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41  General Information / Club Activities / Bike fest on Sunday - July 8, 2012 on: July 06, 2012, 09:10:47 am
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Bike fest on Sunday

Jarmila Jackson

Friday, July 06, 2012


RIDERS from the island's most fearless stunt bike crews will face off in Port Antonio, Portland come Sunday, July 8, at the first instalment of the East & West Bikini Bike Fest Stunt Battle.

Set to start at midday at the Port Antonio Marina, the event promises to be a mixture of sizzling and high-powered excitement.

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According to event organiser, Curtis Whyte, motorcycle enthusiasts and "motor heads" can look forward to seeing freestyle stunts, burnouts, bike displays with females, a dancer's rave, and a bikini contest.

"Port Antonio has never witnessed an event like this before, so I'm anticipating a very good turnout. I love motorcycles and I know that people will respond well to seeing even some of the exciting things that can be done with one. It's about coming out and having some fun with your friends and family, while making people aware of the sport of stunts," Whyte told Auto.

Riders set to compete for bragging rights and the 'East & West' title include the Montego Bay-based Rush Riders' Damion 'Dunga' Hughes and Romond 'Gichie' Gichie as well as Halquin 'Pugu' Rodney of the Untouchable crew, representing Ocho Rios. Marlon 'Crazy Cutter' Fletcher of the Corporate Area-based Crazy Bikerz, and Elvis 'Mad Dog' Stewart of the Westmoreland-based West Best Riders, will also participate.

Montegonian Damion 'Dunga' Hughes says he is ready for action.

"As long as there's a competition, I'll be going for the title and I'm going to be hard to beat. I'm planning on doing all kinds of stunts, tricks, burnouts... the whole works, but my personal favourite is the endo - with the back wheel up in the air and the bike standing on the front wheel," Hughes told Auto.

According to Whyte, bikers will be competing as Crew vs Crew in different categories including freestyle, best burnout and best endo. The 'stunting' will take place on a stage set up to give patrons a good view of that entertainment segment. Patrons can also look forward to bounce-about rides for the children and music by Love Stone with DJ Jagga and Irie FM's Digital Chris.

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42  General Information / General Discussion / Drawn to road safety on: July 06, 2012, 09:08:40 am
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120701/auto/auto1.html

Drawn to road safety



NRSC stages poster competition to increase awareness

Mel Cooke, Sunday Gleaner Writer

There were smiles all around at the Terra Nova Hotel, Waterloo Road, St Andrew, during last Thursday's prize-giving for the inaugural Road Safety Poster Competition, staged by the National Road Safety Council (NRSC). The theme was 'Our Road Safety, Our Responsibility'. However, there was no denying that the subject of the entries was grim.

Guest speaker Senator Imani Duncan-Price made the connection between children and her interest in road safety. She said her concern was heightened by a crash in Mandeville where 44 people, mostly children, were injured when two buses collided.

Added to that, was the late May death of Ascot High School student Lennox Lloyd Jr, who was killed when the bus in which he was travelling overturned in Portmore, St Catherine. The driver had 85 outstanding traffic tickets. This incident, Duncan-Price said, "further stirred me into action".

Stirred into road safety art by the competition were 106 students, six to 19 years old. Category One was for six- to 12-year-olds, and Category Two for 13- to 19-year-olds.

Topping Category One was Nickallye Gunn from Corinaldi Avenue Primary in Montego Bay, St James. Among her prizes were $50,000 cash, a replica of the winner's trophy, a digital camera, and a summer scholarship to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. Her school also received $20,000, collected by teacher Dane Julius.

Stella Maris Preparatory took second and third places, through Tori Ebanks and Samantha Chin, respectively. Ebanks won $30,000 and a gift basket from Petals and Promises, whereas Chin took home $15,000.

Alexis Falloon of José Martí Technical High won Category Two. Her prizes included $50,000, a laptop and a scholarship to the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts' summer programme. Her school was given a computer.

Michael Lewis of Denbigh High won $30,000 and a $10,000 start-up account from Victoria Mutual Building Society, and Daniel Samuels of Papine High was awarded $15,000 for his third-place entry.

AWARDS OF MERIT

Awards of merit were made to seven other top students in each category. Montego Bay High School for Girls had four of those in Category Two - Britney Clarke, Kenice Smith, Kimoni Bell and Danielle Boothe.

Shaquille Blackwood of Wolmer's Boys, Micah Goldsmith of Ardenne High, and Samoi A. Campbell of the Convent of Mercy, Alpha, were also recognised.

In Category One, Stella Maris had two merit awardees - Brandon Hudson and Rivaldo Harris. Detony Knight (Hayes Primary and Junior High), Kamoi T. Campbell (St George's Primary), Andrew Malcolm (Corinaldi Avenue Primary), Ayesha McKnight (Ocho Rios Primary), and Cheyanne Green (Jessie Ripoll Primary) earned merit awards as well.

In giving the judges' report, NRSC Executive Director Paula Fletcher said that entries were judged on relevance to the theme, road safety awareness, creativity, and presentation and style.

While most entries "showed an important level of imagination and creativity", Fletcher said "most did not have a banner headline".

In addition, where there were banner headlines, "some were too small or illegible".

Fletcher mentioned some entries that did not take top prizes. Ryan Dixon of Central Branch All-Age was the only entrant whose poster included the physically challenged. Garfield Minott presented a "unique, eye-catching mascot".

The awards function was chaired by Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman and convenor of the NRSC, with representatives of Mona and Excelsior Primary schools doing cultural presentations. The Road Safety Poster Competition was sponsored by the National Health Fund (NHF) and Digicel, both organisations were represented at the ceremony.
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Category One winner Nickallye Gunn (second left) smiles as she accepts her trophy from National Road Safety Council Vice-chairman Dr Lucien Jones (second right) Corinaldi Avenue teacher Dane Lewis (right) and Senator Imani Duncan-Price participated in teh presentation.
43  Media / SOCOJ Photo Section / Re: Rock Wharf, Falmouth Rollout - January 29, 2011 - PHOTOS on: July 03, 2012, 03:35:57 pm
The really good old days  For The Win
44  Motor Sports / Rally / Dexterity / Rerrie secures rally win on: July 02, 2012, 09:08:47 am
Rerrie secures rally win

BY RORY DALEY Observer writer daleyr@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, June 29, 2012

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IT was a bittersweet event for relatives participating in the Raynor King Memorial Rally held at Lydford, St Ann last Sunday.

Montego Bay-based driver Richard Rerrie, who said he is a cousin, drove to victory in his Subaru Impreza.
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But for Daryl King, after whose father the rally was named, it was another disappointment after trying to secure victory at the event for several years now.

“It is the worst feeling ever,” King told the Jamaica Observer.

King’s problems started early in the day when there was a hiccup in transporting his Honda Civic to the event.

“The wrecker broke down and the car had to be placed on another one. Eventually, I had to meet it halfway and drive it to the rally to avoid being late.”

From there, things went from bad to worse.

“At the first corner, the car started to missfire. At first I thought it was the spark plugs, but when we looked at it further, a screw had come loose in the distributor. Everything we tried didn’t work.”

King’s car continued to lose power until he was advised to retire lest the engine suffer major damage.

That left Rerrie, the rally favourite, to uphold the family honour. However, it was not smooth sailing to victory.

Despite a fast start, at lunch he was only third after an unusual error by navigator Winston Dawson.

“Winston clocked us into time control three minutes early, giving us a 60-second penalty,” Rerrie explained.

This put him down 24 seconds from the lead, which was then held by Macklin Peterkin. At the stage after lunch, Rerrie proved why he is a fan favourite and retook the lead with a 46-second advantage over his rival.

“It was wonderful to win. We had a gearbox scare, but during the break it looked fine and I pushed on,” Rerrie told Auto.

Peterkin’s second place fell to third when he experienced problems.

“My kill switch broke off, causing the car to stall,” he said.

Second went to Matthew Gore.

“I’m sorry about Daryl’s early exit. I was looking forward to the competition,” Gore said.

Thomas Hall and Peter Jaggon rounded out the top five finishers.


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45  Media / SOCOJ Photo Section / Re: Rock Wharf, Falmouth Rollout - January 29, 2011 - PHOTOS on: June 16, 2012, 10:06:21 pm
Really Miss these days!!!  Hope we can have some more like this  2 thumbs up 2 thumbs up 2 thumbs up
46  General Information / General Discussion / Membership cards 2012/2013 AVAILABLE on: June 16, 2012, 09:56:29 pm
The following cards are available for pickup.  Please contact Richard at 997-3226 to arrange pickup.

If you have paid up to or after April 2012 and do not see your name here, please email your lodgement slip/receipt to subaruownersclub@gmail.com or contact us


Andre Jack
Andre Lindsay
Andrew Davidson
Andrew Mills
Anthony Dyce
Carey Peterkin
Courtney Anderson
Courtney Hogarth
Damion Gordon
Debbie Ann Phillips
Donald Spence
Garfield Haisley
Gavin Myers
Horace Brown
Ian Galbraith
Johann D'azevedo
Julian Dixon
Keitho Nembhard
Kent La Croix
Kerry-Ann Arthurs
Kevin Lyons
Kirk Prendergast
Kirth Lewis
Larren Peart
Louise Dyce
Mark Anthony Bernard
Melisa Manahan
O'neall Hardy
Orane Sudeene
Orville & Judith Najair
Petroy Townsend  
Ramon Hutchinson
Ricardo Dawson
Richard Benjamin
Richard Wallen
Roger Roomes
Russell Thompson
Shawn Jeffrey
Theodore Palmer
Tracy LaCroix
47  General Information / Club Activities / Upcoming Events - March/April 2012 on: March 08, 2012, 09:34:42 pm
1. Next FRIDAY- March 16, 2012 - JAA Monthly Lyme

The SOCOJ has been invited to the JAA's Monthly Lyme to be held at 7 Central Avenue, Kingston 5 (across from the Swallowfield Road Examination Depot exit).  This event starts at 5:00pm and will go on until about 10:00 pm / 11:00 pm. See you there !!!



2. March 31, 2012 - SOCOJ Beach Flex !!

Fort Clarence Beach, Portmore

Meetup Point/ Time: The On The Run Gas Station (near ScotiaBank Portmore)  @12:30 pm


3. April 28, 2012 - SOCOJ Anniversary Roll-Out

St Elizabeth (Details to follow)


4. Donations needed: Remember I had sent an email about a RICHARD ARMSTRONG aka El Rich and I had been a part of the team who put on a benefit concert for him.  He has now been admitted to the Mona Rehabilitation Center and I would really appreciate if together we can put together some stuff such as: Adult Pampers (Medium- open side NOT pullups), toiletries (like toilet paper, soap, wipes, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, etc), towel and juices that can be stored, If you are willing to make donations please feel free to take them to the JAA Lyme or Fort Clarence Beach Flex and I will collect the items there.  If each person carry an item it would be very useful.  I have so far received $5,000 from a member (after making an appeal on bbm) to assist in buying items for him so every little bit counts. Another member had made a $5,000 contribution during the time of the concert and both contributions are greatly appreciated.

