Shocker!! – Police Carried Out Contract Killing in Death of 61 Year Old Business Woman

As alarming as our murders are on the Roc, we must keep things into perspective.  An Island such as ours, the grapevine is always flourishing and it is with great sadness for humans to face the fact that those closest to us are often times the most deadliest to us.

We hate as much as we say we love and so the conflict and battle with our emtions when issues surface is the root cause of our actions.  How can a friend, family member, business partner decide it is time for you to depart planet earth?  If the answer was easily found, such murders would not be rampant on the Roc.  There are those who would say, it is not as simple as walking away.  Another view to take would be to analyse the worth.  How well do you really know those closest to you?  What value do those closest to you put on life?  What value do you personally put on life?  If you are able to answer those questions truthfully, you may just find that missing link to the unanswered questions.  It is not my belief that one remains ‘stuck’.  There is absolutely nothing one cannot walk away from if they seriously look at ‘worth’ and ‘value’.

Where do we go from here?………………….


2 cops arrested for Manchester businesswoman’s contract killing

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | 4:26 PM     37 Comments

MANCHESTER, Jamaica – Two policemen were on Monday, October 26, arrested in connection with the murder of Manchester businesswoman Norma Coleman in the parish last Friday.

Read: 61-y-o woman shot dead in Manchester

Investigators are now appealing to Coleman’s husband, Vincent Coleman, and Marshall Small, both of Mandeville addresses, to report to the Mandeville Police Station by midday Thursday, as they believe both men can assist their investigations.

The police are reportedly treating the businesswoman’s murder as a contract killing which involves person/s closely associated with her.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch Headquarters (CIB HQ), who are spearheading the investigation, are reporting significant progress in their probe of the incident.

A news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit said about 1:30 pm on Friday, October 23, the 61-year-old businesswoman of Begonia Drive in Mandeville was shot dead on Confidence Avenue.

Head of the Criminal Investigation Branch Assistant Commissioner of Police Ealan Powell has indicated that there is “a worrying increase in murders suspected to be contract killings involving family members who are hiring others to kill relatives”.

He has given the assurance that the requisite resources will be allocated to this and similar investigations to speedily bring all involved to justice.

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Reparation – Slavery – The Black Man’s Role!!

Are you prepared to look at both sides?  Will you have an open mind to the possibility that ‘blacks’ were part of this atrocity for personal gain ‘Greed’? Do you deny the existence of ‘black royalty’ in Africa from generation to generation?  No need to inform the readers the magnitude of the Continent of Africa.  I have always questioned the facilitators of the slave trade and whenever the topic comes up of slavery, oh how it focuses on being one dimensional.  Interesting piece below by Martin Henry, it is worth the read.  If not only for some semblance of awakening.

The black race truly cannot heal from this atrocity until the truth and nothing but the truth is presented to the world.  Are you prepared for that?  The hypocrisy must not continue to prevail.



Africa’s role in slavery

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015Martin Henry, Contributed
A maquette of a slavery memorial in central London, England.
Martin Henry
Africa’s role in slavery

This is absolutely the best of times to talk about the African participation in slavery. This is absolutely the worst of times to talk about the African participation in slavery.

There is strong preference for uncomfortable truths about the matter to be kept out of sight. But this is a good time to undertake a disinterment.

The great early 20th-Century black writer of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, bitterly complained that “the white people held my people in slavery here in America. They had bought us, it is true, and exploited us.

But the inescapable fact that stuck in my craw was: My people had sold me … . My own people had exterminated whole nations and torn families apart for a profit before the strangers got their chance at a cut. It was a sobering thought. It impressed upon me the universal nature of greed.” And we might add, the universal nature of slavery.

African kings were willing to provide a steady flow of captives, who they said were criminals or prisoners of war doomed for execution. Many were not, but this did not prevent traders posing as philanthropists who were rescuing the Africans from death and offering them a better and more productive life.

When France and Britain outlawed slavery in their territories in the early 19th Century, African chiefs who had grown rich and powerful off the slave trade sent protest delegations to Paris and London. Britain abolished the slave trade and slavery itself against fierce opposition from West African and Arab traders.

According to Basil Davidson, celebrated scholar of African history, in his book The African Slave Trade: “The notion that Europe altogether imposed the slave trade on Africa is without any foundation in history … . Those Africans who were involved in the trade were seldom the helpless victims of a commerce they did not understand: On the contrary, they responded to its challenge. They exploited its opportunities.”

Until the 18th Century, very few Europeans had any moral reservations about slavery, which contradicted no important social value for most people around the world. In the Arab world, which was the first to import large numbers of slaves from Africa, the slave traffic was cosmopolitan. Slaves of all types were sold in open bazaars. The Arabs played an important role as middlemen in the trans-atlantic slave trade, and research data suggest that between the 7th and the 19th centuries, they transported more than 14 million black slaves across the Sahara and the Red Sea, as many or more than were shipped to the Americas, depending on the estimates for the transatlantic slave trade.

Tunde Obadina, a director of Africa Business Information Services, has acknowledged the importance of Britain, and other Western countries, in ending the slave trade. “When Britain abolished the slave trade in 1807,” he has written, “it not only had to contend with opposition from white slavers, but also from African rulers who had become accustomed to wealth gained from selling slaves or from taxes collected on slaves passed through their domain. African slave-trading classes were greatly distressed by the news that legislators sitting in Parliament in London had decided to end their source of livelihood. But for as long as there was demand from the Americas for slaves, the lucrative business continued.”

“Slave trading for export,” Obadina notes, only “ended in Nigeria and elsewhere in West Africa after slavery ended in the Spanish colonies of Brazil and Cuba in 1880. A consequence of the ending of the slave trade was the expansion of domestic slavery as African businessmen replaced trade in human chattel with increased export of primary commodities. Labour was needed to cultivate the new source of wealth for the African elites. The ending of the obnoxious business had nothing to do with events in Africa. Rulers and traders there would have happily continued to sell humans for as long as there was demand for them.”

