David Smith pleads not guilty in the USA

Former head of Olint – David Smith has pleaded not guilty in a Florida court after being flown from TCI to the USA last evening.


823 Responses

  1. Trial set for jan 3, 2011.
    But no watch that. Procedural matters man. In all likelihood there won’t be a trial.
    I’m willing to bet, that as we speak he is being advised to talk talk talk and talk some more until he gives the feds something that will be of value to them such that his sentence will be lightened.

  2. This is not rocket science….This little pu$$y pleaded before. He is no “rude boy”, ready to do his time. He will plead again. Difference is that in the US, should he leave out one detail when he is questioned, his plea deal will fall apart.
    Now that the Feds are building an association to Chris C, G Rob and the corrupt Jamaican Gov (as stated in a report released by a US agency) DS is on a very slippery slope.
    Lawd….tek time wid him nuh…DS neva see di wheels of justice turning so fast. Feds sen paperwork with the private jet….fly out one day….deh a court di nex day….Not guilty plea is the only plea to enter. That secures the plea deal…..sing,sing,sing….
    Rhatid….mi swear mi juss si Gilly a ride a “Kingfish” tru Barbican….lol.

  3. The full hundred its going to come out……finally!!!

  4. “I have known Mr. Johnson for several years and my recollection of him is that he is given to erratic behaviour and flights of fancy. Mr. Johnson conceded in an interview that he is on medication for mental illness,” Robertson said in a statement last week.


    Q Mr. Johnson, did you just take an oath?

    A Yes, I did. Yes, I did.
    Q Do you understand that the oath has been administered by a representative of the Supreme Court of the State of Florida?
    A Yes, I do.
    Q And do you understand that violation of that oath constitutes the crime of perjury here in the State of Florida?
    A Yes, I do.

    Q Now, it has been suggested by supporters, political supporters of the Minister and an attorney, that you are that you are mad or that you have some problems, some mental problems; is that correct?
    A That’s their suggestion, yes.
    Q Are you having any mental difficulties, are you having any hallucinations?
    A I have never been treated for any such medical condition.
    Q Have you ever had any delusions or any other psychoses, are you bipolar?

    AI have never suffered from any such
    deficiencies, never.

    Q Now, have you ever committed any crime,
    anywhere in the world?

    A Never

    Q Have you ever been accused of being a danger to the security of the United States?

    A I have never been accused of being a security of the United States.

    However, Robertson yesterday categorically denied receiving funding from Smith or Olint.


    Sworn statements vs unsworn statements, categorical denial. This is one to watch.

  5. “my recollection of him is that”



    “I can’t remember….”


    Selective memory or just Mischief?

  6. “…I am denying nothing but in terms of that specific, I can’t answer that.”


    “I have known Mr. Johnson for several years and my recollection of him is that he is given to erratic behaviour and flights of fancy. Mr. Johnson conceded in an interview that he is on medication for mental illness,”


  7. February 13, 2009

    Robertson added that it was quite possible that a request was made, but he would have to check his records.

    November 21, 2010?

  8. Obviously, it would be wrong to make judgements about either the source or the target of the allegations until the police have completed their investigations and make the consequential decisions based on the facts they find.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Mr-Golding-s-unenviable-challenges_8169962#ixzz15uBKktiB

  9. Now that the bubble has burst

    For a long time Smith had many vociferous defenders in Jamaica. They argued that he was only trying to help ordinary black people, by enabling them to benefit from the knowledge that had enriched the ruling class.

    Even as the Jamaican regulators belatedly closed in on Smith, his defenders argued that he was the victim of an establishment plot.

    But one by one his defenders have fallen silent.

    And thousands of Jamaicans have to face up to considerable financial losses, with no prospect of getting their money back. Some of them will be able to move on. But for too many the financial loss is a catastrophe.

    But at least David Smith is in prison.

    ….who brought their countries to the verge of collapse are still living the high life on the basis of their ill-gotten gains.

  10. The Company? The Company? Man a yard you can’t say OLINT…OLINT…OLINT. Finson can represent OLINT. You can’t say OLINT man a yard?

    From : Audley Shaw[mailto:fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com]
    Sent : 11/11/2006 11:01:13 AM
    To : dsmith@kasnet.com
    Cc :
    Subject : RE: fx trading
    It was a pleasure meeting you and your dear wife. I’m glad that you shared your knowledge and concerns with me. A friend of
    mine is keen on investing and would like to talk with you or better yet, he wants to meet with you if possible. He has asked me
    to fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you. Please let me know.
    Regarding the Australian model of fx trading to help with public debt, is there any published information on it? Please let me
    know. I’d really like to learn more about it.
    Thanks again for our meeting as I now have a better grasp of the issues.
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kindest regards and compliments.
    Audley Shaw

  11. “He came back from a trip one day and said, I just got some money.”

  12. “He has asked me fly over with him to see you when it is convenient to you.”

    A good time to fly over and see him NOW. He’s in Orlando. Take the reference for the keen client. Quick, hurry.

  13. Naw sellout you fren dem? Go carry commissary for him. Or pay your friends in Orlando to carry it to him on your behalf.

    “Well” run dry?

  14. With OLINT it is hard to put the onus of action on the current DPP. Her two predecessors were members of Olint. Were they paid?

    Could there be a conflict of interest in her action? Her inaction?

    Incidentally a new gambling authority boasts a former banker and bona fide OLINT member on it. Is it for “that” experience he is appointed?

    Lower bank rates or a lower Bar?

  15. Seems the country gets not what they paid for but what David Smith paid for.

  16. Floridian you wicked! I heard “the Company” and screamed out OLINT!

    What a bunch of jokers! The Govt. think them can fool people with UN-skilfully crafted speeches.

  17. Many supporters pointed to his religious faith and respectable parents as guarantors of his probity.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Now-that-the-bubble-has-burst_8169921#ixzz15xFZgyxr

  18. Foreign exchange trading club OLINT last Tuesday announced that it had established a foundation to help needy Jamaicans, especially children with special needs, and poured in a whopping US$1 million to demonstrate its commitment.
    Smith’s appeal was quickly answered by Jared Martinez of Market Traders Institute out of the United States who pledged J$10 million to the foundation during his address at the well-attended function at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus in Kingston.
    The OLINT Foundation board will be headed by Betty Gordon and will include Edith Smith, Rev Dave Spence, Dr Paul Gordon, Nicole McLaren, Mary Dixon, Paulette Kirkland and Francis Hill.
    Guest speaker Michael Missick, premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, said that the foundation had his and his government’s support.
    “We appreciate the efforts of David and Tracy and how greatly they have contributed to the economy of Turks and Caicos in the short time they have been there. Jamaica’s misfortune is indeed the good fortune of Turks and Caicos ..”

  19. Misick, we have some more “good fortune” to send to you in DR..I mean TCI. They are all known to you already.

    Keep Them.

  20. Guys I have a question that maybe you could propose some reasonable answers….

    Much was posited about the runaway costs of real estate in Jamaica because Olint made many folks ‘think’ they had a lot of cash.

    Now that the implosion of UFOs is almost three years old, it would appear that the high prices still persist.

    Who is buying? Is money still out there in large quantities?

    To be honest as a honest hard working Jamaican I wonder if I will ever really be able to afford a decent home.

    No disrespect but I cant see why it is felt that Portmore is a viable option for anyone not in the top 5%.

    Any thoughts???

    • No one is buy. The real estate moguls in Jamaica are in a waiting mode hoping the economy will recover so prices can regain there upward trend.

      The fact remains there is a shortage of affordable house hence the prices cannot go down, its just the economy.
      There are many projects but the developers are holding off until things start to recover.

  21. Coke’s scheduled appearance in court last Tuesday was adjourned at the request of his Florida based lead counsel, $tephen P Rosen, who was unavailable. His other attorney, $teve Zissou, was also unavailable.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Dudus–gets-new-court-date_8167216#ixzz1608HZWJh


    Naw forget wi fren dem…send up the money. Smith can’t get commissary money? The other backers taking note. After donation and get used… you see? When trouble teck yu pickney shut it a go fit yu.

    Before you donate think and check are you worth US$1 million? or more or less?

  22. Olint head David Smith is now in the US, and the pundits are predicting that some of his evidence may very well “join the dots” in this ever growing mystery of who is in whose pocket.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Jostling-for-power-in-the-JLP_8169769#ixzz160Ik5dNS

  23. Interested

    Try and get the estimate to build a two Bedroom house…..
    It will cost 6M that does include the price of the house

    Buy what you can afford now bulid equity then trade up to a decent house OR wait and live outside ……..

    People are buying houses everyday What are you waitng for ????

    Prices to drop???
    House buying nuh easy

  24. CORRECTION …price of the land oops!!!

  25. JLP to release financials

    Earlier this year, the PNP, in making public its audited report, said the party received just over $20 million in donations.


    Skullduggery of course but….. HISTORY has been made. Albeit for an ungrateful Jamaican public.

    More history to be made? Perhaps.

  26. “One of ICE-Homeland Security Investigations’ critical missions is investigating the flow of illicit money across U.S. borders and the criminal enterprises behind that money,” said ICE Director John Morton.
    “Not only do these kinds of financial schemes damage the lives of the thousands of victims, but the international money laundering involved poses a direct threat to the security of the U.S. financial system.”

    This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), National Futures Association (NFA), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force.


  27. …poses a direct threat to the security of the U.S. financial system.”


  28. …poses a direct threat to the security of the U.S. financial system.”
    w w w .youtube.com/watch?v=W9-45XY7Cbo

  29. Robertson had Labour Party supporters on the edge of their seats when he called on stage a supporter whom he said was one of the persons on whom he was alleged to have ordered a hit.

    Campbell, who insisted that he was the one identified in the affidavit, was not media shy as he told the Observer that he has known Robertson for over 10 years and shares a very good relationship with him.

    Meanwhile, Campbell also admitted to knowing Johnson as well.

    That is rubbish, and so I don’t know where that come from,” Campbell told the Observer minutes after he exited the stage. Asked why he believed Johnson made that claim in the statement, Campbell said: “I think the death of his mother got to him and he is not dealing with it too well.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wicked-lies#ixzz167iY4I4m


    1.Charged with shooting with intent and conspiracy to murder Ian Johnson.

    2.Detective Sgt. James , Morant Bay Police 876 289 8999. arresting and prosecuting officer of TREASURE CAMPBELL


  30. But yesterday Robertson maintained that it was madness to suggest that he could have a US$3 million contract on anyone.
    “I want to say shame on the person who took that statement,” he said. “They are not going to stop telling lies…it is wicked, but as Gregory Isaacs said, is rumour them spreading.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Wicked-lies#ixzz167jXoqZZ

    ????? There is no mention of US$3 Mill on the statement (the statement I have seen) . Is that a lie?


    This is shaping up as one to watch.

  31. “Like all investigations we will make our appeal for information and occasionally we will give the media and the public an update in general terms as to where we are but like this investigation and any other, we will not be playing it out in the public eye,” he said.


    So how do the public run checks and balance on the police? Ahh…behind curtains as well?

  32. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

  33. Plato’s answer to this is that they will guard themselves against themselves. We must tell the guardians a “noble lie”.[1] The noble lie will assure them that they are better than those they serve and it is therefore their responsibility to guard and protect those lesser than themselves. We will instill in them a distaste for power or privilege; they will rule because they believe it right, not because they desire it.

  34. Floridian; why don’t you just create a “my-goal-is-to-destroy-the-JLP” post and stop misplacing comments. This post is about David Smith’s arrest and soon to be trial.

    Since you already done spoil the post; the $3 million was in the transcript posted by Rowe. However, it was 3-8 million Jamaican dollars, not US!!

    Anything that Rowe is connected to is scrutinized for personal motives. He like Floridian (are they the same person), have ulterior motives. They blame Olint and the JLP for their greed in investing and losing their money.

    The funny thing is, a lot of ppl invested, made crazy money (what they invested and much more), but because they lost their initial investment, dem a bawl tief! So in reality, their greed which allowed them to foolishly invest in the 1st place, is egging them on to continue…..yu dun mek yu investment plus bratta, what more yu wan???!! LOL!!

    I know quite a few ppl who invested, made some real good money for a couple of years, eventually lost their initial investment, but dem tek it as the risk of doing business. Anyone with common sense would realize that you cannot get 10% or more for months/years….so one day the bucket a go drop.

    Don’t get me wrong, the ppl who lost their life savings, should be compensated in some monetary form, but Rowe and the lot of dem man who a bawl are just greedy and badminded!

    Let the games begin…..brap! brap!

  35. …but dem tek it as the risk of doing business.

    Likre Finsac? I suppose you don’t support the inquiry.

    …made some real good money

    how exactly did they ‘make’ that?

    “Anyone with common sense would realize that you cannot get 10% or more for months/years”

    So that’s the reason to give them charge of government coffers then? In charge of the entire system of money…I hear you.

    I thought the reports were a range of returns low of X and high of 14% ? Reports change with the times I suppose. Depending on what happens in the courts probably.

    “dem a bawl tief! ” I never confessed for Smith. He confessed and was sentenced. All with his own “common sense” as far as is reported.

    “Don’t get me wrong”

    Subie try as I might you make it difficult.

  36. If I said the JDX bucket bottom would drop out…you say bad mind.

    If I say the Finsac Commission set weak and I suspect folly on what should have run smooth for victims ….you would start chat.

    Why would you put up commissioners you KNOW can be discredited?

    Subie, all the best to you.

  37. Reasoning light, train dem Nonco!

  38. Subie you know where Joslin did live? You went to the barbecues? Drank the liquor? Toy have the “glossys”


  39. Anyway I won’t “shock” today. January 3.

  40. Is David Smith trick unno and a tear down unno beloved politics.

  41. “I know quite a few ppl who invested, made some real good money for a couple of years,”

    Keep it then.


  42. Subie, I know some people who “made” money in several of these UFO’s. They set up escrow type accounts and put the “gains” and the “considerations” there and instructed that after cases finished,,in the courts for it to go to the rightful owners.

    Jan 3

  43. Governments are not alone in their folly, as the private corporate sector and individual investors in periods of prosperity, some driven by greed, are known to abandon all probity, succumbing to Ponzi schemes such as Olint, Stanford and Madoff.
    Both governments and the private sector must remember the wisdom of Confucius: “When prosperity comes do not use all of it.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/The-dreadful-lessons-of-excessive-borrowing_8182617#ixzz16C1KXvQ9

  44. As usual you are missing the point, because of your tunnel vision.

    I never once said Smith was innocent, he is of course guilty. But anyone with common sense knew this was some sort of scheme, but decided to invest and go along for the ride. The returns were between 8%-14%. No legitimate company can guarantee that, so unless your a very gullible, like I said before, anyone with common sense knew the risk.

    You put your money in, take your monthly gains, once you got back your initial deposit, then everything else after that is bratta. Which idiot (with sense), is going to keep everything in and pray for Christmas every year! LOL!!!

    The individuals (John Public) after the first closure, well they were mostly not in the know and deserve an inquiry about their money. But with the names you and Rowe keep calling, you’re not the everyday John Public, so you are one; very greedy and do not want to take responsibility for your actions. Two, have an ulterior motive, which is the thrashing of the JLP Party.

    Do you really think either the JLP or the PNP want Smith to chat? If you think so, you are truly blinded by your political motive. I KNOW that both parties do not want this revealed…period.

    As far as the current inquiry; who is discredited? The PNP have not objected to the three individuals! They ONLY objected to the way they were selected. As far as them bring up issues about two, is just political mileage. Or is it just a coincident that they did not mention the third, because he represented one of their own…..

    I need no help from any other poster. I just enjoy reading your response. It is obvious that the majority of ppl who still read this blog, just enjoy your one-sided madness, because your “hidden” agenda is both transparent and dumb. Why do you think that these comments are now 85% written by Floridian??? This was once a healthy blog, with different responses from a vast amount of ppl, but now it’s the “Floridian Show”!!!

  45. TCI Bank hearings now scheduled for Next Week
    The TCI Journal learned yesterday for the first time that the hearings by the Consultative Forum on the TCI Bank have now been scheduled for next week. We will let the public know once we receive any official word on timings.



    Coming to u Subie.

  46. “But anyone with common sense knew this was some sort of scheme, but decided to invest and go along for the ride.”

    So should be the Minister of Finance? Yes or No?

    “No legitimate company can guarantee that, so unless your a very gullible,…”

    So a very prominent plastic surgeon is there. Would you now not go under the knife of such a person because you deem them gullible with OLINT? Yes or No (I use the plastic surgeon as one example of many professionals there) You going to get Chris Gayle of the West Indies? He did well recently.

    Look at a member like Barnes. He beat 6 Brazilian players to score..in Brasil…were they gullible?

    “You put your money in, take your monthly gains, once you got back your initial deposit, ”

    Having knowledge of the fraud you participate for you are bright? Not so bright. Better you say you were unaware (many leaders have only the option of saying they are fool-fool…for the other option is dire)

    “very greedy and do not want to take responsibility for your actions.”

    Subie, are we really sticking to this week one? If I throw 20 trillion dollars on your lawn and say nothing to you…when mi come fi it. A best you find it.

    You touched the money? Well you will learn responsibility.

    “…have an ulterior motive, which is the thrashing of the JLP Party.”

    The bwoy bring politics to me my friend. He showed more than gullibility there. And that lesson for him has barely started. If the highest order for him or anyone else is politics that’s not my problem. Glaring Lack of Common sense there Subie.

    He went further to. That’s a STUPID COW there.

    “Do you really think either the JLP or the PNP want Smith to chat? If you think so, you are truly blinded by your political motive.”

    Chat no chat that nuh matter mi. Subie it is your frame of reference that limits you. Like you have a ceiling of sorts.

    As far as the current inquiry; who is discredited?

    The OLINT one who is under investigation. Who else?

    Subie don’t get silly.

    “The PNP have not objected to the three individuals!”

    Your frame of reference goes again. I’m not going to stop you worshiping politicians you free. How you know Subie if your idol is not another’s footstool?

    If they did not help Smith they would be better off. But he squealed and begged them for help (even when they were already helping him and themselves) . Make them help. Even behind the scenes. Dem free.

    The blog is yours Subie. Take it my son. Good for you.

  47. Merry Christmas LOL!

  48. Floridian,

    you have clear agenda – try to destroy the JLP…..

  49. But despite the fact that he lost everything, Mr. Baker said it is immaterial.

    He said what he wants not redress but for something like this not to happen in Jamaica again.

    He said neither he nor his company had entered into an agreement to borrow money from any of these agencies or to transfer his loan to any of them.


  50. Banks increased charges to offset losses from the JDX

    A Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) survey on bank rates and charges show that a slew of new charges were implemented by financial institutions to supplement their earnings in the aftermath of the Jamaica Debt Exchange (JDX) earlier this year.


    Gullible public foots the bill. Shafted again. The back patting continues. Subie the blog is yours but you not educating the people. Oh you want the blog to shut it down…and keep the masses in the dark.

  51. mk your upper limit has also been reached. There are are higher things in life you know?

    The political animals (both JLP and PNP) just can not seem to hurdle that.

    Man leggo the chains that bind you mind! You want to know something mk?

    If I wanted to sink the PNP or JLP I COULD DO IT TOMORROW! There, there you go! Not more than three 10 x12 glossy a piece.

    Maybe one or two audio…maybe.

    O.k u happy? Feeling smart now?

    Free you mind and break the chains that bind it.

  52. BTW on the “favorite” subject of “greed” (that many here seem to expert on and always willing to comment on) you know how much corn “both” offer in vain?

  53. I never si come si love anything like the hustings. Mercy.

  54. Help the people nuh? Try it.

  55. JLP Chairman – to step down


    Hoping (like everyone else) your family gets their Olint money returned Sir.

  56. Why you chose not to speak on it and help the victims.

    God Bless you.

  57. Dr. Baugh is to issue a statement on Thursday outlining his reason for not seeking re-election.


  58. Has anyone else noticed that a whole heap of “antics” start ramping up since David Smith arrived in the USA?

    Happy Thanksgiving Deacon Smith.

  59. All of a sudden Jamaica looking efficient “production” increasing.

  60. Except Manatt Enquiry, Ides of November come and gone…

  61. We desperately need fearless and unbiased journalists. And by the way, given Jamaicans penchant for being corrupt, thank God for Les Green – hope he has not adopted our corrupt ways.

  62. All the right moves

    5. The garrulous one says the playbook includes the rolling out of slush funds under the guise of road repair; a reshuffle of the deck; and a recasting of the image, all in time for 2012. Only problem is, according to the detractors, pending court cases and potential revelations have not been factored into account!


  63. Happy thanksgiving Mk! Nonco! Subie! glad to have you on the station…bless up

  64. term used to describe members of the ruling class or slave master


  65. “Those of you in attendance can are welcome to visit the OLINT Cotton Club, our hospitality booth”

    (Tracy and Dave will consider who to ask, but Tracy did indicate that she prefers to make this request AFTER elections)

    “eat some curry goat”

  66. That I therefore took the decision to make and thereafter made contact with Mr. Darryl Vaz, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, to see whether there was any basis on which the government would intervene in relation to what was happening including NCB’s imminent decision to close the Claimant’s accounts.

    That after outlining the matters to Mr. Vaz, Mr. Vaz arranged a meeting with the Minister of Finance Mr. Audley Shaw, and we spoke, and the Minister recommended that I have discussions with Mr. Michael Hylton Q. C., who was the then Chairman of the FSC.

    I was hoping for and expecting certain results, that would involve: a resolution of the impasse between, the Claimant and myself on the one hand and the FSC, and, some form of pressure being placed on the National Commercial Bank to stymie their threat to close the accounts of the Claimant and “its affiliates,” pending the formal determination of the issues between Olint and FSC.

    That I also informed Mr. Hylton of the pressure the Claimant came under from the financial institutions and brokerage houses, as it was felt that the Claimant and its affiliates were in competition with these traditional investment houses, and, that I eventually left Jamaica for fear of my life. In addition to the Defendant, I specifically made reference to Peter Bunting of Dehring Bunting and Golding, and that it was my belief that the latter was the one to instigate the raid on my offices.

    Smithy even then you did not know who instigated the raids? One day I show you who she is.

  67. Michael Lee Chin, chairman of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and William Clarke, head of the Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica (BNS) have publicly criticized OLINT. Head of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) Bryan Wynter who ordered the raid on OLINT’s office that led to the company’s departure from Jamaica has continued his campaign against OLINT saying that “As long as OLINT continues to operate without a license it will fail.” However OLINT is now fully licensed in the Turks and Caicos where Smith’s operations are now based.
    Steve Seal, another OLINT investor described Bryan Wynter’s scathing remarks on OLINT as uninformed and uneducated. “The position that Wynter has taken on OLINT smacks of ulterior motives,” Mr. Seal said.

    Steve Seal..Steve Seal hahahahaahahahahahaahaa

  68. Sterling Asset Management International Limited
    30 DeCastro Street
    Road Town

    Total billing for processing transactions for the month of May 2006 (1.5% * 6,576,678.20)

    Less interim payment

  69. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — nicknamed “The Hammer” for his hard-driving style — was convicted yesterday of illegally funneling corporate money to Texas candidates in 2002.

    Jurors deliberated for 19 hours before returning guilty verdicts on money-laundering and conspiracy charges.

    Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/delay_dancing_within_jail_bars_CViL07MdqzZlVnAF4W8wdK#ixzz16IE8Qmkb

  70. A former owner of a pest control company, DeLay was elected to the House of Representatives in 1984 and rose eventually to the No. 2 position in the chamber behind the speaker. He earned a reputation as a master vote-counter and prolific fundraiser.


  71. Deodorant thief jailed for three years

    So Smithy’s 6.5 years = 2 deodorant and an icy mint?

  72. Dudus turn down the 14 year deal.

    Smith still negotiating.

  73. Interesting how people who think so highly of themselves are brought down to Dollar/Time value.

    Negotiations go on about them while they are free and largely unaware.

  74. All in an effort to try go free.

  75. DPP’s application dismissed

    In her application, Llewellyn had accused Pusey of demonstrating apparent bias in the conduct of the case which falls within the category of disqualification by conduct.

    But, after hearing submissions today, Justice Hibbert said the application and evidence presented was premature and ill-founded.


    Question is will the DPP step down? Oh sorry, it’s Jamaica. Shame on me to forget that. I apologize.

  76. Finsac -Clear cut- Under pressure

    Lightbulb – Clear cut -under pressure

    mk, not suspicious 2 u?

    hehehehhahahahahahaa…or u ‘green’

    Green tomorrow? Any punters?

  77. A man get three years for tiefing a deodorant.

  78. JCC calls for full disclosure on Trafigura

    Small steps JCC you have never gotten that on Manatt yet “before you never got it” you re entered the discussions with govt.

    defroked? Yes that’s what it’s called.

    “We have taken a similar stance on the Manatt Phelps Phillips matter which is facing the current government.”

    Good for you. You have gotten nothing. How about a pat on the back or an award or two?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JCC-calls-for-full-disclosure-on-Trafigura#ixzz16KcUYmET

  79. The country is almost there. Once the crowd pick Barabas for NE St. Ann and one and two more things fall into place it is signed sealed delivered.

    The Bible according to Patois/Creole is almost finished being rewritten and ready for distribution to the masses.

  80. Floridian,

    u r not for truth only for ur selfish agendas….u r only concerned with anything to advance the PNP cause.

  81. And to advance the JLP cause one is to let David Smith get away with robbing 10,000+ Jamaicans.

    Is that what you stand for mk?

  82. People above politics. Sorry to be the one to tell you that mk.

    What you thought to be the highest calling all this time is way down the Totem pole.


  83. Free your mind mk. Don’t be scared.

  84. THE TRUSTEE trying to recover money for investors cheated by jailed financier Bernard Madoff announced a lawsuit Wednesday against the Swiss bank UBS AG and related entities and individuals, alleging they collaborated in Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.


  85. The full complaint was filed under seal. Only a redacted version was available to the public.

  86. Madoff’s scheme could not succeed “unless UBS had agreed not only to look the other way, but also to pretend that they were truly ensuring the existence of assets and trades when, in fact they were not and never did,” said David Sheehan, counsel for the trustee.

    Without UBS serving as pro-moter, custodian and administrator, “Madoff’s fraud would have been diminished in both scope and duration,” Sheehan added.

  87. Tell us! A poor man who migrates to the US, earns money, status, returns to his parish, sets up business is vetted by many security agencies and is no fool. Did Bruce know the police were investigating James when he was made minister?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Robertson-MPP-and-Dudus-Three-strikes-youre-out_8188167#ixzz16Nh9MFRX

  88. The Governor’s Role in the Cancelled TCI Bank Hearings


  89. It is an absolute disgrace that the individuals “invited” to the forum to explain the collapse of the bank, have taken the inexcusable and timorous decision not to appear.

    These men CLEARLY Have something to hide, otherwise they would have happily appeared just to clear their names and involvement.


  90. At the UPR, the Government of Jamaica was represented by Marlene Malahoo Forte, minister of state, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade. When she took the podium, she told the assembled diplomats that “We are moving in the right direction.” To emphasise her point, Ms Malahoo Forte repeated her statement at least nine times within 10 minutes.

    Unfortunately, repeating a phrase doesn’t make it true.

    Wrong direction

    The painful truth is that Jamaica is speeding in the wrong direction.


  91. Mr. Golding said the ousted MP Shahini Robinson is to be nominated.


  92. Perjury

    RJR News has been reliably informed that the attorneys for the petitioner, Manley Bowen, the man who successfully challenged her right to remain an MP, are in the process of filing a criminal complaint with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

    The attorneys will be recommending that criminal charges be brought against Mrs. Robinson for perjury, claiming she lied to the Supreme Court that she was not an American.

    The attorneys intend to point the DPP to an affidavit filed by Mrs. Robinson in June when she was temporarily booted from Parliament by the Supreme Court.

    In that affidavit she insisted that there was no truth to the claim that she holds US citizenship.


  93. Injunction being filed to block NE St. Ann by-election

    Lawyers representing Manley Bowen, the man who fought to oust Shahine Robinson, former Jamaica Labour Party Member of Parliament for North East St. Ann, have filed documents in the Court of Appeal seeking to block the staging of a by-election in the constituency as announced by Prime Minister Bruce Golding Friday morning.


  94. IS this another PNP media outlet and personality or what? They seem to have their henchmen well position in the blogosphere and print media. From David Rowe, The Jamaica Herald, Facebook( RCFJ) and the countless ignoramus among the mass.

  95. At the next general election, in May 1984, the PNP, led by Chief Minister Norman Saunders, won eight of the eleven elective seats. During that campaign neither party raised the issue of independence, largely because citizens had become aware of the value of regular British financial aid. Both parties were committed to free enterprise and to the development of the Turks and Caicos through tourism and offshore financial services.

    In 1985 the Turks and Caicos were rocked by a major drug scandal. In March, Chief Minister Saunders, Minister of Commerce and Development Stafford Missick, and another PNP member were arrested in Miami by DEA agents, in cooperation with the islands’ own governor and police force. During the trial, the prosecution showed a videotape of Saunders receiving US$20,000 from a DEA undercover agent. The DEA said that Saunders took the money in return for promises to protect drug shipments from Colombia as they passed through his native island of South Caicos on their way to the United States.

    Saunders and Missick were found guilty of drug conspiracy charges by a Miami court on July 21, 1985, although Saunders was acquitted of the more serious charge of conspiring to import cocaine into the United States. Missick was convicted of the additional charge of cocaine importation. Saunders and Missick were subsequently sentenced to prison terms of eight and ten years, respectively; each was fined US$50,000.

    With three of its legislators in jail, the PNP still held a majority of five to three in the Legislative Council. The PNP selected the former minister of public works and utilities, seventy-two-year-old Nathaniel “Bops” Francis, to be the new chief minister. Ariel Misick received the key appointment of minister of commerce and development. The reorganized government’s top priority was to maintain investor confidence and proceed with planned development projects. The new government also took pains to tell both London and Washington that it condemned drug trafficking in the islands.

    Political turmoil in the Turks and Caicos did not end with the Saunders conviction.


  96. Critical Clarification

    November 12, 2010: In response to queries from Concerned Olint Members, ACOM is clarifying the following position.

    ACOM is not an Agent of the US District Attorney’s Office, although the DA’s Office, in a letter dated September 14, 2010, addressed to ACOM, has expressed “thanks for your assistance” in forwarding requested details on Olint Victims to that office. Mr. Bruce Ambrose has since stated that the District Attorney’s office’s acceptance of and appreciation for our services does not in itself grant any “Status” to ACOM. ACOM is making this clarification at the request of Mr. Ambrose, and this will in no way affect ACOM’s commitment to represent and work on behalf of Olint Depositors according to our February 2010 mandate.

    ACOM is reiterating that Olint Depositors got themselves into the current crisis,…

    [Does anyone need more logic from these Jackasses?]


    Hey ACOM what have you told your members you are doing about the PM? Remember OLINY money paid for the Christmas Calendar without proper authorization.

  97. Critical Clarification? Critical Clarification

    floridian clarified that long ago. No hidden registration. Public blog.

  98. Misrepresent the District Attorney’s office’s. Support the liar David Smith and family who have ruined countless lies.

    Feeder club man who should be sued.

    Have not questioned the government about the Olint money..In bed with the Government of Jamaica on the fraud!

  99. Many Olint investors have written to United States District Judge Mary S. Scriven and prosecutor Bruce Ambrose outlining their personal suffering because of what they described as David Smith and his family’s greed.

