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.

 

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.

NO RESPONSE

“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.

Missy Elliot’s new found glow

Greasy, sweet and salty food are always tbe most prefferable option. When it comes to eating healthy,It’s never easy staying on the straight and narrow. Drinking only wated can at times be a bummer. But the benefits of eating healthy outweigh all of that. And being more cognizant of the foods you consume is important when you have to deal with certain health issues.

For Missy Elliott, she has Graves’ disease, and while eating or not eating certain kinds of food alone won’t allow you to avoid symptoms of the illness, it can help you take care of a body that’s already going through a lot.

So the 46-year-old rapper has been drinking nothing but water over the last few months when it comes to liquids, and has also been staying away from bread. According to Missy, the results have been great, as she as make changes the what she intake.

She proudly stated that it’s been 4 months and she have only drank water no other juices or soda & she also mentioned thst she had cut out bread & it was the hardest part for her. She also stated that she have never been awater drinker but this have helped her skin.

She is now planing to moving away from junk food, which will definately be a hard step to take “NOW the other thing if I can only cut out JUNK FOOD, sh-t that’s my weakness,” she said. “But if I can give up those other things I’ll fight that to! Maybe two cupcakes a month.”

This was definately not the first time Elliott has been able to change her diet. Around the time that she put out the Under Construction album in 2002, she lost 70 pounds by changing her habits. She transformed again in 2014, losing 30 pounds by eating healthy and working out to Shaun T’s T25 workout videos. But small changes, as Elliott proves this time around, can go a long way.

What do we expect civilians to do If law enforcers are braking the law??

A Jamaica Defence member and his wife are in police custody in connection with the seizure of ganja following an operation in Greater Portmore, St. Catherine on Friday morning.

During the operation that lasted for four hours, the police found compressed and loose ganja weighing 651 pounds.

They also seized $265,000, a licenced firearm as well as ammunition and two motor cars.

The couple will be interviewed.

The Narcotics Police are investigating breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act and the Proceeds of Crime Act.

M16 riffles found in St. James

Members of the security forces  have found four M16 rifles and 120 rounds of ammunition in bushes in St James.

Four magazines, three ‘police’ vests and one resembling those worn by members of the army were found according to police sources.

They were found hidden in a rugged, hilly section of a community called Rocky Hill, near Ramble.

No arrest has been made.

The police and the army have been intensifying security operations in St James, now under a state of public emergency as part of efforts to recover illegal guns and reduce murders.

 

Another fatality in Trelawny

Three persons were confirmed dead following the two motor vehicle collision on the Duncans Bypass in Trelawny on Monday afternoon.

This collision involved a white Nissan Tiida motorcar and a red Toyota Wish. The Tiida was heading into Falmouth and the Wish was heading to Discovery Bay, St. Ann when the crash occurred.

The Nissan Tiida reportedly hit a wall then burst into flames. Two of its passengers were burnt beyond recognition. Three fire units were at the scene of the crash to extinguish the blaze.

An elderly woman, who was flung from the Toyota Wish, also died.

The driver of the Toyota Wish and three others were taken to hospital by passersby.

He has dreams of becoming an airline pilot

We are the victims’ – Street side windshield wipers say they are innocent despite barrage of complaints from mainly female motorists

 He has dreams of becoming an airline pilot, but until then, 14-year-old ‘Snuss’ helps his family to survive by cleaning windshield at the Portia Simpson Miller Square in St Andrew.

Last Thursday, Snuss, the youngest of those offering to clean motorists’ windshields in the square, told The Sunday Gleaner that he had skipped school for the day because his mother was at the hospital having a baby.

According to Snuss, he usually leaves his Majesty Gardens house on weekends, when he makes up to $3,000 on a good day.

He was adamant that he was not among those who are aggressive to motorists, particularly the females, who have related horror stories of their clashes with these windshield wipers who can be found offering their services at several stop lights in the Corporate Area.

