Teacher, Cell Phone, X-Rated Pictures – Are You For Real????

We get that in this era, sexual openness is a current affair.  Social media has played right into the hands of those whose fantasies maybe a little out of range for some of us.  Are we in the minority that I cannot say?  People are sufficiently informed that nothing on your cell phone or computer is permanently deleted.  It can be retrieved, just that quite a few of us do not know how.  So it brings me to this question.  ‘Miss’, where is your head space?  Contrary to this article below, the age of the teacher should have no bearing on the issue.  The young, the in between and the old have a fetish for posting explicit pictures and it has become the norm for them.  It is not the age rather the interests and views you hold on matters of such that are relevant in your chosen profession.

What is also imperative for us all to focus on is the quality of teachers that are unleashed on the children.  Since today’s young generation are far more advanced sexually, careful attention has to be placed on who will he leading in the classroom.  So while we understand the teacher’s right to privacy as this was her personal phone and no indiscretion with any of her students was revealed.  Her naïveté and obvious slightness in selling a phone knowing full well that her ‘bits’ and who knows what else was on there is alarming.  Do you want someone as daft as that educating your child?  If you were in her class could you focus on your school work as opposed to replaying the images in your mind once you set eyes on ‘Miss’?  Come on, speak the truth. 

As a result of her sheer stupidity, I think a transfer to another school is appropriate. We are already battling with decorum and decency amongst the children in our schools at present. The last thing we need is to be monitoring faculty.


 

Teacher in midst of explicit cyber images mixup

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday March 27 2016 

 Cellphone

A teacher from a secondary school in Portmore, St Catherine, has found herself in the midst of an embarrassing maelstrom after explicit images of her were posted on social media last week.

According to Jamaica Observer sources, students of the school found the photographs on a popular social media website mid-week, and by Friday, the situation escalated, resulting in the teacher being chased and jeered by the students.

The teacher allegedly received a phone call from someone with a male voice who threatened to post the pictures if she failed to be intimate with him, but the source said that by the time the blackmail could become a reality, the pictures had already been posted for all to see.

“She refused, and by the Wednesday everybody started to tell her they saw it on (the website). It was all over (the school), but nobody confronted her,” the individual said.

The troubled teacher reportedly closed off her duties early on Friday in the face of the worsening situation, as the photographs had by that time been circulated even more widely by students and others. But when the form teacher showed up for classes on Monday, it is said that she was locked out of class by the students, after which they proceeded to “run her down”.

It is understood that the dean of discipline intervened and that the teacher has since reported the matter to the police. Amidst the ruckus and ensuing finger-pointing, parents have become involved with calls for disciplinary action to be taken against the teacher.

It is said that the young teacher, in her defence, said she had recently sold the device and inadvertently left content stored in the phone.

Director of corporate communication in the education ministry, Bryon Buckley told the Sunday Observer that one parent had contacted the unit, arguing that her child had been suspended over a similar matter and suggested that the teacher should be suspended as well.

“Those are two different matters (but) if (the situation involving the teacher) is true then that’s a matter that the school needs to investigate based on the merit or demerit of professional conduct. A report came to the ministry and a note has been sent to the regional office,” he said.

Buckley further pointed to the ministry’s policy about professional conduct as contained in the education code, which would cover matters such as this one, but said usually school boards would address these type of situations. “So all I can say is that the ministry heard about it just this week and the report has been passed on,” he said.

This incident, as well as others in recent times, has brought into sharp focus the need for the education ministry to establish a social media policy for students as well as staff.

In 2014, explicit images of Dervin Wellington, the then acting principal of Christiana High School in Manchester, in bed with a younger man performing explicit sexual acts went viral on social media.

Wellington said that he was the victim of cybercrime and that the images had been tampered with.

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Dr Alfred Dawes Is Back In Public Service On The Roc

A welcome return as we desperately need persons who can ‘talk di tings’ and allow the chips to fall wherever they may.  Unfortunately too many people are threatened by others who by their actions are fearless and is a ‘lacky’ to no one.  It is interesting to see how many big mouth ‘lacky’s’ we have posturing on  the Roc.

It is one thing to be certified.  It is another to be able to apply your knowledge in areas that brings fruit consistently and over time.   It appears that our Island loves the qualified rightfully so.   Rewards the qualified under performers for failing to execute their duties credibly, efficiently and effectively.  While at the same time, punish those who possess a profound care for humanity because they speak the truth.  When you truly care it is against human decency to cover up or by your silence suppress your knowledge of the ills in your profession especially when lives are at stake.

