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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jamaica’s Pork Glut as Illegal importation spurs Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria

“We currently have some 500,000 kilograms of pork in storage, for the first time ever”

President of the Jamaica Pig Farmers Association, Hanif Brown, telling The Gleaner about the status of the Pork Industry in Jamaica.

Readers of my blog, I'm sorry to say but I told you so!

Jamaica is now experiencing a glut in Pork as reported in the article “Pork Glut Hits Local Industry” Published Wednesday February 22, 2017 by Christopher Serju, The Jamaica Gleaner.

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A press Conference is being held on Wednesday February 22nd 2017 at the St Andrew office of the Ministry of Agriculture on import permits for Pork and the status of the ACB (Agricultural Credit Board).

President of the Jamaica Pig Farmers Association, Hanif Brown, has disclosed that since October 2016, there has been indications that Pork sales were not increasing, quote: “Farmers were calling and telling us that places they normally sell to were saying, 'Listen, we don't need so much pork right now”.

I'd pretty much predicted the same thing for not only Pork but also chicken and Eggs as noted in my blog article entitled “How excess Jamaican production, imports of Eggs, Pork and Chicken in 2016 threaten 2017”.

So too had the Opposition, claiming that the importation of pork is causing a glut on the local market as pointed out in the article “Opposition concerned about issues in the agricultural sector”, published Monday, February 20, 2017, The Jamaica Observer.

So how bad is it really?

Glut affecting Caribbean Broilers Group - Opposition point scoring on Pork Glut

It’s beginning to affect the large player in the Pork Industry as well!!

Corporate affairs manager for the Caribbean Broilers Group, Dr Keith Amiel, points out that the company was also having problems thanks to too much pork left over from Christmas 2016, quote: “We have both whole carcasses and every cut of pork in storage. We produced at a rate that was required for the Christmas and tourist industry, but what apparently has happened is that the rest of people, having made money out of pork last year, decided to keep (and breed) more sows than would be advisable, based on the amount of takeoff during the year, up until Christmas. So that they are finding it difficult and get rid of finished products in the usual way”.

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According to the Spokesman on Agriculture Dayton Campbell, the importation of cheaper pork has been driving local farmers out of business since Christmas, quote: “It is understood that there is an exodus of pig farmers leaving the industry as local pork is displaced by cheap imports including major shipments of ham in the run-up to Christmas last year. Local processors of ham are said to still have large stockpiles of the product as increased production done in anticipation of a huge Christmas demand remain unsold in cold storage. As a result, the processors have reduced their purchase of pork from pig farmers, who are facing severe financial hardships as a result”.

Interestingly, Minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, Karl Samuda, has fired all of the board members of the ACB, who has oversight for the NPCB (National People’s Cooperative Bank) as noted in the article “Measures in place to prevent another PC Bank scandal”, published Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Alphea Saunders, The Jamaica Observer.

This may be a cover-up for the growing scandal uncovered by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis. But I suspect the health implications are a little more serious!

Jamaica's Pork Glut - Pork importation to spur Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria in Jamaica

 Pork importation is illegal, as according to Hanif Brown, no such permits have been issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, quote: “Two ministers have assured me that there have been no permits granted for the importation of pork. They indicated that the quantity of bellies and pig's tail that they grant permits for last year was the lowest ever, over the last five years. I believe the ministry, but does it mean that some individual or somebody could not have brought in pork?”

Guess Mother's may also be experiencing a decline in Pork patties as detailed in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “Why Mother’s Pork Patty a hit in 2016 as Pork is now Popular”. 

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But it's much more serious that just selling Pork patties and pork cuts at the supermarket; we might be introducing Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria to the people of Jamaica, potentially creating a huge health risk as noted in my blog article entitled “How US Pork Imports will cause JA$73.4 billion jobs lost and Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria due to Jamaican Pork Shortage”. 

 So the glut is real; so too is the risk of Antibiotic Resistant Superbacteria spreading in Jamaica!

How to set up two-step verification using Apple ID for your Apple devices

If you have an Apple iPhone, you may want to enable two-step verification to protect your personal information i.e. contacts, music, photographs and messages.

