The Truth – Lee Chin Continues As To Why JA Is Where It Is At

You can just hear the table talk, ‘him lucky, dun mek fi him monie aready’.  Sit with a group of people regardless of their social, economic or educational background, and one thing they all have in common.  The persistent ability to discuss hours upon ends, challenges, whose fault it is, the different angles why it cannot be done, whose role it should be, and less than 30 minutes on when the job at hand will be done and who will take responsibility for at least implementing and seeing it through.  At the end of the 30 minutes you might even hear a few declaring, we should pray and God help us.  I endorse prayer and oh yes we seek the Lord’s help.  I do believe somewhere along the line, it is expected by God for us to actually ‘DO’.  If not I say, shut up and allow the foreigners to buy us out as they seem to be the ones willing to take the risk or at least try to ‘DO’ in our Country.

When next we seek to complain, ask yourself some serious questions and be truthful a) do you actually work when you go to your employer’s place of business or do you simply collect a pay check and do the minimal? b) are you the person whose attitudes are one where you do your best each and every day without comparing yourself to your supervisor or manager? c) do you know more about management’s personal business than you do about the company you work for? d) if you were the owner of the company you worked, would you continue to pay employees whose attitudes and behaviour are similar to what you presently display?

The attitudes, beliefs you hold as a paid employee often times contributes to your own lack in confidence.  You hide behind the comforts you derive from your job, yet with your complaints do not have the confidence self belief in executing a plan for yourself that could be better for you.  For my own part, I do not believe you should invest or waste time on those whose habits have been the same for decades.  It has nothing to do with being unpatriotic.  Whilst you spend your time trying to convince people to change, the World is moving and you will either move along with it or be left behind.  If Jamaicans do not want to invest in Jamaica, others will, just do what needs to be done.


 

We have it backwards with 99 per cent strategy and one per cent execution — Lee-Chin

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 31, 2016

LEE-CHIN… Holy macros — something wrong!

Chairman of the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB) Michael Lee-Chin, in the first of a series of intimate dialogues with private sector leaders hosted by the Jamaica Exporters Association, has chided Jamaicans for associating success with 99 per cent strategy and only one per cent execution.

“Success is one per cent strategy and 99 per cent execution. We in Jamaica, we strategise a lot, but I think we have it backwards with 99 per cent strategy and one per cent execution and unless we ‘fess up we are not going to change,” Lee-Chin told the audience of the event held under the theme ‘Global Thought Leader’ Speaker Series at the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston last Friday.

The ‘by invitation only’ series — which will see chairpersons, CEOs and senior managers speaking on various topics throughout the year — is aimed at exploring potentially transformational issues and ideas about ‘Brand Jamaica’, while prompting change in the thinking of business individuals, ultimately improving the country’s export performance.

Lee-Chin opened his presentation by highlighting execution strategies that could lead to the success of individuals, while adding that his zeal for encountering problems and taking them personally enough to build solutions for them, has resulted in the success of the National Commercial Bank and its subsidiaries NCB Capital Markets Limited, NCB Insurance, Advantage General Insurance, NCB Cayman Limited among others.

“We have to have patience, prepare to perspire and you have to be passionate in terms of execution. Another thing I’ve learnt is if you want to be successful, you have to find huge dysfunctionalities and figure out solutions for them,” he said, adding that the local coffee industry is one such sector currently experiencing dysfunctionality.

The chairman noted that over the past 15 years, Jamaica has been wallowing in stagnation while individuals continue to complain about politicians, high interest rates, crime and currency devaluation — with little extraction of ideas from these crippling problems. “We complain about high cost of energy, we complain about telecommunication costs, we complain that there are no opportunities here, yet still in the middle of this mess of an environment a lot of wealth was created including Columbus, Digicel and the toll roads,” he added. “Huge wealth is being created for someone other than Jamaicans. Holy macros — something wrong!”

“In this dysfunctional environment all of that wealth was created and we didn’t participate?” he reasoned. “Is it that we lack confidence in our own country but some other people can look from the outside in and have confidence in our country?”

According to Lee-Chin, the difference in the wealth of local investor and international investors lies in the level of confidence individuals have in the country. “In the last 15 years other people had confidence in our country and we didn’t. That’s why we didn’t participate in any of those wealth creation strategies.”

“Are we going to make the next 15 years go by and then have talk about the same thing 15 years from now? I want us to make a promise to ourselves today that whenever we hear veranda talk about the complaints about politicians, stagnation, high interests — have an allergic reaction, and say to ourselves that’s a catalyst for all of us to jump into action and create that solution because someone out there is looking at and saying what a fantastic country this is,” he said.

