Independence Message from

Herman G. LaMont, Consul General

Herman G. LaMont, Consul General

Mr. Herman G. LaMont, Consul General


This is Jamaica, my Jamaica!

The theme this year is a clarion call to all Fellow -Jamaicans and Friends of Jamaica to gather in true fellowship of love and partnership to advance the cause of Jamaica – especially on the occasion of our 52nd Independence Anniversary celebrations.

The expected goal of our hope and aspiration for Vision 2030 is only a mere sixteen years away. There is much more to be done in reaching this goal and the period is relatively short and “laborers in the vineyard” are fewer than is desirable.

Let’s give thanks and praise to The Most High in our respective gatherings during worshiping. Enjoy all the attendant festivities, whether you remain in the Diaspora or journey home.

Some will be joining families, relatives and friends in Jamaica Land We Love, while others will worship and celebrate in the Diaspora. Whatever you do, please enjoy yourselves and let us resolve thereafter to continue the march to the expected destination in Year 2030.

Congratulations, my Fellow – Jamaicans and Friends!
I wish you all Happy 52nd Anniversary.
God bless Jamaica! And bless us all.

Jamaican Flag Raised At Wall Street

Roland Hyde Story and Photos

? Proud Jamaicans and Jamaican Americans pose with Consul General, Herman G. LaMont and Mrs LaMont as they gather at Wall Street, New York to witness the raising of the flag in celebration Jamaica’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence.


Jamaican Consul General to New York, Herman G. LaMont, led a proud group of Jamaicans and Jamaican Americans to Bowling Green-Wall Street, center of the financial district, to raise the Jamaican Flag in celebration of Jamaica’s 52nd Year of Independence. All eyes were glued to the Black, Green and Gold as the Jamaican flag ascended majestically to greet the universally respected American Stars And Stripes with shared dignity and international harmony. The raising of the flag was beautifully executed by Jamaica’s first Olympic Sprinter and 100 m Gold Medalist, Byron LaBeach, together with Chris Roberts and Joan Lewis, Owners of The Door Restaurant and Executive Producers of the Groovin’ In The Park Concert, during the impressive singing of The Jamaica National Anthem by Andrew Clarke, Lead Singer, Founder and Executive Director of Braata Folk Singers, who also delighted the crowd with his masterful singing of The Star Spangled Banner.

Consul General Herman G. LaMont also read the Independence Message from Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller. Master of Ceremonies is renowned Actor/Playwright/Comedian, E. Wayne McDonald, Founder & Director of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Bishop Dr. Cecil Riley of Freedom Hall Church of God gave the Opening Prayer while Deputy Consul General, Derron McCreath, closed the ceremony with the Vote of Thanks. Notable attendees also include Arthur Piccolo, Chairman of the Bowling Green Association who provided the venue and made the event possible, Mrs. Herman LaMont, Vice Consul Pauline Gordon, Executive Assistant Claudette Barrett Francis, Community Relations Officer Christopher Castriota, Tyrone Morrison, Judith Palmer, Community Advocate Joan Flowers, Esq., Community Activist and Reggae Artist Jah Paul, Dub Poet Infinity, Journalist Vinnette Pryce. Videography by Hands-On-Media Services, Radio Personality and JAVA President Dr. Love, 1199SEIU Organizer Cynthia Neita and Officers of NYPD.


Jamaicans Urged to Adhere to

Guidelines on Use of National Symbols

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker – July 31, 2014

Executive Director (Acting) and Legal Counsel of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy, makes a point during an interview at the JIPO offices in New Kingston July 28. – Photo by: JIS Photographer


It is two days before Emancipation Day and eight days until Independence, and Jamaican flags are adorning cars, homes and business places in a show of patriotism and celebration of nationhood.

Other national emblems and symbols are often used as part of the various ceremonies and festivities held during the annual ‘Emancipendence’ period.

While this practice is encouraged, citizens are being reminded to adhere to the guidelines and rules governing the appropriate use of the country’s seven national symbols and emblems.

The three emblems are: the National Flag, the Coat of Arms of Jamaica (which is more correctly known as the State Arms of Jamaica), and the National Anthem. The four national symbols include the Ackee fruit; the Swallowtail Hummingbird (popularly referred to as the Doctor Bird); the Blue Mahoe tree; and the Lignum Vitae flower.

Communications Specialist in the National Security Policy Unit of the Cabinet Office, Gwyneth Davidson, advises that the emblems and symbols are a reminder of Jamaica’s national goals, values and history. In this regard, she says they must be treated with the level of respect in accordance with and in recognition of the nation’s sovereignty.

“It is through these emblems and symbols that we can respect our heritage and commit ourselves to continue the legacy of nation building and development,” she states.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website –

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website –

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