‘No Threat’ – Several Former Government Members To Lose Their Security Details

Uncategorized July 17, 2016

The Police High Command has indicated that it is going to pull the bodyguards assigned to several members of the former Portia Simpson Miller-led administration. The former government members were last week told that the police have determined that they are not facing threats that would require them to be assigned close-protection officers (bodyguards). In a letter to those who are to lose their security details, the High Command said the best it could do for them, at this time, was that they should notify the nearest police station if they intend to travel to areas that are considered high security risk areas.
According to the High Command, a review has been conducted in regard to the personal safety of the former government members and it was determined that the threat levels are non-existent or low.  “Based on the findings of the review, several recommendations were made, one of which suggests that there is no need for a security detail to be assigned to you at this time. “It is against this background that the close-protection officer assigned to you will be withdrawn within 14 days after receipt of this document …,” the letter to the former government members said in part.

Pulled after election

The Sunday Gleaner understands that some members of the former administration had their security details pulled shortly after the Jamaica Labour Party was elected to form the new government in February, and several persons who avoided that cut have been caught this time around. They include former ministers Dr Wykeham McNeill, Morais Guy and Sandrea Falconer, as well as former minister without portfolio Luther Buchanan. Former state ministers Richard Azan and Colin Fagan have also been notified that they will lose their close-protection officers.

According to Sunday Gleaner sources, two former ministers have been told that while they will be allowed to retain a security detail the number of close-protection officers will be drastically reduced. Last week, McNeill confirmed that he had received the notification but had not yet sought clarification on the matter. “I simply have not had the time to act on the letter. So let me make some checks and I will get back to you,” said McNeill.

A similar confirmation came from Guy. “Yes, I have been notified that the close-protection officer assigned to me will be withdrawn. But I am in no quarrel with anyone,” said Guy. The Police High Command has long signalled its intention to review the assignment of close-protection officers, and last year then Security Minister Peter Bunting told Parliament that changes were coming.

At that time Bunting, who is now the opposition spokesman on national security, indicated the close-protection officer would be assigned based primarily on security threat and risk assessments of the persons being protected. “Except for the governor general, the prime minister, Cabinet ministers, the leader of the opposition and former prime ministers, all the assignment of close-protection officers will be based on recommendations informed by the threat assessment,” said Bunting.

“Where it is revealed that threat levels are not significant, officers will be redeployed to augment the personnel at geographical divisions,” added Bunting. Efforts to get a comment from the Police High Command were unsuccessful last week as head of the VIP Protection Division, Senior Superintendent Ronald Anderson, referred our news team to Deputy Commissioner Glenmore Hinds, who was unavailable. Police Commissioner Carl Williams was also out of office, with sources indicating that he could be out for a short period because of a medical issue.

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Man offers 12- year-old girl $1,000 for sex

Uncategorized June 6, 2016

A brief look at Jamaica’s political history provides an interesting background to the concept and creation of the 1962 Constitution and the format of the Senate. A 21-year-old man who offered a 12-year-old schoolgirl money for sex was reprimanded by Parish Judge Maxine Ellis for assaulting the girl after she refused his sexual advances.

“She is 12, what kind of advances you making? She is a baby,” Judge Ellis said while scolding Oshane Williams, after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm. The court heard on Friday that Williams squeezed the minor’s throat and slapped her on the neck after she spurned his advances. The prosecutor told the court that Williams got physical after he told the minor: “I have a $1,000. follow me round deh suh,” and she refused to comply. According to the prosecutor, this incident was not the first time that Williams was making advances at the complainant, as she had reported him to her mother before. Williams, however, denied assaulting the minor as alleged by the police. “A two finger me use and hit her on her mouth,” he said. But in addition to the assault claim, Williams is also accused of pulling a ratchet knife at the complainant and threatening “to run it through her”. Williams, however, denied those allegations and pleaded not guilty to assault at common law.The complainant’s mother, who was present in court with her daughter, told Ellis that Williams has been troubling the girl and she had to be taking the child to and from school because of her fear of Williams. “Clearly you don’t get it,” Ellis then told Williams. “But me no deh home a day time,” he answered while noting that he was away at work. But the mother told the court that Williams was unemployed and that her child had to pass his yard to get to school. Ellis, however, insisted that he was employed and that the minor did not have to pass his home, as she lived on a separate lane from where he was living. The judge, however, decided that she was going to revoke his bail until the police conduct further investigations into the matter. In the meantime, the judge requested a social enquiry report and scheduled a date for Williams’ sentencing.

