US Embassy – Big Business In Jamaica – Revenue Is Where It Is At?

159,000.00 Jamaicans applied for US visitors visas as of 1st January – December 2015 of which 65% were successful.  What does that translate to in terms of revenue for the USA?

Those details were not provided but one can do a basic assessment based on the cost for the application. What is interesting to note is that the vast majority of Jamaicans who travel to the United States do return to the Island within the time line given and that should be commendable, right? Hmmmmm, not too sure about that. Our reputation goes way beyond making trips and not over staying. It is what is taking place on some of those trips why profiling of holders of the Jamaican passport is dominant.

Getting a visa is one thing. Travelling under a microscope is another cup of tea and Jamaicans have faced this type of inquisition way before lottery scamming and 911. From this report it appears the US Embassy is delighted with having operations on the Island and there is no intention of closing shop anytime soon. For the Jamaicans and by extension the US Embassy, the applications will increase as we are a Country that appears to be growing in population hence my belief.  Jamaicans regardless of the cost always seem to sacrifice for that which they deem  a matter of life or death to them. The USA is a destination that fits that kind of urgency whether they can afford to financially or not.



Record US visa applications by Jamaicans

BY MOYA HINDS Observer writer

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, December 20, 2015    

Visa applicants at the US Embassy

A record number of Jamaicans applied for visitors visas to the United States this year, an embassy official has said.

Consul General at the United States Embassy in St Andrew, Michael Schimmel, told journalists at a news conference held at the embassy on Friday that over 159,000 Jamaicans applied for US visas between January 1 and the start of December. The figure represents the highest in almost two decades.

“The last time we have seen the numbers in excess of 100,000 was back in 2007, before the recession”, remarked Schimmel, who has served in the US diplomatic system for almost 28 years.

“We are very pleased to receive applications for visas. We very much want travellers. We very much want tourists,” said Schimmel, known to Jamaicans as the visa man, a title that he proudly accepts.

Schimmel said that an electronic database system was used to provide the information, which covered the years 1997-2015.

It was not until after the recession of 2008 and 2009 that the numbers started picking up ,and by the time Schimmel took office in Jamaica in 2013 the number reached 85,000.

“For the last three years we’ve seen a significant steady uptake in numbers and rates of approval for visas,” Schimmel reported, adding that it is not difficult to get a visa if one is deemed a qualified traveller.

Schimmel disclosed what he believes may be factors that contributed to the record increase by suggesting that it may have been as a result of both countries having booming economies.

Jamaicans, he said, have enough money to travel and the US has enough money to host. He said that economics could also be a factor, as the Jamaican economy might be shaky and many individuals go to the US seeking employment.

The other factor that Schimmel believes may be credited to the increase is the outreach programmes by the embassy.

Of the 159,000 visa applications this year, 65 per cent were granted visas, while 35 per cent were denied.

Schimmel also spoke to a 1.1 per cent of Jamaicans, out of the 65 per cent, either ‘running off’ or overstaying, and pointed out that despite a social purview, there is no quota to determine how many visas are issued daily, for as long as the requirements are met and one proves to be a legitimate traveller, a visa will be issued.

In terms of cost and money collected by the embassy from visa applications, Schimmel declined to give a specific figure, but said that enough was made to cover expenses and added that profit goes into border security/protection.

Schimmel stated that there was interest in promoting bilateral relations through tourism, and a boosting of the economy through the investments that tourists bring with them when they go to the US, especially when they shop.

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Postal Service – ‘Thieving’ Is At Both Ends – What Do You Do?

The reality is there are options.  While the postal service is more cost effective, the stress one faces I find more costly than the alternative.  As we know the root, you can only deal with the cause after the effect has been rendered and this is the sad reality for the recipients.

Personally, I do not use our postal service.  I take my chances with the other options available.  To those overseas who can afford to send gifts for their loved ones, use another option.  It is much better to pay a little more than to have a partial or total loss as experienced by many.  Even though we have come a far way, we will never be able to eliminate theft.  I am of the belief that there are those amongst us who were born to ‘tief’ and others have grown to become a ‘tief’.  The sector responsibility should be to fire thieves immediately without beauraucracy and wherever necessary imprison them based on the nature of the theft.


Christmas stolen! – Foreign postal workers accused of stealing gifts meant for Jamaicans 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | December 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM 

Scores of Jamaicans could be without gifts sent to them from overseas through the postal service as some are being stolen and officials in Jamaica say the theft happens before the packages arrive here.

