Tan A U Yaard If You Intend To Run Other People’s Country!!!!!

This is where we fall way short and it is at the heart of our problems on the Roc.  Indiscipline and the justification of such behaviour.  We have become so free, freedom of speech, freedom to act out, freedom to be seen at all cost.  Failing miserably at owning the consequences that will result from such freedom.  This article rings true of the constant perception that Jamaicans are aggressive and entitled when they travel to another man’s country.  You can be right and lose that right for failure to abide by ‘rules’.  Reading some of the comments to this article only confirms my sentiments.

Whether or not you choose to respect the Police is your right.  Your right ends when you believe that you can take them on in a foreign land without the law being on your side.  Obstruction I believe is a law that applies to citizens, visitors and the likes when in the presence of the Police who is deemed to be securing and maintaining order in any given space.  While your fans are your bread and butter, so it is that your right should be to respect the laws of another man’s land whether you agree or not.  If you so strongly disagree, then do not seek to earn your bread and butter in that land.

On the Roc, it is common for the Police to be assaulted, guns disarmed and obstructing them from carrying out their duties and so much more.  On the other hand, even if this type of behaviour is widely known and accepted outside of Jamaica, it certainly will not be tolerated coming from a foreigner.  As far as I am concerned, you address law enforcement if they address you.  In other words speak when you are spoken to.  If that seems like slavery, then it is your right to do as you please and suffer the consequences thereafter.  Again, you can be in the right and lose that right based on how you handle the situation.  We have reached a place where due to our own lack of faith, respect and trust in our own security forces, we operate with this view that we can take on the Police at anytime and anywhere.  The saying still holds true, wha u practice a u yaard u will practice out a road or abraad.

This incident an unfortunate, unnecessary one only adds to what appears to be another chapter in the Jamaica vs CARICOM’ series.


Dancehall artiste Popcaan jailed in Antigua

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, May 03, 2016 | 8:54 AM     34 Comments

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican dancehall artiste Popcaan was last night arrested in Antigua after a raucous scene erupted on stage at the Antigua Trades and Labour Union rally in Fort James.

Popcaan, whose real name is Andre Sutherland, was the featured act for the night, the Antigua Observer reports.

The conflict reportedly began when a number of supporters climbed onto the stage and a police officer began removing them.

The Antigua Observer cited a video of the incident, which showed the artiste intervening, saying on the mic, not to handle the patrons “so rough” and physically separated a patron from the police officer who reportedly reacted by strongly pushing Popcaan.

Another police officer reportedly intervened to calm the police officer.

After Popcaan left the stage, it is alleged that a further conflict occurred and patrons began throwing bottles onto the stage.

Popcaan was subsequently arrested.

In a further video the artist – while being escorted by police officers into a motor vehicle – can be heard accusing the police of breaking open his mouth, Antigua Observer says.

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Dr Dayton Campbell – When You Can Tell Your Life Story – Who Can Try To Shame You???

Only ‘pride’ can shame you I truly believe.  Growing up on the Roc, you would be told by your elders, ‘nuh every ting good fi eat good fi talk’.  There are some things that are not only good to talk, but have the power to be life changing for somebody.  That is where motivational speakers have come on full force in the 21st century and it is wonderful.  The time has now gone where what was  deemed a secret, a shame is the very thing that can cause dreams to become an abundant reality.  Only if you master the art of dismissing ‘pride’ from your mindset can  you appreciate such.   Pride is the catalyst to every negative facet in one’s life and once we own it we will remain in darkness.

Dr Dayton Campbell irrespective of his political allegiance has a story which he presents and it is amazing.  There are many such stories on the Roc I am sure.  Yet when you hear it from the mouth of a politician using terms which we are well aware of puts more than just colour to his reality.  If you are reading this piece you know what it was to be a child. We know how children can tease.  Today it is called bullying. So each time he shares this story it is not a reliving moment I would dare to assume, rather an empowering one.  Children often times make up stories about their mommy and daddy just to impress or try to fit in. When it is already known by children that your mommy and daddy are not exactly model citizens based on society dictates, you can just imagine that daily ‘livity’. 

As with many politicians when you listen to them you often hear the gaffes that come out of their mouths especially when they choose to display their emotions for the country to see and hear.  Dr Dayton Campbell is no stranger to the ‘foot and mouth’ disease.  No one can deny that where he is today, his openness to share the truth about his home life, is a testament that all things are possible once you are able to live in truth about your humble beginnings.  The vast majority of Jamaicans were not born in Buckingham Palace nor grew up with the servants. maids, nannies or helpers.  There is no shame in your past only an opportunity to overcome the oppressive state of suppression that often times is induced by society.  Dr Campbell once again shows that your yesterday is truly that.  Your tomorrow is influenced by knowledge.  Knowledge can only be had through education.   Good, solid education is a right not to be bartered as with good health care.  In the journey called life, all things worthwhile are never free.  You must be prepared to bring something to the table so that there can be no price on your self-worth when you become of age.


