Market day in Kingston

by Peter Ivey I once heard that if the solution to a global problem is an elephant, then we have to carefully decide which part of the elephant we want to be. In the Caribbean, one of the answers to the hunger crisis is in furthering the knowledge and the empowerment of our people. We must cultivate knowledge so as to raise awareness and increase information about the foods that we have available to us, so that we can be empowered to better utilize and maximize those foods. This year's theme for the World Food Day “Healthy Diets for a Zero Hunger world” ties in perfectly with this solution. Hunger should not be an issue in our resource-abundant region. In Jamaica alone, in 2017, there was a sizeable yield of 179,178 hg/ha in roots and tubers (Food and Agriculture Organization). From the perspective of poverty and nutritional value, roots and tubers have the potential to provide one of the cheapest sources of dietary energy and are not only delicious but can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Sweet potatoes and yams, as an example, provide 1kg of protein per hectare at a mere cost of $6.70 per hectare and $8.80 per hectare (USD) respectively, and according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, “Increasing the consumption of root crops could help save the much-needed protein provided essentially by other foods such as cereals and legumes [which are more expensive and difficult to acquire]. Traditionally, in Africa, root crops such as cassava are eaten with a soup or stew made of fish, meat or vegetables, providing an excellent supplement to cassava meal.” Herein lies the challenge raised by our charity, Mission:Food Possible. Consider this question. What if food leaders were taught to make delicious and satisfying meals in a number of ways, out of the most abundant, affordable and nutritionally rich foods that were readily available in their home communities? What would hunger begin to look like if parents, caregivers, chefs and school cooks were made aware of and empowered to create delicious menus using their region’s Most Valuable Produce (MVPs)? How would this affect poverty? Inequality? Health? Academic performance? Behaviour? More than 10,000 Jamaican children are currently living with diabetes. 1 in every 3 Caribbean children is either overweight or obese. 13 out of 14 Caribbean countries have less than a 6% chance of meeting the World Health Organization’s goal to halt the rise in obesity. What are we doing wrong? When I was in culinary school, I learned two things, almost at the same time: (1) The culinary field is exploding, and (2) Hunger is on the rise. This didn’t make sense to me. How is it that there were more people cooking than ever before but there were more people hungry worldwide? I decided that I wanted to find an answer to this global problem. The fact is that while food has played an important role in the history of globalization, creating economic linkages, fostering diplomacy and enriching cultures, it has also resulted in the marginalization of locally grown foods in favour of processed foods that are high in fats and sodium. The consequence of this shift has been malnourishment in the form of obesity and an increase in non-communicable diseases. In 2017 Jamaica produced 144,319 tonnes of yams, 72,990 tonnes of oranges, 64,815 tonnes of bananas, 50,494 tonnes of pumpkins, 45,232 tonnes of grapefruit and 35,818 tonnes of cabbage. During the same period, less than 2% of Jamaicans reportedly consumed an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables. (Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey). The paradox is literally painful. There is a popular saying, “You are what you eat.” I would like to take this one step further and suggest that, “You are what you waste.” We were put here, on this earth, with everything that we need to survive— and thrive. It is absolutely critical, now more than ever, that we empower ourselves as a region and make use of the resources with which we have been blessed. On this World Food Day lets each commit to educating and empowering ourselves so that we may reduce the scourge of malnourishment and silent hunger that has infiltrated our region endangering our lives, our livelihoods, and our children’s future.

This photo provided by the Virginia Department of Corrections shows Lee Boyd Malvo.  (Virginia Department of Corrections via AP)