According to local postal workers, they are being unfairly blamed for the stolen items as it is in the foreign countries that the items go missing.

“We always get the blame for it, but trust me, majority of the times, it is the people at the post office in foreign who take out the things them,” a postal worker, who asked not to be named, told The Sunday Gleaner.

“I’m not saying that it (stealing) doesn’t happen out here, too, but it is really not as easy to do as most people think,” added the postal worker.

Officials of the local postal service, Jamaica Post, also charged that packages are being tampered with overseas.

“It does happen, but we work with our international partners overseas whenever there are discrepancies. They are notified, and whatever investigation that is needed to be done will be done,” said Kathy-Ann Yetman, public relations officer for Jamaica Post.

Yetman last week declined to provide statistics regarding the frequency of such incidents, arguing that such queries had to be made through the Access to Information Act, which can take a minimum of 30 working days to process.

She, however, said the incidents of postal theft have decreased significantly since a 2013 operation in the United Kingdom (UK) in which one Royal Mail postal worker was arrested for tampering with mail destined for Jamaica.

Yetman was quick to point out that the UK is not the only area of concern, as mail coming from the United States and Canada are tampered with from time to time.


She explained that mail from which items are stolen are not usually sent back to the foreign country, but they are handed over to the receiver, who then has to file a complaint to have an investigation started.

According to Yetman, that investigation is done by local and international agencies, “which are usually cooperative”.

She explained: “If something is damaged [or stolen], then the persons are notified that the item has been damaged and that we have repackaged it and it is sent forward to them.

“In the context that you are talking about now, … if a box comes and a phone is not in there, you don’t send back the empty box. We fill out the documentation and do the relevant investigation.

“After the process is finished and we [find out] what happened, there are various levels of compensation for different products,” said Yetman.

Theft is a common occurrence during the months leading up to Christmas, one of the busiest periods at Jamaica Post, which, over the years, has expanded its offerings from regular mailing to courier services, aiming to better compete in an Internet-based environment.

A Sunday Gleaner probe has uncovered that several packages from overseas are turned over to Jamaica Post with items missing every year at this time.

According to employees at the Central Sorting Office, which receives and disseminates all packages mailed to the island, workers there are often blamed for stolen items when, in most cases, the items are snatched by overseas postal workers.


“All of the mail come with a tamper-proof seal when they reach Jamaica. So we get a package of mail seal up and everything here. But when we open the mail, sometimes you don’t even have to look good, you see that they were opened already,” said one woman, who has been employed to the postal service for more than a decade.

Kingston resident Sheldon Dacres has sworn never to use the postal services again after a package sent to him from the UK was found tampered with and a cell phone missing.

“The phone could have got stolen from overseas and it could have been stolen here, I agree. But I don’t like how that look,” Dacres told The Sunday Gleaner.

“I am convinced is out here them thief it because everything else – the charger and an extra battery – was in the package except the phone. That don’t look like is overseas that do,” added Dacres as he repeated his vow never to use the postal service again.

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Top 5 Placement – Miss Jamaica (Dreadlocked) Beauty, Miss World 2015 Competition

Sanneta Myrie represented Jamaica in fine form.  This female has a working brain that rests on the level of consciousness and from the words she has spoken appears to be devoid of superficiality.  Awareness of ‘self’ is often sidelined from our masses and what is often left are just beautiful robots who seem to be confident but in effect are shallow souls.  There is depth to this lady and she can surely be a motivator to the young aspirants on the Roc.

We can sometimes be stifled by the status quo leaving us blind to the delight it brings when someone truly unique presents itself to the World on a public platform.   As we embrace diversity in looks and style, let us recognize that the World has changed and beauty can no longer be defined to a ‘specific look’.  When our own Jamaican people can appreciate this, then we celebrate and be positive when the status quo is left behind.


MJW Sanneta Myrie finishes in Miss World top 5

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, December 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM     13 Comments 

MJW Sanneta Myrie finishes in Miss World top 5

 KINGSTON, Jamaica – Miss Jamaica World Dr Sanneta Myrie today finished in top five of the 65th Miss World Competition in Sanya, China.

Myrie had joined Spain, Russia, Indonesia, and Lebanon in top five, but the competition was eventually won by Spain.

Third place went to Indonesia and Russia finished second.

After making the top five cut, Myrie was asked why she should be named Miss World 2015, to which she responded that she was already grateful for the opportunity to be in China representing her country.

