Monthly Archives: May 2006

Donald ‘Zekes’Phipps , Oliver Clarke, and the World Cup

Donald ‘Zekes’ Phipps is taking his community leader skills to prison for life (or 30 years, whichever is shorter). His lawyer, Churchill Neita, evidently was disappointed enough in the sentence to blame “foreign cops” for Zekes conviction and sentencing.

Images-2-1 Zekes

Yes, Mr. Neita, it seems likely that it took the presence of foreign cops for the police force to be able to gather enough evidence for Zekes to come to trial. And, yes, you are correct that many people are now scared to use their cell phones, especially if they are using them to order a murder.

As for lawyer Neita saying “community leaders such as Zeeks are necessary in the inner city communities to bring order and stability ”, this indicates that Mr. Neita believes that inner city residents are not worthy of order and stability brought about by an effective police force, an absence of dons and gangs, high employment, adequate housing etcetera. Sounds like libel to me.

Images-1-4 Churchill Neita

Mr. Neita should not despair of the Jamaican justice system however. Have you noticed how many of our “most wanted” are being captured alive and are going to trial ? As opposed to being killed “in a shootout” ? Doubtless due to all those foreign cops in the police force.

But as dead men need no lawyers, and live gangsters can’t have too many, Mr. Neita could end up thanking DCP Mark Shields for all the new business he’s sending his way…..(yes, I know: not very likely)



“Dead Men Walking” (Lee Jackson, Baz Gascoyne)



“Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out” (Lennie Spitale)



“Life, death and Sex in Prison” (Jimmie)

Oliver Clarke on crime

The owner of the Daily Gleaner, Oliver Clarke, has noticed that the “Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has been ”an abject failure“ as it has not been bringing the guilty to book”. (The Commission, you will recall, was supposed to prevent civil servants from retiring at age 45 as J$ billionaires….)

I think the PNP under PJ Patterson long ago lost its’ enthusiasm for any sort of accountability for public servants. However, all may not be lost. The new Prime Minister could still encourage the Jamaican courts to follow the route of the Texan and South Korean judiciaries which have fearlessly convicted, and will almost certainly lock up, Messrs Lay and Skilling of Enron, and the erstwhile founder (and detroyer) of Daewoo, Kim Woo-Choong.

Just imagine what could happen here if the police began to arrest, and juries to convict (and judges to send to prison) Board Chairmen and company founders for tax evasion, or fraud, or just plain tief.

We could have whistles being blown right, left and centre. We could have senior officers of Stock Exchange companies testifying against the Board of Directors. We could have girlfriends (and boyfriends) detailing their personal expenses for officers of the court.

In fact, the more I think about it, the more fun it seems likely to be. So Portia, don’t delay. Don’t waste time worrying about who among your PNP flock, or who at the Ministry of Finance, or who on which State Board, should be arrested. Do what you can do. Be what you can be.

Call Oliver Clarke right away. Come up with a list. (A list is vital.) And now, at last we have a job for SSP Adams. Give him the list and tell him to get going. Show those tax evaders no mercy, SSP !!!



“The Trial of Gangster Al Capone: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases)” (Karen L. Trespacz)



“The Untouchables (Special Collector’s Edition)” (Brian De Palma)

The World Cup

 41152590 Zidane 416 Zidane with World Cup Mascot Goleo (from the BBC)

Only just over nine days to go before the first matches, so it’s not too early to start checking out the different websites being offered for keeping us 100% informed and involved. The UK Guardian has a slow but informative flash site up with past World Cup info. The BBC is of course offering every kind of coverage 24/7 – radio, TV, web, mobile.

The official FIFA World Cup site is a bit disappointing – the match schedules are confusing and pictures of players aren’t up yet. (Apparently, they couldn’t find a picture of Ronaldo!)

The best downloadable World Cup match calendar I’ve seen so far is here.

A German site is offering an extension for Firefox browser users called FootieFox – this will stream the results of World Cup matches at the bottom of your screen. (Before downloading, please read the comments from users of a previous version over on the Firefox site).

Total football fanatics with lots of money can load up with portable media players, wrist TV’ s and PCTV sticks here. Gamblers can start checking the odds here.

In the absence of the Reggae Boys, Jamaicans can support the Soca Warriors from Trinidad and Tobago. Check out todays post at the Soca Warriors website !