Key issues facing the PNP and the paper groups that are mashing it up

BY DR DAYTON CAMPBELL

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, May 01, 2016     92 Comments

This is a lightly edited version of an address given by Member of Parliament for St Ann North Western, Dr Dayton Campbell, at the annual conference of the Belfield Division in South East St Mary on Sunday, April 24:

During

the 2016 election campaign, I said it was a campaign about progress versus promises that proved to be prophetic. We are here today to have a discussion that is necessary. It is clear in my mind that we need to revisit what our movement was founded on. I will, therefore, focus on four tenets, namely:

(1) Nationalism

(2) Egalitarianism

(3) Integrity

(4) Participatory governance

Let us look at the issue of nationalism. We have become such an individualistic society that it will soon be impossible to govern. When people who are not even paying income tax vote for $18,000 from a proposed tax relief that was not shown to be practical or sustainable, we realise that people are thinking of self rather than the whole. A view of the whole would have taken into consideration all the positive reviews as to the recovery of the economy and it’s positioning for take-off. We must as a party and as individuals put the interest of the country above self and party. We have way too many people who are saying: “I am not voting because I have not received anything from politics.” Where is the pride that we used to have as PNP (People’s NationalParty), when a road was repaired or constructed, or when a school was built, or when a health centre was constructed? Now all we have are people cursing for bushing contract, and farming and housing assistance. Well, I am PNP based on what I believe and not what I have received. There is a distinction between personal benefit and benefit that is derived from policies that give people opportunities.

Egalitarianism is probably the most defining tenet of who we are. It is now being said that the JLP (Jamaica Labour Party) has become more socialist. This is not so. Let us be clear to point out that there is a huge difference between freeness and socialism. Socialism places the focus on the outcome, so in education a good socialist move would be to ensure that there is equality in access to quality education. The removal of fees for everyone, that will possibly lead to a substandard quality in some schools, is not socialist; that is freeness or ’knock-off socialism’, as is being put forward by the proposal to remove auxiliary fees in schools and give the same contributions to all schools irrespective of need. The PNP is therefore not opposed to removing the financial burden from some needy parents, especially some single mothers as a lot of males are not living up to their responsibilities. The concern is whether this will be sustainable and not compromise the desired outcome which is equality in access to quality education. The same occurred in the health sector, where the outcome, is now that those who can’t afford private health care go to the hospital that is without supplies and are sent home without proper treatment, whilst those who can afford it still go to the hospital and use the little the poor would have benefited from, then when it runs out they go to private doctors, private hospitals, or even overseas.

If for nothing else, I am PNP because of the Common Entrance Examination which was put forward to say, irrespective of who you are or where you are from, your accessing secondary education should be based on aptitude and nothing else. The Rt Excellent Norman Manley created one entrance to secondary education which was common to all thus aptly named the Common Entrance Examinations.

The move by the former Minister of Education to remove schools from the shift system, thus ensuring there is greater contact time between pupil and teacher, is the right direction. Additionally, it gives students that added time to participate in co-curricular activities. It should not be that because one child goes to a shift school, he gets less time to prepare for the same exam than a child going to another school who gets more time to prepare.

It has often been said that Jamaica is a socialist country, and if this is so it is because of socialist policies and programmes, especially those espoused by Comrade Michael Manley, who clearly was way ahead of his time. Bernie Sanders has certainly proven that people, in particular young people, are still searching for a socialist leader.

On to the issue of integrity, it appears that as a society we have decided to hold our leaders to such a low standard that nothing seems to bother us. Take, for example, the view that we campaigned too much about Mr Holness’s house, and that the mention of it was bad mind and grudgeful. I personally have no intentions of living in a big house. I want to be able to call my daughter and have her respond “yes daddy” based on hearing my voice. I don’t need to use a telephone to call her in the same house that I am in. However, if as a politician I am building a mansion, I must be able to show where I got the funds to do so. It should never be that I say it is my wife that built the house, and then when I supply information

(1) She is not a part of the company that purchased the land; and

(2) The company is registered in another country, and it is said that I bought the property whilst on a visit to Jamaica.

If this is so, this seems to be an issue of integrity and not bad mind in my view. I do agree that we ought not to run a campaign based on negativity by just telling people why not to vote for our opponent, but more so to run a positive campaign telling supporters why they are to vote for us. Thus, the real issue was more so the lack of a coherent message which was necessary, whilst holding ourselves and all leaders to the integrity that is befitting of a public figure.

