Brilliant Man, Smart and Sane – Who Is He? – Why Dr Fitz Pinnock, That’s Who!!

Ahhhhhhh it is so refreshing to listen to Dr Pinnock speak.  In his simplistic approach at times, the content is never misplaced, devoid of ‘fluff’ and posturing that it makes those haughty in speech and grammar appear superfluous.

I have commented in earlier posts and have always been of the view that our highly educated masses that happen to be unemployed have chosen the wrong career path.  If you do not impart the knowledge to them from the secondary and high school levels as to the needs of the market place, then the obvious path they will choose is where they currently end up.  That is Degree and MBA holders unemployed and highly in debt with student loans as a result of ‘no space available in that discipline’.  I say well put Dr Pinnock, who cares that funding is received for my Institution and out of 1000 attendees, 150 graduate then only 5 are gainfully employed at a salary that is befitting someone with a minimum of one (1) subject passed after graduating from school.

Did you get that, or is it too simple?  Paradigm shift………..a buzz word that was used every hour on the hour three (3) years ago and have since been stored in the ‘file 13’ bin.  I truly believe our modus operandi is through design with the obvious intent of failure.


Train workers for labour needs of the market

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015

Dr Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, is challenging the Ministry of Education and training institutions across the island to make a paradigm shift in the way persons are trained for the labour needs of the local and global marketplace.

In an interview with The Gleaner at the second International Conference on the Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Caribbean, which ended in Montego Bay on Friday, Pinnock said that, while a lot of money is being spent to train people, the country is not reaping the benefits as many persons are being trained in skill sets for which jobs are not readily available.

“We have to change our mindset. We are spending a lot of money, but we are not getting value for money … . We are spending more than five per cent of GDP (gross domestic product) on education, but we are getting less from it than what we are spending. It shows that we need to rethink this approach,” said Pinnock.

Don’t train in isolation

He argued that more attention should be paid to the needs and demands of the market and not just to train people in isolation.

“Let the market tell us what they need and then we use that to develop the training course,” he reasoned.

He questioned why Jamaica has had to be importing labour when sufficient persons are here who could be trained to fill the vacancies that are emerging.

“The country needs people for real hard core maintenance service. We have nobody to service the MRI machines and other hospital equipment, so there are a lot of jobs,” noted Pinnock. “Look at how many foreigners are coming to assume jobs in Jamaica. We turn out more than 600 lawyers every year … we have more lawyers than jobs for them.”

Pinnock said Jamaica has an elitist system which is not responding to the needs of the labour market. He argued that there must be a separation of the funding for training as opposed to that which is required to run the organisations offering training.

“We must change and develop a system that is more responsive. First of all, we have to separate the funding for training from running an institution. If I am running an institution and you give me funding, it is going into my institution, whether it is a sinking ship or not,” Pinnock said.

“So in Canada and Australia, they use the funding as a carrot and say they will fund programmes that are relevant. I use a basic formula (that) if you start with 1,000 people and you end with 150 and only five are employed, it means the programme is not relevant. This is what we have been experiencing in Jamaica,” opined Pinnock


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‘Oono Nuh Easy’ – British Born, Married To JA Men Now Deceased And No Permanent Papers To Live In JA??

Ladies, seniors with due respect, do you know what your country of origin does in matters similar to yours?   You all should thank your lucky stars that you have not been deported out of Jamaica.   Were you married to Jamaican dignitaries?  Clearly the roles you played and service you say you contributed to our Island was achieved by obvious ‘links’.  Now your husbands are deceased and those ‘links’ are non existent hence your public outcry.

It behooves me that some foreigners have this entitlement aura once they touch down on this Island.   I am the first to admit that we have some serious issues as small as we are.   While there are those that may get a bit excited by the ‘accent’ and are even ‘frighten’ by all things ‘foreign’, we do have Immigration Laws and they must be adhered to.

It is a known fact that when you marry a foreign national regardless of the country, residence status must be filed for the spouse.  Clearly we displayed some ‘frighten’ or ‘links’ card why you ‘lot’ were allowed to travel to and fro without legal residency for so long.  Jamaica is no longer under the British reign, we are an Independent country and you all are privy to that fact.  Likewise the British treats no Jamaican wishing to take up residency in their country with any ‘special’ treats and we dare not make exclamations as you have done.  If those exclamations are made, they usually fall on deaf ears. 

