Jamaican JP’s Caught Selling Their Services For As Low As JMD $200 In Spanish Town


Jamaican JP’s Caught Selling Their Services For As Low As JMD $200 In Spanish Town


If you are willing to pay as little as $200, then you can get any document signed by at least two justices of the peace (JP’s) in Spanish Town, St Catherine, even if they don’t know you.

A  probe found the two JPs, kilometres apart, in the Old Capital, blatantly breaking the law and ignoring the rules under which they were appointed by collecting money from persons they do not know to sign pictures, bail recommendations, passport forms, and other documents.

The two JPs are conducting their illegal business in plain sight as signs have been placed in front of the photo studio where they operate, advertising their services.

There are additional signs inside the buildings instructing persons to take a number to see the JP in makeshift offices in the photo studio.

When a visit was made with one of the JPs recently, he asked for an identification (ID) card before signing two passport pictures. When presented with a school ID, which had expired six years ago, the JP signed and stamped the picture before indicating that there was a $200 charge for this service.

At the second photo studio, there were signs stating that “the JP will not engage in fraudulent, corrupt or otherwise unlawful activities”.

Another sign stated, “The office of the justice of the peace is a voluntary one and functions on the judgement of the JP … the JP must know you for at least one year.”

There was also a sign indicating that the JP requires the presentation of valid identification.

But it appeared that these signs were just for show as the JP accepted the expired school ID presented by our reporter and demanded his $200 fee.

CustosA20150819IACustos of St Catherine, the Reverend Jeffery McKenzie, dissociated his office from the two rogue JPs, even as he admitted that investigations were under way into allegations that a JP in the parish has been charging for his services.

McKenzie said the JPs seen were not from St Catherine, noting that their official stamps started with the letter ‘D’.

“The justices in this parish have the letter ‘F’ at the start of the number on their stamps, and the governor general has just handed me the roll of JPs in the parish,” said McKenzie.

“So those two (JPs) are not operating within the guidelines that they were given. They are responsible for signing documents within their parish, so those who are operating with different letters and numbers are operating illegally,” added McKenzie.0

Justice Minister Mark Golding, when contacted, said he was not aware of any rule prohibiting JPs from providing services in parishes other than where they were appointed.

Golding, however, denounced the practice of JPs collecting money for their services.

“This kind of investigative journalism is very useful, because it will highlight once again to the JP cohort out there that this is unacceptable behaviour,” said Golding.

“It is well known, I believe, that justices of the peace provide voluntary service and, therefore, any JP who is charging for the type of services that JPs are expected to offer is acting outside of the expected norms and rules that govern that office,” the minister added.

He noted that if credible information is presented that a JP is collecting for his services, there is a procedure under the law for addressing it.

“If at the end of the day the findings of that process are that the JP acted improperly and brought the office into disrepute accordingly, then the matter is referred to the Ministry of Justice and I then make a recommendation to the governor general in relation to that person’s appointment, and they could be removed from the roll,” said Golding.

ParliamentN20150327IAGolding said fewer than five matters have resulted in action taken against a JP in the last three and a half years.

He argued that this was not a very high ratio, considering the number of JPs on the island, but accepted that there could be rogue JPs operating without being caught.

“Being able to sustain a disciplinary charge is not always easy, because it is not always easy to get credible evidence,” said Golding.

“So I am not trying to tell you that the practice (of JPs charging) is very rare. I am pretty sure that it is not the norm, but I do believe that it does arise from time to time.”

He said some JPs have written to him expressing a desire to charge for their service, but this would not be permitted.

“When they applied for the office they knew it was a voluntary office and the Government is not in a position to pay JPs … not for their ordinary services such as signing documents and that sort of thing,” said Golding.

“We expect the JPs to be honourable and to perform their office in accordance with their oath and the rules.”

