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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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By Lydia Patel

The Big Band,Borokeete USA which is officially sponsored by the Caribbean’s national airline, Caribbean Airlines, is gearing up for the 42nd edition of the exciting West Indian parade.

This year, Borokeete will be portraying ‘Chutney Bacchanal’ a fusion of beautiful colors for their mas. If you haven’t picked your band or your costume yet, Borokeete is going to be one of the hypest trucks heading down Eastern Parkway! There is still time to register with Borokeete and get in with all of the action! The mas camp is located at:

1740 Nostrand Ave in Brooklyn corner of Clanrandon. Tel: 347 529 1790 and ask for Anthony or Hubert. You all are invited to check out the website and see all of the chutney bacchanal for this year http://borokeeteusa.com/

_Myself and the YARDFLEX TV crew will be live on the Borokeete truck hosting and animating all of the festivities throughout the day – right until the end of the night. Yes, I will be in costume and you can bet that I’ll be ‘likin’ myself’ with Borokeete.

It’s going to be another great year and why not spend the biggest carnival outside of Trinidad & Tobago with a band that guarantees nothing but the best. The New York Labor Day parade attracts millions from across the US, Canada and of course the Caribbean. Take it from me, you will not be disappointed with Borokeete’s Chutney Bacchanal! I’ll see you all in costume on the Parkway!





US government sends for ‘Dudus’

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deabadge.jpgThe United States government has made a formal request for the extradition of Jamaica Labour Party strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on alleged drug trafficking charges.

Coke is the leader of Tivoli Gardens, where residents are fiercely loyal to the ruling party. Details are sketchy, however, Coke is believed to be on a list of drug trafficking suspects wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

Coke is son of the late Lester Lloyd Coke, otherwise known as Jim Brown, leader of the feared Shower Posse who died at the general penitentiary in the 1990s while awaiting extradition to the US for murder and drug trafficking.

Under existing conditions, the US request will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which it is expected to be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), then to the Attorney General’s Office and back to the DPP where arrests warrants are drawn up and sent to the police.





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Jamaican Reggae superstar Barrington Levy, will join top Reggae foundation artists and leading Japanese Reggae acts when he performs on Mighty Crown’s sol-out stadium show in Japan on Saturday, September 5.
For Levy, who has not performed in Japan for more than 20 years, this marks a milestone in a career that has experienced many highs. Over 40,000 Japanese
Reggae fans are slated to attend Mighty Crown’s epic stadium show, Yokohama Reggae SAI, an annual concert to celebrate their anniversary.





Gramps Morgan: Taking It All In Stride

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http://gramps-morgan.jpgThe legacy that he created as part of the seminal reggae group Morgan Heritage seems to be rewarding Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan with the success of his debut solo album, 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1. The impressive debut, released August 4 in the United States, is enough to make a less accomplished artiste giddy. But Gramps is taking it all in stride.

"I'm so happy that people are getting a chance to share some good music. That's really what's most important to me as I know this album will have an effect on most people that listen to it," Gramps said.

The release of 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1 is a fitting follow-up to Gramps' memorable, solo-debut performance in Toronto, Canada during the Caribana weekend, recently.

It was one of what is hoped will be many other incredible performances from the accomplished artiste. Gramps will join fellow reggae-legend-in-the-making, Buju Banton on his ‘Rasta Got Soul’ US Tour, which begins September 12 at Philadelphia’s Trocardero and hits cities and states including: Portland, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Chicago, California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida as well as North and South Carolina. The 6 week tour is an opportunity for the singer to continue on his quest to ‘heal the world through music’.

"I am so happy to reach this point, to be able to represent the album I worked on for so many months,” says Gramps. “It's a great challenge and I also feel blessed to be on the road with Buju. He's a great performer - it comes right from the heart and I can relate to that as there is no other way for either of us to do music."





Scenes From Bembe

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PHOTOS BY MILTON RAYNOR





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One on one with Shebada

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Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay introduced himself to the comedy market in a big way when he had viewers cracking up in stitches as a competitor on The Comedy Buss. Although he had taken part in other small productions it was the Comedy Buss that told the entire Jamaica he is a talent worth watching. Then came Bashment Granny and also Keith’s meteoric rise to fame! Yardflex sat down and had a one on one with the super popular actor in a no holds barred interview



How long have you been in the theatre?

Three years now - since 2006



Any Formal training…

No...acting is innate… I started out in church …I did a one man piece on Moses and the Burning Bush -entered regional and national church competitions and came first.





Usain Bolt to di worl!

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images.jpgSun Island is having a grand time with their Usain Bolt line of leisure wear. According to a report in the Star everything with the athlete’s image on it totally sell out. They have ran out of stock twice and even suppliers of raw materials are enjoying a piece of the action.

What can we say, everyone is caught up in the Bolt fever and we don’t think it will be cooling anytime soon.





Careful how you buy bootlegged products

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dvd.jpgIgnorance is no excuse of the law and that’s the message head of the Organised Crime Investigative Division (OCID) is now sending out.

Careful how you hawk up those pirated DVDs and CDs, contrary to popular belief, the seller will not be the only person facing prosecution, those who are buying too will also be in trouble with the law.

The police superintendent, who spoke at a press conference to highlight the problems surrounding the act at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew, said despite the arrest of several people for selling bootleg DVDs and CDS, there was still a high incidence of re-offenders.

"There are challenges in terms of the courts. Even though the fine can be up to $100,000 or two years the judges usually fine offenders $1,000 to $5,000," Bailey said.

Reporters were told that his division was conducting sessions with police officers to ensure that offenders get the message that they will be brought to book.





A who Killa a vist?

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killa 1.jpgA how Killa find back a groove so? From him dun di place a Sumfest, is like him tek way di hype from him son, Mavado. Right now, all di talk is on Bounty, and him just a put out some big bad tune like him a show everybody say him still have it. Then Killa go over Gaza City Portmore and tek Champions In Action from di Gaza President Kartel. And we hear say him deh a foreign a mash up di place. Foreign no good no more after Bounty dun wid it. Whoeva him a go to fi advice, it betta stick wid dem cause it no normal, is like some odda force involved. Killa to di flippin worl’!





A bare sintin sintin wid di Doctor and him wife

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picture needed.jpgPeople a ask what really a gwaan between the Doctor and him estrange wife? It look like him find the right prescription cause don’t ask if she neva just fling it up pon him a Sizzle di other night. And di two a dem did dress inna black and red like it was a plan ting. A long time we a hear say nuff candle a light and bare sintin sintin but we cyan confirm nutten, so we nah point no finga. A just nuff mouth talk, but you know whey dem say: If it no go so, it go nearly so. Anyway, Beenie and D’Angel, gwaan sort out.





A which artiste deh pon maternity leave?

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Bwoy wi used to tink sey a female artiste alone when dem pregnant go pon maternity leave…but it come eeb like sey when certain artiste woman pon di side a carry him pickney, den him haffi teck maternity leave. Yeah man nuff promoter a complain sey him nah teck nuh show too far from yard as him caan afford fi leave him odda woman side…next ting anyting guh wrong and him nuh deh near. Still wi big up da move deh, but a wonda how him up front woman a deal with all a dat?


Beenie fi call a spade a spade
How Beenie Man a come meck it look like sey him a dis peaceful artiste whey ongle waan peace and unity inna di business and a come throw stones at the Alliance and a meck it look like sey a dem meck him get boo a Portmore. Him fi memba sey him go jump and record song sey A Gaza Mi Sey and stop buy out people argument cause when it backfire pon yuh, yuh nuh have nobady fi blame but yuhself.





Memorial for Spragga Benz son shot up

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Carlton_Grant_Jr.jpgIt seems even in death Carlton Grant, son of Spragga Benz cannot enjoy a reprieve from cops bullets. At the memorial that was held last night (Sunday) bullets rang out, sending those who turned out to pay their respects scampering for cover in the wee hours of the morning.


Central Kingston residents have placed the blame squarely at the police feet. Reports gathered is that the memorial which was being held at the corner of Law and Hanover Streets saw a police team coming in at about 2:30 am to put an end to the gathering.


Spragga didn't put up any resistance but immediately told the selector that they were closing off...from that one witness said "all hell broke loose" as gun shots rang out.


Those who turned out for the memorial are upset with the police as one woman said, "they killed the DJ son, the least they (police) could do is meck di man remember him son wid him friend dem in peace."





Makeda Marley appeared in Gavin's courtroom .

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Makeda Jahnesta Marley.gifThe daughter of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley is asking a Common Pleas Court judge to keep several marijuana plants seized by police from her Caln home from being used at trial on drug possession charges.



Makeda Jahnesta Marley, the youngest of the star's 13 acknowledged children, contends through her attorney that police had no probable cause to enter and search the basement of her home during an argument she was having with a tenant who shared the property.



Caln police say they took 11 marijuana plants plus a variety of instruments used to grow the illegal drug — which Marley's father, a habitual marijuana user who popularized the drug as "Kaya" or "ganja," championed — after they caught Marley trying to sneak the plants out of the basement of the home she was renting.



In a hearing before Judge Thomas Gavin Tuesday, Marley's attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Miller, indicated that his client may have felt pressured into giving police permission to search the house because of alleged threats to put her in prison or take custody of her 3½-year-old son if she did not. Two Caln police officers testified that they had not made either of those supposed threats.



Makeda Marley, 28, is a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School and West Chester University. She was born in Miami on May 31, 1981, less than three weeks after her famous father died of cancer in that same city. Her mother, Yvette Crichton, is the last of several women with whom Bob Marley is officially recognized as fathering a child with in addition to his widow, Rita Marley.





‘Gaza mi say’ at Beenie Sizzle

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DSC_1015.JPGDancehall fans showed their affiliation at LIME Beenie Man’s Sizzle on Saturday night when a predominant Gaza following gathered inside the National Stadium to celebrate with Beenie Man on his birthday and his 30-year milestone in the music business.


“Mek mi see di hands of al di Gaza supporters,” MC Nuffy said, as he too declared his alliance to Gaza. “A Portmore mi come from so me must say Gaza,” Nuffy stated as the hands reached up and thousands of LIME handkerchiefs and Rasta flags waved in the night sky. The architect of mischief, Nuffy then said brazenly, “Mek mi se the hands of all the Gully supporters.”
Not even one finger raised.


And when the self-styled Gaza president, Vybz Kartel took control of the stage in the closing moments of the show, the Stadium was transformed into the Gaza strip. The massives went wild. It was hard to believe that this was the same Kartel who had been booed in his hometown, Portmore at Champions In Action the previous week. And, when he was joined on stage by his ‘Uncle Beenie’, the place again erupted. Remember, it was Beenie Man who had introduced Kartel as his nephew at Reggae Sumfest, and the bond between them has grown tighter ever since. Unfortunately however, the duo’s presence on stage signaled that the curtains were coming down on the show, as the police were there to do what they do second best — bring an end to a stage-show.


Despite this, however, it was a night on which a few persons made it their time to shine, while overall, the show itself proved boring and drawn out. One unforgettable moment, however, was when Portmore Hemphigher representative, General B, in the midst of an entertaining performance, turned his back to the stage, miscalculated his distance and jumped right off the stage, crashing to the ground with a ‘thud’. The stadium, to put it mildly, erupted. The same people who were cheering his performance now laughed at him openly. To his credit, General B, got up, brushed off himself and went back on stage where he resumed his entertaining performance.





Bolt does it again!

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt totally demolished his old world record of 19.30 seconds to replace it with a new one of 10.19 seconds!
The crowd in the Berlin Stadium stands erupted in glee as the sprinter once again held them captivated and in awe.


The stunning and super sweet victory for the 22 year old (soon 23) is another notch for the country that has all eyes on it right now, due to its shining stars.


Bolt gritting his teeth and pointing to the clock as soon as the time flashed, Bolt is now 5 for 5 in major sprint events. He has won a gold medal each time with a world mark.


His time in the 200 at these world championships slashed 0.11 seconds off the record he set last year.


Crawford's own ambition was to run 19.51.
It seemed Bolt was the only one having questions whether he could break the record. Before the race reminded everyone a foot injury had slowed his curve running early in the season.


"I really have not done the same amount of work like I did for the 100," Bolt said.


All that’s l;eft now is for the sprint relays and the only question…will it be another record for the team propelled by Usain Bolt.





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Nelson bemoans youth looking to dons, foul-mouthed entertainers as role models



Security Minister Dwight Nelson yesterday said that too many youngsters are looking up to dons and "foul-mouthed" entertainers as role models and urged the nation to help the youth change their focus.




"Role models have taken on a different look in the get-rich culture which has taken over our society," Nelson told worshippers at a church service for the Jamaica Police Federation and the Special Constabulary Force Association at the New Testament Church of God in Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine.




"No longer are pastors, teachers, civil servants and policemen - who have achieved their dreams through long, hard work - considered suitable role models by many. They have been replaced by gang leaders and foul-mouthed entertainers," Nelson said.

"We must reject this desecration of our culture. We must, as a nation, recommit ourselves to playing our part in the mission to save our country. We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children," he added.




Nelson said the practice was one of the contributing factors to crime in the island.




Citing last week's killing of a policewoman and the shooting of two male cops, Nelson reaffirmed the ministry's support for the police, who he said risk their lives daily to protect the country.




He said that despite several challenges the police must be lauded for their efforts.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 24, 2009

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Protected
Eggs.jpgGod is all I need.


When we were children, we sometimes felt invincible. Nothing could stand in our way or harm us. Even if we did have a concern, we were quickly comforted by the embrace of a parent or other caring adult.
As adults, we may feel that those protective arms have fallen away. In such times of uncertainty, we can call on God's loving, sheltering presence.


The spirit of God is within us and goes before us. At any time, any one of us can "lean on the everlasting arms" and feel safe and secure.


We are children of God, always loved and supported.
"For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."--Acts 2:39





Rick Ross for Beenie Man Sizzle

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Port Push It recording star Rick Ross, is all set to make his debut appearance in Jamaica this summer. As part of the star-studded line-up planned for Lime Beenie Man Sizzle to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, Rick Ross is expected to deliver a superb showing belting out his major hits.



According to Beenie Man, he is pulling out all the stops to ensure that fans walk away from this show thinking it was the best one they've ever been to.



"This year I'm celebrating 30 years in the music. I am putting my all into this show because it is for my fans who have supported me over the years. I have put together a solid line-up that I believe the fans will like," Beenie said.



"Rick Ross is one of the big names in rap music, he has never performed in Jamaica so having him as part of my show is a big deal," he added.



Beenie Man also disclosed that the plans for the show were underway and everything was going well.





Joke of the Day-Five Surgeons

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Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients on the operating table.



The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."



The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."



The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."



The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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I am free to live a life of love, joy, and abundance.
A child's imagination has no limits, often surpassing the boundaries adults might have. Children gleefully imagine a polar bear flying in a space ship past a purple moon and on to faraway planets. They joyfully picture themselves as a dancer or scientist or president.
I, too, can exult in the power of imagination, no matter what my age. As a child of God, I can use this gift to create the life of my dreams.
I look beyond the appearance of any boundaries or limitations to claim the love, joy, and abundance that are mine to receive.
I let my imagination soar, lifting me to new heights.


"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."--Matthew 18:3





Trilla U mourns death of teenage daughter

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Lust member, Trilla U is mourning the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Nikieta, while hoping that his wife Camille, who is in critical condition in a Florida hospital recovers.
According to reports reaching YardFlex, the two were among four persons shot during a robbery in Miramar, Florida, early Monday morning while on vacation in the United States. Nikieta, a student at Immaculate High School in Kingston, was due to return to Jamaica next week.
The police have confirmed that three persons were found shot dead at a house on Monday, while a fourth was found in critical condition and was rushed to the hospital.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the bodies of Faith Bisasor, 49, and her son, Davion Bishop, 15, were found in a Miramar home, however the name of another slain victim and a survivor, both female, were withheld as police try to reach their relatives.
The story in the Sentinel states that the four were discovered in Bisasor's home on the 9500 block of Encino Street after the surviving victim called a friend and said she had been shot in the face. The friend called police Monday afternoon.
Police did not know for certain how much time had passed between the killings and the phone call that led them to the scene, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
The survivor remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition, police said.
More than 24 hours after police made the gruesome find, the house remains a very active crime scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported in its story.



It said that authorities on Tuesday towed two cars from the driveway as part of their investigation and swept the lawn with metal detectors.
Several relatives showed up at the house Tuesday morning, and a woman cried out and fell to the pavement as an officer informed them of the deaths..
According to the Sentinel investigative reporters Broward property records show Bisasor, a registered nurse who neighbors say worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital's emergency room, bought the River Run neighborhood house in 1990.
She lived there with Bishop, who neighbors said was a student in Stranahan High School's magnet program. Neighborhood kids said he was so smart they called him "the computer."
Bisasor managed to remain very involved with her son's school work while maintaining a work schedule that included a lot of night shifts, neighbors said, wondering if maybe it was her work hours that made her a target.
Bisasor did not have a criminal record in Florida. State records list her as having briefly served as president of two businesses:
United Chiropractic Center of Florida Inc., in Hollywood, from July 2002 to September 2002;





A wha dis fada?

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uh.jpgBut a ha dat wi a hear sah. Wi teck up di Chat! And si whey cops beat Kentucky Kid and him pregnant wife. Now if dat a true, wi s sey a straight almshouse and ediot ting dat. Unno memba Kentucky Kid why did have di run in wid di police cause dem drive inna him car and a meck it look like sey a him wrong? Yeah a di same one, nutten but dem bex and a try intimidate di likkle youth.





Shelly-Ann Fraser does it again

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shelly-ann_puru.jpgCast your minds back to 2008 Beijing Kerron Stewart was the obvious choice to take the 100M gold. Then out of nowhere Shelly-Ann Fraser comes powering in and nabs victory!


Fast track to Berlin at the Olympic stadium, Kerron went into the meet with the fastest time for the year and Shelly-Ann did it again.


Kudos to our athletes who keep defying the odds and shining.
Fraser was out of the blocks like a flash of lightening and there was really no catching her as she powered her way to victory in a time of 10.73 seconds.


Shelley-Ann Fraser has defended her title in the women's 100m with her latest win at in Berlin Monday. Fraser held off fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart for gold at the world track and field championships.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Let Go, Let God
20090818_puru.jpgI release, accept, and receive.


At times I may need to repeat an affirmation several times before it takes hold in mind and heart. For instance, I may have been carrying a heavy burden for days or weeks, and finally I understand: I've been trying to do this all on my own. I stop struggling and affirm: I let go and let God. I repeat this affirmation until I release all to God.


The One Power and Presence never lets me down. I release any worry or struggle and accept the comfort, inspiration, and abundance of God. I receive all that I need, and more.


I release, accept, and receive. With ease and grace, the gifts of God flow to me and through me to accomplish good.


"God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life."--Psalm 54:4





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Bounty for September 30 court

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Bounty_Killa_by_Puru.jpgDancehall DJ Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer will face the court on September 30 following being arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and assaulting a policeman almost two years ago, in September, 2007.


The Killer, who appeared in the Gun Court on Friday, along with former policeman Calis Bowen, who is charged jointly, had his bail extended and the new court date set.


Allegations are that Pryce and Bowen, who was a member of Pryce's party, got into an altercation with a group of men along St Lucia Avenue, New Kingston after they blocked the road with their motor vehicles. On arrival of the police the men were ordered to move their vehicles and one of them threw alcohol in the cops face. The policeman attempted to arrest the man but was attacked by other men in the group.


Allegations are that during the skirmish Bounty Killer pulled a gun and pointed it at the police. Bowen who was part of the dancehall DJ's entourage was accused of thumping the police in the face and chest.


After investigations were conducted Bowen was later dismissed from the police force.





BUJU BANTON ROCKS THE GARDEN - TWICE AGAIN!

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Buju_Banton_Inna_Heights.jpgJamaican music icon, Buju Banton, once again rocked the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden for his 3rd annual Buju Banton & Friends Caribbean Extravaganza on August 7th. Produced by veteran radio personality Dahved Levy's Devonish Promotions, this year's blockbuster event featured guest appearances by Reggae great Burning Spear, dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, lioness on the rise Queen Ifrica, Heritage siblings Gramps & Peter Morgan and the legendary Tony Rebel.



Fresh from touring Europe and the UK for two months, Banton and his Shiloh Band -- complete with two keyboard players and two bass players -- were in superb form. Buju delivered a flawless double set that spanned the breadth of his vast, hit-filled catalog, and included a well-received live debut of the song "Optimistic Soul" from his critically acclaimed new album Rasta Got Soul, plus a rousing Reggae rendition of Michael Jackson's classic "Heal The World."



Last Thursday night, Buju aka Gargamel, graduated to the world famous main stage at Madison Square Garden, where he performed with R&B superstar John Legend to a sold out crowd of 20,000 concert-goers who raised the roof in pandemonium when Legend announced his special surprise guest!