Bottom line is you are ‘begging’ J$100,000.00; ‘beg’ for it and stop this ‘highfaluting’ stance. 



$100,000 to stay in Ja

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday May 17, 2015

Immigration officer Hensley Holmes accepts an application for a Jamaican passport.

Three British women, each living in Jamaica for more than 50 years, have been turning to family and friends to find $100,000 each, which they will have to pay for the right to remain in the island.

The women are widows of Jamaicans and have spent more than half a century building Jamaica through education, administration, tourism, and charitable organisations.

In that time, they have had hassle-free trips to and from Jamaica until their problems started last year.

According to the women, they did not apply for Jamaican citizenship while their husbands were alive because they had a stamp in their passports that gave them unconditional entry into the island.

Now they are being told that they will have to fork out the $100,000 to apply for permanent residence status, up from $50,000 last year.

One of the three women, Ann Scott, told The Sunday Gleaner:

“I have been living in Jamaica for 57 years and I’m afraid to travel to the United Kingdom because of uncertainty when I return to Jamaica. My passport is almost expired and I will need a new stamp. I cannot take the risk because my family are all Jamaican citizens.”

Her fears arose out of the experience of her friend, Iris Harvey, who returned to Jamaica after a regional expedition.

Harvey claims she was told by an employee of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), after perusing her documents that “you really have no right to be in Jamaica”. She expressed shock and reported that the incident occurred only because her husband had died.

The third woman, Katherine White, said she had a similar experience.

“I was told the only way I could stay in Jamaica is to apply for permanent residence. Now, how does a retiree just fork up $100,000? After long deliberation, I eventually got a 90-day stamp in my passport,” said White.

Harris has since gone through the process of applying for permanent residence status, and after paying her $100,000, was successful. But that was after family members and friends chipped in with some of the money.

financial issues

 White has started the process, also with money from family and friends, but Scott is yet to apply. “I am a retiree and I simply don’t have that kind of money,” declared Scott.

Public relations officer at PICA Angela Hamilton has defended the decision to ask the women to apply for permanent residence.

People cannot live in Jamaica indefinitely. Citizenship applications must be made,” declared Hamilton.

“If any of the women was granted unconditional landing due to marriage to a Jamaican, then we will continue to honour the status, though their husbands are now deceased.

“If any has been living in Jamaica without any status, then they need to regularise their stay on the island, and the possible options are permanent residence and citizenship,” added Hamilton.

However, this does not sit well with the women.

“This is simply ridiculous as I was married to a Jamaican man for 37 years until his death, and having served the county, I should not have to go through this process!” argued Scott.

She charged that there were several other instances where members of the British community living in Jamaica faced these immigration concerns.

The British High Commission later confirmed that British nationals faced some immigration challenges.

“British nationals have sought assistance from the high commission for a number of immigration matters, including them wishing to remain as tourists beyond the visa-free periods of 90 days and persons wishing to reside and work in Jamaica.”

The high commission noted that it had no authority to interfere in the immigration laws of Jamaica and advised British nationals to apply to PICA to obtain the necessary permission to remain in the island.


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‘Lock Jaw’- Are you at risk? by Dr Romayne Edwards


(Jamaica Observer, Sunday 17 May 2015)

TETANUS, also known as “lock jaw”, is an infection that is caused by the anaerobic bacteria Clostridium tetani.

This bacteria exists as spores all over the environment in soil, dust, on farm tools, equipment, or in the stool of animals and humans.

Whenever the skin is breached (for example: umbilical cord cut at birth in a mother with no or inadequate immunisation, doing body piercings, tattoos, injection of drugs, gunshot wounds, broken bones with exposure to the environment, burns, bites from animals, or ulcers all over the body) the bacteria enters the bloodstream. In some reported cases no wound or condition where the bacteria could enter was identified.

The Clostridium tetani bacteria produces three types of exotoxin: tetanospasmin, tetanolysin and nonconvulsive toxin.

Tetanospasmin, a neurotoxin, is largely responsible for the signs and symptoms of tetanus. It binds irreversibly with the nerve endings after entry into the body and spreads to the brain, spinal cord and muscles. It then impairs the nerves that control the muscles of the body by inhibiting the chemicals that stop muscles from contracting by nervous control.


