Parish Council Or Not Disconnect Them – JPS Is Too Frivolous With Government

Pity those of us who actually do not steal light are not favoured with the same considerations.

While the government is granted lenient terms the JPS continues to shaft those who pay. If we falter for even 1 month in arrears I’m sure a hefty fee will be off loaded on us before any terms of payment be considered.

Quite frankly JPS should be long gone by now. Privatise the whole entity and disconnect accordingly. Maybe what we need is a peaceful revolution.


 

Shocker – Parish councils owe $3b in JPS bills

(Jamaica Gleaner, 29 April 2015)

Several parish councils across the island, up to March, owed the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS) almost $3 billion for street lighting and other general electricity costs.

Payment for street lights are the responsibility of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, while the general costs are paid by the councils.

Of the parish councils which provided data in response to an Access To Information (ATI) request from The Gleaner, the St Catherine Parish Council had the largest bill, with its arrears for street light as at January 3 standing at a whopping $924 million.

The St Mary Parish Council had one of the other relatively large bills, at $225 million, even though all of its general accounts were paid in full.

This was due to the fact that its street lighting bill had been in arrears since April 2013.

Another standout was the St James Parish Council. Its general bills stood a little over $5 million and its street light bill was booked at $269 million.

The Clarendon Parish Council, which disclosed that payment for its general electricity costs valued at $313,950 was being process at the time they responded to The Gleaner’s ATI request, gave no indication as to the status of payment for the $254 million owed for its streetlights.

The Hanover Parish Council and the Portmore Municipal Council were the only entities to report that they had no outstanding amounts for the JPS, in terms of general electricity costs. However they did not submit data for street lighting costs.

The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation did not respond to the ATI request.

Noel Arscott, minister of local government and community development, told The Gleaner that the bills for the streetlights have not been paid in full as a result of a number of issues.

“Resources are limited so we have to balance our obligations and we also have issues with street lights that are not working that we are being billed for,” Arscott said.

He also pointed to the low compliance rate of property tax collection which is the main source of funds for payment of street lighting bills.

Another factor affecting the ministry’s ability to pay is the discontinuation of a deficit financing arrangement from the Ministry of Finance, a move which Arscott attributes to the austere conditions under which the Government is currently operating.

The minister disclosed that a payment of $700 million was made last month and that he has been in negotiations to introduce LED and solar energy street lights.

He said these would significantly reduce the country’s street light bill.

In an emailed response to The Gleaner, Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of JPS, said the Government has been making good on payment.

“We are working with the Government to find solutions to reduce their arrears and, as the island’s energy partner, we are also looking at identifying energy solutions that can positively impact their energy usage and their bills going forward.”

She added: “The Government made significant payments in April and they have promised to make significant payments in May. We are confident that they will meet that commitment.”
 

 

 

 

 

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Jamaica Land Whose Laws Give A Bligh To Foreigners

Firstly, I have never heard of this group.  Secondly, what would have been his sentence if he were caught on USA soil, country of his birth?  They all are foolish and suffer from greed, both, legal combination. 

The cocaine had an estimated street value of $12 million and a 12 month mandatory sentence you believe is adequate or substantial?  What kind of message are we sending to the World about our tolerance for drug smuggling?  To think not so long ago, we were locking up our own for a ‘ganja spliff’ and at the very worst, beating our own to death for the ‘weed’.  Here we have some foreign slickers and what does this dude get for hardcore cocaine?  A slap on the wrist technically.  As a Jamaican, I am ashamed of the justice rendered in this case.


 

 

Entertainment

Singers get prison time

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, April 29, 2015     

  
 

Members of the trio 3rdNWest (from left) Karell Wisdom, Kevin Tapper (centre) and Garth Jobson.
MONTEGO BAY, St James — An American entertainer who was charged for cocaine smuggling after being held at the Sangster International Airport last year, was given a 12- month mandatory sentence when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

He is 37-year-old Kevin Tapper of North Brunswick, New Jersey. The police reported that Tapper was among six people arrested in connection with the seizure of approximately 8.4 kilogrammes of cocaine at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on December 18.

Also arrested were: 60- year-old entertainer, Claudette Miller-Robinson; 34-year-old entertainment manager, Simone Baccas; 35-year-old entertainer, Karell Wisdom; 34-year-old singer, Garth Jobson and 29 year-old singer, Ramone Rowe, all of St James addresses.

Tapper, Wisdom and Jobson are members of the trio 3rdNWest. Reports are that all checked in on the same flight about 5:00 pm destined for New York when they were searched by the police and cocaine with a total weight of 3.6 kilogramms found strapped to their bodies and hidden in shoes and slippers in their luggage.

They were also suspected of drug ingestion and taken to hospital where it was discovered that the four men had swallowed cocaine pellets. Over the course of three days they expelled 438 pellets with a total weight of 4.8 kilograms.

