LIFE BROKEN DOWN IN ONE QUESTION

and the years go by……CINDERELLA IS DIVORCED

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SNOW WHITE has not bee n so lucky …

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LITTLE RED Riding Hood hasn’t seen the Wolf since……

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SLEEPING BEAUTY is stil asleep…

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The LITTLE MERMAID had a sad fate…..

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BARBIE is now 50…

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LITTLE TWEETY is 60 years old…

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so is SUPERMAN…..

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WONDER WOMAN is menopausal ….

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BATMAN & ROBIN are having a great time at the Nursing Home…

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SPIDERMAN is attached to different threads …

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We make life so complicated at times. Relax, live a little. I saw a meme that completely sums up LIFE in one question…..

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There you have it. It is as simple as that. Enjoy your weekend family. And remember, enjoy LIFE. SMILE.

JAMAICAN GETS PATENT FOR PROSTATE CANCER CURE

I am one that usually vilify my country when things go wrong but when things are right, I am the first to go on the mountain top and announce the good news. Here is one such news. Jamaican Scientist Dr. Henry Lowe , whose work on prostate cancer is well known, yes well known despite the shut out from the powers that be, was awarded a Patent on his cure and medicine for prostate cancer.

This is special, very special and once again proves we are as small as we want to be. Size matters only if you think small. The fight for cancer is a worldwide battle that some want to use to rake in billions at the expense of people dying. Dr Lowe’s work is from the heart, from a place where he was affected by friends and loved ones dying of cancer so finding a cure was for him a labor of love..

Let us raise little David high enough to challenge Golliath, challenge the System and challenge the status quo. The cure for cancer is not a luxury, it is a human need . No man should use this need to profit for their personal gains. Something is wrong when we let people die for money. I applaud Dr. Lowe and hope through his work many will live to enjoy the gift of life.

From Jamaica’s Gleaner publication

Renowned Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur Dr Henry Lowe has been awarded a second patent from the world’s leading United States Patent Office on the anti-cancer activities of the ball moss. The patent was issued on May 6 and titled,” Methods for inhibiting prostate cancer by kinases and angiogenesis inhibitory mechanisms.” Dr Joseph L. Bryant of the University of Maryland shares the patent with Dr Lowe.

The patent states that the ball moss isolates have been demonstrated to inhibit the growth and viability of prostate cancer cells by selectively inhibiting certain types of proteins called kinases, which signals the directive for cancer cells to grow and spread. The mechanism also prevents angiogenesis, which is the growth of new blood vessels to feed the cancer tumours.

According to Dr Lowe, his passion for prostate cancer research, “is not only because it has impacted negatively on the health of family members and friends, but also because it is one of the major cancers which cause death and harm to the majority of black males, throughout the world, particularly here in Jamaica.”

Not only has he been doing laboratory and clinical work on prostate cancer with ball moss isolates and alpha prostate formula, Lowe is the lead author in the development of a book, The Prostate Cancer Guide – a resource for Jamaican men and their families, which was sold out and is being updated for a second publication.

Three years ago, at the launch of the Bio-Tech R&D Institute (which he founded) Dr Lowe promised to develop a nutraceutical called alpha prostate formula, with ball moss as the major ingredient in the formulation. This product was developed as promised and is now being sold internationally as a nutraceutical for the management of prostate health. Alpha prostate formula also boasts the distinction of being the only such product in the world.

Dr Lowe has published 12 peer-reviewed research papers on ball moss in leading academic journals and his discoveries and publications make him the world’s authority on this subject. He is the first person to have discovered that the ball moss has major bio-medicinal properties.

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THE ANSWER IS BLOWING IN THE WIND- SHOULD JAMAICA DOLLARISE?

Jamaican economist Dr. Andre Haughton ask a question if Jamaica should dollarise its currency in light of its prevailing economic conundrum. He explains the process as clearly as he can in this essay and leaves you the reader to make your own decision .I will withhold my comments however I will add that it will take a hurricane to clear up the mess created.

moneyWhat is dollarisation? By Dr. Andre Haughton

IN LIGHT of the depreciating Jamaican currency relative to the US,Briefing revisits dollarisation.

Dollarisation is the situation where a country replaces its domestic currency with the currency of another country. This foreign currency for example, the US dollar or the British pound, becomes the legal tender which is used to conduct day-to-day transactions and as a store of value. If Jamaica decides to use the US dollar instead of, or along with the Jamaican dollar as legal tender; Jamaica is dollarised. Any situation where the domestic currency is replaced by a foreign currency is considered dollarisation. So if Jamaica decides to use China’s currency as legal tender and a store of value, then Jamaica is dollarised under this circumstance as well. However, for simplicity and ease of explanation, the US dollar is used as example to explain how the process works in this article.

What are the types of dollarisation?

