Refugee Status, Europe, Canada, U.S.A.- Jamaicans Can Soon Apply If They Will Take Us……………………..

S.O.E. (State of Emergency) a gwaan a MoBay and dat nuh stop shoot out at a funeral.  Deceased…………..according to the article one area leader.  I rest my case.  Funeral tun up an based on what a gwaan di powers of be nuh tink sey fi stalk out di funeral?????   Dem nuh fraid a nuh S.O.E. an as long as wi form fool wid how wi deal wid tings, tings ago continue fi run wi.  Under normal circumstances u shoulda fraid like puss fi even tink fi draw gun with di soldier dem ina di parish.   But no man, wha wi a deal wid pon di Roc a nuh ordinary sinting.  Yet our leaders are posturing with speeches with our protectors lined up in queue as if the beings we are dealing with are ‘normal’.  Tandeh nuh call it for what it is.

Big headline highlighting the latest………………..14-16 years old are the killers and their ruthlessness, coldness and no limits approach has the High Command in a quandary.  Hello, hello, wake up, wake up…………………why the dilemma?  If pickney a born like whoa under hostile, dysfunctional circumstances, what exactly do you expect.   Pickney a born minus father once the belly start show and full disappearance wen mother a cuss fi monie fi look after di pickney.  Are you expecting decency, decorum and dignity from datdeh biography?  True there have been exceptions to the rule, but that was den and now is now.  Nuh better nah come from demdeh reality and it is time those elected stop entertain the bag a fantasy proposals, speeches and miracle talk and chop off the root of this disease spreading across the Island like wild fire.

Bring in the psychologists who can tell you what the juveniles fear most and bring it to them.  If it is they do not fear death and have no intention of living beyond 25 years of age, then I really do not think you need a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to tell you what must be done.  Attorney’s quote the constitution…………….Laws must be reinforced in like manner laws and the constitution can be amended to exclude and include acts befitting the times.

Government need to wok.  Dash wey di ole summen dem oono a quote and create a set of laws where in 5-10 years we can clean up this country with not only crime.  Also deal with social responsibility by making households’ wedda board house or tenant living accountable for the broods they procreate.  If government is expected to pick up the pieces when displacement occurs, then write the law that will deal with consequences.  If a man and woman who is conscious of their role in society makes the decision to have 1, but no more than 2 children based on their finances.  Why do we accept the unconscious mind-set of those who caan only hol down a wok for 2 days, have out dem lot or close to it.  Den di said lot start pick up gun from age 9-10 turning killers at age 14-16 years of age.  Foolishness…………………..damn foolishness………

Government must run their country and not be dictated to by outside forces when those very said forces are doing all they can to maintain law and order in their respective countries.   Stand up and not because you get monie and a payback loan you are going to listen to those who do not live in this environment, whose justice system appears to work in their favour than our very own for many reasons, on how to police our State.

55 years of Independence with a nation more educated than ever how in all decency can we jump and prance when we should have been way ahead with what we had.  How did we end up where we are?  Oh yes…………..crime is global.  However, one cannot disregard that our moral decay, pride in becoming a decent member of society has been eroded by elements, manipulation by those seeking power inevitably created an environment where ‘donmanship’ was allowed to flourish.  The sole purpose of which was to further their own cause.   What we do know if you live long enough is that which you controlled eventually becomes the controller of you.  Who is now intimidated?????

The price we pay and will continue to pay will indeed be a hefty one.   Until the laws change we will be fighting a losing battle.  Rights will not be what we want them to be.  If you are not prepared to give something up, then do not expect a difference.  We are truly reaping what we have sown.

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Murder at funeral in St James, pregnant woman among 4 injured

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 21, 2018 21 Comments

ST JAMES, Jamaica — One man was shot dead and four others injured during a funeral for alleged Quarry, Glendevon, ‘area leader’ Oshane ‘Ganda’ Duhaney, in that inner-city community of St James, yesterday.

The dead man as been identified as Michael Bernard, a resident of the adjoining community of Salt Spring in the parish. A pregnant woman is said to among the four people injured.

The incident occurred despite a state of public emergency, which came into effect in the western parish on Thursday, and a strong police/ military presence in the crime-prone area.

According to reports, gunshots rang out about 3:15 pm as pall-bearers were taking the casket of the 28-year-old Duhaney — who was shot dead in St Ann last December —from the Quarry Full Gospel Church of God to a waiting chariot.

It is reported that several people were hit and taken to hospital, where Bernard reportedly succumbed to his injuries.

Alleged eyewitnesses said members of the security forces had just left the funeral service at the church when the shooting started. They were summoned after the shooting and, according to the police, one firearm was seized.

Some 335 people were murdered in St James last year, and Bernard’s death has pushed the murder toll in the parish to eight since the start of this year.

Woiiieee……..A Dis U Call Personal Shame!!!!!!!

I get fi understand sey di bleaching wey a tek place pon di Roc is not just toning.  It a straight up change in u shade/complexion. Rebirth to white to neck back; di pill  dem swallow a di lick to………………………

Enjoy as you desperately need to be light.  Jus memba sey wen u go a Embassy or u reach a immigration a fareign dem ago detain u backside.  Why??????   Fraud, identity theft caas u nuh look nothing like di picture in a u passport wey las fi 10 years.  U a renew passport u nuh look nutten like di picture buffoon. 

Liberty, liberty as black people continue to give others the right to dash di ridiculous pon wi.  Once the US embassy has to bring to light pon intended,  you must understand the level of skin bleaching taking place.  Read the piece below and note.  The dark chocolate they  refer to as ‘black’ has become cow’s milk ‘white’ or even condense milk over time or at least after the photo taken on intial passport or on acceptable forms of identification. 

So as not to discuss why the educated and uneducated black race choose to bleach their hue, it is now deemed the ‘culture’.  How does a product, act, and ritual become a culture?  Is data analysis or some form of measurement used to define a ‘culture’?  How do you personally define ‘culture’? 

What a ting I live fi si skin bleaching now a ‘culture’ as stated by the U.S embassy pon di Roc.   A culture like reggae music, ackee n saltfish, dancehall, jerk chicken. Personaly ‘culture’ means to a product, social behaviour that is positively embraced, consumed and an active part of the masses livity.   I find skin ‘bleaching’ to be an act of self hatred against the shade ‘dark’.  Never to become acceptable as a part of ones culture.  I will always maintain if you find the colour of the skin you were born in to be vile, then expect no less from others outside of your race.  Acceptance comes from within and amongst first.

For the record anyone who I employed  who was dark in shade then gradually becomes another shade whether yellow, orange, pink or white, after screaming in horror, I would terminate their contract.  The same reasons the US embassy uses to deny is the same ones I would use to terminate. Whoever waan call dat MADD and discriminatory, I suggest you use those same characterisation to the bleacher.

