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Cocktail party for Continental

Photo caption:Continental Airlines Area Sales Managers were recently guests at the Grand Lido, Negril. They were hosted to a cocktail party held in their honour. Joining them (L-R standing) are Grand Lido Resident Manager Mr. Joey Issa; Judith Hill (Assistant Manager) and Michelle Hacker (Social Director).


Joseph Issa Chairman of Cool Group, Warns Against Complacency During This 2014 Hurricane Season

I n the midst of the 2014 pre-hurricane season (before June) Chairman of Cool Group of companies Joseph J. Issa, says Jamaicans should stop being complacent in their preparations for the annual hurricane season and calls on them to start planning for this year’s weather systems starting June 1 and ending November 30.

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Also at this time, mid-way in the pre-season Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is warning everyone including businesses to start preparing now. Its website is calling on everyone to seek knowledge on how to prepare for the hurricane season including businesses.

The website cited as critical an emergency contact list with 24-hour telephone numbers of essential employees and official response agencies, identification and security of vital documents and files, determination of responsibility for maintenance of the facility covering aspects such as needed repairs to roofs and windows, emergency lighting, essential supplies and First Aid training.

“Every year Jamaicans tend to wait for a hurricane to approach before they start taking measures to protect their lives and property with devastating consequences,” Joe Issa states, noting, “Last year the country was spared but it may not be as lucky this year even if a quiet season has been predicted for 2014.”

In Tyler Stanfield’s WunderBlog: The 2014 Hurricane season: What to Expect/Weather Underground, the noted forecaster states that there are conditions that hinder or enhance the development of hurricanes citing the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) as the biggest hindrance, limiting the amount of hurricanes and major hurricanes.

“With the increasing odds of an El Nino event developing by the peak of the 2014 hurricane season, unfavorable conditions will likely plague the storms of the Atlantic basin from start to finish. This will cause a limited amount of hurricanes and major hurricanes to develop during the season and decrease the likelihood of a hurricane landfall.

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Joseph “Joey” Issa

“Along with the anticipation of a quieter, below average season the overall lack of above average surface temperatures in the deep tropics, increased trade winds and low instability will likely be a large factor in less storms being capable of intensifying and becoming hurricanes and major hurricanes,” Stanfield says in the February 2014 outlook in which he predicted 10 named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane.

However, Stanfield warns, “You should not keep your guard down. An inactive hurricane season can just as easily have a major hurricane make landfall as much as any other season and this forecast should not be taken as a reason to write off the season. It only takes one to make a quiet season a bad season.”

Noting that it’s not only the big weather systems that cause massive damage, Joey recalls: “Last year while Jamaicans were napping waiting for the big hurricane to approach before they start to plan for it, they were caught off-guard by a lowly category 1 Hurricane Sandy which caused widespread damage,” stating, “It is this experience I hope will finally prompt them to take early action to minimize hardships this hurricane season; the experience of Hurricane Gilbert should have done that.”

“We need to act on many fronts simultaneously; we have to establish mandatory evacuation legislation and the associated penalties, develop the monitoring capabilities to stamp out construction in unsafe areas and stop the breaches of the building code and the flagrant littering of gullies and drains,” Joey states.

Posted on the ODPEM website, a January article quoted Acting Director General of ODPEM, Richard Thompson, as saying that Gilbert was for Jamaica a turning point.

“We have 947 communities in Jamaica and over 300 are considered highly vulnerable. There is a need to have no-build zones and we are looking at that,” he told the Jamaica Observer newspaper.

On the issue of mandatory evacuation Thompson said this was being discussed, while noting that due to a number of legal implications “it might be easier to maintain a compulsory evacuation regime.”

According to the website, Hurricaneville, some of the most notable hurricanes recorded since Jamaica’s independence in 1962 include: Flora on October 5-7, 1963; Allen on August 4-7, 1980; and the infamous Gilbert on September 12, 1988 which left 25 per cent of the population homeless, almost every home without electricity and 45 people dead.

Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Ronald Jackson, was also quoted in the Jamaica Observer article as saying that Jamaicans at the time of Hurricane Gilbert had probably used their experience of weather systems such as what was then called the ’51 storm’ (Charlie) and others to pre-judge what Gilbert would have brought only to be caught by surprise.

