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PNP still not changing course!

The Peoples National Party currently and for a long time has not been a viable opposition to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party. When Dr. Peter Phillips took over the reins of the party, it was expected that he would signal changes that would take the party forward.  However, his leadership has been found to be uninspiring, the renewal has stalled and they still lack a unified message and vision for the country.

With all due respect for Dr. Peter Philips, he lacks the charisma, charm and a functional team around him to inspire any sort of confidence in his ability to be a better leader. In stark contrast, when the Hon. Prime Minister Andrew Holness speaks- you listen, he ensconces himself within every crowd and is loved by young and old. Dr. Phillips has failed to unite the party since he took over, as a matter of fact it is more divided than it was when he took over as indicated by just how tumultuous and bitter the PNP’s presidential race was. Dr. Phillips barely won the election which suggests almost half of the party does not see him as a viable leader.

The PNP have been singing the renewal tune for several years now but it seems the record has been scratched or permanently pulled up. The PNP top brass is still reflective of old politicians with the same outdated ideas and archaic politics that is driving the youth further and further away from the party. The so called young and bright minds of the PNP are not as popular or likeable as they would have hoped. Ms. Hanna comes in for flack every time she chooses to address foreign affairs. The PNP’s roll out of Dr. Shane Alexis was so poorly done, it ruined any chance he had at winning the by-election in South East St Mary and then there is Dr. Andre Haughton, whose public speaking needs a lot of work and who also seems to speak out of turn. Lastly you have Damian Crawford, the bright hope of many, who has proven to be a man of too many words and little action. He recently reneged on his promise to stay in East Portland despite losing the recently concluded by- election there, stating that it was a financial burden on him and his business was struggling.

The PNP cannot form and present their ideas in any sort of structured manner and their members continually embarrass themselves on social media by uttering anything that comes to mind. Members such as Mr. Crawford, Ms. Tomlinson & Senator Lambert Brown are famous for their outlandish social media utterances and exchanges.

The PNP are struggling with optics, scrambling to find talking points and latching on to every scandal to push their agendas but even this isn’t picking up traction or drumming up support as they would have hoped. The party cannot seriously speak about corruption from their moral high ground when they fail to address the scandals that happened under their watch. The party have also retained members accused of participating or benefiting from corruption who are still in the forefront of their leadership. 

General Secretary, Julian Robinson, recently alleged that there’s evidence that the JLP-administration’s 1-point-5 income tax break plan has hurt more Jamaicans than those it has benefited without providing information to support that claim.  Similarly, The PNP’s campaign director recently claimed to have a crime plan but says they will only share it once the election campaign has been properly kicked off. In a recent press release, the PNP claimed that Rudyard spencer’s resignation as member of parliament for South East Clarendon, was hastened and is indicative of the fact the JLP has no confidence in their abilities to win the next general election. The release claims that “Jamaicans are overwhelmed with murder, fearful crime, unprecedented governmental corruption and a stagnating economy” but the PNP have not presented any clear or sensible ideas of what they would do to combat any of these issues and present themselves as a viable alternative to the current government.

The level of communications and vibrancy displayed throughout the leadership campaign by Peter Bunting’s Rise United Team during the leadership race, shows that the party has the capacity do much better than we have been accustomed to.  Until the leadership presents a clearly defined vision for the country, speed up the party’s renewal process and focus more on the issues and not vilifying the Prime Minister, the only course the PNP are on, is the one for a very heavy election defeat. 

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Man talk Topic Episode 10 – How do you feel about fathers telling their sons they love them and the importance of men in the home?

Man Talk – the unfiltered opinion of men on several popular or recurring topics/issues.

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TheMorrisonView – In my opinion all fathers should tell their sons they love them and also prove it to them consistently. Saying it in itself is nice, but proving that you love them by providing financial and emotional support is also crucial. Fathers should serve as role models and be a willing and available outlet for their sons to express their feelings and discuss challenges they may face daily. Fathers tend to not show much compassion for their sons once they get to a certain age, in an effort to toughen them up. This has contributed to the hyper masculinity and anger being displayed among most of our nations youth. This tough approach to parenting often causes young males to resent and alienate their fathers while clinging to their mothers. The lack of a loving father figure in their lives also makes them susceptible to being easily influenced by negative company. All fathers need to be vocal about their love for their sons, spend everyday proving it by being a model man for their son(s) to emulate. 

Akeel – I believe fathers telling their sons that they love them is important. Growing, up men are cultured not to show emotion so we tend to keep our feelings to ourselves. I personally believe that it is essential that men assure and reassure their sons of their love for them. So that they can learn to give and importantly receive love to and from their friends, family, persons in need etc. A father’s love is critical in helping a young boy grow into man who understands himself because he had people, and in a particular a father, who showed that they care for him. The absence of males in the home leaves young boys to fend for themselves. Sometimes, ultimately, leading them into bad company. Unloved boys turn into unstable men incapable of giving and receiving love. Males in the home make a difference. A father’s love is like no other and I hope to give that love to my son. I also hope to love my wife so immensely so that my son can also see love in practice.

Douvie – I think it’s vital for the culture to change in Jamaica. Fathers showing affection to their sons isn’t common in the Jamaican household and you can see where it is projected in different kinds of negative behaviors like being homophobic etc. I think it’s something that we need to ensure that our generation picks up on. Being better parents overall and providing our sons with the outlet they need that we didn’t get growing up.

David – It’s important for fathers to tell their sons that they love them father son relationship is a different kind of love.many of us look up to our fathers because we see ourselves in them in someway. If we look at how society is set up today it’s extremely important of a father being present because things fathers can teach mothers can’t. A father being in the home showing their sons how to respect and treat women and the simple things such as self-love , self-worth makes a big difference.

