ZIKA Virus & JA – A Popular Face Puts The Reality On Vulnerability

Thank you Delano Franklyn for sharing your personal experience on this deadly virus that is plaguing many countries including our own.  Your story I believe is an unselfish one as far too many Jamaicans deliberately withhold the truth about what we face in health care.  Since the scare with Ebola, the debacle with Chikungunya we have gotten better in forewarning the citizens of this country about their collective responsibility in maintaining proper hygiene within their space/community/environment.  Notwithstanding, are we really, ie the health sector informing the public of the deadliness of Zika?  Are we updating the nation on lives lost, those who have contracted the Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), whether they be upper, middle or low income earners?  Have we put a dollar value on the cost per patient those who may seek public care or private as in the case of Mr Franklyn?  Should we not be hearing the truth about this deadly virus plaguing our Nation?

Have we peaked as yet?  I strongly believe that all this information must be provided so that persons have a better understanding of what the possibilities can be for them if they contract Zika.  There are still companies where workers are turning up to work within 2-3 days simply because they say they feel okay even though they have symptoms of this virus.  Should this be a common practice I ask?

What I know is the cost you incurred, not many Jamaicans would be able to meet such.  Viruses can affect anyone.  What makes some people more susceptible we have heard varying opinions?  However, one response that seems to fill many quarters is that of your immune system.  Whether you are unfortunate or not in contracting this potentially deadly virus, I opine that it is the responsibility of the government to provide updates on those who suffered severely, who died, with information relative to underlying health challenges.  Jamaicans a significant amount suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses, no secret in that.  Therefore no need to hide the facts as they develop.  I do not need to tell you that data can be relayed without names and faces.

Jamaicans a fair amount view Zika as just another buzz and not as a deadly virus that can befall them regardless of their level of intelligence.  Do you trust the health sector? Fear, pride all misplaced can have dire consequences in the long run. Good, bad and not so good news must be reported when it affects everyone living on the Roc.


A costly journey to death’s door and back

P J Patterson’s former Chief Advisor Delano Franklyn warns about link between Zika and deadly disease

BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive editor – special assignment allend@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, July 31, 2016     76 Comments

 
 I don’t believe there is an appreciation for what is happening out there, says Franklyn. (Lionel Rookwood)

On his back in a hospital bed since July 2, 2016 in a state of near paralysis, Delano Franklyn, the former Chief Advisor to Prime Minister PJ Patterson, gives a chilling account of his near-death experience when the marauding Zika virus opened the door to a little known but deadly disease, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

Franklyn, a tall robust man whose clean-shaven face and head are familiar to many Jamaicans and Comrades of the People’s National Party (PNP), was reduced overnight to a mere shadow of his former self, bed-ridden and needing help to do even basic things most people take for granted.

Doctors treating him expressed shock that he was still alive, but he admits in an interview with the Jamaica Observer that had he not been able to meet the astronomical cost of the vital drugs that would save his life, this reporter would most likely be writing his obituary.

The United States Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) describes GBS as an uncommon sickness of the nervous system in which a person’s own immune system damages the nerve cells, causing muscle weakness, and sometimes, paralysis.


“GBS symptoms include weakness of the arms and legs…on both sides of the body. In some cases, the muscles of the face that control eye movement or swallowing may also become weak. In the most serious cases, this muscle weakness can affect breathing, and people sometimes need a breathing tube.

“These symptoms can last a few weeks or several months. Although most people fully recover from GBS, some people have permanent damage, and in one out of 20 cases people have died,” the CDC says.

Lancet, the online medical journal, said that in the first study of its kind, between October 2013 and April 2014, French Polynesia experienced the largest Zika virus outbreak ever described at that time. During the same period, an increase in Guillain-Barré Syndrome was reported, suggesting a possible association between Zika virus and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

“Because Zika virus is spreading rapidly across the Americas, at-risk countries need to prepare for adequate intensive-care bed capacity to manage patients with Guillain-Barré syndrome,” the journal suggested.

Corroborating the information, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said the virus had spread quickly throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean, churning its way across 64 countries since 2015.

It is the realisation that there is significant ignorance in Jamaica about Zika’s suspected complicity with GBS, plus the fact that most people of lesser means would be unable to afford the medication, that has spurred Franklyn, an attorney-at-law and political activist, to tell his story to journalists.

“If I can put my fellow Jamaicans on alert to the fact that Zika can open the door to this deadly and costly disease, it might just be that I can save someone, and nothing would give me greater satisfaction,” said Franklyn, his voice now minus the boom and too weak to summon the familiar laughter.

Here now, in his own words, is Franklyn’s account of his journey to death’s door and back:

On or around the 16th or 17th of June, I felt what then turned out to be the symptoms of Zika – upper limbs a little weak, by the following day bloodshot eyes, but I kept going. I just never stopped at all. By the weekend of the 19th of June, I developed full-blown rashes.

I proceeded to do everything that I would normally do, including a graduation which I had at Kingston College as guest speaker on June 19. The only thing I took was Benadryl, which cleared up the rashes within two or three days.

After the rashes were cleared up — we are now into the 21st-22nd of June — I responded to an invitation to do a Diaspora conference in Orlando, Florida that weekend. I drove to the airport, parked, went on the aircraft, travelled, and I did the Diaspora conference which ran for two days — June 25-26.

The evening before returning to Jamaica, I went to my hotel and when I opened the door and stepped in, it was as if I was walking on air. I went to bed, took off my shoes and socks, and I realised that I was not having sensation in sections of my feet and that the palm of my hands were cramped, as they are now.

But I was still able to move around, to walk, to travel. I got on the aircraft and returned to Jamaica on June 27, came through the airport, went to my car which was parked there, and drove home. I got home very late that Monday. On the Tuesday when I got up I began to feel pain all over.

I was in contact with my doctor, just monitoring it on the phone. On the Wednesday, it got worse. So I went to see my doctor and he took me through a series of physical exercises. He did all the neurological soundings that a doctor would do and he said the only thing that he had determined is that I was suffering a relapse from the viral infection of Zika.

I asked him if there was any manifestation of GBS, because I had heard about this disease. He said you seem to be showing signs of Guillain-Barré Syndrome, but not the typical signs. Because GBS symptoms come through the toes, up legs, up to the waist and you are paralysed.

