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JAMAICA ESCAPED STEER FREDDIE LIVING IT UP AT NEW HOME IN NEW JERSEY

Seems that the cow who escaped the slaughterhouse in Jamaica, Freddy or as I like to call  him, JaMOOca, seems to be enjoying his freedom and new life in New Jersey.

His life seems more relaxing and peaceful that those of us here in Jamaica.

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From DNAInfo New York:

Freddie the Steer ‘Doing Great’ in His New Home, Animal Sanctuary Says

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | January 26, 2016 2:42pm
 Freddie the bull is now recovering at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey.

Freddie the bull is now recovering at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue in New Jersey.

Courtesy of Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue

QUEENS — After he narrowly escaped the butcher’s knife, Freddie the steer is in his brand-new home across the Husdon and is “doing great,” according to the New Jersey animal sanctuary that saved him.

The bovine, named after Queen singer Freddie Mercury, is now recovering at Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue, where he was taken after his ordeal last Thursday, when he made a daring escape from a Jamaica slaughterhouse only to be returned there later to face certain death.

“He is doing really well,” said Mike Stura, 49, the owner of the sprawling 230-acre sanctuary in Wantage, who brought Freddie to New Jersey on Friday.

Stura, who arrived at the slaughterhouse on Archer Avenue and 165th Street on Thursday night after its owners were already gone for the day, waited all night in his truck to speak to them Friday morning — just hours before the steer was slated to be killed — and managed to persuade them to spare Freddie’s life.

“The first day he was anxious to be here, but every day he is getting more and more calm and now he walks into the barn with me without real coaxing,” Stura said.

Mike Stura and Freddie at Skylands Animal Sanctuary And Rescue (Photo credit: Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue).

The 1-year-old Freddie who was checked by a vet last Friday before Stura brought him to the sanctuary, will now stay in quarantine for about two weeks.

According to Stura, the steer is healthy, but has a broken blood vessel in one of his eyes.

“Looks like he took an injury to his eye but he should be OK,” Stura said.

Soon Freddie, who weights about 800 pounds, will meet other bovines around his size “nose to nose.”

“He is not a baby, but he is not a full grown-up yet,” Stura said.

Eventually, Freddie will be able to hang out with all 75 other rescues at the sanctuary, 18 of which are bovines, in addition to sheep, chickens, goats and pigs, Stura said.

Photo credit: Skylands Animal Sanctuary and Rescue.

JAMAICA 61 YEAR OLD MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE OUTSIDE HIS FAMILY PACKED TO THE WALLS APARTMENT

A couple of blocks from me, a 61 year man, Sunildatt Seudatt, went outside in front of his Jamaica apartment building (well more of one of those shitty third world country dwellings) and set himself on fire and died Friday night. Damn, what about a bottle of booze and sleeping pills, so much less violent.

Seudatt was part  of a large family of Guyanese immigrants.  One relative said that a daughter of Seudatt and two young grandchildren also lived with him and that he was depressed.

Living with a shitload of family members in probably not a very big apartment in those typical shitty third world dwellings, I would be depressed too. All the damn noise and constant in and out of family members continuously that happen with many immigrants would make me fucking crazy.

Love how the article states:

Firefighters found the victim, identified by family as Sunildatt Seudatt, already dead on the concrete yard outside 172-41 90th Ave. in Jamaica at around 9 p.m.

Concrete yard, so typical in Queens and especially Jamaica. I have walked by this place a few times, always a mess outside with garbage and other shit, and the “concrete yard”, plus always fucking noise.

And before anyone says that is harsh and unsympathetic on my part, no harsh is setting your ass on fire in front of your place where your family lives. Yep, NYC, is a damn jungle that  makes you go fucking insane.

The "concrete yard" where a 61 year old man set himself on fire Friday night.

The “concrete yard” where a 61 year old man set himself on fire Friday night.

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From The Daily News:

Queens man dies after setting himself on fire

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 12:42 AM
Firefighters found the victim, identified by family as Sunildatt Seudatt, already dead outside his apartment house. Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News

Firefighters found the victim, identified by family as Sunildatt Seudatt, already dead outside his apartment house.

A Queens man died after setting himself on fire in front of his apartment house Friday night, authorities said.

Firefighters found the victim, identified by family as Sunildatt Seudatt, already dead on the concrete yard outside 172-41 90th Ave. in Jamaica at around 9 p.m.

Neighbors told family members that they tried pouring water on Seudatt, but it was too late.

Neighbors told family members that they tried pouring water on Seudatt, but it was too late. Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News – Neighbors told family members that they tried pouring water on Seudatt, but it was too late.

