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  • Ice bridge ruptures in Antarctic

    04/05/2009 10:44:07 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 52 replies · 1,755+ views
    bbc ^ | Sunday, 5 April 2009
    An ice bridge linking a shelf of ice the size of Jamaica to two islands in Antarctica has snapped. Scientists say the collapse could mean the Wilkins Ice Shelf is on the brink of breaking away, and provides further evidence or rapid change in the region. Sited on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, the Wilkins shelf has been retreating since the 1990s. Researchers regarded the ice bridge as an important barrier, holding the remnant shelf structure in place.
  • Ho Lung Says Jamaica Must Reject 'Blood Money' (On Legalizing Abortion)

    03/04/2009 3:50:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Sunday, March 01, 2009 | Alicia Dunkley
    As the debate continues on proposals to legalise Abortion and introduce a Termination of Pregnancy Act, legislators have been exposed to a gamut of arguments and numerous warnings about the predicament such a decision could create, not the least of which were those brought to fore last week. HO LUNG ... we must not do what is wrong for the sake of money THE missionaries begged, cajoled and even sang in a bid to sway the members of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament contemplating proposals to legalise abortion. The group, which appeared before the committee last Thursday, also had...
  • Jamaica Leader Vows to Keep Anti-Sodomy Law (Says He Will Stand Up to Homosexual Lobby)

    03/04/2009 3:39:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies · 597+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 03.04.09
    Prime Minister Bruce Golding has vowed to keep Jamaica's anti-sodomy law on the books, regardless of criticism from gay rights advocates. Golding told Parliament on Tuesday that gay rights advocates are ''perhaps the most organized lobby in the world'' and he vowed to preserve the country's 145-year-old anti-sodomy law that prohibits sexual acts between men. He says his administration will not ''liberalize the laws'' in the face of criticism from any international groups. Human Rights Watch has been urging Golding to repeal the anti-sodomy law. Earlier this year, Golding came under fire for saying he would not allow gays in...
  • Jamaica regulators ban sex, violence from airwaves

    02/23/2009 10:07:00 AM PST · by Indian_Fighter_Kite · 8 replies · 1,310+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | 2/23/2009 | Unknown
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican regulators say they are forbidding all explicit references to sex and violence over the airwaves. The new rules from the island's broadcast commission ban any song or music video that depicts sexual acts or glorifies gun violence, murder, rape or arson. The Saturday announcement follows a Feb. 6 ban that specifically targeted dancehall tunes and videos depicting "daggering" — a dance style popular among Jamaican youth that features pelvic grinding simulating sex.
  • Churchmen walk out on abortion committee meeting (Missionaries of the Poor)

    02/06/2009 11:16:05 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 583+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 2/6/2009 | Edmond Campbell
    Father Richard Ho Lung of Missionaries of the Poor and Father Gregory Ramkissoon of the Mustard Seed Communities walk out of Parliament yesterday. They expressed dissatisfaction with the poor attendance of members of the abortion policy review committee. - Rudolph Brown/Chief Photographer ANGERED BY the tardiness and frequent absence of members of the abortion policy review committee, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church yesterday boycotted the sitting, refusing to make their presentation to only five members who showed up.At 10 a.m. when the meeting was scheduled to begin, only committee chairman Rudyard Spencer was present, followed by Hyacinth Bennett...
  • No guns for you!

    01/30/2009 9:39:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 608+ views
    JamaicaObserver.com ^ | 29 January, 2009 | KARYL WALKER
    Firearm Licensing Authority boss rejects calls to arm the nation KARYL WALKER, Crime/court co-ordinator walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com Thursday, January 29, 2009 CHAIRMAN of the Firearms Licensing Authority Errol Strong has rejected calls from gun rights lobbyists and members of the public who have been clamouring for Government to relax legislation to allow all law-abiding citizens easier access to owning firearms. According to Strong, with Jamaica's high propensity for violence, the move could backfire with devastating results. "In the context of the Jamaican experience, the right for everybody to own a gun could have profound consequences. Quite often attacks on licensed firearm holders...
  • Abortion, not adoption - Two women tell how they would prefer termination to giving up the child