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Natural Ways To Treat Viruses by Dr Tony Vendryes

Virus

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday, 28 January 2016

“It serves little purpose merely to be scared by viruses, but it serves a good deal of purpose to understand them.”

– Frank Ryan, MD

After dengue came chikV and now we have the Zika virus (ZIKV). Question: When will this trend end? Answer: never!

Viruses are very interesting and intelligent agents. Scientists are still debating whether they are living things. We need new ways of thinking about viruses and how we treat them. We underestimated chikV and hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans suffered, and we have only now begun to take ZIKV seriously when we discovered that it could cause babies of infected mothers to be born with abnormally small brains.

Consider this: Viruses can enter cells, break off sections of DNA or RNA, and blend them into their own genetic structure. They can then weave this new genetic material into other living organisms. Viruses are really vehicles for genetic exchange between the various species that make up life on Earth. Mankind’s interference with the environment has encouraged the transfer of viruses from animals to man, and even worse, some emerging viruses are actually man-made.

Because they can rapidly alter their structure, changing at will, vaccines against viruses take a long time to be developed and often quickly become ineffective. Viruses are not stupid, but we certainly are when we think them so. We must recognise that viruses are not what we first thought and must now learn to see them differently.

But we are not helpless against viruses as our bodies are equipped with a sophisticated organ, the immune system. When functioning effectively, this system can protect us from and deactivate harmful viruses.

Our first and foremost response to a viral threat should be to strengthen our immune system. I have written on many occasions on the many lifestyle changes that make the immune system stronger. And there are also specific agents that help the immune system and that can actually kill viruses.

VITAMIN C
The chemical name for vitamin C is ascorbic acid, a natural substance made by most animals that is essential to life and optimal health. A few species, including man, have lost their ability to make this vitamin and totally depend on vitamin C from their diet. Many people are going around with chronic vitamin C insufficiency, which weakens their immune system and makes them prone to infections.

VITAMIN C KILLS VIRUSES
Several researchers have stated that there has not been a single virus tested that is not destroyed when exposed to adequate concentrations of vitamin C. “I have not found any virus for which vitamin C does not exert a viridical effect as long as enough vitamin C reaches the virus,” says Dr Thomas Levy, author of Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins.

Viruses already known to respond to vitamin C include polio, influenza, small pox, chikungunya, ebola, marburg, West Nile, bird flu, HIV, and herpes. I strongly believe that ZIKV will also respond.

Vitamin C has many ways to help the body overcome viruses. At a high enough concentration in the blood, vitamin C will directly inactivate viruses. During a viral infection, the immune system’s white blood cells quickly use up all the available vitamin C to make an important cellular antioxidant called glutathione. It also increases the production of the body’s antiviral medicine, interferon, and virus-killing hydrogen peroxide. Vitamin C also has its own anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and antihistamine-like effects. It powerfully improves symptoms like pain, swelling, weakness, rash, and fever.

USING VITAMIN C
The trick is to get enough vitamin C into the body. Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is very important as it contains many co-factors that help vitamin C work better. But food alone will not provide enough of the vitamin.

To prevent or treat viral infections like ZIKV, large doses of vitamin C are needed. This is most effectively done using vitamin C as a powder as each teaspoonful contains four or five gms. Start with half of a teaspoonful dissolved in juice every four hours at the first sign of an infection or even before if you feel at risk. You can slowly increase the amount and frequency of the amount of vitamin C or until you start having loose bowel movements. If that happens, cut back to a lower dose. Doctors call this technique “titrating to bowel tolerance”. By the way, vitamin C is very good for the unborn baby.

Intravenous vitamin C: More severe or complicated cases will benefit from vitamin C given by drip directly into the vein. This is a powerful treatment, administered by a doctor in the office or hospital. Professor Michael J. Gonzalez of the University of Puerto Rico, declares, “In our experience, IV vitamin C benefits all viral-suffering patients. We have used it successfully against dengue, chikungunya, and influenza.”

ANTIVIRAL HERBS
Plants who have inhabited planet Earth long before humans, had to learn how to live with viruses and not be destroyed by them. Just as there are natural antibiotics in the plant world, there are also effective anti-viral substances to be found there.