You cannot say you are in the business of saving lives yet the very tools and surroundings needed to provide basic service is lacking.  Too many are crippled by fear hence their silence.  Only bullies attempt to silence.   Yet the bullies can be silenced as long as there are those who have the courage to say enough is enough, no more. 

They say no man is an Island, I agree.  They say one man can make a difference, I agree.  Dr Alfred Dawes is that man.    He  has accepted a senior position by his appointment.  One he was denied of under the PNP Administration.  His appointment  was by the former Health Minister, Dr Horace Dally who replaced Dr Fenton Ferguson I note.

This is a just appointment to a man who has displayed by his actions love for country and mankind regardless of class, colour or status.  Jamaica needs people like Dr Alfred Dawes in public service.  His loyalty appears to be to those seeking medical care who cannot afford private and not to political big wigs,   bureaucrats  or  technocrats.  Refreshing to see the latest developments and one can only hope the envious, jealous and weak spirited ‘lacky’s’ do not sabotage this progressive move in time to come.

‘We dun know how dem tan pon di Roc. Crab ina barrel deh ina every sector.  Not to mention sey Dr Dawes look like a REAL MAN.  U si mi’.


Dawes appointed SMO at Savanna-la-Mar hospital

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 7:41 AM     49 Comments

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Immediate past president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association Dr Alfred Dawes has been appointed senior medical officer for the Savanna-la-Mar hospital in Westmoreland.

OBSERVER ONLINE has learnt that Dr Dawes was recruited by former Health Minister, Horace Dalley.
Dr Dawes, who was instrumental in exposing the state of the country’s public health sector last May, resigned from public service last year after a few of his applications for more senior positions in the health sector were not accepted by the State.

This fuelled speculations that his efforts to advance to more senior positions in the public health system were being obstructed and that he was being punished for his exposure of the health service’s extremely poor state.

Dr Dawes later left the island to take up a job offer in The Bahamas.
“I’m leaving for a job in Bahamas – Grand Bahama, but I will be back. It will be three months for now but depending on how things go I may stay a little longer, but I will be back,” he told the Observer then.

OBSERVER ONLINE has also learnt that the position to which he has now been appointed – SMO at Savanna-la-Mar hospital – is the same position the outspoken doctor had applied for last year, but was not given the job.

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Ms Jamaica Who……Drug Mule……LAX Airport & Gucci Shoes ‘Fling Wey, Woiiiiii’

One moment please………….lights, camera, action.  This must be a reality televison series being filmed.  Are you really serious on this?   Are there no limits to one’s GREED?  Apparently not.

This beauty queen as she is referred to will enjoy more than a spot of time in lock down. What do we really say to this latest spectacle, embarrassment and downright threat to those travelling overseas? What threat? Facing the constant scrutiny and profiling of Jamaicans who travel outside of this country. It matters not what you look or sound like, or how well groomed you are. As long as you flash that Jamaican passport you are going to be subject to intense scrutiny. Who do you blame for that?

The time we are living in is one in which 7 out of 10 humans live a life based on the ‘material’ plain and simple. Your character matters not. Integrity and credibility is a thing of the past. You are judged, admired and emulated based on your ‘material’. What is the price prey tell for a genuine Gucci shoes?   On paper you earn J$60,000.00 yet from your head to your toe trumps up a cost of J$100,000.00 with ease. You earn the same amount, and the vehicle you drive most likely monthly payment is in excess of that J$60,000.00. If it was given to you chances are your payment in return is what is called ‘selling of your soul’.  Is it worth it? Absolutely it is because those 7 out of 10 much rather live a life of thievery, greed, envy and entitlement impressing those around because they hate who they really are.   They want to belong to the fast crowd and the fast crowd does not live a life of scarcity. They know they will never make it into the circle of those born in wealth. The level below that only cares about your money. Show me your money and I will be your friend. Show me your money and I will let you in. So the get rich quick or die trying will always be more tempting than abiding by the old time saying, ‘don’t put u han wey ur hat caan reach it’.

