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Caribbean people living in the USA, guard your SSN
March 31, 2013
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The Yahoo article 5 Places Where You Should Never Give Your Social Security Number inspired this one. Basically their warnings to you, US-based citizens and residents, is that you should not need to give your Social Security Number (SSN) to:

  1. Anyone who calls or sends you an official-looking email, who texts you a link to any site or designates a number to call where you are asked to confirm your SSN.
  2. Public schools – because your utility bill confirms your address. Your email and phone number give them channels to contact you in an emergency.
  3. Little League, summer camp and the like – SSN should never be required by these groups.
  4. Supermarkets – a frequent shopper card is neither a loan, nor a bank account.
  5. Anybody who approaches you on the street.

Now while some of those might be common-sense, let me share with you an experience I had.  About a month ago, a company I do business with called me and left a  message. On returning the call, the lady said she needed to verify my information including my Social Security Number to prove that I was indeed the party they needed to speak with. I verified the other information and say, “You should not have my social security number because I have never provided that to you, and you shouldn’t need it” to which she responded, “Actually we do have it and there are services we can use to get it if not provided by you“.  Can you imagine!!!

According to the official website of the Social Security Administration, the SSN is important to get a job, collect social security benefits, and receive governmental services.

Officially, it says:

Social Security number is important because you need it to get a job, collect Social Security benefits and receive some other government services. Many other businesses, such as banks and credit companies, also ask for your number. If you are a non-citizen living in the United States, you also may need a Social Security number. For more information, see Social Security Numbers For Non-citizens (Publication No. 05-10096). If you are temporarily in the United States to work, see Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers (Publication No. 05-10107).

So, it can be inferred that you must provide your SSN to an employer, in order to collect social security benefits, or for other governmental services, banks, and credit companies.  For others, you may not need to provide one.

It is therefore imperative that you be careful who you give your social security number to.  In fact, you cannot be more careful with the rising number of identity theft being carried out including, but not limited to, people filing tax returns using your SSN and name.  Unless it’s one of the above entities, you may need to be very certain they should have your SSN.  Now, certain companies will ask for the last 4 digits of your SSN.  That should be fine for most reputable businesses but not your entire SSN.

What will the Reggae Boyz do against Costa Rica?

FIFA’s #54 (Jamaica) faces #53 (Costa Rica) in an early but huge bottom-of-the table match-up of  #5 and #6 respectively.  Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz are on 2 points from their 2 drawn matches while Costa Rica is on 1 point from their 2 matches, with the 2nd ending in controversy after the poor snow-logged field that they had to play the United States on.  They lost that match and have logged a complaint requesting the match be replayed.

The Reggae Boyz will have their work cut out for them from an angry, desperate Costa Rican team who are playing at home.  Jamaica will have to rebound from their poor showing at “The Office” at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica last Friday.  Jamaica, in order to rebound, MUST play their game and not get the game dictated to them.  Also, if I may repeat  what I suggested after Friday’s drawn match and relatively poor performance by the Jamaicans:

  1. Reggae Boyz and fans, don’t blame the officials (referee especially), though his officiating was bad at best and definitely helped the physical style of play that Panama brought into the National Stadium. The coaches and players are to be blamed but we SHOULD support them and remember that it’s early yet.
  2. Captain Burrell and JFF, you should put the 2 schoolboys on the under-23 & under-20 teams, replace them with 2 more locals and work them out after March 26.
  3. Captain Burrell and JFF, when you have an international match scheduled, bring in the international players 2 weeks in advance if at all possible and work them out together.
  4. Coach Whitmore, put the best complementary players on the field, despite what the fans say. Remember a World Cup spot is on the line and so is your job.
  5. Fans, the next match at “the Office” in June, regardless of the position Jamaica is in, a little less vuvuzela and a bit more cheering for your home side which will be better then. Rome was not built in a day.
Miami Heat makes it 25 in a row

Miami Heat came from behind, again, to win it’s 25th straight game.  This time it was the Detroit Pistons. Many believe this is what will end the streak, this really really slow start to every game.  It’s reverting to bad habits by the Heat which is good enough to win most games but not all. Lebron had a monster game (29 points with ridiculously great shooting percentage, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists).

Anyway, congratulations to the Miami Heat on this great feat.  Only the 71-72 Lakers team that Pat Riley played on won more (33 consecutive).  The Lakers streak was at a time that the NBA and ABA had just been integrated.

Reggae Boyz disappoint in 1-1 draw

The star-laden Jamaican Reggae Boyz disappointed many at the National Stadium (nicknamed “The Office”) in Kingston, and those watching the game on TV in Jamaica, or abroad watching via various live feeds.

In a match where the Jamaicans did not make any use of the midfield, nor put together good passes, the first half was fairly even except for the score. Jamaica was leading Panama 1-0 with a brilliant header by Marvin Elliott from their first corner of the game.  Even so, they had the game in hand until the 67th minute when a giveaway turned into brilliant shot by Perez past a diving Ricketts to even the score.  From that point on, it was mostly Panama.

In many minds, this was step back for the Boyz after the promising game in Mexico.

The Points Table after 2 Matches

With the USA defeating Costa Rica and Honduras holding Mexico to a 2-2 draw, the Points table doesn’t look great for Jamaica who must now face a desperate Costa Rica in Costa Rica on Tuesday.

Team
Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Diff Points
Honduras 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4
United States 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
Panama 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
Mexico 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Jamaica 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
Costa Rica 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1 1

 

Suggestions

  1. Reggae Boyz and fans, don’t blame the officials (referee especially), though his officiating was bad at best and definitely helped the physical style of play that Panama brought into the National Stadium. The coaches and players are to be blamed but we SHOULD support them and remember that it’s early yet.
  2. Captain Burrell and JFF, you should put the 2 schoolboys on the under-23 & under-20 teams, replace them with 2 more locals and work them out after March 26.
  3. Captain Burrell and JFF, when you have an international match scheduled, bring in the international players 2 weeks in advance if at all possible and work them out together.
  4. Coach Whitmore, put the best complementary players on the field, despite what the fans say. Remember a World Cup spot is on the line and so is your job.
  5. Fans, the next match at “the Office” in June, regardless of the position Jamaica is in, a little less vuvuzela and a bit more cheering for your home side which will be better then. Rome was not built in a day.