Remittances To The Roc, Whopping US$2Billion – US Wants Some Of That

A mighty high figure between Jan 2016- Dec 2016, don’t you think?  Guess what, pot a cuss kettle black.   Who are we to talk when we live on an Island where the powers of be solution to economic growth is taxation.  Come on, keep it real will you.  Look at the remittance fees in itself, those could be reduced based on the volume.  No one complaining on that front.  I am sure Jamaica is not the only country that will be affected.  In fact where there are immigrants, remittances will be high so draw down should not have come as a shock.  It is a known fact that immigrants living in the USA from across the regions support their families back home.  The question is, how many countries in the region will be affected?

Maybe if we could sort ourselves out and seriously deal with economic growth and less politics, we will not be so dependent and suffer unnecessarily.  Everywhere u go macca juke u, hearing incessant talk from men and women in suits about economic growth.  When in reality, the only ting lef fi tax is di air wi breathe.   Tax di whole hog fi pay fi di sheep………………….

POTUS will do whatever he is able to do in order to achieve his goals by putting his people first as he says.  Our leaders will do the exact opposite for the people of this country creating an economy where the middle class is becoming the working poor.  Someone once said, whoever plays by the rules get shafted……..How ironic!!!!!!  While America attempts to close doors, we should be opening up doors creating opportunity and competition that will benefit our own people.  It is time to stop sneezing each and every time USA coughs. 

While we may not be considered old approaching 53 years of Independence.  We certainly are not spring chickens!!!!!!!!

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Jamaicans voice concern about US border wall funding proposal

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, April 29, 2017 18 Comments

The draft Bill seeks to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee of two per cent of the US dollar amount for remittance transfers to certain countries.

Jamaicans who receive money from overseas are not pleased about the proposal introduced to the United States Congress by Republican Congressman Mike Rogers from Alabama, to impose a fee of two per cent of the US dollar amount for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, including Jamaica.
The remittance fees would be submitted to the US Treasury for the purpose of building President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump, during his election campaign, repeatedly vowed to build a wall along the US-Mexico border and insisted that Mexico would have to pay for it.

After winning the election in November last year, the 45th US president maintained his controversial promise, estimating that the wall would cost US$12 billion.

However, according to an internal report from Homeland Security, the cost for the wall could rise to US$21.5 billion.

When the Jamaica Observer canvassed the Corporate Area this week, recipients expressed their concerns.

Shelly Crawford, a civil servant, thought the proposal was unfair to Jamaicans working and paying taxes in the United States.

“Why would you want to take from what I am sending home to my family. It should not be done and there must be something to prevent him from doing that,” Crawford said.

Crawford, while noting that her parents reside in the US, said they send money monthly to care of her sick sister.

“We have nothing to do with the wall,” Crawford argued, adding that the wall has nothing to do with the Caribbean.

A displeased Crawford said if and when the Bill is passed, she will instruct her parents to refrain from sending money to the island.

“I can take care of my sister. Is either they open an account or something because it nuh make no sense,” Crawford reasoned.

“I am going to tell my relatives not to send their money,” Jacquilene Steel said.
Unlike Steel and Crawford, who say they can afford to do without remittances, 68-year-old Mercedes Taylor said her son sends her approximately US$200 per month.

“I don’t feel good about the proposed tax. Him want wall, so him should build it,” Taylor said, adding that the wall has nothing to do with Jamaica.

The senior citizen suggested that he should tax Mexico instead.

According to the Mexican central bank, Mexican immigrants sent approximately US$27 billion home in 2016, the majority of which came from immigrants living in the US.

According to the Bank of Jamaica’s remittance report for December 2016, the country’s inflow of remittances amounted to just over US$2 billion between January and December, 2016.

Another recipient, Bryan Larmond, argued that the problem was not Jamaica’s and Trump had enough funds to fund the construction.

“If him want to build the wall him must find the funds to do it. I don’t feel good about it. Him must find some other way to build the wall. He has money, he can use some of his funds to build the wall,” he said.

For Caribbean Maritime Institute student Kim Nelson, remittance is her main source of income and she, too, does not believe the wall will benefit Jamaica.
Myrna Spence, 62, whose daughter sends her money every month, said: “Trump want the wall, so he should build it.”

