Goose Pimples Jus Tek Mi – ‘Truth’ Gets You Every Time

I was about to skim over this story, den a draw brakes and decide to read it in its entirety.  Funny how we are only interested in one’s destination, but never the journey.  Funny how we are quick to align ourselves with those who have ‘arrived’, yet shunning those with potential who seem to be taking too long to arrive.  Funny how we nah gi di young bwoy a look caas him a walk foot an only can tek wi a go a KFC if wi lucky.  Yet wen wi si him pon di frontline an it look like money a run wi start fi skin wi teeth wen before it was a idiaat wey wi barely look pon.  Funny it is wi quick fi sey how wi young bwoy all upon a sudden now ‘hot’ boy only love white ooman wen u an I know sey him did too ‘dark’ fi oono.  Couldnt walk good, much less fi put two piece a clothes together.   Funny how wi start fi chant bout sell out and wi young black bwoy nuh luv black ooman wen u same one sey u nuh black.  You every odder ethnic blend but black.  Yet wen compared to the ‘praper’ white u start talk bout u black.  Stop your foolishness and look within and speak the truth.

Time becomes relative when one is hell bent on pursuing their dreams.  Their dreams may not be achieved in the land of their birth and you must consider if you are deciding to live your life by the clock.  If that is your choice, so be it.  On the other hand as this youngster shared his most intimate yet powerful story, you know by the details he is indeed a ‘humble’ youth.  His peeps chose to step, he chose to stay on and battle.  A battle that he seems to have won, and in the making a young white (not a ole ooman/sugar mamma) wife and a son in toe.  She looks quite ‘hot’ if you ask me.  He is a man and has been a man from a young age.  Decent hard working who knew exactly what his options were when compared to those on the Roc.  I applaud you young man, deserving you are for whatever riches you may achieve, are achieving is now apparent.  You made the decision to fight, not flee, a lesson that ALL can share to those who are willing………………………..

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To hell and back

Jamaican striker Stevens recalls struggles in pursuit of contract in Thailand

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, January 23, 2017     25 Comments

 Jamaican striker Errosl Stevens (in red) in action in the Vietnamese Premier League.

Reggae Boy Errol Stevens, who now plays for Hai Phong FC in farflung Vietnam, wants to use his early struggles as a source of motivation for aspiring Jamaican footballers.

The 30-year-old striker who last played for Jamaica in 2012 posted a video on Facebook highlighting his difficulties in securing a contract in Thailand, where he was subjected to unpleasant circumstances, which included living a cramped apartment with no furniture or appliances.

“In 2013 I got a link with an agent and went to Thailand. The agent promised a sure contract, as they always promise. So when I reached we (Dicoy Williams) didn’t have anywhere to stay. When I left Jamaica I don’t have a dollar in my pocket, or maybe around US$50,” Stevens revealed in his video.

He continued: “The man (agent) send we go four or five teams in the space of two weeks and Thailand big. Me and Dicoy drive from one city to the other for about five hours.”


Stevens said when Williams and himself reached the club, the coaching staff was not expecting them and thought they were stowaway Africans.

“So at the same time the transfer market a close down and we never get no team. But we ended up training with a little one team and Ding (Williams) never got to train because the man say is just a striker him want,” he noted.

The former Portmore United, Harbour View and Arnett Gardens striker said if it wasn’t for a video he made of himself while playing for Jamaica, he wouldn’t have got the chance to train.

“I just finished playing with Jamaica in 2012, so I did make a little YouTube video and a that make me even get on the field. I showed the man (boss) and he saw that it was the same person. So he told the coach to put me in for 20 minutes. We ended up winning the match 6-2 and I scored two and set two. So when that finished we just leave and go back where the man have we a stay,” said Stevens.

Being frustrated with all the travelling and no trial, Williams said he was heading back to Jamaica. But not Stevens, as he was determined to see it out despite the adverse conditions.

“So Dicoy said he was going home because it was a joke thing and a waste a time. But I was thinking the same thing. But I said, ‘Ding, I don’t have anything to go home to. I am broke like dog. Nothing. So me not going home until I get something,” he pointed out.

Stevens, who had a short stint in Russia FC Khimki in 2009, was sent on another trial at another club.

“But the team that I went to before called the agent and said bring the ‘baller come’; we want to sign him. So I ended up there and signed for around US$2,000. I couldn’t do any better. If they did tell me US$1,000 I would take it,” said a desperate Stevens.

The powerful striker, who is known for his pace and trickery, signed for Saraburi FC in Thailand, which is over 10,000 miles from Jamaica. In addition to that, he was faced with a foreign language and an alien culture.

“The man carry me go a little apartment — is only a mat on the ground. An empty room with a mat that you brush off you foot on,” Stevens emphasised.

“In my mind I was saying the situation grim and I could walk leave it. But at the end of the day, I said nothing not at yard (Jamaica),” he noted.

“But I said I born at Portmore Lane, and up to when I was eight years old a pit toilet we were using. So I said this is the least,” he added.

“The house that I was in I have to be paying rent for it and it has nothing in it, and I have to find food and everything same way. I have to find travelling to go training. So literally when they pay me at month time, all the money spend back in the country. It was five bills US (US$500) I could save after six months. I scored six goals in 14 matches in that six months. They gave me a next contract with just five bills more. So I ended getting US$2,500 (about $300,000) and I couldn’t turn it down,” said Stevens.

He ended with 16 goals in 40 games after he was snapped up by Vietnamese club Hai Phong in 2014, and to date he has banged in 24 goals from 49 games.

Married to a Russian he met in Thailand, and only recently welcoming a baby son to his family, Stevens is enjoying his time in Asia. He’s also enjoying his time on the pitch as well, where he has formed a lethal partnership with former Harbour View player Andre Fagan.

