MILLS WARNS AGAINST USE OF SUBSTITUTE VIRUS DRUG—10/04/14
Dr. Mike Mills, a gastroenterologist consulting at the University Hospital of the West Indies, is warning against the use of products other than Panadol for the treatment of chikungunya. Mills so advised after reports noting that at least one pharmacy was providing ibuprofen to treat the disease because of a shortage of the recommended Panadol. Miller believes this practice could endanger the life of patients.
SURVEY INDICATES MANY JAMAICANS FAVOR HOLNESS OVER SIMPSON MILLER—10/05/14
A survey has found that by almost two to one, Jamaicans believe that Andrew Holness would be a better Prime Minister than the current officeholder, Portia Simpson Miller. Additionally, the survey found that 73 percent of Jamaicans believe the nation is moving in the wrong direction.
BARTLETT CALLS FOR END OF JAMAICA’S HARASSMENT IN CARICOM—10/06/14
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Opposition spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has called for the government to address the harassment and disrespectful treatment of Jamaicans who try to visit CARICOM member states. He particularly mentioned Trinidad and Tobago as treating Jamaicans in a demeaning manner.
SEVEN MILE BEACH SLOWLY ERODING—10/07/14
Seven Mile Beach, one of Jamaica’s top tourist destinations, is in danger of disappearing through erosion. According to Anthony McKenzie, a senior director at the Jamaican national Environment and Planning Agency, the beach could be completely gone within 30 years. The erosion of the beach is being attributed to climate change.
UNITED STATES WORK PROGRAM DISAPPOINTS STUDENTS—10/08/14
Some Jamaican students who were eager to participate in the summer work and travel cultural exchange program between Jamaica and the United States have returned to the island less than happy with their experience. The local agencies responsible for recruiting students to the program say that the students had unrealistic expectations about the program. Its purpose is not to give them a chance to obtain a lot of money, said Poye Robinson, CEO of International Travel and Cultural Exchange. The program’s chief purpose is to provide opportunities for people from different cultures can learn about the cultures that exist in the U.S.
JAMAICANS BELIEVE MOST PUBLIC OFFICIALS ARE CORRUPT—10/09/14
According to a survey of 1, 208 Jamaicans, most believe that 70 percent of the nation’s elected officials are corrupt. Those surveyed also stated that they think 80 percent of the police are corrupt, and half of government employees are also corrupt. Trevor Munroe, a professor and executive director of the National Integrity Action group, did not find these results to be surprising, since it is basically in agreement with an assessment by the New National Security Policy report presented to the House of Representatives in April of 2014.
PRYCE SAYS MEDICAL EMERGENCIES SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN DISASTER PREP—10/10/14
According to Raymond Pryce, a first-time Member of Parliament, the government should include medical emergencies in its disaster preparedness plans, in addition to addressing disasters like hurricanes, fire, flood, and landslide. He made his remarks as part of a debate on the Disaster Risk Management Bill.
CLARENDON SEES DROP IN CRIME—10/10/14
Police in Clarendon report that community policing efforts can be cited as contributing to the drop in crime incidents in the parish. Between January 1, 2014, and October 4, 2014, the crime rate in Clarendon fell by 27 percent. There were 68 murders during this period, compared with 96 murders recorded during the same period in 2013.
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Mind & Heart Wholeness
For the most part, most of us are extremely careful of what we say when we are around other people. In the privacy of our own thoughts, well, it is sometimes a different story. Things we would not say out loud often percolate in our minds and hearts for days, weeks, months, and even years. Try as hard as we may, there are times when words leave our mouths and before we are through saying them, we wish we could take them back. However, like an arrow from a bow, speeding toward its target, words spoken cannot be pulled back. Our culture allow us to make apologies, ask for forgiveness, retract harmful words, and some of us have learned to graciously accept sincere apologies and retractions, but the fact remains that words uttered at the wrong time and/or in the wrong place do have the potential to cause tremendous anger, hurt, and pain.
Isn’t is amazing that the tongue, such a small member of the body, can do so much good and so much evil? In talking about how great ships driven through rough winds are steered by a very small rudder wherever the steersman desires, James said, “So the tongue also is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire! And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among our members is the tongue, which defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the wheel of nature, and is set on fire by hell. For every kind of beasts and birds, of creeping things and things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed by mankind: but the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the likeness of God: out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:5-10). Quite the indictment, huh?
There was no doubt in James’ mind; no one can tame his or her tongue. I believe it was this truth that David realized when he prayed, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my rock, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). Jesus said what comes out of the mouth is a reflection of what is in the heart (Matt. 12:34b). Having done so, He clearly established the relationship between the heart and the mouth. It stands to reason therefore, that we need God’s help to keep the heart’s meditations right before Him. The way we think of ourselves and of things and others around us determines the way we speak to and of them. We cannot arrive at where we ought to be on the merit of our own efforts because we are incapable of it. Thank God, He stands willing and able to help. We just need to ask Him.
What words are you speaking? How are your heart’s meditations? Would God be pleased with them?
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