Pedro – I think it is very important, especially in the maturing stage of our lives and as exceptional as mothers can be, a father’s presence makes the world of difference. I believe that certain traits and teachings can only be thought by man/father figure especially in our culture. Emotionally we carry these things very generations if they’re not corrected.

Demitri – I think a father should tell his son he loves him and also prove it. He cant say he loves him and in the same breath, at every turn, belittles him, etc. Love is kind. He can voice his displeasure about an act/comment., sure but do so sincerely and in a way where his intent is clear. Having a man actually play his roles as a father is very important. My take on parenting is be sincere but be sure to impart good boundaries, respect, transparency and a safe space where you both can discuss. I think its very important to have that because many fathers’ think all they have to do is take care of things financially and all is well. They forget to build a relationship with their kids which they later regret. Having a parent, you can go to for advice or just to talk to about what’s going on makes a world of difference. Many of us men, myself included, didn’t have that and bad to learn most things in life through trial and error. As much as I learned a lot, some things I experienced could have been avoided.

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Man Talk Episode 9 – Are you threatened by the current social media climate in regards to dating or do you find it actually beneficial to you?

Man Talk – the unfiltered opinion of men on several popular or recurring topics/issues.

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TheMorrisonView – I would not say I am threatened by it, but what I do see are benefits and potential problems in adapting to this current climate of social media playing a role when dating. I think it is beneficial in the sense that there are so many ideas for dates and information about how to be a better partner available for persons to read and adopt in their relationships. In the same breath, this can also result in problems if one partner is always comparing their relationships to others they see on social media. With the inrush of so much information about how other people are living their lives, it is easy to feel that your relationship does not measure up and you may feel pressured to act as if your relationship is perfect for others to see, while masking and not dealing with solvable issues.

We must also be mindful of being seduced by the ease of connecting with others online to the point that we begin to think that these relationships are more intense, more committed and more complete than they really are. A common mistake couples make these days is communicating their issues with each other through status updates or tweets, rather than directly to each other. This allows everyone to have an opinion, which may or may not exacerbate the issue(s) that the couple is having. With everything, there are pros and cons and the influence of social media on relationships is no different.

EJI would say it’s beneficial because everyone has a carbon footprint in social media and you can get a feel of who they are before you engage in any relationship with them as opposed to in person when you’re just going off of looks and what they say in your interactions. My only real issue with the social media era is most people’s constant need for attention from a picture and 280 characters and how it can hinder their current relationships. On a personal level, social media has been great for my love life but I have heard several horror stories which helps me to navigate this scene.

ASA – Finding a girlfriend is always better in person, even though social media makes the dating process quicker for some. The issue with it is that women on SM tend so say unrealistic shit just for likes and rts so can’t really take them seriously. Occasionally some of them have some gems that really helps with interaction so there is something to be learned. I am not threatened; there is always someone who will share my ideals that I can rock with.

Douvaughn – I find it beneficial in the sense that you see the many different opinions and how the different love languages play out. I am not threatened by it even though I am an instigator (lol) because at the end of the day apart of the dating process is to eliminate who you do not connect with and there is somebody for everybody.

Akeel – No I would not say threatened. I mean with the rise of technology it has given opportunity and in some aspect hurt dating however personally i try to take it with a grain of salt and take ideas where possible and filter out the rest.

JelloChargeUp – The social media climate used to be beneficial as it pertains to dating/finding a gf for me personally but now, not so much but I’m not threatened by it though. I just have a different outlook. I go for a partner outside of social media these days. Currently just prefer that way.

Javey – I’m not threatened by the current social media climate as it relates to dating. In life I feel as if you should look for the positive within the negative and use current issues to your advantage, so with that said, I feel it can be beneficial to the pursuer by observing how the potential girlfriend/boyfriend thinks and what their perspectives are based on what they tweet on twitter even though some might say they are not what they tweet which I think is garbage. The problem with social media is that some people are becoming socially awkward and way too attached to their phones so let’s say you and someone linking and you guys meet up, it might be a case where one person don’t know to communicate properly in person or is into their phone on social media.

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Kingsley – It’s a bit of both. The threat for me comes from women I’m dating or interested in dating using what they see on social media as a standard/expectation for relationships. For example, a guy takes his girl to Italy for her birthday is very appealing and romantic to women my age but, I’m here on a beach-trip-to-Hellshire budget. How’s that going to work? On the flip side, social media is a library of ideas you can adopt to make your relationship or dates more exciting. For example, I did not think doing a puzzle would lead to an enthralling date.

Leon – I do not pay much attention to where I meet someone. Social media user or not does not really affect anything.

JC – No. In no way am I concerned about the social media climate as it relates to the perception of online dating and/or meeting people via online platforms. The act of making comparisons have always been the make or break thought that either adds merit to something or relinquishes it altogether. With my personal take, though merit can be acknowledged on both ends of the argument. It essentially comes down to the individual and the dynamic in which they excel best. So yes; in some way (or a lot more than I would like to think). Online dating and drawing a comparison between the two norms can be beneficial to your respective dynamic.

Demitri – To answer the first question, I don’t feel threatened nor do I necessarily see it as beneficial. Why? Relationships are way more than what others choose to show.

I’m no relationship expert, just a disclaimer. With that said, I do think each relationship has its own issues, dynamics, etc. You might see a couple sharing pictures of their times together but behind the lens they can barely stand each other, barely know how to communicate with each other but will do what it takes to keep up appearances. I say this to say, what you see may not be what is.

