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Ryanair racism victim identified as Jamaican Windrush Generation

The Jamaican woman who was racially abused on a Ryanair flight from Barcelona to London Stansted is identified and is speaking out.

She is identified as Delsie Gayle. A 77-year-old, Windrush Generation Jamaican who moved to Britain in the 1960s. She had been on holiday to help cope with the death of her husband, her daughter said.

"In a few weeks, it’ll be one year since my dad died and I took my mum away for a few days’ break. My parents were married for over 50 years," she told HuffPost, which agreed to refer to the woman only as Mrs Gayle.

Ms. Gayle told itv News, that the abuser came in, saw the number of his seat and asked her to get up to let him come in. Gayle was unable to move out of her aisle seat quickly enough to let the man sit down in his window seat as she is disabled. She told itv News that he pointed to her face and told her you "when I say get up I mean you are to get up". She told him not to point to her face. He told her he do what he wants to do. He then went to his seat and decided he do not want to sit near her for the flight. This is when he got irate and began to hurl abuses.

The woman responds: “You smell. You need a wash.”

The video, shot by UK resident David Lawrence, shows the man demanding the woman to move seats, while her daughter tells him her mother is disabled.

He replies: “I don’t care whether she’s f****** disabled or not – if I tell her to get out she gets out.”

She explained that since the incident she is very depressed and feel very low. “I feel very low, because he pay his fare to go on holiday, I pay mine, so why does he abuse me for that due to the colour of my skin?” she said, adding if the man gets away with it he will do it to someone else.

At one point the man is heard to say: "Don't talk to me in a foreign language, you stupid, ugly cow." He then threatens her: "If you don't go to another seat I'll put you in another seat."

Ryanair's head of communications, Robin Kiely, confirmed to BuzzFeed News on Sunday morning that the man has been reported to Essex police.

"We have reported this to the police in Essex and as this is now a police matter, we cannot comment further," he said.

Essex police said in an emailed statement: "This incident, which we were made aware of this morning, is believed to have taken place on a plane at Barcelona Airport.

"Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported. We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation.

"We would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111."https://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/ryanair-flight-passenger-abuse-police?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bffbbuzzfeednews&ref=bffbbuzzfeednews&fbclid=IwAR2Uwkg-HnEtLJKiMi78kxDZxZ3BoUjidjeOWoIHh4ZIw6YsUscFoVaTIBc

A spokesperson for Essex Police told the media: “Essex Police takes prejudice-based crime seriously and we want all incidents to be reported.

"We are working closely with Ryanair and the Spanish authorities on the investigation."

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Prime Minister National Heroes Day Message 2018

Prime Minister's Message transcript:

Greetings My Jamaican Family …

Today on National Heroes’ Day; we reflect on the National Heritage Week theme for this year; One Love … One Family … One Heritage. It is a fitting theme as we recognize and appreciate the role of the family as the ultimate partnership and the solid foundation on which strong societies are built.

Today we celebrate our heroes, past and present who helped to create the bonds of love and unity among all Jamaicans. Those who have gone beyond self and acted in the interest and well-being of others; often putting their lives on the line and in some cases giving their lives; in order to secure a better life for the Jamaican Family.

Our heroes of the past, Paul Bogle, Nanny of the Maroons, Sam Sharpe, and George William Gordon paid the ultimate price in the struggle for freedom, justice, respect and dignity. Marcus Garvey, Norman Manley and Sir Alexander Bustamante led the struggle for our independence and nationhood. Through their sacrifice, we are a free people, an independent nation striving to secure justice, peace and prosperity for all members of our Jamaican Family and doing our part to advance the welfare of the whole human race.

Today, we not only celebrate those who have paved the way but those who continue to do their best for Jamaica Land We Love in service to their fellow citizens. There are countless heroes from all walks of life and in several sectors of business and industry, the public service, medical services and others who continue to display acts of heroism daily. Jamaicans are extraordinary people and we see constant reminders of our resilience, selflessness and fortitude.