What a piece a boo

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boo_puru.gifNo bwoy di boo whey Beenie Man and Kartel get mi hear sey people all inna Clarendon coulda hear it. Mi did tink sey it loud inna Jamworld, but wi get fi understand si it go beyond di Jamworld walls.


Jah know star Beenie Man shoulda did know betta dan dat. Fi smady whey sey him inna di business fi 30 years, him should have antennae fi know when people want war and teck himself outa di mix. Look dey now, him did done get one solid one a Mandela concert a Half-Way-Tree and him come put himself inna di place fi pick up one nedda one.


And a nex’ ting wha meck him nuh have nuh shame gone ask Alliance fi come pon him show…noh sah. Beenie straight…a time fi yuh have sense.





Vybz Kartel-Toilet Paper( Bounty Killer Diss)

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Speechless!

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Triple Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete Usain Bolt gave a out of this world performance to set a new world record of 9.58. The Jamaican held the crowd totally speechless as they all wore a surreal expression maybe questioning the fact that they had really witnessed what they did. But it was not an illusion as Usain Bolt had indeed shattered his old world record of 9.69 to totally dominate the field in the finals of the 100M.



How does he do it, he must be from another planet, is it really possible, those are the questions in fans mind as they took in the special moment…one that left American Tyson Gay eating dust from Bolt.





Asafa Powell earned another medal for Jamaica – a bronze.



Jamaicans from all over went crazy as Usain gave them yet another reason to celebrate.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 17, 2009

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Pray for Others
20090817_puru.jpgI bless others in my thoughts and prayers.
Is someone I love struggling with a personal matter? If so, I take time to listen to him or her. Does someone I know need a helping hand? If so, I take action to help that person through a difficult time.
I not only support people in my life through my actions, but also in my prayers. Prayer is a direct channel to God, an open line to the love, abundance, wisdom, and guidance of God.


As I pray for others, I send them thoughts of peace and expect answered prayer. I see them guided through their challenges, prospered in their finances, healthy and well. Each moment I spend in prayer opens me to the goodness of God, the one source of all life, love, and strength.


"Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."--Matthew 19:19





Bolt to unleash new dance in Berlin

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt says he has a special dance planned if he wins his events at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics which runs off today (August 15) in Berlin, Germany.



Speaking at a press conference hosted by his sponsors Puma at Yaam Social Club on the banks of the River Spree in the west of the German capital yesterday, Bolt said he was looking forward to the showdown with Tyson Gay and will celebrate in a special manner if he wins.



He said: “This is the big one. I am itching to go. I am fully ready and I’m looking forward to the showdown. If I win I have a few things planned.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, August 15, 2009

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Centered in God, I experience absolute peace.
Storms may rage on the surface of an ocean, but deep below, the waters are calm. The fish know to stay in that peaceful place and let the storm pass.
In prayer each day, I choose to turn my thoughts to the peace of God within me. On the surface of my mind, the appearance of lack or conflict or fear may toss my thoughts about in worry. I gently release those thoughts and move my attention deeper, to a place of peace within me.
I take time for prayer throughout my day. As I rest in the stillness, I am serene--mind, body, and spirit. Each time I center myself in the peace of God, I experience absolute peace and tranquility.


"The promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him."--Psalm 18:30





wet sundays

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Lip-locking men questioned and released

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LLGM_puru.jpgOn Sunday two men with Montego Bay addresses were observed kissing passionately inside a car along the Bull Bay Road in Lucea by the police.



They were taken in for questioning but were later released. According to a reported carried in the Star the only possible charge that the men could have faced was that of gross indecency, under the outrages on decency section in the Offences against the Person Act.



That clause of the act states that any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.




The lawyer, however, continued that applying the gross indecency charge may be very subjective, as the relationship of the men, type of kiss and other factors may have to be brought into consideration.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Bounty Killer-Chatta Box(Vybz Kartel diss)

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YardFlex Single Review

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Chino scores with From Mawnin’
Chino_Cover7.jpg(From mawnin’ we a hustle and put we all in/ When we work we nuh pree nuh stalling/ From mawning, yeah, a so we stay/ We never ever change…)



Lock up Chino and Stephen inside the Big Ship Recording Studio and what you get is pure McGregor magic with musical productions that starts the change and turns things around.



Never Change (From Mawnin’) is an infectious song that once you hear it, you have to play it again and again. Radio loves it, the dancehall pumps it and it’s a real club banger. Already it is moving up the charts and it is definitely one of the best singles to be released so far this year.



The ingredients of this song include a really nice riddim — Stephen proves yet again that he is indeed ‘di Genius’ in this sphere — a positive message and great delivery from Chino, who at times sounds so much like his father Freddie on this single.
It promotes the values of hard work, having a goal and making all the legit moves to reach that goal. Because, as Chino says “we haffi rich, so Stephen go mix this beat ova this vocal”.


There is no get-rich-quick mentality at work here … it’s all about knowing what you want and investing your time and talent to get it.Perfect message to the youth from the youths.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, August 14, 2009

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puru_20090814.jpgThrough the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, I am renewed and energized.
A cozy bed, comfort foods, and long naps give me rest and renewal. Cheerful cards, phone calls, and flowers from loved ones brighten my day.


While I gratefully receive these blessings, I know that my true healing comes from within. Whatever challenge I may be facing, the indwelling Spirit is restoring me to health and wholeness.


Just as a lamp shines when connected to an electrical outlet, so my energy surges when I connect in consciousness to the One Source of life.
In thought and prayer, I align myself with the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, and I am renewed and energized.


"But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings."--Malachi 4:2





It wasn’t me, says Lutan Fyah

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Lutan Fyah_wasnt_me_puru.jpgConscious reggae artiste, Lutan Fyah, has reacted to reports that he had a physical altercation with a fan in Sweden last weekend.


The entertainer, who is in Europe on tour, allegedly boxed down a female fan at a venue recently. Lutan, however, has denied all knowledge of this incident.


“All that talk about me box dung woman in Sweden is foolishness,” the singer told YardFlex in an interview this week.
“First, I know nothing about that. There was no altercation with me and any woman in Sweden,” the dreadlocked entertainer emphasized.
He continued, “How could I have done something like this? Can a man hit a woman in Europe and not go to jail?” he queried.


Lutanwas emphatic in his pronouncement that “it is all lies. I know nothing about this,” he declared.


The artistes is continuing his our of Europe.





Reggae Summer Fest to benefit cancer research

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rsfthumb.jpgThe National Alliance Foundation, a non-profit network committed to promoting awareness for cancer, recently announced plans for their annual Reggae Summer Fest for Cancer Research concert which will again bring top-flight reggae acts and entertainment to Washington DC.



The event, scheduled for Sunday August 30, hopes to once again attract reggae music lovers and people who have an affinity for Caribbean culture to the DC area.



Continuing the trend of providing high-quality diverse entertainment in the nation’s capital, the foundation officials claim that this festival will again be different, as a broader slate of popular artistes will be presented.



In addition to the musical fare, there will be food and a variety of items from the many vendors who will be exhibiting. Children 12 and under will be admitted free, while adult admission starts at $45 advance ticket. Limited VIP tickets and general admission tickets are available at Ticketmaster and a number of Caribbean businesses including Caribbean Breeze located in Virginia, Caribbean Sea in Maryland and Logan Circle Liquor located in Washington DC.





A reggae extravaganza at Madison Square Garden

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By Lydia Patel

BB_MM_puru.JPGDancehall artiste Mark Myrie, aka Buju Banton recently sold out the Madison Square Garden in New York on a show dubbed ‘A Reggae Extravaganza’ staged by caribbeanfever.com. It was Buju’s 10th appearance a that prestigious venue and on all occasions all seats were taken.


It was Buju and some of his close friends in performance, among them Queen Iftica, Tony Rebel,Burning Spear and Gramps & Peter Morgan.



Originally set to take place Mother’s Day weekend, many doubted that it would ever tae place again but the show went down and was definitely a huge success.



The first act to hit the stage was the original Fyah Mumma, Queen Ifrica who thrilled fans with singles such as Brown Skin, Lioness and Ccoconut Shell from her new album Montego Bay. She danced, she laughed and shared her recent success of quitting tobacco (which coconut shell is actually about).
Next up was Tony Rebel who immediately established a great rapport with his fans. He did a tribute to the late, great Garnet Silk and just to show some skills, he closed off his set with his smash hit ‘If jah’ which he sang in English, Spanish and French.



Reggae icon, The Burning Spear kept his flames burning brightly. His energy was unmatched and he proved to be the well-rounded entertainer as he sang, danced all night long.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, August 13, 2009

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20090813_puru_UIM.jpgThe all-knowing presence of God leads me to my highest good.
I may use maps and navigational aids to find my way as I travel. If I'm in an unfamiliar location and unsure of an address, I might ask directions.


In my journey of life, however, I don't have a road map, and no one has traveled my same path. Before I make a quick judgment or hasty decision, I turn within to the all-knowing presence of God.
In prayer, I open my mind and heart to divine guidance. Knowing that guidance may lead me in a direction I had not anticipated, I remain alert to the promptings of Spirit. I trust the unconditional love of God as I follow the divine guidance that leads me to my highest good.





Why now?

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By Rootsgirl
Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgReading the paper the other day I couldn't help but think to myself that this government is excelling when it comes to pressuring the poor. For donkey years the people of Portmore have been operating their bars, shops, hair salons, and doing their juggling to make a living...now at a time when the recession is battering everybody, they decide they are cracking down on them.


They claim they will have to stop operating businesses in their homes...although the homeowners have agreed that they will even pay a fee if it comes to the test.
Considering that a lot of folks are losing their homes, jobs and fighting hard to keep their heads above the waters it really sucks.
With their borrowing relationship back on with the IMF it is anticipated that things are gonna get tougher...so leave the people them let them try and make a living the best way they know how.





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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mighty-crown-_puru.jpgThe new Mighty Crown Nike sneaker officially billed the Mighty Crown Dynasty High will hit stores in September. Already it is expected that this wioll be another 'sell off' limited edition of the offering.


Adorned with the Mighty Crown logo and hardware this offering is the perfect buy for lovers of the popular sound and great sneakers. Mighty Crown, patriots of sound system and dancehall culture, have made bold strides over the years. This mega deal represents the second time Mighty Crown has teamed up with Nike. The first time was in 2006 for the limited edition "Mighty Crown Pack," which included the fiery dunk high sneaker and sleek court force low! Check out the hot sneakers!





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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St_James_independence_Christopher Martin_edit_puru.jpgYardflex understands that past Rising Star winner Christopher Martin has parted ways with his girlfriend of over three years.



According to our sources, even though the two are still on friendly terms the relationship is definitely over.



“Trust me, he couldn’t have found a nicer, more down to earth woman to deal with. She is real cool, not the type to be confrontational or in your face. It just goes to show that men don’t know what they want. I don’t think she saw this one coming at all,” our source revealed.



The source went on to add that Sasha (his ex girlfriend) resided in the States, but she would commute as often as she could to be with him.



Then she started hearing some rumours about his being involved with someone else. She kept asking him about it and he kept denying it that she was the only one.



A source close to the ex couple said they were not surprised when the relationship fell apart.



“She is such as decent girl that even after all that he has done, she has nothing but good things to say about him. I really don’t get it,” the source commented.



Yardflex understands that part of the problem could be because she was based in the States.





Freak accident cause injury to 14 patrons

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Flex_puru.jpgA freak accident at The Jungle nightclub on the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland, about 2:20 Sunday morning resulted in 14 patrons being injured.



According to reports in the Star the incident occurred when approximately 40 patrons disobeyed staff instructions to refrain from climbing over barriers and on top of a section of the roof where they danced and got a vantage point to watch a stage show with Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and other performers.



After unsuccessful efforts to remove the 40 patrons from the roof, it caved in when the officers who were called in to help were on their way to their area in question. A section of the roof collapsed and a number of persons were injured, including some of those who were on the roof, as well as others who were on the lower floor.



Up to late yesterday morning, emergency personnel had estimated that at least 14 persons turned up at the Savanna-la-Mar General Public Hospital with injuries. Two of them were admitted.





Son stone dad to death

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stone_puru.jpg56-year-old Fitzy Bennett was stoned to death by his son following an argument at his home in Rose Hall, Clarendon on Friday night.



According to reports the father was involved in an argument with his son which resulted in stones being thrown.



Yardflex understand that his son Anthony Bennett was taken into police custody by his mother yesterday.



The Constabulary Communication Network reported that at about 7:45 p.m., both men were at home when they had a dispute. The argument escalated into a fight and they began throwing stones at each other. The senior Bennett received injuries to his head and died on spot.



Police say from their investigations they have been told that the two men had frequent falling-outs with each other. Up to late yesterday, it had not been ascertained what the men were arguing about or who started the argument.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Grace


20090811_puru.jpgThank You, God, for Your grace.
Dear God, Your grace transforms my consciousness. In moments of contemplation and prayer, I feel Your presence within, and I am healed and whole. I open to wisdom and Your light shows me the way. I claim abundance and feel Your love supporting me.


Your grace blesses me abundantly and completely.
The people and situations I hold in prayer are being uplifted and transformed by Your loving, healing presence.


Thank You, God, for Your grace, which gently leads me through any time of uncertainty. I see beyond current circumstances and know that all is well.


"And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth."--John 1:14





Scenes From Summer Sizzle

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Junior Reid owe again?

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Junior_Reid_PURU.jpgWhat is this we are reading about Junior Reid and owing the fisherman for over $45,000 for what he took when he held his birthday bash. For real when I read it, I had to think back to a about two years ago when this man came forward and said he owed him for equipment he rented for his studio. Up to the time of the article being posted he was still owed a large sum of money.



Now the fisherman taking the One Blood singer to court over his money. Yup according to the report in the Star Reid has been summoned to appear in the Linstead resident magistrate's court on September 7 for 45,000 worth of fish that he allegedly failed to pay for.



The allegation is that on June 6 the entertainer took fish from the complaint, Besta Llyod, with the agreement to settle after his annual show, Junior Reid birthday Bash: held the same day in Portmore. Having made a number of request for his money and receiving no favorable response from the artiste, legal redress was sought.



Yardflex came across this little gem and w just had to share it!!!





Did Rasta entertainer box down Swedish fan?

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PURU_LUTAN_FYAH.tif.jpgUnconfirmed reports out of Sweden are that one of reggae’s upcoming, conscious artistes boxed down a female fan at a venue in that country over the weekend.


It is alleged that the Rastafarian artiste, who is on an European tour, was “wifing up” the Swedish fan the entire time, but things took a turn for the worse when, at the end of the evening, she decided to leave with a member of the band.
“Him get mad and box her dung … straight a dutty,” an insider told YardFlex.


The artiste, who is of a “fiery” persona and has been hauled before the court in Jamaica for such charges — a case which was dismissed — reportedly felt that he was “dissed”.
“A people haffi beg har not to call police,” the source continued.
Efforts to get to the artiste’s management team proved futile.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 10, 2009

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Joy
20090810_Puru.jpgI am joy in expression!


Life is fuller, richer, and more fun when I approach each day from the joy in my heart. The people I know and love bring me joy, but I can also choose to manifest happiness on my own.
My favorite pastime may be hiking in nature or strolling through city shops and streets. I may find one activity more enjoyable than the other, but I can still find joy in both. Even if I am doing mundane tasks--no matter what I choose to do--the joy I create comes from within.


So whether I'm at dinner with friends or stuck in traffic, I remember happiness is an inside job. As I appreciate everything in life, I am joy in expression!
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy."--Job 8:21





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Bembe

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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No conscience artistes

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NO_c_Puru.jpgOn a serious note…wi can’t even write this in patois cause we want everyone to be able to read it and for you to holla us what you think.



Do you think it fair that some artistes who nothing much is going on for them to charge as much as $25,000 and we are not talking Jamaican, we are talking US…yes Uncle Sam. When one mediocre artiste charges that and he still has other acts to deal with…how does the promoter makes back their money. I think that it’s time promoters come together and keep dances instead of taking the loss for these unconscionable acts who not only wants to “dig out promoters eyes, but demands per diem, plus up to 10 hotel rooms, and top of the line first class tickets.



These conscious kings and queens and others come off like they care for the poor and they love their fans to the max…but when they charge these top of the line fees then promoters have no choice but to pass it on to the fans in ticket costs which sometimes prove too high…the promoter ends up losing their shirts, artistes get paid to perform to an empty house and fans do what they do best download songs and or buy the bootlegged copies.



Promoters should just keep dances and invest in selectors who will play their music and fans can enjoy themselves still.
It’s time for good sense to prevail. Everyone is feeling the recession, have some mercy…but then again…promoters should have more sense and invest their monies in a surer bet…leave the greedy artistes for now and let’s see how they like it when shows stop coming in.





Vybz Kartel- Love Dem

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DQ_puru.jpgDancing off stiff competition, Montegonian Tavia Morris, emerged winner of this year’s Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen competition staged at the Pier One Complex in Montego Bay last Saturday.
Tavia, who had entered the contest last year and did well, returned this year determined to take home the crown, not just for herself, but also for Jamaica. She provoked, tantalised, gyrated, wined — ‘dung’ and up — and made a lasting impression on the judges and patrons at the well attended event. When Roberts was announced winner, her excitement knew no boundaries.


In addition to winning the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title, she received $350,000 and the trophy for the Best Costume.
Last year, American Michelle Young out-danced all the contestants who came from all over the world to claim the title whisked the crown backed to North America, where it was the year before, having been won by Canadian Maude Francato.


It was truly an international contest, as second place went to Polish dancer, Ursula Fyce, who danced away with $200,000 the trophy for the Best Dance Routine. Third place went to Kingstonian Tiffany Hewitt, who was made $100,000 richer.


It was the 14th staging of the contest and this year’s theme was “The Angel Edition” and promoter Brian ‘Big Head’ Martin was recognised for his big heart. He was crowned Angel With A Heart for his contribution to education, by donating part proceeds of the event to a scholarship fund for needy students.





Rosie!!!???

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ROSIE.jpgEverybody a ask a how di rosie one so brazen. After har name call up and mek front page inna paper and people nuh stop chat bout har baby madda, Billie Jean kinda drama and how test come back and prove say a no dat deh entertainer deh a di baby puppa, the girl really hold har chin up high and come back a town a pose up side-a promoter. My girl, we know say you dun cute already but you muss have lickle shame and pride. No man, we couldn’t believe it when we see har a di celebrity football match wha day yah, well pose up and a gi laugh fi peas soup. Dat doan right. All Ele did deh deh. Mi hear some people did a ask if Ele did a go deejay di song when him call har name. But, fi real, mi tink sey she woulda tek it fi a big up.





Scenes From Montego Bay Carnival

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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Alliance obeah strong

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Ob_puru.jpgYardflex interviewed a young girl out of Montego Bay by the name of Shelly and honestly she had the strangest story to tell.



According to her, her life is a living hell right now as she feels she has been heavily scienced by one main member of the Alliance – Mavado.



She said that being a fan of the DJs in the group she couldn’t wait to go to a stage in Montego Bay where she first came in contact with Mavado.



“Him fi mi and like mi and start fi look mi and mi tell him sey mi have mi baby father and mi nuh interested inna no relationship,” she explained to Yardflex.



Shelly claimed that the Gully God did not take lightly to his advances being turned down and he told her that “mi a guh frig yuh up.”



According to her since then things have started to go downhill for her.



“If mi pickney fi get a money from foreign it nuh work out. A pure torment mi inna. Mi and people round mi caan gree. Mi nuh know everyting just mess up.”



Responding to Yardflex question on how the DJ would know where she lived to cause her to be in problems with her neighbours she quipped, “Mi nuh know it come een like sey a di ring whey him have one, it have certain powers…di first time mi si him mi sense something evil,” was the response.



Shelly says she just wants the haunting to stop and that she can go back to living in peace with her neighbours and her child can propser.





Independence celebrations winds down tomorrow

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jamaican_flag1_puru.gifThe 2K9 Festival activities will wind down tomorrow with the Big Grand Gala Independence Celebrations set to take place at the National Arena. Later on in the night there will be street dances across the country with the one for Kingston set to take place at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree square.



Jamaicans are invited to join the 'Free for All' costume group, which will be led by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Band during the float parade on Independence Day. The costume group is open to any member of the public who wishes to participate, and individuals are asked to wear the national colours - black, green and gold - or the plaids of the bandana.



Other groups for which costumes have been prepared to reflect various themes in focus this year are Kingston Revival and World Beaters. The Free for All group, according to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) release, "is just the thing for the rest of the Jamaican family who would love to be involved in the parade".



The parade begins at the Ranny Williams Entertain-ment Centre, proceeds west along Hope Road to Half-Way-Tree square, south along Half-Way-Tree Road to Cross Roads, north along Old Hope Road, then on to Lady Musgrave Road. The parade will end at the Digicel car park at the intersection of Lady Musgrave Road and Fairway Avenue.



Interested persons are asked to register at the Head Office of the JCDC located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.