    The accused, the investors noted, has retained private counsel, Oliver Smith, attached to a New York law firm and Timmy McClain of the McClain Law Firm in Orlando Florida. Where did he get the funds to pay these attorneys that were not appointed by the State, they ask.

    One family member, they claim, resides in a luxury gated community in Kingston, Jamaica driving a BMW and Toyota Land Cruiser while Smith’s mother and sister also reside in luxury gated communities in Kingston, Jamaica and Orlando, Florida respectively. The investors contend Smith and his family have not exhibited any form of remorse and in fact they are expecting to get away with the hidden millions with a minimum sentence.


  100. t was clear that in the attempt to prevent the law taking its course against one of its own political activists and strongman, Bruce Golding led the JLP and the Government to seek to violate international treaty, arrogate to themselves the authority of the court and in the end dragged Jamaica’s good name into the mud before the eyes of a watching world.

    However, the local private sector and the media organizations that it owns, had invested too much money in the JLP and were too keen on re-entrenching the rights and privileges of the old planter and merchant class, to hold Golding and his minions accountable. The leadership of the business classes and their minions became bored with the principle and too soon chose expediency over principle, the short term over the long term, and vested interest over the national interest.

    First of all, though I have the highest regard for the competence of Les Green as an investigator, I have to bear in mind that he was one person to whose attention Johnson had brought the matter and nothing was done until it has got to this stage. The investigation was prompted by the publicity in the matter.

    A sworn affidavit is in the hands of the police, but the outcome to be anticipated is a statement by the investigator. The person fingered in the affidavit is issuing a statement from a political platform. Is this a joke or what?

    Secondly, Les Green is one man, and with the greatest of respect to him, he is a foreigner. The entire police high command was aware of this matter, nay, the PM was aware of this matter, and chose not to act. If Les Green therefore knows what is good for him he had best come to the right conclusion and secure his pension.

    In the case of Dudus, the PM and the Minister of Justice, decided for nine months that it was not sufficient to proceed. After that when Uncle Sam threatened, they meekly signed, but only then.

    Anyway, this too will pass. The only time action will be taken against any JLP interest as long as this Bruce Golding administration is in power, is when the US takes action.


  101. Firm grounds for perception of bias

    Mr. Irons has not been known to have worked for Mr. Golding in any capacity. There is no reasonable basis for the perception of bias to be ascribed to him. This is not the case with the other two gentlemen. The treasurer of the JLP and one of the appointees happen to be former partners in the same law firm. It is to be expected that the treasurer of the JLP would be called on to explain aspects of payment to Manatt Phelps & Phillips. The same commissioner has represented the JLP in legal matters. Regardless of the gentleman’s integrity, the ground for the perception of bias is firmly laid.

    The other gentleman is on record as Mr. Golding’s attorney in a lawsuit against the Sunday Herald. Again, regardless of the gentleman’s integrity, it is perfectly understandable that bias could be perceived in a case where the commissioner is connected to the person whose conduct is being investigated, as closely as client and attorney. The problem is not whether these gentlemen are in fact bias; it is that the perception of bias is inescapable in the forgoing circumstances. Perception of bias


  102. Brady charged that a member of the General Legal Council who is also a member of the Standing Committee of the JLP is involved in the mud-slinging activities.


    Perception of bias Mr. Brady?

  103. “fumbling, and fumbling dangerously, because they are taking Jamaica with them.”

    A.J Nicholson.

  104. In other words, this was not a mere campaign donation; it was a case of a government using monies owed to the people, for their own political campaign purposes.


  105. Perception of bias?

    Olint MEMBERS say no to Smith prosecution in Jamaica without stating how much they “lost?” or how much they “gained” from Smith.


    The Judiciary?$?

  106. “Wrap up a draw fi di lawyer…wrap up a draw fi commissioner….wrap up a draw fi prosecutor….wrap up a draw fi di media….wrap up a draw fi them duke street friends….”

    Beyond any doubt. The country is a failed state.

    May God have mercy on the masses of un empowered people of Jamaica.

  107. Psychological Traits – By Oliver Mills


  108. Libel Blow For Golding

    PRIME MINISTER Bruce Golding’s attempt to sue United States network ABC for having referred to him as “a known criminal affiliate” of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke hit a major snag on Monday, when the US Senate voted to protect its journalists from judgments that undermine that country’s guarantee of free speech.

    The import of the bill before the US Senate is that foreign judgments (non-US) from countries which do not share the same or equivalent constitutional guarantees and protection for freedom of speech will not be either recognised or enforceable in the US,” local attorney Walter Scott said.


  109. According to Golding in April 2006 on the issuance of a fiat from the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Kent Pantry, eminent attorney Walter Scott was asked to review the Olint controversy to see whether Smith could have been prosecuted.

    Golding said Scott found that based on the investigations of the Financial Services Commission, there were insufficient grounds to prosecute Smith under the criminal law.


  110. It does not make sense that a State of Emergency was required to allow the security forces to do their job, politicians must get out of the way of law and order. If the economy does not grow, crime will!


  111. Fool dem Fool?

    Speaking above the din, Golding said, “The bigger point to be made is that poor judgement MAY have been exercised by politicians on both sides,” Golding declared.


  112. They drain the body’s energy and vitality and ultimately, through the process of metastasis, infiltrate and colonise tissue elsewhere in the body. The results are often terminal. This is the situation Jamaica is facing. This is the cancer of corruption.


  113. Buy them out Smithy! Buy them out yes!

  114. “half pint…one pint…10 cents Bokkle”

  115. Don’t worry about the Chinese firewall on Wiki. The JA docs secured longtime.

  116. As Thwaites did, Davies said the protracted time in bringing matters before the court to a suitable conclusion served to undermine the credibility of the legal system.


  117. I am protected by Bruce Golding and Audley Shaw”
    David Smith 2008.

  118. On tape.

  119. Interpol posts wanted notice for WikiLeaks founder

    London–Interpol issued a “red notice” on Tuesday to assist in the arrest of Julian Assange, founder of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks..


  120. WikiLeaks: Mervyn King should quit over ‘political bias’, says Blanchflower

    David Blanchflower, a leading economist and former member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, has called on Mervyn King to quit as governor of the Bank of England following leaked US cables that he claims show King’s “thirst for power and influence … has clouded his judgment one too many times”.


  121. In today’s Times (paywall) Danny Finkelstein, always a provocative writer, likens the leak to Martin Luther’s historic posting of his critique of the corrupt medieval papacy on the door of Wittenberg church on 31 October 1517.

    You can’t stop the internet, says Danny, any more than the Ottoman empire could stop the printing press (though it tried). It’s about the shift of information and power away from existing elites – popes and priests, US diplomats and Saudi princes – to a wider community, usually for the general good.


  122. “.. used his royal position to demand a special briefing from the Serious Fraud Office…” !!!!!!!!!!


  123. D notices, issued periodically by the defence, press and broadcasting advisory committee, amount to self-censorship by media companies who collude with Whitehall to suppress information.

    The notices have no force in law, yet they subvert honest journalism and mock the very idea that the media act as a watchdog on behalf of the people.

    If WikiLeaks helps to destroy this nasty mechanism of government spin, our media will be less craven, our journalism more reliable and our society better able to hold politicians to account.


  124. Are Inquiries meaningless?

    Gordon Brown’s Government secretly promised to limit the extent of the Iraq war inquiry to prevent damage to the United States, the leaked cables disclosed. The pledge – made last September as the Chilcot inquiry into the war started – threatens to damage the credibility of the investigation, which is due to report in the new year.


  125. The Kenyan government yesterday reacted with fury and shock to a damning US State Department diplomatic report released by Wikileaks, which described the country as a “swamp of flourishing corruption” run by bent officials who were banned from entering America.


  126. Shares in Bank of America, the largest US bank, fell by more than 3 per cent amid speculation it is to be Wikileaks’ next target.

  127. Delano Seiveright, Contributor

    There is no doubt that this and younger generations have an endless supply of ideas, energy, and pragmatism. Even more so, many of them are free of the heavy weight of ‘baggage that many of our respected elders carry around.

    Britain has become a highly notable case in point, as its highest political offices are filled by (in relative terms) youthful leadership. The ages of its prime minister, deputy prime minister, chancellor of the exchequer, and opposition leader range from 38 to 43 years.
    Out of their depth: Bank Governor’s private view of Cameron and Osborne

    David Cameron and George Osborne were described as lacking “experience” and “depth” by
    Meryvn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, according to the latest leaks of American diplomatic cables.

    EDITORIAL – Mike Henry In The Guise Of Renewal

    IT IS not often that someone like Delano Seiveright, the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) youth arm, Generation 2000 (G2K), is likely to be cited with favour in these columns.

    He is too raw a politician, who has largely scuppered a once-fine organisation of policy debate and ideas for a blunt, partisan tool. But a recent article by Mr Seiveright is worth the wade [Quack! Quack!] and notice.

    At odds with this declared process of renewal is the seemingly foregone elevation of the septuagenarian, Mr Mike Henry, the construction and transport minister, to the chairmanship of the party on which the Central Executive will vote this weekend.

    Mr Henry has no competitors for the post. So, at 75, he will succeed Dr Ken Baugh, the foreign minister, who is six years Mr Henry’s junior.

    And as the construction minister, it is Mr Henry who, by and large, controls the $35-billion infrastructure rehabilitation fund to be spent for the next few years.

    That, we are sure, can purchase a lot of renewal – of the old style. Is this the renewal that Mr Seiveright wishes to sell to Generation X and younger?


  128. David, as promised, I’m sending you the JLP Manifesto for 2007. Thanks for everything including your companionship yesterday. Regards and compliments. Audley.


  129. Mega sponsor Motty and Nationwide? $$

  130. Hughcliffe, you write to the Times for some Jamaica cables?

    But you are no freedom fighter? hahahahaaaa..

    Are you? Where are your credentials? In that minister’s pocket?

  131. Assange know everything about nationwide already. Alright. You famous.

  132. And your sponsors too. Merry Christmas.

  133. Ahh Bwoy, Jamaicans.

    Never help Wiki, never give Wiki anything. Now you want everything from Wiki. Check your rolodex and stay within your limits…

    Cables on Jamaica? That’s a first class ticket money can’t buy. Many (particularly yardies) never believed when I told them…..right here on his blog…

    “There are things that money can not buy…” SURPRISE!

  134. LOL!

  135. PR and Communications “specialists”


  136. Mr. Pantry, have you ever been a member of OLINT?

  137. “I was informed on the 3rd of March that my last day would be the 4th of March”

    I had several files I was hoping to complete…

    The fact that Mr. Smith would have left the jurisdiction would have been of no moment…

    I can’t recall now…

    A lot of complaints have been made…

    I am no longer in office….

    No I am not involved in it…

    (bring up the file puppet)

    I don’t know who are the counsel there now…

  138. The Contractor General raised eyebrows over the government’s move Wednesday and said it was illegal under the Contractor General Act.

    Last week, Information Minister Daryl Vaz said contractors who were not under investigation will have their registration period extended to February 28 next year.

    “This came out of discussions with the OCG and the cabinet to make sure that there was no disruption in the award of the contracts,” Mr. Vaz said.

    But the contractor general Wednesday indicated he was never was in agreement and even questioned the propriety of such a move.

    Greg Christie in a letter said he pointed out to the government that he could not and would not support the extension.


  139. Meanwhile Prime Minister Golding revealed that the initial files on Olint went missing from the DPP’s office. Reading a letter that DPP, Paula Llewelyn sent to him when she assumed office in 2008, Mr. Golding noted that the files on the Olint investigations were not passed from her predecessor Kent Pantry. In the letter Ms Llewelyn, said her office took steps to put the file back together with the help of the Financial Services Commission. By that time Mr. Smith had left Jamaican jurisdiction.


  140. The authorities in the US have smashed a major drug ring which involved the shipment of narcotics through Miami on behalf of Jamaican suppliers.

    His co-accused are from Miami, Costa Rica and Panama.

    If convicted on all charges, they each face up to life in prison.

    The investigation, dubbed “Operation Gangplank”, began in July 2007 after US agents and task force officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department, DEA agents, and officers at Miami Seaport uncovered that persons were actively involved in an international conspiracy.

    It involved the importation of multiple kilograms and millions of dollars worth of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana through the Port of Miami and Port Everglades for suppliers located in Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Panama.

    The narcotics were often placed in cargo containers and other hiding places on ships.


  141. Kent Pantry, “The fact that Mr. Smith would have left the jurisdiction would have been of no moment…”

  142. There is a concern that phones may be tapped. Be careful what you say over the phone – you should tell David and Wayne and Joe as well.


  143. Motty, careful tapped phones.

  144. Madoff Trustee Sues JPMorgan For “Enabling” Massive Fraud

  145. Details on drug trafficking organizations, including leadership (biographic information and biometric data), communications (types and sources of technologies used), and methods of operation, to include processing and storage sites, methods of laundering money, and activities of front companies (financial activities, shipping records, addresses, and associated companies). – Traffickers’ subversion or coercion of political, economic and judicial officials and systems, including attempts to gain influence through campaign contributions; impact of corruption from drug traffickers on executive offices, legislatures, military and security organizations.

    …and criminal entities or their surrogates, to include telephone and fax numbers and e-mail addresses, call activity (date, time, caller numbers, recipient numbers), phone books, cell phone numbers, telephone and fax user listings, internet protocol (IP) addresses, user accounts, and passwords. – Identify national and supranational telecommunications regulatory, administrative, and maintenance organizations.

  146. Llewelyn challenges the veracity of Pantry’s claims.

  147. “Olint money received by political parties should be returned”

    Miguel Lorne.

    Why not make them keep it? Let them keep it. It can buy commissary…hahahaha

  148. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”


  149. JA to tell US why it refused to extradite businessman
    Saturday, January 23, 2010

    THE Jamaican Government was last night crafting a response to the United States after Washington expressed displeasure at Kingston’s refusal to extradite accused drug trafficker Prestley Bingham.


  150. WikiLeaks: Afghan vice-president ‘landed in Dubai with $52m in cash’
    Ambassador in Kabul reports pervasive ‘wealth extraction’ by establishment and apparent powerlessness of US to stop it

  151. Another thing I found interesting is that 2 months ago 8 million was transferred to a middle eastern bank account that is not a client.

  152. Who do you believe? Kent Pantry or Paula Llewelyn.

    Both the learned’s can’t be correct. Former and current DPP’s statements are at odds.

  153. The cable records that exporting cash is encouraged by the fact that “drug traffickers, corrupt officials and to a large extent licit business owners do not benefit from keeping millions of dollars in Afghanistan and instead are motivated to move value into accounts and investments outside of Afghanistan”.

    an enthusiast for high-stakes international poker tournaments

    “Many other notable private individuals and public officials maintain assets (primarily property) outside Afghanistan, suggesting these individuals are extracting as much wealth as possible while conditions permit.”

    are accused of systemic corruption, theft of public funds and extorting money from construction contractors on a regular basis.

    “The consistency and scope of explicit and detailed allegations lends veracity to charges that pervasive corruption defrauds the people of meaningful government services and significantly undermines popular support

  154. David Rowe,

    Were u ever a member of Cash Plus?

    • @MK

      I was watching American Gangster last night, where the episode was the Jamaican Shower Posse and saw David Rowe being interviewed and identified as the attorney for Vivian Blake…..

  155. What do we get in return for the dominance of Parliament and politics in our lives? This week, according to media reports, the big topic at Duke Street was Olint – not about the impoverished pensioners and the rest of the army of the broke and disillusioned, but rather which of the parties got the most out of David Smith. Fingers were pointed forwards. Not many stopped to count how many pointed back. The heights of the high moral ground were scaled, and those who had captured the bastion looked scornfully down on the alert to stamp on the fingers of those who would dare to climb up to challenge.
    While Mr Smith languishes in a Florida jail, modelling a prison jumpsuit (no more Page 2 for him), you can be sure that he’s reflecting on the days when he was on the A-List. Remember when they flew in my jet?…Is there any gratitude for when I answered the classic call of “time for all good men (with fat bank accounts) to come to the aid of the party”? Who will sing Jingle Bells for Mr Smith?

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Whose-December-is-it-anyway_8207940#ixzz172jyRdar

  156. The police are seeking Kayon Campbell otherwise called “Treasure”, one of the main figures at the centre of damning allegations made against Member of Parliament for Western St. Thomas and Minister of Energy and Mining James Robertson.

    The police have issued an advisory asking Mr. Campbell to turn himself in.

    Mr. Campbell, who was offered bail in a case of conspiracy to murder and other offences, breached his bail conditions and is now being sought by the police.

    Mr. Campbell came to public attention during last month’s annual conference of the Jamaica Labour Party at the National Arena.


  157. There has been a major shake-up in the management of Jamaica’s multi-billion dollar Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.

    Our news centre has been informed that responsibility for the country’s transition to LNG has been removed from the Energy Minister’s portfolio.

    Sources say this is effective immediately.

    A consortium comprising Belgian firm Exmar, Colombian gas distribution company, Promigas and local consultants Caribbean LNG Jamaica Limited was selected to implement the project.


  158. Who is Exmar? What experience does it have with LNG projects? What projects has it completed? Who is Caribbean LNG (Jamaica)? What experience does it have?

    Moore and a Paul East are listed as directors of the company but they are not listed as shareholders,” the contractor general said, adding that “a Mr Al Kerr and “Bogle, Andrew (Ceased)” are listed as the other directors of the company.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/LNG-drama-raises-more-questions-than-answers_7747353#ixzz173T9lOZS

    Moore/East $22,000,000.00


  159. Labourites are now being mobilised in North East St Ann for the nomination of Shahine Robinson as the Jamaica Labour Party candidate for the December 20 by-election.


    The people chose Barabbas, exactly as Pilate expected.


  160. However surprise candidate Devon Evans of the Marcus Garvey People’s Progressive Party, has indicated that he will be seeking to be nominated.

    “I’ll never forget, no way They sold Marcus Garvey for rice”


  161. “She filed affidavits denying that she was an American citizen and right up to the end she was maintaining that, which when you take the documents together it would seem that she was not upfront.

  162. She admitted to holding dual citizenship, A F T E R Mr. Bowen’s attorneys submitted documents in court showing that she took the oath of allegiance to the US government WHILE SITTING IN PARLIAMENT, in 2006.

    Julian Assange: Whoever leaked US embassy cables is unparalleled hero

  163. “Since 2007 we have been deliberately placing some of our servers in jurisdictions that we suspected suffered a free speech deficit in order to separate rhetoric from reality. Amazon was one of these cases.”

    His comments on the matter came after WikiLeaks tweeted that if Amazon was “so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.”

  164. The matter of Shahine Robinson is a case in point. She is an intelligent woman, and must have known all along she was ineligible to sit in the house. Yet she hung on, expressing confidence she would be victorious in court, until documentary evidence was presented in court proving what she already knew to be the case. The fact is that every vote she cast in our legislature was invalid, and she knew it, but did it anyway.

    What is even more scandalous is that her party is not scandalised at her dishonourable behaviour, and intends to nominate her to contest the seat she was forced to vacate without even an apology. I believe that this is dishonourable behaviour by the Jamaica Labour Party, and further brings Jamaican politics into disrepute.


  165. WikiLeaks cables claim first scalp as German minister’s aide is sacked
    Helmut Metzner admitted acting as a mole for the US embassy during negotiations to form a government

    Amid a mood of increasing anger in the German political class at the disparaging observations on the chancellor’s cabinet from US officials, a liberal MP today demanded the withdrawal of the American ambassador in Berlin, Philip Murphy.

    The cables relate how an FDP insider – “a fly on the wall, a young, up-and-coming party loyalist who was taking notes during the marathon talks”

    He added that Murphy had failed to apologise for the scandal.


  166. The bank’s two former chairmen – along with NIB chiefs – snubbed a request to come to an open hearing scheduled for this week, dismissing it as a “witch-hunt”.

    Forum members had hoped to put financiers through the wringer to assess whether anyone was guilty of misdeeds.

    But their plea to help shed light on what led to the potential loss of many Islanders’ life savings appeared to fall on deaf ears.


  167. WikiLeaks cables: Seven key things we’ve learned so far
    Some in the media glibly dismissed the US embassy cables at first, but such WikiScepticism is on the wane

    It’s a sad fact that many journalists who have been scooped or cut out of a breaking news story react by knocking it down. “That’s old news,” they say, “we knew that already.” Sometimes it’s true. But mostly it’s sour grapes.

    To be fair, the bigger problem for WikiSceptics is that they made their “nothing to see here, move along” pronouncements on Monday, when just a few of the 250,000 cables had been revealed. With each passing day more and more details emerge, about every corner of the globe, and will do for weeks if not months.


  168. For all we know there is a ticking time bomb sitting among the unpublished cables – unnoticed by the teams of journalists working through them – waiting to go off.

  169. They are with the expert Hughcliffe…nuh worry yu intention…hahahahahahahahahahahaha

  170. New photo Album from Provo too. Just in case anyone “can’t recall”

  171. Frankly, I find what’s in this stuff interesting. I think it’s more interesting than the news the networks come up with each and every day. Give me more of this stuff.

    He goes on to point out the information we now have at our fingertips is worth its weight in gold.

    Rush Limbaugh (latest convert)

    “It’s not all that glitters is gold, and half that story has never been told”

    Bob Marley.

  172. Motty, you stop playing this one on Perkins on line. Recall? Remember?

    “Preacher man don’t tell me….” “It’s not all that glitter is gold…”

    “Now you seef the light…”

  173. One western diplomat said it was hard to know whether Zakhilwal would cling on: “In a normal country it would be the honourable thing to tender his resignation, but it’s very hard to know.”


  174. t was as much the sense of a curtain lifting to reveal the world leaders not as wizards but as all too human, and that the private positions of those in power were often diametrically opposed to what they said in public, that made the cables so gripping – and perhaps so dangerous.


  175. Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan was so rattled that he even threatened to sue over allegations of corruption.

    A regular Bradyfool over in Turkey.

    Don’t let ABC get away with it, Prime Minister

    For if these men are speaking the truth, it would mean that once again, the officials upon whom we are supposed to be depending for the truth have failed us.
    And if that is the case, how can we trust them going forward?
    If ever there was a time when we can’t afford untrustworthy leaders, it would have to be in these perilous times when the lives of so many are at stake. In times like these, lying leaders will be the literal death of us.
    That’s why we are so troubled at the fact that a powerful network like the ABC, which we know is familiar with defamation laws and their consequences, is still carrying a story which the prime minister has so angrily denied and dismissed as “part of a conspiracy” to undermine his Government.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-let-ABC-get-away-with-it–Prime-Minister_7654918#ixzz17B0MRfr1

  176. “In times like these, lying leaders will be the literal death of us.”

    Jamaica Observer.


  177. Cops now have ‘Treasure’
    Robertson’s character witness turns himself in to police

    After Treasure Kayon Campbell appeared with Minister Robertson on the stage at the JLP Conference he received a huge contract to patch and repair a portion of the Seafourth Main Road St. Thomas.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-now-have–Treasure-_8210261#ixzz17B287oD1

  178. We can’t pretend to know everything the prime minister or anyone else does, and only time will reveal all things. But we know that had the shoe been on the other foot, we are sure that no local media, no matter how rich and powerful, would risk a lawsuit of this nature unless they were dead sure that they were on a solid legal foundation.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Don-t-let-ABC-get-away-with-it–Prime-Minister_7654918#ixzz17B423Zri

  179. Brady warns media about commercial interests

    Prominent attorney, Harold Brady, is warning the media against allowing commercial interests to erode editorial independence.

    Brady was addressing the National Journalism Awards Banquet held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel recently.

    Brady said there are signs that private commercial interests are playing a significant role in the media.


  180. Brady said there are signs that private commercial interests are playing a significant role in the media.

    How erudite. One would never have noticed that even if it was right in one’s face.

  181. Truth be told media advertising revenues are hard to find. They take what they get and toe the line.

    It’s really demeaning and degrading. I feel sad for them. But it’s their choice. I wonder if such a topic is covered in the cables?

    Yes, you do too.

  182. ‘Investigate all garrisons, their gangs and MPs!’
    Jamaica’s third party wants action from prime minister

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Investigate-all-garrisons–their-gangs-and-MPs–#ixzz17BxCI1GM

  183. The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be “free” because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it.

  184. “They are now selling off assets way below market value,” claimed Levy, who added that the long-time head of the company, American Janet Farrow, has placed her house on the market and appeared to be taking steps to leave Jamaica.
    “I know as a fact that she has put her house up for sale a couple months ago,” Levy told the Sunday Observer.
    Citing an example of JRF’s current fire-sale, Levy said that the St Ann resort property Carinosa, a seized asset owned by the company, was quickly sold for $5.2 million although the asking price was in the region of $12 million only a few months ago.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JRF-packing-up-and-shipping-out_8182635#ixzz17El54L3b

  185. Carinosa was on the market demanding top dollar for almost 10 years as the JRF website promoted itself as the largest holder of real estate in the island.

    “New Coptic Church?”

  186. “My priority is the party ahead of any ministerial responsibility,” Vaz said.

    Today, he will be facing off with Deputy General Secretary Aundré Franklin and Dr Charlton Collie for the job as general secretary of the party.

    A strong organiser in the JLP, Vaz has been deputy treasurer for the party, and he brags of being the man to raise most of its money. He says combining both his organisational ability and his prowess at raising funds is the remedy recommended by the political physician.

    “Money equals organisation, and organisation equals money,” he told The Sunday Gleaner.

    Recently, he was accused in Parliament by opposition member Peter Bunting of having fêted persons who had been convicted of financial crimes. Bunting was pointing to Olint’s founder, David Smith, a contributor to the JLP’s election campaign in 2007.

    party-finance regulations

    Vaz has admitted that his party, like Bunting’s, has received money from Olint. He also says that if he got the job to lead the secretariat, he would ensure that the party was guided by party-finance regulations, which are now being considered by Parliament.

    Vaz, though, says while he supports disclosure on donors to political parties, he is not a fan of the public knowing the donors.

    “My personal view is that the ideal situation would be for the State to provide funding. That is not possible now and I don’t think it is possible for the foreseeable future based on the challenges that we face.

    “What we have to do is to make a structure that is transparent, but while being transparent, protects the donors,” Vaz said.


  187. That I therefore took the decision to make and thereafter made contact with Mr. Darryl Vaz, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, to see whether there was any basis on which the government would intervene in relation to what was happening including NCB’s imminent decision to close the Claimant’s accounts.

  188. Lebanese communications minister Marwan Hamadeh told the US that the network covered Palestinian camps, Hezbollah training camps and penetrated deep into Christian areas.


  189. Columbia students told job prospects harmed if they access WikiLeaks cables
    US university urges caution about posting links to Wikileaks or making comments on social network sites

    The university’s Office of Careers Services’s cautionary note drew criticism from observers, who expressed alarm that the liberal bastions of academe in the US would be complicit in restrictions on access to the documents.


  190. The Jamaica Labour Party is still digesting the shock win of Aundre Franklin who emerged as the party’s new General Secretary after internal elections today.

    Information Minister Daryl Vaz who was widely seen as the favourite lost badly to Franklin.
    The Deputy General Secretary race was also keenly contested.

    Senator Warren Newby came out on top with 105 votes.

    The other three Deputy General Secretaries are Joel Williams who was returned to the post with 89 votes, Dr Sandra Nesbeth receiving 75 and Senator Ian Murray with 72 votes.


  191. Where Is The Outrage?

    FOR DECADES, the people of Jamaica sat quietly and watched the increasing corruption, bloodshed and inept governments slowly drain the energy from our country. We must now ask ourselves what will it take to incite us to action.


  192. Break The Links

    In a symposium on the Jamaica/Canada Transnational Crime titled ‘Experiences in its Control and Prevention’, Clayton notes that the 2010 World Economic Forum Competitive-ness Index showed Jamaica dropping to a dismal 95th of 132 nations surveyed.

    He said this reflected a fall of 17 places over the past three years.

    According to Clayton, on the same scale, Jamaica has dipped to 129th on economic stability.

    Delegitimised state

    Clayton contends that as a result of the links between politics and organised crime, the Foreign Policy Failed States Index for 2007 concluded that Jamaica’s most serious weakness is the criminalisation and delegitimisation of the state.


  193. US embassy memos contradict Arabic satellite channel’s insistence that it is editorially independent despite being heavily subsidised by Gulf state.

    How is Jamaica’s media really viewed?

  194. Immediately after the announcement, Vaz embraced Franklyn, who also got congratulations from the immediate past general secretary Karl Samuda, who had endorsed Franklyn.

    Party leader and Prime Minister Bruce Golding looked directly ahead to the conference audience without comment or congratulations to Franklyn after the results were announced.

    He was responsible for a number of persons who were here as candidates; he shepherded them through, he did all the back room work, not often seen in the media,” an elated Samuda said.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Vaz-didn-t-do-it_8215041#ixzz17KCI9Imq

  195. Orange County Incarcerations

    Booking Number: 10047766
    Race: Black
    Gender: Male
    Date of Birth: 04/15/1969


  196. What happened to his GQ polo cap?

  197. Who the cap fit?

  198. $40 Million Manatt enquiry to resume January 17

    The commission is slated to commence hearing on January 17 and the results must be handed in no later than February 28


  199. PNP wants to know who tipped off ‘Dudus’
    Manatt enquiry to resume next year

    THE People’s National Party (PNP) is warning that it will not be satisfied with the outcome of the Manatt enquiry, if it fails to answer who tipped off Christopher ’Dudus’ Coke about his extradition, and who paid for the lobby firm Manatt Phelps & Phillips.


  200. Madoff Trustee Sues HSBC For US$9b

    HSBC prolonged disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s ability to burn investors by “engineering a labyrinth” of international sources of funding for his epic Ponzi scheme, a court-appointed trustee alleged Sunday.

    “Had HSBC and (its executives) reacted appropriately to such warnings and other obvious badges of fraud outlined in the complaint, the Madoff Ponzi scheme would have collapsed years, billions of dollars, and countless victims sooner,”

    The complaint against HSBC, affiliates and executives alleges they helped funnel more than US$8.9 billion to Madoff through a dozen so-called feeder funds based in Europe, the Caribbean and Central America.
    “The defendants engineered a labyrinth of hedge funds, management companies and service providers that, to unsuspecting outsiders, seemed to compose a formidable system of checks and balances,” said Oren Warshavsky, a lawyer for Picard. “Yet, the purpose of this complex architecture was just the opposite: the defendants wanted to provide different modes for directing money to Madoff in order to avoid scrutiny and generate more fees.”


  201. I don’t want WikiLeaks revelations to come between us, Cameron tells Afghan president



  202. At least seven new faces were scheduled to be in last night’s meeting, which was to be led by JLP leader, Prime Minister Bruce Golding.

    Among the familiar faces missing would be some of the persons who engineered the JLP’s 2007 election victory.


  203. Tourism officials blasted for lack of transparency

    Member of Parliament, Fitz Jackson, Monday insisted that the Ministry must exercise greater due diligence before agreeing to assist private organisers of music festivals with public funds.

  204. “You don’t satisfy yourself that these investments are to entities that genuinely need it and be able to substantiate that from audited financial statements,” Mr. Jackson said.

    “We might not have all the financial statements from these entities but through dialogue, through partnership, JTB is involved intimately in these activities. JTB knows the cost of bringing in these acts from overseas, so there is a fair idea,” Ms. Griffith said.

    “But you are committing public funds!” Mr. Jackson said.

    She insisted that the Ministry has other means to maintain scrutiny of state funds used for private events.


  205. Cabinet approves new NWC board


    All hand$ on deck.

