The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has generally enjoyed a good reputation, even when some question the relevance of its existence.It has been 49 years since the JDF was established, and with no major threats to Jamaica from outside sources, as such the level of understanding of the role of the army has diminished.
The JDF has often been called on to justify its existence to an increasingly pluralistic society. However, at the dawn of the 21st Century there is no question that the JDF has accomplished a lot and is respected internationally and regionally for excellent service. It has even been described by many in the Caribbean as the best trained armed force in the region.
The 2010 David "Wagga" Hunt Memorial Classic was held in Kingston and Miramar, Florida, on August 7th and 21st, respectively. The Florida chapters of the Kingston College Old Boys Association and the Calabar Alumni Association jointly hosted the Florida leg of the event at the Miramar Regional Park.
The event was the counterpart to the successful first leg staged in Jamaica at the UWI Mona Bowl which featured three (3) games. In the curtain-raiser, Real Mona defeated Meadhaven United, a club which Hunt co-founded, 3-1. Next, Meadhaven Masters faced off against Pelicans Masters, which is comprised primarily of former UWI alumni, with Pelicans emerging winners on penalty kicks after an entertaining 0-0 draw at full-time. Hunt, a UWI graduate, was also a former Pelicans player.
The Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, hosted its Annual Community Scholarship Award ceremony at Sandals Grande Ocho Rios Beach & Villa Golf Resort on August 12, 2010.
Saturday will mark the 47th anniversary of the historic March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his powerful ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI Have a DreamÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â speech. Dr. Kings message of equality, unity, democracy and tolerance lured men and women from across the nation from different racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds. They came for a healing and for hope.
August 28, 1963 was a great day for all Americans, one that subsequently resulted in the passage of two pieces of legislation the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that dramatically improved the social and political landscape for African Americans and provided civil rights proponents legal recourse to fight institutionalized racism.