What Are You Smoking??????????

When the government starts to face billion dollar lawsuits, just maybe we will wake-up to the real Jamaica.  What kind of funeral can one hope to have with $50,000.00?  The ‘informer culture fi dead’ is a reality and will forever be real on this Island.  Unless you are prepared to make the risk worth taking for those who are in the know, you are basically telling the Jamaican people, pigs can fly.  Both you and I know that this is horse manure.  I say start at $1M if you are serious about bringing to justice those responsible for the Riverton fire.  If not, stop insulting the Jamaican people.  Cell phones on the Island cost up to $100,000.00 and many sport such.  Are you telling me that the health of our citizens is worth a mere $50,000.00?  You should be ashamed of this reward.


 

Crime Stop reminds public of J$50,000 reward for arrest of Riverton arsonists

(Jamaica Observer Wednesday, April 15, 2015) | 5:42 PM  

 
 
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Crime Stop is reminding the public that there is a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person (s) responsible for last month’s fire at the Riverton City disposal site.

The fire, which started at the site on March 11, and affected sections of the Corporate Area and St Catherine for about two weeks, was determined to have been deliberately set.

Manager of Crime Stop, Prudence Gentles, said to date, there has been no calls to Crime Stop regarding the fire, and is imploring persons to come forward with information.

“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,” Gentles pleaded.

She is urging persons with information to call 311 or visit the official Crime Stop website at www.crimestopjamaica.com and click the ‘report a crime’ option, then complete and submit the form. “It’s all anonymous,” she assured.

Last month’s fire at Riverton was the largest ever at the site. The smoke from the fire spread across several communities, affecting householders, schools and businesses, and caused the postponement of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). The Government expressed regret at the incident.

 

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I Did Not Know This – Not Afraid or Ashamed To Say So – Did You Know?

How  much of Jamaica’s history do I really know?………………With that said, I am going to get a few interested friends and we are going to visit Accompong.  I have never been and it is about time I see first hand and acquaint myself with the history of the Maroons.  I’m actually excited about this.


 

Accompong Maroons go to the polls tomorrow

(Jamaica Observer, Wednesday, April 15, 2015) | 3:29 PM     

 
 MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Accompong Town Maroon elder Melville Currie said that 10 polling stations have been selected for members to cast their votes tomorrow, for their next colonel to govern the community.

He told OBSERVER ONLINE that there will be polling stations in the St Elizabeth communities of Accompong, Windsor, Aberdeen, Cedar Spring, Elderslie and White Hall, Garland and Montego Bay in St James, and one in Kingston.

Currie said that the election is set to start at 7:00 am at all polling stations, but is expected to end at varying hours.

He said that there will be Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) representatives overseeing the proceedings at all the polling stations. He also said, in his capacity as director of elections, he is expecting to have the result by about 6:30 pm.

Senior members of the Accompong Maroon community Meredie Rowe, Elizabeth Campbell, Norma Edwards, and outgoing Colonel Ferron Williams are all vying for the leadership post.

Currie said that there will be a final count on Friday.

 

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Party Like a Rock Star – When You Can You Just Can

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson continued the celebrations of his 80th birthday up to Sunday.  I kind of like those birthday bash that goes on for more than one day.  After all you may have a few of your guests that are not able to attend on a singular date.  Whereas if you spread your events then you are sure to have some ‘sweet’ time with those you truly care about.  The 50, 60, 70 and 80 are truly years you can have that soiree if it is your will to do so and make no apologies about the expense, glitz and glamour as long as it makes you HAPPY. 

Enjoy it all Sir……………………………


 

Hague highlights PJ’s ‘Day Two’ – As former PM celebrates 80 with weekend of events

(Jamaica Gleaner, Wednesday April 15 2015)

Surrounded by music lovers, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson (second left) is all smiles as he chats with (from left) Rupert Bent, Vaughn ‘Bunny’ Goodison and Ibo Cooper at his Evening of Jazz at the Devon House last Saturday night.
Jon Williams on keyboards.
Ernie Ranglin performing at an Evening of Jazz with PJ.
Myrna Hague performing at an Evening of Jazz with PJ during the former prime minister’s 80th birthday party at Devon House last Saturday night.
There was no way that actress Sheryl Lee Ralph was going to sit still at Devon House and not eat the famous ice cream. Here she is served by hostess Barbara Beckford during an Evening of Jazz with PJ last Saturday night.

Jazz great Myrna Hague brought An Evening of Jazz with PJ to a crescendo last Saturday night in what can only be described as one of the classiest events to be staged on the lawns of the Devon House in years.