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Victorious Holness Says It Will Not Be Business As Usual

Uncategorized February 26, 2016

Published:Friday | February 26, 2016 | 1:07 AM
Prime Minister designate Andrew Holness hugs the winning candidate for St Catherine Central, Olivia Babsy Grange – Rudolph Brown Photo
 Gary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party Leader (JLP) Andrew Holness has told Jamaicans to hold his administration to account following the party’s memorable victory over the People’s National Party.

“I want to thank God for this victory and the people of Jamaica for investing in me the opportunity to lead them,” he declared as he took the stage. “It has been a long journey.” Holness told supporters that he was acutely aware of the consequences of his victory and vowed not let them down. “It will not be business as usual,” he promised. Six months after surviving a leadership scare, Holness is set to return to the zenith of his political career for his second stint as Prime Minister of Jamaica. Holness took the stage only minutes after his mentor, former JLP Leader and Prime Minister Edward Seaga gave the younger politician his blessing. Flanked by his wife, Juliet who won the St Andrew East Rural seat, Holness, also shared stage with other stalwarts, including Desmond McKenzie, Delroy Chuck, Derrick Smith and Olivia Grange and Karl  amuda. Declaring that the country has indicated that it desired not only a new Government but a new style of governance, Holness vowed that he will not take the electorate for granted.

The JLP leader also promised that the government he will be changing the way things are done. “We have carried a message and the people of Jamaica accepted our message, but this is not the end, it is just the beginning,” he said.

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Simpson-Miller Confident Of Victory

Uncategorized February 25, 2016

People’s National Party (PNP) President, Prime Minister Portia Simpson — Miller, has expressed confidence that she will remain in the top job when the votes are counted later this evening.

After casting her vote at the Whitfield Town All Age School in her South West St Andrew constituency a short while ago, Simpson-Miller told members of the media that she will not say how many seats she is going to win, but noted that she is assured of victory. “Do I look like a loser? What sort of question is that?” Simpson- Miller quipped as journalists asked whether she would stay on as PNP President should she lose the election. “I know how many seats I am going to win, but I know the PNP will remain in power after this election,” added Simpson-Miller.

The PNP President said after voting she is heading to her constituency office as she doesn’t see the need to prop up any PNP candidate who might be in a fight. In a plea to her supporters and Jamaicans in general, the Prime Minister begged for a peaceful election arguing that there is no need for intimidation or violence as people cast their votes. “I want no intimidation. I want no trouble. I want everybody to go out and cast their vote in peace,” said Simpson — Miller. She said her next address to the media will come later after the PNP’s victory. With a massive crowd shouting ‘Portia! Portia!’, the PNP President  left the Whitfield Town All Age School just minutes ago. Meanwhile, heavy voting is continuing at the polling station, which has several polling divisions.

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PNP Tek Wi Fi Eediat

Uncategorized February 20, 2016

Olive Nelson
The propensity of our politicians to tek people fi eediat is pathetic. The People’s National Party (PNP) has decided to renege on a non-binding agreement reportedly reached with the Jamaica Debates Commission (JDC) in November 2015. The party curiously maintains that it has changed its mind on principle. In a statement dated February 11, 2016, and published in The Sunday Gleaner of February 14, the PNP declares “regarding Holness as leader of the Opposition” that “if he describes the prime minister as ‘Jamaica’s biggest con artist’, why should anyone wish the prime minister to have dialogue with him?” It was one of the arguments proffered by the party for not being “prepared to enter into any dialogue with the Jamaica Labour Party”.