  206. Observer change the cartoon already. Keep it locked right here Observer. Glad to know you always right here.

  207. Clovis Olint cartoon “vanishes”


    Saved Copy? Check.

  208. Babsy snubs examination of ministry accounts
    Avoids scrutiny for calendar year

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Babsy-snubs-examination-of-ministry-accounts#ixzz17SFqNWww

  209. “This will not change our operation,” spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson told The Associated Press. As if to underline the point, WikiLeaks released a dozen new diplomatic cables, its first publication in more than 24 hours, including the details of a NATO defense plan for Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that prompted an indignant response from the Russian envoy to the alliance.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/WikiLeaks–Julian-Assange-denied-bail#ixzz17TKmWq4e

  210. He also blasted some current agencies noting that no one can take seriously a Parliamentary Integrity Commission in existence for more than 30 years with no prosecution, despite an unexplained accumulation of wealth by many public sector figures.

    “The same applies to the Corruption Prevention Commission, which has existed, and where persons who work and are supported by the public purse, whether in law enforcement of the main stream civil service, have accumulated massive resources that people talk about on verandahs and in gossip columns in the newspapers and yet not a single prosecution or investigation has come to light. This makes a mockery of the agencies themselves and demeans our democracy,” Dr. Phillips stated.

    In the interim, the senior PNP official called for all Government contracts to be listed on the worldwide web.


  211. The $74 million sweetheart tax agreement

    The Sunday Herald provides for the benefit of readers, the agreement between the tax department and Ultimate Exotics Limited, a company in which Minister with responsibility for Information Daryl Vaz is a shareholder, in which the parties outline the terms under which Ultimate Exotics would liquidate outstanding General Consumption Tax (GCT).


  212. Casuistry and avoidance “Hypocrisy” is the favorite word of the Government side. Whenever the criticism bites they don’t confront the issue but trot out the spurious defence of moral equivalence by screeching at the Opposition that they did the same in previous times.

    Faced with having to admit that the JLP took what amounts to money stolen by Olint as campaign contribution, the Prime Minister went to town with the supposedly equivalent malefactions of the PNP. No doubt, true, but a complete avoidance of the burning issue of vulnerability of the political apparatus to secret donors — perhaps the biggest source of corruption besetting the nation.

    After the hooting, I put it to the Prime Minister that the antidote to all of the above would be to endorse full disclosure of the sources and uses of all contributions. That released the casuistry. You had to be careful, he said, because disclosure might frighten lawful donors and leave the parties at the mercy of those with dirty money. If he is right, where would that leave the process of reform?


  213. Go ahead. Donate to politics. Make my day. I’ll make you famous.

  214. Deaconess being sought for fraud

    A St. Catherine Deaconess is being sought by the police in connection with a Ponzi scheme which operated at her church.


  215. BOJ projects further decline in cash spending

    At the same time, the Central Bank says people are generally low on cash and loans payments are running into default.


    Consumers, just JDX your personal loans. Easy.

  216. 4.50pm: Big news: MasterCard confirms that its SecureCode payments system is in trouble, issuing this statement:

    Please be advised that MasterCard SecureCode Support has detected a service disruption to the MasterCard Directory Server. The Directory Server service has been failed over to a secondary site however customers may still be experiencing intermittent connectivity issues. More information on the estimated time of recovery will be shared in due course.

    MasterCard site partially frozen by hackers in WikiLeaks ‘revenge’
    ‘Operation: Payback’ hacks into MasterCard site over payment network’s decision to cease taking donations to WikiLeaks

    Fraud & cheating!
    Complaint Rating:
    I had signed up with horizon gold card and saw that there is no logo of visa card or master card on the credit card, I called to Hallmark Bank and canceled it but they had already grabbed my 79.95 . I called them again and asked for my money back. They left me on hold for over a hour, knowing I was calling from the US. I still does not have my money back and it has been a month.

    Email: info@hallmarktrust.tc
    Telephone: 1 649 946-5524
    Facsimile: 1 649 946-5316

    Contact: Greg Hurd, Millicent Grant or Brian Trowbridge

    Brian Trowbridge and Hallmark are a bunch of c*nts – they ripped me off and stole my money. Trowbridge comes across like a nice whitey lawyer but he is really just a slimeball who misleads anyone he talks to. I am sorry I ever met him and his crooked bank, Hallmark…


  217. A group of online activists calling themselves Anonymous appear to have orchestrated a DDOS (“distributed denial of service”) attack on the site, bringing its service at http://www.mastercard.com to a halt for many users.

    “Operation: Payback” is the latest salvo in the increasingly febrile technological war over WikiLeaks.

    Huh, the OLINT payback has not even started. What when it does?

  218. Tony Blair summoned back to Iraq inquiry to be quizzed over new evidence
    Former prime minister recalled to face Chilcot panel over revelations of warnings he was given before Iraq invasion


  219. WikiLeaks cables: Shell’s grip on Nigerian state revealed
    US embassy cables reveal top executive’s claims that company ‘knows everything’ about key decisions in government ministries

    WikiLeaks cables: Rampant corruption ‘could push Kenya back into violence’
    • Country’s ruling elite part of a ‘culture of impunity’

  220. The oil giant Shell claimed it had inserted staff into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government, giving it access to politicians’ every move in the oil-rich Niger Delta, according to a leaked US diplomatic cable.

    Sound familiar?

  221. Carlos always been locked. Easier pickings than the deacon. But unno cheap. Love everything that is free. Crab inna barrel.

  222. Want things to happen without the due “consideration” hahahahaa.

  223. Who tells Clovis to “trim the Jib” stay the original course you chose. “Captain, FULL SPEED AHEAD”

  224. The JLP is not winning any high marks for its ability to consult. It is still fresh in our minds that it named
    the members of the ‘Dudus/Manatt’ Commission after reneging on its promise to consult with the Opposition.
    Still we yearn for the day when one or the other of the party, better yet both, would get past this senseless tit-for-tat and political gamesmanship.
    Jamaica deserves better. Much better.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Not-another-PNP-JLP-tit-for-tat-please-_8221634#ixzz17buxj3jx

  225. “She said the GON [government of Nigeria] had forgotten that Shell had seconded people to all the relevant ministries and that Shell consequently had access to everything that was being done in those ministries.”

    The WikiLeaks disclosure was today seized on by campaigners as evidence of Shell’s vice-like grip on the country’s oil wealth. “Shell and the government of Nigeria are two sides of the same coin,” said Celestine AkpoBari, of Social Action Nigeria. “Shell is everywhere. They have an eye and an ear in every ministry of Nigeria. They have people on the payroll in every community, which is why they get away with everything. They are more powerful than the Nigerian government.”

    The criticism was echoed by Ben Amunwa of the London-based oil watchdog Platform. “Shell claims to have nothing to do with Nigerian politics,” he said. “In reality, Shell works deep inside the system, and has long exploited political channels in Nigeria to its own advantage.”

  226. Jamaica at critical crossroads, says Christie

    The contractor general Greg Christie has again questioned whether there is the political will in Jamaica to address the problem of corruption.

    The contractor general’s concern is contained in a public statement to mark international anti-corruption day being observed today.

    According to Christie, Jamaica is at a critical crossroads where the political will and the leadership of key State organs to fight corruption must be openly questioned.


  227. Julian Assange should be awarded Nobel peace prize, suggests Russia
    Russia urges Assange nomination in calculated dig at the US over WikiLeaks founder’s detention


  228. Ex-Parmalat boss given 18-year jail term over fraud

    The founder and ex-chief executive of Italian food conglomerate Parmalat has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for his role in a fraud at the firm.

    A court also ordered former Parmalat executives to pay the firm 2bn euros (£2.7bn; £1.7bn) and reimburse defrauded investors.


  229. “Shahine Robinson, who was nominated on December 3, is not qualified to sit in the House of Parliament,” said Mr. Lorne.

    He added that there is no evidence that Mrs. Robinson has fulfilled all the legal requirements to run for the seat.

    Justice Minister has to restore Robinson’s J’can status

    He further argued that there is no evidence that the Minister of Justice has restored her Jamaican citizenship status under the Jamaica Nationality Act.

    “The Jamaica Nationality Act which says the Minister of Justice, may at his discretion, and in the prescribed manner, cause citizenship of Jamaica to be restored to any person who: a) was a citizen of Jamaica by birth, decent or adoption; b) has renounced that citizenship and c), has made applications to the minister in prescribed manner for the restoration of that citizenship. You can’t just go and renounce your American citizenship and come back and say you’re going to run … even if you were a citizen by birth,” Mr. Lorne said.


  230. John Maxwell is dead
    The gladiator-journalist fought to his last breath

    Maxwell won deep admiration among his peers and his compatriots at large for his fearless journalism, in which he faced down prime ministers, was fired more than any other reporter and ended up preparing future journalists at the University of the West Indies, Mona in St Andrew.

    “Trenchant, fearful of no one, fully armed and suited up to do battle at the drop of a hat, Maxwell is a type of gladiator wielding a merciless pen,” was how one interviewer described him.

    Eli Matalon, the former PNP security minister, clearly driven to distraction, once described Maxwell as “an over-educated Rasta”.
    After The Gleaner, he edited the Public Opinion newspaper which was owned by the People’s National Party (PNP) but secured his place in the annals of journalism when he started and hosted the Public Eye talk show on JBC radio.
    An often exasperating host, Maxwell opened his microphone to thousands of powerless domestic helpers — many slaving away in shameless households — by inspiring a National Minimum Wage.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/John-Maxwell-is-dead_8226701#ixzz17o85ELAa

  231. RIP John Maxwell

    In a statement this morning, PAJ president Jenni Campbell hailed Maxwell as “one of the longest shining beacons of the profession, a strident defender of truth, a fearless warrior for justice and a stalwart of the profession.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/Journalists-pay-tribute-to–fearless-warrior–John-Maxwell-#ixzz17oSoiHsX


    Madoff Son Found Dead of Apparent Suicide


    NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a son of Bernard Madoff has been found dead in New York City of an apparent suicide.

    Mark Madoff and his brother, Andrew, were under investigation but hadn’t faced any criminal charges in the massive Ponzi scheme that led to their father’s jailing.


  233. Silvio Berlusconi accused of buying MPs’ votes
    Investigation opens into claims of ‘transfer market’ defections as Italian PM’s party faces censure motions in parliament.


  234. WikiLeaks cable blames Pope’s mobile phobia for ‘muddled messaging’
    Pope’s ‘moral megaphone’ at low volume because of inner circle’s ignorance about modern media, US diplomat says

    The pope’s inner circle has only one Blackberry between them, used by papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, and few have email accounts, said Julieta Valls Noyes in a cable in January 2009 on why the Vatican is failing to deliver Pope Benedict XVI’s message.


    In the dark?

  235. US embassy cables: Vatican woos Cuba to isolate Chávez.

  236. NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Two years after the arrest of Bernard Madoff, the fallout from his sweeping Ponzi scheme continues to wreak havoc on thousands of victims, whose lives were destroyed by the gargantuan scam.

    Bernard’s son Mark is the latest casualty. On Saturday — the second anniversary of the Bernard Madoff’s arrest — his son Mark was found dead in an apparent suicide in his Manhattan apartment. Mark Madoff’s father-in-law found him hanging from a ceiling pipe while his two-year-old son slept alone in another room, according to the NYPD.


    “Mark was an innocent victim of his father’s monstrous crime who succumbed to two years of unrelenting pressure from false accusations and innuendo,” said Martin Flumenbaum, an attorney representing Mark and his brother Andrew.

    Even some of the burned investors see Mark Madoff as his father’s latest victim.

    “I have nothing to say about Mark Madoff’s death other than, if it was suicide, that is a sad and unexpected consequence of [his] father’s fraud and deceit,” said Peter Leveton of Boulder, Colo., a ‘third-party’ investor working with other victims to try and recoup their losses.

    Madoff’s immediate family is paying a heavy price for the sins of the father, even though they claim ignorance of the fraudulent machinations that funded their opulent lifestyles.

    Those claims haven’t protected them.

    Mark and his brother Andrew, both former executives of the firm, as well as their mother Ruth and other family members have been sued for $69 million by the court-appointed trustee in the Madoff asset recovery. Mark and his brother were also the targets of a federal criminal investigation, though they haven’t been charged.

    Thousands of lives have been shattered in the wake of Madoff’s infamous fraud. Most of his victims didn’t even know who he was until the arrest.

    But the recovery process is ongoing. In recent weeks, the trustee has filed a wave of lawsuits against about 400 investors who withdrew more than they put into the Ponzi scheme. Many of these people had no idea they were spending ill-gotten gains and are now paying the price.

    “In reality he’s suing innocent investors, said Ilene Kent, an activist representing many of the sued investors, including her own parents. “And victims have told me, ‘Let him sue me, you can’t get blood from a stone.’ These are people who have lost everything and are worried about whether they’re going to lose their homes.”

    The trustee has also sued real estate developer Sterling Equities,….


  237. WikiLeaks may make the powerful howl, but we are learning the truth

    I have lost count of the politicians and opinion formers of an authoritarian bent warning of the dreadful damage done by the WikiLeaks dump of diplomatic cables, and in the very next breath dismissing the content as frivolous tittle-tattle. To seek simultaneous advantage from opposing arguments is not a new gambit, but to be wrong in both is quite an achievement.


  238. WikiLeaks cables: Vatican refused to engage with child sex abuse inquiry

    Leaked cable lays bare how Irish government was forced to grant Vatican officials immunity from testifying to Murphy commission
    The Vatican refused to allow its officials to testify before an Irish commission investigating the clerical abuse of children and was angered when they were summoned from Rome, US embassy cables released by WikiLeaks reveal.

    Requests for information from the 2009 Murphy commission into sexual and physical abuse by clergy “offended many in the Vatican” who felt that the Irish government had “failed to respect and protect Vatican sovereignty during the investigations”, a cable says.

    Despite the lack of co-operation from the Vatican, the commission was able to substantiate many of the claims and concluded that some bishops had tried to cover up abuse, putting the interests of the Catholic church ahead of those of the victims.

  239. A cable entitled “Sex abuse scandal strains Irish-Vatican relations, shakes up Irish church, and poses challenges for the Holy See” claimed that Vatican officials also believed Irish opposition politicians were “making political hay” from the situation by publicly urging the government to demand a reply from the Vatican.

    Ultimately, the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone (equivalent to a prime minister), wrote to the Irish embassy, ordering that any requests related to the investigation must come through diplomatic channels.

    The Irish government wanted “to be seen as co-operating with the investigation” because its own education department was implicated, but politicians were reluctant to press Vatican officials to answer the investigators’ queries.

    According to Fahey’s deputy, Helena Keleher, the government acceded to Vatican pressure and granted them immunity from testifying.

  240. In a section entitled “Some Lessons Learned, but Crisis Will Play Out for Years”, the ambassador related that his contacts at the Vatican and in Ireland expected the crisis in the Irish Catholic church to be protracted over several years, as the Murphy commission dealt only with allegations from the Dublin archdiocese.

    They believed further investigations into other archdioceses would lead, “officials in both states lament, to additional painful revelations”.

  241. Some of these persons changed overnight when given responsibilities. Instead of using their position to help, they used it to “fix up” relatives and friends. They also failed to do competently what was required of them. Instead, they ridiculed fellow employees, seeing themselves as above them, and spoke roughly and unkindly to them. In many instances they refused to answer correspondence from those they should help, and when approached, they operated in a high and haughty manner towards people, while dressed up in apparel designed to falsely impress others, and show power.

    Some political operatives who seemed powerful beyond belief, we see them through their own actions being either forced to withdraw from these positions, or are removed by the acts they have committed over time. Those who try to block opportunities, find themselves and their siblings experiencing what they did to others. Those who try by their insinuations against others to put them in an unfavourable light, suddenly find it backfired, and the persons they acted against got their due. What is at work here? Karma.

    Most satisfying of all, it gives us the assurance that no matter what kind of situation we are in, or what we are experiencing, good will eventually overcome evil, and right will triumph over might.


  242. a handful of well-connected families control certain geographic areas, as well as certain sectors of the economy.” These families “collude, using government mechanisms” to keep out foreign competitors, it asserts.


  243. Devon Evans turns up heat on Shahine Robinson in by-election battle
    Ousted North East St. Ann Member of Parliament Shahine Robinson is facing a serious challenge from her opponent Devon Evans of the Marcus Garvey People’s Political Party arising from the recent renouncement of her American citizenship.

    Evans has being issuing notice to electors that if they vote for Robinson would be a wasted voted because she has not re-applied to be a Jamaican citizen.

    According to attorney-at-law Micheal Lorne Robinson lost her Jamaican citizen when she took the Oath of Allegations to the United States of America.

    Lorne says Section 7 of the Jamaican Nationality Act says once she renounced her Jamaican citizenship, she is no longer a Jamaican.

    He says if Robinson wants to be a Jamaican she will have to apply.

    The by-election for North East St. Ann will be held on December 20.

    The dissemination of the notices to electors is quite significant.

    A similar action was taken by Abe Dabdoub leading up to the 2007 general election in Portland.

    Dabdoub had used fliers to notify electors that Daryl Vaz was not properly elected because he was an America.

    BUT Danville Walker, the director of elections at the time had dismissed the veracity of the claims.

    In the ruling to oust Vaz, the Supreme Court had said it would have been unfair to penalise the constituents given THE INTERVENTION OF THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTIONS.


  244. Dudus money

    The country has to be burdened to find over one billion dollars for “Dudus money”, that is to pay for the myriad costs of the West Kingston incursion, the result of trying to save an indicted druggist from due process in the courts. This bill should be sent to someone else.

    The Tourism Enhancement Fund has been conclusively moved from uplifting the tourism product to providing budget support for the Tourist Board. And then back to the out-ofcontrol road contracts. What if the current Jamaica Infrastructure Development Programme operates in the same untidy manner as the Bogue Road deal… and who is it that we can trust to make sure it is otherwise?


  245. Robertson’s character witness turns himself in to police

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cops-now-have–Treasure-_8210261#ixzz182v132vs

  246. A company whose directors include Tivoli Gardens community leader Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and west Kingston businessman Justin O’Gilvie has been given the green light for three government contracts valued at $32 million.


  247. (666) A prominent individual (Tracy and Dave will consider who to ask, but Tracy did indicate that she prefers to make this request AFTER elections)


  248. Bruce and Smith in Turks.

  249. “Jamaica Last”

  250. The court will decide if Kayon ‘Treasure’ Campbell is guilty as charged. But until then his company, Stone Plus Limited is feeding from the public’s purse via government contracts.

    The NWA also rented equipment from the company to clear blocked gullies and drains in Serge Island and other communities after tropical storm Nicole lashed the island last September. The National Works Agency says Stone Plus Limited was not on its list of contractors.

    “I am not personally aware of such a company, but I am told that such a company exists. From the information obtained, this company has not been engaged by the agency to undertake any type of work over the last year, neither have we rented any equipment from it.

    Asked if Stone Plus was engaged to work on the Morant Bay to Seafort Road, Shaw said this was part of the Period Maintenance component of the JDIP, being done through China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). He said that Asphaltic Concrete Enterprise (ACE) has been engaged as a sub-contractor for these works.


  251. Ijahman Rastafari
    Man of the wha? I say this once,and I say it again.Mr.Chaplain was a damned good football referee back in the days. I now say to him,quit your day job as a journalist and go back to be a referee! Naming Shaw as man of the year is akin to allowing an off-side goal to be legit.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Man-of-the-year—Audley-Shaw_8225988#ixzz185MWIqxw

  252. Transparent Fig Leaf

    If, for strategic economic reasons, a government decides to build up arrears and then to cover those arrears by the issuance of bonds, the people have a right to know.

    Mr Audley Shaw, the finance minister, can only agree.

    That is why we are surprised that the finance ministry would refuse to tell the public the level of arrears in the refund of withholding tax and the category of persons owed. What is despicable is that officials would attempt to hide behind a law whose intent was not to obfuscate public policy.


  253. James Robertson’s ‘Treasure’ buried behind bars
    To know fate tomorrow

    In what was a lengthy hearing, Campbell’s attorneys Tom Tavares-Finson and Hensley Williams relentlessly tried to persuade the magistrate to admit their client to bail, while declaring that the crown’s case against him was very weak in spite of the breaches.
    The prosecutor, however, strongly objected to bail on grounds that Campbell had failed to adhere to his bail conditions, had misled the court as it relates to his address and that the virtual complainant and other witnesses were in fear of their lives.
    The prosecutor said one of the witnesses had gone into hiding as a result of a recent incident in which the witness’ relative was attacked at the witness’ home and threats were made against the witness’ life.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/James-Robertson-s–Treasure–buried-behind-bars#ixzz185woNzyf

  254. JA not doing enough to tackle drug trade – Wikileaks cable

    Jamaica has featured in the Wikileaks episode.

    British media reports have released information accusing Jamaica of being soft on drugs.

    Cuban anti-drugs officials have accused Jamaica of giving drug smugglers free rein in Caribbean waters and skies, according to a secret United States diplomatic cable.

    Members of Cuba’s interior ministry and coast guard complained to the US and United Kingdom that their Jamaican counterparts stood idly by as traffickers zipped between the islands en route to the United States.

    The accusation, reported in a secret US diplomatic cable, will strengthen suspicion that drug lords have bought the co-operation of Jamaican politicians and law enforcers.

    “Cuban [interior ministry] officials contend that narcotics smugglers from Jamaica are utilising both Cuban airspace and waters to transport narcotics ultimately destined for the United States, but their repeated attempts to engage Jamaica on the issue have been ignored,” wrote Jonathan Farrar, the US chief of mission in Havana.

    A US coastguard drug interdiction specialist who worked closely with Cuban colleagues reported their being incensed by the Jamaicans’ “complete lack of co-operation” in failing to share information, return calls or respond to tip-offs.

    “Collectively and continually they express frustration over the government of Jamaica’s consistent ignoring of Cuban attempts to increase the flow of drug-related information to increase interdictions and avoid ‘being surprised by drugs’.”

    A British defence attache organised a meeting between Jamaican and Cuban officials in Havana “to quash growing frustration” between the two sides but the Cubans later complained that the visiting Jamaican officers “just sat there and didn’t say anything”.

    Jamaica’s Government has said it is doing its utmost to combat the ruthless and versatile traffickers.

    Security forces nabbed the drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke in June after a violent manhunt in the capital, Kingston.

    Critics blamed the delay in hunting Dudus on his alleged links to the ruling Jamaia Labour party.


  255. WikiLeaks cables: Jamaica accused of aiding drug smugglers

    US embassy cables reveal claims of Jamaican officials being bribed to give drug traffickers free rein across the Caribbean

    Jamaican police search for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, in a long sought-after manhunt which US embassy staff claim was delayed because of corrupt politicians.

    The accusation, reported in a secret US diplomatic cable, will strengthen suspicion that drug lords have bought the co-operation of Jamaican politicians and law enforcers.


  256. Tuesday, 11 August 2009

    Without fail, MININT officials allude to the fact that narco-related information (i.e. information on go-fasts and aircraft transiting to/from Jamaica in the vicinity of Cuba) passed to the GOJ is always translated to English because in the past GOJ officials stated to the GOC that they did not understand Spanish; MININT officers report that despite their efforts, GOJ officials still do not respond.

    In comments to the DIS after the meeting, Cuban officials stated that the two Jamaican officers “just sat there and didn’t say anything.” MININT officers mention that Jamaican officials commonly agree to greater information sharing in person; however, that is the extent of their efforts.


  257. The government has again postponed local government elections.

    The elections, which where due this month, have been delayed until next year.


  258. Bunting said that under the previous PNP administration there was ‘full and complete’ sharing of information between the two governments in the fight against international drug trafficking, prior to the JLP winning the election in 2007.
    “The claims in this cable give credence to the many reports of the close links between the JLP administration and the criminal underworld,” he said.


  259. The Jamaican Government has used its majority in parliament to vote for another postponement in local government elections.


  260. Jamaican Government silent on Wikileaks report

    Up to news time, the Government had provided no further response to reports by the British-based Guardian newspaper that Jamaican authorities have been uncooperative in the fight against drug smuggling in the region.

    According to the Guardian, this further strengthens suspicion that drug lords have bought the co-operation of Jamaican politicians and law enforcers.


  261. Security Minister locked in meeting about leaked cables

    “The controversial website, Wikileaks, which specialises in putting out classified documents, published the contents of the cable when it released over 250,000 classified cables.”


    Your description of Wikileaks shows many things. The fact the UWI churns out graduates who can comprehend english is but one.

    Nelson, go eat some chinese food in northside with Trinity or something. Better yet, stay in the meeting and don’t come out…ever…

  262. Remember 1000 cables to come. Some of your prime “donors” are featured.

  263. “Far from scoffing at the report coming out of the leaked cable communication between the United States interests section in Havana and Washington DC, the minister and indeed the Government of Jamaica must be concerned to at least address the further damage to Jamaica’s already sullied image in the international community, arising from the perception (if not the reality) that the current Government is at best soft on drugs,” said opposition spokesman on foreign affairs Anthony Hylton.

    The PNP said that the leaked information lent support to perceptions that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government was complicit or ignored drug trafficking, following the civil unrest and Manatt controversy surrounding the extradition of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke earlier this year.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/PNP-slams–weak–Jamaican-response-to-Wikileaks-cable#ixzz18Dxgv0Lf

  264. JLP fears loss at local government elections- analysts

    The government has said that the postponement will allow more time to complete the local government reform process and the establishment of Portmore as the 15th parish.

    But commentators, Martin Henry and Kevin O’Brien Chang, believe the government is not confident enough at this time to face voters in an election that could be a referendum on its performance.


  265. PodigalSon 8 minutes ago
    We need to offer kudos to the Gleaner and its staff for affording us the opportunity to express our views pretty much unabated!! At the time of writing this post, there were 82 comments approved for this article alone. Unlike the other paper that only allow on average of 28 comments per article, rarely approve comments that are uncomplimentary to the ruling administration, turn off the comment sections on articles that will generate negative comments about the current administration, the Gleaner is way ahead in giving its readers a voice. No wonder the Gleaner is way ahead in readership and quality of articles. I no longer read the other paper……


  266. when someone is sooo biased like garnett roper they try every way to defame one party and fail to see or comment on the failings of their own party – it is dishonesty…..because both sides are guilty of misconduct.


    ….u never critique PNP…ur goal is not truth but to be a PNP apologist…..

  267. Govt yet to respond to Wikileaks cable

    The Government’s official response to Tuesday’s allegations contained in a secret United States diplomatic cable is still not available.


  268. A report has been submitted to Prime Minister Bruce Golding concerning the damning Wikileaks report, which accuses Jamaican authorities of being uncooperative in the fight against drug trafficking in the region.


    That’s amusing…

  269. At Wednesday’s post Cabinet press briefing, Information Minister, Daryl Vaz came out in defence of the government.

    Put up or shut up…

  270. The Cabinet has instructed the Chief Parliamentary Counsel to draft legislation to validate the acts performed by four members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) who were disqualified from Parliament for having dual citizenship.

    The legislation, if approved by Parliament, would allow Shahine Robinson, Gregory Mair, Michael Stern and Daryl Vaz to keep the salaries they earned while they sat in Parliament, even though they were not qualified to be elected.

    The legislation would also validate any acts, performed in good faith, by the four in respect of ministerial and legislative duties.


  271. Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens, said he was “utterly delighted” with the ruling, which included an order that prosecutors pay his client’s court costs.


  272. The Sand Mining Scam

    Months ago we received a number of letters from those who had been part of Michael Misick’s inner circle. They described infighting that had occurred in 2007-2008 over the plans then to sell sand to Jamaica and the Government of the Cayman Islands in order to benefit insiders. The infighting was over who would benefit from the spoils of power.


  273. Appeal Court Rules In Favour Of FSC In Olint Case

    Lord Anthony Gifford, QC, and attorney-at-law Huntley Watson, who represented Olint and Smith, had argued in the Court of Appeal that Justice McIntosh erred in her ruling because the FSC had no authority in law to issue the order because the company was a private club and did not fall under the FSC’s jurisdiction.


  274. Businessman goes after SGL

    Shammas is seeking the recovery of nearly EC$250, 000.00 that he lodged with SGL to invest in a scheme that was run by Jamaican David Smith and his OLINT company in the Turks & Caicos Islands. In a ruling handed down, Master Pearletta Lanns gave the businessman the go-ahead to pursue SGL for the return of his money and breach of contract.

    SGL would collect funds from its clients and lodge them at the Republic Bank Limited in Grenada (the Bank”). It then sends the funds to OLINT.


    Early birds moving against feeders in Turks too.

  275. RECENTLY, THERE has been a revolution in the local investment scene, … trading market through OLINT Corp Ltd and LEWFAM Investment Club. …


  276. Incorporated by Aprylle D Lewis-Haye, Clayton G Roach, Janice Lewis, Neil Lewis, Noel Lewis, Lewfam Investments, LLC is located at 3241 Chestnut Ct Saint Johns, FL 32259. Lewfam Investments, LLC was incorporated on Sunday, November 05, 2006 in the State of FL and is currently active. E. Scott Golden represents Lewfam Investments, LLC as their registered agent.


  277. Shaw did not flip flop – Vaz

    When the suggestion was made that it was a flip-flop, Daryl Vaz, had this to say.

    From: Audley Shaw fitzalbert_2@yahoo.com
    To: David Smith
    Saturday January 1 2007 4:43PM
    David, happy new year to you, your dear wife and family. I am still hoping to get the info on the fx trading by Australia in dealing with their debt problems. Also, I had given Daryl the necessary information to have the thing activated, and he advised me that he had sent you an email in that regard. I’m told you might be here next week. I would like to see you as I have two persons who would like to meet with you. Please let me know. Regards. Audley.

  278. Shaw Cuts Spending, Goes Overboard On Debt

    The finance minister’s discipline, however, did not extend to his borrowing activities. Here, Shaw fell off the wagon with loan receipts of J$123 billion, J$12 billion more than he said he would have borrowed.


  279. Shall We ‘Cease Wasting, Stealing The People’s Savings And Taxes?’

    One might view JDX as a means of recouping some of those costs. Yet we went further, creating Cash Plus and Olint, evaporating more deployable capital to the ether – read private pirates’ pockets!


  280. The only solution is to take back the money from all those who came out of these schemes ahead.

  281. 30,000 killed in Mexico’s drug violence since 2006

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Mexico said yesterday that more than 30,000 people have been killed in drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown against cartels in late 2006.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/30-000-killed-in-Mexico-s-drug-violence-since-2006#ixzz18OWHPBMV

  282. Added McCaulay: “So we have an agency that is performing with these very clear breaches to its own mandate and yet rewarding itself, claiming it’s performing very well and that we as taxpayers now are funding those payments; I really think that is outrageous and needs the strongest possible objections from civil society.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Generous-NEPA_8239923#ixzz18OXAIeqR

    Welcome to Jamaica Ms McCaulay, the place were lack of integrity, failure, collusion and brown nosing are the tickets to “success.”

  283. “claiming it’s performing very well”

    With no one ever admitting failure and incompetence and less than .0001% of persons ever stepping down and no one ever accepting responsibility Jamaica must be the Switzerland of the Caribbean.

    Come to Jamaica and visit our World Famous Excuse Factories.

  284. The widow of a Florida philanthropist who had been the single-largest beneficiary of Bernard Madoff’s colossal Ponzi scheme has agreed to return $7.2 billion in bogus profits to the victims of the fraud, she and authorities announced Friday.

    Contrast this with the Jamaican Prime Minister who says that “A fool and his money are soon parted”

    Politicians should pay back their ill gotten gains.

