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Top 10 Things to Look For In A Modern Man (Part I)

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Around this time each year community members are known to patronize our local gym establishments. These Centres of Excellence, fine tune and harden masculine bodies and churn out hotness like a Chinese factory. This Summer the production costs should stabilize at last year’s level given Spartan’s new Summer Special which should have the other Kingston gyms following and for Person’s resident in Portmore- Gym costs there average between J$3,000- J$3,500. For those looking something deeper than a Summer Fling here are the top ten things to look for in a Modern Man.

10. Wheels.

What can we say?  The man must have a ride and by this we mean he must own a car.  I don’t know about you, but the on time or city guide cab service definitely won’t cut it all the time. Moreover, the car serves purposes other than getting you to and from a destination. Wink wink

9. Essence.

The man must smell good.  How the guy smells is just as important as how he looks. Can you imagine being in bed with a guy who reminds you of O Di Toilet? Some people get kicks from that. Kudos to them! A man that has Estee Lauder Pleasures for Men, CKin2U, Diesel Fuel For Life, 212 by Carolina Herrera, Attitude by Armani is good to go!

8. Sobriety.

Ok boys, this one is a bit rough because I can barely find 5 guys who I know don’t drink.  However we must always keep Smirnoff’s popular slogan in mind: Drink responsibly. Alcohol in excess can have an adverse effect on one’s health as well as immediate effects on one’s personality and judgment. One drink too many can turn a seemingly happy occasion into a regrettable event. Trust me, we’ve seen it before.  So, if you do decide to party at Susie’s on a Monday night before 10 pm for their half off mojitos, invite enough people to share in the festivities.

7. Open-mindedness.

No one likes a Know-it- all, but even worse than that is a No- it all. If the man you are checking says no to nearly every idea or suggestion you have, chances are you really are just an accessory in the relationship. That is cool if you are in it just for the bling, (or if the guy is popular) the attention it brings you- but if you are looking a Long Term Relationship run very fast!!

6. BlackBerry-Friendly.

Don’t hate me for this one if you don’t have a BlackBerry permanently attached to your fingers. I am just merely stating the facts 😉 RIM’s line of BlackBerry smart phones along with their services is a godsend to the modern man. With its messenger service one can communicate freely with that special person/person of interest. Also, it allows you to save money on credit that can go back into paying for a dinner at Fridays or East Japanese. A man with a BlackBerry is a man indeed.

Regulations Governing The Period Of Public Emergency

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Governor General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has signed off on the regulations that will govern the current period of public emergency that was declared Sunday May 23. The Jamaican Constitution requires that once a state of emergency is imposed, regulations be published detailing the powers of the authorities and the restrictions that apply to citizens.

The regulations speak of a Competent Authority and identify that authority as the Governor General, the Minister of National Security, the Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, or the Senior Office of Police in the parish of Kingston and St. Andrew.

During the period of public emergency, which is scheduled to last for at least another 28 days and is limited to the corporate area, the regulations give the Competent Authority the power to do the following:

