Video: Jason McCook makes smoothies business his Main Squeeze

“One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was to create and dream,” says marketer turned entrepreneur, Jason McCook.

It was that attitude, coupled with seeing a demand for naturally blended juices, which led the Jamaica College old boy to set up his business, ‘Main Squeeze’.

Main Squeeze applies the quick-service, food truck concept, except that it sells juices, rather than food. Among the beverages offered are protein shakes, milkshakes, smoothies and pressed juices.

Since setting up shop on Knutstford Boulevard in New Kingston last November, McCook says Main Squeeze has surpassed his expectations, with heavy traffic from varying customers in the busy business district.

Apart from the now trendy concept among Jamaicans to seek out healthy alternatives, McCook believes the application of his marketing skills through the general presentation of the truck has contributed to the customner interest.

“People overall, the taxi men, the security officers, bankers, call centre workers, everybody, from whichever walks of life, are into the healthy options,” McCook told Young People in Business.

He has plans to take Main Squeeze to other parishes, and one day, to set up a store front.

But in the meantime, he is testing new flavours, including Jamaican blends, to put to market as early as this summer.

Check out McCook’s Main Squeeze in the video edited by Richard Baker.


Location of third Jamaican city to be known by next year

GOVERNMENT urban planners are promising that by the middle of next year Jamaica would have identified the location of its third city.

Prime Minister Holness last year mandated the then newly installed board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) to prioritise creating a new city.

“We are well in train, and we hope by this time next year to have pinned down a location. I can’t tell you where it is because we don’t know, but we have advanced the planning and development and we know where it is not going to be,” UDC General Manager Dr Damian Graham told reporters and editors at the at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters in Kingston.

Dr Graham was very tight-lipped about the possible areas of interest, but explained that 65 per cent of the country has been ruled out as those areas have been mapped in what is termed as ‘negative zones’. These include Linstead and Portmore in St Catherine; May Pen, Clarendon; and Mandeville, Manchester.

“There are some that have geological faults, that are close to the ocean and are in need of infrastructure, that are far greater — the population density wouldn’t support it. they are protected areas, elevations that are too high — like Blue Mountain Peaks. but there are a lot of other towns and coastlines that are of interest in Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey,” he said.

At the same time, Dr Graham said that the remaining areas either have a city already, or have areas that present a geological problems.

Some of the considerations regarding where the new city will be located will include geological, as well as growth of population, which would balance the economy in the event of a calamity during which one one city is severely affected.

“As a point of continuity for any country, it is important for us to make sure that if there is a crisis in one city, the economy goes on,” said the UDC boss.

Dr Graham pointed out that in the 1907 Kingston earthquake, the fault line “basically ran from St Thomas through Kingston, down to Spanish Town, and passed through the Clarendon plains”, which he said would have to be considered in the construction of a new city, as well as the possible impacts.

According to Prime Minister Holness, a new city would help to alleviate the urban overflow into Kingston, reduce the burden on the capital’s infrastructure, and support Government’s objective of having two-thirds of the Jamaican population living in urban centres.

Dr Graham, meanwhile, said the rational of creating a new city is centred around the continuity of government services and having a diversified economy.

“The trend now in urban development across the world is to diversify your economy, so we are looking at how we do that in Jamaica. We have traditionally relied on either bauxite or tourism and we recognise that those two pivots are not diversified enough. Smart economies now look at smart cities, tech cities, unlocking latent assets of intellectual property and creativity in technology as a way forward, as well as having a place for the continuity for the seat of government,” he said.

“The (new) city itself won’t be built in five years. The city will take us 15 or 20 years but, as the urban development planners for the Government we have to take the foresight — based on Vision 2030 and beyond — to look at what the country will need in the next 20 years, 25 years, 50 and 100 years.”


life today to save your own tomorrow

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Students at Albert Town High School in Trelawny where Dwayne Richards is principal.
I honestly believe that by teaching you can save a life today to save yours tomorrow. We really we do not know what tomorrow brings and our effort as teachers today can save a child from becoming a criminal tomorrow.

You may never reach all your students, but as I constantly say to my teachers, “reach one every day’. It can be something as simple as stopping a child on the corridor to ask ‘How are you doing?’ In this little moment you might be interrupting a thought in that child’s head that could have led to something else, something terrible in fact.

If each of us as teachers therefore try to save a child every day, then our country can only be better for it.

Teaching is certainly my passion. I am motivated to teach because of what education has done for me in transforming my life. I am from a very humble background – one of the first persons in my family to go to university and to achieve this much. So, when I am at school as a teacher, I am passionate about seeing others excel through education.

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Dwayne Edwards, Principal of Albert Town High School in Trelawny.
I was an ‘accidental teacher’

The truth is that I became a teacher by default. I did not go to Teachers’ College and teaching just happened to be the available job at the time when I graduated from university. My intention was just to spend two years at Albert Town High. But here I am in my 14th year as Principal of the institution. This for me is confirmation that teaching is indeed my calling.

