Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
. Jamaica Gleaner News - Collywood comes to Jamaica - Entertainment - Sunday | December 26, 2010
Here is a link to the article in the Jamaica Gleaner.
Jamaica Gleaner News - Significant plunge in murders - Lead Stories - Sunday | December 26, 2010
First Miss Deaf Jamaica crowned - Jamaica Entertainment: Fashion, Music & TV News - JamaicaObserver.com
This is some positive news right here. I am really happy for these young ladies here.
Bolt party, travel cost taxpayers millions - Jamaica Entertainment: Fashion, Music & TV News - JamaicaObserver.com
What do you think guys? Do you think that Jamaica is spending too much on Usain Bolt for the benefit of the country. I thin that 2.4M on promotion is well worth it compared to millions in the pocket of the governments cronies for free votes.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Color, Class, and Politics in Jamaica (Third World Series)
Sunday, December 19, 2010
I guess I beat all of Jamaicas mainstream media to this news. I think that they should send me a percentage of their salaries. What do you think Observer and Gleaner.
Viewing cable 09HAVANA491, GOVERNMENT OF CUBA FRUSTRATION INCREASES OVER LACK
Saturday, December 18, 2010
- Frenchman's Cove
- Boston Bay
- Shanshy Beach
- Ras Johnson's Ranch
- Beach behind the College of Agriculture Science and Education (this is where I learned how to swim). I also had some time here. There is not a more breathtaking view. Try swimming to the nearby smaller island, be careful though. I have had friends to spot sharks just beyond the coral reefs out there where it gets must deeper.
- There are also some nice beaches when you are leaving Portland on the right. Feel free to stop by one of the roadside vendors and they will show you some secret beaches.
Also, when you are passing through Port Antonio, the capital of Portland look out for Navy Island just off shore. Fisherman will charge you a small fee to take you out there for a swim.
To make the posts as short as possible I will be doing different posts and listing the beaches by parishes as we go. Here is some background information for people who are traveling to Jamaica. Actually, the best beaches are "hidden". Hidden means that only the locals know where they are.To get you thinking, the best beaches are actually to the east and south of the island. They are also less crowdy and more beautiful.Don't get me wrong, the other beaches are also beautiful. The main thing that I like about less traveled beaches is that you feel like you own it and better yet, most of them are free to the public. All you need is a ride and some good friends. Stay tuned for the list. I will begin in the parish of Portalnd, where I went to college and learned how to swim. If I left a beach off the lest let me know and I will add it.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is a quote I lifted from their facebook page about the game. "Grounded in the principle of catching lyrics as they fall from the sky, this action game requires players to select an artiste, based on his or her most popular song. Participants are challenged with various obstacles to put the lyrics of the selected song together before it is skipped. Players have to successfully put the lyrics together to move to the next level."
To play the game users are required to have a facebook account, because the game is basically a facebook application.
I think that the game is a pretty good idea and it proves the point that information technology is an area where Jamaica can do very well because it's people are so creative. Basically the government has to create the environment and the people will move on from there. However, I cannot say for certain where they are located. If you know, let me know
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Bolt tell them I was your cricket coach at Waldensia Primary School In Sherwood Content. I am also really proud of the big man.
I would have been nice to have been mentioned in the book since I taught him how to be a fast bowler after I observed that with his height and athletic prowess he would have been a force on the cricket field even at 11 years old.
However, here is his book for sale on amazon. maybe I am in the credits somewhere.
Pretty soon I will be talking about some of the must see places in Jamaica. As a Jamaican I am very familiar with the really cool places in jamaica. If it is at the mountain top I know it. If it is in a whole, I also know it.
Also, if there is a questiom that you want to fire at me about Jamaica don't be afraid to ask.
As we say in Jamaica, "no problem" if you ask.
Jamaica is still a nice place, we will vote them out and place who in power?
Wikileaks Jamaica Revelation
"11 August 2009, 13:32
SECRET HAVANA 000491
SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 08/08/2029
TAGS SNAR, PREL, SMIG, PGOV, CU, ASEC
SUBJECT: GOVERNMENT OF CUBA FRUSTRATION INCREASES OVER LACK OF JAMAICAN COUNTERNARCOTICS COOPERATION
Classified By: COM JONATHAN FARRAR FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) & (D)
1. (C) Summary: The U.S. Coast Guard Drug Interdiction Specialist (DIS) assigned to the U.S. Interests Section (USINT) in Havana, Cuba has spoken with Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) officials on multiple occasions, as recently as 4 August 2009, regarding their perceived lack of Government of Jamaica (GOJ) cooperation in attempting to curtail the flow of illicit narcotics to the Bahamas and the United States. Cuban MININT officials contend that narcotics smugglers from Jamaica are utilizing both Cuban airspace and waters to transport narcotics ultimately destined for the United States, but their repeated attempts to engage Jamaica on the issue have been ignored. End Summary.