He said that if it was in fact GBS, I would not have been able to make it up the steps and I would not have been able to drive there. But he was not ruling anything out.

By the Wednesday afternoon I was in serious pain, from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. I went back home. My doctor was consulting with another doctor and told me to keep in contact with him and monitor this thing as best we can.

“On the Thursday morning I got up early to go to the bathroom and I fell like a sack of potatoes. There was absolutely nothing beneath my feet. I realised at that time that something was fundamentally wrong. I sent for a walker because I realised that the only way I could move was with a walker.

So, between the Monday night when I came back to Jamaica, full and running up and down, and Thursday, I moved from being a man who was fit and strong, doing everything, to being almost like a baby. The pain threshold increased.

On Friday I was unable to keep down anything. All my facial and my oesophagus muscles began to get very weak. I said that I must have some solids, and when I began to eat the solids — breadfruit and ackee — and chewed it almost to a pulp, I could swallow nothing at all.

On Saturday, the doctors conferred with me and said, ‘Delano, you have to be hospitalised.’ I was brought here — the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital of the West Indies — on the second of July. I could not brush my teeth, put on any clothes, absolutely nothing that I could do that ordinary people would do.

I had cramps in my hands, so the level of my compression could not be assessed. I am using a toothbrush, for example, I’m using the flipping toothbrush and it went south. I took up the hairbrush to brush the little hair that I don’t have, and I don’t know how it defied the law of gravity, because while I was coming towards my head, the brush went the opposite direction…

The doctors at the hospital said they had to treat with this thing urgently. They did all the tests they thought appropriate. They did not rule out GBS, but they determined that whatever I was afflicted with was caused by Zika because that was the only viral affliction that I was troubled by.

Later they were able to determine definitively that it was Guillain-Barré as a consequence of my having Zika. Of course, from the literature, there is a raging debate out there as to whether, clinically, there is any connectivity between Zika and GBS. But more and more the conclusion is being drawn that the increase in Zika cases has led to an increase in the number of GBS being seen in Jamaica.

To determine that I had GBS, they did two tests — a lumbar tap in which they pulled fluid from the spine, using a needle; and a nerve conduction investigation by a neurologist. They prescribed a drug called immunoglobulin, or IVIG, which is administered intravenously.

The neurologist looked at me said ‘Delano, you are lucky to be alive.’ One morning about three o’ clock I could not feel my feet and I thought I was having a seizure. I pressed the panic button and the nurse came in and said, ‘Mr, you don’t see that your foot is stuck?’ (between the bars of the bed). It was black as ever. I just did not feel anything.

Zika weakens your immune system and lays bare any underlying health conditions which you may have, such as hypertension, diabetes, and brings them to the fore. I had a filling 12 years ago and suddenly developed an abscess. They had to rush me by ambulance to the dentist.

And this is why, although I am a very private person, especially when it comes to my health, I felt compelled to tell this story. This drug is distributed by the National Health Fund (NHF) through respective pharmacies on demand. It is administered based on the patient’s height, weight and some other clinical things that the doctors take into consideration.

In my case, I had to have five sessions of IVIG, which meant eight bottles a day over five days, or 40 bottles between Wednesday and Sunday. Each bottle cost $85,000! Do the multiplication and you see what I am talking about. I have gone through the 40 bottles.

The question I raise and ask is that, fortunately for me, because I’m in business and practise as a lawyer, I am able to pay for it. How are the others being afflicted by GBS able to afford it? I am not aware that this drug is one of those listed as a category by the NHF to be covered by NHF insurance. For example, I am an NHF insurance carrier, but my NHF card does not cover this particular drug.

What cemented it in my head is that my neurologist said to me that in the last two weeks he has seen 39 people suffering from GBS, three of whom have died. The specialist has projected that a large number of Jamaicans will eventually get Zika over the next several months, with a substantial number going on to get GBS. That will be heavily impacted by rains, so they are hoping that we will not have consistent rains.

A friend of mine who is in media came to visit me, and when she heard of my details said one of her neighbours had died just the night before and had suffered the same symptoms of the same thing. Since being hospitalised, I am hearing so many similar stories of people suffering the symptoms of GBS, including from a prominent church leader.

He said the information was not being publicised because no one wanted to cause any panic. I can understand where he is coming from, because to manage a health panic is not easy. But, at the same time, it has to be balanced by information that is going out in a way that helps people to take the matter of Zika very seriously, and not do as I did by not realising how serious it was, or what it could have led to.

I asked the neurologist what could happen between the time you lose all your muscular and your neurological sensations and you lose your legs to death. He said it could be a matter of hours, and it depends on when the critical intervention starts.

Many private practitioners don’t know GBS and can’t diagnose it so they prescribe soothing medicine. It is when I collapsed and the tests were done that I was diagnosed. It was when I started to hear these stories that I realised that this thing was beyond my personal situation. I am raising all of this from a public policy standpoint.

I am able to deal with it early because I am in a position to be able to. Beside the cost of the drugs, there are the hospital fees, the specialists, physiotherapy, and the loss of income from not being able to work. But what of those who can’t?

And I’m not hearing anybody speaking of it in a national way. Across the board, I don’t believe there is an appreciation for what is happening out there. I have shared from a personal perspective with the ministers of Government and politicians from both sides who have visited me.

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Seeitdeh – If Dis Is Not Di Living 360 Degrees Tun – Den A Wah

Wen trouble tek u a who u call pan? Ina Jamaica is not di ghost busters for many…………So it must be noted globally that Jamaicans wen every wey dem tun macca juke dem, right yah now is more dan macca a juke wi, dem ago kneel down an pray.  This is a Jamaican thing as a Christian country and whether you like it or not, if not agreed upon, still must be respected when you land here.  I am not going to dare make an assumption as to who people especially in the USA pray to when unexpected tragedy befalls them.  I am certainly aware of the many doctrines beliefs on planet earth. We have certainly seen week after week some high drama resulting in devastation on a people and we too witness hands being clasped and heads bowed down.  Again, I have no idea who they are praying to but I can take a wild guess that when many Jamaicans do the same, they tend to refer to a particular name and it is Jesus.  To believe or not to believe is your choice, but look at the irony of the situation.