With that knowledge, I can admire the pictures, the trips eg. “That’s great. They look great in these pictures.” You won’t ever hear me say, “They must be so in love. They must be so considerate to the needs of each other, have shared goals, plans and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.”

 

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The Highlight Reel – EP 9 – RichRush and Apetamin Gainz

The Highlight REEL with Raheem Morrison – seeking to shine a light on Jamaica’s young entrepreneurs, artistes, managers and small business owners. 

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Name : Richie-Ann Jackson

Age: 21

Name of product/service: Apetamin Gainz

Product/service description:  Weight Gain Supplement

 Year founded: 2017

 Business contact info/purchase information: 876-791-0317

IG/twitter/fb:apetamingainz/itsrichrush

 

Interview.

Q1 – Start by telling me a little about yourself and some of your interests.

A – I am 21 and will be 22 in December. I am a Sagittarius with an outgoing personality, but I am really a homebody. My interests include finding new locations for travel online, sleeping and spending time on social media.

Q2How did your business, Apetamin Gainz come to fruition?

A – Well, I was very skinny and insecure about my weight. I used to try many things that did not work and my weight used to fluctuate. I was on social media and I stumbled across a girl’s before and after photo where she said Apetamin is what she used after being skinny and depressed.  I did some research and watched some videos on YouTube. The reviews were good so I went ahead and found a supplier and bought my first bottle. The first one did not work, so I bought three more and after using two and a half, I started seeing differences in my weight.

Everyone saw the weight gain and kept asking what I used. Despite me telling them where to go and get it, many persons were demanding that I stock and sell it to them. While away in New York last year, I did some research, found a supplier and started taking orders. My first batch was three boxes, I think, so I was like “okay this could actually be a thing”.

Q3How would you respond if a customer wrote something negative about your service online, which you know to be inaccurate?

A – I don’t really get negative responses. I take my orders manually, so my order taking is very personal. If someone has an issue, they would normally come to me and I would give them advice, based on my personal experience with the product. However, if someone were to write something bad, I would delete the comment and proceed to direct message them, ask what the issue was and how I could fix it.

Q4What are the considerations, fears or roadblocks, if any, that you had to overcome having started the business?

A – When I first started the business I almost quit because of Jamaica’s really high customs fees. My first batch was a big loss due to the high cost to clear. I did not make much profit in the first 2 months due to shipping costs and broken bottles. I started using a drop shipment company from Jamaica that is based in Miami and shipping single orders instead of shipping in bulk. Then customs started holding the products, saying that persons needed prescriptions and permits from the Ministry of Health. I soon realized customs didn’t particularly like that shipping company so they were making it extremely difficult so I found another one and it’s been smoother ever since. I have been using them to this day. 

Q5What is your unique selling point? What is your target market and how do you reach them?

A – My unique selling point? I took the product myself so I am an ambassador for my product. I also have a large following so I can display my weight journey and it is easier for me to push my brand out there. I post many reviews with my customers’ results and for customers who are not so knowledgeable about online shopping, I create little video tutorials and pre-recorded voice notes to explain how to create their drop-in shipping address and expound how the shipping process works.

Q6What is the biggest challenge that you faced and how did you deal with it?

A – Biggest challenge as aforementioned was having to deal with broken bottles. I wanted to give up several times due to this and it took me months to correct this issue. I fixed my packaging so that the number of bottles being broken was minimized so now it is very rare to have a broken bottle in the batch. However, since nothing is perfect, you will have a broken bottle or two now and then, but nothing compared to the large numbers in the beginning. 

Q7 – What are your personal strengths or traits that have added to the success of your business?

A – I was born in a family of hustlers; I mean my mom sells clothes and I do that as well today. I am motivated by being free and being in charge. I am an alpha; it is not in my nature to work for someone else. I am motivated to do good for me. I’m a smart girl; I went to Wolmers and certain things were embedded in me from I was born and when faced with challenges I just try to work around them.

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Q8 – What were your goals when you just started out as compared to your current goals?

A – When I just started, it was supposed to be a test to see if it would work, I did not necessarily have a goal. Now that the business is taking, off my Next goal is to finish my website however, I am a bit apprehensive given the prevalence of fraudsters attacking small business and I do not necessarily want to lose the personal nature of my business. Another goal is to invest more in promotion like giving away some free samples just to expand my horizon and my brand. I am an influencer so it is good to give to others and spread the business in another diaspora.

Q9 – Are there any mistakes you made along the way and how did you correct them?

A – Not doing proper research as it relates to the commercial quantity, commercial charges and proper packaging due to my eagerness to start. I corrected it by adjusting my figures and as it relates to packaging, I started taping the product in bubble wrap, which was a suggestion by my brother.

Q10 – What is your secret to keeping customers coming in?

A – I do not really have a secret because the product sells itself. I have a large social media following to promote to, I do many reviews and word of mouth assists with keeping customers coming in.

Q11 – Do you have other businesses? If yes, describe them briefly.

A – I have a travel company called RushEscape that plans trips for persons who do not have the time to plan their dream vacations themselves. Its services include providing a list of hotels along with cost and my personal review, providing list of activities and their costs, providing list of restaurants and their menus among other things. I also have a clothing business called RichWay, which I promote on my personal page, by posting in the outfits.

Q12 – Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?’

A – Don’t give up, sometimes hurdles and problems comes but you have to really stick it through. Prayer works, talk to God and he will help you get pass all your challenges. Stay focused; do not waste your time and money on things that are not necessary. You can take a year away from partying and going out and use that money to invest in your business. Also, do not listen to people who say someone else is already doing this; you can do it and do it better. For instance, the bread isle at the supermarket has so many different brands of bread and they are always selling, there is always a market out there for you.

