Is Jamaica A ‘Dolly House’???

Are you people serious?  How much man hours have been spent on this matter?  J$3.7 million purportedly gained through distribution of 22 contracts to friends and family.  For that measly sum, the fine and imprisonment is not even measly as it is an abomination to 21st century ‘livity’.  I commented on this when it first hit the media a long time ago and I still maintain that the punishment should have been to strip the Mayor of her position and blacklist her from gaining any leadership position within the political sphere. 

How much does the DPP and the Contractor General earn an hour?  As far as I see, a case that will cost tax payers much more than the punishment is foolish to proceed with.  I am sure I will be directed to the law, and that is where I believe we need a total overall.  Return to Parliament. Legislate and create new laws that will have teeth and bury these toothless sentences.  $1,000.00 fine in any currency for any matter that is deemed ‘corrupt’ is a total waste much less 90 days imprisonment.   Drop this case immediately and go after the multi million dollar fraud contracts that should see the guilty in prison for up to 20 years. 

We are fighting for our Country, get serious or get out!!!!


 

I’m only human … DPP explains blunder in Haughton’s contracts scandal

(Jamaica Gleaner) Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 12:42 PM

DPP Paula Llewellyn: Our work is very onerous and perhaps it could have been an oversight. 

The Director of Prosecution (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has sought to explain her blunder when she ruled in April this year that former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton should not be charged in the Hanover Parish Council contracts scandal.

This morning, it was revealed that after Contractor General Dirk Harrison took the matter to court to seek a judicial review, the DPP reversed her decision not to charge Haughton .

READ: Contractor General files application to overturn DPP’s decision in Shernet Haughton case

When the matter was called up in chambers, the Office of the DPP presented an affidavit confirming that it had reversed its earlier position.

“I am only human,” Llewllyn told Emily Shields on RJR’s Hotline.

“Our work is very onerous and perhaps it could have been an oversight,” she added.

Llewellyn explained that her decision to withdraw her original position came during discussions with consulting attorney Lord Anthony Gifford and the Chief Parliamentary Counsel after the Contractor General served his court documents on her office.

“It was a minor disagreement in terms of interpretation,” Llewellyn said.

READ: DPP rules no criminal charges against PNP councillor Shernet Haughton

She maintained that there was no offence known as nepotism as had been cited by the contractor general but noted that her consultations with Harrison and the Parliamentary Counsel revealed that Haughton would have breached procurement regulations when she failed to declare her relationship to several people who were awarded contracts under her stewardship as mayor of Hanover.

The Office of the Contractor General had found that 22 contracts, worth more than $3.7 million, were awarded to relatives and persons affiliated with the former mayor and referred the matter to the DPP for prosecution.

With the DPP’s decision to reverse her position, the matter has now been sent to the police to start an investigation which means Haughton now faces the possibility of being charged in connection with her actions while she was mayor of the Hanover capital.

If Haughton is charged and convicted, she faces the possibility of a fine of $1,000 and or three months in prison on each count.

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The Monster Called Crime – JA Boxer Killed In Atlanta, USA

So it is when the senseless killings occur in the USA and Jamaicans are caught up in the mix, you hardly hear the opinions of many who undoubtedly make up members of the Diaspora.  A tragedy this certainly is and reinforces that we have absolutely no control over lawlessness as justification for why killers kill is futile.  Evil exists on Planet Earth and what we hope for is once the perpetrators are brought to justice, there can be a punishment rendered that fits the crime they committed.

Wherever the evil occurs once inflicted the end results are the same.  Jamaica is but a small Island under 3 million citizens.  The Parliament where legislations are crafted must be changed to suit the times we are living in as it relates to law and order.  For some reason, our justice system does not appear to be working in that we hardly see harsh sentences meted out and far too often we are reliant on a jury system that is wrought with challenges that are ‘real’ and not necessarily ‘workable’ unless once chooses to change that method of trying cases.

Do you want a military run World?  Would that also prevent crimes long term?


 

Former Jamaican world boxing champ killed in USA

(Jamaica Gleaner) Thursday | November 26, 2015 | 2:29 PM
 
O’Neil ‘Supernova’ Bell was shot dead during a robbery yesterday in Atlanta, USA.
 
Former Jamaican world boxing champion O’Neil ‘Supernova’ Bell was shot dead during a robbery yesterday as he exited a public transit bus in Atlanta, USA.

An officer found the 40-year-old lying in the street.