Hague, accompanied by Marjorie Whylie on piano and Jon Williams on violin, was hand-picked among some of Jamaica’s best musicians to perform on ‘Day Two’ of former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson’s 80th birthday celebrations.

Patterson’s team had found a winning combination, and this was obvious on the faces of the guests, who came from as far as Africa, the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, the Caribbean and across of Jamaica to celebrate the milestone achievement.

Hague, a musical maestro, came prepared to deliver a string of hit songs from Broadway and her jazz repertoire, and she succeeded in stirring the souls of the music lovers with Falling in Love with Love, Days of Wine and Roses, St Louis Blues and Our Love is Here to Stay.

Mellowing like fine wine, her performance was the icing on the cake, baked and decorated by the likes of renowned guitarist and composer Ernie Ranglin, Jamaica’s most sought-after drummer Desi Jones, Nicholas LaRoque on saxophone and flute, Dale Haslam on bass, and Adrian Henry.

The quartet of Desi Jones and Friends, who started the evening, relied on a selection of jazz standards, moving into more contemporary hits from composers like Antonio Carlos Jobin, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Appealing to a variety of tastes, patrons enjoyed all-time favourites such as Wave, Billies Bounce, Walking and Chameleon.

When master of ceremonies extraordinaire Fae Ellington introduced surprise guest Ernest Ranglin, an artiste the birthday boy and music connoisseur is very fond of, he got things going in a bluesy direction, before ending on a reggae note with Surfin’.

A standing ovation was the most befitting response to the stellar and classy performances.

Saturday night was the second night of musical energy for Patterson, who commenced his celebration with a major soirÈe at the Sunken Gardens at Hope Gardens on Friday night.

For that fabulous event, highlighted by fireworks, the organising team brought out the incredibly talented Fab Five.

The party band seem to have got better with age, because it would have taken a lot of coercing to get the hundreds of people in attendance off the dance floor. In fact, the Friday night crowd was one of the most obedient when it came to following musical instructions.

The former prime minister closed off the weekend activities on Sunday with a church service and a luncheon at his home

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Ganja Industry – Not The Panacea As Thought

‘Not a ‘silver bullet’, according to Barack Obama.  However, K’nife’s options as to where ordinary Jamaicans could benefit from this potential industry are worth taking note of.  I personally would be interested in a ‘ganja cafe’ as it relates to wellness.  We fully well know and it is not just a figment of ones imagination who benefits in the end.  If all avenues are not explored where the product from the seeds, to the plant can be financially beneficial for all interested and not just the 1%, it would once again be a travesty of justice to the people of this Country.

We know who the ‘little man’ is a term we often use to describe those not established financially or academically astute, yet any move to capitalise on ganja without their benefit will be of no benefit long term to the country.  There is an industry to be developed from ganja including every dimension of usage and subsequent sale both locally and for export. 

Imagine wearing a pair of casual sandals/shoes made from ganja.  I don’t know about you, but I can quite easily see the benefits of a ‘ganja cafe’………..


 

Pryce, K’nife agree with Obama on ganja

 (Jamaica Gleaner, Wednesday 15 April 2015)
K’NIFE

UNITED STATES President Barack Obama used his visit to the island last week to point out that despite its earning potential, ganja is not a “silver bullet” which will fix Jamaica’s economic woes and leading members of the local ganja lobby are in full agreement.

Member of parliament for North Eastern St Elizabeth, the People’s National Party’s Raymond Pryce, who has been at the forefront on the lobby for the decriminalisation of the weed, responded last Friday in full agreement with Obama calling his comments “inspirational”.

“The president’s response was very positive and re-energises advocates like myself, because he explained that ganja will not solve all of our country’s problems. He also pointed to the fact that we needed to create the space for our own local entrepreneurs to benefit from a legal ganja sector and not just multinational companies,” Pryce told The Gleaner

economic benefits 

For Dr K’Adamawe K’nife, lecturer at the Mona School of Business & Management at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Obama’s response that medical marijuana would have little to no economic benefit to ordinary Jamaicans was something he had reiterated on many occasions.

“The brethren (Obama) is absolutely correct, but it is unfortunate for us to have to bring a man all the way from foreign to tell us something we have been saying for years,” said K’nife

He argued that the belief held by some that medical marijuana would be exported to the United States and eventually become a major cash crop, was beyond delusional.

