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Oh, my God, as if we do not have enough troubles already, I have to wake up to the news that a Boeng 737 Airplane has been hijacked on Jamaican soil, and by a “mentally challenged” 20 year old.

As disturbing as the news is I am glad that no one was hurt and the perpetrator was subdued and quickly removed from the scene and is in the custody of the security forces.

My beef is with the group of people manning the Airport. How on earth can an individual pass through Airport security, get on board an Aircraft filled with passengers with a weapon, whether it be concealed or not.

Something just does not add up and it puts the whole security setup in a bad  light, someone has some serious questions to answer for this horrible situation.

These are my suggestions to eradicate such an event from ever happening again.

  1. Airport personnel are to be thoroughly trained in all forms of Anti-Terrorist strategies.
  2. Airport personnel are to be transferred to random locations without their knowledge of where they will be stationed. This is to be done at the discretion of the dispatchers.
  3. Special attention is to be given to identifying wrong-doers as opposed to harassing lawful visitors and returning residents.
  4. All out-of-bounds areas are to be clearly identified and a security officer placed at said locations. He/she is to give a written account of all activities of his station, listing names and times of access granted to individuals who have entered these restricted areas.
  5. No security officer should leave his/her post unless another security officer stands in his stead.
  6. If an individual is deemed to be behaving in a suspicious manner, whether through his/her body language, or is just being plain rude. Such a person should immediately be accosted, processed to establish the facts and removed from the premises if such an action is warranted.
  7. All security personnel are to be thoroughly trained in Airport security tactics.
  8. The security of the Airport and its adjoining facilities, is to be stressed during the training of Airport security personnel.
  9. Refresher courses are to be held quarterly during the year so that individuals are kept on top of their game.
  10. Airport security personnel are to be held accountable, and severely punished for violation of any of his/her mandated duties.

I welcome your comments.

Dean Wong.

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One Love

One Love

Musical Icon, Bob Marley Had A Strong Positive Mindset.

So over a week ago a friend of mine was visiting from the United States and he told me he had an interest in going to the Bob Marley Museum. I told him I would gladly take him as I had some time on my hands due to a short vacation leave I had taken, and then again I thought it would be cool just to hang out out with him for a while and it was a welcome distraction from my normal routine.

Needless to say, it was a very enjoyable experience, even for a Jamaican who would be tempted to take our national treasures for granted. His music is still so potent and relevant, it continues to resound and reverberate in our minds and over the airways. We can never have too much of Bob’s music, its that good, and yes he still continues to “hit us with music”.

The Honourable Robert Nesta Marley O.M. had that special “mindset”, he knew exactly what he wanted and went after it with zeal and determination. He was a freedom fighter, who chose to challenge the status quo and speak up about the political issues of his time, some of them still exist today, but we have come a far way as a people.

He was selfless, fearless and a true leader who spoke with humility and a certain non-challantness that is missing from the character of  most leaders today. He never sought the limelight but he was always in it. He was deep and insightful, as deep and insightful as his songs are.

Women found his boyish charm attractive and, oh, incase you did’nt know he had twelve children, seven boys and five girls and was voted by Time Magazine as the number two Sexiest Man in the world.

The museum is the same location he called home on 56 Hope Road in Kingston and it does get its fair share of visitors both Jamaicans and Internationals year round.

Jurnalist came from all over the world to interview him, in one of his televised interviews he gave this quote “if my life is jus fi mee, den I don’t want it”. That statement epitomized the character of the man.

Here are some facts about Bob Marley and his legacy.

1. He was born in Nine Mile, Saint Ann, Jamaica on February 6th 1945.
2. His Mother’s name is Cedella Marley Booker (deceased).
3. His father’s name was Captain Norval St. Claire Marley.
4. He moved to Trench Town in 1956.
5. He married Rita Anderson in 1966.
6. A Centenary Medal was bestowed upon him by the Jamaican government in 1970 and 1979.
7. The One Love Peace Concert was staged in Kingston in 1978, to bring the two political parties togerther.
8. In 1978 he received a Silver Star Award for the album ‘Kaya’.
9. In 1978 he also received a Gold Award for the album ‘Kaya’.
10. He was presented with a Citation from the Assembly of Wisconsin on May 25th, 1978.
11. In December 1979 he was presented with a Certificate of Citizenship from the Mayor of Atlanta.
12. In 1979 he received a Gold Award for the album ‘Babylon By Bus’.
13. In 1979 he also received the German Record Award for the album ‘Natty Dread’.
14. In 1980 he received a Gold Award for the album ‘Uprising’.
15. In September 1980, he performs at Madison Squear Gardens, with The commodores.
(Lionel Richie visits the Museum from time to time on his many return trips to Jamaica, to pay his respect and reminisce.)
16. The Jamaican Government bestowed upon him “The Order Of Merit” in 1981.
17. He passed away on May 11, 1981 succombing to cancer.
18. He received a Certificate of Appreciation, post humously, from Dade County, Florida in 1982.
19. A Tripple Platinum Award was awarded to him for the album ‘Legend’ in 1984.
20. The album ‘Legend’ was also voted “Best International Album” for 1984.
21. The Bob Marley Museum was opened to the public on May 11, 1986.
22. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
23. In 1997 he received an ASCAP Award for being among the top Reggae Artistes on the Music Charts.
24. He also received an ASCAP Award for the album ‘Stir It Up’
25. In 1999 he received a Diamond Certifcate for the album ‘Legend’.
26. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award NARAS (Grammy) in February 2001.
27. On May 31st 2001, the Bob Marley Museum was declared a protected National Heritage Site.
28. In November 2004, he was inaugurated into the United Kingdom Hall of Fame.
29. In 2005 he was named the Greatest Gig by a U.K. T.V. station.
30. His album ‘Exodus’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February, 2006.
31. His album ‘One Love’ was voted #1 by Conde Nest travellers Readers in 2006.
32. His home at 34 Ridgemount Gardens, Camden, London, was declared a Heritage Site in 2006.
33. A Statue of the late Raggae Icon now stands in the town of Banatski, Sokolac in Croatia. Inscribed on a plaque by the statue are the words”Fighter For Freedom, Armed With A Guitar”. The statue was created by a local Sculptor, Davor Dukic.