“So I am just showing people that from there until now I don’t go back at Jamaica. I ended coming to Vietnam, much, much better situation, and as you can see my life dramatically changed. I am just showing that sometimes you have to put your pride aside and no matter how small you have to start, is a start,” said Stevens.

“My story is nothing great, but I can take care of my family and make life better,” he added.

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Sankey A Sing Again – Dem Nuh Like Wi – Wi Nuh Like Dem – But Wi Tek Up Residence Pon Dem Land

How often do we hear Jamaicans repeat the same sankey over and over again?  Oh they do not like us Jamaicans because they are so……………We are far more superior and recognised on so many levels hence the disdain for us.  Load of baloney if you ask me.  There has been a perception for too long that Jamaicans do not get along with the rest of the Caribbean so I ask the question, why are we apart of CARICOM if that is so?  The same perception is said of the other Islands towards us.

Whether it be Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Cayman, or the Bahamas what is true is that we are and still making the decision to travel, seek employ and gain permanent residence.  I am sure we have the same working in our country but as to the influx of Caribbean nationals, I am clueless.  Are Jamaicans treated differently than other Caribbean nationals in the region?  It cannot be that Jamaicans make up the only outsiders to which Island they choose to set up shop?  Come on you must have a few Bajans, Trinis in the mix?  How are they treated when lined up beside a Jamaican?  Is it really a Jamaican thing or is it that Caribbean Islanders just do not like too many “other” black people in their country.  Common now we have Jamaicans that are overly excited when the ‘white fareiners’ land pon di Roc.  Hardly pay the ones that look like dem any mind.  A lickle half smile from di corner a di mouth, but dem scatter towards di direction of who dem si wey nuh look nutten like dem.

Sports they say is the great unifier, so when it comes to the Olympics and major events we seem to cheer for ‘other’ Islanders.  They do likewise I believe.  What really is the issue then when it comes on to ‘entry’ into the respective regions?  I will say this.  When you run afoul of the law in foreign quarters, your expectations of being treated as if you were in your own Land is never going to be the same.  By the way, how are we treated in JA if one runs afoul of the law?  Are all citizens treated equally?  Politics you say I have touched……………….well if politics run JA then you should believe it runs elsewhere too.  CARICOM or not, harassment at point of entry, deportation, criminal activity whatever the charge maybe.  One thing is common, this sankey is always loud. ‘Jamaicans are treated unfairly……….discussions with Justice, Tom, Dick and Harry is going to be pursued’.  While that is taking place, we sit and wait for the next blast to arrive on the front pages of our newspapers.  The outcry from the populous follows, whole heap of movements going no where fast begins to take place and guess what.  Jamaicans still a hop pon di plane ago small Island, ill treatment or not.  Some a come yah a wok in di hospitality business.  Migration has been before time memorial and will continue to be.  We can barely fix the ills in our own country much less fi tell others what to do and what not to do in how they run their show.  What you must question loudly and demonstrate about if you really care is why CARICOM?  How does Jamaica/Jamaicans benefit from CARICOM?  Once you get a truthful response with all the details presented, then you will have an answer as to why Jamaicans are treated as is perceived unfavorably to others in the region.

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Lawyer slams treatment of Jamaicans in Turks after teacher returns

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 22, 2017    71 Comments

MULLINGS … it is something that has to be sorted out, perhaps internationally (Contributed)

The Jamaican teacher who was accused of child abuse in Turks and Caicos Islands returned to Jamaica yesterday after she was deported.

But Gillian Mullings, the attorney for the accused, Suzette Codling, is criticising how immigrants are treated on the small Caribbean island.

The practice, Mullings revealed, is that if immigrants are poorly treated by employers and report it, they are deported to their homeland without the matter being heard by a tribunal.

“It seems to me anybody can bring a worker here, tell them certain things and do what they want to do with them. I understand that this is commonplace among the Haitian community, and that they have a really hard time here because you can get rid of the suit by calling immigration. I mean, we even have cases of immigration taking away people and raping them in the detention centre and getting away with it,” the attorney told the Jamaica Observer.

“I understand that even if you’re in a classroom situation and you tell a student to do something and they don’t like it, they’ll tell you to your face that, ‘I’m gonna call immigration on you.’ So it is almost like you can use immigration here to do what you want with people,” she added.

“I think it is something that has to be sorted out, perhaps internationally, outside of Turks and Caicos, but I understand that people don’t even want to bring these cases to trial. And then it’s hard to even bring a case to trial when you can just deport the problem. All you have to do is call immigration on the person and that’s the end of it,” Mullings noted.

She reasoned that this practice begets the building of a society which frowns upon ‘whistle-blowing’. The attorney then expressed concern that this practice becomes an “ideal situation” for people to “commit ingenious acts”.

“Think about it, you’re working somewhere as a maid and you do somebody something … they call immigration, immigration comes and detains you. You can do what you want to these people. They don’t have any rights,” she hypothesised.

“People need to be aware of what is happening before they get here; they need to be aware of their rights,” she added, noting that the Jamaica Teachers’ Association may need to inform its members of the situation.

Lamenting the circumstances which befell her client, Mullings called for a “frank discussion” within the Caribbean Community to address the matter.

“It is not only Jamaicans who are here [going through this]. We understand that there is a Guyanese woman who was working and was beaten, bad word cuss after her and they could do what they wanted with her. It’s almost like they could wipe their feet on her if they wanted and then when she tried to speak up, they said, ‘We are going to call immigration on you,’” Mullings related, outlining that of the 35,000 people on the island, 9,000 were Turks and Caicos islanders.

The Suzette Codling case

Last week The Turks and Caicos Sun— one of the island’s newspapers — reported that Jamaican teacher Suzette Codling, who was working with a private preschool in Providenciales for one year, was verbally and physically abusing her students. The newspaper also reported that Codling was being sought by the Immigration Task Force for deportation, in light of what they deemed a refusal to leave the island.

