Murders On The Roc – Know When It Is ‘Hired’ or An ‘Assassination’

The viciousness and seemingly daily occurrence of murders on the Roc, can leave you suffering from extreme paranoia if you are not mindful.  Let us be very clear in also reporting that there are murders that are as a result of certain ‘occupational hazard’ for want of a better word.

There are criminal activities that others may refer to as ’employment’ and those are handled in a specific manner if there are conflicts.  Notice the trend. For certain murders there are never any clear motive and it is left just as is.  We are very clear as to the man/woman affair murders, suicides, robberies.  Then there are those where we are left baffled as law enforcement says ‘no motive established’. 

‘Fear not’, those two words we must hold on to, as life on the Roc can be one dimensional if we are not careful with the message that is being broadcast daily.


 

Man dead, foreign nurses in hospital after Hanover gun attack

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 14, 2015 | 8:33 AM   

 

 HANOVER, Jamaica – The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of four persons, one of whom has died on First Brissett Road in Lucea, Hanover on Thursday.

Dead is 22-year-old Vinton Campbell, a water sports attendant of an address in the area.

Two foreign nurses were among those injured in the attack.

Reports are that about 2:15 am, all four were travelling in a Mini Cooper motorcar when it is alleged that another motor vehicle blocked their path.

One of the occupants alighted from that vehicle and opened fire on the Mini Cooper, which hit the occupants.

The police were summoned and all four were taken to hospital where Campbell was pronounced dead, two were admitted in serious condition and the other admitted for treatment.

No motive has been established for the incident.

 

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‘Story Come To Bump’……………15 Year Old Steals Car???

Does this story make any sense to you?  How soon do you think the media will get to the truth?  I will not wait on the JCF to furnish follow up details; just too many to handle on their front. 

This teenager by all accounts declares he is an orphan technically.  Is the grand-father his legal guardian?  That is if you believe the ‘cock n bull’ story that the car he stole belonged to his grand-father?  No matter how you flip it, until we address this recreation habit of ‘breeding’ and unwanted children, we will never make any progress with the rising number of delinquents on the Roc.

Since the government has to take up the slack with the ‘roaming wanderers’ of delinquency on the Island, then it must be their responsibility to do what has never been done before and that is to take the ‘right’ away from those who are continuing to procreate in their unstable emotional, spiritual and financial state. Many of the Churches can barely cover its costs. Begging aid continuously is not the solution so instead of calling on groups to fork out financial resources, how about ‘preventative’ measures.  Those who ‘bawl’ out about ‘eating a food’ are the very same ones who do not have the capacity to comprehend consequences for their poor choices.  When you are incapable and fast become a leach on society, then government must do all that is within its powers to change that.  Failing to exercise that ‘power’ is an indictment on the vast majority of Jamaican people who have to ‘think’ before they multiply.


 

Car-chase drama – Cops yet to identify15-y-o caught with stolen vehicle

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Saturday | August 15, 2015
 
A crowd looks on at a teenage boy sitting in the back of a police vehicle after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a car and leading the lawmen on a high-speed chase that ended at Heroes Circle in Kingston yesterday.
A teenage boy sits in the back of a police vehicle after being arrested for allegedly stealing a car.
A crowd surrounds a Toyota motor car that was allegedly stolen by a teenager yesterday. 

Up to late yesterday afternoon police were still trying to ascertain the identity of a 15-year-old boy who led them on an early morning car chase following a motor vehicle theft in Kingston earlier in the day.

At the same time, at least one police commander is praising the alertness of cops who detected and recovered the stolen vehicle minutes after the boy allegedly made off with it when it was left unattended with its engine running at a service station in Cross Roads, around 10 a.m.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Maldria Williams, of the Kingston Central Police Station, said that she and three other police officers were approaching the intersection of North and King Streets when they observed a grey Toyota Probox motorcar being driven erratically.

The officers started following the vehicle which started going faster, barely avoiding collisions with other motorcars along the way.

“Based on how he was driving and the speed, I was thinking that another police unit was chasing him. But when he got to the other stop light it was red and he broke it. That was when we actually said ‘no, something is wrong’ and gave chase,” said the senior cop.

Williams said that during the chase a transmission was sent from police control stating that the vehicle they were pursuing had just been stolen from a female taxi operator in the Cross Roads area. The taxi driver reportedly left the vehicle running as she rushed into the service station to purchase something. When she returned she saw her vehicle careening down the road.

Williams said that it was when her team heard the transmission that the chase really got serious.

