|Posted by Vybz Queen on November 30, 2019 at 12:20 AM||comments (20)|
According to Loop News, a teacher who is employed to a school in St Elizabeth was charged for alleged sexual offences involving students. He was remanded in custody at his first court appearance earlier this week. The accused, 24-year-old Noel Tracey, was slapped with three counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years. He appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Tuesday, and was ordered to remain in the custody of the police until December 9. At that time, a bail application is expected to be made on his behalf. It is alleged that investigators from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) received complaints alleging that the teacher sexually assaulted a number of students at the school in question. Following a probe by the police, the educator was taken into custody and subsequently charged.
What is truly happening in society today? Teachers seem to be grabbing up the headlines and not for good reasons. What is the definition of a teacher? In my opinion teachers should be parents away from the home. They should protect students and love and care for them as their own, not use and abuse them. The fact that this teacher had sexual relations with multiple students is despicable. He should never be allowed to teach again and they should ensure that he is not given bail but instead slated to remain in jail for years.
Those poor young girls need counseling and they need to be taught that what happened is not okay. Many times young girls believe it's okay to be approached by older men but it has disastrous long term effects. Effects they cannot even begin to understand. It is such a good thing that he was caught when he was and three counts means that at least three females have been identified and there could be more. This is something I believe should receive huge media attention. This man has defiled his position as a teacher. I hope he does not see the outside of a jail cell for a very long time.
What is your opinion of this disgusting situation?
|Posted by Vybz Queen on November 22, 2019 at 11:45 AM||comments (21)|
In this day and age, life is so fragile. Below is an article taken from Loop News reporting on a teacher and student who had an argument during class. The altercation was captured on video. I believe we are living in some very serious times and the teacher was right to behave in the manner that she did as students these days are carrying weapons to school and they are not hestitant to use those same weapons on teachers and other students.
The article begins here.
Officials at a St Andrew-based high school have launched an investigation into an incident that was captured on video showing a female teacher and a student arguing to the point where the teacher told the student that she was not afraid to ’murder’ him if the student was brazen enough to approach her in a physical confrontation.
The incident unfolded on Thursday of this week.
The three-minute video carries audio of a male student from the school threatening a female student who was having a conversation with the teacher in a classroom.
The teacher, who appeared annoyed with the male student whom she accused of shouting at her, instructed that the student should remain quiet, and that was when things started going downhill, as the student went toe-to-toe with the teacher.
“Don’t shout at me. Mi look like yuh mumma!” the teacher snapped at the offending student who was insisting that the teacher was telling lies on him.
The student responded by asking the teacher if she was telling him about his mother.
At that point the argument descended into an all-out verbal warfare, with the teacher asking the student if he is a ‘handicap’, suggesting that he should understand that there is a difference between being asked if he thought she was his mother, and being told about his mother.
“Did I tell you about your mother?” asked the teacher.
During the argument, the teacher was heard issuing several threats of doing physical harm to the student, with even emphasis that the threats represented a “promise”, not just a threat, and he could report it to the police if he so desired.
“Mi wi kill you in yah eno; my head no nice,” the teacher is heard saying.
The principal of the school told Loop News that he was aware of the incident, and it is being investigated.
The video has triggered a storm of reactions from social media users, with some saying the teacher was disrespectful, but other users said while it was a bit aggressive on her part in view of violent altercations between teachers and students in the past, some educators have had to become more aggressive in some school environments as a means of protecting themselves.
“We have heard about cases in the past where students threaten and harm teachers and what we are seeing here is a frustrated teacher who has reached breaking point and has decided that she will not be victimised by an unruly student,” one social media user said in support of the educator.
On the other hand, a social media user insisted that the teacher went out of line when she spoke to the student in the manner that she did.
The article ends here.
