April 2009 Archives
Ibrahim Konteh, promoter of the popular event Barcode was shot and injured Tuesday night in the Windward Road area of Kingston.
According to the promoter he was on his way from Harbour View, on business, when his car dropped into a pothole about 10 p.m. Upon noticing a problem with the vehicle, he decided to stop at a Shell gas station on Windward Road.
The promoter was quoted in the Star as saying: "I pulled over at the gas station and somebody ask me if everything all right and then seh him want everything," said Konteh, who is also
the new CEAC (Cultural and Entertainment Affairs Chairperson) on the University of the West Indies (Mona) Guild executive body.
He did not have any money on him but the robber took $15,000 from one of his friends and a 'cheap' Nokia phone from the other.
Afterwards, they began to pull Konteh but he resisted and was shot in his leg below the knee. His friends took him to the University Hospital of the West Indies where he was treated and released.
"I can't walk on it (the leg), I am bedridden but the doctor said I will recover in probably a week or two. I missed my exam (yesterday) and I will miss the one tomorrow (Thursday) and some Barcode promotions - but mi give thanks fi life," Konteh said.
Fi real man, dem gun man yah a gwaan a way star.
What in blazes is happening in our country did you read the report in the Star on the policeman who the Director of Public Prosecutions ruled that charges of outrageous public indecency be brought against him?
According to the story he was reported revealed his privates to schoolchildren at an all-girls school.
All this we understand in an attempt to impress the female students at the institution on Monday.
Now what I want to ask is, couldn’t he have found a more mature audience to try and impress, say go to a male strip joint since he is so proud of his member.
It is disappointing that someone who is charged with maintaining the law should be engaged in this kind of activity and at a place where the girls there should be enjoying his protection.
More and more those who are charged with leading are letting us down, I can’t help but wonder what it will be next.
Personally if you ask me that policeman has a mental problem…he can’t believe he could exhibit that kind of behaviour and not receive the repercussions from it.
In case you are shocked and thinking that this is just too crazy to be true the incident has been confirmed by Deputy Superintendent Michael Phipps of the Half-Way-Tree Police…blessedly for him he did not call his name.
The accused policeman, who is in early 20s, is scheduled to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's court…let’s hope this will serve to put some sense in his head.
It was major excitement and a lot of fun for those who were at Hedonism 3 to witness the New Annual 2009 Pole Dance Convention. The event is still having tongues wagging as they soaked up the thrill of watching lithe bodies slithering across the pole in ‘World Pole Dance: A Celebration of all styles of Pole Dance Sport & Fitness’.
Presented by Pole Passion & Wild Life the contest was all about good technique, good body, penetration, balance, speed, choreography, poise, uniqueness, courage, grace, pole tricks, muscular strength and control, poses on and around the pole with a graceful combination and completion of performance.
Every move, every trick, drew shouts of approval from the riveted audience especially the men who were having the time of their lives, taking in the contestants from all over the world including countries such as Norway, USA, New Zealand, Germany, Brazil, UK, Hungary and Japan.
Felix from Australia decked out in white, was creative, practiced good techniques and was far superior in every way in her presentation, when she was adjudged the first place winner there was no surprise.
Alicia from the UK came out in a fabulous swimsuit, which the only way we can describe it is “off the chain. She had great muscular strength and good choreography,” she earned third spot for her presentation.
Other section awards were: USA dancer won her Best Pole Trick; Best; Best Entertainer went to the Brazilian contestant, UK took the award for Best Costume;
Most Outstanding Contribution went to Debbie Merchant & Debbie Riley who were the coordinators.
Since the announcement of the new tax packages, especially the $8.75 cess on each litre of gasoline, imposed by the Government last week , the police had their hands full with roadblocks on Tuesday and yesterday as various factions of the Jamaican community mounted roadblocks, especially in St Catherine in Kingston.
Taxi drivers in Mandeville and other parts of the island withdrew their services causing many students to be stranded. The taximen have vowed to keep up with their protest until the gas tax is rolled back.
They took this stance because the government refused their request for a fair increase in light of the increase in gas.
Police confirmed that during the protest a female motorist was slashed on the arm and her cellular phone stolen by vandals at the intersection of Molynes Road and Washington Boulevard.
A student travelling in a public transportation vehicle was also robbed of her school bag and the vehicle destroyed by stone-throwing protestors, the police said.
It was a cat and mouse game with the police as residents would quickly mount the road blocks as soon as the police cleared them and moved on.
It seems as if Rihanna has finally come to her senses if the report that was carried in the US Magazine is anything to go by. According to her father Ronald Fenty who spoke to the magazine he was quoted as saying the following.
Rihanna’s a different person, back to herself. It’s like Chris never [even] existed. She seems reborn.
And in another report a source was quoted as saying that Rihanna’s is in a really good place realizing how precious life is.”
The Barbadian singer is even learning to relax as Beenie Man ‘draw card’ on her at a show in Barbados and then called her on stage and she went exciting the crowd even further.
You go girl
Yardflex has observed with alarm the number of incidences where women are being brutally abused and even killed by men. Monitoring the police reports has now become a painful exercise. Of course, we are not implying that any life is not just as important, of if a man or child is abused by the fairer sex it’s right.
However, the number of reports in the news has forced us to seek answers to all that’s going on. With this in mind we are throwing out the question, What do you think is contributing to the increased number of abuse against our women?
Could it be stress, the recession or some men are just plain wicked?
Whatever your replies, we go on record to say we do not support any form of physical abuse.
But over to you…you think a man should hit a woman for any reason what so ever?
Lloyd Parks & We the People are currently engaged in a race to preserve the life of a young man who is desperately ill and needs immediate heart surgery.
Due to the exorbitant cost of this surgery, some Artistes have joined forces with Lloyd giving their services free to stage a Concert.
Dubbed “Genuine Gold”, the concert will be held at Mas Camp on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Gates open at 7 p.m and Showtime is 9 p.m.
The featured Artistes are Lloyd Parks & We the People, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs, Ken Boothe, The Mighty Diamonds, Taurus Riley, Queen Ifrika, The Tamlins, Prodigal Son, Left Side, Pam Hall, Trinity, Lovindeer, Niki Dillon and Elijah. Emcees are Empress and Junior Sinclair.
Starlight is providing the Stage and Light and DJ Squeeze the Sound. CVM TV, Kool FM, Beaumont Car Rentals, Tommy Cowan, Xpresst Concepts, Sign Channel, Golden Promotions and Megajamz have already come on board to support this venture.
We are appealing to all people of good will to come out and support this worthy cause.
Serenity flows from the depths of my soul. I am immersed in peace.
Sitting beside a clear stream, I relax and watch as a slender fish faces the oncoming current head-on. Instead of struggling against the rushing water, the fish remains peaceful and calm, allowing the current to run past its body. Barely moving, it has become one with the stream.
This simple observation is a message of peace for me. I realize that I can escape the rush of daily activity. I become still and feel the quieting effects as serenity flows from the depths of my soul. Immersed in peace, I am one with God and experience a tranquility that restores me. Relaxing further into the presence of God, I am both recharged and refreshed.
I can re experience this sacred moment at any time. Centered in the peace of God within my soul, I am calm and serene.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you."--John 14:27
Track Star Usain Bolt has been involved in an accident along Highway 2000.
The triple world record holder was said to have been travelling with a woman in a car, when the accident happened.
He and the female passenger have been taken to hospital, but their conditions are still unknown. The car is said to still be in the ditch where it happened. It is still not clear how the accident happened, however it happened near an exit after the Vineyards Toll Plaza in Old Harbour.
Blind Man Test
A blind Jamaican man walks into a little restaurant and sits down. The owner walks up to him and hands him a menu. "Mi blind, sah, an caan se fe read de menu". Jus bring mi one fork dat one ah yu customah use arreddy, an mi will smell it an order fram it"
A little confused, the owner walks over to the dirty dish pile and picks up a greasy fork. He returns to the man's table and hands it to him. The blind man puts the fork to his nose and takes in a deep breath. "Ah, yes, dat's what mi will 'ave - rice nd peas wid jerk fish!" Unbelievable, and after the blind man leaves, the owner walks towards the kitchen and tells his Wife Dawn, the cook, what just happened.
Several days later, the blind man returns, and the owner mistakenly brings him a menu again. "Sir, remembah mi? Mi ah de blind man." "I'm sorry, I didn't recognize you. I'll go get you a fork." The owner gets a dirty fork for the blind man. After another deep breath, the blind man says, "Dat smells great! Mi will take de jerk chicken an rice wid broccoli."
The owner thinks the blind man is screwing around with him and figures that the next time the man comes in, he's going to test him. He returns the following week, but this time the owner sees him coming and runs to the kitchen. He tells his wife, "Dawn, rub this fork on your panties." Dawn does it and hands the fork to her husband. As the blind man walks in and sits down, the owner is ready and waiting. "Good afternoon, sir, this time I remembered you, and I have your fork ready for you." The blind man puts the fork to his nose, sniffs, and says, "Rass mon, mi neva know say Dawn wuk yah!"
The Chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), the Rt. Hon. Edward Seaga , the Board and the entire PLCA family wish to express condolences to our Secretary Clyde Jureidini, who lost his mother Doris on Tuesday April 28, 2009.
Mrs Jureidini who would have been 85 in November, is survived by husband Charles, four additional children including Michael who like Clyde is heavily involved in football.
While not being a member of the Harbour View Football Club executive, Mrs. Jureidini, was a stalwart of the family-oriented Harbour View Football Club and would be seen sitting side by side with her beloved Charles at Harbour’s home matches. Their support for the club was not limited to home matches as they traveled the length and breadth of the country to support their beloved team and did so up until their health took a downturn in late January/early February.
“Doris was such a lover of and a loyal supporter of football and her children’s involvement in the sport that she was probably the person off whom the American concept of “Soccer Moms” was modeled,” said PLCA Chairman Seaga of Mrs. Jureidini who lived for God, children and football.
Child of God, you are created to be whole and well.
My loving thoughts and affirmations for others are ways I pray for them, whether they are near or far away. The experience of praying and affirming good for others blesses me as well.
When a loved one is experiencing a health challenge, I affirm the truth about this person: You are a child of God, created to be whole and well.
When friends or loved ones achieve something wonderful--a promotion, an award, a degree--I celebrate with gratitude: Thank You, God. They are worthy to receive!
When I know that someone is feeling confused or stressful, I offer this assurance: You are never alone. God is your strength.
With each thought and affirmation for others, I send them my love and gratitude.
"Keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you."--1 Chronicles 29:18
It seems as if dancehall DJ Vybz Kartel doesn't measure up to par when it comes to his lyrics. The DJ whose real name is Adija Palmer was denied performance permit by Grenadian Government.