A Reuters news agency report said another man nearby had also been shot, but survived.

The survivor, who was taken to a local hospital, told police he and Bell were shot after first being robbed when they stepped off the bus.

The report said no arrests have been made.

Bell was born in Jamaica and became known as ‘Supernova’ throughout his career.

He was the undisputed cruiserweight champion in 2006.

He has won the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and the International Boxing Federation titles.

Bell had a 27 boxing wins, four losses and one career draw.

Twenty-five of his victories were by knockout. 

His last fight was in 2011.

 

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Killers With A Kind Heart?…….Give Me A Break !!!

Whether we want to accept it or not, the wave of violence on the Island is not random.   Persons who are part of a network of those in illicit activities will suffer dearly when disagreements occur.

Clearly they operate by their own code of conduct and are their own executioners.  If  you are connected by blood, friendships or hand-outs you are liable to get caught up when the onslaught is unleashed.  That scenario leaves no preventative measures which are lasting.  Sad to say, as with this case, if their information is wrong and you become the victim of mistaken identity,  there are no preventative measures also.  What is our solution on that front?  Divine Intervention!!!!!  Look to Paris a couple of weeks ago and tell me what preventative measures do the ‘power’ countries have in place against ‘evil’??????


 

Vice-principal and daughter stabbed multiple times in Portland, then taken to hospital by attackers 

(Jamaica Gleaner)Wednesday | November 25, 2015 | 11:26 AM

 
 The vice-principal of a school in Portland and her daughter, were attacked and stabbed multiple times at their home in Fair Prospect in the parish yesterday in what’s being reported as a case of mistaken identity.

The daring early morning attack occurred about 1:30 yesterday, when two men entered the victims’ home and demanded guns they claimed the educator’s husband had.

It is understood that the attackers mistakenly believed the husband, who was not at home at the time of the incident, was involved in illicit activities.

However, upon realising they were at the wrong house, the attackers reportedly used the vice-principal’s car to take the injured women to hospital.

The car was later found in Yallahs, St Thomas.

The incident has reportedly left residents of the area and also the school community in shock.

The Portland police are investigating the incident.

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Avoid a fat liver! – by Dr Tony Vendryes

 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | November 17, 2015 

Someone once said, “Life depends on the liver.”

The liver is the biggest, heaviest and most complex internal organ in the body with many important functions. It makes bile for breaking down dietary fats, it absorbs and converts blood glucose into glycogen, produces urea (the main impurity in urine), makes certain important proteins like albumin, filters out and neutralises harmful substances like alcohol and drugs from the blood, stores vitamins like vitamin A, D, K and B12. The liver is also responsible for producing about 80 per cent of the cholesterol in your body.

Normally, the liver can handle a lot of abuse and has a tremendous ability to regenerate itself after damage and stress. Unfortunately, most people are unaware of a liver problem that researchers say is now the most common liver disorder in developed countries. It is estimated to affect almost a quarter of the American population. It is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The name speaks for itself: an accumulation of fat in the liver, occupying over 10 per cent of the organ, in people who do not abuse alcohol. This distinction is important as in the past, a fatty liver was typically associated with alcohol abuse.

As the levels of obesity escalate, medical experts now recognise that we are facing an epidemic of NAFLD. The disease can strike anyone, but certain groups are at high risk:

In The obese: 90 per cent of obese individuals are at risk of damaging their liver with fat, especially where the excess fat is stored around the waistline. Fat around the waist (truncal obesity) is not just stored under the skin. It surrounds and infiltrates the abdominal organs, particularly the liver, where fat globules actually enter the liver cells and damage them.

In The diabetic: 50 per cent of diabetics have NAFLD, and just about all obese diabetics will have this problem. Elevated levels of insulin in the blood and insulin resistance are strongly associated with both Type 2 diabetes and obesity. The common bedfellows play a major role in fatty liver disease.

In The elderly: The prevalence of this condition rises with age, and recent studies show that over 65 per cent of persons over age 80 have NAFLD. Unfortunately, obese children may already have fatty livers.

In High cholesterol: A very high percentage of individuals with elevated levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides have excess fats damaging their livers. But don’t rush off to take cholesterol-lowering drugs, as they will injure your liver even more. Treat the cause, not the effect.

A person with the risk factors mentioned above can detect a fatty liver with a simple abdominal ultrasound examination. Like diabetes and high blood pressure, this liver condition is often initially silent, only to cause life-threatening problems many years later.

