Get To The Root Cause – Home Life – Stop Playing Politics – UK Ban Dancehall – Now Wi Scoring Points – Stop It!!!!

Wey di puppa, mumma, grandmodder, grand-fadder, god-modder, god-fadder deh??????  Return to basics and let us not complicate the issues.  Children are a product of their environment.  Environment begins in the home, their neighbours, community, Church, fellowship.  It does not have a dollar value as before time memorial there was poverty and there will continue to be until the world ends.  What was evident was ‘broughtuptsey’ in that wooden structure, tenement or wherever you lived.  There was a thing call ‘pride’.  Pride in knowing that you came from a household that did not have much yet you were raised to be grateful for the little you had, and ‘manners’ was the order of the day.  If not, you were disciplined, and any adult you saw  if you stepped out of line had the natural right to talk to you as there was a belief that we were our neighbour’s keepers.  If you were raised with domestic helpers and had a few amenities that were considered ‘fortunate’, ‘manners’ were stilled imprinted on your forehead as the consequence for being disrespectful was real.

Personally, I have no appreciation for this genre of dancehall music, however, I was a keen listener and lover to a few artists during the 1980’s.   A few of them  have lasted up to the 2000’s.  So much so, Oliver at Large,  had a name for my favorites, chaka chaka music.  Yes, do you recall the term ‘chaka chaka’?  I smile as my family that raised me thought they were too.  Those were the times, yet at that time, my Christian background thought otherwise.   I knew when and where, the time that I could be allowed to indulge my pleasures until I arrived at the acceptable age of 21 where I could call my own shots only if I was not under the family roof that is.  Home life influenced me back then and still influences me today.

Fast forward to todeh……………………Is it really about the music?  Or should it be about a country whose governments have failed to enforce and uphold the rule of law in and out of institutions.  Whether it is the prison system, the police force, public sector, corruption run rife and the links culture run tings.  Why do we continue to allow women who have 1, 2, and more children on the PATH programme, who are living in dysfunctional homes to  continue to multiply?  Their right?  When does ones ‘right’ become absolute when it is a hindrance, a death sentence to the very children in existence?  When does the government have a ‘right’ to enter into the homes of the very ones we call innocent?  Nearing election time when votes are needed from the very same single dysfunctional mother?

Until we have a society where the majority of citizens feel their vote means something.  Where they must be made to understand that democracy or not, your vote matters.  When our governments stop relying on the very same voters many of whom are dependent on the State, just maybe we can stop scoring politic points and call it for what it is.  Who allow children to listen to music?  Who allow children to wine up themselves as if they are strippers on a pole?  Who allow children to watch porn?   Who are the role models for the children?  What kind of home life are they subjected to?  Why are women still continuing to become baby mothers without baby fathers playing an integral role into the emotional, spiritual, financial and social development of these children?  Who allow children to have smartphones without restrictions or monitoring of such?  Why are we not selling the message of unwanted pregnancies and unwanted children as being a deterrent to the society in general?  Governments allow deadbeat mothers and deadbeat fathers  to multiply.  Now we have a generation that are influenced by any and anyone outside of their homes as they had no home life in the first place.

The music though not my cup of tea cannot be ‘killed’.  It is easier to attack the music in our country and jump on the bandwagon because the UK has taken action. What takes guts in JA is going straight to ‘rights’ issue.  Changing the law democracy or not.  It is my belief that not all rights are absolute.  If our governments continue to allow the procreation of life to continue from the same groups, then we will continue to have what we have.  Stability and foundation comes from strong family values.  Whether the society throws out junk or not, the child will be able to sift through providing the foundation at home was solid.  This season it is this style of dancehall, in another 20 years what next and who knows?  As we progress into secular livity, what is deemed art is just that.  In as much as another man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure.  What remains unchangeable though are strong family values imprinted in the DNA with a Christian background.  I would be more concerned about a mother with 2 children, no baby father and no job, yet pregnant with baby number 3 on the way.

Can you work whilst you are incarcerated?  What kind of work can you do if the answer is yes?  If no, then who are the ones instrumental in upholding that?  Corruption in prison is not unique to Jamaica.  What is unique is every nook and cranny corruption prevails here.  Corruption starts from the top, never the middle and please not the bottom.  Clean up the systems in this country, employ persons who can enforce the rule of law and not be bribed.  Get politicians who can deal with the root cause which is the home.  You can get into the homes if you implement laws to protect the unborn from entering into a life with a death sentence as their DNA.

Finally, this is what the government can do if they have the balls and the Opposition on board if they are capable of opposing from a non-partisan platform.  Ban all music from public transportation ie robot taxis, private taxis, JUTC buses.  Persons who want to hear music, travel with your head phones.  Talk to each other and stop juke up uself on your way to work, school or elsewhere.  As much as Jamaica is being sold as an entertainment hub, there is much more to this country than its music, I daresay. 

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Holness says no to censorship of the arts

Prime Minister reacts to Hanna’s remarks on Vybz Kartel music

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, February 26, 2017     75 Comments

 HOLNESS … we have a liberal democracy (Joseph Wellington)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his Government will not give in to any public urge for censorship as a response to controversial cultural activities, including dancehall music.

Holness told a breakfast meeting with members of the board and senior editorial staff of the Jamaica Observer at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue head office in Kingston on Friday that education would be a better response to public alarm regarding anything that may be considered offensive.

“My point is, how do we create consumers who are more discerning of the products that are being produced. Because, once you start to censure you kill creativity,” Holness said.

The prime minister was reacting to a question about his response to issues like the current controversy over comments made by Opposition spokesperson and former Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, on radio about banning Vybz Kartel’s music and him recording from his prison cell.

Hanna, who was addressing issues of violence and culture at the time on local radio station, Nationwide News Network, noted that, despite being sentenced to life imprisonment for murder, Kartel seemed to have continued recording his music, which some Jamaicans consider unfit for public consumption, from behind bars, which music is played publicly.

“If you are convicted, until you are not convicted, perhaps it is that your music need not be played on the radio,” Hanna said in the interview.

“The issue is where Kartel’s music is coming out (more) than any other person, because I have not heard any new song from Buju (Banton) since he has been incarcerated. I think that we need to get to the root cause of that. We need to find out how the songs are being made, how they are getting out. Is there corruption in the prison system? And not only for Kartel, I am not singling out Kartel alone. I am singling out all persons across the spectrum who are having an imprint on our children’s value system,” she said.

