Bad manners; Man, that stuff will kill you - Florida Stand Your Ground Law
I grew up in Jamaica in a time when children were to be seen and not heard, to speak when spoken to, to say please and thank you, to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing, and to have good manners when speaking to their elders or anyone else. Since my childhood, I’ve seen good manners become an unnecessary burden back home, and even moreso here in the US.
Dumb! – A response to the "Tessanne-mania is a national embarrassment commentary"
A few weeks after Tessanne Chin won on the Voice, while most Jamaican have moved back to their day to day life, we have this article by Gleaner newcomer Keiran King. Sir, I so much disagree with you. You are wrong on so many counts. Where to start?...If you had done even the smallest of research, or even dipped slightly into that bag you call a memory, you wouldn't be foolish enough to make such a misguided statement. Jamaica's history is replete with major achievements beyond our track stars… and in many fields outside of athletic achievements. Just check. I know you are not a journalist and don't need to check facts, but having some facts would help you quite a bit.
Jamaica Bobsled to the World... Remember back in the early 90s when the movie Cool Runnings came out and the whole world saw Jamaica as the eternally optimistic, never-give-up underdog? That movie was made about the 4-man Jamaican bobsled team who first made it to the Winter Olympics in Calgary, 1988. Since then, the team has qualified for every Winter Olympics… until 2006. They were missing from the Winter Olympics stage again in 2010, but this year, our little bobsled team is making a gargantuan impact. Not only have they qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi, Russia, but upon the confirmation that they could earn a spot in the 2-man bobsled race, crowdfunding and grassroots supporters netted the team over US$120K in a matter of only two days.
All Jamaicans Are Suspects to Trinidad Immigration & Customs: My Personal Experience by Jamaican Actor Christopher 'Johnny' Daley - January 2014
I had my worst travel experience entering the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago last night and I'm sorry to say it but Jamaicans are Targeted and Profiled because it happened to me and my wife. A. J. Nicholson Mr. Minister of Foreign Affairs there is much work to be done. We were suspects the minute we walked up to immigration.
VIDEO: The Diaspora Monster A Personal Perspective & Response to Shaggy's Comments
Last week, Shaggy ignited a firestorm among members of the diaspora. He made disparaging comments that basically denied the very existence of active diaspora community leaders, insinuating that the diaspora isn’t organizing and quote - “actively supporting causes in Jamaica”. Before observing the statement he made word for word, I admit I was defending the spirit of his statement. I agree, as do many expatriates, that the diaspora is not well organized and might seem ineffective because of that.
No Good Man Nuh Outdeh
Well that seems to be the repeating mantra from all the single ladies I know. The look on my face upon hearing this is always the same. It’s a look of surprise wrapped in sprinkle of bewilderment and a dash of ludicrousness…it’s a strange look I tell you. Anyway, I find myself pondering this statement a lot recently, not only because I am hearing it more often but also because I just don’t buy into it. One of my friends went as far to say “because you are married you don’t understand.” That comment always tickles me because I think it’s evident enough that given I am married there are men out there. Come on, I didn’t grab up the last available guy on the market.
Should Tessanne Chin….or Shouldn’t She? Views from a Hypocrisy-Intolerant Music Lover!
It's amazing the amount of utter garbage people can spurt in their ignorance! Oh my goodness....people who claim to know about music in general and Jamaican music in particular!
Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Programme - Securing The Sport Industry
Jamaica’s sport industry remains one of its most valuable and viable if properly managed. It starts with some of the following...
Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Efforts – Solution Time
The declaration by former JADCO Executive Director, Renee Anne Shirley, has sent the Jamaican sporting fraternity scrambling. Some areas of the sporting fraternity are taking the accusations more seriously than the other, however, while it is clear that Jamaica has to pay keener attention to The Business of Sport; the procedures and regulations of the work of JADCO must be clearer to all those concerned.
Public Education the only answer - Jamaica’s track and field is being scrutinized....
