Monday, September 15, 2014
Food for the Poor has been providing boats and equipment for a series of
fishing villages in Honduras. President of Food for the Poor Inc in
Florida, Robin Mahfood sent us these photos with this note:
"These are first pictures out of the fishing villages in Honduras. We
opened 3 [equipped villages] and in about 4 weeks we will open another
3.They are very proud and thankful for this opportunity to better their
Friday, September 12, 2014
|Roland Watson-Grant's novel 'Sketcher' is Essential Summer Reading for GQ!!|
Thursday, September 11, 2014
|Wilmot Perkins - from go-jamaica.com|
|Items made by prisoners|
|Evadne Hamilton (left), aunt of Mario Deane (right), weeps uncontrollably as her nephew’s body is whisked from the Cornwall Regional Hospital morgue by a hearse from Madden’s Funeral Home. (PHOTO: PHILLIP LEMONTE)|
Let us be clear that this horrible fate could have been visited on any one of us. We know innocent people who have been jailed in error. Mario Deane was arrested because he was in possession of a single spliff. It is a parent’s worst nightmare.
If we continue to make prisons a place of brutality, we will be turning first offenders into hardened criminals … if they manage to survive. Is it any wonder then that we are all imprisoning ourselves behind burglar bars? On a visit to Norway, we were told of the humanitarian conditions in their prisons, and noted that there were large neighbourhoods with just a couple of policemen on duty. Many folks left their doors wide open.
There are rich resources in our country that can turn our desperation into hope – what we need is the level of governance that will make every citizen feel respected and protected. There are leaders who still have the love of our people – now is the time for them to step up and prove themselves deserving. Let us never tire to speak of Mario Deane and the many others who suffer injustice. As Black power activist Angela Davis wrote, “If they come for me in the morning, they will come for you in the night.”
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Below is the history of this Challenge in Trisha's own words ...
Thanks so much and particularly to Digicel for support and inspiration, if we can all recall, Barry our CEO did not take this challenge and instead started putting water tanks in school which so happen to have been our planned extraordinary moments initiative for month of August/September.
From that he suggested what needs to be done is a localized initiative, having said that I got very excited and thought of a challenge that will help our beautiful country Jamaica hence the birth of #wtspushupchallenge.
Water Tanks for Schools in Ja
National Commercial Bank
Matilda's Corner, 15 Northside Drive, Northside Plaza, Kingston 6.
Account # 371088881
If want to donate from overseas NCB Swift Code is JNCBJMKX. It is a social media challenge.
See message below:
Help Jamaican schools to get tanks so the children can have water #wtspushupchallenge #watertanksinschooljachallenge #givingback #healthylifestyle. I now challenge... You have 24 hrs to complete 10 push ups and only contribute JA $500 otherwise you have to donate JA $1000. Bank NCB JA Ltd ACCOUNT # 371088881 if contributing from overseas then swift code is JNCBJMKX Bank Address is 15 Northside Drive, Northside Plaza, Kingston
Each water tank will cost approximately JMD20K and first target is to raise JMD500K.
Yes I know it is like the ALS hence I said let's try it as ALS to date has raised over 100 million USD.
Water is life and this basic need is keeping a lot of our children out of schools...watch the news and we see, no water no school.
You can do push ups as a healthy lifestyle however I wouldn't ask you to post it but if you want to please and encourage more or just asking for support.
We also know for success you need star power and I train at Cutbert Fitness studio and she partnered with me so we are in this together, her star power started the video and here we are today.
Juliet is holder of a silver medal holder and is in the history book.
Key to note also is that this is not about any individual but more so to get person owing this issue and helping to fix.
Thanks as always,
Monday, September 8, 2014
|JCF Commissioner Carl Williams|
The Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, made the announcement today.
Williams' appointment comes into effect September 15.
The Ministry of National Security says Williams takes office with its the full support and that of the Government as he embarks upon the important national responsibility of leading the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
It says Williams holds a PhD in Criminal Justice and comes to the post with a track record of innovation and performance in a wide variety of command roles in the JCF. He is the founding director of MOCA and the innovator responsible for conceptualising and developing the Anti-Lottery Scam Taskforce.
