The Injustice Of Politics Over 55 Years To Neck Back!!!!!!

If u nuh laugh u mus bawl fi si wey we reach.  Imagine dis talk pon di global stage, as wid internet and social media u neva know wey u speeches will land and how it will be interpreted.  After all, almost every smaddie a wannabee lawyer and it appears to be largely down to interpretation and rarely is fact or law injected in the diatribe.  Considering how one election soon come, nutten else ina di paper except bout politics, politics and more politics.  Mi nuh really like fi comment pon di politics ting but disya one just nah lef di space.

When I read a headline that 30 dons wanted a seat at the head table re the ongoing or proposed gentrification of Downtown Kingston, I kissed my teeth.  No seriously, I kissed my teeth out of sheer annoyance that the media felt it important enough to flog it in the written press.  We dun know how di Roc set up from our Independence and the politics of this Land.  Or should I say the role politics has played in the lives of the ‘Don’ and the well needed votes that they guaranteed on Election Day.  To deny their involvement is likened to treason.  Only this kind of treason would be on the decent people of this land.

If you think a little bit, not too long, just a lickle bit.  We were enslaved by the Spanish for over 100 years, under the British for over 300 years.  By that very nature we are youthful in our Independence.  We are predisposed by our actions as is relevant to the NOW to operate under an ‘enslaved/colonial regime’.  Here we have the ‘Dons’ demanding a ‘right’ to be included in whatever they deem they should become a part of simply because they believe they are ‘owed’.

How did we come to have political zones/garrisons/territories?  How long have those areas played an active role in our politics ie how many of those votes make up the majority of our electorate?  We already know that there is a belief of strong truth that the so called ‘educated’ refuse to vote.  Or if they ever voted, it may have been once or twice over a 20 year period of so.  The millennials of today are following course and how many have voted or intend to become an active part of our electorate on election day?   I am speculating here, but if not, why has the reliance been and continue to be on areas deemed political garrisons?

I heard a popular anthropologist on the Roc say and I paraphrase.  I could travel to other countries and submit proposals and they are implemented.  In Jamaica you do the same and based on our culture of all things ‘slow’, it takes them 10 years to believe……………  Who are they??????

By our having this discussion as to why ‘Don’s’ can or cannot speaks volumes as to the role ‘them’ played since our Independence.  Fifty five years of independence versus over 400 years of colonialism………………..

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Chuck says country cannot legitimise the role of dons

Sunday, October 15, 2017 51 Comments

 Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck (File photo)

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck, says the country cannot afford to legitimise the presence of so-called “dons” in inner-city communities.

Speaking at a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus, New Kingston, Chuck warned that the country would be making a serious mistake if it adopted that attitude.

“This country cannot legitimate dons. This country would be making a serious mistake if it even has further discussions with these dons as to how we are going to develop a community or the country,” he said.

“Unless they go on the straight and narrow path, there is no way this country can even consider them for work or any sort of participation in any redevelopment,” he stated.

“That was my position in North East St Andrew, and that is why we don’t have any gangs or dons there,” he added.

Chuck also described some of the communities as criminogenic or living off criminal activities.

“It’s a fact of life that when a successful robbery takes place, the community cheers because the largesse is spread,” he stated.

“The scammers and dons are seen as the Robin Hoods of today, bringing benefits to their communities,” he said, noting that this was the perception that led to a number of Corporate Area “dons” wanting a meeting with the authorities to discuss the redevelopment of downtown Kingston.

The media reported last week that more than 30 “dons” have informed stakeholders in the redevelopment of downtown Kingston that they want a piece of the action to restore the capital city, and have expressed willingness to participate.

 

 

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No Sah, The Late Dexter Pottinger – And So You Should ‘SO’

Look pon im good…………..Mi sey look pon im good!!!!!.  Dah bredda yah had it going on when you speak to talent, versatility, cutting edge, the beauty of blackness.  Entrance in a space, and presence is immediately felt as he dares to wear the style you say what the bleep!!!!!!!!!  One has to be extremely comfortable with ‘self’ to be able to push the envelopes at all times regardless of culture, class, race or status.   Who was Dexter Pottinger to those who were not of the fashion industry?  Persons like myself, interested in newsworthy material, subjects and basic happenings on the Roc who choose to become informed through our media have taken notice.  What I have seen and read I conclude, the dude was an artist.

