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  • Jamaica's Bloody Lesson On Guns

    05/25/2010 6:23:47 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 16 replies · 1,014+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 25, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    Do gun bans really stop criminals from getting guns? Americans need not look no further than the massive gun battle with armed gangs fighting police and soldiers that took place in Kingston, Jamaica today. At least 30 people were killed in the fighting. It is a huge number for a small island nation of fewer than 3 million people, but unfortunately murder is so common in Jamaica that these murders won't even be noticed in the annual crime numbers. With Chicago's Mayor Daley again claiming that a gun ban is necessary to keep Chicagoans safe, Jamaica and other countries with...
  • Emergency declared in Jamaica

    05/24/2010 12:12:06 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 714+ views
    upi. ^ | May 23
    KINGSTON, Jamaica,The Jamaican government Sunday declared a state of public emergency in the parishes of Kingston and St. Andrew in response to gang attacks on police stations. The attacks were carried out by supporters of Christopher Coke, a gang leader who is in hiding from authorities as he faces weapons and narcotics charges in the United States, The New York Times reported. Prime Minister Bruce Golding summoned an emergency meeting of the Cabinet Sunday afternoon on the advice of Jamaican security forces, and the Cabinet decided to declare the state of emergency, the government said in a statement posted on...
  • State of emergency declared in Jamaican capital

    05/23/2010 8:15:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 25 replies · 1,056+ views
    The Times ^ | 5/24/2010
    Jamaican authorities placed Kingston under a state of emergency and urged people to leave the city’s roughest neighbourhoods overnight, as police clashed with armed gangs over the possible extradition of a drug suspect to the United States. A police officer and a civilian were wounded by gunfire in street clashes and three police stations came under attack in the city, while women and children were told to evacuate. One police station was set ablaze after police abandoned it ran out of bullets, police said. Authorities alleged that gunmen from various communities across the Caribbean country of 2.8 million had joined...
  • Jamaicans battle over alleged drug lord

    05/23/2010 4:04:51 PM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 10 replies · 592+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 23, 2010 (55 min ago) | msnbc.com news services
    KINGSTON, Jamaica - Jamaica's government declared a state of emergency in parts of its capital city Kingston Sunday after shooting and firebomb attacks on police stations by supporters of an alleged drug lord who faces extradition to the United States. The emergency covered the West Kingston and St. Andrews districts of the capital where gunmen fired on two police stations and set fire to another. At least one policeman was injured. Kingston police on Sunday urged Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who the government is seeking under a U.S. extradition request, even as tension grew behind barricades erected by his supporters to...
  • Obeah fire in Awful Gully? Mysterious blaze

    05/14/2010 11:03:19 AM PDT · by Shermy · 4 replies · 271+ views
    Jamaica Observer ^ | May 14, 2010 | Horace Hines
    AWFUL GULLY, St James — The St James division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade has approached the St James police for forensic assistance to determine the cause of mysterious, sporadic outbreaks of fire, which have, since last Wednesday, been torching houses and furniture belonging to members of a family located here on a parcel of land. “We have not been able to determine the cause of the fires. We have asked the police to assist with their forensic technology,” a resident said. According to the man, who identified himself as Mr Doeman, firefighters have been summoned to battle the strange...
  • Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder

    03/14/2010 12:42:18 AM PST · by Cindy · 16 replies · 1,291+ views
    ICE.gov - News Release ^ | March 10, 2010 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: March 10, 2010 Queens MS-13 gang leader sentenced to life in prison for racketeering and murder NEW YORK - The leader of a Queens chapter of the international street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, more commonly known as "MS-13," was sentenced March 10 to life imprisonment for racketeering conspiracy, including the acts of murder and attempted murder; murder in-aid-of-racketeering; and using a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. A federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Amilcar Gomez, 26, on April 3, 2009, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with...
  • Drug violence sends Caribbean murder rates soaring

    01/04/2010 6:36:38 AM PST · by rrstar96 · 22 replies · 959+ views
    Nola.com ^ | January 1, 2010 | Associated Press
    (AP) — SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Caribbean islands battling drug-fueled crime had one of their bloodiest years on record in 2009, with Jamaica, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico hitting or coming close to all-time highs for homicides. The violence reflects the drug trade's deep entrenchment in the region, with high murder rates becoming a fact of life at tourist havens that traffickers use as transit points for South American drugs bound for Europe and the United States. In countries including the Bahamas, which set a record with more than 82 slayings, officials say they are contending with turf battles...
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES STATEMENT REGARDING FLIGHT 331 Release #2

