Youngster builds house from wiping windshields

Youngster builds house from wiping windshields

Having had the chance to complete high school, Jamar Christie said he returned to Kingston with the hopes of getting a job. But this was not to be.

However, this did not deter him from trying his best to make something of his life. Having been a windshield cleaner for the past three years, he said that he has been able to build his one-bedroom house.

“Mi spend about $30,000 fi mi house weh me have a Majesty Gardens. Mi can’t afford no other house. Mi just come out yah and hustle some money, cook some food and the man dem help me build the room,” the 21-year-old man said.

Christie told THE STAR that he has made attempts to get other jobs in the Corporate Area, but he had not gotten any positive feedback.


“Mi put in resume a wharf, a factory and me nah get no call, and me just decide to do this in order not to do bad things. A bare empty promises people come wid when dem seh dem have job fi wi, ’cause all now wi out yah can’t get no call,” he said.

Even though he did not have a mother or father to provide for him, he said that he got help from his aunt, who took care of him while he was in Kingston. He explained after finishing high school and returning to Kingston, he was introduced to cleaning windshields by a friend.

“My madda run weh and me fadda deh country, so mi used to stay wid mi auntie inna Majesty Gardens. When mi just come back and nothing nah gwaan, mi siddung one day and mi friend seh him a go mek me start a thing and me follow him. From then, me a do this till today,” he said.

He said the streets is not the best place to be, but it is what puts food on his table.

“More while, me out yah from six inna the morning until six the night. Sometimes mi a sleep and mi just a kick me foot dem to how dem hot from the day’s work. To work out yah, you haffi strong because sometime people come out here wid dem stress and waa tek it out pan yuh. So when yuh see dem people deh, yuh just know seh yuh fi walk far,” he said.

Christie, who does not have any children as yet, said that is something he is not ready for anytime soon.

“Me nuh want no child yet because mi nuh want dem come inna poverty like me. Mi want betta for them, so me nuh ready yet,” he said.

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.


PHOTOS: 80 y-o Old woman lives off mangoes, eats with dogs

80 y-o Old woman lives off mangoes

Doris Josephs is a feeble old woman who lives in an old, rickety shed-like structure made of old zinc and wood.

It has countless holes, which expose her to the elements.

The 80-year-old woman lives in an area known as Buzzrock in Effortville, Clarendon.

She claims that her standard of living deteriorated overnight because of the actions of her brother, who has since died.

“After mi people dem dead, him tek the title from me and sell out the property,” Josephs told THE STAR.

“I beg a man who I was working with at the time a house spot on this land where I’m now living and he gave me,” she said.

There was much evidence that the old, derelict structure where Josephs said she has now lived for more than 20 years has taken a beating from the weather, but has stood the test of time.

Whenever it rains, she gets wet on the makeshift bed. The linens are dirty, she cooks on the ground, and dogs eat from her utensils.

“The MP and councillor visited me and promised to help me get a decent place to live,” she said.

But according to the golden ager, no aid has been forthcoming.

With mango season now in full swing, Josephs said she feeds on at least 10 mangoes per day as she is unable to afford food.

“Sometimes eyewater run outta mi eye when mi see the place me live inna. Sometimes me fret on it and say if a never me bredda, me wouldn’t live yah so. But see him sell me out and now him dead and gone, and see mi ya.”

“Mi own bredda sell mi out,” Joseph said as she shook her head in disbelief.

Josephs said she is a beneficary of the Programme for the Advancement of Health and Education, which provides her with cash to purchase food. She said, too, that some persons in the community also assist her with money to buy food.

Neighbour Pauline Dunkley said that Josephs is desperately in need of a place to live and medical care.

“When me see the situation of that lady, me heart hurt me,” Dunkley said.

“She nuh live inna nuh situation, she is really in need. I see her passing with mangoes to eat, water come a me eyes,” she added.

Anyone willing to assist can contact her neighbour Pauline Dunkley at 596-1542






Money makes money, but you don’t need to have money to start having money. Some need talent others need power and some need just luck. But these guys they have had at least one of the elements in the beginning. Which one do you have?

