The Brits Are Illegal Immigrants in JA Too – Ain’t That Something

On the Rock we like to focus on ‘brain drain’ fear as a result of migration and impending migration. I affirm why not look to those illegal’s from where ever, regularise or legalise them then put them to work.

America is a melting pot of diverse cultures many of whom were illegal’s and benefited from Amnesty lest we forget. For every thousand that want to flea our country we can gather the same if we put our focus there.

Migration is a choice whether it is legal or illegal. I say to Jamaica, let us create our own Amnesty and put to work those who wish to remain but becoming an asset to our country must be a priority.



(Jamaica Gleaner, 8 June 2015)

The British Government has raised concern that too many of its nationals are in Jamaica illegally.

John Smith, North America and Caribbean consular regional director at the British Embassy in Washington, told The Gleaner that many Brits who reside in Jamaica are failing to keep their immigration status up to date.

Smith told The Gleaner that there is a “prevalence” of cases being brought to his attention.

“I see a number of cases,” asserted Smith. “If you overstay as a British national, you will be subjected to the local laws, and rightly so.”

The high commission in Jamaica revealed that 177,000 British nationals visited Jamaica last year.

It noted that 274 consular cases were opened and 219 emergency travel documents issued.

Smith said his compatriots are not even aware that new passports can only be accessed online from London.

“Passports are accessed online and no longer at the high commission in Jamaica or any other country, like the old days,” said Smith.

“Stop assuming that you can come to the local office and get a British passport,” he said. “If your passport is not valid, understand that the process is done online.”



Smith said the delinquency on the part of numerous British nationals who are picked up by the local authorities in Jamaica is mainly because of the historical links between the two countries.

“People misunderstand and come here and want to stay because of the heritage,” said Smith. “That clearly is not the case, but there are a number of such cases in which we get involved with Brits who are not up to date about immigration requirements.”

He added: “Don’t get yourself in that situation, respect the law of the country.”

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What A Friend We Have In……………….- ‘It Nuh Pretty’



I like to keep it simple, less stressful I opine and as we evolve, I would expect that ones health is of far greater importance than the passage of a friendship gone sour.  This piece is a lesson to be taught and learnt on the journey called life. 

This is what you call a friend allowing you to piggy bank on his Olint account as the doors were probably closed or you chose not to go direct.  We all know that ‘money’ don’t like much company unless it is of the same currency and not even a friendship spanning over 20 odd years can cause reason and restraint to abound in this case.  I will be perfectly honest here. If I call you a friend, I really could not take you to the ‘court house’.  That being said, I don’t have many friends, a couple have come, done their season and life continues.  Look at this though, eight (8) years since the lawsuit and I can imagine, 8 years of an extremely strained relationship between friends of over 20 odd years.  I do not know about you, I personally could not go through that; I would have to find another solution.  If it meant I would call it quits, the US$30G, friendship and all, I would do so.  No way Jose would I invest 8 years, making payments to an Attorney to have a verdict that in all honesty could only produce this outcome if I thought it through. A waste of bloody time and energy!!

In this life I have come to understand that loyalty and friendship are not related.  Silly me, but in my book of life, they come hand in hand and if I am unable to be loyal to you, there is no way I will call you a friend regardless of the length of time I know you.  People, how do you rank loyalty?  Are you loyal to your friends?  For most, it is when tested that ‘we know how di ting set up’.  ‘U betta off being mi acquaintance yah, as mi nuh play wid di fren ting’.  Trust and quote me on this one; ‘if mi tek u a Court House u neva was mi fren’.


Man sues friend for Olint cash, loses

(Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday 7 June 2015)

Jamaica’s Supreme Court has tossed a lawsuit filed by a businessman against his friend whom he had asked to invest US$30,000 in the failed investment scheme Olint Corporation eight years ago. The sum was then the equivalent of $2 million; today it is worth $3.5 million in local currency.

Wilbert Howard had hoped to recover his lost investment from his friend of 30 years. He claimed that his request to Conroy Forte Sr to invest the funds in Olint was in effect a binding contract between them.

However, Acting Supreme Court Justice AudrÈ Lindo said Howard had failed to prove his case, nor had he established that Forte had caused him to invest in the scheme.

