THE TEST OF REALITY

 To do or not to do is a luxury we cannot afford……….it comes at us full force and yet we still expect…………Expect that we can go on, with our hopes our plans, our blindness in absolving the realm!

 

 The realm of what is real what is foremost NOW………What causes us to see when we are blind, to face the unexplainable, and accept the unbelievable…………

 

 In a world where man is man, in his fault, his candour, his will to succeed at all expense………..we are forced to see, accept, live, desiccate in the test of faith………..Trying times, that falleth before us, do or die, feel……….the nakedness of survival, in a world that is today, what it will be tomorrow……..REALITY my friends is a fact of life that we still see as a test of our souls!

Please like & share:

Is Your Fat Making You Inflammed?..

You really should not ignore the dreaded ‘fat’ which for many is visible.  As the article below points out, there is ‘fat’ called visceral which needs our attention just as much.  Working out and consistently paying attention to what you eat is not only for those whose careers dictates such.  Rather, our responsibility is to take care of ourselves the best way we can from a cellular perspective.  How we treat our cells on the inside greatly dictates the quality of life we can hope to have on Planet Earth.


 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
There is a lot of talk about reducing body fat. Known to doctors as adipose tissue, body fat comes in different forms. The different types of fat have different functions and can affect your health in different ways.

Fat, for example, comes in different colours: brown adipose tissue (BAT) and white adipose tissue (WAT). BAT is a very healthy form of fat found mostly in the neck, chest and back areas. It burns fat cells to produce heat even without exercise, and helps to control body temperature. Excess WAT, on the other hand, is less healthy, angry fat and is associated with inflammation and many common diseases.

 Where is your fat?

 Where your fat is located is also very important. For a long time, scientists have known of the relationship between excess belly fat and disease. ‘American apple-shaped’ people, who carry fat in the abdomen, have a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other problems than ‘Jamaican-apple shaped’ people, who store fat in the hips and thighs. For this reason, just your waist measurement can indicate if you have an increased risk for these problems.

But there are also different types of belly fat. The fat under your skin is called subcutaneous fat while the fat deep inside surrounding your internal organs is called visceral fat. It can even penetrate into the liver to create a condition called fatty liver disease. This deep belly fat is responsible for many other illnesses. Research has shown that removing subcutaneous abdominal fat using surgeries like liposuction does not improve health as does losing the same amount of inner fat by dieting or exercising. This is because plastic surgery does not remove this visceral fat. 

Belly fat and inflammation

The key underlying issue when it comes to body fat and health is inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s first defence system, and most of the time it protects us from harmful germs, abnormal cells while promoting healing after injury. The main features of inflammation are heat, swelling, redness and loss of normal function. But when out of control, inflammation can lead to heart attacks, stroke, cancer, allergies, auto-immune illnesses like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and aggravate a long list of other problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure. Almost all painful conditions are associated with inflammation.

So temporary inflammation is a good and necessary part of the body’s response to damage and disease, but chronic, ongoing inflammation promotes these illnesses and even accelerates ageing.

For a long time, the blockage to blood vessels that cause heart attacks and strokes was blamed on the deposit of cholesterol in the arteries. Despite the continuing ‘cholesterol hype’, we know that these problems are the result of inflammation, often fuelled by too much belly fat. 

Fat and inflammation 

WAT is not merely a storage dump for excess energy. It is an organ that makes chemicals that influence our appetite, hormones and immune system.

Your fat, especially visceral fat, like any other organ in your body, has an ideal size at which it functions best. Just as how, for example, an enlarged thyroid gland can result in hormonal problems, excess body fat can release too much hormones and inflammatory chemicals. These chemicals create inflammation, so the fatter you are, the more inflamed your body gets and the more disease develops.

The good news is that weight loss, of even a few pounds, can significantly reduce inflammation. As weight is lost, fat cells shrink and release less inflammatory chemicals. The actual number of immune system cells in the fatty tissues is reduced and their inflammatory actions restricted. As belly fat is lost, inflammation in your body decreases.