He was playing community football (which is a game most men love) when he had a bad "tackle" and  suffered a spinal cord injury. He requires long term treatment in order to regain muscle strength and mobility, so lets see how we can assist him.  He will be in the Mona Rehabilitation Center for quite sometime so I am hoping our contribution will assist him. You may visit Rohan Gunter's page on Facebook and look for the photos labeled "El Rich Benefit Concert" and you will see Richard Armstrong's photo, Pics taken by pawtycentral.com at the El Rich Benefit Concert:  http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.370174246327651.93666.215803258431418&type=3

After making the collections I will arrange a day when a group of us can visit him and make the donation to him as a Club. I may be contacted at 884-8969 if you have any questions

48  General Information / Club Activities / Re: SOCOJ Lyme/Linkup 2012!!! Clock Tower Plaza!!! on: March 08, 2012, 09:32:34 pm
Special thanks to the members who took time out to attend the Linkup/Lyme on Wednesday at Club 5:30pm in Clock Tower Plaza.

We have found out that we have a Subbie Choir as they did a great renditions of "We are the World", "Celebrate" and "Driva" for Karaoke.
The group had some star performers who dominated the stage and really represented well for the group.

The Lyme went well and those in attendance surely enjoyed themselves.  Thanks for the support and hope to see more persons next time we meet.

NEXT EVENT

The Jamaica Automobile Association has invited us to their Monthly Lyme on Friday March 16th.  Be prepared to just relax with some games, refreshments and music. This starts at 5pm and lasts until about 10-11pm.
Venue: 7 Central Avenue, Kingston 5.

 
49  General Information / Club Activities / Sad News - A Subbie Owner on: February 13, 2012, 12:52:14 pm
http://rjrnewsonline.com/news/local/edgar-gallimore-shot-atm-dies-hospital

Edgar Gallimore shot at ATM, dies at hospital

Well known events manager and compere, Edgar Gallimore died at the University Hospital of the West Indies just before 2 o'clocktoday, Monday February 13.

Mr. Gallimore who was 65 years old was reportedly at a bank in New Kingston sometime after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when he was pounced on by gunmen who attempted to rob him.

The gunmen then shot him in the abdomen.

 According to reports, Mr. Gallimore managed to drive himself to a nearby hospital from where he contacted a relative.

 Mr. Gallimore worked for several years in the hospitality, theatre, airline and food and beverage industries.

 He's survived by children Natalie and Damion.
50  General Information / Club Activities / Re: SOCOJ Lyme/Linkup 2012!!! Clock Tower Plaza!!! on: February 13, 2012, 12:51:14 pm
 
51  General Information / Club Activities / Re: Charity Event for EL RICH Magnum King and Queen Contestant 2010 on: February 13, 2012, 12:50:56 pm
From Rohan Gunter and Richard Armstrong

Rohan Gunter the Organiser, El Rich aka Richard Armstrong and his family would like to thank all the companies and individuals who took part in making the El Rich Benefit Concert on February 11, 2012 a success. The love and support was overwhelming as JA$90,421 and US$8 was collected from persons who gave from their heart (still awaiting the bar total). El Rich has also been promised a motorised wheelchair and Kendall Community Church in Miami has collected funds to assist, these will be forwarded to El Rich soon.

Magnum, Hapilios, Containers Satdaze, Unxpected Projexz, Rollington Town Primary School, Rollington Town Police, the residents of Rollington Town and Bandits Entertainment

Comedians/MC: Dalton Spence, Christopher Larmond, Leighton Smith.

Selectors: Aggart, Little Richie, Dj X, and Blaze Sound System.

Media personalities: Ms Kitty, Scatta, Pepita, Professor Nuts, Sanjay,Charms, DJ JuJu Royal and Wayne Robertson

E Prime, Intense, Hype TV, Fame FM, RJR, Nationwide, News Talk 93, Mr Hepburn, Terry Terry, Marsha Stephens, Lenworth Lobban, Felicia Forrester, Zanda Powell, Keneisha Joseph, Andre Johnson, Munga and the Big Links Crew, GWizz, Too Qute, Hurricane, Stein, Point Blankk, One Knock Dancers, Chozen, Dangerous, Nature, Flames Styles, Sentia, Shephard, Dollar King, DJ Cabby, Alkatraz Xpress, grass Omeer, Rolly Fresh, Sassy Bling, Israel, Delus, I-Fo, Gevano, Nado, Tickkbank, Inezi ,Tero, Slumber, Duppu, Bobo, Juggla and Iceman. We apologize if any name was left off but your contribution was greatly appreciated and we look forward to receiving continued support.

Persons wishing to make a contribution may do so by making a deposit at any Jamaica National Building Society Branch A/C # 10911662 – Richard Armstrong.
52  General Information / Club Activities / SOCOJ Lyme/Linkup 2012!!! Clock Tower Plaza!!! on: February 09, 2012, 12:34:24 am
SOCOJ LYME 2012   yahoo yahoo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

@ Club 5:30 / Area 51
Clock Tower Plaza, Half Way Tree

Time: 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight!!

LOTS OF PARKING AVAILABLE

Karaoke, Games, Music, and good vibes
 
Mix Drinks Special all evening!!!
53  General Information / Club Activities / Re: Charity Event for EL RICH Magnum King and Queen Contestant 2010 on: February 09, 2012, 12:26:46 am
This Saturday people....see you there!!







54  General Information / Club Activities / Re: Charity Event for EL RICH Magnum King and Queen Contestant 2010 on: January 27, 2012, 09:02:11 am
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20120127/ent/ent2.html


El Rich Benefit for musical friend

Published: Friday | January 27, 2012 0 Comments

Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer

One version of the old adage is that good friends are better than pocket money. Comedian/businessman Rohan Gunter must be highly ranked in the 'good friend' category, based on the effort he is making to secure treatment for his paralysed colleague, up-and-coming dancehall artiste El Rich.

Gunter, in collaboration with Magnum Tonic Wine and members of the Wellington community, has joined forces to host a fund-raiser dubbed 'The El Rich Benefit Concert'. El Rich was a 2010 finalist in the Magnum Kings and Queens of dancehall competition. However, he suffered an injury to his spinal cord in October 2011 when another player fell on top of him during a football game.

According to Gunter, it's painful to see his friend paralysed.

"I have done work with El Rich for quite a while. He is a talented person and a great friend. The condition that I saw him in brought tears to my eyes, so I was moved to assist with his health expenses," he said.

Gunter revealed that a concert was held for the young artiste in December which raised $40,000. However that is not enough to cover El Rich's required therapy. "The doctor says that there is a possibility that he could walk again, provided that he gets therapy. But each time he does therapy it costs $3,500, so that's why we are keeping another event so that his treatment will be consistent," Gunter said.

The El Rich Benefit Concert will be held at Wellington Primary School, St Andrew, on February 11, starting at 7 p.m. There is no official admission fee, but it is expected that those attending will make donations. "We are not charging at the gate because we want people to lend their support freely, but there will be an area for donations," he said.

The event is also being sponsored by Container Satdaze and will feature former contestants in the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall competition. Some artistes already confirmed for the event include Chozenn, Juggla, Tanto Blacks, Singer Blinger, Hurricane, Melloquence, Posh, GarrIzon and Ice Man, among others.

There will be a designated parking area and the Wellington Town Police Station will assist with security.

"El Rich is a good youth. It could have happened to anybody and when you see bad things happen to good people, it's the best time to lend your support. I don't like to see the condition of my friend, so I am just trying to see what I can do to help. Please assist if you can," Gunter said.
55  General Information / Club Activities / Charity Event for EL RICH Magnum King and Queen Contestant 2010 on: January 26, 2012, 10:18:32 am
Charity Event for EL RICH Magnum King and Queen Contestant 2010

... Richard Armstrong aka EL RICH who, on October 17th, 2011, suffered a spinal cord injury during a community football match. This has left him incapacitated and with very limited sensation from his neck down. Since his accident he has been hospitalized and has undergone three surgeries the most recent one was to insert a breathing apparatus, as one of his lungs had collapsed. It is inevitable that he will be requiring long term care as well as physiotherapy to enable him to regain muscle strength and mobility.

Please to come out and support EL RICH BENEFIT CONCERT FEB 11, 2012 Rollington Town Primary school we need all the support we can get.

Also, he is badly in of a wheelchair so if anyone can donate one that would be greatly appreciated.



For more information you may visit ROHAN GUNTER facebook page as he is the one charting this effort to help this young man get back on his feet. You may also send me a PM
56  General Information / Club Information / Re: SOCOJ Discount testimonials! on: December 28, 2011, 02:48:33 pm
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57  General Information / General Discussion / Women at the wheel - No help required on: December 28, 2011, 02:46:56 pm
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111225/auto/auto5.html

Women at the wheel - No help required


Published: Sunday | December 25, 2011 0 Comments

'This is what you need to do,' a driving instructor tells Jacqueline Myers. The chef is optimistic about getting her driver's licence soon. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer
'This is what you need to do,' a driving instructor tells Jacqueline Myers. The chef is optimistic about getting her driver's licence soon. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Shirley Dixon, Gleaner Writer

This is the second in the Automotives five-part series in which a woman gives her perspective on driving in Jamaica.

Women cannot drive, men say. This is almost a cliché. It dribbles off the tongue like honey from a wooden spoon - and is said with a smirk, especially when directed at female motorists.

Men use it to qualify all types of scenarios, on the road even when one's driving skills - or the lack thereof - has no bearing on the situation. But I suppose for them it is a nice enough refrain to any litany of woes regarding women drivers.

I have heard it said so often that, had I not known excellent female drivers who would put any man to shame, I would be tempted to agree. I have even heard two male colleagues grudgingly admit that the two best drivers they know are women.

Ignorant critics

But back to the sad story of these 'waggonists' who think it is cool to paint all female drivers with the same 'cannot drive' brush, and who can never pass, or have never passed, a driving test!

On one of the many bashing-female-drivers chats at work, a young man, who spoke the loudest and had the most negative things to say about women drivers, admitted to taking the driving test so many times, he had to be asked to take a break before heading back to the examination depot. Yet he felt he knew enough about driving to discredit most of the women drivers he knows.

Now, how is that for male chauvinism?

So some women really cannot drive and may have bought their driver's licence, but I don't think they are driving any worse than men. From my experience - over 25 years as a driver - many commit much greater atrocities on the road than women.

Example 1: You would rarely see a woman make a third lane on a two-way road in order to get ahead of everyone and create more congestion.

Example 2: Women (and most would be too timid) tend not to overtake a long line of traffic and then cut in suddenly on you when another vehicle is coming

Example 3: Women would think safety first before overtaking blindly around a corner on a country road. Every time I drive to the country, I see men doing it.