  285. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is warning that it will not be able to fulfil its core mandate to improve the tourist industry if the Government continues to dip into its coffers to finance Jamaica’s marketing activities.

    At the time of its establishment in 2004, the TEF was barred from providing money to support the tourism ministry’s marketing activities.

    However, speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning, the TEF chairman, Godfrey Dyer, said for the past two years the Fund has been financing the Government’s tourism marketing activities.

    …ever since the TEF started operations five years, the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) has not been paying over the tax it collects on behalf of the TEF.


  286. “We will return every penny received from almost 35 years of investing with Bernard Madoff,” Barbara Picower said in a statement. “I believe the Madoff Ponzi scheme was deplorable, and I am deeply saddened by the tragic impact it continues to have on the lives of its victims. It is my hope that this settlement will ease that suffering.”

    She sounds Prime Ministerial. Sadly not ours. Classy lady you are Barbara Picower. Is pure common horse we have down here.

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara called the forfeiture the largest in Justice Department history and a “game changer” for those swindled by Madoff.

    G2K could learn a lot from Ms Picower but the Bakkranell mentality is dominant. Shall we “come see” what happens with the Jamaican “ponzies”

  287. Zhongdong Tang (left) jokes with Peter Jervis, chairman of the Road Maintenance Fund.

  288. It’s Sweet Tings With Gassan Downtown

  289. Police defend themselves in Wikileaks saga
    The Police Officers’ Association is rejecting claims by the Government that the former head of Jamaica’s anti-narcotics unit was reassigned because he refused to cooperate with Cuba in the anti drug fight in the region.

    The national security minister senator Dwight Nelson made the claim yesterday against Senior Superintendent of Police Carlton Wilson.

    In fact James said SSP Wilson reported that his reassignment was a promotion

    This afternoon the former commissioner of police Rear Admiral Hardly Lewin also weighed in on the development.

    He confirmed that SSP Wilson was reassigned under his watch, but said it had nothing to do with complaints from Cuba.


  290. Lawyers want David Smith’s US trial pushed back

    Defense lawyers for David Smith, former boss of the failed investment club OLINT, have requested that his trial be put back from the January date that was previously agreed.

    A Carib World News report on Friday said the businessman’s attorney, Oliver Smith, filed a motion in the US District Court in Florida earlier this week, for an April trial instead of a January 3 trial.


    All hands on deck. Oliver, David, and Joseph Smith.

    Spin it any way you want. When is elections?

  291. Manatt Inquiry first? Olint is a hot potato. That’s why I saved all the best for last. Predictable…

  292. You sure you leave no trails donors? You sure? Sure Sure?

  293. WikiLeaks cables: Sudanese president ‘stashed $9bn in UK banks’
    Speculation that Omar al-Bashir siphoned $9bn in oil money and deposited it in foreign accounts could fuel calls for his arrest


  294. “Those who have received other people’s money, irrespective of their knowledge of the fraud, should return the monies to the trustee for payment to those Madoff customers with valid claims who have recovered little or none of their original deposits,” said Sheehan.


  295. Caribbean governments, present and former government officials and politicians as well as the general Caribbean population are eagerly awaiting news of the contents of the cables, which reportedly include recent issues such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s concerns about Iranian ties to the Caribbean, Haiti’s President Rene Preval’s concerns about having to live in exile after general elections held last month, former Trinidad & Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning’s meetings in Trinidad with former US Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Guyana President Bharat Jagdeo’s conversations with Colombia’s President Uribe, the activities of drug lords Roger Khan of Guyana, “Little Nut” of St. Kitts & Nevis and Christopher “Dudus” Coke of Jamaica, among others.

    Get them out of govt.

    G2K’s president Delano Seivright says the thinking inside the organization was that persons opposed to the government and who could sabotage government policies should be removed.

    “Remember that what really matters is not the cost to say goodbye to some people who will never support you. What really matters is the cost to keep them in terms of salary, bad advice, undermining you, leaking information, failure to carry out policy decisions, employing and keeping their friends who also do not support you and making speeches that undermine you.

  296. Will Julian Assange regret WikiLeaks? Past whistleblowers say no
    Philip Agee, Daniel Ellsberg and Mordechai Vanunu all suffered for revealing the secrets of governments

    The more they did these dirty things, the more they made me realise what I was doing was important.
    Ellsberg, too, remains unbowed and is active today on behalf of other whistleblowers and leakers. In the preface to his book, Secrets: a Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers, he writes: “Telling the truth, revealing wrongly kept secrets, can have a surprisingly strong unforeseeable power to help end a wrong and save lives.”

  297. Manatt Commission starts hearings Jan 17

    THE Manatt Commission of enquiry is scheduled to commence its hearings on January 17 next year and be completed by February 28.


  298. “They (US authorities) reached out to me saying, ‘Given the fact that you don’t intend to fight any extradition request, will you consent to him coming up’?” I am going to speak to my client about this and it is highly likely he will agree,” the attorney told the Gleaner, while explaining that the imprisoned Smith was anxious to face another round of court battle.


    Defense lawyers for David Smith, former boss of the failed investment club OLINT, have requested that his trial be put back from the January date that was previously agreed.

    A Carib World News report on Friday said the businessman’s attorney, Oliver Smith, filed a motion in the US District Court in Florida earlier this week, for an April trial instead of a January 3 trial.


  299. Dec. 19, 2010 – Lord Ashcroft, Sandals, Attorneys, Police, Healthcare, & Christmas
    Starting tomorrow Monday December 20th the TCI Journal will be moving its Internet hosting service to Sweden.

    Readers may get a message that their browser is unable to contact the TCI Journal. This may persist for 12 to 36 hours as the new hosting address propagates throughout the Internet.

    This time period coincides with our normal Christmas break. Starting tomorrow we will not be posting any editorials or letters unless something very significant happens. We will however post TCIG press releases as they may become available. We plan on resuming our normal pace after the holidays on Tuesday Jan. 4th, 2011.

    This changing of hosting service is necessitated by the continuing threats against our hosting service of legal action by Lord Ashcroft who this week continued his threats in reference to our latest articles about him posted on Dec. 9th and Dec. 11th.

    Strangely enough, Sandals the owners of Beaches, submitted similar legal correspondence to our hosting service this very week.

    This is strange because the TCI Journal, which has over the last three years received an incredible amount of material on Butch Stewart, his son’s and family’s activities and involvement with Michael Misick and Floyd Hall, their involvement with the PDM & PNP, and Beaches’ activities in the Turks and Caicos Islands and in Jamaica, had consciously decided that it was important to not inadvertently put at risk the livelihoods of the two to three thousand people working at Beaches in the TCI and so rather than discuss the volumes of material sent to us openly in the media, had forwarded any such material we had directly to Sir Robin Auld and the SIPT. We have CONSCIOUSLY refrained, up to this point, from placing it in the public square. However, we did like all other media in the TCI, post letters from readers about the delaying tactics employed by attorney Conrad Griffiths on behalf of Beaches when dealing with the wrongful dismissal Supreme Court case brought against Beaches by former staff. A case that had languished for some seven years in the TCI Court system, and that was finally won by the plaintiffs.

    We will wait to see what Lord Ashcroft and Sandal’s intentions are. We do note that the attorneys in the TCI for Sandals are also Lord Ashcroft’s attorneys in the TCI.

    We have not had any direct run-ins with the law firm of Misick and Stanbrook, (which has a couple of lawyers that we respect tremendously, and a few..…less so), other than the threats of legal action from Conrad Griffiths to the media when his alleged handling of certain land matters was made public in Florida court documents, (we did publish the Florida court documents); and the case of Cem Kinay [of the now bankrupt Dellis Cay scam] vs Governor Gordon Wetherell where the publication of an editorial of ours detailing the effects of Wikileak’s publication of Sir Robin Auld’s report was commented upon by, and appeared to be the deciding factor for, Supreme Court Judge Gordon Ward in rejecting Mr. Griffiths claims on behalf of Cem Kinay.

    Who knows, maybe Sandals actions are just some attorney somewhere wishing to add to his billing hours (this has been known to happen!!). Intimidation rarely works, so we hope for their sake that that is all there is to it. Most mature and enlightened attorneys know that civil conversation and dialogue is a much better way to iron out differences rather than attempting intimidation; it’s much more predictable. We will watch carefully and report back to our readers as we learn more.


  300. WikiLeaks cables: US suspected Allen Stanford long before ECB deal
    American diplomats told to avoid contacting or being photographed with billionaire two years before his fall from grace

    More than two years before he touched down in a helicopter at Lord’s cricket ground bearing $20m, US diplomats were so concerned about rumours of “bribery, money-laundering and political manipulation” surrounding Allen Stanford that they avoided contacting him or being photographed with him.

    His companies are rumoured to engage in bribery, money-laundering and political manipulation.

    According to the cable, Stanford outlined his ambitious property development plans for the region and talked about his investment in a new airline.

    Embassy officers do not reach out to Stanford because of the allegations of bribery and money-laundering. The ambassador managed to stay out of any one-on-one photos with Stanford during the breakfast,” it said.

    It is whispered in the region that Stanford facilitates resolution with significant cash contributions.

    Last week, it emerged that US regulators had widened their investigation to include brokers who sold financial products on behalf of the Stanford Investment Bank.

    In a later cable, dated 18 February 2009, Bridgetown embassy officials detail the fallout from Stanford’s indictment: “Local fears over the Stanford indictment have led to a run on the Stanford Financial Group’s subsidiary the Bank of Antigua, with depositors lining up for over an hour to withdraw their money … In a country already burdened with headline-grabbing rising crime and a tight economy, the pre-election landscape is suddenly quite rocky and unpredictable.”


    Careful who you take photos with?

  301. Smith allegedly provided a $10,000 (£6,477) cheque directly to the immigration minister, Shane Gibson, after her residency application was approved in one month. According to Smith, Gibson had personally approved her application.

    Combined with further evidence that Gibson and his family had financially benefitted from their relationship with Smith, the once-popular minister was forced to resign.

    puppet of the privileged rather than defender of the common people…


  302. Investors in failed Neville Blythe-led UGI Finance and Investments Limited, are yet to receive their money since it collapsed in January and went into receivership.

    Verona Black-Brooks says it was the company’s suggestion that the matter be kept quiet which prompted her to contact the media.


  303. Coke reputedly is closely connected with leading figures within Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), including McKenzie.

    Coke’s gang provides social and welfare services and turns out the JLP vote in elections, while his business interests profit from lucrative Government contracts.

    He is easily the highest profile figure whose extradition has been requested in many years, and his long-standing ties to the JLP have put McKenzie, Golding, and other leading Party figures in an extremely awkward position.

    Local media have focused on the difficult challenge facing the JLP Government in extraditing Coke, but no one (aside from his prospective attorney, Tom Tavares-Finson) seriously maintains his innocence. The “Observer” newspaper, generally sympathetic to the JLP, maintained in an editorial of August 30: “They say he’s a ‘Don,’ a good man who has kept many bellies in Tivoli Gardens full over the years.

    From: David Lazarus dhplaz@gmail.com
    To: dsmith@kasnet.com

    Below is the names you asked for:

    1. Neil Andradie
    2. James Robertson
    3. Charlene Robertson
    4. Patricia Nicholson
    5. Justin Ogilvie- plus any in his wifes’ name.
    6. Gassan Azan
    7. Andrea Hughsam
    8. Patrick Tempral
    9. Ansel Tempral. new & old.
    10.Charles Condell. (Eric)

    Hope this will do.


  304. Lorna Golding, the wife of Prime Minister (PM) Bruce Golding, told Post’s Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Patricia Attkisson that she believes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is under the “pernicious influence” of U.S. Representative Charles Rangel regarding the contentious U.S. extradition request for Christopher “Dudus” Coke. In an often surreal and disjointed conversation, Mrs. Golding alleged that Congressman Rangel is a “sympathizer” of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) who is “manipulated” by PNP elements in the Jamaican diaspora in the U.S. and is “whispering in Secretary Clinton’s ear” in order to “downgrade” the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ). Mrs. Golding also blamed this cabal for the White House’s delay in naming a new ambassador and the GOJ’s difficulties in finalizing a Standby Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Although it appears unlikely that Mrs. Golding was delivering a message on behalf of the PM, Mrs. Golding’s rambling comments and penchant for sharing conspiracy theories with a key member of the U.S. Embassy community is consistent with a growing sense among many of indecisiveness and a lack of direction on the part of the PM and the JLP.

    Mrs. Golding alluded to the JLP’s historical ties to the U.S.’s Republican party and the close ties between former JLP PM Edward Seaga and President Reagan, then requested that President Obama “reach out” to the Prime Minister as a means of “bigging him up” (i.e., raising his stature).

    Mrs. Golding downplayed the likelihood of new spending on infrastructure or social welfare programs and insisted that all new revenues would be allocated toward paying down Jamaica’s debt. The PM “feels strongly that the Government of Jamaica has to pay its bills,” Mrs. Golding stated, a belief she says he inherited from his mother.

    Mrs. Golding insisted that she had invited the PAO to have tea on her own initiative and that the PM, although aware of the meeting, hadn’t put her up to it. This is likely true, given that Mrs. Golding appeared completely unprepared, could not stay on message, and had no apparent talking points or agenda.

    This is consistent with past practice, however, as the PM and the JLP GOJ have missed a number of opportunities in recent months to signal their willingness to make difficult decisions or to address the myriad economic and social crises the nation faces.

    The PM gets a “big up” from David Smith (incarcerated in the USA).

    o: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    The PM “feels strongly that the Government of Jamaica has to pay its bills,” Mrs. Golding stated, a belief she says he inherited from his mother.

  305. The man seh, “Motty have you battened down the hatches” hawhawhwahaw haw haw….

    Motty seh,” Which is my party” hawhahwahw

    Motty seh, “this would be hard to disbelieve” hawhawhaw…spin a chance Motty…anything is possible.

    Motty, your nemesis have his own special cables…


  306. Despite assurances to the contrary, Mrs. Golding remained convinced, as do many Jamaicans, that the White House’s delay in naming a new U.S. ambassador is because Jamaica has been “downgraded” as a result of the extradition request delay (NOTE: Mrs. Golding was apparently unaware that, earlier in the week, the Office of the Prime Minister had released a statement to the press indicating that the delay in naming an ambassador was due to the White House’s “preoccupation with other matters” and was unrelated to the extradition request.

  307. The Mayor said that in recent years his administration had worked with Coke to reduce crime in the inner cities of Jamaica, particularly in West Kingston. If he now were extradited, this would “leave a vacuum,” and matters would be much worse.

    Coke reputedly is closely connected with leading figures within Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), including McKenzie.

    Coke’s gang provides social and welfare services and turns out the JLP vote in elections, while his business interests profit from lucrative Government contracts.

    while his business interests profit from lucrative Government contracts.

    while his business interests profit from lucrative Government contracts.

  308. 4NX Investment Corporation/OLINT
    16324 SW 15 St
    Pembroke Pines
    Fl 33027
    Tel: (954) 447-1405
    EDMUND OR CARMEN BARTLETT, A/C NUMBER 10005072 $986,945.27


  309. Kingston Mayor denies recollection of US embassy meeting

  310. The mayor said he has no recollection of any meeting with US officials and went as far as saying he was ill during the period referred to in the cable.

    But I could have never requested a meeting, I have no recollection of that, none whatsoever. In what capacity would I want to speak to the US embassy about extradition matters, I have no such recollection,” Mayor McKenzie said.

    “Miss the dawg n yam mi homework…..during the power cut..” hehehe

    “I can’t remember.


  311. You have to love the game of cricket.

    When the Olint emails surfaced well Motty went to bat and smothered his own wicket for a duck saying the emails could be fakes.

    Then and astute batsman named Vaz confessed the emails were authentic. He took a single off a ferocious delivery but in the process ran out the other batsmen who hesitated, contemplating full denial. So the cell phones rand unanswered in the changing room.

    One would have thought that Mayor Desmond McKenzie (who has a low batting average) would have let Mrs Golding face the bowling first. But no he dug out the yorker in his own special way (full denial)without scoring. He left open the possibility that while away ill he may have been impersonated and his office used by some other batsman.

    One wonders how Mrs Golding will approach the innings. If she should confirmthe contents of the cable then the Mayor might be on the back foot and very uncomfortable in the scorching heat.

    Earlier the Min of Security scoffed at a delivery from colin croft calling it “rubbish” only to stun the spectators by approaching the umpire and demanding to get his own turn at spin…

    Cricket..lovely cricket…

  312. He allegedly told the Americans that his ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) party had collaborated with Coke to control crime.

  313. LORNA Golding, wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, allegedly tried to present the extradition request of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke as a conspiracy against her husband and his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration, according to a leaked United States diplomatics cable published by the Guardian newspaper today via the WikiLeaks website.

  314. Robertson using David Rowe

    James Robertson, Mining and Energy Minister and Member of Parliament (MP) for Western St Thomas, has made good on his promise to file lawsuits to defend himself against damning allegations made against him by a constituent.

    He said the sole purpose of Professor Rowe in taking the deposition from Mr. Johnson is to defame him through libel and slander.


    “I can’t remember.”

  315. International press picks ups latest Wikileaks cables re “Dudus”

    Jamaica is once again making news in the international press.

    The latest information contained in the Wikileaks diplomatic cable has been circling in the UK Guardian, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Miami Herald, and the USA Today.


  316. JA House mum on Wikileaks cables

    Jamaica House is silent about the latest Wikileaks cables which centre on the extradition of alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.


  317. Ratings agency Standard and Poor’s has threatened to downgrade Jamaica’s credit rating if it does not see an economic plan coming forward.

    The ratings agency made the threat even as it maintained Jamaica’s stable credit outlook.


  318. Mrs. Golding alluded to the JLP’s historical ties to the U.S.’s Republican party and the close ties between former JLP PM Edward Seaga and President Reagan, then requested that President Obama “reach out” to the Prime Minister as a means of “bigging him up” (i.e., raising his stature).

  319. Prime Minister Bruce Golding last night steered clear of the latest Wikileaks reports which makes embarrassing claims about his government.

    Efforts to get a comment from Government officials yesterday into last night were unsuccessful as calls to their phones rang without an answer.

  320. As a newspaper sworn to the fight for and promotion of freedom of expression for all, we are very supportive of any attempts to advance this concept.

    Yet, we have enough sense to know that some things have to remain private, whether in the family, the community, the government or the world, in order to advance the good.

    WikiLeaks can do a great service to help defeat government-sanctioned wrongdoing and help create a better world. But it must exercise great discretion in knowing what to release and what not to.

  321. Anthony II
    Re: “At every level of life, human beings hold discussion about other human beings, using terms that they would not have been prepared to use were they facing the subject of their discussions…That is what we understand to be the raison d’être for privacy.”
    It is also the very substance of HYPOCRISY! I trust that you can see that. When wi chat people behine dem baak, we are being hypocrites. “…would probably have kept their mouths shut”: So, it would have kept them HONEST!

    JA Cynic
    Somehere I read that a JLP regime would have been committed to transparency and accountability.
    Secrecy is the enemy of such noble goals; public disclosure is the friend.
    Who was that co-host of a radio talk show:”Disclosure”?The name is remakably similar to that of a high government official.
    JA Cynic

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/editorial/Two-sides-of-the-WikiLeaks-coin_8251373#ixzz18xMaANz1

  322. Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Dr. Ken Baugh says the United States should have been more careful in guarding confidential information which has been revealed through whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

    Baugh says US should be more careful with information.

    McKenzie has since denied the claims.


  323. DPP admits error in Susan Simes ruling

    The Director of Public Prosecutions, Paula Llewellyn, has reportedly admitted making an error in her ruling on an Office of the Contractor General (OCG) report regarding contracts between the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC)and Simber Productions Limited.


  324. Congressman Rangel and David Smith(Olint) confidant Ambassador Audrey Marks

    Waiting to exhale Smithy? How the recount coming?

  325. Both affidavits make for interesting, but disturbing reading. Neither the AG nor the PM appear to have even the most rudimentary grasp of the rule of law or the respective roles of the political directorate and the Public Service Commission.

    The Attorney General denies that she ever said to Daisy Coke that the only person she was prepared to work with was Douglas Leys. However, this is exactly what the AG told me when I spoke with her by phone on or about October 31, 2008.


  326. Democracy By Deception

    September 3 of this coming week will mark three years since the Golding administration won power. What it has done with that power is to rule by deception. By tragic coincidence, this third year has ended with new revelations about the seeming duplicity of the Government to deceive if not lie outright about what it knew of the Coke extradition lobby to influence the United States government and what role it played in the sordid yearlong matter during which Manatt, Phelps & Phillips (MPP) was contracted.


  327. Leaked United States Embassy correspondence has revealed that American diplomats saw the current United Progressive Party (UPP) and former Antigua Labour Party (ALP) administrations as “likely equally dirty” as far as their dealings with Allen Stanford were concerned.

    While the two had been pointing figures at each other after Stanford was charged with a multi-billion fraud, the cable, sent from the US Embassy in Bridgetown, shows that the belief was that neither could distance itself from the fraud accused.

    To: David Smith
    From: Charlene Robertson (cer@mail.infochan.com)
    It was a pleasure meeting with you. I look forward to returning with my family for a weekend. The folowing is my banking information:-
    National Commercial Bank
    Swift Code: JNCBJMKX
    54, Second Street
    Newport West
    Kingston 13
    Beneficiary: St. Thomas Education & “Development” Foundation 126 Third Street, Newport West, kingston 13. Beneficiary account number 396482711. YOUR SUPPORT WILL MAKE A MEANINGFUL DIFFERENCE TO THE JAMAICA LABOUR PARTY’S SUCCESS, Regards, James.

  328. Steadroy Benjamin speculated that the PM called for elections immediately after the Stanford indictment due to the potential fallout should things go very badly for Stanford.

  329. Lawyers representing disgraced Texas Financier, Allen Stanford, have asked to delay a trial set to begin January 24 for at least two years so they can prepare their defense.


  330. The Times says the DEA has 87 offices in 63 countries and that many governments are eager to take advantage of the advanced wiretapping technology the agency uses.

    A number of cables reveal the extent of the involvement of senior officials in the drug trade in some countries.


  331. Golding administration called on to clarify diplomatic cables.

    Wikileaks cables have alleged that Mrs. Golding tried to present the extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke as a conspiracy against her husband and his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration.

    In addition, Mr. Smith says any response from the government should be forthcoming with a full explanation from Mrs. Golding herself.

    “In the case of Mrs. Golding, notwithstanding the fact that she is not a member of the administration, the fact is that she is the Prime Minister’s wife…she should come forth with some kind of clarification and if she can’t do so appoint someone to speak on her behalf. We need to know exactly what went down,” Mr. Smith said.


  332. In an often surreal and disjointed conversation, Mrs. Golding alleged that Congressman Rangel is a “sympathizer” of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) who is “manipulated” by PNP elements in the Jamaican diaspora in the U.S. and is “whispering in Secretary Clinton’s ear” in order to “downgrade” the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ). Mrs. Golding also blamed this cabal for the White House’s delay in naming a new ambassador and the GOJ’s difficulties in finalizing a Standby Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

  333. The Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Desmond Anthony McKenzie, requested to meet with EmbOff on September 1 to discuss an “urgent” matter; the private meeting was held in his downtown office.

    McKenzie then asked if there were any room for further discussions with U.S. officials.

  334. “Can’t call im…….inna bar……fi go drink some devil soup….can’t bribe im ……..roun a corner…….”

  335. Deadline for details of Sandals Whitehouse sale talks loom


  336. From: Eve Wilson
    To: David Smith
    Purchase odf 60400/30, chalk Sound
    Dear David,
    Please find attached the draft Agreement for Sale for your review, received from the vendor’s attorney yesterday. please let me know of any questions you have or changes you wish made to the draft contract.
    Please note that there seems to be some confusion over the closing date – the Vendor’s position is that closing is to occur on 27th February, while Rex Messam indicated to me that closing is to occur on 17 March. could you please confirm your understanding of the losing date, and advise whether you will be in a position to close on 27 February, as requested by the Vendor.
    Pleas also advise how you wish to take title to the property.
    Thanks David, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind Regards
    Eve Wilson

  337. Williams acknowledged that the suspension of local governance currently had strong support among some Belongers but cautioned that the 17,000 Belongers were all interrelated…

    Governor Tauwhare, who left under a cloud last July, sat in on cabinet meetings and “signed off” on budgets, investment decisions and disposition of Crown lands. Wetherell acknowledged to the Charge that the relationship between Tauwhare and Misick was uncomfortably close, but ruefully added that the governor’s role, until now, had been largely ceremonial and pro-forma.

    Governor Wetherell insisted to the Charge that the UK would not repeat the mistake of being too soft on TCI, a reference to what he characterized as London’s lenient approach when it was forced to intervene against former Chief Minister Norman Saunders’ government after Saunders was arrested in Miami on drug charges in 1985. After serving time in the U.S., Saunders returned to a hero’s welcome and is currently a sitting member of the Assembly.

    Wetherell said that the final Commission report would reveal a larger fiscal hole than widely believed. Misick had overdrawn TCI official lending limits, USD 5 million, “by well over four-fold” and other debts were also in the millions. Misick himself was apparently settling in the Dominican Republic to avoid extradition, but the UK was already working to identify his bank accounts.


  338. Hallmark not selling to Smith after all.

    From: Brian Trowbridge briantrowbridge@lochhaven.tc
    To: David Smith
    Sent Friday 1/5/2007
    Subject: Hallmark
    Further to our conversation earlier this week please find the Confidentiality Agreement attached.
    Please sign and fax, email or deliver back
    Just so you know the price is $6.5 ,ill which is 9 times 2007 earnings


  339. Google: Our Angel From Jamaica Swazi Observer

  340. http://keltruthblog.com/blog/?p=257

    Petrol prices are set to extend their record run at the pumps this week, with Petrojam announcing it will hike the price it sells the commodity to retailers.

    The state owned refinery today said it will add a further $1.68 to each litre of E10-87 and E10-90 gasoline it sells.


  341. NEW YORK — The body of Mark Madoff was claimed by a funeral director on behalf of his family Tuesday, one day after his imprisoned father, Bernard Madoff, said he would not seek to attend the funeral.

    Mark Madoff, 46, hanged himself with a black dog leash in his SoHo apartment on Saturday, the second anniversary of his father’s arrest on charges he cheated thousands of people out of tens of billions of dollars.


  342. WEST PALM BEACH — Bernard Madoff’s former secretary surrendered to U.S. Marshal’s today after a New York City judge ordered her into custody.

  343. Does anyone really give a **** about this jerk and his whole family. May they all rot for all I care. Honor him? my butt…He was not an ignorant innocent flower and neither is his mother. They all belong in the toilet.
    joel goodman
    4:23 PM, 12/15/2010

    Stephanie Darlin-You and your children are far from innocent. You lived the good life on money that was not yours so cut the bull. Your husband was just as dishonest as all his relatives who made out well during the ponzi
    scheme-don’t try and make out like you know from nothing-that’s a bold faced lie. If you and your children have money in trusts that were ill-gotten
    than too bad-fork it over. If your husband was so innocent-he should have
    proved them wrong. MARK WAS GUILTY!GUILTY!GUILTY!!!

    Sorry I am not sorry. Kind of fitting that she is playing the “poor” me card.
    5:13 PM, 12/15/2010


  344. By targeting charities, Madoff could avoid the threat of sudden or unexpected withdrawals.

    Madoff was a “master marketer”,[45] and his fund was considered exclusive, giving the appearance of a “velvet rope”.[43][45] He generally refused to meet directly with investors, which gave him an “Oz” aura and increased the allure of the investment.[34] Some Madoff investors were wary of removing their money from his fund, in case they could not get back in later.[12]

    Madoff’s annual returns were “unusually consistent”,[46] around 10%, and were a key factor in perpetuating the fraud.[


  345. The Vatican to tackle money launderinghttp://rjrnewsonline.com/business/vatican-tackle-money-laundering

  346. ACOM founders under investigation.

  347. Garwin Davis freed of fraud charges

    Devon Evans, STAR Writer

    St Ann’s Bay

    Resident Magistrate Yvonne Brown on Tuesday freed businessman and journalist Garwin Davis of fraud charges.

    Davis was arrested and charged with being in possession of a forged US passport bearing his photograph, on April 17 this year.

    Raid on house
    The case arose out of a raid on Davis’ home in Ocho Rios by members of the Organised Crime Investigation Division and Fraud Squad, where they reportedly found the alleged forged passport. The police claimed they were searching for evidence in relation to the collapsed Cash Plus investment scheme, and accused Davis of being a public relations consultant for the company.


  348. In an often surreal and disjointed conversation, Mrs. Golding alleged that Congressman Rangel is a “sympathizer” of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) who is “manipulated” by PNP elements in the Jamaican diaspora in the U.S. and is “whispering in Secretary Clinton’s ear” in order to “downgrade” the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ). Mrs. Golding also blamed this cabal for the White House’s delay in naming a new ambassador and the GOJ’s difficulties in finalizing a Standby Agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


  349. We made the mistake of having them released to us from the same Ward 21

    There are too many hypocrites who smile up with mentally ill persons to their faces but laugh at their antics behind their backs.

    My point is that this is someone who needs help.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Montego-Bay–please-help-Horace-Peterkin_8265179#ixzz19tP2lLv7

  350. Spread the ACOM word, shout it from the rooftops…

    November 12, 2010: In response to queries from Concerned Olint Members, ACOM is clarifying the following position.

    Mr. Smith’s pleading guilty to four minor charges of conspiracy to defraud and to launder money…

    Clearly, the masterminded strategy of jointly charging David Smith and his wife paid off…

    Whereas ACOM is relieved to have this protracted chapter of our crisis closed, we are in no better position to determine whether or not Mr. Smith was operating a Ponzi Scheme.

    It is ominous that the combined resources of the United Kingdom, the United States and the TCI has to date failed to present Mr. David Smith with his “day in court”.

    No need for Ward 21 here. Ward “5 0” has MadAllister(s) covered.

  351. No tin Milo…but 3 square meals and some time in the exercise yard? Cure any aspiring Paranoid Schizophrenic.

    DS won’t tell hid “friends” but he’s working on an album. Tracks like “Immodium” and “Sweet nanny goat a go run him belly”

    Sling Cure?

  352. Yeah “hid”

  353. It isn’t Las Vegas. This is downtown Damascus.

    “It’s been given the quiet go-ahead,” said the source, who did not want to be named.


  354. David Smith was sentenced in the Turks and Caicos, and is now awaiting trial in the USA. As the song said, “All the money gone a hell, poor Long Shot, him kick the bucket”.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/It-s-all-over-at-last_8261998#ixzz19wrOJsdg

    Where exactly is hell?

  355. Shame on you folks who go to his (Tropical Sundays) functions to eat up his food, knowing that he should be using that money for his medication and treatment.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/letters/Montego-Bay–please-help-Horace-Peterkin_8265179#ixzz19x03fedv

    Mrs. Golding’s rambling comments and penchant for sharing conspiracy theories with a key member of the U.S. Embassy community is consistent with a growing sense among many of indecisiveness and a lack of direction on the part of the PM and the JLP.

  356. Patrick Bailey who says last week on radio that he does not try cases in the media:

    Commenting on the issue, Robertson’s attorney Patrick Bailey lashed out saying that “the suit filed on behalf of Ian Johnson by David Rowe on December 17, 2010 in Florida in all material parts, is nothing more than a mischievous regurgitation of the allegations made in the telephonic statement of Johnson on November 9, 2010.”

