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wyclef_sydney_airport12_edit.jpgAccording to that crooked ass "Jacob the Jeweler", Wyclef owes him a small fortune.

Last month jeweler Jacob Arabov began federal prison sentence after being convicted of laundering millions of dollars for the Black Mafia Family. Now Arabov, known for providing bling to numerous Hip-Hop stars, has filed a lawsuit against rapper Wyclef Jean. The man and his company Jacob & Co. claim that the artist owes over $300,000 in outstanding bills.

The New York Daily News reports that a lawsuit was filed yesterday and Jacob & Co. accused Wyclef of purchasing $765,000 worth of watches and jewels between March of 2002 and January 2006, but still has a balance of $319,680.

The 43-year-old jeweler pled guilty to falsifying records and giving false statements in a federal case. He was sentences to 30 months behind bars.

It's hard to believe anyone can spend over $700 gees on some freakin' watches. But then again, we wouldn't put anything past this corrupt jeweler and his shady record keeping.





What's Popping?

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Bounty Killer to Appear in Court Today

bounty_court.jpgRodney Price, also known as Bounty Killer, will be appearing before the Montego Bay Magistrates Court today to face charges for his outburst at Reggae Sumfest.

During his performance, he blurted out expletives against two other popular dancehall artistes, after which he was booed by the crowd and escorted by police officers off the stage.





The Caribbean fighting AIDS

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unaids_logo_edit.jpgThe Caribbean Launch of the UNAIDS Global 2008 report revealed that last year an estimated 23,000 - 270,000 persons were living with HIV, while an estimated 20,000 - 25,000 were newly infected, while 14,000 have died of illnesses related to AIDS. However, the spread of the illness has stabilized, while the numbers have declined in a few urban areas. This is most evident in the Dominican Republic and Haiti where the epidemic is most rampant. An estimated 30,000 people with HIV have received antiretroviral treatment, which is a 50 percent increase since 2006.

Edwin Carrington, Secretary General of CARICOM, said that the Caribbean is the only region in the world which has built strong partnerships against the epidemic, in the form of Pan Caribbean Partnerships against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP).

AIDS still remains one of the leading sources of death among the 25 - 44 age group in the Caribbean, but with continued scaling of the antiretroviral treatment, the number of persons with HIV progressing to AIDS could be reduced.

UNAIDS said that the main cause of HIV transmission in the Caribbean remains unprotected heterosexual sex, but "unprotected sex between men is also a significant factor..."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 04 09 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-New #1
02 02 09 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records
03 01 14 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
04 06 06 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
05 03 13 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
06 05 13 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
07 11 07 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 07 16 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
09 09 10 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 08 11 Stacious-Falling Down-John John-Peak@#8





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





capitol-building-picture_edit.jpgA white- Jewish congressman, who is up for re-election this year and an advocate for the US apologizing to minority groups for past mistreatments, and a sponsor for Memphis blacks, is pleased as the US government will be taking a vote in the House of Representatives to offer a formal apology to the black Americans for "enslavement and racial segregation".

The US has officially recognized that "lingering consequences" from slavery and segregation continue to haunt black Americans, as they embrace their first black presidential nominee, Barack Obama.

The US government has apologized for the abuse of ethnic minorities twice in the past: in 1988 they apologized to the Japanese Americans for WW11 and the Hawaiians in 1993.





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American wins "Dance Hall Queen" title

american-flag-2a_edit.jpgThe 11th winner of the annual "Dance Hall Queen" contest, held at the Pier One Complex, Montego Bay, holds the distinction of being the first American to win the competition.

Twenty three year old Michelle Young of Boston, USA, ecstatically proclaimed that she has never been so happy in her life. "I am going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life... I am on top of the world"

One other awardee, for Best Costume, was the crowd favourite, Tavia Morris, who initially, seemed to have been upstaging Young with her athletic movements. However, when the winner was announced the patrons applauded their approval.

The patrons were treated to an evening of top class entertainment; classic music from Pure Playazz Sound System, guest dancers and a fashion show featuring the latest designs from Big Head Clothing Store.

Jerry D hosted the give away section of the evening, where patrons had the chance to win sex toys, adult videos, condoms, a Blackberry phone and a component set.

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madona_robbie&sly_cherine.jpgLegendary producers Sly & Robbie have churned out another "blazin" tune. This time the artist requesting the track was none other than arguably the world's largest pop icon, Madonna. Madonna was a fan of Sly & Robbie and Cherine Anderson's amazing remix of the Britney Spears' song "Piece of Me", and wanted the magic of the trio on her new single, "Give It 2 Me" (the second single off her new album Hard Candy).

The hands-on Madonna was so impressed by the work of the Riddim Twins and Cherine that she chose several of their mixes to be released. Now available via iTunes are two mixes, "Sly & Robbie Ragga Mix" and "Sly & Robbie Bongo Mix".

Cherine was truly thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a project with the queen of re-invention. "I grew up listening to Madonna and in college her songs were huge on the dance floor. It's always great fun working with Sly & Robbie. It's a huge honor to be featured on this remix."





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Blue Cross loses bid to Sagicor.

sagicor_edit.jpgThe corporate battle for the management of the $2 billion Government Employees Administrative Services Only Health Insurance Scheme, (GEASO), has finally come to an end.

The staff of Blue Cross Jamaica was today informed that Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, formerly LOJ, has secured an agreement to acquire their insurance portfolio.

Blue Cross had managed the health scheme since the mid 1980's, which they had won through a tender process up until 1997. However the contract had not been put to tender again until last year, where LOJ, Blue Cross and Guardian Life all submitted bids. When it seemed as if the government would award the contract to LOJ a battle ensued, as Blue Cross insisted that the contract remain with them.

Union's representing Public Sector Workers complained that the GEASO Monitoring Committee, which represents the interests of beneficiaries of the scheme, was excluded from the selection process. Granville Valentine, of the National Workers Union, described this exclusion of the committee as "total madness" and expressed his disappointment at their silence on the matter.

However, Sagicor's president and CEO, Richard Byles, assured that the acquisition will allow Sagicor to deliver health benefits to both Sagicor and Blue Cross customers even more cost efficiently in the future, while Blue Cross chairman, Dr. Henry Lowe, said that this acquisition will allow Blue Cross clients to enjoy present benefits, as well as new possibilities with access to a much wider range of products and services from a company with regional and global links.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the Financial Services Commission.

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Scenes from Fully loaded 2k8

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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20070806-2008olympicseal_edit.jpgIn a video statement, a Muslim separatist group, claiming to represent the Turkestan Islamic Party, confessed to being responsible for a series of fatal explosions in several Chinese cities and have threatened the Olympic Games, due to begin August 8.

So far the groups boast of previous terrorist activities have proved to be unfounded, as the incidents mentioned had nothing to do with terrorism, stated head of Wenzhou municipal public security bureau.

However, Chinese authorities have alleged that extremists from the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang - known as East Turkestan were targeting the Olympics. They claim that they have unearthed a plot to attack a football venue in Shanghai and have broken up 12 terrorist groups in Xinjiang. Since then they have boosted security by stationing a 100,000 anti-terrorist force in Beijing and have installed explosive detectors at airports in Xinjiang.





"Tribute To The Greats"

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"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.

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The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.





Sasha and Turbulence Back Together Again?

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Turbulence_and_Sasha_edit_1.jpgAfter shooting their new single "Don't Want To Be Alone" on the Breeze Riddim by Terminal 4 Media, Sasha and Turbulence have tongues wagging about the status of their relationship.

The video which has the pair hugging and kissing and asking questions, "Why did you leave..." and "...I want you right by my side" has the public wondering if these lyrics are based on true feelings. However, both Sasha and Turbulence deny any romantic connections. Sasha said that they are nothing more than good friends, while Turbulence says that they are friends who have great chemistry when they perform together. The on screen kiss was just acting, they both declared.

It is believed that after their public 2006 breakup the two were lyrically 'throwing words' at each other with Turbulence's "No Man No Perfect" and Sasha's "Got What You Need". Sasha, however, qualifies this, "I don't wanna say we were throwing words...we just expressed ourselves. It wasn't a war... I said my piece, he said his piece." She added, "I still love him as a person, he has a good heart and soul...but it's hard to go back."





b_golding_edit.jpgOn Tuesday, July 22, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who stated in Parliament that the collection of auxiliary fees by some high schools for this academic year was a form of "extortion", has come under harsh criticism and condemnation from the Jamaica Teachers' Association,(JTA) and The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, (JAPPS), who are both demanding an apology and a retraction of the statement.

Both bodies described the PM's statement as an attack on the work of administrations in the schools. The JTA, in a release, said that administrators who are dealing with the "...woefully inadequate funding provided by the government - have by creative means kept these institutions open and functioning."

President of JAPPS, Nadine Molly, said that for the PM to use the words "extortion" and "principal" in the same sentence suggests that the principals are collecting the money for themselves.





Children Being Trained for a Life of Crime

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children_with_guns.jpgA senior investigator, with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who wishes to remain anonymous, has reported that Jamaican children, as young as three years, are being taught to smoke marijuana, consume alcohol and use firearms as part of their training for a life of crime.

The senior investigator, with more than 20 years experience in law enforcement, said that the child criminal has no emotion, no soul, no fear, no feelings, or sense of reasoning, they only know how to be criminals.

This sentiment was supported not only by police statistics, but by Dr. Henley Morgan, head of the innercity project, Caribbean Applied Technology, in Trench Town. He said that these children are "...predisposed to crime and violence. Shaped from the womb..."





Irie_Jamboree_'08new_edit.jpgLouie Grant, VP of New York based Irie Jam Media, co-producers of Irie Jamboree (North America's premier reggae festival), announced today that the theme for the 2008 Irie Jamboree concert is "celebrating Caribbean athletes representing the region at Beijing '08, the summer Olympics; with a view to honor the legacy of our past Olympians."

"This year we are sending our strongest Track & Field/athletic contingent ever to the games, and I am expecting a good haul of medals from this quality field of athletes," an elated Grant reiterated.

"Great Caribbean Olympians such as Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, Donald Quarrie, Hasley Crawford, Dennis Johnson, Lenox Miller, Merlene Ottey, Bertland Cameron, Ana Quiro, Javier Sotomayor, Anier Garcia, Debbie Ferguson, Otto Boldon, Alberto Juanterino, Deon Hemmings and so many others have advanced our formidable athletic tradition on the international stage. Their legacy ought to be recognized by us, reggae kindred here in the US, particularly during the Labour Day weekend celebrations" Grant noted.

The decision to honour the Caribbean athletes at Irie Jamboree 2008, came on the heels of Usain Bolt's 100m (9.72secs) world record run at the Reebok Grand Prix at Ichan Stadium, in New York on Saturday, May 31 2008, an event that Grant's company, Irie Jam Media has served as Caribbean media partner for the past three years.





Weddy Weddy's 4th Anniversary

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Weddy Weddy celebrated its 4th anniversary at Stone Love's HQ, on Burlington Avenue, Wednesday night. Magnum was the title sponsor for this event. All roads leading to Stone Love's HQ were jam packed. There was hardly any space for patrons to move in the venue and all were dressed to impress.

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Guest selectors, from various sound systems, came out to show solidarity for the Stone Love movement. Artistes present were: Beenie Man, D'Angel, Bounty Killer, Seranie, Bugle, Bling Dawg, Junior Reid, Mr. G and Daville who invited the 'Queen of Reggae' Sister Marcia Griffiths, to share in the celebration. Sister Marcia's cameo performance was extremely well received by the patrons.





music_symbol.jpgIn a bid to unearth the hidden talents of the youths of Jamaica, as well as provide entertainment suitable for the entire family, a series of free concerts will be held in the Emancipation Park, beginning Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

First Global Financial Services,(FGFS), a member of Grace Kennedy Group of Companies, initiated this project with an aim of encouraging Jamaicans to reconnect with the traditional music of the country, that has made people across the globe recognize Jamaica in a positive way, as explained by FGFS's president, Sandra Shirley. The project also aims to encourage music literacy among children, as well as encourage them to see music as a medium of self expression and income generator. FGFS will also be encouraging corporate entities to adopt school bands in order to boost music programmes across the Island.





dennis_pamplin.jpegBermuda's political scene took a jolt recently with Dennis Pamplin, the husband of their deputy opposition leader being fingered as the head man in a major drug trafficking ring. Held by United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Newark, New Jersey last week, the traffickers were caught preparing to export 700 pounds of marijuana from the US to Bermuda.

Following what has been described as a year long investigation, a warehouse in Orange, New Jersey was found to be housing the large quantity of marijuana. Concealed in cement columns it was due to be shipped off to the beautiful island of Bermuda.

Arrested at the warehouse on July 15 were Dennis "King" Pamplin, 58, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Brian Henry, 31, of Bloomfield. Pamplin, who was reportedly found to be living in a New York residence with a woman - described by courts as his girlfriend, is married to Patricia Gordon-Pamplin; also the shadow minister of works and engineering for the United Bermuda Party. The couple have two children.

Charged with the federal offense of conspiring to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, both men are being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Henry, who has reportedly cooperated immensely with DEA officials, by allegedly telling them that marijuana was concealed in six concrete pillars, is being held with no bail.





Special Greetings

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Deborah Cole and YardFlex would like to send a special 18th birthday greeting to Shoshana Lee, who celebrates her birthday today. We hope you have a wonderful day and all the best on this your day.

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YardFlex would like to big up Natural Trendsetters Salon owned by sisters, Simone and Trudy Hylton who placed first in the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show's lock competition. They came out on top at the Atlanta based competition in April this year; and were amongst lock stylists who came from as far as London and Africa.

No strangers to accolades, the duo was listed by Salon Today Magazine as one of the top 10 black salons. They also took the national crown in 2002 for being tops in natural hair design.





Reggae Update 2008

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The place to be on August 2, 2008 is Golden Spring Community Centre, St. Andrew, for the Reggae Update 2008. The show, which features top and upcoming reggae artistes, will have music provided by Melody One and MCs Isis and Shabba.

The show is being promoted by Simbo Entertainment. The main man, Simeon has worked on several Reggae shows, including Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness.





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Pastor Facing Buggery Charges

A pastor, who is also a supervisor of a boys home in rural Jamaica, has been charged with 30 counts of buggery against boys in the institution.

It is reported that an alleged victim reported an incident which took place in February to the Child Development Agency, whose investigations resulted in the pastor being arrested and charged for the crimes.

The pastor appeared in the Richmond Magistrate's court on Wednesday, July 23, where it was revealed that other boys at the institution had come forward with similar accusations. Upon further investigation 29 additional charges of sexual abuse were subsequently added to the original one.

The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, July 30.





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08_busy_signal_edit.jpgReanno Gordon, aka Busy Signal, one of the hottest dancehall artistes, will be releasing his much anticipated album through VP Records on September 9th, 2008.

The album contains hits such as "Jail", "These Are The Days", "Unknown Number" and "Wine Pon Di Edge", which are presently dominating the dancehall scene. There are also the hip hop/dancehall mix of "Tic Toc" and "Cool it Baby".

Busy's talent for telling the story of the life of ghetto youths in "These Are The Days". "Knocking", "People So Evil" and "Curfew", has made him a much respected spokesperson for the residence of the innercity communities.

As a protege of Bounty Killer, and a member of Bounty's musical powerhouse, The Alliance, he has received international attention since he began in 2005 with hits "Born and Grow" and "Step Out".

His mastery of the stage has led to his being booked on all major Jamaican stage shows, the most recent being, Reggae Sumfest.

The release of this album "Loaded" will only serve to cement him as a solid member of the dancehall fraternity.





Nesbeth comes out of his 'Board House'

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nesbeth_boardhouse_edit.jpgGreg Nesbeth, aka Nesbeth, is really coming into his own right now. Ever since his song Board House catapulted him into mainstream attention, the artiste, who is now signed to No Doubt Records is determined to continue on this positive trend.

Currently he is focusing on putting the finishing touches on his new upcoming album entitled Board House. One of the tracks that will be featured on the album is Guns Out, which is currently enjoying a steady buzz on the dancehall circuit right now. According to Nesbeth, this song is one of his favorites as it delves into the levity of inner-city life. "It's all about you having to see people being murdered, being tight lipped and to top it off having the cops coming in and treating you like criminals too."

The singer told YardFlex that he is happy with the trend his career is going, but all of that will not change him. "I am the same humble individual I have always been. I am happy that Board House was a number one. I am not saying I will do it again, but if it's repeated, then I will still be me."





Gully Creeper the # 1 dancehall song

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 11 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 14 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 5 13 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
04 4 19 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 3 17 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 6 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
07 6 13 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
08 9 15 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
09 11 10 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
10 12 5 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-2
11 8 17 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-3
12 13 6 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
13 14 6 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
14 10 10 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-4
15 18 3 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-3
16 17 3 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
17 19 2 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-2
18 15 8 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-3
19 - New Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship
20 - New Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha Music





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Cherine Anderson Covers Air Jamaica

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AIRJAMAICACOVER_CherineAnderson_edit.jpgDancehall soul singer, Cherine Anderson, was approached by Air Jamaica's inflight magazine, Skywriting, to do an article on her latest hit song, "Kingston State of Mind" and ended up being selected to be the cover model for their 2008 summer issue.

The magazine which will be available on all Air Jamaica flights throughout July and August will feature an 8 page layout of Cherine in different locations throughout Kingston, as well as an abridged biography of her music, life, loves and business interests.

Cherine said that she was honoured to be following in the footsteps of her contemporaries, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Yolanda Adams, Angelique Kidjo and Erykah Badu.

Her makeup was done by Carol Reid while Anatoli Smith focussed on her wardrobe. Photograher was Mortei Korley.

If you bring an issue of the magazine with Cherine to one of her performances, you will receive a FREE "Showtime" EP, as well as an autographed picture - So look out for those magazines!





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Entertainment Centres Under pressure

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DMckenzie_edit.jpgMayor Desmond McKenzie is not pardoning entertainment centers in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. Club goers will have to find new party spots, as The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, (KSAC), will be on a rampage to close down more than 20 of the common night clubs and entertainment spots in this area.

Mayor Desmond McKenzie has announced that the KSAC has carried out investigations, and and a number of these places were in breach of the International Fire Code (IFC). The IFC examines steps to prevent fires as well as extinguishing them.

The code states that in the event of a fire proper measures must be in place to detect, find and extinguish the fire in a way that will have minimal effect on the building and more importantly the safety of individuals.





Tifa - "Bottom of the barrel"

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 13 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
02 02 08 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 04 12 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
04 05 08 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
05 03 12 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
06 11 05 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 15 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
08 08 10 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 10 09 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 07 16 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1





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No Alliance for Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle"

beenie_bounty_mavado_summersizzle.jpgBeenie Man extended an invitation to Bounty Killer and Mavado to perform at his "Beenie Sizzle" event on August 6 at Jamalco Sports Complex, Halse Hall, Clarendon.

However, their manager, Head of Alliance Entertainment, Julian Jones-Griffith, has turned down the invite, even though the promoter of the event, Cabel Jeffrey Stephenson of Free People Entertainment, announced that if they attended the event they would be treated like royalty.

Regardless of a release stating that the artistes will be attending, Jones-Griffith stated that Mavado is already booked for another event on that date, and that Bounty will be overseas. Jones-Griffith said that that was an error made by the media.

As he was vague about the details of their engagements, Dancehall advocates for peace between the artistes are left wondering if this isn't only a ploy to avoid Beenie Man.

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ele_TOK.jpgOver the next couple of months, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, a department in the Government of Germany, will be deliberating on whether or not to jump on the "fight murder music" bandwagon.

Their aim is to carefully investigate the music of dancehall artists like Elephant Man and T.O.K., in an effort to determine whether their material should be placed on Germany's "Index of Harmful Materials." Rather than an outright censorship, being on this index would completely limit the level to which these musicians could promote their work.

The English version of Deutsche Welle. quoted Volker Beck, the leader of the Green Party in Germany's parliament - who said, "Those in Jamaica who invoke hatred should not earn money with their music in Germany." He went further to call on major retailers of music online to remove CDs deemed hateful from their inventories.





haile_selassie_edit_earthstrong.jpgToday is the 116th earthday of H.I.M Emperor Haile Sellasie I. All mansions worldwide will be commemorating this day. In Jamaica the various mansions will be hosting different celebrations.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel will have a celebration at its HQ in Kingston from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

The Nyah Bingi will be hosting its Bingi at Scotts Park and the Bobo Shanti will also be celebrating the earth strong of his majesty.

Long live the King.





Don denies phone in rectum

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cellphone_in_rectum.jpgWhile incarcerated at the Horizon Remand Centre, for violating the conditions of a bail agreement, Miller's person, as well as his cell, were searched. The police reported that two cellphones were discovered in both his body and cell, along with a phone charger and a tub of Vaseline. Miller is to be charged for possession of contraband.

In a scathing letter to the STAR, the inmate vehemently denies these charges. Firstly he states that he could not have been searched by the police in the section of the prison where he was being held as that section is controlled by the JDF, and the police have no authority there. Also he stresses that absolutely no phone was found on or in his person or his cell. He claims that the report was published to mar his sexuality which he emphasized as being undisputedly heterosexual.

He questions the report by asking; how it is possible that the person who conducted the search told his lawyer that no Vaseline or cellphone was discovered in his cell? Why is it that the person who claimed to have conducted the search is "unnamed" in the report?





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Former Reggae Boy on Trial for Ganja Charges

lowe_01.jpgFormer Reggae Boys player, Onandi Lowe, will be appearing before the court, as his trial will begin today. He will be appearing on trial for breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act; following an incident in St. Catherine last December, where he was involved in a ganja affair.

When he appeared before the court recently his travel documents were confiscated.

Although Lowe will be on trial he believes he wasn't treated with equity, as the officers did not locate the ganja in his possession. However, the police officers stated that they stopped the motor vehicle in which Lowe was a passenger and conducted a search where they allegedly found the marijuana. Other passengers in the vehicle were also arrested.

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By: Jaide

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Morgan Heritage was pleasantly surprised recently as they were gloriously received in Den Haag, a city about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, by a crowd of around 325,000. That audience packed a North Holland venue for the show that featured rock star, Sheryl Crow and the reggae rocking Morgan Heritage.

"To Jah be the glory," a Morgan Heritage spokesperson said, "we were very happy to perform on the show." The intriguing aspect of this performance for Morgan Heritage was the amazing reception by not only patrons at the concert, but also radio audiences in The Netherlands whose appreciation for reggae thrust the tune, "Nothing to Smile About" at number one on a popular station there.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Patrons, at the last night of Reggae Sumfest 2k8, the second International Night on Saturday, July 19, amidst intermittent rain drops, witnessed some classic performances from local acts, as well as the billed international stars.

The master himself, Beres Hammond, mesmerized his audience with another breath taking performance. Backed by the 'wicked' Harmony House band, Beres had his fans on their toes as he stepped on stage and sang "What Can You Do To Stop A Man From Trying". Jumping around and flashing his fingers after being seemingly 'hit' by his music, he went into "Step Aside".

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The hits kept flowing nonstop and Beres didn't give his audience time to catch their breaths as he quickly went into "What One Dance Can Do" and "She Loves Me Now".

The great reggae crooner set Catherine Hall on fire as he sang "Tempted To Touch" and "Double Trouble".

With the Harmony House band in full flight, the 'captain' Beres Hammond soured to yet higher heights as he sang "Putting Up Resistance" and the well loved "Pull It Up".

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The ladies were on top of the world as Beres told them to "Show It Off". The musical genius ended an amazing performance with the song "Rock Away".





International News Brief

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Chris Brown's Mom Feels Rihanna used Vodoo on her son.

rihanna-Cbrown_edit.jpgWe need to do some thorough investigation to find out if voodoo is a common practice in Barbados. It has now come to our understanding that Chris Brown's mom is worried that sexy Rihanna has been using voodoo on her son.

According to her the relationship is moving way too quickly, so she feels that Rihanna must have done something to make her son fall so deeply for her.

Well, if Rihanna has strong Caribbean blood running through her veins "she know weh fi do fi hold har man, She nuh need nuh voodooo fi do dat".

This is hilarious!





jamaica_british_flag.jpgFinding it difficult to recruit enough soldiers to meet its international commitments, the British Army is reported to be thinking about signing up Jamaicans to fill the posts.

Looking for soldiers within countries with historical and or current British ties, the British military has been facing a hard time getting and retaining soldiers with its engagements in Iraq and continued efforts in Afghanistan against the Taliban.





Statement on behalf of David Smith

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By: Lord Anthony Gifford QC, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Tom Tavares-Finson, Attorney-at-Law

david_tracey_smith.jpgWe have had full consultations with David and Tracey Smith and their local attorneys-at-law Barnett & Associates, during a visit to the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), following the restraint order obtained by the Attorney General of TCI on 11th July 2008, which has prevented them from using their assets in the TCI. They have authorised us to issue this statement.

We have recommended a process aimed at obtaining the discharge of the restraint order and securing the return of the computers and documents which were seized from them on 14th July 2008.

On 17th July 2008 the Supreme Court in TCI imposed a gag order preventing further disclosure of the restraint order proceedings, so that we are not at liberty to give details of this process.

We have also held consultations in relation to the general situation of David Smith, Olint and its members. Olint and David Smith enjoyed an excellent reputation for fulfilling their obligations to their membership up to March 2006 when the Financial Services Commission (FSC), without warning, raided their offices, seized their electronic and other records, and issued a Cease and Desist Order against them.

These events caused Olint to be deprived of their records for a month, and at the same time there were multiple demands by members for their funds. The accounting and record keeping systems were dislocated to an extent which to this day has not been resolved. Many members were inadvertently credited with more gains than had been earned for them, and in some instances this led to overpayment when they requested their funds.





Keisha Cole and Akon scored big at Sumfest

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Keyshia Cole and Akon delivered big time for their fans as the first of 2 International Nights kicked off at Sumfest, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Friday, July 18, 2008.

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Keyshia Cole captivated her audience from the word go as she started off with the song "Should Have Let You Go".

Cole, along with her dancers and backup singers, displayed excellent stage presence which was punctuated by some crisp choreographed dance moves as she took her audience through a musical journey.

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She sang her heart out as she did "Should Have Cheated". She danced up a storm on stage as she sang "Give It Up To Me", her collaboration with dancehall super star Sean Paul.

She then went into a soulful mood and bonded with her audience as she sang the love ballads "Just Like You" and "Send from Heaven".

Keyshia raised the temperature in Catherine Hall as she put her beautiful voice to good use behind the beautiful song "Lonely".

The R&B super star finished on a high with two of her mega hit songs "Last Night" and "Let It Go" bringing an end to a wonderful performance which the crowd truly appreciated.

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The introduction of the Senegalese born singer, Akon by his DJ, sparked 'nuff' excitement among the audience. Comically dressed in a Scottish kilt, DJ Benedict whipped the crowd into a frenzy by playing some 'tough' hip hop and dancehall selections to the delight of the crowd.

The hype of his introduction was justified by Akons performance as the singer gave his audience a truly exciting performance.





Beenie Man ruled Sumfest Dancehall Night

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.

Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.

"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.

It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.

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With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".

Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".

He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.

The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".

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Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".

The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".

Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".

The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".





Mr. Vegas Rocks Europe

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGAfter a five year sabbatical from European tours Mr. Vegas exploded at all of the continents highly publicized Reggae music festivals this summer.

In an effort to make up for his five year hiatus, Mr. Vegas brought fans up to date with his anthology of hits by consistently delivering fiery performances, which left his management team flooded with calls for his next European tour.

Mr. Vegas said that he appreciates the support that his fans have given him over the years. "I have spent five years away and I really wanted to pay them back with unforgettable performances..." and that he did.

Sponsored by Media Com, the European tour spanned across ten cities. The tour ensemble included: Thugz Band, DJ Fatta and High Energy Dancers. The fans were thrilled by the choreography of the performances. The show incorporated DJ's along with the live band; DJ Fatta playing hits from top artistes while Thugz Band played Vegas' rhythms. The High Energy Dancers only increased the thrill.





Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgUsing profanity on stage during Thursday night's Dancehall Explosion at Reggae Sumfest 2008, landed Bounty Killer on the wrong side of Jamaica's law enforcement.

Disorderly conduct and using indecent language is the charge that was
handed to Rodney "Bounty Killer" Price, when police met him as he left the stage around 4am. This followed his outburst of curse words at an audience that was not too thrilled with his character assassinations of other artists.

The boos sent Killer into furious mode and once he was done expressing his displeasure, a court date was in store for him; as he is now bound to attend Montego Bay Magistrate's Court on July 31, 2008.

It was an otherwise rocking night with some of dancehall's hottest keeping things not only lively, but also in order with the regulations for acceptable language at public performances.





NCB ordered not close Olint's Account

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NCBJ.jpgOn Friday, July 18, Olint was granted a reprieve from the Court of Appeal who granted the embattled alternative investment scheme an injunction blocking NCB (National Commercial Bank) from closing its accounts.

Justice Seymour Panton has recommended a speedy trial for the lawsuit filed against NCB by Olint. The Justice expressed concerns about banks who think they have the power to close a customers accounts without evidence of illegal activities taking place. There is also the suspicion that there is a conspiracy among banks to destroy the scheme.





Visa Application System to be Changed

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US-Embassy-logo.jpgAccording to information on Radio Jamaica there will be changes made to the visa application system at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

The problem lies with the online application system which has been causing hold ups as persons are making several appointments.

A briefing was held yesterday with the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Janice Jacobs, where it was revealed that some travel agents were also securing blocks of appointments. She also stated that in the upcoming year a new system will be put in place to remove the problem.

The proposed plan to be executed in order to alleviate the problem is to have customers pay the application fee when they book their appointments online instead of paying the fee otherwise as is being done presently.

They believe this will lead to a decline in the problem they are currently facing.





Jamaica's Flag flies high in Poland

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

jam-flag_poland.jpgThe Jamaican contingent to the World Juniors Championship, held July 8 to 13 in Poland, was successful in achieving six medals, one gold four silver and one bronze. They placed ninth in the overall medal standings of the 181 countries that competed at the Championship.

The most notable of all the medal winners was the gold won by Dexter Lee in the Men's 100 meters in a creditable time of 10.40 seconds, finishing ahead of his country man Yohan Blake in 10.51. In all fairness to Blake who won the bronze two years ago, he was on the path of recovering from a hamstring injury.

In other events Nickel Ashmeade finished second in the 200 meters in 20.84 seconds, Keiron Stewart placed third in the 110 meters hurdles in 13.51, while the male quartet of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake won the silver in the 4 by 100 meters relay in a time of 39.25 seconds.





accident.jpg34 year old Mark Needham, an 8 year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, connected to the Motorized Patrol Quick Response Unit, was the latest victim of a motor vehicle accident.

At about 8am on July 15, Constable Needham was traveling along the Spanish Town Bypass, St. Catherine when a Suzuki Grand Vitara, driven by female colleague, Superintendent Yvonne Martin-Daley of the Twickenham Park training division, collided with his motorcycle. They were both traveling in the same direction, heading towards Kingston.





"St. Mary Mi Come From" Launch 2008

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The launch of the seventh annual staging of "A St. Mary Mi Come From" took place at the 'Top of World' at Jamaica Pegasus, on Tuesday evening. Though off to a late start, the show progressed into an exciting evening.

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The show began with the singing of the 'National Anthem', followed by the welcome and opening remarks by Mrs. Norma Brown. Mr. Desmond Young, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Kemp, Mrs. Barnett and Constable Rochelle followed with greetings.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 10 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 3 16 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 18 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 12 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
06 5 12 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
07 8 5 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
08 6 16 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-2
09 10 14 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
10 9 9 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-1
11 11 9 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) NM
12 13 4 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
13 15 5 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
14 16 5 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
15 14 7 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-1
16 17 4 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
17 18 2 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
18 18 2 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow NM
19 - New More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records
20 12 13 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-8





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Boasy Tuesday

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Barrier Free in Japan_edit.jpgTop Japanese sound system, Barrier Free, is set to make its debut at the exciting Fully Loaded event which makes its return to Fort Clarence Beach, Portmore, on Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Fully Loaded, staged by Solid Agency, will be making a return to its original base, Fort Clarence Beach, after a 5 year sabbatical.

Barrier Free will be lining up against other heavy weight sounds such as: Red Diamond from the Cayman Islands, the top sound from the west, Interceptor, Swatch, Area Code, Sky Juice, Black Kat with the 'war tanka' himself Pink Panther, the remix masters Renaissance, Code Red, Razz & Biggy, Bass Odyssey and the immortal Stone Love.

There will also be live performances from: Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Macka Diamond, Bling Dawg, Demarco, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia, Voicemail, Spice and 'Mr. Fully Loaded' Tony Matterhorn.





haile_selassie_I_1_edit.jpgThe Haile Selassie I 116th Earthday Cultural Celebration Concert will be hosted by the Livity Vegetarian Restaurant and Rootz Foundation. The event will be held at Livity, 30 Haining Road, New Kingston, commencing at 5:00 pm.

One of the legacies of Haile Selassie I will be receiving benefits from this venture. Artistes, poets and instrumentalists will make artistic and musical contributions to the Haile Selassie High School at Payne Avenue, 3 Miles. The school is in need of educational tools, resources and proper sanitary facilities and thus proceeds from this venture will be in aid of these causes.

Artistes will be performing free of charge as it is a charity function. Artistes scheduled to perform include: Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Jimmy Riley, Ken Boothe, Rita Marley, Bongo Herman, Bushman, Tony Rebel, Lymie Murray, Empress, Mikey General, I-Nubia, Ras Malekot, Nelly Star, Moji, Rastarenes, Chakula, Downstairs, Aluta Continua, Ras Incient and Highyaziya, to name a few, backed by the High Symbol Band.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 12 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-4wks@1
02 03 07 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 02 11 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music
04 04 11 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 09 07 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-Greatest Gainer up 4
06 06 14 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 05 15 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
08 08 09 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 07 15 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
10 11 08 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship





What's Poppin?

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Miss Kitty Returns to the air

miss_kitty_edit2.jpgMiss Kitty aka the "Fluffy Diva" will finally be returning on the air after she was fired from her previous show, "The Entertainment Office" in late May of this year. According to The Star, Miss Kitty is very excited to be working with RJR, and revealed that her show will be aired between 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Although still unsure, Miss Kitty believes the show will be called "Ketch A fire" and will be similar to her former show; bringing entertainment and music to her listeners. Miss Kitty is known for being fun, so we know this will be hype!

'Fluffy to di Flipping Worl!"

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Zip Disc Jockey now turns artiste

The surprises just keep on coming. ZJ Nikki Z has just recorded her first single titled "Belly Ring" featuring Leftside who also produced the track.

The song as we heard, is about a man who is attracted to a girl because of her 'Belly Ring'.

Keep doing your thing girl.

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Miracle or obeah?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBwoy mi seh a serious ting dat believe can kill and believe can cure yu know...but even more serious is de idea dat African spiritual heritage is real real sinting...at least my fren seh she meet a man weh real gifted wid prophecy and sometimes she wonda if tings we know as obeah or voodoo can be used fe do positive tings.

We did a chat bout sacrifice and blood bath and dem tings dey dat mi ongle hear bout, and she go chip een seh she actually had an experience wid de bird blood ting. At first mi couldn't believe sey she of all people would a get inna dem tings deh…also mi neva even know sey she did have a real serious sickness neither.

Den she start gi fe har experience and tell mi sey afta har man dead and lef har sick wid HIV she neva know wey fi do. Since a foreign she did dey and dem never even have any medicine fe help people with HIV at dat time, she was feeling completely out of luck and was basically waiting to die.

Den she link up with a Jamaican like harself who was trying fi mek it in de entertainment biz a foreign and him tell har sey, him get nuff fight a Jamaica and if it wasn't fe him precious counselor, who was a prophet and who pray fi him...him wouldn't even reach so far.





Busy Signal stranded 'Pon de Edge'.

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BUSY_charts_2.jpgAfter performing at the St. Kitts 12th Annual Music Festival, Busy Signal found himself without transportation to get back the the hotel.

Busy claims that he was left behind because he performed the song, "Pon De Edge" which he was asked not to do.

The Chairman of the Music Festival, Faron Lawrence, said that he was unaware that Busy was left behind and knows nothing about him being asked not to sing that song. He explained that performers are usually provided with transportation to take them back to their hotels, but sometimes they are also told that transporting all of them is not possible and they will have to make their own arrangements. Sometimes artistes opt to remain behind to watch the show. Lawrence says he was not aware if this was the case with Busy Signal.





Olint Corp closed

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David_Smith_olintcorp_edit.jpgAlternative investors were dealt another blow when embattled investment club Olint Corporation Limited advised its investors on Monday that the entity's office in New Kingston would be closed to the public until further notice. Club members were informed via email that the close was as a result of threats to the lives of employees.

"It is with some regret that we advise that, as a result of threats to staff members, including a bomb threat within the last few days which is being taken seriously, the Club Member Care Office will be closed to the public as of Monday, July 14, 2008. All customer care lines and email lines will be opened to facilitate communication with you notwithstanding this safety measure which we have had to impose," the letter stated.

Less than three weeks ago, reports surfaced that the National Futures Association (NFA), a regulatory organisation for the United States futures industry, had filed a complaint to its business conduct committee against I-Trade FX LLC (and one of its principals, Isaac Martinez), a company NFA alleges Smith was a principal of.





Sean Kingston - "Take you there"

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Akon added to Reggae Sumfest lineup

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akon_sumfest_edit.jpgSenegalese singer songwriter Akon has been added to this year's Reggae Sumfest. The Grammy-nominated singer, who rose to fame in 2004 following the release of his single 'Locked Up' from the debut album 'Trouble', will make a second appearance on the Sumfest stage on Friday July 18, 2008.

He is set to share the stage with R&B singer, Keyshia Cole, known for hits like 'Should A Let You Go,' 'Heaven Sent' and 'I Remember,' on International Night along with reggae's conscious voices, Richie Spice, Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah and the almost soulful, Terry Linen.

Rap mogul Lil Wayne is now scheduled to hit the stage on the last night of the festival Saturday July 19, to collaborate with friend and colleague T-Pain.





When do women become lazy in a relationship?

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow what's up my peeps. Fi real the other day my friends and I were involved in a discussion and somehow the topic got around to 'why and under what circumstances do women become lazy in a relationship'. To tell the truth the argument got so heated that at one point we had to remind each other that it wasn't a quarrel, just a friendly discussion!

My sistren Patricia claim that when you find out that everything you do, the man doan appreciate it; an all him do is complain and act like it wasn't anything much, then it's time to meck him start fending for himelf!

According to har if you get up everyday, a wash, clean, cook and teck care a di man and him doan even spend the time to say thanks, and start all hype up on you, then why bother. If him even have the last shirt to wear and a beg you to wash a couple more, she sey you must ask him if him have fin hand and lef him meck him fend fi himself.

Well a few a di sistren dem sey dat harsh and how woman must find odda
ways fi meck dem point, but Sharon was plain and to the point. She sey dat woman must start lazy pon man when him start to have odda woman out a road.





US Top Ten Most Freaky Sex Laws

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weridsexlaws_edit.jpgIf Jamaica thinks enforcing some sex laws is daunting; they would have a heck of a time dealing with the following.

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1. Oral sex is illegal in 18 states, including Arizona.

2. In Virginia, it is illegal to have sex with the lights on.

3. It is illegal for husbands in Willowdale, Oregon, to talk dirty
during intercourse.





Drama at Little Ochi Seafood Festival

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littleochi_seafood_festival_edit.jpgYardflex went to Alligator Pond to take in the Little Ochi Seafood
Festival
and honestly the venue sell off. The place cram so till, but to tell the truth I had a problem hearing the performers as it seemed as there were competitions from three different segments at the venue.

Upstairs at the upper deck bar it was like a dance session, in the middle there was the stage show and out front music was blasting again.

Then not to mention the security guard that enjoyed drawing his knife.
Yardflex observed him on at least four occasions arguing with 'unwanted' patrons who he felt came in illegally and worse were there selling stuff. The knife came out and there he was threatening to 'done dem!'.

With all that though the steamed and fry fish went like hot bread, shrimps, lobster and other seafood were in abundance. Romain, George Nooks, Nikiesha Barnes and others tried to do their best, but performing on tracks under those conditions, never made it at all. The Dragonaires totally dominated and had the crowd from start to finish.





What’s Poppin

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Festival mix up

What a bam bam with the Festival Song Competition whey keep Saturday night. Roy Rayon was declared the winner but whey hot people, is dat a him crape up everything.

Nobady else no win dime out it. Di people dem bex, cause dem sey him done win di million fi di prize aready, smady else shoulda win a ting tuh. Dem a cuss out backfoot bout it. A suh it guh...di world nuh level at all.

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Tellah kibba yuh mouth

But a whey di girl Tellah a gwaan wid dung a Little Ochi Seafood Festival. She come pon stage wid one piece a tracing and a throw word pon Baby Tash; and class har up di most ways, bere tings. Now, she nuh reach nuh way inna di music yet and a galang suh. A bad mind she bad mind sey Baby Tash win, or she waan fi use conflict fi meck it. Whatever di reason...stop it...it nuh look good.

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Nike and VP Records Join Forces to Release

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Olympic Sprinter Asafa Powell’s Train for Speed Workout on ITUNES

Mix Includes Exclusive Track by Dancehall Star Mavado

mavado_asafa_nike_edit.jpgNike and Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell have teamed up with Reggae label VP Records to create a Nike Sport Music workout featuring the exclusive track, "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)," by one of the athlete's favorite artists, Mavado. Called Asafa Powell: Train for Speed, the 35-minute interval workout is coached by Asafa over a reggae/dancehall soundtrack. Among the genre-defining songs included on the mix are some of reggae's greatest artists of the past, present, and future, providing a musical backdrop for running that is both unique and effective. After all, two of Jamaica's greatest exports are music and sprinters—it was only a matter of time before they came together in one pulse-pounding project.

The only athlete to have run the 100-meter dash in under 9.8 seconds more than once (he did it five times), Asafa Powell knows speed. He has distinguished himself as one of the world's fastest humans, having held the world record in the 100 for three years, from 2005-2008. In the Asafa Powell: Train for Speed workout, Asafa coaches runners through a 35-minute training session with four high-speed intervals that descend in length. The goal of the workout is to increase an athlete's endurance and speed, with musical motivation coming from the athlete's homeland.





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The 11th Annual Caribbean Sea Breeze Festival has moved from the Queen Mary Events Park with a new location and date to Veterans Memorial Stadium (on the Long Beach City College campus) 4901 Carson Street (near Lakewood Blvd.) in Long Beach, California and date set for Saturday, August 9, 2008, from 12pm to 10pm. This year's line up features the exclusive So. California appearances by international Reggae superstars Sizzla and the return of Bad Boy recording artist, "The Energy God" Elephant Man, who was true phenomenon at last year's sell-out event. Other internationally renown music artists from Jamaica and the Caribbean include Turbulence, Everton Blender, Sweet Tea, Black Judah, E-Dee, Bella Carib, cultural dance troupes, MC Chuck Foster (KPFK) and more filling out the festival's entertainment schedule.





Italian Court Frees Weed

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marijuana11_edit.jpgIn Italy a new ruling by the Supreme Court of Cassation has sided with the Rastafarian religion's treatment of marijuana as a sacred sacrament.

The news from Rome hit the streets Friday morning, as a case brought before appeal judges against a reggae musician sentenced to 16 months in prison by a lower court in Perugia, was overturned.

Virtually unheard of in Roman Catholic Italy, Rastafarians were presented to the court as a faith that allows its members to smoke even 10 grams of marijuana daily.

In the ruling the Court of Cassation stated, "Members of the Rastafari faith were entitled to have in possession 'abundant' amounts of marijuana since smoking is an integral part of their religion."





heterosexual-gender.jpgA Straight Pride Parade will roll out on August 31, 2008 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just one day ahead of the annual Caribbean Labor Day Parade.

In a press release sent out recently by members of the reggae community, who have organized this event as a response to gay groups coming down hard on some dancehall music; the parade was justified as being, "...a chance for Heterosexuals to gather together and proudly embrace their sexuality. The Parade will also allow reggae and dancehall fans who are in New York City for the Labor Day celebrations to get together and celebrate reggae, dancehall and family in love and unity. Adults are encouraged to bring their children along for the celebrations, as the event will be family oriented."





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Renato Adams throws in the towel

reneto_adams_retire.jpgYesterday was Renato Adams's final day in the force as a policeman. After more than 30 years he has now officially retired. The controversial cop says he has no regrets...well...except one...that marauding gunmen in Tivoli Gardens confronted the security forces in July 2001.

The senior cop added that criminal elements causing chaos in the society are getting too much press. The crime fighter, who has been hailed by many communities in Jamaica as a hero, is featured in the popular Jamaican soap, Royal Palm Estate.

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 2 9 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 12 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 15 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 17 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 6 11 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
06 5 15 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx D-1
07 7 11 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship NM
08 10 4 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-2
09 9 8 Falling Down-Stacious-John John NM
10 12 13 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-2
11 13 8 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) U-2
12 8 12 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-4
13 14 3 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
14 15 6 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
15 16 4 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
16 17 4 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
17 18 3 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
18 - New Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House
19 - New Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
20 11 13 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (2wks@#1) D-9





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Sean Paul pops in Basketball camp

sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgBig up to Sean Paul who took the time out to pop in on a basketball camp to give encouraging words to some children.

One eleven year old broke down, crying tears of joy as she never really believed the rumours that the DJ would be coming. She was overwhelmed with joy when she was asked to sing with the Grammy Award-winning artiste in front of her fellow campers. "When the people said he would come, I thought it wasn't true and they were just joking... I never thought in my life that I would see him." She was quoted as saying in the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

Sean Paul dropped by to offer advice about life to several hundred campers who listened intently while sitting on the huge gymnasium floor at Montreal's Dawson College. "There are ups and downs in life, just like waves in the sea," he said. "when you're up on top you're feeling good, but that's not the only feeling you need to get used to in your heart, in your brain, in your soul."

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Reggae Rising Musical Festival 2008

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reggae_rising_logo_edit.jpgReggae Rising Musical Festival will take place on August 1 - 3 at Dimmick Ranch and French's Camp, Piercy, California. The festival will feature three full days of reggae music from reggae stars from across the globe.

FRIDAY AUGUST 1st

UB40
Beres Hammond
Tanya Stephens
Cham
Medicine Drum w/ Greg Ellis, Rara Avis, & Wisdom
Blue King Brown
Soul Majestic
Mr. Easy
Opening Ceremonies

SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd

Sizzla
Sly and Robbie
Junior Reid
Turbulence
Mr. Vegas
Mr. Lex
Rebelution
The Rasites
Detour Posse
Reggae Angels
Black Judah
Dread Daze
Lion Camp Showcase w/ Ishi Dube and Jah Sun
Lost Coast Marimbas





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Beyond the hype that is dancehall

dancehall_reggae.jpgIf the latest report from Soundscan is anything to be believed...and it is rated as the best ever electronic network than can estimate album sales...then no wonder these artistes are demanding astronomical performance fees.

With the poor sales reflected on their album performance on the international level, one wonders why some artistes put out so many albums per year. Maybe there lies the cause of the poor sales. What artistes need to do is give that last album time to permeate the market, 'let it soak' and give the people time to enjoy the product...and then let them look forward to the other one. What is happening now is that by the time the fans have that copy in their hands, then along comes another!

Of course some could argue that one reason for the poor sales would be the illegal downloading of songs, but what about the other strong performers...aren't their songs being downloaded too? It's time to face the cold hard facts, dancehall music has become nothing but a 'tracing' match at best and a show of 'bad manism'. For those who have a good product and are still facing poor sales, well, they could be casualties of 'war'. Just as good law abiding cops must come under the banner of being corrupt when Jamaican people are cursing the force, good products will sometimes get lost in the controversy that has now become dancehall.





Who Am I? ...The Untold Story of Beenie Man

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the recently held book launch of Milton Wray's Who Am I?...The Untold Story of Beenie Man in Kingston, Jamaica:

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rainbowvibes_logo_edit.jpgJamaica, dubbed one the most homophobic nations on earth has spawned the Caribbean's first Gay and Lesbian Social Network, Rainbowvibes.com, where Caribbean gay life meets the world.

"The site is an online hub for Caribbean gays, lesbians and bisexual people living at home and overseas and their friends in South America, Latin America, USA, Europe and Canada. Now they can all connect with each other in a single space online." Andrea* added.

The site is the brainchild of Matthew Raine*, a gay Jamaican IT executive, who now lives in Canada and Andrea Rainford*, a Jamaican lesbian marketing executive who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. "The need was glaring. The nature of most Caribbean countries has made it a challenge to meet and connect face to face. Here, online, there are no limits. Having a social network of our own was something we craved ourselves and had the know how to get done, so we said let's be bold and give this Pride gift to our community." Matthew* said.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

ele_chris_edit1.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 11 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-3wks@1
02 02 10 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Shot to Watch
03 07 06 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records-Greatest Gainer up 4
04 04 10 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 03 14 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
06 05 13 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 06 14 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
08 09 08 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 11 06 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
10 08 20 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1





Bembe Gone Global

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By: Dave Lindo

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Bembe Thursday, the 'hype' dancehall event staged each Thursday at Weekenz in Kingston, Jamaica has become a global phenomenon in less than two years.

The idea for Bembe originated when former Stone Love selector, Richie Feelings, jokingly told his friends that he is a bembe marble and staged a dance of the same name.

As Jigsy, a member of the Bembe Squad explained, "A bembe marble is one of those big marbles, so Feelings said that he was bembe marble. The owner of Weekenz approached Richie to do a weekly event at his spot so he (Richie) linked us up and we decided to do it and call it Bembe Thursday. At first we took it as a joke - we never dreamed that it would get so big.

Feelings also invited selectors Razz and Biggy, Jigsy and Penny Bling to form the Bembe Squad. In a very short time it became the place to be on a Thursday night in the capital city. "People from all over started to attend, by midnight the place is normally jam packed." Jigsy said.





D'Angel Prepping up for Sumfest

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Vybz Kartel & D'Angel at the grand opening of Club Amazon July 4.JPGD'Angel seems to be busily 'sprucing up' her stage performance, apparently in preparation for her first performance in the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Festival.

So far this month, July 4 and 6, 2008, D'Angel performed for the grand opening of Club Amazon in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and the Portland Jerk Festival respectively.

D'Angel had Club Amazon exceeding its 500 capacity by the time she made her 1:00pm entrance. She mingled with the crowd until her 3:00pm performance time. "It was very good to see D'Angel showing up early and taking time out to chill with the audience." a promoter of Amazon Productions said.





Beenie Man "Wine Gal"

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damion_macintosh.jpgDamion McIntosh, a Jamaican recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Graduate Student Scholarship in 2006, has been selected by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) as the Most Outstanding MBA student for the academic year 2007/2008. He was selected from a field of hundreds of distinguished scholars enrolled at the SIUC's School of Business.

Damion, in his thanks to the US Embassy for selecting him for the Fulbright Scholarship, said that studying at SICU is an "amazing opportunity" and an "enriching experience".

Damion has been accepted into SICU's Ph.D. Business Program where he will specialize in Finance. As a reward for completing his MBA in one year instead of the usual two his Ph.D. tuition will be waived. He will also receive a grant renewable for up to three years.

Damion who expects to complete his doctorate in 2010, plans to return to his position at Bank of Jamaica as Assistant Director in the financial institutions supervisory division.

Image Source: The Jamaica Gleaner





Face to Face Line Up

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trey_songs_young_jock.jpgThe Independence wrap up event, Face to Face, is scheduled to take place at Temple Hall Estate on Satuday, August 9, 2008.

The event has a star studded line up including international stars: Yung Joc, Trey Songz and Playaz Circle, as well as local stars: Assasin, Spice, Left Side, Bugle, Chino, Konshens, QQ and Chi Chi Ching.

Richie B of Hot 102 and Nikki Z of Zip 103 will MC the event, while DJ's Sunshine, Liquid, Ice and Arif Cooper will handle the turn tables.

Sponsors are World Beat Music Group and Bacumi Entertainment.





Artist Wants Compensation for Marley's Image

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BobMarleyLionZion_portrait_edit.jpgJurek Zamoyski, who was born in Communist Poland, has always seen Bob Marley's songs as a means to give a voice to the oppressed and poor. Now it saddens him that he is filing a lawsuit against the Marley's Estate and the music and clothing companies that are run by members of the family.

Zamoyski alleges that Zion Rootswear, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd and Bob Marley Music Inc. have been replicating three of his copyrighted images of Bob Marley on T-shirts onto other objects without his consent and have been selling them worldwide. The three images that have been used are: "Rasta Dreads," "Lion Zion" and "Kaya Man". These images were all painted by Zamoyski. The images were licensed to Jurek International Graphic in the 1990's.

The Jurek International Graphic was in agreement at that time with the Marley Companies to use the images on clothing and other objects. During this period Zamoyski received royalty payments. In 1999 his company ceased operations and terminated all agreements with the Marley Companies, thus none of his designs should be replicated.





handcuff2_EDIT.jpgThe suspect in the murder of Poison Dart sound system selectors, Chris Rock aka Michael Rattigan, Tony Montana aka Antonae Neely and their friend Kevin Webster, who goes by the name 'Indian', was nabbed in Kingston, Jamaica by a joint operation by the local police and their American counter parts.

It was an incident which shocked the music fraternity. According to reports coming from Tampa, Florida, the selectors and a group of men got in a heated argument over a sound clash, while they were playing at the Thunderbird Bar in Auburndale, Florida where they play every Friday. Chris Rock reportedly 'backed them off' and the men left.

The men returned the following week and opened fire on the three. Tony Mantana and Chris Rock died on the spot while Webster died at the neighbouring hospital.





anthony_bourdain3001_edit.jpgAnthony Bourdain of the Emmy nominated Travel Channel series, "No Reservations" has stirred up controversy with remarks he made about women and dancehall, on the Jamaican themed episode of his show.

"There's no rootsy, laid back Rasta vibe," he says. "This ain't about standing up for your rights or praising Jah or anything like that. Like Reggaeton, its mutant cousin, dancehall is the hardcore beat behind lyrics concerning for the most part: acquiring possessions, getting respect on the street, beating down perceived enemies and enjoying the physical charms of varied, if not multitudinous bitches."

Asked how she felt about Bourdain's statement, veteran dancehall reggae artiste, Nadine Sutherland says that she was offended but not angry at him as "...that is what is being perpetuated (by our music) so why is it a foreigner can't do it?"

Stahhr says that female artistes such as Lady Saw and Sasha use derogatory terms in their music when referring to other females. Sutherland has also acknowledged that demeaning terms such as 'sketel' and 'gyal' which is similar in meaning to bitch are used in dancehall music. Stahhr also says, "I guess its like the N-word ...some women feel the entiltlement to use it on each other."





Carifest C.A.R.E.S. Cancelled

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edit_carifest_cares.jpgCarifest C.A.R.E.S. scheduled for July 6, New York, has been cancelled. This years event was meant to sponsor the charitable organization Keep A Child Alive (KACA) by helping them to provide medicine and relief to African children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, as well as increase AIDS awareness in the community.

One of the many speculations for the cancellation of the festival, apart from the rain and fog, was the lack of confidence that the patrons had in the line up of artistes. Many artistes could not be contracted for this event as anti-gay activist groups vehemently protested certain artistes and their lyrics as homophobic in nature and New York would not have them performing in their city.





Beenie Man Makes Bottles Fly

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beenieman_charts.jpgEveryone was anticipating Beenie's performance at the Portland Jerk Festival and when he failed to show bottles started flying.

Beenie Man who was the main act for the show lost his passport and was unable to return home in time for the event.

Efforts to contact the organizers of the show by Beenie Man's Booking agent were unsuccessful prior to the event. Efforts were also made by the organizers to get Beenie on the phone to explain to his fans why he was unable to be there, but this also was unsuccessful.

No Beenie equals angry fans.





Carline...the sexy entrepreneur

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Name: Carline Brown

D.O.B: 12-04-88

Height: 5FT 5"

Weight: 115Lbs

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: Kingston

Career Goal: Criminal Lawyer





jam-reggae.jpgThe Government is to establish a museum of reggae music and artifacts, to represent the struggles and achievements of Jamaican music, and will establish a special initiative to encourage and assist Jamaican film makers to produce works on Jamaican culture.

The announcement was made by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, on Thursday July 3, who was giving the welcome address on behalf of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding at a launching reception for the 7th International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. The reception was held at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister's official residence.

Noting that culture remains an important part of "who we are, what we are and how we do what we do," Dr. Chang stated that Jamaica's cultural identity and image worldwide were strongly linked to reggae music, "an indigenous product of which we are very proud."

Describing reggae as an international language of the oppressed, he credited the work of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, whose "lyrics captivated international audiences, unified people in their struggles and served as the basis for negotiating significant truces." Their work, he stressed, "took the themes of rebellion, human rights, love, respect for others and freedom into the far corners of the world and helped pave the way for unity and peace."





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





Mayor Desmond McKenzie marked for death

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgDesmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston claims that he is 'marked for death'. According to him he discovered that his name was on a hit list. This information was revealed at the Jamaica Labour Party Area One Council meeting in Bull Bay on Sunday.

McKenzie claimed his name was among several on a list of public officials. But the Mayor is not cowering in fear as he boldly stated, "As far as I am concerned, I will never allow anybody, whether real or imaginary, to derail the work I am doing,"

"The only persons who can stop me from doing my work is the voters in the corporate area. I am not afraid," he said.

The Mayor made this disclosure as he was lamenting the murder of a public official, Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers, just over a week ago.





By: Dave Lindo

cocotea_promotional.jpgCo Co Tea will be putting out a new album titled Yes We Can, named after his latest single, a song which implores people of all nations to unite and live in peace in order to have a better world.

The album was produced by Co Co Tea aka Calvin Scott on his Roaring Lion/Dancehall Jam Jam label. According to the singer, it will have 12-15 tracks and will feature his big international hit Barrack Obama; a tribute to the American on his presidential campaign.

He has also reunited with Shabba Ranks for a song titled Time Is Real. Co Co Tea in the 1990's had 2 big collaborations with Shabba in Pirates and Who She Love. He also has collaborations with Marcia Griffiths, President Brown, Cutty Ranks and El General. He has also done a remake of Horace Andy's song, She Is My Baby.

Co Co Tea speaking to YardFlex spoke highly about the album. "It is a one in a million CD." he said with his trade mark smile. "It is a mixture of Lovers Rock and authentic reggae music. I had famous musicians working on it, like members of the Prophecy Band, Dean Frazer and his harmonizers, Kirk and Bowie, Teetamus, Lymie Murray. It has an international appeal and I am expecting it to do very well."





Bolt –Asafa, who is better?

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By: Dave Lindo

bolt_asafa.jpgThe big clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and former world record holder, Asafa Powell at the recent Jamaica National Trials, not surprisingly, did not materialize. Both had played down the clash in pre-race interviews and said that they would do just enough to qualify for the Olympics team.

In the end Bolt won, looking very relaxed, even having time to glance twice at his friend Asafa, winning in a time of 9.85. While Powell just as relaxed came second in 9.97 sec.

So all focus now is on that Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing summer Olympics. Both athletes said that an Olympic Gold far outweighs having a world record as the record will easily go but the gold medal stays with you for ever.

The Bolt - Asafa debate about which of the two is 'faster' in the 100m is still circulating. I would stick my neck out in saying that presently, Bolt is in much better condition than Asafa and is capable of running faster.

However, as the outstanding track and field analyst Earl Bailey said on a Talk Show programme on RJR on Monday, June 30, 2008, "with 6 weeks to go before the Beijing Olympics anything can happen. An athlete can improve as well as drop form."

Even on the day itself, in just under 10 seconds, the 100m finals race will be completed and the winner of the Olympic Gold medal would have been decided.





Video & Lyrics: "Take a Bow" - Rihanna

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Intro
How bout a round of applause
standing ovation
ooooooooh yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah.

Verse 1

You look so dumb right now
Standing outside my house
Trying to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please-(spoken)just cut it out

Chorus

Don't tell me you're sorry cuz you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
You really had me going
Now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
Go on and take a bow





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Celebrity Soccer match had poor turnout

buju_marcia_gregory.jpgYardFlex understands that the Jammins Celebrity Soccer Match in New York was a big flop. Wi hear dat it attracted less than 1000 people. But wid a big line up like Buju, Capleton, Gregory Isaacs, Serani, Bunji Garlin, Marcia Griffiths and many more a wonda how come. But fi real it come een like hard times a lick every body left right and centre, dat's why nuff people probably neva meck it, dem haffi choose between food and show!

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Yard flex buss it fuss

YardFlex buss di news fuss sey it come een like Beenie Man and him wife a eye dem one anodda back and si it deh, we guh read it inna one nex' suss column teday. But something could a really guh suh dough.

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A Suh Mi Sey

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Putting an end to crime

By: Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgI read with great shame and embarrassment the other day how they robbed the missionaries at Salvation Army. But to tell the truth I am not surprised. The only way crime is going to stop is unless the mothers and the baby mothers come together and start trying to make a difference.

These men have to rest their heads somewhere, they have to eat somewhere, they have someone in their lives that they 'check for'. But the simple truth is, women are enjoying the profits of crime and have no real need to make a difference. They are contented to spend the blood money, wash the bloody clothes, feast on the stolen goods, wear the stolen bling bling and hype up on their friends in the process. Some will even threaten you that they are going to "meck mi man buss yuh face". They take pride in being with a bad man. And at the end of the day they don't give a damn about the family that's left crying being because the bread winner was gunned down. They don't care about those who are left hungry, because the last money for food was robbed on the bus. Yet they want you to care when police gun down the culprit, then they come out and demonstrate and beg for justice.





T-Pain for Reggae Sumfest 2008

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T-Pain-rap-jv05_edit.jpgAfter weeks of speculating over which international acts will be performing, for the generally vibrant Montego Bay crowd; Grammy winning Hip-Hop entertainer T-Pain has been added to the versatile lineup for Reggae Sumfest 2008. T-Pain is scheduled to co-headline the final night of the festival along with the internationally recognized reggae legend, Beres Hammond.

Tired of the generic sound of music played constantly on the radio, T-Pain was inspired to create an album that would combine the likes of both Hip-Hop and R&B; the result, the smash hit singles "I'm Sprung" and the lyrically creative track "I'm In Love with a Stripper". Released from the album "Rappa Ternt Sanga". "I'm Sprung" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, helping the newly acclaimed solo artist sell over 800,000 copies of his work. The track's remix with Vybz Kartel boosted his airplay status in Jamaica and left many youngsters wanting more. Since then, T-Pain has done everything but fallen off the music scene, appearing on a number of chart topping hits including his Grammy winning collaboration with Rapper Kanye West entitled "Good Life".





By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 11 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle NM
03 3 14 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 16 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 5 14 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
06 8 10 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-2
07 9 10 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 7 11 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-1
09 10 7 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-1
10 14 3 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-4
11 6 12 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong(2wks@#1) D-5
12 11 12 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca D-1
13 12 7 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) D-1
14 17 2 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-3
15 16 5 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
16 18 3 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
17 19 3 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
18 20 2 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-2
19 13 7 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship (pp#13) D-6
20 15 18 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgThe entire world stood up and took notice when the Prime Minister of Jamaica was being interviewed in England when a very important question was asked of him if gays could be in the cabinet. The ever, cool, ever suave PM responded, "Sure they can be in the Cabinet; not mine." When the interviewer pressed home the point, maybe wanting Bruce to back down by asking "But do you want to live in a Jamaica where they can be and they should be and it would be entirely natural for them to be so?" Big up to the PM when he answered in no uncertain terms "I do not know that that is necessarily the direction in which I want my country to go."

There have been a lot of back and forth debates about equality when it comes to gays, but while I do not condone the ill-treatment and cruel acts meted out to them, in fact I totally hit out against it. At the end of the day, they are all humans too. But I draw the line at having them in the cabinet. These are people who are involved in guiding the country and having a say in the laws of the land. How can we ask them to make certain moral decisions when their lifestyle totally belies what they will be representing?

For all we know there may already be a few gays in the cabinet, and if they are, they are taking great pains to keep it totally locked up in the closet. But coming out and advocating for the rights to be recognized as a legal couple, flaunting an immoral lifestyle, influencing our children, maybe even corrupting them...that is stretching acceptance way too far.





International Reggae Day 2008

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By: Lioness Danyell
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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This year, the celebration of International Reggae Day, commenced back in 1994 by one-woman power house, Andrea Davis and her Jamaica Arts Holdings organisation, came to a crescendo at the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, with a panel discussion themed 'Reggae Music in 2008'.

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Commemorating 2008 as the 40th year of Reggae music, a major point of discussion was the landmark songs of the year 1968, which definitively propelled the shift in genre from Rock Steady to Reggae. Among these were famously Nanny Goat by Larry Marshall and Do The Reggae by Toots and the Maytals, as well as, Baby Why by the Cables, Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces and Feel the Rhythm by Clancy Eccles, which was actually recorded in late 1967, but released in 1968, according to panelist Julian 'Jingles' Reynolds.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle
02 03 09 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Shot to Watch
03 02 13 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
04 07 09 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Greatest Gainer up 3
05 04 17 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
06 04 13 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2weeks#1
07 09 05 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records
08 06 19 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1
09 11 07 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
10 08 14 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records-Peak@#2





If you tek the cow you affi tek the calf

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, fi real mi miss all a di mix up and blenda and mi have a super one fi share wid unno. Mi nuh know, but people business just follow mi suh!

How some people come suh, dem neva hear di saying whey sey 'if yuh teck di cow yuh haffi teck di calf tuh'. Memba dat! Whey bring on all dis, is me know a woman wid two pickney weh tek up a man weh have four well it suh happen dat one a him pickney handicapped and har madda lef har a Jamaica and migrate to di States from di pickney a 3 years old, suh yuh done know sey she nuh know nutten bout har. Di madda run left di handicapped pickney, left it wid di man daddy and den come a States and meck di same man breed har again...and she end up wid six pickney a farin, five fi smady else and di one from di man whey she got di handicapped pickney fah.

Now people, a true true something mi a relate. Di hottaclaps nuh done de suh yu nuh. Di man whey father di handicap pickney, him sista set him up pon one rich woman and him an har end up being together, nice nuh backside. Him a di best baby father inna di world to fi har pickney dem but when it come to fi him disabled one a Jamaica him treat har like dawg. But yuh woulda tink sey di rich woman woulda show likkle compassion and encourage di man fi gi some tender loving to him now 18-year-old daughter. No sah, nutten like dat. Di man nuh hug di pickney and if she try fi hug him, him slip outa it, an fi meck matters worse di house whey him left har pack up a pure man.





Taking wedding ceremony to another level

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgWhat do you do when you want to get away from the regular mundane things of life? Say you are getting married and you are oh so tired of the 'here comes the bride' routine as you walk down the isle of the church with your husband to be waiting for you at the end? The male guests sitting comfortably in their seats all eyes fixed on you and then the same o same oh ritual of vows, songs being sung and the pronunciation of man and wife. Then you go off to do the ritual of taking photos and the guests head for the reception area where the glass knocking and the ribbing and stuff take place.

Here's an idea, you don't have to follow tradition, it's your big day and hopefully it's the one time in your life you are going to do this thing so if you want to go overboard who can blame you. Even if you want to take it way out of the norm, who cares, no one should complain! Got this idea from a friend who is actually contemplating having such a ceremony for her wedding.





What's poppin

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US rap duo makes debut appearance in JA

playaz_circle.jpgIt will be rap meets reggae on Saturday, August 9 when US rap duo, Playaz Circle, popularly known for their hit "Duffle Bag Boy", which features Lil Wayne, hits the stage in Jamaica at "Face To Face". They will be meeting the likes of Serani and Bugle will coming with hits such as "Stinkin Rich", "What Am Gonna Do", "Study People", "Journeys" and "Doh" under their belts.

Promoted by World Beat Music Group and Bacumi Entertainment it will take place at the Cable and Wireless Golf Academy.

The lineup is not yet completed, but stay tuned to this spot for the entire lineup.

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The Adamari Caribbean Sumfest at Queen Mary Park, Long Beach, California on July 8,2008 will be headlining a wide selection of Jamaican artistes.

The two time Grammy Award winner of Dancehall, Shabba Ranks, will be performing his retroactive hits "Champion Lover", "Trailor Load of Girls", "Dem Bow", to name a few, as well as introducing the patrons to his new singles featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Movado, Busta Rhymes and Akon.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from JAAA National Championship on Sunday June 29, 2008:


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Keep the faith Anthony

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edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex sends condolence to singer Anthony Cruz who lost his mother, Lorna Harriot, three nights ago.

The singer told YardFlex that his mom met into an accident three years ago and since then she has been plagued with after effects from it. "She had a lot of back pain...in fact she had pain all over," Anthony Cruz said, as he tried had to maintain his composure.

He said everytime she went to the doctor she received medication, but that was about it. Three nights ago she went to bed "and she just never woke up," the singer brokenly stated. "Right now I am just trying to keep the faith and stay positive," he told YardFlex.

Anthony Cruz will be leaving the island this weekend for Delaware, where his mom lived to make funeral arrangements.





Today is International Reggae Day

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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Keyshia Cole for Reggae Sumfest - Jamaica

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keyshiacole_iflookscouldkill_edit.jpgIf her performance at the Miss Jamaica Beauty pageant 2008 was anything to talk about then one can imagine what will happen when Keyshia Cole hits the St. Catherine Hall stage for Reggae Sumfest's 1st International Night on July 18,2008.

This 24 year old Oakland native and multi-platinum, Grammy nominated artiste has been climbing the music industry ladder since she was 12 years old.

Her passion for motivating and inspiring young girls is revealed in her music. Her first album "The Way it is" made R&B appealing to the younger generation with singles such as, "I changed my mind", "Love", "I should have cheated" and "(I just want it) to be over".

Cole has had the distinction of working with many musical icons such as, P. Diddy to produce the hit "Last Night", Sean Paul in the remix of his single "Give it up to me", Missy Elliot and Lil Kim for "Let it go".

Her list of consistently hit songs, "Just like you", "Shoulda let you go", "I remember" and "Heaven sent" reveals a more mature side of the Princess of Hip Hop's repertoire, and is also evidence of her 'staying' power.

Reggae Sumfest's 1st International Night is one that patrons should be eagerly anticipating!





Beenie Man's tax case pushed back again!

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beenieman_charts.jpgThere really seem to be no end in sight when it comes to Beenie Man's tax case. Called up yesterday, the trial was once again pushed back to July 29 in order for the crown to get more time to present witnesses.

The artiste is scheduled to return to court on July 29 when the trial is expected to resume.

Moses Davis aka Beenie Man is facing trial on allegations that he owes the government more than $40 million in outstanding taxes.

Revenue officials alleged that Beenie Man failed to pay over the taxes over a number of years.





Dennis Brown left us this day 9 years ago

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Dennis Immanuel Brown from the Tribe of Joseph died on the 1st if July 1999.

Reggae music lovers worldwide will always remember the Crowned Prince of Reggae, who serenaded us with his melodious tracks. He will also be remembered for his infectious laughter and smile.

"Debs we love you and we miss you".





Alison Hinds - "The More You Get"

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Alison Hinds Releases New Videos

Almost two years since the release of her scintillating video for the track "Roll it gal", the Soca Diva has recently released two videos for the tracks, "The more you get" and "Thundah" from her Soca Queen album.

The videos are a typical Hinds combination of class and sex.

Trini - Canadian, David Cropper of "Roll it gal" fame directed these videos as well. Videos were set in Trinidad.






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Has Goofy aka Mr. G gone into the restaurant business? YardFlex sighted the deejay at the corner of Princeville Plaza, Kingston with his charge preparing some sumptuous looking sea foods dishes, Hellshire style, including some large Parrot fish frying up in some big frying pans.

According to one of his regular customer, they do this activity every Friday at the same location. He said that it is well supported, especially by members of the entertainment fraternity.

Other artistes in the past have branched off from the regular music business and have ventured into other fields. Bling Dawg, last year opened a barbershop in Kingston. General Degree has gone into the apparel business launching his clothing line Reh Geh.

Tanya Stephens is also set to open a restaurant in the west end of the island. 'Rude bwoy' deejay Cobra is in the race horse as well as transportation business and the list goes on. An artiste who asked to remain anonymous said, "right now artistes have to try other business ventures to turn over the money that they earn. Things get tighter now so you can't squander yu money, you have to learn about money management and good business practices. Some times the business gets slow so you have other source of income."





By: Dave Lindo

singerjah_babyTash.jpgMagnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall winners Singer Jah and Baby Tash are presently reaping the rewards for winning the competition. YardFlex caught up with Singer Jah and Baby Tash, who won the King and Queen titles respectively, at the Magnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall Road Show at Folly Oval, Port Antonio, Portland on Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Singer Jah said that the competition has given him invaluable exposure. "The people love wi crazy, and I love them same way." he said "The competition has helped my career a lot cause it has made me known on a national level. Where people from 14 parishes saying Singer Jah. I could't ask for a better start in my career."

Commenting on what he has been doing lately he said, "I am working on my album right now with Scatta Burrell. You can say the album finish already. I am also working on a music video so I give thanks that things are really looking up for me."





Robbery sends back US church group

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salvation_army_logo_edit.jpgCrime continues to give the country a bad reputation. The situation worsened when a US-based church mission had to cancel plans to come to Jamaica arising out of the fact that 39 of their members were roused from their beds and robbed at gunpoint at the Salvation Army at Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew hours before dawn on Monday.

According to reports gleaned by YardFlex the robbers were able to gain access to a secure area where the visitors were sleeping at the rear of the School for the Blind compound.

Among the stuff stolen were wallets, hand bags, digital cameras, cellulars before they made their escape at the back.





The Caribbean fighting AIDS

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unaids_logo_edit.jpgThe Caribbean Launch of the UNAIDS Global 2008 report revealed that last year an estimated 23,000 - 270,000 persons were living with HIV, while an estimated 20,000 - 25,000 were newly infected, while 14,000 have died of illnesses related to AIDS. However, the spread of the illness has stabilized, while the numbers have declined in a few urban areas. This is most evident in the Dominican Republic and Haiti where the epidemic is most rampant. An estimated 30,000 people with HIV have received antiretroviral treatment, which is a 50 percent increase since 2006.

Edwin Carrington, Secretary General of CARICOM, said that the Caribbean is the only region in the world which has built strong partnerships against the epidemic, in the form of Pan Caribbean Partnerships against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP).

AIDS still remains one of the leading sources of death among the 25 - 44 age group in the Caribbean, but with continued scaling of the antiretroviral treatment, the number of persons with HIV progressing to AIDS could be reduced.

UNAIDS said that the main cause of HIV transmission in the Caribbean remains unprotected heterosexual sex, but "unprotected sex between men is also a significant factor..."





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01 04 09 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-New #1
02 02 09 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records
03 01 14 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
04 06 06 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
05 03 13 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
06 05 13 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
07 11 07 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 07 16 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
09 09 10 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 08 11 Stacious-Falling Down-John John-Peak@#8





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





capitol-building-picture_edit.jpgA white- Jewish congressman, who is up for re-election this year and an advocate for the US apologizing to minority groups for past mistreatments, and a sponsor for Memphis blacks, is pleased as the US government will be taking a vote in the House of Representatives to offer a formal apology to the black Americans for "enslavement and racial segregation".

The US has officially recognized that "lingering consequences" from slavery and segregation continue to haunt black Americans, as they embrace their first black presidential nominee, Barack Obama.

The US government has apologized for the abuse of ethnic minorities twice in the past: in 1988 they apologized to the Japanese Americans for WW11 and the Hawaiians in 1993.





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American wins "Dance Hall Queen" title

american-flag-2a_edit.jpgThe 11th winner of the annual "Dance Hall Queen" contest, held at the Pier One Complex, Montego Bay, holds the distinction of being the first American to win the competition.

Twenty three year old Michelle Young of Boston, USA, ecstatically proclaimed that she has never been so happy in her life. "I am going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life... I am on top of the world"

One other awardee, for Best Costume, was the crowd favourite, Tavia Morris, who initially, seemed to have been upstaging Young with her athletic movements. However, when the winner was announced the patrons applauded their approval.

The patrons were treated to an evening of top class entertainment; classic music from Pure Playazz Sound System, guest dancers and a fashion show featuring the latest designs from Big Head Clothing Store.

Jerry D hosted the give away section of the evening, where patrons had the chance to win sex toys, adult videos, condoms, a Blackberry phone and a component set.

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madona_robbie&sly_cherine.jpgLegendary producers Sly & Robbie have churned out another "blazin" tune. This time the artist requesting the track was none other than arguably the world's largest pop icon, Madonna. Madonna was a fan of Sly & Robbie and Cherine Anderson's amazing remix of the Britney Spears' song "Piece of Me", and wanted the magic of the trio on her new single, "Give It 2 Me" (the second single off her new album Hard Candy).

The hands-on Madonna was so impressed by the work of the Riddim Twins and Cherine that she chose several of their mixes to be released. Now available via iTunes are two mixes, "Sly & Robbie Ragga Mix" and "Sly & Robbie Bongo Mix".

Cherine was truly thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a project with the queen of re-invention. "I grew up listening to Madonna and in college her songs were huge on the dance floor. It's always great fun working with Sly & Robbie. It's a huge honor to be featured on this remix."





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Blue Cross loses bid to Sagicor.

sagicor_edit.jpgThe corporate battle for the management of the $2 billion Government Employees Administrative Services Only Health Insurance Scheme, (GEASO), has finally come to an end.

The staff of Blue Cross Jamaica was today informed that Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, formerly LOJ, has secured an agreement to acquire their insurance portfolio.

Blue Cross had managed the health scheme since the mid 1980's, which they had won through a tender process up until 1997. However the contract had not been put to tender again until last year, where LOJ, Blue Cross and Guardian Life all submitted bids. When it seemed as if the government would award the contract to LOJ a battle ensued, as Blue Cross insisted that the contract remain with them.

Union's representing Public Sector Workers complained that the GEASO Monitoring Committee, which represents the interests of beneficiaries of the scheme, was excluded from the selection process. Granville Valentine, of the National Workers Union, described this exclusion of the committee as "total madness" and expressed his disappointment at their silence on the matter.

However, Sagicor's president and CEO, Richard Byles, assured that the acquisition will allow Sagicor to deliver health benefits to both Sagicor and Blue Cross customers even more cost efficiently in the future, while Blue Cross chairman, Dr. Henry Lowe, said that this acquisition will allow Blue Cross clients to enjoy present benefits, as well as new possibilities with access to a much wider range of products and services from a company with regional and global links.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the Financial Services Commission.

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Scenes from Fully loaded 2k8

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20070806-2008olympicseal_edit.jpgIn a video statement, a Muslim separatist group, claiming to represent the Turkestan Islamic Party, confessed to being responsible for a series of fatal explosions in several Chinese cities and have threatened the Olympic Games, due to begin August 8.

So far the groups boast of previous terrorist activities have proved to be unfounded, as the incidents mentioned had nothing to do with terrorism, stated head of Wenzhou municipal public security bureau.

However, Chinese authorities have alleged that extremists from the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang - known as East Turkestan were targeting the Olympics. They claim that they have unearthed a plot to attack a football venue in Shanghai and have broken up 12 terrorist groups in Xinjiang. Since then they have boosted security by stationing a 100,000 anti-terrorist force in Beijing and have installed explosive detectors at airports in Xinjiang.





"Tribute To The Greats"

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"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.

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The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.





Sasha and Turbulence Back Together Again?

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Turbulence_and_Sasha_edit_1.jpgAfter shooting their new single "Don't Want To Be Alone" on the Breeze Riddim by Terminal 4 Media, Sasha and Turbulence have tongues wagging about the status of their relationship.

The video which has the pair hugging and kissing and asking questions, "Why did you leave..." and "...I want you right by my side" has the public wondering if these lyrics are based on true feelings. However, both Sasha and Turbulence deny any romantic connections. Sasha said that they are nothing more than good friends, while Turbulence says that they are friends who have great chemistry when they perform together. The on screen kiss was just acting, they both declared.

It is believed that after their public 2006 breakup the two were lyrically 'throwing words' at each other with Turbulence's "No Man No Perfect" and Sasha's "Got What You Need". Sasha, however, qualifies this, "I don't wanna say we were throwing words...we just expressed ourselves. It wasn't a war... I said my piece, he said his piece." She added, "I still love him as a person, he has a good heart and soul...but it's hard to go back."





b_golding_edit.jpgOn Tuesday, July 22, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who stated in Parliament that the collection of auxiliary fees by some high schools for this academic year was a form of "extortion", has come under harsh criticism and condemnation from the Jamaica Teachers' Association,(JTA) and The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, (JAPPS), who are both demanding an apology and a retraction of the statement.

Both bodies described the PM's statement as an attack on the work of administrations in the schools. The JTA, in a release, said that administrators who are dealing with the "...woefully inadequate funding provided by the government - have by creative means kept these institutions open and functioning."

President of JAPPS, Nadine Molly, said that for the PM to use the words "extortion" and "principal" in the same sentence suggests that the principals are collecting the money for themselves.





Children Being Trained for a Life of Crime

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children_with_guns.jpgA senior investigator, with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who wishes to remain anonymous, has reported that Jamaican children, as young as three years, are being taught to smoke marijuana, consume alcohol and use firearms as part of their training for a life of crime.

The senior investigator, with more than 20 years experience in law enforcement, said that the child criminal has no emotion, no soul, no fear, no feelings, or sense of reasoning, they only know how to be criminals.

This sentiment was supported not only by police statistics, but by Dr. Henley Morgan, head of the innercity project, Caribbean Applied Technology, in Trench Town. He said that these children are "...predisposed to crime and violence. Shaped from the womb..."





Irie_Jamboree_'08new_edit.jpgLouie Grant, VP of New York based Irie Jam Media, co-producers of Irie Jamboree (North America's premier reggae festival), announced today that the theme for the 2008 Irie Jamboree concert is "celebrating Caribbean athletes representing the region at Beijing '08, the summer Olympics; with a view to honor the legacy of our past Olympians."

"This year we are sending our strongest Track & Field/athletic contingent ever to the games, and I am expecting a good haul of medals from this quality field of athletes," an elated Grant reiterated.

"Great Caribbean Olympians such as Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, Donald Quarrie, Hasley Crawford, Dennis Johnson, Lenox Miller, Merlene Ottey, Bertland Cameron, Ana Quiro, Javier Sotomayor, Anier Garcia, Debbie Ferguson, Otto Boldon, Alberto Juanterino, Deon Hemmings and so many others have advanced our formidable athletic tradition on the international stage. Their legacy ought to be recognized by us, reggae kindred here in the US, particularly during the Labour Day weekend celebrations" Grant noted.

The decision to honour the Caribbean athletes at Irie Jamboree 2008, came on the heels of Usain Bolt's 100m (9.72secs) world record run at the Reebok Grand Prix at Ichan Stadium, in New York on Saturday, May 31 2008, an event that Grant's company, Irie Jam Media has served as Caribbean media partner for the past three years.





Weddy Weddy's 4th Anniversary

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Weddy Weddy celebrated its 4th anniversary at Stone Love's HQ, on Burlington Avenue, Wednesday night. Magnum was the title sponsor for this event. All roads leading to Stone Love's HQ were jam packed. There was hardly any space for patrons to move in the venue and all were dressed to impress.

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Guest selectors, from various sound systems, came out to show solidarity for the Stone Love movement. Artistes present were: Beenie Man, D'Angel, Bounty Killer, Seranie, Bugle, Bling Dawg, Junior Reid, Mr. G and Daville who invited the 'Queen of Reggae' Sister Marcia Griffiths, to share in the celebration. Sister Marcia's cameo performance was extremely well received by the patrons.





music_symbol.jpgIn a bid to unearth the hidden talents of the youths of Jamaica, as well as provide entertainment suitable for the entire family, a series of free concerts will be held in the Emancipation Park, beginning Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

First Global Financial Services,(FGFS), a member of Grace Kennedy Group of Companies, initiated this project with an aim of encouraging Jamaicans to reconnect with the traditional music of the country, that has made people across the globe recognize Jamaica in a positive way, as explained by FGFS's president, Sandra Shirley. The project also aims to encourage music literacy among children, as well as encourage them to see music as a medium of self expression and income generator. FGFS will also be encouraging corporate entities to adopt school bands in order to boost music programmes across the Island.





dennis_pamplin.jpegBermuda's political scene took a jolt recently with Dennis Pamplin, the husband of their deputy opposition leader being fingered as the head man in a major drug trafficking ring. Held by United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Newark, New Jersey last week, the traffickers were caught preparing to export 700 pounds of marijuana from the US to Bermuda.

Following what has been described as a year long investigation, a warehouse in Orange, New Jersey was found to be housing the large quantity of marijuana. Concealed in cement columns it was due to be shipped off to the beautiful island of Bermuda.

Arrested at the warehouse on July 15 were Dennis "King" Pamplin, 58, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Brian Henry, 31, of Bloomfield. Pamplin, who was reportedly found to be living in a New York residence with a woman - described by courts as his girlfriend, is married to Patricia Gordon-Pamplin; also the shadow minister of works and engineering for the United Bermuda Party. The couple have two children.

Charged with the federal offense of conspiring to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, both men are being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Henry, who has reportedly cooperated immensely with DEA officials, by allegedly telling them that marijuana was concealed in six concrete pillars, is being held with no bail.





Special Greetings

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Deborah Cole and YardFlex would like to send a special 18th birthday greeting to Shoshana Lee, who celebrates her birthday today. We hope you have a wonderful day and all the best on this your day.

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YardFlex would like to big up Natural Trendsetters Salon owned by sisters, Simone and Trudy Hylton who placed first in the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show's lock competition. They came out on top at the Atlanta based competition in April this year; and were amongst lock stylists who came from as far as London and Africa.

No strangers to accolades, the duo was listed by Salon Today Magazine as one of the top 10 black salons. They also took the national crown in 2002 for being tops in natural hair design.





Reggae Update 2008

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The place to be on August 2, 2008 is Golden Spring Community Centre, St. Andrew, for the Reggae Update 2008. The show, which features top and upcoming reggae artistes, will have music provided by Melody One and MCs Isis and Shabba.

The show is being promoted by Simbo Entertainment. The main man, Simeon has worked on several Reggae shows, including Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness.





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Pastor Facing Buggery Charges

A pastor, who is also a supervisor of a boys home in rural Jamaica, has been charged with 30 counts of buggery against boys in the institution.

It is reported that an alleged victim reported an incident which took place in February to the Child Development Agency, whose investigations resulted in the pastor being arrested and charged for the crimes.

The pastor appeared in the Richmond Magistrate's court on Wednesday, July 23, where it was revealed that other boys at the institution had come forward with similar accusations. Upon further investigation 29 additional charges of sexual abuse were subsequently added to the original one.

The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, July 30.





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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

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08_busy_signal_edit.jpgReanno Gordon, aka Busy Signal, one of the hottest dancehall artistes, will be releasing his much anticipated album through VP Records on September 9th, 2008.

The album contains hits such as "Jail", "These Are The Days", "Unknown Number" and "Wine Pon Di Edge", which are presently dominating the dancehall scene. There are also the hip hop/dancehall mix of "Tic Toc" and "Cool it Baby".

Busy's talent for telling the story of the life of ghetto youths in "These Are The Days". "Knocking", "People So Evil" and "Curfew", has made him a much respected spokesperson for the residence of the innercity communities.

As a protege of Bounty Killer, and a member of Bounty's musical powerhouse, The Alliance, he has received international attention since he began in 2005 with hits "Born and Grow" and "Step Out".

His mastery of the stage has led to his being booked on all major Jamaican stage shows, the most recent being, Reggae Sumfest.

The release of this album "Loaded" will only serve to cement him as a solid member of the dancehall fraternity.





Nesbeth comes out of his 'Board House'

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nesbeth_boardhouse_edit.jpgGreg Nesbeth, aka Nesbeth, is really coming into his own right now. Ever since his song Board House catapulted him into mainstream attention, the artiste, who is now signed to No Doubt Records is determined to continue on this positive trend.

Currently he is focusing on putting the finishing touches on his new upcoming album entitled Board House. One of the tracks that will be featured on the album is Guns Out, which is currently enjoying a steady buzz on the dancehall circuit right now. According to Nesbeth, this song is one of his favorites as it delves into the levity of inner-city life. "It's all about you having to see people being murdered, being tight lipped and to top it off having the cops coming in and treating you like criminals too."

The singer told YardFlex that he is happy with the trend his career is going, but all of that will not change him. "I am the same humble individual I have always been. I am happy that Board House was a number one. I am not saying I will do it again, but if it's repeated, then I will still be me."





Gully Creeper the # 1 dancehall song

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 11 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 14 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 5 13 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
04 4 19 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 3 17 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 6 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
07 6 13 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
08 9 15 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
09 11 10 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
10 12 5 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-2
11 8 17 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-3
12 13 6 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
13 14 6 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
14 10 10 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-4
15 18 3 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-3
16 17 3 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
17 19 2 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-2
18 15 8 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-3
19 - New Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship
20 - New Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha Music





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Cherine Anderson Covers Air Jamaica

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AIRJAMAICACOVER_CherineAnderson_edit.jpgDancehall soul singer, Cherine Anderson, was approached by Air Jamaica's inflight magazine, Skywriting, to do an article on her latest hit song, "Kingston State of Mind" and ended up being selected to be the cover model for their 2008 summer issue.

The magazine which will be available on all Air Jamaica flights throughout July and August will feature an 8 page layout of Cherine in different locations throughout Kingston, as well as an abridged biography of her music, life, loves and business interests.

Cherine said that she was honoured to be following in the footsteps of her contemporaries, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Yolanda Adams, Angelique Kidjo and Erykah Badu.

Her makeup was done by Carol Reid while Anatoli Smith focussed on her wardrobe. Photograher was Mortei Korley.

If you bring an issue of the magazine with Cherine to one of her performances, you will receive a FREE "Showtime" EP, as well as an autographed picture - So look out for those magazines!





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Entertainment Centres Under pressure

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DMckenzie_edit.jpgMayor Desmond McKenzie is not pardoning entertainment centers in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. Club goers will have to find new party spots, as The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, (KSAC), will be on a rampage to close down more than 20 of the common night clubs and entertainment spots in this area.

Mayor Desmond McKenzie has announced that the KSAC has carried out investigations, and and a number of these places were in breach of the International Fire Code (IFC). The IFC examines steps to prevent fires as well as extinguishing them.

The code states that in the event of a fire proper measures must be in place to detect, find and extinguish the fire in a way that will have minimal effect on the building and more importantly the safety of individuals.





Tifa - "Bottom of the barrel"

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 13 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
02 02 08 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 04 12 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
04 05 08 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
05 03 12 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
06 11 05 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 15 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
08 08 10 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 10 09 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 07 16 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1





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No Alliance for Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle"

beenie_bounty_mavado_summersizzle.jpgBeenie Man extended an invitation to Bounty Killer and Mavado to perform at his "Beenie Sizzle" event on August 6 at Jamalco Sports Complex, Halse Hall, Clarendon.

However, their manager, Head of Alliance Entertainment, Julian Jones-Griffith, has turned down the invite, even though the promoter of the event, Cabel Jeffrey Stephenson of Free People Entertainment, announced that if they attended the event they would be treated like royalty.

Regardless of a release stating that the artistes will be attending, Jones-Griffith stated that Mavado is already booked for another event on that date, and that Bounty will be overseas. Jones-Griffith said that that was an error made by the media.

As he was vague about the details of their engagements, Dancehall advocates for peace between the artistes are left wondering if this isn't only a ploy to avoid Beenie Man.

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ele_TOK.jpgOver the next couple of months, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, a department in the Government of Germany, will be deliberating on whether or not to jump on the "fight murder music" bandwagon.

Their aim is to carefully investigate the music of dancehall artists like Elephant Man and T.O.K., in an effort to determine whether their material should be placed on Germany's "Index of Harmful Materials." Rather than an outright censorship, being on this index would completely limit the level to which these musicians could promote their work.

The English version of Deutsche Welle. quoted Volker Beck, the leader of the Green Party in Germany's parliament - who said, "Those in Jamaica who invoke hatred should not earn money with their music in Germany." He went further to call on major retailers of music online to remove CDs deemed hateful from their inventories.





haile_selassie_edit_earthstrong.jpgToday is the 116th earthday of H.I.M Emperor Haile Sellasie I. All mansions worldwide will be commemorating this day. In Jamaica the various mansions will be hosting different celebrations.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel will have a celebration at its HQ in Kingston from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

The Nyah Bingi will be hosting its Bingi at Scotts Park and the Bobo Shanti will also be celebrating the earth strong of his majesty.

Long live the King.





Don denies phone in rectum

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cellphone_in_rectum.jpgWhile incarcerated at the Horizon Remand Centre, for violating the conditions of a bail agreement, Miller's person, as well as his cell, were searched. The police reported that two cellphones were discovered in both his body and cell, along with a phone charger and a tub of Vaseline. Miller is to be charged for possession of contraband.

In a scathing letter to the STAR, the inmate vehemently denies these charges. Firstly he states that he could not have been searched by the police in the section of the prison where he was being held as that section is controlled by the JDF, and the police have no authority there. Also he stresses that absolutely no phone was found on or in his person or his cell. He claims that the report was published to mar his sexuality which he emphasized as being undisputedly heterosexual.

He questions the report by asking; how it is possible that the person who conducted the search told his lawyer that no Vaseline or cellphone was discovered in his cell? Why is it that the person who claimed to have conducted the search is "unnamed" in the report?





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News Brief

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Former Reggae Boy on Trial for Ganja Charges

lowe_01.jpgFormer Reggae Boys player, Onandi Lowe, will be appearing before the court, as his trial will begin today. He will be appearing on trial for breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act; following an incident in St. Catherine last December, where he was involved in a ganja affair.

When he appeared before the court recently his travel documents were confiscated.

Although Lowe will be on trial he believes he wasn't treated with equity, as the officers did not locate the ganja in his possession. However, the police officers stated that they stopped the motor vehicle in which Lowe was a passenger and conducted a search where they allegedly found the marijuana. Other passengers in the vehicle were also arrested.

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By: Jaide

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Morgan Heritage was pleasantly surprised recently as they were gloriously received in Den Haag, a city about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, by a crowd of around 325,000. That audience packed a North Holland venue for the show that featured rock star, Sheryl Crow and the reggae rocking Morgan Heritage.

"To Jah be the glory," a Morgan Heritage spokesperson said, "we were very happy to perform on the show." The intriguing aspect of this performance for Morgan Heritage was the amazing reception by not only patrons at the concert, but also radio audiences in The Netherlands whose appreciation for reggae thrust the tune, "Nothing to Smile About" at number one on a popular station there.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Patrons, at the last night of Reggae Sumfest 2k8, the second International Night on Saturday, July 19, amidst intermittent rain drops, witnessed some classic performances from local acts, as well as the billed international stars.

The master himself, Beres Hammond, mesmerized his audience with another breath taking performance. Backed by the 'wicked' Harmony House band, Beres had his fans on their toes as he stepped on stage and sang "What Can You Do To Stop A Man From Trying". Jumping around and flashing his fingers after being seemingly 'hit' by his music, he went into "Step Aside".

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The hits kept flowing nonstop and Beres didn't give his audience time to catch their breaths as he quickly went into "What One Dance Can Do" and "She Loves Me Now".

The great reggae crooner set Catherine Hall on fire as he sang "Tempted To Touch" and "Double Trouble".

With the Harmony House band in full flight, the 'captain' Beres Hammond soured to yet higher heights as he sang "Putting Up Resistance" and the well loved "Pull It Up".

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The ladies were on top of the world as Beres told them to "Show It Off". The musical genius ended an amazing performance with the song "Rock Away".





International News Brief

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Chris Brown's Mom Feels Rihanna used Vodoo on her son.

rihanna-Cbrown_edit.jpgWe need to do some thorough investigation to find out if voodoo is a common practice in Barbados. It has now come to our understanding that Chris Brown's mom is worried that sexy Rihanna has been using voodoo on her son.

According to her the relationship is moving way too quickly, so she feels that Rihanna must have done something to make her son fall so deeply for her.

Well, if Rihanna has strong Caribbean blood running through her veins "she know weh fi do fi hold har man, She nuh need nuh voodooo fi do dat".

This is hilarious!





jamaica_british_flag.jpgFinding it difficult to recruit enough soldiers to meet its international commitments, the British Army is reported to be thinking about signing up Jamaicans to fill the posts.

Looking for soldiers within countries with historical and or current British ties, the British military has been facing a hard time getting and retaining soldiers with its engagements in Iraq and continued efforts in Afghanistan against the Taliban.





Statement on behalf of David Smith

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By: Lord Anthony Gifford QC, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Tom Tavares-Finson, Attorney-at-Law

david_tracey_smith.jpgWe have had full consultations with David and Tracey Smith and their local attorneys-at-law Barnett & Associates, during a visit to the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), following the restraint order obtained by the Attorney General of TCI on 11th July 2008, which has prevented them from using their assets in the TCI. They have authorised us to issue this statement.

We have recommended a process aimed at obtaining the discharge of the restraint order and securing the return of the computers and documents which were seized from them on 14th July 2008.

On 17th July 2008 the Supreme Court in TCI imposed a gag order preventing further disclosure of the restraint order proceedings, so that we are not at liberty to give details of this process.

We have also held consultations in relation to the general situation of David Smith, Olint and its members. Olint and David Smith enjoyed an excellent reputation for fulfilling their obligations to their membership up to March 2006 when the Financial Services Commission (FSC), without warning, raided their offices, seized their electronic and other records, and issued a Cease and Desist Order against them.

These events caused Olint to be deprived of their records for a month, and at the same time there were multiple demands by members for their funds. The accounting and record keeping systems were dislocated to an extent which to this day has not been resolved. Many members were inadvertently credited with more gains than had been earned for them, and in some instances this led to overpayment when they requested their funds.





Keisha Cole and Akon scored big at Sumfest

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Keyshia Cole and Akon delivered big time for their fans as the first of 2 International Nights kicked off at Sumfest
, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Friday, July 18, 2008.

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Keyshia Cole captivated her audience from the word go as she started off with the song "Should Have Let You Go".

Cole, along with her dancers and backup singers, displayed excellent stage presence which was punctuated by some crisp choreographed dance moves as she took her audience through a musical journey.

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She sang her heart out as she did "Should Have Cheated". She danced up a storm on stage as she sang "Give It Up To Me", her collaboration with dancehall super star Sean Paul.

She then went into a soulful mood and bonded with her audience as she sang the love ballads "Just Like You" and "Send from Heaven".

Keyshia raised the temperature in Catherine Hall as she put her beautiful voice to good use behind the beautiful song "Lonely".

The R&B super star finished on a high with two of her mega hit songs "Last Night" and "Let It Go" bringing an end to a wonderful performance which the crowd truly appreciated.

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The introduction of the Senegalese born singer, Akon by his DJ, sparked 'nuff' excitement among the audience. Comically dressed in a Scottish kilt, DJ Benedict whipped the crowd into a frenzy by playing some 'tough' hip hop and dancehall selections to the delight of the crowd.

The hype of his introduction was justified by Akons performance as the singer gave his audience a truly exciting performance.





Beenie Man ruled Sumfest Dancehall Night

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.

Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.

"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.

It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.

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With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".

Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".

He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.

The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".

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Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".

The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".

Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".

The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".





Mr. Vegas Rocks Europe

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGAfter a five year sabbatical from European tours Mr. Vegas exploded at all of the continents highly publicized Reggae music festivals this summer.

In an effort to make up for his five year hiatus, Mr. Vegas brought fans up to date with his anthology of hits by consistently delivering fiery performances, which left his management team flooded with calls for his next European tour.

Mr. Vegas said that he appreciates the support that his fans have given him over the years. "I have spent five years away and I really wanted to pay them back with unforgettable performances..." and that he did.

Sponsored by Media Com, the European tour spanned across ten cities. The tour ensemble included: Thugz Band, DJ Fatta and High Energy Dancers. The fans were thrilled by the choreography of the performances. The show incorporated DJ's along with the live band; DJ Fatta playing hits from top artistes while Thugz Band played Vegas' rhythms. The High Energy Dancers only increased the thrill.





Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgUsing profanity on stage during Thursday night's Dancehall Explosion at Reggae Sumfest 2008, landed Bounty Killer on the wrong side of Jamaica's law enforcement.

Disorderly conduct and using indecent language is the charge that was
handed to Rodney "Bounty Killer" Price, when police met him as he left the stage around 4am. This followed his outburst of curse words at an audience that was not too thrilled with his character assassinations of other artists.

The boos sent Killer into furious mode and once he was done expressing his displeasure, a court date was in store for him; as he is now bound to attend Montego Bay Magistrate's Court on July 31, 2008.

It was an otherwise rocking night with some of dancehall's hottest keeping things not only lively, but also in order with the regulations for acceptable language at public performances.





NCB ordered not close Olint's Account

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NCBJ.jpgOn Friday, July 18, Olint was granted a reprieve from the Court of Appeal who granted the embattled alternative investment scheme an injunction blocking NCB (National Commercial Bank) from closing its accounts.

Justice Seymour Panton has recommended a speedy trial for the lawsuit filed against NCB by Olint. The Justice expressed concerns about banks who think they have the power to close a customers accounts without evidence of illegal activities taking place. There is also the suspicion that there is a conspiracy among banks to destroy the scheme.





Visa Application System to be Changed

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US-Embassy-logo.jpgAccording to information on Radio Jamaica there will be changes made to the visa application system at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

The problem lies with the online application system which has been causing hold ups as persons are making several appointments.

A briefing was held yesterday with the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Janice Jacobs, where it was revealed that some travel agents were also securing blocks of appointments. She also stated that in the upcoming year a new system will be put in place to remove the problem.

The proposed plan to be executed in order to alleviate the problem is to have customers pay the application fee when they book their appointments online instead of paying the fee otherwise as is being done presently.

They believe this will lead to a decline in the problem they are currently facing.





Jamaica's Flag flies high in Poland

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

jam-flag_poland.jpgThe Jamaican contingent to the World Juniors Championship, held July 8 to 13 in Poland, was successful in achieving six medals, one gold four silver and one bronze. They placed ninth in the overall medal standings of the 181 countries that competed at the Championship.

The most notable of all the medal winners was the gold won by Dexter Lee in the Men's 100 meters in a creditable time of 10.40 seconds, finishing ahead of his country man Yohan Blake in 10.51. In all fairness to Blake who won the bronze two years ago, he was on the path of recovering from a hamstring injury.

In other events Nickel Ashmeade finished second in the 200 meters in 20.84 seconds, Keiron Stewart placed third in the 110 meters hurdles in 13.51, while the male quartet of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake won the silver in the 4 by 100 meters relay in a time of 39.25 seconds.





accident.jpg34 year old Mark Needham, an 8 year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, connected to the Motorized Patrol Quick Response Unit, was the latest victim of a motor vehicle accident.

At about 8am on July 15, Constable Needham was traveling along the Spanish Town Bypass, St. Catherine when a Suzuki Grand Vitara, driven by female colleague, Superintendent Yvonne Martin-Daley of the Twickenham Park training division, collided with his motorcycle. They were both traveling in the same direction, heading towards Kingston.





"St. Mary Mi Come From" Launch 2008

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The launch of the seventh annual staging of "A St. Mary Mi Come From" took place at the 'Top of World' at Jamaica Pegasus, on Tuesday evening. Though off to a late start, the show progressed into an exciting evening.

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The show began with the singing of the 'National Anthem', followed by the welcome and opening remarks by Mrs. Norma Brown. Mr. Desmond Young, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Kemp, Mrs. Barnett and Constable Rochelle followed with greetings.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 10 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 3 16 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 18 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 12 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
06 5 12 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
07 8 5 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
08 6 16 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-2
09 10 14 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
10 9 9 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-1
11 11 9 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) NM
12 13 4 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
13 15 5 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
14 16 5 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
15 14 7 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-1
16 17 4 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
17 18 2 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
18 18 2 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow NM
19 - New More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records
20 12 13 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-8





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Boasy Tuesday

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Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Barrier Free in Japan_edit.jpgTop Japanese sound system, Barrier Free, is set to make its debut at the exciting Fully Loaded event which makes its return to Fort Clarence Beach, Portmore, on Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Fully Loaded, staged by Solid Agency, will be making a return to its original base, Fort Clarence Beach, after a 5 year sabbatical.

Barrier Free will be lining up against other heavy weight sounds such as: Red Diamond from the Cayman Islands, the top sound from the west, Interceptor, Swatch, Area Code, Sky Juice, Black Kat with the 'war tanka' himself Pink Panther, the remix masters Renaissance, Code Red, Razz & Biggy, Bass Odyssey and the immortal Stone Love.

There will also be live performances from: Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Macka Diamond, Bling Dawg, Demarco, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia, Voicemail, Spice and 'Mr. Fully Loaded' Tony Matterhorn.





haile_selassie_I_1_edit.jpgThe Haile Selassie I 116th Earthday Cultural Celebration Concert will be hosted by the Livity Vegetarian Restaurant and Rootz Foundation. The event will be held at Livity, 30 Haining Road, New Kingston, commencing at 5:00 pm.

One of the legacies of Haile Selassie I will be receiving benefits from this venture. Artistes, poets and instrumentalists will make artistic and musical contributions to the Haile Selassie High School at Payne Avenue, 3 Miles. The school is in need of educational tools, resources and proper sanitary facilities and thus proceeds from this venture will be in aid of these causes.

Artistes will be performing free of charge as it is a charity function. Artistes scheduled to perform include: Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Jimmy Riley, Ken Boothe, Rita Marley, Bongo Herman, Bushman, Tony Rebel, Lymie Murray, Empress, Mikey General, I-Nubia, Ras Malekot, Nelly Star, Moji, Rastarenes, Chakula, Downstairs, Aluta Continua, Ras Incient and Highyaziya, to name a few, backed by the High Symbol Band.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 12 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-4wks@1
02 03 07 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 02 11 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music
04 04 11 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 09 07 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-Greatest Gainer up 4
06 06 14 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 05 15 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
08 08 09 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 07 15 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
10 11 08 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship





What's Poppin?

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Miss Kitty Returns to the air

miss_kitty_edit2.jpgMiss Kitty aka the "Fluffy Diva" will finally be returning on the air after she was fired from her previous show, "The Entertainment Office" in late May of this year. According to The Star, Miss Kitty is very excited to be working with RJR, and revealed that her show will be aired between 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Although still unsure, Miss Kitty believes the show will be called "Ketch A fire" and will be similar to her former show; bringing entertainment and music to her listeners. Miss Kitty is known for being fun, so we know this will be hype!

'Fluffy to di Flipping Worl!"

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Zip Disc Jockey now turns artiste

The surprises just keep on coming. ZJ Nikki Z has just recorded her first single titled "Belly Ring" featuring Leftside who also produced the track.

The song as we heard, is about a man who is attracted to a girl because of her 'Belly Ring'.

Keep doing your thing girl.

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Miracle or obeah?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBwoy mi seh a serious ting dat believe can kill and believe can cure yu know...but even more serious is de idea dat African spiritual heritage is real real sinting...at least my fren seh she meet a man weh real gifted wid prophecy and sometimes she wonda if tings we know as obeah or voodoo can be used fe do positive tings.

