Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 VIDEO: 4 years in hospital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/4-years-in-hospital_77992 KENRICK Bogle will turn four years old on Wednesday, but he won&rsquo;t be able to celebrate his birthday like other kids his age. He will be holed up in his bed inside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he&rsquo;s been since he was but four days old.<br /> <br /> Like they&rsquo;ve done every year since he&rsquo;s been there, the nurses will throw him a party, but there will be few friends and even less interaction for fear of the risk of infection.<br /> <br /> Kenrick can&rsquo;t walk or speak and he can&rsquo;t breathe on his own. He was born with tracheo-oesophageal fistula, which means there is an abnormal connection between his esophagus and his trachea, in which food in the esophagus may pass into the trachea (and on to the lungs) or alternatively, air in the trachea may cross into the esophagus. The fistula has also led to tracheomalacia, meaning his trachea is floppy instead of rigid.<br /> <br /> When the Jamaica Observer contacted Lyndsey McDonnough, the managing director of Market Me Consulting Limited, which has been working with doctors to get help for Kenrick, she explained that the little boy, who is at the developmental stage of a seven-month-old baby, underwent emergency surgery after birth, but three-and-a-half years later he is still in the ICU. He needs another surgery to correct the condition. The procedure comes with a price tag of CAD$500,000 at the Cincinnati Kid&rsquo;s Hospital in Ohio or Canada&rsquo;s The Hospital for Sick Children, popularly known as SickKids<br /> <br /> &ldquo;It cannot be done in Jamaica. The Cincinnati Kid&rsquo;s Hospital has a surgeon who can perform the surgery for an estimated cost of US$378,127. Bustamante was speaking to SickKids and they started the process where they sent over all his documents. I reached out to Sandals Foundation and asked if we could get access to a plane to get him there because we couldn&rsquo;t afford an air ambulance and we got access. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;However, while SickKids will do the surgery, to house him in ICU there as he recovers will cost [another] CAD$500,000,&rdquo; McDonnough said. &ldquo;You can&rsquo;t save every kid, but the difference between him and life is surgery that can&rsquo;t be done here. I opened a Go Fund Me page for him &mdash; https://www.gofundme.com/KenrickBogle &mdash; and I&rsquo;ve been reaching out to people, individuals and corporate.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Kenrick&rsquo;s ear nose and throat specialist Dr Marsha James explained that most pateints with Kenrick&rsquo;s condition usually recover on their own within 18 to 24 months, meaning the rings in the windpipe get strong enough to keep it open.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;At that point when we saw he wasn&rsquo;t improving we began to seek help overseas,&rdquo; she told the Observer.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He has not been able to ambulate as a normal child. The tube is in his voice box so he is unable to speak, so we don&rsquo;t know what his voice sounds like. And because he&rsquo;s been in ICU his vitamin D is down. His calcium and bone development are also poor, which contributes to him not being able to get around as he should,&rdquo; Dr James continued.<br /> <br /> She added: &ldquo;The surgery would allow for the tube to be taken out of his voice box so he would be able to speak. He would also need a lot of rehabilitation. Remember that the first five years are the development stage and he&rsquo;s almost at that point. He&rsquo;s going to be four on Wednesday. He&rsquo;s been in ICU since four days old, therefore rehabilitation will need to last at least 18 months. This will include speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. He is responsive, it&rsquo;s just that he can&rsquo;t speak. If he is sad, you will see the expression; if he did something bad and the nurses scold him, he will look ashamed. It&rsquo;s just that the tube is in his voice box.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> The situation has taken a heavy emotional toll on Kenrick&rsquo;s family. His mother, who declined an interview, has stopped visiting him in hospital. His father Peter explained that the visits gives her nightmares and makes it harder for her to cope. Further, he said, the couple might be on the brink of separation because, although she hasn&rsquo;t said so, he feels that every time she looks at him she remembers their son. <br /> <br /> Mr Bogle confesses that he sometimes feels like giving up too, but he refuses to leave Kenrick. He has been taking stress management classes, he said, and whenever Kenrick gets ill, he stays away from the hospital in order to remember him in a happy state.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Kenrick is going to be four on Wednesday and he has never seen home,&rdquo; the father said, the pain evident in his voice.<br /> <br /> As for the financial burden, Bogle, a freelance videographer, said thankfully Bustamante is part of the public health system and does not levy charges <br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is very stressing, but the hospital helps out a lot in his feeding. Sometimes it&rsquo;s just medication that&rsquo;s not in stock, diapers, wipes, and a special lotion, because of his vitamin D deficiency that I have to buy. That I will have to send abroad to get,&rdquo; he said, adding that whenever he doesn&rsquo;t get the chance to visit, the nurses purchase things on his behalf.<br /> <br /> Procuring Kenrick&rsquo;s supplies and travelling between his home in Hellshire, St Catherine and the hospital in Kingston each week can cost Mr Bogle $4,000 or more, depending on how often he visits, he reported. But he is focused on getting his son well and taking him home.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve tried a couple things before, but we just hope it (the surgery overseas) works out.The only thing beating [us] is the money to pay for the surgery. <br /> <br /> Minister of Health, Dr Christopher Tufton said he is in dialogue with SickKids Canada and that the ministry will provide some assistance to the effort, which is somewhat a unique case.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He has lived at the hospital. He is healthy apart from the specific case. It was quite touching when I first met him and I would like to see him better,&rdquo; Tufton said.<br /> <br />   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378219/236174_SLD.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM &lsquo;A phenomenal human being&rsquo; http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/A-phenomenal-human-being_78179 IT was the norm for Walter Scott and his best friend Brian George, avowed football enthusiasts, to watch the National Football League (NFL) games together every Sunday during football season. When they last spoke on Saturday evening, they ended the conversation with the intention to meet up the following day to do just that.<br /> <br /> But the Queen&rsquo;s Counsel&rsquo;s world was shattered yesterday when he received news that his friend of almost 13 years had passed away from a massive heart attack.<br /> <br /> Fifty-nine-year-old George, president and chief executive officer of Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL), reportedly fell ill and was taken to Andrews Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.<br /> <br /> Scott, a senior managing partner at Rattray Patterson Rattray, told the Jamaica <br /> <br /> Observer yesterday that the news came as a shock to everyone.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Nobody expected it,&rdquo; Scott said as he recalled his conversation with George on Saturday. <br /> <br /> &ldquo;Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon we spoke. It was one of our normal conversations, as we would speak to each other almost everyday about everything under the sun,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> According to Scott, the duo would watch the NFL games sometimes at each other&rsquo;s place, or they would travel to the venues, as they did last Sunday when they went to Boston to watch New England take on Cincinnati Bengals. New England won 35-17.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was looking forward to today,&rdquo; said Scott.<br /> <br /> He described the late George as articulate, very well read, and one of the brightest people he knew.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was a very good senior executive, but with a conscience and with a generosity of spirit that is hard to find in senior management. He practised corporate social responsibility before it became commonplace to have it in corporations, and it was during his tenure as president and CEO of Supreme Ventures that it grew by multiples and strides, and probably the company would not be what it is without his tremendous leadership,&rdquo; Scott said.<br /> <br /> He will most miss George&rsquo;s &ldquo;loving, caring generosity of spirit&rdquo;.<br /> <br /> Simone Clarke-Cooper, assistant vice-president, group corporate communications at Supreme Ventures, also spoke glowingly of George who she said taught her a lot in the few months that she had worked with him.<br /> <br /> She took up the post in June.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He was an amazing man; bright, detailed to a &lsquo;T&rsquo;, very witty, very caring, a phenomenal human being,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> She also described George as a mentor who would assist in the development of those who worked under his leadership, building them up so they could fly.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I am going to miss his jokes and the way he would just walk around in the office and speak to everyone,&rdquo; she added.<br /> <br /> In meantime, Supreme Ventures Chairman Paul Hoo said in a statement yesterday, &ldquo;The entire SVL family is deeply shocked and saddened by Brian&rsquo;s death. He had been battling illness for some time, but continued on a daily basis to discharge all of his duties to SVL.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We are just trying to come to terms with this significant loss. We will miss him beyond words,&rdquo; he added.<br /> <br /> George became President and CEO of Supreme Ventures in 2003. At the time of his passing, he was also chairman of the Jamaica Gaming Association and deputy chairman of the National Health Fund board.<br /> <br /> He is survived by his wife Keneea, and his sons Christopher and Matthew. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378306/231776_SLD.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Get Up, Stand Up for Peter http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Get-Up--Stand-Up-for-Peter_78177 Peter Tosh&rsquo;s songbook was flung open on Saturday. And what flowed from its pages provided a vivid insight into the life and work of one of Jamaica&rsquo;s prolific singer/songwriters.<br /> <br /> The tribute concert &mdash; staged by Pulse Investments, the Peter Tosh Estate and Marlene Brown, Tosh&rsquo;s partner at the time of his death &mdash; celebrated the 72nd birthday of the fiery artiste who was gunned down at his upper St Andrew home in September 1987.<br /> <br /> A cavalcade of reggae acts graced the stage at Pulse Complex in New Kingston for three hours of everything Tosh.<br /> <br /> The organisers assembled his touring band Word, Sound and Power and from the overture, every note was worth holding on to.<br /> <br /> Andrew Tosh, son of the reggae icon, was the fulcrum around whom the presentation spun.<br /> <br /> Seen by many as Peter&rsquo;s reincarnate, his performances were dotted throughout the evening and had many taking second glances just to be sure it was not Peter on stage. The similarity in vocal tone and quality is uncanny.<br /> <br /> Andrew delighted the fair-sized audience with tracks from his father&rsquo;s catalogue, including African, Coming in Hot and a spirited rendition of Buckingham Palace. His duet on Don&rsquo;t Look Back with Marcia Griffiths was priceless.<br /> <br /> His other duet, Nothing But Love, was performed with Etana. Originally recorded by his father and American soul singer Gwen Guthrie, it could have benefited from a few more rehearsals.<br /> <br /> American guitarist Donald Kinsey&rsquo;s artistry brought Tosh&rsquo;s music to life. This was evident when he riffed during Andrew&rsquo;s renditions of Lord of Lords and Johnny B Good.<br /> <br /> The supporting artistes did well.<br /> <br /> Mermams from the Democratic Republic of The Congo was great on Mama Africa. Chronixx delighted with his set which included Arise Blackman Arise and Stop That Train. Kabaka Pyramid delivered with Haffi Get A Beaten.<br /> <br /> Luciano was not to be outdone. His set comprised Tosh&rsquo;s iconic Creation (Jah Is My Keeper), Legalize It and Equal Rights.<br /> <br /> Tarrus Riley dropped the Tosh favorites Blame Di Youth and Glass House.<br /> <br /> Third-generation Tosh, Dre Tosh, son of Andrew and grandson to Peter, made his big stage debut with Mawga Dog. Like his father, but not to the same degree, he possesses vocal traits of his famous grandfather.<br /> <br /> Live Wyaa band gave Word, Sound and Power a breather by delivering noteworthy versions of Stepping Razor, Brand New Second Hand, and Jah Guide.<br /> <br /> For the finale, Morgan Heritage patriarch Denroy Morgan was joined by rocker Zack Starkey &mdash; son of The Beatles&rsquo; Ringo Starr &mdash; and singer Shhh Liguz for a rocking Get Up Stand Up.<br /> <br /> Marlene Brown was overwhelmed by the experience.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I just can&rsquo;t tell you how I feel hearing Peter&rsquo;s music performed like this. It just shows how timeless his music is and how much he was before his time... aprophet. My favourite track tonight were Mama Africa and Creation. When Luciano sang that I got goose pimples... Jah is truly my keeper,&rdquo; she told the Jamaica Observer. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378368/236104_63209_repro_sld3.jpg Local Entertainment Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Murder of 76-year-old man shocks Battersea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Murder-of-76-year-old-man-shocks-BatterseaElderly-man-shot-multiple-times-------_78147 The gruesome murder of 76-year-old Herbert Johnson in his bed last Thursday morning has left members of the Battersea community in shock. Johnson was shot multiple times, including in the face, after two gunmen invaded his home minutes after midnight. <br /> <br /> Family members and residents of Battersea which spans two parishes, Trelawny and St Ann, said the death of the farmer was a big shock to the community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Why? What? Those are the questions everybody asking,&rdquo; Timarley Johnson, one of Johnson&rsquo;s seven sons said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The way how them deal wid mi father, mi no think him deserve that kind of death,&rdquo; Johnson continued.<br /> <br /> Timarley said if his father had died from natural causes, it would be easier for the family to accept his passing.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When mi hear say daddy dead mi no feel nervous, because mi a say him up in age,&rdquo; Johnson said.<br /> <br /> He said he was devastated when he found out that his father was murdered.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Him hardly go anywhere; he no involve in wrongdoing,&rdquo; the distressed son said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;He have seven sons and none of us no involve in any wrongs,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> Johnson said his father had been ill and had not gone about his usual business as a higgler for over a month. However, he continued farming up to the time of his death.<br /> <br /> According to family members, armed men went to a house where Johnson lived previously and asked his grandson for &ldquo;the old people&rdquo; who lived there. They took the grandson at gunpoint and instructed him to take them to the house where Johnson and his wife of over 40 years, Caneta, lived. The grandson was used to get the couple to open the door to the house.<br /> <br /> Johnson was shot and killed while in bed, in the house where he and his wife had been living for only a few weeks.<br /> <br /> Timarley Johnson said his father&rsquo;s house was destroyed by fire last October; as a result, the couple moved to a neighbouring house while a new house was being constructed for them.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi never want them move in until it finish, but they never want Hurricane Matthew catch them in that house,&rdquo; he said.<br /> <br /> The couple moved into the unfinished house as a precautionary measure.<br /> <br /> Persons believe the gunmen wanted to kill the elderly man, since they went to the house they lived in previously asking for them. Also, Johnson&rsquo;s wife and grandson, who were present at the time of the shooting, were not harmed.<br /> <br /> Caneta Johnson said she opened the door after her grandson called saying he was not well.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Mi believe, because he did sick a few days aback,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> She said when she opened the door one of the men with his face covered entered and began shooting her husband, who was still in bed.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;The frighten mi frighten all mi could do was bawl Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Family members say they did not know of Johnson having an altercation with any one.<br /> <br /> He was remembered as a kind man who always cooked a big pot of food whenever family members visited.<br /> <br /> Other residents of the community say they are concerned about the number of shootings which have been occurring in Battersea since the start of the year.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is the third shooting since di year start. Mi nuh know what happening in Battersea,&rdquo; one taxi driver said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;One time you could leave your door open at nights,&rdquo; one family member said.<br /> <br /> He said Battersea is a relatively quiet community, but since the start of the year there have been several unsolved shootings in the community. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378065/236125_SLD.jpg Local News Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Arnett Gardens whip Jamalco 3-0 in RSPL http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/sports/Ambush_78197 Former champions Arnett Gardens returned to winning ways in the 2016/17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) when they blanked promoted outfit Jamalco FC 3-0 at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex yesterday.<br /> <br /> Goals from Lennox Russell (15th), Fabian Reid (30th), and substitute Marvin Morgan (90th) set up what was a comfortable victory in the end. With the win, Arnett Gardens moved into second place on the 12-team table on 13 points, while Jamalco FC provisionally slipped into fifth position on 10 points.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC moved to the summit of the standing on 16 points following a 1-0 win over Humble Lion, courtesy of an 86th-minute penalty by Captain Rochane Smith at Effortville.<br /> <br /> At the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, the hosts looked the better team in the early exchanges as they immediately went on the probe to break the deadlock, with Andrew Phang firing a few warning shots.<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens were vibrant in the middle of the park and this resulted in them dictating the pace of the game, which eventually brought about the opening goal when Russell headed in a cross from Damari Deacon to notch his third goal in as many games.<br /> <br /> The &ldquo;Junglists&rdquo; maintained the ascendancy and Reid exploited the space allowed by the napping Jamalco defensive line when he skipped by one defender and rifled a right-footer past custodian Levar Williams, whose fingers could not prevent the ball lodging in the net.<br /> <br /> The score remained unchanged at the break, despite Arnett Gardens creating numerous chances, one of which saw Phang unselfishly opting to pass the ball instead of going for goal with space given.<br /> <br /> Jamalco came out more spirited on the resumption and applied pressure to a casual-looking Arnett Gardens back line, but faulty shooting and poor decision-making in the final third denied them a goal.<br /> <br /> With Jamalco pressing high, Arnett Gardens had numerous opportunities to hit on the counter, but they, too, were thwarted by poor decision-making and selfishness on the part of Russell.<br /> <br /> However, with the clock winding down, Reid&rsquo;s effort from the top of the box ricocheted off a defender and allowed Morgan to head past Williams on the stroke of full-time after defender Akeem Henry was reluctant to get in a challenge. <br /> <br /> Winning Coach Jerome Waite lauded the display of his unit to bounce back from defeat.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;This is a good victory, but there is always room for improvement. First and foremost I must congratulate the opponents; they came here and they put up a stunning fight, but today (yesterday) it was Arnett Gardens that prevailed. We scored three goals today and that was our first time scoring that many goals for the season, and another positive was keeping a clean sheet, which is something that we are always looking forward to,&rdquo; he told journalists in a post-game interview.<br /> <br /> His counterpart, Rayon Johnson, believed his team produced a sub-standard performance which was evident by the end result.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We started out flat and that resulted in us conceding two goals and that dampened our spirit, but we created a few chances that I think we should have capitalised on, so we just have to go home, look at what we did wrong and look forward to the next game,&rdquo; he told the<br /> <br /> Jamaica Observer.<br /> <br /> Teams: Arnett Gardens &mdash; Damian Hyatt, Oniel Thompson, Jabeur Johnson, Dicoy Williams, Lamard Neil, Kenniel Hyde, Andrew Phang (Marvin Morgan 59th), Lennox Russell (Dasha Satchwell 81st), Damari Deacon (Kemal Malcolm 59th), Fabian Reid, Shawn McKoy<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Carlloyd Walters, Jamar Martin, Ranike Anderson, Kimani Arbouine<br /> <br /> Booked: Morgan (73rd), Hyde (77th)<br /> <br /> Jamalco FC &mdash; Levar Williams, Rannaldo Christian, Tashaine Campbell (Shauntel Mundle 59th), Akeem Henry, Andre Dawson, Matthew Davidson, Sean Coleman, Mikhail Howell (Rohan Daley 31st), Rohan Richards, Roshane Sharpe (Andrew Isaacs 59th), Ramone Plummer<br /> <br /> Subs not used: Odean Clarke, Oshane McKenzie, Daryan James, Renoir Elliott<br /> <br /> Booked: Dawson (55th)<br /> <br /> Referee: Malica Reid<br /> <br /> Assistant Referees: Keeble Williams; Jermaine Yee Sing<br /> <br /> Fourth Official: Kasa Plummer<br /> <br /> Match Commissary: Anthony Gibbs<br /> <br /> Yesterday&rsquo;s results<br /> <br /> Arnett Gardens 3, Jamalco FC 0<br /> <br /> Humble Lion 0, UWI FC 1<br /> <br /> Montego Bay United 2, Waterhouse 1<br /> <br /> Reno FC 1, Maverley/Hughenden 1<br /> <br /> Boys&rsquo; Town vs Tivoli (abandoned due to waterlogged field) http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13378383/236185_63255_repro_sld5.jpg Local Sports Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM Tesha Thompson - Destined to change lives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/magazines/allwoman/Tesha-Thompson---Destined-to-change-lives_77168 SHE describes herself as being melancholic by temperament, but her warm personality and devout passion for transformational learning, leadership, teaching and impacting the lives of children, youth and young adults shrouds that element of her character.<br /> <br /> Born and raised in Mandeville, Manchester for the first eight years of her life before relocating to Kingston, Tesha Thompson told<br /> <br /> All Woman that when people think of &lsquo;melancholy&rsquo; they imagine someone who is sad, but she explained that her personality goes beyond that and encapsulates someone who thinks deeply about life, is very compassionate, structured and grounded.<br /> <br /> As a result, from as young as age six, Thompson said she was conscious that God had a plan for her life and she wanted to be baptised. But though it didn&rsquo;t materialise until she was 12, she said the foundation of her Christian life made her eventually realise that touching the lives of people was part of her destiny.<br /> <br /> However, the format in which it would be done was not cemented in Thompson&rsquo;s mind until she entered Calabar High School as a French teacher &mdash; a job she held for 13 years before moving on to Shortwood Teachers&rsquo; College where she now lectures and coordinates the teaching practice programme in the Modern Languages Department.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I went to the University of the West Indies, did languages, and decided I was going to teach for a year. I went to Westwood High and truly loved the experience because I was moulding and coaching young minds, which I enjoy. I love seeing transformation and growth. But then I left Westwood, came back to Kingston, worked at a hotel for a year, then took on Calabar for 13 years. It was there that it was cemented that this was where I belonged. I started to understand that our boys need someone who won&rsquo;t give up on them. Many of them, I had to intervene several times, and mothers relied on me. Then I was a moved from form teacher to supervisor. I realised the influence I had, parents believed in me, and I was really helping them. I realised my next calling was to help coach and train teachers, so that more persons can have more influence,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> Thompson, who is competent in Spanish, French, German and Japanese, has a bachelor of education in Spanish and a master&rsquo;s in adult learning. She also works as a missionary and coordinator of the Caribbean Field of the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, which focuses on child development, disaster preparedness, disaster response, the needs of the community, and training teachers/leaders to help to maintain or restore dignity to children.<br /> <br /> Additionally, through her work as a missionary, in 2011 she decided to write a book &mdash;<br /> <br /> Broken for Service: 31 Daily Devotional Reflections for Child Development Professionals, published in June 2016, after what she described as a heartfelt experience in 2010 while serving in the Dominican Republic (DR).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;In 2010 I went to the DR as a missionary in the compassionate ministries. I went to child development centres and the DR has the most Nazarene child development centres &mdash; over 30. I went to about 20 of them. I was sponsoring a little girl and you&rsquo;re not supposed to meet your sponsor, but because of my position they showed me, and when I saw where she lived and other places I broke down and was inconsolable,&rdquo; she said.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I was here in Jamaica sponsoring this little girl in DR and you think you&rsquo;re doing a good job until you meet upon eight, nine persons living in one room. It&rsquo;s so different. Sometimes we think we&rsquo;re poor here, but poverty is real in other areas, so we have to look at other perspectives. I thought about that and persons working in the child development centres, what they had to do. I felt like milk running through a jar; I was broken. <br /> <br /> [But then] I realised that everything God used in the Bible was broken &mdash; the broken bread, broken alabaster jar, David&rsquo;s spirit had to be broken, the temple curtain was broken in order for people to have direct access, broken tombs, broken years of prosperity when Egypt experienced lack, the broken silence of Job... My book is an inspirational tool to parents, teachers, child development professionals, anyone who wants to be an advocate for a child and managers,&rdquo; Thompson said.<br /> <br /> Thompson, who&rsquo;s also the owner and operator of a new company, Tr&Atilde;&copy;sors et Cadeaux (treasures and gifts), enjoys making her own creations which she names off notable Bible characters and gifts them to individuals who may have similarities to those characters.<br /> <br /> Also a wife and mother of one son, she has worked as a reporter for the now defunct Jamaica Herald where she contributed to a section in the Love Herald called Childlike Faith, where she interviewed children who had accepted Christ or were making a difference, and worked as a co-host with her pastor for 10 years on Love 101&rsquo;s Nazarene Connection before it was cancelled. She currently contributes to TBC Radio&rsquo;s Holiness Today.<br /> <br /> Thompson, who has been to every continent except Australia and Antarctica, also holds fast to a saying she coined &mdash; &lsquo;Channel Only, God will get the glory&rsquo;, and the motto of Quebec &mdash; Je me souviens (I remember).<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I call myself the Channel Only author. Everything I do is channelled through Him and if you think of it that way, you think of serving people. Je me souviens &mdash; if I&rsquo;m having a bad day, I remember I also have good days. If I feel like I don&rsquo;t want to be your friend, I remember when you were there for me,&rdquo; she said. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/13373823/235664_62745_repro_awsld.jpg All Woman Monday, October 24, 2016 12:00 AM