Jamaica Under Seige – You Cannot Dispute Nor Hide It!!!!

Diaspora are you paying attention?  What kind of investment can you make to this country?  I can think of one.  Return some semblance of law and order to the Island before you get a dollar from me…………..tell that to those who come calling on you.  What do we pay our military to do in times like these?  It is crystal clear that the Jamaica Constabulary Force is over whelmed and with INDECOM on their backs, they eventually will become sitting ducks.

This is not a PNP or JLP crisis, it is a crisis for the majority of people living on the Roc who are scared and nervous yet have to display courage, faith and belief in a higher power that they are covered.  Our focus as usual is on the tourist, foreign investment.  Failing to realise if there are no ‘people’ what is the point of either.  The entire population is affected by this onslaught.  From the coconut man peddling his trade to that CEO, your children, grandchildren, elderly, indigent.  All are affected and we must have the balls regardless of what it looks like to restore law and order by whatever means. You cannot stop social media, so the world is seeing, viewing and making their own assessment, judgements and conclusions on the risk factor in this Island, home to some 2.7 million.

You have failed and cannot contain much less reduce the levels of murders on the Roc.  Cry out for help from foreign parts and stop flexing dead muscles.  While crime is not unique to Jamaica, what is unique are the levels of corruption that is intertwined in some of these crimes.  By our failure in tackling corruption over the decades, the country has become a dog eat dog eat jungle.  Having no fear or regard for those who govern this land and we have through design created a common style of governorship.  Leaving no room for change in respecting authority either from man or God.  Where do we go from here?

If you believe calling a State of Emergency is worse than what we have taking place, just have a look at this video then make your own determination.


 

VIDEO: MoBay gunmen attack motorist at gas station

(Jamaica Gleaner) Monday | September 26, 2016 | 5:36 PM

Head of the Area One Police Assistant Commissioner Warren Clarke, says two men are to be charged with murder and other offences in connection with a shooting incident caught on tape at a gas station  in downtown Montego Bay last Thursday.

Twenty-two-year-old Kahni Erskine was shot dead after he was surprised by three men travelling in Toyota motor car.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit says two pump attendants were also shot in the incident.

WATCH VIDEO HERE: http://bit.do/MoBayAttack

St James has recorded almost twice the number of murders committed in any other police division since the start of this year.

Official police figures for the period January 1, 2016 to September 23, show 195 murders in St James – almost double the 107 recorded in Clarendon which is second on the list of the bloodiest police divisions.

Arthur Hall on special assignment in Montego Bay speaks with Damion Mitchell

In fact, St James, even without the three murders recorded over the weekend, accounts for more than 21 per cent of the 919 murders across the entire island since the start of the year.

September has so far been a particularly bloody month for St James with 32 persons killed in the first 23 days up for 15 for the corresponding period last year.

MURDERS BY DIVISIONS: January 1 – September 23, 2016
St James  – 195
Clarendon  – 107
St Catherine North – 86
St Catherine South – 61
Westmoreland – 70
Kingston West – 53
Kingston Central – 37
Kingston Eastern – 23
St Andrew South – 51
St Andrew Central – 40
St Andrew North – 20
Manchester – 30
St Mary – 27
Hanover – 26
St Ann – 37
Trelawny – 18
St Elizabeth -18
St Thomas – 14
Portland – 6
TOTAL: 919

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Where Has The Love Gone??? – Verdict Reached……………….

We know there are women who are attracted to the ‘thug’ men.  The ones who have more than a temper challenge and act the fool more often than necessary.  You know the types that constantly go around believing they are being ‘dissed’.  The ones who will outline to you from inception that if you do not follow their rules, they will terminate your life.  Yet they pursue the relationship which can end in marriage, common-law living resulting in children.  Domestic violence has been around from time memorial and the reasons for staying in such relationships are pretty much the same then and now.  It begs the question, which no shrink, or therapist can solve and that is.  How do we get to murder when there is no evidence of monetary gain at stake?

Domestic violence resulting in death on the Island especially between none married couples often times we hear the woman wanted out of the relationship.    There is talk about men investing in women, and they will not accept her walking away just like that much less infidelity on her part.  How much money is really worth a life in prison when one takes that route?  Are we to deduce that these men are plain evil or is it they are totally insane?   Those who do not commit murder/suicide do they believe they will never be caught and so their reaction to being disrespected if that is the case, must result in them committing murder?  For those who commit murder/suicide are we to accept that they were born evil or their growth pattern developed into evil and as such their philosophy is one in which they are comfortable in committing that act?  Does that belief system make them insane or just plain evil?

It cannot be normal for a man or woman to take the life of their spouse/partner because of infidelity or that one wants to end the relationship.  Where is it coming from that people believe they OWN each other and cannot live without another when the turbulence begins to manifest?  Where is it coming from that a woman or man, believes with children or none in the relationship they are NOTHING if one walks, so might as well end a life?  Is it that we are living for the opinions of others?  Is it that we are wearing a false sense of shame because of others validation or none validation of us?  Why should it matter to others if your relationship fails or not?  Why should it matter to others if your spouse/partner was unfaithful to you?  Why should it matter to you if others think as a man you are too soft on your woman, and you should control her more so as not to be ‘dissed’?  Why do you as a woman struggle in your relationship because it matters to you what others say about you?

Is there anyway one can protect themselves from getting involved with the wrong person?  What is required of ‘self’ so as to make choices that will not result in such brutality, desecration, defilement of one’s person?  I think it would be best to walk away or let the person go penniless, than to kill them because of the ‘flesh’.  We need to stop saying we love, and stop telling people we love them.  No love on Earth can result in the death of a spouse by one they once loved, or cared enough for to bring a child into this world.  Weakness is far more prevalent than strength and in cases like these I doubt the electric chair would make a drop of difference.

