Reggae Sumfest 2018

February 2009 Archives

Worst Dress girls of the Week

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Photography By: Milton Raynor

Please vote for either Contestant A or B for the worst dress 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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Reggae Sumfest 2018

Lord deliver our kids

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By: Rootzgirl

Rasta-Girl-silhouette_2.jpgIt’s been awhile, but I am back on the scene. And yes, the rest did me good, but coming back into the same old situation is depressing. Instead of things getting better for our children it is getting worse. The only thing I can say is Lord deliver our kids…cause no one else can.

What is really happening to our children and why are we not doing a thing to stop it? I am tired of the many reports coming out in the media bout the abuse of those precious ones. For me, I think it is high time that government come up with stronger measures to deal with these people are taking out their lust and anger on their kids.

Look at the man who was so upset about his son leaving a foot of shoe at school that he set him afire? Now, what in the world could have possessed him to behave like that. If there was any justice in this world they would just set him afire too and let him feel how it hot...just cool it out in time for him not to die.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 27, 2009

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Animal Blessing

dailyword-cat.jpgGod's creatures, large and small, enrich our lives and our world.
God has blessed people the world over with a diversity of animals. Whether they are in the wild, on farms, or in our homes, we accept and cherish animals as God intended them to be: our helpers. Modern equipment has replaced the work previously done by some animals; however, their beauty, resourcefulness, and companionship continue to enhance our lives.

Whether we work with, care for, or are observers of animals and their activities, we give thanks that God created such remarkable creatures. As our companions or therapy pets, as creatures that help maintain a vital balance in nature, animals enrich our lives and our world.

"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.' So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them."--Genesis 2:18-19





Passa Passa

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ELEPHANT MAN_dance&songtheif.jpgEle, it a look real sticky pon you. Di dancer them a say you haffi stop ‘borrow’ people tings and gwaan like a fi you. Dem say you borrow people song, dem melody and most of all, dem dance move and is like you figet fi give di people dem back dem sinting. Ele, if a true it cyan continue so, cause dem a say di new dance Sasa Step a nuh yours. Dem say is Mundo Ravers originally create the dance and OverMars and QSean do the song. Memba say a Ding Dong did do di original Badman Forward Badman Pullup and Nuh Linga and you tek it over. You also thief the Gully Creepa and a gwaan like a yours.

People, tek a look at the following link and see and hear the original Sasa Step from the original creators and original dancers and decide fi oonuself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve7AlyTQGgA

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Music Industry Workshop Set For Today

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musicworks022 copy.jpgOn Friday February 27th the Ministry Of Information, Culture Youth & Sports under the patronage of The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange will be staging a one day Music Industry Workshop geared towards educating and informing the local entertainment fraternity. The workshop which will feature a series of seminars is set against the backdrop of Reggae Month's 2nd Anniversary not to mention the 50 year coalition since the Jamaican Music Industry was formally birthed.

Amongst the distinguished guests and presenters for the day will be John Baker, CEO of Gee Jam Records, Vivian Chew CEO of Time Zone International, Claude Ismael CEO of Nevermind Entertainment, Entertainment Attorney from Atlanta Kendall Minter, Bryan Calhoun, VP of New Media & External Affairs at SoundExchange, CEO of Myspace.com Amit Kapur, Radio Announcer Wayne Jobson, CEO of Tommy Boy Records Tom Silverman, CEO of Bug Music John Rudolph and Chris Smith Artist Manger to name a few.





Laden shining in the # 1 on the Richie B Top 20 Chart

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jim_laden_charts.jpgTOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 2 10 Time To Shine-Laden-Big Ship(1wk@#1) U-1

02 1 8 Romping Shop-Vybz Kartel feat Spice-Adidjaheim Records/NotNice(2wks@#1) D-1

03 3 10 Dip Again- Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong – Big Ship NM

04 4 21 Ghetto Prayer – Shane-O-Jam II NM

05 8 5 Last Man Standing-Vybz Kartel – U-3

06 7 8 I’m So Blessed - Mavado – Big Ship U-1

07 5 24 Burnin, Burnin- Miss Triniti feat. Beenie Man-Unseen Lab (2wks@#1) D-2

08 6 11 Flying Dagger (100 Stab)- Idonia- Equinoxx (pp#6) D-2

09 9 23 Move-KK Alese- Ruby Sarah Music (pp#7) NM

10 12 5 Ben Ova - RDX- U-2





Assassin Invades Campus Rave

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assassin_campusrave_edit.jpgIrish and Chin's exciting Campus Rave Tour is anticipated to take over colleges in the US this April and May. So far, 15 colleges are already on board and more in the works. Irish and Chin aim to lock in at least 25 schools on this year's campus tour.

The Spring 2009 edition of Campus Rave will deliver top class performances from in-demand deejay Assassin, backed by super sound system Mighty Crown, to thousands of dancehall fans on college campuses throughout the United States.

"I must thank my staff for pulling the Campus Rave Tour; without them, this year's tour wouldn't have been possible," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne. "With recent economic woes and budget cuts, they had to work overtime to get things lined up," Chin explained.

With such hits as "Almighty Protect" and "Wha Do Dem Guy Deh" bubblin' in the dancehalls, Irish and Chin believe that Assassin embodies a hardcore presence and chemistry that will definitely work with their target audience of college kids of West Indian descent and/or Reggae lovers. Their theory has been proven correct. Additionally, Assassin's repertoire of classic dancehall hits sold the colleges. Clearly, Assassin has proven him self to be one of dancehall music's most intelligent, energetic and lyrically gifted artists.

"It's a pleasure to work with Assassin — as he is easy going and hard working," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne.





Super Cat

Answer: The first destruction in the modern age of reggae name STING. Sting has the music like boxing ring. Imagine big artistes like Maxi Priest and Bunny Wailer come and get bottled. It seem to be a pattern, then the clash is at the forefront. Clashes should be for new artistes, who need to express their talent, established artistes should not be in that category. There is always a stigma in the music, from the underground to the forefront. Are they going to ban the sex channels? Why should anyone stop a man from expressing how him feel about sex and how a woman make him feel.


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Slackness is slackness and it affects every one differently. We all do slackness but some chose to take it out of their bedroom, everything has its place.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: I think it is necessary, any well thinking family wouldn't mind.


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I am not one for the slackness. I will always be one to quote the Bible if we are called upon as singers and musicians because we are the only ones who can transcend God's teaching onto our nation. Therefore, why should we continue to feed this nation, especially this generation with any thing negative. Maybe we as singers and musicians don't realize that we were called upon by God.


Mr. Perfect

Answer: I think it was a great move. We need to have morals in our society and we need to control what our kids see and hear. We can't control everything but we have to start somewhere. I know they will find things out through magazines, games etc., but at least we are trying to limit their exposure.

We need to take dancehall back to how it was. I remember when Little Lenny came out with "Gun inna Baggie," he had to do a clean version for the airwaves called "Healthy Body," If persons wanted to hear "Gun inna Baggie", they would have go to sessions. I really think this decision will not affect dancehall, I think it will only make the sessions more attended by patrons who are not able to hear their favorite songs on the radio. What they need to realize is that dancehall will never die, it will only find ways of reinventing itself, through the artistes who will continue to write good music, fashion etc.





in----mates.jpgJamaican inmates at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Upstate New York have donated US$1,107 towards the hurricane rehabilitation effort.

The money came from the commissary account, through which family and friends can deposit money for the inmates.

Consul General to New York, Geneive Brown-Metzger, who was on hand to accept the cheque recently, described as "an incredibly generous gesture," the donation from the inmates, who are members of the Caribbean African Unity (CAU) organisation.

"This is an especially profound and appreciated gesture because of your circumstance," she stated.

Mrs. Brown-Metzger called on the Jamaican community in the United States to remember those nationals who are incarcerated at this time, noting that the Consulate would continue to reach out and offer assistance where possible.

"I am encouraging each and every one of you to be strong and to know that you are not forgotten by the Jamaican Consulate," she told the inmates at the medium security facility.





Queen Ifrica - Far Away

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Soldier have next charge

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ja-S.jpgSi whey mi sey, the soldier invole inna di club shooting at the Diamond Gaming Lounge pon Heroes Day have one next charge a face. Yes, sah it allege seh him did kick off wid smady else a one nex club a Manchester and shooting did gwaan deh suh tuh. Him sey a self defence dat deh time tuh. So meck wi si how everyting unfold nuh.

Schooler unno behave
But a wha did a gwaan inna di place sah. A not even time fi Champs yet and di pickney dem a flip up like dem nuh have nuh sense. Police haffi deh pon di alert and bere tings. Adults look like dem haffi guh set better example, cause a pure craziness a gwaan inna di island.

Businessman cold
But deh businessman cold eeh. Di one whey dem arrest fi a fool roun him three gal pickney dem. Den yuh mean to seh you have so much woman deh bout di place, dose him can buy and dose him can guh look and di ongle option him si was di sweet likkle sinting dem. No sah dis yah world yah well waan sort out.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 26, 2009

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guidance.jpgGuided by divine wisdom, I soar to new heights of understanding.

There is a gentle stirring within me, a whisper of an idea, that I recognize as divine guidance. Unquestionably, I know that God is my source of good, a constant guiding presence. Uplifted in spirit, I see my way over obstacles that I may have once thought blocked me from realizing my good.

In this higher elevation of divine knowing, I have an overview of the bigger picture. Mountains become molehills, challenges become opportunities, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

Dedicated to knowing and living the truth, I soar to new heights of understanding and make progress in all areas of my life.

"As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him." --Deuteronomy 32:11-12





Vybz Kartel - Mama

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News Brief

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New owners for Sunday Herald
herald.jpgThe Sunday Weekly Sunday Herald has changed ownership hands. The new owners are a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper. The paper has been a thriving force in the journalism market and has broken many top stories. Among the names being mention on the new board is Politician Peter Bunting and Chris Dehring. Yardflex wishes the paper every success.
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Lecturer questioned on harboring teens in house

A male Canadian teacher who lectures at a popular university in Canada is now under police scrutiny following four juveniles being found in his home. Yardflex understand that their parents had no knowledge of their whereabouts. The juveniles will be undergoing a thorough examination as the situation is highly unusual.
The situation was brought to police attention by the parents who reported the matter.





11 year old kills father's pregnant girlfriend

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JB.jpg11 year old Jordan Brown has been charged for the brutal murder of his father's 26 year old girlfriend, Kenzie Marie Houk, and her unborn child.
It is alleged that Brown shot Houk, who was eight months pregnant, in the back of the head while she was lying in bed in their western Pennsylvania farmhouse, before taking the bus to school.

The Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo reported that Brown will be charged as an adult for criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child.

Brown has been arraigned and sent to the county jail.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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I am unbounded and free!
I give expression to my inner spiritual light in a way that feels natural to me--by being myself! It requires no effort on my part to be the real me. Authentic living is effortless and liberating.
20090224.jpgI accept myself just as I am, just as I was created: a beloved, light-filled expression of Spirit. With a grateful heart, I embrace the qualities God gave me, the special skills and talents that shape my unique experience. By honoring gifts like imagination, creativity, and leadership, I honor God.
Freedom is a state of mind and heart. And even more important, it is the state of my spirit. As my unbounded true self, I am living the life God gave me to live and loving every minute of it!
"If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."--Luke 11:36





What do artist think about payola in the business?

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payola.gifQuestion: What do you think about the payola in the business?

Super Cat

Answer: Payola is illegal, it's embezzling the funds in the business. Hundreds of thousands of artistes don't have it to pay for payola. Why don't they just buy some regular commercial air time, it is cheaper than payola. Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh never paid payola. These disc jockeys are trying to break the artiste. Once the strength of the people is behind the music. i.e. disc jockeys playing the music in dancehall, in the clubs and the street venues it's not about what the artiste can afford but what they (the people) want. Artistes and their management don't want to feel like they are being "sticked up."


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Well it happens every where around the world it's been going on since the 60's in the music business, PERIOD. However, in Jamaica it makes it hard for an upcoming talent that is more than qualified to have a music career and doesn't have the money, so that artiste doesn't get the chance to be heard, so it sucks in that way.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: It's a taboo subject


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I have never supported Payola in the business, because the way I see it, if you have a God given talent to do a work, we should all work together. We are one family. There should be someone to take it from there to another level. Also, if someone is employed to do a job, why should we pay them again to do the same job. It reaches a stage where artistes are paying more than they are receiving from their music.


Mr. Prefect

Answer: I Think payola is doing more harm than good to the business. Sometimes it helps to a certain level, but when the politics of it 'kicks in' it's not good. You might have a new artiste who may not the have the right connections, payola can help him to a level, but when you have an artiste a pay the disc jockeys to not play your songs that's when the politics of it is harming the business.

Also some promoters are using payola to get themselves much further in the business. I remember back then when a young artiste would be given a small fee to perform on a big stage show, nowadays the artiste have to be paying the promoters instead. Some of them don't even have a 'chune' that anybody know.





What’s poppin

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0-junior reid.jpgIt a real family affair whey Junior Reid and him two bwoy dem concern. Yeah man wi get fi understand sey him open one club pon Eastwood Park Road inna Kingston. Wi hear sey it really nice. Junior di Yardflex crew a come check it out and kick back in a di VIP lounge area zeen


Merciless nuh get nuh mercy

A what dat wi hear bout Merciless and anodda DJ whe him go teck on inna lyrics and chuck off face and tings? Well sah, dem nuh have enough fi deal wid di Broadcast Commission a a crack down pon violent lyrics and tings.

A close look at Ramping Shop

Mi really neva check out di lyrics a Ramping Shop all dat good enuh. But di odda day wi a pree it and di part whey Spice sing nuh suh right a tall, she sey “dig out mi tripe, cause a dat wey mi like” or something like dat. Now come meck wi reason, wi know sey tripe nuh locate whey di vagina deh, you woulda haffi enter from back way fi find dat. So whey she really a sey, she like anal sex? No sah…mi nuh waan nuh man go nuh whey near fi mi tripe at all meck it tan deh…come from di front…no accidents roun here!





Death of four person by a soldier

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Enquiry is set to begin in April on the shooting death of four person by a soldier during a birthday party at the Double Diamond gaming lounge in Kingston.

The matter which should have been called up on Thursday had to be rescheduled due to other commitment at the Resident Magistrate’s Court in H-W-T.

Stay tuned, Yardflex will have more for you when the case begins.
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Armed robbers rob St Thomas Technical High

Three armed men pounced on the St Thomas Technical High School and ransacked the school’s staff, stealing computer parts and the security guard’s pants.

By the time the police arrived on the scene the robbers were way clear of the scene. Really now it’s a disgrace.





Alia Atkinson’s brother dies in plane crash

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sports_jannelle.gifThe brother of Jamaican Olympic swimmer, Alia Atkinson, and a licensed pilot since high school, Adi Atkinson, 23, logged his last flight on Tuesday. That's when authorities say his single-engine plane went down near the Orlando area, killing him and a student, Derek Fox, 30, of Ohio.

Alia's brother who is a flight instructor from Pembroke Pines in Florida and working with Volusia County, crashed on Tuesday at 3:13 pm.

According to reports in the media the bodies and the wreckage weren’t recovered until the next day.

Yardflex send condolence to the family in this their time of grief.





Nicholas A. Holter

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DSC_0003.JPGNicholas A. Holter, professionally known as Nico D is a single 27 year old Norwegian reggae artist who started singing about seven years ago, when he was inspired to express his views about to the state of the world to the masses. He aims to not only have a successful career but to also inform and convey a constructive message.
This bilingual artist has performed at not only festivals at home in Norway but also in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, France, the UK, Canada and Chile, he has also performed on tours, to what he says was very positive responses. This he expected as he says that when you provide positive music you get positive responses.
Nico D is proud to be gaining International recognition as his songs, "Ruff Times" and "Dreams" have been played on one of Jamaica's local radio stations - Irie FM. The Norwegian Production Company 'Afterglow' is the producer of his songs.
Though he enjoys all genre of music his favourite is reggae. He, however has a word of caution to the artistes of gangsta rap. He says that he is aware that these artistes are a product of their background but that they must be careful of what they say as some may take their message literally.
He is not worried about the effects of the recession on the music industry as he says that historically recessions do not affect the entertainment industry.
Nico D has done two collaborations in Jamaica, one with Jah Mason and the other with Congos. He has also collaborated with two Norwegians, Admiral P and Jaba Man.
During his spare time he enjoys playing sports: football, tennis and basketball or unwinding with friends and his special lady friend.





Passa Passa

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New York

A Wah do the people them wey have all the re-entries and a call police pon people. Them need fi stop...when you live inna glass house, don't throw stone. By the way, Anita me very disappointed with you, me think the fight did done from last year. Me think you, Shelly and Muncy them did squash out things. How the people them send them daughter with Shelly a the hair salon on Farmers Boulevard and as Shelly come in you fling you cellphone on Shelly. But Shelly done you pon Farmers and 115th. When she done wid you, she take you cellphone weh you fling pon har and call you family dem and ask if dem want fi dem beaten too. You all have the nerve fi send police go a the people dem yaad and all pon people whe no do you nutten. A wah kind a ting you a deal wid.
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Florida

A Jamaican restaurant owner from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale bit off a piece of har husband's face. She discover say him a give har bun with a mampy. Well the husband and the matey no do nutten better, them ago open a restaurant in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. The woman from what we hear is returning to Jamaica.

Jamaica

This man marry two (2) woman, one for many years but him recently wed the other because she young, hot and sexy. The way how him bright, him a flaunt a picture of his new bride in his original legal wife face. The original wife no do nutten more than report him to the authorities. Them lock him up when him go visit him brother at the hospital.





Shebada Party

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Lauryn Hill pregnant again

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lauren_hill.jpgAccording to one of source, Lauryn Hill is pregnant with her 6th child. We are just wondering whose is the father...rumors has it that its Rohan Marley.

We are not assuming anything at this time, we will keep you guys posted, as the story progress.





What's Poppin

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Spice engaged but not ready to get married

12132.JPGDeejay Spice recently got engaged when long time boyfriend and baby father, Nicholas Lall, proposed during his birthday party on February 7.

Spice who is ecstatic says that they have not set a date yet as she is too busy to get married right now. Even though they are happy and in love marriage is not something that she wants to jump into without careful consideration - they haven't even bought a house yet. She says that she wants to be financially comfortable before taking the plunge.

Fans will unfortunately not see Spice sporting an engagement ring as she will only do so among friends and family as she says that a marriage is not a public thing, it should be private and she is not sure whether she will have a big wedding or a private one.

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A Jamaican executed in the US

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The_Cross.jpgDespite efforts to reverse a decision by the Virginia Governor in the United States, convicted Jamaican, Edward Bell, 44, was executed by lethal injection shortly last night.

The Washington Post quotes spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections Larry Traylor, as saying that Bell was strapped to a gurney, administered a sequence of three drugs and pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:11 p.m.

Traylor reportedly said he died from the first administration of the lethal chemicals.

Bell had been held on Virginia's death row ever since his conviction in 2001 of murder in the 1999 shooting death of Winchester police Sergeant Ricky Timbrook.

US media reports say Bell did not enter the death chamber under his own power and appeared to be struggling with corrections officials.

In his dying declaration Bell reportedly told members of the Timbrook family that they had the wrong person and that the truth would come out one day.

He further state that there was no justice in killing him.

Members of Timbrook's family and his former colleagues from the Winchester Police Department were among those present for the execution.

Corrections officials say Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine rejected Bell's final plea for clemency yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, Kaine said Bell's trial, verdict, and sentence were reviewed by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He said having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions, he found no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury, and imposed and affirmed by the courts.





Singer Iley Dread’s Kings of Kings International in association with Seawind Resort in Negril will once again unite the people through music.


This concert, Unite The People, now in its fourth staging — albeit not consecutively — is scheduled to take place on April 4 at WAVS Beach in Negril.
“Unite the People was last held in 2007, “we staged a similar show last year at the same venue but with a different name, Reggae Grooving” one of the organizers explained. He disclosed that this showcase has always opted for quality acts, rather than quantity. “We know the type of concert that the people in Negril appreciate and we are happy for an opportunity to bring to them the kind of acts who will entertain and give value for money,”


Unite the People has a select line-up of acts including the maestro himself Beres Hammond along with Queen Ifrica, Coco Tea, Iley Dread, Jeffrey Star and Rising Stars winner and runner-up Cameal Davis and Khalil respectively. Also included are up and coming artistes Ras Penco, Rochelle (Bradshaw) and Kool DeRoy.





Cherine Anderson releases new album

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cherine_dubstyle_09.jpgSinger/Songwriter Cherine Anderson out of East Kingston, Jamaica has surpassed all expectations when she performed at three of Barack Obama's Inaugural Balls earlier this year. She has also performed at the World Special Olympics in Idaho and is currently promoting her first official release "The Introduction - Dubstyle" on tours in the US, Australia and Europe with Sly and Robbie, Michael Fronti and Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

"The Introduction - Dubstyle" which is available on iTunes is a combination of dancehall, soul and lover's rock and is produced by Grammy winning producers Sly and Robbie, David Norland, Gussie Clarke and Errol Brown among others.

The talented Anderson not only performs, but she also wrote all nine songs and co-produced several of the tracks.

The album which should appeal to all ages with the roots, dance and dub tunes is a female anthem as it speaks to the harsh realities faced by young girls in the inner city.





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Kevin Lyttle reveals new soca single

kevin_lyttle_SOB_09.jpgThe soul soca singer Kevin Lyttle debuted his new soca single "Anywhere" to a sold out crowd at SOB in Manhattan on Monday, February 16. He performed with the likes of Serani, Assassin, L.U.S.T. and Ghost as part of SOB's weekly "Rock With Squeeze" live music series.

The new single "Anywhere" featuring rapper Flo Rida is a combination of soca and rap.

In collaboration with "Anywhere" and last year's album release of "Fyah", Lyttle is trying to re-introduce soca to the masses. He is looking forward to performing in festivals and other shows.

"Anywhere" has been getting extensive air play on Power 96 in Miami.

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 20, 2009

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time for me.jpgSetting aside some time for myself, I do some creative activity, or I may simply enjoy a peaceful break on my own in the quiet. During this mini-retreat, I am conscious of Spirit within, and the capacity of my heart to contain God's love expands.
I am beloved of God--not for what I do, what I look like, nor what I own. I am beloved because I am a child of God. There are no conditions placed on divine love. The respect I have for myself shows my appreciation for all I've been given--life, health, and abundant supply.
An added bonus of caring for myself is that I actually have more to offer others. So I may follow a time for me by spending time with another, which brings us both a greater awareness of God's love.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us."--Ephesians 5:1-2





Mavado New Song Bad!

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A So You Move - Mavado

Have you heard Mavado's new song lately...entitled a So You Move? It hit out at the government's stance on dancehall music. Irie FM is 'rinsing' it out and right now it's getting a lot of buzz on the streets and people are just talking. Man the singjay went all out on this one and the lyrics are really powerful. Trust me this dancehall, Broadcast Commission debate won't be going away anytime soon.

Hypocrites
Still I have to give my side of the debate in all of this. If you ask me, they are all hypocrites, how dem fi come down on dancehall music and not touching soca and carnival. A don't tink it is right that kids should be wining up and carrying on bad on the streets in skimpy outfits. Not to mention the adults who behave like real old bangarangs. You listen to the lyrics of di Calypso song dem...so what Broadcast Commission say bout dat. On pon top of that on Easter Sunday a cyaan turn on mi TV in peace just through di whole heap a naked people a dagger in the streets...so no more a those tings come Easter...a hope suh.

Red Stripe wheel and come again big time
Red Stripe launched Diageo Learning For Life - Project Artiste on Wednesday at the Heart School of Cosmetology. It's a big move to be taking raw talent - 40 participants to be exact and working with them. Training them and guiding them to deal with the whole business of music. In my books they have totally redeemed themselves.





News Briefs

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ziggy.jpgZiggy Marley is gearing up for the release of this third album 'Family Time', set to be released on May 5 via Tuff Gong Worldwide.

The family-themed record was produced by Don Was, and features a variety of family and friends including his mother Rita Marley, sister Cedella Marley, and his three-year-old daughter Judah Marley.

Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson also perform on the release, as does actress Jamie Lee Curtis who narrates two stories.

According to Marley, the record "represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity."

A former member of the Melody Makers, Marley has contributed to a variety of children's programming including Nick Jr's 'Dora the Explorer', the PBS children's show 'Arthur', and 'Shark Tale', in which he played the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

Source: http://www.nme.com/





Gyptian fires manager...again

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gyptian.jpgYardflex got it hot off the press that Gyptian has fired his manager...again. Don't know what was the reason for the falling out, but at this rate if he continues on the same track he won't have any candidate who can fill the bill. We will keep you in the know as soon as we get more on this one.
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Trump's Casino's File Bankruptcy

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Trumpcasinos.jpgThree casinos belonging to Trump Entertainment: the Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, once run by Donald Trump, have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, for the 3rd time on Tuesday.
Trump Entertainment Resorts made the filing in US Bankruptcy Court in Camden, New Jersey four days after real estate mogul, Donald Trump resigned as chairman of its board.

Trump states that even though it has his name he has nothing to do with the company, and may even seek legal action to force the company to stop using his name. He is, however, saddened over the end of a venture that was so publicly associated with his name and image.
All three of the casinos will continue to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings, and the sale of the Trump Marina Hotel to Richard Fields, Trumps protege, will continue as scheduled.

Trumps daughter, Ivanka, whose image has been used to market the casinos also resigned from the board.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 19, 2009

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prayer_for _others.jpgMy prayers reach out, near and far, to bless my loved ones.
I look at the first glimmer of the moon in the evening sky and know that it is the same celestial object that shines in the evening sky above my loved ones. And I may be thinking particularly of one who is a world away, saying good morning to the rising sun as I am saying good evening to the setting sun. Still, I know in my heart that we are in one world and one in Spirit.
Wherever we are, the Christ in me greets the Christ in my loved ones. We share a spiritual connection that neither space nor time can interfere with. I imagine my prayers taking wing, reaching out to bless those I love.
I pray, affirming always that we are aware of our oneness in Spirit, and that each one is safe and healthy, happy and fulfilled.
"But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer."--Psalm 66:19





FUN SUNDAY FOR FEMALES ONLY

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Belize Reggae Fest

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beenie_man.jpgImpressed by the overwhelming response to Beenie Man's performance in the Central American country of Belize in 2005, and noticing that the reggae performances in that country are few and far between, Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Productions in New York joined forces with Garth Guthrie of Nuff Muzik Productions in Florida to initiate the Belize Reggae Fest Series, which will bring the most popular dancehall and reggae artistes to the Central American country.
The Belize Reggae Fest will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the Civic Center in Belize City.
Beenie Man and Anthony Cruz are set to launch the Reggae Fest Series at the Princess Hotel and Casino with a mix of dancehall and lover's rock. DJ Andrew D of Irie FM Radio 93.5 FM in New York will be spinning all the latest reggae and dancehall hits as Jamaica's favourite dancer "Attitude Gyal" Dyema shows off the latest dancehall moves.
Other artistes scheduled to perform are: Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul and former NFL player Tiki Barber.





The benefits of legalizing Marijuana

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marijuana-leaf.jpgThe legalizing, regulating and taxing of marijuana is one practical strategy for economic recovery during this time of the economic difficulties across the globe.

Even though marijuana is currently illegal, it is still widely available. As with any scarce commodity, the plants prohibition has simply raised its value on the black market. The illegality of the drug has in no way deterred smokers from obtaining it. The riskier the law makes it for growers and distributors to meet the demands of their market the more these illegal entrepreneurs charge their customers. Also, because of the limited law-enforcement resources marijuana producers and consumers continue about their business, barely inconvenienced.

Governments waste huge amounts of their country's resources, both financial and personnel in the on-going but futile war against the marijuana market. Resources that could be put to better use creating programs to assist the victims of domestic abuse, feeding and housing the poor and improving education and the health industry.

regardless of the laws, so why not take advantage of this fact and use it to ease the government's budgetary woes and simultaneously provide more jobs?





Passa Passa-Keiva got a reality check...

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f_KEIVATHEDIVm_13a9fdd.jpgWhat a way Ms. Keiva she tink she bad, bout she come a YardFlex office a try bright herself with 1 of our staff member. She got the shock of her life when she was forced to take back her statement when the CEO stepped to her. Keiva need fi go sidung and try get the clothes dem inna har store sell.

Me sey Keiva well barge inna we office and a talk bout we put up bad tings bout har pon the website and we ago live fi see har. Also how she wish did rich like Puffy, so she coulda sue we.

What Keiva you need fi understand say is that in this business any publicity is good publicity.
Keiva just gwaan stay ova your side of the plaza, try sell some clothes and tun on back your light.

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SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.





Michael Lee-Chin

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MichaelLeeChin_188.jpgMichael Lee-Chin was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica to black and Chinese Jamaicans. When Lee-Chin was 7 his mother married Vincent Chen. He attended Titchfield High School between 1962 and 69.

In 1970 he earned a scholarship to study Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Canada. He worked briefly as a road engineer for the Jamaican Government but unable to find a job in his qualified field he returned to Canada.

He had various jobs until he secured a loan in 1983 for C$500,000 from the Continental Bank of Canada and purchased a stake in Mackenzie Financial Group and formed Kicks Athletics with Andrew Gayle which was worth C$3.5 million by 1987.

With these proceeds he bought a Kitchener based company called the Advantage Investment Council for C$200,000. He renamed the company AIC and developed it into a fund that today controls C$6 billion, with hundreds of investors.

He continued to form and acquire companies that deals in investments, securities and insurance through the Berkshire Group of Companies which by 2007 amassed C$12 billion in assets. On October 5, 2006, Lee-Chin announced his resignation fron AIC and was replaced by Johnathan Wellum, AIC's Chief Investment Officer. He remains as AIC's Executive Chairman.





What's Poppin

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Chris Brown banned

chris brown.jpgChris Brown has more to deal with than just facing a felony charge and $50,000 bail after the alleged attack on his girlfriend, Rihanna on February 8.

He now has to deal with the effects his abusive actions have had on his career, as his music has been banned on radio stations in Barbados, Rihanna's island home, as well as other radio stations globally.

His Doublemint gum commercial has also been suspended pending the outcome of the charges. The Body By Milk campaign has also pulled his "Got Milk" advertisement.

Rihanna has had to cancel two concert performances in Indonesia and Malaysia scheduled for February 12 and 13 respectively as she is sporting bruises, a black eye and a split lip.
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Robert L. Johnson

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robert_johnson.jpgRobert L. Johnson was born in Hickory, Mississippi on April 8, 1946. He was the ninth of ten children born to Edna and Archie Johnson. He studied history at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

In 1979 he founded Black Entertainment Television (BET), which was the first cable television aimed at African Americans. It was launched in January 1980, broadcasting for two hours per week.
Presently, BET reaches more than 65 million US homes. It has become the first black-controlled company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

BET has expanded into other BET -related television channels that encompasses the BET Networks: BETJ, BET Hip Hop and BET Gospel.
In 1998 Johnson made the company private by buying back all of its publicly traded stock. In 1999 Viacom bought BET for $3 billion. Johnson's 63 percent share made him the richest black person (before being usurped by Oprah Winfrey) with assets of a billion dollars after taxes. He continued to be the company's chairman and CEO for six years before turning over the titles of President and Chief Operating Officer of BET to Debra L. Lee a former BET vice president.

Johnson started the RLJ Companies whose goal was to create a holding company and asset management firm run by a minority business person. The RLJ Companies has a diverse portfolio of companies touching on all area of their business industry, ie. real estate, financial service, hospitality, sports, film, automotive and gaming. RLJ has headquarters all across the USA.





Black Uhuru

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black_uhuru.jpgThe reggae band Black Uhuru was formed by Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson in the 1970's. The band whose name Uhuru is Swahili for freedom was the first group to win a Grammy when the reggae category was introduced in 1985 for the single "What is Life' on the "Anthem'" album.

Over the years the group went through many changes; the first group members were Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson. Then Carlos left and was replaced by Michael Rose, then Dennis left and was replaced by Errol Nelson. During this period the band released its most famous album "Love Crisis" later re-released as "Black Sounds of Freedom". Sandra 'Puma' Jones joined the group in 1979 and with this new line-up; Rose, Simpson and Jones, along with Sly & Robbie as producers and drum and bass players, they release "Sinsemilla", "Red", "Chill Out" and the Grammy winning "Anthem", which were there most popular album.

Black Uhuru became one of the most popular reggae groups in the world touring with super stars such as the Police, the Rolling Stones and the Clash.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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20090218.jpgMy dreams come true through the guidance and resources of Spirit.
It's finished--a success! Perhaps my dream was to complete an important project, to create a beautiful work of art, or to host an outstanding event. Now that it's done, I may ask myself, What's next?
Before I move on to something else, however, I stop and take a cue from Scripture. Following six days of creation, the seventh day represents a day of fulfillment and sacred completion, a time of rest and reflection to honor the work that's been done.
I honor my accomplishments and the successful achievements of others by slowing down and taking time to appreciate and enjoy work in its fulfillment. I take it all in and acknowledge the success, thanking God for the guidance and resources that help my dreams come true.
"So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation."--Genesis 2:3





Scenes from Uptown Mondays.

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News Brief

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Spanish King and Queen to arrive in Jamaica today
king_and_queen_spain.jpgAccording to news reports the king and queen of Spain will bestow Spanish national honors upon Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna, during their two-day state visit to Jamaica.

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía are slated to arrive in the island this afternoon and will confer the Great Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit of Spain on Prime Minister Golding. While, Mrs Golding is to receive the Spanish Commander of Distinction award.

The national awards were authorized by the Council of Ministers of Spain at its sitting last Friday.

The Government had previously announced the conferment of the Order of Excellence on King Juan Carlos and the Order of Jamaica (honorary) on Queen Sofía.

The Royal couple will arrive here at 2 p.m. and will be met at the Norman Manley International Airport by Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, the prime minister and members of the Cabinet.

King Juan Carlos will address Parliament this afternoon before signing bilateral agreements with Golding.

Tomorrow, the royals will have a busy schedule, with meetings in the Corporate Area and St James before leaving the island.





Mavado A Dagga Dat, while hair drop off

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13_yrs_old_dad.jpgA DNA test will be performed to determine if a 13-year-old boy fathered a baby with his 15-year-old girlfriend, his spokesman said on Monday.

The test comes after a Sunday tabloid newspaper reported that other teenage boys have come forward claiming to be the father of the newborn baby girl.

Spokesman Max Clifford said the parents of Alfie, 13, said the tests would be done "as soon as possible" to determine paternity.

"He obviously believes he's the father," Clifford said. "I think that having read the News of the World yesterday, it would be prudent to have a DNA test."

The teenager's 15-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle, gave birth to the baby girl earlier this month in Eastbourne, 70 miles (110 kilometres) southeast of London. The couple made headlines in Britain when Alfie, who looks much younger than 13, posed on the front page of the tabloid Sun newspaper with the baby.

The local council where the teenagers live said it would offer them support and that they will continue to be monitored by social workers to determine what help they might need.

Source: http://uniknotions.com/





Suge Knight injured in hotel fight

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suge_ap226b.jpgFormer Death Row records boss Marion "Suge" Knight has been treated in hospital for facial injuries after a fight in a US hotel on Monday morning.

Police was called to the W hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, by Security guards after two groups of guests exchanged "heated words in the VIP area".

According to the Officers at the scene Mr Knight was punched twice in the face.

The fight came to an end after the police had to use their taser stun guns. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. They are Leon Anderson and Robert Carnes Jr, who identified himself as a business manager for R&B star Akon.

Akon was not present during the fracas.

Knight sustained broken facial bones and was taken to hospital, the police report said.

Suge is best known for launching the solo careers of Dr. Dre Snoop Dogg on his label, Death Row Records.

He sold tens of millions of records before collapsing in debt and mismanagement in 2006.

After Knight filed for bankruptcy, the label was sold at auction for $24m (£12m).

Always a magnet for controversy, his career has been overshadowed by run-ins with the law in recent years.

Last May he was assaulted and knocked out at the Shag Nightclub in Los Angeles. Also in August he was arrested in Las Vegas on drug and assault charges after allegedly punching his girlfriend and pulling a knife on her during an argument outside a strip club.

He previously served time in jail for violating his probation on an earlier assault charge.





Hottie Hotte 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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Beres Hammond - "I Feel Good"

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Anancy an Ratta

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joke_095.jpgOnce upon a time, Bredda Ratta was a very facety and highfalutin fella. Him use to dress up himself ina de lates style an fashion an show off himself an gwan like sey him did better dan everybody else.

So Bredda Anancy meck up him mine fi cut dung Bredda Rat to size. An Bredda Nancy tink up him brain an tink up him brain how him gwine manage fi ketch Bredda Rat an lowrate him, an den baps, Bredda Nancy memba sey dat Bredda Rat love dance so till no more no lef. Every drum knock Ratta de deh a cut figure. De one ting Bredda Ratta couldn’t resist was music.

So den Nancy gi out seh dat him gwine meck a big dance, an him invite Bredda Ratta to de ball.

Anancy shine up him dance floor shine an slippery like glass.

Anancy was a fiddler at de dance, an as Bredda Rata walks into de dance hall so Anancy start play sweet tune pon de fiddle an sing seh,





Antigua hostile pre-elections

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election.jpgEven though the election date has not yet been announced, the atmosphere of pre-elections in Antigua has become increasingly violent. To date two constituency offices of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) candidates Asot Michael and Gail Christian were completely destroyed by fire. This happened just days after Organisation of American States denounced the reports of pre-election violence and destruction and pleaded for peace. Christian, a senator, is the ALP's challenger to the incumbent United Progressive Party's leader and Prime Minister, Spencer.

Caribbean Community Secretary General Edwin Carrington said that violence undermines a people's right to a free and fair election. He confirmed that Caricom has been invited to observe the election and is waiting for a response. When asked about the election date he said that the Secretariat would be in a better position to make a statement after assessing the pre-election situation in the island but a new general election is constitutionally due by March.

Spencer's United Progressive Party has also complained of having stones and bottles hurled at them during one of its whistle-stop meetings.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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harmony.jpgKnowing our oneness of Spirit, I live in harmony with all people.
I welcome opportunities to be a presence of harmony in my environment. I may be the next person to speak with a coworker who has just been overloaded with assignments or a neighbor who has just received a huge utility bill. My hello might be greeted with a look of exasperation. Not taking it personally, I respond with an encouraging smile.
Yet I do take harmony personally, doing whatever I can to encourage and maintain peaceful relations. I offer others compassion, understanding, and reassurance.
No matter what the situation may be, my presence has a harmonizing effect as I give expression to the spirit of God within me. In a spirit of harmony, I continually look for the good in others and recognize that we are all one in Spirit.
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"--Psalm 133:1





PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

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Name: PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

D.O.B: OCTOBER 27, 1971

Height: 5fT 6ins

Weight: 122lbs

Nationality: JAMAICAN

Location:SPANISH TOWN

Occupation: MAKE-UP ARTISTE

Hobbies:SINGING, DANCING AND ACTING

Career Goal:TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

What do you like about yourself: PASSIONATE, LOVING AND CARING





Freddie Jackson Live In Concert

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Scenes from Bacchanal Fridays

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What's Poppin

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assassin-gully-sit'n.jpgDancehall artistes Assassin and Serani along with Kevin Lyttle, L.U.S.T, Ghost and Ilhame an upcoming singer from Paris will be performing tonight at 'Rock with Squeeze' in New York.
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Gramps to appear on Good Morning America tomorrow, he will also be on Vh1 at 9:30pm.





Buju Banton - Driver A - Lyrics Translation

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joke_095.jpgI would certainly appreciate it if you could take this package down the road for me.
Please while you are on your journey might I implore you not to speak to anyone.
Follow my instructions; it is imperative that everything goes according to plan.
May your journey be a safe one.

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Driver please avoid unnecessary stoppages as you deliver this package of marijuana at Alba Mall
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of you not stopping along the way
Collect the funds and make a hasty retreat
Driver be very wary of members of the Constabulary Force as they have set up quite a few speed traps along the path you have to travel.





Teenagers gone wild

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TeensGoneWildFlyerBack.jpgIt is with growing concern that we observe the epidemic of teenage girls having sexual relations with bus drivers and conductors, not to mention their loose behavior on the buses.
One cannot recall such reports during the era of the JOS transportation system - but when the mini busses, namely the 'Quarter million' and Encava busses came on stream, the girls just 'bruk out'.
This could be blamed on the perversion of drivers and conductors of these buses. During the 80's to present day the buses are designed to impress and attract the young girls. They are colorfully designed with catchy names imprinted across the top of the windshield and have creative graphics done on the bodies. They are each accessorised with up to date audio and video systems which would belt out the latest songs at ear splitting decibels, much to the delight of all school goers.
Girls especially were impressed with the added attention of bus conductors who would 'talk them up', usually not charging them any fare.
It was especially ego boosting to be the one selected for the added attention, especially when one would normally hear the 'ductors shouting, at each bus stop, "No schoolers!" but then be the one schooler to be smiled at and allowed entrance on said same bus. The poor girl could not help but be flattered.
Now it has escalated. Girls are not as shy and easily impressed as they were two decades ago. Conductors no longer have to 'talk up a girl' as she would do the 'talking up' herself. Girls today would be the 'selector' on a bus as she will request each song that she wants to hear. Their uniforms are shorter and the pockets cut out for easy access for nimble fingers and other body parts as they 'doubled up', meaning girls in a boys lap when the bus is filled.
Some of these school girls today are totally immoral and will do absolutely anything to gain the attention of the desired male. Eyebrows are sculptured, face bleached, or powdered, eyes lined and lips perfectly glossed, while in uniform!
Just a few weeks ago while at a stop light I observed some female students in the back of a Hiace minivan which was vibrating with music. They were bouncing about in their seat arms and head swinging as they did the 'dutty wine', when the music 'sweet' them they clapped their hand and cursed badwords to show their excitement. When one girl caught me staring at them with obvious disapproval she just slammed the window shut and continued gyrating.





School girls a gwane bad

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Minibus.JPGWha mi waan know is wha happ'n to dem ya young gal yah t'day? A wha mek dem jus a itch fi bus driver an ductor suh? Every where yuh turn yuh hear news seh bus driver and ductor deh wid school girl. A wha, dem nuh man enough fi find a big woman?
When yuh a go a work yuh see school girl, walking distance from dem school, a stan up a bus stop, an yuh tink "She lazy eeh, she dun late but deh a bus stop a wait pon bus, 'for she gwane walk". But a nuh jus any bus she a wait pon, she a wait pon di 'special' bus weh har man either drive or conduct, cause dat is de only time she will get fi see him.
De young girl dem t'day sad, sad, sad fi true. Dem self esteem down pon di groun an de only way dem can feel good 'bout demself is to get attention from de bus man dem. Dem feel 'big' when dem frien dem see dem a get special attention from de bus man dem. Den dem hav fi act like big woman cause dem caan gwane like young girl so dem gather up dem uniform roun dem waist under dem belt fi mek it shorter and start wear make up to school. Dem pull dem sock all de way down inna dem shoes like ankle socks cause dem no waan have no visible socks mark pon dem foot cause when dem see de bus man pon weekend dem hav fi look big an caan have nuh sign a school pon dem.
Den de dutty bus boy dem - why dem won't leave de poor school girls alone. Even if she look like she waan dem, leave dem alone nuh, dem a jus little gal an yuh s'pose to be big man. Wha yuh nuh hav nuh young female relative? Low dem man!





How we abuse our children

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CA.jpg"Father sets son on fire for losing shoes...", "Father beats son to death for forgetting lunch pan at school...", Mother charged for neglect for leaving infant and toddler alone in house while she went out...", "Child left alone dies in fire after trying to light a candle...". "Child bound and gagged left in cemetary while mother goes to Sting...". How often have we heard of these horrible incidents and shook our heads in dismay? We look at our own children and wonder "What could these parents be thinking?" What level of frustration could these parents be experiencing for them to resort to this type of violence against their own child?
A line from Michael Jackson's song, "Gone Too Soon" says children were born to "inspire and delight" not to be the brunt for a parent's frustrations. A child is not the no good baby father. A child is not the reason your pay cheque is so small. A child is not the reason you can't get someone to stay with him while you go out. A child is not the reason for any of the unhappiness that you may be facing in life. DO not take it out on your child!





A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA found dead

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CEO of Island Coast Entertainment.jpgFamed promoter Marc A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA was found dead on Saturday night in Gwinnett County. Police are not saying anything at this time. The body will be released to the family on Monday after autopsy. Yardflex.com learnt that Marc has been missing since Wednesday February 11, 2009.

Marc served as the President and CEO of Island Coast Entertainment for ten years and was known throughout the Atlanta business and social communities as a hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated event planning, marketing and promotions professional. Marc has promoted successful shows with Beres Hammond, Buju Banton and many other top Reggae artists.

YardFlex.com spoke with Chyna Lindsay of Chyna Doll Productions and this is what she had to say, "Marc was my brother, my mentor and most importantly my friend. He was one of the significant people in my life that helped foster my growth in this industry. He will be forever missed. Others that I spoke with are as shocked and saddened as I am. Marc was a great loving person. I don't know when my heart will stop crying."

Yaedflex.com sends out condolences to family, friends and anyone who was affected by this great loss. We will keep you posted on further updates.





Tychicus glad 'daggering' is banned

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daggering.JPGTychicus says that he is glad to see that the Broadcasting Commission has followed his lead and has banned all songs using the word 'daggering'.

Tychicus who was an enthusiastic crusader proclaiming the evils of daggering is very happy with the move.
He says that now that daggering is gone, carnival too must go. He says that if the downtown romping shop is gone then the uptown romping shop must go also. He says that carnival songs which suggest daggering but use different words should also be banned.

Tychicus says that he wants to introduce Jamaicans to good clean dances which involves face-to-face dance move not backways, as God is always moving forward not backwards.

He has three dance moves that he wants to promote:
"Customer Care" where the partners face each other and take care of their partners.
"Front liner" which is another face-to-face dance, the opposite of "back it up".
"Ten speed blender" this is where the dancer rotates his body like a blender.

He claims to have learnt how to dance clean dances from the Almighty and not from any dance school. He hopes that the older members of the population who are resistant to change will appreciate and accept his dance moves.





Nas and Damian Marley to do a collaboration

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Nas-DM.jpgNas told Billboard last week he was cooking up a few surprises, and now we know one of them: an as-yet-untitled collaboration with reggae star Damian Marley.

The pair has been recording quietly in Los Angeles for the last several weeks. Nas' manager, Anthony Saleh, tells Billboard the project will most likely be released in the spring. It's not clear which label will release it; Nas is signed to Def Jam, while Marley Records for Universal.

"We've been recording in a studio, where people like Mick Jagger are recording. No one knew who we were," Saleh says. "We're going to Miami this week to finish it up and we're aiming to tour for the album this summer."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE TITLE LABEL Peak
01 01 10 Vybz Kartel – Get Wild – Adidjaheim/NotNice Records 2wk@1

02 03 11 Bar-Bee – Love You Anyway – It's Not A Game -Shot to Watch

03 05 13 D'Angel - Stronger – Son Of Spoon

04 04 09 Prodigal Son – Head Cyaan Hot So – Main Street Records

05 06 05 Vybz Kartel & Spice – Ramping Shop – Adidjaheim/NotNice*

06 02 12 Terry Linen – A Better Man – Uplifting Music - 2wks@1

07 10 04 Shaggy – Bad Man Don't Cry – Big Yard

08 11 11 Charley Blacks – Bubble – Fresh Ear*

09 08 17 Ms. Triniti ft. Beenie Man – Burnin Burnin – Unseen Lab - Peak@#3

10 07 16 Elephant Man - Sweep – Scatta Productions - 4wks@1





logo20claro.jpgMinister of Local Government Robert Montague has ordered a probe into the erection of Claro's cellular towers as he is concerned with the number of complaints that have been made by the parish councils. Several have complained that the telecommunications company has been erecting towers without regard for the rules governing building permits.

Chairpersons of the Manchester, St. Catherine and St. Mary Parish Councils have warned that they will go to court if Claro does not cease and desist its actions.

Sources revealed that applications were submitted in St. Thomas for 20 cell towers with only 12 being approved by the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) but 22 are under construction or have been built.





Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo

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plane-crash-.jpgContinental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J. crashed in Buffalo at about 10:20pm Thursday night killing 50 people.
The commercial commuter flight which was coming in for landing crashed into a house in suburban Buffalo, about five miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport killing all 49 persons on board and one in the house. Two others in the house escaped injuries.
Witnesses claim to have heard the familiar sounds of the place flying overhead but it was unusually loud and making sputtering and odd noises.
No mayday call was reported from the pilot who was unaware of any problems with the aircraft. Communications with air traffic control was normal but when the controller tried to contact the plane with landing instructions they received no response. Repeated attempts were to no avail. Eventually ground control in Clarence was contacted. After the crash, two pilots were heard on air traffic control messages saying that they were picking up ice on their wings.
The plane which was carrying 5,000 lbs of fuel exploded on impact. One house was destroyed and twelve evacuated.





News Brief

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terrylinen.jpgSinger Terry Linen being sued by his manager, Africa of Uplifting Music International Ltd.

According to Africa, Linen has been accepting bookings overseas behind his back and fail to give him his 20 per cent as per their agreement.

Uplifting Music International Limited attorney has confirmed that Terry Linen has signed a three (3) year Artiste Management and Record Production Agreement with Uplifting Music International Limited which ends on November 21, 2010. It is a three (3) album agreement of which only one (1) album has been completed.

Uplifting Music International Limited is seeking several court orders against Terry Linen, one of which is to compel Terry Linen to fulfill his obligations under the contract.





Joke Of The Day

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Monkey and Lion In The Zoo

joke_095.jpgA Jamaican living in the States was down on his luck. Out of work and broke, he started going around to various companies in the city begging for a job, any job. Finally he got to the zoo. The zookeeper looked stressed out.

"The monkey escaped last night", the zoo-keeper said, "if you are willing to put on a monkey suit and stand in the monkey's cage for a couple days, I'll pay you"

The Jamaican immediately accepted. The pay was OK and the work wasn't hard. He swung from the tree, and the
kids fed him fruits and nuts. He actually started enjoying himself. He even started adding a few acrobatic moves that he had seen on TV. Late in the afternoon he swung a bit too vigorously, lost his grip and flew clean out
of the monkey cage and landed in the lion cage next door.

The lion let out a huge roar and our friend in the monkey suit bawled out, "LAWD GOD, MI DEAD NOW". The huge lion immediately pounced on him, grabbed him by the throat and whispered, "Man shut yuh raas, if yuh evah mek mi lose di likkle wuk yuh si..."





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KRYSTAL

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Name:KRYSTAL WATSON

D.O.B: SEPTEMBER 15, 1987

Height:
5ft 7ins.

Weight: 122lbs.

Nationality: JAMAICAN.

Location:St. THOMAS.

Occupation: STUDENT.





TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

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01 1 21 Burnin, Burnin- Miss Triniti feat. Beenie Man-Unseen Lab (2wks@#1) NM

02 4 7 Time To Shine-Laden-Big Ship U-2

03 8 5 Romping Shop-Vybz Kartel feat Spice-Adidjaheim Records/NotNice U-5

04 5 7 Dip Again- Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong – Big Ship U-1

05 2 24 Rolling Deep-Flippa Mafia-T J Records D-3

06 6 18 Ghetto Prayer – Shane-O-Jam II NM

07 3 12 Million By A Mawning-Vybz Kartel-Don Corleon (3wks@#1 D-4

08 9 20 Move-KK Alese- Ruby Sarah Music U-1

09 11 8 Flying Dagger (100 Stab)- Idonia- Equinoxx U-2

10 7 16 Sweep-Elephant Man-Scatta Productions/Kings of Kings (3wks@#1) D-3





Nikki Z fined $100.00 for ganja

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nikki-zee.pngFormer Zip jockey, Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court on Tuesday.
Nikki Z has been appearing in court on and off since last year after a ganja spliff was found in her car. She had initially pleaded not guilty and was granted a new court date for March, she later told the judge that she would not be available for that date as she had accepted a job offer of a radio show in the states and would be relocated. After much deliberation she changed her plea to guilty and was fined $100.00 or ten days in prison.





News Brief

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China's VP, Xi Jinping arrives in Jamaica

Xi Jinping.jpgVICE-PRESIDENT of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston last night, commencing a four-day official visit to the island.

During his visit Jinping is expected to sign agreements with the government covering agriculture, finance, education and infrastructural development. He will also participate in a hectic schedule of social activities, including courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall, and Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, and visit the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona.

This morning, he will meet with the staff of the Chinese Embassy and members of the Chinese community in Kingston. This afternoon, he will attend a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), and tonight he will be guest of Prime Minister Golding and his cabinet at a dinner at Jamaica House.

Tomorrow, the Vice-President will visit Montego Bay, where he will be presented with the Key to the City, and take part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the convention centre at Rose Hall.

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Prison Riot

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Prison Riot.jpgThe juveniles at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine which houses about 60 female juveniles serving sentences for a myriad of crimes including murder and illegal possession of firearm, became unruly and attacked many of the warders who in defence hurt many of the juveniles during the riot.

The juveniles who were intent on creating chaos and taking over the prison were armed with 'jammers', feces, urine and used sanitary napkins.

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Maurice Jones, said that last week an officer's nose was fractured when a gang of juveniles attacked her, knocked her to the ground and kicked her several times in the face. Other correctional officers was stabbed in the arm and doused with urine.

Another female warder complained that she was stoned and hit on the leg when she was seen limping out of the institution.

The warders blame the strict rules governing the punishment of juveniles inside the prison. The prisoners are aware of the restrictions of the warders in relation to discipline and exploit their limitations.

"They say we will lose our jobs if we beat or punish them too harshly, they [the prisoners] know this and take advantage of the situation."
This particular group of girls have been giving problems for some time as they had been transferred from the Armadale Juvenile Correctrional Centre in St. Ann, after they had escaped to attend a dance in the community, to the New Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston before being sent to Fort Augusta.

One warder described them as being severely unruly and ill-mannered and they no longer wanted to deal with them anymore.





scan0001.jpgDancehall artistes Mavado, Ding Dong, and Flippa Mafia along with a host of other industry personnel to star in the new Jamaican film, "What Goes Around," written and directed by Steve 'Tehutnine' Mcaplin. The movie will be premiering Sunday March 1, 2009 at the Portmore Heart Academy, Portmore, St.Catherine.

What Goes Around is a twisted tale about male/female relationships, layered with lots of laughter and drama. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with each character, feeling sorry for some, angry at others and bracing the outcome, because in the end What Goes Around...?

Big up to the entertainers for doing their thing. Log on to Yardflex after the premier to get a full review of the film.





CARICOM Passports for nationals

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02-03-2007_CARICOMSingle-SpaceTravelBegins_01.jpgCARICOM Heads of Government have taken the decision that all member states should issue CARICOM passports to all its nationals in a bid to strengthen the unifying commitment of the CARICOM as a single market as well as facilitating the freedom and smooth processing of CARICOM nationals across the region and general borders.

Since the Government implemented the CARICOM passport regime last month, the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami has gone to great lengths to provide accurate and efficient information to Jamaican nationals. Vice-Consul with responsibility for Immigration services, Stacy Johnson has gone live on the South Florida radio station, WEXY 1620-AM, in an effort to address the concerns of Jamaican nationals living in Broward and Palm Beach.





Gramps Morgan

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Gramps and Indie.jpgReggae musician Gramps Morgan has been doing a promotional press tour with songstress India Arie.

Highlights Include:

Doing "Good Morning America" on Feb17th at 7:00am.

Performing with India Arie on Feb 17th at 9:30pm on VH1 Soul.

Most recently Gramps made a guest performance at SOBS with Kimani Marley and performed the first single, "Wash the Tears" available on I-tunes on his own label "Dada Son Entertainment". India Arie also joined him on stage and sang the single with him. There's much more to come! Many things are in the pipe line. Stay tuned!





Portia Simpson-Miller

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Portia Simpson-Miller.jpgPortia Lucretia Simpson-Miller ON, MP was born on December 12, 1945 in Wood Hall, St. Catherine. She has the distinction of being Jamaica's first female Prime Minister from March 30, 2006 - September 11, 2007. She is presently the President and Leader of the Opposition. She is also a member of the 'Council of Women World Leaders' which is an International network of former and current women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize women leaders in a collective effort to take action on issues critical to women and equitable development.
Mrs Simpson-Miller became the third woman to become Prime Minister in the English speaking Caribbean, when she succeeded ongoing Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. She now holds the position as President of the opposition People's National Party.
Prior to being Prime Minister she was the Minister of local Government and Sport since 2002. She has also served as Minister of Labour, Welfare and Sports; Minister of Labour, Social Security and Sports; Minister of Tourism and Sports and Defence Minister.
On September 2007 her party narrowly lost the 2007 general election to the rival Jamaica Labour Party 32 to 28 seats (after recounts). Simpson-Miller initially refused to concede defeat citing unfair voting regulations, but finally conceded when the Organization of American States issued a statement declaring the election free and fair. She was succeeded as Prime Minister by JLP leader Bruce Golding.
In July 2008 she was challenged for the Presidency of the PNP by her rival Dr. Peter Phillips. The election was held among the party's delegates on September 20, 2008. She defeated Phillips by an even wider margin than that of the previous election.
Simpson-Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in public administration from the Union Institute, who also gave her an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters.
She is married to the Most Honorable Errald Miller, former CEO of Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited.
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Buffilous - Invasion of the helper.

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Buffilous_Dancehall_SexyGirls_sexy_girls_models.jpgMi brother refer me to a helper, great credentials, baby sitting certificate and all type of child care courses. Only problem, me did a wonder why mi brother really let her go.
She impress me, food taste nice good, (hand sweet no raass).
But mi soon start fi suspect seh dis yah roley poley gyal hav ulterior motive as someday when she come a work, she a wear make-up, tight clothes and her special wig.

So it happn seh mi hav wus fi go weh now fi bout two week, so mi tell har fi bring har kids dem an come stay a de house. Like a fool mi lef mi man inna di house fi she feed him and de pickey dem.
De gal nevah do a betta ting but tell mi man, seh she call har friend at de hotel weh me a stay an har friend tell har seh har mi check in wid a man. The only man mi see while at the hotel was mi brother, de same one wey give mi she.

Mi really did a wonder why mi sister-in-law fire har, until me talk to her. Me sister-in-law tell mi seh she man crazy, even the trademan - dem weh come a di yard she teck dem number and later on she discover say she and dem a f*ck.

Anyway, you know from when mi man a tell mi seh mi need fi let har go, but him nah seh why.





Lil Jon tries Soca

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Lil Jon.jpgThe superstar rapper and producer Johnathan Smith aka Lil Jon & "King of Crunk" who started out his musical career as a dancehall DJ with the Four Season's Sound System of the 1990's in Atlanta, is now creating a soca beat for this year's Carnival festival in Trinidad. Though he will not be performing, he will produce a beat for a collaboration between himself, Latin hip hop star Pitbull and soca artist Machel Montano called "Floor on Fire".
The track has evolved into a full fledged riddim including many Caribbean voices such as Kevin Lyttle and Mr. Vegas and will debut at this year's Carnival in Trinidad.
Jon, has in the past displayed a flair for island beats by appearing alongside Pitbull and Machel Montano at soca's Crop Over festival in Barbados.





Merlene Joyce Ottey

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Merlene Joyce Ottey.jpgMerlene Joyce Ottey was born on May 10, 1960 in Cold Spring, Hanover, Jamaica to Hubert and Joan Ottey. She was introduced to track & field by her mother.
Ottey attended Gurnrys Mount and Pondside Schools, Ruseas and Vere Technical high schools, where she competed in barefooted races.
Ottey was inspired by listening to track & field broadcasts of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Her athletic career took off while attending University of Nebraska in the USA in 1979.
Over time Ottey won many awards: In 1982 she won the gold medal in the 200m and silver in the 100m at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
In the 1990 Commonwealth Games she won gold in both events. She was named Ambassador of Jamaica for the Year 15 times between 1979 - 1997.
In total, Ottey has won right Olympic medals, but never an Olympic gold. She has to her credit three silver and five bronze medals which earned her the nickname "The Bronze Queen". She also has won 14 World Championship medals between 1983 - 1997- more than any other althete, male or female.
On 1999 a banned substance was descovered in her urine and she was banned from competing in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She also pulled out of the World Championships as she strove to clear her name, which she eventually did by the summer of that year in time to be selected to compete in the Olympic games.
She ran fourth in the controversial race and vowed that even though she could still run at 40 she would not run for Jamaica anymore as she felt as they were trying to push her out of the sport.





Soca banned

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BinaryCacheServlet.jpgSoca Music has also been included in the Broadcasting Commission's ban on airing sexually explicit lyrics.
The debate on the agency's ban on lewd dancehall music grew as they were accused of being biased. The Chairman Dr. Hopeton Dunn has stated that recommendations have been made to the Government to make amendments to the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations in a bid to clean up the music playing on the airwaves. These include the transmission of songs that condone or encourage hostility or violence; glamorizing the use of illegal drugs or alcohol.
The agency is presently trying to amend the existing Broadcasting and Radio Regulation Act of 1946 and will propose a model act that will deal with regulating the airwaves.
Last Friday, the commission announced the banning of the transmission of any song or music video which promotes the sexual act of 'daggering' or the use of the bleeping technique to mask explicit lyrics.
The ban was in response to a deluge of 'daggering songs' on the airwaves.
By this afternoon, Dr. Dunn said that the commission would be keeping an eye on the carnival festivities.





Best of the Best 2009

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An all star lineup of performers is set to hit the stage once again for the fifth annual staging of the Best of the Best International Music Festival, in Miami Florida beginning on May 24.
The festival will highlight performers of different genres such as Soca, Pop, Carribean, Reggae and Hip Hop music.
Artistes confirmed to perform include T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Movado, Cocoa Tea, Serani, Wayne Wonder, Elephant man, Matterhorn, Capleton, Jabba and Marcia Griffiths.
The festival is presented by South Florida's music and promotions company, JBJ Entertainment and co-promoted by Budafuco and Jabba.





Scenes from Uptown Mondays.

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YardFlex Quiz

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Mad Cobra ft. Richie Stephens - Legacy

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Scenes from Hedonism III

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footahype_bountykillermavado.jpgAs the sun rose at about 5am Sunday morning at a dance in Winthorn, Westmoreland, patrons grew angry as the much anticipated deejay scheduled to perform did not show up began hurling bottles and stones at the stage.
As the anger escalated, persons affiliated with the staging of the dance joined in the melee and many artists and promotors were said to have been beaten.
One witness recounted that he saw bloodied faces and broken limbs.
Deejay Einstein, who had performed at the dance, admitted to hearing rumours that the beatings had been ordered.
The Whithorn police say that while they have heard of the incident no details were forthcoming and they have not received a formal report.
The "no-show" deejay is yet to make a statement.





Awardees at the EME's Awards

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EME AWARDS LOGO#2.jpgThe following artistes hold the distinction of being the awardees at the EME Awards ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, February 5, 2009.
The highest honour went to Spice and Vybz Kartel who received the award for female and male DJ of the year respectively. Vybz Kartel also won for Song Writer/Lyricist of the Year. Tarrus Riley and Etana capped the award for Vocalists of the Year. While Etana's album "The Strong One" won for Album of the Year. The Dancehall Producer of the Year in the Reggae category went to Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor while the Dancehall Producer of the Year winner was Stephen McGregor.
The Best New Male Artist was Konshens while the female winner in the same category went to Stacious. Duo/Group of the Year was RDX while the artist for The Biggest Comeback was Harry Toddler.
Movado won the awards for Song of the Year for "I'm So Special" in the Dancehall category as well as Recording Artist of the Year, he also capped the award for male Songjay of the Year, while the female in this category was D'Angel. "Just as I Am" won The song of the Year in the Reggae category.
Queen Ifrica walked away with the award for Cultural/Positive Artist of the Year. Serani won the award as Breakthru Artist of the Year.
Collabo of the Year in the Dancehall category went to Damian & Stephen Marley for "The Mission", while the Reggae winner in the same category went to Noddy Virtue & Jodiann Pantry for "Red Roses".
Unfinished Bizniz won the award for Rhythm of the Year in the Dancehall category.
Reggae/Dancehall Compilation of the Year - Various Artists went to The Ultimate Reggae/Dancehall X-Perience.
I-Octane won for Most Improved Artist. Prodigal Son walked away with the award for Gospel Artist of the Year.
Video of the Year (dancehall) went to Busy Signal's "Tic Toc" while Rass Kassa won for Director.
Beenie Man capped the awards for Performance ot the Year at Sumfest '08 and Best Dressed Artist.
Gospel Song of the Year went to "Chaka Chi Chi"
Show of the Year was awarded to Beres Hammond's "A Moment in Time".
Flippa Mafia won for the category of Dancehall Trend setter of the Year.
Gully Creeper, created by Ice and performed by Elephant Man won for Best Original Dance Song/Move of the Year.
Awardees for Role Model of the Year went to Sonia Pottinger, Freddie McGregor and Lloyd 'King Jammy' James.
Missy Elliot, Jasmin Sulivan, John Legend and Estelle were given the award for International Friends of Reggae.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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INNER PEACE.jpgThe indwelling Christ is my sanctuary of peace and serenity.
With so much focus in the world on human nature, I realize how important it is to reflect on the sacred nature.
To build on my awareness of the holy Presence, I turn within to the sanctuary of my soul and spend time in silent meditation. I begin by imagining that I am relaxing before the hearth of a winter's evening fire. Through a window, I see sparkling, ivory snowflakes falling silently. All is hushed; all is still.
In the stillness of my inner sanctuary, I am immersed in the presence of the Christ. Serenity is mine in this very moment, because the indwelling Christ is my source of tranquility. Here and now, I acknowledge that I am a sacred being.
Immersed in the Christ, I am more than at peace and serene. I am peace and serenity.
"And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them."--Exodus 25:8





DNA confirmed in Peter King case

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dna.jpgGovernment analyst Dr. Judith Mowatt testified yesterday that semen was present around the anal region of 64 year old Ambassador Peter King's body. The doctor said that the fresh semen was discoverd on the body at the crime scene on March 20, 2006. The body had multiple stab and chop wounds. Three witnesses testified that 26 year old Sheldon Pusey was seen with King at his home on the afternoon of March 19, 2006.
Dr. Mowatt said that she collected samples of hair and semen from King's body as well as blood and semen found on a towel on the bed.
Government analyst Sheron Brydson said that she received samples from the crime scene and would conduct tests for DNA. She said DNA samples could be used to exclude persons from the crime scene. She came to the conclusion that the DNA on the towel could match the profiles of King and Pusey.





Children ramping with "Rampin' Shop"

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Rampin' Shop.jpgIt is alarming the number of children who know the words to Spice and Kartel's "Rampin' Shop" hit song. The song which included expletives and sexually explicit lines was song many times by children ranging from four to ten years old.
Though admitting that they did not understand what the song was about, thay were aware that it was 'bad' and refused to sing it when an adult was around, or skipped the expletives.
Many of the children, when asked, admitted to hearing the song on the radio or other adults singing it.
Psychiatrist Dr. Leachim Semaj said that while entertainers were free to record whatever they wanted, it was up to the various agents of socialisation to shield children from harmful material.
He blames the lack of regulaton, as dances are held too close to residential communities and residets are forced to hear the vulgar lyrics.
He also blames the public transportation system where passengers are subjected to the nastiness being played without any concern for their sensibilities.
He, however, notes that it is the duty of parents to protect their children and monitor the activities their children engage in.
The Broadcasting Commission had no comment.





Estelle to perform at the BRIT Awards

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estelle dress_tn.jpgThe American Boy singer's collaboration with the indie pop duo is the final live performance to be confirmed for the prestigious music ceremony.

According to Ged Doherty, chairman of the BRITs Committee, "Our audience research tells us that BRITs viewers love collaborations and this pairing of Estelle and The Ting Tings, two of Britain's hottest and most exciting acts, will not disappoint."

Estelle is in the running for two prizes - British Female Solo Artiste and British Single for American Boy, her duet with Kanye West.

The Ting Tings - comprising of Jules De Martino and Katie White - also received two nominations, for British Breakthrough Act and British Album for We Started Nothing.

Estelle and The Ting Tings is not the only tantalizing collaboration planned for the ceremony, which will take place at London's Earls Court on February 18.

The Pet Shop Boys, who are being honored with an Outstanding Achievement accolade, are reportedly planning to close the event by performing alongside The Killers.

Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Duffy, U2 and Take That are also scheduled to take the stage.

This year's BRITs will be presented by 'Gavin and Stacey', TV stars James Cordon and Mathew Horne and 2 Hearts singer Kylie Minogue.





burning_spears_jah-is-real.jpgSpear was announced as the winner of the Best Reggae Album at the 2009 Grammy Award for his album - "Jah Is Real," released by Burning Music Production. This is the second time that Burning Spear has won the reggae Grammy. In 2000 he won with "Calling Rastafari

Burning Spear is a roots reggae artiste in the classic sense, hailing from Jamaica and renowned for the Rastafarian messages of his music.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category for 2008 included:

* Elephant Man, for Let's Get Physical, released by VP Records/Bad Boy
* Heavy D, for Vibes, released by Stride/Universal
* Lee "Scratch" Perry, for Repentance, released by Narnack Records
* Shaggy, for Intoxication, also released by VP Records
* Sly & Robbie, for Amazing, released by Fontana International

Congrats Burning Spears, keep the fire burning.





CBWN.jpgChris Brown turned himself in moments before the 2009 Grammy's were set to commence. The Los Angeles police department announced that Chris Brown, a double nominee and scheduled performer, was being investigated for allegedly assaulting an unidentified woman the night before. Brown turned himself in to authorities and was briefly held before posting $50,000 bail Sunday night, jail records showed.

Chris Brown and girlfriend Rihanna also nominated, were both slated to perform in different slots of the show, but separately dropped out at the last minute. The victim of Brown's alleged assault wasn't identified, and it wasn't immediately clear whether Rihanna's absence was related to Brown's.

Police booked the 19-year-old R&B singer and dancer on suspicion of making a criminal threat, a felony. Police did not explain how their initial report of an injury assault related to the charge, but it will ultimately be up to the district attorney's office to decide what charges, if any, should be brought against Brown.

The incident occurred after the couple left Clive Davis's star-studded pre-Grammys gala at LA's Beverly Hilton on Saturday night.





Digicel Bacchanal 2009 Mas Grand Opening.

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Digicel CEO Mark Linehan gets comfortable at Bacchanal 2009 Mas Camp Grand Opening.





IRISH & CHIN PRESENTS THE CAMPUS RAVE 2009 TOUR

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index.jpgIt brings us great pleasure to announce the Spring Edition of Irish and Chin's Campus Rave 2009 Tour featuring the red-hot entertainment of leading dancehall artist Assassin, backed by top sound system Mighty Crown. Assassin is set to entice fans with a fiery show of dancehall hits that span several years. Meanwhile, Mighty Crown will entertain the massive with an all-out juggling opener of the best dancehall selections. By popular demand, Irish and Chin is returning to College Campuses with some of dancehall's finest acts. Each year, Irish and Chin's Campus Rave Tour takes dancehall entertainment on the road to colleges and universities through out the United States. On Irish and Chin's Campus Rave 2008 Tour, Mr. Vegas and the steamy, dancing diva Boricia, invaded over 20 colleges and universities. The popular singjay was greeted with a dynamic reception, as thousands turned out to catch his performances. Notably, the Irish and Chin Campus Rave Tour touched down at Pace, U CLA, Northeastern, Spelman, St. Johns, Buffalo and Rochester Institute of Technology, among many others.
Assassin has proven him self to be one of dancehall music's most intelligent, energetic and lyrically gifted artists of his time. Currently dominating dancehalls throughout the world with his hits "Wha Do Dem Guy Deh" and "Almighty Protect," Assassin has stayed true to his roots for over 8 solid years. In addition to these smashes, the dancehall favorite boasts an extensive catalogue of music to be rivaled. Once Assassin's bass heavy voice drops on anthems like "Step Pon Dem," "Idiot Thing That," "Girls Gone Wild" and "Do It If Your Bad," every dancehall crowd goes wild!

Click on link to listen some of Assassin's hot tracks
http://www.irishandchin.com/ecard/020409/assassin_mix.mp3





David Smith arrested for fraud

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dSmith.jpgHead of Olint Corporation, David Smith was yesterday arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands and charged with counts of fraud, theft, false acounting and uttering false documents. He was granted US$1 million dollar bail with surety. He had to surrender his travel documents.
The arrest comes after months of investigations into the dealings, operations and financial activities of the investment scheme.
TCI police say that the investigation could possibly extend to Jamaica.
Last year Olint offices were raided by police and computers and files seized.
In 2006 the Jamaican Financial Services Commission served Olint with a cease and desist order which was later overturned by a stay of execution until March 26 last year when the court would hear the appeals of Olint and LewFam. They were ordered not to increase their mebership until the appeal was heard.
A court date has not yet been set for Mr. Smith.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, February 9, 2009

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aha.jpgDivine ideas inspire me on my path of fulfillment.
I may have felt amazed when, after feeling lost in a fog of confusion, I suddenly saw my right path become clear. Or I may be more than a bit astonished when a spontaneous, inner prompting offers a refreshing solution when I had thought there was none.
These"aha" moments are blessings that bring enlightenment--bright ideas, innovative methods. These seemingly unexplainable moments of inspiration are times when--even for a second--I have gotten my own limited thinking out of the way. I've made room for divine ideas to flow into my mind and be expressed in my life. I take a deep breath and release it in a joyful"Thank You, God, for the gifts of new opportunities."
"The prophet Jeremiah said to them, 'Very well: I am going to pray to the Lord your God as you request, and whatever the Lord answers you I will tell you; I will keep nothing back from you.'"--Jeremiah 42:4





Passa Passa

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28C_Keiva.jpgLord please deliver Keiva

Imagine Keiva stop dance, open store and a live like pauper.

Me go inna 'Keiva's Closet' as it's called and no light no in deh. Me hear har pon har fone a tell sumady sey from morning she no eat and nutten no sell inna di store. She all a tell di person sey she affi start back dancing and a rehearsal she jus a come from with Ding Dong.

A likkle youth come inna her store and she no stop pressure him fi buy a $6500 shoe wey no worth it. The way how me feel sorry fi har, me did haffi buy a $1200 key chain weh me neva even did need. The way she glad fi di likkle money, she jus grab it and put it inna her pocket and not even say thanks.

Keiva u really need fi pick up back dancing, bcz the store alone nah go mek it.





Passa Passa

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The show got off to a good start, seeing entertainers and other industry personnel coming out in high numbers. However, it was a bit disorganized. They had a problem with playing CD tracks for the artistes to perform, which resulted in Koshens performing acapella.

YardFlex have to big up quite a few artistes that were exceptional dressed for the occasion. They are Queen Ifrica, 'Bad Gyal' Ce'cile, 'Money Goddess' Macka Diamond, 'The Doctor' Beenie Man, 'Flossing King' Flippa Mafia, Spice, Pamputae and Etana.

The corporate people of Jamaica need to acknowledge our local awards and give it much support. They would be quicker to sponsor the Grammy's and other international awards, what about our local artistes and award ceremonies?

Flexers you done know a Passa Passa time now.

We hear a ras make a speech last night say "some man claim say them a man and a beat them wife". We want know if a him father him lick out pon. Tarrus a wah mek your face long suh...a sumn' inna you diet or you still vex bout Rebel Salute when Capleton perform inna you time.

How come the Gully God wasn't at the ceremony to collect his awards? The person who collected the awards on his behalf made a big blunder when addressing the audience, by saying "good night peoples" instead of good night people. A wonder if a inna the 'Gully' him did go a school?

Although Ice is no longer with us, he was awarded for his work done, he got an award for his dance "Gully Creepa". Elephant Man also got an award for the song but was no where in sight to collect it.





Scenes From The 5th Annual EME Awards

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Bob Marley - Africa Unite

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Happy Earthday Bob Marley

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bob-marley_1.jpgRobert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM. born February 6, 1945 was a Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter and Rastafarian. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers. He died on May 11, 1981. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

Marley's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, three years after his death, is the best-selling reggae album ever (10 times platinum in US), with sales of more than 20 million copies.

Long live the King of Reggae.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 6, 2009

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dailyword_waterpic.jpgGrace

God is blessing me with an outpouring of divine love.
By the grace of God, I am a blessing and I am blessed. I realize this to a greater degree when, for some unknown reason, I feel an urgency to call a loved one at the moment this person needs comforting. Or I may have seemingly lost a purse or a wallet only to have it returned to me by a considerate, caring person.

Divine grace is expressing through me and for me in known and unknown ways. My days are filled with blessings. Some I may take for granted, and some may come to me so quietly that I am not alert to them.
I never miss out on anything in life when I am aware that God is blessing me with an outpouring of divine love.

"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever."--Psalm 52:8





irawmaFlyerOct.jpgThis year's awards show on May 3, in New York, marks the 28th anniversary of the airing of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMAs). The IRAWMAs is the longest running and first award show to honour Dancehall and Reggae music equally alongside its World Music counterparts.

Recipients and nominees of this prestigious award are not only recognized as being the best in the industry but as being the best in the world.

The 2009 nominees are DJ Movado with a lead in eight categories, Beres Hammond and Elephant Man with seven nominations each, Etana and Queen Ifrika each nabbed five nominations, Mr. Vegas with four Other nominees are: Shaggy, Michael Montana, Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Damian and Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean, Serani, Jazmine Sullivan, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Tarrus Riley, and Stitchie among others.





Nine year old write iPhone Applications

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iphone.jpgFourth grader, nine year old Lim Ding Wen of Singapore writes applications for Apple's popular iPhone. The latest, a painting program called Doodle Kids has been down loaded 4,000 times from Apple's iTunes store in two weeks.

Lim said that he wrote the program for his sisters who are 3 and 5 years old. This program allows users to draw pictures with their fingers by touching the iPhone's touch screen then clear the screen by simply shaking the phone.

Lim who is fluent in six programming languages started using the computer at the age of 2. Since then he has completed 20 programming projects. His father, Lim Thye Chean, chief technology officer also writes iPhone applications.

Lim Ding Wen is presently in the process of writing another iPhone application which is a science fiction game called "Invader Wars".





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Gayle, Sarwan put West Indies on top

gayle_sarwan.jpgYesterday, WI Captain Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan both hit half centuries to place the West Indies into a position of strength at the end of day 2 in the opening Digicel test match against England at Sabina Park on Thursday, February 5.

Gayle and Sarwan added 142 unbroken after England made early in roads with Devon Smith's for six. Gayle slammed three sixes and three fours off 120 balls while Sarwan got seven four off 181 delioveries.
England carrying their overnight 236

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Arthur Wint - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medalist

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arthur_wint.jpgArthur Wint was born in Plowden, Manchester, Jamaica on May 3, 1920. He was the Jamaican Boy Athlete of the Year in 1937, he won a gold medal in the 800m at the Central American Games in Panama.

He joined the Royal Air Force and while undergoing training in Canada he set the 400m record. After taking part in active duty as a pilot in WWii he left the Air Force in 1947 to attend medical school at St. Bartholomews Hospital.

In 1948 he won Jamaica's fist gold medal for the 400m (46.2) in London beating team mate Herb McKenley. He also won the silver medal in the 800m.

Wint was also part of the historic relay team, in Helsinki's 1952 games, where they set the world record and captured the gold medal in the 4 X 400m relay. He also once again won siver in the 800m.

Arthur Wint ran his final race in 1953 at Wembley Stadium, completed his internship, graduated as a doctor and was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth the following year.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE TITLE LABEL Peak Position

01 02 09 Vybz Kartel – Get Wild – Adidjaheim/NotNice Records 1wk@1

02 01 11 Terry Linen – A Better Man – Uplifting Music - 2wks@1

03 03 10 Bar-Bee – Love You Anyway – It's Not A Game -Shot to Watch

04 06 08 Prodigal Son – Head Cyaan Hot So – Main Street Records

05 04 12 D'Angel - Stronger – Son Of Spoon Peak@#4

06 09 04 Vybz Kartel & Spice – Ramping Shop – Adidjaheim/NotNice

07 05 15 Elephant Man - Sweep – Scatta Productions - 4wks@1

08 07 16 Ms. Triniti ft. Beenie Man – Burnin Burnin – Unseen Lab - Peak@#3

09 08 13 Prince Pankhi – My Jamaican Girl – Otis Riddim Records

10 15 03 Shaggy – Bad Man Don't Cry – Big Yard - Greatest Gainer up5





Chrisinti is back "Sincerely"

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Chris.jpgPaul Hudson aka Chrisinti is back. The singer who started performing professionally in 1997 is back with a new single "Sincerely".
Not a novice to the music fraternity as he has performed in places such as USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa and Europe. He is best known for his songs; "Oh Shiela", "My Sunshine has come", Save a little for a rainy day","Say Jah", "Joy" and "Sincerely".
He has the distinction of working with some of the top producers in the music business such as: Kings of Kings, Coolie Budz Records, Brickwall, Morgan Heritage, DASECA, Bobby Digital, Harmony House, King Jammys, Link Movement and 876 Radio as well as collaborating with the likes of Jah Mason for the song "Up Up Up", Nadine Sutherland for "Can't tek it" and Ikya for "Rock Baby".
Chrisinti credits his experiences of growing up in the community of Drewsland as his inspiration as well as having a Black Scorpio studio within the community.





Patrick Johnson charged for ganja Possession

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Macro_cannabis_bud.jpg30 year old Patrick Johnson was charged for possession of, dealing in and trafficking ganja in the Corporate Area Magistrates Court on Monday after collecting 150lbs of marijuana.
On January 26, he was stopped by police in the Eleven Miles area of Bull Bay, St. Thomas and his car was searched and a bag of weed was discovered in the trunk.
Johnson explained to Resident Magistrate Glen Brown that he went to the country to pick up the weed for a friend of his father's who was traveling to the Bahamas. The car was a rental borrowed from a friend.
He was sentenced to $15,000 or six months for possession, admonished and discharged for dealing in and fined $200,000 or six months for trafficking ganja. He was also sentenced for 12 months. If his fees are not paid his sentences will run consecutively.





Constable accused of stealing

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Jamaica_Constabulary_Force.gif23 year old constable Wayne Catton has been charged for simple larceny, adding him to the more than 30 police personel from St. James facing the courts for several offences since 2008.
Catton, it is alleged, stole US$600.00 that was left for an inmate at the Freeport police station lock up last year. He was arrested on Monday and faced the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and his attorney argues that the three year veteran received only clothing not money. Resident Magistrate Winsome Henry, however, ordered that he be remanded until February 19 when the case will be tried. She cited inconsistencies in his story as the reason for his being denied bail.
The prosecution alleges that on January 24, 2008 the complainant went to visit the inmate and was told that it was not his day for visits so she left the money and articles of clothing with the accused and was assured that the inmate would receive them.
Later that day the inmate called to say that he had not received any of the items.
The complainant returned three days later and complained to the inspector which led to an investigation being launched.
The constable admitted that he gave the items to the inmate then later changed his statement and said that he left them at a window and they were stolen. He insists that the items were only clothing not money.





Peter King's Murder Trial

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PK.jpgA prosecution witness said that when he gave statements to the police shortly after 64 year old Ambassador Peter King was found murdered in his home he did not mention his sexuality because he did not know how King's family would react to finding out that King was a homosexual. This was in response to Defence lawyers questions about why the witness had not told the police about seeing both King and the accused, 26 year old Sheldon Pusey, in their underpants in King's kitchen in his home on Waterloo Road between March 19-20, 2006. Pusey is accused of chopping and stabbing King to death in his home.
The witness said that even though King was not a role model, as he had certain unlikeable flaws, he was his best friend. The witness also admitted to being a homosexual also.
Detective Sergeant Keith Steele testified that on March 27 Pusey was identified by three witnesses in an identification parade and that Pusey claimed that he cut King's throat because he tried to rape him.





Star of the Notorious biopic

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flip-a_jamal_woolard.jpgStar of the Notorious biopic, Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard, flew to Kingston with Movado to collaborate on several projects.
Movado returned from a hectic promotional trip to New York where he created history by pulling a crowd of 4,000 fans in the Armory in Rochester, New York during freezing sub-zero temperatures and snow storms.
Movado also made three live appearances between Thursday and Saturday on the Hip Hop legend Funkmaster Flex's radio show on Hot 97 in New York. On Sunday he hosted an event in Manhattan at Club Prime.
With the release of his new album, "Mr. Brooks - A Better Tomorrow" on March 3 and "I'm So Special" Movado is poised to hit mainstream America.





Mural shot up by police

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Mural-1-ps.jpgThe alleged defaming of a community mural for a deceased area don by police officers has left the residents of Crescent Road in the Two Mile area of St. Andrew fuming mad.
The residents claim that the police officers not only destroyed a bar in the community but also shot up the painting which was done in memory of the deceased head of the Rat Bat gang; Dave "Machine Man" Sterling, who was shot to death for pulling a firearm on an officer in October of last year.
"Di boss dead from last year and all now de police a tek set" an irate resident said.
One resident claimed that the incident took place before 6pm on Monday as she heard gun shots and went to investigate but was chased away by police officers. She later went back and saw the marred painting with gun shots to the face.
Many persons were also held by the police but soon released. The police did not release the radio and cans of Red Bull which they had also confiscated.
The St. Andrew police division said that while no official reports have been made they are aware of the rumours.
The Mobile Reserve who carried out the operation had no comment.





Nerissa Irving

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nerr1.jpgNerissa Irving has been a very busy young lady. She has been involved in many projects recently. She has been featured in Playboys Natural Beauties October - November 2008 issue. She also performed in Mojo Morgan's, of Morgan Heritage, "River Nile" music video. Nerissa is also the spokes model for a new hair product to be released soon on the market. She is also working on a novel and a movie to be released later next year.





Amy Winehouse to record in Jamaica

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winehouse2.jpgAmy Winehouse has decided to record her new album in Jamaica.
The drug addict singer who has put her drug days behind her has ironically decided to record her latest album in the drug haven of Jamaica.
It is universally known that crack and cocaine are easy to obtain in the island.
A source of the Sun has said that Amy is feeling and looking better but is worried about the influences awaiting her back in the UK.
Amy is presently in St. Lucia creating havoc by starting fights, stealing other guest's
drinks and walking around naked.
She will return to the Uk to do administrative business before returning to the Caribbean.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 5, 2009

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FAITH.jpgThank God for this divine-outcome day!
As I exercise my physical muscles, I strengthen them. As I use my mental skills, I increase them. The same is true concerning my faith. The more I use it, the more it is strengthened, the more it increases.
And it is with faith that I set free my expectations of blessings, so they are not limited. I pray. I envision magnificent possibilities. All things good expand and rise naturally to meet and often exceed my expectations as I continue to know and affirm my faith in God.
I also spend time in environments and with people who offer positive support and encourage healthful practices and activities. I have an expanding, understanding faith in God.
This is a divine-outcome day!"All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees."--Psalm 25:10





Oprah Winfrey

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oprah_winfrey.jpgOprah Gail Winfrey was born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She escaped a troubled childhood living with her mother where she was repeatedly sexually abused by male family members and friends, to live with her father in Nashville.
She attended Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television.
In 1976 Oprah moved to Baltimore where she hosted the TV talk show, "People are Talking", the show was a hit and Oprah stayed with it for eight years. Her success led her to Stephen Speilberg's 1985 film "The Color Purple" for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She launched the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986. The show was such a success that she gained ownership of it from ABC and placed it under the control of her production company Harpo Productions and made more money from syndications. Her show free of tabloid topics earned her the respect and popularity of her viewers.
Harpo has undertaken many projects, one being the production of the 1989 miniseries "The Women of Brewsters Palce" which Oprah also starred in.
Oprah well known for her constant struggle with her weight is also known for the launching of "Oprah's Book Club" as part of her talk show. This is where novels are introduced, read and discussed on air.
Oprah has the distinction of being one of the most powerful and wealthy people in show business. According to Forbes Magazine, Oprah is the richest African American of the 20th century and the world's only black billionaire 3 years running.





Malcom X

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malcom x.jpgMalcolm Little (Malcolm X) was born in Omaha, nebraska, USA on May 19, 1925.
As a teenager he was involved in pimping and drugs. In 1946 he was arrested, charged and sentenced to ten years in prison for burglary. While in prison he discovered the anti-white Black Muslims.
In 1952 Malcolm joined the Muslims and became a recruiter, changed his name and began writing. He became well known for his 1959 television documentary. Both his writings and his documentary portrayed him as a threat to white people.
After breaking from the Muslims in 1964 he founded the Muslim Mosque in an effort to internationalize the Afro-American struggle. He travelled to Muslim lands and was impressed with their lack of racial bias. He became convinced that whites were not all born inherently racist. He once again re-invented himself and called himself El-Haff Malik El Shabazz and formed the Organisation of African American Unity in hopes of co-operating with progressive white groups.
Malcolm influenced the movements of black power and neo-colonialism by transforming the consciousness of generations of African-Americans.
He was assassinated in New York City in 1965, and it was believed that members of the Nation of Islam were involved.





Louis Armstrong

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lois-armstrong.jpgLouis Armstrong born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA was one of the leading trumpeters and most influential jazz artistes of his time.
Armstrong grew up poor and did odd jobs while listening to jazz music and singing in a boys' quartet. While spending time in Waifs Home for coloured juvenile delinquents (1913) he learned to play cornet in the home's band. Music quickly became his passion and in his teens he quickly learned more about music by listening to jazz musicians such as King Oliver. He became skilled and was soon playing in jazz bands and even replaced Oliver in the Kid Ory Band (1918), and played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands during the early 20's.
Oliver invited Armstrong to play second cornet in his Creole Jazz Band which included outstanding musicians such as Johnny and Baby Dodds and pianist Lil Hardin who he later married in 1924.
Armstrong recorded his first soloist pieces "Chimes Blues" and "Tears" which he produced with his wife.
Lil encouraged Armstrong to quit Oliver's band and he played in Fletcher Henderson's band in New York for a year before returning to Chicago to play in large orchestras. There he created his most important works - The Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of 1925 - 1928 which made him the first jazz soloist. He recorded solo pieces such as "Hotter than That", "Struttin' with some Barbecue" among others. By this time Armstrong was playing trumpet and his style was far superior to that of his competitors.





Digicel and LIME at war

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digicel.jpgThe battle between LIME and Digicel has intensified as the two telecommunication companies are now headed for the Supreme Court.
Digicel has accused LIME of ignoring an injunction placed on them from using confidential Digicel information which they had received, unethically and illegally,through the newest telecommunications company in the island, Claro. Digicel has since then applied to the Supreme Court of Jamaica for an order to be made against LIME for contempt of court.
Digicel alledges that on January 29, not 24 hours after the injunction was granted LIME once again used Digicel's confidential data in a affidavit. Digicel's management has stated that this is a flagrant exhibition of disrespect for the court system of Jamaica.
LIME responded to the allegations stating that Digicel's statements made in a January 29 news release was highly defamatory and constituted a deliberate attempt to damage LIME's reputation by suggesting that they were in collusion with Claro.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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alternatives.jpgGod-inspired choices are right for me and for all times.
Situations in life are often not as they first appear to be. I may consider a new circumstance or a change to be so drastic that I think I have no choice in the matter. Perhaps I have received a diagnosis about my health or incurred a downturn in my finances and feel, or have even been told, that I have no other choice but to accept a negative outcome.
When I turn from concern to inner guidance, I realize that I do have a choice in all that matters to me. I can choose how I respond to life's situations and to those around me--in what I do or do not do.
I understand that there is always an inspired way for me to follow. With the spirit of God as my guide, I make right choices.
"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name."--Psalm 86:11





Fitz Laing (Tom Laing)

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tom_laing.jpgFitz Laing (Tom Laing), 51, married with eight children says that he started singing from birth and credits Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cook, Alton Ellis, John Holt and his mother as his inspiration.
He acknowledges that his love of Reggae music began while growing up in Trench Town, Kingston. His early days in the music business began in Brooklyn's Front Room recording studio.
He writes and produces his own songs and hopes to always provide good music that is accepted universally.
He has released songs such as: " It's not over", "Feel Da Vibes" and "Prayer" all on the m-16 rhythm.
He enjoys poetry and thinks that the music of yesteryear had more meaning and was more universal. He enjoys time in the park with his family.





Scenes from Jamaica Live

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Scenes from Ice's Funeral

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New Meaning to Black History Month 2009

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barack-obama-bw1.pngThe election of Barack Obama as the first African American president is making Black History Month come to life as the hearts and minds of people across the world have been opened to the true meaning of Black History Month and Blacks won't be seen as just the minority group but as a people with the ability to make a difference.
Historians say that with Obama's election eclipsing the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, there is even more reason now to celebrate the annual February observance.
It has been acknowledged, however, that even though Obama's presidency has broken the glass ceiling, one should not expect racial inequalities to simply disappear. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of NAACP expects that even though Obama's having broken the colour barrier in the white house will make the NAACP's job easier he knows they will pressure Obama just as they have past presidents.
One professor of African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis said that rather than seeing Obama's election as the end of racism it should be taught as an event that signals a new era in American race relations.





Prodigal Son

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prodigal son promo.jpgGospel artiste Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son started singing in 1997 and has performed in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the USA. The self made song writer and producer enjoys doing his own thing but has on occasion worked with other producers such as: Danny Brownie and Rayon Smith.
He says that his preferred music is Gospel as he hopes to reach the world with his music.
Prodigal Son has also collaborated with International star Micah Stampley and local artistes Junior Tucker, Richie Stephens, Wayne Marshall and Jason Mighty.
The separated father of three does not believe in polygamy, "it must be costly" he jokes.
During his down time he enjoys playing FIFA on his playstation.
His next appearance is in Belize and Africa.





Maya Angelou

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maya_angelou.jpgMaya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Both she and her brother, Bailey, were sent to live with their grandmother in rural Stamps, Arkansas when their parents separated.
During a visit to her mother in St. Louis Maya Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend - she was eight. She later testified against the man, who was beaten to death by her uncles. Blaming herself for his death, Maya refused to speak for five years.
She attended high schools in both Arkansas and California and was the first African American female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California.
She gave birth to a son at 16 and later married Tosh Angelos in 1950. They soon separated.
Maya Angelou studied drama and dance and went on to perform in theatre where she appeared in "Porgy and Bess" and "Cabaret for Freedom" which she co-wrote with Godfrey Cambridge.
During the 1960's she moved to Cairo, Egypt where she worked as the associate editor of the Arab Observer. She also contributed articles to The Ghanaian Times and was featured on the Ghanaian Broadcasting Corporation programming Accra, Ghana. During the 1960's she was also the Assistant administrator of the School of Music and Drama at the University of Ghana. She was also the feature editor of the African Review in Accra from 1964-1966. Upon her return to the USA civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested that she serve as northern coordinator for Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
She wrote her first autobiographical novel " I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" in 1970, which tells of her life up to the age of sixteen.





The "doctress" Mary Seacole

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487px-Mary_Seacole_Drawing.jpgMary Seacole, born in Kingston in 1805 to a Scottish army officer and a free black woman who not only nursed the sick, ran a boarding house but who also taught her daughter about the healing properties of herbal medicine.

Mary Seacole, using herbal medicine, played a pivotal role in not only the 1850 cholera epidemic but also the yellow fever outbreak in Jamaica. As her notoriety grew she was soon performing operations on persons suffering from gunshot and knife wounds.

From her travels across the Caribbean, Mary Seacole increased her knowledge of how people used local plants and herbs to treat the sick. She also treated persons afflicted with cholera in Panama. Mary learnt more about how the cholera disease attacked the body by performing an autopsy on one of its victims.

When soldiers of the Crimean War began to suffer from cholera and malaria, Mary went to London to offer her help and expertise but was rejected due to prejudice against women performing medicine. However, when the government was forced to change their minds they enlisted the less skilled Florence Nightingale along with a team of thirty-nine nurses. Mary's application to join Florence Nightingale's team was denied.

A successful business woman at the time, Mary travelled to Crimea at her own expense. She visited Florence Nightingale to offer her services but was once again turned down.





Miss Jamaica 2007 to host Rising Stars in New York

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rising_star.jpgYendi Phillipps, Miss Jamaica 2007, host of of the number one reality talent show in Jamaica, and The Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), which is the only television service to air Caribbean based programmes in New York for the past 14 years, are proud to announce the second airing of Rising Stars on CH. 73, beginning on Sunday, February 15 at 7:00pm which she will also host.
Rising Stars which is similar to "American Idol" showcases the untapped talent of Jamaicans and assist them to refine their talents.
CIN's CEO Stephen Hill said that Yendi is an exciting host who will continue to attract a bigger audience of all ages and backgrounds.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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divine order.jpgIn this moment, a divine plan is unfolding in my life.
There may be times when events in my life just do not seem to make sense. I may question why something happened or how I ended up in my present circumstances.
With an increasing understanding of divine order, however, I realize that when my attention is focused solely on myself and my world of experiences, I am not seeing the whole picture. As I expand my vision through the lens of spiritual understanding, I take in the divine plan that is unfolding. I see order in my life and in the world.
From this expanded viewpoint, I watch as problems shrink in both size and importance. I relax and enjoy living in each now moment, allowing answers to come in the form of inner wisdom and divine solutions.
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way."--2 Corinthians 5:16





Money in my Pocket- Dennis Brown

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Happy Belated Earthday Dennis I. Brown

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dennis_brown.jpgBorn on February 1, 1957, christened Dennis Immanuel Brown. The 'Crown Prince of Reggae' died on July 1, 1999.

Before leaving he gave us hits like; 'Love and Hate', 'No Man is an Island', 'Revolution', 'West Bound Train', 'Silhouette', 'Ain't That Loving You', 'Stop The Fussing and Fighting', 'Equal Rights' and 'How Could I Leave'...just to name a few.

YardFlex remembers this great one, who has contributed so much to the music industry.





Passa Passa - 'Empty church at Ice funeral'

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Photography By: Milton Raynor
IMG_1325.JPGWhat a way nobody no turn out fi the 'Gully Creepa' funeral.

We reach the church about 12 noon only a handful a people was there. Ice's body never reach the church until 12:30 pm, then a few vehicle started to roll in.

We have to big up the few dancers who came out to pay their respect: Dance Xpressions, Keiva, Sample Six, Lady Dagga, Black Roses Dancers and Kangaroo. Voicemail were the only entertainers there.

What happen to all the other dancers, entertainers and members of the dancehall fraternity. How come them never come out to pay their respect to Ice? Me can't believe the 'Energy God' Elephant Man of all person wasn't there. Him ride off of the man dance "Gully Creepa" and never even see it fit to pay him last respect to the dancer.

It only leave us to speculate and pass our assumptions as to what was going on in Ice's life and the reason behind his passing. Could it be fear why the dancers and everyone else stayed clear of the funeral?

As I said we can only assume.

Below are pics from the funeral:





International News Brief Feb 2 2009

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michael_phelps.jpgOlympic historian, swimmer Michael Phelps admits to engaging in "regrettable" behavior and showing 'bad judgment' after British tabloid runs photo of him appearing to smoke marijuana. He is unlikely to face any punishment as the drug is banned 'in-competition' only.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in a statement released by Octagon, his management firm, and posted on his Facebook site. "I'm 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public...it will not happen again."

Marketing experts said the incident should have minimal effect on Phelps' multimillion-dollar sponsorships because of his quick apology.

Phelps has never failed a drug test during his career and was one of several American athletes who volunteered to undergo additional testing to dispel any suggestions that he might be benefiting from performance-enhancing drugs.

This isn't Phelps' first public stumble. In 2004, when he was 19 and a few months removed from winning six gold medals at the Olympics in Athens, he was pulled over by authorities after rolling through a stop sign and charged with driving while intoxicated. Phelps publicly apologized, calling it an "isolated incident." He agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that sentenced him to 18 months of probation.

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Joke Of The Day

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A Jamaican Poem
joke_095.jpgYou're the ackee in my saltfish
Condensed milk in my tea
The patty in my coco bread
Without you there is no me.

Just like coconut water
You're good for my heart
And Mr.Wray without his nephew
Is like when we are apart.

When you wrap your arms around me
Like banana leaf on blue draaws
There is nothing I wouldnt do for you
You know that im all yours.

I want to be with you always
Like when tin milk get short
An dem marry it with it to de mackerel
to make sure de mackerel get bought.

Like carrot juice on Sunday
Mango in the summertime
I cant get enough of you
Please tell me you will be mine.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, February 2, 2009

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perfect fit.jpgI am in the right place at the right time for perfect employment.
I have fulfilling work to do that is an absolutely perfect fit for me. It may be my present job or a new one, a paid position or one in which I serve as a volunteer.
Whatever I do, I am appreciated and valued for my time and talents. As a paid employee or volunteer, I have more than enough to feed, clothe, shelter, and otherwise care for myself and my loved ones.
I remember that the young people in my life also need to be appreciated and valued. Like adults, they are fulfilled in making meaningful contributions to our world, and I encourage them towards success.
I give thanks for the great variety of jobs in the world and the people who perform them. There is a purpose for it all, and I know that my purpose is always being revealed.
"My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention."--Isaiah 46:10





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Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 27, 2009

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Animal Blessing

dailyword-cat.jpgGod's creatures, large and small, enrich our lives and our world.
God has blessed people the world over with a diversity of animals. Whether they are in the wild, on farms, or in our homes, we accept and cherish animals as God intended them to be: our helpers. Modern equipment has replaced the work previously done by some animals; however, their beauty, resourcefulness, and companionship continue to enhance our lives.

Whether we work with, care for, or are observers of animals and their activities, we give thanks that God created such remarkable creatures. As our companions or therapy pets, as creatures that help maintain a vital balance in nature, animals enrich our lives and our world.

"Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.' So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them."--Genesis 2:18-19





Passa Passa

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ELEPHANT MAN_dance&songtheif.jpgEle, it a look real sticky pon you. Di dancer them a say you haffi stop ‘borrow’ people tings and gwaan like a fi you. Dem say you borrow people song, dem melody and most of all, dem dance move and is like you figet fi give di people dem back dem sinting. Ele, if a true it cyan continue so, cause dem a say di new dance Sasa Step a nuh yours. Dem say is Mundo Ravers originally create the dance and OverMars and QSean do the song. Memba say a Ding Dong did do di original Badman Forward Badman Pullup and Nuh Linga and you tek it over. You also thief the Gully Creepa and a gwaan like a yours.

People, tek a look at the following link and see and hear the original Sasa Step from the original creators and original dancers and decide fi oonuself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve7AlyTQGgA

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Music Industry Workshop Set For Today

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musicworks022 copy.jpgOn Friday February 27th the Ministry Of Information, Culture Youth & Sports under the patronage of The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange will be staging a one day Music Industry Workshop geared towards educating and informing the local entertainment fraternity. The workshop which will feature a series of seminars is set against the backdrop of Reggae Month's 2nd Anniversary not to mention the 50 year coalition since the Jamaican Music Industry was formally birthed.

Amongst the distinguished guests and presenters for the day will be John Baker, CEO of Gee Jam Records, Vivian Chew CEO of Time Zone International, Claude Ismael CEO of Nevermind Entertainment, Entertainment Attorney from Atlanta Kendall Minter, Bryan Calhoun, VP of New Media & External Affairs at SoundExchange, CEO of Myspace.com Amit Kapur, Radio Announcer Wayne Jobson, CEO of Tommy Boy Records Tom Silverman, CEO of Bug Music John Rudolph and Chris Smith Artist Manger to name a few.





Laden shining in the # 1 on the Richie B Top 20 Chart

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jim_laden_charts.jpgTOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 2 10 Time To Shine-Laden-Big Ship(1wk@#1) U-1

02 1 8 Romping Shop-Vybz Kartel feat Spice-Adidjaheim Records/NotNice(2wks@#1) D-1

03 3 10 Dip Again- Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong – Big Ship NM

04 4 21 Ghetto Prayer – Shane-O-Jam II NM

05 8 5 Last Man Standing-Vybz Kartel – U-3

06 7 8 I’m So Blessed - Mavado – Big Ship U-1

07 5 24 Burnin, Burnin- Miss Triniti feat. Beenie Man-Unseen Lab (2wks@#1) D-2

08 6 11 Flying Dagger (100 Stab)- Idonia- Equinoxx (pp#6) D-2

09 9 23 Move-KK Alese- Ruby Sarah Music (pp#7) NM

10 12 5 Ben Ova - RDX- U-2





Assassin Invades Campus Rave

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assassin_campusrave_edit.jpgIrish and Chin's exciting Campus Rave Tour is anticipated to take over colleges in the US this April and May. So far, 15 colleges are already on board and more in the works. Irish and Chin aim to lock in at least 25 schools on this year's campus tour.

The Spring 2009 edition of Campus Rave will deliver top class performances from in-demand deejay Assassin, backed by super sound system Mighty Crown, to thousands of dancehall fans on college campuses throughout the United States.

"I must thank my staff for pulling the Campus Rave Tour; without them, this year's tour wouldn't have been possible," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne. "With recent economic woes and budget cuts, they had to work overtime to get things lined up," Chin explained.

With such hits as "Almighty Protect" and "Wha Do Dem Guy Deh" bubblin' in the dancehalls, Irish and Chin believe that Assassin embodies a hardcore presence and chemistry that will definitely work with their target audience of college kids of West Indian descent and/or Reggae lovers. Their theory has been proven correct. Additionally, Assassin's repertoire of classic dancehall hits sold the colleges. Clearly, Assassin has proven him self to be one of dancehall music's most intelligent, energetic and lyrically gifted artists.

"It's a pleasure to work with Assassin — as he is easy going and hard working," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne.





Super Cat

Answer: The first destruction in the modern age of reggae name STING. Sting has the music like boxing ring. Imagine big artistes like Maxi Priest and Bunny Wailer come and get bottled. It seem to be a pattern, then the clash is at the forefront. Clashes should be for new artistes, who need to express their talent, established artistes should not be in that category. There is always a stigma in the music, from the underground to the forefront. Are they going to ban the sex channels? Why should anyone stop a man from expressing how him feel about sex and how a woman make him feel.


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Slackness is slackness and it affects every one differently. We all do slackness but some chose to take it out of their bedroom, everything has its place.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: I think it is necessary, any well thinking family wouldn't mind.


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I am not one for the slackness. I will always be one to quote the Bible if we are called upon as singers and musicians because we are the only ones who can transcend God's teaching onto our nation. Therefore, why should we continue to feed this nation, especially this generation with any thing negative. Maybe we as singers and musicians don't realize that we were called upon by God.


Mr. Perfect

Answer: I think it was a great move. We need to have morals in our society and we need to control what our kids see and hear. We can't control everything but we have to start somewhere. I know they will find things out through magazines, games etc., but at least we are trying to limit their exposure.

We need to take dancehall back to how it was. I remember when Little Lenny came out with "Gun inna Baggie," he had to do a clean version for the airwaves called "Healthy Body," If persons wanted to hear "Gun inna Baggie", they would have go to sessions. I really think this decision will not affect dancehall, I think it will only make the sessions more attended by patrons who are not able to hear their favorite songs on the radio. What they need to realize is that dancehall will never die, it will only find ways of reinventing itself, through the artistes who will continue to write good music, fashion etc.





in----mates.jpgJamaican inmates at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Upstate New York have donated US$1,107 towards the hurricane rehabilitation effort.

The money came from the commissary account, through which family and friends can deposit money for the inmates.

Consul General to New York, Geneive Brown-Metzger, who was on hand to accept the cheque recently, described as "an incredibly generous gesture," the donation from the inmates, who are members of the Caribbean African Unity (CAU) organisation.

"This is an especially profound and appreciated gesture because of your circumstance," she stated.

Mrs. Brown-Metzger called on the Jamaican community in the United States to remember those nationals who are incarcerated at this time, noting that the Consulate would continue to reach out and offer assistance where possible.

"I am encouraging each and every one of you to be strong and to know that you are not forgotten by the Jamaican Consulate," she told the inmates at the medium security facility.





Queen Ifrica - Far Away

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Soldier have next charge

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ja-S.jpgSi whey mi sey, the soldier invole inna di club shooting at the Diamond Gaming Lounge pon Heroes Day have one next charge a face. Yes, sah it allege seh him did kick off wid smady else a one nex club a Manchester and shooting did gwaan deh suh tuh. Him sey a self defence dat deh time tuh. So meck wi si how everyting unfold nuh.

Schooler unno behave
But a wha did a gwaan inna di place sah. A not even time fi Champs yet and di pickney dem a flip up like dem nuh have nuh sense. Police haffi deh pon di alert and bere tings. Adults look like dem haffi guh set better example, cause a pure craziness a gwaan inna di island.

Businessman cold
But deh businessman cold eeh. Di one whey dem arrest fi a fool roun him three gal pickney dem. Den yuh mean to seh you have so much woman deh bout di place, dose him can buy and dose him can guh look and di ongle option him si was di sweet likkle sinting dem. No sah dis yah world yah well waan sort out.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 26, 2009

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guidance.jpgGuided by divine wisdom, I soar to new heights of understanding.

There is a gentle stirring within me, a whisper of an idea, that I recognize as divine guidance. Unquestionably, I know that God is my source of good, a constant guiding presence. Uplifted in spirit, I see my way over obstacles that I may have once thought blocked me from realizing my good.

In this higher elevation of divine knowing, I have an overview of the bigger picture. Mountains become molehills, challenges become opportunities, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

Dedicated to knowing and living the truth, I soar to new heights of understanding and make progress in all areas of my life.

"As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him." --Deuteronomy 32:11-12





Vybz Kartel - Mama

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News Brief

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New owners for Sunday Herald
herald.jpgThe Sunday Weekly Sunday Herald has changed ownership hands. The new owners are a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper. The paper has been a thriving force in the journalism market and has broken many top stories. Among the names being mention on the new board is Politician Peter Bunting and Chris Dehring. Yardflex wishes the paper every success.
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Lecturer questioned on harboring teens in house

A male Canadian teacher who lectures at a popular university in Canada is now under police scrutiny following four juveniles being found in his home. Yardflex understand that their parents had no knowledge of their whereabouts. The juveniles will be undergoing a thorough examination as the situation is highly unusual.
The situation was brought to police attention by the parents who reported the matter.





11 year old kills father's pregnant girlfriend

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JB.jpg11 year old Jordan Brown has been charged for the brutal murder of his father's 26 year old girlfriend, Kenzie Marie Houk, and her unborn child.
It is alleged that Brown shot Houk, who was eight months pregnant, in the back of the head while she was lying in bed in their western Pennsylvania farmhouse, before taking the bus to school.

The Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo reported that Brown will be charged as an adult for criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child.

Brown has been arraigned and sent to the county jail.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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I am unbounded and free!
I give expression to my inner spiritual light in a way that feels natural to me--by being myself! It requires no effort on my part to be the real me. Authentic living is effortless and liberating.
20090224.jpgI accept myself just as I am, just as I was created: a beloved, light-filled expression of Spirit. With a grateful heart, I embrace the qualities God gave me, the special skills and talents that shape my unique experience. By honoring gifts like imagination, creativity, and leadership, I honor God.
Freedom is a state of mind and heart. And even more important, it is the state of my spirit. As my unbounded true self, I am living the life God gave me to live and loving every minute of it!
"If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."--Luke 11:36





What do artist think about payola in the business?

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payola.gifQuestion: What do you think about the payola in the business?

Super Cat

Answer: Payola is illegal, it's embezzling the funds in the business. Hundreds of thousands of artistes don't have it to pay for payola. Why don't they just buy some regular commercial air time, it is cheaper than payola. Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh never paid payola. These disc jockeys are trying to break the artiste. Once the strength of the people is behind the music. i.e. disc jockeys playing the music in dancehall, in the clubs and the street venues it's not about what the artiste can afford but what they (the people) want. Artistes and their management don't want to feel like they are being "sticked up."


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Well it happens every where around the world it's been going on since the 60's in the music business, PERIOD. However, in Jamaica it makes it hard for an upcoming talent that is more than qualified to have a music career and doesn't have the money, so that artiste doesn't get the chance to be heard, so it sucks in that way.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: It's a taboo subject


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I have never supported Payola in the business, because the way I see it, if you have a God given talent to do a work, we should all work together. We are one family. There should be someone to take it from there to another level. Also, if someone is employed to do a job, why should we pay them again to do the same job. It reaches a stage where artistes are paying more than they are receiving from their music.


Mr. Prefect

Answer: I Think payola is doing more harm than good to the business. Sometimes it helps to a certain level, but when the politics of it 'kicks in' it's not good. You might have a new artiste who may not the have the right connections, payola can help him to a level, but when you have an artiste a pay the disc jockeys to not play your songs that's when the politics of it is harming the business.

Also some promoters are using payola to get themselves much further in the business. I remember back then when a young artiste would be given a small fee to perform on a big stage show, nowadays the artiste have to be paying the promoters instead. Some of them don't even have a 'chune' that anybody know.





What’s poppin

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0-junior reid.jpgIt a real family affair whey Junior Reid and him two bwoy dem concern. Yeah man wi get fi understand sey him open one club pon Eastwood Park Road inna Kingston. Wi hear sey it really nice. Junior di Yardflex crew a come check it out and kick back in a di VIP lounge area zeen


Merciless nuh get nuh mercy

A what dat wi hear bout Merciless and anodda DJ whe him go teck on inna lyrics and chuck off face and tings? Well sah, dem nuh have enough fi deal wid di Broadcast Commission a a crack down pon violent lyrics and tings.

A close look at Ramping Shop

Mi really neva check out di lyrics a Ramping Shop all dat good enuh. But di odda day wi a pree it and di part whey Spice sing nuh suh right a tall, she sey “dig out mi tripe, cause a dat wey mi like” or something like dat. Now come meck wi reason, wi know sey tripe nuh locate whey di vagina deh, you woulda haffi enter from back way fi find dat. So whey she really a sey, she like anal sex? No sah…mi nuh waan nuh man go nuh whey near fi mi tripe at all meck it tan deh…come from di front…no accidents roun here!





Death of four person by a soldier

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Enquiry is set to begin in April on the shooting death of four person by a soldier during a birthday party at the Double Diamond gaming lounge in Kingston.

The matter which should have been called up on Thursday had to be rescheduled due to other commitment at the Resident Magistrate’s Court in H-W-T.

Stay tuned, Yardflex will have more for you when the case begins.
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Armed robbers rob St Thomas Technical High

Three armed men pounced on the St Thomas Technical High School and ransacked the school’s staff, stealing computer parts and the security guard’s pants.

By the time the police arrived on the scene the robbers were way clear of the scene. Really now it’s a disgrace.





Alia Atkinson’s brother dies in plane crash

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sports_jannelle.gifThe brother of Jamaican Olympic swimmer, Alia Atkinson, and a licensed pilot since high school, Adi Atkinson, 23, logged his last flight on Tuesday. That's when authorities say his single-engine plane went down near the Orlando area, killing him and a student, Derek Fox, 30, of Ohio.

Alia's brother who is a flight instructor from Pembroke Pines in Florida and working with Volusia County, crashed on Tuesday at 3:13 pm.

According to reports in the media the bodies and the wreckage weren’t recovered until the next day.

Yardflex send condolence to the family in this their time of grief.





Nicholas A. Holter

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DSC_0003.JPGNicholas A. Holter, professionally known as Nico D is a single 27 year old Norwegian reggae artist who started singing about seven years ago, when he was inspired to express his views about to the state of the world to the masses. He aims to not only have a successful career but to also inform and convey a constructive message.
This bilingual artist has performed at not only festivals at home in Norway but also in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, France, the UK, Canada and Chile, he has also performed on tours, to what he says was very positive responses. This he expected as he says that when you provide positive music you get positive responses.
Nico D is proud to be gaining International recognition as his songs, "Ruff Times" and "Dreams" have been played on one of Jamaica's local radio stations - Irie FM. The Norwegian Production Company 'Afterglow' is the producer of his songs.
Though he enjoys all genre of music his favourite is reggae. He, however has a word of caution to the artistes of gangsta rap. He says that he is aware that these artistes are a product of their background but that they must be careful of what they say as some may take their message literally.
He is not worried about the effects of the recession on the music industry as he says that historically recessions do not affect the entertainment industry.
Nico D has done two collaborations in Jamaica, one with Jah Mason and the other with Congos. He has also collaborated with two Norwegians, Admiral P and Jaba Man.
During his spare time he enjoys playing sports: football, tennis and basketball or unwinding with friends and his special lady friend.





Passa Passa

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New York

A Wah do the people them wey have all the re-entries and a call police pon people. Them need fi stop...when you live inna glass house, don't throw stone. By the way, Anita me very disappointed with you, me think the fight did done from last year. Me think you, Shelly and Muncy them did squash out things. How the people them send them daughter with Shelly a the hair salon on Farmers Boulevard and as Shelly come in you fling you cellphone on Shelly. But Shelly done you pon Farmers and 115th. When she done wid you, she take you cellphone weh you fling pon har and call you family dem and ask if dem want fi dem beaten too. You all have the nerve fi send police go a the people dem yaad and all pon people whe no do you nutten. A wah kind a ting you a deal wid.
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Florida

A Jamaican restaurant owner from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale bit off a piece of har husband's face. She discover say him a give har bun with a mampy. Well the husband and the matey no do nutten better, them ago open a restaurant in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. The woman from what we hear is returning to Jamaica.

Jamaica

This man marry two (2) woman, one for many years but him recently wed the other because she young, hot and sexy. The way how him bright, him a flaunt a picture of his new bride in his original legal wife face. The original wife no do nutten more than report him to the authorities. Them lock him up when him go visit him brother at the hospital.





Shebada Party

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Lauryn Hill pregnant again

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lauren_hill.jpgAccording to one of source, Lauryn Hill is pregnant with her 6th child. We are just wondering whose is the father...rumors has it that its Rohan Marley.

We are not assuming anything at this time, we will keep you guys posted, as the story progress.





What's Poppin

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Spice engaged but not ready to get married

12132.JPGDeejay Spice recently got engaged when long time boyfriend and baby father, Nicholas Lall, proposed during his birthday party on February 7.

Spice who is ecstatic says that they have not set a date yet as she is too busy to get married right now. Even though they are happy and in love marriage is not something that she wants to jump into without careful consideration - they haven't even bought a house yet. She says that she wants to be financially comfortable before taking the plunge.

Fans will unfortunately not see Spice sporting an engagement ring as she will only do so among friends and family as she says that a marriage is not a public thing, it should be private and she is not sure whether she will have a big wedding or a private one.

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A Jamaican executed in the US

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The_Cross.jpgDespite efforts to reverse a decision by the Virginia Governor in the United States, convicted Jamaican, Edward Bell, 44, was executed by lethal injection shortly last night.

The Washington Post quotes spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections Larry Traylor, as saying that Bell was strapped to a gurney, administered a sequence of three drugs and pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:11 p.m.

Traylor reportedly said he died from the first administration of the lethal chemicals.

Bell had been held on Virginia's death row ever since his conviction in 2001 of murder in the 1999 shooting death of Winchester police Sergeant Ricky Timbrook.

US media reports say Bell did not enter the death chamber under his own power and appeared to be struggling with corrections officials.

In his dying declaration Bell reportedly told members of the Timbrook family that they had the wrong person and that the truth would come out one day.

He further state that there was no justice in killing him.

Members of Timbrook's family and his former colleagues from the Winchester Police Department were among those present for the execution.

Corrections officials say Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine rejected Bell's final plea for clemency yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, Kaine said Bell's trial, verdict, and sentence were reviewed by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He said having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions, he found no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury, and imposed and affirmed by the courts.





Singer Iley Dread’s Kings of Kings International in association with Seawind Resort in Negril will once again unite the people through music.


This concert, Unite The People, now in its fourth staging — albeit not consecutively — is scheduled to take place on April 4 at WAVS Beach in Negril.
“Unite the People was last held in 2007, “we staged a similar show last year at the same venue but with a different name, Reggae Grooving” one of the organizers explained. He disclosed that this showcase has always opted for quality acts, rather than quantity. “We know the type of concert that the people in Negril appreciate and we are happy for an opportunity to bring to them the kind of acts who will entertain and give value for money,”


Unite the People has a select line-up of acts including the maestro himself Beres Hammond along with Queen Ifrica, Coco Tea, Iley Dread, Jeffrey Star and Rising Stars winner and runner-up Cameal Davis and Khalil respectively. Also included are up and coming artistes Ras Penco, Rochelle (Bradshaw) and Kool DeRoy.





Cherine Anderson releases new album

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cherine_dubstyle_09.jpgSinger/Songwriter Cherine Anderson out of East Kingston, Jamaica has surpassed all expectations when she performed at three of Barack Obama's Inaugural Balls earlier this year. She has also performed at the World Special Olympics in Idaho and is currently promoting her first official release "The Introduction - Dubstyle" on tours in the US, Australia and Europe with Sly and Robbie, Michael Fronti and Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

"The Introduction - Dubstyle" which is available on iTunes is a combination of dancehall, soul and lover's rock and is produced by Grammy winning producers Sly and Robbie, David Norland, Gussie Clarke and Errol Brown among others.

The talented Anderson not only performs, but she also wrote all nine songs and co-produced several of the tracks.

The album which should appeal to all ages with the roots, dance and dub tunes is a female anthem as it speaks to the harsh realities faced by young girls in the inner city.





News Brief

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Kevin Lyttle reveals new soca single

kevin_lyttle_SOB_09.jpgThe soul soca singer Kevin Lyttle debuted his new soca single "Anywhere" to a sold out crowd at SOB in Manhattan on Monday, February 16. He performed with the likes of Serani, Assassin, L.U.S.T. and Ghost as part of SOB's weekly "Rock With Squeeze" live music series.

The new single "Anywhere" featuring rapper Flo Rida is a combination of soca and rap.

In collaboration with "Anywhere" and last year's album release of "Fyah", Lyttle is trying to re-introduce soca to the masses. He is looking forward to performing in festivals and other shows.

"Anywhere" has been getting extensive air play on Power 96 in Miami.

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 20, 2009

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time for me.jpgSetting aside some time for myself, I do some creative activity, or I may simply enjoy a peaceful break on my own in the quiet. During this mini-retreat, I am conscious of Spirit within, and the capacity of my heart to contain God's love expands.
I am beloved of God--not for what I do, what I look like, nor what I own. I am beloved because I am a child of God. There are no conditions placed on divine love. The respect I have for myself shows my appreciation for all I've been given--life, health, and abundant supply.
An added bonus of caring for myself is that I actually have more to offer others. So I may follow a time for me by spending time with another, which brings us both a greater awareness of God's love.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us."--Ephesians 5:1-2





Mavado New Song Bad!

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A So You Move - Mavado

Have you heard Mavado's new song lately...entitled a So You Move? It hit out at the government's stance on dancehall music. Irie FM is 'rinsing' it out and right now it's getting a lot of buzz on the streets and people are just talking. Man the singjay went all out on this one and the lyrics are really powerful. Trust me this dancehall, Broadcast Commission debate won't be going away anytime soon.

Hypocrites
Still I have to give my side of the debate in all of this. If you ask me, they are all hypocrites, how dem fi come down on dancehall music and not touching soca and carnival. A don't tink it is right that kids should be wining up and carrying on bad on the streets in skimpy outfits. Not to mention the adults who behave like real old bangarangs. You listen to the lyrics of di Calypso song dem...so what Broadcast Commission say bout dat. On pon top of that on Easter Sunday a cyaan turn on mi TV in peace just through di whole heap a naked people a dagger in the streets...so no more a those tings come Easter...a hope suh.

Red Stripe wheel and come again big time
Red Stripe launched Diageo Learning For Life - Project Artiste on Wednesday at the Heart School of Cosmetology. It's a big move to be taking raw talent - 40 participants to be exact and working with them. Training them and guiding them to deal with the whole business of music. In my books they have totally redeemed themselves.





News Briefs

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ziggy.jpgZiggy Marley is gearing up for the release of this third album 'Family Time', set to be released on May 5 via Tuff Gong Worldwide.

The family-themed record was produced by Don Was, and features a variety of family and friends including his mother Rita Marley, sister Cedella Marley, and his three-year-old daughter Judah Marley.

Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson also perform on the release, as does actress Jamie Lee Curtis who narrates two stories.

According to Marley, the record "represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity."

A former member of the Melody Makers, Marley has contributed to a variety of children's programming including Nick Jr's 'Dora the Explorer', the PBS children's show 'Arthur', and 'Shark Tale', in which he played the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

Source: http://www.nme.com/





Gyptian fires manager...again

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gyptian.jpgYardflex got it hot off the press that Gyptian has fired his manager...again. Don't know what was the reason for the falling out, but at this rate if he continues on the same track he won't have any candidate who can fill the bill. We will keep you in the know as soon as we get more on this one.
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Trump's Casino's File Bankruptcy

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Trumpcasinos.jpgThree casinos belonging to Trump Entertainment: the Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, once run by Donald Trump, have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, for the 3rd time on Tuesday.
Trump Entertainment Resorts made the filing in US Bankruptcy Court in Camden, New Jersey four days after real estate mogul, Donald Trump resigned as chairman of its board.

Trump states that even though it has his name he has nothing to do with the company, and may even seek legal action to force the company to stop using his name. He is, however, saddened over the end of a venture that was so publicly associated with his name and image.
All three of the casinos will continue to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings, and the sale of the Trump Marina Hotel to Richard Fields, Trumps protege, will continue as scheduled.

Trumps daughter, Ivanka, whose image has been used to market the casinos also resigned from the board.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 19, 2009

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prayer_for _others.jpgMy prayers reach out, near and far, to bless my loved ones.
I look at the first glimmer of the moon in the evening sky and know that it is the same celestial object that shines in the evening sky above my loved ones. And I may be thinking particularly of one who is a world away, saying good morning to the rising sun as I am saying good evening to the setting sun. Still, I know in my heart that we are in one world and one in Spirit.
Wherever we are, the Christ in me greets the Christ in my loved ones. We share a spiritual connection that neither space nor time can interfere with. I imagine my prayers taking wing, reaching out to bless those I love.
I pray, affirming always that we are aware of our oneness in Spirit, and that each one is safe and healthy, happy and fulfilled.
"But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer."--Psalm 66:19





FUN SUNDAY FOR FEMALES ONLY

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Belize Reggae Fest

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beenie_man.jpgImpressed by the overwhelming response to Beenie Man's performance in the Central American country of Belize in 2005, and noticing that the reggae performances in that country are few and far between, Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Productions in New York joined forces with Garth Guthrie of Nuff Muzik Productions in Florida to initiate the Belize Reggae Fest Series, which will bring the most popular dancehall and reggae artistes to the Central American country.
The Belize Reggae Fest will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the Civic Center in Belize City.
Beenie Man and Anthony Cruz are set to launch the Reggae Fest Series at the Princess Hotel and Casino with a mix of dancehall and lover's rock. DJ Andrew D of Irie FM Radio 93.5 FM in New York will be spinning all the latest reggae and dancehall hits as Jamaica's favourite dancer "Attitude Gyal" Dyema shows off the latest dancehall moves.
Other artistes scheduled to perform are: Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul and former NFL player Tiki Barber.





The benefits of legalizing Marijuana

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marijuana-leaf.jpgThe legalizing, regulating and taxing of marijuana is one practical strategy for economic recovery during this time of the economic difficulties across the globe.

Even though marijuana is currently illegal, it is still widely available. As with any scarce commodity, the plants prohibition has simply raised its value on the black market. The illegality of the drug has in no way deterred smokers from obtaining it. The riskier the law makes it for growers and distributors to meet the demands of their market the more these illegal entrepreneurs charge their customers. Also, because of the limited law-enforcement resources marijuana producers and consumers continue about their business, barely inconvenienced.

Governments waste huge amounts of their country's resources, both financial and personnel in the on-going but futile war against the marijuana market. Resources that could be put to better use creating programs to assist the victims of domestic abuse, feeding and housing the poor and improving education and the health industry.

regardless of the laws, so why not take advantage of this fact and use it to ease the government's budgetary woes and simultaneously provide more jobs?





Passa Passa-Keiva got a reality check...

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f_KEIVATHEDIVm_13a9fdd.jpgWhat a way Ms. Keiva she tink she bad, bout she come a YardFlex office a try bright herself with 1 of our staff member. She got the shock of her life when she was forced to take back her statement when the CEO stepped to her. Keiva need fi go sidung and try get the clothes dem inna har store sell.

Me sey Keiva well barge inna we office and a talk bout we put up bad tings bout har pon the website and we ago live fi see har. Also how she wish did rich like Puffy, so she coulda sue we.

What Keiva you need fi understand say is that in this business any publicity is good publicity.
Keiva just gwaan stay ova your side of the plaza, try sell some clothes and tun on back your light.

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SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.





Michael Lee-Chin

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MichaelLeeChin_188.jpgMichael Lee-Chin was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica to black and Chinese Jamaicans. When Lee-Chin was 7 his mother married Vincent Chen. He attended Titchfield High School between 1962 and 69.

In 1970 he earned a scholarship to study Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Canada. He worked briefly as a road engineer for the Jamaican Government but unable to find a job in his qualified field he returned to Canada.

He had various jobs until he secured a loan in 1983 for C$500,000 from the Continental Bank of Canada and purchased a stake in Mackenzie Financial Group and formed Kicks Athletics with Andrew Gayle which was worth C$3.5 million by 1987.

With these proceeds he bought a Kitchener based company called the Advantage Investment Council for C$200,000. He renamed the company AIC and developed it into a fund that today controls C$6 billion, with hundreds of investors.

He continued to form and acquire companies that deals in investments, securities and insurance through the Berkshire Group of Companies which by 2007 amassed C$12 billion in assets. On October 5, 2006, Lee-Chin announced his resignation fron AIC and was replaced by Johnathan Wellum, AIC's Chief Investment Officer. He remains as AIC's Executive Chairman.





What's Poppin

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Chris Brown banned

chris brown.jpgChris Brown has more to deal with than just facing a felony charge and $50,000 bail after the alleged attack on his girlfriend, Rihanna on February 8.

He now has to deal with the effects his abusive actions have had on his career, as his music has been banned on radio stations in Barbados, Rihanna's island home, as well as other radio stations globally.

His Doublemint gum commercial has also been suspended pending the outcome of the charges. The Body By Milk campaign has also pulled his "Got Milk" advertisement.

Rihanna has had to cancel two concert performances in Indonesia and Malaysia scheduled for February 12 and 13 respectively as she is sporting bruises, a black eye and a split lip.
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Robert L. Johnson

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robert_johnson.jpgRobert L. Johnson was born in Hickory, Mississippi on April 8, 1946. He was the ninth of ten children born to Edna and Archie Johnson. He studied history at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

In 1979 he founded Black Entertainment Television (BET), which was the first cable television aimed at African Americans. It was launched in January 1980, broadcasting for two hours per week.
Presently, BET reaches more than 65 million US homes. It has become the first black-controlled company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

BET has expanded into other BET -related television channels that encompasses the BET Networks: BETJ, BET Hip Hop and BET Gospel.
In 1998 Johnson made the company private by buying back all of its publicly traded stock. In 1999 Viacom bought BET for $3 billion. Johnson's 63 percent share made him the richest black person (before being usurped by Oprah Winfrey) with assets of a billion dollars after taxes. He continued to be the company's chairman and CEO for six years before turning over the titles of President and Chief Operating Officer of BET to Debra L. Lee a former BET vice president.

Johnson started the RLJ Companies whose goal was to create a holding company and asset management firm run by a minority business person. The RLJ Companies has a diverse portfolio of companies touching on all area of their business industry, ie. real estate, financial service, hospitality, sports, film, automotive and gaming. RLJ has headquarters all across the USA.





Black Uhuru

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black_uhuru.jpgThe reggae band Black Uhuru was formed by Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson in the 1970's. The band whose name Uhuru is Swahili for freedom was the first group to win a Grammy when the reggae category was introduced in 1985 for the single "What is Life' on the "Anthem'" album.

Over the years the group went through many changes; the first group members were Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson. Then Carlos left and was replaced by Michael Rose, then Dennis left and was replaced by Errol Nelson. During this period the band released its most famous album "Love Crisis" later re-released as "Black Sounds of Freedom". Sandra 'Puma' Jones joined the group in 1979 and with this new line-up; Rose, Simpson and Jones, along with Sly & Robbie as producers and drum and bass players, they release "Sinsemilla", "Red", "Chill Out" and the Grammy winning "Anthem", which were there most popular album.

Black Uhuru became one of the most popular reggae groups in the world touring with super stars such as the Police, the Rolling Stones and the Clash.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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20090218.jpgMy dreams come true through the guidance and resources of Spirit.
It's finished--a success! Perhaps my dream was to complete an important project, to create a beautiful work of art, or to host an outstanding event. Now that it's done, I may ask myself, What's next?
Before I move on to something else, however, I stop and take a cue from Scripture. Following six days of creation, the seventh day represents a day of fulfillment and sacred completion, a time of rest and reflection to honor the work that's been done.
I honor my accomplishments and the successful achievements of others by slowing down and taking time to appreciate and enjoy work in its fulfillment. I take it all in and acknowledge the success, thanking God for the guidance and resources that help my dreams come true.
"So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation."--Genesis 2:3





Scenes from Uptown Mondays.

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News Brief

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Spanish King and Queen to arrive in Jamaica today
king_and_queen_spain.jpgAccording to news reports the king and queen of Spain will bestow Spanish national honors upon Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna, during their two-day state visit to Jamaica.

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía are slated to arrive in the island this afternoon and will confer the Great Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit of Spain on Prime Minister Golding. While, Mrs Golding is to receive the Spanish Commander of Distinction award.

The national awards were authorized by the Council of Ministers of Spain at its sitting last Friday.

The Government had previously announced the conferment of the Order of Excellence on King Juan Carlos and the Order of Jamaica (honorary) on Queen Sofía.

The Royal couple will arrive here at 2 p.m. and will be met at the Norman Manley International Airport by Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, the prime minister and members of the Cabinet.

King Juan Carlos will address Parliament this afternoon before signing bilateral agreements with Golding.

Tomorrow, the royals will have a busy schedule, with meetings in the Corporate Area and St James before leaving the island.





Mavado A Dagga Dat, while hair drop off

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13_yrs_old_dad.jpgA DNA test will be performed to determine if a 13-year-old boy fathered a baby with his 15-year-old girlfriend, his spokesman said on Monday.

The test comes after a Sunday tabloid newspaper reported that other teenage boys have come forward claiming to be the father of the newborn baby girl.

Spokesman Max Clifford said the parents of Alfie, 13, said the tests would be done "as soon as possible" to determine paternity.

"He obviously believes he's the father," Clifford said. "I think that having read the News of the World yesterday, it would be prudent to have a DNA test."

The teenager's 15-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle, gave birth to the baby girl earlier this month in Eastbourne, 70 miles (110 kilometres) southeast of London. The couple made headlines in Britain when Alfie, who looks much younger than 13, posed on the front page of the tabloid Sun newspaper with the baby.

The local council where the teenagers live said it would offer them support and that they will continue to be monitored by social workers to determine what help they might need.

Source: http://uniknotions.com/





Suge Knight injured in hotel fight

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suge_ap226b.jpgFormer Death Row records boss Marion "Suge" Knight has been treated in hospital for facial injuries after a fight in a US hotel on Monday morning.

Police was called to the W hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, by Security guards after two groups of guests exchanged "heated words in the VIP area".

According to the Officers at the scene Mr Knight was punched twice in the face.

The fight came to an end after the police had to use their taser stun guns. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. They are Leon Anderson and Robert Carnes Jr, who identified himself as a business manager for R&B star Akon.

Akon was not present during the fracas.

Knight sustained broken facial bones and was taken to hospital, the police report said.

Suge is best known for launching the solo careers of Dr. Dre Snoop Dogg on his label, Death Row Records.

He sold tens of millions of records before collapsing in debt and mismanagement in 2006.

After Knight filed for bankruptcy, the label was sold at auction for $24m (£12m).

Always a magnet for controversy, his career has been overshadowed by run-ins with the law in recent years.

Last May he was assaulted and knocked out at the Shag Nightclub in Los Angeles. Also in August he was arrested in Las Vegas on drug and assault charges after allegedly punching his girlfriend and pulling a knife on her during an argument outside a strip club.

He previously served time in jail for violating his probation on an earlier assault charge.





Hottie Hotte 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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Beres Hammond - "I Feel Good"

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Anancy an Ratta

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joke_095.jpgOnce upon a time, Bredda Ratta was a very facety and highfalutin fella. Him use to dress up himself ina de lates style an fashion an show off himself an gwan like sey him did better dan everybody else.

So Bredda Anancy meck up him mine fi cut dung Bredda Rat to size. An Bredda Nancy tink up him brain an tink up him brain how him gwine manage fi ketch Bredda Rat an lowrate him, an den baps, Bredda Nancy memba sey dat Bredda Rat love dance so till no more no lef. Every drum knock Ratta de deh a cut figure. De one ting Bredda Ratta couldn’t resist was music.

So den Nancy gi out seh dat him gwine meck a big dance, an him invite Bredda Ratta to de ball.

Anancy shine up him dance floor shine an slippery like glass.

Anancy was a fiddler at de dance, an as Bredda Rata walks into de dance hall so Anancy start play sweet tune pon de fiddle an sing seh,





Antigua hostile pre-elections

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election.jpgEven though the election date has not yet been announced, the atmosphere of pre-elections in Antigua has become increasingly violent. To date two constituency offices of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) candidates Asot Michael and Gail Christian were completely destroyed by fire. This happened just days after Organisation of American States denounced the reports of pre-election violence and destruction and pleaded for peace. Christian, a senator, is the ALP's challenger to the incumbent United Progressive Party's leader and Prime Minister, Spencer.

Caribbean Community Secretary General Edwin Carrington said that violence undermines a people's right to a free and fair election. He confirmed that Caricom has been invited to observe the election and is waiting for a response. When asked about the election date he said that the Secretariat would be in a better position to make a statement after assessing the pre-election situation in the island but a new general election is constitutionally due by March.

Spencer's United Progressive Party has also complained of having stones and bottles hurled at them during one of its whistle-stop meetings.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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harmony.jpgKnowing our oneness of Spirit, I live in harmony with all people.
I welcome opportunities to be a presence of harmony in my environment. I may be the next person to speak with a coworker who has just been overloaded with assignments or a neighbor who has just received a huge utility bill. My hello might be greeted with a look of exasperation. Not taking it personally, I respond with an encouraging smile.
Yet I do take harmony personally, doing whatever I can to encourage and maintain peaceful relations. I offer others compassion, understanding, and reassurance.
No matter what the situation may be, my presence has a harmonizing effect as I give expression to the spirit of God within me. In a spirit of harmony, I continually look for the good in others and recognize that we are all one in Spirit.
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"--Psalm 133:1





PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

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Name: PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

D.O.B: OCTOBER 27, 1971

Height: 5fT 6ins

Weight: 122lbs

Nationality: JAMAICAN

Location:SPANISH TOWN

Occupation: MAKE-UP ARTISTE

Hobbies:SINGING, DANCING AND ACTING

Career Goal:TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

What do you like about yourself: PASSIONATE, LOVING AND CARING





Freddie Jackson Live In Concert

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Scenes from Bacchanal Fridays

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What's Poppin

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assassin-gully-sit'n.jpgDancehall artistes Assassin and Serani along with Kevin Lyttle, L.U.S.T, Ghost and Ilhame an upcoming singer from Paris will be performing tonight at 'Rock with Squeeze' in New York.
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Gramps to appear on Good Morning America tomorrow, he will also be on Vh1 at 9:30pm.





Buju Banton - Driver A - Lyrics Translation

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joke_095.jpgI would certainly appreciate it if you could take this package down the road for me.
Please while you are on your journey might I implore you not to speak to anyone.
Follow my instructions; it is imperative that everything goes according to plan.
May your journey be a safe one.

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Driver please avoid unnecessary stoppages as you deliver this package of marijuana at Alba Mall
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of you not stopping along the way
Collect the funds and make a hasty retreat
Driver be very wary of members of the Constabulary Force as they have set up quite a few speed traps along the path you have to travel.





Teenagers gone wild

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TeensGoneWildFlyerBack.jpgIt is with growing concern that we observe the epidemic of teenage girls having sexual relations with bus drivers and conductors, not to mention their loose behavior on the buses.
One cannot recall such reports during the era of the JOS transportation system - but when the mini busses, namely the 'Quarter million' and Encava busses came on stream, the girls just 'bruk out'.
This could be blamed on the perversion of drivers and conductors of these buses. During the 80's to present day the buses are designed to impress and attract the young girls. They are colorfully designed with catchy names imprinted across the top of the windshield and have creative graphics done on the bodies. They are each accessorised with up to date audio and video systems which would belt out the latest songs at ear splitting decibels, much to the delight of all school goers.
Girls especially were impressed with the added attention of bus conductors who would 'talk them up', usually not charging them any fare.
It was especially ego boosting to be the one selected for the added attention, especially when one would normally hear the 'ductors shouting, at each bus stop, "No schoolers!" but then be the one schooler to be smiled at and allowed entrance on said same bus. The poor girl could not help but be flattered.
Now it has escalated. Girls are not as shy and easily impressed as they were two decades ago. Conductors no longer have to 'talk up a girl' as she would do the 'talking up' herself. Girls today would be the 'selector' on a bus as she will request each song that she wants to hear. Their uniforms are shorter and the pockets cut out for easy access for nimble fingers and other body parts as they 'doubled up', meaning girls in a boys lap when the bus is filled.
Some of these school girls today are totally immoral and will do absolutely anything to gain the attention of the desired male. Eyebrows are sculptured, face bleached, or powdered, eyes lined and lips perfectly glossed, while in uniform!
Just a few weeks ago while at a stop light I observed some female students in the back of a Hiace minivan which was vibrating with music. They were bouncing about in their seat arms and head swinging as they did the 'dutty wine', when the music 'sweet' them they clapped their hand and cursed badwords to show their excitement. When one girl caught me staring at them with obvious disapproval she just slammed the window shut and continued gyrating.





School girls a gwane bad

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Minibus.JPGWha mi waan know is wha happ'n to dem ya young gal yah t'day? A wha mek dem jus a itch fi bus driver an ductor suh? Every where yuh turn yuh hear news seh bus driver and ductor deh wid school girl. A wha, dem nuh man enough fi find a big woman?
When yuh a go a work yuh see school girl, walking distance from dem school, a stan up a bus stop, an yuh tink "She lazy eeh, she dun late but deh a bus stop a wait pon bus, 'for she gwane walk". But a nuh jus any bus she a wait pon, she a wait pon di 'special' bus weh har man either drive or conduct, cause dat is de only time she will get fi see him.
De young girl dem t'day sad, sad, sad fi true. Dem self esteem down pon di groun an de only way dem can feel good 'bout demself is to get attention from de bus man dem. Dem feel 'big' when dem frien dem see dem a get special attention from de bus man dem. Den dem hav fi act like big woman cause dem caan gwane like young girl so dem gather up dem uniform roun dem waist under dem belt fi mek it shorter and start wear make up to school. Dem pull dem sock all de way down inna dem shoes like ankle socks cause dem no waan have no visible socks mark pon dem foot cause when dem see de bus man pon weekend dem hav fi look big an caan have nuh sign a school pon dem.
Den de dutty bus boy dem - why dem won't leave de poor school girls alone. Even if she look like she waan dem, leave dem alone nuh, dem a jus little gal an yuh s'pose to be big man. Wha yuh nuh hav nuh young female relative? Low dem man!





How we abuse our children

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CA.jpg"Father sets son on fire for losing shoes...", "Father beats son to death for forgetting lunch pan at school...", Mother charged for neglect for leaving infant and toddler alone in house while she went out...", "Child left alone dies in fire after trying to light a candle...". "Child bound and gagged left in cemetary while mother goes to Sting...". How often have we heard of these horrible incidents and shook our heads in dismay? We look at our own children and wonder "What could these parents be thinking?" What level of frustration could these parents be experiencing for them to resort to this type of violence against their own child?
A line from Michael Jackson's song, "Gone Too Soon" says children were born to "inspire and delight" not to be the brunt for a parent's frustrations. A child is not the no good baby father. A child is not the reason your pay cheque is so small. A child is not the reason you can't get someone to stay with him while you go out. A child is not the reason for any of the unhappiness that you may be facing in life. DO not take it out on your child!





A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA found dead

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CEO of Island Coast Entertainment.jpgFamed promoter Marc A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA was found dead on Saturday night in Gwinnett County. Police are not saying anything at this time. The body will be released to the family on Monday after autopsy. Yardflex.com learnt that Marc has been missing since Wednesday February 11, 2009.

Marc served as the President and CEO of Island Coast Entertainment for ten years and was known throughout the Atlanta business and social communities as a hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated event planning, marketing and promotions professional. Marc has promoted successful shows with Beres Hammond, Buju Banton and many other top Reggae artists.

YardFlex.com spoke with Chyna Lindsay of Chyna Doll Productions and this is what she had to say, "Marc was my brother, my mentor and most importantly my friend. He was one of the significant people in my life that helped foster my growth in this industry. He will be forever missed. Others that I spoke with are as shocked and saddened as I am. Marc was a great loving person. I don't know when my heart will stop crying."

Yaedflex.com sends out condolences to family, friends and anyone who was affected by this great loss. We will keep you posted on further updates.





Tychicus glad 'daggering' is banned

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daggering.JPGTychicus says that he is glad to see that the Broadcasting Commission has followed his lead and has banned all songs using the word 'daggering'.

Tychicus who was an enthusiastic crusader proclaiming the evils of daggering is very happy with the move.
He says that now that daggering is gone, carnival too must go. He says that if the downtown romping shop is gone then the uptown romping shop must go also. He says that carnival songs which suggest daggering but use different words should also be banned.

Tychicus says that he wants to introduce Jamaicans to good clean dances which involves face-to-face dance move not backways, as God is always moving forward not backwards.

He has three dance moves that he wants to promote:
"Customer Care" where the partners face each other and take care of their partners.
"Front liner" which is another face-to-face dance, the opposite of "back it up".
"Ten speed blender" this is where the dancer rotates his body like a blender.

He claims to have learnt how to dance clean dances from the Almighty and not from any dance school. He hopes that the older members of the population who are resistant to change will appreciate and accept his dance moves.





Nas and Damian Marley to do a collaboration

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Nas-DM.jpgNas told Billboard last week he was cooking up a few surprises, and now we know one of them: an as-yet-untitled collaboration with reggae star Damian Marley.

The pair has been recording quietly in Los Angeles for the last several weeks. Nas' manager, Anthony Saleh, tells Billboard the project will most likely be released in the spring. It's not clear which label will release it; Nas is signed to Def Jam, while Marley Records for Universal.

"We've been recording in a studio, where people like Mick Jagger are recording. No one knew who we were," Saleh says. "We're going to Miami this week to finish it up and we're aiming to tour for the album this summer."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE TITLE LABEL Peak
01 01 10 Vybz Kartel – Get Wild – Adidjaheim/NotNice Records 2wk@1

02 03 11 Bar-Bee – Love You Anyway – It's Not A Game -Shot to Watch

03 05 13 D'Angel - Stronger – Son Of Spoon

04 04 09 Prodigal Son – Head Cyaan Hot So – Main Street Records

05 06 05 Vybz Kartel & Spice – Ramping Shop – Adidjaheim/NotNice*

06 02 12 Terry Linen – A Better Man – Uplifting Music - 2wks@1

07 10 04 Shaggy – Bad Man Don't Cry – Big Yard

08 11 11 Charley Blacks – Bubble – Fresh Ear*

09 08 17 Ms. Triniti ft. Beenie Man – Burnin Burnin – Unseen Lab - Peak@#3

10 07 16 Elephant Man - Sweep – Scatta Productions - 4wks@1





logo20claro.jpgMinister of Local Government Robert Montague has ordered a probe into the erection of Claro's cellular towers as he is concerned with the number of complaints that have been made by the parish councils. Several have complained that the telecommunications company has been erecting towers without regard for the rules governing building permits.

Chairpersons of the Manchester, St. Catherine and St. Mary Parish Councils have warned that they will go to court if Claro does not cease and desist its actions.

Sources revealed that applications were submitted in St. Thomas for 20 cell towers with only 12 being approved by the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) but 22 are under construction or have been built.





Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo

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plane-crash-.jpgContinental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J. crashed in Buffalo at about 10:20pm Thursday night killing 50 people.
The commercial commuter flight which was coming in for landing crashed into a house in suburban Buffalo, about five miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport killing all 49 persons on board and one in the house. Two others in the house escaped injuries.
Witnesses claim to have heard the familiar sounds of the place flying overhead but it was unusually loud and making sputtering and odd noises.
No mayday call was reported from the pilot who was unaware of any problems with the aircraft. Communications with air traffic control was normal but when the controller tried to contact the plane with landing instructions they received no response. Repeated attempts were to no avail. Eventually ground control in Clarence was contacted. After the crash, two pilots were heard on air traffic control messages saying that they were picking up ice on their wings.
The plane which was carrying 5,000 lbs of fuel exploded on impact. One house was destroyed and twelve evacuated.





News Brief

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terrylinen.jpgSinger Terry Linen being sued by his manager, Africa of Uplifting Music International Ltd.

According to Africa, Linen has been accepting bookings overseas behind his back and fail to give him his 20 per cent as per their agreement.

Uplifting Music International Limited attorney has confirmed that Terry Linen has signed a three (3) year Artiste Management and Record Production Agreement with Uplifting Music International Limited which ends on November 21, 2010. It is a three (3) album agreement of which only one (1) album has been completed.

Uplifting Music International Limited is seeking several court orders against Terry Linen, one of which is to compel Terry Linen to fulfill his obligations under the contract.





Joke Of The Day

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Monkey and Lion In The Zoo

joke_095.jpgA Jamaican living in the States was down on his luck. Out of work and broke, he started going around to various companies in the city begging for a job, any job. Finally he got to the zoo. The zookeeper looked stressed out.

"The monkey escaped last night", the zoo-keeper said, "if you are willing to put on a monkey suit and stand in the monkey's cage for a couple days, I'll pay you"

The Jamaican immediately accepted. The pay was OK and the work wasn't hard. He swung from the tree, and the
kids fed him fruits and nuts. He actually started enjoying himself. He even started adding a few acrobatic moves that he had seen on TV. Late in the afternoon he swung a bit too vigorously, lost his grip and flew clean out
of the monkey cage and landed in the lion cage next door.

The lion let out a huge roar and our friend in the monkey suit bawled out, "LAWD GOD, MI DEAD NOW". The huge lion immediately pounced on him, grabbed him by the throat and whispered, "Man shut yuh raas, if yuh evah mek mi lose di likkle wuk yuh si..."





Scenes from Boasy Tuesdays

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KRYSTAL

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Name:KRYSTAL WATSON

D.O.B: SEPTEMBER 15, 1987

Height:
5ft 7ins.

Weight: 122lbs.

Nationality: JAMAICAN.

Location:St. THOMAS.

Occupation: STUDENT.





TOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

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01 1 21 Burnin, Burnin- Miss Triniti feat. Beenie Man-Unseen Lab (2wks@#1) NM

02 4 7 Time To Shine-Laden-Big Ship U-2

03 8 5 Romping Shop-Vybz Kartel feat Spice-Adidjaheim Records/NotNice U-5

04 5 7 Dip Again- Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong – Big Ship U-1

05 2 24 Rolling Deep-Flippa Mafia-T J Records D-3

06 6 18 Ghetto Prayer – Shane-O-Jam II NM

07 3 12 Million By A Mawning-Vybz Kartel-Don Corleon (3wks@#1 D-4

08 9 20 Move-KK Alese- Ruby Sarah Music U-1

09 11 8 Flying Dagger (100 Stab)- Idonia- Equinoxx U-2

10 7 16 Sweep-Elephant Man-Scatta Productions/Kings of Kings (3wks@#1) D-3





Nikki Z fined $100.00 for ganja

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nikki-zee.pngFormer Zip jockey, Nicole 'Nikki Z' Duhaney pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court on Tuesday.
Nikki Z has been appearing in court on and off since last year after a ganja spliff was found in her car. She had initially pleaded not guilty and was granted a new court date for March, she later told the judge that she would not be available for that date as she had accepted a job offer of a radio show in the states and would be relocated. After much deliberation she changed her plea to guilty and was fined $100.00 or ten days in prison.





News Brief

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China's VP, Xi Jinping arrives in Jamaica

Xi Jinping.jpgVICE-PRESIDENT of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping landed at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston last night, commencing a four-day official visit to the island.

During his visit Jinping is expected to sign agreements with the government covering agriculture, finance, education and infrastructural development. He will also participate in a hectic schedule of social activities, including courtesy calls on the Governor General, Sir Kenneth Hall, and Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson Miller, and visit the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona.

This morning, he will meet with the staff of the Chinese Embassy and members of the Chinese community in Kingston. This afternoon, he will attend a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), and tonight he will be guest of Prime Minister Golding and his cabinet at a dinner at Jamaica House.

Tomorrow, the Vice-President will visit Montego Bay, where he will be presented with the Key to the City, and take part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the convention centre at Rose Hall.

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Prison Riot

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Prison Riot.jpgThe juveniles at the Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centre in St. Catherine which houses about 60 female juveniles serving sentences for a myriad of crimes including murder and illegal possession of firearm, became unruly and attacked many of the warders who in defence hurt many of the juveniles during the riot.

The juveniles who were intent on creating chaos and taking over the prison were armed with 'jammers', feces, urine and used sanitary napkins.

Chairman of the Jamaica Federation of Corrections, Maurice Jones, said that last week an officer's nose was fractured when a gang of juveniles attacked her, knocked her to the ground and kicked her several times in the face. Other correctional officers was stabbed in the arm and doused with urine.

Another female warder complained that she was stoned and hit on the leg when she was seen limping out of the institution.

The warders blame the strict rules governing the punishment of juveniles inside the prison. The prisoners are aware of the restrictions of the warders in relation to discipline and exploit their limitations.

"They say we will lose our jobs if we beat or punish them too harshly, they [the prisoners] know this and take advantage of the situation."
This particular group of girls have been giving problems for some time as they had been transferred from the Armadale Juvenile Correctrional Centre in St. Ann, after they had escaped to attend a dance in the community, to the New Horizon Remand Centre in Kingston before being sent to Fort Augusta.

One warder described them as being severely unruly and ill-mannered and they no longer wanted to deal with them anymore.





scan0001.jpgDancehall artistes Mavado, Ding Dong, and Flippa Mafia along with a host of other industry personnel to star in the new Jamaican film, "What Goes Around," written and directed by Steve 'Tehutnine' Mcaplin. The movie will be premiering Sunday March 1, 2009 at the Portmore Heart Academy, Portmore, St.Catherine.

What Goes Around is a twisted tale about male/female relationships, layered with lots of laughter and drama. It takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride with each character, feeling sorry for some, angry at others and bracing the outcome, because in the end What Goes Around...?

Big up to the entertainers for doing their thing. Log on to Yardflex after the premier to get a full review of the film.





CARICOM Passports for nationals

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02-03-2007_CARICOMSingle-SpaceTravelBegins_01.jpgCARICOM Heads of Government have taken the decision that all member states should issue CARICOM passports to all its nationals in a bid to strengthen the unifying commitment of the CARICOM as a single market as well as facilitating the freedom and smooth processing of CARICOM nationals across the region and general borders.

Since the Government implemented the CARICOM passport regime last month, the Jamaican Consulate General in Miami has gone to great lengths to provide accurate and efficient information to Jamaican nationals. Vice-Consul with responsibility for Immigration services, Stacy Johnson has gone live on the South Florida radio station, WEXY 1620-AM, in an effort to address the concerns of Jamaican nationals living in Broward and Palm Beach.





Gramps Morgan

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Gramps and Indie.jpgReggae musician Gramps Morgan has been doing a promotional press tour with songstress India Arie.

Highlights Include:

Doing "Good Morning America" on Feb17th at 7:00am.

Performing with India Arie on Feb 17th at 9:30pm on VH1 Soul.

Most recently Gramps made a guest performance at SOBS with Kimani Marley and performed the first single, "Wash the Tears" available on I-tunes on his own label "Dada Son Entertainment". India Arie also joined him on stage and sang the single with him. There's much more to come! Many things are in the pipe line. Stay tuned!





Portia Simpson-Miller

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Portia Simpson-Miller.jpgPortia Lucretia Simpson-Miller ON, MP was born on December 12, 1945 in Wood Hall, St. Catherine. She has the distinction of being Jamaica's first female Prime Minister from March 30, 2006 - September 11, 2007. She is presently the President and Leader of the Opposition. She is also a member of the 'Council of Women World Leaders' which is an International network of former and current women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize women leaders in a collective effort to take action on issues critical to women and equitable development.
Mrs Simpson-Miller became the third woman to become Prime Minister in the English speaking Caribbean, when she succeeded ongoing Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. She now holds the position as President of the opposition People's National Party.
Prior to being Prime Minister she was the Minister of local Government and Sport since 2002. She has also served as Minister of Labour, Welfare and Sports; Minister of Labour, Social Security and Sports; Minister of Tourism and Sports and Defence Minister.
On September 2007 her party narrowly lost the 2007 general election to the rival Jamaica Labour Party 32 to 28 seats (after recounts). Simpson-Miller initially refused to concede defeat citing unfair voting regulations, but finally conceded when the Organization of American States issued a statement declaring the election free and fair. She was succeeded as Prime Minister by JLP leader Bruce Golding.
In July 2008 she was challenged for the Presidency of the PNP by her rival Dr. Peter Phillips. The election was held among the party's delegates on September 20, 2008. She defeated Phillips by an even wider margin than that of the previous election.
Simpson-Miller holds a Bachelor of Arts in public administration from the Union Institute, who also gave her an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters.
She is married to the Most Honorable Errald Miller, former CEO of Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited.
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Buffilous - Invasion of the helper.

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Buffilous_Dancehall_SexyGirls_sexy_girls_models.jpgMi brother refer me to a helper, great credentials, baby sitting certificate and all type of child care courses. Only problem, me did a wonder why mi brother really let her go.
She impress me, food taste nice good, (hand sweet no raass).
But mi soon start fi suspect seh dis yah roley poley gyal hav ulterior motive as someday when she come a work, she a wear make-up, tight clothes and her special wig.

So it happn seh mi hav wus fi go weh now fi bout two week, so mi tell har fi bring har kids dem an come stay a de house. Like a fool mi lef mi man inna di house fi she feed him and de pickey dem.
De gal nevah do a betta ting but tell mi man, seh she call har friend at de hotel weh me a stay an har friend tell har seh har mi check in wid a man. The only man mi see while at the hotel was mi brother, de same one wey give mi she.

Mi really did a wonder why mi sister-in-law fire har, until me talk to her. Me sister-in-law tell mi seh she man crazy, even the trademan - dem weh come a di yard she teck dem number and later on she discover say she and dem a f*ck.

Anyway, you know from when mi man a tell mi seh mi need fi let har go, but him nah seh why.





Lil Jon tries Soca

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Lil Jon.jpgThe superstar rapper and producer Johnathan Smith aka Lil Jon & "King of Crunk" who started out his musical career as a dancehall DJ with the Four Season's Sound System of the 1990's in Atlanta, is now creating a soca beat for this year's Carnival festival in Trinidad. Though he will not be performing, he will produce a beat for a collaboration between himself, Latin hip hop star Pitbull and soca artist Machel Montano called "Floor on Fire".
The track has evolved into a full fledged riddim including many Caribbean voices such as Kevin Lyttle and Mr. Vegas and will debut at this year's Carnival in Trinidad.
Jon, has in the past displayed a flair for island beats by appearing alongside Pitbull and Machel Montano at soca's Crop Over festival in Barbados.





Merlene Joyce Ottey

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Merlene Joyce Ottey.jpgMerlene Joyce Ottey was born on May 10, 1960 in Cold Spring, Hanover, Jamaica to Hubert and Joan Ottey. She was introduced to track & field by her mother.
Ottey attended Gurnrys Mount and Pondside Schools, Ruseas and Vere Technical high schools, where she competed in barefooted races.
Ottey was inspired by listening to track & field broadcasts of the 1976 Summer Olympics. Her athletic career took off while attending University of Nebraska in the USA in 1979.
Over time Ottey won many awards: In 1982 she won the gold medal in the 200m and silver in the 100m at the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
In the 1990 Commonwealth Games she won gold in both events. She was named Ambassador of Jamaica for the Year 15 times between 1979 - 1997.
In total, Ottey has won right Olympic medals, but never an Olympic gold. She has to her credit three silver and five bronze medals which earned her the nickname "The Bronze Queen". She also has won 14 World Championship medals between 1983 - 1997- more than any other althete, male or female.
On 1999 a banned substance was descovered in her urine and she was banned from competing in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. She also pulled out of the World Championships as she strove to clear her name, which she eventually did by the summer of that year in time to be selected to compete in the Olympic games.
She ran fourth in the controversial race and vowed that even though she could still run at 40 she would not run for Jamaica anymore as she felt as they were trying to push her out of the sport.





Soca banned

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BinaryCacheServlet.jpgSoca Music has also been included in the Broadcasting Commission's ban on airing sexually explicit lyrics.
The debate on the agency's ban on lewd dancehall music grew as they were accused of being biased. The Chairman Dr. Hopeton Dunn has stated that recommendations have been made to the Government to make amendments to the Television and Sound Broadcasting Regulations in a bid to clean up the music playing on the airwaves. These include the transmission of songs that condone or encourage hostility or violence; glamorizing the use of illegal drugs or alcohol.
The agency is presently trying to amend the existing Broadcasting and Radio Regulation Act of 1946 and will propose a model act that will deal with regulating the airwaves.
Last Friday, the commission announced the banning of the transmission of any song or music video which promotes the sexual act of 'daggering' or the use of the bleeping technique to mask explicit lyrics.
The ban was in response to a deluge of 'daggering songs' on the airwaves.
By this afternoon, Dr. Dunn said that the commission would be keeping an eye on the carnival festivities.





Best of the Best 2009

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An all star lineup of performers is set to hit the stage once again for the fifth annual staging of the Best of the Best International Music Festival, in Miami Florida beginning on May 24.
The festival will highlight performers of different genres such as Soca, Pop, Carribean, Reggae and Hip Hop music.
Artistes confirmed to perform include T-Pain, DJ Khaled, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, Movado, Cocoa Tea, Serani, Wayne Wonder, Elephant man, Matterhorn, Capleton, Jabba and Marcia Griffiths.
The festival is presented by South Florida's music and promotions company, JBJ Entertainment and co-promoted by Budafuco and Jabba.





Scenes from Uptown Mondays.

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YardFlex Quiz

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Mad Cobra ft. Richie Stephens - Legacy

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Scenes from Hedonism III

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footahype_bountykillermavado.jpgAs the sun rose at about 5am Sunday morning at a dance in Winthorn, Westmoreland, patrons grew angry as the much anticipated deejay scheduled to perform did not show up began hurling bottles and stones at the stage.
As the anger escalated, persons affiliated with the staging of the dance joined in the melee and many artists and promotors were said to have been beaten.
One witness recounted that he saw bloodied faces and broken limbs.
Deejay Einstein, who had performed at the dance, admitted to hearing rumours that the beatings had been ordered.
The Whithorn police say that while they have heard of the incident no details were forthcoming and they have not received a formal report.
The "no-show" deejay is yet to make a statement.





Awardees at the EME's Awards

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EME AWARDS LOGO#2.jpgThe following artistes hold the distinction of being the awardees at the EME Awards ceremony held at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Thursday, February 5, 2009.
The highest honour went to Spice and Vybz Kartel who received the award for female and male DJ of the year respectively. Vybz Kartel also won for Song Writer/Lyricist of the Year. Tarrus Riley and Etana capped the award for Vocalists of the Year. While Etana's album "The Strong One" won for Album of the Year. The Dancehall Producer of the Year in the Reggae category went to Kemar 'DJ Flava' McGregor while the Dancehall Producer of the Year winner was Stephen McGregor.
The Best New Male Artist was Konshens while the female winner in the same category went to Stacious. Duo/Group of the Year was RDX while the artist for The Biggest Comeback was Harry Toddler.
Movado won the awards for Song of the Year for "I'm So Special" in the Dancehall category as well as Recording Artist of the Year, he also capped the award for male Songjay of the Year, while the female in this category was D'Angel. "Just as I Am" won The song of the Year in the Reggae category.
Queen Ifrica walked away with the award for Cultural/Positive Artist of the Year. Serani won the award as Breakthru Artist of the Year.
Collabo of the Year in the Dancehall category went to Damian & Stephen Marley for "The Mission", while the Reggae winner in the same category went to Noddy Virtue & Jodiann Pantry for "Red Roses".
Unfinished Bizniz won the award for Rhythm of the Year in the Dancehall category.
Reggae/Dancehall Compilation of the Year - Various Artists went to The Ultimate Reggae/Dancehall X-Perience.
I-Octane won for Most Improved Artist. Prodigal Son walked away with the award for Gospel Artist of the Year.
Video of the Year (dancehall) went to Busy Signal's "Tic Toc" while Rass Kassa won for Director.
Beenie Man capped the awards for Performance ot the Year at Sumfest '08 and Best Dressed Artist.
Gospel Song of the Year went to "Chaka Chi Chi"
Show of the Year was awarded to Beres Hammond's "A Moment in Time".
Flippa Mafia won for the category of Dancehall Trend setter of the Year.
Gully Creeper, created by Ice and performed by Elephant Man won for Best Original Dance Song/Move of the Year.
Awardees for Role Model of the Year went to Sonia Pottinger, Freddie McGregor and Lloyd 'King Jammy' James.
Missy Elliot, Jasmin Sulivan, John Legend and Estelle were given the award for International Friends of Reggae.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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INNER PEACE.jpgThe indwelling Christ is my sanctuary of peace and serenity.
With so much focus in the world on human nature, I realize how important it is to reflect on the sacred nature.
To build on my awareness of the holy Presence, I turn within to the sanctuary of my soul and spend time in silent meditation. I begin by imagining that I am relaxing before the hearth of a winter's evening fire. Through a window, I see sparkling, ivory snowflakes falling silently. All is hushed; all is still.
In the stillness of my inner sanctuary, I am immersed in the presence of the Christ. Serenity is mine in this very moment, because the indwelling Christ is my source of tranquility. Here and now, I acknowledge that I am a sacred being.
Immersed in the Christ, I am more than at peace and serene. I am peace and serenity.
"And have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them."--Exodus 25:8





DNA confirmed in Peter King case

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dna.jpgGovernment analyst Dr. Judith Mowatt testified yesterday that semen was present around the anal region of 64 year old Ambassador Peter King's body. The doctor said that the fresh semen was discoverd on the body at the crime scene on March 20, 2006. The body had multiple stab and chop wounds. Three witnesses testified that 26 year old Sheldon Pusey was seen with King at his home on the afternoon of March 19, 2006.
Dr. Mowatt said that she collected samples of hair and semen from King's body as well as blood and semen found on a towel on the bed.
Government analyst Sheron Brydson said that she received samples from the crime scene and would conduct tests for DNA. She said DNA samples could be used to exclude persons from the crime scene. She came to the conclusion that the DNA on the towel could match the profiles of King and Pusey.





Children ramping with "Rampin' Shop"

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Rampin' Shop.jpgIt is alarming the number of children who know the words to Spice and Kartel's "Rampin' Shop" hit song. The song which included expletives and sexually explicit lines was song many times by children ranging from four to ten years old.
Though admitting that they did not understand what the song was about, thay were aware that it was 'bad' and refused to sing it when an adult was around, or skipped the expletives.
Many of the children, when asked, admitted to hearing the song on the radio or other adults singing it.
Psychiatrist Dr. Leachim Semaj said that while entertainers were free to record whatever they wanted, it was up to the various agents of socialisation to shield children from harmful material.
He blames the lack of regulaton, as dances are held too close to residential communities and residets are forced to hear the vulgar lyrics.
He also blames the public transportation system where passengers are subjected to the nastiness being played without any concern for their sensibilities.
He, however, notes that it is the duty of parents to protect their children and monitor the activities their children engage in.
The Broadcasting Commission had no comment.





Estelle to perform at the BRIT Awards

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estelle dress_tn.jpgThe American Boy singer's collaboration with the indie pop duo is the final live performance to be confirmed for the prestigious music ceremony.

According to Ged Doherty, chairman of the BRITs Committee, "Our audience research tells us that BRITs viewers love collaborations and this pairing of Estelle and The Ting Tings, two of Britain's hottest and most exciting acts, will not disappoint."

Estelle is in the running for two prizes - British Female Solo Artiste and British Single for American Boy, her duet with Kanye West.

The Ting Tings - comprising of Jules De Martino and Katie White - also received two nominations, for British Breakthrough Act and British Album for We Started Nothing.

Estelle and The Ting Tings is not the only tantalizing collaboration planned for the ceremony, which will take place at London's Earls Court on February 18.

The Pet Shop Boys, who are being honored with an Outstanding Achievement accolade, are reportedly planning to close the event by performing alongside The Killers.

Coldplay, Kings of Leon, Duffy, U2 and Take That are also scheduled to take the stage.

This year's BRITs will be presented by 'Gavin and Stacey', TV stars James Cordon and Mathew Horne and 2 Hearts singer Kylie Minogue.





burning_spears_jah-is-real.jpgSpear was announced as the winner of the Best Reggae Album at the 2009 Grammy Award for his album - "Jah Is Real," released by Burning Music Production. This is the second time that Burning Spear has won the reggae Grammy. In 2000 he won with "Calling Rastafari

Burning Spear is a roots reggae artiste in the classic sense, hailing from Jamaica and renowned for the Rastafarian messages of his music.

Other nominees in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category for 2008 included:

* Elephant Man, for Let's Get Physical, released by VP Records/Bad Boy
* Heavy D, for Vibes, released by Stride/Universal
* Lee "Scratch" Perry, for Repentance, released by Narnack Records
* Shaggy, for Intoxication, also released by VP Records
* Sly & Robbie, for Amazing, released by Fontana International

Congrats Burning Spears, keep the fire burning.





CBWN.jpgChris Brown turned himself in moments before the 2009 Grammy's were set to commence. The Los Angeles police department announced that Chris Brown, a double nominee and scheduled performer, was being investigated for allegedly assaulting an unidentified woman the night before. Brown turned himself in to authorities and was briefly held before posting $50,000 bail Sunday night, jail records showed.

Chris Brown and girlfriend Rihanna also nominated, were both slated to perform in different slots of the show, but separately dropped out at the last minute. The victim of Brown's alleged assault wasn't identified, and it wasn't immediately clear whether Rihanna's absence was related to Brown's.

Police booked the 19-year-old R&B singer and dancer on suspicion of making a criminal threat, a felony. Police did not explain how their initial report of an injury assault related to the charge, but it will ultimately be up to the district attorney's office to decide what charges, if any, should be brought against Brown.

The incident occurred after the couple left Clive Davis's star-studded pre-Grammys gala at LA's Beverly Hilton on Saturday night.





Digicel Bacchanal 2009 Mas Grand Opening.

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Digicel CEO Mark Linehan gets comfortable at Bacchanal 2009 Mas Camp Grand Opening.





IRISH & CHIN PRESENTS THE CAMPUS RAVE 2009 TOUR

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index.jpgIt brings us great pleasure to announce the Spring Edition of Irish and Chin's Campus Rave 2009 Tour featuring the red-hot entertainment of leading dancehall artist Assassin, backed by top sound system Mighty Crown. Assassin is set to entice fans with a fiery show of dancehall hits that span several years. Meanwhile, Mighty Crown will entertain the massive with an all-out juggling opener of the best dancehall selections. By popular demand, Irish and Chin is returning to College Campuses with some of dancehall's finest acts. Each year, Irish and Chin's Campus Rave Tour takes dancehall entertainment on the road to colleges and universities through out the United States. On Irish and Chin's Campus Rave 2008 Tour, Mr. Vegas and the steamy, dancing diva Boricia, invaded over 20 colleges and universities. The popular singjay was greeted with a dynamic reception, as thousands turned out to catch his performances. Notably, the Irish and Chin Campus Rave Tour touched down at Pace, U CLA, Northeastern, Spelman, St. Johns, Buffalo and Rochester Institute of Technology, among many others.
Assassin has proven him self to be one of dancehall music's most intelligent, energetic and lyrically gifted artists of his time. Currently dominating dancehalls throughout the world with his hits "Wha Do Dem Guy Deh" and "Almighty Protect," Assassin has stayed true to his roots for over 8 solid years. In addition to these smashes, the dancehall favorite boasts an extensive catalogue of music to be rivaled. Once Assassin's bass heavy voice drops on anthems like "Step Pon Dem," "Idiot Thing That," "Girls Gone Wild" and "Do It If Your Bad," every dancehall crowd goes wild!

Click on link to listen some of Assassin's hot tracks
http://www.irishandchin.com/ecard/020409/assassin_mix.mp3





David Smith arrested for fraud

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dSmith.jpgHead of Olint Corporation, David Smith was yesterday arrested in the Turks and Caicos Islands and charged with counts of fraud, theft, false acounting and uttering false documents. He was granted US$1 million dollar bail with surety. He had to surrender his travel documents.
The arrest comes after months of investigations into the dealings, operations and financial activities of the investment scheme.
TCI police say that the investigation could possibly extend to Jamaica.
Last year Olint offices were raided by police and computers and files seized.
In 2006 the Jamaican Financial Services Commission served Olint with a cease and desist order which was later overturned by a stay of execution until March 26 last year when the court would hear the appeals of Olint and LewFam. They were ordered not to increase their mebership until the appeal was heard.
A court date has not yet been set for Mr. Smith.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, February 9, 2009

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aha.jpgDivine ideas inspire me on my path of fulfillment.
I may have felt amazed when, after feeling lost in a fog of confusion, I suddenly saw my right path become clear. Or I may be more than a bit astonished when a spontaneous, inner prompting offers a refreshing solution when I had thought there was none.
These"aha" moments are blessings that bring enlightenment--bright ideas, innovative methods. These seemingly unexplainable moments of inspiration are times when--even for a second--I have gotten my own limited thinking out of the way. I've made room for divine ideas to flow into my mind and be expressed in my life. I take a deep breath and release it in a joyful"Thank You, God, for the gifts of new opportunities."
"The prophet Jeremiah said to them, 'Very well: I am going to pray to the Lord your God as you request, and whatever the Lord answers you I will tell you; I will keep nothing back from you.'"--Jeremiah 42:4





Passa Passa

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28C_Keiva.jpgLord please deliver Keiva

Imagine Keiva stop dance, open store and a live like pauper.

Me go inna 'Keiva's Closet' as it's called and no light no in deh. Me hear har pon har fone a tell sumady sey from morning she no eat and nutten no sell inna di store. She all a tell di person sey she affi start back dancing and a rehearsal she jus a come from with Ding Dong.

A likkle youth come inna her store and she no stop pressure him fi buy a $6500 shoe wey no worth it. The way how me feel sorry fi har, me did haffi buy a $1200 key chain weh me neva even did need. The way she glad fi di likkle money, she jus grab it and put it inna her pocket and not even say thanks.

Keiva u really need fi pick up back dancing, bcz the store alone nah go mek it.





Passa Passa

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The show got off to a good start, seeing entertainers and other industry personnel coming out in high numbers. However, it was a bit disorganized. They had a problem with playing CD tracks for the artistes to perform, which resulted in Koshens performing acapella.

YardFlex have to big up quite a few artistes that were exceptional dressed for the occasion. They are Queen Ifrica, 'Bad Gyal' Ce'cile, 'Money Goddess' Macka Diamond, 'The Doctor' Beenie Man, 'Flossing King' Flippa Mafia, Spice, Pamputae and Etana.

The corporate people of Jamaica need to acknowledge our local awards and give it much support. They would be quicker to sponsor the Grammy's and other international awards, what about our local artistes and award ceremonies?

Flexers you done know a Passa Passa time now.

We hear a ras make a speech last night say "some man claim say them a man and a beat them wife". We want know if a him father him lick out pon. Tarrus a wah mek your face long suh...a sumn' inna you diet or you still vex bout Rebel Salute when Capleton perform inna you time.

How come the Gully God wasn't at the ceremony to collect his awards? The person who collected the awards on his behalf made a big blunder when addressing the audience, by saying "good night peoples" instead of good night people. A wonder if a inna the 'Gully' him did go a school?

Although Ice is no longer with us, he was awarded for his work done, he got an award for his dance "Gully Creepa". Elephant Man also got an award for the song but was no where in sight to collect it.





Scenes From The 5th Annual EME Awards

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Bob Marley - Africa Unite

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Happy Earthday Bob Marley

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bob-marley_1.jpgRobert "Bob" Nesta Marley OM. born February 6, 1945 was a Jamaican musician, singer-songwriter and Rastafarian. He was the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for the ska, rocksteady and reggae bands: The Wailers. He died on May 11, 1981. Marley remains the most widely known and revered performer of reggae music, and is credited for helping spread Jamaican music to the worldwide audience.

Marley's best known hits include "I Shot the Sheriff", "No Woman, No Cry", "Exodus", "Could You Be Loved", "Stir It Up", "Jamming", "Redemption Song", "One Love" and, together with The Wailers, "Three Little Birds", as well as the posthumous releases "Buffalo Soldier" and "Iron Lion Zion". The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, three years after his death, is the best-selling reggae album ever (10 times platinum in US), with sales of more than 20 million copies.

Long live the King of Reggae.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 6, 2009

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dailyword_waterpic.jpgGrace

God is blessing me with an outpouring of divine love.
By the grace of God, I am a blessing and I am blessed. I realize this to a greater degree when, for some unknown reason, I feel an urgency to call a loved one at the moment this person needs comforting. Or I may have seemingly lost a purse or a wallet only to have it returned to me by a considerate, caring person.

Divine grace is expressing through me and for me in known and unknown ways. My days are filled with blessings. Some I may take for granted, and some may come to me so quietly that I am not alert to them.
I never miss out on anything in life when I am aware that God is blessing me with an outpouring of divine love.

"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever."--Psalm 52:8





irawmaFlyerOct.jpgThis year's awards show on May 3, in New York, marks the 28th anniversary of the airing of the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMAs). The IRAWMAs is the longest running and first award show to honour Dancehall and Reggae music equally alongside its World Music counterparts.

Recipients and nominees of this prestigious award are not only recognized as being the best in the industry but as being the best in the world.

The 2009 nominees are DJ Movado with a lead in eight categories, Beres Hammond and Elephant Man with seven nominations each, Etana and Queen Ifrika each nabbed five nominations, Mr. Vegas with four Other nominees are: Shaggy, Michael Montana, Morgan Heritage, Duane Stephenson, Damian and Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Wyclef Jean, Serani, Jazmine Sullivan, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Tarrus Riley, and Stitchie among others.





Nine year old write iPhone Applications

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iphone.jpgFourth grader, nine year old Lim Ding Wen of Singapore writes applications for Apple's popular iPhone. The latest, a painting program called Doodle Kids has been down loaded 4,000 times from Apple's iTunes store in two weeks.

Lim said that he wrote the program for his sisters who are 3 and 5 years old. This program allows users to draw pictures with their fingers by touching the iPhone's touch screen then clear the screen by simply shaking the phone.

Lim who is fluent in six programming languages started using the computer at the age of 2. Since then he has completed 20 programming projects. His father, Lim Thye Chean, chief technology officer also writes iPhone applications.

Lim Ding Wen is presently in the process of writing another iPhone application which is a science fiction game called "Invader Wars".





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Gayle, Sarwan put West Indies on top

gayle_sarwan.jpgYesterday, WI Captain Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan both hit half centuries to place the West Indies into a position of strength at the end of day 2 in the opening Digicel test match against England at Sabina Park on Thursday, February 5.

Gayle and Sarwan added 142 unbroken after England made early in roads with Devon Smith's for six. Gayle slammed three sixes and three fours off 120 balls while Sarwan got seven four off 181 delioveries.
England carrying their overnight 236

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Arthur Wint - Jamaica's first Olympic gold medalist

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arthur_wint.jpgArthur Wint was born in Plowden, Manchester, Jamaica on May 3, 1920. He was the Jamaican Boy Athlete of the Year in 1937, he won a gold medal in the 800m at the Central American Games in Panama.

He joined the Royal Air Force and while undergoing training in Canada he set the 400m record. After taking part in active duty as a pilot in WWii he left the Air Force in 1947 to attend medical school at St. Bartholomews Hospital.

In 1948 he won Jamaica's fist gold medal for the 400m (46.2) in London beating team mate Herb McKenley. He also won the silver medal in the 800m.

Wint was also part of the historic relay team, in Helsinki's 1952 games, where they set the world record and captured the gold medal in the 4 X 400m relay. He also once again won siver in the 800m.

Arthur Wint ran his final race in 1953 at Wembley Stadium, completed his internship, graduated as a doctor and was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) by Queen Elizabeth the following year.





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE TITLE LABEL Peak Position

01 02 09 Vybz Kartel – Get Wild – Adidjaheim/NotNice Records 1wk@1

02 01 11 Terry Linen – A Better Man – Uplifting Music - 2wks@1

03 03 10 Bar-Bee – Love You Anyway – It's Not A Game -Shot to Watch

04 06 08 Prodigal Son – Head Cyaan Hot So – Main Street Records

05 04 12 D'Angel - Stronger – Son Of Spoon Peak@#4

06 09 04 Vybz Kartel & Spice – Ramping Shop – Adidjaheim/NotNice

07 05 15 Elephant Man - Sweep – Scatta Productions - 4wks@1

08 07 16 Ms. Triniti ft. Beenie Man – Burnin Burnin – Unseen Lab - Peak@#3

09 08 13 Prince Pankhi – My Jamaican Girl – Otis Riddim Records

10 15 03 Shaggy – Bad Man Don't Cry – Big Yard - Greatest Gainer up5





Chrisinti is back "Sincerely"

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Chris.jpgPaul Hudson aka Chrisinti is back. The singer who started performing professionally in 1997 is back with a new single "Sincerely".
Not a novice to the music fraternity as he has performed in places such as USA, the Caribbean, Canada, Africa and Europe. He is best known for his songs; "Oh Shiela", "My Sunshine has come", Save a little for a rainy day","Say Jah", "Joy" and "Sincerely".
He has the distinction of working with some of the top producers in the music business such as: Kings of Kings, Coolie Budz Records, Brickwall, Morgan Heritage, DASECA, Bobby Digital, Harmony House, King Jammys, Link Movement and 876 Radio as well as collaborating with the likes of Jah Mason for the song "Up Up Up", Nadine Sutherland for "Can't tek it" and Ikya for "Rock Baby".
Chrisinti credits his experiences of growing up in the community of Drewsland as his inspiration as well as having a Black Scorpio studio within the community.





Patrick Johnson charged for ganja Possession

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Macro_cannabis_bud.jpg30 year old Patrick Johnson was charged for possession of, dealing in and trafficking ganja in the Corporate Area Magistrates Court on Monday after collecting 150lbs of marijuana.
On January 26, he was stopped by police in the Eleven Miles area of Bull Bay, St. Thomas and his car was searched and a bag of weed was discovered in the trunk.
Johnson explained to Resident Magistrate Glen Brown that he went to the country to pick up the weed for a friend of his father's who was traveling to the Bahamas. The car was a rental borrowed from a friend.
He was sentenced to $15,000 or six months for possession, admonished and discharged for dealing in and fined $200,000 or six months for trafficking ganja. He was also sentenced for 12 months. If his fees are not paid his sentences will run consecutively.





Constable accused of stealing

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Jamaica_Constabulary_Force.gif23 year old constable Wayne Catton has been charged for simple larceny, adding him to the more than 30 police personel from St. James facing the courts for several offences since 2008.
Catton, it is alleged, stole US$600.00 that was left for an inmate at the Freeport police station lock up last year. He was arrested on Monday and faced the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and his attorney argues that the three year veteran received only clothing not money. Resident Magistrate Winsome Henry, however, ordered that he be remanded until February 19 when the case will be tried. She cited inconsistencies in his story as the reason for his being denied bail.
The prosecution alleges that on January 24, 2008 the complainant went to visit the inmate and was told that it was not his day for visits so she left the money and articles of clothing with the accused and was assured that the inmate would receive them.
Later that day the inmate called to say that he had not received any of the items.
The complainant returned three days later and complained to the inspector which led to an investigation being launched.
The constable admitted that he gave the items to the inmate then later changed his statement and said that he left them at a window and they were stolen. He insists that the items were only clothing not money.





Peter King's Murder Trial

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PK.jpgA prosecution witness said that when he gave statements to the police shortly after 64 year old Ambassador Peter King was found murdered in his home he did not mention his sexuality because he did not know how King's family would react to finding out that King was a homosexual. This was in response to Defence lawyers questions about why the witness had not told the police about seeing both King and the accused, 26 year old Sheldon Pusey, in their underpants in King's kitchen in his home on Waterloo Road between March 19-20, 2006. Pusey is accused of chopping and stabbing King to death in his home.
The witness said that even though King was not a role model, as he had certain unlikeable flaws, he was his best friend. The witness also admitted to being a homosexual also.
Detective Sergeant Keith Steele testified that on March 27 Pusey was identified by three witnesses in an identification parade and that Pusey claimed that he cut King's throat because he tried to rape him.





Star of the Notorious biopic

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flip-a_jamal_woolard.jpgStar of the Notorious biopic, Jamal 'Gravy' Woolard, flew to Kingston with Movado to collaborate on several projects.
Movado returned from a hectic promotional trip to New York where he created history by pulling a crowd of 4,000 fans in the Armory in Rochester, New York during freezing sub-zero temperatures and snow storms.
Movado also made three live appearances between Thursday and Saturday on the Hip Hop legend Funkmaster Flex's radio show on Hot 97 in New York. On Sunday he hosted an event in Manhattan at Club Prime.
With the release of his new album, "Mr. Brooks - A Better Tomorrow" on March 3 and "I'm So Special" Movado is poised to hit mainstream America.





Mural shot up by police

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Mural-1-ps.jpgThe alleged defaming of a community mural for a deceased area don by police officers has left the residents of Crescent Road in the Two Mile area of St. Andrew fuming mad.
The residents claim that the police officers not only destroyed a bar in the community but also shot up the painting which was done in memory of the deceased head of the Rat Bat gang; Dave "Machine Man" Sterling, who was shot to death for pulling a firearm on an officer in October of last year.
"Di boss dead from last year and all now de police a tek set" an irate resident said.
One resident claimed that the incident took place before 6pm on Monday as she heard gun shots and went to investigate but was chased away by police officers. She later went back and saw the marred painting with gun shots to the face.
Many persons were also held by the police but soon released. The police did not release the radio and cans of Red Bull which they had also confiscated.
The St. Andrew police division said that while no official reports have been made they are aware of the rumours.
The Mobile Reserve who carried out the operation had no comment.





Nerissa Irving

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nerr1.jpgNerissa Irving has been a very busy young lady. She has been involved in many projects recently. She has been featured in Playboys Natural Beauties October - November 2008 issue. She also performed in Mojo Morgan's, of Morgan Heritage, "River Nile" music video. Nerissa is also the spokes model for a new hair product to be released soon on the market. She is also working on a novel and a movie to be released later next year.





Amy Winehouse to record in Jamaica

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winehouse2.jpgAmy Winehouse has decided to record her new album in Jamaica.
The drug addict singer who has put her drug days behind her has ironically decided to record her latest album in the drug haven of Jamaica.
It is universally known that crack and cocaine are easy to obtain in the island.
A source of the Sun has said that Amy is feeling and looking better but is worried about the influences awaiting her back in the UK.
Amy is presently in St. Lucia creating havoc by starting fights, stealing other guest's
drinks and walking around naked.
She will return to the Uk to do administrative business before returning to the Caribbean.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 5, 2009

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FAITH.jpgThank God for this divine-outcome day!
As I exercise my physical muscles, I strengthen them. As I use my mental skills, I increase them. The same is true concerning my faith. The more I use it, the more it is strengthened, the more it increases.
And it is with faith that I set free my expectations of blessings, so they are not limited. I pray. I envision magnificent possibilities. All things good expand and rise naturally to meet and often exceed my expectations as I continue to know and affirm my faith in God.
I also spend time in environments and with people who offer positive support and encourage healthful practices and activities. I have an expanding, understanding faith in God.
This is a divine-outcome day!"All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees."--Psalm 25:10





Oprah Winfrey

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oprah_winfrey.jpgOprah Gail Winfrey was born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She escaped a troubled childhood living with her mother where she was repeatedly sexually abused by male family members and friends, to live with her father in Nashville.
She attended Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television.
In 1976 Oprah moved to Baltimore where she hosted the TV talk show, "People are Talking", the show was a hit and Oprah stayed with it for eight years. Her success led her to Stephen Speilberg's 1985 film "The Color Purple" for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She launched the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986. The show was such a success that she gained ownership of it from ABC and placed it under the control of her production company Harpo Productions and made more money from syndications. Her show free of tabloid topics earned her the respect and popularity of her viewers.
Harpo has undertaken many projects, one being the production of the 1989 miniseries "The Women of Brewsters Palce" which Oprah also starred in.
Oprah well known for her constant struggle with her weight is also known for the launching of "Oprah's Book Club" as part of her talk show. This is where novels are introduced, read and discussed on air.
Oprah has the distinction of being one of the most powerful and wealthy people in show business. According to Forbes Magazine, Oprah is the richest African American of the 20th century and the world's only black billionaire 3 years running.





Malcom X

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malcom x.jpgMalcolm Little (Malcolm X) was born in Omaha, nebraska, USA on May 19, 1925.
As a teenager he was involved in pimping and drugs. In 1946 he was arrested, charged and sentenced to ten years in prison for burglary. While in prison he discovered the anti-white Black Muslims.
In 1952 Malcolm joined the Muslims and became a recruiter, changed his name and began writing. He became well known for his 1959 television documentary. Both his writings and his documentary portrayed him as a threat to white people.
After breaking from the Muslims in 1964 he founded the Muslim Mosque in an effort to internationalize the Afro-American struggle. He travelled to Muslim lands and was impressed with their lack of racial bias. He became convinced that whites were not all born inherently racist. He once again re-invented himself and called himself El-Haff Malik El Shabazz and formed the Organisation of African American Unity in hopes of co-operating with progressive white groups.
Malcolm influenced the movements of black power and neo-colonialism by transforming the consciousness of generations of African-Americans.
He was assassinated in New York City in 1965, and it was believed that members of the Nation of Islam were involved.





Louis Armstrong

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lois-armstrong.jpgLouis Armstrong born on August 4, 1901 in New Orleans, Louisiana USA was one of the leading trumpeters and most influential jazz artistes of his time.
Armstrong grew up poor and did odd jobs while listening to jazz music and singing in a boys' quartet. While spending time in Waifs Home for coloured juvenile delinquents (1913) he learned to play cornet in the home's band. Music quickly became his passion and in his teens he quickly learned more about music by listening to jazz musicians such as King Oliver. He became skilled and was soon playing in jazz bands and even replaced Oliver in the Kid Ory Band (1918), and played in Mississippi riverboat dance bands during the early 20's.
Oliver invited Armstrong to play second cornet in his Creole Jazz Band which included outstanding musicians such as Johnny and Baby Dodds and pianist Lil Hardin who he later married in 1924.
Armstrong recorded his first soloist pieces "Chimes Blues" and "Tears" which he produced with his wife.
Lil encouraged Armstrong to quit Oliver's band and he played in Fletcher Henderson's band in New York for a year before returning to Chicago to play in large orchestras. There he created his most important works - The Armstrong Hot Five and Hot Seven recordings of 1925 - 1928 which made him the first jazz soloist. He recorded solo pieces such as "Hotter than That", "Struttin' with some Barbecue" among others. By this time Armstrong was playing trumpet and his style was far superior to that of his competitors.





Digicel and LIME at war

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digicel.jpgThe battle between LIME and Digicel has intensified as the two telecommunication companies are now headed for the Supreme Court.
Digicel has accused LIME of ignoring an injunction placed on them from using confidential Digicel information which they had received, unethically and illegally,through the newest telecommunications company in the island, Claro. Digicel has since then applied to the Supreme Court of Jamaica for an order to be made against LIME for contempt of court.
Digicel alledges that on January 29, not 24 hours after the injunction was granted LIME once again used Digicel's confidential data in a affidavit. Digicel's management has stated that this is a flagrant exhibition of disrespect for the court system of Jamaica.
LIME responded to the allegations stating that Digicel's statements made in a January 29 news release was highly defamatory and constituted a deliberate attempt to damage LIME's reputation by suggesting that they were in collusion with Claro.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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alternatives.jpgGod-inspired choices are right for me and for all times.
Situations in life are often not as they first appear to be. I may consider a new circumstance or a change to be so drastic that I think I have no choice in the matter. Perhaps I have received a diagnosis about my health or incurred a downturn in my finances and feel, or have even been told, that I have no other choice but to accept a negative outcome.
When I turn from concern to inner guidance, I realize that I do have a choice in all that matters to me. I can choose how I respond to life's situations and to those around me--in what I do or do not do.
I understand that there is always an inspired way for me to follow. With the spirit of God as my guide, I make right choices.
"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name."--Psalm 86:11





Fitz Laing (Tom Laing)

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tom_laing.jpgFitz Laing (Tom Laing), 51, married with eight children says that he started singing from birth and credits Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Curtis Mayfield, Sam Cook, Alton Ellis, John Holt and his mother as his inspiration.
He acknowledges that his love of Reggae music began while growing up in Trench Town, Kingston. His early days in the music business began in Brooklyn's Front Room recording studio.
He writes and produces his own songs and hopes to always provide good music that is accepted universally.
He has released songs such as: " It's not over", "Feel Da Vibes" and "Prayer" all on the m-16 rhythm.
He enjoys poetry and thinks that the music of yesteryear had more meaning and was more universal. He enjoys time in the park with his family.





Scenes from Jamaica Live

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Scenes from Ice's Funeral

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New Meaning to Black History Month 2009

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barack-obama-bw1.pngThe election of Barack Obama as the first African American president is making Black History Month come to life as the hearts and minds of people across the world have been opened to the true meaning of Black History Month and Blacks won't be seen as just the minority group but as a people with the ability to make a difference.
Historians say that with Obama's election eclipsing the 100th anniversary of the NAACP, there is even more reason now to celebrate the annual February observance.
It has been acknowledged, however, that even though Obama's presidency has broken the glass ceiling, one should not expect racial inequalities to simply disappear. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of NAACP expects that even though Obama's having broken the colour barrier in the white house will make the NAACP's job easier he knows they will pressure Obama just as they have past presidents.
One professor of African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis said that rather than seeing Obama's election as the end of racism it should be taught as an event that signals a new era in American race relations.





Prodigal Son

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prodigal son promo.jpgGospel artiste Calvin Whilby aka Prodigal Son started singing in 1997 and has performed in the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the USA. The self made song writer and producer enjoys doing his own thing but has on occasion worked with other producers such as: Danny Brownie and Rayon Smith.
He says that his preferred music is Gospel as he hopes to reach the world with his music.
Prodigal Son has also collaborated with International star Micah Stampley and local artistes Junior Tucker, Richie Stephens, Wayne Marshall and Jason Mighty.
The separated father of three does not believe in polygamy, "it must be costly" he jokes.
During his down time he enjoys playing FIFA on his playstation.
His next appearance is in Belize and Africa.





Maya Angelou

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maya_angelou.jpgMaya Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri. Both she and her brother, Bailey, were sent to live with their grandmother in rural Stamps, Arkansas when their parents separated.
During a visit to her mother in St. Louis Maya Angelou was raped by her mother's boyfriend - she was eight. She later testified against the man, who was beaten to death by her uncles. Blaming herself for his death, Maya refused to speak for five years.
She attended high schools in both Arkansas and California and was the first African American female streetcar conductor in San Francisco, California.
She gave birth to a son at 16 and later married Tosh Angelos in 1950. They soon separated.
Maya Angelou studied drama and dance and went on to perform in theatre where she appeared in "Porgy and Bess" and "Cabaret for Freedom" which she co-wrote with Godfrey Cambridge.
During the 1960's she moved to Cairo, Egypt where she worked as the associate editor of the Arab Observer. She also contributed articles to The Ghanaian Times and was featured on the Ghanaian Broadcasting Corporation programming Accra, Ghana. During the 1960's she was also the Assistant administrator of the School of Music and Drama at the University of Ghana. She was also the feature editor of the African Review in Accra from 1964-1966. Upon her return to the USA civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested that she serve as northern coordinator for Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
She wrote her first autobiographical novel " I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" in 1970, which tells of her life up to the age of sixteen.





The "doctress" Mary Seacole

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487px-Mary_Seacole_Drawing.jpgMary Seacole, born in Kingston in 1805 to a Scottish army officer and a free black woman who not only nursed the sick, ran a boarding house but who also taught her daughter about the healing properties of herbal medicine.

Mary Seacole, using herbal medicine, played a pivotal role in not only the 1850 cholera epidemic but also the yellow fever outbreak in Jamaica. As her notoriety grew she was soon performing operations on persons suffering from gunshot and knife wounds.

From her travels across the Caribbean, Mary Seacole increased her knowledge of how people used local plants and herbs to treat the sick. She also treated persons afflicted with cholera in Panama. Mary learnt more about how the cholera disease attacked the body by performing an autopsy on one of its victims.

When soldiers of the Crimean War began to suffer from cholera and malaria, Mary went to London to offer her help and expertise but was rejected due to prejudice against women performing medicine. However, when the government was forced to change their minds they enlisted the less skilled Florence Nightingale along with a team of thirty-nine nurses. Mary's application to join Florence Nightingale's team was denied.

A successful business woman at the time, Mary travelled to Crimea at her own expense. She visited Florence Nightingale to offer her services but was once again turned down.





Miss Jamaica 2007 to host Rising Stars in New York

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rising_star.jpgYendi Phillipps, Miss Jamaica 2007, host of of the number one reality talent show in Jamaica, and The Caribbean International Network (CIN TV), which is the only television service to air Caribbean based programmes in New York for the past 14 years, are proud to announce the second airing of Rising Stars on CH. 73, beginning on Sunday, February 15 at 7:00pm which she will also host.
Rising Stars which is similar to "American Idol" showcases the untapped talent of Jamaicans and assist them to refine their talents.
CIN's CEO Stephen Hill said that Yendi is an exciting host who will continue to attract a bigger audience of all ages and backgrounds.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

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divine order.jpgIn this moment, a divine plan is unfolding in my life.
There may be times when events in my life just do not seem to make sense. I may question why something happened or how I ended up in my present circumstances.
With an increasing understanding of divine order, however, I realize that when my attention is focused solely on myself and my world of experiences, I am not seeing the whole picture. As I expand my vision through the lens of spiritual understanding, I take in the divine plan that is unfolding. I see order in my life and in the world.
From this expanded viewpoint, I watch as problems shrink in both size and importance. I relax and enjoy living in each now moment, allowing answers to come in the form of inner wisdom and divine solutions.
"From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way."--2 Corinthians 5:16





Money in my Pocket- Dennis Brown

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Happy Belated Earthday Dennis I. Brown

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dennis_brown.jpgBorn on February 1, 1957, christened Dennis Immanuel Brown. The 'Crown Prince of Reggae' died on July 1, 1999.

Before leaving he gave us hits like; 'Love and Hate', 'No Man is an Island', 'Revolution', 'West Bound Train', 'Silhouette', 'Ain't That Loving You', 'Stop The Fussing and Fighting', 'Equal Rights' and 'How Could I Leave'...just to name a few.

YardFlex remembers this great one, who has contributed so much to the music industry.





Passa Passa - 'Empty church at Ice funeral'

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Photography By: Milton Raynor
IMG_1325.JPGWhat a way nobody no turn out fi the 'Gully Creepa' funeral.

We reach the church about 12 noon only a handful a people was there. Ice's body never reach the church until 12:30 pm, then a few vehicle started to roll in.

We have to big up the few dancers who came out to pay their respect: Dance Xpressions, Keiva, Sample Six, Lady Dagga, Black Roses Dancers and Kangaroo. Voicemail were the only entertainers there.

What happen to all the other dancers, entertainers and members of the dancehall fraternity. How come them never come out to pay their respect to Ice? Me can't believe the 'Energy God' Elephant Man of all person wasn't there. Him ride off of the man dance "Gully Creepa" and never even see it fit to pay him last respect to the dancer.

It only leave us to speculate and pass our assumptions as to what was going on in Ice's life and the reason behind his passing. Could it be fear why the dancers and everyone else stayed clear of the funeral?

As I said we can only assume.

Below are pics from the funeral:





International News Brief Feb 2 2009

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michael_phelps.jpgOlympic historian, swimmer Michael Phelps admits to engaging in "regrettable" behavior and showing 'bad judgment' after British tabloid runs photo of him appearing to smoke marijuana. He is unlikely to face any punishment as the drug is banned 'in-competition' only.

"I engaged in behavior which was regrettable and demonstrated bad judgment," Phelps said in a statement released by Octagon, his management firm, and posted on his Facebook site. "I'm 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect from me. For this, I am sorry. I promise my fans and the public...it will not happen again."

Marketing experts said the incident should have minimal effect on Phelps' multimillion-dollar sponsorships because of his quick apology.

Phelps has never failed a drug test during his career and was one of several American athletes who volunteered to undergo additional testing to dispel any suggestions that he might be benefiting from performance-enhancing drugs.

This isn't Phelps' first public stumble. In 2004, when he was 19 and a few months removed from winning six gold medals at the Olympics in Athens, he was pulled over by authorities after rolling through a stop sign and charged with driving while intoxicated. Phelps publicly apologized, calling it an "isolated incident." He agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors that sentenced him to 18 months of probation.

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Joke Of The Day

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A Jamaican Poem
joke_095.jpgYou're the ackee in my saltfish
Condensed milk in my tea
The patty in my coco bread
Without you there is no me.

Just like coconut water
You're good for my heart
And Mr.Wray without his nephew
Is like when we are apart.

When you wrap your arms around me
Like banana leaf on blue draaws
There is nothing I wouldnt do for you
You know that im all yours.

I want to be with you always
Like when tin milk get short
An dem marry it with it to de mackerel
to make sure de mackerel get bought.

Like carrot juice on Sunday
Mango in the summertime
I cant get enough of you
Please tell me you will be mine.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, February 2, 2009

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perfect fit.jpgI am in the right place at the right time for perfect employment.
I have fulfilling work to do that is an absolutely perfect fit for me. It may be my present job or a new one, a paid position or one in which I serve as a volunteer.
Whatever I do, I am appreciated and valued for my time and talents. As a paid employee or volunteer, I have more than enough to feed, clothe, shelter, and otherwise care for myself and my loved ones.
I remember that the young people in my life also need to be appreciated and valued. Like adults, they are fulfilled in making meaningful contributions to our world, and I encourage them towards success.
I give thanks for the great variety of jobs in the world and the people who perform them. There is a purpose for it all, and I know that my purpose is always being revealed.
"My purpose shall stand, and I will fulfill my intention."--Isaiah 46:10





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Passa Passa

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ELEPHANT MAN_dance&songtheif.jpgEle, it a look real sticky pon you. Di dancer them a say you haffi stop ‘borrow’ people tings and gwaan like a fi you. Dem say you borrow people song, dem melody and most of all, dem dance move and is like you figet fi give di people dem back dem sinting. Ele, if a true it cyan continue so, cause dem a say di new dance Sasa Step a nuh yours. Dem say is Mundo Ravers originally create the dance and OverMars and QSean do the song. Memba say a Ding Dong did do di original Badman Forward Badman Pullup and Nuh Linga and you tek it over. You also thief the Gully Creepa and a gwaan like a yours.

People, tek a look at the following link and see and hear the original Sasa Step from the original creators and original dancers and decide fi oonuself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ve7AlyTQGgA

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Music Industry Workshop Set For Today

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musicworks022 copy.jpgOn Friday February 27th the Ministry Of Information, Culture Youth & Sports under the patronage of The Hon. Olivia "Babsy" Grange will be staging a one day Music Industry Workshop geared towards educating and informing the local entertainment fraternity. The workshop which will feature a series of seminars is set against the backdrop of Reggae Month's 2nd Anniversary not to mention the 50 year coalition since the Jamaican Music Industry was formally birthed.

Amongst the distinguished guests and presenters for the day will be John Baker, CEO of Gee Jam Records, Vivian Chew CEO of Time Zone International, Claude Ismael CEO of Nevermind Entertainment, Entertainment Attorney from Atlanta Kendall Minter, Bryan Calhoun, VP of New Media & External Affairs at SoundExchange, CEO of Myspace.com Amit Kapur, Radio Announcer Wayne Jobson, CEO of Tommy Boy Records Tom Silverman, CEO of Bug Music John Rudolph and Chris Smith Artist Manger to name a few.





Laden shining in the # 1 on the Richie B Top 20 Chart

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jim_laden_charts.jpgTOP 20 DANCE HALL SINGLES

TW LW WOC TITLE/ARTISTE/LABEL

01 2 10 Time To Shine-Laden-Big Ship(1wk@#1) U-1

02 1 8 Romping Shop-Vybz Kartel feat Spice-Adidjaheim Records/NotNice(2wks@#1) D-1

03 3 10 Dip Again- Elephant Man feat. Ding Dong – Big Ship NM

04 4 21 Ghetto Prayer – Shane-O-Jam II NM

05 8 5 Last Man Standing-Vybz Kartel – U-3

06 7 8 I’m So Blessed - Mavado – Big Ship U-1

07 5 24 Burnin, Burnin- Miss Triniti feat. Beenie Man-Unseen Lab (2wks@#1) D-2

08 6 11 Flying Dagger (100 Stab)- Idonia- Equinoxx (pp#6) D-2

09 9 23 Move-KK Alese- Ruby Sarah Music (pp#7) NM

10 12 5 Ben Ova - RDX- U-2





Assassin Invades Campus Rave

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assassin_campusrave_edit.jpgIrish and Chin's exciting Campus Rave Tour is anticipated to take over colleges in the US this April and May. So far, 15 colleges are already on board and more in the works. Irish and Chin aim to lock in at least 25 schools on this year's campus tour.

The Spring 2009 edition of Campus Rave will deliver top class performances from in-demand deejay Assassin, backed by super sound system Mighty Crown, to thousands of dancehall fans on college campuses throughout the United States.

"I must thank my staff for pulling the Campus Rave Tour; without them, this year's tour wouldn't have been possible," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne. "With recent economic woes and budget cuts, they had to work overtime to get things lined up," Chin explained.

With such hits as "Almighty Protect" and "Wha Do Dem Guy Deh" bubblin' in the dancehalls, Irish and Chin believe that Assassin embodies a hardcore presence and chemistry that will definitely work with their target audience of college kids of West Indian descent and/or Reggae lovers. Their theory has been proven correct. Additionally, Assassin's repertoire of classic dancehall hits sold the colleges. Clearly, Assassin has proven him self to be one of dancehall music's most intelligent, energetic and lyrically gifted artists.

"It's a pleasure to work with Assassin — as he is easy going and hard working," says Garfield "Chin" Bourne.





Super Cat

Answer: The first destruction in the modern age of reggae name STING. Sting has the music like boxing ring. Imagine big artistes like Maxi Priest and Bunny Wailer come and get bottled. It seem to be a pattern, then the clash is at the forefront. Clashes should be for new artistes, who need to express their talent, established artistes should not be in that category. There is always a stigma in the music, from the underground to the forefront. Are they going to ban the sex channels? Why should anyone stop a man from expressing how him feel about sex and how a woman make him feel.


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Slackness is slackness and it affects every one differently. We all do slackness but some chose to take it out of their bedroom, everything has its place.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: I think it is necessary, any well thinking family wouldn't mind.


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I am not one for the slackness. I will always be one to quote the Bible if we are called upon as singers and musicians because we are the only ones who can transcend God's teaching onto our nation. Therefore, why should we continue to feed this nation, especially this generation with any thing negative. Maybe we as singers and musicians don't realize that we were called upon by God.


Mr. Perfect

Answer: I think it was a great move. We need to have morals in our society and we need to control what our kids see and hear. We can't control everything but we have to start somewhere. I know they will find things out through magazines, games etc., but at least we are trying to limit their exposure.

We need to take dancehall back to how it was. I remember when Little Lenny came out with "Gun inna Baggie," he had to do a clean version for the airwaves called "Healthy Body," If persons wanted to hear "Gun inna Baggie", they would have go to sessions. I really think this decision will not affect dancehall, I think it will only make the sessions more attended by patrons who are not able to hear their favorite songs on the radio. What they need to realize is that dancehall will never die, it will only find ways of reinventing itself, through the artistes who will continue to write good music, fashion etc.





in----mates.jpgJamaican inmates at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Upstate New York have donated US$1,107 towards the hurricane rehabilitation effort.

The money came from the commissary account, through which family and friends can deposit money for the inmates.

Consul General to New York, Geneive Brown-Metzger, who was on hand to accept the cheque recently, described as "an incredibly generous gesture," the donation from the inmates, who are members of the Caribbean African Unity (CAU) organisation.

"This is an especially profound and appreciated gesture because of your circumstance," she stated.

Mrs. Brown-Metzger called on the Jamaican community in the United States to remember those nationals who are incarcerated at this time, noting that the Consulate would continue to reach out and offer assistance where possible.

"I am encouraging each and every one of you to be strong and to know that you are not forgotten by the Jamaican Consulate," she told the inmates at the medium security facility.





Queen Ifrica - Far Away

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Soldier have next charge

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ja-S.jpgSi whey mi sey, the soldier invole inna di club shooting at the Diamond Gaming Lounge pon Heroes Day have one next charge a face. Yes, sah it allege seh him did kick off wid smady else a one nex club a Manchester and shooting did gwaan deh suh tuh. Him sey a self defence dat deh time tuh. So meck wi si how everyting unfold nuh.

Schooler unno behave
But a wha did a gwaan inna di place sah. A not even time fi Champs yet and di pickney dem a flip up like dem nuh have nuh sense. Police haffi deh pon di alert and bere tings. Adults look like dem haffi guh set better example, cause a pure craziness a gwaan inna di island.

Businessman cold
But deh businessman cold eeh. Di one whey dem arrest fi a fool roun him three gal pickney dem. Den yuh mean to seh you have so much woman deh bout di place, dose him can buy and dose him can guh look and di ongle option him si was di sweet likkle sinting dem. No sah dis yah world yah well waan sort out.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 26, 2009

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guidance.jpgGuided by divine wisdom, I soar to new heights of understanding.

There is a gentle stirring within me, a whisper of an idea, that I recognize as divine guidance. Unquestionably, I know that God is my source of good, a constant guiding presence. Uplifted in spirit, I see my way over obstacles that I may have once thought blocked me from realizing my good.

In this higher elevation of divine knowing, I have an overview of the bigger picture. Mountains become molehills, challenges become opportunities, the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

Dedicated to knowing and living the truth, I soar to new heights of understanding and make progress in all areas of my life.

"As an eagle stirs up its nest, and hovers over its young; as it spreads its wings, takes them up, and bears them aloft on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him." --Deuteronomy 32:11-12





Vybz Kartel - Mama

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News Brief

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New owners for Sunday Herald
herald.jpgThe Sunday Weekly Sunday Herald has changed ownership hands. The new owners are a group of investors led by the Rev Garnet Roper. The paper has been a thriving force in the journalism market and has broken many top stories. Among the names being mention on the new board is Politician Peter Bunting and Chris Dehring. Yardflex wishes the paper every success.
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Lecturer questioned on harboring teens in house

A male Canadian teacher who lectures at a popular university in Canada is now under police scrutiny following four juveniles being found in his home. Yardflex understand that their parents had no knowledge of their whereabouts. The juveniles will be undergoing a thorough examination as the situation is highly unusual.
The situation was brought to police attention by the parents who reported the matter.





11 year old kills father's pregnant girlfriend

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JB.jpg11 year old Jordan Brown has been charged for the brutal murder of his father's 26 year old girlfriend, Kenzie Marie Houk, and her unborn child.
It is alleged that Brown shot Houk, who was eight months pregnant, in the back of the head while she was lying in bed in their western Pennsylvania farmhouse, before taking the bus to school.

The Lawrence County District Attorney John Bongivengo reported that Brown will be charged as an adult for criminal homicide and criminal homicide of an unborn child.

Brown has been arraigned and sent to the county jail.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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I am unbounded and free!
I give expression to my inner spiritual light in a way that feels natural to me--by being myself! It requires no effort on my part to be the real me. Authentic living is effortless and liberating.
20090224.jpgI accept myself just as I am, just as I was created: a beloved, light-filled expression of Spirit. With a grateful heart, I embrace the qualities God gave me, the special skills and talents that shape my unique experience. By honoring gifts like imagination, creativity, and leadership, I honor God.
Freedom is a state of mind and heart. And even more important, it is the state of my spirit. As my unbounded true self, I am living the life God gave me to live and loving every minute of it!
"If then your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be as full of light as when a lamp gives you light with its rays."--Luke 11:36





What do artist think about payola in the business?

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payola.gifQuestion: What do you think about the payola in the business?

Super Cat

Answer: Payola is illegal, it's embezzling the funds in the business. Hundreds of thousands of artistes don't have it to pay for payola. Why don't they just buy some regular commercial air time, it is cheaper than payola. Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh never paid payola. These disc jockeys are trying to break the artiste. Once the strength of the people is behind the music. i.e. disc jockeys playing the music in dancehall, in the clubs and the street venues it's not about what the artiste can afford but what they (the people) want. Artistes and their management don't want to feel like they are being "sticked up."


Gramps Morgan

Answer: Well it happens every where around the world it's been going on since the 60's in the music business, PERIOD. However, in Jamaica it makes it hard for an upcoming talent that is more than qualified to have a music career and doesn't have the money, so that artiste doesn't get the chance to be heard, so it sucks in that way.


Donovan Germaine

Answer: It's a taboo subject


Marcia Griffiths

Answer: I have never supported Payola in the business, because the way I see it, if you have a God given talent to do a work, we should all work together. We are one family. There should be someone to take it from there to another level. Also, if someone is employed to do a job, why should we pay them again to do the same job. It reaches a stage where artistes are paying more than they are receiving from their music.


Mr. Prefect

Answer: I Think payola is doing more harm than good to the business. Sometimes it helps to a certain level, but when the politics of it 'kicks in' it's not good. You might have a new artiste who may not the have the right connections, payola can help him to a level, but when you have an artiste a pay the disc jockeys to not play your songs that's when the politics of it is harming the business.

Also some promoters are using payola to get themselves much further in the business. I remember back then when a young artiste would be given a small fee to perform on a big stage show, nowadays the artiste have to be paying the promoters instead. Some of them don't even have a 'chune' that anybody know.





What’s poppin

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0-junior reid.jpgIt a real family affair whey Junior Reid and him two bwoy dem concern. Yeah man wi get fi understand sey him open one club pon Eastwood Park Road inna Kingston. Wi hear sey it really nice. Junior di Yardflex crew a come check it out and kick back in a di VIP lounge area zeen


Merciless nuh get nuh mercy

A what dat wi hear bout Merciless and anodda DJ whe him go teck on inna lyrics and chuck off face and tings? Well sah, dem nuh have enough fi deal wid di Broadcast Commission a a crack down pon violent lyrics and tings.

A close look at Ramping Shop

Mi really neva check out di lyrics a Ramping Shop all dat good enuh. But di odda day wi a pree it and di part whey Spice sing nuh suh right a tall, she sey “dig out mi tripe, cause a dat wey mi like” or something like dat. Now come meck wi reason, wi know sey tripe nuh locate whey di vagina deh, you woulda haffi enter from back way fi find dat. So whey she really a sey, she like anal sex? No sah…mi nuh waan nuh man go nuh whey near fi mi tripe at all meck it tan deh…come from di front…no accidents roun here!





Death of four person by a soldier

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Enquiry is set to begin in April on the shooting death of four person by a soldier during a birthday party at the Double Diamond gaming lounge in Kingston.

The matter which should have been called up on Thursday had to be rescheduled due to other commitment at the Resident Magistrate’s Court in H-W-T.

Stay tuned, Yardflex will have more for you when the case begins.
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Armed robbers rob St Thomas Technical High

Three armed men pounced on the St Thomas Technical High School and ransacked the school’s staff, stealing computer parts and the security guard’s pants.

By the time the police arrived on the scene the robbers were way clear of the scene. Really now it’s a disgrace.





Alia Atkinson’s brother dies in plane crash

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sports_jannelle.gifThe brother of Jamaican Olympic swimmer, Alia Atkinson, and a licensed pilot since high school, Adi Atkinson, 23, logged his last flight on Tuesday. That's when authorities say his single-engine plane went down near the Orlando area, killing him and a student, Derek Fox, 30, of Ohio.

Alia's brother who is a flight instructor from Pembroke Pines in Florida and working with Volusia County, crashed on Tuesday at 3:13 pm.

According to reports in the media the bodies and the wreckage weren’t recovered until the next day.

Yardflex send condolence to the family in this their time of grief.





Nicholas A. Holter

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DSC_0003.JPGNicholas A. Holter, professionally known as Nico D is a single 27 year old Norwegian reggae artist who started singing about seven years ago, when he was inspired to express his views about to the state of the world to the masses. He aims to not only have a successful career but to also inform and convey a constructive message.
This bilingual artist has performed at not only festivals at home in Norway but also in the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, France, the UK, Canada and Chile, he has also performed on tours, to what he says was very positive responses. This he expected as he says that when you provide positive music you get positive responses.
Nico D is proud to be gaining International recognition as his songs, "Ruff Times" and "Dreams" have been played on one of Jamaica's local radio stations - Irie FM. The Norwegian Production Company 'Afterglow' is the producer of his songs.
Though he enjoys all genre of music his favourite is reggae. He, however has a word of caution to the artistes of gangsta rap. He says that he is aware that these artistes are a product of their background but that they must be careful of what they say as some may take their message literally.
He is not worried about the effects of the recession on the music industry as he says that historically recessions do not affect the entertainment industry.
Nico D has done two collaborations in Jamaica, one with Jah Mason and the other with Congos. He has also collaborated with two Norwegians, Admiral P and Jaba Man.
During his spare time he enjoys playing sports: football, tennis and basketball or unwinding with friends and his special lady friend.





Passa Passa

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New York

A Wah do the people them wey have all the re-entries and a call police pon people. Them need fi stop...when you live inna glass house, don't throw stone. By the way, Anita me very disappointed with you, me think the fight did done from last year. Me think you, Shelly and Muncy them did squash out things. How the people them send them daughter with Shelly a the hair salon on Farmers Boulevard and as Shelly come in you fling you cellphone on Shelly. But Shelly done you pon Farmers and 115th. When she done wid you, she take you cellphone weh you fling pon har and call you family dem and ask if dem want fi dem beaten too. You all have the nerve fi send police go a the people dem yaad and all pon people whe no do you nutten. A wah kind a ting you a deal wid.
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Florida

A Jamaican restaurant owner from Miami/Ft. Lauderdale bit off a piece of har husband's face. She discover say him a give har bun with a mampy. Well the husband and the matey no do nutten better, them ago open a restaurant in the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. The woman from what we hear is returning to Jamaica.

Jamaica

This man marry two (2) woman, one for many years but him recently wed the other because she young, hot and sexy. The way how him bright, him a flaunt a picture of his new bride in his original legal wife face. The original wife no do nutten more than report him to the authorities. Them lock him up when him go visit him brother at the hospital.





Shebada Party

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Lauryn Hill pregnant again

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lauren_hill.jpgAccording to one of source, Lauryn Hill is pregnant with her 6th child. We are just wondering whose is the father...rumors has it that its Rohan Marley.

We are not assuming anything at this time, we will keep you guys posted, as the story progress.





What's Poppin

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Spice engaged but not ready to get married

12132.JPGDeejay Spice recently got engaged when long time boyfriend and baby father, Nicholas Lall, proposed during his birthday party on February 7.

Spice who is ecstatic says that they have not set a date yet as she is too busy to get married right now. Even though they are happy and in love marriage is not something that she wants to jump into without careful consideration - they haven't even bought a house yet. She says that she wants to be financially comfortable before taking the plunge.

Fans will unfortunately not see Spice sporting an engagement ring as she will only do so among friends and family as she says that a marriage is not a public thing, it should be private and she is not sure whether she will have a big wedding or a private one.

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A Jamaican executed in the US

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The_Cross.jpgDespite efforts to reverse a decision by the Virginia Governor in the United States, convicted Jamaican, Edward Bell, 44, was executed by lethal injection shortly last night.

The Washington Post quotes spokesman for the Virginia Department of Corrections Larry Traylor, as saying that Bell was strapped to a gurney, administered a sequence of three drugs and pronounced dead at the Greensville Correctional Center at 9:11 p.m.

Traylor reportedly said he died from the first administration of the lethal chemicals.

Bell had been held on Virginia's death row ever since his conviction in 2001 of murder in the 1999 shooting death of Winchester police Sergeant Ricky Timbrook.

US media reports say Bell did not enter the death chamber under his own power and appeared to be struggling with corrections officials.

In his dying declaration Bell reportedly told members of the Timbrook family that they had the wrong person and that the truth would come out one day.

He further state that there was no justice in killing him.

Members of Timbrook's family and his former colleagues from the Winchester Police Department were among those present for the execution.

Corrections officials say Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine rejected Bell's final plea for clemency yesterday afternoon.

In a statement, Kaine said Bell's trial, verdict, and sentence were reviewed by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Virginia, United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

He said having carefully reviewed the petition for clemency and judicial opinions, he found no compelling reason to set aside the sentence that was recommended by the jury, and imposed and affirmed by the courts.





Singer Iley Dread’s Kings of Kings International in association with Seawind Resort in Negril will once again unite the people through music.


This concert, Unite The People, now in its fourth staging — albeit not consecutively — is scheduled to take place on April 4 at WAVS Beach in Negril.
“Unite the People was last held in 2007, “we staged a similar show last year at the same venue but with a different name, Reggae Grooving” one of the organizers explained. He disclosed that this showcase has always opted for quality acts, rather than quantity. “We know the type of concert that the people in Negril appreciate and we are happy for an opportunity to bring to them the kind of acts who will entertain and give value for money,”


Unite the People has a select line-up of acts including the maestro himself Beres Hammond along with Queen Ifrica, Coco Tea, Iley Dread, Jeffrey Star and Rising Stars winner and runner-up Cameal Davis and Khalil respectively. Also included are up and coming artistes Ras Penco, Rochelle (Bradshaw) and Kool DeRoy.





Cherine Anderson releases new album

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cherine_dubstyle_09.jpgSinger/Songwriter Cherine Anderson out of East Kingston, Jamaica has surpassed all expectations when she performed at three of Barack Obama's Inaugural Balls earlier this year. She has also performed at the World Special Olympics in Idaho and is currently promoting her first official release "The Introduction - Dubstyle" on tours in the US, Australia and Europe with Sly and Robbie, Michael Fronti and Spearhead, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper.

"The Introduction - Dubstyle" which is available on iTunes is a combination of dancehall, soul and lover's rock and is produced by Grammy winning producers Sly and Robbie, David Norland, Gussie Clarke and Errol Brown among others.

The talented Anderson not only performs, but she also wrote all nine songs and co-produced several of the tracks.

The album which should appeal to all ages with the roots, dance and dub tunes is a female anthem as it speaks to the harsh realities faced by young girls in the inner city.





News Brief

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Kevin Lyttle reveals new soca single

kevin_lyttle_SOB_09.jpgThe soul soca singer Kevin Lyttle debuted his new soca single "Anywhere" to a sold out crowd at SOB in Manhattan on Monday, February 16. He performed with the likes of Serani, Assassin, L.U.S.T. and Ghost as part of SOB's weekly "Rock With Squeeze" live music series.

The new single "Anywhere" featuring rapper Flo Rida is a combination of soca and rap.

In collaboration with "Anywhere" and last year's album release of "Fyah", Lyttle is trying to re-introduce soca to the masses. He is looking forward to performing in festivals and other shows.

"Anywhere" has been getting extensive air play on Power 96 in Miami.

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, February 20, 2009

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time for me.jpgSetting aside some time for myself, I do some creative activity, or I may simply enjoy a peaceful break on my own in the quiet. During this mini-retreat, I am conscious of Spirit within, and the capacity of my heart to contain God's love expands.
I am beloved of God--not for what I do, what I look like, nor what I own. I am beloved because I am a child of God. There are no conditions placed on divine love. The respect I have for myself shows my appreciation for all I've been given--life, health, and abundant supply.
An added bonus of caring for myself is that I actually have more to offer others. So I may follow a time for me by spending time with another, which brings us both a greater awareness of God's love.
"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us."--Ephesians 5:1-2





Mavado New Song Bad!

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A So You Move - Mavado

Have you heard Mavado's new song lately...entitled a So You Move? It hit out at the government's stance on dancehall music. Irie FM is 'rinsing' it out and right now it's getting a lot of buzz on the streets and people are just talking. Man the singjay went all out on this one and the lyrics are really powerful. Trust me this dancehall, Broadcast Commission debate won't be going away anytime soon.

Hypocrites
Still I have to give my side of the debate in all of this. If you ask me, they are all hypocrites, how dem fi come down on dancehall music and not touching soca and carnival. A don't tink it is right that kids should be wining up and carrying on bad on the streets in skimpy outfits. Not to mention the adults who behave like real old bangarangs. You listen to the lyrics of di Calypso song dem...so what Broadcast Commission say bout dat. On pon top of that on Easter Sunday a cyaan turn on mi TV in peace just through di whole heap a naked people a dagger in the streets...so no more a those tings come Easter...a hope suh.

Red Stripe wheel and come again big time
Red Stripe launched Diageo Learning For Life - Project Artiste on Wednesday at the Heart School of Cosmetology. It's a big move to be taking raw talent - 40 participants to be exact and working with them. Training them and guiding them to deal with the whole business of music. In my books they have totally redeemed themselves.





News Briefs

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ziggy.jpgZiggy Marley is gearing up for the release of this third album 'Family Time', set to be released on May 5 via Tuff Gong Worldwide.

The family-themed record was produced by Don Was, and features a variety of family and friends including his mother Rita Marley, sister Cedella Marley, and his three-year-old daughter Judah Marley.

Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson also perform on the release, as does actress Jamie Lee Curtis who narrates two stories.

According to Marley, the record "represents my daily family life and is inspired by my three-year-old daughter Judah and baby Gideon. It was a joy to make and opened up new avenues in my creativity."

A former member of the Melody Makers, Marley has contributed to a variety of children's programming including Nick Jr's 'Dora the Explorer', the PBS children's show 'Arthur', and 'Shark Tale', in which he played the character of Bernie, the Jamaican jellyfish.

Source: http://www.nme.com/





Gyptian fires manager...again

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gyptian.jpgYardflex got it hot off the press that Gyptian has fired his manager...again. Don't know what was the reason for the falling out, but at this rate if he continues on the same track he won't have any candidate who can fill the bill. We will keep you in the know as soon as we get more on this one.
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Trump's Casino's File Bankruptcy

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Trumpcasinos.jpgThree casinos belonging to Trump Entertainment: the Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Trump Marina Hotel Casino, once run by Donald Trump, have filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, for the 3rd time on Tuesday.
Trump Entertainment Resorts made the filing in US Bankruptcy Court in Camden, New Jersey four days after real estate mogul, Donald Trump resigned as chairman of its board.

Trump states that even though it has his name he has nothing to do with the company, and may even seek legal action to force the company to stop using his name. He is, however, saddened over the end of a venture that was so publicly associated with his name and image.
All three of the casinos will continue to operate during the bankruptcy proceedings, and the sale of the Trump Marina Hotel to Richard Fields, Trumps protege, will continue as scheduled.

Trumps daughter, Ivanka, whose image has been used to market the casinos also resigned from the board.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, February 19, 2009

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prayer_for _others.jpgMy prayers reach out, near and far, to bless my loved ones.
I look at the first glimmer of the moon in the evening sky and know that it is the same celestial object that shines in the evening sky above my loved ones. And I may be thinking particularly of one who is a world away, saying good morning to the rising sun as I am saying good evening to the setting sun. Still, I know in my heart that we are in one world and one in Spirit.
Wherever we are, the Christ in me greets the Christ in my loved ones. We share a spiritual connection that neither space nor time can interfere with. I imagine my prayers taking wing, reaching out to bless those I love.
I pray, affirming always that we are aware of our oneness in Spirit, and that each one is safe and healthy, happy and fulfilled.
"But truly God has listened; he has given heed to the words of my prayer."--Psalm 66:19





FUN SUNDAY FOR FEMALES ONLY

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Belize Reggae Fest

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beenie_man.jpgImpressed by the overwhelming response to Beenie Man's performance in the Central American country of Belize in 2005, and noticing that the reggae performances in that country are few and far between, Tasz Smith, CEO of Triple T Productions in New York joined forces with Garth Guthrie of Nuff Muzik Productions in Florida to initiate the Belize Reggae Fest Series, which will bring the most popular dancehall and reggae artistes to the Central American country.
The Belize Reggae Fest will be held on Saturday, March 7 at the Civic Center in Belize City.
Beenie Man and Anthony Cruz are set to launch the Reggae Fest Series at the Princess Hotel and Casino with a mix of dancehall and lover's rock. DJ Andrew D of Irie FM Radio 93.5 FM in New York will be spinning all the latest reggae and dancehall hits as Jamaica's favourite dancer "Attitude Gyal" Dyema shows off the latest dancehall moves.
Other artistes scheduled to perform are: Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Sean Paul and former NFL player Tiki Barber.





The benefits of legalizing Marijuana

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marijuana-leaf.jpgThe legalizing, regulating and taxing of marijuana is one practical strategy for economic recovery during this time of the economic difficulties across the globe.

Even though marijuana is currently illegal, it is still widely available. As with any scarce commodity, the plants prohibition has simply raised its value on the black market. The illegality of the drug has in no way deterred smokers from obtaining it. The riskier the law makes it for growers and distributors to meet the demands of their market the more these illegal entrepreneurs charge their customers. Also, because of the limited law-enforcement resources marijuana producers and consumers continue about their business, barely inconvenienced.

Governments waste huge amounts of their country's resources, both financial and personnel in the on-going but futile war against the marijuana market. Resources that could be put to better use creating programs to assist the victims of domestic abuse, feeding and housing the poor and improving education and the health industry.

regardless of the laws, so why not take advantage of this fact and use it to ease the government's budgetary woes and simultaneously provide more jobs?





Passa Passa-Keiva got a reality check...

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f_KEIVATHEDIVm_13a9fdd.jpgWhat a way Ms. Keiva she tink she bad, bout she come a YardFlex office a try bright herself with 1 of our staff member. She got the shock of her life when she was forced to take back her statement when the CEO stepped to her. Keiva need fi go sidung and try get the clothes dem inna har store sell.

Me sey Keiva well barge inna we office and a talk bout we put up bad tings bout har pon the website and we ago live fi see har. Also how she wish did rich like Puffy, so she coulda sue we.

What Keiva you need fi understand say is that in this business any publicity is good publicity.
Keiva just gwaan stay ova your side of the plaza, try sell some clothes and tun on back your light.

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SARWAN UPSET AFTER FALLING SHORT OF 100

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_42676283_sarwan_getty.jpgWednesday, February 18 – Antigua Recreation Ground, Antigua & Barbuda: Windies batsman, Ramnaresh Sarwan, produced another assured innings here Tuesday but was left cursing himself for missing out on a 13th Test century and allowing England to take a big first innings lead and command of the 3rd Digicel Test after three days.

The visitors closed day three on 31 for one, an overall lead of 312, after bowling out the West Indies for 285 in reply to their 566 for nine declared.

"I'm very disappointed that I got out on 94. Of course to get out at that time, at that position in the game kind of put us back as well. So I'm really disappointed both personally and from the point of view of the team as well," Sarwan said after play.

The 28-year-old, who hit a century in the West Indies' victory in the opening Digicel Test in Jamaica, played beautifully on an increasingly difficult surface, cracking 14 fours and a six off 133 balls. But he tried to reach three figures with a six off Graeme Swann's off spin and only chipped a catch to midwicket.





Michael Lee-Chin

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MichaelLeeChin_188.jpgMichael Lee-Chin was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica to black and Chinese Jamaicans. When Lee-Chin was 7 his mother married Vincent Chen. He attended Titchfield High School between 1962 and 69.

In 1970 he earned a scholarship to study Civil Engineering at McMaster University in Canada. He worked briefly as a road engineer for the Jamaican Government but unable to find a job in his qualified field he returned to Canada.

He had various jobs until he secured a loan in 1983 for C$500,000 from the Continental Bank of Canada and purchased a stake in Mackenzie Financial Group and formed Kicks Athletics with Andrew Gayle which was worth C$3.5 million by 1987.

With these proceeds he bought a Kitchener based company called the Advantage Investment Council for C$200,000. He renamed the company AIC and developed it into a fund that today controls C$6 billion, with hundreds of investors.

He continued to form and acquire companies that deals in investments, securities and insurance through the Berkshire Group of Companies which by 2007 amassed C$12 billion in assets. On October 5, 2006, Lee-Chin announced his resignation fron AIC and was replaced by Johnathan Wellum, AIC's Chief Investment Officer. He remains as AIC's Executive Chairman.





What's Poppin

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Chris Brown banned

chris brown.jpgChris Brown has more to deal with than just facing a felony charge and $50,000 bail after the alleged attack on his girlfriend, Rihanna on February 8.

He now has to deal with the effects his abusive actions have had on his career, as his music has been banned on radio stations in Barbados, Rihanna's island home, as well as other radio stations globally.

His Doublemint gum commercial has also been suspended pending the outcome of the charges. The Body By Milk campaign has also pulled his "Got Milk" advertisement.

Rihanna has had to cancel two concert performances in Indonesia and Malaysia scheduled for February 12 and 13 respectively as she is sporting bruises, a black eye and a split lip.
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Robert L. Johnson

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robert_johnson.jpgRobert L. Johnson was born in Hickory, Mississippi on April 8, 1946. He was the ninth of ten children born to Edna and Archie Johnson. He studied history at the University of Illinois, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree. He also earned a master's degree in International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

In 1979 he founded Black Entertainment Television (BET), which was the first cable television aimed at African Americans. It was launched in January 1980, broadcasting for two hours per week.
Presently, BET reaches more than 65 million US homes. It has become the first black-controlled company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

BET has expanded into other BET -related television channels that encompasses the BET Networks: BETJ, BET Hip Hop and BET Gospel.
In 1998 Johnson made the company private by buying back all of its publicly traded stock. In 1999 Viacom bought BET for $3 billion. Johnson's 63 percent share made him the richest black person (before being usurped by Oprah Winfrey) with assets of a billion dollars after taxes. He continued to be the company's chairman and CEO for six years before turning over the titles of President and Chief Operating Officer of BET to Debra L. Lee a former BET vice president.

Johnson started the RLJ Companies whose goal was to create a holding company and asset management firm run by a minority business person. The RLJ Companies has a diverse portfolio of companies touching on all area of their business industry, ie. real estate, financial service, hospitality, sports, film, automotive and gaming. RLJ has headquarters all across the USA.





Black Uhuru

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black_uhuru.jpgThe reggae band Black Uhuru was formed by Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson in the 1970's. The band whose name Uhuru is Swahili for freedom was the first group to win a Grammy when the reggae category was introduced in 1985 for the single "What is Life' on the "Anthem'" album.

Over the years the group went through many changes; the first group members were Garth Dennis, Don Carlos and Derrick 'Duckie' Simpson. Then Carlos left and was replaced by Michael Rose, then Dennis left and was replaced by Errol Nelson. During this period the band released its most famous album "Love Crisis" later re-released as "Black Sounds of Freedom". Sandra 'Puma' Jones joined the group in 1979 and with this new line-up; Rose, Simpson and Jones, along with Sly & Robbie as producers and drum and bass players, they release "Sinsemilla", "Red", "Chill Out" and the Grammy winning "Anthem", which were there most popular album.

Black Uhuru became one of the most popular reggae groups in the world touring with super stars such as the Police, the Rolling Stones and the Clash.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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20090218.jpgMy dreams come true through the guidance and resources of Spirit.
It's finished--a success! Perhaps my dream was to complete an important project, to create a beautiful work of art, or to host an outstanding event. Now that it's done, I may ask myself, What's next?
Before I move on to something else, however, I stop and take a cue from Scripture. Following six days of creation, the seventh day represents a day of fulfillment and sacred completion, a time of rest and reflection to honor the work that's been done.
I honor my accomplishments and the successful achievements of others by slowing down and taking time to appreciate and enjoy work in its fulfillment. I take it all in and acknowledge the success, thanking God for the guidance and resources that help my dreams come true.
"So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation."--Genesis 2:3





Scenes from Uptown Mondays.

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News Brief

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Spanish King and Queen to arrive in Jamaica today
king_and_queen_spain.jpgAccording to news reports the king and queen of Spain will bestow Spanish national honors upon Prime Minister Bruce Golding and his wife, Lorna, during their two-day state visit to Jamaica.

King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofía are slated to arrive in the island this afternoon and will confer the Great Cross of the Order of the Civil Merit of Spain on Prime Minister Golding. While, Mrs Golding is to receive the Spanish Commander of Distinction award.

The national awards were authorized by the Council of Ministers of Spain at its sitting last Friday.

The Government had previously announced the conferment of the Order of Excellence on King Juan Carlos and the Order of Jamaica (honorary) on Queen Sofía.

The Royal couple will arrive here at 2 p.m. and will be met at the Norman Manley International Airport by Governor General Sir Kenneth Hall, the prime minister and members of the Cabinet.

King Juan Carlos will address Parliament this afternoon before signing bilateral agreements with Golding.

Tomorrow, the royals will have a busy schedule, with meetings in the Corporate Area and St James before leaving the island.





Mavado A Dagga Dat, while hair drop off

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13_yrs_old_dad.jpgA DNA test will be performed to determine if a 13-year-old boy fathered a baby with his 15-year-old girlfriend, his spokesman said on Monday.

The test comes after a Sunday tabloid newspaper reported that other teenage boys have come forward claiming to be the father of the newborn baby girl.

Spokesman Max Clifford said the parents of Alfie, 13, said the tests would be done "as soon as possible" to determine paternity.

"He obviously believes he's the father," Clifford said. "I think that having read the News of the World yesterday, it would be prudent to have a DNA test."

The teenager's 15-year-old girlfriend, Chantelle, gave birth to the baby girl earlier this month in Eastbourne, 70 miles (110 kilometres) southeast of London. The couple made headlines in Britain when Alfie, who looks much younger than 13, posed on the front page of the tabloid Sun newspaper with the baby.

The local council where the teenagers live said it would offer them support and that they will continue to be monitored by social workers to determine what help they might need.

Source: http://uniknotions.com/





Suge Knight injured in hotel fight

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suge_ap226b.jpgFormer Death Row records boss Marion "Suge" Knight has been treated in hospital for facial injuries after a fight in a US hotel on Monday morning.

Police was called to the W hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, by Security guards after two groups of guests exchanged "heated words in the VIP area".

According to the Officers at the scene Mr Knight was punched twice in the face.

The fight came to an end after the police had to use their taser stun guns. Two men were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. They are Leon Anderson and Robert Carnes Jr, who identified himself as a business manager for R&B star Akon.

Akon was not present during the fracas.

Knight sustained broken facial bones and was taken to hospital, the police report said.

Suge is best known for launching the solo careers of Dr. Dre Snoop Dogg on his label, Death Row Records.

He sold tens of millions of records before collapsing in debt and mismanagement in 2006.

After Knight filed for bankruptcy, the label was sold at auction for $24m (£12m).

Always a magnet for controversy, his career has been overshadowed by run-ins with the law in recent years.

Last May he was assaulted and knocked out at the Shag Nightclub in Los Angeles. Also in August he was arrested in Las Vegas on drug and assault charges after allegedly punching his girlfriend and pulling a knife on her during an argument outside a strip club.

He previously served time in jail for violating his probation on an earlier assault charge.





Hottie Hotte 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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Beres Hammond - "I Feel Good"

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Anancy an Ratta

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joke_095.jpgOnce upon a time, Bredda Ratta was a very facety and highfalutin fella. Him use to dress up himself ina de lates style an fashion an show off himself an gwan like sey him did better dan everybody else.

So Bredda Anancy meck up him mine fi cut dung Bredda Rat to size. An Bredda Nancy tink up him brain an tink up him brain how him gwine manage fi ketch Bredda Rat an lowrate him, an den baps, Bredda Nancy memba sey dat Bredda Rat love dance so till no more no lef. Every drum knock Ratta de deh a cut figure. De one ting Bredda Ratta couldn’t resist was music.

So den Nancy gi out seh dat him gwine meck a big dance, an him invite Bredda Ratta to de ball.

Anancy shine up him dance floor shine an slippery like glass.

Anancy was a fiddler at de dance, an as Bredda Rata walks into de dance hall so Anancy start play sweet tune pon de fiddle an sing seh,





Antigua hostile pre-elections

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election.jpgEven though the election date has not yet been announced, the atmosphere of pre-elections in Antigua has become increasingly violent. To date two constituency offices of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP) candidates Asot Michael and Gail Christian were completely destroyed by fire. This happened just days after Organisation of American States denounced the reports of pre-election violence and destruction and pleaded for peace. Christian, a senator, is the ALP's challenger to the incumbent United Progressive Party's leader and Prime Minister, Spencer.

Caribbean Community Secretary General Edwin Carrington said that violence undermines a people's right to a free and fair election. He confirmed that Caricom has been invited to observe the election and is waiting for a response. When asked about the election date he said that the Secretariat would be in a better position to make a statement after assessing the pre-election situation in the island but a new general election is constitutionally due by March.

Spencer's United Progressive Party has also complained of having stones and bottles hurled at them during one of its whistle-stop meetings.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, February 17, 2009

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harmony.jpgKnowing our oneness of Spirit, I live in harmony with all people.
I welcome opportunities to be a presence of harmony in my environment. I may be the next person to speak with a coworker who has just been overloaded with assignments or a neighbor who has just received a huge utility bill. My hello might be greeted with a look of exasperation. Not taking it personally, I respond with an encouraging smile.
Yet I do take harmony personally, doing whatever I can to encourage and maintain peaceful relations. I offer others compassion, understanding, and reassurance.
No matter what the situation may be, my presence has a harmonizing effect as I give expression to the spirit of God within me. In a spirit of harmony, I continually look for the good in others and recognize that we are all one in Spirit.
"How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!"--Psalm 133:1





PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

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Name: PHYLLISIA RUSSELL

D.O.B: OCTOBER 27, 1971

Height: 5fT 6ins

Weight: 122lbs

Nationality: JAMAICAN

Location:SPANISH TOWN

Occupation: MAKE-UP ARTISTE

Hobbies:SINGING, DANCING AND ACTING

Career Goal:TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR

What do you like about yourself: PASSIONATE, LOVING AND CARING





Freddie Jackson Live In Concert

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Scenes from Bacchanal Fridays

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What's Poppin

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assassin-gully-sit'n.jpgDancehall artistes Assassin and Serani along with Kevin Lyttle, L.U.S.T, Ghost and Ilhame an upcoming singer from Paris will be performing tonight at 'Rock with Squeeze' in New York.
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Gramps to appear on Good Morning America tomorrow, he will also be on Vh1 at 9:30pm.





Buju Banton - Driver A - Lyrics Translation

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joke_095.jpgI would certainly appreciate it if you could take this package down the road for me.
Please while you are on your journey might I implore you not to speak to anyone.
Follow my instructions; it is imperative that everything goes according to plan.
May your journey be a safe one.

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Driver please avoid unnecessary stoppages as you deliver this package of marijuana at Alba Mall
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of you not stopping along the way
Collect the funds and make a hasty retreat
Driver be very wary of members of the Constabulary Force as they have set up quite a few speed traps along the path you have to travel.





Teenagers gone wild

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TeensGoneWildFlyerBack.jpgIt is with growing concern that we observe the epidemic of teenage girls having sexual relations with bus drivers and conductors, not to mention their loose behavior on the buses.
One cannot recall such reports during the era of the JOS transportation system - but when the mini busses, namely the 'Quarter million' and Encava busses came on stream, the girls just 'bruk out'.
This could be blamed on the perversion of drivers and conductors of these buses. During the 80's to present day the buses are designed to impress and attract the young girls. They are colorfully designed with catchy names imprinted across the top of the windshield and have creative graphics done on the bodies. They are each accessorised with up to date audio and video systems which would belt out the latest songs at ear splitting decibels, much to the delight of all school goers.
Girls especially were impressed with the added attention of bus conductors who would 'talk them up', usually not charging them any fare.
It was especially ego boosting to be the one selected for the added attention, especially when one would normally hear the 'ductors shouting, at each bus stop, "No schoolers!" but then be the one schooler to be smiled at and allowed entrance on said same bus. The poor girl could not help but be flattered.
Now it has escalated. Girls are not as shy and easily impressed as they were two decades ago. Conductors no longer have to 'talk up a girl' as she would do the 'talking up' herself. Girls today would be the 'selector' on a bus as she will request each song that she wants to hear. Their uniforms are shorter and the pockets cut out for easy access for nimble fingers and other body parts as they 'doubled up', meaning girls in a boys lap when the bus is filled.
Some of these school girls today are totally immoral and will do absolutely anything to gain the attention of the desired male. Eyebrows are sculptured, face bleached, or powdered, eyes lined and lips perfectly glossed, while in uniform!
Just a few weeks ago while at a stop light I observed some female students in the back of a Hiace minivan which was vibrating with music. They were bouncing about in their seat arms and head swinging as they did the 'dutty wine', when the music 'sweet' them they clapped their hand and cursed badwords to show their excitement. When one girl caught me staring at them with obvious disapproval she just slammed the window shut and continued gyrating.





School girls a gwane bad

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Minibus.JPGWha mi waan know is wha happ'n to dem ya young gal yah t'day? A wha mek dem jus a itch fi bus driver an ductor suh? Every where yuh turn yuh hear news seh bus driver and ductor deh wid school girl. A wha, dem nuh man enough fi find a big woman?
When yuh a go a work yuh see school girl, walking distance from dem school, a stan up a bus stop, an yuh tink "She lazy eeh, she dun late but deh a bus stop a wait pon bus, 'for she gwane walk". But a nuh jus any bus she a wait pon, she a wait pon di 'special' bus weh har man either drive or conduct, cause dat is de only time she will get fi see him.
De young girl dem t'day sad, sad, sad fi true. Dem self esteem down pon di groun an de only way dem can feel good 'bout demself is to get attention from de bus man dem. Dem feel 'big' when dem frien dem see dem a get special attention from de bus man dem. Den dem hav fi act like big woman cause dem caan gwane like young girl so dem gather up dem uniform roun dem waist under dem belt fi mek it shorter and start wear make up to school. Dem pull dem sock all de way down inna dem shoes like ankle socks cause dem no waan have no visible socks mark pon dem foot cause when dem see de bus man pon weekend dem hav fi look big an caan have nuh sign a school pon dem.
Den de dutty bus boy dem - why dem won't leave de poor school girls alone. Even if she look like she waan dem, leave dem alone nuh, dem a jus little gal an yuh s'pose to be big man. Wha yuh nuh hav nuh young female relative? Low dem man!





How we abuse our children

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CA.jpg"Father sets son on fire for losing shoes...", "Father beats son to death for forgetting lunch pan at school...", Mother charged for neglect for leaving infant and toddler alone in house while she went out...", "Child left alone dies in fire after trying to light a candle...". "Child bound and gagged left in cemetary while mother goes to Sting...". How often have we heard of these horrible incidents and shook our heads in dismay? We look at our own children and wonder "What could these parents be thinking?" What level of frustration could these parents be experiencing for them to resort to this type of violence against their own child?
A line from Michael Jackson's song, "Gone Too Soon" says children were born to "inspire and delight" not to be the brunt for a parent's frustrations. A child is not the no good baby father. A child is not the reason your pay cheque is so small. A child is not the reason you can't get someone to stay with him while you go out. A child is not the reason for any of the unhappiness that you may be facing in life. DO not take it out on your child!





A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA found dead

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CEO of Island Coast Entertainment.jpgFamed promoter Marc A. Stewart of Atlanta, GA was found dead on Saturday night in Gwinnett County. Police are not saying anything at this time. The body will be released to the family on Monday after autopsy. Yardflex.com learnt that Marc has been missing since Wednesday February 11, 2009.

Marc served as the President and CEO of Island Coast Entertainment for ten years and was known throughout the Atlanta business and social communities as a hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated event planning, marketing and promotions professional. Marc has promoted successful shows with Beres Hammond, Buju Banton and many other top Reggae artists.

YardFlex.com spoke with Chyna Lindsay of Chyna Doll Productions and this is what she had to say, "Marc was my brother, my mentor and most importantly my friend. He was one of the significant people in my life that helped foster my growth in this industry. He will be forever missed. Others that I spoke with are as shocked and saddened as I am. Marc was a great loving person. I don't know when my heart will stop crying."

Yaedflex.com sends out condolences to family, friends and anyone who was affected by this great loss. We will keep you posted on further updates.





Tychicus glad 'daggering' is banned

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daggering.JPGTychicus says that he is glad to see that the Broadcasting Commission has followed his lead and has banned all songs using the word 'daggering'.

Tychicus who was an enthusiastic crusader proclaiming the evils of daggering is very happy with the move.
He says that now that daggering is gone, carnival too must go. He says that if the downtown romping shop is gone then the uptown romping shop must go also. He says that carnival songs which suggest daggering but use different words should also be banned.

Tychicus says that he wants to introduce Jamaicans to good clean dances which involves face-to-face dance move not backways, as God is always moving forward not backwards.

He has three dance moves that he wants to promote:
"Customer Care" where the partners face each other and take care of their partners.
"Front liner" which is another face-to-face dance, the opposite of "back it up".
"Ten speed blender" this is where the dancer rotates his body like a blender.

He claims to have learnt how to dance clean dances from the Almighty and not from any dance school. He hopes that the older members of the population who are resistant to change will appreciate and accept his dance moves.





Nas and Damian Marley to do a collaboration

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Nas-DM.jpgNas told Billboard last week he was cooking up a few surprises, and now we know one of them: an as-yet-untitled collaboration with reggae star Damian Marley.

The pair has been recording quietly in Los Angeles for the last several weeks. Nas' manager, Anthony Saleh, tells Billboard the project will most likely be released in the spring. It's not clear which label will release it; Nas is signed to Def Jam, while Marley Records for Universal.

"We've been recording in a studio, where people like Mick Jagger are recording. No one knew who we were," Saleh says. "We're going to Miami this week to finish it up and we're aiming to tour for the album this summer."





Hype TV Top 20 Singles Chart

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TW LW WC ARTISTE TITLE LABEL Peak
01 01 10 Vybz Kartel – Get Wild – Adidjaheim/NotNice Records 2wk@1

02 03 11 Bar-Bee – Love You Anyway – It's Not A Game -Shot to Watch

03 05 13 D'Angel - Stronger – Son Of Spoon

04 04 09 Prodigal Son – Head Cyaan Hot So – Main Street Records

05 06 05 Vybz Kartel & Spice – Ramping Shop – Adidjaheim/NotNice*

06 02 12 Terry Linen – A Better Man – Uplifting Music - 2wks@1

07 10 04 Shaggy – Bad Man Don't Cry – Big Yard

08 11 11 Charley Blacks – Bubble – Fresh Ear*

09 08 17 Ms. Triniti ft. Beenie Man – Burnin Burnin – Unseen Lab - Peak@#3

10 07 16 Elephant Man - Sweep – Scatta Productions - 4wks@1





logo20claro.jpgMinister of Local Government Robert Montague has ordered a probe into the erection of Claro's cellular towers as he is concerned with the number of complaints that have been made by the parish councils. Several have complained that the telecommunications company has been erecting towers without regard for the rules governing building permits.

Chairpersons of the Manchester, St. Catherine and St. Mary Parish Councils have warned that they will go to court if Claro does not cease and desist its actions.

Sources revealed that applications were submitted in St. Thomas for 20 cell towers with only 12 being approved by the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA) but 22 are under construction or have been built.





Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo

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plane-crash-.jpgContinental Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J. crashed in Buffalo at about 10:20pm Thursday night killing 50 people.
The commercial commuter flight which was coming in for landing crashed into a house in suburban Buffalo, about five miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport killing all 49 persons on board and one in the house. Two others in the house escaped injuries.
Witnesses claim to have heard the familiar sounds of the place flying overhead but it was unusually loud and making sputtering and odd noises.
No mayday call was reported from the pilot who was unaware of any problems with the aircraft. Communications with air traffic control was normal but when the controller tried to contact the plane with landing instructions they received no response. Repeated attempts were to no avail. Eventually ground control in Clarence was contacted. After the crash, two pilots were heard on air traffic control messages saying that they were picking up ice on their wings.
The plane which was carrying 5,000 lbs of fuel exploded on impact. One house was destroyed and twelve evacuated.





News Brief

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terrylinen.jpgSinger Terry Linen being sued by his manager, Africa of Uplifting Music International Ltd.

According to Africa, Linen has been accepting bookings overseas behind his back and fail to give him his 20 per cent as per their agreement.

Uplifting Music International Limited attorney has confirmed that Terry Linen has signed a three (3) year Artiste Management and Record Production Agreement with Uplifting Music International Limited which ends on November 21, 2010. It is a three (3) album agreement of which only one (1) album has been completed.

Uplifting Music International Limited is seeking several court orders against Terry Linen, one of which is to compel Terry Linen to fulfill his obligations under the contract.