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Is CARICOM losing the Opportunity to get the Cuban Vaccine?

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Que Pasa con el Caribe y Africa? By Felipe Noguera, Deputy Coordinator of the Caribbean Regional Coordinating Committee of the Pan Africanist and Indigenous Movement.

"Love gives and forgives. Selfishness gets and forgets."

In which category do we, the people of Africa and the Caribbean fall? Can we express loving appreciation or do we consign ourselves to selfish ingratitude?

Has any country in modern history, outside of the continent of Africa, sacrificed more in life, time, blood, and resources for the liberation of Africa from the shackles of apartheid and domestic settler colonialism than Cuba?

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The Birth of The Lumi – an Introduction

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The beautiful island nation of Xaymaca - present day Jamaica - is famous for producing pioneering and notable world figures who have initiated and contributed immensely to many fields of human endeavor.

We can easily recall the iconic pan-Africanist leader, Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey; the legendary Queen Nanny of the Maroons; the celebrated reggae singers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, as well as the world champion athletes Merlene Ottey and Usain Bolt, just to name a few.

It may not come as a surprise therefore that now a small village in western Jamaica is poised to introduce to the world its most daring initiative in the form of a digital currency called THE LUMI - issued by the Central Solar Reserve Bank of Accompong, located in the sovereign Maroon dominions in the island of Jamaica.

The forward thinking that went into the creation of The Lumi was prompted by the alarming threat of climate change, the rising and crippling foreign debts of African countries, and the humiliating poverty level on the African continent in the midst of abundant natural resources.

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The African diaspora determined to give Africa back its place in the concert of nations

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© AfreePress- (Lomé, April 8, 2021) -Give Africa back its place in the concert of nations, work to restore the image of Africa's lost identity and create a synergy of action and ideas from the African diaspora scattered all over the world. These are the objectives of the State of the African Diaspora or the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD, in its English version). SOAD is headed by Dr Louis-Georges Tin, who is its Prime Minister.

The Pan-African Journalists caucus of this state, which is essentially virtual, was officially launched on April 6, 2021 during a meeting of its members on the Zoom application. The Pan-African Journalists Caucus is headed by Beninese, Elisée Héribert-Label Adjovi, Roving Ambassador of SOAD. The meeting brought together media professionals from around twenty countries such as Togo, Senegal, Benin, Nigeria, Tunisia, Brazil, Kenya, Madagascar, United States and Mauritius.

On this occasion, the Prime Minister of SOAD, Dr Louis-Georges Tin, did not fail to salute the mobilization of the participants and present the objectives and major projects of the organization. “I am very happy to launch this initiative today with Elisée Héribert-Label Adjovi, who is a great journalist, and also a great leader. The media are crucial: so much fake news is broadcast, especially when it comes to Africa. We cannot allow other people to tell our story for us. We need to change the narrative and be able to assert our own vision. This is the raison d'être of the Pan-African Journalists Caucus ”, he suggested on this occasion and to call on Africans and their diasporas to make Africa shine in the eyes of the world.

He dwelled at length on the presentation of the State of the African Diaspora, and its recent achievements, such as the creation of the identity card of the African Diaspora, the creation of the Lumi currency, the vote of a resolution in the European Parliament for the restitution of artistic goods from Africa and the repair and granting of 13,500 scholarships to Pan-African students, as well as the Pan-African cycling tour which will take place shortly. He also proceeded to the presentation of the caucuses which are components of the State of the African Diaspora. These are: the Pan African Caucus of Political Leaders (launched in February), the Pan African Caucus of Lawyers (launched in March), the Pan African Caucus of Spiritual Leaders (which will be launched in April) and of course the Pan African Caucus of Journalists, which exists from now on.

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REAL ESTATE – Important To Own In Your Investment Portfolio

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It is no secret that Real Estate has been the greatest wealth builder with the least fluctuations in history. Real Estate is not just a hedge investment during the fall of the stock market but a solid investment in all stock market cycles.