We have become a people of false personas living vicariously through international celebrities who have the profession and income to match their ostentatious lifestyle. We introduce ourselves by saying look at Me, I wear Gucci it cost so and so and the audience appears. It matters not whether we can communicate effectively or not, live with a moral compass close by. What matters is what is priced rather than what is priceless. You can no longer debate the issues because the mind is only used for one thing and that is to figure out how to impress at all cost. Our shallow and myopic thinking suits us because to step out of that would mean admitting that you are a SLAVE. A slave to the opinions of others as to who they think you are based on assets whether earned straight or the crooked way. The truth is you are a fraud. When asked what you do for a living. Your answer is as bent as you are lean. You live a double life in order to facilitate your greed then advertise yourself as working hard.

There is a place you will certainly work hard and that is serving time in a US prison. Innocent people do not run.  You landed in the USA not the Middle East.  Sad to say there are many more out there and they will never learn as a false life is much more real to them than accepting who they really are.


 

Former Miss Jamaica runner-up accused of cocaine smuggling

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, March 24, 2016 | 11:07 AM    

 Marsha Gay Reynolds

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A JetBlue flight attendant accused of using her credentials to attempt to get 70 pounds of cocaine through airport security in Los Angeles before flinging off her heels and fleeing, has been arrested in New York, authorities said.

Marsha Gay Reynolds surrendered Wednesday to federal authorities at John F Kennedy International Airport, though it wasn’t immediately clear how she reached New York, federal officials said.

Reynolds, a New York resident, was expected to be in federal court in Brooklyn on Thursday, according to US Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek.

Transportation Security Administration officials asked Reynolds to step aside for a random security screening Friday, authorities said. Reynolds went to a secondary screening area but quickly dropped her bag, ditched a pair of Gucci heels and fled barefoot downward on an upward-moving escalator, Marshall McClain, president of the union representing LAX airport police officers, said Monday.

Reynolds was charged with cocaine possession with intent to distribute. It was unclear if she yet had an attorney.

Mrozek said prosecutors believe reports that Reynolds was a runner-up in Miss Jamaica World 2008. New York University lists a Marsha-Gay Reynolds as having been on the school’s 2004 women’s track and field team, though it wasn’t immediately clear if that was the same Reynolds arrested Wednesday.

On Friday, Reynolds arrived at an LAX checkpoint in Terminal 4 wearing jeans, heels and a black suit jacket, carrying her “known crew member badge,” according to an FBI affidavit in support of the charge against Reynolds. It wasn’t immediately clear whether she was on duty at the time.

When Reynolds was chosen for a random security screening, TSA Officer Jamie Samuel said the flight attendant became nervous and began looking around before pulling out her cellphone and making a call, according to the affidavit.

Samuel reported that Reynolds was talking on the phone in a foreign language as she was being taken to a secondary screening area, the affidavit says.

Once in the secondary screening area, TSA Officer Charles James asked for her identification.

“At this time, Reynolds dropped her carry-on luggage, removed her shoes and began to run away,” according to the affidavit.

James saw Reynolds run down an upward-moving escalator and out of the terminal, the affidavit says, adding that the officer didn’t pursue her because her abandoned luggage was his main concern.

LAX police soon after found 11 packages of cocaine wrapped in green cellophane and labeled, “BIG Ranch” inside one of the bags Reynolds had left behind, the affidavit says.

The cocaine weighed just over 68 pounds. Wholesale, the drugs would be worth about $750,000 in Los Angeles, said Special Agent Timothy Massino, a spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

On the streets of Los Angeles, Massino said the retail value of the cocaine could be as high as $3 million.

Security threats from “insiders,” including airline and airport employees and workers hired by contractors, have been a focus of the TSA, particularly after the December 2014 arrest of several Delta Air Lines baggage handlers. Prosecutors allege they smuggled guns, including an AK-47, from Atlanta to New York.

The TSA has said that full screening of all employees would cost too much. Instead, the agency has urged airports to increase random screenings of workers and to keep background checks up to date.

“We will pay particular attention to the insider threat,” TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger told a Senate committee earlier this month.

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‘A Dat Fi Reach Oono’ – Crying Shame!!!!

The reality is there are too many people on the Roc whose chosen career path is one of thievery and robbery.  Let us not fool ourselves into believing that increase in job opportunities will quell this beast called crime.  ‘Look pon im good well ‘butch out an a tief.   A suh wi tief dem look now, like smaddie’.

The vast majority mentality is of that of ‘get rich quick, or die trying’.  Unfortunately many are not dead while  we cannot same the same for the victims.  In this case, fortunately, the licensed fire arm holder knew how to use his weapon, and protected himself.  Another person might have aimed for somewhere that surely would have caused the life of those no good criminals. 