Judge Lindo’s ruling was handed down following conclusion of the trial in April, during which Forte maintained under questioning that he was an investor and not a trader in Olint.

Forte and Howard entered into a written agreement in May 2007 for Forte to invest the US$30,000 in Olint on his friend’s behalf and Howard wired the funds to Forte’s Wachovia Bank account for the investment.

Breach Of Contract
Olint was one of the most popular though unapproved investment schemes that proliferated at the time. It eventually collapsed and Howard demanded that Forte return his money, which did not happen. The businessman later sued Forte for breach of contract and sought repayment of the US$30,000 with interest.

“Risk to the investment is 20 per cent of deposit as stated in Olint Corporation, returns from investment shall be deposited monthly unless otherwise instructed in my BNS bank account or hand delivered to me,” Howard said in his evidence to the court.

The businessman said he expected to be paid interest on a monthly basis, while the principal sum would remain until instructions were given for its withdrawal from Olint.

Howard’s evidence was that he gave no instruction for the principal or any portion of the funds to be withdrawn, but that Forte had provided him with a statement of account which suggested that US$26,320.59 had been withdrawn leaving a balance of US$18,752.92, which he said would have been contrary to their agreement.

Under cross-examination, Howard said he knew that Forte was an investor in Olint; that before arriving at the agreement he did not consider depositing the money himself with Olint, nor make
an attempt to do so. He admitted to knowing Forte for “over 20 odd years” as a business acquaintance and entered into the agreement with him because he trusted him as a friend.

In addition, Howard ackno-wledged that on one occasion he was paid $80,000 in Jamaican currency on his instruction to Forte and that he received approximately $151,000 from Forte in relation to funeral expenses and car rental.

Howard also acknowledged that Forte provided him with a statement showing the breakdown of the investment and that he received payments from Forte between 2007 and 2008, even after Olint had crashed.

Forte in his testimony told the court that the men had been friends for more than 30 years and that Howard had tried several times to open an account with Olint, but later turned to him to do the investment. Forte said he accepted the funds as part of his account with Olint. He had been investing in the scheme since 2005.

He testified that Howard received his first payment “in the Jamaican equivalent of US$1,927.77 on June 5, 2007 and received several other payments of interest and repayment on the principal as instructed by him until December 2007 when Olint collapsed.”

Forte said that one payment was made to Howard even after Olint crashed, and that there was a balance of about US$18,000 left in the scheme when it went under.

Judge Lindo said Howard failed to prove that Forte had been enriched by his funds, and that Forte appeared to have gained nothing from depositing the funds in his account at Olint.

She ruled that the pact between the friends fell short of being a binding and enforceable contract, saying Forte merely facilitated the investment of Howard’s money in Olint.

The judge noted that a fiduciary relationship exists between two persons when one is under a duty to act for, or give advice for the benefit of another. It may arise also from close friendships or prior business dealings between parties, she said.

Lindo noted, however, that Howard had failed to establish the fiduciary link and was reluctant to admit evidence of a longstanding friendship with Forte.

She referred to a section of Howard’s evidence which, in her view, pointed to the fact that the parties were indeed friends, “and I find as a fact that the claimant relied on the defendant as a friend to assist him in investing in Olint,” Lindo ruled.

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Once Bitten Twice Shy – So We Thought – World Ventures , The Next Lick

I have come across persons who speak of this latest and hottest enterprise and I say to them thanks but no thanks. 

It is no secret that hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans suffered during the demise of the Cash Plus, Olint, Worldwise to name a few.   The financial loss was extremely severe and was felt during our recession years.  No longer recession but austerity at this time.  At the height of the collapse those minority who had not invested in any of the ponzi schemes finally understood how it was some of their circle were able to ‘branch and spread out’ so fast in their material acquisition.  For years many waited and some still do in the hope that restitution will be gained, but as the years go by, reality has set in, that pigs would have to fly first.

With austerity squarely upon us, we are in no position to cast blame if we choose to succumb to the ‘get rich’ schemes of today.  We can no longer plead ignorance so whichever way the pendulum swings, ‘oono deh pon oono own’.



(Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday 7 June 2015)

Despite hundreds of persons being bilked out of millions of dollars in failed Ponzi schemes Jamaicans continue to gravitate towards get-rich-quick schemes with the latest being World Ventures (WV) Holdings. However, the company, which is based in the United States, has indicated that it has no knowledge of the local operation.