The red-hot entertainer, whose controversial lyrics have brought him lots of media attention both in and out of Jamaica, was scheduled to perform a rap-it-up concert in Grenville St. Andrews on Saturday, May 2 2009, where his popular Daggering condom was to be officially launched.
Vybz Kartel, who is well known for his hard hitting ghetto lyrics and rival showdowns with popular Artist Marvado, has been leaning towards more positive messages in his songs, with emphasis on respecting Women and Mothers and hints of Rasta-fari teachings. His recent condom campaigns for saving lives have also been well received. Vybz Kartels recent release Mama has taken the charts by storm, and the Artist will be doing several performances in the Caribbean, to include neighboring Trinidad and Tobago on May 8th 2009.
No reason was given by the Ministry of Labour in Grenada for the refusal of the work permits, but the sensitive issue of censorship or freedom of expression may have been at the forefront. The promoter of the event is claiming thousand of dollars in losses and is now seeking legal advice, since neither himself nor the Artists were aware of the Governments blacklisting. Vybz Kartel last performed in Grenada Dec. 5th 2008 to a sold out audience.
The promoter will like to apologize to the public for the Cancellation of the event, which was beyond his control and looks forward to their continued support
If you have been following the court case on Harry 'Bungles' Daley then you should know that things are looking rather sticky on the cop.
The witness against him had a lot to say as he told the court that he had been cooperating in nailing the cop for almost a year.
Every time he handed him protection money, every conversation he had with him was being recorded and all we can say is that his lawyer had better have a few tricks up her sleeve also.
According to a report on RJR News Government prosecutors on Monday applied to the court to show video images they claim captured Superintendent Daley collecting protection money from Tafari Clarke, the man who has accused him of extortion.
The video images and audio recordings were captured during six months of covert operations carried out by members of the Anti-corruption Branch.
In his testimony, Mr. Clarke said in 2007, he was approached by Superintendent Daley who demanded that he pay him $20,000 as protection money for a plaza he was operating in Charlemont, St. Catherine.
Mr. Clarke said he had approached the Superintendent, who was also a close friend of his father, after experiencing problems collecting rent from his tenants.
Now mi haffi talk up di tings dem cause a really doan understand. Di government claim sey dem care bout poor people and all a dat and unno listen to di budget…unno realise how much tings dem tax and guess what…dem rum drinkers and cigarette smokers safe.
Yeah man, dem tings whey people nuh really haffi fool round, a dat dem shoulda tax, cause when yuh tink about it the rum meck people drunk and help cause more road accident dan whey John read bout, not to mention di cigarette whey affect people sinus and through second hand smoking a cause nuff health problems dan anyting else.
Now fool fool me wouda tink sey dem deh two item woulda be di perfect ting dem fi put on big tax pon and maybe we coulda get little fresher air bout di place and less drunkard pon di road. But no, they zone in to stuff that we need like salt, oats, noodles, syrup, motor spirit, lubricating oil and most of all computers and computer parts.
You tell me, a whey di justice inna all a dat. I’m fi di taxes, but whey mi nuh inna is di government a press di life outa wi.
Fi real what unno tink?
Some words of wisdom become so commonplace that the depth of truth they offer may be overlooked. Yet when I feel as if I'm in the midst of challenge, I find that expressions such as "This too shall pass" and "Every cloud has a silver lining" comfort me.
Troubles of the world are not permanent, but God's love is constant. It may appear that no good could come from present difficulties. In truth, however, I know that any difficulty can only temporarily obscure my view of good. Clouds cannot extinguish the sun. Its light continues to shine.
God's love never ceases to shine either. Divine love shows me that good awaits me--the goodness all around. I am comforted by the love of God.
"It is you who light my lamp; the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness."--Psalm 18:28
Dancehall's femme fatale Timberlee is all about entertaining the massive. Capitalizing on the success of her smash "Bubble Like Soup," which still has dancehall fans raving, the stunningly gorgeous Timberlee has embarked on a U.S. Tour to promote her new single "Sexy In My Heels" during the months of April and May. Timberlee recently kicked off her tour before standing room only crowds, rocking a college show in Buffalo and the landmark venue BB King's at a birthday bash for radio personality Bobby Konders.
In the weeks to come, Timberlee is pegged to grace the stage at high profile events through out New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Baltimore and Tampa -- just to name a few locales. In addition to promoting the red-hot new single "Heels," the tour has been designed to provide fans with an up-close-and-personal Timberlee experience, while familiarizing the rising artist with her growing fanbase. And of course, at every stop along the way, the ladies are encouraged to come out in their sexiest stilettos. Noted for her beauty and vibrant style, the "Heels" singer is also slated to work the runway during a special appearance on the tour at Caribbean Fashion Rocks in New York.
"This tour will serve as an ideal vehicle of introducing Timberlee to her U.S. dancehall fans," says Timberlee's manager Garfield "Chin" Bourne of Irish and Chin, Inc. "Moreover, Timberlee will get a proper feel for touring and what lies a head in her burgeoning career."
We had to bring a story we saw in the Jamaica Observer to your attention in it Buju Banton expressed the view that Bob Marley is not the greatest Jamaican musician and that this fixation on the reggae icon has hurt the growth of the music.
We give you more from the article below...check it out and give us your feedback Banton respects Marley’s music but argued that calling him the greatest logically implies that no better can follow.
“I want Jamaican music to be seen not through the pretext of some man that died 20 years ago, but as a pretext of a living being, working earnestly. If man cannot do what others have done in these times we might as well die,” he told a mixed crowd at the launch of Rasta Got Soul his new album at the University of the West Indies on Thursday. “You know they say that the greatest musician in Jamaica is Bob Marley.
I don’t believe that, because we have greater musicians to come. Bob was the most promoted. And well promoted and we have to appreciate that because its our culture but don’t kill our culture with one living one. Enough is enough.”
Three engineers and three accountants were traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three accountants each bought tickets and watched as the three engineers bought only one ticket.
"How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?" asked an accountant.
"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.
They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, but the three engineers all crammed into a rest room and closed the door behind them. Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around collecting tickets. He knocked on the restroom door and said, "Ticket, please".
The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand.
The conductor took it and moved on.
The accountants saw this and agreed it was a quite clever idea. So, after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money (being clever with money, and all that). When they got to the station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers didn't buy a ticket at all.
"How are you going to ride without a ticket"? said one perplexed accountant.
"Watch and you'll see", answered an engineer.
When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into a restroom and the three engineers crammed into another one nearby. The train departed. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers left his restroom and walked over to the restroom where the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door and said, "Ticket, please."
Bwoy it look a way pon a certain DJ and wi nah tell nuh lie, we really sorry fi him. Wi sey from him get di result from the AIDS test whey him baby madda duh it come een like him a guh mad. More time him look space out and him all go dh di test tuh...but wi hope dat everyting come back negative.
Jah know star, dat's why dem fi heed di advice a dem own cause memba Frisco did sing one song called Rubbers...unno meck sure unno memba dem ting deh and avoid di fretnation.
I speak from a heart of love and listen with patience and receptivity.
I value the people in my life--my family and friends, my coworkers and neighbors. Never wanting a disagreement or misunderstanding to come between us, I seek ways to bring harmony to our relationships.
Mindful to not react in anger or frustration, I look within to find a place of love from which to respond. I realize that I do not have all the answers, but through prayer and with love, I receive clear guidance.
My words are loving and helpful, and my heart is open. Speaking and listening with patience and receptivity, I help create exchanges that bring us together in harmony and for our mutual upliftment.
We are free to express our individuality in ways that keep our connection strong, supportive, and loving.
"Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."--Colossians 3:14
Bwoy some woman nuh easy eeh. Meck di artiste spend up much money pon belly and den mind di pickney fi two months before di DNA test show sey a nuh fi him. Dat’s why when unno a tief a piece unno fi meck sure sey unno saddle up dat nuh accident nuh happen…ohy but wi figet sey him di use one but it mussi malfunction. Well youth, keep yuh Voice strong and next time nuh lay dung inna nuh bed a Roses. Cause seet deh…look wha you nearly get saddled wid.
Yardflex has it on good source that there is a monster ape on the loose in Jamaica. A lot of people are living in fear as they don’t quite know what it’s up to yet.
One little girl who saw it, ended up being pulled away, but fortunately for her she had a friend there, who although not seeing it was able to drag her back.
According to yardflex source the ape is here as a result of the constant trading of goods between Haiti and Jamaica…apparently investors sent the ape to watch the money and the goods. She said she got this info from a reader man in Haiti that she saw. Sometimes the ape returns to Haiti other times it kicks back in Jamaica. We understand that it likes posh surrounding. It is mostly seen in St Thomas, but some residents from upscale communities in Kingston are worried it could make its way there too.
They say truth is stranger than fiction…
Looking ahead, I am seeing a very bleak future for the stage show industry. Currently with everything going through the roof, new taxes added on basic food items and other things…it’s gonna be stiff competition for the almighty dollar.
Already a lot of promoters are complaining about some of these artiste who don’t exercise some discretion when they are charging for their show performance. We are not saying they should be doping ‘charity’ shows…but hey they could think a little about the fans who supported them over the years. When they charge these astronomical fees, the producer has no choice but to pass it on to their fans to try and make an semblance of a profit…and most times the entry cost work out to be so expensive that the promoter ends up losing his shirt!
Big up to artistes like Beenie Man and others who I hear is very reasonable and we hear sometimes he works for “little and nothing” to ensure his fans get to see him…no wonder he is so loved by them.
Still I have to wonder why promoters go ahead and pay these artistes at their own risk when they know the chances are high they will not make back the money. Personally, I think if artistes can’t cooperate so that everyone can end up enjoying themselves…promoters should just keep dances and play their music!
Times are hard…and that means hard choices will have to be made…promoters…chew on that and help make life a little lighter on us stage show lovers. If you can’t meet their fee…move on and save your bucks. ..see how long they can afford to go without a gig.
50-year old District Constable Jonathan Wright who was scheduled to face trial for ganja possession charges, was fined after he pleaded guilty in the Montego Bay Magistrate’s Court.
The DC who spent more than two months in custody for possession charges was fined after he pleaded guilty and had the dealing in ganja charge withdrawn and a fine of $2,000 or 30 days imposed.
When the matter came before Resident Magistrate Viviene Harris, only one witness turned up for trial. However, the matter was disposed of after Wright took the decision to plead guilty.
The officer, who worked at the Freeport police station at the time of his arrest, was charged after he was found in possession of the contraband.
Allegations are that on February 2, the investigating officer, an inspector, was given instruction by a senior officer to search Wright, who was on the cell block at the time. During the search, cigarettes, rizzla and lighters were found in a bag that Wright was carrying.
The inspector also observed a bulge in Wright's pants, which turned out to be a parcel of ganja weighing four ounces.
Poor Lil Kim seems that trouble just follows her wherever she goes. The latest according to a TMZ report is that the rapper, who has already served time for not snitching, was unknowingly driving a stolen Bentley for months before it was taken from her New Jersey home last year.
According to the website Lil' Kim claims the silver Bentley was a gift from music producer Scott Storch, but the Repo man wasn't trying to hear that sob story when they towed it away.Turns out, Storch had stopped making payments on the expensive car and decided to give it to Kim instead of returning it to the Broward leasing company he got it from. The lease was for $85,000, according to the Sun-Sentinel, but the car was probably worth a lot more.Bad move because now Storch is facing grand theft auto charges and is set to appear in court next month.Meanwhile, Lil' Kim is trying to survive the next round of cuts on "Dancing With The Stars."Word of advice for the sexy rapping felon: next time someone offers you an $85,000 gift, get a receipt.
Whey Nina Sparkles deh
Hey unno check out Nina Sparkles myspace? Mi neva know sey she missing and tings. It sticky a way sah, cause wi get fi understand sey a har boyfriend drop har a airport and she neva board a flight and from dat she nuh surface…but a wha really a gwaan?
DJ Flamez back on air?
Unno memba DJ Flamez whey used to deh pon RJR prime time and dem just push har out suh fi meck space fi Miss Kitty? Yes, she same one, wi hear sey she a get ready fi teck it back to dem inna prime time. Win uh have anyting concrete, but wi have it from good good source sey sinting might inna di pipeline. Well wi did like di vibes whey a gwaan wid pon radio so wi hope a true…di airwaves need some vibesing up from di woman dem.
Word on the street is that the Making the Band girl group Danity Kane are scheduled to release a new album without Poison Puff.
Despite break-up announcement, words have just emerged suggesting Danity Kane will enter recording booth for their next installment. Official website of VISA MYPLASH, a company which reportedly has a sponsorship deal with the popular girl group, posts an info that the group are in studio for a new album tentatively titled “From the Ashes”.
Well, this one must be rumour…can’t see them doing it without some shout out from Diddy.
I am travelling new paths of exploration and renewal.Whatever my lifestyle and responsibilities, my work or hobbies, I need and deserve a vacation from my routines. Maybe it's simply time enjoyed being at home. Perhaps it's a weekend at a spiritual retreat. A trip to the ocean can be exhilarating to my spirits. Visiting another culture or country can expand my mind.
Taking time for exploration and renewal, I am investing in my well-being, allowing time for recharging myself spiritually, mentally, and physically. A break from my usual schedule brings me new insights and ideas, divine guidance toward goals. I discover additional ways to achieve, to serve, and to care. Old routines give way to new, additional paths of exploration and expression.
I thank God for the opportunity to work and to play, to be renewed and to heal.
"He said, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'"--Exodus 33:14
Location: New York City
Hobbies: Reading. Listening to Music. Watching International Horror Films
Career Goal: To become an International Super Model
It seems that there is truth to the rumours that were circulating the internet for some weeks now that Spotlight singer Jennifer Hudson is pregnant. According to Essence Magazine, there is truth to the rumours.
Despite denials by her publicist and manager, two sources close to the 27-year-old singer/actress confirmed to the mag that she is indeed expecting. This would be the first child for Hudson.
Hudson is engaged to David Otunga, a Harvard Law graduate and former contestant on reality show I Love New York 2, although no wedding date has been set.
The American Idol alum is currently on tour with Robin Thicke. Their next show is scheduled for April 23rd at the Fox Theater in St. Louis, MO.
Still Yardflex don’t get it. She is a big working woman…what’s the big deal about being pregnant…besides it’s something coming and not going…surely?
There is tension in Maverly, St Andrew following a shooting incident in which five persons were shot Tuesday night.
The incident took place about 8:00 pm when gunmen travelling in a car opened fire on persons who were standing on Carmen Road. It is reported that the men fired indiscriminately injuring the five individuals.
Yardflex understands that a former national junior footballer was among those shot.
The injured persons were taken to hospital.
Two of the injured are reported to be in serious condition while they conditions of the other three are listed to be stable.
I realize the substance of Spirit and accept it with gratitude.
I am abundantly blessed by the activity and beauty of my world. The sun rises and shines through my windows. Birds greet me with a joyous morning song. Rain falls, rainbows appear, flowers bloom, and a full moon glows in the night. All are expressions of the substance of Spirit, and I accept each one with gratitude.
When my life takes an unexpected turn, however, I may temporarily lose sight of the wonders around me. I always come back to the realization that God is all good all the time. Then I look at circumstances with new understanding and an appreciation for the unlimited goodness of God.
This divine goodness blesses my relationships, my finances, my employment, and fills every aspect of my life.
"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope."--Jeremiah 29:11
Reisdents of Seaview garden are living in fear because of the ongoing war in the Phase II section of that community. So far 4 persons have lost their lives and others have gotten shot up.
One woman told Yardflex that she can't sleep at nights because of the gunshots blazing. "Everytime I hear the shots I have to get up and check that my kids are OK."
Another told us that she is even asking to let off early from work just so that she can be home before late.
"We can't live like this, we need help," she said in anguish, her eyes glistening with tears.
Yardflex spoke with one man who is disgusted with all that's taking place there, "this is so wrong, we are a small community, we should be able to live in peace with each other. Man and man must come to together and realise that this just don't meck sense," he said.
Singer and promoter of the classic series Take Me Away Richie Stephens is advising that LA Lewis is in no way authorised to issue press releases on behalf of the organisers of the show which is scheduled to take place on Sunday.
“The only thing I have commissioned LA Lewis to do is distribute the flyers at the various parties and dances,” Stephens said, adding that he is disturbed by the number of phone calls he has been getting from media personnel on the poorly-written releases.
“I just want everyone who have been receiving the releases from LA Lewis Enterprise to know that LA Lewis has taken it upon himself to do and without my knowledge or consent.”
There were three men from the Caribbean living together in London ; a Trinidadian , a Barbadian and a Jamaican who were all starving because they didn't have money to buy food. However, upon coming close to a posh, fancy and very expensive restaurant they came up with a plan. The Trinidadian went in first.
After being seated he ordered a three course meal with white wine. When he had finished the meal the waiter came by with the cheque. "But I paid you!" the Trinidadian shouted. The waiter was very confused as he could not remember being paid, but as he did not want to cause any trouble...he let the Trini leave. Five minutes later the Barbadian walked into the restaurant and ordered a five course meal with red wine . When he was finished eating, the waiter came by to collect the money for food. "But I paid you!"
The Barbadian shouted. This time the manager came and had to calm down the Bajan , and as he did not want anything to upset the other customers he let the Bajan go. Ten minutes later the Jamaican walked in, sat down, lit a cigarette, and ordered the most expensive meal on the menu plus two Red Stripe beers. After he had finished, the waiter came to collect the money for the meal and before asking for it, the waiter said, "Sir... I have been having a sort of problem all day and I can't understand it.
Other people like you came in earlier and ate and they said that they paid me but I don't remember getting any money from them, so................ But Before he could finish, the Jamaican chimed in loudly "Hear mi nuh boss,that ah fi yu problem...jus gimme mi change!"
DJ Aidonia had better watch himself or he may find himself having to answer for things he has no clue about. Yardflex got it on good authority that there is a certain male in the JOP Group that is going around and pretending to be Aidonia.
From what we understand he tried several times to use Aidonia’s name to get money and has gone as far as having people booking him for shows.
According to our source at one point he wanted someone to book him on a show and send him half the money. He even tried it with a college student claiming he would do dubplate for them.
When one college promoter refused to give him the money he got nasty telling them expletives. The school was going to take action but one thing stopped them…they soon discovered that Aidonia was on tour and therefore it was impossible for him to be in two places.
Our source is in possession of the tapes where he is pretending to be Aidonia. Yardflex understands that the source can’t wait until Aidonia touch the US soil on May 8 to play the tape for him…but in the meantime, DJ take charge before this man mess you up.
Today I may greet someone special with this personal message of appreciation.
"Thank you for your dedication to assisting others in matters large and small. You act on an intuition that leads you in being the greatest help to others.
"You serve in many ways and by a variety of means, applying your own insight to the needs of others. Foreseeing what challenges may arise next, you are prepared to address them--so smoothly that what you have done may go unnoticed. I appreciate your ability to preempt less-than-ideal choices before they become errors in need of repair.
"Thank you for the positive difference you make on a daily basis. And today, especially, I thank God for the gift of your presence. With commitment and passion, you enhance the days, the work, the lives of many."
"We always give thanks to God for all of you and mention you in our prayers."--1 Thessalonians 1:2
With 11 weeks of exciting events, soca fans at Bacchanal experienced one of if not the best series of shows in Jamaica.
With over eleven weeks of excitement culminating in a hyperactive and colourful road march, it had to be Digicel. Bacchanal 2009 in association with Digicel came to a colourful end on Sunday when droves of Jamaicans from all walks of life came out to participate and watch what was a tremendous spectacle.
The route from Mona Road through Half-Way Tree and ending at Mas Camp was covered with patrons who at times took part in the excitement. There was the usual carnival atmosphere with Pan Chicken men distributed at various spots en-route while people perched on various roof tops sought better vantage points.
Dubbed 'Bacchanal Gone Hollywood', the costumes of the revellers manifested the movie themes that have attracted so many to Mas Camp on Friday nights. Lead by the Digicel Moulin Rouge troupe there were bands such as La Dolce Vita, Pocahontas, Showgirls, Troy, Casablanca, Stardust, and Vegas Guys and Dolls.
The Bacchanal revelry also saw several of Jamaica’s noted figures taking part; with Dancehall artiste D’Angel burning up the road as part of the Digicel Band and Digicel Rising Stars host Yendi Phillips also putting on a show.
One onlooker was quite excited about being able to take part in such a tremendous feat of beauty and organisation.
“I never miss carnival and this year was one of the best ones I have been to in my six years. I even went to every one of the Friday night shows at Mas Camp and it was amazing.”
In the midst of the unwanted international attention that being focused on Jamaica, the country’s security personnel are being praised for the professional handling of the situation.
In a statement posted on Canjet Airlines website they expressed relief that the hijacking was resolved without harm to its crew and passengers.
It said its priority now is to provide comfort and support to both crew and passengers.
Canjet also praised its crew for the level of professionalism and bravery displayed during the ordeal.
The airline also reported that a CanJet aircraft left Montreal and will travel via Toronto and should arrive in Montego Bay this afternoon to take passengers and crew on to Santa Clara or back to Canada.
The CanJet release also expressed appreciation to the security authorities in Jamaica and Canada as well as the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
There are strong rumours going around that Chris Brown and Rihanna might be on the verge of patching thingsup.
It is reported that the two hooked up a few days ago in Los Angeles.
Sporting Chicago Bulls gear, the “Kiss Kiss” singer is said to have checked out of his hotel to spend the night at Rihanna’s house after she flew into town from Kansas.
As Rihanna checked out some houses in the Hollywood Hills, Brown headed off to buy some Belgian chocolates for her at the Beverly Center.
Yardflex will be following the reports closely to keep you in the know
A Rasta man walks into a bank with a black scandal bag, after waiting in the line for a couple of minutes it was time for the teller to attend to him. The tell greeted with a grin and asked "may i help you sir" the rasta man handed over the scandal bag to the tell and says yes. The tell opened the bag and asked "what must i do with this" the rasta man replied "mi wah open a joint account wid dat deh sintin inna di bag"
You are forever held in the love of God.This is a day of remembering those who have blessed me personally and of honoring those who have blessed the world through their commitments of love and peace. As members of the family of God, each one has shined the light of God within them out into the world.
The faith they showed in times of adversity gives hope to those who need to hope, encourages those who are facing hardship, inspires those who follow in their footsteps. Their legacy compels the best within others to come forward and to be lived every day.
For those who are still present in my life and those who have passed on, I envision them through eyes of love, knowing that they are forever held in the love of God.
"For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers."--Romans 1:9
MediaTakeOut.com just caught wind that rapper Bow Wow is in a bit of a mess. Apparently, he went on a video blog yesterday – and said that he was uncomfortable having a gay barber. Or to be specific – having a gay barber “touch his head”
That comment has caused a mini-uproar in the Black gay community. Here’s an example of the response that Bow Weezy’s comments are evoking taken from BET reporter Clay Cane’s blog:
Yesterday Bow Wow held a live video chat where he answered questions from the few fans he has left.
During the chat Bow Wow revealed how uncomfortable he gets around gays.
He talked about a time where he needed a haircut and had his people go and find him a barber. But after noticing the barber was gay he told them that he didn’t want the haircut anymore.
He said he didn’t want a gay barber touching his head.
I’m guessing either the top of his dome is his hot spot or he seems to think homosexuality is contagious.
Isn’t it funny that a guy who twirled his neck like a hurricane and flinched his wrist around like it just suffered a stroke during a special with Omarion (you know, that masculine guy) is saying that he’s homophobic?
We’re just gonna leave this one alone …. FOR NOW!!!
Nearly a third of the population are squatters!
We are still reeling from the shock of this statement. According to a report posted on RJR’s web site, it was revealed that nearly a third of the population are squatters during an examination of allocations to the Ministry of Water and Housing at Wednesday's sitting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament.
Housing Minister Dr. Horace Chang told committee members that a recent survey by the Squatter Unit in the ministry has revealed there are just over 700 squatter settlements across the island.
"They vary from the very small to some large ones in my own constituency (St. James North Western), Clarendon is coming along very rapidly and sections of St. Ann. Montego Bay has roughly 30,000 squatter solutions which is almost more than half the population and that is our second largest city," Dr. Chang said.
Over five million dollars has been allocated for squatter management in the 2009-2010 budget.
Members of the House raised concerns about the effectiveness of the Squatter Unit to manage the situation given that the office has only four members of staff.
However, Dr. Chang explained that in its current incarnation, the unit is primarily intended to develop policy.
He noted that Government is taking steps to deal with the problem of squatting more definitively.
"Where most of lands are Government owned, we use the Housing Fund to establish temporary rangers to reduce the expansion of squatting but we're undertaking improvements in some areas. We have the design for a full Squatter Unit but it could not be accommodated in this year's budget. In the meantime, we'll still continue to work with the other agencies involved that have field people," said Dr. Chang.
The Water and Housing Minister added that the long awaited housing policy should be completed by September this year.
The other night tears almost came to my eyes as I watched where several families where homeless as a result of the government team coming in to bulldoze their homes. Apparently this action came after eight years of dialogue where they were served notice to vacate the property.
As they came on the television, crying and wondering aloud where they should live, it’s hard not to be touched by their plight.
At one point I was even upset with the government, wondering if they couldn’t have compassion and try to work something out without taking those drastic steps.
But then I logged unto the JIS website and read the Minister’s statement. Check out what he said below.
The demolition of six houses in Colouden, Westmoreland yesterday, (Friday, April 17, 2009) is unfortunate. However, I am presently in dialogue with Member of Parliament, Mr. Luther Buchanan to ensure adequate resettlement for the families. This resettlement will include assistance with building materials.
Since 2007 hundreds of persons living in informal settlements have been relocated to areas with proper infrastructure. Additionally, we are now in the process of formalizing the tenure of another several thousand informal settlers. Demolition only becomes necessary when all other efforts fail.
The officers of the Ministry acted legitimately and within the policy framework of the Ministry as the persons who occupied the property for over eight years had been served several removal notices which they ignored. The problem became severe, however, when they began to rent house spots on the property to which they had no legal claim.
I do believe that public servants must be given the authority to carry out their responsibility as designated under the law without fear of retribution.
The Ministry of Water and Housing will continue to provide an opportunity to bring all informal setters into the formal sector, all we ask is for your continued cooperation. Where cooperation and dialogue fail, the Ministry must be decisive.
Now after reading it I am left wondering why would squatters rent somewhere that isn’t there’s…why not just say, come we got it free so enjoy it free also?
Now I have more questions than answers…hey my peeps…what’s your opinion?
The Broadcasting Commission on Friday (April 17), issued a circular requiring all Subscriber Television (STV) Licensees to implement special measures to protect against unauthorized, or unintended access to X-rated and A-rated channels by minors and other persons within households.
The Commission has confirmed reports that methods presently being utilized by some STV Operators to encrypt these channels have, sometimes, been inefficient and occasionally result in the channels being accessed by children and other unintended recipients.
Subscriber Television Licensees have been instructed to implement the following procedures:
1. A-rated channels (e.g. Dancehall) and X-rated channels (e.g. Playboy) must not be packaged with any other channels;
2. Persons must not be given X and A-rated channels automatically, but must first be instructed on how to enter a personal code to protect the content from unauthorized access by minors, or other members of the household not wishing to gain access to the content. Verifiable records should be maintained within the premises of the licensees that such instructions had been provided;
3. Only the registered owner of the main cable account should be allowed to authorize the activation of access to A-rated and X-rated channels;
4. Operators whose systems are affected by the loss of encryption to X-rated Channels, as described above, are required to conduct an investigation and address this problem forthwith.
A wonder if unno really a teck note a wha gwaan inna di country. Fi real star, unno meck sure sey unno keep pon top a tings when it comes to di decisions dem whey politician a meck pon fi unno behalf.
Rasta George, since di odda day when mi stop have man pon mi mind and a listen to people business mi realise sey a nuff tings did a pass mi by.
Now di only business mi a pree a wha a affect mi and di country. Unno a follow di cess pon gas argument whey dem a consider fi impose tax pon gas.
A wonder if dem member wha happen di last time di government try fi do dat. One piece a riot and people business place mash up and all mi did haffi foot it, go whey mi a guh cause nuh vehicle never deh pon di road fi transport nobady.
Dem fi learn sey Jamaicans dem unpredictable, dem will teck so much and no more and den dem explode like a bomb.
Dem betta find one next way fi raise money and nuh badda wid deh gas tax deh, cause mi can just si one replay of whey di gwaan di last time.
Still a waan fi use dis opportunity fi warn mi fellow Jamaicans dat dem mussi siddung and teck everyting suh. Is not di government have di power a dem. If unno present one united voice and come out gainst di almshouse whey a gwaan inna di country, unno know di difference whey unno can bring about>
Hear wha, mi affi cut now, but tink bhout whey mi she…U-N-I-T-Y a dat mi a deal wid straight!
I follow inner guidance in realizing my dreams.
Flashes of inspiration and spiritual insight sometimes come to me without introduction or invitation. It's as if divine ideas are floating in my mind and suddenly one drops into my awareness at the strangest moment--while I'm in the shower or driving, where no pen and paper are within reach.
Divine ideas also come to me in prayer and meditation as my heart receives a gentle nudge, an inner knowing. No matter how they appear, divine ideas stir me into action through revelations of truth.
As I follow inner guidance, I begin to envision new and insightful ways to manage the circumstances of my life. Divine ideas encourage me to dream a new dream and to move beyond current understanding so that I realize that dream.
"Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path."--Psalm 27:11
Passengers were reportedly taken hostage on a charter flight at a Jamaican airport.
They were boarding the CanJet flight from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay to Halifax, Canada, late Sunday when the security breach occurred, said Elizabeth Scotton, a spokeswoman for the company that manages the airport.
Scotton would not say how many hostages were being held.
About 150 people were scheduled to be on the flight, said Jamaican police Lt. Col. Derek Robinson, and it was not known how many were on the plane.
A passenger, Brenda Grenier, called her husband and said a man apparently had sneaked aboard the plane and had taken hostages. Grenier and her daughter were safe, her husband said by phone from his home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
The Jamaican police and the company's security personnel were handling the incident, Scotton said.
Lt. Damain Bromley of the police said they were waiting for more information. An airport official reported the security breach, he added.
The Best of the Best International Music Festival is back and this year, its promise of being "the best of the best" delivers yet again. The premier Caribbean concert event in North America returns on Sunday, May 24, much to the delight of fans, many of whom make Miami their destination on Memorial Day weekend each year, to savor the best in Caribbean entertainment, and in mainstream urban entertainment as well.
Presented by Miami-based music and lifestyle promotions outfit, JBJ Entertainment, Best of the Best sets the stage every year as the ultimate showcase of the best acts in Caribbean music. With a solid Caribbean foundation spanning dancehall, reggae, lover's rock and soca, the festival also thrills fans with the top artists in hip-hop, rap and R&B. Past years have included the likes of Akon, Busta Rhymes and Wyclef Jean.
This year proves to be no different as the show is hosted by one of the biggest names in music today, T-Pain. The star-studded lineup also includes Rick Ross, Jeezy, DJ Khaled, Beenie Man, Mavado, Elephant Man, Bounty Killer, Serani, Wayne Wonder, Capleton, Destra, Tony Matterhorn, Spice, Kip Rich, Flippa Mafia, Christopher Martin, Cocoa Tea, Ras Penco, Ce'Cile and The Stones.
In its fifth installment, JBJ Entertainment invites music aficionados from around the country and beyond to journey to Miami for this consummate Memorial Day celebration. "We've made every effort to bring together the best acts in music right now, for one day, on one stage. The diversity of this festival in music, culture and cuisine is unrivaled, so everyone is in for an amazing time."
Prime Minister Bruce Golding at centre in serious talks about the USA, Caribbean and Latin American relations with USA President Barack Obama (right) and Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left). The leaders met this morning (April 18) ahead of the first plenary session of the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain Trinidad.
The Mountain Dew Stunt Festival held at the Jamalco Sports Club in Clarendon has come and gone, but for the thousands they will remember the performance the King of the Dancehall delivered.
He came on stage to loud shouts from his many fans and from thereon he was the pied piper and they were his loyal followers.
Reeling through his vast catalogue of hits he showed why after so many years he is still embrace by the dancehall populace.
Beenie went through his hot hits in the hey days to his current ones. When he was through he left a totally satiated crowd behind.
During the day it was all about fun, rides contests and excitement as Ity & Fancy Cat, Sammy Question and Magician had patrons entering one fun competition after another with them winning prizes courtesy of the sponsors.
The Pro Impact Stunt Team out of the States also had the crowd “oohing and “aahing” at some of the gravity-defying stunts they did.
Later on in the evening it was time for the stage show with Apachie Chief and Sarge cracking up the crowd with their “almshouse” on stage.
Mystery Man managed to deliver, but Xinyu was a colossal flop, not even the Dance Xpression girls could rescue her.
Nesbeth scored with Boardhouse and Guns Out.
D’Angel feared a little better but was not an overwhelming hit with the crowd
But there was no question about the closing act Beenie Man…he was King
Our dear Nerissa Irving has made Playboy nudes again....Please check this month's issue out.Also she was just featured in Spragga benz's new video shot in Miama this week.Big up Spragga.Yardflex understands that Stephen Marley&Marcia Griffiths also came out to show him some love.
Ten original gospel songs and their singers have been selected to participate in the 2009 Jamaica Gospel Song Competition organized by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission.
Andre Wrght with the song “ Man o God ” from St. Catherine
Omar Douglas , with the song “Jehovah Nuh Sleep” from St. Thomas
Kimola Brown with the song “Sen Down ” from St. Ann
Fabian Wright with the song “I have your Mercy ” from Manchester
Brinetta Lewis with the entry “Weh yuh a Worry Fah” from Kgn & St. Andrew
Gamel Grant , with “Take Me to Jesus” from Trelawny
Kimela Isaacs with the song “Reassurance” from Kgn & St. Andrew
Nickette Morgan, with the song “Wherever I Go”. from St. Catherine
Duet, Tobi Maxwell and Gilthiesa Smith with their entry “You Are” from Manchester
Leo Lewis with the entry “Buss Out” from St. Catherine
The finalists beat more than 200 participants island-wide throughout two levels of eliminations to secure their chance to work with some of Jamaica’s top gospel producers in the production of a compilation album that is due to be released in May. The 2009 finals are scheduled for July at the National Indoor Sports Centre.
The Spirit of God sustains and upholds me at all times.
If difficulties are mounting at home or at work, I may feel as if I'm struggling to keep my head above water. I then ask myself, Why am I trying to go it alone?
I know what to do as I read words of Scripture: "Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord." It's time to let go and let God. It's time to stop struggling and let any burden be lifted from me.
This is a sweet and gentle reminder that I am never alone and that there is no need to struggle. God loves me and calls for me to turn within. The Spirit of God sustains and upholds me at all times.
I release all to God--all worry, all pain. Both physically and spiritually, I feel peace wash over me. I am comforted. The Spirit of God is here--within me and everywhere around me. I accept, I release, and I am free.
"Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord of hosts."--Zechariah 4:6
Patrick Swayze's pancreatic cancer is taking a heavy toll on him.
The star is now thin, virtually bald having lost his hair as a result of treatment, looked a shadow of his former self during an outing in Los Angeles.
With his clothes hanging from his reduced frame, the actor was barely recognisable as he walked to his car.
The 56-year-old edged along the roadside, gripping hold of a nearby post for support as his brother Don waited in a car park to take him to an appointment.
Yardflex wish the star every good wishes and urge him to continue in the fight for survival
Oh Boy, Usain made an innocent comment to the German media and it has come back to haunt him big time. We read the AFP story which is making big talk all over the airwaves. But honestly, we think it is much about nothing. He never said he was using marijuana, he said as a youth he tried it. Now I did too in my teen years, thank heavens I didn’t like it!
There are few teens who were never curious about ganja, cigarette or alcohol. If it was not one, it would have been the other.
Stop crucifying the youth and making a federal case as if he admitted that he had taken cocaine or steroids. In all this they might have forgotten that he is still a youth.
The gays have stepped up their attack on Jamaica . Their latest ploy is a campaign to boycott Jamaican products.
A gay rights group from California took their campaign to the streets of New York City on Wednesday and engaged in a rum dump at Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street in Manhattan. According to Caribbean World News the owners were urged to dump their stock of Myers Rum and Red Stripe Beer in the sewer while other bars are being urged to follow suit.
Jamaicans are hitting out against it accusing that there were others in the US who were anti gays…and yet they weren’t being targeted.
The New Jersey resident insists the gay rights attack against Jamaica is `very disingenuous.`
`There are conservative Christian groups in the U.S. who are very anti-homosexuality and anti-gay so why aren’t they going up against them? One person was quoted by Caribbean World News as saying.
She answered her own question by adding: `It`s because those groups have a strong lobbying and can’t be pushed around so they’re coming after the weakness of the Jamaicans, which is we don’t have a strong lobby to push back and raise awareness.`
The Jamaican national also insisted that gays are not being killed in Jamaica simply because they are gays, despite what many claim. And she questioned: `How dare they try to castigate an entire island because of their lifestyle? It’s a shame that they want respect but can’t respect our laws.`
Vaswani’s helper, 46 year-old Marcia Gordon had her bail extended on Tuesday when she made her first appearance in court before the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Gordon who is accused of conspiring with others to steal a vault with millions of dollars in cash and jewellery from her boss, Prakash Vaswani pleaded not guilty to the charges.
She was charged two weeks ago following investigations into the mysterious disappearance of a vault with cash and jewellery from Mr Vaswani's Millsborough, St. Andrew residence last month.
The cops claimed Ms Gordon conspired with other persons to steal the vault with the cash and jewellery worth more than $5 million, after her boss went on an overseas trip.
Investigators say there was no forced entry.
However, Ms Gordon argued that she was asleep when thieves entered the sprawling house and removed the vault.
Two Indian businessmen were detained by the police in connection with the theft two weeks ago, but they were later released after spending several days in custody.
Another suspect is now in custody.
The cops say they have recovered some of the stolen jewellery.
Ms Gordon is to return to court on May 11.
A British-based 65-year-old Jamaican woman pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and was fined one million dollars Tuesday and sentenced to two years in prison.
Hope Spence who hails from May Pen, Clarendon and London, England pleaded guilty in the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
Mrs. Spence was arrested last week after being found in possession of 11 pounds of cocaine worth more than $10 million.
The narcotics police reported that the retiree was preparing to board a British bound flight at the Norman Manley International Airport when she was stopped and searched and the cocaine found in her luggage.
The Gargamel Music family is sad to announce the passing of Buju Banton's beloved mother, Murdine "Miss Dotty" Clarke. Miss Dotty made her transition earlier this month, leaving behind her adoring children, grandchildren, family and friends.
But a wha a gwaan
Yuh can imagine di odda day mi guh dung a Clarendon fi attend Mountain Dew Stunt Festival and mi di deh a hol a vibes and ting and den mi girlfriend waan guh bathroom.
When she buss di door open and guh in deh nuh two man she inna di female bathroom a dagga whey. Di poor woman frighten suh till, she nearly drop dung, she get back har presence a mind fi call di police, but by di time she do it dem get whey.
Dem man really a teck dem dutty lifestyle and carry it more and more inna yuh face.
Blessings are flowing to me and from me this day.
I live by faith--a faith in God that is like a bridge over troubled waters. Secure and confident, I rise in thought and act above whatever challenges may be swirling around me. I live the fullness of life.
Getting past a time of trouble is not about my knowing the details of how blessings will come to me. In faith I know with certainty that I will receive them. Living in the moment with God, I understand that change ushers in a time of newness and discovery.
Faith assures me so that I accept each change for what it is: a new beginning. This is a time for greater strengths to be realized and expressed by me, for greater blessings to flow to and from me, for greater fulfillment to be accepted and shared by me.
"When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who followed him, 'Truly I tell you, in no one in Israel have I found such faith.'"--Matthew 8:10
Yeah, fi real, a doan have nuh time fi talk bout nuh man nor nobady mix up right how. There comes a time when you have to dash whey foolishness and realise sey if you watch tings go from bad to worse, den you just as bad as di rest.
With that said mi haffi talk up di tings dem now pon whey a gwaan inna mi well beloved island. Mi caan tell yuh how much mi heart a pain mi right now as a observe wha really a gwaan.
A doan know how much a unno a follow di news but unno realise sey a 11 people dem kill between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday. Bwoy you woulda tink sey Jesus never shed enough blood fi wi at all.
Mi sey mi haffi band mi belly when mi read Monday Observer as dem report pon di crime scene. 11 people … dem a pick dem off like fly.
And dat nuh di wuss part of the di news. According to the police report when you add dem 11 murder it bring di total death tally for the first 12 days of April to 33.
Backside, a how dem a go hard suh. Mi a talk to mi sistren a foreign and she sey she well waan come out ya but she change har mind. No matter how mi tell har sey that nutten nah go happen to har, cause dem know who dem a war wid, she sey Jamaica a warzone and she nah come out yah.
Mi owna uncle sey him wi help mi wid mi plane ticket fi come look fi him, but him nuh tink sey him a come back out yah …well if sey if tings change him might reconsider, but a mi haffi come look fi him.
Dat a fi just mi alone, mi nuh know how much odda people family a think di same way.
Jamaica gone to di dogs…but a still tink we can bring it back…it all up to wi.
It was disturbing for me to read about yet another road fatality that took place on Saturday in St Elizabeth. On Sunday, the 24-year-old succumbed to the injuries he received the day before.
Another young life that had potential snatched away by the demon of speed and the need to “eat up the road”.
The sad thing about it is that no matter how many road campaigns there are that speed kills, it doesn’t seem to be penetrating the ears of the listeners…well I am assuming that they are listening.
Just for St Elizabeth the road fatalities are now at 19 for this year alone.
That’s 19 lives too many and we are not even counting the road deaths for the rest of the other parishes.
It is often times sad for me to observe how some people drive on the road, you can see them swerving, overtaking, barely making it in time avoiding an oncoming vehicle.
Not to mention the coasters that take the sidewalks at uncomfortable speeds, trying to beat the traffic. Now, I must say it’s bad enough that the drivers do that, it’s even worse when passengers whose lives are at risk, sit down in the bus and say nothing. Some have even been heard complementing the driver calling them “shotta driver” or some other name.
I have to wonder if somewhere at the back of their minds they don’t remember the many accidents where passengers lose their lives through this same kind of careless driving.
Or is it, that they think they will be the lucky ones to escape?
We are in April and there are too many road deaths being reports, please, if you don’t care about your lives, care about the others who have to be on the road and who can’t wait to get home to their loved ones.
Speed is a waste of time, avoid that and try to be on time, don’t be late and then try to make up for it on the road.
If you have forgotten the road codes, get a book and go them over…other crimes may have gotten out of hand…but you can control this….all of us can.
Is it a case of like father like son…well Ninja Man’s troubles seem to have been passed on to his son as the police have taken his son into custody.
It is understand that he could be slapped with murder related charges this week after he was held in St Ann Saturday.
The teenager was being sought by the police in connection with a murder for which his father is also charged.
He was held during a raid in Breadnut Hill Ocho Rios early Saturday morning by members of the Area Two Operations and Support Unit.
The unarmed teenager and another man were caught hiding in a store room on the premises and the alleged motor vehicle used in the murder was also found on the compound.
On March 17, Ninja Man and a group of men, including his son, were reportedly involved in a dispute with a man on Marl Road in Olympic Gardens, St. Andrew.
The police say they shot ant the man who fled.
The bullets missed the man but hit 20-year old Ricardo Johnson also known as "Ricky Trooper", killing him.
Bredda Lion had a new bad habit that he felt was his right an privilege, being the most feared in the village. He developed the biggest belch in the whole village. Every time he ate and went to sleep at night, he would belch really loud all night and wake up the rest of the village.
Anancy loved to sleep. Next to food sleep was the next thing he loved in the whole world. Since Lion had developed this habit he has not gotten one night's sleep. Last night was the worst. Lion had belched every hour on the hour, since 8 pm that night. Anancy’s eyes were blood shot red and he was angry.
He visited Bredda Rabbit and Bredda Snake to see how they were holding up. "Bredda Rabbit, how yuh doing man?" asked Anancy, as he approached Bredda Rabbit outside his home.
"Mi doing just fine." replied Bredda Rabbit.
"Yuh getting any sleep since Lion start dem big belchin?" asked Bredda Anancy.
"Yeah man, nuff sleep since mi buy dem ear muffs whey Bredda Snake tell me bout down a shop." he replied.
"Ear muffs!" Anancy exclamated.
"Yes dem block out every sound, whey yuh nuh go buy some?" Bredda Rabbit explained.
"Is true." Anancy replied.
So he set off down to Mr. Lee's shop and bought him some ear muffs.
That night around 7:45 pm he put on the ear muffs and went to bed.
A large "Buuuurrrrrrrrrrp" sound awoke Anancy.
"But wait," he thought to himself "dem ear muffs nah work." You see, his spider senses were just as sensitive as his ears and could pick up the sound. The others in the village did not have this type of sense so the earmuff worked for them. So again Anancy had a sleepless night.
The next morning he was very angry. He was so angry he walked over to Bredda Lion’s home to talk to him.
Anancy pleaded "Bredda Lion, Mi a beg yuh please stop de all nite belching. Mi cyaan get nuh sleep a nite."
"Yuh mad Anancy? A mi run tings in dis village, an mi will stop when mi feel like." Bredda Lion replied.
"But how yuh so bad mind. Nobady cyaan sleep wid all dat noise yuh a mek." said Anancy.
"Is ongle yuh cyaan sleep. No one else is complaining." replied Bredda Lion.
Wow a who wedding bells in the air for? Yardflex understand sey Spice a gear up fi har Cinderella wedding. Big plans and bere tings. Win uh have nuh official word yet, but be sure dat dis is one news wi will be keeping our ears to the ground close for.
Sizzla Kalonjie was supposed to be heading for Canada this weekend for a show but that will not be happening as the guy rights folks has struck yet again. Many of his fans were looking forward to his performance there at the Paramount Concert Theatre on Sunday.
The promoters for the show CVR Entertainment Company sent out a statement apologizing for the cancellation. According to them, the DJ was denied the visa at the Canadian Embassy in Jamaica and his manager gave him short notice about it.
But yardFlex understands that the visa denial goes deeper than that. The gay rights people in Canada are behind it as the DJ refused to sign an agreement not to perform any anti gay songs.
Aidonia who recently celebrated his birthday has a lot more to be thankful for after he was cleared of all charges when he appeared before the Supreme Court in Downtown Kingston, yesterday morning.
The entertainer whose real name is Sheldon Lawrence was last year slapped with several charges ranging from conspiracy to shooting, illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent stemming from an incident in the Shortwood Area in January 2008.
Valrie Nieta-Robertson the entertainer's legal counsel made application for the charges to be dismissed against her client after an alleged witness who was injured in the incident did not show to give his testimony and base on the lack of evidence on the part of the prosecution all charges were dropped and Resident Magistrate Williams advised Aidonia that he was free to go.
After the hearing a very jovial Aidonia said he was happy with the outcome and thanked everyone who had been supportive of him in his time of need. the fans". - He added.
Aidonia's charges stemmed from a shooting incident in January 2008 in the proximity of Wedcombe Avenue off Shortwood Road where several shots were fired and one man was injured. When the police arrived on the scene upon further investigation it was revealed that the deejay’s name was one of those being called as being involved.
The life I live every day is my unique and individual expression of God's love. My thoughts are formed by my belief that God is all and in all. My words are uplifting and sure. My actions are full of life and energy, and they shine with love. My intention is to be loving and life-affirming in all that I think, say, and do. With the life of Jesus as my example, I serve and I love.
Each person is a child of God. Through the lens of this understanding, I see the sacredness of all people. I appreciate their contributions and treat them with compassion.
Centered in God's love, I give to life through my loving actions, and I am fulfilled. I know that I am right where I am supposed to be, doing what is mine to do.
"You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet."--John 13:13-14
Wance apan a time Breda Anancy mek up im mind seh im gwine callect all a de camman sense inna de wurl. Im was tinking dat he would be de smartest smaddy in de wurl ef im do dis. So Anancy traveled all ova de wurl collecting camman sense. Im go to big countries an likkle ones. Im go to primary schools and universities. Im go to govament offices and businesses. Im go people house and dem work place.
Im tek all de zillions camman sense he had collected fram around the wurl and put it a big calabash. Im tek de calabash wid im to im backyard and climbed a big gwangu tree. His plan was to store it at de tap of the tree for safety-keeping. Nobady woulda get to it but Anancy.
To mek sure it was safe Anancy tie the calabash to de front of his bady. Dis slow down im progress up de tree to a slow crawl. Im did look very clumsy a-go up de tree wid be-caw the calabash dida hamper im.
As im was slowing going up toward de top a de tree a likkle girl below called out to im. Anancy, mek you nuh tie the calabash pon you back insteada in front of yuh. It will git up de tree much fasta and ez-a.
Anancy was bex be-cah de likkle girl show im up for not thinking. She had more good sense dan him he thought. He called out to her “Mi did tink me collected all the camman sense fram all ova de wurl”
He was so angry dat im fling the calabash to the to the groung and it bust. All of the camman sense im did callect fly back to all ova de wurl.
An dat's how you and I manage to have just a likkle common sense for we-self tideh.
Jack Mandora, me tell yuh no lie!!!
There’s a new twist to the Rihanna, Chris Brown drama. It seems that the singer’s father is not too happy with his not guilty plea.
According to a report on mediatakeout.com his father was quoted in Us Weekly as saying, [Chris Brown] needs to stop being in denial. I just would like to see justice go in the right direction
I don't want his career to be damaged -- it’s damaged already. I think he’s a talented guy, but everybody should have to pay. When you do the crime, you do the time. I don't want to see him locked up for a long time -- I just want him to acknowledge and get some help."
Rihanna’s dad is not keeping silent on the matter either according to him Brown should say 'guilty' and let the court be leaning into him and try himself to the mercy of the court, see if he gets a fine…
Yardflex can’t wait to see how this one will play out in the end.
It was laughter and drama in The Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Monday when a woman claimed she stole some items from a supermarket because of a dream.
The accused Kelly Francis was brought before the court to answer to the charge of simple larceny. According to reports she went into Super Plus and took a few items. The plot thickened when a representative from the store said the accused told him about a dream where she took up some stuff from the supermarket and her breast fell out of her clothes. He interpreted the dream and told her it was disgrace.
Kelly said she took the things to prove if his theory was correct!
She will have to fork out $5000 or spent 30 days in jail!
Poor Ninjaman it seems that his troubles will not be over any time soon. He was denied bail yesterday when he appeared ion the Corporate Area Criminal Court.
The DJ has been in police custody in concert with the murder case.
The DJ will return to court on May 7.
The pastor who made the news recently for defrauding a woman out of her money faced an angry mob at the Mandeville Resident Magistrate Court on Monday when he went to court.
The pastor got his freedom after he repaid some of the money to the complainant. But that didn’t mean he could escape the wrath of the irate crowd who waited for him at the police station. He emerged to shouts and screams that could be heard a mile away from people who claimed they wanted back their money…some even threatened him.
The accused man Alexandra Dias Santo Silver is the pastor of the Mandeville Universal Church and also a Brazilian.
The money was supposed to be in exchange for a miracle, but that is yet to happen. When she demanded back her money the pastor refused, the matter was then reported to the police.
The joy of Spirit is my joy.
My greatest joy is my relationship with God and in knowing, affirming, and accepting God's blessings. With my thoughts focused on the goodness of my Creator, I experience a joy that strengthens, encourages, and inspires me.
It is up to me to express my inner joy. As I do, it moves through me as waves of gladness that flow into my thoughts, conversations, and actions. There is a fullness of life that I embrace whenever I express the joy of Spirit within me as me.
I do not create my joy, nor does anyone else; there is a reservoir of sacred elation that is instilled within my soul by my Creator. The more joy I express, the more gladness of Spirit rushes in to fill this reservoir and then spills over into my life.
"I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete."--John 15:11
The Don Gorgon Ninja Man will be appearing in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court today to answer to charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and illegal possession of a firearm.
Born Desmond Ballentine Ninja turned himself in after being sought by the police for questioning regarding the shooting death of Ricardo 'Ricky Trooper' Johnson at his home in Marl Road.
Once upon a time, Brother Anancy had a plan to go to the cricket match in town, which was far away. He did not have enough money so he came up with a plan. He went to see Brother Snake and Brother Rabbit, who also wanted to see the cricket match but did not have enough money. However they had just a little more money than Anancy did. Anancy told them to meet him at the train station in the morning at 5:00 a.m. and bring what little money they had. He told them he could get them all there if they shared the food with him, which they would buy with the extra money. They agreed. The next morning Anancy met Brother Snake and Brother Rabbit at the station.
They were excited as they saw the train coming and going. He told them he would get them to the match but they had to trust him with their money. They hesitated but then he explained that they would have spending money if they trust him. He also requested he hold all the money for safekeeping. He told them that he would keep the extra money and the tickets.
I live and give from the sacredness of my soul.
I take a proactive role in supporting my health and well-being. I include healthful, physical activities in my day's schedule. I take time to emotionally connect with my feelings, to energize my mind. I pray and meditate, receiving guidance, enjoying peace of mind, and attaining spiritual growth.
With these practices, I not only contribute to my own healing, I also have the strength to support others. Offering prayer, giving physical assistance, contributing time or resources to individuals or organizations--all this allows me to live and give from the sacredness of my soul. With this intention, I have a positive effect on the lives of others.
What an important contribution caring people are making in all areas of the world. We are God's family, caring about and for one another in loving, meaningful ways.
"He put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him."--Luke 10:34
By Rootz Girl
I am forced to think of the words of Chuck Fenda’s song when I think about all that’s happening in the society. The latest news that has be fired up is one about the 82-year-old man from Bog Walk, St Catherine who was arrested and charged with gross indecency against a 13-year-old school boy.
The worst part about it is that he didn’t even deny the charge, he pleaded guilty to the deed when he appeared before Linstead’s Resident Magistrate Court on Wednesday.
Things like this really get me fired up, now what in hell could he want with a little boy and at his age too. Don’t tell me that I should have some pity for him, no wonder Chuck Fenda said Gash dem and light dem….I think they deserve no less.
Big old grandfather should be doting on his grandchildren and telling them stories about when he was a boy or reading the bible to them, look what he is involved in.
I think they should throw the book at him and let him be an example to those sickos out there who won’t allow our children to grow up in peace, but instead all they do is try to spoil them and break them out. No wonder that fifteen year old in Old Harbour tried to do the same thing to an eleven year-old, who to tell if some sick old fool hadn’t done the same thing to him.
The charge is there for each of us to be on guard for our children, we have to be vigilant and stop leaving them alone with men you think you know so well. Look at that, who would have thought a big old bark, like the 82-year-old would be trying that on the child?
After the boy was there on his parents consent. He was the one who called the parents and told them he had something at home for them. He asked them to send the child to collect it to bring to them. While the child was the old man went to urinate and would you believe it he showed the boy his penis and wanted him to perform certain acts on him…the child refused and ran home to tell his parents everything. Hence the case came to light.
Don’t take anything for granted, know where your children are and don’t leave them to those sickos mercies.
Hundreds of reggae enthusiasts attended the second staging of the Reggae Symphony concert series, held at the Broward Centre for the Performing Arts (BCPA), Fort Lauderdale, on Sunday (March 29).
Included in the line-up were reggae singer, Freddie McGregor; reggae songstress, Marcia Griffiths, and veteran singer and songwriter, Bob Andy. They were accompanied by saxophonist Dean Fraser and Lloyd Parkes and 'We the People' band.
The show was opened by Marcia Griffiths, who is currently celebrating 46 years in the music industry. Formerly of the I-Threes, along with Rita Marley and Judy Mowatt, the reggae legend seized the opportunity to pay tribute to international reggae legend, Bob Marley, noting that he opened the doors internationally for the success of reggae.
Bob Andy followed with a trail of songs he had composed over the years, thrilling the audience with reggae favourites of the 1970s.
Freddie McGregor, who spearheads the annual event, also gave an outstanding performance.
Highlight of the evening was the encore performance of all three distinguished artistes doing the grand finale with a rendition of 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall', done as a reggae classic.
Douglas Lawrence, a Jamaican national visiting from Richmond, Virginia, said that he enjoyed the concert immensely, as he experienced reggae at another level.
Public Affairs Director of the BCPA, Jan Goodheart, was elated at the success of the event which, she said, was an indication of the growing demand for diverse cultural performances now enriching the cultural landscape of South Florida. She expressed the desire for the event to become a calendar staple for the Broward Theatre.
Consul-General, Sandra Grant Griffiths, congratulated all three artistes for their outstanding performances, as she greeted them individually backstage after the show.
Master of Ceremonies was veteran Jamaican broadcast journalist and Commissioner of the City of Miramar, Winston Barnes.
God is the all-powerful, all-knowing presence active in my life and in the world.
I'm amazed that often challenges are overcome and opportunities appear in ways I had never considered. Yet I understand how perfect such divine order is as events in my life continue to unfold.
Divine order comes in many forms. I remember this when something doesn't go as I had planned. What I might have at first perceived as a mishap is an opportunity for me to witness the divine order in all things.
When something in my life, large or small, happens without a seeming reason, I affirm: divine order. I give thanks to God for being the all-powerful, all-knowing presence in my life and in the world. Divine order is everywhere, and I am a part of a divine plan.
"This is the plan that is planned concerning the whole earth; and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations."--Isaiah 14:26
On Thursday the South African court jailed three men for life for the murder of international reggae star Lucky Dube, the SAPA news agency reported.
The Johannesburg High Court on Tuesday found Sifiso Mhlanga, Mbuti Mabe and Julius Gxowa guilty of gunning down the world acclaimed singer during a botched hijacking in October 2007.
“The sentence won’t heal me, but we are happy they were arrested and that the law took its course,” said Dube’s wife Zanele who cried uncontrollably after the sentencing, SAPA reported.
The award-winning South African singer was dropping off his teenage son at a relative’s home when gunmen shot him three times at close range.
Dube, 43, who recorded in Zulu, English and Afrikaans, was one of the first to play reggae in his homeland and was widely admired abroad.
The musician’s killing provoked worldwide condemnation and renewed domestic calls for the restoration of the death penalty in a bid to stem one of the world’s highest murder rates.
Dube recorded more than 20 albums in a career spanning two decades and was regarded as one of the first artistes to introduce reggae in South Africa.
Spragga Benz is one father who is determined to make his son’s life count for something. All the dreams and promises which were never realized will now be afforded to some talented students who otherwiuse might never have gotten the opportunity to fulfill theres.
Through the newly-formed Carlisle Foundation scholarships will be given to selected students who have successfully gone through the selection process.
Funding for the foundation will be coming from the cupcoming concert Life Fest: Peace and Love Concert which is scheduled to be held on Carlisle’s birthday, May 2 at Backyard, Constant Spring Road. It will feature performances from some of Spragga’s friends including Stephen and Damian Marley, Wayne Wonder, Sizzla, Queen Ifrica, Tanya Stephens, Jah Cure and Chino along with Spragga himself.
All artistes have pledged their services free as they really want to see this worthy venture become a reality.
Speaking about the concert Spragga says that it will be a fund to help kids with potential.
“Strings will definitely be attached to the scholarships that will be given out,” he stressed as pointing out that the beneficiaries who will be chosen by a special panel will have to maintain a certain level of performance or else the scholarship would have to be reviewed.
Speaking about the upcoming concert, Delroy Escoffery of D’Empire Management, organisers and sponsors of the show, informed that the idea for the concert was Spragga’s brainchild as well as Salaam Remi from Boom Tunes.
Jamaica South Africa Friendship Association (JASAFA), through its recently elected executive, has rolled out a number of new initiatives to help strengthen links among the people of Jamaica and South Africa. The new executive held its first general meeting on Friday at the Jamaica Trade and Invest offices under the leadership of its new President and Financial Investment specialist, Leo Williams.
The association was formed some three years ago to foster closer friendship and understanding among the peoples of Jamaica and South Africa and their respective regions.
JASAFA says it will be looking at a number of cultural exchange programmes and according to one of its executive members, Sheena Johnson-Brown , “ This may be our largest portal into greater trade and other interaction with South Africa . We already have more than one interested parties on our doorstep trying to either visit Jamaica with productions or have artistes from Jamaica participate in festivals. We have been holding high level meetings on these plans. Our Minister of Culture and the South African High Commission in Jamaica have expressed their support for our plans’”, she noted.
With plans in high gear for the staging of World Cup in South Africa in June 2010, JASAFA is looking for ways to facilitate the anticipated vibrant support from Jamaica and is investigating (among other mechanisms), affordable travel options between the two countries. JASAFA is linking the travel plans with special bed and breakfast arrangements that President Williams says will allow Jamaicans to experience the real culture of the people of South Africa.
‘Through the bed and breakfast arrangements, Jamaicans will get to see South Africa not from the high rise, glass screens of a hotel room, but on the ground and in the homes of our South African brothers and sisters’.
Still on the business side, JASAFA is looking at the possibility of twinning of the cities of Kingston and Pretoria . Pretoria has been selected according to Communications Consultant Berl Francis, ‘because that’s where we have our Jamaica mission, so we have opted to start there’.
Happy Birthday Greetings to Cat Coore and Garnet Silk from YardFlex
Bwoy Luciano call big press conference a Hilton and people a wonda if it never better him just meck him lawyer gwaan handle tings and kip him mouth shut. Cause him come pon TV and sey him did bail di same youth outa jail one time and now people a wonder whey him did bail him fah, cause Looshie never come out and sey. And him a talk bout a now him nah have no open door policy…but if yuh family live a di studio you didn suppose to start weed out who a come deh from mawning, you nuh want all and sundry have access to dem, don’t?
From as far back as she remember Tasha T has always had a passion for singing, She saw herself being like the reggae icons she so admires like the late Bob Marley and Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths. Although she didn’t have any idea how it would all come about, she knew one day she would live her dreams so she continued honing her craft by performing on community events. At age 14 she got her first chance to put her voice on record, however, that did not turn out the success she wanted it to…but unfazed she continued the task of making inroads into the music business.
Tasha T describes herself as roots and culture singer and teased that there are time she will also do a little dejaying depending on the mood. But when it comes on to negative and gangsta lyrics she is definitely not into that. As she says, “reggae music is positive, uplifting and music of love. I don’t contribute to no kind of negative lyrics I stay far from that.”
With that kind of stance it’s no wonder her work has been recognized by the Canadian Reggae Music Awards as in 1999 she won Best New Comer Female, and in 2000-1-2- and 8 she copped the award for Best Female DJ. In 2007 she won Best Female DJ at the Reggae Music Achievement Awards and picked up a Juno nomination in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording.
This female singer is definitely going places working with produces such as Rohan Dwyer, Sidney Mills, Syl Gordon, Mikey Bennett, Sly & Robbie and Smokey Robinson.
Tasha has recorded songs such as Win Or Lose a cover of Phyllis Dillon’s hit, No More War, I Forgive You, Rectify, Hold Me and Old Fashion Love remix with Mr Cooper.
The Canadian based artistes has performed on stages in Jamaica, Canada and in the States to great response from the audience and why not the singer definitely has her own style and knows how to use it to engage her fans, ensuring they enjoy themselves.
Attorney-at-law, Mrs Antonette Haughton Cardinas, was charged with two counts of fraudulent conversion by the Yallahs Police, St Thomas Wednesday.
Information received by the Constabulary Communication Network is that Mrs Cardinas collected monies totaling $12 M from residents of Fort district, Leith Hall in the parish between 1990 and 2002, to assist in the acquisition of land. When she failed to represent them in court, a report was made to the police and an investigation launched. Mrs.
Cardinas was subsequently arrested. She was granted bail and is booked to appear in the Yallahs Resident Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, April 16.
Through Christ in me, I am free.
The truth of a familiar hymn fills me with thanksgiving for my freedom: "I am free. I am unlimited. There are no chains that bind me." The Christ Spirit within frees me. Knowing this, I experience a sense of completeness and well-being. I realize the blessing that my openness brings me.
Through Christ in me, I am free to think and act. I explore my feelings and intentions without repression so that I am the complete individual I was created to be. I follow my inner guidance, which may not be what others think or say I should do. I am free to be the magnificent creation of God I was meant to be. Through prayer and meditation, I experience spiritual freedom.
Right now--this is the moment--I am free from past dependencies and habits and from all restrictive ideas. I am free!
"So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed."--John 8:36
Patrons can expect to be captivated by a Parisian atmosphere when the telecommunications giant transforms the Digicel booth into Moulin Rouge Central.
Thursday, April 2; Kingston, Jamaica: Bacchanal 2009 will be raised to a whole new high this Friday when Digicel brings 'Midnight in Paris' to Mas Camp. Digicel triples the treat for patrons inside the New Kingston Mas Camp where Destra Garcia will perform in Jamaica for the first time in 2009 along with Denise Belfon.
Patrons can expect to be captivated by a Parisian atmosphere when the telecommunications giant transforms the Digicel booth into Moulin Rouge Central. Picture this! Cannes-Cannes girls to greet you throughout the night, the most romantic tower in the world right before our eyes - the Eiffel Tower, a melting pot of exciting activities from Mimes to Caricature Artistes and for the first time patrons who dare can try the Tarot Card reader - all at the Digicel booth while at the same time jumping to the bigger better beat of Trinibagonian soca divas.
Destra’s involvement in Bacchanal 2009 is part of Digicel’s continued commitment to the growth of soca music and carnival festivities in the region. The artiste is one of the great exports of Trinidad and Tobago and has unleashed a barrage of hits on soca fans since her debut. Not to be left is the ‘Soca-Dancehall Queen’ Denise Belfon; who is ready to release her high energy, complex, exotic, and highly controversial on-stage performance, powered by husky and sultry vocals.
Crews have converged on the venue since Monday taking it through a metamorphosis. On Friday night patrons can expect prizes and surprises running the gamut of what Digicel has to offer.
Following receipt of an update on the investigations into the incident that took place at Luciano’s house where a soldier slapped a civilian, the JDF Sergeant involved has been charged and punished.
National Security Minister Colonel Trevor MacMillan said the Sergeant, who had an exemplary record up to the time of the joint police military operation last Wednesday, admitted that he acted unprofessionally and has assumed full responsibility for his actions.
The Minister reportedly said he has no reason to doubt that the Sergeant is deeply saddened and remorseful over the incident, based on his comments and demeanour.
Senator MacMillan last week advised by the JDF that the Sergeant and Corporal who were involved in the altercation have been removed from front line duties.
In the meantime, the Minister says the investigation is still proceeding in relation to the Corporal.
He has promised to update the nation on the outcome of the probe.
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company has taken the decision to ban the waving or display of school flags at the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre during this week’s Boys’ and Girls’ championship now taking place at the National Stadium. The JUTC has made this move to ensure students safety and comfort.
JUTC described the decision as regrettable but blamed recent violent clashes between rival schools.
"This is in view of a developing trend where the friendly rivalry which once existed among the schools involved in the championships, has become somewhat violent in some cases. The displaying and waving of flags among students in the centre has been cited as a source of this violence," said a release from the Ministry of Transport today.
The Ministry added that security forces and security guards at the centre would be enforcing the ban with schools flags to be taken away and destroyed. The relevant schools have been advised of the decision.
The security forces and contracted security guards at the centre will be vigilant in enforcing this ban. School flags will be taken away and destroyed, and the administrations of the relevant schools have been so advised.
An elderly Canadian woman who claims to be homeless entered a guilty plea to attempting to export 8lbs of ganja from the island when she was brought to the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The police informed that when 71-year-old Margueritta Lancaster-Reid luggage was searched at the Sangster International Airport on March 28 and the ganja found, she said, “sir it was not ganja, it's herbs".
I am fulfilling my divine potential.
I am ready and willing to let God be in charge of my life. Exhilarated by the promise of the journey that lies ahead, I know I am moving forward to unlimited opportunities. God expresses wisdom and life through me, guiding me every step of the way.
I may have had to face some fears before fully embracing my willing spirit. I may have had to bolster my courage to see myself as God sees me--perfect and unlimited, strong and full of potential.
With sure faith, I have awakened to my true purpose of expressing my spiritual nature. God has graced me with divine qualities. I am strong, wise, and creative. I am joyful, willing, and able. I act with wisdom, courage, and resolve.
"You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart."--Psalm 51:6
Christine Hewitt Saga continues
Bwoy it come een like sey di Christine Hewitt saga nuh have nuh ending. Dem now teck in David Gordon Bredda fi questioning and a imply sey him have someting fi do wid di murder to. Bwoy after three years dem just dig up all a dis. A wonder a wha kina evidence dem couda have suh. Mi nah lie yuh, mi know David and mi nuh convince sey him coulda do dat deh crime, a wonda if a one scapegoat dem a look.
When entertainer and head of Kings of Kings Colin ‘Iley Dread’ Levy takes centrestage at Unite the People this Saturday, April 4, he will be giving the “a total package”.
Iley Dread said that he is working out really hard at the gym “cause I’m coming down there not just to sing, but to perform and entertain.”
In addition to giving of himself to the expected crowd, Iley says he will be coming to be entertained also.
“Beres Hammond has always been one of my favourite entertainers so I am looking forward to seeing him on stage,” he said.
The event which started in 1995 under the Kings of Kings banner has been staged in various parts of the world.
Iley will staging another of Unite the People in Atlanta on July 11 with one being planned for Canada later this year.
The promoter is encouraging everyone to “hold on to their tickets” as they could win exciting prizes during a raffle.
“There will be laptops, cell phones and lots of other stuff,” he said as he pointed out that for some show goers will be getting more than their money's worth for the tickets.
Slated to perform on Unite the People on Saturday also are Coco Tea, Queen Ifrica, Khalil, Cameal Davis, Geoffrey Star, Ras Penco, Kool DeRoy and others.
Part proceeds from the show will be going towards a charity in the area.
When it comes to competitive prices, first class service and sales representatives that really look out for their clients then GM Challenger has it all. No wonder customers are attracted to the company like magnet to steel.
The CEO Nigel Pagon will be the first to tell you that that reputation has been a consistent deliberate effort to put people first over everything else.
At a time when money is the bottom line, the company seeks to work out friendly, affordable, easy payment plan that their customers can live their dream of owning the car that suit their needs and at the same time be able to “hold their heads above the waters.”
1986 Nigel Pagon, CEO of Challenger Transport Limited, incorporated the company that he owned and operated 8 buses in the corporate area. In 1988, the company was diversified into auto parts, launching Challenger Auto Supplies, and then in 1991 it implemented the used car dealership service. In 1997 the company introduced the innovative lease/purchase programme which enabled many Jamaicans to own their first vehicle. In April 1999, Challenger expanded its operations by signing an agreement with General Motors to be the dealer for Chevrolet brand in Jamaica, and in June 2000 the doors to the new fully equipped Molynes Road facility; with showroom, offices, parts and service departments were opened.
GM Challenger’s main focus is on offering affordable vehicles and spare parts that are of the highest standards. The company also has a car rental service that may be utilized by the public whenever necessary. In addition to the Chevy product line, GM Challenger offers quality new and used cars, pick-ups and van that may be requested via special orders.
With their friendly staff, easy payment plan GM Challenger is the car dealer of choice.
Failed alternative investment scheme Cash Plus’ liquidator is awaiting word from the courts to begin the sale of the company's assets.
This could mean good news for Cash Plus investors who have been waiting more than a year for word on their investments.
Trustee in Bankruptcy
, Hugh Wildman, who is also the liquidator of Cash Plus, says a number of the company's assets are slated to be sold.
"We have some matters in the court which we're awaiting judgement on but once we get judgement on those matters, we expect that we'll be able to sell some of these assets and realize the proceeds on behalf of the depositors," Mr. Wildman said.
Last year, the Supreme Court gave the green light for Cash Plus to be wound up.
This occurred despite efforts by former head of the company, Carlos Hill, to regain control.
A 15-year-old boy in Church Pen, Old Harbour narrowly missed being beaten to death by a mob in Old Harbour, thanks to quick intervention by the police that his life was spared.
An angry mob was intent on taking the law into their own hands when an allegation was made that the 15-year-old was caught molesting an 11-year-old boy.
A mob converged on the scene and the police rushed to the area and rescued the teenager from the angry crowd.
The 15-year old boy was taken into custody and subsequently charged under the Child Care and Protection Act as a juvenile in need of care and protection.
The 11-year-old and his mother have also left the community.
The best is yet to be!
Knowing that the best is yet to be, I move past what has been. I focus on my blessings and allow myself to think and act from the understanding of all that can be.
My soul's choice is to rise to new heights of discovery and empowerment and adventure. And I do this one prayer, one thought, one decision at a time. God is revealing what my direction is to be, and I follow.
There is no need for me to force my life to move in one direction or another, nor do I want to. What I discover is that God has unexpected blessings in store for me.
Opening my mind and all my physical senses to my inner, spiritual realm, I heal from the past and I am ready to take on the day. There is no limit to what I can do and be--all through God within me.
"I am going to bring it recovery and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security."--Jeremiah 33:6