Renaissance 20th Anniversary

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Joke Of The Day

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Photographer Works
joke_095.jpgThere was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which `lived' there was feared by all.


However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains et al. He told the ghost "I mean no harm - I just want your photograph". The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines - he posed for a number of ghostly shots.


The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed.


So what's the moral of the story?


The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Anybody si di video man teeth?

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teeth_puru.jpgNo man dis is outright almshouse and disrespect when a man lose him teeth and have to be appealing for its return. Yardflex a beg unno please, anybody find demself with more teeth dan dem shoulda have fi return the extra one to di rightful owna.



On a real serious note, di popular video man from Dutty Fridehz International Invasion is appealing to the public to return his teeth.



Peter aka Bump lose it on July 31 and unno caan miss it cause it have gold pon it and him have a feeling a one a di dancers dem teck it.



Wi nah cast nuh stone but a nuff dancer did inna di house such as Shelly belly, Muma dagga, Raqoon. Ila, Marvin and Terry. Unno help out di video man, cause maybe unno did si a likkle play go dung. But it come een like a not even him alone did have sinting happen to him wi alla hear sey Muma Dagga fell and broke her foot.



Wi hope di nex' post wi meck is fi sey di video man get back him teet





5 Athletes to miss World Championship

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Five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for a banned stimulant will miss the world championships.



Jamaican athletics official said on Monday that the doping hearings, which are scheduled to continue on Wednesday and Friday, will prevent the athletes` participation.



‘Based on what is going on, they will not be able to go to Berlin,` Dr. Warren Blake, second vice president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), told Reuters in an interview. `We would have had to name them on the final team list by today, but the hearings began today and will not be completed until later this week. It is therefore fair to say that the five will miss being on the team, as they can`t be selected until they are cleared.`



The five tested positive for the stimulant methylxanthine at the national championships in June. Their names have not been made public but the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has identified the five as Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Sherry-Ann Brooks, Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence.





Ganja Plane Crash

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Ganja Plane Crash_puru.jpgYesterday a Unites States registered twin-engine aircraft crashed killing two men who were on board.
The plane which is to be on a drug mission to Jamaica crashed yesterday morningon a private road owned by Windalco Bauxite Company in Schwallenburgh district, near the St Ann-St Catherine border.



The crash occurred around 15 miles south of the resort town of Ocho Rios in St Ann, at nine o'clock, deep in the hilly region of the bauxite mining operations where the company-owned road stretches for more than 20 miles.



The police said they had intelligence the plane was to pick up a shipment of compressed ganja when the crash occurred.

Four men were later taken into custody by the St Catherine police, after nearly 2,000lb of ganja was discovered in a vehicle in which the men had been traveling.



The police claimed the weed was the alleged shipment.





TOK’s Craigy T has heart problems

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TOK’s Craigy T_puru.jpgYardflex wants TOK member Craigy T to just hold the faith. After reading your story in the Star about the irregular heartbeat, we just have to say not to worry, your Guardian Angel will come through for you.
The twenty-eight-year-old Craig Thompson, aka Craigy T, will today know the true state of his health after doing a series of tests on his heart.

Thompson said he noticed chest pains from as far back as 2006. A recent Electrocardiogram (ECG) test confirmed that he had an irregular heartbeat. He was also told by doctors that the left ventricle of his heart was not closing as quickly as it should.

"The ECG tests found that my heartbeat is very slow," he said before adding, "I really don't know yet; it could be anything."

Well just stay positive as you face the test results today





Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama tunrns 48 today, YardFlex sends all the best of wishes to him.
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GAMEL GRANT WINS 2009 GOSPEL FINALS

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Winner of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 Gamel Grant (1).JPGTwo times a charm for Gamel Grant and producer Couric Clarke. After placing second last year with the song “Remember Heaven”, the duo returned to take top honours on Sunday at the finals of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Grant’s entry, ‘Take Me to Jesus’ beat out nine other contestants for the $500,000 cash prize courtesy of Grace Tropical Rhythms, the JCDC Gospel Trophy, a cellular phone courtesy of Digicel and a recording contract from Main Street Studio, among other prizes.


Placing second was Kimiela Isaacs, who copped $150,000 for her entry “Reassurance” as well as the sectional award for “Best Performer” which earned her an additional $50,000 in prize money, courtesy of sponsors Digicel Jamaica. Isaacs also took home the Word Time Ministries trophy. Musician and singer, Andre Wright earned third place with his entry “Man O God”, taking home $100,000, a trophy, and other prizes. The top three received performance training scholarships compliments of Joy Music Limited.


The “Popular Vote” prize of a cellular phone from Digicel and recording contract for a single from Dannymakka Productions Gospel Sound Studio was awarded to Nickette Morgan who received the most text votes for her entry “Wherever I Go”. Other prizes included the “Allowed to Shine Ministries Award”, presented to Kimola Brown, who collected $10,000 and a trophy as the most congenial finalist. Each finalist received a gold medals and $20,000 courtesy of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), bibles courtesy of the Word Time Ministries Ltd and gift packages from Grace Tropical Rhythms.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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I am free to love--fully and generously.
20090804_puru.jpgForgiveness may not always come easily. It may be difficult to let go of a past hurt or feelings of disappointment in myself or someone else. As I connect with the unconditional love and acceptance of God, I am ready to be forgiving and to move on with my life.


With God, I experience the transformational power of love in action. I find peace within conflict, growth where there had been stagnation, and compassion in place of anger or guilt.
God is with me in every moment and in every situation. As forgiveness frees my heart, mind, and spirit, I begin again to fully express love and acceptance for myself and others, just as we are.
"When he saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'"--Luke 5:20





Rastafarian_woman_puru.jpgFollowing a recent visit to Bermuda, a Rastafarian woman has complained bitterly about the treatment she received by members of the Customs Department in that island.
“Bermuda is a beautiful island. The beaches are lovely, the food is great, and there are many places to do photo shoots. But I’m sorry to say Bermuda customs has left a negative taste in my mouth. They violated my human rights. They treated me like I was smuggling drugs into the country,” she told Yardflex in an interview this week.
According to her, she arrived in Bermuda, via Miami, on July 29 for what was a short visit to the island. As soon as she arrived, however, she was pulled out of the line for ‘special’ treatment.
“They interrogated me like a criminal and detained me from10:00 pm July 29 to about 1:00 am July 30. I and another person were the only ones left in the entire airport being questioned. I feel like the only reason they pulled me out the line was because, I’m a black female coming from Miami with dreadlocks. One gentleman went through my suitcase and even ran my computer through a scanner. He questioned me about some phone numbers I had written down on a piece of paper. I was so confused that I almost felt like I was lying to myself. I thought it was only people who got arrested for a crime only went through these procedures,” she told YardFlex.



She explained that a female customs officer accusing her of being friends with the other person who had been detained. “The other person whowas held with me was a black male adult. I met him on the plane coming to Bermuda. I never saw or knew him prior to my Bermuda trip,” she said.
After explaining to customs the she had a reservation at The Hamilton Princess Hotel and that her pick-up had arrived at he airport, they made their checks and later told her that there was no reservation in either her name or the name of her pick-up and that there was no-one there to receive her..
“I called my mom and she said my ride has been waiting for me since 8:30 pm. My mom and my ride were calling my phone constantly to find out what was going on, but I could not answer because the officer said we can’t use phones,” she reported.





MISS EARTH JAMAICA)_puru.jpgThe Jamaican representative to the Miss Earth competition to be held in Manilia, Philippines, will be announced by August 28, the organizers of Miss Earth Jamaica have stated in a release.
The ninth staging of the competition is scheduled to take place from October 18 through to November 8.


The Miss Earth winner serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.
About ninety) contestants from different countries and territories are expected to compete in the event. At the conclusion of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry of the Philippines will crown her successor.



A team of top industry professionals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been put in place to assist the new Miss Earth Jamaica in her preparation for the international competition.
She will undertake a physical regimen of Fitness and Nutrition training with personal trainer, Loleta Riley, receive Speech and Diction guidance from media personality Winston Barnes; Catwalk Training from runway coach, Romeo Callwood; and instruction on Makeup Application, from makeup artist, Deandra Nosworthy.



Noted Bahamian Fashion Designer and Wardrobe Stylist Valentino Omar of Genevieve Couture, Cuban designer Francisco Azucar of Fashions by Azucar as well as other top designers will provide an extensive national wardrobe for Miss Earth Jamaica to cover the requirements of the grueling Miss Earth competition.





Beenie Really have 30 years inna di biz?

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beenie_man_2_puru.jpgBwoy wi love how Peter Metro talk up di tings dem a Giants a di 80s, him question di fact how him deh bout donkey years inna di business and him still nuh reach 30 years yet! And sey how Beenie Man reach 30 and him deh bout before him! As him sey “such is life”
But come to tink of it…dat nuh sound strange to unno, man whey a DJ before him nuh reach 30 yet and Beenie just come shoot up and past him out…well anyting possible it seems.



Squidly Ranks yuh joke nuh meck it
Den a di same show Squidly Ranks pull off a joke pon Ragashanti wi meck mi did feel fi gi a big boo. But just through wi neva waan almshouse out di people dem ting. Mi know sey Raga did vex, but him haffi kip him cool. Di one Squidly go talk bout how Raga put Spanish Fly inna him girl drink when she gone a bathroom and when him tun him back she do it to him tuh! Den when di Spanish Fly set in di girl sey a feel like a woulda teck a c…ky and Raga sey him tuh! Him need fi wheel and come again wid di one deh





Giants of the 80s low turnout…good performances

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By Joan Wilson:
80s.jpgGiants of the 80s held at little Ochi in Alligator Pon, St Elizabeth did not enjoy the crowd support but there were some good performances especially from Professor Nuts and Peter Metro.
The Nutty Professor had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand as he went through his paces. He could do no wrong for them as they ate up everything thing he dished out and still wanted more.
There was no shortage of laughter as he performed songs such as Don’t, Jimmy Bascombe and Tan So Back.


The other big winner for the evening was Peter Metro. He was in a militant mood and wasted no time taking the crowd to task as he went into some “history lesson” and then it was comedy time with Police Inna England. Metro hit out against the killing in the society and he also had strong words for cops who were killing innocent youths and covering up.
By the time Metro was through, he left behind a totally satisfied crowd.


Earlier performers such as Squidley Ranks was a big disappointment. Echo Minott had no trouble connecting, Cush Hunta got his chance to shine, then it was time for reggae crooner Leroy Gibbons, he did his thing and made way for Flourgon who delivered…it was even more fun when he was joined on stage by Daddy Lizard.
Little John could have stayed cause he was on and off the stage in a jiffy.


General Trees had no problem keeping the crowd entertained.
All in all the Giants proved to be an entertaining evening, especially with the humorous in between quips from MC Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart.





Tavia Morris Win

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By Petal:
DSC_0565.JPGMontigoian Tavia Morris The Dancehall Queen contestant who was disqualified from the contest last year for climbing atop the stage pole, came back with a vengeance this year to take the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title the at the Montego Bay St. James Jamaica. In doing so, she collects $350,000. Morris also won the best costume, which she received a trophy. First runner up went to Ursula Fryc of Poland she collects $200,000 with second runner up Tiffany Hewitt collects $100,000 she is a Jamaican.



The contest saw over 8,000 patrons in attendance.





More Tempo woes

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temporary.jpgDavid Cropper co-creator of the Caribbean version of MTV Tempo was enjoying being his own person in Toronto, doing his thing…life could not be better.


Then one day he had a dream about about a black angel with black wings, and he was standing on a rock and he started to tell me about all the people that he is about to devour. He awoke from the dream that seemed more like a nightmare and told his wife about it.
Little did he know that it was a warning for things that would later happen in his life.
With life continuing to be great for him, he soon put all that dream behind him.


When his friend Doug E Fresh told him about a man who was looking for someone like him to help kick off a Caribbean network for MTV he soon found himself being persuaded by his friend who told him "I want you to get some of this corporate $ bro..and you have a chance to give back to your people and help build the Caribbean industry across the region"


“I met with FM In Toronto the end of the week, it was cool.... he was cool I was like let's do it... 2 week's later I was in the US, I said to him if I'm going to leave my life here it better be worth it for me...my wife did not want to move to NYC...he promised that the job would be well worth it for me,” Cropper related.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 3, 2009

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Self-expression
DW0309.jpgI am the one and only me.
I may not think of myself as a creative person, but I know that I have unique talents and skills to share.
For instance, art may appear on a canvas, or it may appear in a meal prepared with love. Some hands sculpt clay or play a musical instrument, and some gently hold the hand of a child. Wisdom can be found in books, but it can also be found in quiet conversation across the kitchen table.
I am creative in my own unique way. As I more fully express who I am, I bless others, and blessings flow back to me. I am creative, productive, and open to divine inspiration. I give my gifts to the world.
"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God."--1 Corinthians 2:12





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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SPICE ESCAPES NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT

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rsz_spice_acc_puru.jpgEarly this morning (Saturday), Dancehall artiste Spice was in a head-on, near fatal collision. The artiste was heading to Kingston from Westmoreland, for the much-publicized 'Digicel ATI Flip It Fridays' at the Quad, when a black motor vehicle travelling from Little Ochi sped unto the main road which Spice and others were driving.



Spice says, "Canar (her fiance) was driving and when he realised what was happening, we tried to swerve to avoid the crash, but we still collided. The man in the other vehicle was coming out of Little Ochi and said he didn't realise that the street was finished and he was heading on to the main road. So he came out at the T-Junction without looking. I just can't believe it even now. I can't believe it."



The artiste says a few minutes before the accident she started to feel sleepy, so she asked someone to exchange seats with her and take the front, so she could rest in the back seat of the Pajero. "I am usually in the front seat and some of the times I'm not wearing my seat belt and last night I wasn't because we were in a rush to get back to Kingston for the show at Quad, so I just jumped in. If I was still in the front I would have died because I would have gone through the windscreen. All of the front is totally damaged. It can't be driven. I just can't believe that could have been it. I am thankful to be here right now."



In addition, the artiste's publicist, Kavelle Christie wishes to apologise to the promoters of the event and fans on behalf of Spice. "As anyone can see her absence from the event ('Flip It Fridays') was unavoidable. Grace is completely out of it, but she wanted her apology out there as well. That's just how she is as an artiste and I find it remarkable and admirable that someone could go through something like that but still be so focused and passionate about her work and fans."





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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US government sends for ‘Dudus’

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deabadge.jpgThe United States government has made a formal request for the extradition of Jamaica Labour Party strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on alleged drug trafficking charges.

Coke is the leader of Tivoli Gardens, where residents are fiercely loyal to the ruling party. Details are sketchy, however, Coke is believed to be on a list of drug trafficking suspects wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.

Coke is son of the late Lester Lloyd Coke, otherwise known as Jim Brown, leader of the feared Shower Posse who died at the general penitentiary in the 1990s while awaiting extradition to the US for murder and drug trafficking.

Under existing conditions, the US request will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which it is expected to be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), then to the Attorney General’s Office and back to the DPP where arrests warrants are drawn up and sent to the police.





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Jamaican Reggae superstar Barrington Levy, will join top Reggae foundation artists and leading Japanese Reggae acts when he performs on Mighty Crown’s sol-out stadium show in Japan on Saturday, September 5.
For Levy, who has not performed in Japan for more than 20 years, this marks a milestone in a career that has experienced many highs. Over 40,000 Japanese
Reggae fans are slated to attend Mighty Crown’s epic stadium show, Yokohama Reggae SAI, an annual concert to celebrate their anniversary.





Gramps Morgan: Taking It All In Stride

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http://gramps-morgan.jpgThe legacy that he created as part of the seminal reggae group Morgan Heritage seems to be rewarding Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan with the success of his debut solo album, 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1. The impressive debut, released August 4 in the United States, is enough to make a less accomplished artiste giddy. But Gramps is taking it all in stride.

"I'm so happy that people are getting a chance to share some good music. That's really what's most important to me as I know this album will have an effect on most people that listen to it," Gramps said.

The release of 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1 is a fitting follow-up to Gramps' memorable, solo-debut performance in Toronto, Canada during the Caribana weekend, recently.

It was one of what is hoped will be many other incredible performances from the accomplished artiste. Gramps will join fellow reggae-legend-in-the-making, Buju Banton on his ‘Rasta Got Soul’ US Tour, which begins September 12 at Philadelphia’s Trocardero and hits cities and states including: Portland, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Chicago, California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida as well as North and South Carolina. The 6 week tour is an opportunity for the singer to continue on his quest to ‘heal the world through music’.

"I am so happy to reach this point, to be able to represent the album I worked on for so many months,” says Gramps. “It's a great challenge and I also feel blessed to be on the road with Buju. He's a great performer - it comes right from the heart and I can relate to that as there is no other way for either of us to do music."





Scenes From Bembe

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One on one with Shebada

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Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay introduced himself to the comedy market in a big way when he had viewers cracking up in stitches as a competitor on The Comedy Buss. Although he had taken part in other small productions it was the Comedy Buss that told the entire Jamaica he is a talent worth watching. Then came Bashment Granny and also Keith’s meteoric rise to fame! Yardflex sat down and had a one on one with the super popular actor in a no holds barred interview



How long have you been in the theatre?

Three years now - since 2006



Any Formal training…

No...acting is innate… I started out in church …I did a one man piece on Moses and the Burning Bush -entered regional and national church competitions and came first.





Usain Bolt to di worl!

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images.jpgSun Island is having a grand time with their Usain Bolt line of leisure wear. According to a report in the Star everything with the athlete’s image on it totally sell out. They have ran out of stock twice and even suppliers of raw materials are enjoying a piece of the action.

What can we say, everyone is caught up in the Bolt fever and we don’t think it will be cooling anytime soon.





Careful how you buy bootlegged products

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dvd.jpgIgnorance is no excuse of the law and that’s the message head of the Organised Crime Investigative Division (OCID) is now sending out.

Careful how you hawk up those pirated DVDs and CDs, contrary to popular belief, the seller will not be the only person facing prosecution, those who are buying too will also be in trouble with the law.

The police superintendent, who spoke at a press conference to highlight the problems surrounding the act at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew, said despite the arrest of several people for selling bootleg DVDs and CDS, there was still a high incidence of re-offenders.

"There are challenges in terms of the courts. Even though the fine can be up to $100,000 or two years the judges usually fine offenders $1,000 to $5,000," Bailey said.

Reporters were told that his division was conducting sessions with police officers to ensure that offenders get the message that they will be brought to book.





A who Killa a vist?

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killa 1.jpgA how Killa find back a groove so? From him dun di place a Sumfest, is like him tek way di hype from him son, Mavado. Right now, all di talk is on Bounty, and him just a put out some big bad tune like him a show everybody say him still have it. Then Killa go over Gaza City Portmore and tek Champions In Action from di Gaza President Kartel. And we hear say him deh a foreign a mash up di place. Foreign no good no more after Bounty dun wid it. Whoeva him a go to fi advice, it betta stick wid dem cause it no normal, is like some odda force involved. Killa to di flippin worl’!





A bare sintin sintin wid di Doctor and him wife

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picture needed.jpgPeople a ask what really a gwaan between the Doctor and him estrange wife? It look like him find the right prescription cause don’t ask if she neva just fling it up pon him a Sizzle di other night. And di two a dem did dress inna black and red like it was a plan ting. A long time we a hear say nuff candle a light and bare sintin sintin but we cyan confirm nutten, so we nah point no finga. A just nuff mouth talk, but you know whey dem say: If it no go so, it go nearly so. Anyway, Beenie and D’Angel, gwaan sort out.





A which artiste deh pon maternity leave?

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Bwoy wi used to tink sey a female artiste alone when dem pregnant go pon maternity leave…but it come eeb like sey when certain artiste woman pon di side a carry him pickney, den him haffi teck maternity leave. Yeah man nuff promoter a complain sey him nah teck nuh show too far from yard as him caan afford fi leave him odda woman side…next ting anyting guh wrong and him nuh deh near. Still wi big up da move deh, but a wonda how him up front woman a deal with all a dat?


Beenie fi call a spade a spade
How Beenie Man a come meck it look like sey him a dis peaceful artiste whey ongle waan peace and unity inna di business and a come throw stones at the Alliance and a meck it look like sey a dem meck him get boo a Portmore. Him fi memba sey him go jump and record song sey A Gaza Mi Sey and stop buy out people argument cause when it backfire pon yuh, yuh nuh have nobady fi blame but yuhself.





Memorial for Spragga Benz son shot up

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Carlton_Grant_Jr.jpgIt seems even in death Carlton Grant, son of Spragga Benz cannot enjoy a reprieve from cops bullets. At the memorial that was held last night (Sunday) bullets rang out, sending those who turned out to pay their respects scampering for cover in the wee hours of the morning.


Central Kingston residents have placed the blame squarely at the police feet. Reports gathered is that the memorial which was being held at the corner of Law and Hanover Streets saw a police team coming in at about 2:30 am to put an end to the gathering.