“We have no offices in Jamaica and so they are not supposed to be selling memberships to WV in Jamaica,” a company official, who identified himself only as ‘David’, told The Sunday Gleaner from Texas last week.

“We have offices in many other countries, but wherever we go, we have to abide by the rules of that country, and at this time, we have not been given approval to operate in Jamaica, and so those persons who are selling may have slipped through the cracks. But if our compliance office is made aware of those accounts, they will be shut down,” added David.

But Jamaicans who have already bought into the scheme are undaunted as they swear that this is their chance to get rich.

“My friend Joel is a Central Village (St Catherine) youth who was able to move his parents out of the ghetto and put them at Jacks Hill (St Andrew) and take care of them. He just bought a BMW 335 custom-built,” said one local recruiter for WV, who gave his name as ‘Raymond’.

He insisted that the scheme is authentic and a chance for him and many other Jamaicans to make their way out of a life of poverty.

Raymond now moves around the island trying to woo persons to invest in WV, with promises of lavish vacation packages and huge earnings of United States dollars.

The website of the US-based WV Holdings describes it as a travel and leisure company which utilises the Internet and “word-of-mouth marketing” to sell vacation packages it buys in bulk.

Individuals receive membership by paying an enrolment fee ranging from US$153 (J$18,000) to US$361 (J$42,000), and a monthly fee of US$61 (J$7,076).

According to the company, members get the opportunity to access vacation packages at reduced rates, and the opportunity to earn a monthly wage if they are able to recruit six other persons to the club.

The company’s website lists locations in North America, Europe, Africa, and the US dependent Puerto Rico. No offices are listed in Jamaica or the rest of the Caribbean.

The lack of a physical presence in the island, however, has not prevented persons from claiming to be associated with the company and to sell memberships.

Armed with promises of cheap luxury cruises, six-figure earnings, and luxury cars, the vendors have been holding presentations across the island in a bid to recruit as many persons as possible to the club.

“When you refer six people [to World Ventures], you get US$450. Each person that you refer who refers somebody else, you get paid, and this goes infinitely down, so there is no cap on your earnings,” said Raymond.

“My personal brethren and some other guys pulling in US$4.5 million a month right now. My brethren who is a final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies, WV just bought him a 2015 Mercedes-Benz in December, so it’s pretty sweet,” added Raymond.

Similarly, claims were about cheap trips and vacation packages when one becomes a member of WV.

“We have access to some sweet deals. For instance, five days, four nights at Riu Grand in Jamaica is US$1,700. However, in our company, that same package plus a lot more is just US$350. So we can’t be compared to anybody, and if you find the same trip cheaper anywhere else, you will get your money back and go on the trip for free,” declared Raymond.

Terrence, who has also signed up for WV locally, told The Sunday Gleaner that while he had only recently joined, he was aggressively trying to recruit more persons, as only by recruiting a minimum of six individuals would he start making the “big money”.

“So remember when you get six persons to sign up and they get others to sign up, you are earning from that too, so in order for you to make the big money, the people you sign up have to remain active and pay their monthly fees, so what you have to do is encourage everybody to keep signing up new people so they can earn for themselves,” said Terrence.

However, the WV official in the United States refused to comment on these claims, repeating that it has no operations in Jamaica.

World Venture Holdings has been under a cloud of suspicion after its operations were adjudged to be a pyramid scheme by the Norwegian Gaming Board last year. The Norwegian authorities concluded that the company’s revenues came almost exclusively from recruiting members and not from the sale of vacation packages as it claims, and so banned its operations in the country, and subsequently denied an appeal to reopen offices there.

While not commenting on the company’s woes in Norway, the WV official said the company is serious about following the laws in all countries in which it operates, but Jamaica was not one of those countries.

Kathleen, another WV representative based in Texas, reiterated that the company has no offices in the English-speaking Caribbean and thereby no representatives in Jamaica.

“No, sir, we do not service Jamaica, and so I would not recommend you buying memberships from anyone there because we do not do business there,” affirmed Kathleen.

Police Okay, FSC Mum
On World Ventures

The local authority to monitor investment schemes, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), is yet to comment on the latest get-rich-quick scheme operating in Jamaica, World Ventures (WV) Holdings.