Dollarisation can either be official, semi-official or unofficial. Official dollarisation is a direct currency substitution. Here, the foreign currency completely replaces the domestic currency as legal tender. Such is the case in British Virgin Islands and El Salvador, where the Government has stopped issuing the domestic currency, which has been replaced by the US dollar. There are instances as well where the domestic currency is used alongside the US dollar as legal tender; such is the case in The Bahamas and Uruguay. This is referred to as semi-official dollarisation.

Unofficial dollarisation, or asset substitution as it is called, occurs where residents of a country hold a significant portion of their financial instruments (bank deposits, stocks and bonds) in foreign currency instead of local currency. Unofficial or financial dollarisation is normally a characteristic of developing countries like Jamaica.

In these economies assets denominated in US dollars will maintain value even if the exchange rate increases and domestic currency loses value. More than 40 per cent of Jamaica’s financial assets were denominated in foreign currency in 2004.

What are the advantages of dollarisation?

Official dollarisation can improve Jamaica’s trade and investment. If Jamaica decides to use the US dollar as legal tender, this would remove all the foreign currency transaction cost between Jamaica and the US as well as between Jamaican and any other country that uses the US dollar. All goods, services and financial instruments purchased by Jamaicans from the US would be done in a common currency, thereby eliminating exchange-rate fluctuations which tend to have a negative impact on trade and investment between countries. By dollarising, Jamaica might increase investors’ confidence in the economy, in so doing attract more investment to the country as investors face less exchange-rate risk. This increase in investment could boost production and stimulate economic growth. Furthermore, the empirical evidence suggests that by adopting the same currency, trade can increase between countries (Rose 2000). Dollarisation can also improve availability of foreign currency (liquidity) and reduces the possibility of a currency crisis arising from the financial market channel. Evidence suggests that dollarisation has improved liquidity and asset quality in Ecuador and El Salvador; see Quispe-Agnoli and Whisler (2006).

What are the disadvantages?

By officially dollarising the economy, Jamaica would lose control of its monetary policy and the ability to use exchange rate as a tool to impact the economy. For example, Jamaica could not depreciate the value of its currency in an attempt to increase international trade under any circumstance. Jamaica is basically surrendering its monetary policy to the United States; all decisions by the Bank of Jamaica become dependent on United States Federal Government.

By officially dollarising the economy, the Government would lose the ability to print money to pay domestic debt or to finance domestic public expenditure. Neither could they print money to lend to commercial banks in cases of emergency. If the economy is financially dollarised, commercial banks might encounter mismatch currency risk and default risk. If commercial banks convert deposits denominated in US dollars to loans in Jamaican dollars, they face the risk of losing on these investments if the exchange rate depreciates before the assets are reconverted to US. Also commercial banks face the risk of default when they lend foreign currency to local investors.

What is the outcome?

Whether Jamaica decides to dollarise or not depends on the trade-off between exchange-rate stability and the need to have control over its monetary policy. By dollarising, the macro economy might become more stable given that there is less exchange rate risk, which comes at the expense of losing autonomy over monetary policy. The answer my friend is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.

TOUGH, HARD & REAL- GRAVE DIGGERS

Life in any large metropolis can be exciting for all its modern facilities it offers and on the other hand challenging for those that fall below the poverty line, with very little to look forward to or hope. Kingston Jamaica is no different. Life is tough in the inner cities and there comes a time the desire to survive is as detrimental as the air you breathe. Tough people know how to survive in tough times.

This short documentary, from director, writer and producer Gabrielle Blackwood  from Trinidad & Tobago and was featured in the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival ,  depicts the immoral decision two youths from the inner city of Kingston have to make in order to survive. it is gripping, chilling and riveting. It holds nothing back. It tells you what most people don’t want to hear. It shows the extent humanity goes to survive. It is tough. It is hard. It is real.

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Synopsis:

TWO KINGSTON street boys, Brinks and Moses, make a living selling stolen items from freshly laid graves. One night in the graveyard they discover a stash of buried firearms. Brinks decides to sell the guns to an unscrupulous customer despite Moses’s objections – with serious repercussions.

JAMAICA IS A GREAT NATION BUT………

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Martin Luther King is honored today to remember his life and work. Here is a man that simply talked with action, something that is foreign from similar people in similar positions today. They just don’t come into our lives like they used to anymore. Most of our political leaders have become soft at the edges, cold as ice, their words and promises flow like water down a drain.  They represent barrels, barrels filled with dried bush that is lit by critics and observers at every opportunity as they pontificate on a platform.

King was different, so different he died for what he preached. MLK was a prophet. His message caustic to the ears of the unbeliever and fire to the oppressor. One of his famous quotes on America is depicted in this piece and when I read it I could not help but think the same thing applies for my country.