    Questioning the reason why Johnson filed a suit in Miami, Bailey said, “The Honourable James Robertson has already denied those spurious and malicious allegations, and in fact those allegations are the subject of a defamation lawsuit against Nationwide News Network, Ian Johnson, Emily Crooks, Naomi Francis and David Rowe. Bailey pointed out that it was clear that by filing the claim in Florida on December17, 2010, it was no more than a guise to induce persons to believe that because these allegations are now filed in court they can now have “a lawful basis to malign my client by using the media to spread these false and wicked lies.”

    The attorney described Johnson’s action as an abuse of the process of the court and an exploitation of unsuspecting persons in the media.


  357. Was his “tongue drawn?”

  358. “…it was no more than a guise to induce persons to believe…”

    Conspiracy theories? Ward 21? The Americans think that’s the place for it.

  359. Is the Peterkin/Golding/Bailey thing contagious?

    Seem to spread quickly. Pandemic?

  360. What about the Amnesia epidemic upon Jamaica?

    A December 22 report said that Desmond McKenzie, the mayor of Kingston, told the US Embassy in a memo written in 2009, that the JLP administration had pursued a policy of engaging Christopher Coke to contain crime. To add to the farce, McKenzie wanted to use this argument to get the embassy to call off the extradition of Coke, saying it would jeopardise what that government was trying to achieve.

    “The image of a powerful Jamaican mayor working for years on crime-fighting strategies with a man portrayed by the US Justice Department as one of the world’s most dangerous drug kingpins is stark.”


  361. The man say him was at “Ward 21” the day the cable alleges the meeting too place.

    “Wasn’t well”

  362. I wonder how “farsical news” would have dealt with the Wikileaks?

    Anyway these people cause Jamaicans to use much expensive paper and ink.

    Dear, Ban Ki Moon,

    I am a citizen of Jamaica. Notwithstanding the David Smith (incarcerated in the USA) sponsored elections of 2007 I would like to state categorically that representations made by Desmond McKenzie and Lorna Golding on behalf of the people of Jamaica do NOT represent my views.

    Please note that this correspondence is a follow up to the earlier one this year when I stated that albeit Manatt, Phelps and Phillips continues to state on the website that it represented the govt of Jamaica (the people) that at no time did their views and agenda and plans reflect mine.

    In addition please recall that Mr. Brady, Golding, Leys and Dor do not represent me the citizen.

    I am seeking a visa to study in the US and I don’t want the actions of those listed above to be be taken into account when I apply. I categorically and unwaveringly reject their folly.

  363. Embarrassing

    It is rather embarrassing but it deserves to be referred to in the present context that the wife of the Prime Minister also sought to lobby US Embassy official in the same Dudus cause. There were no holds barred and no decorum inhibiting the conduct of members of the administration whatever their purpose or role. The Mayor of Kingston and a member of the Senate who should perhaps retire since his memory is so bad, lent his voice to the sorry cause.

    Whatever the Government represents it is not unequivocally in support of the rule of law. This therefore raises the question as to what purpose they serve as Government.


  364. Jamaica became, and still is, the laughing stock of the world. If there were doubts, the recent WikiLeaks exposé in the UK Guardian should remove all doubts. Were it not for the unrelenting intervention of the Opposition People’s National Party, civic-groups such as JFJ, and our very active and feisty media, we would still be “living in a fool’s paradise”.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/2010-was-a-tough-year-for-Jamaica–but-so-will-2011#ixzz19xSz3Jbr

  365. The team said based on the complexity of the case, the need for investigation and the possibility that it will have to retain experts the trial should be pushed back.


    Complex? So it’s not a straightforward ponzi?

  366. David Smith’s trial has suffered from repeated delays caused by the Prosecution and/or the Court. Should ACOM challenge the system that is causing the delays?


  367. STATIN figures attest to tighter economic contraction

    The final figures, which come from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, show that the economy declined by 0.9%, in the third quarter of the year.

    That was a bigger decline than the estimates released by the Planning Institute of Jamaica in November, which said the economy contracted by 0.5%.


  368. “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society”, believed Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nietzsche put it more forgivingly: “That lies should be necessary to life is part and parcel of the terrible and questionable character of existence.” But sages agree on one point: a liar will not be believed, even when they speak the truth; one falsehood spoils a thousand truths.


  369. WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) — Legislative leaders in at least half a dozen states in the United States say they will propose bills similar to a controversial law to fight illegal immigration from the Caribbean and elsewhere that was adopted by Arizona last spring.

    Legislators have also announced measures to limit access to public colleges and other benefits for illegal Caribbean and other immigrants, and to punish employers who hire them.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/More-states-to-follow-Arizona-with-tough-anti-illegal-immigrant-laws_8268164#ixzz1A3tqRrBT

    Respectfully Uncle Sam our people are largely decent and hardworking with integrity. We are under siege. The Manatt Phelps Phillips “Amnesia” co-conspirators do not represent the people’s beliefs. Just those of the powerful and corrupted.

    Help us against them Uncle Sam…Do not punish our innocents.

  370. Get up! Stand up!

    For too long, Jamaicans for the most part have remained in the stands, criticising, and cheering, booing or even going off to sleep. For 2011, it is this writer’s greatest wish that citizens of this God-blessed country will get up and stand up for their rights.

    Finally, the people must rise up and tell our politicians enough is enough. Say no to tribalism, no to corruption, no to lies, no to “spinning”. In all of this, citizens must become involved because change must come from within, not from without.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Get-up–Stand-up-_8268256#ixzz1A3xBm7kH

  371. Play it this morning Motty! Like you used to dooooo…!!

    I don’t hear you play it this long time Motty! What happen? You scratch?

  372. The Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, SIPT, headed by the highly respected prosecutor Helen Garlick is expected to indict perhaps as many as 40, 60, 80 or 100 individuals for criminal activity conducted during recent years.

    So far the civil recovery process has laid claim in the Courts attempting to recover more than US$15 million dollars owed to the people of the TCI. We believe by the end of 2011, that that number will be in excess of US$100 million.


  373. To: David Smith
    From: Audley Shaw (fitzalbert_2@ yahoo.com)
    David, as promised, I’m sending you the JLP Manifesto for 2007. Thanks for everything including your companionship yesterday. Regards and compliments. Audley.

  374. New year. New …yes. YES. HIYW.

  375. …laundering profits on an industrial scale through a corrupt bureau de change.

    He was also a director of the nearby Euro Foreign Exchange, through which up to £1m a day in drug money would be laundered.

    “For a drugs gang, the hardest part is not smuggling the drugs in, it is cleaning up their money,” said the senior investigator.


  376. In a passage which recalls a level of paranoia last seen during the Cold War, it asks whether agencies are using lie-detector tests or are trying to identify “unusually high occurrences of foreign travel, contacts, or foreign preference” by members of their staff.


  377. The ‘voices’ told my brother to kill me!

    What have I done, couple years ago I got the Bellevue personnel van to pick him up; they injected him with some medication and then sent him home with tablets to take;

    Air J leaves passengers fuming
    ‘My child nearly died downstairs and all you can do is roll your eyes?’ mom shouts at airline rep

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Air-J-leaves-passengers-fuming_8268415#ixzz1AFIJt8Z8

  378. All Inclusive Gunman shoots guests at The Donald Sangster International Airport in Monego Bay Jamaica.

    An executive driver employed to a well-known Jamaican hotel chain was arrested yesterday in connection with a shooting incident at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James, that left two persons wounded.

    …arguing over a J$1,000 note…

    …a bullet that ricocheted, and hit two other persons inside the shop.


  379. J$1000= US$11

    Ward 21?

  380. British Overseas Territories Citizenship (BOTC) – By De-Owen Higgs
    By De-Owen Higgs

    The PRC holders who are complaining about not having the right to vote are primarily persons who acquired their PRCs through investment, they did not have to wait years. Many of them received their certificates within months. The Governor can grant these persons British Overseas Territories Citizenship after five years. If by obtaining BOTC they can automatically acquire Belonger Status (under the new Constitution), they will choose to go through the Governor and become Belongers in less than six years.


    This is “Enlargement of the Franchise” through the back door! They would be able to acquire Belonger Status within a shorter period of time and without having to deal with any local authority.

  381. ‘Laughing stock’ libel laws to be reformed, says Nick Clegg
    Reforms will include right to public interest defence and will create clarity and ‘international blueprint’


  382. Now Met police are in the dock

    It emerged last night that Scotland Yard had known of evidence against Mr Edmondson four years ago when officers were investigating the paper’s former royal correspondent Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who were both convicted of unlawfully intercepting telephone calls in 2007. Asked yesterday why it had not questioned Mr Edmondson, the Met refused to comment, but a source said that senior figures at the Yard had resisted broadening the investigation.


  383. The macho man who ran his newsroom with an iron fist

    Until his sudden suspension – while he was on his Christmas break – he had ruled the newsroom at Wapping, east London, with an iron fist. Described by those who have worked with him as a “micro-manager” and a “complete control freak”, he felt responsible for delivering the editor the weekly “splash”, the front-page story that is all-important to sales of a weekly tabloid.


  384. This is likely true, given that Mrs. Golding appeared completely unprepared, could not stay on message, and had no apparent talking points or agenda.

    LETTER OF THE DAY – Jamaica’s Personality Disorders


  385. No info from Govt on sale of Sandals Whitehouse Hotel – OCG
    Another quarrel is emerging between the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) and the Golding Government.

    This time it surrounds the reported negotiations for the sale of the Government’s stake in Sandals Whitehouse Hotel in Westmoreland and the administration’s failure to meet an OCG deadline to furnish that office with information.

    Mr. Christie said a day before that deadline, the Cabinet Secretary wrote asking for an additional week and he agreed.

    A day later, nothing.

    He said as a next step, his office will issue the Government with a standard demand letter.


    Monkey Business…

  386. “Govt. Fraid as Merrick”

    Government disregards OCG request on Sandals divestment

    The demand letter is a warning to the Government that if it does not provide the information the matter will be referred to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for its failure to comply with an OCG request.

    Mr. Christie, you might be waiting for a while to get info from this gov’t about this sale. Just the mere fact that you have to hear about this possible sale from a media outlet should be an indicator. In addiition, it’s approaching one month now since you first sent a written request for info on this possible transaction and they have yet to even extend the courtesy of any response … well, I wish I could say it’s shocking but who am I kidding?


  387. Former Labour MP, the first politician to be convicted and sentenced over the scandal, is taken to Wandsworth prison

    …scandal had “shaken public confidence in our legislature” and had “angered the public”.

    “These offences have wider and more important consequences than is to be found in other breach of trust cases. That is the effect they have had and will have on the confidence the public has in politicians.”


  388. The truth about tax havens

    In 2009 I met a former private banker, Beth Krall, to explore a question that had been nagging me: how do bankers who shelter the wealth of gangsters and corrupt politicians justify what they do?

    A few months earlier, a practitioner in the Caymans had warned me to watch out for my personal safety if I went “asking all these questions” in the Bahamas.

    …so many of the people she dealt with were powerful members of society in their home countries.

    Trawling for business, she was routinely pointed towards Latin America

    There is something about island life that stifles dissent. In the island goldfish bowl, you cannot hide.The ability to sustain an establishment consensus and suppress troublemakers makes islands especially hospitable to offshore finance, reassuring international financiers that local establishments can be trusted not to allow democratic politics to interfere in the business of making money.

    Jersey is riddled with elite, secretive insider networks, typically linked to the financial sector. After being appointed economic adviser in 1987, Christensen found that many people who came to see him wanted him to join their Masonic lodge, and gave him the secret signal. “Their thinking is very much of the old-boy network – you are either one of us or you are against us,” he continued. “It means they can trust you to do the right thing without having to be told – an insidious meaning of the word ‘trust’.”

    Syvret has been a regular victim of efforts to suppress dissent. “Any anti-establishment figure here is bugged,” said Syvret. “There is a climate of fear.

    “I can see how they might control a population of 80,000 people in the Isle of Man, but eight million? How can a minority in the banking world manipulate the opinion of an entire country? What is this? The mafia? This is how it works. Jersey, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland: this whole bloody system is corrupt.”


  389. Don’t worry Smithy. Those who follow…do so at their own risk….

  390. Cyber activists said they had brought down government websites after Mugabe’s wife sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable that linked her with the alleged trade in illicit diamonds


  391. INFORMATION PROVIDED by the Government late yesterday about its negotiations with the Sandals hotel chain for the sale of the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel has triggered a major investigation by the office of the Contractor General (OCG).

  392. Test Blocking Blocking

  393. Justice Jones? Duhkaran? Harrison?


  394. Golding told Parliament yesterday, would bring “an acceptable closure to the sordid ordeal that has been a burden facing (his) government since it took office” in 2007.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Sordid-ordeal—-Whitehouse-hotel-sale-in-the-best-interest-of-the-country–mdash–PM_8286328#ixzz1AomGi8A8

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  395. Golding noted, too, that the location of the property “off the beaten track” would make it a “hard sell”, especially in a period of economic recession.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Sordid-ordeal—-Whitehouse-hotel-sale-in-the-best-interest-of-the-country–mdash–PM_8286328#ixzz1AonDlPJe

    So why would the buyer want it then?

  396. Billionaire Mario Hoffman was quoted during the Commission of Inquiry as having said, “I own the Government”. A senior executive of the PDM (the Official Opposition in the last legislature) said to his associates before the last election, “How can we criticize Leeward and then go to Lord Ashcroft [a billionaire] at the next election and ask for money?”


  397. Whitehouse hotel sale in the best interest of the country
    — Says PM Golding

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Sordid-ordeal—-Whitehouse-hotel-sale-in-the-best-interest-of-the-country–mdash–PM_8286328#ixzz1Aq5mqbnj

    o: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  398. PNP wants Government to release LNG report

  399. Gas prices up sharply tomorrow
    Jamaica Observer
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Gas-prices-up-sharply-tomorrow2011-01-12T13-23-32#ixzz1ArReRM24

  400. Robertson says LNG report not for public consumption

    ENERGY Minister James Robertson says the findings of a report on the feasibility of the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project would not be made public, ignoring Opposition calls to reveal its contents.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/For-our-eyes-only_8289211#ixzz1AuAOsLDT

  401. Thursdaytalk
    What’s the fuss about?

    1. Some people are questioning the pronouncements! They ask, if it’s so much trouble, why all the fuss and fight to acquire it? And isn’t the truth merely that the transaction was all about keeping promises made while in the wilderness?

    From: Christopher Bovell Christopher.Bovell@dunncox.com
    To: dsmith@kasnet.com
    Dear David,

    Please do the cheque to Stock & Securities Ltd. and I will contact Wayne on Thursday to arrange collection or delivery.

    Thanks again v. much for your help.

    Best wishes, Chris B.

    Yours sincerely
    Christopher Bovell

    48 Duke Street
    Jamaica, W.I.

    Tel.: (876)922-1500
    Fax.: (876)922-9002

  402. Constitutional court ruling means Italian prime minister faces resumption of trials on fraud, bribery and other charges

  403. Creditor successfully retrieves assets from Cash Plus through Jamaican Courts


  404. WikiLeaks: Julian Assange claims to have Rupert Murdoch ‘insurance files’
    Founder claims WikiLeaks has more than 500 US diplomatic cables on one broadcasting organisation

    Assange refers to these specific cables as “insurance files” that will be released “if something happens to me or to WikiLeaks”.


  405. “I think what’s emerging in the mainstream media is the awareness that if I can be indicted, other journalists can, too,” he added.


  406. Bailiff to return furniture from Bankruptcy office

  407. Sandals reportedly pulls out of deal to purchase Bahamas property

    According to the newspaper, the turn of events, was considered a big surprise as the sale of the 78 unit property was on the verge of being concluded.


  408. GAME OVER!

    Tunisia’s president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled his country tonight after weeks of mass protests culminated in a victory for people power over one of the Arab world’s most repressive regimes.

    Al-Jazeera television, broadcasting the story across an Arab world which has been transfixed by the Tunisian drama, reported that a unnamed member of Ben Ali’s wife’s family had been detained by security forces at the capital’s airport. Hatred of the president’s close relatives, symbols of corruption and cronyism, has galvanised the opposition in recent weeks. Tunisians were riveted by revelations of US views of the Ben Ali regime in leaked WikiLeaks cables last month.


  409. Any one of the many allegations levelled at Silvio Berlusconi over the years would probably be sufficient to sink a prime minister in most countries, but the scandal which could finally undo him is perhaps the most scurrilous of them all. It combines an underage belly dancer, ribald sex parties and claims of political interference with the police.


  410. Pantry/Llewelyn and the “missing” OLINT Files????

    Between January 1 and August 31, 2010, 55 files were sent by the Anti-Corruption Branch of the JCF to the DPP, 44 rulings were received, 24 of which recommended criminal prosecution, and nine convictions secured. No doubt corruption-related issues form a small part of the workload and responsibilities before the ODPP.

    “If we are to curb corruption in Jamaica, tough and enforceable laws are needed as a fist step. Ordinary people must begin to see more corrupt officials being held accountable to be fully punished by the judiciary process. The rich and politically powerful must not be allowed to buy their way out of accountability! Secondly, we need to treat the drive against corruption as a major campaign on the same scale as if we were fighting a deadly infectious disease. Thirdly, we need an intense campaign to educate the general population to recognise corruption as a destructive force aimed at the moral foundations of our nation.”

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Catching–Big-Fish—The-need-for-a-single-anti-corruption-agency_8291637#ixzz1BC9bj510

  411. Contrary to facilitator Danny Williams disclosure last month, that “nothing was finalized” Prime Minister Bruce Golding told the House last Tuesday, that Cabinet approved his proposal…

    Unsettled dispute

    Apart from US$40 million debt burden on the shoulders on the Jamaican taxpayers, the government, observers say, seems set to ink a deal even though a US$29 million lawsuit brought by the hotelier for losses remains unsettled. Additionally, nothing has been said about the findings of arbitrator Justice Hugh Small into the dispute. Up to press time Small did not respond to an email from the Sunday Herald asking about his findings and whether he would confirm if he had been retained by the Prime Minister to represent him at the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke commission of enquiry due to start this month.


  412. Woweee…that link was “killed” in seconds Jay, JohnDoe etc.

    And it was 6:50 a.m where the poor sheep public (the small portion who read and the even smaller subset of that who understand) are not even awake.

    So you see some articles should be blogged in their entirety. For the public does not understand the shocking tactics that go on in the background.

  413. Mental Alert

    Hickling and Paisley’s findings have already attracted critics who have sought to discredit the findings. But Hickling has some choice words for his detractors: “Of course they would disagree because they know nothing about it. If you throw stone in a hog pen, the first one who squeals is the one who gets hit. The people fighting against it are not clinicians; they haven’t done the work.

    “In this whole business of mental illness, it is the one who it lick is the one who squeals,” said Hickling.


    Readers, I will tell you now something new about OLINT you don’t know. In the “beginning” a very well known person who’s name had never been called summoned a certain person to a meeting to deny involvement. But his name had never been mentioned. ??? Squeal before the lick??

  414. “Pre Squeal?”

    Predictably the name started to surface….the the photo’s (you have not seen them yet)….then the videos (you have not seen them yet)…then the audio (you have not heard them yet).

    Poor Jamaica….”Darkness has covered thy light.”

  415. So powerful not even the law has seen. The meter runs…

  416. This objective relates to the growing concern of our people with the incidence of corruption, a concern reflected in the 2008 survey results which revealed that Jamaicans regarded corruption as the second thing most wrong with Jamaica, behind crime and violence. By September 2010, a Don Anderson poll revealed that a majority of our people regarded corruption as that which is “most negative about Jamaica”. Despite this growing sense of urgency, and despite the fact that more than 85 per cent of our people believe that some politicians are connected to criminal elements (‘Changing attitudes to corruption’, The Gleaner, April 14, 2010), there has been no recent prosecution or conviction of any big fish accused of corruption.



    Lawman Lynch

    Did you know that the young political activist and Lawman Lynch has had to ask the US for political asylum? Ironic! Well, he received that asylum on Wednesday, January 5, 2011. As told by Lawman Lynch, “… I was invited to analyze the issue regarding the PM & Government’s handling of the MPP issue on May 17th 2010, on a CVM TV “DIRECT Special”, during which the PM would give a live broadcast to the nation.

    “The PM, in his broadcast, apologized to the nation for his handling of the situation, and all three analysts (Helene Davis- White, Trevor Monroe and myself) agreed that he appeared sincere and that most persons would accept the apology.

    “I, however, went a tad further by suggesting that the PM should resign, as it was and still is my belief, that it would have been the honorable thing to do; besides, such behaviour should not be allowed to be repeated by any leader and Jamaica and Jamaicans suffered tremendously from this saga.

    “Upon leaving the CVM studio, the security guard told me that numerous persons were calling the station; persons suggesting that I should be taken off air, as this one is “bigger than me”, some saying I was brave etc.”

    “I think I got home shortly after 10 p.m., hurried inside my home, as the entire community was UNUSUALLY QUIET. If a pin fell, you could have heard it down by the harbour, which was not the norm in my community. Sub-consciously I knew something was up.

    “By 3:00 a.m., the quietness that gripped me when I drove in, transformed to total mayhem… not one but two explosions. My less than two-month old vehicle, that I STILL OWED the credit union for was in flames.”

    So his car was fire-bombed, he felt his life was threatened and he ran from Jamaica like a thief in the night, he says. Lawman Lynch hopes to return home someday.


  418. Police raid homes of ex Sandals Employees

    Police on Wednesday raided the homes of three former top executives of the Butch Stewart controlled Sandals Group. Two of the three, Dr Jeffery Pine and Pat Lynch are considered among the early pillars of the Sandals Group. Katryn Barber is the other former executive. Head of Organized Crime Superintendent Fitz Bailey told the Sunday Herald that the police went to the homes in pursuit of an alleged case of fraud committed at Gorstew Limited. Superintendent Bailey confirmed that computers were seized as part of investigations.

    Dr Jeffery Pine, one of the executive who worked with Sandals for 23 years, told the Sunday Herald Thursday night that he believed the raid was connected to his former employment and specifically surpluses in the multi million dollar pension fund and how it was distributed over the past 18 years. He said he did not know how much was in the fund.

    While he was employed at Sandals, he said he signed off on payments to beneficiaries. Dr Pine said he protested the seizure of his computer and he intends to take legal action.

  419. To assume that these aerodromes will not be targeted by smugglers could be a serious error and if it is assumed that these aerodromes will be targeted, it must be accepted that they will require special protection.

  420. Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer plans to hand over offshore banking secrets of the rich and famous to WikiLeaks

    The offshore bank account details of 2,000 “high net worth individuals” and corporations – detailing massive potential tax evasion – will be handed over to the WikiLeaks organisation in London tomorrow by the most important and boldest whistleblower in Swiss banking history, Rudolf Elmer, two days before he goes on trial in his native Switzerland.

    British and American individuals and companies are among the offshore clients whose details will be contained on CDs presented to WikiLeaks at the Frontline Club in London. Those involved include, Elmer tells the Observer, “approximately 40 politicians”.


  421. “Elmer is being tried for violating Swiss banking secrecy law even though the data is from the Cayman Islands. This is bold extraterritorial nonsense. Swiss secrecy law should apply to Swiss banks in Switzerland, not a Swiss subsidiary in the Cayman Islands.”

  422. JFJ to monitor Manatt/Dudus Enquiry

    For several months there were calls for a Commission following revelations unearthed from email correspondence that the Golding administration did in fact engage the law firm.


  423. There were calls for the Enquiry after email correspondence revealed that after months of denial, the Bruce Golding-led administration did in fact engage the law firm.


  424. The correspondence involving Solicitor General Douglas Leys, attorney-at-law Harold Brady and officials of the firm confirmed that Manatt was working on behalf of the Government, even if it had been engaged by the JLP.

    RJR News’ ‘sister station JNN will have live coverage of the hearings while coverage will also be streamed live on RJR News’ website rjrnewsonline.com/manatt.


  425. Coye testified that in December 2009, she went to the residence of Jamaican ambassador to Washington, Anthony Johnson, and that attorney Harold Brady was present together with an attorney from Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. She said that she later learned that the attorney was named Kevin Di Gregory.
    She said that Deputy Solicitor General Lackston Robinson had told her that the lawyer would be a part of the Jamaican delegation to meet with US State Department and Justice Department officials, which included her, himself and Solicitor General Douglas Leys.
    Coye further testified that Robinson told her Leys had included the Manatt lawyer in the delegation because he understood US law and understood the thinking of the Justice Department, being a former employee there.
    The ambassador said she objected because there was no approval from Foreign Minister Ken Baugh or Dorothy Lightbourne, justice minister and attorney general. However, she said that when she confronted Leys, he told her that Lightbourne had given permission to expand the delegation.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Manatt-was-working-for-gov-t-on-Dudus—testimony#ixzz1BJr2fd4P

    Isn’t that Johnson guy High Commissioner to the UK now?

  426. Some of the key players who have not yet provided statements are Attorney General, Dorothy Lightbourne, Solicitor General, Douglas Leys, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn; and former Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin.

    However,George told the Commission Llewellyn will be subpoenaed today.

    He said he’s also expecting to receive statements from Leys and Lightbourne shortly.

    More than 70 people were killed in fierce gunbattles between gunmen loyal to Coke and members of the security forces who went into Coke’s Tivoli Gardens stronghold to arrest him last May.


  427. Interesting. Ambassador Coy under oath says it was a govt. thing. Not party. Golding and Samuda say JLP thing….

    Somebody is a liar?

  428. “It was on the flight to Washington that the thing was firmed up”

    Douglas Leys.

  429. Manatt worked for the Government of Jamaica (the Jamaican people). The government did not pay the bill US$50,000 to Manatt. Who paid for this work on behalf of the Jamaican people and why did our Government not pay the people’s debt to Manatt, Phelps, Phillips?

    Don’t you deserve to know who paid your bill? Suppose it was paid by a……..

  430. Leyes and Coye disagree over Manatt

  431. Brady could be forced to give testimony

    Attorney General, Dorothy Lightbourne and Solicitor General, Douglas Leys are among those who have yet to give statements.

  432. She also recalled how she ended up in the offices of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips at the direction of Leyes, without knowing where she was.

    She subsequently found out the name of the US national to be Kevin diGregory, a representative of Manatt.

    She said up to this point attorney-at-law Harold Brady was not in the picture.

    In cross-examinations later by attorney for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Frank Phipps, Ambassador Coye stressed that she was acting on behalf of the Jamaican Government and not the Jamaica Labour party (JLP).


  433. Ambassador Coye’s said she was told that the inclusion of Harold Brady and the US lawyer was to assist a Jamaican delegation in understanding the US justice system.


    “understanding the US justice system.”

    You mean like the rules governing FARA registration on the website?

    If you close your eyes and dream it in Jamaica hard enough you become “best and brightest.

    Susan Schmidt? I thought bloggers were lying about that….must be conspiracy…Clinton and Rangel…and Mickey Mouse (of course)

  434. Emil left holdling the $40 million shovel?

  435. IF one is to go by the latest research data that was published in another national daily recently, then one is led to believe that nearly half of all Jamaicans living on this rock are suffering from some form of personality disorder.

    What is even more frightening, however, is that the Dr Freddy Hickling’s findings have also revealed that mental disorders are to be found among some of our private and public sector leaders. This may well mean that several of our politicians and business moguls, including some at the very top, have a touch of madness.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/I-m-OK–You-re-OK-_8299114#ixzz1BNhBBYoj

  436. “Baby Doc” arrested

    Former Haitian leader Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier has been arrested.

    Duvalier was questioned by judicial officials and was later led out of his hotel by police.

    He was questioned over claims he stole from the country’s treasury.


  437. The entire Turks and Caicos Islands were consumed the full day yesterday with rumours about arrests and indictments. At one point there were rumours of allegedly four prominent women being arrested.

    By the end of the day the majority of the rumours were found to be false. Even some reports from family members of those rumoured to be involved were later proven false.

    The Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, SIPT, did conduct interviews yesterday with certain individuals but did not release any formal press release regarding any arrests or indictments.

    Because we expect this sort of activity to increase and intensify in the days and weeks ahead, the TCI Journal will not be publishing rumours about arrests or indictments. We will be waiting for the formal press releases from the SIPT, and will then share those with our readers.

    On a related matter, certain elements in the media and within the political parties criticizing the expenses associated with the SIPT should note that already the civil and criminal recovery efforts have identified and are working to claim back more than $15 million dollars on behalf of the people of the TCI. There is absolutely no doubt that the monies claimed and recovered will cover many times over any and all costs associated with the SIPT. We ask these elements, why continue to attempt to mislead the public?



  438. Brady’s Lips Sealed

    In a letter addressed to Dr Allan Kirton, secretary to the commission, Brady’s attorneys said their client would serve no useful purpose in being a witness.


  439. US official suggests more bank regulations to tackle ponzi schemes

    According to Ms Lago, the United States has learnt a valuable lesson from ponzi schemes such as the Bernard Madoff scam.

    Ms. Lago was responding to a question regarding recommendations for Jamaica which is affected by similar schemes such as Olint and Cash Plus.


  440. Smithy where you and Tracy buy your first “belongership” from?

  441. Switzerland freezes assets of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Laurent Gbagbo
    Swiss president says measures against ousted Tunisian president and Ivory Coast incumbent will be imposed with immediate effect


  442. MPs failing to declare assets
    Vaz bemoans low compliance rate.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/MPs-failing-to-declare-assets#ixzz1BWAnR4Lx

  443. The police in Grant Turk made a $100,000 cocaine bust and have charged two men identified as being Turks and Caicos Islanders, who have able to secure bond, in connection to the seizure.
    The names of the two have been given by the police as Joseph Missick, 40, also know as “Ranking Joe” and Kenneth Malcolm, 45. Both men have been charged with unlawful possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

  444. Special Prosecutor Helen Garlick’s investigations have uncovered millions of dollars in suspected money laundering involving persons from the Turks and Caicos Islands in many countries around the world.
    Garlick, who returned to the Turks and Caicos Islands a few days ago, made the shocking revelation in an exclusive interview with the SUN.
    “Money laundering investigation is a central part of the Special Investigation and Prosecution Team (SIPT) work and involves very considerable amounts of money, running into several millions of dollars,” Garlick said.
    “We are investigating several cases of exceptionally serious corruption and misconduct allegations and we are also investigating complex money laundering allegations that includes investigations in many jurisdictions around the world.”


  445. What’s so “shocking” about that Hayden Boyce?

  446. Listening to the prime minister raging – and cheered on by those who surround him – leaves me feeling that he is just not getting it. We, the people, feel that we deserve honest representatives.

    Once more, you seem prepared to tell the judiciary how to deal with the fruits of judgment to which a successful litigant is entitled, against a loser who abused the process of the court and swore to a falsehood to prolong her unconstitutional stay in our Parliament.


  447. Sad day for Jamaica!

    Reacting to the CG’s attack last night, Gorstew spokeswoman Rachel McLarty declared that the company had done everything in openness and completely above board.

    “There have been no secret talks, nothing clandestine, nothing irregular in any way,” McLarty told the Observer. “We are utterly shocked by the contractor general’s statements,” she said.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Sad-day-for-Jamaica_8304993#ixzz1BZICVaWT

    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  448. Jamaica Tourist Board Reduces Funding To 2011 Jazz ‘N’ Blues Festival

    The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has this year slashed, by half, its sponsorship of the 15-year-old Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival slated for January 27-29 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium.

    Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett told The Gleaner that the tourist board has been seriously affected by the economic challenges sweeping the country and, therefore, had to cut its sponsorship this year from the US$500,000 it put up in 2010 to US$250,000.

  449. Patrick Lynch Rejects ATL Fraud Claims

    Patrick Lynch, retired director of finance and planning of the Sandals Group, has told the Financial Services Commission (FSC) that he is at a loss as to why his house was raided by the police as part of a fraud investigation.

    Police officers from the Fraud Squad raided the homes of Lynch, Dr Jeffrey Pine and Katryne Barber.

    In his statement, Lynch said Stewart had complained that he was not consulted by the board of trustees to distribute benefits from surpluses in the fund to pensioners and members of the fund.


  450. The veteran prosecutor said there are many other countries in the world where corruption is endemic but as far as she was concerned, TCI is unique in the sense that it has decided to have a thorough investigation into a large number of serious cases.

  451. DPP summoned to give evidence at Manatt/Dudus Enquiry

    The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has been issued with a summons to attend Thursday’s sitting of the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry.

    I’m busy looking for the missing OLINT file and pondering how the fraud squad acts so quickly to lynch some people while ignoring the Smith’s so blatantly and “green denials” that complaints were made….

  452. “Did you or did you not TOOK the opportunity to get out of the cold”

    Dawg, for a lawyer you need to work on your grammar. If you have trouble with the language how do you understand and comprehend?

    A UWI him go?

  453. “You didn’t RECEIVED and correspondence…”

    And with an American twang to boot…


  454. “Was in publics domain…”


  455. “Dem need one down ere..”

    hahaha To the Worl…

  456. If you ask a question that is not in English and you demand that “your” question be answered…the public can not understand what is being asked for they are not in English…

  457. You Sir are wrong about your command of English. One has to guess what you are saying…..OFTEN

  458. Oliver Smith, Anthony Gifford, Henlin Gibson….Smithy is about 1/8th of your dream team there.

  459. The Inquiry into the OLINT member’s extradition and subsequent actions of the Olint members in and on the periphery of Jamaican governance continues….

  460. Must agree Mr. Small.

    This is not a matter for a commission. It is for the courts.

    Does Jamaica have any?

  461. Emil George, “If we were a court….”

    Precisely Mr. Chairman…

  462. No mention of when Vaz, McKenzie, Lorna Golding, Samuda, Ellington will testify?


    Is the Commission looking farcical?

    Chuck Manatt? Schmidt? DeGregory?

  463. He said special provisions were made when the matter was deemed urgent and sensitive, and this procedure was followed.

    Questioning continued by attorney Frank Phipps who asked about the matter of the note being urgent and he requested that Mr. Lamont show where on the document it said that it was in fact urgent. After a long pause, Mr. Lamont was unable to show this.

    Mr. Phipps then put to him that he himself was deeming the matter urgent and sensitive.


    To which Lamont said the phone call received from the US Embassy in Kingston relayed the request as urgent. He went on to say that depending on the particulars of requests in general some are communicated as urgent by the Embassy.

    When Phipps gets an Embassy rep in the witness chair he can show his mettle (If he still has any) then. The respected advocate is up in age and had to be corrected several times in his questioning. It was good to see him get help from learned colleagues.

    Such help was not afforded Oliver Smith who’s grammar left much to be desired even when one could filter through some of the more common mistakes he was making.

  464. Gangs of New York crippled by largest mob round-up in history

    “We are committed and determined to eradicate” organised crime in the US, Mr Holder told reporters.

    The take-down of so many suspects at once is a reminder that the mob industry is not confined to the pages of paperback novels or episodes of overheated television dramas. All the clichés of Mafia doings, from rubbing out perceived rivals, controlling unions on the merchant-ship waterfront or doing the rounds of small businesses and shaking them down for protection money, are still going on in real life.

    Caught in the net this time, according to prosecutors, are figures as lowly as the street bullies doing the mob’s bidding to keep the cash flowing, all the way to the top-rank bosses – the consiglieres, capos and “made men”.

    Almost every criminal activity associated with the Mafia was featured in the indictments that were unsealed last night. They included not just homicides and extortion but also drug trafficking, money laundering and gambling.


  465. “The letter was lost for seven months”

    DPP Olint file style…

  466. “When the spokesman needs a spokesman, it is time to move on,”

    Officials said the steady drip of allegations, and the likelihood that they would continue through civil court cases and possible police inquiries, was taking a toll on Coulson’s family and making it harder for him to focus.

    If News International continues to fight the civil cases it may appear as if current top executives are involved in a costly cover-up that could damage their professional reputations.

    Coulson – who inspires great loyalty amongst those who work for him – was aware that there was little prospect of an end to the allegations, as he faced the threat of further police interviews and civil court cases in which efforts would be made to disprove his defence that he knew nothing about a culture of phone hacking.

    “creates serious questions over the prime minister’s judgment and points to the need for a deeper investigation into the affairs of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp”

    ‘When the spokesman needs a spokesman it’s time to move on’


  467. Tony Blair dug his own hole

    We should remember that the panel did not need to pin Blair down on anything. It has the evidence and can draw its own conclusions. Blair had a “final opportunity” to answer their questions and disprove their implications. If he did not do so that was his choice.

  468. Observer columnist Diane Abbott

    Which living person do you most despise, and why?

    In politics, the people I most despise are those who have no values. For them, it’s all about status.


  469. Who Hired Manatt?

    This matter is easily resolved, it seems to me: Harold Brady must testify before the CoE and the nation, and publicly say who his clients are. You cannot claim attorney-client privilege when one of the matters to be resolved by the CoE is precisely who the client is. And it is not that I doubt his word, but he must be required to produce documentary proof of who his clients are.


  470. Expanding Tourism

    Jamaica developed a strong and loyal California clientele by offering non-stop air service from Los Angeles to Jamaica for many years until the recent economic downturn. Poor management of the airline, not lack of tourists, prompted the loss of that route. The Los Angeles to Kingston and Los Angeles to Montego Bay flights were renowned for their festive atmosphere.


  471. Sandals voluntarily assisting probe in Turks & Caicos Islands

    Saturday, January 22, 2011

    THE attorney for Sandals Resorts International said yesterday that the hotel chain had been voluntarily co-operating with international authorities investigating the former Turks and Caicos Islands administration.
    Dmitri Singh, the general counsel for Sandals, said in a statement that during its own internal investigations, Sandals had unearthed various unauthorised transactions that were traced to a former senior employee who was close to that administration. The information was turned over to the investigators.
    Following is Singh’s statement:
    “International authorities have been conducting an ongoing investigation in the Turks and Caicos Islands concerning activities connected to the Islands’ former governing administration.
    “Sandals Resorts International, which operates a Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos, has voluntarily agreed to co-operate with this ongoing investigation and as a result also launched its own internal investigation.
    “In the course of our internal investigation, various unauthorised transactions were discovered which have been linked to a former senior officer of Sandals Resorts who was also closely associated with the governing Turks and Caicos administration at the time. This information has been turned over to the relevant authorities.
    “We are satisfied with the progress of the investigation thus far and are committed to co-operating with the authorities as required.
    “We wish to clarify that contrary to assertions made by another former director of Sandals Resorts, Mr Patrick Lynch, in his recent statement, this issue is not linked to Mr Lynch and is a completely separate investigation.
    “As stated, this matter is in the hands of investigative authorities and we are therefore constrained in making any further comments at this time.”

    How does trying to shut down TCI Journal fit into “trying to help?”

  472. FORMER chief protocol officer to the PNP, Jan Messam, was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of involvement with the Olint scam.
    Bahamian-born Mrs Messam was held for 12 hours after police linked to the corruption probe executed a dawn search warrant on her Leeward Highway home.

    She is suspected of bribery and other offences linked to the Olint investment fraud.
    Her and her husband have been frequent worshippers at the Community Fellowship Ministry in Leeward Highway, the same church as Olint boss David Smith. A large home they built in Chalk Sound they later sold to Smith.


    From: Eve Wilson
    To: David Smith
    Purchase odf 60400/30, chalk Sound
    Dear David,
    Please find attached the draft Agreement for Sale for your review, received from the vendor’s attorney yesterday. please let me know of any questions you have or changes you wish made to the draft contract.
    Please note that there seems to be some confusion over the closing date – the Vendor’s position is that closing is to occur on 27th February, while Rex Messam indicated to me that closing is to occur on 17 March. could you please confirm your understanding of the losing date, and advise whether you will be in a position to close on 27 February, as requested by the Vendor.
    Pleas also advise how you wish to take title to the property.
    Thanks David, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
    Kind Regards
    Eve Wilson

  473. After hours of cross-examination – to which she did not respond upon legal advice –

    Her and her husband have been frequent worshippers at the Community Fellowship Ministry in Leeward Highway, the same church as Olint boss David Smith.


  474. Honorary consul for the Republic of Ghana, Patrick Lynch, fired back at allegations of forgery by his former boss, hotel mogul Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, saying not only were the charges false but also they were aimed at shifting focus. There have been calls in sections of the Turks & Caicos media for disclosure of dealings between Stewart and other foreign investors and the former Michael Misick’s administration.


  475. Notes on the three articles reprinted today regarding Sandals and Butch Stewart

    The three articles reprinted today stand on their own merit.

    According to extremely reliable sources within the Sandals organization, the person apparently being referred to by Sandals General Counsel Dmitri Singh in his press statement related to the Turks and Caicos Islands, TCI, Special Investigation and Prosecution Team, SIPT, as someone who was close to the Michael Misick administration is former employee and senior corporate officer of 23 years Dr. Jeffrey Pines.

    According to the former Sandals officers, Mr. Patrick Lynch (with Sandals 19 years) and Dr. Jeffrey Pines (with Sandals 23 years), much of this drama of late is an attempt to shift focus, by Sandals, away from Sandals owner Butch Stewart and his own activities in the Turks and Caicos Islands in recent years.

    There appears to be multiple issues being investigated, in parallel, by authorities in different countries.

    Please note; US$1 United States Dollar is approximately equivalent to $85 Jamaican dollars.



  476. Prime Minister Bruce Golding to visit the United Kingdom

    Jeremy Browne (MP) has been appointed Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, including Turks and Caicos Islands,…

  477. What is so striking about this affair is that we know so much. There is a long list of well-known people who are suing News International, which has already spent millions of pounds to prevent the issue being aired in court. Despite Murdoch’s insistence that News International has zero tolerance of criminal activity and will do everything in its power to comply with police investigations, the company is still paying the legal costs of Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective who ran the hacking operation and is the one man who knows the identities of all the executives who were aware of his activities. Names are surfacing:


  478. As early as the Eastern Zhou period – 700-256 B.C. – there was a saying: “People who are of ruling quality but are not able to respectfully preserve the forests, rivers and marshes are not fit to become rulers.”


  479. “They cannot be judge and jury in their own actions.”

    MP demands independent review of Met’s inquiry / Cameron faces anger over dinner date with Murdoch

    David Cameron’s hopes of limiting the political damage from the telephone hacking affair suffered a setback yesterday as ministers were urged to order an independent inquiry into the actions of the Metropolitan Police.

    Despite the resignation of Andy Coulson as the Downing Street director of communications, the spotlight was thrown back on to the links between Mr Cameron and Rupert Murdoch’s empire.
    There is now intense scrutiny of the police’s limited original investigation into the hacking affair, with claims of a cover-up.

    Although the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is reviewing all the evidence and will hold talks with Scotland Yard this week, there are demands for this investigation to be handed to a different police force or to the Inspectorate of Constabulary.

    Paul Farrelly, a Labour member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, said: “They cannot be judge and jury in their own actions.

    “The idea that the Prime Minister was secretly wining and dining with two people so close to the bid is highly unusual,” he said. “In these situations, a minister would be advised to take a civil servant with him. This deal is worth a lot of money…”

  480. What was written off as a spat now has the feel of being more significant

    Monday, 24 January 2011

    But the mood has changed. What was being written off as an ideologically motivated spat now has the feel of something more significant. And media groups that had previously stood to one side of the issue, claiming it to be of little interest, might now be starting to sweat.


  481. Brown was naive – but that’s not a crime

    With the phone-bugging story moving at such head-spinning speed that a whiplash pandemic seems imminent, this is the moment to stand back and reflect on the anguished disbelief of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair.

    God alone knows how these three would cope should the spotlight turn to chief executive Rebekah and her editorships of the NotW and the Sun. Call them fools, but this is no time for gloating.

    But naivete is not a crime, and none should take pleasure in the sight of decent men traumatised beyond endurance by a sense of trust betrayed.


  482. “Call them fools, but this is no time for gloating.”

  483. PM’s attorney challenging Brady’s decision not to testify

    The Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry resumed Monday morning with Hugh Small, attorney representing Prime Minister Bruce Golding announcing that he had filed an affidavit for Harold Brady’s media interview to be included as evidence in the Enquiry.

  484. Kosovo’s prime minister accused of criminal connections in secret Nato documents leaked to the Guardian

    The Nato documents, which are marked “Secret”, indicate that the US and other western powers backing Kosovo’s government have had extensive knowledge of its criminal connections for several years.


  485. On hearing how Mr. Brady “answers” questions posed to him I would think twice before hiring him as an attorney. His foray of “greatness” into telecoms is boring and not even self serving to his cause.

    Well he has represented Bruce Golding as counsel in the past.

    Says a lot ehh?

  486. Butch Stewart Cooperates with SIPT

    Another big name is cooperating with the SIPT.


  487. DPP orders ‘robust approach’
    CPS to examine recent allegations as David Cameron faces renewed pressure over close links to Murdoch

  488. News Corp’s BSkyB bid: Hunt delays referral decision

    Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt minded to refer the takeover bid to the Competition Commission, but will first consider ‘undertakings’ from News Corp

  489. And the truth is, most times when the projects come to us they are already done. I am laying it out.”
    Chairman of the PAC, Dr Omar Davies, asked how the SDC knew there was any work in the first place and Vernon asked for protection, saying the SDC’s reputation was at stake.
    “We are exposed a number of times, which is unfair to the agency,” he said.

    When it emerged at yesterday’s meeting that the same contractor was given another contract to repair the SDC’s Mandeville office, the PAC was moved to ask if there were no competent contractors in Mandeville to carry out the project.
    Vernon admitted that no tender was submitted as the contractor was known to the agency.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/19-m-puzzle_8318883#ixzz1C8GPNUis

  490. “The government wants to encourage people not to lie on their upcoming returns,” said Robert Katzberg, a criminal defence lawyer in New York with offshore bank clients in the Caribbean and Switzerland.
    Some taxpayers disclosed their smaller accounts at UBS, the Swiss giant that was at the centre of the crackdown, but did not disclose their larger accounts at smaller Swiss banks, Katzberg said.
    He said that if caught, the omission could leave them exposed to criminal penalties for lying in addition to fines and penalties for taxes owed.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/US-to-offer-amnesty-for-Caribbean-offshore-accounts_8317804#ixzz1C8HQvaty

  491. British parliamentarian with Jamaican parentage found guilty of fraud

    He faces a possible jail-term when he is sentenced on Thursday.

    The jury at the at the Southwark Court in South London found Lord Taylor guilty of six charges of claiming falsely for £ 11,277.80 (US$17, 877) (J$1,537,422)

    During the trial Lord Taylor emphasised his work for charity and his Christianity.


  492. Former member of Scottish parliament and ex-leader of Scottish Socialist party convicted of lying on oath to win case against News of the World

    sentenced to three years in prison


  493. The 58-year-old qualified barrister was convicted by an 11-1 majority verdict after a seven-day trial at Southwark crown court.

    He also claimed the practice was “widespread” (excuse of the REAL JAMAICAN) and openly operated by others in the Lords, where at that time no checks were conducted to ensure a peer owned or even resided at their designated address.

    The peer had acted in a “clumsy, illogical and stupid” way, but it was not a “deliberate attempt to lie”.

    (Perfect specimen for Gordon House. Commme Home!)


  494. Ministry officials unable to explain $19-m expenditure


    Lord Taylor 3 years for a measly J$1 Mil. Everyday J$19 Mil. “Not enough evidence!” hahhahahaaaa

  495. Chairman of the PAC, Dr Omar Davies, asked how the SDC knew there was any work in the first place and Vernon asked for protection, saying the SDC’s reputation was at stake.
    “We are exposed a number of times, which is unfair to the agency,” he said.
    He added that as the implementing agency, his office should inspect and procure the services but this was not being done.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/19-m-puzzle_8318883#ixzz1CA3HZIvP

  496. • Scotland Yard has announced a new phone hacking inquiry
    • Controversial detective John Yates will not lead the probe
    • News of the World executive Ian Edmondson sacked

    Yates pulled off hacking probe: deserved humiliation for the lead officer in disgraceful cash for honours inquiry. Met must get a grip.

    Police said the new material is linked to allegations about the activities of staff at the News of the World in 2005 and 2006.


  497. A year ago the state minister in the finance ministry Senator Arthur Williams had said there would be no major public sector job cuts in 2010.

    However, at this morning’s post Cabinet Press briefing, Daryl Vaz hinted that it could happen this year.


  498. No stoppage of Sandals sale – Vaz

    The Government says it will be going ahead with the controversial sale of its share in the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland to the Gordon “Butch Stewart” owned Gorstew Limited.

    However, at Wednesday’s Post Cabinet Press Briefing, Information Minister Daryl Vaz described Contractor General Greg Christie’s insistence that the sale be halted as unfortunate.

    According to Mr. Vaz, the OCG has been furnished with all the requisite answers posed regarding the sale.

    However, he said despite this, the OCG has since responded indicating that he will be going ahead with his investigation.

    “The Contractor General has a right to do what he has been mandated to do but in this case, with R. Danny Williams who has served so well both in private and public sector (speak no evil), (the sale) is definitely going ahead. Nothing has come to me that the Government has had any change of heart in terms of the sale of the Sandals Whitehouse Hotel (see no evil). I don’t know whether to not that will change as the investigation continues,” (hear no evil)Mr. Vaz said.


  499. Two former CEO’s in the OPM.

    Danny Williams reputation was never in question?

    Was it someone else’s???

  500. Investigation abroad. Investigation at home.

    What’s the hurry?

  501. Responding to questions regarding the sale at a post-Cabinet press briefing today, Vaz, said the Contractor General’s methods were discouraging individuals from giving service to the country.

    The Sandals Whitehouse sale is one of the latest cases being investigated by the Office of the Contractor General(OCG).

    The OCG has requested that the Government halt the sale of the property, which is being sold for US$40 million, until it completes its investigation.


  502. ASSISTANT Commissioner of Police (ACP) Les Green is to continue working with the Criminal Investigative Branch (CIB) despite being replaced as head of the crime portfolio.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Les-Green-to-continue-working-at-CIB#ixzz1CBVEWdzV


    Click to access media175.pdf

  504. “Full Speed Ahead First Mate!”

    Mr. Vaz, in his Release, also stated “that government has furnished the OCG with the information required based on his letter sent to Prime Minister Golding last week” and “that despite being furnished with the documents and the requested information, the Contractor General, Greg Christie has indicated that he is still moving full speed ahead with the investigations”.
    The OCG, however, wishes to publicly state that it is at a loss as to the claims which have been made by the Minister since the only communication which the OCG has received from the Government since writing to the Prime Minister on January 19, 2011, is a two-page letter from the General Manager of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), which was despatched to the OCG, via email, at 6:10 PM on the evening of January 24, 2011.
    Contrary to the claims which have been made by the Minister, only two matters were raised by the UDC in response to the OCG’s 22 page letter of January 19, 2011.

    “….Can enjoy justice, peace and prosperity in a clean safe and healthy environment…”

  505. BoJ loses over $2bn a day

    The losses were generated as the Bank took hits from the continued appreciation of the exchange rate.

    A senior official at the Bank indicated that this means the central bank’s losses will be borne by taxpayers.


  506. Is the WikiLeaks founder the great puppet master of the news media?


  507. For those who do not follow these subjects as closely, the stories are an opportunity to learn more. If a project like this makes readers pay attention, think harder, understand more clearly what is being done in their name, then we have performed a public service. And that does not count the impact of these revelations on the people most touched by them. WikiLeaks cables in which American diplomats recount the extravagant corruption of Tunisia’s rulers helped fuel a popular uprising that has overthrown the government.

  508. If financial groups can control whole European Countries as stated by Transparency International, should the tiny TCI and its civic leaders not take extra special care?

    All Czech top politicians are involved in the corruption system not necessarily by taking bribes but because they have to win support in their own party and gain money for it somewhere,

    Ondracka, who has been working for the TI corruption watchdog since 2001 and has been heading its Czech branch for three years so far, said a politician cannot rise to the top level without gaining support in his party and contributing to its financing, which is impossible without money.

    Politicians are apparently indebted to financial groups and they are unable to break these ties, he added.

    The Czech Republic is controlled by major financial groups rather than politicians, he said.

    These magnates and groups have big influence and if they start disliking anybody, they can take radical steps, Ondracka said.

    Speaking of anti-corruption measures, he mentioned the black list of firms that were caught cheating in public tenders that has been functioning since January 2010 in the Czech Republic. He stressed that the list includes merely one rather unknown company.

    Ondracka said the list failed to be effective due to specialised lawyers, so influential and skillful that neither the government nor the parliament is able to outwit them.

    According to him, corrupt people in the Czech Republic need not be afraid of the government´s work on the planned anti-corruption strategy but they may be nervous over changes at the state attorney´s offices and in the police and over more efficient work of the tax offices.

    Ondracka nevertheless said the political culture in the Czech Republic has slowly been changing as parties tend to get rid of their members who have very bad reputation. If somebody failed and the information gets to the public, parties move the person out of the limelight, he noted.

    Ondracka pointed out that people do not have to trust politicians. “We have to force the politicians to do things they do not want to do,” he told Reflex.

    “I believe that political will can be generated by pressure. A politician is basically a populist – he reads what the public wants. When he can see that the pressure is strong, he will give in and do even things that he didn´t want to do,” Ondracka said.


  509. Can Rupert Murdoch put out the fire?

    As the truly incredible phone-hacking scandal unravels yet further, Rupert Murdoch has forfeited fondue and self-congratulation at Davos in favour of a trip to the Wapping office. In recent years Murdoch has delegated matters outside the US to his son James, but his swift and unplanned detour carries with it the implication that there is more here than the usual awkward dynamic of a parental visit.


  510. Senior detectives will leave “no stone unturned” as they restart their inquiry into phone hacking allegations, the head of Scotland Yard pledged today.

  511. “For the Met’s sake, for everyone’s sake, it would be good and helpful if it was dealt with by an independent body so that justice is not just done but is seen to be done.”

  512. Cricket mogul Stanford unfit for trial

    A self-described “maverick,” Stanford hit international sports headlines by creating the eponymous Stanford Super Series Twenty20 cricket competition.

    In Antigua, he was a larger-than-life figure…


  513. Prime Minister explains Brady’s involvement to Manatt Commission


    He (The PM) should know for aside from what obtains now Brady and him are close and Brady has acted (on occasion) as Bruce’s attorney since the 2007 “Olection.”

  514. Sadly on action Brady was to bring in the OLINT matter just …fizzled….

  515. farce!

    “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”

    Happy 50th…

  516. At my last meeting with Rupert Murdoch, in October 2008, he told me with great conviction what a first-rate job I was doing for him editing Australia’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, Melbourne’s Herald Sun.

    Just days later, without any further discussion and any real explanation, the ageing media mogul had one of his minions dismiss me. Not for the first time I found myself reflecting that what Murdoch says and what he does are often two very different things.


  517. Manatt/Dudus Enquiry ends suddenly


    Only one month left!

  518. Hotel Description:
    The latest addition to the Sandals portfolio, Sandals Whitehouse is located on a flawless stretch of white sand beach on the unspoiled, rural south coast of Jamaica. All the rooms offer fantastic sea views and are surrounded by tropical greenery and landscaped courtyards, themed with French, Dutch and Italian influences.

    Christie Irks Vaz

    The information minister’s comments came hours after his boss, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, opined that there was a need to re-examine the rules governing the operations of the OCG.


  519. Support pledged for Les Green to continue in crime fighting role

    Jamaicans United for Sustainable Development are deeply concerned over a Press report stating that Assistant Commissioner of Police, Les Green, a British police officer who came to Jamaica to strengthen the work of the police has been removed from his position as head of the crime portfolio.
    Since the report made 5 days ago there has been no official denial of it, nor any explanation confirming it, or reasons given for ACP Green’s removal from being crime chief in the JCF.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/Support-pledged-for-Les-Green-to-continue-in-crime-fighting-role_8307060#ixzz1CHffGuBq

  520. The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) says the heritage that he will bequeath to his country is a mix of stagnation, violence, corruption, arch-sectarianism and unfettered crime.


  521. Leslie Ash’s phone-hacking fears were brushed aside by police

    Now, seven years later, evidence has emerged that has led the couple to fear that they were targeted by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator employed by the News of the World – and, according to their lawyer, that “highly personal telephone voicemails left by her children may have been compromised” when her health was at its worst.

    However, to the family’s frustration, the Met told Ash and Chapman: “It is not necessarily correct to assume that Mr Mulcaire’s possession of the … information was for the purposes of interception.” The force – under fire for its handling of the investigation – suggested that “she contacts her mobile phone provider”.

    Unhappy with this explanation, the couple intend to apply for a court order to force the Met to release copies of the information in Mulcaire’s notebooks that relate to them and their children. Harris, of JMW Solicitors, also indicated that they are now preparing to sue the News of the World for breach of privacy – joining a queue of celebrity litigants including Sienna Miller, Steve Coogan, Andy Gray and Kelly Hoppen.


  522. A series of former Labour ministers, led by the former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and the former Europe minister Chris Bryant, have already announced they are suing the Metropolitan police to force Scotland Yard to release details about the targeting of their phones.


  523. Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has added his voice to the growing chorus of criticism aimed at the News of the World’s owner, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, and the police.

    He told the Guardian: “The fact that a powerful newspaper organisation has abused its position and broken laws in this way is bad enough. The media occupy a hugely privileged position; self-regulated, unelected and tremendously powerful. Because of greed and corruption within some parts, it will become harder for the rest of them to do what we want them to do: apply scrutiny, expose corruption and hypocrisy and keep the powerful on their toes.

    “But failure by the police to properly investigate it is even more serious. It was always obvious that the crimes weren’t limited to a couple of rogue reporters and yet, were it not for this newspaper’s campaign and brave action by a handful of high profile victims, the truth would simply have been buried.”


  524. The key-stone cops type of bumbling response by the Administration to the failure of the TCI Bank cannot be blamed totally on the National Insurance Board’s actions in court or completely on the Financial Services Commission’s inconsistent supervision and handling of the receivership or the actions of Judge Richard Williams. It was the Governor who left, and leaves, Chairman Ervine Quelch and CEO Tervor Cook still at the helm of the NIB, even in the presence of overwhelming evidence of wrong doing, and while the Governor still leaves Sandy Lightbourne at the FSC, still with the same overwhelming conflict of interest present due to his significant involvement with Lord Ashcroft’s British Caribbean Bank.

    The pain from the collapse of the TCI Bank and the administration’s bungling response has knocked the wind, and heart and soul, out of hundreds of struggling families in the TCI.

    At some point in time how terrible the previous administration was can no longer be used as an excuse for the incompetence and willful arrogance of the present administration.


  525. Vincent McCrudden, founder of Alnbri Asset Management, was arrested in New York last month and charged with drawing up an “execution list” of more than 40 employees of the US Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and other agencies.

    Details of one threatening email McCrudden wrote to Dan Driscoll, chief operating officer of the National Futures Association, have now been released in court papers.

    The CFTC filed a civil enforcement lawsuit filed against McCrudden in December, according to prosecutors, who also say that McCrudden has been the subject of various enforcement or disciplinary proceedings over several years.


  526. Mr. Clough alleges in his pleadings that he showed the email to the Honourable Mr. Daryl Vaz M.P. on the basis that Mr. Vaz was his client (an allegation refuted by Mr. Vaz in a sworn affidavit) because he felt that it was his duty to bring this matter to the attention of Mr. Vaz since it libelled him. Mr. Vaz in turn showed the email to Mr. Stewart who then sued Mr. Issa and Mr. Clough.

    Click to access 2008HCV02328%20Hon.%20Gordon%20Butch%20Stewart%20v%20John%20Issa%20&%20Anor.pdf

  527. Govt trying to intimidate our leadership – JTA

    The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is insisting that recent audits conducted at schools headed by current and past presidents of the teachers’ union group are attempts to intimidate its leadership.


  528. KD Knight accuses administrations of excessive spending

    Knight said he was making the comments despite the fact that they might anger his colleagues on both sides.


  529. Smaller OPM, Please

    It seems to me that by evolving into a superministry, the OPM has gone well past “providing leadership and direction” and into being a major arm of the Government’s implementation machinery itself. I think the OPM is too large and unwieldy, and should return to a coordinating role rather than an implementing role.


  530. EDITORIAL – Cut The Link Between Crime And Politics

    Politics, as the saying goes – and as too many who do that business in Jamaica can attest – makes strange bedfellows. The cynics might even claim that evidence of flea bites abounds to prove the argument.

    The time might be ripe, though, for politicians to be more discerning about with whom they lie – an approach that would ease the job of the police and help to lift Jamaica out of its deep economic and social crisis.

    The controlling dons, with their wealth from extortion and racketeering, may no longer be economically beholden to politicians. But there remains a symbiosis to the relationship. Dons get enhanced legitimacy from their perceived influence with politicians and parties.

    In turn, the parties benefit from the votes dons rustle up at general elections and from their financial contributions, even if, indirectly, to their campaigns.


  531. Game Change? Egyptians say Game Over.

    What “Pharaoh had to leave Egypt?”

    What would we do?

    What would Bruce do?

    What about Pharaoh’s minions?

  532. Mubarak says he will bring in a new govt but he wants to stay..on top.

    We’ve had a long run at that s%^* in Jamaica. And the results are clear.

    Who is “our” Mubarak?

  533. It ain’t Smitty….

  534. Smitty, who is Jamaica’s “Tomb Raider?”

    Mr Mubarak also dismissed his government and said a new cabinet would be announced on Saturday.

    Internet and phone services – both mobile and landline – have been severely disrupted, although protesters are using proxies to work around the restrictions.

    The unrest follows an uprising in Tunisia two weeks ago, in which President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled after 23 years in power.

    The Tunisian upheaval began with anger over rising food prices, high unemployment and anger at official corruption.

  535. In an extract from WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s war on secrecy, the Guardian’s editor-in-chief explains why Assange remains such an important figure – and why the story is destined to run and run


  536. show of unity can’t hide cracks in News Corp

    In the words of one friend, Murdoch was “frustrated, but ready to be decisive” by the failure to resolve the News of the World phone-hacking crisis, which had claimed the scalp of his former editor and No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson.

    Internal critics, meanwhile, accuse James Murdoch of being slow to engage with the hacking saga – leaving the company trapped in a policy of outright denial because he was so focused on the bid for Sky – while Brooks wants to be seen to be getting on top of it by demonstrating willingness to investigate new evidence that emerges

    When Murdoch bought the Times and Sunday Times in 1981, he agreed, as a condition of the takeover, to be bound by a group of editorial undertakings in which he committed to “in all respects to maintain the titles as editorially independent newspapers of high quality” in which “editors will not be subject to instruction from either the proprietor or the management on the selection and balance of news and opinion”.


  537. Egyptian protesters return to Cairo’s streets

    As promised last night by embattled President Hosni Mubarak the Egyptian cabinet resigned en masse this morning, but hundreds of anti-government protesters remained on the streets of central Cairo, chanting slogans and attacking police.