It is all good and well to talk about rehabilitation and saving lives.  Who reaches out to the victims and their family and offer them similar support?  Where is the effort on that front?  We need an ‘Alcatraz’ built to accommodate at least 250,000 criminals with the only escape route being the ocean where you can imagine what fate will reach those who try to escape.  Crime is out of control, all manner or crimes whether petty, scamming which brings its own evil with execution type killings.  Domestic violence that ends in murder/suicide has now become the norm it would appear.  All of these create ongoing fear, immense stress and pressure to those victims who survive it all.  Those that do not, their loved ones are left to pick up the pieces.  What is the solution? 

For starters, the soft approach is not going to work.  As long as a significant amount of our people do not believe that work, sacrifice and time are the necessary elements that are needed for a decent life, then there will be hell on Planet Earth.   We have a culture of people that believe that honest labour is for punks.  Their labour is to rob, kill and destroy the lives of those who more times than not do honest labour to achieve.


 

Alleged robber shot and injured, abandoned by accomplice

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, March 21, 2016 | 3:53 PM    

 
The man eyewitnesses say is the alleged robber hides his face from onlookers.

ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The flow of traffic on Hagley Park Road in St Andrew has been severely disrupted following a shooting incident in the vicinity of The Domes, which left one man injured. The area has been cordoned off by the police.

OBSERVER ONLINE understands that the man was shot twice in the leg by a licensed firearm holder whom he allegedly attempted to rob after midday.

Alleged eyewitnesses say the licensed firearm holder was in the process of doing a transaction when the alleged robber struck.

However, luck ran out on the alleged robber as, after he was shot, his alleged accomplice — who was waiting on a motorcycle — fled the scene, leaving his injured colleague paralysed on the sidewalk.The police and the Independent Commission of Investigations are currently processing the scene.

 

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Blasted Backwards With Modern Day Certification!!!

Are you out of your ‘cotton picking mind’?  Why is it in 2016 we are still carrying out road works as if the masses are still using ‘pit toilet’?  Why don’t you commission the works do be done between 8.00pm – 5.00am Monday – Fridays.  On Saturday and Sunday, 12 noon – mid night staggering the hours with your work force?   Twelve (12) months to do that stretch of Road you believe is reasonable to motorist for the insurmountable inconvenience it will cause?  I am sure you are well aware that the business community traverse along Marcus Garvey Drive with frequency. Considering the only financial institutions that are close, are on or off Hagley Park Road and within the Harbour Street vicinity.  Is this what you call a ‘paradigm shift’ in how business is done on the Roc?

Am I to infer that this is through design in an attempt to stretch out the road works during sociable hours employing but a handful of laborer’s then further on make pronouncements about delays in completion?  Motorists should not have to expect any delays whatsoever.  You should carry out these works at night time.  Unemployment is an issue, and if you were to employ more persons to cover the longer work hours, then you could have this job done within 4-6 months.   We really are hell bent on inefficiency and refuse to take road works into the century we are presently living in.  I can clearly remember over a decade ago when the Portmore Toll was being built.  It was done during the night.  I said to a friend of mine at the time when we were in that vicinity how bright the lights were as we observed men at work.  One would have sworn it was 8.00am in the morning and not the dead of night.  Who constructed the Portmore Toll Road back then?  Who will be carrying out these works now?

The problem with our people is that those who will be affected most do absolutely nothing.  As a result these ‘nincompoop’ can pronounce anything and we just lap it up like ‘lap dwags’.  I think it is fitting to say 10 steps forward, 100 steps backwards with this revelation.

News

Widening of Marcus Garvey Drive starts next Monday

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, March 18, 2016    

THE National Works Agency (NWA) will, beginning next Monday, commence the multimillion dollar reconstruction work along Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew.

The work on the 2.4 kilometre stretch — between East Avenue and Harbour Street, Kingston — is expected to last approximately 12 months.

Manager, Communication and Customer Services at the NWA Stephen Shaw said that among the benefits at the completion of the project will be the:

• Widening of approximately 2.44km of the roadway between East Avenue and Harbour Street. This will see the number of available lanes moving from four to six;

   
• Installation of sidewalks on both sides of the road;

• Construction of a median to properly separate eastbound and westbound traffic;

• Realignment of a section of the corridor to improve the transition into Harbour Street;

• Installation/upgrading of seven traffic signals with pedestrian facilities;

• Widening of two box culverts/bridges to accommodate the additional lanes;

• Improvement of drainage infrastructure along the corridor;

• Addition of a new base layer and asphaltic concrete;

• Provision of street lights; and

• Installation of requisite signs and road markings.