A fashion artist I daresay who encapsulated or mastered all aspects, valuables relative to ‘style’.   He was the architect, the muse, the voice, the face of his vision made flesh.  He first made it fashionable, oozing sex appeal, confidence, loud and then the followers’ became mesmerised and hooked.  Playing it safe through fashion was no longer the only way for our sexes on the Roc.  Dare to be different and avantgarde if you wish became more visible for the masses and not for the entertainer only.

Any death is tragic, yet when the death is before a certain ‘age’ our reflection, introspection becomes more intense, or poignant.   With that as the cutting board, it can be said Dexter Pottinger accomplished much with his passion and contribution to all things ‘style’ on the Roc.   For that the ‘Style Icon’ is a fitting description I will recall him as.    How valuable would it be to have his work displayed in a museum on the Roc alongside those of our people who have impacted this country through their craft both local and global……………..?

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The 3D Special

In 3D

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, October 08, 2017

 Dexter Pottinger as a guest judge

Pottinger (right) with wardrobe stylist and film/television/music

 Pottinger in his earlier years as a supporting dancer in
 Pottinger with his family: (From left) his sister, pest control specialist La-Keisha Aarons; his brother, University of the West Indies, Mona economics major Danta Aarons; his mother, homemaker Estrie Williams; and his sister, JTH Procurement Office Manager Ta-Shan Adams.

His larger-than-life persona and creative mastery loomed large on The Rock’s entertainment landscape, and his untimely passing a month ago cast a long shadow not only for his inner sanctum but also a storied list of music and fashion insiders, corporate executives and ardent admirers that extended far beyond the island’s shores.

Dexter Pottinger was a force to be reckoned with. His abundant talent as an in-demand hair- and wardrobe stylist and make-up artist on fashion shoots (yes, Vogue summoned when the iconic glossy mag needed assistance for its locally-lensed editorials), television commercials (Digicel, Red Stripe and Ting were among the multiple brands that had him on speed-dial) and music videos (frequent collaborator and director Ras Kassa hailed the late artist as a “pace-setting forerunner”) made him one of his generation’s boldest and most idiosyncratic of personalities.

The late 34-year-old Pottinger — whose first brush with the arts came as a teenaged dancer with the Stella Maris Dance Ensemble — was scouted by Saint International Chief Executive Officer Deiwght Peters 17 years ago in the lobby of the Jamaica Pegasus hotel and encouraged to pursue a modelling career.

Dispatched to London for go-sees with agencies and casting directors, the handsome, ebony-hued Pottinger didn’t take a shine to the model life but found great interest in the production process behind-the-scenes, and seeking out the help and subsequent guidance of celebrity stylist Ty-Ron Mayes, he successfully carved out a career as a stylemaker, creating distinctive images for entertainers Ce’cile and Tifa, and so many others who came a-calling.

Pottinger, himself a man of edgy sartorial sensibilities, was visually savvy, capable of transforming venue spaces and wardrobe choices, from an outing to a dancehall session or red-carpet engagement. As both a menswear and womenswear designer, his aesthetic was always fashion-forward, über-cool, resembling the covetable threads he himself would step out in. An original in every sense, Pottinger was unmatched in his brilliance.

Most importantly Dexter Pottinger was our anointed one. He was our Alexander McQueen, our Gianni Versace, our Yves Saint Laurent. His spark burned bright, but was short. His obsession with doing, pushing boundaries and lifting others is now fully comprehensible: he would not be with us for long! He has taken his rightful place among the luminaries who went before him as we piece together our fragmented hearts. It would have been remiss of us not to dedicate an issue to our beloved style arbiter because, even as we mourn, there’s so much to give thanks for…

SO pays tribute through the words and treasure trove of photos from the Observer archives and those who knew him best. Rest in love, Dexter.