The cocaine has an estimated street value of $12 million, the police said. In addition to the mandatory 12 months’ sentence, Tapper was fined $100,000, or six months, for possession of cocaine and $150,000, or six months, for attempting to export cocaine.

He was freed of dealing in cocaine. Jobson and Rowe were sentenced to 14 months and nine months in prison, respectively. Wisdom is to return to court on May 1 for sentencing while the other two accused are to return on May 14.

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Cannabis (Ganja) Licensing Authority Approved – 16 Members – Who Are They?????- Names Please…..

I eagerly wait for the names of the 16 members who will have autonomy at this inception to be announced.  I reserve certain commentary until then.

We seem to be moving steadily with this potential Industry and buzz words ‘silver bullet’ heard too often now in many circles. However, Industries must be looked at in terms of longevity, the long haul ie 30 years and over.  Ten years in any event is not unreasonable to expect some added value that we know the ganja industry can bring forth.  Jobs can be provided for locals, the opportunity for the educated unemployed to look at something new and different, bringing their intellect to maximise the abundant usage and distribution available for this product.  I for one am stuck on a ‘ganja cafe’ encompassing wellness.

This product is grown here so easily.  Providing the government runs this operation devoid of nepotism, corruption and ego based motives, Jamaicans who want to be part of this product should have every opportunity for such.   Again I will reserve certain commentaries for now, but my interest is extremely high in the development of this industry.


 

Cabinet approves 16-member Cannabis Licensing Authority

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, April 28, 2015      

 Cabinet approves 16-member Cannabis Licensing Authority

CABINET has given approval for the 16-member Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA), which the Government has promised will be set up to regulate the hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica.

Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding, who made the disclosure in an interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday, said members are to be formally notified, and that the industry, investment and commerce; and science, technology and mining ministries were making arrangements for their accommodation.

“At this point, we want them to start the ball rolling [and] once they are notified a meeting should be held,” Golding said.

The authority is one of the provisions of the recently enacted Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015 ‘Ganja Bill’, which decriminalises marijuana for medicinal, religious, and private/personal use. The CLA will have powers to make regulations for the procedures and criteria for applying for licences and permits as well as other authorisations for cultivation, processing, distribution, sale and other handling of ganja for medicinal, scientific and therapeutic purposes.

The members were selected by ministers across eight ministries, in addition to representatives from the Attorney General’s Chambers; academia; and civil society groups, inclusive of faith-based organisations.

In the meantime, the justice minister said small farmers should rest assured that they will be part of the process, as the Government fully intends for the rules regulating the sector to enable and allow participation by small farmers.

“It is expected that that intent will be borne in mind. I expect it will take a few months to develop that framework, and we are engaging a consultant to assist them (the CLA),” Golding said.

According to Golding, Jamaica is well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for medical marijuana, and the country has the research capacity to develop new therapies. “We have the interest from our small farmers and business interests — locally and overseas; there is [also] the possibility of export of medicinal products made from ganja to those countries that will allow the importation of those products,” he pointed out.

The minister said while he was not claiming that the industry is a silver bullet for the country’s ills, he expects that Jamaica will, within a decade, “have a fairly substantial industry around”.

With the enactment of the Ganja Bill just under two weeks old, the justice minister said he has not yet had any reports of specific incidents of conflict between the police and citizens.

“I do expect that over time there will be bumps in the road, because it is a major transition for the force to understand the new legislation and to adjust their approach accordingly,” he said, noting that training is to be developed for the police.

“They have the fact sheet, but we are also looking at possibly producing a documentary as a training and sensitisation tool for the force,” Golding added.

Meanwhile, as many Jamaicans look to cash in on the opportunities presented by the new legislation, the Government has so far issued the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology, Jamaica licences to grow marijuana for research purposes.

Science and Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell told the Observer a few days after the symbolic planting of a ganja plant at the UWI campus that the College of Agriculture, Science and Education has “expressed an interest”, and that he is awaiting that application.

Additionally, Paulwell said there were some companies that wish to get into the commercial business, but they had taken Government’s advice to look at research first.

The changes to the law make possession of two ounces or less of marijuana a non-arrestable, ticketable offence with no criminal record.

The Bill, however, prohibits the smoking of ganja in public places but provides for the granting of licences, permits and other authorisations to enable the establishment of a regulated industry for ganja for medical, scientific, and therapeutic uses.

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Tax Until You Lose All – You Shall Surely Feel!!!

Lasco Chin spoke, and it appears the Government is prepared to play poker with one of our biggest players.  I remember when Lasco products were considered to be ‘poor’ people food. Now it is a ‘high end’ product based on its current cost. An increase will surely be meted out on the Jamaican people if this tax be applied. Think about it?

Where is St Thomas today after Good Year’s departure from Jamaica?  Does the government not get it; you cannot tax your way out of debt and expect ‘fast growth’.  It makes no sense; it is counter productive to sustainability.  Regardless of our natural resources and climate, Jamaica cannot be viable for investment if we have taxed ourselves out of competitiveness.  We already have unceasing crime, an uncertified labour force, bureaucracy fueling the ‘red tape’ in getting things done, political nepotism in every nook and crannie.  Exactly what kind of growth long term are you anticipating by 2030?

