Illegal Immigrants In JA?? – Heaven On Earth They Say

Yes sah…………….this is music to my ears as it forces me to take stock and think outside of my own disgust at times.  My own complaints which are certainly valid to the viewpoint or better still through the eyes of a foreigner.  Often times we never stop to think that what we dread in our own country could be perceived as minors to that foreigner.  Which country did that foreigner come from?  What was their life like there?  As we say another man’s garbage is another’s treasure, the same rings through to logistics.  So with that we have our fair share of illegals in Jamroc and by all accounts wi a run di amnesty programme.

While America and Europe is facing the migrant’s dilemma, I wonder what JA would look like in another 25-30 years.  Maybe our focus will not be centered solely on the Asians, rather those we see from the Africa’s and other regions that we never thought of.  Why would someone leave the USA, Europe and come to JA, with the view of taking up full time residence?  Again, we focus on the majority and that will never change, however, the minority in value once spread across several regions will eventually become significant.  So what will Jamaica look like in another 3 decades?  Our motto says out of many one people and I will suspect out of many 1 language in times to come.

I would like to believe that in granting residence status to the illegals, the proper vetting similar to what the USA does in their immigration process be exercised.  Affidavit of support, skilled based or not, previous criminal records, health records.  Finally a cost in the hundreds of thousands, dollars. After all, you are not seeking asylum where we would have to deport you.  Not that we are uncaring but wi nuh ave nuh monie fi tek care a business.  An if u can barely feed uself mi nuh si how u a go feed other people.  Not to mention di haspital called public.

The bottom line is providing you will become an asset and not a drain or sewer to this country, I say welcome aboard as I for one believe the doors to a country should not be closed as immigration is integration, integration is inclusion, inclusion is equality and equality is the greatest form of democracy.  Enjoy your heaven in Jamroc…………….

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‘Heaven on Earth’

New Jamaican citizens overjoyed

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, December 15, 2017 32 Comments

 Hugs, broad smiles, and a sense of pride marked the celebratory atmosphere among 47 people who were yesterday granted Jamaican citizenship during a ceremony at Police Officers’ Club on Hope Road in St Andrew.

Nigerian entrepreneur Moruf Uveen was simply overjoyed.

“I have been here from 2001,” he told the Jamaica Observer. “I fell in love with the country over the years. It’s a very beautiful island. It’s like a heaven on Earth — other than the crime that we are seeing. Sometimes I just picture this island without the crime. Lovely!”

Another native of the African continent, Shola Banidela, said she was filled with pride and a great sense of responsibility as a new citizen of Jamaica. A nurse by profession, she set foot on Jamaican soil in 2011 and wants to continue to expand her roots here.

“I realise it’s a lot like home… when I started cooking Jamaican foods, I take it to my place of work and my colleagues said, ‘Wow, so you’ve become Jamaican.’ Just coming here, it makes me feel like I have been given a responsibility. I’m now a Jamaican and I need to put in my best,” she told the Observer.

Miguel de La Cruz Navarro, a Cuban by birth, was equally euphoric.

“I have always loved Jamaica,” he said, beaming from ear to ear. “In Cuba we used to hear a lot of Jamaican music… I always said I want to go and visit Jamaica, and the dream came through. I’m married to a Jamaican citizen. I came to Jamaica and then after working here I said okay, ‘I want to come to Jamaica. I want to help to build this country.’ I’m building my life here in Jamaica.”

Yesterday’s ceremony was the first public event of its kind held by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) in the country.

The group included people from Africa, Asia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.

Chief executive officer of PICA, Andrew Wynter, said that this was the largest group of individuals to be granted citizenship on one occasion, and that since the inception of the agency 10 years ago, more than 30,000 people have become Jamaican citizens.

Describing the occasion as a watershed moment, Wynter said PICA intends to reach out to relatives of Jamaicans in the diaspora who are also eligible to become citizens of the island.

National Security Minister Robert Montague urged the new citizens to apply for crucial national evidence of their identity such as Taxpayer Registration Number, voter identification, and Jamaican passports. He also urged them to join in the fight against crime by downloading the police Stay Alert app which, he said, now has 137,000 downloads.

Montague also announced that the Government will be embarking on an amnesty in early 2018 aimed at regularising the status of 15,000 to 20,000 foreigners living illegally in Jamaica.

This decision, he said, follows a recent submission he made to Cabinet on the matter.

“We have many persons who came here illegally. They have lived here, married, and have children and grandchildren, and have never sorted out their status. We want to give them an opportunity to (become legal) Jamaican citizens,” Montague said.

He noted that there are many foreigners who, although living illegally in Jamaica for some time, have nonetheless contributed significantly to Jamaica’s development.

“…We want to give them that opportunity to become permanent residents and use this as a step towards citizenship,” he said.

Montague pointed out that other countries have extended this gesture to Jamaicans and, in this regard, “it is the least we can do for those who have helped to build this economy”.

The ceremony was also used by PICA to launch its drop-box service, which is being implemented in partnership with international couriers DHL. The initiative will allow customers to submit applications at PICA’s head office in Kingston without joining lines, with the option of having DHL deliver their passports.

The service is available only to adults renewing their passports, minors, and first-time applicants who have had their forms checked by PICA officers at the agency’s outposts in other parishes. The drop-box facility will provide envelopes in which the applicants will deposit their application forms and all original required documents. A receipt will be issued as proof of deposit of the application and the attendant documents. The turnaround time for this facility is seven days. People whose passports are lost, damaged, or unavailable cannot use the service.

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Wha Dis Affi Do Wid Wi??? – Wi Eat A Food From Way Ova Deh?????

U eva si mi dying trial?????  Wha really a gwaan in disya country.  A ton load a gun wey dem seize which was directly heading to Jamdown.  Published to reveal that the consignment was addressed to a former employee of a PNP councillor here on the Island.  Wi have human trafficking a tun up ina Ocho Rios.  Garbage caan collect cross di Island as dem claim nuh money nuh deh bout fi clean up people’s waste.  Den wi hear sey wi fi keep u yaard clean and get rid a garbage due to viruses wey mosquito love fi carry.  Nuh matter wey u do, try nuh bun no rubbish as dat wi caas odder problem.  Wi nuh ave nuh road fi drive pon yahso as di road dem from Negril to Morant Point look like how it used to ina di 1980’s-1990’s.  Wid all a wey wi a deal wid, Senate a ask question bout POTUS and Jerusalem now being the capital of Israel.

Do we have any trade agreement in that region?  Have we borrowed any money from that region?  Do we import even sweetie or chocolate from that region, let me break it down a bit?  Why should it be any business of ours, resulting in us having any opinion on that decision?  Tell me, is or was there some trade agreement in the pipeline?  Wi plan fi build one all-inclusive Muslim resort yahso?  Enlighten mi nuh!!  A fraid oonu fraid sey war ago start wid USA an oonu frequent flyer mileage ago cancel out.  I put it to you that we should be concerned about the war wey a gwaan yahso and the war of all wars pon dis yah Island wey ago wipe wi affa di map, if oono nuh deal wid oono own!!!!!!!  Any day this country is labelled a terrorist region especially like how Mr Mandeh is deemed such by US authorities after recently being extradited; none of us will be able to hop pon any plane fi visit family, friends or do business in a di USA.

You know something, it is one thing to fass ina your neighbours business when dem live next door to you.  It is entirely a different cup of tea fi fass in a people business wey u nuh know outside of TV and paper wey live outside of wey u 4 legs or motor vehicle can carry u.  Kiss mi rawtid teeth!!!!!!!!!!

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KD Knight seeks Jamaica’s position on Trump’s Jerusalem declaration

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Questions were raised in the Senate on Friday morning about the position of the Jamaican Government on the symbolic declaration by United States President, Donald Trump, that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

The declaration, made on Wednesday, has been condemned as “reckless” by several world leaders who argue that it will not do anything to advance the peace process between Israel and Palestine.

It has also resulted in protests across the Middle East, with more than 100 Palestinians said to be injured by the end of the day on Thursday.

When Opposition Senator, KD Knight, a former Foreign Affairs Minister, asked his Government counterpart, Senator Ruel Reid, who is the Minister of Information, what the position of the Jamaican government is, Knight was in turn asked by Acting President of the Senate, Aubyn Hill, whether the declaration by President Trump in fact represented a change.

