May 28. 2019
Consul General Oliver Mair on passing of former Prime Minister,
The Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON (May 28 -1930 – May 28, 2019)
Consul General R. Oliver Mair has stated that the Diaspora of the Southern USA, join all Jamaicans across the globe in mourning the death of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, who died today (May 28) on his 89th birthday, in South Florida. At the time of his passing, Mr. Seaga was surrounded by his family.
Describing Mr. Seaga as a political giant, Consul General Mair spoke of his long and extensive political career as Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister (1980 – 1989), which he said, contributed immensely to independent Jamaica. Spanning a political career for more than 40 years, Mr. Seaga is well admired for his expansive contributions to the nation’s economic and financial development including the building of a wide range of social programmes to help the under-privileged; establishing awareness to develop Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage in the arts, crafts, and folk culture; and was also instrumental in initiating reforms which were critical and still relevant to Jamaica’s economic development.
On behalf of the Southern US community, Consul General Mair has expressed condolences to his wife, Carla and children, Christopher, Annabella, Andrew and Gabrielle, and other family members. He noted that Mr. Seaga’s stellar leadership, his passion and contribution to nation building and its people, will mark the pages to his legacy for generations to follow.
The Consul General has indicated that a Condolence Book for Mr. Seaga, will open at a date to be announced shortly at the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami.
Consulate General of Jamaica
May 28, 2019
April 23 , 2019
New location for
Consulate General of Jamaica, as of 1st May 2019
The Consulate General of Jamaica informs that effective Wednesday, 1st May 2019, the offices of the Consulate General of Jamaica Miami will be relocating to the following address:
The Courthouse Towers
44 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33130
Other contact information for the Consulate General will remain unchanged:
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Consular, Visa and Passport Sections are open to the public
Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon daily
The Consulate Office will be closed to the public on Monday (April 29) and Tuesday (April 30) to complete the moving process.
Consulate General of Jamaica
April 11, 2019
Jamaica Diaspora Conference Launch
Tuesday, April 16 – Miramar City Hall
The Jamaica Consulate General , Miami, will host the Launch of the Eighth (8th) Biennial Diaspora Conference next Tuesday (April 16) starting at 6:00 p.m., at the City Hall of Miramar (Commission Chamber) located at 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025.
The event is free to the public and continues the Launch series now taking place across the Diaspora communities.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith will be guest speaker at the event which will bring together nationals and friends of the Diaspora across the Southern USA. Referring to value of the Diaspora in Jamaica’s economic development, the Consul General, Oliver Mair, has reiterated the call to action to build further on collaborative efforts and partnerships in this regard. “We are excited about this year’s conference and look forward to our launch on Tuesday”, he added.
The Launch event will be streamlined on www.irielivestream.com;
Tuesday’s launch event will focus on discussions pertaining to the National Biennial Conference to take place in Kingston (June 16 – 20). The theme of the Conference “Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development”. Details regarding the Conference logistics are available at www.mfaft.gov.jm/conference
Major sponsors and partners of the national event will also be present and include representatives of JN Group; Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS); Grace Kennedy Ltd.; Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Airlines and JAMPRO.
Consulate General of Jamaica
Evangelist Elsada Miriam Duncan (Granny or Mother Duncan to all who knew her), age 111, went home to be with the Lord on March 16, 2019, with her family by her side in Milton, GA.
Granny was born on January 15, 1908 in Brainerd, St. Mary, Jamaica. She was the seventh of thirteen children to Charles Duncan and Grace Ann Pinnock-Duncan. Her parents were local farmers in their community who instilled in her a life of faith, strength and determination that inspired her to move to Kingston, Jamaica as a young woman, and become an entrepreneur operating a successful merchandising and dressmaking business.
Mother Duncan was an active member of her local church, Rehoboth Apostolic Church of God in Christ located in Kingston. In 1965, Granny was appointed as an Evangelist by her church and she travelled internationally for many years teaching about her faith. Oftentimes, she was found ministering on the streets with Bible in hand and a repertoire of spiritual hymns on her lips to uplift the downtrodden with messages of hope. Crowds would gather around her to hear her words of encouragement and comfort as she told everyone about the love of Jesus Christ. She offered words of prayer to everyone she met, sometimes telling them “silver and gold have I none, but such as I have I gladly give to you”.
Evangelist Elsada Miriam Duncan and Charles McLaughlin were blessed with one daughter on June 19, 1940; and later with six grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
She migrated to the United States with her family in 1993 at age 85 and lived in Stamford, Connecticut before moving to Alpharetta, Georgia in 1995 at age 87. At an advanced age, Mother Duncan defied the odds and although diagnosed with breast cancer at age 104, she did not succumb to that disease in her passing. She was sharp-minded and sharp-tongued till the very end when she was called home. At her passing, Granny was notably the oldest Jamaican in the United States.
She was preceded in death by her parents, eleven of her siblings and her two eldest grandchildren, Evelyn Grace and Janet Rose.
Granny is survived by one sister: Lisetta Duncan-Hyde (age 101); her daughter: Norma Denton (nee McLaughlin); her four grandchildren, Maxine Denton-Grant, Christine Denton-Thompson, CarolAnn Denton-Fitzpatrick, and Donna Denton-Hall; her eight great-grandchildren: Adrian Grant, Christina Thompson-Dan, Nicholas Grant, Ariana Grant, Marissa Grant, Joshua Hall, Abigail Hall, and Luke S. Duncan Hall.
Farewell Celebration Arrangements for Evangelist Elsada Miriam Duncan are as follows:
Thursday, March 28 – Viewing 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Byars Funeral Home
155 Professional Park Drive, Cumming, GA 30040
Friday, March 29 – Viewing 9:30 a.m.
Homegoing Service 10:00 a.m.
Birmingham United Methodist Church
15770 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA 30004
Green Lawn Cemetery
950 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA 30076
Repast (Immediately following Interment):
At Family Home in Milton, GA
Thank you to Mayor Lockwood and the City of Milton for your warm embrace of Granny over the years.
SHE IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD
IN HEAVEN WHERE THE STREETS ARE PURE GOLD
OUR GRANNY IS NOW RESTING IN THAT LAND
WHERE SHE WILL NEVER, EVER GROW OLD!
“With long life I will satisfy her And Show her My salvation.” Ps 91:16