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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.