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Mauled

Posted on November 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (11)


Did anyone catch the scoop on Mickele Allen, the five-year-old boy who was attacked and mauled by a pack of dogs in St D'Acre, St Ann on Sunday? I don't know about you but I was enranged to thik that a child so young could have been killed so viciously. What prompted the attack?  Why were the dogs able to reach this boy who was making his way to the shop as easily as they did? What will become of the owners of these animals? Reports have stated that,  Mickele had been bitten all over his body, including his head and only regained conciousness on Monday and both he and his mother have since been flown to the US on Friday November 20th by a group of Jamaicans for, Mickele to undergo emergemncy surgery at the Montefiore Hospital in New York on Saturday November 21st. 


COVID-19

Posted on July 5, 2020 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (2)


Hey peeps!! We're back and just wanted to get your take on the infamous pandemic and how it has affected you. We have had to deal with the effects of this pandemic for the greater part almost 1 year now with no apparent end in sight for the short-term. We've all had to make adjustments to our daily lives because of it, whether volentarily or involentarily. The effects of this pandemic has caused some us frustration, grief, pain and heart-ache. While for others it has brought the onset of a new dawn with changes that are considered to be more postive than negative, fast-tracking changes that should have been put into focus but had been put on the backburner or opening up areas of oppurtunity and growth. How has this pandemic changed things for you, for the country or for the world? We'd like to know how you feel. So share your view your way.

Trump Impeached for Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (21)


It is official, after years of being the United States' most controversial president, with some refusing to even acknowledge him as the president...Donald Trump has been impeached. The House of Representatives recently approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. This makes him the third president in history to face removal by the Senate. President Trump was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump's reign has been plagued with very questionable behavior on his part and his complete and total lack of decency. Trump has continually taken to social media to berate and bash everything and everyone instead of as a president should, remain professional. He has exhibited a terrifying racist personality and has made grave and drastic decisions that have impacted the Americans negatively.

 

According to reports by the New York Times, "Only two Democrats opposed the article on abuse of power, which alleged that President Trump corruptly utilized the levers of government to solicit election assistance from Ukraine in the form of investigations to discredit his Democratic political rivals. Republicans were united in opposition. It passed 230 to 197, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi gaveling the vote to a close from the House rostrum. On the second charge, obstruction of Congress, a third Democrat joined Republicans in opposition. The vote was 229 to 198."

 

Following the impeachment, a trial has been set for early 2020. This trial will take place in the Senate as they will have the final say on whether to acquit the 45th president or convict and remove him from office. Persons on social media are begging for him to be removed altogether but remain excited that he has even been impeached, to begin with. It is a possibility for him to be acquitted but this will follow him for the rest of his life. So disastrous was his time served that many are desperate for relief. President Trump's reputation has been forever tarnished.

 

In true Trump fashion, instead of taking his L and showing remorse or even being willing to resign as his predecessors have done in the face of impeachment, he took to Twitter in a rage and sent out multiple angry tweets. “SUCH ATROCIOUS LIES BY THE RADICAL LEFT, DO NOTHING DEMOCRATS,” the president wrote. He continued, “THIS IS AN ASSAULT ON AMERICA, AND AN ASSAULT ON THE REPUBLICAN PARTY!!!!”

 

He later added, “I’m not worried. You don’t do anything wrong and you get impeached. That may be a record that will last forever.”

“But you know what they have done?” he said of Democrats. “They have cheapened the impeachment process.” Senators, he added, “are going to do the right thing.”

 

The nail in the coffin for President Trump’s presidency centered around a half-hour phone call that he made in July. During the call he pressured Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats at the same time he was withholding nearly $400 million in vital military assistance for the country and a White House meeting.

 

According to reports, "Congress learned about the call after an anonymous C.I.A. official lodged a whistle-blower complaint in August. When Congress sought to investigate, the president ordered his administration to defy its every request, leading to what the House said Wednesday was a violation of the separation of powers and a de facto assertion by Mr. Trump that he was above the law."

 

Many believed that Trump would have never secured the oval office, but he did. Now he faces being thrown out. What do you make of this situation? Are you happy he has been impeached or are you a strong Trump supporter?

 

Jamaica's Toni-Ann Singh Wins Miss World 2019!!