The company’s head office in the United States has indicated that it has no operations in Jamaica despite the growing popularity of the scheme, which supposedly offers millions of US dollars in returns and dirt-cheap hotel visits.

Efforts to get a comment from the FSC last week were unsuccessful up to press time.

But even as the FSC response is delayed, the head of the Police Fraud Squad, Superintendent Anthony McClaughlin, told The Sunday Gleaner his detectives are aware of the activities of alleged representatives in the country, but are satisfied that this is above board.

“Yes, we do know about them, and I am satisfied that they are a legitimate company, even though they don’t have an office in Jamaica. From what I gather, they are authorised to operate by World Ventures in Jamaica,” said McClaughlin.

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Dr Tony Vendryes: Laughter is a great medicine


(Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday 2 June 2015)

IF YOU found a medicine that was free, and powerful, that cured many ills, and was readily available, would you not use it? Well, laughter may just be that medicine. And it’s infectious, as the sound of a loud laugh can be more contagious than a groan, a cough or a sneeze.

Psychologists say laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and conflict. It can quickly bring your mind and body back into balance, lighten your burdens, renew hope, reconnect you to others, and keep you grounded. When shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy.

Physical Benefits
Laughter promotes physical relaxation. A good, hearty laugh releases physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases both the immune cells as well as antibodies that fight infections. This improves your resistance to illness and infections.

Laughter releases endorphins, the body’s natural morphine like chemicals. Endorphins, produced by the brain promote an overall sense of well-being and the relief of pain. Professor Norman Cousin’s in his book, Anatomy of an Illness, described how he used laughter to treat a severe painful immune system disease that he suffered from.

He found that watching comedies helped him feel better and that 10 minutes of laughter gave him two hours of pain-free sleep.

Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of the circulation and increases blood flow, which can help protect against heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular problems.

Researchers at the University of Maryland studied the effects on the blood vessels of people watching either comedies or drama movies. They found that blood vessels of the group, which watched a comedy film,behaved, normally – expanding and contracting naturally. But, in the people who watched the drama, their blood vessels tended to constrict and restrict blood flow.

Blood-sugar control: One study of diabetics looked at the effects of laughter on their blood-sugar levels. After eating, the diabetics attended a dull lecture. The following day, they ate identical meals and watched a comedy. Researchers found that the group had lower blood-sugar levels after the funny movie than after the serious lecture.

Mental Benefits
Laughter dissolves distressing emotions and shifts perspectives. Laughter makes you feel good. The good feeling can linger with you even after the laughter subsides. It is very difficult to feel anxious, angry, or sad when you’re really laughing. Humour helps you keep a positive, optimistic outlook through difficult times, disappointments and loss.

More than just a respite from sadness and pain, laughter can give you the courage and strength to find new meaning and hope. Even when distressed, a laugh, or even a smile, can go a long way toward making you feel better.

It can help you to see situations in a less-threatening light. A humorous perspective creates psychological distance, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed

Social Benefits
Humour and playful interactions strengthen our relationships. They trigger positive feelings and foster emotional connection. When we laugh, a positive bond is created. This bond acts as a strong buffer against disagreements, tension and disappointment.

Laughing with others is even more powerful than laughing alone.

The Health Benefits Of Laughter
Physical Benefits:

– Boosts immunity.

– Lowers stress hormones.

– Decreases pain.

– Relaxes your muscles.

– Prevents heart disease

Mental Benefits:

– Adds joy and zest to life.

– Eases anxiety and fear.

– Relieves stress.

– Improves mood.

Enhances resilience, social benefits.

– Strengthens relationships.

– Attracts others to us.

– Enhances teamwork.

– Helps defuse conflict.

– Promotes group bonding.

Some scientists have pointed out that there is not enough good research on humour and health to draw strong conclusions. But we all know that laughing and being happy can make us feel better and give a boost even though science may not be able to tell why.

So, regardless of whether laughter actually improves your health or boosts energy, it undeniably improves your quality of life.

As one researcher pointed out, “if we enjoy laughing, isn’t that reason enough to laugh? Do we really need a prescription?”