Many unique antiviral compounds have been identified from medicinal plants (herbs). Antiviral drugs are few and expensive, while natural compounds have minor side effects and are cheaper. Some top antiviral herbs include ginger, garlic, echinacea, astragalus, goldenseal, rosemary, green tea, sage, cat’s claw, black seed (black cumin), blood root, isatis, licorice, boneset, elderberry, olive leaf, medicinal mushrooms, ashwaganda, Pau D’arco, and St John’s Wort.

Other natural antiviral agents include ozone, colloidal silver, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium.

 

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Dynamic Pronouncements From Health Minister – Accountability

How sweet those words sound. I especially like the part that says, “He pointed out that all members of his team would be held to the same level of accountability, regardless of their position on the organisational chart”.  Also, “Every porter, every ward attendant, every nurse, every doctor, every director, everyone, we must look within ourselves and ensure that the system is in place for this accountability,” Daley said.  Maybe to truly incorporate this, we have to take a serious look at ‘nepotism’, don’t you think?

It is so unfortunate when based on present performances and the previous 30 years, the public health sector has been ignored by successive Governments yet we have no choice but to be hopeful. Be hopeful and hold this present administration accountable for continued ‘ills’ that plague this sector. We do not have the luxury to simply say we cannot afford to do the necessaries. We must understand that we cannot afford not to. Health is not a luxury yacht, car, house, jewelry or apparel; it is a reality between life and death of a Nation. Without basic health care at the public level, we are pretty much ensuring that we remain dependent and debt ridden for many moons to come.

A sick society has no prospects of hope, passion, enthusiasm, zest and energy for life. Your greatest wealth is your health. Not to grasp that is sheer ignorance. Wherever the money is to come from, it must be found to get our public health sector to that of 1st world standing.  As we do for Tourism, we must hold our government to do likewise for Heath-care.


 

Dalley pledges accountability

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, January 30, 2016      

Minister of Health Horace Daley (right) cuts the ribbons marking the opening of the William, Luke and Steventon Wards at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) on Wednesday. Witnessing the event are (from left) regional director of South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Maureen Golding; consultant internist on the William Ward, Dr Danovan Jackson; SERHA Chairman Dr Andrei Cooke; and Senior Medical Officer at the KPH Dr Natalie Whylie.

HEALTH Minister Horace Dalley has pledged to hold all health care workers accountable, which he says is necessary for the ministry to fulfil its core mandate of ensuring quality care for clients who use public facilities.

“One key factor that we must look at in moving forward, one factor that is non-negotiable, that we must have is accountability. When I say accountability I mean from everyone — nurses, doctors, porters, administrators, everyone,” Dalley said.

The minister, who was delivering the main address at the official launch of Kingston Public Hospital’s (KPH) 240th anniversary celebrations and the official reopening of the William, Luke and Steventon wards at the downtown Kingston-based hospital on Wednesday, said that it is impossible for public health care facilities and the ministry to effectively carry out their functions in the absence of accountability.

“You cannot have a system in which you don’t know what time your doctors, your nurses or your porters come in or what time they leave. We must come together to design a system that will encourage the accountability of each staff member,” Dalley told attendees at the function.


He pointed out that all members of his team would be held to the same level of accountability, regardless of their position on the organisational chart.

“That is one of the things I will be insisting that we must have in this system. People must be playing their role; people who are paid to do a job must be playing their role. Every porter, every ward attendant, every nurse, every doctor, every director, everyone, we must look within ourselves and ensure that the system is in place for this accountability,” Dalley said.

According to Minister Dalley, accountability is not the only change that the health ministry will reflect in the months to come as there are plans to make changes not only to the infrastructure of several health facilities, including Spanish Town, May Pen, Cornwall Regional and Kingston Public hospitals, but there will also be a radical change in the medical record-keeping systems.

“We must correct the problem with the medical records, and that is one of the commitments that I am making today. This must be corrected. No modern, civilised society can operate where the records of health of hundreds of thousands of our citizens cannot be located and cannot be accounted for,” Dalley  noting that he would not commit to make changes that the ministry is not in a position to implement at this time.

“While we cannot promise that we will do everything all at once, we will work and we will ensure that we go to the Ministry of Finance to ensure that we get the best support for the health sector,” Dalley said.

He said that the renovation of three wards that were reopened was proof of the ministry’s commitment to address the problem of space and bed shortage. The facilities, which were closed early last year to accommodate the renovation, now has the capacity to house 28 patients.

Dalley said that the total renovation cost stands at $59.2 million, $28 million of which went to the actual refurbishing of the three wards while the remainder was spent to upgrade the Nuttall Ward that housed the residents of the three wards while they underwent renovation.