In some cases, patients may have only non-specific complaints like low energy, fatigue, malaise and mild upper abdominal pain. Laboratory tests for liver function may or may not reveal any abnormality. Later in the progression of the disease, signs of inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer may develop.

Treatment and prevention

Conventional medicine does not have a specific drug or treatment for this problem. However, the condition can be largely prevented and often reversed by simple nutritional and lifestyle modification.

Losing weight with a nutritionally sound weight-loss programme will result in a significant reduction of excess fat in the liver. I have found a low carbohydrate, cellular nutrition-type programme very effective in this regard.

Reversing abdominal obesity is an essential part of any treatment plan.

Soy products contain a compound phosphatidylcholine, which research has shown helps to halt the progress of liver damage in NAFLD.

Controlling blood sugar levels is also very important in managing this problem. A diet low in simple carbohydrates along with supplements like chromium and the omega-3 fatty acids greatly improves blood sugar control. Regular exercise will amplify the benefits.

Antioxidant supplementation with vitamins A, C, E, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, coenzymeQ10, green tea and glutathione is important in protecting liver cells from ongoing damage.

Detoxification programmes will help relieve the toxic burden on an already compromised liver. The herbs, milk thistle and aloe vera are particularly useful in this regard. Alcohol and other liver toxins must be absolutely avoided.

So, if you are ‘fluffy’, have a spare tyre, a love handle or a beer belly, this is a warning sign that you are on your way to developing a fatty liver.

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Jungle Within Paradise – JA Style!!!!!

Fire of unknown origin ……………………..the usual ramblings yet this is not the first time.  The holiday season is upon us and with another devastating loss where does that leave the vendors and government authorities?  The level of violence and lawlessness is not an exaggeration on ones part when it comes to Downtown, Kingston.  We must have mechanisms and systems in place to deal with those whose occupation is to create loss for others not only in the human sense but monetary.

We must find the financial resources to invest heavily into security cameras, surveillance, whatever it takes to prevent crimes such as these from happening and render harsh punishment on the offenders.  The regentrification of Downtown Kingston with investors scurrying to be part of this ‘rebirth’ will become more of a reality if government begins the process of securing the ‘golden goose’.   Far too many have become extremely wealthy by operating conglomerates from the heart of Kingston yet so little is being done to invest in modern technology to take the region to the next level.  Is it going to be protection money from the criminal element, private sector, or a portion of borrowed money from foreign nationals used to secure Downtown Kingston?

This is a new era, who wants to live, invest, own and operate business long term in a war zone that explodes ever so often?  Certainly not enough takers to boost our economy at an exponential rate.


 

Fire destroys stalls in downtown Kingston

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, November 21, 2015   

Vendors go through rubble left behind after fire gutted several stalls and containers downtown Kingston. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

FIRE of unknown origin yesterday gutted several stalls, leaving millions of dollars worth of damage in the market district in downtown, Kingston.

Reports are that about 2:00 am vendors who ply their trade in the commercial area close to the Coronation Market saw smoke coming the area and raised an alarm.

Despite the quick action of fire-fighters several stalls and containers were destroyed, according to reports.

“At least three containers and more than 20 stalls were destroyed,” said a police source.

Yesterday vendors who woke up to the destruction wept openly.

“Have mercy, I loose everything in the fire, nothing no save,” said Nakeisha Wright, a vendor and mother of three.

For Audley McIntosh, father of seven, it was particularly painful.

“Is two time since the start of the year me lose mi container fill with goods to fire,” the distraught vendor told the Jamaica Observer.

Yesterday while the police and firefighters checked to find the cause of the blaze, angry vendors openly voiced their claim that the fire was the work of arsonist.

“Criminal burn it down. Is four time in the 18 months dem burn down this section of the market and we want authorities to get to the bottom of this once and for all,” said another vendor who asked not to be named. The police are now conducting a probe into the incident.

— Kimmo Matthews

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JA’s Healthcare System – How Many ‘Well To Do’ Can Say They Chose To Have Their Surgery On The Roc????

We do not wish to hear Politicians justification when the surgery can be done in Jamaica.  You have no credibility as your overseas option precludes you from fighting for our healthcare.  In light of the warranted scandals facing our public healthcare system, facilities and centres, it is encouraging to know that a medical Doctor and politician chose to have such a surgery within the walls of the UHWI.  Talk about timing!!!!!


