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T RIVIA Question: What is the Jamaican connection to multiple time zone clocks?
Answer: THE MULTIPLE TIME ZONE CLOCK WAS INVENTED BY A JAMAICAN. In 1935 P. L. Huffstead, who worked for the New York Rapid Transit Company. . He invented a “tell the
time around the world clock.” Huffstead was born, and trained as a watchmaker, in Kingston, Jamaica.
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Tirade Systems page 2
Dutty Tuff Mindset page 3
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J AMAICAN A MERICAN C LUB N EWSLETTER
Tirade on systems Written by Carol Lawton Policy is the domain of the technocrat who studied a field, thinks himself/ herself an expert and now hold a job in government either by the civil service or through political alliances. In policy development there lies a development process to implementation. These are define problems and solutions, funding, time, communication to the public, implementation, follow through by education, feedback and redevelopment of policy. Without policy no organization can exist as it is the blue print to the end game of an objective. Normally most will start a discussion on policy based upon development but I will going backwards in regards to Jamaica. Let’s stop trying to reinvent the wheel. There are numerous countries, we can study before push a policy so we can look at their blue print and the end result to see if the end result was as intended and why it worked or did not work thus putting in place controls to mitigate failures or enhance success of the system. As with all things foreign, we can just take theirs and not tailor it to our unique situations and culture which will lead to absolute failure. To live another countries tradition is a sure path to the destruction of a generation has it confuses the youth. Creolization of the first world system can be achieved without corrupting the system and making it an exercise in futility. Prime example is the TRN. The system would not be accepted in Jamaica with open arms therefore it should have targeted the soft spots to gain reach within the population instead the TRN system was made into a revenue collector and not a tool for policy. Systems make first world. Systems are tools for efficiency and decision making. It achieved few of its potential goals. Mr. Shaw in order for you to fix this mess you need to revisit the application of the TRN as current policy for a credit system will be ineffective without a change in the law and the system. The Jamaica Labour Party Finance Minister is slated to launch a credit system. But the previous policy had flaws hence if he goes ahead without correcting the key field in this base system, he will created a retarded bastard. It’s bad to bastardize a system but to further retard it will be a crime against the citizens considering we all know better. I am for the credit system, in fact wish it had come 10 years ago. This system if properly implement will merge Jamaica’s citizens into the financial capital system of a global economy thus diversifying the products and services offer in the financial sector. It is one of the last things to this first world plan which they say is so far away. Due to the fact that this system and policy is already in place, we have feedback, we have follow through data to review before moving forward hence clean wiser decision can be made. All this may seem confusing but the end has to be the beginning of Mr. Shaw’s move to implement this new system as one government must build on the other and not start over from the block position as it is too expense to learn as we go. We have been here before lessons learn. Its costly to the tax payer. The critical element here is will the soft targets be cleaned up in this existing TRN system to enable the more complex subsystem of a credit reporting system to be overlaid on it. All this may sound vague, confused and illogical but call a chicken a chicken and a duck a duck. If the unique key is correct throughout the system and controls are in place in the place in the form of laws to protect identity then this credit system should be a 123 implementation if Mr. Shaws using the 3 major collectors of this data like Experian.
They already control North America, South America, Europe and Asia so let’s not redevelop a system that cannot be integrated into the global system. The development time to completion time would be months vs years. So, first world status is not 20 years away its months if we make the decision to fix our policy systems vs making over and building on the mistakes of the past vs the success of the pass and the present. I will not say future because policy takes about 8 years to see the effects and fix it. That was the critical failure of the PNP. They failed to look at the feedback and fix the problems but kept adding to the system. Hopefully the JLP will look at these systems before they proceed to see where they fit into their plans as one failed base system will exponential cause critical failures across all subsystems.
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Dutty Tuff Mindset
Written by Rodney Brown Call it the new Bolt initiative or we old Dutty tuff manifest cause as Jamaicans it is in our destiny to be the best so why wi nuh get a clue and put all this violence to rest show wi true colors and put our real abilities to the test our athletes did their thing, with all the medals they won now wha the rest a wi a do, whats our contribution what positive effect do we have on our nation I mean nobody naw ask wi fi run go tek up a sport we dont all have to be athletes to prove our worth all it tek is a little motivation a likkle change of heart and when it come to inspiration we couldnâ€™t ask for a betta start you did hear wi national anthem? Sound sweet nuh true? Well it stir something inside a mi nuh know bout you it mek mi ask miself, what more can I really do am I really doing enough or mi just a scrape through it go tek baby steps mi know but a the only way wi ago grow wi so rich wid talent it just a buss and overflow so why we deh hide wi roses and put our thorns pon show mi nuh know but dem say wha wi reap wi sow so the question beg fi ask. A wonder wha wi deh grow mek the only thing wi deh harvest is violence and blood flow with all wha deh gwaan right now I man want fi be positive but it seems everybody want fi tek and nobody nuh want give nobody nuh want do the wuk but everybody want fi live I mean unnu see wha deh tek place wi want fi claim the medals but wi nuh want fi run the race so while wi deh jump and cheer and wi own horn wi deh blow only some a wi realise say wi dirty underwear deh show and while the whole world see it and some wi keep dem mouth the more jealous ones among them will mek sure dem point it out. What the whole world realise but the knowledge wi seem fi lack is that when it come to talent and potential,wi have a bumber crop and when dem a scrape the barrel bottom, we skimming off the top this is how we get by, and trust mi it need fi stop wi nuh seek wi full potential until we flat pon wi back so call it the bolt effect or anything you want fi inject fi jumpstart wi society and clean up this rotten mess mi know mi go do my part my conscience demands no less so until we talk again,walk good. Jah Bless!
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