British Prime Minister Is On The Roc!!!!!

We hosted President Obama of the United States of America, we now have the British PM on a one day visit; next in line will be the Japanese PM on Wednesday.

This administration is certainly attracting the dignitaries of the highest order to our Land.  What exactly does it all mean?  Reparation is on the lips of almost every commentator, some politicians and one wonders how it will all pan out.  One thing is for certain it will be noted that since signing a new agreement with the IMF doors are being opened even though we are still not seeing the results fast enough.  It is my view that whether we want to buy what is being sold, understand that ‘if u want good u belly affi run’.   We have lived many decades on a high consumption diet making us morbid obese on the precipice of death.  There is going to be no quick fix and no exponential growth as our greatest asset is our people and sad to say too many mindset is of the ‘get rich quick mentality’.

It suits us out of lack of personal responsibility to focus on the last 20 + years versus reflecting on the last 50 with a purpose of correcting our mistakes with the sole intent of making it better if not for this generation but the next one to come.  I am afraid that is asking too much as our people much rather dig up the grave yard, wake the dead and lecture and postulate on what could have been as opposed to what can be.  I am not sounding hopeless, I have all the hope but realism sets in and defines for me that we are in fact our own worst enemies.


PHOTO: Cameron signs guest book

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 7:40 PM 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller observes as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron signs the guest book at the Office of the Prime Minister, in Kingston, today, prior to holding bilateral discussions. Cameron, who arrived today, is on a one-day official visit.
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‘Poppy Show, Diarrhea Of Di Mout Is A Disease Pon Di Roc’!!!

‘All upon a sudden oono ave problem wid list.  Oono neva know sey di list was a problem wen campaign did a gwaan fi di last general election’.   I am all for democracy, but too many of you take this freedom for granted and use it as a ploy to ‘stir’ the pot in an attempt to elevate your personal agenda.  It is one thing that disturbs me so, is when a man or woman cannot back up their talk with action. 

Madam if you had the support you claim to have, then list or no list you should hold your head up high and march in with your entourage and let the chips fall where they will.  All this ‘hullabaloo’ you have been on both in and outside of the media, is a bloody waste of valuable time.  Again democracy is all good and well, but there are times I wonder to myself as I doubt certain aspects of it.


Richards pulls out of St Ann SE selection process

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, September 27, 2015 | 10:41 AM   

Lydia Richards (file photo)
KNGSTON, Jamaica — People’s National Party Councillor for the Bensonton Division Lydia Richards has reportedly made an about-turn and will not take part in today’s candidate selection process in St Ann South Eastern.

Richards was challenging Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna for the right to represent the party in that constituency for upcoming parliamentary elections.

Richards told OBSERVER ONLINE late Saturday that she was “still in the race”, despite having issues with the delegates’ list.

OBERVER ONLINE has since learnt, however, that Richards has taken a decision not to participate in the selection exercise.

It is said that Richards had written to the party’s General Secretary Paul Burke stating that she was not comfortable with the list. However, nothing has reportedly been done about it.

OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that among Richards’ concerns is the issue that people have been allegedly placed in groups, which are supporting her challenger Hanna, without their consent.

It is further alleged that those persons’ signatures were forged.

OBSERVER ONLINE has been reliably informed that the selection exercise will still take place as the party has not been officially informed of Richards’ decision. And that, should the councillor formally notify the party, Hanna will face delegates in a ratification exercise.

In the meantime, several people from the constituency have been summoned by the contractor general. It is understood that an investigation has been launched into the awarding of contracts in St Ann South Eastern.

Kimone Francis


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‘Memba Advice To Di Lovelorn?’ – Janett Sinclair Contributor – Now Deceased!

Any way you flip it, this is so tragic.  I note it is reported she had heart issues also high blood pressure, both of which I am sure are no mild health conditions to cope with.

With all the song and dance, make up hoping not to break up between the Ministry of Health and the JMA, the last thing I would want to hear is non availability of stretches in our public hospitals.   I am of the firm belief that no government past and present have ever placed health care where it should be placed and that is at the front of all other Ministries.  Without good health, the people will die.  Without people, there can be no people power!!!!!!  When will we get this?