Evaluate yourself: I strongly recommend having a wellness evaluation that includes a body composition analysis. This will determine your body fat levels as well as your visceral fat. This evaluation, offered by my team of wellness coaches across the island, offers useful information for customising your weight management programme and monitoring your progress.

A waist measurement of more than 34 inches in women and more than 39 inches in men increases your risk of inflammatory diseases like heart attacks, strokes and diabetes by a whopping 500 per cent.

Adjust your diet: I recommend that you lose body fat with an anti- inflammatory diet like the cellular nutrition programme I use. It’s not just a matter of cutting back on fatty foods, as your body can easily convert excess starch and sugar into fat and store it in your belly. Get the right information, support and product.

Exercise: This powerfully complements diet but cannot replace it. Experts agree that a successful plan is 20 per cent nutrition and 20 per cent exercise.

Stress: Uncontrolled stress promotes increasing belly fat and inflammation and must be effectively addressed.

 

 

You may email Dr Vendryes at tonyvendryes@gmail.com or listen to An Ounce of Prevention on POWER 106 FM on Fridays at 8:15 p.m.

Please like & share:

Jamaica’s Public Defender Has Spoken (Riverton Fire)

WE ALL HAVE rights……………know them!!!!


 

On The Ground News Confirmed

Rights breached in Riverton fire -Public Defender

Today @ 9:15 am Update

Public Defender Arlene Harrison-Henry has filed an action in the Constitutional Court seeking clarification on the rights of Jamaicans due to the impact of the fire and smoke nuisance at the Riverton City landfill. According to the Public Defender’s office, information received the Riverton fire has virtually brought activities in Kingston to a halt, and has disrupted schools, businesses, and domestic activities. Mrs. Harrison-Henry stated that the rights of Jamaicans have been violated, and the situation remains untenable. The Court matter is to be heard later this year.

 

 

Please like & share:

Sue The State!!! – Your Health Is Your Greatest Asset

Hot shot Defense Attorneys where art though???????  Our health is our greatest asset, and once compromised through no fault of our own, those culpable should pay.  The State is guilty of this atrocity.  Get the medical doctors to sit on a panel whether Live at 7, Direct or All Angels to talk about the long term effects that can arise from this ‘man-made disaster’!

The majority are not able to travel overseas for health care as you all know and this kind of damage affects EVERYBODY.  Uptown, midtown, downtown, cross town, upper class, middle class, no class, the working poor class and the legitimate poor class.  How about a few of the ‘hot shot city slickers’ defense attorneys publish a 1-800 hotline number? Why not offer your services pro-bono and represent persons by initiating a lawsuit that may just force governments into taking action once and for all.

The Public Defender’s office is over loaded and the people of this country can no longer wait indefinitely. This is an indictment on ALL those who crave the lime light and public office.


 

VIDEO: Riverton fire causes havoc

Smoke from Riverton fire causes havoc in Corporate Area, St Catherine

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, March 14, 2015    

MORE that 50 schools in the Corporate Area and St Catherine were yesterday forced to close as smog emanating from the fire at the Riverton City dump intensified.

Smoke from the fire, which started late Wednesday, also forced the closure of several businesses while several people, including dozens of children who suffered respiratory problems, had to be taken to hospitals and health centres for treatment.

“At our school we had to send out a desperate call for parents to come and pick up their children and measures had to also be put in place to rush some of the students who fell ill to nearby medical facilities,” said Elyn Spence, principal of Hagley Park Preparatory School.

Several students of Holy Childhood High had to be transported from the school in buses to hospital after at least two girls collapsed and others complained of difficulty breathing.

Students from the Hydel Group of Schools in Ferry, St Catherine, also had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Yesterday, chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) Dr Andrei Cooke said the authority activated its emergency operation centre after some hospitals and health centres reported an increase in the demand for services, particularly for respiratory conditions. Additional measures, he said, were being put in place to deal with the increased demands on the health services.