    Regime reacts to protests with internet blackout

    Internet access in Egypt has been reduced to virtually zero after the government took the almost unprecedented step of shutting down the country’s online networks.


  538. What is Jamaica’s position on African Liberation?

    Ja Media been quiet on this current, worldwide, FRONT PAGE development in Africa.


  539. “This is a completely different situation from the modest internet manipulation that took place in Tunisia, where specific routes were blocked, or Iran, where the internet stayed up in a rate-limited form designed to make internet connectivity painfully slow,” said Renesys, which monitors global web traffic, in a blog post.

    “The Egyptian government’s actions … have essentially wiped their country from the global map. What happens when you disconnect a modern economy and 80,000,000 people from the internet? What will happen tomorrow, on the streets and in the credit markets? This has never happened before, and the unknowns are piling up.”


  540. A people defies its dictator, and a nation’s future is in the balance

    They were brave, largely peaceful, these tens of thousands, but the shocking behaviour of Mubarak’s plainclothes battagi – the word does literally mean “thugs” in Arabic – who beat, bashed and assaulted demonstrators while the cops watched and did nothing, was a disgrace.


  541. I found “shopped out” in a English crime fiction novel and I understand it refers to people, customers, consumers etc. Couldn’t find the meaning anywhere… any help? Thanks in advance

    But the context is crime fiction. I think “shopped out” means “exposed” or “turned in”.

    Let’s say Jill is bragging to Jack about the bank robbery she just completed. Jack decides to tell the police. He shops her to the police. As the police come to arrest her in Jack’s kitchen, Jill cries, “Jack! You shopped me out!”


  542. Trustee Seeks Hundreds of Millions From Mets Owners Over Madoff Fraud

    The trustee is alleging that the team’s owners knew or should have known that Bernard L. Madoff was operating a fraud.

    The lawsuit seeks to recover not only $300 million in what the trustee, Irving H. Picard, calls “fictitious profits” — the difference between what the Wilpon and Katz entities put into Madoff’s investment firm and what they took out over their many years of investing — but also additional millions, according to the two lawyers, who would not be identified because of the secrecy surrounding the case.

    Mr. Wilpon would not comment on the lawsuit, citing the fact that it had been filed under seal. Karen Wagner, a lawyer representing the Wilpon family in its current dealings with Mr. Picard, did not return numerous calls and e-mails on Friday seeking comment.

    Mr. Wilpon and Mr. Katz, whose families over many years were close to Mr. Madoff’s, have said since Mr. Madoff’s arrest in 2008 that they felt betrayed by his fraud, and that they were financially hurt by its undoing.

    But the team’s owners never disclosed the size of their losses, and they have repeatedly claimed they will be able to financially survive them.

    Lawsuits in such cases can be sealed only if the defendants claim the information in the legal filings contains trade secrets, other confidential business information or “scandalous” material.


  543. Speaking Thursday at a Gleaner Editors’ Forum, Crawford said, “The existing way that we run our ship leaves a lot to be desired.”

    “People are an after-thought in this system and are not the primary part. It means that the whole political system that steers that ship needs to be changed to give primacy to the people,” Crawford said.

    “We have been inclined to build a country and a society based on one small group’s idea of what things should be like and who should talk,” Gomes said.


  544. Both Administrations have something in common?

    Confession – K.D. Accuses Governments Of Corrupt Spending
    A FORMER senior government minister under the P.J. Patterson administration has admitted that the then government spent public resources that were tainted by corrupt practices.

    K.D. Knight, an opposition senator, accused the current administration of also spending public funds in a questionable manner. The senior lawmaker was blunt in his remarks, stating that his colleagues on both sides of the political divide might be upset at his statement.


    They shop at the same gas station?

  545. Gas tainted with water? Mash up your engine.

  546. Hi guys, just popping in.
    Sooooo… no full hundred yet huh? Oh well.
    Stay blessed!

  547. President Hosni Mubarak’s efforts to redeem his 30-year-rule did little to quell Egyptian discontent Saturday as tens of thousands of demonstrators again defied a curfew to demand change and a new fear of anarchy percolated.
    The world’s attention fell on central Cairo where the Army was deployed to replace police forces that clashed brutally with demonstrators. But many Cairo neighborhoods were left without any security and people began to feel the sting of politics cutting into personal safety.


  548. Arab media revolution spreading change

    The upheaval underscores a grim reality for authoritarian regimes the world over: The electronic dam has burst and with it, their ability to control the flow of information.

    The disarray within Mubarak’s once-powerful Information Ministry, a target of the protesters, is evident in its disjointed response to the rapidly changing events.


  549. At Cairo bakery, protest is a luxury; bread is not

    Though demonstrators fill the streets, and the government has yet to deliver its daily supply of flour, Milad Zari and his colleagues keep working at the ovens. The poor need to eat, and so do they.

    In many poor and working-class neighborhoods of Cairo, people can’t afford to take time off work to join street protests.


  550. New twist to Manatt saga

    Former junior minister says PM sent him to meet with law firm

    Now, Robinson is contending that he did not act independently but that he was instructed by Prime Minister Bruce Golding to meet with the principals of Manatt “to brief them” on Jamaica’s concerns with the August 2009 extradition request, in an effort to secure the firm’s services to lobby Washington for a favourable outcome on the matter.

    “As it turned out, he did nothing wrong and was only following instructions,”

    The HPM,” said Robinson, using the acronym for the title Honourable Prime Minister, “instructed me to go to Washington to meet with the principals of MPP to brief them. My presence would also give some credence and strength to Mr Brady’s involvement.”

    According to Robinson, Golding undertook to advise Foreign Minister Dr Kenneth Baugh of the travel plans. Robinson then flew to Washington the day following the meeting with the prime minister.


  551. The ex-junior minister’s statement to the commission is a far cry from the line carried by the Labour Party leadership, that Robinson’s meeting with the MPP lawyers had not been sanctioned.
    The statement is also vastly different from an account given by Golding in his own signed statement to the commission of enquiry, a leaked copy of which was broadcast last week by Nationwide Radio.
    Golding’s statement is silent on whether or not he had approved Robinson’s meeting with Manatt’s lawyers, and only spoke of a meeting in which Brady and Robinson had visited him at Jamaica House on September 6, 2009 with concerns about the “difficulties” surrounding the extradition request which needed to be resolved.
    According to Golding’s statement, the men suggested that the impasse could not be resolved at the level of dialogue with the US Embassy in Kingston, “especially in view of the publicity that the extradition request had attracted”.

    Golding said he then instructed the men to proceed with their plans to engage these “influential figures” in the US.

    Golding said he then instructed the men to proceed with their plans to engage these “influential figures” in the US.

    Golding said he then instructed the men to proceed with their plans to engage these “influential figures” in the US.

  552. To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    Power in Society

    Golding’s power is, in part, derived officially from the Constitution and the political and administrative powers of his office. But it is also derived from the powerful in society, from the powerful dons and their gangs to the powerful super patrons of business and finance. It is derived from the political faithful and the party machine.


  553. He championed a fearless and independent contractor general’s office that would investigate corruption. But now he and his point man, Daryl Vaz, would like to ignore the checks and balances provided by that office.

    Does any of this matter to Golding’s social, economic and political allies who talk about the rule of law when it suits them?


  554. • Thousands of protesters have returned to the streets
    • Al-Jazeera has been taken off air in Egypt
    • Vigilante groups formed to protect neighbourhoods
    Read the latest summary

    “The next step, as everybody now agrees upon, is a transitional period a government of national salvation, of national unity and that prepares the ground for a new constitution, a free and fair election, these are the three basic demands.”

    False rumours that Mubarak had fallen were greeted by hugs and cheering by protesters in Tahrir Square


  555. Phone-hacking scandal hits Murdoch business as investors grow restless
    Storm surrounding News of the World threatens to engulf global empire, with investors worrying row is threat to BSkyB deal

    Murdoch must have hoped the BSkyB deal would have been waved through by now, but the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has postponed making a decision to see if remedies can be found to avoid a long Competition Commission inquiry.

    Andy Coulson, the News of the World’s former editor, resigned this month as the prime minister’s director of communications, saying that persistent allegations of mobile-phone hacking occurring on his watch made it impossible for him to do his job.

    His resignation was interpreted in some quarters as an attempt to take the heat off Murdoch at a crucial time in News Corp’s bid for BSkyB.

    Further revelations that Cameron and James Murdoch, the Europe and Asia chief of News Corp, had been dinner guests at the Cotswolds home of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks over Christmas provided ammunition to those who claim No 10 is too close to the media empire.

    “We would expect a formal offer to subsequently be forthcoming from News Corp, although the continued strong financial performance of the business means the board of BSkyB may feel obliged to demand a price well in excess of its previously stated minimum acceptable level of 800p.”

    Odey, whose views will be listened to closely by members of the BSkyB board, told analysts last June that “even at 800p [the price BSkyB has been demanding] this company is undervalued. We should hold out against this bid.


  556. “In the history of any nation people remember who stood with them or not”

    18 million Egyptians say No.

    Bruce” “survives” “no-confidence motion

    But when the no-confidence motion was put to a vote, the Government won 30-28.

    Former Government MP Shahine Robinson was not in Parliament to vote as the court earlier booted her because she is also US citizen, which is against the constitution.


  557. ‘Not one, sir!”

    Therefore, isn’t it fair that I have come to the conclusion that Harold Brady’s position is inimical to the public good and that his behaviour is less than patriotic and leaves his integrity in question!

    All this time, we, or let me say I, thought you would have put country, decency and personal integrity before party and expediency.

    Harold, to say that I am disappointed cannot express what I am feeling. You will never know the emotions that have been coursing through me. You have left me totally discombobulated, as I try to make sense of your motives. It is clear that you have many, not one, sir.

    Here is my solution: every single, well-thinking, disgusted Jamaican, ‘not one, sir’ but all a wi should descend on the conference centre and make two demands: either Harold Brady tells what he knows or the commission is discontinued immediately.

    This country has the most docile set of citizens on the face of the earth when it comes to standing up for what is right for the collective whole.

    This is it! This calls for people action. All decent Jamaicans must stand up for truth, integrity and for people to stop taking us for fools. We need to send a signal that this will be the last of this kind of nonsense that we will allow to be foisted on us. No more. ‘Not one, sir.


  558. Prosecutor Responds to Sandals Probe

    Head of the special investigation and prosecution team, probing allegations against Sandals Resorts International and its involvement with the former Turks & Caicos administration, Helen Garlick, has responded to questions from the media about the probe.

    However the most important duties carried by anyone who is conducting a major criminal investigation are to preserve the confidentiality of the investigation and to protect the rights of suspects to their privacy and in the event that they are charged, to a fair trial.”


  559. In an interview with RJR News on Sunday, Dr. Ashley said the contents of Dr. Robinson’s statement to the Commission also show that Manatt was engaged in the extradition process months in advance.

    “It is clear that Manatt, Phelps and Phillips was invovled in meetings with the US State Department before the delegation including the Solicitor General and Ambassador Evadne Coye, Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and others. They had meeting on behalf of the Jamaican Government one month before. What is also important is that evidence is now in the public that the Government of Jamaica delegation was expanded to include representatives of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips,” said Dr. Ashley.

    Dr. Robinson’s statement to the Manatt/Dudus Commission of Enquiry is vastly different from the Prime Minister’s.


  560. There is also a group of ravenously devouring lawyer sharks from the civil recovery team who are being paid either on a time & material basis or they are receiving a percentage of whatever ill-gotten gains they recover and that type of incentive does the same thing to a lawyer that blood in the water does to sharks.

    There might be another option; you could possibly become a hero by saying you made mistakes and now you want to do the right thing. You could turn in the crooked foreign bankers, the crooked foreign resort operators, the crooked foreign contractors and the crooked foreign developers.


  561. President Mubarak orders reforms in a bid to cling to power


  562. He bemoaned the practice of government funding its retention of political power by extracting too much reinvestable capital from the private sector. We are at one here on the effects of extraction, Mr Azan. Taxes are indeed extractive; the less tax we pay, the greater our disposable incomes for consumption, investments and savings. But while evidence of political spending does exist, it is not the dominant feature of our treasury. For despite the many manifestations of corruption, most of government’s revenue ends up funding state activities, and in some instances, toward subsidising private sector operations, especially tourism. There is no denying that government has grown too big, and in an effort to finance itself it has been borrowing and taxing too much. We must change this behaviour.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Paradox-of-profit-and-Jamaica-s-business-class_8322824#ixzz1CcByNeeX

  563. AG Department expected to feature at Manatt/Dudus Enquiry

    In the meantime, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor, who deals with extradition matters, is also slated to appear before the Commission today to give evidence.


  564. In camera? hmmm..

  565. British companies may face international blacklisting as a result of the government’s attempts to water down the Bribery Act, the chairman of an international anti-corruption watchdog warned.

    In 2008, the OECD’s bribery working party conducted a highly critical inspection of the UK, following the enforced closedown of criminal investigations into corruption allegations against the arms company BAE under political pressure from Tony Blair.

    Last year, BAE was fined $400m in the US to settle corruption investigations brought under the strict Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, following exposure by the Guardian of a system of worldwide secret payments. The company was fined a much smaller sum of £500,000 in a settlement with the Serious Fraud Office, in which it was agreed the word “corruption” would not be mentioned.

    Chandrashekhar Krishnan, executive director of Transparency International, said Clarke’s decision to delay implementation was “disastrous news”. He said it “raised serious doubts about the credibility of the government’s commitment to the Bribery Act, which was passed in the last parliament on the basis of an all-party consensus”.


  566. Poll condemns PM’s judgement

    Two out of three people believe the prime minister showed poor judgment in employing Andy Coulson as his Downing Street director of communications.

    Last night, giving the Hugh Cudlipp memorial lecture in London, the editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, warned that Britain’s newspapers risked political “retribution” in the form of statutory regulation following the phone hacking scandal. He accused Rupert Murdoch’s News International – publishers of the NoW – of failing to pursue a policy of “own up rather than cover up”, and he criticised the bulk of the industry for failing to “take the issue seriously” because their titles may also have been implicated in the illegal practice.

    In a trenchant lecture, he described “the phone hacking scandal” as a “watershed – not just for News International but also for tabloid journalism” arguing that a 2006 report by the Information Commissioner suggested that 305 journalists from a range of titles used the services of a private investigator.


  567. Egypt turmoil pushes crude oil price over $100 a barrel

    The price of fuel is a concern for the government as it was one of the reasons for the rise in inflation, measured by the consumer price index, in December. In turn, higher inflation could put pressure on policy makers to hike interest rates.


  568. In Tahrir Square, Egyptian protesters think the unthinkable – victory

    “We have spoken. When the citizens speak, we cannot go back,” said Ahmed Mustafa. “I came here to fight the fear inside me. Now people have lost their fear.”

    “For the first time I am proud to be an Egyptian,” said Susanne Saleh, a 38-year-old mother of three. “People are exploding. Mubarak is facing the pressure of his people and there is no way he can stay.”

    They were scathing about the new government announced by the president. “This is all nonsense,” said protester Omar el-Demerdash, 24, a research executive. “The demand is clear: We want Mubarak and his men to get out. Anything other than that is just not enough.”

    “This is the end,” said Ala’adin al Sahabi simply, a view echoed in many of the handwritten signs. “Game over, Mubarak,” said one.


  569. Figures released by the Ministry of Finance on Monday show that slower than expected inflows of grant funding and a falloff in tax revenues were to be blamed for the dismal financial position of the Government.

    However, despite the shortfall in revenue, the Government ramped up its spending on capital projects such as road work and infrastructure repair, to more than $9.5 billion in December.

  570. Seat Warm[ong]-Er

    “We have irrefutable evidence that some of those in the Government revoked after nomination, so they are sitting in the House illegally,” Pickersgill told The Gleaner.

    When contacted by The Gleaner, Warmington refused to entertain questions on the issue.

    “If you want to call me, then call me about something substantial, don’t call me about those petty stuff,” declared the junior minister for water and housing.

    He added: “In the middle of the day, I am doing the Government’s work. I can’t discuss stupid rumours or discussions … . I don’t want you to call me about certain nonsense.”


  571. Dor and Dougie not well.

  572. Is Wikileaks free Tunisia.

  573. JA Cynic
    If MPP was hired by, and was working for, the JLP according to its Leader, The the Minitry of Foreign Affiairs and the SG Dept must also have been working for the JLP.
    The real question is: Who was the JLP working for ? Certainly it was not the people of Jamaica.
    JA Cynic

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Manatt-helped-to-draft-joint-release-between-Jamaica–US_8325721#ixzz1CjzABhX3

  574. He says when the option was raised the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Assistant Commissioner of Police Les Green both sought his legal opinion on the matter.


  575. AG had signed requests similar to Dudus’s

    It was disclosed at today’s sitting of the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry that Justice Minister, Dorothy Lightbourne, had signed extradition requests similar to Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke’s in the past.

    However, Taylor insisted that even if the evidence was obtained illegally it was not a bar to signing the request as the matter could be decided in court.
    He pointed to similar cases in which extraditions were granted.

    Cross examined by attorney, K.D. Knight, Taylor disclosed that Lightbourne had signed off on other cases in which intercepted evidence was used.


  576. Lightbourne ignored legal advice
    Deputy DPP says AG told her concerns weren’t enough to block Coke extradition

    TWO weeks after receiving the United States’ extradition request for former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke in August 2009, Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne forcefully raised with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) the issue of “legal concern” with the document, the Commission of Enquiry looking into the Government’s handling of the request heard yesterday.

    According to Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Jeremy Taylor, he however advised Lightbourne that her concerns were not sufficient to bar Coke being extradited as the issues she had raised were already settled by the courts, both locally and abroad. Importantly, Lightbourne was told, sufficient evidence had been provided on which Coke could be tried in the US.

    However, Lightbourne — who also holds the title of attorney general and who is a member of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) of which Coke is an ardent supporter — ignored the advice delivered by Taylor through Solicitor General Douglas Leys.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lightbourne-ignored-legal-advice_8327581#ixzz1CmsI4VaL

  577. Giant Scam Alleged in Turks & Caicos

    (CN) – Investors who thought they were buying luxury villas in the Turks and Caicos Islands say the so-called developer fleeced them for $50 million and spent their money on multimillion-dollar homes for himself and his co-conspirators and bribes to public officials to keep the scam going.

    “Of the nearly $100 million that the project took in from sales, less than a third was spent on construction,” the complaint states. “And of the approximately $75 million in villa purchaser funds that went into the project, over $50 million of which came from plaintiffs, less than $7 million was spent on constructing the villas. The rest was stolen.”

    Meanwhile, the plaintiffs say, Kinay and Serim spent their suckers’ money on “among other things, an $8 million Miami Beach home, bribes to government officials, unrelated real estate ventures, payments to related entities without consideration and globe-trotting on private planes.”

    “The scheme was simple,” the complaint states. “Induce purchasers to pay over $50 million to purchase lots and to have villas developed on those lots, falsely proclaim that Kinay and his alter-ego entities had obtained sufficient construction financing to complete the project – when they secretly knew that they had no such financing; obtain the lending institution’s cooperation in fraudulently inducing purchasers to continue to make installment payments towards the development of their respective villas (because it was in both the lender’s and Kinay’s interest for purchasers to continue to make payments); “make specific misrepresentations as to the status and schedule of development to insure that purchasers’ money kept flowing; use purchasers’ monies and what money they could siphon from the bank loan to lavish themselves with worldly material possessions including multimillion-dollar homes, private planes, and to (literally) bribe public officials in connection with attempts to expand the project; and when they finished extracting as much money as they could – walk away from the project.”


  578. Dr. Robinson, who now lives overseas, is due in the island on Friday, and will be available on Monday.


    Can’t live under the regime Dr. Rob? ..’But what about those who can’t ‘…’they will have to stay….’

  579. MOU To all John Public.

    I think the public should see the memoranda.

    It never ceases to amaze me that out of the Westminster system comes a set of people who think they are more worthy that others.

    And to top that foolish fallacy dictate that “some animals are more equal than others” by saying who can see things and who can not.

    This is 2011! Secret? Secret Act?

    Yeah, you teef money you are fair game…QC and Hon that in your pipe.

    Aside, thankfully the memoranda are legally available for the public. For America don’t carry Lord, Baron, Duchess, QC or any other “insecurity.”

    As with a good Wikileak “bright” people will say after the fact that the new information was ‘what we ALL new”….Yeah tell that BS to the Tunisians.

    From the Inquiry today we can probably discern that the memoranda means that which we already new

    i.e. (vernacular) “Everything monitored and locked”

    But because I don’t feel that ANY of the learned are more special than any other citizen I think they should be made public.

    And they shall be….

  580. “You can’t be told, you are the commissioner”

    Donald Scharschmidt

  581. Why Ed Miliband doesn’t want to make an enemy of Rupert Murdoch

    The phone hacking scandal provides an opportunity for Labour to take revenge on the Murdoch press. But Miliband is wary

    Ed Miliband is caught between a rock and a bugging case. As the phone-hacking storm sweeps through Westminster, his heart urges him to join the hue and cry, and let the sword of justice fall where it may. But his head counsels caution. No one knows who the scandal’s tentacles will ensnare.

    Yesterday’s leaked email from his spin doctor Tom Baldwin to Labour’s shadow cabinet highlighted this dilemma. The BSkyB bid and phone-hacking controversies are potent, but unconnected. Senior Sky executives are lobbying ministers, but in an innocent way. Personal examples of suspected invasions of privacy can be raised, but they are just that, personal examples. We hear the evil, but we don’t necessarily see it.


  582. SOMETIMES THE actions of political sycophants and petty bureaucrats do more damage to those who they are trying to suck up to than help them.

    Take the situation we ran into at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival held at the Trelawny stadium last week.

    He, however, remained unmoved as the numbers of upset music fans grew and the mumbles and criticism of the prime minister and, indeed, all politicians, grew louder.

    In the meantime, a lady with an ID appeared, but she, too, was no help. However, it seems that after hearing about 15 minutes of non-stop angry mumbling about the wickedness of politicians, good sense prevailed and she instructed him to open up the stairs.

    Maybe these petty bureaucrats need to start paying attention to what is happening in places like Tunisia and Egypt, where the people have finally decided that they are no longer prepared to be treated as lesser mortals than those who ‘rule’ them.


  583. A Sterling Scam?

    Bernard Madoff: JP Morgan warned UK authorities before confession
    Unsealed court documents allege bank told the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency of concerns in October 2008, two months before the fraudster admitted his empire was a sham

    The lawsuit, which cites internal emails, claims that employees in the bank’s “equity exotics & hybrids” desk found that the so-called feeder funds which brought in new investors knew little about Madoff’s operations and asked few questions. “It’s almost a cult [Madoff] seems to have fostered,” one employee observed.

    The suit is damning of JP Morgan’s alleged role in the scandal. It claims that Soca was informed by JP Morgan “only in an effort to protect its own investments” and the bank did nothing further to stop the fraud even though it had informed the authorities.

    “While numerous financial institutions enabled Madoff’s fraud, JP Morgan was at the very centre of the fraud and thoroughly complicit in it,” according to the suit.


  584. Daryl Vaz to go before the Manatt/Dudus Enquiry

    From: Shalimar (shalimar@kasnet.com)
    To: David Smith
    David, thanks very much for your donation towards West Portland Christmas Treats. It will go a far way in helping to make these children feel the Christmas Spirit. I would like to use this medium to wish you and your family a healthy happy christmas and I am sure that 2007 will be better than 2006 for both you and I :-). Look forward to seeing you in Jamaica early in the New Year and remember that my house in portland is yours whenever you wish to visit http://www.villapointofview,com You can take a look and maybe it will entice you to come sooner. Blessings. Daryl.


  585. The High Command says it has been observed that police personnel who have Facebook pages have been posting information revealing too much details about themselves and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.


  586. WikiLeaks: Tunisia knew its rulers were debauched. But leaks still had impact

    There was, from the start, a metropolitan yawn from bien-pensants who felt they knew it all.

    What these arguments missed was the hunger for the cables in countries that didn’t have fully functioning democracies or the sort of free expression enjoyed in London, Paris or New York. Within hours of the first cables being posted the Guardian started receiving a steady stream of pleading requests from editors and journalists around the world wanting to know what the cables revealed about their own countries and rulers.

    “Corruption in the inner circle is growing. Even average Tunisians are keenly aware of it, and the chorus of complaints is rising. Tunisians intensely dislike, even hate, first lady Leila Trabelsi and her family. In private, regime opponents mock her; even those close to the government express dismay at her reported behaviour.

    The ambassador’s comments were prescient. Within a month of the cable’s publication Tunisia was in the grip of what some were calling the first WikiLeaks revolution.


  587. A Payment from David Smith/Olint is NOT a legitimate SOURCE of Funding.

  588. Lewin said Nelson told him that the extradition order could cause the Jamaica Labour Party Government to collapse.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Nelson-said-Coke-extradition-would-topple-Gov-t—Lewin#ixzz1D1L34KD7

  589. There is only one person who’s extradition could topple a government of Jamaica.

  590. The West Indies Cricket Board could be pursued by receivers as one of the sporting bodies which had dealings with the collapsed Stanford empire.

    England and Wales Cricket Board is facing legal action to return around US$3 million received from the disgraced financier Allen Stanford.


  591. “It has nothing to do with integrity. That is the position we’re putting forward in the Court of Appeal. I know of no reports of Intertrade investors having difficulties accessing their funds not should there be any,” said Lord Gifford.

  592. Mubarak family fortune could reach $70bn, say experts
    Egyptian president has cash in British and Swiss banks plus UK and US property

    After 30 years as president and many more as a senior military official, Mubarak has had access to investment deals that have generated hundreds of millions of pounds in profits.

    “The business ventures from his military and government service accumulated to his personal wealth,” she told ABC news. “There was a lot of corruption in this regime and stifling of public resources for personal gain.

    “This is the pattern of other Middle Eastern dictators so their wealth will not be taken during a transition. These leaders plan on this.”


  593. David Cameron’s mysterious dinner with Rebekah Brooks
    Downing Street refuses to disclose details of David Cameron’s dinner with Rebekah Brooks and James Murdoch

    A brief tour of government websites reveals a frenzy of transparent activity: at data.gov.uk I can find out from the transparently published minutes of the Transparency Board that on 11 January “the Cabinet Office transparency team presented Paper TB(4)3 to the Transparency Board” on the development of a “transparency vision”. And that progress on the “Short Term Transparency Data Publication Plan is generally encouraging”.

    But the prime minister’s enthusiasm for transparency is not, it seems, boundless.

    Here’s what the most open government in the world told us: first, No 10 categorically denied the PM had visited Brooks on Christmas day itself; then, when we asked instead if the PM had been entertained chez Brooks over the Christmas period it declined to confirm or deny.

    Later Downing Street elaborated on its position, pointing out that Brooks was a constituent of Cameron’s and, in any case, “the prime minister regularly meets newspaper executives from lots of different companies”. But still No 10 refused to provide a date, or even confirm whether the dinner took place.

    When it emerged that James Murdoch was at the dinner too, Downing Street became fractionally more transparent: an unattributable source reassured lobby reporters that neither Rupert Murdoch’s controversial takeover bid for Sky nor the phone-hacking scandal had been discussed. So that’s all right then.

    You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to think a little more information would be useful to make up your mind whether there was anything untoward about the Brooks-Cameron soiree.

    “Not only must justice be done,” goes the old legal maxim. “It must also be seen to be done.” The same holds for probity in government.

    The trouble is that we have no shortage of reasons to be suspicious about what really happened around Brooks’s dinner table. Long before they tucked into the starters there was something whiffy about the relationship between No 10 and News International


  594. Feb. 5, 2011 – Press Release required from Governor to explain Shoddy Legal Work

    This last week the civil recovery team lead by the British law firm, Edwards Angell Palmer and Dodge, EAPD, lost a case in the Court of Appeals on a matter dealing with the recovery of crown land on a lease held by the company Front Door Holdings.

    The Appeals Court ruling clearly points to an appalling failure by the Attorney General’s office and the recovery team to follow due process.

    This failure in due process is a major embarrassment to the British and should be owed up to by them and rectified immediately.

    The Governor at the very least owes the country a press release explaining how such shoddy legal work came to be done on behalf of the people of the TCI, who has been disciplined because of this, and why we should expect better in the future.


  595. Egypt protests – Saturday 5 February
    • US disowns envoy comment that Mubarak should stay for now
    • Senior leaders of the ruling NDP have resigned
    • Protest leaders to meet with Suleiman to discuss transition


  596. The Attorney General Chambers, through EAPD was also successful in its application for the collection of arrears totaling $37,500 plus interest of $1,488.70 up to September 29, 2010.
    However, the Appeals Court, comprised of Queens Counsel Richard Ground, Elliot Mottley and Edward Zacca, not only sided with Misick, agreeing that the Supreme Court erred in its judgment against Front Door Holdings, but also that EAPD was operating in the TCI without a business license, and that its members practiced law here without being admitted to the local bar.


  597. Wealthy foreign residents face a fresh crackdown after the Government announced plans yesterday to block so-called nondomiciled residents from using overseas trusts to hide earnings from the taxman.

    The offshore mortgages, trusts and bank accounts popular with nondoms as a means of cutting their tax bills will be banned by the proposals.

    Stuart Skeffington, a partner at Withers, the law firm, said: “This consultation paper confirms fears that the Treasury is set to target the use of offshore trusts by non-domiciled residents in the UK.

    Lakshmi Mittal, who contributed £4.125 million to Labour, is non-domiciled. Other potential non-dom donors include Robert Tchenguiz, the Iranian-born financier, who has donated more than £60,000 to Labour.


  598. In a long article I recently submitted about the British performance over the past 2 years, I warned:

    In the new year, look out for more cover up tactics. Watch out for the work of the SIPT being sabotaged and the range of the investigations limited, their funding cut or reduced. And prosecutions discontinued due to technicalities. Paper work ‘lost’. Offenders only sentenced to a little time on probation. Watch out for more vague rhetoric from London about the objectives of the interim administration, and a declaration in late 2011 that those objectives have been accomplished with absolutely no quantitative backing and no evidence of any change. And then back to the same misery that we faced before the interim administration. And at some point a British official will arrive in the islands and state how shocked and appalled he is to find the TCI in such a state of lawlessness. Rinse and repeat.

    Not even 2 months have passed since, and we learn that the SIPT/Civil recovery team is using a law firm that is not allowed to practice law in the Turks and Caicos, has no business licence and has not followed due course in a recent recovery. And it took them what… 24 months? … to prepare for this failure? This was all arranged by the former Attorney General and Misick friend Kurt da Freitas, supervised by Governor Wetherell who in turn was appointed by Meg ‘There’s-no-corruption-in-TCI’ Munn. We can safely assume that all recovery efforts so far (amounting to $15 Million in claims) will now be appealed. Not to mention that all these Misick friends, some replaced by now but most still in their positions under the Interim Administration, have a lot to lose if the investigations were actually successful.

    Does the lightbulb go on? Anybody listening? Michael Misick and his backers in London are rolling on the floor and laughing. The director of former Belize Bank and former Ministers never stopped to celebrate. Know why? They will all walk free, and run this country again as soon as 2012.

    Y’all been conned!

    Respect where it is due. I lift my head to the Wetherell administration, they have done a heck of a cover-up job! Now read Devon William’s amazingly inconsistent article in the Sun headlined ‘Why I support Mark Capes’ and you know you can expect a more and more public friendship between the Brits and the old Misick regime. Their leaving present will probably be the shutdown of the Journal. Problem solved!