Mali only legally abolished slavery in 1960 and hundreds of thousands of people are still enslaved there in 2015, despite the law.

As Thomas Sowell, a black conservative American scholar, has pointed out the efforts of the European nations to wipe out slavery have been virtually ignored. “Incredibly late in human history”, he writes, “a mass moral revulsion finally set in against slavery – first in 18th-century England, and then during the 19th Century, throughout Western civilisation. But only in Western civilisation … Africans, Arabs, and Asians continued to resist giving up their slaves. Only because Western power was at its peak in the 19th Century was Western imperialism able to impose the abolition of slavery around the world – as it imposed the rest of its beliefs and agendas, for good or evil.”

The resistance put up by Africans, Asians and Arabs was monumental in defence of slavery and lasted for more than a century, Sowell writes. Only the overwhelming military power of the West enabled it to prevail on this issue, and only the moral outrage of Western peoples kept their Government’s feet to the fire politically to maintain the pressure against slavery around the world.

Ghanaian politician and educator Samuel Sulemana Fuseini has acknowledged that his Asante ancestors accumulated their great wealth by abducting, capturing, and kidnapping Africans and selling them as slaves.

Ghanaian diplomat Kofi Awoonor has also written: “I believe there is a great psychic shadow over Africa, and it has much to do with our guilt and denial of our role in the slave trade. We, too, are blameworthy in what was essentially one of the most heinous crimes in human history.”

In 2000, at an observance attended by delegates from several European countries and the United States, officials from Benin publicised President Mathieu Kerekou’s apology for his country’s role in “selling fellow Africans by the millions to white slave traders”.

“We cry for forgiveness and reconciliation,” said Luc Gnacadja, Benin’s minister of environment and housing.

Cyrille Oguin, Benin’s ambassador to the United States, acknowledged: “We share in the responsibility for this terrible human tragedy.”

A year later, the president of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, who is himself the descendant of generations of slave-owning and slave-trading African kings, urged Europeans, Americans, and Africans to acknowledge publicly and teach openly about their shared responsibility for the Atlantic slave trade. Wade’s remarks came shortly after the release of “the first African film to look at African involvement in the slave trade with the West” by Ivory Coast director Roger Gnoan M’bala.

“It’s up to us,” M’Bala declared, “to talk about slavery, open the wounds of what we’ve always hidden and stop being puerile when we put responsibility on others … .”

“In our own oral tradition, slavery is left out purposefully because Africans are ashamed when we confront slavery. Let’s wake up and look at ourselves through our own image.”

But African slaveholders and slave traders didn’t think of themselves or their slaves as ‘Africans’. Instead, they thought of themselves in tribal terms and their slaves as foreigners or inferiors.

What William Wilberforce and other abolitionists vanquished, one writer explains, was something even worse than slavery, something that was much more fundamental and could hardly be seen from where we stand today: They vanquished the very mindset that made slavery acceptable and allowed it to survive and thrive for millennia. They destroyed an entire way of seeing the world, one that had held sway from the beginning of history, and replaced it with another way of seeing the world.

Thomas Sowell notes that “the anti-slavery movement was spearheaded by people who would today be called “the religious Right” and its organisation was created by conservative businessmen. “Moreover, what destroyed slavery in the non-Western world was Western imperialism,” he argues. “Nothing could be more jolting and discordant with the vision of today’s intellectuals than the fact that it was businessmen, devout religious leaders and Western imperialists who together destroyed slavery around the world. And if it doesn’t fit their vision, it is the same to them as if it never happened.”

I am particularly indebted to the very politically incorrect work of Thomas Sowell and to Dinesh D’Souza’s now famous 20-year old Policy Review essay, ‘We the Slave Owners’, for information on this horrible subject of slavery and African participation in it. But many other sources are freely available on the Web which I have tapped for this piece and which can be easily checked, if prejudice against these uncomfortable truths does not provoke a boycott.

– Martin Henry is a university administrator. Email feedback to and

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British Barrister Experiences Health-care On The Roc

It is unfortunate that you were not aware nor your wife of health-care conditions in Jamaica.  If you were, you might have chosen elsewhere.  Or is that where you were coming from, the Article did not say health-care is worse than Jamaica’s?

Be that as it may, Dr Alfred Dawes spoke to the conditions when he was President of the JMDA.  The MOH and its leadership are still standing simply because the people of Jamaica have allowed them to.  Your experience is what Jamaicans are given at our public hospitals daily.  Cuba I daresay would have been a better option.  Thank the Lord, your baby and wife is still alive.


A father’s tale of woe at University Hospital

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 25, 2015      41 Comments

Sam Nicholls and his son while they visited the University Hospital of the West Indies.

IN February of this year when British barrister Sam Nicholls and his wife were rushed from another Caribbean island to Jamaica for the emergency delivery of their baby, they both knew the situation would be no walk in the park, but they had no idea of the level of trauma that was about to unfold.

Sam Nicholls, whose wife is also British but of Jamaican parentage, explained that while the hospitals in the Caribbean island where they now reside are well-equipped, Jamaica was chosen for the emergency delivery because of the calibre of the doctors here.

His wife had been diagnosed with pre-eclamsia, the most common complication in pregnancy, and if she and the baby were to survive, an emergency caesarean section was imperative.

“So we were flown by air ambulance from our island to the UHWI (University Hospital of the West Indies) because there are more doctors there and a higher level of neonatal care,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

Nicholls said his son was born two months premature and weighed just 3.5 pounds. Baby Nicholls was immediately taken down to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to be treated for a number of health issues that ‘preemies’ are usually at risk for, such as respiratory distress syndrome and necrotizing entercolitis (NEC) — a serious intestinal illness.

