Jamaicans Must Agree on Common Set of Values – Minister Thwaites

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail During the course of the academic year, the Ministry of Education plans to develop and expose children to material that will lead them towards behaviour change and basic and broadly acceptable values.Portfolio Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, said the move comes against the background of what appears to be a “national ambivalence about values within the society” where “some of the certainties of the past are no longer accepted”. He stated that as a nation “we need to consensually agree on the values and attitudes that we are willing to accept as a people”.The Minister was addressing the opening ceremony of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association Principals’ Conference 2013, on Wednesday, April 24, at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.Mentioning the recent withdrawal of printed material from the Health and Family Life Education curriculum, Rev. Thwaites said the Government’s position on the matter is very clear.“Our notion of healthy family life is the relationship between a man and a woman, with tolerance and compassion for those who have adopted a different lifestyle, but we are certainly not going to direct people in terms of something that we do not consider normal,” he stated.The Education Minister noted that the criticisms received in relation to that issue have caused queries from some people as to what should be accepted with regards to good social values. He insisted that there are some things that Jamaicans have to be clear about as it relates to values.Rev. Thwaites argued that simplicity in lifestyle, respect for each other, faithfulness and solidarity “are a few of the basic things that are useful in terms of building a society and making individuals happy”.He appealed for the help of the independent schools in building good social values and fostering behaviour change.By Bryan Miller, JIS Reporter Jamaicans Must Agree on Common Set of Values – Minister Thwaites EducationApril 29, 2013 RelatedSeven Primary Schools in East Kingston Get Tablet Computers Advertisementscenter_img RelatedJamaicans Must Agree on Common Set of Values – Minister Thwaites RelatedJamaicans Must Agree on Common Set of Values – Minister Thwaiteslast_img read more

Obama ‘troubled’ by Turkish leader’s crackdowns

first_imgMany of those businesses, especially those based in Europe, fear that investing in Iran is too risky because the U.S. still has numerous sanctions on the country. Obama on Friday tried to tie the sanctions relief issue with the ballistic missile dispute in chiding Iran.“Iran so far has followed the letter of the [nuclear] agreement. But the spirit of the agreement involves Iran also sending signals to the world community and business that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions that may scare business off,” Obama said. “When they launch ballistic missiles, with slogans calling for the destruction of Israel, that makes businesses nervous.” “I think that the approach they’ve been taking toward the press is one that could lead Turkey down a path that would be very troubling,” Obama said, while also noting his concerns about freedom of speech and religion in the Muslim country, where hundreds of people have been charged with the crime of “insulting” the president.“I’ve said to President Erdogan to remind him that he came into office with a promise of democracy, and Turkey has historically been a country in which deep Islamic faith has lived side by side with modernity and an increasing openness,” Obama said. “And that’s the legacy that he should pursue rather than a strategy that involves repression of information and shutting down democratic debate.”Numerous journalists have been arrested in Turkey in recent months, while the government also took over the popular daily Zaman. Erdogan insists the arrested journalists are linked to Kurdish and other terrorist groups, and that that is why they are being prosecuted. Some of the reporters are accused of supporting the Gulen movement, which Erdogan casts as an opposition effort that has infiltrated the government.Obama also urged Iran not to violate the spirit of the nuclear deal, even if it is technically abiding by it. The comments were aimed at Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles. Obama’s aides say such tests don’t officially violate the nuclear deal struck last July, but that they may run afoul of U.N. resolutions.Opponents of the nuclear deal, which gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, say that the ballistic missile tests prove that the Islamic Republic cannot be trusted.Concern also is rising in recent days within Iran that it is not getting sanctions relief fast enough, as foreign businesses hesitate to do business there. President Barack Obama says he’s troubled by the direction Turkey’s leader is taking his country, especially when it comes to freedom of the press. He also is warning Iran to avoid “provocative” actions such as ballistic missile tests if it wants to benefit from sanctions relief offered under the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last year.In a news conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, Obama was asked whether he thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was an authoritarian. The question came after Erdogan’s bodyguards scuffled with reporters and protesters outside a D.C. think tank Thursday and amid a crackdown on journalists in Turkey.Obama didn’t answer the question directly, and he stressed how critical Turkey, a NATO member that borders Syria, is as an ally. But he also said he’d told Erdogan that “there are some trends within Turkey that I’ve been troubled with.”last_img read more

Health Minister confirms Grenada is part of WHO ACT Accelerator

first_img Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Grenada has recorded 24 cases of the virus with no deaths. Globally, the virus has killed 809,000 and infected 23.4 million others since it was discovered in December last year in China. “Yes, we are part of the 172 countries who received the request and accepted,” Steele said on Monday, adding “it is not costing us financially”. St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Health Minister Nicholas Steele has confirmed that Grenada is one of the 172 countries that has complied with the request from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to join the vaccine arm of The Access to coronavirus (COVID-19) Tools. The WHO has 194 member states – all of the member states of the United Nations except for Liechtenstein, plus the Cook Islands and Niue. A state becomes a full member of WHO by ratifying the treaty known as the Constitution of the World Health Organization. Story vis CMC Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “At present, there are nine vaccines that are part of this dynamic portfolio, which is constantly being reviewed and optimised to ensure access to the best possible range of products. Even now discussions are ongoing with four more producers and a further nine vaccines are currently under evaluation for the longer term,” he told the virtual news conference. WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at the daily news conference on Monday said that most of the organisation’s members are engaging the COVAX Global Vaccine Facility. “The facility is critical, it’s the critical mechanism for joined procurement across multiple vaccines so whatever vaccine is proved to be safe all countries within the facility will access them. Most importantly it is the mechanism to enable a globally coordinated roll-out. This is in the best interest of all countries even those that have invested with individual manufacturers independently,” the Director-General said. You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 “Last week I sent a letter to all member states requesting them to join the vaccine arm of the ACT accelerator, I am pleased to announce that 172 countries are now engaging with the COVAX Global Vaccine facility which has the largest and most diverse COVID-19 vaccine portfolio in the world,” Ghebreyesus said. More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is a new, ground breaking global collaboration to accelerate development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 UK Accelerating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Caribbean(British High Commission Bridgetown Press Release) Ensuring equitable access to vaccines, treatments and tests to all in the Caribbean and Latin America through international and regional collaboration, is the only solution to ending the COVID-19 pandemic. UK and Mexico Foreign Secretaries, Dominic Raab and Marcelo Ebrard, expressed this view during…August 7, 2020In “CARICOM”St. Kitts And Nevis Confirms Two COVID-19 CasesNATIONAL STATEMENT ON COVID-19 By the Hon Wendy Colleen Phipps Minister of State with Responsibility for Health March 25, 2020 In my capacity as Minister of State with Responsibility for Health, it is my duty to inform you that as of 11:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Federation…March 25, 2020In “CARICOM”Countries in the Americas Pool Efforts to Ensure Access to COVID-19 VaccinesThe director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, Tuesday said countries in the Americas were pooling their efforts to ensure access to treatments and vaccines for coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Acting as a bloc, PAHO member states will benefit from our technical expertise, as well as our…July 16, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp “We are working with vaccine manufacturers to provide all countries that join the effort, timely and equitable access to all vaccines, licensed and approved. This does not just pool risk, it also means that prices will be kept as low as possible,” said Ghebreyesus. Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020last_img read more