It has been only 52 years since our so called Independence from Britain, which really makes us a novice in nation building, but what seems apparent over the years is that our leaders lacked one thing – vision. Not one, over the 52 years and counting, has ever expressed a vision for the country that is real and achievable for the people of Jamaica, one that is sold, bought and every man and woman marching to achieve. And so in my estimation Jamaica is  still a country of varied people of intellect; economically each man for himself ; emotionally defending the name Jamaica as would a man his own mother; furiously expressive in the international arena and openly disloyal  as he seeks personal advantages that are still not sowed in the soil of where he was born.

Immigration and travel is useful and necessary but no man leaves his home and forgets it unless that home had no integrity and gave them no aching sense of a place where they can be who they are in a productive and loving way.

in Jamaica every generation that springs from the previous generation is aquatic in characteristics – they take the shape of any idea that surrounds them  and has the flavor of what influences them. Why is this ? Simple- Jamaica has no vision. People without a national vision of citizenry will take the shape of any vision that offers progress, even if it is completely foreign to their culture.There are approximately over 2 million Jamaicans living overseas doing exactly this. There is no country in the world, including Iceland, that you will not find a Jamaican living and contributing to a foreign vision. Those that are left behind will wait for their chance but like Martin Luther will say..”Jamaica is a great nation but….

1. …for the cleanliness & our Environment.  Just recently in Westmoreland hundreds of fish dead from pollution in the river. We are still a dirty and unhealthy nation. How do we solve this problem? We divide and rule -the upper class and tourist areas are pristine and the areas for local Jamaicans are left in filth. Every now and then tempers flair, local leaders duck responsibility and the problem ignored. Our protected areas are as slippery as the ground they preserve with successive government seem un-interested in preservation and more for diversification.

2.…for the lack of respect for National Heritage & History: Whatever exists is poorly maintained and the others left to rot and decay. We have no sense of history, its value or its documentation on who we are as Jamaicans. Every Parish has a share of Jamaican history and in every parish, save for capital Kingston, there is not one respectable monument that our visitors and people can visit with PRIDE.

3. ….we are still Religiously attached : Our political  leaders are still connected by the umbilical cord of  religion so we wear a secular coat but technically a devoted theocracy. It is as if through the incongruous prayer breakfast held recently, we collectively place our problems in prayer to the most high  hoping for a miracle will happen. To date we are still waiting on this miracle. Prayer without action is like a man starting a car without gas- it wont move!

4. ….our Laws are weak: Our law keepers are just as weak as the law breakers: There are  a good few but those that are weak are insipidly corrupting the entire forces and unless the ones so brave like Martin Luther King stand up and change the conversation  it will remain nothing but a bar brawl, each man shouting their own  vision of what he considers law and order and his version of  human rights. We are never proactive- always reactive and the laws we have are barely enforced.

5. …for no accountability: I will only use one example: The recent audit where millions of dollars are used to order the drug viagra for prisoners when in fact it is a fraudulent activity for officers only shows the depth of government corruption that exists. Corruption is enemy of progress and the whore of lawlessness.

6. …we treat everyone with suspicion: The elderly, the young, sometimes the rich and most times the poor when attempting  to receive benefits are given and granted suspiciously and with contempt. Our society has so much mistrust for each other that even those that are dead are held with suspicion and need a plethora of paper work, wrapped with bundles of bureaucracy  to be moved, autopsied and buried. The hospitals, as crowded as they are takes hours, days and sometimes weeks to receive care. We are not kind to each other.

7.….for thousands of Jamaicans are disenfranchised : Simply put there are thousands of illegal workers in Jamaica working without permits, illegally and being paid much higher than Jamaicans.  In Jamaica , Jamaicans are the inferior worker. How we solve this: We know it and we remain quiet as the Ministry of Labor will hardly do anything anyway!

8. ….the Quality of living is determined by the money you possess: The quality of life you live in Jamaica is directly affected by your income or lack there of and as sparse as incomes are , so too is the quality of life – the only thing that remains for all Jamaicans collectively to enjoy, freely and without judgement of place in society is our beaches and even that is threatened.

And so we have to pause and take a look at where we are. Jamaica is a great nation but… we cannot seem to solve the little problems. Is it the lack of money , is it lack of care, the lack of a common commitment or is it the usual divide and rule version of living  that is evident in the so called first world economies where the rich is propped by governmental benefits and the poor on their own, constantly fighting for RIGHTS of all kind and themes?

One thing is definite- Jamaica, like all the other countries whose government are formed by black ethnic nationalities, Africa included, continue to prove one thing- that the countries run by White ethnic nationalities seem to be the preferred place of domain  and are pound for pound better run, have better quality of life and accountability and has a vision for their people and country. Name me one black run country that is socially, economically and culturally progressive and I will immediately retract my statement. And let us not use the imperialist argument either. We are no different than they are.

Jamaica is a blessed and great country but..…until we have a collective vision, a vision that shows our Jamaican Wealth is far greater than those countries we seek, we will forever be a country lead by the clueless, in habited by the frustrated and remain an island of exuberant people running fast whilst they sneeringly steal our wealth while we are cheering.