June 2009 Archives

BROOKLYN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2K9 WET, WILD, AND WACKY

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Father's Day turned out be a wet, wild, and somewhat wacky day in Brooklyn as thousands of Caribbean music fans stormed Floyd Bennett Field to witness rousing performances and outrageous stage antics from some of the biggest names in Dancehall and Reggae, and up and coming culturally diverse Caribbean-inspired acts.

With funky performances from Reggae fusion acts like the African-Asian-Jamaican Ska band the Brown Rice Family, 'Skragga' band The Rudie Crew, King Django, down-home Reggae/Soul band The Peoples led by acclaimed actor Leon, and the original Jew-maican Benny Bwoy with this partner in rhyme Lynx, the good vibes and lively pace were set very early, despite the frequent rain showers.

Rhythm and Blues sirens Kendra Granville and Kayla Bliss cooled down the pace with syrupy sweet vocals while Essence brought in a wild and colorful Caribbean carnival vibe with an up tempo performance complete with costumes and carnival masqueraders. Dancehall/pop songstress Barbee was well received, while Guyanese Roots Reggae crooner Natural Black gave a magical performance that had the swelling crowd singing along to nearly every word.





 

PM Says Hanging Will Resume

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Prime Minister Bruce Golding has reiterated the Government's commitment to resume hanging, as soon as possible.
Speaking to a large crowd at a Town Hall Meeting in Montego Bay Thursday night (June 25), Mr. Golding said that the Government was prepared to honour the "yes" vote taken by Parliament last year on the capital punishment issue.



"Once Parliament has taken that position, this Government has given a commitment that we are going to honour it. We are obliged by the resolution of Parliament," he said.



Mr. Golding pointed out that there were about nine persons on Death Row, who are now going through their appeals process, which is what the Constitution requires.





The Michael Jackson saga continues

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In an exclusive report TMZ has reported that Debbie Rowe, Michael's ex wife is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore to Michael.



According to the report all three children were conceived in vitro -- outside the womb.



Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie's eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Miracles


I am a miracle of life!
Martha Smock, former editor of Daily Word wrote: "To live, to breathe, to think, to love--these are miracles enough to justify our existence."
I may find it easier to think this or say it about another person than I would about myself. However, for a moment, I say it as if it were true: "I am a miracle of life." Next I repeat it with boldness and clarity, knowing it is true: "I AM A MIRACLE OF LIFE!"
How good this feels. How true this is, for everyone God created is a miracle of life. Each child of God has never before existed and will never again be duplicated.
All life is a miracle. Knowing this truth fills me with the energy of Spirit. Energized, I go about living as the miracle of life that I am.


"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."--Luke 12:31-32 (KJV)





What the hell is happening?

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By Rootzgirl


A policeman is now facing charges because he molested a minor, a principal is in the same hot water because he could not keep his hands off a minor and the international preacher Paul Lewis is now is now facing criminal charges for the same thing.



It forces me to ask – what the hell is happening? Is it that adults are no longer attractive and more and more the minors are appearing appealing to these people who should know better?



The principal’s job is to care for his charges and ensure that they are safe and protected…yet he is the one breaching his job.





Accused cop surrenders

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A Police Sergeant who is accused of molesting a minor is behind bars on Monday afternoon facing carnal abuse charges.



According to Radio Jamaica the policeman surrendered to members of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Friday in the company of his attorney.



The cops are tightlipped about the incident, but it is alleged the Sergeant molested the little girl, who is the child of one of his colleagues, more than two weeks ago.





Busy Signal- Up In Her Belly

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Canadian’s Love Reggae

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The sixth annual Montreal International Reggae Festival was once again a huge success. With attendance of the week end outdoor festival averaging over 3000 people a night it is no wonder that reggae fest has come to be one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the Montreal summer season. Arriving in the late hours of Friday night Yardflex was unable to attend the opening day of the festival when Stur Grav and vintage artists reportedly had the crowd rocking furiously until the end of the night billed, ‘Sound System Night’. However if the after party at EB Club Lounge, 5345 De Maisonneuve, is anything to judge by it had to have been amazing.



Singer Anthony B was mad entertaining on Saturday which was ‘Dance Hall Night’. His smash hits “Raid the Barn” and “Tease Her” had the crowd swooning with pleasure. The entire night was phenomenal as artists such as Spivey, Loveman Kent, Robin, Skillman and many others kept the crowd just as hyped as the head liners of the show. In top form as usual, Capleton ended the night with a bang chanting such favorites as “That Day Will Come” and “Never Share”.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 29, 2009

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Expect Good


Divine energy is bringing about wonder in my life and in the world.
What are my expectations of this day, of any day? I expect the best and cooperate with its unfoldment.
I know that the spirit of God within me is greater than any challenge I could ever face. The life of God within me is a pattern of perfection that guides the activities of every cell and atom of my body. The wisdom of God is expressing as divine ideas that fill my mind. I act on them with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Every condition in life yields to the greatness of God that is in all and expressing through all. I expect the best from myself and others. I cooperate in loving, thoughtful ways with the divine energy that is bringing about wonder in my own life and the lives of those in my world.


"Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."--1 John 4:4





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Singing group, One Third, the 2006 winner of the Digicel Rising Stars competition, has axed their manager Ray Alexander.
It had long been rumoured that the group was dissatisfied with their management as they felt that in the nearly three years since winning the competition, they had not been able to get a real foothold on the music market. Alexander has been blamed for One Third not being able to capitalize on opportunities.
One Third, however, said the separation came about as a result of Alexander not being able to take them to that much-talked-about “next level”.





Scenes From Reggae Sumfest

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Twin of Twins responds

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The Twin of Twins and their management want to thank their friends and fans for all their support and faith following their arrest on June 22. As all the facts will prove, this incident was an obvious and blatant miscarriage of the Jamaican Justice System, and yet another reason that explains the public mistrust for the Police. While the Twin of Twins have nothing but the highest respect for those honest, and hardworking police officers, they have no choice but to stand up to the few misguided and ignorant members of the force that abuse their power and act immune to the same law they are hired to enforce.





Michael Jackson facts

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Michael Jackson filed a patent application for the "leaning forward a bit" dance moves displayed in the Smooth Criminal video.
Jackson has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for radio play, located at 1541 Vine Street, and one for recording at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.



Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award from Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his support of charities helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
Jackson fought fellow 50 year old Madonna on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch - he lost.



Jackson has sold more than 300 million records worldwide
Jackson picked up his iconic moonwalk moves, which he debuted at the Motown 25th Anniversary show in 1983, from streetdancers he spotted performing outside a hotel.





Michael Jackson Changed Image

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At times he may not have been the most loved person in the world, but he has certainly been one of the most controversial. Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50, having collapsed at his home in Los Angeles. He was taken to hospital in a coma, where he was announced dead. Jackson’s entertaining life spanned almost forty years.



The Jackson’s seventh child, Michael became entertainer extraordinaire, businessman and recording artist. His whose sensational singing voice was discovered when he was a mere 6 years old. He later became known as the ‘King of Pop’, just as Elvis Presley became the ‘King of Rock and Roll’. Some people have likened his unique dancing style to Fred Astaire and in particular Jackson’s ‘Moon Walk’.





GAZA PRESIDENT TAKES OVER THE HYPE TV

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The “Gaza President” Vybz Kartel has claim the #1 spot with his contagious hit Dollar Sign to dethrone “Mr. I Am Blessed”, jumping from the #2 position that he held last week along with the shot to watch title.
“Fyah Mumma” Queen Ifrica is taking us Far Away with her smashing hit which is holding down the #2 position this week moving from #3; not only that she is the Shot To Watch title holder.
Mr. Vegas with his hit single I Am Blessed fell two places to #3 from the #1 spot. The chart topping track has spent four weeks at number one.
Mavado gets High Unda to fly into #4 spot from the #6 position; the single is spending its ninth week on the chart.
Singing goddess Alaine with Never Done has claimed the Greatest Gainer to leap four places to #5 from the #9 spot this week.
This week’s the chart New Entry goes to one of the hard working ladies of the Dancehall, Stacious, she brings us the Good Life which makes entry at #20. The track is produced by Live Up Records.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 26, 2009

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Healing


With a growing awareness of Spirit within, I claim health and well-being.
Saying yes to life and yes to healing, I claim health and wholeness now. As I keep my thoughts about my total well-being held high, I continue to affirm life.
Knowing that the spirit of God permeates every organ, cell, and atom of my body, I hold a vision of myself as energetic and strong. I am aware that the healing presence of God is moving throughout my body; and because this is true, I am healthy and whole.
Being health-minded, I continually turn in thought and expectation to the perfect, free-flowing life of Spirit within me. I give thanks for the awareness of this healing presence, which uplifts me in every way.
I know that God is life. Divine power and presence are within me, and with God all good is possible.


"Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly."--Isaiah 58:8





Micheal Jackson Dead

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King of pop Michael Jackson died today at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles....after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old. Michael Jackson is best known for hit songs such as Bill Jean, Thriller, Beat It, Black or White, Heal The World.
The singer was scheduled to perform in London at a concert that was sold out.

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Harmony


I partner with others in living and working harmoniously.
A group of dedicated musicians are partners in producing beautiful harmony that touches the depths of the soul. Yet it is also possible for any one of them to play discordant, irritating notes.
Concerning my own life, I may think that an individual in my family, workplace, or classroom is discordant and even irritating when relating to me or others.
I discover, however, that as I follow divine insight and make a commitment to act harmoniously, I can be a positive influence. Then together we can produce synergy and compatibility for wondrous new results at work and at play. We are partners in harmony.


"The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me."--Psalm 16:6-7





Keri Hilson joins Sumfest lineup

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Atlanta-grown singer, Keri Hilson, has been added to the line up for International Night I, Friday July 24, and joins an already dazzling array of stars including Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica and Coco Tea.




A member of The Clutch group of producers, Hilson is a talented singer and song-writer and has penned songs for Usher, Diddy, Ciara, Chris Brown, Mary J Blige, Omarion, The Pussycat Dolls, and Britney Spears.



Her first album, In A Perfect World, which was released earlier this year, made it to the top spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was also number four on the Billboard Top Album Chart in the week of its debut.





Reggae Sumfest honours Beenie Man

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Summerfest Productions, the organizers of Reggae Sumfest, have announced plans to honour dancehall artiste Moses “Beenie Man” Davis at this year’s festival.
Although the details have not yet been revealed, the celebration promises to be fitting.
“Beenie Man has grown with us and he’s definitely contributed significantly to the success of the festival over the years,” said executive director, Johnny Gourzong.


Beenie Man is one of the longest running performers in the business and has been with the reggae festival since 1993. He is also one the few performers to have performed on two separate nights in the same festival. In 1997, Beenie Man graced the Sumfest stage on Dancehall Night, and then returned on International Night to deliver another performance, including his hit at the time with Chevelle Franklin, Dancehall Queen.





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It’s an early summer vacation for teachers and students in the parish of Manchester as the Ministry of Education has closed schools there after two cases of swine flu were detected. All graduation functions have also been cancelled.


Where the closure of schools affects end of year examinations, continuous assessment data must be used in reporting on student performance.


Although students will be proceeding on an early summer vacation, where there are instances of students showing flu-like symptoms the matter must be brought to the attention of the relevant health authorities and reported to the Ministry of Education.





19 Jamaicans infected with swine flu

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The recent detection of an additional four cases of Influenza A (H1N1), in the island, has brought the total number of swine flu cases to 19.
The Health Ministry says it has interviewed, examined and taken samples from all household contacts and other persons with whom the infected individuals may have come in contact. Investigations of all four cases are still ongoing.
The affected parishes are Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine, with four cases each, St. Mary, three cases, Trelawny, two, St. James, three, Westmoreland with one case in an adult and Manchester with two cases - one adult and a child.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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How Am I?


I am abundantly blessed and fulfilled.
Incidents of talking to oneself are often the subjects of humorous stories. However, as I confirm in meditation where I am in my life plan, I ask myself, How am I? I run through my checklist: Are my plans God-inspired? Do I feel deep in my soul that my choices are right for me? Paying attention to what brings me joy can reveal volumes about my right actions and perfect calling. Supportive affirmations keep me focused:
I am making progress toward my God-inspired goals each day.
I choose divinely guided steps to pursue my perfect calling.
I claim a fulfilling life for myself at home, at work, and in my community.
My words and actions make a difference.

How am I? More than fine! I am blessed!


"Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble."--2 Peter 1:10





More women abuse

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What’s with these entertainers and treating their women like a punching bag? But we should not be surprised Nitty Kutchie from former Scare Dem Crew got into a spat with his woman at the Ballers Ball.

From what Yardflex understand Delicious apparently came on the scene and saw her man Nittie Kutchie dancing with another girl.

Now you and I know that most women not going to see something like that and keep their cool…especially as they know how these entertainers are fickle and girlie girlie.

So the argument start, she a defend her turf when Nittie said to her, “hey gal yuh a gwaan like yuh have c…ky under yuh!”

Mercy, what a piece a disrespect…but it gets worse him actually lick har right there in front a everybody.

Straight up, yardflex a sey, a time woman stop pick man whey a go beat dem up…di cycle haffi stop.





Tax woes

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But a wha dis man, Cuddyz inna New Kingston nearly lock down because dem doan pay dem taxes.

Yeah man, last week Thursday, di tax people dem attempted to close the popular diner after the entity was cited for failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes.

But luckily fi dem it neva happen as dem meck some sort a agreement fi pay off some a di arrears.

Now whey mi and yuh fi do when big big night club like dem deh a struggle pay dem tax?





Probation, community service for Chris Brown

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Singer Chris Brown will now have to do 180 days community service for his assault on ex-girl Rihanna.
The R&B singer pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting Rihanna in an agreement with prosecutors that calls for five years of probation.



Brown, the singer of the hits "Run It" and "Kiss Kiss," also will have to perform at least 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia.



The 20-year-old singer entered the plea at a preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. He had been accused of assaulting and making criminal threats against Rihanna in February on the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards.





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Six-time Grammy award winner, R & B singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton, and Grammy winning R & B singer songwriter, record producer, actor and occasional rapper, Ne-Yo, will both be performing at Reggae Sumfest 2009. This was announced by Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of the 17 year old Festival, in New York on Thursday June 11, 2009.



“With the signing of these two phenomenal artistes, we have almost completed our line-up for the Festival this year”, commented Gourzong, as he spoke at the New York launch of Reggae Sumfest 2009. With this addition to the already impressive line-up which also features the gifted Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley on stage with American rapper Nas, the Reggae Sumfest stage will certainly be on fire between July 23 – 25.



“Damian and Nas are touring together this year and are doing a collaborative album to be released soon. We are very excited to be able to present this exciting fusion to our Reggae Sumfest audience”, continued Gourzong.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Comfort


I envision you whole and well, blessed with an abundant life.
Being separated from family and friends can be distressing--especially when they are going through a trying time. Although I cannot be with them in person, I offer them my love and support.
"Know that I am holding your hand today --in thought and prayer. Even though we may be apart, we share a vital heart connection. Inspired by endearing memories, I think of you always with tenderness.
"I envision you whole and well, sustained by healing thoughts, releasing all concern into God's care. I pray that your heart is filled with peace; your soul, with comfort; and your life, with abundance of every kind."


"Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."--Proverbs 3:23-24





G Whizz - Life

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What is this world coming to?

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By Rootsgirl
I remember a time when I want to escape punishment from my mother or father all I had to do was run to my granny who would shield me like a fierce tiger refusing anyone to come near me. She would tell my mom that she never beat her like that and is not everything she must “draw hand”.



Well after that storm was abated, my grandmother would give me a little scolding that I must behave myself and that she didn’t want me to grow like any “leggo bees”.



Why am I bringing up this story, because I felt a sense of sadness reading Saturday’s Star on the 65-year-old grandmother who beat her 12-year-old grandson because he stole $200 credit from her phone to give his girlfriend.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 22, 2009

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Faith


With faith in God, I have true security.
Gardeners and farmers have nurtured tender shoots in their care with a love for nature and the promise of future bounty. These acts of nurturing are expressions of faith that are now showing forth in an array of shapes, colors, textures, and scents of flowers and plants.
I lovingly nurture my faith in prayerful moments. Quiet moments with God allow me to express heartfelt desires. I relax and trust that blessings are unfolding in perfect time.
Those who tend to plants experience moments when they, too, feel the assurance that, for a time, they can relax and await the next step in the process that is unfolding. I, too, relax. My faith grows stronger, and I feel more secure each day.


" 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well."--James 2:18-19





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





That Buggery Bill

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The other day I was listening to the news and something caught my ear…they were debating the buggery bill and a particular clause raise my antenna.



“The bill sets out specific circumstances in which grievous sexual assault can be committed to include the penetration of the anus and vagina ‘without consent’”



Now just like Senator Clarke who has a problem with the ‘without consent’ clause so do I. What does that mean, as long as there are consenting homosexuals it is okay?





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Blessing Fathers


God bless fathers and guide them in loving and caring for children.
Children learn so much from simply observing their own fathers and those who serve as father-figures.
As they allow children to satisfy their own curiosities and explore their own potential, fathers know when it is time to patiently, prayerfully watch children and when to step forward to be of help.
Fathers need prayer support, and I offer mine to my own father, the fathers of the world, and to those who are even now preparing to be fathers. The love of God is being expressed by each of them.
What they give day after day is an investment in a world in which all children have an opportunity to exceed their own high hopes and expectations and those of loving, caring parents and adults.


"Immediately the father of the child cried out, 'I believe; help my unbelief!' ... 'This kind can come out only through prayer.'"--Mark 9:24, 29





ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

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Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand across its 31 markets worldwide.



Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 31 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.





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Announced as Brand Ambassadors for Digicel for sumfest 09



Thursday June 18 Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel, Jamaica’s Bigger, Better Network is once again set to be one of the main sponsors for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, the highly anticipated week-long reggae music festival, to be held July 23-25 in Montego Bay.



At the recent launch of Sumfest 2009, held at Devon House, Digicel unveiled their theme for this year - “Divas of Dancehall”, featuring Lady Saw and D’Angel, two of the hottest divas in dancehall today. Shelly-Ann Curran, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Digicel commented, “This year we are paying tribute to the amazing female dancehall artists that have graced the Sumfest stage over the past sixteen years with lady Saw and D’Angel leading our campaign as Brand Ambassadors.



The divas were ‘unwrapped’ from life-sized Barbie doll boxes in a thrilling moment, and later unleashed electrifying performances to delight the audience. “Sumfest is widely acknowledged as ‘The greatest Reggae show on earth,’ continued Curran, and Digicel is excited to be associated with the show in a bigger, better way. We’ve been involved with Reggae Sumfest for a number of years and we’re happy to help promote the development of Reggae music through such a quality event.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Protected


God is my peace, my shield, my protector.
If ever I feel apprehensive or unsure about anything, my first response will be to pray, placing myself and all that concerns me in God's care and guidance. In prayer, I rest in the comforting presence of God.
With God as my ever-present guide, I do not fear anything or anyone. I am serene and confident because God is with me. I am never alone. This God-awareness brings me true peace and comfort.
God is all-power. In the quiet of prayer, I am enfolded in the peace that this understanding gives me. I have the strength and clarity of thought that I need to recognize and accept what is peaceful, right, and good.
I am protected and blessed in all I do and with all I meet in life. God is my peace, my shield, and my protector.


"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head."--Psalm 3:3





Stop abusing the women

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By Buffilous


What the hell is happening in the country when it comes to these men feeling as if they can treat women like punching bags. Come on man it’s time this foolishness stop.


What in blazes can a woman do a man for him to punch her in her face, mash har up and do all manner of evil with them. Now check out di latest whey wi hear, dat Bounty Killer inna one mix up with him and another woman outside di Escape club.
Well from whey wi get it, him tun up deh wid another woman and one a him nex woman confront him.





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Big time party fans should be bracing to have the time of their lives as Red Stripe launches its Summer Kick-off Party, the official launch party of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend this Friday night, June 19, at the National Housing Trust (NHT) rooftop in New Kingston.



Some of Jamaica’s best disc jockeys and sound systems, including Coppershot and Code Red, ZJ Dream Liquid, Kurt Riley, will be on hand to help ramp up the vibe as the run up to the best weekend ever gets kicked into high gear.



The Dream Weekend, four days and nights of the very best party experiences, is set for Negril during the Independence weekend August 6-9. Considered to be the best party package available, the Dream Weekend includes two Smirnoff Signature events – Smirnoff Xclusive and Twisted Spiritz – as well as Red Stripe Beer Vibes, Daydreams, Absinthe, Xtreme Wet and Wild and Yush and the Margaritaville Days and Jungle Nites.





Hard work has surely paid off for Mr. Vegas as I Am Blessed continues to reign at #1 for yet another week, making it four consecutive weeks in this position. This chart topping single has been making quite a stir worldwide.
Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign firmly grips the Shot To Watch title for one more week, he moves one spot in at #2 to leave #3.
“Ms Montego Bay” Queen Ifrica with Far Away steps in closely for the #3 position jumping places from #5.
Etana & Alborosie Blessings fell to #4 leaving its threatening #2 position while spending its fourteenth week on the chart.
Also for Konshens with This Means Money knock down to #5 out of #4 for which it peaked at.
Mavado is having a good look on the chart for this week as High Unda claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up to #6 from #9. At the same time as he has one out of the two New Entries on the chart which is one more of the girls favorite “Never Believe You” coming in at #18 on the Daseca label.
Another of the chart New Entry is from Jah Cure and Phyllisia with Call On Me making its entry at #20 and its off the Sobe/Danger Zone label.





Shame and Scandal

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Bwoy dem people yah nuh easy at all eeh. Imagine afta wi star Usain Bolt gone a Czech Republic a represent to di worl' di man dem go kip up some almshouse ting and rob di youth apartment. But a big, big, shame and disgrace dat ynuh. Di world idolise Usain and all wi waan do is pop him dung. No sah, whoever do dat need fi guh check dem self self.
Yardflex sey unno fi come offa dem tings deh - straight, zeen





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 19, 2009

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Free


I welcome new beginnings.
I am free! Within this new day, I find a release from every old pattern, thought, or behavior that no longer serves me.
As a creation of a loving Creator, I welcome new beginnings, which are new chapters in my own story of life. My faith in God's ever-present guidance is constant. And I go forward confident in my insights, my choices, and my actions.
Divine guidance provides me with the motivation to give expression to the divine qualities within me. With love and respect, I make decisions about my own life and the lives of those in my care. Goodness abounds, and I celebrate my freedom to begin anew.


"You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love."--2 Peter 1:5-7





Protoje For Jus Jugglin

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The promoters of Just Jugglin have selected rising new artist Protoje to be the featured act on their first live concert on Thursday the 25th of June. Jus Jugglin is a weekly event that is held the Kabana restaurant and garden bar at 12 Hope Road in Kingston, that features top selectors spinning 80s and 90s music. However the promoters of Jus Jugglin have decided to add a live shows to their summer long event series.



This event will see Protoje doing his first official live show in the Kingston since the release of his hot new single Arguments. Over the last few months Protoje has been rapidly making a name for him self on the local music scene since the release of this single. Arguments is currently sitting at the top of RETV’s MVP chart for the fourth consecutive week, it also debuted at number two on the Fi Wi Choice Video charts on TVJ last Saturday.





Celebrity man of God on carnal abuse charge

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A few nosey neighbours who felt that an evangelist was taking advantage of two teenagers in their community, questioned the girls and then called the police on celebrity US-based pastor the Reverend Dr Paul Lewis.



Lewis, who was arrested on Sunday night, was denied bail when he appeared in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon.



Reports are that after an intense two-hour interrogation session, the man of God was charged with indecent assault and carnal abuse. He returns to court on July 7.

Lewis is represented by attorney Terrence Ballentine.





It's Reggae Sumfest again!

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Reggae Sumfest enjoyed its official Jamaican launch yesterday on the grounds of Devon House in Kingston.
There was a large turnout of media personnel, artistes, sponsors and specially invited guests.
The top names in the dancehall are set to thrill the massive on Dancehall night including the Doctor Beenie man who the Sumfest boss Johnny Gourzong says will be given a special honour.
Mavado, Kartel and others are set to perform on that night.
Lady Saw gave a thrilling performance after she and D'Angel were introduced as Digicel's Brand Ambassadors for Sumfest 09.
If her stormy performance is anything to go by then one can easily expect her "tear up" the Sumfest stage.
Last night cameo performances were given by Taz, Sophia Squire, I-Octane, Bugle, Lutan Fyah, Spice.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Change


I cross every bridge to change with faith and confidence.
As I complete one phase of my life, I make ready for the next one. I may be changing from a role as a student to one of being an employee. I may be taking on the added responsibility of owning my own home. I may no longer choose the single life and commit to a lifelong partner.
Whatever change I embark on, I build a bridge to my new experience. With planning, insight, and prayer, I trust as I step forward to change.
Prayerful reflection is a spiritual component to my bridge of change. I know what is mine to do because God's love and wisdom are guiding me.
With faith and confidence, I trust that there is a time and a season for each change. Following divine guidance, I am secure as I cross each bridge to my next destination.


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."--Ecclesiastes 3:1





A which minister a cover up fi gay

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A what a gwaan, wi did tink sey di Prime Minister sey "no gays around here...not in my cabinet."
Suh a wha dat wi a read inna di chat sey one minister a cover up fi a big ole gay man whey dem find inna him office a fool round one likkle bwoy. And from what wi a read it come een like sey a nuh di fuss time either, we understand sey a him practice...so a how come him still inna him big job
No sah, him mus have some kinda secret fi dem. Bruce, you betta check out da one dey cause if yuh know sey dey gay deh inna fi yuh cabinate and a allow dem tings deh, den is a straight Peter King part II you gooda a look at.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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My Break


In this very moment, I claim my health and wholeness.
Taking a break from the activities of the day, I am renewed with energy. In a quiet, reflective time, I am stress-free and prepared for God's healing power within to build up my stamina.
I sustain my health and energy by taking several breaks during the day from whatever is happening in the outer. Whether for a few minutes in the midst of planning or carrying out plans, or for a few weeks between semesters, job searches, or life-changing moments--I take time to focus on and discern what is best for me. Such times for regeneration support the health of every cell and function of my body.
During meditative prayer, concerns dissipate, answers come, and healing flows freely.


"Because you have asked ... for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind."--1 Kings 3:11-12





NY pastor held

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An internationally acclaimed pastor is behind bars after a report of carnal abuse was made.
The pastor is locked up for the alleged carnal abuse of a teenager and sexual assault of another.



The pastor who is in Jamaica on the invitation of a local Ministry is accused of abusing the teens at a Westmoreland hotel over the weekend.



According to RJR news the Minister who hails from Brooklyn, New York is a self proclaimed healer, and is known worldwide for his alleged acts of healing, which have reportedly left millions in awe.



He was reportedly ministering at a tent crusade in Westmoreland last week and was in the company of two young girls, aged 14 and 15 years.





CARIBBEAN STAR PUTS U.S. IN 'SOCA MOTION'

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With Caribbean-American Heritage being the national theme for June, Caribbean celebrities are hitting the American mainstream in full force. On June 27th, Trinidad and Tobago's beloved Soca star Bunji Garlin--known as the 'Fire Man' for his blazing stage performances--is taking over the United States headquarters with Soca in Motion, a birthday celebration featuring Soca music's biggest stars, and a guest appearance from Jamaica's Dancehall King. Held on the weekend when Washington DC celebrates Caribbean culture with their annual island-styled Carnival, Garlin's birthday party is billed to be one of the biggest Soca events ever to strike the capital city.



Hosted at Washington D.C.'s newly renovated DC Star, a frequent hang-out for Hip Hop A-listers like Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Gucci Mane, and Young Joc, Soca in Motion brings Soca's top-listed celebrities like Trinidad and Tobago's 2009 Carnival quadruple crown-winner Fayann Lyons, Destra Garcia, Benjai, Patch, Trini Jacobs, and Hunter, alongside Garlin and his famed Asylum Band. Rounding out the power-packed line-up of Soca royalty, Caribbean music icon Beenie Man, in his capacity as the "King of the Dancehall" will officiate the festivities.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Pray for Others


I am blessed as I reach out in heart and soul to others.
Sometimes the challenges I meet in life are more easily overcome when I turn my attention to the needs of family and friends. I pray for them from a heart of love.
During my quiet time with God, I consider the challenges faced by people throughout the world. I pray that all are well fed, clothed, and sheltered from the weather. I pray that every child has an opportunity to obtain an education and that every adult who is thirsting for knowledge has that longing satisfied. I pray for everyone who has lost a loved one and for those who are serving far from home.
I pray for others, and I also do my very best to help them. The world is indeed a better place because of prayer and acts of kindness. I am blessed as I reach out--heart and soul, thought and action--to others.


"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone."--1 Timothy 2:1





August release date for Sean Paul’s new album

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August is the date being announced for the long-awaited follow-up album for deejay Sean Paul
In the meantime, the lead single So Fine is stirred up a lot of love from fans in France, Canada, Belgium, Norway and Sweden who have made it the most downloaded reggae/dancehall song in those territories.



Popular online music store iTunes has So Fine charting in those five nations but it is void on the US online charts. Reports are, however, that the single should be made available in the US within the next two weeks.



The single So Fine also had found its way on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks where it made its debut at number 90





Reggae Sumfest attracts Toni Braxton, Neyo

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As the line-up for Reggae Sumfest International Nights rolls out, the big names keep popping up. The latest to be revealed are singers Toni Braxton and Neyo, who join Jazmin Sullivan and Nas as the other international acts.
This was disclosed to media and VIP guests recently at the New York launch of what is considered ‘the world’s greatest showcase of reggae music’.
A six-time Grammy Awards winner, Braxton has sold over forty million records worldwide.
Her number-one single, Unbreak My Heart, is the second-biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history. Her most recent albums were More Than a Woman under the Arista label, and Libra, her first and only release on Blackground.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 15, 2009

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More


God is my wisdom and my strength.
I may have felt an inner urging for something more in life but had not been able to identify what that "more" was until now. I have discovered that it is a calling from within to experience the presence of God more fully.
I am both physical and spiritual. Knowing this, I do not look to the outer world for the satisfaction of my soul. God alone satisfies my soul, and when I fill my consciousness with an awareness of God, I know that I am whole and complete.
I am fulfilled through my daily communion with God. I am not a person who is wanting or needy. I am not beseeching or demanding. All-power is at work within me and through me--a wonder to behold. God is my wisdom and my strength, and I am capable of doing more and being more in every moment.


"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine."--Ephesians 3:20





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Passa Passa

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LA Lewis in the news again
Bwoy, every whey yuh tun yuh si LA Lewis graffiti pon di wall dem, but it come een like sey yuh a buck im up inna di news more dan pon di wall dem nowadays. First di drama wid him an Lady Marsha...whey she want back har tings from him, den him go try kiss har inna court house and now seet deh dem evict him. Mi sey one big crowd teck in when dem a fling out him equipment dem and according to to di deejay without a good song, him a guh thru "financial depression". But a wonda whey him a guh come wid nex sah.

Poor and Boasy deals with the situation
Yes bwoy Poor and Boasy seh him a guh tun himself in to di police fi clear up di matta whey dem a call up him name sey him involve inna stabbing. Put whey wi curious bout is wha really guh dung. Suh why dem just pick fi him name outa di blue suh fi sey a him. And den again, him just get di million dollar and it look like sey it haffi guh inna lawyer fee. No sah...we ongle hope sey him neva have nutten fi do wid dem alligations deh.





Poor and Boasy in trouble

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Omar Johnson aka Poor and Boasy who emerged King in the Magnum King and Queen of the Dancehall has found himself on the wrong side of the law.


According to information reaching Yardflex he has been accused of being involved in a stabbing incident which took place last week. From information gleaned the Magnum winner is wanted in connection with the stabbing of Lindon Clarke, a resident of Aenon Town, Clarendon, where the incident allegedly occurred.
Checks with the Spaldings police confirmed that a report was made on Saturday, after which an effort was made to nab Johnson.
A policeman said Johnson was expected to attend a dance which was being held in Spaldings, also in the parish.
The efforts of the police were, however, thwarted, as Johnson reportedly did not turn up.
Corporate Area police stations have since been briefed, the policeman added.
Allegations are that Clarke was stabbed about 1 a.m. last Friday, while at the Miss Aenon Town contest at the Aenon Town All-Age School.
Clarke who told his story to the Star reported that while playing a game of cards, Clarke said he got into a heated argument with Poor and Boasy.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 14, 2009

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World Peace


United in the love of God, we live in peace.
Jesus spoke about the inter-connectedness of all humankind through Spirit when he said, "On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."
One of my greatest desires is to live in a compassionate, understanding, and kind world. I do my part to help create such a world by adopting those qualities in all of my interactions with others.
As I smile at a stranger or offer assistance to someone, I am contributing to a world of peace. On a broader scale, I show respect for the people of other nations and cultures, knowing that we all share planet earth as the home God created for us--a home in which we live together in peace and love.
I love my neighbors. I add to the global consciousness of peace, affirming: United in the love of God, we live in peace.


"We have patrolled the earth, and lo, the whole earth remains at peace."--Zechariah 1:11





Passa Passa

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Queen Paula pop dung?



But a wha dat wi si di odda day sah? Fi real di big big female dejay inna di middle a street a push har car whey bruck dung pon har. Now mi hear some people a sey dat fi a big big artiste if she couldn’t call one a har friend dem fi help har and some a wonda if she neva did a service di car good. It neva look suh good fi smady suh hype a tuggo tuggo wid dem car




Beenie Man Bredda free



Bwoy Beenie Man bedda must be breathing a sigh a relief now. Dem clear him Wednesday offa di charge sey him rape him bredda girlfriend. But as dem sey one man’s joy is anodda man’s grief…cause di victim neva happy at all, she all get inna argument wid Bird inna di court corridor. A just suh di system set up…hush.





Ooh no

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You telling us that only $300 went on the minimum wage and people losing dem job…$300…give us a break here. Check out this report carried on RJR’s website.



The Ministry of Labour is reporting that there have been some job losses since the recent increase in the Minimum Wage.
However, it says the figure is not expected to be significant.
Some small firms which were buckling under the pressure of the economic recession were forced to send home a few employees when the increase in the Minimum Wage took effect last month.
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles says the situation is being monitored.





Headline heads to court

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Yardflex understands that a legal battle is brewing between booking and public relations agency Headline Entertainment and it’s co-owner Alison Hunte. The two will be heading to the Supreme Court to settle their differences.



Hunte and Hamilton are now caught in a legal fight that could possibly split the company.



According to reports in the Jamaica Observer details are still emerging, but both sides went to court yesterday in an attempt to avoid mediation and fast-track open court. That is a signal that either talks have broken down or that there is a point of law that mediation cannot settle. Hunte launched legal proceeding this year with Headline and Hamilton listed as co-defendants.





Wrong move

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Now the babies doan born yet and already bad examples are being set for them. Can you imagine two pregnant women went to the clinic and should be focusing on the wellbeing of their babies growing in their tummies, instead at that stage they are getting into fights?



Reading the report in the Star I had to wonder if these women realize the awesome responsibilities they have as mothers bringing children into the world.



According to the report everything started because the guilty woman went to the clinic and saw the complainant with the father of both their unborn babies.





Ziggy on top on Billboard

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The Marley brothers are fighting for chart dominance on Billboard’s reggae album charts this week with Julian Marley denied the number one slot by Ziggy Marley.
Julian’s new album Awake just debuted at number two on Billboard’s after ticking on iTunes downloads ten days ago. It’s his highest debut to date and betters Time & Place (2003) which peaked at number eight. Awake is also number 11 on the Top Heatseekers charts.
In fact there are three Marley’s on the Billboard chart with Stephen Marley’s Mind Control acoustic at number 15. Billboard’s tracks mostly physical album sales. Contrastingly online downloads show that Julian’s album slipped from number two last week to number three on the US iTunes reggae album charts, among the Internet’s most popular online stores. Julian’s Awake is at number three behind Ziggy’s Family Time at number two with father and reggae icon Bob Marley’s Legend at number one. Legend was released almost 30 years ago and has sold 20 million copies cumulatively.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 12, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity.
I wouldn't get far driving a car while the emergency brake was on. Neither would I reach my goals or dreams if I didn't release the brakes on them.
I choose to move forward with my goals and dreams, releasing any belief in poverty or powerlessness that might be adversely affecting my thoughts, words, and actions.
If my desire is to improve my health, I let go of any doubt that I can be completely healthy. Wholeness is my divine heritage.
Rather than straining for results, I let God transform my understanding so that I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity. As I release and make room for my highest good, I am able to fully appreciate and experience life.


"Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way." --Isaiah 57:14





Ziggy @ Club Nokia

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This state of the art and one-of-a-kind 21st century multi-musical entertainments center and children's museum was opened on December 5th 2008 in downtown Los Angeles, California. 'L.A.-Live' consists of the most modern technological entertainments facilities, Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum. Here on June 6th 2009 Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum teamed up to present an educational experience with Reggae music Grammy's multi-winner Ziggy Marley.



With the release of Ziggy Marley's "Family Time" CD, Marley entertained children from all walks of life with the showcase " What is Reggae" which gave youths age 5 years and up a hands-on interaction with the artists and entertainers. Opening for the son of The Crowned King of Reggae The Honorable Robert Nesta 'Bob" Marley, O. D., were "Rhythm Child", local entertainers who interact children and parents in music through free form drumming while performing many of their award winning children songs. The Grammy Museum will continue to host other grammy winning artists from over 200 genres at this venue.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive and experience joy--now!
When someone says or does something that hurts my feelings, my first thought may not be about forgiving this person. However, the longer I hang on to negative feelings, the more I punish myself.
Mounting evidence indicates that holding on to grudges, resentments, or thoughts of revenge often leads to health problems. So I forgive past transgressions and live a healthier life now.
My emotions vastly improve as I forgive. With a willingness to forgive others, I also forgive myself. When I am able to completely overcome past hurts, I enjoy life in the present moment. My load is much lighter. This is a holy experience, as a proverb makes clear: "Where there is forgiveness, there is God."
I forgive and experience joy--now!


"And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."--Matthew 6:12





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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Tuesday, June 9; Kingston, Jamaica: It was a lengthy campaign for Betsy ‘Brown Sugar’ Campbell to get one of the three spots up for grabs from the Top Ten from Montego Bay. However, she says it was well worth it.

Campbell, who got the most votes in this round of voting, was elated when she realised she would be in the studio finals for Jamaica’s most popular television show and talent contest.

“Well, I worked hard for it. Friday night when I was watching the show, and I realised I was chosen, it was just a blessed feeling,” Campbell said before going into intricate details about her campaign to become one of the 16 persons who will see berth into the studio rounds.





It’s a crying shame

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Now tell me, what do you expect from the young generation when parents cannot lead by example. The only thing I can think that, no wonder the society is in the state it is in after reading a story that was carried in the Star yesterday.


According to the report police in Hanover were called in to a high school in the parish after a teacher was attacked by the parent who was upset that her child was scolded earlier.


The report went on to say that after arguing with the teacher, the parent chased her around the school while hurling stones and bottles at her.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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By Example


I lead, and I am led by example.
We may not always be aware that little ones are paying attention to us, learning how to love, care, and trust. Our acts of kindness toward children are gifts from our hearts. Praying with children demonstrates our faith and an expectation of good.
And often, it is the children within our midst who lead us by example. Children know without question that God answers every prayer.
Children see majesty in even the most minute elements of the world: the varieties and aromas of flowers, the colors in a rainbow, the splendor of a sunrise.
As adults we lead by example. Let us also take the time to let our children be our teachers and guides.


"Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."--Hebrews 13:7





D’Angel store robbed

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Dancehall diva D’Angel is shaken up following a hold up at her store in Princeville Plaza. The incident happened about 10:30 yesterday morning when three armed men walked into the store demanding money.


When that was not forthcoming they proceeded to help themselves to goods from the store. According to our source the gunmen tied up the workers and even stripped the clothes off the mannequins before making their escape with goods valued at $400,000.


The workers are very traumatized from the whole incident.





A suh woman fi move

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Bwoy what a big coup Buju common-law wife of 18 years Lorna Strachan pull off. Yes bwoy mi a read di Chat! teday and si sey Lorna she get har due outa di relationship, afta Buju did a hol hard end wid har demands. She teck it to di Supreme Court and luckily him settle before tings coulda get messy...cause unno done know sey if it did eva reach a court a right dung di middle tings woulda split.
Check out except from di story in today Chat!



Strachan, who enjoyed an 18-year relationship with Myrie — which produced five children — went to the court in April this year in a bid to have the joint tenancy severed for several properties which she and Myrie own.
According to a source close to the couple, after a breakdown in the relationship which led to a separation, Strachan sought to protect herself and, in particular, their five children. She reportedly approached Myrie with a suggestion that certain properties which were owned by both of them be signed over to her and in turn she would willingly relinquish all rights to other properties in which they shared tenancy in common.





Natalie takes New York by Storm

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Dancehall artiste, Natalie Storm, recently returned to Jamaica after completing a whirlwind tour of New York City which saw her recording, performing and attending a number of exclusive, high-profile events.



Her visit was courtesy of DJ Max Glazer’s Business Class Records which flew in Natalie Storm to New York City to do some work with his label.



Natalie was kept busy in the studio recording some brand new material, but she also found time to throw in a highly-appreciated performance and was present at the events that mattered.





Really, Really Dirty Dancing: More On Daggering

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Yardflex came across this article that was published in the Newsweek. All we can say is we found it really, really interesting...check it out and tell us what you think about it.



Kate Dailey




In the video, (NSFW) a young woman stands on her head, legs spread. Two men stand straight on either side of her. As crowds look on, the two men begin to push her back and forth by her ankles until finally she’s flipped over and thrown into one man’s arms, legs over his shoulders. As he gyrates and thrusts onto her limp body, the DJ in the background urges them on. The woman is then thrown back to the other man, who grabs her from behind and begins to grind into her.



This isn’t Internet porn—it’s a YouTube video of “daggering,” a type of dance popular with some of Jamaica’s poorest citizens. It’s exuberant, vulgar, and may be responsible for a string of highly painful and personal injuries occurring out of the clubs in the bedroom. Music associated with daggering has been banned from the airwaves due to its lewd content, and the super-suggestive moves have the guardians of Jamaican culture sounding the alarm. But is daggering—and the dance hall tradition from which it sprung—a stain on Jamaica’s legendary musical heritage, or just the newest envelop-pushing phase of youth culture?





Prominent lawyer found dead

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Berriston "Berry" Bryan a prominent corporate lawyer was found murdered at his home in Stony Hill, St Andrew Monday morning.


The 72-year old attorney who defended Sheldon Pusey in the high- profile murder of Ambassador Peter King was found in a decomposing state just after 8am by an employee.



Mr. Bryan's 10 bedroom unfinished mansion at Wedmore Drive overlooking much of Kingston, teemed with investigators and forensic examiners who were called to the scene after his body was found.



A small band of onlookers huddled nearby as plain-clothes detectives cordoned off the massive property while other sleuths dug for clues on the inside.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Divine Order


Divine order is bringing about the best outcome now.
What is the most positive, effective action I can take when circumstances seem beyond my control? I pray.
Prayer soothes me so that I release tension in my body and anxiety in my thoughts. I relax and trust God--the source of all wisdom. Opening my heart to God, I also open myself to divine order and the positive actions and outcomes that will benefit me and anyone else involved in the situation.
God is all-knowing. I realize that there is a greater plan for me and for the world than I can conceive with my limited perspective. Knowing this relieves me of any anxiety I may have had about what the results will be.
I am grateful that divine order is in my life and in the world.


"I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground."--Isaiah 42:16





Yendi Grows on Digicel Rising Stars

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Yendi Phillipps is, without a doubt, beauty with a purpose, and not only because she claimed that award in the 2007 Miss World competition in China. The 20-something is an accomplished, drop-dead gorgeous dancer who stretches herself to be the best she can be. Whether it’s an appearance to boost the profile of an event aiming to raise funds for a worthy cause or working at her creative summer camp, Yendi is a Jamaican gem. Since winning the 2007 Miss Jamaica World title she has become a darling of the Jamaican people.


In 2008, when Denise Hunt resigned as host of Jamaica’s most popular television show, Digicel Rising Stars, the show’s producers looked Yendi’s way and she accepted. Since then she has been beamed into the homes of more than one million Jamaicans as the host of their favourite show.


“It's been a great learning experience, more than anything else. With every episode I acquire more knowledge and it feels great to apply it and I feel myself growing as a person and as a media personality,” says the bubbling beauty.





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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[Chorus:]
From mawning we a hustle and put we all in
When we work we nuh pree no stallin
From mawning yeah
A so we stay we never ever change (never ever change)
We never ever change (never ever change) noohoohoo



[Verse 1:]
No we never switch
No we never miss
No we never hitch none tall
Cause we haffi rich
So Steven go mix dis beat over dis vocal
We nuh take not a talk from nuh snake inna grass
Try stop we paper we take it to heart
Hate an a talk dem fake from de start
But we still a head straight to the top





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 8, 2009

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New Me


Expressing my divine qualities, I am creative and innovative.
There may be times when even the thought of starting over exhausts me. Having to reinvent myself can leave me feeling overwhelmed.
However, with my thoughts focused on being the new me now, I avoid pulling up negative images of the past. I realize I do have a foundation to build my future on.
There are certain life events that could launch a new vision for me. I don't need to wait for a particular time or experience to begin a new venture. I can be the new me at any time.
I begin now to create with fresh innovation and to revise or reframe my goals, values, and intentions. With God, I am guided to live in the present moment as a spiritual being expressing divine qualities. I celebrate my transformation to the new me!


"Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you."--1 Chronicles 22:16





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Nanny – maroon or man royal

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Years and years after her death, Jamaica’s heroine Nanny’s sexuality is being questioned. According to a story in the Sunday Observer, Ronald Cummings of the University of Leeds-UK, asserting that the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere has a "speculative queer genealogy" amongst its national heroes.



Cummings called national hero Nanny a 'man royal' (masculine female) in the trajectory that includes butch-lesbians.



The evidence given is that the historical and literary accounts of Nanny utilise masculine descriptors. Cummings was invited to present at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference last week in Jamaica, but he missed his flight so Kei Miller, a UK/Jamaica scholar, read his paper instead.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Inner Peace


Trusting God in all ways, I have peace of mind and heart.
If concern and doubt seem to be getting in the way of my realizing peace of mind and heart, I enter into a time of silence and reconnect to the peace of God within me.
I begin by repeating a scripture: "Be still, and know that I am God." I am still, tuning out all sights and sounds in the outer. I take a deep breath and affirm: Trusting in You, God, I am at peace.
I stay with this thought, allowing peace to rise to my heart center. I then immerse my thoughts in peace. Mind and heart, body and emotions all align in peace. I experience a peace that is more powerful than any challenge or concern.
Inner peace is from God and is eternally within me and blessing me.


"Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock."--Isaiah 26:4





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Together


Beholding each other, we see the perfection of Christ Love.
Though united by love, we are separate, unique individuals. We honor our connection--a union without end. Our souls are linked by like values, respect for each other, and a vision of what our future can be.
Christ Love is perfection that is within each of us and shared between us.
We may say we are different,
individual, or single;
But watch what happens
when our energies mingle.
Ideas and results merge and multiply
more than we could do singly
as "you" or as "I."
Oh, the wonderful, marvelous
things that can be,
When the perfection in us
is, with love, what we see.


"What God has joined together, let no one separate."--Matthew 19:6





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An 11-year-old boy, an inmate at a place of safety, was stabbed to death by 14-year-old inmate on Thursday.
Both wards of the state resided at the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew.
Reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, are that at about 9:10 Thursday morning the boys were at the home when a dispute between them escalated into a fight and a kitchen knife was used to stab Brandon Saddler in the chest.
The injured boy was taken to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead.
The 14-year-old was taken into custody for questioning by investigators at the Constant Spring Police Station.
The police were unable to say what the fight was about.
A team of psychologists was subsequently dispatched to the institution to provide counseling.





Sixth victim of girls’ home fire

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The death on Wednesday of 16-year-old Georgian Saunders, brings to six the number of girls who perished in the deadly fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Ann on May 22.
Saunders, who had been transferred from the St Ann’s Bay Hospital to the Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston had received severe burns in the fire in which five other inmates of the institution had lost their lives.


On Thursday, Security Minister Dwight Nelson expressed sadness at the news that another of the wards of the state from Armadale had died.
The minister said the nation has been robbed of another potentially gifted child, who was trying to correct the mistakes of the past.
The security ministry, Nelson said, would continue to do all it could to provide support to both the families of the deceased as well as the surviving victims of the fire and other wards of the state and staff who may be affected by the traumatic effects of the fire.





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Whitney Houston's new album will be released worldwide September 1, 2009 on Arista Records. This is Whitney's 7th studio album. Since her 1985 self-titled debut, she has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as music's "most awarded female artist of all time," with an unsurpassed tally of 411 awards, inclusive of 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 23 American Music Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards... Whitney remains a singular force in music today.



Songs for the album have been produced and written by Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, songwriter Sean Garrett and R&B singer Akon.





Cops charged DPP rules

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4 policemen including a senior cop will be slapped with criminal charges in connection with the disappearance of men in 2004 – the Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn has ruled.


The fourth policeman who is attached to a St. Catherine police station joined three others at the high security Horizon Remand Centre on Thursday as investigators pursued the four year old case.



The DPP recommended that the four officers be criminally charged for their alleged role in the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan.





Did Kung Fu actor die from weird sex act?

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Many have expressed sadness at the death of David Carradine, best known for the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, even while theorizing that the actor may have died attempting a sex act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation.


Carradine’s body was found in a Bangkok hotel room in a closet with a rope tied to his neck and genitals.
The Thai police said Friday his death may have been caused by accidental suffocation, an Associated Press report is quoted as saying.
Interestingly, during auto erotic asphyxiation, there is a cutting off of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The practice is said to result in a form of giddiness and euphoria — similar to alcohol or drug intoxication — that enhances the sexual experience. It was first reported on Thursday when Carradine’s body was found naked hanging in a closet that the actor’s death was suicide. However, his associates stoutly refuted this claim.


“All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide,” said Tiffany Smith of Binder & Associates, his management company. “We’re just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give ... and that’s not something David would ever do to himself.”





What’s wrong with our generation?

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By Buffilous


Look here man, a have to tell yuh dat a getting sick and tiad a di way dis ya generation a galang. It nuh pretty out deh. Call a spade a spade, some parents need to pull up dem damn pickney and meck dem have manners to dem elders.


Yuh know why di society caan better? Meck mi tell unno di truth, it come een like sey some parents waan treat dem pickney like dem meck outa glass and treat others like sey f idem own come from dungle heap.


Now it reach a stage whey teachers caan even lick pickney, cause di same set a bad bruck parents dem a guh a school go attack teacher. And when it come to di test di pickney dem tun out like rotten tomatoes.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 5, 2009

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My Investment


With an attitude of gratitude, I attract good to me.
What am I choosing to invest my time, my heart, my strength, my soul in today? I give from the inner resources of Spirit in all that I think, speak, and do.
Giving expression to my inner divinity enhances me in every way. Tuning out the world and tuning in to God, I am rich with divine ideas for success--financially, physically, and mentally.
Amazingly, as I give with no thought of return, I receive even more abundantly. My attitude of gratitude is a magnet that attracts good to me. Each act of giving increases my awareness that I have even more to give. I am unlimited in the ways and means that I can contribute to my own well-being and the good of others.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."--Luke 6:38





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Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mary Mary, and Comedian LiL JJ Fashionably Inspire the Youth at the P. I. S. E
9th Annual Celebrity Fashion Show



(Carson, CA) Hosted by Comedian LiL JJ, the 9th annual Positive Images of Self Expression (P.I.S.E) fundraiser brings together fashion and philanthropy as entertainers encourage youth to be their best by supporting the Performing Arts School’s vital youth programs.



Positive Images of Self-Expression (P.I.S.E) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 full service performing arts school for inner city youth. Founded by former Alvin Ailey dancer Imani Hayward, and teacher/youth counselor Lanet D. Love, the program is also ran by professional dancer Ms. Myisha Richmond who has worked with well-known choreographers Tony Basil, Marguerite Derricks, Hinton Battle, Dave Scott and Fatima Robinson.


For the past 11 years, P.I.S.E has been foremost in helping inner city youth change their lives through the arts. Their program includes: dance, acting & drum classes, voice lessons, modeling and etiquette. P.I.S.E is a dynamic organization serving children ages 5 to 17 years of age.





You reap what you sow

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By: Rootzgirl



Honestly, how can you expect to rape a woman who nurture you as if you are her own flash and blood and then want to walk the street free.


More time when I am reading the paper I can’t believe some of the things I am seeing. On Tuesday the report in the Star just turned my stomach where a man who was accused of raping an elderly woman who cared for him as her own grandchild lost his appeal against his convictions and 20-year-prison sentence.


Now anyone who could do something like that shouldn’t even bother to tender an appeal. First of all a big 39-year-old should be looking at a mature woman or even someone in her 20s…what the hell attraction could he expect to find in an elderly woman?





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Joy


I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.
There is joy in activity and in stillness, in sharing time with others and in being alone, in times of calm and adventure. Joy is not dependent on something outside myself; joy comes from within.
No matter what tasks I have before me, who I am with, or where I happen to be, joy is within my soul. It springs up from the very depths of my being, from the presence of the indwelling Christ. This joy is peaceful, loving, and fulfilling.
As an inner quality that is part of my nature, joy is waiting to be expressed by me at any time, in any situation. All that is required is my participation. So I activate my inner joy by loving and by living with anticipation, wonder, and appreciation. I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.


"This day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."--Nehemiah 8:10





It’s a real Bashment Granny

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There is something about roots play that people are now gravitating towards it…rather than some of these top stage shows which have been flopping left right and centre.


There are others enjoying good turnout, but we can’t help but highlight the one that’s a sure hit no only in Jamaica but also on the international circuit.


Both Bashment Granny I and II have hit the spot where theatre lovers are concerned. The play enjoyed a long run at the Green Gables Theatre.





Nuffy and Ghandi fi cool

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But a wha do Nuffy and Ras Ghandi sah, di two a dem fi cool and hold dem corner.
Cause fi tell di truth mi neva hear gun fire from dem tell mi si story pop up inna paper bout dem inna verbal war.
Bwoy some people wi use any likkle foolishness fi dem name pop up inna paper sah.
Verbal war, mi backfoot...all some writer fi go look story wid substance and stop promote every likkle foolishness.
Mi not even know two song whey Ghandi duh and as for Nuffy...well a one MC wi wouldn't miss pon stage.





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R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan, rap music luminary Nas and reggae royalty Damian ‘Jnr Gong' Marley are among the international acts confirmed for the 17th staging of the ‘Greatest Reggae Show on Earth', Reggae Sumfest to be held in Montego Bay from July 19-25



Sullivan is slated to bring her flavour to spice up the Festival's International Night I on Friday, July 24 when Summerfest Productions takes over Catherine Hall in Montego Bay



Summerfest Production’s head honcho, Johnny Gourgonz stated in a release that Sullivan “has been having a phenomenal year on the music scene internationally, and some of her songs are even reggae inspired.”





Di Flippin' Killa

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What really a gwaan between Flippa and di Killa? How Killa talk bout him no inna no clash and ting and yet him go pon stage a St Thomas Saturday night and a talk up a bag at tings bout the real source of Flippa money.


Alright, so everybody know seh Flippa floss like say fi him money cyan dun and all these tings, but why Killa haffi go deso. We nah say abd mind, but it look a way. But tell me now, where Killa tink plenty promoter get money from fi put on stage show and pay bag a artiste — including him. Me no know any promoter who have regular a nine-to-five, if oonu get mi drift. Killa lucky seh light did go way and Flippa neva get fi answer him. All we a say is, Flippa, gwaan floss to di flippin’ werlll! And Killa, kibba you mout!





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Prosperity


I follow the path of my divine purpose and live a prosperous life.
I keep my focus on fulfilling my divine purpose of being the best Christ in expression that I know how to be at any time--and all the time.
Because I do, I have no doubt that I'm on the right path. I see the amazing results--spiritually and materially, emotionally and physically.
I keep on track by praying along my way, remaining open to divine direction and being willing to share from an abundance of good with others.
I pay attention to the still small voice within me. This divine guidance directs me around obstacles and to all that enriches me and my loved ones. I both give and receive in a circulation of good that is continually blessing the world.


"We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."--Ephesians 2:10





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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2009) – Four-time GRAMMY-winning reggae singer, songwriter, and producer Ziggy Marley will perform his first-ever exclusive children’s concert at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11 a.m., it was announced. Celebrating the release of his first children’s music album, Family Time, Marley appears as part of The GRAMMY Museum’s monthly “Musical Explorations” family program. June’s program, “What Is Reggae?,” marks the first time Club Nokia and The GRAMMY Museum, two of L.A. LIVE’s newest celebrated venues, have collaborated on a public event.



Before Marley’s live performance, local performers Rhythm Child will engage the audience in free-form drumming, while performing a few of their own award-winning children’s songs. Immediately following the live performance, children and parents will participate in educational activities and crafts intended to deepen their understanding of reggae music in the Club’s exclusive VIP Lounge.





UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

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Soul singer Erykah Badu, the Morgan (Heritage) brothers Peetah and Mojo, Machel Montano, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Cherine Anderson, Assassin, Movado, De La Soul and Los Angeles native, Miss Leela James were the stars of the well-produced UCLA 23rd Annual Jazz Reggae Festival held over the Memorial Day weekend.


The two-day music festival showcased Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, and Reggae under the theme "A Culture of Change".
From the Blues and Funk that characterized James’ performance, the show moved smoothly into Hip Hop mode with De La Soul whose energy was boundless. The entrance to centrestage of Ms Badu saw the crowd surging to the front, eager to see and hear every syllable. This soul sister hit all the right notes, from her attire and charisma to her inspiring repertoire. She was truly a class act.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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I Can


I am able to do all things through God's spirit within me.
I believe that with God all things are possible and that God is expressing divine qualities through me.
With this faith-inspired understanding, I live life with a whole new meaning. I am willing to do whatever Spirit directs me to do, and I do it with enthusiasm.
God is the life that invigorates and animates me.
God is wisdom that reveals the wonder of the simple and the complex concerning all aspects of daily living.
God is peace that restores my soul so that I can live fully in each moment--not in the past or the future.
God is all. There is nothing lacking in me because God created me with a pattern of perfection within.


"Jesus said to him, 'If you are able!--All things can be done for the one who believes.'"--Mark 9:23





Father’s Day Special

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I think I’ll colour this man father…I’ll colour this man love…thanks dad for being my best friend and the one who stood by my side through thick and thin. If you got one of these great fathers, let the world know by sending your shout out on Father’s Day.



Thanks dad…for nothing! If you all have one of those dead beat dads who has never been there for you…never found the time to even offer encouragement and now in spite of it all you made it. Don’t get bitter, don’t get angry…just send out a shout out to those dead beat dads let them know you’ve arrived…and you’re okay.



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A wha dis fada!

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Bwoy mi a tell yuh, di recession a lick everybody but mi a tell yuh sey it dread pon dis ex a mine. Dats why mi a tell yuh sey when tings a gwaan fi yuh, yuh mussi hype and galang like sey you know what can meck patty.



Yeah, him use to spend a change pon mi but more time him come like sey him woulda waan mi fi crawl pon mi knee fi get nutten outa him han.



Yeah man fi ten years mi panka panka wid him and di wuss ting bout it nuff time time mi all a depressed cause between mi an unno him have him wife and yes mi know unno a guh sey mi deserve it, but when mi did just get in, him neva tell mi sey him married. A matter a fact mi neva si him wid ring pon finga yet! Suh when mi eventually find out mi did done in too deep.





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Fashion Block 2009 was once again the talk of the town as patrons stood dazzled with designer pieces on the Caribbean’s longest fashion runway, Saint International’s signature 130ft runway on Sunday, May 31. For the fourth year, Digicel backed this prestigious and highly anticipated event, the climax of Saint International’s Style Week Jamaica activities.



Launched in 2004, Style Week has become a highlight on the Jamaican calendar for ‘fashionistas’ both locally and across the region. It is also a must do for connoisseurs of Caribbean culture, couture and entertainment.



“Working with Saint International is always a pleasure. Fashion Block is definitely a hot event that Jamaicans look forward to and Digicel is happy to have been associated with an event of this magnitude, which showcased the crème of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s design talents”, says Digicel’s Head of Marketing, Wayne Miller. “We were particularly pleased with top local designer, Dexter Pottinger’s interpretation of ‘Digicel Style” and futuristic technology, added Miller.





Ninja Man awaits judge decision

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On June 19 the Don Gargon Ninjaman will know for sure whether he will be out on bail. The ruling will be made by a Resident Magistrate to decide whether he will be out on bond.




The artiste christened Desmond Ballentine lawyers representing him on murder and gun related charges renewed their application for bail in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday.



Three other men including Ninja Man's 20-year old son are jointly charged for the murder of 20-year old Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Olympic Gardens in St Andrew.



Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 16.





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Deejay Michelle Downer, aka D'Angel, is safe and sound after being involved in an accident on Saturday night in St Thomas.
Reports are that D’Angel, the estranged wife of dancehall star, Beenie Man, was on her way to a show in Port Morant in the parish when her X5 was badly hit from behind by a truck.
“It wasn’t she driving … she was just in the passenger seat at the front,” an eyewitness told Yardflex. “And her vehicle really mash up bad.”
The deejay, who has been enjoying quite a bit of hype since the middle of last year, and even copped the Stone Love Female DJ of the Year award in 2008, was at home resting comfortably on Sunday.
It is not certain whether or not she was able to perform on Saturday night’s event, as the accident happened only a few minutes away from the venue.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 1, 2009

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Breathe


Each breath of life renews and energizes me.
I become centered now, completely at ease and comfortable with myself and with being myself.
With each breath I take in, I feel more at peace. A calm comes over me as I affirm with ease and assurance: I am in the presence of God now and always.
As I exhale, I remember moments of experiencing great relief emotionally and physically. There may have been times when I sighed "Thank You, God!" With that fullness of release, I now exhale. I release all concerns, knowing I am turning all over to God.
Each breath I take rejuvenates me, nourishing me with strength and resilience. As I breathe in rhythm with God-life, I am renewed and energized.


"Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being."--Genesis 2:7





Asylum to be turned into entertainment venue

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Nite Time Promotions, owners and operators of the popular Asylum nite club in New Kingston say the name Asylum will be retired and the club will be turned into an entertainment venue.


After a historic 12- year run, the club closed its doors to the public last week Tuesday, which was its last official Ladies Night.
Plans are afoot to renovate the club and make it available for rental as an entertainment venue to stage launches and other events.
Brian Chung, hailed as a pioneer in night time entertainment, successfully ran the Cactus night club in Portmore for eight years, before opening Asylum, and later the Quad, also in New Kingston.


A release stated that “Nite Time Promotions will eventually be reopening the venue at the opportune moment under a new name with a great new image. The space that formerly housed Asylum will now be available immediately for rental by the owners of the property. We wish to thank our extremely loyal patrons, staff, promoters, sponsors and all other partners that have shared the journey and the dream with us over the last 12 years.”





Warrior Princess finds Jesus

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On Sunday, May 31, roots reggae singer, Etana, made a bold step when she totally turned over her life to the Lord and got baptized.


Etana (born Shauna McKenzie), who came to prominence in 2005 with her debut single, Wrong Address, is known for her culturally chic wardrobe choices and her steadfast commitment to the tenets of Rastafari. In the video for her follow-up single Roots, the heroine — most reminiscent of the singer’s physical appearance — is depicted as a young woman opposed to the western ideologies her family subscribes to. This baptism at a Christian church has come a real shocker to those in the dancehall.


“Etana never really wear locks, but we look on her as one of we,” one prominent Rastafarian singer commented. “If she want to baptize she should go to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church … but to each his own,” he added, still looking displeased.





 

The Michael Jackson saga continues

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In an exclusive report TMZ has reported that Debbie Rowe, Michael's ex wife is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore to Michael.



According to the report all three children were conceived in vitro -- outside the womb.



Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie's eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Miracles


I am a miracle of life!
Martha Smock, former editor of Daily Word wrote: "To live, to breathe, to think, to love--these are miracles enough to justify our existence."
I may find it easier to think this or say it about another person than I would about myself. However, for a moment, I say it as if it were true: "I am a miracle of life." Next I repeat it with boldness and clarity, knowing it is true: "I AM A MIRACLE OF LIFE!"
How good this feels. How true this is, for everyone God created is a miracle of life. Each child of God has never before existed and will never again be duplicated.
All life is a miracle. Knowing this truth fills me with the energy of Spirit. Energized, I go about living as the miracle of life that I am.


"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."--Luke 12:31-32 (KJV)





What the hell is happening?

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A policeman is now facing charges because he molested a minor, a principal is in the same hot water because he could not keep his hands off a minor and the international preacher Paul Lewis is now is now facing criminal charges for the same thing.



It forces me to ask – what the hell is happening? Is it that adults are no longer attractive and more and more the minors are appearing appealing to these people who should know better?



The principal’s job is to care for his charges and ensure that they are safe and protected…yet he is the one breaching his job.





Accused cop surrenders

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A Police Sergeant who is accused of molesting a minor is behind bars on Monday afternoon facing carnal abuse charges.



According to Radio Jamaica the policeman surrendered to members of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Friday in the company of his attorney.



The cops are tightlipped about the incident, but it is alleged the Sergeant molested the little girl, who is the child of one of his colleagues, more than two weeks ago.





Busy Signal- Up In Her Belly

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Canadian’s Love Reggae

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The sixth annual Montreal International Reggae Festival was once again a huge success. With attendance of the week end outdoor festival averaging over 3000 people a night it is no wonder that reggae fest has come to be one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the Montreal summer season. Arriving in the late hours of Friday night Yardflex was unable to attend the opening day of the festival when Stur Grav and vintage artists reportedly had the crowd rocking furiously until the end of the night billed, ‘Sound System Night’. However if the after party at EB Club Lounge, 5345 De Maisonneuve, is anything to judge by it had to have been amazing.



Singer Anthony B was mad entertaining on Saturday which was ‘Dance Hall Night’. His smash hits “Raid the Barn” and “Tease Her” had the crowd swooning with pleasure. The entire night was phenomenal as artists such as Spivey, Loveman Kent, Robin, Skillman and many others kept the crowd just as hyped as the head liners of the show. In top form as usual, Capleton ended the night with a bang chanting such favorites as “That Day Will Come” and “Never Share”.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 29, 2009

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Expect Good


Divine energy is bringing about wonder in my life and in the world.
What are my expectations of this day, of any day? I expect the best and cooperate with its unfoldment.
I know that the spirit of God within me is greater than any challenge I could ever face. The life of God within me is a pattern of perfection that guides the activities of every cell and atom of my body. The wisdom of God is expressing as divine ideas that fill my mind. I act on them with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Every condition in life yields to the greatness of God that is in all and expressing through all. I expect the best from myself and others. I cooperate in loving, thoughtful ways with the divine energy that is bringing about wonder in my own life and the lives of those in my world.


"Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."--1 John 4:4





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Singing group, One Third, the 2006 winner of the Digicel Rising Stars competition, has axed their manager Ray Alexander.
It had long been rumoured that the group was dissatisfied with their management as they felt that in the nearly three years since winning the competition, they had not been able to get a real foothold on the music market. Alexander has been blamed for One Third not being able to capitalize on opportunities.
One Third, however, said the separation came about as a result of Alexander not being able to take them to that much-talked-about “next level”.





Scenes From Reggae Sumfest

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Twin of Twins responds

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The Twin of Twins and their management want to thank their friends and fans for all their support and faith following their arrest on June 22. As all the facts will prove, this incident was an obvious and blatant miscarriage of the Jamaican Justice System, and yet another reason that explains the public mistrust for the Police. While the Twin of Twins have nothing but the highest respect for those honest, and hardworking police officers, they have no choice but to stand up to the few misguided and ignorant members of the force that abuse their power and act immune to the same law they are hired to enforce.





Michael Jackson facts

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Michael Jackson filed a patent application for the "leaning forward a bit" dance moves displayed in the Smooth Criminal video.
Jackson has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for radio play, located at 1541 Vine Street, and one for recording at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.



Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award from Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his support of charities helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
Jackson fought fellow 50 year old Madonna on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch - he lost.



Jackson has sold more than 300 million records worldwide
Jackson picked up his iconic moonwalk moves, which he debuted at the Motown 25th Anniversary show in 1983, from streetdancers he spotted performing outside a hotel.





Michael Jackson Changed Image

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At times he may not have been the most loved person in the world, but he has certainly been one of the most controversial. Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50, having collapsed at his home in Los Angeles. He was taken to hospital in a coma, where he was announced dead. Jackson’s entertaining life spanned almost forty years.



The Jackson’s seventh child, Michael became entertainer extraordinaire, businessman and recording artist. His whose sensational singing voice was discovered when he was a mere 6 years old. He later became known as the ‘King of Pop’, just as Elvis Presley became the ‘King of Rock and Roll’. Some people have likened his unique dancing style to Fred Astaire and in particular Jackson’s ‘Moon Walk’.





GAZA PRESIDENT TAKES OVER THE HYPE TV

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The “Gaza President” Vybz Kartel has claim the #1 spot with his contagious hit Dollar Sign to dethrone “Mr. I Am Blessed”, jumping from the #2 position that he held last week along with the shot to watch title.
“Fyah Mumma” Queen Ifrica is taking us Far Away with her smashing hit which is holding down the #2 position this week moving from #3; not only that she is the Shot To Watch title holder.
Mr. Vegas with his hit single I Am Blessed fell two places to #3 from the #1 spot. The chart topping track has spent four weeks at number one.
Mavado gets High Unda to fly into #4 spot from the #6 position; the single is spending its ninth week on the chart.
Singing goddess Alaine with Never Done has claimed the Greatest Gainer to leap four places to #5 from the #9 spot this week.
This week’s the chart New Entry goes to one of the hard working ladies of the Dancehall, Stacious, she brings us the Good Life which makes entry at #20. The track is produced by Live Up Records.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 26, 2009

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Healing


With a growing awareness of Spirit within, I claim health and well-being.
Saying yes to life and yes to healing, I claim health and wholeness now. As I keep my thoughts about my total well-being held high, I continue to affirm life.
Knowing that the spirit of God permeates every organ, cell, and atom of my body, I hold a vision of myself as energetic and strong. I am aware that the healing presence of God is moving throughout my body; and because this is true, I am healthy and whole.
Being health-minded, I continually turn in thought and expectation to the perfect, free-flowing life of Spirit within me. I give thanks for the awareness of this healing presence, which uplifts me in every way.
I know that God is life. Divine power and presence are within me, and with God all good is possible.


"Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly."--Isaiah 58:8





Micheal Jackson Dead

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King of pop Michael Jackson died today at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles....after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old. Michael Jackson is best known for hit songs such as Bill Jean, Thriller, Beat It, Black or White, Heal The World.
The singer was scheduled to perform in London at a concert that was sold out.

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Harmony


I partner with others in living and working harmoniously.
A group of dedicated musicians are partners in producing beautiful harmony that touches the depths of the soul. Yet it is also possible for any one of them to play discordant, irritating notes.
Concerning my own life, I may think that an individual in my family, workplace, or classroom is discordant and even irritating when relating to me or others.
I discover, however, that as I follow divine insight and make a commitment to act harmoniously, I can be a positive influence. Then together we can produce synergy and compatibility for wondrous new results at work and at play. We are partners in harmony.


"The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me."--Psalm 16:6-7





Keri Hilson joins Sumfest lineup

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Atlanta-grown singer, Keri Hilson, has been added to the line up for International Night I, Friday July 24, and joins an already dazzling array of stars including Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica and Coco Tea.




A member of The Clutch group of producers, Hilson is a talented singer and song-writer and has penned songs for Usher, Diddy, Ciara, Chris Brown, Mary J Blige, Omarion, The Pussycat Dolls, and Britney Spears.



Her first album, In A Perfect World, which was released earlier this year, made it to the top spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was also number four on the Billboard Top Album Chart in the week of its debut.





Reggae Sumfest honours Beenie Man

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Summerfest Productions, the organizers of Reggae Sumfest, have announced plans to honour dancehall artiste Moses “Beenie Man” Davis at this year’s festival.
Although the details have not yet been revealed, the celebration promises to be fitting.
“Beenie Man has grown with us and he’s definitely contributed significantly to the success of the festival over the years,” said executive director, Johnny Gourzong.


Beenie Man is one of the longest running performers in the business and has been with the reggae festival since 1993. He is also one the few performers to have performed on two separate nights in the same festival. In 1997, Beenie Man graced the Sumfest stage on Dancehall Night, and then returned on International Night to deliver another performance, including his hit at the time with Chevelle Franklin, Dancehall Queen.





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It’s an early summer vacation for teachers and students in the parish of Manchester as the Ministry of Education has closed schools there after two cases of swine flu were detected. All graduation functions have also been cancelled.


Where the closure of schools affects end of year examinations, continuous assessment data must be used in reporting on student performance.


Although students will be proceeding on an early summer vacation, where there are instances of students showing flu-like symptoms the matter must be brought to the attention of the relevant health authorities and reported to the Ministry of Education.





19 Jamaicans infected with swine flu

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The recent detection of an additional four cases of Influenza A (H1N1), in the island, has brought the total number of swine flu cases to 19.
The Health Ministry says it has interviewed, examined and taken samples from all household contacts and other persons with whom the infected individuals may have come in contact. Investigations of all four cases are still ongoing.
The affected parishes are Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine, with four cases each, St. Mary, three cases, Trelawny, two, St. James, three, Westmoreland with one case in an adult and Manchester with two cases - one adult and a child.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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How Am I?


I am abundantly blessed and fulfilled.
Incidents of talking to oneself are often the subjects of humorous stories. However, as I confirm in meditation where I am in my life plan, I ask myself, How am I? I run through my checklist: Are my plans God-inspired? Do I feel deep in my soul that my choices are right for me? Paying attention to what brings me joy can reveal volumes about my right actions and perfect calling. Supportive affirmations keep me focused:
I am making progress toward my God-inspired goals each day.
I choose divinely guided steps to pursue my perfect calling.
I claim a fulfilling life for myself at home, at work, and in my community.
My words and actions make a difference.

How am I? More than fine! I am blessed!


"Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble."--2 Peter 1:10





More women abuse

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What’s with these entertainers and treating their women like a punching bag? But we should not be surprised Nitty Kutchie from former Scare Dem Crew got into a spat with his woman at the Ballers Ball.

From what Yardflex understand Delicious apparently came on the scene and saw her man Nittie Kutchie dancing with another girl.

Now you and I know that most women not going to see something like that and keep their cool…especially as they know how these entertainers are fickle and girlie girlie.

So the argument start, she a defend her turf when Nittie said to her, “hey gal yuh a gwaan like yuh have c…ky under yuh!”

Mercy, what a piece a disrespect…but it gets worse him actually lick har right there in front a everybody.

Straight up, yardflex a sey, a time woman stop pick man whey a go beat dem up…di cycle haffi stop.





Tax woes

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But a wha dis man, Cuddyz inna New Kingston nearly lock down because dem doan pay dem taxes.

Yeah man, last week Thursday, di tax people dem attempted to close the popular diner after the entity was cited for failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes.

But luckily fi dem it neva happen as dem meck some sort a agreement fi pay off some a di arrears.

Now whey mi and yuh fi do when big big night club like dem deh a struggle pay dem tax?





Probation, community service for Chris Brown

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Singer Chris Brown will now have to do 180 days community service for his assault on ex-girl Rihanna.
The R&B singer pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting Rihanna in an agreement with prosecutors that calls for five years of probation.



Brown, the singer of the hits "Run It" and "Kiss Kiss," also will have to perform at least 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia.



The 20-year-old singer entered the plea at a preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. He had been accused of assaulting and making criminal threats against Rihanna in February on the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards.





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Six-time Grammy award winner, R & B singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton, and Grammy winning R & B singer songwriter, record producer, actor and occasional rapper, Ne-Yo, will both be performing at Reggae Sumfest 2009. This was announced by Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of the 17 year old Festival, in New York on Thursday June 11, 2009.



“With the signing of these two phenomenal artistes, we have almost completed our line-up for the Festival this year”, commented Gourzong, as he spoke at the New York launch of Reggae Sumfest 2009. With this addition to the already impressive line-up which also features the gifted Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley on stage with American rapper Nas, the Reggae Sumfest stage will certainly be on fire between July 23 – 25.



“Damian and Nas are touring together this year and are doing a collaborative album to be released soon. We are very excited to be able to present this exciting fusion to our Reggae Sumfest audience”, continued Gourzong.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Comfort


I envision you whole and well, blessed with an abundant life.
Being separated from family and friends can be distressing--especially when they are going through a trying time. Although I cannot be with them in person, I offer them my love and support.
"Know that I am holding your hand today --in thought and prayer. Even though we may be apart, we share a vital heart connection. Inspired by endearing memories, I think of you always with tenderness.
"I envision you whole and well, sustained by healing thoughts, releasing all concern into God's care. I pray that your heart is filled with peace; your soul, with comfort; and your life, with abundance of every kind."


"Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."--Proverbs 3:23-24





G Whizz - Life

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What is this world coming to?

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By Rootsgirl
I remember a time when I want to escape punishment from my mother or father all I had to do was run to my granny who would shield me like a fierce tiger refusing anyone to come near me. She would tell my mom that she never beat her like that and is not everything she must “draw hand”.



Well after that storm was abated, my grandmother would give me a little scolding that I must behave myself and that she didn’t want me to grow like any “leggo bees”.



Why am I bringing up this story, because I felt a sense of sadness reading Saturday’s Star on the 65-year-old grandmother who beat her 12-year-old grandson because he stole $200 credit from her phone to give his girlfriend.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 22, 2009

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Faith


With faith in God, I have true security.
Gardeners and farmers have nurtured tender shoots in their care with a love for nature and the promise of future bounty. These acts of nurturing are expressions of faith that are now showing forth in an array of shapes, colors, textures, and scents of flowers and plants.
I lovingly nurture my faith in prayerful moments. Quiet moments with God allow me to express heartfelt desires. I relax and trust that blessings are unfolding in perfect time.
Those who tend to plants experience moments when they, too, feel the assurance that, for a time, they can relax and await the next step in the process that is unfolding. I, too, relax. My faith grows stronger, and I feel more secure each day.


" 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well."--James 2:18-19





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





That Buggery Bill

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The other day I was listening to the news and something caught my ear…they were debating the buggery bill and a particular clause raise my antenna.



“The bill sets out specific circumstances in which grievous sexual assault can be committed to include the penetration of the anus and vagina ‘without consent’”



Now just like Senator Clarke who has a problem with the ‘without consent’ clause so do I. What does that mean, as long as there are consenting homosexuals it is okay?





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Blessing Fathers


God bless fathers and guide them in loving and caring for children.
Children learn so much from simply observing their own fathers and those who serve as father-figures.
As they allow children to satisfy their own curiosities and explore their own potential, fathers know when it is time to patiently, prayerfully watch children and when to step forward to be of help.
Fathers need prayer support, and I offer mine to my own father, the fathers of the world, and to those who are even now preparing to be fathers. The love of God is being expressed by each of them.
What they give day after day is an investment in a world in which all children have an opportunity to exceed their own high hopes and expectations and those of loving, caring parents and adults.


"Immediately the father of the child cried out, 'I believe; help my unbelief!' ... 'This kind can come out only through prayer.'"--Mark 9:24, 29





ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

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Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand across its 31 markets worldwide.



Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 31 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.





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Announced as Brand Ambassadors for Digicel for sumfest 09



Thursday June 18 Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel, Jamaica’s Bigger, Better Network is once again set to be one of the main sponsors for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, the highly anticipated week-long reggae music festival, to be held July 23-25 in Montego Bay.



At the recent launch of Sumfest 2009, held at Devon House, Digicel unveiled their theme for this year - “Divas of Dancehall”, featuring Lady Saw and D’Angel, two of the hottest divas in dancehall today. Shelly-Ann Curran, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Digicel commented, “This year we are paying tribute to the amazing female dancehall artists that have graced the Sumfest stage over the past sixteen years with lady Saw and D’Angel leading our campaign as Brand Ambassadors.



The divas were ‘unwrapped’ from life-sized Barbie doll boxes in a thrilling moment, and later unleashed electrifying performances to delight the audience. “Sumfest is widely acknowledged as ‘The greatest Reggae show on earth,’ continued Curran, and Digicel is excited to be associated with the show in a bigger, better way. We’ve been involved with Reggae Sumfest for a number of years and we’re happy to help promote the development of Reggae music through such a quality event.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Protected


God is my peace, my shield, my protector.
If ever I feel apprehensive or unsure about anything, my first response will be to pray, placing myself and all that concerns me in God's care and guidance. In prayer, I rest in the comforting presence of God.
With God as my ever-present guide, I do not fear anything or anyone. I am serene and confident because God is with me. I am never alone. This God-awareness brings me true peace and comfort.
God is all-power. In the quiet of prayer, I am enfolded in the peace that this understanding gives me. I have the strength and clarity of thought that I need to recognize and accept what is peaceful, right, and good.
I am protected and blessed in all I do and with all I meet in life. God is my peace, my shield, and my protector.


"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head."--Psalm 3:3





Stop abusing the women

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By Buffilous


What the hell is happening in the country when it comes to these men feeling as if they can treat women like punching bags. Come on man it’s time this foolishness stop.


What in blazes can a woman do a man for him to punch her in her face, mash har up and do all manner of evil with them. Now check out di latest whey wi hear, dat Bounty Killer inna one mix up with him and another woman outside di Escape club.
Well from whey wi get it, him tun up deh wid another woman and one a him nex woman confront him.





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Big time party fans should be bracing to have the time of their lives as Red Stripe launches its Summer Kick-off Party, the official launch party of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend this Friday night, June 19, at the National Housing Trust (NHT) rooftop in New Kingston.



Some of Jamaica’s best disc jockeys and sound systems, including Coppershot and Code Red, ZJ Dream Liquid, Kurt Riley, will be on hand to help ramp up the vibe as the run up to the best weekend ever gets kicked into high gear.



The Dream Weekend, four days and nights of the very best party experiences, is set for Negril during the Independence weekend August 6-9. Considered to be the best party package available, the Dream Weekend includes two Smirnoff Signature events – Smirnoff Xclusive and Twisted Spiritz – as well as Red Stripe Beer Vibes, Daydreams, Absinthe, Xtreme Wet and Wild and Yush and the Margaritaville Days and Jungle Nites.





Hard work has surely paid off for Mr. Vegas as I Am Blessed continues to reign at #1 for yet another week, making it four consecutive weeks in this position. This chart topping single has been making quite a stir worldwide.
Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign firmly grips the Shot To Watch title for one more week, he moves one spot in at #2 to leave #3.
“Ms Montego Bay” Queen Ifrica with Far Away steps in closely for the #3 position jumping places from #5.
Etana & Alborosie Blessings fell to #4 leaving its threatening #2 position while spending its fourteenth week on the chart.
Also for Konshens with This Means Money knock down to #5 out of #4 for which it peaked at.
Mavado is having a good look on the chart for this week as High Unda claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up to #6 from #9. At the same time as he has one out of the two New Entries on the chart which is one more of the girls favorite “Never Believe You” coming in at #18 on the Daseca label.
Another of the chart New Entry is from Jah Cure and Phyllisia with Call On Me making its entry at #20 and its off the Sobe/Danger Zone label.





Shame and Scandal

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Bwoy dem people yah nuh easy at all eeh. Imagine afta wi star Usain Bolt gone a Czech Republic a represent to di worl' di man dem go kip up some almshouse ting and rob di youth apartment. But a big, big, shame and disgrace dat ynuh. Di world idolise Usain and all wi waan do is pop him dung. No sah, whoever do dat need fi guh check dem self self.
Yardflex sey unno fi come offa dem tings deh - straight, zeen





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 19, 2009

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Free


I welcome new beginnings.
I am free! Within this new day, I find a release from every old pattern, thought, or behavior that no longer serves me.
As a creation of a loving Creator, I welcome new beginnings, which are new chapters in my own story of life. My faith in God's ever-present guidance is constant. And I go forward confident in my insights, my choices, and my actions.
Divine guidance provides me with the motivation to give expression to the divine qualities within me. With love and respect, I make decisions about my own life and the lives of those in my care. Goodness abounds, and I celebrate my freedom to begin anew.


"You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love."--2 Peter 1:5-7





Protoje For Jus Jugglin

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The promoters of Just Jugglin have selected rising new artist Protoje to be the featured act on their first live concert on Thursday the 25th of June. Jus Jugglin is a weekly event that is held the Kabana restaurant and garden bar at 12 Hope Road in Kingston, that features top selectors spinning 80s and 90s music. However the promoters of Jus Jugglin have decided to add a live shows to their summer long event series.



This event will see Protoje doing his first official live show in the Kingston since the release of his hot new single Arguments. Over the last few months Protoje has been rapidly making a name for him self on the local music scene since the release of this single. Arguments is currently sitting at the top of RETV’s MVP chart for the fourth consecutive week, it also debuted at number two on the Fi Wi Choice Video charts on TVJ last Saturday.





Celebrity man of God on carnal abuse charge

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A few nosey neighbours who felt that an evangelist was taking advantage of two teenagers in their community, questioned the girls and then called the police on celebrity US-based pastor the Reverend Dr Paul Lewis.



Lewis, who was arrested on Sunday night, was denied bail when he appeared in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon.



Reports are that after an intense two-hour interrogation session, the man of God was charged with indecent assault and carnal abuse. He returns to court on July 7.

Lewis is represented by attorney Terrence Ballentine.





It's Reggae Sumfest again!

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Reggae Sumfest enjoyed its official Jamaican launch yesterday on the grounds of Devon House in Kingston.
There was a large turnout of media personnel, artistes, sponsors and specially invited guests.
The top names in the dancehall are set to thrill the massive on Dancehall night including the Doctor Beenie man who the Sumfest boss Johnny Gourzong says will be given a special honour.
Mavado, Kartel and others are set to perform on that night.
Lady Saw gave a thrilling performance after she and D'Angel were introduced as Digicel's Brand Ambassadors for Sumfest 09.
If her stormy performance is anything to go by then one can easily expect her "tear up" the Sumfest stage.
Last night cameo performances were given by Taz, Sophia Squire, I-Octane, Bugle, Lutan Fyah, Spice.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Change


I cross every bridge to change with faith and confidence.
As I complete one phase of my life, I make ready for the next one. I may be changing from a role as a student to one of being an employee. I may be taking on the added responsibility of owning my own home. I may no longer choose the single life and commit to a lifelong partner.
Whatever change I embark on, I build a bridge to my new experience. With planning, insight, and prayer, I trust as I step forward to change.
Prayerful reflection is a spiritual component to my bridge of change. I know what is mine to do because God's love and wisdom are guiding me.
With faith and confidence, I trust that there is a time and a season for each change. Following divine guidance, I am secure as I cross each bridge to my next destination.


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."--Ecclesiastes 3:1





A which minister a cover up fi gay

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A what a gwaan, wi did tink sey di Prime Minister sey "no gays around here...not in my cabinet."
Suh a wha dat wi a read inna di chat sey one minister a cover up fi a big ole gay man whey dem find inna him office a fool round one likkle bwoy. And from what wi a read it come een like sey a nuh di fuss time either, we understand sey a him practice...so a how come him still inna him big job
No sah, him mus have some kinda secret fi dem. Bruce, you betta check out da one dey cause if yuh know sey dey gay deh inna fi yuh cabinate and a allow dem tings deh, den is a straight Peter King part II you gooda a look at.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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My Break


In this very moment, I claim my health and wholeness.
Taking a break from the activities of the day, I am renewed with energy. In a quiet, reflective time, I am stress-free and prepared for God's healing power within to build up my stamina.
I sustain my health and energy by taking several breaks during the day from whatever is happening in the outer. Whether for a few minutes in the midst of planning or carrying out plans, or for a few weeks between semesters, job searches, or life-changing moments--I take time to focus on and discern what is best for me. Such times for regeneration support the health of every cell and function of my body.
During meditative prayer, concerns dissipate, answers come, and healing flows freely.


"Because you have asked ... for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind."--1 Kings 3:11-12





NY pastor held

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An internationally acclaimed pastor is behind bars after a report of carnal abuse was made.
The pastor is locked up for the alleged carnal abuse of a teenager and sexual assault of another.



The pastor who is in Jamaica on the invitation of a local Ministry is accused of abusing the teens at a Westmoreland hotel over the weekend.



According to RJR news the Minister who hails from Brooklyn, New York is a self proclaimed healer, and is known worldwide for his alleged acts of healing, which have reportedly left millions in awe.



He was reportedly ministering at a tent crusade in Westmoreland last week and was in the company of two young girls, aged 14 and 15 years.





CARIBBEAN STAR PUTS U.S. IN 'SOCA MOTION'

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With Caribbean-American Heritage being the national theme for June, Caribbean celebrities are hitting the American mainstream in full force. On June 27th, Trinidad and Tobago's beloved Soca star Bunji Garlin--known as the 'Fire Man' for his blazing stage performances--is taking over the United States headquarters with Soca in Motion, a birthday celebration featuring Soca music's biggest stars, and a guest appearance from Jamaica's Dancehall King. Held on the weekend when Washington DC celebrates Caribbean culture with their annual island-styled Carnival, Garlin's birthday party is billed to be one of the biggest Soca events ever to strike the capital city.



Hosted at Washington D.C.'s newly renovated DC Star, a frequent hang-out for Hip Hop A-listers like Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Gucci Mane, and Young Joc, Soca in Motion brings Soca's top-listed celebrities like Trinidad and Tobago's 2009 Carnival quadruple crown-winner Fayann Lyons, Destra Garcia, Benjai, Patch, Trini Jacobs, and Hunter, alongside Garlin and his famed Asylum Band. Rounding out the power-packed line-up of Soca royalty, Caribbean music icon Beenie Man, in his capacity as the "King of the Dancehall" will officiate the festivities.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Pray for Others


I am blessed as I reach out in heart and soul to others.
Sometimes the challenges I meet in life are more easily overcome when I turn my attention to the needs of family and friends. I pray for them from a heart of love.
During my quiet time with God, I consider the challenges faced by people throughout the world. I pray that all are well fed, clothed, and sheltered from the weather. I pray that every child has an opportunity to obtain an education and that every adult who is thirsting for knowledge has that longing satisfied. I pray for everyone who has lost a loved one and for those who are serving far from home.
I pray for others, and I also do my very best to help them. The world is indeed a better place because of prayer and acts of kindness. I am blessed as I reach out--heart and soul, thought and action--to others.


"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone."--1 Timothy 2:1





August release date for Sean Paul’s new album

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August is the date being announced for the long-awaited follow-up album for deejay Sean Paul
In the meantime, the lead single So Fine is stirred up a lot of love from fans in France, Canada, Belgium, Norway and Sweden who have made it the most downloaded reggae/dancehall song in those territories.



Popular online music store iTunes has So Fine charting in those five nations but it is void on the US online charts. Reports are, however, that the single should be made available in the US within the next two weeks.



The single So Fine also had found its way on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks where it made its debut at number 90





Reggae Sumfest attracts Toni Braxton, Neyo

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As the line-up for Reggae Sumfest International Nights rolls out, the big names keep popping up. The latest to be revealed are singers Toni Braxton and Neyo, who join Jazmin Sullivan and Nas as the other international acts.
This was disclosed to media and VIP guests recently at the New York launch of what is considered ‘the world’s greatest showcase of reggae music’.
A six-time Grammy Awards winner, Braxton has sold over forty million records worldwide.
Her number-one single, Unbreak My Heart, is the second-biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history. Her most recent albums were More Than a Woman under the Arista label, and Libra, her first and only release on Blackground.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 15, 2009

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More


God is my wisdom and my strength.
I may have felt an inner urging for something more in life but had not been able to identify what that "more" was until now. I have discovered that it is a calling from within to experience the presence of God more fully.
I am both physical and spiritual. Knowing this, I do not look to the outer world for the satisfaction of my soul. God alone satisfies my soul, and when I fill my consciousness with an awareness of God, I know that I am whole and complete.
I am fulfilled through my daily communion with God. I am not a person who is wanting or needy. I am not beseeching or demanding. All-power is at work within me and through me--a wonder to behold. God is my wisdom and my strength, and I am capable of doing more and being more in every moment.


"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine."--Ephesians 3:20





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Passa Passa

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LA Lewis in the news again
Bwoy, every whey yuh tun yuh si LA Lewis graffiti pon di wall dem, but it come een like sey yuh a buck im up inna di news more dan pon di wall dem nowadays. First di drama wid him an Lady Marsha...whey she want back har tings from him, den him go try kiss har inna court house and now seet deh dem evict him. Mi sey one big crowd teck in when dem a fling out him equipment dem and according to to di deejay without a good song, him a guh thru "financial depression". But a wonda whey him a guh come wid nex sah.

Poor and Boasy deals with the situation
Yes bwoy Poor and Boasy seh him a guh tun himself in to di police fi clear up di matta whey dem a call up him name sey him involve inna stabbing. Put whey wi curious bout is wha really guh dung. Suh why dem just pick fi him name outa di blue suh fi sey a him. And den again, him just get di million dollar and it look like sey it haffi guh inna lawyer fee. No sah...we ongle hope sey him neva have nutten fi do wid dem alligations deh.





Poor and Boasy in trouble

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Omar Johnson aka Poor and Boasy who emerged King in the Magnum King and Queen of the Dancehall has found himself on the wrong side of the law.


According to information reaching Yardflex he has been accused of being involved in a stabbing incident which took place last week. From information gleaned the Magnum winner is wanted in connection with the stabbing of Lindon Clarke, a resident of Aenon Town, Clarendon, where the incident allegedly occurred.
Checks with the Spaldings police confirmed that a report was made on Saturday, after which an effort was made to nab Johnson.
A policeman said Johnson was expected to attend a dance which was being held in Spaldings, also in the parish.
The efforts of the police were, however, thwarted, as Johnson reportedly did not turn up.
Corporate Area police stations have since been briefed, the policeman added.
Allegations are that Clarke was stabbed about 1 a.m. last Friday, while at the Miss Aenon Town contest at the Aenon Town All-Age School.
Clarke who told his story to the Star reported that while playing a game of cards, Clarke said he got into a heated argument with Poor and Boasy.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 14, 2009

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World Peace


United in the love of God, we live in peace.
Jesus spoke about the inter-connectedness of all humankind through Spirit when he said, "On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."
One of my greatest desires is to live in a compassionate, understanding, and kind world. I do my part to help create such a world by adopting those qualities in all of my interactions with others.
As I smile at a stranger or offer assistance to someone, I am contributing to a world of peace. On a broader scale, I show respect for the people of other nations and cultures, knowing that we all share planet earth as the home God created for us--a home in which we live together in peace and love.
I love my neighbors. I add to the global consciousness of peace, affirming: United in the love of God, we live in peace.


"We have patrolled the earth, and lo, the whole earth remains at peace."--Zechariah 1:11





Passa Passa

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Queen Paula pop dung?



But a wha dat wi si di odda day sah? Fi real di big big female dejay inna di middle a street a push har car whey bruck dung pon har. Now mi hear some people a sey dat fi a big big artiste if she couldn’t call one a har friend dem fi help har and some a wonda if she neva did a service di car good. It neva look suh good fi smady suh hype a tuggo tuggo wid dem car




Beenie Man Bredda free



Bwoy Beenie Man bedda must be breathing a sigh a relief now. Dem clear him Wednesday offa di charge sey him rape him bredda girlfriend. But as dem sey one man’s joy is anodda man’s grief…cause di victim neva happy at all, she all get inna argument wid Bird inna di court corridor. A just suh di system set up…hush.





Ooh no

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You telling us that only $300 went on the minimum wage and people losing dem job…$300…give us a break here. Check out this report carried on RJR’s website.



The Ministry of Labour is reporting that there have been some job losses since the recent increase in the Minimum Wage.
However, it says the figure is not expected to be significant.
Some small firms which were buckling under the pressure of the economic recession were forced to send home a few employees when the increase in the Minimum Wage took effect last month.
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles says the situation is being monitored.





Headline heads to court

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Yardflex understands that a legal battle is brewing between booking and public relations agency Headline Entertainment and it’s co-owner Alison Hunte. The two will be heading to the Supreme Court to settle their differences.



Hunte and Hamilton are now caught in a legal fight that could possibly split the company.



According to reports in the Jamaica Observer details are still emerging, but both sides went to court yesterday in an attempt to avoid mediation and fast-track open court. That is a signal that either talks have broken down or that there is a point of law that mediation cannot settle. Hunte launched legal proceeding this year with Headline and Hamilton listed as co-defendants.





Wrong move

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Now the babies doan born yet and already bad examples are being set for them. Can you imagine two pregnant women went to the clinic and should be focusing on the wellbeing of their babies growing in their tummies, instead at that stage they are getting into fights?



Reading the report in the Star I had to wonder if these women realize the awesome responsibilities they have as mothers bringing children into the world.



According to the report everything started because the guilty woman went to the clinic and saw the complainant with the father of both their unborn babies.





Ziggy on top on Billboard

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The Marley brothers are fighting for chart dominance on Billboard’s reggae album charts this week with Julian Marley denied the number one slot by Ziggy Marley.
Julian’s new album Awake just debuted at number two on Billboard’s after ticking on iTunes downloads ten days ago. It’s his highest debut to date and betters Time & Place (2003) which peaked at number eight. Awake is also number 11 on the Top Heatseekers charts.
In fact there are three Marley’s on the Billboard chart with Stephen Marley’s Mind Control acoustic at number 15. Billboard’s tracks mostly physical album sales. Contrastingly online downloads show that Julian’s album slipped from number two last week to number three on the US iTunes reggae album charts, among the Internet’s most popular online stores. Julian’s Awake is at number three behind Ziggy’s Family Time at number two with father and reggae icon Bob Marley’s Legend at number one. Legend was released almost 30 years ago and has sold 20 million copies cumulatively.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 12, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity.
I wouldn't get far driving a car while the emergency brake was on. Neither would I reach my goals or dreams if I didn't release the brakes on them.
I choose to move forward with my goals and dreams, releasing any belief in poverty or powerlessness that might be adversely affecting my thoughts, words, and actions.
If my desire is to improve my health, I let go of any doubt that I can be completely healthy. Wholeness is my divine heritage.
Rather than straining for results, I let God transform my understanding so that I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity. As I release and make room for my highest good, I am able to fully appreciate and experience life.


"Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way." --Isaiah 57:14





Ziggy @ Club Nokia

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This state of the art and one-of-a-kind 21st century multi-musical entertainments center and children's museum was opened on December 5th 2008 in downtown Los Angeles, California. 'L.A.-Live' consists of the most modern technological entertainments facilities, Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum. Here on June 6th 2009 Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum teamed up to present an educational experience with Reggae music Grammy's multi-winner Ziggy Marley.



With the release of Ziggy Marley's "Family Time" CD, Marley entertained children from all walks of life with the showcase " What is Reggae" which gave youths age 5 years and up a hands-on interaction with the artists and entertainers. Opening for the son of The Crowned King of Reggae The Honorable Robert Nesta 'Bob" Marley, O. D., were "Rhythm Child", local entertainers who interact children and parents in music through free form drumming while performing many of their award winning children songs. The Grammy Museum will continue to host other grammy winning artists from over 200 genres at this venue.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive and experience joy--now!
When someone says or does something that hurts my feelings, my first thought may not be about forgiving this person. However, the longer I hang on to negative feelings, the more I punish myself.
Mounting evidence indicates that holding on to grudges, resentments, or thoughts of revenge often leads to health problems. So I forgive past transgressions and live a healthier life now.
My emotions vastly improve as I forgive. With a willingness to forgive others, I also forgive myself. When I am able to completely overcome past hurts, I enjoy life in the present moment. My load is much lighter. This is a holy experience, as a proverb makes clear: "Where there is forgiveness, there is God."
I forgive and experience joy--now!


"And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."--Matthew 6:12





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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Tuesday, June 9; Kingston, Jamaica: It was a lengthy campaign for Betsy ‘Brown Sugar’ Campbell to get one of the three spots up for grabs from the Top Ten from Montego Bay. However, she says it was well worth it.

Campbell, who got the most votes in this round of voting, was elated when she realised she would be in the studio finals for Jamaica’s most popular television show and talent contest.

“Well, I worked hard for it. Friday night when I was watching the show, and I realised I was chosen, it was just a blessed feeling,” Campbell said before going into intricate details about her campaign to become one of the 16 persons who will see berth into the studio rounds.





It’s a crying shame

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Now tell me, what do you expect from the young generation when parents cannot lead by example. The only thing I can think that, no wonder the society is in the state it is in after reading a story that was carried in the Star yesterday.


According to the report police in Hanover were called in to a high school in the parish after a teacher was attacked by the parent who was upset that her child was scolded earlier.


The report went on to say that after arguing with the teacher, the parent chased her around the school while hurling stones and bottles at her.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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By Example


I lead, and I am led by example.
We may not always be aware that little ones are paying attention to us, learning how to love, care, and trust. Our acts of kindness toward children are gifts from our hearts. Praying with children demonstrates our faith and an expectation of good.
And often, it is the children within our midst who lead us by example. Children know without question that God answers every prayer.
Children see majesty in even the most minute elements of the world: the varieties and aromas of flowers, the colors in a rainbow, the splendor of a sunrise.
As adults we lead by example. Let us also take the time to let our children be our teachers and guides.


"Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."--Hebrews 13:7





D’Angel store robbed

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Dancehall diva D’Angel is shaken up following a hold up at her store in Princeville Plaza. The incident happened about 10:30 yesterday morning when three armed men walked into the store demanding money.


When that was not forthcoming they proceeded to help themselves to goods from the store. According to our source the gunmen tied up the workers and even stripped the clothes off the mannequins before making their escape with goods valued at $400,000.


The workers are very traumatized from the whole incident.





A suh woman fi move

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Bwoy what a big coup Buju common-law wife of 18 years Lorna Strachan pull off. Yes bwoy mi a read di Chat! teday and si sey Lorna she get har due outa di relationship, afta Buju did a hol hard end wid har demands. She teck it to di Supreme Court and luckily him settle before tings coulda get messy...cause unno done know sey if it did eva reach a court a right dung di middle tings woulda split.
Check out except from di story in today Chat!



Strachan, who enjoyed an 18-year relationship with Myrie — which produced five children — went to the court in April this year in a bid to have the joint tenancy severed for several properties which she and Myrie own.
According to a source close to the couple, after a breakdown in the relationship which led to a separation, Strachan sought to protect herself and, in particular, their five children. She reportedly approached Myrie with a suggestion that certain properties which were owned by both of them be signed over to her and in turn she would willingly relinquish all rights to other properties in which they shared tenancy in common.





Natalie takes New York by Storm

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Dancehall artiste, Natalie Storm, recently returned to Jamaica after completing a whirlwind tour of New York City which saw her recording, performing and attending a number of exclusive, high-profile events.



Her visit was courtesy of DJ Max Glazer’s Business Class Records which flew in Natalie Storm to New York City to do some work with his label.



Natalie was kept busy in the studio recording some brand new material, but she also found time to throw in a highly-appreciated performance and was present at the events that mattered.





Really, Really Dirty Dancing: More On Daggering

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Yardflex came across this article that was published in the Newsweek. All we can say is we found it really, really interesting...check it out and tell us what you think about it.



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In the video, (NSFW) a young woman stands on her head, legs spread. Two men stand straight on either side of her. As crowds look on, the two men begin to push her back and forth by her ankles until finally she’s flipped over and thrown into one man’s arms, legs over his shoulders. As he gyrates and thrusts onto her limp body, the DJ in the background urges them on. The woman is then thrown back to the other man, who grabs her from behind and begins to grind into her.



This isn’t Internet porn—it’s a YouTube video of “daggering,” a type of dance popular with some of Jamaica’s poorest citizens. It’s exuberant, vulgar, and may be responsible for a string of highly painful and personal injuries occurring out of the clubs in the bedroom. Music associated with daggering has been banned from the airwaves due to its lewd content, and the super-suggestive moves have the guardians of Jamaican culture sounding the alarm. But is daggering—and the dance hall tradition from which it sprung—a stain on Jamaica’s legendary musical heritage, or just the newest envelop-pushing phase of youth culture?





Prominent lawyer found dead

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Berriston "Berry" Bryan a prominent corporate lawyer was found murdered at his home in Stony Hill, St Andrew Monday morning.


The 72-year old attorney who defended Sheldon Pusey in the high- profile murder of Ambassador Peter King was found in a decomposing state just after 8am by an employee.



Mr. Bryan's 10 bedroom unfinished mansion at Wedmore Drive overlooking much of Kingston, teemed with investigators and forensic examiners who were called to the scene after his body was found.



A small band of onlookers huddled nearby as plain-clothes detectives cordoned off the massive property while other sleuths dug for clues on the inside.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Divine Order


Divine order is bringing about the best outcome now.
What is the most positive, effective action I can take when circumstances seem beyond my control? I pray.
Prayer soothes me so that I release tension in my body and anxiety in my thoughts. I relax and trust God--the source of all wisdom. Opening my heart to God, I also open myself to divine order and the positive actions and outcomes that will benefit me and anyone else involved in the situation.
God is all-knowing. I realize that there is a greater plan for me and for the world than I can conceive with my limited perspective. Knowing this relieves me of any anxiety I may have had about what the results will be.
I am grateful that divine order is in my life and in the world.


"I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground."--Isaiah 42:16





Yendi Grows on Digicel Rising Stars

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Yendi Phillipps is, without a doubt, beauty with a purpose, and not only because she claimed that award in the 2007 Miss World competition in China. The 20-something is an accomplished, drop-dead gorgeous dancer who stretches herself to be the best she can be. Whether it’s an appearance to boost the profile of an event aiming to raise funds for a worthy cause or working at her creative summer camp, Yendi is a Jamaican gem. Since winning the 2007 Miss Jamaica World title she has become a darling of the Jamaican people.


In 2008, when Denise Hunt resigned as host of Jamaica’s most popular television show, Digicel Rising Stars, the show’s producers looked Yendi’s way and she accepted. Since then she has been beamed into the homes of more than one million Jamaicans as the host of their favourite show.


“It's been a great learning experience, more than anything else. With every episode I acquire more knowledge and it feels great to apply it and I feel myself growing as a person and as a media personality,” says the bubbling beauty.





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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[Chorus:]
From mawning we a hustle and put we all in
When we work we nuh pree no stallin
From mawning yeah
A so we stay we never ever change (never ever change)
We never ever change (never ever change) noohoohoo



[Verse 1:]
No we never switch
No we never miss
No we never hitch none tall
Cause we haffi rich
So Steven go mix dis beat over dis vocal
We nuh take not a talk from nuh snake inna grass
Try stop we paper we take it to heart
Hate an a talk dem fake from de start
But we still a head straight to the top





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 8, 2009

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New Me


Expressing my divine qualities, I am creative and innovative.
There may be times when even the thought of starting over exhausts me. Having to reinvent myself can leave me feeling overwhelmed.
However, with my thoughts focused on being the new me now, I avoid pulling up negative images of the past. I realize I do have a foundation to build my future on.
There are certain life events that could launch a new vision for me. I don't need to wait for a particular time or experience to begin a new venture. I can be the new me at any time.
I begin now to create with fresh innovation and to revise or reframe my goals, values, and intentions. With God, I am guided to live in the present moment as a spiritual being expressing divine qualities. I celebrate my transformation to the new me!


"Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you."--1 Chronicles 22:16





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Nanny – maroon or man royal

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Years and years after her death, Jamaica’s heroine Nanny’s sexuality is being questioned. According to a story in the Sunday Observer, Ronald Cummings of the University of Leeds-UK, asserting that the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere has a "speculative queer genealogy" amongst its national heroes.



Cummings called national hero Nanny a 'man royal' (masculine female) in the trajectory that includes butch-lesbians.



The evidence given is that the historical and literary accounts of Nanny utilise masculine descriptors. Cummings was invited to present at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference last week in Jamaica, but he missed his flight so Kei Miller, a UK/Jamaica scholar, read his paper instead.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Inner Peace


Trusting God in all ways, I have peace of mind and heart.
If concern and doubt seem to be getting in the way of my realizing peace of mind and heart, I enter into a time of silence and reconnect to the peace of God within me.
I begin by repeating a scripture: "Be still, and know that I am God." I am still, tuning out all sights and sounds in the outer. I take a deep breath and affirm: Trusting in You, God, I am at peace.
I stay with this thought, allowing peace to rise to my heart center. I then immerse my thoughts in peace. Mind and heart, body and emotions all align in peace. I experience a peace that is more powerful than any challenge or concern.
Inner peace is from God and is eternally within me and blessing me.


"Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock."--Isaiah 26:4





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Together


Beholding each other, we see the perfection of Christ Love.
Though united by love, we are separate, unique individuals. We honor our connection--a union without end. Our souls are linked by like values, respect for each other, and a vision of what our future can be.
Christ Love is perfection that is within each of us and shared between us.
We may say we are different,
individual, or single;
But watch what happens
when our energies mingle.
Ideas and results merge and multiply
more than we could do singly
as "you" or as "I."
Oh, the wonderful, marvelous
things that can be,
When the perfection in us
is, with love, what we see.


"What God has joined together, let no one separate."--Matthew 19:6





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An 11-year-old boy, an inmate at a place of safety, was stabbed to death by 14-year-old inmate on Thursday.
Both wards of the state resided at the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew.
Reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, are that at about 9:10 Thursday morning the boys were at the home when a dispute between them escalated into a fight and a kitchen knife was used to stab Brandon Saddler in the chest.
The injured boy was taken to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead.
The 14-year-old was taken into custody for questioning by investigators at the Constant Spring Police Station.
The police were unable to say what the fight was about.
A team of psychologists was subsequently dispatched to the institution to provide counseling.





Sixth victim of girls’ home fire

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The death on Wednesday of 16-year-old Georgian Saunders, brings to six the number of girls who perished in the deadly fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Ann on May 22.
Saunders, who had been transferred from the St Ann’s Bay Hospital to the Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston had received severe burns in the fire in which five other inmates of the institution had lost their lives.


On Thursday, Security Minister Dwight Nelson expressed sadness at the news that another of the wards of the state from Armadale had died.
The minister said the nation has been robbed of another potentially gifted child, who was trying to correct the mistakes of the past.
The security ministry, Nelson said, would continue to do all it could to provide support to both the families of the deceased as well as the surviving victims of the fire and other wards of the state and staff who may be affected by the traumatic effects of the fire.





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Whitney Houston's new album will be released worldwide September 1, 2009 on Arista Records. This is Whitney's 7th studio album. Since her 1985 self-titled debut, she has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as music's "most awarded female artist of all time," with an unsurpassed tally of 411 awards, inclusive of 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 23 American Music Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards... Whitney remains a singular force in music today.



Songs for the album have been produced and written by Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, songwriter Sean Garrett and R&B singer Akon.





Cops charged DPP rules

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4 policemen including a senior cop will be slapped with criminal charges in connection with the disappearance of men in 2004 – the Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn has ruled.


The fourth policeman who is attached to a St. Catherine police station joined three others at the high security Horizon Remand Centre on Thursday as investigators pursued the four year old case.



The DPP recommended that the four officers be criminally charged for their alleged role in the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan.





Did Kung Fu actor die from weird sex act?

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Many have expressed sadness at the death of David Carradine, best known for the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, even while theorizing that the actor may have died attempting a sex act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation.


Carradine’s body was found in a Bangkok hotel room in a closet with a rope tied to his neck and genitals.
The Thai police said Friday his death may have been caused by accidental suffocation, an Associated Press report is quoted as saying.
Interestingly, during auto erotic asphyxiation, there is a cutting off of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The practice is said to result in a form of giddiness and euphoria — similar to alcohol or drug intoxication — that enhances the sexual experience. It was first reported on Thursday when Carradine’s body was found naked hanging in a closet that the actor’s death was suicide. However, his associates stoutly refuted this claim.


“All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide,” said Tiffany Smith of Binder & Associates, his management company. “We’re just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give ... and that’s not something David would ever do to himself.”





What’s wrong with our generation?

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By Buffilous


Look here man, a have to tell yuh dat a getting sick and tiad a di way dis ya generation a galang. It nuh pretty out deh. Call a spade a spade, some parents need to pull up dem damn pickney and meck dem have manners to dem elders.


Yuh know why di society caan better? Meck mi tell unno di truth, it come een like sey some parents waan treat dem pickney like dem meck outa glass and treat others like sey f idem own come from dungle heap.


Now it reach a stage whey teachers caan even lick pickney, cause di same set a bad bruck parents dem a guh a school go attack teacher. And when it come to di test di pickney dem tun out like rotten tomatoes.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 5, 2009

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My Investment


With an attitude of gratitude, I attract good to me.
What am I choosing to invest my time, my heart, my strength, my soul in today? I give from the inner resources of Spirit in all that I think, speak, and do.
Giving expression to my inner divinity enhances me in every way. Tuning out the world and tuning in to God, I am rich with divine ideas for success--financially, physically, and mentally.
Amazingly, as I give with no thought of return, I receive even more abundantly. My attitude of gratitude is a magnet that attracts good to me. Each act of giving increases my awareness that I have even more to give. I am unlimited in the ways and means that I can contribute to my own well-being and the good of others.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."--Luke 6:38





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Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mary Mary, and Comedian LiL JJ Fashionably Inspire the Youth at the P. I. S. E
9th Annual Celebrity Fashion Show



(Carson, CA) Hosted by Comedian LiL JJ, the 9th annual Positive Images of Self Expression (P.I.S.E) fundraiser brings together fashion and philanthropy as entertainers encourage youth to be their best by supporting the Performing Arts School’s vital youth programs.



Positive Images of Self-Expression (P.I.S.E) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 full service performing arts school for inner city youth. Founded by former Alvin Ailey dancer Imani Hayward, and teacher/youth counselor Lanet D. Love, the program is also ran by professional dancer Ms. Myisha Richmond who has worked with well-known choreographers Tony Basil, Marguerite Derricks, Hinton Battle, Dave Scott and Fatima Robinson.


For the past 11 years, P.I.S.E has been foremost in helping inner city youth change their lives through the arts. Their program includes: dance, acting & drum classes, voice lessons, modeling and etiquette. P.I.S.E is a dynamic organization serving children ages 5 to 17 years of age.





You reap what you sow

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By: Rootzgirl



Honestly, how can you expect to rape a woman who nurture you as if you are her own flash and blood and then want to walk the street free.


More time when I am reading the paper I can’t believe some of the things I am seeing. On Tuesday the report in the Star just turned my stomach where a man who was accused of raping an elderly woman who cared for him as her own grandchild lost his appeal against his convictions and 20-year-prison sentence.


Now anyone who could do something like that shouldn’t even bother to tender an appeal. First of all a big 39-year-old should be looking at a mature woman or even someone in her 20s…what the hell attraction could he expect to find in an elderly woman?





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Joy


I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.
There is joy in activity and in stillness, in sharing time with others and in being alone, in times of calm and adventure. Joy is not dependent on something outside myself; joy comes from within.
No matter what tasks I have before me, who I am with, or where I happen to be, joy is within my soul. It springs up from the very depths of my being, from the presence of the indwelling Christ. This joy is peaceful, loving, and fulfilling.
As an inner quality that is part of my nature, joy is waiting to be expressed by me at any time, in any situation. All that is required is my participation. So I activate my inner joy by loving and by living with anticipation, wonder, and appreciation. I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.


"This day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."--Nehemiah 8:10





It’s a real Bashment Granny

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There is something about roots play that people are now gravitating towards it…rather than some of these top stage shows which have been flopping left right and centre.


There are others enjoying good turnout, but we can’t help but highlight the one that’s a sure hit no only in Jamaica but also on the international circuit.


Both Bashment Granny I and II have hit the spot where theatre lovers are concerned. The play enjoyed a long run at the Green Gables Theatre.





Nuffy and Ghandi fi cool

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But a wha do Nuffy and Ras Ghandi sah, di two a dem fi cool and hold dem corner.
Cause fi tell di truth mi neva hear gun fire from dem tell mi si story pop up inna paper bout dem inna verbal war.
Bwoy some people wi use any likkle foolishness fi dem name pop up inna paper sah.
Verbal war, mi backfoot...all some writer fi go look story wid substance and stop promote every likkle foolishness.
Mi not even know two song whey Ghandi duh and as for Nuffy...well a one MC wi wouldn't miss pon stage.





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R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan, rap music luminary Nas and reggae royalty Damian ‘Jnr Gong' Marley are among the international acts confirmed for the 17th staging of the ‘Greatest Reggae Show on Earth', Reggae Sumfest to be held in Montego Bay from July 19-25



Sullivan is slated to bring her flavour to spice up the Festival's International Night I on Friday, July 24 when Summerfest Productions takes over Catherine Hall in Montego Bay



Summerfest Production’s head honcho, Johnny Gourgonz stated in a release that Sullivan “has been having a phenomenal year on the music scene internationally, and some of her songs are even reggae inspired.”





Di Flippin' Killa

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What really a gwaan between Flippa and di Killa? How Killa talk bout him no inna no clash and ting and yet him go pon stage a St Thomas Saturday night and a talk up a bag at tings bout the real source of Flippa money.


Alright, so everybody know seh Flippa floss like say fi him money cyan dun and all these tings, but why Killa haffi go deso. We nah say abd mind, but it look a way. But tell me now, where Killa tink plenty promoter get money from fi put on stage show and pay bag a artiste — including him. Me no know any promoter who have regular a nine-to-five, if oonu get mi drift. Killa lucky seh light did go way and Flippa neva get fi answer him. All we a say is, Flippa, gwaan floss to di flippin’ werlll! And Killa, kibba you mout!





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Prosperity


I follow the path of my divine purpose and live a prosperous life.
I keep my focus on fulfilling my divine purpose of being the best Christ in expression that I know how to be at any time--and all the time.
Because I do, I have no doubt that I'm on the right path. I see the amazing results--spiritually and materially, emotionally and physically.
I keep on track by praying along my way, remaining open to divine direction and being willing to share from an abundance of good with others.
I pay attention to the still small voice within me. This divine guidance directs me around obstacles and to all that enriches me and my loved ones. I both give and receive in a circulation of good that is continually blessing the world.


"We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."--Ephesians 2:10





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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2009) – Four-time GRAMMY-winning reggae singer, songwriter, and producer Ziggy Marley will perform his first-ever exclusive children’s concert at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11 a.m., it was announced. Celebrating the release of his first children’s music album, Family Time, Marley appears as part of The GRAMMY Museum’s monthly “Musical Explorations” family program. June’s program, “What Is Reggae?,” marks the first time Club Nokia and The GRAMMY Museum, two of L.A. LIVE’s newest celebrated venues, have collaborated on a public event.



Before Marley’s live performance, local performers Rhythm Child will engage the audience in free-form drumming, while performing a few of their own award-winning children’s songs. Immediately following the live performance, children and parents will participate in educational activities and crafts intended to deepen their understanding of reggae music in the Club’s exclusive VIP Lounge.





UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

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Soul singer Erykah Badu, the Morgan (Heritage) brothers Peetah and Mojo, Machel Montano, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Cherine Anderson, Assassin, Movado, De La Soul and Los Angeles native, Miss Leela James were the stars of the well-produced UCLA 23rd Annual Jazz Reggae Festival held over the Memorial Day weekend.


The two-day music festival showcased Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, and Reggae under the theme "A Culture of Change".
From the Blues and Funk that characterized James’ performance, the show moved smoothly into Hip Hop mode with De La Soul whose energy was boundless. The entrance to centrestage of Ms Badu saw the crowd surging to the front, eager to see and hear every syllable. This soul sister hit all the right notes, from her attire and charisma to her inspiring repertoire. She was truly a class act.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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I Can


I am able to do all things through God's spirit within me.
I believe that with God all things are possible and that God is expressing divine qualities through me.
With this faith-inspired understanding, I live life with a whole new meaning. I am willing to do whatever Spirit directs me to do, and I do it with enthusiasm.
God is the life that invigorates and animates me.
God is wisdom that reveals the wonder of the simple and the complex concerning all aspects of daily living.
God is peace that restores my soul so that I can live fully in each moment--not in the past or the future.
God is all. There is nothing lacking in me because God created me with a pattern of perfection within.


"Jesus said to him, 'If you are able!--All things can be done for the one who believes.'"--Mark 9:23





Father’s Day Special

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I think I’ll colour this man father…I’ll colour this man love…thanks dad for being my best friend and the one who stood by my side through thick and thin. If you got one of these great fathers, let the world know by sending your shout out on Father’s Day.



Thanks dad…for nothing! If you all have one of those dead beat dads who has never been there for you…never found the time to even offer encouragement and now in spite of it all you made it. Don’t get bitter, don’t get angry…just send out a shout out to those dead beat dads let them know you’ve arrived…and you’re okay.



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A wha dis fada!

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Bwoy mi a tell yuh, di recession a lick everybody but mi a tell yuh sey it dread pon dis ex a mine. Dats why mi a tell yuh sey when tings a gwaan fi yuh, yuh mussi hype and galang like sey you know what can meck patty.



Yeah, him use to spend a change pon mi but more time him come like sey him woulda waan mi fi crawl pon mi knee fi get nutten outa him han.



Yeah man fi ten years mi panka panka wid him and di wuss ting bout it nuff time time mi all a depressed cause between mi an unno him have him wife and yes mi know unno a guh sey mi deserve it, but when mi did just get in, him neva tell mi sey him married. A matter a fact mi neva si him wid ring pon finga yet! Suh when mi eventually find out mi did done in too deep.





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Fashion Block 2009 was once again the talk of the town as patrons stood dazzled with designer pieces on the Caribbean’s longest fashion runway, Saint International’s signature 130ft runway on Sunday, May 31. For the fourth year, Digicel backed this prestigious and highly anticipated event, the climax of Saint International’s Style Week Jamaica activities.



Launched in 2004, Style Week has become a highlight on the Jamaican calendar for ‘fashionistas’ both locally and across the region. It is also a must do for connoisseurs of Caribbean culture, couture and entertainment.



“Working with Saint International is always a pleasure. Fashion Block is definitely a hot event that Jamaicans look forward to and Digicel is happy to have been associated with an event of this magnitude, which showcased the crème of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s design talents”, says Digicel’s Head of Marketing, Wayne Miller. “We were particularly pleased with top local designer, Dexter Pottinger’s interpretation of ‘Digicel Style” and futuristic technology, added Miller.





Ninja Man awaits judge decision

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On June 19 the Don Gargon Ninjaman will know for sure whether he will be out on bail. The ruling will be made by a Resident Magistrate to decide whether he will be out on bond.




The artiste christened Desmond Ballentine lawyers representing him on murder and gun related charges renewed their application for bail in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday.



Three other men including Ninja Man's 20-year old son are jointly charged for the murder of 20-year old Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Olympic Gardens in St Andrew.



Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 16.





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Deejay Michelle Downer, aka D'Angel, is safe and sound after being involved in an accident on Saturday night in St Thomas.
Reports are that D’Angel, the estranged wife of dancehall star, Beenie Man, was on her way to a show in Port Morant in the parish when her X5 was badly hit from behind by a truck.
“It wasn’t she driving … she was just in the passenger seat at the front,” an eyewitness told Yardflex. “And her vehicle really mash up bad.”
The deejay, who has been enjoying quite a bit of hype since the middle of last year, and even copped the Stone Love Female DJ of the Year award in 2008, was at home resting comfortably on Sunday.
It is not certain whether or not she was able to perform on Saturday night’s event, as the accident happened only a few minutes away from the venue.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 1, 2009

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Breathe


Each breath of life renews and energizes me.
I become centered now, completely at ease and comfortable with myself and with being myself.
With each breath I take in, I feel more at peace. A calm comes over me as I affirm with ease and assurance: I am in the presence of God now and always.
As I exhale, I remember moments of experiencing great relief emotionally and physically. There may have been times when I sighed "Thank You, God!" With that fullness of release, I now exhale. I release all concerns, knowing I am turning all over to God.
Each breath I take rejuvenates me, nourishing me with strength and resilience. As I breathe in rhythm with God-life, I am renewed and energized.


"Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being."--Genesis 2:7





Asylum to be turned into entertainment venue

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Nite Time Promotions, owners and operators of the popular Asylum nite club in New Kingston say the name Asylum will be retired and the club will be turned into an entertainment venue.


After a historic 12- year run, the club closed its doors to the public last week Tuesday, which was its last official Ladies Night.
Plans are afoot to renovate the club and make it available for rental as an entertainment venue to stage launches and other events.
Brian Chung, hailed as a pioneer in night time entertainment, successfully ran the Cactus night club in Portmore for eight years, before opening Asylum, and later the Quad, also in New Kingston.


A release stated that “Nite Time Promotions will eventually be reopening the venue at the opportune moment under a new name with a great new image. The space that formerly housed Asylum will now be available immediately for rental by the owners of the property. We wish to thank our extremely loyal patrons, staff, promoters, sponsors and all other partners that have shared the journey and the dream with us over the last 12 years.”





Warrior Princess finds Jesus

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On Sunday, May 31, roots reggae singer, Etana, made a bold step when she totally turned over her life to the Lord and got baptized.


Etana (born Shauna McKenzie), who came to prominence in 2005 with her debut single, Wrong Address, is known for her culturally chic wardrobe choices and her steadfast commitment to the tenets of Rastafari. In the video for her follow-up single Roots, the heroine — most reminiscent of the singer’s physical appearance — is depicted as a young woman opposed to the western ideologies her family subscribes to. This baptism at a Christian church has come a real shocker to those in the dancehall.


“Etana never really wear locks, but we look on her as one of we,” one prominent Rastafarian singer commented. “If she want to baptize she should go to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church … but to each his own,” he added, still looking displeased.





 

Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Miracles


I am a miracle of life!
Martha Smock, former editor of Daily Word wrote: "To live, to breathe, to think, to love--these are miracles enough to justify our existence."
I may find it easier to think this or say it about another person than I would about myself. However, for a moment, I say it as if it were true: "I am a miracle of life." Next I repeat it with boldness and clarity, knowing it is true: "I AM A MIRACLE OF LIFE!"
How good this feels. How true this is, for everyone God created is a miracle of life. Each child of God has never before existed and will never again be duplicated.
All life is a miracle. Knowing this truth fills me with the energy of Spirit. Energized, I go about living as the miracle of life that I am.


"But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."--Luke 12:31-32 (KJV)





What the hell is happening?

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A policeman is now facing charges because he molested a minor, a principal is in the same hot water because he could not keep his hands off a minor and the international preacher Paul Lewis is now is now facing criminal charges for the same thing.



It forces me to ask – what the hell is happening? Is it that adults are no longer attractive and more and more the minors are appearing appealing to these people who should know better?



The principal’s job is to care for his charges and ensure that they are safe and protected…yet he is the one breaching his job.





Accused cop surrenders

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A Police Sergeant who is accused of molesting a minor is behind bars on Monday afternoon facing carnal abuse charges.



According to Radio Jamaica the policeman surrendered to members of the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) on Friday in the company of his attorney.



The cops are tightlipped about the incident, but it is alleged the Sergeant molested the little girl, who is the child of one of his colleagues, more than two weeks ago.





Busy Signal- Up In Her Belly

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Canadian’s Love Reggae

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The sixth annual Montreal International Reggae Festival was once again a huge success. With attendance of the week end outdoor festival averaging over 3000 people a night it is no wonder that reggae fest has come to be one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the Montreal summer season. Arriving in the late hours of Friday night Yardflex was unable to attend the opening day of the festival when Stur Grav and vintage artists reportedly had the crowd rocking furiously until the end of the night billed, ‘Sound System Night’. However if the after party at EB Club Lounge, 5345 De Maisonneuve, is anything to judge by it had to have been amazing.



Singer Anthony B was mad entertaining on Saturday which was ‘Dance Hall Night’. His smash hits “Raid the Barn” and “Tease Her” had the crowd swooning with pleasure. The entire night was phenomenal as artists such as Spivey, Loveman Kent, Robin, Skillman and many others kept the crowd just as hyped as the head liners of the show. In top form as usual, Capleton ended the night with a bang chanting such favorites as “That Day Will Come” and “Never Share”.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 29, 2009

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Expect Good


Divine energy is bringing about wonder in my life and in the world.
What are my expectations of this day, of any day? I expect the best and cooperate with its unfoldment.
I know that the spirit of God within me is greater than any challenge I could ever face. The life of God within me is a pattern of perfection that guides the activities of every cell and atom of my body. The wisdom of God is expressing as divine ideas that fill my mind. I act on them with gratitude and enthusiasm.
Every condition in life yields to the greatness of God that is in all and expressing through all. I expect the best from myself and others. I cooperate in loving, thoughtful ways with the divine energy that is bringing about wonder in my own life and the lives of those in my world.


"Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world."--1 John 4:4





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Singing group, One Third, the 2006 winner of the Digicel Rising Stars competition, has axed their manager Ray Alexander.
It had long been rumoured that the group was dissatisfied with their management as they felt that in the nearly three years since winning the competition, they had not been able to get a real foothold on the music market. Alexander has been blamed for One Third not being able to capitalize on opportunities.
One Third, however, said the separation came about as a result of Alexander not being able to take them to that much-talked-about “next level”.





Scenes From Reggae Sumfest

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Twin of Twins responds

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The Twin of Twins and their management want to thank their friends and fans for all their support and faith following their arrest on June 22. As all the facts will prove, this incident was an obvious and blatant miscarriage of the Jamaican Justice System, and yet another reason that explains the public mistrust for the Police. While the Twin of Twins have nothing but the highest respect for those honest, and hardworking police officers, they have no choice but to stand up to the few misguided and ignorant members of the force that abuse their power and act immune to the same law they are hired to enforce.





Michael Jackson facts

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Michael Jackson filed a patent application for the "leaning forward a bit" dance moves displayed in the Smooth Criminal video.
Jackson has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: one for radio play, located at 1541 Vine Street, and one for recording at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard.



Jackson received a Presidential Humanitarian Award from Ronald Reagan in 1984 for his support of charities helping people overcome alcohol and drug abuse.
Jackson fought fellow 50 year old Madonna on MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch - he lost.



Jackson has sold more than 300 million records worldwide
Jackson picked up his iconic moonwalk moves, which he debuted at the Motown 25th Anniversary show in 1983, from streetdancers he spotted performing outside a hotel.





Michael Jackson Changed Image

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At times he may not have been the most loved person in the world, but he has certainly been one of the most controversial. Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50, having collapsed at his home in Los Angeles. He was taken to hospital in a coma, where he was announced dead. Jackson’s entertaining life spanned almost forty years.



The Jackson’s seventh child, Michael became entertainer extraordinaire, businessman and recording artist. His whose sensational singing voice was discovered when he was a mere 6 years old. He later became known as the ‘King of Pop’, just as Elvis Presley became the ‘King of Rock and Roll’. Some people have likened his unique dancing style to Fred Astaire and in particular Jackson’s ‘Moon Walk’.





GAZA PRESIDENT TAKES OVER THE HYPE TV

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The “Gaza President” Vybz Kartel has claim the #1 spot with his contagious hit Dollar Sign to dethrone “Mr. I Am Blessed”, jumping from the #2 position that he held last week along with the shot to watch title.
“Fyah Mumma” Queen Ifrica is taking us Far Away with her smashing hit which is holding down the #2 position this week moving from #3; not only that she is the Shot To Watch title holder.
Mr. Vegas with his hit single I Am Blessed fell two places to #3 from the #1 spot. The chart topping track has spent four weeks at number one.
Mavado gets High Unda to fly into #4 spot from the #6 position; the single is spending its ninth week on the chart.
Singing goddess Alaine with Never Done has claimed the Greatest Gainer to leap four places to #5 from the #9 spot this week.
This week’s the chart New Entry goes to one of the hard working ladies of the Dancehall, Stacious, she brings us the Good Life which makes entry at #20. The track is produced by Live Up Records.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 26, 2009

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Healing


With a growing awareness of Spirit within, I claim health and well-being.
Saying yes to life and yes to healing, I claim health and wholeness now. As I keep my thoughts about my total well-being held high, I continue to affirm life.
Knowing that the spirit of God permeates every organ, cell, and atom of my body, I hold a vision of myself as energetic and strong. I am aware that the healing presence of God is moving throughout my body; and because this is true, I am healthy and whole.
Being health-minded, I continually turn in thought and expectation to the perfect, free-flowing life of Spirit within me. I give thanks for the awareness of this healing presence, which uplifts me in every way.
I know that God is life. Divine power and presence are within me, and with God all good is possible.


"Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly."--Isaiah 58:8





Micheal Jackson Dead

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King of pop Michael Jackson died today at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles....after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old. Michael Jackson is best known for hit songs such as Bill Jean, Thriller, Beat It, Black or White, Heal The World.
The singer was scheduled to perform in London at a concert that was sold out.

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Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 25, 2009

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Harmony


I partner with others in living and working harmoniously.
A group of dedicated musicians are partners in producing beautiful harmony that touches the depths of the soul. Yet it is also possible for any one of them to play discordant, irritating notes.
Concerning my own life, I may think that an individual in my family, workplace, or classroom is discordant and even irritating when relating to me or others.
I discover, however, that as I follow divine insight and make a commitment to act harmoniously, I can be a positive influence. Then together we can produce synergy and compatibility for wondrous new results at work and at play. We are partners in harmony.


"The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me."--Psalm 16:6-7





Keri Hilson joins Sumfest lineup

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Atlanta-grown singer, Keri Hilson, has been added to the line up for International Night I, Friday July 24, and joins an already dazzling array of stars including Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, Morgan Heritage, Jah Cure, Queen Ifrica and Coco Tea.




A member of The Clutch group of producers, Hilson is a talented singer and song-writer and has penned songs for Usher, Diddy, Ciara, Chris Brown, Mary J Blige, Omarion, The Pussycat Dolls, and Britney Spears.



Her first album, In A Perfect World, which was released earlier this year, made it to the top spot on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It was also number four on the Billboard Top Album Chart in the week of its debut.





Reggae Sumfest honours Beenie Man

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Summerfest Productions, the organizers of Reggae Sumfest, have announced plans to honour dancehall artiste Moses “Beenie Man” Davis at this year’s festival.
Although the details have not yet been revealed, the celebration promises to be fitting.
“Beenie Man has grown with us and he’s definitely contributed significantly to the success of the festival over the years,” said executive director, Johnny Gourzong.


Beenie Man is one of the longest running performers in the business and has been with the reggae festival since 1993. He is also one the few performers to have performed on two separate nights in the same festival. In 1997, Beenie Man graced the Sumfest stage on Dancehall Night, and then returned on International Night to deliver another performance, including his hit at the time with Chevelle Franklin, Dancehall Queen.





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It’s an early summer vacation for teachers and students in the parish of Manchester as the Ministry of Education has closed schools there after two cases of swine flu were detected. All graduation functions have also been cancelled.


Where the closure of schools affects end of year examinations, continuous assessment data must be used in reporting on student performance.


Although students will be proceeding on an early summer vacation, where there are instances of students showing flu-like symptoms the matter must be brought to the attention of the relevant health authorities and reported to the Ministry of Education.





19 Jamaicans infected with swine flu

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The recent detection of an additional four cases of Influenza A (H1N1), in the island, has brought the total number of swine flu cases to 19.
The Health Ministry says it has interviewed, examined and taken samples from all household contacts and other persons with whom the infected individuals may have come in contact. Investigations of all four cases are still ongoing.
The affected parishes are Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine, with four cases each, St. Mary, three cases, Trelawny, two, St. James, three, Westmoreland with one case in an adult and Manchester with two cases - one adult and a child.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 24, 2009

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How Am I?


I am abundantly blessed and fulfilled.
Incidents of talking to oneself are often the subjects of humorous stories. However, as I confirm in meditation where I am in my life plan, I ask myself, How am I? I run through my checklist: Are my plans God-inspired? Do I feel deep in my soul that my choices are right for me? Paying attention to what brings me joy can reveal volumes about my right actions and perfect calling. Supportive affirmations keep me focused:
I am making progress toward my God-inspired goals each day.
I choose divinely guided steps to pursue my perfect calling.
I claim a fulfilling life for myself at home, at work, and in my community.
My words and actions make a difference.

How am I? More than fine! I am blessed!


"Therefore, brothers and sisters, be all the more eager to confirm your call and election, for if you do this, you will never stumble."--2 Peter 1:10





More women abuse

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What’s with these entertainers and treating their women like a punching bag? But we should not be surprised Nitty Kutchie from former Scare Dem Crew got into a spat with his woman at the Ballers Ball.

From what Yardflex understand Delicious apparently came on the scene and saw her man Nittie Kutchie dancing with another girl.

Now you and I know that most women not going to see something like that and keep their cool…especially as they know how these entertainers are fickle and girlie girlie.

So the argument start, she a defend her turf when Nittie said to her, “hey gal yuh a gwaan like yuh have c…ky under yuh!”

Mercy, what a piece a disrespect…but it gets worse him actually lick har right there in front a everybody.

Straight up, yardflex a sey, a time woman stop pick man whey a go beat dem up…di cycle haffi stop.





Tax woes

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But a wha dis man, Cuddyz inna New Kingston nearly lock down because dem doan pay dem taxes.

Yeah man, last week Thursday, di tax people dem attempted to close the popular diner after the entity was cited for failing to pay millions of dollars in taxes.

But luckily fi dem it neva happen as dem meck some sort a agreement fi pay off some a di arrears.

Now whey mi and yuh fi do when big big night club like dem deh a struggle pay dem tax?





Probation, community service for Chris Brown

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Singer Chris Brown will now have to do 180 days community service for his assault on ex-girl Rihanna.
The R&B singer pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting Rihanna in an agreement with prosecutors that calls for five years of probation.



Brown, the singer of the hits "Run It" and "Kiss Kiss," also will have to perform at least 180 days of community service in his home state of Virginia.



The 20-year-old singer entered the plea at a preliminary hearing in a Los Angeles courtroom. He had been accused of assaulting and making criminal threats against Rihanna in February on the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards.





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Six-time Grammy award winner, R & B singer, songwriter and actress Toni Braxton, and Grammy winning R & B singer songwriter, record producer, actor and occasional rapper, Ne-Yo, will both be performing at Reggae Sumfest 2009. This was announced by Johnny Gourzong, executive producer of the 17 year old Festival, in New York on Thursday June 11, 2009.



“With the signing of these two phenomenal artistes, we have almost completed our line-up for the Festival this year”, commented Gourzong, as he spoke at the New York launch of Reggae Sumfest 2009. With this addition to the already impressive line-up which also features the gifted Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley on stage with American rapper Nas, the Reggae Sumfest stage will certainly be on fire between July 23 – 25.



“Damian and Nas are touring together this year and are doing a collaborative album to be released soon. We are very excited to be able to present this exciting fusion to our Reggae Sumfest audience”, continued Gourzong.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 23, 2009

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Comfort


I envision you whole and well, blessed with an abundant life.
Being separated from family and friends can be distressing--especially when they are going through a trying time. Although I cannot be with them in person, I offer them my love and support.
"Know that I am holding your hand today --in thought and prayer. Even though we may be apart, we share a vital heart connection. Inspired by endearing memories, I think of you always with tenderness.
"I envision you whole and well, sustained by healing thoughts, releasing all concern into God's care. I pray that your heart is filled with peace; your soul, with comfort; and your life, with abundance of every kind."


"Then you will walk on your way securely and your foot will not stumble. If you sit down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet."--Proverbs 3:23-24





G Whizz - Life

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What is this world coming to?

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By Rootsgirl
I remember a time when I want to escape punishment from my mother or father all I had to do was run to my granny who would shield me like a fierce tiger refusing anyone to come near me. She would tell my mom that she never beat her like that and is not everything she must “draw hand”.



Well after that storm was abated, my grandmother would give me a little scolding that I must behave myself and that she didn’t want me to grow like any “leggo bees”.



Why am I bringing up this story, because I felt a sense of sadness reading Saturday’s Star on the 65-year-old grandmother who beat her 12-year-old grandson because he stole $200 credit from her phone to give his girlfriend.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 22, 2009

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Faith


With faith in God, I have true security.
Gardeners and farmers have nurtured tender shoots in their care with a love for nature and the promise of future bounty. These acts of nurturing are expressions of faith that are now showing forth in an array of shapes, colors, textures, and scents of flowers and plants.
I lovingly nurture my faith in prayerful moments. Quiet moments with God allow me to express heartfelt desires. I relax and trust that blessings are unfolding in perfect time.
Those who tend to plants experience moments when they, too, feel the assurance that, for a time, they can relax and await the next step in the process that is unfolding. I, too, relax. My faith grows stronger, and I feel more secure each day.


" 'You have faith and I have works.' Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. You believe that God is one; you do well."--James 2:18-19





Rescue the Perishing

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Fanny Crosby was sixty years old when she visited Chicago’s Bowery Mission for the first time in 1880. She little dreamed that it would provide the inspiration for one of her most popular religious poems.
When asked to speak at the close of the service, she rose and said, “There may be a man her who has gone as far as a man can go. If he is present, I want to shake hands with him.” A man did come forward, and finally accepted Christ as Saviour.
Following that initial visit, Fanny Crosby brought many lost souls back into the joy of the Kingdom of God. On another evening that same year she gave this invitation, “If there is a lad here who has wandered from his mother’s Christian teachings, I would like to pray with him at the altar at the close of the service.”





That Buggery Bill

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The other day I was listening to the news and something caught my ear…they were debating the buggery bill and a particular clause raise my antenna.



“The bill sets out specific circumstances in which grievous sexual assault can be committed to include the penetration of the anus and vagina ‘without consent’”



Now just like Senator Clarke who has a problem with the ‘without consent’ clause so do I. What does that mean, as long as there are consenting homosexuals it is okay?





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 21, 2009

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Blessing Fathers


God bless fathers and guide them in loving and caring for children.
Children learn so much from simply observing their own fathers and those who serve as father-figures.
As they allow children to satisfy their own curiosities and explore their own potential, fathers know when it is time to patiently, prayerfully watch children and when to step forward to be of help.
Fathers need prayer support, and I offer mine to my own father, the fathers of the world, and to those who are even now preparing to be fathers. The love of God is being expressed by each of them.
What they give day after day is an investment in a world in which all children have an opportunity to exceed their own high hopes and expectations and those of loving, caring parents and adults.


"Immediately the father of the child cried out, 'I believe; help my unbelief!' ... 'This kind can come out only through prayer.'"--Mark 9:24, 29





ABOUT DIGICEL GROUP

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Since its launch in 2001, Digicel has become renowned for competitive rates, unbeatable coverage, superior customer care, a wide variety of products and services and state-of-the-art handsets. By offering innovative wireless services and community support, Digicel has become a leading brand across its 31 markets worldwide.



Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and now has operations in 31 markets worldwide. Its Caribbean and Central American markets comprise Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Panama, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St.. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and Turks & Caicos. The Caribbean company also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barths. Digicel Pacific comprises Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.





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Announced as Brand Ambassadors for Digicel for sumfest 09



Thursday June 18 Kingston, Jamaica: Digicel, Jamaica’s Bigger, Better Network is once again set to be one of the main sponsors for this year’s staging of Reggae Sumfest, the highly anticipated week-long reggae music festival, to be held July 23-25 in Montego Bay.



At the recent launch of Sumfest 2009, held at Devon House, Digicel unveiled their theme for this year - “Divas of Dancehall”, featuring Lady Saw and D’Angel, two of the hottest divas in dancehall today. Shelly-Ann Curran, Senior Sponsorship Manager at Digicel commented, “This year we are paying tribute to the amazing female dancehall artists that have graced the Sumfest stage over the past sixteen years with lady Saw and D’Angel leading our campaign as Brand Ambassadors.



The divas were ‘unwrapped’ from life-sized Barbie doll boxes in a thrilling moment, and later unleashed electrifying performances to delight the audience. “Sumfest is widely acknowledged as ‘The greatest Reggae show on earth,’ continued Curran, and Digicel is excited to be associated with the show in a bigger, better way. We’ve been involved with Reggae Sumfest for a number of years and we’re happy to help promote the development of Reggae music through such a quality event.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 20, 2009

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Protected


God is my peace, my shield, my protector.
If ever I feel apprehensive or unsure about anything, my first response will be to pray, placing myself and all that concerns me in God's care and guidance. In prayer, I rest in the comforting presence of God.
With God as my ever-present guide, I do not fear anything or anyone. I am serene and confident because God is with me. I am never alone. This God-awareness brings me true peace and comfort.
God is all-power. In the quiet of prayer, I am enfolded in the peace that this understanding gives me. I have the strength and clarity of thought that I need to recognize and accept what is peaceful, right, and good.
I am protected and blessed in all I do and with all I meet in life. God is my peace, my shield, and my protector.


"But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head."--Psalm 3:3





Stop abusing the women

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By Buffilous


What the hell is happening in the country when it comes to these men feeling as if they can treat women like punching bags. Come on man it’s time this foolishness stop.


What in blazes can a woman do a man for him to punch her in her face, mash har up and do all manner of evil with them. Now check out di latest whey wi hear, dat Bounty Killer inna one mix up with him and another woman outside di Escape club.
Well from whey wi get it, him tun up deh wid another woman and one a him nex woman confront him.





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Big time party fans should be bracing to have the time of their lives as Red Stripe launches its Summer Kick-off Party, the official launch party of the Red Stripe Dream Weekend this Friday night, June 19, at the National Housing Trust (NHT) rooftop in New Kingston.



Some of Jamaica’s best disc jockeys and sound systems, including Coppershot and Code Red, ZJ Dream Liquid, Kurt Riley, will be on hand to help ramp up the vibe as the run up to the best weekend ever gets kicked into high gear.



The Dream Weekend, four days and nights of the very best party experiences, is set for Negril during the Independence weekend August 6-9. Considered to be the best party package available, the Dream Weekend includes two Smirnoff Signature events – Smirnoff Xclusive and Twisted Spiritz – as well as Red Stripe Beer Vibes, Daydreams, Absinthe, Xtreme Wet and Wild and Yush and the Margaritaville Days and Jungle Nites.





Hard work has surely paid off for Mr. Vegas as I Am Blessed continues to reign at #1 for yet another week, making it four consecutive weeks in this position. This chart topping single has been making quite a stir worldwide.
Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign firmly grips the Shot To Watch title for one more week, he moves one spot in at #2 to leave #3.
“Ms Montego Bay” Queen Ifrica with Far Away steps in closely for the #3 position jumping places from #5.
Etana & Alborosie Blessings fell to #4 leaving its threatening #2 position while spending its fourteenth week on the chart.
Also for Konshens with This Means Money knock down to #5 out of #4 for which it peaked at.
Mavado is having a good look on the chart for this week as High Unda claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up to #6 from #9. At the same time as he has one out of the two New Entries on the chart which is one more of the girls favorite “Never Believe You” coming in at #18 on the Daseca label.
Another of the chart New Entry is from Jah Cure and Phyllisia with Call On Me making its entry at #20 and its off the Sobe/Danger Zone label.





Shame and Scandal

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Bwoy dem people yah nuh easy at all eeh. Imagine afta wi star Usain Bolt gone a Czech Republic a represent to di worl' di man dem go kip up some almshouse ting and rob di youth apartment. But a big, big, shame and disgrace dat ynuh. Di world idolise Usain and all wi waan do is pop him dung. No sah, whoever do dat need fi guh check dem self self.
Yardflex sey unno fi come offa dem tings deh - straight, zeen





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 19, 2009

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Free


I welcome new beginnings.
I am free! Within this new day, I find a release from every old pattern, thought, or behavior that no longer serves me.
As a creation of a loving Creator, I welcome new beginnings, which are new chapters in my own story of life. My faith in God's ever-present guidance is constant. And I go forward confident in my insights, my choices, and my actions.
Divine guidance provides me with the motivation to give expression to the divine qualities within me. With love and respect, I make decisions about my own life and the lives of those in my care. Goodness abounds, and I celebrate my freedom to begin anew.


"You must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love."--2 Peter 1:5-7





Protoje For Jus Jugglin

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The promoters of Just Jugglin have selected rising new artist Protoje to be the featured act on their first live concert on Thursday the 25th of June. Jus Jugglin is a weekly event that is held the Kabana restaurant and garden bar at 12 Hope Road in Kingston, that features top selectors spinning 80s and 90s music. However the promoters of Jus Jugglin have decided to add a live shows to their summer long event series.



This event will see Protoje doing his first official live show in the Kingston since the release of his hot new single Arguments. Over the last few months Protoje has been rapidly making a name for him self on the local music scene since the release of this single. Arguments is currently sitting at the top of RETV’s MVP chart for the fourth consecutive week, it also debuted at number two on the Fi Wi Choice Video charts on TVJ last Saturday.





Celebrity man of God on carnal abuse charge

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A few nosey neighbours who felt that an evangelist was taking advantage of two teenagers in their community, questioned the girls and then called the police on celebrity US-based pastor the Reverend Dr Paul Lewis.



Lewis, who was arrested on Sunday night, was denied bail when he appeared in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday afternoon.



Reports are that after an intense two-hour interrogation session, the man of God was charged with indecent assault and carnal abuse. He returns to court on July 7.

Lewis is represented by attorney Terrence Ballentine.





It's Reggae Sumfest again!

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Reggae Sumfest enjoyed its official Jamaican launch yesterday on the grounds of Devon House in Kingston.
There was a large turnout of media personnel, artistes, sponsors and specially invited guests.
The top names in the dancehall are set to thrill the massive on Dancehall night including the Doctor Beenie man who the Sumfest boss Johnny Gourzong says will be given a special honour.
Mavado, Kartel and others are set to perform on that night.
Lady Saw gave a thrilling performance after she and D'Angel were introduced as Digicel's Brand Ambassadors for Sumfest 09.
If her stormy performance is anything to go by then one can easily expect her "tear up" the Sumfest stage.
Last night cameo performances were given by Taz, Sophia Squire, I-Octane, Bugle, Lutan Fyah, Spice.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Change


I cross every bridge to change with faith and confidence.
As I complete one phase of my life, I make ready for the next one. I may be changing from a role as a student to one of being an employee. I may be taking on the added responsibility of owning my own home. I may no longer choose the single life and commit to a lifelong partner.
Whatever change I embark on, I build a bridge to my new experience. With planning, insight, and prayer, I trust as I step forward to change.
Prayerful reflection is a spiritual component to my bridge of change. I know what is mine to do because God's love and wisdom are guiding me.
With faith and confidence, I trust that there is a time and a season for each change. Following divine guidance, I am secure as I cross each bridge to my next destination.


"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."--Ecclesiastes 3:1





A which minister a cover up fi gay

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A what a gwaan, wi did tink sey di Prime Minister sey "no gays around here...not in my cabinet."
Suh a wha dat wi a read inna di chat sey one minister a cover up fi a big ole gay man whey dem find inna him office a fool round one likkle bwoy. And from what wi a read it come een like sey a nuh di fuss time either, we understand sey a him practice...so a how come him still inna him big job
No sah, him mus have some kinda secret fi dem. Bruce, you betta check out da one dey cause if yuh know sey dey gay deh inna fi yuh cabinate and a allow dem tings deh, den is a straight Peter King part II you gooda a look at.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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My Break


In this very moment, I claim my health and wholeness.
Taking a break from the activities of the day, I am renewed with energy. In a quiet, reflective time, I am stress-free and prepared for God's healing power within to build up my stamina.
I sustain my health and energy by taking several breaks during the day from whatever is happening in the outer. Whether for a few minutes in the midst of planning or carrying out plans, or for a few weeks between semesters, job searches, or life-changing moments--I take time to focus on and discern what is best for me. Such times for regeneration support the health of every cell and function of my body.
During meditative prayer, concerns dissipate, answers come, and healing flows freely.


"Because you have asked ... for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind."--1 Kings 3:11-12





NY pastor held

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An internationally acclaimed pastor is behind bars after a report of carnal abuse was made.
The pastor is locked up for the alleged carnal abuse of a teenager and sexual assault of another.



The pastor who is in Jamaica on the invitation of a local Ministry is accused of abusing the teens at a Westmoreland hotel over the weekend.



According to RJR news the Minister who hails from Brooklyn, New York is a self proclaimed healer, and is known worldwide for his alleged acts of healing, which have reportedly left millions in awe.



He was reportedly ministering at a tent crusade in Westmoreland last week and was in the company of two young girls, aged 14 and 15 years.





CARIBBEAN STAR PUTS U.S. IN 'SOCA MOTION'

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With Caribbean-American Heritage being the national theme for June, Caribbean celebrities are hitting the American mainstream in full force. On June 27th, Trinidad and Tobago's beloved Soca star Bunji Garlin--known as the 'Fire Man' for his blazing stage performances--is taking over the United States headquarters with Soca in Motion, a birthday celebration featuring Soca music's biggest stars, and a guest appearance from Jamaica's Dancehall King. Held on the weekend when Washington DC celebrates Caribbean culture with their annual island-styled Carnival, Garlin's birthday party is billed to be one of the biggest Soca events ever to strike the capital city.



Hosted at Washington D.C.'s newly renovated DC Star, a frequent hang-out for Hip Hop A-listers like Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Gucci Mane, and Young Joc, Soca in Motion brings Soca's top-listed celebrities like Trinidad and Tobago's 2009 Carnival quadruple crown-winner Fayann Lyons, Destra Garcia, Benjai, Patch, Trini Jacobs, and Hunter, alongside Garlin and his famed Asylum Band. Rounding out the power-packed line-up of Soca royalty, Caribbean music icon Beenie Man, in his capacity as the "King of the Dancehall" will officiate the festivities.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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Pray for Others


I am blessed as I reach out in heart and soul to others.
Sometimes the challenges I meet in life are more easily overcome when I turn my attention to the needs of family and friends. I pray for them from a heart of love.
During my quiet time with God, I consider the challenges faced by people throughout the world. I pray that all are well fed, clothed, and sheltered from the weather. I pray that every child has an opportunity to obtain an education and that every adult who is thirsting for knowledge has that longing satisfied. I pray for everyone who has lost a loved one and for those who are serving far from home.
I pray for others, and I also do my very best to help them. The world is indeed a better place because of prayer and acts of kindness. I am blessed as I reach out--heart and soul, thought and action--to others.


"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone."--1 Timothy 2:1





August release date for Sean Paul’s new album

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August is the date being announced for the long-awaited follow-up album for deejay Sean Paul
In the meantime, the lead single So Fine is stirred up a lot of love from fans in France, Canada, Belgium, Norway and Sweden who have made it the most downloaded reggae/dancehall song in those territories.



Popular online music store iTunes has So Fine charting in those five nations but it is void on the US online charts. Reports are, however, that the single should be made available in the US within the next two weeks.



The single So Fine also had found its way on Billboard’s R&B Hip Hop Singles & Tracks where it made its debut at number 90





Reggae Sumfest attracts Toni Braxton, Neyo

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As the line-up for Reggae Sumfest International Nights rolls out, the big names keep popping up. The latest to be revealed are singers Toni Braxton and Neyo, who join Jazmin Sullivan and Nas as the other international acts.
This was disclosed to media and VIP guests recently at the New York launch of what is considered ‘the world’s greatest showcase of reggae music’.
A six-time Grammy Awards winner, Braxton has sold over forty million records worldwide.
Her number-one single, Unbreak My Heart, is the second-biggest selling single by a female singer in Billboard history. Her most recent albums were More Than a Woman under the Arista label, and Libra, her first and only release on Blackground.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 15, 2009

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More


God is my wisdom and my strength.
I may have felt an inner urging for something more in life but had not been able to identify what that "more" was until now. I have discovered that it is a calling from within to experience the presence of God more fully.
I am both physical and spiritual. Knowing this, I do not look to the outer world for the satisfaction of my soul. God alone satisfies my soul, and when I fill my consciousness with an awareness of God, I know that I am whole and complete.
I am fulfilled through my daily communion with God. I am not a person who is wanting or needy. I am not beseeching or demanding. All-power is at work within me and through me--a wonder to behold. God is my wisdom and my strength, and I am capable of doing more and being more in every moment.


"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine."--Ephesians 3:20





Shall We Gather at the River?

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In July 1864, Robert Lowry, a Baptist minister, was tired and began thinking of future things, especially of the gathering of the saints around God’s throne. He began to wonder why so many had written so much of the river of death and so little of the river of life. A hymn began to take form, first as a question, “Shall we gather at the river?”


Then came the answer, “Yes, we’ll gather at the river.”
With his heart full of these thoughts, he seated himself at his parlor organ, and both the words and the music of the famous hymn came to him as if by inspiration.
Soon, the words and music to this famous hymn were completed.





Passa Passa

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LA Lewis in the news again
Bwoy, every whey yuh tun yuh si LA Lewis graffiti pon di wall dem, but it come een like sey yuh a buck im up inna di news more dan pon di wall dem nowadays. First di drama wid him an Lady Marsha...whey she want back har tings from him, den him go try kiss har inna court house and now seet deh dem evict him. Mi sey one big crowd teck in when dem a fling out him equipment dem and according to to di deejay without a good song, him a guh thru "financial depression". But a wonda whey him a guh come wid nex sah.

Poor and Boasy deals with the situation
Yes bwoy Poor and Boasy seh him a guh tun himself in to di police fi clear up di matta whey dem a call up him name sey him involve inna stabbing. Put whey wi curious bout is wha really guh dung. Suh why dem just pick fi him name outa di blue suh fi sey a him. And den again, him just get di million dollar and it look like sey it haffi guh inna lawyer fee. No sah...we ongle hope sey him neva have nutten fi do wid dem alligations deh.





Poor and Boasy in trouble

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Omar Johnson aka Poor and Boasy who emerged King in the Magnum King and Queen of the Dancehall has found himself on the wrong side of the law.


According to information reaching Yardflex he has been accused of being involved in a stabbing incident which took place last week. From information gleaned the Magnum winner is wanted in connection with the stabbing of Lindon Clarke, a resident of Aenon Town, Clarendon, where the incident allegedly occurred.
Checks with the Spaldings police confirmed that a report was made on Saturday, after which an effort was made to nab Johnson.
A policeman said Johnson was expected to attend a dance which was being held in Spaldings, also in the parish.
The efforts of the police were, however, thwarted, as Johnson reportedly did not turn up.
Corporate Area police stations have since been briefed, the policeman added.
Allegations are that Clarke was stabbed about 1 a.m. last Friday, while at the Miss Aenon Town contest at the Aenon Town All-Age School.
Clarke who told his story to the Star reported that while playing a game of cards, Clarke said he got into a heated argument with Poor and Boasy.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 14, 2009

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World Peace


United in the love of God, we live in peace.
Jesus spoke about the inter-connectedness of all humankind through Spirit when he said, "On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you."
One of my greatest desires is to live in a compassionate, understanding, and kind world. I do my part to help create such a world by adopting those qualities in all of my interactions with others.
As I smile at a stranger or offer assistance to someone, I am contributing to a world of peace. On a broader scale, I show respect for the people of other nations and cultures, knowing that we all share planet earth as the home God created for us--a home in which we live together in peace and love.
I love my neighbors. I add to the global consciousness of peace, affirming: United in the love of God, we live in peace.


"We have patrolled the earth, and lo, the whole earth remains at peace."--Zechariah 1:11





Passa Passa

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Queen Paula pop dung?



But a wha dat wi si di odda day sah? Fi real di big big female dejay inna di middle a street a push har car whey bruck dung pon har. Now mi hear some people a sey dat fi a big big artiste if she couldn’t call one a har friend dem fi help har and some a wonda if she neva did a service di car good. It neva look suh good fi smady suh hype a tuggo tuggo wid dem car




Beenie Man Bredda free



Bwoy Beenie Man bedda must be breathing a sigh a relief now. Dem clear him Wednesday offa di charge sey him rape him bredda girlfriend. But as dem sey one man’s joy is anodda man’s grief…cause di victim neva happy at all, she all get inna argument wid Bird inna di court corridor. A just suh di system set up…hush.





Ooh no

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You telling us that only $300 went on the minimum wage and people losing dem job…$300…give us a break here. Check out this report carried on RJR’s website.



The Ministry of Labour is reporting that there have been some job losses since the recent increase in the Minimum Wage.
However, it says the figure is not expected to be significant.
Some small firms which were buckling under the pressure of the economic recession were forced to send home a few employees when the increase in the Minimum Wage took effect last month.
Labour Minister Pearnel Charles says the situation is being monitored.





Headline heads to court

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Yardflex understands that a legal battle is brewing between booking and public relations agency Headline Entertainment and it’s co-owner Alison Hunte. The two will be heading to the Supreme Court to settle their differences.



Hunte and Hamilton are now caught in a legal fight that could possibly split the company.



According to reports in the Jamaica Observer details are still emerging, but both sides went to court yesterday in an attempt to avoid mediation and fast-track open court. That is a signal that either talks have broken down or that there is a point of law that mediation cannot settle. Hunte launched legal proceeding this year with Headline and Hamilton listed as co-defendants.





Wrong move

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By Rootzgirl


Now the babies doan born yet and already bad examples are being set for them. Can you imagine two pregnant women went to the clinic and should be focusing on the wellbeing of their babies growing in their tummies, instead at that stage they are getting into fights?



Reading the report in the Star I had to wonder if these women realize the awesome responsibilities they have as mothers bringing children into the world.



According to the report everything started because the guilty woman went to the clinic and saw the complainant with the father of both their unborn babies.





Ziggy on top on Billboard

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The Marley brothers are fighting for chart dominance on Billboard’s reggae album charts this week with Julian Marley denied the number one slot by Ziggy Marley.
Julian’s new album Awake just debuted at number two on Billboard’s after ticking on iTunes downloads ten days ago. It’s his highest debut to date and betters Time & Place (2003) which peaked at number eight. Awake is also number 11 on the Top Heatseekers charts.
In fact there are three Marley’s on the Billboard chart with Stephen Marley’s Mind Control acoustic at number 15. Billboard’s tracks mostly physical album sales. Contrastingly online downloads show that Julian’s album slipped from number two last week to number three on the US iTunes reggae album charts, among the Internet’s most popular online stores. Julian’s Awake is at number three behind Ziggy’s Family Time at number two with father and reggae icon Bob Marley’s Legend at number one. Legend was released almost 30 years ago and has sold 20 million copies cumulatively.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 12, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity.
I wouldn't get far driving a car while the emergency brake was on. Neither would I reach my goals or dreams if I didn't release the brakes on them.
I choose to move forward with my goals and dreams, releasing any belief in poverty or powerlessness that might be adversely affecting my thoughts, words, and actions.
If my desire is to improve my health, I let go of any doubt that I can be completely healthy. Wholeness is my divine heritage.
Rather than straining for results, I let God transform my understanding so that I move forward in a life of freedom, health, and prosperity. As I release and make room for my highest good, I am able to fully appreciate and experience life.


"Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people's way." --Isaiah 57:14





Ziggy @ Club Nokia

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This state of the art and one-of-a-kind 21st century multi-musical entertainments center and children's museum was opened on December 5th 2008 in downtown Los Angeles, California. 'L.A.-Live' consists of the most modern technological entertainments facilities, Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum. Here on June 6th 2009 Club Nokia and The Grammy Museum teamed up to present an educational experience with Reggae music Grammy's multi-winner Ziggy Marley.



With the release of Ziggy Marley's "Family Time" CD, Marley entertained children from all walks of life with the showcase " What is Reggae" which gave youths age 5 years and up a hands-on interaction with the artists and entertainers. Opening for the son of The Crowned King of Reggae The Honorable Robert Nesta 'Bob" Marley, O. D., were "Rhythm Child", local entertainers who interact children and parents in music through free form drumming while performing many of their award winning children songs. The Grammy Museum will continue to host other grammy winning artists from over 200 genres at this venue.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive and experience joy--now!
When someone says or does something that hurts my feelings, my first thought may not be about forgiving this person. However, the longer I hang on to negative feelings, the more I punish myself.
Mounting evidence indicates that holding on to grudges, resentments, or thoughts of revenge often leads to health problems. So I forgive past transgressions and live a healthier life now.
My emotions vastly improve as I forgive. With a willingness to forgive others, I also forgive myself. When I am able to completely overcome past hurts, I enjoy life in the present moment. My load is much lighter. This is a holy experience, as a proverb makes clear: "Where there is forgiveness, there is God."
I forgive and experience joy--now!


"And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors."--Matthew 6:12





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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Tuesday, June 9; Kingston, Jamaica: It was a lengthy campaign for Betsy ‘Brown Sugar’ Campbell to get one of the three spots up for grabs from the Top Ten from Montego Bay. However, she says it was well worth it.

Campbell, who got the most votes in this round of voting, was elated when she realised she would be in the studio finals for Jamaica’s most popular television show and talent contest.

“Well, I worked hard for it. Friday night when I was watching the show, and I realised I was chosen, it was just a blessed feeling,” Campbell said before going into intricate details about her campaign to become one of the 16 persons who will see berth into the studio rounds.





It’s a crying shame

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Now tell me, what do you expect from the young generation when parents cannot lead by example. The only thing I can think that, no wonder the society is in the state it is in after reading a story that was carried in the Star yesterday.


According to the report police in Hanover were called in to a high school in the parish after a teacher was attacked by the parent who was upset that her child was scolded earlier.


The report went on to say that after arguing with the teacher, the parent chased her around the school while hurling stones and bottles at her.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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By Example


I lead, and I am led by example.
We may not always be aware that little ones are paying attention to us, learning how to love, care, and trust. Our acts of kindness toward children are gifts from our hearts. Praying with children demonstrates our faith and an expectation of good.
And often, it is the children within our midst who lead us by example. Children know without question that God answers every prayer.
Children see majesty in even the most minute elements of the world: the varieties and aromas of flowers, the colors in a rainbow, the splendor of a sunrise.
As adults we lead by example. Let us also take the time to let our children be our teachers and guides.


"Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."--Hebrews 13:7





D’Angel store robbed

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Dancehall diva D’Angel is shaken up following a hold up at her store in Princeville Plaza. The incident happened about 10:30 yesterday morning when three armed men walked into the store demanding money.


When that was not forthcoming they proceeded to help themselves to goods from the store. According to our source the gunmen tied up the workers and even stripped the clothes off the mannequins before making their escape with goods valued at $400,000.


The workers are very traumatized from the whole incident.





A suh woman fi move

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Bwoy what a big coup Buju common-law wife of 18 years Lorna Strachan pull off. Yes bwoy mi a read di Chat! teday and si sey Lorna she get har due outa di relationship, afta Buju did a hol hard end wid har demands. She teck it to di Supreme Court and luckily him settle before tings coulda get messy...cause unno done know sey if it did eva reach a court a right dung di middle tings woulda split.
Check out except from di story in today Chat!



Strachan, who enjoyed an 18-year relationship with Myrie — which produced five children — went to the court in April this year in a bid to have the joint tenancy severed for several properties which she and Myrie own.
According to a source close to the couple, after a breakdown in the relationship which led to a separation, Strachan sought to protect herself and, in particular, their five children. She reportedly approached Myrie with a suggestion that certain properties which were owned by both of them be signed over to her and in turn she would willingly relinquish all rights to other properties in which they shared tenancy in common.





Natalie takes New York by Storm

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Dancehall artiste, Natalie Storm, recently returned to Jamaica after completing a whirlwind tour of New York City which saw her recording, performing and attending a number of exclusive, high-profile events.



Her visit was courtesy of DJ Max Glazer’s Business Class Records which flew in Natalie Storm to New York City to do some work with his label.



Natalie was kept busy in the studio recording some brand new material, but she also found time to throw in a highly-appreciated performance and was present at the events that mattered.





Really, Really Dirty Dancing: More On Daggering

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Yardflex came across this article that was published in the Newsweek. All we can say is we found it really, really interesting...check it out and tell us what you think about it.



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In the video, (NSFW) a young woman stands on her head, legs spread. Two men stand straight on either side of her. As crowds look on, the two men begin to push her back and forth by her ankles until finally she’s flipped over and thrown into one man’s arms, legs over his shoulders. As he gyrates and thrusts onto her limp body, the DJ in the background urges them on. The woman is then thrown back to the other man, who grabs her from behind and begins to grind into her.



This isn’t Internet porn—it’s a YouTube video of “daggering,” a type of dance popular with some of Jamaica’s poorest citizens. It’s exuberant, vulgar, and may be responsible for a string of highly painful and personal injuries occurring out of the clubs in the bedroom. Music associated with daggering has been banned from the airwaves due to its lewd content, and the super-suggestive moves have the guardians of Jamaican culture sounding the alarm. But is daggering—and the dance hall tradition from which it sprung—a stain on Jamaica’s legendary musical heritage, or just the newest envelop-pushing phase of youth culture?





Prominent lawyer found dead

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Berriston "Berry" Bryan a prominent corporate lawyer was found murdered at his home in Stony Hill, St Andrew Monday morning.


The 72-year old attorney who defended Sheldon Pusey in the high- profile murder of Ambassador Peter King was found in a decomposing state just after 8am by an employee.



Mr. Bryan's 10 bedroom unfinished mansion at Wedmore Drive overlooking much of Kingston, teemed with investigators and forensic examiners who were called to the scene after his body was found.



A small band of onlookers huddled nearby as plain-clothes detectives cordoned off the massive property while other sleuths dug for clues on the inside.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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Divine Order


Divine order is bringing about the best outcome now.
What is the most positive, effective action I can take when circumstances seem beyond my control? I pray.
Prayer soothes me so that I release tension in my body and anxiety in my thoughts. I relax and trust God--the source of all wisdom. Opening my heart to God, I also open myself to divine order and the positive actions and outcomes that will benefit me and anyone else involved in the situation.
God is all-knowing. I realize that there is a greater plan for me and for the world than I can conceive with my limited perspective. Knowing this relieves me of any anxiety I may have had about what the results will be.
I am grateful that divine order is in my life and in the world.


"I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground."--Isaiah 42:16





Yendi Grows on Digicel Rising Stars

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Yendi Phillipps is, without a doubt, beauty with a purpose, and not only because she claimed that award in the 2007 Miss World competition in China. The 20-something is an accomplished, drop-dead gorgeous dancer who stretches herself to be the best she can be. Whether it’s an appearance to boost the profile of an event aiming to raise funds for a worthy cause or working at her creative summer camp, Yendi is a Jamaican gem. Since winning the 2007 Miss Jamaica World title she has become a darling of the Jamaican people.


In 2008, when Denise Hunt resigned as host of Jamaica’s most popular television show, Digicel Rising Stars, the show’s producers looked Yendi’s way and she accepted. Since then she has been beamed into the homes of more than one million Jamaicans as the host of their favourite show.


“It's been a great learning experience, more than anything else. With every episode I acquire more knowledge and it feels great to apply it and I feel myself growing as a person and as a media personality,” says the bubbling beauty.





Chino-Never Ever Change (from mawning)

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[Chorus:]
From mawning we a hustle and put we all in
When we work we nuh pree no stallin
From mawning yeah
A so we stay we never ever change (never ever change)
We never ever change (never ever change) noohoohoo



[Verse 1:]
No we never switch
No we never miss
No we never hitch none tall
Cause we haffi rich
So Steven go mix dis beat over dis vocal
We nuh take not a talk from nuh snake inna grass
Try stop we paper we take it to heart
Hate an a talk dem fake from de start
But we still a head straight to the top





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 8, 2009

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New Me


Expressing my divine qualities, I am creative and innovative.
There may be times when even the thought of starting over exhausts me. Having to reinvent myself can leave me feeling overwhelmed.
However, with my thoughts focused on being the new me now, I avoid pulling up negative images of the past. I realize I do have a foundation to build my future on.
There are certain life events that could launch a new vision for me. I don't need to wait for a particular time or experience to begin a new venture. I can be the new me at any time.
I begin now to create with fresh innovation and to revise or reframe my goals, values, and intentions. With God, I am guided to live in the present moment as a spiritual being expressing divine qualities. I celebrate my transformation to the new me!


"Now begin the work, and the Lord be with you."--1 Chronicles 22:16





Hymn Stories

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The gifted Christian musician Joseph T. Webster was often tormented by deep feelings of depression.



On one occasion, when he was in a melancholy mood, he received a visit from his close acquaintance Fillmore Bennett.



Knowing that one way to keep Webster from brooding over his problems was to interest him in writing a hymn tune, Bennett decided he’d try to pen some lyrics that would direct his friend’s thoughts heavenward.





Nanny – maroon or man royal

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Years and years after her death, Jamaica’s heroine Nanny’s sexuality is being questioned. According to a story in the Sunday Observer, Ronald Cummings of the University of Leeds-UK, asserting that the most homophobic country in the western hemisphere has a "speculative queer genealogy" amongst its national heroes.



Cummings called national hero Nanny a 'man royal' (masculine female) in the trajectory that includes butch-lesbians.



The evidence given is that the historical and literary accounts of Nanny utilise masculine descriptors. Cummings was invited to present at the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) conference last week in Jamaica, but he missed his flight so Kei Miller, a UK/Jamaica scholar, read his paper instead.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, June 7, 2009

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Inner Peace


Trusting God in all ways, I have peace of mind and heart.
If concern and doubt seem to be getting in the way of my realizing peace of mind and heart, I enter into a time of silence and reconnect to the peace of God within me.
I begin by repeating a scripture: "Be still, and know that I am God." I am still, tuning out all sights and sounds in the outer. I take a deep breath and affirm: Trusting in You, God, I am at peace.
I stay with this thought, allowing peace to rise to my heart center. I then immerse my thoughts in peace. Mind and heart, body and emotions all align in peace. I experience a peace that is more powerful than any challenge or concern.
Inner peace is from God and is eternally within me and blessing me.


"Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock."--Isaiah 26:4





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, June 6, 2009

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Together


Beholding each other, we see the perfection of Christ Love.
Though united by love, we are separate, unique individuals. We honor our connection--a union without end. Our souls are linked by like values, respect for each other, and a vision of what our future can be.
Christ Love is perfection that is within each of us and shared between us.
We may say we are different,
individual, or single;
But watch what happens
when our energies mingle.
Ideas and results merge and multiply
more than we could do singly
as "you" or as "I."
Oh, the wonderful, marvelous
things that can be,
When the perfection in us
is, with love, what we see.


"What God has joined together, let no one separate."--Matthew 19:6





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An 11-year-old boy, an inmate at a place of safety, was stabbed to death by 14-year-old inmate on Thursday.
Both wards of the state resided at the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill, St Andrew.
Reports from the Constabulary Communication Network CCN, are that at about 9:10 Thursday morning the boys were at the home when a dispute between them escalated into a fight and a kitchen knife was used to stab Brandon Saddler in the chest.
The injured boy was taken to the Bustamante Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead.
The 14-year-old was taken into custody for questioning by investigators at the Constant Spring Police Station.
The police were unable to say what the fight was about.
A team of psychologists was subsequently dispatched to the institution to provide counseling.





Sixth victim of girls’ home fire

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The death on Wednesday of 16-year-old Georgian Saunders, brings to six the number of girls who perished in the deadly fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Ann on May 22.
Saunders, who had been transferred from the St Ann’s Bay Hospital to the Kingston Public Hospital in Kingston had received severe burns in the fire in which five other inmates of the institution had lost their lives.


On Thursday, Security Minister Dwight Nelson expressed sadness at the news that another of the wards of the state from Armadale had died.
The minister said the nation has been robbed of another potentially gifted child, who was trying to correct the mistakes of the past.
The security ministry, Nelson said, would continue to do all it could to provide support to both the families of the deceased as well as the surviving victims of the fire and other wards of the state and staff who may be affected by the traumatic effects of the fire.





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Whitney Houston's new album will be released worldwide September 1, 2009 on Arista Records. This is Whitney's 7th studio album. Since her 1985 self-titled debut, she has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as music's "most awarded female artist of all time," with an unsurpassed tally of 411 awards, inclusive of 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 23 American Music Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards... Whitney remains a singular force in music today.



Songs for the album have been produced and written by Black Eyed Peas singer Will.I.Am, songwriter Sean Garrett and R&B singer Akon.





Cops charged DPP rules

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4 policemen including a senior cop will be slapped with criminal charges in connection with the disappearance of men in 2004 – the Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn has ruled.


The fourth policeman who is attached to a St. Catherine police station joined three others at the high security Horizon Remand Centre on Thursday as investigators pursued the four year old case.



The DPP recommended that the four officers be criminally charged for their alleged role in the 2004 kidnapping and murder of Kemar Walters and Oliver Duncan.





Did Kung Fu actor die from weird sex act?

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Many have expressed sadness at the death of David Carradine, best known for the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, even while theorizing that the actor may have died attempting a sex act known as auto-erotic asphyxiation.


Carradine’s body was found in a Bangkok hotel room in a closet with a rope tied to his neck and genitals.
The Thai police said Friday his death may have been caused by accidental suffocation, an Associated Press report is quoted as saying.
Interestingly, during auto erotic asphyxiation, there is a cutting off of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. The practice is said to result in a form of giddiness and euphoria — similar to alcohol or drug intoxication — that enhances the sexual experience. It was first reported on Thursday when Carradine’s body was found naked hanging in a closet that the actor’s death was suicide. However, his associates stoutly refuted this claim.


“All we can say is, we know David would never have committed suicide,” said Tiffany Smith of Binder & Associates, his management company. “We’re just waiting for them to finish the investigation and find out what really happened. He really appreciated everything life has to give ... and that’s not something David would ever do to himself.”





What’s wrong with our generation?

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By Buffilous


Look here man, a have to tell yuh dat a getting sick and tiad a di way dis ya generation a galang. It nuh pretty out deh. Call a spade a spade, some parents need to pull up dem damn pickney and meck dem have manners to dem elders.


Yuh know why di society caan better? Meck mi tell unno di truth, it come een like sey some parents waan treat dem pickney like dem meck outa glass and treat others like sey f idem own come from dungle heap.


Now it reach a stage whey teachers caan even lick pickney, cause di same set a bad bruck parents dem a guh a school go attack teacher. And when it come to di test di pickney dem tun out like rotten tomatoes.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, June 5, 2009

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My Investment


With an attitude of gratitude, I attract good to me.
What am I choosing to invest my time, my heart, my strength, my soul in today? I give from the inner resources of Spirit in all that I think, speak, and do.
Giving expression to my inner divinity enhances me in every way. Tuning out the world and tuning in to God, I am rich with divine ideas for success--financially, physically, and mentally.
Amazingly, as I give with no thought of return, I receive even more abundantly. My attitude of gratitude is a magnet that attracts good to me. Each act of giving increases my awareness that I have even more to give. I am unlimited in the ways and means that I can contribute to my own well-being and the good of others.


"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."--Luke 6:38





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Angela and Vanessa Simmons, Mary Mary, and Comedian LiL JJ Fashionably Inspire the Youth at the P. I. S. E
9th Annual Celebrity Fashion Show



(Carson, CA) Hosted by Comedian LiL JJ, the 9th annual Positive Images of Self Expression (P.I.S.E) fundraiser brings together fashion and philanthropy as entertainers encourage youth to be their best by supporting the Performing Arts School’s vital youth programs.



Positive Images of Self-Expression (P.I.S.E) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 full service performing arts school for inner city youth. Founded by former Alvin Ailey dancer Imani Hayward, and teacher/youth counselor Lanet D. Love, the program is also ran by professional dancer Ms. Myisha Richmond who has worked with well-known choreographers Tony Basil, Marguerite Derricks, Hinton Battle, Dave Scott and Fatima Robinson.


For the past 11 years, P.I.S.E has been foremost in helping inner city youth change their lives through the arts. Their program includes: dance, acting & drum classes, voice lessons, modeling and etiquette. P.I.S.E is a dynamic organization serving children ages 5 to 17 years of age.





You reap what you sow

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Honestly, how can you expect to rape a woman who nurture you as if you are her own flash and blood and then want to walk the street free.


More time when I am reading the paper I can’t believe some of the things I am seeing. On Tuesday the report in the Star just turned my stomach where a man who was accused of raping an elderly woman who cared for him as her own grandchild lost his appeal against his convictions and 20-year-prison sentence.


Now anyone who could do something like that shouldn’t even bother to tender an appeal. First of all a big 39-year-old should be looking at a mature woman or even someone in her 20s…what the hell attraction could he expect to find in an elderly woman?





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, June 4, 2009

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Joy


I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.
There is joy in activity and in stillness, in sharing time with others and in being alone, in times of calm and adventure. Joy is not dependent on something outside myself; joy comes from within.
No matter what tasks I have before me, who I am with, or where I happen to be, joy is within my soul. It springs up from the very depths of my being, from the presence of the indwelling Christ. This joy is peaceful, loving, and fulfilling.
As an inner quality that is part of my nature, joy is waiting to be expressed by me at any time, in any situation. All that is required is my participation. So I activate my inner joy by loving and by living with anticipation, wonder, and appreciation. I am joyous, radiant, and fulfilled.


"This day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."--Nehemiah 8:10





It’s a real Bashment Granny

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There is something about roots play that people are now gravitating towards it…rather than some of these top stage shows which have been flopping left right and centre.


There are others enjoying good turnout, but we can’t help but highlight the one that’s a sure hit no only in Jamaica but also on the international circuit.


Both Bashment Granny I and II have hit the spot where theatre lovers are concerned. The play enjoyed a long run at the Green Gables Theatre.





Nuffy and Ghandi fi cool

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But a wha do Nuffy and Ras Ghandi sah, di two a dem fi cool and hold dem corner.
Cause fi tell di truth mi neva hear gun fire from dem tell mi si story pop up inna paper bout dem inna verbal war.
Bwoy some people wi use any likkle foolishness fi dem name pop up inna paper sah.
Verbal war, mi backfoot...all some writer fi go look story wid substance and stop promote every likkle foolishness.
Mi not even know two song whey Ghandi duh and as for Nuffy...well a one MC wi wouldn't miss pon stage.





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R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan, rap music luminary Nas and reggae royalty Damian ‘Jnr Gong' Marley are among the international acts confirmed for the 17th staging of the ‘Greatest Reggae Show on Earth', Reggae Sumfest to be held in Montego Bay from July 19-25



Sullivan is slated to bring her flavour to spice up the Festival's International Night I on Friday, July 24 when Summerfest Productions takes over Catherine Hall in Montego Bay



Summerfest Production’s head honcho, Johnny Gourgonz stated in a release that Sullivan “has been having a phenomenal year on the music scene internationally, and some of her songs are even reggae inspired.”





Di Flippin' Killa

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What really a gwaan between Flippa and di Killa? How Killa talk bout him no inna no clash and ting and yet him go pon stage a St Thomas Saturday night and a talk up a bag at tings bout the real source of Flippa money.


Alright, so everybody know seh Flippa floss like say fi him money cyan dun and all these tings, but why Killa haffi go deso. We nah say abd mind, but it look a way. But tell me now, where Killa tink plenty promoter get money from fi put on stage show and pay bag a artiste — including him. Me no know any promoter who have regular a nine-to-five, if oonu get mi drift. Killa lucky seh light did go way and Flippa neva get fi answer him. All we a say is, Flippa, gwaan floss to di flippin’ werlll! And Killa, kibba you mout!





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, June 3, 2009

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Prosperity


I follow the path of my divine purpose and live a prosperous life.
I keep my focus on fulfilling my divine purpose of being the best Christ in expression that I know how to be at any time--and all the time.
Because I do, I have no doubt that I'm on the right path. I see the amazing results--spiritually and materially, emotionally and physically.
I keep on track by praying along my way, remaining open to divine direction and being willing to share from an abundance of good with others.
I pay attention to the still small voice within me. This divine guidance directs me around obstacles and to all that enriches me and my loved ones. I both give and receive in a circulation of good that is continually blessing the world.


"We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life."--Ephesians 2:10





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LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2009) – Four-time GRAMMY-winning reggae singer, songwriter, and producer Ziggy Marley will perform his first-ever exclusive children’s concert at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia on Saturday, June 6, 2009 at 11 a.m., it was announced. Celebrating the release of his first children’s music album, Family Time, Marley appears as part of The GRAMMY Museum’s monthly “Musical Explorations” family program. June’s program, “What Is Reggae?,” marks the first time Club Nokia and The GRAMMY Museum, two of L.A. LIVE’s newest celebrated venues, have collaborated on a public event.



Before Marley’s live performance, local performers Rhythm Child will engage the audience in free-form drumming, while performing a few of their own award-winning children’s songs. Immediately following the live performance, children and parents will participate in educational activities and crafts intended to deepen their understanding of reggae music in the Club’s exclusive VIP Lounge.





UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival

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Soul singer Erykah Badu, the Morgan (Heritage) brothers Peetah and Mojo, Machel Montano, Tanto Metro and Devonte, Cherine Anderson, Assassin, Movado, De La Soul and Los Angeles native, Miss Leela James were the stars of the well-produced UCLA 23rd Annual Jazz Reggae Festival held over the Memorial Day weekend.


The two-day music festival showcased Jazz, Hip Hop, Soul, and Reggae under the theme "A Culture of Change".
From the Blues and Funk that characterized James’ performance, the show moved smoothly into Hip Hop mode with De La Soul whose energy was boundless. The entrance to centrestage of Ms Badu saw the crowd surging to the front, eager to see and hear every syllable. This soul sister hit all the right notes, from her attire and charisma to her inspiring repertoire. She was truly a class act.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, June 2, 2009

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I Can


I am able to do all things through God's spirit within me.
I believe that with God all things are possible and that God is expressing divine qualities through me.
With this faith-inspired understanding, I live life with a whole new meaning. I am willing to do whatever Spirit directs me to do, and I do it with enthusiasm.
God is the life that invigorates and animates me.
God is wisdom that reveals the wonder of the simple and the complex concerning all aspects of daily living.
God is peace that restores my soul so that I can live fully in each moment--not in the past or the future.
God is all. There is nothing lacking in me because God created me with a pattern of perfection within.


"Jesus said to him, 'If you are able!--All things can be done for the one who believes.'"--Mark 9:23





Father’s Day Special

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I think I’ll colour this man father…I’ll colour this man love…thanks dad for being my best friend and the one who stood by my side through thick and thin. If you got one of these great fathers, let the world know by sending your shout out on Father’s Day.



Thanks dad…for nothing! If you all have one of those dead beat dads who has never been there for you…never found the time to even offer encouragement and now in spite of it all you made it. Don’t get bitter, don’t get angry…just send out a shout out to those dead beat dads let them know you’ve arrived…and you’re okay.



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A wha dis fada!

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Bwoy mi a tell yuh, di recession a lick everybody but mi a tell yuh sey it dread pon dis ex a mine. Dats why mi a tell yuh sey when tings a gwaan fi yuh, yuh mussi hype and galang like sey you know what can meck patty.



Yeah, him use to spend a change pon mi but more time him come like sey him woulda waan mi fi crawl pon mi knee fi get nutten outa him han.



Yeah man fi ten years mi panka panka wid him and di wuss ting bout it nuff time time mi all a depressed cause between mi an unno him have him wife and yes mi know unno a guh sey mi deserve it, but when mi did just get in, him neva tell mi sey him married. A matter a fact mi neva si him wid ring pon finga yet! Suh when mi eventually find out mi did done in too deep.





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Fashion Block 2009 was once again the talk of the town as patrons stood dazzled with designer pieces on the Caribbean’s longest fashion runway, Saint International’s signature 130ft runway on Sunday, May 31. For the fourth year, Digicel backed this prestigious and highly anticipated event, the climax of Saint International’s Style Week Jamaica activities.



Launched in 2004, Style Week has become a highlight on the Jamaican calendar for ‘fashionistas’ both locally and across the region. It is also a must do for connoisseurs of Caribbean culture, couture and entertainment.



“Working with Saint International is always a pleasure. Fashion Block is definitely a hot event that Jamaicans look forward to and Digicel is happy to have been associated with an event of this magnitude, which showcased the crème of Jamaica’s and the Caribbean’s design talents”, says Digicel’s Head of Marketing, Wayne Miller. “We were particularly pleased with top local designer, Dexter Pottinger’s interpretation of ‘Digicel Style” and futuristic technology, added Miller.





Ninja Man awaits judge decision

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On June 19 the Don Gargon Ninjaman will know for sure whether he will be out on bail. The ruling will be made by a Resident Magistrate to decide whether he will be out on bond.




The artiste christened Desmond Ballentine lawyers representing him on murder and gun related charges renewed their application for bail in the Corporate Area Criminal Court on Monday.



Three other men including Ninja Man's 20-year old son are jointly charged for the murder of 20-year old Ricardo Johnson, a resident of Olympic Gardens in St Andrew.



Mr. Johnson was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on March 16.





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Deejay Michelle Downer, aka D'Angel, is safe and sound after being involved in an accident on Saturday night in St Thomas.
Reports are that D’Angel, the estranged wife of dancehall star, Beenie Man, was on her way to a show in Port Morant in the parish when her X5 was badly hit from behind by a truck.
“It wasn’t she driving … she was just in the passenger seat at the front,” an eyewitness told Yardflex. “And her vehicle really mash up bad.”
The deejay, who has been enjoying quite a bit of hype since the middle of last year, and even copped the Stone Love Female DJ of the Year award in 2008, was at home resting comfortably on Sunday.
It is not certain whether or not she was able to perform on Saturday night’s event, as the accident happened only a few minutes away from the venue.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, June 1, 2009

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Breathe


Each breath of life renews and energizes me.
I become centered now, completely at ease and comfortable with myself and with being myself.
With each breath I take in, I feel more at peace. A calm comes over me as I affirm with ease and assurance: I am in the presence of God now and always.
As I exhale, I remember moments of experiencing great relief emotionally and physically. There may have been times when I sighed "Thank You, God!" With that fullness of release, I now exhale. I release all concerns, knowing I am turning all over to God.
Each breath I take rejuvenates me, nourishing me with strength and resilience. As I breathe in rhythm with God-life, I am renewed and energized.


"Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being."--Genesis 2:7





Asylum to be turned into entertainment venue

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Nite Time Promotions, owners and operators of the popular Asylum nite club in New Kingston say the name Asylum will be retired and the club will be turned into an entertainment venue.


After a historic 12- year run, the club closed its doors to the public last week Tuesday, which was its last official Ladies Night.
Plans are afoot to renovate the club and make it available for rental as an entertainment venue to stage launches and other events.
Brian Chung, hailed as a pioneer in night time entertainment, successfully ran the Cactus night club in Portmore for eight years, before opening Asylum, and later the Quad, also in New Kingston.


A release stated that “Nite Time Promotions will eventually be reopening the venue at the opportune moment under a new name with a great new image. The space that formerly housed Asylum will now be available immediately for rental by the owners of the property. We wish to thank our extremely loyal patrons, staff, promoters, sponsors and all other partners that have shared the journey and the dream with us over the last 12 years.”





Warrior Princess finds Jesus

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On Sunday, May 31, roots reggae singer, Etana, made a bold step when she totally turned over her life to the Lord and got baptized.


Etana (born Shauna McKenzie), who came to prominence in 2005 with her debut single, Wrong Address, is known for her culturally chic wardrobe choices and her steadfast commitment to the tenets of Rastafari. In the video for her follow-up single Roots, the heroine — most reminiscent of the singer’s physical appearance — is depicted as a young woman opposed to the western ideologies her family subscribes to. This baptism at a Christian church has come a real shocker to those in the dancehall.


“Etana never really wear locks, but we look on her as one of we,” one prominent Rastafarian singer commented. “If she want to baptize she should go to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church … but to each his own,” he added, still looking displeased.





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