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Q13 – There are some negative beliefs about Apetamin regarding its effectiveness in weight gain and regarding how safe it is to take. Thoughts on that?

A – Like I said I have personally taken it and I have had no issues with it, it is a natural weight gain supplement. I have sold maybe a thousand bottles or more by now and I do not have anyone coming back to me with any negative reactions. The only issue I have found is a bit of drowsiness when you just start taking the supplement but it normally subsides after 2 days.

Q14 – Lastly, why should we purchase Apetamin from you?

A – I believe everyone should purchase Apetamin from me because the results are guaranteed and my Instagram page is a testament to that fact. I took it, I am a living proof of its effects and you can look at my reviews. My product comes with a meal plan that will maximize the amount of weight you can gain per bottle.

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Man talk Topic 8 – Do you ever feel insecure about not being conventionally attractive or being in a conventional job?

Man Talk – the unfiltered opinion of men on several popular or recurring topics/issues.

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TheMorrisonView – I haven’t always felt attractive or comfortable and for a period of my life I masked that with a certain level of arrogance that was buoyed on by having attended Kingston College and having friends that boost you a lot. However, I am now at a point where I am secure in my appearance, I’m working on what I think needs to be improved and everyone else’s opinions or expectations of how I should look are nugatory. As for my job, I am very secure and I take great pride in doing my job as it allows me to impact and empower the lives of Jamaican youths daily both privileged and unprivileged. There is always room for growth and there will be a time when a change is necessary, however I do not compare or look on at others employed elsewhere with envy. If we don’t learn to love ourselves and appreciate our personal successes we always run the risk of being sequacious for the majority of our life.

DavidJWill – I cannot remember a time when I’ve ever felt insecure because there is always going to be someone more everything than you. Just have to appreciate how your ting set. The days of being conventional about most things are slowly out the door

EJ – Of course and I would imagine everyone feels insecure about their looks at some point. I was from the era where if you never brown you nah say nothing and that did make me feel insecure throughout high school. One day it just clicked that despite being dark or not being tall, I am a star and I never forgot it despite not being “conventionally attractive” This attitude translated in adulthood as I started working so I never felt insecure. A job is a job to me and as long as you are going towards a goal or moving up in corporate then I would never feel a certain way.

ASA – No, I am not insecure about being conventionally attractive or having a conventional job. We learn to make the best with what we have and due to that, I am not bothered.

Douvaughn – I did feel a little insecure once upon a time when I compared myself to others, but then I realized that it has to do more with the complete package and as long as you’re always trying to improve then trust the process and what will be for you will be for you.

Akeel – With regards to being insecure I believe at some point we all are insecure about some aspect of our lives however I believe that regardless of what stage we are there will be someone who accepts us and is willing to help overcome that hurdle so as to grow and move on to another stage in life.

JelloChargeUp – Sometimes I do not feel attractive to myself still but that is all I care about as it pertains to looks. I only care about what I think. “Convential” kinda puts it out there that I am being compared to a certain standard or a set look in the public eye and I really do not care what the public/anyone thinks of how I look. Sometimes I do feel a way that I’m not in a conventional job of course cuz it’s not my preferred field or area and I’m not making a certain amount of money as yet but mi nuh too pree it all that tough cuz I’m working on getting there slowly but surely.

Javey – I wouldn’t say I feel insecure about how attractive I might be to others or where I am right now in my career. The reason why I don’t feel that way is because we are all humans, we all have a different journey in life and I don’t plan my life based on what I see others do. I stay in my lane, plan and execute based on my current situation and research with the help of mentors. So right now even thought my job isn’t a big job at Sagicor or NCB, that doesn’t bother me because I’m working hard and putting things in place to ensure I get there or even surpass them.

Romier – Hottest thing since slice bread so I can’t relate however I can answer regardless. As we grow we realize chemistry means more than anatomy and that’s why the most insecure females are the most attractive ones. Don’t be insecure brothers, some of the warmest brothers have the hottest women, don’t be insecure fam. That’s my encouragement to the unconventional brothers, nah mean?

Twittatimes – I’m not insecure and I think its unfair many people are measured based on the social media definition of what is success and what is attractive. Everybody have their time and season, I think it’s generally an uneven playing field because some people have a better start than others but it’s not how you start but how you finish.

Kingsley – Never. That is the long answer. I am confidently in love with the person I am.

Demitri – I use to be insecure about my appearance. I no longer do because I am who I am. I’m working towards my ideal appearance but as to what society itself deems attractive, I don’t care.I think all men should take this approach. This doesn’t mean to let yourself go and be unhealthy. You should by all means be well-groomed and take care of yourself. Men should also accept that they can’t change but work on the things they can. It’ll go a far way to improving their confidence. Paired with the aforementioned, men should remember whichever woman (or women because we know how some men are) you choose to be intimate with is (/are) the one (/s) that should find you attractive

JcSkyline – Surprisingly, yes. I’ve never thought that I’d be in such a situation but its been quite a ride for some time. My insecurity however has very little to do with the current ‘key features’ of what makes a man attractive. In regards to the ‘unconventional man’ with little emotions. I do sometimes actively assess how often I allow myself to be vulnerable and how misrepresented/misinterpreted by those who are “watching”. As the sure terms to follow are: “emotional.. move like gal..” and plenty other troubling remarks. Though those thoughts exist in the mind of many. I don’t dwell on it too much so as to model my character/personality over it.

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The Highlight Reel – EP 8 – Roshedo Williams and Ornamental Fish Farm

The Highlight REEL with Raheem Morrison – seeking to shine a light on Jamaica’s young entrepreneurs, artistes, managers and small business owners. 