Holness responded:

“We have a liberal democracy’, we can’t escape that. And the society is not one that brooks any argument about censorship. We are not a society that holds heavily to censorship.

“The way to combat that, however, is that while we don’t like censorship, that shouldn’t mean that we allow everything to get in the public space. So the important thing that a society that is a liberal democracy must develop, if it is not going to censor, is to develop literacy and education.

“In other words, you combat negative information with positive information.

So the challenge we have is that a lot of people are absorbing, within the public space, much of the artistic creativity but without the context as to how this creativity can lead to the realisation of a certain reality.

“In other societies, you go and you watch the movies and it is not just dancehall, it’s just general. You have hip hop, you have rap music; we are just bombarded with things that have different moral perspectives. But, if you have a well-educated society that can place these things in context,and say this is art, this is from one’s own belief, it’s not what I necessarily believe, or I know that what this person is saying is wrong, then your society can survive that.

“But, if you have a high level of illiteracy or unreasonableness in the society, and people literally take what is being produced — not just as artistic content, but take it literally as their theme or anthem — then you begin to have a problem. So, the solution to Jamaica is not censorship, the solution is to increase our education; our teaching has to place things in context.”

Jamaican dancehall star Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for the murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams. Kartel received the harshest sentence of any of his co-defendants, as he is serving 35 years in prison before he will be eligible for parole. The sentencing of Kartel and three other co-accused followed a 65-day trial.

Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, was found guilty of killing Williams at his house in Havendale, a suburb north of Kingston, in August, 2011. Also found guilty were: Shawn Campbell and Kahira Jones, who were each sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years, and Andre St John, who can apply for parole after serving 15 years of a life sentence. A fifth defendant, Shane Williams, was found not guilty.

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Academically Qualified – Yet Nuh Ready Fah Di Wok Place!!!!

My oh my, it has surely taken long for this to arrive on the pages of our tabloid.  What now ails you, Mr Employer?????  Just today once again the conversation steered around to those who are gainfully employed needing to become gainfully unemployed quick a clock.  Every other person is advertising their degrees, masters while at the same time lacking greatly in social development.  Quite frankly I agree with every word outlined in this piece.  I have been speaking to this lack for years.  Senior managers have lamented to me their frustration in conducting interviews as di stock nuh ready, nuh matter what di paperwork sey.

The sad thing is if you try to engage this line of conversation with many of these groups of people, they are easily offended.  Refusing to listen and learn.  They have no finesse and are as ordinary as they come.  When they are passed over for promotion they begin to jump on this bandwagon that plays this popular tune, ‘ole people want to keep dem down’.   They have never asked them self this question?  Am I able to represent the Brand outside of my 2×4 office space where the familiar faces exists around me?   If you were asked to attend a meeting on behalf of your boss where you were going to meet a few executives for the first time, how would you fair?  Can you communicate effectively without using the slangs that you are not even aware you are using ie, u understand, u know, yeah, yeah, arm, arm etc etc etc?  How confident are you really outside of your comfort zone?  Have that conversation  with those persons and the boxing gloves are soon fitted on and before you know it, you have become an enemy of the state to them.  Tragic!!!!!

Quite frankly, I have made a decision a long time ago.  If I have a concern and request to speak to the supervisor and or manager.  If the supervisor comes out.  I take a good look from head to toe, voice my concern and listen keenly to their response.  By the time they get to the third word, I have said on numerous occasions, sorry you cannot help me.  I refuse to voice my concerns to persons in supervisory and management positions who does not have a good command of the English language.  It becomes extremely frustrating as their understanding of the issue is never grasped as they possess no analytical or reasoning skills.  Quickly their emotions take over and they become offended and defensive due to their lack.  I have learnt from experience and so when I face those situations, I am quick to put my concerns in writing to hopefully who I refer to as the ‘organ grinder’.   Organ grinders are usually higher up the food chain and once you put things in writing they will respond.

Where do we go from here?  Simple if you ask me.  Prospective employees must be able to pass a face to face interview with minimum 90% grading.  Academics and physicality I am sad to say cannot be the sole driving force in employment.  One can be groomed physically far quicker than it is to groom the certified in ‘soft skills’ especially when they think they have arrived based on their attitude.  Let us see how many will have known this article existed much less to read it.

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Some tertiary graduates lacking ‘soft skills’ for employment

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, February 21, 2017     35 Comments

 Executive director of Youth Upliftment Through Employment Alicia Glasgow-Gentles, tells editors and reporters at this week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange that some employers have expressed frustration that a number of graduates lack employment skills.(Photo: Naphtali Junior)

ONE of Jamaica’s senior educators is lamenting that some secondary and tertiary students are leaving school without the requisite skills that will make them readily employable for emerging careers.

According to Dr Merrit Henry, what students have not realised is that they need to examine and focus on what their skills and competences are and how they can use them to move into areas of employment. Failure to do this, she said, will result in them not self-actualising.

Henry was addressing yesterday’s

Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange on the issue of whether the education system is producing young job seekers with the kills demanded by employers.

She argued that, although some careers have, or are being petered out, some graduates are not meeting the demands for emerging careers in areas such as information technology, social media, communications, and logistics.

“I think that there is a greater demand than what we are putting out. Obviously, if requests are being made and we can’t fill them, then there is a greater demand than we are supplying. There needs to be a more structured approach to the whole area of career development, not only at the secondary level, but also at the tertiary level,” said Henry, the student services and development Manager in the Office of Placement and Career Services, at The University of the West Indies, Mona.

While she accepted that academics is mandatory, Henry argued that soft skills such as the ability to communicate effectively, solve problems, think critically and creatively, and to exercise commitment and dedication are also relevant.

“Students need to be exposed to labour market information from very early so that they do not only choose based on their interest and based on what is easy for them, but choose on interest and abilities and demand, what it is now and what it will be over the next five to 10 years,” she explained.

Added to that, executive director of Youth Upliftment Through Employment (YUTE) Alicia Glasgow-Gentles remarked that some employers have expressed frustration that a number of graduates lack employment skills.

“The BPO (business process outsourcing) industry is a burgeoning one, where thousands of jobs are anticipated over the next couple of years. And the BPO service providers are complaining that they are getting applications from university level graduates [but] a lot of them are lacking employment skills which translate to work readiness. These young people are graduating from school and do not know the skills that are required to be work ready,” she shared.

As a result, Glasgow-Gentles said the New Employment Opportunities project, a regional initiative dedicated to improving the quality of the workforce and the employability of poor and vulnerable youth in Latin America and the Caribbean, is being used to correct this.

