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Just Another Day 31/10/2006

Well I really don’t have anything specific to chat about this morning so I’ll just see where this leads me.

Firstly, a Happy Halloween to all my American friends. Today is the day that kids go out trick or treating hopefully under the watchful eyes of their parents because I have read about some sick people out there. I know my sis-in-law checks everything her kids bring in but the sickos find all kind of ingenious ways of messing with people. Pitty they don’t put the creativity to positive use.

Well member of one of our popular radio stations visited the Bahamas over the weekend and apparently the treatment they received was way way way below what you would reasonably require. I wasn’t there but from about 6:00a.m. until I was going home in the evening every single DJ was crying foul on their Bahamian “hosts”. One morning show host went as far as to say that he thought the matter needed to be addressed by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the treatment that they received moved from just regional rivalry to downright rudeness and abuse. Every DJ that came on after that echoed the same sentiment. the evening DJ stated that “Bahamas people you need to check yourselves…”  I don’t know exactly what happened but these guys are normally so upbeat about the places they visit. They are party people and so don’t usually hem and haw about the hotels and surroundings. They do however look closely at the service side of things. One DJ says that he would not like to paint all Bahamians with one brush but his experience over the weekend was pushing him that way.

I still support regional integration but recognise that it is feelings that these that must be overcome before we can truly call ourselves Caribbean. When you examine our history you realise that we have so much more in common than beaches and skin. We need to move beyond the “I’m Jamaican and nobody else matters or I’m…………..and I’m better than everybody else. We should be able to say that “I’m Caribbean and living in ………………… and I have friends in Jamaica, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Antigua……………………. How can we as a region make the transition to Regional Integration more meaningful. I think the Caribloggers have the right approach. Maybe one of these days we’ll have more people on board that movement.

Have a great day all. 

October 31, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments

What a week…26/10/2006

Well this week has been difficult. I went to the presentation of another group on Monday night and in all honesty I felt that I wasted my time. They need to totally revamp their stuff. The lecturer gave them a warm time and was not amused at the lack of planning.

I have been ill since Sunday but have been dragging my sorry rear end to work and school. Thankfully there were no classes on Tuesday. Tuesday was my parents 42nd anniversary. They have certainly stuck it out together. The 42 years seems like a lifetime. Well it really is considering that I’m not 42…:D I never made it to office yesterday and I’m only half here today but life goes on I guess.

My office has been struck with the death of a co-worker. She died of cancer. The lady in question was my supervisor for about a year back in 1994/5. In all the sorrow for her family and friend there is the peace that comes in knowing that she is free from the intense pain and suffering of the past year or so of her illness. Rest in Peace Mrs. W. You are finally free.

With that i will leave you. Take care all. 

October 26, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Some Humour to the Whole Terrorist Thing 19/10/2006


A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.

At a morning press conference, Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.

“Al-gebra is a problem for us,” Gonzalez said. “They desire solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like ‘x’ and ‘y’ and refer to themselves as ‘unknowns,’ but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.
As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, ‘There are 3 sides to every triangle.’

‘When asked to comment on the arrest, President Bush said, “If God had wanted us to have better Weapons of Math Instruction, He would have given us more fingers and toes.” White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the president.

October 19, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 13 Comments

Them at it Again 18/10/2006

Well the long weekend has come and gone. I decided that I had had enough of schoolwork so even with an impending test I took a day and went to Frenchman’s Cove in Portland. The drive was long but worth it. Had a relaxing day on the beach. The water was too cold for my liking but since I’m not a fish I had a good time being a beach bum for the day. 🙂

This morning I heard on the news that tanker drivers were on strike AGAIN. 😦 This must be the fifth time that they have either gone on strike or have threatened to strike this year alone. Frankly I think I am not alone in saying that I am sick and tired of their foolishness. What is the latest grouse? Well apparently one of the marketing companies said that they felt that they are being short changed by the drivers and asked for a probe. The drivers are vexed because they say the company is calling them thieves so they go off on strike. Now from the layman’s perspective, there are numerous illegal petrol outlets all over the corporate area so they must be getting the fuel from somewhere. My take on the issue…if them say yuh tief and is not you then let them investigate all they want. If they don’t find anything then yuh requst that they issue a public apology.

