain the financial status necessary to consider environmental protection vital. For instance, much of the damage occurring to coastal areas and water supplies in developing countries is being caused by resource extraction and manufacture methods, which meet the demands of developed areas. Poor people also have little say in public policy; therefore, they are in no position to demand changes from their governments. The ecological and economic status of these countries will worsen, resulting in the widening of economic disparity between developed and developing countries. Is this starting to sound familiar?

JET and other local organisations have provided a plethora of reasons that Goat Islands should be preserved please see LINK: http://www.Jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/JET-s-unedited-letter-to-Dr-Davies-on-Goat-Islands-development

ImageBut for those who are not moved by the loss to our nation or the potential loss of endangered species, one might be persuaded by the potential damage to can do to you as an individual. An anthropocentric view looks at the grave impact that the loss of environmental resources has on the human race, particularly in the case of developing countries and future generations.  Many have forgotten that, though humans may be intellectually superior, we are dependent on nature. The failure to protect the environment by implementing damaging methods and approaches can affect our own well-being. For instance the use of coal, (which may be part of the Goat Islands project), has and can cause severe health problems. During the industrial revolution, the quality of air where coal-fired factories were present resulted in a series of air disasters, where thousands died. There are still consequences from any large scale of coal production including climate change, which has proven harmful to humans, contributing to health problems such as cancer. Of course, these problems are more likely to affect developing countries. 12 models project that look at climate change found that malaria could increase by anywhere from 50 to 80 million cases. Developing countries, due to poor socio-economic status and infrastructure are relatively helpless to defend themselves, since they are often without sufficient medical care, food supplies in addition to financial and institutional aid. (please see link for more on health effects of climate change: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs266/en/

However I do think that there is a middle ground to be found, where the goals of economic development and environmental protection overlap. Of course, it will involve sacrifice and long-term changes on both individual citizens as well as policy makers. Things like eco-tourism, investment in the development of environmentally safe-technology, the use of environmental taxes and the values of recycling are all pathways that can be developed in Jamaica to provide economic sustainability with reduced damage to the environment.

Having said all this…please sign the petition….

 

Leanne Levers

Many Jamaicans are demonstrating their disappointment in the government’s recent choice to allow the Chinese to use the Goat Islands as a logistics hub. Allowing China to build this trans-shipment port is another example of the long-standing debate of Economics vs. Environment. Which is more important? Development or preservation? Is there a way to resolve the conflict so that both agendas are met? 

Globally, we can see that the demands made on the environment by economics have caused, in some cases, irreparable damage to the environment. While I have no problem with economic development as an aspect of ‘progress’, I do take issue with the scale of production and methods encouraged by economic development that puts the environment under threat and dismisses the idea of sustainability in general. Attempts by local organisations to steer away from this destructive path of material gain have been largely ignored. However, if Jamaica continues…

View original post 793 more words

Jamaica and The London 2012 Olympics: Jamaica second in Athletics medal count on day seven

  By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe After a superb performance by Jamaica in the 200m men's final, thy are now in second place behind USA in the  Athletics medal count on day seven. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir secured Jamaica's third gold, third silver and third bronze … Continue reading Jamaica and The London 2012 Olympics: Jamaica second in Athletics medal count on day seven