JAMAICA, WHY DO THEY HATE YOU…don’t even count the ways!

Originally posted on Sheri Veronica:

vscTHE TRUTH IS, we were taught to hate JAMAICANS.  As a little girl in primary school, our teacher taught us that Barbados was the jewel of the Caribbean.  We were taught that any mad/crazy slave or any slave who could not take instructions, were shipped off to Jamaica.  This was the mandate, I supposed in my little head (or was that taught to me also), of every Caribbean island.  Send the mad and **aggressive slaves to Jamaica.  Then as time passed and you start to see clearer, meet people and question things, you soon realize that the insurgent slaves were the brave ones.  They were the men and women who could not be broken.  There were the men and women who remembered their rich past and knew of their dark future away from their homes.  They didn’t need the new religion and they certainly didn’t need to bake in the sun!…

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Guidelines & Link for Application Form re Youth in Excellence Project 2014 – Kiwanis Club of Kingston



 Invites Applications to it’s


A project under the Distinguished Patronage of the Governor General of Jamaica

   Target Group:

 Young people between the ages of 13 and 25 years, as at September 30, 2014, who have achieved excellence in any of the following areas:


(4) ARTS (specifically craft, drama, speech, dance, music)

 Defining Excellence

  Excellence is defined by the quality of achievement and the impact this has had at the school, community or national level.

 We are encouraging organizations that are involved with young people, to identify worthy applicants from among their membership, encourage them to submit an application while acting as their Sponsor.

 And if you as an individual know someone who qualifies for this project, encourage them to submit an application and act as their sponsor.


ALL applications must be signed by a SPONSOR and all supporting documents as evidence of the achievements submitted


Applications must be sent to:


c/o Youth In Excellence Project Committee  

P.O. Box 510, Kingston 6


Sent via Email to:




AUGUST 26, 2014


The following information must be included with all applications:


Applicant’s picture

 Applicant’s name, address, tel. number and e-mail address

 Applicant’s birth date and gender

 Application category (Academics, Sports, Leadership, Arts)

 A description of the achievement attained by the applicant

 A description of the impact this achievement has had on school, community and nation

 Supporting documentation as evidence of the achievement (such as copies of certification, awards, photos etc.)

 Applicant’s signature and date of signing




 The name of the sponsor

 Sponsor’s address, telephone number and email address

 Sponsor’s signature and date of signing

Please note that by nominating the applicant and signing the application, the Sponsor is acknowledging that he/she can attest to the authenticity of the information submitted.



 Below is the link for the Application Form. It can be opened and filled in, adding additional sheets as may be necessary.

Application_Form May 2014

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The Kiwanis Club of Kingston’s Youth in Excellence Programme


Fedrick Dacres seen here with his mother and members of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston, as he accepted his Award  for Excellence in Sport in 2011.

This is an original programme from the Kiwanis Club of Kingston, geared towards Identifying and recognizing young persons between the ages of 13 and 25 years who have achieved excellence in the areas of Leadership, Academics, Sports or the Arts and there is also a special category for Bravery. Excellence is defined by the quality of the achievement and the impact it has had at the school, the community or the national level.

This project began in the administrative year 1997-1998 and is the brainchild of Past Director David Hall under the aegis of the Youth Services Committee, and he continues to be the driving force behind its implementation. The initiative was borne out of a concern of the Kiwanis Club of Kingston that many youngsters had lost hope in the future and in their ability to become the best that they can be. This project was therefore geared to provide inspiration to a generation of Jamaican youth under the age of twenty-five (25) years.

In order to be considered for this award, the applicant must be sponsored by either an individual or an organization, who accepts the responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is submitted on the applicant’s behalf. It should also be noted that Cash Awards are made to both the winner and the runner up in each category.

All the Governors General that have held office since the inception of the project beginning with Sir Howard Cooke have endorsed the project and acted as its Patron and the awards are presented at a Luncheon Meeting by the Governor General.

Some of the organizations that have submitted applicants for consideration include the Jamaica 4H Clubs, Jamaica Teachers Association, The Jamaica Combined Cadet Corps, The Girl Guides’ Association, The Boy Scouts Association, The Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association, The Jamaica Football Federation, The Jamaica Netball Association and The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts.

Although it has been our intent for this programme to be an annual event, this has not always been possible. We do however plan to have it this year in this our 50th Anniversary year.