There are four types of tetanus: Generalised (affecting all of the body); localised (affecting specific areas, usually next to the site of entry of the bacteria); cephalic (affecting the head, face and neck muscles); and neonatal (affecting newborns).

Approximately three to 21 days (average eight days) after being infected, a progressive illness occurs. Tetanus causes spasm and stiffness of the jaw (trismus, unable to open mouth) and neck muscles, problems swallowing, stiffness in the muscles of the abdomen, and painful body spasms such as the spine (opisthotonos) that occur due to stimuli such as loud noises, light or even touch. The patient may also have abnormal vital signs such as fever, rapid heart rate and elevated blood pressure with sweating.


* Lack of immunisation or insufficient doses of boosters against tetanus (especially in the elderly)

* Deep wounds, puncture wounds

* Dirty wounds (contaminated with faeces, dirt or grass, for eg barn yard wounds

* Injured tissues and tissues infected with other bacteria

* Foreign body in wound, for eg nails or splinter


Complications of this disease results in:

* Difficulty breathing and then respiratory failure, which can lead to the heart stopping and death from lack of oxygen

* Broken bones of the spine from the intense spasm of the muscles (opisthotonos), joint dislocations: jaw and shoulder dislocations, broken long bones

* Mental defects and disability, especially in infants

* Abnormal heart rhythms and heart disease

* Lung infections

* Kidney failure due to excess muscle breakdown and dehydration

* Clots in the legs and lung

* Stomach perforation and peptic ulcer


Once tetanus is suspected, the patient should report to the emergency department.

A quick assessment is made of the airway, breathing and circulation of the patient and each managed appropriately. If the patient is having difficulty maintaining a secure airway, then endotracheal intubation is necessary (a tube has to be put in the trachea through the mouth or nose for breathing by a ventilator), later a tracheostomy tube (a tube in the trachea through the overlying skin is necessary for prolonged ventilation).

Blood investigations are taken from the patient, including blood culture and culture of the appropriate wound (while removing dead and devitalised tissues).

The patient is then given sedatives (morphine), muscle relaxants, drugs to prevent erratic blood pressures, breathing and heart rate, and antibiotics (metronidazole). The mainstay of therapy is tetanus immunoglobulins (ready-made antitoxin, antibodies to bind to the toxins not yet bound) and a dose of the tetanus vaccine to start immunisation, both given at opposite and separate sites.

The patient will need admission to the intensive care unit.

The course is often tumultuous for the patient and can result in death. For the spasms to stop new nerve endings usually have to be generated. Recovery usually occurs after four weeks.


Tetanus prevention occurs by being completely immunised. The tetanus toxoid is given with the pertussis vaccine (DTap) at least four times in children (2, 4, 6, 15-18) months (termed the primary series), and then every five to 10 years booster doses (Td) are given (4-6, 11-12 years) then every 10 years afterwards.

If a patient’s immunisation status is not up to date for tetanus (vaccine not received in the last 10 years), but the primary series was given in childhood and a wound has occurred then only the tetanus toxoid vaccine is necessary.

If a wound is received and there is no or inadequate vaccination received, both the tetanus immunoglobulin and the vaccine is needed if it is a tetanus-prone wound. Some types of tetanus-prone wounds are deep, dirty, contaminated wounds with faeces and foreign bodies, puncture wounds and those greater than six hours without care that need surgical intervention.

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Cable Disgrace Update – ‘Woss Dan Bangarang’ – Part 11

When I shoot, I shoot in all directions, ‘if u get ketch a suh’.  Anytime it affects my money being paid to a group, entity or business for service, I ‘nah pretty up my talk’.

How many legitimate cable providers do we having servicing the Jamaican populous?  Were cable operators not aware of their copy rights infringement on ‘foreign products’ for all these years? If this revelation was not brought to the public, am I to understand we would not be any wiser?  Can someone explain how one can charge or price a product for which they have acquired illegally thereby incurring no cost to the owner/supplier?  We have a couple of dominant providers, are their customers affected?  Better still, were ALL cable providers operating in violation of copy rights laws under the USA?  Could the Broadcasting Commission list the names of cable providers who are not in violation of such so customers can know where they stand? 

This is what you call an ‘arms house affair’.  We are now advised and I quote In the meantime, the CAC is advising consumers to examine their service agreements as they relate to packages and/or channels and where concerns arise, to take those contracts to its offices in Kingston, Mandeville or Montego Bay, or email them to: ‘Dem tink people nah ave nutten fi do, u can find fi u?’.