The project is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank. The Jamaican arm is being executed by YUTE and aims to increase job opportunities for 10,000 youth, ages 17 to 29.

“We are providing employability skills through a programme we call the passport to success. It’s a programme that was developed by the International Youth Foundation and has been implemented in over 80 countries worldwide which, in essence, provides a curriculum that allows people to get ready for work,” Glasgow-Gentles said.

“So you may have the technical skills, you may have the vocational skills, you may have the educational skills, but if you are lacking in social and life skills employers are not going to take you on,” she said.

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Ounce Of Prevention | Painkillers Can Kill! by Dr Tony Vendryes

(Jamaica Gleaner, Tuesday 21 February 2017)

Pain, particularly acute pain is an important signal that your body gives to warn you to correct a situation of an underlying disorder. Pain is more a symptom than a disease. The best and foremost action you can take is to try to identify the cause of your pain. Then, even if you need to take something for pain relief you can also begin to deal with the underlying cause.

The shelves in your local pharmacy are lined with a bewildering array of drugs for the relief of pain. Many of them are available without a doctor’s
prescription. They include well-known drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen, as well as a large group of pain relievers called NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs). More potent analgesics like opiates, morphine and its derivative are now being widely abused worldwide with disastrous consequences

Drawbacks of Painkillers
These medicines are widely used, often abused and, contrary to popular belief, are far from harmless. Let me share with you some facts about some of them.

Aspirin
The chemical name for aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). It was first made in 1853 and has since become a preferred treatment for arthritis pain, headaches and fever. Today, many people reach for this drug at the first hint of pain and many doctors recommend that it be taken on a daily basis for the prevention of heart attacks, still the commonest cause of death. It could be considered the most popular drug in history.
Aspirin is regarded as being safe enough to not require a prescription. An average daily dose of aspirin for moderate pain is two tablets every four to six hours, but an arthritis sufferer might be allowed by the doctor to take double this amount.
Unfortunately, aspirin has serious list of side effects: gastritis, peptic ulcer, intestinal bleeding, haemorrhagic shock, and even sudden death. Aspirin use can also affect your eyes by increasing the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. There is even up to a 500 per cent increase in the risk of cataracts among individuals below age 55, who take aspirin long-term. Aspirin is also one of the leading causes of death from poisoning each year.

Acetaminophen
Over a third of the general population takes acetaminophen (for example, Tylenol) at least once a month. It is now the most widely used pain relievers in the United States. Taking more than the recommended dose, however, can lead to fatal liver injury. Acetaminophen poisoning is now the most common cause of acute liver failure in the United States. Attempted suicides account for many cases, but almost half are the result of unintentional overdoses. And those who had unintentionally taken overdoses usually have even worse outcomes than those who have done so intentionally, since unintentional overdoses are usually not recognised so soon.

NSAIDs
As chronic pain becomes more common, the drug companies churn out more and more of this class of painkiller. Names like Advil, Brufen, Indomethacin and Voltaren spring readily to mind. With chronic use however these drugs create many problems like gastritis, bleeding peptic ulcers, kidney damage and high blood pressure. Chronic use will increase the destruction of cartilage in arthritic joints, thus making the joint damage worse. Yes with prolonged use they make the arthritis worse. Yet, many people are kept on these medications for decades.

… Natural and Safe Pain Relievers

Fish oils
The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oil have been shown, by many clinical studies, to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that reduce pain, lower inflammation and promote joint lubrication. The more severe the pain the higher the dose needed.

Ginger
This root is a strong anti-inflammatory that offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well when steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. A grounded black pepper seed increases the potency of the ginger tea. It may also be applied externally as a hot compress to painful joints and muscles.
Turmeric a close relative to ginger offers very similar benefits and its anti-inflammatory properties have cancer protective effects.

Boswellia

This herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients known as boswellic acids that research has shown significantly reduce inflammation.

Bromelain

This enzyme, found in pineapples, is natural and anti-inflammatory. It can betaken in supplement form, but eating fresh, pineapple may also be helpful.

Cayenne cream

Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers. It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P, a chemical component in nerve cells that transmits pain signals to the brain.

Guinea Hen Weed

This very common local bush has become very popular for its potential anti-cancer benefits. However it is also very useful as a pain reliever. In addition to drinking the tea – best made from the whole plant, the root can be soaked in alcohol and the liquid applied to painful joints and sore areas. Even inhaling the pungent aroma from the root will relieve many a headache.

Aromatherapy

Essential oils like lavender and rosemary offer powerful stress-relieving and analgesic properties. Simply rub a few drops of the oil in your palms and inhale the fragrance for a few moments and notice the change in your feelings.

Mind/Body therapies

Pain responds well to a variety of therapies like hypnosis, acupuncture, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Therapy (tapping) and therapeutic touch. The wonderful thing is that many of these treatments can be self-administered.
So before taking two pain pills, consider your options. They are often safer and gentler.

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Eat A Food Mentality A Go Kill Wi While The Government, Law Enforcement Reacts – What Does Preventative Means?????

Preventative means, work and enforcement both of which our leaders choose not to do.  Why?????  Go figure…………While that is taking place, we are left to pick of the pieces of the carnage day in and day out.

Parenting………………….what exactly does that mean????  You do not need to be able to read and write to know the basics of survival for your kids.  How can you justify 10 little ones in a vehicle that is licensed to carry 5?  How can you the parent or guardian put your child in such a vehicle?  If you are going to wail that you did not know the driver was going to pack up the vehicle, I say, LIAR…  Is the driver a stranger to you?  Be careful how you answer that question.

Society claims that social development is needed in order to curtail the ills facing our children.  I ask this question?  If the government has to provide the basic survival skills to women, then maybe they should qualify before pushing out babies as if they are animals.  I have to correct that last statement, as animals are treated far better than human beings in this century.  Some of our women are proving that they are not mentally equipped to raise their children.  While they are equipped to create them, they certainly are clueless, selfish or downright foolish in raising them.  This is an Island where we are sick and tired of hearing of the evil acts, whether sexual, physical and emotional abuse inflicted on our most vulnerable.   My heart bleeds for these little ones as they did not sign up for this.  They look to mommy, daddy for the path they should cross until they are able to make their own decisions.  Instead they receive trump change.  We should be outraged that our children keep suffering due to the carelessness of those who should be their gatekeeper.  When will they be held accountable for their irresponsibility’s?  Are you going to tell me that infant children dictate to their parents on the values of their own lives?   If it is they are oh so smart that they do, am I to accept that the adult has now taken the role of the child, and vice versa?   Knowing so, you should be allowed to procreate under those circumstances after the 1, 2 and 3 you currently have are totally lost?  Who speaks for the minors of our nation?  Who is prepared to stop being part of the reactors and instead fight for the rights of minors?  The right to be able to live knowing that their guardians know and care about their welfare outside of the material.

