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English Freemasons last Friday donated just over $2 million to the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS), ahead of yesterday’s installation of a new district grand master of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

The donations were presented to JCS Chairman Earl Jarrett by Peter Lowndes, pro grand master United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE); and Dwight Reece, who yesterday succeeded Walter Scott as district grand master of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

“Jamaica has always been important to us. It’s an extremely well-run district,” Lowndes told the Jamaica Observer in an interview after presenting a cheque from the UGLE valued at £5,000 at the JCS headquarters on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.

“We ask the districts what charities they favour so that we can add to the donations they are giving to make them even more worthwhile. It’s a natural thing for us to support any cancer charity, but this one in particular, and it’s a great privilege to be able to do so,” he said.

The donation from the District Grand Lodge of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands was $1.2 million.

Pointing to the importance of screening, Lowndes said “We are a male organisation, and prostate cancer is inevitably at the top of people’s minds. People are very frightened of it and [some] have not been prepared to go the route of having scans and that sort of thing, so anything that can be done to encourage people to come and talk about it and be seen by professionals has to be a good thing.”

Responding to the donations, Jarrett thanked the Freemasons and said that the funds will certainly go a long way in helping the JCS maintain its headquarters.

“Our job of educating the public is an ongoing one, and the fact that we rely on donations means that every year we start with a need to find at least $120 million… we basically start each year with an empty cupboard,” Jarrett said.

“I should point out the great relationship between Freemasons and the cancer society over many years. We have always had directors on the board who are members of the masonic order. In fact, our president, Afeef Lazarus, is a distinguished Freemason and was district grand master of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands; and so it was quite pleasing to be here this morning to be meeting with the leadership of the masonic order in the UK and to be receiving this donation which will assist us in pursuing our mission,” Jarrett said.

Earlier, before the presentations, Jarrett spoke about Lazarus’ involvement in the cancer society, particularly his efforts to get the JCS building constructed.

Jarrett also recalled that in the early days of the JCS, people shied away from public disclosure of their cancer diagnosis.

He said that the pioneers of the cancer society sought to open up the dialogue about cancer to determine what could be done, especially after they found out that cervical cancer was a major problem in the country at the time.

“We identified…that educating Jamaican women and men, and making screening available was the way to go,” Jarrett explained.

“The cancer society was, for many years, the major provider of Pap smear screening for women; it was the organisation that moved cancer from darkness into light, in that people are now standing on stage sharing that they have cancer. That would never happen in the past,” he added.

Lazarus told the Sunday Observer that the Masonic Foundation, which is run by the Grand Lodge of England, is the second — largest contributor to charities in the United Kingdom.

“They do a lot of work for cancer, especially cancer in children,” he said, and expressed gratitude to the UGLE as well as the local private sector for their assistance with the Jamaica Cancer Society’s programmes.

The UGLE, Lowndes also pointed out, donates upwards of £45 million to charities worldwide annually, especially in jurisdictions in need of aid after natural disasters.

This morning Lowndes, accompanied by UGLE Chief Executive Officer and Grand Secretary Dr David Staples, as well as UGLE Grand Director of Ceremonies Charles Hopkinson-Wollery, will make a donation to Jamaica National Children’s Home.

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Police say they are investigating the death of a three-year-old boy after he was hit by a car in the community of Greenvale on the outskirts of the parish capital yesterday.

The victim has been identified as Oshay Morris.

Reports are that at about 3:30 pm, the child ran on to the roadway and was hit. The police were summoned and he was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

The police’s Corporate Communications Unit said the driver of the motor vehicle is in custody.

Kasey Williams 

 


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MIAMI, Florida (AP) — A newly formed tropical depression is expected to reach the Caribbean as a tropical storm within the next several days.

The US National Hurricane Center in Miami says that the storm is moving west and could reach hurricane strength Wednesday.

At 11:00 am EDT, the storm’s centre was located at about 805 miles (1,295 kilometres) east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph). Maximum sustained winds were clocked at 35 mph (56 kph).

Dennis Feltgen of the hurricane centre said that it’s too early to tell exactly what path the storm will take. Residents of the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the storm’s progress.

No watches or warnings have been issued.

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Saturday, August 24, 2019:This year, your determination marks most of your endeavours. As a result, they will be successful. In general, others respond to you in a positive manner. Confusion hits when dating or in a relationship. If single, you often find yourself on a different mental plane than your date. Misunderstandings seem to erupt and disrupt budding relationships. If attached, you will learn to confirm what you hear more often. Lose your snap judgements. You find GEMINI unusually disruptive at times!

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your words carry an implied message of “Let’s do what we planned”. Many of you will be getting together for a fun softball game or pitching in to help a friend with an afternoon party. Tonight: Make the most of the moment. Let your gregarious personality call the shots.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): The earthy side of your personality emerges and becomes extraordinarily practical and realistic. If you’re establishing boundaries in a relationship or friendship, vague limits will not cut it. Tonight: Checking out a new restaurant.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You wake up knowing today is your day to go for a special wish you’ve kept on the back burner. When a dear friend or loved one appears to be all smiles, you ask for suggestions. Remember that Rome was not built in a day. Tonight: Off enjoying being entertained.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Others might chalk up your lack of enthusiasm to moodiness. Actually, you might be feeling negative about a certain project and would prefer to let it go for now. Just smile and make other plans. Tonight: Not to be found.

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): Zero in on what you want. Few can resist the charm of a Leo, especially today. You exude a naturalness that proves most appealing, nearly as if you were a child. A loved one or dear friend could be confused about a situation that involves you both. Tonight: Confirm all meeting times and places.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): In some way, you serve as the host or hostess of a gathering —even if you have not planned on it. Your naturally efficient, polite and clear style seems to reach people with ease. Tonight: In the limelight.

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Reach out for someone at a distance who often pushes you to cross the line when you are waffling on some issue. You sometimes get into spats when dealing with matters like this. Listen rather than react. Tonight: Let your mind wander.

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): One-on-one relating draws a strong reaction from you and the other party. You notice how much hot energy lies between you. This energy will come out in some form. At times, this energy will emerge as fighting. Tonight: What you think is a solution might not be one.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Once more, others seek you out before you can even pick up the phone to dial. Relax and work with this intense energy coming toward you. Key people sense you coming. Tonight: Go out rather than entertain at home.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): While others seem to be running around, you might opt for a leisurely day at the beach or head with friends to cheer for a favourite team. Seek relaxation and some distance from what could be an aggravating situation. Tonight: Play it easy.

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Even you cannot hold yourself back sometimes when it comes to having fun or indulging in a romp with a loved one. You might want to invite a friend who is down to join you at some point in the day. Tonight: Just be you.

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): Tension mounts no matter what you do. If you accept the tension today, you will feel it waning nearly immediately. An older person shares a tidbit that makes you laugh and relax. Tonight: Invite others for a potluck dinner.

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

 

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