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JON-J Mango Hall initiative
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Sporlight on BOLT
Huge expectations from  team
Jamaica and UsainBolt 
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Flag Raising
Upcoming Flag Raising events
in New Jersey.
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54th Thnksgb Svc
Upcoming 54th Independence
Church Service in New Jersey.
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2018 JON-J Elected State Executive Team...
Upcoming events: Congratulations to our 2018 JON-J State Executive team: .......President Debbi Simms ....... Vice President Tracy Tomlinson-Dixon.....Vice President Dr. Claudette Lattimore.....Treasurer Andrea Ashman.....Public Relations Ray Nelson.....General Secretary Halcott L Hector   
JON-J Upcoming Activities....
JON-J recent and Upcoming events  [...Details]








About JON-J
President Debra G. Simms, Esq.
Meet The President
A remarkable story of a Jamaican Inventor that we can all be proud of.



JON-J Chapter News
Middlesex Mercer
Diahlo Investigation
Bamboo Grill
Justice Department probe
sought in police shooting
of Diahlo Grant [...Details]
New Jamaican restaurant
spices up Warren Street [...Details]
Essex Passaic
Caribbean Festival
Paterson NJ
Caribbean Festival
earlier this summer
at Branchbrook Park [...Details]
Paterson council approves
mayor’s temporary finance
director appointment [...Details]
Caribbean Women in Politics
Caribbean women having an impact in politics accross the country [...Details]

Jamaica Million Tree Planting 
A new project in Jamaica aims to plant 1 million new trees in the country in the next four years.

As reported in the Caribbean Journal, the project by SCJ Holdings Limited, is being undertaken in partnership with a number of ministries, departments and agencies in Jamaica.  The goals of the project include boosting local food production, increasing agricultural employment and reducing the country’s carbon footprint.  

According to the Caribbean Journal, Jamaica is planning to distribute 75,000 seedlings this year to replenish the country’s forests, according to Environment Minister Robert Pickersgill. The distribution comes after 31,000 seedlings were distributed last year. (Caribbean Journal Staff).

Richard Branson Relaunches Entrepreneurship Center in Jamaica
Branson Relanuches Entrepreneurship Center

Branson traveled to Jamaica to celebrate the relaunch and relocation of the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. After originally launching the center in Montego Bay in 2011, Branson’s Virgin Unite has moved the center to Kingston to be closer to the burgeoning innovation ecosystem in Jamaica’s capital.

“The spirit and energy of the Caribbean is like nowhere else in the world – this place buzzes with entrepreneurial spirit,” Branson said. The non-profit Virgin Unite, founded in 2004, aims to “unite people and entrepreneurial ideas to create opportunities for a better world.” Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness also attended the launch, and discussed with Branson the state of the current business landscape and ways to raise the country’s GDP and support new business ventures of the future. 

“Ongoing support from both government and business is crucial to delivering entrepreneurs in the Caribbean with what they so desperately need – accessible investment options, business support, mentoring and global growth opportunities,” Branson said.  (source - Caribbean Journal)

JA: IMF Executive Board  Approves US$39.6 Million
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed on September 16, 2016 the thirteenth review of Jamaica’s economic performance under the program supported by a four-year, US$932.3 million arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility. [...Details]

Town and villages to come alive for 'Jamaica 55'
TOWN centres and villages across the island are expected to come alive with the celebration of culture for 'Jamaica 55'. [...Details]

Chuck calls for pushback against criminals
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth – Justice Minister Delroy Chuck is urging Jamaicans to join with the Government to use the current surge in crime as an “opportunity” to push back against criminals [...Details]

PIOJ says economy progressing towards Vison 2030 goals
During 2016, the Jamaican economy made progress towards realising the goals of the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan. The economy grew by 1.4% for 2016; the 4th consecutive year of growth, “as the country continues to benefit from structural reforms that have begun to bear fruit [...Details]


Coffee Traders enters cocoa arena with chocolate-coated delicacy
Coffee Traders Limited, one of the big three coffee companies, has added a chocolate-coated delicacy which it will retail through its own chain of coffee shops, as well supermarkets and hotels. [...Details]

Quikanou.com: A new Jamaican online Amazon like mall launched with Caribbean and global ambitions
Quikanou.com a new Jamaican online mall, is out to be the Caribbean's answer to Amazon and Alibaba. So far more than 50 local businesses have signed up wth the newly launched company, opening them up to consumers on the world wide web. [...Details]

