Monday, November 15, 2010

AS HAITI'S CHOLERA DEATHS INCREASE - UN, Haiti's Government & NGO's Accused of NOT doing enough to Decrease Infection and Save Lives

As the number of Cholera  related deaths in Haiti continue to climb, with offiicial death toll at just under one thousand and close to 15,000 hosptialised, there are charges that the number of deaths are being under-reporteed. The United Nations and the Haitian govenment are being accused of doing little to stem the bacterial, mainly water borne desease that showed up in a rural town about a month ago. NGO's that are considered the informal government of the poor Caribbean nation still struggling to recover from the January 12th earthquake are being severely criticized.

This article written by Nina Lakhani and published in the the UK newspaper, The Independent, paints a very grim and frightening picture.

Saturday November 13

Add captionPeople with cholera lie on mats on the floor of the overcrowded St. Nicholas Hospital in St. Marc, the center of the cholera epidemic. A cholera outbreak originating in the Central Artibonite region of Haiti has killed around 250 people and effected over 2,500 in the region. –AFP Photo
 Thousands of Haitians infected with cholera could be suffering and dying without any help as aid agencies warn they are overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. The official death toll of 800 is widely regarded to be a "serious underestimate", as only cases confirmed by the national laboratory are being counted. Thousands may already be dead.

Across the impoverished nation, the medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières has set up makeshift hospitals on the streets and in car parks, as its doctors and nurses try and cope with the daily influx of sick patients. The number of new patients doubled everyday this week in MSF clinics as hospital cases topped 12,000. But little is known about the fate of three-quarters of the population who live in rural areas, with little if any access to medical care or clean water.

Aid agencies last night took the unusual step of severely criticising both the government and the UN for failing to deal with an epidemic that has been threatening for more than a month. This comes amid clear evidence that the disease is spreading fast across the country and prevention efforts have thus far been woefully inadequate.

ActionAid yesterday confirmed the first cases in Lascahobas, a city in the central plateau which is located just an hour from the border with the Dominican Republic. On Friday there were reports of around 30 people "dropping dead" in the streets of Gonaïves, a city in the north of the country where the epidemic seems to be taking hold. The mayor is said to have joined residents in burying the dead, according to Jane Moyo of ActionAid. In rural areas surrounding the city, there were unconfirmed reports of whole families dying without any help, as local people shun the sick amid growing fear of the disease. The threat of contagion from improperly disposed of bodies is also causing increasing alarm, according to Jim Emerson, from the agency Plan International.

Cholera is caused by a highly contagious water-borne bacterium. Its spread is easily preventable but less than half of Haiti's population have access to clean water. In Cap-Haïtien, the country's second largest city, supplies were running dangerously low even in the medical centres where doctors struggled to cope with hundreds of people suffering from dehydration, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Stephane Reynier, MSF's director of operations, last night said: "The situation is very alarming. MSF structures are overrun by the number of patients, not just in Port-au-Prince, but nationally. We are fast and on the frontline but we cannot control a national epidemic alone.

Where is the UN? Where are the NGOs? Where are the billions of dollars that were promised after the earthquake? There have been enough meetings, now we need action. "

The cause of the outbreak in Haiti is unknown but the bacteria strain causing deaths originates from south Asia, ding to the US Centers for Disease Control. The bacteria can travel the globe in either contaminated food or water or through the movement of an infected person. It causes little trouble where water sanitation and hygiene controls are well established, but January's earthquake and last week's tropical storm Thomas have left the island extremely vulnerable. Less than 40 per cent of the aid pledged by all countries for 2010/11 has been delivered so far.

The arrival of cholera in the capital last week was no surprise, and authorities most fear the epidemic taking hold in the refugee camps of Port-au-Prince. More than one million people left homeless by the earthquake are still living in overcrowded camps, where there is no running water or sewage system and people share portable toilets. Aid agencies such as Oxfam are shipping in huge tankers of water but there is not enough to go round. Water waste, rubbish and sewage all run into ditches that run along the sides of roads.