    01/03/2009 1:51:55 PM PST · by wagglebee · 141 replies · 2,495+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 1/3/09 | Athaliah Reynolds
    At least two women who have had abortions say they would rather terminate a pregnancy than give the child up for adoption. The women were responding to a call recently made by several members of the church community and other anti-abortion advocates for expectant mothers contemplating abortion to take the babies to them instead. Father Gregory Ramkissoon, executive director of Mustard Seed, threw out the lifeline during a press conference recently, saying his organisation and other churches would be willing to care for children whose mothers believed they could not keep them. However, the two young professionals who spoke with...
  • Defending Marriage (Good Perspective On Prop. 8 From A Catholic Deacon In Jamaica Alert)

    11/24/2008 8:28:40 PM PST · by goldstategop · 2 replies · 512+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 11/24/2008 | The Rev. Peter Espeut
    I was interested to see that in the recent election exercise in the USA, although the Democratic Party won the presidency, and increased its majority in the Senate and the Congress, it lost ballots in three States which would have redefined the institution of marriage to include same-sex unions. In Arizona, Proposition 102 won by 56 per cent to 44 per cent; in Florida, Amendment 2 passed by 62.4 per cent to 37.6 per cent and in California, Proposition 8 passed by 52.2 per cent to 47.8 per cent in a hard-fought contest. In California, campaigns for and against Proposition...
  • Grandmother's Account of Traumatizing Experience with Abortion Moves Jamaican Parliament to Tears

    11/23/2008 11:57:37 AM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 1,624+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/21/08 | Jonquil Frankham
    KINGSTON, Jamaica, November 21, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A recent presentation by a woman who 20 years ago bullied her daughter into having an abortion reduced members of the Jamaican parliament to tears, reports the Jamaica Gleaner.  Anne Arthur, a grief counselor, told the parliament she has never fully recovered from having bullied her daughter into killing her unborn child. "I drove my daughter to the abortion clinic like a lamb to the slaughterhouse, against her will," Arthur told her audience."I pressed my views on her and convinced her that she would be unable to care for the child while studying...
  • Byron Lee is alive!!(Rumours of Ska Pioneer's Death Greatle Exagerrated)

    11/04/2008 2:18:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 512+ views
    SKNVibes.com ^ | 11/04/08 | Stanford Conway
    The late pioneer of Soca, Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – SOCA pioneer and leader of the world renowned ‘Byron Lee and the Dragonaires’, Byron Aloysius St. Elmo Lee is not dead. Children of the 73-year-old Jamaican icon recently issued a missive which sought to clear the air on the reports that sparked erroneous releases from media houses in Canada, USA and around the Caribbean, including SKNVibes. The missive reads: Dear All, Our Dad is very much alive. Since Tuesday afternoon, we all have been bombarded with e-mails, calls, faxes, etc., re: a rumour which started in...
  • Jamaican Me Speedy - Why are Jamaicans so good at sprinting?

    08/19/2008 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Arec Barrwin · 86 replies · 656+ views
    Slate Magazine ^ | August 18, 2008 | Nina Shen Rastogi
    Jamaican Me Speedy - Why are Jamaicans so good at sprinting? By Nina Shen Rastogi Posted Monday, Aug. 18, 2008, at 6:57 PM ET Jamaicans dominated the Olympic 100-meter sprint this weekend, with Usain Bolt setting a world record and his teammates taking all three medals in the women's event. Jamaica is a poor, tiny nation about half the size of New Jersey. What makes its people such champion sprinters? A combination of nature and nurture. Runners of West African descent—which includes Jamaicans as well as most African-Americans—seem to be built for speed: In 2004, they held all but five...
  • Threat Matrix: April 2008

    04/01/2008 8:13:21 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,366 replies · 5,737+ views
    Afghanistan to Ask NATO for Bigger Army Afghan officials will go to the NATO summit in Romania Thursday with a request: pay to increase our national Army by 40 percent. A bigger Army, Afghan officials argue, will allow the US and other coalition members to scale back in the coming years. This appeal comes amid pleas from the US and Canada for other NATO members to commit more to the Afghanistan mission, which many analysts say has floundered over the past year for lack of resources and a coherent strategy. France is expected to contribute another 1,000 forces and...
  • Pipe bomb parts found in Florida airport bag

    04/01/2008 4:06:25 PM PDT · by callisto · 19 replies · 365+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Apr 1, 2008 6:27pm EDT | Barbara Liston
    Components that potentially could be made into a pipe bomb were found in the luggage of a man preparing to fly from Orlando International Airport to Jamaica on Tuesday, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper said. The Transportation Security Administration confirmed only that "suspicious" items were found in a search of the man's luggage. FBI spokesman David Couvertier, whose agency is handling the case, said the items "generated a high level of concern," but he declined to confirm the newspaper's report that the suspicious items included "unassembled pipes with end caps, metal ball bearings and other potentially explosive materials." The man, whose...
  • Can [Prince Charles] bring peace to this Kingston ghetto? (Prince Charles plans project in Jamaica)