We did a chat bout sacrifice and blood bath and dem tings dey dat mi ongle hear bout, and she go chip een seh she actually had an experience wid de bird blood ting. At first mi couldn't believe sey she of all people would a get inna dem tings deh…also mi neva even know sey she did have a real serious sickness neither.

Den she start gi fe har experience and tell mi sey afta har man dead and lef har sick wid HIV she neva know wey fi do. Since a foreign she did dey and dem never even have any medicine fe help people with HIV at dat time, she was feeling completely out of luck and was basically waiting to die.

Den she link up with a Jamaican like harself who was trying fi mek it in de entertainment biz a foreign and him tell har sey, him get nuff fight a Jamaica and if it wasn't fe him precious counselor, who was a prophet and who pray fi him...him wouldn't even reach so far.





Busy Signal stranded 'Pon de Edge'.

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BUSY_charts_2.jpgAfter performing at the St. Kitts 12th Annual Music Festival, Busy Signal found himself without transportation to get back the the hotel.

Busy claims that he was left behind because he performed the song, "Pon De Edge" which he was asked not to do.

The Chairman of the Music Festival, Faron Lawrence, said that he was unaware that Busy was left behind and knows nothing about him being asked not to sing that song. He explained that performers are usually provided with transportation to take them back to their hotels, but sometimes they are also told that transporting all of them is not possible and they will have to make their own arrangements. Sometimes artistes opt to remain behind to watch the show. Lawrence says he was not aware if this was the case with Busy Signal.





Olint Corp closed

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David_Smith_olintcorp_edit.jpgAlternative investors were dealt another blow when embattled investment club Olint Corporation Limited advised its investors on Monday that the entity's office in New Kingston would be closed to the public until further notice. Club members were informed via email that the close was as a result of threats to the lives of employees.

"It is with some regret that we advise that, as a result of threats to staff members, including a bomb threat within the last few days which is being taken seriously, the Club Member Care Office will be closed to the public as of Monday, July 14, 2008. All customer care lines and email lines will be opened to facilitate communication with you notwithstanding this safety measure which we have had to impose," the letter stated.

Less than three weeks ago, reports surfaced that the National Futures Association (NFA), a regulatory organisation for the United States futures industry, had filed a complaint to its business conduct committee against I-Trade FX LLC (and one of its principals, Isaac Martinez), a company NFA alleges Smith was a principal of.





Sean Kingston - "Take you there"

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Akon added to Reggae Sumfest lineup

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akon_sumfest_edit.jpgSenegalese singer songwriter Akon has been added to this year's Reggae Sumfest. The Grammy-nominated singer, who rose to fame in 2004 following the release of his single 'Locked Up' from the debut album 'Trouble', will make a second appearance on the Sumfest stage on Friday July 18, 2008.

He is set to share the stage with R&B singer, Keyshia Cole, known for hits like 'Should A Let You Go,' 'Heaven Sent' and 'I Remember,' on International Night along with reggae's conscious voices, Richie Spice, Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah and the almost soulful, Terry Linen.

Rap mogul Lil Wayne is now scheduled to hit the stage on the last night of the festival Saturday July 19, to collaborate with friend and colleague T-Pain.





When do women become lazy in a relationship?

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow what's up my peeps. Fi real the other day my friends and I were involved in a discussion and somehow the topic got around to 'why and under what circumstances do women become lazy in a relationship'. To tell the truth the argument got so heated that at one point we had to remind each other that it wasn't a quarrel, just a friendly discussion!

My sistren Patricia claim that when you find out that everything you do, the man doan appreciate it; an all him do is complain and act like it wasn't anything much, then it's time to meck him start fending for himelf!

According to har if you get up everyday, a wash, clean, cook and teck care a di man and him doan even spend the time to say thanks, and start all hype up on you, then why bother. If him even have the last shirt to wear and a beg you to wash a couple more, she sey you must ask him if him have fin hand and lef him meck him fend fi himself.

Well a few a di sistren dem sey dat harsh and how woman must find odda
ways fi meck dem point, but Sharon was plain and to the point. She sey dat woman must start lazy pon man when him start to have odda woman out a road.





US Top Ten Most Freaky Sex Laws

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weridsexlaws_edit.jpgIf Jamaica thinks enforcing some sex laws is daunting; they would have a heck of a time dealing with the following.

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1. Oral sex is illegal in 18 states, including Arizona.

2. In Virginia, it is illegal to have sex with the lights on.

3. It is illegal for husbands in Willowdale, Oregon, to talk dirty
during intercourse.





Drama at Little Ochi Seafood Festival

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littleochi_seafood_festival_edit.jpgYardflex went to Alligator Pond to take in the Little Ochi Seafood
Festival
and honestly the venue sell off. The place cram so till, but to tell the truth I had a problem hearing the performers as it seemed as there were competitions from three different segments at the venue.

Upstairs at the upper deck bar it was like a dance session, in the middle there was the stage show and out front music was blasting again.

Then not to mention the security guard that enjoyed drawing his knife.
Yardflex observed him on at least four occasions arguing with 'unwanted' patrons who he felt came in illegally and worse were there selling stuff. The knife came out and there he was threatening to 'done dem!'.

With all that though the steamed and fry fish went like hot bread, shrimps, lobster and other seafood were in abundance. Romain, George Nooks, Nikiesha Barnes and others tried to do their best, but performing on tracks under those conditions, never made it at all. The Dragonaires totally dominated and had the crowd from start to finish.





What’s Poppin

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Festival mix up

What a bam bam with the Festival Song Competition whey keep Saturday night. Roy Rayon was declared the winner but whey hot people, is dat a him crape up everything.

Nobady else no win dime out it. Di people dem bex, cause dem sey him done win di million fi di prize aready, smady else shoulda win a ting tuh. Dem a cuss out backfoot bout it. A suh it guh...di world nuh level at all.

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Tellah kibba yuh mouth

But a whey di girl Tellah a gwaan wid dung a Little Ochi Seafood Festival. She come pon stage wid one piece a tracing and a throw word pon Baby Tash; and class har up di most ways, bere tings. Now, she nuh reach nuh way inna di music yet and a galang suh. A bad mind she bad mind sey Baby Tash win, or she waan fi use conflict fi meck it. Whatever di reason...stop it...it nuh look good.

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Nike and VP Records Join Forces to Release

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Olympic Sprinter Asafa Powell’s Train for Speed Workout on ITUNES

Mix Includes Exclusive Track by Dancehall Star Mavado

mavado_asafa_nike_edit.jpgNike and Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell have teamed up with Reggae label VP Records to create a Nike Sport Music workout featuring the exclusive track, "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)," by one of the athlete's favorite artists, Mavado. Called Asafa Powell: Train for Speed, the 35-minute interval workout is coached by Asafa over a reggae/dancehall soundtrack. Among the genre-defining songs included on the mix are some of reggae's greatest artists of the past, present, and future, providing a musical backdrop for running that is both unique and effective. After all, two of Jamaica's greatest exports are music and sprinters—it was only a matter of time before they came together in one pulse-pounding project.

The only athlete to have run the 100-meter dash in under 9.8 seconds more than once (he did it five times), Asafa Powell knows speed. He has distinguished himself as one of the world's fastest humans, having held the world record in the 100 for three years, from 2005-2008. In the Asafa Powell: Train for Speed workout, Asafa coaches runners through a 35-minute training session with four high-speed intervals that descend in length. The goal of the workout is to increase an athlete's endurance and speed, with musical motivation coming from the athlete's homeland.





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The 11th Annual Caribbean Sea Breeze Festival has moved from the Queen Mary Events Park with a new location and date to Veterans Memorial Stadium (on the Long Beach City College campus) 4901 Carson Street (near Lakewood Blvd.) in Long Beach, California and date set for Saturday, August 9, 2008, from 12pm to 10pm. This year's line up features the exclusive So. California appearances by international Reggae superstars Sizzla and the return of Bad Boy recording artist, "The Energy God" Elephant Man, who was true phenomenon at last year's sell-out event. Other internationally renown music artists from Jamaica and the Caribbean include Turbulence, Everton Blender, Sweet Tea, Black Judah, E-Dee, Bella Carib, cultural dance troupes, MC Chuck Foster (KPFK) and more filling out the festival's entertainment schedule.





Italian Court Frees Weed

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marijuana11_edit.jpgIn Italy a new ruling by the Supreme Court of Cassation has sided with the Rastafarian religion's treatment of marijuana as a sacred sacrament.

The news from Rome hit the streets Friday morning, as a case brought before appeal judges against a reggae musician sentenced to 16 months in prison by a lower court in Perugia, was overturned.

Virtually unheard of in Roman Catholic Italy, Rastafarians were presented to the court as a faith that allows its members to smoke even 10 grams of marijuana daily.

In the ruling the Court of Cassation stated, "Members of the Rastafari faith were entitled to have in possession 'abundant' amounts of marijuana since smoking is an integral part of their religion."





heterosexual-gender.jpgA Straight Pride Parade will roll out on August 31, 2008 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just one day ahead of the annual Caribbean Labor Day Parade.

In a press release sent out recently by members of the reggae community, who have organized this event as a response to gay groups coming down hard on some dancehall music; the parade was justified as being, "...a chance for Heterosexuals to gather together and proudly embrace their sexuality. The Parade will also allow reggae and dancehall fans who are in New York City for the Labor Day celebrations to get together and celebrate reggae, dancehall and family in love and unity. Adults are encouraged to bring their children along for the celebrations, as the event will be family oriented."





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Renato Adams throws in the towel

reneto_adams_retire.jpgYesterday was Renato Adams's final day in the force as a policeman. After more than 30 years he has now officially retired. The controversial cop says he has no regrets...well...except one...that marauding gunmen in Tivoli Gardens confronted the security forces in July 2001.

The senior cop added that criminal elements causing chaos in the society are getting too much press. The crime fighter, who has been hailed by many communities in Jamaica as a hero, is featured in the popular Jamaican soap, Royal Palm Estate.

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 2 9 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 12 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 15 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 17 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 6 11 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
06 5 15 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx D-1
07 7 11 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship NM
08 10 4 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-2
09 9 8 Falling Down-Stacious-John John NM
10 12 13 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-2
11 13 8 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) U-2
12 8 12 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-4
13 14 3 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
14 15 6 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
15 16 4 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
16 17 4 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
17 18 3 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
18 - New Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House
19 - New Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
20 11 13 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (2wks@#1) D-9





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Sean Paul pops in Basketball camp

sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgBig up to Sean Paul who took the time out to pop in on a basketball camp to give encouraging words to some children.

One eleven year old broke down, crying tears of joy as she never really believed the rumours that the DJ would be coming. She was overwhelmed with joy when she was asked to sing with the Grammy Award-winning artiste in front of her fellow campers. "When the people said he would come, I thought it wasn't true and they were just joking... I never thought in my life that I would see him." She was quoted as saying in the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

Sean Paul dropped by to offer advice about life to several hundred campers who listened intently while sitting on the huge gymnasium floor at Montreal's Dawson College. "There are ups and downs in life, just like waves in the sea," he said. "when you're up on top you're feeling good, but that's not the only feeling you need to get used to in your heart, in your brain, in your soul."

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Reggae Rising Musical Festival 2008

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reggae_rising_logo_edit.jpgReggae Rising Musical Festival will take place on August 1 - 3 at Dimmick Ranch and French's Camp, Piercy, California. The festival will feature three full days of reggae music from reggae stars from across the globe.

FRIDAY AUGUST 1st

UB40
Beres Hammond
Tanya Stephens
Cham
Medicine Drum w/ Greg Ellis, Rara Avis, & Wisdom
Blue King Brown
Soul Majestic
Mr. Easy
Opening Ceremonies

SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd

Sizzla
Sly and Robbie
Junior Reid
Turbulence
Mr. Vegas
Mr. Lex
Rebelution
The Rasites
Detour Posse
Reggae Angels
Black Judah
Dread Daze
Lion Camp Showcase w/ Ishi Dube and Jah Sun
Lost Coast Marimbas





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Beyond the hype that is dancehall

dancehall_reggae.jpgIf the latest report from Soundscan is anything to be believed...and it is rated as the best ever electronic network than can estimate album sales...then no wonder these artistes are demanding astronomical performance fees.

With the poor sales reflected on their album performance on the international level, one wonders why some artistes put out so many albums per year. Maybe there lies the cause of the poor sales. What artistes need to do is give that last album time to permeate the market, 'let it soak' and give the people time to enjoy the product...and then let them look forward to the other one. What is happening now is that by the time the fans have that copy in their hands, then along comes another!

Of course some could argue that one reason for the poor sales would be the illegal downloading of songs, but what about the other strong performers...aren't their songs being downloaded too? It's time to face the cold hard facts, dancehall music has become nothing but a 'tracing' match at best and a show of 'bad manism'. For those who have a good product and are still facing poor sales, well, they could be casualties of 'war'. Just as good law abiding cops must come under the banner of being corrupt when Jamaican people are cursing the force, good products will sometimes get lost in the controversy that has now become dancehall.





Who Am I? ...The Untold Story of Beenie Man

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the recently held book launch of Milton Wray's Who Am I?...The Untold Story of Beenie Man in Kingston, Jamaica:

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rainbowvibes_logo_edit.jpgJamaica, dubbed one the most homophobic nations on earth has spawned the Caribbean's first Gay and Lesbian Social Network, Rainbowvibes.com, where Caribbean gay life meets the world.

"The site is an online hub for Caribbean gays, lesbians and bisexual people living at home and overseas and their friends in South America, Latin America, USA, Europe and Canada. Now they can all connect with each other in a single space online." Andrea* added.

The site is the brainchild of Matthew Raine*, a gay Jamaican IT executive, who now lives in Canada and Andrea Rainford*, a Jamaican lesbian marketing executive who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. "The need was glaring. The nature of most Caribbean countries has made it a challenge to meet and connect face to face. Here, online, there are no limits. Having a social network of our own was something we craved ourselves and had the know how to get done, so we said let's be bold and give this Pride gift to our community." Matthew* said.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-3wks@1
02 02 10 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Shot to Watch
03 07 06 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records-Greatest Gainer up 4
04 04 10 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 03 14 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
06 05 13 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 06 14 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
08 09 08 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 11 06 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
10 08 20 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1





Bembe Gone Global

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By: Dave Lindo

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Bembe Thursday, the 'hype' dancehall event staged each Thursday at Weekenz in Kingston, Jamaica has become a global phenomenon in less than two years.

The idea for Bembe originated when former Stone Love selector, Richie Feelings, jokingly told his friends that he is a bembe marble and staged a dance of the same name.

As Jigsy, a member of the Bembe Squad explained, "A bembe marble is one of those big marbles, so Feelings said that he was bembe marble. The owner of Weekenz approached Richie to do a weekly event at his spot so he (Richie) linked us up and we decided to do it and call it Bembe Thursday. At first we took it as a joke - we never dreamed that it would get so big.

Feelings also invited selectors Razz and Biggy, Jigsy and Penny Bling to form the Bembe Squad. In a very short time it became the place to be on a Thursday night in the capital city. "People from all over started to attend, by midnight the place is normally jam packed." Jigsy said.





D'Angel Prepping up for Sumfest

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Vybz Kartel & D'Angel at the grand opening of Club Amazon July 4.JPGD'Angel seems to be busily 'sprucing up' her stage performance, apparently in preparation for her first performance in the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Festival.

So far this month, July 4 and 6, 2008, D'Angel performed for the grand opening of Club Amazon in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and the Portland Jerk Festival respectively.

D'Angel had Club Amazon exceeding its 500 capacity by the time she made her 1:00pm entrance. She mingled with the crowd until her 3:00pm performance time. "It was very good to see D'Angel showing up early and taking time out to chill with the audience." a promoter of Amazon Productions said.





Beenie Man "Wine Gal"

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damion_macintosh.jpgDamion McIntosh, a Jamaican recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Graduate Student Scholarship in 2006, has been selected by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) as the Most Outstanding MBA student for the academic year 2007/2008. He was selected from a field of hundreds of distinguished scholars enrolled at the SIUC's School of Business.

Damion, in his thanks to the US Embassy for selecting him for the Fulbright Scholarship, said that studying at SICU is an "amazing opportunity" and an "enriching experience".

Damion has been accepted into SICU's Ph.D. Business Program where he will specialize in Finance. As a reward for completing his MBA in one year instead of the usual two his Ph.D. tuition will be waived. He will also receive a grant renewable for up to three years.

Damion who expects to complete his doctorate in 2010, plans to return to his position at Bank of Jamaica as Assistant Director in the financial institutions supervisory division.

Image Source: The Jamaica Gleaner





Face to Face Line Up

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trey_songs_young_jock.jpgThe Independence wrap up event, Face to Face, is scheduled to take place at Temple Hall Estate on Satuday, August 9, 2008.

The event has a star studded line up including international stars: Yung Joc, Trey Songz and Playaz Circle, as well as local stars: Assasin, Spice, Left Side, Bugle, Chino, Konshens, QQ and Chi Chi Ching.

Richie B of Hot 102 and Nikki Z of Zip 103 will MC the event, while DJ's Sunshine, Liquid, Ice and Arif Cooper will handle the turn tables.

Sponsors are World Beat Music Group and Bacumi Entertainment.





Artist Wants Compensation for Marley's Image

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BobMarleyLionZion_portrait_edit.jpgJurek Zamoyski, who was born in Communist Poland, has always seen Bob Marley's songs as a means to give a voice to the oppressed and poor. Now it saddens him that he is filing a lawsuit against the Marley's Estate and the music and clothing companies that are run by members of the family.

Zamoyski alleges that Zion Rootswear, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd and Bob Marley Music Inc. have been replicating three of his copyrighted images of Bob Marley on T-shirts onto other objects without his consent and have been selling them worldwide. The three images that have been used are: "Rasta Dreads," "Lion Zion" and "Kaya Man". These images were all painted by Zamoyski. The images were licensed to Jurek International Graphic in the 1990's.

The Jurek International Graphic was in agreement at that time with the Marley Companies to use the images on clothing and other objects. During this period Zamoyski received royalty payments. In 1999 his company ceased operations and terminated all agreements with the Marley Companies, thus none of his designs should be replicated.





handcuff2_EDIT.jpgThe suspect in the murder of Poison Dart sound system selectors, Chris Rock aka Michael Rattigan, Tony Montana aka Antonae Neely and their friend Kevin Webster, who goes by the name 'Indian', was nabbed in Kingston, Jamaica by a joint operation by the local police and their American counter parts.

It was an incident which shocked the music fraternity. According to reports coming from Tampa, Florida, the selectors and a group of men got in a heated argument over a sound clash, while they were playing at the Thunderbird Bar in Auburndale, Florida where they play every Friday. Chris Rock reportedly 'backed them off' and the men left.

The men returned the following week and opened fire on the three. Tony Mantana and Chris Rock died on the spot while Webster died at the neighbouring hospital.





anthony_bourdain3001_edit.jpgAnthony Bourdain of the Emmy nominated Travel Channel series, "No Reservations" has stirred up controversy with remarks he made about women and dancehall, on the Jamaican themed episode of his show.

"There's no rootsy, laid back Rasta vibe," he says. "This ain't about standing up for your rights or praising Jah or anything like that. Like Reggaeton, its mutant cousin, dancehall is the hardcore beat behind lyrics concerning for the most part: acquiring possessions, getting respect on the street, beating down perceived enemies and enjoying the physical charms of varied, if not multitudinous bitches."

Asked how she felt about Bourdain's statement, veteran dancehall reggae artiste, Nadine Sutherland says that she was offended but not angry at him as "...that is what is being perpetuated (by our music) so why is it a foreigner can't do it?"

Stahhr says that female artistes such as Lady Saw and Sasha use derogatory terms in their music when referring to other females. Sutherland has also acknowledged that demeaning terms such as 'sketel' and 'gyal' which is similar in meaning to bitch are used in dancehall music. Stahhr also says, "I guess its like the N-word ...some women feel the entiltlement to use it on each other."





Carifest C.A.R.E.S. Cancelled

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edit_carifest_cares.jpgCarifest C.A.R.E.S. scheduled for July 6, New York, has been cancelled. This years event was meant to sponsor the charitable organization Keep A Child Alive (KACA) by helping them to provide medicine and relief to African children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, as well as increase AIDS awareness in the community.

One of the many speculations for the cancellation of the festival, apart from the rain and fog, was the lack of confidence that the patrons had in the line up of artistes. Many artistes could not be contracted for this event as anti-gay activist groups vehemently protested certain artistes and their lyrics as homophobic in nature and New York would not have them performing in their city.





Beenie Man Makes Bottles Fly

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beenieman_charts.jpgEveryone was anticipating Beenie's performance at the Portland Jerk Festival and when he failed to show bottles started flying.

Beenie Man who was the main act for the show lost his passport and was unable to return home in time for the event.

Efforts to contact the organizers of the show by Beenie Man's Booking agent were unsuccessful prior to the event. Efforts were also made by the organizers to get Beenie on the phone to explain to his fans why he was unable to be there, but this also was unsuccessful.

No Beenie equals angry fans.





Carline...the sexy entrepreneur

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Name: Carline Brown

D.O.B: 12-04-88

Height: 5FT 5"

Weight: 115Lbs

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: Kingston

Career Goal: Criminal Lawyer





jam-reggae.jpgThe Government is to establish a museum of reggae music and artifacts, to represent the struggles and achievements of Jamaican music, and will establish a special initiative to encourage and assist Jamaican film makers to produce works on Jamaican culture.

The announcement was made by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, on Thursday July 3, who was giving the welcome address on behalf of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding at a launching reception for the 7th International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. The reception was held at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister's official residence.

Noting that culture remains an important part of "who we are, what we are and how we do what we do," Dr. Chang stated that Jamaica's cultural identity and image worldwide were strongly linked to reggae music, "an indigenous product of which we are very proud."

Describing reggae as an international language of the oppressed, he credited the work of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, whose "lyrics captivated international audiences, unified people in their struggles and served as the basis for negotiating significant truces." Their work, he stressed, "took the themes of rebellion, human rights, love, respect for others and freedom into the far corners of the world and helped pave the way for unity and peace."





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





Mayor Desmond McKenzie marked for death

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgDesmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston claims that he is 'marked for death'. According to him he discovered that his name was on a hit list. This information was revealed at the Jamaica Labour Party Area One Council meeting in Bull Bay on Sunday.

McKenzie claimed his name was among several on a list of public officials. But the Mayor is not cowering in fear as he boldly stated, "As far as I am concerned, I will never allow anybody, whether real or imaginary, to derail the work I am doing,"

"The only persons who can stop me from doing my work is the voters in the corporate area. I am not afraid," he said.

The Mayor made this disclosure as he was lamenting the murder of a public official, Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers, just over a week ago.





By: Dave Lindo

cocotea_promotional.jpgCo Co Tea will be putting out a new album titled Yes We Can, named after his latest single, a song which implores people of all nations to unite and live in peace in order to have a better world.

The album was produced by Co Co Tea aka Calvin Scott on his Roaring Lion/Dancehall Jam Jam label. According to the singer, it will have 12-15 tracks and will feature his big international hit Barrack Obama; a tribute to the American on his presidential campaign.

He has also reunited with Shabba Ranks for a song titled Time Is Real. Co Co Tea in the 1990's had 2 big collaborations with Shabba in Pirates and Who She Love. He also has collaborations with Marcia Griffiths, President Brown, Cutty Ranks and El General. He has also done a remake of Horace Andy's song, She Is My Baby.

Co Co Tea speaking to YardFlex spoke highly about the album. "It is a one in a million CD." he said with his trade mark smile. "It is a mixture of Lovers Rock and authentic reggae music. I had famous musicians working on it, like members of the Prophecy Band, Dean Frazer and his harmonizers, Kirk and Bowie, Teetamus, Lymie Murray. It has an international appeal and I am expecting it to do very well."





Bolt –Asafa, who is better?

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By: Dave Lindo

bolt_asafa.jpgThe big clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and former world record holder, Asafa Powell at the recent Jamaica National Trials, not surprisingly, did not materialize. Both had played down the clash in pre-race interviews and said that they would do just enough to qualify for the Olympics team.

In the end Bolt won, looking very relaxed, even having time to glance twice at his friend Asafa, winning in a time of 9.85. While Powell just as relaxed came second in 9.97 sec.

So all focus now is on that Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing summer Olympics. Both athletes said that an Olympic Gold far outweighs having a world record as the record will easily go but the gold medal stays with you for ever.

The Bolt - Asafa debate about which of the two is 'faster' in the 100m is still circulating. I would stick my neck out in saying that presently, Bolt is in much better condition than Asafa and is capable of running faster.

However, as the outstanding track and field analyst Earl Bailey said on a Talk Show programme on RJR on Monday, June 30, 2008, "with 6 weeks to go before the Beijing Olympics anything can happen. An athlete can improve as well as drop form."

Even on the day itself, in just under 10 seconds, the 100m finals race will be completed and the winner of the Olympic Gold medal would have been decided.





Video & Lyrics: "Take a Bow" - Rihanna

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Intro
How bout a round of applause
standing ovation
ooooooooh yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah.

Verse 1

You look so dumb right now
Standing outside my house
Trying to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please-(spoken)just cut it out

Chorus

Don't tell me you're sorry cuz you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
You really had me going
Now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
Go on and take a bow





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Celebrity Soccer match had poor turnout

buju_marcia_gregory.jpgYardFlex understands that the Jammins Celebrity Soccer Match in New York was a big flop. Wi hear dat it attracted less than 1000 people. But wid a big line up like Buju, Capleton, Gregory Isaacs, Serani, Bunji Garlin, Marcia Griffiths and many more a wonda how come. But fi real it come een like hard times a lick every body left right and centre, dat's why nuff people probably neva meck it, dem haffi choose between food and show!

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Yard flex buss it fuss

YardFlex buss di news fuss sey it come een like Beenie Man and him wife a eye dem one anodda back and si it deh, we guh read it inna one nex' suss column teday. But something could a really guh suh dough.

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A Suh Mi Sey

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Putting an end to crime

By: Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgI read with great shame and embarrassment the other day how they robbed the missionaries at Salvation Army. But to tell the truth I am not surprised. The only way crime is going to stop is unless the mothers and the baby mothers come together and start trying to make a difference.

These men have to rest their heads somewhere, they have to eat somewhere, they have someone in their lives that they 'check for'. But the simple truth is, women are enjoying the profits of crime and have no real need to make a difference. They are contented to spend the blood money, wash the bloody clothes, feast on the stolen goods, wear the stolen bling bling and hype up on their friends in the process. Some will even threaten you that they are going to "meck mi man buss yuh face". They take pride in being with a bad man. And at the end of the day they don't give a damn about the family that's left crying being because the bread winner was gunned down. They don't care about those who are left hungry, because the last money for food was robbed on the bus. Yet they want you to care when police gun down the culprit, then they come out and demonstrate and beg for justice.





T-Pain for Reggae Sumfest 2008

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T-Pain-rap-jv05_edit.jpgAfter weeks of speculating over which international acts will be performing, for the generally vibrant Montego Bay crowd; Grammy winning Hip-Hop entertainer T-Pain has been added to the versatile lineup for Reggae Sumfest 2008. T-Pain is scheduled to co-headline the final night of the festival along with the internationally recognized reggae legend, Beres Hammond.

Tired of the generic sound of music played constantly on the radio, T-Pain was inspired to create an album that would combine the likes of both Hip-Hop and R&B; the result, the smash hit singles "I'm Sprung" and the lyrically creative track "I'm In Love with a Stripper". Released from the album "Rappa Ternt Sanga". "I'm Sprung" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, helping the newly acclaimed solo artist sell over 800,000 copies of his work. The track's remix with Vybz Kartel boosted his airplay status in Jamaica and left many youngsters wanting more. Since then, T-Pain has done everything but fallen off the music scene, appearing on a number of chart topping hits including his Grammy winning collaboration with Rapper Kanye West entitled "Good Life".





By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 11 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle NM
03 3 14 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 16 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 5 14 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
06 8 10 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-2
07 9 10 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 7 11 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-1
09 10 7 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-1
10 14 3 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-4
11 6 12 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong(2wks@#1) D-5
12 11 12 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca D-1
13 12 7 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) D-1
14 17 2 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-3
15 16 5 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
16 18 3 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
17 19 3 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
18 20 2 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-2
19 13 7 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship (pp#13) D-6
20 15 18 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5





By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgThe entire world stood up and took notice when the Prime Minister of Jamaica was being interviewed in England when a very important question was asked of him if gays could be in the cabinet. The ever, cool, ever suave PM responded, "Sure they can be in the Cabinet; not mine." When the interviewer pressed home the point, maybe wanting Bruce to back down by asking "But do you want to live in a Jamaica where they can be and they should be and it would be entirely natural for them to be so?" Big up to the PM when he answered in no uncertain terms "I do not know that that is necessarily the direction in which I want my country to go."

There have been a lot of back and forth debates about equality when it comes to gays, but while I do not condone the ill-treatment and cruel acts meted out to them, in fact I totally hit out against it. At the end of the day, they are all humans too. But I draw the line at having them in the cabinet. These are people who are involved in guiding the country and having a say in the laws of the land. How can we ask them to make certain moral decisions when their lifestyle totally belies what they will be representing?

For all we know there may already be a few gays in the cabinet, and if they are, they are taking great pains to keep it totally locked up in the closet. But coming out and advocating for the rights to be recognized as a legal couple, flaunting an immoral lifestyle, influencing our children, maybe even corrupting them...that is stretching acceptance way too far.





International Reggae Day 2008

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By: Lioness Danyell
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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This year, the celebration of International Reggae Day, commenced back in 1994 by one-woman power house, Andrea Davis and her Jamaica Arts Holdings organisation, came to a crescendo at the Undercroft of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, with a panel discussion themed 'Reggae Music in 2008'.

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Commemorating 2008 as the 40th year of Reggae music, a major point of discussion was the landmark songs of the year 1968, which definitively propelled the shift in genre from Rock Steady to Reggae. Among these were famously Nanny Goat by Larry Marshall and Do The Reggae by Toots and the Maytals, as well as, Baby Why by the Cables, Israelites by Desmond Dekker and the Aces and Feel the Rhythm by Clancy Eccles, which was actually recorded in late 1967, but released in 1968, according to panelist Julian 'Jingles' Reynolds.





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01 01 10 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle
02 03 09 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Shot to Watch
03 02 13 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
04 07 09 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Greatest Gainer up 3
05 04 17 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
06 04 13 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2weeks#1
07 09 05 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records
08 06 19 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1
09 11 07 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
10 08 14 Da'Ville-Yesterday-Fashozy Records-Peak@#2





If you tek the cow you affi tek the calf

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow, fi real mi miss all a di mix up and blenda and mi have a super one fi share wid unno. Mi nuh know, but people business just follow mi suh!

How some people come suh, dem neva hear di saying whey sey 'if yuh teck di cow yuh haffi teck di calf tuh'. Memba dat! Whey bring on all dis, is me know a woman wid two pickney weh tek up a man weh have four well it suh happen dat one a him pickney handicapped and har madda lef har a Jamaica and migrate to di States from di pickney a 3 years old, suh yuh done know sey she nuh know nutten bout har. Di madda run left di handicapped pickney, left it wid di man daddy and den come a States and meck di same man breed har again...and she end up wid six pickney a farin, five fi smady else and di one from di man whey she got di handicapped pickney fah.

Now people, a true true something mi a relate. Di hottaclaps nuh done de suh yu nuh. Di man whey father di handicap pickney, him sista set him up pon one rich woman and him an har end up being together, nice nuh backside. Him a di best baby father inna di world to fi har pickney dem but when it come to fi him disabled one a Jamaica him treat har like dawg. But yuh woulda tink sey di rich woman woulda show likkle compassion and encourage di man fi gi some tender loving to him now 18-year-old daughter. No sah, nutten like dat. Di man nuh hug di pickney and if she try fi hug him, him slip outa it, an fi meck matters worse di house whey him left har pack up a pure man.





Taking wedding ceremony to another level

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters_edit.jpgWhat do you do when you want to get away from the regular mundane things of life? Say you are getting married and you are oh so tired of the 'here comes the bride' routine as you walk down the isle of the church with your husband to be waiting for you at the end? The male guests sitting comfortably in their seats all eyes fixed on you and then the same o same oh ritual of vows, songs being sung and the pronunciation of man and wife. Then you go off to do the ritual of taking photos and the guests head for the reception area where the glass knocking and the ribbing and stuff take place.

Here's an idea, you don't have to follow tradition, it's your big day and hopefully it's the one time in your life you are going to do this thing so if you want to go overboard who can blame you. Even if you want to take it way out of the norm, who cares, no one should complain! Got this idea from a friend who is actually contemplating having such a ceremony for her wedding.





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US rap duo makes debut appearance in JA

playaz_circle.jpgIt will be rap meets reggae on Saturday, August 9 when US rap duo, Playaz Circle, popularly known for their hit "Duffle Bag Boy", which features Lil Wayne, hits the stage in Jamaica at "Face To Face". They will be meeting the likes of Serani and Bugle will coming with hits such as "Stinkin Rich", "What Am Gonna Do", "Study People", "Journeys" and "Doh" under their belts.

Promoted by World Beat Music Group and Bacumi Entertainment it will take place at the Cable and Wireless Golf Academy.

The lineup is not yet completed, but stay tuned to this spot for the entire lineup.

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The Adamari Caribbean Sumfest at Queen Mary Park, Long Beach, California on July 8,2008 will be headlining a wide selection of Jamaican artistes.

The two time Grammy Award winner of Dancehall, Shabba Ranks, will be performing his retroactive hits "Champion Lover", "Trailor Load of Girls", "Dem Bow", to name a few, as well as introducing the patrons to his new singles featuring Sizzla Kalonji, Movado, Busta Rhymes and Akon.





Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from JAAA National Championship on Sunday June 29, 2008:


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Keep the faith Anthony

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edit_AnthonyCruzA_yardflex.jpgYardFlex sends condolence to singer Anthony Cruz who lost his mother, Lorna Harriot, three nights ago.

The singer told YardFlex that his mom met into an accident three years ago and since then she has been plagued with after effects from it. "She had a lot of back pain...in fact she had pain all over," Anthony Cruz said, as he tried had to maintain his composure.

He said everytime she went to the doctor she received medication, but that was about it. Three nights ago she went to bed "and she just never woke up," the singer brokenly stated. "Right now I am just trying to keep the faith and stay positive," he told YardFlex.

Anthony Cruz will be leaving the island this weekend for Delaware, where his mom lived to make funeral arrangements.





Today is International Reggae Day

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Keyshia Cole for Reggae Sumfest - Jamaica

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keyshiacole_iflookscouldkill_edit.jpgIf her performance at the Miss Jamaica Beauty pageant 2008 was anything to talk about then one can imagine what will happen when Keyshia Cole hits the St. Catherine Hall stage for Reggae Sumfest's 1st International Night on July 18,2008.

This 24 year old Oakland native and multi-platinum, Grammy nominated artiste has been climbing the music industry ladder since she was 12 years old.

Her passion for motivating and inspiring young girls is revealed in her music. Her first album "The Way it is" made R&B appealing to the younger generation with singles such as, "I changed my mind", "Love", "I should have cheated" and "(I just want it) to be over".

Cole has had the distinction of working with many musical icons such as, P. Diddy to produce the hit "Last Night", Sean Paul in the remix of his single "Give it up to me", Missy Elliot and Lil Kim for "Let it go".

Her list of consistently hit songs, "Just like you", "Shoulda let you go", "I remember" and "Heaven sent" reveals a more mature side of the Princess of Hip Hop's repertoire, and is also evidence of her 'staying' power.

Reggae Sumfest's 1st International Night is one that patrons should be eagerly anticipating!





Beenie Man's tax case pushed back again!

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beenieman_charts.jpgThere really seem to be no end in sight when it comes to Beenie Man's tax case. Called up yesterday, the trial was once again pushed back to July 29 in order for the crown to get more time to present witnesses.

The artiste is scheduled to return to court on July 29 when the trial is expected to resume.

Moses Davis aka Beenie Man is facing trial on allegations that he owes the government more than $40 million in outstanding taxes.

Revenue officials alleged that Beenie Man failed to pay over the taxes over a number of years.





Dennis Brown left us this day 9 years ago

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Dennis Immanuel Brown from the Tribe of Joseph died on the 1st if July 1999.

Reggae music lovers worldwide will always remember the Crowned Prince of Reggae, who serenaded us with his melodious tracks. He will also be remembered for his infectious laughter and smile.

"Debs we love you and we miss you".





Alison Hinds - "The More You Get"

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Alison Hinds Releases New Videos

Almost two years since the release of her scintillating video for the track "Roll it gal", the Soca Diva has recently released two videos for the tracks, "The more you get" and "Thundah" from her Soca Queen album.

The videos are a typical Hinds combination of class and sex.

Trini - Canadian, David Cropper of "Roll it gal" fame directed these videos as well. Videos were set in Trinidad.






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Has Goofy aka Mr. G gone into the restaurant business? YardFlex sighted the deejay at the corner of Princeville Plaza, Kingston with his charge preparing some sumptuous looking sea foods dishes, Hellshire style, including some large Parrot fish frying up in some big frying pans.

According to one of his regular customer, they do this activity every Friday at the same location. He said that it is well supported, especially by members of the entertainment fraternity.

Other artistes in the past have branched off from the regular music business and have ventured into other fields. Bling Dawg, last year opened a barbershop in Kingston. General Degree has gone into the apparel business launching his clothing line Reh Geh.

Tanya Stephens is also set to open a restaurant in the west end of the island. 'Rude bwoy' deejay Cobra is in the race horse as well as transportation business and the list goes on. An artiste who asked to remain anonymous said, "right now artistes have to try other business ventures to turn over the money that they earn. Things get tighter now so you can't squander yu money, you have to learn about money management and good business practices. Some times the business gets slow so you have other source of income."





By: Dave Lindo

singerjah_babyTash.jpgMagnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall winners Singer Jah and Baby Tash are presently reaping the rewards for winning the competition. YardFlex caught up with Singer Jah and Baby Tash, who won the King and Queen titles respectively, at the Magnum Kings and Queen Of Dancehall Road Show at Folly Oval, Port Antonio, Portland on Saturday, June 28, 2008.

Singer Jah said that the competition has given him invaluable exposure. "The people love wi crazy, and I love them same way." he said "The competition has helped my career a lot cause it has made me known on a national level. Where people from 14 parishes saying Singer Jah. I could't ask for a better start in my career."

Commenting on what he has been doing lately he said, "I am working on my album right now with Scatta Burrell. You can say the album finish already. I am also working on a music video so I give thanks that things are really looking up for me."





Robbery sends back US church group

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salvation_army_logo_edit.jpgCrime continues to give the country a bad reputation. The situation worsened when a US-based church mission had to cancel plans to come to Jamaica arising out of the fact that 39 of their members were roused from their beds and robbed at gunpoint at the Salvation Army at Mannings Hill Road in St. Andrew hours before dawn on Monday.

According to reports gleaned by YardFlex the robbers were able to gain access to a secure area where the visitors were sleeping at the rear of the School for the Blind compound.

Among the stuff stolen were wallets, hand bags, digital cameras, cellulars before they made their escape at the back.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 04 09 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-New #1
02 02 09 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records
03 01 14 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
04 06 06 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
05 03 13 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
06 05 13 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
07 11 07 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House-Greatest Gainer up 4
08 07 16 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
09 09 10 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 08 11 Stacious-Falling Down-John John-Peak@#8





Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.





capitol-building-picture_edit.jpgA white- Jewish congressman, who is up for re-election this year and an advocate for the US apologizing to minority groups for past mistreatments, and a sponsor for Memphis blacks, is pleased as the US government will be taking a vote in the House of Representatives to offer a formal apology to the black Americans for "enslavement and racial segregation".

The US has officially recognized that "lingering consequences" from slavery and segregation continue to haunt black Americans, as they embrace their first black presidential nominee, Barack Obama.

The US government has apologized for the abuse of ethnic minorities twice in the past: in 1988 they apologized to the Japanese Americans for WW11 and the Hawaiians in 1993.





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American wins "Dance Hall Queen" title

american-flag-2a_edit.jpgThe 11th winner of the annual "Dance Hall Queen" contest, held at the Pier One Complex, Montego Bay, holds the distinction of being the first American to win the competition.

Twenty three year old Michelle Young of Boston, USA, ecstatically proclaimed that she has never been so happy in her life. "I am going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life... I am on top of the world"

One other awardee, for Best Costume, was the crowd favourite, Tavia Morris, who initially, seemed to have been upstaging Young with her athletic movements. However, when the winner was announced the patrons applauded their approval.

The patrons were treated to an evening of top class entertainment; classic music from Pure Playazz Sound System, guest dancers and a fashion show featuring the latest designs from Big Head Clothing Store.

Jerry D hosted the give away section of the evening, where patrons had the chance to win sex toys, adult videos, condoms, a Blackberry phone and a component set.

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madona_robbie&sly_cherine.jpgLegendary producers Sly & Robbie have churned out another "blazin" tune. This time the artist requesting the track was none other than arguably the world's largest pop icon, Madonna. Madonna was a fan of Sly & Robbie and Cherine Anderson's amazing remix of the Britney Spears' song "Piece of Me", and wanted the magic of the trio on her new single, "Give It 2 Me" (the second single off her new album Hard Candy).

The hands-on Madonna was so impressed by the work of the Riddim Twins and Cherine that she chose several of their mixes to be released. Now available via iTunes are two mixes, "Sly & Robbie Ragga Mix" and "Sly & Robbie Bongo Mix".

Cherine was truly thrilled to have the opportunity to work on a project with the queen of re-invention. "I grew up listening to Madonna and in college her songs were huge on the dance floor. It's always great fun working with Sly & Robbie. It's a huge honor to be featured on this remix."





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Blue Cross loses bid to Sagicor.

sagicor_edit.jpgThe corporate battle for the management of the $2 billion Government Employees Administrative Services Only Health Insurance Scheme, (GEASO), has finally come to an end.

The staff of Blue Cross Jamaica was today informed that Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, formerly LOJ, has secured an agreement to acquire their insurance portfolio.

Blue Cross had managed the health scheme since the mid 1980's, which they had won through a tender process up until 1997. However the contract had not been put to tender again until last year, where LOJ, Blue Cross and Guardian Life all submitted bids. When it seemed as if the government would award the contract to LOJ a battle ensued, as Blue Cross insisted that the contract remain with them.

Union's representing Public Sector Workers complained that the GEASO Monitoring Committee, which represents the interests of beneficiaries of the scheme, was excluded from the selection process. Granville Valentine, of the National Workers Union, described this exclusion of the committee as "total madness" and expressed his disappointment at their silence on the matter.

However, Sagicor's president and CEO, Richard Byles, assured that the acquisition will allow Sagicor to deliver health benefits to both Sagicor and Blue Cross customers even more cost efficiently in the future, while Blue Cross chairman, Dr. Henry Lowe, said that this acquisition will allow Blue Cross clients to enjoy present benefits, as well as new possibilities with access to a much wider range of products and services from a company with regional and global links.

The transaction is subject to the approval of the Financial Services Commission.

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Scenes from Fully loaded 2k8

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20070806-2008olympicseal_edit.jpgIn a video statement, a Muslim separatist group, claiming to represent the Turkestan Islamic Party, confessed to being responsible for a series of fatal explosions in several Chinese cities and have threatened the Olympic Games, due to begin August 8.

So far the groups boast of previous terrorist activities have proved to be unfounded, as the incidents mentioned had nothing to do with terrorism, stated head of Wenzhou municipal public security bureau.

However, Chinese authorities have alleged that extremists from the restive northwestern region of Xinjiang - known as East Turkestan were targeting the Olympics. They claim that they have unearthed a plot to attack a football venue in Shanghai and have broken up 12 terrorist groups in Xinjiang. Since then they have boosted security by stationing a 100,000 anti-terrorist force in Beijing and have installed explosive detectors at airports in Xinjiang.





"Tribute To The Greats"

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

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"Tribute To The Greats" was held at Curphey Place on Saturday, 26th of July 2008. The MC for the night commenced the show by inviting Kingsly Goodison, head of King Omar Promotions and director of Sounds & Pressure, along with Julian "Jingles" Reynolds, chairman of Sounds & Pressure to come to the stage, where "Jingles" took over the presentation proceedings.

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The awardees for "Tribute To The Greats" included: Marjorie Whylie; who has served Jamaican culture and in particular Jamaican music for over 40 years, Vaughn "Bunny" Goodison; musicologist, radio personality and operator of Soul Shack Disco, The Hully Gully Dancers, Winston "The Whip" Williams; master debater and elocutionist, Thelma "Dimples" Harris; dance promoter extraordinaire and one of Jamaica's earliest swingers and Lloyd "Paro" Clarke; a product of Vere Johns Opportunity Hour between 1957 and 1959.





Sasha and Turbulence Back Together Again?

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Turbulence_and_Sasha_edit_1.jpgAfter shooting their new single "Don't Want To Be Alone" on the Breeze Riddim by Terminal 4 Media, Sasha and Turbulence have tongues wagging about the status of their relationship.

The video which has the pair hugging and kissing and asking questions, "Why did you leave..." and "...I want you right by my side" has the public wondering if these lyrics are based on true feelings. However, both Sasha and Turbulence deny any romantic connections. Sasha said that they are nothing more than good friends, while Turbulence says that they are friends who have great chemistry when they perform together. The on screen kiss was just acting, they both declared.

It is believed that after their public 2006 breakup the two were lyrically 'throwing words' at each other with Turbulence's "No Man No Perfect" and Sasha's "Got What You Need". Sasha, however, qualifies this, "I don't wanna say we were throwing words...we just expressed ourselves. It wasn't a war... I said my piece, he said his piece." She added, "I still love him as a person, he has a good heart and soul...but it's hard to go back."





b_golding_edit.jpgOn Tuesday, July 22, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who stated in Parliament that the collection of auxiliary fees by some high schools for this academic year was a form of "extortion", has come under harsh criticism and condemnation from the Jamaica Teachers' Association,(JTA) and The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, (JAPPS), who are both demanding an apology and a retraction of the statement.

Both bodies described the PM's statement as an attack on the work of administrations in the schools. The JTA, in a release, said that administrators who are dealing with the "...woefully inadequate funding provided by the government - have by creative means kept these institutions open and functioning."

President of JAPPS, Nadine Molly, said that for the PM to use the words "extortion" and "principal" in the same sentence suggests that the principals are collecting the money for themselves.





Children Being Trained for a Life of Crime

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children_with_guns.jpgA senior investigator, with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who wishes to remain anonymous, has reported that Jamaican children, as young as three years, are being taught to smoke marijuana, consume alcohol and use firearms as part of their training for a life of crime.

The senior investigator, with more than 20 years experience in law enforcement, said that the child criminal has no emotion, no soul, no fear, no feelings, or sense of reasoning, they only know how to be criminals.

This sentiment was supported not only by police statistics, but by Dr. Henley Morgan, head of the innercity project, Caribbean Applied Technology, in Trench Town. He said that these children are "...predisposed to crime and violence. Shaped from the womb..."





Irie_Jamboree_'08new_edit.jpgLouie Grant, VP of New York based Irie Jam Media, co-producers of Irie Jamboree (North America's premier reggae festival), announced today that the theme for the 2008 Irie Jamboree concert is "celebrating Caribbean athletes representing the region at Beijing '08, the summer Olympics; with a view to honor the legacy of our past Olympians."

"This year we are sending our strongest Track & Field/athletic contingent ever to the games, and I am expecting a good haul of medals from this quality field of athletes," an elated Grant reiterated.

"Great Caribbean Olympians such as Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, Donald Quarrie, Hasley Crawford, Dennis Johnson, Lenox Miller, Merlene Ottey, Bertland Cameron, Ana Quiro, Javier Sotomayor, Anier Garcia, Debbie Ferguson, Otto Boldon, Alberto Juanterino, Deon Hemmings and so many others have advanced our formidable athletic tradition on the international stage. Their legacy ought to be recognized by us, reggae kindred here in the US, particularly during the Labour Day weekend celebrations" Grant noted.

The decision to honour the Caribbean athletes at Irie Jamboree 2008, came on the heels of Usain Bolt's 100m (9.72secs) world record run at the Reebok Grand Prix at Ichan Stadium, in New York on Saturday, May 31 2008, an event that Grant's company, Irie Jam Media has served as Caribbean media partner for the past three years.





Weddy Weddy's 4th Anniversary

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Weddy Weddy celebrated its 4th anniversary at Stone Love's HQ, on Burlington Avenue, Wednesday night. Magnum was the title sponsor for this event. All roads leading to Stone Love's HQ were jam packed. There was hardly any space for patrons to move in the venue and all were dressed to impress.

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Guest selectors, from various sound systems, came out to show solidarity for the Stone Love movement. Artistes present were: Beenie Man, D'Angel, Bounty Killer, Seranie, Bugle, Bling Dawg, Junior Reid, Mr. G and Daville who invited the 'Queen of Reggae' Sister Marcia Griffiths, to share in the celebration. Sister Marcia's cameo performance was extremely well received by the patrons.





music_symbol.jpgIn a bid to unearth the hidden talents of the youths of Jamaica, as well as provide entertainment suitable for the entire family, a series of free concerts will be held in the Emancipation Park, beginning Sunday, July 27 at 6:00pm.

First Global Financial Services,(FGFS), a member of Grace Kennedy Group of Companies, initiated this project with an aim of encouraging Jamaicans to reconnect with the traditional music of the country, that has made people across the globe recognize Jamaica in a positive way, as explained by FGFS's president, Sandra Shirley. The project also aims to encourage music literacy among children, as well as encourage them to see music as a medium of self expression and income generator. FGFS will also be encouraging corporate entities to adopt school bands in order to boost music programmes across the Island.





dennis_pamplin.jpegBermuda's political scene took a jolt recently with Dennis Pamplin, the husband of their deputy opposition leader being fingered as the head man in a major drug trafficking ring. Held by United States Drug Enforcement Administration in Newark, New Jersey last week, the traffickers were caught preparing to export 700 pounds of marijuana from the US to Bermuda.

Following what has been described as a year long investigation, a warehouse in Orange, New Jersey was found to be housing the large quantity of marijuana. Concealed in cement columns it was due to be shipped off to the beautiful island of Bermuda.

Arrested at the warehouse on July 15 were Dennis "King" Pamplin, 58, of New Rochelle, N.Y., and Brian Henry, 31, of Bloomfield. Pamplin, who was reportedly found to be living in a New York residence with a woman - described by courts as his girlfriend, is married to Patricia Gordon-Pamplin; also the shadow minister of works and engineering for the United Bermuda Party. The couple have two children.

Charged with the federal offense of conspiring to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana, both men are being held at Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. Henry, who has reportedly cooperated immensely with DEA officials, by allegedly telling them that marijuana was concealed in six concrete pillars, is being held with no bail.





Special Greetings

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Deborah Cole and YardFlex would like to send a special 18th birthday greeting to Shoshana Lee, who celebrates her birthday today. We hope you have a wonderful day and all the best on this your day.

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YardFlex would like to big up Natural Trendsetters Salon owned by sisters, Simone and Trudy Hylton who placed first in the World Natural Hair, Health and Beauty Show's lock competition. They came out on top at the Atlanta based competition in April this year; and were amongst lock stylists who came from as far as London and Africa.

No strangers to accolades, the duo was listed by Salon Today Magazine as one of the top 10 black salons. They also took the national crown in 2002 for being tops in natural hair design.





Reggae Update 2008

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The place to be on August 2, 2008 is Golden Spring Community Centre, St. Andrew, for the Reggae Update 2008. The show, which features top and upcoming reggae artistes, will have music provided by Melody One and MCs Isis and Shabba.

The show is being promoted by Simbo Entertainment. The main man, Simeon has worked on several Reggae shows, including Rebel Salute and Western Consciousness.





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News Brief

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Pastor Facing Buggery Charges

A pastor, who is also a supervisor of a boys home in rural Jamaica, has been charged with 30 counts of buggery against boys in the institution.

It is reported that an alleged victim reported an incident which took place in February to the Child Development Agency, whose investigations resulted in the pastor being arrested and charged for the crimes.

The pastor appeared in the Richmond Magistrate's court on Wednesday, July 23, where it was revealed that other boys at the institution had come forward with similar accusations. Upon further investigation 29 additional charges of sexual abuse were subsequently added to the original one.

The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to return to court on Wednesday, July 30.





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08_busy_signal_edit.jpgReanno Gordon, aka Busy Signal, one of the hottest dancehall artistes, will be releasing his much anticipated album through VP Records on September 9th, 2008.

The album contains hits such as "Jail", "These Are The Days", "Unknown Number" and "Wine Pon Di Edge", which are presently dominating the dancehall scene. There are also the hip hop/dancehall mix of "Tic Toc" and "Cool it Baby".

Busy's talent for telling the story of the life of ghetto youths in "These Are The Days". "Knocking", "People So Evil" and "Curfew", has made him a much respected spokesperson for the residence of the innercity communities.

As a protege of Bounty Killer, and a member of Bounty's musical powerhouse, The Alliance, he has received international attention since he began in 2005 with hits "Born and Grow" and "Step Out".

His mastery of the stage has led to his being booked on all major Jamaican stage shows, the most recent being, Reggae Sumfest.

The release of this album "Loaded" will only serve to cement him as a solid member of the dancehall fraternity.





Nesbeth comes out of his 'Board House'

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By: Joan Wilson

nesbeth_boardhouse_edit.jpgGreg Nesbeth, aka Nesbeth, is really coming into his own right now. Ever since his song Board House catapulted him into mainstream attention, the artiste, who is now signed to No Doubt Records is determined to continue on this positive trend.