Both Nelson and Spence suggested that if the taxes were going towards the welfare of immigrants living in the US, they would understand.

“Help the homeless and the needy. Give it to charity,” Spence said

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War Zone – Wild Wild West On The Roc – Yet We Are In Denial Re Discharging The Military

Have no fear caas who is here???…………………do you know????  How much of a denial are you in with the elements we are dealing with on the Roc?  White collar tief, blue collar tief and the plain psychotic tief.  All roaming around seeking to conn, rob and kill those of us who are trying to LIVE.

Do you know what it is to drive around the streets of Kingston on the last business day of a month end?  Constant Spring being a busy thoroughfare is an understatement.  I missed the whole catastrophe as I was adamant that I had to get to a particular destination by 3.00pm, so as to avoid traversing that very spot.  What if I got caught up?  Let me quickly get that thought out of my brain.  Can you try to get a vivid impression of this scene?  Who is fearful of who in this case?  Once upon a time a police could say put your hands behind you and there was least resistance.  Demya time yah, the coot dem a disarm police an a shoot dem.  So you tell me what is the plan of action?  This is not the first time a policeman is being disarmed.  Tragically this officer lost his life due to multiple shots directed for the kill.  To the powers of be, do you still intend to continue fighting crime as if you are dealing with some ‘softers’ who are going to beg, bawl and plead with the police for mercy?  Does it have to be one of your family member’s for the powers of be to stop pussy footing and begin to implement draconian measures to deal with the merciless killers we have on the Island?

If you are told once to drop it and you resist, a stunt gun should be used on you, followed by a search and handcuff.  Continue to do what you are doing and watch the loss of lives of the police, and wonder in amazement why they are resigning from the force with those rushing to sign up being zero.

Human rights voice is so deafening I can hardly hear a peep out of them.

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Cold-blooded! Suspect disarms cop, uses gun to kill him

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, April 29, 2017 58 Comments

A police officer removes crime scene tape from the scene of the brutal murder of his colleague on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew, after gathering evidence yesterday.

Minutes after the 29th Commissioner of Police George Quallo was sworn in, a policeman was killed execution-style on Constant Spring Road in the vicinity of Merl Grove High School in St Andrew.

Reports from the police are that their colleague was responding to a call regarding suspicious men on premises on Constant Spring Road when he was shot in the head, back and chest.

Superintendent Mevrol Smith, who is in charge of crime for the Area Four Police Division, told the Jamaica Observer that approximately 3:50 pm the policeman, whose identity has not yet been released, and another colleague responded to a call that took them out of their police district.
According to Smith, the now deceased cop attempted to arrest the suspect, however, the suspect, who was allegedly resisting arrest, managed to disarm the policeman and shot him several times.
The superintendent said members of the Jamaica Defence Force and a private security company saw what was happening and intervened. The suspect allegedly pointed the gun at the soldiers and was subsequently shot.
He was taken to the Kingston Public Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment.
He, too, has not yet been identified.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson, while condemning the incident, expressed condolence to the policeman’s family and colleagues.
The incident caused major traffic pile-up in the Corporate Area, forcing some motorists to drive on the sidewalk.
While speaking at his installation ceremony at Police Officers’ Club in St Andrew yesterday, Commissioner Quallo emphatically stated that while he understands that, in certain circumstances, the use of force is the only option for his colleagues, he will not condone the flippant use of deadly force.
“We all can agree that the issues of use of force and people’s rights are contentious ones,” the commissioner said.
He acknowledged that there are particular situations that will require use of force, especially against hardened criminals. “Yes, at times, the police will, of necessity, respond with deadly force,” he said and vowed to “vigorously” defend his colleagues when they have no option but to use justifiable force to protect themselves and the lives of citizens.
Quallo said: “I will vigorously defend you… I make no apologies for taking this principled position [but] let’s, be clear, I will not stand for, or defend any of you, my colleagues, who wantonly abuse the rights of the citizens we are sworn to serve, protect, and reassure. I am under no illusion that the task of dealing with crime is easy. It requires a dedicated and competent work force.”
Up to press time, the police had not released an official statement on the incident.
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Put America First New Slogan, Immigrants Hmmmm – JA Says – Chinese Tek Weh Wi Wok – Immigrants Hmmmmm – What Say You????