    03/08/2008 10:35:03 AM PST · by Lorianne · 9 replies · 397+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 8 2008 | Robert Booth
    It was Peace Day in Kingston but that meant nothing to Donny Hall's killers. Just before 4pm, the 20-year-old resident of Rose Town, one of the most violent places in Jamaica, was getting ready to join the Peace parade in the city's centre when he was murdered in a hail of 9mm bullets. Hall had planned to hand out T-shirts urging an end to the gang violence which has wrecked his community. Only in December gunmen blew his foot off in a shooting that killed a friend. Now, just minutes before this week's parade was due to start, the same...
  • Jamaica DXpedition 2007 is a GO!

    10/03/2007 1:27:10 PM PDT · by Rick.Donaldson · 120+ views
    Jamaica DXpedition 2007 - N0NJY and KB0IRW ^ | 3 October 2007 | Rick Donaldson
    Who: NØNJY/6Y5, KBØIRW/6Y5 (Rick and JoAnne Donaldson) What: Jamaica DXPedition When: 12-14 October 2007 Where: Runaway Bay, Jamaica, West Indies Why: For FUN! Island DXpedition (Celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and 18 years as hams radio operators together!) QSL: Home call (NØNJY) Operational Times: APPROXIMATELY 17ØØ-21ØØ UTC on Friday and Saturday, and 17ØØ-2ØØØ on Sun Frequency: Split frequency operation during operations hours on 14.19Ø +/-1Ø KHz, TX, Listening 14.2ØØ – 14.23Ø (+/- 1Ø KHz) Equipment: ICOM IC-735, Alinco Power Supply, Home brew antenna (Pictures on blog site for equipment) Blog site with much more information for comments, and QSL information...
  • Canada Sends New C-17 to Jamaica with Supplies for the Victims of Hurricane Dean

    08/24/2007 9:28:46 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 413+ views
    DND/Canadian Forces ^ | 2007-08-24 | (press release)
    News Release Canada Sends New C-17 to Jamaica with Supplies for the Victims of Hurricane Dean 2007-16 - August 23, 2007 TRENTON — Minister of International Cooperation Beverley Oda and Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency Peter Gordon MacKay were in Trenton today to oversee loading of relief items in Canada’s new C-17 for hurricane-affected communities in Jamaica. "By using our new C-17, Canada’s New Government is responding today to the humanitarian emergency in Jamaica with a large shipment of emergency aid supplies," said Minister Oda. "The 32 tons of supplies, such as tarps,...
  • Hurricane Dean Live Thread Part II

    08/19/2007 3:52:51 AM PDT · by NautiNurse · 904 replies · 36,109+ views
    NOAA/NHC ^ | August 19, 2007 | NOAA/NWS
    Extremely dangerous Hurricane Dean is moving west-northwest through the Caribbean Sea. The current NHC forecast track indicates Dean's powerful center core will pass just south of the southwestern peninsula of Haiti, and should skirt Jamaica's southern shoreline. The storm maintained strong Category 4 wind status through the night during an eyewall replacement cycle. However, the minimum pressure supports Category 5, and additional strengthening of winds is likely. Tourists in Jamaica crowded airports Saturday to leave the island nation. Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller addressed the Jamaican people, asking that everyone put aside their political differences and work together in...
  • Tracking Hurricane Dean on Google Earth

    08/18/2007 3:11:30 PM PDT · by JerseyHighlander · 50 replies · 2,989+ views
    graphoilogy.blogspot.com ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2007 | GraphOilogy bloggers
    Tracking Hurricane Dean on Google Earth Google Earth is a wonderful tool for the integration and visualization of different georeferenced datasets. With Hurricane Dean approaching the Gulf of Mexico, damage to the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas infrastructure is likely. Below, I give some useful Google Earth add-ons that will enable you to visualize the latest storm forecasts/imagery along with data about the Gulf of Mexico Oil&Gas production (click on the various links to install the individual tools or download this kmz file that will install a Hurricane folder in google Earth containing all the tools below): graphoilogy.blogspot.comShot at...
  • Gun control for Ja - UN will implement programme as safety measure ("Ja" is "Jamaica")

