‘Big Man Stop Loud Up Di Ting Nuh’ – JA Pilot Who Returned From Qatar Prison Can’t Shut It!!!!!

You admitted to having sex with a sixteen (16) year old girl in Qatar, the Middle East where they will put all foreigners in their place.  Now you have returned home with all your limbs and you continue to ‘loud up’ your classless indiscretion.  Yes we know that there are men like you that love to have sex with teenagers, but to publicise it over and over again speaks to your morals as a human being.  Oh the icing on the cake which we hear quite often from men  like yourself is ‘a di little gyal fling it up pon mi and mi neva know sey she young’.  On the other hand with your apparent intellect you state, ‘ ‘has strenuously maintained his innocence, countering that he had consensual sex with the 16-year-old girl, and suggested that she initiated the act.

In Jamaica the age of consent is 16 years old’.

How old are you Paul Stephens?  How old are you?  Anyone out there with a sixteen year old daughter, how would you feel if this man or any man of his age had sex with your daughter irrespective of who made the first move?  Who is the grown ass man here?  You make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!


 

Over 2,300 Jamaicans in prison overseas

Imprisoned pilot in Qatar sparked verbal sparring between Bartlett, Nicholson

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, August 31, 2015     44 Comments

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 Stephens was arrested in Qatar in November 2008 and charged for “a serious offence”

At least 2,309 Jamaicans are in lock-ups in 10 countries across four regions of the world, posing a dilemma for the Government as to how much effort, time and tax-payers’ money it must expend to represent them.

The issue of the incarceration of Jamaicans overseas was dramatised by the controversy surrounding pilot Paul Andrew Stephens who returned home last Thursday, after nearly four years in prison in Qatar for the alleged rape of a teenager who claimed she lost her virginity during the alleged assault one night when Stephens was left by her mother to watch over the children in her absence.

Stephens who stepped off a plane at the Norman Manley Airport and hurried directly to a media briefing at the Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston, has strenuously maintained his innocence, countering that he had consensual sex with the 16-year-old girl, and suggested that she initiated the act.

In Jamaica the age of consent is 16 years old.

But the Qatari courts, unimpressed with his pleadings and subsequent appeal, sentenced Stephens to five years in prison, to be followed by deportation, on the evidence of witnesses including the teenager’s mother, a neighbour and school authorities to whom the girl reported the alleged assault in November 2008. He was granted a pardon last month, after the intervention of the Jamaican Government, with prodding from family and friends.

The case was brought to light here by Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs, Edmund Bartlett who dogged A J Nicholson’s Foreign Ministry to provide support for Stephens, while he languished in the prison for a crime the 39-year-old Qatar Airlines pilot insisted he had not committed. Bartlett was supplied with information by Justice of the Peace Judie O’Sullivan, a tireless advocate for his release.

“The nonchalance and tardiness that have characterised the Paul Stephens case following his pardon, are unworthy of Jamaica’s foreign services and the minister himself, whose main objective should be the protection of the rights and interests of Jamaican citizens regardless of the circumstances in which they find themselves,” said Bartlett in a party news release prior to Stephens’ return home.

Nicholson struck back that his ministry had done everything it could to stand by the pilot and was only constrained by the necessity to respect the laws of the Persian Gulf state, protect bilateral relations between the two countries and ensure its actions did not put in jeopardy law-abiding Jamaicans who live and work in Qatar.

“The Qatari Ministry of Interior has advised that the real impediment to the individual’s release and deportation is due to a ban because of an outstanding obligation which must be honoured before he can be released. Many persons in the detention centre in Qatar awaiting deportation have bans against them for outstanding debts and until these bans are lifted, deportation will not be finalised,” Nicholson offered in a Ministry news release.

Figures provided by the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Department of the Foreign Ministry, at the Jamaica Observer’s request, showed that at October 14, 2014, some 2,309 Jamaican nationals were incarcerated abroad – convicted, on remand or in detention awaiting deportation.