  • Prevent persons from remaining in, preventing or blocking access to any structure or building.
  •  Prevent persons from blocking, obstructing or interfering with any road or path.
  •  Erect barriers, block access or divert any road or cordon any area, place or premises to prohibit or otherwise regulate access to such places. Where this power is exercised the Competent Authority should give notice to the public by the most effective methods. In certain instances the orders will have to be published in the gazette – the body of laws signed by the Governor General. In other cases, the Competent Authority may use its discretion to decide how to publish public notices, whether through posters, loudspeaker notification, flyers, banners etc.
  •  Establish cordons and curfews and require persons to stay indoors and not to leave without the required permit. Under the regulations persons who enter or leave an area where a curfew is in place without written or oral permission, are guilty of an offence and can be placed before the court for punishment.
  •  Direct persons in charge of vehicles to move them to some other point in a 10 mile radius.
  •  Search premises or vehicles where persons are suspected or are likely to endanger public safety.
  •  Stop and search vehicles if it’s suspected that they are being used in a manner prejudicial to public safety.
  •  Have right of access to do work on land which is required for the perseveration of peace or regulating the supply and distribution of water, fuel, electricity transportation and other necessities (the statutory purpose).
  •  Take over on the order of the Governor General any premises or facility which provides essential services defined in the Regulations.
  •  Prevent trespass to public premises.
  •  Prevent trespass to premises of essential services.
  •  Protect public roads. This may include the setting up of road blocks and cordons which should be communicated to the public via notices in newspapers or though the electronic media. Once these road blocks or cordons are in place, persons will have to get permission to enter or leave the areas in question.
  •  Requisition essential services, by taking possession of premises apart from cash and securities after notice is given.
  •  Demand that persons furnish or produce to the Competent Authority articles or information in possession of persons who are deemed to have information or articles in their possession.
  •  Restrict publication of undesirable material which may be prejudicial to the public interest or which may incite persons to commit a breach of the peace.
  •  Prohibit assemblies of persons.
  •  Prohibit the carrying of a firearm or other lethal weapon.
  •  Prohibit the use of firearms and ammunition conditionally or unconditionally.
  •  Restrict access to certain areas for persons who are suspected of acting prejudicial to public safety.
  •  Prohibit the wearing of uniforms and emblems except for those engaged in lawful industrial action.
  •  Question persons and demand answers.
  •  Arrest and detain persons whose behavior gives reasonable grounds for suspecting that he/she is acting in a manner prejudicial to public safety, or has committed an offence against the Regulations. Such persons are to be detained up to a period not exceeding 24 hours. However, the Competent Authority has the power to extend that detention period by a further 5 days on the authority of a Resident Magistrate or a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent.
  •  Search persons and seize any article which is suspected or intended to be used in a manner prejudicial to public order and/or public safety.
  •  Confine persons to residences on the authority of the Minister to prevent such persons from acting in a manner prejudicial to public safety.
  •  Control places of public resort and entertainment which are specified in an order.
  •  Restrict the granting of bail for persons who contravene or fail to comply with provisions of the Regulations, and where it is believed that such persons would be likely to commit a similar offence against the Regulations.
  •  Deal with compensation for the use of property and equipment during the period of state of emergency.

 Additionally, the Minister of National Security has the power to issue detention orders to exercise control over persons conditionally or unconditionally. Under the Constitution, a three-member Review Tribunal is to be established to examine cases of persons who have been detained by order of the Minister, or those who are the subject of restricted access. The Chief Justice is to appoint the Chairman of the Tribunal and the two other members appointed by the Governor General.

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Copyright ©1996 – 2003, Jamaica Information Service, All rights reserved.
Tel: (876) 926-3590-8/926-3740-8 Fax: (876) 926-6715 e-mail: jis@jis.gov.jm

That Prime Minister’s apology!

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Like the rest of Jamaica, the editorial team at PINK has been glued to all media outlets to get the latest twist and turn in the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips affair and the Dudus Imbroglio. It is our, hope that the main stream media houses and the political historians at the local and regional universities are busy documenting the saga in its entirety for posterity. Yet whilst the events unfolding in Kingston are not specifically Rainbow in nature and orientation, here at PINK we have always advocated for social inclusion of the community. This advocacy is borne out of the reality and realization that events in the wider society impact and affect community members! More importantly and simply, community members are a part of the general Jamaican society.

The P.M.’s apology

One of the most curious developments over the past two weeks from a national psychological perspective was the national acceptance of an apology by the Prime Minister. By the night of the 15th May after a disastrous and almost confusing media briefing performance by the JLP’s General Secretary and Chairman, Karl Samuda and Ken Baugh respectively, it had become clear that the PM’s tenure in office was hanging by the thinnest of strings. However, by the Sunday night after a well scripted apology the nation retreated from chants of Bruce Must Go, and a tense calm was restored to both Jamaica House and Vale Royal. The question must be asked why?