Having NEC meant the newborn had to be fed using Total Parental Nutrition (TPN) which bypasses the digestive system and goes directly to the bloodstream for the nutrients to be absorbed. But Nicholls said he was shocked to discover that the intravenus nutrition was not available at the hospital.

“Astonishingly, the consultant in charge at the time thought it was available at the hospital and her junior doctors had to say ‘no it’s not’, so the consultant had no idea what her own pharmacy had, and it was left to the last minute for me to go and find it. I had to go to a private place to get that,” said Nicholls, who made it clear throughout the interview that he had no issues with the level of expertise at the hospital, but wanted to outline that the systems and protocols that the health ministry are insisting are in place are not what occurs on a daily basis inside the NICU.

According to the barrister, that was not the only time he went on the hunt for a life-saving implement or drug. First it was for magnesium sulphate for his wife on the day when his baby was to be delivered. The hospital did not have the drug, which

is commonly used to stop pre-term labour.

“They had me phoning around, probably 20 pharmacies in Kingston, trying to find it. I sat in the delivery suite phoning around these pharmacies trying to find it myself. In the end, I phoned up Dr Hunter Greaves (his wife’s obstetrician) and she said ‘leave it with me, I will get it’, and (one of the staff) actually went to KPH (Kingston Public Hospital) to get it. I spent probably an hour of my time, incredibly stressful time, phoning around, trying to find this life-saving drug, while my wife was told that you could have a seizure and die if you don’t have this drug,” he recounted.

The father said that this was the first indication of “how things would go”.

Nicholls said he has decided to come forward with his story following the health ministry’s disclosure last week that 18 babies died at the UHWI and the Cornwall Regional Hospital since June from bacterial infections. He said he is appalled that the health ministry could have just discovered the outbreak, and is even more concerned that the authorities are “passing the buck”.

The father pointed to the assurance given by the health ministry that there are adequate supplies of the antibiotics needed to treat the infections, stating that had not been his experience when doctors thought his son had an infection when his blood count dropped.

“Prior to that he had been given increasing doses of antibiotics, so they said we are now at the stage where we need to go to the highest antibiotics that we can possibly use. They then said to me the problem is it’s not available at the hospital pharmacy, and it’s Saturday night and you won’t get it until Monday morning. The impression I got is that the hospital pharmacy just didn’t stock it because it was very expensive.

“They said to me you’re going to have to go to a private pharmacy to get it, and they probably won’t be open until Monday morning, so if my son had that infection by Monday morning he would be dead. Maybe they are available now, [but] they weren’t when I was there,” Nicholls said, adding that fortunately the situation was resolved by other means.

Disgusting, is how Nicholls described conditions in the parents’ room which is just a few feet outside the NICU.

“There were cockroaches, litter wasn’t cleaned, no bins were provided, my wife tells me that the sanitary bin in the toilet was never emptied, and there was no hand soap provided at all. We actually put bars of soap in there from the hotel where we were staying. There was no toilet paper,” he said.

He said that he saw mothers expressing breast milk for their sick newborns who had impaired immune systems, in that unclean environment.

“You would have to sit on a sofa that was filthy, that looked like it had been there from day one … a sofa that someone previously sat on, who was not able to wash their hands in the facility provided, then the mothers are coming to express milk after touching something that was potentially infected with a nasty bacteria,” he said.

Nicholls explained that based on the setup, people aren’t able to wash their hands immediately before going into the NICU, and therefore would enter after touching the door (when the buzzing in system wasn’t working).

The hand-washing stations are positioned inside the cubicles where the babies are kept, so that parents have to pass the cots on their way to wash their hands. Nicholls said he would observe anxious parents sometimes going directly to their babies, forgetting to wash their hands. “There was provision for hand gel before you get to the cubicles, but quite often they were empty,” he remarked.

Nicholls said that the infection control protocols which hospital officials outlined last week are not what he observed during his three months of long hours with his son in the NICU.

“I saw student nurses, going between babies, not washing their hands. I had to challenge student nurses on a number of occasions – ‘have you washed your hands?’ – and quite often I would get the answer ‘no, let me do that now’,” he said.

He said that on one occasion a thermometer was taken out of his son’s cot, used on another baby and then brought back to his son’s cot. “I had to sterilise it myself… that’s how infection spreads. I challenged one of the nurses myself, and he said, ‘Oh, yes, you have to watch those student nurses like a hawk,” Nicholls recalled.

He said that he saw none of the medical personnel wearing protective masks or gowns of any kind. “The nurses were in scrubs that they were wearing before they entered the ward. There was no changing of clothes before coming into the unit at all,” he added.

Nicholls emphasised that: “I make no criticism of the nurses at all. They were fantastic in terms of their skills. No issues with the nurses, I’m speaking of the conditions that they are forced to work in.”

Nicholls said he could not have made any of this up even if he tried. “I was there for three months virtually every day, from nine in the morning maybe taking an hour or two for lunch until two at night sometimes,” he said

He recalled seeing the janitorial staff cleaning multiple surfaces inside

the NICU, “with the same dirty rag.”

He further said that: “They would start (cleaning) from one end of the NICU and they would use the same water throughout the ward… by the time they got to the end closest to the door the water was black. They wouldn’t change it. It was just unbelievable.”

Nicholls said that he witnessed a “shocking” incident one Sunday.

“There as a small toddler who came into the hospital with parents who had a baby on the ward (not the NICU). That toddler was in the family room and vomited on the floor and then the parents took him on to the ward, having just vomited. I had to tell the nurse…the mop was then used to clean the vomit, which was used to clean the rest of the ward. No new mop came on the ward,” he said.