Knight responded by telling Senator Hill that East Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, and that the Trump declaration now makes all of Jerusalem the capital of the Jewish state.

Senator Reid indicated that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, who is also the Leader of Government Business in the Senate, was off the island. He assured the Upper House that a response will be provided by next Friday.

Johnson Smith left the island on the weekend to attend the 106th Session of the Council of Ministers of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. The meeting is being held in Brussels, Belgium.

A statement from her ministry said the meeting will, among other things, discuss development finance co-operation, trade in commodities, the status of EPA negotiations and implementation, and ongoing preparations for the ACP/EU post-Cotonou negotiations.

“These ACP meetings are important, as the Group continues to evaluate the impact on the economies of the member states of the trade in commodities, such as sugar and bananas; the implementation of the EPAs, and continue to establish the negotiating structure for the Cotonou successor arrangement,” Johnson Smith said.

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Dark Skinned Girls Will You Stop Bleaching??? – Dark Brown Girls Will You Stop Toning?????

Million dollar questions to which I have no answer.  The ‘afro’ a statement goes straight to the heart of those who believe their own texture hair in its natural form is horrid.  For me the bigger statement is that beauty, pretty, cute whatever your synonym is to describe attractiveness, is that it can be found in the darker hue.  We have developed into a race where the ‘dark’ is considered less than once the colour of coffee is changed upon the addition of white milk.  Whether you want to pretty it up and say dark chocolate, brown chocolate, the inference is obvious as chocolate the majority is known to be ‘dark’.  Are we ALL happy that Davina placed as 2nd runner up and is getting all this attention from the globe?  Is your spouse declaring she is a raving beauty and what is your honest feeling?  Not your politically correct response as a female of a different hue.  For the dark skinned ladies, are you truly happy to be represented?  Or silently you feel a certain discomfort as you are a closet bleacher or toner?

How do you feel if you found out your spouse cheated on you with a dark skinned female?  Keeps glancing at dark skin females or better still made a pass at them and you found out?  Is your feeling how could you?  Or is the feeling, imagine that black gyal and look pon mi?  I tell you this, not ALL are pleased with this outcome for different reasons.  Feelings are a hell of a thing, and when you yourself perpetuate that anything dark/black nuh good.  Anything dark/black cannot come ahead of me, I daresay you are dying for the Davina rush to quell.

I remember I met a woman once who told me when her husband met her he said she was the perfect woman for him.  She was nice and light close to white yet all Jamaican and he was the luckiest man.  Under 7 years of marriage, she found out he was having an affair and got his matey pregnant.  He then declared he wanted a divorce.  She asked what went wrong?  His response…………’ You are no longer black enough for me.  I have found myself and I am now in love with a dark skinned woman who is having my baby’.  I was distraught for her and had no words to express my emotion.  Lesson…………love your skin and separate yourself from the pack.

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Davina Bennett, who finished third in Miss Universe on Sunday, could have a few lucrative deals coming her way.

Local franchise holder Karl Williams was reserved, but mentioned that they are in the process of negotiations and signing two major endorsement deals for the beauty queen.

“We are in the process of signing off on something major for her… it’s a major endorsement,” he hinted in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

“There’s one local and one international. So as soon as everything is signed off we will make the announcement… We are also beng invited to Peru and some of the other Caribbean islands with her, so a lot of contacts are being made,” Williams continued.

He explained that the excitement surrounding Bennett in Las Vegas was palpable.

“It was just madness and the whole excitement was carried over into Monday morning straight into checking in at the airport last night. The people were just all over her, she was the Queen of Hearts. Another thing that happened which was quite similar to Kaci Fennell’s situation where the queen was crowned and then half of the girls went over to Davina and just cheered for her and then the audience started chanting: ‘Jamaica, Jamaica’. So it was magical,” he said.

It has also been reported that the show’s host, comedian and television personality, Steve Harvey, also acknowledged Bennett as his preferred winner, but Williams could not confirm.

“I heard that he said: ‘You are my queen’, I don’t know how exact that is. But what I did see on stage was that he just bowed to her,” said Bennett.

Speaking at a welcome reception and press briefing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston yesterday morning, Bennett said words fail her in describing the experience.

“I wouldn’t want it to go any other way. Seeing the reaction of the crowd and people in Las Vegas overall, from all different races and countries I have to say it feels like I was the person that won. It’s not a feeling that I can explain. You would have been in the moment to live it and see it to just understand. After the show I decided to just put on my jacket and leave thinking people aren’t gonna recognise me. They had to be pulling people off me, it was like the paparazzi… it was crazy with people chanting: ‘You are my Miss Universe. So I made the impact that I wanted and made history.”

“It was like a Jamaican party. I remember standing just waving and I remember the crowd just chanting ‘Jamaica, Jamaica’ and I got a standing ovation from everyone in the audience and that was just remarkable and that is a moment that I can never replace,” she said.

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Davina focus of major fashion magazines

BY RICHARD JOHNSON
Senior staff reporter
johnsonr@jamaicaobserver.com

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, November 29, 2017 17 Comments

Miss Jamaica Universe Davina Bennett is obviously thrilled at seeing her aunts and Mitchell Town neighbours in yesterday’s Jamaica Observer on her arrival home yesterday. Sharing her joy are Culture Minister Olivia Grange and Miss Jamaica Universe franchise holder Karl Williams (Photos: Joseph Wellington)

International fashion and lifestyle glossies, Essence, Allure, Elle and People magazines are among the global press that have picked up stories on the success of Jamaican beauty Davina Bennett, who placed third in the Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The stories have all focussed on her rich chocolate skin and trademark afro, praising her for bucking tradition and going into an international pageant with her natural hairstyle.

Bennett, who returned to the island yesterday morning, rubbished the notion that her skin colour and her hair resulted in her not walking away with the coveted title.

“Oh no!,” she declared during a welcome-home reception at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

“If it was for the afro and my skin I would not have made it to the Top 16 or the Top 3 for that matter. It was 92 strong contenders and if my afro was the issue, or my skin tone, I wouldn’t have made the first cut. It was my dedication and the hard work that I put in that got me to where I was,” she told journalists.

Bennett explained that she decided to go with the afro to challenge the standards of beauty.

“I already had the afro before the competition and I just decided that I wasn’t going to change. I wasn’t going to change to meet that standard of how pageant girls should look. I also decided that no matter what happens, I’m going to give it a shot, and my hair isn’t going to be a barrier to stop me from succeeding in the pageant. As you can see, it has become the biggest asset that I have… I can’t touch it now, yuh know! I’m really happy that I made the decision to follow my mind and tell people that I can break that stigma as to how beauty queens should look.”

Bennett’s afro and overall look have caught the attention of American screenwriter and television producer Shonda Rhimes, who is responsible for hit TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How To Get Away With Murder. Yesterday Rhimes tweeted, “I’m clearly going to need some Miss Jamaica dolls for my daughters. So they can play with a doll that shows them they are fully EVERYTHING the universe ever needed,” alongside a photograph of Bennett.

For her part, the beauty queen had words of encouragement for young girls looking on.

“Embrace who you are. You don’t have to change to meet a standard of beauty that society puts in place. You just have to be yourself. Know that you are beautifully and wonderfully made — perfectly imperfect — and that is what makes each and every one of us simply unique.”

Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange, who was at the airport to welcome and congratulate Bennett, noted that her success on the international stage should serve as an inspiration to others.

“I want every single Jamaican woman out there to appreciate and understand what she symbolises and be inspired by the look, the success, the way she has been embraced. She truly reflects our motto ‘Out of Many, One People’. She is a mix of all of that. She must be a symbol out there to those who feel that they need to straighten their hair, they need to bleach, they need to change their look, [who feel] they are not beautiful enough. We are all beautiful black women and we must be proud of who we are and confident in our skin,” Grange said.

Yesterday, on her arrival at the airport, Bennett gushed on seeing the front page of the Jamaica Observer which carried the headline ‘Like a Bolt Victory’ — a story reporting on the reactions of her relatives and neighbours in Mitchell Town, Clarendon to her Miss Universe success.

“Oh my God! And they went to Mitchell Town… watch Jennie and Auntie Blackie!” she gasped as she frantically leafed through the newspaper to find the accompanying stories.

“Look at my aunts and people from my community… this is amazing,” Bennett added.

 

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Wen U Is A Jacket……………..Is A Wicked Act!!!!!!!