Carefully selected Real Estate properties with proper due diligence and sound financing structure will deliver real long-term value through income and capital appreciation. 

Unlike the paper investment of the bond and stock markets, the long-term value of Real Estate in your investment portfolio is backed by physical assets and is not subject to wide fluctuations that are part of investing in the stock markets.

A properly structured and managed real estate portfolio can provide a return on your Real Estate investment in excess of 10% per year even when markets are down or flat. 

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Real Estate – Improves Stability, Reduces the Risk of Loss and Increases Returns Potential

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Your investment portfolio will experience volatility over time and will have periods of loss, even the most well-allocated portfolio. 

  1. The key is to diversify your portfolio with low or non-correlated assets.
  2. Asset correlation is a measure of how investments move relative to one another.
  3. Assets that move in the same direction at the same time are positively correlated.
  4. Assets that move in the opposite direction of each other are negatively correlated.
  5. Assets that don’t respond to the movement of the other assets are non-correlated.
  6. Investors spend a lot of time searching for non-correlated assets. 

Real Estate is highly non-correlated to the stock markets either when held directly or via a REIT. By including Real Estate in your portfolio you lower the risk and increase the possibility of more stable returns. 

Other assets not correlated to the stock markets are gold, precious metals, collectibles, government bonds, art, and wine there are countless other options out there depending on your investment strategy. 

Investors understand not to put their eggs in one basket i.e. not investing in a single stock, industry, or asset type. 

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Jamaica Joins 138 Countries Registering for the Lumi Stimulus

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Kingston, Jamaica (April 5, 2021). The State of the African Diaspora, Jamaica on March 1, 2021 rolled out its campaign to sensitize, educate and register Jamaican citizens to access the African Kingdoms Lumi (AKL). The Lumi is a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). 

Over 3,000 Jamaicans have registered for the thirty-six-month stimulus package which ends October 28, 2023. Those registrants are part of a network of registrants in 138 countries now receiving their monthly stimulus deposits of 6.26 Lumi (the equivalent of US$100.00) in their accounts each month.

Dr. Linus Etube, CEO of Swifin Network, the financial platform supporting the Lumi says “The Swifin network provides the platform for Jamaicans and by extension the Diaspora to experience ease of access, financial freedom and prosperity during the Lumi Rollout campaign and beyond.”

For more information contact 876-345-4782.

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Eastern Caribbean dollar goes digital, a help for unbanked

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Source - The Washington Post

The Eastern Caribbean has created its own form of digital currency meant to help speed transactions and serve people without bank accounts.

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank said its “DCash” is the first such blockchain-based currency introduced by any of the world’s currency unions, though some individual nations have similar existing systems.

It became available Wednesday in four island nations under a yearlong pilot program: St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Music is Not the Only Monster

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It has sauntered to many people’s doorsteps and others sit in terror as they hope that they will never one day be as unfortunate. The hope is that luck will not run out on that 84 year old grandmother or a relative trying to enjoy a church service. Theorists like Emile Durkheim and Robert Merton have posited that a certain amount of crime can be beneficial to society since it has the ability to improve social integration and social regulation. Whatever cap the sociologists thought of, it appears to have already been exceeded. Therefore, in an attempt to safeguard life and livelihoods, home and business owners try to protect their properties with cameras and authorities prolong ZOSOs, but none seems to be a perfect fix. When options have ran out, blame is casted, sometimes not as accurately as it should. As such, music, particularly dancehall music, has been considered the scapegoat in the issue, as the cause of crime.

Professor Donna Hope, artistes and loyal fans of the music have made attempts to salvage the reputation of the genre. The professor posited that crime and violence goes well beyond dancehall - “The problem why the music is always blamed is because dancehall has that connection with the hardcore lifestyle of Jamaica that involves guns. Dancehall comes from the garrisons, the ghettos where the guns play a big part. A lot of artistes grew up in these communities where they saw a lot of the things, they sing about playing out before their eyes.” The statement above may be suggestive that the music is a reflection of what is already happening and not the other way around.

