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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LEAN Governance – Never!!!!!!! – Stop Waste Energy

Whether it is the PNP or the JLP, their makeup consists of 100% Jamaicans with expertise in conducting business in true Jamaican fashion.  24 hrs in a day, using 5hrs to meet, greet, meet, greet, chant, protest, posture and the rest, our outcome reflects that.  Public governance and efficiency hardly applies in the same sentence as we simply lack the energy, attitude, where with all to move at a pace faster than the ‘cool running’s’ anthem.  We have several anthems that not only promote tourism but highlights how we govern in the public sector.

The size of our Island and heaviness of our government and opposition is through design.   The vast majority are a set of talkers and outlining their accomplishments, notable progress is more of an election campaign gimmick rather than an ‘accountability’ issue.  With that said, we have  no choice but to make comparisons between the two major parties, private sector entities, micro and macro businesses in how we govern, manage and lead.

We suffer greatly from having any sense of urgency in our attitudes to conduct business.  We project first world ambitions yet operate as we have been, which is less than.  We cannot justify the levels of bureaucracy in most areas of business; so we give lip service to change.  With the years going by, where has the change been or where have they come from?

A country requires governance and so politics is inherent.  As a democratic nation, we have no choice but to select on that premise.  So the question is, who is willing to offer themselves up for political office/service?  What is the role of the citizens of this country with respect to politics?

I say this, if you do not like it, vote and make a change when the opportunity presents itself.  Change requires action, not a bag a chat.  This is as good as it gets.  If we intend to see a leaner government by either side of any significant reduction in numbers, then appoint persons who are prepared to shift the culture in how we conduct business on this ‘vacation’ Island.  The slogan, ‘no problem’ does not apply to our style of governance.  Our idea of efficiency, effectiveness and time management is one of theory where the practice has left us forever lacking and wanting.  ‘Age’…………..does it really matter when across the border irrespective of ‘age’ the outcome remains the same from both political parties?  A mind shift followed by action can only help our governance in both the public and private sector.

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PNP names 27-member shadow Cabinet

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, September 29, 2017 (55 Comments)

Opposition leader and President of the People’s National Party Dr Peter Phillips (centre) outlines the mandate of the shadow Cabinet ministers yesterday at a press conference at the party’s Old Hope Road headquarters in Kingston. Also photographed are Opposition spokesperson on national security and newly elected party chairman Fitz Jackson (right) and Julian Robinson, party general secretary and Opposition spokesperson on science and technology. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

LEADER of the People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips yesterday named two non-parliamentarians to his 27-member team of shadow spokespersons and deputies.

The two — outspoken politician Damion Crawford and attorney Donna Scott Mottley — are, however, expected to replace Opposition senators Mark Golding and Angela Brown Burke in the Senate after the two contest the upcoming by-elections in St Andrew South and St Andrew South Western, respectively. They are both safe seats which the PNP candidates are expected to win easily.

The two St Andrew seats were vacated earlier this year by Dr Omar Davies and former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.

Members of the shadow Cabinet, named by Phillips yesterday at a press conference at the PNP’s headquarters in Kingston are:

• Peter Phillips, Leader of the Opposition and spokesman on defence;

• Mark Golding, finance and planning;

• Lambert Brown, public service;

Angela Brown Burke, local government;

• Damion Crawford, youth and culture;

• Donna Scott Mottley, justice

• Julian Robinson, science and technology;

• Mikael Phillips, transport & works;

• Richard Azan, housing;

• Ian Hayles, water andclimate change;

• Ronald Thwaites, education and training;

• Michael Stewart, training;

• Noel Arscott, community development and social transformation;

• Dr Dayton Campbell, health;

• Fitz Jackson, national security;

• Peter Bunting, industry, investment and competitiveness;

• Philip Paulwell, mining and energy and leader of Opposition business in the House;

• Dr Fenton Ferguson, agriculture and rural development;

• Victor Wright, rural development;

• Wykeham McNeill, tourism and entertainment;

• Horace Dalley, labour and welfare;

• Senator Floyd Morris, welfare;

• Senator Sophia Fraser Binns, land and environment;

• Anthony Hylton, development and national physical planning, and the National Housing Trust;

• Lisa Hanna, foreign affairs and foreign trade; and

• Natalie Neita, sports, information and gender, and deputy leader of Opposition business in the House of Representatives.

Fraser Binns, Neita and Hylton will work from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.

“This team is a mixture of experience and youthfulness,” Phillips told journalists yesterday. “They are all very competent people, as are the other members of the team in the House and the Senate.”

“We have emphasised the NHT as being of particular importance to our perception of the mission of providing housing and access to land and overcoming the deficit in residential provisioning that the country now faces,” he said.

Phillips said he expects the shadow ministers to network with party commissions; develop a task force; establish contact with stakeholders in their portfolio areas; as well as be able to explain the party’s position of varying matters.

Though Bunting has responsibility for industry, investment and competitiveness, he will assume temporary chairmanship of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) until Golding’s election to the Lower House.

The committee, which is usually chaired by the Opposition spokesperson on finance, has not met since November 2016, under Dr Phillips’s leadership. This is despite the submission of numerous reports by the Auditor General’s Department to Parliament for reviewing.

The PAC is a parliamentary body with responsibility of reviewing and examining reports submitted by the auditor general.

