Reggae Sumfest 2018

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Happy Belated Birthday

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YardFlex.com would like to wish Mr Eric Pennington a warm happy belated birthday. Enjoy your extended celebration.





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Twins of Twins walk free of fraud charges

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twins.jpgDancehall artistes Twins of Twins yesterday (Thursday, July 30) walked free of fraud charges when they appeared before the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court.



The two brothers were charged several weeks ago for allegedly defrauding a fellow artiste of more than $50,000.

Allegations are that the complainant paid the brothers the money to assist with the application for a visa.



He went to the police to report that he could not make contact with the dancehall duo.

However defence attorney Christopher Townsend told the court on Thursday morning that the entire matter was a grave misunderstanding.



He said his clients were on tour in the United States and Europe when the complainant was trying to make contact with them.

He said on their return to the country, the money was immediately refunded to the complainant.



Mr. Townsend said because the report was made to the police while the brothers were away, the police had to take action





Crown Group Pic 09 - 1.jpgAfter more than a year, Mighty Crown "The Far East Rulers" and Irish and Chin will embark on an explosive World Tour starting in October 2009 to celebrate another major career milestone, a third Nike sneaker deal. The Irish and Chin produced tour, dubbed "'The Mighty Crown Dynasty World Tour," after the soon-to-be released sneaker, will feature three of Mighty Crown's five members: Masta Simon, Sami T and Ninja. The Crown Dynasty Tour will represent the first time that Sami T and Masta Simon have toured together in over three years.



The super sound Mighty Crown has once again collaborated with Nike to release the Dynasty High sneaker. The unique studded sneaker is an elite revamp of Nike's 1981 original Dynasty High. Blazoned with the Crown logo on the tongue, the sneaker is being released in conjunction with the Anniversary of Mighty Crown's Yokohama Reggae Festival (SAI) -- Japan's largest Reggae stage show. Mighty Crown members believe that this accolade serves as the perfect time to celebrate with a highly anticipated tour. Additionally, according to fans, it's time for Mighty Crown to hit the road again with their dancehall madness!



Each of Crown's members has been pursuing successful endeavors recently, which has prevented them from touring together. Now, the Mighty Crown team is set to deliver over-the-top dancehall entertainment to their fans, who sometimes have just one opportunity a year to catch a glimpse of their favorite sound. With dates going quickly, the Crown Dynasty Tour is destined to be a hit.



Mighty Crown is the most successful non-Jamaican dancehall sound system worldwide. As a clash sound, they have defeated the best the arena has to offer. Meanwhile, as a jugglin' sound they have performed in places through out the world. At this time, Mighty Crown is armed, dangerous and ready for war. Masta Simon, one of the sounds founding members, has always respected juggling, but his passion truly lies in clashing. And why not? It's clashing that made the sound famous! The Crown Dynasty Tour will consist of both juggling and clash dates, something the sound took a break from. While Simon, Sami T and Ninja tour, members Supa Gee and Coji will continue locking down Japan.





Bar-Bee and The Game dating?

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barbee fix pic.jpgWhat’s the deal with Bar-Bee and gangsta rapper The Game. People are beginning to talk regarding her liaison with him.



The sexy dancehall diva has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, California these days, hanging out with Billboard riding rapper and actor, The Game. In fact, people are beginning to wonder what’s the deal with the two. Is the reggae princess hooking up with the gangsta rapper? The question was posed to her and she only laughed and said she has learnt her lesson the last time.



She wasn’t about to live her personal life in public again. “No comment,” was her response. What is confirmed, however, is that Barbee recently made a cameo appearance in The Game’s latest Hollywood movie, ‘House Arrest’. The movie – which also stars everyone’s favorite ‘Clueless’ girl Stacey Dash from the films ‘Chrome Angels’, ‘Phantom Punch’, Getting Played’ and the ‘CSI’ series – is described as a “dramedy” by director Billy Washington, and centers around a “high maintenance girl who meets a quick money scheming man.” Written by Andrea Weathersby, who also serves as an executive producer, ‘House Arrest’ is being executive produced by Cassius Vernon Weathersby. Weathersby has worked on such films as ‘You Got Served’ and ‘The Great White Hope’. The Game, who continues to develop his acting career, was last in the crime thriller ‘Street Kings’ alongside Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker. He has also starred in the movies ‘Waist Deep’, ‘Belly 2’, ‘Doctor’s Advocate’, among others, and featured in top ranking video games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Def Jam’. The Game’s top selling singles include ‘My Life’, ‘Games Pain’, ‘Hate It or Love It’, ‘How We Do’, ‘Dreams, ‘Lets Ride’, ‘Higher’, ‘One Blood’, among several others. According to sources, Barbee met The Game on her June 12 trip to California for the Junior Reid event.





Joke Of The Day

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smiley_lol.gifWhile on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.



When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table. And, she didn't miss them until after they had been driving about twenty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.



All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up one minute.



To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant and as the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "While you're in there, you might as well get my hat."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 31, 2009

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Brilliance
20090731.jpgI am confident and serene.
Polishing a beautiful gem, I bring forth its brilliance. As a layer of buildup is removed, the gem seems to shine from its own inner light.


I, too, have an inner light--the Christ light within, my hope of glory. This light shines through me to reveal the decision I am to make or action to take.
Whenever I need a clearer perspective of a situation, I rely on the light of the Christ within me. In prayer, I summon the Christ light to show me the way.


The clarity I receive eliminates any confusion or doubt, and I move forward with grace and ease.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."--Isaiah 60:1





Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert

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777px-Gay_flag_svg.pngYardflex came across this story on the site http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/673813
Check it out...artistes you had better clean up your acts!

Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert



Jason Miller
Staff Reporter



One of Jamaica's premier dancehall artists will not get the chance to "log on" at one of Toronto's biggest Caribana events, after the local gay community complained about his lyrics.

Controversial performer O'Neil Bryan, also known as Elephant Man, was pulled from the lineup of the Sunday-night concert, dubbed Caribana Celebrity Ball, scheduled at Circa nightclub in the Entertainment District.



Kim Montgomery, a spokesperson for Circa, said members of Toronto's gay community found his music offensive, so they asked the promoter to remove him from the bill, which also includes rapper Fabolous and R&B sensation Trey Songz.

"The second that we heard that he was considered offensive we decided that we should back away from promoting him as an artist," she said.

This is not the first time Elephant Man has had a run-in with the gay community, both in Toronto and his native Jamaica. In 2007, despite protest from human rights groups, Bryan was issued a visa to perform in Canada, prompting police officers from Toronto's hate crimes unit to monitor his songs for any utterance of anti-gay lyrics at his show at the Kool Haus. He was also monitored at shows in Winnipeg and Victoria.



Last year, gay rights activist groups advocated for a nationwide ban on what they called "murder music" being recorded and performed by artists like Elephant Man. They alleged that songs promoting gay-bashing, such as Elephant Man's "Log On," have motivated brutal attacks by mobs on Jamaican gays.

Montgomery said the event was set up by an outside promoter that did all the booking for the show and she had no clue that the artist in question had slanderous lyrics in his songs.

"The promoter totally understands," she said. "We knew that it was a no-brainer and something that we had to make a decision upon."





Brother-in-law killed in family dispute

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familylaw-009[1].jpgA 28-year-old man was chopped to death by his 16 year-old nephew during a family dispute at Green Bottom, May Pen, Clarendon Tuesday night. Another family member has been hospitalised and the nephew taken into custody.
Dead is Newton Brown, while hospitalised is Verlie Pink both of Green Bottom.


According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 8:45 p.m., Brown and Pink, who are brothers-in-law, were involved in an argument which escalated into a fight. During the fracas, Pink was injured. The nephew, armed with a machete reportedly intervened and inflicted wounds to Brown. The two injured men were taken to hospital where Brown succumbed to his injuries and Pink was admitted in stable condition. The nephew was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.


The May Pen Police are investigating.





jahcureuniversalcurecover1.jpgDid you check out the Chat! Today…well for real, Keri Hilson Twittered away about the great time she had in Jamaica when she came to perform at Reggae Sumfest last week.
According to the story during her brief stint on the Rock, her Twitter page was abuzz with updates varying from the sampling of local delicacies — oxtail, jerk as well as the more potent and widely sampled overproof rum — to fraternising with the international reggae crooner Jah Cure.


Hilson ‘twittered’ her admiration for the artiste, declaring herself as having a long-standing interest in his musical offerings. Indicative of a true fan, the songstress alluded to her ‘completeness’ after being introduced to the ‘Cure’, who was also a performer at the reggae festival. Hilson, through her Twitter page, made known her longing for a more Jamaican experience.


“And I was only too happy to provide it,” a smiling Jah Cure, who is riding high onthe succes of his album The Universal Cure, told Chat!. He said he met Keri at Sumfest as they both performed on Friday, International Night 1, “and I found out that she’s a fan of mine and wanted to get a taste of the real Yard vibes, so I made sure she had a good time,” he confided.
“I introduced her to ackee and saltfish, she likes ox-tail and she loves the vibes,” he said.
And what about the overproof? “Oh yeah … she got to sample that mixed with whatever she wanted, while I drank Hennessey,” Jah Cure mentioned.


Of the singer, Jah Cure, whose single Call On Me is hugely popular, said, “Keri has a wonderful spirit. She’s a loving person … caring, likes to help people and as an artiste you have to have all these qualities to appeal to your fans,” he elaborated.
The ‘natives’ — a term the Knock Me Down pop star frequently used in reference to all that is Jamaican — are widely known to be friendly, especially to visitors. Cure proved to be accommodating by offering an intimate tour of the second city, his hometown Montego Bay, to Hilson.





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Photos by: Ricardo Barnett





It’s court again for Bounty Killer

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Bounty_Killer_by_SlimSpidey.jpgToday, another attempt will be made to start the trial of dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce.

Pryce is to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Traffic Court on several counts of reckless and dangerous driving, as well as other traffic violations, including refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.



The dancehall artiste is accused of running seven stop lights in an incident in Half Way Tree late last year.

The trial was scheduled to get underway on May 12 however, the court was told that Mr. Pryce's attorney was off the island.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Photos By: Ricardo Barnett





Look what police come to

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By Rootsgirl:Bwoy it reall bad and terrible when you spend so many years in the force and at the end of the day the record that speak for you is ugly testimonies in court describing you as some young girl’s ‘Sugar daddy’.
For a big married man and to have his family who are left to deal with the repercussions of his actions it’s a sad day in the life of a man who came through the ranks to hold that impressive position in the police force.


Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gilbert Kameka young sweetheart in her testimony to the court referred to him as her Sugar Daddy.
The witness said she was aware that the 48-year-old Kameka was a married man and that he had children.
The young woman, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder in 2007, made the admission in the Home Circuit Court under cross-examination by attorney Michael Lorne.


She had previously described Kameka as just a friend.
The witness was also implicated in Kameka’s murder — along with accused Massinissa Adams, Kemar Dawkins and Rohan Townsend — but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, for which she recieved a three-year suspended sentence.
Yesterday the witness, who is in the witness protection programme, was asked by Michael Lorne if Kameka was her ‘boops’, but she said she did not understand the term. She was then asked if the cop was her sugar daddy to which she said yes.


When further questioned, the witness said she was not made an offer for her testimony and expressed a desire to go home at the conclusion of the trial.
Whatever, the outcome of this trial, the damage is already done.





Scenes From Delle From Canada Boat Ride

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Scenes From Buju Banton Live In Concert

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Scenes From Independence Day Float Parade

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Hottie Hottie of the week

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Vote for the hottie of the week by choosing "A" or "B".
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Scenes From Independence Rollout 2

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Photos By: Milton Raynor





Scenes From Bashment Granny 2 and Money Worries

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Shaggy_puru.jpgShaggy, who will be headlining the Ottawa Reggae Festival on August 23, was reportedly robbed last weekend in Dortmund, Germany, according to Germany’s BILD news.

Following what was described as a vibrant concert at the club Rush Hour, Mr Lover Lover, who was said to be a little tipsy that night, reportedly invited two young women to his hotel room following the concert.



The 18 and 19 year old girls reportedly took advantage of Shaggy, who was ‘put to bed’ by them –so to speak. Germany’s BILD said Shaggy slept so soundly after his evening with the groupie pair, that he was unaware of the two leaving his hotel room with jewelry that included diamonds and an I Phone all valued at about $150,000.

In the report Shaggy’s manager is said to have reported the robbery to the hotel’s reception at around 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning.

A police investigation quickly identified the blonde and brunette trickster thieves who were caught on the hotel’s security cameras and Shaggy’s belongings were returned to him.



Both thieves reportedly said it was not planned and they will face legal actions as a result. These are two ‘sexy ladies’ whose style the Grammy winning artist possibly abhors after that experience of being ‘duped’.

Shaggy told Germany’s Lifestyle television he is in the middle of an extensive tour at the moment that has seen him do live gigs and some club appearances. He said, “[We] stop here knock this out have some party have some fun…”

The tour will continue until the end of August Shaggy said; and this is when he will be in Canada’s capital to close off the upcoming three day Ottawa Reggae Festival to be held August 21, 22 and 23 at Lebreton Flats Park.





Record attendance at Sumfest Dancehall Night

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The 17th renewal of Reggae Sumfest will certainly go down in history for its record attendance on all three nights, especially on Dancehall Night, which attracted close to 20,000 patrrons inside the Cathering Hall venue in Montego Bay.


The greatest one night reggae festival on earth took place from July 19 -25, with Dancehall Night kicking off on Thursday July 23 to a packed-to-capacity venue. It was a night on which dancehall artistes gave their best … and then some. After all, it was Sumfest, the most international stage on which to perform locally.


The women of Sumfest, led by Marion ‘Lady’ Saw Hall, aka the Muma of the Dancehall, announced in no uncertain terms what she was at Sumfest to do. Entering centrestage dressed in lily white, flanked by two ‘angels’, Lady Saw declared with reverence, “Mi a go bless the stage before mi wreck the stage.” That was a signal of what was to come as she changed into maculne clothing and unleashed a string of hits from her versatile repertoire. Clearly in a playfully rude mood, she left mouths agape when she encouraged a Caucasian member of the audience to “pat” her kitty. A little in awe, he did as instructed, but it was just too soft for Saw and she urged him to pat with a little more force. It was just too hilarious.


However, whereas Lady Saw skillfully rode that thin line between slackness and downright vulgarity, deejay Macka Diamond bulldozed the Sumfest stage with lewdness and left nothing to the imagination.


Part owner of the infamous Rompin’ Shop, deejay Spice was in her element and she deejayed, danced and even sang. Yes, Grace, as she was christened, was amazing and gave a memorable performance.
D’Angel’s set was in three segments, but it is the go-go, pole gyrating, foot-in-the-air segment that stands out most. She did her songs, had all the props but somehow failed to really command the attention of the audience.





Joke Of The Day

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skin teeth.jpgMary had a likkle lamb. Her father shot it dead. Now it goes down quite a treat, with rice and hard dough bread.Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair said Simple Simon to de Pieman, what have you got there? said de Pieman unto Simon, pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall all de kings horses and all de kings men, said "cha , 'im, only a egg."

Jack and Jill went up de hill to have a likkle fun. Idyat Jill forget she pill and now them have a son.





Champions in Action returns to Jam World

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CHAMPION IN ACTION.jpgLong-established stage show Champions in Action returns to Jam World Saturday August 15 with, as always, a line-up that fits the show's name.

Subtitled "Bigger and Better this Year," Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Elephant Man, John Holt, Etana, Assassin, Spice and I Wayne are the confirmed acts, with more icons of Jamaican music about to be added.

"We will be having just the right amount of artists this year," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "We will be giving patrons exactly what they want, with each artist having enough time to give their fans what they want."

Known for staging shows with memorable performances and incident free events, promoters Presidential Click, will as usual be giving part proceeds to their annual back-to-school treat for inner city children across political boundaries of West Kingston.

Its the first stage show of this magnitude in the Corporate Area since Sting and one patrons are eager for.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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20090729.jpgI am one with God in all I do.
I align with divine order today by becoming still. I enter a special time of quiet in which I am only conscious of God's presence. I relax and allow every breath to take me deeper into my experience of God.
My mind is quiet. I listen. In the silence, ideas present themselves. They are ideas that reflect my soul's greatest desires for wisdom, health, abundance, and harmony.


My desires come from the wisdom of my soul, and they are mine to claim and to act upon. I affirm divine order throughout the day and know right outcomes will appear at the perfect time, in the perfect way. I put God first and experience being one with the One in all I do.
"The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits."-€“James 3:17





It’s a win for Shelly-Ann Fraser in Monaco

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Shelly-Ann Fraser.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser, Beijing Olympic gold medallist today edged out fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to win the women’s 100 metres at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Fraser clocked 10.91 to win ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who did 10.97.
Campbell-Brown, the Beijing Olympic 200-metre champion, ended third in 11.03.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 54.20.
Lashinda Demus of the USA easily won in 52.63.





Teen caught having sex with pig

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pigy.jpgA psychiatric evaluation was ordered to be done on an18-year-old by a Resident Magistrate in Lucea last week following his being charged with raping of a pig in the parish a few weeks ago.

The accused, who is of a Westmoreland address, will return to court on October 2, at which time the report should be ready. He remains in police custody until then.
According to reports on Sunday, July 12, locals in the Harvey River district of Hanover area caught the teen being intimate with the beast along a riverbank.



It is alleged that while at the river, the teen was seen in the nude, washing the rear of the pig before proceeding to have sexual intercourse with the animal.
An alarm was raised and the man ran leaving his pants and underwear behind.
The Lucea police later arrested the accused after a report was made and charged him with bestiality.





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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Beenie Man ruled!

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DSC_0760.JPGIt was Beenie Man all the way at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex on Thursday. The organizers officially crowned him King of the Dancehall and he lived up to the title in every way. Beenie Man was the crowd’s darling and he could do no wrong fro them. From the word go, he was totally in charge as he give them exactly what they wanted – real entertainment. When he poked a little fun at Bounty and D’Angel with the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney combination The Girl Is Mine the crowd ate it all up.

Beenie wasn’t the only one who delivered big time on the stage dancehall night, Bounty Killer came out in a militant mood declaring himself as the poor people’s voice. He made it clear he is a man now and not a youth…before going into a totally satisfying performance. His other Alliance stable mate Mavado did not have any such luck as he failed to get the crowd going. Vybz Kartel on the other hand was a hit with the ‘Gaza friendly’ crowd. It was twice the fun when later on he joined Beenie Man on stage.

Earlier in the evening young acts such as Stacious, G-Mac and I-Octane managed to give account of themselves. Digicel Diva D’Angel came out more like a go-go- dancer pole and all and for all that still fell flat in her performance. The other Digicel Diva Lady Saw showed why she is called the Queen of the dancehall. She had the crowd lapping up everything she dished out. It was even more fun she incited a Caucasian to “pat her front’ it was hilarious watching the timid man trying to obey Saw’s instruction to pat and talk dirty to her. Other acts for the night that represented really well were Flippa Mafia, Assassin, Elephant Man, Demarco, Kip Rich, Assassin and Busy Signal.




Father shine lef son

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vado_sf.jpgBut a wha dat wi si Alliance a send out email a talk bout sey Bounty Killer and Mavado teck Sumfest? Yes, wi agree sey Bounty Killer teck it to dem and come out shining. Him did really represent fi di Alliance, but wi caan sey di same bout Mavado. Him flop seven ways from Sunday. Nutten neva gwaan fi him, di crowd stand up lacka soldier fi him and rail fi Bounty.
F idem care him coulda just stay pon di rock…and nuh come down.



What a big crowd dancehall night
Bwoy, what a record crowd fi dancehall night. A wonder if a thru dem did sey dem a guh crown Beenie Man king and him fans neva waan miss it. Fi real, mi sey afta di show finish, reporter and everybody stand up still a look tink sey Beenie Man a come back pon stage. A ongle afta di MC come out and sey si unno tomorrow dat dem finally meck a move fi leave.





Farewell Lady B

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Lady Gladys Bustamante.jpgLady Gladys Bustamante died on Saturday in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital. She had been ailing in recent years and was confined to bed.
Tributes have since been flowing in for the stalwart who stood up for women’s rights.


The latest has come from the People’s National Party Women’s Movement. According to the movement It is with deep regret that it offers its condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Lady Gladys Bustamante. who died on Saturday at the age 97.
The orgnisation noted that Lady B was regarded as the mother of the Nation, a loving, brave and caring person, who demonstrated these qualities by dedicating her life to worthy causes which impacted on the poor and disadvantaged in society .One of her proudest achievements was assistance she gave to The Bustamante Children Hospital named after her late husband National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante.


She was the devoted wife of Sir Alexander Bustamante and was his eyes and ears, and a consummate adviser to him until his passing, the women’s movement noted.
The PNP Women's Movement proudly acknowledges her lasting contribution to various women movements and issues pertaining to women throughout the years.





Whats Popping

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Public Defender looking into Kentucky Kid case

whatspoppin.pngDem sey to be poor is a crime but mi glad fi si sey sometimes the bigger heads dem look out for the underdog.
Cause look ho di policeman crash inno di upcoming DJ Kentucky Kid car and waan meck it look like sey it neva happen.
Dem seize di youth vehicle and if him neva tan up strong it woulda look like sey a him wrong.


Wi glad sey di Public Defender Earl Witter a look into it and wi hope him duh much more dan dat. Wi hope sey him represent him and si to it dat di DJ get justice.
And anedda ting, wi really hope sey di police car did insure tuh…cause a nuf nuff police wi know whey a drive pon road without insurance, just through dem can depend pon dem squaddie to overlook dat.





Featured Party

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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Scenes From Pier One Fashion Show Wednesday

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Scenes From Dutty Fridays

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The 2009 staging of dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest held at the Catherine Hall Centre in Montego Bay drew one of the its largest crowd in the 17th year of the festival. Special tribute was paid to Beenie Man, where a citation was handed over to him by the organizer. He was also crowned by Lady Saw, The Queen Of The Dancehall. Sumfest production paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson. Good performances came from Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and Spice. Other who also grace the stage where Flippa Maffiah who threw away several thousand dollars in the crowd, which in cludes UIS and Jamaican dollars, D-Angel, G-Mac, Poor N’ Boasy, Demarco, Assassin, Lady Saw, Mavodo, Vybes Kartel, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Spryng I, Voice Mail, Macka Diamon, I-Octane, Prodigal Son, Stacious, Nature, Mikey Ranks, Golden Voice, Mr. Chumps and Mr. Kruger.





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July 24th – July 30rd, 2009



TW LW WC ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL - Peak Position

01 01 20 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-2wks@1

02 02 13 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor) -Shot to Watch

03 04 12 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon

04 08 08 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records- Greatest Gainer up4

05 03 15 Vybz Katel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

06 06 11 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod.

07 05 18 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1





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My time at Tempo, lasted about 4 or 5 months. My talent was realized but not appreciated, I slaved week after week not seeing my home to keep the network afloat.
Ripper, you know how dread that grind was... Doing the work of five men is not easy & with equipment that is unrealistic for the output expected from a lunatic, while existing within a surreal bad acid trip environment alters your vision of reality & awakens demons that crush your creativity.
FM is sadly in too deep with the dark side. As is typical of workers of iniquity, you can become persuaded by their guile but being saturated in evil, involuntary muscles spasms do occur, giving way to untimely outbursts of unsightly horrendous, freaks of nature.