I make no apologies for the disdain, contempt and reproach I am spewing in this moment.  We cannot expect to handle ‘big business’ in such a cavalier manner knowing full well that all riches, priviledges and entitlements are reciprocal between the consumer and the provider.  You provide a service and are well paid for such, therefore show some regard if not decency for those who you collect the ‘kitty’ from on a monthly basis.


Cable firms want more time but…

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter

Sunday, May 17, 2015    


GREEN… a responsible regulator must look at the circumstances.

CABLE operators have been asking for an extension of the May 31 deadline issued by the Broadcasting Commission for the removal of 19 cable channels that are being illegally aired in Jamaica.

But the regulator says that while it is willing to have all issues on the table, no decision has been made to push back that cut-off date.

Executive Director of the Broadcasting Commission Cordel Green said that while the directive issued late last month remains under active review, the commission is now dealing with more expansive issues related to cable operators, and is “killing several birds with one stone”, as the situation has taken on regional proportions.

He noted the announcement by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) last week that the Government is working on resolving the issue as a regional trade matter, through talks with stakeholders in the United States (US) as well as the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The OPM indicated that a meeting is to be held between US rights holders and regional cable operators.

Green said he is confident that “everything would be on the table” by the end of May.

“We have been asked to consider extending the time for people to put all the arrangements in place — contractual issues, packaging issues. The commission is considering those matters, but it has not yet made any decision beyond what it announced at its press conference. What a responsible regulator must do is look at what the circumstances are. We have to consider requests that have come to us from cable operators for an extension, which is something that is done in the normal course of business. That is one matter for consideration,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

He emphasised that while the commission plans to meet with the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) to discuss the issues that it wants clarified in relation to consumer protection, the regulator needs to first examine the agenda being set at the regional level, to iron out with the content providers in the US and other stakeholders.

“We are really dealing with a number of issues at the same time, so we are not in a position yet to be speaking any more definitively than we did at the press conference,” Green stated.

He added that “things are moving rapidly”, as already some operators have substituted channels, and others are close to completing negotiations on channels. “So as to how it is playing out in the industry, we have to get a proper fix on that (first),” he said.

Director of Communications at the CAC, Latoya Halstead, said no discussions were held between her agency and the Broadcasting Commission prior to the issuing of the directive, but that the CAC has since written to the regulator seeking clarity on a number of issues, including what consumers can expect after the May 31 deadline, both in terms of the legality of content that will be available as of that date, and the status of the providers who are licensed to carry such content; and what systems will be put in place to ensure that the regulations are not breached in the future.

“The CAC also had

dialogue with the

cable operators/union representatives on the matter: the initial discussions have taken place with the association of cable operators, and follow-up discussions are to take place,” Halstead noted, but did not divulge what issues were raised in those consultations.

“We have had complaints (from consumers). The general trend is that they want to know what is going to happen after May 31, in terms of fairness and value for money. That’s really their concern,” she said.

In the meantime, the CAC is advising consumers to examine their service agreements as they relate to packages and/or channels and where concerns arise, to take those contracts to its offices in Kingston, Mandeville or Montego Bay, or email them to:

On the matter of proposed changes to the legislation governing the broadcasting industry, to bring it more in line with current realities, Green said: “We are now very close to getting to a Cabinet submission being finalised”.

He noted that just two weeks ago, a meeting was held with the Office of the Prime Minister to examine the final review of the legislation, and that another meeting is to be held next weekend. “I know that it is receiving very serious attention at this time,” he stated.

Among the recommended changes to the Broadcasting and Radio Re-difussion Act are increased fines for copyright infringement.


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Stress Affects Your Mouth Too by Dr Sharon Robinson

 (Jamaica Observer, Sunday 17 May 2015)
 Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth.
TOO much stress affects your entire body, including your mouth, teeth and gums.

The potential impact includes: mouth sores, such as canker sores and cold sores; clenching or grinding your teeth; not taking care of your teeth; maintaining a bad diet; gum (periodontal) disease or worsening of existing periodontal disease; bad habits like chewing your nails, ice, pencils, or other objects; and depression. These oral health problems can be prevented.


Being under extreme stress may affect your mood and cause you to skip brushing, flossing and rinsing.