If the Minister with due respect lacks creativity, then employ outside help who can guide you through without ‘bleeding’ those whose contribution will cause further instability to the development of this country.


 

 

PSOJ calls agri minister exuberant, declares manufacturers will not pay sugar tax

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Monday | April 27, 2015

Refined sugar is proposed to attract an import cess
Mahfood …The tax would represent an attack on manufacturers
 
The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has branded Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier, as an exuberant Minister who is seeking to prop up the ailing sugar industry at the expense of more productive sectors.

The PSOJ’s statement is in support of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) which has declared its opposition to the impending tax on imported refined sugar, announced last week by Kellier.

Imported refined sugar is one of the main ingredients of many manufactured products, particularly in the beverage industry.

PSOJ president, William Mahfood, who is the managing director of beverage distributors, WISYNCO, says Kellier made the announcement without completing discussions with manufacturers.

He says manufacturers have already decided that they will not be paying any tax imposed on imported refined sugar.
 
According to Mahfood, the tax would represent an attack on manufacturers and would be counter to the Government’s pronouncements about enhancing growth in the economy.

The PSOJ head argues that the government appears to be willing to have the productive sectors suffer in order to support the sugar industry.
 

PSOJ president, William Mahfood
Last week, Lascelles Chin, the head of food manufacturer, LASCO, said he may have to shelve his company’s US $40 million expansion project in Jamaica and take the operations to Trinidad and Tobago if the government goes ahead with its plans.

The Agriculture Minister has argued that the cess is part of the government’s plans to restructure the regime governing the importation of refined sugar, which he says is being leaked to the local retail trade.

Kellier’s announcement coincides with concerns raised by sugar producers in the African Caribbean Pacific region about the approaching deadline for the reduction of European preferential treatment on sugar imports.

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Cable Calamity – Part 11

As you repeatedly state Mr Sinclair, Jamaica is in fact a poor country.  When did we come to that realisation?  We should not be charged the same or more for a reduction in channels.  That is not the consumers fault.

For too long, conglomerates like yourself have operated business on a ‘bag juice’ budget coming from the majority of consumers and have failed to give us what we can afford.  Do you think your average viewership knows what ‘GDP’ is and cares?  What they want is to relax, unwind and enjoy their cable.  Cable operators working together is how it should have been before the bull dozer mentality came into play. Yes forming an ‘association’ with the sole intent of being realistic as to the said ‘GDP’ while making an offer to the populace of fewer channels, and attractively priced packages would have been the smart thing to do.   You are correct; you cannot and should not make any attempt to operate as your North American counterparts do.

Those who can afford more would have to find an alternative option for their entertainment.  We should not have been introduced to hundreds and hundreds of channels from inception as by doing so our people became ‘hooked’ mentally to the idea of having too many varieties. Cable operators quite cunningly formed packages based on the appetites to some channels.  So the household takes out the package knowing full well, that the ability to pay will be a struggle, nonetheless, the unnecessary sacrifice will be made.  Until the Broadcasting Commission ruled, how many of us were knowledgeable of this debacle?  Funny it is, our people are usually given the details after the damage is done, while the ‘powerful’ makes their justification and way too often want us to comprehend the intricacies which often times are way ahead of the average citizen’s pay grade.

I suggest you cable operators use this opportune time to come together yes, but offer channels bearing in mind that we are indeed a ‘poor country’.  I say offer packages with as low as 20,  30 and 60 channels, not exceeding payments of J$5,000.00 per month.  Those who wish to pay more can use the satellite dish route.  It is a disgrace what is being sold to the Jamaican people from this industry.


 

 

Flow reviewing its cable pricing system — Sinclair

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, April 26, 2015    

 
  

SINCLAIR … I am going to ask customers to bear with us as we work through the issues

MANAGING Director of the merged LIME and Columbus Communications entity, Garfield Sinclair has revealed that the company will be reviewing its pricing system following the removal of 19 channels, initially, from its cable television network.

However, the review might not result in lower, or, for that matter, higher rates to the consumer.

Jamaica’s Broadcasting Commission, on Friday, ordered that cable operators begin the process of removing unauthorised channels from their networks, and gave them a maximum of five weeks to do so.

The channels, the Broadcasting Commission said, were being made available to consumers without the expressed authorisation of cable content providers in North America.

Already, questions are being asked about whether or not the cost of having cable television will drop, in light of the decrease in number of channels, but Sinclair, as head of Columbus, Jamaica’s largest supplier which trades under the Flow brand, said that there were other things to consider.

“We are looking at pricing, all the way around, in order to ensure that customer expectations match up to what we are delivering and what we are charging them for it,” Sinclair told the Jamaica Observer in an interview on Friday, following a Broadcasting Commission news conference to announce the forced change.