2. (C) On 4 August 2009, DIS wrapped-up a two-day trip to Camaguey, Cuba where he received a briefing on the 5 July emergency landing of an aircraft, enroute from Jamaica, that dropped 13 bales of marijuana over a barren field in Cuba located southwest of Playa Santa Lucia in Camaguey Province. According to Cuban officials, the aircraft was destined for a pre-determined location over Bahamian waters where the narcotics would be dropped to two waiting go-fast vessels for eventual shipment to the United States. The crew of three discarded the contraband prematurely when they experienced engine problems.
3. (C) On 4 August, the DIS visited Joaquin de Aguero airport in Playa Santa Lucia where the smugglers' aircraft is located; DIS was provided with further insight from airport officials as to how the case played-out, and how Cuban authorities responded. According to the Cuban Anti-Drug police (DNA), all three traffickers onboard the aircraft are being detained in Cuba.
4. (C) The aforementioned case follows a 27 May 2009 case in which a joint-interdiction of a Jamaican go-fast vessel in the vicinity of Playa Guardalavaca, Cuba, that resulted in the Cuban Border Guard seizing 700 kg of Jamaican marijuana. This, after the Cuban Border Guard interdicted the vessel in its waters utilizing real-time information from OPBAT, USCG District 7, and the USCG DIS in Havana. The DIS attended a briefing on this case with Cuban officials, and boarded the subject narco-trafficking vessel.
5. (S) While the DIS is often briefed via formal means on the type of cases mentioned above, side-bar conversations during provincial trips outside of Havana with Cuban MININT officials often yield increased insight into Cuban counterdrug (CD) operations and mindset. A prevailing concern and significant frustration on the Cuban side is the reportedly complete lack of cooperation afforded them by the GOJ when it comes to CD information sharing. DIS has spoken to no fewer than 15 Cuban MININT officers whose primary missions/roles are drug interdiction or support to drug interdiction. Collectively and continually, they express frustration over the GOJ's consistent ignoring of Cuban attempts to increase the flow of drug-related information between the two island nations to increase interdictions and avoid "being surprised by drugs."
6. (C) MININT officers, specifically the MININT's international relations division and anti-drug directorate, with whom the DIS communicates extensively, consistently allude to the lengths the GOC has gone to in order to enhance the relationship. Without fail, MININT officials allude to the fact that narco-related information (i.e. information on go-fasts and aircraft transiting to/from Jamaica in the vicinity of Cuba) passed to the GOJ is always translated to English because in the past GOJ officials stated to the GOC that they did not understand Spanish; MININT officers report that despite their efforts, GOJ officials still do not respond.
7. (S) In October 2008, DIS attended a counternarcotics meeting onboard the RFA WAVE RULER in the Port of Havana. The meeting was arranged by the UK Defense Attache to encourage greater cooperation between GOC and GOJ over CD efforts; during conversations with the Attache, the DIS learned that the impetus behind the meeting was to bring GOC and GOJ authorities together to encourage greater dialogue, and to quash growing frustration between the two. In comments to the DIS after the meeting, Cuban officials stated that the two Jamaican officers "just sat there and didn't say anything." MININT officers mention that Jamaican officials commonly agree to greater information sharing in person; however, that is the extent of their efforts.
8. (C) Currently, Cuban officials appear resigned to the idea that they will not see greater GOJ cooperation in the near future. On 3 August, the DIS asked the chief of the MININT's international relations department if he thought Cuban officials would sit down at a table with USCG, DEA, Jamaican officials, and Cuban DNA officers to discuss CD issues; he said it would be a possibility, but that the GOC does not have a suitable liaison officer at its embassy in Jamaica. DIS responded by asking if an officer or group of officers from the DNA would be able to travel to Jamaica for such talks; he once again stated that it is a possibility.
9. (C) Comment: DIS gauges that the GOC genuinely desires greater information sharing on CD issues with Jamaican authorities to serve the GOC's strategic interests. Should we decide to pursue broader counternarcotics cooperation with the GOC, MININT-DNA may be willing to attend talks with US drug authorities in concert with Jamaican authorities. At the present time, however, it appears frustration is building within the ranks of the Cuban MININT-DNA, especially as CD cases continue to bring illicit narcotics in close proximity or actually to Cuba and its littorals, posing an interdiction challenge for Cuban authorities. Through their constant reminders to the DIS and via press reports to the Cuban people, GOC officials ultimately blame the United States for this problem due to the high demand for illicit narcotics by United States consumers. End Comment. FARRAR
Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Read-the-US-cable-about-Jamaica-and-drugs---#ixzz18CFYCAue"