Janett Sinclair’s family blames Spanish Town Hospital for her death

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, September 27, 2015      

FOSTER … learnt mother died while waiting on hospital staff to find stretcher.
THE family of former newspaper advice columnist and social events promoter, Janett Sinclair, says that the lack of resources at the Spanish Town Hospital contributed to her sudden death last Tuesday.

Observer Online reported Tuesday afternoon that Sinclair, promoter of the annual Miss Teen Jamaica and Mini Miss Jamaica contests for teenaged and pre-teen girls, respectively, was pronounced dead at the Spanish Town Hospital, to which she had been taken in her car after screaming that she was dying.

The car was driven by a friend, veteran dub poet Keith Shepherd, who was taking her to Old Harbour on an errand, when she started shouting of feeling pain and screaming “mi dead, mi dead, mi dead”.

He said that by the time she was checked into the hospital, she was already dead. However, he insists that she was unconscious when they reached the hospital, and apparently died while they waited some 15 minutes for the hospital staff to find a stretcher to carry her into the hospital.

The Jamaica Observer tried to get a comment from CEO of the hospital, Peta-Kaye Sinclair Hamilton, but was informed that she was out for the day. We were also told that Senior Medical Officer, Eidel Brown, would assist, but he did not respond.

Sinclair’s daughter, attorney-at-law Courtney Foster, the multi-award- winning teenage charity fund-raiser of the 1990s, told the Sunday Observer that she learnt that her mother died while waiting for the hospital staff to find the stretcher.

Shepherd, the father of Jamaican dub poet/actor Sheldon Shepherd of the No- Maddz performing group and star of the Jamaican movie, “Better Mus’ Come”, said that he felt the same way.

He said that he and Sinclair and two of her assistants were in the car, when she started acting up. Her daughter, Peta Gaye Foster, confirmed that she suffered from a heart problem as well as high blood pressure.

“We know that sometimes she suffers from dizziness, and she started shouting, ‘Mi dead, mi dead, mi dead’. I turned the car around and drove her to the hospital. But when we got there, there was no stretcher to put her on to carry her into the building, so she stayed in the car,” he explained.

Shepherd said that one of Sinclair’s assistants who was travelling with him in the car, felt her pulse at the hospital and was convinced that she was still alive up to that time.

“After they took her out of the car, I drove the vehicle to the car park and walked back. When I came back I heard that she had been pronounced dead,” he said.

Shepherd said that Sinclair, who also staged a number of fund-raising events, promoted a number of events hosted by Foster, who was at school at Vaz Prep and later at Campion College, to assist needy facilities like the Walker’s Place of Safety, and the Curlin Johnson Basic School in Kingston.

In an interview in the souvenir magazine for her last event, Miss Teen Jamaica 2015/16, at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on July 26, she said that, after 40 years of promoting these shows she had considered retirement, but it was too much of a difficult decision to make.

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‘Up To Di Court House Nuh Safe A JA’

‘Wat a ting wen u caan’ even protect those who are trying to get justice for victims of crime’.

This is a disgrace! It is not whether or not crime happens and will happen anywhere. However, one would have thought that Court Houses across the Island would be protected as you would our prisons. We know our elements, yet we continue to babble with excuses for our blatant lack of prioritizing based on ‘life and death’.

Water is life, without it we die; crime is a death sentence. Without prosecutors we sign our death papers. Do your best and never settle for ‘better than’.


Justice Ministry to renew discussions with police over improving security for prosecutors

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | September 26, 2015
Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding is asserting that his ministry will have to redouble efforts to find a solution to meet the security needs of prosecutors, in collaboration with the police force.
Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding, says his ministry is to renew discussions with the Jamaica Constabulary (JCF) aimed at improving the security of judicial officers including prosecutors. 

He gave the update in a statement yesterday in which he condemned Wednesday’s attack on a deputy director of public prosecutions as she arrived at the Spanish Town Courthouse in St Catherine. 

Arising from the incident, DPP Paula Llewellyn, called for greater security to be put in place to protect prosecutors and support staff.