Example 4: Men seem to stop more suddenly without indicating, as if they are daring you to run into the back of their vehicle. Women tend to put on their indicator too far in advance which, although it can be dangerous, is better than not indicating at all.

Example No 5: Stopping in the middle of the road to hail up them brethren seems to be cool among male drivers.

And the list could go on.

Because of the popular notion that women cannot drive, every Tom, Dick and Harry feels he's to offer some help to the female motorist, especially when she is parking or reversing. Now don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and I actually enjoy male chivalry. But because they assume you are a novice without the requisite skills to park without hitting someone or something, they feel it is their responsibility to help.

Some are not drivers, but they feel compelled to jump behind the vehicle, waving their arms. If I don't ask for your help or I am not in danger of causing an accident, please do not try to direct me. I really hate it.

Another popular thing for men to say when they are 'beaten' on the road or when someone 'bad drives' them is "it must be a woman". This is as annoying as it is irksome. From my experience, men are guilty of the same infractions on the road as women, but they seem to derive some orgasmic pleasure from saying "it must be a woman".

I stopped one day to let out a driver and he looked shocked, so much so that he forgot to thank me. When he was half-way down the road, he remembered to 'pip' me. This pre-conceived notion of women 'not giving bligh' can work for and against the male motorist. Women just will not do it, because they are not expected to.

In the final analysis, there are good and bad male and female drivers on our roads, so let's just be courteous, stick to the law and have a nice ride.
58  General Information / General Discussion / Re: Election Thread: The JLP, PNP and NDM Manifestos 2011 inside on: December 20, 2011, 12:18:12 pm
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59  General Information / General Discussion / Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012 on: December 20, 2011, 10:51:08 am
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15970019

Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012
Katia Moskvitch By Katia Moskvitch Technology reporter, BBC News, Tel Aviv

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Dor Givon of XTR3D demonstrates how gesture control can work
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So you've lost your TV remote control. Again.

Not to worry, says a tiny Israeli start-up company called XTR3D - soon you'll be able to flick through channels and adjust the volume using only... your hand.

You'll just have to turn your palm towards the screen, and zap away without ever getting off the couch.

And no need for under-the-skin electronics or fancy microchips.

Instead, the TV - or rather gesture recognition software installed inside - will "read" your moves and execute appropriate commands, without any need for physically pressing any buttons.

Based in Tel Aviv, XTR3D is one of the developers of such motion capture technology, and it has just received $8m (£5m) investment bound to give "touchless" tech another push - and according to the firm, bring the first motion control smartphone into the market as early as next year.

US electronics giant Texas Instruments is among the investors.
Gesture-controlled GPS device Using a GPS device without touching it while driving could be safer

Although the Israeli firm follows in the footsteps of Microsoft's Kinect, the multi-directional gesture control gaming console that was launched last year and has since been selling like hot cakes despite the average $200 price tag, its technology is quite different.
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    Our target is to penetrate the market, so it will be something for everyone to try out”

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The Kinect has depth sensors, multi-array microphones and RGB cameras that provide the software with the information it needs to track both voice and gestures.

XTR3D, on the other hand, uses ordinary 2D cameras - such as a webcam of a computer or the one in your smartphone - to extract 3D out of a 2D image.

This creates the same three-dimensional effect as on the Kinect.

According to the Tel Aviv start-up's spokesman Roy Ramati, XTR3D's technology has all the advantages of a 3D camera without any of the disadvantages - it can work in broad daylight, is much cheaper and uses a lot less power.

"And it can be installed into any consumer electronics device," adds Mr Ramati.

Dor Givon, XTR3D's founder and chief technical officer, adds that it is even possible to play a proper Kinect game on a regular laptop that has the software, touchlessly controlling the device from a distance of a few centimetres to up to 5m away.
Gesture-controlled TV Controlling the TV without a remote would eliminate the need to look for it

And, he says, anyone will be able to afford it.

"Our target is to penetrate the market, so it will be something for everyone to try out," says Mr Givon.

"New devices will have the interface embedded in them, with older ones you will be able to download the software from the app store."

Besides gaming and switching TV channels, the existing prototypes include a PC where it is possible to flip through a PowerPoint presentation just by waving your hand, a tablet and a smartphone that have features such as using gestures to create the effect of a joystick, to click, swipe, zoom in and out with a pinch gesture, and a GPS device that can be controlled touchlessly while driving.
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Despite being at the forefront of gesture-controlled technology, XTR3D is not the only firm aiming to make our world touchless.

Various kinds of motion detection have been around for a while.
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For instance, simple gesture recognition such as hovering your hand near a water tap or a toilet flush to activate them are becoming more and more common.

And after Microsoft paved the way with Kinect, bringing new digital dimensions to the gaming world, other companies followed.

Microsoft itself is now actively trying to expand Kinect's use into other industries.

Recently, it announced that it would release a commercial version of the Kinect software development kit in early 2012.

Microsoft has also teamed up with about 200 businesses in more than 20 countries - among them car manufacturer Toyota and digital advertising firm Razorfish - for Kinect to reach well beyond gaming.

"The Kinect can sense your entire body for interaction with the device, and we're only scratching the surface of what can be done because beyond computing there's a lot of scenarios where this kind of natural user interaction could be really powerful, a real paradigm shift," says Shahram Izadi, a researcher from the Microsoft Research Centre in Cambridge, England.

And the creator of the chip that powers the motion-sensing part of the Kinect, an Israeli company called PrimeSense, is now selling a gadget that has the same hardware as Microsoft's device.

Once hooked up to a regular computer, it can provide a Kinect-like experience without the Kinect.

Apple has also filed patents that involve allowing users to touchlessly "throw" content from one device to another, for example from a tablet onto your TV screen.

Another electronics giant, mobile chip maker Qualcomm, has recently bought a small Canadian firm GestureTek.

It targets three devices: tablets (including eReaders), smartphones and TVs, and uses a combination of cameras and ultrasound.
Gesture-controlled tablet Ordinary 2D cameras and XTR3D software turn your tablet into a motion-control device

Ultrasound sensors are there for close range "no-look" gesture control - they pick up movements with help of a microphone instead of an optical camera, explains Qualcomm's director of technology Francis MacDougall.

"One issue the Kinect has is an inability to track close to a device. The default design can track no closer than 50cm - great for TVs but not so good for tablets and smartphones," says Mr MacDougall.

"So Qualcomm has placed multiple audio sensors - microphones - into their handset designs to isolate the voice location in 3D space while filtering out everything else.

"This technique is extremely low power and can track the hand within one to 15cm of the phone."
Touchless world

Imagine that you are driving a car and your child is on the back seat watching a movie on a tablet - you don't have to divert your attention from the road, but just by making a gesture near the tablet you would be able to pause it or turn it off.

And such possibilities are endless, says Mr MacDougall.
Gesture-controlled smartphone With gesture-controlled interfaces, touching the screen would become unnecessary

For instance, how about answering a phone when you're cooking, eating or driving without touching the screen or even having to look at it? Or turning pages on an eReader with swipe gestures? Or skipping to the next song with a swipe or pausing it with a palm raised?

These touchless features are pretty much what other companies working in the area have been promising to deliver, but one that relates to TV control is quite unique to GestureTek.

"We're working on face recognition that will be used to identify each member of the family and bring up custom interfaces as part of a next generation 'smart TV' interface," says Mr MacDougall.

To achieve that, the firm is turning to optical solutions, similar to those used by XTR3D - the standard forward-facing 2D camera and in some cases a stereo set-up - two standard 2D camera sensors spaced a small distance apart to calculate the 3D location of any features in the scene.

However the companies around the world are doing it - with regular or infrared cameras, or with ultrasound sensors, one thing is certain, says Mr MacDougall.

"Gesture is definitely heating up!"
60  General Information / General Discussion / Election Thread: The JLP, PNP and NDM Manifestos 2011 inside on: December 20, 2011, 05:48:05 am
JLP Manifesto 2011
http://www.jamaicalabourparty.com/base/files/JLP%20Manifesto%202011%20Final.pdf


PNP Manifesto 2011
http://pnp2011.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/FINAL-PNP-Manifesto-LOW-REZ.pdf

NDM Manisfesto
http://www.scribd.com/doc/76103125/NDM-Manifesto-2011
61  General Information / General Discussion / Low male opinion of female drivers on: December 20, 2011, 10:31:16 am
http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20111218/auto/auto2.html

Low male opinion of female drivers

Published: Sunday | December 18, 2011 0 Comments

Shirley Dixon, Gleaner Writer

Today Automotives begins a five-part series in which one woman gives her perspective and experiences with driving. It begins with her canvassing men's generally low opinions of female drivers. Starting next week, she will tell all from her personal vantage point behind the wheel.

We've all heard or seen the jokes about women drivers - "they can't park", "they drive away with the gas nozzle still attached to the car", "they get themselves into crazy fender-benders" - the list goes on. I recently overheard a group of male extremists at work having an after-lunch discussion. Surprisingly, with a general election in the air and the Christmas season in jeopardy, they were sharing not-too-complimentary opinions about women drivers.

"One thing I know, they are selfish, they don't give a bye and I will not confine this to a geographic region," said the one who seemed to be least vocal of the group. "They turn without indicating; when them do put on the indicator they are not sure whether it should be right or left. Women have a serious problem right there so," quipped the one who is not too sure he wants a bald head or a Mohawk hairstyle.

"All I know women nuh fe get drivers' licence! The only place a woman must be in a car is in the passenger seat!" roared the burly one, who elicited kudos from the group for making that statement he thought profound.

"Women, they cause a lot of accidents, but are rarely involved in one," said another. "That's because they are selfish. Most of them are blinkered," came the rejoinder from the lanky one.

The consensus from this group, and other male drivers with whom I spoke, is that women make nuisances of themselves on the road daily. That they "love to drive big vehicles, SUVs, but cannot manage them". That they cannot park and have difficulties with parallel parking, especially.

"They park 'scatter corner'," one experienced driver said. He related seeing an SUV parked diagonally, occupying two spaces in a bank's car park, and musing "it must be a woman". He waited patiently to see the driver of the vehicle and "lo and behold, it was a woman".

"No man nuh park so," he said.

According to this driver, who has had more than 30 years driving company vehicles, female drivers drive men crazy in different ways. "For example," he said, "men take chances and they know they are taking chances, but many women are reckless without consciously thinking about what they are doing, like flying around you around a corner."

"Some of them brake up if them see a mosquito in front of them; that will cause accidents", he said.

On another level, some men - and even women too - agreed that many female drivers behave like they have a score to settle or something to prove. "It's as if they are saying 'I am equally as good', so they will prevent you from overtaking, even when they are crawling. They tend to be defensive and overly aggressive, because they believe men think they are inferior drivers and they have to prove them wrong," said another male motorist.