The final area is that of participatory governance. We need to recall the words of the Most Honorable Michael Manley that “political parties left to themselves will over time deteriorate and become primarily concerned about cursing of the opponent and the distribution of scarce benefits”. All of us have a duty and a role to play. Those of us who represent you have to safeguard your interest and that of the country, but you also have a role to play: Your duty is to protect the interest of the party in your community and the interest of your community in the party. You must prepare the minds of the group members and the wider community as fertile soil to receive the programmes and policies of the party in and out of Government. This did not take place the last time, as despite our achievements, so many persons are unaware, so the other party can even have the audacity to lay claim to them now that they occupy Government.

The paper groups business is mashing up the party. How is it that there is a swing against PNP and we don’t pick it up? If the groups were functional that would not have happened. How is it that we have workers who go for people to vote but don’t remember that they need a warm meal? How do we, in good conscience, go for people to vote and they have no proper accommodation, to the extent that when it rains it pours inside their homes? Let me clarify here that this person is not voting for a repaired roof or a meal. However, the group should take the pulse of the community and help the parliamentary or political custodian to allocate available resources to those who need it. The group member will know, better than the Member of Parliament, whose roof is leaking because they have squandered their opportunity versus those who are less than fortunate and vulnerable. The People’s National Party has been the party that consistently and unwaveringly guards the interest of the common man. Group members, divisional representatives, regional representatives and national representatives need to change the discourse at the various party meetings and bring the concerns of the people to the feet of the leaders so that they can address them and remain relevant. How do we have people contributing to National Housing Trust, but yet they are told they don’t qualify for a loan? If you throw partner you must get draw. PNP needs to fix these things.

The greatest problem we are having now relates to education or the lack thereof. Over 50 per cent of the persons leaving school are leaving without having passed one subject, 70 per cent without a skill. Over 70 per cent of the crimes are committed by persons under the age of 30, and that age group comprises 70 per cent of the victims. The young people are killing each other. We must move with haste to fix this ticking time bomb if we are ready to live peaceably in a well-ordered society.

Every time I speak I use the opportunity to tell my own story, not to brag or boast, but to bring into sharp focus the mission of the PNP. I am from a rural community not unlike this; my mother used to be a domestic helper and my father was arrested and given 20 years in prison for attempting to smuggle marijuana. My sisters and I were ridiculed mercilessly as children. We were called “prison bud pickney”and we were told that our mother “just a hatch up the pickney dem”. But to cut the long story short, we decided to take education as the vehicle out of poverty. We studied hard, and in 2008 at the graduation of the University of the West Indies, the three children of the domestic helper and the prison bud all graduated. I say this to tell you never doubt your abilities, never limit your children. If we were to have believed the negativity, where would we be today? The aim is for children to become better off than their parents. If that doesn’t happen, then both the child and the parent would have failed. My story is the story of half of Jamaica’s working class. The details may be different, but the theme is the same. The PNP broke down social barriers in an effort to introduce us to our full potential. It is the People’s National Party that facilitated the rise of a common woman to the distinction of party leader and prime minister. The story of Portia Simpson Miller is most honourable because it illustrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. Our role then as politicians is not to cater to handouts, but to create an environment where every child has limitless possibilities. It is time we start expecting more from ourselves, politics and politicians.

The word is love.

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Cheaper Cable TV In The Making For 2017 – Can This Really Be????

On the Roc, I have constantly bemoaned how cable operators go about fixing and pricing packages.  For me, I have always complained that we have become so ‘full of it’ that we truly believe that ‘plenty’, ‘bigger’ is always best for everybody.  Personally, there are certain channels I watch on cable and I do not vere from those.  My count, is at least 5 channels that I watch 90% of the time.  I am struggling to get that number up to 10 and the point to this is simple.  The basic package offered by my cable provider puts the amount of channels to way over 100 and the price is the lowest being basic.  With the basic that is offered, I still believe the monthly fee is expensive.

When talking about ‘expensive’ on the Roc, it appears to be relative.  One will be guided to the other cable operator’s rates and so you are led to believe this is the best it can be.  So it is rather interesting to hear this spot of news, venture in the making where Mr Dehring is offering a cable service whereby the user can choose their packages.  The clincher will be the pricing for someone like me.  If I could choose the channels I want not exceeding 10 with 2 movie channels included, I would be elated.  Cable operators regardless of the expatriate community in this Country who by the way are the minority should formulate packages that cater to the masses and by extension the state of this Island.  We are not a wealthy nation by far.