Liberal and conservative justices seemed split Wednesday on whether to grant a new sentencing hearing to Jamaican-bornLee Boyd Malvo,one of two snipers who terrorized the Washington, D.C., region in 2002 when he was a teenager. The Supreme Court heard arguments on whether Malvo, who was 17 at the time of the killings, was wrongly sentenced in Virginia to life without parole. His attorneys say he deserves a new hearing because of recent Supreme Court rulings barring mandatory life sentences for juveniles and reserving the punishment for those "rare children whose crimes reflect irreparable corruption." Virginia argues Malvo's life sentence was not mandatory because the judge theoretically had discretion to suspend part of Malvo's life sentence, despite a state law mandating either execution or life without parole as the only sentencing options for a capital murder conviction. Even if Malvo prevails at the high court and gets a new sentencing hearing, a Virginia judge could reimpose a life sentence. Malvo also faces six life-without parole terms in Maryland that are not technically in front of the high court, though courts there have placed Malvo's Maryland appeals on hold while the Supreme Court decides this case. Elena Kagan, a justice on the court's liberal wing, said the high court's previous rulings on the subject should be understood broadly, and that courts are bound to give serious consideration to the notion that "youth matters" in determining a juvenile's sentence. On the other side, conservative Justice Samuel Alito suggested the court should simply apply the wording from its earlier case, which bans only mandatory life sentences without parole for juveniles. Because Virginia's Supreme Court has already ruled that Malvo's trial judge had discretion to lower Malvo's sentence, he would not be entitled to any relief under the court's previous ruling. Malvo was a 15-year-old from Jamaica who had been sent to live in Antigua when he met John Allen Muhammad and latched onto him as a father figure. Muhammad trained and indoctrinated Malvo, and in 2002 the pair embarked on a nationwide killing spree that concluded with a three-week rampage in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia that left 10 people dead and three wounded. The random shootings terrorized the region, and featured bizarre coded conversations from police to the snipers delivered during live news conferences with phrases like "Call me God" and "We have caught the sniper like a duck in a noose." Notes left behind at the shooting scenes included demands for ransom, but trial testimony indicated the shootings were a plan for Muhammad to regain custody of his children by killing his ex-wife, who lived in the region, and making her death appear to be a result of random violence. Muhammad was sentenced to death and executed. Malvo pleaded insanity but was convicted. The jury was then tasked with sentencing Malvo either to death or to life without parole. It opted for the latter. Malvo's lawyer, Danielle Spinelli, said that when the court issued its initial ruling banning mandatory life sentences for juveniles, in 2012's Miller v. Alabama, about 2,800 individuals were affected. Since then, the Supreme Court ruled in a follow-up case that the Miller case should be applied retroactively, and Spinelli said all but 60 defendants in six states have been granted some form of relief. "Virginia is not doing anything to comply with Miller," Spinelli said. Victims of the snipers are divided on the question. Some survivors and family members say they oppose a resentencing. Cheryll Shaw, whose father Jerry Taylor was killed by the snipers in Arizona, is one of several surviving victims and family members who have endorsed resentencing. Shaw, who attended Wednesday's arguments, said after the arguments that she hopes Malvo gets a new hearing and that he is transferred from Virginia's notorious Red Onion prison, but she is unsure whether she wants to see him released. "I'm not ready to see him get out any time soon," she said.

There is no such thing as too much Rihanna. Vogue knows this all too well, having had the international pop star and makeup mogul on the cover of various editions of the magazine a whopping 25 times! From 2009 to 2019, Rihanna has been serving face and body on cover after cover,including a record-breaking six US Vogue covers and three September issues. Rihanna's first Vogue cover was unveiled a decade ago when she graced the front of the Italian September issue. Aside from one picture, the Steven Klein photoshoot was done entirely in black and whiteand bore a close resemblance to the aesthetic for her then-upcoming album, 'Rated R', which was released two months later. In her latest cover, Rihanna spoke about every topic under the sun including US politics and family. Take a look at all 25 covers here: [image_gallery]