But the PNP has got it all wrong! That party is not being asked to have dialogue with the JLP or Mr Holness at all. The party is being asked, and had agreed, to participate in a national debate in which the leader of the Opposition would be one of the participants. The traditional format is that debaters from opposing sides are questioned by media personnel. It is on their responses to the media questions that the public relies for information and not on any dialogue between party representatives. The debaters are not required to speak to each other during the process, and, therefore, need not be on speaking terms with one another.

Any contrived falling out between the parties, however earth-shaking, should not be allowed to defeat the right of an electorate to witness first hand, not just what a party declares its vision to be, but how that vision stands up to scrutiny – a process that, in the time allowed, is best facilitated in a debate setting.

The decision taken by the PNP to withdraw from the process has nothing to do with Andrew’s big house or the quality of his banter on the hustings. The house was very much in existence when the party agreed to the debates in November, and political banter (an abiding feature of political campaign trails everywhere) was also very much in vogue here at that time and all the time.

The attempt to elevate Mr Holness’ latest comments to a more serious level has done some damage to the credibility of the PNP and begs the question, “Why?” Were Mr Holness to meet all the conditions imposed on him by the PNP for the privilege of meeting its leader in a debate, he would end up looking like a wimp and deserving of losing more of the votes than he seems already destined to do. Such is the nature of our three-card political games, staged every time to deceive us – the eediats.

The reality is that the only thing that has changed on the political landscape since November that could explain the PNP’s most recent U-turn is the conduct and publication of four poll/forecast results, all favouring that party. The PNP is now far more certain of an election victory than it had been for any previous election.

PRINCIPLED POSITIONS

Bolstered by this new level of confidence, there would be no need, it seems, for any party, not driven by any respect for its electorate, to waste debate effort pandering to the uncommitted voter, especially at the risk of talking itself out of power. A four- or five- yearly opportunity to extract a modicum of accountability from our elected representatives is being shamelessly wrested from us on spurious grounds. It speaks of high-handedness, arrogance, and contempt for the public and is unworthy of a party that was voicing a commitment to people power a mere four years ago.

It has since launched its glamorous (no-questions-allowed) manifesto and is now busy avoiding the possibility of any contact with the political ombudsman lest she succeeds in convincing it to reconsider its unprincipled position.

The PNP is no stranger to principled positions. It last took one in 1983 when its then leader, Michael Manley, refused to contest a hastily called general election on an outdated voters’ list. The then prime minister, Edward Seaga, was blamed for having reneged on an agreement not to do so. Thirty-two years later, the PNP reneges on an agreement with the Debates Commission and considers it a principled act. Has something not gone wrong here?

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Rights and responsibilities of a citizen

Uncategorized February 13, 2016

Civics  Civics is the study of the rights and responsibilities of citizens. It focuses on the nature and significance of government and society and is closely related to politics. As such Civics is often referred to as the science of government or the science of politics. This page focuses on the following:

  • Rights and responsibilities of a citizen
  • Constitution
  • Government
  • Parliament
  • Local Government
  • The Civil Service
  • Ministries
  • The Judiciary
  • How a Bill Becomes Law

Rights and Responsibilities

Citizenship is defined as Membership in a state, nation , country with guaranteed rights, privileges as well as duties and responsibilities. Citizenship of Jamaica is acquired through Birth, marriage or naturalization.