    12/23/2009 3:08:35 AM PST · by Entrepreneur · 17 replies · 2,546+ views
    FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, December 22, 2009, American Airlines Flight 331, a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, overran the runway on landing at Kingston, Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport. The flight originated out of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, operated into Miami International Airport, and then operated into Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport. Preliminary reports indicate there are no critical injuries. The aircraft was carrying 148 passengers and a crew of six. "The care of our passengers and crew members is our highest priority and we will offer all the assistance necessary," said Gerard Arpey, American's Chairman...
  • PLANE CRASH AT KINGSTON'S NORMAN MANLEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    12/23/2009 4:19:38 AM PST · by SoftwareEngineer · 16 replies · 2,118+ views
    The Jamaica Observer ^ | 12/23/2009 | Software Engineer
    Forty passengers were reported injured when an American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10:00 last night. "The injured passengers have been taken to the Kingston Public Hospital," Information Minister Daryl Vaz told the Observer. "There are no reports of fatalities." Vaz, Transport and Works Minister Mike Henry and National Security Minister Dwight Nelson were quick on the scene and engaged in a head count from the passenger manifest to determine if anyone was missing. An injured American Airlines flight 331 passenger is being pushed in a...
  • American Airlines Plane Crashes at Kingston, Jamaica Airport

    12/22/2009 9:05:01 PM PST · by AtlasStalled · 69 replies · 5,894+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/23/09 | Fox News
    An American Airlines plane crashed and broke in two after landing at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday, according to local reports. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Details were not immediately available, however, passengers on the plane told local media that flight 331 had just arrived from Miami in pouring rain when the accident occurred. The flight apparently originated in Washington, D.C.
  • Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba...

    06/05/2009 4:00:39 PM PDT · by Cindy · 26 replies · 1,260+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Former State Department Official and Wife Arrested for Serving as Illegal Agents of Cuba for Nearly 30 Years Couple Allegedly Conspired to Provide Classified Information to Cuban Government A former State Department official and his wife have been arrested on charges of serving as illegal agents of the Cuban government for nearly 30 years and conspiring to provide classified U.S. information to the Cuban government. The arrests were announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Channing D. Phillips, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia; Joseph Persichini, Jr.,...
  • Jamaica vs. Singapore (in 1965, both were equal in wealth, today one is richer than the other)

    11/19/2009 7:55:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 5,547+ views
    The American ^ | 11/19/2009 | Josh Lerner
    In 1965 the two nations were equal in wealth. Four decades later, their standing was dramatically different. What accounts for the difference? Silicon Valley, Singapore, Tel Aviv—the global hubs of entrepreneurial activity all bear the marks of government investment. Yet, for every successful public intervention spurring entrepreneurial activity, there are many failed efforts, wasting untold billions in taxpayer dollars. When has governmental sponsorship succeeded in boosting growth, and when has it fallen terribly short? Should the government be involved in such undertakings at all? These issues are particularly timely, given the many billions of dollars governments spend worldwide to prop...
  • Bolt shatters 100-meter world record[9.58]

    08/16/2009 6:05:22 PM PDT · by BGHater · 6 replies · 722+ views
    AP ^ | 16 Aug 2009 | PAT GRAHAM
    Usain Bolt crossed the finish line, saw his record-setting time on the clock and spread his arms as if he were soaring like a bird. About all this guy can’t do is fly. And by saving his celebration until after the finish line this time, he showed how fast a man really can go on two feet. The Jamaican shattered the world record again Sunday, running 100 meters in 9.58 seconds at the world championships to turn his much-anticipated race against Tyson Gay into a one-man show. That was 0.11 seconds faster than the mark he set last year at...
  • Warden Message: Increased Crime, Jamaica