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A Dis U Call Bangarang – The Gateway To Crime – FLA

Every wey u tun macca juke u.    No betta nuh dideh suh try come wid something different.  Sad to say honest workers are far and few between, bottom line.  You cannot spell ‘Gucci’ yet you want the lifestyle that the original brings.  You earn $80,000.00 per month yet your lifestyle is $500,000.00 per month.  Whether you are 18 or 60 providing you are employed, red eye and licky licky you will always position yourself to become part of the group of illegal hustlers while collecting the legal paycheck.  What to do?  The million dollar question.

It has to be established how far the gravy chain goes up.  To believe that the bottom is brazen enough to carry out such a scheme is normally played out over and over again until amnesia by vested interests and the public becomes pronounced.   Where is this all going?  What is the end game?  What has been raised thus far are some serious alarm bells that if you consider seriously, wi corner well dark as it relates to gun violence in this country.

You cannot train a worker to become honest, in as much you cannot tell by appearance if one is a potential illegal hustler.  Only systems in place with checks and balance coming from one source will be able to narrow down loop holes if chicanery steps in.  Separate and apart persons may very well need the highest level of security clearance to occupy certain positions based on the nature of their job description.  Call me dramatic, but after what has been demonstrated thus far within the FLA where is the drama prey tell and who or which industry can top this scandal presently?  I say, our national security has been severely compromised and to say otherwise will only reinforce our numbness to all things catastrophic.  I am stuck at someone having their gun licence renewed whilst they are residing in a penitentiary in a foreign land miles and miles away.  How do we explain that one?

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More FLA drama

Senior female employee detained; MOCA wants to question senior cop

(Jamaica Observer)Thursday, September 21, 2017 46 Comments

Gun licence application

A senior female employee of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) was taken into custody yesterday by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) as the police continue investigations into a major gun-licensing racket at the authority.

The name of the employee has not been disclosed, pending further investigations. It is understood that she was released late yesterday, but could face further questioning by the police today as they continue their investigations.

The Jamaica Observer learnt last night that MOCA is also interested in questioning a senior police officer, as well as at least three more employees of the FLA, as it presses on with investigations.

The case involving the woman, sources said, followed discovery that a gun licence was recently renewed although the owner had not taken the gun in for the past four years. The gun owner, our sources said, lives in the United States, while the gun has been in other hands.

According to the source, a member of the FLA staff had certified that the owner of the weapon had come into the office at Old Hope Road in St Andrew and had followed the proper procedure for the re-licensing of the weapon. However, checks by MOCA revealed that not only was the gun missing from the process, but that the owner is in jail in the United States, where he has been living for the past four years, and did not have possession of the weapon.

The owner of the licence is required to do a safe use and handling test before it could be renewed since three years had passed without renewal. However, this was not done because of his absence from Jamaica. The gun was eventually “found” by another person and brought to the FLA two weeks later, after the police started a search for it.

Investigators, Observer sources said, are convinced that there is evidence that the licensing system has been compromised by a ring of alleged corrupt FLA staffers who have been working with outside interest, including police officers, in a system where a third party is paid for the gun licence without having to turn up with their weapons for the necessary licensing procedures at the FLA office.

When the licences are approved the FLA suspects contact “agents” outside of the authority to collect the “firearm licence package”. The third party then picks up the package and pays the contact, who pays the inside staffer.

It is also understood that MOCA is aware of the FLA employees who have been involved in the practice and that as the investigations continue more FLA staff, as well as members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), will be charged for their involvement.

Since early September, the FLA has been working with the police to flush out licensed firearm holders who have failed to present their weapons for the annual renewal of their licences, which requires inspection and certification.

In June, the FLA had announced an amnesty to allow firearm holders to update their licences without fear of prosecution. However, while just over 1,000 licence holders have complied, the FLA says that some 3,000 licensees have failed to take advantage of the offer and are still illegally in possession of the weapons, including individuals who have moved to the United States and left the weapon in Jamaica.

CEO of the FLA Shane Dalling has said that the compliance drive was implemented to ensure that the authority could account for all licensed firearms, as well as the whereabouts of the licensee. The penalty for failing to comply each year is up to 12 months imprisonment or a $200,000 fine.

The amnesty should have ended by July 31; however, fewer than 100 of the 3,000 outstanding guns have been accounted for so far.

The controversy, which has slowly developed since a letter from a “whistle-blower” member of staff revealed the corrupt practices at the FLA dating back several years, set off a fire-storm in May leading to the intervention of MOCA to investigate the corruption practices at the authority.

The board subsequently resigned.

Last week, the ministry of aational security appointed a Security Programme Oversight Committee headed by retired banker Peter Moses to oversee all government agencies which fall under the ministry, including the FLA.

However, despite assurances that a new board would have been appointed soon after the resignations, no board has yet been appointed to take charge of the FLA. A release naming a new board was subsequently withdrawn after Security Minister Robert Montague said it was sent out prematurely.

CEO Dalling, meanwhile, has welcomed the MOCA probe which he believe will help him in his efforts to stem the corruption at the authority.

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Dexter Pottinger (Untimely Demise) – Draw Brakes, Stop Just Stop, Caas U Dun Know Sey Blender Can Only Do One Ting An One Ting Only!!!!!

Stop tek everybody fi idiaat and poppy show an put down demya statistics after the who’s who is killed.  Watch back di video wey Alkaline did post wey di ole a oono a critique like sey oono ave any authority on morality much less the will to deal wid di criminal element pon disya Island.  Money run tings, and di law will wok for those who can afford to pay, or for those whose connection is of such dat freedom is a must no matter what.

Holding press conferences have become a love affair with the script in toe and the bull shit becoming the monologue repeatedly.