If you’re not interested in football, but don’t want to be completely left out of the conversation, you could try this New York Times “soccer blog”. They’ll be covering the heavy duty stuff like why Holocaust denier President Ahmadinejad of Iran shouldn’t risk making the trip to Germany – not even if his team make the finals….



“Ronaldinho:The Best Player in the World” (Digital Latina)



“El Diego: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Footballer” (Diego Maradona)



“The Story of the World Cup: The Essential Companion to Germany 2006” (Brian Glanville)

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Donald ‘Zekes’Phipps , Oliver Clarke, and the World Cup

Donald ‘Zekes’ Phipps is taking his community leader skills to prison for life (or 30 years, whichever is shorter). His lawyer, Churchill Neita, evidently was disappointed enough in the sentence to blame “foreign cops” for Zekes conviction and sentencing.

Images-2-1 Zekes

Yes, Mr. Neita, it seems likely that it took the presence of foreign cops for the police force to be able to gather enough evidence for Zekes to come to trial. And, yes, you are correct that many people are now scared to use their cell phones, especially if they are using them to order a murder.

As for lawyer Neita saying “community leaders such as Zeeks are necessary in the inner city communities to bring order and stability ”, this indicates that Mr. Neita believes that inner city residents are not worthy of order and stability brought about by an effective police force, an absence of dons and gangs, high employment, adequate housing etcetera. Sounds like libel to me.

Images-1-4 Churchill Neita

Mr. Neita should not despair of the Jamaican justice system however. Have you noticed how many of our “most wanted” are being captured alive and are going to trial ? As opposed to being killed “in a shootout” ? Doubtless due to all those foreign cops in the police force.

But as dead men need no lawyers, and live gangsters can’t have too many, Mr. Neita could end up thanking DCP Mark Shields for all the new business he’s sending his way…..(yes, I know: not very likely)



“Dead Men Walking” (Lee Jackson, Baz Gascoyne)



“Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out” (Lennie Spitale)



“Life, death and Sex in Prison” (Jimmie)

Oliver Clarke on crime

The owner of the Daily Gleaner, Oliver Clarke, has noticed that the “Commission for the Prevention of Corruption has been ”an abject failure“ as it has not been bringing the guilty to book”. (The Commission, you will recall, was supposed to prevent civil servants from retiring at age 45 as J$ billionaires….)

I think the PNP under PJ Patterson long ago lost its’ enthusiasm for any sort of accountability for public servants. However, all may not be lost. The new Prime Minister could still encourage the Jamaican courts to follow the route of the Texan and South Korean judiciaries which have fearlessly convicted, and will almost certainly lock up, Messrs Lay and Skilling of Enron, and the erstwhile founder (and detroyer) of Daewoo, Kim Woo-Choong.

Just imagine what could happen here if the police began to arrest, and juries to convict (and judges to send to prison) Board Chairmen and company founders for tax evasion, or fraud, or just plain tief.

We could have whistles being blown right, left and centre. We could have senior officers of Stock Exchange companies testifying against the Board of Directors. We could have girlfriends (and boyfriends) detailing their personal expenses for officers of the court.

In fact, the more I think about it, the more fun it seems likely to be. So Portia, don’t delay. Don’t waste time worrying about who among your PNP flock, or who at the Ministry of Finance, or who on which State Board, should be arrested. Do what you can do. Be what you can be.

Call Oliver Clarke right away. Come up with a list. (A list is vital.) And now, at last we have a job for SSP Adams. Give him the list and tell him to get going. Show those tax evaders no mercy, SSP !!!



“The Trial of Gangster Al Capone: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases)” (Karen L. Trespacz)



“The Untouchables (Special Collector’s Edition)” (Brian De Palma)

The World Cup

 41152590 Zidane 416 Zidane with World Cup Mascot Goleo (from the BBC)

Only just over nine days to go before the first matches, so it’s not too early to start checking out the different websites being offered for keeping us 100% informed and involved. The UK Guardian has a slow but informative flash site up with past World Cup info. The BBC is of course offering every kind of coverage 24/7 – radio, TV, web, mobile.

The official FIFA World Cup site is a bit disappointing – the match schedules are confusing and pictures of players aren’t up yet. (Apparently, they couldn’t find a picture of Ronaldo!)