I have noticed over the years how telecommunications companies namely Flow and Digicel have managed to tap into the pockets of virtually all Jamaicans.  They have done so by offering relatively cheaper services certainly in the phone card and internet areas.  I believe the packages with the current prices by our existing cable providers are too high for what you are getting.  The option should be available for persons who do not wish to have over 50 channels and the price cost effective.  Is Mr Dehring offering all that I would require?  I will make the switch based on what is in my best interest.  Outside of health and wellness, I am always looking at ways to cut costs as I do believe in Jamaica based on our economy many persons truly have to evaluate the ‘need’ from the ‘want’.   Often times, the rich get richer leaving the middle to become the working poor.


Dehring promises cheaper cable

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, May 08, 2016

People should be able to choose and pay for the cable channels that they want to watch.

That’s sounds like the ideal cable landscape, but just ask the average Jamaican cable TV customer how many of the channels their cable service providers deliver including the programming they prefer to watch.

To make matters worse, the sliding dollar and a restrained economy have forced most Jamaicans to severely cut expenditure and focus instead on basics; probably forgetting that in this communications age, cable, like the cellular phone, is no longer considered a luxury, especially where young viewers are concerned.

And that is where young, smart chief executives like Jamaica’s Christopher Dehring comes in with his latest project, Digital Interactive Services Limited (DISL) — a privately owned Jamaican company with an islandwide special subscriber television licence issued by the Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica.

Dehring had hoped to get his new project off and running in December. However, it is now projected to get going in the first quarter of 2017.

A highly respected and accomplished business professional, Dehring has a reputation for being a dynamic, commercial-oriented leader, as well as an experienced entrepreneur and business manager.

His CV starts with explaining his association with Jamaica’s first investment bank Dehring, Bunting and Golding (DBG) — as well as serving as Managing Director ofthe 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, Chief Marketing Executive of the West Indies Cricket Board, a manager at Citibank NA, and Chairman of LIME Caribbean/Cable & Wireless and the Caribbean Cement Company.

Now he looks set to add his earnest desire to create Jamaica’s first islandwide cable company, with focus on low costs and maximum satisfaction, to that enviable record of achievements.

DISL’s special licence allows it to use both wired and wireless technology to deliver multiple television channels to its customers across Jamaica. Its ReadyTV network is set to employ the very latest in digital technology to deliver over 200 entertainment, informational and educational channels for Jamaican viewers.

ReadyTV’s tagline, ‘TV when YOU ready’, defines the brand’s promise to its customers: to deliver convenient, reliable and affordable television and radio content to its subscribers. It is ‘cable’ television when and how customers want it, not the other way around.

Dehring, who also has a reputation for being a dynamic, commercial-oriented leader, as well as an experienced entrepreneur and business manager, pointed out that despite the number of cable operators — last check with the Broadcasting Commission shows that there are approximately 50 licences — there was still a significant number of Jamaicans who cannot afford cable facilities.

“At least a third of households don’t have cable services, while another third only have analog, the quality of which is still very basic. So, there is still a sizeable market for digital-quality cable service,” he insists.

So, characteristically, Dehring now plans to take on the challenge of introducing an islandwide service using state-of-the-art technology and making cable much more affordable for the average Jamaican. He is supported by fellow directors Orville “Shaggy” Burrell, David Cassanova, Magnus Johansson, and Gerard Borely.

“Technology is rapidly changing, and so what we are going to be introducing is really state-of-the-art technology that I think will leave people amazed at the quality of the service and the convenience of access which we will provide to revolutionise the way people access cable,” he told theJamaica Observer.

“For instance, there is pretty much a standard waiting time. You order cable from your cable service provider and you can wait for 7-10 days, sometimes longer, before you can get cable TV. What we are talking about is virtually instant access to services islandwide,” he noted.

In terms of programming, he explained that there will be some of the usual standard programming that Jamaicans have come to expect, as well as new content.

“We will try to introduce a new and a more innovative way of accessing programmes, that will make it more affordable in terms of the packaging. Some of the challenges we are facing is in terms of the standard way the packages are sold. It really leaves out any consumer who can’t afford it in that sort of monthly post-paid way. So we will be pricing the packages in a way that Jamaican cable consumers can appreciate,” he added.

“And we are aiming to be the first, true all-island cable service provider. That is our objective, and the first call for our services will be those people who do not have access to any form of cable,” he stated.

“People in the Corporate Area’s inner-city communities are a very important target market. These are people who deserve to have a good service available to them, in a form and at a price that matches their pocket. They will be our primary target, as well as the people who currently do not have access, because the service is not available in their areas,” Dehring noted.