Williams also led Jamaica's anti-narcotics campaign from 2000-2004 with the successful prosecution and/or extradition of a number of major narcotics traffickers.
The Ministry says Williams will be mandated to continue the process of professionalisation of the JCF with special emphasis on respecting the human rights of citizens.
"Given the track record of Williams, the JCF is expected to continue making significant progress in the fight against organised crime and corruption under his leadership," the ministry said.
Williams, who is 50-years-old, enlisted in the force on the February 6, 1984. He is married to Dr Ann-Marie Barnes, and is the father of two daughters.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of National Security Peter Bunting has announced the appointment of Carl Williams as Commissioner of Police, effective September 15, 2014.
Bunting was this morning formally advised by the Police Service Commission and subsequently briefed the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Commissioner designate Williams comes to the post with a track record of innovation and performance in a wide variety of command roles in the Jamaica Constabulary Force and is highly qualified academically, with a PhD in Criminal Justice, the Ministry said.
Williams is the founding director of Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the innovator responsible for conceptualizing and developing the Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force.
He led Jamaica's anti-narcotics campaign from 2000 to 2004 with the successful prosecution and/or extradition of a number of major narcotics traffickers.
Williams, who is 50 years old, enlisted in the JCF in February 1984.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
|Patrick Casserly (left) and Prof Trevor Munroe|
- We need more people like Mr. Casserly to enter politics coming from the business world. Fresh faces, new attitudes, and ideas we can turn this land scape called Jamaica around.
What a statement from Ambassador Casserly! "I intend to be a free man in my country — as it is hardly desirable to be living behind a 15-foot wall". All of us know that feeling - onward Ambassador Casserly.
Jamaicans wealth is a measure of the goods and services produced. Creating wealth and generating jobs happens because of ENTREPRENEURS. Jamaica lacks a dynamic ENTREPRENEURIAL culture. "Everybody" want to raid the barn in Jamaica but nobody want to plant the corn. The country needs to strengthen rule of law, improve education, practice good governance through system of checks and balances and promote ENTREPRENEURSHIP. People called ENTREPRENEURS create wealth. Borrowing money or waiting on remittances to buy products to consume does not make us richer. Only the people selling us the goods they produce get richer - China comes to mind. Therefore. China now has the wealth and ENTREPRENEURIAL expertise to do things we cannot do in Jamaica. China has become that relative we hit up for money at the family reunion because they have toiled over the years and become one of the most ENTREPRENEURIAL societies in the world.
There is a breeze of commonsense coming into the Jamaican political sphere, not just in leadership, but also in follower-ship. The citizens are much less satisfied with embellishment of records, and promises which brings hope, but delivers misery, bellowed from stages and loud speakers. The desire to listen intently to rational sensible reasonings and arguments by political aspirants, though still in it's infancy, is growing steadily. The nutritional supplement of information access provided by the new media, is certainly boosting that growth. In due course the citizens may realize the TRUE nature of people power. Not the bought out, hyped up, shouted out brand bawled out on the political stage, but the quiet, contemplative one expressed in that solitary moment in the voter's booth.
I hope you're right.
- Another rich Dude who wants us to believe that he can make a difference. And not surprisingly he is JLP. I have never heard of him, don't know what he has done as an Ambassador, have never heard of him critiquing the Cuury Goat politics. He has no long term commitments but wants to come from behind his protective wall. Mr. Casserly Sir, we have heard this before but just perhaps, perhaps you may start something new and lead your Party down a new road. Good luck boss!
Also, we are the only country in the region that don't change governor general after every general election. And we can boast that all our citizens have equal rights under our constitution, the very thing women in the Bahamas are fighting for just now.
- I enjoy reading Mz. Chin's articles as they always contain an uplifting message. I hope Mz.Chin will excuse my cynicism and the readers will allow me to plagiarize from some of the great authors of classical and sacred literature.
The fault dear Jamaicans, is not in our political parties, but in ourselves.
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie which we ascribe to the politicians.
Peter Shakespeare .
The heart of ------------------- (place the name of any past current or future politician) is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it.