Asian Invasion On The Roc What Say You?? – Where Are You Living By The Way???

Hold up…………..tread very carefully on this one.   How many of us have family members and or loved ones who have migrated to foreign?  Come on now, speak the truth and speak it well.  It is alright for us to have a diaspora yet the Asians cannot or must not.

The issue or concern should not be about who is taking over where and what.  The very same ism is being discussed in American politics hence we hear talk about walls being built up.  The cause/issue should be about level playing field in relation to wages, taxation, quality control, health and safety in all quarters, legal status.   We talk about brain drain, lack of our people getting into entrepreneurship endeavours.  Leaving tertiary education sitting home, lamenting, becoming depressed because the corporate world is not calling for the majority who have graduated.  While we stress, encourage the need for small businesses to open, the only entrepreneurship skills many of our people want to entertain is to become a transport operator.  Whether it is driving robot taxis endangering the lives of our people, red plate, white, plate any colour plate, the fact is small businesses are not being sought after by our people.  They want to be paid…………they want to work for the BOSSEY!!!!!.  What must we do??????

I put it to you, be thankful to the Asians that are nestling on the Roc and opening businesses.  Competition is what drives a country not monopoly.  There is enough for everyone, but we are so consumed with the crab n barrel mentality,  that all we see is ‘tek wey and tief’.  You can take some comfort in knowing that your mindset is not unique on that front as those in the diaspora have the same rhetoric casts upon them.

Just remember when your argument is that too much Asian is on the Roc, you have more than you know in common with those who believe that you are taking over their country elsewhere.

Chinese merchants run things in Linstead

Despite language barrier, Asian-born business persons spread wings across central Jamaica town

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 09, 2016     24 Comments

 One of the diversified, Chinese operated businesses in the community (Karl McLarty)

(First in a series on the growth of Asian businesses in sections of Jamaica)

The heavily grilled wholesale area, a heightened sense of surveillance security, shouts of orders across a room mixed with the occasional Asian speech, and the continuous clicking of cash registers are now all familiar to Jamaicans as the ‘Asian invasion’ gains momentum.

Usually found in Kingston and St Andrew, Asian-operated businesses have, over the years, spread to the rural areas of the island. Globalisation being a key factor, Asian businesses have become the norm throughout towns in modern Jamaica.

In the town of Linstead, St Catherine, a community which usually had a handful of Asian-operated businesses, there are now over 20 establishments all offering a range of goods at cheaper rates to the community.

“Everyday you look you see a new one open,” one community member said, speaking of the businesses.

Language barrier

Despite their invasion, they have not assimilated well into the community.

As the Jamaica Observer visited the community, scores of Chinese employers suspiciously peered from their poorly lit establishments through the grilles, anticipating their daily customers.

When approached, most Asian representatives shied away from speaking with the media, citing their discomfort with the English language as the reason.

“No, I can’t speak to you,” one businessman at the Han Lue Brothers Wholesale and Supermarket pleasantly told the Sunday

Observer as he directed the reporter to speak with a senior staff member.

“I don’t want to get mix up. I don’t really know the English,” he said with an unusual accent.

At the Homely Wholesale and Supermarket, the Asian operator when approached said “Mi nuh understand” once he recognised the media, yet continued to interact with other customers who enquired about products.

Other entrepreneurs are only able to communicate with and understand patois.

A woman only identified as Tina, who operates a wholesale on Market Street, said that money attracted her to the community.

“Mi ave pickney go school, mi nuh beg money. People have han an foot must work, God say so,” Tina, who has been working in the community for a decade, said in her accent.

“When me pickney leave school me need fi enjoy res a my life. Worship di church,” she continued in her broken creole.

Diversified businesses

But some businessmen have transitioned, from the traditional wholesale facilities. A handful of recently established Chinese-operated supermarkets were observed where, unlike the usual shouts of orders in wholesales, customers freely walked through the aisles of the establishment and hand-picked their items of choice.

“Me rather you can walk in an pick weh you want, ‘cause sometimes dem give you meat an it may be spoil, so it better if you can pick it,” Novelette Graham said of the diversified businesses.