As Citizens we all have rights. These are:

  • Protection of right to life
  • Protection from arbitrary arrest
  • Respect for private and family life
  • Protection for privacy of home and property
  • Protection of freedom of conscience
  • Protection of peaceful assembly
  • Protection from discrimination
  • Protection of the expression
  • Rights to fair trial
  • Right to vote
  • Freedom of worship
  • Freedom of movement

One of the greatest right of citizen is to share in the government of the country. Responsibilities

Every citizen or member of a community is obligated to:

  1. Pay his/her share of tax that is levied for the good of the community;
  2. Obey the laws of the land
  3. Serve as a witness in the court if summoned
  4. Serving on a jury if called

Voluntary Responsibilities

  1. Being loyal to one’s country
  2. Understanding and using the Judicial process accordingly
  3. Being an active member in the community
  4. Being and active member in civic organizations
  5. Voting properly and wisely in elections
  6. Being a cooperative citizen with law enforcement agencies
  7. Being well informed on current affairs or issues
  8. Being helpful and respectful to one’s neighbours

Government

The term government refers to the way in which a group of political officials conduct the affairs of the country on behalf of the citizens who elected them (L.C. Ruddock et al).

The System of government in Jamaica is Democratic. This is so because the government is elected by the people. Election occurs every five years. From this election the parliamentarians are decided. (Parliament comes from the Latin word Parliamentum which means “a talking shop”). The functions of Parliament are to enact laws for the peace order and good government of the country and to evaluate proposals for new and amended legislation; to carry out the existing laws and to provide taxation money for the work of Government. The life of Parliament is five years.

The Jamaican Parliament consists of two Houses – the Senate/Upper House and House of Representativess/The Lower House. The work of Parliament is done through both houses. Parliament has legal supremacy. This means that Parliament has the highest authority within the Constitution. It is the Parliament that effects changes within the Constitution.

Jamaica has two main political parties the Peoples National Party (PNP) and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).

The parties and their control of the Parliament since the first election under Universal Adult Suffrage are as follows:

Election  Winning Party Party Leader & Title
December 14, 1944 JLP Sir. Alexander Bustamante, Chief Minister
December 20, 1949 JLP Sir Alexander Bustamante, Chief Minister
January 12, 1955 PNP Rt. Excellent Norman Manley, Chief Minister
July 28, 1959 PNP Rt. Excellent Norman Manley, Chief Minister
April 10, 1962 JLP Sir Alexander Bustamante, Premier
February 21, 1967 JLP Sir Donald Sangster  Prime Minister ( Died in office) Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer  April 1967 – February 1972)
February 29, 1972 PNP Hon. Michael Manley, Prime Minister
October 30, 1980 JLP Hon. Edward Seaga, Prime Minister
Feb. 9, 1989 PNP Hon. Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister
March 30, 1993 PNP Hon. Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister
December 18, 1997 PNP Hon. Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister
October 16, 2002 PNP Hon. Percival James Patterson, Prime Minister
September 3, 2007 JLP Hon. Bruce Golding,  Prime Minister
December 29, 2011 PNP Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister

Parliament is composed of:

  • The Governor General – who is the representative of Her Majesty the Queen, who appoints him on the advice of the Prime Minister.
  • A Senate comprising 21 persons, 13 from the governing party and eight from the opposition. Senators are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister. The role of the Senate is to review the legislation passed by the House of Representatives.
  • The House of Representatives consists of persons who being qualified for election as Members in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution have been elected, one for each constituency and are known as members of Parliament. There are sixty (60) members in the present Parliament.
  • The Prime Minister, the Governor General, and the House of Representatives form the Cabinet. The Cabinet is the centre of the the whole system of Government as it initiates all Government policies and programmes and is responsible for the general direction and control of government. This is the most instrumental body for policy and decision making as it relates to the development of the country.

Local Government:

There are 13 Local Government Councils, one for each Parish and Kingston and St. Andrew incorporated as one Parish for the purpose of Local Government. Local Government provides those public services and amenities which are local in the sense that they are intended for citizens of the local communities. Local Government Services include: Roads and Works, Water Supplies, Public Health, Social Welfare, Fire Brigade.