Watching children change before your eyes really gives you this inexplicably good feeling.’ It just feels great when you have students telling you that they did well and thanking you for what you did as a teacher. That is definitely something that keeps you going as a teacher.

Albert Town High had to be turned around

In 2011 our school was rated as unsatisfactory and one of the things they cited as being poor was student behavior. In 2016 the NEI returned and at the end of the inspection we were rated as satisfactory, with some commendations. This is not to say that the school does not have pockets of unsatisfactory and undesirable behaviours because we’re not a perfect school but the improvement was recognized and we can only get better.

When we were added to the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Intervention and Support (SWPBIS) list of pilot schools possibly because of our poor rating, we first thought ‘oh well, this is another initiative that is going to burden schools.’ But upon trying it we realized that this is something that has merit and should be in all schools. I say this because education is about making people’s behaviour more positive and that is what SWPBIS does – it gives your students something to aim for and focuses on developing positive behaviours.

What it means for our students to be ‘RICH’

You will hear about Albert Town Students being ‘Rich’, not Tanto Blacks ‘Real Rich’, but for us and our school this means, ‘Respectful, Industrious, Courteous and Honest.’ I will not lie and say to you that SWPBIS solves all problems. It does not. It is not a panacea for all our woes. You will always have your cases but we are not seeing as many fights and other things as we were used to seeing.

We are monitoring the data and we have a grade competition to select the class of the week that is ‘RICH-est’. We also have several other initiatives as part of our implementation of the SWPBIS Framework.

Others schools can do what we did with SWPBIS

It is without doubt that we believe in the value of SWPBIS and encourage all schools to implement. We can only reap success where our success exhibit more positive behaviours.

Dwayne Edwards is Principal of Albert Town High School whose participation in SWPBIS was previously featured on this blog. This post is the third and final in a series for Education Week.

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April 26, 2017
Always Listening
Read: Nehemiah 2:1–9 | Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 14–15; Luke 17:1–19

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The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

Dad was a man of few words. He had hearing damage due to years of military duty and wore hearing aids. One afternoon when Mom and I were talking a little longer than he thought necessary, he responded playfully, “Whenever I want peace and quiet, all I have to do is this.” Lifting both hands in a single motion, he turned off both hearing aids, folded his hands behind his head and closed his eyes in a serene smile.

We laughed. As far as he was concerned, the conversation was over!

Our God is big enough to hear the smallest voice.
My father’s actions that day remind me how different God is from us. He always wants to hear His children. This is underscored by one of the shortest prayers in the Bible. One day Nehemiah, a servant to King Artaxerxes of Persia, was visibly sad in the king’s presence. Fearful when the king asked him why, Nehemiah confessed it was because Jerusalem, the conquered city of his ancestors, lay in ruins. Nehemiah recounts, “The king said to me, ‘What is it you want?’ Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king…” (Neh. 2:4–5, italics added).

Nehemiah’s prayer lasted only a moment, but God heard it. It set in motion God’s merciful response to the many prayers Nehemiah had already offered for Jerusalem. In that moment, Artaxerxes granted Nehemiah’s request to rebuild the city.

Isn’t it comforting to know that God cares enough to listen to all of our prayers—from the shortest to the longest?

Thank You, loving Father, for blessing me with the beautiful privilege and opportunity of prayer.

Husband Admits To Sleeping With Wife’s SISTER. But Her Response Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Read

Husband Admits To Sleeping With Wife’s SISTER. But Her Response Is The Best Thing I’ve Ever Read

Dear Wife,
I’m writing you this letter to tell you that I’m leaving you forever. I’ve been a good man to you for 7 years & I have nothing to show for it. These last 2 weeks have been hell. … Your boss called to tell me that you quit your job today & that was the last straw. Last week, you came home & didn’t even notice I had a new haircut, had cooked your favourite meal & even wore a brand new pair of silk boxers. You ate in 2 minutes, & went straight to sleep after watching all of your soaps. You don’t tell me you love me any more; you don’t want sex or anything that connects us as husband & wife. Either you’re cheating on me or you don’t love me any more; whatever the case, I’m gone.
Your EX-Husband
P.S. don’t try to find me. Your SISTER & I are moving away to West Virginia together! Have a great life!
Dear Ex-Husband,
Nothing has made my day more than receiving your letter. It’s true you & I have been married for 7 years, although a good man is a far cry from what you’ve been. I watch my soaps so much because they drown out your constant whining & griping Too bad that doesn’t work. I DID notice when you got a haircut last week, but the 1st thing that came to mind was ‘You look just like a girl!’ Since my mother raised me not to say anything if you can’t say something nice, I didn’t comment. And when you cooked my favourite meal, you must have gotten me confused with MY SISTER, because I stopped eating pork 7 years ago. About those new silk boxers: I turned away from you because the $49.99 price tag was still on them, & I prayed it was a coincidence that my sister had just borrowed $50 from me that morning. After all of this, I still loved you & felt we could work it out. So when I hit the lotto for 10 million dollars, I quit my job & bought us 2 tickets to Jamaica But when I got home you were gone.. Everything happens for a reason, I guess. I hope you have the fulfilling life you always wanted. My lawyer said that the letter you wrote ensures you won’t get a dime from me. So take care.
Signed, Your Ex-Wife, Rich As Hell & Free!
P.S. I don’t know if I ever told you this, but my sister Carla was born Carl. I hope that’s not a problem.