Spragga didn't put up any resistance but immediately told the selector that they were closing off...from that one witness said "all hell broke loose" as gun shots rang out.


Those who turned out for the memorial are upset with the police as one woman said, "they killed the DJ son, the least they (police) could do is meck di man remember him son wid him friend dem in peace."





Makeda Marley appeared in Gavin's courtroom .

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Makeda Jahnesta Marley.gifThe daughter of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley is asking a Common Pleas Court judge to keep several marijuana plants seized by police from her Caln home from being used at trial on drug possession charges.



Makeda Jahnesta Marley, the youngest of the star's 13 acknowledged children, contends through her attorney that police had no probable cause to enter and search the basement of her home during an argument she was having with a tenant who shared the property.



Caln police say they took 11 marijuana plants plus a variety of instruments used to grow the illegal drug — which Marley's father, a habitual marijuana user who popularized the drug as "Kaya" or "ganja," championed — after they caught Marley trying to sneak the plants out of the basement of the home she was renting.



In a hearing before Judge Thomas Gavin Tuesday, Marley's attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Miller, indicated that his client may have felt pressured into giving police permission to search the house because of alleged threats to put her in prison or take custody of her 3½-year-old son if she did not. Two Caln police officers testified that they had not made either of those supposed threats.



Makeda Marley, 28, is a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School and West Chester University. She was born in Miami on May 31, 1981, less than three weeks after her famous father died of cancer in that same city. Her mother, Yvette Crichton, is the last of several women with whom Bob Marley is officially recognized as fathering a child with in addition to his widow, Rita Marley.





‘Gaza mi say’ at Beenie Sizzle

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DSC_1015.JPGDancehall fans showed their affiliation at LIME Beenie Man’s Sizzle on Saturday night when a predominant Gaza following gathered inside the National Stadium to celebrate with Beenie Man on his birthday and his 30-year milestone in the music business.


“Mek mi see di hands of al di Gaza supporters,” MC Nuffy said, as he too declared his alliance to Gaza. “A Portmore mi come from so me must say Gaza,” Nuffy stated as the hands reached up and thousands of LIME handkerchiefs and Rasta flags waved in the night sky. The architect of mischief, Nuffy then said brazenly, “Mek mi se the hands of all the Gully supporters.”
Not even one finger raised.


And when the self-styled Gaza president, Vybz Kartel took control of the stage in the closing moments of the show, the Stadium was transformed into the Gaza strip. The massives went wild. It was hard to believe that this was the same Kartel who had been booed in his hometown, Portmore at Champions In Action the previous week. And, when he was joined on stage by his ‘Uncle Beenie’, the place again erupted. Remember, it was Beenie Man who had introduced Kartel as his nephew at Reggae Sumfest, and the bond between them has grown tighter ever since. Unfortunately however, the duo’s presence on stage signaled that the curtains were coming down on the show, as the police were there to do what they do second best — bring an end to a stage-show.


Despite this, however, it was a night on which a few persons made it their time to shine, while overall, the show itself proved boring and drawn out. One unforgettable moment, however, was when Portmore Hemphigher representative, General B, in the midst of an entertaining performance, turned his back to the stage, miscalculated his distance and jumped right off the stage, crashing to the ground with a ‘thud’. The stadium, to put it mildly, erupted. The same people who were cheering his performance now laughed at him openly. To his credit, General B, got up, brushed off himself and went back on stage where he resumed his entertaining performance.





Bolt does it again!

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt totally demolished his old world record of 19.30 seconds to replace it with a new one of 10.19 seconds!
The crowd in the Berlin Stadium stands erupted in glee as the sprinter once again held them captivated and in awe.


The stunning and super sweet victory for the 22 year old (soon 23) is another notch for the country that has all eyes on it right now, due to its shining stars.


Bolt gritting his teeth and pointing to the clock as soon as the time flashed, Bolt is now 5 for 5 in major sprint events. He has won a gold medal each time with a world mark.


His time in the 200 at these world championships slashed 0.11 seconds off the record he set last year.


Crawford's own ambition was to run 19.51.
It seemed Bolt was the only one having questions whether he could break the record. Before the race reminded everyone a foot injury had slowed his curve running early in the season.


"I really have not done the same amount of work like I did for the 100," Bolt said.


All that’s l;eft now is for the sprint relays and the only question…will it be another record for the team propelled by Usain Bolt.





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Nelson bemoans youth looking to dons, foul-mouthed entertainers as role models



Security Minister Dwight Nelson yesterday said that too many youngsters are looking up to dons and "foul-mouthed" entertainers as role models and urged the nation to help the youth change their focus.




"Role models have taken on a different look in the get-rich culture which has taken over our society," Nelson told worshippers at a church service for the Jamaica Police Federation and the Special Constabulary Force Association at the New Testament Church of God in Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine.




"No longer are pastors, teachers, civil servants and policemen - who have achieved their dreams through long, hard work - considered suitable role models by many. They have been replaced by gang leaders and foul-mouthed entertainers," Nelson said.

"We must reject this desecration of our culture. We must, as a nation, recommit ourselves to playing our part in the mission to save our country. We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children," he added.




Nelson said the practice was one of the contributing factors to crime in the island.




Citing last week's killing of a policewoman and the shooting of two male cops, Nelson reaffirmed the ministry's support for the police, who he said risk their lives daily to protect the country.




He said that despite several challenges the police must be lauded for their efforts.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 24, 2009

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Protected
Eggs.jpgGod is all I need.


When we were children, we sometimes felt invincible. Nothing could stand in our way or harm us. Even if we did have a concern, we were quickly comforted by the embrace of a parent or other caring adult.
As adults, we may feel that those protective arms have fallen away. In such times of uncertainty, we can call on God's loving, sheltering presence.


The spirit of God is within us and goes before us. At any time, any one of us can "lean on the everlasting arms" and feel safe and secure.


We are children of God, always loved and supported.
"For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."--Acts 2:39





Rick Ross for Beenie Man Sizzle

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Port Push It recording star Rick Ross, is all set to make his debut appearance in Jamaica this summer. As part of the star-studded line-up planned for Lime Beenie Man Sizzle to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, Rick Ross is expected to deliver a superb showing belting out his major hits.



According to Beenie Man, he is pulling out all the stops to ensure that fans walk away from this show thinking it was the best one they've ever been to.



"This year I'm celebrating 30 years in the music. I am putting my all into this show because it is for my fans who have supported me over the years. I have put together a solid line-up that I believe the fans will like," Beenie said.



"Rick Ross is one of the big names in rap music, he has never performed in Jamaica so having him as part of my show is a big deal," he added.



Beenie Man also disclosed that the plans for the show were underway and everything was going well.





Joke of the Day-Five Surgeons

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Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients on the operating table.



The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."



The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."



The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."



The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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I am free to live a life of love, joy, and abundance.
A child's imagination has no limits, often surpassing the boundaries adults might have. Children gleefully imagine a polar bear flying in a space ship past a purple moon and on to faraway planets. They joyfully picture themselves as a dancer or scientist or president.
I, too, can exult in the power of imagination, no matter what my age. As a child of God, I can use this gift to create the life of my dreams.
I look beyond the appearance of any boundaries or limitations to claim the love, joy, and abundance that are mine to receive.
I let my imagination soar, lifting me to new heights.


"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."--Matthew 18:3





Trilla U mourns death of teenage daughter

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Lust member, Trilla U is mourning the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Nikieta, while hoping that his wife Camille, who is in critical condition in a Florida hospital recovers.
According to reports reaching YardFlex, the two were among four persons shot during a robbery in Miramar, Florida, early Monday morning while on vacation in the United States. Nikieta, a student at Immaculate High School in Kingston, was due to return to Jamaica next week.
The police have confirmed that three persons were found shot dead at a house on Monday, while a fourth was found in critical condition and was rushed to the hospital.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the bodies of Faith Bisasor, 49, and her son, Davion Bishop, 15, were found in a Miramar home, however the name of another slain victim and a survivor, both female, were withheld as police try to reach their relatives.
The story in the Sentinel states that the four were discovered in Bisasor's home on the 9500 block of Encino Street after the surviving victim called a friend and said she had been shot in the face. The friend called police Monday afternoon.
Police did not know for certain how much time had passed between the killings and the phone call that led them to the scene, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
The survivor remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition, police said.
More than 24 hours after police made the gruesome find, the house remains a very active crime scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported in its story.



It said that authorities on Tuesday towed two cars from the driveway as part of their investigation and swept the lawn with metal detectors.
Several relatives showed up at the house Tuesday morning, and a woman cried out and fell to the pavement as an officer informed them of the deaths..
According to the Sentinel investigative reporters Broward property records show Bisasor, a registered nurse who neighbors say worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital's emergency room, bought the River Run neighborhood house in 1990.
She lived there with Bishop, who neighbors said was a student in Stranahan High School's magnet program. Neighborhood kids said he was so smart they called him "the computer."
Bisasor managed to remain very involved with her son's school work while maintaining a work schedule that included a lot of night shifts, neighbors said, wondering if maybe it was her work hours that made her a target.
Bisasor did not have a criminal record in Florida. State records list her as having briefly served as president of two businesses:
United Chiropractic Center of Florida Inc., in Hollywood, from July 2002 to September 2002;





A wha dis fada?

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uh.jpgBut a ha dat wi a hear sah. Wi teck up di Chat! And si whey cops beat Kentucky Kid and him pregnant wife. Now if dat a true, wi s sey a straight almshouse and ediot ting dat. Unno memba Kentucky Kid why did have di run in wid di police cause dem drive inna him car and a meck it look like sey a him wrong? Yeah a di same one, nutten but dem bex and a try intimidate di likkle youth.





Shelly-Ann Fraser does it again

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shelly-ann_puru.jpgCast your minds back to 2008 Beijing Kerron Stewart was the obvious choice to take the 100M gold. Then out of nowhere Shelly-Ann Fraser comes powering in and nabs victory!


Fast track to Berlin at the Olympic stadium, Kerron went into the meet with the fastest time for the year and Shelly-Ann did it again.


Kudos to our athletes who keep defying the odds and shining.
Fraser was out of the blocks like a flash of lightening and there was really no catching her as she powered her way to victory in a time of 10.73 seconds.


Shelley-Ann Fraser has defended her title in the women's 100m with her latest win at in Berlin Monday. Fraser held off fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart for gold at the world track and field championships.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Let Go, Let God
20090818_puru.jpgI release, accept, and receive.


At times I may need to repeat an affirmation several times before it takes hold in mind and heart. For instance, I may have been carrying a heavy burden for days or weeks, and finally I understand: I've been trying to do this all on my own. I stop struggling and affirm: I let go and let God. I repeat this affirmation until I release all to God.


The One Power and Presence never lets me down. I release any worry or struggle and accept the comfort, inspiration, and abundance of God. I receive all that I need, and more.


I release, accept, and receive. With ease and grace, the gifts of God flow to me and through me to accomplish good.


"God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life."--Psalm 54:4





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Bounty for September 30 court

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Bounty_Killa_by_Puru.jpgDancehall DJ Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer will face the court on September 30 following being arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and assaulting a policeman almost two years ago, in September, 2007.


The Killer, who appeared in the Gun Court on Friday, along with former policeman Calis Bowen, who is charged jointly, had his bail extended and the new court date set.


Allegations are that Pryce and Bowen, who was a member of Pryce's party, got into an altercation with a group of men along St Lucia Avenue, New Kingston after they blocked the road with their motor vehicles. On arrival of the police the men were ordered to move their vehicles and one of them threw alcohol in the cops face. The policeman attempted to arrest the man but was attacked by other men in the group.


Allegations are that during the skirmish Bounty Killer pulled a gun and pointed it at the police. Bowen who was part of the dancehall DJ's entourage was accused of thumping the police in the face and chest.


After investigations were conducted Bowen was later dismissed from the police force.





BUJU BANTON ROCKS THE GARDEN - TWICE AGAIN!

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Buju_Banton_Inna_Heights.jpgJamaican music icon, Buju Banton, once again rocked the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden for his 3rd annual Buju Banton & Friends Caribbean Extravaganza on August 7th. Produced by veteran radio personality Dahved Levy's Devonish Promotions, this year's blockbuster event featured guest appearances by Reggae great Burning Spear, dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, lioness on the rise Queen Ifrica, Heritage siblings Gramps & Peter Morgan and the legendary Tony Rebel.



Fresh from touring Europe and the UK for two months, Banton and his Shiloh Band -- complete with two keyboard players and two bass players -- were in superb form. Buju delivered a flawless double set that spanned the breadth of his vast, hit-filled catalog, and included a well-received live debut of the song "Optimistic Soul" from his critically acclaimed new album Rasta Got Soul, plus a rousing Reggae rendition of Michael Jackson's classic "Heal The World."



Last Thursday night, Buju aka Gargamel, graduated to the world famous main stage at Madison Square Garden, where he performed with R&B superstar John Legend to a sold out crowd of 20,000 concert-goers who raised the roof in pandemonium when Legend announced his special surprise guest!





What a piece a boo

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boo_puru.gifNo bwoy di boo whey Beenie Man and Kartel get mi hear sey people all inna Clarendon coulda hear it. Mi did tink sey it loud inna Jamworld, but wi get fi understand si it go beyond di Jamworld walls.


Jah know star Beenie Man shoulda did know betta dan dat. Fi smady whey sey him inna di business fi 30 years, him should have antennae fi know when people want war and teck himself outa di mix. Look dey now, him did done get one solid one a Mandela concert a Half-Way-Tree and him come put himself inna di place fi pick up one nedda one.


And a nex’ ting wha meck him nuh have nuh shame gone ask Alliance fi come pon him show…noh sah. Beenie straight…a time fi yuh have sense.





Vybz Kartel-Toilet Paper( Bounty Killer Diss)

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Speechless!

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Triple Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete Usain Bolt gave a out of this world performance to set a new world record of 9.58. The Jamaican held the crowd totally speechless as they all wore a surreal expression maybe questioning the fact that they had really witnessed what they did. But it was not an illusion as Usain Bolt had indeed shattered his old world record of 9.69 to totally dominate the field in the finals of the 100M.



How does he do it, he must be from another planet, is it really possible, those are the questions in fans mind as they took in the special moment…one that left American Tyson Gay eating dust from Bolt.





Asafa Powell earned another medal for Jamaica – a bronze.



Jamaicans from all over went crazy as Usain gave them yet another reason to celebrate.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 17, 2009

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Pray for Others
20090817_puru.jpgI bless others in my thoughts and prayers.
Is someone I love struggling with a personal matter? If so, I take time to listen to him or her. Does someone I know need a helping hand? If so, I take action to help that person through a difficult time.
I not only support people in my life through my actions, but also in my prayers. Prayer is a direct channel to God, an open line to the love, abundance, wisdom, and guidance of God.


As I pray for others, I send them thoughts of peace and expect answered prayer. I see them guided through their challenges, prospered in their finances, healthy and well. Each moment I spend in prayer opens me to the goodness of God, the one source of all life, love, and strength.


"Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."--Matthew 19:19





Bolt to unleash new dance in Berlin

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt says he has a special dance planned if he wins his events at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics which runs off today (August 15) in Berlin, Germany.



Speaking at a press conference hosted by his sponsors Puma at Yaam Social Club on the banks of the River Spree in the west of the German capital yesterday, Bolt said he was looking forward to the showdown with Tyson Gay and will celebrate in a special manner if he wins.



He said: “This is the big one. I am itching to go. I am fully ready and I’m looking forward to the showdown. If I win I have a few things planned.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, August 15, 2009

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20090815.jpgInner Peace


Centered in God, I experience absolute peace.
Storms may rage on the surface of an ocean, but deep below, the waters are calm. The fish know to stay in that peaceful place and let the storm pass.
In prayer each day, I choose to turn my thoughts to the peace of God within me. On the surface of my mind, the appearance of lack or conflict or fear may toss my thoughts about in worry. I gently release those thoughts and move my attention deeper, to a place of peace within me.
I take time for prayer throughout my day. As I rest in the stillness, I am serene--mind, body, and spirit. Each time I center myself in the peace of God, I experience absolute peace and tranquility.


"The promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him."--Psalm 18:30





wet sundays

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Lip-locking men questioned and released

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LLGM_puru.jpgOn Sunday two men with Montego Bay addresses were observed kissing passionately inside a car along the Bull Bay Road in Lucea by the police.



They were taken in for questioning but were later released. According to a reported carried in the Star the only possible charge that the men could have faced was that of gross indecency, under the outrages on decency section in the Offences against the Person Act.



That clause of the act states that any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.




The lawyer, however, continued that applying the gross indecency charge may be very subjective, as the relationship of the men, type of kiss and other factors may have to be brought into consideration.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Bounty Killer-Chatta Box(Vybz Kartel diss)

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YardFlex Single Review

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Chino scores with From Mawnin’
Chino_Cover7.jpg(From mawnin’ we a hustle and put we all in/ When we work we nuh pree nuh stalling/ From mawning, yeah, a so we stay/ We never ever change…)



Lock up Chino and Stephen inside the Big Ship Recording Studio and what you get is pure McGregor magic with musical productions that starts the change and turns things around.



Never Change (From Mawnin’) is an infectious song that once you hear it, you have to play it again and again. Radio loves it, the dancehall pumps it and it’s a real club banger. Already it is moving up the charts and it is definitely one of the best singles to be released so far this year.



The ingredients of this song include a really nice riddim — Stephen proves yet again that he is indeed ‘di Genius’ in this sphere — a positive message and great delivery from Chino, who at times sounds so much like his father Freddie on this single.
It promotes the values of hard work, having a goal and making all the legit moves to reach that goal. Because, as Chino says “we haffi rich, so Stephen go mix this beat ova this vocal”.


There is no get-rich-quick mentality at work here … it’s all about knowing what you want and investing your time and talent to get it.Perfect message to the youth from the youths.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, August 14, 2009

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puru_20090814.jpgThrough the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, I am renewed and energized.
A cozy bed, comfort foods, and long naps give me rest and renewal. Cheerful cards, phone calls, and flowers from loved ones brighten my day.


While I gratefully receive these blessings, I know that my true healing comes from within. Whatever challenge I may be facing, the indwelling Spirit is restoring me to health and wholeness.


Just as a lamp shines when connected to an electrical outlet, so my energy surges when I connect in consciousness to the One Source of life.
In thought and prayer, I align myself with the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, and I am renewed and energized.


"But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings."--Malachi 4:2





It wasn’t me, says Lutan Fyah

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Lutan Fyah_wasnt_me_puru.jpgConscious reggae artiste, Lutan Fyah, has reacted to reports that he had a physical altercation with a fan in Sweden last weekend.


The entertainer, who is in Europe on tour, allegedly boxed down a female fan at a venue recently. Lutan, however, has denied all knowledge of this incident.


“All that talk about me box dung woman in Sweden is foolishness,” the singer told YardFlex in an interview this week.
“First, I know nothing about that. There was no altercation with me and any woman in Sweden,” the dreadlocked entertainer emphasized.
He continued, “How could I have done something like this? Can a man hit a woman in Europe and not go to jail?” he queried.


Lutanwas emphatic in his pronouncement that “it is all lies. I know nothing about this,” he declared.


The artistes is continuing his our of Europe.





Reggae Summer Fest to benefit cancer research

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rsfthumb.jpgThe National Alliance Foundation, a non-profit network committed to promoting awareness for cancer, recently announced plans for their annual Reggae Summer Fest for Cancer Research concert which will again bring top-flight reggae acts and entertainment to Washington DC.



The event, scheduled for Sunday August 30, hopes to once again attract reggae music lovers and people who have an affinity for Caribbean culture to the DC area.



Continuing the trend of providing high-quality diverse entertainment in the nation’s capital, the foundation officials claim that this festival will again be different, as a broader slate of popular artistes will be presented.



In addition to the musical fare, there will be food and a variety of items from the many vendors who will be exhibiting. Children 12 and under will be admitted free, while adult admission starts at $45 advance ticket. Limited VIP tickets and general admission tickets are available at Ticketmaster and a number of Caribbean businesses including Caribbean Breeze located in Virginia, Caribbean Sea in Maryland and Logan Circle Liquor located in Washington DC.





A reggae extravaganza at Madison Square Garden

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By Lydia Patel

BB_MM_puru.JPGDancehall artiste Mark Myrie, aka Buju Banton recently sold out the Madison Square Garden in New York on a show dubbed ‘A Reggae Extravaganza’ staged by caribbeanfever.com. It was Buju’s 10th appearance a that prestigious venue and on all occasions all seats were taken.


It was Buju and some of his close friends in performance, among them Queen Iftica, Tony Rebel,Burning Spear and Gramps & Peter Morgan.



Originally set to take place Mother’s Day weekend, many doubted that it would ever tae place again but the show went down and was definitely a huge success.