The Justice Minister says the government owes it to prosecutors to ensure they are able to do their work without being exposed to unacceptable risks. 

As a result, he said Permanent Secretary in the Justice Ministry, Carol Palmer, has been tasked to renew discussions with the Police High Command to see what else can be done to improve security. 

Palmer said the issue of security for prosecutors remains a concern and she will continue dialogue with the Police High Command in an attempt to find a lasting solution.

Senator Golding is asserting that his ministry will have to redouble efforts to find a solution to meet the security needs of prosecutors, in collaboration with the police force.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary said every effort is being made to relocate a number of courthouses and the Spanish Town courthouse is high on the list.

Palmer indicated that the Ministry has already identified property in Central Village on the outskirts of Spanish Town, St Catherine, for the relocation of the Spanish Town Courthouse. 

However, she says the ministry is awaiting funding to proceed with the construction of the new facility.  

It is reported that the female Deputy DPP was in the process of removing files from her car outside the courthouse when a man approached and demanded money.

She complied and the man left.

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Aids – Can You Afford The Treatment ?

Wow – from US$13.50 to $750.00 per tablet, how many sufferers of Aids will be able to afford this?  The founder and owner of this drug is only thirty two (32) years old yet old enough to be aware of the millions of Aids sufferers globally.  Irrespective of this reality he has increased the price by over 5,000% after purchasing the rights to the drug.  By all accounts, he seems unwillingly to re price.  So the choice maybe to take it or suffer until……………….

Are there other options to this drug?  Based on the findings a few months ago by our Health Ministry, we have need for concern.  You are not diagnosed with Aids today, and die tomorrow.  There are persons we know who are living with Aids after continuous treatment for years and in some cases decades.  Therefore the drug is a necessity for survival or to at least have a fighting chance.  Again, how will Jamaica fair with such costs?


Global outrage as price for AIDS-treating tablet soars by 5,000 per cent 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | September 22, 2015

UNITED KINGDOM — A former hedge fund manager has suffered severe backlash globally after purchasing the rights to a 62-year-old drug used for treating AIDS patients and raising the price overnight from US$13.50 per tablet to US$750.

In August, Martin Shkreli, 32, founder and chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals, purchased for $55 million the rights to Daraprim — which is used to treat life-threatening parasitic infections.

Shortly thereafter, the price of the drug, which costs roughly $1 to produce, was increased to $750 per tablet.

Shkreli said he hiked the price of the pill because Turing Pharmaceuticals ‘needed to turn a profit on the drug’.

Since the announcement, people across social media have criticised the price increase, but Shkreli has backed the decision.

“This isn’t the greedy drug company trying to gouge patients, it is us trying to stay in business,” Shkreli said.

He added that many patients use the drug for less than a year and that the price is on par with similar drugs that are used to treat rare diseases.

Since his company acquired the drug, Shkreli has urged the importance of improving Daraprim and said drugs need to be developed for treating neglected tropical diseases.

Shkreli said that the proceeds from the newly high-priced Daraprim will be used to research better treatments and raise awareness for toxoplasmosis, an opportunistic parasitic infection that can cause serious and life-threatening problems.

The disease primarily in babies and people with compromised immune systems, including AIDS and cancer patients.

As the drug has been passed from one pharmaceutical company to another, the price has steadily increased from US$1 to US$13.50.

But when Shkreli acquired the drug, he increased the price by almost 5,500 per cent.

Fierce Biotech editor John Carroll was one of the first people to ask Shkreli to explain why he chose to up the price.

In the heated exchange, Shkreli first said that it was ‘a great business decision that also benefits all of our stakeholders’, but didn’t provide further information.

The Health Ministry is expected to respond to the likely impact on Jamaica.


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Are You Worried About Cholesterol by Dr Tony Vendryes

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | September 22, 2015
 Cholesterol-free diet (like strict vegetarians) can still have high cholesterol. Many of the ‘low-cholesterol foods’ being advertised are so full of sugar and carbohydrates that you are swapping ‘black dog for monkey’ when you use them hoping to lower your cholesterol.