“By the time Gilbert would have come around there was a sense of complacency in our population that they just did not believe Jamaica could have been impacted and that was reflected not just in terms of the way people responded to that event but the whole culture of government, of our sectors and of our businesses; there was not a risk management culture in 1988,” he said, noting, “That behavior, however, might mostly be Gone with the Wind.”

“If we look at today’s Jamaica we see where more and more individuals are seeking out knowledge about how to be ready for these events; you would have seen improvements certainly in terms of roof construction and the securing of roofs, not that it is at the level where it should be but it is far advanced,” Jackson pointed out.

Wellness Advocate Urges Sleeping Right As Central Mysteries Of Life Discovered

Science and wellness advocate Joe Issa is awed by the work of scientists which has shared light on what is referred to as one of the central mysteries of human life: why we need sleep, and how it happens, as he urges citizens to sleep right for a better and healthier life.

2017 Nobel Prize Winners (l-r) Hall, Rosbash and
2017 Nobel Prize Winners (l-r) Hall, Rosbash and Young

“I think we all know that sleep is important to the proper functioning of the body, and we feel it the next day if we have not had enough sleep. Some of us take it seriously and ensure we have sufficient sleep; but some don’t, and they pay for it in the end.

“So I’m urging everyone to develop a regular sleep pattern and ensure that you get enough sleep,” said Issa, noting, “This discovery is remarkable and far reaching in terms of building awareness and understanding of the existence of our biological clock.

Issa was hailing the work of Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W Young, who received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for Medicine for understanding the mysteries of how life tracks time and changes itself according to the movement of the sun, which explains what is called the biological clock.

According to The Independent, the Nobel Prize in medicine was given to the three scientists “for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm”, or the biological clock. Their work helped illuminate one of the central mysteries of human life: why we need sleep, and how it happens.

The Circadian rhythms are the ways that the body keeps itself regulated with the passing of the day, and that the process can affect sleep, behavior, hormone levels, body temperature and metabolism. They show why disturbed sleep – like in the case of jet lag, or people with insomnia – can have terrifying knock-on consequences, like an increased risk of various diseases, the article said.

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The researchers reportedly discovered that all types of life on Earth – from plants to humans – regulate their body clock using the sun, with special technologies inside the body. They showed how the body clock can disrupt the central ways the body works, including things like metabolism, and explained how if it is thrown off it can cause huge problems for people and other parts of life.

Catastrophic’ lack of sleep is killing us, scientist warns

The researchers “were able to peek inside our biological clock and elucidate its inner workings”, according to the Nobel committee’s citation for the more than $1m (£750m) prize. The discoveries “explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with the Earth’s revolutions”, it said.

The work didn’t reveal any tips for regulating our own circadian rhythm or improving sleep, said experts. But it was a reminder of the importance of doing so – and of keeping good sleep hygiene, by ensuring that people maintain good sleep patterns and keep themselves in sync with the sun, they said during the press conference.

It said the win comes soon after one of the world’s leading sleep scientist argued that a “catastrophic” lack of sleep is slowly killing us and spreading damage throughout society.

The laureates reportedly used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the normal daily biological rhythm and showed how this gene encoded a protein that accumulates in the cell during the night and degrades during the day.

Thomas Perlmann, secretary at the Karolinska Institute Nobel Committee, described the reaction of Rosbash when first informed of the award: “He was silent and then he said ‘you are kidding me?’.”

Medicine is said to be the first of the Nobel Prizes awarded each year. The prizes for achievements in science, literature and peace were created in accordance with the will of dynamite inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel and have been awarded since 1901.

Nobel medicine laureates have included scientific greats such as Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin, and Karl Landsteiner, whose identification of separate blood types opened the way to carrying out safe transfusions.

According to the article the prize has not been without controversy, especially with the benefit of hindsight, such as with 1948 award for the discovery of DDT, a chemical that helped battle epidemics but was later banned due to its harmful environmental impact.

Joey Issa, first recipient of L.B Creary Memorial Award

North coast hotelier, Mr. Joe Issa, of the SuperClubs group of resorts, is the recipient of the first annual L.B. Creary Memorial Quality of Life Award for exemplary humanitarian and philanthropical public service, in the parish of St. Mary.

The award is given to the person, who, in the judgement of the awards committee, does the most during the past year, to uplift the standard of living for the less privileged in St. Mary, particularly through the Kiwanis Club, of that parish.