“We are going to be launched by the first quarter of 2017. Obviously, we are going to have a trial period to iron out the kinks. But, by the first quarter of 2017, our service will be up and running,” he pointed out.

He says that the service will also have a national development focus as well, by providing the most basic form of information and education.

“And we believe that out of that a cottage industry can be developed. We certainly will be the largest platform in Jamaica and we will provide the coverage area, covering more households than any other cable service provider,” he boasted.

“We believe that we can be the platform that allows local content developers to showcase and generate income from their content. So we are going to be reaching out to content developers across Jamaica, to develop content and showcase local talent and earn revenue,” he said.

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1.8 Million Jamaicans Gamble – Way Less Than 1 Million Votes In Elections – What Does That Say About Our People’s Mindset???

Talk to me please………………………Does this make any sense to you?  1.8 million gamblers in this country and we are in dire straits economically, socially and spiritually.  We are proclaiming that people will be rewarded for doing less while others struggle for the government so that they are able to honour those rewards.  Persons who believe they are entitled to live on planet earth for free and be supported by the few who take the risks to start their own businesses.   We are told to pay higher wages, when performance is never factored into the equation at the same time to pay the government taxes so that they can support the able bodied for free due to a disorder called entitlement.

We are constantly being sold through the propaganda that ‘nutten nah gwaan’ as our people are suffering.  Our people do not have any money to buy food, or to pay for their children’s education yet 1.8 million ensures the gambling houses continue to make resounding profits.  Do you believe the majority that make up the 1.8 million gamblers are from upper and middle class?  Take a look around and see where many of these outlets are located.  It is comparable to seeing where fast food outlets are located in the USA.  I daresay most are located where those bawling poverty/impoverishment reside.  How as a people do we justify this?

Free health care, free education, increase here and increase there on salaries why?  Again, it is said the people are poor.  How can a poor person choose to have a few dollars and instead of feeding themselves, gamble?  Or still, no money yet are able to gamble?  That is called freedom of choice.  I say the same freedom must be expected of them to either pay for their children education, pay for their health care or live within their means on the wage that is offered.  You MUST pay in this life.  You can negotiate the price certainly, but FREE not for those under the age of senior citizens.

Increases must be applied based on merit, performance and profitability of a company.  The vast majority of small business owners on the Roc are black people.  Why should they be forced to increase wage when the worker has not increased their value?  Why should they be forced if the company is operating from hand to mouth?  Why should they pay for others health and education?  Why should those who play by the rules pay for others utility bills?  Why should they pay to have others subsidised?  Why????  So that they can continue to gamble?

I will tell you this, we are royally screwed.


1.8 million Jamaicans gamble

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, May 06, 2016 | 3:16 PM

 
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) said this week in its annual report that the number of Jamaicans who play games of chance remained static at 1.82 million during the 2015 financial year.

Quoting data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) SVL said gaming market remained essentially unchanged and that most are spending their cash on lottery games with less than 30 per cent spending on video betting machines and sports betting/horseracing.

SVL as a group recorded total revenue of $43.8 billion (2014: $41.3billion) which represented a 6.1 per cent increase over the prior year.

Sales from the lottery segment totalled $36.8 billion, representing an increase of three per cent relative to the prior year.

Cash Pot continued to be the largest contributor to lottery revenue with $24.6 billion in revenue for 2015.

Some 74 per cent of gambling revenue comes from the lottery segment in which SVL has no legal competitors.

Eight per cent of revenue comes from VLT gaming (A video lottery terminal or VLT is a gaming machine that allows gamblers to bet on the outcome of a video game) while horse-racing and sports betting accounts for 18 per cent – this from data provided by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission.

SVL said in its annual report for 2015 which was released this week that the lottery segment benefited from low Cash Pot liabilities and the strong performance of the new Money Time game.

Lottery revenue grew by 3.0 per cent or $1.1 billion relative to the previous year. For the year ended 31st December 2015, the Group’s net profit after tax totalled $1.18 billion a 27.3 per cent or $253.8 million increase over the prior year.

Despite tight economic conditions, Chairman Paul Hoo and President and CEO Brian George expressed confidence in continued revenue growth, noting that the company’s technology platform and extensive retailer network continue to be competitive advantages and provide significant growth opportunities.