The first act to hit the stage was the original Fyah Mumma, Queen Ifrica who thrilled fans with singles such as Brown Skin, Lioness and Ccoconut Shell from her new album Montego Bay. She danced, she laughed and shared her recent success of quitting tobacco (which coconut shell is actually about).
Next up was Tony Rebel who immediately established a great rapport with his fans. He did a tribute to the late, great Garnet Silk and just to show some skills, he closed off his set with his smash hit ‘If jah’ which he sang in English, Spanish and French.



Reggae icon, The Burning Spear kept his flames burning brightly. His energy was unmatched and he proved to be the well-rounded entertainer as he sang, danced all night long.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, August 13, 2009

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20090813_puru_UIM.jpgThe all-knowing presence of God leads me to my highest good.
I may use maps and navigational aids to find my way as I travel. If I'm in an unfamiliar location and unsure of an address, I might ask directions.


In my journey of life, however, I don't have a road map, and no one has traveled my same path. Before I make a quick judgment or hasty decision, I turn within to the all-knowing presence of God.
In prayer, I open my mind and heart to divine guidance. Knowing that guidance may lead me in a direction I had not anticipated, I remain alert to the promptings of Spirit. I trust the unconditional love of God as I follow the divine guidance that leads me to my highest good.





Why now?

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By Rootsgirl
Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgReading the paper the other day I couldn't help but think to myself that this government is excelling when it comes to pressuring the poor. For donkey years the people of Portmore have been operating their bars, shops, hair salons, and doing their juggling to make a living...now at a time when the recession is battering everybody, they decide they are cracking down on them.


They claim they will have to stop operating businesses in their homes...although the homeowners have agreed that they will even pay a fee if it comes to the test.
Considering that a lot of folks are losing their homes, jobs and fighting hard to keep their heads above the waters it really sucks.
With their borrowing relationship back on with the IMF it is anticipated that things are gonna get tougher...so leave the people them let them try and make a living the best way they know how.





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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mighty-crown-_puru.jpgThe new Mighty Crown Nike sneaker officially billed the Mighty Crown Dynasty High will hit stores in September. Already it is expected that this wioll be another 'sell off' limited edition of the offering.


Adorned with the Mighty Crown logo and hardware this offering is the perfect buy for lovers of the popular sound and great sneakers. Mighty Crown, patriots of sound system and dancehall culture, have made bold strides over the years. This mega deal represents the second time Mighty Crown has teamed up with Nike. The first time was in 2006 for the limited edition "Mighty Crown Pack," which included the fiery dunk high sneaker and sleek court force low! Check out the hot sneakers!





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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St_James_independence_Christopher Martin_edit_puru.jpgYardflex understands that past Rising Star winner Christopher Martin has parted ways with his girlfriend of over three years.



According to our sources, even though the two are still on friendly terms the relationship is definitely over.



“Trust me, he couldn’t have found a nicer, more down to earth woman to deal with. She is real cool, not the type to be confrontational or in your face. It just goes to show that men don’t know what they want. I don’t think she saw this one coming at all,” our source revealed.



The source went on to add that Sasha (his ex girlfriend) resided in the States, but she would commute as often as she could to be with him.



Then she started hearing some rumours about his being involved with someone else. She kept asking him about it and he kept denying it that she was the only one.



A source close to the ex couple said they were not surprised when the relationship fell apart.



“She is such as decent girl that even after all that he has done, she has nothing but good things to say about him. I really don’t get it,” the source commented.



Yardflex understands that part of the problem could be because she was based in the States.





Freak accident cause injury to 14 patrons

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Flex_puru.jpgA freak accident at The Jungle nightclub on the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland, about 2:20 Sunday morning resulted in 14 patrons being injured.



According to reports in the Star the incident occurred when approximately 40 patrons disobeyed staff instructions to refrain from climbing over barriers and on top of a section of the roof where they danced and got a vantage point to watch a stage show with Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and other performers.



After unsuccessful efforts to remove the 40 patrons from the roof, it caved in when the officers who were called in to help were on their way to their area in question. A section of the roof collapsed and a number of persons were injured, including some of those who were on the roof, as well as others who were on the lower floor.



Up to late yesterday morning, emergency personnel had estimated that at least 14 persons turned up at the Savanna-la-Mar General Public Hospital with injuries. Two of them were admitted.





Son stone dad to death

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stone_puru.jpg56-year-old Fitzy Bennett was stoned to death by his son following an argument at his home in Rose Hall, Clarendon on Friday night.



According to reports the father was involved in an argument with his son which resulted in stones being thrown.



Yardflex understand that his son Anthony Bennett was taken into police custody by his mother yesterday.



The Constabulary Communication Network reported that at about 7:45 p.m., both men were at home when they had a dispute. The argument escalated into a fight and they began throwing stones at each other. The senior Bennett received injuries to his head and died on spot.



Police say from their investigations they have been told that the two men had frequent falling-outs with each other. Up to late yesterday, it had not been ascertained what the men were arguing about or who started the argument.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Grace


20090811_puru.jpgThank You, God, for Your grace.
Dear God, Your grace transforms my consciousness. In moments of contemplation and prayer, I feel Your presence within, and I am healed and whole. I open to wisdom and Your light shows me the way. I claim abundance and feel Your love supporting me.


Your grace blesses me abundantly and completely.
The people and situations I hold in prayer are being uplifted and transformed by Your loving, healing presence.


Thank You, God, for Your grace, which gently leads me through any time of uncertainty. I see beyond current circumstances and know that all is well.


"And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth."--John 1:14





Scenes From Summer Sizzle

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Junior Reid owe again?

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Junior_Reid_PURU.jpgWhat is this we are reading about Junior Reid and owing the fisherman for over $45,000 for what he took when he held his birthday bash. For real when I read it, I had to think back to a about two years ago when this man came forward and said he owed him for equipment he rented for his studio. Up to the time of the article being posted he was still owed a large sum of money.



Now the fisherman taking the One Blood singer to court over his money. Yup according to the report in the Star Reid has been summoned to appear in the Linstead resident magistrate's court on September 7 for 45,000 worth of fish that he allegedly failed to pay for.



The allegation is that on June 6 the entertainer took fish from the complaint, Besta Llyod, with the agreement to settle after his annual show, Junior Reid birthday Bash: held the same day in Portmore. Having made a number of request for his money and receiving no favorable response from the artiste, legal redress was sought.



Yardflex came across this little gem and w just had to share it!!!





Did Rasta entertainer box down Swedish fan?

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PURU_LUTAN_FYAH.tif.jpgUnconfirmed reports out of Sweden are that one of reggae’s upcoming, conscious artistes boxed down a female fan at a venue in that country over the weekend.


It is alleged that the Rastafarian artiste, who is on an European tour, was “wifing up” the Swedish fan the entire time, but things took a turn for the worse when, at the end of the evening, she decided to leave with a member of the band.
“Him get mad and box her dung … straight a dutty,” an insider told YardFlex.


The artiste, who is of a “fiery” persona and has been hauled before the court in Jamaica for such charges — a case which was dismissed — reportedly felt that he was “dissed”.
“A people haffi beg har not to call police,” the source continued.
Efforts to get to the artiste’s management team proved futile.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 10, 2009

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Joy
20090810_Puru.jpgI am joy in expression!


Life is fuller, richer, and more fun when I approach each day from the joy in my heart. The people I know and love bring me joy, but I can also choose to manifest happiness on my own.
My favorite pastime may be hiking in nature or strolling through city shops and streets. I may find one activity more enjoyable than the other, but I can still find joy in both. Even if I am doing mundane tasks--no matter what I choose to do--the joy I create comes from within.


So whether I'm at dinner with friends or stuck in traffic, I remember happiness is an inside job. As I appreciate everything in life, I am joy in expression!
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy."--Job 8:21





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Bembe

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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No conscience artistes

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NO_c_Puru.jpgOn a serious note…wi can’t even write this in patois cause we want everyone to be able to read it and for you to holla us what you think.



Do you think it fair that some artistes who nothing much is going on for them to charge as much as $25,000 and we are not talking Jamaican, we are talking US…yes Uncle Sam. When one mediocre artiste charges that and he still has other acts to deal with…how does the promoter makes back their money. I think that it’s time promoters come together and keep dances instead of taking the loss for these unconscionable acts who not only wants to “dig out promoters eyes, but demands per diem, plus up to 10 hotel rooms, and top of the line first class tickets.



These conscious kings and queens and others come off like they care for the poor and they love their fans to the max…but when they charge these top of the line fees then promoters have no choice but to pass it on to the fans in ticket costs which sometimes prove too high…the promoter ends up losing their shirts, artistes get paid to perform to an empty house and fans do what they do best download songs and or buy the bootlegged copies.



Promoters should just keep dances and invest in selectors who will play their music and fans can enjoy themselves still.
It’s time for good sense to prevail. Everyone is feeling the recession, have some mercy…but then again…promoters should have more sense and invest their monies in a surer bet…leave the greedy artistes for now and let’s see how they like it when shows stop coming in.





Vybz Kartel- Love Dem

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DQ_puru.jpgDancing off stiff competition, Montegonian Tavia Morris, emerged winner of this year’s Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen competition staged at the Pier One Complex in Montego Bay last Saturday.
Tavia, who had entered the contest last year and did well, returned this year determined to take home the crown, not just for herself, but also for Jamaica. She provoked, tantalised, gyrated, wined — ‘dung’ and up — and made a lasting impression on the judges and patrons at the well attended event. When Roberts was announced winner, her excitement knew no boundaries.


In addition to winning the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title, she received $350,000 and the trophy for the Best Costume.
Last year, American Michelle Young out-danced all the contestants who came from all over the world to claim the title whisked the crown backed to North America, where it was the year before, having been won by Canadian Maude Francato.


It was truly an international contest, as second place went to Polish dancer, Ursula Fyce, who danced away with $200,000 the trophy for the Best Dance Routine. Third place went to Kingstonian Tiffany Hewitt, who was made $100,000 richer.


It was the 14th staging of the contest and this year’s theme was “The Angel Edition” and promoter Brian ‘Big Head’ Martin was recognised for his big heart. He was crowned Angel With A Heart for his contribution to education, by donating part proceeds of the event to a scholarship fund for needy students.





Rosie!!!???

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ROSIE.jpgEverybody a ask a how di rosie one so brazen. After har name call up and mek front page inna paper and people nuh stop chat bout har baby madda, Billie Jean kinda drama and how test come back and prove say a no dat deh entertainer deh a di baby puppa, the girl really hold har chin up high and come back a town a pose up side-a promoter. My girl, we know say you dun cute already but you muss have lickle shame and pride. No man, we couldn’t believe it when we see har a di celebrity football match wha day yah, well pose up and a gi laugh fi peas soup. Dat doan right. All Ele did deh deh. Mi hear some people did a ask if Ele did a go deejay di song when him call har name. But, fi real, mi tink sey she woulda tek it fi a big up.





Scenes From Montego Bay Carnival

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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Alliance obeah strong

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Ob_puru.jpgYardflex interviewed a young girl out of Montego Bay by the name of Shelly and honestly she had the strangest story to tell.



According to her, her life is a living hell right now as she feels she has been heavily scienced by one main member of the Alliance – Mavado.



She said that being a fan of the DJs in the group she couldn’t wait to go to a stage in Montego Bay where she first came in contact with Mavado.



“Him fi mi and like mi and start fi look mi and mi tell him sey mi have mi baby father and mi nuh interested inna no relationship,” she explained to Yardflex.



Shelly claimed that the Gully God did not take lightly to his advances being turned down and he told her that “mi a guh frig yuh up.”



According to her since then things have started to go downhill for her.



“If mi pickney fi get a money from foreign it nuh work out. A pure torment mi inna. Mi and people round mi caan gree. Mi nuh know everyting just mess up.”



Responding to Yardflex question on how the DJ would know where she lived to cause her to be in problems with her neighbours she quipped, “Mi nuh know it come een like sey a di ring whey him have one, it have certain powers…di first time mi si him mi sense something evil,” was the response.



Shelly says she just wants the haunting to stop and that she can go back to living in peace with her neighbours and her child can propser.





Independence celebrations winds down tomorrow

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jamaican_flag1_puru.gifThe 2K9 Festival activities will wind down tomorrow with the Big Grand Gala Independence Celebrations set to take place at the National Arena. Later on in the night there will be street dances across the country with the one for Kingston set to take place at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree square.



Jamaicans are invited to join the 'Free for All' costume group, which will be led by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Band during the float parade on Independence Day. The costume group is open to any member of the public who wishes to participate, and individuals are asked to wear the national colours - black, green and gold - or the plaids of the bandana.



Other groups for which costumes have been prepared to reflect various themes in focus this year are Kingston Revival and World Beaters. The Free for All group, according to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) release, "is just the thing for the rest of the Jamaican family who would love to be involved in the parade".



The parade begins at the Ranny Williams Entertain-ment Centre, proceeds west along Hope Road to Half-Way-Tree square, south along Half-Way-Tree Road to Cross Roads, north along Old Hope Road, then on to Lady Musgrave Road. The parade will end at the Digicel car park at the intersection of Lady Musgrave Road and Fairway Avenue.



Interested persons are asked to register at the Head Office of the JCDC located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.





Renaissance 20th Anniversary

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Joke Of The Day

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Photographer Works
joke_095.jpgThere was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which `lived' there was feared by all.


However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains et al. He told the ghost "I mean no harm - I just want your photograph". The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines - he posed for a number of ghostly shots.


The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed.


So what's the moral of the story?


The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Anybody si di video man teeth?

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teeth_puru.jpgNo man dis is outright almshouse and disrespect when a man lose him teeth and have to be appealing for its return. Yardflex a beg unno please, anybody find demself with more teeth dan dem shoulda have fi return the extra one to di rightful owna.



On a real serious note, di popular video man from Dutty Fridehz International Invasion is appealing to the public to return his teeth.



Peter aka Bump lose it on July 31 and unno caan miss it cause it have gold pon it and him have a feeling a one a di dancers dem teck it.



Wi nah cast nuh stone but a nuff dancer did inna di house such as Shelly belly, Muma dagga, Raqoon. Ila, Marvin and Terry. Unno help out di video man, cause maybe unno did si a likkle play go dung. But it come een like a not even him alone did have sinting happen to him wi alla hear sey Muma Dagga fell and broke her foot.



Wi hope di nex' post wi meck is fi sey di video man get back him teet





5 Athletes to miss World Championship

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Five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for a banned stimulant will miss the world championships.



Jamaican athletics official said on Monday that the doping hearings, which are scheduled to continue on Wednesday and Friday, will prevent the athletes` participation.



‘Based on what is going on, they will not be able to go to Berlin,` Dr. Warren Blake, second vice president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), told Reuters in an interview. `We would have had to name them on the final team list by today, but the hearings began today and will not be completed until later this week. It is therefore fair to say that the five will miss being on the team, as they can`t be selected until they are cleared.`



The five tested positive for the stimulant methylxanthine at the national championships in June. Their names have not been made public but the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has identified the five as Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Sherry-Ann Brooks, Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence.





Ganja Plane Crash

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Ganja Plane Crash_puru.jpgYesterday a Unites States registered twin-engine aircraft crashed killing two men who were on board.
The plane which is to be on a drug mission to Jamaica crashed yesterday morningon a private road owned by Windalco Bauxite Company in Schwallenburgh district, near the St Ann-St Catherine border.



The crash occurred around 15 miles south of the resort town of Ocho Rios in St Ann, at nine o'clock, deep in the hilly region of the bauxite mining operations where the company-owned road stretches for more than 20 miles.



The police said they had intelligence the plane was to pick up a shipment of compressed ganja when the crash occurred.

Four men were later taken into custody by the St Catherine police, after nearly 2,000lb of ganja was discovered in a vehicle in which the men had been traveling.



The police claimed the weed was the alleged shipment.





TOK’s Craigy T has heart problems

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TOK’s Craigy T_puru.jpgYardflex wants TOK member Craigy T to just hold the faith. After reading your story in the Star about the irregular heartbeat, we just have to say not to worry, your Guardian Angel will come through for you.
The twenty-eight-year-old Craig Thompson, aka Craigy T, will today know the true state of his health after doing a series of tests on his heart.

Thompson said he noticed chest pains from as far back as 2006. A recent Electrocardiogram (ECG) test confirmed that he had an irregular heartbeat. He was also told by doctors that the left ventricle of his heart was not closing as quickly as it should.

"The ECG tests found that my heartbeat is very slow," he said before adding, "I really don't know yet; it could be anything."

Well just stay positive as you face the test results today





Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama tunrns 48 today, YardFlex sends all the best of wishes to him.
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GAMEL GRANT WINS 2009 GOSPEL FINALS

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Winner of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 Gamel Grant (1).JPGTwo times a charm for Gamel Grant and producer Couric Clarke. After placing second last year with the song “Remember Heaven”, the duo returned to take top honours on Sunday at the finals of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Grant’s entry, ‘Take Me to Jesus’ beat out nine other contestants for the $500,000 cash prize courtesy of Grace Tropical Rhythms, the JCDC Gospel Trophy, a cellular phone courtesy of Digicel and a recording contract from Main Street Studio, among other prizes.


Placing second was Kimiela Isaacs, who copped $150,000 for her entry “Reassurance” as well as the sectional award for “Best Performer” which earned her an additional $50,000 in prize money, courtesy of sponsors Digicel Jamaica. Isaacs also took home the Word Time Ministries trophy. Musician and singer, Andre Wright earned third place with his entry “Man O God”, taking home $100,000, a trophy, and other prizes. The top three received performance training scholarships compliments of Joy Music Limited.


The “Popular Vote” prize of a cellular phone from Digicel and recording contract for a single from Dannymakka Productions Gospel Sound Studio was awarded to Nickette Morgan who received the most text votes for her entry “Wherever I Go”. Other prizes included the “Allowed to Shine Ministries Award”, presented to Kimola Brown, who collected $10,000 and a trophy as the most congenial finalist. Each finalist received a gold medals and $20,000 courtesy of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), bibles courtesy of the Word Time Ministries Ltd and gift packages from Grace Tropical Rhythms.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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I am free to love--fully and generously.
20090804_puru.jpgForgiveness may not always come easily. It may be difficult to let go of a past hurt or feelings of disappointment in myself or someone else. As I connect with the unconditional love and acceptance of God, I am ready to be forgiving and to move on with my life.


With God, I experience the transformational power of love in action. I find peace within conflict, growth where there had been stagnation, and compassion in place of anger or guilt.
God is with me in every moment and in every situation. As forgiveness frees my heart, mind, and spirit, I begin again to fully express love and acceptance for myself and others, just as we are.
"When he saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'"--Luke 5:20





Rastafarian_woman_puru.jpgFollowing a recent visit to Bermuda, a Rastafarian woman has complained bitterly about the treatment she received by members of the Customs Department in that island.
“Bermuda is a beautiful island. The beaches are lovely, the food is great, and there are many places to do photo shoots. But I’m sorry to say Bermuda customs has left a negative taste in my mouth. They violated my human rights. They treated me like I was smuggling drugs into the country,” she told Yardflex in an interview this week.
According to her, she arrived in Bermuda, via Miami, on July 29 for what was a short visit to the island. As soon as she arrived, however, she was pulled out of the line for ‘special’ treatment.
“They interrogated me like a criminal and detained me from10:00 pm July 29 to about 1:00 am July 30. I and another person were the only ones left in the entire airport being questioned. I feel like the only reason they pulled me out the line was because, I’m a black female coming from Miami with dreadlocks. One gentleman went through my suitcase and even ran my computer through a scanner. He questioned me about some phone numbers I had written down on a piece of paper. I was so confused that I almost felt like I was lying to myself. I thought it was only people who got arrested for a crime only went through these procedures,” she told YardFlex.



She explained that a female customs officer accusing her of being friends with the other person who had been detained. “The other person whowas held with me was a black male adult. I met him on the plane coming to Bermuda. I never saw or knew him prior to my Bermuda trip,” she said.
After explaining to customs the she had a reservation at The Hamilton Princess Hotel and that her pick-up had arrived at he airport, they made their checks and later told her that there was no reservation in either her name or the name of her pick-up and that there was no-one there to receive her..
“I called my mom and she said my ride has been waiting for me since 8:30 pm. My mom and my ride were calling my phone constantly to find out what was going on, but I could not answer because the officer said we can’t use phones,” she reported.





MISS EARTH JAMAICA)_puru.jpgThe Jamaican representative to the Miss Earth competition to be held in Manilia, Philippines, will be announced by August 28, the organizers of Miss Earth Jamaica have stated in a release.
The ninth staging of the competition is scheduled to take place from October 18 through to November 8.


The Miss Earth winner serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.
About ninety) contestants from different countries and territories are expected to compete in the event. At the conclusion of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry of the Philippines will crown her successor.



A team of top industry professionals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been put in place to assist the new Miss Earth Jamaica in her preparation for the international competition.
She will undertake a physical regimen of Fitness and Nutrition training with personal trainer, Loleta Riley, receive Speech and Diction guidance from media personality Winston Barnes; Catwalk Training from runway coach, Romeo Callwood; and instruction on Makeup Application, from makeup artist, Deandra Nosworthy.



