CANCER by Dr Tony Vendryes

Cancer is the second-biggest killer of people worldwide. Doctors have listed well over 100 different cancers which can occur anywhere in the body. It could be breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer or even a blood cancer, like leukaemia. Despite the expenditure of billions of dollars, involvement of vast armies of researchers and scientists, modern medicine has failed miserably in finding that elusive cure for cancer.

In my opinion, mankind would have been much better served if half of the monies spent on looking for a cure were devoted to meaningful prevention strategies. A popular myth about cancer is that we do not really know what causes it. The truth is that we know a great deal about the causes of cancer.

Sadly, cancer-prevention programmes do not attract big-money interests because they require no fancy drugs or expensive new technology, only simple lifestyle changes. The prevention-is-better-than-cure adage is of extreme relevance when it comes to cancer.

Early detection is not prevention

Most people have been misled to think that when they do cancer-screening tests, they are practising cancer prevention. Most of these tests are designed to help diagnose cancer at an early stage so that doctors can treat it. What they seek to do is to prevent advanced cancer. The experts further confuse the public by calling these interventions ‘secondary prevention’.

Cancer is a disease that is better not to get at all. Waiting for it to happen so we can diagnose and try to treat it is a poor game plan. Even when detected early, many cancers would have already been present in your body for several years and have spread to other parts of the body.

We regularly have potentially cancerous cells in our bodies. The reason why we do not all get cancer is that our bodies possess its own anti-cancer system called the immune system. It is designed to detect and destroy abnormal cells before they can develop into full-blown cancer. You can weaken your immune system and promote cancer by an unhealthy lifestyle. Here is my anti-cancer programme.

Eat the right foods

Even conservative groups, like the American Cancer Society, recommend a high consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables as a primary anti-cancer strategy. Seven to nine servings per day for men and five to seven servings for women are suggested. A high-fibre diet aiming at 30 grams or more of fibre each day is critical for cancer protection. When it comes to cancer, a more plant-food based diet is preferable to an animal-food based diet.

Soy foods, green tea, garlic, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage have all been shown to have specific cancer-protective properties.

Cancer-causing foods

One of the most powerful cancer-promoting food ingredients is sodium nitrate. This is a chemical added to virtually all packaged meat products including hot dogs, peppe-roni, ham and luncheon meat. Its also found in most breakfast meats like bacon and sausages. Other food ingredients suspected of causing cancer include hydrogenated oils, aspartame, saccharin and artificial colours. Highly refined carbohydrates and sugars found in white bread, sweet breakfast foods, donuts, candy bars, cookies, crackers and sweets of all kinds have also been shown to increase your odds of getting cancer.

A common site for tumours is the reproductive system: the breast, the womb, ovaries and the prostate. All these organs are hormone sensitive and research indicates that these cancers are hormone related. Sadly, commercial foods, water, air, plastics and many personal-care skin and hair products contain a vast array of hormone-like chemicals. Avoid these as an important part of cancer prevention.

Avoid tobacco use and minimise alcohol

These are two common carcinogens. Smoking cigarettes causes cancer, along with many other illnesses. The longer you smoke, the more likely you are to get cancer, especially if you are consuming the cancer-causing foods and ingredients as discussed above. Smoking will multiply the carcinogenic effect of everything else in your life. Alcohol in excess also compromises the immune system and increases the risk of several cancers, particularly of the digestive system and the liver.

Get regular sunlight

Natural sunlight is a powerful prevention against cancer. People who get plenty of natural sunlight have a greatly reduced risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer, breast cancer and many other disorders that aren’t cancer related, such as osteoporosis and mental depression. By staying out of the sun, or using sun block and sunscreen every time you are in the sun, you lower your body’s protection from cancer. This is because your body’s production of vitamin D is dependent on sun exposure, and research shows a clear relationship between your blood levels of vitamin D and your risk of being diagnosed with several cancers. Vitamin D is critical to a healthy immune system.

Do regular physical exercise

Exercise helps your body prevent cancer. Body movement stimulates the flow of lymphatic fluid that bathes your cells, and this is important in your immune system’s fight against cancer. If you do not move, you will increase your cancer risk. Aerobic activities like walking, deep breathing and rebounding using a trampoline are particularly useful exercises in this regard.

Learn to manage stress

Chronic stress suppresses the function of your immune system by greatly elevating the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. High cortisol levels powerfully suppress the immune system and may thus promote cancer. Research shows that an individual’s risk of being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness like cancer is often doubled following a major life trauma like a job layoff, loss of a spouse or divorce.

Take antioxidant supplements

Antioxidants are substances that protect the cells of the body from damage by chemicals called free radicals. These free radicals can damage your genes and turn on cancer as well as impair your immune system. The main dietary antioxidants are the ACES – vitamin A, C, E and selenium. There are also many herbs with antioxidant properties like green tea, rosemary, schizandra and pycnogenol. They also assist the body in producing its own cellular antioxidants like glutathione and superoxide dismutase. Supplementing your diet on a daily basis with these antioxidants will also reduce your risk of cancer.