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Wen A Tief Tek Everybady Fi Idiaat Den Play Fool Fool

U si mi dying trial.  Dis 26 year old really tek big people fi prekey.  You see this thing called ‘Greed’, woiiiii.  There will be many who are constantly surprised at the methods used by those who believe they are entitled to the lifestyle of the rich and famous and ‘tiefing’ will get them there despite the risks.  I am God’s gift, look how beautiful I am……………….. Men and women feel that way about themsevles and somehow believe they do not have to make sacrifices, or struggle in any shape or form to get richings.  Their beauty should be sufficient into scamming whomever to have the rich lifestyle and if eventually that fails they blame obeah and witchcraft for their demise.  Yeah man, all if di man or ooman lef dem, a obeah fault.  If the business fails, is badmind and obeah cause dat.  I know of such things, but I am one of those people that tend to get my power from Jesus so the other isms I cannot put on my brain.  Then there are those who have made the decision, that the straight and narrow will not enable them to acquire what they need by the age limit they have set for themselves.  Many declare that they want to retire at age 40 years old.  Oh no……………….absolutely nothing is wrong with that if honest labour affords you to achieve that goal.  If it is you are engaged in a life of thieving, choosing to rob others to enrich yourself, then beautiful or not so beautifu, people, prepare for the consequences.

Time eventually catches up and we have seen those who get to the ripe age of 60 and over being hauled before the Courts and given prison sentence for their theiving.  Ill health has befallen some that not even the tieving money can save them.  While there are those who are born to tief, we also have those who have been groomed to tief based on their social and work circle that is often entertwined.  Becoming exposed to the acquisitions of wealth that some have and choosing to join them rather than be comfortable with what you have.   Working hard to achieve regardless of their age is a no no.  It is hard to feel emphathy when we live in a World where ‘geunine’ is considered a bad word, and ‘fake’ is the new trend.

The Court is going to listen to this cock n bull story that Ms Thang’s lawyer will spew out as that is the law.  She will attend Court making sure to look as ‘demure, slightly pop down playing the role of a nicompoop while the Judge cocks her head doing a countdown as to how long she should let this charade last in the name of perceived justice.  Ms Thang is as guilty as they come and the ‘caspher’ boss we better not hold our breaths as a dead wi ago dead if u believe datdeh story.  I will not even talk about the Bank and their role in all of this.  The more they train their certified staff is the worst the discrepancies seem to appear.  I am beginning to wonder if it is necessary to have more than 3 subjects to succeed in this life.  We have more educated people at the teritiary level in this country than ever before, yet it appears we have also increased in the ineptness, slightless and down right idocy of the employed who are highly trained to tend to the affairs of the public.   We have some managers who should be clerks after you have heard how they communicate and attempt to rectifiy an issue.  You have supervisors who should be nothing other than a worker regardless of how long they have been employed at the company.  Then there are the workers who should not be placed on the frontline as they are as clueless as the bat that when stuck will not budge.  If you get the Bank involved in this debacle, this case will stretch out when it should be wrapped up within 6 weeks maximum.

Remember now I will not pretty up anything on this blog.  If I cannot keep it real through my eyes then I will shut it down.  Until then, mi a talk up di tings an mi nuh care who nyam up demself.  I still appreciate you for taking the time to check out the space and be engaged through my eyes.  Peace…………………………


Woman withdraws $1.2m after opening Scotia account with $5,000

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, May 03, 2016     67 Comments

Withdrawal

AN aspiring nurse who defrauded the Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) of $1.2 million via a cheque, after opening an account with only $5,000, is to know her fate on June 30 when she appears in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The 26-year-old woman, Jeniqua Johnson, had also attempted to obtain over $300,000 after lodging three other cheques to BNS.

Johnson pleaded guilty to three counts of attempting to obtain money by false pretense and a count of obtaining money by false pretense yesterday when she appeared in court. Her bail was subsequently extended by Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey.

She was, however, warned not to return to court without the money to repay the bank.

The court heard that in April of last year, Johnson wrote a cheque for $20,000 to pay Islandwide Builders, but the cheque bounced as there was not enough money in her account to cover the sum.

She also wrote two other cheques on May 19 — one for $300,000 to pay the National Water Commission and another for $19,100, to Bryan’s Studio — which also bounced.

The court also heard that Johnson wrote another cheque for $1.2 million on May 29, which she encashed at a branch of Sagicor Bank.

But Attorney Zephania Forest told the court that Johnson did not benefit from the funds and was acting at the behest of an individual whom she had never met.

He said that Johnson, who was a nursing student at a university in Kingston at the time of the offence, was referred to the individual for a job.

She was successful in getting a job, he said, which required her to collect the names of people who were interested in loans, but the business was shut down after the police got wind of its operations.

Forest said following that, the same individual contacted his client and told her that he would be starting a training school to prepare people to work in a call centre and that she should open a company account.

Johnson then went and opened two accounts — one at BNS and the other at Sagicor Bank.