When the former Minister of National Security not so long ago called for Divine Intervention, if u ever hear how di people dem did a gwaan.  There were those calling for his resignation.  A few members of the JLP who were in Opposition basically laughed Peter Bunting to scorn.  Many from the diaspora according to some of their comments made reference to him being out of his depth and incompetent for crying out for divine intervention.  You would have thought the man committed treason.  See how the tables have turned.   The present Minister of National Security Robert Montague it appears cannot make a move without praying to the Almighty and is now calling upon the people of this country to do the same.  Woiiii it deya.  From the photo taken, have a good look and you will see the former Minister of National Security holding hands in prayer with the current Minister.

I want to tell oono something, u see Jamaican people no care wey dem involve ina, wen sickness, trouble and fear tek dem, a one name u ago hear dem a bawl out fah.  Every wey dem go, dem beg fi prayers.  What you do not understand nor accept, it is well to respect as the same is always demanded of others who do not understand nor accept others perceived fights/struggles.  One question though, all those pon di Roc who did a ask fi Bunting to step down since him did a call pon God.  Wha oono have to sey to our current Minister of National Security?  Oono is a set a waggonists without any personal conviction.  Wey ever di crowd a chant oono chant to.

Tun up di prayers mi sey, tun it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Public urged to support ‘Jamaica Pray’

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, July 28, 2016     45 Comments

Church leaders pray for National Security Minister Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague (third left) and his predecessor, Opposition spokesman on national security, Peter Bunting (fourth left) as well as for the security of the nation following the launch of the ‘Jamaica Pray’ initiative Tuesday at the Guardian Life building in New Kingston.

THE public is being called on to support this Sunday’s ‘Jamaica Pray’ initiative by adding their voices in prayer for the nation.

The call was made Tuesday by the Jamaica Umbrella-Groups of Churches (JUGC) during the launch of the event at the Guardian Life building in New Kingston.

“On Sunday, July 31st, between the hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, there will be a mass gathering of the Christian community in Half-Way-Tree on the occasion of ‘Jamaica Pray’. This will be a very significant historic moment as it will be on the eve of the anniversary of our emancipation as a people and we will gather to seek God’s face to our nation that is struggling to bring crime and violence and road fatalities under control,” JUGC Chairman Reverend Cassel Dunkley told journalists at the press launch.

He said that the prayers will be directed at the youth, the family, the church, the nation, leaders and law enforcement agents, among others.

Dunkley said that, while the church will not lose its main focus to making disciples for Christ, it will be looking to God for empowerment by the Spirit which is needed for more practical and long-term solutions that will lead to a peaceful society.

“The afternoon’s activities, significantly prayer will be the object of the day, it is a mass prayer meeting as a matter of fact, it’s not a rally, not a convention…it’s a grand national prayer meeting and seven significant prayers are going to be prayed,” explained Bishop Dr Alvin Bailey, chairman of the ‘Jamaica Pray’ Planning Committee.

“But before those seven prayers, there will be an opening prayer and closing prayer and the opening prayer will take the form of a prayer of consecration and the closing prayer will be a time of facilitating repentance and, of course, reconciliation,” he continued.

Bailey stated that, while there will be choirs present, the occasion will not be about the entertainment but about solemness and a call to prayer and for prayer.

“Our decision to pray is in response to what we believe God is saying to us and we have read the scripture and we believe that the signs of our times and the nation cannot speak any louder than it has spoken. Those of us who know the God of peace should pray that the God of peace will bring peace to Jamaica, healing and reconciliation to Jamaica and we pray that God will hear our prayers,” Bailey said.

In his remarks, Minister of National Security Robert Montague commended the JUGC for using its “considerable influence” to call Jamaicans to unite in prayer for peace and security.

“We encourage Jamaicans from all across the country, Jamaicans from all walks of life, of every religious persuasion, of every social and every political strata and colour to join us in Half-Way-Tree square. Let us make a powerful statement for peace and lawfulness in our country and take a united stance against crime and the criminals who threaten the very future of Jamaicans,” Montague stated in his remarks.

“The blood of our brothers and sisters cry out from the ground, babies, children, mothers, grandmothers and the many innocent lives viciously taken away at the hands of heartless, cold, dirty criminals. It cannot be business as usual for any of us,” Montague added.

The minister stated that it’s important “not to point fingers” as every sector of society has contributed to the problem of criminality and so all must be a part of the solution.

‘Jamaica Pray’ will be held in Half Way Tree Square and will see the roads in and around the area closed as early as 6:00 am on Sunday. Details about alternate routes and traffic changes will be made available before Sunday.

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PNP – Relics Bawl In Like Manner The Under 40’s Holler In Their Quest To Be Profiled

Can one let their accomplishments take the front page as opposed to their ‘flare’ and pronouncements of knowing what the people want, and how loved they are by the people?  The PNP delegates do not allow you to win general elections and maybe the tide needs to change where those who have the power to decide who should represent the nation can deliver to all CLASSES.  As painful as it maybe for many, one seat victory is a victory in as much a Bolt’s victory against Gatlin narrow it surely was, but an exciting win nonetheless at the Worlds Championship.  Are you telling me Jamaica’s media does not have serious matters affecting this nation to follow up and report on rather than the daily dolly house pasa pasa of the PNP?

It is amazing that we can align ourselves with certain issues in the USA, yet when there are political requirements pertaining to governance we claim cultural differences.  Term limits and endorsements should be part of the course in Jamaica.  Those who are able to deliver to all CLASSES in this country catering to the whole and not just a part, need to be endorsed.  Old time, old style politics must change in this country if it is political parties intend to increase the numbers of those exercising their right to vote at both the local and general elections.   From where I am standing, when you view some of these town hall meetings, the music, the prance and dancing I wonder exactly if they are speaking to the entire population in this country.  ALL citizens who are eligible to vote once they are alive have a right.  Maybe the PNP and others need to be mindful of that and start changing the faces of those who want to serve ALL and not their chosen few and themselves.

We need more endorsements from well-known persons living in this country with unblemished integrity and reputation that can withstand any scrutiny.   One of the most unbecoming performance to view is that of grown people squabbling over spoils. Everyone speaks of renewal, change, yet when it is approaching, visible, some quarters bawl.