“A lot of people living in a delusion when it comes to this thing medical marijuana because it will never bring benefits to the mass of the people, it is going to bring benefits to the few who have the capital and connections to get their products passed on the international markets,” argued K’nife, who added that immediate benefits could be derived from the crop if ordinary Jamaicans focused more on the non-pharmaceutical products.

“We need to focus on the non-medical approaches such as aromatherapy, the nutritional value, integrating ganja use into tourism and wellness, because if you look at the ganja cafÈs and dispensaries in Europe and the United States, ganja is not just sold there for smoking, they have food and drinks. I can buy my shoes there for US$70 because the canvas comes from cannabis, so it would be ridiculous to just focus on medical marijuana.”

In the US, the states of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado and the District of Columbia have legalised the sale and use of marijuana, while another 19 states have decriminalised its use for a variety of purposes, despite federal laws where possession or sale of ganja is illegal.

 Colorado legislation

 In Colorado, the legalisation of the weed has already started to prove profitable as dispensaries there have made almost US$300 million in marijuana sales for 2014, of which $57 million would be going to the state in taxes.

Irrespective of this financial boom, Obama indicated that there was little to no chance that the US Congress would be looking to change federal laws regarding marijuana anytime soon.

But for Pryce, the local decriminalisation process through the amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which allows possession of 57 grams of weed as well as to allow households to have five marijuana plants, was an important step on the path of economic viability of the marijuana industry.

He noted that the next move by the Government would be the establishment of a cannabis licensing authority.

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A Dis You Call Confusion!!!!!!! – Will The Truth Come Out??

Wherever there is confusion, look closely and you will find the lie.  15 years old in search of a better life with mother and grand-mother in London, England some how, some way……………..

When you look at the route this 15 year old was to take in order to eventually arrive in England, final destination, one has to ask the question, who thought of this route?  It is important because if you felt such an alternate route would get you to eventual paradise, England, then you must be aware of what is taking place with Islamic terrorists group namely ISIS.  The influx of teenagers that are fleeing their country of residence both males and females have England and USA in particular on ‘red alert’.  Just over a month ago, it was reported that 2 teenage girls from London left the country and are now in Syria.  Lo and behold their parents were totally distraught as they had no knowledge or any suspicion as to their girl’s intent.  In fact they thought it was school as usual so you can just imagine their state of mind. 

I again say, whomever thought of this alternate route for this 15 years old boy should have been aware of the red flags on alert for any in transit travel via those countries.  It makes absolutely no sense for this minor to take this level of trek on his own at this time.  Again we are told he was questioned, what were the questions and what were his answers?  We will never be privy to such, but what we know and are cognizant of is that ISIS, has become an attractive terrorist organisation that has the ability and have successfully thus far mobilised the youth and others to join their war on Christianity.

This plan by mother and grand mother to get this child into England resulted in chaos and all I will say is ‘tragic, tragic, tragic’ as there is no sense to be made of this if taken by the story given by the relative. If he had arrived in England he would have been interrogated as he would have been expecting to get a visa stamped in his passport at that port of entry, If mother and grand mother were on visitors visas at the airport awaiting his arrival, it might not have been easy entry for this boy.


 

 

Teen accused of trying to join ISIS was running off to England in search of better life

It seems as if a scheme to run off to England went horribly wrong for a 15-year-old Jamaican boy who was denied entry to Suriname on suspicion that he was headed to Turkey to join the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). That is, if his granduncle is to be believed.

The youngster’s granduncle said the teenager, whose name and granduncle’s name The Gleaner has not published because the accused is a minor, was stopped by officials in Suriname as he tried to flee to England to be with his mother, who he had not seen for some six years.

According to the uncle, the youngster did not possess a visa to England, and as such wassupposed to meet up with his mother and grandmother in The Netherlands, and from there he would travel to England.

“Him born and grow up at St Mary, him a good pickney. Him don’t know bout no terrorist thing. Is England him a go to stay with him mother; him never plan to come back,” said the relative, breaking into tears as he recounted the ordeal that he says has brought much shame and trauma to his family.

“Him don’t have any England visa, and because of that them send him through a different channel. Him couldn’t go to England straight,” he continued, “Him have to go through Suriname and go to another country (The Netherlands) before him can go England. Him mother and grandmother was waiting on him at the airport over there,” continued the granduncle, explaining that the youngster fled Jamaica in search of a better life.

“People a hunt for a better life, and if a man can get a better life he is going to hunt it. My grandnephew is no terrorist, him don’t mix up in them things there; no gang business, nothing like that. So I don’t know how dem calling my grandnephew terrorist,” the older man, recalling how he took care of the teenager from birth, and how well behaved and peaceful he was growing up.