SOURCE: Jamaica Sunday Gleaner

Caribbean Talent: Salt Art By Allan Pachino Wallace

Bahamian Artist Allan Pachino Wallace shows off his talent by recreating a few facmous faces using only salt.
People of the Caribbean are amazing

Allan Pachino Wallace usually challenges himself  being commissioned for numerous duties in his native Bahamas. His drawback closing week was as soon as to create a salt portrait of Kevin Hart on his consuming room desk. After posting it to his Fb net web page, his artwork took on a lifetime of its personal as other people shared, reshared and commenced tagging Kevin Hart ’s well-known individual pages to attempt the piece. Ultimately, the power of social media proved robust adequate while pages with main followings started resharing the image and eventually, Hart himself gave him a shout out and thanked him for the work.

“Wow I Am simply now seeing this….This artist is superb. i can not think about that he did this with salt….I Am blown away,” Hart tweeted.

“It was ideas blowing,” Wallace said whereas pals alerted him that Hart shared it. “I felt in reality blessed. i am artist and i want other people to love my work. I savour whereas individuals acknowledge the work I put in. What made it overwhelming was that the subject of the piece (Kevin Hart) appreciated it as well.”

“Neatly I Consider he is an excellent artist,” Wallace talked about when requested why he selected Hart for his matter. “he’s the topic of ardour in barbershops, tattoo parlors, playgrounds, however greater than that i am only a large fan.”

Wallace launched: “in a single of Kevin ’s shows he stepped to the gang with a phrase from the guts; he was very emotional about the truth that he was a number of the elite few to carry out in Madison Sq. Garden. Of Course this isn ’t anyplace nearly that, nevertheless the sensation is identical. I ’m an artist dwelling my dream, doing what i need to do. It ’s like sooner or later I awoke and the ‘delicate ’ is in my face, it feels good.”

Kevin Hart isn ’t the one salt masterpiece that Wallace has completed. He ’s moreover created gadgets of yank President Barrack Obama, sports activities actions icon Muhammed Ali and entertainer Kanye West. Then Once more, Wallace decided to do a video displaying various levels of setting up his work on Hart.




Top 10 Richest Jamaican Celebrity Alive

Top 10 Richest Jamaican Celebrity Alive

Recently released list of the “Top 10 Richest Reggae/Dancehall Artists Alive!” cause some controvery. As expected, there was lots of buzz surrounding it. Persons were expecting some artists to be included while wondering how others did not make the list!

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea, comprising the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles. The island, 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola, the island containing the nation-states of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Jamaica is the fifth-largest island country in the Caribbean.

The Jamaican economy is heavily dependent on services, which accounts for nearly 80% of GDP. The country continues to derive most of its foreign exchange from tourism, remittances, and bauxite/alumina. Remittances and tourism each account for 30% of GDP, while bauxite/alumina exports make up roughly 5% of GDP. The bauxite/alumina sector was most affected by the global downturn while the tourism industry and remittance flow remained resilient.

Saying this to say that, Jamaica still have a few persons that are able to stand among the richest worldwide.

Here is a list below: 

10. Maxi Priest – US$ 4.6 Million
Maxi-PriestMaxi Priest is another hugely successful international Reggae singer, with some r&b influence.

Priest has released some 9 albums since the mid 1980ies, most of which top charts in the UK.

Although Maxi Priest was born in Jamaica his parents move him to the UK at a young age, which influence the r&b flavor in his music.




Vybz-Kartel-is-into-a-year-of-his-life-sentence-as-a-result-of-his-controversial-murder-conviction-last-year.-300x201Vybz Kartel has accumulated his net worth from his performances from singing and songwriting, successful DJ career and his liquor line called Street Vybz Rum.

He had also launch a cake soap and shoe line. Kartel was born in Kingston, Jamaica and began his music career while a teenager in 1993.

His first single “Love Fat Woman” was released by One Heart, a label owned by Alvin Reid. Kartel owns labels Adidjahiem, Shortboss, Bigga Don Don and Valerie Records.


ziggy-marley-300x162Tying with Jimmy Cliff and closing in on Sean Paul is the oldest son of the late King of Reggae Bob Marley. Ziggy Marley has always been regarding as the most successful of the Marley children.