    07/01/2007 4:19:37 PM PDT · by snowsislander · 4 replies · 473+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner News ^ | June 23, 2007 | Ross Sheil, Staff Reporter
    With an election approaching and political tension threatening to spill over into violence in some inner-city communities, the United Nations (UN) is readying a gun-control programme for Jamaica. The programme is not deliberately coinciding with the election but is part of the UN's wider emphasis on security in Jamaica, stressed country representative Arturo Hein-Caceres, who has experience with arms control in Serbia-Montenegro. During the 1990s, that region was flooded with guns as a result of the Balkan conflict. To be run by the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC), the...
  • Fort Lauderdale church faces furor for starting gay congregation in Jamaica

    05/30/2007 8:10:06 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 717+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | May 29, 2007 | Alva James-Johnson
    The Rev. Grant Lynn Ford appeared on a recent Caribbean radio program hoping to improve relations between Jamaicans in South Florida and the gay and lesbian community. Instead, the pastor from Sunshine Cathedral, which recently started a gay and lesbian congregation in Jamaica, endured a hostile radio audience. Jamaican callers chastised him for promoting homosexuality in their country. One caller said Ford would get a bullet through his head if he set foot on the island.
  • Jamaica: Justice system going to the dogs ("almost in shambles")

    04/24/2007 12:32:48 PM PDT · by Stoat · 19 replies · 10,914+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | April 24, 2007 | Barbara Gayle
    Justice system going to the dogs published: Tuesday | April 24, 2007 Residents protesting outside the Mandeville Courthouse in Manchester last year. - Norman Grindley/Deputy Chief Photographer Barbara Gayle, Staff ReporterJAMAICA'S JUSTICE system is deteriorating fast; indeed, some would say it's almost in a shambles. Problems prevail from the Resident Magistrates' Courts to the Circuit Courts, from the Gun Court to the Coroner's Court, to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, from the jury service to essential support services.The system is being hamstrung by backlogs, staff shortages, the lack of up-to-date equipment and technologies and basic resources,...
  • UK police arrest Islamic cleric for soliciting to kill Jews

    02/19/2002 1:31:25 AM PST · by veronica · 33 replies · 1,259+ views
    Reuters/Haaretz Daily ^ | 2/19/02 | Staff Writer
    A London-based Muslim cleric was arrested by anti-terrorist officers on Monday amid allegations that he urged Muslims to kill Jews and non-believers, police sources said. Abdullah el-Faisal, 38, was seized by Scotland Yard's anti-terrorist branch officers in a dawn raid at his home in east London on Monday. Born in Jamaica and a convert to Islam, he had been touring Britain urging followers to kill Jews and non-believers, police said. Members of parliament had called for action to be taken against the cleric after it was reported that video tapes carrying his message were on sale in Islamic bookshops in ...
  • Home Without Hope: The Deportees Blamed For A Tropical Crime Wave

    04/02/2007 7:28:28 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 960+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-2-2007 | Rory Carroll
    Home without hope: the deportees blamed for a tropical crimewave They fly in on 'Con Air' to stony stares from officials, but a smile from one woman Rory Carroll in Kingston Monday April 2, 2007 The Guardian )UK) As the plane descended through tropical sky, and Caribbean surf gave way to Kingston's rooftops, lumps formed in the passengers' throats. After years or even decades away, they were back in Jamaica, the land of their birth. But if there were tears as the plane landed at Norman Manley airport, they were not of joy. Few if any of the 31 passengers...
  • Jamaican anger over slave trade (Bicentennial: Slave Trade Abolishment in the British Empire).

    03/28/2007 12:10:12 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 17 replies · 835+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, March 26, 2007 | Clive Myrie
    On a plantation just outside the Jamaican capital, Kingston, we watched workers with long machetes slice down towering stalks of sugar cane with industrial precision. Sugar is still harvested by hand, when it is too wet for machines The crop is only harvested by hand on modern plantations when it rains and today there is a steady drizzle. Usually machines do the graft. But for more than 300 years until the early 19th century the machines were African slaves. Men, women and children were overworked and brutalised. Cruelty and torture meant as many as a third of all slaves...
  • Islamism in the Caribbean? It may be worse than you think.