The article, headlined “Jamaican teacher wanted by Turks and Caicos Islands Immigration Task Force”, outlined that Codling was working though her work permit had expired and was cancelled by the Immigration Department.

It also outlined that in a meeting with management of the preschool the teacher never denied the abuse allegations. The matter, according to the story, was reported to the Labour Department, which in turn met with Codling and the employer and “advised them about the terms and conditions under which she must be compensated”.

But Mullings found the circumstances surrounding this meeting to be unfair.

“I’ve never actually seen this before, and one of the strangest things that happened is one of the labour hearings took place in a hotel owned by the people who had employed her, it’s their hotel, after 6 o’clock in the evening, after the offices of the labour department were closed,” Mullings told the Sunday Observer.

“How can you possibly be convening a meeting like that? Not to mention there was nothing like a letter stating the charges ever being issued to this lady, so you know due process just went out the door; because you don’t even know what you coming there to face. She actually just came to the hotel and just see the labour man just sit down there,” she continued.

“They don’t give her a letter and say, ‘this is the hearing, you are entitled to representation and legal advice’, nothing like that, and they present paperwork and tell her you need to sign this paperwork. To this day she don’t know what it says. They are saying that the paperwork is an admission that she abused the children. And it’s presented by the labour tribunal man who is supposed to be an independent party.”

The article reports that, on the advice of the Labour Department, “Ms Codling was paid all monies due to her and given a return ticket back to Jamaica, in accordance with the law.” It further alleged that Codling changed the ticket to an open ticket and did not leave on the scheduled date.

It went further: “It is understood that over the past two weeks, Ms Codling has been actively seeking employment in the Turks and Caicos Islands, although she has no legal status. In fact, she is now reportedly working split shifts at two private schools. When the Immigration Task Force went to her last known place of abode, they discovered that Ms Codling had moved. She apparently also changed her phone number. Immigration officials also went to one of the private schools where she was said to be working, but they were told that she was not there.”

But Mullings again denied such claims and explained that when Codling went to the labour tribunal, she was told that a hearing was set for April 30.

“Now, the procedure in the Turks and Caicos is that when you have a labour dispute, you should not be deported until it is settled before the Tribunal, but nevertheless, somehow they managed to get the Immigration Department to lock up Ms Codling, and it seems on the basis of statements that were made saying that she was working illegally. The lady wasn’t working illegally. And that she had been hiding, and she wasn’t at her house, and she had changed her number and, of course, Ms Codling hadn’t done any of those things. So they locked her in the cell and were forcing her to go home before the case was determined,” Mullings said.

The Sun also reported that “the behaviour and tactics exhibited by Ms Codling have become commonplace among Jamaican teachers and other employees in other sectors, and that it is seriously undermining and destroying local business.”

In another article with a statement from the employer,

The Sun reported that Codling was working to “sour relations between Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands”.

“It’s most unfortunate that someone who we welcomed with open arms into our country, our homes, our churches and our hearts, and with whom we took a leap of faith to deal with our young children, has now flouted the laws of our country, betrayed the trust that was reposed in her and violated our principles in such a way that was absolutely not in the best interest of our pre-school, our children and our country. The safety, well-being and development of the children in our care are our top priorities and we will not comprise these for anyone or anything,” the article titled “Jamaican teacher trying to use work permit non-renewal to strain Jamaica/Turks and Caicos Islands” said.

It continued: “It is quite sad that Suzette has embarked on what is clearly an evil and wicked crusade of seeking sympathy and spreading vicious lies, aimed at what can best be described as a sick and feeble attempt to strain relations between Jamaica and Turks and Caicos Islands.”

It was later discovered that the head of the daycare is the wife of the editor of

The Sun. The wife is also named as part of the media organisation, as vice president of corporate affairs.

Mullings expressed disappointment in the articles and said they lacked objectiveness.

“There is certainly an issue with a gentleman who publishes an article with a professional woman who pretends to do it as a neutral observer and a journalist, but doesn’t qualify the fact that he’s personally involved in this matter, and that the woman he is publishing the article on is his own wife. The woman who owns the place, who is the employer, is his own wife and he doesn’t qualify it. He doesn’t qualify the story and it is circulating on his website worldwide. It is almost as if they’re asserting their power. They’re saying that not only can we do this, we’re gonna go hard, you know, wrong and strong,” she told the

Sunday Observer.

However, husband of the former employer and president, publisher and Editor-in-chief of

The Sun, Hayden Boyce, believes the articles published were fair and relevant representations of the information surrounding the story.

Responding to an e-mail that questioned the relevance of mentioning in the second article that the bishop who bailed Codling was a “cleric who gained notoriety by denying allegations that he was the person featured in a sex video which went viral locally and internationally last year”, Barbadian Boyce said: “It is extremely relevant and particularly important. Do your research. There is much to this story than meets the eye and/or that you will ever understand.”

Mullings told the Sunday Observer that the minister “came to her defence and was able to get her out of the lock-up on the basis that she would go home on Saturday (yesterday)”.

When asked whether the article spoke objectively and fairly, Boyce

said “definitely”.

What next?

Mullings revealed that she intends to file a suit in relation to the articles published, reasoning that the paper published an article claiming she was at large after she was taken into custody.

“Now you have to understand that this is not a big place. So if immigration is said to be searching for someone on a tiny island, it’s kind of a ridiculous statement to make in the press,” the attorney stated.

The defence lawyer indicated that she also intends to file a class action suit.

“What we are trying to do now is see if we can get all the teachers together…to do one class action case. We certainly have to raise the matter with Caricom and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and if necessary, we also have to touch the international authorities,” Mullings revealed.

“We no longer know what’s going to happen because if Ms Codling stays here, any day them feel like, them call immigration and them lock her up. And although the Immigration Department is supposed to allow her to stay until her case is heard, they can continue to come and lock her up over and over again,” she said.