Some may speculate that the bulk of Ziggy worth comes from inheritance, but Ziggy Marley been recoding since he was a teenager. His 2006 album “Love Is My Religion” earned Ziggy his third grammy and sold millions of copies worldwide.

Ziggy is a core figure at the helm of Tuff Gong Worldwide record label which is responsible for distributing Bob Marley music worldwide. Earlier this year Ziggy won his fifth Grammy for Best Reggae Album.



jimmy-cliff-1-201x300Jimmy Cliff true net worth is not fully known as data we collected was limited, but from our estimate “The Harder They Come” star is worth in the region of US$ 18 million.

Jimmy Cliff is no doubt the second most iconic personality in Reggae music to date, second only to the King himself Bob Marley. Jimmy Cliff hit movie “The Harder They Come” help propelled the worldwideReggae music movement of the 1970ies.

Bob Marley may need to credit Jimmy Cliff and his Blockbuster film for some of his success in the 1970ies. In 2010 Jimmy Cliff was also one of five performers inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Cliff is also a full fledged entrepreneur with several businesses under his belt.


sean_paul_1-193x300Sean Paul is no doubt the most internationally successful dancehall artist to date. His 2004 album “Dutty Rock” sold 6 million copies worldwide, which pushed him into the mainstream of music.

“Dutty Rock” won Sean Paul a grammy award and several other nominations. Paul also did collaborations with mega stars such as Beyonce Knowles, Rihanna,Keyshia Cole to name a few.

There is no surprise that Sean Paul is on the list of richest Reggae stars of all time.



Daniel-Sturridge-300x200Daniel Andre Sturridge or more frequently summoned Daniel Sturridge is a professional football player who came from England. He was born on September 1, 1989 in Birmingham, England.Sturridge began his early career at hometown club Aston Villa.

He made his professional debut with Manchester City and played for the team until 2009. Sturrdige In 2009 and 2012 playing for Chelsea. He’s got additionally been on loan at Bolton Wanderers in the second half the 2011-2012 season.

In 2013, Sturridge since age 13, he joined Manchester City Akedemi. Sturridge signed a four-year contract with Chelsea on July 3, 2009.

Nevertheless, Manchester City and Chelsea cannot reach an arrangement because Sturridge is under the age of 24 years. Sturridge joined Liverpool on January 2, 2013, but the total cost of the transport undisclosed.

Daniel Sturridge was received about 3.38 million yearly salary with Liverpool. Now DanielSturridge value with Liverpool is worth 19 Million.



Damian_Marley-300x290Damian “Junior Gong” Marley is another highly successful Marley son. Junior Gong started recording since he was 13 years old and to day earned himself three grammy awards.

His song “Welcome To Jamrock” was named the top reggae song of the last decade by New York Times. Both albums “Half Way Tree” and “Welcome To Jamrock” was certified Gold in the US.

His collaborative album “Distant Relatives” with rapper Nas is also gaining much traction worldwide.



shaggy-300x281Shaggy 2001 album “Hot Shot” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, making him one of music’s top selling artist.

The mega sales propelled Shaggy to arguably become Reggae’s Richest artist of the current generation. “Hot Shot” peaked at number one on the Billboard charts in the US and UK, and was certified X6 platinum in the US alone.

Despite the huge success of “Hot Shot” Shaggy never release another successful album today and he really doesn’t need to. These days Shaggy is more known for his charitable work in Jamaica, after he launched the Shaggy foundation, which is responsible for the annual Shaggy and Friends concert. All profits goes to the Bustamante Children Hospital in Jamaica.




3. Usain Bolt – Net Worth US$30 Million


usain_bolt-300x247Usain Bolt of Jamaica gestures after competing in the mens 4 X 100 Metres relay event during the London Anniversary Games International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League International Athletics championships at the Olympic Stadium in London on July 27, 2013.

Usain Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter who is widely considered the fastest human on the planet and has a net worth of $30 million.