Ms Moyo from ActionAid said: "Wherever you look there is dirty water. You see young men, entrepreneurs, selling sealed bottles of water and hand-sanitising products on street corners but most people are too poor to buy these products to protect themselves, especially those in the camps where there are few work opportunities.

"Cholera is highly contagious but it is preventable. Everyone knows what is needed: nationwide action to prevent the spread, but this is not happening. Even though the agencies are doing their best, the government is fractured, the infrastructure is limited and, with an election coming up, there are other priorities. People are very afraid and the government must step in and take affirmative action. There is still a window of opportunity to stop the spread but that window is getting smaller by the day."

Around 80 per cent of Haitians live in rural areas, most in abject poverty, and there are real concerns that hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people are cut off from medical help. The country had not seen cholera cases for decades before last month, which means its people are very susceptible to the bacteria, warned Gregory Hartl from the World Health Organisation. The current fatality rate of 6.5 per cent is much higher than normal, and now that cholera is in Haiti, the disease is likely to remain for years, Mr Hartl said.

On Friday the United Nations appealed for £102m from donors to fight the outbreak in an attempt to inject some much-needed momentum. The money would be used to bring in extra doctors, medicines and water purification equipment to treat the hundreds of thousands of people who could be affected by the disease, said Elisabeth Byrs from the UN.

But agencies on the ground say better co-ordination and expert medical advice is needed more urgently than cash. Mr. Emerson from Plan International said: "This is a major medical emergency and we need much more technical advice. We have resources but we are not medical experts, so we need urgent advice on who and what to support. The UN must step in now. There is a very strong feeling among all the NGOs that the number of cases has been very seriously under-reported, especially in rural areas where there are few public health services, and we don't know how to handle that alone."

Source Article: The Independent, UK

Saturday, November 13, 2010


Rhi Rhi's ((( LOUD!!!))))  VERY!!

*OUCH!* Honestly!

So Rhianna has a new album that's set to drop on November 16, 2010. The name of the album?!! Yep! U guessed it!! ((( LOUD!!))) Turns out the album's soo damn loud.. it's days from November 16th and the album IS (((LOUD!!))) or...wait...Oooops! That's her hair we're *hearing* DAMN!! FIRE ENGINE..naah KOOLAID-RED.. whose dumbass idea was that??


Like...Rhianna.. U made women start wearing their hair in onna their eyes..almost blinding them.. but who in their right minds gonna walk into a shop and go: "I'd like the RHI RHI colour please!?? STRUEPPSE! Cheese on bread man! Get it together Rhi Rhi!
Rhianna b4 the madness

Rhi.. Rhi..ure current hairstyle sucks! I'll DEFINATELY drink to that! LOL Bottoms up!

I have only listened to 4 of the tracks on the album..but am loving it... JUST DUMP THE RED WIG/WEAVE! LOL  

Trust me..the album is ``POPPIN!`` Drake & Eminem helps her put sum MAJOR heat on.. in 2 separate tracks and the lady of the moment herself..Nicki Minaj also makes an appearance..check out LOUD..and weigh in on its merits ..or lack thereof.. :)

Thursday, November 11, 2010


This story caught my attention last night when I was watching Anderson Cooper's Anderson Cooper's "Keeping Them Honest" segment on CNN last night.


Amazon No Longer Selling Guide for Pedophiles
Repinted from the Associated Press. (AP)

Amazon is no longer selling a self-published guide for pedophiles.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Inc. had pulled the item, or whether the author withdrew it. Amazon did not immediately return messages Thursday.

The book, "The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child-lover's Code of Conduct," offers advice to pedophiles on how to make a sexual encounter with a child as safe as possible. It includes first-person descriptions of such encounters, purportedly written from a child's point of view.