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Name : Roshedo Williams

Age: 24

Name of product/service: Ornamental Fish Farm

Product/service description: variety of ornamental fishes and aquatic plants

 Year founded: 1996

 Business contact info/purchase information: 876-815-0111

Email: tropicalornamental.jm@gmail.com

IG/twitter/fb: tropicalornamental

 

Interview 

1.Start by telling me a little about who Roshedo Williams is.

A. Operation manager of Tropical ornamental fish farm, Law student at the University of Technology, love the beach, love my dog and student of life.

2. How did Tropical Ornamental Fish Farm come to fruition?

A. Tropical Ornamental have been in operation for over 20 years, started out as a hobby for my Boss and the passion he had for ornamental fishes and actually started out in his back yard in Kingston, until he bought the property we are now operating on.

3. In my estimation it is rare for young persons to take interest in farming, what initially got you interested and why fishes?

A. Farming may not be seen as the ideal job for young people based on how the world have begun to modernize, however, Jamaica still have not moved out of the agrarian culture and what I have tried to do since my employment here is introduced newer methods, new ideas.

4. Tell me about your experience recruiting, interviewing, or hiring an employee. What techniques did you find most effective in finding the right person for the job?

A. Honestly, it is very difficult finding the right persons, especially when you take into consideration the pool of workers we are trying to select from that being unskilled workers. What I look for is usually persons who are willing and eager to work, and hope they can manage the hard work lol.

5. How would you respond if a customer wrote something negative about your service online, which you know to be inaccurate?

A. Fortunately, for me I have never been faced with this, as we only just now created a social media page and is currently working on a website. We usually have a close relationship with our customers and if there is any problem, they usually reach out to us directly.

 6. What are the considerations, fears or roadblocks if any that you had to overcome?  

A. Well it is important to note that I am not the Owner of tropical ornamental; however, I am the operating manager, which means that I do have the same control, second in the chain of command. Currently the problem we are faced with is capital for expansion.

 7. What is your target market and how do you reach them?

A. Our market is majority of the pet shops in and around the cooperate area. It easy for us to reach our market or rather for our market to reach us, since we control at least 80% of the market. Let us just say the ornamental fish industry is not saturated.

 8. What are your personal strengths or traits that have added to the success of your business?  

A. Patience and my ability to relate with my employees.

 9. What were your goals when you just started out as compared to your current goals? 

A. Initially the goal was to get the production rate up, i.e. breed more fishes, concentrate on getting the facility conductive to maximize this. Now the goal is expansion!

 10. Are there any mistakes you made along the way and how did you correct them? 

A. Many mistakes along the way, in this industry the only way to correct the mistake is to ensure it doesn’t happen again

11. What are your day-to-day responsibilities on the farm?

A. Wow, this is a lot. It ranges from paper work to actually getting my hands dirty, to delegating and supervising.

12. What are some of the challenges of being an Operating Manager?

A. I think the biggest challenges is just ensuring that everything is in order and ensuring that my employees are happy, if these aren’t addressed, it makes everything else a lot more difficult.

13. Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?

A. Yes, do not be afraid to take calculated risk and advice from other people in the same industry.

 

 

 

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Hello Depression!

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It was probably my darkest time
I felt I was wasting away in my prime
Trapped in all the negative thoughts of my mind
Reprieve I simply couldn’t find

Waking up felt like such a task
Surprisingly I didn’t drown my sorrows in a flask
Why do I need to be awake
To eat, tweet and converse with people so fake
I felt like I was stuck in traffic but everyone else was moving freely
They were all passing by they didn’t see me

I didn’t want to hear about their days at work
I started lashing out at people close to me, became such a jerk
To those I wronged, I didn’t aspire to be mean
See I had also just lost my would be queen

I didn’t want anything to pass my throat
To the pain and my pillow I was so devote
I Was tired of wasting precious air
Felt so trapped in constant despair

I was tired of seeing the same 4 walls everyday
I was frustrated and flustered in every way
The walls felt like they were closing in
I honestly gave up on everything.

The first time depression said Hello, there was a death in the fam
Looking back like, damn.
I understood then that I didn’t need to reply
But this time around I wrongfully said Hi

Funnily enough no one around me knew about my new friend
They didn’t know why most convos had an abrupt end
They didn’t know why most invitations were turned down
They didn’t know why I no longer came around

The few who saw me still wouldn’t know
My pain, I wasn’t so weak to show
I was the life of the group and everyone needed me to bring the vibe
It was all a farce, a facade to which everyone subscribed.

I was the one to tell depression hi
I had to be the one to tell it bye
My days are still tough but I always try to find the silver lining
I pray My light will always be shining

We never arrive at a place where we know everything,
but I hope to know enough to always win
I’m much happier these days with toxicity far away
But if I meet depression again I will be prepared for that day.

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Man talk Topic 7 – What do you think can be done to correct Jamaica’s crime problem?

Man Talk – the unfiltered opinion of men on several popular or recurring topics/issues.

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TheMorrisonView – For me it requires removing corrupt,venal, self-serving leaders, building trust between citizens and institutions, citizens playing their part and not the brute force and infringing on the rights of citizens which is the go to solution for most.