“Dat better off ‘cause you can walk in an tek up weh yuh want dan yuh stan up di whole time a call an a ask fi serve. Mi nuh like da one dere, oh gosh da one dere very hard fi tan up an a bawl out serve dis an dat. Who don’t have big mout fi holla out mi sorry fi dem,” Graham continued as she shopped in a newly opened supermarket.

A supervisor at the Jus Mart Supermarket on Market Street, who identified himself as Sherwin Williams, told the

Sunday Observer that the new structure is in tandem “with the way the world is going”.

When asked what caused his employer to deviate from the norm, Williams said: “Just a change from the traditional to a more modern, relevant and convenient business”.

He said the three-year-old business was opened because the entrepreneur was propositioned about the business and thought it a good investment.

Despite the deviation from the norm, however, the Asians still have an elevated area where the owner supervises workers, customers and happenings in the establishment from surveillance footages.

Why Linstead?

His establishment, according to senior staff member Christopher Williams, was one of the first Chinese-operated businesses in Linstead and has served the community for almost two decades.

Williams said that since this time, the business has grown tremendously.

“Most of the other (Chinese businesses in the area) depend on us for their supplies,” he stated.

The business, he said, was relocated from Kingston in the early days.

“Well, maybe he was encouraged based on the geographic location. He was in Kingston at Heywood Street and it was competitive there. At the time, Linstead only had about one wholesale and coming into Linstead then opened up doors, as everybody from Clarendon, St Ann, St Mary, Trelawny even people from St Elizabeth come to Linstead to shop,” Williams reasoned when asked what attracted the entrepreneur to the community.

“Linstead is basically the business capital for St Catherine now,” he added.

In tandem with the shift, the Sunday Observer also noticed an Asian-operated clothing store along King Street.

The manager, though reluctant, jokingly told the Sunday Observer that he was attracted to the community because “me nuh have no money. Me cya go Kingston”, suggesting that it would be more difficult to establish the business elsewhere.

He noted that the store was less than a year old and declined to comment on its profitability.

Mixed reactions

“Linstead has outgrown its capacity now because [there are] traffic problems; too many businesses, everybody competing for the same little dollar,” Williams from Han Lue Brothers said of the community.

The community has had mixed reactions to the invasion. Graham, who frequents the Chinese stores, told the

Sunday Observer that she has no qualms with the businessmen.

“Dem service no that bad an dem cheaper than most of the other places,” said Graham. “Me will go inna dem store but it all depends pan what I’m going for, ‘cause some a dem sumn no strong but other dan dat, it alright.”

One vendor, Shawn Wright, who peddles goods along Market Street, said he doesn’t mind the increase in Asian businesses, as they assist to alleviate crime in the community.

“Without di Chiney dem we have more gunman. Even if dem ago pay $100 a day, me feel betta wid dem around,” Wright said, reasoning that they brought employment to the community. “See di likkle yute dem in deh weh a push di rice an di flour a get dem likkle $2000 odd a week? Dem ago tink fi rob me if dem lef.”

Though his friend Jevaunie Watson agrees, he believes that the Chinese should pay employees better.

“Me nuh really say dem fi go but dem can do betta. Dem pay too cheap. Bout $700 a day some a dem pay an some will pay $800. My view is dat dem fi at least pay $1,200 or $1,500 a day,” he noted.

Watson also suggested that the Government intervenes in this regard.

“Dem a pay too cheap yes, but it betta dan nutten. You ago find 50 man a tief now, see when dem gone, you ago find nuff more a dem an gunman inna di town,” Wright chimed in.

Other vendors, however, believe that the entrepreneurs should return to their homeland.

“Dem fi go back a dem country,” another vendor who identified herself as Miss Pam boldly said as she sold her produce outside a Chinese-run wholesale along Market Street. She made certain allegations about the Asians which cannot be mentioned on these pages, as the Sunday Observer does not have evidence to support the claims.

Impact on local businesses

With the increase in businesses, there is now an even more competitive market.

“Based on value and the fact that we have adjustable prices- sometimes one per cent or two per cent markup people more attracted to us,” the senior staff member at Han Lue Brothers reasoned.

“So a man will burn extra gas or walk farther to come and save. So when him buy $200,000 worth of stuff what him save compensate back fi him gas and time,” he added.

The few local businesses in the community have felt the pinch.