Once discovered Wednesday, the book triggered outrage from commenters on sites such as Twitter. Some people threatened to boycott the online store until Amazon removed the book. Two petitions on Facebook alone won more than 13,500 supporters. Read original post here

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Amazn reportedly said in response to the backlash:
“Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions.“

Well Alrighty then!!! 

The front cover of the contoversial book

How on earth did Amazon end up peddling the book? Don't they have people who check these things? Don't they have principles? Consciences? The author of this book should be locked up! Serioulsy! Only in America are laws and policies so warped that they end up being in direct contradiction and circumvention of each other.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Evidence Found that UN troops May have infected Haitians with Cholera - BUT World Health Bodies & the UN have abandoned Investigations

Sick Haitians awaiting medical attention 
It's as if they cannot suffer enough. Time after time, large scale disasters have descended upon the poor nation that has experienced immense suffering and more just keep getting sent their way. While they wait on Hurricane Tomas, that is estimated to make landfall in Haiti by this week end, millions are huddled close together in flimsy tents that will stand no chance against continuous rainfall or Hurricane force winds. And even while they wait, exposed and vulnerable, they are struggling to cope with a severe outbreak of Cholera. almost 500 persons in Haiti have died from the disease and close to 7,000 hospitalised with symptoms of the deadly illness. Authorities have abandoned investigations that had started to string together damning evidence that points to recently arrived Nepalese UN Peace Keepers as the source of the out break. Haitians are protesting and there are claims that Haitian lives and public health are being sacrificed for diplomacy and politics.

The Associated Press 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 5:40 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Researchers should determine whether United Nations peacekeepers were the source of a deadly outbreak of cholera in Haiti, two public health experts, including a U.N. official, said Wednesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the strain of cholera that has killed at least 442 people the past three weeks matches strains found in South Asia. The CDC, World Health Organization and United Nations say it's not possible to pinpoint the source and investigating further would distract from efforts to fight the disease.

But leading experts on cholera and medicine consulted by The Associated Press challenged that position, saying it is both possible and necessary to track the source to prevent future deaths.

"That sounds like politics to me, not science," Dr. Paul Farmer, a U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti and a noted expert on poverty and medicine, said of the reluctance to delve further into what caused the outbreak. "Knowing where the point source is - or source, or sources - would seem to be a good enterprise in terms of public health."

The suspicion that a Nepalese U.N. peacekeeping base on a tributary to the infected Artibonite River could have been a source of the infection fueled a protest last week during which hundreds of Haitians denounced the peacekeepers.

John Mekalanos, a cholera expert and chairman of Harvard University's microbiology department, said it is important to know exactly where and how the disease emerged because it is a novel, virulent strain previously unknown in the Western Hemisphere - and public health officials need to know how it spreads.

Interviewed by phone from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mekalanos said evidence suggests Nepalese soldiers carried the disease when they arrived in early October following outbreaks in their homeland.

"The organism that is causing the disease is very uncharacteristic of (Haiti and the Caribbean), and is quite characteristic of the region from where the soldiers in the base came," said Mekalanos, a colleague of Farmer. "I don't see there is any way to avoid the conclusion that an unfortunate and presumably accidental introduction of the organism occurred."

Cholera, which had never before been documented in Haiti, has killed at least 442 people and hospitalized more than 6,742 with fever, diarrhea and vomiting since late October. It is now present in at least half of Haiti's political regions, called departments.

Death occurs when patients go into shock from extreme dehydration. The epidemic has diverted resources needed for the expected strike of a hurricane this week, and could spread further if there is flooding.