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‘Bleachers’ beware – Complexion change could cause travel woes
 (Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 21, 2018
Incarcerated dancehall star Vybz Kartel before he started bleaching his skin.

Scores of Jamaicans who bleach their faces are facing delays in renewing their passports as additional checks are often needed to confirm their identities.

The ‘bleachers’ are among the more than 2,100 applicants whose passport-renewal applications were referred for further investigation in the last two years by officials at the Passport and Immigration Citizenship Agency (PICA) in an effort to verify the authenticity of their identities.

Chief executive officer of PICA Andrew Wynter told The Sunday Gleaner that the agency referred 846 cases for further investigation in 2016 and 1,286 in 2017.

While some of these applicants were found to be committing fraud, others were referred because officials had a hard time determining whether the person standing before them and the one presented in a previous passport was the same person.

VERIFICATION CHECKS

“We have had cases where some persons, when they were 22, they were very dark, and now, when they are 26, they have acquired a very light complexion,” said Wynter.

“We have to do the verification to see if they are one and the same person,” added Wynter.

Director of passport services at PICA Amy Johnson-Lynch noted that while the agency is aware that skin bleaching has become a part of the culture, it has to bear in mind its security requirements.

“Just imagine you were 116 pounds 10 years ago and black, and now, you are 200 pounds and almost white. It’s day and night, so we have to verify. There are some where it is a case of fraud, and there are others where it is actually the same person,” said Johnson-Lynch.

She has found that PICA is not the only organisation having challenges with those who lighten their skin.

“I believe there was a notice out once from one of the embassies where they had said they cautioned the persons who lighten their skin that if they come across the border and an immigration officer is not satisfied that the person on the visa is the one standing in front of them, then they are going to be refused entry. It is within the immigration officer’s right to refuse you entry because they are not satisfied that you are the same one,” she said.

“An advisory was sent out because I suspect people were going back to the embassy to ask why they were refused entry, and that came up,” added Johnson-Lynch.

Among the other reasons for passports being sent for verification is the discrepancy between information on supporting documents like a birth certificate, for example.

“Another common one is where the bio data on the current birth certificate that is presented differs from what the person would have had in the first passport that they got or the passport that they are renewing,” she said.

“When you present conflicting information, we have to verify,” explained Johnson-Lynch.

A Movie Dis Or Real Life ??? – What Is The Point Of This!!!!!

Nothing factual re the circumstances surrounding both deaths.  Police cannot say what the motives were, yet we have a long epistle.  Who are we trying to scare, clearly the Diaspora as we exceeded arrival expectations in 2017 from our tourists?  Those living on the Roc, get it…………….Tabloid reporting is the order of the day and when it comes on to crime, you are left more hopeless when hope is all you should really have.

By all accounts, there is no case so what is the purpose of this reporting?  Justice………………….is any being sought?  Suss……….suss and more suss I say. Announcing the state and basic location of the deceased house, funeral or no funeral on the Roc is common child’s play.  What is plain as day is that both were gunned down, with the sole intention of killing them?  Dead man tells no tales, and based on the accounts by the Police in this piece, it is safe to say they have nothing substantive to add.

If those closest to the victims are mute then take heed of this saying; let sleeping dogs lie.

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FEAR CANCELS FUNERAL

Family members flee after killing of businessman Dennis Ramdial; friends on edge

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 14, 2018 17 Comments

 Richard Ramdial months before he was executed

FEAR.

That’s what has forced the cancellation of plans to hold a funeral service for slain St Andrew businessman Dennis Ramdial in Jamaica.

A week shy of three months since the horrific murder of the St Andrew businessman on October 23 last year, several of Ramdial’s relatives have fled Jamaica for North American destinations out of fear for their safety and have ruled out any possibility of holding a service in this north Caribbean island out of concern of possible attacks on family, friends and well-wishers.

Instead, a service of thanksgiving is due to be held in Florida, United States, in “around a week’s time”, one senior police source close to the arrangements told the Jamaica Observer last week.

Dennis Ramdial’s son, Richard, was killed three months before him, on July 13, as his Mercedez Benz sport utility vehicle idled in traffic on Ruthven Road in St Andrew.

“There is no one to plan the funeral service. Those who are in a position to make the arrangements have fled Jamaica thinking that they too could be victims of more gun attacks,” one sleuth told the Sunday Observer last week.

Dennis Ramdial was shot dead outside his business place — Ramdial Engineering Works Ltd — which he ran for several years on Beechwood Avenue in St Andrew. A subsidiary company — Ramdial Auto Sales and Accessories — is also housed at the same premises at 1 Beechwood Avenue, but also remains shuttered.

The older Ramdial was outside his business place when he was shot numerous times by his attacker who drove a motorbike. Doctors confirmed him dead upon his arrival at the Kingston Public Hospital — a journey of five minutes by emergency vehicle, but close to double that time during normal traffic flow.

Another source close to the arrangements said that Dennis Ramdial’s body was cremated just over a week ago and the ashes had already been flown to the United States in time for the planned service of thanksgiving.

“Yes, the body was cremated at a local funeral home and even his friends stayed away from that. Only about eight people turned up for it, because this fear factor still lingers and no one knows if they too could be victims. People are just scared,” the family source said.

Dennis Ramdial’s imposing house on a hill in an upscale St Andrew community remains locked up since security precautionary measures were applied days after his death.

Jamaica Observer reports of the death of Dennis Ramdial at the time of the incident last October told a tale of shock and disbelief at the manner in which the man of Indian descent’s earthly chapter closed.

“Mi cyaan believe seh Mr Ramdial dead. Mi weak! Mi cyaan eat yah now,” a man who rode up on a bicycle told this newspaper’s sister publication, the Daily Observer.

Another, according to the Daily Observer, wondered aloud if gunmen would go after the father, following the death of the son, but he never thought that anything of the kind would have happened so quickly after.

Unlike his dad, a service of thanksgiving for Richard Ramdial was held at Stella Maris Catholic Church in St Andrew days after he died.

Investigators believe that the man whom they fingered in the murders was himself shot dead six days after the senior Ramdial’s death. They believe that Valbert Harley, who was known initially as Valdy, and then Waldy, 38, killed the Ramdial duo. The reasons suggested could not be verified by the Jamaica Observer and will not be mentioned.

Harley, the senior police source said, was regarded as a ‘don’ in the St Andrew West Central constituency of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who also gave himself the additional label of ‘Don of Dons’ for the Corporate Area.

Harley was shot dead by men travelling in a motor car after the so-called Don’s vehicle — the third one he changed over to on the way, according to a police source — stopped on Mountain View Avenue to buy fruits from a vendor, just past midday. He had left the Home Circuit Court earlier that morning in a mini motorcade where he and a brother had gone to report for a mention of a murder case which was before the court. The brother, another passenger in the car and the vendor were also shot. All three survived.