Few bad apples

Fellow windshield wiper, ‘Indian’, was quick to support his young friend, as he told our news team that it was just a few bad apples causing motorists to give all of them a bad name.

According to Indian, they are generally a peaceful group who are oftentimes the subject of abuse.

“How we fi go to somebody and a look something and a get ignorant first, that nah go happen. You a go look something from somebody a them a go get ignorant first,” said Indian, who has five children depending on him.

“Me might see a girl and she look good, and me might just want give her a free wipe, but she just feel like say we definitely want money but a through she look nice in a the car we would a go over and say, ‘Pretty girl, respect …,’ so she think a money but a through the car dirty we would a give her a little wash,” added Indian.

It was a similar claim from windshield wipers at the intersection of Waterloo and Hope roads outside the historic Devon House. There ‘Mean Boss’ said he has been wiping windshields for five years after not finishing secondary school, and using the money he gets from motorists to support his two daughters.

According to Mean Boss, it is usually the female drivers who are the problem, not them.

“Nobody nah abuse them, a dem too aggressive. When them wake up a morning time, it coming like say a hell them wake up because by the time you put little water pon the car and them say them don’t have any money, we still a try fi give them a wipe. But when them turn on the wiper and make it stay so and a splash water in a the youth dem face and dem thing deh, that no nice,” said Mean Boss.

He pointed to a finger on his left hand which he said was fractured when a woman turned on her wiper while he tried to clean her glass.

Mean Boss scoffed at the explanation that many cars have a sensor which triggers the wiper once the windshield gets wet.

“A she dweet cuz me just barely put some water pon her car and say, ‘Good evening Miss, you want a wipe’. She fi just say no, me nuh want no wipe and mek me assist her and take off back the water,” he argued.

But the women tell a different story. One female motorist last week told The Sunday Gleaner that she was threatened with rape and death after her car automatically turned on the wiper after the windshield was wet by one of the men outside Devon House.

“I saw the face of the devil as he draped his body over the bonnet and threatened me,” said the woman, who added that she was a nervous wreck for all of the day.

Another female recounted how she tried frantically to close her window as one of the windshield wipers sprayed the water from his bottle into her face because she refused his offer to wipe her car glass.

“Something must be done about them. I had to change my route to avoid Devon House, and I try my best not to drive through Portia Simpson Miller Square because I am afraid of them,” said yet another female motorist.

Numerous arrests

But head of the Police Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, seemed to admit defeat as he told The Sunday Gleaner that the issue has been addressed numerous times but the windshield wipers keep coming back.

“When you arrest them and they are taken to the courts they might be sentenced to 10 days or so, then they are back in the zone,” said Allen.

Under the proposed new Police Service Act, members of the police force could be given the power to arrest without warrant with respect to aggressive begging, aggressive vending, loitering and intimidation of individuals, to assist in curbing street crimes such as loader men at transport centres and windshield wipers.

That change could be welcomed by Allen, who argued that, “A lot of the windshield wipers live on the streets, so that’s why it is required that all the critical agencies be on board to see how best we can address these youngsters,” added Allen.

He said most times the motorists who are abused by these windshield wipers are not willing to give a statement to the police, and this is one of the challenges they are having.

“In the meantime, in speaking with the divisional officers, we will see the whole aspect as part of our regular patrol along that particular (Devon Road) corridor,” said Allen.

Acting Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake has also argued that it needs more than policing to deal with the windshield wipers.

“Where are the parents of these little boys who are out there? With the best crime plan in the world, you are going to have these social issues which are putting these children into the crime pool and into gangs. The best police force in the world will not be able to get the desired results,” added Blake, as he addressed Gleaner editors and reporters last Thursday.

KFC suffers from chicken shortage in the UK

KFC-lovers in parts of the UK were dismayed after the company experienced a temporary shortage of chicken due to delivery issues.

The BBC said in a report Monday that hundreds of outlets were closed as a result of a supply disruption.

There are approximately 900 UK restaurants, 80 percent of which are run by franchisees.