Relatives were at a loss as to why Seudatt, described as part of a large family of Guyanese immigrants, would kill himself so violently.

One relative, who declined to give his name, said Seudatt had been depressed. He said that a daughter of Seudatt and two young grandchildren also lived in the three-story building.

“I saw the fire trucks earlier. You would never think that this would be why,” said Rebekah Singh, 40, Seudatt’s niece.

SO MUCH FOR JAMAICA PEACE WEEK – SHOOTING IN LAURELTON

And here we go again……………………

 

From Queens Courier:

Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD

Photo via Google Maps/Inset courtesy of NYPD
Police are looking for the getaway car involved in a shooting on 140th Avenue in Laurelton on Jan. 26.

Police released on Thursday an image of the getaway car believed to have been involved in a shooting on a Laurelton Street on Tuesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the incident occurred at 3:50 p.m. in front of a location on 140th Avenue off 218th Street.

Sources familiar with the investigation stated an unidentified man approached the 19-year-old male victim in the street and shot him in the upper torso and left wrist. The gunman then fled the scene inside a dark gray Mercedes-Benz four-door sedan with dark rims which sped away westbound on 140th Avenue.

Officers from the 105th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed the victim to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information regarding the shooting or the whereabouts of the vehicle or gunman is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

KATZ’S 2016 STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS JUST FULL OF BULLSHIT BUT ACTIVIST PAMELA HAZEL’S COMMENTS HAVE BEEN EDITED OUT

Just for the record, Katz is in the background of my photo. I will not shake hand and smile with her until she fulfills her promises.

Just for the record, Katz is in the background of my photo. I will not shake hand and smile with her until she fulfills her promises.

Earlier I posted what I thought was Queens Public TV 2016 State of the Address on their website by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and watched the entire bullshit speech and never heard Community Activist Pamela Hazel’s comments and then someone informed me the speech was from last year. So tonight on Queens Public TV they showed the 2016 State of the Address and I watched the entire bullshit fest (and boy was it painful to sit through, especially hearing what a wonderful great City Council we have and how hard each member works for their district). BUT, Pamela’s interruption and Katz’s response was completely edited out, like it never happened.

An article in the Queens Chronicle (http://www.qchron.com/editions/queenswide/boro-is-on-a-roll-but-there-s-more-to/article_3b1a2efb-b3f8-508e-9185-a7d1aeca0d37.html) actually printed some of those comments:

According to Katz, the plan, backed by public funding to the tune of $153 million, is designed to “stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica’s downtown core.” Katz called the plan “aggressive,” “holistic” and the “first of its kind.”

While that news drew applause from many in the crowd, Katz’s statements on affordable housing and beautification in Jamaica greatly upset community activist Pamela Hazel, who interrupted the borough president’s address.

“I waited for her accolades specifically on Jamaica, but she supplied none,” Hazel said in a statement issued after the speech. “As she was running down her feel-good political sermon, I became impatient so I interrupted her.”

Much to everyone’s surprise, Hazel stood up in the aisle, yelling, “You did not keep your promises to clean up Jamaica. There is widespread garbage, speeding trucks and abandoned vehicles.”

On the issue of affordable housing, Hazel shouted, “What about the chronic surge in shelters?” to which Katz simply replied, “I work alone.”

But if you watch the video either on Queens Public TV, you will not find it at all.

state of the borough1state of the borough

What a shame, that was the only reason I sat thru this piece of dreck. When Katz talked about Queens, her big thing was “free public Wi-Fi system” for downtown Jamaica. WHO GIVES A FUCK, when the whole area looks like a garbage dump. How about cleaning up the damn place then putting in free Wi-Fi. If this is what that “Jamaica Now Action Plan is doing, then the community is in for not much.

Then ironically she stated in the next breath:

Another area of Queens the borough president wants to develop is Willets Point. Katz said it needed to be cleaned up, and vowed to work with all sectors, public, private and nonprofit, to get it done. “It’s been too long, we’ve come too far, and the city has invested too much money not to see this blighted area of Queens revitalized,’ she said. “As I stand here, no remediation, demolition or construction is taking place. And that’s just wrong.”

WHAT THE FUCK. Jamaica needs cleaned up and it certainly has not gotten even partially done, it actually just seems to get worse, yet she talks about how Willets Point is a blighted area of Queens. So I guess she has not taken a walk around South Jamaica.