Reports swirled later that day and into the following day that Harley was shot dead by law enforcers sworn to protect and serve the nation, but that claim was stoutly denied by the police, who maintained that the man who lived at Garth Road in Barbican, St Andrew, was executed by lawbreakers — one of the 1,616 acts of slaughter which police reported for all of 2017. However, to this day, some close to the case refuse to budge in their belief as to who the shooters were — maintaining that it was a special squad of police personnel who carried out the act.

“A police kill Waldy … nobody nah tell me nutten else,” one resident of the Cockburn Pen community in St Andrew West Central insisted. “A special order dem get fi kill Waldy.”

Kiss Mi Grannie – 60% Of Jamaicans Overweight Or Obese!!!!!

67% of our deaths on the Roc are due to poor nutrition.  U coulda vex little more wen the topic of ‘fat’ weight comes up.  No one is picking on you, if the cap fit, then wear it and wear it well.  Anytime disya Island yah sing di same sankey ova an ova again in the name of awareness, u know sey a disaster an trauma wi a face.  There has been no week, that the government has not been sending the alarm re poor nutrition, the role of private and public sector in this industry that is crippling our health care system for over 2 years now.  How much worst can our health care system become?  With figures like these, and the side effects of obesity and overweight, I shudder to think?

How many of you living on the Roc have a green card, are citizens of another country where you can fly out wen sickness tek u?  How many have private health insurance?  How many of those employed, have a company health insurance?  This is not an American fad…………..this is Jamaica’s reality and on top of everything else, we are a sick nation in terms of diseases.  Having diabetes, high blood pressure and other non-communicable diseases is now the norm.  This is not an aged reality rather covers all demographics.  Millennials are diagnosed with high blood pressure  and diabetes believing it is a fate that has been thrust upon them.   If 60% of our nation is overweight and obese, what is the average 40 year old going to look like in 10 years?  We say the millennials are the largest representation of our population on the Roc, so do the maths.  As a baby boomer 46 and older, are you ready to pack it in?  Can you quit working now and lay in a rocking chair waiting to die?  How well do you feel?  Are you struggling just to get out of bed and become a productive citizen?  Are you prepared at 60 years of age to seek the aide of someone to walk you from point a to point b as a result of issues with your movement due to your current weight.

Believe it or not, excess weight is debilitating once you begin to face chronic conditions.  Once you have to depend on medication to do what was once done with ease, the reality finally sets it.  At that stage, it is often times too late.  We are a small Island, with serious constraints yet the one choice our people have, the one control the majority has, they willingly curse.  The control to decide what they will eat, and what they will be responsible for in feeding their minors.  Our healthcare system is continually failing and will continue to do so as our people bleed the little resources available.  We are fast becoming a nation where those who want to work, want to remain in jobs, will be left out in the cold simply because they are too sick to become or continue to be productive.

I firmly believe that people due to feeling ‘sick’ inside are unable to display exuberance, energy having that pep in their step indicating that they have enjoyment.  They saunter through the day as if they are in bondage, because they do not feel well inside.  You cannot fake being well 52 weeks of the year if you feel like crap 40 weeks of the year.  Something has to give!!!  Below is what 10lbs and 20lbs of fat looks like………………………

 

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‘Digging graves with knives and forks’ – Many Jamaicans are eating themselves to death warns expert

 (Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 14, 2018 |
Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Technology Fitzroy Henry (left) shares a moment with Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton (centre) and Professor Stephen Vasciannie, president of the University of Technology, during a scientific symposium dubbed ‘Fiscal Measures to Prevent Obesity/NCDs in Jamaica: Focus on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages’, last Thursday.

There is more concern that Jamaicans are eating themselves into an early grave, with statistics indicating that 67 per cent of deaths in the country are linked to poor diet.

While the frightening murder rate is given prominence in the news, Professor of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Technology Fitzroy Henry finds that far more Jamaicans are digging their graves with knives and forks.

Data indicates that heart diseases and hypertension account for 23 per cent of those who end up in the morgue annually, while cancer accounts for 21 per cent. Another 13 per cent of the population succumb to diabetes while 10 per cent die from stroke.

Approximately seven per cent of Jamaicans die from injuries, including gunshot wounds.

“Left unchecked, obesity and its consequences will overwhelm the financial and human capacity of the health sector and ultimately undermine the productive capacity of Jamaica,” said Henry, whose 2016 study found that more than 50 per cent of Jamaicans are unwilling to do anything to improve their health.

“Many of even the obese persons and those suffering from chronic disease are not willing, ready or able to alter their habits.

“This means that expensive health promotion programmes with strategies that assume most persons are ready to adopt a healthy dietary habit are likely to fail. A different strategy is required for this reluctant group because some do not recognise they have a problem, or even deny the negative effects of their existing dietary habits,” added Henry.

An estimated 60 per cent of Jamaica’s population is either overweight or obese and another 20,000 are projected to join one of these categories by the end of this year. It’s a reality that policymakers are grappling with.

Intent on addressing the issue, both Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton and Minister of Finance Audley Shaw took a break from the Cabinet retreat last Thursday to engage various stakeholders at a scientific symposium aimed at assessing the fiscal measures to prevent obesity and non-communicable diseases in Jamaica.

“Jamaica has been in persistent productivity decline over the past several decades,” said Shaw.

“Our diet and our overconsumption of sugar and other negative effects are a part of that negative productivity decline,” argued Shaw, who revealed that he overhauled his diet and decreased his sugar intake since his doctor expressed concern about his health two years ago.

It is estimated that more than 5,700 lives could be saved and economic losses of more than $77 billion avoided over the next 15 years if Jamaicans could commit to eating healthier and exercising more, but Henry believes this is an uphill task.

“Some are pessimistic about their ability to make change. Often, they selectively filter information that helps confirm their decision not to eat better,” said Henry.

“Some cite barriers such as lack of healthy food stores and the cost of healthy food items. But many of these barriers can be overcome with careful and deliberate selection of food items within the existing facilities.

They therefore need to be encouraged to start thinking about change, and the benefits that come with it,” he added.

The professor of public health nutrition is adamant that while a strategic evidence-based education and motivational approach is valuable to combat obesity, legislation and policies are also needed.

“Given the high and increasing rates of obesity and chronic diseases and the concomitant risk of death associated with them, it is also clear that the educational approach must be accompanied by other approaches which can overcome the structural and emotional barriers which enhance the obesogenic environment,” said Henry.

Big Up Uself Stay At Home Dad – U Picture Up For All To See

It is what it is………………….your life is your life.  If you are truly happy and content with your role, whose business is it anyway.

U ave some ooman out deh wey basically a run di household while dem significant other cock up an a shoot di breeze fi whatever reason.  Wash, cook, clean and tek care a di pickney dem.  U musie mad………………Helper, where is the helper, get the helper please?????  After all honey, you are making good money.  How you expect ‘big man’ fi do dem ting deh?  Mi affi go a di gym and mek sure sey mi caan sort u out wen u come home man……………Wha u mean if mi nuh love u?  Den if mi neva luv u tink mi would sort u out every time wen u seh u ready?  Don’t mi come home every night an sleep ina di bed?  Don’t mi tek u car go a car wash every Sunday?  Stress!!!!!!

