Hear, Hear Mr Pinnock – Logistics Hub – You Are The Man WIth Logics!!!

A man after my own heart he is. We are poverty thinking people the majority and the others have serious issues of wealth being earned and generated by others. ‘Crab ina barrel syndrome’ is like cancer in stage 4.

Our rhetoric suggests we would rather own, watch it stagnate, erode and lose value than to become gate keepers earning daily in profits from making wise decisions that would ultimately benefit the whole. Mr Pinnock you are correct. The unknown unsettles and scares many but instead of admitting their fears; they do the opposite which is to sabotage.

We have bright people in abundance; unfortunately their brightness is only on ‘paper’. They lack ‘gumption’, earning big bucks to espouse why an idea cannot work without providing solutions that can be implemented now. They play it safe and quite frankly are lazy in action.   These groups would much rather lead the nation down the path of suicide versus exponential growth as they fear their voices would no longer have any impact.

While others capitalize on opportunities we play ‘politricks’ choosing to borrow from Peter to pay Paul. Government is slow because they like the Opposition when clueless rely on others who have no expertise, and Ministers who believe they are experts in every field when it is evident they are not. As educated we are, equally as backward in our mindsets, and that is the tragedy. 

As Mr Pinnock says, “Ten per cent of a billion is larger than 10 per cent of a thousand,” quipped Pinnock.  Unfortunately ‘they’ are too bright to get this, and the others are just ‘sheep’.  We know how that animal is domesticated to function, ‘follow backa’.


CHINA WARNING! – Logistics hub spokesman urges less bickering over major investment proposals

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday, 12 July 2015



The Goat Islands project, which its backers say has the potential to create some 10,000 new jobs, is reportedly alive and well despite the deafening silence of the Government in recent times.

But one of the main architects of the project wants to see a stronger local embrace of the planned development on the multibillion-dollar initiative.

Dr Fritz Pinnock, head of the education and training subcommittee of the logistics hub task force, has charged that there are too many who are speaking about the

project who lack a proper understanding of its ability to transform the local economy.

He warned that Chinese investors who are willing to pump billions of dollars into the project could shy away because of the constant bickering over development decisions in the country at this time.

According to Pinnock, the much-touted logistics hub development for Jamaica is pegged to Chinese investment, but many individuals with a say in the concept, including politicians and business people, are out of their depth.

“Too many people are saying things which they have no concept of, plus a fear of the unknown is a factor in the pace at which we are making development

decisions,” charged Pinnock.

“There is a fear of the Chinese and their investment. In Manhattan, New York, they resisted a Walmart store coming there and so it went to New Jersey. What did the

people do? They went to New Jersey. You cannot stop globalisation. It is without nationality,” added Pinnock, as he bemoaned the slow pace at which development decisions are being made in Jamaica.

“What we are doing now with the Kingston Container Terminal is fine. But we need to embrace a bigger vision. What we are doing downtown cannot give us the growth we need. It can prepare us for growth internally and for us to become more efficient, but we have to go global,” said Pinnock.

According to Pinnock, the concepts involving the logistics hub development cannot be seen as the domain of government ministers Anthony Hylton and Dr Omar Davies, as this is bigger than the two Cabinet members.

Companies Against  Big Development
“There are some local companies that don’t want any big development here, because they prefer to be a king in a jungle than a prince in a kingdom. There is a vested interest in some companies because we are from an economy of traders.

“But this logistics gateway port will make us part of the global stream. We have to stop seeing ourselves as who owns what.”

Pinnock charged that too many persons in Jamaica are busy trying to hold on to thousands of dollars when they could make billions.

“Ten per cent of a billion is larger than 10 per cent of a thousand,” quipped Pinnock.

He also rubbished claims that Chinese investors will flood Jamaica with workers from that country while doing little to reduce the high unemployment numbers locally.

According to Pinnock, even if a Chinese company that wants to invest in Jamaica says it wants 3,000 engineers, and 2,800 came from overseas, these foreign workers would require accommodation, schools, and medical facilities.