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‘Cant Tek Di Heat’ – Former Acting Public Defender Returns to England

Mr Mukulu I hear you loud and clear and concur completely.  I have often said of my country men; ‘wi jus too familiar, an wi nuh know wi place’.  We are all friends, and as a business owner said and I take that lesson of thought with me.  If you employ friends, you cannot fire them when they do not perform.  How do you fire your friend? 

We lament about nepotism but by the same token do not want to correlate ‘lack of progress’, unwillingness to change due to the status quo; all resulting from said nepotism.  We cover; we protect the’ establishment’ at the expense of the majority.  We refuse change once it does not come from the ‘establishment’ hence why we suffer so.  Do what you must Mr Mukulu.   Whilst you should not run, you certainly should not stay and develop heart disease which will send you quicker to your grave than supposedly running.  Not every roadblock is removed permanently.  There are far too many that are removed only for you to wake 24hrs later and they have returned.  


Outgoing deputy Public Defender says Jamaicans ‘too chummy’, heads back to England but shall return

(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | June 5, 2015Damion Mitchell, Editor –

Mukulu: The issue of ‘because I know you and you and I went to school together’ sort of diminishes our ability as a small country to be objective in the performance of our abilities.


Almost two years after returning to Jamaica from England to join the Office of the Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu, has resigned and is going back a dissatisfied man.

“I like to change things and sometimes if I don’t feel that there is enough change, I seek for that opportunity to change,” he told Cliff Hughes Online on Power 106FM.

 Deputy Public Defender Matondo Mukulu

Among Mukulu’s dissatisfaction is the level of nepotism and favoritism in Jamaica.

“It’s too chummy,” he charged. “The issue of ‘because I know you and you and I went to school together’ sort of diminishes our ability as a small country to be objective in the performance of our abilities.”

Mukulu, who is married with two daughters will spend his last day in office on July 2, before he departs for Britain to re-establish his private practice. 

Deputy Public Defender, Matondo Mukulu speaking with Cliff Hughes

However, he says his family will remain in Jamaica and he will visit them every two months.

The outgoing deputy Public Defender has also lamented the culture of an “establishment” in certain sections of society that seeks to restrict new ideas and individuals.

“We still have persons in our country who think that, for whatever reason, they alone should decide what happens in our country,” he said.

He has cited, for example, the responses to certain recommendations following investigations by his Office.

According to Mukulu, in one instance he had recommended human rights training for a particular group which comprises several lawyers, but they rejected his recommendation, questioning his authority to do so.

However, he said he is encouraged that some young people in leadership positions in Jamaica continue to press for change.

Meanwhile, Mukulu said although his immediate focus will be to re-establish his private practice in England, he will be coming back to Jamaica.

“My parents never raised me to run away,” he said.

Mukulu’s decision to quit comes six months after he was overlooked for the post of Public Defender and attorney-at-law, Arlene Harrison Henry appointed successor to Earl Witter.

READ: Arlene Harrison Henry appointed new Public Defender

But Mukulu said he has had a good relationship with Henry.

“We get on like a house on fire,” he said.

During his eight-month stint as acting public defender, Mukulu received kudos from several sections of society.

However, he was harshly criticised by Witter.

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ATL Bangarang – ‘ A Dis U Call Bitter Pill Fi Swallow’

You know these two (2) family members that exist in the lives of humans, ‘tief and lie’;  yes those two (2).  I am going to get a bit personal here.  Call me any names you want to.  I am not going to tell you, they will not hurt, but rest assured they will not pierce me.  On the other hand ‘demdeh 2 deh, ‘tief an lie’, is a different hombre.  When you call me a ‘tief and a liard’, accusing me of fraud and all manner of improprieties, then we shall surely go to war in the Courts.  Not in the court of public opinion, the legal court.   Court house here we go, as I am going to fight for my name.  My name is worth fighting for, is yours?

This particular case has always puzzled me as it really did not make any sense once the backdated letters were centre stage of the case in my view.  I am also of the view that lawyers ability to ‘win’ a case may not necessarily mean the parties are innocent.  The better actor presented his or her case, and often times one wonders if ‘truth’ is expected to be argued or just a finding of ‘not guilty, or ‘no case submission’ expected.  When you read this piece in its entirety, you can only conclude up to this point; what a disgrace, what a lie, what a deception, how does one justify a lie and call it truth.