    07/17/2006 7:38:34 AM PDT · by connell · 5 replies · 411+ views
    The Miami terror plot is among several terror plots and attacks with links to the Caribbean – and Jamaica in particular. The British have “Londonistan.” Americans have a jihad hotspot of their own – the island-nations dotting their Caribbean backyard. Call it “Caribbeanistan.” In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the Middle East was widely presumed to be the main incubator for Islamic-inspired jihad. However, the Caribbean has emerged often enough in terrorism-related cases to suggest the region may have some pathologies of its own. The most recent example was the foiled Miami terror plot. Its seven plotters...
  • Blind cricketers secure historic victory for Jamaica (OF COURSE there's video)

    07/10/2006 9:22:34 PM PDT · by Stoat · 16 replies · 614+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | July 10, 2006
    Blind cricketers secure historic victory for Jamaica - Beat Barbados to win first ever regional tournament published: Monday | July 10, 2006 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): JAMAICA GOT an unbeaten half-century from Iroy Johnson and defeated hosts Barbados by five wickets to win the first ever West Indies Blind Cricket tournament yesterday.Playing at the Carlton Sports Club, Jamaica made 196 for five from 27.1 overs in reply to the Barbados total of 192 for seven from their allotted 35 overs. "It was worked out, it was planned, we just did to Barbados what had to be done to make us...
  • It Depends on the Definition of "Need" (Are men attracted to needy women?)

    07/04/2006 7:39:31 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 257 replies · 3,042+ views
    Yahoo discussion group ^ | 6-30-06 | Dear Margo Column
    "?DEAR MARGO: I am a 38-year-old successful female who is emotionally and financially secure. I have been told that I am very attractive and intimidate men. I would like to get married but am thought to be too independent"
  • HOOKER HELL (Bloomberg's New York...)

    07/10/2006 3:48:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 91 replies · 3,244+ views
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/06 | DOUGLAS MONTERO and PERRY CHIARAMONTE
    Newcomers to Hell's Kitchen, who pay top dollar to live in the hot neighborhood, are having a devil of a time dealing with a resurgence in some of the area's longtime inhabitants - prostitutes. The in-your-face, scantily clad night crawlers, who for years discreetly plied their wares from pimp-owned cars, are back to their pre-Giuliani days of streetwalking, traffic-stopping parades in front of flesh-hungry motorists, according to residents and community leaders. The Post recently spotted about a dozen of the hard-working, high-heeled hookers strutting up and down West 47th and 48th streets between Ninth and 11th avenues - not far...
  • Jamaica: Call for repeal of homosexual, prostitution laws

    06/25/2006 5:12:38 PM PDT · by Stoat · 10 replies · 1,712+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | June 26, 2006 | Dionne Rose
    Call for repeal of homosexual, prostitution laws published: Sunday | June 25, 2006 Dionne Rose, Parliamentary Reporter Nicholson (left) and Johnson (right)  PROFESSOR PETER Figueroa, vice-chairman of the National AIDS Committee wants laws on the books that criminalise prostitution and homosexual acts to be repealed. Dr. Figueroa made the recommendation while addressing the Joint Select Committee of Parliament considering the proposed Charter of Rights bill in Gordon House on Wednesday. "Criminal law prohibiting sexual acts including adultery, sodomy, fornication and commercial sexual encounters between consenting adults in private should be reviewed with the aim of repeal," he said. INTERNATIONAL...
  • AFRICAN ANCESTRAL ISLAND MAKES HEADS-UP HISTORY WITH WOMAN HEAD OF STATE

    05/21/2006 1:07:37 PM PDT · by Harry Belafonte · 4 replies · 245+ views
    exodusnews.com ^ | April 2006 | Carolyn Bennett
    Jamaica's Portia Simpson-Miller WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2006 AFRICAN ANCESTRAL ISLAND MAKES HEADS-UP HISTORY WITH WOMAN HEAD OF STATE By Carolyn Bennett As Bush’s lead woman was bowing to boos last week in Britain, a former British slave colony was cheering its history-making head of state. The BBC reported the new head of state saying “Jamaica should stop worrying about her gender and concentrate on the island’s problems.” A point well taken. But in the name of history and in light of “our” America’s backward trend, I need to think about Jamaica’s history-making woman Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. During the...
  • Chavez Says 'Empire's' Navy Doesn't Intimidate

    05/09/2006 2:27:33 PM PDT · by Leisler · 71 replies · 2,776+ views
    Watching America. ^ | May 7, 2006 | Paula van de Werken
    Could it be that Washington is trying to intimidate Venezuela with large-scale naval maneuvers in the Caribbean Sea? According to this article from Venezuela's Cadena Global, President Hugo Chavez said, 'We aren't afraid of the Paper Empire!,' and 'We are preparing ourselves' for America's attempt to 'enslave us.' During his Sunday "Hello President [Alo Presidente]" program, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez maintained that the purpose of the American military presence in the Caribbean is to "intimidate" his Government, and he warned that the "Bolivarian Revolution isn't afraid of the Empire." Chavez also announced that he would push forward a legal reform...
  • Jamaica: Creeping closer to anarchy