The renovation included painting, roof and electrical work, installation of flooring, windows, bathroom and other fixtures.

On Wednesday Dalley commended the partners that made the renovation possible.

“The renovation of the Luke and Steventon Wards was a joint effort between the South East Regional Health authority and the National Health Fund,” he said.

 

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I Agree – Have An Allergic Reaction To Complaints On Jamaica’s Economy Says Lee Chin

It is one thing to have a discussion about the state of affairs on the Roc but an entirely different thing to be consumed with ‘all things bad about JA’. When you sit and listen to the same set of people bemoaning the economy and just about everything in this Country, it not only becomes tiring but rather annoying. You begin to look at those persons through lens which gets smaller and smaller.   If all you can contribute is a complaint, ridicule and skepticism and provide little no solution, chances are the life you lead is a replica of the pronouncements you make 80% of the time.

I take it a step further and say to persons; there is no need you telling me how broke you are and the lack of money available to you.   That is something for you and your financial institution as they are the ones who can assist you out of that dilemma. Life is going to be what you make of it in all areas. If you choose to complain 80% of the time, I will not be your enabler as I too am allergic to the constant ‘trauma’ and quite frankly I am not ‘911 or 119’. If you wish to run an idea by me with your excitement fantastic, but if your sole purpose is to bitch and moan, then I’m sorry I need to preserve my health.

Our Island does not suffer from a population of ignorant souls, the opposite. We are educated. In fact some spend too much time gaining further education and less time putting all that they have learnt into a plan that can bring them some financial reward. We lack the ‘gumption’ to get up and ‘try’ at all cost, and whilst we sit, moan and groan there are others who are coming from afar to plant their soil right here on the Roc. I have come to the conclusion that it is far easier to complain than it is to create our business opportunities. To do so will actually mean we take responsibility for our failures. That is not a vision we wish to undertake rather the blame game suits the majority and so we feed that disease. The disease of doing little and expecting abundance.


 

Have an allergic reaction to complaints about the economy, says Lee Chin

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, January 29, 2016 | 4:18 PM      

 
 Business mogul Michael Lee-Chin

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Business Guru Michael Lee Chin is imploring Jamaicans to have an “allergic reaction” to individuals complaining about the challenges facing Jamaica’s economy, and instead create wealth for society by finding solutions to the problems.

“I want us to make a promise to ourselves today that whenever we hear veranda talk about the complaints of politicians, stagnation, crime, devaluation… have an allergic reaction, and say to yourself that’s a catalyst for all of us to jump into action and create a solution because someone out there is looking at and saying what a fantastic country this is,” Lee Chin told the audience of the Jamaica Exporters Association Global Thought Leader Speaker Series held at the Terra Nova Hotel earlier today.

Lee Chin is the first in a series of speakers who will have dialogue with private sector leaders aimed at exploring potentially transformational issues and ideas about Brand Jamaica, while prompting change in the thinking of business individuals with a view to improve the country’s export performance.

 

 

 

 

Karena Bennett

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Election Fever Is Now In High Gear On The Roc!!

As it is in the USA between the Democrats and the Republicans, Jamaica is now fast approaching the ‘silly season’ between the PNP and the JLP.   Silly as our election campaign will see many on the platform using the mouth and tongue by pronouncements in ways it ought not to.  Certainly not silly is the reality that our Island is at a crucial stage in our austerity measures.  With the threat of ZIKA virus which will undoubtedly hit us, we can no longer delay the inevitable and that is to call the General Elections now and get it over with. Sick people will not be able to vote, and if Chikungunya is anything to go by, just do a reflection as to what that did to our productivity.

Our media reports at this time is  basically one dimensional as the focus is on all Roads leading unto the campaign trail.  Who will it be the orange or the green?  My only reporting on politics will be notification of the date once it has been announced, and lastly the winner.


 

PNP and JLP hit the road

 

(Jamaica Gleaner) Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 3:35 PM
 
The People’s National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will hold separate public meetings in two parishes this evening as they gear up for a general election.

The JLP have restarted its Prosperity Live series with a tour and public meeting in Clarendon.

The party said the tour, which began in Freetown this morning, would culminate in a public meeting in Lionel Town at 6 p.m.

Party Leader, Andrew Holness, will speak at the meeting as well as other officers of the party.

Meanwhile, the PNP will take its Face2Face Series to the Cedar Grove Academy auditorium in East Central St Catherine.

Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Service, Peter Phillips; Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Arnaldo Brown, local government minister, Noel Arscott; and education minister Ronnie Thwaites are scheduled to speak at the event.

The meeting is set to start at 6 o’clock.

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Usain Bolt – Racism & Classism in JA – Keep Your Head Up!!!

Now that you are a Billionaire you can share your reality on the Roc without fear or recrimination. Welcome to being a born Jamaican on the Roc. This is our Island. The motto is just that, a motto ‘out of many one people’. Racism, ‘shadeism’ and classism make this Island tick. This is nothing new, what is new is that we have our dark skinned, best of the best, famous in every Continent in the World.  Greatest track and field athlete ever over 100 and 200 meters speak of his personal experience on this issue with no ‘gravy’ to cover it up.

To say otherwise is bordered on not hypocrisy, but lies. You think you have money; you can acquire what your money can afford you to, yet the roadblocks still amount. The roadblock to acceptance. This will never happen as with ‘white supremacy’ in the United States and elsewhere, on the Island there are those who believe that once your breeding is not of a certain hue, you must return to the fields. How dare you live where I live much less in a house larger than my own? How dare you own so many toys and you are just a ‘meager black ass boy’ who got lucky in life? Yes, that is how they rant and there should be no surprises. Infidelities outside of the marriage that produces children are referred to as the ‘bastards’ and ‘outside pickney’.

What is tragic is that this sense of superiority due to ones ‘shade’ is even being perpetuated by the very said ones who are considered ‘bastards’ if they happen to have the same shade as those claiming superior status. This all continues because of a need to be accepted.

Usain Bolt, you have the fame, fortune and still got talent. One can only hope you undertake the path or journey unto personal development, truly knowing who you are. Recognising there is a supreme being that accepts you as you are and no other person’s acceptance is any form of validation. You have the resources and experiences to motivate others as long as you know who you are. With your wealth the very same ones will seek endorsements from you, would seek to use your fame and fortune for their own purposes. If you do not know who you are you can believe in some foolish way that you are now being accepted.   They will never accept you or any other person on the Roc who is not from their social background or lineage.   You are in poll position to decline certain invitations and to never seek affirmation or acceptance from those who wish you were an unknown.

Only personal development will equip you with the tools you need to identify those persons who surround and weed out the opportunists, manipulators and down right evil irrespective of the shade of their skin. You do not need the ‘upper crust’ in Jamaican society, you are a one man ‘upper crust’ on the global level.  Know, recognize and accept that. Enjoy your life with those who love the Usain Bolt without the money and develop healthy relationships with the right people locally and globally. While you live on the Roc, do not become a victim of small Island thinking and small Island link up. Spread your wings as a true Jamaican and give God all the praise for your accomplishments.

One love!!!!


 

 

Usain Bolt beating classism and racism in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Monday | January 25, 2016 | 6:19 AM
 
Usain Bolt says the “strong badmind” displayed by some members of Jamaica’s upper class was contrasted by the positive reactions of ordinary Jamaicans. 

Jamaica’s sporting star Usain Bolt has admitted that he has faced “strong” levels of classism and racism from Jamaica’s upper class throughout his rise as a global athletics icon.

The multiple world and Olympic record holder recalled how he was left ‘shocked’ by the reactions of neighours when he moved into an upscale St Andrew apartment complex. 

“Especially when I started out. It was more shocking than anything else. That was how I ended up buying my house,” Bolt told journalist Ian Boyne during the personality programme, Profile on Television of Jamaica, Sunday.

“I was living in a complex and I had issues with a few of the lighter-skinned people. I used to live near a lawyer and when I moved in, he said to me ‘be careful, they don’t like to see young people strive,’.”

“When it started happening to me, I had to rush and build my house. A lot of them, because dem go school and work years and years fi reach, and me jus come up and because of sports mi get everything, dem nuh happy.”

The 29-year-old said the “strong badmind” displayed by some members of Jamaica’s upper class was contrasted by the positive reactions of ordinary Jamaicans.

The ghetto yutes dem and everybody else love me and happy fi si me,” noted Bolt who earned more than $2 billion in 2015.

Bolt’s admissions come several months after a rant from entertainer Jodi ‘Jinx’ Henriques, who criticised him as a neighbour in upper St Andrew, renewing a national discussion on the impact of class and colour.

Jinx had posted on social media: “Between the bikes… loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honesty wish he would go back to where he came from. He is a horrible neighbour. I cannot wait to move.”