Well to be honest with you, I have a helper even though Paulie is in between opportunities.   He picks up the kids that’s about it, but I understand, so even though it is a stretch sometimes to have the live in helper, we just cannot do less than that.  My salary is pretty good, but boi it gets tight as you know with Gia and Chai both at private school, then there is the rent, the car, but lorks, at least Paulie is home.  Hoping for the best as its actually been 5 years that we have been in this position. Oooh, it really is rough on Paulie, but as I said, he loves the kids, he is home, so why burden him too much with what the live in helper can do?    What were you saying now, there are some stay-at-home Dads, who actually wash, cook, clean and care for the kids?   Really????are you speaking about Jamaican men, or is this in America or Europe?  Sigh……………..

Roles have been reversed for quite sometime.  We see our women climbing the corporate ladder.   We read the reports of more females entering the workforce so it should come as no surprise that the women will be carrying the mantle from a financial position.  In fact our men love to gloat how independent their women are, the ‘boss’ only where money is concerned let me make that very clear.  I do not think it is a shock or surprise.  However, what is refreshing is that this stay-at-home Dad, was proud to have the photo taken of himself and his boys.   He is proud to state what stay-at-home Dad entails for him.  The cooking, washing, cleaning, and getting the kids prepared for school.  Making the time with all the chores that the day’s worker or live in helper would do, plus have his kids sit on his lap and natter.  That is his life, truth, and as manly as they come, he most certainly is.

How many men you personally know would publicly admit that they do the domestic chores, care for the kids as a daily routine because they do not have a 9-5 office job to go to?  I personally know of none……Hey there are some men that if you told them to buy a bottle of water and take it to you in a bag, they cringe.  They would prefer to give you a couple of dollars, as lo and behold they cannot be seen dead carrying a bag with water or any items for that matter.  If you find a few that love to cook they are quick to declare.  Oh I cook at home as if seeking an Oscar.  When the truth be told, they feel their spouse is a lousey cook and considering how dem love dem belly, opt to do the cooking all the time.

One of the hallmarks of the ‘big man’ I opine is one who knows the needs of his family in all aspects and makes the decision to play an active role.  The active role of ensuring that additional burden is not cast upon anyone spouse either financially or otherwise.  What is the going rate for a live in helper on the Roc?  I daresay with this stay-at-home Dad taking on the domestic chores, he has saved the family budget a minimum J$36,000.00 per month/$486,000.00 per year.  There may not be thousands of stay-at-home Dads who would undertake the full mantle.  Nonetheless I like to look at the few, and say wow, isn’t that something.  The exceptional is often times found in in the few, not the majority.  My oh my, how attractive they become when the real ‘big man’ can speak to the unpopular knowing full well the majority of his fellow gender would cringe.

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Role Switch – More Jamaican men becoming stay-at-home fathers

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 

Charles Hyatt Jr with his sons Charles (left) and Daniel.
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March will make one year since Charles Hyatt Jr traded in his high-profile job so that he could stay home and take care of his two sons.

Instead of power suits and meetings, he spends his days in sweats preparing breakfast, lunch and dinner for his two rambunctious boys and keeping the house spic and span so that his wife can relax when she gets home from the corporate hustle and bustle she encounters daily.

“I am a proud stay-home dad,” Hyatt declared.

“I take them to school, pick them up from school. I wash, I cook, I clean,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.

Staying home has allowed the father of two to also focus on starting his online business, but it is the ability to care for his children that gives him the most pleasure.

“You have some saying man not doing those things and all of that, but those are becoming few and far between. Most men understand and really respect the role of dad and being able to be a nurturer as well, not just the disciplinarian,” said Hyatt, who was in a managerial post at the US Embassy prior to becoming a stay-at-home dad.

“The children can come and sit in my lap and talk and we can cuddle up and watch a show on TV or read a book. Those are some precious moments that dads are starting to recognise, respect and yearn for,” he said.

His wife is a financial director for an international organisation and has the assurance that her children, the family’s dogs and even their laundry are in capable hands.

“She does get to spend time with the boys, but what I try to do is to take a burden off of her. As the director of finance, things do get kind of stressful and sometimes she does have to work late or go in early, so she feels comfortable knowing that I have her back,” he said.

Women focus on career

Anthropologist Dr Herbert Gayle contends that these households are becoming more common in Jamaica, as women, who outnumber men on university campuses, are increasingly relying on their men to become more domesticated so that they can focus on climbing the corporate ladder.

“Father’s presence is increasing and mother presence is decreasing,” Gayle told The Sunday Gleaner.

His conclusion is based on his analysis of archival data, the national census, as well as the Social and Economic Surveys published over the years.

He noted that while fathers were virtually absent from households during slavery, about 42 per cent are now in the home, and while mothers were the primary caregivers in households during slavery, several are now more focused on work and school.

“Men are learning to be better fathers. Today’s men are much better fathers than the fathers in the generation before, but let us not overrate them, because some of them are there by default,” he said.

“Remember that if you are in the household and you are physically present, but you are psychologically absent, that don’t make any big difference, and remember that a lot of fathers are forced to go into the household because the mother carry the pickney come and say it is your time now,” argued Gayle.

Despite Professor Gayle’s findings, at least one public-health expert finds that fathers like Hyatt are still few and far between. Founder and chair of the National Association for the Family, Dr Michael Coombs, feels that far too many fathers are absentees.

“As recent as 2014, and even since that time, the evidence continues to suggest that we still have too many homes without fathers,” said Coombs, who, up to recently, was a senior director at the Ministry of Health.

He believes this is among the factors contributing to the country’s social problems.

“That is what is fuelling the gangs, scamming and all of that. There is no doubt in my mind from what I have reviewed and read,” said Coombs.

Pointing to a 2014 study that was commissioned by UNICEF, Coombs noted that many of the children that have been physically and sexually abused are from homes without fathers.

He said based on the study, 100 per cent of the children referred to the Child Development Agency were from homes without fathers.

“We still have work to do, and I think that is why we are seeing the crime statistics that we are grappling with, and we can’t seem to get on top of it,” he said.

Di Irony Of It All – Soldier & Police Ina Di Robot Taxi Dem….

Ah boi wen di hustle mash up di hustler……………..How often do we have these tragic accidents resulting in deaths of our citizens and even visitors to the Island?  What does it mean when Police and government speak to traffic offenses and then have the very same law enforcement personnel derailing the process?  Simply this………………Mi affi do mi ting whether it straight or not……..Mi need fi mek a certain amount of money fi live mi life an whether mi ina uniform or not, mi hustle nah stop…………..