Statistics indicate that one third of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. You are not a helpless victim. Using these strategies will significantly reduce your risk of being afflicted with this terrible disease.

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 MANY ILLNESSES are due to inflammation. In fact, the syllable ‘itis’ at the end of so many medical words indicates inflammation. Arthritis, for example, means an inflammation of the joints, appendicitis indicates an inflammation of the appendix and gastritis an inflammation of the stomach.
The main signs of inflammation are pain, swelling, heat and deterioration in function of the inflamed part. Chronic (long-standing) inflammation inflicts devastating effects on health. A long list of common but seemingly unrelated health problems – from asthma and allergies to heart disease and kidney failure to strokes and Alzheimer’s disease – all have their origin in inflammation. In addition, many of the diseases that are attributed to old age are simply the result of damage from prolonged inflammation.
A vast number of drugs are taken to simply suppress or control these symptoms. They are called anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs may initially be effective in easing the pain or reducing the swelling, but they do not deal with the underlying problem, they simply control the symptom for a while. What is worse, they have major side effects, especially when taken for prolonged periods. your stomach might develop bleeding ulcers or your kidneys may be damaged.
These drugs fall into two main groups: The steroids like prednisone and cortisone and the non-steroids (NSAIDS) like aspirin, ibuprofen and voltaren.
The good news is that your body is designed with its own ability to control, reverse and even prevent inflammation. It produces its own anti-inflammatory medicines. Here are some ways to help your body do this naturally:

Proper nutrition
Some foods promote inflammation while others prevent and relieve it. A programme of nutritional supplements called cellular nutrition is an ideal nutritional platform for controlling inflammation.


Avoid these foods

Fatty red meat, fried foods, organ meats like liver and kidney, dairy products, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. (These contain pro-inflammatory substances)
White rice, refined flour products e.g. dumplings, crackers and white bread (these elevate blood sugar and create hormonal imbalance).
Sugar, excess sweet fruits and fruit juices (elevate blood sugar).
Artificial food flavourings, preservatives, artificial food colourings.
Emphasise these foods:
Coldwater fish – sardines, mackerel, salmon, tuna.
Fresh vegetables and less sweet fruit.
Green tea containing polyphenols.
Virgin olive oil, olives, flaxseed, flaxseed oil and avocados
Plant protein – soy, nuts, seeds and whole grain.
Detoxify the body

It is important to look for and clear up any sites of chronic infection in the body. Particular attention should be paid to the mouth (teeth and gums), the sinuses, the nails (fungal infections) and the skin. You may need the assistance of your medical practitioner for this.
Natural detoxification programmes using herbs, colonic irrigation, saunas, massage and liquid fasts are very effective. These may be necessary at regular intervals.

Apply a programme of vitamin and mineral supplements like the cellular-nutrition plan that I advocate. Additionally, here are some specific anti-inflammatory supplements that will assist the body in correcting the imbalance that has produced the inflammation. 

These include:
Fish-oil capsules with omega-3 fats (use a high-quality variety without omega-6 and omega-9 fats added).
The more severe the inflammation, the more omega-3 fatty-acid supplements you need.
The antioxidants – vitamins A.C.E., selenium, pycnogenol, schizandra, rosemary.
Anti-inflammatory herbs: aloe vera, ginger, nettle leaf extract, boswellia and curcumin.
DHEA – a natural hormone.
Stress management
Chronic stress, poorly managed, produces chemical imbalances in the body that promote inflammatory responses. Learning to identify the stressors in ones life, and developing effective stress management techniques, are extremely important aspects of any programme for controlling inflammation. Develop an emotional and spiritual support system. Healthy relationships, prayer, yoga, meditation and other spiritual practices can
greatly facilitate the healing process.

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BODY FAT by Dr Tony Vendryes

  As the modern obesity epidemic escalates, medical researchers have discovered your body shape and body composition are much more important than your body weight. How much fat your body harbours and where it lies are critical factors influencing health.


Body fat, or as doctors call it adipose tissue, is body tissue composed mainly of fat cells known as adipocytes. The main role of body fat is to store extra energy in the form of substances called lipids, but it also serves to cushion the body and acts as insulation to reduce heat loss. Far from being chemically inert, adipose tissue has, in recent times, been recognised as a very active organ in its own right.

In humans, adipose tissue is located beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat), around internal organs (visceral fat), in bone marrow (yellow bone marrow) and in breast tissue. The visceral or intra-abdominal fat is located inside the abdominal cavity, packed in between organs (stomach, liver, intestines, and kidneys) and is different than subcutaneous fat underneath the skin.


Although we all have our own unique shapes, there is one area where the accumulation of excess fat is a medical disaster: around the waistline. Doctors call this fat truncal, abdominal, visceral or organ fat. Excess truncal fat is referred to as abdominal or central obesity. Abdominal fat has been found to produce a long list of powerful chemicals including several hormones that can create problems. For example, the more belly fat a man sports, the lower his level of the male hormone testosterone falls while his production of the female hormone oestrogen rises. This will seriously impair his health and sexual function.