The teacher could easily have become the victim of a stabbing or some other injury. She rightfully defended herself. The students involved should be suspended or worse expelled. What do you think of this incident? Was the teacher out of line? I will say she did go a bit overboard and it seems that possibly she is dealing with some personal issues or just fed up with the students as she came across a tad unhinged in her verbal assault. What do you make of this ordeal?
|Posted by Vybz Queen on November 15, 2019 at 11:55 AM||comments (20)|
On Monday, October 28th devastation struck at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston. A garbage truck doing collection on the school grounds at about 4:30 pm was left unattended which resulted in it running off and slamming into a wall before overturning and crushing seven-year-old Clan Carthy Primary School student, Benjamin Bair. Sadly Benjamin was killed on the spot and two other students were injured. A Toyota Probox motorcar was also crushed by the impact of the garbage truck falling over. The incident caused shock and anger nationwide. Authorities spent hours into the evening trying to lift the truck with the use of a crane and other heavy-duty equipment.
The driver of the truck fled the scene after the incident and police were unable to identify him. Shortly after, the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) issued a statement expressing their grief over the freak incident. The NSWMA stated that it is “deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts, deepest sympathy and prayers are extended to the parents, members of the school community, and friends of the deceased.” They noted that the garbage truck “is not owned by or currently contracted to the NSWMA. However, our Senior Team at MPM Waste Management Limited have been dispatched since the incident, and are on location offering moral support.” Executive Director of the NSWMA, Audley Gordon stated: “I am deeply saddened by this news. I know it’s a very painful and difficult time for the family and school community, and I want to convey sincere sympathies and condolences to them.”
Many school personnel and students along with parents were stricken with grief. Teachers of the institution openly displayed their pain and the principal fought hard to hold back his tears but he was unable to. Minister with responsibility for education, Karl Samuda, Opposition Leader, Dr. Peter Phillips, and South East St Andrew MP, Julian Robinson visited the school to offer their condolences and support after the tragic incident.
Reports from the Elletson Road police in Kingston are that on Friday, November 1, at about 6.30 pm, the driver of the truck turned himself into police. He is Alten Brooks, 52, of Nine Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew. He has now subsequently been charged with manslaughter. He is slated to appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Friday, November 15.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and teachers of Benjamin. I cannot imagine the pain they are going through as I have small children of my own. It must be unbearable. In the case of the driver, he should not have fled the scene after the incident, Yes he must have been terrified and scared due to the gravity of the situation at hand but a child was killed due to his negligence. Why did he leave the truck unattended? And the school authorities must be held accountable as well. How did this happen? Why was a truck allowed on school ground while children were present? Why were there no teachers supervising the children to ensure that they were not allowed anywhere close to the truck if it had to be on the ground at those hours?
There are so many questions that I have that I need to have answered. I am enraged! I hope this isn't something that we merely push under the rug as a country. We need to look into all sides of this including the NSWMA. If it isn't their truck then whose is it? Who gets held accountable for everything leading up to this incident? And the driver should definitely be given a life sentence for not only killing that little boy but for fleeing the scene.
What are your thoughts on this tragic incident?
|Posted by Vybz Queen on November 8, 2019 at 11:25 AM||comments (20)|
Wi little but wi tallawah! A photo has been circulating for the past couple days illustrating the incredible fact that the island’s stock market was the best performing stock exchange in the world in 2018. That is truly amazing! It is the second time we have acheived this feat, as we previously did so back in 2015. Can you imagine being a third world country and being the number one stock market in the world!!!This speaks volumes but the big question is why are we still a third world country? Why are so many people living below the poverty line? Is it a case of the rich getting richer while the poor get poorer?
A lot of Jamaicans are soley focused on going to school to get an education but we need to be enlightened. There are so many job and business opportunities out there for entrepreneurs. You can make so much money working from home. A lot of individuals need to take the time to conceptualize business ideas to be their own boss. We all have the potential to rise above working the regular 9-5 and we can all break free from call centers and other mediocre job positions. Now I don't look down on any job, every single job in the world is important. However, so many of us feel imprisoned in our job situations and can barely make ends meet.
