Tuesday, September 2, 2014
JUTC SmarterCard Launch not very Smart – Options for KMTR commuters needed to purchase and top-up SmarterCard before Cashless Sunday
I went to the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center and as I expected, I was disappointed as per the articles “Chaos and long delays to get Smarter Cards”, Published Tuesday September 2, 2014, by Sheldon Williams, Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner and “Mad rush at Transport Centre for Smarter Card”, published Monday, September 01, 2014 7:43 PM, The Jamaica Observer.
The AVL’s a good idea by the way as I’d described the concept in my blog article entitled “JUTC's AVL and Chaos on Back to School Day – How JUTC's Automatic Vehicle Locator may placate Smartphone toting Commuters who ask Are we There Yet”. More on that in another article when they ACTUALLY launch the AVL App!
But back to reality…..
I arrived at 12noon to see a crowd basically swamping the Transport Center, despite the fact that there was a sign stating a plethora of other locations that travelers could go to top up their JUTC SmarterCard or purchase one for JA$300.
Please note my Boycott is still on as per my blog article entitled “JLP plans islandwide Bus Fare Protests - Audit of the JUTC needed as JUTC may be Campaign Cash Cow for Local and General Elections”, as Fares in the Clarendon and the rest of the country are already sky-high. I was just representing my friend’s daughter in order to get her SmartCard refilled!
But dear reader, this was Jamaicans at their worst!
JUTC in Chaos – KMTR commuters have until Sunday then it’s straight SmarterCard Cashless
Pushing and shoving, with frequent line cutters at the front meant the line I was in was going nowhere. Finally after 2 hours, I was eventually shown by a JUTC employee the correct place downstairs in the Basement of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center.
It was at that point that I discovered that the older SmartCards could not work and that I had to get the NEW and IMPROVED SmarterCard! After 2 hours, albeit the fault was really mine, as the names on the cards are clearly different, I discovered nonetheless to my dismay that I had to purchase a new Card after all.
Vexed, I vowed never to return.
At least, not until Sunday September 7th 2014 as stated in “JUTC now accepting cash payments until Sunday”, published Monday, September 01, 2014 7:37 PM, The Jamaica Observer. As after that date, no Cash will be accepted on the JUTC Bus. So begrudgingly, I might have to purchase one.
JUTC SmarterCard Launch not very Smart – SmarterCard for Children ay School ONLY
Clearly the JUTC needs help, both in terms of staff numbers as well as in planning.
The main problem I see is in the method of getting the word out as it relates to where you can get your SmarterCard. Albeit there was a sign stating this clearly at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center, from as far back as Summer 2014, advertisements should have been placed in The Jamaica Gleaner, The Jamaica Observer, CVM TV as well as on Television Jamaica.
Clearly the JUTC made no use of Social Media aside from their JUTC Website which isn’t even smartphone friendly enough to browse through comfortably. JUTC needs to engage the services of a Marketing Company!
As for getting the SmarterCard itself, the JUTC should have gone directly to Schools and registered students and issued Cards there as I’d argued in my blog article entitled “JUTC SmarterCard Cashless System to be implemented in the Fourth Quarter of 2013 - Upgrade buses to use LPG Fuel to reduce Maintenance costs”.
Granting children a one-day free ride on the JUTC as stated in “JUTC Grants One Day Amnesty to School Children”, published August 29, 2014 By Alecia Smith-Edwards, The Jamaica Information Service to come to ONE Jam-packed location to get a single item that EVERYONE, including Senior Citizens and adults want, was a recipe for disaster.
Adults should be the ONLY persons at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center.
Also there’s NO NEED for GOJ ID and to surrender my address to get what’s essentially a bus token, the MAIN reason why I’m very apprehensive about applying for one. Not so comfortable with what the JUTC could do to victimize me if they knew where I live, as they are known to discriminate against people this way.
JUTC SmarterCard Top-up – No different from Topping up your Digicel phone
As for Top-up, there should have been an option for persons with a Bank Accounts to go to any ATM (Automated Teller Machine) of their choice and top up their SmarterCard as described in my blog article entitled “JUTC to debut RFID & NFC Readable SmarterCard Cashless Bus Ticket System in April 2013 - The Last Stand for a Cashless Society to empower the Multi-Modal Concept”.
This is in similar to how Telecom Providers allow persons to purchase Credit via the ATM and was the same idea as mentioned in my blog article above.
Those persons would therefore use the ATM, making the crowd at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center smaller. Even better, Mobile Money Platforms similar to Digicel Haiti’s Cho Cho Mobile as described in my blog article entitled “Digicel to roll out Mobile Money Service in 2014 - Haiti Tcho Tcho Mobile Love is Bringing the Boom with ScotiaBank heralds Cashless Society by 2015”.
For commuters without a Bank Account, the JUTC should have vendors, both stores and on the road selling JUTC Credit in a manner similar to how Digicel sell Credit in at the VERY SAME Digicel store in the Half-Way-Tree Transport Center i.e. via Vendor top-up.
That way, buying Credit for your JUTC Card should be no different and any less convenient than topping up your cellphone as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Digicel’s Green Tick ‘Pay The Right Price’ Campaign”.
Still Boycotting JUTC – PNP Cash cow for Local and General Elections needs an Audit
I hope the JUTC succeeds in what they’re doing, despite their evil political machinations of funding the PNP (People’s National Party) as per my accusation in my blog article entitled “JUTC SmarterCard Rollout and Fare Hike Postponed – Why I'll be boycotting JUTC Buses anyway as they're not trying to Save Money”.
The SmarterCard System will reduce losses due to theft as well as make them operate more efficiently. An external Audit as recommended by former Attorney General Greg Christie in the article “Greg Christie Backs JUTC Audit”, Published Monday August 25, 2014 1:18 pm by Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter, The Jamaica Gleaner would verify where the money is really going.
More importantly, they’ll be able to offer other services to the passengers, such as Frequent Driver Miles just for travelling on the JUTC Buses as I’ve described in my blog article entitled “JUTC rolls out SmarterCard September 2014 - How JA$20 allows Unruly sex-crazed High School Children and Elderly to Travel and reduce Theft”.
Sunday is the last day of Cash. After that the JUTC will go Cashless. Visit the JUTC Website for more details!
Monday, September 1, 2014
JUTC's AVL and Chaos on Back to School Day – How JUTC's Automatic Vehicle Locator may placate Smartphone toting Commuters who ask Are we There Yet
Today is Monday September 1st 2014, the day of the JUTC (Jamaica Urban Transit Company) Amnesty for commuters to get their SmarterCard as explained in the article “JUTC announces amnesty for students, extends opening hours as it goes cashless”, published Sunday August 31, 2014 1:16 pm, The Jamaica Gleaner.
And yes, I’m still boycotting the JUTC as I think JPL Leader Andrew Holness, though justified, is really barking up the wrong tree, being as Bus fares in Clarendon where I’m from are sky high as per my blog article entitled “JLP plans islandwide Bus Fare Protests - Audit of the JUTC needed as JUTC may be Campaign Cash Cow for Local and General Elections”.
Queue the Rihanna Song Shut up and Drive as that’s what these JUTC Drivers need to do really!
This as confirmed by the Horses’ Mouth, The Jamaica Information Service in their article “JUTC Grants One Day Amnesty to School Children”, published August 29, 2014 By Alecia Smith-Edwards, The Jamaica Information Service.
I’m now just discovering that the SAME SmartCard Cards that were being used since 2002 are the NOT the EXACT same SmarterCard as per the historical information explained in my blog article entitled “JUTC to debut RFID & NFC Readable SmarterCard Cashless Bus Ticket System in April 2013 - The Last Stand for a Cashless Society to empower the Multi-Modal Concept”.
In essence, the new SmarterCard System is just an upgrade of the Card Reader System, BUT with NEW Cards called SmarterCards. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s the same contractor that originally installed the SmartCard system, possibly now owned by another company that has taken up the Government of Jamaica and thus the Ministry of Transport and Work’s JUTC portfolio as a new client.
I’m heading out to Half-Way-Tree to top up the JUTC Smarter Card for the daughter of a friend where I live as per the instructions in the article “JUTC opens smarter card processing centre”, published: Sunday August 31, 2014 10:36 am, The Jamaica Gleaner. Trust me, I know I’ll be very disappointed once I reach Half-Way-Tree.
Chaos on Back to School Day –SmarterCard Chaos as KMTR gets 100 JUTC Buses and watches Petrol
I'm now reading that JUTC’s offices at East Parade in downtown Kingston are jam-packed with frustrated commuters who since 8am have been trying to get a JUTC SmarterCard as stated in the article “Smarter Card chaos, published Monday”, September 01, 2014 By Kimmo Matthews Observer staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer.