“In addition, some health centres will remain open over the weekend, starting 8:00 am, in anticipation of the number of persons that are likely to require urgent health-care services during this period, should the prevailing conditions continue,” said the SERHA chairman.

Meanwhile, there has been a big jump in the sale of dust masks by hardware stores and street vendors as people sought to protect themselves from the heavy smoke blanketing the capital city.

“Since the start of the workday we have seen a spike in the number of customers coming in to purchase dust masks,” one sales representative at Tools Hardware told the Jamaica Observer yesterday. Rapid True Value on Constant Spring Road also said it sold several dust masks.

But while there were good sales for dust masks, the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) reported that companies were forced to close their business for the day due to the smoke nuisance.

“A number of businesses experienced loss of productivity due to staff members leaving to attend to their health, while some persons had to leave their jobs to attend to their children due to school closures and health challenges,” a JCC release said.

The chamber said smoke covered a wide area of Kingston and St Andrew, extending as far as Portmore, St Catherine and St Thomas.

The JCC also said hotels reported that guests complained about the polluted air and, in one case, visitors left their hotel to get relief in the Blue Mountains. According to the JCC, those visitors said that they would cut their vacation short and return to the United Kingdom

 

 

Please like & share:

I Hear Voices – Sign of Madness

As sad and unfortunate this death is, a lesson is there for all  Pastors and leaders in Churches.  Wisdom and discernment are both gifts often sought in Christianity, correct?  If someone knocked on my door and told me they were hearing voices in their head, I would tell them to wait outside then make a quick call for reinforcement.

I am a firm believer that any signs of insanity or mental disorder must not be approached or dealt with on ones own.  Based on the content of this article, I am sure this man will be sent to a psycho facility.  Call me a coward; call me overtly dramatic, I remain clear of any signs of mental disorders from persons known or unknown to me.  I am not trained in that area.


 Pennsylvania man kills pastor, says he was possessed by demons (Jamaica Observer, Friday, March 13, 2015 )

 

 
 Roland Zinneh (Photo: AP)

GERMANTOWN, Maryland (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who was hearing voices in his head killed a pastor because he thought the clergyman was possessed by demons, police said Friday.

Roland Zinneh, 38, went to a home Tuesday night where Connery Dagadu was renting a room. He asked the pastor to help pray with him about the voices he was hearing, police said. The next morning, the owner of the home, heard a commotion and found Dagadu on the basement floor unresponsive, police said.

When officers arrived, they saw Zinneh at the front door jumping and pacing. He retreated into the home when they approached and broke a window with his hands. After a struggle, Zinneh was taken into custody and began yelling: “Demons! I kill demons!” according to police

Zinneh, of Darby, Pennsylvania, was charged with first-degree murder in the asphyxiation of Dagadu, 57, of Germantown. It wasn’t clear exactly how Dagadu was killed.

Police spokeswoman Corporal Rebecca Innocenti said Dagadu was pastor of World Impacting Center, which he operated out of the rented basement.

Court records do not list an attorney for Zinneh.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment, and is now being held at the Montgomery County Detention Center.

During questioning, police said Zinneh told them he fought with Dagadu.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Please like & share:

The Ports – Kingston’s Finest……………..Welcome……….Disgraceful!!!!

We have a Minister of Health that speaks so eloquently on non communicable diseases and has given the charge to Jamaican’s to take due care.  How does an environmental hazard factors in when government makes no plan or take any action that will benefit residents and big businesses (‘the Wharf’) long term?  Count the amount of fires that we have experienced within the last 2 years from this particular site.  Retrieve the archives and read the ‘rhetoric’ that is constantly spewed by those in leadership as the citizens lament, and face the possibility of serious respiratory failure, and eventually cancer.

This is a disgrace and highlights the gross incompetence, lack of will and plain failure by those charged to lead on this front.  I for one would like ACTION and fewer speeches.  Who will take accountability by resigning?  The Jamaican people pay the bill and if you fail to deliver you should be SACKED!!!!!!  NSWMA (National Solid Waste Management Authority) and the Ministry of Health; changes are needed here.


