Thursday, October 27, 2005

In idleness

I came across this description of us on the net.

Background: Jamaica gained full independence within the British Commonwealth in 1962. Deteriorating economic conditions during the 1970s led to recurrent violence and a drop off in tourism. Elections in 1980 saw the democratic socialists voted out of office. Political violence marred elections during the 1990s. I'm so proud! Sniff sniff

Environment - current issues: heavy rates of deforestation; coastal waters polluted by industrial waste, sewage, and oil spills; damage to coral reefs; air pollution in Kingston results from vehicle emissions. Where is NEPA?

Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Age structure: 0-14 years: 27.5% (male 385,099/female 367,398)
15-64 years: 65.6% (male 897,953/female 893,509)
65 years and over: 6.9% (male 83,632/female 104,241) (2005 est.)

Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.8 male(s)/female For those looking husbands, we out-number you in the age bracket that counts
total population: 1 male(s)/female (2005 est.)

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 76.29 years
male: 74.23 years
female: 78.45 years (2005 est.) Just 4 yrs? Ladies come on, you slowing down!

Electricity - production: 6.289 billion kWh (2002) (Seeker is this true?)

Disputes - international: none (cockroach don't business in fowl fight)

Illicit drugs: major transshipment point for cocaine from South America to North America and Europe; illicit cultivation of cannabis; government has an active manual cannabis eradication program; corruption is a major concern; substantial money-laundering activity; Colombian narcotics traffickers favor Jamaica for illicit financial transactions.
(They're on to us!!!)

Exports: $1.679 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

Imports: $3.624 billion f.o.b. (2004 est.)

Current account balance:
$-830.7 million (2004 est.) (I owe, I owe, it's off to work I go....The math seems a little off)

Debt - external: $5.964 billion (2004 est.) (ahhhh. That sems more like it!!)

Exchange rates: Jamaican dollars per US dollar - 61.197 (2004), 57.741 (2003), 48.416 (2002), 45.996 (2001), 42.986 (2000) (It keeps climbing and climbing and ........)

And finally

Oil - production: 0 bbl/day (2001 est.)

Oil - exports: NA

Oil - consumption: 66,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)

Oil - imports: NA (....................................WHAT??? So where the oil coming from.....Seeker's back?!

I was with them until this point. Now I have to question everything else they have stated.


Rae said...

remember some of that male population enjoy the company of themself (admittedly or not), so dat ratio no say a ting.

but ku ya. dem know bout pollution by oil spill but no kno weh di oil a come from.

bassChocolate said...

Yeah but Rae, some of the female population enjoy the company of themselves too, so it ballances out... or worsens.

Oily-back Seeker- LOL!!!

Does NA in this case mean 'not applicable' or 'not available'?

Anonymous said...

umm, personally I have a problem with the 15 - 64 range, a little too wide for my tastes. :-) Need subdivisions of that 65.6%.

The Seeker said...

No Comment BB or CB.

But Our capacity in total is greater than that( inclusive of PPCs), that figure they gave is approximately JPS by itself, the PPC's add over a hundred Megawats.

Bashmentbasses said...

And I see that you are an integral part of the production process. Shouldn't your capacity been put under natural resources at least even if not under oil production?

Thinkbass said...

Seeker: don't mind them. Your oily back will come in useful one day.

Interesting stuff BB.