Once you live and strive for the opinions and validation of others, you would be surprised at the lengths people go, the choices they make in order to satisfy such.  Are you a natural born killer?


Life in prison

Businessman convicted for brutal 2012 murder of child’s mother

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, September 24, 2016     30 Comments

There are 10,600 foreigners from 157 countries in British prisons and they cost the British taxpayer nearly £400 million a year. (PHOTO: DAILY MAIL)

TREVOR Taffe, the businessman who was convicted for decapitating the 26-year-old mother of his child, Nicole Heron in 2012, was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Home Circuit Court yesterday.Taffe, who was represented by attorney Keith Bishop, was sentenced by Justice Evan Brown, who recommended that he serve 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

A seven-member jury found the businessman guilty on July 19 after hearing the evidence.

During the trial, the prosecution led evidence that Heron visited Taffe’s home in Havendale, St Andrew, on April 3, and when she could not be located later her family filed a missing person report with the police.

During a search at Taffe’s home, burnt articles of female clothing were found, as well as Heron’s decomposing body with several stab wounds floating in a septic pit.

The body was later identified by family members and through DNA.

Justice Brown, prior to handing down the sentence, said the murder was no ordinary killing and that Heron was savagely chopped before her head was severed. He said a section of her face was chopped and had wounds to her vagina.

Brown, while noting that the killing was premeditated, said that people who are animal lovers would not treat their animals like that.

Following the sentencing, Heron’s family members, who sat inside the courtroom anxiously awaiting the sentence, said that justice has been served.

“… It cannot give me back my sister, but I am giving thanks to know that at least we caught him and he will pay for the horrible crime he had committed against my sister,” a sibling of the deceased said.

“It was awful, but we still get justice and God is still with us,” said the mother of the deceased.

Taffe, a 52-year-old father of eight, maintained his innocence throughout the trial.

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Prostitutes Have Rights Too – Afterall Everybadie A Bawl Fi Rights

The little I know of this trade, the one called prostitution, you have a choice once you are not working for a pimp correct?  Suh di man waan sex an di prostitute sey no, and u stab up di ooman.  I put it to you as simple as I can.  Which act is worst, the attempted murder of the prostitute for rejecting him or the subsequent death of the perp by the mob that beat him to death???

There is a trend on the Roc when a woman rejects a man, she is murdered or gravely assaulted.  Whether it is murder/suicide, it is the same sankey, man caan tek rejection.  It is beyond insanity and one has to take stock and start to think about protecting their person.  It has been reported through the media that the shooting range has seen an increase in female participants.  Whether it is crime, man woman affair, women are dying at the hands of our men and that cannot be ignored.

We need not worry on this particular case as there will be no witnesses and no jury.  When you live in the wild wild west, justice most times are achieved in the same environment that cultivates it.


Man killed by mob on ’Back Road’ after stabbing prostitute

A man who stabbed a prostitute several times was himself attacked and killed along Port Henderson Road, popularly known as ‘Back Road’, in Portmore St Catherine late Thursday night.

The dead man has not yet been identified.

The man reportedly went to the area, which is a known Red Light District, and attempted to solicit sex from a woman but the woman refused to do business with him.

Angered at being rejected, the man pulled a knife and stabbed the woman several times.

The injured woman raised an alarm and alerted other persons to her plight. A mob converged on the scene and beat the man to death.

The man’s body is of dark complexion, five feet three inches tall and appears to be about 35 years old.

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Death – Can You Put A Value On The Inevitable – At What Age Is The Inevitable????

Somehow you do not expect to receive news or to witness the death of a teenager while they are in the middle of playing a football match.  That was the case for this youngster who collapsed and died yesterday afternoon.  His father witnessed it all, and one can only imagine the devastation for this man.  To top it off, it was his one and only child; his mother oh what pain must the parents be experiencing.

As usual with such an epic tragedy, all quarters have come out blazing.  Sympathies and yes systems that must be implemented we now here the talk.  I ask, how long has football been taking place on the Roc?  Why do we not have medical equipment’s, vehicles on hand?  For crying out loud, do not talk to me about lack of resources.  We surely can get sponsorship whenever it is we deem an event to be important enough.  If football does not fit into that category, why the hell do we continue to play the game at that level and beyond?

Fat cats on the Island know how to milk, cream and cash out the entire hog for their own personal agenda, yet we do not seem to see it fit to factor health and wellness into our sporting policies.  It should be part of the course that teenagers participating in sports have a full medical at least twice per year and must be given a clean bill of health to pursue any sporting activity.  While all things are possible, it is hard to swallow that a teenager could just collapse and die on a football field.  It brings me to a death in my own family where a male member who was under the age of 25 collapsed on a basketball court in a friendly game decades ago.  The family already got the report from the doctors that he had a heart problem and was to desist from strenuous exercise.  Needless to say, his love of basketball led him to make the choice to continue to play the game with his friends despite the medical report.  A shock it certainly was, but again the family and himself were aware he had a heart condition.

Jamaica is inundated with brilliant minds, educated beyond education if there is such a thing.  Through it all, what is lacking is the ability to be steadfast in being proactive rather than reactive  each and every time.  Will we see any changes in our youths being medically tested while competing?  Will we aggressively seek sponsorship, donors so as to have medical equipment’s, vehicles onsite at major championships?   If the Coach and management cannot speak to the medical wellbeing of their players; I opine that is a tragedy in itself.  Not all deaths are inevitable.  This is extremely saddening to me.

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St George’s footballer dies after collapsing during match

It’s almost like I lost my son — Coach Bell

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, September 21, 2016     47 Comments

A mere two minutes after the referee’s whistle signalled the opening of yesterday’s Manning Cup encounter between St George’s College and Excelsior High School, young Dominic James, captain of the ‘Light Blues’, collapsed on the Stadium East field.