Find The Cause

The common causes of elevated cholesterol include poor lifestyle practices – a high-carbohydrate diet, obesity, lack of exercise, chronic stress, some medications, and hormonal imbalance. It is vital that you detect the cause for your high cholesterol and correct that problem before jumping to drug therapy.


Drugs For Cholesterol

The popular cholesterol-lowering drugs (the statins) act primarily by suppressing the liver. I call them liver toxins. People on most of these medications need to do regular liver tests looking for signs of liver damage. Yes, statins damage the liver.

Statin use is also associated with a long and scary list of potentially severe side effects. These drugs may damage the heart itself and contribute to heart failure. Muscle pains and muscle damage; brain and the nervous-system problems, including memory loss, and depression are well-known complications. They may also cause digestive problems, including stomach upset and constipation.

Drugs to lower cholesterol should, in my opinion, be used with great caution. If you happen to be on these drugs, I strongly advise taking a supplement called coenzymeQ10 to reduce the risk of side effects. These statin drugs deplete the heart, brain, and muscles of this important substance.

If you want to use a ‘drug’, I would recommend more harmless substances like polycosanol, made from the sugarcane plant (available by prescription as Arteriomixol), or a yeast extract from red rice – red rice yeast.



Lifestyle plays a major role in balancing cholesterol levels, and lifestyle modification should be the first and most important part of any programme for lowering cholesterol.

FOOD: Let your food be your medicine, but do not just focus on low-cholesterol foods, as is usually recommended. A diet high in fibre and healthy protein, low in saturated and hydrogenated fats, and low in simple carbohydrates (especially sugar, flour, and rice) is ideal. Specific cholesterol-lowering foods include soy, green tea, oats, garlic, and ginger. I strongly recommend 20-plus grammes of soy protein, a few cups of green tea, plus lots of fibre, and eight glasses of water daily.

WEIGHT CONTROL: Correct even mild obesity, with particular focus on losing fat from around the waist. This is vital to the control of cholesterol as well as blood sugar, blood pressure, and triglycerides. As little as 30 minutes of brisk walking four times per week helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol as well as increases the healthy HDL cholesterol.

STRESS MANAGEMENT: Stress by itself can elevate cholesterol levels as the body manufactures more cholesterol when chronically stressed. Stress management techniques like meditation, yoga, relaxation exercises, tai chi, and the Emotional Freedom Technique are all very useful.

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS: Antioxidants like vitamin C and E and Rosemary help control the oxidative damage that makes ‘bad’ cholesterol unhealthy. High-dose vitamin C may actually reduce cholesterol production by the liver.

The omega 3 fatty acids (three or more grammes daily) lower cholesterol while promoting a healthy heart and circulation and balancing your lipid profiles.

Niacin (vitamin B3) in high doses effectively lowers cholesterol. Use a form of niacin called niacinate to prevent flushing of the skin.

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Dayton Campbell – You Have a Story That Can Motivate Millions – Stick To It!!!

We all have a ‘story’ that is ‘life’.  What we choose to do with that story is called our ‘purpose’ in life.  MP Campbell story is an awe inspiring one that can give hope, and propel those whose mindsets are engrained to believe that their future is stuck in their past especially a past that is considered ‘unfortunate’ due to whatever circumstances that they were born  or thrust in.

Often times on this journey of life we get side tracked, ‘caught up’, distracted, resulting in momentary loss as to what our ‘purpose’ really is all about, losing our path.  Politics if one is not careful can cause the well intentioned to be remembered not for the ‘value’ they can add, rather their lapse in judgement with the spoken word when they allow themselves to be distracted.  Who you become will be evidenced over time, so remember your beginnings and use it to catapult to heights that you could only imagine.  There is much more to ‘purpose’ that a nice ride, nice house, certification and perceived status.  ‘Influence’ speaks far more than the position itself.  The position you hold if you are able to become influential by commanding respect followed by integrity and credibility, I daresay without the ‘cheap talk’ you will come to realise such is beneath your mental capacity and just rise.