“We have to embrace the Chinese whether we like it or not. By 2020 China will be the largest English-speaking population. The Chinese Exim Bank is larger than the World Bank.

“Look at the road infrastructure the Chinese are putting in Jamaica. Look at the difference that has already been made in travel time,” said Pinnock.

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Lady Saw versus Macka Diamond – Authenticity Is Not Appreciated It Appears

I must admit ‘raw dancehall’ is not my cup of tea, never have and never will at this stage of my life.  With that said, I am familiar through media reports of these two artistes.  At an appointment on Friday last, I happened to listen to Lady Saw’s views on life, definition of herself as an Artist and the excitement of her closing out Reggae Sumfest.  This is the very first time a female artiste will have such a ‘moment’ I am told.  On that note, this anticipation is well deserved.  After listening to what Lady Saw had to say, my statement is ‘big up uself Lady Saw’.  This woman I classify as the ‘Female Diva of Dancehall’.  Her longevity in the game is sheer brilliance, class and talent at the craft she has honed out for herself.  I liken her to a Mary J Blige, Aretha Franklyn, Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, Dionne Warwick, Celine Dion and a few more ladies.

Lady Saw looked amazing with a body that many twenty (20) year olds would wish for and rocked her heels even though she noted that they were ‘killing’ her and were best served in the boudoir.  Her attire on the programme as we would say  on the Roc, ‘tun up’.

I found her statements on the Macka saga and her beliefs on relationships to be her truth.  I must say I concur.  Love is a loose word in the 21st century and can be misinterpreted by the masses incorrectly in my view.  Love is just that for humanity.  Operating in love for others I opine is a given.  However, there are those who you will meet in life, have relationships with past or present that you simply do not like.  Quite frankly you will take care of business, but once the clock is set for you to depart, there ends the contact.  You have no desire to socialise, nor hug and pretend for the onlookers that you are one big happy family.  In other words you defy the acceptable behaviour of living a life of hypocrisy.  I love you as I am required to do so by God, but I do not have to pretend as if I enjoy your being when the truth is the dislike is profound.

As the seasons come and go, people in your life will come and go whether it is business, personal or platonic.  Lady Saw appeared authentic to me in what she said, and I say ‘keep it real’.  There are too many people who live quite well and comfortably enjoying the hypocritical life while there are others who will literally become sick if they choose that path.  Being authentic and living in your truth regardless of others opinions is not an easy road for those brave enough to travel on it.

Lady Saw has earned her place in the Dancehall Book of Fame.


Macka spurns Lady Saw

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, July 11, 2015    


Macka Diamond

DANCEHALL artiste Macka Diamond has turned down Lady Saw’s offer to perform alongside her during Dancehall Night at Reggae Sumfest in Montego Bay, next week.

“Lady Saw has been directing various persons to call me to perform alongside her at Dancehall Night on Reggae Sumfest in the name of solidarity and unity, but she is yet to call me herself. I believe in unity in the industry, it would send a message that we can reconcile. Baby Cham did a song with Bounty Killer, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man did a song together after years of animosity, so Saw and I can have an understanding,” said Macka Diamond.

However, Macka Diamond believes that the recent request to perform alongside Lady Saw could be just a publicity stunt to boost Saw’s performance.

“I made my peace with Lady Saw a long time ago, long before she came around and made this peace offering. So for me, this is just the next step. But my God is a real God, and I cannot be part of any sham, or publicity stunt to help her performance at Sumfest. If this solidarity is real, she should call up all the females she has had run-ins with over the years to be a part of it…that would show true solidarity and unity,” she said.

Reggae Sumfest is scheduled for Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, July 12 to 18.


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Jamaican Pilot in Qatar Prison – In Rome Do As The Romans Do

The pilot was charged and found guilty for a serious offence, lest we forget.  Excepts from an article in the Jamaica Gleaner dated Sun, November 30 2014 is as below;

‘Stephens was arrested in Qatar in November 2008 and charged for a serious offence, the report said, even though the offence was not named. Media reports, however, indicate that he was charged for raping a co-worker’s daughter, but was eventually sentenced for mistrust of a minor.

