‘Born Fi Tief Or Greed Wi Mek U Tun Tief’ – Which Are You?

As with our professional beggars, there lies amongst us the professional ‘tief’ well manicured, dressed to the ‘tee’, looking ‘hot like fire’.  Often times they can be quite charming, ever pleasant, ‘nicey nicey’ and give the air of wanting to help those in need.  Hmmm……….

I have a little three (3) step programme, and when I set upon observing my fellow beings, there are keen traits I look out for.  Ofcourse I am not going to divulge my 3 step programme but I will tell you this.  ‘Wen dem a cum, dem affi cum good wid mi.  Caas mi nuh easy fi impress, and while mi luv pree di easy pon di eyes people dem;  mi nuh frighten friday.  Suh mi sey oono affi  cum good, fur mi eva a pree oono pon a level wey oono nuh even know wey mi a do’.

So MUM, DSP Mckain, clearly there was no shame in your game and I would hope our justice system sees it fit to send you to ‘lock down’  as when you made the decision to ‘sink’ the farmers, it is only appropriate that you should suffer a similar fate in loss.  There will be no lessons to learn here.  As far as I am concerned we are at Stage 5 in our ‘greed’ disease, so it is literally ‘ride or die’.  I only expect once again that we do not allow the strength of the dollars to determine actual incarceration or a hefty fine and restitution.  Consequences must be the determining factor as to whether crime pays or not on the Roc. 


 

Senior cop accused of obtaining money by false pretence, fraudulent conversion

Deputy sup’t charged

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, August 06, 2015     14 Comments 

 
  

PORT MARIA, St Mary — A senior member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was yesterday arrested and slapped with charges of corruption by detectives assigned to the Major Organised Crime and Anti- Corruption Agency (MOCA).

The accused, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Denise McKain, who is assigned to the St Mary Police Division, was arrested and charged with obtaining money by false pretence and fraudulent conversion.

According to MOCA, allegations are that, during the period 2009 to 2012, DSP McKain used an unregistered organisation to fraudulently solicit and obtain money from farmers of Three Hills Farm District.

MOCA said that following checks made by members of the district the activities conducted by DSP McKain were subsequently uncovered.

A report, said MOCA, was made to the then Police Anti-Corruption Branch and an investigation launched.

A file was prepared and sent to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, who ruled that the deputy superintendent be charged.

She was yesterday brought before the Port Maria Resident Magistrate’s Court where she was offered bail in the sum of $250,000, with one or two sureties. She is scheduled to reappear in court on Wednesday, October 28. MOCA, meanwhile, said it was continuing its probe into the matter.

 

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Jamaica’s Airspace Safe Or Not? – Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Assoc Speaks!!!

Forget about wage negotiations for one second.   Are you telling the World that you are currently using outdated equipment to traffic planes to the Roc?   Is that what you are saying?  You better be extremely carefully how you intend to trod on this one. 

We are cognizant that any entity that is a service to the larger population is also a governmental or statutory body lacking in funds.  On this particular subject, we need no reminder and I urge the powers of be to address with immediate effect.  We can budget on a ‘bruk pocket’ to ‘jump and prance’ be entertained constantly and in the same breadth ‘bawling’ austerity and global economic climate with the sole intent of convincing the Jamaican people that the ‘kitty’ is dry.

Well here is what you must do……………..Go and borrow more money for two (2) vital sectors, Health and Aviation.   Why not give us two (2) pristine hospitals; one in Portmore and the other to replace KPH.  We glorify tourism as the saving grace, so ‘go beg fi dat’ and suspend Grand Gala for five (5) years.    Find a ‘match box’ alternative to celebrate our Independence.  Maybe you could just have the town halls decorated fully in each Parish displaying our culture spanning 3 days.  Who wants to attend go and stop bolstering the argument of 35000 people filling our national Stadium for that sole event?  What percentage is that of our population, I hardly think it is 5%? 

Give me a bloody break?


 

Civil Aviation Authority responds to Air Traffic Controllers concerns

(Jamaica Gleaner)Thursday | August 6, 2015 

The management of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has responded to claims about the safety of Jamaica’s airspace made by the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association (JATCA) during a recent press conference yesterday.

The association had said several pieces of critical equipment were not functioning properly and that this has caused delays and some airlines to stop coming to Jamaica.

In a release yesterday evening the JCAA said the need to ensure that its systems remain operational and safe for the travelling public is of paramount importance.

READ: Air traffic controllers warn of major equipment failure

It says as part of this effort, it has embarked on a phased implementation of the upgrade, replacement and modernisation of the critical equipment and communications, navigation and surveillance systems upon which the air navigation services infrastructure is built.

The JCAA says the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association is aware this process for replacing the equipment is advanced.

Meanwhile, in relation to the current industrial relations challenges, the JCAA explains that as a statutory body, and portfolio agency of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, it must adhere to the established policies and procedures prescribed by the Government of Jamaica.

