August 2008 Archives

Mr Vegas - "Daggering"

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Hottie Hottie of the Week from Dipsomania

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MAVADO FINALLY ON USA SOIL

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mavado1.jpgFans eagerly awaiting his performance on Sunday at Irie Jamboree

New York: The long wait is over. After a one year wait, Dancehall dj, Mavado landed safely at JFK International airport in New York last night on an American Airline aircraft at 9:17pm. The DJ and his management team, cleared immigrations and customs at 9:45pm. He is now resting comfortably at a secret location in New York.

"It has been a long wait for music fans in New York who will finally have the opportunity to see Mavado live in the Big Apple on Labor day Sunday, August 31 at Irie Jamboree. We worked hard with his management team over the past few months to make this happen and we look forward to him gracing the stage for his many loyal fans" was the message for the Irie Jamboree executive team this morning.

Mavado (born David Constantine Brooks) in 1981 gave the world the critically acclaimed debut album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, which includes hit singles "Fathers Prayer", "Cassava Piece Radio", "Sadness", "Gully Side", and "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet) which was dedicated to Olympic Gold medal winner Asafa Powell.





Gustav Destroys Jamaica

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hurricane edit.JPGHurricane Gustav slammed into parts of Jamaica leaving destruction and sorrow for all people, places and things lacking enough strength to stand firm in its path. Since Thursday night heavy rains and winds have left many stranded, flooded and some fatalities have been reported as well.

Missing people include a teenage boy and a younger child; while thousands have been rescued or remain in need of being saved from flood waters. Many residents in areas like Bryce Hill in Papine, St Andrew, Western Portland – by Manchioneal and Long Bay; Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine and Gordon Town have had to be evacuated and forced to seek shelter as their roofs have failed amongst other disastrous occurrences.

People wanting to leave Bull Bay or to go into that area from Harbour View are unable to do so, as the Harbour View Bridge is impassable after having split in two by the viciously strong water and wind.

Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness along with teams from the Jamaica Defense Force and the National Works Agency are on the ground diligently engaged in evacuation and rescue missions, as persons are not only stranded in flooded areas, but also trapped on places like their roofs.





Mr Vegas "Daggering" holds #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE/TITLE/LABEL/PEAK POSITION

01 01 10 Mr. Vegas-Daggering -KirkleDove/Irish & Chin -2wks@1
02 02 11 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga -Board House -Shot to Watch
03 04 14 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday -Big Ship
04 03 13 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx -3wks@#1
05 07 11 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die -DangerZone/SoBe
06 05 18 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper -Seanizzle -5wks@1
07 08 08 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man -Legend
08 06 13 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Peak@#2
09 11 06 Konshens-Winner -Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
10 09 17 Richie Spice-The Plane Land -No Doubt -Peak@#3
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hurricane edit.JPGEarly this morning, Tropical Storm Gustav strengthened with maximum sustained winds up to 70 miles per hour, just 74 mph short of the requirements for a Category One Hurricane. With this speed and might Gustav hovered only 80 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica and about 170 miles south of Guantariamo, Cuba.

The government of Jamaica has issued hurricane warnings while the slow moving system is said to be expected to head west-southwest, turning more westerly later today, passing very closely to Jamaica.

Although many computer models indicate the storm is heading in a north-westerly direction that will take it off the southern coast of Cuba then on to the central Gulf of Mexico by Sunday, it is a fact that track projections are not always accurate and Gustav’s path is being closely watched, as it can crucially affect important oil and gas producing areas near the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

The storm lashed into Haiti reeking havoc that caused flooding and landslides that killed 15 people on Tuesday. In all 23 people have lost their lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a result of Gustav.





Two-headed baby adds to unusual summer births

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baby28.jpgNature recently granted one woman in Egypt the blessing of septuplets; and 27 year old Ghazal Khamis was the second woman to ever bring 7 babies into the world safely on August 16, 2008.

On Monday in Pakistan, nature sent another uncommon blessing to a woman there who gave birth to a baby boy who has two heads attached to one body.

Delivered by cesarean section at a clinic in Keshobput, the 12 lb 1 oz baby has been moved with his mother to a larger hospital to protect the family from curious onlookers.

His mother’s gynaecologist, Dr Mohamad Abdul Bari said that the child has one stomach and is eating normally with his two mouths. The doctor explained that while the baby was born from one embryo that experienced a developmental anomaly, he has a full set of limbs and one genital organ.





bolt200m rec.jpgThe community of Sherwood Content joins National Meats to present the Hart Hill Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebration on September 20. This show of gratitude and appreciation for the community’s local son will be the parish of Trelawney’s way of honoring Bolt’s wonderful success.

According to David Phillips, CEO of National Meats/Hart Hill, whose company is fully sponsoring the event that will be of no cost to patrons, "We take rural development seriously and this is the reason we have joined with the community of Sherwood Content in this effort. Usain is an inspiration to all Jamaicans young and old and we felt that his achievements should be celebrated and heralded as a standard that we must all seek to attain."

The day will begin with a fun day at Waldensia Primary School, where Usain’s talent first came to light and was developed. The proceedings will continue through the day with an up tempo concert featuring some of the island’s top gospel, reggae and dancehall performers.

Bolt created history in Beijing as he became the first man to set records at the same Olympics in all three of the following: the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 by 100 relay events, since Carl Lewis achieved that goal in 1984. The world watched and celebrated with Bolt, sending a wave of pride to circulate amongst Jamaicans at home and abroad.





Bolt not fazed by numerous testing

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bolt osaka.jpgExpressing that he has nothing to worry about because he is clean, Usain Bolt is not surprised at the numerous tests he has been required to undergo as athletic organizations wallow in disbelief at his amazing feat of breaking historical records.

The triple gold winner who made Caribbean and Olympic history in Beijing China discussed the series of tests that entailed, blood and urine tests at an event sponsored by his sponsor, Puma. Explaining that he was tested four times even before starting to run in Beijing, Bolt says proudly that all tests came back negative.

Saying the testing was done so many times, that he lost track, Bolt remains confident of his actions saying that he trains hard and performs well; leaving no other explanation for his colossal performances.





ele_angel.jpgOn September 7 the Hilton Kingston will be filled with glitz and glamour as Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search (CMS) gets underway with none other than the trendy fashion and dancehall experts, Elephant Man and D’Angel as specially featured guests.

No stranger to the art of discovering new massive talent, Pulse is entering its 30th year as the number one source in the Caribbean for the region’s international supermodels.

This year’s program is highly anticipated as the BadBoy Records/VP artist, Ele, who is basking in the huge success of his current dance tune, “Nuh Linga,” will be gracing the stage in this limitless merger of popular dancehall culture and couture.

The award winning ‘Energy God’ consistently includes lively and innovative dancehall moves in his pumping performances as is evident with hits like “Signal di Plane” and “Pon de River, Pon di Bank.” His loud style is expected to brighten up the CMS stage in every way.





By: Elizabeth Smith


mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgBobby Clarke, Irie Jamboree organizer, announced today that Mavado has been confirmed and will definitely be appearing at the upcoming massive event, happening in New York this Sunday, August 31.

The Irie Jamboree team reported to Yardflex that New York fans and the thousands expected to pour in for the traditional Labor Day celebrations can rest assured that Mavado will be performing at the Roy Wilkens Park in Queens, and will give all who have waited over a year to see him live again in the United States, a memorable performance.

Back after one year of being denied entry into the US, Mavado is eager to grace North America’s premier reggae festival. Described as the hottest dancehall artist in the business at the moment, with his requests for dub plates outnumbering most artists, Mavado will be one of the headliners at Irie Jamboree.

There is no doubt about it, since Clarke reported that Irie Jamboree Inc. has been in talks with Julian Griffiths for months now; and as soon as official confirmation was received on Mavado’s clearance to travel and work in the US, he was immediately booked for the festival.





NOSYMBL.gifSeveral cricket boards have been concerned with security for their teams who were originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan, a region currently recognized as potentially volatile. This has forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision to postpone the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan.

Omar Khan
, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

Khan
said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.





Jamaica prepares for destructive Gustav

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haiti-gustav-cp-5398202.jpgDisaster Response Preparedness has swung into high gear as Gustav veers towards the North Coast of Jamaica.

Government is bracing for the possibilities of a national emergency, with all parish emergency operation centres being put on high alert by this morning.

Taking no chances, Jamaica acted briskly after Haiti was hit hard by Gustav in the southern regions yesterday, killing at least one man and posing a serious threat to crops in a time of protests over high food prices. Bringing down trees and flooding fields of banana, beans and vegetables, the category 1 storm was particularly devastating in the deforested southern peninsula of Haiti as hundreds ignored storm warnings and instead of seeking shelter, continued rock throwing and protesting the high cost of living. A landslide killed the storm’s only reported victim.

As Gustav belted Haiti, not only did its already ailing agricultural industry suffer severely, but oil prices also rose immediately as meteorologists predict the storm will raise to a category 3 hurricane and enter the Gulf of Mexico by weeks end.





tom_cruise_edit.jpgMovie extras injured while on the set for Tom Cruise’s production company, United Artists, have launched an $11 million lawsuit against Cruise and his partners for serious injuries incurred.

Reports from Berlin state that during the making of the World War II flick, "Valkyrie" in August 2007, the extras fell out of a period German army truck as the side panels flung open when the truck swung around a corner.

Cruise and business partner Paula Wagner was sent a letter by lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ariane Bluttner, that outlines the case brought against them and the MGM fostered United Artists and stipulates her client’s legal demands as being $11 million.

Originally due for release in July this year, the film will land in theatres in December instead. It was originally banned from production in Germany by the government there and was later given the go ahead following much national discussion on issues including the Scientology movement of which Cruise is a part.





Papa Bolt had the time of his life

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daddy bolt.jpgWellesley Bolt, father for the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt returned to Jamaica on Monday having had the time of his life in Beijing, China.

“I became a celebrity,” he told reporters, as he relayed bits and pieces of his experience. Father Bolt was not entirely enthusiastic about leaving for the long 20 hour trip to China, but has no regrets and actually expressed how extremely pleased he was for having gone.

Bolt senior was urged by Digicel to make the trip and left the island last Tuesday for a journey he described as being beyond anything he had ever envisioned.

He explained that nothing could match his experience of greeting Usain following the 200 meter win.





Brutal Killing in Trinidad and Tobago

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trinidad-tobago-flag_edit.jpgEl Socorro, Trinidad and Tobago was a horror scene Monday morning when a couple was attacked and shot by a gunman at their apartment. The husband, 38 year old Nicholas Tavernier and his 41 year old wife, Sharon Henry died in the hospital shortly after arriving.

Officers investigating the case suspect the double murders occurred as a result of an argument Tavernier had with someone and say an arrest is imminent.

The police reported that the husband and wife were getting ready to leave their home at around 4:45 AM when Tavernier was pounced on at the front gate by several men. A fist fight ensued, during which Tavernier was shot.





Madonna slings mud at Republican Senator McCain

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madonna___470x355.jpgThe outspoken Madonna has ruffled feathers in the Republican camp of the United States, following her publicly disclosed analogies of John McCain and Adolf Hiltler.

Linking the President hopeful to such insidious characters as Hitler and Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has sent McCain in a fury.

In her opening night of a current world tour at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Madonna had images of McCain, Hitler and Mugabe featured alongside scenes of devastating global issues like global warming.

The 50-year-old Madonna ended the opening song with more soothing images of Al Gore, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama - the democratic Presidential hopeful.





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In her message at the 10th anniversary of the Victim's Support Unit (VSU) held at the Emmanuel Apolistic Church, Portmore, St. Catherine, Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne encouraged Jamaicans to come on board in order to help ease the high level of domestic violence in the Island. She stated that there were more than 22,000 reported cases of domestic violence since 2005, with more than half of the violence was perpetrated against women.

Carol Palmer, permanent secretary in the ministry said that "Women are more vulnerable..."

In attendance were the police, the correctional services, VSU personnel and politicians





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As Jamaica digests the recent glory at the Olympics in Beijing, officials prepare to raise the roof once more in celebration of the athletes’ return home.

Prime Minister Golding
has set up a committee to organize this celebration and says the Jamaican people will be given the chance to celebrate with the athletes.

Many of the country’s Olympians stopped in different parts of the world to participate in follow-up track meets, so the celebrations will be put on hold until all members of the Olympic squad return to Jamaica.

Scheduled to have a follow-up planning meeting today, the committee will disclose their plans to the public as soon as they have been finalized.

Most of the Olympic management team and some other squad members are expected to arrive home later today.





Courts to decide if 8-year-old will get divorced

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nojoud-mohammed-nasser.jpg While many children worldwide are preparing for their new school year, a child in Saudi Arabia is caught up in legal ramblings around a decision that only the courts there can make on whether or not she can be granted a divorce.

In a country that has one of the top child marriage rates on the Arabian peninsula, 8 year old, Unayzah was given in marriage by her father to a much older man. The marriage was arranged and carried out in high secrecy; and neither the child herself nor her mother were aware of the arrangements.

Unayzah’s mother filed for the divorce, but her new son-in-law is adamant that he is legally married and has broken no laws.

Child marriages are not exclusive to Saudi Arabia, but are prevalent in many parts of Africa and South-East Asia.





Dr Dre Mourns Son’s Death

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Dr.jpgAnother famous music industry affiliate has lost a son. This time the tragedy occurred in Los AngelesWoodland Hills where Andre Young, the 20 year old son of Dr. Dre was found dead at home.

Reports from Los Angeles say that Young had returned home around 5:30 AM yesterday; and his mom found him unresponsive upon trying to wake him at around 10:00 AM.

Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office stated that Young’s mom called 911 at that time and the cause of death is unknown, pending a toxicology report.

Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young Sr. became famous with gangsta rap group N.W.A. and from there became co-owner of Death Row Records. The Grammy award winner is credited for the emergence of West Coast G-funk and currently runs Aftermath Entertainment.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the entire family





Charter of Rights fails Spragga Benz’ Son

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Following the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) release of a Customer Service Charter of Rights that implies their intention to change policing strategies in order to more closely work with those they serve; it would appear that JCF has begun to renege on these agreed standards.

In the eyes of 17 year old Carlton Grant’s family, who are currently overwhelmed with grief at his recent fatal shooting by the hands of police officers, this charter has failed to recognize and respect the constitutional and statutory rights and privileges of each citizen as it purports to do.

Grant, who according to eye-witnesses was shot after obeying police commands to stop, is being mourned by his mother and countless others today. The son of famous entertainer, Spragga Benz, he was described as a conscientious young man who had done well in school.





Busy Signal- Pon di edge

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Glorious ending to exciting games

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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The 29th Olympiad came to an end in Beijing with the same theatricality with which everyone was welcomed at the opening ceremony. At the bird nest stadium, where these games were held in China, a capacity crowd of 91,000 witnessed this fantastic closing ceremony.

Competing against each other in various sporting events, 204 countries came together; and in the end Jamaica's performance in track and field took precedence as a small Caribbean country with outstanding output especially in the sprint events.

Most notable are the 11 medals the country achieved at the games:

6 gold, 3 silver and two bronze. The male athletes had 3 medals while the females garnered 8

Standing out was Usain Bolt who earned himself 3 gold medals all in world record time. Great performances by female athletes included: Veronica Campbell-Brown’s gold in the 200 meters, where she defended her title; Melaine Walker’s gold in the 400 meters hurdles in Olympic record time and Shelly-Ann Fraser’s gold in the 100 meters.





New disease threatens Jamaicans

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carlos hill & david smith-edit.jpgMany Jamaicans have been battling what has been termed as a ‘brand new disease’ aptly titled “Life After Carlos Hill and David Smith.”

Thousands are currently ‘infected’ and while there have been serious manifestations that include mental deterioration, high blood pressure and some increased heart palpitations, no reports have yet landed regarding any Jamaicans having succumbed to the devastating illness.

A cross section of Jamaicans from high, middle and lower echelons of the society have been infected and affected. Some even brought out their life savings from under the mattress to give to these get rich quick schemers, only to become a statistic today, following the major overturn of the businesses, Cash Plus and Olint.





Spragga Benz’ son killed

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Yardflex sends condolences to Spragga Benz whose son was killed by the police early yesterday morning. 17-year old Carlton Grant Junior was killed by the police in downtown Kingston.

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It is alleged that residents heard gunshots in the early hours of Sunday morning, a break and then a single shot.

According to eye witness reports; when young Carlton was accosted by the police he placed his hands in the air before being shot the first time. Another eye witness claimed that the police went and stood over him and shot him a second time.

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His body was then thrown into the back of the vehicle and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.





Serbs unveil statue to Bob Marley

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marleystatue-cp-5387503.jpgLate Jamaican singer Bob Marley had a statue unveiled in his memory on Saturday in a Serbian village, making it Europe's first statue to the late Jamaican reggae to promote peace and acceptance of differences in a region still recovering from war.

Two Balkan musicians, one from Croatia and one from Serbia, unveiled the monument in the village of Banatski Sokolac at midnight during a gathering of rock bands from the Balkans.

"Bob Marley promoted peace and tolerance in his music," said Mirko Miljus, an organizer. The event continued a trend of raising monuments to popular Western icons instead of local historical figures.

Bosnians have erected a monument to Bruce Lee in the town of Mostar and Serbs have put up a statue to Rocky Balboa in northern Serbia.





Mighty Crown celebrates 17th anniversary in Japan

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Forty thousand revelers turned out on Saturday, August 16 for Japan's largest Reggae festival in Yokohama, Japan to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Mighty Crown.
Yokohama Reggae SAI was first conceived in 1995 by MIghty Crown as a means of celebrating their anniversary in the business and highlighting Reggae/Dancehall in Japan.
The festival was certainly not an ordinary event for Irish and Chin, Inc as there were number 1 sound systems and extraordinary performances by artistes Mr. Vegas, Wayne Wonder and the High Energy dancers. There were also a slew of top Japanese Reggae artistes.
The crowd roared in appreciation at the hits that Mighty Crown selected and as ace selector Sami T played some of Mighty Crown's latest tunes.
Mr. Vegas whose energetic performance, along with the acrobatic moves of HIgh Energy dancers, caused the crowd to erupt in appreciation said that the festival had the largest audience that he has ever performed before. He also enjoys how the Japanese have embraced Reggae/Dancehall music.
Plans for next year's Yokohama Reggae SAI are already in the planning stages.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Bembe Thursday

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Miami Dolphin's coach wants Bolt for NFL

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Rumour has it that Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Parcell is interested in trying out the 6 foot 4 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt for the NFL.

It is reported that Parcell has always joked about trying out Bolt, but sources say that a scout for the Miami Dolphins is on his way to China to hold discussions with Usain's manager. So is it fact or rumour? Keep tuned.





Da'Ville steams up Young Professionals' gathering

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Da’Ville was his usual dynamic self at the recently held Young Professionals Network of Jamaica (YPNJ) get together at New Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel. The Fashozy Records artist said, "‘I decided to get involved because I am a young professional myself. I wanted to represent for the young musicians out there because music is a profession for me."

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Delighting all in attendance with his songs, Da’Ville performed a moving set that included his hits, "Always on My Mind," "Here We Stand" and the motivating, "Give Thanks for What You’ve Got."

The network comprises vibrant Jamaican youth aged 18 – 45 who are not only based in Jamaica, but also living in many countries across the globe including: the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan.





Olympics Unity

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lead.jpgIt look like Olympics fi come regular, because only when a Olympics
the crime rate drop. It look like everybody so busy a watch Olympics
them nuh have nuh time fi rob, kill or shoot nuh body.

Why wi caan keep this up wen nuh Olympics nah gwaan. Look how the country a run sweet during the olympic season. A suh it fi run all year round.

Tell mi de truth, oonu nuh tink seh it look bad fi wi a do so well inna China, and a run de place ova deh an wi deh a Jamaica a kill off wi one anada. We a one small island an we rank number one inna medals inna athletics. Wi beat out all a di first world country dem. Oonu nuh feel proud? an feel seh oonu fi stop di foolishness now, a full time Jamaica crime rate drop. It well over due.

Wi have so much fi bi proud a, wi need fi unite like how wi unite ova dem past few days yah. If we keep dis up, our likkle island will be a better place and everybody ago want come yah - because Jamdung sweet and violence free.





Eek-A-Mouse accused of rape in Kill Devil Hills

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Eek_a_mouse.jpgEek-A-Mouse who was featured recently on Youtube ranting and raving at a press conference is in the spotlight yet again. This time the singer has been charged with the rape and kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman who reported she was held against her will at an Outer Banks motel, police say.

The musician, whose real name is Ripton Joseph Hylton, had performed at the Port O' Call Restaurant & Gaslight Saloon on Saturday. He left at the end of the show, at about 1:30 Sunday morning, said Kill Devil Hills police Lt. Gene Johnson.

According to Johnson, Hylton, 50, from Los Angeles , then went to the Colony IV Motel in Kill Devil Hills, where the woman said the rape took place.

Hylton was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and possession of cocaine, all felonies, Johnson said. He was also charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

He was released on $52,000 secured bond , Johnson said. Before his gigs in Kill Devil Hills on Friday and Saturday, "Mouse" had appeared at the Jewish Mother on Aug. 14 in Virginia Beach.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser


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Jamaica won the 4 by 100 relay in world record time of 37.10 seconds today at the Beijing Olympics, sending a clear message that the land of wood and water is not to be underestimated.

The fast and furious team broke the world mark of 37.40 set in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the US team that was equalled by another US squad at the world championships in Stuttgart in 1993.

Nesta Carter was the first man with the baton that he passed to Michael Frater; then it was Frater to the indomitable Usain Bolt who went on to hand the baton to Asafa Powell who breezed on to the finish line in record breaking time.

Bringing home another gold medal for Jamaica, the relay team conquered all odds. Top sprinter Asafa Powell got the opportunity to finally land himself a gold medal for the first time on an international platform. The gold had been eluding Powell and this was his chance to redeem himself.





Olympic committee leader criticizes Usain Bolt

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usain_new.jpgToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge had stiff criticism for Jamaican record breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

According to the Associated Press the former Olympic yachtsman who hails from Belgium told a small group of reporters that he did not consider Bolt’s "doing a show" following his historic win as being respectful of the other competitors in his race.

The elated and proud Bolt danced, did his victory run around the field draped in the Jamaican flag, beat his chest in glee and even declared that he was number one – using finger gestures in a television close-up; however Rogge felt that somehow Bolt was not entitled to express himself as his personality and possibly as his culture dictated.

Rogge
told three international reporters that Bolt should have acknowledged the others who raced with him by even giving them a tap on the shoulder immediately after finishing first, rather than showing his joy and pride in the way he did, especially af





Bounty Killer fined $5000

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Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgThe DJ who has been referred to as cross, angry and miserably was yesterday (Thursday, August 21) fined $5,000 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate Court in St James.

The fine was in relation to charges of indecent language and disorderly conduct following his performance at the Dancehall Night staging of Reggae Sumfest last month.

Bounty Killa, during his performance, started dissing Beenie Man and was booed for it. In the midst of it all, the Killer uttered "a bag of" expletives and exited the stage in the wee hours of the morning.

He was immediately arrested and charged by members of the police force who were waiting at the foot of the stage.





Mavado and Vybz Kartel at it again

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Just when everyone thought the feud between two of dancehall's top artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel was over, the volcano has erupted.

Ever since Sting 2007 they have been seen sharing casual conversations in the streets, so everyone thought it was safe to assume that peace was in the air.

Despite this, YardFlex now understands that the two have "rekindled old flames". Scatta, a well know producer, has a new rhythm out called "Self Defense Rhythmn" which features the two artistes verbally slandering each other.

In Mavado's song he accuses Vybz Kartel of being a homosexual because he uses "bleaching" products and that he is an atheist. Vybz Kartel retaliated by calling Mavado a "Gully Girl", a gangsta wanna be and then telling him about his sexual relationship with his mother.





Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" still in the # 1 Spot

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JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN

By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
AUGUST 22, 2008


TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

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01 1 10 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 15 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (4wks@#1) U-1
03 2 9 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records (pp#2) D-1
04 4 19 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca NM
05 7 7 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-2
06 5 14 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#5) D-1
07 8 10 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
08 11 7 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-3
09 13 4 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Adidjaheim
Records/ Chimney Records U-4
10 12 5 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
11 6 18 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5
12 10 23 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-2
13 14 6 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-1
14 16 5 Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha
Music U-2
15 9 18 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#2) D-6
16 17 3 Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21 U-1
17 18 3 I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records U-1
18 15 17 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-3
19 19 10 Study People-Serani-Fire Links (pp#12) NM
20 - New Overcome- Mavado-Big Ship





Caribbean Leaders Honoured at METS game

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_40773154_petrocaribe203ap.jpgEarlier this week, Irvine G. Clare Sr, Managing Director of Caribbean Immigrant Services Inc; the promoters of Irie Jamboree, North America's reggae festival: Bobby Clarke, Steven Williams, Louis Grant and Michael Williams; Herman Hall, Publisher of Everybody's Caribbean American Magazine and Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of the Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) were honoured by the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) in affiliation with the New York METS, at the second annual Caribbean Night at Shea at the Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, just before the METS vs Atlanta Braves game, for being outstanding Caribbean community leaders.

The honourees who were in attendance thanked the QEDC for its efforts to integrate the people of the Caribbean into activities that will contribute to the economic development of the borough of Queens, and will seek to use this relationship and recognition as leverage for a more fundamental and economically viable opportunity.





Campbell-Brown takes the 200 meter gold

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s domination of the sprint events at this year’s Beijing Olympics was completed today as Veronica Campbell-Brown took an impressive gold in the women’s 200 meters.

She beat the United States’ Allison Felix into a silver medal position with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart claiming the bronze.

The defending champion produced a smooth performance across the finish line in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Jamaica has now won all four of the individual sprint events. Campbell-Brown’s victory will mean that the U.S. team will return home without a gold medal in the individual sprint events for the first time since they boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Yardflex would like to congratulate Veronica Campbell-Brown on her victory.





Come affa wi name

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Mi seh, how some people and country bad mind suh?
Mi seh afta Usain Bolt bun up de field and bruk two
worl record people a fight him out.

Why dem nuh want see Jamaicans prosper? A wah wi
do dem? Dem need fi know seh wi little but wi talawah,
an nuh matter wha, we a God Bless pickney.

Mi seh dem all have up seh Bolt deh pon drugs, dats why
him run suh fast, cause him neva use to suh fast. Dis
just grieve mi heart, cause after we a do so well de
little badmind people dem nuh want se we reach nuh weh
so dem a start rumour.





Happy Birthday Usain Bolt

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Heartfelt birthday greetings for the recently crowned fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt are ringing out in every corner of the globe today.

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As Jamaica’s track hero reaches the age of 22, he basks in the glory of his ongoing success at the Beijing Olympics where his record breaking runs have made him the focus of every sports arena on the planet.

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Bolt told reporters in Beijing recently that he will be ‘just chillin’ on his birthday, but somehow many feel that he will find a few moments to rock and groove to his favorite reggae tunes.

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After his winning runs, Bolt has been showing his elation by doing a few of Jamaica’s popular dance moves and he is about to be the inspiration behind a brand new dance to be called none other than – "THE USAIN BOLT."





Elephant Man - "Gully Creepa/BOOM"

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jta.jpgYesterday, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has failed to come to a resolution in relation to salary and fringe benefits for the islands more than 22,000 public-school teachers.

At the JTA's Annual Conference, held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, the chairman of the salaries and conditions of service committee, Byron Farquharson, said that the association would give the Government until August 29 to respond to the reclassification terms as the company doing the reclassification study,Focal Point, missed the deadline to submit the report to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, (another report should be submitted today). Delegate Norman Allen disagreed claiming that that date was too long and said that no one should leave the conference until a decision was made, to which the members of the conference agreed.





Lightening strikes twice

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.





Allison Hinds added to Irie Jamboree line-up

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Alison1.jpgAllison Hinds will be one of the Caribbean’s dynamite songstresses who will grace the stage at the annual mega-fete, Irie Jamboree. Taking place on Labor Day, Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, the highly anticipated concert has a line-up of stellar Caribbean talent and adding the reigning Soca Queen will further delight fans.

Representing for the ladies, along with Toronto based reggae diva, Tanya Mullings, Allison Hinds was chosen to 'ice the Irie Jamboree cake' as she has a strong fan base and is purely electrifying as a performer.

"Allison Hinds had all the qualities we were looking for and a whole lot more to offer" Bobby Clarke, one of the principals of Irie Jamboree Inc. said. Excited about the upcoming event, Clarke feels he has overcome what seemed like a challenge, to choose another queen for this year’s Irie Jamboree.

Veteran artists, Beenie Man and Yellowman were recently added to the line-up that includes other top reggae stars like: Sizzla, Coco Tea, Elephant Man, Serani, Bugle, Demarco, Little Hero and Elvis D.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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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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News Brief

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Child play causes tragedy

Following the gruesome discovery about a week ago of two dead children in the trunk of a car, an autopsy revealed this week that they died from suffocation.

The Bushy Park
, Clarendon discovery of Trico Lewin, 8 and Latavia Lewin, 5 came after their family had reported them missing.

It is believed that the children met their demise after playing in the car trunk that accidentally locked with them inside.

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Rihanna going broke?

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Rihanna.jpgWith multiple mega hits, numerous stage appearances and other endorsement deals, Barbadian singing star Rihanna is said to be going broke.

It was a shocking revelation for the 20 year old who rose to the top of world charts steadily over the past few years following her first hit, "Pon de Replay" and others like the European favorite, "Umbrella".

According to recent reports the soulful diva, who ought to be financially secure all things considered, checked her bank account and there was supposedly only a $20,000 balance. Appalled and furious she hurled accusations at her business manager, Patricia Williams, who was instantly fired.

Williams has denied any wrong doing and passed the buck to manager and owner of Rebel One Management, Marc Jordan, who she claims has been looking after Rihanna’s finances with her. Disclosing that Def Jam does not properly fund the artist, Williams said Marc has had no choice but to put money made from third party endorsements and live appearances towards Rihanna’s album and music videos.





Beenie Man fights woman backstage

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beenie_charts.jpgIt is reported that after performing at a sold out show in Stratford Rex, London, Beenie Man and a woman, allegedly D'Angel's sister, had a physical altercation.

Witnesses say that at approximately 4am Monday morning, while Beenie Man was backstage preparing to leave the venue, a woman approached him wanting to discuss money owed to her. Beenie Man who was leaving for Germany told her that he would talk to her upon his return to England. As he turned to walk away she grabbed his chain and broke it, at which time his security guards intervened.

However, Beenie Man's publicist, Ray Alexander, could not confirm the incident as he said that Beenie Man had not mentioned anything to him during their 8am phone call. He promised to speak to Beenie Man about the alleged incident in Germany the following day.

Beenie Man is presently on a one month long European tour and is scheduled to perform in Germany on August 19, Holland on August 23, 26 and 27, and Belgium, August 24.





Pepsi's Rising Star Promotions

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As sponsors of Rising Stars for the past 4 years, Pepsi Cola Jamaica will be hosting the latest campaign of promotions for the Rising Stars competition by creating a special edition label for their 20oz and 2 litre bottles of Pepsi which will feature the first Jamaican entertainer ever, 2007 Rising Stars winner, St. Ann born, Romain Virgo.

When consumers purchase the soft drink with the Romain Virgo label, during the Pepsi's 2008 Rising Stars competition, they will have a chance to win prizes. Up until September, consumers will be able to text in a code found inside the bottle caps to Digicel to win prizes. Also, consumers who drop bottle labels into a box at any KFC island wide will have a chance to enter into the "Be A Star" Grand Prize, which includes a chance to share the stage with the Digicel Rising Stars finalists on live TV.

During the promotions, consumers will have a chance to win cellular phones, free pepsis, tickets to the show, among other prizes.





Shericka Williams makes dramatic silver run

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

sherika20050628rm.JPGJamaica added another medal to their tally as Shericka Williams performed amazingly, coming in second place this morning in the women’s 400 meter flat race. It was a bit of a surprise for avid track fans, since most sports analysts did not predict she would medal.

Williams copped the silver medal unexpectedly in a time of 49.69 seconds. The race was won by Christine Ohuruogu from Britain in 49.62 seconds and Sanya Richards came third, taking the bronze medal for the United States.

Richards, who was listed as the favorite to win the women’s 400 meter, finished in a time of 49.93 seconds. Although representing the United States in Beijing, she is a naturalized US citizen of Jamaican parentage.

In another final event today the 100 meters hurdles for women saw both Jamaican contestants, Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster disappointingly failing to make the podium. Finishing fifth and sixth respectively, they ran the race in 12.65 and 12.66 seconds.

After many years of international competition, Foster announced today that she plans to hang up her track shoes and retire.

The Olympic finals began on August 15 and Jamaica is currently number 4 in the world in athletics with 5 medals – 2 gold and 3 silver medals. Russia, the United States and Kenya rank first second and third.





Capleton's absence angers Beenie Man

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beenie_capleton-edit.jpgImmediately after his "Beenie Sizzle" event Beenie Man told reporters that he was upset that Capleton was absent for the show for which he was billed when he, Beenie had performed so well at Capleton's "A St. Mary Mi Come From" event just days before.

Capleton, having just arrived and overheard Beenie's comments explained that his absence was not meant to disrespect Beenie Man, but that his brother had gone missing and a search party had to be organized to locate him.

Beenie Man apologised for his comments, which he said were made in anger.

Capleton's
brother was found stranded along the road. Details of his disappearance are still unknown.





Reggae Rising Holds True

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By: Michelle Lani Thomas

Photography by: Marie Mendoza

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People Productions held its 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Festival at Dimmick's Ranch in Piercy, California on August 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The three day event brought out veteran artists, along with today's hot up and coming acts. The line up featured headliners like Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Junior Reid, Sizzla and Don Carlos.

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Baby Cham rocked the stage with a magnetic performance, as he told the reggae rising audience, "My party go on all night." Crowd favorites such as "Ready Ready", "Stand By Me", "This Is Why I'm Hot" and hit single "Ghetto Story" kept fans irie as they danced and bounced to his every beat. He kicked his performance into high gear with a joint performance with Mr. Easy and dropped 'Lil Wayne's "A Milli" beat with his own flava. We caught up with Cham and asked about his set. Cham said, "It's just music. Music has no boundaries. To me, a perfect party is not a party with one type of music."





Suh mi seh

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with Joan Wilson

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It's a good time to be back. I apologise for being caught up with work and other stuff, so my writing had to go on the back burner. But not even the pressure of work could keep me from checking in to talk about my joy which knows no end.

One little dot on the map and we are creating havoc in Beijing, China! What could possibly beat the overwhelming swell of pride when Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.69 seconds and gave us the gold?

But if I thought my cup had overflowed with joy, then I had another guess coming as our three girls, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, made a clean sweep of the medals earning gold and two silvers in the same race - creating history. Who would have ever imagined that!

Shelly-Ann who hails from the Water House community proved to the world that one's address is just geography. She was super confident, regal and a beauty to behold as she totally stamped her class on the athletic games.





The-Three-Terrific

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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On a day when Jamaica celebrated the 121st birthday anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s sprint queen Shelley-Ann Fraser as well as gold and silver medal winners Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, celebrated their clean sweep of the women’s 100 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China.

Fraser stormed to a life time best 10.78 seconds to win Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter finals; leading the sweep with Simpson and Stewart, as both clocked identical 10.98 seconds in a dead-heat for second.

This was a phenomenal accomplishment for all three athletes as they broke world history in the 100 meter race. No other country can boast having three winners represented on the podium for the 100 meter women’s Olympic final.

Although it was the first time ever that three female athletes from the same country took the top three places in an Olympic track final, American male sprinters have been first second and third on two previous occasions; in 1906 in Athens and during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The most recent occasion of seeing three athletes from the same country on a medal podium was in the triple jump in 2004 when three Russian athletes took all the medals on offer.





Brittany Lyons crowned Miss Jamaica World 2008

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By: Jaide

themisscontest471178.jpgBrittany Lyons took the Miss Jamaica World crown at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston.

Crowned by last year's winner, Yendi Phillips, the 19 year old Lyons came out on top over 15 other contestants.
Jade Grant and Marsha-Gay Reynolds were first and second runners-up respectively at the Olympic themed show titled 'In Search of Gold.'

Show hosts were Nadine Hunt and Adrian Atkinson and while the evening was full of exciting moments with contestants showcasing their abilities in various forms, there was the added stirring touch of master performances by the Stella Maris creative dance troupe, Soul 4 Soul and Angel.

One focus was on physique as always; so contestants strutt their stuff in gold bikinis and modeled sensuous top designs in evening wear.

However, the outlined aim of this pageant has always been to uplift women who participate; promoting individual development in all areas including self-worth and self-esteem.





What’s poppin

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D'Angel and Beenie Man

What a way Ragashanti programme sell off di whola dis week yah wid di whole heap a people a call in bout D'angel and Beenie Man. Some a dem sey dat di two a dem a guh find dem way back together and others sey dat if dem nuh deh back dem fi remain good friends. Mi neva know sey a suh suh much people mix up inna dem life.

More sex tape?

Bwoy mi a hear one big big argument and if dat a true it a guh meck Milk and Johnny tape look like foolishness. Di name whey mi a hear a call up regarding kinky sex from behind...heh hem. If di tape lick dat deh smady nuh have a come back a come back. But if a true a ontgle a matter a time before it buss. Cause how wi get it, di person a pay nuff money fi hold it dung...suh wi hope di money nuh run out...cause...ah bwoy a ongle hope nutten nuh guh suh.





Pamputtae - "It Good"

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Jamaican ska band trumpeter dies

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Johnny-Moore.jpgJamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites founding member and trumpeter Johnny Moore died of cancer on Saturday. Moore who was 70 died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following treatment last week.

Moore was instrumental in forming the band in 1964 along with saxophonist Tommy McCook and Roland Alphanso and trombonist Don Drummond.

During the first 14 months the band was together, it transformed jazz, movie themes and other genres of music with ska style. It broke up in the 1960s, but regrouped in New York two decades later. Two of their albums, "Hip Bop Ska" and "Greetings from Skamania," were nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s.

Their music continued to influence bands such as 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.





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Acquitted of murdering a 39 year old transgendered woman, Kellie Telesford in her Thornton Heath flat last November, Shanniel Hyatt is adamant about his innocence.

Reporting that he was unaware of the former florist and beautician's
actual gender until being informed by police upon his arrest, the 18 year old Jamaican was accused of killing Telesford in a state of rage.

The prosecution told a jury at the Old Bailey trial, that after spending an intimate night with the transgendered woman, Hyatt killed her in anger once he realized she was indeed a man who had undergone a sex change. Prosecutor Sally O’Neil presented facts, gleaned from video surveillance recordings, that the teenager left Telesford’s flat at 6am on November 19, 2007, having stolen her public transit pass, mobile telephone and other electronic equipment.





Cross Roads Building to be Demolished

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgThe tenants of a building located at the corner of Caledonia Road, Cross Roads expressed shock upon hearing that they have five days, which ended yesterday, to vacate the premises, as the building which is built over a gully will be demolished.

The mayor of Kingston Desmond McKenzie served demolition notice to the owner, but, according to the tenants who operate small businesses from the location, the owner has been collecting their rent while informing them of nothing.

One woman said that she was unaware of the circumstances until she saw the news.

Mayor McKenzie said that, over the past four and a half years, the owner has been served with notices to demolish the building, but has failed to acknowledge the notices.

A bartender commented that she was not sorry for the owner, "...him out of order, him should notify the people, I don't sorry fi him."





Harry Daley's attorneys feeling intimidated

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HARRY_BUNGLES_1_edit.jpgThe attorney's for Superintendent Harry "Bungles" Daley, Valerie Neita Robertson and Carolyn Reed have both taken issue with what they describe as strategies to intimidate them.

They have sent reports to the Jamaica Bar Association outlining alleged wiretapping, illegal searches of their homes and person at the Horizon Prison.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Intelligence, Owen Ellington, promised to make a statement concerning the matter, but is yet to do so.





Usain Bolt makes lightening gold win in Beijing

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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It may be something to do with his name; since the invincible Usain Bolt
literally bolted out the starter’s block at Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing
today creating not only Olympic history but also Caribbean history by
championing the 100 meter final.

Doing Jamaica proud, it was an astounding race for the 21 year old Bolt
who clocked a breathtaking 9.69 second finish, setting a new world record
and garnering an Olympic gold medal.

The expected faceoff with Asafa Powell, who until recently held the world
record went completely ‘out the window’ as Bolt led the 100 meter sprinter
pack leaving Powell, who finished the race in 9.95 seconds, way behind.

Clocking in 5th in the race, Powell came in behind Richard Thompson of
Trinidad and Tobago, who earned himself the silver medal at 9.89 seconds
and Walter Dix, an NCAA United States champion who picked up the bronze
medal with his 9.91 run.





Alley Cat releases new album

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alleycat_dancehall.jpgProducer / artiste Alley Cat has released a new album called Dancehall Knowledge Vol 1 which contains inspirational songs as well as songs "...with a little bit of rude bwoy touch..defending the struggles of the people..."

He is hopeful that the album will be a success as the first video has been doing well on RETV and CVMTV top ten countdown. It has also been getting great airplay and positive feedback.

The album features artistes such as: Red Square, Mitch, Fiona, Miami based Tenor Blue and new comers: Badd Cash, East Coast and Scorpion.





DMX arrested again

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dmx123.jpgThe Yonkers-bred rap artiste DMX, born Earl Simmons, was arrested for the sixth time this year for skipping a court date on Tuesday.

On Thursday afternoon, Miami police apprehended the 37 year old rapper while he was leaving an area Wal-Mart department store.

He was to appear in the Arizona courts to answer to charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

DMX has other charges pending in the Arizona courts from animal cruelty to impersonation.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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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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What really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul

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sean paul_edit.jpgEveryone has heard a different story about what really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul and other artistes. YardFlex has gotten an exclusive interview from an artiste, Limey Murray, who was at the venue in Sweden.

He explains that the attack was not just on Sean Paul, his band or management team, but on all the artistes who were present. This he explains was an attempt by the lawmen to control the speech of the artistes and was a direct attack on dancehall and reggae music.

Mr. Murray told YardFlex that the Police in Sweden interrogated the artistes, management and band members. They were placed in coaster buses and taken to this large auditorium where they had to do a urine test. The urine test was done to establish the presence of any traces of herb in the urine. If traces of herb were found during the urine test they would have to proceed by doing blood tests. The blood tests would show how long ago the artistes had engaged in herb smoking and if they had smoked the herb while in Sweden, seeing that it is an illegal substance in the country.





Whats Poppin

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The "Energy God" buys range rover

elephant_man.jpgIt look like a Range Rover a de in ting fi 2008.
The "Energy God", Elephant Man just join the "Range Rover Crew". Only fi him own a nuh black or white like everybody else own, but yellow.

So people if oonu see a yellow Range Rover a pass, oonu nuh affi wonder a who, 'cause its none other than the "Energy God".





International News

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Michael Misick and estranged wife in cat fight

LisaRaye_MichaelMisick.jpgIt is reported that on Tuesday, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick released a statement that he was separated from his wife LisaRaye McCoy-Misick.

LisaRaye returned to the TCI to negotiate devorce settlements and decided to confront Misick at his mansion on Wednesday night, where a number of government officials, including the Minister of Health and Education, Lillian Been-Boyce witnessed their violent altercation which resulted in both Misicks seeking medical attention for multiple bite wounds. Both filed police reports against the other.





Money Seized by Police Replaced with Counterfeit

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police_officers.jpgPolice in Spanish Town have a huge nut to crack at the moment, as money and other material confiscated by them in 2006 has seemingly disappeared from their safe holding area. Not only did the $800,000 and four cellphones fly the coup with no apparent explanation; the bills were also replaced by counterfeit notes, some of which were crudely photocopied.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green ordered on Monday that charges against Anthony Barrett, Dushane Sweeny and Dalton Thomas be dropped, following successful litigation by defense attorney George Soutar. Charged with unlawful possession of $800,000 and other material; said to be unaccounted for, the men have appeared in court on many occasions since their arrest in late 2006.





Angry mom burns eight year old in face

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Anger management was definitely lacking in the case of a Pink Lane, Kingston woman who was arraigned in court this week for throwing boiling water her eight year old child’s face.

Remanded in custody after appearing before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court yesterday, the woman, Ann Marie Scott, 28, faces assault and wounding charges.

Scott allegedly got extremely irate upon discovering that her eight year old daughter had misplaced a ring that was a gift from her father. Police reported that the incident took place on July 29 and following an investigation by detectives of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, she was officially charged.

Dumbfounded when asked to explain her actions by senior Magistrate Glen Brown, Scott’s actions against her child were outlined by family members who helplessly witnessed the vicious attack.

Reports given by them to police describe how Scott first started beating her eight year old with a mop stick, threatening all the time to burn the child. Despite the family’s attempts to stop the assault, Scott followed through with her threats by boiling water in the microwave and throwing it on her child’s face, shoulders and legs.

The child was released into her father’s custody after spending almost two weeks in the Bustamante Hospital for children, where she was treated for severe burns.





Spice Disses Macka

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spice and macka edit.jpgEven with atistes and fans clamouring for peace, the dancehall contrversy continues. The latest incident took place at the Hype 2008 stage show, Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, August 9, when Spice came on stage and lyrically 'dissed' Macka Diamond. The crowd expressed their delight when she accused Macka of wearing false teeth. Macka, however, chose to ignore Spice and performed like the true veteran of the business that she is.





Descendant of Marcus Garvey up for carnal abuse

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marcus_garvey.jpgDevon Garvey, who is said to be Marcus Garvey’s great grand son, has been charged in Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl.

Garvey, who hails from Gold Smith Villa in August Town, St Andrew had the carnal abuse charges laid on him this week after reports surfaced about his indiscreet actions towards the adolescent.

Police reports state that Garvey was accompanying the young girl from church on May 31 this year, and instead of taking her home, he brought her to his house, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Arrested and subsequently charged for the offence, Garvey has denied the allegations, says his attorney, Christopher Townsend.

He will return to court on September 8 for a preliminary enquiry into the incident.





Mavado's "Money Changing" keeping the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 1 11 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-3wks@#1
02 2 8 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
03 5 9 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House
04 3 16 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
05 8 12 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship - Greatest Gainer up 3
06 4 11 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records- Peak@# 2
07 9 9 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die-DangerZone/SoBe
08 6 15 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
09 7 15 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
10 11 6 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man-Legend





The Gully Gad Freed

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mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgMavado was yesterday freed of the separate charges of assault and using abusive language, resulting from an incident in Negril on August 3. He appeared in the Petty Court to answer to the abusive language charge and the Resident Magistrate Court for the charge of assault, on the same day.

Movado's manager Julian Jones-Griffith said that his client is a target for the media and that the incident was blown out of proportion. He also said that there were many witnesses willing to testify that Movado did not lay a hand on the complainant.





Sean Paul was not arrested

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Sean Paul 3.jpgContrary to reports flooding the internet Sean Paul's booking agent and publicist Headline Entertaining are maintaining that their client was not arrested on drug charges at the Uppsala Reggae Festival last Friday.

It was reported that the DJ who has made a big impact on the international scene was taken and processed along with 300 other people including artistes at a local police station.

Another media reported that the DJ's hotel room was searched without his knowledge.





4_hanging_1.jpgIn an effort to reduce the crime rate by using it as a deterrent for criminals and to appease the scared public, the JLP will in a few weeks vote either in favour of or against resuming the death penalty. The JLP's wish to resume executions in Jamaica as an anti-crime strategy has come under fire from various sects.

Yvonne Sobers of Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) sees this move as being "fundamentally abhorrent".

Human rights activist Nancy Anderson is also opposed to the idea of executions. "I am opposed to the idea of capital punishment, it doesn't help, it is not a deterrent...We condemn people who kill and then we turn around and kill them, it is farcical."





yendi_(risingstar).jpgThe new host of Digicel rising Stars, Yendi Phillipps said on Tuesday, August 12, that she is privileged to work with the rising talent of Jamaica. She especially enjoys bonding with the contestants, talking with them and getting to know them each as individuals.

She commented on the performances in Sunday's (August 10) show. She said that the eight finalists are finally listening to the judges and improving their performances, which were powerful enough to please the judges as well as the live audience.

About her stint as new host, Yendi said that she appreciates the advice and criticism that she has received. She, like the contestants, is adjusting and having fun, while allowing her personality to run free.





Lady Saw and Spice ruled at Divas in Concert

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It was a night of pure fun and excitement at Club Nazz in Negril where Divas in Concert took place. Although Macka Diamond, Queen Paul and Lady G were missing in action, you would never know it by the way the crowd seized every moment to enjoy themselves.

Lady Saw and Spice proved to be two lethal divas as they literally took full control of the crowd. They came, they saw and they conquered big time.

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D’Angel, Lady Diva and Miss Thing did their thing to good response from the crowd, but the night belonged to Spice and Lady Saw who drew upon every iota of experience to totally captivate the crowd.





mail.google.com.jpgIn an effort to reduce the increase of HIV in the Caribbean, as the Caribbean has the second highest infection rate next to the Sub-Saharan Africa, PANCAP (Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS) will in October present a proposed legislation to the Caribbean Parliamentary Council recommending the decriminalization of homosexuality and commercial
sex workers.

Dr. Kevin Harvey, head of Jamaica's National HIV/STI programme agrees with this method of intervention as he sees that if homosexuality is decriminalized there will be greater opportunities to reduce the infection rate among gays, as, he says, this cannot be done if they go underground.

Director of PANCAP, Carl Browne said that he is aware that a number of the territories in the region have laws that discriminate against these groups and knows that it will be easier to get sex workers decriminalized than homosexuality.

He also recognises that even if the Attorneys General agree to the proposal, what happens at the regional level cannot be dictated in individual countries.





Renaissance 19th Anniversary

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renaissance logo.gifThe Palisadoes Go-Kart track on Saturday night was the place to be as Renaissance Disco celebrated its 19th Anniversary with a party under the theme; "Flight 19". Renaissance, whose selectors are known for their excellent mixing skills, surely proved themselves at the event by keeping the patrons satisfied as they played hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained and dancing as they (the patrons) 'broke out' and were 'daggering' on the dance floor.

With a theme like this, expectations for decor were extremely high and they did not disappoint. Red Stripe which is strongly associated with the sound did not fail to make its presence known at the venue. Staff was attired in airline outfits; pilot hats. Effort was put into the details of decor, lighting to set the mood, steps to board the flight.





Ninja Man vs Bounty Killer

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bounty&ninja_edit.pngWah really a gwaan? This bag a tape ting...everybody yuh hear seh deh pon tape.

Now Ninja Man a seh him have a tape with the 'Grung God' Bounty Killer a do nastiness with a white man. Nobody nuh see de tape all now, so nobody nuh sure if a true.

Well wi hear seh Ninja Man a carry feelings because Bounty go pon Sumfest and a call up him name seh him have a funny man son who do hair in a Half Way Tree.

Wi nuh know if a feelings him a carry or a really true, but as soon as we hear anything else we will mek oonu know.





Jamaican Artist Christopher Gonzales Dies

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christopher_gonzales.JPGChristopher Gonzalez, whose expressionistic sculptures and paintings earned him a reputation as a pioneer in Jamaican art, has died, according to a longtime family friend. He was 65.

The acclaimed Jamaican artist lost his battle with cancer, on Saturday at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, said Kay Osbourne, managing director of Television Jamaica.

Gonzalez, born in 1943 in the central parish of Manchester, is best known for creating a controversial 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of reggae legend Bob Marley, which is housed at a museum in Ocho Rios.





logo.jpgDigicel Rising Star judge, Clyde McKenzie in expressing his opinion about the performances of the contestants on Sunday, August 3 had a lot to say.

He said that as the contestants became more comfortable with themselves and the stage their performances became stronger, even though he saw some weak ones as well.

One of the stronger performances he mentioned was the group Khalil, from Montego Bay. He said that they are one of the finest performers in the competition as they have the ability to use their harmony to make them the crowd favourite.

Cameal, he believes did a fair rendition of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". He says that her delivery and interpretation of the song should have an impact on the public.





Sean Paul arrested in drug bust

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sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgAccording to mediatakeout.com dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul was arrested in Sweden during a sting on Friday. It is reported that Sean Paul was caught and charged with possession of an unknown quantity of marijuana.

According to the website’s snitch the whole thing went down at the Uppsala Reggae Festival - a well known event. Word is that undercover officers called for a raid when they spotted Sean Paul and a group of other artists smoking marijuana - which is illegal in Sweden.

No word on what Sean Paul was charged with or how much jail time he faces.

In an updated story posted on Caribbean World News it stated that the Swedish police have taken flack for their arrest of Sean Paul plus about 300 fans.

“ "The way they treated Sean Paul and other artists was totally unacceptable", Uppsala organizer Yared Tekeste told a Swedish publication. "They searched his hotel room when he was not present and went through wallets and other personal belongings",†the article was was quoted as saying.





Bob Marley Foundation gives back to education

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The Bob Marley Foundation recently donated 100 books to the Victory Basic School in Trench Town, St. Andrew. The books, which are based on the Caribbean experience, are designed to help children in the early childhood program develop in the critical areas of reading, mainly pronunciation.

The Administrator of the school, Miss Black, declared that she has already read the books and found them to fit perfectly in the school's curriculum.

Mrs. Jackie Lynch Stewart, General Manager of the Bob Marley Foundation said that the features of the books should accelerate the literacy process, and make learning more meaningful. She believes that starting with the young ones is an important way to contribute to nation building, and change the society.

The Foundation will also sponsor two teachers from the school by sending them to special reading workshops to improve their literacy teaching skills which will assist in improving the literacy level at the school.

The Foundation also has plans to make similar donations to Stephney Primary and Juniour High School, in the parish of Bob Marley's birth, St. Ann.





sur-v-dom-078-300x171.jpgSuriname sets up the showdown with Guyana for Group B final game to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship.

Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Providence Stadium, Guyana: Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).

The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica had a bright start against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue, having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana on Friday night (0-3), Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.

After a mere 7 minutes into the game, Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well aimed shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.

Suriname, on the other hand, was just getting into a rhythm, which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica 's defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.





Mr. Vegas Shines at Reggae Rising

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGMr. Vegas has been quite busy on the entertainment circuit. Performing in locales throughout the world, this stronghold dancehall artiste is always eager to thrill fans, and this past weekend, he did just that --- taking his show on the road to the 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Music Festival, (produced by People Productions), in the northern tip of California.

It was a special weekend for Mr. Vegas and his ensemble as they touched down on the picturesque setting, which included a remarkable backdrop of the Eel River. Much different than they anticipated, the eclectic Reggae Rising Music Festival was one to be rivaled. With three performance areas, outdoor camping and loads of special treats and creative concepts, uncommon to most festivals, the three-day event played home to a thorough line-up of Reggae artistes and thousands of revelers.

Although they went through planes, trains and automobiles to get to the event, it was very much worthwhile in the long run. At the festival on Saturday, August 2, Mr. Vegas shined -- delivering a 60 minute impressive set of numerous hits. But the most exciting element of the performance was High Energy dancer Boricia, who enticed the crowd as she moved to the pulsating beats. She enjoyed displaying the latest dancehall moves just as much as the crowd enjoyed watching and imitating her. Additionally, background singer, Nicole Miller, blazed during her solo performance. Her sultry vocals mesmerized the sea of fans.

Mr. Vegas was joined by other top Reggae acts, including Sly and Robbie, Lexxus, Junior Reid and none other than Jamaica's beloved crooner Beres Hammond. In just a few weeks, Mr. Vegas will be off to toast it up in Africa.





edit_cure.jpgInspiring Rastafarian Reggae singer, Jah Cure,premiered his latest music videos last week on the top local music video channels and programmes.

The Danger Zone/SoBe Entertainment singles 'Hot Long Time' (featuring Junior Reid), 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' hit the HD plasma screens with such a powerful impact that the request lines for all the channels must have been ringing off the hook.

Award winning video director J. Will outdid himself with the production of the videos that were shot on locations across Jamaica.

'Hot Long Time' is not the typical Jah Cure type music video. Filmed in Port Royal, the scenes feature hot bikes, cars, helicopters and some sexy girls, which Jah Cure fans should definitely love.

'Journey' is a reflective mastery that sees Jah Cure journeying across Jamaica and chronicling his 'trod'. The scenes feature the wonders and beauty of the island paradise.

While the herbs tune 'Green Grass' reflects Jah Cure's message of consciousness, which should appeal to all official 'herbs man and woman'.

'Hot Long Time', 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' are a wonderful delight for music lovers, who almost simultaneously, experienced different sides of the versatile singer.





Some people cole like ice

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By Buffilous

Buffilous_2.jpgYow mi peeps, mi did chip out fi a while. Mi nah tell nuh lie star, Jamdung a get a way and mi did haffi go endz out a England. Mi enjoy di likkle flex, but yuh done know, all whey a gwaan dung yah suh, nuh whey still nuh better dan yard. Suh mi back wid mi usual mix up…fi who did miss mi, big up fi who did a hope sey mi stay offa di map…a suh it guh yuh caan get everyting whey yuh want.

Now mi come back wid a story whey fi mi cousin draw mi inna, yes, she meet dis gal from foreign whey teck care a old people. Gal claim sey she have some lawsuit money fi get. Den fi mi mad head cousin guh teck up wid di girl and mi dear a bere tings. She look like she have a bladder problem, or some kinda problem, cause every time him guh bed wid har, mi cousin haffi spread sheet wid plastic under it cause she nuh stop pee pee up herself.

Di odda day she an mi cousin throw a big engagement party and she all a bring har 2 1/2 year old daughter fi celebrate wid dem.





lesbian_personals.jpgA 29 year old Jamaican woman, with two drug charges,who was released from a detention centre in Puerto Rico has avoided deportation to her homeland citing fear of being tortured. Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo had initially ordered that Nichole (her middle name), be deported, when the woman checked in with immigration authorities on Thursday, August 7, regarding her order of supervision, but upon hearing stories of her life in Jamaica as a lesbian, the judge also fearing that her sexual orientation would put her in danger if she were to return to Jamaica deferred the order based on the climate of intolerance in Jamaica.

"The general atmosphere in Jamaica is a feeling of no tolerance towards homosexuals in general,...the respondent's life is definitely at risk," the judge said.

Nichole's lawyers plan to file documents so that she can apply for legal residency as the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to deport her to any other country.

She is to report back in three months.





Treasure relocates to Jamaica

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treasure_aaron.jpgTreasure Aaron, also known as Treasure360 from the sound system 360 Ladies, recently relocated to Jamaica to build her entertainment empire in the Mecca of reggae music.

Treasure decided to return to Jamaica after heading the radio promotions and promotions department at Greensleeves Records for 8 years. After Greensleeves recent purchase by VP records in April 08 she opted not to pursue a career with the new owners. Instead making the decision to develop her own business with the expertise she picked up in her 8 years of hands on experience in promotions, guerrilla marketing and event production.

She is credited for working on US cross-over radio hit singles such as Elephant Man's "Log On", Vybz Kartel's "Tek Buddy" & "Picture This", Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go", Macka Diamond's "Bun Him", Mavado's "Weh Dem a Do", Busy Signal's "Step Out" and Mr. Vegas's "Hot Wuk".





Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle" was off the chain

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle 2008":

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What's poppin

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Back together again?

Is Beenie and D'Angel reconciling? Bwoy all now everybody a talk bout di comment whey she meck a Summer Sizzle bout what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Is she sending us a message here? Well meck wi si nuh, cause nuff people curious, dem caan wait fi si wha a guh really happen.

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Bernie Mac dies at age 50

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bernie_mac_died_age50.jpgBernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," died Saturday at age 50.

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.





News from Mexico

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Jamaica's Tourism Model Shines in Mexico

By: Elizabeth Smith

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Renee Johnson, who is HIV Programme Officer for Jamaica's Tourism Product Development Company Ltd, presented a poster at the XVIIth International Conference on HIV/AIDS that is currently underway in Mexico City. Renee's poster demonstrated how work place policy, implemented by Jamaica's Tourism Sector has been an effective tool in not only stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS, but also heightening sensitivity around the entire issue. Her poster gave clear indication of a policy that includes offering successful education and support services; placing emphasis on voluntary counseling and testing, an activity widely acknowledged as one key method for stopping HIV transmission.

This policy supports an important point raised at the conference, that
huge numbers of people infected with HIV still do not know that they are indeed infected.

Renee explained and showed through the graph on her poster, that voluntary counseling and testing is on the rise within the tourism sector...and that is certainly good news for Jamaica.

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from the recently held "A St. Mary Mi Come From 2008":

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KINGS_UNDISPUTED_beenieman_yellowman.jpgRecently, There has been much debate as to who most deserves the title 'King of the Dancehall'. However, older artistes and musicians in the business say talk is cheap, let the work show.

Yellowman and Beenie Man have already made claims to the title, and while it is almost impossible to mention Beenie without Bounty Killer, they have all made public utterances declaring themselves as 'King'.

In a recent interview with The Gleaner Yellowman said, "If me a king? That the people dem say, all over the world. Not Jamaica alone. The people dem say it and dem have been saying it for a very long time. Is not a while ago dem say it."

Beenie Man also embraced the title when he revealed that business entities plan to crown him official 'King of the Dancehall' some time later this year.

However, Bounty Killer, performing at a show in Miami recently, reportedly said that even though he was performing second to last (Beenie closed the show), he was still the undisputed 'King of the Dancehall'. In brushing aside Beenie Man's claim to the throne, Bounty in an interview with The Gleaner said, "Wi know King Stitch, wi know King Tubbys, wi know King Yellowman, an wi know Warrior King, an wi know Jigsy King. Mi nuh know nuh odda king. One odda king mi heard about an a Peter's king, suh any odda king is a Peter's king or a Kingfish ting? So we only heard about a couple kings of the dancehall and all of a sudden we hear about this self-proclaimed king ... have you ever heard anybody say Jigsy King can't be the king? Why yuh a fight fi di kingship? Guh hold a queenship man."





Article and Photos by: Petal

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The St. James leg of the annual all island independence celebration can be described as one of the best ever to be staged in the parish. The event saw special performances from Elephant Man, Dwight Samuels, Christopher Martin, Inga Stewart and Montego Bay's D.J. Mikey Ranks. Elephant Man put on a top class performance when he made his appearance on stage. They were also joined on stage by Montego Bay's dancers, Madusa and Mumma Side. Prior to the guest artistes, some of the earlier acts were, Andrenaline, Serial Killa, Ganga Lee, Ranking Bagga, Khalil, Dwight Samuels, plus appearances from the Show Jam models. Brian Bowen and Jackie Norman were both M.C.s.





Buju in "American Prayer" video

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BUJU38_edit.jpgThe video for the song "American Prayer" written by Dave Stewart and U2's Bono, in support of Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, will be aired on ABC's The View on Thursday, September 18, to coincide with his guest appearance on the talk show.

The song features Obama supporters Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Macy Gray, Beyonce, Cyndi Lauper, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar among others, and Jamaican Reggae Dancehall star Buju Banton.

A representative from Stewart's camp explained Buju's inclusion by saying that with Dave's love for "...Jamaican Dancehall culture music it made sense to reach out to one of its biggest stars."

According to Stewart, the lyrics of the song, which inspired the video, highlights "...the moment America finds itself in, daring to re-imagine itself and its place in the world."





Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" creeps into the # 1 Spot

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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 3 8 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 13 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (4wks@#1) D-1
03 4 7 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
04 6 17 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-2
05 5 16 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
06 9 12 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-3
07 2 15 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#2) D-5
08 8 21 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
09 13 5 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-4
10 11 8 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
11 10 19 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) D-1
12 7 15 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-5
13 14 5 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
14 16 4 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-2
15 18 3 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship U-3
16 12 8 Study People-Serani-Fire Links(pp#12) D-4
17 20 2 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Chimney Records U-3
18 19 3 Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha Music U-1
19 - New Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21
20 - New I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records





News Brief

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Public health researchers of Emory University will be presenting a study, which analyzes how the sexually promiscuous behavior of 439 black females between the ages of 15-21 is related to their use of marijuana, at the International AIDS conference in Mexico City.

The researchers discovered that the incidents of STD's and promiscuity is significantly higher in black girls who use marijuana than those who do not.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Ralph DiClemente, Candler professor of public health at Emory's School of Public Health, as well as his team, which includes Dr. Jessica Sales, Dr. Gina Wingwood and Eve Rose, recommend implementing STD and HIV prevention programs, promoting condom use as well as emphasizing the risk of drug use and STD, HIV infections designed specifically for adolescent black females.

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Wayne Marshall - "The Moment"

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Usher fires Management team and re-hires Mom

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usher_mom_again_edit.jpgIn an effort to resurrect his diminishing fan base and dying career, Usher has fired his entire management team, as well as his publicist, and has rehired his mother Jonetta Patton.

Former manager of Tyra Banks, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina says that "...It is a completely new day and time in music now...(Usher's) audience, demographic and musical direction has changed. Records like Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" are the type of phenomena that "Yeah" was in 2004."

Others, not being as discerning in their remarks, say that Usher would have better luck if he fired his wife, stepped up his dancing and forget the "I'm living a private life" thing.





jam-flag_anit-gay.jpgRobert Carr, Executive director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVCC) and a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies, painted a graphic picture of Jamaica as a country where police officers attack and/or ignore homosexuals who go to them to report crimes against them, at the International AIDS Society conference in Mexico City, Mexico, recently.

Using power point, newspaper clippings and pictures as evidence, he highlighted the country's negative attitude to homosexuals. Pictures showing police officers with weapons drawn and members of the media filming and taking pictures during a homosexual mobbing in the Island's capital. A story, in the Observer, saying that homosexuality was "contrary to natural law". Carr also mentioned that violence and discrimination against homosexuals were celebrated in popular music.





Mavado's "Money Changing" keeping the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 01 10 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-2wks@#1
02 04 07 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
03 03 15 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
04 02 10 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records- Peak@# 2
05 07 08 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House
06 05 14 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
07 06 14 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
08 09 11 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
09 11 08 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die-DangerZone/SoBe
10 08 17 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5





Independence Day of Jamaica

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The Spanish and the English rule

The Spanish settlers moved to Villa de la Vega, now known as Spanish Town, establishing it as the capital of Jamaica. The 1640s saw many people coming to Jamaica for its stunning beauty; especially the pirates who had a reputation of deserting their raiding parties and staying on in the island. The attacks by the pirates in Jamaican history can be traced back to nearly 100 years, between 1555 and 1655; the final attack leaving the island in the hands of the English.

The island of Jamaica was finally seized by the British forces in the form of a joint expedition by Admiral Sir William Penn and General Robert Venables in May 1655. The buccaneers were invited by the Governor to form their base at Port Royal to prevent Spanish aggression in 1657. The Spanish were defeated in the successive battles that followed, starting the extended reign of the British on Jamaican soil. Through the Treaty of Madrid in 1670, the British gained formal recognition of possession of Jamaica. Still part of the Island remained in the hands of some of the escaped slaves called the 'Maroons', with whom they signed a treaty on March 1, 1738. Even though much of the Spanish capital, Villa de la Vega, was burned during the English conquest, they renamed it Spanish Town and kept it as the island's capital.





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The Jacksons to be honoured as BMI Icons

the_jacksons_5_edit.jpgThe members of the Jackson 5, Jackie, Toto, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael including younger brother Randy, who joined the group in 1976, will receive the BMI Icon award at the 8th Annual Urban Music Awards at the Wilshire Theatre, Beverley Hills, Los Angeles on September 4.

The BMI Icon is awarded to artistes who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Past awardees have been artistes such as James Brown, Little Richard, The Bee Gees, to name a few.

Other top R&B and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers will also be recognized for their contribution through out the year.

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Eleven year old in-patient at Bustamante Hospital rapes six year old

It is alleged that an eleven year old boy, infected with HIV, raped a six year old girl while they were both patients at The Bustamante Hospital for Children.

In response to the allegations, the hospital referred the matter to CAMP Bustamante (Child Abuse Mitigation Project), and a report was filed with the Office of the Child Registry, which is standard procedure of the Child Care Protection Act 2004.

The police are investigating the incident with the support of hospital officials. The alleged victim has been examined by medical practitioners, while the law states that the boy cannot be charged for a criminal offense as he is under the age of 12.





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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"A Moment in Time" with Beres Hammond

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bere_a_moment_in_time_edit.jpgJAMROCK Magazine presents "A Moment in Time" with Beres Hammond featuring Marcia Griffiths!

JAMROCK Magazine presents the Jamaican musical legend Beres Hammond on September 6, 2008 for his highly anticipated concert, "A Moment In Time". The concert coincides with his highly anticipated October album release bearing the same name.

Known to many as the originator of "Lover's Rock" or the "Otis Redding of Reggae", Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the '70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover's Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.





Beenie Man 2008 European tour all set for August

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beenieMan_europe_tour_08_edit.jpgThe 'dancehall doctor' Beenie Man continues to prove that he is the king of dancehall, after a command performance at the recent Reggae Sumfest and a sparkling performance over the weekend in Bermuda.

Following his massive Beenie Sizzle '08, which is set for the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon on Independence Day, August 6, he will be embarking on a hectic summer tour of Europe beginning on August 8 to 27, and has been confirmed for Irie Jamboree '08 on Sunday, August 31.

Beenie Man's first jig takes place in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday, August 8, then it's on to Uppsala, Sweden on Saturday, August 9. He will then be off to Bersenbruck, Germany on Sunday, August 10; Lecce, Italy on Monday, August 11; and the dates continues.

After Beenie Man wraps up in France he will head for England where he will perform in Bradford on Thursday, August 14; Birmingham on Friday, August 15 and London on Saturday, August 16.





No Bail Yet for Senior Superintendent Harry Daley

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HARRY_BUNGLES_1_edit.jpgSenior Superintendent Harry 'Bungles' Daley was yesterday charged with six counts of extortion and six counts of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act in the Resident Magistrate's Court in Half Way Tree.

He was arrested on Thursday of last week, following allegations from the owner of a plaza that the Senior Superintendent had demanded $20,000 per month or one of his shops in return for his assistance in helping him deal with the extortion of some of his shops. The complainant later reported Harry Daley to the police Anti-Corruption Branch. In February of this year the complainant was out-fitted with police video and voice surveillance devices with which he recorded each time Daley collected the $20,000.

On the day of his arrest, Daley was taped by the complainant accepting marked money, which was later found on his person when he was apprehended. He is presently being held at the Horizon Park Remand Center. So far no bail has been set.





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Toots & the Maytals joined forces with Grammy winning artistes Sheryl Crow & James Blunt in Jones Beach, NY, Monday, July 28, to kick off the summer leg of his Do the Reggae World Tour. The four weeks tour, which includes several dates with Crow, moves across the US and finishes at the end of August. The sold out shows ended with Toots joining Sheryl on stage for a rocking version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" as the show encores.





gay_symbol2.jpgMutabaruka's sister, Jamaican scholar and lecturer in Tourism at the University of Surrey, UK, Dr. Donna Chambers, says that Jamaica is losing an estimated US$65 billion by shunning the lucrative gay tourism market.

In her speech at the UWI, Mona Campus, during last weeks 2008 ACS Crossroads seminar, she said that in an increasingly competitive tourism market, Jamaica cannot afford to not market itself to gay travel.

She also mentioned that gay travel brochures have warned about the risk of visiting Jamaica, and that this perception of Jamaica as being 'anti-gay' also affects the heterosexuals as well.

She, however, notes that in order for Jamaica to embrace gay tourism a "sanctioned gay space" must first be established for it to work.





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Eight Murdered Over the Weekend

map_of_jamaica_edit.jpgEight persons have been murdered over the Emancipation weekend, including two police officers, bringing the murder toll to approximately 926 for the year, with the officer's murders bringing the number of police officers killed since January to eight.

Corporal Rodney Henry, (33), a firearm instructor at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, was killed while sitting at his gate in Cumberland Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine at about 9:27pm. He received multiple gun shots and his service revolver was stolen. Less than an hour later, while investigating the sounds of possible gunshots, the police discovered the bullet-riddled body of Inspector Dennis Gardner, the Community Safety and Security Officer at the Hunt's Bay Police Station in Kingston, slumped in his car, along Armstrong Avenue, John's Height, St. Catherine.





Mavado a-foul of the law again

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mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgDavid Brooks, aka 'Mavado', has again run a-foul of the law.

Mavado was Sunday night slapped with assault charges following a fight at a night club in Negril, Westmoreland, in which a patron was seriously injured.

He is also charged for using abusive language to the police who tried to arrest him.

It is reported that at 4am, Movado had an argument with a patron at the Jungle nightclub in Negril, at the annual RTI festival.

During the dispute, the entertainer allegedly punched the patron in the face.

The man then fell down a flight of stairs and suffered multiple injuries.

This occurred in full view of several members of the police force, who were monitoring the annual RTI and ATI festivals in Negril.

Several police officers approached Mavado and tried to arrest him, but he resisted arrest and allegedly used abusive language to the cops.





Mikey General Releases "Confidence In Self"

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mikey_general_album_edit.jpgIt's almost ironic that the first track on Mikey General's new album is "Jah Time". As the song tells you, "nothing ever happens before Jah time." Now is Mikey General's time. Time to break through, and a time to shine.

One of Reggae's most exciting talents in conscious vocals is that of Mikey General. His high tenor voice, like a warm breeze over the ocean, carries a message of faith and optimism. He is now ready to break through the barriers of the reggae industry with his new release "Confidence in Self".





Natalie Storm tours with Enur

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N_storm_edit.jpgReggae artiste, Natalie Storm of Prodigal Entertainment and Swatch International, has just completed a two week tour with Danish group, Enur. The tour began in Montreal, Canada and spanned Toronto, Haifax, Oklahoma City and Nassau, Bahamas, before ending in Chicago on July 26.

Natalie, who is best known for her dancehall hits "Talk Di Tings Dem", "A Nuh My Fault" and "Gyal fi Get Boo", performed with stars such as: Girlicious, Nelly and Snap, among others, at the Z-103 Summer Rush Concert in Toronto. She also performed at the exclusive Aura Club at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

She is presently making preparations to shoot a video for her hit "Back it Up".

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Doctors discover the Achilles heel of HIV

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lab_testings_edit.jpgDoctors of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston claim to have found an "innovative way to kill the (HIV) virus."

Drs. Sudhir Paul and Miguel Escobar say that they are not talking about suppressing HIV, but destroying it permanently.

Dr. Paul said that they have "...discovered the weak spot of HIV," - a key protein in HIV's structure which does not mutate. He calls it the Achilles heel, which they will attack using a treatment called abzyme.

The theory that this treatment could be used to control the disease for people with HIV and prevent infection for those at risk has already passed lab and animal testing. However, extensive funding is required to launch the human trials as clinical testing is expensive.

Dr. Paul calls his theory "...the holy grail of HIV research..."





Rock Meets Reggae

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sly_and_robbie_tour.jpgSly and Robbie, with guest Cherine Anderson, Half Pint and Pepper, will join the California based Slightly Stoopid on their six weeks Tail Gate 2008 US Summer Tour, commencing early August.

The first date will be on the 6th of August, at the Idaho Centre Amphi Theater, in Nampa Idaho. Then they move onto Magna, Tahoe City, Redmond, Berkley, Denver, Boston, Baltimore, Boca Raton before coming to a close in Slightly Stoopid's hometown of San Diego, California.

Prior to the commencement of this tour, Sly and Robbie will be backing Don Carlos and Junior Reid at the annual Reggae on the River in Humboldt County, North California.





Askala Selassie - "Faith"

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jamaica_flag_emancipationday.jpgSeven days of National celebration begins yesterday as the long awaited 'Jamaica Festival' under the theme " One Love...One Family" ,kicks off today ( July 31) with a week long of activities to mark 46 years of Independence.

Highlights of Jamaica Festival include the return of the Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala on August 6. The Float Parade will start at 10am from Kings House followed by the Main Parade which will get underway at 1-pm from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Over 18 spectacular floats and costumed groups accompanied by music trucks will enliven the streets of Kingston followed by the the Grand Gala, which promises to be a grand affair full of ceremonial and colorful displays at the National Stadium and will culminate with an exciting Fireworks Display.





Information on Emancipation Day

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The Road to Freedom

The day was August 1, the year 1838 and the event, Emancipation from Slavery. Tears of joy flowed incessantly, while shouts of freedom rang from the mountain tops and the plains, from the men, women and children, who had learnt that they were finally free of the oppressive social and economic system in which they were treated as less than human.

From its introduction in the West Indies in 15th Century, slavery was regarded by many as immoral and brutish, characterized by the destruction of the "innate characteristics of humankind, which are necessary for progress." The slave-owning class, who dominated the legislative system, drew up the slave laws, which were rigid. Some of these laws and punishments included forbidding slaves to hold meetings without permission from or under the supervision of a white person. Slaves were banned from beating drums and blowing horns as it was thought to be a signal of rebellion and they were severely beaten for slowing down in the fields.

The Quakers, a religious group, were among the first critics of the system and campaigned for its abolition. The campaign was led by Granville Sharpe, an English man who was successful in securing the freedom of an abandoned slave, Joseph Strong, in England 1787. The Quakers formed the 'Society For Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade' and others such as Sharpe, Thomas Clarkson, James Ramsey and Edmond Burke then joined it.

They argued that not only was slavery against the will of God, but was also the denial of civilization. They said that freedom was the true, natural state of man. However, their arguments proved futile as the sugar industry was booming.

Persons in favour of the system expressed the view that blacks were unprepared for freedom and would be harmed by it, and that not all men were born free and equal. They also held the view that Africans were different from whites and thus should be treated as animals.

It was not until the eighteenth century when the sugar industry began to decline that the anti-slavery movement received encouragement. The first victory for the abolitionist came in March of 1807, with the passage of the Bill for 'The Total and Immediate Abolition of the Slave Trade' in the British Parliament.

But, to a large extent, it was the slaves themselves who charted the course to their own freedom, by the many brutal revolts staged across the island. They had the help of the Maroons, those slaves who had escaped into the island's mountains. The most famous revolt was the 1831 "Christmas" or "Baptist War".

These rebellions, coupled with the decline in the sugar, caused a drain on the planters' coffers. With the possibility of a general uprising constantly threatening, the law to abolish slavery was once again proposed in the British Parliament in 1833 and this time was passed with little resistance.





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Body Found in Bounty Kller's House

Bounty_deadman_arrested.jpgThe body of a dead man, with gunshot wounds, was found the 'Grung God's' house, in the Norbrook community, St. Andrew. The family of Bounty Killer is still shocked and trying to come to terms with the finding.

Police report states that the body of Davian Williams, age 32, was discovered shortly after 11:00 am. The deceased was the owner of Davion Motors which was closed down recently.

The dead man was found, by a construction worker, in the passage way with gunshot wounds to the head and upper body, the police states.

Inspectors suspect that the man might have been gunned down on the property. The 'Warlord', who owns the property, is not a suspect in the killing, as he doesn't live there. Suspicions are focussed on the man's car dealership business, as it was reported that the man had a history of collecting money from customers and failing to deliver.
He was under investigation for fraud.

Stay tuned for more details.

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"Gully Creeper" not letting go off th # 1 Spot

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





 

MAVADO FINALLY ON USA SOIL

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mavado1.jpgFans eagerly awaiting his performance on Sunday at Irie Jamboree

New York: The long wait is over. After a one year wait, Dancehall dj, Mavado landed safely at JFK International airport in New York last night on an American Airline aircraft at 9:17pm. The DJ and his management team, cleared immigrations and customs at 9:45pm. He is now resting comfortably at a secret location in New York.

"It has been a long wait for music fans in New York who will finally have the opportunity to see Mavado live in the Big Apple on Labor day Sunday, August 31 at Irie Jamboree. We worked hard with his management team over the past few months to make this happen and we look forward to him gracing the stage for his many loyal fans" was the message for the Irie Jamboree executive team this morning.

Mavado (born David Constantine Brooks) in 1981 gave the world the critically acclaimed debut album Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, which includes hit singles "Fathers Prayer", "Cassava Piece Radio", "Sadness", "Gully Side", and "On The Go (Faster Than Bullet) which was dedicated to Olympic Gold medal winner Asafa Powell.





Gustav Destroys Jamaica

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hurricane edit.JPGHurricane Gustav slammed into parts of Jamaica leaving destruction and sorrow for all people, places and things lacking enough strength to stand firm in its path. Since Thursday night heavy rains and winds have left many stranded, flooded and some fatalities have been reported as well.

Missing people include a teenage boy and a younger child; while thousands have been rescued or remain in need of being saved from flood waters. Many residents in areas like Bryce Hill in Papine, St Andrew, Western Portland – by Manchioneal and Long Bay; Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine and Gordon Town have had to be evacuated and forced to seek shelter as their roofs have failed amongst other disastrous occurrences.

People wanting to leave Bull Bay or to go into that area from Harbour View are unable to do so, as the Harbour View Bridge is impassable after having split in two by the viciously strong water and wind.

Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness along with teams from the Jamaica Defense Force and the National Works Agency are on the ground diligently engaged in evacuation and rescue missions, as persons are not only stranded in flooded areas, but also trapped on places like their roofs.





Mr Vegas "Daggering" holds #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE/TITLE/LABEL/PEAK POSITION

01 01 10 Mr. Vegas-Daggering -KirkleDove/Irish & Chin -2wks@1
02 02 11 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga -Board House -Shot to Watch
03 04 14 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday -Big Ship
04 03 13 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx -3wks@#1
05 07 11 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die -DangerZone/SoBe
06 05 18 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper -Seanizzle -5wks@1
07 08 08 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man -Legend
08 06 13 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Peak@#2
09 11 06 Konshens-Winner -Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
10 09 17 Richie Spice-The Plane Land -No Doubt -Peak@#3
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hurricane edit.JPGEarly this morning, Tropical Storm Gustav strengthened with maximum sustained winds up to 70 miles per hour, just 74 mph short of the requirements for a Category One Hurricane. With this speed and might Gustav hovered only 80 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica and about 170 miles south of Guantariamo, Cuba.

The government of Jamaica has issued hurricane warnings while the slow moving system is said to be expected to head west-southwest, turning more westerly later today, passing very closely to Jamaica.

Although many computer models indicate the storm is heading in a north-westerly direction that will take it off the southern coast of Cuba then on to the central Gulf of Mexico by Sunday, it is a fact that track projections are not always accurate and Gustav’s path is being closely watched, as it can crucially affect important oil and gas producing areas near the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

The storm lashed into Haiti reeking havoc that caused flooding and landslides that killed 15 people on Tuesday. In all 23 people have lost their lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a result of Gustav.





Two-headed baby adds to unusual summer births

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baby28.jpgNature recently granted one woman in Egypt the blessing of septuplets; and 27 year old Ghazal Khamis was the second woman to ever bring 7 babies into the world safely on August 16, 2008.

On Monday in Pakistan, nature sent another uncommon blessing to a woman there who gave birth to a baby boy who has two heads attached to one body.

Delivered by cesarean section at a clinic in Keshobput, the 12 lb 1 oz baby has been moved with his mother to a larger hospital to protect the family from curious onlookers.

His mother’s gynaecologist, Dr Mohamad Abdul Bari said that the child has one stomach and is eating normally with his two mouths. The doctor explained that while the baby was born from one embryo that experienced a developmental anomaly, he has a full set of limbs and one genital organ.





bolt200m rec.jpgThe community of Sherwood Content joins National Meats to present the Hart Hill Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebration on September 20. This show of gratitude and appreciation for the community’s local son will be the parish of Trelawney’s way of honoring Bolt’s wonderful success.

According to David Phillips, CEO of National Meats/Hart Hill, whose company is fully sponsoring the event that will be of no cost to patrons, "We take rural development seriously and this is the reason we have joined with the community of Sherwood Content in this effort. Usain is an inspiration to all Jamaicans young and old and we felt that his achievements should be celebrated and heralded as a standard that we must all seek to attain."

The day will begin with a fun day at Waldensia Primary School, where Usain’s talent first came to light and was developed. The proceedings will continue through the day with an up tempo concert featuring some of the island’s top gospel, reggae and dancehall performers.

Bolt created history in Beijing as he became the first man to set records at the same Olympics in all three of the following: the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 by 100 relay events, since Carl Lewis achieved that goal in 1984. The world watched and celebrated with Bolt, sending a wave of pride to circulate amongst Jamaicans at home and abroad.





Bolt not fazed by numerous testing

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bolt osaka.jpgExpressing that he has nothing to worry about because he is clean, Usain Bolt is not surprised at the numerous tests he has been required to undergo as athletic organizations wallow in disbelief at his amazing feat of breaking historical records.

The triple gold winner who made Caribbean and Olympic history in Beijing China discussed the series of tests that entailed, blood and urine tests at an event sponsored by his sponsor, Puma. Explaining that he was tested four times even before starting to run in Beijing, Bolt says proudly that all tests came back negative.

Saying the testing was done so many times, that he lost track, Bolt remains confident of his actions saying that he trains hard and performs well; leaving no other explanation for his colossal performances.





ele_angel.jpgOn September 7 the Hilton Kingston will be filled with glitz and glamour as Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search (CMS) gets underway with none other than the trendy fashion and dancehall experts, Elephant Man and D’Angel as specially featured guests.

No stranger to the art of discovering new massive talent, Pulse is entering its 30th year as the number one source in the Caribbean for the region’s international supermodels.

This year’s program is highly anticipated as the BadBoy Records/VP artist, Ele, who is basking in the huge success of his current dance tune, “Nuh Linga,” will be gracing the stage in this limitless merger of popular dancehall culture and couture.

The award winning ‘Energy God’ consistently includes lively and innovative dancehall moves in his pumping performances as is evident with hits like “Signal di Plane” and “Pon de River, Pon di Bank.” His loud style is expected to brighten up the CMS stage in every way.





By: Elizabeth Smith


mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgBobby Clarke, Irie Jamboree organizer, announced today that Mavado has been confirmed and will definitely be appearing at the upcoming massive event, happening in New York this Sunday, August 31.

The Irie Jamboree team reported to Yardflex that New York fans and the thousands expected to pour in for the traditional Labor Day celebrations can rest assured that Mavado will be performing at the Roy Wilkens Park in Queens, and will give all who have waited over a year to see him live again in the United States, a memorable performance.

Back after one year of being denied entry into the US, Mavado is eager to grace North America’s premier reggae festival. Described as the hottest dancehall artist in the business at the moment, with his requests for dub plates outnumbering most artists, Mavado will be one of the headliners at Irie Jamboree.

There is no doubt about it, since Clarke reported that Irie Jamboree Inc. has been in talks with Julian Griffiths for months now; and as soon as official confirmation was received on Mavado’s clearance to travel and work in the US, he was immediately booked for the festival.





NOSYMBL.gifSeveral cricket boards have been concerned with security for their teams who were originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan, a region currently recognized as potentially volatile. This has forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision to postpone the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan.

Omar Khan
, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

Khan
said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.





Jamaica prepares for destructive Gustav

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haiti-gustav-cp-5398202.jpgDisaster Response Preparedness has swung into high gear as Gustav veers towards the North Coast of Jamaica.

Government is bracing for the possibilities of a national emergency, with all parish emergency operation centres being put on high alert by this morning.

Taking no chances, Jamaica acted briskly after Haiti was hit hard by Gustav in the southern regions yesterday, killing at least one man and posing a serious threat to crops in a time of protests over high food prices. Bringing down trees and flooding fields of banana, beans and vegetables, the category 1 storm was particularly devastating in the deforested southern peninsula of Haiti as hundreds ignored storm warnings and instead of seeking shelter, continued rock throwing and protesting the high cost of living. A landslide killed the storm’s only reported victim.

As Gustav belted Haiti, not only did its already ailing agricultural industry suffer severely, but oil prices also rose immediately as meteorologists predict the storm will raise to a category 3 hurricane and enter the Gulf of Mexico by weeks end.





tom_cruise_edit.jpgMovie extras injured while on the set for Tom Cruise’s production company, United Artists, have launched an $11 million lawsuit against Cruise and his partners for serious injuries incurred.

Reports from Berlin state that during the making of the World War II flick, "Valkyrie" in August 2007, the extras fell out of a period German army truck as the side panels flung open when the truck swung around a corner.

Cruise and business partner Paula Wagner was sent a letter by lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ariane Bluttner, that outlines the case brought against them and the MGM fostered United Artists and stipulates her client’s legal demands as being $11 million.

Originally due for release in July this year, the film will land in theatres in December instead. It was originally banned from production in Germany by the government there and was later given the go ahead following much national discussion on issues including the Scientology movement of which Cruise is a part.





Papa Bolt had the time of his life

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daddy bolt.jpgWellesley Bolt, father for the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt returned to Jamaica on Monday having had the time of his life in Beijing, China.

“I became a celebrity,” he told reporters, as he relayed bits and pieces of his experience. Father Bolt was not entirely enthusiastic about leaving for the long 20 hour trip to China, but has no regrets and actually expressed how extremely pleased he was for having gone.

Bolt senior was urged by Digicel to make the trip and left the island last Tuesday for a journey he described as being beyond anything he had ever envisioned.

He explained that nothing could match his experience of greeting Usain following the 200 meter win.





Brutal Killing in Trinidad and Tobago

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trinidad-tobago-flag_edit.jpgEl Socorro, Trinidad and Tobago was a horror scene Monday morning when a couple was attacked and shot by a gunman at their apartment. The husband, 38 year old Nicholas Tavernier and his 41 year old wife, Sharon Henry died in the hospital shortly after arriving.

Officers investigating the case suspect the double murders occurred as a result of an argument Tavernier had with someone and say an arrest is imminent.

The police reported that the husband and wife were getting ready to leave their home at around 4:45 AM when Tavernier was pounced on at the front gate by several men. A fist fight ensued, during which Tavernier was shot.





Madonna slings mud at Republican Senator McCain

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madonna___470x355.jpgThe outspoken Madonna has ruffled feathers in the Republican camp of the United States, following her publicly disclosed analogies of John McCain and Adolf Hiltler.

Linking the President hopeful to such insidious characters as Hitler and Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has sent McCain in a fury.

In her opening night of a current world tour at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Madonna had images of McCain, Hitler and Mugabe featured alongside scenes of devastating global issues like global warming.

The 50-year-old Madonna ended the opening song with more soothing images of Al Gore, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama - the democratic Presidential hopeful.





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In her message at the 10th anniversary of the Victim's Support Unit (VSU) held at the Emmanuel Apolistic Church, Portmore, St. Catherine, Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne encouraged Jamaicans to come on board in order to help ease the high level of domestic violence in the Island. She stated that there were more than 22,000 reported cases of domestic violence since 2005, with more than half of the violence was perpetrated against women.

Carol Palmer, permanent secretary in the ministry said that "Women are more vulnerable..."

In attendance were the police, the correctional services, VSU personnel and politicians





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As Jamaica digests the recent glory at the Olympics in Beijing, officials prepare to raise the roof once more in celebration of the athletes’ return home.

Prime Minister Golding
has set up a committee to organize this celebration and says the Jamaican people will be given the chance to celebrate with the athletes.

Many of the country’s Olympians stopped in different parts of the world to participate in follow-up track meets, so the celebrations will be put on hold until all members of the Olympic squad return to Jamaica.

Scheduled to have a follow-up planning meeting today, the committee will disclose their plans to the public as soon as they have been finalized.

Most of the Olympic management team and some other squad members are expected to arrive home later today.





Courts to decide if 8-year-old will get divorced

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nojoud-mohammed-nasser.jpg While many children worldwide are preparing for their new school year, a child in Saudi Arabia is caught up in legal ramblings around a decision that only the courts there can make on whether or not she can be granted a divorce.

In a country that has one of the top child marriage rates on the Arabian peninsula, 8 year old, Unayzah was given in marriage by her father to a much older man. The marriage was arranged and carried out in high secrecy; and neither the child herself nor her mother were aware of the arrangements.

Unayzah’s mother filed for the divorce, but her new son-in-law is adamant that he is legally married and has broken no laws.

Child marriages are not exclusive to Saudi Arabia, but are prevalent in many parts of Africa and South-East Asia.





Dr Dre Mourns Son’s Death

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Dr.jpgAnother famous music industry affiliate has lost a son. This time the tragedy occurred in Los AngelesWoodland Hills where Andre Young, the 20 year old son of Dr. Dre was found dead at home.

Reports from Los Angeles say that Young had returned home around 5:30 AM yesterday; and his mom found him unresponsive upon trying to wake him at around 10:00 AM.

Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office stated that Young’s mom called 911 at that time and the cause of death is unknown, pending a toxicology report.

Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young Sr. became famous with gangsta rap group N.W.A. and from there became co-owner of Death Row Records. The Grammy award winner is credited for the emergence of West Coast G-funk and currently runs Aftermath Entertainment.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the entire family





Charter of Rights fails Spragga Benz’ Son

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Following the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) release of a Customer Service Charter of Rights that implies their intention to change policing strategies in order to more closely work with those they serve; it would appear that JCF has begun to renege on these agreed standards.

In the eyes of 17 year old Carlton Grant’s family, who are currently overwhelmed with grief at his recent fatal shooting by the hands of police officers, this charter has failed to recognize and respect the constitutional and statutory rights and privileges of each citizen as it purports to do.

Grant, who according to eye-witnesses was shot after obeying police commands to stop, is being mourned by his mother and countless others today. The son of famous entertainer, Spragga Benz, he was described as a conscientious young man who had done well in school.





Busy Signal- Pon di edge

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Glorious ending to exciting games

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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The 29th Olympiad came to an end in Beijing with the same theatricality with which everyone was welcomed at the opening ceremony. At the bird nest stadium, where these games were held in China, a capacity crowd of 91,000 witnessed this fantastic closing ceremony.

Competing against each other in various sporting events, 204 countries came together; and in the end Jamaica's performance in track and field took precedence as a small Caribbean country with outstanding output especially in the sprint events.

Most notable are the 11 medals the country achieved at the games:

6 gold, 3 silver and two bronze. The male athletes had 3 medals while the females garnered 8

Standing out was Usain Bolt who earned himself 3 gold medals all in world record time. Great performances by female athletes included: Veronica Campbell-Brown’s gold in the 200 meters, where she defended her title; Melaine Walker’s gold in the 400 meters hurdles in Olympic record time and Shelly-Ann Fraser’s gold in the 100 meters.





New disease threatens Jamaicans

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carlos hill & david smith-edit.jpgMany Jamaicans have been battling what has been termed as a ‘brand new disease’ aptly titled “Life After Carlos Hill and David Smith.”

Thousands are currently ‘infected’ and while there have been serious manifestations that include mental deterioration, high blood pressure and some increased heart palpitations, no reports have yet landed regarding any Jamaicans having succumbed to the devastating illness.

A cross section of Jamaicans from high, middle and lower echelons of the society have been infected and affected. Some even brought out their life savings from under the mattress to give to these get rich quick schemers, only to become a statistic today, following the major overturn of the businesses, Cash Plus and Olint.





Spragga Benz’ son killed

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Yardflex sends condolences to Spragga Benz whose son was killed by the police early yesterday morning. 17-year old Carlton Grant Junior was killed by the police in downtown Kingston.

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It is alleged that residents heard gunshots in the early hours of Sunday morning, a break and then a single shot.

According to eye witness reports; when young Carlton was accosted by the police he placed his hands in the air before being shot the first time. Another eye witness claimed that the police went and stood over him and shot him a second time.

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His body was then thrown into the back of the vehicle and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.





Serbs unveil statue to Bob Marley

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marleystatue-cp-5387503.jpgLate Jamaican singer Bob Marley had a statue unveiled in his memory on Saturday in a Serbian village, making it Europe's first statue to the late Jamaican reggae to promote peace and acceptance of differences in a region still recovering from war.

Two Balkan musicians, one from Croatia and one from Serbia, unveiled the monument in the village of Banatski Sokolac at midnight during a gathering of rock bands from the Balkans.

"Bob Marley promoted peace and tolerance in his music," said Mirko Miljus, an organizer. The event continued a trend of raising monuments to popular Western icons instead of local historical figures.

Bosnians have erected a monument to Bruce Lee in the town of Mostar and Serbs have put up a statue to Rocky Balboa in northern Serbia.





Mighty Crown celebrates 17th anniversary in Japan

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Forty thousand revelers turned out on Saturday, August 16 for Japan's largest Reggae festival in Yokohama, Japan to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Mighty Crown.
Yokohama Reggae SAI was first conceived in 1995 by MIghty Crown as a means of celebrating their anniversary in the business and highlighting Reggae/Dancehall in Japan.
The festival was certainly not an ordinary event for Irish and Chin, Inc as there were number 1 sound systems and extraordinary performances by artistes Mr. Vegas, Wayne Wonder and the High Energy dancers. There were also a slew of top Japanese Reggae artistes.
The crowd roared in appreciation at the hits that Mighty Crown selected and as ace selector Sami T played some of Mighty Crown's latest tunes.
Mr. Vegas whose energetic performance, along with the acrobatic moves of HIgh Energy dancers, caused the crowd to erupt in appreciation said that the festival had the largest audience that he has ever performed before. He also enjoys how the Japanese have embraced Reggae/Dancehall music.
Plans for next year's Yokohama Reggae SAI are already in the planning stages.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Bembe Thursday

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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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Miami Dolphin's coach wants Bolt for NFL

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Rumour has it that Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Parcell is interested in trying out the 6 foot 4 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt for the NFL.

It is reported that Parcell has always joked about trying out Bolt, but sources say that a scout for the Miami Dolphins is on his way to China to hold discussions with Usain's manager. So is it fact or rumour? Keep tuned.





Da'Ville steams up Young Professionals' gathering

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Da’Ville was his usual dynamic self at the recently held Young Professionals Network of Jamaica (YPNJ) get together at New Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel. The Fashozy Records artist said, "‘I decided to get involved because I am a young professional myself. I wanted to represent for the young musicians out there because music is a profession for me."

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Delighting all in attendance with his songs, Da’Ville performed a moving set that included his hits, "Always on My Mind," "Here We Stand" and the motivating, "Give Thanks for What You’ve Got."

The network comprises vibrant Jamaican youth aged 18 – 45 who are not only based in Jamaica, but also living in many countries across the globe including: the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan.





Olympics Unity

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lead.jpgIt look like Olympics fi come regular, because only when a Olympics
the crime rate drop. It look like everybody so busy a watch Olympics
them nuh have nuh time fi rob, kill or shoot nuh body.

Why wi caan keep this up wen nuh Olympics nah gwaan. Look how the country a run sweet during the olympic season. A suh it fi run all year round.

Tell mi de truth, oonu nuh tink seh it look bad fi wi a do so well inna China, and a run de place ova deh an wi deh a Jamaica a kill off wi one anada. We a one small island an we rank number one inna medals inna athletics. Wi beat out all a di first world country dem. Oonu nuh feel proud? an feel seh oonu fi stop di foolishness now, a full time Jamaica crime rate drop. It well over due.

Wi have so much fi bi proud a, wi need fi unite like how wi unite ova dem past few days yah. If we keep dis up, our likkle island will be a better place and everybody ago want come yah - because Jamdung sweet and violence free.





Eek-A-Mouse accused of rape in Kill Devil Hills

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Eek_a_mouse.jpgEek-A-Mouse who was featured recently on Youtube ranting and raving at a press conference is in the spotlight yet again. This time the singer has been charged with the rape and kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman who reported she was held against her will at an Outer Banks motel, police say.

The musician, whose real name is Ripton Joseph Hylton, had performed at the Port O' Call Restaurant & Gaslight Saloon on Saturday. He left at the end of the show, at about 1:30 Sunday morning, said Kill Devil Hills police Lt. Gene Johnson.

According to Johnson, Hylton, 50, from Los Angeles , then went to the Colony IV Motel in Kill Devil Hills, where the woman said the rape took place.

Hylton was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and possession of cocaine, all felonies, Johnson said. He was also charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

He was released on $52,000 secured bond , Johnson said. Before his gigs in Kill Devil Hills on Friday and Saturday, "Mouse" had appeared at the Jewish Mother on Aug. 14 in Virginia Beach.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser


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Jamaica won the 4 by 100 relay in world record time of 37.10 seconds today at the Beijing Olympics, sending a clear message that the land of wood and water is not to be underestimated.

The fast and furious team broke the world mark of 37.40 set in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the US team that was equalled by another US squad at the world championships in Stuttgart in 1993.

Nesta Carter was the first man with the baton that he passed to Michael Frater; then it was Frater to the indomitable Usain Bolt who went on to hand the baton to Asafa Powell who breezed on to the finish line in record breaking time.

Bringing home another gold medal for Jamaica, the relay team conquered all odds. Top sprinter Asafa Powell got the opportunity to finally land himself a gold medal for the first time on an international platform. The gold had been eluding Powell and this was his chance to redeem himself.





Olympic committee leader criticizes Usain Bolt

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usain_new.jpgToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge had stiff criticism for Jamaican record breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

According to the Associated Press the former Olympic yachtsman who hails from Belgium told a small group of reporters that he did not consider Bolt’s "doing a show" following his historic win as being respectful of the other competitors in his race.

The elated and proud Bolt danced, did his victory run around the field draped in the Jamaican flag, beat his chest in glee and even declared that he was number one – using finger gestures in a television close-up; however Rogge felt that somehow Bolt was not entitled to express himself as his personality and possibly as his culture dictated.

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told three international reporters that Bolt should have acknowledged the others who raced with him by even giving them a tap on the shoulder immediately after finishing first, rather than showing his joy and pride in the way he did, especially af





Bounty Killer fined $5000

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Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgThe DJ who has been referred to as cross, angry and miserably was yesterday (Thursday, August 21) fined $5,000 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate Court in St James.

The fine was in relation to charges of indecent language and disorderly conduct following his performance at the Dancehall Night staging of Reggae Sumfest last month.

Bounty Killa, during his performance, started dissing Beenie Man and was booed for it. In the midst of it all, the Killer uttered "a bag of" expletives and exited the stage in the wee hours of the morning.

He was immediately arrested and charged by members of the police force who were waiting at the foot of the stage.





Mavado and Vybz Kartel at it again

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Just when everyone thought the feud between two of dancehall's top artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel was over, the volcano has erupted.

Ever since Sting 2007 they have been seen sharing casual conversations in the streets, so everyone thought it was safe to assume that peace was in the air.

Despite this, YardFlex now understands that the two have "rekindled old flames". Scatta, a well know producer, has a new rhythm out called "Self Defense Rhythmn" which features the two artistes verbally slandering each other.

In Mavado's song he accuses Vybz Kartel of being a homosexual because he uses "bleaching" products and that he is an atheist. Vybz Kartel retaliated by calling Mavado a "Gully Girl", a gangsta wanna be and then telling him about his sexual relationship with his mother.





Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" still in the # 1 Spot

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JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN

By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
AUGUST 22, 2008


TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

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01 1 10 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 15 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (4wks@#1) U-1
03 2 9 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records (pp#2) D-1
04 4 19 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca NM
05 7 7 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-2
06 5 14 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#5) D-1
07 8 10 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
08 11 7 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-3
09 13 4 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Adidjaheim
Records/ Chimney Records U-4
10 12 5 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
11 6 18 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5
12 10 23 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-2
13 14 6 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-1
14 16 5 Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha
Music U-2
15 9 18 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#2) D-6
16 17 3 Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21 U-1
17 18 3 I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records U-1
18 15 17 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-3
19 19 10 Study People-Serani-Fire Links (pp#12) NM
20 - New Overcome- Mavado-Big Ship





Caribbean Leaders Honoured at METS game

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_40773154_petrocaribe203ap.jpgEarlier this week, Irvine G. Clare Sr, Managing Director of Caribbean Immigrant Services Inc; the promoters of Irie Jamboree, North America's reggae festival: Bobby Clarke, Steven Williams, Louis Grant and Michael Williams; Herman Hall, Publisher of Everybody's Caribbean American Magazine and Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of the Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) were honoured by the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) in affiliation with the New York METS, at the second annual Caribbean Night at Shea at the Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, just before the METS vs Atlanta Braves game, for being outstanding Caribbean community leaders.

The honourees who were in attendance thanked the QEDC for its efforts to integrate the people of the Caribbean into activities that will contribute to the economic development of the borough of Queens, and will seek to use this relationship and recognition as leverage for a more fundamental and economically viable opportunity.





Campbell-Brown takes the 200 meter gold

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s domination of the sprint events at this year’s Beijing Olympics was completed today as Veronica Campbell-Brown took an impressive gold in the women’s 200 meters.

She beat the United States’ Allison Felix into a silver medal position with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart claiming the bronze.

The defending champion produced a smooth performance across the finish line in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Jamaica has now won all four of the individual sprint events. Campbell-Brown’s victory will mean that the U.S. team will return home without a gold medal in the individual sprint events for the first time since they boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Yardflex would like to congratulate Veronica Campbell-Brown on her victory.





Come affa wi name

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Mi seh, how some people and country bad mind suh?
Mi seh afta Usain Bolt bun up de field and bruk two
worl record people a fight him out.

Why dem nuh want see Jamaicans prosper? A wah wi
do dem? Dem need fi know seh wi little but wi talawah,
an nuh matter wha, we a God Bless pickney.

Mi seh dem all have up seh Bolt deh pon drugs, dats why
him run suh fast, cause him neva use to suh fast. Dis
just grieve mi heart, cause after we a do so well de
little badmind people dem nuh want se we reach nuh weh
so dem a start rumour.





Happy Birthday Usain Bolt

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Heartfelt birthday greetings for the recently crowned fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt are ringing out in every corner of the globe today.

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As Jamaica’s track hero reaches the age of 22, he basks in the glory of his ongoing success at the Beijing Olympics where his record breaking runs have made him the focus of every sports arena on the planet.

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Bolt told reporters in Beijing recently that he will be ‘just chillin’ on his birthday, but somehow many feel that he will find a few moments to rock and groove to his favorite reggae tunes.

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After his winning runs, Bolt has been showing his elation by doing a few of Jamaica’s popular dance moves and he is about to be the inspiration behind a brand new dance to be called none other than – "THE USAIN BOLT."





Elephant Man - "Gully Creepa/BOOM"

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jta.jpgYesterday, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has failed to come to a resolution in relation to salary and fringe benefits for the islands more than 22,000 public-school teachers.

At the JTA's Annual Conference, held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, the chairman of the salaries and conditions of service committee, Byron Farquharson, said that the association would give the Government until August 29 to respond to the reclassification terms as the company doing the reclassification study,Focal Point, missed the deadline to submit the report to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, (another report should be submitted today). Delegate Norman Allen disagreed claiming that that date was too long and said that no one should leave the conference until a decision was made, to which the members of the conference agreed.





Lightening strikes twice

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.





Allison Hinds added to Irie Jamboree line-up

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Alison1.jpgAllison Hinds will be one of the Caribbean’s dynamite songstresses who will grace the stage at the annual mega-fete, Irie Jamboree. Taking place on Labor Day, Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, the highly anticipated concert has a line-up of stellar Caribbean talent and adding the reigning Soca Queen will further delight fans.

Representing for the ladies, along with Toronto based reggae diva, Tanya Mullings, Allison Hinds was chosen to 'ice the Irie Jamboree cake' as she has a strong fan base and is purely electrifying as a performer.

"Allison Hinds had all the qualities we were looking for and a whole lot more to offer" Bobby Clarke, one of the principals of Irie Jamboree Inc. said. Excited about the upcoming event, Clarke feels he has overcome what seemed like a challenge, to choose another queen for this year’s Irie Jamboree.

Veteran artists, Beenie Man and Yellowman were recently added to the line-up that includes other top reggae stars like: Sizzla, Coco Tea, Elephant Man, Serani, Bugle, Demarco, Little Hero and Elvis D.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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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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News Brief

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Child play causes tragedy

Following the gruesome discovery about a week ago of two dead children in the trunk of a car, an autopsy revealed this week that they died from suffocation.

The Bushy Park
, Clarendon discovery of Trico Lewin, 8 and Latavia Lewin, 5 came after their family had reported them missing.

It is believed that the children met their demise after playing in the car trunk that accidentally locked with them inside.

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Rihanna going broke?

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Rihanna.jpgWith multiple mega hits, numerous stage appearances and other endorsement deals, Barbadian singing star Rihanna is said to be going broke.

It was a shocking revelation for the 20 year old who rose to the top of world charts steadily over the past few years following her first hit, "Pon de Replay" and others like the European favorite, "Umbrella".

According to recent reports the soulful diva, who ought to be financially secure all things considered, checked her bank account and there was supposedly only a $20,000 balance. Appalled and furious she hurled accusations at her business manager, Patricia Williams, who was instantly fired.

Williams has denied any wrong doing and passed the buck to manager and owner of Rebel One Management, Marc Jordan, who she claims has been looking after Rihanna’s finances with her. Disclosing that Def Jam does not properly fund the artist, Williams said Marc has had no choice but to put money made from third party endorsements and live appearances towards Rihanna’s album and music videos.





Beenie Man fights woman backstage

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beenie_charts.jpgIt is reported that after performing at a sold out show in Stratford Rex, London, Beenie Man and a woman, allegedly D'Angel's sister, had a physical altercation.

Witnesses say that at approximately 4am Monday morning, while Beenie Man was backstage preparing to leave the venue, a woman approached him wanting to discuss money owed to her. Beenie Man who was leaving for Germany told her that he would talk to her upon his return to England. As he turned to walk away she grabbed his chain and broke it, at which time his security guards intervened.

However, Beenie Man's publicist, Ray Alexander, could not confirm the incident as he said that Beenie Man had not mentioned anything to him during their 8am phone call. He promised to speak to Beenie Man about the alleged incident in Germany the following day.

Beenie Man is presently on a one month long European tour and is scheduled to perform in Germany on August 19, Holland on August 23, 26 and 27, and Belgium, August 24.





Pepsi's Rising Star Promotions

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As sponsors of Rising Stars for the past 4 years, Pepsi Cola Jamaica will be hosting the latest campaign of promotions for the Rising Stars competition by creating a special edition label for their 20oz and 2 litre bottles of Pepsi which will feature the first Jamaican entertainer ever, 2007 Rising Stars winner, St. Ann born, Romain Virgo.

When consumers purchase the soft drink with the Romain Virgo label, during the Pepsi's 2008 Rising Stars competition, they will have a chance to win prizes. Up until September, consumers will be able to text in a code found inside the bottle caps to Digicel to win prizes. Also, consumers who drop bottle labels into a box at any KFC island wide will have a chance to enter into the "Be A Star" Grand Prize, which includes a chance to share the stage with the Digicel Rising Stars finalists on live TV.

During the promotions, consumers will have a chance to win cellular phones, free pepsis, tickets to the show, among other prizes.





Shericka Williams makes dramatic silver run

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

sherika20050628rm.JPGJamaica added another medal to their tally as Shericka Williams performed amazingly, coming in second place this morning in the women’s 400 meter flat race. It was a bit of a surprise for avid track fans, since most sports analysts did not predict she would medal.

Williams copped the silver medal unexpectedly in a time of 49.69 seconds. The race was won by Christine Ohuruogu from Britain in 49.62 seconds and Sanya Richards came third, taking the bronze medal for the United States.

Richards, who was listed as the favorite to win the women’s 400 meter, finished in a time of 49.93 seconds. Although representing the United States in Beijing, she is a naturalized US citizen of Jamaican parentage.

In another final event today the 100 meters hurdles for women saw both Jamaican contestants, Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster disappointingly failing to make the podium. Finishing fifth and sixth respectively, they ran the race in 12.65 and 12.66 seconds.

After many years of international competition, Foster announced today that she plans to hang up her track shoes and retire.

The Olympic finals began on August 15 and Jamaica is currently number 4 in the world in athletics with 5 medals – 2 gold and 3 silver medals. Russia, the United States and Kenya rank first second and third.





Capleton's absence angers Beenie Man

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beenie_capleton-edit.jpgImmediately after his "Beenie Sizzle" event Beenie Man told reporters that he was upset that Capleton was absent for the show for which he was billed when he, Beenie had performed so well at Capleton's "A St. Mary Mi Come From" event just days before.

Capleton, having just arrived and overheard Beenie's comments explained that his absence was not meant to disrespect Beenie Man, but that his brother had gone missing and a search party had to be organized to locate him.

Beenie Man apologised for his comments, which he said were made in anger.

Capleton's
brother was found stranded along the road. Details of his disappearance are still unknown.





Reggae Rising Holds True

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By: Michelle Lani Thomas

Photography by: Marie Mendoza

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People Productions held its 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Festival at Dimmick's Ranch in Piercy, California on August 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The three day event brought out veteran artists, along with today's hot up and coming acts. The line up featured headliners like Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Junior Reid, Sizzla and Don Carlos.

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Baby Cham rocked the stage with a magnetic performance, as he told the reggae rising audience, "My party go on all night." Crowd favorites such as "Ready Ready", "Stand By Me", "This Is Why I'm Hot" and hit single "Ghetto Story" kept fans irie as they danced and bounced to his every beat. He kicked his performance into high gear with a joint performance with Mr. Easy and dropped 'Lil Wayne's "A Milli" beat with his own flava. We caught up with Cham and asked about his set. Cham said, "It's just music. Music has no boundaries. To me, a perfect party is not a party with one type of music."





Suh mi seh

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with Joan Wilson

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It's a good time to be back. I apologise for being caught up with work and other stuff, so my writing had to go on the back burner. But not even the pressure of work could keep me from checking in to talk about my joy which knows no end.

One little dot on the map and we are creating havoc in Beijing, China! What could possibly beat the overwhelming swell of pride when Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.69 seconds and gave us the gold?

But if I thought my cup had overflowed with joy, then I had another guess coming as our three girls, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, made a clean sweep of the medals earning gold and two silvers in the same race - creating history. Who would have ever imagined that!

Shelly-Ann who hails from the Water House community proved to the world that one's address is just geography. She was super confident, regal and a beauty to behold as she totally stamped her class on the athletic games.





The-Three-Terrific

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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On a day when Jamaica celebrated the 121st birthday anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s sprint queen Shelley-Ann Fraser as well as gold and silver medal winners Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, celebrated their clean sweep of the women’s 100 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China.

Fraser stormed to a life time best 10.78 seconds to win Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter finals; leading the sweep with Simpson and Stewart, as both clocked identical 10.98 seconds in a dead-heat for second.

This was a phenomenal accomplishment for all three athletes as they broke world history in the 100 meter race. No other country can boast having three winners represented on the podium for the 100 meter women’s Olympic final.

Although it was the first time ever that three female athletes from the same country took the top three places in an Olympic track final, American male sprinters have been first second and third on two previous occasions; in 1906 in Athens and during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The most recent occasion of seeing three athletes from the same country on a medal podium was in the triple jump in 2004 when three Russian athletes took all the medals on offer.





Brittany Lyons crowned Miss Jamaica World 2008

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By: Jaide

themisscontest471178.jpgBrittany Lyons took the Miss Jamaica World crown at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston.

Crowned by last year's winner, Yendi Phillips, the 19 year old Lyons came out on top over 15 other contestants.
Jade Grant and Marsha-Gay Reynolds were first and second runners-up respectively at the Olympic themed show titled 'In Search of Gold.'

Show hosts were Nadine Hunt and Adrian Atkinson and while the evening was full of exciting moments with contestants showcasing their abilities in various forms, there was the added stirring touch of master performances by the Stella Maris creative dance troupe, Soul 4 Soul and Angel.

One focus was on physique as always; so contestants strutt their stuff in gold bikinis and modeled sensuous top designs in evening wear.

However, the outlined aim of this pageant has always been to uplift women who participate; promoting individual development in all areas including self-worth and self-esteem.





What’s poppin

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D'Angel and Beenie Man

What a way Ragashanti programme sell off di whola dis week yah wid di whole heap a people a call in bout D'angel and Beenie Man. Some a dem sey dat di two a dem a guh find dem way back together and others sey dat if dem nuh deh back dem fi remain good friends. Mi neva know sey a suh suh much people mix up inna dem life.

More sex tape?

Bwoy mi a hear one big big argument and if dat a true it a guh meck Milk and Johnny tape look like foolishness. Di name whey mi a hear a call up regarding kinky sex from behind...heh hem. If di tape lick dat deh smady nuh have a come back a come back. But if a true a ontgle a matter a time before it buss. Cause how wi get it, di person a pay nuff money fi hold it dung...suh wi hope di money nuh run out...cause...ah bwoy a ongle hope nutten nuh guh suh.





Pamputtae - "It Good"

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Jamaican ska band trumpeter dies

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Johnny-Moore.jpgJamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites founding member and trumpeter Johnny Moore died of cancer on Saturday. Moore who was 70 died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following treatment last week.

Moore was instrumental in forming the band in 1964 along with saxophonist Tommy McCook and Roland Alphanso and trombonist Don Drummond.

During the first 14 months the band was together, it transformed jazz, movie themes and other genres of music with ska style. It broke up in the 1960s, but regrouped in New York two decades later. Two of their albums, "Hip Bop Ska" and "Greetings from Skamania," were nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s.

Their music continued to influence bands such as 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.





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Acquitted of murdering a 39 year old transgendered woman, Kellie Telesford in her Thornton Heath flat last November, Shanniel Hyatt is adamant about his innocence.

Reporting that he was unaware of the former florist and beautician's
actual gender until being informed by police upon his arrest, the 18 year old Jamaican was accused of killing Telesford in a state of rage.

The prosecution told a jury at the Old Bailey trial, that after spending an intimate night with the transgendered woman, Hyatt killed her in anger once he realized she was indeed a man who had undergone a sex change. Prosecutor Sally O’Neil presented facts, gleaned from video surveillance recordings, that the teenager left Telesford’s flat at 6am on November 19, 2007, having stolen her public transit pass, mobile telephone and other electronic equipment.





Cross Roads Building to be Demolished

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgThe tenants of a building located at the corner of Caledonia Road, Cross Roads expressed shock upon hearing that they have five days, which ended yesterday, to vacate the premises, as the building which is built over a gully will be demolished.

The mayor of Kingston Desmond McKenzie served demolition notice to the owner, but, according to the tenants who operate small businesses from the location, the owner has been collecting their rent while informing them of nothing.

One woman said that she was unaware of the circumstances until she saw the news.

Mayor McKenzie said that, over the past four and a half years, the owner has been served with notices to demolish the building, but has failed to acknowledge the notices.

A bartender commented that she was not sorry for the owner, "...him out of order, him should notify the people, I don't sorry fi him."





Harry Daley's attorneys feeling intimidated

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HARRY_BUNGLES_1_edit.jpgThe attorney's for Superintendent Harry "Bungles" Daley, Valerie Neita Robertson and Carolyn Reed have both taken issue with what they describe as strategies to intimidate them.

They have sent reports to the Jamaica Bar Association outlining alleged wiretapping, illegal searches of their homes and person at the Horizon Prison.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Intelligence, Owen Ellington, promised to make a statement concerning the matter, but is yet to do so.





Usain Bolt makes lightening gold win in Beijing

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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It may be something to do with his name; since the invincible Usain Bolt
literally bolted out the starter’s block at Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing
today creating not only Olympic history but also Caribbean history by
championing the 100 meter final.

Doing Jamaica proud, it was an astounding race for the 21 year old Bolt
who clocked a breathtaking 9.69 second finish, setting a new world record
and garnering an Olympic gold medal.

The expected faceoff with Asafa Powell, who until recently held the world
record went completely ‘out the window’ as Bolt led the 100 meter sprinter
pack leaving Powell, who finished the race in 9.95 seconds, way behind.

Clocking in 5th in the race, Powell came in behind Richard Thompson of
Trinidad and Tobago, who earned himself the silver medal at 9.89 seconds
and Walter Dix, an NCAA United States champion who picked up the bronze
medal with his 9.91 run.





Alley Cat releases new album

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alleycat_dancehall.jpgProducer / artiste Alley Cat has released a new album called Dancehall Knowledge Vol 1 which contains inspirational songs as well as songs "...with a little bit of rude bwoy touch..defending the struggles of the people..."

He is hopeful that the album will be a success as the first video has been doing well on RETV and CVMTV top ten countdown. It has also been getting great airplay and positive feedback.

The album features artistes such as: Red Square, Mitch, Fiona, Miami based Tenor Blue and new comers: Badd Cash, East Coast and Scorpion.





DMX arrested again

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dmx123.jpgThe Yonkers-bred rap artiste DMX, born Earl Simmons, was arrested for the sixth time this year for skipping a court date on Tuesday.

On Thursday afternoon, Miami police apprehended the 37 year old rapper while he was leaving an area Wal-Mart department store.

He was to appear in the Arizona courts to answer to charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

DMX has other charges pending in the Arizona courts from animal cruelty to impersonation.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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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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What really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul

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sean paul_edit.jpgEveryone has heard a different story about what really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul and other artistes. YardFlex has gotten an exclusive interview from an artiste, Limey Murray, who was at the venue in Sweden.

He explains that the attack was not just on Sean Paul, his band or management team, but on all the artistes who were present. This he explains was an attempt by the lawmen to control the speech of the artistes and was a direct attack on dancehall and reggae music.

Mr. Murray told YardFlex that the Police in Sweden interrogated the artistes, management and band members. They were placed in coaster buses and taken to this large auditorium where they had to do a urine test. The urine test was done to establish the presence of any traces of herb in the urine. If traces of herb were found during the urine test they would have to proceed by doing blood tests. The blood tests would show how long ago the artistes had engaged in herb smoking and if they had smoked the herb while in Sweden, seeing that it is an illegal substance in the country.





Whats Poppin

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The "Energy God" buys range rover

elephant_man.jpgIt look like a Range Rover a de in ting fi 2008.
The "Energy God", Elephant Man just join the "Range Rover Crew". Only fi him own a nuh black or white like everybody else own, but yellow.

So people if oonu see a yellow Range Rover a pass, oonu nuh affi wonder a who, 'cause its none other than the "Energy God".





International News

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Michael Misick and estranged wife in cat fight

LisaRaye_MichaelMisick.jpgIt is reported that on Tuesday, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick released a statement that he was separated from his wife LisaRaye McCoy-Misick.

LisaRaye returned to the TCI to negotiate devorce settlements and decided to confront Misick at his mansion on Wednesday night, where a number of government officials, including the Minister of Health and Education, Lillian Been-Boyce witnessed their violent altercation which resulted in both Misicks seeking medical attention for multiple bite wounds. Both filed police reports against the other.





Money Seized by Police Replaced with Counterfeit

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police_officers.jpgPolice in Spanish Town have a huge nut to crack at the moment, as money and other material confiscated by them in 2006 has seemingly disappeared from their safe holding area. Not only did the $800,000 and four cellphones fly the coup with no apparent explanation; the bills were also replaced by counterfeit notes, some of which were crudely photocopied.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green ordered on Monday that charges against Anthony Barrett, Dushane Sweeny and Dalton Thomas be dropped, following successful litigation by defense attorney George Soutar. Charged with unlawful possession of $800,000 and other material; said to be unaccounted for, the men have appeared in court on many occasions since their arrest in late 2006.





Angry mom burns eight year old in face

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Anger management was definitely lacking in the case of a Pink Lane, Kingston woman who was arraigned in court this week for throwing boiling water her eight year old child’s face.

Remanded in custody after appearing before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court yesterday, the woman, Ann Marie Scott, 28, faces assault and wounding charges.

Scott allegedly got extremely irate upon discovering that her eight year old daughter had misplaced a ring that was a gift from her father. Police reported that the incident took place on July 29 and following an investigation by detectives of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, she was officially charged.

Dumbfounded when asked to explain her actions by senior Magistrate Glen Brown, Scott’s actions against her child were outlined by family members who helplessly witnessed the vicious attack.

Reports given by them to police describe how Scott first started beating her eight year old with a mop stick, threatening all the time to burn the child. Despite the family’s attempts to stop the assault, Scott followed through with her threats by boiling water in the microwave and throwing it on her child’s face, shoulders and legs.

The child was released into her father’s custody after spending almost two weeks in the Bustamante Hospital for children, where she was treated for severe burns.





Spice Disses Macka

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spice and macka edit.jpgEven with atistes and fans clamouring for peace, the dancehall contrversy continues. The latest incident took place at the Hype 2008 stage show, Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, August 9, when Spice came on stage and lyrically 'dissed' Macka Diamond. The crowd expressed their delight when she accused Macka of wearing false teeth. Macka, however, chose to ignore Spice and performed like the true veteran of the business that she is.





Descendant of Marcus Garvey up for carnal abuse

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marcus_garvey.jpgDevon Garvey, who is said to be Marcus Garvey’s great grand son, has been charged in Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl.

Garvey, who hails from Gold Smith Villa in August Town, St Andrew had the carnal abuse charges laid on him this week after reports surfaced about his indiscreet actions towards the adolescent.

Police reports state that Garvey was accompanying the young girl from church on May 31 this year, and instead of taking her home, he brought her to his house, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Arrested and subsequently charged for the offence, Garvey has denied the allegations, says his attorney, Christopher Townsend.

He will return to court on September 8 for a preliminary enquiry into the incident.





Mavado's "Money Changing" keeping the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 1 11 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-3wks@#1
02 2 8 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
03 5 9 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House
04 3 16 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
05 8 12 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship - Greatest Gainer up 3
06 4 11 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records- Peak@# 2
07 9 9 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die-DangerZone/SoBe
08 6 15 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
09 7 15 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
10 11 6 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man-Legend





The Gully Gad Freed

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mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgMavado was yesterday freed of the separate charges of assault and using abusive language, resulting from an incident in Negril on August 3. He appeared in the Petty Court to answer to the abusive language charge and the Resident Magistrate Court for the charge of assault, on the same day.

Movado's manager Julian Jones-Griffith said that his client is a target for the media and that the incident was blown out of proportion. He also said that there were many witnesses willing to testify that Movado did not lay a hand on the complainant.





Sean Paul was not arrested

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Sean Paul 3.jpgContrary to reports flooding the internet Sean Paul's booking agent and publicist Headline Entertaining are maintaining that their client was not arrested on drug charges at the Uppsala Reggae Festival last Friday.

It was reported that the DJ who has made a big impact on the international scene was taken and processed along with 300 other people including artistes at a local police station.

Another media reported that the DJ's hotel room was searched without his knowledge.





4_hanging_1.jpgIn an effort to reduce the crime rate by using it as a deterrent for criminals and to appease the scared public, the JLP will in a few weeks vote either in favour of or against resuming the death penalty. The JLP's wish to resume executions in Jamaica as an anti-crime strategy has come under fire from various sects.

Yvonne Sobers of Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) sees this move as being "fundamentally abhorrent".

Human rights activist Nancy Anderson is also opposed to the idea of executions. "I am opposed to the idea of capital punishment, it doesn't help, it is not a deterrent...We condemn people who kill and then we turn around and kill them, it is farcical."





yendi_(risingstar).jpgThe new host of Digicel rising Stars, Yendi Phillipps said on Tuesday, August 12, that she is privileged to work with the rising talent of Jamaica. She especially enjoys bonding with the contestants, talking with them and getting to know them each as individuals.

She commented on the performances in Sunday's (August 10) show. She said that the eight finalists are finally listening to the judges and improving their performances, which were powerful enough to please the judges as well as the live audience.

About her stint as new host, Yendi said that she appreciates the advice and criticism that she has received. She, like the contestants, is adjusting and having fun, while allowing her personality to run free.





Lady Saw and Spice ruled at Divas in Concert

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It was a night of pure fun and excitement at Club Nazz in Negril where Divas in Concert took place. Although Macka Diamond, Queen Paul and Lady G were missing in action, you would never know it by the way the crowd seized every moment to enjoy themselves.

Lady Saw and Spice proved to be two lethal divas as they literally took full control of the crowd. They came, they saw and they conquered big time.

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D’Angel, Lady Diva and Miss Thing did their thing to good response from the crowd, but the night belonged to Spice and Lady Saw who drew upon every iota of experience to totally captivate the crowd.





mail.google.com.jpgIn an effort to reduce the increase of HIV in the Caribbean, as the Caribbean has the second highest infection rate next to the Sub-Saharan Africa, PANCAP (Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS) will in October present a proposed legislation to the Caribbean Parliamentary Council recommending the decriminalization of homosexuality and commercial
sex workers.

Dr. Kevin Harvey, head of Jamaica's National HIV/STI programme agrees with this method of intervention as he sees that if homosexuality is decriminalized there will be greater opportunities to reduce the infection rate among gays, as, he says, this cannot be done if they go underground.

Director of PANCAP, Carl Browne said that he is aware that a number of the territories in the region have laws that discriminate against these groups and knows that it will be easier to get sex workers decriminalized than homosexuality.

He also recognises that even if the Attorneys General agree to the proposal, what happens at the regional level cannot be dictated in individual countries.





Renaissance 19th Anniversary

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renaissance logo.gifThe Palisadoes Go-Kart track on Saturday night was the place to be as Renaissance Disco celebrated its 19th Anniversary with a party under the theme; "Flight 19". Renaissance, whose selectors are known for their excellent mixing skills, surely proved themselves at the event by keeping the patrons satisfied as they played hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained and dancing as they (the patrons) 'broke out' and were 'daggering' on the dance floor.

With a theme like this, expectations for decor were extremely high and they did not disappoint. Red Stripe which is strongly associated with the sound did not fail to make its presence known at the venue. Staff was attired in airline outfits; pilot hats. Effort was put into the details of decor, lighting to set the mood, steps to board the flight.





Ninja Man vs Bounty Killer

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bounty&ninja_edit.pngWah really a gwaan? This bag a tape ting...everybody yuh hear seh deh pon tape.

Now Ninja Man a seh him have a tape with the 'Grung God' Bounty Killer a do nastiness with a white man. Nobody nuh see de tape all now, so nobody nuh sure if a true.

Well wi hear seh Ninja Man a carry feelings because Bounty go pon Sumfest and a call up him name seh him have a funny man son who do hair in a Half Way Tree.

Wi nuh know if a feelings him a carry or a really true, but as soon as we hear anything else we will mek oonu know.





Jamaican Artist Christopher Gonzales Dies

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christopher_gonzales.JPGChristopher Gonzalez, whose expressionistic sculptures and paintings earned him a reputation as a pioneer in Jamaican art, has died, according to a longtime family friend. He was 65.

The acclaimed Jamaican artist lost his battle with cancer, on Saturday at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, said Kay Osbourne, managing director of Television Jamaica.

Gonzalez, born in 1943 in the central parish of Manchester, is best known for creating a controversial 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of reggae legend Bob Marley, which is housed at a museum in Ocho Rios.





logo.jpgDigicel Rising Star judge, Clyde McKenzie in expressing his opinion about the performances of the contestants on Sunday, August 3 had a lot to say.

He said that as the contestants became more comfortable with themselves and the stage their performances became stronger, even though he saw some weak ones as well.

One of the stronger performances he mentioned was the group Khalil, from Montego Bay. He said that they are one of the finest performers in the competition as they have the ability to use their harmony to make them the crowd favourite.

Cameal, he believes did a fair rendition of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". He says that her delivery and interpretation of the song should have an impact on the public.





Sean Paul arrested in drug bust

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sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgAccording to mediatakeout.com dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul was arrested in Sweden during a sting on Friday. It is reported that Sean Paul was caught and charged with possession of an unknown quantity of marijuana.

According to the website’s snitch the whole thing went down at the Uppsala Reggae Festival - a well known event. Word is that undercover officers called for a raid when they spotted Sean Paul and a group of other artists smoking marijuana - which is illegal in Sweden.

No word on what Sean Paul was charged with or how much jail time he faces.

In an updated story posted on Caribbean World News it stated that the Swedish police have taken flack for their arrest of Sean Paul plus about 300 fans.

“ "The way they treated Sean Paul and other artists was totally unacceptable", Uppsala organizer Yared Tekeste told a Swedish publication. "They searched his hotel room when he was not present and went through wallets and other personal belongings",†the article was was quoted as saying.





Bob Marley Foundation gives back to education

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The Bob Marley Foundation recently donated 100 books to the Victory Basic School in Trench Town, St. Andrew. The books, which are based on the Caribbean experience, are designed to help children in the early childhood program develop in the critical areas of reading, mainly pronunciation.

The Administrator of the school, Miss Black, declared that she has already read the books and found them to fit perfectly in the school's curriculum.

Mrs. Jackie Lynch Stewart, General Manager of the Bob Marley Foundation said that the features of the books should accelerate the literacy process, and make learning more meaningful. She believes that starting with the young ones is an important way to contribute to nation building, and change the society.

The Foundation will also sponsor two teachers from the school by sending them to special reading workshops to improve their literacy teaching skills which will assist in improving the literacy level at the school.

The Foundation also has plans to make similar donations to Stephney Primary and Juniour High School, in the parish of Bob Marley's birth, St. Ann.





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Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Providence Stadium, Guyana: Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).

The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica had a bright start against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue, having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana on Friday night (0-3), Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.

After a mere 7 minutes into the game, Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well aimed shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.

Suriname, on the other hand, was just getting into a rhythm, which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica 's defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.





Mr. Vegas Shines at Reggae Rising

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGMr. Vegas has been quite busy on the entertainment circuit. Performing in locales throughout the world, this stronghold dancehall artiste is always eager to thrill fans, and this past weekend, he did just that --- taking his show on the road to the 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Music Festival, (produced by People Productions), in the northern tip of California.

It was a special weekend for Mr. Vegas and his ensemble as they touched down on the picturesque setting, which included a remarkable backdrop of the Eel River. Much different than they anticipated, the eclectic Reggae Rising Music Festival was one to be rivaled. With three performance areas, outdoor camping and loads of special treats and creative concepts, uncommon to most festivals, the three-day event played home to a thorough line-up of Reggae artistes and thousands of revelers.

Although they went through planes, trains and automobiles to get to the event, it was very much worthwhile in the long run. At the festival on Saturday, August 2, Mr. Vegas shined -- delivering a 60 minute impressive set of numerous hits. But the most exciting element of the performance was High Energy dancer Boricia, who enticed the crowd as she moved to the pulsating beats. She enjoyed displaying the latest dancehall moves just as much as the crowd enjoyed watching and imitating her. Additionally, background singer, Nicole Miller, blazed during her solo performance. Her sultry vocals mesmerized the sea of fans.

Mr. Vegas was joined by other top Reggae acts, including Sly and Robbie, Lexxus, Junior Reid and none other than Jamaica's beloved crooner Beres Hammond. In just a few weeks, Mr. Vegas will be off to toast it up in Africa.





edit_cure.jpgInspiring Rastafarian Reggae singer, Jah Cure,premiered his latest music videos last week on the top local music video channels and programmes.

The Danger Zone/SoBe Entertainment singles 'Hot Long Time' (featuring Junior Reid), 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' hit the HD plasma screens with such a powerful impact that the request lines for all the channels must have been ringing off the hook.

Award winning video director J. Will outdid himself with the production of the videos that were shot on locations across Jamaica.

'Hot Long Time' is not the typical Jah Cure type music video. Filmed in Port Royal, the scenes feature hot bikes, cars, helicopters and some sexy girls, which Jah Cure fans should definitely love.

'Journey' is a reflective mastery that sees Jah Cure journeying across Jamaica and chronicling his 'trod'. The scenes feature the wonders and beauty of the island paradise.

While the herbs tune 'Green Grass' reflects Jah Cure's message of consciousness, which should appeal to all official 'herbs man and woman'.

'Hot Long Time', 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' are a wonderful delight for music lovers, who almost simultaneously, experienced different sides of the versatile singer.





Some people cole like ice

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Buffilous_2.jpgYow mi peeps, mi did chip out fi a while. Mi nah tell nuh lie star, Jamdung a get a way and mi did haffi go endz out a England. Mi enjoy di likkle flex, but yuh done know, all whey a gwaan dung yah suh, nuh whey still nuh better dan yard. Suh mi back wid mi usual mix up…fi who did miss mi, big up fi who did a hope sey mi stay offa di map…a suh it guh yuh caan get everyting whey yuh want.

Now mi come back wid a story whey fi mi cousin draw mi inna, yes, she meet dis gal from foreign whey teck care a old people. Gal claim sey she have some lawsuit money fi get. Den fi mi mad head cousin guh teck up wid di girl and mi dear a bere tings. She look like she have a bladder problem, or some kinda problem, cause every time him guh bed wid har, mi cousin haffi spread sheet wid plastic under it cause she nuh stop pee pee up herself.

Di odda day she an mi cousin throw a big engagement party and she all a bring har 2 1/2 year old daughter fi celebrate wid dem.





lesbian_personals.jpgA 29 year old Jamaican woman, with two drug charges,who was released from a detention centre in Puerto Rico has avoided deportation to her homeland citing fear of being tortured. Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo had initially ordered that Nichole (her middle name), be deported, when the woman checked in with immigration authorities on Thursday, August 7, regarding her order of supervision, but upon hearing stories of her life in Jamaica as a lesbian, the judge also fearing that her sexual orientation would put her in danger if she were to return to Jamaica deferred the order based on the climate of intolerance in Jamaica.

"The general atmosphere in Jamaica is a feeling of no tolerance towards homosexuals in general,...the respondent's life is definitely at risk," the judge said.

Nichole's lawyers plan to file documents so that she can apply for legal residency as the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to deport her to any other country.

She is to report back in three months.





Treasure relocates to Jamaica

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treasure_aaron.jpgTreasure Aaron, also known as Treasure360 from the sound system 360 Ladies, recently relocated to Jamaica to build her entertainment empire in the Mecca of reggae music.

Treasure decided to return to Jamaica after heading the radio promotions and promotions department at Greensleeves Records for 8 years. After Greensleeves recent purchase by VP records in April 08 she opted not to pursue a career with the new owners. Instead making the decision to develop her own business with the expertise she picked up in her 8 years of hands on experience in promotions, guerrilla marketing and event production.

She is credited for working on US cross-over radio hit singles such as Elephant Man's "Log On", Vybz Kartel's "Tek Buddy" & "Picture This", Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go", Macka Diamond's "Bun Him", Mavado's "Weh Dem a Do", Busy Signal's "Step Out" and Mr. Vegas's "Hot Wuk".





Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle" was off the chain

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from Beenie Man's "Summer Sizzle 2008":

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What's poppin

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Back together again?

Is Beenie and D'Angel reconciling? Bwoy all now everybody a talk bout di comment whey she meck a Summer Sizzle bout what God has joined together, let no man put asunder. Is she sending us a message here? Well meck wi si nuh, cause nuff people curious, dem caan wait fi si wha a guh really happen.

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Bernie Mac dies at age 50

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bernie_mac_died_age50.jpgBernie Mac, the actor and comedian who teamed up in the casino heist caper "Ocean's Eleven" and gained a prestigious Peabody Award for his sitcom "The Bernie Mac Show," died Saturday at age 50.

"Actor/comedian Bernie Mac passed away this morning from complications due to pneumonia in a Chicago area hospital," his publicist, Danica Smith, said in a statement from Los Angeles.

The comedian suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. He recently was hospitalized and treated for pneumonia, which his publicist said was not related to the disease.





News from Mexico

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Jamaica's Tourism Model Shines in Mexico

By: Elizabeth Smith

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Renee Johnson, who is HIV Programme Officer for Jamaica's Tourism Product Development Company Ltd, presented a poster at the XVIIth International Conference on HIV/AIDS that is currently underway in Mexico City. Renee's poster demonstrated how work place policy, implemented by Jamaica's Tourism Sector has been an effective tool in not only stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS, but also heightening sensitivity around the entire issue. Her poster gave clear indication of a policy that includes offering successful education and support services; placing emphasis on voluntary counseling and testing, an activity widely acknowledged as one key method for stopping HIV transmission.

This policy supports an important point raised at the conference, that
huge numbers of people infected with HIV still do not know that they are indeed infected.

Renee explained and showed through the graph on her poster, that voluntary counseling and testing is on the rise within the tourism sector...and that is certainly good news for Jamaica.

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Scenes from the recently held "A St. Mary Mi Come From 2008":

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KINGS_UNDISPUTED_beenieman_yellowman.jpgRecently, There has been much debate as to who most deserves the title 'King of the Dancehall'. However, older artistes and musicians in the business say talk is cheap, let the work show.

Yellowman and Beenie Man have already made claims to the title, and while it is almost impossible to mention Beenie without Bounty Killer, they have all made public utterances declaring themselves as 'King'.

In a recent interview with The Gleaner Yellowman said, "If me a king? That the people dem say, all over the world. Not Jamaica alone. The people dem say it and dem have been saying it for a very long time. Is not a while ago dem say it."

Beenie Man also embraced the title when he revealed that business entities plan to crown him official 'King of the Dancehall' some time later this year.

However, Bounty Killer, performing at a show in Miami recently, reportedly said that even though he was performing second to last (Beenie closed the show), he was still the undisputed 'King of the Dancehall'. In brushing aside Beenie Man's claim to the throne, Bounty in an interview with The Gleaner said, "Wi know King Stitch, wi know King Tubbys, wi know King Yellowman, an wi know Warrior King, an wi know Jigsy King. Mi nuh know nuh odda king. One odda king mi heard about an a Peter's king, suh any odda king is a Peter's king or a Kingfish ting? So we only heard about a couple kings of the dancehall and all of a sudden we hear about this self-proclaimed king ... have you ever heard anybody say Jigsy King can't be the king? Why yuh a fight fi di kingship? Guh hold a queenship man."





Article and Photos by: Petal

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The St. James leg of the annual all island independence celebration can be described as one of the best ever to be staged in the parish. The event saw special performances from Elephant Man, Dwight Samuels, Christopher Martin, Inga Stewart and Montego Bay's D.J. Mikey Ranks. Elephant Man put on a top class performance when he made his appearance on stage. They were also joined on stage by Montego Bay's dancers, Madusa and Mumma Side. Prior to the guest artistes, some of the earlier acts were, Andrenaline, Serial Killa, Ganga Lee, Ranking Bagga, Khalil, Dwight Samuels, plus appearances from the Show Jam models. Brian Bowen and Jackie Norman were both M.C.s.





Buju in "American Prayer" video

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BUJU38_edit.jpgThe video for the song "American Prayer" written by Dave Stewart and U2's Bono, in support of Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama, will be aired on ABC's The View on Thursday, September 18, to coincide with his guest appearance on the talk show.

The song features Obama supporters Whoppi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, Macy Gray, Beyonce, Cyndi Lauper, Kareen Abdul-Jabbar among others, and Jamaican Reggae Dancehall star Buju Banton.

A representative from Stewart's camp explained Buju's inclusion by saying that with Dave's love for "...Jamaican Dancehall culture music it made sense to reach out to one of its biggest stars."

According to Stewart, the lyrics of the song, which inspired the video, highlights "...the moment America finds itself in, daring to re-imagine itself and its place in the world."





Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" creeps into the # 1 Spot

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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 3 8 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House (1wk@#1) U-2
02 1 13 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (4wks@#1) D-1
03 4 7 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records U-1
04 6 17 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca U-2
05 5 16 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) NM
06 9 12 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House U-3
07 2 15 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#2) D-5
08 8 21 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) NM
09 13 5 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-4
10 11 8 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
11 10 19 On The Rock- Mavado-Baby G (2wks@#1) D-1
12 7 15 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-5
13 14 5 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-1
14 16 4 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-2
15 18 3 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship U-3
16 12 8 Study People-Serani-Fire Links(pp#12) D-4
17 20 2 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Chimney Records U-3
18 19 3 Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha Music U-1
19 - New Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21
20 - New I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records





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Public health researchers of Emory University will be presenting a study, which analyzes how the sexually promiscuous behavior of 439 black females between the ages of 15-21 is related to their use of marijuana, at the International AIDS conference in Mexico City.

The researchers discovered that the incidents of STD's and promiscuity is significantly higher in black girls who use marijuana than those who do not.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Ralph DiClemente, Candler professor of public health at Emory's School of Public Health, as well as his team, which includes Dr. Jessica Sales, Dr. Gina Wingwood and Eve Rose, recommend implementing STD and HIV prevention programs, promoting condom use as well as emphasizing the risk of drug use and STD, HIV infections designed specifically for adolescent black females.

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Wayne Marshall - "The Moment"

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Usher fires Management team and re-hires Mom

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usher_mom_again_edit.jpgIn an effort to resurrect his diminishing fan base and dying career, Usher has fired his entire management team, as well as his publicist, and has rehired his mother Jonetta Patton.

Former manager of Tyra Banks, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez, Benny Medina says that "...It is a completely new day and time in music now...(Usher's) audience, demographic and musical direction has changed. Records like Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" are the type of phenomena that "Yeah" was in 2004."

Others, not being as discerning in their remarks, say that Usher would have better luck if he fired his wife, stepped up his dancing and forget the "I'm living a private life" thing.





jam-flag_anit-gay.jpgRobert Carr, Executive director of Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVCC) and a senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies, painted a graphic picture of Jamaica as a country where police officers attack and/or ignore homosexuals who go to them to report crimes against them, at the International AIDS Society conference in Mexico City, Mexico, recently.

Using power point, newspaper clippings and pictures as evidence, he highlighted the country's negative attitude to homosexuals. Pictures showing police officers with weapons drawn and members of the media filming and taking pictures during a homosexual mobbing in the Island's capital. A story, in the Observer, saying that homosexuality was "contrary to natural law". Carr also mentioned that violence and discrimination against homosexuals were celebrated in popular music.





Mavado's "Money Changing" keeping the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

edit_mavado_charts_08.jpgTW LW WOC Artiste Name - Song Title - Record Label

01 01 10 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-2wks@#1
02 04 07 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
03 03 15 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
04 02 10 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records- Peak@# 2
05 07 08 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House
06 05 14 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
07 06 14 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
08 09 11 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship
09 11 08 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die-DangerZone/SoBe
10 08 17 Bounty Killer-Nuh Fren Fish-Foota Hype-Peak@#5





Independence Day of Jamaica

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The Spanish and the English rule

The Spanish settlers moved to Villa de la Vega, now known as Spanish Town, establishing it as the capital of Jamaica. The 1640s saw many people coming to Jamaica for its stunning beauty; especially the pirates who had a reputation of deserting their raiding parties and staying on in the island. The attacks by the pirates in Jamaican history can be traced back to nearly 100 years, between 1555 and 1655; the final attack leaving the island in the hands of the English.

The island of Jamaica was finally seized by the British forces in the form of a joint expedition by Admiral Sir William Penn and General Robert Venables in May 1655. The buccaneers were invited by the Governor to form their base at Port Royal to prevent Spanish aggression in 1657. The Spanish were defeated in the successive battles that followed, starting the extended reign of the British on Jamaican soil. Through the Treaty of Madrid in 1670, the British gained formal recognition of possession of Jamaica. Still part of the Island remained in the hands of some of the escaped slaves called the 'Maroons', with whom they signed a treaty on March 1, 1738. Even though much of the Spanish capital, Villa de la Vega, was burned during the English conquest, they renamed it Spanish Town and kept it as the island's capital.





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The Jacksons to be honoured as BMI Icons

the_jacksons_5_edit.jpgThe members of the Jackson 5, Jackie, Toto, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael including younger brother Randy, who joined the group in 1976, will receive the BMI Icon award at the 8th Annual Urban Music Awards at the Wilshire Theatre, Beverley Hills, Los Angeles on September 4.

The BMI Icon is awarded to artistes who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Past awardees have been artistes such as James Brown, Little Richard, The Bee Gees, to name a few.

Other top R&B and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers will also be recognized for their contribution through out the year.

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Eleven year old in-patient at Bustamante Hospital rapes six year old

It is alleged that an eleven year old boy, infected with HIV, raped a six year old girl while they were both patients at The Bustamante Hospital for Children.

In response to the allegations, the hospital referred the matter to CAMP Bustamante (Child Abuse Mitigation Project), and a report was filed with the Office of the Child Registry, which is standard procedure of the Child Care Protection Act 2004.

The police are investigating the incident with the support of hospital officials. The alleged victim has been examined by medical practitioners, while the law states that the boy cannot be charged for a criminal offense as he is under the age of 12.





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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"A Moment in Time" with Beres Hammond

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bere_a_moment_in_time_edit.jpgJAMROCK Magazine presents "A Moment in Time" with Beres Hammond featuring Marcia Griffiths!

JAMROCK Magazine presents the Jamaican musical legend Beres Hammond on September 6, 2008 for his highly anticipated concert, "A Moment In Time". The concert coincides with his highly anticipated October album release bearing the same name.

Known to many as the originator of "Lover's Rock" or the "Otis Redding of Reggae", Beres Hammond has been writing, producing and pouring out his smoky-sweet voice over soulful reggae riddims for over three decades. From his early days as the lead singer of the '70s funk-reggae infused band Zap Pow, Beres has consistently produced hits and number one singles. As the cornerstone to Lover's Rock, he has inspired the next generation of reggae soul singers and international superstars like Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.





Beenie Man 2008 European tour all set for August

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beenieMan_europe_tour_08_edit.jpgThe 'dancehall doctor' Beenie Man continues to prove that he is the king of dancehall, after a command performance at the recent Reggae Sumfest and a sparkling performance over the weekend in Bermuda.

Following his massive Beenie Sizzle '08, which is set for the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon on Independence Day, August 6, he will be embarking on a hectic summer tour of Europe beginning on August 8 to 27, and has been confirmed for Irie Jamboree '08 on Sunday, August 31.

Beenie Man's first jig takes place in Lisbon, Portugal on Friday, August 8, then it's on to Uppsala, Sweden on Saturday, August 9. He will then be off to Bersenbruck, Germany on Sunday, August 10; Lecce, Italy on Monday, August 11; and the dates continues.

After Beenie Man wraps up in France he will head for England where he will perform in Bradford on Thursday, August 14; Birmingham on Friday, August 15 and London on Saturday, August 16.





No Bail Yet for Senior Superintendent Harry Daley

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HARRY_BUNGLES_1_edit.jpgSenior Superintendent Harry 'Bungles' Daley was yesterday charged with six counts of extortion and six counts of breaching the Corruption Prevention Act in the Resident Magistrate's Court in Half Way Tree.

He was arrested on Thursday of last week, following allegations from the owner of a plaza that the Senior Superintendent had demanded $20,000 per month or one of his shops in return for his assistance in helping him deal with the extortion of some of his shops. The complainant later reported Harry Daley to the police Anti-Corruption Branch. In February of this year the complainant was out-fitted with police video and voice surveillance devices with which he recorded each time Daley collected the $20,000.

On the day of his arrest, Daley was taped by the complainant accepting marked money, which was later found on his person when he was apprehended. He is presently being held at the Horizon Park Remand Center. So far no bail has been set.





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Toots & the Maytals joined forces with Grammy winning artistes Sheryl Crow & James Blunt in Jones Beach, NY, Monday, July 28, to kick off the summer leg of his Do the Reggae World Tour. The four weeks tour, which includes several dates with Crow, moves across the US and finishes at the end of August. The sold out shows ended with Toots joining Sheryl on stage for a rocking version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" as the show encores.





gay_symbol2.jpgMutabaruka's sister, Jamaican scholar and lecturer in Tourism at the University of Surrey, UK, Dr. Donna Chambers, says that Jamaica is losing an estimated US$65 billion by shunning the lucrative gay tourism market.

In her speech at the UWI, Mona Campus, during last weeks 2008 ACS Crossroads seminar, she said that in an increasingly competitive tourism market, Jamaica cannot afford to not market itself to gay travel.

She also mentioned that gay travel brochures have warned about the risk of visiting Jamaica, and that this perception of Jamaica as being 'anti-gay' also affects the heterosexuals as well.

She, however, notes that in order for Jamaica to embrace gay tourism a "sanctioned gay space" must first be established for it to work.





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Eight Murdered Over the Weekend

map_of_jamaica_edit.jpgEight persons have been murdered over the Emancipation weekend, including two police officers, bringing the murder toll to approximately 926 for the year, with the officer's murders bringing the number of police officers killed since January to eight.

Corporal Rodney Henry, (33), a firearm instructor at the Jamaica Police Academy at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, was killed while sitting at his gate in Cumberland Meadows, Portmore, St. Catherine at about 9:27pm. He received multiple gun shots and his service revolver was stolen. Less than an hour later, while investigating the sounds of possible gunshots, the police discovered the bullet-riddled body of Inspector Dennis Gardner, the Community Safety and Security Officer at the Hunt's Bay Police Station in Kingston, slumped in his car, along Armstrong Avenue, John's Height, St. Catherine.





Mavado a-foul of the law again

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mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgDavid Brooks, aka 'Mavado', has again run a-foul of the law.

Mavado was Sunday night slapped with assault charges following a fight at a night club in Negril, Westmoreland, in which a patron was seriously injured.

He is also charged for using abusive language to the police who tried to arrest him.

It is reported that at 4am, Movado had an argument with a patron at the Jungle nightclub in Negril, at the annual RTI festival.

During the dispute, the entertainer allegedly punched the patron in the face.

The man then fell down a flight of stairs and suffered multiple injuries.

This occurred in full view of several members of the police force, who were monitoring the annual RTI and ATI festivals in Negril.

Several police officers approached Mavado and tried to arrest him, but he resisted arrest and allegedly used abusive language to the cops.





Mikey General Releases "Confidence In Self"

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mikey_general_album_edit.jpgIt's almost ironic that the first track on Mikey General's new album is "Jah Time". As the song tells you, "nothing ever happens before Jah time." Now is Mikey General's time. Time to break through, and a time to shine.

One of Reggae's most exciting talents in conscious vocals is that of Mikey General. His high tenor voice, like a warm breeze over the ocean, carries a message of faith and optimism. He is now ready to break through the barriers of the reggae industry with his new release "Confidence in Self".





Natalie Storm tours with Enur

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N_storm_edit.jpgReggae artiste, Natalie Storm of Prodigal Entertainment and Swatch International, has just completed a two week tour with Danish group, Enur. The tour began in Montreal, Canada and spanned Toronto, Haifax, Oklahoma City and Nassau, Bahamas, before ending in Chicago on July 26.

Natalie, who is best known for her dancehall hits "Talk Di Tings Dem", "A Nuh My Fault" and "Gyal fi Get Boo", performed with stars such as: Girlicious, Nelly and Snap, among others, at the Z-103 Summer Rush Concert in Toronto. She also performed at the exclusive Aura Club at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas.

She is presently making preparations to shoot a video for her hit "Back it Up".

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Doctors discover the Achilles heel of HIV

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lab_testings_edit.jpgDoctors of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston claim to have found an "innovative way to kill the (HIV) virus."

Drs. Sudhir Paul and Miguel Escobar say that they are not talking about suppressing HIV, but destroying it permanently.

Dr. Paul said that they have "...discovered the weak spot of HIV," - a key protein in HIV's structure which does not mutate. He calls it the Achilles heel, which they will attack using a treatment called abzyme.

The theory that this treatment could be used to control the disease for people with HIV and prevent infection for those at risk has already passed lab and animal testing. However, extensive funding is required to launch the human trials as clinical testing is expensive.

Dr. Paul calls his theory "...the holy grail of HIV research..."





Rock Meets Reggae

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sly_and_robbie_tour.jpgSly and Robbie, with guest Cherine Anderson, Half Pint and Pepper, will join the California based Slightly Stoopid on their six weeks Tail Gate 2008 US Summer Tour, commencing early August.

The first date will be on the 6th of August, at the Idaho Centre Amphi Theater, in Nampa Idaho. Then they move onto Magna, Tahoe City, Redmond, Berkley, Denver, Boston, Baltimore, Boca Raton before coming to a close in Slightly Stoopid's hometown of San Diego, California.

Prior to the commencement of this tour, Sly and Robbie will be backing Don Carlos and Junior Reid at the annual Reggae on the River in Humboldt County, North California.





Askala Selassie - "Faith"

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jamaica_flag_emancipationday.jpgSeven days of National celebration begins yesterday as the long awaited 'Jamaica Festival' under the theme " One Love...One Family" ,kicks off today ( July 31) with a week long of activities to mark 46 years of Independence.

Highlights of Jamaica Festival include the return of the Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala on August 6. The Float Parade will start at 10am from Kings House followed by the Main Parade which will get underway at 1-pm from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Over 18 spectacular floats and costumed groups accompanied by music trucks will enliven the streets of Kingston followed by the the Grand Gala, which promises to be a grand affair full of ceremonial and colorful displays at the National Stadium and will culminate with an exciting Fireworks Display.





Information on Emancipation Day

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The Road to Freedom

The day was August 1, the year 1838 and the event, Emancipation from Slavery. Tears of joy flowed incessantly, while shouts of freedom rang from the mountain tops and the plains, from the men, women and children, who had learnt that they were finally free of the oppressive social and economic system in which they were treated as less than human.

From its introduction in the West Indies in 15th Century, slavery was regarded by many as immoral and brutish, characterized by the destruction of the "innate characteristics of humankind, which are necessary for progress." The slave-owning class, who dominated the legislative system, drew up the slave laws, which were rigid. Some of these laws and punishments included forbidding slaves to hold meetings without permission from or under the supervision of a white person. Slaves were banned from beating drums and blowing horns as it was thought to be a signal of rebellion and they were severely beaten for slowing down in the fields.

The Quakers, a religious group, were among the first critics of the system and campaigned for its abolition. The campaign was led by Granville Sharpe, an English man who was successful in securing the freedom of an abandoned slave, Joseph Strong, in England 1787. The Quakers formed the 'Society For Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade' and others such as Sharpe, Thomas Clarkson, James Ramsey and Edmond Burke then joined it.

They argued that not only was slavery against the will of God, but was also the denial of civilization. They said that freedom was the true, natural state of man. However, their arguments proved futile as the sugar industry was booming.

Persons in favour of the system expressed the view that blacks were unprepared for freedom and would be harmed by it, and that not all men were born free and equal. They also held the view that Africans were different from whites and thus should be treated as animals.

It was not until the eighteenth century when the sugar industry began to decline that the anti-slavery movement received encouragement. The first victory for the abolitionist came in March of 1807, with the passage of the Bill for 'The Total and Immediate Abolition of the Slave Trade' in the British Parliament.

But, to a large extent, it was the slaves themselves who charted the course to their own freedom, by the many brutal revolts staged across the island. They had the help of the Maroons, those slaves who had escaped into the island's mountains. The most famous revolt was the 1831 "Christmas" or "Baptist War".

These rebellions, coupled with the decline in the sugar, caused a drain on the planters' coffers. With the possibility of a general uprising constantly threatening, the law to abolish slavery was once again proposed in the British Parliament in 1833 and this time was passed with little resistance.





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Body Found in Bounty Kller's House

Bounty_deadman_arrested.jpgThe body of a dead man, with gunshot wounds, was found the 'Grung God's' house, in the Norbrook community, St. Andrew. The family of Bounty Killer is still shocked and trying to come to terms with the finding.

Police report states that the body of Davian Williams, age 32, was discovered shortly after 11:00 am. The deceased was the owner of Davion Motors which was closed down recently.

The dead man was found, by a construction worker, in the passage way with gunshot wounds to the head and upper body, the police states.

Inspectors suspect that the man might have been gunned down on the property. The 'Warlord', who owns the property, is not a suspect in the killing, as he doesn't live there. Suspicions are focussed on the man's car dealership business, as it was reported that the man had a history of collecting money from customers and failing to deliver.
He was under investigation for fraud.

Stay tuned for more details.

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"Gully Creeper" not letting go off th # 1 Spot

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

elephantman-miamisexygirls-beyoncemunga.jpgTW LW WC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

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





 

Gustav Destroys Jamaica

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hurricane edit.JPGHurricane Gustav slammed into parts of Jamaica leaving destruction and sorrow for all people, places and things lacking enough strength to stand firm in its path. Since Thursday night heavy rains and winds have left many stranded, flooded and some fatalities have been reported as well.

Missing people include a teenage boy and a younger child; while thousands have been rescued or remain in need of being saved from flood waters. Many residents in areas like Bryce Hill in Papine, St Andrew, Western Portland – by Manchioneal and Long Bay; Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine and Gordon Town have had to be evacuated and forced to seek shelter as their roofs have failed amongst other disastrous occurrences.

People wanting to leave Bull Bay or to go into that area from Harbour View are unable to do so, as the Harbour View Bridge is impassable after having split in two by the viciously strong water and wind.

Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness along with teams from the Jamaica Defense Force and the National Works Agency are on the ground diligently engaged in evacuation and rescue missions, as persons are not only stranded in flooded areas, but also trapped on places like their roofs.





Mr Vegas "Daggering" holds #1 spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE/TITLE/LABEL/PEAK POSITION

01 01 10 Mr. Vegas-Daggering -KirkleDove/Irish & Chin -2wks@1
02 02 11 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga -Board House -Shot to Watch
03 04 14 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday -Big Ship
04 03 13 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx -3wks@#1
05 07 11 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die -DangerZone/SoBe
06 05 18 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper -Seanizzle -5wks@1
07 08 08 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man -Legend
08 06 13 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records -Peak@#2
09 11 06 Konshens-Winner -Natural Bridge/Cash Flow
10 09 17 Richie Spice-The Plane Land -No Doubt -Peak@#3
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hurricane edit.JPGEarly this morning, Tropical Storm Gustav strengthened with maximum sustained winds up to 70 miles per hour, just 74 mph short of the requirements for a Category One Hurricane. With this speed and might Gustav hovered only 80 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica and about 170 miles south of Guantariamo, Cuba.

The government of Jamaica has issued hurricane warnings while the slow moving system is said to be expected to head west-southwest, turning more westerly later today, passing very closely to Jamaica.

Although many computer models indicate the storm is heading in a north-westerly direction that will take it off the southern coast of Cuba then on to the central Gulf of Mexico by Sunday, it is a fact that track projections are not always accurate and Gustav’s path is being closely watched, as it can crucially affect important oil and gas producing areas near the coasts of Louisiana and Texas.

The storm lashed into Haiti reeking havoc that caused flooding and landslides that killed 15 people on Tuesday. In all 23 people have lost their lives in Haiti and the Dominican Republic as a result of Gustav.





Two-headed baby adds to unusual summer births

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baby28.jpgNature recently granted one woman in Egypt the blessing of septuplets; and 27 year old Ghazal Khamis was the second woman to ever bring 7 babies into the world safely on August 16, 2008.

On Monday in Pakistan, nature sent another uncommon blessing to a woman there who gave birth to a baby boy who has two heads attached to one body.

Delivered by cesarean section at a clinic in Keshobput, the 12 lb 1 oz baby has been moved with his mother to a larger hospital to protect the family from curious onlookers.

His mother’s gynaecologist, Dr Mohamad Abdul Bari said that the child has one stomach and is eating normally with his two mouths. The doctor explained that while the baby was born from one embryo that experienced a developmental anomaly, he has a full set of limbs and one genital organ.





bolt200m rec.jpgThe community of Sherwood Content joins National Meats to present the Hart Hill Usain Bolt Homecoming Celebration on September 20. This show of gratitude and appreciation for the community’s local son will be the parish of Trelawney’s way of honoring Bolt’s wonderful success.

According to David Phillips, CEO of National Meats/Hart Hill, whose company is fully sponsoring the event that will be of no cost to patrons, "We take rural development seriously and this is the reason we have joined with the community of Sherwood Content in this effort. Usain is an inspiration to all Jamaicans young and old and we felt that his achievements should be celebrated and heralded as a standard that we must all seek to attain."

The day will begin with a fun day at Waldensia Primary School, where Usain’s talent first came to light and was developed. The proceedings will continue through the day with an up tempo concert featuring some of the island’s top gospel, reggae and dancehall performers.

Bolt created history in Beijing as he became the first man to set records at the same Olympics in all three of the following: the 100 meter, 200 meter and 4 by 100 relay events, since Carl Lewis achieved that goal in 1984. The world watched and celebrated with Bolt, sending a wave of pride to circulate amongst Jamaicans at home and abroad.





Bolt not fazed by numerous testing

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bolt osaka.jpgExpressing that he has nothing to worry about because he is clean, Usain Bolt is not surprised at the numerous tests he has been required to undergo as athletic organizations wallow in disbelief at his amazing feat of breaking historical records.

The triple gold winner who made Caribbean and Olympic history in Beijing China discussed the series of tests that entailed, blood and urine tests at an event sponsored by his sponsor, Puma. Explaining that he was tested four times even before starting to run in Beijing, Bolt says proudly that all tests came back negative.

Saying the testing was done so many times, that he lost track, Bolt remains confident of his actions saying that he trains hard and performs well; leaving no other explanation for his colossal performances.





ele_angel.jpgOn September 7 the Hilton Kingston will be filled with glitz and glamour as Pulse’s Caribbean Model Search (CMS) gets underway with none other than the trendy fashion and dancehall experts, Elephant Man and D’Angel as specially featured guests.

No stranger to the art of discovering new massive talent, Pulse is entering its 30th year as the number one source in the Caribbean for the region’s international supermodels.

This year’s program is highly anticipated as the BadBoy Records/VP artist, Ele, who is basking in the huge success of his current dance tune, “Nuh Linga,” will be gracing the stage in this limitless merger of popular dancehall culture and couture.

The award winning ‘Energy God’ consistently includes lively and innovative dancehall moves in his pumping performances as is evident with hits like “Signal di Plane” and “Pon de River, Pon di Bank.” His loud style is expected to brighten up the CMS stage in every way.





By: Elizabeth Smith


mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgBobby Clarke, Irie Jamboree organizer, announced today that Mavado has been confirmed and will definitely be appearing at the upcoming massive event, happening in New York this Sunday, August 31.

The Irie Jamboree team reported to Yardflex that New York fans and the thousands expected to pour in for the traditional Labor Day celebrations can rest assured that Mavado will be performing at the Roy Wilkens Park in Queens, and will give all who have waited over a year to see him live again in the United States, a memorable performance.

Back after one year of being denied entry into the US, Mavado is eager to grace North America’s premier reggae festival. Described as the hottest dancehall artist in the business at the moment, with his requests for dub plates outnumbering most artists, Mavado will be one of the headliners at Irie Jamboree.

There is no doubt about it, since Clarke reported that Irie Jamboree Inc. has been in talks with Julian Griffiths for months now; and as soon as official confirmation was received on Mavado’s clearance to travel and work in the US, he was immediately booked for the festival.





NOSYMBL.gifSeveral cricket boards have been concerned with security for their teams who were originally scheduled to travel to Pakistan, a region currently recognized as potentially volatile. This has forced the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take a decision to postpone the Champions Trophy, slated for September 12 to 28 in Pakistan.

Omar Khan
, West Indies cricket team manager expressed his disappointment in the decision, saying his team is anxious to get on with the business of playing cricket, which is their livelihood. Khan told CMC Sports from Canada where the West Indies had a winning streak in the Scotia Bank Tri-Nation Series, that after building great momentum in Canada it was not ideal to now be inactive.

At the same time, Khan is in agreement with the considerations given to the players’ safety and he finds that decisions made because of security issues in Pakistan are understandable.

Khan
said the West Indian Cricket Board will probably come together soon to figure out a way to keep the players in training, while the tournament, described as the most significant after World Cup, will be postponed until October 2009.





Jamaica prepares for destructive Gustav

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haiti-gustav-cp-5398202.jpgDisaster Response Preparedness has swung into high gear as Gustav veers towards the North Coast of Jamaica.

Government is bracing for the possibilities of a national emergency, with all parish emergency operation centres being put on high alert by this morning.

Taking no chances, Jamaica acted briskly after Haiti was hit hard by Gustav in the southern regions yesterday, killing at least one man and posing a serious threat to crops in a time of protests over high food prices. Bringing down trees and flooding fields of banana, beans and vegetables, the category 1 storm was particularly devastating in the deforested southern peninsula of Haiti as hundreds ignored storm warnings and instead of seeking shelter, continued rock throwing and protesting the high cost of living. A landslide killed the storm’s only reported victim.

As Gustav belted Haiti, not only did its already ailing agricultural industry suffer severely, but oil prices also rose immediately as meteorologists predict the storm will raise to a category 3 hurricane and enter the Gulf of Mexico by weeks end.





tom_cruise_edit.jpgMovie extras injured while on the set for Tom Cruise’s production company, United Artists, have launched an $11 million lawsuit against Cruise and his partners for serious injuries incurred.

Reports from Berlin state that during the making of the World War II flick, "Valkyrie" in August 2007, the extras fell out of a period German army truck as the side panels flung open when the truck swung around a corner.

Cruise and business partner Paula Wagner was sent a letter by lawyer for the plaintiffs, Ariane Bluttner, that outlines the case brought against them and the MGM fostered United Artists and stipulates her client’s legal demands as being $11 million.

Originally due for release in July this year, the film will land in theatres in December instead. It was originally banned from production in Germany by the government there and was later given the go ahead following much national discussion on issues including the Scientology movement of which Cruise is a part.





Papa Bolt had the time of his life

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daddy bolt.jpgWellesley Bolt, father for the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt returned to Jamaica on Monday having had the time of his life in Beijing, China.

“I became a celebrity,” he told reporters, as he relayed bits and pieces of his experience. Father Bolt was not entirely enthusiastic about leaving for the long 20 hour trip to China, but has no regrets and actually expressed how extremely pleased he was for having gone.

Bolt senior was urged by Digicel to make the trip and left the island last Tuesday for a journey he described as being beyond anything he had ever envisioned.

He explained that nothing could match his experience of greeting Usain following the 200 meter win.





Brutal Killing in Trinidad and Tobago

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trinidad-tobago-flag_edit.jpgEl Socorro, Trinidad and Tobago was a horror scene Monday morning when a couple was attacked and shot by a gunman at their apartment. The husband, 38 year old Nicholas Tavernier and his 41 year old wife, Sharon Henry died in the hospital shortly after arriving.

Officers investigating the case suspect the double murders occurred as a result of an argument Tavernier had with someone and say an arrest is imminent.

The police reported that the husband and wife were getting ready to leave their home at around 4:45 AM when Tavernier was pounced on at the front gate by several men. A fist fight ensued, during which Tavernier was shot.





Madonna slings mud at Republican Senator McCain

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madonna___470x355.jpgThe outspoken Madonna has ruffled feathers in the Republican camp of the United States, following her publicly disclosed analogies of John McCain and Adolf Hiltler.

Linking the President hopeful to such insidious characters as Hitler and Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, has sent McCain in a fury.

In her opening night of a current world tour at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Madonna had images of McCain, Hitler and Mugabe featured alongside scenes of devastating global issues like global warming.

The 50-year-old Madonna ended the opening song with more soothing images of Al Gore, John Lennon, Mahatma Gandhi and Barack Obama - the democratic Presidential hopeful.





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In her message at the 10th anniversary of the Victim's Support Unit (VSU) held at the Emmanuel Apolistic Church, Portmore, St. Catherine, Minister of Justice Dorothy Lightbourne encouraged Jamaicans to come on board in order to help ease the high level of domestic violence in the Island. She stated that there were more than 22,000 reported cases of domestic violence since 2005, with more than half of the violence was perpetrated against women.

Carol Palmer, permanent secretary in the ministry said that "Women are more vulnerable..."

In attendance were the police, the correctional services, VSU personnel and politicians





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As Jamaica digests the recent glory at the Olympics in Beijing, officials prepare to raise the roof once more in celebration of the athletes’ return home.

Prime Minister Golding
has set up a committee to organize this celebration and says the Jamaican people will be given the chance to celebrate with the athletes.

Many of the country’s Olympians stopped in different parts of the world to participate in follow-up track meets, so the celebrations will be put on hold until all members of the Olympic squad return to Jamaica.

Scheduled to have a follow-up planning meeting today, the committee will disclose their plans to the public as soon as they have been finalized.

Most of the Olympic management team and some other squad members are expected to arrive home later today.





Courts to decide if 8-year-old will get divorced

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nojoud-mohammed-nasser.jpg While many children worldwide are preparing for their new school year, a child in Saudi Arabia is caught up in legal ramblings around a decision that only the courts there can make on whether or not she can be granted a divorce.

In a country that has one of the top child marriage rates on the Arabian peninsula, 8 year old, Unayzah was given in marriage by her father to a much older man. The marriage was arranged and carried out in high secrecy; and neither the child herself nor her mother were aware of the arrangements.

Unayzah’s mother filed for the divorce, but her new son-in-law is adamant that he is legally married and has broken no laws.

Child marriages are not exclusive to Saudi Arabia, but are prevalent in many parts of Africa and South-East Asia.





Dr Dre Mourns Son’s Death

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Dr.jpgAnother famous music industry affiliate has lost a son. This time the tragedy occurred in Los AngelesWoodland Hills where Andre Young, the 20 year old son of Dr. Dre was found dead at home.

Reports from Los Angeles say that Young had returned home around 5:30 AM yesterday; and his mom found him unresponsive upon trying to wake him at around 10:00 AM.

Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office stated that Young’s mom called 911 at that time and the cause of death is unknown, pending a toxicology report.

Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young Sr. became famous with gangsta rap group N.W.A. and from there became co-owner of Death Row Records. The Grammy award winner is credited for the emergence of West Coast G-funk and currently runs Aftermath Entertainment.

Yardflex sends out condolences to the entire family





Charter of Rights fails Spragga Benz’ Son

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Following the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) release of a Customer Service Charter of Rights that implies their intention to change policing strategies in order to more closely work with those they serve; it would appear that JCF has begun to renege on these agreed standards.

In the eyes of 17 year old Carlton Grant’s family, who are currently overwhelmed with grief at his recent fatal shooting by the hands of police officers, this charter has failed to recognize and respect the constitutional and statutory rights and privileges of each citizen as it purports to do.

Grant, who according to eye-witnesses was shot after obeying police commands to stop, is being mourned by his mother and countless others today. The son of famous entertainer, Spragga Benz, he was described as a conscientious young man who had done well in school.





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Glorious ending to exciting games

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser
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The 29th Olympiad came to an end in Beijing with the same theatricality with which everyone was welcomed at the opening ceremony. At the bird nest stadium, where these games were held in China, a capacity crowd of 91,000 witnessed this fantastic closing ceremony.

Competing against each other in various sporting events, 204 countries came together; and in the end Jamaica's performance in track and field took precedence as a small Caribbean country with outstanding output especially in the sprint events.

Most notable are the 11 medals the country achieved at the games:

6 gold, 3 silver and two bronze. The male athletes had 3 medals while the females garnered 8

Standing out was Usain Bolt who earned himself 3 gold medals all in world record time. Great performances by female athletes included: Veronica Campbell-Brown’s gold in the 200 meters, where she defended her title; Melaine Walker’s gold in the 400 meters hurdles in Olympic record time and Shelly-Ann Fraser’s gold in the 100 meters.





New disease threatens Jamaicans

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carlos hill & david smith-edit.jpgMany Jamaicans have been battling what has been termed as a ‘brand new disease’ aptly titled “Life After Carlos Hill and David Smith.”

Thousands are currently ‘infected’ and while there have been serious manifestations that include mental deterioration, high blood pressure and some increased heart palpitations, no reports have yet landed regarding any Jamaicans having succumbed to the devastating illness.

A cross section of Jamaicans from high, middle and lower echelons of the society have been infected and affected. Some even brought out their life savings from under the mattress to give to these get rich quick schemers, only to become a statistic today, following the major overturn of the businesses, Cash Plus and Olint.





Spragga Benz’ son killed

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Yardflex sends condolences to Spragga Benz whose son was killed by the police early yesterday morning. 17-year old Carlton Grant Junior was killed by the police in downtown Kingston.

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It is alleged that residents heard gunshots in the early hours of Sunday morning, a break and then a single shot.

According to eye witness reports; when young Carlton was accosted by the police he placed his hands in the air before being shot the first time. Another eye witness claimed that the police went and stood over him and shot him a second time.

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His body was then thrown into the back of the vehicle and he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.





Serbs unveil statue to Bob Marley

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marleystatue-cp-5387503.jpgLate Jamaican singer Bob Marley had a statue unveiled in his memory on Saturday in a Serbian village, making it Europe's first statue to the late Jamaican reggae to promote peace and acceptance of differences in a region still recovering from war.

Two Balkan musicians, one from Croatia and one from Serbia, unveiled the monument in the village of Banatski Sokolac at midnight during a gathering of rock bands from the Balkans.

"Bob Marley promoted peace and tolerance in his music," said Mirko Miljus, an organizer. The event continued a trend of raising monuments to popular Western icons instead of local historical figures.

Bosnians have erected a monument to Bruce Lee in the town of Mostar and Serbs have put up a statue to Rocky Balboa in northern Serbia.





Mighty Crown celebrates 17th anniversary in Japan

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Forty thousand revelers turned out on Saturday, August 16 for Japan's largest Reggae festival in Yokohama, Japan to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Mighty Crown.
Yokohama Reggae SAI was first conceived in 1995 by MIghty Crown as a means of celebrating their anniversary in the business and highlighting Reggae/Dancehall in Japan.
The festival was certainly not an ordinary event for Irish and Chin, Inc as there were number 1 sound systems and extraordinary performances by artistes Mr. Vegas, Wayne Wonder and the High Energy dancers. There were also a slew of top Japanese Reggae artistes.
The crowd roared in appreciation at the hits that Mighty Crown selected and as ace selector Sami T played some of Mighty Crown's latest tunes.
Mr. Vegas whose energetic performance, along with the acrobatic moves of HIgh Energy dancers, caused the crowd to erupt in appreciation said that the festival had the largest audience that he has ever performed before. He also enjoys how the Japanese have embraced Reggae/Dancehall music.
Plans for next year's Yokohama Reggae SAI are already in the planning stages.





Hottie Hottie of the Week from Bembe Thursday

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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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Miami Dolphin's coach wants Bolt for NFL

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Rumour has it that Miami Dolphins Coach Bill Parcell is interested in trying out the 6 foot 4 Olympic Champion Usain Bolt for the NFL.

It is reported that Parcell has always joked about trying out Bolt, but sources say that a scout for the Miami Dolphins is on his way to China to hold discussions with Usain's manager. So is it fact or rumour? Keep tuned.





Da'Ville steams up Young Professionals' gathering

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Da’Ville was his usual dynamic self at the recently held Young Professionals Network of Jamaica (YPNJ) get together at New Kingston’s Pegasus Hotel. The Fashozy Records artist said, "‘I decided to get involved because I am a young professional myself. I wanted to represent for the young musicians out there because music is a profession for me."

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Delighting all in attendance with his songs, Da’Ville performed a moving set that included his hits, "Always on My Mind," "Here We Stand" and the motivating, "Give Thanks for What You’ve Got."

The network comprises vibrant Jamaican youth aged 18 – 45 who are not only based in Jamaica, but also living in many countries across the globe including: the UK, US, Canada, Germany and Japan.





Olympics Unity

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lead.jpgIt look like Olympics fi come regular, because only when a Olympics
the crime rate drop. It look like everybody so busy a watch Olympics
them nuh have nuh time fi rob, kill or shoot nuh body.

Why wi caan keep this up wen nuh Olympics nah gwaan. Look how the country a run sweet during the olympic season. A suh it fi run all year round.

Tell mi de truth, oonu nuh tink seh it look bad fi wi a do so well inna China, and a run de place ova deh an wi deh a Jamaica a kill off wi one anada. We a one small island an we rank number one inna medals inna athletics. Wi beat out all a di first world country dem. Oonu nuh feel proud? an feel seh oonu fi stop di foolishness now, a full time Jamaica crime rate drop. It well over due.

Wi have so much fi bi proud a, wi need fi unite like how wi unite ova dem past few days yah. If we keep dis up, our likkle island will be a better place and everybody ago want come yah - because Jamdung sweet and violence free.





Eek-A-Mouse accused of rape in Kill Devil Hills

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Eek_a_mouse.jpgEek-A-Mouse who was featured recently on Youtube ranting and raving at a press conference is in the spotlight yet again. This time the singer has been charged with the rape and kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman who reported she was held against her will at an Outer Banks motel, police say.

The musician, whose real name is Ripton Joseph Hylton, had performed at the Port O' Call Restaurant & Gaslight Saloon on Saturday. He left at the end of the show, at about 1:30 Sunday morning, said Kill Devil Hills police Lt. Gene Johnson.

According to Johnson, Hylton, 50, from Los Angeles , then went to the Colony IV Motel in Kill Devil Hills, where the woman said the rape took place.

Hylton was charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and possession of cocaine, all felonies, Johnson said. He was also charged with possession of less than a half-ounce of marijuana, a misdemeanor.

He was released on $52,000 secured bond , Johnson said. Before his gigs in Kill Devil Hills on Friday and Saturday, "Mouse" had appeared at the Jewish Mother on Aug. 14 in Virginia Beach.





By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser


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Jamaica won the 4 by 100 relay in world record time of 37.10 seconds today at the Beijing Olympics, sending a clear message that the land of wood and water is not to be underestimated.

The fast and furious team broke the world mark of 37.40 set in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics by the US team that was equalled by another US squad at the world championships in Stuttgart in 1993.

Nesta Carter was the first man with the baton that he passed to Michael Frater; then it was Frater to the indomitable Usain Bolt who went on to hand the baton to Asafa Powell who breezed on to the finish line in record breaking time.

Bringing home another gold medal for Jamaica, the relay team conquered all odds. Top sprinter Asafa Powell got the opportunity to finally land himself a gold medal for the first time on an international platform. The gold had been eluding Powell and this was his chance to redeem himself.





Olympic committee leader criticizes Usain Bolt

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usain_new.jpgToday the International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge had stiff criticism for Jamaican record breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

According to the Associated Press the former Olympic yachtsman who hails from Belgium told a small group of reporters that he did not consider Bolt’s "doing a show" following his historic win as being respectful of the other competitors in his race.

The elated and proud Bolt danced, did his victory run around the field draped in the Jamaican flag, beat his chest in glee and even declared that he was number one – using finger gestures in a television close-up; however Rogge felt that somehow Bolt was not entitled to express himself as his personality and possibly as his culture dictated.

Rogge
told three international reporters that Bolt should have acknowledged the others who raced with him by even giving them a tap on the shoulder immediately after finishing first, rather than showing his joy and pride in the way he did, especially af





Bounty Killer fined $5000

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Bounty1_westernbembe_arrested.jpgThe DJ who has been referred to as cross, angry and miserably was yesterday (Thursday, August 21) fined $5,000 when he appeared in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate Court in St James.

The fine was in relation to charges of indecent language and disorderly conduct following his performance at the Dancehall Night staging of Reggae Sumfest last month.

Bounty Killa, during his performance, started dissing Beenie Man and was booed for it. In the midst of it all, the Killer uttered "a bag of" expletives and exited the stage in the wee hours of the morning.

He was immediately arrested and charged by members of the police force who were waiting at the foot of the stage.





Mavado and Vybz Kartel at it again

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Just when everyone thought the feud between two of dancehall's top artistes Mavado and Vybz Kartel was over, the volcano has erupted.

Ever since Sting 2007 they have been seen sharing casual conversations in the streets, so everyone thought it was safe to assume that peace was in the air.

Despite this, YardFlex now understands that the two have "rekindled old flames". Scatta, a well know producer, has a new rhythm out called "Self Defense Rhythmn" which features the two artistes verbally slandering each other.

In Mavado's song he accuses Vybz Kartel of being a homosexual because he uses "bleaching" products and that he is an atheist. Vybz Kartel retaliated by calling Mavado a "Gully Girl", a gangsta wanna be and then telling him about his sexual relationship with his mother.





Elephant Man's "Nuh Linga" still in the # 1 Spot

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JAMAICA MUSIC COUNTDOWN

By Richie B, host – “HOT MIX” on Hot 102FM
AUGUST 22, 2008


TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

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01 1 10 Nuh Linga-Elephant Man-Board House (3wks@#1) NM
02 3 15 Gully Creepa-Elephant Man-Seanizzle (4wks@#1) U-1
03 2 9 Gimmi Likkle-Beenie Man-Born So Records (pp#2) D-1
04 4 19 Stinking Rich-Serani-Daseca NM
05 7 7 Winner - Konshens-Natural Bridge/Cash Flow U-2
06 5 14 Dem Nuh Want Nuh Gal - Assassin-Board House (pp#5) D-1
07 8 10 Hustle-Andrew & Wada Blood-Fire Links U-1
08 11 7 Dem Yah & Dem Yah - Flippa Mafia - Board House U-3
09 13 4 Trailer Load of Money-Vybz Kartel- Adidjaheim
Records/ Chimney Records U-4
10 12 5 Inna Di Car Back-Mavado-Big Ship U-2
11 6 18 Nah Go Nuh Weh-Vybz Kartel- Big Ship (2wks@#1) D-5
12 10 23 Wine Gal - Beenie Man - TJ Records (3wks@#1) D-2
13 14 6 More Money-Harry Toddler-Downsound Records U-1
14 16 5 Shake That Body-PI feat. Elephant Man-Track Pusha
Music U-2
15 9 18 Chiney-K-Mavado-Big Ship (pp#2) D-6
16 17 3 Bottom of the Barrel-Tifa-Ward 21 U-1
17 18 3 I'm So Special-Mavado-TJ Records U-1
18 15 17 Dancers Anthem-RDX-Apt 19 (pp#5) D-3
19 19 10 Study People-Serani-Fire Links (pp#12) NM
20 - New Overcome- Mavado-Big Ship





Caribbean Leaders Honoured at METS game

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_40773154_petrocaribe203ap.jpgEarlier this week, Irvine G. Clare Sr, Managing Director of Caribbean Immigrant Services Inc; the promoters of Irie Jamboree, North America's reggae festival: Bobby Clarke, Steven Williams, Louis Grant and Michael Williams; Herman Hall, Publisher of Everybody's Caribbean American Magazine and Ninaj Raoul, co-founder of the Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR) were honoured by the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) in affiliation with the New York METS, at the second annual Caribbean Night at Shea at the Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, just before the METS vs Atlanta Braves game, for being outstanding Caribbean community leaders.

The honourees who were in attendance thanked the QEDC for its efforts to integrate the people of the Caribbean into activities that will contribute to the economic development of the borough of Queens, and will seek to use this relationship and recognition as leverage for a more fundamental and economically viable opportunity.





Campbell-Brown takes the 200 meter gold

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s domination of the sprint events at this year’s Beijing Olympics was completed today as Veronica Campbell-Brown took an impressive gold in the women’s 200 meters.

She beat the United States’ Allison Felix into a silver medal position with fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart claiming the bronze.

The defending champion produced a smooth performance across the finish line in a time of 21.74 seconds.

Jamaica has now won all four of the individual sprint events. Campbell-Brown’s victory will mean that the U.S. team will return home without a gold medal in the individual sprint events for the first time since they boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Yardflex would like to congratulate Veronica Campbell-Brown on her victory.





Come affa wi name

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Mi seh, how some people and country bad mind suh?
Mi seh afta Usain Bolt bun up de field and bruk two
worl record people a fight him out.

Why dem nuh want see Jamaicans prosper? A wah wi
do dem? Dem need fi know seh wi little but wi talawah,
an nuh matter wha, we a God Bless pickney.

Mi seh dem all have up seh Bolt deh pon drugs, dats why
him run suh fast, cause him neva use to suh fast. Dis
just grieve mi heart, cause after we a do so well de
little badmind people dem nuh want se we reach nuh weh
so dem a start rumour.





Happy Birthday Usain Bolt

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Heartfelt birthday greetings for the recently crowned fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt are ringing out in every corner of the globe today.

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As Jamaica’s track hero reaches the age of 22, he basks in the glory of his ongoing success at the Beijing Olympics where his record breaking runs have made him the focus of every sports arena on the planet.

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Bolt told reporters in Beijing recently that he will be ‘just chillin’ on his birthday, but somehow many feel that he will find a few moments to rock and groove to his favorite reggae tunes.

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After his winning runs, Bolt has been showing his elation by doing a few of Jamaica’s popular dance moves and he is about to be the inspiration behind a brand new dance to be called none other than – "THE USAIN BOLT."





Elephant Man - "Gully Creepa/BOOM"

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jta.jpgYesterday, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has failed to come to a resolution in relation to salary and fringe benefits for the islands more than 22,000 public-school teachers.

At the JTA's Annual Conference, held at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, the chairman of the salaries and conditions of service committee, Byron Farquharson, said that the association would give the Government until August 29 to respond to the reclassification terms as the company doing the reclassification study,Focal Point, missed the deadline to submit the report to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, (another report should be submitted today). Delegate Norman Allen disagreed claiming that that date was too long and said that no one should leave the conference until a decision was made, to which the members of the conference agreed.





Lightening strikes twice

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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Jamaica’s sensational sprinter Usain Bolt crowned himself King of the Sprint world when he blazed to victory in the 200 meters today, at the 29th Olympiads in Beijing, China with a world record time of 19.30 seconds; becoming only the second runner in 20 years to claim the sprint double.

He broke American Michael Johnson’s 12 year record of 19.32 seconds that was set at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. The 21 year old Bolt who turns 22 tomorrow, August 21st followed his breathtaking win in the 100 meters last Saturday where he also broke his own world record - to produce another amazing run as he cruised for an easy victory.

Bolt’s parents and girlfriend were on the scene to congratulate and celebrate with the master sprinter who was so elated after the win that he proceeded to do his signature reggae dance moves: the "gully creep" and "nineties rock" – before hugging Olivia "Babsy" Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports.

For his birthday celebration tomorrow, Bolt said, "I will just be chillin" He thanked Jamaica and all sports fans saying his mom was right when she said he wanted to win the 200 meter race even more than the 100 meter.





Allison Hinds added to Irie Jamboree line-up

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Alison1.jpgAllison Hinds will be one of the Caribbean’s dynamite songstresses who will grace the stage at the annual mega-fete, Irie Jamboree. Taking place on Labor Day, Sunday, August 31, 2008 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York, the highly anticipated concert has a line-up of stellar Caribbean talent and adding the reigning Soca Queen will further delight fans.

Representing for the ladies, along with Toronto based reggae diva, Tanya Mullings, Allison Hinds was chosen to 'ice the Irie Jamboree cake' as she has a strong fan base and is purely electrifying as a performer.

"Allison Hinds had all the qualities we were looking for and a whole lot more to offer" Bobby Clarke, one of the principals of Irie Jamboree Inc. said. Excited about the upcoming event, Clarke feels he has overcome what seemed like a challenge, to choose another queen for this year’s Irie Jamboree.

Veteran artists, Beenie Man and Yellowman were recently added to the line-up that includes other top reggae stars like: Sizzla, Coco Tea, Elephant Man, Serani, Bugle, Demarco, Little Hero and Elvis D.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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News Brief

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Child play causes tragedy

Following the gruesome discovery about a week ago of two dead children in the trunk of a car, an autopsy revealed this week that they died from suffocation.

The Bushy Park
, Clarendon discovery of Trico Lewin, 8 and Latavia Lewin, 5 came after their family had reported them missing.

It is believed that the children met their demise after playing in the car trunk that accidentally locked with them inside.

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Rihanna going broke?

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Rihanna.jpgWith multiple mega hits, numerous stage appearances and other endorsement deals, Barbadian singing star Rihanna is said to be going broke.

It was a shocking revelation for the 20 year old who rose to the top of world charts steadily over the past few years following her first hit, "Pon de Replay" and others like the European favorite, "Umbrella".

According to recent reports the soulful diva, who ought to be financially secure all things considered, checked her bank account and there was supposedly only a $20,000 balance. Appalled and furious she hurled accusations at her business manager, Patricia Williams, who was instantly fired.

Williams has denied any wrong doing and passed the buck to manager and owner of Rebel One Management, Marc Jordan, who she claims has been looking after Rihanna’s finances with her. Disclosing that Def Jam does not properly fund the artist, Williams said Marc has had no choice but to put money made from third party endorsements and live appearances towards Rihanna’s album and music videos.





Beenie Man fights woman backstage

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beenie_charts.jpgIt is reported that after performing at a sold out show in Stratford Rex, London, Beenie Man and a woman, allegedly D'Angel's sister, had a physical altercation.

Witnesses say that at approximately 4am Monday morning, while Beenie Man was backstage preparing to leave the venue, a woman approached him wanting to discuss money owed to her. Beenie Man who was leaving for Germany told her that he would talk to her upon his return to England. As he turned to walk away she grabbed his chain and broke it, at which time his security guards intervened.

However, Beenie Man's publicist, Ray Alexander, could not confirm the incident as he said that Beenie Man had not mentioned anything to him during their 8am phone call. He promised to speak to Beenie Man about the alleged incident in Germany the following day.

Beenie Man is presently on a one month long European tour and is scheduled to perform in Germany on August 19, Holland on August 23, 26 and 27, and Belgium, August 24.





Pepsi's Rising Star Promotions

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As sponsors of Rising Stars for the past 4 years, Pepsi Cola Jamaica will be hosting the latest campaign of promotions for the Rising Stars competition by creating a special edition label for their 20oz and 2 litre bottles of Pepsi which will feature the first Jamaican entertainer ever, 2007 Rising Stars winner, St. Ann born, Romain Virgo.

When consumers purchase the soft drink with the Romain Virgo label, during the Pepsi's 2008 Rising Stars competition, they will have a chance to win prizes. Up until September, consumers will be able to text in a code found inside the bottle caps to Digicel to win prizes. Also, consumers who drop bottle labels into a box at any KFC island wide will have a chance to enter into the "Be A Star" Grand Prize, which includes a chance to share the stage with the Digicel Rising Stars finalists on live TV.

During the promotions, consumers will have a chance to win cellular phones, free pepsis, tickets to the show, among other prizes.





Shericka Williams makes dramatic silver run

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

sherika20050628rm.JPGJamaica added another medal to their tally as Shericka Williams performed amazingly, coming in second place this morning in the women’s 400 meter flat race. It was a bit of a surprise for avid track fans, since most sports analysts did not predict she would medal.

Williams copped the silver medal unexpectedly in a time of 49.69 seconds. The race was won by Christine Ohuruogu from Britain in 49.62 seconds and Sanya Richards came third, taking the bronze medal for the United States.

Richards, who was listed as the favorite to win the women’s 400 meter, finished in a time of 49.93 seconds. Although representing the United States in Beijing, she is a naturalized US citizen of Jamaican parentage.

In another final event today the 100 meters hurdles for women saw both Jamaican contestants, Delloreen Ennis-London and Brigitte Foster disappointingly failing to make the podium. Finishing fifth and sixth respectively, they ran the race in 12.65 and 12.66 seconds.

After many years of international competition, Foster announced today that she plans to hang up her track shoes and retire.

The Olympic finals began on August 15 and Jamaica is currently number 4 in the world in athletics with 5 medals – 2 gold and 3 silver medals. Russia, the United States and Kenya rank first second and third.





Capleton's absence angers Beenie Man

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beenie_capleton-edit.jpgImmediately after his "Beenie Sizzle" event Beenie Man told reporters that he was upset that Capleton was absent for the show for which he was billed when he, Beenie had performed so well at Capleton's "A St. Mary Mi Come From" event just days before.

Capleton, having just arrived and overheard Beenie's comments explained that his absence was not meant to disrespect Beenie Man, but that his brother had gone missing and a search party had to be organized to locate him.

Beenie Man apologised for his comments, which he said were made in anger.

Capleton's
brother was found stranded along the road. Details of his disappearance are still unknown.





Reggae Rising Holds True

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By: Michelle Lani Thomas

Photography by: Marie Mendoza

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People Productions held its 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Festival at Dimmick's Ranch in Piercy, California on August 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The three day event brought out veteran artists, along with today's hot up and coming acts. The line up featured headliners like Beres Hammond, Sly & Robbie, Junior Reid, Sizzla and Don Carlos.

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Baby Cham rocked the stage with a magnetic performance, as he told the reggae rising audience, "My party go on all night." Crowd favorites such as "Ready Ready", "Stand By Me", "This Is Why I'm Hot" and hit single "Ghetto Story" kept fans irie as they danced and bounced to his every beat. He kicked his performance into high gear with a joint performance with Mr. Easy and dropped 'Lil Wayne's "A Milli" beat with his own flava. We caught up with Cham and asked about his set. Cham said, "It's just music. Music has no boundaries. To me, a perfect party is not a party with one type of music."





Suh mi seh

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with Joan Wilson

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It's a good time to be back. I apologise for being caught up with work and other stuff, so my writing had to go on the back burner. But not even the pressure of work could keep me from checking in to talk about my joy which knows no end.

One little dot on the map and we are creating havoc in Beijing, China! What could possibly beat the overwhelming swell of pride when Usain Bolt crossed the finish line in 9.69 seconds and gave us the gold?

But if I thought my cup had overflowed with joy, then I had another guess coming as our three girls, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, made a clean sweep of the medals earning gold and two silvers in the same race - creating history. Who would have ever imagined that!

Shelly-Ann who hails from the Water House community proved to the world that one's address is just geography. She was super confident, regal and a beauty to behold as she totally stamped her class on the athletic games.





The-Three-Terrific

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By: Devon Anderson and Dwight Fraser

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On a day when Jamaica celebrated the 121st birthday anniversary of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the country’s sprint queen Shelley-Ann Fraser as well as gold and silver medal winners Kerron Stewart and Sherone Simpson, celebrated their clean sweep of the women’s 100 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in China.

Fraser stormed to a life time best 10.78 seconds to win Jamaica’s first ever Olympic gold in the women’s 100 meter finals; leading the sweep with Simpson and Stewart, as both clocked identical 10.98 seconds in a dead-heat for second.

This was a phenomenal accomplishment for all three athletes as they broke world history in the 100 meter race. No other country can boast having three winners represented on the podium for the 100 meter women’s Olympic final.

Although it was the first time ever that three female athletes from the same country took the top three places in an Olympic track final, American male sprinters have been first second and third on two previous occasions; in 1906 in Athens and during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The most recent occasion of seeing three athletes from the same country on a medal podium was in the triple jump in 2004 when three Russian athletes took all the medals on offer.





Brittany Lyons crowned Miss Jamaica World 2008

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By: Jaide

themisscontest471178.jpgBrittany Lyons took the Miss Jamaica World crown at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston.

Crowned by last year's winner, Yendi Phillips, the 19 year old Lyons came out on top over 15 other contestants.
Jade Grant and Marsha-Gay Reynolds were first and second runners-up respectively at the Olympic themed show titled 'In Search of Gold.'

Show hosts were Nadine Hunt and Adrian Atkinson and while the evening was full of exciting moments with contestants showcasing their abilities in various forms, there was the added stirring touch of master performances by the Stella Maris creative dance troupe, Soul 4 Soul and Angel.

One focus was on physique as always; so contestants strutt their stuff in gold bikinis and modeled sensuous top designs in evening wear.

However, the outlined aim of this pageant has always been to uplift women who participate; promoting individual development in all areas including self-worth and self-esteem.





What’s poppin

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D'Angel and Beenie Man

What a way Ragashanti programme sell off di whola dis week yah wid di whole heap a people a call in bout D'angel and Beenie Man. Some a dem sey dat di two a dem a guh find dem way back together and others sey dat if dem nuh deh back dem fi remain good friends. Mi neva know sey a suh suh much people mix up inna dem life.

More sex tape?

Bwoy mi a hear one big big argument and if dat a true it a guh meck Milk and Johnny tape look like foolishness. Di name whey mi a hear a call up regarding kinky sex from behind...heh hem. If di tape lick dat deh smady nuh have a come back a come back. But if a true a ontgle a matter a time before it buss. Cause how wi get it, di person a pay nuff money fi hold it dung...suh wi hope di money nuh run out...cause...ah bwoy a ongle hope nutten nuh guh suh.





Pamputtae - "It Good"

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Jamaican ska band trumpeter dies

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Johnny-Moore.jpgJamaican ska and reggae band The Skatalites founding member and trumpeter Johnny Moore died of cancer on Saturday. Moore who was 70 died at a friend's house after being released from the hospital following treatment last week.

Moore was instrumental in forming the band in 1964 along with saxophonist Tommy McCook and Roland Alphanso and trombonist Don Drummond.

During the first 14 months the band was together, it transformed jazz, movie themes and other genres of music with ska style. It broke up in the 1960s, but regrouped in New York two decades later. Two of their albums, "Hip Bop Ska" and "Greetings from Skamania," were nominated for Grammy awards in the 1990s.

Their music continued to influence bands such as 311, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt.





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Acquitted of murdering a 39 year old transgendered woman, Kellie Telesford in her Thornton Heath flat last November, Shanniel Hyatt is adamant about his innocence.

Reporting that he was unaware of the former florist and beautician's
actual gender until being informed by police upon his arrest, the 18 year old Jamaican was accused of killing Telesford in a state of rage.

The prosecution told a jury at the Old Bailey trial, that after spending an intimate night with the transgendered woman, Hyatt killed her in anger once he realized she was indeed a man who had undergone a sex change. Prosecutor Sally O’Neil presented facts, gleaned from video surveillance recordings, that the teenager left Telesford’s flat at 6am on November 19, 2007, having stolen her public transit pass, mobile telephone and other electronic equipment.





Cross Roads Building to be Demolished

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desmond-mckenzie_hitlist.jpgThe tenants of a building located at the corner of Caledonia Road, Cross Roads expressed shock upon hearing that they have five days, which ended yesterday, to vacate the premises, as the building which is built over a gully will be demolished.

The mayor of Kingston Desmond McKenzie served demolition notice to the owner, but, according to the tenants who operate small businesses from the location, the owner has been collecting their rent while informing them of nothing.

One woman said that she was unaware of the circumstances until she saw the news.

Mayor McKenzie said that, over the past four and a half years, the owner has been served with notices to demolish the building, but has failed to acknowledge the notices.

A bartender commented that she was not sorry for the owner, "...him out of order, him should notify the people, I don't sorry fi him."





Harry Daley's attorneys feeling intimidated

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HARRY_BUNGLES_1_edit.jpgThe attorney's for Superintendent Harry "Bungles" Daley, Valerie Neita Robertson and Carolyn Reed have both taken issue with what they describe as strategies to intimidate them.

They have sent reports to the Jamaica Bar Association outlining alleged wiretapping, illegal searches of their homes and person at the Horizon Prison.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police in Charge of Intelligence, Owen Ellington, promised to make a statement concerning the matter, but is yet to do so.





Usain Bolt makes lightening gold win in Beijing

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By: Elizabeth Smith

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It may be something to do with his name; since the invincible Usain Bolt
literally bolted out the starter’s block at Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing
today creating not only Olympic history but also Caribbean history by
championing the 100 meter final.

Doing Jamaica proud, it was an astounding race for the 21 year old Bolt
who clocked a breathtaking 9.69 second finish, setting a new world record
and garnering an Olympic gold medal.

The expected faceoff with Asafa Powell, who until recently held the world
record went completely ‘out the window’ as Bolt led the 100 meter sprinter
pack leaving Powell, who finished the race in 9.95 seconds, way behind.

Clocking in 5th in the race, Powell came in behind Richard Thompson of
Trinidad and Tobago, who earned himself the silver medal at 9.89 seconds
and Walter Dix, an NCAA United States champion who picked up the bronze
medal with his 9.91 run.





Alley Cat releases new album

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alleycat_dancehall.jpgProducer / artiste Alley Cat has released a new album called Dancehall Knowledge Vol 1 which contains inspirational songs as well as songs "...with a little bit of rude bwoy touch..defending the struggles of the people..."

He is hopeful that the album will be a success as the first video has been doing well on RETV and CVMTV top ten countdown. It has also been getting great airplay and positive feedback.

The album features artistes such as: Red Square, Mitch, Fiona, Miami based Tenor Blue and new comers: Badd Cash, East Coast and Scorpion.





DMX arrested again

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dmx123.jpgThe Yonkers-bred rap artiste DMX, born Earl Simmons, was arrested for the sixth time this year for skipping a court date on Tuesday.

On Thursday afternoon, Miami police apprehended the 37 year old rapper while he was leaving an area Wal-Mart department store.

He was to appear in the Arizona courts to answer to charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

DMX has other charges pending in the Arizona courts from animal cruelty to impersonation.





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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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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What really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul

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sean paul_edit.jpgEveryone has heard a different story about what really happened in Sweden with Sean Paul and other artistes. YardFlex has gotten an exclusive interview from an artiste, Limey Murray, who was at the venue in Sweden.

He explains that the attack was not just on Sean Paul, his band or management team, but on all the artistes who were present. This he explains was an attempt by the lawmen to control the speech of the artistes and was a direct attack on dancehall and reggae music.

Mr. Murray told YardFlex that the Police in Sweden interrogated the artistes, management and band members. They were placed in coaster buses and taken to this large auditorium where they had to do a urine test. The urine test was done to establish the presence of any traces of herb in the urine. If traces of herb were found during the urine test they would have to proceed by doing blood tests. The blood tests would show how long ago the artistes had engaged in herb smoking and if they had smoked the herb while in Sweden, seeing that it is an illegal substance in the country.





Whats Poppin

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The "Energy God" buys range rover

elephant_man.jpgIt look like a Range Rover a de in ting fi 2008.
The "Energy God", Elephant Man just join the "Range Rover Crew". Only fi him own a nuh black or white like everybody else own, but yellow.

So people if oonu see a yellow Range Rover a pass, oonu nuh affi wonder a who, 'cause its none other than the "Energy God".





International News

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Michael Misick and estranged wife in cat fight

LisaRaye_MichaelMisick.jpgIt is reported that on Tuesday, the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Michael Misick released a statement that he was separated from his wife LisaRaye McCoy-Misick.

LisaRaye returned to the TCI to negotiate devorce settlements and decided to confront Misick at his mansion on Wednesday night, where a number of government officials, including the Minister of Health and Education, Lillian Been-Boyce witnessed their violent altercation which resulted in both Misicks seeking medical attention for multiple bite wounds. Both filed police reports against the other.





Money Seized by Police Replaced with Counterfeit

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police_officers.jpgPolice in Spanish Town have a huge nut to crack at the moment, as money and other material confiscated by them in 2006 has seemingly disappeared from their safe holding area. Not only did the $800,000 and four cellphones fly the coup with no apparent explanation; the bills were also replaced by counterfeit notes, some of which were crudely photocopied.

Resident Magistrate Marcia Dunbar-Green ordered on Monday that charges against Anthony Barrett, Dushane Sweeny and Dalton Thomas be dropped, following successful litigation by defense attorney George Soutar. Charged with unlawful possession of $800,000 and other material; said to be unaccounted for, the men have appeared in court on many occasions since their arrest in late 2006.





Angry mom burns eight year old in face

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Anger management was definitely lacking in the case of a Pink Lane, Kingston woman who was arraigned in court this week for throwing boiling water her eight year old child’s face.

Remanded in custody after appearing before the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court yesterday, the woman, Ann Marie Scott, 28, faces assault and wounding charges.

Scott allegedly got extremely irate upon discovering that her eight year old daughter had misplaced a ring that was a gift from her father. Police reported that the incident took place on July 29 and following an investigation by detectives of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse, she was officially charged.

Dumbfounded when asked to explain her actions by senior Magistrate Glen Brown, Scott’s actions against her child were outlined by family members who helplessly witnessed the vicious attack.

Reports given by them to police describe how Scott first started beating her eight year old with a mop stick, threatening all the time to burn the child. Despite the family’s attempts to stop the assault, Scott followed through with her threats by boiling water in the microwave and throwing it on her child’s face, shoulders and legs.

The child was released into her father’s custody after spending almost two weeks in the Bustamante Hospital for children, where she was treated for severe burns.





Spice Disses Macka

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spice and macka edit.jpgEven with atistes and fans clamouring for peace, the dancehall contrversy continues. The latest incident took place at the Hype 2008 stage show, Independence Park, Black River, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, August 9, when Spice came on stage and lyrically 'dissed' Macka Diamond. The crowd expressed their delight when she accused Macka of wearing false teeth. Macka, however, chose to ignore Spice and performed like the true veteran of the business that she is.





Descendant of Marcus Garvey up for carnal abuse

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marcus_garvey.jpgDevon Garvey, who is said to be Marcus Garvey’s great grand son, has been charged in Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12 year old girl.

Garvey, who hails from Gold Smith Villa in August Town, St Andrew had the carnal abuse charges laid on him this week after reports surfaced about his indiscreet actions towards the adolescent.

Police reports state that Garvey was accompanying the young girl from church on May 31 this year, and instead of taking her home, he brought her to his house, where he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Arrested and subsequently charged for the offence, Garvey has denied the allegations, says his attorney, Christopher Townsend.

He will return to court on September 8 for a preliminary enquiry into the incident.





Mavado's "Money Changing" keeping the #1 Spot

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Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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01 1 11 Mavado-Money Changer-Juke Boxx-3wks@#1
02 2 8 Mr. Vegas-Daggering-KirkleDove/Irish & Chin-Shot to Watch
03 5 9 Elephant Man-Nuh Linga-Board House
04 3 16 Elephant Man-Gully Creeper-Seanizzle-5wks@1
05 8 12 Lady Saw-Sunday to Sunday-Big Ship - Greatest Gainer up 3
06 4 11 Beenie Man-Gimme Likkle-Born So Records- Peak@# 2
07 9 9 Ce'Cile-Ride Or Die-DangerZone/SoBe
08 6 15 Richie Spice-The Plane Land- No Doubt-Peak@#3
09 7 15 L.U.S.T-Just As I Am- Borne Music-Peak@#2
10 11 6 Vegas-Nuh Fight Over Man-Legend





The Gully Gad Freed

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mavado_assaults_patron_RTI_ATI.jpgMavado was yesterday freed of the separate charges of assault and using abusive language, resulting from an incident in Negril on August 3. He appeared in the Petty Court to answer to the abusive language charge and the Resident Magistrate Court for the charge of assault, on the same day.

Movado's manager Julian Jones-Griffith said that his client is a target for the media and that the incident was blown out of proportion. He also said that there were many witnesses willing to testify that Movado did not lay a hand on the complainant.





Sean Paul was not arrested

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Sean Paul 3.jpgContrary to reports flooding the internet Sean Paul's booking agent and publicist Headline Entertaining are maintaining that their client was not arrested on drug charges at the Uppsala Reggae Festival last Friday.

It was reported that the DJ who has made a big impact on the international scene was taken and processed along with 300 other people including artistes at a local police station.

Another media reported that the DJ's hotel room was searched without his knowledge.





4_hanging_1.jpgIn an effort to reduce the crime rate by using it as a deterrent for criminals and to appease the scared public, the JLP will in a few weeks vote either in favour of or against resuming the death penalty. The JLP's wish to resume executions in Jamaica as an anti-crime strategy has come under fire from various sects.

Yvonne Sobers of Families Against State Terrorism (FAST) sees this move as being "fundamentally abhorrent".

Human rights activist Nancy Anderson is also opposed to the idea of executions. "I am opposed to the idea of capital punishment, it doesn't help, it is not a deterrent...We condemn people who kill and then we turn around and kill them, it is farcical."





yendi_(risingstar).jpgThe new host of Digicel rising Stars, Yendi Phillipps said on Tuesday, August 12, that she is privileged to work with the rising talent of Jamaica. She especially enjoys bonding with the contestants, talking with them and getting to know them each as individuals.

She commented on the performances in Sunday's (August 10) show. She said that the eight finalists are finally listening to the judges and improving their performances, which were powerful enough to please the judges as well as the live audience.

About her stint as new host, Yendi said that she appreciates the advice and criticism that she has received. She, like the contestants, is adjusting and having fun, while allowing her personality to run free.





Lady Saw and Spice ruled at Divas in Concert

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It was a night of pure fun and excitement at Club Nazz in Negril where Divas in Concert took place. Although Macka Diamond, Queen Paul and Lady G were missing in action, you would never know it by the way the crowd seized every moment to enjoy themselves.

Lady Saw and Spice proved to be two lethal divas as they literally took full control of the crowd. They came, they saw and they conquered big time.

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D’Angel, Lady Diva and Miss Thing did their thing to good response from the crowd, but the night belonged to Spice and Lady Saw who drew upon every iota of experience to totally captivate the crowd.





mail.google.com.jpgIn an effort to reduce the increase of HIV in the Caribbean, as the Caribbean has the second highest infection rate next to the Sub-Saharan Africa, PANCAP (Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS) will in October present a proposed legislation to the Caribbean Parliamentary Council recommending the decriminalization of homosexuality and commercial
sex workers.

Dr. Kevin Harvey, head of Jamaica's National HIV/STI programme agrees with this method of intervention as he sees that if homosexuality is decriminalized there will be greater opportunities to reduce the infection rate among gays, as, he says, this cannot be done if they go underground.

Director of PANCAP, Carl Browne said that he is aware that a number of the territories in the region have laws that discriminate against these groups and knows that it will be easier to get sex workers decriminalized than homosexuality.

He also recognises that even if the Attorneys General agree to the proposal, what happens at the regional level cannot be dictated in individual countries.





Renaissance 19th Anniversary

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renaissance logo.gifThe Palisadoes Go-Kart track on Saturday night was the place to be as Renaissance Disco celebrated its 19th Anniversary with a party under the theme; "Flight 19". Renaissance, whose selectors are known for their excellent mixing skills, surely proved themselves at the event by keeping the patrons satisfied as they played hit after hit, keeping the crowd entertained and dancing as they (the patrons) 'broke out' and were 'daggering' on the dance floor.

With a theme like this, expectations for decor were extremely high and they did not disappoint. Red Stripe which is strongly associated with the sound did not fail to make its presence known at the venue. Staff was attired in airline outfits; pilot hats. Effort was put into the details of decor, lighting to set the mood, steps to board the flight.





Ninja Man vs Bounty Killer

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bounty&ninja_edit.pngWah really a gwaan? This bag a tape ting...everybody yuh hear seh deh pon tape.

Now Ninja Man a seh him have a tape with the 'Grung God' Bounty Killer a do nastiness with a white man. Nobody nuh see de tape all now, so nobody nuh sure if a true.

Well wi hear seh Ninja Man a carry feelings because Bounty go pon Sumfest and a call up him name seh him have a funny man son who do hair in a Half Way Tree.

Wi nuh know if a feelings him a carry or a really true, but as soon as we hear anything else we will mek oonu know.





Jamaican Artist Christopher Gonzales Dies

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christopher_gonzales.JPGChristopher Gonzalez, whose expressionistic sculptures and paintings earned him a reputation as a pioneer in Jamaican art, has died, according to a longtime family friend. He was 65.

The acclaimed Jamaican artist lost his battle with cancer, on Saturday at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, said Kay Osbourne, managing director of Television Jamaica.

Gonzalez, born in 1943 in the central parish of Manchester, is best known for creating a controversial 9-foot (2.7-meter) statue of reggae legend Bob Marley, which is housed at a museum in Ocho Rios.





logo.jpgDigicel Rising Star judge, Clyde McKenzie in expressing his opinion about the performances of the contestants on Sunday, August 3 had a lot to say.

He said that as the contestants became more comfortable with themselves and the stage their performances became stronger, even though he saw some weak ones as well.

One of the stronger performances he mentioned was the group Khalil, from Montego Bay. He said that they are one of the finest performers in the competition as they have the ability to use their harmony to make them the crowd favourite.

Cameal, he believes did a fair rendition of Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come". He says that her delivery and interpretation of the song should have an impact on the public.





Sean Paul arrested in drug bust

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sean_Paul_edit_1.jpgAccording to mediatakeout.com dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul was arrested in Sweden during a sting on Friday. It is reported that Sean Paul was caught and charged with possession of an unknown quantity of marijuana.

According to the website’s snitch the whole thing went down at the Uppsala Reggae Festival - a well known event. Word is that undercover officers called for a raid when they spotted Sean Paul and a group of other artists smoking marijuana - which is illegal in Sweden.

No word on what Sean Paul was charged with or how much jail time he faces.

In an updated story posted on Caribbean World News it stated that the Swedish police have taken flack for their arrest of Sean Paul plus about 300 fans.

“ "The way they treated Sean Paul and other artists was totally unacceptable", Uppsala organizer Yared Tekeste told a Swedish publication. "They searched his hotel room when he was not present and went through wallets and other personal belongings",†the article was was quoted as saying.





Bob Marley Foundation gives back to education

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The Bob Marley Foundation recently donated 100 books to the Victory Basic School in Trench Town, St. Andrew. The books, which are based on the Caribbean experience, are designed to help children in the early childhood program develop in the critical areas of reading, mainly pronunciation.

The Administrator of the school, Miss Black, declared that she has already read the books and found them to fit perfectly in the school's curriculum.

Mrs. Jackie Lynch Stewart, General Manager of the Bob Marley Foundation said that the features of the books should accelerate the literacy process, and make learning more meaningful. She believes that starting with the young ones is an important way to contribute to nation building, and change the society.

The Foundation will also sponsor two teachers from the school by sending them to special reading workshops to improve their literacy teaching skills which will assist in improving the literacy level at the school.

The Foundation also has plans to make similar donations to Stephney Primary and Juniour High School, in the parish of Bob Marley's birth, St. Ann.





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Saturday, August 9, 2008 – Providence Stadium, Guyana: Suriname defeated the 10-man Dominica 3-1 to set up a final match showdown with hosts Guyana to decide which of the two moves into the next round of the Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC).

The group B encounter took place at the Providence Stadium, the second floodlight game at this venue. Dominica had a bright start against the Dutch team who would have good memories of this venue, having defeated Guyana in their return second round World Cup qualifying match.
Having lost their opening encounter in the group to Guyana on Friday night (0-3), Dominica came out with guns blazing against Suriname, a tactic that brought the desired results.

After a mere 7 minutes into the game, Prince Austrie finished off a promising run with a well aimed shot past the usually efficient Ronny Aloema. The goal brought renewed vigor to Dominica who continued to press forward.

Suriname, on the other hand, was just getting into a rhythm, which was not good news for Dominica who were not able to enjoy the lead for too long. In the 18th minute, and another of their frequent raids on Dominica 's defense, a Surinamese striker was brought down and a penalty was awarded.
Captain Marlon Felter stepped up for the shot and sent his opposite number and goal keeper Glenson Prince the wrong way.





Mr. Vegas Shines at Reggae Rising

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Mr. Vegas Headshot 1_edit.JPGMr. Vegas has been quite busy on the entertainment circuit. Performing in locales throughout the world, this stronghold dancehall artiste is always eager to thrill fans, and this past weekend, he did just that --- taking his show on the road to the 2nd Annual Reggae Rising Music Festival, (produced by People Productions), in the northern tip of California.

It was a special weekend for Mr. Vegas and his ensemble as they touched down on the picturesque setting, which included a remarkable backdrop of the Eel River. Much different than they anticipated, the eclectic Reggae Rising Music Festival was one to be rivaled. With three performance areas, outdoor camping and loads of special treats and creative concepts, uncommon to most festivals, the three-day event played home to a thorough line-up of Reggae artistes and thousands of revelers.

Although they went through planes, trains and automobiles to get to the event, it was very much worthwhile in the long run. At the festival on Saturday, August 2, Mr. Vegas shined -- delivering a 60 minute impressive set of numerous hits. But the most exciting element of the performance was High Energy dancer Boricia, who enticed the crowd as she moved to the pulsating beats. She enjoyed displaying the latest dancehall moves just as much as the crowd enjoyed watching and imitating her. Additionally, background singer, Nicole Miller, blazed during her solo performance. Her sultry vocals mesmerized the sea of fans.

Mr. Vegas was joined by other top Reggae acts, including Sly and Robbie, Lexxus, Junior Reid and none other than Jamaica's beloved crooner Beres Hammond. In just a few weeks, Mr. Vegas will be off to toast it up in Africa.





edit_cure.jpgInspiring Rastafarian Reggae singer, Jah Cure,premiered his latest music videos last week on the top local music video channels and programmes.

The Danger Zone/SoBe Entertainment singles 'Hot Long Time' (featuring Junior Reid), 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' hit the HD plasma screens with such a powerful impact that the request lines for all the channels must have been ringing off the hook.

Award winning video director J. Will outdid himself with the production of the videos that were shot on locations across Jamaica.

'Hot Long Time' is not the typical Jah Cure type music video. Filmed in Port Royal, the scenes feature hot bikes, cars, helicopters and some sexy girls, which Jah Cure fans should definitely love.

'Journey' is a reflective mastery that sees Jah Cure journeying across Jamaica and chronicling his 'trod'. The scenes feature the wonders and beauty of the island paradise.

While the herbs tune 'Green Grass' reflects Jah Cure's message of consciousness, which should appeal to all official 'herbs man and woman'.

'Hot Long Time', 'Journey' and 'Green Grass' are a wonderful delight for music lovers, who almost simultaneously, experienced different sides of the versatile singer.





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By Buffilous

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Di odda day she an mi cousin throw a big engagement party and she all a bring har 2 1/2 year old daughter fi celebrate wid dem.





lesbian_personals.jpgA 29 year old Jamaican woman, with two drug charges,who was released from a detention centre in Puerto Rico has avoided deportation to her homeland citing fear of being tortured. Judge Irma Lopez-Defillo had initially ordered that Nichole (her middle name), be deported, when the woman checked in with immigration authorities on Thursday, August 7, regarding her order of supervision, but upon hearing stories of her life in Jamaica as a lesbian, the judge also fearing that her sexual orientation would put her in danger if she were to return to Jamaica deferred the order based on the climate of intolerance in Jamaica.

"The general atmosphere in Jamaica is a feeling of no tolerance towards homosexuals in general,...the respondent's life is definitely at risk," the judge said.

Nichole's lawyers plan to file documents so that she can apply for legal residency as the Department of Homeland Security has the authority to deport her to any other country.

She is to report back in three months.