"plenty" problems

Top traffic cop Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis reinforces some of the negative opinions of female drivers, while noting some exceptions. Lewis said there are "plenty" problems with female drivers as "there is a culture of discourtesy in that they don't give 'blighs'". Plus, he said, "they are caught speeding more on a proportional level, especially the young female drivers".

Among the more common infractions are breaking stop signs. Lewis also said he has found female drivers have less knowledge of the road-traffic laws than men.

However, he notes that when they are stopped by the police female drivers are "very polite. They have a lot of excuses and some of them really seem believable". Plus, in terms of travelling with their vehicle's documents, women are far better than men - as they are at paying traffic tickets.

However, Lewis said some women are very cautious - "too cautious sometimes and because of this they cause accidents".

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62  Motor Sports / Rally / Dexterity / Rally champ Powell swears by Subaru on: December 20, 2011, 10:29:47 am
Rally champ Powell swears by Subaru

BY KESI ASHER Observer writer

Friday, December 09, 2011



THE dust has long settled on Sunday's staging of the Rally Jamaica 2011 Championship. However, victorious driver John Powell has every confidence that his car choice played a critical role.

"The Subaru cars have a lot of power and they handle exceptionally well. We have had good luck with Subaru, winning both Trinidad and Guadeloupe rallies. In 2012, we plan to win Rally Barbados as well," said the Jamaica-born Powell, who competes for Trinidad and Tobago (T&T).

John Powell (right) and co-driver Trinidadian Nicholas Telfer pose with super car and Rally Jamaica winner, the 2010 WRC Subaru Impreza S14. According to Powell, only eight such rally cars exist in the world. (Photo: Hurbun Williams)
[Hide Description] John Powell (right) and co-driver Trinidadian Nicholas Telfer pose with super car and Rally Jamaica winner, the 2010 WRC Subaru Impreza S14. According to Powell, only eight such rally cars exist in the world. (Photo: Hurbun Williams)
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Paired with co-driver Nicholas Telfer in their Subaru WRC S14, Powell showed determination to snatch the championship from Barbados' Sean Gill/Michael Cummins in their Suzuki SX4 WRC, who finished ahead of defending champion Gary Gregg/Hugh Hutchinson.

"Rally Jamaica 2011 was nail biting, the lead was swopped about three or four times. It has been the closest rally in Jamaica in a long time. My good friend Gary Gregg had some problems and Jeffery Panton, who I believe is probably the best driver in the Caribbean, was driving a car with less power than our WRC cars," Powell said.

Powell also finished first in his JA9 class with an overall time of 1:32:03.742, mere milliseconds ahead of Sean Gill.

"It was down to Sean Gill and I, Sean was driving well so we had to strategise. Going into Bernard Lodge [in St Catherine], we were about one second behind Sean and we decided to go for it then and there and we beat him, that's where we won the rally," he continued.

Powell also received the overall Drivers Champion 2011 for T&T. This award given to the driver who accumulates the most points in all the 2011 series. Last year, he placed second in Drivers Championship after winning Rally Trinidad and Rally Guadeloupe.

"I feel great to have won the Drivers Championship as well as Rally Jamaica in the same year, this is phenomenal for us," said Powell.

He said he left Jamaica for Trinidad and Tobago 11 years ago as his shipping career mandated the move. He is currently working in the oil and gas sector.

"I started racing in Jamaica in 1993 and came close to winning the rally before. I placed third twice and placed second three times, I've tried so many times to win it. That just goes to show if you really want something bad enough you just have to keep doing it and one day it will be yours," he said.

The driver said he had inherited his determination from his father, the late JLP politician DK Powell.


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63  General Information / General Discussion / Car theft on decline on: December 20, 2011, 10:28:19 am
http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Car-theft-on-decline_10394918

Car theft on decline

Fewer car theft reports for 2011

BY HOWARD CAMPBELL Observer senior writer

Friday, December 16, 2011

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AUTO theft, which rose to frightening levels five years ago, is still a concern for the Organised Crime Investigation Division (OCID) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Speaking to Auto recently, OCID head, Senior Superintendent Fitz Bailey described the current situation as "controlled". He said there has been a decline in the number of stolen vehicles, but added that thieves continue to prey on motorists.

SSP Fitz Bailey describes the current situation as ‘controlled’. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)
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Up to December 1, OCID statistics showed 1,798 vehicles having been stolen with 298 of them recovered. Approximately 1,966 incidents of missing autos were reported in 2010.

According to Bailey, thieves target familiar areas.

"Anywhere with mass gatherings that's where they strike. We are talking about parties, sporting events, things like that," Bailey said.

Toyotas, Hondas and Nissans are the brands of choice for robbers. The vehicles, or their parts, are usually sold to mainly 'unsuspecting' clients.

In previous years, the police have investigated used-car dealers and garage owners for having stolen vehicles on their properties. In the period January 2005 to June 2007, OCID reported that nearly 3,500 cars had been stolen.

Twenty-five were recovered in the first three weeks of 2005. Twelve of the vehicles were found scrapped in a Kingston garage.

Bailey said most of the thefts take place in Kingston and St Andrew, but there have been numerous reports of vehicles being ripped off in the western section of the country. He had no details of how many arrests have been made.

OCID has reached out to insurance companies and financial institutions in its drive to put the brakes on the illegal auto market. Bailey said insurance firms have become especially aggressive.

"They have made it harder for persons to insure a stolen vehicle by having dialogue with the Inland Revenue Department," Bailey said. "That's definitely one of the positives."

According to Bailey, OCID went for a multifaceted approach to reduce the number of stolen vehicles in 2011 by launching several awareness campaigns, raids, search operations and sensitisation. The organisation also held regular meetings with insurance companies and other stakeholders connected to the motor industry.

While there has been a drop in thefts, Bailey said finding a suitable space to store recovered vehicles remains a challenge. It will be one of OCID's priorities in 2012.

Last year, OCID arrested two persons including a police officer, who were believed to be involved in a major car-stealing ring. They are Andre Luton and Miguel Pine, a police constable.

Pine is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of conspiracy to defraud, while Luton is charged with two counts of simple larceny, three counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of conspiracy to defraud.

They are scheduled to appear in court in January.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/Car-theft-on-decline_10394918#ixzz1h5Zfy0Gb
64  General Information / General Discussion / Police in Texas town giving out gift cards for good driving on: December 20, 2011, 10:23:41 am
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/police-texas-town-giving-gift-cards-good-driving-220856400.html


Police in Texas town giving out gift cards for good driving


By Eric Pfeiffer

   

By Eric Pfeiffer | The Sideshow – 17 hrs ago

   

Traffic cop in Prosper, Texas handing out a gift card (KTSM.com)
The next time you're approached by a traffic cop, you shouldn't necessarily assume the worst. Or at least you shouldn't succumb to primal fears of traffic cops if  you're driving in Prosper, Tex, where police have been handing out $10 gift cards to drivers they see wearing seat belts and staying within the speed limit.

"We wanted to give back to the community to reinforce those safe driving habits," Prosper assistant police chief Gary McHone told AOL Autos.

To be clear, the police officers aren't pulling over any motorists to notify them that they are obeying the law. Rather, officers on foot have been approaching driving in parking lots and other areas after noticing their good behavior. The police officers say they are going out of their way to not startle anyone.

"The old adage of 'protecting and serving'--it's a highly used phrase, but this is an opportunity for us to put a different twist to the 'serving' part of it," McHone said.

The department says it has funded 60 of the American Bank of Texas debit cards through its own contribution fund and from money raised at community events.

65  General Information / General Discussion / Mrs. Claus gets Christmas miracle after car stolen, job axed (Subaru Forester) on: December 20, 2011, 10:21:31 am
http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/mrs-claus-gets-christmas-miracle-car-stolen-job-164017513.html

Mrs. Claus gets Christmas miracle after car stolen, job axed

By Justin Hyde

Senior Editor of Motoramic

By Justin Hyde | Motoramic – 15 hours ago

   
First, Gail Larkin had her Subaru Forester stolen from a mall parking lot while she was inside volunteering as Mrs. Santa Claus. Then, after news of the theft broke, the mall barred her from coming back, citing "bad publicity." Yet in the end, all involved saw the dangers of getting stuck on the naughty list this close to Christmas.

Larkin's holiday travail began Dec. 10, when she arrived at the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, New Mexico, in her silver 2005 Forester and spotted a man lurking around the parking lot. After appearing as Mrs. Claus during a breakfast that morning, Larkin emerged to find her car gone, along with her purse, phone and a walker borrowed from a church, according to the Las Cruces Sun-News.

That would have been enough to spoil anyone's holiday spirit -- except that after the news broke, management at the Mesilla Valley Mall told Larkin Thursday she was barred from volunteering again as Mrs. Claus, due to what Larkin says was "bad publicity." Turns out the mall parking lot lacks security cameras that might have caught sight of whomever took the Forester on a sleigh ride.

The uproar on behalf of Santa's better half moved so quickly to calls for boycotts and angry letters to the mall's owners that by Friday, the mall had capitulated:

    Mesilla Valley Mall made a mistake. Plain and simple. We realize that Ms. Larkin brings much joy and happiness to the children of our community by dressing up as Mrs. Claus and we are hopeful that she will be our special guest at tomorrow's Breakfast with Santa.

Larkin accepted, telling those who supported her to not boycott the mall, and that she had looked forward to seeing the children again, telling KFOX-TV: "(They sit) on Santa's lap, asking for a coat to keep them warm in the winter, or for shoes for mommy because she doesn't have shoes without holes...They don't ask for much and (I love) the joy on their faces seeing Santa Claus and Mrs. Santa."

This Saturday, Mrs. Claus arrived as scheduled, but took a slightly different route to the mall. On her way, she spotted a silver Subaru Forester parked in a far lot -- her Forester, lightly damaged with fresh scrapes on the side and money missing from her purse, but otherwise intact. Sometimes even car thieves know when to be good for goodness' sake.

Photo: KFOX, Mesilla Valley Mall via Facebook
66  General Information / Club Information / Re: SOCOJ Discount testimonials! on: December 20, 2011, 10:19:13 am
i just acquired my 2004 Legacy and was having a hard time finding decent insurance rates.. until i heard about joining Socoj.. i saved almost $70,000  blink  #socojrocks  dance1

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67  General Information / General Discussion / Re: SOCOJ LINKUP B4 2012 ANYONE ? on: December 20, 2011, 10:18:27 am
I checked a location in Portmore last evening but think we may have to wait until January 2012 to do this.  If we do it this Saturday thats the day before Christmas Day so I figure people will be busy getting last minute stuff.  Next weekend is after Election so we dont know how the "air" will be so Im going to work on something for January and remember we have Rock Wharf the end of January as well. 