Looking back, it may be interesting to recall some of our past winners;

In Sports

  • Luton Shelton 2007                    International Footballer
  • Simone Forbes 2009                  International Netballer who also represented Jamaica in Softball, Volleyball and Football
  • Samardo Samuels 2010             Basketball player who was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA
  • Fedrick Dacres 2011                The first Jamaican to win a gold medal in Discus at a Global meet which he did at the IAAF World Youth Championships

In the Arts

  • Andrew Clarke 2007          Actor, singer, performance poet and aspiring writer who has won a total of 18 Gold, 9 Silver and 1 Bronze medal at JCDC Festival competitions
  • Nadje Leslie 2008              Noted violinist and multiple golf medal winner at JCDC Festival competitions and winner of the Junior Instrumental Grand Champion of the World (California 2006)

In Academics

  • Ravindra Ganesh 1998               Achieved four “A” level subjects at age 15 after passing eight subjects at “O” level (Grade 1 in seven of them) at age 13 years
  • Kevin Brown 2009                       Achieved seven “O” level subjects at Grade 1 and another at Grade 2. Was adjudged joint 10th in the world for his exam results in Mechanical & Geometrical Drawing.
  • Shantayae Grant 2010               Sat four CSEC subjects In 4th form passing three at Grade 1 and one at Grade 2; then in 5th form did another eight subjects achieving seven Grade 1 and one Grade 2.
  • Jeorghino Lodge 2011               Sat ten CSEC subjects and achieved Grade 1 in all of them.

  In Leadership

  • Shanique Austin 2010               For her leadership roles in the 4-H Club movement, the ISCF, as Student Council Body President and as a Member of the School Board. She was also a Peer Educator / Counselor and Head Girl.

Special Award – Courage and Perseverance

  • Robert Williams 2010                This went beyond our categories but could not be ignored as this young man became blind at age 11 years prior to sitting his GSAT. He then enrolled at the Salvation Army School for the Blind and sat the GSAT exam passing for Jamaica College. He excelled at JC receiving the Danny Williams award for Excellence. After high school he was hospitalized but was awarded a place at the University of the West Indies and graduated with Upper Second Class Honors.

This is a sample of the achievements that this programme was able to unearth and we think there are many more that can be an inspiration to our young people and Jamaicans in general.


The launch of this year’s Youth In Excellence Programme took place on May 27 and applications can now be submitted with the deadline being August 15, 2014. The Awards will be presented by the Governor General in September. There is an application form that will be available on this site as well as the rules governing entry. Applications may be sent to kiwanisclubofkingston@yahoo.com or via post to P. O. Box 510, Kingston 6. The Email address can also be used for enquires.



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50 Years Ago In the Beginning – The Kiwanis Club of Kingston

Kiwanis 50 years service logo 2ABGold

Although he may not have been the first person to have had the idea, he certainly was the first person to act on it. That person was Alan Talbot, an English Insurance executive who was working in Jamaica in the early 1960’s. He had attended a Kiwanis meeting at the Kiwanis Club of Nassau as a luncheon guest and was impressed with what he saw and expressed an interest in forming a Club in Kingston, Jamaica. The New Club Building Chairman of the Nassau Club agreed to help Alan in the preliminaries of organizing a Kiwanis Club in Kingston.


Back in Kingston, Alan started discussions with a number of businessmen whom he thought would have the vision and the aptitude to grasp the concept of bringing a service club into being. One of those men was R. Frank Melhado who was to become the Charter President of the Club.


Gradually, they recruited more business and professional men who recognized the contribution a Kiwanis Club could make to a newly independent Jamaica and who were prepared to sacrifice some of their precious spare time. Dene Meikle, then President of the Kiwanis Club of Nassau, paid several visits to Jamaica to help guide the process.


Although initially the plan was to seek affiliation with the Florida District that had agreed to Jamaica becoming part of that District, Florida later reneged so Frank Melhado then approached the Canadian District that the Kiwanis Club of Nassau was a part of and they welcomed Jamaica with open arms. That District was then called Ontario, Quebec & Maritimes later to be renamed Eastern Canada & Caribbean to reflect the increasing Caribbean presence.


The first pre-organizational meeting was held at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel on Tuesday, January 7, 1964 when 14 prospective Kiwanians embarked on the task of building the membership up to the required minimum of 25 for the organization of the Club. This number was surpassed and on March 24, 1964, the 5,224th club in Kiwanis International was organized. It was the 3rd club in the Caribbean and Jamaica became the 12th Kiwanis nation.


On May 16, 1964 when International President-Elect, Edward B. Moyland presented the Charter at a banquet at the Sheraton Kingston Hotel, the membership stood at 71. From very early, there was a determination from the leadership that this club would not be a “knife and fork” club and that the members would be required to participate vigorously in community service activities and in general activities that tended to depend on charity.


Since those early days, some things have changed. For example we no longer meet at that hotel that was once the Sheraton, then the Hilton and the Wyndham because of another fire which resulted in the Club again losing much of its memorabilia. Many Major Projects have been undertaken; many new Clubs have been formed; many Service Projects have been carried out; many of our members have assumed greater leadership roles; many young lives have been saved; many young people have been motivated to achieve their goals and many of the less fortunate have been helped to make their lives a little better and many of our stalwarts have passed on. But since the focus is still to serve the children of the world, the Kiwanis Club of Kingston continues to strive to uphold the ideals of the Kiwanis movement.



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Jamaica’s Dominance at the Penn Relays continues in 2014




Well, Penn Relays 2014 has now ended and the Jamaican High Schools have continued their dominance winning five of the six relays that they competed in. Congrats to Edwin Allen for taking a double (4x100m and the 4x400m) and for the boys it was JC in the 4x100m, St. Jago in the 4x400m and Calabar in the 4x800m. It was notable that Jamaica occupied the top 6 positions in the boys 4x100m, the top 3 positions & 6th place in the 4x400m and 1st, 3rd, 9th & 11th in the 4x800m

The Girls almost duplicated the performance of the Boys in the 4x100m by taking the top 3 positions as well as 5th and 6th; in the 4x400m they took the top 4 positions as well as 5th place and in the 4×800 they took 2nd & 3rd.

Jamaica also did well in the individual events; the Boys took the High Jump with Bryan from Wolmers, the Triple Jump with Clayton Brown of JC and the 400H with Hyde of Wolmers while the Girls also won 3 individual events; the Discus by Frazer of Edwin Allen, the Long Jump by Claudette Allen of Edwin Allen and the High Jump by Krista-Gay Taylor of Alpha.

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Round of 32 Men – Prediction for the Australian Open


Here are my 32 Men for the third round selected before the first serve.

Rafael Nadal #1

Gael Monfils #25

Andreas Seppi #24

Kei Nishikori #16

Miloa Raonic #11

Grigor Dimitrov #22

Benoit Paire #27

Juan Martin Del Potro #5

Andy Murray #4

Feliciano Lopez #26

Philipp Kohlscreiber #21

John Isner #13

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga #10

Giles Simon #18

Fernando Verdasco #31

Roger Federer #6

Tomas Berdych #7

Ivan Dodig #32

Kevin Anderson #19

Tommy Haas #12

Mikhail Youzhny #14

Jerzy Janowicz #20

Jeremy Chardy #29

David Ferrer #3

Stanislas Wawrinka #8

Nicolas Mahut #U

Tommy Robredo #17

Richard Gasquet #9

Jarkko Nieminen #U

Sam Querry #U

Marcos Baghdatis #U

Novak Djokovic #2

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Round of 32 Women – Prediction for the Australian Open


Here are my 32 women for the third round selected before the first serve.

Serena William #1

Daniela Hantuchova #31

Samantha Stosur #17

Ana Ivanovic #14

Madison Keys #U

Laura Robson #U

Eugenie Bouchard #30

Sara Errani #7

Na Li #4

Lucie Safarova #26

Venus Williams #U

Sabine Lisicki #15

Angelique Kerber #9

Elena Vasnina #23

Flavia Pennetta #28

Petra Kvitova #6

Jelena Jankovic #8

Shuai Peng #U

Sorana Cirstea #21

Simona Halep #11

Carla Suarez Navarro #16

Dominika Cibulkova #20

Alize Cornet #25

Maria Sharapova #3

Agnieszka Radwanska #5

A Pavlyuchenkova #29

Kaia Kanepi #24

Caroline Wozniacki #10

Sloane Stephens #13

Svetlana Kuznetsova #19

Bojana Jovanovski #33

Victoria Azarenka #2

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