PNP praises local physicians after Baugh’s successful surgery 

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 9:30 AM     16 Comments 

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The People’s National Party (PNP) said in a release Monday evening that it is pleased to hear that Dr Ken Baugh successfully underwent his brain surgery and is recovering.

“Dr Baugh placed his faith and life in the hands of the Jamaican health system that has been so harshly criticised of late. It is an endorsement of the high regard in which he, a Jamaican physician, holds his country’s medical facilities and professionals.

“We are delighted that Ken Baugh is reportedly doing well and we wish him a speedy and complete recovery,” PNP General Secretary Paul Burke said.

According to newspaper reports, the surgery was performed on Friday by a team of Jamaican surgeons at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).

We also congratulate the team of expert local physicians in whom he placed his trust and confidence, the PNP said.

A former Cabinet member in the JLP Administration, Dr Baugh served as deputy prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade.

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Dr Tony Vendryes: The era of supergerms

(Jamaica Gleaner) Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015
 
 
 
As Jamaica struggles to come to grips with this current series of deadly hospital-acquired infections, the ‘who to blame game’ goes on its merry way.

While the authorities, the media and our medical pundits struggle with the problem by in-depth analysis, sophisticated laboratory investigations and powerful antibiotic drugs, it is also necessary to step back and look at the big picture. We are not alone in this dilemma.

In the affluent United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 1.7 million hospital-associated bacterial infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year.

Other sources suggest that more than two million hospital patients become infected annually, costing up to US$11 billion.

THE WAR MODEL

Mankind has taken on the ‘at war mentality’. From every corner, we have nations warring against nations, religions against religions, races against races and brother against brother.

There is the war against crime, cancer and corruption. We have gone to war against nature, destroying ecosystems, habitats and the environment. In the war against infections, perhaps the humble germ, the bacterium, is teaching pompous man an important lesson. In a medical journal editorial, an infectious disease expert commented that Homo sapiens is an alien species on earth and that there are more bacteria on earth than all other living organisms.

The editorial went on, “We lived with arrogant optimism that we had conquered infections. How wrong we were! Bacteria have reclaimed their premier status and superiority and won the war against humans. They are literally mocking our intellect, knowledge and antibiotic weaponry.”

Hospitals and intensive-care units all around the world are struggling to deal with what doctors call nosocomial or institution-acquired infections. Some of the germs causing this problem are resistant to every known antibiotic drug on planet Earth!

GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE

Recently, scientists fully mapped out the microbial make-up of healthy humans. They discovered that the human body is home to a vast number of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Scientists call this collection of organisms the microbiome. For every cell that exists in your body, there are 10 bacteria in residence there. These bacteria are quite sophisticated. Their genes collectively outnumber human genes by a factor of hundreds. These microbes live in different parts of the body, including the nasal passages, the mouth, the skin, the genitals and the intestinal tract. About 4,000 species of bacteria live in the intestines and help digest food while manufacturing important vitamins and antiinflammatory substances. About 300 species occupy the vagina, where they work to maintain a healthy environment resistant to infection and inflammation.

 

Germs are smart

 

It is estimated that 30 million pounds of antibiotics are used in America annually on animals, and only about three million pounds (10 per cent) on humans. This is enough to give every American man, woman, and child 10 teaspoons of pure antibiotic medication every year. Traces of antibiotics are now found in foods and waters all around the world, much of it coming from animal farms. Bacteria thus learn how to live with these chemicals.

At the same time, the overuse and abuse of antibiotics by the medical profession, also leads to the development of more dangerous antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria. Yes, wisely applied antibiotics have saved many lives, but wonton use has had disastrous effects.

Bacteria are smart and can actually change their structure in order to defend themselves against drugs. These smart bacteria can also pass this information to other bacteria and teach them to become antibiotic resistant also. This is the era of the ‘superbugs’ when many microbes previously helpful and harmless to humans have been transformed into pathogenic and dangerous foes.

In response, drug companies have been forced to create more powerful antibiotic drugs with more severe side effects. But germs have been very intelligent and have been winning this drug game. There has been no significant breakthrough new antibiotic developed in the last 10 years.