“So I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to work, but if you have a situation with all of these people working under this kind of pressure and oppression, even if you can get away with not paying them and abusing them and sending them off to detention where they can be raped, even if you can get away with it, it’s a matter of time before that kind of pressure just bursts on you, and it will. Jamaica alone and the amount of slavery bills we had, show that it’s just not effective. You can try your best to oppress people using the legal system; they will break at some point and then you will be sorry,” she warned.

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Here Comes The Duppy Conqueror – Minister Of National Security

Lordhavemercy upon us.  U si di JCF tek down 6 gun man an all upon a sudden wi a di baddest ting pon di land an we nah tek nuh check.  I humbly suggest that the more silent the powers to be are when it comes on to criminal warfare and handling of such on the Roc, the better off law abiding citizens of this land will feel.  There is no need for celebration as your wanted list I am sure is still high as the crime rate.  If the truth be told, you have not even begun to scratch the surface of what is facing this land.  These grandeur pronouncement and statistics does absolutely nothing to restore calm amongst our people.  Every day we hear of loss of a life or lives through criminality, therefore whatever figures you are quoting clearly are based on crimes that are not reported to the public.  I daresay if the public were given the real figures, Prozac would become the medication of choice, not weed.  One does not need to be in a state of highness rather comatose state would fit the wellbeing.

It is high time our leaders communicate on the same pricing as their suits and attire.  To speak with clarity, I say this, stop sounding like a butu as your apparel does not line up with your speech.  Changing the way we address ALL is of paramount importance if it is we seek to build up versus denigrate.  You are not in a corner shop or rum bar smoking spliff, shooting the breeze an chatting ‘fart’ with your peeps rolling in hysterics by being under the influence.  Rather you are on a platform, holding a job title of national importance and I will be damned if I endorse this type of performance that is widely common among those from the green and orange party.  By the way the very same ones who demand respect from all walks of life seem to indulge more often than not in this fashion.

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‘My uncle is a Obeah man’, Montague warns criminals

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 3:55 PM     38 Comments

 Robert Montague (file photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Robert Montague today challenged criminals to keep their lawyers on speed dial as the security forces will be pursuing them relentlessly and without fear.

“Oonu goin run weh because we goin to pursue oonu. This minister no fraid a oonu, my uncle is a Obeah man,” he warned, evoking an outburst of laughter among attendees at an interactive session with heads of security held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

Montague said a number of criminals go about with New Testament Bibles in their back pockets and guard rings claiming that “when dem turn the ring (Senior Superintendent of Police) Mr [Steve] McGregor, dem disappear an police cyaan see dem”.

However, he noted that a new 304-bed facility is being constructed at the Tamarind Farm Adult Correctional Centre, and said “Commissioner [of Corrections Ina] Hunter a fix up a nice place fi dem… and we need people to occupy them”.

The security minister yesterday told the Jamaica Observer that his Administration is “moving to rationalise and improve the prison conditions in the country” while reducing the number of incarcerated individuals.

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JCF – Tun It Up Tun It Up – Try Get Back Some Ratings – A Dis Mi Want

This is what you call a good result.  It cannot continue and must not be allowed.  Human rights cannot be absolute when the wider society at large rights are NOT.  Do not tell me about existing laws.  Laws are not written in stone and if our laws are, it is time to change them.  There is a group called ‘victims support’ and if you are not aware of this group, den it proves my point that our focus has been one dimensional causing us to reach a place in society that is indeed dark.

To look at crime in Jamaica and not see the need for a State of Emergency for minimum 12 months is basically saying our murder rate is nothing to be concerned about.  Our court system is as is and no immediate change will be visible in two years if we are lucky.  Backlog, backlog, backlog, witness, witness, witness, same ole sankey, same result which is no action, no change.

INDECOM sooner than later will realise that not all killings are murders.  As we move through the parishes with the sole purpose of restoring order to our country, many will be silenced.  During war, there is no time for dialogue and the Roc is facing a war whether those occupying houses with armored gates, security detail realises it or not.  The sooner we silence those who are protected by their own security oblivious to the rights of victims and law abiding citizens, the sooner respect and fear can be returned to the JCF.

There is one Jamaica and we must fight for the rights of all citizens who choose to abide by the laws of the land.  If you are bad enough and choose to run afoul of the law, creating anarchy on this land, then prepare to be gunned down and treated in like manner the victims of crime.  If it is gang warfare, then gangs will be dismantled by death sentence and the only gang left standing will be the gang of law and order.

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Six killed in gun battle with security forces in St James

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 15, 2017 | 8:56 AM    144 Comments

ST JAMES, Jamaica — The Independent Commission of Investigations has commenced their probe into last night’s fatal shooting of six men in an alleged gun battle with members of the security forces in Goodwill, St James.

The identities of the deceased are yet to be released by the police.

Preliminary reports are that sometime last nigh, a police/military team and men travelling in a motor car were involved in a shoot-out.

After the shooting died down six men were found suffering from gunshot injuries.

They were taken to the Cornwall Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Following the gunfight, four illegal firearms were recovered by the security forces.

More information later.

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Ounce of Prevention | Cheers to a healthier 2017 by Dr Tony Vendryes

 Tuesday | January 10, 2017

Regular exercise is now associated with more health benefits than at anything else in man’s history.
Regular exercise is now associated with more health benefits than at anything else in man’s history.
On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good.
Charity, a great unselfish New Year’s resolution, can take many forms. You can choose to spend time mentoring a child, or visiting a home for the elderly.
Regular exercise is now associated with more health benefits than at anything else in man’s history.
Charity, a great unselfish New Year’s resolution, can take many forms. You can choose to spend time mentoring a child, or visiting a home for the elderly.

January is a great month for making changes. More people start changing for the better in early January than at any other time of the year. Making a positive step or two in the right direction is a wonderful way to begin the year. Some of us are fortunate enough to have our resolutions develop into lasting and even permanent change. Unfortunately, for the majority of individuals, new year’s resolutions do not last, or they may never even get started.

Right now, write a comprehensive plan. Most successful businesses start with a business plan that describes their mission and specifies on how they will achieve it. Write your own personal plan and you’ll be more likely to succeed as well.

START NOW

Action often precedes motivation, not the other way around. People often think that they should wait until they are motivated to start doing something good for themselves. They’ll say, ‘I’ll start that diet or fitness programme when I’m really well rested and have a lot of energy’.

But it may not work that way. Instead of waiting for inspiration to act on your goals, you need to take action first and inspiration will follow. Your initial action doesn’t have to be anything big. Just by putting on your sneakers and walking for 10 minutes, you will make that energy you are ‘waiting’ for materialise.

Once you initiate an action – the smallest of actions – you pick up momentum, and it will be a lot easier to keep moving forward and stay motivated.

TAKE SMALL STEPS

Set realistic goals that are attainable and then take small steps that are likely to succeed, toward those goals. Don’t decide that you must lose 10 pounds in a week or that you have to quit smoking without help. Instead, join a weight-loss programme and aim to lose a pound or two a week, or seek professional help with smoking cessation.

USE YOUR SPIRITUALITY

Because we are body, mind and spirit, it is important to add a spiritual dimension to your goals. This includes recognising the availability of a higher power that can strengthen and support us in our efforts. This is the first step in the highly successful 12-step programmes used to overcome addictions.

Identify a spiritual support system that works for you and tap into it. Prayer, faith and affirmations are powerful tools.

HEALTHY GOALS

Conquer the bulge – The World Health Organization has described obesity as the world’s major epidemic. As over 60 per cent of adult Jamaicans are overweight or obese, it is not surprising that weight loss is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions. Using a sensible programme, setting reasonable goals and staying focused are the most important factors in succeeding with weight loss.

To aid and support all those who want to lose excess weight, and /or improve their nutrition, our team of weight-loss consultants are available all over the island.

Get fit – The medical proof for fitness is everywhere. Regular exercise is now associated with more health benefits than during any other period in man’s history. Studies show that improved fitness reduces the risk of some cancers, increases longevity, helps achieve and maintain weight loss, enhances mood, lowers blood pressure, and even improves arthritis. In short, exercise keeps you healthy and makes you look and feel better.

Spend more time with family and friends – Recent polls in the United States show that more than 50 per cent of people vow to appreciate loved ones more and to spend more time with family and friends in the coming year. I believe that a renewed commitment to the family and the community by of all of us is an important factor in solving the problem of crime and violence in our country.

Quit smoking – Make this the year that you decide to stamp out your smoking habit. It is the leading preventable cause of premature death. Even if you’ve tried to quit before and failed, don’t let it get you down.

On average, smokers try about four times before they quit for good. Start enjoying the rest of your smoke-free life. I will be offering smoking cessation classes to help you kick the smoking habit.

Don’t abuse alcohol – While many people use the new year as an incentive to finally stop drinking, most are not equipped to make such a drastic lifestyle change all at once. Many heavy drinkers fail to quit cold turkey, but do much better when they have group support.

If you have decided that you want to stop drinking, there is a world of help and support available. Alcoholics Anonymous offers meetings around Jamaica.

Seek financial freedom – Was money a big source of stress in your life last year? Join the host of people who have resolved to spend this coming year getting a handle on their finances. It’s a promise that will repay itself many times over in the years ahead. My team offers monthly success training seminars (STSs) that teach a simple plan to financial success.

Learn something new – Have you ever decided to learn something new? Perhaps you are considering a career change, want to learn a new language, or just how to use your computer?

Whether you take a course or read a book, you’ll find education to be one of the easiest, most motivating. It is never too late to be a student. Many local schools, colleges and universities offer evening, distance and adult-education programmes.

Help others – Charity, a great unselfish new year’s resolution, can take many forms. You can choose to spend time mentoring a child, or visiting a home for the elderly.

There are many non-profit volunteer organisations that could really use your help. Or if your time is really in short supply, maybe you can at least find it in you to give away the furniture, clothing and other household items that you no longer need, rather than dump them in the garbage.

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Friendship – What Does It Mean To You? Hampton Principal Draw Up Ina Pastor Nastiness!!!!!!

For the record I have always made it very clear the term ‘friendship’ is one where I tend to break down.  Colleagues, acquaintances, friends and inner circle. The latter are those persons who have known me from youthful days, childhood, teens and in my 20’s who I happen to still be in contact with.  My support is ‘real’ no holes barred as if I have to do otherwise, then it makes no sense to have a friendship much less get to the level of inner circle.  Waste of my time, I do not need it whatsoever.  With that, I asked the question of a few persons.  Would you have attended if it were someone you considered to be close?  The response was a resounding YES.  My kind of friendship regardless of the gender would be this, straight up.  ‘Are you standing by the man?  Why are you going to Court?  If it is you are standing by the man and attending Court to be by the man’s side and not attending to be by the side of the victim, U DEH PON U OWN.  If  you are not going to Court, then why on earth should I go?  Who will I be comforting in Court in your absence, duppy?  Caas is not u husband!!!  Our friendship will not be over, but there is no way I can support you on this one when it is clear as day that your husband is a deviant and pervert’.  When you are ready for that kind of friendship, give me a shout.  I do not do hypocritical, convenient or fake friendships, life is too short.  We are not all the same.

One of the majors is that we seem to believe that we know the habits, growth, intentions of those we deem to be our friends, close or otherwise.  I will never swear for anybody much less to vouch for their sexual behaviours.  Sex has no boundaries and is not dictated by status, affluence, or age.  You can vouch for Mr so and so, or so and so husband as he is a good upstanding man if you choose.  However, where sex is concerned I will not.  Dun talk pon dat.

How do I feel about the Hampton principal supporting the Pastor’s wife?  My emotions are quite subdued to be honest.  She is providing the support based on the kind of friendship she has with his wife and based on the outcome such a friendship comes at the expense of rubbing shoulders with the pervert.  I would not necessarily believe that such a support means in anyway shape or form that she condones or takes light the charges that have been laid against this man.  Nor do I believe it is an insult being the Principal of an all-girls school.  She responded why she went to Court.  If at a later stage or during the trial of this case, her belief is that the Pastor was set up or coerced, then you will most definitely hear my thoughts on such.  Until then, her choice and I accept her reasons thus far.  Choices you own, on the other hand consequences you do not control.

Before I go, one question.  If the Pastor was your uncle, brother, God father to your child, your sister’s husband, cousin (you get the drift); would you have attended Court?

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Eyes on Hampton principal as school reopens

More heat for Heather Murray in her support of accused Moravian pastor

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 08, 2017    46 Comments

In this photograph taken from his Facebook page, Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke appears to be in high spirits. (Facebook)

The spotlight is on principal of the Hampton School for Girls in Malvern, St Elizabeth, tomorrow, at the start of the new school term.

Heather Murray was at the centre of an incident last week when she, along with two other supporters of a church leader accused of rape, turned up at the St Elizabeth Parish Court for the mention of the sex matter involving the clergyman.

Not only did Murray display her support for Rupert Clarke, 64, who is charged with raping a minor aged 15, but she also attempted to block a photographer from snapping images of the accused man.

The behaviour of the school principal was heavily criticised on social media, with some of her critics suggesting that she stepped out of line in leading support to the accused, considering that she is the administrative head of an all-girls school.

“This lady ought to be ashamed of herself,” one of her critics said. “Although we must abide by the principle that one is innocent until proven guilty, she must be careful that she is not sending the wrong message, considering the fact that she runs a school which has several 15-year-olds on the register.

Another critic stated: “Nothing is wrong with an individual lending support to a friend who has been charged with an offence, and it would not have been bad if Ms Murray simply went there to observe proceedings from a distance. But the fact that she tried to prevent photographers from taking pictures of the man who has been charged was not the wisest thing to do — worse, coming from a school principal who oversees the welfare of girls.”

The subject is certain to be among the issues being discussed by the girls of Hampton as well as members of the teaching staff.

The Hampton School is regarded as one of the foremost institutions of high school learning in Jamaica and the Caribbean. Although the girls are not as sports inclined as others, its academic success is legendary.

Justice of the Peace Murray and wife of the disgraced Moravian minister, Yvonne Clarke, principal of the nearby Bethlehem Moravian College, are close friends, information that the Hampton principal confirmed last week in giving her reason for turning up at the parish court.

Yvonne Clarke is also a member of the board of governors of 159-year-old Hampton School, which has as its Latin motto “Suma virtute et humanitate”, meaning “With utmost courage and courtesy” .

Clarke, who was arrested on December 28, was offered bail in the sum of $800,000 with one or two sureties. He took up his bail offer late Friday, the Jamaica Observer understands, and is due back in court on February 13.

St Elizabeth police said that around 9:00 pm a team was patrolling a community on the outskirts of Santa Cruz in the parish when they saw a parked car which made them suspicious.

When they went to investigate, the law enforcers said that they found the Moravian minister, who heads the Nazareth Moravian Church in Manchester, in what they described as a “compromising” position with the underage girl.

They did not say what they called “compromising”.

On Friday, popular Councillor of the Trafalgar Division in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation Kari Douglas called on Murray to resign or face dismissal.

Douglas, daughter of former Cabinet minister Easton Douglas, said that she is bothered by the developments and finds Murray’s ‘explanation’ that she merely attended court in support of her friend, who is the wife of the accused man, as “unsatisfactory”.

The land economist and valuation surveyor, who is serving her second term as councillor, also said that she finds it “deeply troubling” that Murray has failed to address several reports which indicate that she attempted to block photographs being taken by the media of the accused child abuser.

“For far too long communities, and especially so people in society who should know better, have sent both overt and tacit signals of support for persons accused of sexually molesting our children. I have seen in my division and across the country cases where little girls who are being abused are fearful of speaking out because the abuser receives support from authority figures. Mrs Murray’s explanation for her attendance at court is unsatisfactory and should be rejected.

“In the context of the sad and prevailing circumstances in many of our communities and with consideration for the sensitive position which she holds, Mrs Murray should resign immediately or be sacked for her grave error of judgement which has rendered her unfit to lead a school, especially so an all-girls institution,” Douglas said.

Regarding the accused man, Douglas said that she is mindful that all accused are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and nothing should be done to interference with his right to a fair trial.

If the accused man is convicted, Douglas said, the minister of religion should face the maximum available punishment.

Police also confirmed Friday that the accused pastor is also being investigated for other sex-related acts that he may have been involved in.

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Hear, Hear – The Next Commish If I Could Appoint – Accompong Maroon Colonel

Oh how I long for people who have the balls and guts to deal with the insanity that is plaguing our Island called, CRIME.  The sad affair is we have aligned ourselves with all sorts in the name of ‘Rights Groups’ only to find that we have forgotten the rights of law abiding citizens.  Citizens of this country, many of whom are nervous, fearful whose behaviour often times mimics crack cocaine addicts.  Every move you make, you are jumpy, eyes roaming all around, on the lookout not to be pounced upon.  Every noise you hear that sounds like gun shot, you get flat quivering looking like a ragged doll.  Is that living?  Why is that so?  Cowardice style of leadership I tell you why.  When frustration mounts, those in leadership beckon for divine intervention and in the same breath, use inflammatory comments in hope of sending fear towards the criminals of this land.  I have news for you.  Dem nuh fraid a u.   Caas dem know sey a empty talk.  Oono nuh ave nuh ratings……………none a oono whether the P or the J when it comes on to dealing with crime.