Salesperson at a haberdashery on King Street told the Sunday Observer that the cheapness of goods offered in Chinese establishments is a deterrent to their potential customers.

“A lot of times people will come in and look at the price for something and them will leave and say them going to walk and come back. Little after, they pass with the product and tell you they got it cheaper up the road in the wholesale,” the woman, who requested anonymity, said.

“It must have an effect enuh ‘cause when dem can ship in all a container a tings, you know they shop together and in bulk, so when we a carry in smaller amounts it have a effect man. So when we will sell something for $480, dem can sell it for all $420,” she continued.

Chinese and Indian merchants and traders are the dominant ones among the fast-growing Asian population in Jamaica, dwarfing citizens of the Philippines, Japan, and others.

There is limited information regarding how many of them have received naturalised citizenship, or even work permits to operate businesses here.

That information could not be readily obtained as the Sunday Observer went to press.

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Mi Blood A Boil, Dog Life More Valuable Than Human!!!!

Can you for one minute, be truthful here.  If this was your birth child, nephew, grand child, foster child, adopted child, what would you do?  What would you expect to happen to the owner of those dogs?  Since dogs are not humans who are subject to the same laws of the land and were given dominion over all living creatures. The owners must be held liable not only financially but criminally.

A few years ago, someone said to me that the way the world is going, in many parts, animals have more rights than human beings.  Oh yes, we are aware on the Roc, of animal rights, but what about the rights of those who are not animals?  If these dogs were to be put down, I have no doubt that you would have millions crying wickedness, yet a little boy, was mauled almost to death.  His life totally changed by this incident and his mobility affected for God knows how long.  To all the dog owners out there of high bred dogs, if it were your son, how would you feel?  I am only asking for us to put ourselves in that parent shoes and try to visualize the series of events.  I am not going to comment on the response or the in action of the woman who apparently lived in the house where the dogs perched outside an open gate.  Is she the owner?  From the account below, it appears so.  Why??????  The thoughts that are in my mind right now, is not fit for my blog. I will say one thing.  I could write maybe thousands of words to outline the behaviour of this woman on ‘woman to woman wicked and unjust’.

I am appealing to the consciousness of human beings whether you are affected or not.  It is just a matter of time before certain situations reach you if alarm is not sounded for change to take place.  We have dog owners in this country who swear that their deadly animals do not cause harm unless………….  I do not want to be part of any lecture on dogs whether mongrel or high bred.  It should be simple.  If you are the owner of dog/dogs, keep your gate closed and your gate should be of a certain height.  You should not have an open space facing the public where your dogs can perch about having access to citizens.  That is wrong and should not be justified.  Take a good look at these pictures and tell me it matters not to you.

Owners of any kind of animal that is deadly and can cause either death or injuries to others should be prosecuted and face imprisonment.  The so called gates that amounts to picket fences I see around announcing beware of dogs is a joke.  The dogs 10 times out of 10 are bigger than those fences called gates and understand  this, people must walk on sidewalks not in the middle of the road.  The law needs to change.   Civil matter…………….wait man, one day one day!!!!!!!

Vicious dog attack!

Mom seeks support, justice months after toddler is bitten all over by blood-thirsty animals

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 09, 2016  72 Comments

 Joshua rests on a hospital bed after he was attacked by dogs in Manor Park, Constant Spring, St Andrew.

When Aleiya Chin left home in Manor Park, St Andrew, with her two children in the early hours of Wednesday, March 2, the furthest thing from her mind was that within moments, her four-year-old Joshua would nearly meet his end — mauled in the street by a neighbour’s blood-thirsty, ferocious dogs.

Aleiya said that she and the children, Joshua Zhang — now five — and his then two-year-old sister Kendra, passed the dogs lying in front of the neighbour’s open gate by the side of the road, then seconds later, the nightmare began to unfold.

“By the time we were stepping off, I just saw the two dogs get up coming towards me. I didn’t run off, I held the two of them and put them behind me. I tried to stay close to the curb wall so that, if anything, they would bite me, and not the kids,” the single mother remembers.

