Jamaica Joins Worldwide #BlackLivesMatter Protests

first_imgIn the vicinity of the Emanicaption park in Kingston, a second protest also took place. Residents blasted “Murderer” by Buju Banton over and over as they lined the sidewalk with #BlackLivesMatter signs. He noted that the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. The four individuals were later joined by United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia, who has endorsed peaceful protesting. According to the Jamaica Observer, Tapia’s presence seemed to surprise the protestors, whose numbers increased when residents of the Standpipe community, which is located across the road from the embassy, heard he was there and decided to join him. The Prime Minister said he assured Mr. Stephens that “in no way, shape or form, will there be any attempt to cover up [and] that we will seek to have justice done in this matter”. On June 4, a small group of Jamaicans gathered outside of the United States embassy to protest police brutality, both internationally and locally. While the protesters expressed their outrage over the police killing of black American George Floyd, they also cited Susan Bogle, the 44-year-old disabled woman killed by a soldier in August Town, St Andrew last week. During a virtual press briefing on May 31), Holness said he had reached out to Ms. Bogle’s son, Omari Stephens, to offer his deepest condolences and was moved by Mr. Stephen’s sentiment that he did not want his mother’s death “to go in vain or to be ignored”. Jamaica has joined the long list of countries that have demonstrated their solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement by protesting. In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has assured that justice will be served for Susan Bogle. On June 6, a larger and much more diverse crowd gathered outside of the embassy, with signs that read, “Black Lives Matter”, “Justice for Susan Bogle” and “White Silence is violence”. Black and white residents alike joined the protest. last_img read more

Sanctuary’s buoy system helps preserve Lake Huron’s historical treasures

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — In order to protect the historical shipwrecks throughout the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, maritime archaeologists and scuba divers hit the waters to set up a seasonal mooring buoy system.Hundreds of shipwrecks and interesting geological features fill the depths of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. A team installs buoys at over 50 sites in Lake Huron. This is the 17th season that Wayne and his team have been setting up mooring buoys.“We look over the mooring buoy system to make sure everything is good,” said Lusardi. “All of the tackle that goes down to a train wheel, so the buoys are not directly tied to the shipwrecks…They’re next to them.”State maritime archaeologist Wayne Lusardi coordinates both the drop off and pick up each mooring buoy which means he is one of the first to visit the wrecks each season.“This time of year, it’s a really great time to actually see the shipwrecks, and they are like old friends I guess?” chuckled Lusardi. “The clarity of the water makes that a really awesome experience.”The two week process has Lusardi and his team consistently in and out of the water which can pose quite a bit of a challenge with the wrong conditions.“It is cold, so it’s a little bit stressful in that regard because you do get chills after a few dives,” said Lusardi. “We usually do maybe six to eight dives a day if the weather is good.”Come October, Lusardi and his team will hit the water again and pick up the mooring buoys you see while enjoying Lake Huron. To see where each buoy is located, visit https://thunderbay.noaa.gov/shipwrecks/moorings.htmlAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Buoy, Lake Huron, Mooring Buoy, shipwrecks, State Maritime Archaeologist, Thunder Bay National Marine SanctuaryContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Thursday, May 30Next Hinks Elementary hosts lemonade sale to teach financial literacylast_img read more