Approximately 43 minutes later, Jamaica’s schoolboy football fraternity was plunged into deep mourning as news came back from University Hospital of the West Indies that the 18-year-old had died.

The tragedy was too heavy for his teammates. They fell to the ground in tears.

There were no dry eyes in the Excelsior camp either as they sought to comfort their opponents.

“This one tough, this one tough,” said a weeping Neville Bell, the St George’s coach. “I was very concerned because I hadn’t seen it [when Dominic fell], but when I looked at his eyes they were very glazed.”

Dominic’s fall was off the ball. But on seeing him go down, the Excelsior player closest to him frantically signalled for help.

Assistant referee Keeble Williams stopped the game immediately. St George’s team physician Dr Ivor Alexander and his counterpart from Excelsior ran to the young man’s aid. Both tried to revive him before he was placed in his father’s Honda CR-V and rushed to the hospital.

Dr Alexander told the Jamaica Observer that Dominic was foaming at the mouth and gasping for breath. “His body was shaking… he showed signs of a seizure,” the doctor said. “We wanted oxygen and couldn’t get any. We put him on his left side, but he was still gasping for breath. By then we got… a vehicle to carry him to the hospital.”

With the youngster off to get medical attention, the game resumed. Akeem Robotham had given St George’s a 26th-minute lead, before the dreadlocked Thorne Buchanan struck twice in the 30th and 38th minutes to give Excelsior a 2-1 advantage. However, when the shocking news was delivered on the stroke of half-time the game was called off.

“We had two doctors there and immediately they said ‘take him’. I think we have to give the assistant referee a lot of credit because it was off the ball he went down, and it was the assistant who stopped the game immediately and called us,” said Bell. “That has never happened before. God, I know we have to go on, but boy this one tough,” he said.

“I know he was alive when he left here, but when we called I heard that he had passed. But I pray for his mother and father. He is the only child. He is such a wonderful child. He is a great student athlete, he has so many subjects. He came to us from JC (Jamaica College) a couple of years ago and the fact that he was named captain this year we realised that he was probably the leader for the team, but again, boy, this one tough, it’s almost like I lost my son,” said an obviously distraught Bell.

Dr Alexander, clearly shaken by the tragedy, pleaded with the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) to provide proper medical assistance at games.

“It’s not just oxygen, we’re talking the basic resuscitation kit or even an Ambu bag. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation won’t help. CPR, maybe yes, but that alone won’t help, because after CPR you need backup equipment for the basic support of life, and oxygen included,” said Dr Alexander.

As news of the tragedy spread, JC team manager Ian Forbes extended condolence to Dominic’s family.

“The entire Jamaica College fraternity is saddened at the tragic loss of young Dominic James,” he told the

Observer after his team’s home match against Vauxhall High. “Dominic started here at Jamaica College and came up through the system. He was a member of the winning Manning Cup teams of 2013 and 2014.

“He transferred [two years ago] to St George’s but he still maintained the relationship with the team. They are totally devastated, so we would like to convey our condolence to the James family on this tragic loss,” Forbes said.

Last night, Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange expressed profound grief at Dominic’s passing.

“Like the rest of the country, I am very sad to receive this news,” she said in a statement. “No one expected this. Young Dominic, by all indications, had been doing well. He represented his school well… and had a very bright future. So this is quite a shock. All of Jamaica will mourn with his family and with his school at this time. We all must keep them in our prayers and in our hearts.”

Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell also expressed condolence to the James family.

“Other than his representation at the school and club levels, Dominic was just this year a part of the National Under-20 training camp and was a player and leader highly respected,” Burrell said and extended sympathies to “the St George’s College fraternity, the ISSA family, and all those who played with and knew this talented son of Jamaica”.

Health Ministry to lead talks to develop medical guidelines at sporting events

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 5:35 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Health says it will be leading discussions with other stakeholders towards the development of guidelines for medical coverage at sporting events.

This comes in light of the recent death of Dominic James, a student of St George’s College and captain of the school’s Manning Cup football team.

Dominic collapsed yesterday during a match and was later pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton has expressed sadness at Dominic’s passing.

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Ugly Duckling Clique, Fatty Boom Boom Clique, Senior Citizen Clique, Male Club Clique = Tear Down and Badmind Movement

To hell with political correctness.  The PNP is taking front and center stage in the media for the past couple of weeks and each time you think it is over, it jus a come.  I am tired of it, yet, will drop my two cents as there is nothing else to talk about.

Lisa Hanna is a bombshell plain and simple with a brain that she is capable of working much to the distress of many in her field; the field of politics.  Some spillage trickling down to those women who hate to see another raven beauty in their midst who ages remarkably well and can give as much as she gets.  This lady is not, by her actions, afraid to go against the status quo making those inside and outside of her field aware that she is not a ‘lackey’.  She by her actions as that is what we must judge her by, is not afraid to take to task those within the PNP at senior levels.  She is not afraid to speak her mind, and refuses to be controlled as she clearly recognises there is one God and his name is already known.  Any person within the PNP or elsewhere claiming that name, will not be able to move her.

We are so accustomed to cliques, and independently unable to fight our own battles, thereby needing mouth pieces.  She needs none and has displayed such.  Despite the negativities within the PNP towards her, she still manages to hold unto her seat to the dismay of many.  While it is known that in this world people in general will not like you or embrace you.  It is another thing when you are part of an organisation and the intent amongst the penny section that comprises of yes, all those listed in the heading is to sabotage you; that must be endlessly annoying.  You therefore need to have a personality where you can still remain the bombshell and conduct yourself publicly in a manner that only evokes more vexation from the unhappy, bad mind, tear down posse.