“While I couldn’t give a definitive answer to a customer now to say your basic plus package is going to drop by 10 per cent, for a long time, the unauthorised content aside, we have been subsidising the content that we have been providing legitimately and in an authorised way, because it is extremely expensive to obtain.

“The Jamaican GDP per capita is US$5,500 a man. We are a poor country. I cannot charge what my North American counterparts charge for the authorised content that I am delivering today. So I am subsidising that in order to provide customers with the level of service that they are getting, albeit buttressed by some of the unauthorised content.

“I am not charging what I need to charge to adequately recover what I am paying for the authorised content,” Sinclair insisted.

He said that collaboration and cooperation by local cable providers would go a far way in helping to soothe the burden on consumers and simultaneously ensure that they are provided with high-quality content when they want it.

“At some point, the content distributors and the customers will have to come to an accommodation through an educational process of what this content is really worth, and what my North American counterparts, who are richer … what they pay on average for the content we are distributing here.

“It’s not a black and white situation. In the meantime, I am going to have to ask customers to continue to bear with us as we work through the issues that involve getting them the best content available.

“To the content provider, we in Jamaica are just an ordinary sub [contractor], and I can understand their position because it costs a lot to produce that content. We can say to them, deal with us and price it to us on an industry basis, on an amalgamated number. Rather than looking to us as individual cable operators, price it based on a union of cable operators in the region. There have been ongoing discussions in this regard,” he said.

That aside, Sinclair said that getting the cable business regularised remains a priority.

“More channels are going to be discontinued going forward. We, along with the rest of the industry, are broadcasting for the public’s benefit a number of channels that are technically unauthorised. And because we are the biggest player, we are working assiduously to broadcast only authorised channels. Obviously we cannot do that in a vacuum. From a competitive standpoint, whatever we as an industry decide we will discontinue, we will. But I can’t do it because I’m the biggest player, while my competitors continue to broadcast unauthorised channels. That is the process we are engaged in now as an industry. We came up with this first 19 and we at Flow are working at replacing a lot of the content that we had to discontinue.

“The days of the Wild Wild West where we distributed every and anything to you are fast coming to an end. The pace of which we are regulating the industry is being moderated by the Broadcasting Commission in consulation with us,” he told the Sunday Observer.

Sinclair, who switched to consultation less than two weeks ago following the merger, maintained that the popularity of the channels that have been discontinued rate lowly on the list of those provided.

At this stage, he has not ruled out the discontinuing of “popular” channels, but is working in the interim to ensure that agreements with content providers are in place for all of the more popular channels that form part of the line-up.

“As we work on developing a comprehensive sort of copyright enforcement and adherence policy that allows us as a Caribbean region, part of the challenge we have is that a lot of these content providers didn’t even care about the Caribbean. They saw the Caribbean as a sort of a blip on the radar and had not contemplated or even fathom the need to create a structure, a content delivery agreement for the English-speaking Caribbean as a whole.

“They just see the world, particularly in this hemisphere as North and Latin America. They overlooked us for a long time. That gap in size has had them ignoring the fact that the English-speaking content was being broadcast.

“As the competitive environment developed and as they have been more and more attuned to what has been going on in the English-speaking Caribbean, and as the market evolves and they start to look for new revenue streams and ensure that their content is earning them maximum returns because the investment in it is huge, we are now having to be more compliant and are showing up on their radar screens a lot more frequently.

“We are going to have to comply with the content that we are distributing, but, at the same time we are going to regularise the arrangements that weren’t regularised before as a Caribbean region. While temporarily, a lot of the channels are coming off line, we are going to work hard to bring a lot of that content back on line. I would view these hiccups as not permanent situations, but transitional situations as we, as an industry become more compliant. We are going to have to compete with each other based on the legitimate, authorised content that we can afford to acquire and distribute to customers,” Sinclair said.

 

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TAKE SUPPLEMENTS DAILY By Dr Tony Vendryes

 Of several remedies, the physician
should choose the least sensational.’

– Hippocrates


Up to as little as a decade ago, mainstream medicine has been openly hostile to the idea of healthy people taking vitamin supplements. Only recently has this anti-vitamin position begun to change, as irrefutable evidence emerged showing that vitamin supplements could reduce the risk of many common diseases. Sadly, it is still common practice for doctors to tell their patients that they do not need vitamin supplements if they are eating a ‘balanced’ diet.

In April 1998, the editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine was entitled ‘Eat Right and Take a Multi Vitamin’. This article indicated that certain vitamin supplements could reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. This was the first time that a prestigious medical journal was recommending vitamin supplements. An even stronger endorsement for the use of vitamin supplements came in the June 19, 2002 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Harvard University doctors reported that people who got enough vitamins might be able to prevent such common illnesses as cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis.