 

Germs and immunity

 

The human body is equipped with a system designed to facilitate a healthy relationship between germs and ourselves. Ideally, the immune system allows man to live in harmony with the vast number of bacteria inside and outside the body. It is no coincidence that wherever many bacteria are found in the body, the immune system cells are also concentrated there. For example, the digestive tract is home to vast numbers of bacteria. One expert estimated that the stools from an average bowel movement contains more bacteria that the number of stars in the known universe! To complement that, more than 60 per cent of all the body’s immune cells are found in and surrounding the intestines.

Researchers have found that children allowed to play outdoors and dirty themselves with soil, etc, develop stronger immune systems than children who are always indoors and kept squeaky clean. A ‘healthy’ exposure to germs seems important for the development of a competent immune system.

 

Prebiotics and probiotics before antibiotics

 

In the world of germs, nature has created its own checks and balances. In any bacterial habitat, there is a complex blend of good and bad germs. An overgrowth of the bad bacteria creates a problem called dysbiosis.

Prebiotics are substances that promote the healthy bacteria. Prebiotics mostly come from certain dietary fibres called oligosaccharides. When eaten these are not digested, but stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria. Sources of oligosaccharides include fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains as well as nutritional supplements. In previous articles, I mentioned the prebiotic properties of honey and aloe vera.

Probiotics, on the other hand, are very beneficial bacteria that can be found in various foods. Eating these foods add these healthy germs like the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium families of bacteria to your intestinal tract. Probiotic bacteria are naturally found in fermented foods like miso, yoghurt, tempeh and sauerkraut. They can also be taken is supplement form.

Perhaps we need to make peace, not war, with our germs and our environment.

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Alleged Rape Posted On FB – Living Vicariously Via Social Media……

It has become the next ‘E News, Access Jamiwood, JA Red Carpet’.  The next generation with the 30, 40, 50 and 60 something’s having gone absolutely ‘bammie’ with this inane compulsion to post every facet of their daily lives via social media. The good, the bad, the crude, the down right nasty and insane displays of human expression is posted.

This tool has become a psychometric testing, home for many employers in vetting their prospective who wish to join their organization. Why??????? The lie is on paper, and the mask is fully worn at interviews whereas social media gives you the ‘real McCoy’. Well at least real enough for some employers to be using it as a means of profiling.

Will we tone down what we post? No…………because we are ‘wise ass beings’ who believe that ‘things’ happen to other people and not to us.  Rape or not, we may or maynot arrive at the truth.  However, what does it say about the mindset of the human race when the alleged murderer, robber or kidnapper can post their acts on social media?  ‘Wi up against tings dat di natural eye caan si but caan fadom’!!!!!!


 

 

UPDATE: Man in apparent rape video posted to FB in custody

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 6:31 PM     21 Comments 

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that the man in an obscured sex video posted to Facebook Monday evening has been identified and is now in custody.

Read: CISOCA investigating apparent rape video posted to FB

A news release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit said that he will be interviewed in the presence of his attorney on Friday.

The footage, which is a recording of sexual intercourse between a man and a seemingly unwilling female participant, was posted from the account of a man Facebook users allege is 25 years old.

The video has attracted several unfavourable comments with angry Facebook users accusing the man of being a rapist.

But, he defended his actions, stating: “All who a talk bout rape get this in a unnu heads, mi neva rape from mi born.”

The Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse is investigating the matter.

 

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Rape Allegations – JLP Politician – Social Media………………

I started out with over 200 friends on my FB page, now I have fewer than 40 mostly family members, inner circle, and one or two business colleagues.   Why?  The novelty wore off in adding persons on my friends list who were not really my friends.  I also could not keep up with peering into each and everyone day to day activity, posting comments and looking through pictures.  It was just too many and to keep up with the pace would mean I rarely would have the time to have an actual conversation with a human being face to face or to hear their voice via the telephone, both of which I prefer than social media.   I am much more interested in humans actual speech, content, than emoticons.  Tell me how you feel in person and not the short cut versions of these caricatures that we believe are real.  Hey I’m into live acts don’t knock me too hard.  Anyway, that is my story on social media. 

Do you really have 500, 100, 1000, 4000 friends?   Have we gone social media crazy that the number of persons on our FB friends list means something special?   Do we accept every friend request that we deem to be attractive? Do you not know that this medium is fertile ground for the crazies, exhibitionists, attention seekers, those lost in translation, freaks, here comes ‘Catfish’ reality.  Oh to each is own you say, just remember that anything you have no control over, your control if it burns you is equal to having no control.  Sounds convoluted, let me simplify.  ‘U a live vicariously tru social media, den tek di ugly side wen it hit u.   Caas u can’t control who know who u know as a dat dem call multi level ting an ting.   An who u know can show u tings to who dem know.   Yeah, a suh it big’.