Young women tend to store fat in the buttocks, thighs and hips while men are more likely to have fat stored in the belly due to differences in sex hormones. However, when women reach menopause and hormonal production declines, fat migrates from their buttocks, hips and thighs up to their waists.

All the evidence points to truncal obesity as the most dangerous type of obesity. Men with a waist measurement greater than 39 inches, and women whose waists are more than 34 inches, have a 500 per cent increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and a long list of other diseases including circulatory disorders, stroke, disturbances of blood cholesterol and triglycerides, hormonal imbalance and inflammatory diseases, to name just a few. In a real way, too much fat around your waist may shorten your life in a haste.

Epicardial adipose tissue is a particular form of visceral fat deposited around the heart. It is a very active and dangerous type of fat that produces various chemicals that might negatively affect heart function.


Modern technology now allows us to easily measure an individual’s body composition. Using a bio-impedance body scanner in my office, I can determine your actual as well as your ideal body weight, your lean body mass (non-fat weight) as well as your visceral fat level. Even more amazing, the machine gives a read out of your body’s biological age in contrast to your actual chronological age. This helps to provide an objective and realistic evaluation of your overall health.

Using this tool, we frequently find that even underweight individuals can have excess visceral fat and are at increased risk of disease. Fortunately, the solution to excess truncal fat is simple and effective.

Personalise your programme: Having measured your body composition we can use this information to create a customised weight management programme, as one size does not always fit all.

Plan your protein: Your lean body mass will indicate exactly the amount of protein you will need to consume each day in order to lose belly fat but maintain your muscles and lean tissues.

The plan guides you in using healthy, convenient and economical protein foods to achieve your goal. Delicious soy protein based shakes make it easy to personalise your protein intake. Extensive research has demonstrated that properly designed meal replacement shakes are extremely safe and effective for fat loss.

Prioritise fruits and vegetables: Health authorities worldwide now recommend that we consume large amounts of vegetables and fruit. For optimal health, men should aim to eat nine and women seven servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Medical research continues to demonstrate that plants, especially fruit and vegetables, contain a large number of health enhancing substances and are useful for healthy weight loss. However it is important to avoid fruit with a high sugar content like mangoes and bananas.

Put a hold on starch and sugar: Too much of the simple carbohydrates in your diet (starch and sugar) will be converted to fat and stored in the belly. On the other hand seriously restricting your intake of those foods will cause your body’s metabolism to switch to fat burning instead of fat storing and your waistline will shrink.

Promote a healthy lifestyle: Healthy fat loss is not a quick fix scheme, and it is essential to incorporate healthy lifestyle practices into the programme. Particular attention should be paid to fluid intake, exercise and stress management, as these will greatly facilitate weight control while enhancing overall health and well-being. With this in mind, the programme has a built-in support system designed to provide all the necessary information, motivation and follow-up.

Trained wellness and weight loss coaches are available to provide you with a free body analysis scan and weight loss consultation. We also offer Weight Loss Challenge Programmes that make fat loss fun and easy. A concentrated effort by everyone to trim our waistlines could empty much of our hospital beds and dramatically reduce the pain and suffering created by the long list of obesity related illnesses.

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Riveton – Part 3 – No End Game Here That Will Keep Us Safe

This is my last commentary on the Riverton saga.  The government has no intention of bringing to justice those responsible.  Why would I say that?  Look at the reward money as I have referred to in the previous commentaries.

Let us see what their plan of action is for relocating this dump site.  The Minister with portfolio surely had some speeches which sounded like his ‘final testimony’.  Crime Stop is a joke!!!!


Riverton men say no to Crime Stop’s $50,000


(Jamaica Observer, Sunday, April 19, 2015 ) 

 Smoke rises from the Riverton City waste disposal site in March.

Although Crime Stop has been urging people to tell what they know about last month’s fire at the Riverton City Dump, no one has come forward, and as far as some young men from the community are concerned, no one will.

This, of course, is unless Crime Stop, or any other organisation or individual increases the reward money.

“Me caa risk mi life fi $50,000,” one resident of Riverton City told the Jamaica Observer late last week, reiterating what was said two weeks before when the Sunday Observer spoke with some of them.

Crime Stop, a programme that is administered by the National Crime Prevention Fund and governed by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, last Wednesday reminded the public of the $50,000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the fire, which lasted three weeks.

The Jamaica Fire Brigade had determined that arson was at the root of the fire, which started on March 11.

Smoke from the fire affected the entire Corporate Area, as well as sections of St Catherine and Clarendon.

Government agency, the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) said that Crime Stop’s manager, Prudence Gentles had confirmed that there had been no calls to Crime Stop in respect of the fire.

In urging persons to come forward with whatever information they had, Gentles was quoted by the JIS as saying that it was important for the country to know who was lighting the fires at the facility, which has a history of infernos.

“It would be to everyone’s benefit if we could find out who is lighting these fires. Our health is at risk, so we need to put a stop to this. If anyone knows who is responsible, please step forward; do not think about the money, do it because it is your civic duty,” she stated, at the same time urging anyone with information to call 311 or visit the official Crime Stop website at, click the ‘report a crime’ option, then complete and submit the form.