When you’re stressed, you may also develop unhealthy eating habits, such as snacking on large amounts of sugary foods or drinks. This can put you at risk for tooth decay and other dental problems.

What should you do? Remind yourself of the importance of proper oral hygiene and practising healthy eating habits. A regular exercise routine can relieve stress, boost your energy levels and encourage you to eat healthier.


Cold sores, also called fever blisters, are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious. Cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that often appear on or around the lips, but can also crop up under the nose or around the chin.

Emotional upset can trigger an outbreak, so can a fever, sunburn, or skin abrasion.

Prescriptive antiviral medications may be used to treat mouth sores.

Canker sores are small spots with a white or greyish base that have red borders. They show up inside your mouth, sometimes in pairs or in greater numbers. Experts are not certain of their cause. However, it could be a problem with your immune system – your body’s defence against germs. Or, they might be due to bacteria or viruses. Stress will likely raise your chances of getting them.

To ease irritation, don’t eat spicy, hot foods or anything with a high acid content, such as tomatoes or citrus fruits. Most canker sores disappear in a week to 10 days.

What should you do? Try over-the-counter “numbing” medicine that can be applied directly to the sore. If you get canker sores often, your dentist may prescribe a steroid ointment.


Stress may make you clench and grind your teeth – during the day or at night, and often subconsciously. Teeth grinding is also known as bruxism.

If you already clench and grind your teeth, stress could make the habit worsen, leading to problems with your TMJ, which is located in front of your ear where the skull and lower jaw meet.

What should you do? See your doctor and ask what can be done for the clenching and grinding. Your dentist may recommend a night guard, worn as you sleep, or another instrument to help you stop or minimise the actions.

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Prisoners Speak – I Like This – Express Yourself In A Positive Way

Life happens, positive or negative.   Never lose sight of the fact that you can always make a choice which course you intend to take once the opportunity has been given to start over.  Rehabilitation is possible if you choose it.   I like where this is going and encourage the inmates to keep it positive. 

Once you have the environment to foster ‘change’ those who yearn, are tired of the same ole same ole, will choose and chart the right course.  At the end of the day the individual always has the choice.  We are mentally free if we believe so despite our circumstances. Every opportunity we have to use our God given talent should not be suppressed.  Based on the upcoming popularity of this radio programme; if content remains positive, real and relevant, who knows what financial benefit the inmates could reap.

Positive vibes, keep it flowing!!!!!!!

Inmates at St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre go on air

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015

Inmates in the computer room just outside the studio of FREE FM at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on Thursday.
THEIR FREEDOM might be restricted, but this does not prevent inmates at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre from extending their voices way beyond the perimeter wall of the institution.

Freedom of expression is said to be alive and well at the correctional centre as inmates are allowed to air their views on FREE FM on just about any issue that provokes their thoughts.

FREE FM broadcasts on 88.9 on the FM band and can be picked up in Spanish Town and its environs.

Inmates discuss and highlight various issues, including religion, current affairs, and sports.

Senior Superintendent at the correctional centre Reuben Kelly said the inmates received training from the local media as well as non-governmental organisations overseas.

“They run a full programme, with news, sports, religious

section, current affairs, and commentary,” Kelly said.

express discontent

The head of the correctional facility said inmates were not muzzled but were allowed to express discontent with internal issues at the institution.

He said that if a person had a concern at the institution, he could air his views on FREE FM without being victimised.

During a tour of the facility on Thursday, one disc jockey, DJ Gino, apologised to his listeners for a brief break in transmission as he interacted with the touring party in studio.

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Suicide At Problem Lane – Why Would Any Government Use Such A Name

I expect our reports to be factual, hence the name of this Lane is fool hardy.  You have issues coping with ‘life’ and every day you wake up to face the residents of ‘problem lane’.  Is it any wonder many are mentally in ‘darkness’.

The details surrounding these suicides I find useless as once again no one can seem to get there in the knick of time


Man commits suicide on Problem Lane

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, May 15, 2015 | 12:03 PM     


ST JAMES, Jamaica – Winston Hines, a 52-year-old resident of Problem Lane in Spot Valley, Barrett Town, St James, is believed to have committed suicide Friday morning.

Hines was reportedly found hanging from a tree in his yard about 6:45 am.