We Only Fall in Love with 3 People in Our Lifetime – Each One for a Specific Reason

It is a common belief that each person only falls in love three times during their lifetime. However, each one of these happens under a very different light from the one before and each serves a very different purpose.

The First Love

The first love happens when we are young, sometimes as young as the time we are in high school. This love fulfills the dreams of our youth and fulfills our idealistic belief of what we expect love to look like – just like the fairy tales.

This love fulfills our need to live up to society’s expectations. We jump into this love headfirst believing that this person will be our only love (even if it does not feel quite right) and convince ourselves that this is how love should look like. This love focuses more on how others perceive us versus how we actually feel.

The Second Love

The next love, the second love, is the hard love. This is the love that teaches us lessons about ourselves and what we need to feel loved in any relationship. This love brings with it great pain – the pain of loss, deceit and lies.

During this love we believe we are doing things differently, but we are not. We tend to hold steadfast to this love because this relationship is different from the last one. However, this one is the one where we will grow. This is the one where we will experience pain. And this is the love where we will realize what we really need out of our next relationship.

The issue with this love is it can tend to become cyclical – repeating the same issues over and over and expecting a different result. Unfortunately, each time through the cycle the ending is worse.

This love is often unhealthy and rather unbalanced. During this love there can be emotional or physical abuse and often there is some form of manipulation at play. This love is surrounded by a constant state of drama and this drama is the reason we hold on. The drama becomes addictive and it becomes hard to break the cycle.

This love brings with it a strong need to make things work versus focusing on if the relationship is working. This is the love we hoped would last forever.

The Third Love 

The last love is the love that comes out of left field. This is the love that surprises us and destroys any ideas of what we believed our love should look like. This love is easy and we wonder how it is possible that love could be this simple and has no complications. It is the love that sweeps us off our feet because we were not looking for a relationship.

This is the love where everything feels as though it is falling perfectly into place. This love is uncomplicated and is not filled with expectations. Perfection is not something we feel pressure to achieve and find ourselves perfectly content in our lives and our relationship.

This love does not look like the love we dreamed we would have and this love does not follow any of the rules we had set up for ourselves. This love breaks any notions we had about what our greatest love would look like and shatters any beliefs of how we thought it would be.

This love just simply feels right. It is the love that has been knocking at our doors for ages and we finally decided to answer. It is the love that teaches us how to feel love and to give love.

You may not have experienced all three of these loves yet, but perhaps it is because you are just not ready for each love. Love is an experience – it deserves processing and appreciation.

You might find that you only have one love during your lifetime. Do not fret, you are not required to have multiples loves during your lifetime. Your journey to that third love is not identical to any other person’s journey. Your journey is yours only and you will be the only one to experience your love story.

No matter where you are in the cycle of love – the ideal love, the broken love or the perfect love – you will find that you can learn something in each love. Because each love provides us the ability to find that perfect love. The love that lasts. The love that proves that your other loves were not supposed to work.


All Pharmaceutical Companies Have Hide Far From Us The Fruit That Treats Cancer. Everyone Should Know About This Fruit!

Numerous experts claim that this fruit is the most potent cancer-fighter on the planet, and it is completely natural!

What’s best, it has been found that it is 10,000 times more powerful than any of the other conventional cancer treatments.

Unfortunately, the miraculous properties of this fruit have been kept a secret by the pharmaceutical companies, as they can reduce their profits, and they would no longer sell their products and medicines.

This fruit is known as Guanabana or soursop and is a low-growing tree. Its fruits are sweet and large, and can be consumed raw, or are used in the production of pastries, drinks, etc.

The tree can be planted in the yard, and its juice can effectively prevent cancer. Also, it is important to note that the soursop does not cause any of the negative side-effects of chemotherapy.

It is believed to be extremely useful in the case of cancer, but it also provides various other health benefits.

It is a broad spectrum antibiotic and has powerful antiparasitic and antifungal properties. Soursop can effectively treat nervous disorders, stress, depression, and regulates blood pressure levels.

In the last five decades, more than 20 lab tests have shown that the extract of soursop effectively kills cancer cells in the case of 12 types of cancer, including pancreatic, ovarian, colon, breast, and prostate cancer.

The miraculous components of this fruit inhibit the growth of cancer cells 10,000 times more efficiently than Adriamycin, which is a popular chemotherapeutic agent.

Furthermore, the most important thing about its activity is that it does not affect healthy ones, but destroys cancer cells only, unlike the conventional cancer treatments.