Noted Bahamian Fashion Designer and Wardrobe Stylist Valentino Omar of Genevieve Couture, Cuban designer Francisco Azucar of Fashions by Azucar as well as other top designers will provide an extensive national wardrobe for Miss Earth Jamaica to cover the requirements of the grueling Miss Earth competition.





Beenie Really have 30 years inna di biz?

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beenie_man_2_puru.jpgBwoy wi love how Peter Metro talk up di tings dem a Giants a di 80s, him question di fact how him deh bout donkey years inna di business and him still nuh reach 30 years yet! And sey how Beenie Man reach 30 and him deh bout before him! As him sey “such is life”
But come to tink of it…dat nuh sound strange to unno, man whey a DJ before him nuh reach 30 yet and Beenie just come shoot up and past him out…well anyting possible it seems.



Squidly Ranks yuh joke nuh meck it
Den a di same show Squidly Ranks pull off a joke pon Ragashanti wi meck mi did feel fi gi a big boo. But just through wi neva waan almshouse out di people dem ting. Mi know sey Raga did vex, but him haffi kip him cool. Di one Squidly go talk bout how Raga put Spanish Fly inna him girl drink when she gone a bathroom and when him tun him back she do it to him tuh! Den when di Spanish Fly set in di girl sey a feel like a woulda teck a c…ky and Raga sey him tuh! Him need fi wheel and come again wid di one deh





Giants of the 80s low turnout…good performances

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By Joan Wilson:
80s.jpgGiants of the 80s held at little Ochi in Alligator Pon, St Elizabeth did not enjoy the crowd support but there were some good performances especially from Professor Nuts and Peter Metro.
The Nutty Professor had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand as he went through his paces. He could do no wrong for them as they ate up everything thing he dished out and still wanted more.
There was no shortage of laughter as he performed songs such as Don’t, Jimmy Bascombe and Tan So Back.


The other big winner for the evening was Peter Metro. He was in a militant mood and wasted no time taking the crowd to task as he went into some “history lesson” and then it was comedy time with Police Inna England. Metro hit out against the killing in the society and he also had strong words for cops who were killing innocent youths and covering up.
By the time Metro was through, he left behind a totally satisfied crowd.


Earlier performers such as Squidley Ranks was a big disappointment. Echo Minott had no trouble connecting, Cush Hunta got his chance to shine, then it was time for reggae crooner Leroy Gibbons, he did his thing and made way for Flourgon who delivered…it was even more fun when he was joined on stage by Daddy Lizard.
Little John could have stayed cause he was on and off the stage in a jiffy.


General Trees had no problem keeping the crowd entertained.
All in all the Giants proved to be an entertaining evening, especially with the humorous in between quips from MC Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart.





Tavia Morris Win

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By Petal:
DSC_0565.JPGMontigoian Tavia Morris The Dancehall Queen contestant who was disqualified from the contest last year for climbing atop the stage pole, came back with a vengeance this year to take the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title the at the Montego Bay St. James Jamaica. In doing so, she collects $350,000. Morris also won the best costume, which she received a trophy. First runner up went to Ursula Fryc of Poland she collects $200,000 with second runner up Tiffany Hewitt collects $100,000 she is a Jamaican.



The contest saw over 8,000 patrons in attendance.





More Tempo woes

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temporary.jpgDavid Cropper co-creator of the Caribbean version of MTV Tempo was enjoying being his own person in Toronto, doing his thing…life could not be better.


Then one day he had a dream about about a black angel with black wings, and he was standing on a rock and he started to tell me about all the people that he is about to devour. He awoke from the dream that seemed more like a nightmare and told his wife about it.
Little did he know that it was a warning for things that would later happen in his life.
With life continuing to be great for him, he soon put all that dream behind him.


When his friend Doug E Fresh told him about a man who was looking for someone like him to help kick off a Caribbean network for MTV he soon found himself being persuaded by his friend who told him "I want you to get some of this corporate $ bro..and you have a chance to give back to your people and help build the Caribbean industry across the region"


“I met with FM In Toronto the end of the week, it was cool.... he was cool I was like let's do it... 2 week's later I was in the US, I said to him if I'm going to leave my life here it better be worth it for me...my wife did not want to move to NYC...he promised that the job would be well worth it for me,” Cropper related.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 3, 2009

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Self-expression
DW0309.jpgI am the one and only me.
I may not think of myself as a creative person, but I know that I have unique talents and skills to share.
For instance, art may appear on a canvas, or it may appear in a meal prepared with love. Some hands sculpt clay or play a musical instrument, and some gently hold the hand of a child. Wisdom can be found in books, but it can also be found in quiet conversation across the kitchen table.
I am creative in my own unique way. As I more fully express who I am, I bless others, and blessings flow back to me. I am creative, productive, and open to divine inspiration. I give my gifts to the world.
"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God."--1 Corinthians 2:12





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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Photo By:Milton Raynor





SPICE ESCAPES NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT

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rsz_spice_acc_puru.jpgEarly this morning (Saturday), Dancehall artiste Spice was in a head-on, near fatal collision. The artiste was heading to Kingston from Westmoreland, for the much-publicized 'Digicel ATI Flip It Fridays' at the Quad, when a black motor vehicle travelling from Little Ochi sped unto the main road which Spice and others were driving.



Spice says, "Canar (her fiance) was driving and when he realised what was happening, we tried to swerve to avoid the crash, but we still collided. The man in the other vehicle was coming out of Little Ochi and said he didn't realise that the street was finished and he was heading on to the main road. So he came out at the T-Junction without looking. I just can't believe it even now. I can't believe it."



The artiste says a few minutes before the accident she started to feel sleepy, so she asked someone to exchange seats with her and take the front, so she could rest in the back seat of the Pajero. "I am usually in the front seat and some of the times I'm not wearing my seat belt and last night I wasn't because we were in a rush to get back to Kingston for the show at Quad, so I just jumped in. If I was still in the front I would have died because I would have gone through the windscreen. All of the front is totally damaged. It can't be driven. I just can't believe that could have been it. I am thankful to be here right now."



In addition, the artiste's publicist, Kavelle Christie wishes to apologise to the promoters of the event and fans on behalf of Spice. "As anyone can see her absence from the event ('Flip It Fridays') was unavoidable. Grace is completely out of it, but she wanted her apology out there as well. That's just how she is as an artiste and I find it remarkable and admirable that someone could go through something like that but still be so focused and passionate about her work and fans."





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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Jamaican Reggae superstar Barrington Levy, will join top Reggae foundation artists and leading Japanese Reggae acts when he performs on Mighty Crown’s sol-out stadium show in Japan on Saturday, September 5.
For Levy, who has not performed in Japan for more than 20 years, this marks a milestone in a career that has experienced many highs. Over 40,000 Japanese
Reggae fans are slated to attend Mighty Crown’s epic stadium show, Yokohama Reggae SAI, an annual concert to celebrate their anniversary.





Gramps Morgan: Taking It All In Stride

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http://gramps-morgan.jpgThe legacy that he created as part of the seminal reggae group Morgan Heritage seems to be rewarding Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan with the success of his debut solo album, 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1. The impressive debut, released August 4 in the United States, is enough to make a less accomplished artiste giddy. But Gramps is taking it all in stride.

"I'm so happy that people are getting a chance to share some good music. That's really what's most important to me as I know this album will have an effect on most people that listen to it," Gramps said.

The release of 2 Sides of My Heart, Vol. 1 is a fitting follow-up to Gramps' memorable, solo-debut performance in Toronto, Canada during the Caribana weekend, recently.

It was one of what is hoped will be many other incredible performances from the accomplished artiste. Gramps will join fellow reggae-legend-in-the-making, Buju Banton on his ‘Rasta Got Soul’ US Tour, which begins September 12 at Philadelphia’s Trocardero and hits cities and states including: Portland, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Chicago, California, Texas, New Mexico, Florida as well as North and South Carolina. The 6 week tour is an opportunity for the singer to continue on his quest to ‘heal the world through music’.

"I am so happy to reach this point, to be able to represent the album I worked on for so many months,” says Gramps. “It's a great challenge and I also feel blessed to be on the road with Buju. He's a great performer - it comes right from the heart and I can relate to that as there is no other way for either of us to do music."





Scenes From Bembe

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PHOTOS BY MILTON RAYNOR





weddy weddy

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One on one with Shebada

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Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay introduced himself to the comedy market in a big way when he had viewers cracking up in stitches as a competitor on The Comedy Buss. Although he had taken part in other small productions it was the Comedy Buss that told the entire Jamaica he is a talent worth watching. Then came Bashment Granny and also Keith’s meteoric rise to fame! Yardflex sat down and had a one on one with the super popular actor in a no holds barred interview



How long have you been in the theatre?

Three years now - since 2006



Any Formal training…

No...acting is innate… I started out in church …I did a one man piece on Moses and the Burning Bush -entered regional and national church competitions and came first.





Usain Bolt to di worl!

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images.jpgSun Island is having a grand time with their Usain Bolt line of leisure wear. According to a report in the Star everything with the athlete’s image on it totally sell out. They have ran out of stock twice and even suppliers of raw materials are enjoying a piece of the action.

What can we say, everyone is caught up in the Bolt fever and we don’t think it will be cooling anytime soon.





Careful how you buy bootlegged products

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dvd.jpgIgnorance is no excuse of the law and that’s the message head of the Organised Crime Investigative Division (OCID) is now sending out.

Careful how you hawk up those pirated DVDs and CDs, contrary to popular belief, the seller will not be the only person facing prosecution, those who are buying too will also be in trouble with the law.

The police superintendent, who spoke at a press conference to highlight the problems surrounding the act at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew, said despite the arrest of several people for selling bootleg DVDs and CDS, there was still a high incidence of re-offenders.

"There are challenges in terms of the courts. Even though the fine can be up to $100,000 or two years the judges usually fine offenders $1,000 to $5,000," Bailey said.

Reporters were told that his division was conducting sessions with police officers to ensure that offenders get the message that they will be brought to book.





A who Killa a vist?

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killa 1.jpgA how Killa find back a groove so? From him dun di place a Sumfest, is like him tek way di hype from him son, Mavado. Right now, all di talk is on Bounty, and him just a put out some big bad tune like him a show everybody say him still have it. Then Killa go over Gaza City Portmore and tek Champions In Action from di Gaza President Kartel. And we hear say him deh a foreign a mash up di place. Foreign no good no more after Bounty dun wid it. Whoeva him a go to fi advice, it betta stick wid dem cause it no normal, is like some odda force involved. Killa to di flippin worl’!





A bare sintin sintin wid di Doctor and him wife

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picture needed.jpgPeople a ask what really a gwaan between the Doctor and him estrange wife? It look like him find the right prescription cause don’t ask if she neva just fling it up pon him a Sizzle di other night. And di two a dem did dress inna black and red like it was a plan ting. A long time we a hear say nuff candle a light and bare sintin sintin but we cyan confirm nutten, so we nah point no finga. A just nuff mouth talk, but you know whey dem say: If it no go so, it go nearly so. Anyway, Beenie and D’Angel, gwaan sort out.





A which artiste deh pon maternity leave?

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Bwoy wi used to tink sey a female artiste alone when dem pregnant go pon maternity leave…but it come eeb like sey when certain artiste woman pon di side a carry him pickney, den him haffi teck maternity leave. Yeah man nuff promoter a complain sey him nah teck nuh show too far from yard as him caan afford fi leave him odda woman side…next ting anyting guh wrong and him nuh deh near. Still wi big up da move deh, but a wonda how him up front woman a deal with all a dat?


Beenie fi call a spade a spade
How Beenie Man a come meck it look like sey him a dis peaceful artiste whey ongle waan peace and unity inna di business and a come throw stones at the Alliance and a meck it look like sey a dem meck him get boo a Portmore. Him fi memba sey him go jump and record song sey A Gaza Mi Sey and stop buy out people argument cause when it backfire pon yuh, yuh nuh have nobady fi blame but yuhself.





Memorial for Spragga Benz son shot up

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Carlton_Grant_Jr.jpgIt seems even in death Carlton Grant, son of Spragga Benz cannot enjoy a reprieve from cops bullets. At the memorial that was held last night (Sunday) bullets rang out, sending those who turned out to pay their respects scampering for cover in the wee hours of the morning.


Central Kingston residents have placed the blame squarely at the police feet. Reports gathered is that the memorial which was being held at the corner of Law and Hanover Streets saw a police team coming in at about 2:30 am to put an end to the gathering.


Spragga didn't put up any resistance but immediately told the selector that they were closing off...from that one witness said "all hell broke loose" as gun shots rang out.


Those who turned out for the memorial are upset with the police as one woman said, "they killed the DJ son, the least they (police) could do is meck di man remember him son wid him friend dem in peace."





Makeda Marley appeared in Gavin's courtroom .

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Makeda Jahnesta Marley.gifThe daughter of legendary reggae musician Bob Marley is asking a Common Pleas Court judge to keep several marijuana plants seized by police from her Caln home from being used at trial on drug possession charges.



Makeda Jahnesta Marley, the youngest of the star's 13 acknowledged children, contends through her attorney that police had no probable cause to enter and search the basement of her home during an argument she was having with a tenant who shared the property.



Caln police say they took 11 marijuana plants plus a variety of instruments used to grow the illegal drug — which Marley's father, a habitual marijuana user who popularized the drug as "Kaya" or "ganja," championed — after they caught Marley trying to sneak the plants out of the basement of the home she was renting.



In a hearing before Judge Thomas Gavin Tuesday, Marley's attorney, Assistant Public Defender David Miller, indicated that his client may have felt pressured into giving police permission to search the house because of alleged threats to put her in prison or take custody of her 3½-year-old son if she did not. Two Caln police officers testified that they had not made either of those supposed threats.



Makeda Marley, 28, is a graduate of Coatesville Area Senior High School and West Chester University. She was born in Miami on May 31, 1981, less than three weeks after her famous father died of cancer in that same city. Her mother, Yvette Crichton, is the last of several women with whom Bob Marley is officially recognized as fathering a child with in addition to his widow, Rita Marley.





‘Gaza mi say’ at Beenie Sizzle

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DSC_1015.JPGDancehall fans showed their affiliation at LIME Beenie Man’s Sizzle on Saturday night when a predominant Gaza following gathered inside the National Stadium to celebrate with Beenie Man on his birthday and his 30-year milestone in the music business.


“Mek mi see di hands of al di Gaza supporters,” MC Nuffy said, as he too declared his alliance to Gaza. “A Portmore mi come from so me must say Gaza,” Nuffy stated as the hands reached up and thousands of LIME handkerchiefs and Rasta flags waved in the night sky. The architect of mischief, Nuffy then said brazenly, “Mek mi se the hands of all the Gully supporters.”
Not even one finger raised.


And when the self-styled Gaza president, Vybz Kartel took control of the stage in the closing moments of the show, the Stadium was transformed into the Gaza strip. The massives went wild. It was hard to believe that this was the same Kartel who had been booed in his hometown, Portmore at Champions In Action the previous week. And, when he was joined on stage by his ‘Uncle Beenie’, the place again erupted. Remember, it was Beenie Man who had introduced Kartel as his nephew at Reggae Sumfest, and the bond between them has grown tighter ever since. Unfortunately however, the duo’s presence on stage signaled that the curtains were coming down on the show, as the police were there to do what they do second best — bring an end to a stage-show.


Despite this, however, it was a night on which a few persons made it their time to shine, while overall, the show itself proved boring and drawn out. One unforgettable moment, however, was when Portmore Hemphigher representative, General B, in the midst of an entertaining performance, turned his back to the stage, miscalculated his distance and jumped right off the stage, crashing to the ground with a ‘thud’. The stadium, to put it mildly, erupted. The same people who were cheering his performance now laughed at him openly. To his credit, General B, got up, brushed off himself and went back on stage where he resumed his entertaining performance.





Bolt does it again!

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt totally demolished his old world record of 19.30 seconds to replace it with a new one of 10.19 seconds!
The crowd in the Berlin Stadium stands erupted in glee as the sprinter once again held them captivated and in awe.


The stunning and super sweet victory for the 22 year old (soon 23) is another notch for the country that has all eyes on it right now, due to its shining stars.


Bolt gritting his teeth and pointing to the clock as soon as the time flashed, Bolt is now 5 for 5 in major sprint events. He has won a gold medal each time with a world mark.


His time in the 200 at these world championships slashed 0.11 seconds off the record he set last year.


Crawford's own ambition was to run 19.51.
It seemed Bolt was the only one having questions whether he could break the record. Before the race reminded everyone a foot injury had slowed his curve running early in the season.


"I really have not done the same amount of work like I did for the 100," Bolt said.


All that’s l;eft now is for the sprint relays and the only question…will it be another record for the team propelled by Usain Bolt.





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Nelson bemoans youth looking to dons, foul-mouthed entertainers as role models



Security Minister Dwight Nelson yesterday said that too many youngsters are looking up to dons and "foul-mouthed" entertainers as role models and urged the nation to help the youth change their focus.




"Role models have taken on a different look in the get-rich culture which has taken over our society," Nelson told worshippers at a church service for the Jamaica Police Federation and the Special Constabulary Force Association at the New Testament Church of God in Bayside, Portmore, St Catherine.




"No longer are pastors, teachers, civil servants and policemen - who have achieved their dreams through long, hard work - considered suitable role models by many. They have been replaced by gang leaders and foul-mouthed entertainers," Nelson said.

"We must reject this desecration of our culture. We must, as a nation, recommit ourselves to playing our part in the mission to save our country. We owe it to ourselves, we owe it to our children," he added.




Nelson said the practice was one of the contributing factors to crime in the island.




Citing last week's killing of a policewoman and the shooting of two male cops, Nelson reaffirmed the ministry's support for the police, who he said risk their lives daily to protect the country.




He said that despite several challenges the police must be lauded for their efforts.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 24, 2009

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Protected
Eggs.jpgGod is all I need.


When we were children, we sometimes felt invincible. Nothing could stand in our way or harm us. Even if we did have a concern, we were quickly comforted by the embrace of a parent or other caring adult.
As adults, we may feel that those protective arms have fallen away. In such times of uncertainty, we can call on God's loving, sheltering presence.


The spirit of God is within us and goes before us. At any time, any one of us can "lean on the everlasting arms" and feel safe and secure.


We are children of God, always loved and supported.
"For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him."--Acts 2:39





Rick Ross for Beenie Man Sizzle

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Port Push It recording star Rick Ross, is all set to make his debut appearance in Jamaica this summer. As part of the star-studded line-up planned for Lime Beenie Man Sizzle to be held at the National Stadium on Saturday, Rick Ross is expected to deliver a superb showing belting out his major hits.



According to Beenie Man, he is pulling out all the stops to ensure that fans walk away from this show thinking it was the best one they've ever been to.



"This year I'm celebrating 30 years in the music. I am putting my all into this show because it is for my fans who have supported me over the years. I have put together a solid line-up that I believe the fans will like," Beenie said.



"Rick Ross is one of the big names in rap music, he has never performed in Jamaica so having him as part of my show is a big deal," he added.



Beenie Man also disclosed that the plans for the show were underway and everything was going well.





Joke of the Day-Five Surgeons

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Five surgeons are discussing who makes the best patients on the operating table.



The first surgeon says, "I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered."



The second responds, "Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded."



The third surgeon says, "No, I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them is in alphabetical order."



The fourth surgeon chimes in: "You know, I like construction workers...those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over at the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would."





Today's Daily Word - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

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I am free to live a life of love, joy, and abundance.
A child's imagination has no limits, often surpassing the boundaries adults might have. Children gleefully imagine a polar bear flying in a space ship past a purple moon and on to faraway planets. They joyfully picture themselves as a dancer or scientist or president.
I, too, can exult in the power of imagination, no matter what my age. As a child of God, I can use this gift to create the life of my dreams.
I look beyond the appearance of any boundaries or limitations to claim the love, joy, and abundance that are mine to receive.
I let my imagination soar, lifting me to new heights.


"Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."--Matthew 18:3





Trilla U mourns death of teenage daughter

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Lust member, Trilla U is mourning the death of his 15-year-old daughter, Nikieta, while hoping that his wife Camille, who is in critical condition in a Florida hospital recovers.
According to reports reaching YardFlex, the two were among four persons shot during a robbery in Miramar, Florida, early Monday morning while on vacation in the United States. Nikieta, a student at Immaculate High School in Kingston, was due to return to Jamaica next week.
The police have confirmed that three persons were found shot dead at a house on Monday, while a fourth was found in critical condition and was rushed to the hospital.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the bodies of Faith Bisasor, 49, and her son, Davion Bishop, 15, were found in a Miramar home, however the name of another slain victim and a survivor, both female, were withheld as police try to reach their relatives.
The story in the Sentinel states that the four were discovered in Bisasor's home on the 9500 block of Encino Street after the surviving victim called a friend and said she had been shot in the face. The friend called police Monday afternoon.
Police did not know for certain how much time had passed between the killings and the phone call that led them to the scene, said Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues.
The survivor remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in critical condition, police said.
More than 24 hours after police made the gruesome find, the house remains a very active crime scene, the Orlando Sentinel reported in its story.