Colin Campbell upset over PJ’s endorsement of Mark Golding

  (Jamaica Gleaner) Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 8:51 PM
Campbell …. PJ Patterson’s endorsement was done to deliberately sway delegates to vote for Mark Golding come Saturday.
Colin Campbell, one of the aspirants for the post of chairman of St Andrew South says he upset that former People’s National Party (PNP) president PJ Patterson has endorsed his opponent Mark Golding.

Campbell and Golding are to face off in an election on Saturday to succeed Dr Omar Davies as the constituency chairman.

Yesterday, Patterson publicly declared support for Mr Golding, saying that the senator had been an understudy of Dr Davies, who understands the needs of the St Andrew South constituency.

READ: PJ endorses Mark Golding for PNP St Andrew South chairman

Campbell and Golding are to face off in an election on Saturday to succeed Dr Omar Davies as the constituency chairman.

But in a letter to the PNP general secretary Paul Burke, Campbell complained that Patterson’s endorsement of Golding was unwarranted.


IN PHOTO: PJ Patterson

Campbell is also claiming that Patterson’s endorsement was done to deliberately sway delegates to vote for Golding come Saturday.

Challenger for Chairman of South St. Andrew, Colin Campbell

He says Golding sought Patterson’s endorsement because he doesn’t have the support of delegates to win the election on his own. 
IN PHOTO: Senator Mark Golding with constituents in St Andrew South

In his letter to the PNP’s general secretary, Campbell said up to April of this year, Golding had maintained that he did not wish to enter representational politics and serve the people of St. Andrew South.

Campbell also asked for his concerns regarding Patterson’s interference to be referred to the officers of the PNP.

He says he was assured that his concerns were related to Patterson and the party officers but they are yet to respond.

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Head Sick, Head Nuh Good, Head Gwaan – Tek Time Wid Him – Why??????

Alarming as this may seem, or even appalling to many on the Roc, other nationalities, cultures have done similar.  What pisses off many I would hope is the perverted manner in which he chose to get his kicks and not the reference to ‘white women’.  Sorry to burst the ‘browning’ bubble, but there is a stark difference between full-fledged Caucasian/white and the mixes that result in shades as on the Roc.  Our Jamaicans on the rock who are of ‘brown’, red hue or not dark skinned are often times referred to as white.  They have gotten used to this reference and I daresay some believe they are in fact white until they land in Europe, America, Canada and pretty much any other country that is not the Caribbean.  God bless Jamaica it can then be said.

It brings me to another story, the significance you will glean.  Over 2 decades ago, in Europe, a friend of mine from the Middle East shared an episode.  They were on a business trip in America for a few months after being seconded by their company back East.  Whilst in the elevator, he and his colleague were on a lunch break and was leaving the office.  The elevator made a stop before their exit and sauntered in I was told a white woman with breasts the size of a basketball oozing outside of her top.  Understand the elevator had several persons inside ie more than 4.  His colleague upon seeing the white woman and her boobs immediately grabbed them and began giving them a massage.  White woman, man from Middle East get the picture.  Pandemonium broke out.  In the end, to prevent a law suit, a speedy arrangement was made, the white woman was highly compensated financially and Mr Mr was put on a plane right back to his land of darkness.  I asked the million dollar question.  What kind of pervert did you people have on your team?  I was told simply this.

My colleague had never travelled outside of the Gulf before much less to a western country, America.  Where we come from women are covered from head to toe.  He stated that since she was dressed like that, it was because she wanted people to touch her breasts and since he had never seen anything like this before, he did not think he did anything wrong.  Quite frankly he thought she would have liked it.

White does not have the same appearance to all.   Your exposure or lack thereof may be deemed limited depending on whose culture is making the determination.  Jamaica has mansions, luxury cars, PhDs so much so that you can imagine for a moment you are living in Florida.  While at the same time, we have pit toilets, brown skinned people passing as white, dark skinned people many behaving as if they are slaves living the life of crab n a barrel syndrome, and butuus who are getting visas right left and center flying to the promise land, acting the fool.  Irrespective of us all being Jamaicans, our lives and experiences are extremely different from many who we may encounter day in day out and for those we may just take a glance at seeing them almost daily.

For me I can only take what this boy said as his truth and what the man from the Middle East said also.  Even though they both hailed from very different cultures, they both had one common trait and it is called pervert!!!.  Just deport the Jamaican back a yard and label him a sex deviant if that is possible.  In today’s world whatever you want, there are enough freaks out there that you can get a grope whenever you desire.  There might be a cost, while some might just decide to give you a freebie.


 

J’can teen in NY arrested for fondling women

(Jamaica Observer)Tuesday, July 26, 2016 | 12:31 PM     47 Comments

KINGSTON, Jamaica – A Jamaican teenager was on Monday arrested and charged with sexual abuse in Brooklyn, New York.

Nineteen- year-old Damario Johnson was reportedly caught in the act fondling a woman in a downtown Brooklyn subway station Monday morning.

Johnson, who is on a student visa in the country, is said to have groped four other women, one last Wednesday, another on Thursday and two on Friday.

According to media reports, Johnson told police that he committed the act because he had never seen white women before and “they’re absolutely beautiful” .

Three of the victims reported the crimes at NYPD transit offices, while a fourth submitted a complaint through an “MTA portal” website, said NYPD Captain Zahid Williams.

“It’s a very distinctive crime, a very, very distinctive method of committing this crime,” Williams said. He targeted women in their 20s to 40s, he said.

 

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Yohan Blake – A Gift – Let The Games In Rio Begin

To go through this journey called life with no mishaps, even crisis I opine is a rather dull experience.  Then again, excitement in high definition I call life.  Experiences whether negative or positive in which you can learn, grow, and yes surpass without shame is truly inspiring.  Just try to imagine living in a boy’s home and one day you are told you will be going on a 10 days trip to France with Yohan Blake, elite international star athlete. Can you imagine their excitement, thrill and amazement of it all?  A grown ass adult as myself would be jumping up and down, screaming and declaring blessed to the max at such an offer.  I do believe even the iceberg melts at some point in time.

Notwithstanding the scare and pandemonium on July 12 in France, they were safe.  Memories were undoubtedly made not to be forgotten.  The opportunity to travel and see the world is one of the greatest exposure one can derive.  It is one thing to surf the internet, read and watch events via television.  An entirely different experience if you are able to land on another country’s soil, feel, and touch, see the culture taking nothing for granted while at the same time being thankful.  Thankful for the opportunity, being a product of the possibility that says regardless of your circumstances it is……………………….


