Are bullets more Jamaican than Usain Bolt?

 

In 2015 there were 1192 murders in Jamaica. The country had about 45 slayings per 100,000 people in 2015 keeping it ranked as one of the world’s most violent countries. By comparison Chicago, which has roughly the same population as Jamaica, around 2.7 million, had 468 killings in 2015. With the recent Olympics showcasing the physical superiority of some of Jamaica’s athletes, the darker side to real Jamaican  issues gets pushed aside. Usain Bolt has brought a lot of attention to Jamaica but he gets more attention as an individual than the Country as a whole.

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Banking stress tests

What is a stress test in banking

A stress test in the land of finance is an analysis or simulation designed to determine the ability a financial instrument has to deal with an economic crisis. Usually projections are based on the best case scenarios. We’ve all seen Dragons Den for example, where the pitcher is asked about yearly projections, Yr1,2,3. These estimates are based on hitting targets, growing workforce & consistent economy etc. In the lucrative world of banking the following is usually considered in a stress test;

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Why black lives don’t matter to most people

There has been a lot of talk about the Black Lives Matter movement  since extra light has been shed on the unjust killings of black men by white policemen in America. The movement started with campaigning against violence towards black people after the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter became popular on social media when George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a black teen, in 2013.

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Skepta the Mastermind

Skepta aka Joseph Junior Adenuga born in 1982  is an MC from Tottenham North London. He started his musical career as a DJ and began to develop his own sound as part of the roll deep crew with his brother JME. Grime was still underground at this stage and a lot of the music and MC’s sounded the same. Skepta didn’t really stand out at this point as Wiley, Kano and Dizzee Rascal became the evolving faces of the scene. Skepta branched out to form Boy Better Know which was a truly independent record label. From here Skepta’s originality and audible proficiency was showcased on a variety of singles, mix-tapes and clashes. The sound remained within genre, with typical grime beats and a jabbing flow. Listen to ‘Microphone champion’ and you can see the potential of the artist swallowed up by what the status-quo expected from a grime artists at the time. This is why the grime scene stayed stagnant for so long.

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Donald Trumps most sincere speech

Propaganda is so powerful these days  that the media can make you believe anything. Especially in the weird and wonderful world of politics. With the up and coming US presidential election we have been given a delectable bad guy in the form of Donald Trump who is most famous for the Celebrity apprentice TV show. We have always known him to speak his mind, and in the current debates he has been given a platform to showcase his borderline bigotry and the whole world ran with it. Trump speaks as a lone wolf amongst controlled monsters who spout corporate rhetoric in the hope of receiving votes. He is different and will have a tough time if he is to win. He has however, had some progressive things to say in his speeches and debates.

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Make up needs a shake up

The most common age for young girls to start wearing make up in this country is 11yrs old. It seems that society these days has an unhealthy obsession with beauty and appearance. We are bombarded on a daily basis by airbrushed images of models on the TV, radio, magazines & newspapers so I can understand why this creates a warped perception of beauty in many people’s minds. Children exposed to this pick up the insecure vibration levels and jump on the slap stick band wagon to clown looking town. Now there’s nothing wrong with a little make up, but imagine a world where looking like Katie Price isn’t what young girls aspire to. Imagine picking up a magazine and seeing Kelly Brook embracing the beauty of her human flaws.

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The Raid Redemption (2011)

An Indonesian martial arts fest that is skull-splinteringly violent, uncompromisingly intense and simply brilliant. The fight scenes are visually sublime, and the actors fulfil their roles superbly. The leading man is Iko Uwais who tops the list of martial arts heroes and is directed by the Welsh film-maker Gareth Huw Evans, who keeps a 10-tonne weight positioned on the accelerator from start to finish. In Enter the Dragon, Bruce Lee famously says: “We need emotional content, not anger.” But frankly there seems to be an awful lot of anger here and its brilliant. I can’t believe that the filming ended without some pretty serious hospitalisation for everyone concerned. There really aren’t many films that will have you holding clenched fists to the corners of your mouth for over an hour and a half. I was forever bleating the two clipped monosyllables of shock: “Ohhhsh … ” and “Ohhhhf …”. Totally Freaking Awesome!

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