Sun | Jan 20, 2019

Hello Mi Neighbour | Make good decisions based on what you hear

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Whether good, bad, exciting or scary, news comes to us via various media.

Hello, mi neighbour! Whether good, bad, exciting or scary, news comes to us via various media: radio, television, newspapers, magazines, etc. News is in the music. It's on the lips of the man in the street and the neighbours next door. Telephone conversations and social media are also channels through which our news flows.

News is watched in real time as it happens around the world. So creative are the media in dispensing news that the blind, deaf, dumb and illiterate are abreast of global happenings.

Some persons believe that if the news is not carried by mainstream media, it is fake. Not so, even though one must admit that there are many fake stories on the more than 60 social networking sites. Truth is, the world has changed, and some of the strangest things that we see on social media are actually happening, as unbelievable as they may appear. Check it.

As time changes, people have become so fascinated with seeing themselves in the media (social and traditional) that they will grasp at almost anything to satisfy this desire. Once a camera is at the scene of a demonstration, 'demonstration crashers' turn up bearing placards, whether or not they support the cause, and then later watch themselves on the news.

And it goes even further!

My understanding is that oftentimes, citizens who approach some media houses to voice a grievance for public attention are encouraged by these entities to stage public demonstrations to strengthen their case for quick action. What is not said, however, is that clips from these demonstrations really serve to enhance their news product and the bottom line. Forgive my digression.




Because news is everywhere, no one should be ignorant of the rapid changes taking place globally. Through the media, we are informed that the world is a very unsafe place, and personal security has become a major concern for many. How, why, when and where we travel by air, land or sea must be seriously considered as news about transportation and destinations become more startling.

So, what do we do in a world where bad news is 'manufactured' by the minute? Create good news. Wherever you go, despite the situation, believe that you can make a positive difference with the help of the Almighty, and take action!

Be inspired by this news:

"An off-duty police officer saved a baby's life after he stopped breathing inside his mother's car. Deputy Jeremie Nix was in his police cruiser driving on Southeast Lake Weir and 17th Street in Ocala, Florida, when a woman flagged him down. When he saw the unresponsive boy, deputy Nix sprung to action, kneeling on the ground to administer CPR and other treatment to the three-month-old." The child is alive today!

So here's the deal: Listen to the news, and make good decisions based on what you hear. And remember to reach out to someone from list below with good news.


Thanks to neighbours


- Neighbour, St Andrew - for financial contribution.

- Neighbour, St Andrew - for bed

- Rema, St Andrew - for donation.

- Karlene, St Andrew - for donation.


Opportunities to help


- Mr Johnson, St Elizabeth - Asking for a mattress.

- Neighbour - Asking neighbour for a table.

- Evelyn, Clarendon - Asking neighbours for a second-hand laptop.

- Bro Barrett, Manchester - senior citizen needs assistance to purchase medication.

To help, please call Silton Townsend at 334-8165 or 884-3866, or deposit to acct # 351044276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX). Send donations to HELLO NEIGHBOUR C/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10. Paypal/credit card email: Contact email: Mr Townsend exclusively manages the collections and distributions mentioned in this column and is neither an employee nor agent of The Gleaner.