 

Boys’ home residents return from Yohan Blake’s France trip

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 3:20 PM

The five boys who returned to Jamaica on July 18 from their 10-day trip to France, looks at display of Yohan Blake.

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The five boys from the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, are back in the island after their 10-day trip to France, courtesy of Yohan Blake’s YB Afraid Foundation, and his French business partner, Richard Mille.

One of the boys had created a design, which was used by Mille on his new sports car.

Mitchell* who created the chosen design said they went to the Le Mans Classic car race track, where they saw his design on the car.

“It was pretty amazing. We weren’t able to see the car race though because of the time, but the experience was good,” he said.

“Words cannot really explain what Mr Mille and the YB Afraid Foundation have done for me,” said another boy,  while  the youngest in the group said he enjoyed watching the fireworks in Paris.

Yohan Blake, noted world sprinter, left the island with the boys on July 6, but had to  return  a few days before them, leaving them in the care of their Home chaperone and the YB Afraid team.  The boys returned home on July 18.

Blake said that he was happy to travel with them and experience some of the things they mentioned.

“We went straight to unveil the Richard Mille car that the boy’s design was on, as soon as we arrived. It was very exciting for them and even for me. Richard had asked to see what the boy could do and he liked the design he made, so Richard decided to use it. They weren’t able to watch the races, but they got a chance for a driver to take them around the track,” he said.

Blake said he plans to do similar visits with wards from other Homes that the YB Afraid Foundation has adopted, as this could encourage the boys and girls in the other Homes to do well and stay focused.

“When you take five boys and show them the world, they go back and tell the others and they will want to behave and do well, so they can get an opportunity to go as well,” he said.

*Boy’s first name withheld

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High Command, High Command – Wi Corner Well Dark If U Believe What U Read In Disya Report

Follow me on this one……………..Top tier criminal out on bail for serious offences who hailed from the parish of St Catherine was told not to return to the parish. No problem ur hanor, mi good wid dat.  This is not a charge stemming from picking ackee;  oops I almost forgot, we do not give bail for that, straight to prison we will send you.  Still following me………………Suh, the police did not capture this top tier criminal rather his own cronies.  He just migrated, crossed borders, plsssss a Jamaica wi deh.

Our Island large as can be, 2.7 million yet where was the Intel amongst the high command in all our parishes. What is the purpose of technology if not to be able to track top tier criminals once granted bail?  When was the last time the police saw this criminal?  Was he not expected as a condition of his bail to make daily check-ins at a police station?  Common, you deemed him top tier!!!!

We can do without reports of this nature when all it does is to highlight serious deficiencies in our system.  The majority of commentators to this article see our policing effort to be one of a big ‘poppy show’.  At times I wonder if our leaders realise that media is a global one.  Potential investors, the diaspora, travel outlets world-wide have access to current affairs via our media.  Crime is a major deterrent to our Island and it does not help when it appears justice is achieved outside of our courts.


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Slain St Catherine gangster is hotelier’s killer, say police

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, July 24, 2016     75 Comments

 HENRY CHIN … shot to death in Montego Bay on March 3

MONTEGO BAY, St James – The St James police say they have made a breakthrough in the March 3 murder of Montego Bay hotelier Henry Chin.

According to the cops, 33-year-old St Catherine gangster Anthony Riley, who was shot dead on Thursday, June 23 by his cronies in the tough inner-city Gulf section of Norwood, St James, was the trigger man in the hotelier’s shooting.

Chin, who operated Toby Inn Hotel in Montego Bay, was robbed then shot by a gunman at his farm in the industrial area of Ironshore, St James.

Senior Superintendent Marlon Nesbeth said the police believe Riley was the man who killed the hotelier based on a composite sketch. “Plus, he was positively identified since his death by witnesses to the Henry Chin murder,” Nesbeth said.

According to Nesbeth, Riley was a top-tier member of a criminal gang operating in St Catherine. He was facing illegal possession of firearm and shooting charges in Clarendon. However, he took up residence in Norwood after he was granted bail. A condition of his bail was that he should not return to the parishes of Clarendon and St Catherine.

“So he sought refuge within our space with a female who is his girlfriend in the Gulf area,” Nesbeth told the Jamaica Observer.

The head of the St James Police Division appealed to residents to report strange men taking up residence in their communities.

“We would see in the past where hardened criminals transcend across borders. They operate within each other’s space. They invite each other into spaces. And our appeal must be to residents who know these persons within our own locale, tell the police about them. For instance, for Anthony Riley, with this background that he has, he would have found safe haven with this female and we ought to have known about him,” Nesbeth said.

In fact, he disclosed that not only was the St Catherine gangster fingered in the St James hotelier’s killing, but also featured in the Saturday, May 28 murder of Neville Foster in the upscale Ironshore community, where the killer also broke into several houses and robbed residents.

“This Anthony Riley seemingly engaged himself in the Ironshore area in several acts of crime. He robbed, shot people and broke into person’s houses. One of the cases we are looking into is the murder of Neville Foster on the 28th of May this year at 99 Chester Avenue, Ironshore. Based on his modus operandi, we strongly believe he had something to do with that — lone gunman entering the gentleman’s home and subsequently shot him,” Nesbeth pointed out.

Meanwhile, the police have said that during a joint police/military operation in the Irie Lane area of Norwood two Saturdays ago, a Smith and Wesson pistol that was recovered “turned out to be the gun that killed Henry (Chin)”.

The firearm was also robbed from an Independent Commission of Investigation investigator last year.

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Update – Duppy Bruk Out Pon Di Roc – Story A Come To Bump

‘Duppy……. to believe or not to believe.  There are many who will refer to themselves as intelligent people living on the Roc who are ‘fraid like puss’ wid di recent developments unfolding.  Oh no they will dare not admit this, only a speedy visit to their ‘spiritual advisors’ (uptown name) really know how  di ting set.