The JCAA says its management reviewed the wage claim submitted by the Association and responded with an offer that was within the parameters established by the Ministry of Finance and Planning.

The management of the JCAA says it anticipates the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association’s participation in the negotiation process.

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‘Wat Away Im Bad’, Slash Girl’s Throat And On The Run!!!

The month has just started and the man/woman affair continues on the downward spiral of murder in order to resolve life issues.

What could be a deterrent I ask?   How about beheading of the murderer once caught?  What or who do we fear when it relates to consequences of evil and wicked actions?  You keep making the same utterances each and every time these murders occur.  When are we going to try something different?  The bottom line is people will still hook up with those they should not.  Often times, people are attracted to the psychotic, ‘MADD’ types believing that somehow they are providing well needed challenge to their existence.  No sooner do they realise it is not all what it is cracked up to be and by that time, fleeing or escaping for good will result in dire consequences.

Let us stop the counseling as counseling is only effective when change is evident.  No change means waste of time while making the counselor feel some what validated or relevant.  It is time to take the punishment to the gallows and maybe the sheer fright of being beheaded publicly will cause those intent on taking a life to slow their asses down.  As depraved you may think my solution is continue fooling yourself that the ‘band aid methodology’ is the appropriate action.  If slashing another human being throat is not depraved, then ‘wheel an come again’


 

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, August 03, 2015

Man on the run after slashing girlfriend’s throat

The police in Brown’s Town processing the scene where Shasha-Kaye Williams was killed.

ST ANN, Jamaica — Police in Brown’s Town are now searching for the common-law husband of a 21-year-old woman who was killed in Retreat, St Ann, early Sunday morning.

Reports are that at about 1:00 am, Shasha-Kaye Williamson of Philadelphia, Brown’s Town, was at a bar she operates in Retreat, when an argument developed between her and her common-law husband.

The argument escalated and reportedly got physical.

Williamson was reportedly chased to a nearby house, where her throat was slashed. She died on the spot.

The man has since been on the run.

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Ounce of Prevention: Epsom salts to the rescue by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner)  August 4, 2015

 MUCH IS said of the importance of well-known minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, selenium and zinc for good health.

Another important mineral, magnesium, is often disregarded, although it is the fourth-most abundant mineral in the human body, found mainly in bones, muscles and nervous system. The body uses it for more than 300 different metabolic processes.

Medical research shows that magnesium deficiencies may be widespread all over the world, and may contribute to many common disorders. Because only one per cent of the body’s magnesium is found in the blood, it is difficult to detect a lack of magnesium by simple blood tests.

A high consumption of soft drinks, alcohol, animal fats and sugar depletes magnesium from the body. Prescription drugs like water tablets, some heart medications, antibiotics and steroids also increase magnesium loss. To make matters worse our modern water supply (including some bottled water), is lacking enough magnesium.

 

CONDITIONS RELATED TO MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY

Asthma, heart attacks, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heart beat, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, constipation, depression, digestive disorders, insomnia, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, seizures, poor concentration, migraine headaches, muscle cramps and weakness, kidney stones, premenstrual (PMS) symptoms, menstrual pain, sugar cravings, and temper tantrums are just some of the conditions related to magnesium deficiency.

 

EPSOM SALT

Epsom salt is a mineral compound made up of magnesium and sulphate, known to chemists as magnesium sulphate. It got its name from a natural salt spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, and has been used for ages as a natural remedy for many ailments.

Both magnesium and sulphate are readily absorbed into the skin. This makes Epsom salt very easy to use. Many of the chemical functions regulated by magnesium, reduce inflammation, benefit circulation and improve muscle and nerve function. On the other hand, sulphates improve the absorption of nutrients in the body while helping to flush toxins. All the conditions listed above would benefit from Epsom salt, but let me specifically highlight some.

 

STRESS RELIEF

If you are stressed, you would have increased levels of stress hormones circulating and, at the same time, often deficient in magnesium. Epsom salt dissolved in warm water is readily absorbed through the skin to naturally improve the body’s magnesium levels. Magnesium helps the body produce the anti-stress hormone, serotonin, relaxing chemical in the brain.

Magnesium helps insomnia, depression and anxiety disorders. Magnesium also helps improve energy levels by encouraging the production of ATP, the energy molecule in cells.

 

LOWER HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Magnesium plays a key role in naturally regulating blood pressure. Most people with hypertension are magnesium deficient. Expensive hypertension prescription drugs known as ‘calcium channel blockers’ prevent calcium from invading the walls of the blood vessels and elevating blood pressure. Inexpensive magnesium is nature’s calcium-channel blocker.

Taking magnesium, via Epsom salt, soaks or supplements, plus a magnesium-rich diet including plenty of fruits and green vegetables, is often associated with a lowering of high blood pressure.

 

RELIEVE MUSCLE PAIN AND CRAMPS

Conditions that relate to increased muscle tension, including muscle cramps and stiffness, migraine and tension headaches, or even bronchial asthma, may well improve with soaking in an Epsom salt bath as it relieves both pain and inflammation. If your feet ache after standing all day, soak them in warm water with Epsom salt. It also helps neutralise foot odour.