If you recall some time ago when we were on the mission to remove robot taxis from the Streets of Kingston.  Well televised, a robot taxi operator adamantly stated in full frontal that he would not stop doing his hustle as he knew for a fact that the very said Police had robot taxis on the Road.  How do you achieve your mission of enforcing law and order on the roads in this Island when the very same enforcers are part of the hustle?

Moral decay is pervasive.  Corruption is pervasive.  Long gone are the days when you can hold certain position and wield the pendulum chanting, ‘do as I say, not as I do’.  Is a different kettle of fish u a deal wid in demya times.  A prayers affi help plenty a wi who believe in such.  Sad to say those in leadership nuh ave nuh chat, nuh respect, nuh fear, nuh ratings, to those they lead, manage or supervise.  Public Sector needs to be overhauled………………..wage dispute back on the table at the start of 2018…………Sick out may roll over again…………….  What do we have???  A High Command that appears to be powerless, a government that appears to be toothless, an opposition that appears to be waiting for the next general election.  Why?????

We do not have the ‘collective will’, or the independent ‘power’ to do the tough, not talk the tough, rather do the tough.  Just read the article in today’s Observer on the action taken against Saudi Royals who refused to pay their utility bills.  A privilege enjoyed before some of you were born, before JA’s Independence.  Wait a minute, do you and I pay the utility bills of electives in government and opposition??????  I already know we pay for those who refuse to pay who are ever loyal on Election Day.

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JCF, JDF members hurt in deadly robot taxi crash; Henry orders detailed analysis

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, January 07, 2018 9 Comments

Mike Henry

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Transport and Mining, Lester Mike Henry has ordered the Road Safety Unit to do a “detailed analysis of the black boxes” from the two motor vehicles involved in a deadly crash, which claimed four lives, on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine on Friday.

The report, according to a release from the ministry, is to be submitted by Monday.

‘Preliminary reports indicate that speeding and overtaking were the major contributing factors to the crash, which was so intense that it caused the four airbags in both motor vehicles to deploy,” the ministry said.

Henry has been informed that both motor cars were operating as public passenger vehicles without the requisite road licenses and insurance coverage. The crash has been the worse so far this year and among the injured were members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and Jamaica Defence Force, added the ministry.

Henry said he is disappointed that people who have sworn to uphold the law were participants in an illegal act committed by the drivers of the motor cars.

The minister further appealed to members of the commuting public to ensure that they take full responsibility for their safety by utilising only the designated vehicles in the transport sector.

The transport minister said he is sending a strong message to those who are using their motor vehicles in an illegal manner that he will not condone these practices as passengers must be protected against any injury that they may sustain in a crash.

Di Good Affi Suffer Fi Di Bad Argument Dun!!!!!!

Parents need to spend quality time wid dem pickney an carry dem a Mall an road.  Tings an times ave changed and while children will be children and teenage rebellion is part of the process to adulthood.  Demya breed ina disya time have redefined teenage rebellion to a different level.  When you have absolutely no fear for authority or for your guardian or parents, it is time to drop the ‘ole’ time way of doing things.  This is called ‘change’, ‘new methodology’, ‘young, fresh and relevant’.    Who don’t like it, let dem tek dem pickney outta di school.

It is so bloody hypocritical or rather nonsensical, to be alarmed at millennials who we claim have no respect for authority.  What side of the fence were you on when you got a report that your child was acting up?  Answer mi.    Were you the one who claimed that nobaddie caan talk to your pickney caas a dis an dat right in front of your child?  When I was a child nowhere near teenager, my mother never mek fun fi tell mi fi tek wey miself wen she an ar fren dem a talk.  I was told I was a child and I should go to my room and pick up a book, or go outside and play.  If a fass mi a fass, mi coulda neva mek ar ketch mi.  If she get any call sey mi a form fool a school a hell an powder house.   Suh as bare face as I was as a pickney, I knew what would follow without knowing the word called ‘consequence’.  Therefore I played my role very well, knowing how far to go.  Bright………………you waan bad, hide an bad.  If u get ketch beg di big people dem fi mercy and tell dem sorry an tek wey u self.    Anyhow yard hear wey u do, might as well u start dig u own a grave caas death better dan di shameration and murderation of licks dat ago reach u.

We have a generation being raised by their guardian or parents as the ‘entitled princes and princesses’ who have been unleashed on society to create mayhem regardless of their gender.

Manners, respect for your elders and authority will get you much farther in this life than your ugly, raucous, ill-bred behaviour.    The worst thing you can do to a child is to defend their out of order behaviour in the face of authority.  Rarely do you have, well adjusted, confident, strong, charming and smart millennials raised in that fashion.  Unless you have a business that your children will be able to take over, operate and feed themselves, be very careful as you most certainly will reap a barrel full of ………..through your own children if you do not reign them in.  Personally I do not tolerate children or teenagers when it is clear as day that their parents or guardians are tolerant of their ‘dutty’ behaviour.  No matter how times have changed, to this day, I will not have conversations with adults as I do not speak with a PG rating.  When I want to talk to a minor, I will address them.  They will know their place around me even if the parents or guardians do not have those parameters.  I know my place and I allow minors to know their place around me.

Wonder why some nice parents cannot get wok fi dem pickney.  Caas di very same people dem a whisper how oono pickney nuh ave nuh behaviour but to u face dem tell u a different story.  BAN dem from every mall cross di Island once they are in uniforms.   Prevention is better than cure.  If an incident arise where an adult thumb, draw gun, or box one of the pickney dem;  I am sure the outcry would be calling for death for the adult. So again, prevention is better than cure.  BAN, BAN, BAN!!!!!!!!!!  

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Plaza ban! – Students barred from shopping mall

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

A teacher speaks to students of the Pembroke Hall High School.

A ban imposed last year on students of Pembroke Hall Primary and Pembroke High School from entering the nearby Boulevard Supercentre while in uniform, unless accompanied by an adult, will remain in place this year despite calls for it to be lifted.

Norma McNeil, principal of the primary school, told The Sunday Gleaner that the ban has been imposed for the children’s safety.

“You see, we have to protect them from themselves; because sometimes they are tempted,” said McNeil, as she noted that she has had reports of her students engaging in unruly behaviour at the shopping centre.

“You just want the children to go home. We don’t want them to be loitering on the plaza. Some of them go and see adults over there and beg,” said McNeil.

“We are trying to get rid of that so we say ‘when the bell goes, go straight home’,” added McNeil.

She said while she understands that some students will save their money and genuinely want to visit restaurants on the plaza with friends, they are only allowed to do so in the company of a teacher or their parents while in their uniform.

“If they are going to buy and then go home it would be no problem. But is when they are going on the slide, touching up each other, go into the stores and shoplift … and the first place they are calling is the school,” she said, adding that teachers have had to collect students who have found themselves in trouble at the plaza.