“The US Embassy needs to stop the DNA testing, it destroys lives and splits up families. I wouldn’t care even if is not mine, what you don’t know will not hurt you, this result was the furthest thing from my mind, I am so stressed, my kids’ dem future blighted, what is going to happen to them now? I don’t know if i can continue to support them, I want to call them but I can’t, this is just so confusing,” the DJ said.

Big man, mi understand sey u head mash up right about now.  So datdeh statement wey u mek up dehso nuh mek a drop a sense, but mi wi si wid u under di circumstances. 

Mek mi tell oono ooman summen.  Wen oono a lay down wid multiple man bare back an get pregnant.  Den u realise sey one a did man dem nuh wot dry extrement, oono decide fi fool up some mother boy pickney an draw dah card deh.  As fi di one wey a virgin an a draw a card sey Mr DJ mix up di DNA purposefully caas a dat she mean……………….I would advise you to shet up fi u mout and tank Jesus sey disya DJ only a bawl.  By di way wen u is a virgin, di man wey go dehso nuh fi experience di crossing of the ‘red sea’.  Mi nuh understand……………….

I am not going to touch on ‘fidelity’ issues amongst the sexes.  It is not my place, nor right do so…………who am I?  I will definitely touch on the offspring who neva sign up fi disya blender.  The truth always always comes out.  Whether 1 year, 2, 10, 20, 30 it comes out and the devastation is never tolerable for those involved.

Ask anybody as I am going to keep this brief.  If you do not know your biological father or mother, how do you feel?  U nah ask dem if di smaddie wey did raise dem love dem.  You are asking a question  re your biological roots.  There are some women I basically cannot accommodate, much less torlerate.  Those that seem to think that dem silver, gold plate can keep dem secret forever.  Those women who are the living ginnals so much so that they would risk, jeopardise the emotional stability of their children for pleasure principle.  If you are a player, the single life is for you and childless you should remain. If you made a mistake and pregnancy is involved, tell the man right away and let not the child suffer in years to come.   I say it and I will say it loud and clear.  Pickney easier fi forgive dem puppa dan dem mumma.  Women I suggest you have more to lose when you choose to play God with your children’s life.  Why is that so?????  Mi nuh know.  World nuh level, life nuh fair.  A suh di ting set an some tings nah change………………

To the men out there.  I suggest you take a DNA test once the missus has delivered the baby before you claim ‘rights’.   Look at it as if you were buying a car.  Would you buy a car without proof of ownership??????  Tandeh nuh keep it real.    Love can ole u an mad u all at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

U salt bad Mr DJ two different ooman dem jacket u……….ummhmmm.  It rough!!!!!

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Jamaican DJ weeps after DNA test proves he’s not biological dad of two

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A popular Jamaican radio disc jockey is devastated this afternoon after he got a letter from a DNA agency informing him that the two kids he had fathered with two Jamaican women were not his biological children.

The disc jockey, who migrated to the US several years ago, had filed for both his children, aged nine and seven years old, but the results of the paternity testing for the immigration-related application showed that the kids who he had supported since birth were not his biological children.

“I am devastated, mi mash up, not even one of them is mine. I can’t believe Jamaican women are so wicked,” he told Loop Jamaica reporter Claude Mills.

He said that he had spent close to US$300,000 on both his children since their birth. One of the kids, a nine year-old girl has a learning disability and is not a good reader, while the other is a boy.

“The girl is not a great reader, she has a disability, that’s why I was pushing to bring her up, for her to benefit from a first world education. My son really loves me, he looks like one of his brothers, so I wasn’t focused on that but this has hit me hard. I look at my phone everyday and want to call them but I can’t, how do I tell them that I am not their father?” he asked.

The disc jockey’s blood pressure rocketed sky high in recent days and he had to go to the doctor on Tuesday.

“I didn’t feel well, my pressure gone through the roof. He said he was thinking about admitting me to the emergency but he gave me medication instead. I am so stressed out,” he said.

The DJ said he informed both women of the results.

“One of them broke down and apologised, that is the mother of my daughter, but the other one, the one who claimed that she was a virgin, is angry and in denial, she is blaming me and saying I must have done something. These women are wicked and destroying lives, maybe the other men had wanted their babies and now my name is on the kids’ birth certificate and the DNA test proves that I am not their father. Boy right now, tears are in my eyes,” he said, his voice choked with tears.

DNA tests are required by the US Embassy in Kingston as a vital part of its immigrant visa process over the years has confirmed that a number of women are assigning paternity of their children to the wrong man, a term called ‘jackets’ in the Jamaican vernacular. The number of ‘jackets’ was contained in a diplomatic cable captioned ‘fraud summary’ and covered the period March 2009 to August 2009.

According to the leaked diplomatic cable, the US Embassy in Kingston “often requests applicants to undergo DNA testing because their fathers’ name is either not on the birth certificate at all, or was added many years after their birth”.

However, one in every 10 men who turns up at the US Embassy is often told the DNA test proves that he is not the biological father of the child.

A section of the cable in October 2009 said: “Approximately 10 per cent of all cases where DNA is done result in no biological relationship. This percentage does not include those applicants that choose to abandon their case rather than undergo DNA testing”.

Every year, thousands of Jamaicans apply for non-immigrant and immigrant visas.

“The US Embassy needs to stop the DNA testing, it destroys lives and splits up families. I wouldn’t care even if is not mine, what you don’t know will not hurt you, this result was the furthest thing from my mind, I am so stressed, my kids’ dem future blighted, what is going to happen to them now? I don’t know if i can continue to support them, I want to call them but I can’t, this is just so confusing,” the DJ said.

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Straight Secularism – Christian Belief Dash Wey!!!!!

Proverbs 13.24.. ‘He that spareth his rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him in good season’.

How dare you confuse discipline in love by way of spanking with brute force brought upon children by frustrated women who have no business having much less raising children?  Speak on that!!!  I will admit  there are and have been parents whose infliction of physical punishment on their children have been more than questionable.  That comes from a wide range of society especially when those children were deemed to be behaving like ‘leggo beasts’.  How many of those have turned out if they are parents and do the very same to their children?  That I do not know.  What I do know is during a particular time period, children who were raised whether it be by a one parent household or otherwise, ‘broughtupsey’ was the foundation and the many ills now facing the Nation were not as rampant.  It mattered not whether you lived in a board structure or zinc dwelling; ‘broughtupsey’ was key.  Population has grown but not sufficiently to justify where we are at.  What is obvious is that home life is a thing of the past, and often times children have no idea what love is with the household functioning with mother, grandmother and other siblings barely 15 much less 20 years apart.

Often times we are reminded how powerful and lasting ‘words’ are so those whose punishment is verbal, can also result in the very same dilemma as we are faced with now.   U dunce like wha.  U look like u wortliss puppa or mumma.  U black like ace a spade.  Nuh badda bring nuh pickey head man or ooman in yah fi breed.  U nah tun out to nutten good.  Mi shoulda did dash u wey wen mi did ave di chance.   Waste mi a waste money sen u a school.  Galang outta road go look man or ooman fi mine u.  Tired a u whats it whats it not claat.  I dare say a box would be milder than those words.   I put it to you, what would be the better of the two?  A box or those litany of destructive, damaging and brutal words?

Domestic violence……………….how many of our men in society who beat their women, whether wife, matey  were victims of physical abuse when they were growing up?  Come on now…………………men beating women in Jamaica is pervasive across all social, economic, demographical background.  You clearly will not be privy on a wide scale when those happen in the above poverty level or upper upper up levels.  After all, many of those do not physically punish their children.  However, their children are well aware of the beatings that daddy inflicts on their mother.   I wonder how those children behave?

While there is a move globally to enter into the households on the types of discipline to render on your children, let us focus on Jamaica’s population.  Give us the data that shows that corporal punishment turns children into criminals, then adults who physically abuse.  Could such data include the environment the child is raised in ie single parent with no consistent job?  Both parents are gainfully employed.  Is this the first child for the woman, or how many children does she have?  Has her environment changed with the increase in her family?  Is there any family support ie grandmother, grandfather, god parents?  Where is the man, father figure? What is the age difference between mother and child?  What role does the father play in the life of the child whether he is with the mother or not?

