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"We’ve got your back, Barack."
Hot Calaloo has endorsed Barack Obama for president of the USA. But that is not enough. It is not enough when we know that the Republican dirty tricks machine will use their full arsenal of lies, distortions, all sorts of deceit against him. For example:
We cannot depend on the media to expose these dirty democracy-defeating
tricks. Hot Calaloo’s OBAMA WATCHDOG
will and invites other Caribbean organizations, similar media and
even our readers to do likewise. We are small but together, let us form an
information phalanx to bring their wicked deeds to light and keep things
fair. And we will keep shining that purging light so that as our brave
warrior Barack Obama leads on against rich, powerful, and devious
adversaries, so that we we can say to him, "We’ve got your back,
Exposing Fox News
Recently I was sitting in a Jamaican restaurant newly opened with much fanfare. I almost choked on my golden-crusted pattie when I realized that the big wide-screen TV on the wall was assailing me with the anti-Obama Fox News.
(From movie producer Robert Greenwald)
Jamaica Bolts to Olympic glory
Usain Bolt led the way to glory for Jamaica with 3 gold medals, 3 Olympic records and 3 world records. It was an incredible performance and branded him the star of the Beijing Olympic games as he took the 100m in 9.63, the 200 m in 19.30 and blazed the third leg of the 4x 100m relay to a relay time of 39.3. I am sure his early dominating win of the 100 m inspired his compatriots to greatness too for they sure ran as if inspired evidenced by:
Other Caribbean countries also shone. Cuba gained the most total medals in the region with 24 medals, 2 gold, 11 silver, and 11 bronze. Trinidad and Tobago, the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic finished with 2 medals each. The Dominican Republic won a gold and a silver, T&T two silvers and the Bahamas one silver and one bronze.
Olympic Sour notes
Bolt (11) and Powell (13) bombarded with drug tests
Usain Bolt was drug-tested at least 11 times in 2008, according to Nick
Davies, a spokesman for the world track & field federation (IAAF).
Bolt was tested four times out-of-competition by the IAAF and three times
in-competition, Davies said. He also has been tested four times by the
International Olympic Committee - including three blood tests - while he
was in China.
IOC president attack on Bolt
Hurricane Gustav leaves a wake of death and destruction
Hurricane Gustav has left behind a wake of death and destruction in the Caribbean countries of Haiti. Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and Cuba. Even though in Haiti, Dominican Republic and Jamaica it did not even reach the status of hurricane with winds of 70 miles per hour only, it wreaked havoc with heavy torrential rainfall.
Haiti and the Dominican Republic did not even have time to recover from tropical storm Fay, which took over 53 lives in Haiti and at least 3 in the Dominican Republic, mainly with devastating floods and landslides. Gustav followed Fay, washing away buildings, bridges and roads with a death toll of 51 in Haiti and 8 in the Dominican Republic to then proceed to Jamaica to wreak similar havoc.
In Jamaica then tropical Storm Gustav took 10 lives according to early
reports with several others reported missing. It left at least $J3 billion
in damage to the country's road infrastructure. A full assessment of the
damage to the road network has not been made, but the damage done to two
main bridges alone is approximately $1.5 billion. The Hope River bridge in
Harbour View, St Andrew, as well as the Georgia bridge in Portland were
destroyed by gushing rivers, swollen by heavy rains associated with
Gustav. The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) had to use four buses
trapped on the Bull Bay section of the Hope River Bridge in Harbour View
to shuttle residents to the bridge. Passenger will take the bus to one
side of the broken bridge, disembark, cross the river by a temporary
pedestrian bridge and board a bus on the other side to reach Kingston. A
number of other bridges have also been damaged across the island, but no
estimates have been made.
By the time Gustav hit Cuba, it had grown to a full-fledged Category 4 hurricane packing winds as high as 150 mph. The government evacuated some 190,000 people from low-lying parts of westernmost Cuba, Pinar del Rio province, where the tobacco for the island's famed cigars is grown. Officials reported that 50,000 people had been moved to higher ground farther east. There was widespread devastation in the area and over 90,000 people were left homeless.
Gustav then rolled over Cayman and headed for the US Gulf Coast.
Trinidad and Tobago to join OECS
Prime Minister dropped a bombshell when he announced that Trinidad and
Tobago is to join the nine-member Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
(OECS) within the next three years and also for a political union two
years later. Manning and the OECS leaders, Tillman Thomas of Grenada;
Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines; and Stevenson King of St
Lucia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with regard to the
proposed political and economic union.
Grenada treasury empty - not enough funds to meet expenses
The new Grenada Finance Minister Nazim Burke disclosed in an interview with BBC Caribbean Report that the Grenada treasury is empty and there is not enough money to pay its expenses. The then six-week-old government led by Tillman Thomas complained of inheriting an empty treasury and warned that the government may not be able to meet its monthly expenses, including paying salaries to the country's 3,000 public servants.
