The extradition affair
The only real opportunity most of us have to send a no-tolerance message to the politicians who help to hatch these criminals, we give it away by refusing to vote and speak out. The society deserves what we work, for and if we did little, then what do we as a people expect?
Bruce Golding, like all others, promised to rid us of crime and corruption. But he did this more than any other during his messianic journey with the National Democratic Movement. The message was good but true intention was veiled in deceit. Regardless, I blame us, Jamaicans, more than Mr Golding.
Jamaica has a great opportunity, now more than ever, as Big Brother has now come to the schoolyard to throw licks on bad-bwoy crime.
I trust we will at least have the guts to jump up and down on the side and shout 'Lick him, Barack, lick him'.
The Jamaican government can be considered to be exhibiting unorthodox behaviour with the issue of extradition request of a so-called strongman. It was reported recently that Bruce Golding stated that the extradition request for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke would not be fulfilled. Is this because he is from his constituency? Is it because there is some indelible relationship between the two?
It is feared by many Jamaicans that if Dudus is extradited the country will be in extraordinary turmoil.
However, there is the possibility that if the request is not met there will be turmoil between us and the United States of America. How will this affect the Jamaican population? How will this affect the Jamaican economy?
Are the new issues surrounding visas and immigration an attempt to force our hand? Is it an embodiment of the popular Jamaican proverb - 'Yu cyaan ketch Quako, yuh ketch him shut'? The people need to know, Jamaica needs to know.
Habits of financially secure people
Plan by sitting down and writing your financial goals in a notebook that you can reference regularly. Start saving one per cent of each paycheque. It may not be much, but it matters. This is not rainy-day money because it always rains. This is for your security. You can't live on a pension.
After a few weeks, change your savings to two per cent and work your way up to 10 per cent of your take-home pay.
Spend an average of three hours per month reviewing, reconciling and restructuring your finances. If you do so, you will face your demons and tighten your belt. Put your savings in a well-diversified mutual fund. Remember, discipline weighs ounces but regrets weigh tons.