Jamaica’s track and field is being scrutinized from top to bottom and the news of the adverse findings of A samples by some of the island’s best athletes have brought some major issues, up close and personal.
Veronica Campbell Brown Saga: The Media, World Doping Association & Critics
Coverage of Jamaica star Athlete Veronica Campbell-Brown's failed a drug test at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meets on May 5th 2013 by some in the local and international media fraternity and pundit class have raised more questions than answer about doping policy in track and field. The pressure to get the story out, may have trumped the pressure to get the facts, and getting the story right. Where facts were not forthcoming or available, VCB's team has been slow to tell her story, some veered to wild speculation.
Selling Dreams & Unrealistic Hope – Jamaicans being pitched to be an Entrepreneur
I'm getting really tired of seeing in Jamaica this endless push for it to be up to the people to create the opportunities. Everyone being pitched "BE AN ENTREPRENEUR". Statistically even in the best economic climates its FACT that most entrepreneurs FAIL. Even with the tools, business degrees etc. How about coupling that with the fact that Jamaica is not set up to support small business.
Farewell to February, Welcome to March
I woke up this morning in a state of disbelief. I mean, I know that February is the shortest month in the year but how is it possible that a whole two months out of 2013 are pretty much gone already? I have not even come up for air from my month off in January to regroup with my thoughts and do my Vision Board. Is it just me or can YOU believe that March is literally here already? Where DID February go?
Jamaican Flag Burning TV commercial should be the least of our concen
I heard with dismay that the whole 'Saturn coffee shop/Jamaican flag' thing is hot in Jamaica and even on the news repeatedly. I can't believe that Jamaicans have nothing else to do. Its like every little thing distracts us. You'd think that a TV ad was our most pressing concern. But worse still, its much ado over a total misrepresentation.
GC Foster College - Repositioning Spanish Town
This past week (February 20), the GC Foster College of Physical Education & Sport, opened its Sport and Recreation Museum and held its inaugural Sport Symposium. For a 30-odd year old institution it is a significant stride to make for the College’s overall development and subsequent progress.
The Top 20 Jamaican Stereotypes: Truth or Fiction?
Recently, I had the opportunity to view the “The Get Happy” Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. In the commercial, there is a white Jamaican in an office setting who earnestly tries to cheer up his co-workers from their everyday problems and mundane workday. The Jamaican’s solution for cheering up, was offering his co-workers the opportunity to take a trip in his red, Volkswagen. He managed to enlist two of his coworkers for a joy ride, however upon returning back to work they arrived late, and the Jamaican in the commercial was perceived as nonchalant and happy-go-lucky when his Boss questioned their late return.
Student-athletes transfer dilemma in Jamaican high schools
As the debate rages on regarding the transfer of athletes in the high schools system for the sake of playing for a coach/team/school there are a number of issues which must be addressed.
Reggae’s Terminal Illness and grim prognosis
Reggae music is approaching middle age and as such should be enjoying the perks, privileges and entitlements that are part and parcel of middle age status. Is this the case? Even if you are looking at the genre through rose colored glasses, it’s impossible to ignore the remnants of a terminally ill entity that is ravished by years and years of abuse, mistreatment and corruption.
The Language Of Commerce - Patois vs English
As expounded on by aspiring social worker and Pre-University student Nikita Connoley, reigning champion of the Honey Bun School days Sing-A-Thon, it seems an elegantly and entertainingly resolved conundrum, affirmed by other recent developments such as the completion of a Patois Bible (New Testament) and the upcoming Language Awareness Day at the Edna Manley College.
Caribbean Americans Voting is Your Power
Voting is a fundamental piece of the puzzle of democracy. One person, one vote. Collectively, each of these votes could transform a community, a state, a country, and quite possibly, the world. Despite all attempts to curtail this sacred right across America, no one can take away your right to vote. Simply, if you are a US citizen, 18 years old (not a convicted felon), you can vote with picture ID in most states. It is your responsibility to confirm your requirements to vote in your state and to exercise your right.