The report to the Senate said he was found guilty by the primary court (court of first instance) in November 2012 and sentenced to five years imprisonment, to be followed by deportation. He filed an appeal, but his conviction was upheld by the Appeal Court in April 2013′.

This is the Middle East, where laws are enforced and we need to make our citizens aware in no uncertain terms of the consequences they face once they leave their homeland if they run foul of the law.  You are a foreigner in a foreign land and you have to tread carefully.  Communication is not going to be instant, and within the time frame you may deem reasonable. 

We must respect other countries laws and customs and Jamaican is no position to flex their muscles because a citizen is incarcerated.  If you were convicted falsely, there are still customs, processes that has to take place and course, and as unfortunate as that is, there lies the risk you take when you enter into other countries as a foreigner gainfully employed or not.  To my knowledge only Diplomats can breeze in and breeze out, guilty, innocent or culpable of acts and face no consequence.  Paul Stephens was not a Diplomat where diplomatic immunity is a given.


J’can pilot still in Qatari prison, says foreign ministry

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, July 10, 2015     

 Foreign Affairs minister AJ Nicholson (file photo)

A day after Foreign Affairs Minister Senator AJ Nicholson drew the ire of many Jamaicans over what was felt were inappropriate remarks regarding the then reported release of Jamaican pilot Paul Stephens from prison in Qatar, the authorities say they have now received official word from the Qatari Government that the Jamaican is still behind bars.

It appears that Stephens may soon be freed, however, as according to the foreign affairs ministry, at the end of last month Stephens would have spent a total of three years and nine months of his five-year sentence.

“The ministry understands that there is provision in the Qatari legal system for the remission of three months’ sentence for each year to be served,” the ministry explained in a release yesterday.

On Tuesday Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Edmund Bartlett had issued a release claiming that Stephens had been freed from prison. But at that time Nicholson said he had received no such news from Jamaican embassy officials in Kuwait.

On Wednesday, Nicholson questioned what he said was unwarranted interest in the case, stating that he would not comment any further on the matter. Persons close to the case have accused the ministry of not doing enough to press the Qatari Government to pardon Stephens, but some have cautioned against Jamaica appearing to take a particular posture in a case in which a person has been convicted of sexual molestation of a minor.

The ministry made it clear yesterday that it: “Does not presume to make a judgement as to the guilt or innocence of any Jamaican national.”

It also said it understood that others may choose to offer opinions in that regard.

“Whenever Jamaican nationals are arrested and/or held in custody overseas, the policy of the Government of Jamaica is to allow the legal processes to run their due course. It is not the policy of the ministry to intervene in the judicial processes of other countries or to publicly impugn the integrity of these processes without authoritative justification,” the ministry said.

The foreign affairs ministry argued that its only role through its overseas missions in these circumstances — and which it exercised in the Stephens matter — is to attend to the welfare of the concerned individual; maintain contact where possible; give general advice with regards to securing good legal representation and facilitate communication between the concerned individual and their next of kin.

It is expected that once the Qatari authorities formally notify the ministry of Stephens’ release, arrangements will be put in place for the issue of an emergency travel document, to enable him to leave the middle-eastern country.

“The ministry is in close contact with the Qatari authorities in this regard,” the statement said.

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High Blood Pressure In Black People – by Dr Tony Vendryes

HYPERTENSION HAS been called the ‘silent killer’ and severely affects overall health. It is the most common cardiovascular condition in the world with a lifetime risk of almost 50 per cent in many populations. As early as the 1930s, people of African descent in the United States (US) were recognised to have a higher incidence of hypertension than did white folk although this condition was not common in their homeland Africa.

Large-scale surveys have now demonstrated a low prevalence of hypertension in rural Africa, with an increasing gradient towards the urban areas, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Here are some startling facts: Blacks develop high blood pressure earlier in life and have higher blood pressure levels than whites. More than 42 per cent of black men and women over age 20 in the US have high blood pressure. African Americans have nearly twice the stroke risk of whites and four times more middle-aged blacks than whites die from a stroke.