The good from my time a Tempo most definitely are the soldiers that I have gotten to know & built a better vibes with David Cropper, Shelton Alexis, Bami, Ripper, them boy is soldiers. God is great & he know how he does form units to do his bidding. I am glad the time has come for all now to speak up unified.



Sheldon Waldron/ WARTONE
Lead Video Editor
Tempo ‘08





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 24, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


New and wondrous joys await me.
If I hold on to negative expectations or doubt, I close myself off from fully realizing the goodness of God.
Conversely, when I expect the best, I make room for it in my life. This understanding allows me to let go of any negativity blocking my prospects for a fuller life.
In prayer, I express any concerns and release them to God. In the quiet, I receive new insights and greater understanding.
I allow my progress to continue by not taking back any of my old worries. I have let them go, and I trust God to guide me forward. Expecting only the best, I am prepared for and accept the new and wondrous joys that await me.


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight."--Proverbs 3:5





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Kingston, Jamaica:- Montego Bay, Jamaica will come alive from July 19 25 when Summerfest Productions invades the city with the most anticipated event of the summer, Reggae Sumfest.



The Festival, dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth', is known around the world for providing patrons with the ultimate entertainment package, as people not only flock to Jamaica's second city for the music, but also to see the fashions and sample other sumptuous delights available at the event.



The annual event not only brings some of the island's top reggae and dancehall artistes to one stage, but also incorporates some of the biggest acts on the international circuit. Year after year, thousands from far and wide invade the otherwise quiet city, to revel in the pulsating sounds of the bands, music echoing through strategically placed Reggae Sumfest speakers.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Sacred Connection


We are beloved of God.
God's spirit is within me and every other person in the world. This is a sacred connection that we have with God and with one another.
I share a divine kinship with every man, woman, and child on the planet. I treat others with reverence and caring just as I would my own family. And I treat myself in the same caring way.
Kind thoughts and expressions of forgiveness, love, peace, and goodwill are shared by me and others. Those I pass on the street or in the workplace, and those who live in my home--we all share a common identity.
We recognize and treat one another as the beloved creations of God that we are.


"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."--1 Peter 4:10





Popular selector Richie Feelings, was hurt after a brawl at the weekly session on Constant Spring Road, Uptown Mondays. The selector, who also hosts Feelings Fridays, was at the controls when all hell broke loose and there was a stampede.
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Reports are that things were going great at the regular Monday night session — the vibe was building, patrons were streaming in — when at about 1:40 am the mood changed.
According to one eyewitness, Mark, “I can’t really tell you what happened. I was there and then the next thing I see is the crowd moving a way and me just see like a stampede, but me can’t tell you what happen and how it start.”
When the crowd cleared and the dust settled, popular selector, Richie Feelings was left nursing a gash over the eye and his face was covered in blood, but no-one could identify what brought about all of this.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Centered


I live in harmony with all Creation.
Keeping my life in balance gives me stability through life's twists and turns. So if I'm feeling down, I do something good for someone else, which naturally lifts my spirits.
If I feel a lack energy, I exercise, which calls forth power from a reservoir within me. I make and keep regular prayer or meditation appointments, ensuring that I have time alone with God each day.
The serenity I experience brings an inner and outer balance to my life. Connected to the good in me, I am in harmony with the good of all Creation.
Centering myself in God, the source of all life, brings life into perspective.


"Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you."--Job 22:21





Capleton, the fire never stops blazing!

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The original fireman himself, Capleton tore up the Koolhaus Saturday night in Toronto. An estimated 2,000 people were out in attendance for the annual redemption show that promises nothing the best in reggae that the city can offer. It was a night of great vibes and definitely lots of fire. He delivered a high impact, energetic show for a full hour and fifteen minutes. The entire night was dedicated to reggae music…with Dj Starting from Skratch at the turntables. Capleton’s excellent stage presence and command of the crowd keeps him as one of premier reggae entertainers in the business. Torontonians were at their feet and of course, with their lighters in the air! He recently wrapped up another stellar performance at the 6th edition of Montreal International Reggae Festival where he headlined Saturday’s dancehall night. Capleton delivered a mix of accapella, while dressed in his all gold regalia for the night. Once he hit the stage we knew that the fireman would be here for a minute.





Chris Brown Apologises

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Tito the only Jackson brother coming for Sumfest

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Last week Thursday at an emergency press conference hosted jointly by Summerfest Productions and the Ministry of Culture, it was announced that three brothers of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, were coming to Jamaica and two of them would perform at Reggae Sumfest. The three brothers who were confirmed to travel to the island were Tito, Jackie and Randy Jackson, former members of the sensational US group, the Jackson 5.



Tito, it was stated, was set to also perform on International Night II, Saturday July 25 alongside his brother Randy.



Yesterday, however, in response to damning Internet reports of another Jackson brother — Jermaine — blasting wire reports that he and his brothers were coming to Jamaica, Sumfest organizers declared that at no time was Jermaine said to be coming to Jamaica.
Sumfest promoter Robert Russell, is quoted in one daily newspaper as saying, “Tito and Jackie are already confirmed, and we are awaiting confirmation from Randy and Marlon.”





How corruption fi stop

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By Rootsgirl
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Honestly, I have to wonder how inhell corruption is going to stop when those who are charged with maintaining the laws are the very ones breaking it. Take the care of the police man in yesterday's Star report who is now behind bars because he allegedly sold a colleague's weapon to gunmen.



Not only is he putting his own co-workers lives in danger, but he himself could someday end up being a victim of the very same gun.



No amount of money can make up for a life...it's a sad day when a policeman can't see past the dollar signs to remember the months of training he went through, the vow that he is under to serve and to protect.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Shine


I shine the light of love and understanding.
Looking up at the night sky, I cannot count the multitude of stars, but the longer I look, the more I see. Each one is a beacon of light.
I, too, am a beacon of light, a light of love and understanding in the world. I may never know when my light is inspiring someone else along his or her way. I do know that as divine light shines through me, I radiate love and acceptance.
I feel joy as I consider that I am brought to each situation in my life for a purpose. It is up to me to let my light shine brightly, and I do, for I am expressing the divine light that illumines my soul.


"I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."--Isaiah 49:6





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Dancehall Queen Contest

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 20, 2009

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Grace


Grace inspires me to bless others.
Grace manifests as a continual flow of good into my life. I look for blessings, and whenever a surprise blessing causes me to smile, I know that it is the activity of grace.
Spirit brings me good and only good. In every situation, I know that divine guidance and grace will see me through.
Aware of Spirit's constant, steadying presence, I retain a bright outlook on life. My positive energy emanates from within me as a word of assurance or a helpful hand, letting others know I care. My loving thoughts and prayers touch others.
Grace inspires me to bless others, and blessings return to me greatly multiplied.


"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it."--1 Corinthians 3:10





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 19, 2009

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My Mission


I am an expression of God's love.
During my lifetime, I have the opportunity to explore many paths. I may fulfill several roles in my family; I may have different careers. I may be guided to pursue education or to travel to far-off lands.
Wherever I am and whatever I do, I remember that my true mission is to express God's love in the world.
I am an instrument of peace in times of conflict, beholding each person as a child of God. I am a channel for good as I share my blessings with others. In fulfilling my mission, I provide comfort and strength to those who may be struggling.
In simple ways every day, I am an expression of God's love, touching lives and making a difference.


"Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!"--Daniel 10:19





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Renewal


I am a radiant child of God. --Adapted from Daily Word, July 18, 1959
I am eternally revealing more of my inner perfection as a radiant child of God. The passing of years has no power to lessen this perfection. Each year lends new meaning to my unfoldment.
I am a radiant child of God. I approach each day with a fresh outlook. My interest in life is quickened. With renewed vigor I participate lovingly and enthusiastically in the activities that offer the greatest opportunities for me to express my talents and abilities.
I am a radiant child of God eternally unfolding more of the perfection of my indwelling Lord.


"Bless the Lord, O my soul, ... who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."--Psalm 103:1, 5





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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 17, 2009: The surviving members of the Jackson Five and brothers of the late King of Pop are set to be in Jamaica next week for the salute to Michael Jackson by Reggae Sumfest, the world`s greatest reggae festival.


Three of the original members of the Jackson Five are confirmed to arrive in Jamaica for the festival next Friday, officials of Summerfest Productions revealed yesterday. Toriano Adaryll `Tito` Jackson, Randy and Jackie Jackson have been confirmed but Marlon, the other original member of the band, may also join their brothers in Jamaica for the 17th annual presentation of Reggae Sumfest, which is this year dedicated to the memory of the fifth member of the Jackson Five, the late, great, Michael Joseph Jackson.



Tito Jackson is set to also perform on the final night of the show, Saturday, July 25th.
Officials also revealed that Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson`s three children will be guests of the Jamaica government at a later date. They will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for Michael Jackson by Summerfest productions.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 17, 2009

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Joy


My joy is complete through my connection with God.
I am a joyful child of God. On this day and every day, joy fills my heart and overflows into my conversations, work, and activities.
No person or circumstance can take away my happiness unless I let them. Joy is always accessible to me through the indwelling spirit of God.
In my daily spiritual practice, I release any cares or concerns. Connected in mind and heart with God, I then relax into a peaceful state of being.
From this place of calm, joy arises, and I know that all is well. I have the energy to go forth to do what I need to do.
Spirit invigorates me, and my joy is boundless.


"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"--1 Corinthians 3:16





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Following her arrest and charge for fraud, amounting to $7 million, attorney-at-law Antoinette Haughton Cardenas is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.



On July 2, Haughton Cardenas was arrested by Fraud Squad detectives and charged with defrauding one of her clients, 60-year-old farmer Samuel Rowe.



As the lawyer for Mr. Rowe, Haughton Cardenas in 2006 collected a cheque on his behalf for $7 million in damages, following a successful suit in the Supreme Court. Mr. Rowe had sued the May Pen Hospital for negligence.





Men on $9M ganja rap for court

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The five men, who were held in St. Elizabeth a week ago with 1,300 pounds of ganja, are to appear in court Thursday.



Among the five — who were held during an operation on the Luana Main Road in the parish — is a man who is said to be a major player in the drugs-for-guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti.



They were all charged in connection with last week's $9 million dollar ganja haul





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Canada’s capital will soon be blessed with the up beat one drop reggae rhythm, set to flood Lebreton Flats Festival Park at the second staging of the Ottawa Reggae Festival. Plans are in progress to saturate the place with full blown Reggae vibes on August 21, 22 and 23, 2009 and the spotlight will be on the strong contingent of Canadian talent.



It will be big things in a city that is used to the ‘grand and impressive”; where more than 6,000 reggae lovers flocked the inaugural annual festival last year. “That was supposed to be a one day show that was extended to two days by popular demand,” Danielle Vicha, Festival Director, told Yardflex recently. The success of 2008 influenced the festival’s current expansion allowing more artists to be featured over three days this year.



We want to offer more opportunities for Canadian artists to perform, ”Vicha said. “There will be a nice blend of Canadian artists representing the music community.”





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Emerge


I am embracing a new way of life.
I am ready to move beyond any shadow from my past. I don't let who I have been interfere with who I am becoming. I feel the excitement from accepting that I am ready to begin a new way of life.
I start by knowing that God is with me every step of the way. I pray for guidance, I listen for divine ideas, and I act on them with confidence.
I expect good to come to me and through me. I give and receive each blessing with gratitude.
Encouraged by the spirit of God within me, I embrace the possibilities ahead and move into a new way of living.


"And he said to the man who had the withered hand, 'Come forward.' ... 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched it out, and his hand was restored."--Mark 3:3, 5





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Inner Peace


I feel the peace of Spirit in this moment.
I take a few moments of rest from all activities--from thinking and talking, looking and doing--and become still. I let go of any expectations of what I should feel or do. The less I focus on myself and my surroundings, the more at peace I am.
As I maintain awareness of the present moment, there are no concerns to distract me, no disruptions to my time alone with God. I rest in the silence. Serenity washes over me, relaxing the muscles in my body. All tension is released.
The peace I experience in the quiet of this sacred moment brings respite and renewal, for great strength flows from the peace of God within.


"The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."--Numbers 6:26





Laden’s indecent language case put off

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Laden, who is known for his hit single Time to Shine case did not start as was expected yesterday (Tuesday) in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court.



The matter could not be heard as the artiste is presently on tour and his attorneys asked for a postponement.



The situation was further compounded by the absence of a Justice of the Peace for the sitting of the Petty Sessions Court.





Mavado involved in car accident

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Yardflex understand that dancehall DJ Mavado was involved in a car accident while on his way to perform at a show in Negril.
Thankfully, however, the DJ was not hurt Julian Jones-Griffith, Mavado’s manager, indicated late last night via his Twitter page that he was driving the vehicle, with Mavado as a passenger. Their vehicle was the lead car in a convoy of vehicles carrying other Alliance crew members including Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Chase Cross, Flexx, Tony Matterhorn and Boom Boom.





Lord help us

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By Rootsgirl
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After reading a story in the Star I had to wonder to myself what the world is coming to.; For all those who are saying that it’s just music then they had better rethink that one. An elderly man asked a teen to desist from listening to the ‘nasty’ music as all he was hearing was expletives and instead of obeying the elder the teen proceeded to attack the poor man, because he didn’t like the fact that he was being chided for his taste in music.



After going to court the teen eventually walked free as the elderly man spoke with his step father and decided not to press charges.



Now to tell the truth, I don’t think they did the best thing for him, cause no doubt he will again attack anyone else who dare to come between him and his nasty music.





Judah Tribe is blessed with success

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With a style that is reminiscent of the golden age of reggae music,
Judah Tribe has successfully honed its unique blend of soul reggae. Led by singer/guitarist Josh David and music director/keyboardist, Eric “The General” Toussaint, the 8 member ensemble of dynamism is no stranger to first class venues and lively music scene in the US and around the world.



Its members have international roots, stemming from: Africa, Jamaica, France, Haiti and the USA – giving Judah Tribe not only a unique eclectic sound, but also an amazingly huge international following.



“New Day Dawnin” is the title of their recently released debut album that highlights the group’s diversity. From the smooth love song, "Sometimes Love" to the highly political "Sleepwalker," Judah Tribe has captured the imagination of its fans.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Guidance


Divine light illumines my way.
Perhaps I am at a crossroads in life: If I go straight ahead, life continues much as it has been. If I turn to the right or left, I find a totally new adventure.
Whether I stay with the familiar or open to change, I will always be guided to my good as I follow the way illumined by divine light. With this guidance, I have nothing to fear. My clear thinking prepares me for the unexpected and the anticipated.
I understand by intuition. I know what feels right for me at the time. And it's okay if there are surprises along the way. I am flexible and strong in spirit.
I am blessed by the beauty and majesty of Creation that divine light reveals as I follow the illumined path that is before me.


"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light."--Genesis 1:3





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 13, 2009

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Prosperity


I live an abundant life and claim my good now.
If I want more abundance in my life, I need to ask myself: What kind of prosperity do I seek?
Prosperity is more than money. It is also well-being, loving relationships, and an awareness that I am a blessing in my home, workplace, and community.
All that God provides is available to me, for I am God's beloved child. I trust in God. I accept in mind, heart, and soul that I am worthy of God's abundant good in ever-increasing ways.
Wisdom flows through me as divine ideas that lead me to greater expressions of prosperity. I claim my good now. Blessed with health, love, and a sense of purpose, I live an abundant life.


"In him we live and move and have our being."--Acts 17:28





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony and peace.
A candle radiates light from the center of its flame. In the same way, the love of God glows from within me and radiates to the people around me.
As an expression of divine love, I respond to others with compassion. I welcome opportunities to share kind words, to act in thoughtful ways, and to show consideration for each person in my life.
As I bring harmony and understanding to my relationships, I am fulfilled, because I am serving a greater good. I am a channel of God's love and an ambassador of peace.
With the love of God to guide me, I live and work harmoniously with all whose lives I touch.


"Agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."--2 Corinthians 13:11





Yard Nursery rhymes

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Mary had a likkle lamb

Her father shot it dead.

Now it goes down quite a treat,

with rice and hard dough bread.



Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair.

Said Simple Simon to de Pieman,

What have you got there?

Said de Pieman unto Simon,

Pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive myself and others.
If ever I am disheartened by my own missteps or careless words, I renew myself emotionally and spiritually through prayer. Opening to God's grace, I affirm: God loves me unconditionally.
The more loving and gentle I am with myself, the more I am loving and gentle toward others. As I understand myself at a deeper level, I am more compassionate. Each day, I am given countless opportunities to gain wisdom, to share compassion, and to convey acceptance. And I do.
With a fresh and positive outlook, it is easier for me to extend forgiveness to myself and others. I accept God's love and know that I am whole and worthy just as I am.


"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn."--Hosea 6:3





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Addi De Teacha” Vybz Kartel making his Dollar Sign known as it claims the #1 spot for another week, making it three successive weeks.
While Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to makes threat for number one position, she sits comfortable at #2 and clenches the Shot To Watch title and copping the only New Entry for the chart this week with Lioness On The Rise at #20 on the Penthouse label.
Alliance top gunner Mavado keeps High Unda at #3 for one more week.
Alaine moves one up place with Never Done to take hold of the #4 spot.
Mr. Vegas slips with I Am Blessed into the #5 position leaving #4 after spending four weeks at number one.
“Energy God” Elephant Man makes praises with Hallelujah as it claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up in the #9 spot leaving #12.





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What’s with all these DJ and constantly being in trouble with the law. Maybe if they abandoned the bad man tunes and try to be better role models then things would be a whole lot better. At one point or another they have had to face the courts.



It’s a sad statement on our music and our culture when the persons who are supposed to be raising the flag and keeping the standards high are in and out of court for one misdemeanor or the other.



Ninja Man who showed some promise after spending time in prison and coming out pushing the One Umbrella movement is now battling to be a free man.





Flip it Fridays to rock the Quad

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Last Friday, the Appleton Temptation Isle lead-up event Flip It Friday took over New Kingston’s party headquarters, The Quad Nightclub. With house disc jockeys, free-flowing Appleton, and the unmistakable high energy flavour of communications giant Digicel. Flip It Fridays shook the venue with pulsating, well selected music, and flip phone giveaways.



The event is a part of Digicel’s energetic ‘Flip It To ATI’ campaign, for which dancehall’s ‘Energy god’ Elephant Man is the spokesperson.



“It was a perfect synergy. We needed someone who could aptly portray what this campaign is, and Elephant Man was simply perfect,” said Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Shelly Ann Curran.





Etana rocks Amsterdam

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Jamaican reggae artiste Etana rocked the European city of Amsterdam, with a performance like only the Strong One could on Sunday July 5.



Acclaimed as the reigning princess of reggae, Etana paraded a regal-looking outfit as she crooned her hit singles at the Two Seven Splash reggae concert, which also featured fellow reggae acts Bunny Wailer, Buju Banton, Irie Love, and Terry Lynn.



Etana treated the packed venue of screaming Reggae lovers to songs from her debut studio album The Strong One as well as some of her more recent studio work, which they loved. As she belted out tunes like Jah Chariot, Money, Roots Warrior Love, I Am Not Afraid, and more, as her planned set was interspersed with unplanned acapella renditions of tunes from the album like Free and Live and Love Life. With her catalogue of powerful reggae music, soulful songstress got the crowd excited, causing the audience people to chant along with her.





Ninja still behind bars

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The Don Gorgon's troubles are far from over as he faces even more jail time. Desmond Ballentine aka Ninja Man will have to spend more time behind bars following his arrest four months ago on murder and gun charges.



The DJ was further remanded in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court Thursday morning.



His attorneys are expected to renew their bail application next Friday, however, the court has set a preliminary enquiry date for September 7.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 10, 2009

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Faith


I am living in faith.
My faith stays with me throughout my day. Each meeting or encounter is a divine appointment. I am where I am meant to be to give and receive a blessing.
During the day, I may be a student, at other times a teacher, but always I am learning. As I connect with others, I focus on whatever benefits us mutually.
I may just "happen" to meet someone and learn of an opportunity that is perfect for me. Or in conversation, I may share information that is just what someone needed to hear.
Keeping my divine appointments each day, I am receptive to the myriad ways God works through people and circumstances to bless me. I am living in faith.


"Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God."--Jude 1:20-21





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The 2009 Montreal International Jazz Festival’s historic moments continued this week with a two pronged celebration of Jamaican musical rifts.



On July 6 the festival collaborated with the talented team of Swiss filmmaker Stascha Bader and Montreal based sound producer MossMan to launch the world premier of the documentary, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This was followed up with an absolutely amazing reunion with some of Jamaica’s most indomitable singers and musicians who threw a blast of a Rocksteady party on July 7 at the Jazz Festval’s free GM stage.



Nothing like this has ever taken place, neither the formal documenting of Rocksteady’s birth in film nor a reunion of many main Rocksteady ‘players’, performing for a crowd of approximately 150,000 strong.





Michael Jackson Humanitarian Deeds

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April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.



July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.



July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Comfort


God is my strength and my comfort.
On any given day, I may face a challenge. Some challenges, such as forgetting my wallet or having a flat tire, are quickly resolved. Others, such as the loss of someone special or a sudden change in my life's circumstances, take more time and strength. Whether I'm facing a small difficulty or a tougher one, the peace of God is my comfort.
I am comforted as I find a quiet place and close my eyes. I remind myself that I am God's beloved. Releasing all concern, I relax into the presence of absolute peace. Receiving the love of my Creator, I give thanks for the grace it brings.
God is my strength and my comfort.


"Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; ... For the Lord has comforted his people."--Isaiah 49:13









Scenes From Beenie Man's Summer Sizzle

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Scenes From Boasy Tuesday

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79 Year-Old Graduates from Literacy Programme

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Honestly, there is one thing we like about Jamaicans…it doesn’t matter how old they are they are still striving to excel. This news posted on JIS website was really encourage about a 79-year-old who finally learned to read.


Below is the inspiring article:
At the recent Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can) Literacy Programme graduation ceremony, in Gayle, St. Mary, a 79 year-old man sat proudly among his fellow teenage and middle age graduates.
Jepthah McIntosh was only 9 years old when his father died and his primary education came to a sudden halt, as he had to become 'man of the house', dimming his chances of going to a secondary school or even college.


"I wanted to learn to read and get a good education and things like that, but when my father passed away, I had to stay at home and help take care of my mother and my sisters," Mr. McIntosh tells JIS News, adding that while growing up, his dream was to become a doctor.





Jamaica is Third Happiest Nation on Earth

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Jamaica has moved up 50 places in the last three years to be ranked the third "happiest country" in the world", in the latest Happy Planet Index, published by Britain's New Economics Foundation.
Jamaica was placed 53rd on the list, an index of human well-being and environmental impact, when it was first published in July 2006. It moved up to third behind regional countries, Costa Rica, number one, and the Dominican Republic, number two, in the second report made public on Saturday.


The performances of the top three countries were indicative of the Central and South American region which ended up with nine of the top 10 places with Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras also included in the top 10. Cuba was ranked number seven.