It is one thing to learn how to raise and cope with the challenges at times of raising your baby.  I say loudly that once the child has reached an age where it can speak and walk on its own without the baby talk, one would think some growth on your part should be imminent.  If that is not the case, then should you really be parenting?  Now who are the players to be made culpable for this?  When are the laws going to be enforced and when are we going to properly legislate for the safety our kids?  I have no tolerance for carelessness and my sympathies will always be directed to the most vulnerable, the children.

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10 schoolchildren injured in Trelawny crash

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, February 18, 2017     31 Comments

Ten schoolchildren were injured when two motor vehicles collided in Trelawny yesterday. The drivers of both vehicles were also injured. (Photo: Mark Cummings)

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — The 10 students who were injured in a motor vehicle collision in Trelawny yesterday morning have been transferred from Falmouth Hospital to other hospitals for treatment, head of the Trelawny Police Division Superintendent Clive Blair has revealed.

Nine of the 10 students, who attend infant and primary schools, were transferred to Cornwall Regional Hospital while the other student was transferred to the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

The drivers of the two motor cars involved in the crash were also seriously hurt and have been hospitalised.

Reports from the police are that shortly before 8:00 am, a Toyota Camry motor car, which had the 10 students on board, was travelling along the Martha Brae main road towards Falmouth when it collided with another Toyota motor vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.

The drivers, who were trapped and had to be cut from their mangled vehicles by members of the Falmouth Fire Department, and the students were all rushed to hospital.

In the wake of the crash, Superintendent Blair warned that, in the coming weeks, the police will be adopting a zero-tolerance approach towards motorists who overload their vehicles and commit other traffic breaches.

“The overloading (of motor vehicles) is another issue because there were 10 students and basically that car is licensed to carry five people: The driver, plus four,” Superintendent Blair stated.

He was also critical of parents who allow their children to travel in privately owned motor vehicles that are illegally operating as taxis.

“The parents who allow their children to go into ‘robot’ taxis should be aware that it is wrong, because in the case of an accident, they will not be able to get any compensation if they sustain any injuries. It is a privately owned vehicle; it can’t be used as a public passenger vehicle,” he said.

Members of the traffic department at the Falmouth Police Station are investigating.

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Dancehall Ban In The UK – Backlash – Hypocrites Believing There Was No Correlation!!!!!

The UK has come out blazing about this genre of dancehall music and now leaders and others are dropping their 2 cents.  From the comments I have read thus far, a fair amount believe this should take place on the Roc.  If memory serves me correct, did we not have a certain Minister who spoke out about the lyrical content of our current dancehall music and he in turn received serious backlash???????

How dare you with your timing oh so coincidental now speak to the ills or should I say the negative influence it has on many of  our youths, toddlers, schoolers both boys and girls?  Our ‘intellectuals’ as it appears, have turned out ‘alright’ hence their support that there is no negative influence.  Attempting to rationalize by comparing to television. Let us focus on Jamaica and not ‘fareign’.  What is happening here?  Speak to what you see unfolding on the Roc.   It is not about you, rather the masses.  The worst fate one can receive is when those who know better promote otherwise.  You have the good job, the successful business, and once upon a time you used to or still rock to  this genre of dancehall music, smoke a bit a weed, but hey, I’m good, look at me.  Hold up.  Back then, back in time, the country was a different space.  ‘Broughtupsey’ was the order of the day.  If you dared strayed from family values at home irrespective of your demographic, you would go so far and not beyond.  Why?????   Family values meant something.  Board house, zinc fence, big house pon di hills, mid town or downtown, you were your neighbours keepers.

If Miss Mattie saw you on the corner hitch up, rest assured she could haul you up, drag you home where grandma, guardian, mumma or puppa would lay it pon u.  When you were told to go to school, you had no choice as the consequence of not doing so would be more traumatic than school was for those who wanted to rebel.  Teachers could discipline your child, speak to your child with authority and so I dare say, your head was safely screwed on your body even though you might have sampled a bit of weed.  Times have changed as none of the above is carried out in many of the homes today much less our school system.  Parents or guardians have no moral compass and so will fly ina school and go up ina teacher’s face, ready to put it on.  Teachers more interested in collecting the pay check than holding themselves to a higher standard in many cases.  Breakdown, total breakdown and all you need is to listen to a genre of music that inflames your mind when it is evident that your home life is not all what it is supposed to be.

Music has and will always be an influencer in the World as do the artists who promote their talent.  So if the music is negative what do you expect?  The social awareness followed by change is for persons in leadership to remove themselves from the ‘art material’ and look at the wider picture.  Look at how the culture through dancehall has redefined itself through its youths in how they behave.  How do our females respond to the music regardless of how demeaning the lyrics are to their being?  What is the message being sent as to how our men must view our women; what is expected of them?   How often have we had violence erupting at dancehall events?

This is but a small Island, and through music we can build, or we can destroy.  One of the positives of social media, is that while many live vicariously through the platform you are able to see exactly how they are being affected by the influencers in dancehall.  To ban, censor or not dancehall music is a discussion that must be had.  Those who should be included to the table are certainly not those who are going to deny that the music is not impacting negatively on a generation, and sad to say some old timers who have lost their moral compass.  As long as ‘money’ and ‘self-interest’ are the driving force, be prepared to deal with the consequences. 

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Dancehall backlash

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, February 17, 2017     78 Comments

 A Jamaican party in full swing.

Dancehall music is facing heat in the United Kingdom. Authorities there associate the genre with violence, which has caused several nightclub owners to ban it from their venues.

Rhoan ‘DJ Face’ Woolery, originally from Montego Bay, is a popular disc jockey from Stafford in East London. He confirmed the ban in an interview with Splash.

“Now promoters can’t even get a club. Once you say the word ‘bashment’ you won’t get the club. Promoters of most bashment raves are now underground and the events are being held at secret locations,” he said.

In early January, the tabloid Daily Star reported an incident which took place in Westminster, West London. The article stated that a Jamaican dancehall boat party on the River Thames descended into chaos when a reveller was stabbed.

The incident was also carried in the rival Daily Mail.