In the meantime, the Reverend Claude Ellis, principal of Pembroke Hall High, said he too has received reports of students fighting and behaving unruly at the shopping centre.

As a result, students in uniform must seek a pass from his office if they want to visit the mall unsupervised. He, however, questioned the financial viability of the ban.

“To be honest with you, I think the shopping centre is losing. I have 1,208 students. If 400 of my children spend $400 a week, some might spend $400 a day, just think of the amount of revenue the plaza would have lost,” said Ellis.

But store operators in the mall told The Sunday Gleaner that despite the possible losses the ban has to remain as they cannot deal with the lewd and unruly behaviour by some of the students.

From cursing security guards to fighting, breaking property and having sex in the bathrooms, the students have become a nuisance.

“Every school has bad kids, but I think some of the worse sets of students come from this area. They will come and they will fight to the extent that they will break glass on the mall, and we end up having to incur the cost,” property manager Courtney Jackson told The Sunday Gleaner.

“It’s terrible. I’ve had to speak with some principals about the behaviour. Some of the children try to run through the security post even though the security guards are stopping them. It’s a challenge,” added Jackson as he noted that some students are still bent on entering the mall by any means.

“We have to actually be policing the bathrooms … I can’t even leave tissue inside the bathrooms, they (students) come and wipe their shoes and wash their faces, mess up the bathroom. They don’t know the expense,” added Jackson.

Some security guards at the shopping centre claimed that high-school students have been caught having sex in the bathrooms, and that in other cases, even primary school students have been found in compromising positions on the mall. They said they dread the reopening of schools tomorrow.

Hubert Ellis, store manager at Woolworth, said shoplifting by students is common, but in some cases understandable.

“Some of them will come in and take up sweetie and things like that because you know they are kids, and sometimes some of them are just hungry. So at times we just let them go,” he continued.

One manager at Lee’s Food Fair explained that students shoplift there “all the time. Some of them think they are smart so they will take things up and think that we don’t see them,” said the manager.

Last week, some parents of nearby Maverley appealed to The Sunday Gleaner for the ban to be lifted, as they claimed their children were being punished and were not part of the unruly crew.

Wey ZOSO (Zone Of Special Ops) Deh?????

Would you please stop running competition with who can print the MoBay ethnic cleansing faster……………Record high levels of arrivals the tourist capital has been sporting, with big smiles all around.  Wicked piece a flooding the capital experienced which shocked the majority across the Island.  Yet tourist still a come and from all reports, business quickly returned and Christmas was a success in the capital.

All dat a gwaan an people a drop dead by way of gun shots morning, noon and night as is reported.  What is the population in MoBay?  Let me tell you something.  Jamaicans are programmed to be horrified by atrocities for 48hrs then no more.  Nine day wonder of emotions are a thing of the past.  How about shutting down this level of organised crime which sees a set of criminals who are efficient at carrying out their mandate?  What happen we caan ave nuh undercover operations where police infiltrate the underground?  Ooono going to talk bout people watch too much TV and dat dis a nuh fareign but Jamaica.

Maybe we cannot inflitrate a ting as people mix and blend up.  If there is a will there is a way.  Our JCF appears to be dejected while the High Command continues with the administrative task of giving reports to the media of no motive, investigation continues.  The rest of us will have to do what is required to keep our sanity and wellbeing in check.  Becaas if u follow wey a gwaan wey dem love report, even u own shadow u ago fraid of.

If the government nuh intend to invest at least J$1 billion to bring some semblance of restoration within 18 months to this country, jus get di body bag dem an wait fi full dem up.  Dat nah go tek long.  In case you forget, how much did our citizens spend over the yuletide season pon di Roc?…………………..Billions, just under J$111 billion as reported in the Jamaica Gleaner on 23 December 2017.

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Two dead after drive-by shooting in Mobay

(Jamaica Observer) Saturday, December 30, 2017 68 Comments

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that two unidentified males were killed in a supposed drive-by shooting in front of the Scotia Bank in Sam Square in Montego Bay, St James this morning.

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force was unable to provide details surrounding the incident and said investigators are still gathering information.

More information later.

Ring The Alarm 2018 – Wha U Jus Sey??, Culture Of Nastiness!!!!

U killing mi here………We must now spend money to educate people on how to be clean?  We are now repeating the same jargon just flipped, tossed and churned out differently by whichever government is in power.  The only solid point to this solid waste catastrophe is ‘enforcement’.

Wi nuh enforce nutten in disya country full stop becaas wi nuh waan upset di voters……………I waan tell u summen wen garbage truck nuh reach a u yard an u live uptown, u fi si nastiness.  The people do not need any more education on being clean.  You need to take solid action, resulting in fines.  Whether you guilty or not, the good is going to suffer for the bad, from street to street, lane to lane, tenement yard to tenement yard.  The saying, ‘be your brothers keepers’.  Well if your neighbour next door fling rubbish outta door, both of you will receive a fine full stop.  Tell mi sey dat nah go caas a healthy war to ensure cleanliness outside?  Open up the courts for petty claims and collect well needed revenue from that end.

No man………………..what do we do instead………………..find ways and means to let the nasty indiscipline wasters get off scotch free.  Just like what we witnessed with the traffic ticket amnesty.  Mek mi or u get one ticket an nuh go pay it.  We caan sleep to rawtid di way wi a fret.  Yet still u have a set a people wey rack up tickets in the thousands and at last call, boom dem get a saviour from di said politician wey a chat from both side a dem mouth corner.

Deh a fareign one time and mi a trow out some tings.  Mek a mistake wen mi wake up a marning and a look for di shoes wey mi did buy.  Find one foot an a look fi di other.  Wen mi start fi rock mi brain, mi seh kiss mi grannie it look like sey mi dash it out wid di rest a sinting dem.  Suh mi sey to mi fren, ‘let me check the stuff I put out, and see if the other foot is in there’.  To my shock, distress and disbelief…………’oh, that garbage is gone’……………’gone where, I put it out last night, it is now 8.00am what are you talking about’?……..’listen up here the garbage is collected from 6.00am we have to order back the shoes, don’t worry’………………’wha don’t worry how oono can collect garbage suh early a marning, no man dis is madness, mi waan back mi one foot a shoes’…..

So, what do we have here in Jamroc?  When has this nastiness evolved?  With growth we have certainly regressed in areas that should be 1, 2, and 3 in priorities.  I have news for you.   You cannot teach, or train grown ass folks how to be clean.  What you can do is to enforce the rule of law aggressively when ‘nastiness’ becomes a public nuisance resulting in public health risk.

a)  Ban all tings plastic.  If dem nuh ave nuh plastic fi buy, dem cannot fling outta door which in turn causes flooding.

b)  Fine dem J$10,000.00 for garbage outside a dem yard space or in the nearest gully to dem.  Lock stock an barrel ago pay di fine since oono ears hard.  If u nuh ave nuh money, tek dem across di Island mek dem clean out every gully, street etc wey garbage a pop out fi 5 days at di crack a dawn.  Wi people fraid a sun, suh mek dem wok ina di sun a pick up di said nastiness fi minimum 4hrs.  If that is a not a deterrent then continue doing what you are doing with the said results.

c)  Garbage truck mus come every morning by 6.00am, Mon-Sat.  Try go look how the garbage truck dem and driver attire a fareign an copy dat down yah.  Demdeh filthy truck wey garbage a hangout of mus become a ting a di past.