But the Pit bulls had smelled blood and moved in for the kill. Aleiya said she tried to shield her frightened children, but she was no match for the vicious animals: “I couldn’t shield them. The dog grabbed the child from me by his school bag and started biting him up. I started to cry out…I said, ‘God, is this how I’m going to lose my child?’ When I looked I saw the lady (the owner) coming out…I was so happy because I thought she was coming out to help me, [but] I heard her say I must take my child and move from in front of her gate. I said are you crazy, and the other dog started to rush me. I took up stones and started to throw stones at them, the more I threw the stones; the more they bite Joshua.”

The mother said she continued to cry out for help, in desperation, as the dogs would not let up from attacking her child. Her attempts to chase off the animals were futile and, at the same time, she had to focus on keeping her other child from being attacked. Finally, a passerby drove up and tried to get the boy away from the dogs, but he too soon found himself in some amount of trouble, overpowered by the dogs numerous times.

“The dog jumped up on him and just grabbed Joshua in his back and the man fell over on his face over the curb wall,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “The dogs dragged back Joshua in the road and started to eat him up again. The lady went back into her house. I was there crying out and somebody came out, and the dog was fighting back the neighbours. I saw him (Joshua) laying down there in the road…the only thing I could do was cry.”

Finally, more persons came on the scene and the boy was rescued. She remembers that on the way to hospital with the assistance of a friend, Joshua started to gasp for breath. “I was trying to hold him to look under his neck and my finger went right into the wound. So I had to take off my shirt and apply pressure to the wound. I went into Andrew’s hospital half naked.”

From there she said she was referred to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where Joshua, with serious wounds to almost his entire body, especially a troubling spinal injury, would remain for two weeks.

She said she realised also that when the child spoke, she could barely hear him, but was at the time reassured by the physician caring for Joshua that he was perhaps just hoarse from crying out during the ordeal.

“I realised I could hardly hear him (when he spoke). I told the doctor that something is wrong with him, this is not how he normally speaks. The doctor said he thought this is the way the child speaks. I said no, and he said maybe it’s because you guys were crying out, he is hoarse. He said to give it a few days, but every morning I still reminded him. When it went into the second week, I said something is going on; he couldn’t be hoarse for so long,”

She said that eventually the medical team performed a vocal cord surgery (micro-direct laryngoscopy with excision) on June 15 and removed a sample which was sent off for biopsy. Still, she has not received the results of that test. Aleiya said that not knowing the extent of the damage to her son’s vocal cords is a constant source of worry and anxiety for her, as his voice is now almost inaudible.

She said that the hospital conducted yet another DL on Joshua on August 4, at which time she was still being told that they had not received the result from the previous biopsy. His spinal injury is also weighing heavily on her mind, as she said she was told following various scans, that based on the damage to his spine, “he was almost about to be paralysed”.

After spending what she said amounted to approximately $400,000 on medical bills, Aleiya is now no longer willing to sit and wait on test results while Joshua may be in danger of paralysis or losing his ability to speak altogether.

She is determined to get other medical opinions on Joshua’s situation and to seek treatment that will determine what course of treatment he needs to improve his condition. Aleiya said that the small child now lives with pain, and cannot walk very far due to his injuries. He is back at school, but is restricted from all extra-curricular activities. “He is upset because he likes football and wants to go back to playing,” she remarked.

Not only does Joshua no longer gets to enjoy many of the activities little boys his age relish, he constantly relives the horror of that fateful morning, often crying out in his sleep, according to Aleiya.

A make-up artist, Aleiya said that her savings have been wiped out, but she is pressing on to get help for little Joshua. She said that she is finalising arrangements with a hospital in New York to conduct the assessment and then decide on the best route for treatment, but urgently needs financial donations to make that happen.

Aleiya, who is assisted by her own mother with her two children, said that the owner of the dog has not assisted with any of the medical expenses, and that she has been informed by the authorities that the incident is a civil matter that has to be taken up in court.

Donations can be sent to: Joshua Zhang at Bank of Nova Scotia, account #90365, Liguanea branch, Kingston, Jamaica; or via gofundme at: Aleiya may also be contacted by email at:



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Prevention Nuh Better Dan Cure For Many Jamaicans – Have A Laugh But Understand Many Feel The Same Way

It sound stupid to you right.  Not so stupid when the very same sentiments are coming out of the mouths of those who actually graduated from high school and college.  When we speak to preparation there are far too many who believe that stocking up on food for forty days and forty nights is the priority.  I for one do not understand how people can eat constantly and so much through it all.  For me, between fretration and major stress, I cannot stay still for even 2 minutes, as my sole purpose is to be looking outside the window in anticipation of high water, and I must be prepared to work through it all. What kind of work?  Well if water begins to come into ones abode, I must be ready to wipe, wipe, wipe, ring out, wipe, wipe, wipe, ring out.  Get my drift.  Where do people find the time to fill their guts?