The venue Im thinking of in Portmore is the place where Xclusive Car Wash and D & M Auto Parts is ...... its a large area and can hold a lot of cars and a Jerk Center and Vintage Bar is in the same area.  Its the first left turn off I95 aka Municipal Boulevard.  The road that takes you to the Shell Gas Station - Independence City ( the plaza on the left)
68  Classifieds / Auto-Parts Wanted / For Sale / Re: Radiator Needed for 2004 Legacy!! on: December 15, 2011, 07:51:30 pm
You know sey all now I dont get the new radiator  whistle whistle whistle whistle
69  General Information / General Discussion / A Massacre in Jamaica on: December 15, 2011, 02:49:27 pm
What do you think of this article??

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/12/12/111212fa_fact_schwartz?currentPage=all

A Reporter at Large
A Massacre in Jamaica
After the United States demanded the extradition of a drug lord, a bloodletting ensued.
by Mattathias Schwartz December 12, 2011


Marjorie Hinds was out buying food in Tivoli Gardens on the morning of May 24, 2010, when the security forces moved in.

   
Most cemeteries replace the illusion of life’s permanence with another illusion: the permanence of a name carved in stone. Not so May Pen Cemetery, in Kingston, Jamaica, where bodies are buried on top of bodies, weeds grow over the old markers, and time humbles even a rich man’s grave. The most forsaken burial places lie at the end of a dirt path that follows a fetid gully across two bridges and through an open meadow, far enough south to hear the white noise coming off the harbor and the highway. Fifty-two concrete posts are set into the earth in haphazard groups of two and three. Each bears a small disk of black metal and a stencilled number. The majority of these mark the unclaimed dead from the last days of May, 2010, when the police and the Army assaulted the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens, in West Kingston. The rest mark the graves of paupers.

The trouble that led to the Tivoli Gardens deaths began in August, 2009, when the United States government requested the extradition of Christopher (Dudus) Coke. In the U.S., Coke stood charged in federal court of trafficking in narcotics and firearms; in Jamaica, he was known as the country’s most powerful “don,” a community leader who also runs a criminal enterprise. He lived in Tivoli, where everyone called him “president,” and, since 2001, Jamaican police had not been able to enter the neighborhood without his permission. Coke was so powerful that Prime Minister Bruce Golding spent months resisting the extradition order. But in early May, 2010, under heavy international political pressure, Golding authorized Coke’s arrest. In response, Coke converted Tivoli and nearby Denham Town into a personal fortress. Barricades of rubble and barbed wire sprang up across major intersections. Armed sentries took up posts around Tivoli’s perimeter. It looked as though Coke were preparing for war with the Jamaican state.

On Sunday, May 23rd, the Jamaican police asked every radio and TV station in the capital to broadcast a warning that said, in part, “The security forces are appealing to the law-abiding citizens of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town who wish to leave those communities to do so.” The police sent buses to the edge of the neighborhood to evacuate residents to temporary accommodations. But only a few boarded, and the buses drove away nearly empty.

Marjorie Hinds, who supported her family by selling groceries from a wooden shed, was one of the residents who ignored the warning. She was thirty-seven years old and took pride in her clothes, her cooking, her manicured nails, and her ironed hair. Hinds lived with her boyfriend, Radcliffe (Mickey) Freeman, and their two children, eleven-year-old Nikeita and eight-year-old Mickey, Jr. Their apartment was on the ground floor of Building Two, just north of Coke’s headquarters, in the area of Tivoli known as Java. Freeman had been working in the U.S. when, in April, Hinds asked him to return home. Freeman had played on the same street-corner soccer team as Coke when they were children, but their lives followed very different paths. From 2007 to 2008, Freeman worked on the completion of a new U.S. Embassy compound in Kingston, a job that required his name to be checked against lists of known criminals maintained by the Jamaican police. Contractors in Kingston and the United States knew him to be a hardworking carpenter and a family man.


That day in May, Hinds thought about leaving Tivoli, but she told herself that anyone who fled would have to live with the shame of having abandoned the community. Neighbors might label her an informer. She also didn’t think that the security forces would actually enter. Hinds told a friend who was worried about an invasion, “Tivoli is the baddest place in the whole wide world.”

On Monday, May 24th, Hinds woke to the sound of sporadic gunfire. Freeman was gone. Hinds anxiously dialled his cell phone and reached him at the house of a friend named Hugh Scully, who lived nearby. Freeman was calm, and Hinds, who had not been outside for three days, assumed that it was safe to go and buy food.

Late in the morning, she left her flat. It was a clear day, and the trade winds coming off the harbor eased the sun’s dizzying heat. A white surveillance plane was circling Kingston; a blue seal on the tail identified it as belonging to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Armored personnel carriers and soldiers from the Army, or Jamaica Defence Force, and the police, or Jamaica Constabulary Force, were massing to the south and east, outside the ring of barricades.

At 11 A.M., gunfire erupted as the security forces breached the barricades. Everyone in the street around Building Two scrambled for cover. Many ran to the ground-floor flat of an elderly woman named Murline Campbell, Hinds’s neighbor. (“When they come to my house, they are all family,” Campbell said later.) Suddenly, a J.D.F. helicopter appeared overhead, and Hinds was struck by an explosion. Her yellow shorts were charred black and her hip and buttocks were severely burned. She fell in the middle of the street, and blood flowed from gashes on her legs and face.

A neighbor ran to Scully’s house, where Freeman was tending to a young man who had been injured in an explosion nearby. “Marjorie dead!” he cried. Freeman found Hinds lying unconscious where she had fallen. He picked her up and rushed to Campbell’s apartment, where his daughter was hiding under Campbell’s bed. Freeman laid Hinds down on the floor with her head resting in his lap. She came to for a moment and asked for water, and Campbell brought some. The men sat silently in chairs. The women cracked open the windows and peeked out into the street. The gunfire seemed to be getting closer.

Four or five hours later, Campbell’s door was kicked down and about ten soldiers burst into the apartment. They carried M-16 assault rifles and wore the camouflage uniforms of the Army. They had yellow “Police Line” tape tied around their arms. The soldiers carried Hinds out to a jeep, which took her to Kingston Public Hospital.

At around four o’clock, the soldiers led the rest of the apartment’s occupants to a shaded area between the building and the street. On a normal day, young men would gather there to sit in high wooden chairs, play dice, and smoke marijuana. One soldier walked around with a plastic bag, collecting cell phones. Campbell’s daughter, Ayoni, remembers the soldiers punching and kicking the men and older boys. Nikeita began to cry. “What kind of work you do, man?” one soldier asked Freeman, whose shirt was stained with Hinds’s blood. “Me a carpenter, officer,” he replied.

Soldiers told Freeman and three other men to stay where they were; everyone else was ordered to walk a few hundred feet to a street called Sangster Crescent. Nikeita remembers seeing her father sitting peacefully under a tree in the custody of soldiers and a few policemen. She walked on with the rest of the group to Sangster Crescent, where hundreds of residents sat on the pavement as gunshots continued to echo.

After sundown, Nikeita was released. She returned to Building Two but was unable to find her father. She spent the night at a neighbor’s flat. The next morning, she encountered a soldier whom she recognized from Campbell’s apartment. He was stocky, she says, with a dark complexion and a wrinkled face. “Hey, your father is the short man?” he asked, in a voice that seemed to her full of contempt and satisfaction. “Your father dead, you know.”

Hinds was in the hospital, still unconscious. When she awoke, days later, a doctor told her about Freeman. His burial order lists the time of his death as “between 23 and 25 May 2010” and the cause as “multi gunshot wounds.” He was shot ten or more times, according to a Jamaican doctor familiar with the postmortem.

No fewer than seventy-four people were killed in the operation to arrest Christopher Coke and extradite him to the United States—one soldier and seventy-three civilians. Among the dead were at least three women and one United States citizen. Three more residents of Tivoli Gardens, including a sixteen-year-old boy, are missing and presumed dead. The Jamaican security forces say that many of the dead were armed gunmen allied with Coke, but they recovered only six guns during the assault. According to extensive interviews with Tivoli Gardens residents and Jamaican officials, the resistance that the security forces encountered in Tivoli was quickly overpowered. Coke and most of the gunmen are believed to have fled when the raid began, escaping through a network of gullies and sewers. The rest of the battle was not a firefight so much as a police operation. The security forces rounded up residents and conducted searches from house to house. Unarmed men of fighting age were interrogated on the spot, and more than a thousand were sent to detention centers, from which they were released a few days later. Mickey Freeman was one of dozens allegedly shot to death in custody.

A year and a half later, the Jamaican government has refused to make public what it knows about how the men and women of Tivoli Gardens died. So has the government of the United States, despite clear evidence that the U.S. surveillance plane flying above Kingston on May 24th was taking live video of Tivoli, that intelligence from the video feed was passed through U.S. law-enforcement officers to Jamaican forces on the ground, and that the Department of Homeland Security has a copy of this video. The video could corroborate, or refute, allegations that members of the Jamaican security forces massacred dozens of innocents, and could help identify the alleged killers.

Class in Kingston corresponds to elevation. Below the Blue Mountain coffee estates, the grand houses surrounded by barbed wire, the gated apartment complexes, and the mazes of wooden shacks, on a level with the graveyard and the garbage dump, lies Tivoli Gardens. To the east is Coronation Market, where kitchen knives, sneakers, and pirated DVDs are sold on rows of tarps among knotted plastic bags of peanuts, curry, and seasoned salt. Early in the morning, the sound of creaking wood fills the air as the pushcart men guide their barrows to the market. To the west is the highway leading to the city’s main port, where cranes are forever assembling and dismantling walls of steel shipping containers. In Tivoli, blue fifty-five-gallon shipping barrels, with addresses that indicate they once travelled from London or Miami, are repurposed as hampers, barbecues, rented storage units, and garbage cans. In May of 2010, some were filled with sand to make the foundations of the barricades.

Tivoli was designed in the early nineteen-sixties, after an American-born, Harvard-educated sociologist named Edward Seaga visited Back-o-Wall, a stretch of wasteland beside the Kingston harbor. The houses there were made of old matchboards, sacking, and mud. Some had floors of pressed dung. There was no plumbing in Back-o-Wall, no electricity, and little work.

Seaga, a shy, cerebral man with the aristocratic airs and light skin favored by the Jamaican electorate, ran for office as a member of the conservative Jamaica Labor Party. In 1962, the year Britain granted the country full independence, he won West Kingston’s parliament seat. Seaga cleared Back-o-Wall and replaced it with Tivoli Gardens. The units were given to Party loyalists, and the neighborhood has been faithful to the J.L.P. ever since.

A promotional film from the late sixties shows Tivoli as a suburban development with manicured parks, playgrounds, and illuminated fountains. In the video, Seaga boasts of erasing all traces of the neighborhood’s identity as “a nest where the worst criminals gathered.” Tivoli was built on what Seaga called “the self-contained-community principle,” with a prenatal clinic, a preschool, and a vocational-training center. “We have not only taken the man out of the slum but we have taken the slum out of the man!” Seaga announced to an adoring crowd.

