Usain Bolt loses to Yohan Blake

Usain Bold has lost to Yohan Blake at the Jamaica National Stadium setting a personal best of 9.75 seconds. What does this mean for the Olympics?

Usain Bolt loses.

Yohan Blake beat Usain Bolt.

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Dealing with stress

Stresed

The stress of working, studying, family or just living can drive the best of us insane at times but stress is something we all have to deal with in a way which won’t negative impact our health. Stress is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” The morbid tension and strain can result in several health risk including:

Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Cognitive Symptoms Emotional Symptoms
  • Memory problems
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative
  • Anxious or racing thoughts
  • Constant worrying
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Agitation, inability to relax
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Sense of loneliness and isolation
  • Depression or general unhappiness
Physical Symptoms Behavioral Symptoms
  • Aches and pains
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Nausea, dizziness
  • Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Eating more or less
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Isolating yourself from others
  • Procrastinating or neglecting responsibilities
  • Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
  • Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

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So how do you deal with stress? I would suggest a calm and relaxing jog in the crisp cool of the morning dew, taking some time off work( if you can in this economy) and just going out a little more. Life is not an easy road as weh Buju seh.

There are bound to be pot holes on your journey regardless of the path you take, the important thing is you deal with what ever may arise in a calm, collected and well thought out manner as to save your self anymore heartache down the line.

So to all my people take it easy and go through, with perseverance it must get better no matter how bleak the situation looks.

NUFF LOVE!!!

On the bus.

Country bus.

For me its an experience like no other. The simple pleasure derived from traversing the island landscape on a local bus or on a maxi can’t be measured.

If you are traveling on a large vessel through the hills and bushes and your alone in your row with your eyes left to wonder, your mind has the rear pleasure in these times of simply being at rest.

Interesting as opposed to just shutting down after being at ease your splendid brain does the opposite and springs to vibrant life. Ideas blast through as your imagination runs wild. It’s special because you feel no stress, sorrow or grief, just at ease as you take your time to enjoy the sights and craft new ideas for tomorrow.

So if you ever get the chance I would advise just going somewhere, anywhere! If you live it the states get on a Grey Hound and see what your surroundings offer. I know a lot of you may feel the way I felt while living in ‘farin’. “Lawd a massy, why it so cold?” So to avoid the frost you stay inside; warm and toasty.

It’s approaching the summer and I would say get out more, get to know the place and enjoy yourselves. But of course New York aint Trini, Vincy or even reminiscent of the West Indies for that matter, but hey there’s not much you do about.

Live and love

Claiming Caribbean Abroad

When you travel to other countries do you big up your homeland? Well I know one thing for sure the strong and varied accents across the Caribbean are not easily ignored when you venture into snow land. Where are you from? is a common question, so how do you answer?

I always find it interesting; the fascination with Caribbean identity¬† in places like the United States, Canada, England and all over the vast a meandering terrain of the African continent. It somehow feels like they know we are a force to be reckoned with. From Vincy to Bajan to Trini to Dominican(always a get mix up) all the way across to Belize we are a unique bunch. Our music, art and life is the subject of envy and badmind, but haters can’t stop we. We moving forward. Coming from a history of bondage, plight and fear we are are growing stronger day by day making our voices be heard politically on an international scale plus from Bob Marley and Billy Ocean days we music have the world head a spin. Its truly lovely.

Whats your favourite feature of Caribbean life? The good up good up food, the night life the people, the sun, there is just so much to love.

Enjoy!

Family in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom(especially England)

Jamaica and the United Kingdom pin.

If your a West Indian this has got to be one of the things that incorporate the many facets of your life; staying in touch with a sparsely scattered family unit. With call rates being what they are it may be no easy task to always giving the overseas fam a hail.

So why are so many of our mother fathers, aunts, sister and brothers spread out across the world. Its because we as Caribbean people strive for better and anywhere in the world opportunity presents itself we will take advantage with swiftness. Over recent years several university graduates have taken up the mantle and decided to travel to China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines to teach English or work in tourism field. Sure this migration pattern is not unique to Caribbean but one has to appreciate the fact that due to our size and and scattered geological composition factored with a growing population is becoming more and more difficult for our islands and countries to support us all.

No one can call us leaches or free loaders in their land because we go there work, very hard! Furthermore in the early 20th century millions of people were leaving Europe for the United States, Canada and South America to escape poverty, starvation and plague. This tremendous exodus gave the European economy much needed breathing room and was critical point in the history of its development.

So to all my Caribbean family living abroad keep your head up and work hard to achieve you goals, knowing that we must make better for ourselves, family and country. but remember to never forget where your coming from especially if you have children as was explored in a previous article. Barrel children and the Caribbean diaspora.

I know it isn’t easy but whenever you can can give your family and friends in the island a call, you should. The same should be expected from the people back home, they should be calling you to comfort you and ease your heated tension in the unforgiving snow. This is were a problem presents itself for a lot of people; when they call the family or the family call them, all the ones abroad hear is: “you nah sen money, you nah file fe me?, me want new shoes, me hungry, you forget we? you don’t member me?” and then its straight dial tone. STRAIGHT!

Have little compassion man! Because its the impression that when you go abroad you become a comic-book sentinel and the idea that money drop offa tree that leads many families to drift apart. So respect each other position member that some in the cold toiling and barely a survive, while some are in countries where the people look nothing like them and have to deal with awkward stares and rude remarks on a daily basis.

Stay strong!

Religion and spirituality in the modern Caribbean

Worship

In the modern Caribbean, technology and access to knowledge has reached an astonishing level, so has literacy. These leaps in the social life of the average West Indian man may have seemed like a preposterous delusion in the minds of 19th century men and women living the region and tilling the lands. As a result of us moving forward the Caribbean people seem to be on the path to an unavoidable trend. As literacy and education levels rise the belief in God and the supernatural falls. Why? Because people become more open to asking questions, questions which a few decades ago could have gotten you some cuss-out, taken to local spiritual leader/guru or result in a flagging.

But now as I walk the streets of my town I’m beginning to realize that the youth are far more open to discussing topics such as atheism, homosexuality and all the other subjects which were outlawed in grandma’s days. I believe at the core of this is the media namely the internet, cable television(American television; because all the channels are from the US) and more access to foreign press, polls and opinions. Thanks to this bombardment of information we are beginning to see something remarkably different in the youth. But what the so called “first world” and the youth may see as progress older people might take as a gloomy sign of the end times.

I remember asking my grand-aunty:

Me: Granny what if heaven and Jesus don’t exist?

Granny: Likkle fool-fool bwoy go sit down and stop chat foolishness!

Just like that it was over, no more questions regarding the issue. So as me and many of my peers thirst and dig for understanding our parents wail in frustration as they interpret our activities as sinful and “it is wrong to question God”

So is this the generation of West Indians that will begin the exodus away from religion and towards the more contemporary views on evolution and the big band? Will we be the ones to throw away the tale of Adam and Eve for quantum mechanics and sub-atomic forces. Well we’ll have to wait and see. But for now take a look at the current religious demographic of our tropical haven.

Religious Affiliation in the Caribbean
Religion Total Number Percent (%)
Judaism 1,888 0.01
Islam 15,860 0.07
Hinduism 279,515 1.17
Protestantism 5,912,490 24.85
Catholicism 14,102,041 59.23
Other 3,497,828 14.69

Stay focused on whatever path you choose to take, because remember its your life and you must try and do what makes you fulfilled even if it means subtracting a few things from your life. Remain steadfast in whatever you believe if it makes you happy.

Hold the faith.