Nepotism – How Business Is Done……….Come On

 3.7 million out of 29 million spanning 2 years; 15 million alledged.  Give me a break?  Is this the best you can do OCG?  Who does not go through their circle of influence first before offering services to the general public?    How many certified personnel do we actually have doing works in our labour market?  Nepotism is part and parcel of business practices in Jamaica. 

If it is you are now doing a clean up act, then start at the top of the food chain in all circles and discipline the big fish.  You have caught a sprat!!!!!!


 

‘Shameless’

OCG says former Lucea mayor spent $3.7m on relatives, friends

jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2015    

 

 HAUGHTON… allegedly insisted that she had not been made aware of the ethical issues related to her office prior to assuming the role of mayor

THE Office of the Contractor General (OCG) has recommended that former Mayor of Lucea Shernet Haughton relinquish her post as councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council on the basis of her unethical behaviour.

In a report tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday, the OCG said that its investigations into claims of corrupt practices by the former mayor and People’s National Party (PNP) councillor showed that she awarded at least $3.7 million worth of contracts to family members and close friends out of a budget of some $29.6 million during her two years as mayor of the town.

The report said that Haughton spent $2.7 million on nine family members, and the rest on close affiliates.

These family members included her spouse, Michael Grant; her son, Rayon Williams; her daughter, Nicollette Grant; her brother, Devon Haughton; her sister, Donola Levarrity; her sister-in-law, Carole Grant Haughton; her niece, Sgerriola Johnson; her brother-in-law, Petan Grant; and her sister, Sharon Haughton.

The $3.7 million is much less than the $15 million which Haughton had allegedly shared out to relatives and friends during her brief tenure as mayor and chairman of the Hanover Parish Council. The OCG indicated, however, that the 12 per cent represented funds awarded to individuals with whom it could clearly establish a relationship or connection with Haughton.

According to the OCG, Haughton, in her defence, insisted that she had not been made aware of the ethical issues related to her office prior to assuming the role of mayor of the town. However, the OCG dismissed the suggestion as a fabrication, and described the former mayor’s behaviour as “a shameless and brazen act.”

The OCG said that, in all circumstances, it was unethical and amounted to a conflict of interest and nepotism.

Prior to her resignation last August, Haughton had been in conflict for several months with the councillors and Member of Parliament for Western Hanover Ian Hayles over her leadership of the PNP-dominated local authority.

The OCG said that it recognised that Haughton had tendered her resignation as mayor of Lucea and chairman of the parish council on August 28 last year. However, the OCG said that it was of the considered opinion that Haughton ought to resign as councillor “in keeping with ethical principles of governance and sound ethical public management”.

The OCG also said that it was crucial that the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development put in place the necessary enforcement mechanisms to ensure that councillors and mayors abide by the principles outlined in the Code of Ethics for Councillors with appropriate sanctions for failure to comply.

 
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An Ounce Of Prevention……………Dr Tony Vendryes

If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little, and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

– Hippocrates

 
THE GREEK physician Hippocrates often reminded his patients that ‘Your health is your greatest wealth’. Few people, however, give much thought to their health until they get ill. Real health is not just an absence of any diagnosed illness. No, it is something positive. The World Health Organization made this very clear, over half-a-century ago in its classic definition of health.

Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. – World Health Organization, 1948.

My own belief is that the human body was designed to be healthy. When the good book says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, it is not just a nice-sounding phrase, it really is true.

Our bodies have an incredible capacity to heal and repair itself. Illness and disease are reflections of our failure to take proper care of our bodies and mind.

As a doctor, I have come to understand that I cannot really heal anyone. Healing is something that happens from within. Your body is the healer and the doctor’s role is to provide the support and assistance to facilitate the healing process. Until we, as a society, fully accept this concept, we will continue to face the dilemma of ‘more medicines, less health’.

From my experience, there are four basic concepts that underpin and support real health. I call them the ‘Four Pillars of Wellness’ – nutrition, exercise, detoxification and stress management.

These four simple but powerful processes form the basis of my approach to virtually all the common lifestyle-related disorders that compromise our health.

Nutrition
 
This is the first and probably most critical pillar, because you literally are what you eat. Your body is composed of trillions of cells, the building blocks of the body. Your body is constantly repairing and renewing itself as, each day, millions of old damaged cells die and new ones are created to replace them. Your body is a work in progress.

The quality and vitality of new cells being created in your body, as you read this article, depends on the quality of the food you have been eating. Garbage in will produce garbage out. You literally are what you eat. Medical experts believe that as much as two-thirds of today’s health problems are related to our unhealthy diet.