As much as we have issues on the Roc, food supply is not one of them in my estimation.  We have probably more corner shops than supermarkets in every crevice and corner, that is willing to serve whether the eye of the hurricane is passing or not.    Water, candle, lantern, flash light, ensure you have enough for a few days surely.  There is no justification in spending the amount of money I hear those who profess to be poor, or cannot afford it do.  What are you saying?  You took out a loan from one of those sharks to enable that kind of spending?  No man, do better dan dat, we well pass ‘Gilbert’.

You and I know that after 2, 3 days locked up ina oono space u affi come out an go road, caas forced lock up wey a nuh ‘GP’ wi mad many a oono including miself.  All wid ‘Gilbert’, plenty a wi out a road a watch people roof fly off.  Even wen wi hear fi go back inside, we a perch up caas a suh plenty a wi fool fool and caan keep still.  After all is said and done, prevention is always better than cure and there were many locals who experienced severe flooding even though all di call wi a call Matthew him neva did a answer.

I am going to take a laugh at this video, but I ask this question, where would you rather be at this point in time Jamroc or Haiti?  We should be grateful that Matthew did not answer us as if he did………………..we neva know.


VIDEO VOX POP: ‘Weh Matthew deh?’ Some Jamaicans upset over hurricane preparations

With the meteorological forecast that the powerful Category Four tropical cyclone, Hurricane Matthew had Jamaica in its cross hairs, many Jamaicans were in a tizzy.

Some locals spent their last dollar to ensure that they were as prepared as they could be to stand up to the demands of surviving in the aftermath of such a potentially devastating weather system.

In the end, Hurricane Matthew flirted with Jamaica and skirted the island’s east coast before making landfall on the neighbouring Caribbean island of Haiti.

Some persons expressed disappointment that they had spent money that could be used for other essential purposes in vain, while others thought it better to be safe than sorry.

“People dem weh ah read the news, need fi calculate the ting better or get a better satellite cause ah we seh new network,” a man argued. “Mi spend up how much money and mi nuh see what gwaan.”

See video below to hear the voice of the people.

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Hurricane A Come An Some People Deh A Beach – The Roc Jam Up

You know, what can say????  I am all for business people whether small or otherwise trying to make a buck especially when the need arises.  What you fail to supply another man will and there are those who will go out and buy.  Win, win, that is my take.  On the other hand when you decide to take it to another level and begin to act the fool and take risks, u deh pon u own.  I would not be caught dead in any water outside of a shower in the privacy of my home.  Since I have been told that lightning can travel, having a bath or shower during those times is riskyyyyyyyyyy.    Shower or have a bath before di ting kick up.  Nuh bada ask mi nuh details pon dat one, mi nuh know, but mi tek heed as I am a coward wen it comes to lightning.

Read this piece carefully and take note how this budding fisherman earns up to J$100,000.00 per week.  The next time if you are quick to believe that the fishing trade is a minimum wage earner, I suggest you find ways and means to get the facts and understand that the profession is not a pauperized one.  Every jack soul who sell, whether hand cart, container, street side, street bike or walk a by, can make some kind of payment in this country.  So you sell, so you pay.  You do not pay based on how you sell, you pay for the opportunity to sell.

Moving on quickly………….mouth design fi talk, an is not every ting u can run wid.  Wen u see lightning and thunder start roll and water start rise in front a u eyes, show mi di person who naw scatter and bawl out fi Jesus and help!!!!!!!!!!

Several have fun at Hellshire Beach despite approach of hurricane

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, October 03, 2016     23 Comments

The approach of Hurricane Matthew could not stop the fun of these children at the Hellshire Beach in St Catherine, yesterday. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)
 This fisherman, who goes by the name Cerasee Tea, says he was just relaxing before moving to higher ground.Joseph wellington

THE approach of Hurricane Matthew did not stop business nor the regular Sunday fun at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine yesterday.