The Civil Service

The Civil Service is the middle force between the politicians and the public. It is a complex organization of employees who are expected to serve the constituted, elected and reigning Government. The Executives in Government set mandates for the Civil Service. Before policies decided by the government are effected, the civil servants have to break them down into workable programmes. The main Civil Service officer in each Ministry is the Permanent Secretary. The current list of Government Ministries are:

The Judiciary

Jamaica’s legal and judicial system is based on English Common Law. The judicial function is to interpret, apply and enforce the laws of Jamaica in cases where the laws are infringed or alleged to be infringed, or where contention arises between different parties. The Judiciary is made up of : A Chief Justice and Puisne Judges in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, Resident Magistrates in R.M. Courts, Coroners Court, Traffic Court, Justices of the Peace in Petty Sessions, Tribunal or inquiries.

The Court System of Jamaica includes:

  1. The Privy Council – The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council sits in London, England. It is the final court of appeal for Jamaica having gone through the Supreme Court of Appeal.
  2. The Court of Appeal – this Court is visited when persons are disappointed with the outcome of a case from any of the courts below except the Petty Session Court. The Supreme Court Petty Sessions’ appeals are dealt with by the Judge in Chambers.
  3. The Resident Magistrates’ Courts – presided over by an appointed Resident Magistrate who resides in the parish. Cases dealt with here are less serious than those dealt with by the Court of Appeal but are more important than those presented in the Petty Sessions Courts. Cases in R.M. Courts are limited to parish boundaries.
  4. The Petty Sessions Court – A Justice of the Peace (J.P.) presides over this court. Justices of the Peace are usually laymen appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Custos, (the parish representative of the Governor General). This court deals with minor offenses that are punishable by statute law.
  5. The Traffic Court – this is a special form of Resident Magistrates’ Court. It deals specifically with traffic related offences within the Corporate area (Kingston and St. Andrew). Other traffic breaches are dealt with by the Resident Magistrate Court in that parish.
  6. Coroner’s Court – This is the court that deals with inquests on the bodies of persons who have died by violence or accident. Coroners inquests are held in order to determine whether the death was natural or caused. They also deals with wrecks and treasure trove.
  7. Tribunals or inquiries – this form of judiciary allows for informal resolution of disputes usually those between the government and individuals. An example is the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.

How a Bill Becomes Law

  1. Citizens write to their Member of Parliament with an idea for a law. If the idea seems practical it is discussed with members of the Cabinet.
  2. If accepted by the Cabinet, it is discussed with the legal draftsmen who then draft the bill.
  3. The bill is sent to the Cabinet to be studied. If the Cabinet is satisfied, the bill will be introduced to the House. if not, it goes back to the legal draftsmen.
  4. The Minister informs the House of Representatives of his intention to introduce a Bill.
  5. The Bill is introduced to the House of Representatives. each member is given a copy to study. This is called the First Reading.
  6. The public is given an opportunity to discuss the Bill. suggestions are accepted.
  7. The Bill is fully discussed and the criticisms noted. This is the Second Reading.
  8. The entire House becomes a committee to discuss the Bill.
  9. If the Bill is controversial, it will be examined by Joint Select Committee of the House. A report is then submitted to the House.
  10. The Bill is accepted. It goes forward as is or with amendments. This is the Third Reading The Bill is now referred to as an Act.
  11. The Act goes through the same three stages in the Senate.
  12. The Bill is accepted but must go back to draftsmen to correct any serious errors.
  13. If it is rejected by the Senate, it goes back to the House of Representatives for further discussion.
  14. When the Act has passed through all three stages in both Houses, the Governor General gives his Assent. The Act becomes a law and is published in the Gazette.

Did You Know That:

  • Universal Adult Suffrage by which all persons (originally 21 years old) now 18 years old and over were allowed to vote in elections was first granted in 1944 in Jamaica. Jamaica was the first British Colony to be granted Adult Suffrage.
  • The first election under Universal Adult Suffrage was held on December 14, 1944
  • A person’s franchise is the right to vote.
  • The fiscal year is the financial year for accounting purposes for government is April 1 to March 31st.
  • The legislature of Jamaica includes Parliament which consists of Her Majesty represented by the Governor General, a senate and a House of Representatives.