He said the nurse-to-baby ratio at nights had also worried him. “During the day there were a number of nurses on the ward, but at nights there were well over 20 babies with three nurses. At nights there were generally no doctors on the ward…the main consultants were never on the ward at nights or on the weekends,” he said.

Nicholls said that when he took his son back to the ward for a check-up in July he noticed that there were only three or four babies there. And when he asked, out of curiosity, one of the doctors told him that it was not a particularly busy time and that there had been a significant number of infections.

“I then found out from another family who had been on the ward where we were, that there had been a number of deaths in July.

Nicholls made it clear that he was not speaking up out of any malice or because he had any political bias. “I have no political interest in Jamaica at all. I don’t live there, I don’t have the right to vote, don’t care what political party it is. So this is not a political issue for me. Babies have died unnecessarily.”

He explained that he had opted not to write to the hospital management because by the end of his son’s stay at the facility, he was just very relieved.

“By the end of my stay there I was so depressed I wanted to just try to forget about it. I had had enough of three months on that ward, constantly going in day after day wondering if I’m going to find my son dead or alive. That was as much as I could take at the time. I was going to, but then I just thought, ‘No I don’t want to do this’, and I didn’t know whether my son was going to have to go back at some point,” he told the Sunday Observer.

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Deportees – There Will Be Many More Stories Like This One!!

Regardless of what has happened before us, we still continue to make choices without looking beyond the moment. While many across the borders flock to the USA for a better life with or without legal documentation, there still remains a large amount that have lived in that country for over two and three decades never normalizing their status. Why? That is the million dollar question.

What we do know about the USA is that there is welfare, free education, opportunity available where it is possible to move from rags to riches. That country has more black millionaires than one ever thought possible despite its racism, discrimination often experienced. It is a country that boasts a ‘Black President’ twice elected yet we have Jamaicans who by choice never sought to take up amnesty that was available on more than one occasion I believe.   Why? Million dollar question.

The unfortunate situation is we do not like to take any form of responsibility for the choices we make. There is no country on this Planet that does not have within it harsh, volatile, depraved communities. If there was, mass migration would be documented to such a place. Unless you live the life of a cow boy or cow girl, sowing no seeds of procreation, the choices you make will undoubtedly affect your immediate family. The best people to assist you are those who are citizens of the USA, your Pastor and wife who I suspect is a US citizen. The mere fact that your attorney was not cognizant of you not being a US citizen when he represented you highlights the flaws within that legal system emphasising that cracks are in the legal system world-wide.

I know there are thousands of Jamaicans living in the United States for as long as 40 years and are still illegal immigrants. Time has a way of catching up just as surely as you age each year.

US family seeks donation to visit deportee father in Jamaica

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 25, 2015 | 10:11 AM      

CAMDEN, New Jersey (AP) — Fidel Napier made it out of Camden, often called America’s poorest and most dangerous city, only to end up in a country where the water sometimes cuts out and he fears for his safety when he leaves the house.

Almost six months have passed since federal authorities took Napier out of the Pennsauken home he shared with his wife and three kids, then left him in Jamaica, the country where he was born.

Napier came to Camden at age five but never became a US citizen. He was deported July 30 because of a 1998 drug conviction that labelled him a high-priority candidate. Napier, who once spent his time coaching youth basketball and going out to dinner with his wife, now lives with a distant cousin in St Thomas, a rural community outside of Kingston that this year was ranked as Jamaica’s most impoverished parish.

It is a foreign place to Napier. He does not have a Jamaican accent, which he said makes him stick out, and he can see people sizing him up when he’s in public. When friends send him money, he gives most of it to his cousin to help with bills. He is trying to obtain the identification documents he needs to apply for jobs, but given the area’s chronic unemployment, he’s not optimistic about his chances.

“I wake up every morning and think, ‘What am I doing here?’ ” Napier, 38, said in a phone interview. “I’m used to taking care of my family, being a father to my children. I just don’t feel like a man. This life, this isn’t me. It’s just not who I always tried to be.”

In his absence, his once-content suburban family home is roiled by sadness, anger, and stress, said his wife, Kiyonna Napier. Their 16-year-old daughter, Teyonna, complains of stomach aches and often asks to stay home from school. Taliah, their 13-year-old, cannot bear to have FaceTime phone calls with her father, bursting into tears at the sight of his smile. Their son, Fidel Jr, seven, has gone from cheery to standoffish, slamming doors and yelling.

“I’m having a tough time with them,” Kiyonna Napier told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “They’re shutting down, they’re struggling. I’m struggling.”

Money is tight, she said. She took a medical leave from her job as a lab technician due to anxiety and depression that set in after the deportation. Responsibilities that were always shared, such as shuttling the kids between sports practices, now rest solely with her.

Friends pooled their money for a ticket so she could visit her husband once after he left, but the kids have not seen him since the summer. Hoping for a chance to spend the holidays together, the Napiers set up a donation website,, with proceeds going toward plane fare to Jamaica. So far the effort has drawn less than US$250.

Napier’s deportation was the culmination of a process that began in 2010 when Homeland Security agents arrested him at the manufacturing company where he worked. After he was taken into custody in May, he spent weeks in federal detention before agents put him on a plane.

Policies enacted under the Obama administration focus on removing felons and repeat offenders from the country. It is unclear when Napier came to the department’s attention or why he was not targeted until more than a decade after his plea. The case against him stems entirely from crimes committed almost two decades ago.

Napier’s childhood in Camden was unstable, he said, and he turned to dealing drugs when he learned that Kiyonna, then his high school sweetheart, was pregnant. At 20, he pleaded guilty to selling cocaine. He now believes that getting arrested saved his life. After his conviction, he vowed never to abandon his family. He completed a drug programme, served no prison time, and went on to build a career. In December, he and Kiyonna will mark 21 years as a couple.

“I always wanted my family together,” he said. “I didn’t want the mother of my children to raise them alone. I wanted to break that cycle.”