    03/09/2006 2:03:49 AM PST · by Stoat · 19 replies · 1,163+ views
    The Gleaner (Jamaica) ^ | March 9, 2006
    Creeping closer to anarchy published: Thursday | March 9, 2006 THE SEEMINGLY random slaughter of our people, including children in the full bloom of youth; the violent attacks on citizens from all walks of life across the length and breadth of Jamaica, and the apparent inability of the security forces to halt or even retard the rate of killings are raising public anxiety and the feeling that the society is moving closer to anarchy.In response to the various brutal attacks, we have collectively expressed anger and outrage, condemnation and denunciation, but until and unless the justice system is seen...
  • Where are the voters? - Electorial Office of Jamaica (EOJ) trying to locate 300,000 electors

    02/02/2006 3:25:07 AM PST · by Stoat · 10 replies · 1,637+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | February 2, 2006 | Tyrone Reid
    Where are the voters? - Electorial Office of Jamaica (EOJ) trying to locate 300,000 electors published: Thursday | February 2, 2006 Tyrone Reid, Staff Reporter Professor Errol Miller (right), chairman of the Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC), talks to journalists during an Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ)/EAC press briefing held yesterday at the EOJ's Old Hope Road office, while Linton Walters (centre), People's National Party representative to the committee, and Tom Tavares-Finson, Jamaica Labour Party representative, look on. - RUDOLPH BROWN/CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER THE ELECTORAL Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is experiencing difficulties in locating approximately 300,000 people on the voters' list...
  • Cop tried to eat $10,000 bribe, court told

    02/01/2006 10:37:46 PM PST · by Tyche · 6 replies · 239+ views
    Jamaica Observer ^ | Feb 02, 2006 | TK White
    CORPORAL Richard "Pampers" Simpson tried to swallow the $10,000 bribe he allegedly took from a taxi operator, when he was held in a sting operation last week, the court was told yesterday. The policeman, who was held on Constant Spring Road in Kingston, wrestled with officers from the Professional Standards Branch who had set up the operation to nab him and desperately tried to swallow the money reportedly paid to him by the taxi driver to release his vehicle. In a damning police report to the court yesterday, the investigating officer said while he wrestled with police who were trying...
  • Gun Control Lessons for Bloomberg

    01/09/2006 9:36:40 AM PST · by holymoly · 22 replies · 880+ views
    AEI ^ | January 9, 2006 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Mayor Bloomberg wants to take New York City's gun control regulations nationwide. At his swearing in ceremony earlier this month, Mr. Bloomberg announced his top priority for the next four years: a nationwide fight across America for more gun control, from Washington, D.C., to individual statehouses. The current push for more gun control stems from the tragic murders of two New York City police officers last year, following in the wake of two officers killed in 2003 and 2004. Mr. Bloomberg has long supported every gun regulation possible, even banning off-duty or retired police officers carrying guns near city hall....
  • Jamaica: Ganja and crime (shocking new suggestion that pot may be related to crime in some way)

    11/27/2005 7:24:36 PM PST · by Stoat · 278 replies · 3,676+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | November 27, 2005
    Ganja and crime published: Sunday | November 27, 2005 The scientific debate in Jamaica about the dangers of marijuana use is often obfuscated by a subtle cultural bias based in part on a support of Rastafarians who claim that the herb is a sacramental part of their religious practice, but also by years of its use in folk medicine. Now comes Dr. Winston De La Haye, director of the detoxification unit at the University Hospital of the West Indies and president of the Psychiatry Association of Jamaica, who believes that the use of ganja may well be a major...
  • Jamaica: A student who cannot spell 'cat'!(H.S. teacher exposes breathtaking extent of edu. crisis)

    11/24/2005 1:13:43 PM PST · by Stoat · 31 replies · 3,931+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | November 24, 2005
    LETTER OF THE DAY - A student who cannot spell 'cat'! published: Thursday | November 24, 2005 THE EDITOR, Sir: I AM writing this letter to you based on my experience. I am a teacher at an upgraded high school in Jamaica and I must say that we are making strides in CSEC passes and the performing arts. However, I am appalled from time to time by the kind of students who are entering the high school system.I met a student recently who could not spell the words, 'mother', 'cat' or her last name, albeit the name is a...
  • New Orleans looking to strengthen relations with Jamaica: Nagin visits as private guest