The new Queen of Dancehall, Grace Hamilton, more popularly known as Spice, has signed to the most dynamic drink brand, Magnum Tonic Wine. The avid dancehall artiste made it official through a massive announcement at the Mas Camp in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. The agreement will see the artiste champion the brand in Jamaica and across the region, including major markets Trinidad, StLucia, Guyana and others. The adept performer expressed her delight at being selected as the new face of the vibrant brand. “I’m so excited, I believe I have worked very hard to get to this point and Magnum certainly has worked for it, I love dancehall and Magnum Tonic Wine is the only brand I believe that has truly partnered with and tried to push Dancehall in the Caribbean. It’s a match made in heaven,” shared Spice. The announcement forms part of the brand’s Big 20 activities, commemorating 20 years since it first hit the market in 1999. “This year is all about making big moves and we just couldn’t think of a more fitting ambassador than the Queen of Dancehall. Magnum goes big in every way, bold, vibrant, dynamic, daring and that definitely describes Spice’s personality. We have been mounting massive executions all over the region from Guyana to Trinidad, StLucia and Barbados, as well as developing more new and exciting ways to get our consumers involved. The surprises definitely don’t stop here,” explained Kamal Powell, Regional Brand Marketing Manager, Magnum Tonic Wine. Debuting new music, premiering new styles and bringing Dancehall to the world ranks high on the artiste’s list of things to do. "There is a lot of work to be done and I’m definitely up to the task. I’ve never shied away from work. I have a lot of work to do with my Magnum Team in the Caribbean so all the Caribbean Countries need to look out for Spice, I’m coming!” ended Spice. Magnum Tonic Wine is distributed locally by Peter and Company Distribution Limited.

Smoke from burning cars rises due in Culiacan, Mexico, Thursday, October 17, 2019.  (AP Photo/Hector Parra)

An intense gunfight with heavy weapons and burning vehicles blocking roads paralyzed the capital of Mexico's Sinaloa state Thursday after security forces located one of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's sons who is wanted in the USon drug trafficking charges. Mexican security secretary Alfonso Durazo said 30 members of the National Guard and army were patrolling in Culiacan when they were fired on from a house. They repelled the attack and inside the house found Ovidio Guzmán López. The house was then surrounded by heavily armed gunmen who had "a greater force" and authorities decided to suspend the operation, Durazo said. He did not say if Ovidio Guzmán had been arrested or went free. "With the goal of safeguarding the well-being and tranquility of Culiacan society, officials in the security cabinet decided to suspend the actions," said Durazo. José Luis González Meza, a lawyer for "El Chapo's" family, told The Associated Press that Guzmán's family has said "Ovidio is alive and free" but that he had no more details about what had happened. Ovidio was not one of the jailed Mexican drug lord's best-known sons - Iván Archivaldo Guzmán and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán are known as "los Chapitos," or "the little Chapos," and are believed to currently run their father's Sinaloa Cartel together with Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada. But Ovidio Guzmán was indicted in 2018 by a grand jury in Washington, along with a fourth brother, for the alleged trafficking of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Following Thursday's localisation of Ovidio Guzmán, Culiacan exploded in violence with armed civilians in trucks roaring through the city's center shooting what appeared to be .50-caliber sniper rifles and machine guns. Videos published on social media showed a scene resembling a war zone, with gunmen, some wearing black ski masks over their faces, riding in the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned. People could be seen running for cover as machinegun fire rattled around them. Drivers drove in reverse frantically to get away from the clashes. "Nothing is working," said Ricardo González, a worker in the state's congress who shut himself up in his house after picking up his 15-year-old son from school. "There is a psychosis. No one knows what is going on but everyone is afraid and they have told us to not come in to work tomorrow." Sinaloa public safety director Cristóbal Castañeda told Milenio television that there were people wounded but did not provide a casualty figure. He did not rule out that there were deaths. Castañeda said gunmen blocked streets with burning vehicles, a common tactic to make it difficult for security forces to maneuver. Simultaneously, some 20 to 30 prisoners escaped though some were quickly recaptured, he said. State officials asked residents to avoid going out in parts of city. Sinaloa's soccer club Dorados announced that it had cancelled its game Thursday due to security concerns. Gov. Quirino Ordaz confirmed that school classes had been suspended but that businesses would open on Friday. González, however, doubted this. "There is no public transportation, no taxis, people outside the city remain blocked outside and tomorrow will be the same," he said, adding that Culiacan had not seen such a scene for almost a decade, when the Sinaloa Cartel was experiencing an internal war. Sinaloa is home to the cartel by the same name, which was led by "El Chapo" Guzmán. Guzmán was sentenced to life in prison in the United States in July. He has many children. After Guzmán's third arrest in 2016, an internal battle for succession began playing out. The battle was resolved with the arrest of Damaso López Nunez and his son Dámaso López Serrano, who led a rival faction.