“It’s all anonymous,” Gentles insisted.

However, some members of the Riverton City community want the reward money to be increased significantly.

One man told the Sunday Observer that he had information regarding who started the blaze, but vowed not to reveal anything unless he got a minimum of $250,000.

Dem dey kinda monkey money no worth the danger me ago put meself through when me talk,” he told the Sunday Observer in deep Jamaican vernacular.

Another, standing beside him as a group of young men reasoned among themselves, wanted even more. He too, like others in the community, said he knew the man who torched the dump. He believes that a higher reward would be appropriate.

“Fi something like this, them shoulda offer even a $500,000, because if the bredda find out say a me talk, me sure say him ago kill me, because him a gunman,” said the man who was telling the Sunday Observer the same thing for the second time, having done so first two weeks ago.

“Me need fi have enough money, that if me get killed, mi family can have a little money fi bury me,” the man said.

The name of the man whom the people of Riverton City said set fire to the Dump appears to be a popular one in the Western St Andrew community.

And it seems that it is anything but a secret to the people of the area as to started the blaze.

“Everybody know say a R (remaining letters deleted) … all police know too,” one man said.

“A pure racket run Riverton Dump and the police dem know dat,” another jumped in.

Asked why he has not reported the matter to Crime Stop, the answer was swift.

“Crime who? Dem caa protect me and me hear say dem naa pay no money fi people talk. A fool fool money dem a pay,” he said.

The Riverton City Dump last month was the largest at the site, firefighters have said.

Apart from the smoke, which directly affected communities, several schools and businesses were forced to close as a result of the nuisance.

The Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which is sat by pupils in all-age, primary and preparatory schools, for matriculation to high schools, had to be postponed by a week, causing additional anxiety to those preparing for it.

Several agencies, among them the embattled national Solid waste Management Authority, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), the Jamaica Fire Brigade; the police and army, as well as private sector organisations, pooled resources to put out the blaze.

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Usain Bolt – That Is Why He Is The Best – Do Not Mistake Confidence For Arrogance

If you do not believe in your own skills, talents who exactly do you think will?  You sell yourself first, then others take a look, they pause, they listen, then they watch, finally a decision is made.  Unless you see yourself as a conqueror, it is extremely challenging for others to ride with you.  Your self belief, followed by your passion, commitment, dedication to your craft will cause others to take notice and invest in you.

Irrespective of what others may think, Bolt believes as he says;

“When I’m in great shape, I’ll tell you guys, I worry about nobody because “I know that when I’m at my best, it’s definitely almost impossible to beat me.”

That’s a wrap and that is why I love Usain Bolt.   US$23.2 million in sponsorship as reported by Forbes he earned in 2014 and he is worth every penny!!!



Bolt woos Brazil

Says he’s impossible to beat when at his best

(Jamaica Observer, Sunday, April 19, 2015)  


Usain Bolt playfully races with youths during a visit to asocial sport programme in Manguiera slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil recently (PHOTO: AP)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt has a few goals left before he retires: He wants to break his own 200-metre world record, and do it by running under 19 seconds.

He set the record of 19.19 seconds in 2009, and also set the 100 record of 9.58 in the same year.

“That’s one of my biggest goals,” Bolt said Friday in Rio, which will host South America’s first Olympics next year. “It’s actually to run under 19 seconds. I think this season it will be hard to do, but the key thing is trying to stay injury free so I can go into the Olympic season in the best shape that I can be.”

The six-time Olympic gold-medal sprinter was in Rio to run an exhibition race over the weekend.

Asked to rate himself, Bolt was forthright.

When I’m in great shape, I’ll tell you guys, I worry about nobody because “I know that when I’m at my best, it’s definitely almost impossible to beat me.”

Bolt reiterated that Rio will be his last Olympics, but not his last season. He said he’ll retire after the 2017 world championships in London.

“After the Olympics I’ll go on for one more season,” he said. “My sponsors asked me if I could continue. I’ll do one more season, and then I’ll hopefully hang my spikes up.”

Bolt will turn 30 the day the Olympics close — August 21, 2016.

Forbes reported Bolt earned US$23.2 million in 2014, almost all from sponsorships. He is number 45 on Forbes’ list of the highest earning athletes.

Bolt won three gold medals in Beijing in 2008, and three more in London in 2012. This will be third exhibition race in Rio, which he said is an advantage as he’s getting to know the city, the people and what to expect.

“It makes it easier to transition into the Olympics next year, which I’m really getting exciting about,” Bolt said. “I’m just happy that I get to come here and be a part of this so early, so I’ll be much more comfortable when the Olympics come around.”


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Sharks Come In All Form – Sleep They DO Well, But For A Time

I call this a wicked act because you see; this man was obviously taken advantage of.  When you manipulate persons who may not be business savvy to suit your own endeavours, it is not being a shrewd business person, rather a disingenuous, soulless being.  There are certain professionals, that I ensure I have all my antennas up, and what I am not knowledgeable of I seek guidance from trusted sources.