“He took us all the way to South Camp Road, Up South Camp Road, past Harman Barracks, onto Marescaux Road, in Cross Roads, then down to Heroes Circle,” she said, noting that upon reaching the Wolmer’s High School for Boys, the Probox collided with another vehicle but did not stop.

“He (the driver) went down to the Ministry of Finance and turned into Heroes Park. At the time we never realised that his tyre was blown out from the accident before. He couldn’t go any further. It appeared that he wanted to park the vehicle and run through the gate into Torrington Park,” she said.

Williams said the police accosted the youngster without much force, and that he told them his age and that he was from the Torrington Park community. But Torrington Park residents who converged in Heroes Circle after hearing of the commotion said they had never seen him before. She said the youngster told the cops, however, that his mother is dead and that he does not know where to locate his father on the island. He told the cops that the Probox belonged to his grandfather.

It was not clear whether the occupants of the vehicle with which the Probox collided were injured.

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‘Head Gwan, Sick Nuh Good’ – How Do You Really Know When You Are Operating From A Different Planet??

I refer to being on the ‘borderline’ in many facets of life quite often.  I do believe that there is ‘borderline’ insanity.  Yes that is my definition and today I am choosing to speak from the position of an uncertified psychiatrist.  Borderline insanity is when at any given moment you switch from Planet Earth and you behave as if you are an alien from a planet not known to man. 

It appears that once the borderline insane functions between 60-70% of the time, they are allowed to continue in the capacity they have become accustomed to.  It is a fair assessment to say ‘Warmington’ may be diagnosed with that ‘malfunction’; not a disorder.  How do we treat the borderline insane that happens to hold a position of importance?  Simply ignore them and pretend that even when they display some semblance of sanity they still are from a planet not known to man?  If you choose otherwise, then have your Attorney on speed dial, as soon and very soon, the report may very well be he has knocked someone out cold. 

I am one of those persons who recommend as an uncertified psychiatrist that whenever you come across the ‘borderline insane’, never turn your back on them.  At all times face them or better still walk away backwards, and run if you can.  You stand a better chance with those who are ‘touched’ versus the ‘borderline insane’.  I can spot the ‘borderline insane’ from afar, so tell me what does that say about me?  In order to remain sane on Planet Earth, you better find the ‘insane humour’ in all this ‘madness’ as ‘nutten nah go change deyso, a JA dis’.

‘Beware……You Interview Or Attempt To Interview At Your Own Risk’.  I strongly recommend that all aspiring journalists and seniors  be appropriately fitted when approaching ‘Warmington’.


 

Warmington at it again, flips middle finger to journalists

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 | 12:35 PM     150 Comments

Everald Warmington flips his middle finger to journalists at the JLP’s Belmont Road headquarters in Kingston. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Just days after Everald Warmington apologised for unleashing an expletive-laced tirade on a newspaper intern, his “boorish, vulgar and loutish” behaviour was again on display this morning.

This time, the man who has been described as a “serial media assaulter”, flipped the bird to media workers and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters who were gathered outside the party’s Belmont Road headquarters in New Kingston.

While some members of Parliament waved and stopped to talk to the media as they arrived for a “crucial meeting”, the neck-brace-wearing Warmington stepped out of his sport utility vehicle, raised his right hand and gave reporters and party supporters the middle finger as he walked into the meeting.

Warmington reportedly drove onto the compound giving the one-finger salute, but his window was up.

Observer photo editor Bryan Cummings said he called to the MP after he exited the vehicle and he again flashed the middle finger and held it for several strides.

“It wasn’t unexpected,” Cummings told OBSERVER ONLINE.

Last Friday, Warmington, the MP for South West St Catherine, was at his disgraceful best, reportedly assaulting and cussing out a newspaper intern who was at Belmont Road to cover the party’s caucus.

He later apologised for his behaviour, saying that he was not feeling well.

On Monday, the JLP noted “with regret”, the incident involving Warmington.

In a news release Monday, the JLP also acknowledged Warmington’s apology. Arising from the incident, the JLP said a meeting was convened on location between the relevant media entity and Warmington.

“The incident was discussed and Mr Warmington apologised for his actions, agreeing to have his apology taped and released to the public,” the JLP release said. “He acknowledged his actions as inappropriate and indicated that he would be willing to meet and speak with the intern.”

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Andropause – When Men Pause by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | August 11, 2015
 The male equivalent to the menopause in women is called the andropause. While not as obvious an event as the menopause, men do suffer from declining hormone levels with age.