In a story aired by the BBC one year ago, the owner of a London nightclub said he was ordered to stop playing dancehall music.

Roy Seda, owner of the Dice Bar in Croydon, claimed he had been told that Jamaican music is “unacceptable” by the Metropolitan Police. He said he came under so much pressure that he now requires disc jockeys to sign contracts not to play the genre.

The report also cited police reports that the club’s licence was under review, saying it is associated with crime and disorder.

“We had a flyer which said R&B, garage, house, bashment and hip-hop and I was advised to remove the word ‘bashment’ because chart and commercial music is considered safer,” Seda told the

BBC.

DJ Face believes the ban will be far-reaching.

“A ban on dancehall music in clubs will definitely affect the growth of the music on the UK scene. The artistes will get less concerts and reggae and dancehall disc jockeys will also get less work. The music will just become underground,” he said.

TJ “Stylah” Blackwood, another club DJ, has also experienced the police clampdown. Originally from Constant Spring, he now lives in London.

“I have played at clubs in Croydon and Central London and there have been signs on the wall saying “NO BASHMENT”. Immediately my heart sunk. Dancehall is my passion, I even named my sound (system) Dancehall Syndicate, in the hope of showing people a movement that can highlight dancehall in a positive and influential way,” he said. “A member of my sound has even decided to leave the dancehall scene as he hates the way it is heading; he now plays in the commercial, alternative pop scene. He no longer collects dancehall music and it’s a huge shame.”

Blackwood is not daunted, however.

“I will never give up on dancehall. When I enter these clubs, I will play alternative and the patrons (mainly white people) will beg me to play Sean Paul, Shaggy, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond and even Vybz Kartel and Popcaan.”

Since the dancehall ban, TJ has noticed a significant decline in patronage at some venues.

“Clubs are seeing a decrease in patrons where no dancehall is allowed. Club owners think dancehall is all killing and shooting, but I have played hours of dancehall and party and love songs and it’s absolutely fine,” he said.

 

 

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Upper St Andrew – Dem A Come Up Deh – Lack of Political Will & Others!!!

Human rights dis, human rights dat.  U tink all rights are absolute?  Tandeh, watch, dem a come fi oono up deh to.  One of the things that baffles is we call ourselves a Christian nation, yet the basis for Christianity is centered on discipline.  Excellent piece, simplistic yet takes us straight to the root causes.  Root causes that we shuffle over when the grand speeches are made.  We talk about social intervention, community building when ‘home life’ is glossed over.  Discipline starts within the home, an if u tink it starts outta road, u a fool uself.    Then there is a thing called the ‘law’.  A person operates on one set of standards, yet when it comes to the law, they feel they are entitled to do what they please.  Road mayhem, traffic violations.  Just view the Barbican Rd section where motor vehicles from the Range Rovers to the Ladas whose drivers believe they must not stay in their lane regardless of the presence of the Police or not.  Then check out the Police, many of whom seem intimidated by the brand of vehicles that traverse that thoroughfare.  Where does enforcement of the law comes in?

I guess there is a belief that criminals would not venture beyond a certain post code, so the rubbish that is often times spewed in the name of human rights and constitution continues and continues.  Resulting in none of the political parties ever achieving stabilisation on this front.  Well I have news for you, the high walls and dogs are not keeping them out.  Upper St Andrew, it has reached your door step and sad to say, when certain demographics start to ketch dem fraid, let us hear what di human rights people dem ago chant.  Let us see if this current administration will have the balls to silence those who live on Mars only visiting the Island to chant their rhetoric.  Get back to basics, enforce the rule of law and where the law is toothless CHANGE it.  Equip the forces by hiring those whose idea of discipline, integrity and honour is above the discipline of becoming officers who enrich themselves from motorists and all things illegal.  Crime is a country disease, not a demographical one; for crying out loud, we are a small Island.  With all diseases, it eventually spreads like wild fire, leaving you defenseless!!!

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Solve crime by dealing with the root causes

BY DENNIS CHUNG

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, February 10, 2017     26 Comments

 Police inspect a variety of root and other vegetables.(Lionel Rookwood)

On February 23, 2007, in my piece called “No public law and order”, I wrote: 

“Any effort to permanently deal with…criminality in this country,must not only be addressed at hardened criminals, but must of necessity include an assault on the breakdown of law and order generally. We need to put a stop to the manufacture of criminals by discontinuing the corruption in the public sector and enforcing discipline in the society…Unless we can address these issues we will not be able to maintain discipline in the society. And if we cannot have basic discipline, then these same undisciplined people will grow up to be hardened criminals. What happens is that people will continue to buck the system as much as possible to see what more they can get away with.” So far we have not managed to address the problem of indiscipline, which has in fact worsened, and like night follows day, we also continue to reap violent crimes with greater intensity. It is therefore no surprise to me that crime is at higher levels today. And, additionally, we see more violent crimes.

A recently released study by the IDB also shows that crime costs Jamaica four per cent of GDP every year, which approximates to $60 billion annually.

At the same time that we are losing $60 billion annually from crime, we are trying to find $16 billion in the fiscal accounts to deliver on the promise for an increase of the income tax threshold to $1.5 million per annum.

The solution to finding this additional $16 billion is that we may have to raid the funds from public sector bodies like the NHT and increase other consumption taxes.

It is therefore obvious to me that the reason for having to squeeze the hapless taxpayers, instead of being able to reduce taxes is the result of very poor governance/public policy over the decades.

This responsibility does not lie with any one administration, as the crime that we are reaping today is the result of poor public policy for more than 40 years. I would go further to say that the responsibility for this is not just with the politicians in Parliament, but also the public sector bureaucracy that has been charged with executing public policy.

In an interview with Minister Bobby Montague, on my TV programme

On Point, he made the very telling statement that we must ensure that we take the time to craft a correct strategy to tame this crime monster once and for all. Because, in my view, crime-fighting policies and initiatives over the years have been woefully ineffective.

For decades we have had several anti-crime police squads with various acronyms. We have imposed numerous states of emergency and pieces of legislation, which in most cases have only served to cause increased strain between the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the citizens.

Over the years, Jamaican citizens have also contributed to the crime problem by seeking to support the politicisation of crime. So when one party is in power they seek to criticise the ruling party — not because any careful analysis is done, but because they are not supporters. As citizens we also support indiscipline. As one person on social media said to me, why do we want to further oppress the transport operator by imposing increased fines for littering or traffic offences? The answer is that if you don’t want to pay the fine, then don’t break the law.