 

ELIMINATE TOXINS

The sulphates in Epsom salt help to remove a variety of toxins including heavy metals and excess sodium from the cells, relieving inflammation and improve cellular function. Sweating after soaking facilitates detoxification and it is also helpful to drink extra water during and after the soak.

 

USING EPSOM SALT

Epsom salt comes as a crystalline powder and is inexpensive and readily available. Several factors affect the benefits you get from soaking in this mineral bath.

Skin exposure: The more skin is soaked in the bath, the better. Soaking most of your body in a bathtub is the best, but if that’s not possible put your feet in a basin and bathe your legs and arms with the water.

Concentration: The more Epsom salts in the water the more potent the bath will be. Add one to three cups of Epsom salt to a full bathtub. Start with one cup if you are very ill. Use 1/2 cup for children under 60lb and 1 cup for children between 60lb and 100lb. For a foot bath use one tablespoonful per quart of water.

Temperature: The warmer the water, the greater the absorption of Epsom salt. So make the bath as warm as is comfortable for you. However, diabetics need to be careful not to unwittingly burn themselves as they often have impaired sensations, particularly in their hands and feet. If you are diabetic, have someone else, if possible, test the water temperature. Always err on the side of caution.

Length of bath: Twenty to 30 minutes is recommended, but if your body is fully immersed, you may need less exposed time.

Additions to the bath: Adding half a teaspoonful of vitamin C crystals will neutrailse any chlorine in the water. Half a cup of baking soda will make the water more alkaline. Add a few drops of an essential oil such as lavender to provide further relaxation.

In Jamaica, we are blessed with natural mineral springs whose waters are rich in magnesium and other minerals. Bath in St Thomas, Milk River Bath in St Catherine, and Rockfort Baths in Kingston are prime examples. Both locals and visitors should make full use of them.

 
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Determination – Powerful Story – JA’s Education System Needs Dr Lennox Rowe

Attending school only 3 days per week due to poverty and now the holder of a PHD, Dr Rowe is willing to motivate, educate and inspire our youths on the Roc.

There is always a story to be told of the ‘overcomer’, unfortunately rarely our people take the time to read, listen and share with those they encounter.  Once again, it affirms that all things are possible if you truly believe.  With that belief and determination can manifest positive results.  You will be noticed by that ‘Good Samaritan’ if you possess those two vital traits.  Help often comes to those who deserve it.


 

Poor boy with no food and shoes rises to the top

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015     58 Comments

 
 
Dr Lennox Rowe graduating from NCU in 2013 with a doctorate in education. (PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT)

GROWING up with his grandmother in rural St Elizabeth, Lennox Rowe could not attend school more than three days a week as he had to stay home to work in the field and accompany the elderly woman to the market.

But despite his poor attendance at primary school and sometimes going to bed without dinner, Rowe not only passed the Common Entrance examinations to gain a place at Munro College, but has risen from being a poor boy with only one pair of uniform and no shoes to having a doctorate in education.

“I never dreamt that one day Lennox Rowe would have a doctorate in front of my name, and I am so humbled by this accomplishment,” said Dr Rowe, who is getting ready to pen his biography which he intends to title From Poverty to PhD.

Rowe, an advance chemistry teacher at Nassau Christian Academy in The Bahamas, said failure was not an option as he knew the only way out of poverty would be education, since he had no hope of an inheritance.

“Because of the condition in which I grew up, there was always a drive to ensure that I would never continue like this and I recognised the importance of education as social mobility,” Rowe said.

His journey began in the deep rural community of Bantin in Mountainside when his mother gave him to his paternal grandmother, despite his father not initially acknowledging him as his son. According to Rowe, his father had given his mother the wrong information, resulting in him being registered in a different name.

Rowe said he grew up thinking his mother did not want him, and with his father providing only a small stipend towards his upkeep, his grandmother had to work hard, making and selling woven baskets and mats, to make ends meet for both of them.

Life was tough, as they lived in a one-room house. But his grandmother loved him as if he were her own son.

As the only child in the home, he had to help with the chores from an early age; this included plaiting straws to make the craft items for sale.

Owning only one pair of uniform and needing to help the elderly woman with everything around the home, Rowe said he would only get to go to school three days of the week.

“On Thursdays I had to go to

the garden (the field) to work

there and on Fridays I would be kept out of school because I had to go with her to the market to carry her basket,” he explained.

And even on the days he went to school, Rowe said he had to feed the animals and prepare wood for the fire before heading out for the day.

But although his attendance was not perfect, that did not stop Rowe from attaining first place in all his classes throughout primary school.

“It was just an innate ability to do well,” Rowe said of his academic achievements.

“My grandmother never set foot in a classroom and so, when she had money, she ensured that I had to go to school, even if at times we went to bed without food,” he explained, adding that it was the many fruit trees in the community that helped to ease his hunger many days.