If you do not have a trusted source who is au fait with certain representations in business, ‘dwag eat u supper’.  For this man, it is heart wrenching as you can actually see how his life began to spiral down hill once the sharks got wind and hand on his house title.  What can we learn from this obvious debacle?  For me, I would look at each individual’s case.  Notwithstanding the paperwork and signatures, I would factor in the obvious intent to scam this man and make a judgement in his favour.  There are always extenuating circumstances in business, we know that, and this man was given a raw blow, and for that he should be compensated. 

How much different are the sharks in this case to that of Olint and Cash Plus?



Zinc shack is man’s home after Finsac takeover

BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE Sunday Observer staff reporter

(Jamaica Observer, Sunday, April 19, 2015 )    

 (L) Mecheck Willis hobbles on his crutches in the community known as ‘Dirt Road’ in Six Miles, St Andrew. (R) Willis holds up documents showing the amount of money borrowed from a bank to expand his business and the irregularities cited.

BEFORE Finsac Mecheck Willis was living comfortably with his wife and five children in his four-bedroom, two-bathroom house on Patrick Drive, St Andrew.

His thriving business, which employed three people, also afforded him to hire a full-time household helper.

Now the lifestyle of the ailing 64-year-old is a far cry from what it was: He lives in a one-room, wood-zinc-and-cloth shack in a depressed community in the Six Miles area of St Andrew, his wife has since died, his family torn apart, his children’s education has been disrupted and he has to rely on his church and Good Samaritans for meals.

“One of the thing now in the Finsac inquiry,” Willis told the Jamaica Observer last Thursday, “Mr Omar Davies said what happen to me shouldn’t happen, because there was a window of opportunity where people like me house shouldn’t sell and I questioned him on it in the 2009 inquiry.”

“So I think that by this they would have done something for me already. And they don’t want to come out with the result of the inquiry so that everybody can get to know what they can do about it,” he said.

“I believe the Government should be responsible for me because my house is directly ‘tief dem ‘tief mi house. But is because I didn’t know all that was happening. So by the time I start to act on it they say six years pass so they can’t do anything. The lawyer that I was dealing with put me in this dilemma because he did not do what he was supposed to do,” he said.

Willis’s challenges started out quite innocently.

I used to do sales work and I took out a little loan from a bank — Eagle Commercial and then Island Life Merchant Bank. The bank manager at Island Life was at Eagle first then he moved to Island Life Merchant Bank and he took the account with him,” Willis explained. “He mislead me in the way he was dealing with the account.”

At the time, Willis said he was doing good business selling raw materials, sheets and clothing at the Flea Market in Kingston and across the island, and so was encouraged by a friend to grow the business even more by taking out a loan.

“She introduced me to the insurance policy and said I could use the policy to get a loan to expand the business and even open a shop. So the way she explained it I decided to do that.”

He was then introduced to a bank manager but was informed by him that the policy was too young to do the loan, so he asked if he had any other assets. Willis said he told him about the title for his house, which he determined to be a big mistake.

He was encouraged to use the house as collateral and so he took out a loan of $100,000 against it. His business had expanded as a result and within a short time he offered to clear up his debt.

“When I find out that the business was doing well with the $100,000 I took from him, I went back to him and told him that I would clear off the loan, but he said I didn’t need to do that but that I should let it continue and he would do a chequing account for me. This account was like a revolving account, and he said I wouldn’t have to draw from the loan but it would just be a guarantee so that when I needed money I could just draw the amount that I need, and if I pay it back quick enough that money wouldn’t grow any great amount of interest. So we did an agreement for $200,000. But I didn’t have to use any of that money. That agreement was only for one year and after that we would renew it.”

He was then offered more money by the man he identified as the manager of the bank at the time. A new agreement was now drawn up at Island Life Merchant Bank for $1 million, Willis explained. He said the manager told him that he would keep a half of the amount to cover the cost of any money that may incur and needed to be cleared at his former bank.

“Which there was none, but I was kind of ignorant at the time of that kind of business,” stated Willis, who had a pile of documents stamped and signed to prove his story.

He said that the loan was cut in two, one part acted as a revolving loan and the other as a regular loan. But he again explained that he didn’t have to use up any of this money since his business had grown so much it was able to sustain itself.

He was now selling in busy towns like Falmouth and Ocho Rios, supplying table cloths, kitchen towels and uniforms to hotels, insurance companies, banks, and JUTA. He said he would make between $100,000 and $150,000 from each establishment he supplied.

Willis said that four months after taking out the last loan he starting receiving letters from the bank stating that his loans were not being serviced. However, he said this was far from the truth as he would give the manager cheques on a regular basis to deposit to his account.

“The first amount I took from Island Life was $50,000, another $80,000 and the last valued at $200,000,” Willis said. “Plus the $100,000 that I had taken from Eagle and cleared up.”

After receiving a number of letters from the bank he decided to get a lawyer and go in to check on the account. It was then that he discovered that $1.2 million was lodged to the title along with another $700,000 and a third entry of $400,000 by both banks at different intervals.