International media reported that the teen was stopped at the Johan Pengel Airport in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, on Saturday. Police in that country claimed he was headed to Turkey and would have travelled through The Netherlands to get there.

Media reports also added that the youngster was interrogated, and sent back home to Jamaica on Saturday night.

Last night, police confirmed that the youngster was still in police custody, and that the issue was still being investigated by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime branch (C-TOC), along with other law-enforcement agencies.

“It would be premature to issue any detailed statement on this issue at this time,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, head of C-TOC, was quoted as saying in a press release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit.

Watkiss, however, assured the public that information regarding the probe would be made public as soon as possible.

Watkiss’ reassurance offered no comfort to the granduncle, who said that despite his efforts, he has been unsuccessful in getting information from police who searched the premises in which the boy was living in St Mary, and who also detained the teenager’s father in relation to the incident over the weekend. The boy’s father has since been released, the relative said.

“Dem come and search up the place and even threaten my nephew that him going to box him down. I don’t know what kinda treatment this, and we are not terrorist,” said the man, breaking into another bout of tears as he spoke to The Gleaner. “Me want back me pickney. Send him come back. I don’t know why dem holding him,” he continued.

He has called for the intervention of Security Minister Peter Bunting into the incident. However, that intervention will be slow in coming, as Bunting was off the island yesterday.

“You need to talk to the CP (commissioner of police). I am off the island on official business,” said Bunting told The Gleaner via telephone. “In any event, at this stage it is the police who are conducting investigations and best placed to comment on the progress.”

Bunting, in another news forum, said local law enforcement played a part in tracking down the youngster overseas.

The incident came a week after General John Kelly, commander of the US Southern Command, told the US Armed Services Committee that about 100 people from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Venezuela had joined ISIS. Kelly’s report at that time was rebutted by Bunting, who said that his ministry was monitoring the situation regarding the recruiting efforts of international terrorist groups and had found nothing to indicate that Jamaicans were involved.

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Big Talk Chronixx – Best Place To Start – Commercialism

That’s some powerful thoughts, philosophies you hold unto Chronixx.  At 22 years old, you are way ahead of the game intellectually than many other artists and entertainers in general.  When one is able at a young age, to see the realities of life by being aware of livity, then one can quite easily chart their course ensuring that ‘being caught up’ is actually preventable.

Many people shy away from the intense, the depth of a person simply because it forces them to look within.  Being distracted from the superficiality of life scares those seeking constant external attention.  The very notion that the external form will change ie beauty fades, what else do you have to offer is dreadfully frightening for many.  Hence consciousness is looked upon as being ‘too much’ when in reality our consumption for all desires ‘unreal, false and hypocritical’ is a comfort reality for those who are lost despite their fame, or achievements. 

For Chronixx to say,………”but when you venture off into fashion and cuteness, you have to maintain all that, and that is very hard because those things fade and every day, something new becomes cute. You’ll wear yourself out trying to keep up with those things. So I keep my focus on the music.”.……………….

How does one get to that place of thought, followed by living that thought?   Try to develop a sense of self awareness and consciousness on those who occupy the spaces surrounding us on Planet Earth.   I leave you with what I believe is the truest of his thoughts…………….”My success is not measured by what people think,” the soft- spoken star explains. “Popularity is relative. You have some really popular people, but there is always more to do and more people to reach before you get to that point in your life where you feel true satisfaction…………………….”


 

‘My success is not measured by what people think’ – Reggae star Chronixx

WITH a quietly rebellious nature, it’s quite fitting that his 2013 hit single was called Here Comes Trouble.

Chronixx is not particularly fussed by what the industry makes of him, and he’s unfazed by the fact that he’s been dubbed a reggae sensation. Oh, and he refuses to define himself as a reggae artiste.

But with his velvety vocals and fresh approach to roots reggae, the Jamaican singer has been hailed as one of the most gifted talents to emerge from the reggae scene in recent times.

Is he lapping up the fame and adoration? In a word: no.

“My success is not measured by what people think,” the soft- spoken star explains. “Popularity is relative. You have some really popular people, but there is always more to do and more people to reach before you get to that point in your life where you feel true satisfaction. People will always need a ‘sensation’ and that aspect of things is the least relevant for me. Music is the most important path.

“You can’t really go by what people say, especially now that we’re in an era where anybody can be a critic. Anybody can jump on the Internet and write a blog about you, and that can be very harmful because in some cases, the people saying these things don’t even know anything about the music. But the love and acceptance of the music has been a wonderful thing. And that, to me, can only be a God-given gift, especially for a young, independent artiste like me.”