Shaw said that in general, when the project is completed, motorists can expect a 30 per cent improvement in the travel time along the corridor and controlled intersections with left in and left out manoeuvres, thereby eliminating conflict points along the corridor.

Sections of Marcus Garvey Drive have regularly been impacted by flooding and the project will also serve to have this mitigated with the improvement in the drainage infrastructure.

“… The road will be lifted by as much as three feet in sections and that a stabilised concrete base will be used in its construction. This will further enhance the quality of the road, which will be constructed at a cost of US$20.5 million,” said Shaw.

In the meantime, Shaw said that the road will be kept opened, while the project is being executed, however, members of the public should expect some delays.

He said that the nature of the work being undertaken will see heavy equipment being on the site and at times, not all lanes will be available for use by the motoring public.

“Persons are, therefore, being advised to make travel plans bearing in mind the likely impact of the works,” said Shaw. Some 40,000 vehicles travel along Marcus Garvey Drive daily.

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Update – Wow – Was It Worth It – The Husband Did It – Guilty!!!!!

Guilty verdict for the husband, a long time coming.  For many getting married is one of the happiest days of their lives and on that day sheer love in expression, different kinds of emotion is seen without embarrassment by covering up.  Raw emotions of love emanating from both parties usually bring tears of joys to the loved ones witnessing.   Let us fast forward to when the honeymoon period ends.  As I would like to say ‘wen u begin to du life, or life start fi do u’. 

How do you know or when do you start to think that this person who you love or once loved is capable of ending your life? Does such a thought ever cross your mind? Are their warnings, red flags? How do you get to 74 years old and the death you face are not from natural cause, sudden death due to illness rather sudden death due to the one you once loved. The one who you planned to spend the rest of your life with until death do you part. Not the death by their hands ofcourse. How do family members, children if any process this kind of demise? Are we now to accept that as human emotions evolve more often than not, as much as you love, for whatever sick reason, you can hate even more resulting in you plotting to kill the one who shared your bed, your pain, your joys and all that is expected when you ‘love’.

We hear often that money can lead to such a fate, good ole greed. We hear that obsession; jealousy also can play a role in the demise. I am stuck at the age though. What kind of animal, or better still what kind of spirit possessed you so that caused you to end the life of your 74 year old wife? To inveigle ‘schoolers’ to play a part in such evil is shattering. As a people we flip from love to hate, love to obsession, love to greed, love to jealousy, we have developed a propensity to cruelty of the worst kind. Blind love is not one I dialogue about, I truly believe in self awareness leading you to awareness of others. Never putting mere flesh above yourself. Never mistake giving up self for compromise. Never mistake when the end of the road is at hand versus persevering through what no human being should persevere. Knowing and recognizing evil when it starts to unveil itself and doing your best to be one step ahead of the enemy that sleeps in your bed.

Sad story and one that makes you think and face the reality. The reality that not everyone who makes it to 3 scores and 10 will have attained peace. I doubt there was any peace in this lady’s life leading up to her death by the hands of the man she once loved. A lesson in life we all can learn.


 

 

St Ann businessman Bertram Clarke and his co-accused, Arthur Robinson, were this afternoon convicted in the Home Circuit Court of the murder of Clarke’s wife.

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | March 15, 2016 | 6:39 PM

The jury retired for almost three hours before returning the guilty verdict.

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 21.

A social enquiry report was ordered by senior puisne judge Gloria Smith. 

On the night of October 26, 2007, 74-year-old Florist Clarke was found at the couple’s home in Watt Town, St Ann with her head bashed in and her throat slashed.

She was taken to hospital where she died.

The Crown, represented by Senior Deputy  Director of Public Prosecutions Lisa Palmer Hamilton, led evidence that her husband plotted with two schoolboys from a high school in the parish to carry out the murder. 

Then a schoolboy, Robinson and another schoolmate, Emanuel Newland, were implicated in the killing.

Newland pleaded guilty and is now serving a 15-year sentence. 

In the meantime, the judge excused the 12 members of the jury from serving for the next 10 years.

In her closing remarks, she pointed out that the jury had served for a prolonged period.

The murder trial started on November 9, 2015, had several adjournments in December and ended today.