PNP is about progress, not promises — Dayton Campbell

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, September 20, 2015 | 12:52 PM   

Dayton Campbell (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Member of Parliament for North Western St Ann Dr Dayton Campbell, during his presentation at the 77th annual People’s National Party conference now under way at the National Arena in Kingston, today emphasised that the PNP “is about progress, not promises”.

In an obviously emotional presentation that garnered tumultuous applause from those gathered at the session, Dr Campbell said he is a product of the PNP.

Dr Campbell told the audience that his mother was a domestic helper and his father was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and that growing up, he was constantly reminded that he is the son of a “prison bud”.

However, he said despite the constant reminders while growing up, he, along with his two siblings in 2008, graduated from the University of the West Indies.

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What You Need To Know About Childhood Cancer by Dr Michelle Reece-Mills

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, September 20, 2015    

PEOPLE often express surprise that children can get cancer. Cancer in childhood occurs infrequently compared to adult cancers but is very important to know about as it is one of the leading causes of death in children under 14 years of age.

In the United States, 10,000 children under 15 years will develop cancer in 2015. Locally, 50 to 60 children across the island develop cancer yearly.


Childhood cancer refers to any cancer developing in a child under 18 years of age.

The most common cancers seen in children include: Leukaemias (blood cancers); lymphomas (cancer of the immune cells); brain tumours; Wilms tumour (a type of kidney cancer) and neuroblastoma (cancer of immature nerve cells).

Other childhood cancers include: Rhabdomyosarcomas (muscle cancer); retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye); and bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma).


This is due to changes in the DNA or chromosomes of the cells (the building blocks of life).

Unlike adult cancers, there has not been any proven environmental or lifestyle associations such as a bad diet or exposure to chemicals.

Therefore, parents shouldn’t feel guilty when their child develops cancer, there is little that they could have done to prevent it.


These include:

* An unusual lump or swelling

* Unexplained paleness and loss of energy

* Easy bruising

* An ongoing pain in one area of the body

* Limping

* Unexplained fever or illness that doesn’t go away

* Frequent headaches, often with vomiting

* Sudden eye or vision changes

* Sudden unexplained weight loss


Treatments are chosen for childhood cancers based mainly on the type and stage of the cancer.

Treatment options may include chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and/or other types of treatment. Chemotherapy involves the use of chemicals (drugs) given through an IV (the drip).

In many cases, more than one of these treatments is used.

Generally, childhood cancers usually respond well to chemotherapy because they tend to be cancers that grow fast. (Most forms of chemotherapy affect cells that are growing quickly.)

Children’s bodies are also generally better able to recover from higher doses of chemotherapy than adults’ bodies.


Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause long-term side effects, so children who survive cancer need careful attention for the rest of their lives.

These can include:

* Heart or lung problems (due to certain chemotherapy drugs or radiation therapy);

* Slowed or decreased growth and development (in the bones or overall);

* Changes in sexual development and ability to have children;

* Learning problems; and

* Development of second cancers later in life.

Routine medical checks yearly and avoiding risky behaviours such as drinking and smoking will be important as the child gets older.


No matter what age a child is, a cancer diagnosis will have a big effect on them. A child’s age, level of development and personality will determine many of their reactions. However, most children will feel a mix of being anxious, afraid, angry, or upset at some stage during their illness.

For most children with cancer, their life changes dramatically. Going through tests, doctor’s appointments and treatment will become their new routine. They will have a lot to cope with so it’s important they have people close by they can trust and feel loved by at all times.

Although children can be very strong during a serious illness, understanding a child’s specific needs, maintaining normal routines and providing boundaries, comfort and love, are very important to help support this natural resilience.

Siblings of a child with cancer have their own fears. Hospital visits, seeing their brother/sister upset, in pain or acting differently can all be very frightening to a child. They may feel they have lost the once close and fun relationship with their brother or sister. Feeling alone and lost is not uncommon.

Anger and jealousy are other emotions that may be expressed due to the amount of attention given to their ill sibling. Sadness and guilt that they caused the cancer to occur are other common feelings.