While the female sex hormones rapidly fall in women in their 40s, in men testosterone levels drop more gradually starting much earlier in their 30s. As one doctor explained, ‘women suddenly fall off a cliff’ while ‘men slowly roll down the hill’.

After the age of 30, a man may lose up to two per cent of the function of his testicles (where testosterone is produced) with each succeeding year. In fact, up to 50 per cent of otherwise healthy men over 50 have low levels of testosterone. 

TESTOSTERONE – THE MALE HORMONE

A group of several hormones called androgens create and support masculinity, and testosterone is the main androgen responsible for:

– Determining the unborn child’s sexual features;

– Influencing an individual’s sexual preference;

– Regulating the sex drive in men and women (women do produce small amounts of testosterone);

– Male physical characteristics, including physical strength, emotional assertiveness, body shape, hairiness, tone of voice, and even body odour;

– The production and quality of sperm.

Additionally, testosterone plays a role in developing creativity, intellect, thought patterns, assertiveness and drive. It also affects general health during childhood, adolescence and adulthood. 

SIGNS OF ANDROPAUSE

In addition to a decrease in sexual desire and erectile function, men with a lowered testosterone level may also notice changes in energy, mood and emotions, a decrease in lean body mass and strength due to a loss of muscle and an increase in body fat. Additional health risks associated with low testosterone levels include an elevation in cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart disease, bone fractures and clinical depression.

For the man who is concerned about the andropause, special attention must be paid to the following lifestyle issues: 

DIETARY PROTEIN

An optimal intake of healthy forms of dietary protein like beans, peas, soy, eggs, fish, nuts and organic poultry is quite important for maintaining testosterone levels. How much protein you need depends on your muscle mass, but the average male usually needs over 125gm of protein daily. One can conveniently increase protein intake using protein shakes and protein snacks. The higher your level of physical activity, the more protein you need. 

SUPPLEMENTS

Add vitamin C and E, the amino acid arginine, DHEA, and herbal supplements such as the ginsengs, saw palmetto, pygeum africanum, stinging nettle, and pumpkin seed to your nutritional programme as these improve male hormone balance. The cellular nutrition programme addresses those needs in a simple way.

It is important to detoxify the body and avoid exposure to harmful chemicals as many of these substances act like the female hormone oestrogen. 

EXERCISE AND LOSE FAT

Both a lack of physical exercise as well as excessive physical activity will cause a decrease in testosterone levels. Exercise affects testosterone directly by stimulating the pituitary gland (in the brain) as well as the testicles. The duration, frequency and intensity of the exercise will determine its impact on testosterone levels.

Testosterone is increased most with short, intense bursts of activity (like strength training and weight lifting), and decreased with too prolonged endurance exercise, such as long-distance running, swimming or cycling. Short cycles of intensive exercise (interval training) over about 45 minutes will elevate testosterone, but if prolonged for much longer, the levels begin to fall and stay down for several days. Rest days between workouts are also vital for testosterone production.

It is also critical for men to lose excess abdominal fat, as the fat cells around the waistline make female hormones, and, even worse, can convert the male hormone testosterone into the female hormone oestrogen.

MEDICATION

Eliminate all unnecessary medications. Many commonly prescribed drugs affect testosterone levels. This list includes the anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen,

acetaminophen, aspirin, the cholesterol lowering drugs, some heart and blood pressure medication and some antidepressants. Many of these ‘lifestyle medicines’ may be actually treating the symptoms of testosterone deficiency ineffectively, and you may no longer need them when your testosterone levels are normal.

Minimise or avoid alcohol consumption. Excessive drinking can increase the levels of female hormones and inhibit the body’s ability to produce testosterone. By staying away from alcohol you will improve the balance between your male and female hormones.

REST AND SUNSHINE

Try getting close to eight hours of sleep nightly. If you are chronically sleep deprived, your testosterone status will suffer. Aim to have some direct exposure to sunlight daily. Be outdoors for at least one hour each day. Testosterone rises and falls with the seasons, and sunshine is necessary for healthy body rhythms and optimal testosterone production. 

STRESS MANAGEMENT

There is a strong relationship between stress and physical wellness that is largely related to hormones. The right kind of stress (eustress) positively impacts on our hormones, but chronic stress can be devastating. Ongoing emotional stress and depression are common causes of decreased testosterone levels, leading to premature ageing. Commit to learning healthy stress-management techniques.

HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a powerful medical treatment for the andropause that often produces dramatic improvement in the symptoms and a reduction in the risks. It involves giving back testosterone to the body to restore normal levels. This kind of treatment should be supervised by a health-care professional that is experienced.

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MP Lisa Hanna – ‘It Gaan Well Bad Wen A Man Start Fi Badmind A Woman

To hear a male, government Minister go on a rampage over a female Minister’s beauty, has left me speechless. At this moment, I’m struggling with the words I would want to use to describe not only the man, but his ‘gyalish’ comments. Oops I used the word. ‘It dun come outta mi mouth, nah tek back mi chat’.

Those who send out the charge that the stalwarts of the party are ignoring the youths I say this ‘some a oono ago tan wey oono deh. Unless death reach di seniors, oono ago sun dem. An if u nuh like it run go to Labour or go form oono own party’.

Any man’s mouth that set like yours becomes not only a distraction but a liability. You seem to have an issue with the female species whether you deem them to be a beauty queen or not.  We must learn in leadership to critique the work commissioned to carry out and refrain from getting personal in our pronouncements.  You are on the public stage, not behind closed door with your fellow MPs.  Why I will not attend any ‘townhall’ meeting.  There are not intended for me, my standards are above ‘the ordinary’.  Oh yes, I will vote, how can I not?


 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Monday | August 10, 2015

Campbell … How can you get loyalty from somebody that you have been disloyal to?
AUDIO: Dayton’s Rant … MP Says Lisa Hanna, A Social Media Profiler
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Campbell … How can you get loyalty from somebody that you have been disloyal to?
Dayton Campbell, the People’s National Party’s Member of Parliament for North West St Ann has criticised the leadership of his colleague MP Lisa Hanna suggesting that she is a better social media profiler.

Dayton Campbell addressing Comrades in South East St Ann

“Dis a PNP, dis a nuh Miss World,” Campbell said last night at a political meeting in Bensonton in Hanna’s South East St Ann constituency.

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From Market Stall Vendor To PHD Holder In Engineering!!!!!!

We all have a story after all that is what life is all about.  Humans story sharing victories, triumphs, adversities, and the will to survive against the odds if they choose.

It is wonderful to read stories of determination, against poverty, extreme hardships through no fault of your own.  Such stories dispel the ‘entitlement syndrome’ that is rampant NOW.  If we are not careful, we tend to make excuses for such behaviour only because we choose not to read the stories which provide inspiration instead we focus on whose fault it is therefore I am owed…………………………For those amongst us who are fortunate never having to  live a life as Yolanda Silvera, we tend to forget too what it means to be ambitious, determined, disciplined, grateful, responsible, having a sense of duty when counseling or offering aide to those ‘entitlementors’.

I have heard some say they are sowing seed by giving money to persons they encounter and I ask the question, ‘have you really spoken to them and ascertain what their goal in life is’?  If you have not, then you are the facilitator to the ‘entitlement syndrome’.  I strongly believe that you should invest in those who ‘want’ it and not those who ‘need’ it.  There is a big difference.  Take the time to read this piece and discuss with your children and those who give the hand-outs to young persons with absolutely no desire of furthering themselves much less to make a difference in their own lives.  Valuable lessons can be taught through the experiences of others.

You can have it all I opine, however, it comes with dedication, commitment, integrity and the will to become a good steward, touching the lives of those who you encounter that truly wants to earn their keep by hard work, slow and steady.  The pinnacle is available to everybody as long as as your intention is honourable.


 

UTech lecturer overcomes ridicule as market vendor in high school

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 09, 2015     37 Comments

  
(Yolanda Silvera’s now deceased grandmother Monica Allen, pictured here selling crabs on Windward Road in Kingston.
Yolanda Silvera and her husband Shane at her graduation at UTech).

OPERATING a market stall while in high school was not easy for Yolanda Silvera. Neither was the violence to which she was exposed while growing up in the tough community of Dunkirk in East Kingston.

However, Silvera has overcome those challenges, and is now an engineer, PhD candidate and lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), honouring the wishes of her grandmother who could not read and write and who did not want her to suffer a similar fate.

Silvera graduated with first-class honours in mechanical engineering from UTech, a master’s degree in engineering management from Brunel University in London, and an MBA in technology management from Walden University, scoring a perfect 4.0 GPA which landed her on the roll of the International Golden Key Honour Society whose membership list includes former US president Bill Clinton.

Based on her academic performance and voluntary work with youth in the Joy Town programme in Trench Town, she was awarded a $1-million scholarship from the society towards her current PhD studies in systems engineering.