No matter how you want to flip it.  No matter the words you use to describe your countries economy and the correlation between ‘immigrants, the USA is not the only country whose view on the issue are considered absurd.  Whether you like the messenger, the issues are the main stew and on the Roc we are singing similar sankey towards one group, the Chinese.  As a matter of fact, it is the Chinese for infrastructure, the Latinos for tourism and I daresay some Asians too.

You have many Jamaicans who fume about the Chinese taking over the Roc.  Come on we have so many reports and views from the man in the Street as to the perception of ’teking over’.   To those of us who live on the Roc and are not citizens of the USA, listen up.   For a short while can we focus on the politics here and not where you have no votes to cast?  Maybe we can have an honest discourse as to the realities of globilisation and benefits to our country.

From this piece below these comments jump out at me made by the Ambassador, “It is the respective country’s role to take care of its industries and sectors instead of just blocking foreign competition,” added NIU.  “”Trade is about competitive advantage. Make foreign visits, make foreign friends, make use of your contacts; don’t just sit at your comfortable home and hope to get things done at your cost,” NIU instructed local companies.

“The Chinese government does not subsidise companies; they do not get any concession of labour or material. If you are good at bargaining in China you can buy things very cheap; if you are not, you may have to spend a lot of money”.

The ambassador told our news team that if the unions have proof of any wrongdoing on the part of Chinese companies they should report it to local law enforcement or take the offending party to court.

Exactly how do we define our networking?  Is it limited only to your local links?  How far do your contacts extend on the global stage?  Are you willing to develop relationships with those outside of your Caribbean culture, ethnic and social background in an attempt to achieve what you need to become more competitive?  Hey, I am just throwing it out there.  As a people too many of us love to ‘run wid it’.  Run with stories thrown out there without any credible facts, proof.  After all, we live by this saying, ‘if it nuh go suh, it nearly go suh’.  

Access is no longer limited.   The game has changed and if you are not prepared to change with the game, then the perception of being ‘taken over’ will appear real.  While you make the case in a Court of law if you believe your grosses to be true, I believe our qualified and experienced contractors can develop similar relationships elsewhere enabling them to win some of these bids.  The mentality cannot be ‘us and them’.  That may have worked decades ago, not anymore.  While exploitation is real.  I often say to those who speak through one side of their mouth, do you exploit through the other side?  How fair are your own practices when dealing with your very own?

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‘Stop blaming us’ – China’s Ambassador to Jamaica rejects claims of unfair practices by Chinese firms in Jamaica

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | April 23, 2017 | 4:02 AM
NIU Qingbao (right), ambassador of China to Jamaica, shakes hands with Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton while Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith looks on. This followed the signing of Letters of Exchange between Jamaica and the People’s Republic of China for the Western Children’s Hospital Project.
China’s Ambassador to Jamaica, NIU Qingbao, is urging local contractors to stop complaining about the number of Chinese companies landing big contracts in Jamaica and instead work on making themselves more attractive.

“I strongly believe globalisation brings benefit to all countries,” NIU told The Sunday Gleaner in the wake of fresh concerns locally about the number of contracts, particularly on government projects, going to Chinese entities.

“It is the respective country’s role to take care of its industries and sectors instead of just blocking foreign competition,” added NIU.

Unable to compete

But immediate past president of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, Carvel Stewart, says the ambassador is downplaying the issue as when it comes to construction, local contractors are unable to compete with the powerful Chinese companies.

“You see all of these projects now being undertaken by Chinese companies because the locals cannot compete against the concessions that are granted, both in respect to labour and material,” said Stewart.

“When you invite Chinese companies to bid against local contractors, you are asking the local contractors to bid against the government of China because all of these companies are agencies of the government of China,” charged Stewart, as he accused the Chinese entities of dumping material and labour on the country through the various construction projects.

According to Stewart, local suppliers have noted that the prices declared to Customs for material imported by the Chinese are lower than what Jamaicans would pay.