Please take the time to read the story that follows after this latest piece in the Jamaica Gleaner.  This youngster was charged in the death of a female and you will see the heading of that piece when the commentary was posted over 1 year ago dated Saturday 11 June 2016.  Is there a coincidence that Pottinger bailed out the said youth that was charged in the murder of this female; who in turn ended up taking his ( Pottinger’s) life?  Do you believe in coincidences?  All I am saying is, the plot will forever thicken when you understand and recognise where you are living.  You are living in Jamroc.  The rules of engagement are different to that of 1st world countries namely the USA where we love to draw comparisons.  Pay attention to the groups who jump out immediately and chant for justice, due diligence, no tables to be left un-turned etc.  Do not pay too much attention to those who regardless of their dollars are deemed ‘not of our class’ according to the intellectuals on certain cases.   Pay more attention to the silence from certain quarters as silence speaks volumes.

When you know what you know, you may choose to be silent.  When you know what you know, you may choose to flip the script with a view to mislead.  The outcome of both scenarios usually remain the same, not one striking solution is ever sought much less invoked which would cause the citizens of this country to have faith in our judicial system.

Justice remains elusive to the majority.  Therefore seek justice from the one above who can guarantee you eternity and live each day on planet earth as if it is your last.

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Bad on bail – Fresh concerns as news emerges that ‘3D’s’ alleged killer was on the road despite being charged with two crimes

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 9:00 AM

The main suspect in the killing of fashion designer Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was on bail for two other crimes.
DCP Clifford Blake has confirmed that there have been instances where persons continue to commit crimes while on bail.

News that the man charged with the killing of fashion designer Dexter ‘3D’ Pottinger was out on bail for two crimes has renewed the debate about the ease with which suspected criminals are offered bail and the number of offences they commit while awaiting their day in court.

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has repeatedly expressed concern about the number of persons granted bail who are then linked to other serious crimes, but the data he provided has not been confirmed by the police.

The Police High Command is now collating the data as it tries to determine the number of persons charged and offered bail by the courts who are involved in other major crimes.

“I am aware that an audit is being done by the Criminal Investigation Branch, but I can’t say exactly how far the audit is at this time,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake told The Sunday Gleaner recently.

“I can confirm, however, that there have been instances where persons continue to commit crimes while on bail,” added Blake.

He was supported by senior cops in the Kingston Eastern Police Division, where a bloody gang war is playing out in Rockfort and other areas.

“You have persons getting bail for more than one major crime. You will have a man charged with shooting and illegal possession of a firearm, and he will be reporting to the station on bail for three different cases,” said one senior cop who asked that his name be withheld.

“Some persons in the Rockfort violence are themselves reporting to the station on other issues. It might not be for the same thing but for different crimes and in different areas,” added the cop.

Deputy superintendent in charge of crime in the Kingston Eastern Division, Christopher Brown, told our news team that while he could not provide numbers, he was also aware of persons charged with one crime being rearrested by his team.

“We have credible information to suggest that there are a number of individuals who are on bail who sadly become victims of violence or become the perpetrators themselves,” said Brown.

“There are other instances where we hear of persons committing crimes, but you may not have the evidence to arrest them for those crimes.”

In the meantime, Senior Superintendent Howard Chambers, who heads the Kingston Western Police Division, said the problem is one he faces in the area under his command.

FACTORY FOR CRIMINALS

“Say, for instance, that for the month we have 20 arrests, then we will find that out of that 20, we have about three or four who are rearrested for other crimes,” said Chambers, who described his division as the factory for criminals gangs.

“Once they are reporting to the station on condition of bail you will find that they are still involved in criminality but that they may not be so active.

“If it is a gang, then the leader might tell a youth to go do something (crime) because the other man is already reporting,” added Chambers.

Since taking on the security portfolio last year, Montague has repeatedly pointed to the rules relating to bail as one of the factors impacting the country’s crime numbers.

“Up to March this year, some 143 persons who were on bail were also charged with murder while they were on bail for another serious offence,” Montague declared while addressing a function recently.

“So since bail is a right, we are going to enter into some discussions with the Ministry of Justice to ask that for some categories of crime the persons on bail should wear an electronic bracelet as a condition of bail. So we know where they are in case a crime is committed,” added Montague, who has repeatedly expressed concern about the crimes committed by persons on bail.

Excerpts from The Bail Act:

Entitlement to bail

1. Subject to the provisions of this act, every person who is charged with an offence shall be entitled to be granted bail by a court, a justice of the peace or a police officer, as the case may require.

2. A person who is charged with an offence shall not be held in custody for longer than 24 hours without the question of bail being considered.

3. Subject to Section 4 (4), bail shall be granted to a defendant who is charged with an offence which is not punishable with imprisonment.

4. A person charged with murder, treason or treason felony may be granted bail only by a resident magistrate or a judge.

Circumstances in which bail may be denied:

Where the offence or one of the offences in relation to which the defendant is charged or convicted is punishable with imprisonment, bail may be denied to that defendant in the following circumstances:

The court, a justice of the peace or police officer is satisfied that there are substantial grounds for believing that the defendant, if released on bail, would:

(i) fail to surrender to custody;

(ii) commit an offence while on bail; or

(iii) interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course of justice, whether in relation to himself or any other person.

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Killed During, In Between Or After A Sex Act? – This Is Perplexing At Best

What a terrible price to pay for an indiscretion when one already has a partner.  This case may bear more questions than truthful answers I suspect as dead man tell no tales.  Where is the boyfriend in all of this?   Is he grieving the loss of his girlfriend?  Will he be called by any of the attorneys to answer questions pertaining to her supposedly condition that causes her to pass out in the past?