Willis said he knew nothing of this.

“Because I was ignorant of what was going on I try to pay to clear up myself after they wrote some threatening letters about taking away the house,” Willis said. “So within a year and six months I paid back to Island Life $1.5 million. I told the lawyer to file the matter before the court for me, but he didn’t do anything about it.”

If that was not enough, in 2001 Willis met in a motor vehicle accident while on his way to St Ann’s Bay after an under-aged youth driving his parents vehicle crashed into him. The boy died on the spot while Willis’s right leg was broken in three places and his hip dislocated.

This resulted in his admission in the hospital for two months, undergoing three operations and paying out approximately $500,000, and left with a $190,000 bill after he was discharged. This, he said, has still not being paid even after threats from the hospital as he was genuinely unable to do so as he was drained financially.

Today, Willis hobbles on crutches following a fourth operation at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) after having to redo the operation that he did three times before at other private hospitals. As a result, he also now has a balance of $300,000 at UHWI that he is also unable to pay.

He said although his vehicle was fully insured and up to date, he was told by the court at the time that the youth was underage and so he could not get compensation.

And, as if that was not bad enough, Willis was home recouperating from his accident on the day bailiffs entered his house and put himself and his family out on the street.

“I was on my bed, I could not walk and one day I was there and by now Finsac had taken over the loan portfolio and they started writing me some letters. They had taken over the bank that I had the loan and they sent some people to come look at the house. I was out for seven months because I had some straps from my hip to my leg. He told me that they were only looking at the house but that they were not going to sell it,” he said. “I asked a lawyer to write them and I called and told them about my accident and that I can’t move and can’t do anything and referred to the irregularities in my case. But despite all of that they ignored me, until one day in 2004 I see other persons come and they started to measure up the place and so on. But they had said they not selling it so I thought they would come back to me or something.”

However, one day in 2005 Willis received a letter stating that the house was sold and who it was sold to — a house he had bought and occupied for 25 years.

“This is a house that I worked and bought and fixed up and added on to. I was living there for 25 years. My entire family was there — five kids and four other little ones that my wife was taking care of — her sister’s children,” he said.

He said before that he had received a letter stating that he owed $11 million on the house when all he took from that bank was $330,000 in total. He said the house was sold for $3.5 million though by then it would have valued over $11 million.

He then received notice to evacuate the house, but got another lawyer to file a suit based on fraudulent sale and was told that things would be okay.

However, on the May 4, 2007 he was lying down with his wife and two-months-old granddaughter in bed when his 23-year-old son ran inside and told him that men were in the house putting his stuff on the street.

The family was left in the cold, all their possessions of 25 years were lining Patrick Drive and they had nowhere to go.

“About two chains down the road you could see the things line out — children’s beds, books, everything, goods that I had bought to sell, you name it. And so I rushed out to find the lawyer but he told me he could do nothing. When I came back, my wife just stood under a big mango tree trembling. As I come back in the yard is like bad luck — one shower of rain come down. The rain fall that day until when you look, there is a gully beside it and it come over. All of us were outside and we run go in a neighbour’s garage to shelter from the rain. One neighbour saw what was happening and he gave me some tarpaulin and we threw over some of the things. We had to sleep in the garage for about a week and try to retrieve some to the things. We had to let some of the children go to some neighbours and so on. But me, my wife and three of the children who could hold, stay in the garage.”

Since then the family scattered and moved around the Corporate Area trying desperate to find comfort again.

Willis said that three years ago his wife died from what he believed was stress, as the living conditions, among everything else, were too much for her to bear.

“I would like them to address the Finsac part of it because they are the ones who took away the house,” he said. “I have papers to show where I was trying to negotiate with Island Life before Finsac stepped in. If they did not step in and took away the account from the bank we would have negotiated with the bank and amend the wrong. But they came in and took over everything and just sell out everybody property and leave us like that.”

Willis, who is staying in a depressed community, said that if he could get $60,000 he would start to put himself back together as he could use that money to purchase material to help himself.

“I could sell and turn it over so I could probably purchase a little place they have selling next door and even fix it up the little place and go on live for the time being until maybe better will come one day. When you have to depend on people it is not easy. I am not a lazy man, so if I have to go out and beg somebody something it is a pain to me,” he declared.

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Why Pay To Live When You Can Live In A Cemetery For Free

If you earn $10.00 daily, how much do you think is a fair share to be paid for your living?  It is never the amount that you earn that determines your mindset as to YOUR personal responsibility.  If you believe it is based on a dollar amount, then my friend you will continue to exist in the freeness mentality world.  As long as you earn a dollar, you must be prepared to handover something in order to live.

This woman has chosen to live in a cemetery for 14 years and from all accounts is quite happy.  I will not even address the health ramifications of such a lifestyle but I will speak on the mentality.  We have an individual who sells goods downtown, and I will say does so ‘rent free’.  She can find the dollar to play ‘cash pot’ (gamble), meal for the day, yet an abode to suit her entrepreneurship skills is not factored into her mindset.  She has chosen to live a life, with obvious health risk to herself and others, for this simple fact.  Whatever she earns, she spends on her person.   She has no worries re utility bills, rentals.  She cares for her person as if she were an animal.  In her own words she relieves herself out in the bushes.  She is a walking talking health hazard, and there is no humour in this story. 