“My story is one of a little girl whose life was transformed with charity and love and my quest in life is to give that back to as many people as I can, and to inspire the world with my story, that no matter where you are from, your skin type your hair colour, your situation — your dreams are valid.

“And I believe that beauty with a purpose embodies my quest and if I was blessed with the crown tonight, I would dedicate my essence to give back to the world in a purposeful and beautiful way with charity and love,” she said.

Myrie did not walk away with the crown but she made the top five cut from a field of more than 110 contestants.

Myrie also finished third in the Miss World Talent section of the competition.

Spain wins Miss World 2015, Jamaica places in top five

(Jamaica Gleaner) Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 10:29 AM
Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie.

Spain’s Mireia Lalaguna Royo has been named the winner of the Miss World 2015 competition.

Royo, a 23-year-old professional model from Barcelona, won the beauty pageant in the southern Chinese island resort of Sanya.

Miss Jamaica World 2015 Dr Sanneta Myrie finished fifth.

Sofia Nikitchuk of Russia was the runner-up and Indonesia’s Maria Harfanti took third place in the final.

The win followed a lengthy competition dogged by controversy over China’s refusal to allow Canada’s entrant to attend.

Not present was Miss Canada, Chinese-born Anastasia Lin, who’d been prevented from boarding her connecting flight to Sanya from Hong Kong last month after China refused her a visa on arrival.

Lin is an outspoken critic of Chinese religious policy and a follower of the Falun Gong meditation practice, which was outlawed by China in 1999.

The first Miss World contest was held 64 years ago in Britain.

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Big One – Rastas and Reparation – Jamaica Recognise!!!!!

Black on black discrimination, can we say genocide?   I say clean up your own house, while at the same time seeking reparation for Slavery. To deny that the Rastafarians have been marginalised, segregated, propaganda indoctrinated into the minds of Jamaicans that still today, there are many that are of the belief that they are an uneducated bunch of squatters who live like animals.

Now is the time for the Government of Jamaica to find the resources as they surely can find funds when they choose. They must out of shear honesty and credibility accept that they have helped to cause injustice to a group of people whose religious beliefs are different from our own and by extension their grooming and attire. They are largely black people and while it is hard for many to digest that black people are also racist against their own, it is so.

Believe or not to believe is of your own volition. However, there is no denying that when you sell Brand Jamaica, there are those world-wide who think of Rastas as being part of the brand. Many come to Jamaica not only for the sun, beach and the laid back atmosphere but also for the ‘Rasta man and Weed’. Bob Marley took reggae music on an international plain like no other artist and it was well known that for the vast majority of his life, Rastafarianism was his belief.

If the Government of Jamaica does not take care of its own people who they discriminated against, I hardly expect the ‘white man’ to do the same hundreds of years later. Apologise and compensate them, they are entitled to this. By our very own motto, we have accepted and embraced the other cultures on the Roc, the Rastafarians culture deserve no less.


Reparation for Rastas?

Justice minister wants apology, compensation for brutalised victims of Coral Gardens, Back ‘o’ Wall, Pinnacle

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, December 14, 2015     28 Comments 

GOLDING… to raise matter in Cabinet next month

SENATOR Mark Golding, the minister of justice, believes that Rastafarian victims of the infamous Coral Gardens, Pinnacle and Back ‘o’ Wall incidents deserve both an apology and reparation from the Jamaican State which he said had brutalised and oppressed them.

Golding made it clear in an interview with the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he was stating his personal views at this time, but would raise the matter in Cabinet next month, possibly through the just-released report by the public defender on the bloody Coral Gardens incident that claimed several lives in 1963 in St James.

“The treatment of the Rastafarians is a matter of social justice. There were decades of fairly brutal and oppressive conduct by the State towards them. After the Coral Gardens incident there was a sort of witch-hunt. All of this was quite improper,” said Golding.

The justice minister also listed the controversial destruction by police of the Leonard Howell-led Rastafarian community at Pinnacle, St Catherine, and the demolition of Back ‘o’ Wall in Western Kingston, among actions for which he believed the State should pay compensation and apologise to their victims.

Golding took his cue from the report sent to Parliament last week and copied to him by Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, who received an investigation of the Coral Gardens matter as a work-in-progress from her predecessor Earl Witter.