Today, we celebrate Jamaicans like Selena Reid, Grace Allen and Kimani Anderson for their courage and heroism in ensuring the safety of children at the Walkers Place of Safety who were trapped by fire.

We acknowledge the bravery of Sophia Cameron, Verlyn Douse and Camille McIntosh who saved the lives of 22 infants during a fire at the Neonatal Care Unit of the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

We acknowledge Lloyd Nelson and Jevon Lewis who displayed courage in rescuing five adults and a baby who were trapped inside a building after heavy rains in St. James. They are real examples of ordinary Jamaicans who when confronted with adversity have acted with extraordinary selflessness and courage to save the lives of others.

Likewise, there are Jamaicans whose sworn duty is to put their lives on the line to protect and to serve the Jamaican Family. Today, I want to single out the brave members of our security forces, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force. Some have lost their lives in the line of duty, and many have had close calls, and suffered serious injuries, such as the soldiers carrying out operation in the hills of St. James, or the policeman on duty in Half Way Tree who responded to a robbery and was shot but saved by the grace of God that his phone was in his pocket.

It should not go unnoticed that despite the challenges, and points of disgruntlement over conditions and other terms of service, the security forces have stepped up to the call to rid Jamaica of the criminal element, while upholding the law and protecting the rights of all citizens, even the criminals. The security forces should be commended so far, for their conduct and responsible use of extraordinary emergency powers.

I wish to commend the men and women of the JCF and the JDF for the work they have been doing in general to combat crime and particularly for their work and conduct in the Zones of Special Operations and in the areas declared under States of Public Emergency.

It is unfortunate that for the past several decades, there has been an erosion of public confidence in some elements of our law enforcement institutions. In the extreme some communities have come to perceive our law enforcement personnel as the enemy. This is never a healthy situation and only gives succour and cover to criminals to act as protectors of the citizen and dispensers of justice. Now, the government is determined to change this, we want every citizen to see our soldiers and law enforcement officers as their protectors, as people who have enlisted and sworn to give their lives to the service of the Jamaican Family, to keep them safe and secure. We want our security forces to be the heroes of our people, the role models for our children, and the symbol of trustworthiness, reliability, security and peace. I am seeing signs that this transformation of the image and public perception of our law enforcement institutions is happening right before our eyes. Once the public trust is restored, the fight against crime will be more effective, as there is no greater tool in crime fighting than citizens who cooperate with the police to share information and give up criminals in their communities.

In the same breath, there are citizens who in spite of the prevailing unhelpful social norms are working with the security forces and are providing useful information in the fight against crime. You are heroes in my book. I encourage every citizen to use the specially created channels to share what you know with law enforcement. As our forefathers found wise and effective ways of resisting oppression and brutality which eventually led to our freedom, so it is that today, communities that are held hostage and oppressed by criminals, must wisely play their part to resist and expose the criminal oppressors. It is the right thing to do.

Peace, prosperity and progress is our destiny as a people. However, we will not arrive at our promised destination without taking steps to get there. And we will not reach our destination, if we are all looking at each other afraid to take the first step. This Heroes Day let us resolve as ordinary citizens to be brave and take the steps to our destiny of peace, prosperity and progress.

Happy Heroes Day to my Jamaican Family and may God continue to bless us and give us courage to action our destiny.

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Montego Bay, Jamaica: Hotel rapist disarmed and shot by victims

Thursday September 27th/2018

Trainee worker at the Riu Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica was disarmed, shot and injured by women he allegedly attempted to  rape.

According to police report, two female tourists were in their room about 11:55 p.m. The gunman allegedly barged in the room and attacked the two female guests at gunpoint. It is reported that he may have raped one of the women and was attempting to rape the other when the gun fell from his hand. The woman who was attacked first, immediately picked up the gun and pointed it at the gunman.

It is reported that he immediately tried to disarm the woman, but she fired the gun twice at him. The gunman reportedly ran from the room and jumped over the balcony before escaping in bushes adjacent to the property.

The gunman is identified as 24-year-old Demar Scott.

According to the police investigators, the man was employed only three days where he was under going training as an entertainment coordinator.

