Jamaican Ice Cream in Top 10 / Andrew Holness Prime Minister of Jamaica

Days 1320 - 1326

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - Saturday, November 5, 2011

Day 1320
( iphone 4s Accessories /New Prime minister)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I ordered some iphone 4s accessories on Friday and I received them today. I got a screen protector, a case thingy and a protector thingy.

New Prime minister of Jamaica

I forgot to mention last week that my country now has a new prime minister. The previous prime minister, Bruce Golding stepped down. So now we have the youngest prime minister in the history of our country. He is just 39.

History was created on Sunday (October 23), when 39-year-old Andrew Michael Holness, was sworn in as Jamaica’s youngest Prime Minister at King’s House. In a 90-minute ceremony presided over by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, and attended by some 4,000 guests, the country’s first Jamaican Head of Government born in the post-independence era (1962), took the Oaths of Allegiance and Office, before being presented with the Instrument of Office as the nation’s ninth Prime Minister.
The changing of the guard also saw the Standard of outgoing Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, being lowered and replaced by Mr. Holness’, thereby completing the transition.
Prior to these formalities, Mr. Golding formally tendered his resignation Sunday, and advised the Governor-General of the decision by the majority of Government members of the House of Representatives to endorse Mr. Holness as his successor.
The new Prime Minister had served as Education Minister since the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) won the 2007 General Election. He was also the youngest member of Golding’s Cabinet.
Mr. Golding, who assumed the Office of Prime Minister over four years ago, had indicated his intention to demit office in September, stating that the challenges of the last four years had taken a toll and it was appropriate for him to make way for new leadership to continue the programmes of economic recovery and transformation, while mobilising the JLP for the next General Election.




Day 1321 ( Samsung overtakes apple in phone shipment )
Monday, October 31, 2011

Normal day at work, so nothing much. After work I collected my pay then paid my tax and bought some stuff.

Yesterday and today I played a lot of Modern Warfare 2 because we were getting double Experience Points.

Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone shipment

Samsung overtook Apple to become the world's biggest shipper of smartphones between July and September.


Research from Strategy Analytics showed that Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones in the three-month period, compared with 17.1 million from Apple and 16.8 million from Nokia.
The consultancy said Apple's growth was hindered by customers waiting for the launch of the new iPhone 4S.
Apple's number four slot in total handsets was taken by China's ZTE.
Nokia was the top handset shipper with a 27.3% market share, followed by Samsung with 22.6% and LG with 5.4%.


Day 1322 ( Jamaica #4 in best ice creams )
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Nothing special today.

Jamaica 4th in the world in best ice creams.

I don't know what these guys used to judge this thing but I find it suspicious that the top 3 are all from the USA.

1) Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  1. 2) Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, St. Louis, Missouri
  2. 3) Bombay Ice Creamery, San Francisco, California
  3. 4) Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica
  4. 5) Helados Scannapieco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  5. 6) Ice Cream City, Tokyo, Japan
  6. 7) Glacé, Sydney, Australia
8) A’jia Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey

9) Vaffelbageriet, Copenhagen, Denmark

10) Perchè No!, Florence, Italy




Day 1323 ( Japanese woman sentenced in Malaysia )
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Didn't go to work today because I was too tired. Also I have about 10 unused days and if I don't use them, I won't be getting them back next year.

Japanese woman sentenced in Malaysia

I read this news and just can't help thinking that this was some sort of set up. But who knows the truth.

Malaysian court sentences Japanese woman to death for drug trafficking

A Malaysian court sentenced a Japanese woman to death after finding her guilty Tuesday of trafficking drugs.
Mariko Takeuchi, now 37, was found to have been carrying 3.5 kilograms of methamphetamines into Malaysia on Oct. 30, 2009, a charge that carries the death penalty in Malaysia.
Lawyer Mohamad Rafik Rahem, appearing for Takeuchi on Tuesday, said Takeuchi will appeal the conviction to the Court of Appeal.
She had pleaded not guilty to the charge, claiming the drugs found in a suitcase she brought to Malaysia from Dubai were not hers and had been secreted in a bag given to her by an acquaintance in Dubai.
But Judge Siti Mariah Ahmad of the Shah Alam High Court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur rejected her claim, saying Takeuchi's testimony was "fabrication" and the court could not accept it.
Standing in the dock wearing jeans and a T-shirt with a brown jacket, Takeuchi sobbed uncontrollably as Siti Mariah read her judgment.
At one point Takeuchi collapsed into the bench as an interpreter translated the decision to her.
None of her family members was in court.
A nurse in a clinic in Tokyo, Takeuchi had told the court she went to Dubai as a favor for a close colleague who wanted her to talk to "Alex," the colleague's Iranian boyfriend, to see if he could help her out of financial difficulties.
Takeuchi said Alex's driver, also an Iranian, asked her to deliver the suitcase to Malaysia.



Day 1324 ( Super computer breaks its own record )
Thursday, November 3, 2011

Another Japanese holiday today. But I did absolutely nothing. Yeah this week was sort of boring I know.

Supercomputer demolishes its own speed record

A supercomputer being developed in Kobe has broken its own record as the world's fastest computer, achieving its performance goal of 10 petaflops, or 10 quadrillion computations per second, its developers said.

The 10.51-petaflop performance in early October by the supercomputer being jointly developed by Fujitsu Ltd. and the Riken research institute, exceeded the mark of 8.16 petaflops it set in June to capture the top spot in the global ranking of computing speeds, Fujitsu and Riken said Wednesday.
The latest performance results have been submitted to the world ranking to be presented at an international computing conference in Seattle that starts Nov. 12, they said.
The supercomputer, nicknamed K, has about 88,000 central processing units. The system's final configuration was set in August and its software is now being adjusted before its planned completion in June. The supercomputer's shared use is slated to begin by next November.



Day 1325 ( Karaoke for English conversation )

Friday, November 4, 2011

I was tired after work today but I still had to do my English conversation in the evening. Today was my student's birthday and he wanted to do karaoke so I accompanied him. We sang a couple of Japanese and Jamaican songs and spoke about all sort of stuff. I didn't even look at what I initially planned to talk about. He also purchased one of my books.

We bought some food there but it was some of the worst chicken I tasted. It had no taste and it was cold. My student complained to them afterwards. Clearly it was because too many persons were around and they couldn't manage to cook the food properly.



Day 1326
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Stayed in all day.

A couple of my friends in Niimi are now taking over the TV show I had. So one of the girls involved asked me a couple of things about the show today. She is a bit nervous but that is normal for the first couple times.


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