It said that authorities on Tuesday towed two cars from the driveway as part of their investigation and swept the lawn with metal detectors.
Several relatives showed up at the house Tuesday morning, and a woman cried out and fell to the pavement as an officer informed them of the deaths..
According to the Sentinel investigative reporters Broward property records show Bisasor, a registered nurse who neighbors say worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital's emergency room, bought the River Run neighborhood house in 1990.
She lived there with Bishop, who neighbors said was a student in Stranahan High School's magnet program. Neighborhood kids said he was so smart they called him "the computer."
Bisasor managed to remain very involved with her son's school work while maintaining a work schedule that included a lot of night shifts, neighbors said, wondering if maybe it was her work hours that made her a target.
Bisasor did not have a criminal record in Florida. State records list her as having briefly served as president of two businesses:
United Chiropractic Center of Florida Inc., in Hollywood, from July 2002 to September 2002;





A wha dis fada?

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uh.jpgBut a ha dat wi a hear sah. Wi teck up di Chat! And si whey cops beat Kentucky Kid and him pregnant wife. Now if dat a true, wi s sey a straight almshouse and ediot ting dat. Unno memba Kentucky Kid why did have di run in wid di police cause dem drive inna him car and a meck it look like sey a him wrong? Yeah a di same one, nutten but dem bex and a try intimidate di likkle youth.





Shelly-Ann Fraser does it again

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shelly-ann_puru.jpgCast your minds back to 2008 Beijing Kerron Stewart was the obvious choice to take the 100M gold. Then out of nowhere Shelly-Ann Fraser comes powering in and nabs victory!


Fast track to Berlin at the Olympic stadium, Kerron went into the meet with the fastest time for the year and Shelly-Ann did it again.


Kudos to our athletes who keep defying the odds and shining.
Fraser was out of the blocks like a flash of lightening and there was really no catching her as she powered her way to victory in a time of 10.73 seconds.


Shelley-Ann Fraser has defended her title in the women's 100m with her latest win at in Berlin Monday. Fraser held off fellow Jamaican Kerron Stewart for gold at the world track and field championships.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 18, 2009

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Let Go, Let God
20090818_puru.jpgI release, accept, and receive.


At times I may need to repeat an affirmation several times before it takes hold in mind and heart. For instance, I may have been carrying a heavy burden for days or weeks, and finally I understand: I've been trying to do this all on my own. I stop struggling and affirm: I let go and let God. I repeat this affirmation until I release all to God.


The One Power and Presence never lets me down. I release any worry or struggle and accept the comfort, inspiration, and abundance of God. I receive all that I need, and more.


I release, accept, and receive. With ease and grace, the gifts of God flow to me and through me to accomplish good.


"God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life."--Psalm 54:4





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Bounty for September 30 court

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Bounty_Killa_by_Puru.jpgDancehall DJ Rodney Pryce aka Bounty Killer will face the court on September 30 following being arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearm and assaulting a policeman almost two years ago, in September, 2007.


The Killer, who appeared in the Gun Court on Friday, along with former policeman Calis Bowen, who is charged jointly, had his bail extended and the new court date set.


Allegations are that Pryce and Bowen, who was a member of Pryce's party, got into an altercation with a group of men along St Lucia Avenue, New Kingston after they blocked the road with their motor vehicles. On arrival of the police the men were ordered to move their vehicles and one of them threw alcohol in the cops face. The policeman attempted to arrest the man but was attacked by other men in the group.


Allegations are that during the skirmish Bounty Killer pulled a gun and pointed it at the police. Bowen who was part of the dancehall DJ's entourage was accused of thumping the police in the face and chest.


After investigations were conducted Bowen was later dismissed from the police force.





BUJU BANTON ROCKS THE GARDEN - TWICE AGAIN!

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Buju_Banton_Inna_Heights.jpgJamaican music icon, Buju Banton, once again rocked the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden for his 3rd annual Buju Banton & Friends Caribbean Extravaganza on August 7th. Produced by veteran radio personality Dahved Levy's Devonish Promotions, this year's blockbuster event featured guest appearances by Reggae great Burning Spear, dancehall legend Shabba Ranks, lioness on the rise Queen Ifrica, Heritage siblings Gramps & Peter Morgan and the legendary Tony Rebel.



Fresh from touring Europe and the UK for two months, Banton and his Shiloh Band -- complete with two keyboard players and two bass players -- were in superb form. Buju delivered a flawless double set that spanned the breadth of his vast, hit-filled catalog, and included a well-received live debut of the song "Optimistic Soul" from his critically acclaimed new album Rasta Got Soul, plus a rousing Reggae rendition of Michael Jackson's classic "Heal The World."



Last Thursday night, Buju aka Gargamel, graduated to the world famous main stage at Madison Square Garden, where he performed with R&B superstar John Legend to a sold out crowd of 20,000 concert-goers who raised the roof in pandemonium when Legend announced his special surprise guest!





What a piece a boo

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boo_puru.gifNo bwoy di boo whey Beenie Man and Kartel get mi hear sey people all inna Clarendon coulda hear it. Mi did tink sey it loud inna Jamworld, but wi get fi understand si it go beyond di Jamworld walls.


Jah know star Beenie Man shoulda did know betta dan dat. Fi smady whey sey him inna di business fi 30 years, him should have antennae fi know when people want war and teck himself outa di mix. Look dey now, him did done get one solid one a Mandela concert a Half-Way-Tree and him come put himself inna di place fi pick up one nedda one.


And a nex’ ting wha meck him nuh have nuh shame gone ask Alliance fi come pon him show…noh sah. Beenie straight…a time fi yuh have sense.





Vybz Kartel-Toilet Paper( Bounty Killer Diss)

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Speechless!

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Triple Olympic Gold Medal winning athlete Usain Bolt gave a out of this world performance to set a new world record of 9.58. The Jamaican held the crowd totally speechless as they all wore a surreal expression maybe questioning the fact that they had really witnessed what they did. But it was not an illusion as Usain Bolt had indeed shattered his old world record of 9.69 to totally dominate the field in the finals of the 100M.



How does he do it, he must be from another planet, is it really possible, those are the questions in fans mind as they took in the special moment…one that left American Tyson Gay eating dust from Bolt.





Asafa Powell earned another medal for Jamaica – a bronze.



Jamaicans from all over went crazy as Usain gave them yet another reason to celebrate.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 17, 2009

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Pray for Others
20090817_puru.jpgI bless others in my thoughts and prayers.
Is someone I love struggling with a personal matter? If so, I take time to listen to him or her. Does someone I know need a helping hand? If so, I take action to help that person through a difficult time.
I not only support people in my life through my actions, but also in my prayers. Prayer is a direct channel to God, an open line to the love, abundance, wisdom, and guidance of God.


As I pray for others, I send them thoughts of peace and expect answered prayer. I see them guided through their challenges, prospered in their finances, healthy and well. Each moment I spend in prayer opens me to the goodness of God, the one source of all life, love, and strength.


"Honor your father and mother; also, You shall love your neighbor as yourself."--Matthew 19:19





Bolt to unleash new dance in Berlin

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Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt says he has a special dance planned if he wins his events at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics which runs off today (August 15) in Berlin, Germany.



Speaking at a press conference hosted by his sponsors Puma at Yaam Social Club on the banks of the River Spree in the west of the German capital yesterday, Bolt said he was looking forward to the showdown with Tyson Gay and will celebrate in a special manner if he wins.



He said: “This is the big one. I am itching to go. I am fully ready and I’m looking forward to the showdown. If I win I have a few things planned.”





Today's Daily Word - Saturday, August 15, 2009

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20090815.jpgInner Peace


Centered in God, I experience absolute peace.
Storms may rage on the surface of an ocean, but deep below, the waters are calm. The fish know to stay in that peaceful place and let the storm pass.
In prayer each day, I choose to turn my thoughts to the peace of God within me. On the surface of my mind, the appearance of lack or conflict or fear may toss my thoughts about in worry. I gently release those thoughts and move my attention deeper, to a place of peace within me.
I take time for prayer throughout my day. As I rest in the stillness, I am serene--mind, body, and spirit. Each time I center myself in the peace of God, I experience absolute peace and tranquility.


"The promise of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all who take refuge in him."--Psalm 18:30





wet sundays

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Lip-locking men questioned and released

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LLGM_puru.jpgOn Sunday two men with Montego Bay addresses were observed kissing passionately inside a car along the Bull Bay Road in Lucea by the police.



They were taken in for questioning but were later released. According to a reported carried in the Star the only possible charge that the men could have faced was that of gross indecency, under the outrages on decency section in the Offences against the Person Act.



That clause of the act states that any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.




The lawyer, however, continued that applying the gross indecency charge may be very subjective, as the relationship of the men, type of kiss and other factors may have to be brought into consideration.





YardFlex Hot Charts

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Bounty Killer-Chatta Box(Vybz Kartel diss)

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YardFlex Single Review

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Chino scores with From Mawnin’
Chino_Cover7.jpg(From mawnin’ we a hustle and put we all in/ When we work we nuh pree nuh stalling/ From mawning, yeah, a so we stay/ We never ever change…)



Lock up Chino and Stephen inside the Big Ship Recording Studio and what you get is pure McGregor magic with musical productions that starts the change and turns things around.



Never Change (From Mawnin’) is an infectious song that once you hear it, you have to play it again and again. Radio loves it, the dancehall pumps it and it’s a real club banger. Already it is moving up the charts and it is definitely one of the best singles to be released so far this year.



The ingredients of this song include a really nice riddim — Stephen proves yet again that he is indeed ‘di Genius’ in this sphere — a positive message and great delivery from Chino, who at times sounds so much like his father Freddie on this single.
It promotes the values of hard work, having a goal and making all the legit moves to reach that goal. Because, as Chino says “we haffi rich, so Stephen go mix this beat ova this vocal”.


There is no get-rich-quick mentality at work here … it’s all about knowing what you want and investing your time and talent to get it.Perfect message to the youth from the youths.





Today's Daily Word - Friday, August 14, 2009

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puru_20090814.jpgThrough the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, I am renewed and energized.
A cozy bed, comfort foods, and long naps give me rest and renewal. Cheerful cards, phone calls, and flowers from loved ones brighten my day.


While I gratefully receive these blessings, I know that my true healing comes from within. Whatever challenge I may be facing, the indwelling Spirit is restoring me to health and wholeness.


Just as a lamp shines when connected to an electrical outlet, so my energy surges when I connect in consciousness to the One Source of life.
In thought and prayer, I align myself with the healing activity of the Holy Spirit, and I am renewed and energized.


"But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings."--Malachi 4:2





It wasn’t me, says Lutan Fyah

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Lutan Fyah_wasnt_me_puru.jpgConscious reggae artiste, Lutan Fyah, has reacted to reports that he had a physical altercation with a fan in Sweden last weekend.


The entertainer, who is in Europe on tour, allegedly boxed down a female fan at a venue recently. Lutan, however, has denied all knowledge of this incident.


“All that talk about me box dung woman in Sweden is foolishness,” the singer told YardFlex in an interview this week.
“First, I know nothing about that. There was no altercation with me and any woman in Sweden,” the dreadlocked entertainer emphasized.
He continued, “How could I have done something like this? Can a man hit a woman in Europe and not go to jail?” he queried.


Lutanwas emphatic in his pronouncement that “it is all lies. I know nothing about this,” he declared.


The artistes is continuing his our of Europe.





Reggae Summer Fest to benefit cancer research

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rsfthumb.jpgThe National Alliance Foundation, a non-profit network committed to promoting awareness for cancer, recently announced plans for their annual Reggae Summer Fest for Cancer Research concert which will again bring top-flight reggae acts and entertainment to Washington DC.



The event, scheduled for Sunday August 30, hopes to once again attract reggae music lovers and people who have an affinity for Caribbean culture to the DC area.



Continuing the trend of providing high-quality diverse entertainment in the nation’s capital, the foundation officials claim that this festival will again be different, as a broader slate of popular artistes will be presented.



In addition to the musical fare, there will be food and a variety of items from the many vendors who will be exhibiting. Children 12 and under will be admitted free, while adult admission starts at $45 advance ticket. Limited VIP tickets and general admission tickets are available at Ticketmaster and a number of Caribbean businesses including Caribbean Breeze located in Virginia, Caribbean Sea in Maryland and Logan Circle Liquor located in Washington DC.





A reggae extravaganza at Madison Square Garden

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By Lydia Patel

BB_MM_puru.JPGDancehall artiste Mark Myrie, aka Buju Banton recently sold out the Madison Square Garden in New York on a show dubbed ‘A Reggae Extravaganza’ staged by caribbeanfever.com. It was Buju’s 10th appearance a that prestigious venue and on all occasions all seats were taken.


It was Buju and some of his close friends in performance, among them Queen Iftica, Tony Rebel,Burning Spear and Gramps & Peter Morgan.



Originally set to take place Mother’s Day weekend, many doubted that it would ever tae place again but the show went down and was definitely a huge success.



The first act to hit the stage was the original Fyah Mumma, Queen Ifrica who thrilled fans with singles such as Brown Skin, Lioness and Ccoconut Shell from her new album Montego Bay. She danced, she laughed and shared her recent success of quitting tobacco (which coconut shell is actually about).
Next up was Tony Rebel who immediately established a great rapport with his fans. He did a tribute to the late, great Garnet Silk and just to show some skills, he closed off his set with his smash hit ‘If jah’ which he sang in English, Spanish and French.



Reggae icon, The Burning Spear kept his flames burning brightly. His energy was unmatched and he proved to be the well-rounded entertainer as he sang, danced all night long.





Today's Daily Word - Thursday, August 13, 2009

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20090813_puru_UIM.jpgThe all-knowing presence of God leads me to my highest good.
I may use maps and navigational aids to find my way as I travel. If I'm in an unfamiliar location and unsure of an address, I might ask directions.


In my journey of life, however, I don't have a road map, and no one has traveled my same path. Before I make a quick judgment or hasty decision, I turn within to the all-knowing presence of God.
In prayer, I open my mind and heart to divine guidance. Knowing that guidance may lead me in a direction I had not anticipated, I remain alert to the promptings of Spirit. I trust the unconditional love of God as I follow the divine guidance that leads me to my highest good.





Why now?

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By Rootsgirl
Rasta-Girl-Posters.jpgReading the paper the other day I couldn't help but think to myself that this government is excelling when it comes to pressuring the poor. For donkey years the people of Portmore have been operating their bars, shops, hair salons, and doing their juggling to make a living...now at a time when the recession is battering everybody, they decide they are cracking down on them.


They claim they will have to stop operating businesses in their homes...although the homeowners have agreed that they will even pay a fee if it comes to the test.
Considering that a lot of folks are losing their homes, jobs and fighting hard to keep their heads above the waters it really sucks.
With their borrowing relationship back on with the IMF it is anticipated that things are gonna get tougher...so leave the people them let them try and make a living the best way they know how.





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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mighty-crown-_puru.jpgThe new Mighty Crown Nike sneaker officially billed the Mighty Crown Dynasty High will hit stores in September. Already it is expected that this wioll be another 'sell off' limited edition of the offering.


Adorned with the Mighty Crown logo and hardware this offering is the perfect buy for lovers of the popular sound and great sneakers. Mighty Crown, patriots of sound system and dancehall culture, have made bold strides over the years. This mega deal represents the second time Mighty Crown has teamed up with Nike. The first time was in 2006 for the limited edition "Mighty Crown Pack," which included the fiery dunk high sneaker and sleek court force low! Check out the hot sneakers!





Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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St_James_independence_Christopher Martin_edit_puru.jpgYardflex understands that past Rising Star winner Christopher Martin has parted ways with his girlfriend of over three years.



According to our sources, even though the two are still on friendly terms the relationship is definitely over.



“Trust me, he couldn’t have found a nicer, more down to earth woman to deal with. She is real cool, not the type to be confrontational or in your face. It just goes to show that men don’t know what they want. I don’t think she saw this one coming at all,” our source revealed.



The source went on to add that Sasha (his ex girlfriend) resided in the States, but she would commute as often as she could to be with him.



Then she started hearing some rumours about his being involved with someone else. She kept asking him about it and he kept denying it that she was the only one.



A source close to the ex couple said they were not surprised when the relationship fell apart.



“She is such as decent girl that even after all that he has done, she has nothing but good things to say about him. I really don’t get it,” the source commented.



Yardflex understands that part of the problem could be because she was based in the States.





Freak accident cause injury to 14 patrons

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Flex_puru.jpgA freak accident at The Jungle nightclub on the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland, about 2:20 Sunday morning resulted in 14 patrons being injured.



According to reports in the Star the incident occurred when approximately 40 patrons disobeyed staff instructions to refrain from climbing over barriers and on top of a section of the roof where they danced and got a vantage point to watch a stage show with Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel and other performers.



After unsuccessful efforts to remove the 40 patrons from the roof, it caved in when the officers who were called in to help were on their way to their area in question. A section of the roof collapsed and a number of persons were injured, including some of those who were on the roof, as well as others who were on the lower floor.



Up to late yesterday morning, emergency personnel had estimated that at least 14 persons turned up at the Savanna-la-Mar General Public Hospital with injuries. Two of them were admitted.





Son stone dad to death

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stone_puru.jpg56-year-old Fitzy Bennett was stoned to death by his son following an argument at his home in Rose Hall, Clarendon on Friday night.



According to reports the father was involved in an argument with his son which resulted in stones being thrown.



Yardflex understand that his son Anthony Bennett was taken into police custody by his mother yesterday.



The Constabulary Communication Network reported that at about 7:45 p.m., both men were at home when they had a dispute. The argument escalated into a fight and they began throwing stones at each other. The senior Bennett received injuries to his head and died on spot.



Police say from their investigations they have been told that the two men had frequent falling-outs with each other. Up to late yesterday, it had not been ascertained what the men were arguing about or who started the argument.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 11, 2009

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Grace


20090811_puru.jpgThank You, God, for Your grace.
Dear God, Your grace transforms my consciousness. In moments of contemplation and prayer, I feel Your presence within, and I am healed and whole. I open to wisdom and Your light shows me the way. I claim abundance and feel Your love supporting me.


Your grace blesses me abundantly and completely.
The people and situations I hold in prayer are being uplifted and transformed by Your loving, healing presence.


Thank You, God, for Your grace, which gently leads me through any time of uncertainty. I see beyond current circumstances and know that all is well.


"And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth."--John 1:14





Scenes From Summer Sizzle

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Junior Reid owe again?

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Junior_Reid_PURU.jpgWhat is this we are reading about Junior Reid and owing the fisherman for over $45,000 for what he took when he held his birthday bash. For real when I read it, I had to think back to a about two years ago when this man came forward and said he owed him for equipment he rented for his studio. Up to the time of the article being posted he was still owed a large sum of money.



Now the fisherman taking the One Blood singer to court over his money. Yup according to the report in the Star Reid has been summoned to appear in the Linstead resident magistrate's court on September 7 for 45,000 worth of fish that he allegedly failed to pay for.



The allegation is that on June 6 the entertainer took fish from the complaint, Besta Llyod, with the agreement to settle after his annual show, Junior Reid birthday Bash: held the same day in Portmore. Having made a number of request for his money and receiving no favorable response from the artiste, legal redress was sought.



Yardflex came across this little gem and w just had to share it!!!





Did Rasta entertainer box down Swedish fan?

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PURU_LUTAN_FYAH.tif.jpgUnconfirmed reports out of Sweden are that one of reggae’s upcoming, conscious artistes boxed down a female fan at a venue in that country over the weekend.


It is alleged that the Rastafarian artiste, who is on an European tour, was “wifing up” the Swedish fan the entire time, but things took a turn for the worse when, at the end of the evening, she decided to leave with a member of the band.
“Him get mad and box her dung … straight a dutty,” an insider told YardFlex.


The artiste, who is of a “fiery” persona and has been hauled before the court in Jamaica for such charges — a case which was dismissed — reportedly felt that he was “dissed”.
“A people haffi beg har not to call police,” the source continued.
Efforts to get to the artiste’s management team proved futile.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 10, 2009

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Joy
20090810_Puru.jpgI am joy in expression!


Life is fuller, richer, and more fun when I approach each day from the joy in my heart. The people I know and love bring me joy, but I can also choose to manifest happiness on my own.
My favorite pastime may be hiking in nature or strolling through city shops and streets. I may find one activity more enjoyable than the other, but I can still find joy in both. Even if I am doing mundane tasks--no matter what I choose to do--the joy I create comes from within.


So whether I'm at dinner with friends or stuck in traffic, I remember happiness is an inside job. As I appreciate everything in life, I am joy in expression!
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy."--Job 8:21





Scenes From Fresh Fridayz

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Scenes From Bembe

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Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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No conscience artistes

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NO_c_Puru.jpgOn a serious note…wi can’t even write this in patois cause we want everyone to be able to read it and for you to holla us what you think.



Do you think it fair that some artistes who nothing much is going on for them to charge as much as $25,000 and we are not talking Jamaican, we are talking US…yes Uncle Sam. When one mediocre artiste charges that and he still has other acts to deal with…how does the promoter makes back their money. I think that it’s time promoters come together and keep dances instead of taking the loss for these unconscionable acts who not only wants to “dig out promoters eyes, but demands per diem, plus up to 10 hotel rooms, and top of the line first class tickets.



These conscious kings and queens and others come off like they care for the poor and they love their fans to the max…but when they charge these top of the line fees then promoters have no choice but to pass it on to the fans in ticket costs which sometimes prove too high…the promoter ends up losing their shirts, artistes get paid to perform to an empty house and fans do what they do best download songs and or buy the bootlegged copies.



Promoters should just keep dances and invest in selectors who will play their music and fans can enjoy themselves still.
It’s time for good sense to prevail. Everyone is feeling the recession, have some mercy…but then again…promoters should have more sense and invest their monies in a surer bet…leave the greedy artistes for now and let’s see how they like it when shows stop coming in.





Vybz Kartel- Love Dem

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DQ_puru.jpgDancing off stiff competition, Montegonian Tavia Morris, emerged winner of this year’s Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen competition staged at the Pier One Complex in Montego Bay last Saturday.
Tavia, who had entered the contest last year and did well, returned this year determined to take home the crown, not just for herself, but also for Jamaica. She provoked, tantalised, gyrated, wined — ‘dung’ and up — and made a lasting impression on the judges and patrons at the well attended event. When Roberts was announced winner, her excitement knew no boundaries.


In addition to winning the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title, she received $350,000 and the trophy for the Best Costume.
Last year, American Michelle Young out-danced all the contestants who came from all over the world to claim the title whisked the crown backed to North America, where it was the year before, having been won by Canadian Maude Francato.


It was truly an international contest, as second place went to Polish dancer, Ursula Fyce, who danced away with $200,000 the trophy for the Best Dance Routine. Third place went to Kingstonian Tiffany Hewitt, who was made $100,000 richer.


It was the 14th staging of the contest and this year’s theme was “The Angel Edition” and promoter Brian ‘Big Head’ Martin was recognised for his big heart. He was crowned Angel With A Heart for his contribution to education, by donating part proceeds of the event to a scholarship fund for needy students.





Rosie!!!???

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ROSIE.jpgEverybody a ask a how di rosie one so brazen. After har name call up and mek front page inna paper and people nuh stop chat bout har baby madda, Billie Jean kinda drama and how test come back and prove say a no dat deh entertainer deh a di baby puppa, the girl really hold har chin up high and come back a town a pose up side-a promoter. My girl, we know say you dun cute already but you muss have lickle shame and pride. No man, we couldn’t believe it when we see har a di celebrity football match wha day yah, well pose up and a gi laugh fi peas soup. Dat doan right. All Ele did deh deh. Mi hear some people did a ask if Ele did a go deejay di song when him call har name. But, fi real, mi tink sey she woulda tek it fi a big up.





Scenes From Montego Bay Carnival

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Scenes From Wet Sundehz

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Alliance obeah strong

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Ob_puru.jpgYardflex interviewed a young girl out of Montego Bay by the name of Shelly and honestly she had the strangest story to tell.



According to her, her life is a living hell right now as she feels she has been heavily scienced by one main member of the Alliance – Mavado.



She said that being a fan of the DJs in the group she couldn’t wait to go to a stage in Montego Bay where she first came in contact with Mavado.



“Him fi mi and like mi and start fi look mi and mi tell him sey mi have mi baby father and mi nuh interested inna no relationship,” she explained to Yardflex.



Shelly claimed that the Gully God did not take lightly to his advances being turned down and he told her that “mi a guh frig yuh up.”



According to her since then things have started to go downhill for her.



“If mi pickney fi get a money from foreign it nuh work out. A pure torment mi inna. Mi and people round mi caan gree. Mi nuh know everyting just mess up.”



Responding to Yardflex question on how the DJ would know where she lived to cause her to be in problems with her neighbours she quipped, “Mi nuh know it come een like sey a di ring whey him have one, it have certain powers…di first time mi si him mi sense something evil,” was the response.



Shelly says she just wants the haunting to stop and that she can go back to living in peace with her neighbours and her child can propser.





Independence celebrations winds down tomorrow

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jamaican_flag1_puru.gifThe 2K9 Festival activities will wind down tomorrow with the Big Grand Gala Independence Celebrations set to take place at the National Arena. Later on in the night there will be street dances across the country with the one for Kingston set to take place at Mandela Park in Half-Way Tree square.



Jamaicans are invited to join the 'Free for All' costume group, which will be led by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Band during the float parade on Independence Day. The costume group is open to any member of the public who wishes to participate, and individuals are asked to wear the national colours - black, green and gold - or the plaids of the bandana.



Other groups for which costumes have been prepared to reflect various themes in focus this year are Kingston Revival and World Beaters. The Free for All group, according to the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) release, "is just the thing for the rest of the Jamaican family who would love to be involved in the parade".



The parade begins at the Ranny Williams Entertain-ment Centre, proceeds west along Hope Road to Half-Way-Tree square, south along Half-Way-Tree Road to Cross Roads, north along Old Hope Road, then on to Lady Musgrave Road. The parade will end at the Digicel car park at the intersection of Lady Musgrave Road and Fairway Avenue.



Interested persons are asked to register at the Head Office of the JCDC located at 3-5 Phoenix Avenue, Kingston 10.





Renaissance 20th Anniversary

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Joke Of The Day

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Photographer Works
joke_095.jpgThere was this haunted house on the outskirts of the town which was avoided by all the townfolk - the ghost which `lived' there was feared by all.


However, an enterprising journalist decided to get the scoop of the day by photographing the fearsome phantom. When he entered the house, armed with only his camera, the ghost descended upon him, clanking chains et al. He told the ghost "I mean no harm - I just want your photograph". The ghost was quite happy at this chance to make the headlines - he posed for a number of ghostly shots.


The happy journalist rushed back to his dark room, and began developing the photos. Unfortunately, they turned out to be black and underexposed.


So what's the moral of the story?


The spirit was willing but the flash was weak.





Scenes From Weddy Weddy

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Anybody si di video man teeth?

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teeth_puru.jpgNo man dis is outright almshouse and disrespect when a man lose him teeth and have to be appealing for its return. Yardflex a beg unno please, anybody find demself with more teeth dan dem shoulda have fi return the extra one to di rightful owna.



On a real serious note, di popular video man from Dutty Fridehz International Invasion is appealing to the public to return his teeth.



Peter aka Bump lose it on July 31 and unno caan miss it cause it have gold pon it and him have a feeling a one a di dancers dem teck it.



Wi nah cast nuh stone but a nuff dancer did inna di house such as Shelly belly, Muma dagga, Raqoon. Ila, Marvin and Terry. Unno help out di video man, cause maybe unno did si a likkle play go dung. But it come een like a not even him alone did have sinting happen to him wi alla hear sey Muma Dagga fell and broke her foot.



Wi hope di nex' post wi meck is fi sey di video man get back him teet





5 Athletes to miss World Championship

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Five Jamaican athletes who tested positive for a banned stimulant will miss the world championships.



Jamaican athletics official said on Monday that the doping hearings, which are scheduled to continue on Wednesday and Friday, will prevent the athletes` participation.



‘Based on what is going on, they will not be able to go to Berlin,` Dr. Warren Blake, second vice president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA), told Reuters in an interview. `We would have had to name them on the final team list by today, but the hearings began today and will not be completed until later this week. It is therefore fair to say that the five will miss being on the team, as they can`t be selected until they are cleared.`



The five tested positive for the stimulant methylxanthine at the national championships in June. Their names have not been made public but the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has identified the five as Yohan Blake, Marvin Anderson, Sherry-Ann Brooks, Allodin Fothergill and Lansford Spence.





Ganja Plane Crash

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Ganja Plane Crash_puru.jpgYesterday a Unites States registered twin-engine aircraft crashed killing two men who were on board.
The plane which is to be on a drug mission to Jamaica crashed yesterday morningon a private road owned by Windalco Bauxite Company in Schwallenburgh district, near the St Ann-St Catherine border.



The crash occurred around 15 miles south of the resort town of Ocho Rios in St Ann, at nine o'clock, deep in the hilly region of the bauxite mining operations where the company-owned road stretches for more than 20 miles.



The police said they had intelligence the plane was to pick up a shipment of compressed ganja when the crash occurred.

Four men were later taken into custody by the St Catherine police, after nearly 2,000lb of ganja was discovered in a vehicle in which the men had been traveling.



The police claimed the weed was the alleged shipment.





TOK’s Craigy T has heart problems

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TOK’s Craigy T_puru.jpgYardflex wants TOK member Craigy T to just hold the faith. After reading your story in the Star about the irregular heartbeat, we just have to say not to worry, your Guardian Angel will come through for you.
The twenty-eight-year-old Craig Thompson, aka Craigy T, will today know the true state of his health after doing a series of tests on his heart.

Thompson said he noticed chest pains from as far back as 2006. A recent Electrocardiogram (ECG) test confirmed that he had an irregular heartbeat. He was also told by doctors that the left ventricle of his heart was not closing as quickly as it should.

"The ECG tests found that my heartbeat is very slow," he said before adding, "I really don't know yet; it could be anything."

Well just stay positive as you face the test results today





Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday to President Barack Obama. President Barack Obama tunrns 48 today, YardFlex sends all the best of wishes to him.
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GAMEL GRANT WINS 2009 GOSPEL FINALS

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Winner of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 Gamel Grant (1).JPGTwo times a charm for Gamel Grant and producer Couric Clarke. After placing second last year with the song “Remember Heaven”, the duo returned to take top honours on Sunday at the finals of the Jamaica Gospel Song Competition 2009 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Grant’s entry, ‘Take Me to Jesus’ beat out nine other contestants for the $500,000 cash prize courtesy of Grace Tropical Rhythms, the JCDC Gospel Trophy, a cellular phone courtesy of Digicel and a recording contract from Main Street Studio, among other prizes.


Placing second was Kimiela Isaacs, who copped $150,000 for her entry “Reassurance” as well as the sectional award for “Best Performer” which earned her an additional $50,000 in prize money, courtesy of sponsors Digicel Jamaica. Isaacs also took home the Word Time Ministries trophy. Musician and singer, Andre Wright earned third place with his entry “Man O God”, taking home $100,000, a trophy, and other prizes. The top three received performance training scholarships compliments of Joy Music Limited.


The “Popular Vote” prize of a cellular phone from Digicel and recording contract for a single from Dannymakka Productions Gospel Sound Studio was awarded to Nickette Morgan who received the most text votes for her entry “Wherever I Go”. Other prizes included the “Allowed to Shine Ministries Award”, presented to Kimola Brown, who collected $10,000 and a trophy as the most congenial finalist. Each finalist received a gold medals and $20,000 courtesy of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), bibles courtesy of the Word Time Ministries Ltd and gift packages from Grace Tropical Rhythms.





Today's Daily Word - Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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I am free to love--fully and generously.
20090804_puru.jpgForgiveness may not always come easily. It may be difficult to let go of a past hurt or feelings of disappointment in myself or someone else. As I connect with the unconditional love and acceptance of God, I am ready to be forgiving and to move on with my life.


With God, I experience the transformational power of love in action. I find peace within conflict, growth where there had been stagnation, and compassion in place of anger or guilt.
God is with me in every moment and in every situation. As forgiveness frees my heart, mind, and spirit, I begin again to fully express love and acceptance for myself and others, just as we are.
"When he saw their faith, he said, 'Friend, your sins are forgiven you.'"--Luke 5:20





Rastafarian_woman_puru.jpgFollowing a recent visit to Bermuda, a Rastafarian woman has complained bitterly about the treatment she received by members of the Customs Department in that island.
“Bermuda is a beautiful island. The beaches are lovely, the food is great, and there are many places to do photo shoots. But I’m sorry to say Bermuda customs has left a negative taste in my mouth. They violated my human rights. They treated me like I was smuggling drugs into the country,” she told Yardflex in an interview this week.
According to her, she arrived in Bermuda, via Miami, on July 29 for what was a short visit to the island. As soon as she arrived, however, she was pulled out of the line for ‘special’ treatment.
“They interrogated me like a criminal and detained me from10:00 pm July 29 to about 1:00 am July 30. I and another person were the only ones left in the entire airport being questioned. I feel like the only reason they pulled me out the line was because, I’m a black female coming from Miami with dreadlocks. One gentleman went through my suitcase and even ran my computer through a scanner. He questioned me about some phone numbers I had written down on a piece of paper. I was so confused that I almost felt like I was lying to myself. I thought it was only people who got arrested for a crime only went through these procedures,” she told YardFlex.



She explained that a female customs officer accusing her of being friends with the other person who had been detained. “The other person whowas held with me was a black male adult. I met him on the plane coming to Bermuda. I never saw or knew him prior to my Bermuda trip,” she said.
After explaining to customs the she had a reservation at The Hamilton Princess Hotel and that her pick-up had arrived at he airport, they made their checks and later told her that there was no reservation in either her name or the name of her pick-up and that there was no-one there to receive her..
“I called my mom and she said my ride has been waiting for me since 8:30 pm. My mom and my ride were calling my phone constantly to find out what was going on, but I could not answer because the officer said we can’t use phones,” she reported.





MISS EARTH JAMAICA)_puru.jpgThe Jamaican representative to the Miss Earth competition to be held in Manilia, Philippines, will be announced by August 28, the organizers of Miss Earth Jamaica have stated in a release.
The ninth staging of the competition is scheduled to take place from October 18 through to November 8.


The Miss Earth winner serves as the spokesperson for the Miss Earth Foundation, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and other environmental organizations.
About ninety) contestants from different countries and territories are expected to compete in the event. At the conclusion of the competition, outgoing titleholder Miss Earth 2008, Karla Henry of the Philippines will crown her successor.



A team of top industry professionals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida have been put in place to assist the new Miss Earth Jamaica in her preparation for the international competition.
She will undertake a physical regimen of Fitness and Nutrition training with personal trainer, Loleta Riley, receive Speech and Diction guidance from media personality Winston Barnes; Catwalk Training from runway coach, Romeo Callwood; and instruction on Makeup Application, from makeup artist, Deandra Nosworthy.



Noted Bahamian Fashion Designer and Wardrobe Stylist Valentino Omar of Genevieve Couture, Cuban designer Francisco Azucar of Fashions by Azucar as well as other top designers will provide an extensive national wardrobe for Miss Earth Jamaica to cover the requirements of the grueling Miss Earth competition.





Beenie Really have 30 years inna di biz?

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beenie_man_2_puru.jpgBwoy wi love how Peter Metro talk up di tings dem a Giants a di 80s, him question di fact how him deh bout donkey years inna di business and him still nuh reach 30 years yet! And sey how Beenie Man reach 30 and him deh bout before him! As him sey “such is life”
But come to tink of it…dat nuh sound strange to unno, man whey a DJ before him nuh reach 30 yet and Beenie just come shoot up and past him out…well anyting possible it seems.



Squidly Ranks yuh joke nuh meck it
Den a di same show Squidly Ranks pull off a joke pon Ragashanti wi meck mi did feel fi gi a big boo. But just through wi neva waan almshouse out di people dem ting. Mi know sey Raga did vex, but him haffi kip him cool. Di one Squidly go talk bout how Raga put Spanish Fly inna him girl drink when she gone a bathroom and when him tun him back she do it to him tuh! Den when di Spanish Fly set in di girl sey a feel like a woulda teck a c…ky and Raga sey him tuh! Him need fi wheel and come again wid di one deh





Giants of the 80s low turnout…good performances

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By Joan Wilson:
80s.jpgGiants of the 80s held at little Ochi in Alligator Pon, St Elizabeth did not enjoy the crowd support but there were some good performances especially from Professor Nuts and Peter Metro.
The Nutty Professor had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand as he went through his paces. He could do no wrong for them as they ate up everything thing he dished out and still wanted more.
There was no shortage of laughter as he performed songs such as Don’t, Jimmy Bascombe and Tan So Back.


The other big winner for the evening was Peter Metro. He was in a militant mood and wasted no time taking the crowd to task as he went into some “history lesson” and then it was comedy time with Police Inna England. Metro hit out against the killing in the society and he also had strong words for cops who were killing innocent youths and covering up.
By the time Metro was through, he left behind a totally satisfied crowd.


Earlier performers such as Squidley Ranks was a big disappointment. Echo Minott had no trouble connecting, Cush Hunta got his chance to shine, then it was time for reggae crooner Leroy Gibbons, he did his thing and made way for Flourgon who delivered…it was even more fun when he was joined on stage by Daddy Lizard.
Little John could have stayed cause he was on and off the stage in a jiffy.


General Trees had no problem keeping the crowd entertained.
All in all the Giants proved to be an entertaining evening, especially with the humorous in between quips from MC Kingsley Ragashanti Stewart.





Tavia Morris Win

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By Petal:
DSC_0565.JPGMontigoian Tavia Morris The Dancehall Queen contestant who was disqualified from the contest last year for climbing atop the stage pole, came back with a vengeance this year to take the Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title the at the Montego Bay St. James Jamaica. In doing so, she collects $350,000. Morris also won the best costume, which she received a trophy. First runner up went to Ursula Fryc of Poland she collects $200,000 with second runner up Tiffany Hewitt collects $100,000 she is a Jamaican.



The contest saw over 8,000 patrons in attendance.





More Tempo woes

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temporary.jpgDavid Cropper co-creator of the Caribbean version of MTV Tempo was enjoying being his own person in Toronto, doing his thing…life could not be better.


Then one day he had a dream about about a black angel with black wings, and he was standing on a rock and he started to tell me about all the people that he is about to devour. He awoke from the dream that seemed more like a nightmare and told his wife about it.
Little did he know that it was a warning for things that would later happen in his life.
With life continuing to be great for him, he soon put all that dream behind him.


When his friend Doug E Fresh told him about a man who was looking for someone like him to help kick off a Caribbean network for MTV he soon found himself being persuaded by his friend who told him "I want you to get some of this corporate $ bro..and you have a chance to give back to your people and help build the Caribbean industry across the region"


“I met with FM In Toronto the end of the week, it was cool.... he was cool I was like let's do it... 2 week's later I was in the US, I said to him if I'm going to leave my life here it better be worth it for me...my wife did not want to move to NYC...he promised that the job would be well worth it for me,” Cropper related.





Today's Daily Word - Monday, August 3, 2009

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Self-expression
DW0309.jpgI am the one and only me.
I may not think of myself as a creative person, but I know that I have unique talents and skills to share.
For instance, art may appear on a canvas, or it may appear in a meal prepared with love. Some hands sculpt clay or play a musical instrument, and some gently hold the hand of a child. Wisdom can be found in books, but it can also be found in quiet conversation across the kitchen table.
I am creative in my own unique way. As I more fully express who I am, I bless others, and blessings flow back to me. I am creative, productive, and open to divine inspiration. I give my gifts to the world.
"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God."--1 Corinthians 2:12





Scenes From Boasty Tuesdays

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SPICE ESCAPES NEAR FATAL ACCIDENT

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rsz_spice_acc_puru.jpgEarly this morning (Saturday), Dancehall artiste Spice was in a head-on, near fatal collision. The artiste was heading to Kingston from Westmoreland, for the much-publicized 'Digicel ATI Flip It Fridays' at the Quad, when a black motor vehicle travelling from Little Ochi sped unto the main road which Spice and others were driving.



Spice says, "Canar (her fiance) was driving and when he realised what was happening, we tried to swerve to avoid the crash, but we still collided. The man in the other vehicle was coming out of Little Ochi and said he didn't realise that the street was finished and he was heading on to the main road. So he came out at the T-Junction without looking. I just can't believe it even now. I can't believe it."



The artiste says a few minutes before the accident she started to feel sleepy, so she asked someone to exchange seats with her and take the front, so she could rest in the back seat of the Pajero. "I am usually in the front seat and some of the times I'm not wearing my seat belt and last night I wasn't because we were in a rush to get back to Kingston for the show at Quad, so I just jumped in. If I was still in the front I would have died because I would have gone through the windscreen. All of the front is totally damaged. It can't be driven. I just can't believe that could have been it. I am thankful to be here right now."



In addition, the artiste's publicist, Kavelle Christie wishes to apologise to the promoters of the event and fans on behalf of Spice. "As anyone can see her absence from the event ('Flip It Fridays') was unavoidable. Grace is completely out of it, but she wanted her apology out there as well. That's just how she is as an artiste and I find it remarkable and admirable that someone could go through something like that but still be so focused and passionate about her work and fans."





Scenes From Uptown Mondays

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