In that report, the public defender recommended, among others things, that the State establishes a trust fund of no less than $10 million “for the benefit of properly identifiable surviving victims of the Coral Gardens incident”, and that a co-operative society be set up exclusively for the benefit of Rastafarians and be granted a licence to cultivate ganja.

It further recommended that: “The State uses appropriate language to apologise to those persons who were directly affected by the events of Coral Gardens, 1963, but who were not involved in the unlawful events or activities which led to the tragedy.”

In what could be a controversial recommendation, the report also called for “urgent conisideration” to be given to the acquisition of the Outameni property owned by the National Housing Trust in Trelawny “with a view to allocating a portion thereof to the Rastafarian community” for the establishment of a cultural centre it says should be set up by the culture and tourism ministries for the preservation of Rastafari culture.

Golding earlier signalled that he would be taking an interest in the matter when he was the featured speaker last Thursday at celebrations marking the 91st anniversary of the birth of late prime minister and People’s National Party (PNP) leader, Michael Manley, at PNP headquarters in Kingston.

Speaking on “Michael Manley and social justice”, Golding outlined the famous social legislation of the 1970s Manley Administration, such as equal pay for women; maternity leave with pay; Status of Children Act; National Minimum Wage; and introduction of the Family Court, among others.

He then listed some issues still not yet dealt with, including: “Apology/reparation for past abuses inflicted upon the Rastafari community (Pinnacle in the early 1950s, Coral Gardens atrocities, and the Back o’ Wall demoliton in the 1960s.”

He also mentioned recognition of the Jamaican language and modification of methods of teaching children for whom ‘Jamaican’ is their first language; more effective responses to domestic violence and violence against children in the home; and tolerance for the LGBT community and the elimination of stigma and discrimination.

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Blame Game Is Futile – We Are Labeled Moreso Than Ever – Deal With It!!!

I no longer will allow my blood pressure to rise when issues like these are raised.  Discrimination based on colour, ethnicity, religion and country of origin is now common place in the world of profiling.  Jamaica also needs to practice some of the same when allowing ‘foreigners’ into our Island.  We must not allow our ‘frighten friday’ attitude for all people non Jamaicans to cause us to let down our guard.   If it is not narcotics, guns, it is scamming that is at a level where we now seek the USA to render punishments our ‘toothless’ law is unable to do on the Roc.

We can sell Brand Jamaica as it is all that we have.  At the same time we cannot ignore that our Brand is tarnished as a result of our fraudulent crimes that span far and wide.  There was a time when our very own Jamaicans would label Africans as ‘ginals’ and ‘con artists’.  After constantly being reminded that Africa is a Continent, they would ‘wheel an come again’, declaring the Nigerians were the wickedest when it came to ‘conning’.   Were we not ignorant then?  Were we not profiling all Africans?  Well here how it is set up now.  ‘Wi deh pon di same level as di very same people dem wi did a profile’.  How do we rectify this dilemma?  Until we broadcast globally that we will not tolerate any acts that would seek to destabilize our Country.  Until we broadcast how swiftly we bring to justice those hell bent on destabilizing this Country, ‘wi nuh ave nuh chise but to tek wey foreign entity a dish out pon wi’.

The USA has programmes aired on their network highlighting all the different types of ‘white collar’ crimes, and their quest to bring justice. The programme is called ‘Greed’. Why can’t we on the Roc, introduce a similar programme and sell it abroad?  In fact their programmes on solving hardcore crimes on ‘Forensic Files’ is worth duplicating.  Cold cases are dealt with as the ultimate intent is to bring to justice those who are either born evil, or who have become evil.   We certainly copy other programmes from the USA and have introduced on our networks. What happen, is this is way too ‘simple stupid’ for our intellectuals and the powers that be?

Finally let us broadcast Politicians and leaders who do not prescribe to, our support those acts which quite frankly do not build up our people in the name of ‘Art’.  We must sacrifice if it means the stabilization of a Country and its people. Know the psychology of our people who are remnants of Slavery.


Don’t call if you are from Jamaica – Stigmatised and shunned – Scammers causing Americans to distrust calls with 876 area code

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | December 13, 2015 |
American law enforcement officials escorting alleged lotto scammer 28-year-old Damion Barrett of Norwood, St. James out of the island last Tursday. Barrett is the first Jamaican to be extradited to the US to answer charges related to the lottery scam.
More and more Americans are starting to label Jamaicans as ‘a bunch of scammers’ and are refusing to accept calls from numbers which begin with the 876 area code.