I have always maintained and still do.  Never become overly impressed by anyone as your true character will eventually unfold irrespective or your age, social and economical background or colour.  I am thankful I came from a stock, that when their names are mentioned, a history of ‘tief and lie’ is never associated.  Long gone are the days where secrets are kept for ‘tieves and liards’.  I am grateful to my deceased parents and I jolly well intend never to rub shoulders with ‘demdeh 2 bad breed deh wey mi call tief and lie’.


ATL case shocker!

Barber admits backdating letters at IDT hearing

BY PAUL HENRY Co-ordinator, Crime/Court Desk

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, June 05, 2015  


CATHERINE Barber made a startling admission in her unlawful dismissal case on Wednesday, telling the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that she had in fact backdated letters purporting to give permission for the distribution of surpluses from the ATL pension fund.

Barber, who managed the ATL Group Pension Fund Trustees Nominee Limited (the company) before her dismissal over the surplus distribution issue for which she faced a criminal trial, made the admission while being cross-examined by attorney-at-law representing the company, Hugh Wildman.

She said she backdated the letters, which made it appear that the founder of Gorstew Limited had given permission for the distribution of billions of dollars in surplus for the years 1998, 2001 and 2004. Questioned further, she said she didn’t backdate the letter in relation to the valuation for the year 2008.

Barber further testified that no one had advised or instructed her to backdate the letters and said she did it after attorney-at-law Lynda Mair advised her that consent from Gorstew for the distribution of surplus needed to have been in writing.

Barber took the company to the IDT claiming that she was unjustly dismissed as general manager of the fund. However, the company is contending that Barber’s dismissal was lawful and just.

Her claim was made before she and Patrick Lynch, the former chairman of the ATL Group Pension Scheme; and Dr Jeffery Pyne, former managing director of Gorstew Ltd, were acquitted of several counts of fraud in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court in June 2014 in relation to the distribution.

The three were acquitted after Senior Magistrate Lorna Shelly Williams upheld a no-case submission made by their attorneys. The magistrate, however, ruled that no consent was given for the three to effect the distributions of $1.7 billion in pension fund surplus covering the years 1998, 2002, 2005, and 2008.

They were alleged to have conspired to forge and backdate four letters to deceive that consent was given.

As a result of the questioning, it was revealed to the IDT panel that Barber had had at least two occasions on December 15, 2010, when questions were raised about consent, to present the letters which she said existed before 2010.

She, however, testified that she presented the letters to Stewart and others on December 16, 2010.

However, Wildman, with a line of questions, made efforts to show the tribunal that the letters could not have existed before 2010 as they were not found during an audit of the fund.

Barber, however, said that the auditor never asked for the letters and claimed that they were always on the file. Questioned further, she said she never brought the letters to the attention of anyone prior to the meeting on December 16. In fact, she said that only she and Lynch had seen the signed backdated letters prior to December 16.

She further testified that Dr Pyne had signed the letters and that she was familiar with his signature. She said that she gave the unsigned backdated letters to Lynch.

Wildman asked if she had acted properly when she backdated the letters and Barber said yes.

Later, Wildman suggested that she and Lynch were part of a “dishonest arrangement” to have the letters executed between December 15 and 16, 2010 when she realised that “this was real trouble”, but she disagreed.

He suggested that part of this collusion between Barber and Lynch was for Pyne, who had left the company prior to this, to sign off on the letters overnight on December 15, 2010.

“That is not true,” she said.

“You couldn’t present them with the letters on the 15th because they never existed,” Wildman suggested, but Barber denied the suggestion.

The next hearing of the matter is on June 23.

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‘Wicked Government’ – ‘Ku Who A Talk’

We are fully fledged into Election season.  There are many changes I believe this current administration need to implement NOW.  On the other hand ‘puss a call kettle black’.  I would like to know what kind of ‘bitter medicine’ was going to be implored at the sound of the alarm a few years back.

The bottom line is we as a people have been guilty of living above our means, and have been a prostitute to all things American.  A consumption that has left us in total addiction where a mass of people who have been living ‘virtually free’ have an entitlement stance, simply because they have no clue nor understanding of what consumption costs are.  We are broke on paper, yet visually our cars, houses, supermarkets, eateries and such likes bares no resemblance to our cheque books being in the red.  So when we set out to blame the government, let each and every man examine himself and in truth declare they are living within their means.