In the UK, men from the Caribbean have a 50 per cent higher risk of dying from blood pressure-related strokes than the general population. People of colour are at higher risk of being vitamin D deficient. 

Vitamin D And High Blood Pressure 

Medical research has shown a link between vitamin D and hypertension. People who have higher vitamin D intake tend to have lower blood pressure. Muscle cells are present in the walls of your blood vessels and a build-up of these cells can stiffen the blood vessels, making it harder for blood to flow and blood pressure to rise. Receptors for vitamin D are in these blood vessel cells. Thus, vitamin D may help to prevent excess muscle cells building up in your blood vessel walls.

Also, vitamin D helps to balance the activity of the hormonal system (the renin-angiotensin system) that controls your blood pressure. When this system is overactive, the body can retain salt and water and blood pressure can rise. According to a study in the medical journal Hypertension, taking vitamin D helps lower blood pressure in African Americans. Research participants received daily vitamin D or no vitamin D.

Participants who took no vitamin D had their blood pressure increase, while all those taking vitamin D saw a decrease in blood pressure. Positive results in lowering blood pressure was seen from 3,000 IU/day or more of vitamin D daily. Another study showed that taking 50,000 IU of vitamin D weekly helped improve high blood pressure control. Experts conclude that people with hypertension should consider using vitamin D supplements and sunbathing to help in the control of high blood pressure and maintaining better vitamin D blood levels. 

Blood Pressure Control Plan 

Although mainstream medicine has tended to focus its efforts mainly on managing high blood pressure with medication, compelling evidence indicates that the condition is often treatable with relatively simple lifestyle modification. 


What you eat influences your blood pressure. I recommend a reduced consumption of the simple carbohydrates, the starches and sugars. You should eat generous quantities of healthy proteins (plant protein, fish, organic poultry and eggs) combined with lots and lots of vegetables and non-sweet fruit. Be careful to avoid unhealthy animal fats and the hydrogenated vegetable oils commonly used to fry foods.
Correct Obesity 

To manage blood pressure, it is essential to correct obesity. The Cellular Nutrition Program is an excellent way to manage your nutrition while correcting obesity. With this approach, you simply replace two meals each day with nutritionally balanced protein shakes and follow the above guidelines for your other main meal. Frequently, you will begin to need less blood-pressure medication, so it is important to have you health-care provider monitor your progress and adjust your drug therapy. 

Exercise Regularly 

Exercise powerfully enhances blood-pressure control. Start with 20 or 30 minutes of brisk walking five or more days per week. In addition, deliberately increase your general level of daily physical activity. 

Optimise Your
Vitamin D Level

Get your vitamin D status checked with a simple blood test. Supplement with vitamin D and have regular sun exposure to elevate the levels of vitamin D in your blood to the upper limits of normal.

Take Other Supplements

Specific supplements powerfully enhance blood-pressure control. Optimal levels of the mineral magnesium is critically important for stabilising blood pressure and most blood pressure sufferers are magnesium deficient. Up to 1000mg of a chelated magnesium supplement daily is ideal. Additional supplements include multivitamins, the omega-3 fatty acids, the B vitamins, and the anti-oxidants vitamins, especially C and E

Manage Stress

Chronic stress promotes and worsens high blood pressure because the stress hormone cortisol makes the body retain salt and water. Learn healthy stress management strategies.

Just remember, 90 per cent of the cases of high blood pressure are related to lifestyle.

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Darkness Prevail – JA/British – Sort Out Yourself

I stand by my comments, ‘fool fool’.  Read and become informed especially when the country you live in is not where you were born.  Stop making assumptions and taking what other people say as gospel.  I believe it could have been three months ago, there was an article in the paper where the British High Commission spoke to the many British living in JA illegally and the challenges they would encounter when wanting to return; all relative to their visa or passport status.

The Jamaica government cannot help you on this matter; your fate rests in the hands of the British High Commission.  If you know ‘u money nuh tun up, u shouda tan wey u deh, the dead dun gone aready’.  Yes, it may sound cold, but ‘u nuh si col yet if him nuh get tru in short arder, wid nuh monie.  Watch an si, u tink wi easy’.