But despite a very rough life, Rowe was the only child who passed the Common Entrance from his district that year, gaining a place at the prestigious Munro College in the parish.

“No one was expecting me to pass, let alone pass for Munro, because of how poorly I attended school. So I remember I didn’t even check the papers when results came out,” he explained.

But Rowe did not have much time to bask in his success, as he was immediately confronted with the reality that if his grandmother could hardly afford to send him to the nearby primary school, how much more difficult would it be to board at Munro.

However, his elated grandmother was adamant that his father needed to help. His father’s stepchild was also attending Munro at the time, and Rowe recalled that that was how he would sometimes get a ride to the school, when the stepchild was home visiting his grandmother.

Those early years in high school were extremely challenging for Rowe, who said it was difficult adjusting to a study schedule since he was not accustomed to attending school regularly. However, he had some very good teachers, such as Hermine Lewis, who taught math and who would always encourage him.

Being from such a poor background and boarding in high school also meant that he did not have many of the other things that his peers had, making it extremely hard for him to fit in at first.

“I did not have a tuck box like the other boys because I had no food to put in it,” he said of the wooden boxes in which his schoolmates would keep their snacks.

But the cooking abilities he picked up from his grandmother helped him tremendously at boarding school, as the boys who could afford it would buy the food and he was responsible for preparing it, although this was prohibited by the school authorities.

“At Munro we used to cook in a cheddar cheese pan, and we used to go and buy flour and corned beef and cook it, and so they used to call me dumpling,” he said, recalling the day he was caught by school administrators but was fortunately let off with only a reprimand.

At the end of five years at Munro, Rowe said his father warned him to get whatever subjects he could as sixth form would not be an option for him.

However, having graduated with four subjects and no prospects of further education, Rowe needed to find employment to help himself and his frail grandmother with whom he was still sharing the one room. He got a three-month stint at Alpart as plant operator, and when that ended he was left with no option but to accept a handyman job at a hardware.

“I remember people began to talk about me and say ‘look at di bwoy wey guh Munro and come out a lift cement bag off a truck’,” he said, but added that he had to do what was necessary to help his grandmother.

But the turning point came one day while on his way home from work at the hardware. He ran into a cousin who gave him new hope.

Recalling the conversation that day that changed his life caused Rowe’s eyes to swell with tears which streamed down his face.

“This cousin on my mother’s side was a teacher and she said, ‘Why don’t you try teacher’s college?’ and I said ‘I couldn’t do it’. But she started to encourage me and urged me to try,” he recalled.

Rowe said he went home and completed a handwritten application, and with no money in his pocket he hitched a ride to Bethlehem Teachers’ College in the parish to drop the application off.

He received a provisional acceptance into the teacher education programme, on the grounds that he had to sit and pass English in one year.

Getting accepted into college was one thing, but finding the money was an uphill battle as Rowe said he did not have as much as the first year’s fee.

With absolutely nobody to turn to, Rowe turned to farming to get his first year’s college fee. That year he sat and passed all his courses, but was again faced with finding the second-year fee. He was determined to find employment and was fortunate to receive a summer job at a bank to computerise manual data. Determined to save every cent towards his tuition, Rowe said he would often hitch a ride to work to save money. Again, he passed all his exams, and when it was time to vote for college president he was the most likely candidate.

“Because the failure rate was high, they had to vote for the person most likely to pass, so they voted me president,” he explained. But while he was sure to pass all his courses, Rowe said he again had no idea where he would be able to find the final year fees. Luck, though, was on his side. He got a summer job at Alpart as a press operator, and this, again, was enough to see him through the final year.

After graduating from Bethlehem Teachers’ College as valedictorian in 1990, he began teaching physics at Hampton School. While working to make enough money to care for his grandmother, Rowe said he saw an ad in the newspaper requesting math and science teachers with two years’ experience and a first degree to work in The Bahamas.

Despite not having the two years’ experience or a first degree, Rowe said he applied nontheless and was very surprised when he received a response indicating his application was being considered.

In preparation for a possible acceptance, he started the application process for a passport but ran into yet another obstacle on discovering he didn’t even own a birth certificate.

“It was not until the day that I was leaving for the airport that I was able to collect the passport,” he said.

In The Bahamas, Rowe said he knew no one, but immediately set about making a name for himself as a math teacher. A few years later he completed a first degree in management studies through the University of the West Indies (UWI) satellite campus, graduating with honours. Shortly after, he completed his MBA through distance learning from Heriott Watt University in Scotland and then a master’s of education in teacher education from UWI. That same year he began his PhD in education, majoring in curriculum and instruction at Northern Caribbean University.

His professional career include being a curriculum co-ordinator and head of

the Maths and Science Department at Nassau Christian Academy, and

part-time lecturer at Atlantic College.

“In Nassau I am like a household name because I also teach maths and science privately,” he explained.

Rowe, who recently addressed students at a graduation ceremony at his primary school, said he encouraged them to remain focused and to set their respective goals in life.