It was also held up because Donald Bryan, the Legal Aid-assigned attorney for Robinson went overseas in the middle of the trial and was available for several days.

Smith thanked the jury for what she said was their sense of service to their country.

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Aint This Something – Jamaican Model Takes On Donald Trump In Legal Battle

‘A dis u call sprat versus jaws’.  Tell me something, who negotiated the contract for this JA model?  Was she signed to a local agency and if so which one?  US$75,000.00 per year basically US$6,000+ monthly, gross I would imagine.   Not really a lot of money for leaving your Country for bigger and better right?  Then again, the question I should probably ask is what do fashion models on the Roc earn?  Interestingly though this piece of news was brought to the fore long before Donald Trump was in the runnings for the presidential nominee of the Republican Party.

That is the thing with these legal documents.  You stayed the entire 3 years when you were to be paid $75,000.00 yearly.  If you did not receive the correct amount in year one, why would you continue for a further 2 years.  How often were you working for the 3 years?  Were you provided room and board?  How were you introduced to Trump’s modeling agency?  I have more questions than commentary on this piece as I quite simply do not understand how if the contract was breeched from year 1, why stay on for 2 more years when you have to ‘eat a food’.  I look forward to the outcome.  Sprat versus jaws update will be published as soon as it is available.

Donald Trump not too big on immigration yet he had an immigrant worker fashion model be it in his employ.  What would you call that, the irony of it all eeh……………….


 

J’can files suit against Donald Trump’s modelling agency

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, March 09, 2016 | 7:56 PM     8 Comments 

 Alexia Palmer (Photo:Tumblr.com)

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Foreign media are reporting that a Jamaican model has filed a lawsuit against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s modelling agency.

The agency, Trump Model Management LLC, is accused of lying to the federal government in its work-visa application.

According to court documents, the Jamaican, Alexia Palmer, was to receive a US$75,000-a-year salary while living in the United States.

Instead, Palmer reportedly received a total of US$3,880.75 during the three years she was under contract with the agency. The complainant alleges “fraudulent misrepresentation” and violations of US immigration and labour laws and has asked for US $225,000 in back pay. The suit was originally filed in October 2014 and a decision on a pending motion by Trump Model Management to dismiss is expected by the end of March. The clerk for Judge Analisa Torres, who is presiding over the case in the US District Court, Southern District, told Reuters.

However, Trump’s lawyers have called the case “frivolous” and “without merit”.

In court documents they reportedly said Palmer wasn’t an employee and was more than adequately compensated for a “very brief stint as a fashion model”, which they say amounted to less than 10 days of work over three years.

“At the end of the day, this model just didn’t have a successful career, and we fully expect to win,” said Lawrence Rosen, a lawyer for Trump Model Management.

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Uncle Sam Will Always Catch Up With You – Update On 61 Years Old Pamela Watson, Jamaican Florida Based Accountant Imprisoned On IRS Fraud

‘A dis u call shame. Datdeh picture a di stess out pop down look.  Wid di US millions dem she did tief wen she dress, she did tun up, up, up.  No sah wen u reach certain age u tink sey prison door close off to u.  Seeitdeh ur pleads by u attorney went on def ears an look how long u ago spen wey u en up’.

I often ask this question; at what stage does ‘greed’ consume the mind so that justification of wrongs becomes your norm? When does it move from black, white or grey areas to plain illicit, illegal, ill will ill gain?  The 4×4 ‘I’s’ I call it.  Does this penchant for ‘greed’ starts at an early age and then progresses once you see the opportunity to foster your greed?  Can you fall into the wrong company and be caught up as some may say?  I put it to you that it is an individual’s choice.

From the beginning of time a supreme being gave us the ultimate power trip.  That was the ability to personally choose and be held accountable for that choice once we moved from child to adult.  As an adult it is inherent, in our being to know what is right from wrong.  In the same way you know without a shadow of a doubt that if you put your hand in burning fire you shall surely get burnt.  So I opine ‘greed’ is not somebody else fault.  It is yours and yours alone so when it finally catches up with you, own it.  Pay close attention to those who achieve through the 4×4 ‘I’s’.   

You have a certain aura about you.  You display a behaviour type which is all too common centered around as simple as you take it a phrase which goes like this.  ‘What does he/she have over me?  Look on me.  I have my dis and I have my dat.  You not better than me.  Let me show you’.  They tend to be attention seekers, wanting to be where they believe they can connect, opportunists, and fake.  Often times paying their way with cash or kind to gain friendships and favours.  Along the way we have ‘suckers’ of this world that are drawn in believing what they see is actually who they are.  The ‘suckers’ are called naïve but why should you assume someone is a ‘tief’ or up to no good at first, second or even third impression?