Napier has said he was unaware that the 1998 plea could jeopardise his status in the country, and that his lawyer at the time did not know he was not a US citizen. He appealed the deportation decision without success, arguing in one filing that because his stepfather helped police and federal agents arrest Jamaican-born gang members in Camden, a return to that country could put his life at risk.

Kiyonna Napier said their attorney is applying for a “U” visa, a benefit that can be granted to victims of some crimes. Napier was shot at age 15 when he was near a gunfight in Camden, and the bullet remains lodged in his back. Though the application could take a year or more, Napier could qualify for the programme, she said.

The Rev Tim Merrill, a minister who works with Camden’s youth and has mentored Napier for most of his life, said the financial hardship imposed by the deportation may eventually force the family to apply for public assistance.

“This has taken an ideal portrait of the African American family and shredded it,” he said. “There aren’t enough fathers that are with their kids, spending time with them every day and raising them like they should. And Fidel was one.”

Merrill also worries about the ripple effects.

“Here was a family I always looked at as a shining example of a success story,” he said. “Camden is a pessimistic city. To me, this sends a message that it is not enough to overcome hardship and do the right things. This reinforces that idea that success on the straight and narrow path is not attainable, no matter what you do.”

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I believe Zika is here!!!!!!! Bring on the ‘mosquito connoisseur’ and let the Nation here what they have to say. This Island is riddled with mosquitoes in every crevice and corner, and as long as there are viruses borne from them, we are susceptible.

The MOH is not in the business of prevention, rather ‘siddung, wait pon tests wey results tek forever. Watch di people dem sick out, and claim underlying chronic diseases. Den wen all hell pop loose, one a dem usually di head, cook and bottle washer will declare’. ‘I wish I contracted ZIKA so I personally know how it feels’. The MOH head and its leadership operate as cartoon characters with their script nicely prepared ready for the camera, lights and action. On comes their well powdered face appearing on the media in an attempt to sell the Jamaican public a pile and overload of cow dung hoping to smolder Jamaicans brain in the process. Unfortunately, we the people have allowed them to get away with ‘murder’, and so why should they stop selling what has continuously worked for them.


Local doctor says Zika virus is here

But health ministry again denies claim

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, October 23, 2015     45 Comments 

BULLOCK-DUCASSE… says the Ministry of Health will be launching an investigation into claims of the presence of the Zika virus in Jamaica

CONSULTANT congenital cardiologist Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips says she has treated at least 12 cases of the feared mosquito-borne zika virus (ZIK-V) and that she has written to Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson on the matter.

Speaking on a daytime radio programme yesterday, Dr Williams-Phillips said she had received no response to her e-mail to Dr Ferguson, although she could not confirm that the minister had received her correspondence.

The medical doctor of 34 years said she was among the first local doctors to identify the presence of the chikungunya virus, which wreaked havoc on the country last year, but that her diagnoses had not been taken seriously.

Dr Williams-Phillips, who treats paediatric as well as adult cases of congenital heart disease, said some of her patients who presented symptoms of the Zika virus were children.

She argued strongly that the symptoms she had seen were convincing enough to diagnose the virus even in the absence of lab tests.

Late yesterday afternoon, on another radio programme, chief medical officer (CMO) in the health ministry, Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse, said the ministry would be launching an investigation into the matter. She said that, even if the patients had recovered, tests could still prove whether they had in fact been infected with the virus.

The CMO said she could not speak on whether Dr Ferguson was in receipt of a report about the cases, but that no official report had come to the ministry from St Catherine, where Dr Williams-Phillips said she treated patients, via the standard reporting system for these types of events.

The CMO has maintained over the past several months, that there are no confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Jamaica. Earlier this month, the ministry said a sample which it had sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in September tested negative for chikungunya, dengue and Zika viruses.

“Outside of Brazil, there have been no cases confirmed in any country in the Latin American and Caribbean region, including Jamaica,” Dr Ferguson said at a hand foot and mouth disease press conference on October 2.

The ministry has also refuted claims by Opposition spokesperson on health, Senator Marlene Malahoo-Forte, that she had been reliably informed about three confirmed cases of Zika virus.

“I have heard that there are confirmed cases of the ZIK-V here… I got a call from someone whose employee was tested, and I’m reliably advised that it is a confirmed case,” Malahoo-Forte stated at a press conference a few weeks ago.

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) in May issued a warning about an outbreak of Zika in Brazil and said there was potential for it to spread to other countries.

The virus causes symptoms which are similar to CHIKV and is transmitted by the same vector — the aedes aegypti mosquito.

Communities have been plagued by mosquitoes over the past few weeks, with residents in Portmore in particular complaining bitterly about the insects, which they say have descended on their homes in droves. The nuisance is also evident in the Corporate Area, and has citizens concerned about whether the country could soon find itself in the throes of yet another mosquito-borne disease

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Dr Alfred Dawes Former JMDA President – Somewhere In Between Lies The Truth Ehhh???

The scathing report that the Doctor produced and made public in May, what action outside of the Audit has been done since then?  When did the first baby die?  Lastly, has any of our public hospitals been supplied the much needed essentials, medical supplies to provide decent health-care in a sterile environment?

‘Wha ina dark mus come to light’.  It is only a matter of time so play those silly games at the expense of the Jamaican people.  One thing I am certain of, sickness knows no class, colour, or dollar bill.  If death is in store for you, you shall surely die.  What you sow, you are bound to reap!!!!!!!


State blocks Dr Dawes’ applications for senior positions


BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, October 23, 2015     114 Comments 

DAWES… declined to discuss his reason for resigning

DR Alfred Dawes’ efforts to advance to more senior positions in the public health system are being obstructed, leading to speculation within the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association (JMDA) that he is being punished for his exposure in May this year of the health service’s extremely poor state.