Riverton dump fire spreads

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

 

 
 
 
 
 

Smoke billows from a fire at the Riverton City dump yesterday. The blaze, which began on Wednesday, spread to a larger area of the landfill as a result of strong winds yesterday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THE Jamaica Fire Brigade yesterday said that the latest fire at the Riverton dump — which since Wednesday had blanketed much of the city with choking smoke — had grown twice in size to approximately five acres, despite intense efforts to keep it under control.

Public Relations Director Emilio Ebanks told the Jamaica Observer that strong winds had proved a major challenge to the team’s response. Approximately 70 fire-fighters were on the scene.

“The situation has been made worse because of strong wind conditions,” said Ebanks of the fire, the cause of which was not ascertained up to late yesterday.

A total of eight fire trucks and four tractors — two D9 and two D12 — were brought to the site to fight the blaze.

“The situation, as it is right now, is very challenging. We understand the circumstance but we are doing the best we can,” Ebanks said as he called on members of the public to brace themselves for more discomfort that the worsening problem would cause.

A worsening of the problem would be bad news for city dwellers who woke up to a hazy morning as a result of the smoke from the landfill.

“Since the fire started we have been having problems breathing, the thick smoke has forced many of us out of our homes,” one woman from Callaloo Mews told the Observer.

Meanwhile, Opposition spokesman on local government, Desmond Mckenzie, said that the latest fire was as a result of the Government’s failure to implement proper waste management programmes.

“The local government ministry, through the NSWMA (National Solid Waste Management Authority) and the Ministry of Health, have failed the people of Kingston with their lacklustre response to the fire which is now raging at the Riverton City landfill,” McKenzie argued. “This is not the first fire and it seems they are getting more frequent. It seems they don’t know how to do the job they are paid to do.”

McKenzie also noted that since Wednesday he has received numerous complaints from people living as far as Harbour View and on the University of the West Indies and University of Technology campuses in Papine about the choking smoke. He said that residents of Duhaney Park, Red Hills, Meadowbrook, Hope Pastures and several other areas were also badly affected.

McKenzie said that he was particularly concerned about reports of an increase in the number of children turning up at the Bustamante Hospital for Children with respiratory problems.

Yesterday, a representative of the South East Regional Health Authority said that the Ministry of Health would be carrying out an assessment to get a better idea of the number of patients who have turned up at medical facilities, including the Bustamante Children’s Hospital, with respiratory difficulties.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has given the authorisation for schools directly affected by the smoke to remain closed.

Please like & share:

A Crying Shame!!!!!!!………..A Dis A Juggle!!!!!!!!

GCT……electricity bills……petrol prices.  When you screw those who play by the rules you certainly screw them hard (apologies for the double entendre).  To say I’m pissed is an understatement.

Clearly we are continuing on the same trajectory of paying the credit card bill (IMF) ‘lickle, lickle’ at a time, with no immediate release of pressure for the middle class (the now working poor).    Where are the revenues from manufacturing, agriculture, exports, new investments?…………….One second, we have some strikes going on, threats of mayhem, disgruntled labour force (what’s new?) and the latest cry about the ‘Mexicans’.  Have no fear, whilst absolutely nothing conclusive comes out of any of the above, we can always fall back on ‘those who play by the rules do get shafted’.  Who said that?  Does anyone remember?   Ah boi, faith…………………………..yes in the supernatural, definitely not government!!!!!!!!!!  Wait a minute ‘horse racers’ can toot their horn as poverty remains for those who hover at the betting shop……………….faith indeed!!!!!!


 

Motorists, smokers hit hard; GCT on electricity bills reintroduced

$10-b tax package hits motorists, smokers, electricity users hard

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

 
 
 

JAMAICANS will have to pay more taxes to drive, smoke and use electricity on April 1 when a $10.3-billion tax package introduced yesterday by Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips takes effect.