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A Wha U A Sey To Mi – Stop The Political Correctness And Talk Di Tings

With due respect Mr Crawford, I am sick and tired of social intervention dis and social intervention dat.  Is there social intervention when people choose to have sex and multiply and multiply?  Where is the social intervention when a woman who obviously can just about bathe herself with the ‘tiefing water’ and iron her clothes wid the ‘bridge up light’ decides to have out her lot?  Or decide to have 3, 4, 5, 6 pickney with different baby father and no one wants a ‘husband’ who will stick around long enough to support the pickney dem.  Where is social intervention then?  Did your parents, guardian or grannie need social intervention back in the days when they were raising their umpteen of children?  Outside of ‘flatscreem’ TV that many boasts of having, what has changed?  I will tell you plain ole fashion ‘broughtupsey’.  Not money as poverty existed before 21st century and will continue until the world ends as we know it.

As usual in fine style we see the video, hear a voice note, the veracity of the latter, who truly knows.  The murderous bruk up that the child endured is nothing new for many and I daresay some born in the 1950-1960’s from above poverty background.  The difference between then and know is the use of cell phones, social media and all upon a sudden we have experts in videography and commentary.   The pleasure derived at zero dollars to those who snap and post.  A culture that has taken over this Island that it is far better to broadcast than to render aide.

Corporal punishment in or out of schools, right or wrong, I leave that to the conscience of those capable of raising disciplined children who should be the future generation to call the shots.  Parenting skills, who possess and who does not.  The right to reproduce irrespective of your social development relative to decency, decorum and dignity.  Do you know right from wrong or is it your development dictates societal wrong as right and vice versa?

The idea that many women from varying backgrounds who believe that when a man uses extreme aggression can mean he really loves and cares until the aggression becomes physical and the obsession and ownership reaches maximum temperature that you realise you are in trouble.   What is his excuse?  Who cares……………….  Everyone has their own waterloo to bear.  Does it mean we must become an uncaring society, certainly not?  What is the role of the Church?  When does government enters the bedroom?  After reproduction as the data shows the same results over and over.   Child abuse, children missing, need funding for homes, teenage pregnancies………….Where does the financial resources come from to tackle this unending crisis?   When are we going to tackle the root cause of ‘tired a it’ so mi ago ‘kill u’ wen u misbehave.  Whether the misbehaviour is due to truancy, or lickle gyal bad, or lickle bwoy a gwaan like him a gun man………………When are we going to deal with one too many pickney, and no puppa after conception and delivery?  Do you think ‘talk’ will help these grown folkswho are hell bent of having their own way.

We want social intervention for crime, social intervention for living rent free, light free and water free.  Social intervention for having too many children that you can ill afford with no support from the birth father, or family members either financially or spiritually and I am not talking obeah.  Yet government must enter into the bedroom and decide that based on a video you are now an unfit parent who deserves to be locked up and the child goes into care where we are told many run away to become free agents.  Oh yes, and we now have child sex trade on the agenda.  Where were you before the pregnancy?  How many children does this woman have by the way?  If there a father in tow?  Whappen it nuh matter????  Any anti, uncle, grannie deh bout??  No extended family???

When are we going to face reality that due to said socialisation, many women should not be having one child much less several?  Let us talk about that.  Let us talk about the freedom to have sex and reproduce when you barely have 2 cents to rub together. No father to provide financial, emotional or spiritual support in your space so you do not need a child or children.  Stress will always be a way of life, and if your snapping will cause you to injure or scar your child, then maybe childbearing in this century should not be a right.  It is easier for us to voice our disgust at the end result as seen on this video rather than to speak the truth of what has been evidenced way too often.  It is easier for us to cry social intervention than to accept that right and wrong is a choice we inherited once we came into this world; no socializing needed.  Just like how nobadie neva teach u fi lie.  U born a tell lie until wen it ketch up to u, u figure out sey u fi stop.  Beating no mek u stap lie………….