By nature, human beings are envious, grudgeful, bad mind just because there is something you are able to do with effortless ease that they are incapable of doing .  Fakeness is the new designer wear and many wear it well.  Your attractiveness, confidence, forthrightness, ability to be able to speak your mind without whispering.   The ability to age like fine wine each and every year.  Just because they cannot be like you, or be you, they make the decision that you will become their rival.  It becomes more stifling when you live in a 2X4 Island, population of 2.7 million.  Where certain circles you are bound to bump into daily if not fairly often enough.  Where our political aspirants are not exactly rich financially, and so anyone that appears to be well off, or appears to have some happiness in their life outside of their political one is a recipe for poison of the most deadly kind.

We hate beauty, brains and brawns being displayed all at once.  In like manner there are those who chastise or ridicule Usain Bolt for being the dark skinned country boy who is not only successful financially, but exudes confidence that is not scripted.  Lisa Hanna’s political journey will not be appreciated by the PNP’s brass and others, because the majority of them need to fix themselves before they cannot see her.  Fixing yourself requires more effort than tearing down others.  By the looks of it all Lisa Hanna is not leaving the PNP anytime soon and refuses to be distracted by the haters.

I think the haters should start an exercise regime as they say exercise is also therapeutic and ease off the pork and red meat.  It appears those two protein seem to bring out the vileness in some.


There is a coordinated attack on Hanna, says Knight

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, September 14, 2016     57 Comments

 KNIGHT … blamed Leader of Government Business in the Senate

ATTORNEY-AT-LAW and campaign director for Lisa Hanna, K D Knight, yesterday insisted that there is a coordinated attack on the St Ann South Eastern Member of Parliament, who is one of five candidates seeking delegates’ approval for one of four vice-president posts when the People’s National Party (PNP) holds its annual conference this weekend.

Knight’s claim follows comments made by Contractor General Dirk Harrison at an Association of Local Government Authorities of Jamaica meeting in Clarendon. Harrison said the preliminary findings of an investigation into the awarding of Government contracts at the St Ann Parish Council and Hanna’s constituency revealed disturbing breaches involving fraud, forgery and conspiracy.

“It is very unusual in that the report hasn’t been completed yet for the St Ann Parish Council. It is unusual, very unusual,” Knight told the Jamaica Observer.

“I believe that yes, persons are attacking her having seen the comment made by the contractor general,” he added.

Knight said that while he does not think Harrison’s comment was meant to create a firestorm, it has generated “fierce political comments” that were not favourable for the VP hopeful.

Last October, the Observer reported that Hanna was personally served with a summons to appear before the contractor general for questioning, regarding investigations into the awarding of contracts in her consituency. More than 30 people have been summoned in regards to this investigation.

Hanna’s management of the constituency also came under heavy scrutiny throughout much of last year. During that time, the former Government minister faced strong opposition from three of four councillors from the St Ann Parish Council, including councillor for the Bensonton Division Lydia Richards who, last September, challenged her for the right to represent the PNP in upcoming parliamentary elections. Richards’ challenge fizzled as Hanna was returned as the candidate.

The two-term MP’s stewardship again came under the microscope following a protest over the non-paving of the grounds at Prickly Pole Primary School in Claremont into which an investigation has since been launched.

In the meantime, Knight said he was satisfied with Hanna’s campaign despite the darts being thrown at her.

Sitting vice-presidents Dr Fenton Ferguson, Angela Brown Burke, Noel Arscott, and Member of Parliament Dr Wykeham McNeill, are the other candidates seeking PNP delegates’ approval this weekend.

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Deportees From The UK – Follow Up Report – The Stats

The sensationalism by the media of the latest arrivals to the Island from the UK should be followed up with some facts.  Our well thinking folks must now choose to become informed so that they are in a position to decipher theatrics from worthy cases which should be appealed if at all necessary.

Have our political parties thought about getting these persons registered on the voters list?  There is a way to pay people to vote and I call it, through hard work and sweat the legal way.  Deportees should have an opportunity to reintegrate into society and become productive citizens.  For any government to be part of this process with the view of ensuring law and order is not at risk with the trailer load that will be landing weekly, monthly or daily, I am of this thought that deportees should vote in our elections.   Irrespective of who they vote for, as long as they are part of the political process they must then be offered some form of skill training if they are not already skilled in a particular discipline then be placed in a work programme and receive a weekly stipend.  If not, exactly what will they be doing and how will they earn their keep?  Do we have the resources to police, deportees?  Look at the figures up to June 2016 we had just under 1ooo returning to the Roc.  I ask you, how many deportees have returned between 2011 and present? A system must be put in place in this small Island of ours to successfully monitor those under the age of 60 years and put them to work.  They should be monitored for a minimum of 5 years depending on the kind of felony they committed.  If not, we may have more than our fair share to handle down the road.


Deportations of 42 not unusual, stresses Montague

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Robert Montague
Following the deportation of 42 Jamaicans from the United Kingdom (UK) on Wednesday, National Security Minister Robert Montague told reporters yesterday that interesting questions concerning human rights and natural justice have been raised.

Montague, who was making a statement to journalists at the Ministry of National Security, opted to stick to his script and refused to answer follow-up questions.

However, in his statement, the minister stressed that Jamaicans have been deported in large numbers before, including in 2014 when 40 persons were sent home on a charter flight from the UK in accordance with a memorandum of understanding signed between the two nations in 2007.

“The Ministry of National Security will give due consideration to the various expressions, both by the returned citizens and observers, with respect to the latest deportation and will, where applicable, incorporate views and perspectives in the improvement of its own protocols governing deported persons from Jamaica,” Montague said.

 

DEPORTATION DATA

 

Up to June 30, nine hundred and sixty-three persons had been deported to Jamaica from a number of countries in 2016.

The United States deported the highest number throughout the period, 342, while England and Canada returned 149 and 82, respectively.