The tax measures came as no surprise to some observers, despite constant assurances from Dr Phillips, since the tabling of the budget on February 19, that compliance measures would fill most of the gap.

They will also affect domestic production as well as importers, including those trading with Jamaica’s Caribbean Community (Caricom) partners who are required to pay an environmental tax; those paying trade and business licence fees; and is expected to be extended to affect life insurance companies before the fiscal year ends. Hardest hit are motorists who will have to fork out some $8.2 billion more per annum to pay for petrol and petroleum products at local service stations.

Dr Phillips admitted in the House of Representatives yesterday that the hole in his $641-billion budget for 2015/16 was really $22.7-billion.

The ministry had previously spoken to a $10.4-billion gap, which Phillips suggested could be largely filled by increased compliance, as well as some changes to the Property Tax Act, new transfer tax legislation affecting transfer pricing rules, and withholding tax on statutory payments.

However, yesterday he explained that those measures would only cover $12.3 billion of the $22.7- billion-wide hole by the end of the year.

This left a gap of $10.4 billion, which has to be filled by new revenue measures.

These measures include:

• an increase in the special consumption tax per stick of cigarette from $10.50 to $12, as of today, to yield $488 million in revenue;

• an additional specific special consumption tax of $7 per litre of petrol, which is expected to yield $6.4 billion as of March 18;

• Conversion of the one per cent petroleum cess to a specific special consumption tax of $2 per litre of specific petroleum products, to yield a further $1.8 billion also as of March 18;

• Re-introduction of the GCT at the standard rate on monthly residential electricity consumption above 350 kilowatt hours, to yield $807 million as of April 1; and

• The extension of the environmental levy to cover domestic production and imports from Caricom partners, as well as imports from countries outside of the regional community, to reap an addition $962 million in tax revenues as of April 1.

Phillips also informed the House that his ministry is still in discussions with the insurance sector on introducing a corporate income tax (on total income) to be levied at the standard rate of 25 per cent.

On the positive side, Dr Phillips announced an increase in the income tax threshold, from $557,232 to $592,800, effective next January, which will cost the Government some $644 million by the end of the fiscal year, and removal of duties on imported breeding stock for the horse racing industry, costing only $1 million.

Phillips told the House that the additional revenues are necessary if the country is to attain the target of a 7.5 per cent primary surplus in the absence of any further policy or administrative actions.

“The Jamaican people are a people of faith, and now is the time for us to demonstrate our faith in the future, bolstered by what we have achieved thus far and confident in our capacities to achieve our goals,” Phillips said.

 

 

 

Please like & share:

Classroom or Backroom???

1980’s……………prominent High School, male Math Teacher.  I hated the subject and still wonder of its relevance (forget I said that).  Be that as it may, I decided to sign up for extra lessions in basic math as word quickly spread that the math teacher, Mr ‘nameless’ was a sight for sore eyes.  At the ripe old age of 14 a few of my class mates decided to see for ourselves and true to form, never had I seen a pair of jeans fit so tightly on a man before.  I quickly became interested in basic math.    No sooner than I got settled into the class and began to enjoy ‘Sirs’ style of teaching and the manner in which he engaged us all, we were informed that he would no longer be teaching us……………………What!!!!!   Why??? His attire!!!  ‘Sir’ was a distraction and no form of learning could take place when the distraction was constant.  Our head mistress made the right choice and I got over it; math eventually became history.

Fast foward to this article below………………….What kind of response did the JTA give?  One marred with criticisms………….You wonder why we are where we are today in the classrooms.  Take a good look at that picture………………..Does it say ‘respect me’ or, you know something let me pause right there………………….

The game really has not changed, what has, are the leaders in society and their belief system on decency, decorum and dignity.


 

Mico president blasts teachers for ‘unprofessional attire’ in classrooms

 | March 11, 2015Gleaner Writer

 
In this photo that has gone viral on social media, a Jamaican teacher wearing a close-fitting skirt writes on a chalkboard.
 