In this photo released by NASA on October 17, 2019, US astronauts Jessica Meir, left, and Christina Koch pose for a photo in the International Space Station.(NASA via AP)

The world's first female spacewalking team made history high above Earth on Friday, floating out of the International Space Station to fix a broken part of the power network. As NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir emerged one by one, it marked the first time in a half-century of spacewalking that a woman floated out without a male crewmate. America's first female spacewalker from 35 years ago, Kathy Sullivan, was delighted. She said It's good to finally have enough women in the astronaut corps and trained for spacewalking for this to happen. NASA leaders — along with women and others around the world — cheered Koch and Meir on. At the same time, many noted that this will hopefully become routine in the future. "We've got qualified women running the control, running space centers, commanding the station, commanding spaceships and doing spacewalks," Sullivan told The Associated Press earlier this week. "And golly, gee whiz, every now and then there's more than one woman in the same place." Tracy Caldwell Dyson, a three-time spacewalker who watched from Mission Control, added: "Hopefully, this will now be considered normal." NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine watched the big event unfold from NASA headquarters in Washington. "We have the right people doing the right job at the right time," he said. "They are an inspiration to people all over the world including me. And we're very excited to get this mission underway." NASA originally wanted to conduct an all-female spacewalk last spring, but did not have enough medium-size suits ready to go. Koch and Meir were supposed to install more new batteries in a spacewalk next week, but had to venture out three days earlier to deal with an equipment failure that occurred over the weekend. They need to replace an old battery charger for one of the three new batteries that was installed last week by Koch and Andrew Morgan. "Jessica and Christina, we are so proud of you. You're going to do great today," Morgan radioed from inside as the women exited the hatch. Meir, making her spacewalking debut, became the 228th person in the world to conduct a spacewalk and the 15th woman. It was the fourth spacewalk for Koch, who is seven months into an 11-month mission that will be the longest ever by a woman.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

The transfer window may be shut, but Paul Pogba's future is still making headlines. Pogba – who is set to miss the Premier League showdown against Liverpool on Sunday due to injury – reportedly eyed a Manchester United exit and a move to Real Madrid. A switch to the Santiago Bernabeu could be on the horizon after Pogba was snapped with Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane in the United Arab Emirates. TOP STORY – POGBA MEETS ZIDANE IN DUBAI Pogbahas been linked with a fresh move toMadridafter theUnitedstar was pictured withZidane, reports The Mirror. Pogba wanted to leave United during the previous window, with LaLiga giants Madrid and former clubJuventusthe two favourites to sign the Frenchman, but a move did not materialise. However, Pogba – recovering from a foot injury – was seen with Madrid head coach Zidane during his trip to Dubai, fuelling fresh speculation over his future at Old Trafford. ROUND-UP - According to 90min, United are monitoringParis Saint-GermainforwardEdinson Cavani. The 32-year-old Uruguay international is out of contract at this season's end and has been linked to Juve, Atletico Madrid and Inter Miami. -Interare chasing Brescia sensationSandro Tonaliand Atalanta'sDejan Kulusevski, says Calciomercato. Both players are 19 years of age and attracting interest in Serie A. - Calciomercato also reportsTottenhamare ready to sendChristian EriksentoJuventusin exchange forAdrien Rabiot. Eriksen's contract expires at the end of the season and has been linked to the likes of Madrid and United, while Rabiot only moved to Turin from PSG at the end of 2018-19. - Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, United, Spurs and Inter have been credited with interest in Borussia Monchengladbach midfielderDenis Zakaria, according to Bild. -Manchester Cityhave emerged as favourites to sign Hearts teenagerAaron Hickey, claims the Daily Star.

