JAS Social Gathering at Les Vaudois

On the 24th February as we made our way to Le Vaudois in Lausanne, we were wondering if we had betrayed our beloved green gold and black flag by venturing out for a social event in the mid-winter. Our natural “keep warm at any cost” mental state was fighting the adventurous nature in us. However, the thought of sharing time and laughter with our fellow Jamaicans kept us going.
We arrived at Place de la Riponne, and saw the welcoming green awning of Le Vaudois calling out to us from across the street. Of course, we’d arrived for the 4pm event a little later than we planned, but ah suh it go, right? Once there, in true Jamaican fashion, there was a wide representation from every age group, and as the afternoon progressed, it felt so much like a home away from home.
The room we had was what they call a “carnotzet” in Vaud, and being underground we felt cosy and protected. The meeting was soon officially started with Warren Wallace moderating, and the Jamaica Association in Switzerland was presented by Rashid Hall, our president. The objectives of our association for the year were outlined. One of the successful charity projects in Jamaica was highlighted, and we enjoyed the happy and grateful photos of faces from home that we were able to assist. This was the White Hall Primary School in St. Thomas where we installed a water tank as per their request for assistance, and this will help them to carry on with their classes after heavy rains as they will now have access to clean water. Even these small projects make a difference in the lives of our fellow Jamaicans.
To follow, we were delighted to hear the presentation on “Diaspora” from Quam Byll-Cataria. Quam is a fitness coach and has his own business. Now Quam is a quiet storm, underneath that cool veneer, we learned that he has a wealth of positivity and he was glad to impart to us that there are “so-suh” opportunities waiting for us in the Swiss culture. You have something unique to offer! And doing business is Switzerland is a serious thing, as they often have business top of mind and a good level of respect for earning a decent living. Quam has truly got a good grasp of his multicultural identity and is proud to encourage and share.
Under the subject of “Beyond – UN” we were lucky to get a veteran of the system run us through the general structure of the United Nations. Beverly Byfield is a smooth orator, and showed us how huge the UN network really is, naming some of the principal agencies that are offshoots of the main organisation. Some of the history of the organisation evolving from the League of Nations was contextualised, and the importance for this entity succeeding where the League of Nations failed was emphasized. Peace is indeed fragile and must be protected, as well as human rights. One take away from this presentation is that despite the systems in place, minority nations are still under-represented in the UN. Our diverse point of view is necessary to make this system speak for everyone. This is valuable information to share – encourage your friends and family to seek positions!
Nasser Johnson gave the closing remarks, and he was also responsible for the technical set-up where we were able to see the internet pages displayed, and hear some music from home. Mario Detraz walked around taking photographs for our website. The lead project manager was Warren, who organized the event. A good time was had by all – thank you Warren!

This year’s first votation will take place on Sunday

Switzerland is considered to be one of the most democratic countries in the world and the population votes as often as four times a year on matters of all sorts. This year’s first votation will take place on Sunday, March 4 with two federal items (in addition to the federal items, some cantons, such as canton Vaud, also have cantonal items to submit to the cantonal population for a vote on the same day).


Glaze ham (Jamrock grocery style)

Red Peas Soup recipe ( Swiss Style)


1 handful brown sugar
1 handful mustard
Honey to taste
1 cup of cider vinegar
Mixed all together then put on stove to simmer down.


Remove ham from stove cool then rince under cold water .Take off the skin from the ham make diamond shape put in oven to get brown colour.
Remove from oven spoon the glaze over repeat more than once add cherries and pineapple on top for decoration.

New in Switzerland World Economic Forum

What’s new in Switzerland ?

Great news ! The American channel CNN is launching a new business news channel exclusively for the Swiss community. CNNMoney Switzerland will the first national channel fully in English.
As stated in their press release, “CNNMoney Switzerland will be the go-to destination for Switzerland’s professional community to follow business news. The channel’s high-end audience will consist of senior leaders, CEOs and influencers based in Switzerland. Lifestyle content about high-end leisure activities that appeal to executive audiences will complement the Swiss-focused content.” Was stated in the company’s official press.
See full article release here Click me.
The channel will officially launch at the 2018 World Economic Forum held in Davos on January 24, 2018.
CNNMoney Switzerland will be available on Switzerland’s TV operators, on their website as well as on social media platforms. Offices are located in Zurich and Geneva and a new one will be opened in Gland in late 2018.