Drake and Lil Wayne(But Lil wayne is not on the list Photo Credit: Bruce Yeung)

Drake and Lil Wayne(But Lil wayne is not on the list; Photo Credit: Bruce Yeung)

                      Money makes money, but you don’t need to have money to start having money. Some need talent others need power and some need just luck. But these guys they have had at least one of the elements in the beginning. Which one do you have?

For years, our list of hip-hop’s wealthiest artists has been composed of the same five figures—Birdman, Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay Z and 50 Cent. But the latter spent his $100 million Vitaminwater windfall faster than we thought, and last summer’s bankruptcy filing knocked him off the list. Enter Drake—flush with cash from touring, music and deals with the likes of Nike(Forbes)

5. Starting at the bottom from the fifth position is DRAKE. He is the new member in the list, his first time of being there. That said, Drake’s latest album, Views, dropped just days ago via a smorgasbord of labels including Cash Money/Young Money, and a source close to the company says all three have multiple records left on their deals.

Breaking:The oldest man in the world 256 years breaks the silence before his death and reveals its secrets to the world

What is the longest a person has ever lived for? Meet Li Ching Yuen, a man who lived an astonishing 256 years! And no, this is not a myth or a fictional tale.

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According to a 1930 New York Times article, Wu Chung-chieh, a professor of the Chengdu University, discovered Imperial Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday,  and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877.   In 1928, a New York Times correspondent wrote that many of the old men in Li’s neighborhood asserted that their grandfathers knew him when they were boys, and that he at that time was a grown man.

Li Ching Yuen reportedly began his herbalist career at the age of 10, where he gathered herbs in mountain ranges and learned of their potency for longevity. For almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola and rice wine. In 1749, at the age of 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts.  Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community, marrying 23 times and fathering over 200 children.

According to the generally accepted tales told in his province, Li was able to read and write as a child, and by his tenth birthday had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam and Manchuria gathering herbs. For the first hundred years he continued at this occupation. Then he switched to selling herbs gathered by others.   He sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs, and lived off a diet of these herbs and rice wine

He Wasn’t The Only One

According to one of Li’s disciples, he had once encountered an even older 500-year-old man, who taught him Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help him extend his lifespan to superhuman proportions.  Apart from Qigong and a herb-rich diet, what else can we learn from this Master of Longevity?

How about this:  On his death bed, Li famously said, “I have done all that I have to do in this world”.  Could his peaceful last words also hint at one of the biggest secrets to a long and prosperous life?  It’s interesting to note that in the West, we’re often taught to believe that aging is something that must be “beaten” with high tech infrared devices and state of the art medication.

Jamaican who left for Canadian farm work returns home in casket

A relative of a Jamaican man who died after sustaining a severe head injury while working on a farm in Canada has described the treatment of workers on agricultural work programmes as “worse than slavery”.

“It is worse than slavery – they dispose of them,” declared Monica Barrett.

Barrett, who lives in Winnipeg, made the comments during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) programme ‘Go Public’, as she expressed the need for more protection of migrant labourers’ rights.

Her cousin, Sheldon Mckenzie, 39, passed away several months after suffering a severe head injury while at work on a tomato farm in Leamington, Ontario.

“His face was completely bandaged, he was swollen. We got there, he was on life-support,” Barrett told  the CBC.

She reportedly said her cousin’s condition was so bad, doctors had to remove part of his brain due to swelling and internal bleeding.

However, rather than trying to provide him with medical care in Canada, the work programme officials tried to ‘ship’ him back to Jamaica, Barrett said, noting that he lost his work visa and was no longer qualified for health-care coverage.

“Their only goal was to ship him back home. The only way he wasn’t shipped back in three days is because we dug our heels in and said no because the health care in Jamaica is not up to par to take care of the type of injury he had,” said Barrett to the CBC.

According to the heartbroken woman, her cousin had been working on the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program for 12 years, spending months at at time in Canada doing manual labour on farms and using his money to support his wife and daughters back in Jamaica.

She was was able to secure a humanitarian visa for Mckenzie, but the help came too late as he died while waiting for a decision to be made on the visa.

According to the CBC’s news report, hundreds of seasonal workers have been sent home from Canada in similar circumstances- the practice is known as medical repatriation.

