Jamaican now world’s oldest
A Jamaican woman has become the oldest person in the world.
Violet Mosses Brown, a resident of Duanvale, Trelawny is now the world’s oldest person. Brown was born in Jamaica on March 10, 1900, making her 117 years and 42 days old. Emma Morano, who died in her Italian home at 117 and 137 days old on April 15, previously held the longevity record. Her birth on Nov. 29, 1899, made Morano the last person born in the 1800s.
When Brown was born, Jamaica was still under colonial rule under Queen Victoria. In 2015, Brown was given a letter by Queen Elizabeth II in honor of her 115th birthday. Following Brown on the list is Japan’s Nabi Tajima, who is 116 years and 256 days old.
Brown told the Jamaica Observer Sunday that she feels “happy to be the oldest person.” In a 2010 interview with the Jamaica Gleaner, “Aunt V,” as they call her, said, “hard work and good food” were the secret to her old age. Brown’s son, Harold Fairweather, is 97, so clearly longevity runs in this family. Fairweather is thought to be the world’s oldest person with a living parent.
Guyana suicide rank improves
Guyana is no longer the suicide capital of the world, having fallen to fourth place, according to statistics on the World Health Organization website. Although the latest tabulations indicate a steadily rising rate of suicide in Guyana from 2000 until 2012, there is a notable decrease between 2012 and 2015, which would signal that the various systems put in place, including a suicide hotline, have made the desired impact.
According to the data on the WHO’s website, which was last updated on April 4, in 2015 Sri Lanka had the highest suicide rate in the world at an estimated 35.3 per every 100,000 inhabitants; Lithuania was second with 32.7 per 100,000; North Korea third with 32.0; and Guyana fourth with 29.0. According to the most recent statistics, divided by gender, men were three times more likely to kill themselves than women.
New Antigua Sailing Week book
The Antigua Sailing Week organising committee this week unveiled its commemorative book celebrating the 50-year existence of the regatta.
The 160-page hard cover “Antigua Sailing Week: The First 50 Years” was launched at a cocktail reception at the Admiral’s Inn in the Nelson’s Dockyard on Tuesday, April 18. Some of the history makers of Antigua Sailing Week attended and autographed the coffee-table book. It includes photographs, interviews and memorable stories from history-makers, who have made key contributions to the event over the years.
Dominica plans new airlines
Two new airlines may soon be providing services to Dominica, Robert Tongue, minister for tourism has revealed. Tongue said that both airlines are based in the Caribbean. Dominica’s main air carrier LIAT has been criticised for its irregular operations.
The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association has issued a press release calling on the shareholder governments to remove the current LIAT management, saying it “unfortunately has no other choice.”
“Hopefully soon we will have two new airlines servicing Dominica, one of them is called TIA out of Barbados and St Lucia which will start sometime in October, to ensure that more persons can come to Dominica when they want to come and also more affordable,” Tongue said. The other airline was not named. He added that traveling to Dominica is still a challenge, however, his ministry has been engaging with a number of airlines to improve travel.
JA bananas in demand
The Jamaican government is taking steps to increase the country’s banana production, partly because international demand has increased significantly in recent years.
Donovan Stanberry, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, said that a European Union funded programme to boost banana exports is now in the final phase.
The programme started after the industry was severely disrupted during the 2008 Hurricane Season.
Stanberry said: “While we cannot go back into the mainstream market because we are not competitive, we can in fact go into niche areas of the market – there’s an element of the diaspora, particularly in Britain and in Canada – that are still willing to buy our banana, even at the higher prices; we can’t compete at price but certainly at a higher quality than the banana coming out of Latin America.”
The EU funded programme is in its final year.