The lack of corporal punishment is not the panacea for violence amongst children and society at large in my humble opinion.  I truly believe that ‘family life’ is the root cause.  I truly believe that not all child bearers LOVE their children and by extension they abuse them physically, emotionally, and deprive them of spirituality.  For every video you see of such abuse I put it to you that the parent rendering such has been stripped of love, affection, Godliness and the child represents their own inability to cope with the stresses of life.  Cope with the lack of support needed in order to just get through the day.

LOVE heals……………….unfortunately we have many people in society from the upper, middle and lower who have never experienced LOVE from the persons who birth them.  Money have allowed some to mask it well by not abusing their children, yet if they believe their spouse behaviour towards them was unacceptable, they will not hesitate to kick and box them down.  Those not fortunate to have the abundance of money, with no human support will be easily caught inflicting the abuse on their children.

You can take corporal punishment out of schools I will give you that.   It appears that some educators have their own issues which they are unable to control and so for them corporal punishment may be their way of venting their own anger.   I will say though you must be willing to expel those children whose lack of discipline at their own yard makes them a threat to the furtherance of education in the institution.  No other child should suffer because of disruptive children who standing in the corner as a means of punishment becomes a joke to them.

As for the home, tread very carefully as a child disciplined in LOVE can only become a productive adult in society.  Those who abuse their children, take them away and ensure you have enough funds in the coffers to enrich their lives, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  HATE breeds violence full stop. Sad to say we have way too many adults who wear and carry that emotion around.  LOVE is never primitive, modern or technological; it will never be designed regardless of the century.  Who do most persons call upon when sickness, death or tragedy befalls them?   There goes the higher power that can heal mankind.

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Psychologist, therapist insist… Beatings breeding violence

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, November 26, 2017 25 Comments

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Corporal punishment in the Jamaican society is seen as one of the main reasons for the spate of violence here.

Psychologist Dr Leahcim Semaj told the Jamaica Observer in an interview that corporal punishment perpetuates anger, fear and resentment in society.

He said it is ineffective, contrary to popular belief, as it does not change behaviour.

“What [corporal] punishment does is suppress behaviour in the presence of the punishing agent. What you learn is don’t get caught again,” the expert argued. “When the police cracks down in Cross Roads, crime moves to Half-Way-Tree, so what you learn from punishment is not to get caught, be more careful.

“What corporal punishment actually teaches children… [is that] you can hit somebody: (1) if you’re bigger than them; (2) if you’re angry; (3) if they disobey you; 4) if they disappoint you,” he added.

This, he said, morphs into domestic violence since the man is often bigger than the woman, and is reasoned as justification for him hitting a woman.

Semaj said that corporal punishment either encourages a child to continue the cycle of beating when they get older or be turned off by the act, not to continue it.

He argued that society is operating in a primitive state “where brute force and violence” is all that is understood.

This, he said, explains the way the police treat citizens, the prevalence of domestic violence in society and the reason for the seemingly untameable murder rate.

“People do not know how to settle disputes and differences without resorting to violence,” he said. “The simplest or little dispute, somebody kill somebody, somebody stab somebody, so we need to take a stand against this thing called corporal punishment.”

Art therapist at the Caribbean Tots to Teens, Lesli-Ann Belnavis, argued that corporal punishment leads to certain maladaptive behaviours in society.

“It can impact their education, how they learn, their self-esteem; it can even impact their social interactions with others and how they problem solve a situation,” she said. “So you may see a child may get upset about something that their peer did and they have this level of aggression to want to just punch the person and hit the person and it doesn’t matter the gender,” she continued. “When you may check it back … they probably did not learn a way how to deal with that aggression or deal with that issue.”

The Global Initiative to End Corporal Punishment — a UNICEF and UNESCO venture started in Geneva in 2001 which seeks to encourage abolition of corporal punishment worldwide — labels Jamaica as a country that has prohibited it in some settings.

The basis for the implementation of the UN Convention in the Rights of the Child, the initiative reported that Jamaica is yet to achieve abolition of corporal punishment in the home, some day care facilities and schools.

According to the report, “the right to inflict reasonable and moderate punishment on children is recognised in common law”, though it is not confirmed in written law.

“The near universal acceptance of violence in child rearing necessitates clarity in law that no degree or kind of corporal punishment is acceptable or lawful. Prohibition should be enacted of all corporal punishment in all settings, including the family home and all settings where adults have authority over children, together with explicit repeal of the common law defence,” the report outlined.

It outlines that while corporal punishment is prohibited in early childhood institutions, legalisation should also be enacted to prohibit corporal punishment in all early childhood care facilities, day care for older children, including crèches, after-school childcare, child-minding. For schools, it states that prohibition needs to be enacted in relation to all schools, public and private, in addition to repeal of the common law defence.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness expressed his resolve to outlaw corporal punishment earlier this month when he noted that the time had come for Parliament to debate the issue of putting corporal punishment to an end in public institutions and within homes.

He cited a UNICEF report which stated a “frightening” number of children in Jamaica are dying violently and are regularly subjected to violence and violent discipline in their home, schools and communities.

This report, he said, also noted that eight in 10 children in the two to 14 years age group experienced violence as a form of discipline.

Holness argued that without changing the means by which children are disciplined and how conflicts are resolved, Jamaica cannot be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of good health and well-being.

“I must reiterate the commitment that I gave in this House to ban corporal punishment in all Government institutions,” he said at the time, adding that by declaring an end to corporal punishment it will be a forward step against violence generally.

But Belnavis said that alternative strategies need to be promoted as some may view Holness’ push as Government interference and telling a parent not to correct the wrongdoing their child may exhibit.

“We do need persons to learn right from wrong, but strategies have to be learnt because one has to know what can the psychological impact or emotional impact of beating a child can have,” she said. “You might have some parents who say I give my child two slaps on the wrist and that’s it, and that may be fine, but when it becomes a level where it’s so extreme where you’re beating them with — you’re using objects; also words that are said to the child can have an impact on them.”

“If a child comes from an environment or they’re in a situation where they perhaps already don’t feel supported, maybe emotionally, and words are said to them like ‘you’re stupid or you good fi nothing’… and these rhetoric that seeps into a person’s consciousness…it can lead to negative behavioural responses,” the therapist argued.

“We recently saw the case of the child who unfortunately committed suicide, and he said parents should pay attention to words they say to children. In essence, it was words that were stated to him repeatedly that he started to believe. He said “when me hear say me stupid’, me believe say me stupid, so that’s an example of an impact on the person’s emotional well-being, it’s an impact on their self-esteem,” she continued.

She said that if a child is not exposed to forms of encouragement and support, and that is compounded when they are brutally disciplined to the point of abuse, it can have dire effects on the child’s psyche and well-being.

Semaj offered alternatives to beating that he said had worked and will affect the change in behaviour a parent hopes to see.

He noted that parents should never discipline out of anger, but rather in a calm, collected and calculated manner.

“I remember my eldest son he was on the basketball team in high school and an issue came up which we had spoken about again and again and he violated. And I just called him and said, “Listen, when you go to school tomorrow, inform the coach that you’re no longer a part of the team and he said ‘but dad I never said that’…And I said your behaviour does not make you worthy to represent your school; you need some time to do some thinking, you need time to look at your life and the time you spend practising basketball you could use that time to reflect on your behaviour,” he related.

He encouraged parents to manipulate variables within their homes to achieve the desired outcome with their child instead of resorting to “brute force and violence” which, he said, does not teach any lesson.

In this same manner, the psychologist said parents should target technology implements that the children love, such as cellphones, video games and other privileges that the child loves and wants.

Semaj told the Sunday Observer that an attempt to correct through beating merely perpetuates the cycle, whereas a rewards system extinguishes behaviour.

“Let’s say you’re in a relationship with somebody and you’ve ended the relationship and you keep calling them. What I tell people is do not answer the phone. Now, after a while every now and then you answer the phone and say ‘mi say don’t call me no more’. What you have done is actually rewarded them, you know, because they got you to answer. Now the proper thing to do is just not answer at all. It will take a while, but ultimately the behaviour will be extinguished,” he hypothesised.

“Many parents, after they done beat the child they feel good, they feel that they’ve done something because the impact of violence is immediate, the impact is immediate but it’s not lasting. On the other hand when you now shape behaviour by manipulating the reinforcement contingencies, it takes a little while longer but it’s lasting and you [need] to be consistent,” Semaj continued.

In recent times, videos of women caning children in rural Jamaica have brought into sharp focus the issue of corporal punishment in the society. The most recent being of an obviously frustrated mother agonisingly thrashing her four-year-old daughter in a video that went viral last weekend.