Despite being an unsigned artiste, Chronixx has enjoyed phenomenal success. His 2014 EP, Dread & Terrible, topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart; he’s performed successful shows in Jamaica, the United States, Africa and in the United Kingdom – where he boasts a large fanbase; and excitement within the reggae fraternity reached fever pitch when, last year, he performed on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’.

Though this mainstream exposure was considered by many to be a fantastic feat for an unsigned reggae act, Chronixx is – you guessed it – laid-back when recalling the experience.

GREAT EXPERIENCE

“I’ve spoken about it in so many interviews since. It was always one of the first things people asked about: ‘Tell us about Jimmy Fallon.’ I really don’t know a lot about Jimmy Fallon,” laughs the Smile Jamaica hitmaker.

“But, yeah, it was a great experience. We were in the promotional stages of the Dread & Terrible project, so getting to perform on the show was a great experience. I believe that when you’re doing the right things at the right time, things come in the right way.”

Some might expect Chronixx to be turning cartwheels about his achievements, but as we’ve already established, the singer, born Jamar Rolando McNaughton, isn’t too concerned about industry expectations.

But far from coming across arrogantly nonchalant, his approach to his craft is refreshing, particularly in an industry that often puts the focus on fame, notoriety, and success that is measured by sales figures and chart positions.

And at just 22 years old, he might be expected to personify the attitude of consumerism and a need for stardom that is often linked to younger music artistes.

But staying true to the roots of reggae, Chronixx keeps his focus on the music and its message, something he believes is easier to do while in Jamaica, where there is less chance of getting “distracted”.

“The thing is, reggae is a livity (way of life), and that’s what people don’t understand,” he says. “Before reggae became this globally recognised genre, it was embraced mostly in the Rastafari community; pan-Africanist people, people who were going through post-slavery. These people never had time to look in the mirror and be fascinated with themselves. It was about the mission and the cause behind the music – the things that needed to change in society. It’s much easier to keep the focus on those things when you’re here in Jamaica, living in a post-slavery society. Once you’re in the big cities in the world and you get caught up in the flashing lights (of fame), sometimes you can get a little distracted. Reggae music is about wholesome living, equal rights and justice for all mankind. It’s about feeding the hungry; it’s about the elderly being taken care of and the youths of tomorrow being nurtured. I think that’s why many reggae artistes are focused on the message of the music and not the stardom.”

NOT DEFINED BY REGGAE

But despite being an ambassador of reggae music, Chronixx rejects being labelled a reggae artiste.

“Definitely, [I reject that]. But I don’t reject reggae music, that’s the thing. If people see me as a reggae artiste, I don’t mind that, but within myself, I can’t accept that I’m a reggae artiste. I have to accept that I’m an artiste because I don’t want my creativity to ever be limited by any genre of music. Music is a limitless thing and I don’t want my music to be limited. Industries use these tags so they know how to manage artistes, but I’m not managed by any industry [laughs].”

Though he’s unfazed by the politics of the industry, Chronixx is extremely grateful for his fans – his UK supporters in particular.

“Please put that in the newspaper: ‘Chronixx is really grateful for the love he’s been getting in the UK’,” he requests. “I really want everybody to see that I really don’t get that pop star feeling from the UK.

“When I’m there, I feel like I’m a musician; like an artiste. The UK is one of those places that still appreciates good music. In some other places, as long as the artiste is cute, that’s good enough for them!”

Doesn’t he appreciate the fans who think he’s cute?

“I don’t mind people thinking that,” he laughs, “but that kind of thing can be a distraction. Being cute, it may be true; it may be false. But the fact is, you don’t want that cuteness to ever override the power of music. As a musician, you’re given the gift of being able to make music. But when you venture off into fashion and cuteness, you have to maintain all that, and that is very hard because those things fade and every day, something new becomes cute. You’ll wear yourself out trying to keep up with those things. So I keep my focus on the music.”

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80 Years Old Never Looked Better- Former PM PJ Patterson

Loss of lives is a daily occurrence with many departing Planet Earth way before their time we believe ever so often.  There are those amongst us who no longer wish to write down their goals, working a 10, 20 much less 30 years plan.  Their mindset is of such that they live for the moment believing that they may not reach the age of 30 much less beyond.  My own parents departed at young ages and I too used to say I’d be lucky if 40 years caught me.  So when we have persons that have lived beyond 70 years of age and from all accounts are in outstanding health, both physically and mentally, it should be celebrated I opine.

Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson looks as distinguished as ever and for 80 years old, those who encompass wellness and cellular nutrition will attest that he has aged remarkably well.  How many of us dare say based on how we look and are feeling now, that if we were to live to 80 years all being well; we will be in top shape?  Ageing is a natural process, but how we age in terms of the quality of life attained is heavily dependent on maintaining good health throughout our earlier years.


 

Something Extra

Published:Monday | April 13, 2015 (Jamaica Gleaner)

The man of the moment, Percival James Patterson (centre) and his daughter, Sharon and son, Richard as he celebrates his 80th birthday at Hope Gardens last Friday.
 
Heather Moyston and husband Wesley gets cozy.
 
Rocking the night away as they wish P.J. a very happy birthday are (from left) Lolita Phillips, Sonia Hyman, Verika Bennett, and Jackie Lynch-Stewart.
 
The RIU team came out to celebrate. From left: Tina Dunbar, Angella Bennett and Katharina Doehler.
 
Right: All smiles for our lens are (from left) honorary consul to Ethiopia in Jamaica, Yodit Hylton; Ambassador Febe Potgieter-Gqubule; chair of the African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma; and Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton.
 
Fabulosity personified in the for of Trisha William-Singh, her husband Nari and her sister Ann-Marie Vaz.
 
These two go way back – P.J. Patterson and his high-school friend, Vincent HoSang.
 
The beauty genes are evident for sisters Senator Imani Duncan-Price (right) and Josina Duncan.
 
Last Friday, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson welcomed his 80th birthday in fine style at the Sunken Gardens at Hope Botanical Gardens in St Andrew. His arrival was marked by fireworks, as friends travelled from near and far to light up the night, all in his honour. We have all the Extra highlights.
 

 

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Talk Up Di Tings I Say – Talk It Up!!

I talk about hypocrisy and it is just as rife as nepotism.  Out of 1-10 persons, how many would not go through their contacts first when filling positions or seeking works to be carried out?  Let me give an example as plain as I can get……;

a)  ‘I need a truck driver to haul some goods right away……………..Oh Paulie has a trucking company ‘enuh’, let me give him a call, sure we can get a good rate’.  Is it wrong or right? 

If we are in the moral court, absolutely wrong, Jamaican court of operations, ‘nutten wrong wid dat’.  How do we tackle this pervasive way of conducting business?  We do so, by being truthful and devoid of biases.  If it is you are cleaning house with the sole intent of eliminating this corrupted method of business, then you MUST clean the entire house.  ALL those who are found to have, in the past and present, carried out transactions in the said manner must also be made to face the music with subsequent removal from office.  Until punishment or justice appears to be measured equally, sad to say nothing will change.  As long as the root remains, new branches will eventually unfold.

I say as you depart Ms Haughton; there is no doubt you must surely go, let the entire puss out of the bag.  I really cannot tolerate hypocrisy on any level!!!


 

 
 
 (L-R) HAUGHTON… yet to appear before PNP’s Integrity Commision. HILL … wants change in council governance. McINTOSH… suspended deliberations on the motion

LUCEA, Hanover — Shernet Haughton, the embattled councillor for the Green Island Division and former mayor of Lucea, has broken her silence on revelations that she acted in an unethical manner during her tenure as chairman of the Hanover Parish Council.

Last month, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) in its report tabled in the House of Representatives, said it found nepotism, favouritism, and conflicts of interest in the awarding of contracts to relatives and persons affiliated with Haughton. The report highlighted that the former mayor awarded contracts to her spouse, sisters and a brother along with daughters and son, as well as brother- and sister-in-law. The OCG recommended that Haughton relinquish her post as councillor for the Green Island Division of the Hanover Parish Council.

But Haughton in an interview with the Jamaica Observer on Thursday, warned that she alone “would not be taking the fall”, if she is forced to give up her seat as councillor of the division.

“If I am to resign as the councillor of the Green Island division, the entire council will have to resign, because I am sure that I have an official diary that I kept from I took office there up to the time I resigned as a mayor. If I should backtrack, I am sure that the entire council would have to resign,” said a defiant Haughton.

When pressed about the contents of the diary, Haughton refused to elaborate, saying instead: “I just want to keep my lips tight now, until further down I will say what I have to say.”

She was speaking to the Sunday Observer following an attempt by Councillor for the Sandy Bay Division Lloyd Hill — another former Mayor of Lucea — who sought to have the expenditure for the Green Island Division supervised by mayor of Lucea and chairman of the Hanover Parish Council, Wynter McIntosh.