The ugly side of social media rare its head far too often on a global stage, much less on the Roc.


 

Montague denies rape allegations

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 1:34 PM     12 Comments

 
Jamaica Labour Party Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica Labour Party Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, issued a statement on Tuesday denying rape allegations against him.

According to Montague, the allegations, which originated on Facebook, are aimed at extorting him and have been reported to the police. 

See timeline, as released by Montague below:

August 28, 2015

I received a private communication, on my Facebook account that contained certain allegations, threats and an attempt to extort money from me. The police was contacted and advised that no reply was to be given.

August 31, 2015

I met with the Police and formally reported the matter. Shortly thereafter another private message was received stating that the allegations have been passed to the media, but no name had been called yet.

September 1, 2015

A blog with some of the said allegations and further innuendos was published and brought to the attention of the police. Contact with the legitimate owner of the account, from where the messages were supposedly, being sent was made. The legitimate owner denies sending the messages.

Montague said based on the advice of the police, he remained silent, so that they could advance their work but he is now compelled to make this matter public.

“Although much progress is being made with the investigation, it is not yet over,” Montague said.

Noting that the matter was now being politicised for election purposes, Montague appealed for the police to be given space to do their jobs without the “political overtones”.

Montague said the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime and the Major Organized Crime Agency have been appraised of his statement and his intention to make the matter public.

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‘A Wha Dis Now’ – Fish, Homosexuals, The Leader Of The Opposition!!!!

‘Come now stap the foolishness.  Wi all know ina yaard, wen u sey ‘fish’ is ‘homosexuals’ u referring to. Dis a Jamaica, nuh USA, nuh England, nuh Canada, YAARD’.  Speak the truth and speak it well!!!!!!!

Homosexuals are in the Churches, in Corporate Jamaica, in the Public Sector, in Small Businesses, in Schools, Universities, all over the place.  They cannot be eliminated.  It would be wonderful if they would come out of the closest and say, ‘I am proud to be a homosexual’.  Unfortunately the vast majority of them on the Roc will continue to operate on the down low, pretending to be straight when it is already known that they are homosexuals.  You see, on the Roc our people have become experts at playing the undercover ‘gay’ game.  This is what you do, you know the person is a homosexual, but you go along and pretend with them that they are straight, and as soon as they disappear you begin the conversation on how large the homosexual community is in Jamaica.  ‘Yeah a suh it set up pon di Roc.  Mi nuh deh pon dat though.  If u a gay, u a gay own it, big up u chest an do u ting.  Wha u fraid fah, nuh God u serve.  Nuh comes mongst mi and preten caas I an I deh pon a truth serum, an mi caan really play di game ting at all.  Mi personally know straight people, gay people an dem tell mi like it is, suh wi good.  Dem nuh affi eva tink sey mi a hypocrite caas mi bold and direct an if u a hide, a u one a play hide an seek.  Mi nuh really flex mongst di one dem wey deh pon di down low or camouflage.  Dat a too much wok’.

Leader of The Opposition and his ‘fish’ comment, knows exactly what he intended; so the effort is already wasted trying to redefine what garnered ’nuff laughter’ even from those I daresay are undercover homosexuals.   The ‘fish’ jokes are now old.  Get over yourself and deal with serious issues facing this Country!!!!!!


 

Opposition leader’s ‘fish’ comment not targeting homosexuals – JLP member

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, November 09, 2015 | 9:00 AM     26 Comments

 
Opposition leader Andrew Holness and party members at a JLP mass rally in 2011 (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – At least one Jamaica Labour Party member has come out to clarify a statement made by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at a party rally in Spanish Town, St Catherine Sunday night.

The member is insisting that Holness’ reference to not being a “fish”, was not made against the homosexual community.

Holness, in giving an address at the event, sought to take residents down memory lane as a child growing up in the old capital.

In one case, he explained that he went to a canal in the town to swim and got into difficulty. He said he “nearly drowned”.

Explaining how he got out of the situation, Holness said: “Well, you know we a nuh fish around here.”

He, however, managed to swim to safety.

“We are aware of how the international community may misinterpret this, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a jab at any member of the society,” the JLP member said.

The JLP rally was held in a section of the old capital called Munamar Square.

Kimmo Matthews

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