The number included 1,424 in the United States based on statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); 619 in the United Kingdom; 133 in Canada; 43 in Trinidad and Tobago; 40 in Barbados; 23 in Antigua and Barbuda; 12 in Cuba; 10 in Curacao; four in St Lucia and one in Mexico. There were at least 61 women in the number.

In the long running battle with Bartlett over Stephens, Minister Nicholson outlined the approach taken by the ministry to intervene after Jamaicans are accused of crimes in foreign countries.

“Where 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. The role of our overseas missions in these circumstances 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 his or her next of kin.

“…Each case is assessed on its own merit and the appropriate actions are determined and diligently pursued, having regard to the traditions and legal system of the foreign state, the charges in question, the wishes of the national, etc,” said Nicholson, noting that

In the case of Stephens, the Jamaican was arrested in Qatar in November 2008 and charged for “a serious offence”.

“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. A further appeal to the Court of Cassation was denied in December 2013. Decisions made by the Court of Cassation, the appellate court of the highest instance, are final,” the minister said.

He added that Stephens was first taken into custody on November 17, 2008 and was released on bail on March 25, 2010, during which time he could not work or leave the country, but was paid a partial salary by his employer. Following his conviction on November 28, 2012, Nicholson said, Stephens was taken into custody in January 2013 to begin his sentence. At the end of November 2014, he would have spent a total of 38 months (three years and two months) in detention. During this time the embassy which was established in Kuwait in October 2010, kept in contact with him through regular phone calls.

On April 2014, the Jamaican Government dispatched a diplomatic note to the Qatari Government, requesting a pardon that would allow the early release and departure of Stephens from Qatar. That was followed up by several other requests and telephone inquiries to the authorities there. Another diplomatic note was dispatched on November 23, 2014, renewing the request for pardon.

Between then and the eventual granting of the pardon on July 7, 2015, Bartlett became a thorn in Nicholson’s flesh, prompting a strong letter from the foreign minister who was clearly fed up with his accusations that nothing was being done to assist Stephens.

The Observer spoke with both Minister Nicholson and MP Bartlett for this story.

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‘U Si Mi Dying Trial’ – Police Caught Breaking Into Woman’s House!!!!

With everything that is taking place on the Roc within the JCF, there are those who clearly were thieves from the get go and are still unable to restrain themselves.  If you are not careful you would want to believe this is a reality show named ‘Cops Gone Bad’ that has been tailor made for sensationalism.

The JCF has a task on their hands, and no amount of talk can appease the citizens into believing that all those wearing the badge can and must be trusted.  Sad to say many join the force in order to become legal gun men who prey on the innocent. Some of us talk about the efficacy of jungle justice, and I still say when you catch the person red handed, why waste tax payers money on a justice system that is slower than any snail?  Think about it and while you do, if you were the woman in the house experiencing a break-in, how quick would you be to judge those residents who jumped in and came to your aid?  How many of you are prepared to go to Court and point out our perpetrator?  Speak the truth and speak it well, ‘oono fraid like whoa, suh jungle justice a di bes ting wen u ketch di criminal dem red handed.  Mi nuh si nuh defense wen u get ketch ina di act.  No money nah mek fi di lawyer dem deyso.’


 

Constable mobbed after attempting to break into Clarendon house

 

(Jamaica Gleaner)Monday | August 31, 2015 

A police constable is among a group of men who were this morning mobbed by residents of a Clarendon community after the men attempted to rob a woman.

It is alleged that the policeman was one of three men who were attempting to break into a house in Morgan’s District near Spaldings, Clarendon about 3 o’clock.

Two of the men escaped, but the constable was held and beaten by residents before being handed over to the police.

The cop who received several blows has since been admitted in hospital in serious condition.

The police are yet to release a statement on the matter.

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Bunch Of Hypocrites – This Is What We Get For Upholding Lawlessness!!!!

