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Published Mar 28, 2004

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Maureen Smith
Jan 27, 2011 8:59pm [ 1 ]

As the founder of a UK-based company offering a range of property services, designed for and aimed specifically at, persons in the UK who wish to buy or build property in the Caribbean, I am required to deal with persons of Caribbean descent on a daily basis.

I am amazed at the patriotism shown for Jamaica by British-born persons, whose parents, grandparents, and in some cases, great grandparents, were born in Jamaica. Of the eight Caribbean islands with which we work, and despite many past and ongoing problems, Jamaica should be proud of the fact that even those born outside of the island are very proud to be Jamaicans.

Jamaica must embrace this patriotism and do all that it can to make the island a place where its citizens (at home and in the diaspora) can achieve greater excellence in peace and harmony.

For my part, I will continue to work with persons who "want to go home", even when born in the UK.

Deepak
Mar 2, 2011 4:14am [ 2 ]

HI Jamaica, I m 4m India, I just came to know this site while searching for song "Day o' Banana" the same i had listen on my local English radio channel, I liked it very much & while listening the song i can feel every word of it that actually i m their in banana filed and working their, Being a Hindu we believe in re-birth and i felt that in my previous birth i was a Jamaican, I m foodie thats why i found your veg recipes very interesting and i tried couple of them which is delicious & nutritional really its reflect your tradition, Its my wish to be their in Jamaica

Apr 14, 2011 4:51pm [ 3 ]

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However, still there are many people who don’t want to make online purchase fearing about its authenticity. Such people more likely drive to the nearest florist shop to see the arrangement in person. These people can make their purchase much easier with internet based florist shops. Online stores not only have a larger selection of floral arrangements but they are very affordable in all respects to any group of people. If you are searching for the perfect bouquet to be delivered for your special one, online florists Singapore would be the ideal choice.

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A major benefit that can be found often while choosing a florist website to make a floral arrangement purchase is the facility to have same day delivery. This is one of the major reasons why many people go after online florists Singapore to purchase floral arrangements. Since online florists not assist customers all the day in a physical store, they get enough time for arrangement process and to make timely delivery of the bouquet. All these advantages and benefits induce more and more people to choose online as the medium to purchase floral arrangements.

Eshenet Htims
Dec 4, 2011 8:11pm [ 4 ]

Misfit

Earlier this year, TVJ News that 30% of Jamaican children is “jackets.” Does this figure alarm you? Do you remember the popular songs, “Dem a Raffle up Tom and Dick,” “Shame and Scandal in the Family” and Little White Lie”? If you do, I am sure you realize that these songs, of different ages, speak to the issue of men tricked into fathering children that are not biologically theirs. In our Jamaican vernacular, we refer to these children as “Jackets.”

Some women, for whatever reason, believe that they can play “God” with their children’s paternity. If a “better” father figure is identified than the biological father, we are expected to understand that it is for the best interest of the child that mothers give “Jackets.” Really? Or is it for selfish interests?

After a while, some men figure out that they were swindled into supporting other men’s children. Of course this is a “big disgrace” in Jamaica. Consequently these men are psychologically traumatized by this experience. Some men stop supporting these children or even further sue the mothers for all the money “wasted” on child maintenance.

It is not that I don’t sympathize with these men nor do I believe that these deceitful women should get away with such sinful acts. However, what about the child? Isn’t the child the most innocent victim in such a scandal?

I speak from experience. I am a fatherless child mainly because I was seen as a “jacket”, though it was never proven. I cannot create a mental picture of my father for I have never seen him. My mother had promised me that she would introduce me to him. That never happened and never will, because “the man” is now dead. I feel like half of “who I am” is missing. To make matters worse, my mother recently confessed that three out of her six children are “jackets”.

Apart from the poverty experienced by the withdrawal of financial support and the emotional breakdown caused when the child is forced to deal with the loss of a “father”, the child has to deal with the “identity crisis” caused by the experience. This may even advance into schizophrenia.

So why wonder why our young people are so callous? You may want to check our backgrounds. I am in no way suggesting that “Jackets” are inevitably schizophrenic or callous. As many of us, on the contrary, turn out to be decent accomplished citizens of Jamaica. Cut to fit or not, Jacket is a serious thing!

Pamela K Marshall
Dec 10, 2011 11:05pm [ 5 ]

Barrel Child a novel by Pamela K Marshall Can material things compensate for a mother's love?

Barrel Child is the term which refers to the child whose parent -frequently the mother- makes the decision to leave their young offspring and homeland in search of a better life, usually because of unfavorable economic conditions. The child is left in the care of aunts or grandparents, while the parent who has migrated routinely ships barrels filled with consumer goods to the child, the contents of the barrel becoming a metaphor and often literal replacement for the physical bond.

Pamela K Marshall
Dec 11, 2011 12:55am [ 6 ]

Barrel Child a novel by Pamela K Marshall Can material things compensate for a mother's love?

Barrel Child is the term which refers to the child whose parent -frequently the mother- makes the decision to leave their young offspring and homeland in search of a better life, usually because of unfavorable economic conditions. The child is left in the care of aunts or grandparents, while the parent who has migrated routinely ships barrels filled with consumer goods to the child, the contents of the barrel becoming a metaphor and often literal replacement for the physical bond.

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