We are told that during an ‘adult’ activity, an argument ensued, the woman was kicked to the ground, then strangled.  What could this woman possibly have said or done to this 20 year old that would cause such a downright cruel, degrading reaction?  Sad to say, tools used in communicating between couples are often times beyond degrading.  Yet it is common and acceptable by both sexes.  I am of the firm belief that if I can class you in a demeaning, derogatory manner, then it is high time I ask one major yet simple question, why are we together?  While you can certainly rebound from certain struggles or issues in a relationship.  It is my belief that when the art of communicating becomes excessively colourful with expletives and description of the female/male anatomy being thrown at like a dart board;  I say check yourself before you wreck yourself. The physical behaviour cast upon the human being which by the way if it was cast upon a four legged creature  would result in lock down in certain regions, should cause one to seriously evaluate the purpose of the alliance.

Where does friends with benefits start and end I might ask?  Does such a frivolous escapade extends to either parties having an existing relationship?  Is there a moral compass in living and having fun?  We are yet to be told the age of the deceased female, yet we know the bloke was 20 years old.   The facts of the case thus far is this.  The female had a boyfriend. They were involved in an adult activity.  Kicked her to the ground he surely did and strangled her.  To death???  That is to be determined. He later stole her boyfriend’s laptop.

Somehow it is fair to say, this female did not believe that day would be her last on Planet Earth.  Also, I might add, the Creator should not be blamed for all deaths.  He has given us free reign on planet earth to choose the course we will take even though death is a reality for us all.  Likewise, I do believe in the Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde syndrome.  It is for us to hopefully have sufficient time to meet both in relationships, rendezvous, live and yet live, friends with benefits lifestyle, before it costs us our lives.


Welder remanded in murder case

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, June 11, 2016

A St Andrew welder, who reportedly strangled a woman to death during a dispute at her home, was again denied bail when he appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

Twenty-year-old Romario Brown of Stony Hill was arrested and charged with murder following the death of Alexia Bepatt on April 8.

The young man is also accused of stealing a laptop belonging to the dead woman’s boyfriend and was charged with larceny from the dwelling.

The court heard that Brown went to visit the woman and both were engaged in adult activities when an argument developed.It is alleged that, during the argument, Brown kicked the woman off the bed and squeezed her throat.

Bepatt was later found partially naked, lying unconscious at her home in Mona. She was rushed to the University Hospital of the West Indies where she was pronounced dead. According to the prosecutor, a post-mortem report has since revealed that Bepatt died from manual strangulation.

The prosecutor also told Parish Judge Chester Crooks that the accused had fled the scene and was caught after he was picked up on a camera leaving the premises.

The prosecutor said the crown was of the view that Brown would “take away himself” if he was granted bail.

But Brown’s attorney, Davorona Wilson — in renewing her bail application — maintained that Bepatt was alive when her client left the premises.

“When he left the house, she was crying,” Wilson told the court.

Wilson also told the court that two individuals have indicated that the woman suffered from a condition in which she frequently passed out and as such indicated that she needed to see the post-mortem report to see if manual strangulation was, in fact, the actual cause of death.

She also pointed out that her client had surrendered to the police when he was contacted and will not interfere with the witnesses.

The judge subsequently told her that he was in agreement for her to have a look at the post mortem report. However, he said he could not grant the accused bail and remanded him until July 18.

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Ounce of Prevention | FAT can poison your LIVER! by Dr Tony Vendryes

What are you afraid of?  Have you ever had a facial, manicure, pedicure?  Why not do a liver cleanse?  Can you make a note of all the various types of foods, beverages you consumed over the past year, much less the last 5 years?  If you have never had a liver cleanse and you suffer from any of the below I would recommend you do so.  Personally I have no non-communicable or communicable disease yet did a liver cleanse.  I was surprised at what came out.  I can show you if you request.

Talk is cheap, it is time for action!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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(Jamaica Gleaner) September 5 2017

Ninety per cent of obese persons risk damaging their liver.
Weight loss will result in a significant reduction of excess fat in the liver.

The liver is, after the skin, the biggest, heaviest organ in the body, with several important functions. Only the brain may be more complex. It eliminates harmful substances like alcohol and drugs from the blood, makes bile that’s necessary for digesting fatty foods, converts blood sugar into glycogen for storage, makes urea for excretion by the kidneys, manufactures important proteins like albumin and blood-clotting factors, and stores vitamins A, D, K and B12. The liver also produces about 80 per cent of all the cholesterol in your body. This organ has a tremendous ability to regenerate itself and can handle a lot of abuse and damage.

Fatty liver

Your liver normally contains some fat, but if more than 10 per cent of the organ is fatty, you probably have fatty liver disease (FLD). There are two main types of FLD: liver disease from alcohol (ALD) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Many people are unaware that NAFLD is the most common form of liver disorder in developed countries and affects almost a quarter of the American population. The name speaks for itself: an accumulation of fat in the liver, occupying more than 10 per cent of the organ, in people who drink little or no alcohol. In the past, a fatty liver was usually associated with alcohol abuse, but NAFLD is another lifestyle-related disorder.