British High Commission urges Jamaicans to check travel documents carefully before leaving UK

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Friday | July 10, 2015

The British High Commission in St Andrew is urging Jamaicans living in the United Kingdom to check their travel documents carefully before leaving the country to ensure that they are able to return.

The call comes in light of the case of 68-year-old Neville Mckenzie, who has lived in London since 1962.

READ: 68-year-old British resident stranded in Jamaica, lawyer seeks High Commission’s intervention

Mckenzie, came to Jamaica in November last year and has now been blocked from reentering the United Kingdom (UK).

In a statement this morning, the High Commission said it could not comment on individual cases. 

However, it says it is aware that there are many long-term residents in Britain who do not have British citizenship.

According to the High Commission,  if these persons leave and then return to the UK they will need to satisfy the UK Immigration rules to regain entry.  

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Mckenzie, Jennifer Housen says she has still not been able to reach the British High Commission in St Andrew to discuss the case.

The Jamaica’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Aloun Assamba has expressed concern that Jamaicans residing in that country are not heeding immigration warnings until they are confronted by obstacles that render them immobile.

Assamba says there is nothing that she or the Jamaican High Commission in London can do about it.

The High Commissioner says only the British High Commission can resolve the matter.

However, she says Mckenzie could contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for assistance.

Meanwhile, Assamba says the Jamaican High Commission in London has launched a public education programme on the matter.

She says the issue is regularly discussed on television stations and in community newspapers in the United Kingdom.

However, according to Assamba, ‘persons just do not pay attention’.

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Here We Go Again – Another JA/British Stuck In JA Again!!

Apparently I am as daft as can be.  For the life of me, how can you live in a country for 10 years yet alone 30 or 40+ years and do not possess proper documentation identifying you as a resident or permanent subject of that country?  I just do not get it.  What exactly are you travelling on internationally ie what kind of documentation?

Here we have this senior citizen who claims he spoke to his MP, and all was well.  To that I say ‘bly me’ as chances are the MP is not knowledgeable in immigration matters and you being who you are, could not care less about getting and providing you with the details.   Just to be clear and fair, whose responsibility is it to get ones self sorted out when living in a country that is not your place or origin/birth? Considering this is not the first case and we now have the attorney alluding to this reality that many Jamaicans living in Britain could be affected.  Are the JA/British so ‘fool fool’ or archaic in their thinking re immigration status?  I am yet to read a report where the JA/Americans suffer such fate when visiting the Roc.  What is the difference between the JA/Americans versus the JA/British?

On a final note, even though the law is not mandatory in obtaining a British visa for persons living in Britain prior to 1973, why would said person not obtain a British passport?  Are you saying you choose not to become a citizen of the country where you have been living for the past 20+ years benefitting from all social services they offer? It makes not one drop of sense to me.


68-year-old British resident stranded in Jamaica, lawyer seeks High Commission’s intervention

The attorney-at-law representing a 68-year-old British resident who has been left stranded in Jamaica is calling on the British High Commission to intervene in the case.

The attorney Jennifer Housen says her client, who has lived in Britain since 1962, came to Jamaica last November for a funeral.

However, she says when he attempted to return to Britain he was issued with a refusal of entry clearance.

Housen says the problem arose due to ambiguities in the  United Kingdom’s visa policy regime.

She says there is nothing in law that makes it mandatory for persons who have settled in the country before or on January 1, 1973, to get a British visa.

Housen says her client, Neville Mckenzie sought the guidance of his Member of Parliament in Britain, Kate Howe on the matter before traveling to Jamaica.

She says Mckenzie has a letter from the MP, informing him that there would be no difficulty with him returning to the country after his visit.

According to Housen, she has made several attempts to get in touch with the British High Commission in relation to the matter.

However, she says her efforts have been unsuccessful.

Attorney-at-law Jennifer Housen
Housen says she is hoping to get the attention of the British High Commission to expedite the process to get Mckenzie home.

An official from the the British High Commission has indicated that they are aware of the matter and will be issuing a statement in relation to the matter.

