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09/30/05

Permalink 11:16:57 pm, by Melba
Categories: Entertainment

Rising Star 2005, Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin, the humble 18 year old from Back Pasture, St Catherine was tonight named the winner of the Rising Star competition 2005. After the fiasco at Emancipation Park last Friday, September 23, 2005 a closed staging of the final chapter of the show was aired tonight on TVJ.

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09/29/05

Permalink 09:59:51 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Jacques Road in Turmoil Again

Once again Jacques Road, off Mountain View Road in Kingston is the focus of much attention. In three days one man, three women and a three month old infant was shot and killed by gunmen. Also six homes were destroyed by fire as gunmen threw a firebomb in to one house and the fire quickly spread to five other houses.
It was hoped that the opening of the new police station on Mountain View Road which is almost directly across from Jacques Road would have helped to alleviate the crimes in that area. Alas that does not seem to be the case. The police and soldiers are maintaining a strong presence and a curfew have been imposed since Tuesday night.
What is adding to the alarm is the amount of women being gunned down. Is it a case of ‘Cyaan ketch cwacoo, yuh ketch im shut’?

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09/27/05

Permalink 10:17:07 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Portmore leg of Highway 2000

Toll roads exist today worldwide as alternate routes to other major roadways. To relief congestion in traffic Governments will (without disturbing the already existing arrangements) offer another route. In other words one has an option. The toll roads usually have more lanes, have no traffic lights and are therefore much faster. They are however more expensive to travel on.

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09/26/05

Permalink 09:32:44 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Football Match Shooting

The pictures of mothers doubled over with grieve ‘bawling’ for the lost of their children is becoming an everyday sight in Jamaica. On the front pages of Jamaican newspapers and on the television everyday the scene becomes more prevalent. It’s heart breaking. It’s even more heart wrenching when the tears are for the lost of a child who has been brutally and senselessly killed.
On Sunday, September 25, 2005 a lone gunman shot and killed three persons and injured four others during a football match at the Brammie Clarke Sports Complex in Ewarton, St. Catherine. During the match between Rosemount and Ewarton, reports are that the gunman scaled the fence and started firing into the crowd. Among those killed were a six year old child and two adult male ages twenty two and twenty three. The conditions of the other four persons shot is not known at this time. They were all taken to the hospital.

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09/25/05

Permalink 09:43:11 pm, by Melba
Categories: Entertainment

Rising Stars 2005 Competition

On Friday September 23, 2005 the Rising Stars 2005 competition final show scheduled for Emancipation Park had to be postponed. If anyone had told me that Jamaicans were such fanatics when it came to stars I would have denied it, especially up and coming stars. The Rising Star 2005 competition has had all Jamaicans talking for some time now. Almost all Jamaica has been following the show on TVJ routing for their favorites. The final show was to be held at the Emancipation Park and all were invited.

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09/23/05

Permalink 07:59:46 pm, by Melba
Categories: Commentary

Eating Healthy

For a long time now I have been struggling with my weight. It usually becomes critical when I need to fit into that particular little outfit for that most important date. I will notice a few extra bulges or a zipper unable to meet (or did the outfit shrink). That’s when I become determined to do something about it. So I decide to go on a diet. After a couple of days (when I’m absolutely starving) I give up and simple go out and get a new outfit. The need to lose weight forgotten, until of course, the next grand occasion.

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09/22/05

Permalink 04:50:47 pm, by DEPORTEE
Categories: Entertainment

ST MARY MI COME FROM

Exiting the hot city of lights that was Kingston, heading up to Stony Hill and into the cool greenery of upper St Andrew, heading to St Mary. Annotto Bay here we come as we snaked up the winding round making a sure-footed approach to the lost parish of St Mary.
Sandwiched between banana trees on the tight and ackee trees on the right, it was like a triumphant Roman parade down a boulevard of fruitful dreams.
Under an almost star-less night, rooted to a spot to the left of the massive football field. It was people galore, all one could see was bobbing heads underneath a raining a show of flags. The massive crowd was like the numerous bananas tubers that stood rooted sentry like greeting the sea. At 9:50, we strolled in, ( I felt my belly growl, I had had some pork about an hour earlier).

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09/21/05

Permalink 10:06:13 pm, by Melba
Categories: Education

Where is the Discipline in our Schools?

On Monday, September 19, 2005, a female grade 10 student at the Ochi Rios High School in Ochi Rios St. Ann got into an altercation with the principal, Monica McIntyre. Reports are that the principal attempted to pull out the hem of the student’s uniform which was shorter than the stipulated length of two inches below the knee. The student resisted and blows were exchanged.

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09/20/05

Permalink 11:18:14 pm, by Melba
Categories: Education

School Security

It’s the start of the new school year and already the number of violent incidents in our schools is on the rise. September 19, 2005 one person was shot dead at Cockburn Gardens Primary School on the Hagley Park Road, St. Andrew. VauxHall High school in East Kingston closed in protest as teachers and students fear for their lives due to the gang warfare in the community.

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09/18/05

Permalink 06:09:02 pm, by Melba
Categories: Business, Commentary

Qualified by Experience Not Enough

Once upon a time you could get a ‘decent’ paying job based on your GCE, now CXC, examinations results. Most companies would employ a person on the strength of those passes and proceed to train them on the specifics required for the particular job. Based on the performance and attitude of the employee most companies would continue to provide training in different aspects of the job encouraging personal growth for the employee and overall growth for the company.

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Three Ministers

Three ministers - a Presbyterian, a Methodist, and a Southern Baptist and their wives were all on a cruise together. A tidal wave came up and swamped the ship, and they all drowned. The next thing you know, they're standing before St.Peter.

As fate would have it, the first in line was the Presbyterian and his wife. St. Peter shook his head sadly and said, "I can't let you in. You were moral and upright, but you loved money too much. You loved it so much, you even married a woman named Penny."

St.Peter waved sadly, and poof! Down the chute to the 'Other Place' they went. Then came the Methodist. "Sorry, can't let you in either," said Saint Peter "You abstained from liquor and dancing and cards, but you loved food too much.

You loved food so much, you even married a woman named Candy!" Sadly, St. Peter waved again, and whang! Down the chute went the Methodists.

The Southern Baptist turned to his wife and whispered nervously, "It ain't looking good, Fanny."

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