As the obesity problem accelerates, so does the epidemic of NAFLD. A weakened liver makes you toxic, and a fatty liver dramatically increases your risk of cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer. Although the disease can strike anyone, certain groups are at high risk:

The obese: Ninety per cent of obese individuals risk damaging their liver, especially when their excess fat is stored around the waistline. Belly fat (truncal obesity) is not just stored under the skin, but surrounds and infiltrates the abdominal organs, particularly the liver where fat globules actually enter the liver cells and damage them.

The diabetic: Fifty per cent of diabetics have NAFLD, and almost all obese diabetics will have this problem. Elevated levels of insulin in the blood and insulin resistance are common features of Type 2 diabetes, and obesity and seems to play a major role in fatty liver disease.

High cholesterol: A very high percentage of individuals with elevated levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides have excess fats stored in the liver that damages the organ.

The elderly: This condition is more prevalent in the elderly, and studies show that more than 65 per cent of persons over age 80 have NAFLD. Unfortunately, obese children often already have fatty livers.

Drug users: NAFLD can occur as a side effect of the long-term use of certain medications, including aspirin, the immunity-suppressing medications methotrexate and steroids; the breast cancer drug tamoxifen; and the antibiotic tetracycline.

What to look out for

Like diabetes and high blood pressure, this liver condition is often initially silent, only to cause life-threatening problems many years later.

Some persons may have only non-specific complaints like low energy, fatigue, malaise and mild upper abdominal pain. Laboratory tests for liver function may or may not reveal any abnormality in the early stages. Later in the progression of the disease, signs of inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer may develop.

Treatment and prevention

Conventional medicine does not have a specific drug or treatment for this problem. However, the condition is largely prevented and often reversed by nutritional and lifestyle changes. These include:

Weight loss: Losing weight with a nutritionally sound weight-loss programme will result in a significant reduction of excess fat in the liver. I have often used a low carbohydrate, cellular nutrition type programme, very effective in correcting this problem. Reversing truncal obesity is an essential part of any treatment plan.

Control high blood sugar: This is also very important in managing this problem. A diet low in simple carbohydrates along with supplements like chromium, berberine, and the omega 3 fatty acids greatly improves blood sugar control.

Antioxidant supplementation with vitamins A, C, E, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, green tea and glutathione is important in protecting the liver cells.

Detoxification programmes help relieve the toxic burden on an already compromised liver. The herb, milk thistle, is particularly useful in this regard. Alcohol and other liver toxins must be absolutely avoided.

Soy products: Soybeans contain a form of phosphatidylcholine, which has been shown in some studies to halt the progress of liver damage in NAFLD.

So, if you have a spare tire, a love handle, or a beer belly, this may be a warning sign that you are on your way to developing a fatty liver. Remember, your life depends on your liver!

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Look Like Something A Go Gwaan – Crime Monster, Beast All In One

So here we are, movements, movements, ZOSO, (Zones of Special Operations).  I dun tell oono sey personally it is my belief that all rights are not absolute based on the matter at hand.  For any semblance of normality to be restored upon the Roc, I am all for a joint Police and Military State for a period of 24 months.  For too long we have been debating, posturing, preaching while the terrorists carry out their mandate with a high success rate of 90%, leaving the citizenry state of being in total mayhem.

In order to get to the root, drastic measures must be implored for us to have a fighting chance.  Suh di terrorists kill dem one another a suh di ooman dem push out a nether set of terrorists.  How do you deal with that reality?  In the mix when the rambo style onslaught unfolds, innocent people get caught up even losing their lives.   You are on the way to work, BAM, road block find another exit immediately before shot start fi fire.  This is reality on the Roc morning, noon and night.  So tell me, how can you play politics in battling crime?  I feel the very same way with healthcare.  Wen shot a fire, u tink dem a ask u if u a green or orange?    Wen sickness tek u, it matters whether u a green or orange?

The restoration of law and order or the perception that terrorists have invaded our country leaving the powers of be sitting ducks who fraid like puss to tek it to dem, must not be seen as truth.  The notion that politicians created this now eventual beast by being silent decades ago due to control of territories and votes to win election must not continue to be the silent conversation piece amongst many groups.  The belief that Don’s played an integral role in our politics leaving politicians to turn a blind eye and decades later we have reaped what they sowed must end.  Who controlling who is evidenced by those feeling powerless thereby hiding behind ‘human rights’.

We are bleeding as a nation with no exponential growth ever to be realised with law and order the way it is.    Forget about economic growth, we are slaves to the IMF.   We need more than economic growth as taxation cannot be a growth initiative.  Where there is anarchy there will be decay.  What level of productivity can a country expect to gain when the rule of law remains toothless in a country where rising levels of indiscipline, murder, corruption far outweigh decency whether moral or otherwise?  We need men and women with courage who will face those who wish to destroy this land.  Many lives will be lost in this quest, but understand this, get clarity……………..There are always causalities in war, and Jamaica is at WAR with local terrorists.  It is better to die trying, than to die as sitting ducks complaining.

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More than 100 cops, soldiers shut down Mount Salem, the first special zone

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, September 02, 2017 13 Comments

A policeman questions a resident in the tough Mount Salem community during yesterday’s curfew in the area. (Photo: Philp Lemonte)

MOUNT SALEM, St James — More than 25 people were reportedly detained in the Mount Salem Police Division here in St James yesterday during the first day of operations under the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO).

At a press conference in Kingston yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness declared the Mount Salem Police Division in St James the first zone of special operations under a recently passed law because of increasing crime in the community.