Meanwhile, the attorney-at-law says she has gotten in touch with Mckenzie’s Member of Parliament in Britain to bring attention to the issue, which she says could affect many Jamaicans in Britain.

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Chronixx – Keep It Moving

So much has happened in the Global sphere that it seems to me that Obama’s visit was at least six (6) months ago.  A mere three (3) months, yet with Cuba off the USA terrorist list, and Greece on the verge of a collapse the ‘waste man’ comment pales in comparison.  Noting the definition to this Jamaican street slang, one could hardly refer to President Barack Obama as lacking in ambition.

I will say this though, once you open your mouth on any public platform prepare to be dissected, especially when any comment you make is unfavourable to that of the majority.  Equally important I feel ‘public expressionists’ should refrain from justifying the spoken or written word if they were your ‘truth’.  Misrepresentation or lack thereof is part of the course in journalism, rum bar, ‘passa passa’, or any forum where more than one person decides to drop their two (2) cents into a discussion.  When you begin to justify, often times you never stop doing so.  Why?  ‘A suh di ting set’……………Majority of humans will always make up their minds from the onset, it is a domesticated trait.  They will form an opinion of you based on your first utterances controversial or not.  In so doing, it becomes difficult to take on the task of ‘convincing’ them of the contrary as in their minds their deduction of you is with merit.

If you feel the need to clarify a comment or statement, then once is sufficient.  Three months on is baseless as one might ask who are you trying to convince now?  Yourself, peers, who exactly?  Move on, no further explanation is required.  The media/tabloid will do what it does best, likewise, you should which is making conscious music and live the life that God intended for you.



‘It’s the media’s fault’, says Chronixx

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, July 09, 2015 


(L) Chronixx (R) Barack Obama

CHRONIXX has addressed his controversial ‘waste man’ remark about United States president Barack Obama.

In an interview with Billboard.com, the singer said the media is to blame for misrepresenting his Instagram post, made during Obama’s visit to Jamaica in April.

“The post was more about Marcus Garvey as a leader of the black movement. The media has a way though how to fix things to their own benefit. They use little points from what you say and take it and put it as headline. So they might take the most insignificant aspect of a whole reasoning and use that as the headline,” he said.

The Instagram rant was triggered by what Chronixx considers the US government’s failure to clear National Hero Marcus Garvey of mail fraud in that country.

Garvey was deported to Jamaica in 1927 after serving four years in a Federal prison for mail fraud. Some historians and scholars argue that his imprisonment was politically and racially motivated.

Chronixx was roundly criticised for describing Obama as a ‘waste man’, street slang for a person lacking ambition.

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I Hope So – ‘Mi Caan Tell U Mi Naydah Tek It If Greece Reach Wi’

Words of encouragement I might ask?  It really depends on your ability to look outside of our under 3 million spectators residing on the Roc of which I am one (1). 

Water lock offs, public sector workers bawling about 5% increase when we have strict measures under which to operate this economy.  Police and the ever looming sick out, devaluation of the J$ once again (common assault) so do not get too comfortable as false sense of security will settle in.  Supermarket prices never the same from week to week; murder rate through the roof, despite border control, influx of guns still floats into this country, so gunman will always be one step ahead of law enforcement.  ‘Mek mi ease off for awhile’.

After all is said and done, I would not want to be a resident nor citizen of Greece right about now.    No siree………………The thought of that lifestyle for one (1) week much less the uncertainty that is apparent would send me over the flipping edge.  God-fearing as I am, easier said than done, I believe I would end up in Ward 21, or better still ‘Killmidead Pit Hellhole’ aka Kingston Public Hospital. 

Jamaica looks pretty awesome when you look at the alternative being Greece.

Are our leaders paying attention?  Are our civil servants paying attention?  I say that is the million dollar question.  I for one am paying close attention, and am living a life where I take nothing for granted, and do the best I can and hope to see another day.  There comes a time, when you must acknowledge that ‘man a man’ and ‘God a God’.  Interpret that any way you wish.