Now excuse me while I completely throw up after digesting this crap.shit

 

 

QUEENS CHRONICLE GIVES JAMAICA ACTIVIST PAMELA HAZEL HER DUE FOR INTERRUPTING KATZ’S BULLSHIT STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS

YES, Jamaica resident, community activist and comrade-in-arms, Pamela Hazel is getting her due for speaking out at Melinda Katz’s bullshit State of the Borough speech by the Queens Chronicle.

One Katz lackey in the audience criticized Ms. Hazel in the comment section of the article that this was not the place or time for such an outburst and mention something about something called “respect”.

PAMELA That was neither the time or place to yell out like that. I was in the audience could not believe your outbursts along with many others! There is a think called respect. Why couldn’t you wait until Milinda’s address was finished and then wait in line like everyone else to meet her and maybe then voice your concern. A full auditorium and only you yelling out like that. I Think you should really THINK about this next time.

You mean the same kind of respect that asshole elected officials like Katz, Comrie and many of the other elected officials show communities like Jamaica. The same respect they give by ignoring emails and phone calls on issues. The same respect in not doing anything about those issues.

FUCK THAT. These assholes work for us, not the other way around and if they are doing a shitty job, then they need to be told that, no matter what the venue. That was not an “outburst”, that was TRUTH & REALITY going up against BULLSHIT.

KUDOS TO PAMELA HAZEL!!!!

The times are changing and people are feed up, hence the rise of such people as Trump on the Republican side and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.

ENOUGH BULLSHIT and we are RISING UP. WE ARE SICK OF ASSHOLE ELECTED OFFICIALS.

GET FUCKING USED TO IT.

“REVOLUTION”.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Boro is on a roll, but there’s more to do

BP Katz promises more for schools, housing; activist interrupts speech

Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2016 10:30 am | Updated: 11:58 am, Thu Jan 28, 2016.

Inspired by the theme “Only in Queens,” Borough President Melinda Katz took the stage at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium last Thursday to highlight the borough’s many achievements over the past year, while also looking forward to the road ahead.

“As I begin the second half of my term, I am mindful of the remarkable time underway here in the largest borough of the City of New York,” Katz said. “Queens is unique in many ways. Because what is only in Queens today, I believe, is the norm for the future of our country.”

Katz celebrated the borough’s designation as a top-rated tourist spot that hosts more than 12 million visitors from around the globe each year. The cultural diversity and many attractions, including 7,273 acres of parkland, refurbished landmarks — such as the newly painted New York State Pavillion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park — public beaches and fine dining, earned Queens the title of “New York City’s Coolest Borough” from Conde Nast Traveler for 2015.

“You really haven’t seen New York until you’ve experienced Queens,” Katz added.

From the Queens Museum to the Louis Armstrong House, Katz praised the over 200 Queens-based cultural institutions, which not only provide a host of artistic, theatrical and educational programming, but have also helped develop the borough’s reputation as a major cultural hub. A designation, according to Katz, that piqued the interest of Hollywood.

“Queens continues to be a mainstay of the TV and movie industries,” she stated, citing major Queens-based movie studios, soundstages and production facilities such as Kaufman Astoria Studios, Silvercup Studios and the newly expanded Broadway Stages in Glendale. “The industries come to Queens because they find things here that they can’t find anywhere else in the city.”

Despite all of the borough’s strides in tourism and the arts, Queens remains, as Katz put it, “a borough of families.”

In an effort to address the needs of the borough’s growing population, Katz shifted her focus to education and affordable housing.

“With education, just as for our families, there is no limit for better. And if we’re building a template for the future, innovation matters,” she stated.

In 2015, Katz allocated millions in funding necessary to outfit half of the borough’s 263 public elementary and middle schools with new SmartBoards and laptop computers. During her address, Katz pledged to allocate capital funds in this year’s budget so that all 263 schools can be equipped with the latest technology.

While addressing the issue of overcrowding, Katz used PS 19 in Corona, the largest elementary school in the city, as an example of ways in which elected officials are working to find a remedy.

The school’s six classroom trailers capable of accommodating up to 600 children at a time are going to be removed by the end of this year, with Katz saying an additional 59 trailers are slated for removal at 20 different schools throughout Queens.

The long debated Common Core Curriculum, which Katz referred to as “a common problem,” also came under fire from the borough president.

“Every night for the past few years, I’ve worked with my now-7-year-old on his Common Core homework. And every day, I’ve said to anyone who would listen, that there was something wrong with the curriculum,” she said. “We need standards. No one’s arguing that we don’t. But, ladies and gentlemen, sometimes 5 multiplied by 2 is just 10.”

Katz also addressed the city’s affordable housing crisis, but voiced concerns over the city zoning proposal that could potentially remove parking requirements at some new senior housing.