In December 2004, Scott Schinder of New York City wrote the following pertaining to Bob Marley.

“Although his voice was silenced at the peak of his potency and creativity, Bob Marley’s influence looms as large as ever, serving as an inspiration to fans around the world and a role model to multiple generations of younger artists. More than two decades after his passing, Marley remains one of contemporary music’s towering figures, and these songs demonstrate the timeless power of his vision.”

Yeah man, with Bob it was always about the people and music, it was always about love.

One Love,

Island Boy.

I welcome your comments.


250120070011THE MINDSET

So what is this “mindset” that everyone is talking about? It seems to me to be a word that is being used more frequently in today’s society, all over the world, or is it just another cliche?  what is it? does this “right mindset” have a description?

As a result of my observation and study, I have come to the understanding that a person’s “Mindset” is an indication of future success or failure.

Henry Ford once  said that “whether a person thinks he can or he can’t he is right. ” Now there was an individual with the right mindset. He would never accept defeat, the word “impossible” was not in his vocabulary, hence he was able to accomplish what most men would not even attempt to dream about.

Mindset Ingredients

In order to have this right mindset, three things have to be in the mix.

1. Ground yourself in the fact that you will accomplish what you desire.

2. You must be willing to “pay the price” to accomplish your desire.

3. See yourself as already having accomplished your desire.

The first ingredient pertains to having the knowledge that come “hell or high water” you will succeed. Whatever it is that you truly want in your life be it personal, physical, emotional or spiritual, you must and will attain it.  Removing all doubt and fear from within and focusing all your energy on the prize. Having the faith which is the substance of things not seen and the evidence of things to come, in your God given ability to be, do and have all that you want to be, do and have. Know that YOU create your own circumstances, as Napoleon Bonapart rightly said “circumstance, I create them”.
The second ingredient involves being willing to do not just your best, but whatever is required, ethically, to succeed. You may need to find the right people who can assist you in accomplishing your dream, find them, you will be led to them. This is one of the “secrets” in the Law Of Attraction.

It is more than just “thinking” of something and believing it will come to you automatically. There is some “doing” involved and when you begin to do what is required of you, then the people who can assist you and guide you into the path of your success will suddenly come into your life. This is an absolute truth as it has happened to me time and time again, and each time I am amazed at the outcome.

You may also have to remove yourself from the company of negative individuals, whether they are friends or family members, which may make it even more difficult but that is a part of the “price” you must pay.

Negative and positive energy can never and will never coexist. You must find yourself in the company of like minded individuals who can brainstorm with you ideas that come to you, these people will be your mastermind group. If you surround yourself with negative thinking people they will “suck” the life out of you and lead you into a depressed state, you then become as negative as they are, they are poison to your bones so remove yourself from their atmosphere, immediately.

The third ingredient involves “seeing” yourself as already having, doing or becoming whatever it is that you want. You must be able to see yourself achieving your goals, feel it, smell it, taste it and begin to “live it”.

Visualize your triumph with passion. If you need help, get pictures of the things you want to have, cut them out and create a “vision board” and keep it close to your work station or someplace that you can easily and readily see it.

Your intention must be clear as this will solidify your goals. Write them down and begin to take the necessary steps to accomplish each goal. This may probably be one of the more difficult aspects of the whole process as you will need to have a “pit bull” tenacity to stick to the process, this is the “mindset” which I call your level of “stick-to-it-tive-ness” where the rubber meets the metal.

Your actions may be slow, but they must be deliberate, no matter how small they are, stay the course. Keep your goal in front of you, if you run into an obstacle, refine and re-define your action steps and act accordingly.

Falling does not make one a failure, it is one’s failure to get up from a fall, that makes him/her a failure.

I hope these few words make some sort of sense, to someone.

I welcome your comments.

Regards,

Dean Wong.

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