No denying that we have gotten an ear full of those who practice ‘duppy catching’.  I am yet to get an explanation on how that is actually done.  Be that as it may, we have them on the Roc.  We were told of Duppy Film and his notoriety making him one of those gangsters to be fully ‘oiled’ at all times.  You and I know if you oil up uself from head to toe, you not only shine but I guess quite slippery to the feel.  Why then be surprised that he is not caught?  The bounty on his head for J$1.5 million will not entice locals.  The fear of duppy is far more real and that amount of money while a handsome one cannot secure your life.  One can pick up lottery scamming an mek more dan dat in a week and may stand a chance of enjoying the riches than to mess wid Duppy Film.

With the high command going silent, word that a politician is big into this thing, you can nobada hold your breath on this capture, to be or not to be.  Far too many Jamaicans are superstitious, believers and practitioners of the occult.  To put it bluntly high command fraid like puss and so are many others.  Duppy Film has them right where he wants them.  The rest of us better be very clear as to who our master is.


 

(Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday 24 July 2016 20 Comments

Hunting ‘Duppy Film’ – Did politician help Jamaica’s most wanted escape police dragnet?

After updating the nation almost daily about their quest to capture the country’s most wanted man, Marlon ‘Duppy Film’ Perry, the security forces have gone eerily silent, and efforts to get an update last week proved unusually challenging.

But a Sunday Gleaner source has claimed that the silence of the security forces should be expected, as the word on the ground is that Perry has received assistance from a major political figure and has fled the island.

“The man gone and the police and soldiers know, so that is why them not saying anything. Is him boss who big in politics arrange the boat that moved him after him hid out on the south coast,” the source claimed with authority.

While the police say they cannot confirm this claim, it has been more than 250 days since Perry was accused of killing Corporal Kenneth Davis and Constable Craig Palmer in St Thomas, and earned himself the dubious distinction of becoming Public Enemy Number One.

DEATH THREATS

The urgency to capture Perry intensified when he allegedly started sending death threats to members of the force.

During one operation to capture him in Harbour View, St Andrew, the police reported that he fled after being part of a group whose members engaged them in a shoot-out during a massive operation.

One of his cronies was killed in that reported shoot-out and two guns, an Uzi sub-machine, which the cops say is Perry’s weapon of choice, and a Glock 9-MM pistol seized.

A $1.5-million bounty was placed on his head, and the security forces vowed that they would soon capture Perry, who they had been after since December 2010. But last week, the chief spokesman for the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) would provide no update on the hunt for Duppy Film.

“Unfortunately, I have to direct you to the police as they have primacy on the operation to nab Duppy Film,” said Major Basil Jarrett, the JDF’s communication officer.

Jarrett declared that he was commanded by his superiors to direct all queries about the search for Perry to the police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Elan Powell, who heads the Criminal Investigation Branch, was equally unhelpful as he failed to respond to numerous calls and messages for an update despite a promise last Tuesday to get back to our news team.

Last Friday, he referred the newspaper to Assistant Commissioner Winchroy Budhoo, who he said was in charge of the operational aspects of the manhunt.

“I can’t, I can’t, I don’t have an update right now,” said Budhoo when contacted yesterday.

“Based on the latest update last week, he is still on the island. That is coming from the intelligence arm so I can’t say otherwise,” added Budhoo.

Assistant Commissioner Derrick ‘Cowboy’ Knight, who heads Area 5, which includes St Thomas where Perry normally carried out his criminal acts, also had no information on Perry fleeing the island.

“Up to last week Monday when we met and reviewed issues around him he was still here, somewhere in St Thomas there. So, if he left, it happened between Monday and when you called just now,” said Knight.

He accepted that the possibility of Perry fleeing the island was a real one, as the alleged cop killer is known to have ties with criminals in Haiti, and has reportedly travelled to the country on fishing vessels in the past.

In April, Knight had reported the Duppy Film came on the police’s watch list in 2010 when he was implicated in a triple murder in St Thomas.

In February 2013, Perry was also accused of being involved in a shooting incident in the parish.

Perry, who originates from St Thomas and was educated at a prominent high school in the parish, is also implicated in a string of rapes, robberies, extortion, and murder-for-hire incidents.

Efforts to nab him were intensified after the December 22 fatal shooting of the two cops on the Poor Man’s Corner main road in the parish, with the reward for information leading to his capture increased.

Since then, the security forces have conducted major operations in St Andrew, Clarendon, Spanish Town, St Catherine, and Manchester in the search of the man they said was always “armed and dangerous”.

Duppy Film is believed to change his appearance regularly, even resorting to bleaching his skin.

 

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The World Is Hot Like Fire And JA Is No Exception – Video Contains Profanity

As we lament on crime and violence, the unrelenting prevalence of lawlessness, we are reminded that the World is under siege.  Whether it is ISIS, Turkey, USA, and France in the spot light, little seems to be accomplished when it comes unto prevention.  Imagine this small Island where corruption is rife, law enforcement constantly under a microscope, one word rings from every crevice and corner.  JUSTICE, we want it, we demand it, and we are entitled to it.  Will it ever be forthcoming and who exactly is the recipient of this scarcity?

It is scary there is no denying and the rhetoric that we hear from political quarters leaves the citizenry with little hope that any change where it is needed will come to fruition in this century.  Change in the legislature relating to crime I speak of.  When you can be standing on the corner, and see a gun man running through the community armed with a rifle in combat, you know exactly what will take place, what can take place, and what has taken place in the past.

JUSTICE can only be arrived at after an action or before an action depending on the nature.  When the elements or aspects of justice becomes jaded similar to black n white with grey areas, we undoubtedly end up with crisis upon crisis.  Where do we go from here?  Will all our strategies from one administration to the next bring about true reformation?  As we speak the dialogue about social responsibility and duty, we must never lose sight that our choices in doing right or wrong is still one in which our social environment may not always be the dictator.  Our world has changed from way back when.  MONEY has a new definition in terms of access, education, opportunity, and value.  What drive and dictates many is the prospect of overnight success.  If such is to be achieved through illicit means, regardless of the route that society deems right, greed says otherwise.

There was a time when the poor had pride and sought out an education for their own through assistance, sweat and tears.  Sacrifice was spoken of daily and your pride caused you to make the most of it.  Todeh todey the only sacrifice a chat bout a blood sacrifice.  We have absolutely no control over our events, brutal, evil and wicked as they appear.  We have none because we lack the WILL to shake things up in all areas of our governance.  Our hands have been tied and we refuse to loosen them so we remain in bondage to outside influences.


