Grange Girlz Were Valiant Against Brazil

Story Highlights The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match on Sunday. Minister Grange who has been to see the team to express appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encourage them ahead of their next games, said:“They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out. They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country. They demonstrated courage and determination. I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches. The Jamaicans lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble. The Minister of the Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has lauded the efforts of the Reggae Girlz in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup match on Sunday.The Jamaicans lost 3-0 to the experienced, 2007 runners-up Brazil in Grenoble.Minister Grange who has been to see the team to express appreciation for their efforts in the opening game and encourage them ahead of their next games, said:“They were valiant in their efforts and played their hearts out. They are disappointed at the result, but I want them to know that they did not let down their country. They demonstrated courage and determination. I encourage them to continue to be courageous and to bring steel-like determination and fortitude into their remaining matches.I also encourage head coach Hugh Menzies and his team who have guided the Girlz on this historic journey.And I continue to commend Cedella Marley for being the team’s inspiration.I told them to know that they can continue to count on me as their Minister and #1 cheerleader and on the support of the government and the people of Jamaica.Let us continue to support them.”Jamaica will face Italy on Friday in their next game. read more

Education and Community Engagement Play a Major Role in Fighting Crime

“Education has a real effect on crime. We have to make sure that we start with the very young and have the community involved. It takes a village to raise the child,” Dr. Francis said.  Head of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, Dr. Rupert Francis, says that education and community engagement can play a major role in fighting crime in Jamaica.“Education has a real effect on crime. We have to make sure that we start with the very young and have the community involved. It takes a village to raise the child,” Dr. Francis said.He was speaking at a public forum on ‘Community Policing: The Role of the Citizen’ at the University of Technology’s (UTech) in St. Andrew on June 13. The event was part of Diaspora Day of Service activities, a signature feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference.Dr.  Francis, in highlighting the importance of police engagement with the citizenry, noted that crime in Los Angeles was reduced by 50 per cent over a five-year period through community policing.“If this could happen in Los Angeles, why not here? We need community policing, we need the community back,” he said.“Jamaica is our community and we have to take care of it,” he added.Executive Director, Youth Crime Watch of Jamaica, Kethania Griffiths, for her part, emphasised the importance of partnerships among various stakeholders in addressing crime.“Collaboration is where we know what each other is doing and get to work together in building a safer Jamaica,” she said.The Eighth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, will take place from June 16 to 20 at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The event is being held under the theme ‘Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development’.The objectives are to finalise and endorse the draft National Diaspora Policy for presentation to Cabinet; report on the outcomes from the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference; examine global trends and events in diaspora host countries and the inherent issues, challenges, and opportunities that will significantly impact the diaspora.The conference will also establish specific actionable outcomes, including matters that the diaspora will wish to endorse for implementation.The event will feature a Youth Forum, which will engage young Jamaicans in a bid to deepen connections and nurture their involvement in the nation’s affairs.  Head of the Jamaica Diaspora Crime Intervention and Prevention Task Force, Dr. Rupert Francis, says that education and community engagement can play a major role in fighting crime in Jamaica. Story Highlights He was speaking at a public forum on ‘Community Policing: The Role of the Citizen’ at the University of Technology’s (UTech) in St. Andrew on June 13. The event was part of Diaspora Day of Service activities, a signature feature of the Eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference. read more