From the region, Trinidad and Tobago deported 130; Barbados sent back 44; and CuraÁao, 43.

The total number of persons deported from other countries was 78.

Jamaica deported 310 persons in 2015. Since January 2016, ninety-five have been deported from the island to their countries of origin.

“We concede and admit that the behaviour of some of our countrymen has not always been in keeping with Jamaica’s values, and we urge all Jamaicans at home and abroad to obey the laws of the land,” Montague said

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Hair Thing – Not Only Adults, But Kids Right Here On The Roc – Discrimination??? – What Say You???

Let me just put this out there immediately.   You and I both know that far too many of our ladies and men do believe that natural hair, much less locks is a NO, NO right?  Whether we want to infuse slavery into it, which is usually the root cause of all our self hate, bottom line is, we have a problem with the feeling of our real texture if it is not what is considered ‘good hair’.  Can we speak in truth here?  No need to get defensive.  You have been led to believe that your natural hair, tough as many describe it, ‘bad hair’ and all the negative terms out there must be hidden at all cost.  It matters not that the weave, nyams out the hair for most persons, leaving it wispy and impedes any long lasting growth.  It is believed to be a better substitute than natural.  Even if it is cut short, you must put some form of straightener in there as natural is just too horrid.  I keep telling you enuh, claim whatever it is you aspire and stop getting offensive at the truth.  Be that as it may, we have now landed since the chickens have come home to roost.  Human Rights now supersede any other logic, gibberish or mis-education you may have on a people.

We live in a world, where the laws have been changed to allow children and adults the right to live how they choose regardless of what the majority says.  When it comes on to such rights, how does a society decide which right is more valid displaying equality, non-discrimination to the person?  Whether you approve of one’s hairstyle, we are in a world which now says, individual rights far outweigh the rights of a culture, entity whether private or otherwise.  Rules are made to not just be broken but to be challenged and in many cases over ruled.  Is Jamaica prepared to handle individual human rights outside of what is commonly fought for on the Roc, ie police brutality and a few others?  It only takes one impassioned person to sound the alarm loud enough, drawing attention, support, then legal advice if they are up to the task.

Will Jamaicans start pulling their children out of school if a few hairstyles are not what has been customary from before Independence?  I ask you parents especially those of you with children under the age of 12, what say you?  Do you have a problem with your child interacting with another whose hairstyle is not to your liking?  As for germs, lice woiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii.  Please tell me that no child is coming home sick catching some kind of virus from their classmates who should be at home, yet are in school.  I daresay prep school or not, pickney ketch all kine a sickness from school whether dem head plait up, braid or straight.  Stop being ignorant Ms VP.  Soon and very soon Jamaica is going to have to contend with the rights of individuals to be who they choose to be and that includes children.  If hair style is causing this much steam, I can’t imagine what the other issues will evoke when Jamaica gets up to date with human rights.  Let us see if all those who oppose this particular issue will be equally outraged.  It dehya fi plenty a oono.  Old school is old school, but keep it real and don’t embrace what you feel you must due to waggonist culture yet scorning what is part of you; that hair thing!!!!!!!!


Prep school refuses boy, 3, because of hairstyle

Mom says institution is practising discrimination

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, September 08, 2016     322 Comments

Three-year-old Zavier Assam was refused entry to Hopefield Preparatory School because of his hair style.

A school’s decision to refuse a three-year-old boy entry because of how his hair is groomed has come under heavy criticism by his parents and social media users who see it as blatant discrimination.

The boy, Zavier Assam, was registered at Hopefield Preparatory School in St Andrew, but his mother, Dr Penelope Amritt, told the Jamaica Observer that because she refused to cut his hair, the school’s vice principal (VP) has decided not to allow her son to attend classes.

When the Observer contacted the school for comment on the issue, the response was “no comment at this time”.

“In June I put in an application for Hopefield Preparatory School for my three children to attend. When I put in a picture of my three-year-old boy to attend, she (VP) said ‘he can’t come to the school with his hair like that, it has to be cut’,” she said.

“Over the summer I thought about it, whether I should or shouldn’t cut his hair. In the end I felt very strongly that I shouldn’t be forced to make a decision I wasn’t ready to make. I didn’t want to cut his hair and I felt it was discriminating against him and his gender,” Dr Amritt said.

“I have a 10-year-old girl, a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Both the five and three year old have almost exactly the same hair — just below their ears, curly and it is let out in a little afro. When she (VP) saw ‘Zaivi’ she said the reason she feels that boys should cut their hair is because it’s untidy and dirty,” Dr Amritt said.

“I told her that I wash their hair the same and comb their hair the same way as any other child, and I don’t think you should discriminate against them according to their gender.

“She said that Zina’s hair (the five-year-old girl) should be tied back. I didn’t mean to address that issue at that time, so I let it go. But over the summer I decided I was not going to cut my son’s hair because I didn’t want to. After I challenged her that I disagreed with her rules of having boys with short hair, she went on to give me this long discussion about head lice in the school. It was getting confrontational between us, so I didn’t address it at that point. She went on to say when the hair is long it is untidy and dirty and she had a problem with head lice, so I need to cut it off,” Dr Amritt added.

On Tuesday when the boy turned up for orientation, Dr Amritt pointed out that the VP approached her with the same issue, saying if he was going to attend the school he needed to cut his hair.

“I said it’s my right as a mother to choose how I groom my child’s hair and you’re discriminating against him and any kind of discrimination in terms of gender, race, religion is wrong. She said ‘those are the rules and the rules are there to be followed; you have to follow the rules’. At one point she put her hands out towards me and she screwed up her face and said, ‘why would you want his hair like that anyway?’ I told her I’m not going to answer that question because the way in which you asked it told me that you don’t like his hair and that’s fine, that’s your personal preference, but it’s not for me to choose for me.”