VIDEO: Armed men running through Tivoli Gardens this morning

Cop injured during Tivoli Gardens protest

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, July 15, 2016 | 7:22 PM     82 Comments

VIDEO: Armed men running through Tivoli Gardens this morning

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The police are reporting that an officer was injured during the protest after a fatal police shooting  in Tivoli Gardens this morning.

According to the communication arm of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the officer received injuries to his face after being hit by residents who threw stones and bottles at the lawmen.

Meanwhile, the Inspectorate of Constabulary (IOC) said they are conducting investigations into the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tevin Gordon and the reported recovery of a firearm in the community.

Reports from the police are that about 7:50 am, an operation was being carried out in an area of the community known as ‘Bumps’ when the police accosted a group of men. The men reportedly ran in different directions.

One of the men entered a building and during an alleged confrontation with the police he was shot and injured. One Lorcin semi-automatic pistol with eight 9mm rounds of ammunition was allegedly taken from him. He was taken to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Following the incident, residents mounted roadblocks along Spanish Town Road and fired several shots in the community.

Police in the area also came under attack and the entrance to the Tivoli Gardens Command Post was damaged by gunshots, the police said.

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No Will – Policeman Dead At 47 Years Old – 25 Children Left In The Dark It Appears

In Jamaica there is a popular belief that if you write a Will, you are writing your own death sentence.  You can hide behind any of your protestations but you and I know that is the heart of why you refuse to write your own Will.  Fool fool you surely are and no amount of degrees, masters or PhD can dispute that assumption.  Amazement is expressed when it comes to light how many ‘bright’ and not so bright persons refuse to write a Will.  Do you have a Will?  If you were to drop down dead right now, who would take on the expense and bury you?  We do not exactly die today and bury within 3 days in our culture.  So who would take on all that is required?  The Will is not only exclusive to those who have dependents, because YOU need to be disposed of in your death and as far as I know, the expenses are not free.  Again, I ask, do you have a Will?

The policeman who clearly enjoyed the field of intimacy did not see it fit to ‘boot up’.  I mean we heard the Minister of National Security chastising grown ass policemen to stop the philandering and to boot it up.  Not exactly what I expect to hear at that level.  If it is our leaders need to go directly into the bedroom, backroom, sideroom, back road or back yard of its peoples sexual livity, then might as well we forget about human rights.  Why not run a communist/democratic society and just start the one child per family ism once you earn under J$1M.  Those who have a trailer load of little ones must do compulsory paternity tests and deal wid di ting.  For crying out loud, wey di ooman deh in a dis?  Whose belly the baby pops out of?  Why is it not the woman’s responsibility to protect herself?  Those crying for bare back pleasure as far as I know booting up is not the only preventative measure for pregnancies.  What happen to ‘pearl’?  Yes……………pearl the pill.

Bottom line, whether it was one pickney or 25 as is stated in this case, the argument must be centered on the reluctance of our people to write a Will and ensure their affairs are in order.  It is a dying shame, pun intended that so many fool fool people deh bout a masquerade as smaddie of intelligence.

Death lef widout documentation brings forth war in many instances.  I expect no less in these situations and to those 17+ children and their madders………………nuh lose nuh sleep ova di dead lef.


Scatter shot cop – Dead policeman’s 25 children must prove paternity

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | July 17, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Twenty-five children allegedly fathered by a single policeman, who died at age 47, are in a race against time to prove their paternity in order to access their dead dad’s estate.

The cop did not leave a will and some of his children could be denied their share of the estate he left behind.

Deputy Administrator General Andrew Gyles last week shied away from providing details of the case, but he told Gleaner editors and reporters that at least 17 of the children who claim the policeman is their father may have to prove the paternity before the Administrator General?s Department (AGD) will be able give them any portion of his estate.

Paternity tests needed

“Those verifications must be done before the children are 18 years old or they may be barred from benefiting,” said Gyles, as he noted that this is one of the complicated portfolios that the staff at the AGD has to deal with.

“We probably have eight of them with their father’s name and the other 17 not having their father’s name,” said Gyles following a Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

“We tell all of them to do a paternity test. If there is property in the estate we wouldn’t be able to distribute when all of them are 18, and probably by that time only five out of the 17 are proven.

“I don’t think they will benefit eventually,” admitted Gyles.

“We are giving them three years to prove paternity, and maybe they won’t. We will probably have to get the others to sign an indemnity that indemnifies us against distribution, having distributed to the proven beneficiaries,” added Gyles.

The names of thousands of fathers are missing from their children’s birth certificates each year, and according to Gyles, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) make up a large portion of those numbers.

Gyles said the issue involving members of the JCF is compounded by the fact that public education campaigns aimed at them are seemingly falling on deaf ears, as hundreds of cases involving cops are being stalled because of the AGD’s inability to prove paternity.

“We can only distribute funds to proven beneficiaries. That is why it is so important to get the father’s name on the birth certificate. This proves it right away and the children can benefit right away from the estate.”

Gyles noted that children whose paternity is in dispute could lose the benefits they may be entitled to even before the reach 18 years old.

In May, National Security Minister Robert Montague urged members of the JCF to wear condoms if they are not ready to take care of their children.

“If you cannot maintain the results of your relationships, wrap it up. Too many officers are in court for maintenance orders,” said Montague, who was addressing the 73rd Annual Joint Central Conference of the Jamaica Police Federation.

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A Dis U Call Success Abroad While Wearing Brand Jamaica On One Of The Biggest Platforms – Media

Oh what a beautiful story from one of our own who left the shores of the ROC for better and has taken Brand Jamaica with him.  High school education was not one of his accomplishments while living on the Roc.  Eighteen years of service in law enforcement and he said farewell, but never to be forgotten.

It is so easy to get lost on the harsh realities facing us all on the Roc, but kudos to the Jamaica Observer who seeks out those inspirational stories and bring them to its readership.  I must share this particular one with you as from this piece below, possibilities are real, and only limited by your own imagination.  Those living abroad who is not familiar with the name Bevan Earle, you now are so  be sure to tune in to his radio talk show.  The diaspora is alive and kicking in the USA and so be informed, stay tuned and just because you no longer live on the Roc means you must remain ignorant to its happenings.  Especially those who wish to retire on this Island, seek out the information for yourself, the tools are right there if only you look out.