I will say it again and again.  As long as you have the same pool in the High Command and promote within, the results will be the same.  I challenge you to appoint the Accompong Maroon Colonel as the next Commissioner of Police.  If not, find someone with similar sentiments.  You will not do so.  Anyone who can truly make a difference with the ‘TOUGH, the INSANE’ in this country, you deem them to be MAD.  Well choose your kind of ‘SANE’ which accomplishes naught in solving crime and violence over my kind of ‘SANE’ which can put a lasting bullet/deterrent into the minds of the criminal underworld.

Get this loud and clear.  The criminals do not fear you.  They do not respect you and most importantly they believe you can be bought.  The perception of the JCF is what is driving failure within.  Until the perception changes, you will continue to reap the 3 F’s.  Failure, frustration and fear.

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Shoot those criminals

Accompong Maroon colonel wants firing squad ‘within seven days’ for convicted murderers

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 08, 2017     110 Comments

Williams…”they should be placed before the firing squad within seven days.” (Observer)

The head of the Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth wants convicted murderers to be place before a firing squad and shot within seven days of their conviction.

Colonel Fearon Williams, who on Friday stated his interest in becoming the next commissioner of police, said that if he is given the job, he knew how to make the “entire country a replica of Accompong Town — the safest place in the island”.

Williams was addressing the Maroon Festival to mark the 279th anniversary of the signing of the January 6 Maroon Peace Treaty in Accompong Town.

Williams told Minister of Security, Robert Montague that if he was given the job, he knew just how to make the entire county a replica of Accompong Town — the safest place on the island.

“Since the signing of the peace treaty there has only been one murder here. Right now I am not speaking as the colonel, I am speaking as Fearon Williams — from my heart. I heard you on the TV the other day and Sir, you fell short and these are my words,” he stated in a direct reference to Minister of National Security Robert Montague, who was in attendance.

“Sir, whenever time gunmen, gunwomen, gun boys and gun babies are caught they should not be hanged because hanging is barbaric. What should happen is they should be placed between the firing squad within seven days,” Williams said.

“Sir, you might want to say maybe they’re innocent ones there, but show me your company and I’ll show you who you are. I am soliciting work now. The last five years I was the best shot in Area One that comprises of St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth. So, the relatives of these persons caught with firearms need not fret that they are going to pay too much because I guarantee they will only be charged for one round. I will see that only one round is put in that person who is caught if you give me that work,” he said.

Though Williams’ comments garnered much laughter from those listening, including the Maroon community, he urged those listening and Montague to “give it a try for a short period and see what happens”.

Moreover, Williams lauded Montague for his bravery — a symbol of the maroons, but encouraged him to take his suggestion to Cabinet so that honest citizens can stop living as prisoners.

“Gone are the days when prisoners are behind bars; it is the hardworking honest citizens of this county who are behind bars. They are the ones who have to be locked up behind bars as evening comes, they are the ones who cannot walk, who cannot even have their things before the criminals come and take it and even threaten you too. Mr Minister, go to the Cabinet. Not a bag a mouth, action we need now. I know you are no weakling,” he said.

Montague, however, invited the colonel to have a meeting next week to have further discussions and put plans in place to ensure Accompong Town remains peaceful and safe.

He said: “The nation is confronted with a crime problem and some people scream out and ask when we are going to solve it. We never got there overnight and we certainly will not walk away from where we are overnight. There is no magic wand or silver bullet. It is going to take concerted effort and political will of all the people coming together in unity and solving the problem. I know you have the safest place in the country but I don’t want to wait until we have a problem, so I want to sit down with you next week. Mi wi fit in a discussion and say how to get a little police post up here so we can keep the place peaceful and keep it safe.”

Montague maintained that the Government of Jamaica has heard the cries of all citizens and there will be no hiding place for any criminal.

He said that whether Jamaicans are on the side of good or evil, they must support the police.

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Fi Real – 30 Years Cayman Police Nuh Kill Nobady Till Dem Buk Upon A Jamaican Illegal????

Can we learn something about Cayman’s governance or what?  In that Island, am I to believe that most wrong doers are not trigger happy as they are in Jamdown?  Or is it that the Cayman police shoot but never killed a suspect?  Either way, I find this astounding.  It could be I am used to living on the Roc where the reverse is the norm so anything outside of my norm appears astounding.  Then again that Island has a population of under 100,000 so we could take such into account.  Ahhhhh still not sure in trying to compare the Roc on a per capita basis to other regions.

When you think on this.  We have police shoot up pon a regular basis as some a di ‘roun robin’ dem.  Right about now, we have many of these kinds of killings in concentrated areas.  Notwithstanding, the meat of this piece I would like to raise to your consciousness is that we write our own script way too often.  Some a wi while I can understand the emotions of being Jamaican, love to draw not the race card but the ‘bad mind’ card when we run afoul of the law in others country.   Or when other islands sey dem nuh want wi ina dem country.

The drug trade is a business and while we have those from other Islands and elsewhere being caught trying to leave our Ports with their loot, how often do we hear of other Islanders taking up residence in JA, forming gangs and committing all manner of evil?  Just saying that wrong is wrong and must be called out.  Hiding behind or deflecting when one of own is caught, killed or treated otherwise should cause us to face our reality.  Reality as to the underlying fact as many Jamaicans leave this land to take up residence elsewhere.  Not all are doing so for good intentions.  Instead of touting bad mind as the reason for every disparaging comments made about our people, let us look at situations case by case and with all the facts versus bits of pieces for sensationalism.

INDECOM……………even if they had, 30 years and  the 1st killing, would not even warrant an investigation.  One ting though demya Police after no practice for 3 decades manage to shoot fi kill………Nuh miss whatsoever.  Dead as nit!!!