Today one in every three North Americans takes multivitamins but many are reluctant to tell their doctors for fear that they may disapprove. The same situation exists right here in Jamaica, although a number of my Jamaican medical colleagues are now regularly recommending vitamin and herbal supplements to their patients. I applaud them for this refreshing change.
TAKE NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS
However, to complicate the issue, research suggests that as much as one third of dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbals), have one or all of the following problems:

  • The products do not contain what the label says it should.
  • The products contain other undisclosed substances in addition to what is on the label, which may create a health hazard.
  • The active ingredients in a supplement may not be readily absorbed by the system, and may thus be ineffective.

Fortunately, the Jamaican Ministry of Health has been active in seeking to protect the interests of the public in this matter. I hope, however, that in doing so the right of the individual to choose supplements for himself or herself will not be infringed upon. After all, the possible problems that may arise from taking supplements are minute when compared with the side effects of prescription medication. Just imagine, over 150,000 Americans die each year from the side effects of drugs prescribed by their doctors! By contrast, last year the Center for Disease Control reported no deaths at all from the use of vitamin and herbal supplements.

The following guidelines will help you in your choice of nutritional supplements.

Choose a reputable brand

The cheapest brand is not necessarily the best. Choose products from a company that has a well established reputation for high quality and effective products.

Speak with individuals who have used that brand and have them share their experience with you. Well-trained network marketers of nutritional supplements are particularly helpful in this regard, as they are usually heavy consumers of the products they sell. Some, but not all, health food store personnel may also be helpful. I myself very carefully select the brand of supplements I recommend to my clients.

Read the labels
The US Food and Drug Administration does not approve dietary supplements but monitors and regulates their use by certain laws such as:
– The Mega dosage Law, which says that no food supplement should have an amount of any one ingredient that could create harm when taken at the recommended dosage.
– The Labeling Law, which says that any potential side effect that a dietary supplement may have and any necessary warnings about the use of such a product should appear on the product’s label. They also strictly restrict manufacturers from making medical claims that have not been scientifically validated.

Unfortunately, unscrupulous manufacturers sometimes get away with outright fraud and that is why I so strongly recommend that you do your own due diligence and only use products from highly reputable companies.

Pay little attention to RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) values on the labels.

 The RDA is the minimum amount of a vitamin necessary to prevent you from being seriously deficient. I and many experts believe that those levels are far too low for optimal health benefits and that the RDA is obsolete and irrelevant to modern nutritional practice.

Educate yourself

The more informed you become about nutrition, the more responsibility you can take for maintaining excellent health. There are many books, tapes, seminars and Internet sites that provide good information. I recommend my own Book and Radio Show An Ounce of Prevention, as a good information sources. Remember, ‘Your Health is in your Hands’.

Talk with your doctor

It is important that your physician knows that you are taking supplements. If your doctor is unwilling to discuss the matter with you, then I would suggest that you seek a second opinion or even change your health care provider. Remember, doctors are often not well educated about nutrition and nutritional supplementation.

Balance your nutrition

Despite their importance, supplements alone are not a replacement for a balanced, healthy diet. They should complement your diet. Particularly try to have at least seven servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily, as they contain a variety of beneficial substances, known and unknown. As we often lack protein, I also recommend that you include a high quality nutritional protein shake drink in your daily diet. It facilitates good Cellular Nutrition, an essential for good health for everyone

 

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A Vegetarian Diet by Tony Vendryes

 

For decades I have used a plant-based diet as a powerful tool to promote good health. A good vegetarian-eating pattern is based on a wide variety of plant foods that are satisfying, delicious and healthy.

Vegetarians avoid meat, fish and poultry. Those who include dairy products and eggs in their diets are called lacto-ovo vegetarians. Vegans are pure vegetarians who eat no meat, fish, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Vegetarian diets significantly reduce the risk of a broad range of health concerns.

Heart Disease

Heart disease, the number-one killer, is less common in vegetarians, who also have much lower cholesterol levels than meat eaters. Vegetarian meals are typically low in saturated fat and usually contain little or no cholesterol, since cholesterol is found only in animal products. A vegan, therefore, consumes an entirely cholesterol-free diet.

The type of protein in a vegetarian diet may be another important advantage. Many studies show replacing animal protein with plant protein lowers blood-cholesterol levels, even if the amount of fat in the diet stays the same. Those studies demonstrate a low-fat, vegetarian diet has a clear heart-healthy advantage over other diets.

 Blood Pressure

1920s research show vegetarians have lower blood pressure than non-vegetarians. In fact, studies show adding meat to a vegetarian diet rapidly results in significantly raised blood-pressure levels. Individuals with high blood pressure span, who change to a vegetarian diet, may able to reduce or eliminate their need for medication.

 Diabetes

Recent studies show a diet high in plant protein (soy is a great source) and complex carbohydrates, (vegetables) but low in fat, starch and sugar, is the best dietary prescription for controlling diabetes. Many type-2 diabetics have used this approach to avoid any need for diabetic medication, and instead use food as their medicine. Even insulin-dependent diabetics can significantly reduce their insulin needs with this kind of plant-based diet.

