44 Jamaican Things That Will Make You Feel Old

•August 13, 2011 • 6 Comments

How old you you feel?

Martin Luther King, Jr.

•January 17, 2011 • 2 Comments

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

2010 in review

•January 3, 2011 • 2 Comments

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 79,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 220 posts. There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 6mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was August 6th with 498 views. The most popular post that day was The 2010 JCDC Festival Song Winner is Kharuso-“My Jamaica”(Video).

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were owensoft.net, search.conduit.com, facebook.com, search.aol.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for usain bolt, jamaica, top 100 pump up songs, shelly ann fraser, and bmw m3.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The 2010 JCDC Festival Song Winner is Kharuso-“My Jamaica”(Video) July 2010


100 Greatest Motivational & Pump-up Songs Ever Made November 2009


Jamaica grass energy drink January 2008


Usain Bolt lights up Beijing in world record 9.69 seconds–Powell finish 5th August 2008


Tales of the Jamaican sex tapes-take one June 2008

My Special Comment in Response to audiokane’s “The Truth about The University of the West Indies: Mona Campus (That they won’t ever tell you about)”

•December 7, 2010 • 2 Comments

The following post is a special comment on a truly interesting post I read by another blogger titled:

“The Truth about The University of the West Indies: Mona Campus (That they won’t ever tell you about)” by Audiokane

Please click on the link above to read the post before reading my comment about the post for better flow and understanding.

I enjoyed the read immensely. I have to say however that I sense a little humor in your tone so I am not sure if I should take all of it seriously or not, also some problems are somewhat exaggerated or not real problems at all while others are real concerns.

While I am is not presently a student at UWI mona campus in Kingston or Utech for that matter I can certainly relate hands on to many of the experiences chronicled in your post.

Interestingly I was having a similar conversation with a friend recently and our main issue is the disorganization in the way some things are done, unannounced last minute changes, exam or classes clashing, rush to finish the syllabus and so forth.

Many issues are easy fixes or not problems at all in my opinion. It is normal for first year students to have trouble finding places on campus. I don’t think security are university employees and might be switched around and not as familiar with the surroundings as we might think, although I do see how it would be useful for them being able to tell someone where to find x or y as it relate to their jobs. In most of my experiences they have been very helpful.

As you said get a map or ask someone else, easy fix.

I am notorious for being left out of the loop in normal circumstances and UWI amplifies an already short coming for me personally. The simple fact is that you are never going to be told many of the advantages you have unless you are told or READ it in the mountain of literature they provide to you upon applying , getting in and always available online, on notice boards etc.

If you are not willing to dig and read then you will be shitting away most of your tuition on just classes when there are so many other things your money is paying for that you are not using.

I think because we are cultured in high school to more or less have things handed to us with a more personal interaction with teacher/instructor/lecturer it takes a while to transition into a larger less personal environment where you are basically on your own.

The classes clashing and exam clashes are notorious. They need to sort this out because it cost students’ money and time. Last minute changes come suddenly at times. People miss exams quizzes and such because of really poor communication or just the way information is presented.

No body likes second hand smoke. I don’t know for sure but isn’t there a school policy for smoking, especially in areas where the general population gather or just enclosed school spaces? Unless we want people policing the place telling people not to light up. I think this is a serious concern but an easy fix too.

I’m not a social hawk but as you said “know when to attend” as it relates to social events.

True- there should be healthier food choices at a fair distance. KFC and Juci Beef not good all the time.

If you are a medical student without Chemistry , I am guessing they are giving you an opportunity to get the subject while you start your studies. No harm there after all it is not like you can graduate without meeting the requirements and doing the remedial classes where they are required.

Needing to do some English class “chi chi ching”. I think it is a money thing. So are having fewer classes while having to cover numerous topics in a shorter time or exams clashing.

Three hours lab?, after the first hour you need a fifteen minute break if your brain doesn’t start shutting down before that.

By the way I like the short skirts and shorts; –okay maybe some of us are from more religious or conservative backgrounds or even an all girl or boy school. Being dropped into a charged sexual environment may be a little problematic for some. I have never had a problem with what people wear.

I think school is big people thing and muddling through is frustrating with all the stress of grades, coursework deadlines and all the other little pesky issues that comes up.

I said the same thing to a friend recently that the university output is a reflection of the leadership in many spheres in the Jamaican society and as a result a reflection of how the country performs economically, politically etc etc.

Sure theory is important but hands on work is just as if not even more important in studies. As you said we should think out loud and ask ourselves.

Where are the outstanding graduates of this noble institution who have made a positive extraordinary impact on life in the region, seriously?

Is that one of the “right” question?

Blogger Return December 8th 2010

•November 21, 2010 • Leave a Comment

KSM returns December 8th 2010 with limited postings. There will be regular posts starting December 17th 2010.

Dengue Fever Remedy-Papaya Juice – Cure for Dengue?

