A march against violence is set for Saturday, March 23 in St Andrew. Hundreds of persons are expected to walk on Saturday from Emancipation Park, to register their stance against violence. The Orange Day Walk, which is being organized by the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) will close out activities for Peace Month. Nurse of the Year, Denese Dacres Reeves, who is spearheading the walk, said that the impact of violence on women and children has been understated in recent years and therefore, the walk would bring much needed attention to the problem, putting it on the forefront of discussions in the public domain. She said nurses, as part of their job, see the effects of the violence. “There is also the environment in which the children grow up, where they keep on seeing these acts of violence. They will see it as the norm and as a result, we need to raise awareness to let them know it is not normal and it is not acceptable,” she said. She said another objective of the walk is to empower battered women and encourage them to walk away from abusive relationships. The walk will commence at 6:30 a.m. starting from Emancipation Park on to Knutsford Bouelvard, then on to Trafalgar Road, down Hope Road on to Hagley Park Road, right up to South Odeon Avenue to assemble at Mandela Park. Nurse Reeves said persons can register for the walk at the NAJ head office at 4 Trevennion Park Road between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Onsite registration will also be available on the day of the walk. “We would prefer if persons pre-register. The cost is $1,500 per person; children 12 years and under is $800 and if it is a group of 10 or more it is $1,200 each which will cover t-shirts, hydration and light breakfast,” she said. The walk is now in its fourth year, and since then has been championed by the winner of the Nurse of the Year. This is the second march for 2019. The first one was held in January in Mandeville, Manchester. See Full Story: https://bit.ly/2URfeZh
110 days to 🚀. The countdown ⏱to the release of my next novel has begun 📚🌎 ‘Sometimes in life things happen to us that are beyond our control. Sometimes they defy explanation. ‘ Paul Barrell 2018 ✨ The original project started life in 2009. I remember the plot came to me as I sat in my car after a walk in the Peak District with our dogs Ruby and Lottie. 🐶 I found a pen and wrote the first few paragraphs on the back of an envelope. Question to any writers out there: Message me with any strange places where you have felt the strange pull of the writers muse? ✨ I felt so excited, because I knew I had an unbelievable story to tell. A one in a million. It began life as Oriana , an endearing title that I stuck with until early this year, when I decided it didn’t really say a lot about the beating heart of the novel. The manuscript has changed dramatically since an agent , read it twice , sat on the fence and told me she hoped she didn’t live to regret turning it down a second time ! ✨ If I’m really honest , I wasn’t ready: The tone was wrong. The agent said I was waiting for the right story to come along. I disagree, it had always been there , I just needed to tease it out and improve as a writer. ✨ So there we have it , nearly 10 years on and it’s almost ready. I know when I see the cover for the first time it will spring to life once more. Watch out for the exciting previews over the next few months and get ready for #GITWD
. ✨ Imagine you found a menu card from a cruise you went on in the 1970s. Imagine you found an address on the card and moved to the house next door . Imagine you discovered your first love lived there. Imagine you are guilty of something you can’t remember... #release #suspense #GITWD #storytelling #1970s #countdown #drama #mystery #caribbean #teenagers #truestory
New couch is here and the new/old couch is wrapped up and on its way back. Just to give you an idea of how it works living on an island. 2 weeks ago, on my way in, I stopped on the main Island (where are the big box stores are located) to purchase some furniture for the house. I can’t take it to the island because there’s no room on the cargo ferry and it’s booked out for weeks so we have to hire a local that makes weekly trips. The way it works with the local delivery service is you send them the proof of purchase then just wait. No schedule, no confirmation of pick up dates, nothing. Then one day, about two weeks later, you’re sitting down for lunch, enjoying a cold beer and you get a call out of the blue by a random number. Some guy that you’ve never spoke to before is sitting at your front door and you need to come “now” to take delivery. Island life is slow and there are a ton of unknowns but if you can kick it back a notch yourself and not get so stressed about it, you’ll be alright! So glad it all worked out on this trip. Everything just fell into place right at the end which makes for a comfortable ride back to Cali. • • • • • • #shopping #furniture #couches #ocean #island #islandliving #delivery #cargo #ferry #puertorico #vieques #caribbean #home
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Day 28: Utila, Honduras Dinner last night @mangotangoutila
and a cocktail at the bar after. The waitress accidentally walked over with two giant tiramisu (featuring on the Menu as “better than sex tiramisu”) but we had to tell her it was the guys across the bar who ordered them. They obviously saw the look of desire/disappointment (there’s a joke about sex in here somewhere) on our faces because ten mins later, while sipping on our espresso martini and margs, the Guatemalan hero’s sent us over the biggest tiramisu for us 💕 This made my day. Made note to carry out more random acts of kindness. After we went to the jungle party @jadeseahorse_utila.
Today after my run and losing 400 games of backgammon, I met my fab diving instructor Mario and went for two mini dives - saw a seahorse and he was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, literally could have stared at him all day. No whalesharks YET tho - fingers crossed for tomorrow! Treated myself to a massage (cz I’m on my holliers ya know) and then went for dins. Our Guatemala hero’s walked past and ended up joining us so we bought them a beer to say thanks for the desert 🍰