Tastee Franchise expands to 51 restaurants
Franchise group 3 Sixty Restaurants opened its fifth Tastee restaurant on Friday — this time in Port Antonio, capital of Portland. It is the 51st Tastee location for the fast food company, which is currently celebrating its 51st year, according to a recent news... [...Details]

JBDC starts drive to turn out $100m companies, partners with First Angels network
The state-run Jamaica Business Development Centre (JBDC) wants to start churning out $100 million companies through its recently launched accelerator programme. It marks a shift in the agency's focus from assisting start-up companies in its incubator programme to one which positions them to grow, and comes with a new effort to help them source financing. [...Details]

Sports and Entertainment
Austrailia: Raggamuffin Music Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary

Shaggy, The Wailers with Julian Marley and Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, Ky-Mani Marley with Gentleman, Morgan Heritage, Diana King and Etana are the acts confirmed for the show. 

A number of home-grown acts will also perform. They include Six60, The Black Seeds, Herbs, and House Of Shem.

Australian Andrew McManus started Raggamuffin Festival in 2008 with shows in the cities of Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
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Elaine Thompson destined for greatness

Athens Olympics 100m gold medallist Aileen Bailey described 2016 RJR Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year nominee Elaine Thompson as an amazing lady destined for greatness.

Bailey believes that Thompson will do well in the future and that she could be the spearhead of Jamaican sprinting when six-time Olympic winner Usain Bolt retires. An Olympic 100 and 200 metres finalist herself in 2004, Bailey has high praise for Thompson and her achievements in 2016.  Bailey stated: "She's doing well, representing us well and I wish the best for her."[...Details]

Estelle single featuring Tarrus Riley, soars on SoundCloud Reggae Charts
To exciting and positive reviews from fans worldwide, VP Records recently premiered Love Like Ours, performed by Grammy (R) winning R&B artiste Estelle and reggae star Tarrus Riley.

Taking social media by storm, Love Like Ours is the lead single from the songbird's forthcoming fall 2017 full-length album with her new VP Records deal. The sizzling summer single has within a week made its way to number one on the SoundCloud 'New & Hot' Reggae Chart, and SoundCloud Reggae Chart, from number 27 to number seven on SoundCloud Reggae Chart. [...Details]


Jamaica Going Green with Solar Energy at amaica House 
Jamaica’s government is going greener. The country announced recently that it would join the Solar Head of State coalition and install solar photovoltaic panels on the island’s national executive office, Jamaica House.
Jamaica announced that it would join the Solar Head of State coalition and install solar photovoltaic panels on Jamaica House. The announcement is in keeping the promise to transition to 30 percent renewable energy by 2030.
“This project is symbolic of the renewable future we see for Jamaica and the Caribbean,” said Prime Minister Andrew Holness. “Islands like Jamaica are becoming leaders for demonstrating the deployment of solar technology, and I aim to lead by example, by installing solar PV on the Office of the Prime Minister, Jamaica House.”

Jamaica House was built in Kingston to be the official office for the Prime Minister of Jamaica after the country gained its independence in 1962. “With this vision in mind, the time has come to begin the transition,” said Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr. Andrew Wheatley. “What better way to start than with the Solarization of Jamaica House. This renewable energy revolution is not only essential but exciting and we want all of Jamaica to share in this vision and excitement.”

Solar Head of State partners governments with solar technology companies, local installers, major climate NGOs and foundations to offer professionally installed solar systems on the residences of heads of state or government around the world. With support from its partners, Solar Head of State will install a donated 15kW grid-connected photovoltaic system on Jamaica House, ultimately saving the government thousands of dollars on energy expenditures.

Jamaica also plans to implement energy projects identified at COP 22, where delegates from 195 countries met to discuss the recently adopted Paris Agreement. “I’m so pleased to see Jamaica setting such a great example,” said Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, a leading advocate for green energy in the Caribbean.

The installation work will be undertaken by U.S. firm Solar Island Energy, working with the National Energy Solutions Limited – an agency of the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology – and Envisage Energy – a local Jamaican company focused on building the island’s sustainable future. — Caribbean Journal - Dana Niland, CJ Contributor


Activities from around JON-J Chapters
(Mercer County)
Mercer Chapter Team at City Hall Birthday at Chapter Office Beverly and Kim at Mercer Fish Fry


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