What…………………… If it is not the markets, it is the side walks.  How many times has the Government undertaken the initiative of dealing with side walk vending?  Have you not seen the reports that were running last year almost nightly?  We have a set of people whose mantra is ‘eat a food’ and whenever compliance is ordered, they declare ‘dat government nuh wan man fi eat a food, an dem poor’.  Regardless of the season, there is always loud noise coming from varying sections of society pleading for leniency for those elements. Yes I say elements as they live their life by paying no operating costs relative to rents, utility bills, and are in fact small business owners.  It matters not that they choose to operate as if they are ‘pop down’.  If they sell J$1,000.00 for the day, they do not expect to pay out even J$100.00 per day towards any kind of fees.  Their life exists on entitlement and paying ones fair share is not in their thought process.  For that our leaders have ‘pussy foot’ around these elements for decades and now we are right where we are supposed to be.

I will say it again, we are spineless and devoid of backbone believing that the wishbone will clear things up.  We run our politics based on votes from a majority that pays not even 10% of their fair share. Then we have those who pay but are so full of false self importance that their right to vote is not even comprehended in their minuscule mind.  So I will suffer along with the insanity of it all and if I can avoid certain areas, I will do so.  Absolutely nothing will change until we recognise that ‘sweet talk’, and promise of ‘votes’ will never bring this country to where it needs to be. 

Create the change by doing.  Your action followed by the results of said actions will speak volumes and then ‘nobaddie caan test dat.  A time oono stap bow’.


 

Where have all the sidewalks gone?

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 30, 2015    

 
 
Pedestrians have to manoeuvre their way around sewage that runs on the sidewalk. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

From trip and falls to garbage piles, Jamaican sidewalks have seen it all. The walkways which are to be used by pedestrians often contain obstacles that can create danger for the average man, yet alone the disabled community.

“Most of them are not conducive to pedestrians, especially those who have to use wheelchairs and so on,” Calbert Lammie, a pedestrian in Cross Roads, St Andrew, said when asked about the condition of the country’s walkways.

Lined with vendors, loose stones, potholes, exposed pipelines and open manholes, the sidewalks present myriad dangers to pedestrians.

Sheryl Clarke, a vendor who sells on the sidewalk on Burke Road in Spanish Town, was victim of the hazardous walkway in the capital recently.

“A wah day yah me drop out deh so an swell up mi ankle,” Clarke told the Jamaica Observer. She said she fell two Mondays ago, after she tripped over the raised cover of a manhole on the sidewalk.

Clarke, who said she also hit her chest and head, added that she often would witness pedestrians hurting themselves, owing to the many obstacles along the sidewalks.

“A regular people buck dem toe an fall down out deh so,” she said, pointing to a section of the sidewalk in front of the LoJ Shopping Centre in the old capital.

“Up to dis week one blind man fall down inna da hole deh,” she continued, pointing to a structure that once surrounded a tree. She said the tree was uprooted some time ago but the blocks which surrounded the area were never removed.

But Clarke and colleagues who operate on the sidewalks were viewed as a nuisance and an additional obstruction to some pedestrians.

“Because of the vendors sometimes you have to end up in the road,” Floyd Boswell, a pedestrian in the old capital, said.

“They need to find somewhere [to] put the sellers,” Dianne, another pedestrian from Spanish Town passionately lamented. “Where we going to walk when them in the way?”

One pedestrian who identified herself as Mary told the Sunday Observer that her main issue with the sidewalk was the vendors’ presence. She said the problem exists especially in the downtown area where she has had experiences of people running over her son’s leg with carts.

“Dem push cart, dem push dem trolley, everything pan di sidewalk an you talk to dem an is like dem want cus,” Mary said as she shook her head in disbelief.

“An we nuh want fi stop di higglas dem downtown from eat dem food but dem need fi go somewhere else. Sidewalk nah cut it or if dem a go hav dem deh, dem put dem to a likkle one side or something so we can walk,” she continued.