But NIU scoffed at these claims, as he argued that while some Chinese companies might be able to source material at a cheaper price, this is purely down to their ability to bargain.

“Trade is about competitive advantage. Make foreign visits, make foreign friends, make use of your contacts; don’t just sit at your comfortable home and hope to get things done at your cost,” NIU instructed local companies.

“The Chinese government does not subsidise companies; they do not get any concession of labour or material. If you are good at bargaining in China you can buy things very cheap; if you are not, you may have to spend a lot of money.

“Dumping is not something to be allowed, but to judge which is dumping and which is not dumping is not that simple. What criteria do you use? Different products even in the same country can be sold at different prices.”

The island’s two major trade unions have also taken issue with some of the Chinese entities operating on the island, which they claim are not abiding by Jamaican labour laws and importing workers for jobs which Jamaicans are qualified to do.

“We know that there are several Chinese operating locally, and we are of the view that they are operating in roles that a Jamaican could be operating in,” charged president of the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union, Kavan Gayle.

“We have situations right now plaguing the construction industry, where they have failed to recognise trade unions representing the workers, and we have had that challenge with China Harbour and Pan Caribbean in the past,” added Gayle.

Gayle’s colleague, head of National Workers’ Union, Granville Valentine, further argued that for some time a number of Chinese have been coming into the island under false pretence.

“They come in the island much larger than the original agreement as it relates to what is their purpose,” said Valentine.

“Your management team should not be larger than a reasonable structure of management, but we realise that a lot of these persons come in under the pretence of being managers or being engineers,” alleged Valentine, as he argued that some Chinese take persons into Jamaica as part of their management teams but these persons end up doing low-skill work.

Show proof

But NIU is challenging the union leaders to substantiate their claims.

The ambassador told our news team that if the unions have proof of any wrongdoing on the part of Chinese companies they should report it to local law enforcement or take the offending party to court.

“I can’t think of a single Chinese project in Jamaica hiring more Chinese workers than local workers,” said Qingbao.

“It is not economical to hire workers from China in Jamaica; you have to provide shelter, food, everything, and that cost a lot of money,” added NIU.

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Tricky, Tricky, Tricky – Do Not Fool Uself & Keep It Practical & Real

Dah one yah rough, still dis generation tek ‘prime, force ripe, bumscious, exhup, precocious’ to a different level.  No use pretending as if this is ‘foreign’ to you.   It starts with your views on raising children.  How informed you wish the child to be while under the age of consent?  How inclusive you are with them in the company of adults?  Bottom line is, YOU create the environment at the place of residence, in which your child is fostered in.  Irrespective of who they come in contact with at school, YOU have the power within to control what you encourage in the family home.  Quite frankly, I do not like having adult conversation with children around, plain and simple.  There is children time and adult time.  While both interactions can be healthy, I believe having children ‘itching’ up under ‘big people’ and tuning in to adult chatter is unacceptable.  For me, it is not my cup of tea.  I was not raised in that fashion and as an adult, I have no tolerance for such.  In fact I was no ‘fool, fool’ while attending early education, primary, high and finally business college.  In like manner, I believe children, teenager, and young adults also should be able to reason with each other without ‘ole folks’ like myself ‘dipping’ into their conversation without engagement from them.  Once you have a relationship with your child, you will pretty much have an idea of what they are capable of.

There is a time and place for everything and I live by that philosophy todate.  With that said, I was told by a parent that their 2 year old child is the one who shows them how to access the internet on the smartphone, as they the parent is clueless; texting is all they are interested in.  Another parent told me their 3 year old is very argumentative and likes to question every directive.  Long gone are the days where toddlers can barely open their mouths.  We are always reminded how things and times have changed pretty much compared to technology.  Toddlers are advanced, teenagers are beyond advanced and young adults responsibility and lifestyle can be compared to those 10-20 years their senior.  Where does that leave us when it comes to culpability when crimes have been committed by the under 12 year olds?  Here goes my 2 cents.