 Cancer

A vegetarian diet helps prevent cancer. Researchers from the University of California at Berkley found persons with low fruit and vegetable intake experience about twice the risk of cancer compared with those with high intake. Studies of vegetarians show death rates from cancer are up to 50 per cent less than those of the general population.

Breast and prostate cancer rates are dramatically lower in countries where diets are typically plant-based, but when people from those countries adopt a Western, meat-based diet, their rates of these cancers soar. Vegetarians also have much less colon cancer than meat eaters and meat consumption is more closely associated with colon cancer than any other dietary factor.

A vegetarian diet helps protect against cancer in several ways. First, they are lower in fat and higher in fibre than meat-based diets. Vegetarians usually consume more antioxidants, like vitamin C and beta-carotene. These natural substances strengthen the body’s cancer-fighting system – the immune system. Plants also carry many compounds called phyto-nutrients that have anti-cancer properties. Examples of these are the polyphenols in green tea, the isoflavones in soy and the lycopene in tomatoes. Many other anti-cancer aspects of a vegetarian diet are yet to be fully understood.

 Osteoporosis 

Vegetarians may also lower their risk for osteoporosis as a high animal-protein intake encourages calcium loss from the bones. Replacing animal protein with plant foods reduces calcium loss. People who live in countries where the diet is plant-based have little osteoporosis, even when their calcium intake is low. In addition, vegetarians are less likely to form either kidney stones or gallstones.

 Special Considerations

Being vegetarian does not automatically mean your nutrition is healthy and balanced. However, a balanced vegetarian diet is not at all difficult to achieve. Possible pitfalls for the vegetarian includes – not enough protein. Grains, beans and many vegetables are good sources of protein. Protein powders from soy, rice and hemp are extremely useful in making protein shakes. I strongly recommend vegetarians add protein shakes to their diet.

Not enough vitamins. Green, leafy vegetables, beans, lentils, nuts and fruits are excellent sources of vitamins and minerals and this can be boosted by supplementing with vitamin and mineral tablets.

Vitamin B12 deficiency is not uncommon and strict vegetarians should be particularly sure to include a good source of this vitamin in their diet. Vitamin B12 for the vegetarian is found in many fortified foods and commercial breakfast cereals, fermented soy products and nutritional yeast.

With the deficiencies in our modern diet, the American Medical Association now recommends that everyone (including vegetarians) take daily supplements for optimal nutrition. The Cellular Nutrition program is an excellent way to supplement.

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I’m No Thief – Where Are You? – Overseas – Is That Running?

Whenever someone chooses to ‘run’ as opposed to face the music, it is never a good sign.  If you have the financial resources to obtain good legal representation, I daresay, turn up like the ‘big man’ and let your Attorney to do what they are highly paid to do.  The law says you are innocent until proven guilty.  If it is as you say a ‘civil’ matter and not ‘criminal’, then this ‘Casper’ approach appears nefarious.

When your ocean gets turbulent, where are your business partners, colleagues, do they have anything to say in your support?  You assert that you believe Mr Blake is innocent.  Why not lend your support?  You should return to the Island, answer questions that need answering and finally show your support by your physical ‘presence’ as you were once a Director a mere 6 months ago. 

I’m throwing this out there……………..you know who are for you by their ‘presence’ in times of your own struggles.  Be sure to classify your circle well, lest you become disillusioned or operate in a mode of ‘false expectations’.


 

  (Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday 26 April 2015)

I’m no thief, says Ian Lyn – Used-car dealer wanted by the police breaks silence from overseas

Wanted for questioning by the Fraud Squad, Ian Lyn, the former director of Carmax Jamaica Limited, has broken his silence, declaring that he is not a thief, even as the cops say allegations of impropriety against the company he formerly ran has climbed to $160 million.

“First of all, let’s make it clear that I am not a director of Carmax, since last October. I haven’t been the head of operations for six months. Second, I am not a thief, because that is diametrically opposed to who I am. And third, the allegations are far from the truth,” Lyn told The Sunday Gleaner by telephone from an undisclosed location overseas.

According to Lyn, he was never the majority shareholder in the company which traded in used cars. He added that he did not flee Jamaica to avoid possible fraud charges, similar to those levelled against Daren Blake, a director in Carmax.

“I am out of the country on business. I am many things, but I am not a thief. It is against who I am and everything that I strive to do for all the years of my business life,” reiterated Lyn, a former president of the Jamaica Used Car Dealers’ Association.

However, Lyn refused to say when he would be returning to Jamaica to face the music, following a plea from the Fraud Squad for him to turn himself in for questioning. Instead, the car dealer referred our news team to his lawyer, Shantez Stewart.

The attorney later said he is taking instructions from his client and could not say when Lyn will make himself available to the cops.

“My client advised me to go to the Fraud Squad and present certain information, which I did. Having done that, we will now allow all the processes of the judicial system to proceed,” said Stewart.