    11/21/2005 8:30:42 AM PST · by Ellesu · 53 replies · 1,452+ views
    jamaicaobserver.com ^ | 11/20/05 | MARK CUMMINGS
    MONTEGO BAY, St James - Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, says as his city rebuilds in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, it would be moving to strengthen economic ties with Jamaica. "As we look to rebuild New Orleans, we are also looking to rebuild relationships and the first place that we are looking to rebuild and strengthen relationships is Jamaica," said Nagin. The New Orleans mayor who is vacationing in the island with his wife Seletha and three children, at a private villa owned by Sandals chairman, Gordon 'Butch' Stewart, was speaking to reporters in Montego Bay at a...
  • Crime - the reason why Jamaicans emigrate (Emigres to USA cite safety and economy as main draws)

    11/13/2005 11:50:29 AM PST · by Stoat · 6 replies · 1,969+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | November 13, 2005 | Dionne Rose
    Crime - the reason why Jamaicans emigrate published: Sunday | November 13, 2005 - FILE Departing passengers with luggage at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Dionne Rose, Staff ReporterWITH MORE than 1,400 persons murdered since the year started, the country's crime problem seems to be emerging as one of the main reasons given by persons who have opted to migrate from Jamaica. Statistics from the Planning Institute of Jamaica's (PIOJ) Economic and Social Survey 2004 indicate a slight increase in the number of persons emigrating to Canada and the United Kingdom for the period 2003-2004. In 2003,...
  • Masked men rob priest in church

    10/28/2005 1:47:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 589+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 28, 2005
    Three masked men robbed a Catholic priest at gunpoint Wednesday night in the rectory of a Cambria Heights church, police and the priest said Thursday. The robbery occurred shortly after 9 p.m. when three young men -- wearing dark do-rags, hoodies and leather gloves -- rang the bell of the rectory of Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church on 222nd Street, police said. Receptionist Myrtelle Ernest, 17, who was waiting for her mother to pick her up, opened the door slightly and the gunmen forced their way in, police and the priest said. The robbers, who police described as...
  • Jamaica: Gang warfare shuts down Vauxhall High (And you thought crime was bad where you live?)

    09/20/2005 4:32:18 AM PDT · by Stoat · 15 replies · 3,311+ views
    The Jamaica Gleaner ^ | September 20, 2005 | Howard Campbell
    Gang warfare shuts down Vauxhall High published: Tuesday | September 20, 2005 Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer Angela Chaplin, principal of Vauxhall High School in east Kingston, talks with the Gleaner news team in an empty class room yesterday, following the closure of the institution because of security problems. - NORMAN GRINDLEY/DEPUTY CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER THE VAUXHALL High School in east Kingston was closed yesterday after teachers raised concerns over inadequate security with administrators.Angela Chaplin, the school's principal, told The Gleaner yesterday that the school will be re-opened today. The school's new term started on August 29. "They (teachers) decided to...
  • Qatar Offers $100 Million in Hurricane Aid

    09/04/2005 9:26:52 AM PDT · by billorites · 9 replies · 703+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | September 4, 2005
    Qatar pledged $100 million in humanitarian assistance Saturday to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina, heading a list of more than a dozen countries joining an outpouring of support. They added to the more than 50 countries who had made pledges by the end of the day Friday. ``In these difficult circumstances, the people and the government of the state of Qatar would like to assure the people of the United States of its support and desire to assist the people in the affected area along the United States Gulf Coast,'' said a statement from the oil-rich Persian Gulf state's...
  • Countries Pledge Hurricane Aid to U.S.

    09/03/2005 7:24:48 AM PDT · by kozachka · 18 replies · 1,141+ views
    AP ^ | Fri Sep 2 | BARRY SCHWEID, AP Diplomatic Writer
    In an accelerating drive, more than 50 countries have pledged money or other assistance to help Americans recover from Hurricane Katrina. Cuba and Venezuela have offered to help despite differences with Washington. Oil giant Saudi Arabia and small countries like Sri Lanka and Dominica are among the nations making pledges. "I hope that will remind Americans that we are all part of the same community," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Friday as offers kept pouring in. None has been turned down, Rice said at a news conference, disputing a report from Moscow that a Russian offer had been rejected....
  • 20 countries offer Katrina aid