The report said that Jamaica's appearance in the top three on the list came "somewhat" as a surprise as, "it is fair to say that the country has been in some economic trouble for over 30 years, resulting in high levels of inequality and unemployment and some of the highest homicide rates in the world.





New forms of Swine Flu?

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According to a reported posted on RJR’s website health care professionals in St. Catherine are questioning whether the country has been seeing mutated forms of the virus.



The question was put to the Director of Emergency Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock-Ducasse by the station who responded that there is no evidence to support this theory.



Dr. Bullock-Ducasse explained however that there are different strains of the virus referred to as sub-types.



She says the new subtype is what is now referred to as Influenza A H1N1 and is what is causing the pandemic.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Right Time


I trust God for the answer to my prayer.
What can I do when I feel frustrated that something I want to happen is delayed or shows no sign of coming about? I take time for prayer.
Prayer is my quiet time, the time when I relax, breathe deeply, and open myself to divine inspiration. Through prayer, I prepare myself to be divinely guided in all ways.
If at any time during the day or night I begin to feel anxious or concerned, I take a God-moment and pray. As I do, I become peaceful and calm. Right now, in this moment, my attention is on what is true for me at all times: I am one with God.
Although the answer to my prayer may not be apparent right now, my faith assures me that it will become clear to me.


"But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."--Romans 8:25





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





Goodbye Michael

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It was a touching memorial service yesterday as thousands turned out to say goodbye to the pop icon. The solemn note about the whole thing just got to us. Did you see his little daughter Paris Michael as she told how her father was the best…that should tell them he had nothing but love when it came to kids…what a lot of them didn’t realize is that Michael is a kid himself.
The outpouring of love from Usher…how he cracked up singing Gone Too Soon…and the tribute coming from Smokey Robinson…Brook Shields remembrance was oh so touching.
We could go on and on about the memorial service…but I know you all seen it. We are still touched.
To his family…we at Yardflex say…Michael…you really left us too soon.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Love


We are one in the love of God.
Love creates a circle of strength linking us with our family, friends, and mentors.
At the center of every circle of love is the presence of God, for God is love. As we unite with one another in times of celebration and in times of crisis, we are strengthened by the love of Spirit.
Love soothes the mind and heals the heart. Pure love knows no bounds or limitations. It can be shared and felt by people in the same room or separated by miles. The more love is shared, the more it grows. We invite others into our circle of love to be blessed and be a blessing, to give and to receive, to heal and be healed.


"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."--1 Chronicles 16:34





Child pornography laws finally coming

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Jamaica currently has no law which specifically treats with, or recognises child pornography as a distinct criminal offence. However, following the tabling of the Child Pornography (Prevention) Bill in Parliament, by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dorothy Lightbourne legislation will soon be in place to confront commercial sexual exploitation of children.



However, according to a JIS release, international efforts to combat child pornography have resulted in several conventions, including the 1999 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of Children.



The Bill provides for sentences of up to 20 years imprisonment, as well as fines of as much as $500,000.





What’s poppin

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Well Jimmy Riley has reasons to smile now. His wife dropped the assault charges that she had recently filed against him. Yeah man, she tell di court that they were receiving counseling and that the relationship was improving. She said she didn’t want to pursue the matter any further. Well wi all fi marriage and tings but if a man ever put him hand pon unno…just do whay Tarrus Riley sey, “cut if off!”





Michael Jackson memorial

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But a how dem a guh accommodate suh much people sah. Fi real it look a way, cause a nuff nuff people fly in for over di globe hoping to pay dem last respects to the king of pop. But fi real dem have a big disappointment cause di Staple Centre can only hold 20,000 people and dat include di officials dem. Well all dem haffi do is put up some big screens all over di world and it done a stream live aready so…dem can do like me stay glue to di tube!





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 6, 2009

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All Is Well


Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.
As surely as light follows the dark of night, I awake to the day knowing in my heart and soul that all is well.
If at any time today the order and harmony of some aspects of my life seem uncertain, I clear my mind of all concern. There is no need to worry. Just as season follows season, wave follows wave, and sunrise follows sunset, all is well.
I honor myself for the perfection that I am as one of God's creations. I know that I am in the right place at the right time. All that I do today and every day is blessed with God's goodness.
With gratitude, I affirm: Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.


"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!"--Psalm 108:1





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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In anticipation of high traffic summer activities such as the internationally acclaimed Reggae Sumfest festival in Montego Bay, event sponsor Air Jamaica, has made changes to its regular flight schedule, including the re-introduction of its ‘Night Bird’ service.
“We have added one more flight to Fort Lauderdale making it five daily flights to Fort Lauderdale, and that started on June 25. This is an added advantage for patrons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Air Jamaica Marketing Manager Tracy Ann Menzies.
According to Menzies, Air Jamaica has also expanded its New York route by re-introducing its once popular ‘Night Bird’ service for those jetsetters who like to squeeze the most out of the 24-hour workday.
“We have also introduced another flight to New York making it four daily flights,” she said.
“This New York addition is a prime flight because it is the reintroduction of our Night Bird service allowing our travellers to basically play or work all day, sleep on their way to their destination be it Jamaica or New York and wake up in the city.”
The Night Bird flights have passengers arriving in time for sunrise and coffee, with a midnight flight from Jamaica which gets into New York at 5:00am, and a 2:15 am flight from New York that arrives in Jamaica at approximately 5:00 am.
The airline has also increased its Orlando offerings to two flights per day every Tuesday and flights every other day except Sunday.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 4, 2009

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World Peace


We are peacemakers, expressing God's love in the world.
Long ago, a man called Johnny Appleseed roamed the wilderness of early America, sowing seeds that grew into apple trees that nourished a young nation. His gentle and kind nature, his generosity and vision, influenced generations.
In our day-to-day contacts with others, we also sow seeds--seeds of love, peace, and understanding. Centering ourselves in God's loving presence, we become ambassadors of peace as we move through the activities of our day.
As we share and express love to others, we spread peace in the world. By demonstrating compassion, wisdom, and understanding, we sow the seeds of peace wherever we go, with whomever we meet.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."--Matthew 5:9





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Lord deliver us!

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That’s it…just when I think we have sunk as low as we can go along comes a story that forces me to reconsider that thought!
Reading the Star about the story where a mother and her son forced a 15-year-old girl to have an abortion because she became pregnant for him.
Now you tell me this big old bark who should know better and yet he had unprotected sex with the girl. First of all, the teen is underage so there shouldn’t have been any sexual relationship of the kind. The mother instead of telling her son to stand up to his responsibilities…cause heaven knows we don’t expect her to turn him in to the authorities, compound the error by forcing the child to have an abortions.
Looking at the ramifications…she could be emotionally scarred for the rest of her life, not to mention that the abortion could prevent her from having another child later in life.
What that mother should do is encourage her son not to get involved in relationships with underage girls…where are the mothers to be standing up for their little girls?





Antoninette Haughton arrested for fraud

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Prominent attorney at Law and former talk show host Antoinette Haughton was arrested by the police and is now facing fraud charges.



She was arrested on Thursday afternoon by fraud squad detectives.



It is reported that a former client of Ms Haughton accused her of defrauding him of $7 million.





Call On Me

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 3, 2009

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Today's Word


I am free in mind, body, and spirit!
The freedom to travel and move about from area to area, country to country, does come with some rules and restrictions. Sometimes, too, delays happen, schedules change, and other routes and means of travel must be taken.
Spiritual freedom, however, has no limits. I can choose how I fill my heart and my mind. I can choose how I experience God, how I pray, and how I practice the presence of God in my daily life.
Embracing freedom of Spirit, I break through any self-imposed limitations and open myself to divine possibility. By choosing encouraging words, uplifting thoughts, and positive habits, I give full expression to my spiritual freedom.


"For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters."--Galatians 5:13





Hype TV Charts

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“Gaza Emperor” Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign holds down the #1 spot for another week. He now sits on top for two consecutive weeks.



Reggae music songstress Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to pose a threat for the top spot. The track is at #2 for one more week and also seizing Shot To Watch title again.



Mavado moves High Unda in the #3 to leave the #4 spot. The gully god is making strides for the peak position.



Mr.’ I Am Blessed’ Vegas tumbles in the #4 spot from #3 after spending a whopping four weeks in the number one position.



Sweet singing Alaine with Never Done keeps her position at #5.



Dancehall beautiful duo Brick &Lace with their contagious hit Bad 2 Da Bone takes claim of the Greatest Gainer title to jump four places up to #8 from #12.





Scenes From Bembe

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Four men killed on Port Henderson Road

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Five men were shot, four fatally by gunmen at Port Henderson Road, Portmore, St. Catherine last night. A firearm was seized in the incident.



Dead are brothers, Kirk and Ricardo Thomas otherwise called “Bully”, both of Charlemont Drive, Kingston 6, David Wisdom of Lyndale Avenue, Kingston 20 and Andrew Walker of an August Town, Kingston 7 address. Injured is a man of a Kingston 6 address.



According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 11:15 p.m., Ricardo who is the proprietor of the establishment was sitting at the bar with his brother and patrons at a dance when a group of men armed with guns, entered. The hoodlums opened fire at the group, hitting the men before escaping. Kirk, Ricardo, Wisdom and Walker died on the spot. The other man was taken to hospital where he is admitted in serious condition.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Stretch Free


I am awake to my infinite potential.
If I'm presented with an opportunity that seems too difficult, I remind myself that God is within me and nothing is too difficult for God. This truth awakens me to my infinite potential.
Reaching beyond any doubt or fear, I stretch my capacity to grow into my true potential. As a spiritual being, I am powerful, capable, and unlimited. I have infinite capabilities.
Eager to be all I can be, I accept both the challenges and opportunities that arise. I can do whatever is needed as I follow divine guidance and direction.
I rejoice that, in God, I have everything I need to soar to new heights.


"Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ."--Ephesians 4:15





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By: Jaide


Not even threats of increment weather could keep away a crowd of more than 150,000 Stevie Wonder diehard fans from the free opener of Montreal’s 30th International Jazz Festival on June 30.




Launched with such a bang, Jazz Fest 2009 seemed to reach its crescendo from jump with Stevie Wonder stressing the message of love in a set that was part Stevie’s greatest and part dedication to the late Michael Jackson.




In a stirring introductory monologue, Stevie, accompanied by daughter Iesha** spoke of his disillusionment with what he termed, “a bunch of bull****” that has been the focus of many media outlets about Michael Jackson. Stevie put spokes in the gossip and encouraged a celebration of Michael’s memory instead of degradation. He said, “We who love the fact that God blessed us with his [Michael’s] voice talent and music…can continue to keep the life and spirit of this man alive… If u wanna do something for his family and children, then buy his music…”






School in shock as 15-y-o dies during game

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Friends of Shadayne Smith, a 15-year-old resident of Woodlands in St Elizabeth, who collapsed and died last week at school while playing a game of 'water war' are still in shock.



The police report that the incident occurred at about 11:30 last Wednesday morning at the school. The teenager fell unconscious and was reportedly taken by the school nurse who rushed him to the Black River Hospital where he was pronounced dead.




Both students and staff at the school have expressed shock at the incident, noting that the youngster was “friendly and energetic”.





X-rated priest???

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A what really tek place with the big big tapanaris celebrity priest? When we hear dis one we nah tell no lie, we did haffi shout out, My God! No sah, if a so it go, it really bad. X-rated video and all dese tings. Everybody dun know say the priest-hood is a different kinda hood and dem people deh always quietly a seek fi satisfy demself wid the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. But a how him get so cayliss? Woi!!! Mi belly!!! Dis one is just too much. We haffi keep oonu posted cause it don’t look good at all.





Cameal Davis is a Dreamgirl

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Cameal Davis, the first female winner of the popular Digicel Rising Stars competition, will play a leading role in a local rendition of the popular film Dreamgirls.



In the summer production of the film, presented by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) at the Philip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Davis will be playing role as 'Effe', which was played by Hollywood actress, Jennifer Hudson in the movie..



The film which starred Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx, was a box office success in 2007 that spawned some popular hits and was loosely based on the success of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown.





$500,000 bail for evangelist Dr Paul Lewis

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New York-based evangelist, Dr Paul Lewis, who is facing carnal abuse and indecent assault charges, was granted $500,000 bail with sureties.



Lewis had previously been denied bail in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court. However, a bail application was made in chambers at the Supreme Court it was granted.




Lewis, who allegedly committed carnal abuse on a 15-year-old girl at a hotel in Westmoreland last month, is scheduled to return to court on July 7.





Hijacker mentally fit; goes to court July 13

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Stephen Fray, the man who attempted to hijack a Canjet airplane in Montego Bay two and a half months ago, is mentally fit to stand trial, reports from the psychiatrists who evaluated 21-year-old state.



Fray is now scheduled to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court, July 13, where he will answer to six criminal charges



According to reports, however, the two psychiatric evaluations which were done noted that Fray suffered from a mental disease known as schizophrenia which caused him to hear voices and see things that were not there.





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Despite the 32 confirmed cases in the island of influenza A (H1N1), more popularly called swine flu, the Ministry of Health has not at this time placed any restriction on public gatherings.



A release from the ministry said members of the public will, however, be notified if the situation changes as the confirmed cases are expected to increase.



The ministry indicated last week that there is now local transmission of the virus and this was expected. Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester, chief medical officer, stressed that there is no need for persons to wear masks during day-to-day activities.





10 Years since the Death of Dennis Brown

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy Anniversary

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Starting Monday, July 6, from 2:00pm – 5 pm, Clinton Lindsay, host of the popular radio show The Foundation, will expand the program via HYPERLINK ""www.CaribZone.com on the world-wide-web.



Mr. Lindsay, who played a major role in the development of Caribbean radio in New York City for over twenty-five years, will broadcast from studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his residence for the past six years. The Foundation will be aired Monday-Friday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.



The Foundation will continue Mr. Lindsay’s unique approach of highlighting music for the mature ear. The program, a long-time staple in New York and South Florida, combines a blend of Reggae, R&B and vintage Caribbean sounds to create “music to live by.





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After landing two prestigious awards recently, Air Jamaica’s in-flight magazine, SkyWritings, has further proven itself as a leading publication amongst the region’s many.



Adding “Magazine of the Year” to its award winning status at the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) Media Awards was the first feat accomplished - then SkyWritings went on to win the award for “Best Overall Feature” in the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Media Awards, for the story, “The Mystical, Magical Cockpit Country” By: Michael Robinson, published in the March/April “Green Issue”.



No stranger to the award winning circuit, SkyWritings magazine was previously bestowed with the Abe Issa Award for Excellence. Described as “…the next best thing to actually setting down on Caribbean soil,” the magazine has maintained the rank of being simply one of the very best.





Ottawa Reggae Festival

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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God in Me


God in me is my light and my understanding.
In order to grow in spiritual understanding, I must first realize that I have the capacity for it. I am a manifestation of God, and in God's likeness, I am all-wise and all-knowing.
To believe in the presence of God as Divine Mind in me is to identify myself with all light and knowledge.
Beginning today, I rise out of the belief that by nature I am limited in understanding. At all times, I think of myself as capable of knowing all truth. I learn to rely upon the light of God within to make clear whatever I desire to know.
--Adapted from the first Daily Word message, July 1, 1924


"For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord."--Isaiah 11:9





Reggae Sumfest 2018

Crown Group Pic 09 - 1.jpgAfter more than a year, Mighty Crown "The Far East Rulers" and Irish and Chin will embark on an explosive World Tour starting in October 2009 to celebrate another major career milestone, a third Nike sneaker deal. The Irish and Chin produced tour, dubbed "'The Mighty Crown Dynasty World Tour," after the soon-to-be released sneaker, will feature three of Mighty Crown's five members: Masta Simon, Sami T and Ninja. The Crown Dynasty Tour will represent the first time that Sami T and Masta Simon have toured together in over three years.



The super sound Mighty Crown has once again collaborated with Nike to release the Dynasty High sneaker. The unique studded sneaker is an elite revamp of Nike's 1981 original Dynasty High. Blazoned with the Crown logo on the tongue, the sneaker is being released in conjunction with the Anniversary of Mighty Crown's Yokohama Reggae Festival (SAI) -- Japan's largest Reggae stage show. Mighty Crown members believe that this accolade serves as the perfect time to celebrate with a highly anticipated tour. Additionally, according to fans, it's time for Mighty Crown to hit the road again with their dancehall madness!



Each of Crown's members has been pursuing successful endeavors recently, which has prevented them from touring together. Now, the Mighty Crown team is set to deliver over-the-top dancehall entertainment to their fans, who sometimes have just one opportunity a year to catch a glimpse of their favorite sound. With dates going quickly, the Crown Dynasty Tour is destined to be a hit.



Mighty Crown is the most successful non-Jamaican dancehall sound system worldwide. As a clash sound, they have defeated the best the arena has to offer. Meanwhile, as a jugglin' sound they have performed in places through out the world. At this time, Mighty Crown is armed, dangerous and ready for war. Masta Simon, one of the sounds founding members, has always respected juggling, but his passion truly lies in clashing. And why not? It's clashing that made the sound famous! The Crown Dynasty Tour will consist of both juggling and clash dates, something the sound took a break from. While Simon, Sami T and Ninja tour, members Supa Gee and Coji will continue locking down Japan.





Bar-Bee and The Game dating?

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barbee fix pic.jpgWhat’s the deal with Bar-Bee and gangsta rapper The Game. People are beginning to talk regarding her liaison with him.



The sexy dancehall diva has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, California these days, hanging out with Billboard riding rapper and actor, The Game. In fact, people are beginning to wonder what’s the deal with the two. Is the reggae princess hooking up with the gangsta rapper? The question was posed to her and she only laughed and said she has learnt her lesson the last time.



She wasn’t about to live her personal life in public again. “No comment,” was her response. What is confirmed, however, is that Barbee recently made a cameo appearance in The Game’s latest Hollywood movie, ‘House Arrest’. The movie – which also stars everyone’s favorite ‘Clueless’ girl Stacey Dash from the films ‘Chrome Angels’, ‘Phantom Punch’, Getting Played’ and the ‘CSI’ series – is described as a “dramedy” by director Billy Washington, and centers around a “high maintenance girl who meets a quick money scheming man.” Written by Andrea Weathersby, who also serves as an executive producer, ‘House Arrest’ is being executive produced by Cassius Vernon Weathersby. Weathersby has worked on such films as ‘You Got Served’ and ‘The Great White Hope’. The Game, who continues to develop his acting career, was last in the crime thriller ‘Street Kings’ alongside Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker. He has also starred in the movies ‘Waist Deep’, ‘Belly 2’, ‘Doctor’s Advocate’, among others, and featured in top ranking video games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Def Jam’. The Game’s top selling singles include ‘My Life’, ‘Games Pain’, ‘Hate It or Love It’, ‘How We Do’, ‘Dreams, ‘Lets Ride’, ‘Higher’, ‘One Blood’, among several others. According to sources, Barbee met The Game on her June 12 trip to California for the Junior Reid event.





Joke Of The Day

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smiley_lol.gifWhile on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.



When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table. And, she didn't miss them until after they had been driving about twenty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.



All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up one minute.



To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant and as the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "While you're in there, you might as well get my hat."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 31, 2009

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Polishing a beautiful gem, I bring forth its brilliance. As a layer of buildup is removed, the gem seems to shine from its own inner light.


I, too, have an inner light--the Christ light within, my hope of glory. This light shines through me to reveal the decision I am to make or action to take.
Whenever I need a clearer perspective of a situation, I rely on the light of the Christ within me. In prayer, I summon the Christ light to show me the way.


The clarity I receive eliminates any confusion or doubt, and I move forward with grace and ease.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."--Isaiah 60:1





Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert

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777px-Gay_flag_svg.pngYardflex came across this story on the site http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/673813
Check it out...artistes you had better clean up your acts!

Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert



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One of Jamaica's premier dancehall artists will not get the chance to "log on" at one of Toronto's biggest Caribana events, after the local gay community complained about his lyrics.

Controversial performer O'Neil Bryan, also known as Elephant Man, was pulled from the lineup of the Sunday-night concert, dubbed Caribana Celebrity Ball, scheduled at Circa nightclub in the Entertainment District.



Kim Montgomery, a spokesperson for Circa, said members of Toronto's gay community found his music offensive, so they asked the promoter to remove him from the bill, which also includes rapper Fabolous and R&B sensation Trey Songz.

"The second that we heard that he was considered offensive we decided that we should back away from promoting him as an artist," she said.

This is not the first time Elephant Man has had a run-in with the gay community, both in Toronto and his native Jamaica. In 2007, despite protest from human rights groups, Bryan was issued a visa to perform in Canada, prompting police officers from Toronto's hate crimes unit to monitor his songs for any utterance of anti-gay lyrics at his show at the Kool Haus. He was also monitored at shows in Winnipeg and Victoria.



Last year, gay rights activist groups advocated for a nationwide ban on what they called "murder music" being recorded and performed by artists like Elephant Man. They alleged that songs promoting gay-bashing, such as Elephant Man's "Log On," have motivated brutal attacks by mobs on Jamaican gays.

Montgomery said the event was set up by an outside promoter that did all the booking for the show and she had no clue that the artist in question had slanderous lyrics in his songs.

"The promoter totally understands," she said. "We knew that it was a no-brainer and something that we had to make a decision upon."





Brother-in-law killed in family dispute

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Dead is Newton Brown, while hospitalised is Verlie Pink both of Green Bottom.


According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 8:45 p.m., Brown and Pink, who are brothers-in-law, were involved in an argument which escalated into a fight. During the fracas, Pink was injured. The nephew, armed with a machete reportedly intervened and inflicted wounds to Brown. The two injured men were taken to hospital where Brown succumbed to his injuries and Pink was admitted in stable condition. The nephew was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.


The May Pen Police are investigating.





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According to the story during her brief stint on the Rock, her Twitter page was abuzz with updates varying from the sampling of local delicacies — oxtail, jerk as well as the more potent and widely sampled overproof rum — to fraternising with the international reggae crooner Jah Cure.


Hilson ‘twittered’ her admiration for the artiste, declaring herself as having a long-standing interest in his musical offerings. Indicative of a true fan, the songstress alluded to her ‘completeness’ after being introduced to the ‘Cure’, who was also a performer at the reggae festival. Hilson, through her Twitter page, made known her longing for a more Jamaican experience.


“And I was only too happy to provide it,” a smiling Jah Cure, who is riding high onthe succes of his album The Universal Cure, told Chat!. He said he met Keri at Sumfest as they both performed on Friday, International Night 1, “and I found out that she’s a fan of mine and wanted to get a taste of the real Yard vibes, so I made sure she had a good time,” he confided.
“I introduced her to ackee and saltfish, she likes ox-tail and she loves the vibes,” he said.
And what about the overproof? “Oh yeah … she got to sample that mixed with whatever she wanted, while I drank Hennessey,” Jah Cure mentioned.


Of the singer, Jah Cure, whose single Call On Me is hugely popular, said, “Keri has a wonderful spirit. She’s a loving person … caring, likes to help people and as an artiste you have to have all these qualities to appeal to your fans,” he elaborated.
The ‘natives’ — a term the Knock Me Down pop star frequently used in reference to all that is Jamaican — are widely known to be friendly, especially to visitors. Cure proved to be accommodating by offering an intimate tour of the second city, his hometown Montego Bay, to Hilson.