– The Gleaner Geography and History of Jamaica (1995) – Statistical Yearbook of Jamaica (1999) – New Civics for Young Jamaicans by L.C. Rudduck (1994)

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Fatal crash

Uncategorized February 9, 2016

The mangled wreck of the Toyota Wish that was involved in yesterday’s crash on Spanish Town Road inSt Andrew.

THREE people — two men and a woman — were yesterday crushed to death in a two-vehicle crash on Spanish Town Road near Six Miles in

St Andrew.

Superintendent Arthur Brown, head of the St Andrew South Police Division, reported that the crash took place about 3:00 pm and that speeding was the cause.

Up to press time yesterday the names of the victims were not released. “A grey Suzuki Swift was travelling easterly along Spanish Town Road, [and] reports we received are that… the driver lost control of the vehicle,” said Superintendent Brown. The Swift, he said, flipped, went airborne, and landed on top of a Toyota Wish travelling in the opposite direction. “The Toyota Wish got out of control, careened across the road into the eastbound lane and slammed into a wall,” said the superintendent.

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GasPro truck turn over at Bog Walk Gorge

News post, Uncategorized January 17, 2016

ST CATHERINE, Jamaica – The public is being advised that the Bog Walk Gorge will be temporarily closed until further notice. The closure comes as a result of the overturning of a trailer truck in the Rio Cobre earlier today. Information received from the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU), the police’s communication arm, is that the truck was travelling from Bog Walk when the driver failed to negotiate a turn and hit an embankment. The trailer then overturned. The police is advising the motoring public to use alternative routes, the Sligoville main road or the Barry main road.

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Powerless Portia – PNP president accused of losing control of her party

Uncategorized January 17, 2016

Portia Simpson Miller is the president of one of the oldest and most organised political parties in the Caribbean. Not only does she have the power to hire and fire ministers, but she also has the awesome power to determine when elections are called. But Prime Minister Simpson Miller seems to have lost the potency she needs most to hold on to those roles. Her grip on the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) has slipped from her grasp, or so it seems.

“The knives are drawn Julius Caesar-style,” declared a psychoanalyst, who asked not to be named. The psychoanalyst, who told our news team that she has been studying Simpson Miller’s metamorphosis since 2011, argued that Simpson Miller is now in a position similar to that which faced former Prime Minister Edward Seaga in his waning days as leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). “Remember, Seaga lost control because the younger people didn’t know or care. Same thing happening now,” said the psychoanalyst.

“At this stage, too many factions are positioning themselves for the post-Portia era. She is very done and PJ (Patterson) is also done. That’s the bigger news,” said psychoanalyst. “Her row is hard. If she calls the election now and wins, she will be challenged and forced immediately to step down. If she loses, she will be run out of town in disgrace.” Political commentator Mark Wignall agreed that persons are positioning themselves for the post-Simpson Miller era, and charged that there are tow factions at the forefront of that battle. “I won’t say who are the leaders of those factions, but if the party had a strong leader, that leader would identify these factions and crush them,” Wignall told The Sunday Gleaner.

“If anyone examines the situation since 2011, they would see that Mrs Simpson Miller has lost control of the party, if she was ever in control, and with a weak secretariat as well, the party is in free fall. “I have been following this since 1976, and this is the worst I have ever seen the PNP,” added Wignall.

MEMBERS DISAPPOINTED

Inside the PNP, senior members are quietly refuting claims that Simpson Miller has lost her grip, but even they are disappointed that she has not acted more decisively against disruptive elements. “The Comrade Leader refuses to read the Riot Act,” a senior PNP member told The Sunday Gleaner last week, even as he declared that Simpson Miller continues to enjoy his support. “Shouts of “Portia must go” by a Comrade at the party’s headquarters last Monday was a new low for the first woman to lead one of the two major political parties in Jamaica. This was painful for former parliamentarian and veteran PNP member Harry Douglas. The four-term member of parliament served under former PNP presidents Michael Manley and P.J. Patterson, and is aggrieved by what is taking place in the party at this time.