For more than 20 years, I have used and recommended a concept and programme called cellular nutrition for my patients and myself to enjoy the very best nutrition. The idea is simple. Give the cells of the body the nutrients that they need and they know how to heal mend and repair. It works!

Exercise
 
As the old saying goes, use it or lose it. The human body can be compared to a high-performance motor car. It needs high-quality fuel in the gas tank. That’s the nutritional part. If you do not drive your car, leaving it parked all the time, the engine will eventually seize up and the body begin to rust away.

Similarly, many people are, in fact, suffering from ‘seize up’ and ‘rust down’ because of inactivity. The body is designed to be active. If you don’t use it, muscles get weak, joints get stiff, heart and lungs lose their efficiency, and tension and stress overwhelm your mind. The research shows that as little as 20 to 30 minutes of exercise, three to four times per week, can have amazing benefits to your physical and mental health. Try it.

Detoxification
 
Not only do we live in a polluted world with chemicals and impurities in the food we eat, the water we drink and bathe in, and the air we breathe, but just as the car’s engine produces toxic exhaust fumes, so our body’s metabolism produces toxic wastes. Sadly, our body’s natural pathways for elimination of these poisons are often blocked and function poorly. We all carry a toxic burden.

The body normally detoxifies itself via the bowels, the liver, the kidneys, the skin and the breath. Several simple natural techniques are available to assist the body to get rid of accumulated impurities. These are referred to as cleansing or detoxification programmes.

Stress Management
 
Stress is a poorly understood concept. It is not a thing or person or circumstance. Those ‘things’ are called stressors. Stress is a reaction, your internal reaction to the stressor. Understanding this is critical, because, often, we cannot change our stressors e.g. our spouse or boss, but we can always learn to change the way we react to them. In essence, stress management is self-management.

Sadly, many so-called stress-management programmes really focus on stressor management. Real stress management is a skill that can be taught and learnt, just like how we can learn to swim or ride a bicycle. Stress is, indeed, the enemy within!

So make your four pillars of wellness strong and solid. You will enjoy true health and wellness.

 

(Dr Tony Vendryes)

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Perception – Through Whose Eyes……………..

I would like to say deep thoughts, meditating on the PM’s words rather than napping ole chap.


 

PHOTOS: MPs caught napping… as Portia speaks in Parliament

(Jamaica Gleaner – Tuesday, 24 March 2015)
Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness
Central St Mary MP, Morais Guy
(From left) Industry Minister, Anthony Hylton and National Security, Minister Peter Bunting
A scene from the gallery at Parliament as the Prime Minister spoke
A scene from the gallery at Parliament as the Prime Minister spoke
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As Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made her contribution to the Budget Debate today, some Members of Parliament were caught napping.

Photographer Jermaine Barnaby was in the House

 

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You ALL Failed Miserably – Walk Away – Riverton City Saga Continues!!!

If you are not part of the solution, then you are most certainly part of the problem.   The bottom line, is all that matters.  The hard working law abiding citizens of Jamaica do not live their lives intertwined in politics on a daily basis.  We are sick and tired of the political jabs and when inefficiencies are brought to the fore, public servants hide behind politics.  Develop some back bone and walk away when you have failed the people of this land.  Your intellectual mumblings have now fallen on deaf ears.

The focus of this yet again Riverton debacle must be directed at the findings of this man made atrocity.  Jamaicans suffered and in years to come the reality of the after effects of this smoke inhalation will be evident.  That my friend is not wishful thinking.  Stop the pity party Jennifer Edwards and the NSWMA Board.  Get off your laurels and shut the site down!!!!!


 

Toxic Riverton cocktail: Air quality tests reveal cancer-causing substances

(Jamaica Gleaner, Monday 23 March 2015)

 

Jamaica is now facing a “significant public health issue” as a result of air quality tests from the Riverton City disposal site fire which show high levels of hazardous substances including, cancer-causing benzene.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse says the sampling for volatile organic compounds shows that benzene was at the highest level ever recorded by the ministry.

“The high level of benzene is directly attributed to the burning at the Riverton Disposal Site.

We consider this a significant public health issue,” she said.

According to the Health Ministry, prolonged or long-term exposure to benzene has been blamed for causing cancers such as leukaemia.

According to the Centres for Disease Control, USA, long term exposure to benzene is exposure for over one year.

Last week, Dr Bullock DuCasse said “based on what we are seeing now and the period of this fire, we would not be expecting to have any of those long-term effects, unless there was more prolonged exposure such as months into years.”