Suspicions that the Nepalese base could have been a source of the infection intensified Monday after the CDC revealed the strain in Haiti matches those found in South Asia, including Nepal.
But nothing has been proven conclusively, and in the meantime the case remains politically charged and diplomatically sensitive. The United Nations has a 12,000-strong force in Haiti that has provided badly needed security in the country since 2004. But their presence is not universally welcomed, and some Haitian politicians have seized upon the cholera accusations, calling for a full-scale investigation and fomenting demonstrations.
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An employee of Haiti's Ministry of Health takes a measurement of the chlorine level in the water stored in plastic tanks that is consumed by earthquake survivors at a refugee camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. The Haitian government is conducting tests in the camps around the capital and purifying the water with chlorine tablets in order to avoid the spread of the cholera outbreak that killed more than 250 people in rural Haiti

For CRYING OUT ((LOUD!))!! It is NOT rocket science! Haitians deserve better, they are human beings! What is more important? For the UN to look good or for Haiti's public health to be protected, something which also impacts on regional and even global public health?

There are more questions than answers! 

Monday, October 25, 2010


She was the only one to accept job in violence-wracked part of country

A 20-year-old criminology student has been named the chief of police in one of the most dangerous municipalities in Mexico's violence-wracked northern state of Chihuahua. 

Marisol Valles Garcia, the only person to accept the post, took charge of public security for Guadalupe Distrito Bravo on Monday, according to radio station network Notisistema. The district has a population of 9,148 residents, according to newspaper La Jornada, and comes with at least one police car, Notisistema reported.

The state of Chihuahua has borne the brunt of spiraling drug-related violence that has left around 28,000 dead throughout Mexico in the last four years. Guadalupe's former mayor was assassinated in June, and local police have been kidnapped and murdered. At least eight people were slain in the last week alone in Guadalupe, reported.


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Edith Allwood-Anderson
Nurses in Jamaica have been locked in an acrimonious battle related to compensatory and salary benefits for as long as I can remember. Each successive government has inherited the verbal tussle and occasional sick out or all out strike standoff, peppered with strong statements and ultimatums from each side that typifies Jamaica's industrial climate. The Union representing the island's nurses have also been thrown into the cultural, industrial, cauldronic mix, creating lots of entertainment on the nightly news even while people sympathized with the nurses.

At the crux of this drawn out and very heated battle has been a
colourful figure, the longstanding head of the Nurses Association of Jamaica, Edith Allwood-Anderson. The bane of successive governments, she is the heroine of the local nurses. Mrs. Allwood-Anderson's exploits and many interesting wigs have made her into a public figure.
One wig Upclose

She has been spoken out frequently and strongly against successive Jamaican governments for failing to pay often promised retroactive payments and she has been equally vocal and adamant with requests for salary increases for the island's nurses. A few months ago, apparently fed-up with the delay tactics of the Jamaica Labour Party, (JLP) government which, while it was in opposition, promised to hike the nurse's pay by 200% if they were elected, Mrs. Anderson advised Jamaica's nurses on national television to immigrate to other countries where they would be compensated better for their services than in Jamaica. The JLP's unfulfilled promise to the nurses was one of many reneged political promises the party had used to secure crucial votes to get them into office after being in political opposition for 18 years.

I was dismayed at Mrs. Allwood-Anderson instructions to the nurses, but recent developments may have served to reinforce and validity her stormy position. The article below was published in the The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper Monday | October 18, 2010 and written by: Nedburn Thaffe. I find the article VERY disturbing.
Mrs. Allwood-Anderson & some KEY JLP officials
Published in The Jamaica Gleaner
Monday | October 18, 2010
Nedburn Thaffe

Citing bureaucratic roadblocks and a lack of organisational support from the Jamaican Government, a company contracted to source employment in Canada for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) here in Jamaica has vowed to cut all ties with the island in six months.

Professor Michael Patterson, spokesperson for the recruiters, Marmicmon Integrated Marketing and Communications (Marmicmon IMC), has questioned the Govern-ment's commitment to stemming unemployment, and said he was fed up with its penchant for lip service instead of tangible assistance.
He warned that the recruitment agency would be taking its service to another country after March 2011 when the last cohort is expected to complete its studies.

