Jamaican Police On Strike – We Are Gone To The Dogs!!!!

This is a bloody disgrace.  It is bad enough; we have ‘hustlers’ who are members of the JCF (Jamaica Constabulary Force).  Not so long ago an article was run, and also an expose on the local television station of Police Stations not manning their main phone line in any order much less timely.  It is a known fact and have been the butt of many jokes that when you call the Police if you get through to them to report a crime, they sit and watch the clock making it a duty to turn up when they are sure the criminal/criminals have departed.

What am I saying?  I am against the JCF an essential service going on strike.  Morally, it is cruel and there is absolutely no justification for this action.  I posit that our trade unions have lost the fiber of integrity and social justice and many themselves have become ‘hustlers’ at the expense of those who they represent.  We are but a small Nation, and if the JCF cannot sit at the table and iron out their concerns it speaks volumes as to the make up of the JCF. 

I will say this, you cannot use brute force to demand more money and the JCF must be told in no uncertain terms that their method employed now, will not give them what they want.  Shame on you JCF, shame on you. 

If I remember clearly, the Justice Minister was beckoning for Jamaicans to be more respectful of the JCF.  It is times such as this that makes you question such a charge.


Police strike?

Cops mum on industrial action threat

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, June 02, 2015     30 Comments


Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson

RANK and file police have kept close to their chest what action, if any, they plan to start today, in response to the Government’s refusal to increase the pay offer of five per cent over 24 months already rejected by public sector workers.

Anticipation of industrial action by members of the rank and file of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has been building since Friday, following a statement by Jamaica Police Federation (JPC) chairman, Sergeant Raymond Wilson, that the Government had until yesterday to improve on the offer.

The Federation said Friday that it was giving the Government “four days” to make an increased offer. It did not say how it would respond if the Government failed to respond. However, following last week’s annual conference of the JPC in Montego Bay, the federation has instructed its members to limit their hours to the basic 50 hours per week.

The federation represents approximately 10,000 police men and women, including some 2,000 police who were formerly members of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) now merged with the JCF.

Wilson confirmed in interviews with the media yesterday that he had met with Commissioner of Police, Carl Williams, to discuss the threat of industrial action, but would not disclose the outcome of that meeting.

Wilson also confirmed that a number of his members seemed to have been informed of their promotion in rank yesterday.

He also said that he spoke with minister without portfolio Horace Dalley by telephone on the continuation of the wage and fringe benefits negotiations.

However, Wilson acknowledged that there has been no improvement in the five per cent pay offer from the Government. He also insisted that the urge by the police for action to support their call for an increased pay offer was a mandate from the federation which has to be observed.

Wilson says that one of the federation’s main demands is for at least a 20 per cent increase paid to entry-level police.

He said that until the government indicates a willingness to improve its offer, the federation has no alternative but to observe its mandate for action.

In the meantime, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), which represents public schools teachers, is expected to meet with Dalley tomorrow, and the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), which represents some 40,000 skilled and unskilled public sector workers, is hoping for a meeting on Thursday.

Teachers from some downtown Kingston schools demonstrated for a few hours on Duke Street yesterday, dressed in black, in support of the JTA’s stand.

The JCTU team was expecting that last Thursday’s end of the month meeting of the MOU monitoring committee, which has been in place since the last pay agreement with the government in 2013, would have discussed the five per cent increase.

However, its team was unable to discuss the pay issue. But, representatives of the trade unions confirmed that they were able to discuss a number of fringe benefits issues with Dalley.

Eleven major trade unions bargain under the umbrella of the JCTU and, like the other unions, have rejected the Ministry of Finance’s initial offer of three per cent in the first year and an additional two per cent in the second year of a new two-year deal.

The offer seeks to break the ice formed by a five-year freeze of public sector workers’ salaries, propelled by agreements between successive governments and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). However, the unions says that the offer is too low.

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FIFA, Update 111 – For The Good Of………..Jamaica Watch, Learn, Copy and Implement‏

It is not the support you may have that gives you the ‘right’ to govern/lead at all cost. There comes a time when the ‘scandal’, ‘gross incompetence’, ‘loss of trust’ should way more heavenly on one’s heart in the face of leadership crisis.

When an organisation begins to topple from the top of the food chain, it is unconscionable for the ‘head’ to remain. Moving forward with a view to regaining trust often calls for ‘stepping down’ versus convincing others why you are able to separate yourself from the crisis.   Bottom line, it occurred under your watch.

It is not about guilt or complicity rather doing the ‘right’ thing. No matter how you justify or try to extricate ‘self’, the conscience for many awakens at nights. Cowards I opine hold on for dear life, fooling themselves that they are different. Time usually reveals all.