 

President of The Mico University College, professor Carol Clarke, says she is concerned about the unprofessional attire of some teachers in the public school system.

She was reacting to a photograph that has emerged on social media showing a Jamaican teacher in a classroom wearing a close-fitting skirt.

Professor Clarke, who heads the leading teacher-training institution in the region, says teachers should understand the environment in which they work.

The educator argues that while teachers must be comfortable, they also have a duty to ensure they are not a source of distraction.

In 2011, the education ministry implemented a universal dress code to govern what teachers wear while they are on the job.

The policy outlined that if persons fail to adhere to the rules, they could face disciplinary actions.

It said that staff members who breach the dress code should be sent home by their supervisors to change into appropriate office attire, and return to work.

However, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association had criticised the policy saying the ministry should not be allowed to dictate dress codes for schools.

Please like & share:

3 Years No Results………………..A Surprise????????

Three years and zilch………………….yet by our many headlines corruption and fraud in the workplace is rife………………

How about putting a price tag on information gathered which will lead to a prosecution?  Depending on the nature you could start in the millions……………..What incentives are you offering???  Come on, you are expecting the good of man to prevail on this????? 

Know your culture in expecting change…………………….


 

Mum is the word – Jamaicans are no whistle-blowers

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2015 (Jamaica Gleaner)

JAMAICANS HAVE chosen to remain silent rather than use whistle-blower legislation to report improper conduct, whether in the public or private sector.

Almost three years after the legislation – properly called the Protected Disclosures Act – was enacted, Dr Omar Hawthorne, lecturer in the Department of Government at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), revealed yesterday that no one has come forward to make a formal report.

That assertion was later confirmed by the Corruption Prevention Commission (CPC), the agency responsible for enforcing the act.

Hawthorne, who was speaking in Kingston at the first-ever fraud and anti-corruption conference put on by the Office of the Contractor General, disclosed that the nation’s high unemployment rate, the risk of criminal prosecution, and distrust for national institutions were among the factors that have prevented persons from coming forward.

These findings, she said, were based on research she conducted for her presentation using some of her classes at the UWI.

fearful of reprisal

While noting that the legislation seeks to protect employees from retaliation for possibly exposing improper conduct, Hawthorne said a predominant theme in the surveys conducted was that persons were fearful of reprisal from their employers.

“The live reality for many Jamaicans is that I would rather keep my job today rather than blow the whistle on illegal activities within a company where I work,” she continued.

Another ‘conundrum’ for prospective whistle-blowers, Hawthorne noted, was that they could face criminal prosecution in cases where the information disclosed was illegally obtained. Explaining, she said where a document that is labelled ‘secret’ or ‘confidential’ is passed to a higher authority or the media, “then technically you are committing a crime in trying to prevent a broader crime or fraud within an organisation.

“If you disclose information that you access illegally, you are technically committing a crime in order to prevent the greater good for the society. So that’s the conundrum that people find themselves in,” she explained.

“So an individual will find him or herself in a predicament where, even if and when I want to do good, I will still think of the notion that I am committing a criminal act,” Hawthorne reasoned.

The UWI lecturer praised Jamaica’s whistle-blower legislation as one of the best of its kind globally, but said based on her research, not many Jamaicans are even aware of it.

She blamed this on the absence of any public-education initiative since lawmakers passed the legislation in 2011.

“We haven’t had any public-awareness campaigns or an advertisement to sensitise the public on this particular legislation,” she claimed.

 

 

livern.barrett@gleanerjm.com

Please like & share:

THROUGH THE EYES OF A CHILD

When I grow up, I want to be a teacher, nurse…………….be just like you Mummy…………Have lots of babies, dress up in pretty, pretty clothes………

 

When I am big, I can do anything I want, bathe when I want, brush my teeth when I want……..My daddy and mummy are the best in the world……….

 

Ha…………..I can’t wait to be big, it’s much easier…………………

Please like & share: