Stephanie Lyew, Youthlink Writer
Joke of the week
An old woman answered a knock at her door only to be greeted by a travelling vacuum cleaner salesman. Before she had a chance to speak, the man tipped a bucket of dog faeces all over her carpet. With a smile on his face, the salesman began to explain, "Madam, if this vacuum doesn't remove all the traces of that, I will eat what's left."
"Well," she quickly responded, 'I hope you're hungry 'cause current gone from mawnin'."
Quote of the week
Life without problems is like school without classes; you miss out on the lessons. ~ Anonymous
Fact of the week
In order to increase awareness about autism, the Autism Society of America has been celebrating National Autism, Awareness Month since the 1970s. This year, for the first time ever in Jamaica, the Jamaica Autism Support Association is asking all Jamaicans, especially those living with or having a relative with autism, to participate by placing a blue light in their offices or homes. This is the final week to show your support and 'Light it up Blue'. The Jamaica Autism Support Association will be hosting its fund-raiser on Saturday, May 14, at the Spanish Court Hotel. Get involved and visit www.jamaicaautism.org.
Do you think it is a fair solution to the scamming issues for states in America to institute a ban on telephone numbers with the area code 876?
Ainsley Kerr: No, it's fair; not all Jamaicans are criminals. We do have loads of decent, law- abiding citizens here who have families and friends living in the US, who have legitimate reasons for calling. Instead of a ban, I think they should utilise a screening system for callers (and receivers) so that only calls deemed legit, safe or scam-free are allowed.
Tresha Dalling: A ban on the 876 area code would be tragic for many Jamaicans who have their loved ones in the United States of America. Although the Internet is popular, not everyone will have access or know how to use it. Then again, they would probably have to ban the Internet and let us go back to writing letters.
Kareem Haynes: I don't agree with banning calls from Jamaica. Americans just need to be more sensible and not easily give out personal information over the phone. People these days are easily persuaded by the possibility of prizes and winnings. They just need to apply more wisdom, that's all.
Mikail Samuels: In spite of all that's taking place within the world, I think there comes a time when drastic measures need to be taken in order to put order in a seemingly unstructured society. I'm in full support of what the US has done in taking measures to stop these scammers from committing a crime. Persons may argue, 'Oh, what about my family whom I need to contact', but until someone steps forward the good has to suffer for the bad. That's just how life is sometimes.
Picture of the week
Birds never cease to amaze, in a short time their homes are built with all sort of materials; this one even has pieces of tie straps.