Another mother was captured earlier this year administering blows to her teen daughter using a machete. That mother was expressing frustration as she beat the child.

Parents who project their issues onto children are, according to Semaj, exhibiting a common defence mechanism in psychology called displacement.

He said that in such instances the Jamaican proverb “cyaa ketch Qwaku, yuh ketch im shut” is exhibited.

In such instances, the child is punished for the problems that the parent is experiencing.

“So you have displacement, you have projection; when you’re projecting the problems that you’re having onto your child,” he said. “You could also add one other thing — anger management, because sometimes when you look at a parent brutalising a child, the parent is angry.”

“You should never do anything in anger, you will regret it. When you’re angry you lose all control. I have heard people talk about the level of box, and I have learnt from my own experience when my mother was beating me it was out of control, totally out of control. There is no rational process at work, so it kind of becomes that more than likely you will do more damage than you will have to pay for. Your frustration does not rationalise, excuse, or justify you abusing another human being. It’s not acceptable,” the psychologist said.

“Corporal punishment does not change behaviour. There was a case of a mother beating the child, upset that the daughter got pregnant and saying ‘me nuh tell you nuh fi talk to no boy’, but the daughter says ‘mommy me neva talk’ and the child is right,” Semaj said. “She told the child what not to do; she never talk at all, no words were spoken.”

The psychologist said that society needs to get to a point of civility wherein corporal punishment is outlawed.

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Not A Hurricane Or Storm – Rainfall…………Welcome To Jamroc!!!!

3% growth in 3 years with infrastructure regression costing more than by the hour.   Who is asking the question?  What experienced, qualified/certified contractors are collecting money from the people of Jamaica to produce as below?  Are the blue collar workers/labourers certified, skilled outside of smoking ‘weed’ for breakfast, lunch and dinner?  How can you justify the unjustifiable and indefensible?   Oh………………you do not live over there?  You do not live in Montego Bay?  Well have you taken a good look at Kingston?  Every striking nook an cranny wey u fi walk or drive under demolition of the worst kind across this Island.  The kind of demolition that occurs through design as the powers of be keep on rending the same service decade after decade and that is ‘wickedness’.    If these people were in the Private Sector and caused this amount of damage, loss with increased costs to shareholders, directors, owners etc, they would be kicked out on their asses.  Not so once you hold the’ diplomatic passport’ in Government and the Opposition.   It appears you have a job for life at the expense of the Jamaican people.  Knowing full well, that the vast majority who have more to lose will never hold you accountable hence never rushing to the polls or better still demonstrating aggressively so as to make you lot wok more.  Be more accountable and desist from the links culture an stop gi wok to those who are di living hustlers.  Stop gi wok for votes to a labour force wey weed out more often than not.  A labour force wey unskilled an ave the Trade Union jack up under dem as di very same Union a collect money fi chat pon dem behalf.

If this Island is unable to weather rainfall, how with good conscience can we expect to weather further hurricanes, storms, earthquakes?  What kind of investors are you looking to swoon?  Even if you fly a chopper, at some point in time you have to land on ground.  Wey dem ago walk?  U mus fly chopper like how di shotta taxi dem roam di streets under the pretext of providing sustainable transportation?

Drainage……………suh wah caas di drainage in di first place?  Notice how Island Grill a use cardboard box?  Have they suffered any financial loss by making the switch from Styrofoam?  When are we going to ban this material?   People do not need any more education on how to be dispose of their garbage.   U cannot buy wah nuh dem pon di market, argument done.  So where is the conversation relating to this elephant in the room.  Mark you we have many elephants to deal with.   So why drains not being cleaned across the Island?  No money…………………so where is the money now coming from to deal with not only Portmore but also Montego Bay?

We are living in a fool’s paradise.  We do not even realise that when we swoon, entertain foreign investors, and run up wi mouth.  Dem look around and no matter how you dress from top to bottom in your designer gear wid u US$100,000.00 watch pon u han. Hear dem nuh, ‘damn these people really live like this.  Yea the houses look great, but my God, look around, how can you escape this?  I don’t know, nice people and all that, but I really don’t know.  Hey look at the filth over there, and this is the commercial capital, damn, damn’!!!!!

How di song go………………..’a yah so nice’, or ‘nuh wey nuh better dan yaard’.

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Westmeade Willows flooded

HAJ denies responsibility for cleaning clogged drain in Portmore community

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, November 23, 2017 16 Comments

A schoolgirl is assisted along a flooded road in Westmeade Willows, Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday morning.

THE Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) yesterday denied that it is responsible for cleaning clogged drains, which caused flooding of homes in Westmeade Willows during heavy rains early yesterday morning.

Westmeade Willows, located across the road from the Garveymeade housing development, was built by the HAJ and handed over to residents in 2012.

The HAJ, in a statement after visiting the flooded area yesterday, said flooding was due primarily to the general non-cleaning of the external drains, in particular, the exit.

“This drain has always belonged to the [Portmore] Municipal Corporation and as such is not the responsibility of HAJ,” the statement said. It added that in 2017 the municipality asked the HAJ for a contribution towards drain cleaning and the agency obliged on September 18, 2017, with the clear understanding that the drain belonged to the municipality, and as such was responsible for cleaning same.

“The current flooding is not a result of anything the agency has done,” the HAJ insisted.

Attempts to get a comment from the Portmore Municipal Council proved futile.

A resident reported that the flood waters left her marooned inside her home and prevented her from attending work.

The community association president, Marlon James, said flooding has been a recurrent issue since 2012 when the housing scheme was built.

“We are having flooding issues whenever it rains. This is primarily due to a drain that is located directly in front of the community (which) has not been maintained or cleaned,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

James said the flood waters rose between 10 and 15 inches, “rushing through people’s homes” and threatening to submerge their vehicles.

He told the Observer that the association has been in communication with both the HAJ and the Portmore Municipal Council about the maintenance of the drain, but has been unable to get an agreement about regular maintenance.

“Everyone is pointing fingers as to who is responsible for the drainage,” he said.

James said the council and the National Solid Waste Management Agency sent tractors yesterday to clear the drains, but he insisted it was only a temporary fix.

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PHOTOS: PM tours MoBay after flooding

(Jamaica Observer) Thursday, November 23, 2017 14 Comments

 

 

 

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Oh What A Tangled Web We Continue To Weave For Decades – Foolishness Stop Holler!!!!

Spanish Town, Spanish Town, Spanish Town…………..no matter who reigns in government the record jus a scratch, scratch, scratch pon di same tune.   Question.  How many businesses ply their trade inside of the bus park?  Article states that Digicel outlet had a bullet hole through its windows.

Why not have all businesses pay a fee towards security maintenace and hire the best oufit in the name of a security company to deal wid di ting with government subsiding this course of action.  Wi police caan tek nuh more, argument dun.  The elite force called the JCF is operating on the brink…………..I will dare not say brink of what.

Jamroc is at war with itself, not at war between nations.  Yet the rate of our murders with our populaton speaks volumes to that of other nations at declared war.  Whether it be extortion, execution, gang, people a drop like fly and we are still relying solely on the elite JCF.

We need 100 ZOSO operating across this Island at one time and in reality that will never happen as we are under fitted and over exposed with our own intelligence in every nook an crannie.

What to do??????? Again pay a top notch security company on the Island with an elite task force to police, secure and restore law and order in that region.  We need maximum ground force, not maximum dialogue.  Dialogues have been the order of the day for decades bearing no fruit.  The criminal world on the Roc appears to be more tenancious, strong, fearless and unrelenting.   Sad to say all this highlights is how weak our respective leadership has been in taming the beast called ‘crime’.

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Extortion worsens

Criminals charge drivers $5,000 to jump loading line at Spanish Town bus park

(Jamaica Obsever) Friday, November 10, 2017 143 Comments

Police on patrol in the Spanish Town Municipal Bus Park yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Extortion in the Spanish Town Municipal Bus Park has worsened with gangsters developing a list of what they call “shotta buses” that are allowed to jump the loading line for a fee of $5,000 daily, a source familiar with the racket told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

“You have some buses that they call ‘shotta buses’, they don’t join the line, they just go to the front. Dem just load and then dem gone,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The drivers of other buses, he added, don’t escape the extortionists, as they are forced to pay $2,500 to use the park.