The professor, in another instance assured that dancehall artistes are not role models for her son. “His role modelling was first of all within the family.” Artistes have said they are just entertainers and should not be considered as agents of socialization and role models.  Recording artiste Konshens, in an interview conducted by the Loop group, “mi shy weh from it because is a whole heap a responsibility fi tek on a role like dat or fi she dat dis is yuh title, icon or role model.” Really, is it the artiste who decides if he is a role model, or is it his fans who make that decision? According to Ding Dong, another recording artiste, “yuh cannot view yuhself as a icon or role model. It is supn weh yuh get it from di love a di people or yuh circle if somebody look up to yuh its based on what yuh doing.” It is likely that despite who the artiste thinks he is, the audience’s perception of him decides how he is seen and perhaps how his music is used. The artiste does not have direct control over this, but does it mean the potency of his influence is lessened?

If it is to be agreed upon that the music and an artiste does not have an impact on societies’ beliefs and actions, it might also be agreeing that gospel songs cannot set the tone for worship, love songs have no romantic effect and that Dexta Daps’ concerts that have had women fawning over him, are not attributable to his sexually explicit music. Perhaps farther in memory is the rise in demand for the Clarks brand which many believed to have been because of Vybz Kartel’s ‘Clarks’ song.

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The Airline Industry Will Release a Covid-19 Passport for Your iPhone Next Month

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Barbados will accept the pass on flights from London starting on April 16th. 

After successfully trialing it on an international flight between Singapore and London earlier this month, the IATA says it will release its Travel Pass app in mid-April.

The software allows airline travelers to store verified COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates on their phones. The trade association told Reuters it expects to make the app available to download on iPhone around April 15th, with an Android version to follow later.

Starting on April 16th, Virgin Atlantic plans to pilot the digital pass on its London to Barbados route. The Caribbean island will accept the app at its border, making it one of the first countries to admit a digital pass instead of paper documentation.

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Defending Our Women, Girls and Children!

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Kingston, Jamaica: Womanbition celebrates March, not just as International Women's Day, but a month where we are appealing to all women starting in Jamaica to come together and take a stand against crime and violence against our women and children.

Furthermore, this appeal comes in the wake of the murder of 20-year-old Accounting Clerk Khanice Jackson, missing 13-year-old Camperdown High School student Lameka Lamount since March 26, 2021, and visually impaired student Jasmine Dean who is still missing.

"Enough is enough; if our men can't protect us, if our government can't protect us, we MUST protect ourselves by whatever means necessary. We are the mothers, the caregivers, the sisters, the wives, the women who feel the pain from giving birth to burying in the dirt!"

These sentiments were uttered by an outraged mother who herself had been a victim of abuse. It is alarming to see that as women are being celebrated, they are also being killed. With this years' Women's Day theme "Choose To Challenge", Womanbition have chosen to challenge crime and violence, rape and any other form of abuse directed at women and children. We dare to do so through organized activism, awareness and standing up for justice.

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Women’s Month Speakers Angella Whitter and Paula Hurlock to Empower Jamaican Sisterhood Circle

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March 24, 2021. Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.  Keynote speakers Angella Whitter and Paula Hurlock are slated to speak at the Sistas of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle on March 28, 2021 as the final speakers on the Sisterhood roster for Women’s Month. The virtual but very live Zoom platform can be accessed using the Zoom ID # 389-841-7079 .

Angella Whitter, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Whitter Group of Companies and Joe and Angella Whitter Foundation, which was recently launched on December 11, 2020 in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Whitter Village. The Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarships to tertiary students and persons with comorbidities from illnesses related to kidney, heart and optical diseases. Mrs. Whitter will be speaking on the topic “How Women’s Roles are Evolving in the New Normal.”