“As it relates to the Green Island division, Mr Chairman, we are aware of the OCG report being sent to the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions), and as such I move a motion, Mr Chairman, that temporarily, until the matter is resolved, that the expenditure as it relates to the Green Island division be undertaken by the chairman of the council,” stated Hill during Thursday’s sitting of the regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council.

However, the acting secretary/manager of the council, Shelly Ann Spence, pointed out that, “legally the parish council could not take such a move”.

Mayor McIntosh subsequently suspended deliberations on the motion in order to facilitate further dialogue on the matter.

He later told the Sunday Observer that “even though the councillor [Haughton] is not legally implicated, I would recommend having some discussions with the ministry (Local Government) as to how we proceed to bring some unison in the face of what is happening out there, as certainly it has to do with some financial issues”.

“I think that the chairman should have taken over the responsibility, but I would have to seek guidance as it relates to the legality of this matter, because I would really want to see the constituents of the Green Island division be properly serviced,” added the mayor.

Meanwhile, Mayor McIntosh said that the council has begun to put measures in place in a bid to prevent a repeat of such a damning report from the OCG.

He noted that already a decision has been taken for all contracts to be brought to the finance committee of the council for ratification.

McIntosh was sworn in as Mayor of Lucea in August of last year, following the resignation of Haughton in the wake of growing dissatisfaction among councillors over her stewardship of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) controlled Hanover Parish Council.

Meanwhile, Haughton is yet to appear before the PNP’s Integrity Commission with her attorney to answer questions in the wake of the OCG’s report.

Following the report, the ruling party in a news release said that the commission has been mandated to provide a report to the party’s executive by April 20.

The report will form part of the process to determine disciplinary actions that may be required.

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Chronixx Will Grow If He Chooses – Youth Has It’s Place To Learn

I am a firm believer that one must take ‘ownership’ for their pronouncements especially when done on the ‘world platform’.  The internet, social media have afforded many of us the ability to express our thoughts, truths and opinions on a platform that billions have access to.   When you are behind your phone, laptop, whatever device you use to espouse, the fluidity at which freedom of expression unfolds can be consuming to the point where you can quite possibly forget that once you touch send your thoughts are out there.  Within seconds, enough persons can access your thoughts, forward, blast it before you make the decision to delete, if you come to that place.

As a blogger, who believes in being true to what you share, I will also say that with maturity in understanding consequence, the delivery in content could have been re worded differently.  A different choice of ‘word’ would not dilute the passion, substance or merit in the root of the statement.  I say ‘youth’ was in play and growth faces all of us if we are willing to be open.

On that note, Chronixx will forever choose the path he wishes to  journey on, knowing in time that the more popular he becomes, consciousness will allow him to articulate his passion of belief in a more profound manner without the ‘bitter medicine’ that has the potential to ‘back fire’ on him.  Our youths must have conscious role models that not only see the revolution, but the ability to lead them unto ultimate victory; hand is hand is progress.

Diplomacy must never be lost in the art of freedom of expression when the picture is far bigger than we maybe able to see in the moment.


 

 

Rebel, McGregor say Chronixx ‘waste man’ statement unfortunate

Sunday, April 12, 2015 | 11:09 AM    (Jamaica Observer)

 
 
 
 

KINGSTON, Jamaica- Motivational deejay Tony Rebel says singjay Chronixx’s statement about Jamaicans glorifying a waste man;, which many argued was in relation to the one-day visit of American President Barack Obama, is unfortunate.

The outspoken reggae artiste criticised the fact that Jamaicans were glorifying a waste man, while Garvey, who he said paved a peaceful and safe path for the US President to address us, still has a criminal record in that country.

His post was made on the second day of Obama’s visit to Jamaica.

Rebel, added however, that if the roots artiste believes the United States Government has done little to clear National Hero Marcus Garvey’s criminal record,he should stand firm. When you are a public figure you become a role model. I don’t expect an artiste to be muzzled but you have to be responsible in what you say,” Rebel told OBSERVER ONLINE.

He added: “At the same time if Chronixx is passionate about Garvey or anything else he should stand by what he said

Meanwhile, Singer Freddie McGregor also commented on the controversial post which has drawn support from some Chronixx fans.”I see where he (Chronixx) said that’s not what he meant so Im ready to give him the benefit of the doubt. Yuh have to be careful about the things you say about the President of the United States. I certainly wouldn’t say that about President Obama,” McGregor said.