So what will the JUTC be doing to reduce the costs of operating their Buses, seeing as they show no signs of any intention to conduct an audit?
So far, they're watching their fuel consumption, with a Fuel control Officer placed onboard each JUTC bus to monitor the usage of Unleaded E10 as stated in “JUTC keeps watch on petrol”, Published Saturday August 30, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.
This really sounds more like they created another job for more PNP Party supporters.
There are also placing another 100 JUTC buses on the KMTR (Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region) Routes that are in need of Buses, bringing the Fleet total to 445 as stated in the article “JUTC to Add 100 Buses to KMTR Monday”, published August 29, 2014 By Alecia Smith-Edwards, The Jamaica Information Service.
This up from the reduced numbers of 345 during the Summer of 2014, meaning that these additional 100 are just the same buses, just refurbished and cleaned (hopefully?) in anticipation of the New School Term starting Monday 1st September 2014. Hope they fixed the Air Conditioning as well, as that's a real problem I've experienced i.e. the AC Dripping on me!
In addition, there will be schedules posted on the JUTC Website listing the bus numbers and their routes, which will also be published in both The Jamaica Observer and The Jamaica Gleaner to quote JUTC Managing Director, Colin Campbell: “So, everybody will be able to buy a copy of the Gleaner, or the Observer on Sunday and you will be able to keep that schedule and select the route that applies to you. You will be able to see how many buses are on that particular route and what is the frequency, what is the first arrival or first departure time in the morning, and you’ll be able to know that “on my route, there is a bus every 10 minutes or every five minutes’ and you’ll be able to plan your life according to that schedule”.
JUTC's AVL – Are we There Yet as Vehicle Tracking may placate Smartphone toting Commuters
But it's their other innovation that has me interested, that being the JUTC's AVL (Automatic Vehicle Locator) as explained in the article entitled “JUTC to roll out bus tracking system for commuters”, published Friday, August 29, 2014 BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter, The Jamaica Observer.
This AVL gonna make people really wanna take a JUTC Bus for the simple reason that once you have a Tablet and a Smartphone with the AVL App to access to the JUTC Website, you'll eventually be able in the future to track the location of any JUTC Bus simply by entering the route code.
Then a map will appear within the app showing you where the next bus is and how long till another bus on your route is on its way. JUTC may STILL not achieve the level of service where there is 1 bus every 10 minutes.
Best of all, you’ll not only be able to track buses and possibly log complaints by the new System but a Lost and Found may be easily established now, both for missing children taking the wrong bus as well as people who careless leave their valuable on the JUTC bus.
After all, if the JUTC bus is trackable and you have the ticket stub, you can use the JUTC Bus number on the JUTC bus to locate and report what you lost, be it your little children or your valuables.
Suddenly in my prophetic vision I see the Lost and Found Department at JUTC getting bigger! But if this AVL System is implemented the right way, it'll be the ultimate way to placate smartphone toting complainers as it relates to the fare increase.
It’s not quite Free Internet and a Food court upgrade I was hoping for from PAMS as described in my blog article entitled “PAMS to debut GOJ branded Food Court in Half-Way-Tree Transport Center - Making revenue from Unruly smartphone toting High School students via Cooked Food and JA$100 a week Wi-Fi Internet”, but this is good enough to please the most Tech-savvy among us!
At least they'll be able to tell EXACTLY where the JUTC Bus is, assuming they can read those tiny little maps on those little screens!
RJR Communications Group Launching TVJ Everywhere - How Streaming TVJ Everywhere will boost Advertising Revenue as Digicel and LIME TV coming
“We already we have been developing and releasing radio and TV applications to give you access to all our broadcast on all platforms — new and old. The TVJ Everywhere Platform will also allow us to facilitate other content creators; independent producers; filmmakers; and playwrights to develop and monetise content as well”
Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen during an AGM (Annual General Meeting) held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday August 27th 2014
The RJR Communications Group is keeping good on its promise to launch a streaming Platform.
According to Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen during an AGM (Annual General Meeting) held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Wednesday August 27th 2014, this new Streaming Platform will be called “TVJ Everywhere as reported in the article RJR enters subscriber TV market”, published Friday, August 29, 2014 by STEVEN JACKSON Business reporter, The Jamaica Observer.
TVJ Everywhere is a part of a JA$300 million upgrade in partnership with Miami-based UNIV (Unified Video Technologies) launch a VOD (Video On Demand) Streaming by October 2014 as I'd reported back in April 2014 in my blog article entitled “RJR Group to launch UNIV’s uVOD Streaming Platform by October 2014 - Streaming Gamble against Piracy as 2015 is DSO to DTT and Digital HD Radio”.
Television Jamaica to go Streaming – Incremental improvements noticeable
This is basically Netflix Style streaming that takes advantage of already pre-existing Telecoms Networks to allow RJR Communications Group’s Radio and Television subscribers to listen to and Watch Television anywhere on any device i.e. smartphone, Tablet or Laptop.
Currently Television Jamaica Streaming Platform has since improved with a registration process involving singing in to JWplayer in order to stream from their website, effectively allowing Television Jamaica to gauge who and how many viewers are streaming their programming.
They've always improved the streaming so that it's streams smoothly even over 6MBps capable Digicel 4G Broadband, which to me is a big deal as that's my main means of connecting to the internet!
Also, you can view older programs, albeit you're currently limited in you selection as it's not fully comprehensive. also, there' no option to gain unlimited access to their Prime time News Archive or even the option to purchase television programs via a Credit Card payment System.
So they have a long way to go, especially now that they’ve upgraded Studio C as a part of that upgrade, to quote RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen: “Our single biggest investment was in the country's first full High Definition TV studio — TVJ's Studio C — which enabled us to take over the lottery draws on TV, contributing much to our improved financial performance”.
With this now revealed JA$300 million spend, what exactly can Jamaicans expect? And do when have to STILL upgrade our Television sets
RJR Communications Group goes Streaming - From DTT to OTT for TVJ Everywhere
Television Jamaica has already been doing some upgrades since then, mainly focused on infrastructural upgrades. Once such is their new Studio C, which according to Managing Director of the RJR Communications Group, Gary Allen, is a part of their US$300 million infrastructural upgrade budget which started last year, quote: “We also invested more than $300 million to improve our production and transmission facilities last year”. They also began, finally, to upgrade their Transmission towers, most notably:
1. Flower Hill, St James
2. Mount Airy, Westmorland
3. Huntley in Manchester
Since they're going Over The Top (OTT) or just IPTV Streaming over Broadband Internet instead of building out a DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television), there will be no need to buy a special set top box to listen to RJR Communications Group's Radio and Television Stations.
Instead, with the help of Miami-based UNIV, you'll be able to stream content on any device be it a Smartphone, Tablet via an App or Third-party Streaming Set Top Box.
Good to note here that Broadcast Network based on DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcast-Handheld) or ASTC (Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression) are examples of dedicated IPTV Networks but with fixed infrastructure i.e. subscribers have to have a set top box and possibly having to upgrade their Television Sets.
Thus I'm not sure if by this move, the RJR Communications Group is really trying to avoid a DTT upgrade that's mandated to occur in 2015 as detailed in my Geezam blog article entitled “The Future of Free-to-Air Broadcasters in Jamaica as Digital Switch Over Approaches in 2015”. After all, it would negatively impact their revenues if they were to go DTT and force everyone to change their Television sets.
Currently the RJR Communications Group has multiple Apps and Websites for Tablets and smartphones that allow you to steam their various Radio and Television offerings as detailed in my blog article entitled “Music Cloud Streaming set to rise in 2014 - Still no home-grown Jamaican or Caribbean Free Cloud Storage Services as we Ride Along on Foreign Cloud Services”.
After the UNIV Streaming upgrade, all these programs will be incorporated under one App as well as live on one common Website i.e. a common Platforms for ALL of RJR Communications Group Content. Thus as I’d mentioned in my blog article entitled “RJR Group to launch UNIV’s uVOD Streaming Platform by October 2014 - Streaming Gamble against Piracy as 2015 is DSO to DTT and Digital HD Radio”, the following improvements are expected by October 2014, when the upgrade is to be completed:
1. 24/7/365 Streaming instead of just a few hours per day on Television Jamaica’s Website
2. Websites for all the other Television Station and Radio Stations under one common redesigned RJR Communications Group website
3. Broadcast in HD (High Definition) at 720p and 1080p Resolutions, with the capability to scale up to 4K and offer 3D Programming in the future
4. Access to RJR Communications Group Library of Content and the ability to pay to play via Apps being made for their various Radio and Television Stations
5. Pay-per-view Programming, where certain exclusive Content such as local Sports Events can be viewed for a price
6. Accessible on any device, be it a Computer running Windows, Apple Mac OS Laptops and computers, Apple iPhone or Apple iPad and Google Android smartphones and Tablets.