Recently, for example, the Minister announced the acquisition of two boats and an aircraft to monitor the borders. There was immediate outcry from some people, who if they really thought about it would understand that unless we secure our borders, with 145 illegal points of entry, then taking guns off the street will be meaningless, as they can be easily replaced.

But while we continue to announce initiatives to solve crime by deploying more security forces, having a zero tolerance approach (which we should always have had anyway), and putting more resources into crime, I still think that we have failed to address the root causes of crime. And so our efforts will be like treating the symptoms of an illness without finding out what is causing the illness.

As I pointed out in February 2007, the nourishment for crime is the lack of law and order in our environment. This is what, as a country, throughout all our crime strategies, we have failed to address. So while we roll out multiple crime plans, we have never in any serious way addressed the matter of road indiscipline, squatting, night noise, or child abuse for that matter.

The evidence is clear. We have failed to address the deficiencies in the Road Traffic Act and Child Care and Protection Act with any urgency, or in the same manner we pass legislation for retroactive taxes. We have failed to ensure that there is peace and quiet in communities, thus ensuring greater productivity.

And even though we are now talking about child abuse, because it is the current topic, we have not discussed the need for parents to be held accountable for the abuse of children, such as putting them on the roads to sell various items when they should be in school or at home studying. We have not discussed holding parents accountable for children not attending school regularly.

Like any other problem, one can only solve it in a sustainable way by identifying the root cause and taking steps to fix that root problem, while at the same time dealing with the symptoms.

So here are questions to ponder: Is it possible to solve crime without addressing the matter of accountability of parents for their children? Is it possible to solve crime without ensuring that we have a very orderly society, such as the way people drive on the road and ensuring proper zoning and noise levels? Is it possible to solve crime without a properly functioning and efficient justice system? Is it possible to solve crime without ensuring that the people asked to uphold the law (the police) enjoy acceptable working conditions?

The February 2007 article was written 10 years ago, and is as relevant today as it was then. The crime problem has not been solved, and during those 10 years we have spent a lot of resources and had many crime plans.

Still, crime worsens.

In my view, we have failed to address the social issues and law and order challenges, which are the root causes of crime. And, I should add, the main reason for our perpetual fiscal budget challenges.

 

Dennis Chung is the author of Charting Jamaica’s Economic and Social Development AND Achieving Life’s Equilibrium. His blog is dcjottings.blogspot.com.

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Where Has The Stamina Gone? Tan Pon It Long At All Cost – Foolish, Yet Is The Heart Of This Fatal Issue

A serious practice amongst those between the ages of 24-40 and even our teenage boys.   No joke as over a year ago, the media aired a segment on prime time where an undercover reporter took to the streets of Kingston to view this market.  Not surprising were school boys who were purchasing these enhancement pills.  It is noteworthy as they were being sold on the black market.  Prescription is needed to fill these drugs at reputable pharmacies.

What is the root cause of this madness on the Roc?  Who are they influenced by or what is influencing them?  Commercials that are shown overseas for enhancement drugs have men over 60 years old advertising them.  Our males should be ‘strong back’ right up to the age of never ever, unless they have a medical condition.  If the male has no medical condition, hey what is going on?  Stress, lack of sleep, partying and drinking liquor like there is no tomorrow?  Junk food, food purchased and eaten from any and everywhere 24 x 7?  Proper nutrition starts at the home, continued at school where food choices should include a healthy cooked meal as an option for lunch every day.  Not ‘boloslush’; I recall in the 1960’s having such choices at the basic, high school and business college I attended.  Where have we progressed in that department, I ponder?

So if we stack up the influencers, stressors, excessive consumption of alcohol.  Three to four hours of sleep nightly, poor nutrition 80% of the time.  Can those factors contribute to why our males believe they must incorporate whether it is the blue pill, orange, energy drinks mixed as cocktails with those drugs as part of their diet?   The reality will result in either death, or serious collateral damage in what they cherish the most.  The piece below speaks to blood flow and the various organs that gets damaged when that is  manipulated if one has not already been diagnosed with a disease.

Black men prided themselves as stallion from the beginning.  How much of a stallion can one be if they have to ‘boost’ themselves?  Before our boys become men, what quality of life will they expect to enjoy if ‘drugs’ for the sake of boosting becomes their addiction?  Our men who once upon a time the 40’s were considered to be their prime.  Will we be able to use the word ‘prime’ if they are enroute to peaking at age 35?  Food for thought!!!

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Silly sex games – Jamaica men continuing to put their lives at risk to boost ‘stamina’

 (Jamaica Gleaner)Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:26 AM
A young man buying Viagra in Half-Way Tree, St Andrew.
Lawrence Wright

Scores of Jamaican males, including teenage boys, are continuing to put their lives at risk by taking sexual stimulants which they do not need, despite dire warnings from medical personnel.

To compound the risk they face, these boys and men are not getting regular medical examinations.

“It’s a cultural thing,” Dr Hugh Wong, consultant emergency physician at the Kingston Public Hospital, told a Gleaner Editors’ Forum last Friday.

According to Wong, the use of sex-enhancement drugs is more of a fad than a necessity for many Jamaican males.

“Why would a 16-year-old boy need enhancers? He shouldn’t be having the problem that a 50- or 60-year-old man is having,” said Wong, as he noted that health problems such as diabetes that causes erectile dysfunction are not problems that a typical Jamaican teenager faces.

Wong noted that stimulants such as Viagra and Cialis are primarily intended for elderly men and persons with particular symptoms.

Many Jamaican males, who have no trouble getting an erection either on a one-off basis or regularly, are self-prescribing medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and impotence in men.

These medications, which should be prescribed by a doctor, work by increasing blood flow to the penis in order to help a man get and sustain an erection when he is sexually aroused or stimulated.

Severe lifestyle illnesses

But with the drugs easily found on the black market locally, persons have been turning to them without visiting their doctors.

That could lead to other health problems, as Wong said that sexual dysfunction often signals the onset of more severe lifestyle illnesses.

“No drug is without its problems, and any drug you use when it is not needed has its negative effects. Those types of drugs, the inhibitors, they cause the blood vessels to be dilated.

“If you are standing up and you take 100 milligrams of whatever the drug is, you run the risk of dilating the blood vessel and falling to the ground,” said Wong.

He noted that these patients are often harder to treat at hospitals as certain medications can cause their blood pressure to fall further.