Two-step verification comes in the form of a four-digit code that is sent to another smartphone or cellphone after you've entered your password. The idea is that if are the legitimate owner of the phone, you should receive the message and enter it as requested, proving that you are indeed the user of the device.

To add the Two-step verification to your account is fairly easy:

1.      Visit the Apple ID settings page on your computer
2.      Click on Manage your Apple ID
3.      Log in your Apple Account to enable two-step verification

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Click on Password and Security option on the left side of the screen. Then click on the Get started link to enable two-step verification for your account

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You'll then need to add a device or several devices to your account, so that they can be used to authenticate you via the four-digit code required to gain access to your account. Hint: If you use one Apple ID for App Store purchases, and another to access iCloud services, you'll need to set up the App Store account to be SMS only. This ensures that the iCloud-only account can use both Find My iPhone and SMS to receive the four-digit code.
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The next step in the process is to receive your Recovery Key which you must write down and keep in a safe place. Your Recovery Key will grant you access to your account if you lose the devices of forget your password. So important is the recovery key that Apple makes sure you cannot copy and paste it, forcing you to write it down.
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The last page informs you that you need to remember to remove two-step verification in case you plan to sell your device.  Apple takes you through a couple of pages explaining exactly what two-step verification is exactly.  Good to note that you'll need to keep your Recovery Key in a safe place. This as you'll be the only persons able to request a password reset. Also, your security questions will no longer exist.

The process takes a few minutes of your time and the additional layer of security eliminates any risk of you being hacked. Sharing is caring so share this information with a many of your Apple friends as you can.

How to Delete Safari, Google Chrome, Firefox and Opera browser history on an iPhone

Deleting browser history from your computer browser is an essential life skill to survive a nosy girlfriend.

However, she'll eventually get a hold of your Apple iPhone unlock code or password, making you think differently about her. So how do you stop her from finding out you've been chatting to her best friend, who secretly wants you?

Well, Temporary internet files and cookies also away at your smartphone’s internal storage if you don’t manage them. That too is a major headache of browsing the internet. So, you'll have to learn how to delete your browsing history and cookies on an iPhone or Android device and clear your browsing history and cookies from Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera.

How to clear your browser history on an iPhone – Safari, Chrome, Firefox and Opera

Apple’s default browser is Safari. Unlike most browsers, you can’t clear your browsing data from the browser; you have to go into the device’s settings as follows:
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1.      Open Settings.
2.      Scroll down to Safari.
3.      Scroll down to Clear History and Website Data, and select it.
4.      A pop-up message will appear, notifying you that this will remove the data from your device and other devices signed into your iCloud account.
5.      Tap Clear History and Data to confirm.

If you use Google Chrome, the same treatment applies:
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1.      Tap the more menu in the upper-right corner.
2.      Go to Settings.
3.      Go to Privacy, and then tap Clear Browsing Data.
4.      Check what you want to delete from the list, and then choose Clear Browsing Data.

5.      Tap Clear Browsing Data again to confirm your decision.

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1.      Tap the hamburger menu at the bottom,
2.      Tap Settings.
3.      Go to Clear Private Data.
4.      Select the things that you want to delete
5.      Select Clear Private Data again.
6.      A reminder will appear signifying that this data will be deleted, and that the action cannot be undone.
7.      Tap OK to confirm your decision.

Opera is growing from strength to strength on mobile. Right now, the Opera Browser is a great browser to use on a smartphone, especially if you need a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) as explained in my blog article entitled “How to get a Free VPN using an Opera Browser”?
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The same treatment applies also:

1.      Tap the red “O” at the bottom of your browser.
2.      Tap Settings in the resulting pop-up menu.
3.      Go to Clear.
4.      Select specific things, such as saved passwords or cookies, or select Clear All.
5.      You will be asked if you’re sure you want to clear the data.
6.      Choose Yes.