We need to open our minds and broaden our horizons and look online for work opportunities. Look to forex trading and stocks. Look to opening our own businesses. We can capitalize on what we already have. And those at the top need to share the wealth, they need to inform others of these means of making money. We don't all have to go through years of school. We don't all have to be lawyers, doctors, teachers, nurses etc. We can look to being computer programmers, engineers, blog managers, journalists, CEOs.
This is an excerpt from the article on us topping the stock exchange, taken from Loop News:
The Jamaican flag flew alongside that of the United States on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) building Wednesday, in tribute to the island’s stock market being the best performing stock exchange in the world in 2018. It was the second time in four years that the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) was being recognised as the number one performing stock exchange globally, having also achieved the feat in 2015. "This is a great achievement for our small island," said Prime Minister Andrew Holness in a social media post Thursday about the accomplishment. In October, an article on reputed business publication Bloomberg’s website, under the headline “Jamaica’s World-Beating 233% Stock Rally Continues Full Steam”, speaks to the island’s spectacular stock market rally as the best of the last five years.
Despite a recent dip, Jamaica’s J$1.5 trillion (US$11 billion) stock exchange is the best-performing of 94 bourses tracked by Bloomberg over the past 12 months, gaining 35 per cent. Total gains over the past five years come to more than 600 per cent — again, the world’s best performance. As at Wednesday, JSE's market capitalization for its combined market (Junior and Main) was J$2 trillion, which is equivalent to US$14.19 billion. The Exchange has 84 companies with 119 securities listed. The JSE is ranked 60th in size globally, but in 2018 the nation’s main index rose 29 per cent in US dollar terms, the most among 94 national benchmarks tracked by Bloomberg. Indeed, for the five years between 2015 and 2018, the JSE has outperformed most global exchanges.
Between 2015 and 2018, Jamaican stocks surged almost 300 per cent, more than quadrupling the next-best-performing national benchmark and septupling the S&P 500’s advance. Speaking on Bloomberg TV, JSE head Marlene Street Forrest told interviewers that the JSE's success is linked to the economy and optimism among business people. The Exchange, itself, she stated has executed training in company governance. “We have been putting in the hard work for the companies to do well and it has been paying dividends,” she commented. Asked about the limited number of exchange traded funds present, she said that these were in development, with a new ETF listed already and more to come.
The JSE head explained that the exchange had earlier this year created two new indices, the financial index and the manufacturing and distribution index in expectation of more exchange traded funds. Street-Forrest, also commenting on overseas response in the Jamaican market, said this was on the rise, “moreso, when you look at how companies are performing they are doing well. There is dividend pay out and stock price appreciation.” Among the top performing companies on the JSE in 2019 are Barita, which has climbed 410 per cent. Other major climbers include Radio Jamaica. Street-Forrest noted finance and manufacturing among the sectors thatare doing well. "And on the Junior Market, companies from all sectors are coming in to be listed on the Exchange," she said. Asked about market diversification, she commented that the JSE had not “cherry picked companies by type".
"We actually went out to companies and said, ‘why not look to equity capital instead of debt? Many companies were afraid of doing that. They thought they would immediately lose the company. But with our regulation, they will still have 80 per cent of the company,” Street Forrest said. She concluded, “We put on a programme about access to equity capital and we went out. It was more order making than order taking.”
It ends here.
Unfortunately many will never even know that these possibilites exist. What do you make of all this? Share with me in the comments below.
|Posted by Vybz Queen on November 1, 2019 at 10:15 AM||comments (20)|
Warning this video is graphic as it shows the retrieval of a baby from a pit latrine.
I do not know what is happening in this country and I am at a loss for words. A newborn baby was found in a pit latrine last week in St Mary and now another has been located in St Ann. What is wrong with these women? How can you carry a child for nine months to merely throw them away after giving birth? The babies could have been left at the hospital or a church. Somewhere safe, not in filth. So many women are unable to conceive. I believe these women need to be locked up in mental facilities. Read below for articles covering the stories.
This article was taken from Loop News: The St Mary police have not yet charged the mother whose infant child was dumped in a pit latrine in Cox Piece, St Mary last Wednesday. The woman in question is reportedly still hospitalised. "The file will have to go to the DPP for ruling first before any charges can be laid, and we haven't received an update from the St Mary police in regard to that yet," a representative of the Corporate Communication Unit told Loop News reporter, Claude Mills.
