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            [post_content] => If you have spent time in Jamaica recently, then you are well aware of the sweltering heat that the island is suffering from the blazing sun. The vitamin D that the sun rays supplies is essential for our survival, but, these days the heat from the sun just seems to be ten times hotter than it usually is. And it's becoming unbearable.

Walking on the street in Jamaica can be likened to walking in a large oven. It’s like one is being sandwiched by the heat from the sun. You feel the sweltering heat on your face and then you feel the heat that is coming up from the pavement beneath you. It's like the rays of the sun are being reflected off the pavement, so if you are outside,  it would be a very sad day, because you cannot escape the heat. Fans are being bought daily, and air conditioning units are being sought and bought in an attempt to get some cool air while inside a building.

To make matters worse, there’s a continuing drought on the island, so there’s a shortage of water and the heat is almost unbearable. Some places are suffering from a reduction in their water supply. The National Water Commission has to be reducing the water supply to various areas along with issuing out warning that people must try to conserve as much water as possible and only use the precious commodity for the essentials. There's also a projection that the drought and lack of rainfall might continue throughout the remainder of the year.

Notwithstanding, Jamaica appears to be one of many countries that are feeling the brute force of the sun. Global warming is in full swing and the results are devastating. People are constantly complaining about the heat from the sun, as for rain, the island hasn’t seen a significant down pour in months. The most that some fortunate parishes might experience is a drizzle.

During the day, the sun seems to be shining in full force, while in the night time the heat still remains. The heat is not as sweltering as it is during the day, but it is a lot hotter than would make one comfortable.

How hot is your country? Does it sound like what is currently being faced by Jamaicans living in Jamaica?
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The Blazing Sun!

July 26, 2014
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If you have spent time in Jamaica recently, then you are well aware of the sweltering heat that the island is suffering from the blazing sun. The vitamin D that the sun rays suppli...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has asked her Attorney General, Anand Ramloan to submit copies of the audit of the controversial Lifesport programme to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police “to investigate, detain and prosecute those guilty to the fullest extent of the law”.

Prime Minister Bissessar revealed to parliament that the audit had found a number of discrepancies including procurement breaches; the involvement of some persons in criminal activities; fraud by suppliers; theft of equipment; breaches of the Proceeds of Crime Act and a deviation from the mandates of Cabinet.

Former Minister of National Security Austin Jack Warner described the programme as a "cess pool of corruption" and indicated that in any other country, the Minister of Sports, Anil Roberts would have resigned. The main opposition, the People's National Movement (PNM) has filed a motion in parliament requesting the censure of Mr. Roberts as a result of the programme they described as "riddled with corruption".

“Based on the very real possibility of there being irregularities I immediately instructed that the programme be transferred to the Ministry of National Security, and that the Ministry of Finance and the Economy, through its Central Audit Committee, conduct a full audit.” declared Mrs. Bissessar.

“What is most shocking and disappointing, is the fact that given the usually stringent nature of the bureaucratic processes in obtaining approvals for projects, implementing programmes and monitoring progress, no action was taken to halt or prevent what the Audit Committee found” added the Prime Minister.

Mrs. Kalma Persad Bissessar stated that she was disappointed of having to immediately halt the programme because it was developed as a part of a comprehensive project in order to stem the tide against increase criminal activity in the country.

“It was specifically focused on saving the lives of young men who needed to be protected from the criminals who routinely preyed on them, and helping to shape positive futures for these young people. We see our young men as future fathers, future role models, future professionals, who need care, attention and opportunities. The criminals see them as pawns and as persons who could front crime and violence. To the criminal elements, these young men are a means to an end, and are, in their view expendable.”

She told legislators that as a result of the Central Audit Committee report producing several red flags attributed to Ministry Officials, it will be sent to the Integrity Commission and the Head of Public Service for further investigation, consideration and action.

“Citizens of our country can rest assured that as we move forward implementing programmes meant to positively impact our communities, we will not tolerate wrong-doing, we will not tolerate corruption, and we will not tolerate the abuse of programmes meant to save our people, for selfish, personal gains.

“In fact, if there is one very important message coming out of this Audit Report is the urgent need for procurement laws to become fully operationalized,” said Persad Bissessar, whom did not refer to her Sports Minister at any point during her speech.

 
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Kamla Insists On Criminal Investigation In Trinidad Lifesport Programme

July 26, 2014
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Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar has asked her Attorney General, Anand Ramloan to submit copies of the audit of the controversial Lifesport programme to the Director of Public...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The  protests which started at mid-day took place outside the office of the Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and was led by Mia Mottley, leader of the opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP). “Today is about sending a message to the government about this bad Solid Waste Tax that they need to repeal and rethink,”said Ms. Mottley.

“The people of Barbados have spoken across the length and breadth, that we’ve had 27 other taxes and fees imposed on us in the last six years. We can take no more.  This march is for the repeal of the Solid Waste Tax. This march is for a new government mechanism that allows us…as Bajans not to be surprised by a tax , not to be unfaired [sic] by a tax. But we say we know we are in trouble as a nation. Talk to your people Freundel, and let us work with you. And if you cannot talk to your people and let us work with you, do the decent thing and step one side.” declared the opposition leader in an open letter read outside the office of the Prime Minister.

The new tax was announced at the end of last year with a .03% charge on the site value of real estate property across the island. However, it has led to widespread complaints among residents who cited that their financial burdens are already too much to handle.

 
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Barbadians Protests Against Solid Waste Tax

July 25, 2014
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Thousands of Barbadians took the streets yesterday (Thursday) in opposition of the new Municipal Solid Waste Tax. The protests which started at mid-day took place outside the offic...Continue reading