7. A lot of Local Programming Content from TVJ, a major hurdle for the RJR Communications Group to cross, as most of our programming is rehashed Content from abroad
TVJ Everywhere – Independent Animators guaranteed revenue as YouTube Piracy Rampant
That last bit should resonate well with Animators, many of who are looking for ways to monetize their content other than YouTube as noted in my blog article entitled “JANN to host Intellectual Property Workshop at UTECH – How Independent Animators can Make money from Animation and thwart Copyright Infringement”!
YouTube is clearly Piracy prone as explained in which makes it too easy for persons to download your videos and even music as any UWI (University of the West Indies) student knows as described in my blog article entitled “UWI's planning to increase all Tuition by 5.5% come the new Academic Year 2013-2014 - How to Download ANY Video, including Facebook Videos, Convert and Free Video Hosting Online”.
The RJR Communications Group knows this as well, which may well explain why they’re avoided posting their content on YouTube, as advertising revenue made via YouTube, albeit substantive, isn’t worth the loss of their original content to mass copying. A Pay-per-view or Monthly Pay Streaming Model is preferable to wholesale downloading, which can even be done via Mozilla Firefox Browser!
TVJ Everywhere - Boon to Animators to boost Advertising Revenue with more Eyeballs Everywhere
2014 has been a tough year for Broadcasting, around the same time the RJR Communications Group began investing in improved infrastructure. Thus 2014 seems to be the year when they're finally turning a corner as it relates to profitability. The RJR Communications Group has seen some growth in Second Quarter of 2014:
1. JA$15.2 million, an increased of JA$2 million more than year-earlier levels
Their Earnings numbers for financial year ending March 2014 are also positive indicators that they're finally turning a corner:
1. JA$1.84 billion in Revenue for financial year ending March 2014
2. JA$1.78 billion in Revenue for financial year ending March 2013
3. 3% increase in Revenues overall when financial year ending March 2014 is compared to financial year ending March 2013
4. JA$59.4 million Net Profit
The economy has been growing slowly, causing many to cut back on advertising as people just aren't buying their products or services. This is especially true of their Radio stations RJR 94 FM, Hitz 92 FM and FAME 92 FM, all of which have been underperforming against the current kings of Radio ZIP 103 FM.
In fact, there are many that are speculating that the Tower climbing incident by Ikon D Link as reported in “Pressure At The Controls”, Published Thursday August 21, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner may have been a publicity stunt by ZIP103 FM all along to cement their popularity!
Telecom Providers and Streaming – TVJ Everywhere competing with Digicel and LIME TV
Television is also poised to become more competitive by 2015 with the Telecom Providers coming onto the scene.
Telecom Provider Digicel is entering into the IPTV Steaming via 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) when they purchased Telstar Cable as chronicled in my blog article entitled “Digicel acquires Telstar Cable – 4G LTE with a dash of Streaming Cable TV Service”.
Obviously, they need the Fiber Optic infrastructure that Telstar Cable has to interconnect their various Cell Towers to power their 4G LTE Network as I'd explained in my blog article entitled “Digicel’s Fiber Optic Network has July 2014 Completion Date – Launchpad for 4G LTE, Frame Relay, FTTH and Cloud Based PBX Services”.
But they may also use Telstar Cable's License and upgrade it to an all-island license and Stream their content over 4G LTE in a move to counter Telecom Provider LIME's LIME TV Plans as described in my blog article entitled “LIME experiences 25% increase in Profits due to MTR - 4G LTE and FTTH like Bahamas with IPTV Streaming LIME TV will give LIME 3 Days to Kill”.
CVM TV, their other competitor in the Free-to-Air Category of Television broadcast, is already feeling the pressure for Cable TV. That's why they've snagged Scandal and now Suits for this September 2014 as I'd reported in my blog article entitled “CVM TV's Suits Scandal - Why Couch and Studio get Bigger as Torrenting and Streaming are King and Broadcasting Commission is powerless”.
They already have Streaming on their Website and you can watch CVM TV Midday News served up on their CVM TV YouTube channel.
Whether or not CVM TV has plan to go IPTV Streaming, be it OTT or DTT remains to be seen. So will TVJ Everywhere boost the RJR Communications Group revenues? We'll know in a year’s time by October 2015.
