Week 44 (2001)



Make no mistake about it; the tragic events of Sept. 11 coupled with the specter of a prolonged biological warfare via the Anthrax route have virtually placed the entire United States of America in a state of siege. How all of this will affect us must be the million-dollar question.
While the US Military is engaged in a retaliatory act of revenge, there ought to be some serious soul searching from the top to the bottom in that country. The terrorist attacks cannot be described as impulsive but rather the result of seething discontent and we would be foolhardy to believe that this can simply be bombed away or the capture of a few people will return everything to normal.
Over dependence on the USA for trade and aid must be of serious concern to our leaders here in Jamaica, especially our food security and when we are talking about biological warfare, this is serious business. We have seen that these terrorists have no limit to their destructive behavior and as we say in Jamaica "any card can play."
What would happen to our food supply of imports from the USA were cut off for an extended period due to contamination or otherwise? What contingencies do we have in place, for example what is the capacity of our seed bank here in Jamaica, now is the time to be pro-active, gentlemen please let us get our act together by paying close attention to events a they unfold to the north of us.


Percy Junor Hospital Gets Medical Supplies

The Concerned Friends of the Percy Junor Hospital, a New York Based Group of Jamaicans, donated two container loads of medical supplies to the hospital on Thursday October 25. The items included stretchers, beds, desks and chairs.
Shortly after the presentation of the gifts, the management and staff of the hospital, to honour the members of the organisation in recognition of their kindness to the institution over the past four years, hosted a ceremony.
Fay Petgrave, Director of the Southern Regional Health Authority, praised the group for their benevolence she said that the items donated over the years, totaling millions of dollars have gone a far way in making the hospital one of the best in the region.
Founder and President of the Group, Huntley Rattray, reiterated the group's commitment to making the Percy Junor Hospital one of the best equipped in the island and pledged to continue to assist however possible. He said that the items donated would eventually benefit other hospitals in the region.
Also in attendance at the ceremony were: Dr. Bradly Edwards, Senior Medical Officer, Matron C. Wright and Ms. Joan Tomlinson, Operations Manager


Mandeville Weekly Now On-line

Readers around the globe now have access to the Mandeville Weekly Newspaper at http://www.eyegrid.com/mandevilleweekly/.
Mandeville Weekly conducted a feasibility study in 2000, which resulted in the overwhelming acceptance of the concept of the community newspaper. Special interactive features will be added to the site to satisfy the needs of our new readership.
This is good news for readers on our mailing list in the Caribbean, UK, France, Germany, USA and Canada who will be able to log on every Thursday for news from Central Jamaica.


Taxi Operator Murdered

It was a sombre moment for many on Monday October 29, when they learnt of the gruesome discovery of the decomposing body of Andrew Morgan, a taxi-operator who plied the Mandeville to Newport route.
Morgan went missing last Tuesday October 23 at about 9:30p.m. Reports from the Mandeville CIB are that two persons offered Morgan a charter to Hatfield in Manchester, an unusual route for him. He reportedly drove from the shopping plaza where he parked and was not seen again.
A report was made to the police and a search began subsequently. On Friday October 26, the car was found abandoned in the Race Track area of Clarendon and then on Monday a student made the discovery of the body in Old England, Manchester while on the way to school.
An on the spot post mortem revealed that Morgan died from head injuries, consistent with machete wounds. Morgan's body had to be buried on Monday due to the advanced state of decomposition.
The Mandeville Police who are investigating are urging taxi operators to be very careful of the commuters they carry as passengers.


MCOC Launches Small Business Operation Courses

The Manchester Chamber of Commerce (MCOC) has taken an important step to encourage professionalism and efficiency in small business operation.
The Chamber in association with the Institute of Management and Production (IMP), Worldwide Technologies (Europe) and the New Economy Project of USAID, officially launched a series of short training courses on Tuesday October 23, during a ceremony at the Mandeville Hotel.
The courses are specially designed for owners and employees of small businesses and contracting firms.
President of the MCOC, Mr. Donovan Cover, said that the chamber embarked on the programme in an attempt to address the lack of formal training, which presently exists in the parish. And according to Mr. Cover, "Training is a very integral component for any successful business."
The programme partly funded by USAID offers training in the areas of Supervisory Management, Small Business Management, Project Management, Collection Techniques and Computer Technology.
Presently sixteen participants are being trained under the programme while another fifteen are expected to start before the end of the six-month duration of training period.
Mr. Cover has expressed optimism that the programme will act as a model for other Chambers of Commerce.
He said that based on the success of this programme the Chamber may continue to facilitate it and appealed to small business operators to access formal training in order to be successful and resourceful, employees and entrepreneurs.
Interested persons may contact the MCOC at 35 Ward Ave., Mandeville. Tel: 961-1440 or 962-5705


Confronting Suicidal Tendency Among Youths

Of the sixty persons who have committed suicide in Jamaica since the start of the year, nine are teenagers. Stress, frustration, guilt, lost of loved ones, broken heart and illness are just few of the reasons established for such unfortunate cases. And according to Dr. Donovan Thomas, the National Director of Jamaica Youth for Christ, as these problems intensify, more and more youths are becoming at risk of taking their lives.
In an effort to sensitize individuals to be better able to deal effectively with the matter of suicide and suicidal ideation among youths, the Jamaica Youth for Christ, held its Seventh in a series of Seminars dubbed: "Confronting Suicidal Tendency among Jamaican Youths", on Tuesday October 23 at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville.
Representatives of some 45 organization numbering over one hundred including peer counsellors, guidance counsellors, teachers, caregivers and other youth workers, participated in the eight hour long seminar.
The event, which was divided into four segments, saw presentations on among other topics, courses of suicide, the process of becoming suicidal, unveiling the myths about suicide and prevention and intervention strategies.
Dr. Thomas first became involved in working with suicidal youth fifteen years ago and recently completed a study, which indicated that approximately 50% of our nation's teenagers show some amount of vulnerability to suicide. However he said intervention from caring individuals can make a significant difference in the life of a hurting individual.
He reiterated that no threat of suicide should be taken lightly and noted that individuals could help to prevent suicide by being a good listener taking genuine interested in the person at risk and most importantly seeking professional help.
Tanesha Bryce, a student of the Manchester High School who participated in the seminar, was overwhelmed with the wealth of knowledge gained from the seminar. She explained that she was made more aware and conscious of the signs of suicide and pledged to relay the information to her peers so that they too may be exposed to the causes and effects of suicide.


Jamaica Special Olympics Hosts Sport Rally

The Jamaica Special Olympics Foundation LTD. will be having its National Sport Rally at G.C. Foster Collage of Physical Education on Saturday November 24, 2001.
As usual the Manchester Chapter is desirous of participating in these games, however due to financial constraints we are finding it difficult to attend. The foundation needs funding to purchase gears, pay for transportation and meals for these special children at these games
The estimated cost is Ten Thousand Dollars (10, 000.00); consequently we are soliciting assistance from readers to offset these costs.
Please send your contribution to the Jamaica Special Olympics Foundation Limited Manchester Chapter c/o Haughton's Pharmacy Limited, 18 West Park Crescent, Mandeville or at the foundation Bank a/c# 504084418 National Commercial Bank Mandeville Plaza.
All donations will be duly acknowledged, and accountability is guaranteed. Looking forward to your usual kind understanding and support, because without this we will not be able to attend this outstanding event.


Glenmuir High Wins JIS/NCB Heritage Quiz

Glenmuir High School walked away as champions of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS)/National Commercial Bank (NCB) 2001 Heritage Quiz Competition on Friday October 26 following their 50-23 win over Clarendon College, in the final match of the competition played at the Glenmuir High School in May Pen, Clarendon.
Glenmuir and Clarendon College advanced to the finals following their 57-2 and 38-23 win over Vere Technical and Kemps Hill High Schools respectively in the semi-final matches.
A total of eight schools participated in the competition this year, which was aimed at promoting aspects of our heritage and culture.
The winning team received prizes of a weekend for the members of the team and their coach at the Milk River Hotel and Spa, books, dictionaries and gift packages courtesy of Air Jamaica and Grace Kennedy & Co Ltd.
Branch Manager at NCB, May Pen, Mr. Kingsley Yapp said his company was pleased to be associated with the competition. Noting that our heritage formed an integral part of our history, Mr. Yapp encouraged the students to show more recognition for our inheritance instead of just twice per year at Emancipation/Independence and Heritage Week.
Chief Executive Officer of the JIS, Carmen Tipling said she was impressed with the level of participation in the competition, according to her; this was a part of the agency's commitment to making individuals more informed.


Roads, Water-Councillors

Poor road conditions and the lack of proper burial sites across the parish were two major concerns expressed by councillors attending the October meeting of the Westmoreland Parish Council. Main areas are the Petersfields to Galloway road, Roaring River to Petersfield and Whithorn to Darliston roads. The proposed Savanna-La-Mar cemetery is yet to come on stream; so too are the Whitehouse and Sheffield cemeteries while the cemetery at Prospect is in need of proper maintenance.
Bernard Vanriel who represents the Petersfield Division said he is not satisfied that enough is being done to address the road situation particularly as it affects the Central Westmoreland Constituency. Supporting him was Deputy Mayor Winston Comrie who expressed the wish for the roads to be repaired now that the water pipeline laid.
A plan for a new cemetery for Savanna-La-Mar has been on the drawing board for a long time; a site was identified and preparatory work began but was halted when Member of Parliament Dr. Karl Blythe indicated to the Council that the land was needed for housing development. He however, promised the Council an alternative piece of land for the cemetery. It has been almost a year but nothing further is heard from Dr. Blythe.
Over in Sheffield, Councillor Derrick McKenzie and Bertel Moore have been hopping mad over the failure of the relevant agencies to come to an agreement regarding the site for a new cemetery. According to Councillor Moore, the matter has remained pending ever since he became a Councillor three years ago. He invited the Health department to pay a visit to the old cemetery since it his opinion that it posed a health hazard.


WPC, UDC Negotiate Price Of Land For Cemetery

The Westmoreland Parish Council and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) appear to be heading for a showdown over a 20-acre site owned by the corporation but which the Council wants as a cemetery for the Whitehouse area.
After several years of waiting by residents and a protracted period of negotiation in which correspondence passed between the council and the corporation, it was subsequently decided that UDC would sell the land to council for one million, two hundred thousand dollars (J $1.2 million).
However, while the council argued that the asking price was reasonable, it nevertheless wanted, and infact, demanded that it secures a waiver from the corporation. A letter to this effect was sent to UDC some six months ago. To strengthen its waiver bid, the council attempted to use the close relations between Mayor Ralph Anglin and Prime Minister P.J. Patterson to its advantage.
Anglin reportedly lobbied Patterson to force UDC to grant council the waiver but the corporation, which falls directly under the Prime Minister's watch, would not relent. Patterson is said to have told the Mayor that the UDC is a business and must be allowed to operate as such.
At the September meeting of the council Security Manager Mrs. Patricia Sinclair-Stair read a letter from UDC boss Vin Lawrence pointing out that instead of granting a waiver, UDC is willing to swap the Parish Council the 20 acres with a piece of its land with similar value.
The parish council is however, insisting that it has no land to exchange and is maintaining that it is prepared to purchase the 20-acre site at Mount Edgecome. Sinclair-Stair has communicated this to the UDC, which has reportedly referred the matter to its Board of Directors.
Ivan "Bob" Pinnock, Councilor for the Whitehouse division for several decades has been like a voice in the wilderness. He has made many appeals for a cemetery for the fast growing commercial district without any success. He has lamented the fact that UDC appears to be bigger and more powerful than both the Prime Minister and his government.


Recognising a Dedicated Customer

National Water Commission (NWC) St. Elizabeth District Manager, Keith Harris (right) helps Mrs. Erna Danheim (center), NWC Central region's "Most Valued Customer" For July 2001, steady her Gift basket which she received for consistently paying her water bills on time, every time. NWC officials bearing the certificate and a gift basket of goodies surprised Mrs. Danheim at her workplace in Little Park, St. Elizabeth recently. Sharing in the occasion are Collections Supervisor, Trevor Green and Operations Supervisor, Claude Grindley (1st and 2nd.) left, respectively- both of the Black River District Office.


Schedule Of Activities For The Parish Council of St. Elizabeth - Local Government Month, November 2001

Meeting of the Council and Senior Members of Staff Re: Booklet on Local Government Reform-A Regional Framework for Local Government & Development on November 1, 2001.
Church Service at Lacovia Church of God at 11:00a.m. on November 4, 2001.
Ceremony for the Signing at the Agreement between the St. Elizabeth parish Committee: the St.. Elizabeth Parish Council and the Social Development Commission at Invercauld Hotel, Black River at 4:00p.m. on November 9, 2001.
Junior Council meeting at the Council Chamber at 10:00a.m on November 15, 2001
Joint Fun Day at Font Hill with Ministry of Local Government & Community Development staff on November 24, 2001.
Town Meetings at the Six Development Areas-Junction Balaclava, Maggotty, Black River, Santa Cruz and Lewisville during the month of November 2001.
Councillors giving talks at schools within their Division-Sensitizing the teachers and students on Local Government Reform during the month of November 2001.
Retirement Function for Miss Marlene Eulette-Former Secretary Manager, St. Elizabeth Parish Council at Bridge House Hotel, 6:00p.m. On November 30,2001.


S.P.M. Tightens Garbage Collection Schedule In St. Bess

Effective immediately Southern Parks and Markets (SPM) will no longer be collecting garbage once per week in areas outside of townships in St. Elizabeth, but instead, once per month. Additionally sweeping outside of major towns will be discontinued.
However, garbage collection patterns in major towns such as Santa Cruz, Junction and Black River will remain and street sweeping will continue.
General Manager of SPM, Mr. Gladstone Seally on Tuesday of this week, made this disclosure.
Mr. Seally noted that these steps were inevitable as there was not adequate funding to maintain these activities. He said that since the start of the 2001-2002 fiscal year the St. Elizabeth Parish Council has had a shortfall in the approved $1.1 million per month subvention for garbage collection. In April 2001 only $404,000.00 was received while $523,232.00 was received in September, hence a total shortfall of $1,272.678.00.
In recent weeks the parish of St. Elizabeth has been experiencing problems due to irregular garbage collection.
According to Mr. Seally this was the result of a malfunctioning unit, which served the parish. Presently the agency has only six garbage collecting units, (three International trucks and three Renault compactors.) Two of the International trucks serve the parish of St. Elizabeth, while the other plus the three Renault compactors serve the parish of Manchester.
Mr. Seally pointed out that the truck was repaired only this Monday and noted that it should be back in operation this week.
The SPM General Manager said that the agency cannot function effectively without adequate funding. He reported that during the period when the agency's truck was not in operation private trucks were hired to assist with garbage collection in some areas of St. Elizabeth. However, in areas such as Yardley Chase and Lover's Leap no garbage was collected for several weeks.
Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Parish Development Committee, Mr. Merrick Gayle, reported that the non-collection of garbage has had very negative impacts on several communities. He noted that much production time has been lost, as farmers and other householders had to be travelling for miles to dump their garbage, while other disposed of their waste illegally.
Mr. Gayle is calling on the Ministry of Local Government to quickly implement a proposed waste management programme or privatize the SPM, which he believes could bring about better waste management. He also said "SPM should be paid based on performance." More on garbage collection in St. Elizabeth in next week's issue.