But Seaga’s invention soon degenerated into a new kind of slum. Tivoli’s fierce loyalty to the J.L.P. made it the first of Jamaica’s “garrison communities”—neighborhood enclaves controlled by gangs associated with either the J.L.P. or its rival, the People’s National Party. Many of Jamaica’s low-income communities are still led by dons, whose organizations act like miniature states: allocating benefits, defending borders, and extracting taxes. The most famous don of Tivoli was Christopher Coke’s father, Lester Lloyd Coke, who renamed himself Jim Brown after seeing the prison-hardened Nazi hunters of “The Dirty Dozen.” He consolidated his power in 1980, as Seaga was about to be elected Prime Minister. Around this time, the dons began shipping Colombian cocaine to the U.S. Brown killed off his rivals and became known as “the don of dons.”

By 1990, Jamaican gangs, or posses, had street organizations selling cocaine throughout the U.S. The most notorious was Brown’s Shower Posse, named for its willingness to shower bullets on any crowd thought to contain an enemy. In the U.S., the Shower Posse was linked to more than a thousand murders. Gang members turned up in cities from Dallas and Kansas City to Anchorage. One West Kingston resident told me that he knew Freeman during this period, when both men were living in Canada. “Him a gangster in Jim Brown days,” the man said. “But he change his life around.”

Seaga’s J.L.P. lost the 1989 general election, and power shifted to the P.N.P. In 1990, Jamaican police acquiesced to American demands and arrested Brown, who faced murder and drug-racketeering charges in the U.S. He died two years later, in a mysterious prison fire, while awaiting extradition. Thousands of mourners marched in Brown’s funeral procession, including Seaga. (“In a community like that, you can’t disrespect a man whom the people respect,” Seaga explained to me.) Christopher Coke, Brown’s youngest son, fought off rival successors and soon emerged as the new don of Tivoli Gardens and the leader of the Shower Posse.

Coke does not appear menacing—he is five feet four inches tall, with a round baby face—but his dominion in Tivoli Gardens was absolute. His organization, known to residents as “the system,” had its own penal process, including a jail, magistrates, and executioners. Coke’s code was simple—“No robbing, no raping, no killing”—and his justice stringent: teen-age thieves had one hand broken, rapists were beaten, anyone foolish enough to persistently dissent was exiled or killed. Once, according to U.S. federal prosecutors, Coke ordered a man he believed had stolen drug proceeds to be tied down so he could kill him personally, with a chainsaw. (Coke’s lawyers deny this.) The police twice conducted major operations in Tivoli during Coke’s time. Both ended in bloodshed: four civilians were killed in May, 1997, and twenty-five in July, 2001. In the latter incident, an Army helicopter was shot down, and police fired more than fifteen thousand rounds.

Residents went to Coke for tuition, legal aid, business loans, food, and medicine. The rest of Kingston scrimped to afford Jamaica’s electricity rates—as much as twelve hundred U.S. dollars annually, in a country where the gross national income per capita is about seventy-five hundred dollars—whereas in Tivoli ninety-nine per cent of the electricity arrived free of charge. “These guys make it big and they spread that money around, to build loyalty,” Lew Rice, a retired U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officer who worked at the agency’s Jamaica office in the early nineteen-eighties, says.

Many people felt safe enough to leave their doors unlocked. “If someone grabs your chain in the market and you go to the police, they will take out a big book and they will take a long statement,” Pastor Patricka Hall, who leads one of Tivoli’s churches, says. “You never hear from them again. In Tivoli, all you need to do is tell the man where exactly your stuff was taken. In a few hours, maybe a day, you get back your thing. How they do it, I might not be able to pencil in. But they get it done.”

For years, the Jamaican government left Tivoli alone. Coke commuted from a lavish uptown villa to his office, in Java. He directed Shower Posse affiliates in the U.S., and his legitimate Jamaican businesses won road-paving and government security contracts.

Mickey Freeman, like everyone in Tivoli, had to present at least the appearance of loyalty to Coke, negotiating allegiances to both the don and the law. Freeman’s construction job at the new U.S. Embassy was the result of a referral from an earlier construction job at a fertilizer plant, which came through Incomparable Enterprises, a company controlled by Coke. “You hire from the area,” Darren Wilson, a manager at Tank-Weld, a contractor that employed Freeman, said. “You don’t have much choice who you get. They’re waiting at the gate when you get there.” On his final trip back from the U.S., Freeman carried two BlackBerrys and a bottle of cologne—gifts for the don.

“Coke was like Moriarty from the Sherlock Holmes books,” Richard Smyth, who was the deputy chief of the U.S. Embassy in the late nineteen-nineties, says. “He was at the center of the web but was never caught doing anything himself.” In 2004, the D.E.A. entered into a secret agreement with the Jamaican Ministry of National Security that allowed it to listen in on Coke’s intercepted phone calls. This led eventually to the extradition request.

By then, Golding had become Prime Minister. He was a protégé of Seaga’s and a member of the J.L.P., the party long associated with Coke. To delay Coke’s extradition, Golding authorized the retention of a U.S. law firm—for a hundred thousand dollars per quarter—to lobby officials in Washington. In a cable, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston reported that the Jamaican government “understandably fears bloodshed and civil unrest,” but it did not recommend changing course. “Coke financed the Party, through overt and covert contributions,” a former State Department official told me. A current State Department official said that Golding’s administration was “obsessed” with the extradition. The campaign against the extradition was likely perceived by the Embassy as confirmation of Coke’s dangerously high standing with the Jamaican government.

By May, 2010, Golding’s recalcitrance had set off a diplomatic crisis, with the State Department revoking the visas of powerful Jamaicans. (After the raid, ABC News reported that U.S. authorities had intercepted communications between Coke and Golding, and that a U.S. government document called Golding a “criminal affiliate” of Coke.) The pressure on the Prime Minister became too great, and on Monday, May 17th, Golding instructed his Minister of Justice to sign the extradition order. That afternoon, shops in downtown Kingston rolled down their gates and sent employees home early. Coke’s men began putting up the barriers in Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town. On Wednesday, an armored Army vehicle attempting to push through one of the new roadblocks was met with gunfire.

On Thursday, thousands of Tivoli women marched in downtown Kingston on Coke’s behalf. They wore white and carried signs, written in marker on scraps of cardboard: “Taking Di Boss Is Like Taking Jesus”; “After God, Dudus Comes Next!”; “Jesus Die for Us. We Will Die for Dudus!”

By the weekend, Tivoli had filled with armed men. But, even as Coke prepared for war, he was negotiating his surrender with the police through a prominent member of Jamaica’s clergy, Bishop Herro Blair. Blair said that Coke was terrified of dying, like his father, in a Jamaican prison cell. But the Bishop’s hopes for a truce faltered on Sunday morning, when Coke’s forces attacked police patrols and four police stations, setting fire to at least one. The police commissioner cut off negotiations, and at six o’clock Golding declared a state of emergency in Kingston, giving the security forces expanded powers of search, arrest, and detention. In a briefing that night with Jamaica’s top security officials, the police commissioner, according to someone who spoke to him soon afterward, warned that as many as two hundred people might die.

The assault on Tivoli Gardens, known as Operation Garden Parish, began at 11 A.M. on May 24th. “The objective was to establish law and order in a place where there was none,” Karl Angell, a police spokesman, says. Media were prohibited from entering the area. The rest of Kingston watched as soldiers and police poured in and trucks carrying dead bodies drove out.

Gunmen clearly fired on the security forces the moment they went in. An Army video shows a sniper taking aim from behind sandbags. Another shows a teen-age boy in a school uniform walking around with an assault rifle. “Invasion of Tivoli Gardens by Babylon the enemy,” a diary written by a gunman reads. It was recovered months later, after the gunman was shot to death by police. “Gun shots rang out from every corner of West Kingston. . . . I fired my AK until my finger was numb.”

But the resistance melted away. Most of Coke’s followers, realizing that they stood no chance against the Army’s machine guns, helicopters, and armored personnel carriers, fled through Tivoli’s mazelike drainage system. Police later found a large cache of guns and ammunition at a house beside a gully connecting Tivoli to Denham Town. By the time the security forces began searching door to door, most, if not all, of the actual combatants had left. Coke, the man who had spent almost two decades claiming to be Tivoli’s protector, was nowhere to be found.

I lived in and around Tivoli for about three months, reporting this story. Residents, government officials, and sources close to the police there told me that the killings occurred in two waves. The first took place in the morning, while the security forces were rounding up residents and gaining control of the neighborhood. The second began in the afternoon, when police started conducting house-to-house searches for weapons and gunmen. Some used tissue swabs to test residents’ hands for traces of gunpowder. Often, the question of who was a gunman and who wasn’t was decided on the spot. If an unarmed man’s claims of innocence seemed unconvincing, the police might kill him.

“What are you doing in Tivoli Gardens?” a policeman asked George Lewis, a portly middle-aged man who installs wood floors in Brooklyn. He was visiting Jamaica and had come by a friend’s apartment on May 24th. He and the policeman were sitting, Lewis remembers, in the living room. The policeman had his rifle pointed at Lewis’s chest.

“It’s guys like you bringing in the loads of guns,” the policeman said.

“I’ve always been a law-abiding citizen,” Lewis said, trembling. Moments before, he had heard gunfire from the apartment next door. A second police officer leaned in, looking shaken, and asked what to do with the bodies. “Tie a sheet around them and carry them downstairs,” Lewis’s interrogator said.

“I’m the decision-maker now, you hear?” he continued. Lewis told the policeman that he had a nephew in the Army. The policeman asked for his name and phone number. Lewis wrote them on a slip of paper. He placed it on the coffee table, next to his American green card and his Jamaican passport.

“Call him,” the policeman said. Lewis could not get through. He began to pray.

The policeman looked at the slip of paper. “You all right,” he said. Lewis believes that he recognized the nephew’s name.

The police handcuffed Lewis and took him to Tivoli’s community center, where he spent the night lying on his stomach on the concrete floor. The next day, he was taken to an old industrial plant. The floor was covered with rainwater, so he stood awake all night, shoulder to shoulder with scores of other men. On Wednesday, the prisoners were driven to the National Arena, about three miles from Tivoli, where more than five hundred other men and boys were being held. The toilets were clogged, and the detainees had to urinate into empty water bottles. Lewis was released on Thursday evening. “I heard so many horror stories,” he told me. “They summarily executed people. Do you know why? Because people outside hold this area in low esteem.”