While no related deaths have been reported, more than 800 people have had to seek medical attention as smoke blanketed the Corporate Area and sections of St Catherine for days.

“Benzene, which is also found at low levels in emissions such as cigarette smoke and from vehicles can cause symptoms such as drowsiness, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, tremors and confusion immediately after exposure to high levels of the substance,” read the statement.

It added that “long-term exposure can result in a decrease in red blood cells leading to anaemia, excessive bleeding and a reduction in the capacity of the immune system to fight infections and cancers.”

According to DuCasse “other particulate matter found in the air during the testing can cause mild to severe effects on the respiratory tract, including lung irritation and respiratory distress.

In addition the feeling of suffocation and hyperventilation that some persons have been experiencing could be due to the displacement of oxygen by the heavy gas emissions.”

The air quality tests were conducted using samples taken during the period March 13-14.

The fire, believed to have been started by arsonists, was started on March 11 and is still burning.

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Jennifer Edwards – Please Accept The Decision Made and Move On!!!

Ms Edwards is it your words that because you are not a submissive woman, the men have decided to oust you.  Hmmmmm, so the lack of recourses in case it has escaped your mind, the (Riverton Fire), was not really an issue on your overall performance, is that it?  Okay then, have you every brought your apparent tenuous relationship with the ‘group of men’ to the fore prior?  Was the Minister aware of the challenges you faced?  Surely if your performance was based on such an untenable environment, one would have thought you would have come out blazing long before.  In fact in a previous article you said you were expecting your contract to be renewed.    Why suffer so?  You are unable to work with the Board, you receive no adequate funding from the government, and so exactly what are you being paid for?

I am yet to hear a Public Servant accept accountability for non performance as opposed to defend at all cost.  As for being a ‘scapegoat’, in the big leagues, it comes with the territory especially when the heat is on.  Public Servants should not be expected or guaranteed a job for life.   If you have legal grounds to challenge the non renewal of your contract, then take it up in Court and resist the media attention for now.

I was told that the hardest thing to do is to ‘fire’ your friend.  Nepotism is rife in our business culture.


I’m being made a scapegoat, says Edwards

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive Editor – Publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 20, 2015 

 
 
 EDWARDS… I’m also not a yes sir, no sir, three bags full lady

JENNIFER Edwards is convinced that she is being pushed from the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) because she and the State agency’s chairman Steve Ashley do not agree on some matters.

In fact, Edwards, who Wednesday received a letter from Ashley informing her of the board’s decision not to renew her contract as executive director, believes she is being made a scapegoat for some reason.

“I’m not sure what the reason is, although I have my deep suspicion,” Edwards told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. “I’m not one of the boys, and I’m also not a yes sir, no sir, three bags full lady.”

Edwards, who was told that her extended contract will not be renewed when it expires on March 26, said she believes that there are men in the society who, when they come upon a woman who does not meet the stereotype of being submissive, “find it difficult to work with her, and I believe that is the heart of the problem I’m having right now”.

Edwards has been under fire since last Wednesday when a fire broke out at the Riverton dump in Kingston resulting in adults and children getting sick from the thick smoke and businesses and schools being closed.

Late Wednesday evening, Ashley issued a news release stating that Edwards’ contract had actually ended on February 24, but she was asked to continue in the position until March 26.

However, he said that after next Thursday, deputy chairman of the board Morin Seymour will oversee the day-to-day operations of the NSWMA and the regional offices.

Ashley also said that “in accordance with the Government’s current hiring guidelines, the board of directors will invite qualified candidates to apply for the position, after which interviews will be conducted and a decision made”.

In his release, Ashley said the decision was made by the board. However, yesterday Edwards appeared to challenge that, saying that her information was that the decision was a unilateral one made by Ashley.

“The decision was taken at a board meeting, and I am emphasising at a board meeting, rather than by the board, because there is a distinct difference,” she told the Observer.

“I was, in a way, not surprised… because for quite a few months now, perhaps from I came here, myself and my chairman have not seen eye to eye on some things,” she explained.

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Law & Order Must Prevail

This is a step in the right direction.  Just maybe you will think twice providing your vehicle is properly insured to have respect for the road code.  Those who fail to abide must pay a hefty price.  It seems the lives of many lost due to the carnage on our roads have done nothing to quell the road accidents and subsequent damages.  It only stands to reason that your only respect is for the $$$$$$$$, so pay you must!!!!