“However, I must reiterate that my client relinquished his position as director since October last year, and has been travelling in and out of Jamaica on business before the barrage of complaints exploded,” added Stewart.

Head of the Fraud Squad, Superintendent Anthony McLaughlin, has already indicated that the police are considering their options, following Lyn’s failure to turn himself in.

Last week, auto broker Roderick Byles obtained a Supreme Court order which placed Carmax into receivership. The assets of Blake and Lyn, who holds an American passport, were also placed into receivership.

The court order bars the two from disposing of, or transferring their assets above $2.5 million. The two Carmax officials have been given seven days after being served with the order to disclose their assets locally and abroad.

But before the court order was handed down, Lyn, who has spent several years in the used-car industry, told The Sunday Gleaner that anyone working in that sector must be focused on servicing the clients because it is easy for things to go wrong.

He explained that Carmax sells an average 30 cars for clients per month at an average of $2 million per car for a total of roughly $60 million each month.

“If management is not in place to manage this rotating finance, things can go wrong,” argued Lyn.

“Every customer of Carmax signs a 30- to 90-day agreement of sale because of the extensive way the company sells cars to people, companies and other dealers on purchase orders or letters of undertaking (LOU), which both have a 30-day waiting period.

“If something went wrong or customers were delayed, then there is a five per cent additional payment added to their agreed fee,” explained Lyn.

He argued that the current issues affecting Carmax are, at best, civil matters and not criminal issues because of the agreement that is in place with the customers.

“Because of the allegations and reports of arrest in the media, customers who would be due for payment in April, May and June are now calling in the debt and throwing away their contracts,” charged Lyn.

According to Lyn, the six-year-old Carmax could not have survived for as long as it did if it was doing bad business since it was started in 2009 by himself and Blake.

He said Blake holds 70 per cent shares in the company and ran Carmax while he was attached to another company.

“In my 20 years in auto business, I have never been convicted of any wrongdoing, and I have managed millions of dollars and had up to 25 people working with me in five departments. I don’t believe Daren Blake is guilty. I believe he was overwhelmed and he did not have the help he needed,” he said.

Blake is facing 88 counts of fraud involving more than $161 million. He is scheduled to return to court on May 1.

 

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You Talk Till You Blue – Put Up Or Shut UP!!!!!!

I am sick and tired of the diatribe that is eloquently espoused by our Leaders.  Every day or every week when we hear of a murder against our teenagers, we come out moaning, gesticulating where applicable, and in full performance declaring we have had enough.

Let us get this very clear, the acts are heinous.  No amount of consoling, visiting those who are grieved, ranting about family values is going to change one thing.  Develop some backbone and stop relying on wish bone.  Every culture has something we can take away and ‘run wid it’.  We fail miserably because we do not have the ‘iron fist’ that is needed to quell ‘di demonic leggo beast’ elements that are roaming around in our country.  Until you change the laws and let the punishment fit the crime, you are all coexisting in a delusional state.

Look to countries that have a low crime rate in various criminal acts and adopt their punishment.  Sometime ago the Observer ran an article on Saudi Arabia, and the ‘sharia law as it relates to specific crimes’.  I posit you revisit and I charge the Minister of Justice, Minister of National Security to implement such before the next general elections and deal with the situation at hand.  Child killers and rapists must suffer the harshest brunt of the law.  Children are defenseless, and if it is children are committing these heinous acts, then they too must be treated as ‘adults’.  After each wailing and cries of cruelty by politicians and the public at large, no sooner the next victim unfolds we return to the said emotions. A never ending soap opera, difference being ‘real lives’ are damaged forever.

JFJ, NGOs, human rights ‘dis’ and human rights ‘dat’, cannot and has never prevented acts of cruelty suffered by the less fortunate on this Land.  The GOJ must have the capacity, the will, to do the ‘tough’ as they do with the finances evidenced by the austerity measures.  Crime and violence punishments must be equally gruesome.   It is time for action; your ‘talk’ has been cheap as it relates to child welfare, crime and violence in this Country.  Quite frankly I tire to hear the ineffective ramblings coming from our Leaders on each death against our children.

Parents have a right yes to raise their children in the right and proper fashion.  However, when they repeatedly fail to do so, the Government must step in and take over.    By take over I mean, your one too many will remain one too many for a designated period of time ie 10 years.  If you can provide proof that you are equipped mentally, emotionally and spiritually to raise a family, there will be room for adjustment to the sentence.  Yes ‘sentence’…………..while you think that is harsh/draconian, think about the death of those children. 


 

 

Whip child killers and rapists, Islamic Council says

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, April 26, 2015     

 

The house that was burnt in Riversdale on Friday.

AS the heinous murders and attacks against the nation’s children continue to escalate, the Islamic Council of Jamaica believes that it is time for the Government to introduce stricter measures in order to clamp down on the brutal crimes.