As Lewis was being interrogated in Tivoli Gardens on Monday, Joan McCarthy, an elderly woman who lives in the flat next to his friend’s, was held outside the building. Minutes before, police had ordered Andre Smith, her twenty-five-year-old grandnephew (and a U.S. citizen), and Dwayne Edwards, her daughter’s boyfriend, upstairs, after the soldiers had taken everyone outside. She heard gunshots inside the building, and then saw police carrying two bodies wrapped in sheets down the stairs. She recognized Edwards’s shoe protruding from one sheet. McCarthy was certain that neither of them was involved in the fighting—they had spent all morning together, hiding in her dining room. McCarthy later found Smith’s driver’s license and laptop on the floor of his room, covered in blood. Beside them was his passport. Smith had planned to attend Husson University, in Maine, that fall. Months later, after the police claimed that there was no record of his death, DNA from his father was found to match the DNA of one of the unidentified dead buried in May Pen Cemetery. Smith’s mother, a nurse who lives in Atlanta, is still trying to obtain a death certificate from the Jamaican government, so that she can arrange for a proper burial.

Detective Gladys Brown, one of the police detectives who processed and identified the Tivoli bodies, said that it was difficult to predict whether any member of the security forces would be held to account. “There were over five hundred soldiers,” she told me, sixteen months after Smith was shot. “Nobody is able to describe who saw and who did what. It’s very difficult to pinpoint one or two of these men who held a gun to the head and fired.” She emphasized that Coke’s men fired first. “There was warfare,” she said. “These people attacked the state. People were shot and killed. Eventually, we retaliated.”

“The security forces were of the view that Coke was in Tivoli Gardens,” K. D. Knight, a Jamaican senator who headed the Ministry of Defence and Foreign Relations under the P.N.P., told me. He said that the security forces came under heavy fire. “They were going to get him. Anyone and anything in the way was going to be regarded as collateral damage.”

Unofficially, some police officials characterized the operation as a “sacrifice,” pointing to a thirty per cent decline in Jamaica’s murder rate as justification for the loss of life in the Tivoli raid. An official from the P.N.P. suggested that Tivoli’s guilt was, in a sense, collective. “There was a torture chamber,” he said. “The community has to take some responsibility. I’m sure the entirety of Germany wasn’t guilty of the crimes of the Second World War, but an entire generation of Germans had to suffer the consequences of the Allied bombing.”

By the day after the operation, claims of extrajudicial killings had reached the Prime Minister, who asked Bishop Blair and the nation’s public defender, Earl Witter, to go to Tivoli to investigate. The men spent several hours there, accompanied by members of the security forces. Walls were pocked with bullet holes. Two buildings had burned to the ground. In some apartments, the men found up to a dozen people packed into a single room, sweating and terrified. Women told them of police shooting unarmed young men inside their homes, or dragging them out into the street and killing them. In a flat near Java, the investigators saw a waist-high bullet hole in one wall and blood on the floor; witnesses said that Errol Spence, a twenty-two-year-old barber, had been shot and killed there.

Blair, who had served in the Jamaican National Guard, was skeptical of claims that a massacre had taken place. He said that when he met with Coke in Java before the attack, to try to negotiate a resolution, he saw roughly a hundred gunmen with him. “There is a script that is written, whenever police are involved,” he told me. “People will all say the same thing.” Witter, a former journalist, whose office investigates constitutional violations and cases of injustice, took the allegations seriously. After hearing rumors that soldiers were advising residents to clean up crime scenes, he opened an office in the neighborhood and began an investigation. (Eighteen months later, Witter’s investigation is still under way. He expects to complete an interim report by the end of the year.)

On June 22nd, a month after the attack on Tivoli, the police caught Coke at a roadblock. He was dressed as a woman and wearing a wig. The car’s driver, the Reverend Al Miller, said that Coke was on his way to the U.S. Embassy to surrender.

Since late June, Coke has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, in lower Manhattan. He has been listening on a CD player to the thirty-five thousand wiretapped recordings that form the bulk of the government’s case against him. In July, a dozen or so relatives and well-wishers came to the federal courthouse on Pearl Street to attend a hearing. Coke wore a jumpsuit, and his hair was shaved down to stubble. Accompanied by two guards, he kissed his palm as he entered the courtroom and held it up to his supporters, who remained standing until the don had taken his seat.

Coke had heard about the death of Mickey Freeman. “He got emotional,” Stephen H. Rosen, one of Coke’s two attorneys, said. “His eyes welled up.” (Rosen told me later that Coke denied ordering that barricades be built or that anyone attack the security forces.) In late August, Coke pleaded guilty to racketeering charges. He is scheduled to be sentenced in January and faces up to twenty-three years in prison. Less than a month after Coke’s plea, Bruce Golding announced that he would resign as Prime Minister. “The entire episode has affected me deeply,” he said of Coke’s extradition, in an address to the nation.

After decades of quasi-independence, Tivoli Gardens is finally under state control. The neighborhood pays for its electricity and takes its disputes to Jamaican courts. But residents continue to praise Coke: “Dudus a good man”; “Just an ordinary man. A man you can go up and talk to”; “If Dudus here, me beg him fifty dollars and me get it.” Tivoli’s greatest tribute to Coke is paid in silence. “Ah! How Tivoli people talk!” a mother who lost two sons in the attack said when I mentioned rumors that one had fought for Coke. “I need to choose my friends more carefully,” she said.

I asked whether she was certain that there was not a gunman among the five boys killed on her street. “You know that I can’t give you that information,” she said.

When I said that made it hard to believe anything she said, she snapped, “I say. Then you talk. Then I get killed.”

Shortly after one o’clock on May 24, 2010, Norman Grindley, the chief photographer of the Jamaica Gleaner, climbed up to the roof of the paper’s office building, in Kingston, and began taking pictures of a plane that he had seen circling above Tivoli since late morning. It was the surveillance plane, a Lockheed P-3 Orion, with the seal on the tail identifying it as belonging to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A spokesperson for the D.H.S. confirmed to me that it had aircraft flying above Kingston on May 24th, “in support of the D.E.A. and the Jamaican government.” A D.H.S. incident report obtained through the Freedom of Information Act describes the surveillance. “All scenes were continuously recorded,” the report reads.

The State Department and the D.E.A. have also officially acknowledged that the plane assisted the Jamaican government during the Tivoli operation. The P-3 Orion, they said, in a statement given to me this fall, passed information “to U.S. law-enforcement officers stationed at the Embassy, who provided that information to Jamaican authorities.” The statement said that U.S. law-enforcement officers had not made “operational decisions” during the incursion, and emphasized Jamaican responsibility. “The video material was not viewed in the Embassy,” a State Department spokesperson said. “It was viewed at a tactical-operations center, and I don’t have the location of that.” When asked whether there were U.S. officials at the tactical-operations center, the spokesperson said, “I don’t know. I can’t clarify that for you.” A D.E.A. spokesperson said, “We were absolutely not involved on the ground in any of the operations.”

But parts of the D.H.S. report appear to contradict that assertion. The plane was assigned “at the request of and in support of the Drug Enforcement Administration (D.E.A.) Kingston Country Office,” the report reads. “Surveillance support is needed to increase officer safety.” Later, spokespeople from the State Department and the D.H.S. said that this referred solely to Jamaican officers. Major General Stewart Saunders, who led the Jamaican Army during the attack on Tivoli, retired shortly afterward, and declined repeated requests for comment, as did Prime Minister Golding. Numerous other officials at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, the D.E.A., the Justice Department, and the State Department declined to comment, saying that they had to wait until Witter’s report was completed or until Coke was sentenced.

It is clear that the U.S. played a major role in tracking Coke before the operation. “We were constantly involved in the investigation,” Bill Sorukas, the chief of the International Investigations Branch of the U.S. Marshals Service, said. “We provided information and intelligence on Coke and associates he was with.” He noted that the U.S. collaborates closely with the Jamaica Fugitive Apprehension Team, a special unit of the police, and that the “investigation was worked jointly” by the D.E.A. and the police. A senior Jamaican parliamentarian added that the U.S. government had provided satellite images of Tivoli in response to a 2008 request from Jamaican law-enforcement officials who said they needed help tracking Coke.

The U.S. knew there was a risk of violence against civilians during the operation. For decades, human-rights activists have been collecting stories of J.C.F. excesses, including officers indiscriminately firing on teen-age girls or crowded buses. In 2010, the police killed three hundred and twenty civilians, a figure that does not include the seventy-three who died in Tivoli. This is forty times the number killed last year by the New York Police Department, which is responsible for a population three times as large. “The J.C.F. routinely carried out summary executions of suspected criminals,” Jerome Harris, who retired as head of the D.E.A.’s Caribbean division in 2008, says. In February, 2010, three months before the Tivoli incursion, a leaked cable signed by the chief of the U.S. Embassy cited a U.N. report pointing out “the propensity for extrajudicial killings by the J.C.F.”

A security adviser in Jamaica who works closely with the police said it may be that Jamaican police commit murder because they don’t trust the courts or the prisons: “Many bad guys do not go to jail. Or they are able to operate their criminal empires from inside jail, or they escape with ease. Police officers, in particular, are at risk. Some of them are targeted and killed. So, on occasion, they might feel that it makes more sense to kill someone on the spot.” People like Mickey Freeman and Andre Smith were in particular danger from the Jamaican police because they had come in from outside Tivoli. “Dudus had called in bad guys from across Jamaica to come and defend him,” the security adviser continued. “Police and soldiers knew that they were likely to encounter some of the most vicious killers in the country, and that any non-local man present in Tivoli on that day had probably not come as a tourist.”

I put the question of Freeman’s character to more than twenty sources in Kingston, including not only official media contacts at the U.S. Embassy, the J.C.F., and the J.D.F. but a high-ranking J.C.F. officer and a former Shower Posse lieutenant. I asked each of these interlocutors for any evidence they might have showing that Freeman was anything other than a noncombatant who was intentionally shot and killed by the security forces. No one was able to provide such evidence. In its absence, the case against Freeman’s innocence consists of small circumstantial connections to Coke. These must also be weighed against the strong evidence supporting his good character: Freeman’s security check, which allowed him to work for the contractors building the U.S. Embassy; interviews with Freeman’s supervisors in Jamaica and the U.S.; and multiple accounts from Freeman’s neighbors and family. But the question of Freeman’s innocence or guilt on May 24, 2010, wasn’t decided by a court, a journalist, or, most likely, anyone who knew him. It was decided by members of the security forces in Tivoli Gardens. None of them have spoken out about that day, and no court has compelled them to. It is therefore impossible to know what standards they applied to the question of who would live and who would die.

For two weeks after the operation, residents were forced to stay near their homes. Many residents’ sofas had been cut open, ceilings ripped down, and tile floors smashed during police searches for weapons. For the next month, Tivoli was under a six-o’clock curfew, enforced by arrest. Entering or leaving the neighborhood after the curfew required a police permit. A year later, in May, 2011, Tivoli Gardens still looked like an occupied territory. Coke’s office had become an Army post, and the Jamaican flag flew overhead. From time to time, patrols of soldiers emerged from the camouflage mesh concealing the entrance. The patrols passed by pickup soccer games, tennis-ball cricket matches, and groups of women hanging out laundry. They crossed streets on the diagonal, rifles cradled across their chests. Next to the Army post was a new police station. The officers there seemed friendlier, eating box lunches in plain view and bantering with residents. On one wall was a sign left behind by the old order: “No Idling, No Smoking, No Foul Word.”