The impact of the scammers label hit home painfully last week when The Sunday Gleaner attempted to contact Kent Coarsey, president and executive director of the Children’s Alliance of Hawaii, in that American state.

“Do not call back this phone,” was how Coarsey greeted the caller before terminating the call.

Five further attempts to reach Coarsey resulted in the phone either going unanswered or the line being open and the call terminated without a word being said.

On the sixth attempt, the line was left open just enough for our reporter to explain in detail the reason for the call.

But Coarsey was still very sceptical as he declared that he “would not be sending any money to Jamaica”.

Only after a request that he should conduct an Internet search on The Gleaner and the reporter did Coarsey engage in a conversation, although it was obvious that he maintained his guard.

It was not until the interview was well under way that Coarsey relaxed and apologised profusely for his initial reaction.

“I feel very bad. I think I hung up on you five or six times. I will tell you why I was so apprehensive to talk to you,” said Coarsey.

According to Coarsey, he and others in his organisation, which is mandated to provide care and support for sexually abused children, have received five to 10 emails daily from persons claiming to be Jamaicans or Nigerians, seeking to fleece money from them.

He said this forced the organisation to invest in a spam filter, blocking some emails.

Coarsey said in the emails persons would make claims, such as that they are related to some billionaire who died and they needed him to make contact and provide financial information so that billions of dollars could be released into his account.

“For the first time in months I got another of those emails today, and then your call, so I thought they were connected,” Coarsey explained.

“This email said nothing about Jamaica, nothing about you at all, but it’s rare to come through our spam filter.

“It’s not like a fear but I am very wary to talk to somebody (from Jamaica) at great length about anything, as there is a whole world … of scammers.”

Coarsey’s apprehension is multiplied across the United States, following media reports that Jamaican scammers target nearly 300,000 mostly elderly Americans annually.

US media reports estimate that persons duped by scammers send some US$300 million to the island annually.

This has prompted the US Embassy in Kingston to post an advisory on its website warning Americans about Jamaican lotto scammers and other schemes, including online dating services, inheritance notices, work permits/job offers, bank overpayments, non-existent BTA airline boarding fees, and even the appearance that they are helping a friend in trouble.

But despite this, Coarsey is not opposed to the idea of one day visiting Jamaica, as he had met two Jamaicans in the army who he said were very nice to him.

“It wouldn’t stop me from travelling to Jamaica but it has made me very wary of taking someone’s call from Jamaica,” said Coarsey.

“Two images of Jamaica that I have is one, it is a tourist destination for Americans, and also poverty. So I am challenged when I travel to places like Mexico, where there is poverty just cross the street from this beautiful hotel that I’m in … that kind of stuff bothers me.”


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Beware – Is Your Dentist Practising Legally??

It is the nature of man to be deceitful. It takes more than having the trimmings, accessories and a ‘title’ to assume ‘all is well’.   When it comes to your health, oral or otherwise ask questions and do your own due diligence.

As with ‘cobblers’ in many professions, the medical fraternity has their fair share.   Now the American dentist who has sought haven on the Roc, I suggest you bear this in mind. The USA justice system appears to be more swift than our own, so be careful of what you have accepted after their rejection.

Delinquent dentists – Dozens practising illegally across the island

(Jamaica Geaner) Sunday | December 13, 2015

Dr Irving Mckenzie

More than 60 dentists could be operating illegally across the island, having failed to meet the deadline for registration and providing proof of continuing education to the Dental Council of Jamaica.

The council last Friday released the list of persons registered to operate as dentists locally, with only 184 of the estimated 250 practising dentists in the island making the cut.

Chief dental officer for Jamaica, Dr Irving McKenzie, said while some of the unregistered dentists could be off the island or have stopped practising, there are some who are operating in breach of the law.

“There are people here who have not complied, and what it means is that they are practising dentistry illegally,” said McKenzie.

“I have been looking and I have seen where there are about two persons that for the last three, four years who haven’t done anything in terms of obtaining a practising certificate. I am not sure that they are currently practising, but my assumption is that they are, and as such, they will have to deal with the decision that the council will make.

“I know there are about two individuals who have gone overseas doing postgraduate programmes and … may not be in Jamaica,” added McKenzie.

He said those dentists who have failed to obtain their practising certificates and still wish to do so are required to write to the council explaining why they missed the deadline, which was originally April 1 and later extended to November 23.