They may also pretend they are okay so as not to upset their parents more than they already are. School performance may suffer with lower marks than usual.


Understandably, most parents who are told their child has cancer feel completely devastated. There may be moments when people can feel numb and don’t believe what is happening. Painful emotions of anger, sadness, guilt, fear and denial are all common and normal feelings of parents who have been told their child has cancer.

Parents play a huge role in how a child copes. A calm, loving, present, and reassuring parent can help the child to cope with the treatment.

There is no right or wrong way to feel. Most parents find their emotions go up and down over the course of a child’s treatment. Some days they may feel they are coping and other days may feel completely lost or out of control.

Whilst no-one can fully prepare a parent to cope with their child having cancer we hope the following tips will help.

* Get all the information you can about childhood cancer, treatment and care.

* Ask your doctors where to get information on the Internet – this is crucial as some websites can be misleading.

* Do not try to be “brave” and cope alone. Doctors, nurses and all staff at the hospital want to help you. Talk to them, let them know how you feel and ask for help.

* Relieve yourself of the burden of home duties (cooking, washing, cleaning, shopping) and caring for your other children by asking family members and friends to fill in. They will want to help but may need guidance as to what to do.

* Take care of yourself. Most parents find this the hardest thing to do, as they focus completely on their sick child’s needs. But it is important to take time out for you and not feel guilty for doing this. You cannot be expected to care for your child if you are not looking after yourself.

* Try to talk about your feelings with those you trust. Most people say that when they share their sadness, anger or fear it helps. If you feel you may need some professional counselling ask your doctor at the hospital for a referral.

* Set up a group email or blog for people who want to know how things are going, or delegate a close friend or family member to give information to the rest of your friendship and family groups. It can be overwhelming to try to inform everyone all the time about what is happening for your child. Be sensitive about the information posted in public about your child. They may not want their information out for everyone to see.

* Take time out to spend with your partner, family and friends. Having a child with cancer can put a lot of strain on your close relationships. It is important to maintain communication both through talking and physical intimacy where possible.


It is only natural to want to protect a child and their siblings from a cancer diagnosis. However, for most children, the regular hospital visits and tests, missing school and other activities will alert them to the fact that something is very wrong. Most children can pick up on their parents’ emotions. How they react to upsetting news often depends on how the parents are coping with it.

It is best to be open and honest with young people about a cancer diagnosis. Reliable, age-appropriate information can help them understand and cope with changes.

If possible, both parents should talk to their child. This way they can support each other. It is important not to give too much information all at once. Throughout the conversation, get feedback to ensure that the child understands what is being said. Keep things consistent and honest. It is important not to promise a child anything that you cannot be sure of.

Letting children know how adults are feeling will allow them to express their own feelings more easily. Reassure children that whatever they are feeling is normal and that they will be supported throughout.


As stated before, most children with cancer and their siblings will go through a range of emotions. While they usually manage to find a way to cope, there may be times when your child needs extra support. Parents need to be able to recognise the signs if their child has a more serious problem and needs to talk to a health professional.

A child usually needs extra help and support if they:

* Feel sad all the time and cry a lot;

* Cannot be comforted or reassured;

* Show less interest in their school work, hobbies and friendships;

* Cannot concentrate;

* Have severe mood swings;

* Feel irritable, upset and angry often;

* Talk about hurting themselves or thinking of suicide;

* Have weight loss/gain/appetite changes not related to the cancer and its treatment;

* Suffer low energy/fatigue not related to the cancer and its treatment;

* Have trouble sleeping that goes on for more than a week or two.

While this is a turbulent period for the entire family, sticking with and completing treatment offers the best chance for a good outcome. When abandonment (leaving treatment early) occurs, the disease is likely to recur and is harder to treat.


Local organisations involved in cancer care include:

Angels of Love, a non-profit charity assisting children with critical illnesses;

Leukaemia Care – providing financial support for newly diagnosed children with leukaemia; and parents can also get assistance from the CHASE Fund and the Ministry of Health compassionate fund.

Dr Michelle Reece-Mills is a paediatric oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies.


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Politics Is Not For The Faint Of Hearted !!!!!