It is believed that bus driver Ervin McLeggan, who was cut down in the bus park on Tuesday, was on that “shotta bus” list but was removed after a meeting among the gangsters.

According to the source, bus operators do not report the matter to the police because they are fearful for their lives.

“But if they don’t make a complaint to the police, then the police cannot act on it,” he insisted.

Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Powell, who is in charge of the St Catherine North Division, said he was not aware of any ‘shotta bus’ list.

However, our source insisted that the list existed .

Police on patrol in the Spanish Town Municipal Bus Park yesterday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

Extortion in the Spanish Town Municipal Bus Park has worsened with gangsters developing a list of what they call “shotta buses” that are allowed to jump the loading line for a fee of $5,000 daily, a source familiar with the racket told the Jamaica Observer yesterday.

“You have some buses that they call ‘shotta buses’, they don’t join the line, they just go to the front. Dem just load and then dem gone,” said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The drivers of other buses, he added, don’t escape the extortionists, as they are forced to pay $2,500 to use the park.

It is believed that bus driver Ervin McLeggan, who was cut down in the bus park on Tuesday, was on that “shotta bus” list but was removed after a meeting among the gangsters.

According to the source, bus operators do not report the matter to the police because they are fearful for their lives.

“But if they don’t make a complaint to the police, then the police cannot act on it,” he insisted.

Senior Superintendent of Police Anthony Powell, who is in charge of the St Catherine North Division, said he was not aware of any ‘shotta bus’ list.

However, our source insisted that the list existed .

“The shotta buses use the exit gate to come in and skip the line, and they should not be doing that. If we had police enforcing the rules that could not happen,” the source said.

The man added that extortionists are sometimes unrecognisable because they disguise themselves as bus drivers, conductors, and even students.

The bus park has long been plagued by extortionists and, in previous years, was at the centre of deadly gun battles between the rival One Order and Klansman gangs in Spanish Town.

In May 2015, then National Security Minister Peter Bunting announced that a police post would be established at the park as part of long-term measures to address crime, including extortion, in the town.

Bunting, who made the disclosure during a tour of the St Catherine North Police Division, said the decision came out of a meeting with key stakeholders in the town, prior to the tour, including the parish council, operators of the bus park, the police, members of the Chamber of Commerce, and the church.

But yesterday another source, who also wished not to be named, said that inadequate security was one of the main problems at the bus park. He noted that the personnel provided by the owners of the park were unarmed.

He argued that if the park had a police post, criminal activities would less likely be a problem.

“Most of the things that happen in the park happen when the police exit the park, leave one area to the next area, or they don’t come in as yet,” he said, adding that a police post there would make shopkeepers, bus drivers and commuters feel safe.

“If the police are here constantly, then the guys who have no business in the park will be forced out,” he said.

A commuter who frequently utilises the park told the Observer that poor lighting also contributes to the criminal activities there.

However, Senior Superintendent Powell said that a police post was not the only thing that was needed in the park.

He said a team had looked at the facility and had recommended the installation of closed-circuit television cameras and other measures.

He also noted that a police post was in the park before, but it was “burnt down by criminals”.

“The police don’t necessarily need a post there, because they should be out there in the field,” Powell said, adding that the police were, in fact, in the park when gunmen attacked McLeggan on Tuesday morning.

“Police are always present in the park, it is just that they were not situated to engage the trigger man, and he managed to escaped,” he said.

He said that the park is a hot spot for not only extortionists, but other criminals, and that the police patrols deployed there have the main task of reducing these activities.

Yesterday, several cops were seen in the congested bus park. However, people seen there said the police presence does not make a difference as the criminals have no fear.

Meanwhile, a Digicel retail store in the park was left with a gaping bullet hole in the window following the shooting of the bus driver earlier in the week.

The owners of the park say they are in dialogue with the police and the Ministry of National Security about the safety concerns.

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Sleeveless – Wear Or Not To Wear In Government Agencies – Pure Noise Pon Dis!!

Suh disya requirement well loud an wi still a loud it up.  Funny to see our esteemed QC leading the charge on the infringement of ‘rights/movements’ on this particular issue.  Di way ‘rights’ ago now, u can jus figet bout rules, regulations, code of conduct an the ting called ‘discipline’ that many of us born before Independence and through to the 1960’s were fed on.  Many of us who are so versed  nowie knowledgeable, exposed, and I daresay referred to as intellectuals were raised often hearing this, ‘speak when you are spoken to’, ‘u nuh see mi a talk to big people, wey u manners, seh excuse mi’.  ‘A weh u a put on dat ago, is Church wi going’.

Today many of those from the said generation recognised  upon turning ‘big people’ that conforming was never considered to be a prison sentence or a suffocation of one’s rights.  In fact many have tried their best to instill similar values, code of conduct to their own children.  So what do we have here as they are now approaching ‘ole people’.   The article that follows the one below has a photo of Michelle Obama.  As you look at the photo, put on a tank top, or sleeveless top right now and tell me if your arms look like Michelle O.  Dun talk bout di look.  How many of you personally visit our local government agencies with regularity or let me say within the past 6-12 months?  I know there are those who send their bearers as when you mention government agencies, your blood pressure is immediately elevated.

Mek mi tell u straight.  U have plenty people weh look like dem wake up draw on a piece a claat and ups and present demself in these offices.   I have stood in queues, in wonderment as to how we have progressed or rather digressed as a society, where freedom has meant, ‘anything goes’.  From the head to the toe, arms, breasts, belly, navel outta door.  Hair comb itch up ina dem head, and u a show picture of ooman in a sleeveless that bears no resemblance to wah wi ave pon di Roc.  This does not only apply to government agencies.  Wheel n come again.

I distinctly remember upon entering the Traffic Court a few years ago, well dressed in a sleeveless top was told to draw brakes.  Certainly I was annoyed as ‘dressing smart’ is my middle name.  While I rolled my eyes, I was thankful that I had the jacket in my vehicle as I took it off knowing that the Court would not have air condition.  It was then I knew of the requirement.  Looking around and noticing persons attire from the male to the female, I said to myself, ‘seeitdeh di good always suffer fi di bad’.    What am I saying exactly?????

Not all sleeveless are equal……………….Sun coulda scorch u lickle more, many need to wear a burka and hijab upon entering government agencies and other establishments.

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‘No-sleeveless’ rule gives rise to thriving business

(Jamaica Observer) Friday, November 10, 2017 19 Comments

 
A sign outside the Family Court on Duke Street in downtown Kingston indicating no sleeveless clothing is allowed. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

THE ‘no-sleeveless’ dress code for the public’s interaction with State agencies and departments has given birth to a thriving cottage industry.

This informal industry involves T-shirt selling and renting by vendors outside public institutions like the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), hospitals and prisons, to the hapless person who may not have been aware of the rule that their armpits, shoulders, or even toes, in some cases, should not be exposed.

When the Jamaica Observer visited a number of these institutions and spoke with vendors on Tuesday, they said that at every corner of Jamaica there is an opportunity to ‘hustle’ and they are taking advantage of it.

At the RGD, where a T-shirt is sold at $300 and rented at a flat rate of $200, a man who gave his name as Fabian Johnson said he has been vending outside the institution for a number of years. According to Johnson, on a daily basis, an average two to five people either rent or purchase a T-shirt from him to enter the premises.

He said: “A lot of people honestly don’t know and some travel from very far. What are they going to do? Turn back or pay for the shirt? You have to hustle and if you can mek a money one way, you do it. Usually, though, as long as your back is covered, they (RGD) don’t usually stop you. But it also depends on the security guard’s discretion.”

A female vendor outside RGD, who requested not to be named, said rules are rules, but it is the double standard with which she does not agree.

“No spaghetti straps, no shorts, no rods in your hair are allowed inside, but I have seen them let in some and don’t let in some. Just today a lady was sitting outside as she could not go in and she said, ‘Look how they let in that woman with her shorts and telling me I can’t go in.” So sometimes they are biased, I don’t know if is who they know or what,” she said.

At the Bustamante Hospital for Children on Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston, the vendors across from the health institution’s entrance also confirmed the business.

Devon Hunt, one vendor who sells his T-shirts at $200 when in stock, said on a daily basis mothers can be seen seeking to purchase or borrow T-shirts, or making calls to people to bring an item of clothing to them so they can access the compound with their sick children.

