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NOTE-WORTHY - A wonderful idea

Published:Monday | April 26, 2010 | 12:00 AM

  •  A wonderful idea

The Port Royal development proposed by Minister Mike Henry, in conjunction with a cruise-shipping entity, is indeed a wonderful and far-reaching idea to once and for all synchronise the tourism product into a unique and exclusive Jamaican product, unable to be copied elsewhere.

As this is the realistic original site, the ruins on the sea floor would be a most attractive venture for sight-seeing, if a way could be found to showcase this, probably with the use of a small properly-equipped submarine or glass-bottomed boats, especially designed for tourism.

Other attractions could be boutiques, sea food restaurants, and a theme park with a nostalgic feature of the 15th and 16th centuries, other natural assets like beaches and, perhaps, another version of Dolphin Cove and Marina could be added for good measure. All in all, this would be a fresh start and timely renaissance for Kingston and St Andrew's tourism. Let's hope it comes to fruition this time.

A. Mclean,, Connecticut, USA

  • Why the optimism?

I write in response to Maurice Tomlinson's letter of April 24 which is a response to my item of April 22. A cursory review of my letter will show that I neither gave an opinion on nor made any comments related to research on HIV/AIDS in MSM in Jamaica.

What I did do was cite data published in 2009 and March 2010 by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States reviewing the status of HIV/AIDS in MSM in the USA. I then asked questions in light of the revelations of the CDC.

In addition to the statement that "the annual number of new HIV infections in MSM have been increasing since the early 1990s", the CDC fact sheet issued in March 2010 stated: "MSM is the only risk group in the US in which new HIV cases are increasing". It also indicated that the rate of new HIV diagnosis among MSM in the US is more than 44 times that of other men".

What behaviour?

Contrary to Mr Tomlinson's claim, prior to the 2003 US Supreme Court decision, 36 states had already repealed antisodomy laws. California did so in 1976 but, nonetheless, is at present one of the states with the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS.

To quote Mr Tomlinson: "It will take years for a traditionally marginalised and oppressed group such as MSM, to effect the behaviour change needed to reduce their HIV/AIDS prevalence rate".

What behaviour is Mr Tomlinson referring to? How much time is required? What is the basis for his optimism?

W. West,, Kingston 6


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