Greece’s financial situation will not impact Jamaica – Richard Byles

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, July 07, 2015 | 4:34 PM    

 Richard Byles (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) –Co-Chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Richard Byles, believes Jamaica’s economy should not be significantly impacted by the financial turmoil being experienced in Greece.

In a referendum on Sunday, Greeks voted no to international terms of bailout and reform measures set by its creditors, after failing to honour its debt payments. The Government is expected to begin re-negotiating a new deal for the country.

Byles believes the impact on the international financial market should not be significant.

“If you look at Greece and look at Jamaica, it’s like a tale of two countries going in two opposite directions. So, somebody may say yes, Greece has done what it has done, but Jamaica has fought the battle for two years and should be rewarded or can be relied upon. So, I don’t think it will be a negative impact,” Byles noted.

The co- chair said his conclusion is based on critical analysis of some major similarities and differences with both countries

Byles noted that both countries have accumulated significant debt over time and has a debt to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio that is way above the normal accepted level for any country.

Another similarity, he added, is that both countries are dependent on imports rather than producing enough for themselves, which he said, puts a lot of pressure on borrowing.

However, the EPOC co-chair noted that a major difference between both countries is where the majority of the debt resides pointing out that most of the debt in Greece is owned by foreign investors, while most of the Jamaica’s debt is owned by Jamaican-based institutions and individuals.

“So, the impact of when they pay is different to when our Government pays. When our Government pays the interest, a lot of it comes back into the economy and that would have less of a stalling impact on the economy compared to Greece, where a lot of the payments are going out of the country to other countries and would have a more dramatic stalling impact on the economy,” Byles informed.

The co-chair said Greece has a lower primary surplus target than Jamaica, because of the cheaper rates at which it borrows, while Jamaica’s rate is much higher and therefore requires a larger primary surplus target to maintain.

In the meantime, Byles pointed out that while Jamaica can afford to allow some devaluation of its currency, Greece does not have that option since they are a part of the European Union (EU), which uses a single currency.

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‘A Wha Dis’ – Not Even Remotely Funny!!

Creativity my ass…………This is plain disorderly conduct with absolutely no regard for humans welfare much less the law.

I suggest you stop this song and dance and haul them off this motorised contraption, and ‘fling’ them into prison for six (6) months.  What happens if this cart hits someone?  What happens if this cart runs into someone’s car?  What happens if a car collides with this piece of ‘sinting pon di road, called transportation’?  Do you not see you are wasting time pondering?  From where I am, it is simple, ‘fling wey di cart an haul whoever ina it to prison’.

I am sick and tired of our people who are hell bent on creating havoc, lawlessness and wasting valuable Police time that could be spent on solving major crimes.  This is rubbish, total rubbish and God help me if ‘one a dem lan in front a mi wen mi a drive’.  Calling retired Supt Radcliffe Lewis to the fore……………….


Motorised ‘handcarts’ hit the streets -Police concerned about safety, as hustlers innovate

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015
One of the many motorised ‘handcarts’ being used across the island.
The police and the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport are becoming very concerned over the increasing practice of persons attaching motors to handcarts to have them move faster.

In recent weeks, several of these motorised handcarts have been seen speeding across the streets of the Corporate Area, with music pumping, as the operators sell CDs and other items.

One of these motorised handcarts was also seen being used by workmen as a means of transportation for themselves and their tools.

“It is illegal, it is not recognised under the law and we must encourage persons to desist from placing any of these things on the public roads, because it poses more danger than anything else,” head of the island’s traffic division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, told The Sunday Gleaner.

“The only thing we can do is applaud their creativity, but in terms of the Road Traffic Act and what it stipulates to be used on our roadways, that is not an instrument or equipment that is recognised or allowed,” added Allen, as he noted that motors have also been attached to some bicycles.

“These bicycle men as well who are trying to be creative, that’s a no-no, we not tolerating it at all,” said Allen.

These motorised handcarts are fitted with a fuel tank and a motor but use the normal breaking system, where the driver applies pressure to one of the rear wheels or the road surface in order to stop.