She advocated for skilled labor commitments, as well as union labor and trades, to play an integral role in future Queens projects.

“The challenge for government will be to meet the ever-growing demand for affordable housing stock, while preserving affordability for those who already call the neighborhood home,” she stated. “It is truly a family issue, and we’re working on more, because for our future, the need for affordable housing is certain. When we do, however, it must be done right.”

In addition to affordable housing, Katz praised several economic development initiatives currently underway in Queens neighborhoods including Hunters Point South, Long Island City, Flushing West and Jamaica, where the city’s innovative “Jamaica Now Action Plan” was first unveiled last spring.

According to Katz, the plan, backed by public funding to the tune of $153 million, is designed to “stimulate smart growth and improve livability in Jamaica’s downtown core.” Katz called the plan “aggressive,” “holistic” and the “first of its kind.”

While that news drew applause from many in the crowd, Katz’s statements on affordable housing and beautification in Jamaica greatly upset community activist Pamela Hazel, who interrupted the borough president’s address.

“I waited for her accolades specifically on Jamaica, but she supplied none,” Hazel said in a statement issued after the speech. “As she was running down her feel-good political sermon, I became impatient so I interrupted her.”

Much to everyone’s surprise, Hazel stood up in the aisle, yelling, “You did not keep your promises to clean up Jamaica. There is widespread garbage, speeding trucks and abandoned vehicles.”

On the issue of affordable housing, Hazel shouted, “What about the chronic surge in shelters?” to which Katz simply replied, “I work alone.”

The State of the Borough ended on a positive note, though, with Katz thanking local veterans, applauding the tenacity of Superstorm Sandy survivors and honoring the city’s uniformed officers, including police, fire, sanitation and corrections workers.

In closing, Katz compared Queens to the borough’s home team, the New York Mets, before bringing Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, former player Edgardo Alfonso and Manager Terry Collins to the stage, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Met.

“They’re a New York Team, but that spectacular display of true grit, determination and heart? That’s all Queens,” the borough president said. “And it put all of New York City back on top.”

PEACE WEEK ENDS IN JAMAICA BUT THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM IN COMMUNITY OF COLORS STILL NEEDS PROPERLY ADDRESSED

For those who did not know, Jamaica had a week long “Peace Week” in dealing with all the violence that plagues Jamaica and many communities of color all across this nation. Yet the root of the issue, which has been going on for decades in communities of color and lower economic areas still continues by our government and rarely gets addressed properly. Oh sure, it is brought up every now and then, but never properly addressed or any type of action plan gets put into place by our leaders. Lots of damn studies, but little action.

And what I mean by the root issues, those are the issues in black communities from Jamaica to Ferguson and to the American disaster taking place in Flint, Michigan, where Governor Rick Snyder and his henchman have deliberately poisoned an entire community with lead in the water for over 2 years now and to this day, NOTHING, has been done about it.

Issues like poverty, high unemployment, lack of proper services for a community, public education problems (Flint has one school nurse for the entire public school district), high incarceration rates, lack of quality healthy food choices (Flint has not one supermarket in the entire community) and other quality of life issues which all result in high crime and violence and creates a vicious cycle. All children, no matter what economic status or race should have access to quality equal education (this is not a luxury, but a right which makes better generations and society), proper health care, proper living conditions and healthy food, not too mention clean safe drinking water. And lets not forget when huge tax cuts on the mega rich and corporations take place money gets taken away from those who need it most, lower economic communities and communities of color.

While the disaster taking place in Flint Michigan is not close to what is happening in Jamaica or some other communities of color, the issues that caused the problem in Flint are very similar issues in Jamaica and so many other communities of color across this supposedly “great nation”.

Jamaica has a polluting waste facility, Royal Waste, dumped into the downtown area about two decades ago, right near many residents, including a senior citizens building on 170th Street and across the street from a park, playground and swimming pool (Detective Keith Williams Park). If “leaders” want to spend money on studies, how about studying the effects on people’s health from having this facility in close proximity to people (does Forest Hills or Park Slope have one). Some parts of Jamaica, especially South Jamaica have not one supermarket, but yet has tons of filthy delis which sell cigarettes, lottery tickets, alcohol, junk food yet very little when it comes to healthy food, many of these delis do not even have fresh fruits or vegetables.  Conditions of roads and sidewalks are not only bad, but in some cases dangerous as when a young child fell into a sewer grate not properly covered this past summer.  Vacant homes are left to deteriorate and attract garbage, rodents and criminal activity, while so-called leaders stand by and do nothing. Weeds grow sky high around vacant property blocking sidewalks that young children going to school have to walk out in the street. Jamaica’s pubic schools are horrible with no fix in site. Homeless shelters continually get dumped in Jamaica along with other communities of color at alarming rates.