So there you have it; sharing is caring so share this with your friends who have nosy girlfriends who like poking around in their smartphones.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Why Tullow Oil’s live Oil seep means Jamaica an Oil Producing Nation in 2017

“In Jamaica, following the completion of a drop core and seep study in the Walton Morant blocks that identified a live Oil seep, Tullow will acquire a further 680 kilometres of 2D seismic data before considering the acquisition of a 3D seismic”

Tullow Oil in its annual report released on Wednesday February 8th 2017 commenting on finding Oil in Jamaica

Jamaica, we're struck it rich!!!

Tullow Oil, the Oil and Gas company contracted by the ministry of Energy and Mining in Jamaica, has found Oil off the coast of Jamaica as reported in the article “Tullow Finds ‘Live’ Oil Offshore Jamaica”, published February 10, 2017 by Steven Jackson, The Jamaica Gleaner.

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Tullow Oil is a United Kingdom based Oil and Gas exploration outfit that's been in Jamaica since November 2014, when the PCJ signed a production-sharing agreement for Oil and gas exploration off Jamaica's offshore areas.  They had reported signs of Oil or gas in 10 of the 11 onshore and offshore wells drilled in Jamaica.

Tullow Oil, which operates in some 18 countries, is in the best position to determine if they've struck it rich. They've borrowed some US$4.8 billion, lost about US$600 million but made US$1.3 billion with free cash flow of $1 billion as stated in their December 2016 financial reports. They'd not make this declaration unless they were certain. So this latest news is cause for elation.

Tullow Oil has found Oil - Jamaica an Oil Producing nation in 2017

Tullow is now expanding their 2D seismic mapping by hundreds of kilometres after completing their 32,056 square km Walton Morant Blocks. so most likely the Oil seep, which is basically live flowing Oil leaking into the ocean, is located in the Walton Morant Blocks area. The offshore area to the south of the island includes three geological provinces:

1.    The Pedro Bank carbonate platform
2.    Walton Morant Blocks
3.    'Southern' sub-basins

This is included in 10 full blocks and one part block in shallow water to the south of the island as detailed in my blog article entitled “@TullowOilplc gets License for Offshore Oil Exploration - 3 Billion Barrels of Oil for Jamaica to re-discover as Price set to Boom by 2017”. 

These tertiary-aged clastic and carbonate reservoir targets all produced seismic data that suggests Oil may be no more than 2,000m below the surface. A Jamaican engineer off the coast of Gabon hinted that live Oil seeps are evidence of Oil flowing to the surface. This is an indication of petroleum systems in the basins surveyed. 

The Government of Jamaica is funding the exploration with the help of Private Sector money, as they expect a huge windfall as the price of Oil is set to rise in 2020 as predicted in my blog article entitled “Why Jamaican Private Sector funding Oil Exploration by Tullow Oil for US$300 per barrel in 2020”. 

So expect by the end of 2017 that Jamaica will become an Oil Producing nation that'll profit from the expected rise in the demand for Oil.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How Install, Use and Erase a SD Card in an Android smartphone


You’ve finally maxed out that measly 8GB of storage space that your smartphone has. Before you decided to run out and buy the latest smartphone you see on sale, perhaps what you need to do is to install an SD Card.

SD Card installation - Easy as pie

Some Smartphones may have an outside slot for the SD Card; the more secure smartphones keep tit inside. Keep that in mind the next time you go smartphone shopping.

First you have to power down your android smartphone. Then remove the back cover and look for where the SD Card slot is located. Then lift the latch open. Carefully place the SD Card into the slot and then close the latch until you feel a click.

Then put back the cover on the back of your smartphone, making sure to cover the battery compartment and press down firmly along the edges.

That was the easy part!

Installing your SD Card – Portable vs Internal Storage

The smartphone will then notify you that it has detected a SD Card. In the notifications, you select Setup and then you have to choose between one of the two:

1.      Portable storage
2.      Internal storage

Portable storage means SD Card and its content i.e. files, photos and music can be easily transferred to another device. Good to note here apps cannot be moved to portable storage.

Internal storage stores apps and data only for this device and is uniquely coded to the smartphone. Thus removing the SD Card and reinserting it will cause the SD Card to be formatted once reinserted.