    Don’t say you weren’t warned.


  599. Floridian

    It’s was hard following you when you talked in riddles about Olint, but now you are all over the globe.

    Please stick to the subject matter. I don’t want to hear your feedback about some global conspiracy and everything connected. Unless you’re willing to state directly HOW……

  600. Feb. 7, 2011 – Successful Silencing Projects – By C.C.
    Dear Editors,

    Often the British and the former PNP administration are accused of ignoring pressing issues, effectively silencing the voice of the people. But one has to praise this approach, it works damn well. Just look at the list of their past and present silencing projects, a 100% successful track record:

    Past successful silencing projects (excerpt):

    Drug trafficking

    Murder of Michael Misick’s daughter


    Airline fees

    Attorney General Kurt daFreitas

    David Smith

    Meg Munn and other FCO members’ involvement in TCI affairs

    Present silencing projects:



    Police leadership

    Sand mining in national parks

    TCI Bank (or is this a past one?)

    Airport Authority

    Belize Bank

    Future silencing projects:

    The failure of the SIPT/Civil recovery efforts

    The departure of the Interim administration with absolutely nothing done

    Notice the last two will be the MASTERPIECE of all silencing efforts. Once completed, the individuals involved will be promoted to practice their skills in the UK, silencing all concerns and pressing issues in their homeland. Aldous Huxley would be proud of them.




  601. What brought you out Subie? You still read here? You must be the only one…

  602. Lawyers for the People’s National Party (PNP) say they are disappointed the commissioners have not allowed certain evidence to be given at the Manatt/Coke Commission of Enquiry.

    The lawyers, particularly K.D Knight, were stonewalled today as they pursued a line of questioning relating to evidence which the commissioners had ruled on Friday would not be allowed.

    The evidence relates to statements former Commissioner of police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin made in the media that information about the extradition request had been leaked to Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


    Can’t wait for Lorna Golding’s testimony and Desmond McKenzie’s. McKenzie’s might be short if all he does is deny he met with US officials about the extradition…under oath.

    Hey, their Wikileaks fall right in the remit of the commission. Don’t you agree Mr. Emil George?

    Knight says the Jamaican public would have been well served to have heard the statement, but says he will abide by the ruling.

    Knight says Jamaicans will be entitled to use all the information received to come to their own decision.

  603. Hardley Lewin denies wife told him of ‘Dudus’ extradition

    Former Police Commissioner Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin today rejected an assertion by JLP lawyer Frank Phipps that he was told by his wife about the impending extradition request for alleged Jamaican gangster Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.


    Mrs Goldng’s cross examination by Frank Phipps should be interesting. Was she a rubbe stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs?

    “Big up” (to elevate in stature) yourself Mr. Phipps!..looking forward to your cross examination…

  604. Navy forced to drop warship patrols in Caribbean through lack of funds
    Withdrawal is first time defence chiefs have had to abandon an existing overseas mission because of the budget squeeze

    The decision to stop the patrols, which is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday, comes at an embarrassing time for the Ministry of Defence – a documentary series on operations undertaken by the destroyer HMS Manchester in the Caribbean is due to start tonight. The programme on Channel Five follows the ship and crew throughout its seven month deployment last year.


  605. For Subie,

    “Although it appears unlikely that Mrs. Golding was delivering a message on behalf of the PM, Mrs. Golding’s rambling comments and penchant for sharing conspiracy theories with a key member of the U.S. Embassy community is consistent with a growing sense among many of indecisiveness and a lack of direction on the part of the PM and the JLP.” End Summary and Analysis.

    Conspiracy theory was originally a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal, or political conspiracy.[1] However, it has become largely pejorative and used almost exclusively to refer to any fringe theory which explains a historical or current event as the result of a secret plot by conspirators of almost superhuman power and cunning.

    To conspire means “to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end.”


  606. Throughout human history, political and economic leaders genuinely have been the cause of enormous amounts of death and misery, and they sometimes have engaged in conspiracies while at the same time promoting conspiracy theories about their targets. Hitler and Stalin would be merely the most prominent examples; there have been numerous others.[15] In some cases there have been claims dismissed as conspiracy theories that later proved to be true.


  607. Solicitor General Douglas Leys this morning maintained that it was a good idea to have allowed a representative of the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips into meetings Jamaican officials had with American state officials about the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke extradition.

    In her testimony last week, the permanent secretary in the foreign affairs ministry Ambassador Evadney Coye had revealed that she had also objected to the representative of Manatt joining the December 17 meeting.

    However, Ambassador Coye said Leys told her that he had the approval of the justice minister Dorothy Lightbourne and so she discontinued her protest.

    Today, Leys confirmed that he did tell Ambassador Coye that he had the approval of the minister to allow the Manatt representative into the meeting.

    However, he also revealed that he got the approval of the minister AFTER he had told the Manatt representative that it would have been OK to join the meeting.


  608. Lightbourne lied — Leys
    In March last year, Lightborne denied knowledge of the law firm’s involvement but Leys today poured cold water on her claim.

    Leys told the commission that Lightbourne was not being truthful when the matter was brought to light by former security minister Dr Peter Phillips at Gordon House.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Lightbourne-lied—Leys#ixzz1DPCGtLmN

  609. According to Henry, the former police commissioner acted in bad faith as he did not disclose his wife’s employment to the Police Service Commission.

    But the JLP chairman Mike Henry says Lewin’s position at the US Embassy is public knowledge as the information is posted on the embassy’s website.


  610. But who pays the circus clowns? Is it the same source as pays the Chief Inquisitor and his companions? And, is the tune to be called by they who pay the Piper? Or, is the Piper in charge? Is the Piper really a driver taking those who pay him for a ride? On a wild Jabberwocky chase?


    o: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

  611. Senior Deputy Director of Public of Public Prosecutions Diahann Gordon Harrison told the court that the case could not go on because of threats on the life of the main witness in the case.

    She told Resident Magistrate Icolin Reid that she had extensive discussions with the key witness and his lawyer but he was reluctant to testify.

    She said the witness said the threats were real, specific and of a very grave and concrete nature.


    For sand? Suppose it was something big like the COE or a big contract? 2011 Jamaica?

    There is only one way to remove threats.

  612. Bruce’s Dilemma

    Leys, under cross-examination from People’s National Party (PNP) attorney K.D. Knight, told the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry that aspects of a statement made to the Senate by Lightbourne last July were untrue.


  613. Lightbourne lied, says Leys
    SOLICITOR General Douglas Leys’ testimony yesterday painted his boss Justice Minister Dorothy Lightbourne as a liar for telling the Senate she was not aware of the involvement of US law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke extradition saga prior to it being revealed in Parliament last March.
    Under cross-examination from Queen’s Counsel KD Knight who is representing the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Leys said that Lightbourne’s statement to the Senate that she was not aware of the presence of a lawyer from the law firm at a December 17, 2009 meeting with the Justice Department in Washington could not be true.

    “Could such a statement be true if it were made by the minister?” Knight asked Leys, referring to Lightbourne’s statement to the Senate last July during a no-confidence motion against her.
    “No, sir,” responded Leys…

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Lightbourne-lied–says-Leys_8344217#ixzz1DS63gp1X

  614. Lackston Found

  615. A mass of protesters maintained their ground at the epicenter of demonstrations Wednesday after Egypt’s vice president said the call for President Hosni Mubarak’s immediate departure is disrespectful to the people of the country.


    Don’t give him time for “them” to cover their tracks…

  616. TCIG’s claim against Oceanpoint and Mr Padgett alleges that by a series of corrupt transactions (namely, secret commissions, illicit rewards or inducements, and/or bribes provided or paid to Michael Misick and Floyd Hall, both directly and indirectly and through payments to the Progressive National Party) made by or on behalf of Oceanpoint, and/or fraud, Oceanpoint and Mr Padgett secured for Oceanpoint benefits and advantages in relation to the Third Turtle development, namely, the promotion in Cabinet of papers in support of the development, the execution of a Development Agreement, the grant of concessions, benefits and discounts, and the allowing, and/or favourable treatment, of Oceanpoint’s appeals against the conditions that had been imposed by Cabinet in relation to planning permissions. TCIG further alleges that Oceanpoint and Mr Padgett conspired together in order to secure those benefits and advantages.

    These are the latest set of proceedings issued by the Civil Recovery team since they began their work at the end of 2009. Proceedings have now been issued by the Civil Recovery Team in respect of most of the major development projects identified by Sir Robin Auld in the Commission of Inquiry Report. The Civil Recovery team continues to be involved in a substantial number of active recoveries and further sets of proceedings are expected to be brought.


  617. Bruce was untruthful too — Leys
    PRIME Minister Bruce Golding has been branded a liar by Solicitor General Douglas Leys, who remained on the witness stand at the Dudus/Manatt enquiry this morning.

    Leys said Golding was not being truthful when he told reporters last year that the United States law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips was hired because Jamaica was being stonewalled by the US resulting in a stalemate between both countries,resulting in a standoff between an August 26, 2009 US extradition request for Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke and when a payment of US$50,000 was made to the law firm on September 18 of that year.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Bruce-lied-too—Leys#ixzz1DUge1CzD

    Bruce is a liad? Naaaww…really? hahahahaa…Subie how come you not posting at the times Dougie Leys is in the witness chair?

  618. Gov’t senators stunned

    Several government senators appeared to have been stunned by the motion brought by Senator Falconer, judging by their initial reactions.

    But Lightbourne, who is also leader of government business in the Senate, seemed unperturbed by the motion brought against her.

    “Mr President, I’m raring to go to defend myself,” declared Lightbourne to Senate President Oswald Harding, much to the amusement of her fellow government senators.


  619. The Senators who voted against the censure motion don’t have any shame? Do they have any moral compass? Integrity?

    Mr President, I’m raring to go to defend myself,” declared Lightbourne to Senate President Oswald Harding (Isn’t he more needed at the FINSAC Inquiry?)

    raring to go Dor?

    raring to go should not matter flu, sore throat or “lost voice”

    Senators…Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are? You should step down tommorow en bloc and give decency a chance in Jamaica.

    Only a FOOL could pretend to be “stunned.”

  620. It’s official: Government signs off on Whitehouse Sandals sale


  621. OCG wants Sandal Whitehouse sale put on hold

    Christie has also suggested that the government re-start the divestment and ensure that the process is subject to the transparent and structured scrutiny and supervision of his office.


  622. Agreement signed for sale of Whitehouse Hotel
    ACKENDOWN Newtown Development Company (ANDCO) and Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart’s Gorstew Limited have executed an agreement for sale of the Whitehouse Hotel to Sandals Whitehouse Management Limited for a purchase price of US$40 million.

    Apology to PM
    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    An article which appeared in the online version of the Daily Observer on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 under the headline ‘Bruce was untruthful too — Leys’, erroneously described Solicitor General Douglas Leys as branding Prime Minister Bruce Golding as a ‘liar’.
    In fact, at no time did Mr Leys describe Prime Minister Golding as a liar.
    At the Manatt/’Dudus’ Commission of Enquiry, Mr Leys said that he disagreed with a statement previously made by Prime Minister Golding but he did not use the word liar.
    The Observer unreservedly and sincerely apologises to the prime minister for the error.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Apology-to-PM#ixzz1DYIJU8KZ

  623. Leys never used the word “liar” about Lightbourne yet the word “liar” was used in the headline.

    If Leys puts forth a conflicting argument in regards to statements mad by Bruce Golding, Dorothy Lightbourne or bredda dawg then Bruce, Dor and bow wow are being called “liars” by default.

    But with the signing recently one can expect a “back on deck” stance.

    Surprises coming…

  624. Signs of desperation in both camps…

    Never seen that camp so disheveled yet. And pressure not upon them yet really…

    Anyway, Deacon how the grits? Had you ever tasted grits before?

  625. JLP will not support postponement of local polls, says Golding

    THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party says it would be protesting inside the House of Representatives if the government fails to hold local government (parish councils) elections by the end of the year.
    “If they come to Parliament with any bill to postpone the parish council elections, when there is no justification, no reason whatsoever for a postponement of those elections, then you going see some ‘bangarang’ go on inside Parliament,” Opposition Leader Bruce Golding told a large crowd of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters attending the party’s South-East Clarendon constituency conference on Sunday.
    Golding said that due to the party’s earlier “intelligence” that there was likely to be a general election sometime this year, the JLP members have been on “alert” since January and were prepared from July for a general election.

    “We not going to allow the government to play games with the democratic rights of the people of Jamaica,” he added.
    Golding told his supporters to go out and prepare themselves for those elections, in the same way that they would prepare for a general election. He also reminded them of the party’s annual conference on November 18 and 19 at the National Arena. He said that no “labourite” should stay home November 19 and that it would be the party’s biggest conference ever.


    To: David smith
    From: Bruce Golding (brucegolding@yahoo.com)
    David, I must express out thanks for your support in our efforts, especially toward the staging of our recent conference. It was a tremendous success and has significantly boosted our campaign. your assistance went a far way in making it possible. I had a brief word with Peter (Bovell) sometime ago and express the hope that we would be able to meet. i hope that we will be able to arrange to do that. Kindest regards, Bruce Golding.

    David Smith was Thursday taken from a Turks and Caicos Islands prison, where he was serving a six-year prison sentence, and flown by United States Marshals to Florida to face a number of charges, including wire fraud and money laundering.
    Smith, who was being held in a Florida jail, was expected to appear in US federal court in Orlando as early as yesterday or early next week, to answer to 23 charges, attorney Oliver Smith (no relation), told the Observer Thursday.


  626. Wilson facing disciplinary charges for anti-Govt comments

    Sergeant Wilson was addressing the delegates at the conference, when he accused the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government of blatant corruption and support of criminals at the expense of those tasked with enforcing the law.

  627. PNP to investigate planned action against Police Federation Head

  628. Members of the Jamaica Labour Party and the administration were up in arms over the comments, with St. Ann MP Ernie Smith calling for his resignation.

    Lawyer fired – Canadian teacher hires new legal team

    — has dismissed Attorney-at-law Ernest Smith.


  629. The Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew, Councillor Desmond Anthony McKenzie, requested to meet with EmbOff on September 1 to discuss an “urgent” matter; the private meeting was held in his downtown office.

    The Mayor said that in recent years his administration had worked with Coke to reduce crime in the inner cities of Jamaica, particularly in West Kingston. If he now were extradited, this would “leave a vacuum,”

    Egypt’s army ‘involved in detentions and torture’
    Military accused by human rights campaigners of targeting hundreds of anti-government protesters.


  630. The Jamaican Government has announced its intention to further delay the local government polls.

    This will be the third time the polls, which are constitutionally due every two years, will be delayed since the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration came into office in 2007.

    Mubarak to address nation amid reports he will cede power


    No immunity. Pay back every teefing cent!

  631. Who’s paying JLP lawyers?

    The PNPYO believes that it is unsatisfactory for the public to stand the cost of the defense team of the major players in the Manatt/Dudus Enquiry especially given the particular claims of Mr. Golding and Mr.

    Vaz, who both maintained that they acted as functionaries of the Jamaica Labour Party and not as functionaries of the State.


    Olint victims money pays Oliver Smith et al to represent David Smith.

    Said victims money has paid many lawyers for David Smith including several who have appeared at the COE including Henlin Gibson, Lord Gifford etc. Who paid for the Olint file to be “lost” at the ODPP?

    I won’t tell you that just yet. It’s their move now…

  632. And Brady was at the COE as well. Brady initiated an action against Olint victims on behalf of Bruce Golding.

    Against the Victims.

    Who else to go to but the trusted bona fide Harold Brady? Eureka…

  633. There was another lawyer in the “bleacher’s” who pretended to represent some Olint victims but caught on tape representing David Smith and one of the witnesses who has appeared before the COE.

    And there are some “reps” of David Smith there who are not lawyers (they represent in other ways) and of course more reps of David Smith scheduled to appear at the COE….

    Did you notice some famous cases have been mentioned? They were mentioned on this blog 21/2 years ago.

    What a coincidence! But of course the extradition at the center of the COE was an Olint member.

    Subie…what a set of coincidences! Even one of the commissioners appears in there… Want to take a guess Subie?

  634. Did you notice that two learned QC’s hashed/obfuscated the name of Manatt Phelps and Phillips?

    Now both attorney’s seem to represent separate clients so let me not be the one to cast any aspersions but to repeatedly state the name of the firm incorrectly?

    Such behaviour is best left to Motty Perkins. I don’t think the learned QC’s need to multi task. They might offend Motty…let him keep “making up” that mistake.

    Speaking of Manatt Phelps and Phillips there seems to be a “coincidence” there with Olint as well. The Issue of affecting proceedings through the back door with political and legal influence is also seen by the authorities in the US regarding Olint.

    What a coincidence! They don’t need no MOU to tap in USA….was one ever needed in Jamaica?

  635. Amazingly both the alleged wrongdoers (In the Extradition and Olint) are in the same place now!

    O,K, Subie you win. They are in different States..So there!


  636. They say Mubarak is adamant about holding on some more (while in the same breath promising never to contest elections again) so that he can tie up loose ends and organise the finances.

    You know the people’s action surprised him and the accounts weren’t just how he wanted them yet…

    He sure gave credence to that theory through his actions and that speech he made tonight.

  637. US$ 70 billion!

    US$ 70,000,000,000.00 Now that’s something for the corrupt and greedy in Jamaica to aspire to!

    What Mubarak said tonight? I never wanted power? Next thing you hear “money means nothing” It’s the martyrs he was concerned about…

  638. The problem with “It’s not the money” is it never works unless you walk away and leave the money alone.

    So Subie when parallels are drawn here on this blog of “coincidences” and International events and happenings don’t worry at all if they don’t resonate. It’s not a crime to be unable or worse…UNWILLING to read between lines.

    None of the other readers here have a problem with it…

  639. QC Spaulding is right in a sense…It’s all about reputation…

  640. Particularly FALSE ones…as in the case of David Smith…

    and others?

  641. “Big Up” :Creole/Patios expression, meaning: “To Elevate in Stature.”

  642. The popular view is that the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival held at the venue at the end of January, which led to the “trampling” of the grass, has contributed in large measure to the current “disgrace”.

  643. The decision by the authorities to allow the music festival to be held there despite the date proximity of the crucial CONCACAF tournament apparently followed what we assume was expert opinion that the field would not be seriously damaged.
    Anecdotal evidence suggests that those ‘experts’ got it very wrong to the lasting embarrassment of all of us.


  644. Congratulations to the people of Egypt!

    Bakkra throne gone down…

  645. Breaking News

    Switzerland has frozen assets possibly (in the name or control) of Hosni Mubarak.

  646. I have realised that there has been a web of deception and Brady was involved,” Leys said.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Web-of-deception-swirled-around-extradition-matter—Leys#ixzz1Dh4BewAY

  647. You set up a COE concerning a lobby firm in the USA. Yet of the commissioners you name none are experts in American law?

    The FARA filings:

    Notwithstanding any documents presented to the COE the only “correction” would have to be approved by the United States Government. The FARA filings still continue to say Manatt represented the GOJ. That has never changed.

    Would Manatt make some kind of retroactive correction to the filing?

    I doubt it. Based on why such filings are a necessary requirement of the US govt.

    If I am an approved lobby firm and I make a filing to say I represent an overseas entity eg. Greenpeace and I then make a retroactive “correction” to say I now represent Al Quida then that would suggest that in the past I misrepresented my intention in the past.

    Can a lobby firm that has misrepresented itself on a FARA filing remain on the list of “approved” lobbyists?

    Is there a blacklist of lobbyists who are barred from representing overseas interests in the US?

    Have any of the foreign players been asked to participate in the COE? As the chairman of the COE was quick to point out many could claim diplomatic immunity. But have they been asked?

    What of the Mayor’s (Desmond McKenzie’s) Wikileak? He has denied any meeting of the sort took place. Is this not significant? Of course it is for in essence he is suggesting the details and conversations contained in the Wikileaks were made up.

    If he is correct then it would suggest that US Embassy personnel are not honest.

    Should that concern the Embassy (US) and in particular those mentioned in the Mayor’s Wikileak?

    Certainly. For the said persons are mentioned in other aspect that have already been discussed in the COE.

    Should the Mayor be concerned that the Americans have made no response to his denial of the entire content of the Wikileak?

    Certainly. For in essence they do the same as he a has done to them i.e Called them a Liar.

    No need to apologize here. For if you say the Earth is round and someone else says it is flat….polite as it may seem both are accusing each other of being liars.

    No malice might be in the intent but two conflicting sides as to FACTS suggests someone (or both) are lying.

    Perhaps through honest lapse in memory or caused be differing perceptions as to the question itself etc….

    BUT…..the planet Earth is spherical (well almost)….

  648. Are Jamaicans concerned?

    We approaching 50 years young as an Independent (Self Governing) Nation.

    Have we (all) reached?

    The Mayor’s Wikileak should be very disturbing to anyone who loves our country.

    At some point that Wikileak arrived in some poerful place in the U.S,A and was read (evaluated) buy someone in authority in the US.

    The Wikileak suggests that Dudus was part of a consortium mandated to deal with security issues in Jamaica.

    The Mayor (I have no reason at this time to doubt him) has claimed that this allegation contained in the Wikileak to such effect is false. In fact, the Mayor’s public statements refute all contained in that Wikileak.

    If we take the Mayor of the Capital (Kingston) at his word then someone within the Embassy (I have reason to doubt them) represented to some higher person (through the cable) that Dudus is part of Jamaica’s security apparatus.

    So this is a misrepresentation of the people of Jamaica. [Who, what, when and where] are the people of Jamaica going to have this misrepresentation of us overseas cleared up?

    For if it was the Mayor who in fact made this representation then he should be dealt with accordingly i.e fired etc. If it is some US representative who made this scandalous accusation then they should be recalled.

    As it stands now the Mayor( If he did it) is still in a position of authority and for all we know the American staffer (If they did it) is still there?

    What about the people of Jamaica?

    O.K the PM is implicated and as such he is incapacitated.

    As such the people are left without representation.

    Governor General….GG..Where ARE YOU? WHAT HAVE

    YOU BEEN DOING? What you think you are there for? Man step Down!

    You are a disgrace!

  649. Usain, HELP. The document been there for the World to see for Months. Tell the World it does not represent the people of Jamaica.

  650. GG your silence is deafening…

  651. GG When did YOU realise there is a Web of Deception?

  652. Your Excellency see no evil…

  653. Lawsuit launched against Third Turtle
    CIVIL proceedings have been launched against corruption-accused developers behind one of the TCI’s most controversial resort schemes.
    Oceanpoint boss Richard Padgett is accused of bribing former Premier Michael Misick and his deputy Floyd Hall in return for favours relating to the Third Turtle Club.

    Further contention followed during the Commission of Inquiry when it emerged Mr Padgett had paid Mr Hall a $375,000 ‘finder’s fee’ for the site.

    A statement released on Tuesday revealed a lawsuit is now officially underway to terminate the development agreement and claim damages, interests and costs due to an alleged series of “corrupt” financial donations to the ousted administration.

    The Government claims Mr Padgett “conspired” to secure various benefits and advantages, including discounts and “favourable treatment” relating to planning permission.


  654. Scandal-hit Turks and Caicos islands seek £160m UK taxpayer bailout

    British taxpayers will underwrite a £160m bank loan to a scandal-hit group of islands in the Caribbean.

    The Turks and Caicos Islands have been under the direct rule of Westminster for the past 18 months, as a criminal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption by the members of the last locally elected government there drags on.

    The Foreign Secretary, William Hague, visited Turks and Caicos in March 2007 on a flight paid for by Lord Ashcroft’s firm, Flying Lion.


  655. I have never activated Belonger Status in the Turk & Caicos — Stewart

    He explained that the Belonger Status was granted to him, his family and Dr Jeffery Pine, former managing director of Gorstew (Stewart’s holding company), by the Michael Misick Government.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/business/I-have-never-activated-Belonger-Status-in-the-Turk-Caicos-Stewart_8355088#ixzz1DqZGrorE

  656. Smithy, did David Smith and family “activate” belongership or “not activate” it.

    Smithy your belongership is a contender for the fastest ever granted. Did you “activate” it?

  657. Thanks for “voluntarily” co operating Smithy.

  658. Jamaica and the “missing” OLINT file

    In judicial matters, the element of fear is usually associated with efforts to get witnesses to stay away from giving evidence, as in the recent case of the missing sand in Falmouth.

    However, the Sunday Herald has unearthed a new and possibly more dangerous dimension whereby judges seem to be fearful, as it relates to the authorisation of warrants for the interception of telephone calls to gather intelligence in narco trafficking.


  659. Christie has drawn some public ire for his penchant to go public with investigations at times even before the probes are under way. But the essential point is being overlooked. The more publicity, the more people support he receives. This is his ‘backative’ to build public pressure for timely prosecution to follow. The Office of the Contractor General has no power to prosecute. This is the responsibility of the director of public prosecutions. But the Office of the DPP is already too overloaded to respond in a timely manner, resulting in inaction that reduces the bite of the OCG to a bark, diluting its effectiveness to suppress corruption.

    Edward Seaga


  660. “What we are not there to do is benefit from any sort of government favouritism.”

    Hon. Gordon “Butch” Stewart


  661. THE soap opera that is the recent political history of the Turks and Caicos Islands continues.

    The islands’ problems began under the premiership of Michael Misick.

    The British Parliamentarians were shocked rigid by the complaints they heard from local people about high-level official corruption.

    So, intensely embarrassed, the governor ordered a Commission of Enquiry. A year later the British Government decided that there was evidence of systematic corruption, threw out the elected premier and imposed direct rule.

    The director of Tax Research UK, Richard Murphy, said, “We are in the extraordinary situation that the British taxpayer is underwriting a loan to support a tax haven, which will take away our tax revenues. There is absolutely no sense to this. The condition of these loans must be that they strip these tax-haven practices”.

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Limping-along-with-British-help_8350926#ixzz1DqoG8vCs

  662. Members of the public can make up their own minds as to who is lying and who is not and what is important and what is not. The role of the spin masters and political pundits has been minimized.


  663. I wasn’t sidelined – Les Green clears the air

    Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/I-wasn-t-sidelined_8355243#ixzz1Dqx1WzJv

  664. In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner one year after parting company with the Bank of Jamaica, former governor, Derick Latibeaudiere, charged that he would not sit idly by and allow Shaw to destroy his credibility.

    “I have worked a long time, and hard, and I have no intention of allowing somebody like Audley Shaw to just go out there and destroy my credibility like that,” he declared.

    Latibeaudiere also accused Shaw of using Parliament as a cover to make damning allegations about him.

  665. Surprisingly, Mr Leys, in a radio interview with me on March 23, 2010, said he met the representatives of the firm for the first time on the very day of the meeting in Washington and allowed the lawyer to attend the Department of Justice high-level meeting. That, he told me, was his last meeting with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Was that true? It does not appear so. Mr Leys went back to the offices of MPP that evening after the Justice Department meeting. He spoke with another MPP lawyer, Susan Schmidt, who was not at the Department of Justice meeting. Surprise, surprise! Ms Schmidt offered to draft a press release of a meeting that she did not attend.

    Lambert Brown

  666. Jamaican Democracy

    So it has in Jamaica. Whatever the promise that Golding’s JLP represented renewal, that promise quickly faded after the revelations of the Coke-Golding-Manatt affair. Incredibly wild election promises, brazenly bought elections, shocking defence of a gang leader from extradition, shameless lying to Parliament, and questionable award of contracts all add up to democracy’s decay in Jamaica. It will need more profound renewal from here on.


  667. When Simon Peter denied that he knew Jesus he was not under oath to speak the truth. However, he did swear that he did not know Jesus. Should we be surprised that even under oath some people do not know some people? Of course even honorable men have these moments when they prefer not to be identified with persons. The practice of denying familiar people is not new. Those who know the people will have their evaluation of character and those who do not know them will have theirs based on what they believe to be the truth.


    The Gospel of Mark is also ascribed to him (as Mark was his disciple and interpreter). On the other hand, several books – the Acts, Gospel, Preaching, Revelation, and Judgement of Peter – are rejected by Christians as Apocryphal.

    He was a fisherman assigned a leadership role by Jesus and was with Jesus during events witnessed by only a few Apostles, such as the Transfiguration

    Matthew adds that it was his accent that gave him away as coming from Galilee. Luke deviates slightly from this by stating that, rather than a crowd accusing Simon Peter, it was a third individual.


  668. Ian Boyne, Contributor

    The day Minister of Justice and Attorney General Dorothy Lightbourne takes her seat at the Manatt-Dudus commission of enquiry – assuming she recovers soon from her illness – this country will be totally shut down, with the largest live television audience ever since Usain Bolt’s performance at the Olympics. And the day she faces K.D. Knight, many believe it will be nothing less than a Knightmare.

  669. Former State Minister’s testimony raises more questions

    The former state minister said that for a period of six months he thought that he was acting on behalf of the people of Jamaica until he started to hear statements to the contrary.

    The former member of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) standing and central executive committees said that that he also found out in May, either before or after his resignation from the senate, that it was the JLP that had foot his traveling expenses to the US.

    Call to divert

    According to the former state minister, he was en route to London when he got a call telling him to divert to Washington to meet with US attorney Frank Fahrenkopf to discuss the extradition request.

    The former State Minister revealed that his trip to London was sponsored by a corporate donor.

    But since he diverted to Washington, the bill was forwarded to the Office of the Prime Minister to then JLP treasurer Daryl Vaz.


    The former State Minister revealed that his trip to London was sponsored by a corporate donor.

    sponsored by a corporate donor.

    by a corporate donor



  670. The former State Minister revealed that his trip to London was sponsored by a corporate donor.


  671. Is it mere coincidence that Dr. Ronald Robinson and Harold Brady were in Washington at the same time, similar to the chance meeting of Brady and Leys?

    So persons within the JLP decided to assist the JLP government. This apparently was done without the knowledge of members of the JLP who are also members of the cabinet. What exactly was the interest of the JLP in this matter? Furthermore Manatt, Phelps and Phillips would have provided written reports of its meetings and positions reached with officials of the US state and justice departments. These would have been provided to Brady and Co. for the benefit of “persons within the JLP”. Did those reports reach cabinet members within the JLP?

    And the cow jumped over the moon.

    Statement by JLP Minister of Industry, Investment Commerce Karl Samuda:


  672. Dr. Ken Baugh not truthful about travel expenses- Robinson

    It was on May 11 last year that Dr. Baugh told Parliament that Dr. Robinson paid his own expenses for trips to Washington to deal with the Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke extradition.

    Under cross examination by PNP attorney KD Knight, Dr. Robinson said Dr. Baugh was wrong to have told Parliament that it was a private visit and that he had paid his own airfare and accommodation.

    Dr. Robinson also said he decided to resign in May last year after learning that it was the JLP which paid for his travel.

    Dr. Robinson said that made him very uncomfortable.


  673. Deacon, “they” find Jesus on the beach nowadays? So early? One of the Aces might put their souls at ease.

    What’s your thought on that deacon?

  674. Live & Let Live….they “move on” walking the beach and pondering their own psychosis…

    Don’t “move on” to quickly…. why rush? You know I save the best for last.

    Egyptologists love Hieroglyphs…


  675. “because the resources available to these criminal organisations far exceeds the national budgets of Caribbean nations”

  676. Questions about the TCI Bank Receivership that must not be brushed under the Carpet
    The collapse of the TCI Bank has financially devastated hundreds of families in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

    There are many things that have occurred with respect to the TCI Bank that will eventually require an explanation and will eventually require someone to be held accountable.