“I tell them don’t let anybody tell you you can’t attain those goals, and once you set those goals the Lord will always make a way,” said Rowe, who is now a Christian.

He said he is now seeking to return to Jamaica so he can give back to the education sector, but is disappointed that his application for principal’s position was turned down because he has not been working in the local sector for a minimum of two years.

“I don’t understand why this should be a stipulation because my degrees are from Jamaican universities, yet I am being discriminated against,” he said.

But Rowe said he is not giving up on his dream, as he believes his experience will assist him in helping students going through similar financial struggles.

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We Are Afraid of ‘Self’, Plain and Simple – Marcus Garvey Too Unblievable For ‘The Sect’

The perpetual cycle that passes down from generation to generation is one in which ‘self’ is kept hidden.  We saunter through life denying our true self, looking to all other cultures to make us feel whole, and look beautiful.  We get lost in identifying ourselves as everything else but ‘black’.  I cannot deny through slavery and migration, we have a Land surrounded by differing shades and cultural roots.  Notwithstanding there is no denying the fact that over 70% of our people are ‘black’.  The history should be told of a prominent leader, hero who was Jamaican.   This history ought to be taught in schools from as early as basic. Why not?

Our little ones on the Roc can be seen gyrating to the latest ‘chakka, chakka’ called music. Fixated on celebrities that look nothing like them, yet wanting to alter their appearance believing that definition of beauty.  To be proud of your blackness and not having to take someone down the generation at least 3 decades down to enlighten those with keen ears of your Caucasian or other type of mix.  I hardly think DNA has to be proven because if you look a certain way, then embrace your look without the need to define another culture as if it makes you more acceptable or appealing to the listeners.  I myself can appear quite blunt as regardless of your hue, in my eyes you are either attractive or not.   If you persist on the ‘hue’ course, I may have to get quite detailed and point out your physical unattractiveness despite your range of Berger colours.  It is best to leave well alone, and undertake the mysticism through the passage of self and accept your blackness or none.   Once the DNA goes below 40% of any ethnic group, do you really need to advertise your blend?  Are you tracing your roots at the time of your discussion?

Marcus Garvey was ahead of his time.  Read some facts in this short piece and you may just see why some of us need a lesson in ‘Gaveyism’.  You will be surprised how many of our educated, exposed, and experienced folks still speak as if they had first hand experience on the plantation under ‘Massa’ whip.  Bob Marley speaks to ’emancipating oneself from mental slavery’.  Yet as americanised as we are with the accent to match, we still fear our own ‘blackness’ and that makes us so weak in the 21st century.

One of the reasons I believe I am able to appreciate diversity in cultures and ethnicity is because there has never been a shadow of a doubt as to whom I am.  I embrace my blackness.  I love my blackness and as such those who encounter me know that I am a strong black Jamaican who is indeed proud of the heritage that I know.  The chapter lives on in my intrigue with the Continent of Africa.


 

Let’s do it for Garvey!

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015      

 
 
 
 
 

Jamaica’s National Hero Marcus Garvey

FILMMAKER/ACTOR Donovan Watkis firmly believes Jamaica’s fledging industry should train its cameras on National Hero Marcus Garvey and not wait on Hollywood.

“Marcus Garvey is the most important black leader. We have to tell that story. We don’t have to wait on American filmmakers to do it for us,” Watkis told the Sunday Observer.

The 30-year-old said Garvey’s influence is global and everyone can relate to it.

“The stories are told of people Garvey influenced … Carter G Woodson, W E B DuBois, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. His philosophy is one of self-reliance, black consciousness, black power, and self-development, and we need that right now. Showcasing Marcus Garvey in a romantic, powerful, charming way in a nice scripted story, through film, will be way more powerful than a deejay sing about Garvey,” he said.

Watkis said the St Ann-born Garvey was ahead of his time.

“Garvey created his own banking system, where at its zenith was the Black Star Liner, UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and other movements; he was ‘inputting’ and ‘outputting’ over US$5 million. He was ahead of his time. He had millions of followers before social media. He was the original social media man.”

Watkis, a former drama teacher at Merl Grove High School, said understanding of self is not embedded in the schools’ curriculum.

“And without this understanding, you’re destined to fail … and I’m not talking about failure of subjects, because you have a lot people with subjects and don’t know themselves. For instance, we promote external ideas of beauty. Nowadays, females see American Kim Kardashian as their standard of beauty. Our local stations don’t have an alternative to that,” he continued.

Watkis, whose acting credits include Better Mus’ Come, recently premiered his short animation film Cakle at last month’s Jamaica Film Festival.

Earlier this year, his 15-minute production, Junior, racked up awards at the Lignum Vitae Film Festival held at the Northern Caribbean University in Manchester. It won Best Cinematography, Best Overall Short Film, Best Post-Production, and he won the Best Overall Actor trophy. He hopes to convert it to a feature film.