“As it is right now, anyone who has not paid will now have to contact the council – write a letter to the chairman or registrar of the council – properly explaining their reason for not being compliant.

“The council will then look at it and, as it is with most jurisdictions around the world, if they were just being careless, they may have to pay a serious penalty,” said McKenzie.

He said there are dentists who have not had a practising certificate for years, which amounts to a blatant violation of the Jamaican Dental Act, putting those persons at the mercy of the council.

“We will be coming down on them seriously, because keeping yourself up to date and ensuring that you are on top of your game is what is in the best interest of the patients, and it ensures patient safety and protection.” 


The current dental certificates are valid for two years, at which time dentists will be required to meet more stringent criteria to obtain new ones.

“It was 10 hours of continuing education in any area, but going forward, the next renewal is for March 2017 and it is going to be 40 continuing education credits, and there are three mandatory areas that don’t carry any credit weighting,” said McKenzie.

“These areas are professionalism, ethics and ensuring that they know how to resuscitate a person in case of emergency. And if you are a specialist, part of your professional development should be in the area of your specialisation.”

Among the dentists who appear on the list of those registered to practise is Dr Stephen Kaufman, the American who moved to Jamaica after his licence to practise was revoked in his homeland for questionable practices.

McKenzie refused to comment on Kaufman, but The Sunday Gleaner has learned that since it was revealed that he is operating in Jamaica, the Dental Council has been inundated with correspondence from persons in the US warning about him.

This has prompted the council’s investigative committee to take a keen interest in him, while he has been visited by the police and Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency officials.

The Dental Council is reportedly investigating his actions and will decide shortly if he will be allowed to continue practising in Jamaica.

Editor’s note: Dr Fenton Ferguson, the minister of labour and social security, is on the list of registered dentists.

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Ounce of Prevention: Is Your Thyroid Making You Tired? by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Doctors report that excessive tiredness or fatigue is the commonest complaint their patients make. An under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) is a frequent though often unrecognised cause of a lack of energy.

Throughout the world, millions of people with hypothyroidism, mostly women, go undiagnosed. Often, these women are told their problem is in their head, while its really originating in the neck.

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped organ located at the front of the neck, on both sides of the voice box or larynx. It produces thyroid hormones that serve many important functions, including the control of our body’s energy production, temperature and metabolism.

Common symptoms of low thyroid function include – low energy, weight gain, dry skin, constipation, hair loss, brittle nails, depression, irritability, low sex drive, poor memory, decreased sweating and intolerance to cold and/or heat.

If uncorrected hypothyroidism can lead to serious health problems such as heart disease, elevated blood cholesterol, osteoporosis, infertility, anaemia, persistent depression and recurrent infections.


Is your thyroid sick?


Females are seven times more likely than men to have this problem especially after having a baby or miscarriage, during the menopause and after the age of 65.

Conventional medicine depends heavily on the results of blood tests to diagnose low thyroid function, though experts agree that blood tests alone are often misleading. Because detailed questioning and examination of patients is necessary, but often lacking, many cases go undiagnosed. Subsequent blood tests can assist in confirming a doctor’s suspicion.


Check your temperature


A simple at-home test of your resting body temperature, a Barnes Test, can be most useful. Your body temperature reflects your metabolic rate, which, in turn, is influenced by thyroid hormones. A low resting body temperature (a positive Barnes Test) strongly suggests hypothyroidism. If your temperature is low and you have symptoms of an under-active thyroid, discuss the matter with your doctor to confirm diagnosis and begin appropriate treatment.


Consider your immune system


The most frequent cause of hypothyroidism today is a disturbance of the immune system, Hashimoto’s disease, named after the Japanese doctor who first described it. This is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland and damages it. A special blood test can be done to help diagnose the condition. Stressful situations (including pregnancy, abortions and menopause) as well as overwork and infections, may trigger this condition.


Avoid these chemicals


The thyroid requires iodide to function, and related chemicals (halogens) like chlorine, fluorine and bromine can compete with iodine and negatively affect thyroid function. Environmental chemicals and certain food additives can thus contribute greatly to this disorder.

British researchers report that people with high blood levels of fluorine chemicals often found in food wrappings, non-stick pans, carpets and fabrics have a higher risk of thyroid disease. US studies show a high risk of hypothyroidism from exposure to the household chemical perchlorate. In addition we are constantly exposed to chlorine in our tap water.