"Meritone Returns"-Truly Entertaining

Music lovers from across the island were treated to an evening of fun food excitement and great music dating as far back as to the 1940's on Sunday October 28 at a show presented by Alumina Partners of Jamaica; dubbed- "Meritone returns with the greatest spinners on earth."
Governor General of Jamaica Sir Howard Cooke under whose patronage the event was held "set the stage" for the eleven Spinners, all notable figures, when he played Bob Marley's "one love" and "No woman no cry."
Custos Rotulorum for Manchester was the first spinner to approach the turntable. He provided much entertainment with his selections such as "War" and "Love me forever," and had the audience in total awe when he waltzed with his wife to sounds of the song "Georgia."
Other Spinners included Her Excellency Florentina Ukonga, Nigerian High Commissioner, Captain Horace Burrel, President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Dr. Leachim Semaj, Psychologist, Dr. Clifton Reid, chairman, Manchester Scouts Local Association, Ian Andrews, Broadcaster and Dr. Clinton Hulton, Lecturer, University of the west Indies.
It took prominent Entertainer Patrick Barrett aka "Tony Rebel" to put the audience in a dancing mood. Tony Rebel had almost everyone on their feet when he hit selections such as "Greetings I bring", "Tempted to Touch" and "Remember the Days." If these selections were not enough to make him the best of the spinners, the cheers he received when he played his hit single "Just Friends' certainly confirmed him as the crowd's favourite.
Michael Anthony Cuffe, Broadcaster, took the audience way back in time with songs such as "Twilight time" and "many a tears have to fall", while Dr. Herbert Thompson, President Northern Caribbean University mesmerized his audience with Dennis Brown's "Stop the fighting" and Silhouette.
Meritone Returns with the greatest Spinners on earth was staged to raise funds towards charities such as the Mannings Boys Home, Santa Cruz Infirmary and the Manchester Scouts.
According to David McKenzie public Relations Officer at Alpart the support received from both individuals and corporate entities was very satisfactory. He also disclosed that they were able to meet their $2 million target.


Congratulations Andre Roumel

We take this opportunity to congratulate our best friend, Andre Roumel who has just successfully completed his years of high school studies at the St. Elizabeth Technical High school.
All the best in your future endeavors, coming from: Veala Harriot, Waveney Smith, Symone Stevens, Veron Watson, Deron Williams and all your friends and class of 2001. We love you.


Dear Andrea,

I am pregnant for a married man who lives with his wife. He has been married for over thirty years and has three children with his wife. He tells me his wife is very boring and spends her time pursuing academic learning most of the time.
He tells me that his sex life is also boring and what he needs is modern lovemaking, this includes oral sex, which he says his wife refuses to indulge in with him. He is not the only man I have, when I found out I am pregnant I got involved with a young man, whom I will pass this pregnancy on.
This young man really thinks he is the father of my child and even promised to marry me.
Recently my young man seems to be shying away from me and won't decide to marry me until my child is born. The reasoning is that he now thinks I have been two-timing him. I figure a friend of mine whom I confide in has been telling him things about me.
Now I am faced with a problem. I can't approach this married man, because his wife is a terror and will tear me to bits if she finds out. What do you think I should do?


Dear Pregnant Lady,

You are really in a tight spot. It all began when you began acting like a Marriage-Counsellor to this man. You think you could solve his problem by giving him modern sex that his wife refuses him. Now he has had his feel of you and has filled your belly with a child. Where does that place you now? That man is at home with his wife, and you are out there in the cold, with a mouth to feed soon and an illegitimate offspring.
How are you going to make claim for support from a woman's husband?
Your "hitch on to boyfriend" has found you out and is shying away from you and can you blame him, what kind of scum are you?
You need to focus on a relationship that doesn't involve married men. They have very cunning ways, they will lie to a woman to get her to give up her "wares" through sympathy, one would call that affair, "the sympathizing affair" no love involves just satisfaction of the flesh. Often times little money passes from the man to the woman. Luckily she might get a box lunch and promises. When the married man is pressured by that particular woman he moves on to another target. You need to settle down and stop playing the man to man game, you will always end up the big loser otherwise.