“My grandmother was a big stickler for education because she would share how people treated her because she couldn’t read or write her name, and how bad it was working as a domestic helper with some people who made her wash even their underwear. She never wanted us to go through that,” Silvera said.

“So, from very early I saw that the thing that was going to take me out of that situation was education, and I kept remembering what my grandmother shared with me,” she added.

When Silvera was a child her mother was forced to flee an abusive relationship and move into her mother’s home in Dunkirk with her three young children.

Following the contentious break-up the father refused to support the children, leaving the responsibility on Silvera’s grandmother to support an entire household, which included her own children, on a domestic helper’s salary.

But domestic work did not bring in enough, so her grandmother began selling soup, corn, crabs and whatever fruits were in season on Windward Road on weekends and at her gate during the week.

With very little to go around, Silvera recalled going back home for a lunch of porridge and being just as hungry by the time she walked back to school.

Despite that experience, Silvera had a deep desire to learn and would never miss a day at school. That zeal to learn saw her reading at above-grade level by the time she began attending Franklin Town Primary School, resulting in her going straight to grade three. That placed her in the same Common Entrance class with her brother, who was four years her senior.

“I think I have an innate, God-given talent when it comes on to education and I have always been drawn to books,” she said.

With money very tight, her grandmother could not afford to pay for extra lessons in preparation for the Common Entrance Examination; however, teachers such as a Miss Hill and Mr Fearon allowed the siblings to attend classes for free.

But it was a bittersweet victory when the results were out as, while she gained a place at Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), her brother, who was sitting it for the third time, was unsuccessful.

By the time Silvera started high school her mother, who had another child around that time, was selling downtown and Silvera was required to help.

“She had a stall and she would stay at the stall and I would take some of the things and walk around and sell them,” she recalled.

When that did not bring enough money, Silvera’s mother established yet another stall at the then Michael Manley Market in Kingston’s eastern end, and Silvera was responsible for selling ground produce at that location on Saturdays. She recalled that her mother would buy the items from other vendors and she would package them for sale.

“A lady said to me one day that she couldn’t understand how a big stoosh high school girl like me was in the market selling,” she recalled.

For the first two years of high school Silvera received assistance from her uncle, Peter Fearon, who had just begun working as a meteorologist. However, that ended when he went overseas to study.

With great blessings also came great challenges, as Silvera was selected among a batch of students being prepared to sit Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams by third form. This meant additional expenses for books, which the family could not afford. A desperate Silvera sought help from Alpha’s then principal, Sister Bernadette, who made arrangement for the school to provide a free lunch. In addition, Silvera said Alpha, through its affiliation with the Catholic church, also provided groceries for the entire family.

In the latter part of third form the school also offered her free boarding and she went home on weekends to help the family.

The then teenage girl was also responsible for caring for her siblings as they had a rocky relationship with their mother, whom they saw more like a big sister than a parent.

“Sometimes she would go off and leave us for a while and we didn’t know where she was, and so my grandmother was like my mother,” she said of the woman she refers to as ‘mammy’.

With her grandmother being so self-conscious about not being able to read, attendance at parent/teachers’ meetings for her siblings was left mainly up to Silvera.

“Even with my youngest brother, who was born when I was in high school, I was the one attending PTA for him and buying his books and eventually even sent him to university when I started working,” she said.

Silvera recalled those days when the electricity was disconnected at home for long periods because of non-payment, forcing her to study under the streetlight outside as she helped her mother operate a sweetie stall outside the gate during the week.

Silvera said she was ridiculed by classmates who would pass her studying on the sidewalk.

“When I go to school and they would tease me about it, I would cry, but that helped me to develop a tough exterior and I would always say to myself that some day I will show them,” she told the Jamaica Observer.

Silvera said in the early years growing up in Franklin Town she was not aware that she was living in an inner-city community until gang violence erupted.

“My initial perspective of Franklin Town was that it was not a ghetto, until I was about in high school. My grandmother owned her home. We didn’t have bridged light and we didn’t live in a tenement yard or have zinc fence, and so, despite the hardship, what really made me conscious that it was a ghetto was when we had all the gang violence,” she said.

She recalled sitting outside the house one night and being caught in crossfire as two gunmen traded bullets.

“At times it affected me because when war started you have to figure out the safest route to walk to school, and I couldn’t stay up late to study with the lights on because you didn’t want gunmen to think you could see them,” she said.

Growing up in the ghetto, Silvera said she never came under undue pressure from thugs as her brothers and uncles were very protective of her.