One of the suggestions made by the Council is for there to be public beating and humiliation of some of the island’s criminals who continue to rape and attack citizens, especially the nation’s youth.

“You might want to say that what Islam prescribes is barbaric, but when a man rapes a woman or girl, that is an extremely heinous crime in Islam,” said Al Hajj Mekaeel Maknoon, acting president of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, in an exclusive interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“What Islam normally prescribes in those circumstances is that the persons are beaten,” he stated.

He said that the Holy Qur’an prescribes 100 lashes in public.

The calls from the Council’s heirarchy comes a day after the island was left mourning the death of another of its children, this time a 12-year-old girl in Riversdale, St Catherine.

The child, Jameila Johnson, also known as ‘Zella’, a student of the Harewood Primary School in St Catherine, was brutally murdered and her body dumped in bushes close to a river near her home in Williamsfield, near Riversdale in the parish, on Friday.

There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the child was pregnant.

Describing the act as heinous and brutal, the Muslim community’s top man said that it was his belief that if the punishment is not effective, then the commission of the crime will escalate.

Asked if he believed that local authorities would introduce that form of punishment, Maknoon said:

I believe that if the consciousness continue to be ‘you know we ready to do the time so we going do the crime, we need to make it unprofitable, you need to make it onerous, for the persons to rape or murder. If it is not onerous then they will never stop it,” said Maknoon.

“It is a question for us to review the way in which we deal with certain things and to simply dismiss certain punishment as barbaric. I don’t think that is intelligent.”

He said that the Government needs to look at what is happening … look at the detrimental effect that crime was having on the community and how it was escalating, over the long term.

Maknoon said that the Government needs to make a judgment call to look at whether the approach would be inherently good or bad, and then work on the legislation.

According to the Ministry of Education, the child’s parents reported that she went missing last Tuesday night after she asked her grandmother for toilet tissue and proceeded to the outdoor pit latrine.

When she did not turn up several hours later, a search was launched. Three days later the partially decomposed body of Johnson was found in bushes.

On Friday, a group of angry residents, after learning about the little girl’s death, went to her family’s house and set the structure on fire. The child’s mother and grandmother were also attacked by the mob and had to be escorted from the community by the police.

The group claimed that it was neglect by the family that led to the child’s death.

Due to the attack, reporters did not get a chance to speak to members of Jameila’s family.

Since January, two underaged girls have suffered similar fates.

Santoya Campbell, a 14-year-old Westmoreland girl, went missing on January 26 and her body was found two days later, stuffed in garbage bags under a bridge.

According to grief-stricken relatives, Santoya, who was a grade eight student of Frome Technical High School, did not reach school after leaving her home early the morning that she went missing. Following a post-mortem it was found out that Santoya was pregnant.

Similarly, another 14-year-old girl, identified as Kayalicia Simpson of St Thomas, was hacked to death and her mutilated body dumped metres from her house on March 3. Police reported that about 5:00 am that day, the grade eight student went outside her house as she prepared for school. About half-an-hour later her body was found lying face down in bushes close to the one-room wooden structure in which she lived.

Like Santoya, a post-mortem report revealed that Kayalicia was pregnant.

And last week three 14-year-old Clarendon boys were held up at gunpoint and shot dead by criminals execution-style.

 

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Cable Calamity Indeed!!!!

This is really tragic.  Who are the cable operators to which you speak?  Are you telling me that they were not cognizant of the legalities in selling these channels?  When exactly was it established that the channels below were obtained illegally?  What brought about this sudden revelation, so much so that as early as 31st May they will be removed from viewership?

I hope cable operators will adjust the cost to packages that offer any of these channels below.  Make note, that there will be a further 79 channels that will be removed.  Let us pause here.   If they are illegal, how can you offer and charge the public for which you are not being charged?  We need clarity, we need the details.  This is not just cut and dry Broadcasting Commission.  If the cable operators did not pay for those illegal channels and the viewers were charged, then we must be reimbursed accordingly.


 

Full list – 19 cable channels to be removed by May 31

 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Friday | April 24, 2015

 
(From left) Chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Professor Hopeton Dunn and excutive director, Cordel Green at a press conference this morning.

The Broadcasting Commission has given local cable operators until May 31 to remove 19 of the 98 channels they are illegally showing.

The chairman of the Broadcasting Commission, Professor Hopeton Dunn, said at another time, the commission will announce the deadline by which the remaining 79 channels must be deleted.

He was speaking in New Kingston at a press conference this morning.

SEE FULL LIST OF CHANNELS TO BE REMOVED:
1. Encore Black
2. Encore Family
3. Encore Love
4. Encore Suspense
5. Encore WAM
6. Encore Classic
7. Encore Drama
8. Encore Mystery
9. Encore Movie Plex
11. Showtime East
12. Showtime West
13. Showtime TOO
14. Showtime 2
15. Showtime Showcase
16. Starz Comedy
17. Starz West
18. Starz Kids & Family
19. Starz Multiplex

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