“The president was getting frustrated because, since speaking out, applications he has made for more senior positions have been put on hold,” a JMDA member said of Dr Dawes, who recently resigned as president of the association and as senior registrar at Spanish Town Hospital.

“He had also indicated that he didn’t feel like he had a future in the public service,” the source added.

Yesterday, when the Jamaica Observer contacted Dr Dawes — who has been out of the island since October 1 — he said he did not wish to go into details about his resignation.

“I don’t want to comment on why I’m giving up my post at the hospital. I’ve given a lot of service professionally, and also as an advocate over the last year. At this point in time, I want to concentrate on professional development,” he said.

In May, Dr Dawes created shockwaves around the country after painting a picture of a public health system that was on the brink of collapse, with hospitals lacking equipment vital for surgeries and doctors working in substandard conditions that pose serious risk to patients and themselves.

Dr Dawes had used a PowerPoint presentation at a press conference to juxtapose what is required for surgery and what the doctors have to make do with. He had revealed that proper antibacterial soap was not available, and the infrastructure of hospitals presented a higher than normal risk for infection, placing people’s lives at risk.

“What we are supposed to scrub with for surgery is an antiseptic solution to ensure bacteria is dead, but what we use is antibacterial soap, which is cut in half to last. We are supposed to operate in a sterile unit in an operating theatre and we have to have buckets catching water,” Dr Dawes had said.

“There are operating theatres with mildew on the walls. To make matters worse, theatre doors should be closed to prevent bacteria from getting in and out, and we’re operating in theatres where doors can’t be closed and are left open for the duration of the surgery,” he added.

He also pointed out that if any complications arose from the surgeries, the surgeon was liable as the procedures should not be conducted under such conditions, and legal representation from the State was not guaranteed.

“The Office of the Attorney General will not provide support for any doctor who uses substandard equipment. If a case comes up, we are on our own, and we only hope the patient will understand that we did what we had to do for them to get their surgery,” Dr Dawes said.

Earlier this week following news of the deaths of 18 babies in intensive care at Cornwall Regional Hospital and University Hospital of the West Indies, one media house reported that Dr Dawes had been earmarked for a top position at Spanish Town Hospital and has left the leadership of the JMDA.

But yesterday, Dr Dawes said that report was not true.

“It is simple. My contract with the South East Regional Health Authority ended in September. I am currently away on end-of-contract leave studying, and I have opted not to renew my contract. I am also leaving the government service at this point. As such, I’m not constitutionally qualified to be the JMDA president,” he stated.

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18 Babies Dead In Ja’s Public Hospitals – The Minister Is Still Talking, So It Is Okay??

Eighteen (18) babies dead and the best that can be said in some quarters is that newborns are susceptible to this kind of bacteria in all hospitals local and overseas.

Can we return to the archives or my earlier posts on the crisis that has been blasted in the media re public health-care?  Lest we forget Dr Alfred Dawes not so long ago detailed the lack of medical supplies and other essentials which no doubt plays a role in the overall hygiene in our public hospitals. It appears that we take all the Jamaican people for puppets and the powers of be are the puppet masters. I find it heart wrenching that the Minister of Health can now give a detailed response as to who is who from ‘fareign’ quarters that will be granting aid etc. What has been accomplished from the Audit that was carried out months ago? What exactly have you supplied based on Mr Dawes findings? The truce that was made amongst I believe three (3) of you, did that entail the bond ‘all for one and one for all? Are we now the ‘three musketeers’? Oh, I just recalled that Dr Alfred Dawes has now resigned some 72 hrs ago and within 24 hrs of such, according to the Gleaner, he declares that all parties have to share blame in this ‘holocaust’ (that is my choice or word holocaust). Can you expand on that?

Quite frankly words are cheap as long as there is private practice. What if Jamaica’s sole option was a public health care system? What then?

The Minister of Health is lost in his own translation of what it means to be ‘head, cook and bottle washer’. No one passes the buck in a government ministry as this Minister does. Why is he still holding the position? If persons below you do not yet realize that the Minister is on call 24 hrs and as such with the crisis  Jamaica’s health-care system is in protocol should be the least of the department’s worries. If a rat is found in a hospital bed, he must be called regardless of the time, much less the death of 18 babies. If that is not understood, then I do believe the Minister of Health should resign forthwith as the country can not get any worse in health-care if we had a Junior Minister as his replacement. Not all medical doctors are equal and I daresay the Minister should return to performing cosmetic surgery in the mouth. If the Government of Jamaica wants to keep a Minister holding a Ministry that MUST never be politicized then any hope we have of a decent public health-care system will be dead as those 18 babies.

This is beyond an embarrassment; I call this an atrocity and an abomination on our Land. If the Minister remains I say shame on the Peoples National Party whose victory at the polls was based on a mantra of ‘people power’.  

Clovis Toons – Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Clovis Toon

Fenton won’t quit – Health minister says he handled baby deaths crisis the best way possible 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | October 23, 2015
Dr Fenton Ferguson: Justice must not only be done but also appear to have been done, and by virtue of when I was advised, I believe that my actions since that time represented what could have best been done.
Persons calling for the resignation of Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson over the deaths of 18 babies at two of the country’s public hospitals will not see that happening any time soon – if at all.
The babies died from infections caused by four outbreaks of the klebsiella and serratia bacteria since June this year at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) in St Andrew and the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James.

Individuals and groups, including the opposition Jamaica Labour Party, have been calling for Ferguson’s resignation or firing, but the health minister has cast a shadow over the renewed calls for his head. He told The Gleaner that evidence was a key factor to consider when coming to conclusions in relation to punishments or other decisions about his future.

“Justice must not only be done but also appear to have been done, and by virtue of when I was advised, I believe that my actions since that time represented what could have best been done,” he said.