After you follow the instructions on the screen, touch Done.

Save the Data - Moving Apps to your SD Card

Once you’ve set up your SD Card as “internal storage” you can move some apps. Some apps cannot be moved to your SD Card, as they came with the smartphone. This creates more space for apps that cannot be moved to the card. The procedure is as follows:

Open Settings menu 

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Select Apps under Device.

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Find the app you want to move to your SD Card

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Select the App by touching.
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Touch Move to SD Card.

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Wait while smartphone moves data.

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If you've decided to go the portable route and chose “portable storage” you can copy your content i.e.  files, photos and music, to the SD Card and remove them, as you would a thumb drive. This is an even better what to free up your internal storage and SD Card, as you can store those files on a PC.

To move you content the following procedure is highly recommended:

1.      Copy files, photos and music to an SD Card
2.      Open Settings menu
3.      Touch Storage 
4.      Touch Internal Storage
5.      Choose the files, photos and music to move to your SD Card.
6.      Touch and hold the files, photos and music you want to move. A gray checkmark will show up
7.      Touch the More Menu > Copy to… in the top-right hand corner
8.      Under “Save to” select your SD Card
9.      Navigate to where you want to save the files
10.  Touch Copy

Erase the Data - Stepping up to a new smartphone

But what if you want to sell your smartphone and use the SD Card? You can backup that data and erase it.

1.      Open Settings menu
2.      Touch Storage 
3.      Select your SD Card.
4.      Touch the More Menu > Settings > Format in the top right
5.      Erase all data i.e. files, photos and music by touching Erase & format
Warning: Unmount your SD Card before removing it, otherwise you may lose your files.
Then remove your SD Card in the same way you'd remove a thumb drive:

1.      Open Settings menu
2.      Touch Storage
3.      Touch Eject to unmount a micro SD Card.

That's it. Sharing is caring so share these SD Card tips with as many people as you can!?

Sunday, January 29, 2017

How to Hard Reset the FLOW or Digicel Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 smartphone finally happened.

You're locked yourself out of your Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 smartphone. Completely forgot the password and did not do a backup as I'd instructed you to do in my MICO Wars blog article entitled “How to backup and export Google Android contacts before you lose your smartphone”.

Lucky for you the same thing happened to a friend of mine in Swallowfield. So decided the document the process of doing a Factory Reset of the smartphone, after she agrees to lose all the data, contacts and all.

How to Hard Reset the Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 smartphone

First, you turn off the cellphone and remove the SIM Card. Then you press and hold Volume Up THEN the Power button (in that order) until you see Recovery mode, which will look like this.

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Use the Volume Up/volume down keys to scroll and the power key to Enter. Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.

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On the next screen scroll down to YES as you want all the data to be erased.

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The Android OS then wipes the data and formats the Hard-drive while it displays a spinning icosahedron for some strange reason.

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Finally it finishes formatting /data and /cache and gives you the Data Wipe Complete prompt.

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Then power off the phone by doing a battery pull. Restart with the start button. If it worked, you should see this come on the screen followed by the company logo, in this case LIME.

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The Alcatel OneTouch Pop C2 smartphone then goes through a system upgrade as it prepares to boot up for the first time.

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The Setup Wizard then appears on the screen. I suggest you NOT skip, as it is vital to the Reset process.

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Select English as you Language or any language you prefer.

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Select you keyboard. As an android user, I like the swiftkey keyboard.

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Select the time Zone; I chose to let the phone automatically find the time zone. Being an army type of persons, I recommend the 24 hour format.

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Skip the Wi-Fi can do that later....

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Also skip the creation of a Google can do that later....

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That's it!! You’re finished if you see this screen!!

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Finally the home screen!!!

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At this point you can insert you SIM Card, set up your Wi-Fi and set up you Google account. Then head out to the nearest free Wi-Fi hotspot as listed in my blog article entitled “How USF Free Wi-Fi at Jamaican Park means Pokemon Go going mainstream in Jamaica” and download games......or hunt Pokemon!!

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