Posted on December 20, 2019 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (21)


The 69th annual Miss World competition was recently held at the Excel center in London on Saturday, Dec 14, 2019. Jamaicans stand proud as Toni- Ann Singh was victorious in her mission as she was crowned Miss World 2019. The beautiful and graceful young lady hails from the parish of St Thomas and at only 23 years of age, she bested a whopping 110 competitors from around the world to be crowned champion. Jamaicans all over the island sat in awe as the talented young woman won the hearts of women and men all over the world. Her performance and elegance was second to none. She captivated us from the very beginning. Toni- Ann Singh is the fourth Jamaican to be crowned Miss World and the first since Lisa Hanna took home the title in many years ago in 1993. Other winners include Carole Joan Crawford in 1963 and Cindy Breakspeare in 1976. It is such an honor to be dubbed Miss World and Toni-Ann is so very deserving.

 

After a show-stopping rendition of Whitney Houston’s "I Have Nothing" Toni- Ann was for sure in the top numbers and gunning for the number one spot. Her voice was filled with emotion and passion. So good was her performance that the host informed her that she could easily win a singing competition such as American Idol or The Voice. She later advanced to the top five, sharing the stage with Miss Nigeria Nyekachi Douglas, Miss Brazil Elis Coelho, Miss India Suman Ratan Singh Rao, and Miss France Ophely Mezino. Upon the announcement of her win, Miss Nigeria screamed with such a beautiful energy you would have thought she was the victor, but no it was none other than our Jamaican sweetheart, Toni-Ann. Miss Nigeria gained widespread attention for her reaction as it was so touching to see her happy for another. She later admitted that she had grown close to Toni-Ann as she was the one who kept motivating her to push on in the competition. Many showered Toni-Ann on social media including Miss Jamaica World franchise-holder Dahlia Harris who posted this message on her Twitter page, "She win. Oh God. She win! Jamaica is once again Miss World. Aston...I can't even talk right now. #MissWorld2019." Former Miss World, Lisa Hanna also extended her congratulations to Toni-Ann as she was so proud of her.

 

Despite her busy schedule, Toni-Ann will be back on the island for a number of congratulatory ceremonies over the course of four days starting this Friday, December 20. She will be performing during a cultural concert at Emancipation Park in New Kingston this Saturday. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Olivia Grange, the Minister of Gender, Culture, Entertainment, and Sport during a post-Cabinet media briefing. The concert will begin at 7 pm.

 

Toni-Ann's very packed schedule is listed below according to Loop News:

 

- Miss World arrives in Jamaica at 5.15 pm on Friday.

- Press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus on Saturday at 10 am

- Cultural tribute beginning at 7 Saturday evening at Emancipation Park.

 

- On Sunday, the St Thomas native will journey to the parish of her birth to attend Unruly Fest, which is being hosted by dancehall artiste Popcaan.

- Will tour sections of St Thomas on Sunday.

- Will be hosted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness at a reception at Jamaica House on Sunday evening.

- On Monday, Miss World will make a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen.

- Courtesy call with the Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips, also on Monday.

- Singh will visit the Women’s Foundation of Jamaica headquarters in Kingston Monday and will later have lunch with the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.

 

Congratulations to the new Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh!!!


Same Name Accidentally Lands Young Man In Jail For Two Months

Posted on December 13, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (22)


Can you imagine being incarcerated for months and being innocent of the crime? Many in the prison system are living this very story, however, one such man landed in jail for something absolutely ridiculous. He had no ties to the actual crime. There was no evidence tying him to it, nothing, except for his name. According to reports via The Jamaica Star, a young man who will be referred to as John Doe was wrongly accused of having sexual relations with a minor. This resulted in him being locked up for two months. 


 

John Doe was arrested and charged by the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) in May and held in lock-up for two months. The young man who is St Thomas resident maintained that he had never met the victim. During his time in jail, his lawyer, Alexander Shaw, discovered that another young man, who had the same first and last name as his client, lived in the same community. Their middle names, however, were different. That other young man died in July. The girl, who has since had a baby, revealed that she was in a relationship with the other John Doe, as she referred to him as her boyfriend. She also informed the police that they had arrested the wrong man.


"The investigator insisted that my client was the person, and to deny the allegations, he must do a DNA sample. The DNA was requested in October and the report was made ready in November. The DNA results vindicated my client. The complaint had a child for the perpetrator and gave a description that in no way shape or form matched with my client," Shaw told THE STAR. Doe's' mother told THE STAR that she knew her son was not guilty of such an act.


 "I did not believe. I know he's not that type of person. The Sunday when dem arrest him, I was at work. The arresting officer called from CISOCA and told me that I need to get a lawyer. He was like 'Yuh gonna need a lawyer ... when the time come, you will know for what'. Eventually, they said that they charged him for having sex with a minor, so the Monday I went and got a lawyer," she said. After paying almost $250,000 for her son's bail in July, she said that he still had to report three times a week to a police station in St Thomas.