Iodine deficiency


A dietary deficiency of iodine often leads to an enlarged thyroid gland (called a goiter) that may become under-active. Bromine has now replaced iodine in almost all baking flours, and the iodine in iodised table salt is not a very good replacement.

Even if enough iodine is available, some natural substances block iodine from being used by the thyroid. These are known as goitrogens and are found in modest amounts in turnips, cabbage, mustard, cassava root, soybeans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet. But you would need to eat a great deal of these foods to create any problem, and cooking renders these goitrogens inactive.




Several people are hypothyroid because of treatment for an overactive thyroid gland administered by doctors. These treatments include surgery, drugs or radiation and the damage to the gland that results is often irreversible. Dealing naturally with the underlying causes of hyperthyroidism can help avoid these drastic therapies.

– Hormome replacement: This is the standard medical answer to hypothyroidism, and synthetic drugs are usually used to replace the lacking thyroid hormone. These are often necessary and very helpful. However, many holistic physicians, like myself, prefer natural thyroid-hormone replacement, and use other prescription medicines made from animal thyroid glands. You may wish to discuss this option with your doctor.

– Balance your diet: Seafood is the best natural source of iodine. Supplementing with additional iodine from sea salt, sea iodine or sea vegetables like kelp and dulse, promote better thyroid function. The Cellular Nutritional Programme is very useful as it contains a blend of added nutrients that improve the metabolism. Large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids will help heal any inflammation of the thyroid gland.

Ensure optimal intake of zinc, vitamins C, E and B complex, and protein, while minimising sugar and starch in the diet.

Immune system support: Those with immune dysfunction will benefit from supplementing with high dosages of anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C, E and selenium. The herbs schizandra, rosemary, pycnogenol, garlic, ginger and turmeric are also helpful.

– Stress management: Both under-active and overactive thyroid disorders are often triggered by stress. Learning to handle stress in a healthy way is very important. Various relaxation techniques may be usefully applied.

– Exercise: This increases the metabolism and has many other hormonal benefits. Certain yoga postures, such as the shoulder stand, are particularly helpful as they stimulate, massage and increase blood flow to the thyroid.

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‘What A Piece A Shame Pon Di I Am Brilliant Politicians Dem’

Damion Crawford is a ‘one hit wonder’, plain and simple.   Based on his utterances since he took up representational politics, I am not one bit surprised at where he is standing. An invitation to St Vincent has caused him to act as if he just won an election and is now a Prime Minister.  Then again, he might believe he is one, in his make belief World and that we refer to as dreaming. Hold on to your dreams you have every right to as they will take hundreds of years maybe thousands to become a reality.

Quite frankly, ‘Crawford’ appears to be so ordinary that maybe it would be best for him to ‘be his own boss’.   After all with such academic brilliance creating the next Company to one day trade on Jamaica’s Stock Exchange or quite possibly the New York Stock Exchange may see his efforts on that venture last for more than a few years as representational politics is not his forte.

Senator Dr Angela Brown Burke, oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. This is what we have become. One Miss ‘Lashy’ that chose to get down like a real ‘butu’ taking on the youngster Damion Crawford. Yes……………I believe he is old enough to be your son.  The toddler that he appears to be based on his utterances, one would have thought that a grown woman as yourself would have refrained from responding to him. No that is too much to ask as leaders or not, many of you grown folks have taken to social media in like manner as ‘kids’. Looking and sounding like the fools you all are,  a social disgrace holding the title of Senator and Mayor.

If you wanted to deal with the ‘boy’ proper, you could have found a private forum in which to do so. You chose not to simply because you do not care about the ramifications as there will be none to the likes of you all roaming around as Politicians with certification. Respect is not given because of your academic achievements and who you know when you hit the Streets seeking votes. Then again, the majority of our people that vote really don’t give a damn if your behaviour publicly is one of a ‘sketel’.   Just another Politician that when I see on the TV, I will mute as no longer will I listen to a word either you or Damion Crawford have to say. My patience has run low and I can no longer tolerate the ‘niggerish’ behaviour of our Politicians or anyone calling themselves ‘Leader’.


PNP’s Brown Burke, Crawford take squabble to social media

(Jamaica Observer)Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 11:20 AM     114 Comments 

 Damian Crawford (left) and Angella Brown Burke

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Turmoil is growing between People’s National Party (PNP) vice-president, Senator Dr Angela Brown Burke and Damion Crawford, the state minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

The tension between the two, OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt, stems from Brown Burke’s objection to Crawford becoming the PNP’s standard-bearer in Trelawny North. But Brown Burke, in a radio interview last month, denied the claim.