That the nation was so quick to accept the Prime Minister’s apology does not by itself mean a restoration of confidence in the Hon. Orette Bruce Golding. What it probably signifies is that the country was more afraid of the consequences if it did not accept, that apology! With the government Members of Parliament toeing the Party line, save an anonymous two- the worse case scenario pointed to an escalation of tensions and mass demonstrations, as all constitutional channels to eject the Prime Minister would have been effectively choked. Furthermore, unlike the Gas riots of 1999 (the last time there was an uprising against an administration) there was no united grass roots position existing in the country that galvanized support for or against the Prime Minister’s resignation. Indeed, it may be argued that a major difference between 1999 and 2010 is that in the Gas Riots the question was about government policy, in 2010 the question would be about the government itself. Thus a rational fear existed that any escalation in tension could and would expose the deep political and tribal fissures that exist in the country.

In any event, prior to May 15th many “no-named” individuals had begun to ask the question “kick out Bruce fi who, Portia and the PNP?” This question had prompted the leader of the Opposition to make her now infamous Don’t Gloat Speech at the PNP’s National Executive Council Meeting at the University of the West Indies. Here at PINK we are not of the opinion that this question means that the populace does not like Mrs. Simpson-Miller and her band of comrades. Rather, we feel that the question indicates a mood in the country that there exist deep cultural similarities between the Opposition and the Government. Thus the country calculated that a cost of a change in administration at this time would come at significantly too high a price with no commensurate benefit. It is our position that the Opposition must enter a period of deep introspection because this question illustrates that in the darkest days of the Bruce Golding Administration, the Portia Simpson-Miller lead opposition is seen by the population as been no better than the government. Quite frankly this is the clearest example of a country asking itself: should it swap Black Dawg fi Monkey?

Yet even if the Prime Minister’s apology is accepted, whether out of fear or genuine belief, there are still many unanswered questions that require explanation. In his broadcast to the nation, the Prime Minister stated that: The engagement of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips by Mr. Harold Brady was an effort to secure assistance in resolving the stalemate because the party was concerned about the negative effect it was having on relations between Jamaica and the United States. I sanctioned this initiative but made it clear that it was to be kept completely separate from the government. As I later discovered, those instructions were not followed. Having sanctioned it, I cannot escape responsibility for it or the developments that have ensued although I was not myself involved in those activities. This paragraph alone forces us to ask the Prime Minister: who are the persons that deliberately ignored his instructions to keep the matter separate from the government and further what will the administration do to punish these individuals?

However, the events of Sunday May 24 may have shown that the Prime Minister over-spoke when he stated that the Minister of Justice, in consideration of all the factors, will sign the authorization for the extradition process to commence. He should have realized that his message was not only been seen by law abiding citizens and the police but by agents of the criminal underworld. As a consequence, questions will have to be raised about the strategic competency of the Prime Minister, considering his ministerial responsibility as Commander in Chief.

Selah

State Readies to Engage Tivoli

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A limited State of Emergency will be implemented in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica at 6pm today as the instability of the capital continues with criminals seeking to prevent the arrest of alleged crime lord Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.

The decision was made at an emergency cabinet meeting at earlier today.

The Cabinet met amidst growing unrest in the downtown Kingston region. Sections of west Kingston have been unstable since the government approved the extradition request for Coke who lives in Tivoli Gardens.

Sporadic gunfire has been heard throughout the community by men with high-powered weapons seen manning roadblocks. Men have also been seen roaming the streets with high-powered rifles and on roof tops.

A state of emergency is a governmental declaration that may suspend certain normal functions of government, alert citizens to alter their normal behaviours, or order government agencies to implement emergency preparedness plans. It can also be used as a rationale for suspending civil liberties.

The last time a State of Emergency was imposed was during Hurricane Dean in 2007.

Community members are asked to note that during a state of emergency there exists a suspension of civil liberties as it relates to freedom of movement in the affected areas. Please stay close to all media outlets to get the latest and most up to date news.