On the morning after the 2012 beach clean up of Ft Rocky by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), one of our staff members went to check on the site. There he found the mountain of waste taken off the beach by over 2,000 volunteers uncollected – the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) had been said to be “on their way” the previous afternoon.
Our Unity Is More Important Than The Remarks Of One Man - A Zimbabwean Response to President Mugabe
In the song Africa Unite, Bob Marley sang “How good and how pleasant it would be before God and man....to see the unification of all Africans... we can safely assume that Bob was expressing a yearning for the African diaspora at large.
My Personal Bolt Story: Why For Me Usain Can Do No Wrong!
With the euphoria of the 2012 London Olympics all but waning, I have listened to all the discussion in the public arena about the whys and the wherefores of Usain and his personality, prowess, longevity and the like! But I tell you, none of those discussions hold much weight for me because of my personal experience with Usain Bolt. This story I have shared with a few when I speak in defence of Usain whenever I hear any ill-word about him.
Jamaica's home-based track and field programmes working
The success of Jamaica's track and field programme over the last two Olympic Games can almost be credited to the decision of MVP Track Club and in recent times Racers Track Club's decision to keep its athletes here in Jamaica for training.
The Bolt Effect ©
We are able to embrace these moments in time with honor and gentle dignity, and respect for ALL, including those who might not have been as kind to us in the past. Let us lead by our finest examples of graciousness, dignity, compassion, and love.
Race and Class Interaction in Jamaica - And its Impact on the World
In all my years in Jamaica, I never once was asked to identify my “race.” So I find it discomfiting to respond to the questions I frequently get here in America - when I have to fill out some government document, for example. It seems absurd to describe myself as Caucasian or African-American or Hispanic or Pacific Islander… or whatever. All I know about being Caucasian is that there are some mountains in Russia by that name. I have never laid eyes on the vast continent of Africa, don’t speak Spanish and couldn’t find the Pacific Islands on a map of the world.
Jamaica's National Heroes: Their Legacy 50 Years Later
Jamaica is a country in the Caribbean that is well noted for its beautiful surroundings, warmth and magnificent cuisine. However, Jamaica is much more than a sparkling gem within the Caribbean community. The island has been blessed to have been home to notable Jamaicans who fought long and courageously to bring awareness to conditions that still plague our world today. Citizens such as The Right Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, The Right Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey, The Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, The Right Excellent Nanny Sharpe of The Maroons, The Right Excellent George William Gordon, The Right Excellent Paul Bogle and The Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley. These individuals have been memorialized in Jamaica's History as National Heroes, not because they created one, death defying act of heroism, but because they made it their life's work to promote Heroism each and every day of their lives.
Double Standard for Jamaican Male & Female Athletes & Celebs: Sanya Richard-Ross
One of the realities of being Jamaican is that many of us have had to leave our beloved homeland in search of educational opportunities or employment. For some the decision was made by parents and others have made their own decisions. Reality is we all have to do what we can to survive. A soh it goh. I've noticed something really interesting. No one criticizes Donovon Bailey, Ben Johnson, Lynford Christie, and other male athletes for competing under the flags of other countries. No one dissed Jimmy Cliff or even Bob Marley when they living abroad. Shabba Ranks received a heros welcome when he returned to Jamaica after an extended absence. When it comes to female celebrities and athletes, it's a different matter. Merlene Ottey received a TON of criticism for competing for Slovenia. The latest casualty is Sanya Richard-Ross.
Men's and Women's 2012 Summer Olympic 100 Meters Sprints Preview & Predictions
The 2012 Summer Olympics have finally arrived! If you’re a Track & Field fanatic, you’ve likely spent the last week or so closely following the the Jamaican & U.S. Olympic trials and the European Championships. Whether you’re a sprinter or simply a fan, this is one of those great times to sit back and appreciate the athletic genius and power of these world class athletes. The anticipation and excitement is similar to what an football (soccer) nut experiences when awaiting the World Cup Finals.