The best downloadable World Cup match calendar I’ve seen so far is here.

A German site is offering an extension for Firefox browser users called FootieFox – this will stream the results of World Cup matches at the bottom of your screen. (Before downloading, please read the comments from users of a previous version over on the Firefox site).

Total football fanatics with lots of money can load up with portable media players, wrist TV’ s and PCTV sticks here. Gamblers can start checking the odds here.

In the absence of the Reggae Boys, Jamaicans can support the Soca Warriors from Trinidad and Tobago. Check out todays post at the Soca Warriors website !

If you’re not interested in football, but don’t want to be completely left out of the conversation, you could try this New York Times “soccer blog”. They’ll be covering the heavy duty stuff like why Holocaust denier President Ahmadinejad of Iran shouldn’t risk making the trip to Germany – not even if his team make the finals….



“Ronaldinho:The Best Player in the World” (Digital Latina)



“El Diego: The Autobiography of the World’s Greatest Footballer” (Diego Maradona)



“The Story of the World Cup: The Essential Companion to Germany 2006” (Brian Glanville)

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The hotel at Pear Tree Bottom – turtles and tourists to live in harmony ?

Amazingly enough, it seems that good sense may yet prevail in the case of the Pinero Group and their 2,000 room hotel at Pear Tree Bottom. Their license to build was quashed in the courts on the grounds that the responsible Government of Jamaica agencies had failed to follow their own procedures, and, according to the Pinero Group, millions of pesetas immediately went up in smoke or down the drain or washed into the wetlands…

The victorious environmentalists, the Jamaica Environment Trust and the Northern Jamaica Conservation Association, were then subjected to the type of abuse normally reserved for opponents of motherhood, chastity and the Christian church.

Yet it seems that both parties have been able to rise above the level of their supporters and detractors, and may yet reach an out-of-court agreement on how the wetlands and wildlife will be conserved even with the Bahia Principe hotel in their midst.

(If you missed all the hot air, you can read it here and here and here and here and here)



“Sea Turtles : A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation” (James R. Spotila)



“Wetland Ecology : Principles and Conservation (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)” (Paul A. Keddy)



“Saving Louisiana?: The Battle for Coastal Wetlands” (Bill Streever)

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The hotel at Pear Tree Bottom – turtles and tourists to live in harmony ?

Amazingly enough, it seems that good sense may yet prevail in the case of the Pinero Group and their 2,000 room hotel at Pear Tree Bottom. Their license to build was quashed in the courts on the grounds that the responsible Government of Jamaica agencies had failed to follow their own procedures, and, according to the Pinero Group, millions of pesetas immediately went up in smoke or down the drain or washed into the wetlands…

The victorious environmentalists, the Jamaica Environment Trust and the Northern Jamaica Conservation Association, were then subjected to the type of abuse normally reserved for opponents of motherhood, chastity and the Christian church.

Yet it seems that both parties have been able to rise above the level of their supporters and detractors, and may yet reach an out-of-court agreement on how the wetlands and wildlife will be conserved even with the Bahia Principe hotel in their midst.

(If you missed all the hot air, you can read it here and here and here and here and here)



“Sea Turtles : A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation” (James R. Spotila)



“Wetland Ecology : Principles and Conservation (Cambridge Studies in Ecology)” (Paul A. Keddy)



“Saving Louisiana?: The Battle for Coastal Wetlands” (Bill Streever)

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Seaga and Privy Council puncture and then trample on Caribbean Court of Justice balloon

Despite Prime Minister Patterson informing the the U.K. based Guardian newspaper in 1999 that Jamaica would become a republic within 5 years (that is, by 2003), the Queen is still with us.

Not only do we still have the Queen, but it looks as though we may have the Privy Council for a while longer. The former leader of the Opposition, Edward Seaga, who is now making his contribution to society as an academic and Gleaner columnist, tells us why. You can read his article here.

Seaga explains clearly why the Privy Council is insisting that any new final Court of Appeal must be entrenched in the Constitution – this has to be done in order to prevent any future Government from abolishing the court if it makes any decisions that it doesn't like.

Entrenching the Caribbean Court of Justice as our final Court of Appeal will require (1) a referendum and (2) a majority of Jamaicans voting in favor of the new court.

Seaga thinks this will never happen. I think it won't happen any time soon.

What a relief !