“A lot are indigent or destitute and sometimes I, or other vendors out here, have to lend them a shirt, sometimes the ones on our very backs, in order for them to go in,” he said.

But like the vendor at RGD, Hunt said he has seen some people get past security at Bustamante Hospital for Children that has caused him to question why they were allowed in, but others weren’t.

He added that enforcers should be a bit more flexible with the rule.

“I’ve seen people come from country and cry because they weren’t aware, and trust me, it puts stress on them because they come with an emergency, and when your child is sick sometimes you not thinking of what you wearing when you rush them to the hospital, you just run with them. Now, if they don’t come you hear they are negligent, and when they rush come in probably [whatever] they had on at home, you hear, ‘You can’t go in’. How that go? You really can’t look at a child and determine their level of ailment, so the child will stay outside and suffer, get worse, and who knows, one may die one day.

“So with the rule, you have to exercise better judgement,” Hunt said.

He said, too, that some women have even had to ask taxi men that traverse the route to Cross Roads to purchase shirts for them, which costs them $500 as they have to pay for them to leave the hospital and drive to Cross Roads for $100, purchase the T-Shirt for $300, and drive back to the hospital from Cross Roads with the shirt, which is another $100.

At the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, also known as the General Penitentiary, Madge Clarke, a vendor for more than 20 years, sells T-shirts to visitors for $250 by the waiting area. She said some will buy the shirts, while others will just leave the facility and return another day.

Another female vendor, who calls herself Pam, said she believes in the dress code for certain items of clothing, such as ripped jeans, spaghetti straps, shorts, and tights, but certainly not for capped sleeves.

“That should not be pushed as heavily as it is. No inmate is touching you when you go inside. It is the warder who is seeing you and sometimes it depends on the warder. I agree, we must be tidy and put ourselves together, but for a sleeve, they can be lenient,” she said.

The issue of the ‘no-sleeveless’ dress code was once again brought to the fore in Observer stories which reported social media users’ reactions to a Facebook post by Professor Verene Shepherd questioning the dress code, after sharing that she went to a high school in St Thomas and a security guard looked into her vehicle and asked if anyone in the group was wearing a sleeveless top.

The post elicited a number of responses on Twitter after Latoya West-Blackwood posted a screenshot of Shepherd’s Facebook post on Twitter with her own caption which said: “With Kingston as one of the global cities experiencing climate change departure let’s see if it will be death before sleeveless #mentalslavery.”

Prominent attorney-at-law Bert Samuels also argued that the rule is unconstitutional and could offend an individual’s right to liberty, freedom of association, and freedom of movement.

He said the legislation that speaks to clothing is the indecent exposure law, which prohibits too much exposure of the body, moreso the exposure of private parts.

Samuels maintained that, a sleeveless-clad individual is not unlawfully clad, nor breaching any law.

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Some of Jamaica’s most baffling laws and rules

With controversy swirling around the general restriction on the wearing of sleeveless attire inside most Government premises and entities locally, the question of other such controversial stipulations has also hit the spotlight.

The sleeveless debate arose after gender research expert, Professor Verene Shepherd’s recent experience of having a security guard at a rural school enquire if anyone inside her car was wearing a sleeveless top when she arrived at the institution with a group recently.

A social media post from Shepherd sent the debate into a public frenzy in response to her call for the Government to revise its dress code for the public’s interaction with its agencies and departments, to reflect a more modern society.

The post led to a number of social media users speaking out against the rule, especially the hindrances it has cause, and questioning its necessity in a modern society.

“With Kingston as one of the global cities experiencing climate change departure, let’s see if it will be death before sleeveless #mentalslavery,” posted Latoya West-Blackwood in response to Shepherd’s call.

“I went to get a yellow fever shot. After waiting 20 minutes to register, I was told that I couldn’t get the shot because my top was sleeveless,” Melanie Schwapp chimed in.

“When I went to take my voter’s ID pic, I was sent away because my top was sleeveless,” tweeted media personality and entrepreneur, Patria-Kaye Aarons.

And in case anyone thought it was only an armpit ‘assault’, Warren Smith tweeted that a friend of his was turned away from a Government office because he was wearing slippers, even though he had a doctor’s note stating that he was suffering from a foot ailment.

But it is perhaps ‘different strokes for different folks’, or ‘home court advantage’, as the tweets led to human rights activist, Susan Goffe, posting a video of Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ swearing-in ceremony at Kings House, in which Lady Allen, wife of the Governor General, Sir Patrick Allen, was observed wearing a sleeveless dress.

But instead of undressing all the untidy issues that seemingly beset the attire requirements inside public agencies locally, especially courthouses, Loop News has ventured into some other similarly questionable public rules or practices that almost defy logic in some cases.

Quite noticeable is the question of the completely opposite approach that is taken between the sleeveless-etcetera option in public building, and the offence of indecent exposure. In essence, both men and women can now parade as skimpily as they choose in public spaces outside of buildings and compounds, without risk of being prosecuted for an offence that is still on the local law books.

From ‘barely there’ skirts and shorts among the females, to males with their pants waists sitting closer to their knees, it is a free for all outside the Government compounds, amid extreme militancy inside the Government premises.

Next come remittance enterprises which restrict the use of cell phones through multiple postings of ‘no-use’ signage. However, in practice, customers are only pressured if they are seen making calls inside the establishments, and not for texting.

With the public perception being that the ‘no-use’ requirement is to counter efforts by criminals to make telephone calls to their cronies outside about people’s transactions inside, the big question among many is, ‘why is texting ‘allowed’, when it can have the same effect as calls?

Another notable public provision is for prison sentencing to include ‘hard labour’ requirements, when the average prison inmate spends his or her days as far from hard labour as the proverbial east from the west.

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What The Hell!!!!! – An Oono Ave Di Audacity Fi Talk Bout Weeding Out Corruption!!!!!

This land called Jamaica, free as a bird since 1962 for those in high places to wheel the pendulum at any given angle that suits them.  What does it take to rub shoulders with senior politicians, senior retired police officers?  Become a lawyer, doctor, business executive of a Fortune xxxxx company on the Roc?   I dare say not all of the above are equal.  I will not include attorneys in the mix nor personal friends as for one attorneys collect a paycheck.  Unless they declare their services are free of cost for a particular defendant.  Friends are just that, their support you would hope to be different from the masses.

Based on the details provided in this case, it makes not one drop of sense to me.  Firstly why would the good Doctor assume that the police would kill these foreigners?  Has he experienced this personally before?  What connection does he have with these foreigners that would cause him to put his neck on the chopping block?   Why go through all this trouble to incriminate himself?  Was he an undercover operative for the JCF?  According to the good Doctor as he says below,

“Ford told the court, during the trial, that he was trying to assist the Surinamese men by preventing them from remaining into custody, because he feared they were going to be killed by the police.

He also indicated that he knew that he was being recorded but did it to “draw out corrupt cops”.

Who asked him to undergo a test to see if the officers in question would be caught hook line and sinker?  Was he bored with his life up to that point and decided he wanted to inject some excitement into it?  What is the real connection between him and those foreigners?  Does anyone find the details of this case and the present destination to be odd to say the least?

Here comes the senior politician and retired ACP to give character reference nonetheless outlining the wonders of the good Doctor.  Have you ever noticed when the police kills a criminal in a shoot-out, there is always a friend or two plus some family members who declare the person was the equivalent of a saint?  What is the difference with this case and all the others that pass through our court system?    High society JA style………….

We have been here before I dare say.  When the elites of this country according to who make up their professional and social circle fall prey to illegal or criminal activity, the audience becomes difference.  Let me be very clear when I say the ‘elites’.  These ‘elites’ could be white collar as well as blue collar or the plain undesirables, simply due to their connections.   ‘Connections/links’ determine ‘elite’ status in our justice system from my perspective.  Cut the chase and I make no bones about it.  Justice will always be subjective, interpretative, and prejudicial based on the player and their team on the Roc.  Their team in and outside of the court room are one of the same.  Our prosecution arm will forever be ‘salt’.  Instead of all this ‘hoopla’.  Why was it not recommended for the good Doctor to plead guilty based on the evidence?  If this was his first offense then according to the law based on the crime, an agreeable punishment could be arrived at.   No, no no…………………We need to display the E.E.E. (Extra, Excess and Exalted).  All at the expense of tax payers.  This case has been 3 years in the making with said guilty verdict at present destination, awaiting final destination.