When asked about the government’s action toward the condition of the country’s sidewalks, Deputy Superintendent in the road and works department of the St Catherine Parish Council, Romond Fisher, said the organisation tries to repair sidewalks they are responsible for as quickly as possible.

“Once we notice any damage or any sidewalk in need of repair, we try to fix it immediately if we can,” he said.

The parish council official also highlighted difficulties that the government faces in implementing and improving the sidewalks as one of the reasons for the state of the country’s walkways.

“We have roads that never got sidewalks before; and we can’t put any in, in many cases [because] if we should do that we probably cover a water pipe or something like that,” Fisher said as he explained that the town’s history of being built much like London has a lot to do with the inhibitions.

Referring to the pitfalls of the scrap metal industry, Fisher told the Sunday Observer that “sometimes we make covers and because of the scrap metal trade they remove it. When you find them without covers it is because somebody took them away.”

According to data provided by the Road Safety Unit (RSU) of the Ministry of Transport and Works, 99 pedestrians were killed in road fatalities and fatal accidents last year, while 56 have been killed since 2015.

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Jamaicans Abroad And On The Roc Be Proud – We Killed It In Beijing!!!!

Our Athletes always place us on the International map where the reference is continuously made about the ‘gifts’ that we have on our soil.  If only those who have the autonomy can take this Country to higher heights as our athlethes do each and every time.  One can only hope that our short sightedness will be overcome by what is staring us right in the face and that is the power of truly branding our athletes by paying them what they derserve, then marketing them through Brand Jamaica far and wide.

We ended the Championships ahead of the mighty USA in gold medals with Usain Bolt being the only athlete to have won two (2) individual gold medals.  Do you really appreciate and comprehend this feat?


 

FULL LIST: Jamaican winners, 2015 World Championships medal table

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | August 30, 2015
 
The fans have their say as they celebrate with sprint king, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, following his victory in the men’s 100 metres final at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, China.
  

Jamaica has ended the 2015 World Championships with 12 medals – seven gold, two silver and three bronze. This is one fewer than the 2013 Moscow haul of 13 medals.

Usain Bolt is the only athlete with two individual gold.

SEE THE LIST OF THE JAMAICAN MEDALLISTS BELOW:

Usain Bolt: 100m, 9.79 – Gold
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce: 100m, 10.76 – Gold
Usain Bolt: 200m, 19.56 – Gold
Danielle Williams: 100m hurdles, 12.57 – Gold
4X100m men (Asafa Powell, Usain Bolt, Nickel Ashmeade, Nesta Carter): 37.36 – Gold
4X100 women (Veronica Campbell-Brown, Natasha Morrison, Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce): 41.07 – Gold
4X400 women (Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson, Novlene Williams Mills): 3:19.13 – Gold

Elaine Thompson: 200m, 21.66 – Silver
Hansle Parchment: 110m hurdles, 13.03 – Silver

Odayne Richards: Shot put, 21.69 – Bronze
Shericka Jackson: 400m, 49.99 – Bronze
Veronica Campbell-Brown: 200m, 21.97 – Bronze