“Many of the older patients who have an erectile dysfunction problem, it’s actually a sign of a vascular problem. The problem is with the blood flow to that area and it has affected the blood vessels.

“So you find that those persons have difficulty with blood flow to the heart, the brain, the kidney, and so on,” consultant cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr Marilyn Lawrence Wright, told Gleaner editors and reporters.

“If you are having those symptoms and you have to use Viagra, then maybe you need to come in and see if you have diabetes,” added Wright.

The misuse of sexual performance-enhancing drugs has long been a concern of local medical personnel but they remain readily available in several communities in Jamaica.

The customary blue-coloured Viagra and the yellowish brown Cialis are the favourites among young men, who claim that having tested the potency of these drugs they are delighted.

Medical doctors have repeatedly warned that these drugs are not designed to be like ‘sex candies’.

A package of tiny white tablets called ‘boom’, ‘gungu’ or ‘yana’ is also a favourite of young men between 20 and 40, in the Corporate Area.

Sale outlets range from bars to corner shops, with the drugs selling for a low of $500 to a high of $1,800, the last time our news team checked.

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We Have Gone Social Media Loco, Loony, Barmy!!!!!

The Roc has been bombarded with gruesome killings, the victims being women and children.  In particular to our teens and young females under the age of 25 is leaving many to speculate, as to the ‘why’.   To delve into the ‘why’ has to call for some hardcore soul searching as it relates to socialisation, environment, family and our moral compass.  With that in mind, the ‘why’ is not a one size fits all conclusion.  I therefore set my thoughts firmly on social media.  The role social media has been playing and is actively playing in the lives of our people.

Let me set the record straight.  Social media is not ‘ageist’.  If you think it is only our youths, millennials who are hooked on this internet craze.  Oh how removed you are from your own contribution to social media which I daresay has afflicted, inflicted and has become intrusive to your habit forming that you try to deny your ‘hook’.  Mi basically a tell u sey u deh pon di platform.  U a look pon did picture like everybody else an a compare, suss, or get u lickle belly laugh wen u choose.   That is all good and well.  My concern is the ability or not to differentiate between truth or not ie ‘fake news’.  What I find alarming, not interesting, alarming is the speed at which blow by blow information, graphic in nation followed up with voice notes are spread.  The conversations had within one’s circle quickly starts off by outlining that a fren of a fren sey dem know sey a did dis an a did dat.  We run with the scenarios casting judgement when the veracity of the source is never or hardly questioned.  This is the dilemma.

Photo manipulation is real.  The ole time saying, ‘show mi u company an mi tell who u be’ gives rise to being in a picture with a group and pretty much can become a victim to deadly gossip, maliciousness, or plain character assassination.  Social media has become likened in my opinion to the ‘Craig lists’ of today, the sites where the pervs, deviants troll.  Where the downright envious, bad mind, grudgeful, evil, frenemies true purpose is to seek their sick kind of entertainment by spreading lies.

I was shown 3 videos within a few hours in the space of 4 minutes by someone who received on their smartphone.  One I refused to watch due to the graphics, the other invoked feelings of anger in my being and the last one has left me still in shock.  So I asked the question, how are you receiving these videos?  Response……’u know sey a di watchman a sen mi dem like whoa, a suh it reach di phone, it pass on to mi.  Mi caan even keep up’.  Are they real I ask?  ‘Yes man, dem real, dah one yah did deh pon di news, u neva hear bout it?’.

Uptown, midtown, downtown, minimum wage, bruk pocket, high rollers, middle income……………………….social media is in the minds of the massive and to deny their reliance on what is true or not is where the concern lies for me.  The first instinct when one receives a video, voice note or picture is to forward.  The spread is way faster once you choose to forward.  Deleting after you have made a forward is more for your house cleaning purpose than questioning the authenticity.  The darker side of social media can reach you whether you want to believe or not.

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‘RUMOURS DEM SPREADING’: Police say no friend of Shineka Gray implicated in her death

The police have sought to dispel rumours swirling around the murder of 15-year-old St James student, Shineka Gray, especially on social media, that a friend of the deceased was implicated in her murder.

In a release on Friday afternoon, the police said they were, “advising that no friend of the deceased has been implicated in any way in this gruesome act.”

Two men were on Thursday charged for the murder of the Green Pond High School student who went missing before her body was found.

The accused are 23-year-old Mario Morrison of Bamboo district, Hanover, and 31-year-old Gregory Roberts, a taxi driver of Maroon Town, St James.

The two men have been charged with murder following interviews with police investigators.

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Living Crosses – Passport Fraud – Di Brother Neva Know Wey Di Odder Brother A Do!!!

You see all this foolishness now.  Thirty long years and is just know authorities know wey did a gwaan?  It is stories, real cases, like these that subjects law abiding citizens to unnecessary questions by some of the frighten fridays we have occupying space in these entities.  When heads must roll, it is well erected.  Now here we have the now senior citizen hauled before the Courts when for 3 decades, no one person caught the rake.  Neither in JA, nor in Canada.  We have not even reached 20 years since 9/11 took place in the U.S.A, yet with security measures heightened from here to Timbuctoo, we have our own seasoned traveller  working in a highly recognised programme with the powers of be none the wiser as to the legality of his travel document.  I put it to you, who should be locked up at this point?  Ofcourse, I am well aware that using another one’s identity regardless of it being your twin, or family member is against the law.  I charge, however, why did it take 3 decades for this rake to be found out?  Who were the players in this dance who encountered the now senior citizen on his successful quest?

By all accounts, he completed his tenure as many persons gainfully employed are put to pasture by age 60.  I am going to tell you something, compassion would be exercised by me on this case, as I put the blame more on those who renewed the passport.  How did he get on the Canada farm work programme?  What is the purpose of finger printing, if not to be used outside of being arrested and hauled before the Courts?  We claim to be so technology savvy, please…….. I would hold those who were paid by taxpayers to ensure that a document like a passport be held to higher scrutiny in contempt and therefore must pay a heavier price than Mr Brown.

By the way, the US brother neva know wha clock a strike?  How him decide fi renew passport?  Di mother and father a keep secret with one brother ova di next?  That part makes not one drop of sense to me.  One thing is clear, there are so many twists, turns and corners that we never truly know why we are subjected to profiling when travelling.  Unless you are told, it is because of so and so, you are left speculating as ALL will carry the same basket due to nationality, perceptions and stupidity by those who share the same.

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Farm worker caught travelling on brother’s passport for decades

Covering the Courts

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, February 05, 2017     18 Comments

Never try to remove the visa from your old passport and stick it into the new valid passport. If you do, your visa will no longer be valid and you will have to reapply.