Dr Amritt further stated that the VP asked her what she intended to do twice, to which she answered, “I honestly don’t know.” She said shortly after the VP gave her the cheque she had signed for payment of her son’s school fee and said “this is yours”.

“It was as if to say take your school fee back,” Dr Amritt said.

She told the

Observer that she spoke to another parent at the school who has a very good relationship with the VP, however, she said when the parent gave her feedback she was told the VP was “very upset that the issue had gone public”.

“[He said] she’s so upset that she’s not going to allow him to come back to the school whether I do or don’t cut his hair, and she’s giving his space to someone else, so I’m not welcome,” Dr Amritt said, adding that as a result she had to leave her son at his old school, Fundaciones, while on her way to work yesterday morning.

She added: “Many people have been calling me over the last three days and asking me what I want to achieve from this. I feel very passionately about what I see in Jamaica with discrimination against people, and I’ve spoken to many lawyers about this and many cases have gone to court about Rastafarians being discriminated against.”

She said while she was unsure of whether or not she will take legal action against the school, part of what she wants from this is the conversation that makes people more aware of what’s happening in the society and ultimately a law to be passed where you’re not allowed to discriminate against male or female, black or white, afro or otherwise, in terms of your hair texture.

“It does not matter and it does not affect your ability to have a good education in public or private school,” she said.

According to Dr Amritt, outside of the issue with her little boy, her five-year-old daughter has had an experience of children not wanting to play with her because she has ‘puffy hair’.

“She’s been traumatised since that one time and she’s wanted me to tie up her hair and not leave it out in the afro she has had her entire life. She keeps telling me, ‘mama, I don’t like my hair, they don’t play with me when I have my hair like that,’” she said. “And now to have somebody who’s in her position [VP] and an educator saying you can’t have your hair out, you have to tie it back, but for a Caucasian girl it’s OK for them, it’s discrimination.”

“A lot of it throws back to slavery and it’s a mentality where you think you’re not great and not loving your hair for exactly what it is. The VP has even said to me that ‘all the other parents fall in line and cut their children’s hair; I didn’t expect this of you’. But, the parents I’ve spoken to don’t agree. In terms of schooling, I don’t know what will happen. I rang one school this morning and they told me they may or may not be able to take him and most places are full,” Dr Amritt said.

Dr Amritt added: “Many people have asked why do I want to send him back there because they’re going to discriminate against him and make the environment bad for him, but discrimination is wrong and someone has to stand up and talk about it.”

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Deportees From The UK Have Arrived In JA – Pissed Like Hell They Sound Off

This is a prime example why there are those who are against ‘weed’ smoking, not to mention the use of cocaine/hard drugs.  It is clear as day light that after listening to those who landed, the mental capacity is not one of confusion, rather totally re wired to that of common sense.  It is highly embarrassing as a Jamaican to give ear play to those who are hell bent on re writing laws in whichever country they choose to stake claim.  It is an indictment on us ALL.  We must ask ourselves why we are profiled in the manner we face when we sport our Jamaican passport.  I say look to the deportees, and take a few minutes as strenuous as it maybe to listen to their grouse.  Certainly there are valid cases and exceptions to the rule, however, focus on what we have here in front of us.

When in Rome do as the romans do should be taken literally when you leave the land of your origin.  You maintain your culture yes, but in a foreign land it would be wise to know their norms and practices relative to the law, so you do not look like the fool.  Ensure you have a legal basis for any challenges you wish to bring forth.  Are you a citizen of the country you are deported from?  Did you obtain legal resident status?  Did you receive a legal extension to your visitor’s visa, not the extension you have given yourself, the one coming from the Home Office?  Did you have a work permit?  If you were married, were you granted resident status based on your marriage?  Where is the paperwork to support your claim of legitimacy?

If it is you broke the law whether you respect the law of the land or not, then your return to the Island is exactly where you should be.  If you thought as a non citizen you could reside in a country not of your birth, break their laws, and allowed to remain; words cannot fully express what needs to be done to your brain cells at this point in time.  Any attorney who will take your case,  I dare say if it is pro bono they maybe seeking some public attention because oono nah go back deh legally.  Some a oono nuh ave nuh entitlement to other people country wey oono go an waan run tings like oono deh a Jamaica.  Jamaica may keep up arms house, but certain country a set fi oono an as oono slip oona ago slide.  Di way som a beat up up dem chest like dem did born ina Buckingham Palace, is why many in the diaspora wen dem si and hear oono, dem move like lightning caas dem nuh waan nuh badie know sey oono born a did same country called Jamaica.  Si di one a Canada which is a different story entirely, Foreign Affairs a yaard had to ascertain if he was in fact Jamaican.  What’s up with that?  Must I conclude that there are those purporting to be Jamaicans when they run foul of the law, or it is assumed they are guilty of something warranting remand?

As impressive as we are in a few areas, make no mistake our reputation which runs in the negative far outweighs the positives.  We need to address this, speak the truth and stop use opportunities to garner votes.  Our people which should be our greatest asset suffer from a deadly virus called indiscipline.  They take it wherever they go and if as a country you believe that other nations are going to be star struck over some of our achievements and talents and give us a bligh, we have another thing coming.  Defending the indefensible is hypocrisy at best!!!


‘Sell out!’… J’can among deportees from UK says gov’t failed them

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 6:21 PM
The deportees were released today after being processed at the Mobile Reserve in St Andrew.

Two of the 42 Jamaicans who were today deported from the United Kingdom have accused the Jamaican government of failing to do enough to protect the interest of its citizens in the UK.

The 42 deportees were deported after committing offences.

Fiver others were not sent back to Jamaica after their lawyers intervened at the last minute.

One of the deportees who declined to give his name, labelled the government as a “sell-out”.