Forest said his client assumed an administrative role in the company, which resulted in her paying the rental for the premises, the water bill and for identification cards for the students who had expressed an interest.

“Does she sleepwalk?” Judge Pusey asked. “How could somebody be so naïve?

“I don’t understand. I am a student who is employed by a man to solicit clients for loans and as soon as that died he just called me up to open an account and all of a sudden I am paying rent, I am paying water bill!? Something doesn’t add up,” Judge Pusey remarked.

Forrest, however, insisted that his client was simply following the instructions of the man whom she had never met and whom she only spoken to by phone.

“How can she open an account with $5,000 and be writing a cheque for over a million dollar? She don’t check her account?” Pusey asked.

Forrest, however, blamed the bank for not doing its due diligence but maintained that she did not benefit from the arrangement, which the judge described as a scheme.

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Death Penalty – International Community Does Not Include USA, China and Others????

Why is it that Jamaica has to be told how to govern its people when others do not know or understand our culture sufficiently to have the last say in all things Jamaican?  How many countries have capital punishment?  Are they adversely affected by the International community?  What was the purpose of us becoming an Independent nation if we cannot be allowed to dictate the laws by which our citizens need to abide by.   It would be better if you told me you have no confidence in our policing which may result in the wrong person being executed.  I would accept that much better as with INDECOM into full swing and cases we have seen dropped for insufficient evidence, I think our fear is that we would fail as a result of our own people’s incompetence or corruption.

The JCF I can appreciate do not like when lay persons like myself make comparisons to what we see on TV then question why we seem to get it wrong so offen as it would appear.  I suggest they tune in to a programme on cable called 48hrs, Dateline and Forensic Files.  These are ‘ real life, ‘real cases’ and I am always amazed at the professionalism without familiarity that those law enforcement officers exercise when solving those cases.  Talk about securing a crime scene.  A few months ago, we were told of a particular case on the Roc in which the crime scene was not secured making any findings totally compromised.  Facing the truth about our day to day operations within our JCF and the competent Officers on the beat is just as important a conversation to have as we look at ways in which to make crime a deterrent for our criminal element.

One thing is certain, nothing will change until you change your approach.  As we have seen on the Roc, we have been successful at solving very few cases resulting in imprisonment.  However, extremely successful at creating backlogs with an abundance of excuses as to why the system is as it is.  The international community should not be our biggest concern.  Rather will our Island be marketable in attracting investors if safety risks far outweigh the returns?  Or what will we have to give up in order to woo foreign investors to our country with the uncontrollable beast called crime in our faces?


PNP warns of death penalty backlash

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | May 1, 2016 | 11:52 AM

Opposition Senator Mark Golding

The Opposition Peoples’ National Party (PNP) says Jamaica may face international backlash if it carries out the death penalty.

National Security Minister Robert Montague has indicated that his ministry is looking at how the barriers preventing the use of the death penalty can be removed to allow the execution of criminals in a bid to tackle the country’s high crime rate.

However, the Opposition spokesperson on Justice & Governance, Senator Mark Golding, argues that any legislation which seeks to broaden the circumstances in which the death penalty may be imposed would be ruled by the Courts to be unconstitutional.

Golding further argues that the reactivation of the death penalty will bring condemnation on Jamaica, and even possibly adverse action by the country’s international development partners that are strongly against the death penalty.

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Seeitya – We Have Now Given Obeah And Voodoo Front Page

The most wanted man at present we are told has been elevated to that of a phantom, ghost status.   Calling himself  ‘Duppy Film’ see me now, now you don’t see me is just what we need with all the mayhem and uncertainty unfolding on the Roc.  The world will hear first hand how Jamaica is riddled in the occult and how many Parishes, with St Thomas as its head is a practitioner of all things ‘Satanic’.  Where does that leave us in capturing this individual?  Is the JCF doing all it can to wrap this up?  I have not heard any helicopters zooming over head neither day nor night.  What happen we only use helicopters when the country is forced into lock down as experienced years ago?  Is it really that difficult to capture one man if he is as dangerous as is being reported?

All I am hearing are excuses and now the focus is being placed on the invincibility of this wanted man due to his religious belief.  You tend to give power to anything you keep directing most of your energy to and on.  If it is ‘Duppy Film’ is well ‘oiled’ and so far still evading not only Jamaican authorities but Haitian too.  Sooner than later all our criminal elements will duplicate ‘Duppy Film’ practices and then dwag a go surely nyam wi supper’.  I would much prefer if our Jamaican authorities stick to policing and leave all other analogies in the dark giving absolutely no light to what cannot solve crime.  ‘Big big Sunday maarning, pon di front page is disya headline.  Come on man, be responsible.  Not every ting good fi eat good fi talk!!!!!!


