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Culture Ministry Pledges Full Support for Significant Milestones

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year.They are the 180th anniversary of full freedom, emanating from the 1834 Abolition Act; and the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the labour riots of 1938, when the working class of Jamaica clamoured for better working conditions and wages.Miss Grange made the announcement at the Accompong Town Maroons anniversary ceremony in St. Elizabeth on January 6.She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”.“The second celebration that we are going to give all the support – technical and financial – is the 180th anniversary of full freedom,” the Minister said.“Recall that 1834 saw the enactment of the Abolition Act, and the English provided the planters, as part of their compensation, with four additional years of African enslavement called apprenticeship. As such, it was in 1838 that full freedom was established by the resolute determination of the African population to abandon the plantations. So, we must celebrate the 180th anniversary of our enslaved ancestors getting full freedom,” Miss Grange said.She noted that the third milestone to be celebrated (the labour riots of 1938), led to the formation of Jamaica’s first trade union.The Minister said that those signature celebrations should ensure that the island’s “young people will recognise the struggles of our ancestors”.Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”.“It is fitting that we start with the achievements of Captain Cudjoe and his warriors here in Accompong, where it all happened. As such, we move forward this year in the spirit of Captain Cudjoe, fiercely determined not to give in, but rather to achieve the ultimate goal of sustainable prosperity for our people,” she said.The Minister pointed out that the year will end with the celebration on December 27 of the Sam Sharpe war. “That event of meticulous organisation and flaming passions led to the final decision by the English Parliament to end the horrible system of slavery in the British Empire,” she noted.“Again in the spirit of Sam Sharpe and his band of followers, we must not retreat or surrender, but engage fully in the national project of reconciliation and peace, which was the ultimate dream of our ancestors,” the Minister said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says in addition to the Maroon Peace Treaty celebration on January 6, the Ministry will provide maximum support to two other significant milestones this year. She argued that the event, which marked the truce between the Accompong Town Maroons and the British in 1738, after decades of hostilities, was “the first of three major activities within the history of Jamaica, which have been responsible for the assertion of Jamaican cultural identity and image”. Ms. Grange said the Accompong Town Maroons celebration was an appropriate start to the year, as “our forefathers fought unflinchingly for their human rights”. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

first_imgDubai: An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Mersin is some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, where authorities alleged the Adrian Darya had been heading before being seized off Gibraltar in early July. Iranian state media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the new reported destination of the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some 130 million. Nor was there any immediate reaction from Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deals directly with Tehran and Russia over Syria’s long war. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. At current speeds, it estimated the Adrian Darya would reach Mersin in about a week. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tanker’s detention and later release by Gibraltar has fueled the growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago. In the time since, Iran lost billions of dollars in business deals allowed by the deal as the US re-imposed and created sanctions largely blocking Tehran from selling crude oil aboard, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.last_img read more

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