    09/01/2005 3:38:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies · 1,559+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 2nd September 2005
    MORE than 20 countries, from allies Germany and Japan to prickly Venezuela and poor Honduras, have offered to help the United States cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Accustomed to being a rich donor rather than on the receiving end of charity, the United States initially seemed reticent about accepting foreign aid, but later said it would take up any offers. The hurricane devastated New Orleans and other parts of the US Gulf Coast, killing hundreds and possibly thousands. "Anything that can be of help to alleviate the tragic situation of the area affected by Hurricane Katrina will be...
  • Venezuela signs Jamaica oil deal

    08/25/2005 3:44:08 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 12 replies · 546+ views
    BBC ^ | August 24, 2005
    Venezuela will provide Jamaica with 22,000 barrels of oil a day Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has signed a deal with Jamaica to supply it with oil at preferential rates. Mr Chavez said his country, the world's fifth largest oil producer, was meeting the "call of conscience" by supplying cheap oil at a time of rising prices. The agreement is part of a regional Petrocaribe initiative - proposed by Mr Chavez - to which most of the Caribbean countries have signed up. Jamaica is the first to formalise its participation in the project. Venezuela has been discussing similar deals with many...
  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Visit Jamaica to Discuss Oil Deal

    08/22/2005 11:56:41 AM PDT · by M. Espinola · 13 replies · 525+ views
    Tampa Bay Online ^ | August 22nd, 2005 | Howard Campbell A P
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez will travel to Jamaica on Tuesday for a one-day visit to cement plans to supply cheaper oil to Caribbean countries, the island's Foreign Affairs Ministry said. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (R) and his Cuban counterpart Fidel Castro arrive at Chavez's weekly broadcast, 'Alo Presidente,' in Sandino near Pinar del Rio, Cuba August 21st, 2005. Chavez, accompanied by Castro, broadcasted live from Cuba during his 13th visit to Cuba since taking power in 1999. (Handout/Miraflores Palace) * Chavez and *Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson are expected to sign an accord finalizing the PetroCaribe...
  • Jamaican-born among UK suicide bombers

    07/15/2005 2:06:26 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 3 replies · 301+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner ^ | 07/15/05 | Ross Sheil and Claude Mills
    ...."No, I'm not surprised that a young Jamaican male may be involved. People don't understand the Koran but there are clear verses that instruct Muslims to destroy the opponents of Allah. The new radical Islam is spreading all over... and it is spreading all over the world so it is not surprising that a Jamaican may be involved, " Lloyd Cooke, a lecturer at the Jamaica Bible College in Mandeville, told The Gleaner yesterday. "Nationality has nothing to do with it, it has everything to do with conviction."
  • Willie Nelson To Release Reggae Album

    05/28/2005 8:32:29 PM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 14 replies · 670+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | May 28, 2005 | AP
    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) Country music icon Willie Nelson is trying something a little different. Nelson, 72, will release a long-awaited reggae album, "Countryman" in July. He shot video in Jamaica this month for a cover of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic "The Harder They Come" and Johnny and June Carter Cash's country music classic "I'm a Worried Man." "Willie started the project 10 years ago when he first came to Jamaica, but it's only been completed now," Mike Cacia, who worked on the album videos, said Thursday. Nelson, 72, began production on "Countryman" in 1995. The project was shelved when the...
  • [British] Commonwealth [countries] may renounce Queen Camilla - and the Crown

    03/23/2005 4:39:12 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 36 replies · 1,983+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 24, 2005 | By Richard Beeston, Roger Maynard and David Adams
    Some of the sovereign countries who have the monarch as Head of State ‘want out’ THE confusion triggered by the Prince of Wales’s marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles could precipitate a new wave of republicanism across Britain’s former colonies and jeopardise the future monarch’s chances of becoming head of the Commonwealth. As the debate rages over whether Mrs Parker Bowles will become Queen Camilla, the issue has caused deep concern among some of the 15 sovereign countries around the world who still recognise the British monarch as their head of state. Joel Kibazo, spokesman for the Commonwealth Secretariat, which is...
  • Sizzla Sentenced for Using Profanity

    02/03/2005 12:54:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 316+ views
    AP ^ | 2/3/5
    KINGSTON -- Popular reggae dancehall singer Sizzla was sentenced to 15 days in prison for using profanity during a Christmas Day performance. Sizzla, whose real name is Miguel Collins, began serving the prison term immediately after a court sentenced him Wednesday in Yallahs, just east of Kingston, the Jamaican capital.