No, they must not be faced with a sentence of locking them up and throwing away the keys for anywhere close to 15 years and over.  My plan is as follows;

a)  Three strikes and you are out………………….locked up for life.

b)  Under 12 years old.   7 years’ incarceration in a facility where mental health practitioners, nutritionists will be on call.  The child must be given the opportunity to get an education.  Physical exercise a must, coupled with sessions geared towards emotional and spiritual development.

c)  At the end of 7 years, the child will be enrolled into the military (JDF) for a further 5 years developing a skill.  At the end of such time, they will be placed in the public sector for a period of 3 years.   Once completed they may choose to remain or seek employment in the private sector or become self-employed.

If at age 25 years or under 30 you still form the ‘fool’, you will be faced with the second strike and the rest will really be up to you at that point.  I refer to this plan as the path to rehabilitation and reformation.

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ONLINE POLL RESULTS: Respondents split on lowering age of criminal responsibility

(Jamaica Observer) Monday, April 17, 2017 | 12:23 PM

 Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Fifty per cent of the 1,299 respondents to a recent OBSERVER ONLINE poll said they believed the law should be amended to allow children under the age of 12 to be prosecuted for crimes.

The nation was thrown into debate after an 11-year-old boy was accused of chopping 14-year-old Orane Johnson to death in Lowe River, Wait-a-Bit on April 3.

Attorney General, and Member of Parliament for West Central St James, Marlene Malahoo Forte then told OBSERVER ONLINE in a telephone interview that she thought it was time to rethink the age of criminal responsibility.

The Child Care and Protection Act states that a child under the age of 12 can never be charged criminally nor incarcerated in a penal institution. Instead, they are made wards of the state and sent to Places of Safety for periods determined by a court hearing.

Malahoo Forte also questioned if children are still as innocent as their age, given the conditions under which they are growing up and factors they are exposed to.

The remaining 50 per cent of respondents were against any amendment of the law

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U Nuh Waan Call Out Di Army Caas It Look Like Sey Wi Caan Control Crime – Hilarious At Best!!!

So while we do the community policing and so forth and so forth.  At what stage do we deal with ‘interception’?  What is the plan to deal with the ‘Scarface’ type shootings that are creating mayhem in parishes across the Roc?

Help is needed………….reinforcement is needed……………lock down is needed…………..Am I the only person that thinks so??  What is unfortunate is the reasons for not seeking immediate reinforcement are the very same reasons our criminal element have full reign on the land.   They are well up-to-date on our crime plan and know exactly how to continue their operations with no evidence of slowing down much less halting.

We are quick to talk about rights whenever measures that are not placid are sought temporarily.  Where are your rights when you get caught up in spray bullets?  Dead with your life when it is taken away from you.  The people of this country are entitled to have security that works most of the time.  Security where we get it right as we do a health care system.  Ponder for a moment crime, casualties, and health care.  How do they effect an economy over time with the failing rate we seem to have?

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Residents fearful as gang rivalry heats up in Clarendon

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, April 15, 2017     54 Comments

GANGS operating across Clarendon are driving fear into residents who say it is only a matter of time before something disastrous happens.

Residents from Sevens Road, also known as Farm, Effortville, and John Crow Lane, who spoke to the Jamaica Observer on condition of anonymity, said rivalry among gangs has created an “unreasonable” amount of unease throughout the different communities in the southern parish.

The police force’s Clarendon Divisional Investigative Unit has identified 12 gangs operating in the parish. Of the 1,352 murders recorded across the island in 2016, 135 were committed in Clarendon.

“The problem is them a shoot after them one another and people can get caught up in it. That is my concern. A lot of it is reprisal killings,” one resident told the Observer.

The resident said what is even more alarming is that “drugs men” overseas are allegedly ordering a number of the killings in the parish.

For the period January 1 to April 9 this year, 358 murders have been committed in the island, 30 of which were in Clarendon. That number has quickly climbed to at least 33 murders in the parish, with the latest being two brothers who were shot dead on Thursday. Up to April 9 last year, 40 murders were committed in Clarendon.

“The police know them. Is just wah day them and some in shoot-out. One a them get shot and lay down inna bush a bawl fi the whole time to God fi nuh mek him dead and a him a bad man a kill off people,” another resident said, naming several of the alleged gang members in the process.

“More time you cannot get taxi fi come up because them ’fraid. It worse if a night yu a come in,” the resident added.