A 63-year-old farm worker who had been using his brother’s passport to travel for over 30 years and renewed it twice was fined $340,000 when he appeared in court.

Errol Brown of Clonmel, St Mary was fined $120,000 or six months each on two counts of obtaining a passport by false means and $50,000 or 60 days on two counts of making a false declaration after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

The court heard that Brown’s brother, who is in the United States, applied for and was given a passport in 1983. Brown then assumed his brother’s identity and used the passport to travel.

The court also heard that he renewed the passport in 1999 and in 2009. However, in 2015 Brown’s brother applied to renew his passport via the Consulate General of Jamaica. It was then discovered that someone else had been using the passport, hence a stop order was placed on the document.

In November 2016, Brown arrived in Jamaica from Canada and was arrested and charged.

When cautioned he told the police: “A just time catch up on mi; mi know wat mi did was wrong.”

Last Friday, before Brown was sentenced by Parish Judge Pettigrew-Collins, he begged for leniency

“It was a decision taken by my parents to use the passport and it is something I regret and I am asking the court to have mercy one me,” a remorseful Brown said.

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Wickedness – Portmore A Health Disaster – Pack Up Or?????

With due respect to the experts who have given us their clear and precise report.  DO NOT LIVE IN PORTMORE, MOVE OUT OF PORTMORE OR……..respiratory illness is going to kill you as our hospitals are not prepared and are unable to cope with the projected magnitude.  I do not know about you, but I encounter at least 3 out of 10 persons who have some form of respiratory challenge.  Whether it be sinusitis, asthma, constant clearing our throat and coughing, they do suffer.  There are times when their suffering appear worst.  Do they live in Portmore?   Based on my personal experience, they do not all live in Portmore.  However, I am acutely aware of the pollution, downright nastiness that is ever present on the Streets of the corporate area where businesses, communal and residential living are closely intertwined.

We have no enforcement of laws in my view, too bloody lax and so what should be managed is left to be managed by itself, resulting in chaos.  Chaos which will have a price tag, as human lives are at stake.  In addition to crime being our beast, our failing health due to circumstances beyond our control has stopped creeping but is now finally upon us.  Portmore did not arrive at this destination overnight.  The little that I know is that many of the homes were built with poor ventilation.  Severe heat in homes have been experienced for decades, mosquitoes were the unwanted children of that community.  Children living in that region for decades would have developed respiratory challenges simply due to habitation and are now adults.    Cycle continues with their offspring.  That is separate and apart from what we now have as outlined in this report below.

Every striking thing people in this country scrape up in a corner an bun.  I wonder at times if this is some kind of obeah belief.  So there it is you have fire burning for 2 pieces of rubbish on the roadside, businesses doing their fair share, hustlers hustling their trade, the flare up of Riverton dump when somebody tongue gets drawn it would appear.  Now the experts say flee Portmore or risk tragedy where there will be no aide.  What is the population of Portmore can anyone say?  I am going to guess, 200,000.  Where they must pack up and go to?  Who exactly are you blaming for this crisis?  Who is governing who, and who is enforcing the laws?   If it is the laws are toothless, then who is to blame?  Who or what contributes to the environment and pollution?  Portmore today, tomorrow, where next?   Money, money, money!!!!!!   Any extra money the citizens of this country are looking forward to get or reap, recognise it will all be spent in combatting these serious respiratory illnesses that are affecting not only those living in Portmore, but also persons who work on an average 40-50 hrs per week in Portmore and the surrounding areas.

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Residents of the sprawling community of Portmore, St Catherine, are breathing in some of the worst-quality air across Jamaica as unregulated garbage dumps, illegal burning and other activities foul their environment.

Consultant physician and pulmonologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr Althea Aquart-Stewart, is advising persons who suffer from respiratory problems to avoid living in Portmore, if possible.

“I can tell you that there are a number of people who come from that area with exacerbation of their medical problems,” said Aquart-Stewart, who is an associate lecturer in the Department of Medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

“Given the dusty environment of Portmore, the household burning of garbage as well, and the heat, asthmatics go through hell. Can you imagine more so for the little children?”

Aquart-Stewart, immediate past president of the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica, added that persons may need to avoid living in Portmore “because the level of exposure they have to deal with leads to frequent hospital visits and private doctor visits in order to relieve the symptoms”.

In the meantime, Peter Knight, head of the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), last week confirmed that Jamaica’s air quality is bad and deteriorating fast, with the Corporate Area and Portmore being worst affected.

According to Knight, based on data from the numerous air quality monitoring sites across the island, there is a pollution crisis that threatens to worsen.

“We have an air quality situation that is deteriorating more and more. The air quality in the Corporate Area is more and more compromised from industry, illegal burning and motor vehicle emissions,” said Knight.

For persons affected by asthma or other respiratory illnesses, Portmore is not the ideal place for them to live, as higher-than-average composition of coarse dust particles, solid or semi-solid, (PM10) are being released into the atmosphere.

Knight noted that the annual average recording of PM10 at the Portmore station in St Catherine is higher than the rest of Jamaica.

“The station is also impacted by dust emission from unvegetated open lots, and when people traverse them, vehicles drive on them or the wind picks up, it picks up all of this dirt and it brings it and swings it around through the communities.

“There is also cane field burning, and there is also a mineral processing facility on the Dyke Road. So all of these activities contribute to what we are seeing,” said Knight.

NEPA is also concerned about the Spanish Town Road corridor from Six Miles to Three Miles, where illegal dumps are being operated and illicit burning taking place.

“There is a livelihood issue, as persons along that corridor burn tyres to get the metal and other things, which is a lucrative activity,” said Knight.

“We know of these activities, but it is a difficult terrain. Industries have raised these matters with us about the impact it has on their staff and on productivity.

“Added to the burning and the motor vehicle emission there is also the problem of illicit burning around the city. Everywhere you go everyone is burning; people sweep up a few leaves and they have to burn it. Another issue is people trying to get rid of waste, which could be a response to the solid waste take-up,” added Knight.

He noted that while the level of PM10 in the air is of serious concern, said fine particles in the air, PM2.5, are even more dangerous as they tend to penetrate the lungs and cause serious problems.

There are currently two stations to measure PM2.5 on the island, but none is in Portmore as there is not enough money to set up these facilities on a wide scale.

In fact, NEPA is now measuring only for air pollutants, as there is not enough money to test for numerous other contaminants.

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