 


 

Motorists to pay for damage to road furniture

Saturday, March 21, 2015 | 10:01 AM    

 
 
 
 
 
 

(File photo)
ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) – The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is moving to recover from motorists, money that is being expended to replace guard rails and other road furniture that are damaged during road crashes.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell, told journalists at a media briefing at the Royalton White Sands Resorts in Trelawny on Wednesday that the National Works Agency (NWA) has been mandated to intensify its efforts to file claims on the insurance policies of drivers of vehicles, who damaged road furniture.

 “The National Works Agency has now been mandated…to step up its activities to claim on the insurance of the drivers of these motor vehicles. Recently, the matter was raised at Cabinet because we want to ensure that we have the full support of all concerned,” Sewell said.

She noted that the move is part of strategies to ensure that persons comply with the rules governing the safe use of the island’s roads.

Sewell pointed out that the replacement of road furniture is putting a financial strain on the Ministry.

“You would appreciate that financial resources are very limited and we are already stretched with the little we have and when they go about damaging the road furniture…they hit out the guard rails, they hit out things on the roads and they get away with it,” she lamented.

The Permanent Secretary contended that if motorists, who continue to damage road furniture, are made to feel the effects in their pockets, “maybe they will start taking more care while driving.”

“Their pockets must feel it because we are sending out the message; we are doing all that we can and they refuse to comply, so we will, as much as possible, ensure that they pay since they will not comply,” she said.

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Whatelse Is There To Come On Your International Flight????

Lordhavemercy………………..drunk on what?  On a serious note, just imagine being subjected to this high as a kite lunatic who clearly thought she was at some massage parlor.  ‘Observer’, her nationality please?  Normally when our Jamaican nationals get themselves in a spot of bother, we are promptly told ‘Jamaican’. 

Just curious!!!!


 

Woman strips on flight from Jamaica, arrested

Jamaica Observer, Friday, March 20, 2015 | 2:49 PM    

  
 
 KINGSTON, Jamaica — A woman was on Thursday arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, after she allegedly stripped, exposing herself on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica.

UK media reports are that the 46-year-old woman from south-west London, whose identity has not yet been released by authorities, was arrested when her British Airways flight landed at Gatwick Airport yesterday.

It is alleged that she disrupted the flight by performing a solo sex act.

The flight landed at around 8:45 am on March 19, and aircrew on board asked for the flight to be met by police.

British Airways released a statement saying: “We can confirm that police were requested to meet our flight from Kingston.”

 

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Ban On Poultry!!!!!!!!!

Keep yourself updated on current affairs in your Country.  The reasoning of ignorance can no longer hold up as long as you are able to ‘read’.  Knowledge is power!  Be aware and not be affected or remain ignorant and become affected……….


 

Jamaica bans importation of poultry and poultry products from North America

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015

KINGSTON:

Jamaica has imposed an immediate ban on the importation of poultry products from parts of North America arising from the outbreak of bird flu in sections of the US and Canada.

The Agriculture Ministry says the ban restricts the importation of all poultry and poultry products and by-products not fully cooked, hatching eggs and raw pet foods.

The ministry says the ban applies to products originating from Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in the USA and British Columbia in Canada.

It says there is no immediate food safety risk and the consumption of properly cooked poultry meat and poultry products remains safe.

In addition to the imposition of immediate restrictions, the agriculture ministry says it has already taken other steps to safeguard Jamaica’s poultry and human health.

It says a National Emergency Animal Disease Committee is in place to execute programmes necessary to ensure Jamaica’s preparedness to handle outbreaks of animal diseases, including bird flu.

The ministry also says it has engaged major players in the poultry industry and has been communicating with importers, Jamaica Customs Agency and the Ministry of Health on the matter.

The ministry says further engagement will involve backyard and small-scale poultry operators, egg farmers, pet bird owners, pet stores and all other stakeholders to ensure full cooperation.

 

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Love……………..

 

Love is a dream, an endless beautiful dream that fills

our mind with promises, promises only the

Supernatural can deliver…………

  

But we still hold on to that promise that hope, that one

day our love will deliver for only our hope will promise

us love and love we still and will say is

natural……………………….

 

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Everlasting Love………….Real or Not……….It Can Be So Never Lose Sight Of That!!!!

Love, marriage and all that comes along with it is part of life.  No one said it was easy, but you still live in hope.


 

Tessanne Chin’s husband moves out of marital home

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2015

 

 
Tessanne Chin and her husband Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr in happier times
 
 
 
 

After four years of marriage, sources close to the couple have confirmed that artiste Tessanne Chin and her broadcaster husband, Michael Anthony Cuffe Jr, are having marital problems.

Cuffe has reportedly moved out of the marital home and is staying with friends.

The couple shot to popularity in 2013 when Chin won the American singing competition The Voice.

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