Burke said, "It’s an absolute mess. I do not wish to scare
people, but I can tell you that simply do not have monies." He said
that the Government's monthly expenditure is around EC$56 million (US$20.7
million), but revenue has been estimated at EC$39 million (US$14.4)
Jamaica to adopt UK crime reduction program
A UNITED Kingdom-based civic organisation has commenced a behaviour- modification program, which is intended to help inner-city youths turn from a life of crime. The Griffin Trust has adopted the 'From Boyhood to Manhood' programme, a successful anti-gun and anti-gang project which was implemented by the UK's Ministry of Education.
The behaviour-change project will be implemented in five correctional institutions, as well as among persons on probation. Jamaica's attempt at the project will fall under the banner 'Hush the Guns'. The project is expected to train 40 behavioural trainers and 650 young offenders in behaviour change over a three-year period.
The Hush the Guns project is aimed at delivering a behavioural change program, based on a 'train the trainers' model for youth, young offenders and the correctional officers. In this program, there will be 20 community facilitators, which include 10 selected Griffin Trust outreach workers (young people who have turned from a life of crime) - and 10 National Youth Service workers, who will also work alongside 20 correctional facility workers - being trained at the same time.
These trainers will be educated from the Calling the Shots curriculum, which is an accredited curriculum in the United Kingdom. They will, in turn, instruct groups of young offenders from five selected correctional institutions, and also youths on probation from the same program.
The Griffin Trust has been working in Tower Hill, one of St Andrew's most volatile communities, at the grass-roots level for more than five years. Through care, education, training, identifying and building skills, knowledge and resources already in the community, the trust has built a skilled team of workers.
Privy Council saves 52 death row inmates from hanging in T&T
The law lords of the Privy Council in England has struck again. This
final appellate court for the English speaking Caribbean countries has
saved fifty-two death row inmates in Trinidad and Tobago from the
hangman's noose. They ruled that persons convicted before June 2005 with
the capital sentence should have their sentences commuted to life
JDF rescues plane-crash survivors from Blue Mountain
A private plane crashed in the Blue Mountains, the highest mountain range in Jamaica. A risky search and rescue mission, involving members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) air wing, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Caribbean Aviation Centre, ended successfully. The plane was located some 5,800 feet atop the Blue Mountain by the commanding officer of the JDF's air wing, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Roper, and his team.
Specially trained soldiers were lowered by rope into the area from an aircraft, as the men were precariously positioned on a steep edge of the Blue Mountain. They were then hoisted by rope into the JDF rescue aircraft and transported to hospital.
A JDF helicopter flew the men to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), where they were met by hospital staff who hurriedly transported them on stretchers to the Accident and Emergency Department.
Labor unions prepare economic shutdown of T&T
Labor unions in Trinidad and Tobago are gearing up for a nationwide
shut down of the country on September 8. Thousands of members comprising
the various bodies are now protesting what they say are issues of rising
crime uncontrollable food prices and increasing violence in the country.
They are calling on the Patrick Manning administration to implement
immediate measures to deal with the nation's social ills.
Massive strike closes Guyana sugar estates
MORE THAN 15,000 sugar-cane cutters were on strike in Guyana, the second massive walkout since mid-August in a dispute over wages. The nationwide strike forced the closure of all eight sugar estates owned by state-run Guyana Sugar Corporation, which produces all sugar in the South American country. The government ordered an arbitrator to review the case and issue a binding ruling before exports to a lucrative European market are threatened. Guyana is the Caribbean's largest sugar-producing nation, with its company, known as Guysuco, producing roughly 281,000 tons (255,000 metric tons) last year.
Workers are demanding a 14.25 per cent salary increase, while the company is offering a 5.25 per cent hike. Average salaries range from US$200 to US$250 a month, a little more than what police officers or government clerks earn.
Another strike over pay shut down four of the sugar plantations earlier in the month. Around that time, Guysuco announced it would temporarily stop shipments to the Caribbean to meet export demand to Europe.
World Cup qualifiers underway
T&T and Jamaica are among the CONCACAF countries vying for a place in soccer's 2010 World Cup. There are three groups of four teams with the top 2 in each advancing.
Cassava – not for bammy alone
The government of Jamaica is promoting the growth of cassava. At the
recent Denbeigh Industrial and Agricultural Show 2008, cassava was on
display. There was cassava ice cream, cassava wine, cassava porridge and
cassava bread. In addition to these items, there were also non-edible
cassava products - such as mats and hand-held fans.
The poorest parish in Jamaica
You would never guess. But, according to the Planning Institute of Jamaica's (PIOJ) recently launched Jamaica poverty map, about 14 of the island's poorest communities are in the parish of St. Ann. The map is based on the 2001 population census which captures, among other data, people's ability to consume goods and services. So despite cashing in on tourism dollars from Ocho Rios, St Ann appears steeped in poverty and is ranked as the poorest parish based on the consumption trend of its population
Portland, another parish with a significant number of resort enterprises, places second, followed closely by St Thomas, St James and Trelawny. St James is home to the island's Second City, Montego Bay, which is considered the tourism Mecca of Jamaica.
Obviously the touted wealth from tourism is very unevenly distributed and barely trickles down to low level workers. No wonder vendors have engaged in strikes claiming the rash of all-inclusive hotels rob them of potential customers. Many workers have to shore up their low wages with gratuities. Even worse this could contribute to hustling and even begging which is anathema to tourism.
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