READ: Bolt’s a horrible neighbour

Jinx later apologised.

It’s widely held that Jamaica has unsettled social class issues, largely the inheritance of the British colonialism. 

“People look at things as you’re coming up and you’re building yourself and a lot of people do not want to see that. It’s just life,” said Bolt who hails from Sherwood Content in rural Jamaica,

“I’ve learnt to just understand that not everybody is gonna appreciate what you have done. ”

 

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Successive Governments Know What To Do – They Choose Not To

Nothing you have outlined here is a ‘light bulb’.  Our leaders’ failure to act is where the dialogue should start.   If they follow the money trail, revelations would be public we hope, however, justice obtained is another matter.

We are but a small Island, yet with so many academically qualified Leaders, you would think we had a population of 20 million.  We are where we are through design.  We will only change our course depending on whom or where our new designers will come from.  How long will that take?  As long as it took us to get here!!!


 

Playing with POCA- Crime researcher says local judges do not understand law that allows seizure of proceeds of crime

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 24, 2016 |
Clayton  

Since 2011 law enforcement agencies have used the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to take J$148 million from the hands of criminals but still renowned crime researcher, Professor Anthony Clayton is questioning the application of the law by members of the local judiciary.

According to Clayton, the Alcan Professor of Caribbean Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies, it appears that judges do not understand how to apply the legislative tool given to law enforcement authorities to combat organised crime.

“We have POCA legislation and as far as I can see, not one judge knows how to apply it. You have to apply it aggressively,” said Clayton during a round table discussion at The Gleaner’s downtown Kingston office last Friday.

He pointed to similar legislation in the United Kingdom, and noted that police investigators there are only required to show a judge that a person owns a house and a car valued at millions of dollars without a certifiable source of income.

“The guy has never had a job, has no known income (but) drives a big car. The court can now conclude that the assets are proceeds of crime and you lose all of it. In other words, the police no longer have to prove that you were involved in any particular crime,” explained Clayton.

Locally, the Assets Recovery Agency – the body established to enforce POCA – is required to prove that the money it is seeking to forfeit was derived from illegal activities a move endorsed by Jamaica’s private Bar.

“What that seeks to do is measure the rights of the individual against the right of the State, which is good,” argued one attorney recently.

But Clayton said the task is to get Jamaican judges to understand that the presumption of innocence changes under POCA.

“When you are charged with a crime the court starts off with the assumption that you are innocent until proven guilty. POCA is actually the opposite and judges must understand this,” insisted Clayton even as he declined to comment on whether there was resistance among some judges to embrace this change.

Clayton argued that in order to dismantle powerful crime syndicates financial investigators need to focus on the facilitators of organised crime instead of the street-level thugs and pointed to the strategy employed by the United States Government to combat the problem.

“It says focus on the facilitators and this includes the corrupt lawyers, the accountants, the bankers, the real estate brokers and public officials who are really the major players, but appear to be respectable. These are the people that give organised crime the power that it has.”

Clayton urged local investigators to follow the money trail rather than focusing on a particular form of crime because, “criminals will, from time to time, shift their activities from narcotics trafficking to lottery scamming and other forms of crimes”.

“If you are trapped focusing on the form of crime, that will morph and it morphs in response to pressure,” said Clayton.

He told The Gleaner team that this is the format used in several developed countries with positive results.

Clayton noted that in 2011 the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations seized criminal assets valued at US$12 billion while the London Metropolitan Police seized US$110 million in criminal assets.

He said investigators in Italy, who have been pursing members of the mob, reported seizing $40 billion Euro over a 15-year period.

The university professor highlighted that in several of these developed countries the money seized from criminals is not deposited to the Consolidated Fund but is used to increase the number of persons pursuing proceeds of crime cases and re-generate at-risk communities.

“So in other words you start to turn the people against the dons. The done operate on the basis of a myth, which they propagate successfully, that they are the protectors, that they are the benefactors … they help you with a little money (at) back to school time.

“What you have to do is you say to people these people (dons) are not your protectors. These people are parasites. The State needs to say, ‘here is the clinic you should have had, here is the school you should have had, here are the roads being fixed that should have happened years ago’, and you finance this from the money you are seizing from organised crime,” said Clayton.

“So you are achieving a number of things. You are breaking the power of organised crime, plus you are winning the battle for the hearts and minds (of law-abiding citizens),” added Clayton.