Another deportee, Seon Clarke, agreed and argued that Jamaicans in the UK are being targeting and mistreated.

Clarke, who admitted to living in the UK illegally and to stealing ganja there, said the Jamaican government should do more to stand up for the rights of Jamaicans.

LISTEN: Seon Clarke on Soundcloud www.soundcloud.com/jamaicagleaner

The deportees were released today after being processed at the Mobile Reserve in St Andrew.

As they left the building, onlookers said people who spend the majority of their lives in a foreign country, like the UK,  should not be deported, noting that many of these persons don’t have family support in Jamaica.

They also argued that more state-funded support services should be made available to deportees.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Affairs Ministry says it will remain in contact with both the Jamaican High Commission in London, as well as the Ministry of National Security, to address any deportation issues which might arise.


IN PHOTO: Kamina Johnson Smith

Earlier today, Opposition spokesman on Foreign Affairs Morais Guy said the issues surrounding the deportations from the UK highlight the need for the government to move swiftly to appoint a High Commissioner to London.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has stated that the appointment of a new High Commissioner is currently being finalised.

The ministry also says the staff of the High Commission in London, including an Acting High Commissioner, remain available to advise members of the Jamaican Diaspora in the United Kingdom about actions available to their relatives who are facing deportation.

According to the Ministry, the deportation of the 42 Jamaicans was facilitated under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Governments of Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

Yesterday. a group of demonstrators gathered at the Jamaican High Commission in London and protested the cooperation of the Jamaican government with the UK.

They said the move was unfair as some of the persons had been in the UK since they were children.

In a release today, the foreign affairs ministry said there have been similar deportations by the UK in the past.

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JA Media Reporting On NFL Player’s Boycott Of The American Anthem – President Obama Speaks……..

What do you draw from this all?  For me it is this simple.  There are those who choose to play it safe and would not even voice an opinion much less take any kind of action on any matter outside of their own lives.  They are quick to criticise which is all good and well, then clearly stay away from a personal action that could result in some form of change.  The change may not be instantaneous as the abolition of slavery was not.  Yet each person doing their part in the bigger stream of life eventually can cause change if not for them but for their children.  My own parents are not alive to have witnessed the first black man becoming President of the United States of America, however, the impossible has become possible and will continue to be as that is the process, journey called life.

Human rights does not apply to a certain sect, the most popular, and the majority rather to each and every human being.  To agree or not to agree does not preclude one from taking action/stand if they are compassioned to do so.  Your action is not dictated by the ‘cool, waggonists’ bandwagon rather a deep desire to voice by way of action what is deemed an injustice.  What is deemed for the good of mankind.   What is deemed caring about the needs of everybody while pursing those of your own.   The needs of everybody to have the right to exist, the opportunity to choose whether they want to or not.

When I look to the Roc, I reference Kaepernick action as his right.  Irrespective of what the masses may say about such an action, he felt compelled with his own reasons as to why he will continue to do so.  How do our people living on the Roc respond to the ills of this country?  Do you remain silent when maybe a ‘vote’ could make a difference or do you criticise taking no action then announce that your action will not make a difference.  I thank those before me who did all they could so that I could be born free in the 1960s and have the opportunity to freely express myself in a country as Jamaica where certain freedoms still exist.

I agree with President Obama on this one,

“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” Obama said.


Obama backs Kaepernick right to boycott anthem

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, September 05, 2016 | 1:39 PM   

 VIENTIANE, Laos (AFP) — President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick, saying the San Francisco 49ers quarterback was exercising his “constitutional right” to protest the US national anthem.

Kaepernick has drawn fierce criticism for refusing to stand during renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner”, and was roundly booed during a match in San Diego last week in which he knelt during the song.

Obama, speaking on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in China, said Kaepernick had succeeded in drawing attention to “topics that need to be talked about”.

Kaepernick has said his protest is a statement against racial injustice and police brutality.

“My understanding, at least, is that he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement,” Obama said.

“I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so. I think there are a lot of ways you can do it.

“As a general matter, when it comes to the flag, and the national anthem, and the meaning it holds for our men and women in uniform and those who fought for us, that is a tough thing for them to get past, to then hear what his deeper concerns are.

“But I don’t doubt his sincerity, based on what I’ve heard. I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that have to be talked about. And if nothing else, what he’s done is he’s generated more conversation around some topics that need to be talked about.”

Obama added that Kaepernick’s protest may be defined as “messy” but said “that’s the way democracy works.”

“I’d rather have young people who are engaged in the argument and trying to think through how they can be part of our democratic process than people who are just sitting on the sidelines not paying attention at all,” Obama said.

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PNP Scandal Of The Worst Order, Shame Like…….!!!!!

U ave di young one dem weh call dem self the brightest of the lot a holler.  A holler sey di ole foot ina di party nah gi dem nuh position even though dem lose dem seat.  One hit wonder dem mi a talk did a look senate position.  Den not even ole foot but geriatrics a war wid one another and every day Opposition Leader a preach sey dem fi stop mash up di party and chat family business.  Pull up, pull up, dis is serious business.

This is an absolutely low down, nasty, disgraceful, arms house style behaviour from those calling themselves members of the intelligentsia, leaders deserving of respect with no doubt accolades over the decades to display when necessary.  I believe it is, do as I say and not as I do, to be the party’s slogan.  At a time when the PNP is pushing for renewal, changing of the guards, love, unity.  How do you reconcile the recent developments with the course party members claim needs to be taken?  Then we have the audacity to denounce Usain Bolt, labelling him a cheater, womaniser and not fit to hold the position of Ambassador as he is not a  role model.  Who in the PNP is deemed worthy to come out and not only call the names of those scandalous louse, but to rebuke them publicly as many seeking role models saw necessary in their attacks on Usain Bolt?  I have always been told that silence means consent.