Born on August 17, 1887, Marcus Garvey was a passionate advocate for Black nationalism. A civil rights leader, publisher, entrepreneur and orator, he founded the UNIA and African Communities League, as well as the Black Star Line, which promoted mass repatriation of blacks to Africa.

He died in England in June 1940 at age 52.

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No Peace ‘Pon Di Sunday Maarning’!!!

Free up the bureaucracy so that law abiding citizens can own fire arms.  We should be able to enter a ‘gun shop’ with proper identification, no police record and purchase a fire arm.   This is lunacy and we have the human right to protect ourselves.  Thankfully these brave women are still alive.

If they had a firearm, I daresay we would have one less rapist, criminal to encounter.  We deserve that and more.  All we can read in these reports are that the culprits flee; how about deceased.


 

Gunman robs women, flees after being disarmed

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 1:06 PM    

 
 
ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – A gunman, who allegedly robbed two women and attempted to assault them sexually, was disarmed during the fracas on the Heathfield main road in Linstead, St Catherine, on Sunday.  

Reports are that about 1:40 am, both women were walking along the roadway when they were approached by the man who brandished a firearm. He proceeded to rob them of their cellphones and cash, after which he took them to an unfinished building where he made sexual advances.

The police say a struggle ensued and the women managed to disarm him. The man pulled a knife and inflicted a wound to one of the women before fleeing the area.  The women then alerted residents.

The police were summoned and on their arrival, a homemade firearm with a 12-gauge cartridge was seized.

The injured woman was taken to hospital for treatment.

Lawmen are appealing to anyone with information who can assist them in their investigation to contact the Linstead Criminal Investigation Branch at 985-9070, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

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Young and The Restless Soap Star – Make It Jamaica Every Time!!!

Yessssssssss.  I say it boldly, I am a soap opera tesey.  I got hooked from a youngster watching with my God-mother and it has not left me, ‘a suh it set up’.  Y&R one of my favourite’s and oh how I miss Drucilla (Rowell) from the cast.  So I am aware of Victoria Rowell’s fascination with my country and her visits to the Roc.

Of interest to me is her strength which I admire. Her beginnings as a child, the life journey. Such has led her on the stage and Hollywood; talented she most certainly is.   Then there is the truth of her ancestoral history, as she seeks to find her roots.  I can embrace such as I too intend to trace my own roots stemming from Africa.  I say welcome once again to the Roc and may we as a people benefit from your wonderous gifts and talents.  You are a philantropist and Jamaica needs more of you to invest in our Island.

‘Nuff respect’.  One love.


 

Young and the Restless star Victoria Rowell on a mission

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015    

 
 
  

ROWELL… anything is possible if you stick to it (PHOTOS: KENYON HEMANS)

VICTORIA Rowell, the American actress who played Drucilla Winters on The Young and the Restless, is on a mission to continue her advocacy for education, arts, under-served communities and wealth gap closure, through her visit to Jamaica.

Rowell, who arrived in Jamaica last Sunday, told the Jamaica Observer that her purpose on the island is for exploratory and research purposes to see how best she can help to effect change.

“My trips here are always exploratory but I hope to engage in a way that will not only bring me here but keep me here for an extended period and in a way that will interface with job growth and financial opportunities that has reciprocal advantages for all,” she said.

Additionally, Rowell, who grew up in foster care, explained that other reasons for visiting include building relationships, having conversations with government ministers about procuring jobs in entertainment, humanitarian and philanthropic purposes, art research and to trace her Jamaican roots.

“I came to know my father was Jamaican. It is all word-of-mouth and he is not on my birth certificate. He was a military person and I don’t believe he knew I even existed. We have some details and we’re working on it, but I’ve been met with a lot of support in Jamaica,” she said.

“It’s humbling to get that kind of information and then you have to process it, and as yourself should I go after it? Because not everyone wants to be found, I know that and I respect that and I would respect it if this were the case, so I’m approaching it very careful,” Rowell said.

As for her success, Rowell said her to determination to break barriers and gain educational access was what helped her to compete in a globally completive world.

“I’ll say the biggest challenge for a population such as what I grew up in whether you’re in the country, in rural areas where there are few opportunities, or in urban communities as we see in Kingston and areas of the United States — there’s access,” she said. “Having access and exercising an economic competitiveness in a global economy today is necessary and if you don’t have access you can’t compete.”

As part of her visit she has gone to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and the Women’s Centre, among others. But, as part of her advocacy her message to youth is to “find a way to get in the way.”

She said: “Anything is possible if you stick to it. Perseverance and having an anthropic spirit is key. You must practise reciprocity and pass your knowledge forward so it perpetuates itself to grow Jamaica and the world.”

Moreover, Rowell is geared towards fighting for more diversity in the entertainment industry and hopes to introduce her content locally.

“To get into the entertainment paradigm is not an easy one. My entree on The Young and the Restless was as an illiterate thief and I remember saying to my manager or agent at the time, why am I being introduced in this way? We need to do an on-camera adult literacy story line and so we do it. I introduced classical ballet, I introduced the foster care adoption story line because I knew the gravity of telling these kinds of story was very important,” she said.