Joey Issa, first recipient of L.B Creary Memorial Award
Joey Issa, first recipient of L.B Creary Memorial Award

The award was presented to Mr. Issa jointly by Mrs. Norma Creary, widow of Mr. Luneville B. Creary, after whom it is named; and Mr. and Mrs. Creary’s son, Mr. Richard Creary, secretary of the St. Mary Kiwanis Club.

Introducing Mr. Issa at the awards ceremony, another of the Creary’s sons, First Life Insurance executive, Mr. Don Creary, praised Mr. Issa for his “unselfish, caring and extraordinary interest in helping the less fortunate of the parish”. Mr Creary added, “Mr. Joey Issa richly deserves this honour, award and distinction today!”

Mr. Issa was humble in his acceptance speech. He said, in part, “Assistance in this endeavor is necessary. The less privileged among us must always be at the forefront of our thoughts. I am thankful and grateful I am in a position to be of assistance, in this manner.”

Mr. Issa went on to encourage others in a similar position as his, to help the less fortunate. He congratulated the St. Mary Kiwanis Club for what he described as its “sterling example of humanitarian assistance to the community,” and pledged his continued personal assistance to the club.

Mr. L.B. Creary was a civil servant, returning officer and philanthropist. He died four years ago.

Mr. Issa, 27, was, until recently, the general manager for SuperClubs’ Couples Hotel, St. Mary. He took up the position of general manger of SuperClubs’ newest resort, Sans Souci Hotel and Spa – renamed the Sans Souci Lido – on November 1.

Mr. Don Creary was named St. Mary Kiwanian Of The Year, 1992/93, at the awards function.

‘Strengthening Tax Reform Initiatives’: Joe Issa Marks TAJ, ICAJ MoU Good for Jamaica

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Joe Issa has come out in support of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ), stating it creates an appropriate forum for tax reform in Jamaica.

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“Talk reform and you are on the right track. The operative word is to reform; that means doing the right things better for yourself and those who are impacted. In other words, the more you do the right things, and the better you do them, the more benefits that will accrue to those who are impacted by what you do.

“But for that to happen things have to change both in what we do and how we do it, to create greater effectiveness and efficiency, respectively. They are equally important; for it’s no point doing the right thing only to find out you are not doing it right; or, even when you think you are doing the thing right, it turns out you are doing the wrong thing.

It’s like doing what the people want but not how they want you to do it. This has broad application, including how we do business. Such as importing and exporting and investing and creating jobs,” said Issa, who has not only spoken of the need for local corporations to pay tax but thinks that instituting a rate that is above what obtains in Jamaica’s trading partners is putting domestic firms at a disadvantage relative to their foreign counterparts.

He explains further: “The TAJ is doing the right thing by ensuring tax compliance, but like most similar cases they need guidance and assurance that they are going about it the right way; that’s where I see value in the MoU.

Issa was commenting on a recent MoU signed between TAJ and ICAJ to strengthen longstanding collaboration on matters related to the country’s tax system.

“The concept, which has been adapted from the Canadian Revenue Authority’s model, underpins the establishment of a Consultative Committee that will provide a forum for dialogue between senior officials and members of the TAJ and ICAJ on a wide range of issues,” according to the Observer.

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(L to R) Peart, Campbell, Powell, Sinclair

These reportedly include the sharing of information on existing and proposed compliance programs to identify improvements; the identification of opportunities for collaboration with taxpayers; and revisions to protocols facilitating taxpayers, based on legislative amendments, among other things.

The committee is to be co-chaired by TAJ Technical Specialist, Bevon Sinclair, and Head of the ICAJ’s Tax Committee, Allison Peart. They were among the four representatives who co-signed the MoU at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston recently.

The signing also included TAJ Commissioner General, Ainsley Powell and ICAJ President, Raymond Campbell and was witnessed by Finance and Public Service State Minister, Fayval Williams. The signing occurred during the TAJ’s ‘Let’s Talk Tax’ forum, which was held under the theme: ‘Tax Compliance in Jamaica’.

Powell was quoted say the MoU provided “an excellent opportunity to strengthen the TAJ’s strategic relationship with the accounting fraternity in ongoing efforts to further improve the administrative procedures and processes driving Jamaica’s tax system.”

He also anticipated that “both organisations collaborating to identify the necessary changes that result in improvements in the overall system will redound to the benefit of taxpayers thereby engendering greater voluntary compliance,” according to the newspaper.