Voodoo gunman

Jamaica’s Most Wanted ‘Duppy Flim’ said steeped in obeah, also wanted in Haiti

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, May 01, 2016     31 Comments

 

 Voodoo gunman

Jamaica’s most wanted man is deeply involved in the practice of voodoo, witchcraft and obeah and has made many trips by speedboat to the French-speaking Caribbean island of Haiti, a retired police officer has told the Jamaica Observer.

Marlon Perry, otherwise called ‘Duppy Flim’ (also referred to as Duppy Film), is one of the key players in the drugs for guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti, local police have confirmed. But the native of Western St Thomas is also wanted by police in Haiti for murder, the

Sunday Observer has learnt. However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force High Command said that it was unable to verify this.

“Yes, we have information that he is heavily involved in voodoo,” stated Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of crime Glenmore Hinds.

Perry has eluded Jamaica’s security forces since the December 22 killing of two policemen in the community of Poor Man’s Corner, just outside the Western St Thomas town of Yallahs. Corporal Kenneth Davis of the constabulary’s Protective Services Division, and Constable Craig Palmer, who was assigned to Kingston Western, were cut down, allegedly by Perry, as they played dominoes outside a wholesale.

Overall, Perry has been implicated in the murders of 16 individuals, the latest being former National Works Agency Parish Manager for St Ann Theos Blake, aged 30, who was shot in St Thomas on March 27. Blake is the nephew of Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake. He was buried in St Elizabeth, where DCP Blake is also from.

One source told the

Sunday Observer that so deep is Perry’s belief in the occult that he does not trust “even his own shadow”, and always makes sure that he is “properly oiled” before he goes about his business.

Haiti is known for occult practices, and St Thomas, too, where Perry originates, is regarded as one of the parishes in which obeah has figured in the diet of cultural folklore.

One resident of Albion, also in the western region of the parish, told the

Sunday Observer that it is even a growing view that Perry’s belief in the supernatural has been paying off for him, as every time the police close in on him he manages to escape, while others around him are either killed or captured.

“Dat deh man deh strong inna de obeah, man. A just because mi no believe inna dem something deh why mi think a just lucky him lucky, rather than a get protection from obeah. God is greater than obeah every time, and dah bad bway deh soon go dung inna the hole,” the elder said.

The police have since stepped up their operations to apprehend Perry, with massive searches in St Thomas, St Andrew, and Manchester in particular, without success.

However, some of Perry’s gang members, said to be more than 30, have either been captured or killed during clashes with national security personnel.

Jason Forbes was killed in an operation in East Rural St Andrew last month, while another gang member was captured while hiding in a church.

Kevon Eldemire, regarded as one of Perry’s closest allies, was also captured in Alligator Pond, Manchester, last month.

The police have appealed to Jamaicans to stop protecting and hiding Perry, who is originally from Phillipsfield in St Thomas. An initial offer of $1 million for information that would lead to his capture and arrest was raised to $1.5 million recently.

“He (Perry) is an extremely dangerous man who reminds me of Copper of the 1970s and 1980s,” suggested a now retired senior police officer.

‘Copper’ was the notorious badman Dennis Barth, who wreaked havoc with some of the most brazen crimes across Jamaica during the period, usually skilfully planned from his Rockfort, East Kingston base.

Barth, who led the infamous Hotsteppers Gang, was involved in numerous bank robberies across the island, and seemed to have had a particular liking for Scotiabank branches, among them the Three Miles, St Andrew branch, that was held up more than once, along with one that previously existed in Highgate, St Mary.

Barth, who would often kill policemen, and sometimes strip them of their uniforms which he would wear to commit other crimes, was closely aligned to the then left-wing Workers’ Party of Jamaica.

“Duppy Flim may not be as smart as Copper, but he is just as brazen,” the retired police officer said. “Maybe he is stupid enough to believe that because he is mixed up with Haitian voodoo and obeah he can just go out there and kill people and obeah will protect him. His luck will soon run out.”

The Police High Command remains confident that Perry will be captured soon, but there is increased speculation that he has fled to Haiti where, according to one Haitian journalist who spoke to the

Sunday Observer recently on condition of anonymity, Perry is wanted by the 21-year-old Haitian National Police for at least one murder committed in that country.

“He is involved in illegal activities here too, but it is very difficult to hold onto him because the security arrangements here are not as good as most other countries, and there is a lot of corruption in the police force,” the journalist said.

Haiti, which has suffered from several years of civil unrest, and has seen many acts of destabilisation, does not have an army, as it was disbanded in 1995, a move fuelled by the many coups that the country has experienced.

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