Paul Gascoigne.

Former England, Tottenham and Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne has been found not guilty of sexual assault and common assault. Gascoigne, 52, who earned 57 caps for England between 1988 and 1998, was arrested on August 20, 2018 and charged on November 19 with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on a train. He entered a plea of not guilty at Peterlee Magistrates' Court in County Durham on December 11 last year, with the case coming to trial at Teesside Crown Court this week. In judge Peter Armstrong's directions to the jury on Wednesday, he informed them they may consider an alternative offence of "assault by beating" if found not guilty of sexual assault following evidence and witness statements. The jury returned verdicts of not guilty for both charges on Thursday. His solicitor read a statement on behalf of Gascoigne outside the court, saying: "To have a sexual allegation hanging over me for over 12 months has been so tough. "I'm so glad I was finally able to put over my side of the story and the jury came to the correct verdict."

Students of several schools in VieuxFort had their knowledge broadened on financial management at the Laborie Credit Union 3rd Annual Financial Reality Fair yesterday, October 15, 2019. The event, which was held on the compound of its Vieux Fort branch, was designed as a simulation to encourage students once they have acquired their first job, to budget their money and determine how they are going to spend their first salary. The fair generated much interest among the students who expressed satisfaction with what they had learnt. [related node_id='ed276f79-a9fd-4c24-a84d-fb2f6b303ca2'] According to the credit union’s Member Relations and Marketing Officer, Jeanell Garness, the simulation will help the students as it relates to decisions relating to expenditure on housing, clothing, food, grooming, among others, which will confront the students when they begin to work. She said students who have gained employment after attending the exercise have praised the Laborie Credit Union for what it has taught them. “People who have started working came back to the credit union to say, “thank you” for putting on the simulation because it has helped them make better decisions,” Garness told Loop News. She added that they say the exercise taught them the importance of saving as opposed to spending their entire salaries. According to Garness, the fair also made the students appreciate the challenges their parents experience on a daily basis, such as going to work daily in order to ensure they provide them with food, clothing and shelter. “A lot of the students say they wish they would remain as children because they never imagine the type of decisions their parents have to make on their behalf,” she said.

New Dock Road

Minibus drivers plying various routes in and out of the town of Vieux-Fort are breathing a sigh of relief these days. That’s because the changes made to the directions of vehicular traffic in Vieux-Fort, which were implemented by the traffic department of the Vieux-Fort Police Station a few weeks ago, have significantly eased up the traffic congestion in the town. Loop News spoke withminibus drivers today, Tuesday, October 15, 2019,who have been perhaps the most concerned withtraffic being reduced to a snail’s pace along the main streets in the townover the past year. [related node_id='eead8a99-5f91-47e9-9920-55c4261ba17b'] “I must say kudos to the Vieux-Fort police for reducing the traffic congestion in Vieux-Fort. Now the traffic is flowing like a river,” Errol Charles, a minibus driver plying the Vieux-Fort Mon Repos route, told Loop News, adding that the situation is of great relief for minibus drivers. Alexis Louisy, president of the Choiseul Minibus Drivers Association said: “I am very happy that the police have reduced the traffic problem in Vieux-Fort. Vehicular traffic is flowing much better than it was a few months ago.” He added that he hopes the situation will continue to improve and the changes made to vehicular traffic in Vieux-Fort will be permanent. Peter Richard, another minibus driver, said he is satisfied with the work of the police in improving the traffic congestion in Vieux-Fort. Those changes include, among others: converting some of the streets into one-ways; changing the directions vehicles are allowed to travel on certain streets; and putting an end to double parking on them. The department has also increased the presence of traffic officers in Vieux-Fort. Some of these changes are temporary,pending the results they bring. When the changes to the directions of vehicular traffic were implemented a few weeks ago, the traffic department of the Vieux-Fort Police Station had always insisted that it would significantly reduce the traffic problem in the town. But a number of minibus drivers had said that it wouldnever work. Some felt that it would havereduced the traffic congestion in one part of the town but at the same time worsen it in another part.