“When I was passing these guys and they called to me, I would hold my head straight; I remember when I was in university I was walking home from the bus stop one day and a known gunman was calling to me and he walked straight into my yard when I didn’t answer and said how long him calling me and I won’t answer, and my uncle didn’t care that he was a gunman, he came out with a machete and told him never to set back foot in our yard,” she recalled.

After graduating high school with 10 subjects, Silvera had to shelve the idea of going to sixth form as there was no money, opting instead to attend Excelsior Community College’s pre-university programme. She credits friends, among them Donald Johnson, who assisted her.

After the first year, Silvera’s grades were good enough for her to matriculate into the then College of Arts, Science, and Technology to pursue a three-year diploma in mechanical engineering. On completion, she took a job as a trainee air traffic controller at the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority and was very happy when she was able to assist her grandmother in taking care of the household.

She accepted a scholarship to study in Cuba, but with no money to supplement the scholarship and not having enough for food, Silvera became ill and was forced to return home before completing the programme.

She later applied to UTech. However, by her second year she faced another challenge to fund her education.

Luckily, she was helped by friends, such as Junior Freckleton, who guaranteed a student loan for her, and Donna Edwards, who assisted in paying the final-year tuition.

Again, Silvera turned to selling, this time going downtown to purchase underwear for resale. In addition, a friend who sold hair products to the wholesales would give her the damaged ones and she would retail things like hair gel and shampoo. Later, she started travelling to the US to purchase clothing and other consumer items for sale.

“On Saturdays I would pack them out in the yard at Franklin Town and sell them and that became a thriving business,” she recalled.

In-between juggling that business, Silvera made time to study and even to organise Saturday sessions to help her classmates who were struggling.

She recalled that at her graduation several Franklin Town residents accompanied her grandmother to share in her accomplishment.

“My grandmother had tears in her eyes when we were taking the pictures and she reminded me that when I was little I saw a plane flying over and I said, ‘some day I am going to fix planes’, and she said the first one I fix, she wanted to fly in it. Although I have not done that, what was important for me was that my grandmother believed in me, without a doubt, and so I knew that even if I failed at something she would always be there cheering me on.”

Silvera immediately took a position as lecturer at UTech as she wanted to be able to give back, just as her grandmother, who despite the hardships, would always rescue the homeless and the hungry.

She then moved on to work with Shell as an engineer responsible for LPG plants across the island, a job that helped to boost her confidence as one of the few females in this field.

She cited an occasion when some colleagues doubted her ability to design and install a particular pump. Her confidence was somewhat deflated when the representative of the overseas company supplying the pump also said the calculation for her design was incorrect. But Silvera said her confidence was not only restored but boosted when she later received an e-mail from him informing that he had been mistaken.

“He wrote an e-mail to say that despite the fact that he was the designer at the company my calculations were correct and what he calculated was incorrect and that he had not heard of UTech before speaking to me, but they should be very proud of me,” she recalled.

Silvera also worked at Windalco, then at Jamalco with Canadian firm, Hatch, which managed a lot of major projects. She was later recruited by GraceKennedy as an engineering manager before she was encouraged to take a pay cut and return to lecturing full-time at UTech.

A devout Christian, Silvera said her experiences prepared her to help her students.

“If I had not gone through those experiences I could not talk to my students when they doubt their abilities or have financial struggles or family issues. When I tell them I grew up in a ghetto they don’t believe because they are only seeing the finished product,” she said.

Silvera is still amazed at how well she was able to perform under stress as she recalled that while doing her first master’s degree in 2004 her older brother was murdered on his way to work during a flare-up of gang war among thugs who couldn’t catch his younger brother who was hanging out with the wrong crowd.

A year later, gunmen raped and murdered her younger brother’s girlfriend, leaving a four-month-old and a four-year-old without a mother. This forced the family, who had lived in Franklin Town for more than three decades, to leave the community.

Three years later, thinking the bad blood was over, the brother returned to live in Dunkirk and was murdered, leaving his two children orphaned. It was left to Silvera and her husband Shane, whom she described as her greatest supporter, to raise the children as their own.

Silvera said she got the opportunity to take very good care of her grandmother, who died two years ago, and is now in the process of working on repairing the relationship between herself and her mother.

Her advice to others going through similar situations is that they develop a relationship with God. “Let the Lord help you to identify who you are in Him, and who He has called you to be, and not what anybody else says you are,” she said.