Last year, a number of students enrolled in the programme were promised full-time job offers by Canadian employers, provided that they successfully complete their studies. Marmicmon IMC was credited for wooing the employers to Jamaica.

Marmicmon was contracted in 2009 after the Government of Jamaica and the Centre for Nursing Studies in Canada forged a partnership to provide training for students through the Pre-University School in Kingston and Montego Bay, using the Canadian curriculum.

Friday, August 13, 2010

"HUNT THEM DOWN AND KILL THEM!" - Former Police Superintendent Reneto Adams tells Citizens & Police to Kill Gun Men who murdered family of Eight last Night in Spanish Town

FORMER Senior Superintendent of Police Reneto Adams says that the gunmen who murdered eight persons in Tredegar Park, Spanish Town, St Catherine last night, August 12th, should themselves be killed. Without trial, without a day in court, just hunted down, found, no questions asked and killed! HUH!??

This is the very same man, who shortly after policemen were caught on tape shooting a murder suspect in Buckfield, St. Ann two weeks ago, spoke out against the killing and described the shooting as the most heinous and despicable act he had ever witnessed.

Reneto Adams
Jamaicans had long become essentially immune to news of murder except when the murders are particularly heinous or involves children. With a crime rate that is spiralling out of control and the distinction of being classified one of the countries with the highest murder rate, the public's reactions to murders, even double and tripple killings have become a bit blase`.

However, when Jamaica awoke this morning, Friday 13th to the news that a family of eight (8) persons in a community in Spanish Town had all been murdered by gunmen as the nation slept, shock waves rippled across the island. The incident came just two weeks after a policeman was caught on tape shooting a murder suspect as he lay writhing on pain on the ground after a brutal beating by the police. The damming evidence gave credence to long time allegations of a corrupt police force which killed innocent civilians at will and fabricated statements fed to the Constabulary Communications Network, (CCN) the information arm of Jamaica's Police Force which then passed the information to the media without seeking to verify the police's claim even when residents mount protests declaring otherwise.

I CAN STALK U!! - WEB Photos that give your Home Address etc!

Uploading a photo taken by some smartphones to Facebook, a blog, Twitter and other social networks or other places on the Internet can actually reveal sensitive information like where you live without you even realising it.

Smartphones such as I-phones by default tags photos with GPS coordinates. Tech savvy persons can extract the location from the picture's metadata, then look up the GPS coordinates stored in the photo's EXIF tag and get an address. Stalkers, crazy ex-spouses, vengeful mobsters and other creepy types can do this also. It seems to be a useful tool for law enforcement officials so gangsters, beware!

Who knew that simply shelling out top dollar for a cool mobile phone that keeps you connected to the Internet while on the go, is an entertainment hub with music videos, movies and hundreds of tunes at your fingertips, provides Instant messaging features among other hi-teck features that you would also be purchasing a security risk that could endanger you and your family? Serious food for thought.

According to Wikipedia, Geotagging is the process of adding geographical identification metadata to various media such as photographs, video, websites, or RSS feeds and is a form of geospatial metadata. These data usually consist of latitude and longitude coordinates, though they can also include altitude, bearing, distance, accuracy data, and place names. It is commonly used for photographs.

However, few people are tech savvy and the feature embedded in the phones are not that easy to turn off or disable as an article in Yahoo Finance pointed out. "I’d say very few people know about geotag capabilities,” said Peter Eckersley, a staff technologist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in San Francisco, “and consent is sort of a slippery slope when the only way you can turn off the function on your smartphone is through an invisible menu that no one really knows about.”

"Indeed, disabling the geotag function generally involves going through several layers of menus until you find the “location” setting, then selecting “off” or “don’t allow.” But doing this can sometimes turn off all GPS capabilities, including mapping, so it can get complicated." The article continued.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

USAIN '~LIGHTENING~` BOLT STOPS ~runnning~ -- Following Friday's Defeat by Tyson Gay

The current Profile photo on Usain Bolt's Facebook Fan Page
Usain  Bolt, Jamaica's sprint sensation and the world's fastest man, has decided to take an extended leave of absence from the track. The bombshell announcement was issued a short while ago by Usain's management team via the track star's Facebook Fan Page. 