Does this mean we get to keep the Queen ?

And by the way, for all you Seaga haters out there, he is a much better columnist that he ever was a politician. And had he been at the University of the West Indies all these years, it is hard to believe that the Faculty of Social Sciences would not now have an international reputation, instead of being a local brand of “intellectual ghetto”…….

“The Republic (Penguin Classics)” (Plato, Rachana Kamtekar)

“The Trial of Socrates” (I.F. Stone)

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The Week : O de Israelites…

This week’s “Believe It or Not” :

Evans Coral Coral reef (from http://www.silver-sands.com)
Hard on the heels of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s denunciation of the judgment halting construction of the Pinero Group’s 2,000 room hotel at Pear Tree Bottom, we have an endorsement of the judgment by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) !!!!!
You can just go ahead and knock me and Peter Espeut down with a feather ! Not to mention that the JHTA has just put their cat down among the pigeons named Garnet Roper, Trevor Munroe, Tony Abrahams and Ronnie Thwaites, (who had not only urged that the development be allowed to continue forthwith, but managed to impugn the integrity, good sense and patriotism of individuals working for JET and NJCA).
Of course (once recovered from the shock ) it did occur to me that the two most influential members of the JHTA (Messrs. Butch Stewart of Sandals and John Issa of Super Clubs) might not be all that thrilled about the arrival of Spanish hoteliers on their home turf……. and that might, possibly, very probably, have something to do with the JHTA’s statement….
But no matter. If the JHTA has seen the light, and is suddenly interested in Jamaica still having nice beaches and reefs to sell to tourists in 10, 15, 20 years time, then it is all good…..

“Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Reef Set)” (Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach)
U.S. Congress to settle dispute between the Government and the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) ?

It looks as though the decision by the U.S. Congress to lift current restrictions on the immigration of registered nurses to the U.S. means some kind of end to the current dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the NAJ over whether or not the Government will be offering the nurses an improved compensation package.
The U.S. Congress has put the Government of Jamaica on notice. No matter how little, or how much, it offers to the NAJ, Jamaican nurses will now have to have very good personal reasons for staying in Jamaica…..

Average U.S. salary for a registered nurse : US$ 62,194
Number of registered nurses needed in the U.S. as of April 2006 : 118,000

“Mary Seacole: The Black Woman Who Invented Modern Nursing” (Jane Robinson)
Man woman business:
Betty Ann Blaine has an upsetting article about children being raped by their mothers’ boyfriends and husbands. Her proposed solution is that Jamaicans should come together in loving, married couples to raise children. Well, nothing to disagree with so far. Of course, HOW we do that is another matter…..Orlando Patterson has some ideas.

“Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries” (Orlando Patterson)
The Property (Rights of Spouses) Act has come into effect. Like the proposed Maintenance Act, it treats men and women equally when a marriage or common law relationship breaks down, however let’s just call it Helga’s Law.
20041214T230000-0500 71469 Obs No Money For Helga From Ex Lover S Account 1 Helga Stoeckert, ex-lover of the late Paul Geddes
Time longer than rope : Reneto Adams

Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams is concerned that he has not been reinstated following his failure to be convicted of murder in a trial by jury last December.
 1537638 Reneto150 SSP Adams
SSP Adams evidently does not recall that the murders at Crawle were just one of the blots on his copybook. He was also not convicted of the murders of the Braeton seven, and he was not convicted of the carnage in West Kingston (25 dead).
However, during the time that SSP Adams has been out of the police force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has, under Commissioner Lucius Thomas and with the assistance of Scotland Yard, been transformed from a posse into an increasingly effective (and increasingly respected) crime fighting organization.
Mark Shields DCP Mark Shields
I trust that Commissioner Thomas will find something for SSP Adams to do – perhaps in Hollywood, or maybe Iraq – where his type of policing may still be welcome. Where he goes should not be of any consequence. As long as he’s no longer in the police force in Jamaica.

(For those of us who believe in the power of prayer, please remember to pray for SSP Adams. Like all of us, he is much in need of forgiveness….)

“Police in Helicopter” (John Holt)

“Fallen Is Babylon” (Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers)
Goodbye, Desmond Dekker. Rest in peace.
(Did you know that some of his fans outside Jamaica believe that he is singing about the present-day inhabitants of Israel ? Whereas here, on island, we know he is singing about us, the inhabitants of present-day Babylon….)