BREAKING: Income tax threshold of $1.5 million will be for everyone

Finance Minister Audley Shaw Thursday afternoon announced that the current PAYE threshold will be increased from $592,800 to $1 million on July 1 2016.

What’s more is that the threshold will be raised to $1.5 million on April 1 2017.

He made the announcement during his opening of the Budget Debate in Parliament.

It means that more people will benefit from the controversial tax plan than was originally promised. In its election campaign, the Jamaica Labour Party had promised to remove income tax from the pay packages of those persons who earn $1.5 million or less.

According to Shaw, more than 251,000 PAYE workers will benefit from the measure.

“Under this new, expanded, and exciting tax relief from this government, many more Jamaicans will be able to participate in supporting the economic growth agenda. The government will act on its philosophy and belief that Jamaicans are much better at spending their earned money than the government, so the government should take as little direct income tax as possible,” the Finance Minister said.

The move will be funded by a confluence of measures including an increase in the special consumption tax on cigarettes and fuel, and an increase in the departure tax.

Tony Cozier, the voice of cricket, is dead

winston Anthony Cozier, best known as Tony Cozier, the voice that defined cricket commentary for decades, has died.

Cozier, 75, died on Wednesday morning following a long illness.

A report in today’s Nation newspaper said the veteran commentator was seriously ill and under doctors’ care at the Bayview Hospital in Beckles Road.

His son, Craig flew home from India to be at his father’s side. He was working as a television producer in the Indian Premier League.

Cozier was born in July 1940 in Barbados and became one of cricket’s great voices.

He is said to have covered almost every cricket series involving the West Indies series since 1962.

In a release, Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Premier League said it was with great sadness that they learned of Tony’s sad passing.

“To many fans across the Caribbean and beyond he was quite simply the voice of West Indies cricket. His love of cricket was a positive influence in telling the story across a golden era for West Indies cricket and he was hugely respected and loved, in equal measure, by fans of the game.

“For more than 50 years Tony’s voice has resonated through television, radio or the written word in homes across the cricketing world and he was admired internationally for his passion, insight and enthusiasm,” he said.

O’Donohoe said most recently Tony was kind enough to share some of his hopes and thoughts on the forthcoming CPL in a way that was typically Tony; full of insight, forthright opinion and, above all, humour.

“He spoke at length about his beloved Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis and the soon to be published Jamaica. Though this series will now remain unfinished, like his legacy, they will live on and no doubt endure for all time. On behalf of the CPL I would like to extend my sincere condolences to his wife Jillian, children Craig and Natalie and his family and friends at this difficult time. May he rest in peace.”

VIDEO: Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes

Chinese boy born with 31 fingers and toes


That’s not a typo. The boy was born in January with 15 fingers and 16 toes in Pingjiang County in Hunan province.

He also has two palms on each hand and no thumbs.

Doctors diagnosed Hong Hong with polydactylism, a congenital condition that happens in humans, dogs and cats, giving them extra fingers and toes.

Polydactyly is a pretty common condition, affecting about one in every 1,000 live births, according to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Often, the extra digits are removed surgically. Hong Hong’s parents are trying to raise enough money so their son can undergo the life-changing operation.

The condition is usually passed down in families, which is the case for Hong Hong.

The mother shows her son’s hands. He has 15 fingers, two palms on each hand and no thumbs.

The boy’s mother also has polydactylism, with six fingers and toes.

While she was pregnant with Hong Hong, both parents were worried their child would inherit the condition.

Right now Hong Hong is too young to undergo surgery, the infant’s father, Zou Chenglin, told CNN. In the meantime, his parents are seeking medical advice on how to treat their son.

Doctors have given the family differingadvice, with some saying the surgery ismuch more complicated than originally thought because Hong Hong requires not only the removal of his extra fingers and toes but also needs reconstructed thumbs. Opposable thumbs are essential because they give people the ability to grasp objects.

The surgery could cost as much as 200,000 Chinese yuan (about $30,000), the boy’s father said. The couple has turned to the Internet for help, and so far they’ve raised more than 40,000 yuan (more than $6,000) through online donations.

But they’ve decided to halt the crowdfunding efforts because of the mixed comments they’ve received about raising money online, the father said.

For now, the family plans to head back to the city of Shenzhen, where they live, so that the father can go back to work.