“It grieves me to see what is happening in my party that I grew up in, and had the discipline to deal with matters within the party,” said Douglas. He argued that during his active time, each person would be afforded the opportunity to defend his or her position on issues. “We disagreed, but after the discussions, that is done for the betterment of the party,” said Douglas, even as he shied away from commenting on whether Simpson Miller has lost her grip on the reins of the party. “I don’t want to throw any gasolene on the fire,” he chuckled. “What is clear is that things and times have changed.”

And changed it has, with the open calls by Comrades for Simpson Miller to go a clear signal as to how far Simpson Miller has fallen from the heady days of 2006. At the time, she brushed aside the challenges of Dr Peter Phillips, Dr Omar Davies and Dr Karl Blythe for the right to replace Patterson as president of the PNP.

Now many Comrades say they are disturbed, distressed and worried that Simpson Miller appears to be apathetic and distant from not only members of the party but Jamaicans in general. Those sentiments are a carry-over from last year when political observers claimed that the hesitance, reluctance or unwillingness of Simpson Miller to communicate with the populace was the reason for more than half of Jamaicans polled wanting to see her exit the political stage. That Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll found that 57 per cent of Jamaicans felt that Simpson Miller should not return as prime minister after the next election, while 30 per cent said the once most-popular politician in Jamaica should stay on. The remaining 13 per cent declined to proffer a preference. The poll was done islandwide from September 25 to 27 with 1,200 residents and a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 per cent.

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Lady Saw ministers to ‘Back Road’ prostitute

Uncategorized December 21, 2015

Marion Hall, who for many years performed under the moniker Lady Saw, talking to journalists yesterday about her experience since converting to Christianity. Hall was speaking after attending Sunday morning service at Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road in Kingston where was baptised last Monday night. LESS than a week after surrendering to Christ, the once raunchy deejay Lady Saw hit the infamous ‘Back Road’ in Portmore St Catherine, a strip known for open prostitution and cheap motels, to deliver a message from God to a particular lady of the night. The popular entertainer, who’s been a talking point since getting baptised last Monday, told the Jamaica Observer after Sunday morning worship at Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road in Kingston, yesterday, that God has already started to use her. The 43-year-old, whose given name is Marion Hall, said she was in bed Saturday night when God gave her a message to give to a prostitute on Back Road (Port Henderson Road), whom she was informed recently got saved and is planning to get baptised. “…I went by Back Road ’cause that’s where He sent me and He gave me a name. For God to give me a name out of everybody’s name and… that was a unique name, not really a common one,” Hall said. “When I started asking for her, everybody was saying, ‘Yeah man. One girl weh seh she a go baptise tomorrow. She work up a da building deh.’ So all of them come and one say, ‘Me hear bout har; she jus’ give har life to God,’” Hall related.

Hall, who had gone with her brother, said it took her 10 minutes to locate the young woman. “But she say, ‘It’s not me.’ But I told her, ‘Is you God send me to,’” Hall recounted. “I prayed for the person and embraced her and said, ‘Lord, whatever you send me here to do for this person, just put words in my mouth,’ and I did what I had to do and go home.” While searching for the young woman, Hall said she heard one person laughing. She said she was not offended, as she remembered how Jesus and His disciples were also ridiculed. Hall, who decided to convert to Christianity during last Monday’s funeral service for singjay Jordan ‘J Capri’ Phillips, who died days after a motor vehicle accident, spoke about another message she received from God for a friend.“…When I tell him, he cried and I was like, ‘God, I don’t want to do this. Why you doing this God?’ For Him to use me like that after where I am coming from and what I’ve done, it shows that no matter who you are and what you have done, and your past sins, God accepts you and He has use for you,” she said. Hall said she has been getting numerous invitations from Christians to address their churches, but she is awaiting God’s direction of her movement. Asked about her Christian goals, Hall said she wants to become a minister and that God has already told her that she’s going to have her own church. Hall said that despite what critics have been saying about her, her previous baptism at the age of 12 and her previous announcements about walking with Christ, this is the “real thing”. “A nuh joke ting dis time,” she said. “Detractors, God has left me proof; every message was recorded, even the one to my publicist to cancel all my shows. I didn’t even know how I sound until they played it back,” she said. “The lady who reached out to me three months ago to say that this was going to happen, she was the first one I called.” She added: “I am feeling great, feeling so good, feeling so happy, and the message was great and I have been feeling happy since my baptism. I am more confident to speak about God and to accept Him, to praise Him in a crowd. Normally I would be shy and don’t want to praise Him or worried that I might get inna spirit and drop and embarrass myself, but it’s like it doesn’t matter right now. That’s like where my joy is, but I’m so honoured that God chose me to be a part of His flock. It is a wonderful feeling I can’t explain it right now. It’s just beautiful, it’s more comforting than being with a man or smoking.”