Silvera also urged people to believe in themselves. “One of my biggest things is proving people wrong, and so I am fiercely competitive, especially in my field. I don’t believe in doing anything mediocre,” she said.

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Cambios Under Serious Threat Of Closure in JA – It Dread!!!

I use Cambios which I find to be better facilitators certainly when it comes to the trading of foreign exchange for the average person.  From what has been reported, it appears that the BOJ, Commercial Banks are the ‘monkeys’ and not the ‘organ grinders’ on this serious occurrence.  What will this mean for us Jamaicans?  Will we be reverting to the days when ‘black market’ hustling of US$ was rampant?  When there are no options, what do you think will happen?  Will this be another area for crime to surge when ‘a man start walk street a trade in fareign currency pon di sidewalk?  What is the root cause of this decision by the USA?  Is the lotto scamming, money laundering, human trafficking part and parcel of this impending decision? What exactly is the motive behind such a decision? 

Cambios serve a vital purpose on the Island, and I shudder to think of our fate if that sector is shut down.


 

Cambios islandwide could close next week

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 07, 2015 | 3:50 PM     17 Comments 

 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cambios islandwide could be shut down next week, causing jitters among operators.

Manchester businessman and executive member of the Jamaica Cambio Association Valenton Wint says the local cambio service is treading uncertain waters at this time following the threat of closure.

Wint informed OBSERVER ONLINE a short while ago that commercial banks have “seemingly all joined forces in cessation of relationships” with cambios. He said a letter, advising of the shutdown, has been sent to cambios across the island and that today National Commercial Bank issued a letter advising that they will no longer be accepting any foreign instrument from any cambio.

“The banks claim that the ongoing impasse is as a result of pressure that they are coming under by their bankers overseas,” Wint said, adding that cambios are facing great difficulties at this time.

“We are quite saddened because cambios are licensed entities that are regulated by the Bank of Jamaica and are legal entities,” added Wint.

He said it was quite strange that banks were able to impose restrictions and cause cambios to close their doors and nothing put in place by either the Bank of Jamaica or the Government to ensure that the foreign exchange market remains viable.

“… Cambios were institutionalised by the Government of Jamaica and are audited quite frequently. We see it as a threat, not only to cambios, but also to remittances because the letters that they sent did in fact suggest that they will not be taking any foreign instrument from cambios or remittances,” said Wint.

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It Pays To ‘Tief’ In JA – Consequence – ‘Psssshhhhhh’

You wonder why fraud and all kinds of scamming will not be reduced on the Roc?  Take a good look at this case and if you remember when the story first broke, there were the usual noise and ramblings about justice.  I have often spoken of consequences and the lack of severity in punishments rendered through our Courts. We the people do not need to hear the excuses about the law. I have long believed that if the law has no teeth, then it should be rewritten. We certainly have enough ‘brainiacs’ in the legal field to get ‘cracking’ on it. 

If collectively you can steal J$21 million so we are told, I would not be surprised if it was more, what is three (3) years imprisonment?  Do you believe that any kind of restitution will amount to the monies that were stolen?  We have heard the saying, ‘Justice Is Blind’.  Such is open for interpretation depending on what it is suppose to be referring to.  I like to refer to the saying in this case to be ‘Justice not only blind, but def an dumb same time’.  So I ask where exactly is the justice?  Tragic, totally tragic!!!


 

Man in dead-claim scam snatched from flight at NMIA

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 07, 2015 |  

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A young man was last night taken off an aeroplane at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) and arrested in connection with an ongoing investigation into a dead-claim scam.

The investigation is being conducted by the Revenue Protection Division (RPD) and the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

The young man is the most recent person to be arrested as a result of the investigations into the dead-claim scam at the Accountant General’s Department (AGD), which saw former employee Julio Parkinson being sentenced to three years imprisonment each on 44 counts of obtaining money by false pretence.

Reports are that between February and October 2014, Parkinson acted in concert with others to open accounts at Scotiabank branches across the Corporate Area. Certificates were created in the names of pensioners who were deceased and money paid out to the various fictitious accounts.

This resulted in the Government agency being defrauded of $21.7 million.

David Wright

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‘Seeitdeh’ Liberty Comes With Carelessness – Serves JA Right!!!!!

St Lucia, a Country with just under 200,000 in population fits the description of being ‘lickle but tallawah’.  Certainly by no means does that refer to us Jamaicans when it comes to ‘sorting’ out crime and violence.  We are a set of poppy show in crime fighting, pure talk with minimal results.