Currently he is focusing on putting the finishing touches on his new upcoming album entitled Board House. One of the tracks that will be featured on the album is Guns Out, which is currently enjoying a steady buzz on the dancehall circuit right now. According to Nesbeth, this song is one of his favorites as it delves into the levity of inner-city life. "It's all about you having to see people being murdered, being tight lipped and to top it off having the cops coming in and treating you like criminals too."

The singer told YardFlex that he is happy with the trend his career is going, but all of that will not change him. "I am the same humble individual I have always been. I am happy that Board House was a number one. I am not saying I will do it again, but if it's repeated, then I will still be me."





Gully Creeper the # 1 dancehall song

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 11 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (3wks@#1) NM
02 2 14 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 5 13 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
04 4 19 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 3 17 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) D-2
06 7 6 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
07 6 13 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
08 9 15 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
09 11 10 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-2
10 12 5 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-2
11 8 17 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-3
12 13 6 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
13 14 6 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
14 10 10 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-4
15 18 3 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-3
16 17 3 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
17 19 2 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-2
18 15 8 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-3
19 - New Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship
20 - New Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha Music





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Cherine Anderson Covers Air Jamaica

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AIRJAMAICACOVER_CherineAnderson_edit.jpgDancehall soul singer, Cherine Anderson, was approached by Air Jamaica's inflight magazine, Skywriting, to do an article on her latest hit song, "Kingston State of Mind" and ended up being selected to be the cover model for their 2008 summer issue.

The magazine which will be available on all Air Jamaica flights throughout July and August will feature an 8 page layout of Cherine in different locations throughout Kingston, as well as an abridged biography of her music, life, loves and business interests.

Cherine said that she was honoured to be following in the footsteps of her contemporaries, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Yolanda Adams, Angelique Kidjo and Erykah Badu.

Her makeup was done by Carol Reid while Anatoli Smith focussed on her wardrobe. Photograher was Mortei Korley.

If you bring an issue of the magazine with Cherine to one of her performances, you will receive a FREE "Showtime" EP, as well as an autographed picture - So look out for those magazines!





The Health Benefits of Watermelon.

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watermelon-3.jpgResearchers from the US' Texas Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre have announced that the chemical, Citrulline, found in Watermelon, creates the same effect on the human body as the Viagra pill.

Cetrulline, an organic compound, relaxes the blood vessels, allowing the increase in blood flow around the body, much the same way the sex enhancement drug does.

Head of the research team, Dr. Bhimu Patil, says that the list of important health benefits one can derive from eating the fruit is getting longer with each study. "Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra...but it is a great way to relax blood vessels without the side effects."

Watermelon, it has been discovered, is also good for the heart, immune system and skin, as even though it is 92% water, the other 8% is pure anti-oxidant lycopene.

Remember that the next time you have a slice of cool refreshing Watermelon!





Entertainment Centres Under pressure

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DMckenzie_edit.jpgMayor Desmond McKenzie is not pardoning entertainment centers in the Kingston and St. Andrew area. Club goers will have to find new party spots, as The Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation, (KSAC), will be on a rampage to close down more than 20 of the common night clubs and entertainment spots in this area.

Mayor Desmond McKenzie has announced that the KSAC has carried out investigations, and and a number of these places were in breach of the International Fire Code (IFC). The IFC examines steps to prevent fires as well as extinguishing them.

The code states that in the event of a fire proper measures must be in place to detect, find and extinguish the fire in a way that will have minimal effect on the building and more importantly the safety of individuals.





Tifa - "Bottom of the barrel"

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 13 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
02 02 08 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 04 12 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
04 05 08 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
05 03 12 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
06 11 05 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Greatest Gainer up 5
07 06 15 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5
08 08 10 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 10 09 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
10 07 16 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1





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No Alliance for Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle"

beenie_bounty_mavado_summersizzle.jpgBeenie Man extended an invitation to Bounty Killer and Mavado to perform at his "Beenie Sizzle" event on August 6 at Jamalco Sports Complex, Halse Hall, Clarendon.

However, their manager, Head of Alliance Entertainment, Julian Jones-Griffith, has turned down the invite, even though the promoter of the event, Cabel Jeffrey Stephenson of Free People Entertainment, announced that if they attended the event they would be treated like royalty.

Regardless of a release stating that the artistes will be attending, Jones-Griffith stated that Mavado is already booked for another event on that date, and that Bounty will be overseas. Jones-Griffith said that that was an error made by the media.

As he was vague about the details of their engagements, Dancehall advocates for peace between the artistes are left wondering if this isn't only a ploy to avoid Beenie Man.

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ele_TOK.jpgOver the next couple of months, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons, a department in the Government of Germany, will be deliberating on whether or not to jump on the "fight murder music" bandwagon.

Their aim is to carefully investigate the music of dancehall artists like Elephant Man and T.O.K., in an effort to determine whether their material should be placed on Germany's "Index of Harmful Materials." Rather than an outright censorship, being on this index would completely limit the level to which these musicians could promote their work.

The English version of Deutsche Welle. quoted Volker Beck, the leader of the Green Party in Germany's parliament - who said, "Those in Jamaica who invoke hatred should not earn money with their music in Germany." He went further to call on major retailers of music online to remove CDs deemed hateful from their inventories.





haile_selassie_edit_earthstrong.jpgToday is the 116th earthday of H.I.M Emperor Haile Sellasie I. All mansions worldwide will be commemorating this day. In Jamaica the various mansions will be hosting different celebrations.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel will have a celebration at its HQ in Kingston from 12 noon to 12 midnight.

The Nyah Bingi will be hosting its Bingi at Scotts Park and the Bobo Shanti will also be celebrating the earth strong of his majesty.

Long live the King.





Don denies phone in rectum

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cellphone_in_rectum.jpgWhile incarcerated at the Horizon Remand Centre, for violating the conditions of a bail agreement, Miller's person, as well as his cell, were searched. The police reported that two cellphones were discovered in both his body and cell, along with a phone charger and a tub of Vaseline. Miller is to be charged for possession of contraband.

In a scathing letter to the STAR, the inmate vehemently denies these charges. Firstly he states that he could not have been searched by the police in the section of the prison where he was being held as that section is controlled by the JDF, and the police have no authority there. Also he stresses that absolutely no phone was found on or in his person or his cell. He claims that the report was published to mar his sexuality which he emphasized as being undisputedly heterosexual.

He questions the report by asking; how it is possible that the person who conducted the search told his lawyer that no Vaseline or cellphone was discovered in his cell? Why is it that the person who claimed to have conducted the search is "unnamed" in the report?





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Former Reggae Boy on Trial for Ganja Charges

lowe_01.jpgFormer Reggae Boys player, Onandi Lowe, will be appearing before the court, as his trial will begin today. He will be appearing on trial for breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act; following an incident in St. Catherine last December, where he was involved in a ganja affair.

When he appeared before the court recently his travel documents were confiscated.

Although Lowe will be on trial he believes he wasn't treated with equity, as the officers did not locate the ganja in his possession. However, the police officers stated that they stopped the motor vehicle in which Lowe was a passenger and conducted a search where they allegedly found the marijuana. Other passengers in the vehicle were also arrested.

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By: Jaide

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Morgan Heritage was pleasantly surprised recently as they were gloriously received in Den Haag, a city about 30 minutes outside of Amsterdam, by a crowd of around 325,000. That audience packed a North Holland venue for the show that featured rock star, Sheryl Crow and the reggae rocking Morgan Heritage.

"To Jah be the glory," a Morgan Heritage spokesperson said, "we were very happy to perform on the show." The intriguing aspect of this performance for Morgan Heritage was the amazing reception by not only patrons at the concert, but also radio audiences in The Netherlands whose appreciation for reggae thrust the tune, "Nothing to Smile About" at number one on a popular station there.





By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Patrons, at the last night of Reggae Sumfest 2k8, the second International Night on Saturday, July 19, amidst intermittent rain drops, witnessed some classic performances from local acts, as well as the billed international stars.

The master himself, Beres Hammond, mesmerized his audience with another breath taking performance. Backed by the 'wicked' Harmony House band, Beres had his fans on their toes as he stepped on stage and sang "What Can You Do To Stop A Man From Trying". Jumping around and flashing his fingers after being seemingly 'hit' by his music, he went into "Step Aside".

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The hits kept flowing nonstop and Beres didn't give his audience time to catch their breaths as he quickly went into "What One Dance Can Do" and "She Loves Me Now".

The great reggae crooner set Catherine Hall on fire as he sang "Tempted To Touch" and "Double Trouble".

With the Harmony House band in full flight, the 'captain' Beres Hammond soured to yet higher heights as he sang "Putting Up Resistance" and the well loved "Pull It Up".

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The ladies were on top of the world as Beres told them to "Show It Off". The musical genius ended an amazing performance with the song "Rock Away".





International News Brief

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Chris Brown's Mom Feels Rihanna used Vodoo on her son.

rihanna-Cbrown_edit.jpgWe need to do some thorough investigation to find out if voodoo is a common practice in Barbados. It has now come to our understanding that Chris Brown's mom is worried that sexy Rihanna has been using voodoo on her son.

According to her the relationship is moving way too quickly, so she feels that Rihanna must have done something to make her son fall so deeply for her.

Well, if Rihanna has strong Caribbean blood running through her veins "she know weh fi do fi hold har man, She nuh need nuh voodooo fi do dat".

This is hilarious!





jamaica_british_flag.jpgFinding it difficult to recruit enough soldiers to meet its international commitments, the British Army is reported to be thinking about signing up Jamaicans to fill the posts.

Looking for soldiers within countries with historical and or current British ties, the British military has been facing a hard time getting and retaining soldiers with its engagements in Iraq and continued efforts in Afghanistan against the Taliban.





Statement on behalf of David Smith

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By: Lord Anthony Gifford QC, Jacqueline Samuels-Brown and Tom Tavares-Finson, Attorney-at-Law

david_tracey_smith.jpgWe have had full consultations with David and Tracey Smith and their local attorneys-at-law Barnett & Associates, during a visit to the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI), following the restraint order obtained by the Attorney General of TCI on 11th July 2008, which has prevented them from using their assets in the TCI. They have authorised us to issue this statement.

We have recommended a process aimed at obtaining the discharge of the restraint order and securing the return of the computers and documents which were seized from them on 14th July 2008.

On 17th July 2008 the Supreme Court in TCI imposed a gag order preventing further disclosure of the restraint order proceedings, so that we are not at liberty to give details of this process.

We have also held consultations in relation to the general situation of David Smith, Olint and its members. Olint and David Smith enjoyed an excellent reputation for fulfilling their obligations to their membership up to March 2006 when the Financial Services Commission (FSC), without warning, raided their offices, seized their electronic and other records, and issued a Cease and Desist Order against them.

These events caused Olint to be deprived of their records for a month, and at the same time there were multiple demands by members for their funds. The accounting and record keeping systems were dislocated to an extent which to this day has not been resolved. Many members were inadvertently credited with more gains than had been earned for them, and in some instances this led to overpayment when they requested their funds.





Keisha Cole and Akon scored big at Sumfest

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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Keyshia Cole and Akon delivered big time for their fans as the first of 2 International Nights kicked off at Sumfest
, in Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, on Friday, July 18, 2008.

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Keyshia Cole captivated her audience from the word go as she started off with the song "Should Have Let You Go".

Cole, along with her dancers and backup singers, displayed excellent stage presence which was punctuated by some crisp choreographed dance moves as she took her audience through a musical journey.

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She sang her heart out as she did "Should Have Cheated". She danced up a storm on stage as she sang "Give It Up To Me", her collaboration with dancehall super star Sean Paul.

She then went into a soulful mood and bonded with her audience as she sang the love ballads "Just Like You" and "Send from Heaven".

Keyshia raised the temperature in Catherine Hall as she put her beautiful voice to good use behind the beautiful song "Lonely".

The R&B super star finished on a high with two of her mega hit songs "Last Night" and "Let It Go" bringing an end to a wonderful performance which the crowd truly appreciated.

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The introduction of the Senegalese born singer, Akon by his DJ, sparked 'nuff' excitement among the audience. Comically dressed in a Scottish kilt, DJ Benedict whipped the crowd into a frenzy by playing some 'tough' hip hop and dancehall selections to the delight of the crowd.

The hype of his introduction was justified by Akons performance as the singer gave his audience a truly exciting performance.





Beenie Man ruled Sumfest Dancehall Night

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By: Dave Lindo
Photography By: Milton Raynor

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When the smoke cleared, it was the Doctor Beenie Man who was left standing, as the 16th staging of Reggae Sumfest got into full swing on its Dancehall Night, Thursday, July 17, 2007.

Beenie Man capitalized on his arch rival, Bounty Killer's mistake of 'name calling', when he called Beenie Man a 'fish' which earned the 'Ground Gadd' some hefty boos. Beenie smartly ignored Bounty's remarks, dug deep and did a truly professional set at the end of a very successful night for the organizers of the reggae festival.

"Bounty a mi artiste still, yu affe just si wid him, mi forgive him still," Beenie said before setting the place on fire reeling off hits after hits.

It was sheer pandemonium as the Ruff Kut band sweetly strummed out the Shaka Shaka rhythm as Beenie started his set with songs such as: "Red", "Yu a Licky Back" and the original song on the rhythm "Chaka Chaka". At which time dancer Shelly Belly ran on stage and did the shelly belly dance and the 'chain swinging' stunt which caused much excitement among the crowd.

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With hands, flags and lighters waving in the air, the Doctor continued the 'operation on his patients'. He had them moving to other hit songs such as: "Never Stop From Trying" and "Get Mi Mad".

Beenie continued on a more serious note unleashing some songs for the gangsta' including, "Tink Wi Nuh Know" and "Memories".

He again represented for the girls with "Wickedest Slam", "Hum Hum" and "Proper Fix" which resulted in the girls screaming uncontrollably.

The 'Gully Gad', Mavado stood tall for the alliance and gave what was truly a memorable performance. The introduction of the 'gangsta for life' drew a big response from the crowd. He kicked off his set on a high note with "Top Shotta Nuh Shoot and Miss". Seemingly in a no nonsense mood, the gun fingers and lighters were in the air as he went into "Chat Too Much".

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Catherine Hall turned into one big choir as the crowd sang along to Mavado's "Amazing Grace".

The man from Cassava Piece was in full flight as he dropped hit songs such as: "Full Clip" and "Real Mckoy".

Mavado showed that he is a heavy weight in the dancehall arena and kept the vibes with "Touch De Road". He showed off his love making skills to the girls as he teased them with "Squeeze Har Breast".

The place got even more insane as Mavado belted out "Even If Mi Lef The Gully" and "I’m So Special". With his choir in tow, Mavado capped off a really big erformance with the songs "I'm On The Rock" and "We shall Over Come".





Mr. Vegas Rocks Europe

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGAfter a five year sabbatical from European tours Mr. Vegas exploded at all of the continents highly publicized Reggae music festivals this summer.

In an effort to make up for his five year hiatus, Mr. Vegas brought fans up to date with his anthology of hits by consistently delivering fiery performances, which left his management team flooded with calls for his next European tour.

Mr. Vegas said that he appreciates the support that his fans have given him over the years. "I have spent five years away and I really wanted to pay them back with unforgettable performances..." and that he did.

Sponsored by Media Com, the European tour spanned across ten cities. The tour ensemble included: Thugz Band, DJ Fatta and High Energy Dancers. The fans were thrilled by the choreography of the performances. The show incorporated DJ's along with the live band; DJ Fatta playing hits from top artistes while Thugz Band played Vegas' rhythms. The High Energy Dancers only increased the thrill.





Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgUsing profanity on stage during Thursday night's Dancehall Explosion at Reggae Sumfest 2008, landed Bounty Killer on the wrong side of Jamaica's law enforcement.

Disorderly conduct and using indecent language is the charge that was
handed to Rodney "Bounty Killer" Price, when police met him as he left the stage around 4am. This followed his outburst of curse words at an audience that was not too thrilled with his character assassinations of other artists.

The boos sent Killer into furious mode and once he was done expressing his displeasure, a court date was in store for him; as he is now bound to attend Montego Bay Magistrate's Court on July 31, 2008.

It was an otherwise rocking night with some of dancehall's hottest keeping things not only lively, but also in order with the regulations for acceptable language at public performances.





NCB ordered not close Olint's Account

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NCBJ.jpgOn Friday, July 18, Olint was granted a reprieve from the Court of Appeal who granted the embattled alternative investment scheme an injunction blocking NCB (National Commercial Bank) from closing its accounts.

Justice Seymour Panton has recommended a speedy trial for the lawsuit filed against NCB by Olint. The Justice expressed concerns about banks who think they have the power to close a customers accounts without evidence of illegal activities taking place. There is also the suspicion that there is a conspiracy among banks to destroy the scheme.





Visa Application System to be Changed

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US-Embassy-logo.jpgAccording to information on Radio Jamaica there will be changes made to the visa application system at the United States Embassy in Kingston.

The problem lies with the online application system which has been causing hold ups as persons are making several appointments.

A briefing was held yesterday with the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Janice Jacobs, where it was revealed that some travel agents were also securing blocks of appointments. She also stated that in the upcoming year a new system will be put in place to remove the problem.

The proposed plan to be executed in order to alleviate the problem is to have customers pay the application fee when they book their appointments online instead of paying the fee otherwise as is being done presently.

They believe this will lead to a decline in the problem they are currently facing.





Jamaica's Flag flies high in Poland

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

jam-flag_poland.jpgThe Jamaican contingent to the World Juniors Championship, held July 8 to 13 in Poland, was successful in achieving six medals, one gold four silver and one bronze. They placed ninth in the overall medal standings of the 181 countries that competed at the Championship.

The most notable of all the medal winners was the gold won by Dexter Lee in the Men's 100 meters in a creditable time of 10.40 seconds, finishing ahead of his country man Yohan Blake in 10.51. In all fairness to Blake who won the bronze two years ago, he was on the path of recovering from a hamstring injury.

In other events Nickel Ashmeade finished second in the 200 meters in 20.84 seconds, Keiron Stewart placed third in the 110 meters hurdles in 13.51, while the male quartet of Oshane Bailey, Dexter Lee, Nickel Ashmeade and Yohan Blake won the silver in the 4 by 100 meters relay in a time of 39.25 seconds.





accident.jpg34 year old Mark Needham, an 8 year veteran of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, connected to the Motorized Patrol Quick Response Unit, was the latest victim of a motor vehicle accident.

At about 8am on July 15, Constable Needham was traveling along the Spanish Town Bypass, St. Catherine when a Suzuki Grand Vitara, driven by female colleague, Superintendent Yvonne Martin-Daley of the Twickenham Park training division, collided with his motorcycle. They were both traveling in the same direction, heading towards Kingston.





"St. Mary Mi Come From" Launch 2008

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The launch of the seventh annual staging of "A St. Mary Mi Come From" took place at the 'Top of World' at Jamaica Pegasus, on Tuesday evening. Though off to a late start, the show progressed into an exciting evening.

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The show began with the singing of the 'National Anthem', followed by the welcome and opening remarks by Mrs. Norma Brown. Mr. Desmond Young, Mr. Bryan, Ms. Kemp, Mrs. Barnett and Constable Rochelle followed with greetings.





JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 1 10 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 13 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
03 3 16 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 18 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 7 12 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
06 5 12 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-1
07 8 5 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-1
08 6 16 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx (pp#5) D-2
09 10 14 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-1
10 9 9 Falling Down-Stacious-John John (pp#9) D-1
11 11 9 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) NM
12 13 4 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
13 15 5 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
14 16 5 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
15 14 7 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca (pp#14) D-1
16 17 4 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
17 18 2 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
18 18 2 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow NM
19 - New More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records
20 12 13 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-8





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Boasy Tuesday

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the hottest Girl of the Week.

Choose the image you like best and vote by placing the letter A or B in your comments.

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Barrier Free in Japan_edit.jpgTop Japanese sound system, Barrier Free, is set to make its debut at the exciting Fully Loaded event which makes its return to Fort Clarence Beach, Portmore, on Sunday, July 27, 2008.

Fully Loaded, staged by Solid Agency, will be making a return to its original base, Fort Clarence Beach, after a 5 year sabbatical.

Barrier Free will be lining up against other heavy weight sounds such as: Red Diamond from the Cayman Islands, the top sound from the west, Interceptor, Swatch, Area Code, Sky Juice, Black Kat with the 'war tanka' himself Pink Panther, the remix masters Renaissance, Code Red, Razz & Biggy, Bass Odyssey and the immortal Stone Love.

There will also be live performances from: Bounty Killer, Mavado, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, Macka Diamond, Bling Dawg, Demarco, Wayne Marshall, Aidonia, Voicemail, Spice and 'Mr. Fully Loaded' Tony Matterhorn.





haile_selassie_I_1_edit.jpgThe Haile Selassie I 116th Earthday Cultural Celebration Concert will be hosted by the Livity Vegetarian Restaurant and Rootz Foundation. The event will be held at Livity, 30 Haining Road, New Kingston, commencing at 5:00 pm.

One of the legacies of Haile Selassie I will be receiving benefits from this venture. Artistes, poets and instrumentalists will make artistic and musical contributions to the Haile Selassie High School at Payne Avenue, 3 Miles. The school is in need of educational tools, resources and proper sanitary facilities and thus proceeds from this venture will be in aid of these causes.

Artistes will be performing free of charge as it is a charity function. Artistes scheduled to perform include: Tarrus Riley, Rootz Underground, Queen Ifrica, Etana, Lutan Fyah, Jimmy Riley, Ken Boothe, Rita Marley, Bongo Herman, Bushman, Tony Rebel, Lymie Murray, Empress, Mikey General, I-Nubia, Ras Malekot, Nelly Star, Moji, Rastarenes, Chakula, Downstairs, Aluta Continua, Ras Incient and Highyaziya, to name a few, backed by the High Symbol Band.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 12 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-4wks@1
02 03 07 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Shot to Watch
03 02 11 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music
04 04 11 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 09 07 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-Greatest Gainer up 4
06 06 14 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 05 15 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
08 08 09 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 07 15 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
10 11 08 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship





What's Poppin?

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Miss Kitty Returns to the air

miss_kitty_edit2.jpgMiss Kitty aka the "Fluffy Diva" will finally be returning on the air after she was fired from her previous show, "The Entertainment Office" in late May of this year. According to The Star, Miss Kitty is very excited to be working with RJR, and revealed that her show will be aired between 2 - 5 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Although still unsure, Miss Kitty believes the show will be called "Ketch A fire" and will be similar to her former show; bringing entertainment and music to her listeners. Miss Kitty is known for being fun, so we know this will be hype!

'Fluffy to di Flipping Worl!"

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Zip Disc Jockey now turns artiste

The surprises just keep on coming. ZJ Nikki Z has just recorded her first single titled "Belly Ring" featuring Leftside who also produced the track.

The song as we heard, is about a man who is attracted to a girl because of her 'Belly Ring'.

Keep doing your thing girl.

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Miracle or obeah?

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgBwoy mi seh a serious ting dat believe can kill and believe can cure yu know...but even more serious is de idea dat African spiritual heritage is real real sinting...at least my fren seh she meet a man weh real gifted wid prophecy and sometimes she wonda if tings we know as obeah or voodoo can be used fe do positive tings.

We did a chat bout sacrifice and blood bath and dem tings dey dat mi ongle hear bout, and she go chip een seh she actually had an experience wid de bird blood ting. At first mi couldn't believe sey she of all people would a get inna dem tings deh…also mi neva even know sey she did have a real serious sickness neither.

Den she start gi fe har experience and tell mi sey afta har man dead and lef har sick wid HIV she neva know wey fi do. Since a foreign she did dey and dem never even have any medicine fe help people with HIV at dat time, she was feeling completely out of luck and was basically waiting to die.

Den she link up with a Jamaican like harself who was trying fi mek it in de entertainment biz a foreign and him tell har sey, him get nuff fight a Jamaica and if it wasn't fe him precious counselor, who was a prophet and who pray fi him...him wouldn't even reach so far.





Busy Signal stranded 'Pon de Edge'.

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BUSY_charts_2.jpgAfter performing at the St. Kitts 12th Annual Music Festival, Busy Signal found himself without transportation to get back the the hotel.

Busy claims that he was left behind because he performed the song, "Pon De Edge" which he was asked not to do.

The Chairman of the Music Festival, Faron Lawrence, said that he was unaware that Busy was left behind and knows nothing about him being asked not to sing that song. He explained that performers are usually provided with transportation to take them back to their hotels, but sometimes they are also told that transporting all of them is not possible and they will have to make their own arrangements. Sometimes artistes opt to remain behind to watch the show. Lawrence says he was not aware if this was the case with Busy Signal.





Olint Corp closed

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David_Smith_olintcorp_edit.jpgAlternative investors were dealt another blow when embattled investment club Olint Corporation Limited advised its investors on Monday that the entity's office in New Kingston would be closed to the public until further notice. Club members were informed via email that the close was as a result of threats to the lives of employees.

"It is with some regret that we advise that, as a result of threats to staff members, including a bomb threat within the last few days which is being taken seriously, the Club Member Care Office will be closed to the public as of Monday, July 14, 2008. All customer care lines and email lines will be opened to facilitate communication with you notwithstanding this safety measure which we have had to impose," the letter stated.

Less than three weeks ago, reports surfaced that the National Futures Association (NFA), a regulatory organisation for the United States futures industry, had filed a complaint to its business conduct committee against I-Trade FX LLC (and one of its principals, Isaac Martinez), a company NFA alleges Smith was a principal of.





Sean Kingston - "Take you there"

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Akon added to Reggae Sumfest lineup

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akon_sumfest_edit.jpgSenegalese singer songwriter Akon has been added to this year's Reggae Sumfest. The Grammy-nominated singer, who rose to fame in 2004 following the release of his single 'Locked Up' from the debut album 'Trouble', will make a second appearance on the Sumfest stage on Friday July 18, 2008.

He is set to share the stage with R&B singer, Keyshia Cole, known for hits like 'Should A Let You Go,' 'Heaven Sent' and 'I Remember,' on International Night along with reggae's conscious voices, Richie Spice, Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Lutan Fyah and the almost soulful, Terry Linen.

Rap mogul Lil Wayne is now scheduled to hit the stage on the last night of the festival Saturday July 19, to collaborate with friend and colleague T-Pain.





When do women become lazy in a relationship?

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By: Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow what's up my peeps. Fi real the other day my friends and I were involved in a discussion and somehow the topic got around to 'why and under what circumstances do women become lazy in a relationship'. To tell the truth the argument got so heated that at one point we had to remind each other that it wasn't a quarrel, just a friendly discussion!

My sistren Patricia claim that when you find out that everything you do, the man doan appreciate it; an all him do is complain and act like it wasn't anything much, then it's time to meck him start fending for himelf!

According to har if you get up everyday, a wash, clean, cook and teck care a di man and him doan even spend the time to say thanks, and start all hype up on you, then why bother. If him even have the last shirt to wear and a beg you to wash a couple more, she sey you must ask him if him have fin hand and lef him meck him fend fi himself.

Well a few a di sistren dem sey dat harsh and how woman must find odda
ways fi meck dem point, but Sharon was plain and to the point. She sey dat woman must start lazy pon man when him start to have odda woman out a road.





US Top Ten Most Freaky Sex Laws

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weridsexlaws_edit.jpgIf Jamaica thinks enforcing some sex laws is daunting; they would have a heck of a time dealing with the following.

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1. Oral sex is illegal in 18 states, including Arizona.

2. In Virginia, it is illegal to have sex with the lights on.

3. It is illegal for husbands in Willowdale, Oregon, to talk dirty
during intercourse.





Drama at Little Ochi Seafood Festival

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littleochi_seafood_festival_edit.jpgYardflex went to Alligator Pond to take in the Little Ochi Seafood
Festival
and honestly the venue sell off. The place cram so till, but to tell the truth I had a problem hearing the performers as it seemed as there were competitions from three different segments at the venue.

Upstairs at the upper deck bar it was like a dance session, in the middle there was the stage show and out front music was blasting again.

Then not to mention the security guard that enjoyed drawing his knife.
Yardflex observed him on at least four occasions arguing with 'unwanted' patrons who he felt came in illegally and worse were there selling stuff. The knife came out and there he was threatening to 'done dem!'.

With all that though the steamed and fry fish went like hot bread, shrimps, lobster and other seafood were in abundance. Romain, George Nooks, Nikiesha Barnes and others tried to do their best, but performing on tracks under those conditions, never made it at all. The Dragonaires totally dominated and had the crowd from start to finish.





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Festival mix up

What a bam bam with the Festival Song Competition whey keep Saturday night. Roy Rayon was declared the winner but whey hot people, is dat a him crape up everything.

Nobady else no win dime out it. Di people dem bex, cause dem sey him done win di million fi di prize aready, smady else shoulda win a ting tuh. Dem a cuss out backfoot bout it. A suh it guh...di world nuh level at all.

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Tellah kibba yuh mouth

But a whey di girl Tellah a gwaan wid dung a Little Ochi Seafood Festival. She come pon stage wid one piece a tracing and a throw word pon Baby Tash; and class har up di most ways, bere tings. Now, she nuh reach nuh way inna di music yet and a galang suh. A bad mind she bad mind sey Baby Tash win, or she waan fi use conflict fi meck it. Whatever di reason...stop it...it nuh look good.

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Nike and VP Records Join Forces to Release

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Olympic Sprinter Asafa Powell’s Train for Speed Workout on ITUNES

Mix Includes Exclusive Track by Dancehall Star Mavado

mavado_asafa_nike_edit.jpgNike and Olympic sprinter Asafa Powell have teamed up with Reggae label VP Records to create a Nike Sport Music workout featuring the exclusive track, "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet)," by one of the athlete's favorite artists, Mavado. Called Asafa Powell: Train for Speed, the 35-minute interval workout is coached by Asafa over a reggae/dancehall soundtrack. Among the genre-defining songs included on the mix are some of reggae's greatest artists of the past, present, and future, providing a musical backdrop for running that is both unique and effective. After all, two of Jamaica's greatest exports are music and sprinters—it was only a matter of time before they came together in one pulse-pounding project.

The only athlete to have run the 100-meter dash in under 9.8 seconds more than once (he did it five times), Asafa Powell knows speed. He has distinguished himself as one of the world's fastest humans, having held the world record in the 100 for three years, from 2005-2008. In the Asafa Powell: Train for Speed workout, Asafa coaches runners through a 35-minute training session with four high-speed intervals that descend in length. The goal of the workout is to increase an athlete's endurance and speed, with musical motivation coming from the athlete's homeland.





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The 11th Annual Caribbean Sea Breeze Festival has moved from the Queen Mary Events Park with a new location and date to Veterans Memorial Stadium (on the Long Beach City College campus) 4901 Carson Street (near Lakewood Blvd.) in Long Beach, California and date set for Saturday, August 9, 2008, from 12pm to 10pm. This year's line up features the exclusive So. California appearances by international Reggae superstars Sizzla and the return of Bad Boy recording artist, "The Energy God" Elephant Man, who was true phenomenon at last year's sell-out event. Other internationally renown music artists from Jamaica and the Caribbean include Turbulence, Everton Blender, Sweet Tea, Black Judah, E-Dee, Bella Carib, cultural dance troupes, MC Chuck Foster (KPFK) and more filling out the festival's entertainment schedule.





Italian Court Frees Weed

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marijuana11_edit.jpgIn Italy a new ruling by the Supreme Court of Cassation has sided with the Rastafarian religion's treatment of marijuana as a sacred sacrament.

The news from Rome hit the streets Friday morning, as a case brought before appeal judges against a reggae musician sentenced to 16 months in prison by a lower court in Perugia, was overturned.

Virtually unheard of in Roman Catholic Italy, Rastafarians were presented to the court as a faith that allows its members to smoke even 10 grams of marijuana daily.

In the ruling the Court of Cassation stated, "Members of the Rastafari faith were entitled to have in possession 'abundant' amounts of marijuana since smoking is an integral part of their religion."





heterosexual-gender.jpgA Straight Pride Parade will roll out on August 31, 2008 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, just one day ahead of the annual Caribbean Labor Day Parade.

In a press release sent out recently by members of the reggae community, who have organized this event as a response to gay groups coming down hard on some dancehall music; the parade was justified as being, "...a chance for Heterosexuals to gather together and proudly embrace their sexuality. The Parade will also allow reggae and dancehall fans who are in New York City for the Labor Day celebrations to get together and celebrate reggae, dancehall and family in love and unity. Adults are encouraged to bring their children along for the celebrations, as the event will be family oriented."





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Renato Adams throws in the towel

reneto_adams_retire.jpgYesterday was Renato Adams's final day in the force as a policeman. After more than 30 years he has now officially retired. The controversial cop says he has no regrets...well...except one...that marauding gunmen in Tivoli Gardens confronted the security forces in July 2001.

The senior cop added that criminal elements causing chaos in the society are getting too much press. The crime fighter, who has been hailed by many communities in Jamaica as a hero, is featured in the popular Jamaican soap, Royal Palm Estate.

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JAMAICA'S WEEKLY TOP 30 (SINGLES) HIT LIST
By Richie B, host - "HOT MIX" on Hot 102FM

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01 2 9 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (1wk@#1) U-1
02 1 12 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-1
03 3 15 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 17 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 6 11 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-1
06 5 15 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx D-1
07 7 11 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship NM
08 10 4 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-2
09 9 8 Falling Down-Stacious-John John NM
10 12 13 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-2
11 13 8 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) U-2
12 8 12 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-4
13 14 3 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
14 15 6 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
15 16 4 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-1
16 17 4 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
17 18 3 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-1
18 - New Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House
19 - New Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
20 11 13 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong (2wks@#1) D-9





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Sean Paul pops in Basketball camp

sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgBig up to Sean Paul who took the time out to pop in on a basketball camp to give encouraging words to some children.

One eleven year old broke down, crying tears of joy as she never really believed the rumours that the DJ would be coming. She was overwhelmed with joy when she was asked to sing with the Grammy Award-winning artiste in front of her fellow campers. "When the people said he would come, I thought it wasn't true and they were just joking... I never thought in my life that I would see him." She was quoted as saying in the Prince Albert Daily Herald.

Sean Paul dropped by to offer advice about life to several hundred campers who listened intently while sitting on the huge gymnasium floor at Montreal's Dawson College. "There are ups and downs in life, just like waves in the sea," he said. "when you're up on top you're feeling good, but that's not the only feeling you need to get used to in your heart, in your brain, in your soul."

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Reggae Rising Musical Festival 2008

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reggae_rising_logo_edit.jpgReggae Rising Musical Festival will take place on August 1 - 3 at Dimmick Ranch and French's Camp, Piercy, California. The festival will feature three full days of reggae music from reggae stars from across the globe.

FRIDAY AUGUST 1st

UB40
Beres Hammond
Tanya Stephens
Cham
Medicine Drum w/ Greg Ellis, Rara Avis, & Wisdom
Blue King Brown
Soul Majestic
Mr. Easy
Opening Ceremonies

SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd

Sizzla
Sly and Robbie
Junior Reid
Turbulence
Mr. Vegas
Mr. Lex
Rebelution
The Rasites
Detour Posse
Reggae Angels
Black Judah
Dread Daze
Lion Camp Showcase w/ Ishi Dube and Jah Sun
Lost Coast Marimbas





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Beyond the hype that is dancehall

dancehall_reggae.jpgIf the latest report from Soundscan is anything to be believed...and it is rated as the best ever electronic network than can estimate album sales...then no wonder these artistes are demanding astronomical performance fees.

With the poor sales reflected on their album performance on the international level, one wonders why some artistes put out so many albums per year. Maybe there lies the cause of the poor sales. What artistes need to do is give that last album time to permeate the market, 'let it soak' and give the people time to enjoy the product...and then let them look forward to the other one. What is happening now is that by the time the fans have that copy in their hands, then along comes another!

Of course some could argue that one reason for the poor sales would be the illegal downloading of songs, but what about the other strong performers...aren't their songs being downloaded too? It's time to face the cold hard facts, dancehall music has become nothing but a 'tracing' match at best and a show of 'bad manism'. For those who have a good product and are still facing poor sales, well, they could be casualties of 'war'. Just as good law abiding cops must come under the banner of being corrupt when Jamaican people are cursing the force, good products will sometimes get lost in the controversy that has now become dancehall.





Who Am I? ...The Untold Story of Beenie Man

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Below are scenes from the recently held book launch of Milton Wray's Who Am I?...The Untold Story of Beenie Man in Kingston, Jamaica:

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rainbowvibes_logo_edit.jpgJamaica, dubbed one the most homophobic nations on earth has spawned the Caribbean's first Gay and Lesbian Social Network, Rainbowvibes.com, where Caribbean gay life meets the world.

"The site is an online hub for Caribbean gays, lesbians and bisexual people living at home and overseas and their friends in South America, Latin America, USA, Europe and Canada. Now they can all connect with each other in a single space online." Andrea* added.

The site is the brainchild of Matthew Raine*, a gay Jamaican IT executive, who now lives in Canada and Andrea Rainford*, a Jamaican lesbian marketing executive who lives in Kingston, Jamaica. "The need was glaring. The nature of most Caribbean countries has made it a challenge to meet and connect face to face. Here, online, there are no limits. Having a social network of our own was something we craved ourselves and had the know how to get done, so we said let's be bold and give this Pride gift to our community." Matthew* said.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 11 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-3wks@1
02 02 10 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Shot to Watch
03 07 06 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records-Greatest Gainer up 4
04 04 10 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt
05 03 14 Mavado-On The Rock-Baby G-1wk@#1
06 05 13 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype
07 06 14 Damian & Stephen Marley-The Mission-Baby G-2wks#1
08 09 08 Stacious-Falling Down-John John
09 11 06 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx
10 08 20 Beenie Man- Wine Gal-TJ Records-6wks@#1





Bembe Gone Global

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By: Dave Lindo

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Bembe Thursday, the 'hype' dancehall event staged each Thursday at Weekenz in Kingston, Jamaica has become a global phenomenon in less than two years.

The idea for Bembe originated when former Stone Love selector, Richie Feelings, jokingly told his friends that he is a bembe marble and staged a dance of the same name.

As Jigsy, a member of the Bembe Squad explained, "A bembe marble is one of those big marbles, so Feelings said that he was bembe marble. The owner of Weekenz approached Richie to do a weekly event at his spot so he (Richie) linked us up and we decided to do it and call it Bembe Thursday. At first we took it as a joke - we never dreamed that it would get so big.

Feelings also invited selectors Razz and Biggy, Jigsy and Penny Bling to form the Bembe Squad. In a very short time it became the place to be on a Thursday night in the capital city. "People from all over started to attend, by midnight the place is normally jam packed." Jigsy said.





D'Angel Prepping up for Sumfest

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Vybz Kartel & D'Angel at the grand opening of Club Amazon July 4.JPGD'Angel seems to be busily 'sprucing up' her stage performance, apparently in preparation for her first performance in the upcoming Reggae Sumfest Festival.

So far this month, July 4 and 6, 2008, D'Angel performed for the grand opening of Club Amazon in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth and the Portland Jerk Festival respectively.

D'Angel had Club Amazon exceeding its 500 capacity by the time she made her 1:00pm entrance. She mingled with the crowd until her 3:00pm performance time. "It was very good to see D'Angel showing up early and taking time out to chill with the audience." a promoter of Amazon Productions said.





Beenie Man "Wine Gal"

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damion_macintosh.jpgDamion McIntosh, a Jamaican recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Graduate Student Scholarship in 2006, has been selected by the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) as the Most Outstanding MBA student for the academic year 2007/2008. He was selected from a field of hundreds of distinguished scholars enrolled at the SIUC's School of Business.

Damion, in his thanks to the US Embassy for selecting him for the Fulbright Scholarship, said that studying at SICU is an "amazing opportunity" and an "enriching experience".

Damion has been accepted into SICU's Ph.D. Business Program where he will specialize in Finance. As a reward for completing his MBA in one year instead of the usual two his Ph.D. tuition will be waived. He will also receive a grant renewable for up to three years.

Damion who expects to complete his doctorate in 2010, plans to return to his position at Bank of Jamaica as Assistant Director in the financial institutions supervisory division.

Image Source: The Jamaica Gleaner





Face to Face Line Up

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trey_songs_young_jock.jpgThe Independence wrap up event, Face to Face, is scheduled to take place at Temple Hall Estate on Satuday, August 9, 2008.

The event has a star studded line up including international stars: Yung Joc, Trey Songz and Playaz Circle, as well as local stars: Assasin, Spice, Left Side, Bugle, Chino, Konshens, QQ and Chi Chi Ching.

Richie B of Hot 102 and Nikki Z of Zip 103 will MC the event, while DJ's Sunshine, Liquid, Ice and Arif Cooper will handle the turn tables.

Sponsors are World Beat Music Group and Bacumi Entertainment.





Artist Wants Compensation for Marley's Image

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BobMarleyLionZion_portrait_edit.jpgJurek Zamoyski, who was born in Communist Poland, has always seen Bob Marley's songs as a means to give a voice to the oppressed and poor. Now it saddens him that he is filing a lawsuit against the Marley's Estate and the music and clothing companies that are run by members of the family.

Zamoyski alleges that Zion Rootswear, Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd and Bob Marley Music Inc. have been replicating three of his copyrighted images of Bob Marley on T-shirts onto other objects without his consent and have been selling them worldwide. The three images that have been used are: "Rasta Dreads," "Lion Zion" and "Kaya Man". These images were all painted by Zamoyski. The images were licensed to Jurek International Graphic in the 1990's.

The Jurek International Graphic was in agreement at that time with the Marley Companies to use the images on clothing and other objects. During this period Zamoyski received royalty payments. In 1999 his company ceased operations and terminated all agreements with the Marley Companies, thus none of his designs should be replicated.





handcuff2_EDIT.jpgThe suspect in the murder of Poison Dart sound system selectors, Chris Rock aka Michael Rattigan, Tony Montana aka Antonae Neely and their friend Kevin Webster, who goes by the name 'Indian', was nabbed in Kingston, Jamaica by a joint operation by the local police and their American counter parts.

It was an incident which shocked the music fraternity. According to reports coming from Tampa, Florida, the selectors and a group of men got in a heated argument over a sound clash, while they were playing at the Thunderbird Bar in Auburndale, Florida where they play every Friday. Chris Rock reportedly 'backed them off' and the men left.

The men returned the following week and opened fire on the three. Tony Mantana and Chris Rock died on the spot while Webster died at the neighbouring hospital.





anthony_bourdain3001_edit.jpgAnthony Bourdain of the Emmy nominated Travel Channel series, "No Reservations" has stirred up controversy with remarks he made about women and dancehall, on the Jamaican themed episode of his show.

"There's no rootsy, laid back Rasta vibe," he says. "This ain't about standing up for your rights or praising Jah or anything like that. Like Reggaeton, its mutant cousin, dancehall is the hardcore beat behind lyrics concerning for the most part: acquiring possessions, getting respect on the street, beating down perceived enemies and enjoying the physical charms of varied, if not multitudinous bitches."

Asked how she felt about Bourdain's statement, veteran dancehall reggae artiste, Nadine Sutherland says that she was offended but not angry at him as "...that is what is being perpetuated (by our music) so why is it a foreigner can't do it?"

Stahhr says that female artistes such as Lady Saw and Sasha use derogatory terms in their music when referring to other females. Sutherland has also acknowledged that demeaning terms such as 'sketel' and 'gyal' which is similar in meaning to bitch are used in dancehall music. Stahhr also says, "I guess its like the N-word ...some women feel the entiltlement to use it on each other."





Carifest C.A.R.E.S. Cancelled

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edit_carifest_cares.jpgCarifest C.A.R.E.S. scheduled for July 6, New York, has been cancelled. This years event was meant to sponsor the charitable organization Keep A Child Alive (KACA) by helping them to provide medicine and relief to African children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic, as well as increase AIDS awareness in the community.

One of the many speculations for the cancellation of the festival, apart from the rain and fog, was the lack of confidence that the patrons had in the line up of artistes. Many artistes could not be contracted for this event as anti-gay activist groups vehemently protested certain artistes and their lyrics as homophobic in nature and New York would not have them performing in their city.





Beenie Man Makes Bottles Fly

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beenieman_charts.jpgEveryone was anticipating Beenie's performance at the Portland Jerk Festival and when he failed to show bottles started flying.

Beenie Man who was the main act for the show lost his passport and was unable to return home in time for the event.

Efforts to contact the organizers of the show by Beenie Man's Booking agent were unsuccessful prior to the event. Efforts were also made by the organizers to get Beenie on the phone to explain to his fans why he was unable to be there, but this also was unsuccessful.

No Beenie equals angry fans.





Carline...the sexy entrepreneur

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Name: Carline Brown

D.O.B: 12-04-88

Height: 5FT 5"

Weight: 115Lbs

Nationality: Jamaican

Location: Kingston

Career Goal: Criminal Lawyer





jam-reggae.jpgThe Government is to establish a museum of reggae music and artifacts, to represent the struggles and achievements of Jamaican music, and will establish a special initiative to encourage and assist Jamaican film makers to produce works on Jamaican culture.

The announcement was made by Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, on Thursday July 3, who was giving the welcome address on behalf of Prime Minister, Bruce Golding at a launching reception for the 7th International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference. The reception was held at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister's official residence.

Noting that culture remains an important part of "who we are, what we are and how we do what we do," Dr. Chang stated that Jamaica's cultural identity and image worldwide were strongly linked to reggae music, "an indigenous product of which we are very proud."

Describing reggae as an international language of the oppressed, he credited the work of artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer, whose "lyrics captivated international audiences, unified people in their struggles and served as the basis for negotiating significant truces." Their work, he stressed, "took the themes of rebellion, human rights, love, respect for others and freedom into the far corners of the world and helped pave the way for unity and peace."





Could there be a cure for HIV and Cancer?

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ball moss_edit.jpgYardFlex came across a story published in the Observer and from the report it would seem as if Jamaica could be on the brink of something big.

According to the story Dr Henry Lowe discovered a plant (the Jamaican Ball moss) that has anti cancer properties.

The story went on to point out that Dr. Lowe who is the head of the Environmental Health Foundation claims that tests on tumours grown on rats were successful. The ball moss extract has shown to be more potent than leading anti-cancer drug Taxol, and with reduced side effects.

Another interesting discovery was made also regarding the plant that it was successful at controlling the AIDS/HIV virus.

YardFlex wishes Dr. Lowe and his team continued success in their quest to find a cure for these two disease.





Mayor Desmond McKenzie marked for death

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgDesmond McKenzie, Mayor of Kingston claims that he is 'marked for death'. According to him he discovered that his name was on a hit list. This information was revealed at the Jamaica Labour Party Area One Council meeting in Bull Bay on Sunday.

McKenzie claimed his name was among several on a list of public officials. But the Mayor is not cowering in fear as he boldly stated, "As far as I am concerned, I will never allow anybody, whether real or imaginary, to derail the work I am doing,"

"The only persons who can stop me from doing my work is the voters in the corporate area. I am not afraid," he said.

The Mayor made this disclosure as he was lamenting the murder of a public official, Jamaica Urban Transit Company Chairman, Douglas Chambers, just over a week ago.





By: Dave Lindo

cocotea_promotional.jpgCo Co Tea will be putting out a new album titled Yes We Can, named after his latest single, a song which implores people of all nations to unite and live in peace in order to have a better world.

The album was produced by Co Co Tea aka Calvin Scott on his Roaring Lion/Dancehall Jam Jam label. According to the singer, it will have 12-15 tracks and will feature his big international hit Barrack Obama; a tribute to the American on his presidential campaign.

He has also reunited with Shabba Ranks for a song titled Time Is Real. Co Co Tea in the 1990's had 2 big collaborations with Shabba in Pirates and Who She Love. He also has collaborations with Marcia Griffiths, President Brown, Cutty Ranks and El General. He has also done a remake of Horace Andy's song, She Is My Baby.

Co Co Tea speaking to YardFlex spoke highly about the album. "It is a one in a million CD." he said with his trade mark smile. "It is a mixture of Lovers Rock and authentic reggae music. I had famous musicians working on it, like members of the Prophecy Band, Dean Frazer and his harmonizers, Kirk and Bowie, Teetamus, Lymie Murray. It has an international appeal and I am expecting it to do very well."





Bolt –Asafa, who is better?

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By: Dave Lindo

bolt_asafa.jpgThe big clash between world record holder, Usain Bolt and former world record holder, Asafa Powell at the recent Jamaica National Trials, not surprisingly, did not materialize. Both had played down the clash in pre-race interviews and said that they would do just enough to qualify for the Olympics team.

In the end Bolt won, looking very relaxed, even having time to glance twice at his friend Asafa, winning in a time of 9.85. While Powell just as relaxed came second in 9.97 sec.

So all focus now is on that Olympic Gold medal at the Beijing summer Olympics. Both athletes said that an Olympic Gold far outweighs having a world record as the record will easily go but the gold medal stays with you for ever.

The Bolt - Asafa debate about which of the two is 'faster' in the 100m is still circulating. I would stick my neck out in saying that presently, Bolt is in much better condition than Asafa and is capable of running faster.

However, as the outstanding track and field analyst Earl Bailey said on a Talk Show programme on RJR on Monday, June 30, 2008, "with 6 weeks to go before the Beijing Olympics anything can happen. An athlete can improve as well as drop form."

Even on the day itself, in just under 10 seconds, the 100m finals race will be completed and the winner of the Olympic Gold medal would have been decided.





Video & Lyrics: "Take a Bow" - Rihanna

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Intro
How bout a round of applause
standing ovation
ooooooooh yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah,yeah.

Verse 1

You look so dumb right now
Standing outside my house
Trying to apologize
You're so ugly when you cry
Please-(spoken)just cut it out

Chorus

Don't tell me you're sorry cuz you're not
Baby when I know you're only sorry you got caught
But you put on quite a show
You really had me going
Now it's time to go
Curtain's finally closing
That was quite a show
Very entertaining
But it's over now
Go on and take a bow





What's poppin

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Celebrity Soccer match had poor turnout

buju_marcia_gregory.jpgYardFlex understands that the Jammins Celebrity Soccer Match in New York was a big flop. Wi hear dat it attracted less than 1000 people. But wid a big line up like Buju, Capleton, Gregory Isaacs, Serani, Bunji Garlin, Marcia Griffiths and many more a wonda how come. But fi real it come een like hard times a lick every body left right and centre, dat's why nuff people probably neva meck it, dem haffi choose between food and show!

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Yard flex buss it fuss

YardFlex buss di news fuss sey it come een like Beenie Man and him wife a eye dem one anodda back and si it deh, we guh read it inna one nex' suss column teday. But something could a really guh suh dough.

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A Suh Mi Sey

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Putting an end to crime

By: Joan Wilson

Joan_wilson.jpgI read with great shame and embarrassment the other day how they robbed the missionaries at Salvation Army. But to tell the truth I am not surprised. The only way crime is going to stop is unless the mothers and the baby mothers come together and start trying to make a difference.

These men have to rest their heads somewhere, they have to eat somewhere, they have someone in their lives that they 'check for'. But the simple truth is, women are enjoying the profits of crime and have no real need to make a difference. They are contented to spend the blood money, wash the bloody clothes, feast on the stolen goods, wear the stolen bling bling and hype up on their friends in the process. Some will even threaten you that they are going to "meck mi man buss yuh face". They take pride in being with a bad man. And at the end of the day they don't give a damn about the family that's left crying being because the bread winner was gunned down. They don't care about those who are left hungry, because the last money for food was robbed on the bus. Yet they want you to care when police gun down the culprit, then they come out and demonstrate and beg for justice.





T-Pain for Reggae Sumfest 2008

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T-Pain-rap-jv05_edit.jpgAfter weeks of speculating over which international acts will be performing, for the generally vibrant Montego Bay crowd; Grammy winning Hip-Hop entertainer T-Pain has been added to the versatile lineup for Reggae Sumfest 2008. T-Pain is scheduled to co-headline the final night of the festival along with the internationally recognized reggae legend, Beres Hammond.

Tired of the generic sound of music played constantly on the radio, T-Pain was inspired to create an album that would combine the likes of both Hip-Hop and R&B; the result, the smash hit singles "I'm Sprung" and the lyrically creative track "I'm In Love with a Stripper". Released from the album "Rappa Ternt Sanga". "I'm Sprung" peaked at number eight on the Billboard Top 100 Charts, helping the newly acclaimed solo artist sell over 800,000 copies of his work. The track's remix with Vybz Kartel boosted his airplay status in Jamaica and left many youngsters wanting more. Since then, T-Pain has done everything but fallen off the music scene, appearing on a number of chart topping hits including his Grammy winning collaboration with Rapper Kanye West entitled "Good Life".





By Richie B - host of "HOT MIX" on HOT 102 FM
TOP 20 DANCEHALL SINGLES

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01 1 11 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
02 2 8 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle NM
03 3 14 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) NM
04 4 16 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
05 5 14 Money Changer-Mavado-Juke Boxx NM
06 8 10 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 U-2
07 9 10 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
08 7 11 Laptop-Macka Diamond-D-Ice (pp#7) D-1
09 10 7 Falling Down-Stacious-John John U-1
10 14 3 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House U-4
11 6 12 The Mission-Damian Marley & Stephen Marley-Tuff Gong(2wks@#1) D-5
12 11 12 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca D-1
13 12 7 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#12) D-1
14 17 2 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-3
15 16 5 What Have I Done To You-Bugle- Daseca U-1
16 18 3 Study People-Serani-Fire Links U-2
17 19 3 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-2
18 20 2 Even If Mi Lef Di Gully-Mavado-Daseca U-2
19 13 7 Ting Dem Tall - Chino - Big Ship (pp#13) D-6
20 15 18 Money Fi Spend-Vybz Kartel-Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5