What does the government plan to do about this kind of habitation?   Did we not hear in the media less than 7 days ago the threat of leptospirosis?




For most Jamaicans, it is a way of life that would be unthinkable, but, forced by circumstances, it is a life which Karen Thomas has lived for the past 14 years. She lives in a cemetery.

As she stirred a pot with leftover curried chicken back and rice, Thomas listened attentively to an old radio atop a nearby tomb which would serve as her dining table for a lunchtime meal in the May Pen Cemetery in west Kingston.

Her house is an old concrete frame, bereft of windows, doors, and even a sturdy roof; which in yesteryear served as one of the administrative quarters for cemetery staff.


Likes It There
The lack of infrastructure and amenities does not bother her. Nor is she worried about the large rats that run amok in the cemetery plagued by criminals from nearby parts.

“Me just like right here so. I don’t have any problem here; only the gunman them me ‘fraid of,” Thomas laughed, as she spoke of a past life somewhere in Portmore, St Catherine, before taking up residence in the cemetery.

“I lived in Portmore but, trust me, me no like Portmore. Me just stay here and gwaan hustle me little money a’ town,” said the woman who operates a stall on nearby Orange Street.

“People in Portmore you can talk to but I am more comfortable here. I don’t want to leave,” said the woman, as she invited our news team into her ‘home’.

Inside the dilapidated structure, there is no bed, and bags of cement, steel and other material used in the construction of graves were strewn about.

Thomas sleeps in one of the rooms she shares with at least four other men. Sometimes she sleeps on a chair or on the floor; and there are no toilets so she and her housemates relieve themselves in bushes. She is not intimate with any of the men who share the dilapidated building, she claimed, though Thomas indicated that her midday meal would be shared with the hungry men.

“I go on the road and sell my biscuits and popcorn and dem ting there in the day and come back here in the nights and sleep. That is how I make a little money a day time,” she said, her attention shared with the radio as she spoke.

‘Cash Pot’ Draw
It is minutes before the midday ‘Cash Pot’ draw; and if 14 play it would mean that Thomas would be able to buy stock for her stall from the winnings. Unfortunately, it did not play, and Thomas laughed at her disappointment before moving to share her lunch.

Samuel Cunningham, one of Thomas’ four male housemates, has been living at the May Pen Cemetery for so long he cannot recall.

“Long, long time me deh yah now, man. Whole heap a years. I don’t even check pon it, me just a gwaan live,” said Cunningham.

“Me no ‘fraid a duppy; dem ‘fraid a me. Me bury dead so how me fi ‘fraid a dead. Is the living me ‘fraid of,” added Cunningham.

Asked whether he and the others who live in the cemetery guard it against grave robbers who recently broke into two graves at the cemetery, Cunningham declared: “We a nuh caretaker, and even if we a did caretaker dem woulda bruck it same way.”

The problem of persons living in the cemeteries in the Corporate Area has long been a challenge for the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation, but Town Clerk Robert Hill told The Sunday Gleaner that the issue is not as clear-cut as it seems.

“We don’t know if they are homeless, number one,” said Hill. “Because, whereas we need to improve the security and the boundaries of the May Pen Cemetery, a lot of persons go there to rest and relax. These persons may look to you as homeless but they actually reside around the area.”

According to Hill, there are very few cases of homeless people living in the May Pen Cemetery, and it is the responsibility of the inspector of the cemeteries to report the matter to the relevant agencies in order to have such individuals removed, medically examined, fed and placed in a care facility.

“But as far as I am concerned, if a man a hold a sleep on somebody’s grave, he is not homeless,” said Hill.

“Admittedly, we can do more to secure the perimeter of the cemetery, which because of the environment is a bit difficult. But we are taking steps to do so early in the new financial year,” said Hill.


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Know The Real Game And Stop Nyaam Up Yourself

We can either agree to disagree.  We may even have some shouting matches.  We may even suffer from withdrawal symptoms but when we get to the point where we inflict physical harm and even death on those we oppose or may even oppose us, I call that barbaric and evil; ignorance does not describe the actions by those who choose to exist in a world where ‘everybody is alike’.  An existence of such would be bordered on robotics and that is against nature.


Politicians … orange and green, honour PJ

(Jamaica Observer Sunday, April 19, 2015 )

 Veteran singer Ernie Smith entertains. 







FORMER Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson was again recognised last Friday on the occasion of his 80th birthday, when past and present parliamentarians from both Patterson’s People’s National Party, and the Jamaica Labour Party showered him with praise during a luncheon at the Devonshire Restaurant in St Andrew.

Patterson, the only PNP leader to reach 80 years, marked his special day on April 10, and engaged in a week-long series of activities.

Members of the PNP, whose colour is orange, and the JLP, known for their bright green, laid down their differences to hail Patterson’s work in politics and law.