Prime Minister Holness, in declaring the first special zone at a press conference held at Jamaica House, said, “The rule of law must be upheld and preserved in every nook and cranny of Jamaica. We can no longer afford any area to provide a safe haven for criminals to hide. Zone by zone, community by community, square inch by square inch, we will establish and restore public order, citizen security and public safety. We will make Jamaica safe again.”

Holness said the decision to declare Mount Salem as the first zone was based on police statistics, which show that the area is a major crime hotspot.

The Law Reform (Zones of Social Operations) (Special Security and Community Development Measures) Act, 2017 allows the security forces to operate under special conditions in a designated geographical area.

Yesterday, the police imposed a curfew in Mount Salem, including the tough Crawford Street community, which police say has accounted for 16 of the 54 reported murders committed in the police division since the start of the year.

The curfew which began at 6:00 am will remain in effect until 6:00am tomorrow

Police say there are roughly 12 gangs operating in the division, some of which Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake yesterday named as Junglists Alliance, Texas Faction, Temple Lane, and OG.

“In 2014 there were 46 murders in Mount Salem and its environs; in 2015 it rose to 70 murders; in 2016 the figure was 85 murders; and so far 54 murders have been recorded,” Blake told reporters at the Jamaica House press conference as he sought to justify why the St James community was selected for special attention

When the Jamaica Observer visited sections of Mount Salem yesterday a number of lawmen were observed interacting with residents.

One resident told the Observer that the lawmen could not have come at a better time. “I personally welcome the police and the military in the area.

“At least we will feel more secure now. They are needed in the community because there is just too much crime and violence here,” said the woman.

Councillor for the Mount Salem Division Kerry Thomas told the Observer that there have been “mixed feelings” among residents about the operation.

“Some residents welcome them but others are saying that they are inconvenienced by the operation,” said Thomas, who represents the Opposition People’s National Party.

He argued, however, that “at the end of day we hope and trust that the lawmen don’t abuse their power”.

Meanwhile, a police sergeant who was a part of yesterday’s operations in Mount Salem said the security forces were “on top of things” in the area.

“So far, everything is going well,” he said, adding that the security forces were getting “good support and cooperation” from residents.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) T’Shura Gibbs yesterday welcomed the declaration of the first Zone of Special Operation in St James, which has jumped in violent crimes over the past few years, with a number of them linked to the deadly lottery scam.

“We asked for affirmative actions and we have seen affirmative action,” Gibbs said.

She, however, questioned if individuals who had left for work early would have difficulties returning home, given the imposition of a curfew in the special zone.

In addition, the chamber president had concerns over whether justices of the peace were sufficiently briefed to undertake their responsibilities.

“Is everything in place? Are we ready for full implementation? Are the JPs briefed and are the ones who are going to be assigned to this community of Mount Salem in Montego Bay trained and adequately prepared to undertake the role that they are expecting to undertake, commencing today (yesterday)?” Gibbs questioned.

Acting Custos of St James Claudette Bryan assured the Observer that justices of the peace were ready.

“We have adequate justices of the peace. We don’t have any concerns at the moment,” said Bryan.

Gibbs, meanwhile, said she was pleased to see that there was not a “mass roll-out across the entire country, but that we have selected one community”.

“I hope that we will now make sure to perfect it in that community before we consider rolling out across the country,” the MBCCI president stated, adding that she would love to see a press conference in Montego Bay on the roll-out of the Zones of Special Operations.

The more than 100 members of the security forces who were assigned for duties in Mount Salem yesterday are expected to remain in the community for 60 days.

Holness, however, indicated that if targets of the operation have not been met within the 60-day period the matter will be taken to Parliament where a decision would be made on whether or not the operation should be continued within the zone.

Major Godfrey Sterling of the JDF and Superintendent of Police Kirk Ricketts will have joint command of the Mount Salem zone, following written nominations by the chief of defence staff and the commissioner of police.

Holness also revealed that Omar Sweeny, managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund, has been appointed as deputy chairman of the Social Intervention Committee that is to be established within five working days. The committee will be required to identify social needs and the actions necessary in the special zones.

The prime minister, in an apparent response to human rights concerns, said specific measures were put in place to safeguard the integrity of the Zones of Special Operations.

“Every single weapon that is going to be used within a zone has already been registered with the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine,” he said.

He added: “All members of the JDF and JCF who are members of the joint force will have a name badge visibly displayed so they will be able to be identified by name.”

The prime minister, who said Parliament will be updated within 14 days about activities in Mount Salem, said the security council will convene periodically to receive and consider the written report of the joint command that must be submitted every 10 days.

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Lordhavemercy!!! – This Is All Wi Need Yahso!!!!!

ISIS………………….resident alien or citizen oono need fi pay attention once u born a Jamdown.  Whether oono lef dis country at 1 day ole, oono is a born Jamaican and if u head start tun away wey other country nah spit pon u, a yard u shall return.

There is nothing we could do to prevent this man from being deported from the UK to the land of his birth.  However, do you not believe that this individual should have been monitored?  Do we know how to monitor any terrorist group as to the likes of ISIS?  Do we not understand that ‘religion’ does not care about your race, creed or culture, and so when one chooses to evangelize, they will seek far and wide from a 2×4 if that is the only space they have to operate out of?

How it is the USA is able to seek extradition on this man and we had him here free as a bird to roam, prowl and do what they do to advance their cause?  Lordhavemercy ISIS people nuh joke an dis lickle Island dun in a hole, but at least, nowhere nuh bomb up.  Wi nuh ave nuh badie a put on suicide bomb an a walk round teking out all an sundry.  This is a story worth following up and I sincerely hope money does not hold up this parade.