UPDATE: Blatter resigns as FIFA president

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, June 02, 2015


Sepp Blatter

ZURICH, Switzerland (AFP) – The following is the statement by Sepp Blatter on Tuesday announcing he would be stepping down as president of world football’s governing body FIFA:

“I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the forty years in which my life has been inextricably bound to FIFA and the great sport of football. I cherish FIFA more than anything and I want to do only what is best for FIFA and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but FIFA’s challenges are not. FIFA needs a profound overhaul.

While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football – the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA.

Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate at an extraordinary elective Congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA President until that election.

The next ordinary FIFA Congress will take place on 13 May 2016 in Mexico City. This would create unnecessary delay and I will urge the Executive Committee to organise an Extraordinary Congress for the election of my successor at the earliest opportunity. This will need to be done in line with FIFA’s statutes and we must allow enough time for the best candidates to present themselves and to campaign.

Since I shall not be a candidate, and am therefore now free from the constraints that elections inevitably impose, I shall be able to focus on driving far-reaching, fundamental reforms that transcend our previous efforts. For years, we have worked hard to put in place administrative reforms, but it is plain to me that while these must continue, they are not enough.

The Executive Committee includes representatives of confederations over whom we have no control, but for whose actions FIFA is held responsible. We need deep-rooted structural change.

The size of the Executive Committee must be reduced and its members should be elected through the FIFA Congress. The integrity checks for all Executive Committee members must be organised centrally through FIFA and not through the confederations. We need term limits not only for the president but for all members of the Executive Committee.

I have fought for these changes before and, as everyone knows, my efforts have been blocked. This time, I will succeed.

I cannot do this alone. I have asked Domenico Scala to oversee the introduction and implementation of these and other measures. Mr. Scala is the Independent Chairman of our Audit and Compliance Committee elected by the FIFA Congress. He is also the Chairman of the ad hoc Electoral Committee and, as such, he will oversee the election of my successor. Mr. Scala enjoys the confidence of a wide range of constituents within and outside of FIFA and has all the knowledge and experience necessary to help tackle these major reforms.

It is my deep care for FIFA and its interests, which I hold very dear, that has led me to take this decision. I would like to thank those who have always supported me in a constructive and loyal manner as President of FIFA and who have done so much for the game that we all love. What matters to me more than anything is that when all of this is over, football is the winner.”

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Man Get 30 Months For Cell Phone Theft – Man Walks Free From Cell Phones Theft At Obama’s Visit to JA

I take you back to my commentary titled ‘Born Fi Tief etc etc’.  In that report the goodly Judge gave the thief of over 12 cell phones left by Obama’s Secret Service inside one of the rooms at the Pegasus Hotel a custodial sentence.

According to the article below, this thief stole one (1) cell phone from JPS (Jamaica Public Service) CEO and sold it.  For that he has received thirty (30) months in jail.  Is the punishment based on the fact he had committed a similar offence?  How many times do most thieves commit their acts before being caught?  What kind of deterrent will it be for those choosing to enter into the profession of ‘petty crimes’?    On one hand, a man walks free for committing theft at the highest level, from the hotel that hosted the President of The United States of America, dignitaries and the likes of such.  The thief was also an employee at the  time of the theft, employed by the Pegasus, brazen eeh?  Similar theft and another man gets thirty (30) months in jail for stealing one (1) cell phone from an expatriate CEO of our power company.  The same judge heard both cases.  Where is the justice, prey tell?  The law, the law, the law.


Man gets 30 months for Tomblin’s stolen phone

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, June 01, 2015     


Kelly Tomblin

A man implicated in the theft of a high-end cellphone owned by Jamaica Public Service CEO Kelly Tomblin was slapped with a 30-month prison sentence, while his co-accused walked out of the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court a free woman last Wednesday.

Damion Palmer, also known as Kedon, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property.

The court heard that the accused man was in possession of the Samsung S5 cellular phone, valued $90,000, and sold it to co-accused Alecia Smith for $25,000.

The phone was stolen from Tomblin on March 8, approximately 5:15 pm by two men on a bike.

Smith, a bartender, was held at her workplace after the police tracked the phone to her.

Palmer, who was previously convicted of a similar offence, told the court that he did not steal the phone, but was guilty of buying it.

“Mi guilty for buying it and trying to get a five or six thousand offa it,” he said.

“What time of day you bought the phone?” Senior Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey asked.

“Same evening after five,” Palmer replied.

Smith told the court that she bought the phone from two men after six o’clock the same evening.

Palmer was subsequently sentenced and a no further evidence offered against Smith.

— Racquel Porter

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