Another resident, who spoke in a hushed tone, told the

Observer that the alleged leader of one of the gangs has ordered the killing of two men if they do not pay over $500,000 for guns stolen. The community member could not say how many guns were stolen.

“Ask the police bout them man yah… see if them nuh know them. All inna broad daylight at bus park them a kill man. Something big is going to happen, I not asking,” the resident said, naming more alleged gangsters.

When asked why information has not been given to the police, the resident said: “Yuh can’t even go to them because you don’t know who is who and who working for who. Them kill a bredda weh deh a foreign relative, and him seh a $2 million to anybody weh kill back the man dem weh do it. So you see, things naah done. Something must happen one of these days.”

Superintendent in charge of operations for the parish, David White, told the

Observer in a recent interview that there are two main gangs operating in Farm and Effortville.

“When we started out last year, yes, there were some issues with gangs. Gangs on a whole throughout Jamaica would have created some issues, increasing fear among many. The police at Clarendon would have been doing things a little bit differently as to how we treated our gangs,” White explained.

He said while these gangs still exist, the police have been able to make “some inroads” in treating with the two operating in the areas of concern.

White said a significant number of these gang members are in police custody, most of whom have been charged for various crimes, including murder, shooting and illegal possession of firearm.

“We are still intensifying our operations in those areas. Those areas have seen quite a lot of activities by the members of the security forces over the past couple of months, and coming down into May and into June it will be intensified some more. So the free movement of some of the criminals within those places would have been limited based on what we have been doing over the past couple of months.

“So the residents don’t have to be afraid of these gangs. As I said before, there is no doubt that quite a few are operating in those areas, but we would have made quite a number of inroads in treating with that,” the superintendent shared.

Added to that, the lawman said most of the players in these gangs, especially in the areas about which concerns were raised, are people who are living abroad and who have been financing the gang activities in the parish.

“We are on top of those, though,” he said. “We collaborate with law enforcement officers there and other agencies within our spaces, so the effort is there. There are a couple of them who are on our wanted list who we are targeting and we know we’ll take them in. It is a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week target for these wanted persons.”

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How Do You Deal???? – Just Another Day On The Roc – Is That The Right Way To Process????

The reasons are futile as knowing the cause will not be a deterrent in matters of this nature.  What is crystal clear is once you live by a philosophy which says, ‘I am my own law, judge and executioner’, then watch real life manhunts, murders, kidnappings and road fatalities increase.  Where does that leave the citizenry?

If you need to see to believe and not believe to see, then rest your faith in mankind.  I may be sounding a bit spiritual in this moment, or could it be the season, ‘Easter’?  Whatever the reader surmises to that thought is neither here or there, rather, this simple fact…………As heinous as the reports have been in the media, nothing seems to quell the inevitable.  Road fatalities appear to be a weekly occurrence, yet the authorities beseech for caution especially over this period, still two loss of lives on Good Friday, once again speeding.

The powers you seek for guidance, protection and coverage is your personal choice.   Fleshly forces appear lost in translation even defeated at times.  Regardless of the doom and gloom we face we simply must choose to look at it from a positive perspective.  If not, we will be driven by fear of the worst kind.  Easier said than done some might say.  What if it were you or someone close to you?  It is closer than many may realise.  Our Island is but a small one and we are more connected through the power of people.  So yes we are known or may not be known personally, yet how does that change ones positive or negative perspective?

I truly believe fear can kill you and knowing so forces me to process doom and gloom in alternate ways. 

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Businessman shot while driving along Mountain View Ave

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, April 15, 2017     40 Comments

Members of the public photographed at a crime scene. (File Photo)

A businessman was on Thursday shot while driving his Range Rover motor vehicle along Mountain View Avenue in St Andrew.

According to the police, the businessman remains in hospital.

Reports from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit are that the businessman was travelling towards the National Stadium about 1:30 pm when a grey Honda Stream motor car drove up beside his vehicle. The police say the occupants of the Honda motor car opened gunfire at the businessman.

He was reportedly shot in the arm and chest but managed to drive himself to the nearest police station.

He was subsequently taken to hospital.

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Wen An 11 Year Old Kill U 14 Year Old Pickney – What Do You Bawl For??????