FULL LIST: THE MEDAL TABLE

1 Kenya – 7 Gold, 6  silver, 3 bronze. Total: 16
2 Jamaica – 7 Gold 2 silver,  3 bronze. Total: 12
3 United States – 6 Gold , 6 silver, 6 bronze. Total: 18
4 Great Britain & N.I. – 4 Gold , 1 silver, 2 bronze. Total: 7
5 Ethiopia – 3 Gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze. Total: 8
6 Poland – 3 Gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze. Total: 8
7 Canada – 2  Gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze. Total: 8
7 Germany – 2 Gold,  3 silver,  3 bronze. Total: 8
9 Russia – 2 Gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze. Total: 4
10 Cuba – 2 Gold, 1 silver. Total: 3
11 People’s Republic of China – 1 Gold, 7 silver, 1 bronze. Total: 9
12 The Netherlands – 1 Gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze. Total: 3
13 South Africa – 1 Gold, 2 bronze. Total: 3
14 Belarus – 1 Gold, 1 bronze. Total: 2
15 Colombia – 1 Gold. Total: 1
15 Czech Republic – 1 Gold. Total: 1
15 Eritrea – 1 Gold. Total: 1
15 Spain – 1 Gold. Total: 1
15 Slovak Republic – 1 Gold. Total: 1
20 Australia – 2 Silver. Total: 2
20 Croatia – 2 Silver. Total: 2
22 Bahamas – 1 Silver, 1 bronze. Total: 2
22 Trinidad And Tobago – 1 Silver, 1 bronze. Total: 2
22 Ukraine – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze. Total: 2
25 Belgium – 1 Silver. Total: 1
25 Brazil – 1 Silver. Total: 1
25 Egypt – 1 Silver. Total: 1
25 Israel – 1 Silver. Total: 1
25 Tajikistan – 1 Silver. Total: 1
25 Tunisia 1 Silver. Total: 1
31 France – 2 Bronze. Total: 2
32 Bosnia-Herzegovina -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Bahrain – 1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Finland -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Greece -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Grenada -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Japan -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Kazakhstan -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Latvia -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Morocco -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Portugal -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Serbia -1 Bronze. Total: 1
32 Uganda -1 Bronze. Total: 1

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The Sweetest Victory – Women’s 4x400m Relays Final – Beijing

‘A mi fi tell u.  Dis Sunday maarning mi was close to di heart attack.  No sah, mi feel mi heart a thumb wey harder dan wen ‘Bolt’ a run and dat is saying summen’.  These ladies had me up and down from the race started at after 7.00am JA time as if I was doing squats which I do not do.  I literally almost pass out when Felix in fine form took the lead, held the lead in her change over and the Jamaican was now in second place.  When I saw the Jamaican gaining ground, ‘dat a wen mi reach pon di ground flat out.  Tank God dis yah World Championship dun as mi nuh know if mi wouda  live fi mek it a Rio which mi plan fi go’.

Come on this performance for me was by far the most titillating, exhilarating, outstanding run from a young lady who believed that winning was achievable coming from behind.  Not just gaining a medal but GOLD was the ultimate for her and the team, and my word she delivered in magnificent style.  I cannot stand the pressure that these Jamaican athletes put me under, but I tell you they deserve every accolade, financial gain, recognition as they are in a league of their own. 

We must acknowledge each and everyone of them for not only making the finals, but giving their all.  The display of heart, guts, where with all under the highest pressure imaginable saw our athletes excel beyond.  ‘Mi a try simmer down as every time mi tink pon di race dem, mi blood start to bubble.  I mus lef youtube alone and stap relieve the moment.  It gaan but I tell u it still sweet fi watch ova and ova again’.


PHOTOS: How the golden girls celebrated the 4X400m relay win

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | August 30, 2015

Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Shephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.
 
Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Shephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.
 
Christine Day, Shericka Jackson, Shephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills.
 
Novlene Williams-Mills points to the sky as she finishes ahead of the American Francena McCory in the women’s 4x400m relay
 
Christine Day celebrates with Novlene Williams-Mills at the end of the women’s 4X400m relay.
 
Shericka Jackson (left) is animated as Christine Day and Novlene Williams-Mills celebrate the mile relay win.
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Jamaica’s Novelene Williams Mills ran a fine anchor leg in the women’s 4X400m relays to secure gold for the quartet which also comprised Christine Day, Shericka Jackson and Stephenie Ann McPherson.

It was the first time since 2001 that Jamaica was winning gold in the World games.

Photographer Ricardo Makyn was at there to capture the moments of success.

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Update – 5 Jamaicans Caught in Walmart Sting, Florida USA

This is exactly why as long as you tender a Jamaican passport you will be looked upon as suspect while travelling commercial regardless if your ticket says first class or economy.  It is all in the passport.  Spare the disgust, anger and sup it up.  It is not about who we think we are, or how we look rather the reputation that has been cultivated, blossomed and grown by those hell bent on breaking the law.  Unfortunately, it follows all of us especially affecting adversely those honest individuals who wish to further their education, gain experience and exposure.