We have mansions pon di Island, jets and Rolls Royce, yet di garbage truck dem and workers look di wus fi di wear.  NSWMA take some pride in your mandate and ensure your team and outfit is of quality.  Not because you are collecting garbage means the workers must work with less than either in the choice of transportation or attire.  Government workers must be adorned in uniform with the relevant entity branded on their shirts.

d)  When it comes to finance, government certainly knows how to find money when they choose what they wish to pump it into.

Until you change the law as you are doing in matters of garbage disposal, solid waste and inflict monetary fines that will hurt, not one striking thing will change.  Save well thinking Jamaicans the time with your gripes.  Everything we do has become a ‘culture’.  The truth and fact is we have fat cats in governance from Independence until now whose only concern is to do 30% of the work and spend the next 70% plotting how to stay in power at the expense of the majority who really care about this land.

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Ja being hurt by ‘a culture of nastiness’ – NSWMA boss

(Jamaica Gleaner) Sunday | December 31, 2017 |16 Comments

Garbage improperly dumped on Charles Street in downtown Kingston last week.

Executive director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Audley Gordon, is calling for a number of measures to be put in place to break what he describes as “a culture of nastiness” across the island.

“For us to do a good job cleaning the country, we have to have the support of the public at every level,” Gordon told The Sunday Gleaner.

“It has to be a collective arrangement where people buy into the concept and play their part at the community level to keep Jamaica clean,” added Gordon, as he bemoaned the fact that so many Jamaicans dump their garbage anywhere.

He charged that when it comes to the management of solid waste in Jamaica, many of the international best practices have been disregarded.

According to the NSWMA head, one of the practices that he would like to see utilised immediately is the placing of garbage in containers, with regulations put in place to force both businesses and residents to comply.

“So the argument of containerisation is a big argument that I want to be part of the dialogue as we go forward and look at better solid waste management. Most of the problem that we have is garbage scattered; people just throw out their garbage and we (NSWMA) have to come and pick it up,” said Gordon.

He noted that when garbage is improperly disposed of it is not only unsightly but can lead to the outbreak of diseases, and is also economically disadvantageous to the NSWMA, as more time and resources have to be invested in clearing up the mess.

REGULATIONS NEEDED

The NSWMA head’s call has been endorsed by deputy CEO of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, who is set to take over from Diana McCaulay as head of the organisation tomorrow.

But Stanley argued that while there is a need for more regulations surrounding the disposal of garbage, it will take more to address the issue.

“It is not just regulations, it is enforcement. Jamaica has a lot of legislation as it relates to garbage and litter, but what we really lack is the enforcement, as with many of our laws and regulations,” said Stanley.

“Our message, first and foremost, is bag it and bin it. Reduce, reuse, recycle, where the facility exists to compost. But we acknowledge that there are going to be some components of your garbage that none of the aforementioned apply to, as our waste stream has evolved and it has become non-biodegradable, so it is obviously causing more of a problem in our environment,” said Stanley.

She added that public education is another area where more effort is needed, as too many Jamaicans do not care what happens to their garbage once it is out of their sight.

“I think there is a culture of carelessness and a feeling that once I have discarded the garbage, or I no longer have use for something, it is no longer my responsibility; it is someone else’s responsibility.

“Their yard should be clean, but the street is somebody else’s responsibility, and I think that is what we really need to get across in Jamaica, that our garbage is our responsibility,” added Stanley.

In the past, several public education campaigns on the proper disposal of garbage have been implemented, but Gordon expressed disappointment that these were never sustained.

“We must get all the different voices pronouncing on better solid waste management practices,” said Gordon.

“We must get the better solid waste management conversation going in the schools, churches, youth clubs, citizens’ association meetings, PTA (parent-teacher association) meetings, and political leaders have to make it a priority.

“We have to make it a priority because the health of the people can be severely compromised if we don’t have quality solid waste management practices,” added the NSWMA head.

Indian Style Obeah Pon Di Roc……JA Obeah Sympathisers A Lick Out!!!!

Is long time I an I a talk bout di Indian dem soap opera pon di TV wid di voice wey sound like di living jingle bell pon crack.  Di way dem act pon demdeh soap opera u can si sey obeah is front line and centre. What is more alarming is how wi Jamaican people get excited wen di show a run and become caught up.  So the verdict is out by the visitors or residents on the Roc who have done their homework and is well pleased based on our participation.  Astrology…………they got a pass defining the practice. as such.  Many well thinking Jamaicans already know that is the living obeah operating in full swing here.

There is no denying that obeah was passed down to us from the Continent of Africa as majority of blacks were deported to the Islands.  Nevertheless, I will say every country on Planet Earth practices some form of obeah just called by a different name centuries upon centuries ago.    Humans regardless of race, colour, class or creed always want to believe that they are in total control of their destiny; at least every aspect of it including death and rebirth.  If you are in control of your own destiny, then chances are you can control another.

While some are anti anything ‘black’, when it comes on to obeah, astrology, witchcraft, your choice of name, I am of the view that persons who believe in that type of realm will go to anyone whether black, blue, white, yellow or green.  What we have on the Roc is the up towner wid money who will choose with utmost confidence their obeah contact.  Spiritual adviser, they may call them.  The in between may gravitate to the foreign ones, again undercover is the intention, as you really do not want to advertise that you dabble in such.  The down towners who do not give a damn what anyone thinks, will mek u know sey dem ago tie up u what it’s what it’s not.  They buy their oils………………..oil fi dis and oil fi dat; all drink pigeon blood and sleep ina coffin mi here.  So mankind has and will always be caught up in such practices.

The Indians have taken it to a different level by advertising on TV and radio finding a lucrative nest egg on the Island.  Our traditional obeah practitioners use their own means outside of such public advertisement spending not that much money as the Indians do.  Radio and television ads are not cheap!!!.  If you are running classifieds with the frequency as they do, in addition to the space where the ‘obeah’ service is meted out, I daresay money affi a mek in order to be consistent.  From the looks of it the Indians are consistent in their advertisements.  Who is making money?  It is obvious………………so who do you expect to clamp down on this?  Do you not know that people in high places dabble in a bit of obeah too?