It is also reported that the gun used in the incident was stolen from the room of a licensed firearm holder who was also a guest at the hotel. The nine millimetre Glock pistol loaded with 16 rounds of ammunition were handed over to the police by one of the women.

It is reported that the rapist gunman entered the room of the two female guest by climbing up and over the balcony.

In a statement, the hotel said the man had been in training for only three days before allegedly committing the heinous act.

According to the hotel management, "Last (Thursday) night, September 27th, there was a very unfortunate incident in the Riu Reggae Hotel in which two guests were attacked by a trainee at the entertainment department of the hotel. The man, who had been in training for only three days, was able to escape". "The hotel management immediately called the police and accompanied and supported the guests with everything in this difficult moment".

He was subsequently held by police on Friday afternoon and is now in custody.

The gunman identification card. According to the Gleaner,  his address is listed as Exchange, Ocho Rios, St Ann while on the other, his address is listed as Comfort, Williamsfield, Manchester.

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Jamaica most wanted men must turn themselves in to the police

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Kingston Western Police have listed five men (one not pictured) as wanted.

Another man known as 'Kadulla' of Arnett Gardens, Kingston 12 which photo is not listed must also turn himself into the police

These men are urged to turn themselves in to the Kingston West Police immediately. Contact the Denham Town Police at 876-922-6441 if seen.

• Damaine Taylor o/c ' Itch Pang', 29, of Admiral Town & Rollington Town in Kingston.

Kingston 12. • Ryan Mattis, 21, of New Lincoln Road, Kingston.

• David Reid of Hopeful Village, Kingston 12 & Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 11.

• Collins Corrian o/c 'Jerome Blacks' of Nethersole Drive, Arnett Gardens

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Emancipation Day address to the Nation

Inspired my his Africanness and his recent visit to the African nations of Namibia and South Africa, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gives his Emancipation address to the nation

The Prime Minister use the occasion to address the issue of violence in the culture and community

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Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressed the BRICS Plus Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa

Watch video for the Prime Minister full speech.

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived in Namibia on Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday.

The Prime Minister thank the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa for the invitation to the Summit.

He argued that an inclusive and sustainable economic  growth have a great capacity to transform the lives of millions from poverty to prosperity. He explains that Jamaica and many of the countries in the Caribbean struggles with low levels of economic growth which is made worst by Climate Change. He went on to say, all but one member of CARICOM have been classified as Middle Income countries.

He argued that this is a superficial classification based only on the countries' GDP. According to the Prime Minister, it fails take in consideration the high level indebtedness, fiscal deficit and environmental and social vulnerability which in many ways constrain the countries' options in pursuit of growth.

He argued that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries have made substantial progress in making painful but necessary structural reforms which have delivered microeconomics stability and now have them poised for growth.

The Prime Minister outline four key points of focus that could bring economic growth and prosperity:

  1. Enhance productivity

2. Engage in Trade

3. Must address Climate Change

4. People deserve social protection, inclusion and empowerment

What is BRICS

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Jamaicans no longer need a visa to travel to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday.

One day in his arrival, he broker a deal to have Jamaicans travel visa-free for business and travel to Namibia. The Prime Minister explains that, the Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.

It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as I began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.
Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.
During a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, I noted that both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.

Read the full Message from the Prime Minister: 

Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.

The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.

It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as I began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.
Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.
During a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, I noted that both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.

My official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance. We have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism. I’ve welcomed the announcement by the President of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans; Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians.

Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture. There will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries. I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education.

We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavours. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade.

Namibian President Geingob and I have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.
I believe we are stronger together and the liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Arrival in the Republic of Namibia.

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday

Prime Minister Andrew Holness arrived in the Republic of Namibia to a warm traditional welcome. He explained, that it is the start of my historic official working visit to the African nation. He added, that he was pleasantly surprised by Namibian officials, Culture Minister Babsy Grange and our Ambassador to South Africa Angella Comfort who all presented me with a birthday cake. He went on to say, it was a good way to start off his birthday and working trip.

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