Usain Bolt was born in Jamaica on August 21, 1986 to parents Wellesley and Jennifer. A high school school cricket coach recognized Usain’s speed and encouraged him to focus instead on track and field.

Usain quickly became one of the most talented young sprinters in the world who would eventually set world records in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4x100m relay. Usain Bolt won three gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won five gold medals and two silver medals at World Championship competitions.

Amazingly, Usain Bolt’s net worth is going to explode even more in the coming years thanks to his performance at the 2012 London Olympics. Considering Usain is only 25 years old today, he is young enough to compete in the 2016 Brazil Olympics.

If that’s the case, and he stays on pace with earnings, Usain Bolt’s net worth should be well over $100 million when he arrives in Brazil in 2016.

2. Rita Marley – Net Worth US$50 Million

Rita-Marley-300x197Rita Marley is the widow of reggae legend/musician Bob Marley and a member of the trio the I Threes, her husband’s backup singers.

She has earned her net worth estimated at $50 million. She is sometimes called “Nana Rita” and also the “Queen of Reggae.” Born Alpharita Constantia Anderson on July 25, 1946 in Santiago de Cuba, she grew up in the upper level of Beachwood Avenue in Kingston, Jamaica.

She was raised by her Aunt Viola while her father went to London to look for work but never returned. She described this in her book No Woman, No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley that was released in 2004.


1. Raheem Sterling – Net Worth US$56 Million [Before move to Man. City]
Sterling-300x206A young attacking midfielder and winger for Liverpool, Jamaican-born Raheem Sterling’s net worth is a reported £36 million.

Born on December 8, 1994, Raheem Shaquille Sterling immigrated to London from Jamaica with his mother when he was five years old.

His rendezvous with football began at Queens Park Rangers after which he was lured to Liverpool by Rafael Benitez in 2010 for £450,000, with the probability of a raise up to £5 million based on number of appearances.

His initial appearance for the first team was against Borussia Mönchengladbach in August 2010 in Germany. Sterling’s first goal, playing for Liverpool’s youth team, came against Hibernian.


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Increase Jamaican Police Wages To Reduce Rogue Cops?

Increase Jamaican Police Wages To Reduce Rogue Cops?

Why are people surprised when members of the JCF commit crimes?

I have often maintained that police officers are young men too. They are cut from the same cloth as the criminals. They grew up in the same culture and hence face similar challenges. Whether or not they succumb to these temptations is contingent on the individual values of the said cop.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force is not the only arm faced by corruption and contains unscrupulous individuals within its ranks. We see it everywhere. We have ill-mannered customer service agents, inept doctors, crafty lawyers and corrupt politicians.


Every field or arm of government, business, profession has their shady characters and in truth there is hardly anything we can do about these people besides having them expelled as soon as their corruption is discovered.

When we employ people they tend to put their best face forward. This does not excuse the recent involvement of police officers in criminal activities. It merely points to the fact that our crime situation has deeper roots and cannot be solved by simply arming one set of young men against another.

We are delusional if we pretend not to see that if we improve our economic situation we could effectively cure some of our social ailments, primarily crime. It is compounding when even the ones who are supposed to be upholding law become desperate and yield to criminality to subsist their lifestyle.


Support groups have called for a raise of pay to help police officers take care of their families. If they received better wages and higher fringe benefits then probably they would be less inclined to go ‘rogue’.

Would a higher salary solve the financial problems of the Police Officers?

Some would say no. Today’s young people are getting into professions wherein, they can hustle on the side. I was once told that ‘if me see it look like me ago suffer, me fe join the police force”. Many see the JCF as a medium of making extra money by cashing in on the spoils of criminal activities, overlooking unlawful behaviour through bribery and acquitting villains who cannot afford to buy their way out of prison.

It might sound perfidious but survival has always come first in an individual’s mind in the grand scheme of things. The desire to put food on the table and to live a comfortable life will cause even the most scrupled individual to consider throwing in the towel, come what may…

In conclusion our nation needs help. If we don’t solve the socio-economic problems we are facing then soon we will have anarchy.

Source: Jablogz.com