There is a stark difference from the mother with 8 or 9 children fatherless who does the best she can.  Disciplines her children in love and a rebuke is never confused or witnessed or received in what has become common practice by women who are mentally unfit to raise children.   Who you are and who you become is never when the sails are smooth rather when turbulence faces, and under extreme impression, losing your temper yet never crossing the line with the one you gave birth to where there is no return for either child or parent moving forward.

If the government has to step in to clean up house, then they need to prevent you from having  one too many.    The fact that you can have sex, should not give you the right to bring children into this world that you are ill equipped to nurture.   If it is your mental breakdown came after, then give them up for adoption and decease from reproducing.  As most practitioners take pleasure in addressing the symptoms and not the root cause, we will put this one to rest until the next one surfaces.

To be very clear, the root cause is not social intervention rather a law which says you cannot have more than……… until you prove you are fit mentally, and financially equipped with no aide from the government.  If you want to deem that social intervention, den start from dehso!!!!!!!!

Right now mi stress to and caan tek it, but a suh it set, a life……………….

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Mother a victim, too – Crawford says machete-wielding child beater should be resocialised, not criminalised

 (Jamaica Gleaner)  Tuesday 3 October 2017 (37 Comments)
Damion Crawford
Floyd Green

The 44-year-old mother now behind bars for the brutal beating of her preteen daughter with a machete in Bath, St Thomas, last year is also a victim, and the State should seek to resocialise, rather than criminalise her, says Damion Crawford, the newly minted opposition spokesman on youth and culture.

In a 30-second video footage, which has gone viral on social media since being unearthed over the weekend, the partially nude woman is seen using the cutlass to beat the frantic child while using expletives to relay her anger and frustration.

Many have condemned the action of the parent, with persons in the general public and users of social media calling for her imprisonment.

The woman was arrested by the St Thomas police on the weekend, and up to press time was still in custody, with the likelihood of charges being laid against her for cruelty to a child.

Yesterday, the Child Development Agency (CDA) told The Gleaner that the girl underwent counselling and was now in the care of relatives.

 

MOTHER FOR THE COMMUNITY

 

Crawford, who visited the Bath community to investigate the circumstance surrounding the ordeal, shared that while the child was a victim of the physical abuse, the parent was a victim of the Jamaican culture of discipline, and the inability to receive legitimate assistance with child-rearing.

“Everyone has confirmed that this is not an often occurrence. They’ve confirmed that the lady is almost like the mother for the community, the person who seeks to bail the young people from jail or out of trouble. So, it’s unfortunate that without adequate information, the call has been for imprisonment, which benefits neither child nor parent. The main villain, in my opinion, was the adult who chose to capture [the video] rather than intervene,” Crawford said.

He also rubbished claims of a voice recording now being circulated as that of the girl, and that she was being reprimanded for engaging in sexual activities. Crawford said the rumour was greater child abuse than the video itself.

“My information is that she is mischievous as a child, not a child participating in adult activity, as is being insinuated at this particular time. This incident happened over a year ago and is just now coming to our attention, so nobody could have indicated to me the grievance that the child carried out, but even some of the police personnel in Bath were saying they’re saddened by the outcome and the reference being made, as the lady is a good lady,” he said.

 

THREE-PRONGED APPROACH

 

The outspoken politician suggested that a three-pronged approach be applied generally as social re-engineering against physical punishment, which has been the norm in Jamaica.

Crawford argued that as a first offence, persons should be given training in parenting and application of discipline with simultaneous assistance to the child. If the act is repeated, the second approach should be temporary separation with a fine and mandatory counselling. The third step should be jail time and permanent separation if the two previous interventions fail, added Crawford.

In declaring that there is a clear distinction between discipline and abuse, state minister with responsibility for youth in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, described the video as appalling.

“While it is difficult for me to comment too much, as it is now the subject of a criminal investigation and I wouldn’t want to prejudice that, certainly anyone with good conscience who would have seen the video would be completely appalled at what transpired,” he said.

Green argued that the case speaks to a broader issue of greater need for parental intervention and guidance, something which the ministry has discussed with the National Parenting Support Commission.

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