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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It’s court again for Bounty Killer

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Bounty_Killer_by_SlimSpidey.jpgToday, another attempt will be made to start the trial of dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce.

Pryce is to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Traffic Court on several counts of reckless and dangerous driving, as well as other traffic violations, including refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.



The dancehall artiste is accused of running seven stop lights in an incident in Half Way Tree late last year.

The trial was scheduled to get underway on May 12 however, the court was told that Mr. Pryce's attorney was off the island.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Look what police come to

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By Rootsgirl:Bwoy it reall bad and terrible when you spend so many years in the force and at the end of the day the record that speak for you is ugly testimonies in court describing you as some young girl’s ‘Sugar daddy’.
For a big married man and to have his family who are left to deal with the repercussions of his actions it’s a sad day in the life of a man who came through the ranks to hold that impressive position in the police force.


Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gilbert Kameka young sweetheart in her testimony to the court referred to him as her Sugar Daddy.
The witness said she was aware that the 48-year-old Kameka was a married man and that he had children.
The young woman, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder in 2007, made the admission in the Home Circuit Court under cross-examination by attorney Michael Lorne.


She had previously described Kameka as just a friend.
The witness was also implicated in Kameka’s murder — along with accused Massinissa Adams, Kemar Dawkins and Rohan Townsend — but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, for which she recieved a three-year suspended sentence.
Yesterday the witness, who is in the witness protection programme, was asked by Michael Lorne if Kameka was her ‘boops’, but she said she did not understand the term. She was then asked if the cop was her sugar daddy to which she said yes.


When further questioned, the witness said she was not made an offer for her testimony and expressed a desire to go home at the conclusion of the trial.
Whatever, the outcome of this trial, the damage is already done.





Scenes From Delle From Canada Boat Ride

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Scenes From Buju Banton Live In Concert

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Scenes From Independence Day Float Parade

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Hottie Hottie of the week

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Vote for the hottie of the week by choosing "A" or "B".
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Scenes From Independence Rollout 2

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Scenes From Bashment Granny 2 and Money Worries

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Shaggy_puru.jpgShaggy, who will be headlining the Ottawa Reggae Festival on August 23, was reportedly robbed last weekend in Dortmund, Germany, according to Germany’s BILD news.

Following what was described as a vibrant concert at the club Rush Hour, Mr Lover Lover, who was said to be a little tipsy that night, reportedly invited two young women to his hotel room following the concert.



The 18 and 19 year old girls reportedly took advantage of Shaggy, who was ‘put to bed’ by them –so to speak. Germany’s BILD said Shaggy slept so soundly after his evening with the groupie pair, that he was unaware of the two leaving his hotel room with jewelry that included diamonds and an I Phone all valued at about $150,000.

In the report Shaggy’s manager is said to have reported the robbery to the hotel’s reception at around 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning.

A police investigation quickly identified the blonde and brunette trickster thieves who were caught on the hotel’s security cameras and Shaggy’s belongings were returned to him.



Both thieves reportedly said it was not planned and they will face legal actions as a result. These are two ‘sexy ladies’ whose style the Grammy winning artist possibly abhors after that experience of being ‘duped’.

Shaggy told Germany’s Lifestyle television he is in the middle of an extensive tour at the moment that has seen him do live gigs and some club appearances. He said, “[We] stop here knock this out have some party have some fun…”

The tour will continue until the end of August Shaggy said; and this is when he will be in Canada’s capital to close off the upcoming three day Ottawa Reggae Festival to be held August 21, 22 and 23 at Lebreton Flats Park.





Record attendance at Sumfest Dancehall Night

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The 17th renewal of Reggae Sumfest will certainly go down in history for its record attendance on all three nights, especially on Dancehall Night, which attracted close to 20,000 patrrons inside the Cathering Hall venue in Montego Bay.


The greatest one night reggae festival on earth took place from July 19 -25, with Dancehall Night kicking off on Thursday July 23 to a packed-to-capacity venue. It was a night on which dancehall artistes gave their best … and then some. After all, it was Sumfest, the most international stage on which to perform locally.


The women of Sumfest, led by Marion ‘Lady’ Saw Hall, aka the Muma of the Dancehall, announced in no uncertain terms what she was at Sumfest to do. Entering centrestage dressed in lily white, flanked by two ‘angels’, Lady Saw declared with reverence, “Mi a go bless the stage before mi wreck the stage.” That was a signal of what was to come as she changed into maculne clothing and unleashed a string of hits from her versatile repertoire. Clearly in a playfully rude mood, she left mouths agape when she encouraged a Caucasian member of the audience to “pat” her kitty. A little in awe, he did as instructed, but it was just too soft for Saw and she urged him to pat with a little more force. It was just too hilarious.


However, whereas Lady Saw skillfully rode that thin line between slackness and downright vulgarity, deejay Macka Diamond bulldozed the Sumfest stage with lewdness and left nothing to the imagination.


Part owner of the infamous Rompin’ Shop, deejay Spice was in her element and she deejayed, danced and even sang. Yes, Grace, as she was christened, was amazing and gave a memorable performance.
D’Angel’s set was in three segments, but it is the go-go, pole gyrating, foot-in-the-air segment that stands out most. She did her songs, had all the props but somehow failed to really command the attention of the audience.





Joke Of The Day

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skin teeth.jpgMary had a likkle lamb. Her father shot it dead. Now it goes down quite a treat, with rice and hard dough bread.Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair said Simple Simon to de Pieman, what have you got there? said de Pieman unto Simon, pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall all de kings horses and all de kings men, said "cha , 'im, only a egg."

Jack and Jill went up de hill to have a likkle fun. Idyat Jill forget she pill and now them have a son.





Champions in Action returns to Jam World

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CHAMPION IN ACTION.jpgLong-established stage show Champions in Action returns to Jam World Saturday August 15 with, as always, a line-up that fits the show's name.

Subtitled "Bigger and Better this Year," Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Elephant Man, John Holt, Etana, Assassin, Spice and I Wayne are the confirmed acts, with more icons of Jamaican music about to be added.

"We will be having just the right amount of artists this year," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "We will be giving patrons exactly what they want, with each artist having enough time to give their fans what they want."

Known for staging shows with memorable performances and incident free events, promoters Presidential Click, will as usual be giving part proceeds to their annual back-to-school treat for inner city children across political boundaries of West Kingston.

Its the first stage show of this magnitude in the Corporate Area since Sting and one patrons are eager for.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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20090729.jpgI am one with God in all I do.
I align with divine order today by becoming still. I enter a special time of quiet in which I am only conscious of God's presence. I relax and allow every breath to take me deeper into my experience of God.
My mind is quiet. I listen. In the silence, ideas present themselves. They are ideas that reflect my soul's greatest desires for wisdom, health, abundance, and harmony.


My desires come from the wisdom of my soul, and they are mine to claim and to act upon. I affirm divine order throughout the day and know right outcomes will appear at the perfect time, in the perfect way. I put God first and experience being one with the One in all I do.
"The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits."-€“James 3:17





It’s a win for Shelly-Ann Fraser in Monaco

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Shelly-Ann Fraser.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser, Beijing Olympic gold medallist today edged out fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to win the women’s 100 metres at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Fraser clocked 10.91 to win ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who did 10.97.
Campbell-Brown, the Beijing Olympic 200-metre champion, ended third in 11.03.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 54.20.
Lashinda Demus of the USA easily won in 52.63.





Teen caught having sex with pig

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pigy.jpgA psychiatric evaluation was ordered to be done on an18-year-old by a Resident Magistrate in Lucea last week following his being charged with raping of a pig in the parish a few weeks ago.

The accused, who is of a Westmoreland address, will return to court on October 2, at which time the report should be ready. He remains in police custody until then.
According to reports on Sunday, July 12, locals in the Harvey River district of Hanover area caught the teen being intimate with the beast along a riverbank.



It is alleged that while at the river, the teen was seen in the nude, washing the rear of the pig before proceeding to have sexual intercourse with the animal.
An alarm was raised and the man ran leaving his pants and underwear behind.
The Lucea police later arrested the accused after a report was made and charged him with bestiality.





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Beenie Man ruled!

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DSC_0760.JPGIt was Beenie Man all the way at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex on Thursday. The organizers officially crowned him King of the Dancehall and he lived up to the title in every way. Beenie Man was the crowd’s darling and he could do no wrong fro them. From the word go, he was totally in charge as he give them exactly what they wanted – real entertainment. When he poked a little fun at Bounty and D’Angel with the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney combination The Girl Is Mine the crowd ate it all up.

Beenie wasn’t the only one who delivered big time on the stage dancehall night, Bounty Killer came out in a militant mood declaring himself as the poor people’s voice. He made it clear he is a man now and not a youth…before going into a totally satisfying performance. His other Alliance stable mate Mavado did not have any such luck as he failed to get the crowd going. Vybz Kartel on the other hand was a hit with the ‘Gaza friendly’ crowd. It was twice the fun when later on he joined Beenie Man on stage.

Earlier in the evening young acts such as Stacious, G-Mac and I-Octane managed to give account of themselves. Digicel Diva D’Angel came out more like a go-go- dancer pole and all and for all that still fell flat in her performance. The other Digicel Diva Lady Saw showed why she is called the Queen of the dancehall. She had the crowd lapping up everything she dished out. It was even more fun she incited a Caucasian to “pat her front’ it was hilarious watching the timid man trying to obey Saw’s instruction to pat and talk dirty to her. Other acts for the night that represented really well were Flippa Mafia, Assassin, Elephant Man, Demarco, Kip Rich, Assassin and Busy Signal.




Father shine lef son

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vado_sf.jpgBut a wha dat wi si Alliance a send out email a talk bout sey Bounty Killer and Mavado teck Sumfest? Yes, wi agree sey Bounty Killer teck it to dem and come out shining. Him did really represent fi di Alliance, but wi caan sey di same bout Mavado. Him flop seven ways from Sunday. Nutten neva gwaan fi him, di crowd stand up lacka soldier fi him and rail fi Bounty.
F idem care him coulda just stay pon di rock…and nuh come down.



What a big crowd dancehall night
Bwoy, what a record crowd fi dancehall night. A wonder if a thru dem did sey dem a guh crown Beenie Man king and him fans neva waan miss it. Fi real, mi sey afta di show finish, reporter and everybody stand up still a look tink sey Beenie Man a come back pon stage. A ongle afta di MC come out and sey si unno tomorrow dat dem finally meck a move fi leave.





Farewell Lady B

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Lady Gladys Bustamante.jpgLady Gladys Bustamante died on Saturday in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital. She had been ailing in recent years and was confined to bed.
Tributes have since been flowing in for the stalwart who stood up for women’s rights.


The latest has come from the People’s National Party Women’s Movement. According to the movement It is with deep regret that it offers its condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Lady Gladys Bustamante. who died on Saturday at the age 97.
The orgnisation noted that Lady B was regarded as the mother of the Nation, a loving, brave and caring person, who demonstrated these qualities by dedicating her life to worthy causes which impacted on the poor and disadvantaged in society .One of her proudest achievements was assistance she gave to The Bustamante Children Hospital named after her late husband National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante.


She was the devoted wife of Sir Alexander Bustamante and was his eyes and ears, and a consummate adviser to him until his passing, the women’s movement noted.
The PNP Women's Movement proudly acknowledges her lasting contribution to various women movements and issues pertaining to women throughout the years.





Whats Popping

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Public Defender looking into Kentucky Kid case

whatspoppin.pngDem sey to be poor is a crime but mi glad fi si sey sometimes the bigger heads dem look out for the underdog.
Cause look ho di policeman crash inno di upcoming DJ Kentucky Kid car and waan meck it look like sey it neva happen.
Dem seize di youth vehicle and if him neva tan up strong it woulda look like sey a him wrong.


Wi glad sey di Public Defender Earl Witter a look into it and wi hope him duh much more dan dat. Wi hope sey him represent him and si to it dat di DJ get justice.
And anedda ting, wi really hope sey di police car did insure tuh…cause a nuf nuff police wi know whey a drive pon road without insurance, just through dem can depend pon dem squaddie to overlook dat.





Featured Party

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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Scenes From Pier One Fashion Show Wednesday

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Scenes From Dutty Fridays

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The 2009 staging of dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest held at the Catherine Hall Centre in Montego Bay drew one of the its largest crowd in the 17th year of the festival. Special tribute was paid to Beenie Man, where a citation was handed over to him by the organizer. He was also crowned by Lady Saw, The Queen Of The Dancehall. Sumfest production paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson. Good performances came from Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and Spice. Other who also grace the stage where Flippa Maffiah who threw away several thousand dollars in the crowd, which in cludes UIS and Jamaican dollars, D-Angel, G-Mac, Poor N’ Boasy, Demarco, Assassin, Lady Saw, Mavodo, Vybes Kartel, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Spryng I, Voice Mail, Macka Diamon, I-Octane, Prodigal Son, Stacious, Nature, Mikey Ranks, Golden Voice, Mr. Chumps and Mr. Kruger.





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July 24th – July 30rd, 2009



TW LW WC ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL - Peak Position

01 01 20 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-2wks@1

02 02 13 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor) -Shot to Watch

03 04 12 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon

04 08 08 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records- Greatest Gainer up4

05 03 15 Vybz Katel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

06 06 11 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod.

07 05 18 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1





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My time at Tempo, lasted about 4 or 5 months. My talent was realized but not appreciated, I slaved week after week not seeing my home to keep the network afloat.
Ripper, you know how dread that grind was... Doing the work of five men is not easy & with equipment that is unrealistic for the output expected from a lunatic, while existing within a surreal bad acid trip environment alters your vision of reality & awakens demons that crush your creativity.
FM is sadly in too deep with the dark side. As is typical of workers of iniquity, you can become persuaded by their guile but being saturated in evil, involuntary muscles spasms do occur, giving way to untimely outbursts of unsightly horrendous, freaks of nature.



The good from my time a Tempo most definitely are the soldiers that I have gotten to know & built a better vibes with David Cropper, Shelton Alexis, Bami, Ripper, them boy is soldiers. God is great & he know how he does form units to do his bidding. I am glad the time has come for all now to speak up unified.



Sheldon Waldron/ WARTONE
Lead Video Editor
Tempo ‘08





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 24, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


New and wondrous joys await me.
If I hold on to negative expectations or doubt, I close myself off from fully realizing the goodness of God.
Conversely, when I expect the best, I make room for it in my life. This understanding allows me to let go of any negativity blocking my prospects for a fuller life.
In prayer, I express any concerns and release them to God. In the quiet, I receive new insights and greater understanding.
I allow my progress to continue by not taking back any of my old worries. I have let them go, and I trust God to guide me forward. Expecting only the best, I am prepared for and accept the new and wondrous joys that await me.


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight."--Proverbs 3:5





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Kingston, Jamaica:- Montego Bay, Jamaica will come alive from July 19 25 when Summerfest Productions invades the city with the most anticipated event of the summer, Reggae Sumfest.



The Festival, dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth', is known around the world for providing patrons with the ultimate entertainment package, as people not only flock to Jamaica's second city for the music, but also to see the fashions and sample other sumptuous delights available at the event.



The annual event not only brings some of the island's top reggae and dancehall artistes to one stage, but also incorporates some of the biggest acts on the international circuit. Year after year, thousands from far and wide invade the otherwise quiet city, to revel in the pulsating sounds of the bands, music echoing through strategically placed Reggae Sumfest speakers.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Sacred Connection


We are beloved of God.
God's spirit is within me and every other person in the world. This is a sacred connection that we have with God and with one another.
I share a divine kinship with every man, woman, and child on the planet. I treat others with reverence and caring just as I would my own family. And I treat myself in the same caring way.
Kind thoughts and expressions of forgiveness, love, peace, and goodwill are shared by me and others. Those I pass on the street or in the workplace, and those who live in my home--we all share a common identity.
We recognize and treat one another as the beloved creations of God that we are.


"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."--1 Peter 4:10





Popular selector Richie Feelings, was hurt after a brawl at the weekly session on Constant Spring Road, Uptown Mondays. The selector, who also hosts Feelings Fridays, was at the controls when all hell broke loose and there was a stampede.
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Reports are that things were going great at the regular Monday night session — the vibe was building, patrons were streaming in — when at about 1:40 am the mood changed.
According to one eyewitness, Mark, “I can’t really tell you what happened. I was there and then the next thing I see is the crowd moving a way and me just see like a stampede, but me can’t tell you what happen and how it start.”
When the crowd cleared and the dust settled, popular selector, Richie Feelings was left nursing a gash over the eye and his face was covered in blood, but no-one could identify what brought about all of this.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Centered


I live in harmony with all Creation.
Keeping my life in balance gives me stability through life's twists and turns. So if I'm feeling down, I do something good for someone else, which naturally lifts my spirits.
If I feel a lack energy, I exercise, which calls forth power from a reservoir within me. I make and keep regular prayer or meditation appointments, ensuring that I have time alone with God each day.
The serenity I experience brings an inner and outer balance to my life. Connected to the good in me, I am in harmony with the good of all Creation.
Centering myself in God, the source of all life, brings life into perspective.


"Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you."--Job 22:21





Capleton, the fire never stops blazing!

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By Lydia Patel

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The original fireman himself, Capleton tore up the Koolhaus Saturday night in Toronto. An estimated 2,000 people were out in attendance for the annual redemption show that promises nothing the best in reggae that the city can offer. It was a night of great vibes and definitely lots of fire. He delivered a high impact, energetic show for a full hour and fifteen minutes. The entire night was dedicated to reggae music…with Dj Starting from Skratch at the turntables. Capleton’s excellent stage presence and command of the crowd keeps him as one of premier reggae entertainers in the business. Torontonians were at their feet and of course, with their lighters in the air! He recently wrapped up another stellar performance at the 6th edition of Montreal International Reggae Festival where he headlined Saturday’s dancehall night. Capleton delivered a mix of accapella, while dressed in his all gold regalia for the night. Once he hit the stage we knew that the fireman would be here for a minute.





Chris Brown Apologises

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Tito the only Jackson brother coming for Sumfest

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Last week Thursday at an emergency press conference hosted jointly by Summerfest Productions and the Ministry of Culture, it was announced that three brothers of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, were coming to Jamaica and two of them would perform at Reggae Sumfest. The three brothers who were confirmed to travel to the island were Tito, Jackie and Randy Jackson, former members of the sensational US group, the Jackson 5.



Tito, it was stated, was set to also perform on International Night II, Saturday July 25 alongside his brother Randy.



Yesterday, however, in response to damning Internet reports of another Jackson brother — Jermaine — blasting wire reports that he and his brothers were coming to Jamaica, Sumfest organizers declared that at no time was Jermaine said to be coming to Jamaica.
Sumfest promoter Robert Russell, is quoted in one daily newspaper as saying, “Tito and Jackie are already confirmed, and we are awaiting confirmation from Randy and Marlon.”





How corruption fi stop

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By Rootsgirl
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Honestly, I have to wonder how inhell corruption is going to stop when those who are charged with maintaining the laws are the very ones breaking it. Take the care of the police man in yesterday's Star report who is now behind bars because he allegedly sold a colleague's weapon to gunmen.



Not only is he putting his own co-workers lives in danger, but he himself could someday end up being a victim of the very same gun.



No amount of money can make up for a life...it's a sad day when a policeman can't see past the dollar signs to remember the months of training he went through, the vow that he is under to serve and to protect.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Shine


I shine the light of love and understanding.
Looking up at the night sky, I cannot count the multitude of stars, but the longer I look, the more I see. Each one is a beacon of light.
I, too, am a beacon of light, a light of love and understanding in the world. I may never know when my light is inspiring someone else along his or her way. I do know that as divine light shines through me, I radiate love and acceptance.
I feel joy as I consider that I am brought to each situation in my life for a purpose. It is up to me to let my light shine brightly, and I do, for I am expressing the divine light that illumines my soul.


"I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."--Isaiah 49:6





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 20, 2009

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Grace


Grace inspires me to bless others.
Grace manifests as a continual flow of good into my life. I look for blessings, and whenever a surprise blessing causes me to smile, I know that it is the activity of grace.
Spirit brings me good and only good. In every situation, I know that divine guidance and grace will see me through.
Aware of Spirit's constant, steadying presence, I retain a bright outlook on life. My positive energy emanates from within me as a word of assurance or a helpful hand, letting others know I care. My loving thoughts and prayers touch others.
Grace inspires me to bless others, and blessings return to me greatly multiplied.


"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it."--1 Corinthians 3:10





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 19, 2009

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My Mission


I am an expression of God's love.
During my lifetime, I have the opportunity to explore many paths. I may fulfill several roles in my family; I may have different careers. I may be guided to pursue education or to travel to far-off lands.
Wherever I am and whatever I do, I remember that my true mission is to express God's love in the world.
I am an instrument of peace in times of conflict, beholding each person as a child of God. I am a channel for good as I share my blessings with others. In fulfilling my mission, I provide comfort and strength to those who may be struggling.
In simple ways every day, I am an expression of God's love, touching lives and making a difference.


"Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!"--Daniel 10:19





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Renewal


I am a radiant child of God. --Adapted from Daily Word, July 18, 1959
I am eternally revealing more of my inner perfection as a radiant child of God. The passing of years has no power to lessen this perfection. Each year lends new meaning to my unfoldment.
I am a radiant child of God. I approach each day with a fresh outlook. My interest in life is quickened. With renewed vigor I participate lovingly and enthusiastically in the activities that offer the greatest opportunities for me to express my talents and abilities.
I am a radiant child of God eternally unfolding more of the perfection of my indwelling Lord.


"Bless the Lord, O my soul, ... who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."--Psalm 103:1, 5





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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 17, 2009: The surviving members of the Jackson Five and brothers of the late King of Pop are set to be in Jamaica next week for the salute to Michael Jackson by Reggae Sumfest, the world`s greatest reggae festival.


Three of the original members of the Jackson Five are confirmed to arrive in Jamaica for the festival next Friday, officials of Summerfest Productions revealed yesterday. Toriano Adaryll `Tito` Jackson, Randy and Jackie Jackson have been confirmed but Marlon, the other original member of the band, may also join their brothers in Jamaica for the 17th annual presentation of Reggae Sumfest, which is this year dedicated to the memory of the fifth member of the Jackson Five, the late, great, Michael Joseph Jackson.



Tito Jackson is set to also perform on the final night of the show, Saturday, July 25th.
Officials also revealed that Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson`s three children will be guests of the Jamaica government at a later date. They will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for Michael Jackson by Summerfest productions.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 17, 2009

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Joy


My joy is complete through my connection with God.
I am a joyful child of God. On this day and every day, joy fills my heart and overflows into my conversations, work, and activities.
No person or circumstance can take away my happiness unless I let them. Joy is always accessible to me through the indwelling spirit of God.
In my daily spiritual practice, I release any cares or concerns. Connected in mind and heart with God, I then relax into a peaceful state of being.
From this place of calm, joy arises, and I know that all is well. I have the energy to go forth to do what I need to do.
Spirit invigorates me, and my joy is boundless.


"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"--1 Corinthians 3:16





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Following her arrest and charge for fraud, amounting to $7 million, attorney-at-law Antoinette Haughton Cardenas is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.



On July 2, Haughton Cardenas was arrested by Fraud Squad detectives and charged with defrauding one of her clients, 60-year-old farmer Samuel Rowe.



As the lawyer for Mr. Rowe, Haughton Cardenas in 2006 collected a cheque on his behalf for $7 million in damages, following a successful suit in the Supreme Court. Mr. Rowe had sued the May Pen Hospital for negligence.





Men on $9M ganja rap for court

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The five men, who were held in St. Elizabeth a week ago with 1,300 pounds of ganja, are to appear in court Thursday.



Among the five — who were held during an operation on the Luana Main Road in the parish — is a man who is said to be a major player in the drugs-for-guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti.



They were all charged in connection with last week's $9 million dollar ganja haul





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Canada’s capital will soon be blessed with the up beat one drop reggae rhythm, set to flood Lebreton Flats Festival Park at the second staging of the Ottawa Reggae Festival. Plans are in progress to saturate the place with full blown Reggae vibes on August 21, 22 and 23, 2009 and the spotlight will be on the strong contingent of Canadian talent.



It will be big things in a city that is used to the ‘grand and impressive”; where more than 6,000 reggae lovers flocked the inaugural annual festival last year. “That was supposed to be a one day show that was extended to two days by popular demand,” Danielle Vicha, Festival Director, told Yardflex recently. The success of 2008 influenced the festival’s current expansion allowing more artists to be featured over three days this year.



We want to offer more opportunities for Canadian artists to perform, ”Vicha said. “There will be a nice blend of Canadian artists representing the music community.”





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Emerge


I am embracing a new way of life.
I am ready to move beyond any shadow from my past. I don't let who I have been interfere with who I am becoming. I feel the excitement from accepting that I am ready to begin a new way of life.
I start by knowing that God is with me every step of the way. I pray for guidance, I listen for divine ideas, and I act on them with confidence.
I expect good to come to me and through me. I give and receive each blessing with gratitude.
Encouraged by the spirit of God within me, I embrace the possibilities ahead and move into a new way of living.


"And he said to the man who had the withered hand, 'Come forward.' ... 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched it out, and his hand was restored."--Mark 3:3, 5





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Inner Peace


I feel the peace of Spirit in this moment.
I take a few moments of rest from all activities--from thinking and talking, looking and doing--and become still. I let go of any expectations of what I should feel or do. The less I focus on myself and my surroundings, the more at peace I am.
As I maintain awareness of the present moment, there are no concerns to distract me, no disruptions to my time alone with God. I rest in the silence. Serenity washes over me, relaxing the muscles in my body. All tension is released.
The peace I experience in the quiet of this sacred moment brings respite and renewal, for great strength flows from the peace of God within.


"The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."--Numbers 6:26





Laden’s indecent language case put off

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Laden, who is known for his hit single Time to Shine case did not start as was expected yesterday (Tuesday) in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court.



The matter could not be heard as the artiste is presently on tour and his attorneys asked for a postponement.



The situation was further compounded by the absence of a Justice of the Peace for the sitting of the Petty Sessions Court.





Mavado involved in car accident

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Yardflex understand that dancehall DJ Mavado was involved in a car accident while on his way to perform at a show in Negril.
Thankfully, however, the DJ was not hurt Julian Jones-Griffith, Mavado’s manager, indicated late last night via his Twitter page that he was driving the vehicle, with Mavado as a passenger. Their vehicle was the lead car in a convoy of vehicles carrying other Alliance crew members including Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Chase Cross, Flexx, Tony Matterhorn and Boom Boom.





Lord help us

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After reading a story in the Star I had to wonder to myself what the world is coming to.; For all those who are saying that it’s just music then they had better rethink that one. An elderly man asked a teen to desist from listening to the ‘nasty’ music as all he was hearing was expletives and instead of obeying the elder the teen proceeded to attack the poor man, because he didn’t like the fact that he was being chided for his taste in music.



After going to court the teen eventually walked free as the elderly man spoke with his step father and decided not to press charges.



Now to tell the truth, I don’t think they did the best thing for him, cause no doubt he will again attack anyone else who dare to come between him and his nasty music.





Judah Tribe is blessed with success

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With a style that is reminiscent of the golden age of reggae music,
Judah Tribe has successfully honed its unique blend of soul reggae. Led by singer/guitarist Josh David and music director/keyboardist, Eric “The General” Toussaint, the 8 member ensemble of dynamism is no stranger to first class venues and lively music scene in the US and around the world.



Its members have international roots, stemming from: Africa, Jamaica, France, Haiti and the USA – giving Judah Tribe not only a unique eclectic sound, but also an amazingly huge international following.



“New Day Dawnin” is the title of their recently released debut album that highlights the group’s diversity. From the smooth love song, "Sometimes Love" to the highly political "Sleepwalker," Judah Tribe has captured the imagination of its fans.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Guidance


Divine light illumines my way.
Perhaps I am at a crossroads in life: If I go straight ahead, life continues much as it has been. If I turn to the right or left, I find a totally new adventure.
Whether I stay with the familiar or open to change, I will always be guided to my good as I follow the way illumined by divine light. With this guidance, I have nothing to fear. My clear thinking prepares me for the unexpected and the anticipated.
I understand by intuition. I know what feels right for me at the time. And it's okay if there are surprises along the way. I am flexible and strong in spirit.
I am blessed by the beauty and majesty of Creation that divine light reveals as I follow the illumined path that is before me.


"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light."--Genesis 1:3





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 13, 2009

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Prosperity


I live an abundant life and claim my good now.
If I want more abundance in my life, I need to ask myself: What kind of prosperity do I seek?
Prosperity is more than money. It is also well-being, loving relationships, and an awareness that I am a blessing in my home, workplace, and community.
All that God provides is available to me, for I am God's beloved child. I trust in God. I accept in mind, heart, and soul that I am worthy of God's abundant good in ever-increasing ways.
Wisdom flows through me as divine ideas that lead me to greater expressions of prosperity. I claim my good now. Blessed with health, love, and a sense of purpose, I live an abundant life.


"In him we live and move and have our being."--Acts 17:28





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony and peace.
A candle radiates light from the center of its flame. In the same way, the love of God glows from within me and radiates to the people around me.
As an expression of divine love, I respond to others with compassion. I welcome opportunities to share kind words, to act in thoughtful ways, and to show consideration for each person in my life.
As I bring harmony and understanding to my relationships, I am fulfilled, because I am serving a greater good. I am a channel of God's love and an ambassador of peace.
With the love of God to guide me, I live and work harmoniously with all whose lives I touch.


"Agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."--2 Corinthians 13:11





Yard Nursery rhymes

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Mary had a likkle lamb

Her father shot it dead.

Now it goes down quite a treat,

with rice and hard dough bread.



Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair.

Said Simple Simon to de Pieman,

What have you got there?

Said de Pieman unto Simon,

Pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive myself and others.
If ever I am disheartened by my own missteps or careless words, I renew myself emotionally and spiritually through prayer. Opening to God's grace, I affirm: God loves me unconditionally.
The more loving and gentle I am with myself, the more I am loving and gentle toward others. As I understand myself at a deeper level, I am more compassionate. Each day, I am given countless opportunities to gain wisdom, to share compassion, and to convey acceptance. And I do.
With a fresh and positive outlook, it is easier for me to extend forgiveness to myself and others. I accept God's love and know that I am whole and worthy just as I am.


"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn."--Hosea 6:3





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Addi De Teacha” Vybz Kartel making his Dollar Sign known as it claims the #1 spot for another week, making it three successive weeks.
While Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to makes threat for number one position, she sits comfortable at #2 and clenches the Shot To Watch title and copping the only New Entry for the chart this week with Lioness On The Rise at #20 on the Penthouse label.
Alliance top gunner Mavado keeps High Unda at #3 for one more week.
Alaine moves one up place with Never Done to take hold of the #4 spot.
Mr. Vegas slips with I Am Blessed into the #5 position leaving #4 after spending four weeks at number one.
“Energy God” Elephant Man makes praises with Hallelujah as it claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up in the #9 spot leaving #12.





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What’s with all these DJ and constantly being in trouble with the law. Maybe if they abandoned the bad man tunes and try to be better role models then things would be a whole lot better. At one point or another they have had to face the courts.



It’s a sad statement on our music and our culture when the persons who are supposed to be raising the flag and keeping the standards high are in and out of court for one misdemeanor or the other.



Ninja Man who showed some promise after spending time in prison and coming out pushing the One Umbrella movement is now battling to be a free man.





Flip it Fridays to rock the Quad

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Last Friday, the Appleton Temptation Isle lead-up event Flip It Friday took over New Kingston’s party headquarters, The Quad Nightclub. With house disc jockeys, free-flowing Appleton, and the unmistakable high energy flavour of communications giant Digicel. Flip It Fridays shook the venue with pulsating, well selected music, and flip phone giveaways.



The event is a part of Digicel’s energetic ‘Flip It To ATI’ campaign, for which dancehall’s ‘Energy god’ Elephant Man is the spokesperson.



“It was a perfect synergy. We needed someone who could aptly portray what this campaign is, and Elephant Man was simply perfect,” said Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Shelly Ann Curran.





Etana rocks Amsterdam

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Jamaican reggae artiste Etana rocked the European city of Amsterdam, with a performance like only the Strong One could on Sunday July 5.



Acclaimed as the reigning princess of reggae, Etana paraded a regal-looking outfit as she crooned her hit singles at the Two Seven Splash reggae concert, which also featured fellow reggae acts Bunny Wailer, Buju Banton, Irie Love, and Terry Lynn.



Etana treated the packed venue of screaming Reggae lovers to songs from her debut studio album The Strong One as well as some of her more recent studio work, which they loved. As she belted out tunes like Jah Chariot, Money, Roots Warrior Love, I Am Not Afraid, and more, as her planned set was interspersed with unplanned acapella renditions of tunes from the album like Free and Live and Love Life. With her catalogue of powerful reggae music, soulful songstress got the crowd excited, causing the audience people to chant along with her.





Ninja still behind bars

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The Don Gorgon's troubles are far from over as he faces even more jail time. Desmond Ballentine aka Ninja Man will have to spend more time behind bars following his arrest four months ago on murder and gun charges.



The DJ was further remanded in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court Thursday morning.



His attorneys are expected to renew their bail application next Friday, however, the court has set a preliminary enquiry date for September 7.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 10, 2009

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Faith


I am living in faith.
My faith stays with me throughout my day. Each meeting or encounter is a divine appointment. I am where I am meant to be to give and receive a blessing.
During the day, I may be a student, at other times a teacher, but always I am learning. As I connect with others, I focus on whatever benefits us mutually.
I may just "happen" to meet someone and learn of an opportunity that is perfect for me. Or in conversation, I may share information that is just what someone needed to hear.
Keeping my divine appointments each day, I am receptive to the myriad ways God works through people and circumstances to bless me. I am living in faith.


"Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God."--Jude 1:20-21





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The 2009 Montreal International Jazz Festival’s historic moments continued this week with a two pronged celebration of Jamaican musical rifts.



On July 6 the festival collaborated with the talented team of Swiss filmmaker Stascha Bader and Montreal based sound producer MossMan to launch the world premier of the documentary, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This was followed up with an absolutely amazing reunion with some of Jamaica’s most indomitable singers and musicians who threw a blast of a Rocksteady party on July 7 at the Jazz Festval’s free GM stage.



Nothing like this has ever taken place, neither the formal documenting of Rocksteady’s birth in film nor a reunion of many main Rocksteady ‘players’, performing for a crowd of approximately 150,000 strong.





Michael Jackson Humanitarian Deeds

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April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.



July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.



July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Comfort


God is my strength and my comfort.
On any given day, I may face a challenge. Some challenges, such as forgetting my wallet or having a flat tire, are quickly resolved. Others, such as the loss of someone special or a sudden change in my life's circumstances, take more time and strength. Whether I'm facing a small difficulty or a tougher one, the peace of God is my comfort.
I am comforted as I find a quiet place and close my eyes. I remind myself that I am God's beloved. Releasing all concern, I relax into the presence of absolute peace. Receiving the love of my Creator, I give thanks for the grace it brings.
God is my strength and my comfort.


"Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; ... For the Lord has comforted his people."--Isaiah 49:13









Scenes From Beenie Man's Summer Sizzle

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Scenes From Boasy Tuesday

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79 Year-Old Graduates from Literacy Programme

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Honestly, there is one thing we like about Jamaicans…it doesn’t matter how old they are they are still striving to excel. This news posted on JIS website was really encourage about a 79-year-old who finally learned to read.


Below is the inspiring article:
At the recent Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can) Literacy Programme graduation ceremony, in Gayle, St. Mary, a 79 year-old man sat proudly among his fellow teenage and middle age graduates.
Jepthah McIntosh was only 9 years old when his father died and his primary education came to a sudden halt, as he had to become 'man of the house', dimming his chances of going to a secondary school or even college.


"I wanted to learn to read and get a good education and things like that, but when my father passed away, I had to stay at home and help take care of my mother and my sisters," Mr. McIntosh tells JIS News, adding that while growing up, his dream was to become a doctor.





Jamaica is Third Happiest Nation on Earth

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Jamaica has moved up 50 places in the last three years to be ranked the third "happiest country" in the world", in the latest Happy Planet Index, published by Britain's New Economics Foundation.
Jamaica was placed 53rd on the list, an index of human well-being and environmental impact, when it was first published in July 2006. It moved up to third behind regional countries, Costa Rica, number one, and the Dominican Republic, number two, in the second report made public on Saturday.


The performances of the top three countries were indicative of the Central and South American region which ended up with nine of the top 10 places with Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras also included in the top 10. Cuba was ranked number seven.


The report said that Jamaica's appearance in the top three on the list came "somewhat" as a surprise as, "it is fair to say that the country has been in some economic trouble for over 30 years, resulting in high levels of inequality and unemployment and some of the highest homicide rates in the world.





New forms of Swine Flu?

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According to a reported posted on RJR’s website health care professionals in St. Catherine are questioning whether the country has been seeing mutated forms of the virus.



The question was put to the Director of Emergency Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock-Ducasse by the station who responded that there is no evidence to support this theory.



Dr. Bullock-Ducasse explained however that there are different strains of the virus referred to as sub-types.



She says the new subtype is what is now referred to as Influenza A H1N1 and is what is causing the pandemic.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Right Time


I trust God for the answer to my prayer.
What can I do when I feel frustrated that something I want to happen is delayed or shows no sign of coming about? I take time for prayer.
Prayer is my quiet time, the time when I relax, breathe deeply, and open myself to divine inspiration. Through prayer, I prepare myself to be divinely guided in all ways.
If at any time during the day or night I begin to feel anxious or concerned, I take a God-moment and pray. As I do, I become peaceful and calm. Right now, in this moment, my attention is on what is true for me at all times: I am one with God.
Although the answer to my prayer may not be apparent right now, my faith assures me that it will become clear to me.


"But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."--Romans 8:25





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





Goodbye Michael

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It was a touching memorial service yesterday as thousands turned out to say goodbye to the pop icon. The solemn note about the whole thing just got to us. Did you see his little daughter Paris Michael as she told how her father was the best…that should tell them he had nothing but love when it came to kids…what a lot of them didn’t realize is that Michael is a kid himself.
The outpouring of love from Usher…how he cracked up singing Gone Too Soon…and the tribute coming from Smokey Robinson…Brook Shields remembrance was oh so touching.
We could go on and on about the memorial service…but I know you all seen it. We are still touched.
To his family…we at Yardflex say…Michael…you really left us too soon.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Love


We are one in the love of God.
Love creates a circle of strength linking us with our family, friends, and mentors.
At the center of every circle of love is the presence of God, for God is love. As we unite with one another in times of celebration and in times of crisis, we are strengthened by the love of Spirit.
Love soothes the mind and heals the heart. Pure love knows no bounds or limitations. It can be shared and felt by people in the same room or separated by miles. The more love is shared, the more it grows. We invite others into our circle of love to be blessed and be a blessing, to give and to receive, to heal and be healed.


"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."--1 Chronicles 16:34





Child pornography laws finally coming

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Jamaica currently has no law which specifically treats with, or recognises child pornography as a distinct criminal offence. However, following the tabling of the Child Pornography (Prevention) Bill in Parliament, by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dorothy Lightbourne legislation will soon be in place to confront commercial sexual exploitation of children.



However, according to a JIS release, international efforts to combat child pornography have resulted in several conventions, including the 1999 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of Children.



The Bill provides for sentences of up to 20 years imprisonment, as well as fines of as much as $500,000.





What’s poppin

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Well Jimmy Riley has reasons to smile now. His wife dropped the assault charges that she had recently filed against him. Yeah man, she tell di court that they were receiving counseling and that the relationship was improving. She said she didn’t want to pursue the matter any further. Well wi all fi marriage and tings but if a man ever put him hand pon unno…just do whay Tarrus Riley sey, “cut if off!”





Michael Jackson memorial

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But a how dem a guh accommodate suh much people sah. Fi real it look a way, cause a nuff nuff people fly in for over di globe hoping to pay dem last respects to the king of pop. But fi real dem have a big disappointment cause di Staple Centre can only hold 20,000 people and dat include di officials dem. Well all dem haffi do is put up some big screens all over di world and it done a stream live aready so…dem can do like me stay glue to di tube!





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 6, 2009

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All Is Well


Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.
As surely as light follows the dark of night, I awake to the day knowing in my heart and soul that all is well.
If at any time today the order and harmony of some aspects of my life seem uncertain, I clear my mind of all concern. There is no need to worry. Just as season follows season, wave follows wave, and sunrise follows sunset, all is well.
I honor myself for the perfection that I am as one of God's creations. I know that I am in the right place at the right time. All that I do today and every day is blessed with God's goodness.
With gratitude, I affirm: Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.


"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!"--Psalm 108:1





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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In anticipation of high traffic summer activities such as the internationally acclaimed Reggae Sumfest festival in Montego Bay, event sponsor Air Jamaica, has made changes to its regular flight schedule, including the re-introduction of its ‘Night Bird’ service.
“We have added one more flight to Fort Lauderdale making it five daily flights to Fort Lauderdale, and that started on June 25. This is an added advantage for patrons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Air Jamaica Marketing Manager Tracy Ann Menzies.
According to Menzies, Air Jamaica has also expanded its New York route by re-introducing its once popular ‘Night Bird’ service for those jetsetters who like to squeeze the most out of the 24-hour workday.
“We have also introduced another flight to New York making it four daily flights,” she said.
“This New York addition is a prime flight because it is the reintroduction of our Night Bird service allowing our travellers to basically play or work all day, sleep on their way to their destination be it Jamaica or New York and wake up in the city.”
The Night Bird flights have passengers arriving in time for sunrise and coffee, with a midnight flight from Jamaica which gets into New York at 5:00am, and a 2:15 am flight from New York that arrives in Jamaica at approximately 5:00 am.
The airline has also increased its Orlando offerings to two flights per day every Tuesday and flights every other day except Sunday.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 4, 2009

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World Peace


We are peacemakers, expressing God's love in the world.
Long ago, a man called Johnny Appleseed roamed the wilderness of early America, sowing seeds that grew into apple trees that nourished a young nation. His gentle and kind nature, his generosity and vision, influenced generations.
In our day-to-day contacts with others, we also sow seeds--seeds of love, peace, and understanding. Centering ourselves in God's loving presence, we become ambassadors of peace as we move through the activities of our day.
As we share and express love to others, we spread peace in the world. By demonstrating compassion, wisdom, and understanding, we sow the seeds of peace wherever we go, with whomever we meet.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."--Matthew 5:9





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Lord deliver us!

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That’s it…just when I think we have sunk as low as we can go along comes a story that forces me to reconsider that thought!
Reading the Star about the story where a mother and her son forced a 15-year-old girl to have an abortion because she became pregnant for him.
Now you tell me this big old bark who should know better and yet he had unprotected sex with the girl. First of all, the teen is underage so there shouldn’t have been any sexual relationship of the kind. The mother instead of telling her son to stand up to his responsibilities…cause heaven knows we don’t expect her to turn him in to the authorities, compound the error by forcing the child to have an abortions.
Looking at the ramifications…she could be emotionally scarred for the rest of her life, not to mention that the abortion could prevent her from having another child later in life.
What that mother should do is encourage her son not to get involved in relationships with underage girls…where are the mothers to be standing up for their little girls?





Antoninette Haughton arrested for fraud

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Prominent attorney at Law and former talk show host Antoinette Haughton was arrested by the police and is now facing fraud charges.



She was arrested on Thursday afternoon by fraud squad detectives.



It is reported that a former client of Ms Haughton accused her of defrauding him of $7 million.





Call On Me

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 3, 2009

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Today's Word


I am free in mind, body, and spirit!
The freedom to travel and move about from area to area, country to country, does come with some rules and restrictions. Sometimes, too, delays happen, schedules change, and other routes and means of travel must be taken.
Spiritual freedom, however, has no limits. I can choose how I fill my heart and my mind. I can choose how I experience God, how I pray, and how I practice the presence of God in my daily life.
Embracing freedom of Spirit, I break through any self-imposed limitations and open myself to divine possibility. By choosing encouraging words, uplifting thoughts, and positive habits, I give full expression to my spiritual freedom.


"For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters."--Galatians 5:13





Hype TV Charts

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“Gaza Emperor” Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign holds down the #1 spot for another week. He now sits on top for two consecutive weeks.



Reggae music songstress Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to pose a threat for the top spot. The track is at #2 for one more week and also seizing Shot To Watch title again.



Mavado moves High Unda in the #3 to leave the #4 spot. The gully god is making strides for the peak position.



Mr.’ I Am Blessed’ Vegas tumbles in the #4 spot from #3 after spending a whopping four weeks in the number one position.



Sweet singing Alaine with Never Done keeps her position at #5.



Dancehall beautiful duo Brick &Lace with their contagious hit Bad 2 Da Bone takes claim of the Greatest Gainer title to jump four places up to #8 from #12.





Scenes From Bembe

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Four men killed on Port Henderson Road

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Five men were shot, four fatally by gunmen at Port Henderson Road, Portmore, St. Catherine last night. A firearm was seized in the incident.



Dead are brothers, Kirk and Ricardo Thomas otherwise called “Bully”, both of Charlemont Drive, Kingston 6, David Wisdom of Lyndale Avenue, Kingston 20 and Andrew Walker of an August Town, Kingston 7 address. Injured is a man of a Kingston 6 address.



According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 11:15 p.m., Ricardo who is the proprietor of the establishment was sitting at the bar with his brother and patrons at a dance when a group of men armed with guns, entered. The hoodlums opened fire at the group, hitting the men before escaping. Kirk, Ricardo, Wisdom and Walker died on the spot. The other man was taken to hospital where he is admitted in serious condition.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Stretch Free


I am awake to my infinite potential.
If I'm presented with an opportunity that seems too difficult, I remind myself that God is within me and nothing is too difficult for God. This truth awakens me to my infinite potential.
Reaching beyond any doubt or fear, I stretch my capacity to grow into my true potential. As a spiritual being, I am powerful, capable, and unlimited. I have infinite capabilities.
Eager to be all I can be, I accept both the challenges and opportunities that arise. I can do whatever is needed as I follow divine guidance and direction.
I rejoice that, in God, I have everything I need to soar to new heights.


"Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ."--Ephesians 4:15





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By: Jaide


Not even threats of increment weather could keep away a crowd of more than 150,000 Stevie Wonder diehard fans from the free opener of Montreal’s 30th International Jazz Festival on June 30.




Launched with such a bang, Jazz Fest 2009 seemed to reach its crescendo from jump with Stevie Wonder stressing the message of love in a set that was part Stevie’s greatest and part dedication to the late Michael Jackson.




In a stirring introductory monologue, Stevie, accompanied by daughter Iesha** spoke of his disillusionment with what he termed, “a bunch of bull****” that has been the focus of many media outlets about Michael Jackson. Stevie put spokes in the gossip and encouraged a celebration of Michael’s memory instead of degradation. He said, “We who love the fact that God blessed us with his [Michael’s] voice talent and music…can continue to keep the life and spirit of this man alive… If u wanna do something for his family and children, then buy his music…”






School in shock as 15-y-o dies during game

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Friends of Shadayne Smith, a 15-year-old resident of Woodlands in St Elizabeth, who collapsed and died last week at school while playing a game of 'water war' are still in shock.



The police report that the incident occurred at about 11:30 last Wednesday morning at the school. The teenager fell unconscious and was reportedly taken by the school nurse who rushed him to the Black River Hospital where he was pronounced dead.




Both students and staff at the school have expressed shock at the incident, noting that the youngster was “friendly and energetic”.





X-rated priest???

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A what really tek place with the big big tapanaris celebrity priest? When we hear dis one we nah tell no lie, we did haffi shout out, My God! No sah, if a so it go, it really bad. X-rated video and all dese tings. Everybody dun know say the priest-hood is a different kinda hood and dem people deh always quietly a seek fi satisfy demself wid the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. But a how him get so cayliss? Woi!!! Mi belly!!! Dis one is just too much. We haffi keep oonu posted cause it don’t look good at all.





Cameal Davis is a Dreamgirl

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Cameal Davis, the first female winner of the popular Digicel Rising Stars competition, will play a leading role in a local rendition of the popular film Dreamgirls.



In the summer production of the film, presented by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) at the Philip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Davis will be playing role as 'Effe', which was played by Hollywood actress, Jennifer Hudson in the movie..



The film which starred Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx, was a box office success in 2007 that spawned some popular hits and was loosely based on the success of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown.





$500,000 bail for evangelist Dr Paul Lewis

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New York-based evangelist, Dr Paul Lewis, who is facing carnal abuse and indecent assault charges, was granted $500,000 bail with sureties.



Lewis had previously been denied bail in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court. However, a bail application was made in chambers at the Supreme Court it was granted.




Lewis, who allegedly committed carnal abuse on a 15-year-old girl at a hotel in Westmoreland last month, is scheduled to return to court on July 7.





Hijacker mentally fit; goes to court July 13

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Stephen Fray, the man who attempted to hijack a Canjet airplane in Montego Bay two and a half months ago, is mentally fit to stand trial, reports from the psychiatrists who evaluated 21-year-old state.



Fray is now scheduled to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court, July 13, where he will answer to six criminal charges



According to reports, however, the two psychiatric evaluations which were done noted that Fray suffered from a mental disease known as schizophrenia which caused him to hear voices and see things that were not there.





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Despite the 32 confirmed cases in the island of influenza A (H1N1), more popularly called swine flu, the Ministry of Health has not at this time placed any restriction on public gatherings.



A release from the ministry said members of the public will, however, be notified if the situation changes as the confirmed cases are expected to increase.



The ministry indicated last week that there is now local transmission of the virus and this was expected. Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester, chief medical officer, stressed that there is no need for persons to wear masks during day-to-day activities.





10 Years since the Death of Dennis Brown

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy Anniversary

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Starting Monday, July 6, from 2:00pm – 5 pm, Clinton Lindsay, host of the popular radio show The Foundation, will expand the program via HYPERLINK ""www.CaribZone.com on the world-wide-web.



Mr. Lindsay, who played a major role in the development of Caribbean radio in New York City for over twenty-five years, will broadcast from studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his residence for the past six years. The Foundation will be aired Monday-Friday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.



The Foundation will continue Mr. Lindsay’s unique approach of highlighting music for the mature ear. The program, a long-time staple in New York and South Florida, combines a blend of Reggae, R&B and vintage Caribbean sounds to create “music to live by.





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After landing two prestigious awards recently, Air Jamaica’s in-flight magazine, SkyWritings, has further proven itself as a leading publication amongst the region’s many.



Adding “Magazine of the Year” to its award winning status at the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) Media Awards was the first feat accomplished - then SkyWritings went on to win the award for “Best Overall Feature” in the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Media Awards, for the story, “The Mystical, Magical Cockpit Country” By: Michael Robinson, published in the March/April “Green Issue”.



No stranger to the award winning circuit, SkyWritings magazine was previously bestowed with the Abe Issa Award for Excellence. Described as “…the next best thing to actually setting down on Caribbean soil,” the magazine has maintained the rank of being simply one of the very best.





Ottawa Reggae Festival

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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God in Me


God in me is my light and my understanding.
In order to grow in spiritual understanding, I must first realize that I have the capacity for it. I am a manifestation of God, and in God's likeness, I am all-wise and all-knowing.
To believe in the presence of God as Divine Mind in me is to identify myself with all light and knowledge.
Beginning today, I rise out of the belief that by nature I am limited in understanding. At all times, I think of myself as capable of knowing all truth. I learn to rely upon the light of God within to make clear whatever I desire to know.
--Adapted from the first Daily Word message, July 1, 1924


"For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord."--Isaiah 11:9





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Bar-Bee and The Game dating?

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barbee fix pic.jpgWhat’s the deal with Bar-Bee and gangsta rapper The Game. People are beginning to talk regarding her liaison with him.



The sexy dancehall diva has been spending a lot of time in Los Angeles, California these days, hanging out with Billboard riding rapper and actor, The Game. In fact, people are beginning to wonder what’s the deal with the two. Is the reggae princess hooking up with the gangsta rapper? The question was posed to her and she only laughed and said she has learnt her lesson the last time.



She wasn’t about to live her personal life in public again. “No comment,” was her response. What is confirmed, however, is that Barbee recently made a cameo appearance in The Game’s latest Hollywood movie, ‘House Arrest’. The movie – which also stars everyone’s favorite ‘Clueless’ girl Stacey Dash from the films ‘Chrome Angels’, ‘Phantom Punch’, Getting Played’ and the ‘CSI’ series – is described as a “dramedy” by director Billy Washington, and centers around a “high maintenance girl who meets a quick money scheming man.” Written by Andrea Weathersby, who also serves as an executive producer, ‘House Arrest’ is being executive produced by Cassius Vernon Weathersby. Weathersby has worked on such films as ‘You Got Served’ and ‘The Great White Hope’. The Game, who continues to develop his acting career, was last in the crime thriller ‘Street Kings’ alongside Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker. He has also starred in the movies ‘Waist Deep’, ‘Belly 2’, ‘Doctor’s Advocate’, among others, and featured in top ranking video games like ‘Grand Theft Auto’ and ‘Def Jam’. The Game’s top selling singles include ‘My Life’, ‘Games Pain’, ‘Hate It or Love It’, ‘How We Do’, ‘Dreams, ‘Lets Ride’, ‘Higher’, ‘One Blood’, among several others. According to sources, Barbee met The Game on her June 12 trip to California for the Junior Reid event.





Joke Of The Day

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smiley_lol.gifWhile on a road trip, an elderly couple stopped at a roadside restaurant for lunch. After finishing their meal, they left the restaurant and resumed their trip.



When leaving, the elderly woman unknowingly left her glasses on the table. And, she didn't miss them until after they had been driving about twenty minutes. By then, to add to the aggravation, they had to travel quite a distance before they could find a place to turn around in order to return to the restaurant to retrieve her glasses.



All the way back, the elderly husband became the classic grouchy old man. He fussed and complained and scolded his wife relentlessly during the entire return drive. The more he chided her, the more agitated he became. He just wouldn't let up one minute.



To her relief, they finally arrived at the restaurant and as the woman got out of the car and hurried inside to retrieve her glasses, the old geezer yelled to her, "While you're in there, you might as well get my hat."





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 31, 2009

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20090731.jpgI am confident and serene.
Polishing a beautiful gem, I bring forth its brilliance. As a layer of buildup is removed, the gem seems to shine from its own inner light.


I, too, have an inner light--the Christ light within, my hope of glory. This light shines through me to reveal the decision I am to make or action to take.
Whenever I need a clearer perspective of a situation, I rely on the light of the Christ within me. In prayer, I summon the Christ light to show me the way.


The clarity I receive eliminates any confusion or doubt, and I move forward with grace and ease.
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you."--Isaiah 60:1





Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert

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777px-Gay_flag_svg.pngYardflex came across this story on the site http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/673813
Check it out...artistes you had better clean up your acts!

Gay-slurring performer pulled from concert



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One of Jamaica's premier dancehall artists will not get the chance to "log on" at one of Toronto's biggest Caribana events, after the local gay community complained about his lyrics.

Controversial performer O'Neil Bryan, also known as Elephant Man, was pulled from the lineup of the Sunday-night concert, dubbed Caribana Celebrity Ball, scheduled at Circa nightclub in the Entertainment District.



Kim Montgomery, a spokesperson for Circa, said members of Toronto's gay community found his music offensive, so they asked the promoter to remove him from the bill, which also includes rapper Fabolous and R&B sensation Trey Songz.

"The second that we heard that he was considered offensive we decided that we should back away from promoting him as an artist," she said.

This is not the first time Elephant Man has had a run-in with the gay community, both in Toronto and his native Jamaica. In 2007, despite protest from human rights groups, Bryan was issued a visa to perform in Canada, prompting police officers from Toronto's hate crimes unit to monitor his songs for any utterance of anti-gay lyrics at his show at the Kool Haus. He was also monitored at shows in Winnipeg and Victoria.



Last year, gay rights activist groups advocated for a nationwide ban on what they called "murder music" being recorded and performed by artists like Elephant Man. They alleged that songs promoting gay-bashing, such as Elephant Man's "Log On," have motivated brutal attacks by mobs on Jamaican gays.

Montgomery said the event was set up by an outside promoter that did all the booking for the show and she had no clue that the artist in question had slanderous lyrics in his songs.

"The promoter totally understands," she said. "We knew that it was a no-brainer and something that we had to make a decision upon."





Brother-in-law killed in family dispute

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Dead is Newton Brown, while hospitalised is Verlie Pink both of Green Bottom.


According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 8:45 p.m., Brown and Pink, who are brothers-in-law, were involved in an argument which escalated into a fight. During the fracas, Pink was injured. The nephew, armed with a machete reportedly intervened and inflicted wounds to Brown. The two injured men were taken to hospital where Brown succumbed to his injuries and Pink was admitted in stable condition. The nephew was subsequently arrested and taken into police custody.


The May Pen Police are investigating.





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According to the story during her brief stint on the Rock, her Twitter page was abuzz with updates varying from the sampling of local delicacies — oxtail, jerk as well as the more potent and widely sampled overproof rum — to fraternising with the international reggae crooner Jah Cure.


Hilson ‘twittered’ her admiration for the artiste, declaring herself as having a long-standing interest in his musical offerings. Indicative of a true fan, the songstress alluded to her ‘completeness’ after being introduced to the ‘Cure’, who was also a performer at the reggae festival. Hilson, through her Twitter page, made known her longing for a more Jamaican experience.


“And I was only too happy to provide it,” a smiling Jah Cure, who is riding high onthe succes of his album The Universal Cure, told Chat!. He said he met Keri at Sumfest as they both performed on Friday, International Night 1, “and I found out that she’s a fan of mine and wanted to get a taste of the real Yard vibes, so I made sure she had a good time,” he confided.
“I introduced her to ackee and saltfish, she likes ox-tail and she loves the vibes,” he said.
And what about the overproof? “Oh yeah … she got to sample that mixed with whatever she wanted, while I drank Hennessey,” Jah Cure mentioned.


Of the singer, Jah Cure, whose single Call On Me is hugely popular, said, “Keri has a wonderful spirit. She’s a loving person … caring, likes to help people and as an artiste you have to have all these qualities to appeal to your fans,” he elaborated.
The ‘natives’ — a term the Knock Me Down pop star frequently used in reference to all that is Jamaican — are widely known to be friendly, especially to visitors. Cure proved to be accommodating by offering an intimate tour of the second city, his hometown Montego Bay, to Hilson.





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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It’s court again for Bounty Killer

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Bounty_Killer_by_SlimSpidey.jpgToday, another attempt will be made to start the trial of dancehall artiste Bounty Killer, whose real name is Rodney Pryce.

Pryce is to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Traffic Court on several counts of reckless and dangerous driving, as well as other traffic violations, including refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test.



The dancehall artiste is accused of running seven stop lights in an incident in Half Way Tree late last year.

The trial was scheduled to get underway on May 12 however, the court was told that Mr. Pryce's attorney was off the island.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Look what police come to

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By Rootsgirl:Bwoy it reall bad and terrible when you spend so many years in the force and at the end of the day the record that speak for you is ugly testimonies in court describing you as some young girl’s ‘Sugar daddy’.
For a big married man and to have his family who are left to deal with the repercussions of his actions it’s a sad day in the life of a man who came through the ranks to hold that impressive position in the police force.


Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gilbert Kameka young sweetheart in her testimony to the court referred to him as her Sugar Daddy.
The witness said she was aware that the 48-year-old Kameka was a married man and that he had children.
The young woman, who was 18 years old at the time of the murder in 2007, made the admission in the Home Circuit Court under cross-examination by attorney Michael Lorne.


She had previously described Kameka as just a friend.
The witness was also implicated in Kameka’s murder — along with accused Massinissa Adams, Kemar Dawkins and Rohan Townsend — but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob, for which she recieved a three-year suspended sentence.
Yesterday the witness, who is in the witness protection programme, was asked by Michael Lorne if Kameka was her ‘boops’, but she said she did not understand the term. She was then asked if the cop was her sugar daddy to which she said yes.


When further questioned, the witness said she was not made an offer for her testimony and expressed a desire to go home at the conclusion of the trial.
Whatever, the outcome of this trial, the damage is already done.





Scenes From Delle From Canada Boat Ride

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Scenes From Buju Banton Live In Concert

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Scenes From Independence Day Float Parade

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Hottie Hottie of the week

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Vote for the hottie of the week by choosing "A" or "B".
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Scenes From Independence Rollout 2

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Scenes From Bashment Granny 2 and Money Worries

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Shaggy_puru.jpgShaggy, who will be headlining the Ottawa Reggae Festival on August 23, was reportedly robbed last weekend in Dortmund, Germany, according to Germany’s BILD news.

Following what was described as a vibrant concert at the club Rush Hour, Mr Lover Lover, who was said to be a little tipsy that night, reportedly invited two young women to his hotel room following the concert.



The 18 and 19 year old girls reportedly took advantage of Shaggy, who was ‘put to bed’ by them –so to speak. Germany’s BILD said Shaggy slept so soundly after his evening with the groupie pair, that he was unaware of the two leaving his hotel room with jewelry that included diamonds and an I Phone all valued at about $150,000.

In the report Shaggy’s manager is said to have reported the robbery to the hotel’s reception at around 11:00 o’clock on Sunday morning.

A police investigation quickly identified the blonde and brunette trickster thieves who were caught on the hotel’s security cameras and Shaggy’s belongings were returned to him.



Both thieves reportedly said it was not planned and they will face legal actions as a result. These are two ‘sexy ladies’ whose style the Grammy winning artist possibly abhors after that experience of being ‘duped’.

Shaggy told Germany’s Lifestyle television he is in the middle of an extensive tour at the moment that has seen him do live gigs and some club appearances. He said, “[We] stop here knock this out have some party have some fun…”

The tour will continue until the end of August Shaggy said; and this is when he will be in Canada’s capital to close off the upcoming three day Ottawa Reggae Festival to be held August 21, 22 and 23 at Lebreton Flats Park.





Record attendance at Sumfest Dancehall Night

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The 17th renewal of Reggae Sumfest will certainly go down in history for its record attendance on all three nights, especially on Dancehall Night, which attracted close to 20,000 patrrons inside the Cathering Hall venue in Montego Bay.


The greatest one night reggae festival on earth took place from July 19 -25, with Dancehall Night kicking off on Thursday July 23 to a packed-to-capacity venue. It was a night on which dancehall artistes gave their best … and then some. After all, it was Sumfest, the most international stage on which to perform locally.


The women of Sumfest, led by Marion ‘Lady’ Saw Hall, aka the Muma of the Dancehall, announced in no uncertain terms what she was at Sumfest to do. Entering centrestage dressed in lily white, flanked by two ‘angels’, Lady Saw declared with reverence, “Mi a go bless the stage before mi wreck the stage.” That was a signal of what was to come as she changed into maculne clothing and unleashed a string of hits from her versatile repertoire. Clearly in a playfully rude mood, she left mouths agape when she encouraged a Caucasian member of the audience to “pat” her kitty. A little in awe, he did as instructed, but it was just too soft for Saw and she urged him to pat with a little more force. It was just too hilarious.


However, whereas Lady Saw skillfully rode that thin line between slackness and downright vulgarity, deejay Macka Diamond bulldozed the Sumfest stage with lewdness and left nothing to the imagination.


Part owner of the infamous Rompin’ Shop, deejay Spice was in her element and she deejayed, danced and even sang. Yes, Grace, as she was christened, was amazing and gave a memorable performance.
D’Angel’s set was in three segments, but it is the go-go, pole gyrating, foot-in-the-air segment that stands out most. She did her songs, had all the props but somehow failed to really command the attention of the audience.





Joke Of The Day

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skin teeth.jpgMary had a likkle lamb. Her father shot it dead. Now it goes down quite a treat, with rice and hard dough bread.Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair said Simple Simon to de Pieman, what have you got there? said de Pieman unto Simon, pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall all de kings horses and all de kings men, said "cha , 'im, only a egg."

Jack and Jill went up de hill to have a likkle fun. Idyat Jill forget she pill and now them have a son.





Champions in Action returns to Jam World

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CHAMPION IN ACTION.jpgLong-established stage show Champions in Action returns to Jam World Saturday August 15 with, as always, a line-up that fits the show's name.

Subtitled "Bigger and Better this Year," Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, Mavado, Vybz Kartel, Sizzla, Capleton, Anthony B, Elephant Man, John Holt, Etana, Assassin, Spice and I Wayne are the confirmed acts, with more icons of Jamaican music about to be added.

"We will be having just the right amount of artists this year," said a Presidential Click spokesperson. "We will be giving patrons exactly what they want, with each artist having enough time to give their fans what they want."

Known for staging shows with memorable performances and incident free events, promoters Presidential Click, will as usual be giving part proceeds to their annual back-to-school treat for inner city children across political boundaries of West Kingston.

Its the first stage show of this magnitude in the Corporate Area since Sting and one patrons are eager for.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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20090729.jpgI am one with God in all I do.
I align with divine order today by becoming still. I enter a special time of quiet in which I am only conscious of God's presence. I relax and allow every breath to take me deeper into my experience of God.
My mind is quiet. I listen. In the silence, ideas present themselves. They are ideas that reflect my soul's greatest desires for wisdom, health, abundance, and harmony.


My desires come from the wisdom of my soul, and they are mine to claim and to act upon. I affirm divine order throughout the day and know right outcomes will appear at the perfect time, in the perfect way. I put God first and experience being one with the One in all I do.
"The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits."-€“James 3:17





It’s a win for Shelly-Ann Fraser in Monaco

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Shelly-Ann Fraser.jpgShelly-Ann Fraser, Beijing Olympic gold medallist today edged out fellow Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown to win the women’s 100 metres at the Herculis Super Grand Prix in Monaco.
Fraser clocked 10.91 to win ahead of Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of the Bahamas, who did 10.97.
Campbell-Brown, the Beijing Olympic 200-metre champion, ended third in 11.03.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica had to settle for second in the women’s 400-metre hurdles in 54.20.
Lashinda Demus of the USA easily won in 52.63.





Teen caught having sex with pig

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pigy.jpgA psychiatric evaluation was ordered to be done on an18-year-old by a Resident Magistrate in Lucea last week following his being charged with raping of a pig in the parish a few weeks ago.

The accused, who is of a Westmoreland address, will return to court on October 2, at which time the report should be ready. He remains in police custody until then.
According to reports on Sunday, July 12, locals in the Harvey River district of Hanover area caught the teen being intimate with the beast along a riverbank.



It is alleged that while at the river, the teen was seen in the nude, washing the rear of the pig before proceeding to have sexual intercourse with the animal.
An alarm was raised and the man ran leaving his pants and underwear behind.
The Lucea police later arrested the accused after a report was made and charged him with bestiality.





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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Beenie Man ruled!

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DSC_0760.JPGIt was Beenie Man all the way at Reggae Sumfest Dancehall night held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment complex on Thursday. The organizers officially crowned him King of the Dancehall and he lived up to the title in every way. Beenie Man was the crowd’s darling and he could do no wrong fro them. From the word go, he was totally in charge as he give them exactly what they wanted – real entertainment. When he poked a little fun at Bounty and D’Angel with the Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney combination The Girl Is Mine the crowd ate it all up.

Beenie wasn’t the only one who delivered big time on the stage dancehall night, Bounty Killer came out in a militant mood declaring himself as the poor people’s voice. He made it clear he is a man now and not a youth…before going into a totally satisfying performance. His other Alliance stable mate Mavado did not have any such luck as he failed to get the crowd going. Vybz Kartel on the other hand was a hit with the ‘Gaza friendly’ crowd. It was twice the fun when later on he joined Beenie Man on stage.

Earlier in the evening young acts such as Stacious, G-Mac and I-Octane managed to give account of themselves. Digicel Diva D’Angel came out more like a go-go- dancer pole and all and for all that still fell flat in her performance. The other Digicel Diva Lady Saw showed why she is called the Queen of the dancehall. She had the crowd lapping up everything she dished out. It was even more fun she incited a Caucasian to “pat her front’ it was hilarious watching the timid man trying to obey Saw’s instruction to pat and talk dirty to her. Other acts for the night that represented really well were Flippa Mafia, Assassin, Elephant Man, Demarco, Kip Rich, Assassin and Busy Signal.




Father shine lef son

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vado_sf.jpgBut a wha dat wi si Alliance a send out email a talk bout sey Bounty Killer and Mavado teck Sumfest? Yes, wi agree sey Bounty Killer teck it to dem and come out shining. Him did really represent fi di Alliance, but wi caan sey di same bout Mavado. Him flop seven ways from Sunday. Nutten neva gwaan fi him, di crowd stand up lacka soldier fi him and rail fi Bounty.
F idem care him coulda just stay pon di rock…and nuh come down.



What a big crowd dancehall night
Bwoy, what a record crowd fi dancehall night. A wonder if a thru dem did sey dem a guh crown Beenie Man king and him fans neva waan miss it. Fi real, mi sey afta di show finish, reporter and everybody stand up still a look tink sey Beenie Man a come back pon stage. A ongle afta di MC come out and sey si unno tomorrow dat dem finally meck a move fi leave.