The boats of fishermen were secured, but entertainment flowed throughout the various fish and lobster shops that lined the beach, while some people enjoyed swimming in the sea despite the strong waves.

When the Jamaica Observer asked some if they were not fearful that the storm would catch them at sea unprepared, most said ‘no’.

Celine Williams, owner and operator of Celine’s Fish World, said she was only expecting a little rain to affect them. “No storm not coming. We ah get a little breeze and rain, but nothing serious. It will just give a little effect, but it’s business as usual,” she said, as she pointed to parents and children enjoying themselves.

Carlington Clarke, a customer at Williams’ businessplace, said his reason for being at the beach was to celebrate his fiancee’s birthday and “stake out” the hurricane.”We came out to see Matthew come in, but he’s not here yet,” he said.

Christopher Mitto said it was business as usual for him, and if the hurricane destroyed his business he would just build it back.

“Ah di works ah Father God, so me nah mek no preparation fi secure anything. I prefer to make some sales. Right now if it blow down me just build it back,” he said.

But, at approximately 2:00 pm, when the wind picked up and the sea became rough, accompanied by rain, the actions of these same patrons were opposite to their previous utterances.

“Ah it this now. A long time mi work here. Unu come go home. Mi live near but lots of people live far. Ah it this now,” Williams said, while advising some of her colleagues to make their way home.

Meanwhile, at the Port Henderson Fishing Beach fishermen were seeing playing a game of dominoes and relaxing as they had brought in their vessels and secured their engines and other boat parts from damage should the hurricane hit our shores.

“Mi not going to stay down here. I’m just relaxing now, and later I’ll be moving my family to higher grounds. Everything is on land. It’s not if the storm is coming, it’s when it’s coming. I’ve been a fisherman for more than 30 years and the sea has changed. So mi just a hold a little ‘meds’ until mi ready fi move out,” said a fisherman who gave his name as ‘Cerasee Tea’.

Leon McCarthy, another fisherman, said he had done all he could do and “just awaits what is to come”.

Said McCarthy: “Mi draw in me vessel, buy up mi food, sandbag and nail down mi zinc.” But he said that he can’t move to higher ground as he feared the looting which may take place at the little building on the fishing beach which he calls home.

“If we leave it (house) wi not coming back come see it,” he said.

Fishermen Carlton Williams and Alvin Reid could be seen placing barriers to prevent water from entering a storeroom which contained engine parts.

Williams said he would lose more than $100,000 which he makes per week if the storm hits, so he had to secure his tools and try to be safe. “It’s the works of God, so you can’t fight or question is. Better to be safe than sorry,” he said.

Members of the nearby Port Henderson Church of God turned out for worship in numbers, saying they saw the need to be praying at this time.

“We came out to pray and we ended service early today,” Ruth-Ann Jones said.

Pastor Calvin Jones added that they also used the time to move the church equipment and furniture to higher ground and secure the perimeter with sandbags.

However, Bishop Lloyd Hamilton said, despite all they’ve done, if the hurricane should hit, the water will still go inside.

“We will just have to bail it out. The last hurricane came over the shops, took off the roof of the buildings on the shoreline and destroyed houses around us. the good thing is that the rostrum is elevated,” he said.

Hamilton and Williams said they also looked to the sea for signs that bad weather was approaching.

“Look at the tide, the colour of the sea. From you look out and see the white things forming it’s an indicator that you are going to get weather and by that we mean lots of rain and breeze,” they said.

Hamilton, however, appealed to members of his church, as well as residents of Port Henderson, to move to a safer place as his church is not suited to be a shelter.

“They always run to this church to shelter. But it’s too close to the sea. It is not safe, so please go to a higher ground and protect yourself if needs be,” he said.

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Wen U Salt U Salt – Not All ‘Salt’ Is Good!!! – Hurricane Matthew – JamRoc

No matter how you try to process this dilemma, what is certain is that fear can make you lose your senses?  How many persons travel on the road with their travel/important documents?  Whether you travel with them in your motor vehicle, on public transportation, my question is why so?

A few months ago it was reported that the victim was appealing to the thieves to return their passport and birth certificate as they were in the stolen vehicle.  Were the documents being used at the time?  No……………….it was then I was told that there are persons who just travel with such documents whenever they leave their home.  Dumb, stupid or foolish, persons who do not do so, will say yet those who do will justify why they do so.  At the end of the day, what is the worst case scenario?  If visas are in the passport, then the process of reporting the document stolen, reapplying for a visa could be a frustrating task.  All and all if you are found to be in that position, one can just imagine the kind of stress that might be experienced.

On the matter of this particular case and I cannot help but wonder.  Since you reside in England, could not the British Embassy be of assistance to you as your documents were stolen a few weeks ago?  I am assuming that your status is legal.  Where are the family members that you came down to visit?  From taking a trip all the way from England to Jamaica visiting family and ending up in a shelter with not even a hot meal to feed your child or yourself is rather perplexing.  Hmmmmm and apparently all the pound sterling has run out.  Where are the family members?  Why are you on your own with your son?



Stranded in Jamaica – Mom, Matthew stuck in shelter for storm after British travel documents stolen

(Jamaica Gleaner) Monday | October 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Jodi-Ann Campbell and her son, Matthew Adeyemi, at the Manchoniel All-Age School in Portland yesterday.
Despite being in a shelter, four-year-old Matthew Adeyemi (left) and five-year-old Aviana Taylor had something to smile about at the Manchioneal All-Age School in Portland.

Jodiann Campbell, a 31-year-old resident of London, England, was a picture of worry yesterday as she stood outside the Manchioneal All-Age School in Portland, one of several shelters set up in the eastern parish.

Campbell and her four-year-old son, Matthew, have been stuck in Jamaica for the past three weeks after their travel documents were allegedly stolen from her purse during a trip to downtown Kingston.

The two were supposed to be in the island for three weeks to visit Campbell’s mother and other relatives in Manchioneal.

But more than two weeks past their departure date, the mother yesterday found herself in the leaking shelter, pondering how to provide for her son a cooked meal as a hurricane bearing his name ploughs towards Jamaica.

“It’s awful! Now I’m thinking that my son needs a hot meal; where am I going to get a hot meal from? The electricity is going to go soon. What’s going to happen? And mosquitoes, what if something should break out? How are we going to cope?” bemoaned Campbell, as her son frolicked unperturbed among some 20 persons, children included, who turned in to the shelter early.

“I want to go home. I should be home, and now I’ve found myself in a shelter and the shelter is even leaking right above our heads. The water just keeps pouring down and it’s not a good experience at all,” said Campbell, who migrated from Jamaica 12 years ago.

Campbell said some weeks ago, she had taken a bus from Half-Way Tree in St Andrew and sat beside a woman. When she arrived downtown, she realised her and her son’s travel documents and other valuables were missing from her purse.

“They just picked it. I think it was a lady who picked it, really,” she said.


She also expressed uncertainty about what Hurricane Matthew will bring.

“I’m hearing all types of stories. People say it is going to rain, the sea is going to come over, everything is going to blow away, and you just don’t know what to expect,” she said, worried.

Yesterday, while Matthew soaked up the new experience, enjoying the attention because of his name, Campbell and her mother hoped the hurricane would not jeopardise an application to the British High Commission to allow them re-entry to London without their documents.

At the shelter, though, 64-year-old Joyce Kenton and others worried about a shortage of food, and their inability to track the hurricane, as they were without a television or radio.

In the nearby Long Road community in Portland, Paul Brown and about a dozen other men prepared for the hurricane by downing flasks of rum and chaser.

“We do what need to do already, man. The storm doesn’t really trouble we. It is people down at Manchioneal who usually get it the worst. We deh pon the high up here so,” he said.

Residents of Hector’s River, not far away, were far more concerned about their fate, however.

Throughout that community, hammers clanged on zinc sheets under a light drizzle.

“Right now, I pack up my things dem – everything in my house. I packed dem up already, and I cover dem so that if the roof flies off, they won’t wet up. Right now, I am just watching what is going on because I’m not staying here. I am taking away myself to the shelter,” said Gwendolyn Brown, making reference to the Happy Grove High School.

Late yesterday afternoon, Aron Grant, a security guard charged with overseeing that shelter, said that while the seventh-, eighth-, and ninth-grade classrooms have been made available for residents, none had turned up yet.


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