The police were summoned and his body removed

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Real Love – No Boundaries ……..Truly Abounds

To all those who desperately believe and again such belief comes from what ‘people sey’.  There is a man who if he loves you, will take you lock, stock and barrel.  Below we have a man whose underlying love for his sweetheart led him to accept all of her eight (8) children without a care as to negatives that are often said about women with children and no ‘father’ present.

Interestingly enough on Friday a discussion ensued and a story was shared where a woman declared that her husband wanted her to have two (2) more children.  The union produced three (3) already, but he surmised that if she had two (2) more, no other man would be interested in her because of her brood.  This is readily said, held unto as gospel and often times is the root cause why so many women stay in a dead end relationship.  Maybe if we were to aspire for the ‘crown’ versus the ‘door mat’ existence/ treatment we would see the possibility and make this declaration that ‘you are royal’, as such should be treated.


No Regrets! Super stepdad fathers eight of his spouse’s children

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Saturday | May 16, 2015

PHOTO BY PAUL H. Williams Alexander ‘Jerry Butler’ Lee (right) and his stepson, Stephen Fullerton.
No Regrets! Man who fathers eight of his spouse’s children would do it again

I WAS drawn to Alexander Lee by his soulful singing voice. He was selling mangoes at the intersection of East and North streets, near The Gleaner building some weeks ago, and singing at the same time. I engaged him in a conversation about his ‘talent’. The chat eventually revealed that the man from Riversdale, St Catherine, has no registered children of his own, but is a stepfather to many.

‘Jerry Butler’, as Lee is popularly known, was invited to our newsroom to have a further chat. On Wednesday, he turned up with one of his stepsons, Stephen Fullerton, who is a budding singer/DJ himself. At stages in the discussion, they burst into song and deejaying, having a good time – stepfather and stepson.

This connection between them began from the night when Fullerton’s mom invited Lee home to introduce him to her children. Fullerton recalled the moment when Lee arrived at his home. Lee wore a mesh merino vest, which should have gone past his waist down to the knees, but he said Lee’s belly was so big, the vest stopped at his waist. That was many years ago, and Lee is still with his mother.

But why go into a relationship with a woman with eight children? Lee, whose parents had 10 children, said, “It’s like a cow and a calf. Love the cow, and accept the calf … . Love saved the day. Where you get love from, that’s where you give back love.”

It was a “proper joy” to meet the children for the first time, he said, and it was not hard to get into the family as all the children seemed to accept him, perhaps because he’s a “down-to-earth” and “jovial person”. Moreover, since he wanted a family of his own, he accepted the “ready-made” one. Yet, he said he regrets not getting any biological children, and it hurts.

saw possibility

Lee said he actually thought about what he was getting into. Some people said he shouldn’t, but he saw the possibility of a bright future. It was for him to bring up the children the right way. Some of them were already grown, so fathering was not so challenging. He reached out to the younger ones, and the older ones reached out to him.

“Dem lean on me and me lean on dem,” Lee explained.

Fullerton was one of the younger children. He had lost his own father when he was very young. He was a very strict man, he said. His mother went into depression after he passed. He had heard about Lee before the introduction, after which came the acknowledgement. The joy on his mother’s face when they were introduced, he said, he will never forget, as for him, anything that makes his mother happy makes him happy.

Now, he said he knows more about Lee than about his father, and didn’t mind what people outside of the family were saying about Lee’s decision to settle with his mother and her many children. “He’s a father-figure and I look up to him as a father … I am the son he never had biologically,” Fullerton asserted.

The aspiring entertainer is not yet a father, but he wouldn’t mind being a stepfather himself, under certain circumstances. If you meet a woman you love and care for, it shouldn’t be a problem, he said. The relationship between Lee and his mother seems to be an inspiration. Their “hard work” and “commitment”, he said, make him a better man.

For Lee, taking on the woman with her eight children was his choice, and he has no regrets. So far, after 16 years, Patricia Watson, the mother of Lee’s stepchildren, is not living in regret either. The man with whom she shares the same thoughts is a good, fun-loving man who is responsible, she said. Love abounds between Lee and her children, she said, and he’s good with them. For her and the sometime preacher man, wedding bells will be ringing very soon.