Man is born free but is everywhere in chains
In this day and age, the mind is a terrible thing to waste. The mind encompasses the way in which all things are executed. Most don’t realize the difference between common sense and being book smart. If you think about it an individual can be educated and still make incompetent decisions. Without an open mind one is restricted to what you read in books, or what one has been told. It all comes down to how well an individual can critically think.
Jamaica's healthcare in good hands
A Jamaican-British friend of mine related an embarrassing episode in her life many years ago. There she was at her busy London workplace, the picture of professionalism, when the police arrived to arrest her! What had she done, she asked in total bewilderment. It turned out that she had not taken her child, about eight years old, for her annual medical check-up.
Clarity-on-charity begins at home?
Upon arrival back from Kingston,Jamaica the immigration officer said “Why where you in Kingston? There’s nothing there. Lots of poverty…” He was somewhat bemused at my insistence of millionaire mansions, private jets, sushi and jazz clubs. There’s a LOT of money in Jamaica! As well as a poverty.
Welcome to America
...Jamaicans, it’s a sad reality in America that if your sons immigrate here, they will become the hunted/profiled. What do I mean by that? Your sons, particularly those with dreads (or what they called ‘nappy hair’) will be targeted by people, institutions and systems because they are black and male. They will be seen or treated as criminal suspects or potential criminal recruits even before they have the chance to prove otherwise. Of course, there is an exception to everything, but profiling of black males happens in America; and it is worth addressing at this time.
Jamaica Emergency EXPORT programme needed! We have tried Crash Programmes for 50 years! Time to try real development.
It is past time that Jamaica used the best tasting coconut water in the world to maximize a potential that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations identified over a decade ago. How do I know that Jamaica has the best tasting coconut water in the world?
Whose side are we on?
Before we all descend on the police, let us look a little deeper. Let us examine the surroundings of those distressed mothers and girlfriends on TV news, as they grieve the loss of their loved ones during those recent police operations. Their environment is run down and dilapidated with dusty paths posing as roads. It is broad daylight and young men are milling about, obviously with no gainful employment
Wi Caah Lie Dung An’ Dead
As boys, (about ten of us) we did not think of more sophisticated dreams than roaming. We were certain of death and we didn’t ponder the idea of leaving autobiographies or eminent inventions behind. We were content with eating mangoes and catching birds, with running full-speed down hillocks until the wind drained our eyes of our tears or with corrupting the colour of rivulets with our wildrooting, mud-flinging and splashing.
Why our economic growth matters more than debt?
Why our economic growth matters more than debt? The real worry is not how will all of us Jamaicans repay foreign creditors but rather what will maintain our creditors desire to keep buying GOJ interest-bearing securities from us? Our national debt recently eclipsed J$1.6 trillion, and is still climbing, with nearly 50% of that debt being added in the first 11 months of 2011.
Whitney Houston: One Moment in Time
I am saddened by the death of Whitney Houston. I mourn her loss like a sister. I have heard the words “tragedy” and “what a waste “so much in the last five days. I do not share either sentiment. I am not worried about how she died.
How dare you judge! Don’t bad mind!
I’m often slapped with the phrase “Don’t judge!” when I criticize Jamaica. Then the fast to follow “Don’t bad mind!” - Both blanket expressions which also mean, let’s brush this ugly business under the rug. For example, I am swift to criticize the praise/non-accountability bestowed on; Yet another entertainer in jail; Jamaican media over hyping the Marley’s when their record sales are pitiful.
Exposing Public Servants
There is a growing wave of disrespect for decent, hard working citizens of America in this country by Public Servants. No one is quite sure how it started or where they got their "power" or "bravado" from, however, if anyone has had to deal with clerks, customer service representatives or anyone who provides a necessary service, this article will ring close to home.