Follow the leader and you will be victorious.  Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, endured a ruthless battle for the leadership of the PNP.  What was the outcome?  She not only maintained her leadership by winning but doing so with non repudiation, and is now the Prime Minister of this country.  Regardless of what any pundit may say or even the public, this Prime Minister knows how to battle, knows how not to quit, and somehow manages to rise above claiming victory. 

If you believe that politics is a smooth journey, then it is best to ‘pack your bags and go’.  On the other hand if you have ‘brains, beauty and balls, ‘den tan wey u deh and tell dem to bring it on, caas u nah quit an u ready fi anybody wey wan tek u on’.  It is time to take the challenge on without any interference from the Prime Minister.  Her track record is what those wishing to hold on must ‘dig up’ from the archive, study, and arm yourself for victory.  ‘I caan tek a weak ooman, wuss a weak man’. 

Having support is commendable, having someone fight your battles are a sign of weakness, I opine.


Don’t Destroy Lisa!

Elders say PNP must make use of Hanna’s national popularity

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, September 20, 2015     58 Comments

Member of Parliament for St James Southern Derrick Kellier gets advice from a supporter.

THREE veteran members of the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) are peeved by what they believe is the unwarranted pressure being placed on Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern, beauty queen Lisa Hanna.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer last Tuesday, the three bemoaned what they consider the short-sightedness of the party in allowing what they described as a “bright, young talent with tremendous national appeal” to be pushed against the wall by leaders of the PNP.

The three, who spoke on condition that they are not identified, want Hanna to be, instead, encouraged to prolong her life in politics and project what one sees in her as “uncommon talent and ability”.

“How can you be treating Lisa that way?” one said. “This woman is the third most popular politician in Jamaica. Are we to say to Jamaica that, although she is a favourite of the people, some delegates of the party do not want her, and as a result she cannot play a role in politics?”

The popularity tag that the veteran referred to was recent opinion polls which placed the minister of youth and culture high on the list of politicians who enjoyed favourable ratings nationally.

She has been thrown in the top four alongside Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party Andrew Holness, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, and Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips.

Hanna also has a considerable following on social media, with around 100,000 contacts and followers spread across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the most by any local politician.

But she has not enjoyed a close relationship with Simpson Miller of late, nor is it perceived by the veterans that she is liked by PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, and Burke’s influential wife and PNP Vice-President Angela Brown Burke.

Hanna’s critics cite comments that she made about the party leader, which reached the ears of the alert Simpson Miller, as one of the reasons for the strain in relations.

But that is something that has happened before with other people, and they have been pardoned, another veteran argued.

“I don’t know what Lisa has done that others before her have not,” he stated.

“You can call the names of people who have bad-mouthed Portia, including KD (Knight) and Peter (Phillips), yet they are not being squeezed out of their party responsibilities.

“Anytime you see a Cabinet minister under pressure, and the party leader does nothing about trying to protect that person, you know that the leader wants that person out,” the party elder went on.

“(Councillor) Lydia Richards is challenging her for the seat, but as I understand it, even if Lydia wins, she will not be contesting the seat in the next general election. So, in effect, Lydia is just entering the contest to try and build a platform for someone else — a prominent person whom we all know,” the veteran went on.

The PNP is hosting its 77th annual national conference, which will end today with the public session to be addressed by Simpson Miller. The matter of the discord in St Ann South Eastern was mentioned at the private session of the conference, one source told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

Hanna and Richards are expected to face delegates of St Ann South Eastern next weekend, and although the sitting MP does not have the backing of three of four councillors of the St Ann Parish Council, from all accounts, she is still the favourite among delegates.

However, word has reached the Sunday Observer that one influential PNP member and supporter has been already offering money to certain delegates in a bid to have them not attend the selection, and thus eliminate the possibility of voting for Hanna. The lowest offer being made to delegates is $5,000.

“We have to look at ourselves and our party and determine whether or not we want to move the organisation and the country forward,” the third veteran stated.

“We cannot forever allow people, some of them of questionable character, to dictate the electioneering process. In the past we have had criminals and drug dealers dominating the proceedings, and we must ensure that we get rid of that for good,” the veteran said.

St Ann South Eastern remains the only seat that the PNP has never lost in a contested general election, since it was formed in 1959. It was won first by Dr Ivan Lloyd, who also served for a short period as leader of the Opposition, and is known for having MPs such as former deputy prime minister, the late Seymour ‘Foggy’ Mullings, and Aloun Assamba, who now serves as Jamaica high commissioner to the United Kingdom. Hanna has been MP since December 2011.

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‘U Excellent U Excellent’ – Rita Marley – Living Legends Award Honour Bestowed

Bob Marley has long been gone, though never forgotten.  Through it all, Rita Marley has paved away for herself where name recognition she has earned, held and maintained through her own philanthropic endeavours and achievements.

There has never been any question that she always embraced her blackness and roots where others only claim and do so seasonally.  We can be proud of Rita Marley as she has represented her homeland well and continues on her quest to bring aid to the Motherland.


Rita Marley honoured

 (Jamaica Gleaner)Saturday | September 19, 2015
 Rita Marley
(Photo above from the Jamaica Observer, Sun, 20 Sept 2015)
Rita Marley
 The African Union Diaspora Africa Forum, in collaboration with the United Nations Women, held an historic two-day event in New York to award African Women of Excellence.

On September 11, the honourees convened at the United Nations Women Conference Room for a round-table discussion on Global African Women’s Issues.

Chaired by Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (former deputy president of South Africa and executive director, UN Women) and Dr Erieka Bennett (head of AU-DAF), at the start of the meeting, participants acknowledged one minute of silence for 9/11 victims. The honourees discussed their lives journeys and imparted strategies for success with female mentees who also shared their experiences. Rosemary Duncan, manager of the Rita Marley Foundation (JA), was among them.

In an emphatic message, Marley conveyed, “I grew up black-oriented and keen on my identity as a black queen. My mantra has been: ‘Say it loud. I am black and proud.’ I am happy and honoured to open the eyes and minds of young girls to love their African identity. As my husband said in his song, No Woman No Cry, ‘Oh little sister don’t shed no tears ’cause everything is gonna be alright.’ He also said: ‘So much trouble in the world. All we have to do is give a little.”

The following evening, the distinguished women received awards during an exquisite ceremony at the Warwick Hotel. Marley is one of two remarkable women bestowed the highest honour, the Living Legends Award. The Marley family matriarch was awarded for philanthropic works in Africa and Jamaica, through the Rita Marley Foundation, and for being the driving force that has kept Bob Marley’s legacy alive.The other Living Legends awardee is Madame Xernona Clayton, a philanthropist and founder of Trumpet Awards.


In an eloquently delivered message, Marley said:”I want to show some love to Africa, Jamaica and our ancestors. As Bob Marley said, ‘Africa unite, ’cause we’re treading on the winepress for far too long.’ United we stand, divided we fall.”

She further read: “The foundation works in Ghana and Jamaica to improve the lives of women, children and the elderly through health, education, nutrition and community projects. This Living Legends Award means the Rita Marley Foundation is on the right path. However, I tell you that all of us gathered here this evening still have a great deal of work ahead of us; because right now in Africa, young girls and women are being killed for pursuing an education. Children and women are also the most impoverished people on the continent.

“At this moment, little girls are condemned into childhood marriages and young girls forced into prostitution; in 2015, women (Africa and the diaspora) are victimised for being women and earn less than men for similar skills and labour. Right now in Africa, women walk long distances on lonely, dangerous roads to seek food and water for their families. Also the majority of people injured or killed during conflict are children and women.”

The other awardees were Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; Justice Julia Sarkodie-Mensah; Ambassador Alice Dear; Dr Gloria Herndon; Dr Arikana Chihombori; Vivian Derryck; Cecilia Anim; Claudette Perry and Florizelle Liser.

Dr Joyce Banda (former president of Malawi ), Dr Toni Luck (African transformation and development specialist), and Olivia Jordan (Miss USA 2015) were among the acclaimed women who participated in the event.

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