According to Ferguson, “The press release from the board of the University Hospital confirms that there was a breach of protocol, and as a result, there was failure to communicate at different levels. When I was informed of the situation on Friday, I did everything that a minister could have done.”

The health minister said a meeting was called on the same evening when he was notified, and another meeting was held with the major stakeholders at the UHWI.

He said he also reached out to the various international health officials at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and received their immediate response.

“I also called the executive director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency. They are on standby, just waiting for me to say whether to move relative to not just the UHWI and Cornwall Regional situation, but to look at our infection-control system, especially in our hospitals with nurseries, because we’re not talking about the deaths of full-term babies. We’re talking about the deaths of babies that were under two and a half pounds, less than seven months [mature], which means their lungs and other organ systems were not well developed and their immune systems were weak and, therefore, they became far more susceptible to any kind of infection,” he pointed out.




Ferguson told The Gleaner that he sympathised with the families of the babies who have been impacted as he is also a parent.

He pointed out that the ministry, with the help of overseas officials, was doing everything it could to improve the health systems, revealing that two more PAHO experts were expected to arrive on the island today.

Two PAHO representatives arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday and have visited a few hospitals as they investigate and assess the deaths of the babies.

On Wednesday, United Nations representatives from agencies such as the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) described the deaths of the babies as shocking, painful and horrendous at a Gleaner Editors’ Forum. The UNFPA said it would assess the situation and provide support.

Ferguson yesterday made mention of the €22 million received from the European Union, which will see to the construction of what he described as high-dependence units for the improvement of neonatal and maternal care in the country.

“I think one of the worst things that could have happened in this country, and the precedence I see coming, is for politics to be seeping into a sector like health, and we will pay dearly if we allow this to happen,” he said, rebuffing calls from the Opposition for his resignation.


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Will Jamaican Doctors Hit The Streets? – I Daresay They Will Not – A Different Breed Than The British I Daresay!!!!

‘Wat a singting if fi wi doctor dem was to tek up placard’.   Don’t hold your breadth.  I speak of this far too often.  ‘False pride’ I believe is at the root why those who should take to the Streets do not, and well just say others have no problem with decrying ‘We  wan justise’ for every pebble dropped. Have I ever demonstrated? Yes, twice in my life.  Once in high school and the other on the sidewalks of Kingston.  On both occasions I was extremely pissed re the issues to say the least.

Why would Jamaicans who contribute the most, are law abiding and disgruntled not demonstrate as we see the Doctors in London doing?  I will say this, it is not that we are not passionate about what we believe is an injustice but is simply this……………… want me to say it; you really want me to say it.   It is the false sense of importance, false sense of what is above and what is beneath.  The false idea that only a certain class take to the Streets.  The false idea that your ‘peeps’ who you live for and who you live to please will see you on the road side chanting.  When you sit, complain and talk among yourselves comparing our Island to those First World Countries, ensure that all the issues are equal and look within then speak honestly about who we are as a people and culture.

United we stand divided we fall.  We do a remarkable job at being divided.


Thousands of doctors rally in London over pay

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 1:53 PM     

 (Photo: The Guardian)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Thousands of doctors protested over pay and working conditions in London on Saturday in a growing row between Britain’s medical profession and the government.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt plans to reclassify the normal working week of junior doctors to include Saturdays and late evenings, a move critics say would mean pay cuts of up to 30 percent due to the loss of extra payments for working unsociable hours.

Huge crowds gathered in Whitehall, where government offices are located, to listen to speakers decry the move.

Protesters dressed in medical scrubs chanted “Hunt must go” and “Not safe, not fair, Jeremy doesn’t care”.

“The outpouring of anger and frustration we have seen from thousands of junior doctors across the UK, culminating in today’s unprecedented gathering in London, must be a wake-up call for ministers,” said Johann Malawana, the head of the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee, said in a statement.

“If they thought that junior doctors would simply accept their threats of imposition they have been proved very wrong.”

Neither the BMA nor London police could provide a figure for the number of people at the rally, although media reports said 20,000 people attended the demonstration.

Hunt says the changes, which would only apply to doctors in England, would boost patient care by making it affordable for hospitals to put more doctors on weekend rosters and would benefit doctors by reducing their weekly working hours.

Doctors would be compensated for losing extra pay for working unsociable hours by an increase in basic pay.

“I think it is incredibly disappointing, the way that the BMA has misrepresented the government’s position,” Hunt told the BBC.

The BMA is preparing to ballot its members for a potential strike on the issue, while Hunt has urged doctors to return to the negotiating table.


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The Pasture Is Not Always Greener In ‘Fareign’ For Many Jamaicans!

Is it caught between a rock and a hard place you would say?  I do not know, I really cannot say.  What is crystal clear in mind, is that ‘not all that glitters is gold’. 

Jamaicans living on the Roc tend to believe that everyone that lands in ‘fareign’ quarters have it good and therefore can more than afford to take care of them because they are family. There are those who will keep it real and share the struggles and hardships. Others choose to live in a ‘fool’s paradise’ and as a result put undue strain and pressure on themselves to fulfill the fantasy.

Interesting to note that what is claimed to be owed to them works out at under J$100,000.00, yet attorneys will fight the cause. On the Roc, far too many unemployed and employed will tell you that J$100,000.00 ‘a nuh money’. So there seems to be a disconnect. The reality has sunk in for those who are being represented that even when you convert the US$ to J$, for your labour, ‘u still can cross it’. Experience and exposure are two of life’s best choices that can only alter your thought process in determining if the grass is truly greener on the other side. Someone commented that half a loaf is better than no loaf. I say, it all depends on who is living that reality.


US non-profit urges Jamaicans who travelled for temporary jobs to sue former employers

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 

Arguing that approximately 275 Jamaicans who work under the seasonal workers’ programme in the United States are due about J$77,000 each per year for expenses incurred in travelling to the North American country in order to work, a non-profit organisation has filed a lawsuit seeking to have a former employer pay over the monies.