•August 21, 2010 • 8 Comments

I got this email from fellow a blogger and thought it was interesting enough to share with the readers of this blog. Please note that this in NOT medical advise and should not be taken  as such. Consult your physician or other medical practitioner as it relates to all illnesses.

I would like to share this interesting discovery from a classmate’s son who has just recovered from dengue fever. Apparently, his son was in the critical stage at the ICU when his blood platelet count drops to 15 after 15 liters of blood transfusion.

His father was so worried that he seeks another friend’s recommendation and his son was saved. He confessed to me that he gave his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. From a platelet count of 45 after 20 liters of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice, his platelet count jumps instantly to 135. Even the doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged. So he asked me to pass this good news around.

Accordingly it is raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf. So two tablespoon per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose its strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or sap. It is very bitter and you have to swallow it like “Won Low Kat”. But it works.

*Papaya Juice – Cure for Dengue*

You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to inform you that papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is rampant now, I think it’s good to share this with all.

A friend of mine had dengue last year. It was a very serious situation for her as her platelet count had dropped to 28,000 after 3 days in hospital and water has started to fill up her lung. She had difficulty in breathing. She was only 32-year old. Doctor says there’s no cure for dengue. We just have to wait for her body immune system to build up resistance against dengue and fight its own battle. She already had 2 blood transfusion and all of us were praying very hard as her platelet continued to drop since the first day she was admitted.

Fortunately her mother-in-law heard that papaya juice would help to reduce the fever and got some papaya leaves, pounded them and squeeze the juice out for her. The next day, her platelet count started to increase, her fever subside. We continued to feed her with papaya juice and she recovered after 3 days!!!

Amazing but it’s true. It’s believed one’s body would be overheated when one is down with dengue and that also caused the patient to have fever papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the level of heat in one’s body, thus the fever will go away. I found that it’s also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat.

Please spread the news about this as lately there are many dengue cases. It’s great if such natural cure could help to ease the sufferings of dengue patients.

Furthermore it’s so easily available.
Blend them and squeeze the juice! It’s simple and miraculously effective!!

Source: Marissa Guerra through Agostinho Pinnock- Raw Politics Jamaica

Dengue Fever in Jamaica: 8 Simple Ways You Can Help Fight Dengue

•August 10, 2010 • 5 Comments

1.Spray Repellent

The use of mosquito repellents is practical for keeping dengue carrying mosquitoes at bay. Mosquito repellents can be purchased in most pharmacies or supermarkets, they come in cream, roll-on (preferably for children) or the more common spray repellent.

Most mosquito repellents are made from the DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) a widely used insect repellent. Most repellent can last as long as eight hours depending on the active ingredients on the can. You can read the active ingredient. The higher the percentage of DEET the stronger the repellent hence the longer it will lasts.

Some individuals with sensitive skin might have irritable reactions.

2. Mosquito Coil

Mosquito coil is not as widely used today as before, however coils are effective repellents for all flying insects. Mosquito coils are cheap, they can burn for eight hours and are relatively easy to use.

There are some precautions that should be observed when using mosquito coils such as the risk of fire. There have also been studies done that indicate negative health effects to people who inhale the active ingredients of mosquito coils.

3. Choice of Clothes

Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors therefore light colors are less appealing. This is especially useful in choosing what you sleep in. Light colors helps to keep the body cooler than darker colors thus reducing perspiration which emits (chemicals) and an odor.

Wearing shoes, long sleeves, and pants reduces the likelihood of being bitten by mosquitoes.

4. Electric Fan

This tip may seem a bit primitive; however the fan can be used to blow mosquitoes away. It also helps to keep the body cool thus reducing perspiration which as mention above Is an attraction to mosquitoes.

5. Places & Activities to Avoid

In rural communities (country) mosquitoes are found in greater numbers in forestation (bushes). Wear protective clothing or avoid these areas to reduce the risk of being bitten by a dengue carrying mosquito.

The age old pit toilet is also still used by some rural residents and even schools. Where it is possible efforts should be made to regularly fumigate these areas.

Limit night and out door activities especially during times when there is health alerts related to mosquito spreading illnesses. Close windows and doors before dusk.

6. Bed Nets

Bed nets or mosquito nets are especially useful for babies and younger children, also older individuals with weaker immune systems. Mosquitoes may bite at anytime, however people become even more vulnerable during sleep. Nets form a larger protective area around the individual during sleep by preventing mosquitoes from reaching the intended target. Mosquito nets come many different shape sizes.

7. Get rid of all stagnant water

Mosquitoes love stagnant water; it is their prime breeding ground. Turn over storage containers, close toilet bowels, change the water in vase and flower pot ever other day. Cover drums and tanks. Clear blocked drains around your house.

Other activities that maybe taken on by health officials include fogging an the use of prescribed pesticides, patching of or filling of potholes.

8. Educate Yourself and Others

One surest and simple way to fight dengue fever is to educate other family members and friends about the dangers and defensive measures they can take to avoid dengue fever.