Too often politicians and high-ranking members of the police force are caught in the web of corruption that has been embedded in our country’s history yet rarely are any of them sanctioned. They either continue in their respective posts after a slap on the wrist or are reassigned to something/somewhere else and then all is forgotten. You cannot break the culture of corruption and violence while still maintaining a system of corrupt governance and an incompetent institution mainly the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

One of the biggest deterrents to crime in my view, is the deep distrust between the police and regular citizens. People are either afraid of the police or hate them due to the brute, rude and aggressive behaviour they emit when carrying out their daily functions. People are also afraid to go to the police with information as many of them work in tandem with the said criminals they are to be protecting us from. Many people believe the police should be given authority to infringe on the rights of citizens and are advocates for murderous cops like Reneto Adams being leaders in the police force. However, the Tivoli Gardens Incursion should serve as one reminder of what can happen when the police force is allowed to carry out their brand of extra judicial justice. Approximately 100 people were killed, less than 20 weapons were seized and only one police officer was killed. Take from that what you may but that entire operation was a failure as several years later West Kingston is in more disarray than it was under the control of Christopher Coke. The police have to develop trust and do more community policing so people will turn to them for protection rather than a don or area leader. When this is done it is then the role of the citizen’s to play their part in fighting the island’s crime problem.

The citizens of Jamaica have to change their way of thinking in order to create a society of order and respect. We cannot turn a blind eye to murder, rape, incest, extortion and robbery when it happens to others then expect  politicians and the police to magically solve our problems when it directly affects us.  Crime is everybody’s problem and we all have a role to play in its solution.

Leon – The ideal way to fight crime is to invest in community development, youth education, training, develop social skills to enhance conflict resolution to better enable citizens who are most at risk. However, resources are not readily available and the historical practices of corruption and the need for a stronghold will continue to breed criminals that will threaten the free movement of the public. The question is now, should we fight fire with Fire? In my opinion I think we should. Our culture doesn’t support the “informer” and as such the security forces should be able to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. The rights of the innocent will have to be hindered and the corporation of the wider society. Targeting the foot soldiers however alone will not suffice. The criminals in parliament and corporate should also feel the burden of this, they fund criminal activities and as such their penalties should be as stern as the criminals using the guns.

Akeel –  I think the crime situation in Jamaica for the most part is one bred from dishonesty and wanting shortcuts (get rich quick or wanting things that we don’t directly have to work for) as such I believe the only way we can seemingly attempt to curve this problem is if we call crime and criminals out as we are too restricted by this “informer fi dead” culture that is perpetuated because persons are fearful for their lives. The Jamaican crime problem is rooted in deep societal dysfunction our values need to be improved. Maybe then, the crime problem will too.

David –  what do you think can be done to correct Jamaica’s crime problem. First let me start by saying crime is not a government problem but a Jamaican problem we have to identify the situations people face then we can be able to correct crime. There is also no one set of ways to tackle crime

Ibrahim Konteh – I think we need a short term and long term plan. Tougher on criminals and a special unit to tackle criminals similar to CMU except no extra-judicial killings. Community based policing. Politicians have to be serious and also to win the citizens trust. If we don’t have literally all hands on deck it won’t happen.

Jcskyline – My Opinion: Honestly, for me the idea/existence of crime is a result of a series of systematic failures, likewise, it’s rampancy, is only enabled by society’s fallacious “see & blind, hear & deaf” narrative. * That said, for me, correctness comes with the reconstruction of the system which failed those prior. Lending great hope to the people, through ample actions, playing into their will to change and aid the affected. (In my somewhat fairytale Jamaica) When/If done, there can be a domino effect.. Better trust, better policing can only mean more cooperation of many.. Cause a theft/description of a thief that goes unreported only play’s to the advantage of the criminal – On a beautiful Sunday morning, that thief could walk by an officer, and even say “good day, sir” – You never know. Overall, better

1) People – Police relationships.

2) Greater togetherness of the people through communities.

3) Better environment for those to make an honest living, never leave room for the system to fail those who’ve felt disenfranchised before.

Khaos – The judicial system has to be strict when it comes to prosecuting criminals. I also think the JDF should do better screening when hiring police officers…clean up the force too! We need police officers to me more active…put them on every street, every corner, every lane, every avenue. We need to see them 24/7! another thing: people should stop sheltering criminals. You see something?say something. One day, it could be you.

  EJ – 1. Jamaica’s crime problem can only be stopped when the poverty problem/corruption problem is stopped. Creating Jobs will help. Developing a better sense of community will help. Stricter punishment for crimes and create better opportunities for people who do right, pay taxes etc etc that way if they see a benefit for abiding by the law, people will do. Better relations with the police. Definitely better and more transparent government as well. The idea people have is that if everywhere(body) is corrupt and they’re profiting, it makes no sense to follow the law and not profit.
 
Douvie – There really isnt one solution to the crime problem enuh but as a youth that grew up in the ghetto I can say that a lack of opportunity is the cause for a lot of crime in JA. There should be more programs geared towards helping the youth that doesn’t have the resources to succeed academically. Not everybody can work in a call centre.
 
Uncle – To correct the crime problem in Jamaica is not an easy task. I just believe that economic assistance and educational enforcement should be given to at risk areas. Economic assistance in the sense of supporting community business ventures that are otherwise restricted or clamped down on. Eg – Too many dances are shut down early before even the small promoter receives back a profit. A community club can be built (giving work to people in the community) and that could be where dances are held to give individual promoters a better chance to garner profit. Another thing is the removal of street vendors off the road, I know they might come as a nuisance but in most cases areas that are set up for them to sell their wares are overpopulated and not consumer friendly. So even providing mini areas around city centres where the vendors can sell their wares isn’t a bad start. Educational enforcement in the sense that too many children and teens are not going to school either because of finances or no family encouragement. It’s a hard task but these youths should be sought out and forced to attend schools. Schools that cater to their level of educational development.
 
 
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The Highlight Reel – EP 7 – Ras I Musique Interview

The Highlight REEL with Raheem Morrison – seeking to shine a light on Jamaica’s inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.   