This is plain red eye, greed and entitlement at display here. I would hope they get at least five (5) years imprisonment at their youthful age so that they may never think of choosing a life of thieving as a profession.  ‘A dis u call shame pon di programme’.


 

5 J’can students busted in Walmart shoplifting scandal

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 28, 2015      190 Comments 

  
 Jennea Edwards (L) and Nashana Murray

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Five Jamaicans, who were employed at Walmart in Walton County, Florida, were arrested and charged Tuesday with retail theft and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Deputies responded to the Walmart located in Santa Rosa Beach just before midnight Tuesday regarding a group of store employees stealing merchandise.

According to Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies, the five Walmart employees — Gillisa Hyde, 25; Rashid Cargill, 21; Maurice Notice, 21; Nashana Murrray, 23; and Jennea Edwards, 19 — made an organised attempt to steal items from the store.

It was also reported that the crimes involving the five occurred on several occasions between August 11 and 22.

One of the suspects reportedly admitted in her statement that it was “an associate thing” and that they were “looking out for one another”.

The scam reportedly went as follows:

One employee would bring items to the register where their friend was working and scan items and then delete the items from the transaction.

Also, at times they would make the motion like items were being scanned without actually scanning them. The items would be placed in bags and the employee would leave the store with the unpaid items.

The five were reportedly on the student work and travel programme.

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Women’s 4X100m Gold – Superb Race!!!

From start to finish, we had this one locked.  There was no doubt that the result would not have been Gold.  We truly have a power house in each and everyone of our female sprinters who got the job done in Beijing.  They deserve all the accolades and financial gain that comes with being elite athletes, the very best at their craft. 

We celebrate certainly when they excel at Diamond League events and other appearances, but when it comes to World Championships and Olympics, come on, let the show begin and close with medals and podium positions.  Thank you all for making it a reality once again.  Jamaica is truly blessed with stars as yourselves.


 

#BEIJING2015: Gold for Jamaica’s 4x100m women

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s 4x100m women ran a brilliantly executed race to retain their title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

The quartet clocked 41.07s, smashing the championship record made in Moscow, to win ahead of America and Trinidad and Tobago.

Elaine Thompson and Veronica Campbell-Brown replaced Sherone Simpson and Kerron Stewart for the final. Campbell-Brown led off to Natasha Morrison to Thompson with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on anchor.

American finished second in a time of 41.68s while Trinidad and Tobago claimed third in a national record of 42.03.

For blow-by-blow coverage of the 15th IAAF World Championships from #Beijing2015 follow @ObserverLive

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Are Soy Foods Safe? by Dr Tony Vendryes:

(Jamaica Gleaner)Tuesday | August 25, 2015

 

I consider soy a miracle food, and have been recommending this humble bean to my patients for decades. Scientific research has shown that eating soy protects against heart disease, cancer, the metabolic syndrome, and osteoporosis, while easing the symptoms of menopause. It also is an economical and complete source of protein that can safely replace animal protein in the diet. Yet I am frequently questioned about any potential dangers from soy.

Like many good things, soy has been blamed for all kinds of ills. Right after the FDA, in 1999, took the highly unusual step of allowing a health claim to be made for soy, this food came under strong attack by minority groups, many of whom represented segments of the food industry threatened by soy’s popularity. Most of these accusations, widely publicised on the Internet, are based on anecdotal reports or shoddy research. The bulk of medical evidence strongly confirms the valuable role of soy in preventing disease and supporting health. Let’s look at the most common concerns.

Soy And Cancer
 
Much of the worry about soy has to do with naturally occurring compounds called phytoestrogens, the most abundant being the isoflavone, genistein. As their name suggests, phytoestrogens are substances in plants that have chemical structures similar to that of the hormone oestrogen. This enables them to fit into the body’s oestrogen receptor sites, much as a key fits into a lock. The ability of isoflavones to mimic some of oestrogen’s effects has led to speculation that these substances may promote some cancers like breast cancer.