    08/10/2009 7:12:51 PM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 463+ views
    OSAC.gov ^ | August 7, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: YOU ARE HERE: Home > Reports > Consular Affairs Bulletins > Report Warden Message: Increased Crime, Jamaica CONSULAR AFFAIRS BULLETINS Americas - Jamaica 7 Aug 2009 WARDEN MESSAGE: JAMAICA SECURITY CONCERNS U.S. Embassy Kingston issued the following Warden Message on August 7, 2009: The U.S. Embassy in Kingston is issuing this Warden Message to alert U.S. citizens in Jamaica to an increase in armed robbery, break-ins, and larceny on the island as a whole and, in particular, the New Kingston area in the capital. The Embassy also reminds U.S. citizens of the crime...
  • Shoe bomber trusts in Allah

    07/31/2007 3:50:37 PM PDT · by indcons · 21 replies · 725+ views
    UPI ^ | July 31 | UPI
    LONDON, July 31 (UPI) -- Letters from convicted "shoe bomber" Richard Reid from a super-max prison in the United States include lectures to his father about Islam and dreams of freedom. The Mirror, a British newspaper, reported that it had an exclusive look at Reid's letters to his father, Robin Reid, a Jamaican-born recovering drug addict living in a London homeless shelter. Reid berates his father for a letter telling him that his aunt, Madeleine, who brought Reid up while Robin Reid was in prison, had died and was "in a better place." "What you wrote about Aunt Lynn being...
  • Jamaica's most wanted captured in US

    06/12/2009 9:50:33 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 2 replies · 585+ views
    Jamaica Gleaner News ^ | June 12, 2009
    One of the country's most-wanted men is now in custody in the United States after being arrested in Miami. St James gangster Omar Oneil Lewis, better known as 'King Evil', was held by members of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) team and the Lauderhill Police Department after an extensive investigation. King Evil was added to the local police most-wanted list after he was implicated in the June 2008 murder of Richard Reid in a nightclub in Montego Bay, St James. The 33-year-old is accused of stabbing Reid multiple times. He is also linked to several other violent...
  • Not just Mexico anymore: Congressman Eliot Engel expands the '90%' meme to Jamaica

    05/15/2009 6:09:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies · 834+ views
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 May, 2009 | Kurt Hofmann
    I've mentioned Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) before, regarding his letter to President Obama, urging him to impose an executive order banning the importation of so-called "assault weapons." Here's Engel's justification for taking that course of action: Over 90% of firearms confiscated yearly in Mexico orginate in the United States. In other words, although the supposed exportation of firearms was cited as the problem, the banning of their importation was offered as the solution. Even ignoring that strange bit of "logic," a major problem with that idea (beyond, of course, the fact that criminal misuse of smuggled firearms in other countries...
  • Clinton: US Losing Influence To China Because Of Slow International Aid

    04/23/2009 9:18:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies · 1,193+ views
    AFP ^ | April 23, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AFP)--The United States risks losing influence to China because it is too slow to deliver aid to needy nations, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Thursday. Speaking to a congressional committee, Clinton cited the example of an emergency deal signed by China last month to help bail Jamaica out of its financial crisis. "They (Jamaica) have just signed a memorandum of understanding with China...and now they have got a government-to-government relationship with China," Clinton said. "We have to be sure we have in place the safeguards so that the money goes where we intend it to go," Clinton told...
  • Intelligence Report: Iran Will Use Latin America to Attack US, Israel

    04/20/2009 3:28:31 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 22 replies · 1,906+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Published: 04/20/09, 2:06 PM | by Malkah Fleisher
    Just two days after US President Barack Hussein Obama shared a controversial and landmark handshake with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez at the Summit of the Americas, the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center has released a study analyzing the flowering alliance between the increasingly anti-Western Latin America and the virulently anti-Israel Iran. The study was conducted at the Israel Intelligence Heritage & Commemoration Center (IICC), a non-governmental organization dedicated to Israeli intelligence and terrorism issues. According to the study, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is using anti-Western Hugo Chavez as a springboard into several Latin American countries, such as Bolivia, Nicaragua, and...
  • Hostages held at Jamaica airport

    04/19/2009 11:03:59 PM PDT · by prisoner6 · 54 replies · 4,455+ views
    CNN ^ | 04/20/09 | CNN
    <p>CNN) -- Passengers were reportedly taken hostage on a charter flight at a Jamaican airport.</p> <p>They were boarding the CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late Sunday when the security breach occurred, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the airport.</p>
  • 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...