We have a ‘fat’ cabinet.  We have non performers in the public sector and maybe thousands of them need to go home.  It is time we pay our workers based on their performance and maybe if we introduced that, we could very well have savings in the multi millions of dollars.  I daresay, many are over paid in the public sector.  We are clueless when it comes on to efficiency. I on the other hand believe it is a ‘mindset’ versus a governmental one.  We are too emotional unnecessarily so, and that is what prevents us from making ‘tough’ decisions.  We tend to be in everyone’s bedroom, as opposed to be on the outside doing what is necessary for the whole.  I therefore find it ridiculous for anyone to intimate that the JLP if they were in government could do any better with what has been created, cultivated and nurtured by both Parties spanning over 5o years.

As the ole time saying goes ‘if u want good, u nose affi run’.  Sad to say, ‘fi we own ago run til infinity at di rate wi a go’.  With that said, there is nothing the JLP has said since they have been in Opposition to suggest their governance would prove any better.    While I opine there is ‘good, better, best’; in JA’s politics, there is ‘worse, worserer, worserest’.  People make your choice, but vote you should.


JLP stands with civil servants against a ‘wicked Government’

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, June 04, 2015


General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr Horace Chang

KINGSTON, Jamaica – General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Dr Horace Chang says the Government’s treatment of civil servants is a breach of trust and he will stand with them against this “wicked Government”.

He said in a press release that his comments are based on an analysis of the Government’s approach to recent public sector wage negotiations.

“This approach where workers who are genuinely disgruntled are being threatened and labelled as unpatriotic and disloyal is unacceptable. Jamaica is not a dictatorship.” he added.

According to Dr Chang, the People’s National Party (PNP) under the current leadership does not understand how to treat Jamaicans and only knows how to talk about caring for them.

“Since 2012 we have seen them purchase all the creature comforts; they have a bloated cabinet, ministers spending over one million on phone calls, they bought over 60 million dollars in new cars and hired more consultants than any other Government in the nation’s history. They will make no sacrifice but yet ask Jamaicans to make all the sacrifices”, Chang said.

The JLP General Secretary said that Jamaicans no longer see the Government as credible and the PNP is responsible for the state that Jamaica is in today.

He also added that they (PNP) are the ones who devalued the dollar and increased the cost of living.

“Jamaicans are fast realizing who the problem in Jamaica is today. They can pay the workers if they cut waste and corruption. They need to send home some of their overpaid activist consultants and bring efficient management to the Government sector”, Chang contended.

Dr Chang said the JLP stands with all civil servants who are fighting for better working conditions in the tradition of Sir Alexander Bustamante.

He noted that the PNP of today is not about the people but themselves, and the JLP is ready to defend the rights of Jamaicans moving them from Poverty to Prosperity.

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Oh Really Now Canada – Only 150 Countries

I am all for securing borders and port of entries, but I must ask; why would you exclude US citizens?  Is it your belief that all US citizens are above reproach and other non Islamic States citizens  not?

No doubt Jamaica will be on that list despite our contribution to Canada through our diaspora and other programmes.  As a citizen who resides in Jamaica, I am well aware of our ills, but am also cognizant that USA, England and a host of other countries have their fair share of ‘calamities’.  There are times many of us say ‘thank God a Jamdown mi deh’ after watching foreign press.  I would like to know what separates USA citizens from the rest of the 150 countries.  I look forward to seeing that list, and hope that my presumption of Jamaica being included was just that.

If it is Jamaica is on that list, then the same should apply for Canadians visiting the Rock.  If memory serves me correct Brazil revoked visa waiver for Americans when the USA did not provide the same for Brazilians on their visa waiver programme.


Foreigners entering Canada to undergo biometric screening

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, June 04, 2015 | 9:00 AM    

 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (AFP file photo)

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will collect finger prints and digital photos from all foreigners traveling on a visa under a new security measure.

The measure, which requires legislative approval and is expected to take effect in 2018 or 2019, won’t include US citizens.

Canada currently requires finger printing and digital photos from citizens of 29 countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. The new rules will apply to citizens from more than 150 countries.