Here are some scenes from the event:



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We Lack Status…..We Lack Protcol………..We Lack Discipline

”I gwaan call it di way I see it an mi nuh care uffa corn mi step pon.  If the cap fit, den u mus wear it’, we too nuff’. It is nothing personal, know your place.

In our society we have become accustomed to disregarding standard, procedure, diplomacy and place.  This is ever so prevalent from the top which automatically filters down.  We believe we have ‘arrived’ due to our financial acquisitions, materialism, education and the ‘links’ culture, so much so, that our leaders suffer from ‘entitleism’.  Gone are the days when you respected ones position and regardless of who you thought you were or they were, you would ‘gibber’ your mouth until such times.  What we have is a free for all in our utterances, toppled with a sense of ‘ownership’ that we often forget that who we are and what we are both determined by what we believe.    When you believe you are above standard, procedure, diplomacy and place, irrespective of your wealth, it just ends up bordering on embarrassment for ‘self’.

It is one thing when those of us who are not privy to information speculate and make assumptions which are wrong; however, when you are in the know and still behave like an ignoramus, then the entire pot looks like one big poppy show.  Maybe what we have cultivated in JA we are bent on continuing in that ‘links’ determines all.  Surely by now we should realize that is not so in the political sphere of the United States of America.  So, the Leader of the Opposition could not get a bligh even though the ruling party tried to ‘do a ting’.  Is one thing to ‘run up u mouth’ and ‘bash others’ in the confines of your office space, or closed door constituency meeting with no media present.  It is extremely unfortunate when you choose to do so with the intent of garnering media attention and the citizenry. By doing so you only highlight your obvious unpreparedness for rulership anytime soon.  Those who read will get it ‘live and direct’, and for those who don’t ‘who cares’, do you?



Why Obama had no meeting with Holness

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large

(Jamaica Observer Sunday, April 19, 2015)     

 US President Barack Obama (second right) is greeted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on Obama’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on April 8, 2015. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

UNITED States President Barack Obama was opposed to meeting Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in a formal setting on his recent visit to the island, the Jamaica Observer has learnt.

As a policy, United States presidents do not meet with heads of opposition parties, as negotiations and discussions regarding that country’s affairs and performance are done purely on a leader-to-leader basis, a political source close to the team that negotiated Obama’s visit to Jamaica told the Sunday Observer recently.

The matter of whether or not Holness, who served as prime minister for a mere two months in 2011, should have met Obama, was first raised by the Opposition leader in Parliament, soon after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller confirmed an Observer Online story on Tuesday, March 17 that Obama would be visiting Jamaica for the first time since he was elected President of the United States in 2008.

Interestingly, it was the Jamaican Government that wrote to the US authorities, the Sunday Observer was told, requesting that a meeting be held between Obama and Holness. That was flatly dismissed by the US, which responded in writing by citing the fact that the American president does not meet with opposition leaders or opposition candidates for national elections.

Further negotiations centred on the inclusion of Holness resulted in a proposal being made for the 42-year-old Opposition leader to be part of a 30-member group of businessmen who would meet the US president in a general discussion on the Jamaican economy and trade prospects for Jamaican businesses in the United States. That, however, did not materialise, as Obama’s office said that there was not enough time for such a get-together.

“When the itinerary was on the verge of being finalised, the US insisted that there would be no sit-down meeting with Obama and Holness,” the impeccable source informed the Sunday Observer.

“It was then determined that Holness’s contact with Obama would be limited to handshakes at the plane side upon the president’s arrival, and at the wreath-laying ceremony at National Heroes Park,” the source went on.

Holness participated in both events.

One member of the United States mission in Jamaica questioned the approach taken by Holness and the Jamaica Labour Party spokesman for foreign affairs and foreign trade Edmund Bartlett in raising the point of Obama’s visit in “political tones”.

“I think it would have been better if the gentlemen had raised the issue of the Obama visit with our Embassy in Kingston, instead of going public and asking questions of the visit,” the official said on condition that his identity be kept a secret.

Political watchers had also questioned the way in which both JLP bigwigs dealt with the matter, with one even suggesting that the men were attempting to “politicise” Obama’s visit.

Obama was an obvious hit on his visit, with many Jamaicans publicly expressing joy, particularly those who had a chance to be at functions which the US president attended.

The Harvard Law School standout will demit office in January 2017, ending a two-term stint that has so far resulted in major gains for Americans and other nationalities in the areas of health care, education, technology, and a turnaround of the economy to one that is again reflecting strong growth and an increase in employment.


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The element of this euphoric idealism is as intoxicating as any full proof spirit………….that has the substance to keep you in a trance like daze that inhibits the words from coming out fluently………..that light headedness that you wish you had not, but still engage in that element which takes you right back there……..


Being engulfed in this state of ‘rapture’ is not to be confused with ‘lust’ as ‘lust’ moves on to the next conquest, whilst ‘rapture’ keeps you in a state of wanting, needing, reminiscing, feeling, aching for that soul which resides deep within.


Rapture is rare for most, but recognizable to those who can give………….It is all mine, and if it’s yours, time will tell…………..

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