Name:   Immanuel Kerr

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Age:   26

Business contact info/purchase information: Facebook: Ras-I Musique/IG: Ras_I_Musique/Musiquerasi@gmail.com/Soundcloud: Ras-I Musique

Interview

1. Describe how your passion for music came about and what was your inspiration?
I was raised in a musical home and a musical environment. My mother used to sing as well so I was often at the studios and stage shows with my family. So that’s how the inspiration came about. Being able to witness and experience the creation and delivery of music.

2. How did you come by the name Ras I?

I got the name “Ras-I” from my good friend and engineer Dj Blaze. My first name is Immanuel and I am a Rasta so he just came up with it.

3. Why reggae and not dancehall?

Reggae is what I was around mostly and I was always drawn to the heavy roots sound. It gives me a more mystical feeling. I do listen to dancehall though and I have always been a dancehall fan. There are even a few dancehall tracks in the pipeline.

4.Do you have a plan for growing your career? If so how often do you strategically update your plan?

I set goals yearly for myself as well as my team. All moves are strategic and change every time we achieve a new goal and every time I finish a new track.

5. What are the considerations, fears or roadblocks if any that you had to overcome when starting out as an artiste?   

Several fears as a young artiste like you never know what to expect from people but it’s a risk you have to take if you want to make it. Roadblocks? A lot of cliques within the industry and if you aren’t associated with certain ones you will often be overlooked. So shows would be hard to come by, interviews may be hard to come by and other platforms for promotion.

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6. What is your unique selling point, what makes you different from any other reggae act?  Honestly this is often one of the trickiest questions to answer but I have a sound so I try to hone that sound and make it as refined as ever.

7. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard your songs? Conscious, uplifting, soothing and spiritual.

8. Do you ever get bad reviews and if so how do you respond?

Of course, do I always agree? No. But you have to know how to pick sense from nonsense. People will always have something to say and you have to accept that and use it as a driving force.

9. Who is harder to please, friends or strangers?

I’ve always had good support from friends and I do get good reviews from strangers but your friends will always be more critical because they are your friends so they spend a bit more time pointing out more flaws and it’s not necessarily that bad but it can dampen your mood a bit. Just have to roll with the punches because these things will forever happen.

10. What is your target market and how do you reach them?

A Lot of reggae acts aim for Europe and I do too but I want to build a large fan base in Africa. We’ve been building connections with promoters as well as utilizing our social media to connect the dots. Everything in due time.

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  11. What is the biggest challenge that you faced and how are you dealing with it?   

Getting shows is one of the greatest challenges but I now put on my own shows. Whether it will be for myself or for fellow young acts. If they don’t want to give us a space then we create our own. Can’t sit and wait on people when you can do it yourself.

12. What are your personal strengths or traits that have added to your success?   

I am a musician/producer/engineer/businessman. These traits allow me to sit and create the music and put together a plan for each project. So I already have an idea of the direction I’m headed and then I bring it to my colleagues to fine tune the music and plan.

13. Do you have any role models in music?   

Several, there are certain ears that have to pass on the music before it goes out.

14. What were your goals when you just started out as compared to your current goals?  Initially my goals were to release a few singles and create a buzz and to get on to certain shows to showcase my music. Now my main goal is to complete my album and to get more frequent airplay.

15. Are there any mistakes you made along the way and how did you correct them?  

Yeah man. Making mistakes is a must on this journey. I’ve made mistakes on the business end and on the music end but I’ve always looked to my role models for advice on going forward.

16. Do you have any advice for young artistes?

Learn the business end of the industry. It’s not only about the music and learn to play an instrument. This will help with writing and composition.

 17. Anybody you would like to give a shout out?

Nuff respect to my management team Ras-I Musique for the effort they put into the movement. The Revelationz., I couldn’t ask for a better group of musicians to share the stage with and to everyone who has supported me from the start as well as the new fans.

18. What lessons have you learnt along the way?  

Nobody owes you anything in this industry.

19. Are you planning on releasing an album soon?

Finishing up my album, currently I’m 75% there but I’m taking my time to get it to where it needs to be.

20. Is there anybody you want to collaborate with locally or internationally?

 Several acts on the scene yes. Jesse Royal, Samory-I, Mortimer and internationally I would love to work with Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars.

21. Do you write or do you freestyle?

Both.I will freestyle the idea and then sit and pencil it out properly.

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22. What influenced you to become a Rasta?

I was born a Rasta. Most of my families are Rastas.

23.  Lastly why should we book or listen to Ras I?

Good music, good vibes and positive energy always.

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The Highlight Reel – EP 6 – KHXOS Interview

The Highlight REEL with Raheem Morrison – seeking to shine a light on Jamaica’s inspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners.    

Name:   Oshane Logan

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Age:   26

Business contact info/purchase information:  bookings.khxos@gmail.com

 

Interview

1. Describe how your passion for music came about and what was your inspiration?

A: I grew up with my uncle (Carlton Hamilton) who was deeply in love with music…he taught me and my older brother the importance of music and what it meant to our culture. We fell in love with the teachings and we also fell in love with the music.

2. How did you come by the name KHAOS?

A. Back in 2009 when I just started recording, a friend of mine told me that if I was really going to take this music thing serious. I would have to change my name from what I had prior to “Khaos”. He said I’m chaos and confusion and I stuck with Khaos, lol.

3. Why did you change your name to KHXOS?

A. People were having a hard time singling out my music on platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc…Well, that and others things that I can’t really speak about (legal issues with a certain company).

4. Do you have a plan for growing your career? If so how often do you strategically update your plan?

A. I do have a plan and I try my best to update that plan as soon as I see an error…
5. What are the considerations, fears or roadblocks, if any that you had to overcome when starting out as an artiste?