Firstly the 11 year old has been caught.  Secondly I quote from an inspirational figure, “The mark of great leaders is the ability to understand the context in which they are operating & act accordingly” #NelsonMandela

Listen up, the good ole days gwaan long time, suh u need to stop sing dat sankey and believe dat dis generation of family care and life will work the way you say it should.  If u born in a hell hole, there is not much chance the majority in that ‘livity’ will amount to anything good.  I am all for reformation and rehabilitation, however, fat chance of that working when you can barely achieve such within the existing penal system.  Providing criminals actually get caught, tried and convicted.  Added to that group is the fast growing juveniles many from homes not broken rather non existent from the start.  A home is more than a structure with a roof over one’s head.  It leaves us then to preventative measures as a focus we should direct our political speeches around. 

Political correctness, tact, and hypocritical commentary cannot help those who are connected to the deceased teen ager and those who will suffer similar fate in the future.  It has happened before and will continue to occur.  When are we going to address the reality that one too many plays a major role in the breakdown of lawlessness on the Land?  Define child abuse.  For me, it is having children you are ill equipped to care for beyond a place to kotch and sleep.   When children are sent on the Streets from the age of 4 to start fending for themselves, that is child abuse, and if not, do not be alarmed when at 10-13 years they are as cold as ice where inflicting an injury outside of a fist fight becomes their norm.  Living with two parents does not constitute a stable environment if both parents are ‘dead stock’.  Dead stock, criminal minded, virago and wotliss as their DNA are imprints as tattoo is to the skin.  Any child born and living with that DNA cannot be expected to become a law abiding citizen as their minds have been corrupted.  You are well aware of mental slavery, still existing as much as we claim freedom.  There are exceptions to the rule, but from what we see unfolding on the Roc, they are very far and few.

Social and community development begin from accepting that each and every one of us regardless of our status in life have a responsibility and subsequent choice.  If the choice you make can only lead to a detrimental consequence, then the said government you seek assistance from, must be able to enact laws that will counter such consequence.  With freedom and democracy I believe calls for personal responsibility.  When a ‘people’/person  believe they bear no responsibility due to their choice followed by consequence, wi corner well dark.  We can bemoan, lament and weep at the savagery of it all.  Take heed that as long as things remain unchanged, the outcome will be the same.  Two articles follow this commentary.

There is no justice in this case as according to JA laws, an 11 year old cannot be held criminally responsible neither the parents.

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11-Y-O Boy on the run

Accused of chopping 14-year-old to death

(Jamaica Observer) Tuesday, April 04, 2017     97 Comments

WESTERN BUREAU — A 14-year-old student, Orane Johnson, of Lowe River Primary and Junior High School died yesterday from chop wounds allegedly inflicted on him by an 11-year-old who lives in his community.

Police reported that sometime between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm, the two boys had a heated argument which escalated into a fight in the normally quiet farming community of Lowe River, Trelawny. A machete was brought into play, which was used to inflict chop wounds to the head of the 14-year-old.

He reportedly ran from the road onto nearby premises where he collapsed and died at the root of a banana tree.

The alleged machete wielder, who will be 12 years old later this month, reportedly fled the scene.

He was up to late last evening being pursued by the Wait-a-Bit police who are investigating.

Residents said the incident has left the entire deep-rural community in shock and grief.

No recourse for parents of 14-y-o hacked to death in Trelawny

(Jamaica Gleaner) Tuesday | April 4, 2017 | 4:36 PM

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison says it will be virtually impossible for the parents of 14-year-old Oraine Johnson who was killed in Trelawny yesterday to get recourse given that the alleged perpetrator of the crime is an 11-year-old child.

Under Jamaican laws 11-year-olds cannot be held criminally responsible for their actions.

Their parents also cannot be held responsible.

According to reports from residents, Oraine Johnson and the 11-year-old had a verbal altercation shortly after 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

The younger child reportedly went away and returned with a machete, which he used to inflict several chop wounds on Johnson, one of which almost severed his head.

Gordon Harrison says the investigations will now focus on the social and psychological factors that may have influenced the 11-year-old to commit the crime, as well as his family environment.

She says a court will then decide on the appropriate intervention for the child

 

 

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