Farewell Lady B

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Lady Gladys Bustamante.jpgLady Gladys Bustamante died on Saturday in the Tony Thwaites Wing of the University Hospital. She had been ailing in recent years and was confined to bed.
Tributes have since been flowing in for the stalwart who stood up for women’s rights.


The latest has come from the People’s National Party Women’s Movement. According to the movement It is with deep regret that it offers its condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of Lady Gladys Bustamante. who died on Saturday at the age 97.
The orgnisation noted that Lady B was regarded as the mother of the Nation, a loving, brave and caring person, who demonstrated these qualities by dedicating her life to worthy causes which impacted on the poor and disadvantaged in society .One of her proudest achievements was assistance she gave to The Bustamante Children Hospital named after her late husband National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante.


She was the devoted wife of Sir Alexander Bustamante and was his eyes and ears, and a consummate adviser to him until his passing, the women’s movement noted.
The PNP Women's Movement proudly acknowledges her lasting contribution to various women movements and issues pertaining to women throughout the years.





Whats Popping

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Public Defender looking into Kentucky Kid case

whatspoppin.pngDem sey to be poor is a crime but mi glad fi si sey sometimes the bigger heads dem look out for the underdog.
Cause look ho di policeman crash inno di upcoming DJ Kentucky Kid car and waan meck it look like sey it neva happen.
Dem seize di youth vehicle and if him neva tan up strong it woulda look like sey a him wrong.


Wi glad sey di Public Defender Earl Witter a look into it and wi hope him duh much more dan dat. Wi hope sey him represent him and si to it dat di DJ get justice.
And anedda ting, wi really hope sey di police car did insure tuh…cause a nuf nuff police wi know whey a drive pon road without insurance, just through dem can depend pon dem squaddie to overlook dat.





Featured Party

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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Scenes From Pier One Fashion Show Wednesday

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Scenes From Dutty Fridays

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The 2009 staging of dancehall night at Reggae Sumfest held at the Catherine Hall Centre in Montego Bay drew one of the its largest crowd in the 17th year of the festival. Special tribute was paid to Beenie Man, where a citation was handed over to him by the organizer. He was also crowned by Lady Saw, The Queen Of The Dancehall. Sumfest production paid tribute to the late pop icon Michael Jackson. Good performances came from Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man and Spice. Other who also grace the stage where Flippa Maffiah who threw away several thousand dollars in the crowd, which in cludes UIS and Jamaican dollars, D-Angel, G-Mac, Poor N’ Boasy, Demarco, Assassin, Lady Saw, Mavodo, Vybes Kartel, Busy Signal, Kiprich, Spryng I, Voice Mail, Macka Diamon, I-Octane, Prodigal Son, Stacious, Nature, Mikey Ranks, Golden Voice, Mr. Chumps and Mr. Kruger.





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July 24th – July 30rd, 2009



TW LW WC ARTISTE - TITLE - LABEL - Peak Position

01 01 20 Queen Ifrica – Far Away – Jamplified Records-2wks@1

02 02 13 *Mavado – High Unda – Liv Up Records (Censor) -Shot to Watch

03 04 12 Alaine – Never Done – Don Corleon

04 08 08 Elephant Man – Hallelujah -Very Huge Records- Greatest Gainer up4

05 03 15 Vybz Katel – Dollar Sign – Liv Up Records -3wks@1

06 06 11 Charley Black – Money Dreama – Lazeme Music Prod.

07 05 18 Mr. Vegas – I Am Blessed – Liv Up Records -4wks@1





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My time at Tempo, lasted about 4 or 5 months. My talent was realized but not appreciated, I slaved week after week not seeing my home to keep the network afloat.
Ripper, you know how dread that grind was... Doing the work of five men is not easy & with equipment that is unrealistic for the output expected from a lunatic, while existing within a surreal bad acid trip environment alters your vision of reality & awakens demons that crush your creativity.
FM is sadly in too deep with the dark side. As is typical of workers of iniquity, you can become persuaded by their guile but being saturated in evil, involuntary muscles spasms do occur, giving way to untimely outbursts of unsightly horrendous, freaks of nature.



The good from my time a Tempo most definitely are the soldiers that I have gotten to know & built a better vibes with David Cropper, Shelton Alexis, Bami, Ripper, them boy is soldiers. God is great & he know how he does form units to do his bidding. I am glad the time has come for all now to speak up unified.



Sheldon Waldron/ WARTONE
Lead Video Editor
Tempo ‘08





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 24, 2009

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Let Go, Let God


New and wondrous joys await me.
If I hold on to negative expectations or doubt, I close myself off from fully realizing the goodness of God.
Conversely, when I expect the best, I make room for it in my life. This understanding allows me to let go of any negativity blocking my prospects for a fuller life.
In prayer, I express any concerns and release them to God. In the quiet, I receive new insights and greater understanding.
I allow my progress to continue by not taking back any of my old worries. I have let them go, and I trust God to guide me forward. Expecting only the best, I am prepared for and accept the new and wondrous joys that await me.


"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight."--Proverbs 3:5





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Kingston, Jamaica:- Montego Bay, Jamaica will come alive from July 19 25 when Summerfest Productions invades the city with the most anticipated event of the summer, Reggae Sumfest.



The Festival, dubbed the greatest reggae show on earth', is known around the world for providing patrons with the ultimate entertainment package, as people not only flock to Jamaica's second city for the music, but also to see the fashions and sample other sumptuous delights available at the event.



The annual event not only brings some of the island's top reggae and dancehall artistes to one stage, but also incorporates some of the biggest acts on the international circuit. Year after year, thousands from far and wide invade the otherwise quiet city, to revel in the pulsating sounds of the bands, music echoing through strategically placed Reggae Sumfest speakers.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 23, 2009

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Sacred Connection


We are beloved of God.
God's spirit is within me and every other person in the world. This is a sacred connection that we have with God and with one another.
I share a divine kinship with every man, woman, and child on the planet. I treat others with reverence and caring just as I would my own family. And I treat myself in the same caring way.
Kind thoughts and expressions of forgiveness, love, peace, and goodwill are shared by me and others. Those I pass on the street or in the workplace, and those who live in my home--we all share a common identity.
We recognize and treat one another as the beloved creations of God that we are.


"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."--1 Peter 4:10





Popular selector Richie Feelings, was hurt after a brawl at the weekly session on Constant Spring Road, Uptown Mondays. The selector, who also hosts Feelings Fridays, was at the controls when all hell broke loose and there was a stampede.
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Reports are that things were going great at the regular Monday night session — the vibe was building, patrons were streaming in — when at about 1:40 am the mood changed.
According to one eyewitness, Mark, “I can’t really tell you what happened. I was there and then the next thing I see is the crowd moving a way and me just see like a stampede, but me can’t tell you what happen and how it start.”
When the crowd cleared and the dust settled, popular selector, Richie Feelings was left nursing a gash over the eye and his face was covered in blood, but no-one could identify what brought about all of this.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 22, 2009

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Centered


I live in harmony with all Creation.
Keeping my life in balance gives me stability through life's twists and turns. So if I'm feeling down, I do something good for someone else, which naturally lifts my spirits.
If I feel a lack energy, I exercise, which calls forth power from a reservoir within me. I make and keep regular prayer or meditation appointments, ensuring that I have time alone with God each day.
The serenity I experience brings an inner and outer balance to my life. Connected to the good in me, I am in harmony with the good of all Creation.
Centering myself in God, the source of all life, brings life into perspective.


"Agree with God, and be at peace; in this way good will come to you."--Job 22:21





Capleton, the fire never stops blazing!

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The original fireman himself, Capleton tore up the Koolhaus Saturday night in Toronto. An estimated 2,000 people were out in attendance for the annual redemption show that promises nothing the best in reggae that the city can offer. It was a night of great vibes and definitely lots of fire. He delivered a high impact, energetic show for a full hour and fifteen minutes. The entire night was dedicated to reggae music…with Dj Starting from Skratch at the turntables. Capleton’s excellent stage presence and command of the crowd keeps him as one of premier reggae entertainers in the business. Torontonians were at their feet and of course, with their lighters in the air! He recently wrapped up another stellar performance at the 6th edition of Montreal International Reggae Festival where he headlined Saturday’s dancehall night. Capleton delivered a mix of accapella, while dressed in his all gold regalia for the night. Once he hit the stage we knew that the fireman would be here for a minute.





Chris Brown Apologises

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Tito the only Jackson brother coming for Sumfest

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Last week Thursday at an emergency press conference hosted jointly by Summerfest Productions and the Ministry of Culture, it was announced that three brothers of the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, were coming to Jamaica and two of them would perform at Reggae Sumfest. The three brothers who were confirmed to travel to the island were Tito, Jackie and Randy Jackson, former members of the sensational US group, the Jackson 5.



Tito, it was stated, was set to also perform on International Night II, Saturday July 25 alongside his brother Randy.



Yesterday, however, in response to damning Internet reports of another Jackson brother — Jermaine — blasting wire reports that he and his brothers were coming to Jamaica, Sumfest organizers declared that at no time was Jermaine said to be coming to Jamaica.
Sumfest promoter Robert Russell, is quoted in one daily newspaper as saying, “Tito and Jackie are already confirmed, and we are awaiting confirmation from Randy and Marlon.”





How corruption fi stop

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By Rootsgirl
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Honestly, I have to wonder how inhell corruption is going to stop when those who are charged with maintaining the laws are the very ones breaking it. Take the care of the police man in yesterday's Star report who is now behind bars because he allegedly sold a colleague's weapon to gunmen.



Not only is he putting his own co-workers lives in danger, but he himself could someday end up being a victim of the very same gun.



No amount of money can make up for a life...it's a sad day when a policeman can't see past the dollar signs to remember the months of training he went through, the vow that he is under to serve and to protect.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Shine


I shine the light of love and understanding.
Looking up at the night sky, I cannot count the multitude of stars, but the longer I look, the more I see. Each one is a beacon of light.
I, too, am a beacon of light, a light of love and understanding in the world. I may never know when my light is inspiring someone else along his or her way. I do know that as divine light shines through me, I radiate love and acceptance.
I feel joy as I consider that I am brought to each situation in my life for a purpose. It is up to me to let my light shine brightly, and I do, for I am expressing the divine light that illumines my soul.


"I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth."--Isaiah 49:6





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Dancehall Queen Contest

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Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 20, 2009

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Grace


Grace inspires me to bless others.
Grace manifests as a continual flow of good into my life. I look for blessings, and whenever a surprise blessing causes me to smile, I know that it is the activity of grace.
Spirit brings me good and only good. In every situation, I know that divine guidance and grace will see me through.
Aware of Spirit's constant, steadying presence, I retain a bright outlook on life. My positive energy emanates from within me as a word of assurance or a helpful hand, letting others know I care. My loving thoughts and prayers touch others.
Grace inspires me to bless others, and blessings return to me greatly multiplied.


"According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it."--1 Corinthians 3:10





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 19, 2009

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My Mission


I am an expression of God's love.
During my lifetime, I have the opportunity to explore many paths. I may fulfill several roles in my family; I may have different careers. I may be guided to pursue education or to travel to far-off lands.
Wherever I am and whatever I do, I remember that my true mission is to express God's love in the world.
I am an instrument of peace in times of conflict, beholding each person as a child of God. I am a channel for good as I share my blessings with others. In fulfilling my mission, I provide comfort and strength to those who may be struggling.
In simple ways every day, I am an expression of God's love, touching lives and making a difference.


"Do not fear, greatly beloved, you are safe. Be strong and courageous!"--Daniel 10:19





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 18, 2009

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Renewal


I am a radiant child of God. --Adapted from Daily Word, July 18, 1959
I am eternally revealing more of my inner perfection as a radiant child of God. The passing of years has no power to lessen this perfection. Each year lends new meaning to my unfoldment.
I am a radiant child of God. I approach each day with a fresh outlook. My interest in life is quickened. With renewed vigor I participate lovingly and enthusiastically in the activities that offer the greatest opportunities for me to express my talents and abilities.
I am a radiant child of God eternally unfolding more of the perfection of my indwelling Lord.


"Bless the Lord, O my soul, ... who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's."--Psalm 103:1, 5





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CaribPR Wire, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 17, 2009: The surviving members of the Jackson Five and brothers of the late King of Pop are set to be in Jamaica next week for the salute to Michael Jackson by Reggae Sumfest, the world`s greatest reggae festival.


Three of the original members of the Jackson Five are confirmed to arrive in Jamaica for the festival next Friday, officials of Summerfest Productions revealed yesterday. Toriano Adaryll `Tito` Jackson, Randy and Jackie Jackson have been confirmed but Marlon, the other original member of the band, may also join their brothers in Jamaica for the 17th annual presentation of Reggae Sumfest, which is this year dedicated to the memory of the fifth member of the Jackson Five, the late, great, Michael Joseph Jackson.



Tito Jackson is set to also perform on the final night of the show, Saturday, July 25th.
Officials also revealed that Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson`s three children will be guests of the Jamaica government at a later date. They will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement award for Michael Jackson by Summerfest productions.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 17, 2009

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Joy


My joy is complete through my connection with God.
I am a joyful child of God. On this day and every day, joy fills my heart and overflows into my conversations, work, and activities.
No person or circumstance can take away my happiness unless I let them. Joy is always accessible to me through the indwelling spirit of God.
In my daily spiritual practice, I release any cares or concerns. Connected in mind and heart with God, I then relax into a peaceful state of being.
From this place of calm, joy arises, and I know that all is well. I have the energy to go forth to do what I need to do.
Spirit invigorates me, and my joy is boundless.


"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?"--1 Corinthians 3:16





Hottie Hottie of the Week

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Following her arrest and charge for fraud, amounting to $7 million, attorney-at-law Antoinette Haughton Cardenas is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.



On July 2, Haughton Cardenas was arrested by Fraud Squad detectives and charged with defrauding one of her clients, 60-year-old farmer Samuel Rowe.



As the lawyer for Mr. Rowe, Haughton Cardenas in 2006 collected a cheque on his behalf for $7 million in damages, following a successful suit in the Supreme Court. Mr. Rowe had sued the May Pen Hospital for negligence.





Men on $9M ganja rap for court

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The five men, who were held in St. Elizabeth a week ago with 1,300 pounds of ganja, are to appear in court Thursday.



Among the five — who were held during an operation on the Luana Main Road in the parish — is a man who is said to be a major player in the drugs-for-guns trade between Jamaica and Haiti.



They were all charged in connection with last week's $9 million dollar ganja haul





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Canada’s capital will soon be blessed with the up beat one drop reggae rhythm, set to flood Lebreton Flats Festival Park at the second staging of the Ottawa Reggae Festival. Plans are in progress to saturate the place with full blown Reggae vibes on August 21, 22 and 23, 2009 and the spotlight will be on the strong contingent of Canadian talent.



It will be big things in a city that is used to the ‘grand and impressive”; where more than 6,000 reggae lovers flocked the inaugural annual festival last year. “That was supposed to be a one day show that was extended to two days by popular demand,” Danielle Vicha, Festival Director, told Yardflex recently. The success of 2008 influenced the festival’s current expansion allowing more artists to be featured over three days this year.



We want to offer more opportunities for Canadian artists to perform, ”Vicha said. “There will be a nice blend of Canadian artists representing the music community.”





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 16, 2009

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Emerge


I am embracing a new way of life.
I am ready to move beyond any shadow from my past. I don't let who I have been interfere with who I am becoming. I feel the excitement from accepting that I am ready to begin a new way of life.
I start by knowing that God is with me every step of the way. I pray for guidance, I listen for divine ideas, and I act on them with confidence.
I expect good to come to me and through me. I give and receive each blessing with gratitude.
Encouraged by the spirit of God within me, I embrace the possibilities ahead and move into a new way of living.


"And he said to the man who had the withered hand, 'Come forward.' ... 'Stretch out your hand.' He stretched it out, and his hand was restored."--Mark 3:3, 5





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Inner Peace


I feel the peace of Spirit in this moment.
I take a few moments of rest from all activities--from thinking and talking, looking and doing--and become still. I let go of any expectations of what I should feel or do. The less I focus on myself and my surroundings, the more at peace I am.
As I maintain awareness of the present moment, there are no concerns to distract me, no disruptions to my time alone with God. I rest in the silence. Serenity washes over me, relaxing the muscles in my body. All tension is released.
The peace I experience in the quiet of this sacred moment brings respite and renewal, for great strength flows from the peace of God within.


"The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."--Numbers 6:26





Laden’s indecent language case put off

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Laden, who is known for his hit single Time to Shine case did not start as was expected yesterday (Tuesday) in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court.



The matter could not be heard as the artiste is presently on tour and his attorneys asked for a postponement.



The situation was further compounded by the absence of a Justice of the Peace for the sitting of the Petty Sessions Court.





Mavado involved in car accident

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Yardflex understand that dancehall DJ Mavado was involved in a car accident while on his way to perform at a show in Negril.
Thankfully, however, the DJ was not hurt Julian Jones-Griffith, Mavado’s manager, indicated late last night via his Twitter page that he was driving the vehicle, with Mavado as a passenger. Their vehicle was the lead car in a convoy of vehicles carrying other Alliance crew members including Bounty Killer, Wayne Marshall, Chase Cross, Flexx, Tony Matterhorn and Boom Boom.





Lord help us

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After reading a story in the Star I had to wonder to myself what the world is coming to.; For all those who are saying that it’s just music then they had better rethink that one. An elderly man asked a teen to desist from listening to the ‘nasty’ music as all he was hearing was expletives and instead of obeying the elder the teen proceeded to attack the poor man, because he didn’t like the fact that he was being chided for his taste in music.



After going to court the teen eventually walked free as the elderly man spoke with his step father and decided not to press charges.



Now to tell the truth, I don’t think they did the best thing for him, cause no doubt he will again attack anyone else who dare to come between him and his nasty music.





Judah Tribe is blessed with success

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With a style that is reminiscent of the golden age of reggae music,
Judah Tribe has successfully honed its unique blend of soul reggae. Led by singer/guitarist Josh David and music director/keyboardist, Eric “The General” Toussaint, the 8 member ensemble of dynamism is no stranger to first class venues and lively music scene in the US and around the world.



Its members have international roots, stemming from: Africa, Jamaica, France, Haiti and the USA – giving Judah Tribe not only a unique eclectic sound, but also an amazingly huge international following.



“New Day Dawnin” is the title of their recently released debut album that highlights the group’s diversity. From the smooth love song, "Sometimes Love" to the highly political "Sleepwalker," Judah Tribe has captured the imagination of its fans.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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Guidance


Divine light illumines my way.
Perhaps I am at a crossroads in life: If I go straight ahead, life continues much as it has been. If I turn to the right or left, I find a totally new adventure.
Whether I stay with the familiar or open to change, I will always be guided to my good as I follow the way illumined by divine light. With this guidance, I have nothing to fear. My clear thinking prepares me for the unexpected and the anticipated.
I understand by intuition. I know what feels right for me at the time. And it's okay if there are surprises along the way. I am flexible and strong in spirit.
I am blessed by the beauty and majesty of Creation that divine light reveals as I follow the illumined path that is before me.


"Then God said, 'Let there be light'; and there was light."--Genesis 1:3





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 13, 2009

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Prosperity


I live an abundant life and claim my good now.
If I want more abundance in my life, I need to ask myself: What kind of prosperity do I seek?
Prosperity is more than money. It is also well-being, loving relationships, and an awareness that I am a blessing in my home, workplace, and community.
All that God provides is available to me, for I am God's beloved child. I trust in God. I accept in mind, heart, and soul that I am worthy of God's abundant good in ever-increasing ways.
Wisdom flows through me as divine ideas that lead me to greater expressions of prosperity. I claim my good now. Blessed with health, love, and a sense of purpose, I live an abundant life.


"In him we live and move and have our being."--Acts 17:28





Stories behind the hymns

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On March 40, 1858, over 5,000 men gathered for a mass meeting sponsored by the YMCA. Young Dudley Atkins Tyng, bold, fearless and uncompromising, preached from Exodus 10:11, “Ye that are men, go and serve the Lord.”



Over 1,000 of the men were converted; the sermon was called “one of the most successful of the time”; the entire city was being aroused; a religious awakening was gaining force.

The next week Tyng returned to his family in the country



On Tuesday, April 13,1858, he was witnessing the operation of a corn-thrasher in his barn. Raising his arm to place his hand on the head of a mule which was walking up the inclined lane of the machine, the loose sleeve of his morning gown was caught between the cogs.





Today's Daily Word - Sunday, July 12, 2009

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Harmony


I live in harmony and peace.
A candle radiates light from the center of its flame. In the same way, the love of God glows from within me and radiates to the people around me.
As an expression of divine love, I respond to others with compassion. I welcome opportunities to share kind words, to act in thoughtful ways, and to show consideration for each person in my life.
As I bring harmony and understanding to my relationships, I am fulfilled, because I am serving a greater good. I am a channel of God's love and an ambassador of peace.
With the love of God to guide me, I live and work harmoniously with all whose lives I touch.


"Agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you."--2 Corinthians 13:11





Yard Nursery rhymes

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Mary had a likkle lamb

Her father shot it dead.

Now it goes down quite a treat,

with rice and hard dough bread.



Simple Simon met a Pieman, going to de fair.

Said Simple Simon to de Pieman,

What have you got there?

Said de Pieman unto Simon,

Pies, you fool whappin, you a hidiot!!





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 11, 2009

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Forgive


I forgive myself and others.
If ever I am disheartened by my own missteps or careless words, I renew myself emotionally and spiritually through prayer. Opening to God's grace, I affirm: God loves me unconditionally.
The more loving and gentle I am with myself, the more I am loving and gentle toward others. As I understand myself at a deeper level, I am more compassionate. Each day, I am given countless opportunities to gain wisdom, to share compassion, and to convey acceptance. And I do.
With a fresh and positive outlook, it is easier for me to extend forgiveness to myself and others. I accept God's love and know that I am whole and worthy just as I am.


"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn."--Hosea 6:3





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Addi De Teacha” Vybz Kartel making his Dollar Sign known as it claims the #1 spot for another week, making it three successive weeks.
While Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to makes threat for number one position, she sits comfortable at #2 and clenches the Shot To Watch title and copping the only New Entry for the chart this week with Lioness On The Rise at #20 on the Penthouse label.
Alliance top gunner Mavado keeps High Unda at #3 for one more week.
Alaine moves one up place with Never Done to take hold of the #4 spot.
Mr. Vegas slips with I Am Blessed into the #5 position leaving #4 after spending four weeks at number one.
“Energy God” Elephant Man makes praises with Hallelujah as it claims the Greatest Gainer title moving three places up in the #9 spot leaving #12.





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What’s with all these DJ and constantly being in trouble with the law. Maybe if they abandoned the bad man tunes and try to be better role models then things would be a whole lot better. At one point or another they have had to face the courts.



It’s a sad statement on our music and our culture when the persons who are supposed to be raising the flag and keeping the standards high are in and out of court for one misdemeanor or the other.



Ninja Man who showed some promise after spending time in prison and coming out pushing the One Umbrella movement is now battling to be a free man.





Flip it Fridays to rock the Quad

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Last Friday, the Appleton Temptation Isle lead-up event Flip It Friday took over New Kingston’s party headquarters, The Quad Nightclub. With house disc jockeys, free-flowing Appleton, and the unmistakable high energy flavour of communications giant Digicel. Flip It Fridays shook the venue with pulsating, well selected music, and flip phone giveaways.