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Al-Faisal to face charges of recruiting would-be terrorists for ISIS

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, August 26, 2017 (19 Comments)

This 2010 Observer file photo shows Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after he was deported from Kenya.

CONTROVERSIAL Jamaican-born Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal was yesterday arrested on an extradition warrant in Kingston.

A release from the Ministry of National Security said he was apprehended by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and taken to his home in St Catherine where a search warrant was executed.

He will be taken to court for a hearing at a later date, the ministry said.

Al-Faisal was indicted on charges of recruiting would-be terrorists yesterday, having been arrested after a months-long sting carried out by an undercover New York Police Department officer who communicated with him by e-mail, text and video chat.

According to the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R Vance, al-Faisal offered to help the undercover officer travel to the Middle East and join fighters with the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

It’s not clear if al-Faisal has an attorney.

The 53-year-old al-Faisal was born Trevor William Forrest in Jamaica.

This 2010 Observer file photo shows Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston after he was deported from Kenya.

CONTROVERSIAL Jamaican-born Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal was yesterday arrested on an extradition warrant in Kingston.

A release from the Ministry of National Security said he was apprehended by members of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and taken to his home in St Catherine where a search warrant was executed.

He will be taken to court for a hearing at a later date, the ministry said.

Al-Faisal was indicted on charges of recruiting would-be terrorists yesterday, having been arrested after a months-long sting carried out by an undercover New York Police Department officer who communicated with him by e-mail, text and video chat.

According to the Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R Vance, al-Faisal offered to help the undercover officer travel to the Middle East and join fighters with the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS.

It’s not clear if al-Faisal has an attorney.

The 53-year-old al-Faisal was born Trevor William Forrest in Jamaica.

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FLA Bangarang You Say – Where Is The Shock?? – This Is Jamdown

For pete sake why report of  a ‘shock’.  Who is shocked?  Is this an emotion you are expecting the citizenry to display because you deem it to be?  Di people dem dun know how di ting set.  What would be shocking for the populous if any head will roll straight to the Court house and eventually prison.

Sick and tired of massive shake ups resulting in no culpability. Do you really think people losing their jobs is a shocker?  Eat a food runs across all class and social status in this country.  Some may only need enough money to eat chicken back and flour, while others need enough to dine on caviar and jet across the globe living the life of ‘riley’.  If they feel to rub some chicken back and flour they do so because they choose to.

There is a popular sentiment that everyone can be bought, you just have to find out what their price is.  In an Island where our consumption and appetite is of 1st world extravagance.  Where being part of the movers and shakers, old money, new money, society and page 2 appearance, a man and a girl will do whatever to be seen, bowed to and scarified for.  We are also aware that in the game of politics, yes it is a game, the intent is to do service 20% of the time and the other 80% is to appear esteemed in the position or rank they hold.  Sounds cynical………………..At some point or the other cynicism will take over as years of service do not lie in relation to where we are as a people.  In particular our corruption standing versus our economic value as a country.

Here we have the details, in-depth it appears.  Let us see all the names and the question be asked, was criminal wrong doing carried out by those mentioned?  If so, what kind of punishment or rather imprisonment if found guilty can they expect to face?    We already know that many of our judgements based on existing laws, resulting in fines are antiquated.  No surprise or shock when fines of J$500.00 or J$1,000.00 are pronounced.  It is what it is.  So a man will say to hell with it, let me eat a food, eat it well and ofcourse let the chips fall where they may.  Who exactly is concerned about name, reputation and character?  Those concerns are for the honest poor, the persons who are constantly being shafted for living by the rules.  The persons who are stressed to the max as taxation is our growth for prosperity.  The persons who are trying to prioritise all the ‘urgent’ on their daily must do lists.

Give me a break.  Until we clean up house where the perceived untouchables march to the lock up cell spending even an hour which would no doubt initialize a cardiac arrest on them; not one striking thing worth celebrating will come out of this.  Next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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More FLA shock

Suspected gangster granted gun licence after refusal

(Jamaica Obsever) Saturday, August 27 2017 (35 Comments)

The case of a suspected Spanish Town-based gangster who was initially denied a gun licence in 2014, then issued with the permit for the deadly weapon a year later, by the then board of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is now the subject of an investigation by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).

This development comes as law enforcement sources have confirmed that police investigators are digging deeper as they probe what is suspected to be long running criminality and corruption at the agency.

Documents seen by the Jamaica Observer confirm that in 2014 when the reputed thug applied for the gun licence, the then FLA board was advised that in May 2012 he was convicted in the United States of fraud and sentenced to 17 months’ imprisonment, then deported to Jamaica in September 2013.

A report from the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) also advised the FLA that the convict is suspected to be involved in gang activity in crime-ridden areas in the Old Capital. In November 2014 the FLA board wrote the applicant and indicated to him that his request to be issued a firearm licence has been denied because he is “not considered a fit and proper person to be armed”.

But in a shocking development which has raised eyebrows in law enforcement circles, the applicant was written to by the FLA and advised on February 12, 2015 that his application has been approved. The letter reversing the initial decision to deny the convict a nine millimetre gun licence was signed by three members of the then FLA board.

Law enforcement sources have confirmed that the MOCA probe involves 257 cases which go as far back as the infamous Patrick Powell missing file investigation.

Last Thursday, the Sunday Observer received information that the FLA found out last week that man living in one of Kingston’s tough communities was in possession of four handgun licences. He was summoned by the authority and the weapons seized.