This is not true. We now know that the cells in the breast have more than one type of receptor. The soy compounds actually fit the receptors that prevent breast cancer. Far from causing breast cancer, this ability to bind to oestrogen receptors allows phytoestrogens to protect the breast from the effects of the much stronger oestrogen made by the body or those which come from toxic chemicals like insecticides. This is one way by which soy is thought to help prevent malignancy like breast cancer.

The majority of research, as well as the experience of Asian populations where soy has been a dietary staple for thousands of years, confirms the protective role of soy. A report published in the May 2001 issue of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention provides compelling evidence of the anti-cancer effects of soy foods. This study found that, with an increase in soy intake during adolescence, there was a reduction in the risk of breast cancer. Women with the highest consumption of soy had only half the risk of those with the lowest intake. Other studies have also shown a reduced risk of cancers of the prostate and colon with increasing soy consumption.

Soy And The Thyroid
 
Another charge against soy is that it contains ‘anti-thyroid agents’ that can disturb the function of the thyroid gland. This is largely theoretical. Certain compounds in soy can affect thyroid tissue in test-tube studies, but this does not appear to be the case in live human beings. Animals fed vast amounts of soy on a diet deficient in iodine did develop thyroid problems. The problem went away when the animals were give adequate iodine. Humans consuming soy as part of a nutritionally balanced diet have no such problems.

Population studies show no increased prevalence of thyroid disease in countries with a high intake of soy. That debate aside, most researchers agree that consuming soy at the level needed to get its health benefits (about 25 to 50 grams per day) is most unlikely to impair thyroid function. After using soy with hundreds of patients, I have detected no disturbance of thyroid function that I could blame on soy.

However, if you have hypothyroidism, a bit of caution may be in order. Keep your diet well balanced and your soy intake not excessive, and have your thyroid function monitored periodically. Also be aware that taking thyroid medication at the same time as any foods (including soy) may decrease the drug’s absorption. That kind of medicine should be taken on an empty stomach.

Other Benefits
 
An impressive list of epidemiological (population-based) studies confirm the broad array of health benefits associated with a high-soy diet. Diets rich in soy isoflavones are associated with lower rates of heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, and obesity-related complications such as type 2 diabetes, circulatory problems and cholesterol disturbances.

Recommendations
 
Include some soy in your daily diet. Soy is now available in many, many forms: soymilk, soy cheese, soy nuts, soups, drinks, protein bars, tofu, and tempeh. There are also textured vegetable protein products like veggie mince and soy burgers. My favorite way to have high-quality soy each day is with a soy protein shake. This is a delicious, nutritious drink that can conveniently replace a meal.

Select high-quality soy products produced by reputable brands. Many so-called soy products have low levels of the key substances that provide the health benefits of soy. Look for the term ‘soy protein isolate’, and check the protein content on labels as a guide in assessing soy products.

Make sure that your diet is nutritionally balanced and contains optimal amounts of the various micronutrients, especially vitamins, minerals and key elements like iodine. The Cellular Nutrition Programme is an ideal way to ensure that you are getting all you need.

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Jamaicans Dominate – 4 X 100m Men’s Relay – GOLD!!!!!

I will never stop saying it; mental toughness will take you to the top than just raw talent.  Can you really demolish a field when real pressure is on?  What is the difference between winning all Season, and on the BIG occasion, you freeze?  The ‘Mind’.  The very same power tool that plays tricks on you ever so often. 

Watching the start up you could see the American’s were out of sorts.  Not physically but certainly their faces looked anxious.  Rogers by far was the most uncomfortable looking and I said to myself a baton will fall.  The baton did not fall, but what went on between Rogers and Gay left the team being disqualified which is the same result as if the baton fell.