Certainly there are exceptions.  The ‘greed’ lifestyle can last quite sometime.  However, it is my belief that nothing stays in the dark forever and as soon as the pursuers of light shine it bright enough, you will be flushed out and caught.   Question, was it worth it?  To those who cannot live by the amount of money they earn on the straight and narrow.  Bear in mind  the end will never justify the means when you have been relegated to a ‘tief’.   


US AGENTS TO SEIZE $100m HELD IN JA BY IMPRISONED ACCOUNTANT

(Jamaica Gleaner) Wednesday | March 9, 2016 |

Agents of the United States (US) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are expected to travel to Jamaica in the coming days to take possession of just over J$100 million, or close to US$1.7 million (at the exchange rate that existed between 2011 and 2014), which local authorities have traced to Jamaica-born accountant Pamela Watson.

Watson is currently serving a lengthy prison sentence in the US on fraud charges.

Robin Sykes, chief technical director of the Financial Investigations Division (FID) of the Ministry of Finance, declined yesterday to elaborate on the planned handover “before it is all tied up with the Americans”, explaining that he did not want to frustrate the process.

However, according to local law-enforcement sources, FID investigators discovered approximately US$535,000, or approximately J$6.4 million, in an account linked to Watson at one licensed financial institution and J$46 million at a second financial institution.

“They (FID) have traced and restrained J$107 million. The money has been forfeited to the State and they are working with the IRS to have the cheques handed over shortly,” one source revealed.

“Two of the cheques, amounting to US$535,000, are already prepared and they are waiting on the other company to liquidate some assets in her (Watson’s) name,” the source added.

Law-enforcement sources also believe that Watson made a significant investment in a popular local entity and revealed that further investigations are being conducted.

Watson, who has been described as a very popular activist in the Jamaican community in South Florida, was given a 78-month prison sentence last December after pleading guilty three months earlier to operating a tax-refund scheme that defrauded clients – mainly Jamaicans she claimed she was helping – and the US government of US$3.6 million.

US District Judge James Cohn also ordered her to pay restitution in the same amount. 

TAX RETURNS FALSIFIED 

During sentencing, it was revealed that Watson made restitution totalling US$1.2 million to the IRS in the seven months she was in custody awaiting trial.

She admitted in court that she falsified hundreds of tax returns and refund amounts on IRS forms without her clients’ knowledge.

The court also heard evidence that she diverted money to her own accounts and accounts belonging to her spouse.

The FID boss disclosed that Watson was the subject of a proceeds-of-crime probe being conducted by his agency.

He also acknowledged that the J$107 million linked to Watson was under restraint by local authorities, but indicated that it was removed in light of a parallel investigation by US authorities.

“Once we realise that things were taking a certain direction abroad, then it would sort of nullify our proceedings here. So, for example, if there is a live order abroad, then we have to take a strategic decision,” Sykes told The Gleaner.

“Do we continue with our proceedings, knowing that there is a competing interest and thereby create confusion? Because that could happen, so sometimes you have to take a strategic decision,” he continued.

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Minimum Wage, Minimum Wage – Can You Ever Pay Someone To Keep In Line With Jamaica’s Economy????

Is it possible for us to discuss certain key elements to income earning as we focus on minimum wage? How about the ‘value’ as it relates to productivity? How about seeing yourself being a minimum wager as a temporary position? We are hopefully talking about a range of persons who are over 18 years old and under 70 years old?

If you are a minimum wage earner, do you recognize that your social behaviour will also dictate as to not only your affordability of goods and services, rather maintenance of such and elevating yourself from that position? Who decides whether or not you upgrade yourself, supplement your income by way of part time entrepreneurship endeavours? How many children do you think you should bring into this world as a minimum wager without any family support mechanism in place?   This is not the 1940’s – 1960’s.  Do you believe that the Government has a responsibility to maintain the choices you have made as a minimum wager in growing your family beyond what you can afford?