The newspaper was also informed that a firearm holder was able to renew his licence in July 2017 while being incarcerated abroad.

“This is an administrative function and facilitated by corrupt employees,” a source close to the FLA said.

It was also disclosed last week that the case of a man who was reportedly granted a gun licence, despite allegedly attempting to mislead the FLA into believing that he lives in Jamaica, is among the cases of gun licenses issued under suspicious circumstances between 2012 and 2015 being probed by the police. These details were revealed in a document prepared by the FLA and submitted to MOCA. In this case, the applicant was initially denied a gun licence in 2013 by the then board because investigations showed that he lied about his place of residence.

Official FLA correspondence confirm that the man submitted a letter of appeal to the FLA and claimed he had become a resident of Jamaica and is contracted to a central Jamaica-based company run by a man with political links. The FLA board reversed its decision and issued the man a gun licence.

The case of an applicant who was convicted of lottery scamming and fraud in the United States but was issued a gun licence in 2014 is also being probed by MOCA.

Another case where an applicant who was denied a gun licence on May 15, 2014 because he had been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm but was granted a licence with no expressed explanation for the U-turn is also part of the extensive MOCA probe.

A host of other instances where individuals who were issued with gun licences between 2012 and 2015, despite FLA investigators having raised concern about them being found to be illiterate or having been convicted of violent crimes, are also under investigation.

The revelations of suspect issuing of gun licences during the course of the past six to seven years come following an assertion made by former national security minister Peter Bunting that while he was minister, between 2012 and 2016, the FLA did not issue gun licences to people of questionable character.

Bunting’s claim was scoffed at by a law enforcement source connected to Jamaica’s international partners who spoke with the Sunday Observer on the weekend and who has knowledge of the MOCA investigation.

Gregory also appeared on the airwaves last week and insisted that his board at all times acted appropriately. He also called for the MOCA probe to be allowed to take place and have the chips fall where they may.

Last Tuesday, news emerged that a senior director at the FLA was among three individuals at the agency terminated with immediate effect. The reason for the terminations was not disclosed in the dismissal letters served on the trio. The senior director had been contracted to the agency for approximately six years.

MOCA is also probing licences issued in 2016 and 2017 by the recently resigned board of directors of the FLA which was led by Dennis Wright. The former board members have strongly denied wrongdoing.

In one case, an applicant was said to have been granted a licence on the strength that she was a friend of a board member.

As the police probe deepens focus has turned on the Audit and Complaints Department, as well as the Certification Department, according to Sunday Observer sources.

“In many instances applicants’ notification packages were withheld and they were told to pay if they wanted their packages expedited,” said one source who opted not to be named.

According to the source, one applicant for a dealership in western Jamaica was extorted a total of $5 million by FLA staff who are accused of resisting the efforts of the last board that resigned this month.

“The board had set up subcommittees to provide strict oversight to the operations of the FLA,” the source said, adding that “this was not so in the previous regime.”

It has also been alleged that in western Jamaica FLA staff provide the names of applicants to police who raid the applicants’ homes, inform them that they aware that they applied for a firearm and that the police believe that they are involved in lottery scamming. The cops then demand money from the applicants, promising them a favourable report on their application.

According to our source, when the last board found out about these activities it took steps to relieve some of these staff of their duties and invited MOCA to be added to the vetting of applicants.

Last week, the authority’s CEO Shane Dalling said that all potential and current staff would be subjected to polygraph testing and vetting by MOCA, NIB and the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

 

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New FLA board Monday

Security increased around CEO after death threats

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, August 25, 2017 34 Comments

The Cabinet is to approve a new board of directors for the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) when it meets on Monday.

The Jamaica Observer confirmed the decision yesterday following a public acknowledgement by National Security Minister Robert Montague that the members of the new board would be named “very soon”.

There has been growing concern about the fact that the FLA, which has been mired in controversy over the past month, has been operating without a board since the previous board resigned on August 2, following public revelations about corrupt practices and political influence in the issuing of firearm licences since 2012.

Approval is required from a majority of the five board members for firearm licences to be issued by the agency.

It was also disclosed yesterday that increased security has been provided for FLA Chief Executive Officer Shane Dalling following what is understood to be threats made against his life.

On Tuesday, two senior managers at the authority were dismissed with immediate effect amidst an investigation being carried out by the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) into the operations at the FLA

Dalling yesterday refused to go into details about either the dismissals or the threats, but admitted that many of the practices that he has detected at the FLA were not what he expected when he joined the staff two months ago.

He admitted, however, that he had discussions with the police high command on Wednesday night, and that he expected them to address his security issues yesterday.

Former minister of national security and Opposition spokesman Peter Bunting had called for the resignation of the board and that of Dalling. He accused the authority of approving gun licences for people of questionable character and pointed his finger at the board appointed since the change of Government in February 2016. However, investigations so far have identified that the corrupt practices extend, at least, as far back as Bunting’s administration of the ministry and the FLA.

The previous board, which included two former political candidates for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party, said in their letters of resignation that they were stepping down to protect their integrity and that of the embattled FLA, which was established to handle the granting and renewing of firearm licences after corrupt practices were detected in the issuing of the licences by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Dalling has insisted that, despite the threats and calls for his resignation, he will continue to work with MOCA in rooting out corruption among the staff of the institution.

The agency was established on March 1, 2006 in line with the implementation of the provisions of the Firearm Amendment Act (2005), as a statutory organisation within the Ministry of National Security to replace the role of the JCF and increase professionalism and transparency in the granting of the firearm licences.

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