KFC chicken was delivered via a South-African owned company called Bidvest, however, due to a change in contract which came into effect last Tuesday, some of the restaurants began running out of chicken.

The company tweeted to followers that the issue should be resolved soon.

“Hi Kevin, We deliver our chicken fresh to our restaurants and unfortunately have had some hiccups with delivery today. We are reluctant to open any restaurants without the full menu available. We’re very sorry but the Colonel is working on getting this fixed,” the company said via Twitter.

“The chicken crossed the road, just not to our restaurants,” KFC said on Twitter

 

 

“We’ve brought a new delivery partner onboard, but they’ve had a couple of teething problems – getting fresh chicken out to 900 restaurants across the country is pretty complex!” it added, apologising to customers for the inconvenience.”

“We won’t compromise on quality, so no deliveries has meant some of our restaurants are closed, and others are operating a limited menu or shortened hours.

The statement listed KFC restaurants that were still open despite the problems.

The distribution network uses software developed by the firm Quick Service Logistics (QSL).

DHL said: “Due to operational issues, a number of deliveries in recent days have been incomplete or delayed. We are working with our partners, KFC and QSL, to rectify the situation as a priority and apologise for any inconvenience.”

 

Leon Bailey for England? ‘Three Lions’ reportedly eyeing shock call up

Jamaican-born football sensation Leon Bailey may be in line for a shocking call up from England ahead of the World Cup, according to British media.

The 20-year-old, who’s making waves in Europe with his performances for Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga, reportedly qualifies to represent England by virtue of two grandparents having English passports.

This coupled with Bailey’s refusal to pledge his international future to Jamaica over an ongoing standoff between his adopted father/agent Craig Butler and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has created an opening for the English FA to lure the highly rated player to the ‘Three Lions’.

“Football Association bosses are understood to be working hard to convince him to represent England at international level,” reported The Sun newspaper based in the United Kingdom.

“(England coach) Gareth Southgate is believed to have sent scouts to watch him in action for Leverkusen this season… And the Kingston-born player is under consideration to be included in the squad for the final two friendly matches before the World Cup squad is named,” according to the report.

It is also being reported that the FA is hoping that Bailey’s strong friendship with England international Raheem Sterling, who is also Jamaican-born, will help their cause.

Bailey has represented Jamaica at the Under-23 level but has refused to make himself available for the senior team amid the continued disagreement between the JFF and Butler.

Butler has repeatedly indicated that he would not allow any players from his Phoenix Academy club to represent Jamaica if he did not have a role in the process.

Last October, Bailey was prevented from representing Jamaica against Saudia Arabia because Butler had pointed out during a meeting with members of the JFF and head coach Theodore Whitmore, that he wanted other players from his club – Phoenix Academy – to be invited to the team.

The meeting ended without any progress as Whitmore pointed out that he was only interested in inviting Bailey to the team.

The winner of the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Reggae album,,,Damian Marley

Damian Marley Wins Grammy for Best Reggae Album

Damian Marley has won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album for ‘Stony Hill‘ at 60th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony held on Sunday Madison Square Garden in New York City.This marks Damian’s third Grammy. He previously won for Best Reggae Album for Welcome To Jamrock (2006) and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for the said album. His ‘Halfway Tree‘ album received the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album.

This is the first time since 2003 that the ceremony is held outside Los Angeles.

Here were the nominees

Best Reggae Album

Chronixx, Chronology

Common Kings, Lost in Paradise

J Boog, Wash House Ting

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stony Hill

Morgan Heritage, Avrakedabra

In 2017, Ziggy Marley won his 7th Grammy Award for his self-titled Reggae Album at Grammys in Los Angeles, America. The Marley holds the record for the most wins in this category, with seven wins as of 2017. Morgan Heritage took home the 2016 Grammy, their first.

Shaggy performed duet with American legend Sting “Don’t Make Me Wait” which they first performed at the Shaggy and Friends Concert