“Getting in isn’t enough, sitting behind a desk isn’t enough. You have to mentor and bring in others that look like you as well so I introduced these story lines that would inspire more black union jobs and it did. You have to want to bring about change. You can’t be the only one, one is not enough and two is not enough. You really have to be about bringing in a diversity and it’s fabulous to come here and see diversity,” Rowell said.

And so, as it relates to procuring a film locally she is hopeful that conversations with government ministers will see the script for her book The Young and the Ruthless, which she renamed The Rich and the Ruthless, being shot and produced on Jamaican soil, more so, to move in the direction of black ownership of television content.

“It’s a western content with a Jamaican twist. It offers jobs and opportunity for advertisers. Black ownership is essential and I hope to be the first to make history. My wish and professional desire is to shoot in Jamaica. We have a plethora of talent in Jamaica and I want people to realise that it’s not just about the show, but the film experience — not only in front but behind the camera. Work on owning your product, not selling your script. If you want a piece of the real product then endeavour to be a part of what’s going on behind the camera — that’s the longevity,” she said.

As part of her charge for greater opportunities for African Americans especially in the film industry, she said she’s determined to bring equality, not only for herself, but other African Americans.

“I’m a long distance runner and you have to pace yourself, you can’t fight every battle, you choose which battles you will fight in this industry,” she said. “I’m at a season in my life where I’ve done the work and as black female there are blocks because I don’t fit the paradigm of what a person should look like to do this kind of work, but I’m very qualified, some say I’m over qualified, and so I’m confident that God will have it that I’ll find a home to do the work that I know I’m qualified to do and do it very well with integrity, so I’m determined.”

 

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Jamaica – A Country Out Of Control!!!!!

What does the JDF do when there is no State of Emergency?  When exactly are they called out?  Do you not think with the spate of murders in this country, crime out of control, this is the time to have them on the Streets?

I have said it repeatedly, we are nation of ‘reactors’ and ‘proactivity’ always seem to have a dollar value that is never in the budget to be implemented.  Until it comes to your doors, just maybe you will start exercising the strict measures that others call draconian to reduce the level of insanity being witnessed.   What good is so called freedom if you are living in bondage through no fault of your own?  What good is democracy if your own liberties are suppressed through no fault of your own?

We need curfews in this country and citizens who want to bemoan intrusion if they are randomly stopped by the JCF and hopefully the JDF can pack their bags and find somewhere else to live.  Visibility is needed by ALL law enforcement members as we are a country literally under siege.  We can hide our heads and pretend as if it is only a segment of the society that is suffering from crime.  Rest assured from the sewer to the salubrious hills of Upper St Andrew, ‘all a wi corner dark, suh tandeh nuh pressure government fi lead wid a iron fist’.


 

Thieves now torching motor vehicles they’re unable to steal

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015     26 Comments

 
 
 
 
 
 

Auto theft atrocity

CAR thieves appear to have adopted a level of ruthlessness by torching vehicles they have targeted but which they are unable to steal, the Jamaica Observer has learnt.

The newspaper’s attention was drawn to this new atrocity after firefighters were called to put out a motorcar blaze at a house in New Kingston early last Wednesday morning.

The cause of that fire has not been determined, but the firefighters were reportedly overheard telling the householder that six similar fires were reported in Portmore that night.

When the Sunday Observer contacted Emilio Ebanks, the fire department’s spokesman, he said he could not confirm that six such fires were reported early Wednesday morning. However, he admitted that he had heard of thieves torching motor vehicles.

“It is not something that we can confirm; that would have to come from the police, but I’ve heard of it,” Ebanks said. “I’ve heard about one in Portmore and a few in Spanish Town, but as I said, it’s nothing that we can confirm.”

On Friday, Superintendent Terrence Sanko, who is stationed in Portmore, told the Sunday Observer that he was aware of one such incident in that municipality last week. However, he could not speak about others without checking police reports and agreed that he would make the checks and speak to the newspaper yesterday morning.

But repeated attempts to contact him again yesterday were unsuccessful as calls to his cellphone went to voicemail.

Yesterday, Assistant Commissioner of Police Elan Powell said he, too, had heard about these motor vehicle fires but could not say if they were a trend.

“I am not aware of it being a trend across the island, but I certainly have heard of some of these cases in the Greater Portmore area,” he said.

Last Friday, a traffic cop confirmed the activities of the car thieves.

“What has been happening is, when they steal the cars, if, for instance, the car is equipped to shut down the engine after it is moved without the key, they set it ablaze in anger,” said the cop who requested anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

He said that a few weeks ago one motorist, who has a theft alert system linked to his cellphone, found his vehicle burning after receiving the signal.

The cop also said he was aware of three recent cases in Portmore.

The police statistics department was not open yesterday when the Sunday Observer tried to get current auto-theft data.