On Thursday, Crawford, the nationally popular Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Rural who lost his bid to represent the party in upcoming parliamentary elections, added fuel to a raging fire.

Having been invited to St Vincent and the Grenadines by the ruling Unity Labour Party to address its youth rally ahead of the country’s December 9 general election, Crawford wrote the following on his Facebook page.

“Thank God Angela Brown Burke’s punishment never extended to St Vincent; up here nice,” he said.

But Brown Burke fired back saying: “Damion Crawford lef mi name alone. Ask Ralph if a nuh me tell him fi mek you come.”

Crawford replied, “Angela Brown Burke Ralph not even mention you as someone to say hello to…ur influence nuh pass William Grant Park.”

The squabble drew the attention of several users including former state minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Kern Spencer, who appealed to both comrades to bury the hatchet.

“Come on Damion Crawford and Angela Brown Burke. This cannot be the way. I went through hell and back and I hold no grudges. Let’s settle this!!!” he urged.

The outspoken Crawford last week tweeted: “It seems me and the party heading towards irreconcilable differences #prenup.”

Efforts to contact Brown Burke and  the party’s General Secretary Paul Burke were unsuccessful.

More later.



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Black On Black Slavery – As We Address Reparation, Let Us Deal With This ‘Elephant’ That is Very Real!!!!

The hardest thing for black people is to admit, they are as much racist as those that wronged the Black race.  Whether you want to call it classism, ‘shadeism’, the sad reality is black people say black is beautiful but it has become a ‘slogan’ rather than a belief.  We suffer from self hate which transcends into mis trust and on the Island the famous saying ‘anything too black nuh good’ is still regurgitated endlessly.   So while we blame rightly so, let us take a look in our own back yards and be honest about the role black people played in Slavery and the many that continue to play the race card game in this 21st century. 

My new slogan is ‘reverse racism’ and that is when the blacks cannot believe their own success that they continually flex their muscles, inflate their egos and chant; ‘do you not know who I am?  Who do you think you are speaking to?  The only difference between some blacks and ‘massa’ is that they may not whip you (I hope) and may not refer to you directly as ‘boy or, nigger’.  I am not aware of Kings and Queens who are financially poor are you?.  In the Continent of Africa, Kings and Queens reigned and still do I am told.



Couple jailed in UK after enslaving man for 24 years

Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | 1:20 PM     18 CommentsPrint this page Email A Friend!

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – A couple were starting six-year jail terms in Britain Tuesday after keeping a Nigerian man as a slave for nearly 25 years.

Emmanuel Edet, a 61-year-old doctor, and his wife Antan Edet, a nurse aged 58, told immigration officials that Ofonime Sunday Inuk was their son when they brought him into Britain in 1989.

But they forced him to work unpaid as a “houseboy” for up to 17 hours a day, cooking, cleaning, gardening and looking after their children, London’s Harrow Crown Court heard.

In 2013, he finally managed to alert a charity to what was going on when the couple went to Nigeria for Christmas. They were arrested in March 2014.

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Will This ‘JAHAMERICAN’ Be Deported?????

At the age of 5 it appears this Jamaican landed on US soil. What was she exposed to as a child resulting in her becoming a prolific criminal and lived such a life now as a ‘baby boomer’?

Couldn’t she have applied and qualified for Amnesty decades ago?  There were many Jamaicans who regularised their status arising from Amnesty during Bill Clinton’s Presidency.

I hope the US does not start deporting Jamaican born residents who  have lived in their country for a minimum of 15 years legal or otherwise; we cannot cope with the influx. 



Woman believed to be a Jamaican brought to US illegally in 1969 held by federal immigration officials

(Jamaica Gleaner)Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 11:08 AM
BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut (AP):

A New York City woman whom authorities believe was illegally brought to the US from Jamaica as child in 1969 has been taken into custody by federal immigration officials after being sentenced to probation in a Connecticut passport fraud case.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Suzanne Bent of the Bronx was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Bridgeport, then detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement for immigration proceedings.

Authorities say Bent applied for a US passport in Stamford in 2013 with fraudulent documents.

She pleaded guilty to passport fraud in July.

Prosecutors say she has a lengthy criminal record.

A judge also ordered Bent to pay about $76,000 in restitution for illegally receiving that amount in Social Security benefits.

Bent’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a message Friday.


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