Which politician said and I paraphrase……….’ those who play by the rules get shafted’?  One blogger’s comment below on the article.

Dear Babsy,
I am a poor man from St. Catherine Central who voted for you in the last election. I stole some ackees from a tree on the grounds of Kings House the other day and now find myself in the lockup at Half Way Tree as I did not have any money to offer the officer to “draw out corrupt cops”. I am also lacking a ‘brand name lawyer’ to keep me out of prison.

My court date is coming up and I would like to give you my side of the story so you can give a statement to the court on my behalf. Should I be expecting your visit or will a dog be nyammin my supper ?

Sincerely,
Barefoot dutty trousers man

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‘Babsy’ begs for Ford

Gov’t minister says giving medical doctor jail time would be ‘traumatic’

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, October 28, 2017 89 Comments

 
GRANGE… Ford was the one who diagnosed my late mother with stage-four cancer (Photo: Michael Gordon)

IN an appeal to Judge Simone Wolfe-Reece yesterday, Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange asked her to spare medical doctor Jephthah Ford from jail time.

In fact, while speaking in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court as a character witness at Ford’s sentencing hearing, Grange said she believed it would be extremely “traumatic” for hundreds of Jamaicans if he were given prison time.

The minister was one of three character witnesses, including retired Assistant Commissioner of Police Garnet Daley and medical doctor Donovan Calder, that took the stand on Ford’s behalf yesterday.

The politician, who took the witness stand and described Ford as a caring person who has saved many lives and provided free health care to countless individuals, admitted yesterday that she was a “little emotional”.

She said that, despite their political affiliations, Grange being a member of the Jamaica Labour Party and Ford a former People’s National Party politician, he is her family doctor.

The minister explained that Ford was the one who diagnosed her late mother with stage-four cancer, after the doctors in Canada, where she was residing, were unable to detect what was wrong with her.

Grange said she felt responsible to give evidence in support of Ford spite of her busy schedule.

In the meantime, Ford’s sentencing hearing, which was expected to be completed yesterday, was delayed until November 2, after his attorney Bert Samuels indicated that he, too, wished to take the stand as a character witness.

Dr Ford’s bail was extended after the judge said she needed time to consider Samuels’ request.

Prior to the adjournment, Samuels, pointed out that he is prepared to “sacrifice own self”.

Ford was convicted of perverting the course of justice on October 25, 2017.

In 2014, he was arrested and charged after he attempted to bribe a police officer to release two Surinamese men who had been caught with nearly $60 million. He also requested the return of the confiscated funds.

During the 10-day trial that started in May, prosecutor Joel Brown led evidence that Ford was caught on camera offering a percentage of the money seized to a police officer in exchange for the release of the men and the funds.

The two foreigners — Roshen Daniels and Murvin Reingould — were held after police intercepted a motor vehicle on Half-Way-Tree Road in St Andrew on April 7 and found US$533,886 and J$1.3 million.

The men were later taken to their apartment where the police seized an additional US$3,000, J$700 and 55 Surinamese dollars.

The two were subsequently charged with possession of criminal property and conspiracy to possess criminal property, but were freed of the charges when they appeared in court.

Dr Ford had contacted the officer while the men were in custody and requested a meeting to discuss the case.

During the meeting, Ford was captured on camera asking for the case against the men to be dismissed.

Ford told the court, during the trial, that he was trying to assist the Surinamese men by preventing them from remaining into custody, because he feared they were going to be killed by the police.

He also indicated that he knew that he was being recorded but did it to “draw out corrupt cops”.

Before Grange took the stand yesterday, both Daley and Calder had already given evidence.

Daley, who said he came in contact with Ford while he was assigned to the Constant Spring Police Station, testified that he had known Ford for 40 years.

He said he met Ford when he was a detective inspector and testified that during his tenure at the station Ford would assist the police with sick prisoners and police officers who were injured.

The retired cop explained that for more than 20 years Ford would have treated police officers at his office if the environment at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) was not safe.

“I recalled an officer who was shot and he was rushed to KPH — and this was the time when the vicinity of the KPH was very volatile — and I called Dr Ford and he rushed to KPH, where he examined him and transferred him to St Andrew Hospital, and that patient became his patient at that time,” Daley said.

Samuels, during the examination-in-chief, asked Daley if there were any other medical doctors in the vicinity who would offer such services.

“I can’t recall,” Daley replied.

“How would you view that?” Samuels asked Daley.

“[As] a good gesture,” Daley replied.

Daley told the court that Ford still maintains a good rapport with individuals in the community.

On cross-examination, the prosecutor questioned Daley’s relationship with the medical doctor.

“For 20 years most of your interaction would be working?” the prosecutor asked.

“Yes, and I would see him from time to time,” Daley replied.

In the meantime, Calder, who was an intern at the Spanish Town Hospital when he met Dr Ford, testified that he is a reliable, forthright, and strongly opinionated individual, especially on medical and political matters.

“He is the kind of person who will not stand by and see injustice being done,” Calder said, adding that Ford persuaded him to give back to society as he is a philanthropist.

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It Dun Yahso – Heated Swimming Pool in A Proper Downtown – Proper Uptown Nah Stop Tief Light Like Proper Downtown

I dun tell oono sey ghetto is a state of the mind.  Tandeh nuh believe me…………….Is a certain breed regardless of their post code feel comfortable in tiefing light, water.  As much as I cuss dem deh 2 utility company, nuh matter how di tiefing ting tun up.  Fi mi constitution coulda neva manage hook up connection.  It nuh ina mi…………….and I strongly believe puss and dwag nuh ave di same luck.  Mi would jus be di one dem cart off go a prison.  If u fi go a prison, how comes u woulda en up deh fi tiefing light.    Eeehhh nuh wortliss dat.  Suh uptown, downtown, midtown will tief light as dem come from di same breed regardless of how dem money tun up or tun down.

One of the things I have always said and I don’t give a damn is this.  You want things for free, yet your choice of hair, clothing, bag and shoe costs more than your wage while the free food you are willing to accept or pay for is less than.  You are stealing light, yet your space is decked out with heated swimming pool, A/C, washing machine and dryer.  Double decker fridge, microwave and all the electrical appliances you can think of.  You sleep with the light on morning, noon and night as you are afraid of duppy.  U a tief the light and the light cost more per month than you would ever be able to earn in your miserable life time.

The one dem who a tief uppa proper uptown, chances are they believe that based on where they live, why should I pay?   A reasonable person would say, how can you afford to live up dehso and cannot pay your light bill?   I put it to you that reason does not factor into the minds of a thief.  Tiefing is a mindset and if you decide to tief, justification is never an opener.

What we can conclude for those of us who pay is that we will continue to carry the burden.  The burden that JPS has inflicted on us as a result of the new code of acceptable culture called ‘tiefing mindset’.  For me when I hear people a floss an a talk bout di thousands and thousands of dollars dem pay pon light bill.  Mek mi tell oono summen, u cant impress mi caas mi nuh know if a pay u a pay or tief u a tief light regardless of your gucci or red bottom shoes.

If u money tun up go get solar, an den come talk to mi bout di savings and how solar a dis best ting and JPS fi guey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Owner of heated swimming pool in downtown Kingston caught stealing electricity

(Jamaica Observer) Wednesday, October 25, 2017 38 Comments

 
 KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) today reported the arrest of a business owner following the discovery of an illegally connected heated swimming pool and hot tub at a location used as a business and residence in downtown Kingston.

JPS said the pool was discovered during their operation in the Lower Barry Street, Laws Street, Georges Lane and Rum Lane areas, where several other illegal connections were also removed.
The power company said it found that individuals have attempted to have some electrical appliances or other items such as swimming pools, bypass the meter, to avoid paying the correct energy consumption cost.

“Such customers have been caught stealing as much as up to 60 per cent of their consumption.  It has been found however, that these customers tend not to steal above this level, in an effort to appear to have a legitimate electricity bill,” JPS said in a release today.

Besides carrying out operations in high theft areas, the company said it has increased its use of analytics, on-the-ground intelligence, random sampling, and meter auditing.

“The illegal abstraction of electricity continues to be detected at all socio-economic levels.  Besides the recent finding in the business place in downtown Kingston, instances of electricity theft have also been found in communities on the other end of the spectrum such as Manor Park, Cherry Gardens and Meadowbrook, among other areas,” JPS said.

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