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Murder/Suicide – Soldier Commits The Act

Ten (10) years of marriage, wife 30 years of age and soldier 35 years of age; this is how it ended.  2016 is in full swing, and absolutely no lessons have been learnt from the said types of killings as reported in 2015.  Where do we go from here in our advice to man/woman affair?   No where……………..

We live in a society where our people are heartless, devoid of love in the truest sense of the word and are obsessed with the ‘ego’.  Those whose belief system is bordered on obsession, control, greed, displaying weakness of mind, body and spirit will undoubtedly continue on this trajectory.   Until they empower themselves recognising that worship is designed not for man/woman but a supreme being your advice will always fall on deaf ears.  Where does empowerment comes from?  First it starts with willingness, openness to grasp the fact that you are owed nothing on Planet Earth, much less from a man or woman.  Your relationship is not for ‘sale’.  You are an individual and your self worth does not reside in the affections of man/woman.  You do not have the capability to change a single soul.  If it appears you have done so by threats, or control, it usually is short lived hence the ultimate act of weakness murder/suicide. 


 

Murder-suicide in Clarendon … Soldier kills wife, self

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 10:53
 
JDF solider, Lance Corporal Junior Wallace and his wife 30-year-old Christina Dawkins in happier times.
 
JDF solider lance Corporal Junior Wallace
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The Clarendon Police are now investigating a case of murder-suicide involving a Jamaica Defence Force soldier and his wife.

The incident took place last night at the couple’s home in Park Hall near James Hill in northern Clarendon.

The couple has been identified as 35-year-old JDF solider, Lance Corporal Junior Wallace and his wife 30-year-old Christina Dawkins – a third year architecture student at the University of Technology.

The police report that relatives had not seen the couple for more than a day and went to their house in search of them.

They kicked in the door to the house and found the bodies of Dawkins and Wallace in their bedroom.

Dawkins had two gunshots to her upper body and Wallace had a single bullet wound to the right side of his head.

The police have confirmed that the incident was a murder-suicide.

The couple who had been married ten years died leaving a son. 

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Who Stands In Solidarity With Those Affected – Bad Gas Saga Continues!!!!

JGRA total hog wash I say.  Your vote was 21 in favour to 19 who opposed a shut down for 8 hours to the public.  Since you have such autonomy over us, why don’t the 21 shut down for 21 days and see how many remains haughty.

Since you are standing in solidarity with those stations that have been shut down, why not take it a step further and reveal what it is you believe you have in terms of proof that your trade has not crippled the public in these harsh economic times.   If it is the Government is culpable by means of entry and you all are just sitting ducks in this whole affair, speak the truth. The public, your customers deserve the truth. Instead what we have is mumble jumble and a set of haughty retailers that are crying about their reputation. Were you not concerned about your reputation before this saga got blown right into the media? Were you not aware of the complaints that were coming in? As a matter of fact, have you been aware of ‘shady’ operations in your trade whether it starts with government or elsewhere?

I find it amusing that the JGRA are now coming full speed ahead with threats of shut down with their unanimous vote of 21 to 19. Oh, lest I forget out of the goodness of their hearts and sterling reputation, they have decided against this. Why?????? concern for their customers. The said customers who have been bemoaning to them that the source of their malfunctioning vehicles at a hefty cost was due to ‘bad gas’. Bloody hypocrites, I say.

For years, we have suffered inferior petrol, but were often told that our cars needed servicing and the usual ‘bag of crap’. You no longer get the same mileage per gallon and I have lamented this amongst my circle who have also conferred that it appears as if the gas is watered down. Any way you flip it, customers have been dissatisfied with the quality of petrol for a long time. Now the chickens have come home to roost. Guess what? This is JA, not one blasted thing will come out of this as usual and it is the fault of US the customers. We have allowed the powers of be to ‘screw’ us over time and time again, but you know something you never know the day when the ‘autoclapse’ will land. The law can be manipulated and argued based on interpretation and the best presenter it often times appears to reign supreme. However, fire, earthquake, hurricane only has one interpretation when it sets out to damage, and that can be one of total destruction. There is another kind of law when man’s law continually fails to give justice to those deserving of such.


 

 

Plans to disrupt gas trade put on hold

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, January 21, 2016    

 
 The ‘bad gas’ affair might well not be new.

PLANS to disrupt the gasolene retail trade next Wednesday were yesterday put on hold despite a majority vote by the membership of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers’ Association (JGRA), who said their reputation has been sullied by the bad gas saga.

The gas retailers were planning to close their pumps for eight hours, but later came to an agreement that the action be deferred pending the outcome of the report of the petroleum trade reform committee set up by the Government. That report is due by January 31.