However, in August 2010, the Sunday Observer reported Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ) figures showing that losses due to auto-theft amounted to $1.8 billion across the local insurance industry in 2009.

The IAJ statistics also revealed that, at the time, an average of four auto-theft cases were reported to insurance companies each day.

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Your Environment Does Not Have To Be Your Final Destination !!

In my dialogues with people on a daily basis, an opportunity always presents itself where I have to reinforce this fact, not an opinion.  YOU and only YOU alone can change your course.  It matters not to me where you were born, the community you live or lived in, or your social and environmental background.  I refer to those as ‘domestication’.  What is important to me is once you realise your ‘course’ is counter productive, harmful, depleting of your inner being, then you are one step closer to making the ‘change’.  Wasting time re-living the ‘poison’ of ones life with no intention of moving forward to the positive is in itself your addiction to all things toxic as you relish in your  refusal to make the healthy choice.

Escape from the cycle of ‘wallowing’ in what is not right in your life surrounding yourself with friends and family who are charting the same down trodden course emotionally.  You have the right to become a ‘waggonists’ of all things positive, motivational, inspirational, empowering to ‘self’ as only charting that course will ensure you become powerful to overcome the obstacles, and ride the stormy waves that are all part of LIFE!!! 

Below is a story of a teenager (18 years old) whose life thus far can teach us a lesson or two as long as you believe that you can learn from all regardless of their AGE!!!!!!


 

A bright Jamaican who is admired by Obama

Radcliffe Saddler makes family friends proud of achievements

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, August 02, 2015     20 Comments 

 
 Saddler with President Obama at his high school, PTech.

Radcliffe Saddler was sitting in his first college class at 14 years old. Now 18, Saddler has completed an Associate Degree in Applied Science and is an employee at one of the world’s largest computer companies — International Business Machines (IBM).

Born in Kingston Jamaica, Saddler emigrated to the United States at six years, to seek what his parents believed would be a better life. Rightful thinking? Maybe, as Saddler has done nothing less of making his parents proud in every moment.

“High school was amazing. I went to Harvard and I spoke at a panel and I got a chance to meet a lot of politicians, was on CNN, just a while ago President Obama sent me a letter of congratulations and it was just amazing,” Saddler told the Jamaica Observer.

“Just like two or three weeks ago I got a chance to meet Michelle Obama, she invited me to the White House. So I had a lot of experience in high school, it was a lot of work but I was able to do it,” he continued.

With college credits from NYC College of Technology by 16, Saddler was employed right out of high school by the multi-billion dollar company as an associate analyst for the market and delivery insights team. An exemplary student at his institution, Pathways into Technology Early College (PTech) in Brooklyn New York, Saddler was hired by the company when he completed what should have been a six-year high school programme in four years with outstanding academic performance.

“I am now in year three with 21 college credits, 42.6 high school credits, all five regents passed that are needed for graduation and I’m currently enrolled in three college courses including Calculus,” he said two years ago in his introductory speech in the presence of President Obama, who visited PTech.

“This is so awesome you know…coming from Jamaica, to just see where my son is right now is just amazing. You know born poor, growing up poor and your son has come to sit among presidents and great politicians you know, it’s just a great thing and a humbling experience,” his mother Claudette Saddler told the Sunday Observer beaming from ear to ear.

As one of the youngest employees in his office, Saddler creates and fixes content to be presented to the company’s market. Despite enjoying this opportunity from IBM he told the Sunday Observer that he hopes to accomplish more.

“I do enjoy working for IBM but owning my own company that’s more ideal for me,” Saddler said, “it will probably be a company that invents things like software.”

“In everything, I put God first. I always come to him. I also keep in mind that I want to do better for my family, ultimately help Jamaica to grow so it would be selfish of me to only provide for myself and have like a more worldly vision like I have to look beyond myself so when I’m doing these things it’s not just for me it’s for everyone.

“I always tell my children that you’re not just representing yourself, you’re representing your country, you’re representing your family and so you have to shine,” his mother told the Sunday Observer.

In 2011, despite being the valedictorian for his middle school, Saddler was among the batch of students who were not placed in a high school. Saddler, who applied to be placed in nine high schools, was among the students who initially were not accepted to any high schools they applied for upon leaving middle school because of what was said to be a glitch in the system. Saddler, who at the time was distraught about the situation did not allow it to deter him from succeeding.

He said he wants to “create opportunities for youths in Jamaica so that they have places to go and opportunities, because I am a product of an opportunity presented and then I used what was available to me and now I’m at this level of success,” he said as he explained that his motivation to succeed is not only for his benefit.

“If higher forms, education was free and kids had opportunities. I think Jamaica would be better off because if you educate the youths you end a lot of problems because you will give them tools and also present them with opportunities. If you give them education they will now have an opportunity; they now have tools to be successful in life.

When asked what he has learnt from all his experiences, Saddler said: “Don’t let your past determine where you’re going to end up, just keep on having the drive and motivation to continue and you’ll get there.”

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