Paula Hurlock is a Developmental Specialist and Convenor of “I AM Light Jamaica”.  She is imbued with the ability to implement initiatives that do not yet exist. In her most recent position at Sutherland Global, Paula developed and implemented their global social impact program, which copped both the 2019 Microsoft Excellence Award for Impact Sourcing Leadership and the IAOP/Rockefeller 2020 Global Impact Sourcing Award in New York and then in Florida. Hurlock will share the motive behind the I AM Light Jamaica event, trauma carried by African people, the female thrust in Spiritual Empowerment and healing of Melaninated people, as well as, our role as wisdom keepers.

Sistas of D Ankh, founded by Hazel Yahmin Williams-Vaz and founding member, Pettia Williams, Wholistic Administrator, combined with Sharon Oshun Parris-Chambers, founder of Ma’at Sisterhood Circle, assembled on August 2020 to host webinars on the Zoom platform with the sole purpose of uplifting women and providing spiritual reparation. “This collaboration grew to include the production team: Nadia Oshun-Brown, Theo Chambers and Ralston Francis whose aim is widening the network of support available for women in Jamaica and the Diaspora,” said Sharon Oshun Parris-Chambers.

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The AKL LUMI, A Powerful Currency for Trade and Economic Empowerment

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA- March 18, 2021- A virtual press conference, which was facilitated by members of the State of the Africa Diaspora (SOAD) and the Economic Community of the Sixth Region (ECO-6) was held on March 11, 2021 with the aim of sensitizing the media on all there is to know about the AKL LUMI.

The AKL LUMI Stimulus, from its very inception was deemed a priority to stimulate the Pan-African economy of training entrepreneurship, skills development, business, healthcare, social economic growth, goods and services.

The Regional Vice President for the Americas, Melvin Brown commenced the event by giving an outline of the development plans that the SOAD is working to execute, some of these are: 1 billion AKL LUMIS to assist farmers and their families in the Diaspora, plans to tackle food security issues and also showcased about several successful pilot programs in the Americas. He also provided details about the issuance of the stimulus package started in October 2020 and ending October 2023. In addition, he noted that business owners and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to register on the Swifin Platform at https://platform.swifin.com/ to receive the equivalent of US$10,000 in LUMI in terms of line of credit.

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Women’s Month Healing on Sisterhood Circle Programme

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.)  In honour of Women’s Month, Sistas of D Ankh and Ma’at Sisterhood Circle welcomed healing directions from guest speakers Sa ‘Enya McBean and Dr Sherrill Chong. The speakers gave virtual blessings on Zoom at the Sisterhood Circle’s programme on Sunday, March 14, 2021. 

The programme captured its regular drumming, prayer and affirmations and introductions followed by guest speaker, Sa ‘Enya McBean, who spoke on ‘How to Safeguard Your Physical Well-being with Healing Interventions and Energy Medicines During Covid 19 Pandemic.’ Ms. McBean who considers herself as a medical intuitive, highlighted the genesis of that becoming to 25 years ago where she was diagnosed with stage four (4) ovarian cancer. Despite all efforts having done all the doctors recommended, the speaker revealed that her cancer was still in progression. As such, her search for healing and purification through natural remedies, emerged. This journey facilitated the creation of her book, ‘Pursuit of the Soul.’

Three herbs were offered as substitutes for those who may feel skeptical about the Covid - 19 vaccine or just the need to keep the body purified. The herbs she mentioned that can be used together during this health crisis are: Neem, (which has over 101 properties and help to purify the blood), Moringa and Guinea Hen, together they fortify the body and remove toxins. 

Sa ‘Enya informed the audience of the healing being done not only from a physical basis with herbs, but also the mental which takes into account daily affirmations like: “I am healed, healthy, I have a sound mind.” Healing in its entirety also incorporates the spiritual, which reminds us that what God has created, no man can destroy.

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LUMI Stimulus, Economic Liberator for the African Diaspora

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.)  The State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) held its first Jamaica Virtual Press Conference on March 11, 2021. The conference explored ‘Everything you need to know about the LUMI,’ a thirty-six-month stimulus package which began the distribution of the AKL LUMI Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) since October 28, 2020 and ends September 28, 2023.