 

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What Happens To Your Body When You Wear Heels

Uncategorized December 12, 2015

The average woman gets foot pain after a mere hour in pumps. But high heels impact your body beyond just making you wanna sit down. Here’s how they affect different parts of your body—and why that’s something you might not want to stand for anymore.

Feet
• Normally, your feet act like spring-loaded, weight-distributing shock absorbers, cushioning your skeleton from crazy amounts of pounding. Jam these engineering marvels into high heels and. . .ouch. You’ve shifted much of your mass onto the balls of your feet and your tiny, delicate toe bones.

• The higher the heel, the bigger the impact: One study found that four-inch stilettos can up the amount of pressure on the front of the foot by 30 percent or more.

• Your heel-to-toe transition becomes abrupt, forcing you to swap your natural stride for a staccato walk. Strutting like this all the time could usher in bone and nerve damage (not to mention blisters and ingrown toenails).

Ankles and Calves
• Wearing heels forces your ankles to bend forward, a movement that could restrict circulation in your lower limbs. If you’re a perennial high-heel wearer, this could eventually spell spider veins.

• Walking in heels also stiffens your Achilles tendons, which anchor your calf muscles to your heels, causing your calves to bunch up. If you’ve had your tall pumps on all day, you might have trouble walking naturally when you first kick off your kicks. (You can work to offset this stiffness by flexing your feet—shoeless—several times throughout the day.)

• Over time, stiletto devotees can develop chronically taut (and shortened!) ankle and calf tendons, making walking—even in flats—painful.

Knees
• Another pro shock absorber, the knee is the largest joint in your body. It’s built to take a licking, but frequent high-heel use can put extra stress on the inner sides of the knees, fast-tracking the wear and tear that leads to osteoarthritis.

Hips
• To keep from keeling over in stacked shoes, you have to thrust your hips forward, arch your back, and push out your chest. That familiar sexy stance works the outer hip muscles and tendons hard (and not in a good way).

Back
• In order to sashay around in heels, your spine needs to sway unnaturally, a process that stresses your lumbar erector spinae muscle. Result: sore lower back.

• As with your other body parts, your back needs a break. If you wear high pumps one day, don cushioned flats the next. Or save your spikes for special nights out—and never walk around in them for longer than a few hours at a time.

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Be wary of tricksters this Christmas, say police

Uncategorized December 11, 2015

Amid an increase in fraud cases, the police are warning citizens and business operators to be wary of tricksters this Christmas season. 

Assistant Commissioner of Police Devon Watkis, who heads the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime division says the fraud schemes range from unauthorised access to financial accounts to the use of fraudulent credit and debit cards.

He also says criminals are presenting themselves to unsuspecting persons as suppliers of goods and services or as employees of various utility companies to gain access to their premises. According to ACP Watkis, since last year, the police have investigated 120 reports of fraud involving use of the Internet, which resulted in losses totaling $450 million.

For non-Internet-related fraud cases, the police have revealed that more than 100 reports were investigated up to the end of November this year, with losses totalling more than $500 million. The Police High Command has announced a number of measures to keep Jamaicans safe for the holiday season. Chief among the measures is the deployment of 700 additional police personnel.

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