While the law exists, when have we been able to enforce it with vigour?  How many obeah practitioners have been brought before the Courts????  We know where many of the obeah tools are sold.   We even know those who call themselves spiritual advisers to be the living obeah man or ooman, yet we allow them to peddle their trade.  Demand is even higher in these times and the Indians are here to capitalise.  Once you have a foreign accent and ur obeah tun up differently to what we are accustomed to on the Roc, u nuh expect sey di people ago flock them?  Jamaicans love all things foreign.

I can tell you the powers of be will do no such thing to bring these practitioners to justice whether locals, Indians, or other foreigners who choose to come here and bring their evil practice.  

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OBEAH OR ASTROLOGY?

Concern raised over rise in number of Indian astrologers advertising their talent in Jamaican media

(Jamaica Observer) Sunday, December 17, 2017 50 Comments

YOU see the advertisements promising remedies to all your problems — sickness, wealth, legal matters — they fix it all. But are Indian astrologers operating in Jamaica in contravention of the nation’s laws?

“The way they advertise themselves and the services they offer is an assertion of superior capabilities. In other words, they are saying that they are capable of doing things that a doctor cannot do, a lawyer cannot do and other persons cannot do, but somehow, were you to visit them, they can do it,” said veteran attorney-at-law Linton Gordon.

The astrologers proclaim their ability to provide solutions to sexual problems, enemies, children, special problems, protection, financial issues, bad luck, education, promotion, career troubles, addiction, depression, childlessness, prediction of one’s future, healing illnesses, better love life or marriage, getting a visa and much more — abilities some would argue are similar to that of an obeah worker, whose practices are outlawed in Jamaica.

Obeah, as described by Kenneth Bilby and Jerome Handler in a research paper titled Obeah: Healing and Protection in West Indian Slave Life, is “a wide variety of beliefs and practices involving the control or channelling of supernatural or spiritual forces, usually for socially beneficial ends such as treating illness, bringing good fortune, protecting against harm, and avenging wrongs”.

They point out that many conceptions of obeah “stress its antisocial and evil nature as witchcraft or sorcery”.

Similarly, lecturer at The University of the West Indies, Dr Ajamu Nangwaya, told the Jamaica Observer that the practice, which was brought to the island during slavery from Africa, is associated with evil doing.

“It’s coming out of an African tradition where everything that happens to people is related to some other external agency; that is, people manipulating nature to make something bad happen to you or if you’d like something good to happen to you, you have to appeal to the gods or engage in magic or obeah practices to get the type of outcome you want,” Nangwaya, who lectures in Rastafarian studies at the Institute of Caribbean Studies, stated.

The Obeah Act (1898) defines the practice as having the same meaning as myalism, which, according to Nathaniel Murrell’s book Afro-Caribbean Religions is an Afro-Jamaican religious “institution with a belief system, a dance ritual, an initiatory rite tradition, and a pharmacopoeia for herbal and spiritual healing”.

A self-proclaimed obeah man contacted by the Sunday Observer said his rituals offer a solution to people’s troubles.

The man, who professed his services include love bonding, protecting partners from cheating in relationships, quick money and removal of sickness, said he has been practising since childhood as he “grew up with people who do spiritual work”.

The 50-year-old explained love bonding to be something that compels an individual to another, which he explained is synonymous to “tying someone” as referenced in the Jamaican culture; while quick money has to do with causing a person to earn more money in their line of work.

He asserted his abilities and expressed scepticism toward the Indian astrologers.

“Spiritual work have to do with something that is inside of you…I think they (Indian astrologers) have to study to know how to read palm from a book or something that teach you how to study the palm, but I don’t think they have the natural gift all that much.”

The Indian astrologers who were contacted declined to speak with the Sunday Observer.

The Oxford Dictionary defines astrology as the study of the positions of stars and the movement of planets in the belief that they influence human affairs. It is therefore a science based on astronomy which deals with the effects of planetary movements on lives.

The television advertisements from persons purporting to be Indian astrologers have flooded local television in recent times.

Interestingly, though advertising services, these astrologers never provide an exact address for their business places.

One advertises his address based on his proximity to Half-Way-Tree, stating it’s located “two minutes’ walk” outside of the parish capital; while another announces his business’ location based on its closeness to PriceSmart, a membership shopping establishment on Red Hills Road.

“So what we’re having now is that these persons have come on the scene in Jamaica and they are now carrying out activities…and they have become so bold, open, and established that the waves of advertisements are on our televisions, with these persons declaring all these things that they are able to do and perform which amount to possible breaches of the Medical Act, possible breaches of the Pharmacy Act, and highly likely to be breaching the Obeah Act,” Gordon said.

He explained that the astrologers could be in breach of the Obeah Act because it states that persons who go about fraudulently putting themselves forward as capable of carrying out supernatural acts can be charged. He said their advertisements suggest they have supernatural powers, meaning more than the ordinary person.

“There is the Medical Act, which provides that for you to practise medicine you must be a fit and proper person who has been granted a qualifying certificate and registered as a medical practitioner and given a number. In the absence of those qualifications you should not be out there offering to solve [a] person’s medical problems — but they are doing that by saying if you have any type of ailment, come to me and I can cure you,” he reasoned.

“The third Act is perhaps only breached when there is an actual visit, and it is the Pharmacy Act, because under the Pharmacy Act you are not supposed to be distributing medication to persons unless you are a duly registered pharmacist,” the attorney added, noting it is punishable by law.

The Pharmacy Act defines a drug as any substance or mixture of substances manufactured, sold or represented for use in the diagnosis, treatment, mitigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state or the symptoms thereof in man or animal; (b) restoring, correcting or modifying organic functions in man or animal; (c) disinfection in premises in which food is manufactured, prepared, preserved, packaged or stored for sale or sold, or for the control of vermin or insects in such premises.

The Obeah Act states that a person practising obeah can be imprisoned up to a year with hard labour.

Under the Pharmacy Act, an individual who is not a pharmacist but compounds, dispenses or sells any drug at a place not registered as a pharmacy can be fined on summary conviction before a parish judge up to $500,000, or be imprisoned with or without hard labour for up to six months.

Section 14 (2c) of the Medical Act states that “any person who, not being registered as a medical practitioner under this Act, advertises or holds himself out as a person authorised or qualified to practise medicine” is liable on summary conviction before a parish judge to pay up to a $1-million fine and/or imprisonment for a term not more than a year.

“Why would we criminalise something that’s African in nature, but something that has an association with different racial religious experiences? We look on it and essentially we just ignore it, we look the other way,” Nangwaya asked.

“That’s something that is very troubling in our country, where the tendency in our culture [is that] anything too black not too good, and obeah is one of the blackest religions,” the UWI lecturer stated.

Gordon also raised concern that it does not appear anything is being done to clamp down on the proliferation of ‘astrologers’ islandwide.

“Some members of our security forces should visit them incognito and get a clear understanding of what they are doing, because they might be making millions of dollars conducting illegal activities and practices in breach of the Medical Act, the Pharmacy Act and the Obeah Act,” he proposed.