We shoot Police as if we are shooting birds, and apparently it has become quite the norm in our lackadaisical response to the blatant and cold blooded murders of the JCF. The force is short staffed and I am sure that would never be made public.  If a Police life has no regard, then for crying out loud how are we expected to have assurances that they will serve and protect?    At times I wonder if we are not aware that we are part of the global network and as such there are many countries who are up-to-date on our affairs.  The St Lucia Acting Commish had the balls to make reference to our Minister of National Security, and our Commissioner of Police indirectly of course as ‘soffers’.  You know something, I agree.  Calling for Reneto Adams!!!!!!!!

INDECOM has a role, but if that role is going to be at the expense of the JCF becoming sitting ducks, then I say ‘to hell with them’.  I am not going to even address any other group whose voice is one sided.  Our corner is surely dark and the World knows it.  We can continue to ‘pussy foot’ with our criminal element on the Roc and believe that dire consequence will not befall us all.


 

‘We are not in Jamaica’ – St Lucia top cop tells criminals who attack police

(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday, August 07, 2015 | 9:27 AM     36 Comments  

 
 Errol Alexander (Photo: St Lucia News Online)

CASTRIES, St Lucia – Errol Alexander, St Lucia’s Acting Police Commissioner, has warned criminals in St Lucia that unlike Jamaica, the police there will take the necessary steps to protect themselves.

St Lucia News Online reports that Alexander was speaking on Wednesday’s “Call The Police” programme on state-owned Radio Saint Lucia when he made the comment.

 “We had our meeting last week with the Police High Command and we are on high alert in relation to defending ourselves,” he said.

He then sent a stern warning to criminals after a number of attacks on the police in recent times.

 “So I am sending a message out there that if the criminals think that we are in Jamaica, we are not in Jamaica, we are in Saint Lucia, and we will take whatever measures necessary to protect the safety of our police officers.”

According to the news source, the acting commissioner’s comments come days after reports surfaced that unknown individuals opened gunfire on a police station recently. No one was injured.

Alexander also disclosed that missiles were reportedly thrown at police officers on patrol in a section of Castries.

He however stated that the police is not backing down and will use the necessary force in their defence.

“I want to inform criminals that we are not flat on our backs and we have a right to defend ourselves and we have a right to match force with force, and if they believe they have more force than us, well fine,” Alexander said.

The commissioner also revealed on the radio programme that several young men confronted a police constable on the last day of Carnival, however the officer “froze”.

“That is why something did not happen. But I am saying if you are so bold in doing so we will be bold in taking the relevant action that we have to take. We have to protect ourselves,” he said.

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Legal Secretary Employed to ‘Nameless’ Renowned Queens Counsel In Need of Representation – ‘It Deyha Now’…..

Are you sure this sixty-three (63) year old woman has not had some minor concussion?  Am I to believe that she just arose one fine day and decided at her age, to become a ‘tief’?  Call it fraud, misappropriation of funds, obtaining money under false pretenses; it is ‘ole fashion tieving’. 

I am sure she has a fine story to relate, but somehow I would want to believe that this is the first time she is being caught.  You don’t just have an illustrious career in your own right and then at the ripe age as a senior citizen, you decide to ‘con an tief’.  No man, it makes absolutely no sense.  It never crossed her mind that she could be caught?  Or is it her belief that if caught the punishment if any would be worth the risk? 

Let us wait and see.


 

MOCA nabs 63-year-old legal secretary

(Jamaica Gleaner) Thursday | August 6, 2015
 
 
 Sixty-three-year-old legal secretary, Jeanette Payton, employed to a renowned Queens Counsel has been arrested and charged by Detectives from the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division supported by Detectives from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) for Obtaining Property by False Pretense.

Allegations are that a prisoner, who was convicted in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court, appealed his conviction.

A family member who was concerned about the delay in the progress of the appeal caused enquiries to be made.

Jeanette Payton informed the family member that the transfer of the transcript was holding up the process.

She further advised the family member that she had connections at the Supreme Court that could expedite the process, but it would cost $100,000. 

The family member contacted someone in Jamaica to make further arrangements with the secretary, who was then told that the price was $80,000.

The family member reportedly became suspicious and reported the matter to the Fraud Squad.

The Fraud Squad then sought the assistance of MOCA.

Subsequently, an investigation into the matter was conducted by Officers of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Division (CTOC) and Detectives from MOCA.

A ‘sting operation’ was conducted and Jeanette Payton was arrested and charged for Obtaining Property by False Pretenses after she was caught collecting $20,000 from a representative of the family member.

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