Are there a few good women and men left in the PNP?  If so, will you not address the public and as part of your renewal process make it known you do not condone such practices and disassociate yourself from such.  There are somethings you keep private and others you must hold a press conference to state the parties position.  With a scandal of this magnitude involving US$20 million, there is no justification to try to keep in-house.  The puss is already out of the bag and thanks to Paul Burke (Mr Lashy), General Secretary, he has brought the butu style behaviour in the typical trow wud to the public and coming from a man who holds such a position in the party, it is a crying shame.  Clearly he refuses to resign considering in two elections from my memory that he was beside the Oppostion Leader, she lost those general elections.  Be that as it may, he like many others in the PNP appear to be bull buck n duppy conqueror.  The so called youths of the party are their own demo gods, but not able to start another political party of their own.  As such one is left to speculate and assume that there might be many JLP sympathisers within the party or disgruntled PNP members who will feed the media with inside information.

So who do you trust?  Can you trust anonymous sources within the PNP?  Can you trust those who are silent continuing on the campaign trail as if one bad egg does not spoil the whole bunch much less five?  Citizens of this country who have a vote are beyond disgusted with the state of affairs within the PNP.  The JLP is in poll position and must enjoy the gift they have been given as the PNP and only the PNP are committing political suicide.  I can only draw this conclusion, they clearly represent the Robin Hood mantra, ‘all for one and one for all’.  Or could it be the PNP represents the Titanic, all and sundry will go down in the sinking ship, the good, the bad, and the indifferent.


Burke under fire

Fuming Comrades demand he apologise to Omar

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, September 01, 2016     107 Comments

BURKE… I am making no comment

Angry Comrades levelled a blistering attack on Paul Burke yesterday, demanding that he apologise to Dr Omar Davies as the campaign funding scandal engulfing the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) continued to inflame passions.

But Burke, the embattled PNP general secretary, said he was ignoring the demand from the executive of the party’s organisation in St Andrew Southern, the constituency represented by Dr Davies in Parliament.

The executive, in a terse statement, said that it “denounces the utterly shameful unsubstantiated attack on Dr Davies by the general secretary of the party”, and called on Burke to “withdraw it immediately and unreservedly, accompanied by an appropriate apology”.

The statement came two days after Dr Davies said Burke implicated him in “reckless and unsubstantiated” statements alluding to millions of US dollars collected from a Chinese firm and which should have been handed over to the party.

Dr Davies, in a letter to Burke which he also released to the media, demanded that the general secretary lay out all the facts at his disposal in connection with the matter, adding, “I have the right to make this demand of you as my own integrity is being questioned as a result of your unsubstantiated utterances.”

He also told Burke that he should disclose the information he has, not only within the party’s structure, but also to the wider public.

Dr Davies said that several Comrades had reported to him that at a meeting of the PNP’s National Executive Council (NEC) held a few months ago, Burke stated that the party’s efforts in the February 25, 2016 General Election were hampered by inadequate financing, as some senior members had not passed on funds from donors to the central treasury.

“I was informed that you went on to state explicitly that you had learnt that it is an established practice for large Chinese firms to pay an ‘agent’s fee’, ranging from one per cent to 1.5 per cent of the total project cost. You claimed that it was customary that the ‘agent’ would be named by the minister with portfolio responsibility for the relevant sector,” Dr Davies stated.

“You then specifically alluded to a particular large project which was being implemented and asserted that, based on the level of expenditure on that project, the ‘agent’s fee’ would have amounted to between US$10 million and US$12 million. The link which you sought to establish to the PNP’s campaign financing was that a significant percentage of this amount should have been turned over to the party,” Davies told Burke.

He said that, while Burke gave no names, “many persons left the meeting with the clear impression that, within the construct which you had outlined, I was the minister who had recommended the agent to the Chinese firm”.

The former works minister stated that he had never been approached by any firm with respect to an agent’s fee, nor had he recommended anyone to act as their agent on any project.

“I have no knowledge of any fees or other payment which should have been turned over to the party’s treasury. I have not collected any contribution, either for my own constituency campaign, or for the PNP’s national campaign, from any Chinese company, construction or otherwise,” the outgoing MP and veteran Comrade contended.

Yesterday, the St Andrew Southern constituency executive expressed “firm and unequivocal support” for Dr Davies, and said that he has given committed public service to the constituency, the PNP, and Jamaica with “an unblemished record of integrity”.

When the Jamaica Observer contacted Burke for a response, he said that he would not address the statements made by Dr Davies or his constituency executive. “I have read it, and I am ignoring it. I am making no comment,” a guarded Burke said.

The scandal erupted on August 22 when media houses received a copy of PNP Treasurer Norman Horne’s report to the NEC meeting in July accusing candidates in the election of not remitting campaign donations.

Horne said that prior to February 17 when the party communicated its decision not to participate in three planned national debates, the treasury’s greatest competition in the marketplace was party members who held senior positions in Government.

“These persons were actively in the market for what seemed to be [the] sole benefit of their personal campaigns and collected significant amounts from members of the private sector who were earmarked by the treasury as potential substantial donors for the benefit of the PNP as one cohesive unit,” he wrote.

“On numerous occasions, information received by the treasury from the potential donors was that contributions had already been made to senior party members for the benefit of the party. However, only a few members reported or accounted in full, or even in part, for the receipt of these donations to the treasury or the party executive,” Horne said.

“This heavily affected the party’s income and short-changed the party, resulting in a negative effect on the national campaign. Financially speaking, there was not one central bank, but several banks, some of which had more resources than the treasury,” Horne said in his report.

Yesterday, Dr Karl Blythe, who is challenging Portia Simpson Miller for the PNP presidency, waded into the controversy, advising his fellow Comrades to “seek legal advice before they open their mouths further or release public statements”.

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