The group, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), claims to be a legal-advocacy organisation specialising in civil-rights and public-interest litigation.

It has alleged Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston, South Carolina, did not reimburse the workers for hundreds of dollars in travel and visa expenses each of them paid to get jobs as housekeepers, cooks, servers, and more.

The lawsuit, filed in March, alleges that the resort charged H-2B workers excessive fees for employee housing and transportation, and failed to pay a 2013 wage increase mandated by the US Department of Labour.

“We think that the employer owes them all the money that they have paid for airfare, for their visa, and all of the transportation from their home towns for visa interviews and medical-processing exams,” Sarah Rich, SPLC staff attorney, told The Gleaner earlier this week.

“We estimate it to be about US$600-$650 per person, per year,” she said, while noting that the lawsuit has been filed on behalf of former Kiawah employees who worked with the company since 2012.




Exhibits attached to the lawsuit include Department of Labor letters telling Kiawah to raise the guest workers’ wages during the 2013 season.

According to the lawsuit, Kiawah did not increase wages, which meant some workers were making about US$2 per hour less than the current federal guidelines.

The suit goes on to claim the Jamaican guest workers were also excessively charged for shared housing in West Ashley and daily transportation to the island.

Kiawah, in response to the lawsuit, has denied the allegations.

Enquiries made of Jamaica’s labour and social security ministry by The Gleaner did not shed light on whether the Government of Jamaica is aware of the issue. However, a response has been promised.

Rich has appealed for persons who believe they have been exploited by Kiawah Island and are desirous of joining the lawsuit to make contact with SPLC.

Rich said current and former H-2B employees of Kiawah Island Golf Resort have until November 14 to join the lawsuit.

SPLC has done a report on what it calls the systematic exploitation of foreign workers for temporary jobs under the nation’s H-2 guest-worker programme.




“Based on dozens of legal cases and interviews with thousands of guest workers, it documents how guest workers are routinely cheated out of wages, forced to mortgage their futures to obtain low-wage, temporary jobs, and held virtually captive by employers,” the organisation said.

SPLC has consistently attacked groups that have been working to bring about immigration reforms that would protect the jobs and rights of American workers from abuses under the guest-worker programmes.

In its assessment of the guest-workers programme, the SPLC said that it is close to slavery, and allege that far from being treated like guests, workers are system-atically exploited and abused.

“We would want to see the guest-worker programme improved,” said Rich.

“We understand that many Jamaicans and other people from other countries are quite dependent on work in the United States to support their families back home. We don’t want to take that opportunity away, but the programme, as it currently exists, has many problems, and we think that the programme can be improved to give workers more rights,” she added.

In March, the US Department of Labour announced the effective suspension of the H-2B federal guest-worker programme.

The H-2B programme brings foreign workers to the US to fill temporary or seasonal labour shortages in an array of low-skilled, non-agricultural jobs

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‘Carelessless Begets Casualities’ – Police Attacked by Prisoners in Lock-Up!!!

‘Wat a piece a drama fit fi di comedic stage’.  Why would a Police risk entering a cell with six (6) men charged for murder or any violent crime?   Do we not realise that 60% of the population has no respect for the Police and out of that 60% maybe 25% have no qualms of killing or causing injury to the law men?  When are we going to face the harsh realities of the make up of our culture?   I as a lone Police would not be entering any cell with one (1) prisoner much less six (6).  Let us stop creating unnecessary trauma and set backs when we know the type of beasts we have on the Roc.

This was a reckless move and even more reckless is not arming the force with ALL it needs to combat our terrorists.  They themselves have no respect for law and order, and if they can kill in a Church if you think the Supreme Court is a deterrent, you clearly are of the belief that you you are living in Heaven.


Cops want help after colleague injured by prisoners at courthouse

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Thursday | October 15,
Police personnel manning the criminal courts at the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston are upset that one of their colleagues nearly lost his life when he was attacked over a ganja spliff while processing six prisoners in the cell downstairs at the courthouse yesterday.

The policeman suffered several bruises and had to seek medical attention.

In an effort to prevent serious injury to himself, the policeman managed to overpower the prisoners who were trying to take away his baton.

It is reported that the policeman was alone in the cell processing a group of prisoners on murder charges. He noticed that one of them had a ganja spliff in his mouth and ordered that he give it to him. The prisoner was in the process of handing it over when one of the other prisoners grabbed the ganja spliff.

The prisoners then gathered around the policeman and began holding him and wrestling with him to take away his baton.

They bragged that they were charged with murder and were not afraid of the police.

The policeman managed to overpower them and used the baton to hit one of them. The baton caught the prisoner on the side of his face and the wound began to bleed profusely. The prisoners let go of the policemen when they saw that one of the attackers was injured.

A policeman who was standing outside the cell door watched helplessly as he could not open the cell door for fear the prisoners would escape.

“Imagine we don’t even have a tin of pepper spray with us,” a policeman remarked.

shortage of pepper spray

Another policeman disclosed that there was a shortage of pepper spray, and the few that were in store were given to the police who did duty on the streets.

“The prisoners not only come on the building with ganja spliffs, but many times they have cutting implements with them,” a policewoman said. She said just last week, a razor blade was taken from a prisoner.

There were numerous complaints about the shortage of police personnel at the courthouse, with only three currently assigned to man the cell, which houses more than 30 prisoners daily. Five police personnel are required in a courtroom, but the police say, currently, only two are available for each court.

They say they are calling for the authorities to take immediate steps to remedy the situation because it is a serious breach of security.

The police have been complaining for the last five years about inadequate security on the Supreme Court building.

Prisoners smoking ganja in the cell is a daily occurrence at the courthouse.

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