Our men were fast, convincing and spectacular.  The mood Usain Bolt was in, certainly no one could have come close to him and this race was yet another beauty to watch, when Gold is in sight.


 

Jamaican men win 4X100m relay GOLD, USA disqualified

 
 
 

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015

Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade, Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt ran a world leading time of 37.36 to complete a sweep of the sprint relays.
Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt ran a world leading time of 37.36 to complete a sweep of the sprint relays.
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Jamaica’s male sprint relay team anchored by track and field superstar, Usain Bolt, sped to a gold-medal win in the IAAF World Championships 4X100 to continue their dominance of the relays.

The USA which was originally placed second, was disqualified because Mike Rogers collected the baton outside the prescribed zone.

Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade and Bolt ran a world leading time of 37.36 to complete a sweep of the sprint relays after the Jamaican women also won their race and in a championship record too.

Jamaica has won every sprint relay at the World Championships since the 2009 Berlin IAAF World Championships.

This win means that Bolt will again leave Beijing’s Bird’s Nest with three gold medals like he did in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

With the disqualification of the Americans, China was promoted to second and Canada, third.

“I think the crowd and the occasion got to the team,” said American Justin Gatlin.

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The Race Card Here?? – German’s Apparent Snub – What Say You??

This was played out and I saw it and to me I say ‘who cares’?  It looked like a brush off, but I honestly did a quick replay in my mind and said ‘excitement in the air, let me absorb this’.  So with our Jamaican athlete as is customary immediately approaching her, this German was still in her moment.  Am I going to look at it as racist?  Not at all.  I am at a stage right now where I tend to look at black on black discriminatory actions, biases and down right badmind (as we say on the Roc) more than white on black.

Racism is rooted in the human psyche between blacks and other races.  It will never dissipate as the same with mental slavery amongst blacks.  No matter how one tries to be politically correct, or ‘play the game’ of integration; in the deep recesses of the mind ‘racism’ for far too many is like blood running through ones veins.  Ever so often we hear or see snippets of racism through speech or action.  On this occasion, I put this down to euphoria and not wanting to be interrupted in that moment. Based on the media attention, she will ensure a repeat is not in the making, as 2016 Olympics looms.


 

Germany’s Roleder says sorry for snubbing Williams sister after 100m hurdles

 
 

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2015

 
Roleder … I would like to set the record straight: I simply haven’t noticed her in this overwhelming moment. I have seen the TV footage, and to be honest it doesn’t look very good. But again: This is a big misunderstanding
 
 

The 100m hurdles silver medallist, Germany’s Cindy Roleder has apologised for her apparent snub of Jamaican Shermaine Williams after the event on Friday.

But several social media followers have rejected the apology as “fake”.

Following the completion of the 100m hurdles, Williams walked  over to Roleder to congratulate her on winning.

Television footage showed Roleder slapping the outstretched hand of Williams before pushing it away.

In her apology on Facebook, Roleder said she did not mean to  be rude but had just been excited about congratulating her friend, the Belarus athlete, Alina Talay on winning the bronze medal.

“This is a big misunderstanding. I would like to set the record straight: I simply haven’t noticed her in this overwhelming moment. I have seen the TV footage, and to be honest it doesn’t look very good. But again: This is a big misunderstanding,” said Roleder in her Facebook post.

But Jamaicans did not appear to be forgiving and commented on the German’s post to register their anger. 

“Not accepted. #rude,” posted one Facebook user.

Another questioned: “Why didn’t you notice her? is she too black for you? you slap her hand away, as if to say ‘get away from me’,”.

There were however, some people who were empathetic to the German.

“I can’t believe how some people can make such a big thing out of such a small mistake of Cindy. Cindy apologised, period.”

Another person said the behaviour of the Jamaicans was wrong.

“Yes, she slapped Shermaine’s hand and it wasn’t right but some of the comments on here are out of line. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Some of the comments are quite hostile,” said the Facebook user.

Jamaica’s Danielle Williams, Shermaine’s younger sister was the winner of the 100m hurdles final.

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