President of the JGRA Leonard Green put forward the motion at yesterday’s crucial five-hour emergency general meeting of the retailers to which representatives of taxi associations, haulage contractors and other public transportation groups were invited to air the issues surrounding the ongoing bad gas scandal and arrive at a unanimous position.

The decision to stand in solidarity with those whose pumps were closed late December, and signal to the Government and the marketing companies the retailers’ rejection of the ruined reputation and financial blow taken by them over the bad gas crisis, was agreed on at a managing committee meeting earlier this week. The plan was to close pumps at all membership sites for at least one eight-hour shift on January 27.

 “The matter of stewardship, of quality, [and] of the integrity of the trade goes straight to our bottom line. It was felt by the committee that the JGRA and all retailers in Jamaica should make a clear statement of our support for the preservation of the integrity of the trade, as a sign that we will not support any untoward business, contamination, or any other activity that is going to hurt the trade. All of us have suffered, whether you lost volume or not,” Green told the meeting yesterday.

He stressed that the aim was not to take the public by surprise, and therefore it was thought prudent to give a clear week’s notice to motorists before taking any action.

Twenty-one hands went up in favour of the action, while 19 said no. “It’s ridiculous to do something like that,” one dealer said. “[It would be] to deprive ourselves of income in this time, deprive our customers and inconvenience the customers again”.

“I’m not sure if we are doing it the right way,” another said, while another retailer said while he agreed with sending a strong signal, “By closing the stations for a shift or for a day at this stage, we are letting the culprits who took the bad products in here off the hook”.

Others, like the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators director Edgerton Newman, strongly backed the proposal pledging his organisation’s full support to the JGRA.

A resolution was reached to push the Government to, among other things, fully equip the Bureau of Standards Jamaica to enable a 24-hour turnaround time for testing, and for all products to be tested aboard the vessels they arrive on; lower the tax on diesel; and set up a one-stop shop for licensing of service stations. The retailers have also asked for a three-year licensing regime.

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‘Stop Sexing ZIKA A Come’ That Is Basically What The Jamaican Government Is Telling You To Do!!

‘Father God a wah dis’.  I am happy for the notification and see that this time around, we are inundated with advisories.  How will our Jamaicans receive this latest bit of advisory is another matter.  I do believe it will fall on deaf ears.  Let us be realistic.  We live in a society where indiscipline has become 1st nature.  Then we have those that will immediately declare this is absolute rubbish as they do not intend to use any form of protection with their spouse for a period of 6-12 months. 

Where does it leave those who are sexually active trying to have a baby or not?  Those who have been trying for months if not years to have a child and have been told they are now ripe in this season, where does it leave them?  I hear you loud and clear.  More importantly will the majority of Jamaicans head the warning?  We have never been sold on prevention as being a better cure.  All I will say is, ‘it dehya’!!!!!!!!!!


 

Delay becoming pregnant – Health ministry cautions women as ZIKV gets closer to Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Monday | January 18, 2016 | 12:02 PM
 
 
Women are being encouraged to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to 12 months as the ZIKV comes closer to the island.
 
Jamaican women are being encouraged to delay becoming pregnant for the next six to 12 months as the zika virus (ZIKV) comes closer to the island.

The Ministry of Health also says pregnant women should take extra precaution to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.

ZIKV has been linked to microcephaly.

Microcephaly is an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy.

Babies who develop microcephaly in the womb may not live to full term, may be born prematurely, may be still born or may survive, but with life-long disability. 

A number of cases have been reported in Brazil and this has triggered concerns.

Permanent Secretary in the health ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, says while the evidence of a link between microcephaly and ZIKV are inconclusive at this stage, the local health authorities decided to issue the advisory to Jamaican women as a precautionary measure.

Noting that there is no specific treatment for ZIKV, Dr Harvey says it is critical that pregnant women do everything possible to avoid contracting the virus.

He emphasises that there could be severe outcomes for a pregnant woman who becomes infected with ZIKV.

Meanwhile, Health Minister, Horace Dalley, says the country’s health authorities are seeking to prevent any possible adverse outcome to pregnant women in Jamaica.

Dalley is calling for every Jamaican to play their part in taking the necessary steps to rid their communities of mosquito breeding sites and to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes.

Persons can protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent containing DEET, putting mesh on windows and doors and wearing long sleeved clothing where possible.

The health ministry has heightened its alert and is scaling up its vector control activities

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