The decision followed an even more shocking development when, on Friday, August 6th, Usain lost to Tyson Gay of the United States in the 100 metres, his premier event, in Stockholm, Sweden. On August 6th, most Jamaicans were home from work celebrating Jamaica's 48th year of Independence. They expected Bolt to win, giving them a birthday present; the usual 'Bolt' resounding victory with maybe a new record to top it off. He DIDN'T! Shock and disbelief rippled across Facebook, which is a pulse for current and breaking news, confirming the power of social networks which threatens to outstrip the relevance of traditional media.


Unthinkable! Shocking! Bolt lost a race for the first time since he began his golden record-breaking stint; even competing against himself by breaking world records he himself had set.

It was obvious, it could not be 'business as usual'. The first official words from Usain's camp were sobering. Fan's were assured that they understood the severity of what had happened. A few hours after the race, Bolt's management team issued this statement via his Facebook Fan Page.

Usain Bolt "Dear Fans, I got beat today by an athlete who was in better form and shape than I was. It was one of those days...I got a great start, but there was no power and I came in second. There is no excuse! Thanks as usual for your support."

August 6 at 3:48pm · ·

His fans, some of whom had earlier that day severely chastised Asafa for pulling out of the race which should have been a three-the-hard-way show down, were overly sympathetic towards Bolt. Unlike Asafa who had opted out of several races in the past at short notice, Bolt had always been a trooper who had 'pulled' through. A flamboyant character, he had given them win after win after win and a signature ~lightening~ pose which is now a signature '~BOLT`~ pose with or without any reference to the young athlete who hails from Trelawny, a rural parish in Jamaica renowned for its yams which has spawned a very popular Yam Festival, which is an annual crowd puller.

In the press release issued a few hours ago, Bolt's management team stated: "After an assessment from his medical team we can confirm that Usain Bolt will close his 2010 track season and cancel his participation in the IAAF Diamond League meetings - Weltklasse Zurich and Memorial van Damme, Brussels.

Monday, August 9, 2010

*NEW!!* The Facebook Unsubscribe BUTTON! ll AND A DRUG MANUFACTURER Warned over Facebook Marketing.

 The  Facebook Unsubscribe Button Gets Rid of UN-wanted Notifications From Story Feed.

Facebook! Facebook! Facebook! *SMDH* So Facebook creates an annoyance and a few months down the line, UN-creates it! Makes it go away! What am I talking about? Forgive me, but when it comes to Facebook and their random creations and UN-creations I tend to rant. For crying OUT ((LOUD!)) You created the annoyance in the first place! So what do you expect from your fans? The Innovator of the year Award!?  Streupsee!!

The Facebook "UNSUBSCRIBE" button! That allows you to UN-subscribe from a particular notification feed after you feel you REALLY don't want to be notified people are STILL commenting in a thread, long after the conversation stopped including anything in reference to you or your lone comment! Trust me! I have been annoyed by those things often enough! Especially when some random person tags me in a video or a photo that has NOTHING! to do with me! And I keep getting notifications that people I don't even know have just commented on a video or photo of me! I am like :*groan!!* why mmmeee!??! Read all about Facebook's latest UN-creation here: And start looking for that "UNSUBSCRIBE" button! LOL. I know I got a few things I want to UN-subscribe from, retor-ACTIVE-ly~~ LOL. One Facebook fan wrote in response to the post: "It always says “replied to your post” but they are hardly ever talking to me." *Ouch!* Believe me! I CAN relate!  

However, you probably won't see the much anticipated UN-subscribe button immediately. As usual, Facebook is doing a 'phased roll out of the feature.