In the meantime, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller indicated that she spoke to Obama about having Garvey’s criminal record expunged.The St Ann-born Garvey was a Pan African giant and leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was imprisoned in the US in 1923 for mail fraud arising from questionable deals surrounding his Black Star Line company.

He was deported to Jamaica four years later.

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Sleng Teng Riddim – Best There Ever Was!!!!!!

You know by this commentary, the genre I love the most.  When you talk about a ‘riddim’, and I will admit I am bit of a novice here but there was none like ‘Sleng Teng’.  The beat, hook, feel and sound of this riddim took you to a place of ease, loss of all concerns, momentary lapse of where you were.  There are so many songs that I loved jiving to on this particular beat. 

Memory takes me back to the style of dance which was ‘strictly rub a dub’.  One hardly ‘buss a sweat’.  With such a vibe, talk about being cool naturally.  Whether you were at the club, party; whenever a song played with the ‘’sleng teng’ riddim oh my you just grabbed your partner and you knew some sweet rub a dub was going down.  ‘Under Mi Sleng Teng’ started it all……powerhouse of a riddim!!!!!


 

30 years of Sleng Teng – King Jammy recalls impact of digital breakthrough 

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 (Jamaica Gleaner)

Lloyd ‘King Jammys’ James listens intently as a question is asked at the Neville Hall Lecture Theatre, University of the West Indies (UWI), on Thursday eve
Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James
Noel Davey with the Casio keyboard used in making the Sleng Teng rhythm.
The cover of the Sleng Teng Extravaganza album of 1985.
Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith 

As producer and sound system operator, Lloyd ‘King Jammy’ James dug into his memories at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, on Thursday, April 2. He eventually – and inevitably – came to the Sleng Teng riddim.

He spoke as part of a series organised by the UWI’s Department of Literatures in English, whose Professor Carolyn Cooper did hosting duties.

Credited as the country’s first computerised beat and a turning point in the production of Jamaican popular music, after speaking about the creation of the Sleng Teng, James added almost casually, “that was 30 years ago”.

The title of the all-Sleng Teng riddim album, 1985 Master Hits, Sleng Teng Extravaganza, confirms the anniversary. 

landmark beat 

The title track, done by Wayne Smith (who died on February 17, 2014), became so intertwined with the singer, that he became known as Wayne ‘Sleng Teng’ Smith. He had been associated with James before the beat was made, as the producer said that he recorded artistes like Smith and John Wayne before making a return trip to England in 1979 to shop his music.

It was in the following decade that Smith, along with keyboard player Noel Davey, approached James with what was developed into the landmark beat. “Wayne Smith and Noel Davey came to me and say Jammy, we have a riddim a play on the Casio (MT-40 keyboard) and it sound wicked.”

James listened with his

producer’s ear. “They start to play the riddim. I say it no have no melody. Is just a fast drum beat … . I slow the tempo down … . I say play the piano part,” Jammy said. With the adjustments made, James told them, “we going into the studio to record this now.”

That was dome on a four-track machine and, he said, “surprisingly it is the riddim that is playing now, Sleng Teng.” And the volume of the beat, which had been played in the background at points in James’ talk, was turned up.

James pointed out the volume of songs done on the Sleng Teng, saying that it has the record for the most versions, over 250 songs. Not all of them were produced by James on his King Jammy’s label, but many of the ones he did are collected on the Sleng Teng Extravaganza album of 1985 and the Sleng Teng Extravaganza 95 album. The former includes Pumpkin Belly (Tenor Saw), Under Me Sleng Teng (Wayne Smith), Jam In The Streets (Sugar Minott) and Call The Police (John Wayne).

Included in the later set are Lodge (Bounty Killer), Overboard (Ninja Ford) and Skin to Skin Connection (Jigsy King).

And Jammy is confident that after three decades, the Sleng Teng still has some legs. “About three weeks ago a lady from New York said she wants to do something on the Sleng Teng. I am sure this song is going to bring back this riddim again for a period of time,” James said.

He noted that the production duo of keyboard player Wycliffe ‘Steelie’ Johnson (now deceased) and drummer Cleveland ‘Clevie’ Browne, who were pivotal at Jammy’s studio in the 1980s, were also doing something like the computerised beat. “They came and said we want to come into this. We a do this long time, but we never have no outlet,” James said.

Editor’s note: In February and early March, in celebrating Reggae Month 2015, The Sunday Gleaner ran previously published interviews with Wayne Smith and Noel Davey about the creation of the Sleng Teng.

 

 
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