The child is said to be in stable condition at the St Ann's Bay Hospital. Media reports indicated that health officials theorised that the mother gave birth on Wednesday night and then dumped the baby into the latrine. Residents indicated that they heard cries coming from the toilet around 8 pm on Wednesday, and quickly discovered the child but were not able to retrieve the baby until Thursday morning. The article ends here.
This article was taken from the Jamaica Gleaner: The St Ann police are searching for a mother who allegedly dumped her newborn into a pit latrine in Esson Castle district, near Alexandria and ran away. The infant girl is now at the St Ann's Bay Regional Hospital. Following the discovery of a newborn in a pit latrine in Cox Piece, St Mary last week, the incident has left several residents angry. Commander for St Ann Senior Superintendent, Calvin Small said the police were called around 8 o'clock Wednesday night and, acting on information, went to a house in the community where they saw a woman.
"They spoke to her and as a result, they went to a pit toilet located in the yard where they saw traces of blood. When they looked in the toilet they saw the child," Small said. The St Ann's Bay fire department was contacted to help retrieve the baby. "During the process of the police trying to retrieve the baby, she left the scene. So they are in the process of trying to locate her," Small disclosed. A resident told The Gleaner that the mother reported that she went to use the pit latrine and she went into labour. The police indicated that the Child Protection and Family Services Agency has been contacted about the matter.
Meanwhile, a woman who spoke with The Gleaner upon hearing about a second case where a newborn was found in a pit latrine said she was deeply disturbed. "Again? What a cruel act! And contraceptive free? It free! Tek it! If yuh know yuh can't tek care of a baby, and yuh wah fi have sex, tek contraceptive. Jesus help us!" she exclaimed. Last week, in St Mary, a newborn, now dubbed Moses, was retrieved from a pit latrine and taken to the St Ann???s Bay Regional Hospital where he remains. The article ends here.
I am in shock at these occurances. Share your thoughts in the comments below.
|Posted by Vybz Queen on October 25, 2019 at 1:55 AM||comments (20)|
As taken from The Jamaican Star:
Persons with voter ID cards that were issued before 2016 will have to visit Electoral Office of Jamaica offices to renew their cards. However, persons with cards issued between 2016 and 2019 do not have to visit an EOJ Office, as their cards will be reprinted and they will be notified when ready.
The renewal exercise will begin November 4.
The new identification cards will be the standard wallet-sized cards and will have a lifespan of at least 10 years. Theisea Allison, assistant director of elections in charge of information systems, said the new cards will be tamper-proof.
“Design and security of the new cards are comparable to the specification standards of a national identification card. The security features are designed within the artwork of the cards. Those features are resistant to counterfeit alterations and other photo substitutions,” Allison said.
"The preprinted cards will be produced by security printers overseas. What we will do in Jamaica is the personalisation, so your name and address will be added. These are cards that are similar to the cards used for the Canadian Permanent Residency and the United States [of America] Green Card. That’s the standard we use for these new cards,” she said.
The article ends here.
I find this very interesting. This process had stopped to facilitate the new ID system that were introducing. So many people had an issue with its implementation stating that it was the mark of the beast and a violation of privacy. We have yet to see them roll it out but this is great news for many Jamaicans. It is uncertain if it has been delayed indefinitely or if it is still on the fast track to becoming a real thing.
But it is a huge positive that persons can now renew their Voter IDs. It is also pretty nice that we can expect huge upgrades that are more aligned with first world countries. The lifespan of the card is also a nice touch. 10 years is a reasonable amount of time. It has not been made public the cost of the design and security upgrades but I am sure it cost quite a great deal, however, it is a good investment for the growth of Jamaica. We are on the path to becoming a more stable economic countryand I am hoping that one day in the not too far off future I can see Jamaica reach first world status.
What do you think of the new cards and whole situation with the new ID system? Share with me in the comments below.