 "Him seh him don't know the girl and him never see har before inna him life. It was just a long drama. Because of this, him lose him work ... right now him nah work because a how long dem did have him. When he got bailed, he couldn't stay in the area because they said a in the area it happen. Me end up a fi spend money weh me don't have," she said. Despite the emotional trauma, Doe's mother said that she has no intention of taking legal action against the police. She said any such decision would be up to her son.


 

This entire ordeal is just absolutely ridiculous. I am outraged for the young man. What type of justice system allows for this to happen? Was there no line-up for the young woman to identity the perpetrator? And how do you imprison someone with no evidence. This is a poor reflection on Jamaica's police force. It portrays very sloppy investigative work and laziness. They did not do due diligence. This is what leads to Jamaica's high crime level, our inadequate resources and our corrupt and lax police force. When will it get better? 


The young man needs to seek the highest amount in reparation and it should then be doubled for the two months he had to stay in prison. He should bring a civil case against the police force and the country for such shoddy police work. He can never regain those months and the fact that he lost his job is just brutal. The police force needs to employ him in a capacity financially comparable or better than his previous job. The emotional trauma he most likely went through being in jail he will possibly need to seek counseling for. These are the types of things the government need to speak out about. He should have been given a proper apology from the police force and the Prime Minister. This could have happened to anyone and it just ruined his life just like that.


What would you do if this was your husband, brother, cousin or friend? Would you want to take legal action against the government? How would you feel? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 


Our Brogad Pm Was a Delinquent Students' Loan Borrower

Posted on December 6, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (21)


 

Recently a post about Prime Minister Andrew Holness went viral on social media and many are questioning the purpose of the post. Was it intended to embarrass him? Well, it had the opposite effect with many expressing their love and support and even relating to the most honorable brogad's struggles earlier on in his life.

 

The post highlighted the fact that Jamaica’s ninth prime minister was such a delinquent when he borrowed money for his studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) to pursue a degree in the social sciences in the 1990s, that his name was published in the newspaper among the most delinquent borrowers who had defaulted on their loans. This is something that many would never want to have revealed but it is a common struggle for many. University is very expensive and a lot of students have to borrow to pay for their studies and sometimes upon leaving the institution many are not immediately hired in their dream job or they have to settle for a lower-paying job that cannot begin to cover their debt.


 

This excerpt is from Loop News. According to the full page newspaper publication from the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), under the caption ‘Delinquent Student Loan Borrowers: “The following persons are in arrears in the repayment of their student loans at September 6, 1996”. Holness, now 47, would have been 24 years old at the time and about a year from making his entry into the House of Representatives, which he did when he won the West Central St Andrew seat in the 1997 general election. Holness’ name is circled in red and his then Eltham City, Spanish Town address - his mother’s home - is listed, as well as the fact that he was pursuing studies in the social sciences.

 

While it is not known whether it is the prime minister’s supporters or his perceived ‘political enemies’ who made the post, what is certain is that his supporters on social media are pointing their fingers at his so-called enemies, while lauding Holness for rising from difficult circumstances. “I had a good laugh when I saw it posted with the intention to ‘shame’ the PM. Pity the poor fools,” said a post from Carlene Ramsay. “Love this,” said Shirley Matthews. For his part, Isaac Morrison said “The pain pee (PNP) think they hurting him but in fact they helping him”. “Big up Brogod you know the people pain,” Ray Williams added.

 

In his own post, Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary, Robert Morgan stated, among other things, that this was proof that “every ghetto yute can be great’; “from nothing to something,” and “from board house to Jamaica House”. Holness has often told the story about his humble beginnings, including living in a board house at what would be considered a tenement yard in Spanish Town, St Catherine. He attended the nearby St Catherine High School and was spotted by the late former Prime Minister Edward Seaga in the mid-1990s doing volunteer work and was introduced to politics. The rest, as they say, is history. It ends here.

 

Now the Prime Minister has been on a path to attempt to secure the votes of the younger crowd and I definitely think this makes him more relatable. He truly rose from nothing to something and has become such an inspiration for many. Some have been begging him to release artiste Vybz Kartel from prison in time for Christmas to secure votes but from where I stand it seems the Prime Minister has the election locked and he could very well easily walk away the victor.

 

What do you think about this viral post about Brogad Andrew Holness? How would you feel if you were in his shoes?


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