“It is cause for concern; we don’t want these risks out there at all. I am afraid of these risks, because 177 people dead already (on the roads) is far too many persons,” said head of the island’s Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare.

“The first thing I would want to be concerned about is the breaking system for this vehicle and how fast these vehicles travel. If a handcart is going at speed and hits a pedestrian, that can be very serious, as based on international studies anything above 30 kph can kill a pedestrian or cause serious injuries.

“So from that perspective, we would not want these persons to be motorising handcarts and bicycles; that must not happen,” added Hare.

He said he will be seeking to meet with the Island Traffic Authority and the police about the matter, as the Road Safety Unit would like to eliminate this risky practice before it spreads.

However, Allen revealed the cops have already spoken to at least one person seen with one of these modified handcarts, telling him that these devices are not permitted on the nation’s streets, “although lack of knowledge is really not an excuse”.

“A handcart is supposed to move by being pushed or pulled, but not how it is being done there. The Road Traffic Act doesn’t give any leeway for that,” said Allen.

“An engine-propelled vehicle travelling at speed has to be licensed and insured due to the danger it poses, because insurance comes with preparing for an accident or any other incident.

“So this is not something that can be on the road as it relates to the whole aspect of proper coverage for either its operator or anybody who it might hurt. If something like that was to injure anyone, then it would be a whole different ball game as it relates to trying to get compensation.”


Charges unclear


Allen pointed out that unlike what is expected with vehicles on the road where they are taken to examination depots to verify correctness, fitness and road-worthiness, the same would not have been done for a handcart.

But while noting the danger posed by these motorised handcarts, the senior policeman was not sure what charge could be levelled against the persons who operate them.

“As it relates to the whole aspect of a charge, if it is a matter that persists with the individual a file would have to be prepared and submitted to the DPP (director of public prosecutions) for a particular ruling. That would be the course of action that we would take,” said Allen.

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Do Better – Portmore Toll Increases Again??

I do not live in Portmore and rarely do I make that trek outside of business purposes solely.  However, it is obvious that many of those residence actually traverse more than twice daily ‘to an fro’ and that is where the costs add up.  We have got to find other measures by which to generate more income and stop bleeding particular groups.

Petrol prices will always be a source of discontent for us on the Roc and while there is an alternate route to the toll road, we both know ‘six a one alf dozen a di odda’. Time is of the essence and who wants to sit in traffic for hours on ends.  The main purpose of the toll I thought was to alleviate the length of time due to traffic that the residents of Portmore suffered in the past. 

What about the other toll booths on the Island? Why not place the increases unto the trailers, trucks, all heavy duty vehicles that trek across the Island?  It is bad enough to see them on the Road over loaded with no Police in sight to ticket them; let those vehicles pay.  Many of them are owned by ‘big’ companies and use the toll roads sufficiently. 

This is such a bad move on all accounts.  The blame must be put squarely on the MPs in both the government and opposition.  Both are not fighting hard enough for the residence of Portmore; such a bloody waste. Neither would get my vote……………..what a statement that would make!!!!!!!!.  Then again J$5,000.00, ‘curry goat and rum’ seem to always win at the polls.   ‘Oono deh pon oono own’.


New toll fees irk Portmore users

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Sunday | July 5, 2015
Motorists approach the toll plaza along the Portmore led of Highway 2000.
Motorists using the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 reacted with anger to the new toll fees, which took effect yesterday.

Under the new rate structure, motorists will pay J$180 for a class one vehicle, up J$10; J$290 for class 2 vehicles, up J$30; and J$550 for class 3 vehicles, up J$30 as well.

When the Portmore leg of Highway 2000 was officially opened in July 2006, the toll rate for class one vehicles was J$60, J$100 for class 2 and J$200 for class three vehicles.

Despite numerous advertisements, several persons were caught off-guard by the increases and expressed their displeasure.

One motorist told the Gleaner-Power106 News Centre that the increase may not seem like much, but says overtime they add up.

Another motorist, who lives in Portmore but works in Kingston, expressed the view that enough vehicles are using the highway to prevent a yearly increase in toll rates.

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