As you read Bevan Earle’s story pay close attention to his early start in earning that dollar in the USA.  Often times we rush to the end of the story, overlooking the beginning.  The journey always has a start, middle, and then the end.  I am yet to see in life your past as your present and vice versa.  Your beginning is equally as important as your ending, without the beginning I hardly think one can truly appreciate much less enjoy the ending/destination on this journey called life.  I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one.


Bevan Earle — blazing a trail of success in South Florida

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, July 10, 2016     15 Comments

 

Journalist Bevan Earle (right) poses with US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an undated photograph.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida — When St James native Bevan Earle emigrated to Florida in 1989 after serving 18 years in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), he had no idea that he would later be dubbed “The Voice of the Caribbean People in South Florida.”

Affectionately called ‘The Duke of Earle’, and sometimes ‘Duke’, Earle now hosts his own talk show, Hot Talk, aired five days per week on the South Florida-based WAVS 1170 AM Radio.

He is also the editor/publisher of the monthly Caribbean Voice newspaper, and has copped numerous awards for his outstanding work in the field of journalism.

But getting there wasn’t all smooth sailing for the former tough crime fighter, who had reached the rank of acting corporal in the JCF before quitting the job for ‘greener pastures’.


“When I migrated to South Florida it was rough at first, it wasn’t easy. I had to get up early in the mornings and travel far distances to work,” said Earle, who did not attain a high school education back home.

In fact, he joined the Jamaica Defence Force in the 1960s shortly after graduating from the Mount Zion All-Age School in St James, before enlisting in the JCF.

“As soon as I arrived there (Florida) I worked with a close friend laying underground cables. It was hard, hard work; at times the palm of my hands would burn,” Earle told the Jamaica Observer.

Today, Earle boasts a honorary doctorate from Cumberland University, through the Jehovah Jitet Biblical Institute of Theology and Christian Education.

The function at which he was honoured took place at the New Way Baptist Church in Miami Gardens, and saw Earle being recognised for services in the field of journalism.

He recalled that it was Calvin Shaw, a former journalist who worked at the then Montego Bay’s

Radio West, and the late Don Pollock, who was one of his instructors at the Police Training School in Jamaica, who encouraged him to venture into the field of journalism.

“Don Pollock was a good friend and he was working at WAVS, and he encouraged me to come into the station and listen to him, and to see him work,” said Earle, adding that Shaw was very supportive of the idea.

Earle said he started out with an on-air dating programme in 1990 named Love Zone once per week, but saw where he could contribute more to the community by doing informative programmes, hence the start of Hot Talk five years later. The show, which was initially aired one night per week, was an instant hit.

“The response was very good. Now, I do two hours each day, five days per week,” said Earle, adding that the listenership of his award- winning show continues to grow in leaps and bounds. “The show is hot, it is controversial, it is provocative and it is inspirational. Everybody wants to listen to my programme,” Earle boasted.

“People just love to listen to my programme, which also carries cutting edge news from Jamaica and the US. A lot of people will tell you that they just can’t go to bed without listening to my show.”

He added that outside broadcasts from several Caribbean islands, including Jamaica, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Barbados, St Lucia and Jamaica, are oftentimes aired on his programme, courtesy of the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart-chaired Sandals Resorts International.

Roughly 60 per cent of his listeners, he said, are Jamaicans.

Jamaican native Danny Simpson, who has been living in South Florida for almost two decades, described Hot Talk as a very informative show.

“I have been listening to the show for a very long time and I find it very controversial, informative and interesting. ‘Duke’ is very honest with his comments and seems to have a wide listenership,” Simpson stressed, adding that he is also an ardent reader of the monthly published, Caribbean Voice.

Earle said he started the newspaper primarily to give Jamaicans living in South Florida a voice.

“When I started living here, it was very difficult to get anything positive published about Jamaica. It was always very negative stuff. I recalled contacting a prominent newspaper here to cover a forum to discuss issues about Jamaica and they didn’t turn up. That tells me that they were not interested in publishing some of the things that were positive about Jamaica, they are only interested in publishing the negative stuff,” he argued.

Now, he said, the newspaper, which highlights the issues of Jamaicans and Floridians, is doing “very well”.

And stressing that he is proud of his achievements, Earle told the Sunday Observer that he has received many accolades over the years for his hard work.

“Among my many awards is the Diaspora Award presented to me by the Governor General of Jamaica in 2012. That one I really cherish because I was the only Caribbean journalist to receive that award,” said Earle, adding that he is also the only Caribbean journalist to receive the keys to Broward Country.

Others included: the IRAWMA Award in 2013, the Stellar Award from the Jamaica National Building Society, as well as several proclamations from governors of Florida, and many cities in that state.

Earle said he has also been privileged to rub shoulders with congressmen, senators, commissioners, US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, John McCain, John Edwards and John Kerry over the years.

And stressing that he is an ambassador for Jamaica, Earle said seven years ago he founded ‘Jamaica Flag Day,’ which is commemorated in the city of Lauderhill, South Florida, annually on August 6.

“This ‘Jamaica Flag Day’ is a day set aside to honour our Jamaica nationals and fly the Jamaican flag at the ceremony,” Earle explained, as he commended Sandals Resorts International, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Broward Meat and Fish, Jamaica National Building Society and Donna’s Caribbean Restaurant for their unwavering support for the event.

He has also undertaken a back-to-school initiative, which involves the distribution of hundreds of school bags and books to needy students in St James, Jamaica annually.

And while retirement is not on his cards anytime soon, the 64 year-old journalist, said he would love to make Jamaica his home when he retires.

“I love Jamaica. I am a patriotic Jamaican and I am not afraid to champion any cause for the development of my country. I will talk about the ills and I will talk about the good, but I know for sure that there is nowhere better than Jamaica. If the island could get to deal adequately with its worrying crime issue, establish proper health care facilities and educate its people, I believe most Jamaicans would want to go home when they retire,” he suggested.

And reflecting on his years in Jamaica, Earle emphasised that it was his enlistment in the JCF that had paved the way for his success in Florida.

“I loved the work as a policeman, In fact, if it were not for the Police Force I would not be where I am today. It really prepared me for life,” said Earle, citing Stewart and the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as his mentors.

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