I think the unions representing these guys are irresponsible and silly. The drivers have literally no public support and most people pay little credence to their cause. We really need to examine the sector and make concrete recommendations for its restructuring. We cannot continue to have a situation where every time the drivers have a grouse the country locks down. I would advocate for the marketing companies to be compelled to own and operate a set number of tankers themselves. This would ensure that not all drivers are out of work at the same time. It may result in some drivers now being out of work but then so be it. I also believe that the unions who advocate this type of behaviour should be fined heavily to ensure that they think before they act in such a ridiculousand irresponsible manner.  Do not get me wrong, I have no problem with union action but I do feel that a strike is a last resort. I am a union member myself, but I think that a withdrawal of service is a last resort. With the tanker drivers, it is their modus operandi. Have an issue…strike.

The front page of the Jamaica Observer was mad this morning. It showed a picture taken by a photographer of the Prime Minister doodling in parliament. It goes to emphasize that she needs to always on her p’s and q’s when out in public as you never know what will make the news. Personally I think the photographer is just plain idle but hey…anything sells these days.

Anyway I’m getting hungry so later all.

October 18, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 11 Comments

It’s Friday Again 13/10/2006

Well it’s Friday again and this has really been a rough week. I haven’t had much time for myself. The schoolwork has stepped up a notch and we (my group) have actually resorted to meeting on a Saturday although we have no formal classes. It is no longer an option but a necessity.

We visited a local factory this week to assess the status of Occupational Safety & Health. It’s a part of one of my courses. Can I tell you that it was an eye-opener. No not in terms of OSH, that part was fine but just the process that are carried out and the fact that some are still so manual. But I won’t get into the details since the company bent over backwards to accommodate us in their workplace.

I had a piece of writing to share with you today but I left the book at home so I will post it on the weekend. This is a long weekend for us here in Jamaica. Monday is National Heroes Day. We have 7 heroes. Let me see if I can get them all. Then you non-Jamaicans can go do an internet search and get the lowdown on each one. They are:

Marcus Garvey

Alexander Bustamante

Nanny of the Maroons

Paul Bogle

George William Gordon

Norman Washington Manley

Sam Sharpe

I forgot the pictures of the heroes as well so I will have to upload those later too. 😦

Maybe it’s a sign of old age. To all who shouted yes I say …GWEEEEEEYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!

At any rate, have a good weekend.  and for those with long weekends (like myself) enjoy it because it’s the last one till Christmas.

October 13, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Noise of the Week 4/10/2006

Well i did my presentation last night and it seemed to have gone well. No hitches at all. 

I had a good laugh last evening from a news report. Apparently some lady in farrin (foreign) met in an accident and was saved by her breast implants. 😀 the newscast said that she had enlarged her breasts by implants to 40DD and in the impact they acted as if they were airbags by absorbing the force of the collision. The officer said that they did not work as well as the real thing since apparently they burst. My question is this….What the baxide somebody doin wid 40DD breasts? :O

The leading story this morning on all the news stations is a call from the JLP for the resignation of the entire government because of some scandal or the other proportedly involving two ministers of government and some Nigerian oil company. Last week it was another JLP member proclaiming that some communism threat was looming with some government ministers among other faults and problems. I understand that it is all about politics but in all honesty mi really sick and tired of all the political crap. My ideal world would be politics free. Not that the reports aren’t true or anything like that. As a member of the banking community though I am concerned as to how the sort of information that has been presented is obtained since it is a part of the whole cofidentiality and privacy thing. I hope they were not obtained illegally because in that case is bigger problems we have than just some scandal between political parties. In any case how do we move from asking 2 ministers to resign to demanding that an entire government step down?  Whatever……………….

Not much better in the US I’m afraid :S I am mystified that over the past few months several unearthed scandal involved the molestation of children. The guilty party then proclaims that they have checked into rehab, that they are gay and that they were molested as children. What the heck…..?????  Almost like a routine. Get found out, check in, proclaim sexual orientation and I was a victim. Strange people. What amazes me is that the citizens fight for open rights to any sexual orientation but then that same orientation becomes a key issue in any resulting brown stuff that hits the fan. Strange I tell you.

Just my two cents this morning. Have a great day.

October 4, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 13 Comments