A. First you’ll question how gifted you truly are…then you question if people will actually support what you do… who will be willing to work with you (producers, writers, composers)? You’ll question it all. I had to tell myself that…this is what I love, this is what I’d want to spend the rest of my life doing… working on music, connecting with people, touring the world, sharing my culture with other people. Will I succeed? I won’t know until I try. What’s my backup plan if I fail? I can’t fail. Just have to go out and do it until it works.

6. What is your unique selling point, what makes you different from any other male dancehall artiste?

A. I try to not see myself as an artist, but as a person who’s doing something that he loves and I treat my supporters like regular friends and not like fans. I want people to treat me like a regular friend, not somebody who is just making songs for them to listen or trying to always sell them something.
As for the music, I don’t try to sweep things under the rug. I just say how I feel and hope that whoever is listening. Will just accept the truth for what it is.
7. How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard your songs?

A. That’s one of the hardest things to do to be honest but it’s a mixture of Dancehall, Hip Hop, a bit of truth, storytelling and a hint of sexiness every now and again.

8. Do you ever get bad reviews and if so how do you respond?

A. I have and I just react with more music. Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Adele, Kanye West, Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Jay Z and many others who are before me have gotten bad reviews. Who am I to think I’m perfect or that I can please everyone? I’d be a fool. If someone tells me I need to work on something…and what they are saying makes sense. I try my best to work on it and just move on to the song/next project.

9. Who is harder to please friends or strangers?

A. Myself…

10. What is your target market and how do you reach them?

A. People between the ages of 16 – 45 and mainly through social media, email and radio play. I used to give out CDs but people hardly listen to CDs anymore, they just hook up their car to their phone and stream music. I have an idea for all that tho! As soon as the plan is in play, I’ll share it online. Never seen anybody done it before.

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11. What is the biggest challenge that you faced and how are you dealing with it?

A. Getting support from the people around me. People are always asking for favors and handouts but hardly ever take the time to say “yo, this is my friend/acquaintance, Khxos and go check out his music and share it if you like what you hear.”
Nah, they’d rather support a complete stranger. They’ll even see other strangers posting about me and message me quietly like: “yo, just see xyz post yuh… mad ting…” then go back supporting the complete stranger who doesn’t even know they exist.
How do I deal with that? Keep it going and reach out to the strangers who support me, hoping that those around me will join the wave.

12. What are your personal strengths or traits that have added to your success?

A. I have great communication skills, I’m very vocal and I’m also very observant. My drive and determination to succeed keeps me going too.

13. Do you have any role models in music?

A. Yes Jay Z and I’d like to be able to market myself, the way he did.

14. What were your goals when you just started out as compared to your current goals?

A. At first, I just wanted to get as much people as possible to listen and hopefully like my music…

Now, I’m trying to sell records and possibly land a deal with an international label like Sony, WMG, RCA or anybody that comes with a decent deal.
I’d also want to give a few young artists the push I didn’t get.

15. Are there any mistakes you made along the way and how did you correct them?

A. I’ve made quite a few but I just keep working & keep moving, can’t let anybody kill your spirit (and even that is hard sometimes) because what do you do when people use you to their advantage, then brush you off to the side and treat you as if you don’t exist? Or take all the credit for your work and pretend as if they were the ones who did it? Or even sell your work without your consent and play it off like its cool? That makes it hard to trust whoever else comes along.

But the key is to know!
No one can take what you already know.
Just have to look past that and try to not make the same mistake twice and protect what you own.

16. Do you have any advice for young artistes?

A. Learn the business and don’t sell yourself short for praise or recognition.
Value yourself and take what you do very seriously.
Also, your fans are the ones who MAKE YOU, so never try to put yourself above them. Follow the lyrics in that Rihanna song and just work work work work work!!!
17. Anybody you would like to give a shout out?

A. Sean Alaric (my producer/videographer/photographer), Frvnchi, he’s been helping with PR and to everyone who’s been supporting me along my journey (posting videos, posting artwork all over social media, buying songs, sharing songs, telling people about my music etc.. I appreciate the love, honesty!

18. What lessons have you learnt along the way?

A. The powerful is powerless without real support.
Respect people who show you love because they really don’t have to, and they are not obligated to and know your worth! If you don’t know your worth, you’re worthless.

19. Lastly why should we book or listen to Khaos?

A. Book me, because I’ll treat your event as if it were mine and please whoever comes to support you…

Why should you listen? You’d just have to listen to know.
20. What should we expect from your new album and will it be similar sound to your EP?

A. New sounds a different vibe and some good production and no, my EP was crackers and cheese this album is fried chicken with curry goat gravy.

 

21. Is there anybody you want to collaborate with locally or internationally?

A. Locally — Dexta Daps.
He’s a great writer and his style is somewhat like mine… very straight forward and honest. Maybe Konshens as well and internationally I’d like to work with 6lack, Bryson Tiller, the Weekend, Kranium.

22. Do you write or do you freestyle?

A. I write in my head, I don’t know if that’s considered as free styling. I already know what I want to say before I actually say it.

23. Are your sex songs based on personal experience or are you just a brilliant writer?

A. I’d say both. Sometimes I’ll tell a story in one of my songs… and sometimes, I’ll just share my own story.

24. Why do you think you and Chargii have such great chemistry?

A. Yo! Chargii is just different, he’s a great listener, he doesn’t have an ego and he’s somewhat like me always researching and trying to bring something different. It’s easy to get an idea across because he’s not arrogant. He’d rather try something and see if it works, than say “yo, I don’t think that would work.”
That kid is special, believe me.