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Jamaican first to be killed by cops in Cayman Islands in 3 decades

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, January 07, 2017 | 12:19 PM     31 Comments

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) confirmed Friday that they killed a Jamaican gun suspect in the first fatal police officer-involved shooting here, since at least the 1980s.

According to the Cayman Compass, the dead man has been identified as Norval Barrett, 34, who was in the Cayman Islands illegally.

Police Commissioner David Byrne said the suspect was the subject of a search warrant being served in the Windsor Park area of George Town around 5:30 am Friday. However, he declined to independently confirm Barrett’s identity, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to police reports, the suspect exited a residence on Theresa Drive with a firearm. Byrne said two RCIPS armed officers fired “a number of shots” and injured the suspect.

Barrett was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The police commissioner said he could not confirm whether the suspect had fired any shots at the police, although he said that was being looked at. The firearm retrieved by police at the scene was loaded, Byrne said.

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Prepare Fi Dead At UHWI or Any Public Hospital Pon Di Roc!!!!!

Same sankey singing for decades now, just a different face and style of bemoan.  What is the solution?   We cannot stop migration as we will not increase pay neither can we deal with our crime issue on this small island.  Question, is there no other country that is worse off than us who have specialised nurses that would find what we have to offer a ‘golden goose’?????

What about the Continent of Africa, South America, Asia  or other Caribbean countries?  Are we forever stuck on the USA and UK?????  What is the solution?  We demand such.  This is beyond a disgrace.  We have the whos who on all these boards yet no one can import workers as others export our own????  What are you really saying to the people of this country?  Do not bother to come for any kind of treatment, stay home and let nature takes its course is that it?

If there are those amongst us who believe Private Hospitals remuneration for their nurses are that much better than Public, wheel and come again.  Healthcare has always been at the bottom of the barrel when it comes on to financial resources for over 50 years.  It will only get worst providing things remain the same.  From the looks of it, different government, but same hierarchy filtering from one sector to the next with the same doom and gloom reporting.  What can be covered up will, and those cannot are revealed.

Wi corner well dark.  Who faid fi write ‘Will’ better practice now as anything can bruk living on the Roc.

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UHWI hit by shortage of specialist nurses, ICU beds

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, 5 January 201743 Comments

 University Hospital of the West Indies Chairman James Moss-Solomon (left) and the hospital’s CEO, Kevin Allen, take questions at the Lions Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston yesterday. (Photo: Alexandria Dixon)

A severe shortage of specialist nurses and intensive care unit (ICU) beds yesterday forced the University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI) to cancel all major surgeries that were planned for the day.

The revelation was made by the hospital’s chairman James Moss-Solomon in his guest address to the Lions Club of Kingston monthly meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.

“Each day is a new challenge… this morning I woke up to find… all major surgeries at our hospital have been cancelled because we simply cannot find enough critical care nurses to continue,” Moss-Solomon said.

He lamented the decision, noting that all the operating theatres are up and running and all the surgeons were ready to work.

Following Moss-Solomon’s address, UHWI Chief Executive Officer Kevin Allen was unable to say when the surgeries would resume.

“We have limited amounts of beds. So tomorrow, if a patient recovers and the bed is free, we resume tomorrow. Once we’re at capacity, major cases we have to hold back a little,” he told the

Jamaica Observer.

That issue was also addressed by Moss-Solomon, who stated that the hospital does not have enough intensive care beds, a situation that he said exists throughout the island. “UHWI, by international standards, should have 32 ICU beds, we currently have nine,” Moss-Solomon said.

However, he said the 32 beds presuppose that all other hospitals on the island have their complement, but that is not the reality, as Kingston Public Hospital has about four, Bustamante Hospital for Children has a few, Cornwall Regional Hospital has less than half of those at UHWI, while the other hospitals have none.

At the same time, the UHWI chairman stressed that modern medicine is not about the number of beds, but rather the effort to minimise the length of patient stay in hospitals.

He lamented the specialist nurse brain drain that, he said, continues to plague the island and noted its crippling effect on the UHWI’s operations.

According to Moss-Solomon, half the batch of 24 specialist nurses trained each year are usually recruited by overseas companies before graduation.

“We have doubled nursing training for specialist nurses in 2016 and before the course is completed 50 per cent of them are already employed. It does not matter how many millions of dollars we care to put up on a bonding system, the USA, Canada and the UK are quite happy to pay it off,” Moss-Solomon said.

“So you may have loved ones there today whose [surgeries] have been cancelled, not through the fault of the hospital being unable to have an operating theatre and the necessary doctors, but because of a critical shortage of specialist nurses who are being poached by these countries every graduating class,” he told the meeting.

But the UHWI chairman said he cannot blame the nurses, as they are seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

“They are not robots, they have husbands, families and children to go to school. Right now in Jamaica, some of them are forced to take their children to school every day by car because they don’t feel it’s safe for them to take the bus, and their girl children must get home by 6:00 pm. Now, in America when they are offered these jobs and all the perks, school buses pick up their children and drop them off; so it’s more than just about nursing care, this is about a way of life,” Moss-Solomon said.

He said the shortage of specialist nurses has not only affected the surgeries, but also surgical hours at the hospital, which have already been extended to 10:00 pm.

In the meantime, Moss-Solomon said the hospital is actively recruiting recovery room, intensive care unit and operating theatre nurses from Cuba and India to fill the gap.

During the question and answer session that followed Moss-Solomon’s address, Allen added that the UHWI should be getting 25 specialist nurses in mid-February through collaborative efforts with the health ministry.

The country has been grappling with the problem of specialist nurses for some time now; in 2011 the Nurses’ Association of Jamaica had reported that the country had one specialist nurse in several of the medical disciplines and that most of them had retired.

Last year, in an effort to address the shortage, the health minister instructed that the ministry’s parallel training programme for specialist nurses be expanded and extended beyond its intended closure date of 2016, to augment those who will be trained by the University of Technology, Jamaica.

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