 A DRUG Manufacturer Warned over Facebook Marketing.
AND in other Facebook news: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to Novartis over the way it was marketing Tasigna, an anti-cancer drug. In a letter to Novartis sent on July 29, the FDA said the company’s use of Facebook Share was both incomplete and misleading.

An article in Bloomberg Business Week quotes the letter: “The shared content is misleading because it makes representations about the efficacy of Tasigna but fails to communicate any risk information associated with the use of this drug. In addition, the shared content inadequately communicates Tasigna’s FDA-approved indication and implies superiority over other products.” The letter also pointed out that Novartis did not fulfil its obligation to notify the FDA of the Tasigna promotion.

The Novartis application had apparently allowed Facebook users to share content by generating a link on his or her profile to the information with a brief description and a thumbnail image. It was the brief description of Tasigna that fell foul of the FDA.

An article on Facebook's Allfacebook Page warns: "If you plan to mix Facebook and drug marketing, you need to make sure you know what you are doing. Or you could land in trouble with federal regulators, like pharmaceutical company Novartis."  *Double Ouch!*

Sunday, August 8, 2010

"What's on Your Mind?" FaceBook Danger - DON"T tell ALL!!

"YIPPEE! TGIF! Off to South Florida with the fam for the entire week-end" 
· · · Share

Hmmm.. Face Book status updates, that small rectangular box on top of your Facebook page that asks you so beguilingly: "What's on your Mind?" with a button just below it that invites you, entices you to 'SHARE". But security experts have been warning Facebook users to be mindful of what they do "SHARE" on Facebook. They remind us that hidden among the group of persons we consider "friends' in our Facebook circle are persons who will use that information maliciously as one young lady who is in the United states found out a few weeks ago.

The story has been making the rounds for some weeks now, but CNN's Anderson Cooper recently spoke to the young lady and obtained footage from the security camera in her home of two young men including one of her Face Book Friends who she later found was her childhood friend. Read the full story on Anderson Cooper's blog AC360

One Friday evening she updated her Facebook status that she and her boyfriend would be going to see a concert and came home to find that her home had been broken into and items, including a plasma TV stolen. She was able to identify one of the two men caught on camera after she posted photos from the footage on her Facebook page and some of her friends identified him as someone who she knew since she was seven!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

JCDC IN THE `*`~*HOT SEAT`*~` Aspects of JAMAICA'S HERITAGE: In Need of Preservation

I am part of a group of growing innovative music lovers on Facebook who offer structured musical entertainment via music pages on the social site as an alternative to Farmville and the other interactive games, which, while popular, do not resonate with all Facebook users. I operate a music page on Facebook; IRIE JAMZ. The popularity of Facebook pages like mine have grown tremendously on the social site, where people, especially ardent music lovers, are able to post, comment and share music videos. Youtube and the music videos that are uploaded there is what keep me and millions of other music lovers 'fed' and happy and it is a huge let down when you are searching for a music video and cannot find it in the global music video library.

The administrator of another music page; Video Sound Clash and several fans of his page experienced such a disappointment a few days ago. He lives outside Jamaica and gripped by a bout of homesickness coupled with patriotic pride, he began posting winning festival songs to his music page during an impromptu Jamaicas Festival segment on the night of Emancipation Day, Monday, August 1st. Fans of the page, many of whom are also Jamaicans living overseas, reacted enthusiastically to the segment and a corresponding wave of patriotic, musical vibes swept over my home page as the fans of the page, some of whom are my face book friends began re-posting the songs to their pages which showed up in my home feed. 

Missing Festival Songs
However, by the time he got to the year 1979 in his countdown, he was having trouble finding festival songs. He was unable to find the winning song for that year, Born Jamaican by the Astronauts on Youtube. A number of other songs for subsequent years could not be found either and while some were later found by doing an artiste search, they were not able to be found by inputting the official song titles provided on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's website. This highlighted the point that our winning festival songs are not archived/preserved properly or adequately.