A senior Government official, who declined to be identified because he was not authorized to speak prior to the official announcement, said Prime Minister Stephen Harper will announce the measure later Thursday.

The official said it is about “enhancing our security before individuals with nefarious intentions can even come to Canada.”

It will apply for those seeking a work or study permit, as well as those seeking a visitor visa or permanent residency in Canada. Finger prints and photos have been collected from refugee claimants since 1993. The government will spend over $312 Canadian (US$250 million) over five years to expand the screening measures.

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Thank You Brazil – Olympics Here We Come!!!!

This is indeed good news for us Jamaicans.  With the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, we welcome this waiver as it will be one less cost to consider.  I am expecting us to attend the Olympics in droves and to truly represent as we are expecting the spectacular in all performances.

Visa waiver shows mutual trust and a commitment to foster working relationships between countries.  Many Jamaicans travel extensively for business ventures and recreation to Brazil.   I daresay we have a fair amount of Jamaicans residing in Brazil also.  I am hoping we could have the same waiver for the United States of America.

Brazil abolishes visas for Jamaicans

Wednesday, June 03, 2015     80 Comments

JAMAICANS planning to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the Summer Olympic Games next year will have an easier time getting there as the South American country has abolished the previous visa requirement for citizens of the island.

Brazil’s most recent ambassador to Jamaica, Antonio da Costa e Silva, whose tour of duty ended on May 31, and Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnold J Nicholson signed the Visa Abolishment Agreement at the Jamaica Pegasus last Wednesday.

The abolition builds on a special visa cooperation between the two countries which was signed in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup last year and extended the validity of visas from short periods to five years.

Jamaica’s Ambassador to Brazil Alison Stone Roofe explained that the visa abolition does not mean that inspection at the port of entry will be discontinued. In fact, she said “scrutiny is even stricter where there is a waiver”.

Stone Roofe added that the visa waiver does not apply to those who intend to become employed, engage in research, traineeships, studies and social work, undertake technical assistance, or pursue missionary, religious or artistic activities (such as musicians and singers).

Prospective visitors should note, the ambassador added, that they need a yellow fever vaccination certificate and that their passports must be valid for more than six months at the time of entry.

Brazilians didn’t previously require visas to visit Jamaica.

“Jamaicans tend to travel to Brazil for targeted, specific reasons, for example, visiting friends and relatives, and cultural reasons due to the influence of reggae music and the affinity with the Afro Brazilian population. The numbers are not steady or constant and are definitely seasonal, eg, World Cup last year saw an increased number of Jamaican visitors, and certainly we anticipate even more for the Olympics next year,” Stone Roofe said, adding that the population of Jamaican students in the South American country — about 200 — also pulls visitors.

“Both countries are seeking to increase people-to-people contact between our shores, Brazil with a population of 200 million and Jamaica with a population of a mere three million. The visa waiver holds much promise for boosting this objective of both governments,” Ambassador Stone Roofe continued.

Among the other bilateral agreements brokered during da Costa e Silva’s tenure was the air services agreement, which will see direct flights between Jamaica and the south-east regions of Brazil — particularly Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador — and the twinning of the cities of Kingston and Salvador, Brazil.




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Black Pepper Recall by Grace

If there are no health concerns, why recall the product?  How is it possible for sand particles to enter into a finished product such as black pepper?  Where exactly is this product manufactured?  You recall a product to err on the side of caution I would imagine, and that usually entails in the event of health issues. 

To say otherwise, is disingenuous as your statement was not made as a factual one.


Grace recalls black pepper contaminated with sand

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015

Grace Foods has issued a recall of a batch of its Caribbean Traditions Ground Black Pepper, because of what it says are isolated reports of particles of sand in the product.

But the company says there are no health concerns surrounding the presence of the sand particles.     

The affected product bears the code BB 29/Jan/17.

Grace says this code can be found on the upper ridged section of the bottle and is printed in black ink.

Consumers who have purchased bottles of the product bearing this code are being advised to stop using it and to return the bottles to the point of purchase, where the full cost of the product will be refunded.

Grace Foods and Services’ Chief Supply Chain Officer, Dianne Robinson says the recall is voluntary and affects no other codes of the Caribbean Traditions Ground Black Pepper.

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