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Murder/Suicide Update – Part 11

Without appearing casual in my commentary as this by no means is the case.  I must highlight the usual responses by those often known by the murderer and those who commit suicide.   Notice, his demeanor, ‘always smiling’, harmonious.  We get no sense of aggression, hostility and the usual traits that one quickly rushes to conclusion when harm perpetuated is by the person closest to you.

My own philosophy is that we live in a world where ‘masks’ are worn by the majority.   Ones true self is denied for fear of exclusion from the ‘in crowd’, or from those seeking upward mobility or in plain Jamaican terms, ‘ a look summen, so a yahso mi affi deh’, or ‘demdeh peeps  ave di links, so mek mi just jukes an gwaan ole a seat wid dem’.  We have been domesticated into wearing the social masks, disguise which often leads many into having a total loss of identity.  The ability to be oneself and express their boundaries in no uncertain terms is looked upon as ‘socially unacceptable’.  Depending on your circle of influence you no longer have your own unique identity rather your identity is shaped and molded to that of your circle.  They fly; you fly, and if you oppose you are ousted.  Being part of a group or circle where you are your own person with your values, never compromising on such is difficult to ‘see’ in our quest for acceptance from man.

Your threshold for tolerance is no longer your own, however, it is compared to the massive ie your circle, ‘dat a nutten, man wi fi ever cheat, easy uself and stop create excitement’.  ‘Who nuh ooman can’t talk to mi a certain way u mad, after mi a nuh bwoy, disrespect dat, u fi dead, a who u a talk to, cho mek mi jus……………..’.  Who is around to awaken your consciousness into your own awareness of self?  In that understanding of self you are truly honest and open as to your own coping skills regardless of those who may say contrary.  Your tolerance levels are your own and not subject to the convictions others may have on them.  Until we get to the level where we can be true to our own self, then and only then will be able to operate in ‘light’ recognising ‘darkness’ when it manifests itself and bravely ‘walk away’ without the drama.  The drama may start at the beginning but the key is to get hold of the drama and make the right decision which can only ensure your ultimate peace while living your life.

Happiness is a choice you make by deciding to be happy irrespective of your situation.  No one has the power or the right to make you ‘happy’.  There are never failures or successes in relationships I opine, both occur because the parties were intent on achieving either.  If it is good you stay, if it is bad, you leave.  Do not compare your life with anyone, neither should you compare your relationships either.  There may be similarities yes, but each individual is unique and what is presented indoors is more, often times than not, totally the opposite to what you see outside.  The mask is firmly in place,  so ask yourself this question, ‘Who Am I’?  Do you really know who you are?

Another murder/suicide

23-y-o Manchester security guard kills girlfriend, self

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, May 16, 2015    


The house where the incident happened.
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a case of suspected murder/suicide involving a 23-year-old security guard and the mother of his child.

Police believe the security guard, Terrence Reid — who was employed by Ranger and Hawkeye Security in Mandeville — first used his licensed firearm to shot and kill Shadae Smith, the mother of his infant child, then turned the gun on himself.

Police said the tragedy, which flowed from an argument over alleged infidelity, occurred at about 10:30 pm Thursday night at Reid’s home in Melrose Mews in Mandeville.

Co-workers provided more details when the Jamaica Observer visited yesterday.

They said the confrontation developed when a girlfriend visited Reid while Smith was with him at home. A confrontation followed.

Regional manager for Ranger and Hawkeye Security in Mandeville, Hilroy Nelson, said two of Reid’s colleagues went to the home during the confrontation and spoke with him on the outside in an attempt to quell the fracas.

Reid reportedly told them that he was going to tell his child’s mother to leave. However, it was a scream for help that followed.

Police said that Reid was pronounced dead at hospital while Smith died on the spot.

Nelson said that a counsellor affiliated with the company offered support to employees yesterday.

Nelson described the incident as completely unexpected. “He (Reid) was a harmonious person, whenever he is at work, he is always smiling,” Nelson said.

He urged those with serious personal problems to seek help and counselling.

“Don’t keep it and don’t say it’s a secret and you don’t want to let out somebody’s business,” he said.

Meanwhile, an obviously shaken-up Hawkeye employee, Shereen Morris, described Reid as a “friend”.


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MAGNESIUM – The Multipurpose Mineral by Dr Tony Vendryes

 (Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday 12 May 2015)                                                                              

WE ARE often reminded of the importance of many minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc for good health.

However, magnesium, another versatile mineral, is often neglected. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is found mainly in our bones, muscles, and nervous system.