When Marjorie Hinds talks about May 24th, she speaks with a stutter. Without Freeman’s support, she has a hard time feeding her children. She and her daughter beg. Her old neighbor Murline Campbell begs on her behalf. “You have to be strong, Marjorie!” her friend Jane McFarlane said as the two sat in McFarlane’s living room, which is decorated with stuffed animals and artificial flowers. McFarlane lost a son and a cousin in the attack; bullet holes and splattered blood still mar one of her upstairs bedrooms. She now lives with a friend in a town west of Kingston, and had returned to visit Tivoli on the one-year anniversary of the killings. “This house is not a home to me anymore,” she said.

During Memorial Week, a public commemoration of the attack’s first anniversary, the pastor at the Faith and Hope Deliverance Church unfolded two sheets of paper and read a letter from Coke.

“Dear Residents of Tivoli Garden,” the don had written. “I hope you are all fine and this letter reaches everyone in the best of health. As for me I’m doing all right and my health conditions are fine.” Coke thanked Tivoli for sending him postcards and said he was sorry for the pain of the past year. For the future, he looked to God. “My deepest sympathy and condolences goes out to the families who loss their love ones and to those that were injury. . . . When the community cry, I cry too.” One sentence could be construed as a warning: “Don’t let anyone mislead you to do anything that is not right in the sight of God.”

A memorial for Mickey Freeman took place late in the afternoon on the following day, in the yard where Nikeita remembers last seeing him. Bubba, Mickey’s half brother, cooked chicken and rice on grills made from rusting hubcaps. A line quickly formed, and Bubba brought out Heineken, rum, and Pepsi. Darkness fell. One by one, the women of Tivoli knelt on the sidewalk and lit white candles. Someone rigged up a sound system and played a Buju Banton song:


Top a top Dudus
Live upon Chris
Top a top Jim Brown
Dem the gun specialist

“Blau! Blau! Brrrr-au!” three young boys shouted, spraying the street with imaginary machine guns.

Hinds sat looking out at the party from the veranda of her old apartment, with Mickey, Jr., at her feet, rolling an unlit candle between her hands. She stayed inside through most of Memorial Week. When she went out, she did not linger near Building Two. A suitcase on top of a bedroom dresser holds the remains of her old life. When she wants to explain who she once was, she will carry it to the kitchen table, spill out a bundle of loose papers, and begin picking out the vital documents—identification cards, letters of reference, phone numbers of supervisors who will attest that Mickey Freeman was a good man. In a photograph taken at a job site, Mickey, in hard hat and earplugs, waves at the camera. With half-closed eyes and the hint of a smile, he appears sanguine. He has a small frame but a workman’s thick forearms. There are photographs, too, that show how much Hinds has changed. She is heavier now, with a black scar running along one cheekbone. “I was pretty,” she said. She pointed to the scars on her feet and legs. “Look, they spoil me up.”

Jim Brown’s body lies beside those of his family and his retainers, beneath a bed of artificial flowers and a bare light bulb. The grave is in the northeast corner of May Pen Cemetery, an area known in Tivoli as Heroes’ Circle. The words “Death Is the Surest Thing in Life” are painted in black on a nearby wall.

One day, a memorial took place at Heroes’ Circle for Errol Spence, the young barber, who was known as Culu. His tomb rises four feet up from the uneven ground, and is finished in white tile, with his name and dates cut into the headstone. A case of beer, a bottle of rum, and a sprig of marijuana had been placed on top.

“These are Cokes,” one of the mourners, a middle-aged woman, said to me. “They don’t want you here.” But a large man with bowed legs and a diamond earring was eager to have someone record his thoughts. He introduced himself as Big Pimp and said that he was close to one of Coke’s nephews. “Me two balls and me word and my family—that’s all me have,” he began, paraphrasing Al Pacino in “Scarface.” “Then they come. And they take that away.” He took a swallow from a Heineken. “If me no cry on the outside, me cry on the inside. We lost a lot of friends, we down here. We live like brothers and sisters. Police and soldiers? We have all hate for them.”

He compared Jamaica to Libya and Afghanistan. He talked about human rights. “Bare innocent!” he cried, at the mention of Culu. “Cold-blooded mur-dah! The soldiers, they swab him! They find nothing! And they kill him!”

Early in the morning on another day, nine-year-old Mickey, Jr., took me to see his father’s grave, which lies well to the south of Heroes’ Circle. He and Nikeita have got used to looking after themselves. When Hinds is able, she sells vegetables in the market, but she often goes to the country to rest.

It was just after dawn, and the sky was gray. Mickey, Jr., slipped on his sandals and led me to May Pen. He threaded the narrow paths running between the graves. In places, the way was paved with old stone markers sinking into the dirt like cobblestones. “This one,” Mickey, Jr., said, sitting down on a tomb of pink tile. There was no headstone. In its place was a sun-bleached photograph of two stuffed bears, with the words “I love you so much.” “Me a’ bed, then go to school,” Mickey, Jr., said. He looked weary in a way that most nine-year-old boys never do. ♦

ILLUSTRATION: Owen Smith

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71  Media / Magazine Articles / IIHS rates the safest cars of 2012 - SUBARU Makes the list!!! on: December 15, 2011, 06:57:46 pm
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IIHS rates the safest cars of 2012
By Jerry Edgerton | CBS MoneyWatch – 20 minutes ago


The 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 114 other vehicles got the top safety rating.


Along with style, power and high gas mileage, you want a new car that will protect you in a crash. A good place to start is with vehicles awarded the top safety pick rating for 2012 by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which released its list Thursday of 115 winners.

To get that top rating, a car, van or SUV must stand up to crash tests simulating front, side, rear and rollover accidents. The rollover standard has proved especially difficult for many models in the past. IIHS President Adrian Lund noted that the original 2005 ratings contained only 11 models as top picks. The 115 that qualified this year are "a testament to the commitment auto makers have made to go above and beyond minimum safety standards," Lund said.

2012 Toyota Prius V

2012 Toyota Prius V
Companies with the strongest showing included Subaru, which got top ratings for all five models it sells in the U.S. Toyota Motor North America got the most top picks, with 15 of its Toyota, Lexus and Scion models. That includes a top pick rating for the first time for the redesigned 2012 Camry.

The Camry also got a 5-star rating in tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration -- more difficult now that those tests have been toughened for 2012 models.

Strong improvement from Honda

IIHS also cited Honda of America for the most improvement. Of the 18 vehicles new to top safety pick status this year, 10 of them were Honda or Acura models. "Honda buckled down and upgraded roofs on 10 models that missed winning last year because of rollover protection," Lund said.

If you are shopping, you can find a top pick model in almost every category. Among high-mileage green cars, the Toyota Prius V -- the bigger version of the original Prius -- qualifies. So do the plug-in Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt. IIHS is keeping its top rating for the Volt despite an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration into battery fires after Volt crash tests. The Institute says it found no special battery problems during or after its crash tests.

2012 Ford F-150

2012 Ford F-150
Safe bigger vehicles

Among bigger vehicles, three pickups got top rating: The Ford F-150 crew cab models, the Honda Ridgeline and the Toyota Tundra crew cab. Minivans offer an even bigger choice: Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Volkswagen Routan all got the top rating.

Here is a full list of vehicles that got the top safety pick designation:

Minicars

Fiat 500 built after July 2011              
   Ford Fiesta sedan & hatchback              

Honda Fit
   Toyota Yaris 4-dr hatchback

Small cars

Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, Volt

   Ford Focus

   Honda Civic sedan

Honda CR-Z, Insight

   Hyundai Elantra

   Kia Forte sedan

Kia Soul
   Lexus CT 200h
   Mazda 3 sedan & hatchback
Mini Cooper Countryman
   Mitsubishi Lancer (except Ralliart & Evolution)
   Nissan Cube, Juke, Leaf
Scion tC, xB, xD
   Subaru Impreza except WRX
   Toyota Corolla, Prius
Volkswagen Golf 4-dr
   Volkswagen GTI 4-dr
   

Midsize moderately priced cars

Audi A3

   Buick Verano

   Chevrolet Malibu

Chrysler 200 4-dr

   Dodge Avenger

   Ford Fusion

Honda Accord
   Hyundai Sonata
   Kia Optima
Subaru Legacy, Outback
   Toyota Camry,   Prius v
   Volkswagen Jetta   sedan
Volkswagen Jetta  SportWagen
   
   

Midsize luxury/near luxury cars

Acura TL built after Sept. 2011

   Acura TSX sedan & wagon

   Audi A4

Lincoln MKZ

   Mercedes C-Class

   Volkswagen CC except 4wd

Volvo S60
   
   

Large family cars

Buick LaCrosse, Regal    

   Chrysler 300                    

   Dodge Charger                

Ford Taurus

   Toyota Avalon

   

Large luxury cars

Audi A6

   BMW 5 series except 4wd & V8

   Cadillac CTS sedan

Hyundai Equus

   Infiniti M except M56x 4wd

   Lincoln MKS

Mercedes E-Class sedan
   Mercedes E-Class coupe
   Saab 9-5
Volvo S80
   
   

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V    

   Hyundai Tucson  

   Jeep Patriot with optional side torso airbags

Kia Sportage

   Subaru Forester

   Volkswagen Tiguan

Midsize SUVs

Chevrolet Equinox

   Dodge Durango, Journey

   Ford Edge, Explorer, Flex

GMC Terrain

   Honda Pilot

   Hyundai Santa Fe

Jeep Grand Cherokee
   Kia Sorento
   Subaru Tribeca
Toyota Highlander, Venza
   
   

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX

   Audi Q5

   BMW X3

Cadillac SRX

   Infiniti EX35

   Lexus RX

Lincoln MKT, MKX
   Mercedes GLK, M-Class
   Saab 9-4X
Volvo XC60, XC90
   
   

Large SUVs

Buick Enclave                

   Chevrolet Traverse                  

GMC Acadia

   Volkswagen Touareg

Minivans

Chrysler Town & Country

   Dodge Grand Caravan

   Honda Odyssey

Toyota Sienna

   Volkswagen Routan

   

Large pickups

Ford F-150 crew cab

   Honda Ridgeline   Toyota Tundra crew cab
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73  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Aftermarket Subaru Boost Controller Risks on: December 14, 2011, 11:01:19 am
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74  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: over heating problems on: December 14, 2011, 11:01:08 am
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75  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Exhaust FAQ on: December 14, 2011, 11:00:56 am
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76  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE BUILDING INFO on: December 14, 2011, 11:00:41 am
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77  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Should I upgrade my plugs??? on: December 14, 2011, 11:00:29 am
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78  Technical Discussion / General Discussion / Re: INFO on head work on: December 14, 2011, 11:00:12 am
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