And all this time elected officials do not have the balls or back-bone to stand up for what is right in this community. Queens Borough Presidents past and present continually ignored this community. Mayors just ignored the problems and a Public Advocate (and person of color) only makes appearances in Jamaica to stump for crooked and useless elected officials during elections while not addressing the travesties in the community.

This elephant in the living room has been going on in such communities for decades and yet very few elected officials and that includes many Democrats have not stood up for what is right.

Back to Flint. Imagine the water in Forest Hills back in 2014 was deliberately poisoned by elected officials. Do you think something would be done quickly. Of course, but then such an act would never have happened in Forest Hills, Park Slope, East Hampton or any other influential and very white community in the USA to begin with. Yet, not even our own President addressed the Flint disaster when it first happened and no national media outlets were covering this. The reason this is finally becoming national news after two years is due to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC who kept on covering this American Disaster.

Now imagine if a terrorist was found to have poisoned the water. Yet, Michigan Governor Snyder and his cronies are still in office and have yet to do ANYTHING. Some are calling for him to resign and step down. Others like Flint native Michael Moore are calling for criminal charges and the arrest of these awful folks. Me and I am sure others are calling for the execution of Governor Snyder and his cronies for treason and the poisoning of American babies, children and adults.

It is not hard to connect the dots of Flint and Jamaica or any other community of color across this country.

Not only is Flint an American disaster, but most communities of color and lower economic communities are the silent American disaster and that includes Jamaica and the whole time our leaders are standing on the sidelines, if even that.

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the taking away of money to compensate for tax cuts for the mega rich and corporations

From Queens Times Ledger:

Peace week ends with talk on violence in Jamaica

By Sadef Ali Kully
 
 As Peace Week took place across the city and borough, community leaders including Carol Maraj, mother of rapper Nicki Minaj, and police officials came together in downtown Jamaica to have a discussion about violence in their communities.

Every year from Jan. 15-22, Queens-based anti-violence non-profit LIFE Camp hosts and coordinates a weeklong series of events throughout the city in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of non-violence.

Peace Week began just a couple of weeks after the city’s last homicide of 2015, the fatal shooting of 16-year old Jihad Jackson in South Jamaica on New Year’s Eve.

LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford, who spoke at Jihad’s funeral and at the Jan. 21 panel discussion, has repeatedly said change comes from the community.

“If we can have one week of peace, then we can have two weeks of peace and so on,” Ford told the audience at the panel discussion at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning on 161st Street.

In December, Ford and LIFE Camp volunteers announced their target area for outreach within the boundaries of 111th and 118th avenues between 146th Street and Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. .

LIFE Camp volunteers said they go into the streets to mediate situations, keeping them from escalating into violent incidents as well as showing youth other paths.

“You live in this cage and you don’t realize what is going outside of the cage. I was running around and fighting, but it got boring,” Gerard ‘Blanca’ Campbell, a volunteer, said. “We try to take them out of their element and expose them to other things in the world.”

The panel discussion, moderated by community activist and criminal defense attorney Ali Najmi, was comprised of 103rd Precinct Capt. James Fey; Carol Maraj from the Carol Maraj Foundation, a nonprofit that helps victims of domestic violence; and A.O Hogan from LIFE Camp, who spoke with community members about the factors surrounding domestic violence, gun violence and police relations.

Maraj raised her daughter, rapper Nicki Minaj, in South Jamaica near Rockaway Boulevard while trying to escape a violent relationship.

“I was dragged from a car and repeatedly punched in my face,” Maraj told a pin-drop silent crowd. “One day Nicki asked me, ‘Why would you let someone do that to you?’”

Maraj said that day her whole life was set on a different and positive path. She believes that if a child sees violence at home, that could lead to violence outside of the home. For victims she sent out this message, “I am standing before you and that should tell you there is hope.”

Many of the audience members took the chance to speak openly and honestly with a police official about interactions with police officers. Some shared their personal experiences with violence in their communities and with members of the NYPD.

Fey answered questions and also added that if any officers from the 103rd Precinct behaved unprofessionally, then it should be brought to his attention immediately.

“There are few opportunities for members of the community to hold the police accountable for any misconduct. Today was a rare opportunity and members of the audience seized on it,” Najmi said. “It shows how important the issue of police and community relations and police accountability is for the residents of Queens.”