“Israelites: Anthology 1963-1999” (Desmond Dekker)

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The Week : O de Israelites…

This week’s “Believe It or Not” :

Evans Coral Coral reef (from http://www.silver-sands.com)
Hard on the heels of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s denunciation of the judgment halting construction of the Pinero Group’s 2,000 room hotel at Pear Tree Bottom, we have an endorsement of the judgment by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) !!!!!
You can just go ahead and knock me and Peter Espeut down with a feather ! Not to mention that the JHTA has just put their cat down among the pigeons named Garnet Roper, Trevor Munroe, Tony Abrahams and Ronnie Thwaites, (who had not only urged that the development be allowed to continue forthwith, but managed to impugn the integrity, good sense and patriotism of individuals working for JET and NJCA).
Of course (once recovered from the shock ) it did occur to me that the two most influential members of the JHTA (Messrs. Butch Stewart of Sandals and John Issa of Super Clubs) might not be all that thrilled about the arrival of Spanish hoteliers on their home turf……. and that might, possibly, very probably, have something to do with the JHTA’s statement….
But no matter. If the JHTA has seen the light, and is suddenly interested in Jamaica still having nice beaches and reefs to sell to tourists in 10, 15, 20 years time, then it is all good…..

“Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Reef Set)” (Paul Humann, Ned DeLoach)
U.S. Congress to settle dispute between the Government and the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) ?

It looks as though the decision by the U.S. Congress to lift current restrictions on the immigration of registered nurses to the U.S. means some kind of end to the current dispute between the Ministry of Finance and the NAJ over whether or not the Government will be offering the nurses an improved compensation package.
The U.S. Congress has put the Government of Jamaica on notice. No matter how little, or how much, it offers to the NAJ, Jamaican nurses will now have to have very good personal reasons for staying in Jamaica…..

Average U.S. salary for a registered nurse : US$ 62,194
Number of registered nurses needed in the U.S. as of April 2006 : 118,000

“Mary Seacole: The Black Woman Who Invented Modern Nursing” (Jane Robinson)
Man woman business:
Betty Ann Blaine has an upsetting article about children being raped by their mothers’ boyfriends and husbands. Her proposed solution is that Jamaicans should come together in loving, married couples to raise children. Well, nothing to disagree with so far. Of course, HOW we do that is another matter…..Orlando Patterson has some ideas.

“Rituals of Blood: Consequences of Slavery in Two American Centuries” (Orlando Patterson)
The Property (Rights of Spouses) Act has come into effect. Like the proposed Maintenance Act, it treats men and women equally when a marriage or common law relationship breaks down, however let’s just call it Helga’s Law.
20041214T230000-0500 71469 Obs No Money For Helga From Ex Lover S Account 1 Helga Stoeckert, ex-lover of the late Paul Geddes
Time longer than rope : Reneto Adams

Senior Superintendent Reneto Adams is concerned that he has not been reinstated following his failure to be convicted of murder in a trial by jury last December.
 1537638 Reneto150 SSP Adams
SSP Adams evidently does not recall that the murders at Crawle were just one of the blots on his copybook. He was also not convicted of the murders of the Braeton seven, and he was not convicted of the carnage in West Kingston (25 dead).
However, during the time that SSP Adams has been out of the police force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force has, under Commissioner Lucius Thomas and with the assistance of Scotland Yard, been transformed from a posse into an increasingly effective (and increasingly respected) crime fighting organization.
Mark Shields DCP Mark Shields
I trust that Commissioner Thomas will find something for SSP Adams to do – perhaps in Hollywood, or maybe Iraq – where his type of policing may still be welcome. Where he goes should not be of any consequence. As long as he’s no longer in the police force in Jamaica.

(For those of us who believe in the power of prayer, please remember to pray for SSP Adams. Like all of us, he is much in need of forgiveness….)

“Police in Helicopter” (John Holt)

“Fallen Is Babylon” (Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers)
Goodbye, Desmond Dekker. Rest in peace.
(Did you know that some of his fans outside Jamaica believe that he is singing about the present-day inhabitants of Israel ? Whereas here, on island, we know he is singing about us, the inhabitants of present-day Babylon….)

“Israelites: Anthology 1963-1999” (Desmond Dekker)

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