Here’s the Streaming Links:
Sunday, August 31, 2014
21 Jamaicans now infected with Chikungunya Virus - DEET and Citronella are Trending Back-to-School Perfumes on the Playground
And now there are 21 Cases of Chikungunya!
This was confirmed from the just received samples from the Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, who has just received the results of the tests conducted by CARPHA (Caribbean Public Health Agency) on four more person suspected of being infected with the disease.
Those results came out on Friday August 29th 2014 as stated in “Four additional cases of Chikungunya confirmed”, published Friday, August 29, 2014 7:55 PM, The Jamaica Observer.
Forgive me for being late in publishing this, but I had the small matter of travelling back to Swallowfield, Kingston to attend to as chronicled in my blog article entitled “Folks, I'm back in Swallowfield - Saturday and Sunday are Blogger Maintenance Day so no blogging".
The Jamaica Gleaner is no better, having alerted in my RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed in Mozilla Thunderbird via their article “Four Additional Cases Of Chikungunya Confirmed”, Published: Sunday August 31, 2014, The Jamaica Gleaner.
Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse is famous – My Parish Clarendon is Chic-V free even as I drown in mosquitoes
People, if nobody knew Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr Marion Bullock DuCasse, she famous now, as her pictures is plastered all over the Traditional Media, both Newspapers and via Radio and Television interviews.
Even as the Ebola Virus is knocking at our door as stated in my blog article entitled “Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar's CARICOM Meeting - Preventing Caribbean Chikungunya Virus and Ebola Virus Epidemic by Christmas 2014”. Still waiting on the outcome of that meeting though!
This latest batch of infected four means that we have:
1. 2 imported cases
2. 1 case that's not quite defined i.e. the Post Graduate UWI Staffer
3. 18 local infections
That undefined case is explained in greater detail in my blog article entitled “10 Cases of Chikungunya Virus in Jamaica – How a Hurricane coming December 2014 will accelerate its spread”.
The infected parishes, oddly, remain the same:
1. Kingston and St. Andrew
2. St. Thomas
3. St. Catherine
4. St. Ann
I’m feeling unlucky right now, as I type this. It’s damp and wet outside of the place that I live and I wish I was in any one of those un-infected parishes, such as my beloved Clarendon which is Chikungunya virus Free…..for now!
Children and Back to School – DEET and Citronella are the new Trending Perfumes on the Playground
That's not including the 50 suspected cases that the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals have to sort through in order to ascertain how many are REALLY affected.
To this end, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Local Government are partnering to jump-start the Hurricane Preparedness plan so as to at least start drain and gully cleaning and thus reduce the sites that the mosquitoes have to breed as noted in my blog article entitled “JA$12 million for Vector Control by Minister of Health - 50 Suspected Cases indicates Panic, not Chikungunya, is spreading”.
With the heavy rains now falling as I’ve predicted with a possible Hurricane in December 2014 as predicted in my blog article entitled “ESA's Swarm Says the Earth's Magnetic Field is Weakening - How Weakening Magnetic Field results in hotter Summer Days and Hurricanes in Christmas 2014”, this threat is looking more real than I'd imagined.
Even during my walkabout in Cross Roads, I noticed that most of the wholesales are beginning to stock up on Citronella and DEET. You can also get the Mosquito Zapper as well, albeit at elevated prices.
With school starting on Monday September 1st 2014, I suspect children will be smelling good from head to toe. But not from their new clothes!
Rather, it’ll be the latest fashion on the playground, the parents might tell their children; it's called Citronella Oil and DEET. No doubt the parents have told their children to rub it on ever so often and kill any mosquito before it bites them. Also if they don’t wear their Citronella Oil, nature’s Mosquito repellant as described in my Geezam blog article entitled “How to make Environmentally Friendly Citronella (Lemon Grass) Oil for Mosquito Repellant Lotion and Candles” or no sweets of candies or going outside!
Parents are fearful for their children dying from the Chikungunya Virus or worse, getting an ugly Rash and Jaundice-like Arthritic pains.
If anything, there's always my cure for the Chikungunya Virus as I’d detailed in my blog article entitled “How to fight Illness including Chikungunya Virus using Spices - US$40 Joseph Joseph SpiceStore Carousel helps you organize”. This as our inept Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and now the Ministry of Local Government will leave us to drown in a sea of Chikungunya Virus-laden Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes.