Welcome to the second helping of Chronicles with Author Kwame McPherson. In this episode, Kwame offer to viewers a vast range of news items and a wonderful feature on a new Author entering into the writing circles.
By Kwame McPherson
Took place over the weekend at the National Stadium, Kingston, a precursor to the international athletic season. Athletes from all over the world were invited to compete against Jamaica’s best. Up next the IAAF Grand Prix before the Olympics.
High Commissioner Returns to Jamaica
Aloun Ndombet Assamba ended her tenure as Jamaica’s High Commissioner and Ambassador to the UK, leaving office by May 1st. Known as the ‘People’s High Commissioner’ she espoused class, diplomacy and had time for every and anyone, regardless of who they were or came from. She also enabled Brand Jamaica to be enhanced through a number of initiatives including engaging the Diaspora and more business investors.
Marvin Rees Bristol’s 2nd Black Mayor
Last Thursday 5th May, Labour have secured another decisive victory in the Bristol mayoral election, where Labour candidate Marvin Rees beat the charismatic independent George Ferguson, who had ruled since 2012, by a significant margin. Rees, who describes himself as the mixed-race son of a white single mother, sees parallels between his victory in Bristol on Saturday and Sadiq Khan’s triumph in London. Both are from modest backgrounds and have risen to high office through the Labour party. Rees earned 68,750 votes to Ferguson’s 39,577. Follows Jim Williams footsteps.
Claude McKay Literary Event
Literary Event taking place on Thursday 19th May, Jamaica High Commission, 6pm. Festus Claudius “Claude” McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican–American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem that has not yet been published. McKay also authored collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, Gingertown (1932), two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home (1937) and My Green Hills of Jamaica (published posthumously), and a non-fiction, socio-historical treatise entitled Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940). His 1922 poetry collection, Harlem Shadows, was among the first books published during the Harlem Renaissance. His Selected Poems was published posthumously, in 1953.
Diaspora Debating Association
Are you aware or educated about the impact on you and your family? Are you getting involved? Britain IN or OUT? Diaspora Debating Association will be having a debate on Brexit and Bremain, taking place on June 23rd 2016.
Will be held on Sunday 22nd May
Jesus House, 112 Brent Street
Brent Cross NW2 1LT
FREE ADMISSION, DONATIONS WELCOME
Facebook: Diaspora Debating Association
What is prostate cancer?
Prostate cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer often grows slowly to start with and may never cause any problems. But some men have prostate cancer that is more likely to spread. This needs treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate.
Who’s at risk?
n the UK, about 1 in 4 African Caribbean men will get prostate cancer at some point in their lives. Men aged 50 or over, men with a family history of prostate cancer and Black men are more at risk of getting prostate cancer.
Changes to look out for include
- needing to urinate more often than usual, including at night – for example if you often need to go again after two hours
- difficulty starting to urinate
- straining or taking a long time to finish urinating
- a weak flow when you urinate
- a feeling that you’re not emptying your bladder fully
- needing to rush to the toilet – sometimes leaking before you get there
- dribbling urine after you finish.
Less common symptoms include
- pain when urinating
- pain when ejaculating
- blood in your urine or semen*
- problems getting or keeping an erection – this isn’t a common symptom of a prostate problem and is more often linked to other health conditions such as diabetes or heart problems.
TUESDAY 10th MAY
One Day Without Shoes Day
One Day Without Shoes Day was created by the Californian company Toms Shoes to encourage people to pay more attention to the numerous problems a lack of shoes can cause in the lives of impoverished children. It all started when Blake Mycoskie, the owner of Toms Shoes, visited Argentina in 2006 and noticed that many of the children were running through the streets barefooted. Soon, he discovered that a lack of shoes was a wider problem in Argentina as well as other developing countries and he decided that he wanted to use his shoe company to help them, especially because the lack of shoes often had a serious impact on those childrens’ lives by discouraging them from attending school and making it much easier for them to contract various infections. Mycoskie then came up with the “one for one” business model, meaning that for every pair of shoes his company sold, it would provide a new pair of shoes free of charge to the shoeless youth of Argentina and other developing countries. The first 10,000 pairs of free shoes were distributed in to Argentinian children in October 2006.