The event is a part of Digicel’s energetic ‘Flip It To ATI’ campaign, for which dancehall’s ‘Energy god’ Elephant Man is the spokesperson.



“It was a perfect synergy. We needed someone who could aptly portray what this campaign is, and Elephant Man was simply perfect,” said Digicel’s senior sponsorship manager Shelly Ann Curran.





Etana rocks Amsterdam

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Jamaican reggae artiste Etana rocked the European city of Amsterdam, with a performance like only the Strong One could on Sunday July 5.



Acclaimed as the reigning princess of reggae, Etana paraded a regal-looking outfit as she crooned her hit singles at the Two Seven Splash reggae concert, which also featured fellow reggae acts Bunny Wailer, Buju Banton, Irie Love, and Terry Lynn.



Etana treated the packed venue of screaming Reggae lovers to songs from her debut studio album The Strong One as well as some of her more recent studio work, which they loved. As she belted out tunes like Jah Chariot, Money, Roots Warrior Love, I Am Not Afraid, and more, as her planned set was interspersed with unplanned acapella renditions of tunes from the album like Free and Live and Love Life. With her catalogue of powerful reggae music, soulful songstress got the crowd excited, causing the audience people to chant along with her.





Ninja still behind bars

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The Don Gorgon's troubles are far from over as he faces even more jail time. Desmond Ballentine aka Ninja Man will have to spend more time behind bars following his arrest four months ago on murder and gun charges.



The DJ was further remanded in the Half-Way-Tree Criminal Court Thursday morning.



His attorneys are expected to renew their bail application next Friday, however, the court has set a preliminary enquiry date for September 7.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 10, 2009

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Faith


I am living in faith.
My faith stays with me throughout my day. Each meeting or encounter is a divine appointment. I am where I am meant to be to give and receive a blessing.
During the day, I may be a student, at other times a teacher, but always I am learning. As I connect with others, I focus on whatever benefits us mutually.
I may just "happen" to meet someone and learn of an opportunity that is perfect for me. Or in conversation, I may share information that is just what someone needed to hear.
Keeping my divine appointments each day, I am receptive to the myriad ways God works through people and circumstances to bless me. I am living in faith.


"Beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit; keep yourselves in the love of God."--Jude 1:20-21





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The 2009 Montreal International Jazz Festival’s historic moments continued this week with a two pronged celebration of Jamaican musical rifts.



On July 6 the festival collaborated with the talented team of Swiss filmmaker Stascha Bader and Montreal based sound producer MossMan to launch the world premier of the documentary, Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. This was followed up with an absolutely amazing reunion with some of Jamaica’s most indomitable singers and musicians who threw a blast of a Rocksteady party on July 7 at the Jazz Festval’s free GM stage.



Nothing like this has ever taken place, neither the formal documenting of Rocksteady’s birth in film nor a reunion of many main Rocksteady ‘players’, performing for a crowd of approximately 150,000 strong.





Michael Jackson Humanitarian Deeds

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April 14, 1984: Michael equips a 19-bed-unit at Mount Senai New York Medical Center. This center is part of the T.J. Martell-Foundation for leukemia and cancer research.



July 5, 1984: During the Jackson's press conference at Tavern On The Green, Michael announces that his part of the earnings from the Victory Tour will be donated to three charitable organizations: The United Negro College Fund, Camp Good Times, and the T.J. Martell-Foundation.



July 14, 1984: After the first concert of the Victory Tour, Michael meets 8 terminally ill children backstage.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 9, 2009

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Comfort


God is my strength and my comfort.
On any given day, I may face a challenge. Some challenges, such as forgetting my wallet or having a flat tire, are quickly resolved. Others, such as the loss of someone special or a sudden change in my life's circumstances, take more time and strength. Whether I'm facing a small difficulty or a tougher one, the peace of God is my comfort.
I am comforted as I find a quiet place and close my eyes. I remind myself that I am God's beloved. Releasing all concern, I relax into the presence of absolute peace. Receiving the love of my Creator, I give thanks for the grace it brings.
God is my strength and my comfort.


"Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; ... For the Lord has comforted his people."--Isaiah 49:13









Scenes From Beenie Man's Summer Sizzle

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Scenes From Boasy Tuesday

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79 Year-Old Graduates from Literacy Programme

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Honestly, there is one thing we like about Jamaicans…it doesn’t matter how old they are they are still striving to excel. This news posted on JIS website was really encourage about a 79-year-old who finally learned to read.


Below is the inspiring article:
At the recent Yo Si Puedo (Yes I Can) Literacy Programme graduation ceremony, in Gayle, St. Mary, a 79 year-old man sat proudly among his fellow teenage and middle age graduates.
Jepthah McIntosh was only 9 years old when his father died and his primary education came to a sudden halt, as he had to become 'man of the house', dimming his chances of going to a secondary school or even college.


"I wanted to learn to read and get a good education and things like that, but when my father passed away, I had to stay at home and help take care of my mother and my sisters," Mr. McIntosh tells JIS News, adding that while growing up, his dream was to become a doctor.





Jamaica is Third Happiest Nation on Earth

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Jamaica has moved up 50 places in the last three years to be ranked the third "happiest country" in the world", in the latest Happy Planet Index, published by Britain's New Economics Foundation.
Jamaica was placed 53rd on the list, an index of human well-being and environmental impact, when it was first published in July 2006. It moved up to third behind regional countries, Costa Rica, number one, and the Dominican Republic, number two, in the second report made public on Saturday.


The performances of the top three countries were indicative of the Central and South American region which ended up with nine of the top 10 places with Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Colombia, El Salvador and Honduras also included in the top 10. Cuba was ranked number seven.


The report said that Jamaica's appearance in the top three on the list came "somewhat" as a surprise as, "it is fair to say that the country has been in some economic trouble for over 30 years, resulting in high levels of inequality and unemployment and some of the highest homicide rates in the world.





New forms of Swine Flu?

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According to a reported posted on RJR’s website health care professionals in St. Catherine are questioning whether the country has been seeing mutated forms of the virus.



The question was put to the Director of Emergency Services at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock-Ducasse by the station who responded that there is no evidence to support this theory.



Dr. Bullock-Ducasse explained however that there are different strains of the virus referred to as sub-types.



She says the new subtype is what is now referred to as Influenza A H1N1 and is what is causing the pandemic.





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 8, 2009

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Right Time


I trust God for the answer to my prayer.
What can I do when I feel frustrated that something I want to happen is delayed or shows no sign of coming about? I take time for prayer.
Prayer is my quiet time, the time when I relax, breathe deeply, and open myself to divine inspiration. Through prayer, I prepare myself to be divinely guided in all ways.
If at any time during the day or night I begin to feel anxious or concerned, I take a God-moment and pray. As I do, I become peaceful and calm. Right now, in this moment, my attention is on what is true for me at all times: I am one with God.
Although the answer to my prayer may not be apparent right now, my faith assures me that it will become clear to me.


"But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience."--Romans 8:25





Introducing gospel singer Charmin Blake

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Hailing from the parish of Clarendon gospel singer Charmin has had a love for music from as far back as she remember. She began singing at an early age in church and it was not surprising that after finishing high school she gave her life to the Lord and was baptised in the New Testament Church of God. There she got involved in various groups, taught Sunday School and was a choir director for the adult and children choirs.


“It was through this I gained the opportunity to sing at most churches in the community, at gospel concerts and weddings,” she shared.


In June 2004, Charmin migrated to Connecticut in the States there she joined the Triumphant Church of God under the leadership of Bishop Joel Willis. With a passion for ministry she became an active member of the church, ministering, singing and directing various choirs.





Goodbye Michael

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It was a touching memorial service yesterday as thousands turned out to say goodbye to the pop icon. The solemn note about the whole thing just got to us. Did you see his little daughter Paris Michael as she told how her father was the best…that should tell them he had nothing but love when it came to kids…what a lot of them didn’t realize is that Michael is a kid himself.
The outpouring of love from Usher…how he cracked up singing Gone Too Soon…and the tribute coming from Smokey Robinson…Brook Shields remembrance was oh so touching.
We could go on and on about the memorial service…but I know you all seen it. We are still touched.
To his family…we at Yardflex say…Michael…you really left us too soon.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Love


We are one in the love of God.
Love creates a circle of strength linking us with our family, friends, and mentors.
At the center of every circle of love is the presence of God, for God is love. As we unite with one another in times of celebration and in times of crisis, we are strengthened by the love of Spirit.
Love soothes the mind and heals the heart. Pure love knows no bounds or limitations. It can be shared and felt by people in the same room or separated by miles. The more love is shared, the more it grows. We invite others into our circle of love to be blessed and be a blessing, to give and to receive, to heal and be healed.


"O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever."--1 Chronicles 16:34





Child pornography laws finally coming

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Jamaica currently has no law which specifically treats with, or recognises child pornography as a distinct criminal offence. However, following the tabling of the Child Pornography (Prevention) Bill in Parliament, by Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Dorothy Lightbourne legislation will soon be in place to confront commercial sexual exploitation of children.



However, according to a JIS release, international efforts to combat child pornography have resulted in several conventions, including the 1999 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of Children.



The Bill provides for sentences of up to 20 years imprisonment, as well as fines of as much as $500,000.





What’s poppin

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Well Jimmy Riley has reasons to smile now. His wife dropped the assault charges that she had recently filed against him. Yeah man, she tell di court that they were receiving counseling and that the relationship was improving. She said she didn’t want to pursue the matter any further. Well wi all fi marriage and tings but if a man ever put him hand pon unno…just do whay Tarrus Riley sey, “cut if off!”





Michael Jackson memorial

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But a how dem a guh accommodate suh much people sah. Fi real it look a way, cause a nuff nuff people fly in for over di globe hoping to pay dem last respects to the king of pop. But fi real dem have a big disappointment cause di Staple Centre can only hold 20,000 people and dat include di officials dem. Well all dem haffi do is put up some big screens all over di world and it done a stream live aready so…dem can do like me stay glue to di tube!





Today's Daily Word - Monday, July 6, 2009

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All Is Well


Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.
As surely as light follows the dark of night, I awake to the day knowing in my heart and soul that all is well.
If at any time today the order and harmony of some aspects of my life seem uncertain, I clear my mind of all concern. There is no need to worry. Just as season follows season, wave follows wave, and sunrise follows sunset, all is well.
I honor myself for the perfection that I am as one of God's creations. I know that I am in the right place at the right time. All that I do today and every day is blessed with God's goodness.
With gratitude, I affirm: Wherever I am, God is, and all is well.


"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast!"--Psalm 108:1





In Times Like These

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During the fearful days at the height of World War II, this comforting hymn was written.


In the midst of a busy day as a housewife, Ruth Caye Jones felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit. She stopped her work to quickly put down both words and music, just as they were given to her by God.


Since that day the hymn has been a blessing to countless Christians at special times of need. It has brought comfort during illness, has been used widely at funerals, has encouraged and challenged Christian workers, and has drawn many to salvation.


Mrs. Jones experienced for herself the consolation the words of the song could bring as she spent time recovering form serious surgery a few years after it was written.
Kenneth W. Osbeck





Gospel Vibes Radio spreading its wings

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A dream realized is how Delroy Lingo would describe the Gospel Vibes Radio station which has taken off like a rock since its official launch almost a year ago.
With over 12 syndicated stations and more to come on stream, Lingo could not be happier about its success.
“All the feedback we have been getting are positive...some of the comments we get is that it reminds them of back home in Jamaica, listening to radio on a Sunday,” the Connecticut-based host of Gospel Vibes told yarflex.
Host and founder of Gospel Vibes Radio, Delingo says his aim is to promote and elevate new and upcoming gospel artistes and gospel music to the next level, and to preserve the traditional gospel music heritage.
Gospel Vibes Radio has been a long time dream of Delingo who have spent the last three decades in broadcasting Caribbean programmes.





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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In anticipation of high traffic summer activities such as the internationally acclaimed Reggae Sumfest festival in Montego Bay, event sponsor Air Jamaica, has made changes to its regular flight schedule, including the re-introduction of its ‘Night Bird’ service.
“We have added one more flight to Fort Lauderdale making it five daily flights to Fort Lauderdale, and that started on June 25. This is an added advantage for patrons of Reggae Sumfest,” said Air Jamaica Marketing Manager Tracy Ann Menzies.
According to Menzies, Air Jamaica has also expanded its New York route by re-introducing its once popular ‘Night Bird’ service for those jetsetters who like to squeeze the most out of the 24-hour workday.
“We have also introduced another flight to New York making it four daily flights,” she said.
“This New York addition is a prime flight because it is the reintroduction of our Night Bird service allowing our travellers to basically play or work all day, sleep on their way to their destination be it Jamaica or New York and wake up in the city.”
The Night Bird flights have passengers arriving in time for sunrise and coffee, with a midnight flight from Jamaica which gets into New York at 5:00am, and a 2:15 am flight from New York that arrives in Jamaica at approximately 5:00 am.
The airline has also increased its Orlando offerings to two flights per day every Tuesday and flights every other day except Sunday.





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, July 4, 2009

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World Peace


We are peacemakers, expressing God's love in the world.
Long ago, a man called Johnny Appleseed roamed the wilderness of early America, sowing seeds that grew into apple trees that nourished a young nation. His gentle and kind nature, his generosity and vision, influenced generations.
In our day-to-day contacts with others, we also sow seeds--seeds of love, peace, and understanding. Centering ourselves in God's loving presence, we become ambassadors of peace as we move through the activities of our day.
As we share and express love to others, we spread peace in the world. By demonstrating compassion, wisdom, and understanding, we sow the seeds of peace wherever we go, with whomever we meet.


"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."--Matthew 5:9





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Lord deliver us!

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That’s it…just when I think we have sunk as low as we can go along comes a story that forces me to reconsider that thought!
Reading the Star about the story where a mother and her son forced a 15-year-old girl to have an abortion because she became pregnant for him.
Now you tell me this big old bark who should know better and yet he had unprotected sex with the girl. First of all, the teen is underage so there shouldn’t have been any sexual relationship of the kind. The mother instead of telling her son to stand up to his responsibilities…cause heaven knows we don’t expect her to turn him in to the authorities, compound the error by forcing the child to have an abortions.
Looking at the ramifications…she could be emotionally scarred for the rest of her life, not to mention that the abortion could prevent her from having another child later in life.
What that mother should do is encourage her son not to get involved in relationships with underage girls…where are the mothers to be standing up for their little girls?





Antoninette Haughton arrested for fraud

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Prominent attorney at Law and former talk show host Antoinette Haughton was arrested by the police and is now facing fraud charges.



She was arrested on Thursday afternoon by fraud squad detectives.



It is reported that a former client of Ms Haughton accused her of defrauding him of $7 million.





Call On Me

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Today's Daily Word - Friday, July 3, 2009

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Today's Word


I am free in mind, body, and spirit!
The freedom to travel and move about from area to area, country to country, does come with some rules and restrictions. Sometimes, too, delays happen, schedules change, and other routes and means of travel must be taken.
Spiritual freedom, however, has no limits. I can choose how I fill my heart and my mind. I can choose how I experience God, how I pray, and how I practice the presence of God in my daily life.
Embracing freedom of Spirit, I break through any self-imposed limitations and open myself to divine possibility. By choosing encouraging words, uplifting thoughts, and positive habits, I give full expression to my spiritual freedom.


"For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters."--Galatians 5:13





Hype TV Charts

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“Gaza Emperor” Vybz Kartel with Dollar Sign holds down the #1 spot for another week. He now sits on top for two consecutive weeks.



Reggae music songstress Queen Ifrica with Far Away continues to pose a threat for the top spot. The track is at #2 for one more week and also seizing Shot To Watch title again.



Mavado moves High Unda in the #3 to leave the #4 spot. The gully god is making strides for the peak position.



Mr.’ I Am Blessed’ Vegas tumbles in the #4 spot from #3 after spending a whopping four weeks in the number one position.



Sweet singing Alaine with Never Done keeps her position at #5.



Dancehall beautiful duo Brick &Lace with their contagious hit Bad 2 Da Bone takes claim of the Greatest Gainer title to jump four places up to #8 from #12.





Scenes From Bembe

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Four men killed on Port Henderson Road

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Five men were shot, four fatally by gunmen at Port Henderson Road, Portmore, St. Catherine last night. A firearm was seized in the incident.



Dead are brothers, Kirk and Ricardo Thomas otherwise called “Bully”, both of Charlemont Drive, Kingston 6, David Wisdom of Lyndale Avenue, Kingston 20 and Andrew Walker of an August Town, Kingston 7 address. Injured is a man of a Kingston 6 address.



According to the Constabulary Communication Network at about 11:15 p.m., Ricardo who is the proprietor of the establishment was sitting at the bar with his brother and patrons at a dance when a group of men armed with guns, entered. The hoodlums opened fire at the group, hitting the men before escaping. Kirk, Ricardo, Wisdom and Walker died on the spot. The other man was taken to hospital where he is admitted in serious condition.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, July 2, 2009

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Stretch Free


I am awake to my infinite potential.
If I'm presented with an opportunity that seems too difficult, I remind myself that God is within me and nothing is too difficult for God. This truth awakens me to my infinite potential.
Reaching beyond any doubt or fear, I stretch my capacity to grow into my true potential. As a spiritual being, I am powerful, capable, and unlimited. I have infinite capabilities.
Eager to be all I can be, I accept both the challenges and opportunities that arise. I can do whatever is needed as I follow divine guidance and direction.
I rejoice that, in God, I have everything I need to soar to new heights.


"Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ."--Ephesians 4:15





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Not even threats of increment weather could keep away a crowd of more than 150,000 Stevie Wonder diehard fans from the free opener of Montreal’s 30th International Jazz Festival on June 30.




Launched with such a bang, Jazz Fest 2009 seemed to reach its crescendo from jump with Stevie Wonder stressing the message of love in a set that was part Stevie’s greatest and part dedication to the late Michael Jackson.




In a stirring introductory monologue, Stevie, accompanied by daughter Iesha** spoke of his disillusionment with what he termed, “a bunch of bull****” that has been the focus of many media outlets about Michael Jackson. Stevie put spokes in the gossip and encouraged a celebration of Michael’s memory instead of degradation. He said, “We who love the fact that God blessed us with his [Michael’s] voice talent and music…can continue to keep the life and spirit of this man alive… If u wanna do something for his family and children, then buy his music…”






School in shock as 15-y-o dies during game

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Friends of Shadayne Smith, a 15-year-old resident of Woodlands in St Elizabeth, who collapsed and died last week at school while playing a game of 'water war' are still in shock.



The police report that the incident occurred at about 11:30 last Wednesday morning at the school. The teenager fell unconscious and was reportedly taken by the school nurse who rushed him to the Black River Hospital where he was pronounced dead.




Both students and staff at the school have expressed shock at the incident, noting that the youngster was “friendly and energetic”.





X-rated priest???

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A what really tek place with the big big tapanaris celebrity priest? When we hear dis one we nah tell no lie, we did haffi shout out, My God! No sah, if a so it go, it really bad. X-rated video and all dese tings. Everybody dun know say the priest-hood is a different kinda hood and dem people deh always quietly a seek fi satisfy demself wid the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. But a how him get so cayliss? Woi!!! Mi belly!!! Dis one is just too much. We haffi keep oonu posted cause it don’t look good at all.





Cameal Davis is a Dreamgirl

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Cameal Davis, the first female winner of the popular Digicel Rising Stars competition, will play a leading role in a local rendition of the popular film Dreamgirls.



In the summer production of the film, presented by the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC) at the Philip Sherlock Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Davis will be playing role as 'Effe', which was played by Hollywood actress, Jennifer Hudson in the movie..



The film which starred Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson and Jamie Foxx, was a box office success in 2007 that spawned some popular hits and was loosely based on the success of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and James Brown.





$500,000 bail for evangelist Dr Paul Lewis

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New York-based evangelist, Dr Paul Lewis, who is facing carnal abuse and indecent assault charges, was granted $500,000 bail with sureties.



Lewis had previously been denied bail in the Savanna-la-Mar Resident Magistrate's Court. However, a bail application was made in chambers at the Supreme Court it was granted.




Lewis, who allegedly committed carnal abuse on a 15-year-old girl at a hotel in Westmoreland last month, is scheduled to return to court on July 7.





Hijacker mentally fit; goes to court July 13

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Stephen Fray, the man who attempted to hijack a Canjet airplane in Montego Bay two and a half months ago, is mentally fit to stand trial, reports from the psychiatrists who evaluated 21-year-old state.



Fray is now scheduled to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court, July 13, where he will answer to six criminal charges



According to reports, however, the two psychiatric evaluations which were done noted that Fray suffered from a mental disease known as schizophrenia which caused him to hear voices and see things that were not there.





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Despite the 32 confirmed cases in the island of influenza A (H1N1), more popularly called swine flu, the Ministry of Health has not at this time placed any restriction on public gatherings.



A release from the ministry said members of the public will, however, be notified if the situation changes as the confirmed cases are expected to increase.



The ministry indicated last week that there is now local transmission of the virus and this was expected. Dr Sheila Campbell Forrester, chief medical officer, stressed that there is no need for persons to wear masks during day-to-day activities.





10 Years since the Death of Dennis Brown

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Scenes From Weddy Weddy Anniversary

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Starting Monday, July 6, from 2:00pm – 5 pm, Clinton Lindsay, host of the popular radio show The Foundation, will expand the program via HYPERLINK ""www.CaribZone.com on the world-wide-web.



Mr. Lindsay, who played a major role in the development of Caribbean radio in New York City for over twenty-five years, will broadcast from studios in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his residence for the past six years. The Foundation will be aired Monday-Friday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.



The Foundation will continue Mr. Lindsay’s unique approach of highlighting music for the mature ear. The program, a long-time staple in New York and South Florida, combines a blend of Reggae, R&B and vintage Caribbean sounds to create “music to live by.





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After landing two prestigious awards recently, Air Jamaica’s in-flight magazine, SkyWritings, has further proven itself as a leading publication amongst the region’s many.



Adding “Magazine of the Year” to its award winning status at the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica (AAAJ) Media Awards was the first feat accomplished - then SkyWritings went on to win the award for “Best Overall Feature” in the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s Caribbean Media Awards, for the story, “The Mystical, Magical Cockpit Country” By: Michael Robinson, published in the March/April “Green Issue”.



No stranger to the award winning circuit, SkyWritings magazine was previously bestowed with the Abe Issa Award for Excellence. Described as “…the next best thing to actually setting down on Caribbean soil,” the magazine has maintained the rank of being simply one of the very best.





Ottawa Reggae Festival

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Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, July 1, 2009

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God in Me


God in me is my light and my understanding.
In order to grow in spiritual understanding, I must first realize that I have the capacity for it. I am a manifestation of God, and in God's likeness, I am all-wise and all-knowing.
To believe in the presence of God as Divine Mind in me is to identify myself with all light and knowledge.
Beginning today, I rise out of the belief that by nature I am limited in understanding. At all times, I think of myself as capable of knowing all truth. I learn to rely upon the light of God within to make clear whatever I desire to know.
--Adapted from the first Daily Word message, July 1, 1924


"For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord."--Isaiah 11:9





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