The information session equipped Jamaicans to access and take full advantage of the opportunity for economic independence. The stimulus marks the genesis of a global economic transformation for all Jamaicans and by extension, the entire African Diaspora. SOAD’s official spokesperson, Deandrea Hamilton, referred to the phenomenon as “a pioneering event for the State of the African Diaspora”. 

This initiative, according to Dr Linus Etube, Developer of the Swifin Digital Platform, will give the approximately eighty percent (80%) of people who do not have access to a bank account, access and a foundation from which to experience economic freedom in a world where only one percent (1%) has ever been offered that opportunity. This will further diffuse the inclusivity of the currency. Over 135 countries with registered members, have been consistently receiving their monthly stimulus on the 28th of each month. Dr Linus reassured that “Everybody in Jamaica who has the Swifin account receive their LUMI stimulus on the 28th. About 135 countries around the world who will also receive their stimulus precisely on the 28th day of every month without fail.”

The AKL LUMI “is a very powerful currency. It is as much an instrument of inclusion as it is an instrument of trade and economic empowerment. It is an instrument that recognizes and embraces all collective birthrights and natural endowments. No man, no woman or no child shall be excluded,” Linus said.  LUMI is a tool for investment and trade for the disenfranchised in this bottom-up paradigm. Dr Etube demonstrated to attendees of the conference how to access the Swifin platform by sending and receiving AKL LUMIS. On the platform, users can utilize their AKL LUMIS, to pay for bus fare, cinema tickets or even fertilizers. Hugh Johnson, Vice Prime Minister of SOAD and a Jamaican, shared his success of selling his fertilizers to Jamaicans as a testament that they can begin trading with merchants on the Swifin marketplace with their LUMI now. Access the marketplace at http://www.Platform.swifin.com .

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Sistas of D Ankh & Ma'at Sisterhood Circle Celebrates Women's Month with Sa Enya McBean

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA- March 13, 2021 – Sistas of D Ankh & Ma'at Sisterhood Circle Celebrates Women's Month with Sa Enya McBean. She will speak on the topic: 'How to Safeguard Your Phusical Well-being with Healing Interventions and Energy Medicines during COVID-19 Pandemic'. The virtual event will take place via Zoom on March 14, 2021 and can be accessed with the link, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3898417079. Meeting ID: 389 841 7079.

McBean is a former member of the annual Caribbean Health Spa & Wellness Tourism Conferenice convened by Theo & Sharon Chambers from 2006-2009. She is an acclaimed author who travels the world and speaks on Health & Wellness topics. She makes Jamaica her second home.                                         

Also on the programme is Dr. Sherrill Chong, who is described as a coach extraordinaire; she has worked in various capacities. Her main goal through her association with E & S Chong Health Ministries is to ‘empower Caribbean people world-wide through Motivation, Training, and Implementation Strategies to regain and sustain Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual health.’ With her expertise in Holistic Health where she provides assistance in lifestyle transformation for individuals, families, communities and nations, there is much assurance that she will be an excellent speaker that will have all the attendees engrossed in her presentation.

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Dr. Sherill Chong to present at Sistas of D Ankh & Ma'at Sisterhood Circle on March 14th

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA- March 12, 2021 – The illustrious Dr. Sherrill Chong, an esteemed researcher in clinical therapy and SOAD Minister of Family & Social Economy will present at the Sistas of D Ankh & Ma'at Sisterhood Circle on the topic: ‘Physical Health and Wellness of the Family & Community.’ The virtual event will take place via Zoom on March 14, 2021 and can be accessed with the link, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3898417079. Meeting ID: 389 841 7079.

                                         

Dr. Sherrill Chong, who is described as a coach extraordinaire has worked in various capacities. Her main goal through her association with E & S Chong Health Ministries is to ‘empower Caribbean people world-wide through Motivation, Training, and Implementation Strategies to regain and sustain Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual health.’ With her expertise in Holistic Health where she provides assistance in lifestyle transformation for individuals, families, communities and nations, there is much assurance that she will be an excellent speaker that will have all the attendees engrossed in her presentation.

 

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Gastronomy Forum Series to Boost Readiness for Tourism Rebound - Bartlett

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KINGSTON, Jamaica; March 8, 2021: Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has outlined that the latest initiative by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), through its Tourism Linkages Network division, to host a virtual gastronomy forum series, will aid in preparing the culinary industry for the rebound of the tourism sector, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Minister Bartlett lauded the initiative as he addressed the first session in the highly anticipated series recently. The forum focused on the topic: Gastronomy Tourism as part of the New Normal of Living with COVID-19.

The forum series will focus on food related topics and seeks to offer valuable information to the target audience, which includes: chefs, caterers, academia, agriculture stakeholders, restaurateurs and tour operators, with the aim of connecting the ecosystems and linking start-ups and existing businesses along the gastronomy tourism value chain.

“The presentations and information being offered to you our valued stakeholders, have been carefully packaged to prepare all of us for the way forward. As I’ve said before, it will not be business as usual and as much as our record of offering great hospitality stands, everyone is going to have to perform even better,” Bartlett expressed.

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SOAD Jamaica has begun Registration for the LUMI Stimulus

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 (Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.) The State of the African Diaspora, Jamaica on March 1, 2021 rolled out its campaign to sensitize, educate and register Jamaican citizens to access the LUMI Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Stimulus Program.  It is a thirty-six-month stimulus package which began October 28, 2020 and ends September 28, 2023.

Background on SOAD and Eco-6 Region

The State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) is part of the Economic Community “Sixth Region” of the African Union (AU), which came to life with the bold actions of Dr. Louis-Georges Tin, now Prime Minister of SOAD. It is a Pan African vision for African liberation and sovereignty.

In 2014, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President-in-Office of the African Union gave a mandate to Dr. Louis-Georges Tin, Chairperson of the Representative Council of Black Associations (CRAN) at the time, to set up the African Diaspora, to “give substance” to the Sixth Region. In 2018, Dr. Louis-Georges Tin presented to the African Union representatives the results of his mission: A constitution, a government and development projects. These elements were validated by President Aziz, and the State of the African Diaspora was formalized at the AU Summit in Mauritania on July 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.thestateofafricandiaspora.com .

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Dr Amina Blackwood-Meeks Delivered at Sistas of D Ankh & Ma’at Sisterhood Circle

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MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA- March 5, 2021 – The renowned international storyteller, Dr. Amina Blackwood - Meeks delivered a message which shifted perspectives at the Sistas of D Ankh & Ma'at Sisterhood Circle on February 28, 2021 at 1:00 P.M.

The virtual attendees were welcomed one by one on zoom to witness Dr Blackwood-Meeks’ powerhouse presentation which focused on using storytelling to rebuild, educate and transform the African community.

 

Amina Blackwood-Meeks explored the importance of defying ‘sick stories,’ like the story of Rapunzel which, based on her interpretation, is a story representing the over sexualization of our children. She pointed to a European perspective on the story which looked at the devastating reality of the kidnapping of children who aid in their victimization. To cement her point, she quoted a Nigerian philosopher, Ben Okri, who in a book of essay told us that “People are as healthy and as confident as the stories they tell themselves. Sick storytellers can make their nations sick and sick nations make for sick storytellers.” Therefore, be mindful of the stories that are told.

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Bask in the Moment

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We live in a world where we are constantly on the go. We are adamant about getting our tasks done as quickly as possible so that we can start the next thing on the list and this becomes an endless cycle. We are so caught up in our daily lives and all the things that we need to get done that we hardly ever take the time to just stop and bask in the moment. We hardly ever embrace the necessity of rest and this has proven to be detrimental to our mental and physical health. Why is this so? Our culture tells us successful people are multi-taskers who are constantly engaged, accessible and fast reactors. However, there are countless issues that arise when we function like this. We are burnt out, drained and miserable.

 

Life would be so much more fulfilling if we intentionally choose to just pause and embrace the little things. The sweet smelling flowers we briskly walk by every morning and evening, the beautiful wall art on the side of the road that we drive pass every day or even the sunset and the peaceful ocean we pass quite often after a long day at work. It is understandable that human beings strive off routine and because of that, we can get distracted or even be blind to the more meaningful things in life but the little things will make us realize that this is what life is about, this is what it means to be alive. These are the things that allow our minds to be renewed, restored and be more productive.

 

It is imperative that in whatever we do, we take the time to soak it all up. Every second we spend with the people we love, every minute we spend completing a job that we are passionate about, every hour of the day that we are gifted with life should be acknowledged and cuddled with an appreciative heart. Pause to acknowledge the fulfillment and joy these little things bring to you and others. Pause to embrace the satisfaction of the process it took to get it all done. As Jim Elliot posits, “Wherever you are, be all there.”  Do not just be there for the sake of getting the job done or being around people because you were invited. Be present, be engaged, we owe it to ourselves to enjoy the beauties of this life in any and every way we can, while we can.

 

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Africa – October 1, 2020 — The world had better brace itself for the State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) which is steadily progressing its vision and which in late September announced its adopti...
Daena-Shae McIntosh
13 March 2021
Health & Wellness
Social Media
  MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA- March 12, 2021 – The illustrious Dr. Sherrill Chong, an esteemed researcher in clinical therapy and SOAD Minister of Family & Social Economy will present at the Sistas of D...
Nordia Panther
18 March 2021
Financial & Fintech
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 (Montego Bay, Jamaica, W.I.)  The State of the African Diaspora (SOAD) held its first Jamaica Virtual Press Conference on March 11, 2021. The conference explored ‘Everything ...
Theo Chambers
22 July 2020
Financial & Fintech
With the emergence of the subscription economy and in particular in the SaaS industry, we have come to distinguish 2 main business activities that contribute to the growth of a company: Hunting and Fa...
Social Media
Business
Thursday, March 4, 2021 (Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.) The State of the African Diaspora, Jamaica on March 1, 2021 rolled out its campaign to sensitize, educate and register Jamaican citizens to access the...
Sharon Parris Chambers
03 December 2020
Travel & Tourism
KINGSTON, Jamaica; November 30, 2020:  Efforts by various government ministries and tourism partners to introduce robust COVID-19 health and safety protocols to facilitate the safe re-openin...
Sharon Parris Chambers
15 December 2020
Travel & Tourism
Accompong, St. Elizabeth (December 14, 2020).  January 6, 2021 will be the first time in 283 years that the Accompong Maroon Celebration will not be physically enjoyed by both Maroons and visitor...
Paula Robinson
27 August 2020
Enviromental
We have heard in recent years that we are moving towards a paperless society, I don’t know about that! Paper is so essential to our very existence, some of us have gotten so used to using paper especi...
Sharon Parris Chambers
07 October 2020
Business
JOHANNESBURG - As the world’s attention focuses on the coming American election, another important vote for a key position is generating controversy in Africa. Chadian politician Moussa Faki Mahamat i...
Paula Robinson
12 October 2020
Health & Wellness
Business
Life happens, it's a bed of roses with the thorns, you get the softness with the prickings. When you have to deal with difficult people here are some valid points of intervention. A course in Life Spa...
Theo Chambers
06 September 2020
Health & Wellness
Personal Development
Book: Theoism – Understanding the Universe Within Author: Theo Chambers Critic: Glenville Ashby, PhD Insightfully engaging is ‘Theoism,’ the latest work of Caribbean thinker Theo Chambers. Written in ...
Health & Wellness
MESSAGE OF THE DAY:"It is time to access the vast information resources in your soul, which has been guarded by mind control and misinformation of the downpressors for millennia. It is a new day to re...
Diana McIntyre Pike
04 September 2020
Travel & Tourism
Business
Diana McIntyre-Pike, President/Founder, Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses and President, International Institute For Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean Chapter & Co...