It features in more than 300 different biochemical reactions in our bodies and is critical to health and wellness.

Medical research indicates, however, that magnesium deficiency is widespread in both poor and developed countries and may contribute to a long list of common health problems 

Deficiency Disorders

The list of magnesium deficiency disorders includes angina, asthma, irregular heart beat, heart attacks, high blood pressure, strokes, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, constipation, depression, digestive disorders like the irritable bowel syndrome, dizziness, high cholesterol, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, seizures, poor concentration, migraines, headaches, muscle cramps, spasms and weakness, kidney stones, premenstrual symptoms, menstrual pain, sugar cravings, and temper tantrums. 


Magnesium is widely distributed in whole unprocessed foods. Green leafy vegetables, apples, bananas, avocados, legumes, soybeans, tofu, peas, beans, nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium as are some herbs and spices like chamomile, dandelion, garlic, hops, and kelp. Green juices are also a good source. Although the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for magnesium is about 300 to 400mg/day, as much as three times this amount may be needed for optimal health.

It may be more magnesium rather than calcium that you need for strong bones. Although the RDA for calcium has been doubled and Western women have increased their calcium intake, osteoporosis has increased instead of gone down. Magnesium deficiency alters calcium metabolism, resulting in osteoporosis. Research studies show that calcium plus magnesium and vitamin D supplementation improves bone density and prevents osteoporosis.


Surveys show that sufficient magnesium intake may reduce the likelihood of stroke and lower the risk of coronary heart diseases. Magnesium deficiency increases the risk of abnormal heartbeat and death after a heart attack. Magnesium supplements are very beneficial to the heart and cardiovascular health. 


Magnesium plays a key role in naturally regulating blood pressure, and in fact, most people with hypertension are magnesium deficient. Magnesium supplements and a magnesium-rich diet consistently lowers high blood pressure. The expensive hypertension prescription drugs known as ‘calcium channel blockers’ prevent excess calcium from entering the walls of the blood vessels, hardening the arteries and causing high blood pressure. Inexpensive magnesium is nature’s best calcium channel blocker.


Studies show that individuals with a magnesium deficiency are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and its complications. Magnesium aids in carbohydrate metabolism and influences the activity of insulin and blood sugar control. Research has proven that for every 100mg of increased daily magnesium intake, there was a 15 per cent fall in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Studies show that diabetics with magnesium deficiency are likely to have severe diabetic eye disease complications.

Migraines, Mental Health 

Magnesium benefits also include the treatment of migraines, insomnia, and nervous tension. Magnesium also helps many types of psychiatric problems including panic attacks, stress disorders, anxiety, and agitation. Magnesium supplements considerably reduce the severity of such attacks and also helps in preventing them. Magnesium is often called the anti-stress mineral because it has a calming effect and induces restful sleep. It is very useful for the person with an overactive nervous system or who is hot-tempered or agitated. Magnesium is so important to the nervous system that the brain stores twice as much magnesium as other body tissues.


Another benefit of magnesium is relief from constipation. If your body lacks calcium and magnesium, you may have inadequate peristalsis, which are those automatic contractions of the colon that happen during a bowel movement. Peristalsis moves the stool through the colon,
and an imbalance in calcium and magnesium may slow
or stop this action and cause constipation.


Magnesium relaxes the airways and acts as a natural bronchodilator for asthma. Magnesium given by intravenous injection works even when powerful drugs fail to stop an asthma attack. However, surveys show that doctors rarely give asthmatic patients magnesium as part of their treatment.

Kidney Stones

Research at Harvard University clearly demonstrated that taking magnesium along with vitamin B6 significantly reduces the formation of kidney stones made from calcium.


In addition to eating magnesium-rich foods, I advise taking magnesium supplements. Use forms of magnesium such as magnesium chloride, citrate, aspartate, or orotate capsules as these formulations are absorbed best. When combining magnesium with calcium, use a ratio of
two parts calcium to one part magnesium. From 500 to 1,500 mg of magnesium daily in divided dosages is usually adequate.

Soaking in a bath with magnesium chloride (mag-nesium oil), or magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts), or using it to massage the body is another excellent way to administer magnesium as the mineral is absorbed directly through the skin.

People with advanced kidney disease should consult their doctor about the use of magnesium supplements.

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