The opportunity exits for those who are most productive due to their age to seek options to increase their income and live within their means. This is Jamaica not the United States of America and one must be extremely careful when we start to compare dollar for dollar with respect to minimum wage. If we go down that path then let us compare dollar for dollar for food, clothing, motor vehicles, public health, education etc , population, etc. I will pose this question to the minimum wage earner, how much would be enough for you to earn weekly? When we move this wage from its current position to what is recommended and then finally to the J$12,000.00 that is floating on the streets; what do you think will be the impact on skilled workers within the workforce and their earnings? What will be the impact on certified workers who many believe they are not being paid enough based on their degrees, masters and years of experience?

I believe in fairness, while at the same time, there has to be a level of understanding that you can be paid so much and no more based on your skills, productivity and value within an 8hr period. You must understand if you want more you must be prepared to do more and to elevate yourself in order to become more marketable.

As it relates to security guards.   There are levels of security guards I expect. By that I mean those armed and those who are not. Those whose lives are placed at a higher risk must be on a higher salary scale. Those who provide security at certain establishments I would opine earn more. So the dialogue should be for our people to see themselves higher than the ‘ground’ irrespective of their social environment. In this day and age where many of the said minimum wagers are aufait with technology, they too must see the opportunities in this ever changing world. It is not the world it once was 40 years ago. Where you begin in life you do not necessarily have to remain. We cannot continue to have this dialogue that based on the cost of living, salaries ought to increase whether minimum wager or not. We must have the conversation re your value to the work place. What have you really accomplished within an 8hr period? Out of the 8hrs, how many is spent on idle distractions? How much is really spent on accomplishing a task? Your pay must be in direct proportion to your ‘value’ at the job at hand.

Neither government, nor employer will ever be able to pay another based on their social behaviours which affect their ‘lot’ in life or better still certification. Certification should entitle you to a minimum once you get through the doors. Now that minimum has to be negotiated based on some factors. I believe government, private sector, the Church and other entities should send home the message that the opportunities must be created; entrepreneurship must be encouraged if it is even on a part time basis. Social responsibility which encompasses family values, living within your means as you aspire for more. Extending your family as your income grows not the other way around. It is certainly not your right to bring 2, 3, 4, 5 children into this world as a single parent living on minimum wage. Such behaviour cannot be the fault of the government nor the employer, it is purely your own.

There are success stories of many persons moving from minimum wage to an income that afford them a life devoid of entitlement. Minimum wage must be fair indeed, but be careful of selling unreal expectations on what it MUST be when in reality it can only be a minimum based on the value you really add within that 8hr period. You cannot be paid an hourly rate that is commensurate to skilled workers or certified workers, I reiterate.

Who knows, the time may be drawing close, where ALL workers minimum wagers, security guards, office/corporate workers below the level of executive management be paid based on their performance. Do you really produce 8 hours a day excluding your lunch break? There is a thing called performance related pay. If the truth be told, there maybe many minimum wagers, security guards, and office personnel who will end up earning far less than they presently earn if that was in force throughout our industries.


 

New minimum wage takes effect tomorrow

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, February 29, 2016 | 6:20 PM     18 Comments

Minister of Labour and Social Security Dr Fenton Ferguson (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The recently announced increases in the national minimum wage and the minimum wage for industrial security guards take effect tomorrow.

The national minimum wage will be increased from $5,600 to $6,200 per 40-hour work week.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security said Monday that, arising from national minimum wage increase, the new hourly rate for the national minimum wage is $155; the time and half rate is $232.50, and the double time rate will be increased to $310.

The minimum wage for industrial security guards will be increased from $204.97 per hour for a 40-hour work week (single-time rate) or $8,198 weekly to $221.35 per hour for a 40-hour work week or $8,854 weekly.

The ministry said that for security guards, the time and a half rate would be increased to $332.03 while the double time rate is now $442.70.

Allowances for security guards will also be increased. The laundry allowance for will be increased from $37.30 per hour to $40.30 per hour; firearm premium allowance will move from $41.00 per hour to $44.30 per hour; while the dog handler’s premium allowance will be increased from $27.58 per hour to $29.80 per hour.

According to the ministry, the insurance coverage payable on account of security guards who are killed or injured in the line of duty will also be increased from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000.

The release said the minimum wage was recommended by the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, following general consultations as provided for under the Minimum Wage Act.

“The amount represents the minimum rates for groups of wage earners who do not have the bargaining power to negotiate for fair wages,” the ministry said.

The Advisory Commission is comprised of representatives of the government, trade unions and employers’ groups, and is mandated to review the rates annually.

The national minimum wage was last increased in January 2014.

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